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after class
The University of Michigan is
an awesome sight to many a
freshperson. But what may be
equally awesome is the unseen,
the hidden aspects of the school
that really make it something
special.
Some people spend many
years attending the University
without discovering what these
essential components are,
That is what this sectior, is all
about-the often times hidden
essentials that make University
life complete. You may have lit-
tle or no contact with some of
them, while others affect your
everyday life. But whatever the
case, at least you'll know they're
here -The Editors
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Campus legends tell of kisses and beer

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For years, orientation leaders would
bring neophyte collegians to the Diag,
point to Robinson, and simply let the
new students observe his antics. But
now it will be up to the imagination of
new students to picture Dr. Diag.
STORIES OF other characters and
superstitions are often created, with
some of them enduring the test of time.
One story every freshperson hears is
the one about the bronze "M" embed-
ded in the center of the Diag.
Traditionally, any new student who
steps on it will fail that first exam.
Many students avoid it throughout their
entire college careers. Avoiding the
"M" doesn't guarantee a passing grade

on the first nerve-wracking
hourly-studying is recommended.
During snowy weather many spec-
tators enjoy watching people slip on the
"M" as they step on the slick bronze.
ACCORDING TO another popular
story, the two black lions guarding the
entrance of the Natural History
Museum will roar when a virgin walks
past. However, the stone figures
haven't stirred much in 20 years. (Are
University students without morals?)
Supposedly the lions snickered when
the President's daughter walked by
several years ago.
In the days when the female students
had curfews, a woman had to be kissed
under the Engineering Arch at mid-
night in order to be considered an "of-
ficial" coed. But it was rather risky and
everyone usually ended up hearing
about it since dormitory rules said the
woman had to be in by 12.
The fellow, in making the event of-
ficial, would dutifully rush his
sweatheart back to the dorm where she

accumulated "late minutes" for each
minute past curfew. The next day her
"Romeo" was supposed to send her one
red rose for each late minute.
SEVERAL STORIES have circulated
about the pedestrian bridge over
Washtenaw Avenue that connects the
Hill with Central Campus. According to
one version, the bridge was built in
honor of an eager but hapless freshman
named George P. Wheelie who didn't
look both ways before crossing the
street during orientation. Thus, a
potentially illustrious career at the
University was ended even before it
began.
Other sources say George P. Wheelie
never really existed-he was just the
invention of morbid orientation leaders.
THE LAW Quadrangle is considered
by many to be the most impressive
structure on campus. But legend says
the designer and financer of the gothic
building never saw it completed.
A Daily story in 1956 on the legend

ponders whether William Cook ever
"saw the Law Quadrangle which his
money built or did he slip back to the
campus one secret night?" Apparently
Cook feared reality would not "equal
the splendor of his dreams."
Beer has-long been a staple in the-
diets of college students, and at times it
can even be educational. In 1951 Donald
Glaser was a 25-year-old University in-
structor..One night he was sitting in the
Pretzel Bell, a popular restaurant
,hangout for many alumni, contem-
plating the bubbles rising in his glass of
beer. A sudden flash of inspiration led
to a Nobel Prize in physics nine years
later for the design of a bubble cham-
ber.
STARTING IN 1957, students were
given a choice of entrees and vegetable
courses in dormitory cafeterias. The
new policy was instituted after about
400 men in South Quad turned over their
plates and refused to eat their corned
beef and asparagus one Sunday
evening.

Some Wayne State University studen-
ts were apparently amused by the in-
cident as reported in the Detroit News.'
They hastily sent "care packages" con
taining "the bare essentials which have
been withheld from the unfortunates
... whose existence is threatened by the
yoke of dietary oppression," according.
to a 1957 issue of the Michigan Alum-.
nus.
The Stockwell Hall Council at one
time banned kissing, hugging, ands
other expressions of affection within-
the all-female dorm. The lobbies of
women's dorms have traditionally been
the scene of mass goodnights between,'
impassioned couples. The Michigan "
Alumnus is 1957 commented, "Stock.
well's Council seems determiend to'
stop it, at least in their house." r
But there is another story claiming
that a fire alarm in the all-female
Stockwell dormitory brings more men
out of the building than women.

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Various crises hinder MSA

(Continued from Page 1)
official campus-wide student gover-
nment.)
S THE EVENTS of an election that was
riddled with accusations of inept vote
handling put the Assembly's leadership
w in doubt for a month and one-half. The
o elections were first declared invalid by
the Central Student Judiciary, the
judicial branch of MSA, whose duty it is
tButton Fo certify or not certify the election. The
University administration recertified
the election a month later, however.
* The problems encountered by MSA
BootJeansince the election have caused many
students to acknowledge the presence,
and question the function of the Assem-
bly for the first time.
Former Assembly President Eric
* Sm all Bell rnson cited MSA'sfailure to generate
student interest in the Assembly's work
as a "major failure" previous to the
* . election.
Big BOne of MSA's direct responsibilities,
owing to a $2.92 mandatory assessment
n % paid by all University students each
term, is to fund the activities of student
organaizations deemed worthwhile.
In past years, any student
organization recognized by MSA could
apply for money to pay for a conferen-
A ce, speakers, or another group function.
Many student organizations find it dif-
ficult to operate without some support
from MSA. The Assembly distributed;
almost $50,000 to student groups in the
207 E. LIBERTY 663-11611 last school year.
" HOWEVER, THE external

