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Tanter cares about his students
(Continued fromPagei) worth 50 percent of their grade practical experience to the academic
term, he invited Dan Axelrod from the "It took a tremendous effort on my theories of political science classes.
physics department to speak on the part to get this organized," Tanter IN 1981 and 82, Prof. Raymond Tan-
nuclear arms race and a doctor to pa'trethiaporganzd Tnter ter was on the National Security
discuss the effects of nuclear winter. aaid Tanter feels he puts a lot of ef Council in the White House working on
Also Karen Elliot House, editor of the ort into hi teaching and wihe the the Middle East in the Reagan Ad-
University would encourage other ministration. He was responsible for
Wall Street Journal was a guest professors to do the same by rewar- relations with Lebanon and had a
speaker last fall term. Rick Baum, a ding professors who spend extra time piece of the action on Israel as well.
senior in political science felt that this with students, Currently Tanter is writing a hook on
method of presenting opposing views "There is no incentive for faculty to U.S. foreign policy toward the Middle
was "more than fair. h spend time with students," Tanter East through the Reagan years. The
"ALTHOUGH I don't share his said. "The University has no rewards first draft will be done this summer
political beliefs I still think he's one of for teaching, that I can see. I think: and Tanter plans to use the book in the
the best professors at this Univer- the University should provide salary fall for his political science 471,
sity," Baum said. Baum, like many increases on the basis of three things: American Foreign Policy Process.
students, said he likes how Tanter is outside offers which show what the The 46-yearold native of Chicago
accessihle to his students- market values you, puhlications wasals 4D-efr-nsd Secretary Caicpgr
Tanter is always open to questions which give you an intrinsic measure, Weinheer's rerentay tosth
in and out of class - he is known to go and teaching." Currently, salary in- Weinberger s representative to the
to happy hours with students and in- creases are based on outside offers Arms Control Talks and the
vited class members to his home, and publications. Teaching is difficult European Security Talks in 1983 and
There is always the opportunity to to measure, Tanter admits, hut not 84. With this experience under his belt
discuss things in a less formal at- t hsb he is very knowledgable on the Middle
mosphere, said Andy Hartman who impossible. East and nuclear arms control issues
has taken two upper level classes with ASIDE from being outgowing and and his courses concentrate in these
Tanter. "That's when you really learn energetic with his pupils. Tanter is areas.
the material." described as personable, straight- The walls of his modernly decorated
It is unusuaf to find a professor who forward, and kind. "He really cares condominium about four miles from
is willing to spend hours outside of for his students," said Hartman. central campus have photos of Tanter
class with his or her students but it is Dines said, "He's very personable with Ronald Reagan, Edwin Meese,
practically unheard of for a professor and he's a bit egotistical but that can George Bush, and other top gover-
to accompany 94 students on a trip to be cute. nment and foreign officials. He makes
Washington. Tanter did just that fall Students like the fact that Tanter no bones about beinga strong suppor- y.
term and in previous terms. He also takes his hands-on experience in the ter of Reagan. Tanter agrees with the
took about 15 people from his government and applies it to the President on every issue except Political Science Prof. Raymond Tant
graduate seminar in three years to academic theories. "He has practical three: abortion, school prayer, and and President Ronald Reagan.
Israel for the summer and set up an experience to back up academic segregated academies in the South. broaden their government they could
exchange program between the theory and he relates everything to FOR EXAMPLE, Tanter, like stop fighting tomorrow and bring in
Hebrew University in Israel and the the real world," said political science Reagan, contends that the U.S. should the opposition (the Contras)." Tanter
University of Michigan. major Nancy Goodman, an LSA not yield to the terrorists' demands in said that the Contras are called the
THE TRIP to Washington included senior who is looking forward to spen- order to free the American hostages Reaganistas because they are suppor-
visits to the defense and state depa- ding the fall semester in Washington because more people will be killed in ted by Reagan.
rtments and the executive office as an intern in the government. further terrorism. Tanter also agrees Tanter does not consider
buildingwhere students were briefed Tanter's hands on experience in- with Reagan's policy toward Central Reagan right winged. "Reagan
by higher level officials on nuclear cludes four years spent deep within America. "I believe that people who is center, the country has moved to
weapons and arms control. The in- the Reagan Administration in two dif- are fighting for freedom around the the right." Tanter uses the issue of a
formation gathered on the trip was ferent departments. He returned to world ought to be supported," Tanter strong defense to illustrate his point
usedby students towrite a term paper the University last fall to relate his said. "If the Sandinistas wanted to saying public opinion moved to the
hour, 4 p.m., Nectarine Ballroom.
