Page 8-The Michigan Daily-Tuesday, March 19,1991
'U' course offers
in the Rockies ,
by Jami Blaauw
Daily Staff Reporter
Instead of suffering through
Biblogy 152 for those much'
needed natural science credits,
some University students will be
spending their summer in the
Rocky Mountains studying the
unique geblogy. ,
For the past 15 years, stu-
dents have been travelling to
Jackson Hole, Wyoming at the
base of the Grand Teton moun-
tain range for an intensive six
week course in Introductory"
'The course was re-
ally exhausting and
we were always
working on some-
- Tracy Robinson
LSA first- year student
About 45 to 50 students - 30
percent of whom are incoming
first-year students - participate
in the prggram each summer at
Camp Dadis. The camp is lo-
cated on the Hoback River near
its junction with the Snake River
and was bpiilt in 1929 by Univer-
sity Civil Engineers.
"Studying geology in Michi-
gan is like studying astronomy in
a bakment and the camp is a
beautiful area for studying it,"
said Bruce Wilkinson, professor
of geology at the University.
"The program is tremendously
successful, and the people work-
ing with it are great."
The program was founded by
Wilkinson, who no longer
teaches the program, and Skip
Simmons, a professor who now
teaches at the University of New
Much of the course is spent
in the field as students visit geo-
logic locations. Students camp
in these locations for a few days,
taking time to explore minerals,
* rocks, and fossils in natural set-
The course is taught by three
professors and two or three TAs.
During the first week of the
course, students spend most of
their time in the classroom
learning the fundamentals of ge-
The remainder of the course
is spent in the field, both at
Camp Davis and surrounding ar-
eas like Yellowstone National
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University students can opt to spend the summer in the Rockies to study geology hands-on. They earn natural
science credit through the University.
Park, Craters for the Moon, the
Bear Tooth Pass, and Flaming
The course is very intense,
demanding a lot of work for the
eight credits it offers, said Pro-
gram Administrator Joyce Budai,
but "Feedback has been tremen-
dously positive from both stu-
dents and faculty."
Carolyn Bisson, an LSA
sophomore said, "It was hard
work, but I loved the course."
An average day at Camp
Davis begins with breakfast at
6:30, with class work beginning
at 8 a.m. Students spend only a
couple of hours during the morn-
ing in the classroom and the re-
mainder of the day is spent in
the field. The students return to
camp just before dinner and
have the evening to study, hike,
and socialize around the camp-
On weekends, students may
go to the nearest town or hike
around the area. During field
trips, one day is alloted for free
time although much time is
spent studying for daily quizzes.
"The course was really ex-
hausting and we were always
working on something," said
Tracy Robinson, a first-year LSA
student who took the course last
summer before her first term. "I
had never been out West. It was
a nice experience and I learned
Buses leave from Ann Arbor
July 5 and return August 20. All
interested students are encour-
aged to contact Dr. Joyce M.
Budai at the Department of Geo-
logical Sciences for further in-
formation and an application.
WASHINGTON (AP) - The
Supreme Court, urged by the Bush
administration to narrow the dis-
tance between government and r6-
ligion, said yesterday it will de-
cide whether group prayers may 120
part of public school graduation
The justices agreed to review
rulings that bar guest speakers
from delivering invocations and
benedictions at high school and
junior high school commencement
ceremonies in Providence, R.I.
A decision is expected som&s
time in 1992. Since 1962, the higk
court has banned organized prayer
sessions from public schools, but
school officials in Providence say
graduation ceremony prayers are
Administration lawyers, siding
with the school officials, are ask-
ing the court to scrap the waysit
has determined for the last 20
years whether a governmental
practice creates- an unconstitut*
tional "establishment of religion."-
The justices since 1971 have
employed a three-part test in judg-
ing such disputes. Under the test, a
law or governmental practice -is
struck down if it has a religious
purpose, advances or promotes re-
ligion, or fosters excessive entan-
glement with religion.
In the Providence case, Justice
Department lawyers said the court*
should "jettison the framework
erected (in 1971) in circumstances
where, as here, the practice under
assault is non-coercive, ceremo-
nial acknowledgement of the het-
itage of a deeply religious people."
The government lawyers added
that concerns about coercion in the,
classroom do not carry over to .
Steven Brown, executive direc-
tor of the Rhode Island chapter of
the American Civil Liberties
Union, said the high court's review
of the Providence case "opens up
the distinct possibility that th
principle of separation of church
and state may get a drubbing."
Bush demands Iraq pay war reparations
WASIIINGTON (AP) - Presi-
dent Bush demanded yesterday
that Iraq pay war reparations for its
"environmental terrorism" and said
he wanted to cut arms sales to the
Middle East. Yet, the administIra-
tion also announced new steps to
underwrite sales of military goods.
Bush, just back from postwar
talks with leaders of Britain,
France antl Canada, compared
notes with Secretary of State
Yames A. Baker, who returned
Sunday from a trip to the Middle
East and Moscow.
The president said he wanted to.
build on a feeling of good will in
the aftermath of the war against.
Iraq to calm the turmoil in
Lebanon, reconcile Arab-Israeli
differences and find a solution for
the Palestinian problem.
He cautioned, "I don't think the
American people ought to think
that you can wave a wand and
solve all three of these very diffi-
cult problems at once."
However, he added, "I think the
longer one waits to take any initia-
tives, the danger is things revert
back to a status quo. And I think
that will be unacceptable.";
The United States and its allies
in the Gulf War are holding talksj
at the United Nations this week on,
"Broadly speaking, people
know what-i required," Bush said.
"I would like to see us reduce the
flow of weapons into the area....
Iraq must pay reparations or pay
damages. The more one looks at
the environmental terrorism that
they embraced ... the more the
world understands that they have
got to do something about that."
He said Iraq is a wealthy nation
that spent its money on weapons
and aggression. "Now we've got to
see that they use their resources
for helping their own people."
The president spoke at a White
ceived a humanitarian award for
his "moral courage and unshake-
able resolve." It was presented by
Nobel laureate Elie Wiesel, who
implored Busy "to listen to Israel's
fears, just as Israel should listen to
the president's hopes."
Separately, the White House
said Bush would seek congres-
sional approval allowing the Ex-
port-Import Bank, a government
agency, to underwrite up to $1 bil-
lion in foreign military sales by
White House press secretary
Marlin Fitzwater said the program
did not conflict with Bush's goal of
reducing the spread of arms to the
The program provides govern-
ment-guaranteed loans to protect
against default by purchasers.
Sales would be automatically cov-
ered to any NATO countries, as
well as Israel, Japan and Australia.
Asked about the strife in Iraq,
Bush said there is some rebel
fighting against Saddam Hussein's
regime in Baghdad itself, as well
as in the north and south.
The administration is pursuing a
two-track peace approach in the
Middle East, seeking gestures of
reconciliation between Israel and
its Arab neighbors, and Israel and
conditions for a permanent cease- House ceremony where he re-
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