The Michigan Daily/New Student Edition - Thursday, September 6, 1990 - Page 7
Counseling Services offer help
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Daily NSE Contributor
You're an incoming student at a
huge University. Aside from sum-
mer camps or extended trips, you've
never really been away from home.
You're dealing with a whole new
lifestyle. It can be very overwhelm-
Everyone goes through it. Luck-
ily, the University has provided an
answer to your anxiety.
Counseling Services is a casual
place to find someone to talk to who
will offer advice on just about any
problem. The service is free and
sessions are avainabe, as is counsel-
ing for couples.
Groups usually focus on specific
topics. Past groups include: Enhanc-
ing Self-esteem, Asian Women's
Support Group, Spirituality for the
Non-religious, and Coping as an
African-American Student on Cam-
The staff includes professional
counselors and graduate interns of
many racial and ethnic backgrounds.
Counselors specialize in social
work, psychology, and religion.
There is one part-time psychiatrist
on the staff.
phones are operated nightly during
the week and 24 hours on weekends.
If confidentiality is a problem for
you, don't worry all counselors are
obligated to keep client sessions
confidential. Only in threatening sit-
uations, such as child or adult abuse
or danger to self, must information
be reported by law to the state. Con-
fidentiality is not an issue in most
cases, but the counselors encourage
you to express any concerns you
might have about it to them.
All of this information and more
is available in a brochure at counsel-
ing services. Stop in and say hello.
available to all students. In addition to counseling ser- Counseling Services is located
In the initial sesssion, students vices, a well-known phone number in room 3100 of the Michigan
tell counselors the basics of the on campus is 76-Guide. Call any Union. Hours are Monday through
problem and then the counselor and time to reach a peer counselor who Friday 8:30 to 5:00. The phone
student decide what type of counsel- can help with a specific problem, in- number is (313) 764-8312 or you
ing is needed. tervene in a crisis situation or sim- can reach 76-Guide during off
Individual and group counseling ply offer an appropriate referral. The hours.
A University Health Services employee, explains the female reproductive system to
conducts many clinics like this each year at numerous sites around campus.
a University student. UHS
On girls, Greeks, IDs
Dy vaiei oux
Daily Staff Writer
In late December, after only four
months at school, college life be-
4eomes so familiar to many first year
'students that it seems difficult to
femember what it was like to live at
home. However, in late August, ap-
prehension about their impending
'move often overwhelms this same
Stroup of freshly graduated seniors.
Here, former Orientation Leader
rand Daily NSE Editor, Ian Hoffman
answers some of the most com-
nonly asked questions when he was
leader in the summer of 1989.
Q. What's the best dorm to live
A. There's no good answer.
'Many women would feel more com-
Jortable in an all-female environ-
anent. For them Betsy Barbor, Helen
Newberry or Martha Cook would be
good choices. Many women be dis-
appointed if they didn't experience
living in a co-ed atmosphere. For
'them the more traditional halls
would be better.
While many students fear living
in Bursley on North Campus, others
find it an enjoyable change from the
concrete playground we call Central
The point is, of course, the
"best" residence hall depends of the
person. Of course is you don't enjoy
'where you live, there are plenty of
opportunities to meet people outside
of your residence hall. Join a group
or club and you're almost guaranteed
.to make a friend or two.
J Q. What if my roommate is gay?'
A. What if? If your roommate is
a gay male or lesbian, to make the
assumption that he or she will be
romantically attracted to you, is a
bold assumption indeed. Of course,
if any roommate, sexually or in any
other way, harasses another, room-
ing adjustments will be made, but
differences in sexual orientation are a
cause for neither alarm, nor a room
Q. Should I join the Greek sys-
A. Try it, it might be the best
experience of your life... or it might
not be. Many students new to the
University find that the Greek sys-
tem help take a big place and make
it small. In addition, it can easy way
to meet either men or women and
make friends that often last a life-
time. Other students are turned off
by the sexist and homophobic atti-
tudes the system tends to perpetuate.
