BY AMY KOCH
The "peer tutoring" class provides
students with a welcome alternative
to professors' often intimidating and
sparse office hours.
In the "classroom" section of the
Church St. Computing Center -
O previously reserved for monotonous
Mac music and croissant chomping
- well-trained student tutors rectify
problems from brainstorming essay
topics to correcting grammatical er-
rors on graduate school applications.
Mark Freedman, an LSA senior
waiting in line for help on law
school applications, explained that
"it is easier to relate to people my
age. Professors are so far past our
level of writing that it is intimidat-
ing to seek their help."
LSA senior Beth Beck said she
was iot fearful of professors. Rather,
she attempted to make a second ECB
appointment for help with graduate
school applications only to learn
that only one appointment was per-
mitted per term. Her tutoring session
D"definitely helped," she said. "I had
so many spelling errors and just one
could end the world."
The peer tutoring idea began three
years ago when Teaching Assistants
reported consistent problems in stu-
dents' writing. The English
Composition Board responded by
implementing ECB 300, a course to
train qualified students to give needy
peers unlimited, anxiety-free writing
The program began as phone help
The Michigan Daily - Tuesday, November 29, 1988 - Page 3
BY MIGUEL CRUZ 53-mile round particle accelerator
WITH WIRE REPORTS will enable physicists to probe the
Five Michigan Representatives fundamental nature of matter.
directed the General Accounting Of- The Texas site was selected from
fice yesterday to investigate the fair- among seven finalists for the pro-
ness of the U.S. Department of En- ject. Stockbridge, Michigan - o-
ergy's choice of Texas as the site for cated midway between Ann Arbor
the $4.4 billion Superconducting and Lansing - finished near the
Super Collider. bottom of the pack.
"Some have suggested that certain The GAO was also asked to de-
procedural inconsistencies in the termine if the Energy Department
DOE's overall site selection process had considered Texas' offer of $1
may have led to a decision that did billion in financial inducements in
not reflect a true and accurate its proposal.
evaluation of the technical merits of
several... site proposals, including Regardless of the outcome of the-
the proposal submitted by the state investigation, it is not likely that
of Michigan," said a letter to the the decision would be reversed. "It
GAO signed by the chair of the would be very politically awkward
House Energy and Commerce for the DOE to admit that it made a
Committee, Rep. John Dingell (D- mistake," said University Physics
Trenton). Prof. Lawrence Jones.
The letter was signed by four Stockbridge resident and anti-col
other Michigan representatives: Bob lider activist Jan Vorndran said the
Carr (D-East Lansing), Carl Pursell issue is much simpler: "Michigan
(R-Plymouth), William Ford (D- has nobody politically important to
Taylor), and Bob Traxler (D-Port theReagan administration, and no-
Huron). body important to the Bush
The Energy Department on Nov. administration," and no congres-
10 said Waxahachie, Texas, was the sional investigations will change
preferred site for the project, whose that, she said.
LSA senior Steve Silverman helps LSA senior Jill Freeberg with an English paper at the
Church St. computer center as part of the English Composition Board's tutoring program.
sessions. Being too impersonal, it
progressed to the Undergraduate Li-
brary. The present computing center
location, though, offers convenience
with both location. and time
ECB Program Coordinator Emily
Jessup initiated the peer tutoring
program at the University. "This is
not just ECB - it is a whole tutor-
ing program complete with screen-
ing, training program and a high
She said students do not enroll
just for the credit. "The tutors are
knowledgeable and committed to the
program," she said. "They want to
be good tutors."
One does not merely CRISP to
be enrolled in ECB 300 and be
deemed a tutor. Rather, students
must submit a writing sample, have
a faculty recommendation, and be
interviewed to be considered for par-
ticipation. Then, if accepted into the
course, a series of reading, writing,
theoretical exercises and "mock" tu-
toring sessions qualify students for
There are currently 15 participants
in ECB 300 - half are English ma-
jors and the others are concentrating
in education, economics, and politi-
LSA senior Steve Silverman, a
peer tutor, sees the program as "very
successful" since it is such a novel
approach to University education. He
said students are generally indoctri-
nated to be competitive with each
other, but here students actually help
to make "a positive difference in
Also, "we are a valuable resource
to complement classroom instruc-
"__ I L _ _ 'I IX r -~ - 1
tion," he said. "We fill in
area between classroom in
State landlords vie for tenants
BY ALEX EULENBERG
WITH WIRE REPORTS
The heat is on for apartment
landlords across Michigan. Their
latest advertisements promise free
heating, rebates of the first month's
rent, microwave ovens and other in-
centives in a fierce competition for
But for Ann Arbor's student
community, such gimmicks just
aren't necessary, said Fred Gruber of
Ann Arbor's Gruber-Morris Man-
agement, which owns apartments in
"Students register, buy their
books, and rent their apartments,"
Gruber said. Well-located property
and "concentrating on getting good
people" is what Gruber said he relies
on to draw tenants to his apartments.
But elsewhere, Michigan land-
lords have seen the need to offer po-
tential tenants extra benefits. In Tra-
verse City, for example, Kathy
Rodgers has felt it necessary to pay
new tenants' winter heating costs if
they move into her Le Grand Vue
"Everyone's buying homes,
that's the problem," she said.
So far, Rodgers' two-week-old
offer hasn't drummed up any busi-
ness. "To be honest, I've received
zero response," she-said.
Many landlords say they need
gimmicks to attract prospective ten-
ants, who have lately been lured
away from apartment living by in-
creasing numbers of affordable
houses and condominiums.
