U.S., Russian exchange ;Â·Â·':Â·'Â· . Â· Â· Â· Â· ' Â· ,.,/ ; ;Â·Â·-'/.Â·;.Â· ': '-. :; - : , v Â· ' ' . ;'/Â·:Â·".'Â·. ; ; , ' ' Â· Â· ' . .Â·: ~ opens students eyes By LYNN OLSON : MOSCOW .Iff) - For four months, Morris Rabinko, who is majoring in Rus- siap at the State University of New York, was able to combine book learning with a first-hand glimpse of the Russian people and their way of life. Sometimes, the 20-year- old admitted, that glimpse was unsettling for him and the nine other SUNY students who spent a semester at Moscow's prestigious I n s t i t u t e of Foreign Languages. Most are Russian majors. Ten students from the IFL traveled to SUNY's Albany c a m p u s in the f i r s t formal undergraduate exchange program between Soviet and American schools of higher education. Before they returned to New York this month, five of the Americans discussed their experiences, which they felt improved not only their Russian but also their understanding of the country and the people. "I had a totally differ- 'ent conception of the Soviet Union before I came," said Andrea Beesing, 21, a senior from East Aurora, N.Y. "I hadn't pictured w h a t i t ' s really like here." The Americans had only limited contact with their Russian counterparts. The U.S. students lived in a, Moscow hotel instead of institute dormitories and, attended classes especially designed for them, with no Soviet students in attendance. THE STUDENTS were, lodged in the hotel because of the desire of Soviet officials to insure they lived comfortably, saifl Dr. Edward Nordby, head of the Russian department at SUNY's Oswego State campus and adviser to the group. He added he looked forward to having SUNY students in dorms in the second exchange between the schools in the fall. ''In the beginning, we had ,a very difficult time meeting other students," recalled Annette Jarmak, a 22-year-old senior from Utica, N . Y . "But since then, we do have so many o t h e r friends we don't know what to do." The Americans admitted their lack of facility in the R u s s i a n language when they arrived limited c o n t a c t s . They had studied Russian an average of three years, but as one said, "When we came here, we realized how little we actually know." The students spent 22 hours a week in class, studying the Russian language, culture, literature, press and film. Their class load ^was seven hours more than the average load of a U.S; college student but 13 hours less than that of a Russian student. The class sessions were less relaxed than the students were used to back home, Miss Jarmark said, and the teachers "lectured at'' them instead of allowing participation. The professors were shocked by the casualness of the Americans,.particularly by such habits as yawning and stretching in the classroom, added Don de Palma, 20, a senior from Peekskill, N.Y. ; ' Â· THE AMERICAN said the Soviet students seenv ed much more serious and formal than they in school but t h a t the .formality ended outside class. The SUNY s t u d e n t s began to-visit the dorms almost every night, they said, and found that their a p p e a r a n c e u s u a l l y p r o m p t e d i m p r o m p t u ' parties. A guitar was produced or a Western rock cassette placed in a tape recorder, liquor appeared and the dancing started in the dorm room. "Music broke down a lot of barriers," Miss Jarmak said. "The only problem was 'that they like heavy hard rock music much more than we do," De Palma contributed. The w o m e n students said they spent more time with Russians than the eotwrev OPEN 6 DAYS 9 AM-7 PM/CLOSED SUNDAY 428-4388 4927 LONG BEACH BLVD. 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