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Mass Media (Newspaper) - November 2, 1982, Boston, Massachusetts hanger by Ron a rock face 100 feet air maY not be the average idea of recreation but for Tom Anthro thats the best way to spend a vacation Tom is a rock climbing buff and is particularly astic about scaling such faces with an approach called free climbing that only uses ropes to stop a fall Tom discussed his sport in a recent interview with the Mass Media Free climbing allows you to use only your hands and feet when you said Callahan You cant rely on the equipment to help you up The rope and the anchors its set in just serve the same purpose a net does in a trapeze save you if you fall You do all the climb ing with your body hands and feet Sometimes on a hard free you may end up using aid pulling on some thing anchored to the rock above you if its the only way you can do it but then its no longer really a free climb A lot of the reward lies just in the self knowledge that you didnt use The safety equipment consists of nylon ropes costing or more and small aluminum blocks of varying sizes into which a steel cable is looped The nuts are wedged into cracks in the rock and the rope which connects you to your climbing partner is attached to the cable Several of these nuts will be set between a pair of climbers It is your partners job to belay you if you should fall He braces himself from a secure position as he anchors his end of the rope Tom discounts the element of danger as a factor in rock climbing There are two kinds of danger in Tom Callaghan UMass student is an avid rock climber you can control and things you cant control Ice climbing and real technical mountaineering have a lot of danger you cant control avalanches and things like that In rock climbing if you get hurt its because you screwed up usually by trying something harder than your ability would allow Regular rock climbing for the right people who are thorough and careful is to page 8 VOLUME 17 ISSUE 12 UNIVERSITY OF NOVEMBER 1982 Martin Quitt Title III director Nuclear disarmament teach in debates the pros and cons by Denis Murphy The reality of nuclear war and its pos sible consequences hit close to home last Wednesday at a teachin on nuclear dis armament in the 010 student lounge We are being held hostage we are living in said Dr Adella Wilkinson one of three speakers at the teachin Arguments both for and against the nuclear freeze question and the issue of disarmament were offered by political science professor Paul Watanabe philo sophy professor Robert Schwartz and Wilkinson from the Physicians for Social Responsibility Watanabe expressed some hope in saying that people are becoming more aware of the nuclear dilemma People are beginning to understand the many consequences of nuclear war What can happen in this type of war has raised peoples level of Watanabe said that although some people are more concerned now most Americans believe the United States must have these wea pons because the Soviet Union does Robert Swartz director of Critical and Creative Thinking offered both sides to the disarmament issue He said that in 1945 he believed the atomic bomb was a wonderful invention because it would shorten the war and ultimately save thousands of American lives Swartzs attitude underwent a transformation after he witnessed the destruction the bomb triggered on nonmilitary targets I was changed when I saw pictures of the destruction in Hiroshima The charred burned bodies were not soldiers but innocent men women and The destruction in 1945 that altered Swartzs belief in any positive uses of nuclear weapons is relevant today because a nuclear conflict would involve heavy losses of civilian populations The prob lem is a moral dilemma Its the manu facture and storage of nuclear weapons that is the said Schwartz His advice when considering the issues such as the nuclear freeze question on the November 2 ballot is to become informed Information regarding the use of nuclear arms as a the arguments against such strategy and the advantages and disadvantages of the nuclear freeze proposal must be studied if youre going to take a stand on these he said The freeze referendum is a proposal for both the US and the Soviet Union to agree to freeze the production and test ing of nuclear weapons However it is not binding and its approval would be largely symbolic The idea of using nuclear weapons as a against aggressive Soviet action an invasion of western Europe for to page 3 Title III funds from help by Steve Wagner One of many Boston State Programs transferred to UMass because of last years merger was Title III a federally funded program designed to improve the quality of education at BSC Originally the grant was to provide over a three year period but after the merger took place it was restructured to provide UMass per year until 1984 Martin Quitt a former UMass history professor and current director of Title III said the federal program is designed to assist colleges and universities that have a high percentage of lower income students Were trying to have an impact on teaching to make a contribution to basic skills programs and also to have an im pact on career said Quitt Title III provides seed money to insti to develop programs In fact you cant renew the grant for activities that have already been he said One program already underway is the teaching of faculty how to make use of microcomputers in their classrooms The consensus is that microcomputers is the wave of the future And the con sensus in education is that students at every level should be taught how to use them said Quitt However Quitt points out that the program is not geared towards faculty in the sciences only but also towards those in the humanities and the social sciences However the program is not designed to allow faculty to teach students program ming The emphasis is on using the micro computer as a teaching tool like a text book Most of the software is for use in the secondary public schools We dont know as yet the possibilities of micro computers for higher he said The program runs for three semesters and begins with an introductory work shop which started last week Quitt said after that up to 10 faculty will be chosen for an intensive seminar that will refine what they have learned and enable the faculty to develop specific programs for the computers The final stage is apply ing the computer in the classroom Most of the applications for this program were from the humanities and social said Quitt The Title III program does not make exclusive use of computers Quitt said a project is being implemented which will bring together teachers from the Boston Public Schools and ty One of the reasons this is that 20 percent of the are from Boston Public swd Quitt He said both parties to benefit The public school teacher can gain valu able experience their students for college and the university can gain valuable experience preparing their stu dents for college and the university can gain valuable information about how future freshmen are being taught This kind of dialogue has never taken place To get teachers from different levels university faculty and public school teachers to talk as professionals is not an easy Quitt could not say when this would be happening but Mr Leon ard Brown has recently been hired to direct this aspect of the Title III program The program also tries to establish ties between the university and the private sector University students have to com pee with private institutions that have many contacts with hightech said Quitt He said Title III funds can be used to bring people in from various companies as consultants for faculty and to help set up internships and coop jobs for students The idea is to improve the contact with the business community thus improving the chances of UMass finding a job in the high tech industry Quitt said the Title III program is also operating a workshop for students who have deficiencies in reading and study skills Faculty may recommend students to the workshop or they may come in on their own Associated with the fundamental skills workshop is a freshman studies seminar which is offered by the Office of Aca demic Support Quitt said the basic philo sophy behind the workshop is to provide a transition for students who complete fundamental skills courses and who are entering into regular university core courses Students are encouraged to prac tice the skills that are needed for core courses before they are actually enrolled in them As a whole Quitt said the Title III program increases che access to UMass for students that might not otherwise go to a fouryear He said this is especially important today because a degree is needed for many types of careers
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