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8B - The Michigan Daily - Weekend, etc. Magazine - Thursday, February 1, 2001

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The Telluride House, located at
1735 Washtenaw Avenue, is currently
in its first full year of operation.
Comprised of twelve undergraduate
students, three graduate students, and
three visiting faculty - Telluride
House is a branch of the Telluride
Association, a nonprofit organization
founded in 1911. These scholarship
residence model their living/learning
community after the philosophies of
Lucien L. Nunn, an industrialist who
operated his power company near _
Telluride, Colorado. Later becoming a
philanthropist, Nunn devoted himself
to the education of young people.
Telluride House is governed democ-
ratically by the housemembers, who
communaly engage in the decision
making process. Together they must
come to solutions - whether it be
determining service projects or who
will feed the fish (all decisions have to

be determined by the whole).
Numerous Telluride Houses exist in
the country, the.-first being established
at Cornell University in 1910. Yet, a
unique aspect of the Michigan branch
Telluride House is the implementaiton
of service projects which all house-
members are required to participate in.
They began this year's community
service project at Dicken Elementary
School in Ann Arbor and have now
continued their volunteer work with
children at the Maple Meadows
Intellectual ability, curiosity, moti-
vation and community-minded are just
some of the qualities with which Tom
Hawks, the Michigan Branch Project
Director, has described this inaugural
group. They have certainly set the
foundations for a successful Telluride
tradition at the University of

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