Still others find the pledge dues, so-
cial dues and other associated costs
"Rush" - the process by which
sororities and fraternities choose
their members - takes place primar-
ily in the fall for women and in both
the fall and and the winter for men.
While the participating in the rush
process can be complicated, it is ba-
sically a no obligation way to find
out if a fraternity or sorority is for
Another Greek system often over-
looked by students contemplating
going Greek, is the Black Greek As-
sociation (BGA). While it's mem-
bers are predominantly Black the
BGA is open to everyone. Informa-
tion regarding joining a BGA house
is often posted near the minority
lounges in your residence halls.
Q. Where can I get a fake ID?
A. There are lots of places to get
a fake ID. Ask around and you'll be
sure to find one or two capitalists
willing to help you out for a (steep)
price. There are not, however, a lot
of places to get a good fake ID.
Penalties for being caught with a
bogus identification range from sim-
ply the loss of your licence, to a trip
to the city jail. Is it worth it?
It's also important to remember
that not everyone on campus is in
the habit of drinking alcohol. It's
not even close really. Almost cer-
tainly there is less peer pressure to
drink in college than there was in
high school. There are definitely
more ways to entertain yourself as a
college student in Ann Arbor than
wherever you happened to attend
Q. Are classes going to be a lot
harder than high school?
A. Yes. Sorry to be the bearer of
bad news, but there is abright side.
Everyone accepted to Michigan has
the skills to succeed here. While
classes are harder, hundreds of thou-
sands of University students over the
past 150 years have made the ad-
justment from high school to col-
lege and so will you.
Q. Why does everyone say man
and woman, instead of boy and girl?
A. It's called being politically
correct and to many people it's im-
portant. They believe that when
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UHS will cure what ails you
by Elizabeth Lenherd
Daily NSE Contributor
University Health Services (UHS) could prove to be
one of the University's best kept secrets. Located at 207
Fletcher Street, behind the Dental School, UHS harbors
a wealth of health benefits, at virtually no cost, in a
system largely geared towards the needs of students.
Health Services has four medical clinics, a nurse
health center, a gynecology clinic, an allergy and im-
munization clinic, eye care and nutrition clinics, and a
treatment center for minor emergencies.
A lab in the UHS processes tests within the build-
ing, and an in-house pharmacy offers generic or dis-
counted perscription drugs, over-the-counter drugs, and
Almost all the services offered are covered by tuition
fees, with the exception of eye care exams, pharmacy
fees, and psychiatric consultation. (Counseling Ser-
vices, in the Michigan Union, offers free counseling).
The UHS encourages students to make appointments
to cut down on waiting time, but walk-in service is
available during office hours. Student I.D. cards are
needed for all visits to UHS.
Students can request particular physicians, or request
a male or female physicians. To help them choose, a
pamphlet is available with the names, titles, and spe-
cialties of all the clinicians
Director of Health Services, Dr. Cy Briefer encour-
ages students to find one clinician and create a relation-
ship similar to that of a family physician. Maintaining
a comfortable atmosphere is a priority among the UHS
staff, who go out of their way to be helpful, sympa-
thetic, and professional, Briefer said.
Joey Craine, LSA senior said of UHS, "It's very or-
ganized...very personable...you don't feel like you're
just a number in an assembly line."
The UHS treats about 100,000 patients per year.
Most cases are handled during the winter flu season,
when, like all University services, UHS can get bogged
down.Waits for walk-in appointments during the winter
can be up to an hour long.
UHS sponsors several health education programs in-
cluding CHIP - an MTS accessed information network
that will answer healthcare questions within 24 hours,
and TelMed - a phone-in program that has recorded in-
formation on a great number of healthcare issues.
UHS also offers contraception education. In order to
receive contraception, a women must attend a two-hour
birth control lecture.
Pamphlets are available on most sexually transmit-
ted diseases, and confidential testing is available. Bowls
of complimentary condoms are found throughout the
Pamphlets are also offered on eating disorders, caf-
feine, the common cold, and most other ailments you
could think of.
UHS is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to
4:30 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon. For more
information on University Health Services, call Health
Promotion and Community Relations at 763-1320.
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