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TrTe Michigan Daily - Monday, October 16, 1989 - Page 5
Center offers info on overseas studies

by Joanna Broder
Have you ever considered what it
would be like to experience life in
another country?
The University-sponsored Interna-
tional Center, located south of the
Union, between State Street and
West Quad, offers a variety of re-
sources to students who seek infor-
mation on studying abroad.
Separate from LSA's Office of
Int ;anional Programs in Angell
H;., -_ja p.acrnational Center is one
of a y pvograms offered by the Of-
fice of =oe Vice President for Student
Services.
It resembles programs like Career
Planning and Placement because
each provides essential resources to
students but serves no academic
function.
"We're here mostly as a reference
library and counseling center," said
William Nolting, the director of the
Overseas Opportunities Office, a di-

vision of the International Center.
This office specializes in provid-
ing students with descriptions of all
American-sponsored programs abroad
and direct enrollment into foreign
universities. The library there is also
rich in information about travel and
possible work opportunities over-
seas, including paid employment and
volunteer possibilities, Nolting said.
In addition, the Overseas Oppor-
tunities Office sells Eurail passes
and youth hostel cards, entitling stu-
dents to discounted travel rates.
The LSA Office of International
Programs helps design and adminis-
ter University programs overseas.
And while it offers books with list-
ings of other American programs, its
library is not nearly as extensive as
that of the International Center.
Nolting said there are a number
of reasons a student would seek a
program which is independent of the
University. One of the main ones is.

that there isn't enough space on the
University's programs to accomodate
all the students who apply.
In addition, some University pro-
grams require that students are famil-
iar with a country's native language.
Fluency is a prerequisite to the Uni-
versity's programs in France, Ger-
many, Spain, and Sweden. Conse-
quently, many students turn to the
International Center's resources in
order to find programs without such
requirements.
Other students familiarize them-
selves with the Office of Overseas
Opportunities when the University
does not offer a program in the coun-
try where they would like to study.
Most University programs are of-
fered in western Europe.
A student usually begins to in-
vestigate outside programs when
"one particular interest of one indi-
vidual may not fit what the U. has
to offer," Nolting said.

As well as its reference library,
the Overseas Opportunities Office
hires special counselors to advise and
assist students. All of these advisors
have studied in a foreign country.
"I saw it as an opportunity to
live in Europe, as a part of their cul-
ture and not as an outsider or a visi-
tor," said LSA junior Jonathan
Goldstein, a peer advisor at the office
who attended school in Dublin, Ire-
land last year. "The opportunity of
seeing the U.S. from the outside is a
unique experience."
Speaking of her experience in
Germany, International Opportuni-
ties Advisor Jeannine Lorenger said,
"The day to day living, cultural dif-
ference, and lifestyle was exciting
and increases your understanding of
people from different backgrounds."
In addition to assisting with
study abroad, the International Cen-
ter helps foreign students adapt at
the University.

California protest AP"o
Thousands of abortion-rights supporters march on San Francisco"s
Market street yesterday in the state's largest abortion demonstration
this year.
*Students fi'nd big
steals at annual

police auction

By Jason Carter
' Sixty-eight different bikes of all
*sizes, shapes and ages were auctioned
off at Saturday's Ann Arbor Police
Department auction at City Hall.
Along with the bicycles, various
articles of clothing, jewelry, type-
writers, and stereo equipment went
to the highest bidders.
"We have auctions two to three
times a year," said police Property
Officer Dan Woodside, who doubled
as auctioneer.
* A law enacted by the Ann Arbor
City Council in 1957 enables the
police department to auction off
stolen property recovered by police
but not claimed by an owner, or im-
pounded property never reclaimed.
Woodside said the auctions usu-
ally raise "around a couple thousand
dollars." The last auction was held
June 10.
"We have a lot of bicycles," he
said. "There is no way to trace the
riany owners of bicycles without
I.D. numbers."
"Often bicycles are left by stu-
dents after winter terms at their
apartments," Woodside said. "The
landlord then reports an abandoned
bike to police."
If a bike is not claimed 30 days
after being impounded, it is eligible
to be auctioned, he said.
About 40 anxious people were in
attendance Saturday, all in anticipa-
tion of incredible bargains.
- And they got what they came for.
The second bike on the list sold for
25 cents.
Ten speeds and mountain bikes
with original values as much as a
few hundred dollars were going for

