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6The Daily Tar HeelFriday, February 27, 1987
A two-generation look at college life
By ANNE RAUGH
In the late 1950s, when most
current college students' moms
attended college, their classroom
attire consisted of cream-colored net
cremlins under long corduroy skirts,
saddle shoes, starched blouses with
Peter Pan collars,, pin-curled hair.
Max Factor pancake makeup and
popular apple-red lipstick.
A mother returning to a campus
today would probably notice some
of the same 50s fashions around
penny loafers, white socks and long
Catherine Willis, a junior at UNC.
returned to college last December
after raising a family of three. Her
goal is to teach high school English.
This semester, she has filled her
schedule up w ith 17 hours of classes.
Willis isn't alone on campus,
however. Her oldest daughter, Jen
nifer, is a UNC senior.
As mother daughter students.
Jennifer and her mother get along
well. The two family members see
the world from different perspec
tives, but they also understand the
problems that go w ith being a college
The frequently spend time
together on campus because of
similar schedules. We meet every
Tuesday and Thursday for lunch at
I.enoir Hall and after classes when
we get the chance." said the elder
Jennifer said it's been a lot of fun
introducing her mother to friends.
"I just say, 'Oh, by the way, this
is Catherine, she's my mom,' "
Returning moms might find it
difficult to come back to college
because of the obvious age gap with
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other students. Is it hard to relate
in the classrooms with the 18-to-22
Jennifer said her mom had no
problem with communication. "It
turned out to be just the opposite;
my friends in her classes are very
interested in what she has to say
because it's in a different
Willis said college students are
much different than they were 30
"I think kids are freer to be who
they want to be than they were when
I was in school. People were
squeezed into molds then, especially
the women," Willis said.
"The girls went to college to find
a husband and become a teacher or
secretary. We were simply expected
to do those things. Dreams about
a career, in most cases, lay dormant
in the back of a girl's mind.
"The relationships between men
and women are perhaps the biggest
change We noticed." Willis said.
"They are more at ease with each
other not as worried about
romance. They are both career
oriented and share the same goals.
"Women are no longer someone's
girlfriend, wife and mother," Willis
Men aren't that much different
from the males Willis went to college
with. "1 see the fewest differences
among the men. They are still the
same: serious and career-oriented
and most expect to provide for a
Both Jennifer and her mother see
eye-to-eye on some issues, but fall
short on others.
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they were in the. 1950s because they
feel they must go out and succeed
in a career before they can get
"1 have a friend who just got
engaged and she's getting a lot of
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mother Catherine, a junior, for lunch
school depends on where her hus
band will be." said Jennifer.
Jennifer said one of the most
important things her mother has
gained from going back to college
is her ability to empathize more with
her own children now that she's been
thrown into their world.
The last film of the Latin Film
Festival sponsored by UNC's Insti
tute for Latin American Studies will
not be shown Saturday night as
scheduled. Film Festival organizer
Sharon Mujica said that the film
"The City and the Dogs" was stolen
from the Chapel Hill Trailways bus
terminal Wednesday. Local police
have been notified but have not
recovered the stolen film.
The film was scheduled to be
shown free to the public at 1 1 p.m.
Saturday at the Carolina Theatre.
No alternate film is available, Mujica
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Kaplan Center aids
in test preparation
By CAROLE FERGUSON
Where to start and how to get
organized can be an overwhelm
ing decision when studying for
graduate school admissions tests.
Some students arc enrolling in a
special center that teaches them
to tackle the information more
The Stanley H. Kaplan Edu
cational Center, located on
Chapel Hill Boulevard in. Dur
ham, offers preparation for grad
uate school admissions tests
including the LSAT (law),
G M AT. G R E, M CAT ( med icine)
and others. It also offers courses
for professional licensure exams
and college entrance exams. The
center serves students from UNC,
Duke, and N.C. State.
"They know what kind of
questions will be on it," UNC
junior Jim Hall said about the
Kaplan Educational Center. Hall
is preparing to take the MCAT
in April. "At least I'm not striking
out on my own," he said.
Preparation for graduate test
ing usually begins eight to 10
weeks before the exam with once-a-week
class sessions, testing
tapes, and home study at the
, "Learning over a long range is
much better than a crash course."
said Dyan Harper, administrator
of the center. "So if you were
going to take an exam in April
you would start in January."
"It really helps you structure
your time." UNC senior Elizabeth
The cost of the preparatory
courses ranges from $450 for
MCAT and GRF courses and
$495 for LSAT and GMAT
"The expense is one draw
back." said Greg Suits, a first-year
UNC medical student.
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The Jimmy Buffett concert, sche
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will be incorporated into the sche
dule of events associated with Par
ents Weekend. The weekend is
sponsored by the Parents' Council
of the Student Development Office
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However. Suits, who took the
courses to prepare for the MCAT,
said paying for the courses was
an added incentive. "You're
paying that much money it
makes you work hard."
Harper said students who want
to get into graduate school should
concentrate on preparation
before the admissions tests. "They
need to realize that the standard
ized test is more important than
that semester's grades." she said.
"I really wanted to do well,"
said Bruce Cohen, a senior from
Atlanta. "It (the course) forced
me to sit down and work on a
schedule." Cohen said the hard
work paid off since he was
recently accepted to the Medical
College of Georgia.
Students spend about four
hours a week in classes which
include lectures, tests and discus
sions. They have take-home study
materials which help them brush
up on problem areas before class.
They also can check out audio
tapes at the center to supplement
Testing tapes make a big dif
ference in the course's effective
ness. Harper said.
"Students who come in and
work in the tape lab regularly do
much better on the exams."
"The tapes helped the most
because of repetition," Cohen
Kaplan Center also offers
students more than practice.
"In classes we explain a concept
so that when it may come up in
a different way, they'll feel com
fortable." Harper said.
Students seem to be pleased
with results from the courses. 80
percent of those who enroll have
heard about the center through
someone else they know, accord
ing to Harper.
purchase seats together, according to
Stacey Ramirez, public relations
worker for the Parents' Weekend
project. Mailings to parents will go
out March 6. Ticket orders received
after March 20 will be held at the
Smith Center Will Call window until
the night of the concert. Ticket price