The Michigan Daily - Thursday, April 11, 1996-3A
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Students in schools with between 600
and 900 students tend'to learn better than
students in smaller or larger schools,
according to a University study con-
wducted by Valerie Lee, School of Educa-
tion associate professor, and Julia Smith,
University of Rochester assistant pro-
fessor. The findings were presented yes-
terday at the American Educational Re-
search Association's annual meeting.
Learning was measured in terms of
achievement gain over four years; data
Was taken from 9,900 students in 789
high schools across the country.
The impact of high school size on
learning varies according to the subject
and the individual, the study found.
School size influences learning in math
more than learning in reading. Disad-
vantaged students are espec ial ly affected
by student number, and schools with a
large percentage of minority and low-
. cme students experience greater fluc-
ations in learning as school size varies.
Physics Prof. Roy Clarke received the
.Margaret and Herman Sokol Faculty
Award yesterday afternoon in a presen-
tation at the Rackham Amphitheater.
Clarke, founding director of the Ap-
plied Physics Program, has taught at the
Jni versity since 1979.
His contributions have included the
assembly of one of the world's leading
research groups for structural studies
on low-dimensional systems. He is also
renowned for his research in condensed-
matter physics, specifically in the study
of the structure of matter using X-ray
The $25,000 Sokol Award is granted
'each year to a tenured faculty member in
*he physical sciences for their contribu-
tions to graduate education and research.
A graduated licensing system should
*replace the status quo, according to
nPatricia Wailer, director of the Univer-
sity Transportation Research Institute.
Wailer said greater attention should
,be given to promoting driving skills
admore time allotted to practicing.
The graduated licensing system in-
volves three levels of licensing, in-
creased practice under supervision and
raising the minimum licensing age to
17. The system would incur implemen-
tation costs, but according to the federal
mhighway administration, the current cost
0go society of each motor vehicle fatality
averages around $2.8 million.
The proposal is presently being de-
bated in the state Senate.
'r U' brings high schools
closer to astronomy
Enhanced television images are
bringing color to telescopic astronomy.
"Image of the Month," a program fos-
tered by University astronomy Prof.
Q~ouglas Richstone and department of
..astronomy chair Prof. Hugh Aller, fea-
tures monthly mailings containing a color
y 8-by- 1i-inch photograph, an explana-
tionofthe image, and follow-up sources.
The photographs are taken using the
University's telescope in Tucson, Ariz.,
in collaboration with MIT and
"Images" editor and chiefwriter Prof.
ichard Teske and his colleagues hope
bring high schools "a little closer to
astronomy as it is currently practiced,"
through images captured by recent tech-
nology, bringing classrooms closer to
- Compiled by Jill Kuofor the
Duderstadt joins past'U'
presidents on wall of honor
By Will Weissert
Daily Staff Reporter
Amidst the faces of men like James
Angell, Harlan Hatcher, Robben Fleming
and Henry Tappan, whose names now
grace University buildings, James
Duderstadt is the new kid on the block.
Duderstadt, the outgoing University
president, watched his photo join those
of the 13 other former presidents yes-
terday on the Michigan Union's "Wall
During the ceremony, the Michigan
Union Board of Representatives, mem-
bers of the Roundtable Discussion
Group, students and faculty members
presented Duderstadt with a token of
appreciation for his service, as his pic-
ture and an engraved bronze plaque
commemorating his achievements were
The photograph, a roughly 81/2-by-1 1
black-and-white portrait shot of
Duderstadt, which he chose, is the 14th
photo to join the Union's presidential
The Wall of Presidents was first un-
veiled in November 1994.
Martin Sichel, a professor of aero-
space engineering who has known
Duderstadt since 1976, worked with
Duderstadt's office to draft the plaque's
inscription. Sichel introduced
Duderstadt during the unveiling cer-
"The Union is the soul of the Univer-
sity," he told the crowd of about 30
students and faculty members who wit-
nessed the unveiling. "For that reason it
is important for the Union to have a
Wall of Presidents."
"Wherever Jim is, something hap-
pens," Sichel said of Duderstadt.
Duderstadt told the crowd he was
grateful for the photo and he was pleased
it was going to hang on the wall because
the Union is a "counterbalance to the
forces of darkness that is the adminis-
tration building across the street."
Duderstadt said he was especially
pleased by the student involvement in
organizing the ceremony. "Students pro-
vide the energy and spirit that drives the
University," he said.
After the ceremony, Duderstadt said
he was looking forward to making the
transition from president to professor.
"I came here to teach," he said. "One of
the problems with being president is
your calendar is so full that it's difficult
to schedule time for classes."
Duderstadt and the organizers ad-
journed to the University's Museum of
Art following the ceremony fora recep-
tion in the president's honor.
More than 1,000 students, faculty
members and other distinguished guests
received invitations to the reception,
where members of the Roundtable Dis-
Outgoing University President James Duderstadt speaks in front of the Wail of
Presidents yesterday in the Michigan Union.
cussion Group presented Duderstadt
with a quilt made of T-shirts and
sweatshirts representing 25 student
groups on campus.
