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Wednesday, August 13, 1997 - The Michigan Daily - 3
'U' students 'dig'
trip to Wyoming

Newlyweds Lena and Scott White celebrate their marriage as family and friends throw rice on them In Liberty Square
Plaza yesterday. The couple, who live beneath an Ann Arbor bridge, met about one year ago. "We wanted to do it for
a long time. It took us a while to come up with the money for HIV tests, a marriage license, marriage counseling, a
state ID card - all the required things - and rings," Lena White said.

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hat time, Roberson said that when
linger was prepared to fill the posi-
i he would be ready to step aside.
The issue was rehashed in July and is
resently on hold - no resolutions
have solidified.
Senior associate Athletic Director
Keith Molin said that "no date is cer-
ain," but Roberson has been planning
his departure.
"He has been head of the fundraising
campaign," Molin said. "The campaign
will be closed on Sept. 27. He's been
p ing this (resignation) for six years."
Roberson served as the executive
director for the Campaign for Michigan,
which raised $1 billion for the University,
prior to serving as athletic director.
Former Regent Deane Baker (R-Ann
Arbor) said Roberson's contribution to
the University can be seen in the success
of the Campaign for Michigan and the
advancement of women's athletics at the

"He has always been a person who has
dedicated his life to the University,"
Baker said. "He had some very difficult
calls during his time as athletic director.
He is certainly the best judge of what is
best for himself and the University."
Roberson accepted the athletic direc-
tor position on Sept. 3, 1993.
Groundbreaking ventures on and off the
field under Roberson's reign include two
national championships (men's swim-
ming in 1995 and ice hockey in 1996)
and the first contract between a major
sports apparel company and a university.
Michigan signed a $7 million contract
with athletic merchandise manufacturer
Nike in Oct. 1994, setting the pace for the
expanding sales of collegiate athletics.
Roberson will most likely be remem-
bered for the situations that scarred the
relatively clean image of the athletic
While intoxicated, former Michigan
football coach Gary Moeller became
violent at a Southfield restaurant in June

1995 and attacked police officers.
Roberson was forced to determine
Moeller's fate, ultimately resulting in the
coach's resignation.
Recent scandals involving the men's
basketball team have plagued Roberson
during the past months.
Senior associate Athletic Director
Fritz Seyferth said the "constant expo-
sure" and "neverending accusations"
sparked Roberson's desire to resign.
"It has been a very difficult year for
Joe, and he has done a wonderful job
with it," Seyferth said.
Seyferth, a finalist in the 1993 search,
said he would "absolutely" be interested
in serving as the next athletic director.
Changes in college sports during the
past 10 years altered Roberson's view of
athletes and coaches.
"The coaches and the players are out to
be celebrities," Roberson said. "I think
that's bad for intercollegiate athletics. But
the fact that they're more prominent than
I am is probably the right thing."

By Tina Zanier
Daily Staff Reporter
A number of University students,
graduate student instructors and pro-
fessors are learning and applying
knowledge of rocks and their forma-
tions at Camp Davis in Jacksonville,
Both entry-level geology students
and geology majors are earning natural
science credit through one of two
courses, Geology 116 and Geology
440, offered at Camp Davis this sum-
Geology 116 is an introductory level
geology course designed mostly for
incoming freshmen and sophomores.
Geology 440 is a final requirement for
students who wish to graduate as geol-
ogy concentrators. Each course is
taught by three professors and several
Incoming first-year student Kate
Denton said the eight-credit course that
is taught in six-and-a-half weeks can
be very intense, about 10 to 12 hours
per day.
"We take trips into the field and go
to different geological sites in
Wyoming, Utah, Montana and Idaho,"
Denton said.
"We get up in the morning and drive
to a site. We pull over and we are
exposed to an outcrop, like a rock wall.
One of the professors lectures on the
rocks. We then go pound on the rocks
and try to guess what they are, what
kind of formation they are and how
they got there many years ago."
Geology GSI David Fox said the
hands-on exposure the program offers
is significant.-
"It is roadside geology," Fox said.
"Students develop a more sophisticat-
ed way of looking at rocks and see
what is going on. It is a much more
immediate sense of what is going on in
opposed to seeing slides and picture in
a text."

Geology Prof. Dr. William
Simmons likened the Camp Davis
experience to that of intensive lan-
guage courses.
"It is one of these total immersion
situations, like with language studies,"
Simmons said. "Many of our col-
leagues would love to have the oppor-
tunity to see what the students see
during the course. For example, we go
to one canyon and see rocks 2.8 bil-
lion years old. We see rocks that have
been deposited on top one layer after
another through the age of the
Although Geology 440 and the 116
course are offered at the same time, the
two groups of students do not interact.
"The 440 class is the capstone class
for geology majors, Simmons said.
"They come to put to use what they
have learned. They learn to map obser-
vations and put them on paper. The
experience is extremely valuable. It
allows them to think in three dimen-
The 440 class is more advanced and
teaches students to apply the basics,
rather than just learn them, Fox said.
Overall the Camp Davis experience
gets a thumbs-up from students and
teachers alike. LSA sophomore Lisa
Bassani said the experience has been
"I love it," Bassani said. "It is a dif-
ferent setting with the professors. We
talk to them and hang out with them.
We are camping out with our profes-
The instructors seem to enjoy the
experience as much as the students.
"Personally I think that it is a fabu-
lous experience for a teacher to be
teaching in this environment," Fox
said. "You see many remarkable things
- world-class geology, you could say."
The Camp Davis groups will
return from their trip on Friday.

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viduals at fault. Bowles was at a semi-
nar and left a message refusing to com-
Davis said he is convinced the
national board will investigate the scan-
dal thoroughly to ensure the test retains
its credibility.
"I think the National Board takes
strity very seriously; they'll look into
even allegations of cheating," Davis
The cheating scandal affects the first
in a three-step process students must
pass to obtain a physician's license.
"It's a pretty comprehensive test of
the first few years of medical school,"
Davis said, referring to step one.
Kristin Colligan, a spokesperson for
t University Medical School, assured
M ical students that "we have no indi-
cation at all (that the cheating) is from
anyone at the University"
But for second-year medical sts-_

dents, the delay in reporting test results
is a source of anxiety, said University
medical student Kristin Allen.
"I was very annoyed because if you
go to a school like the University of
Michigan where you can't continue
medical school unless you pass, you
really want to know how you did," Allen
Performance on the boards is a mea-
suring stick used to compare students at
different medical schools, she said.
Beyond a few extra weeks of nervous
anticipation, the delay has not affected
University medical students, Davis
"We allowed our students to begin
clinical training on June 30," Davis said.
Students who fail the board will have
to pull out of clinical rotations, Davis
"Nationally, 6 percent to 7 percent of
students don't pass," Davis said.
"However, we usually have only one
student each year who doesn't pass step


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