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8 - The Michigan Daily - Thursday, February 9, 1995

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New note-taking services .
at 'U' cover more classes

Bethany Mayer, Natural Resource senior, looks out the blinds at the Art School after class.
East Quad to convert apa

By Beth Echlin
For the Daily
It used to be that when student's
overslept and missed a class or needed
help organizing their notes, they had two
choices - borrow them from a friend or
go to Supreme Course Transcripts.
Now, however, there are two new
kids on the block.
Jon's Notes, at 229 Nickels Ar-
cade, and Blue Notes, above Rendez-
vous Cafe on South University Av-
enue, are challenging Supreme
Course's dominance of the University
Both Jon's Notes and Blue Notes
employ students who have an average
3.5 GPA and are enrolled in the course
for which they are to take notes. Stu-
dents can make up to $650 per semes-
ter. Supreme Course employs only
graduate students and prefers the ac-
tual teaching assistants of the courses.
Blue Notes, which has been in
business since last September, offers
notes for more than 100 classes. Jon's
Notes, new this-semester, offers notes
for 40 different classes, and is plan-
ning to add more.
Both companies have branches on
several college campuses around the
country, but they are new to the Uni-
Supreme Course, long the only
such service on campus, asks the
professor's permission before pub-
lishing. Because many instructors
would not grant permission, a large
number of students could not buy
notes for their courses.
A recent court case between the
University of Florida and A-Plus
Notes established that publishing
notes taken from a professor's lecture
does not violate the copyright law,
even if those companies do not have
the instructor's permission.
Jan Paris, general manager of Su-
preme Course Transcripts, said that
even with the court ruling, her service
would continue to ask permission.
"Supreme Course Transcripts has

Students upset that
popular rooms will
not be available
By Tim O'Connell
For the Daily
East Quad will lose its apartments
and most of the converted triples this
summer, as the University Housing
Division attempts to improve safety
and to distribute space more evenly.
East Quad residents received flyers
last week explaining next year's
changes. The pending renovations of
existing apartments and suites disap-
pointed residents who planned to vie
for the popular spots.
"I live in an apartment this year, and
a lot of students have taken a look at it.
They're annoyed that this apartment
won't exist," said LSA junior Matthew
Julie Lavrack, East Quad's coordi-
nator of residence education, gave rea-

sons for the change: "Our main con-
cern had to do with safety. We've had
two small fires this year that were due
to electrical problems with the kitchen-
No one was hurt in the two fires.
The large apartments and suites will
be converted to smaller rooms, with
closets replacing the kitchenettes. In
addition, 36 of the 50 converted triples
in the building will be designated as
"What I noticed when we reviewed
the building this year was that some
students had a huge luxury of space,
and others were confined to small
rooms," Lavrack said. "The 82 stu-
dents who live in apartments and suites
had an average of 145 square ft. of
living space each, while the 135 resi-
dents who lived in converted triples
each had an average of 64 square ft. of
space. "
Lavrack said Vice President for
Student Affairs Maureen A. Hartford

encouraged the changes.
"With the huge disparity, we were
looking for a more fair solution. Our
goal, which was partly set by Maureen
Hartford, was to get rid of as many
converted triples as possible."she said.
The number ofnon-smoking rooms
in the residence hall also will increase
this fall. The Housing Division will
designate parts of the top two floors as
smoking roomsdueto complaints from
non-smokers about cigarette smoke
drifting through their windows from
smokers' rooms below.
The current plan was created by
Lavrack, East Quad Office Manager
John Gose, Building Facilities Man-
ager Tracey Gonzalez and Mainte-
nance Mechanic Jim Bogi. The plan
was received well by the University
Housing Division, Lavrack said.
Gonzalez will be in charge of the
construction contractors on the sum-
mer project and said she hopes every-
thing runs smoothly.

