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Rubadeau last year.
Students in Rabkin's class applaud-
ed and cheered as he accepted the
"He loves what he does, and that's
infectious," said LSA sophomore
Samantha Force, a former Daily Arts
Rabkin said he was surprised to
win the award because he thought
that as the age gap between him-
self and his students grew, winning
became less of a possibility.
"Of course it's an enormous
honor," Rabkin said. "It's the stu-
dents you teach for, not your col-
leagues, so it's an incredible honor.
But to be candid, I had gotten to
the point of thinking 'it's just not
going to happen.' "
English department chair Sido-
nie Smith said it is Rabkin's
treatment of .his students, both in
research and the classroom, which
helps to engage them in learning.
"I think that Eric is motivated by
a profound respect for students as
inquirers and scholars," she said.
As part of the award, Rabkin
will deliver his "ideal last lecture"
on April 5 at 7:30 p.m. in Rackham
Auditorium. Rabkin plans to keep
the topic of the lecture secret until
He said that although his first
focus when teaching a course is the
specific material, he also works to
give students universal tools for
"It would be wrong to say that I
design my courses so that people
will become better at constructing
ideas and communicating them,
because that's not the first thing
I'm thinking of - but I'm always
thinking of that," he said.
In his courses, Rabkin draws the
line between homework and "real
work" to engage his students in
His efforts include a research
project on the evolution of literary
genres with economics Prof. Carl
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allowed her to resume her teaching
position and provided compensation
for her absence.
Biddinger said Cruz-Sojo's situ-
ation is not unique, but could not
name other specific incidents.
She said there is a general lack of
similar documented cases at the Univer-
sity because of the absence of an orga-
nized system to handle visa issues.
The University has various
resources to assist international stu-
dents and GSIs. The International
Center works with other University
offices to provide advice and sup-
port for international students.
Other international . students
expressed satisfaction with the Uni-
The International Center is
"extremely helpful," said Engineer-
ing senior Xu Han, who is from
International Services Director
Rodolfo Altamirano emphasized
that students should look at the cen-
ter's website, umich.edu/-icenter,
and plan ahead in order to avoid
According to GEO, however,
planning can't solve everything.
"Marta is a student. She only had
two weeks to take care of this kind
of thing. As far as I know, she allot-
ted several days," Biddinger said. "I
think in general people don't leave
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her article fulfills the goal of the journal
- to intellectually examine the State of
Israel and its people.
She wanted to examine what it means
to be a Zionist as well as gay or lesbian.
Some Palestinian students were
invited to contribute to the journal but
refused because she said the title of the
journal betrays its bias.
LSA senior Rama Salhi, president of
Students Allied for Freedom and Equal-
ity, a pro-Palestinian group, said she and
other Palestinian students declined the
journal's invitation to contribute articles
after meeting with the editors.
"Its ownership has a problem," Salhi
said, adding that she didn't think the
word "Michigan" should be part of
the journal's title because the publica-
tion does not represent the views of all
Salhi said by using the word "Israel"
in the title, the journal acknowledges
Israel's rights to exist, a key contention
in the Arab-Israeli conflict.
"It lacks a sense of legitimacy," she
said. "It's hard to claim to be neutral, if
it's already dismissing a particular per-
In addition, Salhi said she declined to
contribute for fear that her articles would
be tokenized as the Arab perspective.
"I didn't feel my views would be
respected," she said. "I wasn't very
trustworthy of the undertone that would
be assigned with my perspective."
Salhi said that she agrees the jour-
nal focuses on the society of Israel as a
whole rather than magnifying the con-
flict. But she said the journal won't be
the forum of discussion what the editors
"I would not submit anything that I
have written, (but) I'm not particularly
offended by this," she said.
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said Mariella Mecozzi; senior assistant
director of pre-professional services at
the Career Center.
The course will help the students
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test-taking strategies and develop a
study plan to follow after the comple-
tion of the course," Mecozzi said.
In addition to sponsoring the course,
the Career Center also helps students
put together reference letters and review
essays to ease the burden of applying to
Though the University program will
proctor a full practice exam at the end
of the course, it does not offer as many
resources as commercial study services.
Test-prep services, although more
expensive, offer students more study
resources, say company officials.
According to Steven Marietti, director
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company's study program provides stu-
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by LSAT - giving students more than
5,000 sample problems to study.
Kaplan's course, which runs for 14
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Each weekly class. lasts nearly four
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course that will hold one two-hour class
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Kaplan provides need-based aid for
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