Campuses compete in computer boom
By KATIE WILCOX
The competitiion is heating up among major
universities over computer technology and
computer accessibility for students, and the
resulting boom of computers on campus is
creating major changes in higher education.
The changes have also sparked debate over
exactly how universities should respond to the
"INFORMATION is the essence of what this
place is all about," said Greg Marks, the
University's deputy vice president for infor-
mation technology. "Technology has changed a
thousand fold in the last 30 years. This has had
a profound effect on what the University is all
The nationwide trend has been to increase
capabilities of computer systems for research
and the number of computers for student use.
Both goals have created a high tech race to
lead the field.
The University recently lost out on a bid to be
part of a super-computer center that will even-
tually link more than 30 colleges and univer-
sities from coast to coast.
THE CENTERS, funded by a $200 million
National Science Foundation grant, will be
housed at Princeton, Cornell, the University of
Illinois, and the University of California at San
When the foundation was selecting the
universities for the super-computer centers,
the University of Michigan was one of the six
finalists but the grant could only cover four
such centers, Marks said.
Although the University missed the chance at
the center, it was chosen as one of the schools in
the network of 30. "Even though we lost the
super-computer on campus we are a part of the
small portion with a high-speed satellite link to
San Diego," Marks said.
This will give researchers here many of the
benefits, if not the prestige, of the super-
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Art Fair kicks off
Thursday, July 25, 1985
Fifteen Cents Eight Pages
By JANICE PLOTNIK
Visitors from cities near and far
walked the streets of Ann Arbor
yesterday in what many believe to be
the best Art Fair yet.
Along with the artwork and mer-
chant sales, musicians strummed
guitars on street corners and jugglers
performed in the Diag to help send off
the Art Fair with great reviews.
By mid-morning, the quiet streets of
Ann Arbor were transformed into a
buyer's breeding ground as young
couples with children looked for the
perfect sketch for their living room
wall, grandparents searched for
Christmas presents, and summer
students on a tight budget hunted for
bargains at local stores.
While some fair-goers were local
Ann Arbor citizens, others drove
great distances to take part in the ac-
Holland resident Sue Baar drove to
Ann Arbor looking for a Batik - an
art process where wax is dyed on a
canvas and then different layers
peeled off of it.
"I'm on a Batik hunt," Baar said. "I
haven't found them yet, I just know
that they're supposed to be here."
Holding an information pamphlet
with a Batik wax painting on the
cover, Baar added with conviction, "I
saw them in another art show and I
didn't buy it then. I'm going to buy it
With the massive throng of people
moving about and the large variety of
booths lining the streets, shoppers
sometimes found it necessary to seek
help from others to find that special
Ypsilanti residents Tina Kangas
and Anita Packard met during the
fair and decided to join forces to help
make finding what they wanted a lit-
Kangas said that although she
comes to the fair every year, this year
she is looking for weavings, while
Packard came in search of jewelry.
After dodging people, walking for
miles, and looking for hours through
art booths, many tired souls sought
refuge with a cold soda and a hot dog
in the shade under one of the trees in
See ART FAIR, Page 6
Timothy Ivory dives over six volunteers in the Diag yesterday. Audience participation is essential for Ivory's
act, which involves juggling, rope-walking, and flame-eating.
By MARY CHRIS JAKLEVIC into the pigeonhole that's been carved
They wear long flowery skirts, pon- for them.
chos, and thick socks under their san-
a w a s k dals in the summertime. They eat "PEOPLE THINK we're a bunch of
J IV a m m plenty of bean sprouts and tofu. Most '60s leftovers. They think only a hippie
of them come from East Quad - a non-conformist person might want to
dorm that churns out more than its live in a co-op," said LSA junior Mike
Sp rout-4?atL , share of non-conformists. O'Neill, a resident of Lester co-op.
That's the way many students think But the stereotype endures from the
of members of residential co-ops, but days when co-operative living was
people who live in the cooperative new on the University's off-campus
housing units say they don't always fit housing scene.
"I don't really know anybody who
lives in a co-op," graduate student
Kevin Boyle admitted, "but the
stereotype of them is that they all
have a 1960s mentality - you know,
the hippie ethic.
"PEOPLE thing they're weirdos. I
never used to tell people I lived in a
co-op," said senior business student
Mary Montgomery, a former Xanadu
house resident, "I moved into one only
because I was a new student and I
needed a place to stay."
Many co-op members deny a
unanimous passion for granola and
Grateful Dead music, many admit
that some co-op residents do share
some general traits.
"In general, co-op residents are
more liberal than your average
student," said graduate Cliff Johnson,
See CO-OPS, Page 2
Veto Wet art Sportsless art
The governor may veto parts of the Partly sunny, hot and quite humid. What? No sports at the Art Fair?
higher education budget. Scattered thundershowers late in Sports, Page 8
Opinion, Page 5 the day.