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Page 2-The Michigan Daily/New Student Edition - Thursday, September 5, 1991

Students

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cIC

by Garrick Wang
Daily Staff Reporter
Ever wonder where the North Ingalls Building is?
Or if there's a University hang gliding club? Or who
played Cindy on the Brady Bunch?
Have no fear, the Campus Information Center
(CIC) is here.
Located on the first floor of the Michigan Union,
the CIC provides students and visitors with
information on University and city services, programs,
and events.
Although the CIC's primary role is answering
questions about the University and its surroundings,
information specialists also receive inquiries on bizarre
subjects, such as the young one in curls. For example,
students have called looking for answers to the
following:
"At what temperature do you bake cookies?"
"How do you know when broccoli goes bad?"
"Who played Cindy on the Brady Bunch?"
"How can I get to the 49th floor of the Union?"
"Are you bored working here?"
Sheryl Mette, manager of the CIC office, said the
center opened its doors in 1980 in response to student
frustrations with the complex, decentralized nature of
the University.
Among its numerous services, the CIC provides
people with information regarding more than 200
University offices and 300 student organizations. They
can also pick up free maps, schedules, brochures, news
publications and other resource materials on its semi-
circular desk.
Although the CIC creates and distributes many of
the free publications, it relies heavily on other
University and non-University offices to provide it
with additional materials and resources.
The CIC also has an Info to Go computer terminal
which displays information about the University and

on tape which is available 24 hours a day. People can
call 763-FILM to find out what films, sponsored by
non-profit groups, are showing on campus or 763-
INFO to hear a message about popular campus events.
And as if all that computer and phone technology
weren't enough, CIC also employs real live Student
Information Assistants who are available to answer
questions in the Union office or over the phone at 763-
INFO.
Many students and visitors are amazed at the
plethora of knowledge each information specialist has
accumulated.
Mette said the secret is that each specialist has
immediate access to specially prepared notebooks
called modules. These modules are crammed with
information which can be used to answer many
inquiries. Each specialist receives intensive training in
using the modules and becoming familiar with the
office surroundings.
Mette said both offices receive a lot of inquiries
because they are mentioned prominently at Summer and
Fall Orientation, in the New Student Handbook and by
word of mouth.
In response to the demand, the CIC and the Alpha
Phi Omega service fraternity teamed-up and operated
miniature information booths at six locations around
campus prior to the start of the fall term last year.
CIC has also opened a satellite office located in the
lobby of North Campus Commons to provide in-depth
information about North Campus area and its schools
and colleges .
"One of our main objectives is to have the North
Campus Commons be open the same number of hours as
the office at the Union," Mette said.
Currently, the main CIC office is open from 7 a.m. -
1 p.m. on Mondays, 7 a.m. - 2 a.m. Tuesday through
Saturday, and 9 a.m. - 1 a.m. on Sundays. The North
Campus Information Center (NCIC) is open weekdays
between 7:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.

ROB KROENERT/
The Campus Information Center is located on the first floor of the Michigan Union. People come from miles
around to marvel at the wealth of knowledge contained behind this circular desk.

the Ann Arbor community. The computer contains
information about everything from campus area
restaurants to walking tours. Info to Go is on display
at CIC and the lobbies of the Undergraduate
Admissions Office at the Student Activities Building
and the Alumni Center.
But if the route to the CIC remains a mystery in
itself, or you have a terrible fear of re-folding

brochures, the CIC also allows students access to its
information facilities from the comfort of their own
home or dorm room.
Students with a computer and modem can also
obtain film and current events information through the
MichNet computer network. This service is free of
charge and also provides information of selected events
at the University's Flint and Dearborn campuses.
The center also provides current events information

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