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[Thursday, September 8, 1977 THE MICHIGAN DAILY Page Seven

Be an expert time-waster in one lesson

M Y GOOD friend Damielle
once told me that after get-
ting good study habits down pat,
the next thing one must do is
learn to avoid using them.
Damielle is a notorious time-
squanderer. A close examination
of her time-wasting techniques
can serve as an example to all
of how resourceful and creative
an expert procastinator can be.
Damielle, a Phys. Ed. major,
carried a full load last term-i15
hours of English comp., psychol-
ogy, field hockey and badmin-
ton. One could go crazy with
such a hectic schedule. It is
easy to sympathize with her and
understand how she rationalizes
the time she wastes.
To make matters worse, poor,

Damielle had an eight o'clock
class last semester, which she
attended a grand total of seven
"Getting up at seven in the
morning is not only a disgusting
idea, but it is also unhealthy,"
she once explained to me. "If
you haven't had enough sleep,
you won't be able to function in.
class, and most likely will fall
asleep during the middle of it
anyway. I might as well sleepE
in a bed instead of at a desk."
Damielle usually drags herself
out of bed at about 10:30 a.m.,
spending at least an hour show-
ering and getting dressed, con-
viently letting her day start with
Like most expert time-wast-
ers, Damielle is capable of mak-
ing what should be a 15-minute
lunch last an hour and a half.
This is done by the simple of
addition of eight cups of coffee
to her meal.

A FTER LUNCH, Damielle. will
occasionally attend classes,
unless it is cold outside, which
presents the danger of icy side-
walks, or if the weather is warm
and sunny, which necessitates
a trip to the Arb.
Every minute spent in class' is
a minute which can potentially
be wasted. Lectures provide ex-
cellent opportunities to day-
dream, sketch flowers in- your
notebook, read the newspaper or
write letters, Damielle found
psychology lectures to be a very
convenient.place to keep up her
correspondence, which- is..ex-
tremely* important, especially to
wealthy relatives. One never
knows who 'might 'provide em-
ployment after graduation.
Discussion and recitation'sec-
tions provide more of a problem
for the time-squanderer. -The
smaller a class is, _the harder:
it is to waste time,.unlessyou're
very rude or very sneaky,

Although , she tries to avoid
electing such classes, Damielle
once ended up in a discussion
section which had only eight peo-
ple in it. But resourceful as she
is, Damielle swears she found
the perfect solution to her prob-
lem-she convinced the instruc-
tor that she was a' mute, so he
never called on her, thus per-
mitting her to add graffiti to the
desks and stare out the window.
every evening honestly in-
tending to study, but somehow
her, incredible knack for ration-
alization usually prohibits her
'from engaging in. any serious
academic endeavors.
Like all experienced time
spendthrifts, s h e stringently
avoids libraries, preferring to
studyIn her room, where, par-
ticularly _in dorms, there are
ever so many potential distrac-
There should be music playing
while studying (it never hurts.
to pick up a little culture, you
knoW), preferably a radio. Da-
Imielle must spend hours switch-

ing stations or singing along with fit for next Saturday's party, or
her favorite songs. -Damielle's personal favorite-
Studying requires a good deal make up lists.
of energy, so a study snack is in Writing lists, she insists, is not
o r d e r. Damielle recommends a waste of time. It can actually
foods which require lengthy be very useful, depending on
preparation time. what you decide to list. You can
Unless you want silver teeth, jot down those things you need
it is crucial that you head down to bring back to Ann Arbor the
to the bathroom to brush your next time you go home; you can
teeth after your snack. try to write down the titles of
If you live in a dorm, there all the movies you've seen in
is almost always someone in the past year, how many people
the bathroom to chat with, rhak- named John or Mary that you
ing it easy to waste an hour or know, how many people from
two before ever uncapping your your fifth grade homeroom you
tube of Crest. Damielle's favor- can remember.

Chatting with friends on the Diag is one wayof wasting time-
and avoiding studying.

Eileen Daley is

a Daily Night

ite topic for conversation: ex-
plaining how much work she has
to do, and how she doesn't see
how she'll ever find the time to
do it.
room, there are a number of
tasks that can be done before
settling down to the books. One
can clean out the closet, read
Time magazine (it is important
to keep well-informed on cur-
rent events), grab a calendar
and count how many days until
the next vacation, select an out-

Once you have exhausted the
ideas for lists, it is finally time
to get down to some serious
studying, unless you can find
someone to trek to the bar with,
or if there is a party somewhere
within a ten-mile radius.
"After all," Damielle cau-
tions, "studying is important,
but it is also important to grow
socially, too."
Everyone can learn a lot from
my friend Damielle. I know I
have. This article was supposed
to have been written three days

.... . ; 7 - _. i
f _.

The first week is the hardest

(Continued from Page 2) Unfortunately, the matronly wo-
cheerful, matronly woman who man's long-haired, freakish son
had just gained entrance to the was.
room. "How's it going?," gurgled the
son, who carried a duffle bag
NOW THE New YorKer Knew into the rom and plopped on
well enough that this cheer- the top bunk. "Tim's the name."
ful, matronly woman was not The New Yorker hesitantly ex-
destined to be his roommate. tended a hand and offered his
'V ws a naive,
transfer student

