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Hey 'U,'
By Mike Sobel.
Your problem is two-fold.
First, you desperately need infor-
mation about proper research paper
procedure and second, you could re-
ally go for a lollipop.
In a word, your solution is
InfoFest is sponsored by the
Undergraduate Library, which wants
to get students aware of library re-
sources in a relaxed atmosphere. Set
up Tuesday at Mary Markley
Residence Hall and last night in
front of South Quad's dining hall,
InfoFest offered an array of free
pamphlets on how to use the library,
including guidelines to MIRLYN
(the library computer system), sug-
gestions on how to improve study
skills, and directions for writing re-
search papers. And they had a lot of
tasty candy.
"The whole purpose is to reach
those students that don't come to the
* library," said Bob Diaz, a librarian at
the UGLi who helps run InfoFest.
He said he was amazed to find that
some seniors have never set foot in
the UGLi.
Said LSA first-year student Brett
White: "It's good because I'm clue-
less on how to use the library."
In addition to the academic fodder,
the "Fest" also offered free lollipops
and fruit juice, a door-prize raffle,
and a game of Pictionary. The door
prizes included a Rolling Stone's
CD and some fun reference books
such as Merde!, which is the defini-
tive work on French slang.
The game of Pictionary adopted
an academic tone in using words
such as 'desk' and 'library' as clues.
Winners received their choice of
Payday or Snickers candy bars.
LSA sophomore Marina Reba
said that besides learning how to use
the library, "the lollipops are great."
Karen Greeneisen, an LSA first-
year student, on the other hand,
doubted InfoFest's potential effec-
tiveness. "I'm going to get a better
feel for (using library resources) at
the library than here right after I
ate," she said.
But Diaz insists that it has been
successful enough to keep it going.
What is the main attraction?
"Probably the food," he said. Then
he added: "No, we're just trying to
make it fun."
In its third year, InfoFest occurs
at three different locations once a
semester. Tonight at 5 p.m. at
Bursley Residence Hall is the last
chance to catch the InfoFest gig this

The Michigan Daily - Thursday, October 12,1989 - Page 5


Watch out, Mike
Community High School senior Amir Gamzu takes on Preacher Mike
other significant political issues.

yesterday. The two debated about Jesus, marijuana, and

Michigan schoolgirl defends her
pen pal: Gen. Noriega of Panama

helps creative
writing thrive
in 'U' classes
by Heather Eurich
A student walked in to the Angell Hall Hopwood
room and asked Prof. Nicolas Delbanco to look through
her law school application. Until then, she had been
only one of the 200 faceless students in Delbanco's un-
dergraduate lecture, "Living Writers."
"I think it's true, I'm not really in a position to
speak up or boast about it, but I do think it's true that
people in the (lecture) room are alive and interested and
she's certainly one of them," Delbanco said.
Undergraduate and graduate creative writing students
alike are excited about Delbanco, who recently received
the Faculty Recognition Award at the Oct. 2 State of
the University Address.
Delbanco came to the University five years ago to
direct the Master of Fine Arts (MFA) program in
Creative Writing, for which he teaches a fiction-writing
workshop. He is also director of the Hopwood Awards
Program and can often be found "hanging out" in the
Hopwood Room.
"His advice is like gold," said Mike Barrett, a gradu-
ate of the MFA program, who has received a Michigan
Council for the Arts grant to write a novel.
Compliments like this are not uncommon from
Delbanco's students, or anyone who has had the chance
to work closely with him. Many people come to
Delbanco's organized teas after the Visiting Writers
Lectures to brush shoulders with the famous authors he
has invited to visit the University.
His popular undergraduate course, "Living Writers,"
which is funded by the University Collegiate Council,
is new this year. Graduate assistant grader Derek Green
said the class uses concepts that are completely innova-
"One of the ideas behind the course is to get students
thinking about the creative process behind the writing
as opposed simply to the meaning of the texts," he said.
Delbanco said the "Living Writers" course offers stu-
dents interesting alternatives to the usual critique of a
novel. Writers such as Alan Cheuse and Francine Prose,
who have recently written novels and been published in
many literary magazines, have spoken to the class.
"The notion behind the course is practitioners may
represent the trade at least as successfully - if not
rather more so - than critics thereof," Delbanco ex-
plained. "A book does not appear to its author as if she
were already in covers and with questions and reviews
attached. It is a strange-shaped, shifting thing, and I
hope to be able to convey that to those present in the
Students who have worked closely with him in the
graduate workshop feel he is a knowledgeable reader of
their work and that he responds well to each individual.
"He makes you feel like if you've got something
worthwhile,"Barrett said. "He respects that and wants to
help you with that."
Delbanco's most recent book, "Running in Place:
Scenes from the South of France," sold out its first edi-
tion by Atlantic Monthly Press and will be coming out
in a second printing later this month.
The Personal Column

Negaunee schoolgirl's happy trips to
Panama are helping Gen. Manuel Noriega
embarrass the United States, a congress-
man says.
Eleven-year-old Sarah York and her fa-
ther left home in Negaunee on Sunday for
a 10-day stay in Panama. The trip, which
the Yorks say is safe despite a U.S. State
Department travel warning, was delayed by
a coup attempt five days earlier.
York was Noriega's guest in October
1988 after striking up correspondence with
the dictator following his U.S. indictment
on drug trafficking charges. She wants to
repeat last year's chat with the general,
though her family and Noriega's staff will

not say if such a visit has been arranged
for the seventh-grader.
Some U.S. lawmakers frown on the
"They're putting us into an awkward
position. To have one of our little citizens
go down there and be treated well is kind
of an embarrassment for our government,"
U.S. Rep. Bob Davis (R-Mich.) said
"It sends the wrong message that we,
or some people in this country, say Nor-
iega is an all-right guy," Davis said. "It
just gives Noriega an opportunity to get
positive press in this country."
Pauline York, who accompanied her
daughter on the first Panama visit but

stayed behind this time, refuses to discuss
the second trip.
In the course of York's pen-pal rela-
tionship with Noriega, the schoolgirl has
said a few things that would upset U.S.
leaders calling for the general's overthrow.
Before she left last week, York said she
was frightened what would happen to Nor-
iega if he sets foot in the United States.
"They probably won't even listen to him
on trial. They will just put him in jail,"
she said.
Heads are shaking in Negaunee, an Up-
per Peninsula mining town of 5,000.
"If it was my daughter, she wouldn't be
going," said city council member Virginia

Prison 'escape' draws

LANSING (AP) - A pair of in-
mates laid a trial of false clues hinting
they had escaped from the world's largest
walled prison and then hid inside the facil-
ity while state police conducted a
$100,000 nationwide search.
But Detective Sgt. Jerry Boyer said no
one is red-faced about taking the bait left
by David Bellah and Steven Mikko, who
were found Tuesday after a tip led officials
to their hiding place inside the State

Prison of southern Michigan at Jackson.
Boyer estimated state police spent
more than $100,000 searching for the pair
within Michigan. The search also ex-
tended to Indiana and Nevada, where Bel-
lah and M ikko had friends and relatives.
"I'm not embarrassed in the least bit.
We had information to believe these
guys were outside and we followed up on
it. I would have been more embarrassed if
I had sat here on my... and didn't do a...

thing," he said yesterday.
The two, discovered missing on Oct.4
during a routine count, were believed to
have walked out disguised as guards, Boyer
said. Negatives left in their cells indi-
cated they had made false prison guard
badges while a note led officials to believe
they had bought guard uniforms for $250
Bellah and Mikko hid in a hollowed
out, four-foot stack of boxes in a furniture
factory on the prison grounds.



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