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February 06, 1958 - Image 18

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rnational Newcomers Find Helpful Orientation, Friendly Pe



7:30 a.m. They haven't been late halls of higher learning. And in London, where he'd studied pre-
or missed an appointment since addition, they're meeting fellow viously. "Here everyone is so in-
last Friday?" students in well-planned social formal. You can mix with them
gatherings that the Orientation
Actually, leaders Al Novitzsky committee hopes will set them on and it's easy to talk. You don't
iand Rosalind Ribyat think their the road towards easier Integra- feel alone." Did he like the in-
group is something special. It's tion in their new and strange en- formality? The answer: another
one of the ten or so that's made vironment grin and the quip, "Sure, I like to
up wholly of international stu- vrnet r n h up SrIlk o
dents, some of whom are in the Students' Views talk." We didn't think he'd have
r detssom of homarein he tis ift datoo much trouble adjusting.
United States for the first time. By this fifth day of the pro- i an
Under their guidance, men and gram, you could almost tell those His Japanese companion, a
women from countries all over in the group who would adapt to graduate student in sociology had
the world are going through the the new way of life immediately more praise for the treatment he'd
procedure testing, -ynreceived so far. In his reaction to
poeue-tsig x-raying, and those for whom it would take life in the United State's was the
programming, registration - that longer.
plagues every newcomer to the Two men from Burma sat talk- observation - delivered with
ing together, a little apart from straight face, but a twinkle in the
the group. Shy and soft-spoken, eye - that American women have
they told us that they were study- too high a social status. But we
public administration, having got- noted that his plans didn't include
n their undergraduate degrees any ambitions toward reform in
fiom the University of Rangoon. this line.
Still a bit awed by the fast pace From one corner of the room we
orientation was leading them, heard peals of laughter and a;
togetherness" they were both eager to tell what summons from Miss Ribyat to
"a happy surprise" it had been come over and meet a few of her
for them to find people in Ann favorite charges. After even a
-- ----------- ---- Arbor "so friendly, so consider- cursory glance in their direction
ate." we were sure these merry-makers
' fr Across the room, a young man -three men from South America
--- thatsfor sure . . . from Bombay, India was deep in -had already passed the accli-
like heck, but it's clean, conversation with a fellow new- mation test, with flying colors.
comer from Japan. The Indian Easy Orientation
flashed a bright smile, said he'd A few minutes of joking with
found the orientation "extremely them c o n f i r m e d our first
d at reasonable prices. helpful. At least now I don't have thoughts. Orientation, they told
and our food handlers to stop to ask somepne how to us more seriously, had really been
get every place." very helpful. All three, prospective
- Y1He was quick to point out how students in electrical and chemi-
different Ann Arbor seemed from cal engineering, were in the'

United States for the first time
and "came here without knowing
at all what to do."
Did they know now? "You bet
we do." Any special problems?
"Not us, how about you?" And one
of the hen whipped out a note-
book and pencil ready to turn the
interview and quiz the reporter.
What did they like best about Ann
Arbor? Three broad smiles and a
chorused answer: "The women are
wonderful. You can spell that
with a capital "W!"
If these international students
were enthusiastic about orienta-
tion and their greeting in Ann Ar-
bor, their feelings were matched
and surpassed by Miss Ribyat and
Novitzsky. While Novitzsky went
out for coffee with some of his
group, we sat down to hear what
Miss Ribyat and Orientation Com-
mittee Member Janet Leckner had
to say about Operation Orient In-
"Marvelous Experience"

ent I'd never get along with
Miss Ribyat's fears were never
realized. After the first day with
her new charges, everyone was on
a first name basis; the men vow-
ing they'd practice saying her
name until they got it right. Soon
they were all talking among
themselves about everything.
Liked Their Frankness
Remarked Miss Ribyat:
"They're all so candid, it's refresh-
ing." She was especially impressed
at how quickly the international
students "accepted each other as
friends," and remarked at the way
they adroitly picked up American
Most gratifying was "their ex-
treme appreciation." "It was just
tremendous!" Miss Ribyat ex-
claimed. "They're so lost when
they come here, that they think
the least little thing you do for
them is wonderful."
With riot a little awe in her
voice, she described how much she
had learned from "just talking"
to members of her group, "This
one boy from India sat down with
me and in less than an hour ex-
plained his whole governmental

to have someone take a little In-
terest in them."
At that point we looked up to
see a young Chinese standing in
the doorway, waiting politely for
us to notice him. "He's probably
lost," explained Miss Leckner, ris-
A few minutes later she re-

turned. The international stude
it seemed, had spent the first f
days of orientation in English a
aptitude tests and had his ID p
tures, audiometer test, x-ray, p
gram advising and registration
do in one day.
"We'll get him through
promised Miss Leckner.

Bubbling over with excitem
Leader Ribyat could hardly f
the words to describe how mu
she'd enjoyed her job. "It was
most marvelous experienceI
had at Michigan," she decla
earnestly. Added Miss Leckni
"We all feel that way about int
national student orientation."'
At fist, Miss Ribyat recall
she'd been kind of hesitant to to
charge of an international gro
"I was scared they'd be so diff


er- And she recalled the man from
Burma "who seemed cold and dis-
led, tant until I sat down next to him
ake and asked him if he was mar-
up. ried. He nodded shyly. I asked if
er- he missed his wife and he smiled
-and added that what he missed
most was his wife's cooking. Soon
he was showing me pictures of his
Says Miss Leckner: "They're all
so anxious to get to know Ameri-
cans. They want to share every-
thing. All international students
need to make a good adjustment is


THE OTHER DANCE-Not everyone was at J-Hop Tuesday night.
These international newcomers were among the new and old
students who flocked to the Union-League sponsored dance in
honor of new students. A part of the social orientation program, it
was open to all free of charge.

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EARLY MORNING BRIEFING-An orientation leader gives his international charges a rundown of
the day's activities as they start out in the morning. Meeting as early as 7:30 a.m., the newcomers
were taken through pre-registration routines and received special tours of the University, as well as
visits to different student activities. The international groups were rated as "most cooperative" and
those who had highest rate of attendance to all functions.


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