But Jonathan Holtzman, president
of Holtzman & Silverman, a real
estate company in Farmington Hills,
sees things differently. "It's not so
much oversupply, but low mortgage
rates," he explained.
Given a choice, Holtzman said,
most Americans would rather own
their houses. When interest rates are
high - as they have been until re-
cently - people become renters.
"And when all of a sudden.
down, people become buy
"This is a normal cycle
no magic in what I'm talkir
This is a capitalist society,;
ple get to choose what th
with their money. The A
Dream is to own, not to ren
the grey BETHLEHEM, Occupied West
struction Bank (AP) - This Palestinian town
where Christ was born has canceled
its traditional joyous Christmas
celebrations in solidarity with the
I year-long revolt against Israeli
"We don't see any reason to
rates go celebrate Christmas," Deputy Mayor
yers," he Hanna Nasser said yesterday. "We
have to show concern for our dead
and for our detainees."
,ees More than 300 Palestinians have
thers been killed and 5,000 arrested since
gand out. the uprising begand Dec. 8, 1987,
ywantCO~ in the occupied West Bank and Gaza
icy want Strip, which Israel captured from
American Jordan and Egypt in 1967. Eleven
t. Israelis have been slain.
Six Palestinians from Bethlehem
and surrounding refugee camps have
C been killed and hundreds are among
the total of more than 7,000
A spokesperson for the Israel
military government said he was
unaware of the decision anil declined
comment. Cancellation would be a
blow to Israel at a time when much
of the world focuses its attention on
Manger Square, usually decorated
with bright strings of colored lights,
will remain dark and its 40-foot
Christmas tree will be left bare,
Last year's Christmas, when the
rebellion was three weeks old,
provided a foretaste. Mayor Elias
Freij canceled the Chrsitmas Eve
reception and the Boy Scout parade
was smaller, but streamers and
lights went up in the square and the
tree blazed with blinking neon balls.
Only about 2,500 visitors came,
75 percent fewer than in 1986.
Spy shuttle laun
kept under wrap
What's happening in Ann Arbor today
"Man and Earth in the Distant
Past II" - Prof. Ernst Katz, 1923
Geddes Ave., 8-9:45 pm. Free admis-
"Contrast in Crustal Structure
in the Appalachian Orogen" -
Robert D. Hatcher, Jr., University of
Tennessee, 4001 C.C. Little, 4 pm.
Coffee and cookies at 3:30 pm.
Technology and the Third
World - Robin Barlow
(Economics), Felix Kaufmann (EMU),
1005 Dow, 3:30-5 pm.
"Is a Poison -a Gift? The Ety-
mology of German .=LL as Op-
posed to English .III" - Prof.
Robert Hinderling, Max Kade Distin-
guished Visiting Prof., Rackham East
Conference Rm., 4:10 pm.
"Perspective on Soviet Arme-
nia" - Ared Misirlian, International
Center, 12 noon. Buffet Lunch: $1
"Recent Development in the
Turkish Economy" - Prof. Tansu
Ciller, Bosphorus University in Istan-
bul,1310 Kresge Business Library,
"Spin Gymnastics - What Can
We Learn About Macromolec-
ular Structure?" - Gerhard Wag-
ner, Biophysics Research Division, U.
of M, 1300 Chem. Bldg., 4 pm.
"Career Opportunities in Non-
Profit Organizations" - Susan
Church, Exec. Director, Michigan
Women's Foundation, Kuenzel Rm.,
Michigan Union, 12 noon-1 pm.
"Why Are There So Characters
in Chinese Novels?" - D. Ral-
ston, Lane Hall Commons, 12 noon.
"Stress Management - Com-
- 1520 Dana, 7 pm.
Undergraduate English Associ-
ation/YAWP Magazine - Fourth
Floor Michigan Union, 7 pm.
United Asian Organizations -
Trotter House, 4 pm.
Shotokan Karate Club of
Michigan - CCRB Martial Arts
Rm., 7-8:30 pm.
Lesbian and Gay Rights Orga-
nizing Committee - 3100
Michigan Union, 8 pm.
Women's Action for Nuclear
Disarmament - 2209 Michigan
Union, 7-8:30 pm.
Tagar: Pro Israel Student Ac-
tivists - B110 MLB, 7 pm.
U of M Archery Club - Coli-
seum, 7-10 pm.
German Club - 2011 MLB, 6:15
Alpha Xi Delta Presents the
First Annual Mr. Lung's Con-
test - Cast your vote for the best
"lungs" in the Fishbowl. All proceeds
go to the American Lung Association.
Nov. 28, 29, 30. Call 747-9052.
Poetry Reading - A.K. Ramanu-
jan, West Conference Rm., Fourth
Floor, Rackham, 4 pm.
Islamic Coffee Hour - 1003
EECS, 12:30-1:30 pm.
Revolutionary History Series
- "Revolution in Russian: 1905",
118 MLB, 7-8 pm.
Indian Movie: Bazaar - MLB
Video Viewing Rm, Second Floor, 7
pm. Free admission.
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla (AP)
- NASA set an invisible count-
down clock in motion yesterday for
Thursday's launch of space shuttle
Atlantis with five military men
who reportedly will deploy the $500
million Lacrosse satellite to spy on
the Soviet Union.
NASA and the Pentagon say the
flight and its cargo are top-secret,
but reports have circulated widely
about the satellite, and even the
Fridays in The Daily
Soviet Union has discussed the
mission through its news agency,
The weather could be a problem
for launch day. A preliminary
forecast for Thursday called for
overcast sky, brisk winds and iso-
lated rainshowers - unfavorable
conditions that would prevent
NASA from giving the go-ahead for
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