The Michigan Daily - Sunday, July 15, 1984 - Page 5
Harvard MBA 'oughsitout'
Fran Henry's first year at Harvard
Business School left her so tense her
teeth died, so obsessive she could not
concentrate on her sister's wedding.
and so frazzled she once tried to wash
her dirty laundry in the clothes dryer.
Now, two years after graduation,
Henry said she's glad she struggled
"WHAT MY MBA's given me is that
foot in the door," she said. "It's like a
stamp of approval. It did give me
technical training and I do use that
training, but more importantly, it gives
me a chance to prove myself."
Henry's recent book about her time at
Harvard includes stories of male
executives, from a bank loan officer in
New Bedford to a British oil executive
in Bankgkok, who suddenly became in-
terested in her opinions when they lear-
ned where she was going to school.
Toughing It Out at Harvard begins
on the day Henry mistook a clothes
dryer for a washer. "My hot, sticky
clothes circled slowly in front of me,
reminding me I was losing control,"
She suffered from vivid dreams of
violence- and retribution, and a sudden
spate of toothaches. "Stress can kill a
tooth," her dentist consoled her.
Preoccupied with business cases,
Henry could not focus in on her non-
Harvard friends or family. Greeting
her parents after a long absence, she
absent-mindedly asked: "Did you have
a profitable trip?"
ABOUT A quarter of the 785 students
in Henry's class were women, and the
book dwells at length on what it was like
to be female in the power-oriented,
competitive atmosphere of HBS'
She worried about "the habit so many
women had of raising their hands and
starting out their comments with the
phrase 'I just wanted to say."' She
fumed when one male student, role-
playing an executive in a labor
negotiation, glanced at three female
members of the union team and mur-
mured "How nice of you boys to have
brought your wives along."
But in retrospect, Henry said in a
recent telephone interview, "I think
Harvard is no different than any other
big university, really. There are no
women to speak of on faculty who are
tenured. I don't think that's going to
change in the near future.
IF THERE is a villain in the book, it
may be the school's case method of
teaching, in which business problems
are presented through complex
descriptions of a company's product or
finances. Once a class was finished, she
wrote, the teacher never referred again
to the case under consideration.
Students waded through three 20- to
40-page cases a night, fearful they
would be asked to "present" the next
day and be caught unprepared. Behind
much of the terror lay a system of
grading that guaranteed some students
in each class would fail.
Henry now does marketing strategies
for small businesses for her own con-
sulting firm, which recently moved
from Washington to the hills of western
- United Press International
Prof sues Newsweek-
his course not a 'gut'
A Stanford University law professor
has filed a $1 million libel suit in federal
court against the magazine Newsweek
On Campus over an article which in-
cluded one of his classes in a list of 11
"gut," or blowoff courses offered in
colleges and universities.
Professor John Kaplan charged that
the magazine had published false in-
formation with reckless disregard of
the truth when it said that his course
"The Criminal Law and the Criminal
System" was "recognized as the easist
five credits a Stanford student can
The article, "A Giggle of Guts," ap-
peared in the October 1983 issue of
Newsweek On, Campus, which has a
circulation of more than 400,000.
- The Chronicle of
College found not guilty
of sex discrimination
A federal appeals court last week
upheld a lower court's finding that the
University of Washington had not
discriminated on the basis of sex again-
st faculty members in its School of Nur-
A lawsuit in 1974 by 75 women and one
man alleged that faculty members in
the nursing school, most of whom were
female, were paid less than other
Firemen battle a fire that gutted an 18th-century dining hall at Dublin's
Trinity College Friday night.
faculty members on the campus, but
carried as heavy of a teaching load.
The plaintiffs' lawyer has not decided
yet whether he will seek recon-
sideration of the case.
- The Chronicle of
Gallegos, who held the same post at
Northern Arizona, must now win the
approval of the WMU Board of Trustees
before assuming the position. He
previously held positions at Western
Washington University and at
Washington State University.
Gallegos earned his doctor of
education degree from the University
-of California at Los Angeles.
WMU dean selected
Arnold Gallegos of Northern Arizona - United Press International
University was selected by
Western Michigan University to serve Colleges was complied by Marla
as the dean of the College of Education Gold
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The air was thick with the
aroma of marijuana yesterday as about 600 noisy demon-
strators calling for the legalization of pot marched from the
Civic Center to the site of the Democratic National Conven-
The demonstrators, 10 to 15 abreast and led by a 9-year-old
girl on roller skates, were preceded and followed by more
than two dozen motorcycle police officers.
THE MARCHERS hollered, waved wooden cutouts of pot
plants and handed out marijuana cigarettes during tie 25-
minute, 11 mile march that ended at Moscone Center, site of
"Pot is Herb, Reagan is the Dope," screamed the mar-
chers as they headed towards the convention center. Signs
carried by the high-spirited protestors included, "The Holy
Herb Medicine" and "Be a Part of the Oral Majority."
"I'm just here to have fun. I'm leading the parade," said
Heather Frase, a young roller-skater who was decked out in a
costume resembling the Statue of Liberty.
The parade ended with a rally near Moscone Center, with
mounted police and about 40 officials in full riot gear wat-
ching the crowd. There were no reports of violence.
Despite evidence of the illegal weed, officers did not make
arrests. Officer Dennis Quinn said police were ordered not to
make any arrests for pot possession or use.
'U' administrators approve art school transition plan
(Coninued frO Pagel) der construction. C.S. Mott Children's Hospital for an ex- confidential survey of the school's
Business Administration's proposed The addition is made up of four parts: tended period of time a'relatively inex- faculty conducted by the dean's office
executive dormitory. It will replace the a library-resource center, a computer pensive place to stay and support while revealed strong faculty support for
space lost in the Kalmbach Center. The center, management seminar rooms, their child is in the hospital. student participation on the executive
dormitory will provide housing for 96 and the executive dormitory. IN THE supplemental agenda of the committee in an advisory role. The
people and dining facilities for 200 The regents also reviewed the ar- regents, an authorization to change the school asked that the regents include
seminar participants. The dormitory is chitectual drawings for the Ronald regents by-laws which would establish students on the committee in an ad-
the last component of the addition to the McDonald house. The house will allow an executive committee for theSchol of visory role.
business school, which is currently un- parents who have children staying at Natural Resources was approved. A