$20 and $30; the most expensive
went for about $80.
Ken Caldwell and his son Bran-
don, of Ann Arbor, couldn't believe
the deals.
"We were looking for a 20 inch
bike because Brandon's was stolen,"
Ken Caldwell said.
Individuals in the audience met
competing bids fiercely when there
was a sparkling Raleigh or Peugot
up for grabs.
Bikes of lesser value, often with
greater rust and character and lacking
vital parts, were met with rounds of
laughter when they were bought for
under a dollar.
"You can't beat it for five
bucks," said Dave Delong of Ann
Arbor, speaking of his newly-ac-
quired three-speed.
Delong was fortunate to happen
on the sale. "Most bike shops don't
sell used bikes and I knew there's
gotta be a place selling somewhere,
so I called the police department," he
said.
Dan Taglia, a University medical
graduate student, had purchased a
bike at an earlier auction but recently
lost it to thieves.
"Students get ripped off at used
bike shops. People can get a bike
here at one fourth the cost and
they're just as good," Taglia said
after buying a solid $30 bike.
Taglia later bought a $4 dollar
10-speed and reasoned, "My house-
mate needed one." He had to call a
station wagon cab to bring his
spoils home.
The money generated by the auc-
tion is directed back into the city's
bike program, Woodside said.

Shuttle ex
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla.
(AP) - The space shuttle Atlantis
was pronounced ready yesterday for a
launch to dispatch the Galileo probe
to Jupiter on what could be the most
scientifically rich planetary explo-
ration mission yet.
"Everything looks fine," NASA
test director Mike Leinbach told re-
porters.
He said the launch team was
ready to resume the interrupted
countdown early today for tomor-
row's launch.
Leinbach praised technicians who
worked around the clock to replace a
failed engine computer that forced a
five-day postponement of the flight.
Astronaut Donald Williams, who
commands the Atlantis crew of five,
joined in the praise, saying they "did
a super job."
Liftoff is scheduled in a 26-
minute period that starts at 12:57
p.m. tomorrow. Weather officials
said there is a 70 percent chance the
weather will be good at that time.
Launch preparations were taking
place under the tightest security ever
for a shuttle flight because of the
threats from anti-nuclear activists
opposed to -a launch carrying 49.4
pounds of radioactive plutonium-
238. The plutonium will provide
Galileo's electricity during the six-
year outward voyage to Jupiter and
during its two years examining the
planet and its moons.
Members of the Florida coalition
for Peace and Justice vowed to try to
infiltrate the launch area in an at-
tempt to stop the launch, arguing
that an accident like the explosion of
the shuttle Challenger could spread

cpected to
the radioactive material over inhab-
ited areas.
A federal judge last week rejected
the activists" suit to halt the launch.
The groups appealed to the U.S.
Court of Appeals in Washington on
Friday.
About six hours after liftoff, the
astronauts are to release Galileo from
Atlantis's cargo bay. An hour later,
a rocket motor will start the 6,700

lift off tomorrow

pound craft on a roundabout trip that
will cover 2.4 billion miles en route
to Jupiter.
In December 1995, a 737-pound
probe released from Galileo is to
plunge into Jupiter's cloud layers
and take the first samples of the Jo-
vian atmosphere.
The main Galileo craft will enter
an orbit around the planet, and its
cameras and 10 scientific instru-

ments will gather information for
nearly two years on temperatures,
magnetic fields, radiation, cloud
characteristics and gravity.
Galileo also will study Jupiter for
clues to the formation of the solar
system. Many scientists believe the
planet still holds much of the mate-
rial, in a pristine state, from which
the sun and planets formed 4.6 bil-
lion years ago.

The space shuttle Atlantis is being prepared for lift-off tomorrow. Its mission to launch the Galileo planetary
probe was postponed last Thursday due to a problem with an engine controller.

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