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Students of the University of Houston. Houstonian 1989 - People. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. December 21, 2014. http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/yearb/item/22668/show/22400.

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Students of the University of Houston. Houstonian 1989 - People. Houstonian Yearbook Collection. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. Retrieved from http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/yearb/item/22668/show/22400

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Transcript B ehind closed doors Professor Pinsky studies the Soviet Union in reform "Soviet students cease their talking when the professor steps into the room," Associate Professor Lawrence Pinsky tells his physics students in an effort to quell their chatter and gain their attention. Amongst slides of spiral galaxies and interstellar nebulae he pops up a slide of himself. "And here I am, with my Cougar cap on jogging in Red Square." The UH physics professor recently journeyed with Yale Professor Vernon Hughes to Russia to evaluate the suitability of Soviet facilities for the European supercollider project. Pinsky's trip also revealed other aspects of Russian life. One of these is freedom of choice. Freedom of choice is something the Soviet people do not have and it is something we have taken for granted. For example, our educational system. As individuals, we determine our future. The educational system in the U.S.S.R. is entirely different, Pinsky says. The students are continually evaluated for their academic abilities and their zeal. They may have a right to apply for entrance in a certain school, but in most cases they are assigned to a particular field of study. If the student fails in his endeavors there is no reprieve. The student is des- tined to work in the factory. Students consider it a privilege to attend the university and take their studies very seriously, continues Pinsky. Even with some freedom of choice, the choices are poor. The American public would find food shopping appalling, says Pinsky. When you buy meat at the market you have no choice as to what kind of meat. The food shortage is horrendous and whatever they have is what you get. Prior to Dr. Pinsky's journey he found a travel brochure's frankness about travel in Russia humorous. The guide said people do not go to the Soviet Union for fun. If you are not sure if you can do something, don't do it, the book emphasized. The professor's trip confirmed the book's warnings. There is hardly any social activity as we know it. There are no clubs or bars, and the picture shows have little variety. The Soviets are quite selective of what foreign films they allow in the country. Pinsky noted that "Sounder" was showing at one theatre. Americans have little reason to complain about lines in this country. When shopping in Russia, the lines are long and again, the choices are few. Soviets stand in lines for hours just for the bare necessities, such as milk and potatoes. In one store there were over 75 persons waiting to purchase socks. They had a choice of brown or black socks. In department stores there are three lines one must go through — one to examine items, one to pay for an item, and one to pick up the item. The food is hardly palatable Pinsky comments. The food shortage and lack of condiment variety lends itself to strange food combinations. For example, he says, if the only condiment available is cinnamon and the only meat is chicken, "cinnamon chicken" will be the monthly special. The only fresh vegetables available during his trip were cucumbers and seal- lions. Bottling also seems to lack variety. All beverages come in the same bottle and unless you are fairly 86 ■ People