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m--oy Noeme 17 95 THE MIHIA DAL MAGAZ-IN-Euelieer

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(Continued from Page 5)
Poland, people would be fight-
ing to get a seat."
Remarks Alex: "Typical social
activity for an evening is for a
group of students to get together
Pnd discuss what~s important for
Poland." Alex dd Maria believe
tiat tremendous interest in Polish
politics on the part of, young people
stems from the fact that "We are
constantly looking for ways to im-
prove our system. We are inter-
etted in the whole world; we try
to evaluate what each country can
offer us."
MERICAN customs have already
taken taken effect. Maria de-
scribes dancing to jazz, calypso
nd rock 'n roll music as "the
age" in student circles. American
ovies are frequently shown, along
with French, Italian and few So-
viet films.
But to really know what it's -like
in the United States, Poles must
depend on accounts from relatives
here. "The most important thing,"
reflects Alex soberly, "is that we
learn the truth about America.
Not just propaganda."
Alex and Maria are enthusiastic
about their first visit to the United
4itates. Frank as they are with
criticism of students at the Uni-
versity, they are also quick to
praise the warm welcome they re-

ceived at Michigan, the cordiality
that has made them feel "so much
at home."
Maria is still impressed with the
University's facilities. She - says
lightly: "If I dream about going
to heaven when I die, it will be
organized like this Ann Arbor Uni-
versity; all the courses, libraries
and comforts you have."
AFTER two months in this coun-
try, Alex and Maria can com-
pare some of our everyday things
with life back home.
They're both amazed at the pace
of American life. "It's terrific,"
marvels Maria. "Phew," grins Alex,
shaking his head.
Maria has a few cryptic com-
ments about our social customs:
On parties: "I can't get used to
them. You meet and talk about
nothing for hours."
On dating: (with a wink and
pretended pout) "No one here
kisses your hand." More seriously,
"I can't get used to the affection
you display in public. It's embar-
rassing. In Poland young people
may live together during vacations
and no one says anything. But to
kiss in public. Never!"
A pet peeve is our waste of
paper: "You are so extravagant.
Always throwing paper away. May-
be that's why books are so expen-
Her woman's eye has been

AVENUE EAST-WEST-All these buildings were constructed after the war. St. Ann's Church, in tos
center, is used by students.
caught by our modern conveni- SHE'S strongly in favor of having Alex's wife, who's expecting a
ences. "American women have so women in government: "It's the child, will be waiting in Warsaw.
much leisure time," she comments, only way to make political life Maria's parents and twin brother
"why don't they do something con- more humane. If we could recruit are also in Warsaw.-
structive with it?" In Poland, -
women have to do all the work at prme-mmisters only from the When they leave they will take
home, yet they're much more mothers of families, I am sure that back more than knowledge gained
active in professions and civic we would be the most peaceful from American text books. With a
affairs. planet in the Universe." first-hand view of life as it really
"I think." observes Maria with a Maria and Alex will probably be is in the United States, they will be
sly grin, "that you American wom- going back to Poland next year. able to help raise Poland's iron
en are just too lazy." Their roots and families are there. curtain of misunderstanding.


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