had a very long-standing policy. For
ten years, we have always asked the
instructor's permission, and will al-
ways continue to do so," she said.
"My interests are in maintaining the
relationship we have with students
and professors."
This court ruling opened the door
for other note-taking companies, which
now cover a wide range of classes.
But many professors feel that such
services encourage students to skip class.
Associate sociology Prof. Michael
Kennedy has protested vocally against
such companies. "I issued a couple of
strong statements in class stating that
note-taking services are defeating the
purpose of attending classes."
Greg Artz, an LSA senior major-
ing in history, admitted to skippping
class. "Basically, I'm too lazy to go to
the class so I buy the notes so I don't
have to."
Many other students said they use
them as supplements. Adena Edwards,
an LSA first-year student who had just
purchased notes for the first time, said
they helped her organize her own notes.
"I took this class before and now
I'm taking it with this (the notes) and it
seems better," she said.
Jason Tink, manager of Blue Notes
and a 1992 University graduate, said the
notes are essential for some students.
"We currently work with the Uni-
versity department of disability and
provide the service for free for stu-
dents who are dyslexic or have other
problems that interfere with their note-
Dan Mulligan, a first-year LSA
student, is one such student.
"I have attention-deficit disorder,
and I use them so I can pay attention
in class. When I try and take notes
myself I concentrate too much on that
- then I can't really listen to what's
being said."
Sam Goodin, the director of Ser-
vices for Students with Disabilities,
complimented all of the local compa-
nies. "All three have been very gener-
ous and provide their services for free
and that's a great thing."
But some professors resent the fact
that they are not asked for permission
before companies sell lecture notes.
Some have even banned auditors from
entering their classrooms.
Kennedy said it is unprofessional
not to ask the instructor.
"In the past I have always refused
permission for any of these services,
and I think it represents a degree of
insolence by these services that they
would not even seek my permission,"
he said.
Note-taking services said their notes
are only a study aid.
A disclaimeron aBlue Notes poster
states, "Blue Notes are to be used only
as a note supplement." The same mes-

332 Maynard St.
across from Nickels Arcade

Notes on notes
Here's a comparison of local note-
taking services.
Supreme Course Transcripts:
Semester: $29.95
Test packets: $12-20.00
(depending on course)
Weekly notes available: No
Daily notes available: No
Jon's Notes:
Semester: $29.99 ($24.99 for
some classes)
Test Packets: $8-18.00
(depending on class)
Weekly notes available: No
Daily notes available: No
Blue Notes:
Semester: $27.00
Test Packets: $15.00
Weekly notes: $8.00
Daily notes: $3.00/hr
Note: Exam packets include all
lecture notes taken before the
exam date.- Weekly ntes are;
notes for one course for one
particular week. Daily notes are
notes for one particular lecture
sage was also posted in the store. Jon's
Notes, in a recent memo, emphasized
that "our notes are not to be used as a
replacement for lecture."
Kennedy said he did not believe
that such notes were being used merely
as supplements.
"How can I know that's what it's
being used for?" he asked. "I would
recommend if it is being used as a
supplement that they be handed out
for free."
Michael Majernik, a Business
School junior, thought Kennedy was@
"He seems to feel that his lecture's
being violated. He seems to have a
grudge against Blue Notes," Majernik
said. "I think it's slightly childish of
the professor. I mean, as long as
they're getting information about this
class I don't see why he should care
Majernik said he used the notes to
supplement his own, when he attends
class. "The professor will never write
anything on the board except an out-
line at the beginning."
LSA sophomore David Mustalish
has used all three note-taking services.
"I've got a busy schedule and oc-
casionally I'll sleep in and miss my
class," he said. "The professors al-
ways do stress the importance of go-
ing to class, and I believe that to a
certain extent. But if I miss it, it's
either this or nothing. These are better
organized than, say, a classmate's
Aid to fight
Mich crime
money to hire new police officers has
started rolling into smaller communi-
ties across the country, including
$16.7 million for more than 200
Michigan towns and suburbs.
The money for the thousands of
police officers and sheriff's deputies
in America's communities with fewer
than 50,000 residents is being pro-
vided under the $30 billion crime bill,

which became law last year.
"This latest round of new police will
bring the total number of cops hired in
Michigan as a result of the crime bill to
484, and there are more new police to
come," said Sen. Carl Levin (D-Mich.).
The state will get 244 officers under the
latest round of grants.

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