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The Michigan Daily/New Student Edition - Thursday, September 6, 1990 - Page 5

Campus libraries
offer smut, shows,
Vlaces to be seen

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by Kristin Palm
Daily Staff Writer

It is inevitable. At some point
during every student's college career,
better sooner than later, at least one
visit must be made to a library on
campus. Whether it be a small, in-
rmal residence hall library, the so-
ciable Undergraduate Library, the lit-
tle-mentioned Women's Studies Li-
brary, or another faction of the Uni-
versity's immense library system, it
is a sure bet that each and every stu-
dent will see the walls of one of
these reference havens. Some may
even get some work done.
..Unless, of course, they go to the
ndergraduate Library, fondly known
the UGLI. Yes, those are real
books on the shelves but study
groups and students in search of
dates abound here, precluding any se-
rious business taking place.
"People come to see, be seen, to
hang out, to talk and to be dis-
tracted," Residential College senior
and UGLI circulation desk assistant
Eric Riddick says of his place of
employment. When asked if he had
ver actually seen people studying
there in his three years of UGLI em-
ployment, Riddick answered with an
emphatic "No."
But the building has other assets,
Riddick says. "It's a place to be late
at night when the Grad and the Law
(libraries) are closed. And it's a place
to be where there's air conditioning
.i0 the summer."
* In addition, says Riddick, "It's a
place to get lost." This seems to be
true with a number of libraries in the
University's expansive system. But
the evil fate of forever disappearing
in the stacks of the UGLI or, more
likely, its neighbor to the west, the
Graduate Library, can be deterred by
the library orientation programs of-
fered at both places.
These programs provide intro-
uctions to the libraries, filling stu-.
dents in on where things are and how
to find information on the Michigan
Reference Library Network
(MIRLYN), the University's com-
puterized version of card catalogs.
While the Grad'smammoth size
my be fearsome, it is generally re-
garded as more conducive to that
most hated of activities. "I like big,
n spaces to study," says LSA ju-

nior Aaron Fiegelson of why he
choose to study at the Grad in the
past. "I can't study in a cramped
space. But this past year I didn't
study there so much. I studied there
occasionally because I took my
studying more seriously. When I
wanted to study, I didn't want to so-
cialize."
Residence Hall libraries offer a
little bit of both of these worlds,
with the added attraction of not hav-
ing to leave the dorm to find to an
adequate study environment. First-
year Law School student Emberly
Cross, who spent a year as a Library
Assistant in South Quad library,
says she thinks libraries in the
dorms are a good thing. Her exact
words: "I think they're really cool."
"They're nice because they're a
lot more relaxed than campus li-
braries," Cross says. "You can go
there and study or relax with a
magazine and music, it you're at
South Quad. Plus they have lots of
good smut novels."
In addition to smut, Residence
Hall libraries can also be a source of
substance, sponsoring programs
which offer both fun and enlighten-
ment. South Quad Library drew large
crowds one year with two Friday
evening air guitar contests and, on a
more serious side, set up displays
honoring peacemakers in commemo-
ration of Martin Luther King Day.
The Residence Hall libraries are
small, however and, come finals,
they are generally overflowing. This
problem is not limited to the resi-
dence hall study areas, as reserved
seats might be a good idea at the
Grad, the UGLI and the Law Library
during these high-stress, intense-
cram periods.
It is in these trying times when
knowledge of some of the lesser-
known, under-utilized libraries on
campus is helpful. The Public
Health Library in the School of Pub-.
lic Health is one such small, out of
the way study area. This library, like
Taubman Medical Library, is espe-
cially attractive to Hill dorm resi-
dents since it is in that vicinity.
Taubman is on Catherine St. across
from Couzens and the Public Health
Library is on the corner of E. Medi-
cal Center Dr. and Observatory
across from Mosher Jordan and Mary

k

KRISSY GOODMAN/Daily-
The Harlan Hatcher Graduate Library, named after the University President who suspended three professors because they once belonged to the
Communist Party, is considered the jewel in the crown, of the University's Library system.

Markley.
Most University academic de-
partments also have divisional li-
braries which offer reference materi-
als on specific subjects as well as a
quiet area to work. Their existence
can come in handy when writing re-
search papers, at exam time, and at
any other time of the year when stu-
dents want to get away from the hus-
tle and bustle of the more congested
study areas.
j Fiegelson solved the problem of
over-crowded libraries for himself
last year by going where he wasn't
wanted. "My favorite library of all is
the downstairs Law," he said. But
this, like Fiegelson's second haunt,
Rackham Graduate School Library,
is supposed to be off-limits to stu-
dents not in these prospective
schools.
Fiegelson offers a handy tip to
gaining entrance to the less-social
libraries: "The key to getting in is to
look like you know what you're do-
ing. Then no one will ask you. Kind
of like at a bar."
Helpful advice in any situation,
no doubt.

Residential College creates
intimate educational climate

by Gina LaLiberte
Daily Staff Writer
Few students know that a divi-
sion of the University exists in
which they can complete a two-year
language requirement in just one
year, take art classes in their own
residence hall, and direct the adminis-
tration and educational policies of
their school. This is the Residential
College (RC), a unit of the College
of Literature, Science, and the Arts
(LSA).
The RC was established in 1967
in order to give students the advan-
tages of attending a small liberal arts
college while being able to draw on
the resources of the University. The
curriculum focusses on an interdisci-
plinary treatment of the liberal arts,
resulting in some unique program
requirements.
Enrollment is open to first-year

students and some sophomores, as
long as there is space in the pro-
gram. Currently, there are approxi-
mately 1,000 students in the RC.
East Quad is the site of RC activ-
ities. In addition to housing the RC
students for at least their first two
years of the program, it contains the
administration and counseling of-
fices, art studios, and classrooms of
the RC. This close proximity to ed-
ucational facilities creates a "living-
learning" environment for RC stu-
dents, which facilitates frequent con-
tact between students and faculty.
"The distance is really broken
down," said Herbert Eagle, director
of the RC. "They (faculty) are closer
to the lives of the students, and the

pie."
The small enrollment of the col-
lege also lends itself to more inti-
mate classroom settings, which at-
tracts students to the RC.
"I wanted a smaller environment
within LSA," said Emily Melnick,
RC junior in Social Sciences and
French. "The classes are really good.
- you get more attention from the
teachers."
RC students can choose from the
five RC concentrations: Arts and
Ideas in the Humanities, Compara-
tive Literature, Creative Writing and
Literature, Drama, and Social
Science. Most students, however,
opt to major in the standard LSA de-

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