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The Michigan Daily-Thursday, July 8, 1982-Page 3
University life- Italian style!

If the claustrophobic dorm rooms of campus seem
to lack the ideal atmosphere for studying, wouldn't it
be nice to take courses in style-in a 15th century
Italian villa?
Now, thanks to a study abroad program beginning
this fall, students can do just that. The University, in
conjunction with the University of Wisconsin, will of-.
fer an academic year in Florence, Italy, for the cost
of regular tuition plus an extra $2,500 per semester.
THE FLORENTINE program differs from other
University-sponsored study abroad sessions in Fran-
ce and Englandbecause each term will center around
a, particular theme, according to Henry Peiter,
professor of Western European studies and director
of the University's study abroad program.
"The theme changes each semester," Peiter said.
"For instance, in the fall we'll be concentrating on
Renaissance art history, political science, and

literature. In the winter, we'll be studying urban
Italy, its history, philosophy, and art history."
Unique housing conditions will also be available to
students. During the term, most students and faculty
will live in a 15th century villa, which the University
recently acquired on an indefinite lease. The villa
even has an historic past; Leonardo da
Vinci landed on the front lawn during an unsuccessful
attempt at flight.
THE PROGRAM will be limited to 55 students, with
eight classes each term taught in English by
professors from both sponsoring universities. Italian
professors may supplement the teaching staff when
convenient, Peiter said.
Frank Casa, professor of Spanish and chairman of
the University Romance Languages Department,
said he and History Prof. Raymond Grew have
worked for nine years to set up the program.
The theme concept is an advantage, Casa said,
because students can pick a topic which interests

them most.
"WHAT WE'RE aiming at is an intellectual com-
munity, where students and faculty come together to
work closely and learn," he said.
Both Casa and Peiter said the University of
Wisconsin was chosen as a program partner because
of the success the two schools currently experience in
runnning a joint academic program in Aix en
Provence, France. Another university was required
"because we have to split the cost," Peiter added.
Robin Eadie, an LSA junior, said the living
arrangements "sound really fantastic."
"I've seen pictures of the villa, and it looks just
ideal," she said. "It sure sounds better than a dorm."
Casa said the program directors are not looking for
brilliant students to travel abroad. "What we want
are interested, enthusiastic, bright students who
want to work and learn something wonderful," he

Talks stalled
again in strike-
of ironworkers

The strike currently delaying con-
struction at the University's
Replacement Hospital Project entered
its sixth week as negotiations with
ironworkers broke off Tuesday with no
agreement in sight.
Work on the steel structure of the
hospital cannot continue without the
ironworkers, according to hospital
planner Marsha Bremer, although 30
workers from other unions currently
are laying foundations, working on a
parking structure, and doing road
TALKS BETWEEN contractors and
Ironworkers Local 25 - which
represents some 70 to 80 Washtenaw
County workers - ended Tuesday and
no proposals for settlement were ad-
vanced, said Frank Kruse, represen-
tative for Associated General Contrac-
tors of Detroit.
"They (negotiations) really are not
further along than they were at the first
meeting," Kruse said.
The replacement 'ospital strike
began June 1 when workers from three
unions walked off the job. Teamsters
Local 247 and Operating Engineers

Local 325 ratified contract settlements
and returned to work more than two
weeks ago, but ironworkers rejected
proposals offered at the time.
REINFORCED ironworkers also
have not yet settled on a contract, but
are remaining at work, according to
Kruse. The workers are operating on a
day-to-day basis, he said, and for
several weeks have threatened to
Neither contractors nor University
officials are certain how much longer
the strike will continue, although
Richard Brunvand, director of the
Washtenaw County Contractors
Association predicted the strike would
last at least "another week or maybe
Hospital officials are waiting for the
strike to end before determining how
much it will cost the University,
Bremer said, adding that contractors
will pay for all extra costs incurred by
the strike, except for those resulting
from inflationary price increases in
material costs.
"There is no reason to assume that
(the project) is going to face higher
costs," Bremer said.

THE CONSTRUCTION of the University's Replacement Hospital was
stalled again yesterday as talks aimed at ending a strike by ironworkers
failed Tuesday.

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Blood drive
to help fill an
urgent need,
offieials say

Red Cross officials are counting on today's blood
drive at the Michigan Union to fill an "urgent" need
that is causing complications at area hospitals.
"We've got to get 180 units (pints of blood) to meet
our needs," said Neal Fry, a local Red Cross
representative. If the blood drive fails, Fry added,
some of southeastern Michigan's 75 hospitals may be
forced to postpone elective surgery.
Fry said the Red Cross has been delivering
"tremendous amounts of blood" to the University
Hospital this summer, especially for people un-
dergoing elective surgery during vacations.
The University Hospital currently has sufficient
blood supplies, said Dr. Harold Oberman, director of
the blood bank laboratory, although a shortage of

plasma caused by the recent airlift of burn victims
from Nigeria has posed "a real problem."
Today's campus drive, sponsored by Alpha Phi
Omega, may be hurt by the student population's
decline in summer, Frye said.
"Because of the summertime . . . everyone is on
vacation at once," she said, although a turnout from
Markley dormitory and the Law Quad is expected.
Alpha Phi Omega has "hit the campus with posters
and banners" promoting the drive, said fraternity
member Lucinda Fleckenstein.
For those faint at heart about donating blood, Frye
stressed it is a painless, quick procedure. "It feels
just like your first kiss," she said.
Hours for the drive will be 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in
the Union ballroom.

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