allocations to groups have come under
review of the University administration
since the election, and it is anticiapted
that student groups will find it harder to
receive money from MSA.
The largest portion of the $2.92
assessment goes to Student Legal Ser-
vices, which offers free legal advice
and help to University students.
The remainder of the mandatory fee
supports MSA's internal operations, the
Tenants' Union, and a Course
Evaluation Project, in addition to the
external budgeting for groups.
An official function of MSA within the
University structure is that of appoin-
ting students to University committees
and representing students at University
gatherings.
IN OTHER activity last year, MSA
negotiated for more late-night bus runs
to North Campus because early bus
runs forced many residents to walk
home or inconvienced them on weeken-
ds, cutting their late-night hours short.
They gained the hours on a trial
basis, and after helping with a portion
of the funding, secured University sup-
port for extra bus hours through the end
of the winter term.
"Most of these things aren't con-
troversial," Alland said, "but the
University won't do them unless
students speak up."

MSA also helped students gain the
approval of the Board of Regents for
restructuring the Michigan Union and
turning its control over to the Office of
Student Services. The Assembly under-
took a $500 lobbying campaign aimed at
the Regents.
In the 1978 fall term, MSA also helped
many dormitory residents block a
proposed meal consolidation plan
which would have affected thousands of
students.
From time to time, the Assembly has
also dealt with the matter of University
divestment from U.S. companies which
do business in South Africa.
The relationship between the ad-
ministration, faculty, and students is.
often strained, and Assembly members
disagree on whether its role should be
adversary or cooperative.
The students' role in the selection of
the new University president occupied
discussion for most of the early portion
of last year.
ALTHOUGH MOST Assembly mem-
bers were not content with the "ad-
visory only" role delegated to the
students, part of the group wanted con-
frontation with the Regents, urging a
boycott in student participation in the
search until University students were

given more than what some called a
"symbolic role" in the search.
Another group was content to "leave
well enough alone," believing that MSA
would ultimately sacrifice for putting"
up a fight: A compromise between the
two sides was eventually facilitated.
ONE FORMER MSA member viewed
the relationship between MSA and the
administration as one in which MSA
performed duties for the University as
if it were a branch of ,the ad-
ministration.
"They can't do without us-they need
us to appoint students to their commit
tees to make it look as though students
were participating," the member said.
"All we do is carry out the orders of the
Regents-that's the only thing we're:
good for."
While many MSA members like to
contend they can influence the Univer
sity, all are forced to admit their roles
are limited.
"It seems like there is a lot of poten-
tial in the University," says Farr, an
architecture student. "I have all these
ideas about the way the University
could improve itself through using
students. There are one thousand things
architecture students could do, design.
And they would love to do it. But
student participation is discouraged."

Varied motivations spur students
seeking positions on MSA

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is rather high. In the last year, almost
half the members resigned their seats,
or were dropped from membership
because they did not attend the
required number of regular meetings.
MEMBERS WHO resign often say
they have been frustrated with the
amount of time and energy necessary
to effect change in either MSA or the

University. Others found it was inter-
fering with their schoolwork. - ,
Those who drop out after several
months or weeks after they have been
elected "are the ones who are in it for
the resume," said Alland. Members
who resign are replaced by the student
governments of their school or college.
The current members elected on the
Student Alliance for Better Represen-
tation (SABRE) ticket, many of whomn

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1112 South University, Ann A
663-5533

The Village Apothecary . . . a neighborhood
drugstore with a tradition . . . on campus in
Ann Arbor. Pharmacist-owner Fred Kreye has
been filling prescriptions behind his counter
and offering his customers-students and
townspeople-old-fashioned courteous
service since 1960. Have your doctor call
in a prescription to pick up on the way
home from class or drop by and ask Mr.
Kreye to recommend a remedy for your cold.
The Village Apothecary sells everything you
expect to find at a drugstore and it's con-
veniently located ON CAMPUS in Ann Arbor.
rbor MESSA/PCS/Medicare/glue Cross

belong to fraternities or sororities,
don't seem as politically active as other
assembly members.
MSA members from the People's Ac-
tion Coalition (PAC) are involved in
almost every "social change" group on
campus. PAC works both inside and
outside student government, and mem-
bers say they see MSA as a vehicle to
help further their goals.
PAC MEMBERS generally vote in ar
bloc during Assembly meetings, while
SABRE members tend to be more in-
dependent. "Non-partisan" Assembly
members, meanwhile, usually act as.
mediators.
Political parties have become in-'
creasingly important as most students'..
names are not commonly recognized.,"
Campaign managers say the number of
organizations to which candidates
belong can indicate how many people
they know - and maybe whether or not
he or she will be elected.
"I obviously can't represent my con-
stituents," Alland said, "but I like to
think I'm sensitive to my constituents
in a great enough capacity to guide my.
decision-making."
"I don't even want to think about'
representing the students out there,"
said one former Assembly member,

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