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FRIDAY, £EPTEBER 2,19
GERMAN TEACHER NOW COUNSEIN :,

THE MICHIGAN DAILY

PAGE T

West Trying To Correct Distorted American Picture
By ARLINE LEWIS . ||| | | . and soldiers. Several loudmouthed

Teaching at a small German
school two years ago, Bill West
was confronted with a European
drawn picture of a hollow, ma-
terialistic America. Now, at his
International Center job he is
still trying to correct that picture.
With enthusiasm for his work
showing above a naturally quiet
manner, 26-year-old West divides
his hours between counseling new
foreign students and advising the'
members of the International Stu-
dent's Association.
From his littered- desk in a
corner of the. Center, he meets
arriving international students,
and helps them with personal dif-
ficulties involving passports and
money loans.
Helped Newcomers
West, who started working on
August 1, came to the University
just in time to: meet the deluge
of newcomers whom he must help
adjust to Ann Arbor.
A graduate of Ohio Wesleyan
where he concentrated in English
literature, the soft-spoken coun-
selor spent his first working en-
ergies in writing television com-
mercials. But after eight months
an interest in traveling and writ-
ing prompted West to. apply for
a Fullbright grant to study in
London.
With all the positions he desired
filled, he was offered a chance to
teach at a small boy's school in
Germany.
West remembers thli immediate.
indecision. "I had never taught a
day in my life and had only a'
reading knowledge of German.
But Idecided to go for the bene-
fit of-a year abroad."
German Teacher
His first two months at Braun-
schweig, teaching American hiss
tory and literature, were not the
happiest because of an anticipated
language difficulty.
"But," he said, "I hibernated,
studied and finally was able to
'.make "real contact with the
people."
"Germans," he remarked, "be-.

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tourst, he saiacan set n im-
pression for an entire people.
West's interest in his present
job stems largely from the recog-
nition of the significance of
exchange students in international
opinion.
He recalls that in Germany,
persons who have studied in the
United States make the most ef-
fective diplomats for this coun-
try.
Receives American Degree
Last year West received his
Masters degree in American lit-
erature at Columbia University,
where he studied with Mark Van
Doren, "the personification of
wisdom."
As counselor and advisor at the
International Center, the thin, dy-
namic newcomer is able to work
with many of the University's ex-
ceptional foreign students on the
personal level he believes so im-
portant in clarifying cultural and
political misconceptions.
Indecisive about a possible Ph.D.
in literature, West's chief goals
revolve around writing and trav-
eling, which in his vague plans
have become indispensable com-
pliments of each other.

'Rigletto'
To Highlight
City Opera
Verdi's "Rigoletto" will open the
14th Annual Festival in Detroit
November 7.
Jussi Bjoerling, leading Metro-
politan Opera tenor will sing the
principal role in Italian.
Also on thje festival schedule is
"Mignon" which will be presented
Friday, November 9. The opera,
by Thomas, will present Frances
Bible in the title role. Also sing-
ing are tenor Richard Verreau and
Frank Porretta, 1955 Detroit
Grand Opera Scholarship winner.
The Saturday, November 10,
matinee will feature a presenta-
tion of Bizet's "Carmen" with
Gloria Lane, Adele Addison, Rich-
ard Cassilly, Norman Triegle and
Donald Gramm singing the lead-
ing roles in French.
"La Boheme" by Puccini will be
performed Saturday evening, No-
vember 10 with Barry Morell and
the New York City Opera parti-
cipating.
Eileen Farrell, Irene Kramarich
and Jon Crain will sing the lead-
ing roles in the November 12 per-
formance of Verdi's "Il Trova-
tore".

Professors Herbert F. Taggert
and Harold M. Levinson have been
granted research fellowships by
Ford Foundation.
Thus far 94 fellowships have
been awarded to graduate stu-
dents and teachers for work at
35 American universities. The

Two 'U' Professors Receive Fellowship

awards are designed to enable
promising graduate students to
continue graduate work and to
enhance the attractiveness of the
teaching profession.
Prof. Taggart ,Asst. Dean in the
College of Business Administra-

tion, is now in, Washington
writing a book under the
program.
In the field of economics
Levinson has already begu
search on pattern bargaini
the U. A. W.

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There's a Nationally-Known
Independent Record. Dealer

in Ann Arbor

NEW ISA ADVISOR-Former Fulbright Scholar tries to ease
students through difficulties of adjusting to a foreign environ-
ment.

leive that "America represents ma-
terail advancement alone and,has
no background, culture or capa-
city.'"
Smiling, West remembered a
compliment paid him by a Ger-
man friend who praised him for
being "not at all like an Ameri-

can." "Later, she admitted that I
was the only Amercian she'd ever
known."
The new International Center
staff member, with notable talents
at the cha-cha-cha attributes the
German impression of the United
States to the, actions of tourists

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