The Michigan Daily -Tuesday, April 23, 1991 - Page 3
provides food, fun
Language Lab's second annualfest
ttracts 200 students, faculty, staff
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by Bonnie Bouman
Attending the second annual
International Fest, students and
staff today crowded a Modern
Languages Building room decorated
with multicolored Chinese lanterns
and greetings in foreign languages.
"We're just trying to promote
language - that it's fun, that cul-
ture's fun," said organizer Kathy
kemp, who estimated that 200 peo-
Entertainment included a cake-
walk, folk music with piano and vi-
olin, and Russian music.
At one point colored balls flew
through the room as 15 students at-
tempted to juggle. First-year stu-
dent David Zaret, who traveled the
world juggling before coming to
the University to study Engineer-
ing, performed before tutoring
participants in "the language of
drivers protest by
WINDSOR, Ontario (AP) - said Constable William Annand of
Canadian truck drivers shut down the Ontario Provincial Police.
border crossings to commercial Truckers also stopped commert
traffic yesterday to protest what cial traffic at the Blue Water Bridge
they say are unfair tax, fuel and in- between Sarnia, Ontario, and Port
surance costs that favor their U.S. Huron, Mich., yesterday morning-
The independent drivers said they
hoped for a repeat of last May's Independent drivers
blockades that choked off truck hope for a repeat of
traffic at various U.S.-Canada bor- last May's blockades
der crossings and forced some auto
plants to cut production.
"All it's about is Canadian peo- but the protest appeared to end b-
ple losing their jobs," said an auto fore noon, Canadian Press reported
parts hauler who was one of about Passenger traffic continued unifi
100 protesters at an intersection terrupted at all three bridges.
near the Ambassador Bridge leading George King, an attorney for the
to Detroit. He declined to give his Canadian Transit Co., which own
name, saying he feared reprisals. the Ambassador Bridge, said bordo
A banner hanging from two officials would seek a court injune
poles said "Canadian Truckers tion to end the standoff. !
Fighting Back," a slogan also em- The truckers said the Canadiai
blazoned on T-shirts worn by many and Ontario governments failed t4
protesters. live up to promises to help Canadiar
"My husband used to work for a truckers compete with thei
trucking company," said a protest American counterparts, who pa
organizer, who also declined being less for gas, insurance and taxes. '
identified. "They shut down and Transport Canada, the federa
said, 'Sorry, we're moving state- department responsible for regulat
side."' ing the trucking industry, decline'
However, a protest at the comment yesterday afternoon bfr
Lewiston-Queenston Bridge, about planned to issue a statement later
25 miles north of Buffalo, N.Y., had spokesperson Rene Mercier sai
broken up by yesterday afternoon, from Ottawa.
'We're just trying to promote language - that
it's fun, that culture's fun'
- Kathy Kemp-
International Fest Organizer
ple participated in the Language
The relaxed atmosphere showed
as language students, international
students, and staff all mingled to-
gether, chatting and eating food
which ran from fried chicken to
taboule. A French 231 section took
turns cooking crepes in one corner.
"Everyone's pitched in," said
Kemp, media distributing coordina-
tOr for the Language Lab.
"I think it's a fun thing..." said
Sean Cronin, a junior in Russian and
Eastern European Studies. "I'd like
to see something... more exotic...
like Indonesian or Arabic." Cronin
did enjoy the dancing by Native
Members of the University's
Native American Dance Troup per-
formed a Jingle Dress dance and a
Women's Fancy Shawl dance, to
rhythmic, drumming music.
Engineering first-year student David Zaret teaches the "language of
juggling" at the international fair held yesterday in the Language Lab in
the Modern Language Building.
"I'm kind of surprised," said
Lance Murphy, an LSA junior who
came to the Fest only because a sec-
tion for one of his classes met there
today. "I thought it was going to be
one of those boring academic type
things, but it's been quite
"I'm sure we'll do it again next
year," said Lisa Rice, secretary for
the Language Lab. "It's kind of a
way to end the year for the stu-
dents... gives them a chance to
Innovative chemistry course stresses creativity, free-thinking
by Rebecca Donnenfeld
Daily Staff Reporter
In the past, most science and pre-
med majors were forced to take
large introductory chemistry
classes to memorize general princi-
ples and quantitative calculations.
- For the last two years, however,
University students who do well on
their placement exams have had the
opportunity to take part in a pair of
innovative new Chemistry courses,
Chemistry 210 and 211.
Chemistry 210 is a lecture called
"structure and Reactivity," and
Chemistry 211 is a lab called
"Investigations in Chemistry."
Both are completely different from
the standard introductory chemistry
class, Chemistry 130.
Chemistry Prof. Seyhan Ege,
who helped design the new curricu-
lum, said the classes are different
because students are given problems
with open-ended answers which
they must work out on their own.
Students are also given opportu-
nities to work together in what is
called "cooperative learning."
"Science is a cooperative ven-
ture," she said. "Scientists must
learn to share their data with one
another and take down data care-
fully so that it can be shared."