Saturday Michigan Gay Undergrads - Lesbian Gay
Pride Gala Dance, 9 p.m., Anderson Room,
Ann Arbor Hands on Museum - "Microscope
Highlight Magic," 10 a.m., 219 East Huron.
American Cribbage Congress - "The Second
For all of Ann Arbor's "two wheelers," Annual Ann Arbor Open Cribbage Tournament,"
Recreational Sports is having a bike ride to Dex- Ann Arbor Inn, Huron and Fourth Avenue.
ter starting at 9 a.m., at the North CampusS
Alternative Action - Notorious, 7:30 p.m.; "Tha, tha, tha, that's all ffffolks," said Porky
Dial M for Murder, 9:30 p.m., MLB Auditorium Pig! See him and his other buddies, Bugs Bunny
4. and Foghorn Leghorn, in the Warner Brothers
Michigan Theater Foundation - Nosferatu, 7 Cartoon Classics at 4 and 7 p.m. at the Michigan
& 11 p.m., Michigan Theater. Theater.
Ann Arbor Film Coop - Koyaanisqatsi, 7:30
and 9 p.m., Auditorium A, Angell Hall. Films
Cinema Guild - Bladerunners, 7:30 and 9:45
p.m., Natural Science Auditorium. Cinema Guild - The Browning Version, 7:30
Cinema Two - Tha Man Who Would By King, p.m., MLB Auditorium 4.
7:30 and 9:45 p.m., MLB Auditorium 3. Cinema Guild - The Winslow Boy, 9:15 p.m.,
Performances MLB Auditorium.
Whitley Setrakian and Dancers - "People Meetings
Dancing," 3 and 8 p.m., Lydia Mendelssohn University Lutheran Chapel, Worship - 9:30
a.m., 1511 Washtenaw.
Miscellaneous Lutheran Campus Ministry, Worship - 10:30
a.m., Lord of Light, Hill & South Forest.
Gay Liberation - Pride Week march and His House Christian Fellowship - Dinner, 6:30
rally, 2 pm., Federal Building; Post rally happy p.m., 925 E. Ann.
School of Education - "Academic Effec-
tiveness: Transforming Colleges & Univer-
sities", three day conference, School of
School of Education - "Computer Enhanced
Counseling," 9 a.m., Weber's Inn, 3050 Jackson
American Cribbage Congress - "The Second
Annual Ann Arbor Open Cribbage Tournament,"
Ann Arbor Inn.
Learn how to use a computer during the
Microcomputer Educational Center's "Introduc-
tion to the Macintosh" at 10 a.m. at Room 3113,
School of Education Building. For more advan-
ced computer wizards there is an "Introduction
to MS-DOS at 1 p.m. and "Word Processing with
Macwrite" at 3 p.m.
Ann Arbor Film Co-op - Joyless Street, 7:30
p.m., MLB Auditorium 4.
Ann Arber Film Co-op - Love of Jeanne Ney,
9:15 p.m., MLB Auditorium 4.
Ann Arbor Film Co-op - The Survivors, 7:30
p.m., Auditorium A, Angell Hall.
Michigan Theater Foundation - Eraserhead, 7
& 9:10 p.m., Michigan Theater.
Duily Photo by DAN HABIB
terproudly displays a picture of him
right, in favor of a strong defense.
Now that the government has respon-
ded and built up a strong defense, the
public is saying "enough," according
With his extensive government ex-
perience, Tanter is well qualified to
teach about nuclear arms control and
the Mideast. "I know something about
those areas," Tanter said. "I think
people should teach something they
know, not something they've been
asked to teach."
IN THE FALL, Tanter will teach
American Foreign Policy focusing on
the Middle East and Arms Control, a
graduate seminar on the same topic,
and a freshman seminar titled
"Nuclear Weapons and Arms Con-
trol." It is the first time Tanter, who
has been with the University since
1967 off and on, has taught freshmen.
"I'm going to treat them the same
way I treat my juniors. I think that
they can handle it. The ones who signed
up for a course on nuclear weapons
and arms control will probably be bet-
ter than a lot of my juniors because
they are taking a chance. They are
sticking their necks outon a subject
that's bound to be difficult."
Tanter said he admires a student
willing to take a chance and also likes
to see them take the initiative, ask
questions, and think through issues.
Sometimes Tanter sets his class up
in the form of a model of the Geneva
Arms Talks as a teaching technique -
this is how he plans to run the fresh-
man seminar. He also uses the policy
analysis memorandum where he asks
students to analyze an option for or
against an issue like the MX missile.
And he tells the students to look for
the logic of the arguments on both
sides then Tanter takes a vote in class
on the issue.
Tanter is proud of the effort and
creativity he puts into his teaching.
He said, "I think my teaching is wor-
thy of a great University"