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2 - The Michgan Daily - Tuesday, October 26, 1993

'U' student earns editing experience in Big Apple

With memories of enjoying a trip
rich with luxury, LSA junior Julie
Neenan recalled her experience edit-
ing a book in New York city.
"It was amazing! Everything was
first class!" Neenan said.
Oct.14, Neenan began a four-day,
three-night stay at the Paramount
Hotel, where she was joined by nine
other students from schools including
Stanford University, Columbia Uni-
versity, Brown University, the Uni-
versity of Pennsylvania and
Georgetown University to help edit a
book that advises students on how to
market themselves for the job world.
Specifically, their task was to of-
fer student input on how to offer use-
ful information to prospective job
seekers, while still commanding their
interest through more modem and
invigorating language and syntax.
The manuscript of the book was
based on extensive work done by the
American Marketing Association
(AMA) atmore than 30 schools across
the country. Student collaborative
teams at these schools explored rel-
evant information dealing with the
topic, "How to Market Yourself in a
Difficult Job Environment."
They interviewed college students
and graduates in all stages of their job

searches, new members of the work
force, career placement officials and
people who make hiring decisions.
The MasterCard Corporation,
sponsor of both AMA and the book,
passed the interview results on to B3KG
Youth, a New York-based youth ser-
vices organization that converted
AMA's findings into a comprehen-
sive manuscript.
One student from each of the 10
schools throughout the country was
then chosen by BKG Youth to assist
in editing the book. The main criteria
considered in the selection process
were grade point average, a resume
and a short application. From this
.procedure, which about 5,000 stu-
dents completed, Neenan became the
University's designated representa-
Neenan was immediately im-
pressed after she received the manu-
script. "I'd see something I thought
could be improved and flip the page
to discover the manuscript already
addressed it.... It's one of the only
job search guides that's really help-
ful, but not dry or boring."
The book not only offers its read-
ers countless tips on the specifics of
the job search process, such as advis-
ing women not to cross their legs in a
job interview except at the ankles, but
also a comprehensive strategy advis-

ing students on the process as awhole.
The book urges students to begin
with a thorough self-assessment to
discover those personal interests and/
or talents that may possibly be used in
a future career.
Neenan articulated the book's
emphasis on thorough conversation.
"Being able to express yourself ver-
bally to a prospective employer is
certainly very important."
The book concludes with a chap-
ter that emphasizes the importance
for graduates to continue to set higher
standards after becoming landed
members of the work force.
Despite the manuscript's in-depth
analysis of the working world, much
was left for the students to accom-
plish in New York.
Neenan cited the students' writing
of one of the chapters among the most
important of their achievements, also
pointing out that their suggestions
will be instrumental in selecting a
title for the book.
Publicist Risa Feldman of Allen-
TaylorCommunications, aNew York-
based firm hired by MasterCard to
publicize the book, confirmed the
success of the students' efforts. "Ev-
erything was incredible," she said.
Neenan is agenuineover-achiever.
In her third year at the University, she
is a English major who is planning on
applying to medical school.
Neenan also devotes time to
Greek-related activities, serving as
president of the Sigma Kappa soror-
ity and sitting on the Social Responsi-
bility Committee, which oversees the
system's alcohol policy.
Sigma Kappa member and LSA
sophomore Laura Tatelbaum de-
scribedNeenan as "outgoing, friendly,
and extremely easy to get along with.
She's the type of person who would
drop what she wasdoing to help some-
Additionally, Neenan is active in
student government, serving as MSA
treasurer and chair of the Campus
Governance Committee (CGC),
which makes recommendations on
student appointments to all Univer-
sity committees.
Earlier this year, Neenan and CGC
were lambasted by the Ann Arbor
Tenants' Union (AATU) for not di-
versifying or devoting enough time to
the process of selecting and naming
students to committees.
MSA Vice President Brian Kight,
however, finds Neenan'sefforts com-
mendable. "Overall, given the fact
that she's been doing much of the
CGC's workonher own, Ithink she's