Chemistry Prof. Richard Lawton
said students come into the course
with misconceptions and insecuri-
ties over the freedom the professors
"I spend a lot of time promoting
the 'you're-doing-OK' philosophy
and reassuring them that they won't
be penalized for 'mistakes. It re-
quires much enthusiasm, effort and
One example of the new, creative
approach to learning is the method
students use to analyze unknown
samples, Ege said. Students are given
After the first year of
the course, more
students signed up to
be chemistry majors'
- Seyhan Ege
a substance and told that another
classmate has a matching substance.
The students then work together to
find their pairs and then analyze
"The students seem excited and
interested. After the first year of
the course, more students signed up
to be chemistry majors than in pre-
vious years," she said.
LSA first-year student Joel
Rubenstein said he agreed that the
course has a more creative approach
"For exams, (the professors)
want you to take ideas and use them
in analogies. Instead of just memo-
rizing reactions, we learn how the
He said although he has decided.,
to switch his major from chemistry
to physics, he felt that many stu-
dents have found the new course
Financial support from the
National Science Foundation and
corporate donors have made the pro-
gram available to first-year
In addition, the University's
Chemistry department has received
nearly $600,000 in contributions to
purchase instrumentation for the
The Daily honors our winners in
the 1991 Detroit Press Club
Foundation 's student awards:
Jennifer, an opinion staffer, won
first place in the Expression of
Opinion category for her editorial
"Doing No Good: 'U' officials
perpetuate homophobia on campus."
Adam, a 1990 graduate and former
sports staffer, won first place in the
News Reporting category for his
piece "Blacks in the Athletic
Woman raped by
A woman was raped by her ex-
boyfriend last Wednesday, Ann
Arbor police reported this weekend.
According to reports, the man
assaulted the woman in an upstairs
bedroom of a home on the 2700
block of Adrianne. The woman is
Two young women were also as-
saulted at a drugstore at Briarwood
Mall this weekend.
Police reports said the women
were shopping in the CVS store
when a man loitering in their aisle
grabbed them both by their but-
The police have classified the as-
sault as fourth degree criminal sex-
TVs and beer
There were two break-ins within
five blocks on South Forest this
Ann Arbor police reported that
about 7 a.m. Friday, a homeowner
discovered a television set and
stereo equipment were missing.
Police believe the burglar used a
key to get in the apartment, al-
though there are no suspects.
Earlier Friday morning, a man
was caught trying to escape a South
Forest home through a window
with a bag of clothes.
Reports said the the com-
plainant's roommate caught the.
suspect while he was slipping out
the window. The burglar gave the
clothes back and fled immediately.
A VCR and television set were
also stolen from an aparment on the
400 block of Benjamin this weekend,
as were a collection of compact
discs from a dorm room in Mary
Ann Arbor police also reported
the burglary of four cases of beer
Saturday night from a business on
the 2000 block of Fuller.
cowpoke hits local
Seven hundred dollars worth of
narcotics and cash were stolen from
the Community Pharmacy, 3014
Packard, sometime between 4 p.m.
Saturday afternoon and Sunday
According to reports from Ann
Arbor police, the burglar cut a holes
in the roof of the drugstore, and
somehow managed to disarm the,
Investigations are continuing. ;
Several tanks of nitrous oxide,
commonly known as laughing g,;
were reported stolen from the
Dental Building, 1011 N.
According to reports from thei
University's Department of Public
Safety and Security (DPSS), the;
tanks were discovered stolen early
yesterday morning. The tanks are
valued at more than $1,000 each.
Nitrous oxide, as well as being
an effective anaesthetic, is also used'
for "whip-its," a homemade intoxi-
What's happening in Ann Arbor today
Recycle U-M, weekly mtg. 1040
Dana, 7 p.m.
Kaffeestunde, weekly German con-
versations. MLB third floor confer-
e#ce room, 4:30 p.m.
German Club, weekly mtg. MLB,
RPm. 2004,7:00 p.m.
Anthropology Club, weekly mtg.
dominick's, 7:30 p.m.
Time & Relative Dimensions in
Ann Arbor, weekly mtg. Call 971-
2072 for info. 2439 Mason Hall, 8
Ultimate Frisbee Club, weekly mtg.
New members welcome. Fuller Park,
lower fields, 5 p.m.
Students Concerned About Animal
Rights, weekly mtg. Dominick's, 7:30
Fr.-Sat. 8-11:30. Call 936-1000 or stop
by 102 UGLi. Also at the Angell Hall
Computing Center 1-3 a.m. Sun. -
Thurs. Call 763-4246 or stop by the
courtyard. The last day of service will
be Wed., April 24.
Northwalk, nighttime safety walking
service. Functions Sun.-Thurs. 8-1:30
am., Fri.-Sat. 8-11:30. Call 763-
WALK or stop by 2333 Bursley. The
last day of service will be Wed., April
ECB Peer Writing Tutors available
to help with your papers Sun.-Thurs.,
Angell/HavenComputing Center, 7-
11:00 p.m.; 611 Church Street Com-
puting Center, Tue. and Thurs. 7-
11:00 p.m., Wed. 8-10:00. p.m.
Women's Rugby Practice. U of M
Club Sports. Coliseum, 8-10 p.m.
Candlelight Vigil, sponsored by the
It took Galileo 16 years to master the universe.
You have one night.
It seems unfair. The genius had all that time. While you have a few
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