The Campus Update Vol.5, Iss.5, 17 November 1982, p. 1

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VOLUME FIVE ISSUE FIVE CAMPUS UPDATE Alpena Community College, Alpena, Ml NOVEMBER 17, 1982 County Library Faces Possible Closure by Jenni Ritzler The Alpena County Library has launched its annual fund drive be- ginning November Each year the library has appealed for funds to help finance library ser- vice. This year the need is far great- er than in past years, according to Bove Mendel, director. library will experience a 616, 500 shortfall for the 1982 bud- get year unless sufficient funds are raised. Increased costs for one insurance and other operating e: penses plus decreased revenues ae count for the Projected shortage of funds, Mendel sai The library’s major sources of in- come which have been reduced in- clude: Penal fines (District Court fines) and state aid. Mendel said that book fines are also down $1,000. _ fro figures. pen. Library “hours have been re: duced by 4.5 hoursa week; the staff has been reduced and staff hours have been changed from 35 hours a week to 30, Mendel added that there have not been any salary in- creases for the staff since 1981. Without sufficient revenue, Mendel said, the library may close its doors in December and reopen after the first of the year. If this closure does occur, the public will have to look to other sources, i.e., the Alpena Community College Library and other libraries in the public school system. According to Mendel, these sources would probably not fulfill the many needs of adult readers. With over 12,000 registered ae rowers, the director noted that i every library card holder aes one dollar, this would keep the li- brary open. All donations to the library are tax deductible as well as qualifying for a special income tax credit on state income tax returns, Mendel said. He said a Friends of the Library meeting is scheduled for November :30 p.m. at the library. The library's financial condition will be a topic of discussion and the meet- ing is open to the public. Spring Trip Set How does a vertical-loop coaster, a dolphin show, a trip. down main street, plus plenty of sunshine and warm climate sound? Tempting? Well, you can enjoy this and much more in Florida When Spring ‘break rolls around oc _next year, a group of people will be depart from. Alpena on Friday, Feb- ruary ee arrive back on ‘Sunday, Februar . Two price package is The trip includes a whole schedule of activities. Nashville, the site of the Grand Old Oprey, .will be pre- senting an evening performance of country and western singers. In Florida the group will go to such places as BuschGardens, Sea World, Disney World or E.P.C.O.T., and even on an Escape Cruise from Port Canaveral. There will even be time to get a tan at Daytona Beach. ‘A meeting for the trip to Florida will be held on November 23 in Room 102 of VLH at 2 p.m. Dead- line for registering for the trip is November 23. Any questions about the trip should be directed to Frank McCourt. Veterans Still Eligible for Grants by Jackie Timm Student veterans will benefit from a congressional veto of the fiscal budget 1982. This fall financial aid for veterans applying for Pell Grants was based on full veteran education benefits. This was a change from the calcu- lations of the formula of the last two years. Consequently many vet- erans formerly ae became ineli- gible for Pell Gra When the ae bill was over ruled, in the form- tions for Pell Grants. In addition, Congress set aside 30 million dollars used nationally to meet the needs Of the program. Veterans who were denied Pell Grants this fall can now reapply un- der the present guidelines. Pay- ments will be retroactive to cover fall semester, according to Max Lindsay, Director of Financial Aid at Alpena Community College. Lindsay i is now in the process of re- applications. Questions ula allowed. veterans to one third of their benefits as a basis for calcula- concerning. individual benefits can be directed to him. Held New Class Helps Critical Thinking by Lynn Lightner “One morning, exactly at sunrise, a Buddhist monk began to climb a tall mountain. A narrow path, no more than a foot or two wide, spiraled around the mountain to a glittering temple at the summit. The monk ascended at varying rates of speed, stopping many times a- long the way to rest and eat dried fruit he carried with him. He reached the temple shortly before sunset. After several days of fasting and meditation he began his journey back along the same path, starting at sunrise and again walking at vari- able speeds with many pauses alon average climbing speed. Prove that there is a spot along the path that the monk will occupy on both trips at precisely the same time of day. Puzzled? Well, if you are, the ‘Slave’ Auction at Dorm by Jeannette Licavoli Do | hear a bid? Going once, going twice, sold! At the traditional RHA Slave Auction held Nov. 8th at Russell Wilson Dormitory, “slaves’’ were auctioned off to the highest bidder for one hour of hard labor. Doug Field, a resident of the dor- mitory, served as the autioneer for the event. He kept the buyers on their toes with his quick profession- al sounding lingo. The lowest starting bid began with Mary Henkel at one penny who was then sold for $4.25. Frank McCourt was sold to Virgil Stoltz for $10.00 and in turn, Frank bought Virgil for $16.25. Later in the auction, Fred Thompson, Rich Matzke, Robert Shank, Bob Kelly and Jessie Goins were up for sale to one buyer. Bid- ders. were sweating it out as the price was rapidly shooting up. But ultimately they bought themselves for the igpes: going bid of the evening; $30.5 President of pen Pat Joyce orga- nized the activity, in which a total of $136.25 dollars was raised for the club, Another slave auction will be held sometime in December. Watch for schedule and date in the Splinter. Everyone is welcome. to come and participate. ie Language and Reason course offer- ed next semester could help you figure out problems like this in no time at all. The Language and Reason course was available this semester to Inter- disciplinary Studies students only. However, in response to a faculty desire to see more students taking such a course, it is now open next semester to any interested student. Mr. Terry Hall, the Language and Reason instructor, believes, as do many teachers here at ACC, that this type of critical thinking course can be of great help to students going into any type of field. solving, critical thinking and lang- uage comprehension skills which this course is designed to develop are invaluable. Not only will you be able to figure out the exact spot to which a Bud- dhist monk occupies at Sieve the same time of day in two dif- ferent trips, but you will, also become a better reader and a better writer. Research on courses such as this one has shown that a learning of problem solving skills can have a great effect on IQ level. The IQ in- crease after developing critical thinking skills often ranges any- where from 10 to even 30 points higher: Interdisciplinary Program Holds Open House by Christy Preseau An open house was held for ‘the families of the students who are in- volved in the Interdisciplinary Stud- jes Program on November 5. Approximately 150 guests attend- ed the open house and were en- gaged in a variety of events through- out the evening. Staff members Terry Halland Bart — Boyer had conferences with the’ parents about their students. They discussed how they felt the student had changed since they have been involved in the Interdisciplinary Studies Program. The guests were al- so able to see the students at work (Continued on Page 3)

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