Page 2- The Michigan Daily - Monday, September 12, 1988
BY JANE KANG
"So, what's your major?"
And although that line is guaran-
teed to break the ice in any situation,
~~ it frustrates many students who have
._a difficult time "setting in stone"
~ what to do with their lives.
Of course, some students know
what they'll major in when they
graduate from kindergarten. But for
the rest, the answer can change
dozens of times in their four or more
Students who have a specific ca-
JESSICA GREEN/Daily reer goal, like LSA senior Michelle
s* Simcik, often have the easiest time.
, studies with her housemate, "(I want to) go into some area of law
ie two students spent the first that I can do a lot of counseling, like
ing homework for their - new divorce and adoption," Simcik ex-
Arboretum. plained, so she is majoring in psy-
chology and applying to law schools.
BUT MAJORS and careers
and city," he said. "Leo has an aren't always closely related. LSA
excellent reputation in the junior Mark Burt knows he wants to
community. He's a cooperative, go to medical school, but he doesn't
conscientious, and respected public havea concentration yet. He said he
In July, the University's Board of and Spanish before he decides.
Regents voted for former Interim. The only rule for choosing ma-
President Robben Fleming's pro- jors, it seems, is that there is no
posal to have the Washtenaw County rule. For LSA senior Kathi Gach, the
Sheriff's department deputize the two decision to major in English was
top campus safety officers. "very spur of the moment," she said.
LSA junior Mark Fiddall said, "If
I didn't have to have a major, I
Back to the book:
Mary Lou Abrigo, LSA senior
Andrea Bewick, LSA senior. Th
Sunday of the school year do
classes at their home near the A
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they could" to maintain order during
a similar CIA protest in 1985.
BUT PETER Pellerito, the
University's director of community
relations, praised the two officers.
"Both of them have a lot of
experience representing the
University's interests in the county
1988 after a two year increase.
But Engineering Dean Charles
Vest said he is not sure "if the de-
crease will continue or if it is just a
ripple," adding that the smaller num-
ber of high school and college-age
students may have caused the de-
Law school applications, how-
ever, have not fallen. University law
school applications jumped 29 per-
cent last year, surpassing the national
average of 16 percent.
BUT LAW School Assistant
Dean and Admissions Officer Allan
Stillwagon doesn't consider the
increase especially significant, adding
that a climb over a four or five year
span would be more noteworthy.
Medicine has become a less
popular career nationally, possibly
because of the growing costs of mal-
practice insurance, but Medical
School Director of Admissions
Maryann Wellman said the number
of applications has increased slightly.
The number of students choosing
nursing has continued to decline,
though at a lower rate than the na-
tional figures, leaving many hospi-
tals with a nursing shortage, Frank
Smolinski, recruiter for the School
of Nursing said.
SMOLINSKI attributed the
shortage to misconceptions that exist
about the hours, pay, and duties of a
As interest in education grows
across the country, Sheila Gomez,
teacher certification officer for the
School of Education, said students
are more interested in "helping" pro-
fessions - although this might be
due to openings in the job market,
Though nursing may have a
slightly higher salary and wider job
market than teaching, the latter is
currently more popular, Gomez said,
because teaching can lead to
administrative positions while nurses
always work under the doctors.
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If you want to follow the crowd,
the top four majors on campus are
economics, psychology, English, and
political science, according to the
1987-88 annual LSA report from the
Audit Office - the same majors as
the year before, but ranked in differ-
OR YOU CAN pursue an
interest in business, like one out of
every four entering first-year
students, according to the American
Association of Collegiate Schools of
Undergraduate business school
applications are down by about 2
percent, school officials say, but en-
rollment in the Masters Degree pro-
gram is up 10 percent. That means
you can major in something else, and
pursue business later.
Brian Dziadzio is an Engineering
senior, but said he plans to eventu-
ally obtain an MBA. "I'm just doing
engineering now because it's a good
background to have," he said.
B UT nationally and locally,
interest in engineering is dropping.
The College of Engineering's
applicant pool dropped five percent in
Compiled from Associated Press and staff reports
Council endorses Walesa
GDANSK - A group of intellectuals and artists met Sunday with
Lech Walesa to endorse his participation in upcoming talks with the
government and called for immediate legalization of solidarity.
Walesa, the leader of the banned independent union movement, con-
vened the Council on Poland, a group of about 60 advisers, to prepare for
talks between representatives of the union and the government.
"The most important condition for the beginning of a true dialogue
between the civil opposition and the authorities (is) the legalization of
Solidarity and the immediate implementation of pluralism," said a
resolution adopted by the group.
Walesa called an end to the wave of Solidarity-led strikes, which be-
gan in mid-August, after the government on August 31 promised to
discuss the country's future with workers' representatives, who demanded
higher pay as well as free and legal trade unions.
Pope visits South Africa
HARARE - Pope John Paul II appealed Sunday for reconciliation,
racial harmony and human rights in southern Africa, a region teeming
with tribal, racial, and political problems.
On Saturday, the pope talked of powerful political, economic and
ideological forces that endanger the stability of the region and who fo-
mented ethnic and tribal conflicts.
Though he did not identify any country, he clearly linked South Africa
to his comments when he said they were "true for the grave issue of
apartheid," Pretoria's system of racial segregation.
Politics did not figure in John Paul's talks with diplomats. Instead, he
urged the officials to use their influence to help Africa with its food
problems, refugees and development.
Bush takes day of rest,
Dukakis tends to campaign
UNDATED - Michael Dukakis, criticized for failing to spell out
clearly his defense policy, conferred with Democratic congressional leaders
Sunday on an offensive to improve his image. Running mate Lloyd
Bentsen accused Republican George Bush of "kowtowing to the hard
right" in his choice for vice president.
While the Democratic ticket tended to campaign duties, Bush and his
running mate, Senator Dan Quayle of Indiana, spent a quiet day together,
gathering their families for an informal lunch at the vie president's
residence in Washington.
Bush planned to resume campaigning on Monday when he travels t'
New Jersey and Illinois. Quayle scheduled appearances in Michigan and
Miss America crowned
ATLANTIC CITY - Newly crowned Miss America Gretchen Eliza-
beth Carlson, a classical violinist and Stanford University student with
hopes of law school, said Sunday she plans to become a corporate execu-
"This wasn't luck," said Miss Carlson, entered in the pageant as Miss
Minnesota, of her selection as Miss America 1989. She added that she is
not superstitious and brought no good-luck charms to the pageant.
Miss Carlson, 22, of Anoka, Minnesota, performed a spirited violi
solo titled "Gypsy Airs." She has been studying violin for 17 years, win-
ning national and state competitions and performing a solo with the
Pageant officials took pains this year to emphasize that the judged
were looking for an "articulate, educated, dynamic role model" and not a
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front page of last Thursday's Daily) that we offered as a prize.
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