Some students said that even though
they were familiar with the Union's
Wall of Presidents, they had not noticed
the addition of Duderstadt's photo be-
cause the pictures and plaques are set
back in a small hallway on the first
"I would say it is out of the way," said
Jenny Burleson, an LSA junior. "The
only time people use that area is to go to
one of the rooms back there or to use the
TEC, Panhel award
efforts of top
The wheels on the car are clean, clean, cleanS
Ann Arbor resident Jean-Michel Creviere takes time to give his truck a spring cleaning at the Liberty Street carwash
yesterday. The recording engineer said he was enjoying the warm weather.
C.AAS lecturer shares tales of
co.ntemporary S. Aican culure
By Heather Miller
Daily Staff Reporter
Members of the Greek system filled
the Michigan Union Ballroom last night
to honor participants for achievements
in scholarship, leadership and service
in its annual awards night.
Order of Omega, a national Greek
system honor society, organized the
event that presented the individual and
chapter awards, including Greek Man
and Woman of the Year.
"This is the overall Greek awards
night," said Order of Omega president
Laura Shoemaker of Alpha Chi
Omega and Mark Kibby of Pi Kappa
Alpha were named Greek Woman and
Man of the Year.
The Panhellenic Association pre-
sented the Go Greek award to Alpha
Delta Pi for overall excellence in cat-
egories ranging from philanthropy to
The Interfraternity Council presented
the Outstanding. Chapter of the Year
award to Pi Kappa Alpha for outstand-
The Melissa Davis award, which
recognizes a student who gives self-
less contributions to her sorority and
the community, was presented to
Christine Tompkins of Alpha Gamma
"It's an honor because I've worked
with (Davis)," Tompkins said. "It was an
honor to get something named after her."
Outstanding chapter presidents also
were recognized, with the Panhellenic
Association Outstanding Chapter Presi-
dent Award presented to Rebekah
Brandstatter from Pi Beta Phi, and the
Allan Lutes Award for Outstanding
Chapter President given to Delta Chi's
"I was about in tears. What an honor,"
Magro said. "I was totally honored and
The evening culminated with the
Greek Man and Woman of the Year
"They're selected as the top Greek
leader that's graduating this year,"
Each house nominates five senior
members for the award. These nomi-
nees are then reviewed by a panel com-
posed of advisers and students within
the Greek system.
Shoemaker, who served as Panhel
president last year, said she was ex-
tremely surprised to receive the Greek
Woman of the Year award.
"There are so many qualified candi-
dates this year," she said.
Kibby, the IFC vice president of
community service learning, also said
he was surprised about being pre-
sented with the Greek Man of the
Fellow Greek member Vince
Manzella of Phi Gamma Delta said he
was pleased about Kibby receiving the
"There's no one more deserving of
this honor," Manzella said. "The Greek
community has a great representative
in Mark Kibby."
By Erena Baybik
Daily Staff Reporter
Elise Bryant, lecturer and program as-
sociate for the Center for African Ameri-
can Studies, shared her experiences in
Ghana and South Africa yesterday at the
CAAS library as part ofa lecture series on
contemporary South Africa.
"For the second year in a row, the
Fogarty Group is sending undergradu-
ates and graduates to two sites in Af-
rica, and the business department has a
business development core that is send-
ing students to South Africa to work
with businesses there -this series was
an informal way to exchange ideas about
what's going on in South Africa," said
Evans Young, administrative manager
Bryant lectured on workers' culture
and shared her knowledge of the cur-
rent state of South Africa. "I went to
Ghana first for one week and spent two
weeks in South Africa. Ghana felt very
much like coming home, even though
I'm from Detroit."
Bryant recalled the tension she en-
countered in Johannesburg.
"Johannesburg was quite challenging,
it felt like a city under siege - very
tense - we had to keep windows up
and doors locked."
After arriving in Africa, Bryant was
picked up from the airport by South
Africans involved with her program.
One ofthe white citizens told about the
numerous carjackings occurring there.
"The week before, he and his daughter
were hijacked and he didn't know if they
would live or die," Bryant said.
Bryant said she had envisioned South
Africa becoming a more democratic
country, but it had been only two years
since Nelson Mandela's election and
the changes were not yet apparent.
Bryant said she realized on her trip
that "the world refused to see that Nelson
Mandela's culture is capable of repres-
sion and corruption and that the work-
ing-class blacks will be forced to pay
"The government is now going
against the trade workers; they use wa-
ter guns and water cannons," Bryant
said. "In that sense, things hadn't
changed that much for them."
Bryant stressed the importance of
unity among workers. "We're not inter-
ested in black vs. white - we want one
"It sounds like a dream," said Grant
Farred, an assistant professor of com-
Bryant said that in reality, Farred was
right. "You can't get a general strike
going because we're materially tied to
our jobs, even if only four out of 10
Bryant talked about staying at a hotel
in Sabi, South Africa, where all the
black people only worked as staff. "I
think I was the first black person to stay
in their hotel because all the black staff
people watched me go up the stairs.
This was the first time they had a black
(person) stay in their hotel and the last
time they'll have a black (person) stay
in their hotel," Bryant said.
"Sabi in particular-you know where
your place is," Bryant said.
"To go to Africa, and to realize the vast
gifts that have come from Africa, and to
know that the standard of living that the
white South Africans enjoy built on the
blood and sweat of the black South Afri-
cans makes me sad," Bryant said.
"If I could sum up my experience in
Africa I would say all will be ours again
- there is hope and there are people
doing what needs to be done."
Brian Griese is an LSA junior. This was incorrectly reported in yesterday's Daily.
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