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College - the
est place to
learn it all
The University boasts a top-25 rank-
ing among American colleges, a beau-
tiful campus and an NCAA champion
key team.
ut that's just what they print in the
brochures.
Not to undermine the efforts of the
hockey team, but there is more to the
University that the administration
wouldn't dare publish.
Some of it is printed here, in The
Michigan Daily.
But most of what students learn at
the University doesn't come from
classes or the Daily.
'here's another side to the Universi-
ty - with unlisted classes such as How
to Pick Up Members of the Opposite
Gender at Fraternity Parties, What to do
When You Forget to Do a Paper, When
to Skip Class and Veg Out on the Diag
and Where to Go for Food at 4 a.m.
What? You say you didn't CRISP
into those courses at orientation?
Well, it's OK. At any point, you can
t to learn about more than chemistry
philosophy. I advise starting early.
Go out, make friends, live in the
dorm and listen to people.
It's a safe bet you'll learn more
from your hallmates than your profes-
sors, spend more time drinking caf-
feine than sleeping and spend more on
the phone bill than on books.
View all that positively.
If people just sit in class and take
notes, then study, write papers and
A exams, they don't learn anything.
Take advantage of something the
University does publicize - there are
more registered student groups on this
campus than on any other.
Join an IM team, volunteer, march
in the band, go Greek; or write for the
paper. Just do something, as they say.
But it's not like high school where
you can do everything. Try one or two
things at a time, then stick with one
*anization. It will reward you.
Drop by the Diag. There's usually
something going on at noon and on
sunny weekends. It's a great place -
where else would you find the Angell
Hall Computing Site, the Harlan Hatch-
er Graduate Library, Hash Bash and the
Christian Coalition Good Friday Rally,
all in the same location?
Leave your safe group of friends one
night a week and explore on your own.
Speaking of new things, if you've
ided on a major, even if you have
known what you wanted to major in
since you were two, forget it. People
change majors 17 times in college on
average. Think you're pre-med? Try
computer engineering. Think you're
architecture? Try vocal performance.
But whatever you decide to major in,
talk to people who are older and find
ot who the good professors are. Take
r classes and schmooze with them.
can say these things and give this
unsolicited advice because I am going
to be a senior again this year and
seniors know these things.
Reflecting on my first year, I was
scared of the University and preferred
hanging out with friends from middle
school. Bad move. Middle school was
nothing compared to college.
In college, possibilities are endless.
You may hook up in the stacks of
* Grad Library. You may find a
church to fulfill your soul. You may

score the winning swish in an IM
hoops game. You may meet the man
or woman of your dreams. I've only
done one of these things, and I won't
tell you which one. You may do all or
none of these - who knows'?
The important thing is that you walk
home at 3 a.m. with 10 of your closest
ends one night. That's how you learn
ngs about other people and yourself
The important thing is that you fall
down the steps of the Union and make
a new best friend out of the sympathet-
ic soul who takes you to the hospital.
That's how you make friends.
The important thing is to join an

Education
evolving for
under grads

By Jodi S. Cohen
I)aily Staff Reporter
For some fans, the University means Maize and Blue. Hail
to the Victors and young athletes scoring points in front of
thousands of spectators.
For some patients, the University means patient-centered.
state-of-the-art health facilities amidst a nationwide move
toward managed care.
For some students, the University means quality education
at the No. I public research institution in the country.
At a university that spans more acres than any other school
in the nation and serves a diversity of people, undergraduate
students may feel lost in the shuffle.
"People are realizing that undergraduate education is an
absolutely essential part of this institution," said former Pres-
ident James Duderstadt, who stepped down July 1.
Assistant Dean for Undergraduate Education David
Schoem said recent trends show that during the last decade,
more efforts have been geared toward improving the educa-
tion of undergraduate students. In the early 1980s, he said, this
was not the case.
The sense that Michigan was a large, impersonal institution
was truer in the early 1980s. It is not as true anymore, he said.
Schoem said some obvious changes at the University
include smaller classes and more faculty-student interaction,
especially in outside-the-classroom education.
Efforts to improve language courses, expand community
service programs and integrate technology are other trends in
undergraduate education.
LIVING-LEARNING PROGRAMS
"We are significantly improving the quality of life intellec-
tually within the residence halls," Duderstadt said. "Most of(a
student's) time is spent in a residential environment. That
should be a learning environment."
Tom Weisskopf, who took over in July as director of the
Residential College, the University's model living-learning
program, said these communities enable students to spend
more time learning in non-traditional settings
"There are many ways
that people can learn," People are
Weisskopf said. "The liv-
ing-learning community realizing
draws on many modes of t a
learning. A good learning undergraduate
experience has to have a
great deal of variety." education is
The University's history
of living-learning communi- an absolutely
ties dates back to 1962
when the Pilot Program was essential part
developed as a "pilot" to the
Residential College, which of this
began in 1967.
Since then, living-learn- institution
ing programs have expand-
ed. There are currently fiveJes Duderstat
living-learning communi- Former University
ties, including the Honors president
Program, the Residential
College, the 21st Century
Program, the Pilot Program and the Women in Science and
Engineering Program. A section of the Undergraduate
Daily Research Opportunity Program joins the group this fall.
In addition, a living-learning task force is studying the most
effective ways to expand the programs; some changes will go
into effect this year.
"It really enriches students so it is not just a matter of punch-
ing in at the classroom and punching out at the end of a lecture,"
Weisskopf said. "If it is just a matter of checking in and check-
ing out, you are not really able to get that much out of it."
UROP is the newest addition to the University's living-
learning communities. Originally formed as a learning com-
munity outside the residential environment, UROP will begin
a pilot live-in program this fall.
Forty-eight UROP students and two resident advisers will
/ay live on a co-ed hall in West Quad.
Sandra Gregerman, the program's director, said living with
ry. other UROP students will enrich students' participation in the
program.
eer- "I think there will be more opportunities for them to discuss
hirt, their research with each other," she said about the program,
e , which creates research partnerships between about 700 first
spF and second-year undergraduates and 400 faculty members.
heir The 21st Century Program also will expand this fall, dou-
eek, bling in size to accommodate 600 students. The students, who
nony Please see EDUCATION, Page 9C

NOPPORN KICHANANTHA,
Recent University graduate Drew
Woodruff studies in the Law Librar
(top)
LSA senior Rainey Bice and Engine
ing senior Paul Pan, in the green s
paint a mural on the window of the
Pediatric Center at University Hos
tats as part of an assignment for t
Drawing 101 class. (left)
As part of National Coming Out Wi
a "Coming Out of the Closet cerer
was held on the Diag. (above)

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MSA works to represent students at all levels

By Laurie Mayk
Daily Staff Reporter
Students at the University have their own

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