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The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, September 3, 1997- 9C

hero had
'U' ties
By Zachary M. Raimi
Daily Staff Reporter
Viis name might not be easily recog-
ed by the public.
But the achievements of University
alumnus Raoul Wallenberg have earned
a place in the story of the 20th century.
Wallenberg, whose work as a Swedish
diplomat in World War II Hungary led
him to save the lives of several thousand
Jews, is viewed by many as a great
humanitarian, a bright light in one of his-
tory's darkest tragedies.
Ss a University student, Wallenberg
studious and well liked.
"He could have gone anywhere for
school - it is interesting that he picked
Michigan," said history Prof. Sidney
Indeed, Wallenberg's grandfather
Gustaf thought the University was ideal
for Wallenberg because it lacked the
pretensions of the United State's elite
private colleges. Wallenberg afficiona-
Vi Benner said Gustaf wanted Raoul
come to a public institution because
of the kind of values that you would
find here - there's a more heteroge-
neous mix of people."
Wallenberg arrived in Ann Arbor in
1931 to study architecture. His daily
activities as a University student were
not unlike those of current students. He
studied, played, dated and learned.
Wallenberg graduated with honors and
won a medal that went to the person with
4 most impressive academic record.
But Wallenberg was not a hermit; he
socialized with others and spent time
outside. Nancy Bartlett, a reference
archivist at the Bentley Historical
Library, has studied Wallenberg's life.
She said Wallenberg's congenial, curi-
ous nature led him to explore. "He was
really a very nice, sophisticated, active
individual - very curious about the
rid around him."
fler years of working and travelling,
Wallenberg, at 32, became a Swedish
diplomat and led an effort to save Jews in
Budapest, Hungary.
While on his way to a meeting with
Russian commanders Jan. 17, 1945, the
Soviets arrested Wallenberg. It is
unclear why he was arrested, and even
more unclear what happened to
Wallenberg. While he could still be
alive, Fine said, "the best evidence is
(the Soviets) executed him.:"
' Wallenberg is one of the University's
most beloved alumni. Although he left
campus more than 60 years ago, his pres-
ence lingers. "I think there is a sense of
honor in somehow being associated with
him and the institution," Bartlett said.

Libraries offer variety of
atmospheres, resources

By Christine M. Paik
Daily Staff Reporter
At a school as large as the University, it should come as no
surprise that libraries can be as diverse as the students that
visit them.
Large and small, quaint and overwhelming, elegant and
blunt: The University offers numerous libraries, each special-
izing in a specific area.
The most popular of all University libraries are the Shapiro
Undergraduate Library and the Hatcher Graduate Library,
both located in the Diag..
Janis Giannini, head of public relations for both libraries,
said the Graduate Library is a "huge, complex library system."
The holdings in the Graduate Library include collections in
subjects from French literary magazines to manuscripts writ-
ten on Egyptian papyrus.
"The collections in the Graduate Library are research-ori-
ented collections, and they run the gamut of a number of dis-
ciplines that you find represented in the curriculum in LSA,"
Giannini said.
While the Undergraduate Library (nicknamed the Ugli)
also focuses on the LSA program, it is specifically designed
for undergraduates, Giannini said.
"It is a working collection for undergrads," Giannini said.
"The collections in the Undergraduate Library do not have the
depth and scope of those in the Graduate Library."
Both libraries offer access to an indexing catalog that eases
the procedure of finding a specific book, or multiple books of
a certain subject.
"(Mirlyn) is an online catalog system," Giannini said. "It
has 31.5 million citations on it, and it offers access to the

libraries in the University of Michigan library system."
LSA senior Jason Liem worked at the Graduate Library for
a year, but still found it frustrating to look for books.
"When I came in as a freshman, I almost got lost in the
stacks trying to find my book," Liem said. "And the map of
the stacks doesn't help too much, either."
The Undergraduate Library offers several work tables,
study rooms and an eating lounge. But Liem said the Graduate
Library's atmosphere is more studious.
"If I had to choose between the Grad and the Undergrad, I
would prefer to study in the Grad," Liem said. "It's a lot quieter
- the Ugli seems to be filled with people who just socialize."
Another popular study spot for many undergraduates is the
Law Library, located on the Law Quad off of South
University Avenue. Margaret Leary, director of the Law
Library, said the library is mainly used by Law students,
although non-Law students use the stacks as well.
The most popular feature of the Law Library is its large,
gothic study room. Ornately designed, the room maintains
strict standards of silence for those who need to maximize
their concentration.
Near the other libraries but far from the beaten path is the
Clements Library, located on South University Avenue.
John Dann, the library's director, said the library is famous
around the world for its American history documents, adding
that it's "full of fabulous treasures."
"We have material from the early period of Columbus and
exploration, all the way up to the 20th century;" Dann said.
"This is not a library of history books."
-Mirlyn can be accessed over Telnet at
mirlyn.telnet.lib. umich. edu.

Student Anne Richtmeyer studies In the stacks of the Hatcher Graduate library.
The Graduate library's enormous size makes It an Ideal study spot.

Many political leaders hail from 'U'


Go elve/Mich
in 19 differea

By Jeffrey Kosseff
Daily Staff Reporter
Though University alumni are famous for bleeding maize
and blue in the football stands, Wolverine spirit also has a
prominent place in the political arena.
Politically active alumni are numerous. Notable graduates
include former President Gerald Ford, House Minority
Leader Richard Gephardt (D-Mo.), Rep. Lynn Rivers (D-Ann

and long," Rep. Ford said. "I've got a lot of colleagues who
are Michigan graduates, and almost the entire Michigan del-
egation has a relation to a Michigan graduate."
Rep. Ford, who at 26 is one of the youngest members of
Congress, said his interest in the profession "reach far back
to elementary school." When he was a first-year Law student,
Rep. Ford said he spent most of his time "trying to get ahold
of the law-school experience." But during his next year at the
University, his schedule became a lot
more hectic when he managed his
o yefather's 1994 campaign for the
Tennessee congressional seat he cur-
ally love rently holds.
"Politics run in the blood," Ford

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Arbor), Rep. Peter Hoekstra (R-
Holland), Rep. Carolyn Kilpatrick
(D-Detroit), Rep. Harold Ford (D- After
Tenn.) and former Sen. Nancy
Ksbam(R-Kan.). t e e Ir
"There is no question that 1 always
was proud to list on my biographical the schot
material that I was a graduate of the U
of M," said President Ford, who grad- - Rep.I
uated in 1935. "It was a plus in any
conversation as to what your academ- _
ic background was. Being a graduate
of the U of M was a big plus in the political arena."
Love for the University is a nonpartisan issue in the U.S.
"After two years there, I really love the school," Hoekstra
said. "I'm a proud alumnus."
Rep. Ford, who graduated from the Law School in 1994,
said he met many University alumni during his first term in
"There's no doubt the Michigan connection runs very deep



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Rivers, who was first elected to
eter Hoekstra Congress in 1994 and attended the
(R-Holland) University in the late '70s, said the
political climate at the University was
less strident than she expected.
"I had grown up with Ann Arbor being referred to as the
Berkeley of the Midwest, and I couldn't wait to get there,"
River said. "But people were more interested in career
advancement. ... People are more active now."
President Ford, on the other hand, said politics didn't catch
his eye until he was out of college.
"When I was at the U of M, I was too busy earning my way
through school to have any active interest in partisan politics
on the outside," Ford said.

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