been doing avery good job." He cited
her work at completing most of the
committees' assignments on time and
trying to get feedback from commit-
tees on the CGC's appointments as a
"big improvement" to the allegedly
malaise-plagued CGC of past years.
During summer breaks, Neenan
continues to seek challenging work
experience. Last summer, she worked
on a molecular oncology project at
the University of Cincinnati Medical
She hopes to continue her work in
Cincinnati this summer on a project
of her own design.
Neenan cited her parents as the
most positive influence on her expe-
rience with success. "They've always
been very active in community ser-
vice and emphasized the importance
of giving back to society that which
you gain."
Neenan said her parents' influ-
ence has prompted her desire to prac-
tice medicine as a trauma or heart
surgeon in the future.
When asked to offer her advice on
how to approach the job world to
students, Neenan discretely warned,
"Other than read the book, I think that
the idea of self-assessment is crucial.
... The book also has a lot to say about
networking," for those people with

Continued from page 1,
University General Counsel Elsa
Cole said she could not comment on
this specific case without further in-
formation. However, she called the
University's procedure legally just.
"Generally the policy is that the
student is told about the infraction
and given a chance to respond," she
said. "Courts have upheld that proce-
dure as being constitutionally sound."
Cole added that the law mandates
only that the accused be given notice
and an opportunity to be heard in
front of an administrator or judicial
"The court does not regulate the
presence of an attorney," Cole said.
Cole stressed that the court does
not differentiate between oral and
written notification.
However, the Residence Hall Ju-
dicial Process does specify that stu-
dents have "the right to be informed
in writing of the charges against them
with sufficient specificity and time to
Continued from page 1
and Pi Phi President Jennifer Sexsmith
would not confirm the allegations.
Both said they have discussed the
situation with their national offices.
Schollett said SAE chooses so-
rorities to compete in the Mudbowl
on the basis of enthusiasm and spirit.
"Some sororities this year perhaps
thought they could persuade us. How-
ever, the first two allegations, which
are the only two on this list that have
any validity to them, were not encour-
aged or suggested or expected by the
active chapter," he said.
Vice President for Student Affairs
Maureen Hartford said she wasn't
totally surprised at the allegations,
but said she was "startled and disap-
"The concern comes from the na-
ture of bribing to be in a Mudbowl.
The greatest concern is going to come
from the alumni of these sororities,"
Hartford said.
"We'll be meeting with members
of the Greek system, including the
advisers, to see what level of investi-

insure opportunity to adequately pre.
pare for a hearing."
James Majernik said his son was
never provided with the paperwork
he needed. "That is fundamentally
wrong," he said,
Both students said they were re-
lieved that the case was not brought
up under the Statement of Student
Rights and Responsibilities.
Mary Lou Antieau, judicial advi-.
sor of the policy, said the students'
offense does not fall under the State-
"This is not being handled under
the Statement," she said. "The State-
ment doesn't cover noise."
Although James Majernik still
finds fault with these University poli-
cies, he has given up his fight for the
time being.
"I will drop it at this juncture with
the understanding that if the issue
ever comes up again I will again chal-
lenge this process," he said. "For now,
I'm going to let the boys get back to
their studies."
gation needs to go on next," she said.
If the marijuana allegation is true,
the culprits would be referred to the
Ann Arbor Police Department for dis-
ciplinary action.
Both Panhellenic Association
(Panhel) President Joey Faust and
Interfraternity Council (IFC) Presi-
dent Polk Wagner agreed that action
will come from the national offices
and alumni and not locally through*
Panhel and IFC.
"We're looking into it (but) I don't
see any action that IFC can take,"
Wagner said.
Faust added, "I'm dealing with it
as a representative of the system. We
have always discussed these issues
and will continue to."
Panhel Adviser Mary Beth Seiler
said, "My experience with both the.
local (chapter) advisers and these na-
tional organizations is that they are
very responsible. They will thor-
oughly investigate it and I trust them
to do that."
According to the letter, copies were
also senttoUniversity PresidentJames
Duderstadt, Hartford, Panhel and IFC
advisers and presidents, and The
Michigan Review.

Continued from page 1
vey indicates no consistent pattern,"
she added.
The preliminary results of
SACUA's survey indicated that 13 of
the 20 institutions polled showed no
increase in grievance claims; four
showed increases - two of which
showed only a slight increase; three
institutions indicated that some types
of grievances were increasing, others
were not.
The schools surveyed cited vari-
ous reasons for the increase. Four
institutions blamed the economy; two
blamed the media; others criticized

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