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on Trial: Public Art and Political Controversy.
The class used the "Dream" reliefs as a spring-
board into the study of other controversial art.
_ I was adamant that they should not be
removed," Root said. "In these United States, pub-
lic art should make people think," she added.
After the reliefs were taken down in 2003,
Root proposed a reinstallation event that would
correspond with her offering the course again in
the fall of 2006. LSA administrators declined
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is helpful and reflects the truth about all professors.
LSA junior Rebecca Siegel wasn't impressed with
the site's evaluations of her professors.
"I was actually kind of surprised with some of the
responses, and I totally didn't agree with them," Siegel
LSA senior Steve Gozdzialski expressed similar
"It's hard to determine the kind of person who took
the class," he said. "Some people who were complain-
ing on there didn't seem to have valid complaints. One
professor of mine that was rated had a low rating, and I
think he's a good professor."
Kenneth Balazovich, a professor of biochemistry,
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Root said she was not informed of the deci-
sion to not replace the works of art until just a few
"When it is simply removed - especially with-
out transparent deliberative process - we lose
something very important," she said.
Courant said the move was not a result of lobby-
ing or pressure but of general campus discontent.
"We never felt any pressure from donors,
regents, faculty or students to either keep them
up or take them down," Courant said. "From
time to time, people would say, 'Gee, it sure
was different back in 1948.' No one ever said,
'We're not going to write you a check if you do
Maureen Hartford, former vice president of
university affairs, who is now president of Mer-
edith College in North Carolina, said the reliefs
should remain on the fagade of the building.
Hartford said the sculptures remind students
how far women have come at the University,
recalling a time when women were not allowed
in the Michigan Union and when admitting
women was first tried as an "experiment."
"A current Michigan woman has a very differ-
ent experience at the University than her prede-
cessors had 100 years ago," Hartford said. "That
is what U of M should be celebrating."
cell biology lab and immunology, said he believes the
ratings may represent skewed perceptions of a profes-
"I have a very low opinion of it, and it's not because
of how I got rated on it," said Balazovich, who got an
overall rating of 1.9 on the site.
Balazovich went on to say students could write mul-
tiple "glowing evaluations or terrible evaluations" on a
professor, creating an inaccurate rating.
He added that the course evaluations distrib-
uted by the University in every class at the end
of the semester better represent students' feel-
ings about courses and professors. Since every
student fills out these evaluations, he said, the
results represent an average of all students'
opinions, whereas ratemyprofessors.com dis-
plays opinions slanted toward one way or the
These Course evaluations completed by students at
the end of each semester are compiled by the Michigan
Student Assembly and posted on its website Advice
Online, where professors are rated based on the Uni-
versity's course evaluations.
A few of the 18 categories include "overall this was
an excellent course," "overall the instructor was an
excellent teacher" and "I learned a great deal in this
Engineering sophomore Yuan Ma said both sites
could be useful resources for students.
"I wouldn't say one is better than the other,"
Ma said. "The MSA version is more professional,
whereas ratemyprofessors.com is a lot more general.
I don't think a lot of people know about the MSA
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different mediums through which people
connect with others and writing is mine."
Her parents deny that Kaloustian fits
the qualifications of a prodigy, adding
that her childhood was no different from
anyone else's. She just had a lot of free-
dom and independence to pursue her own
interests, they add.
At age seven, Kaloustian developed
a love for writing, but her parents said
she didn't begin to receive recognition
until high school, when she won many
academic awards. Her teachers eventu-
ally submitted a collection of poems and
essays to the Davidson Institute for Talent
In one of her favorite writings she sub-
mitted, "The Woman With The Paint,
Japan," she wrote:
"We are the women men dream of.
They dream our faces dipped white,
smiling Kabuki masks. They dream our
heron's necks with serpent tongues of
unpainted flesh at the nape ... Their wives
are too real for dreaming, so husbands in
their business suits come to our Floating
World. We are the women men dream of,
we are real only at night."
"This longer piece was a really long
learning process for me and I got the
most out of it," she said.
Most of Kaloustian's works explore
women's issues, feminism and the treat-
ment of women in Asia.
Kaloustian, who plans on becoming an
English major, said the University will
foster her writing skills. For example,
she takes everything she learns from her
classes and relates those learned skills to
"This Japanese class I'm taking is a
total re-examination of language itself,"
she said about Residential College Inten-
sive Japanese 196. "Japanese is straight-
forward, concise and sparse but extremely
poetic. So it's helped my writing develop
because my writing tends to not always
While members of the Davidson Insti-
tute have urged her to publish her works,
Kaloustian plans on learning more in her
collegiate studies before considering a
career in print.
Eventually she hopes to become an
English professor and maybe write a book
or publish a few essays. Although she
values her work, she still balks when crit-
ics call it the work of a genius. Kaloustian
just hopes she can keep it up.
"My greatest fear is losing that curios-
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adults lose their imagination and will to
learn. Even kids do. But not me."
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Your job will probably be interrupted
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Parents must be extra-vigilant with
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(Oct. 23 to Nov. 21)
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