Ask a parent: Orientation to 'U'
not child's play by any means
By JOYCE FRIEDEN
"How important is a grade point average when ap-
plying to graduate school?" "I've heard that most of
the teaching is done by TAs - is that true?" "What
are co-ed dorms like?"
These were some of the questions asked at an orien-
tation session held in the Kuenzel Room of the
Michigan Union Tuesday night. The session's two
leaders patiently soothed the anxieties of the 20 per-
sons attending the affair, as they would at any other
gathering of orientees.
BUT THIS WASN'T a run-of-the-mill orientation
Many of the persons at the event were attired in
leisure suits or double knit pants outfits. Some spor-.
ted pot bellies, others had hair highlighted with spots
of grey near the temples. Their average age ap-
peared to be about 40.
The session was the final item on the agenda of one
of the University's three-day parent = orientation
programs. During the visits, parents are given tours
of North and Central campuses and are treated to in-
formational talks concerning financial aid, coun-
seling, health service, and other aspects of the
University, while their sons and daughters attend
similar freshpersons orientation programs.
"WE ARE NOT doing this, as a public relations
gimmick," explained University Director of Orien-
tation Don Perigo. "We want to make the parent a
better support system for the student." Perigo has
been the program's director for 10 years. He
estimated the University has offered the service to
parents for about 12 years.
Orientation leader Denise Meisel, agreed with
Perigo. "Some people think we try to 'whitewash' the
University, but that's not true at all," the LSA junior
said. "We tell them what really happens."
Some of the topics included in Tuesday night's
discussion were those normally considered to be sen-
sitive, such as the prevalence of drug use and sexual
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The Michigan Daily
Vol. XC, No.
Ann Arbor, Michigan-Thursday, July 31; 1980
From AP and UPI
WASHINGTON - Billy Carter lied to
Justice Department investigators last
January about whether he had received
payments from the - Libyan gover-
nment, a Justice Department official
In an interview, Joel Lisker, head of
A the Justice Department's foreign agen-
is registration section, said 17 days af-
ter Billy Carter had deposited his first
check from the Libyans, the president's
AP Photo brother denied to him having received
any money from the Arab nation.
SEN. BIRCH BAYH (D-Ind.), chairman of a special subcommittee created LISKER SAID he had obtained
to investigate the connection between the Libyan government and President Tuesday a deposit slip showing that
Carter's brother Billy, slams a gavel on Capitol Hill Tuesday, officially opening Billy Carter had deposited his first
the first meeting of the subcommittee. At right is Sen. Strom Thurmond payment from the Libyans ina Georgia
(R-S.C.) bankonDec. 3oflastyear.
Fe N storm id
The president's brother could not
immediately be reached for comment
on Lisker's statements,
Lisker said when he interviewed Billy
Carter in his home in Georgia on Jan.
16, Billy had denied receiving any
money from the Libyans. "There's no
doubt he knew at the time that he had
received the money," Lisker said.
WHEN BILLY Carter settled a civil
suit with the Justice Department on
July 14, he filed a sworn registration
statement saying the first payment of
$20,000 from the Libyans was made in
Lisker said willfully filing a false
registration statement carries a
maximum criminal penalty of five
years in prison and a $10,000 fine.
But Lisker said the president's
brother was off by one day. "I'm not
going to go off on something like that.
He didn't have the deposit slip when he
made the registration statement."
LISKER SAID although lying to
federal investigators is a crime, under
current court rulings flowing from the
Fifth Amendment protection against
self-incrimination it would not be
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