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2 - The Michigan Daily - Monday, July 22, 2002
Incoming freshmen

By Karen Schwartz
Daily News Editor
When LSA freshman Rachel Pul-
tusker arrived for orientation on June 26,
she did not know what to expect. She
was nervous about getting lost and
falling through the cracks at a University
of 38,000 students.
But she met friends and found there
were many incoming students who
shared her concerns they were all in
the same boat.
"We were all confused about how to
look through the course description
booklet, none of us knew how to open a
checking account or where we were
going;" Pultusker said.
She added that the advisors and stu-
dents leading the orientation helped
make orientation a positive experience
and let her know she was not going to
get lost in the crowd.
"I walked into my academic advisor's
office and she knew what I was looking
for, what classes I wanted to take before
I even said anvthina to her." she said.

She added that meeting people and
getting a taste of campus life made her
even more excited about attending in
the fall.
"I was only there for three days and I
met people with completely different
backgrounds and experiences than me,"
she said. "I had the best time at orienta-
tion. I came in not knowing anyone and
we had a great time together," she added.
Pultusker is one of the 5,484 students
who will take part in orientation and join
the predicted class of 5,100 entering the
University in the fall.
Over 600 students take part in the
program, which is led by five current
students, each week. In addition to tak-
ing placement exams and touring cam-
pus, participants learn about everything
from M-Cards to Wolverine Access and
how to register for classes.
They also watch a performance by
ResRep, a summer theater troup that
addresses campus issues and resources
available to students.
Over 50 current students from a
variety of ethnic backgrounds and

get to know'U,' A2HILDREN
gettA2w otinued from Page 1
generation," Gartenberg said while
standing with her two children, 3-
- -- year-old Nicole and 3-month-old
, ? dJamie.
Having graduated from the Universi-
ty with an economics degree in 1987,
Jim Gartenberg was very involved as
president of the New York chapter of
the University Alumni Association for
12 years.
After he resigned from his posi-
tion, he began serving on the Nation-
al Advisory Committee for the
University of Michigan Library and
Task Force. Gartenberg said she and
f her husband had a strong love for the
} n'. University.
°" "We both bleed Maize and Blue.
My husband committed many years
TONY DING/Daily to Michigan," Gartenberg said.
Incoming freshmen Jason White, Peter Sundheim and Andrew Maisel share a White said he hopes the scholar-
computer in the Angell Hall Computing Site during an orientation session. ship will "bring some comfort to
hometowns with different majors are "We try to have a diverse staff their survivors and assurance that
involved in the orientation process and because we try to represent what the we too remember and cherish the
in trying to make the transition to col- community of the University's campus memory of those whose lives were
lege as easy as possible for incoming is. We want any student that comes in to lost."
freshman, said Katie Bondy, orienta- orientation to be able to identify with White had dedicated his seven
tion assistant and coordinator of stu- and relate to any of the current students months as interim president to the
dent and parent programs. we have on staff." friends and families of the University
alumni killed Sept. 11.
TOBACCO "There are some other options out "I thought of nothing that my hus-
there, but they're not very pretty," he band would have liked more than for
Continued from Page 1 added. his kids to go to his alma mater,"
added that he still enjoys a cigarette Of the 50-cent increase, roughly 20 said Jill Goldstein, whose husband
now and then. "I like to smoke just as a cents will be allocated to education, 25 Steve graduated from the University
little break, almost like a meditation." cents to the state general fund, four cents in 1988, adding that her late hus-
Schwarz said he is confident to the Medicaid trust fund and one cent band thought of his time at the Uni-
about the Legislature's decision. "I to the Wayne County Indigent Medical versity as "an all-around great
think (raising the cigarette tax) is Fund, all of which were previously experience."
probably the most responsible thing under-funded or cut, Schwarz said. "(He thought) it was a great educa-
we could have done," Schwarz said. "People that smoke shouldn't feel tion combined with a good social life
"It's better than cutting other pro- like the government should have and a feeling of belonging to some-
grams. No amount of cuts can cover mercy on them because they thing," she said.
a billion without decimating state smoke," Williams said. "It isn't a Gartenberg, speaking on behalf of
services." necessary thing." those families said she was thankful
Other actions that could have been But some still think the smoking for the University's generosity and
taken would have involved cutting populace is being taken advantage of commitment to helping those who
funds for prisons and education, "At this point, we're at the mercy were affected by the tragedies.
which would have resulted in of what they want to do," Zavisa "The University couldn't be more
reduced prison sentences and higher said. "As long as they get their supportive than they are," she said.
tuition, Schwarz said. money, they'll be happy." "We thank you for reaching out to us."

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