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UNIVERSITY ACADEMICS
Students
struggle to
enroll in
'U' courses

CHRIS RYBA/Daily
FROM LEFT: Freshman guard Tim Hardaway, Jr. (10), freshman forward Evan Smotrycz (23), sophomore guard Darius Morris (4) and freshman forward
Colton Christian (45) celebrate after beating Michigan State 61-57 in East Lansing yesterday. It's been 1,181 days since Michigan defeated MSU in men's bas-
ketball or football. For more on the game see SPORTS, PAGE 7.
CAMPUS COMMUNITY
WOLV-TV connects with
BTN to coverWolverines

Seats in Spanish
and Communication
Studies fill too fast
By JENNIFER DOMINGUE
' Daily StaffReporter
Over the past few semesters,
students have faced increasing
difficulty enrolling in courses
required for their concentra-
tions. While the problem typi-
cally affects incoming freshmen
with low-credit standing, upper-
classmen in certain majors have
also been struggling to get a spot
in required courses.
University officials said reg-
istration difficulties are likely
due to increasing interest in
specific areas and a lack of gen-
eral resources in these depart-
ments, such as the departments
of Romance Languages and Lit-
eratures and Communication
Studies.'
Carin Scott, department man-
ager of the University's Depart-
mentofRomanceLanguages and
Literatures, said that because a
high volume of students always
try to register for foreign lan-

guage classes, those classes
typically fill up fast. But she said
that the Romance Languages
and Literature department is
accommodating and willing to
work with students if they have
scheduling conflicts.
"Students need to register as
early as possible," Scott said.
"We work with students indi-
vidually to try to ensure they
enroll in classes for their con-
centration."
Cristina Moreiras-Menor,
chair of the Department of
Romance Languages and Litera-
tures and an associate professor
of Spanish and Women's Stud-
ies, said registration problems
for Spanish classes are likely
growing due to limited resourc-
es and an increased interest in
the language.
Though students may have
issues registering for courses
they need to complete their
degrees, Moreiras-Menor
said she has never heard of an
instance in which a student's
graduation has been delayed
because of enrollment issues.
"Last semester we had two
students who had issues regis-
See CLASSES, Page 3

Student-only
broadcasting aired
nationwide
By DAVID BUCCILLI
Daily StaffReporter
Many students are avid Wol-
verine fans, frequenting Univer-
sity sporting events to cheer on

the teams. But one group of Uni-
versity students has taken this
spectatorship to a new level.
About 30 students have
taken their game day viewing
experience to the small screen.
Through a collaboration with
the Big Ten Network over the
past year, a group of students
working with WOLV-TV has
broadcast live sporting events
at the University for observers

around the nation.
WOLV-TV - the University's
student-run television program
- entered a production agree-
ment with the Big Ten Net-
work's Student U productions
company last spring..
The University is the only Big
Ten school to develop entirely
student-run productions for
the network. LSA Senior Alex
Prasad, the general manager of

the program, said it's "cool, but
challenging" because every-
thing they do isself-taught.
Prasad works with three co-
producers and a group of stu-
dents to stream live sporting
events for the network's web-
site. The group covers about
60 sporting events during the
school year, and almost all of the
events are televised on the net-
See WOLV-TV, Page 3

UNIVERSITY ATHLETICS
Big House lights shine at night ,
as part of security protocol

Professor:
Lighting poses
miniumum harm
to environment
By JEREMY ARMAND
For theeDaily
Even though football season
has ended, lights still shine in
the Big House.
Michigan Stadium keeps
lights on in the stairwells and
club seating areas throughout

the year. While the practice
brings up an environmental
concern and question of fund-
ing, the practice is required for
security reasons, according to
University Athletic Department
spokesman David Ablauf.
It's stadium protocol to keep
the stadium lights on overnight
for "safety and security purpos-
es," he said.
"(Yesterday) for example,
when I came by at seven o'clock,
there (weren't) any lights on at
the stadium other than those
that were required by code to be
on," Ablauf said.

However, not all lights are
left on for security purposes.
As Ablauf explained, blue lights
that can be seen from a distance
are turned on at night for "aes-
thetic reasons."
In addition, lights are some-
times kept on during the day
for special events, Ablauf said.
Among recent events that
required lights were the intro-
duction of new head football
coach Brady Hoke and the
University's Hall of Honor
induction ceremony last week.
Groups not affiliated with the
See BIG HOUSE, Page 2

TODD NEEDLE/Daily
Students in a Psychology 111 lecture in the Chemistry Building auditorium earlier this month.
Study finds laptops can be
effective class learning tools

STUDENT GOVERNMENT
LSA- S G, school officials working to
install clocks in more classrooms

Clocks missing
from MLB, North
Quad lecture halls
By KAITLIN WILLIAMS
Daily StaffReporter
Though the minutes fly by in
University courses that are cap-
tivating, there are other classes

during which students anxious-
ly wait for the time to pass. And
the wait can be torturous for
students when there's no clock
to alert when class ends.
In response to a recent survey
about technology in which Uni-
versity students said they would
like to have clocks in more cam-
pus classrooms, LSA Student
Government and LSA officials
are making efforts to fulfill this

request.
LSA-SG conducted the sur-
vey in conjunction with LSA
Instructional Support Service
Undergraduate Technology last
semester. Out of the 835 stu-.
dents who answered the clock
question, 83 percent responded
that there should be clocks in
classrooms.
Monika Dressler, senior man-
See CLOCKS, Page 3

Some professors
ban computers due
to distractions
By PAIGE PEARCY
Daily StaffReporter
Observers gazing into an
occupied lecture hall at the
University would most likely
see laptops aglow and hear the
sound of fingers tapping on

keysboards.
But, unless professors incor-
porate laptops into a course
curriculum, the devices may be
more distracting than helpful to
students, according to a forth-
coming study conducted by the
University's Center for Research
on Learning and Teaching.
Matthew Kaplan, managing
director of the CRLT, said the
study's findings indicate that if
instructors successfully imple-
ment laptops into their courses,

the computers can be learning
tools. When laptops are used in
class but not for specific class
purposes, Kaplan said they
serve as more of a distraction
due to online resources like
Facebook and email.
The data, which was collect-
ed from surveys asking Univer-
sity students how they felt about
the level of distraction laptops
cause in class, will be available
in a paper to be published by the
See LAPTOPS, Page 3

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