(Continued from Page 4)
talk about their dorm experi-
ences here made me feel that I
was almost a social reject be-
cause I had nothing to contri-
bute to the conversation.
When people discussed the
screaming and yelling fights be-
tween South Quad and West
Quad, I could mention the same
type of rowdy activity between
Wilson and Wonders at MSU.
But somehow, it just wasn't the
same. It seems that experienc-
ing dorm life at the same uni-
versity, even if not the same
dorm, draws people together.
ANOTHER problem I experi-
enced was the ribbing I got
about attending "Moo U" or
"the school that can't even cheat
at football and get away with
it." I was determined not to let
the teasing irk, me, but I found
it hard to contain myself from
thowing a fit when I was asked
for the fifty millionth time,
"What's it like to go to a better
school? I know all they do at
State is party." Grrr!
Putting school politics aside, it
The bells
a ways
toll for
(Continued from Page 5)
board, but instead of keys, he
plays wooden pegs which stick
out horiontally.
"What really happens is we
play. with what is called an en-
larged technique because we
play with our closed hands. No
one has the strength in their
'fingers to play the sound pro-
ducers, so the console is arrang-
ed so that we can play with our
extremities-an enlarged tech-
nique," he said.
Because of the increasing po-1
pularity of the carillon, Ladd
sees imitations of the instrument'
flooding the market.
this world, there is an imita-
tion," he said. There, are elec-
tronic pianos and electronic or-
gans and electronic everything.
While there are 160 carillons in:
North America one firm aone
has put in over 12,000 electronic
imitations. All of these imita-
tive bell sounds have been sold
as carillons and the duped pub-
lic who really don't know the
difference have accepted them
as crillons."
Another subject of concern to
carilloneurs in recent years has
been air pollution. According to
Ladd, pollution causes the pati-
na-the dark color on the coppery
and tin bells that indicates de-
velopment and maturation of the
bell-to fall off, thus affecting
the tune of the instrument over
a long period of time.
"There are bells in Europe
_.: ------._,. +U. +

seems from my experiences that.
most big universities are very
similar. Believe me, there are
the same bureaucracies, has-
sles and ever-present red type.
The class registratilon procedure
at MSU, although different from
CRISP, brings the same-'head-
But all in all, after a full year
at the University, it almost feels
like I have always been here.
Perhaps that's not quite as good
as it sounds, though, because I
think your first two years of col-
lege are probably your most im-
portant. To forget all of those.
experiences would be like leav-
ing a part of yourself behind.
That's not to say I'm sorry I
transferred schools. I'm actually
much happier here than I was
at State. There's a lot to be said
fw leaving the old security
blanket behind a n d starting

name to Tim Granger of Sagi-
naw and his cheerful matronly
The minute the New Yorker
set eyes on his roommate, he
plotzed. (Plotz--(Yiddish) to die, _
fall, stumble, succumb, as in
"meat loaf so good, you 'canj
plotz" or "the eld'erly man had
a heart seizure and plotzed").
Immediately, the New Yorker
concluded that this Tim Granger
probably carried with him an!
ounce of heroin, five joints and
would soon turn the room into a;
drug parlor. The New Yorker
wasn't'used to long-haired, bare-
footed drug dealers, let alone;
long-haired, barefooted d r u g
dealers from Saginaw, Michi-:
gan. In New York, all the tong-
haired barefooted drug dealers
lived in Greenwich Village, and
the New Yorker's neighborhood
was populated with clean cut,
tastefully appointed young peo-
ple, whose parents tooled around
town in sleek new Buicks and:
wouldn't hesitate tlo mangle their
children if they found so much
as a trace of heroin. In other I
words, people like Tim Granger
weren't found in the New York-
er's community. And if they
were, the community would
probably plotz.
Tim Granger and his matronly!
nother made cuick work of un-
packing their car, and the New'
Yorker gasped at Tim Gran-
ger's belongings. Tapestries.
Posters that said "Up yours,"
etc. Bongs. Ashtrays. Frank
Zappa albums. Strobe lights- The1
: New Yorker did a double plotz.

Yes, he thought, this Tim Gran-
ger was into heroin. Oh, no.
That day, after the matronly
mother left back for Saginaw,
Tim Granger lit up a joint and
reveled in his new surroundings.
The New Yorker had never
smoked a joint before. The
closest he came was sneaking
a pack of Marlboro 'cigarets
into the woods four years ear-
lier with Howard Epstein and
smoking them. They later chew-
ed strong salami and sprayed'
Binaca to erase any tell-tale to-
bacco odor. But marijuana was
out. No one did that in the New
Yorker's neighborhood, now did
THE NEW Yorker introduced
marijuana s m o k i n g Tim
Granger to Mike Rosenblatt of
Kalamazoo. A real Rosenblatt,
Mike Rosenblatt agreed that he,
too, had never met anything
quite like Tim Granger.
The next day, Mike Rosenblatt
and the New Yorker agreed that
they had never encountered any-
thing like a University of Mich-
igan lecture. How could I learn
anything in an environment like
this? the New Yorker asked
himself after leaving his Jour-
nalism 201 lecture. The New
Yorker swore there were more
people in that lecture hall than
there were at Shea Stadium the
day the Mets on the pennant.
Wall to wv -l1 people, hundreds of
pairs of eyes staring at the po-
dium, where an amiable gray-
haired professor cracked jokes
and tried to make all the fresh-
people feel at ease. The New

Yorker -didn't feel at -ease. -Ie
was, once again; scared shit-
less. First he wasalone. Then
he made friends. Then came
Tim. Now this. Could ybu plotz?
The New Yorker went to his
math class, Honors Math, iathr
ematics for the mathematically-
endowed students of mathema-
tics. Another crowded class-
room, another joking professor.
Then came the math. Shit. The
New Yorker doesn't know any of
this. Journalism and math, down
the toilet.
And those were the New York-
er's first few days at the Uni-
versity as a freshperson. It had
to get better,. though. If it didn't,
he wouldnt. be writing this, now
would he?

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