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The Michigan Daily-Thursday, September 10, 1981-Page 7-F

A newcomer's guide to dorms

Ah! The firs uncertainties of living in
a dorm; of an unfamiliar roommate; of
breaking the bonds from a long-secure
Here you are, thrown into a bare-
walled cubicle, forced institutionalizes
substances which They say is food, and
then, a voice calls out:. Start Studying !
It can be a traumatic experience.
However, don't be too naive. Many
people go through this American ritual.
In fact, people often look on their dorm,
experiences as one of the best times in
their lives, and dorms are where some
of their closest friendships 'were for-
FINALLY FREE OF the tyrannical
bonds of home, students can really let
loose. Go ahead and blast that stereo.

Why not have thirds on dessert? Oh, one
more drink won't hurt. These are all
temptations which might result in ex-
cess, and which are especially
prevalent in dormitories.
But each dormitory, as Housing
Program Director Edward Salowitz
says, has a specific reputation and a
unique atmosphers. Although some of
these reputations have become shallow
stereotypes, they are still worth
examining. Here they are, ranked in in-
creasing order of preference by the
freshman class of 1980:
BAITS I and II-Life here, on a North
Campus hilltop in a serene setting, is
rather mellow. Most students are quite
nervous about studying. It is a popular
home for transfer students, upper
classmen and graduates, as well as

foreign students from the English
Language Institute. ,
FLETCHER-Located near the
stadium and Im Building, this dorm
houses (but doesn't feed) about 80 men.
BOUR-These two neighboring houses
have a prime location on Central Cam-
pus-directly across from Angell Hall.
Each houses about 120 women who
seem to like the closeness which goes
along with a small living group.
ALICE LLOYD-One of the "hill
dorms, Alice Lloyd offers its residents
the unique Pilot Program, a unique
Pilot Perogram, a unique approach to
learning. This co-ed dorm offers many
interesting facilities such as a ceramics
and kiln room, and access to audio-
visual equipment.
BURSLEY-This North Campus co-

ed dormitory is the largest residence
hall at the University, housing more
than 1200 students (800 of them are
freshpersons). The bus rides to central
campus, at first an inconvenience, can
quickly become habit; many students
say the "natural" North Campus set-
ting is well-worth the tedium.
STOCKWELL-This popular hill
dorm houses 430 women, about half of
them freshpersons. Stockwell is con-
veniently located near the Central
Campus Recreation Building: and is
reputed to have the best food on cam-
COUZENS-The northernmost hill
dorm is nestled near the hospital and,
like all the hill dormitories, is not too
far at all from the foliage of the Arb
(Nichol's Arboretum). This co-ed house
is known for its friendly atmosphere,
and for blasting the Michigan fight song
every football Saturday morning.
SOUTH QUAD-Sometimes called
"the zoo," otherwise known as a "jock"
dorm, South Quad is regarded as a wild
and crazy place to live. Yet, sur-
prisingly, students still often study in
their own rooms. Although not
necessarily renowned for its cuisine,
South Quad is situated in a convenient
location between Angell Hall and Cam-
pus Corners.
EAST QUAD-Perhaps the most
"culturally stimulating" dorm on cam-
pus, East Quad has the reputation of
being the most "radical" of the main
housing residences. Its Residential
College program offers students the
benefits of a small liberal arts college

along with the resources of a large
WEST QUAD-This third most
requested dorm by freshpersons is
situated in a convenient location near
the Union. It is smaller and generally
quieter, but otherwise is similar to
South Quad, its rival across the street.
MARKLEY-A sprawling dorm right
next to the Arb, Markley combines the
peaceful atmosphere of North Campus
with a convenient location on the out-
skirst of the main campus. Although its
rooms have been described as "cinder
block shoe boxes," the residents eat in
one of the nicest dining rooms on cam-
pus. Markley houses about 1200 studen-
popular residence on campus for in-
coming freshpersons, Mo-Jo is a rather
small dorm, houseing less than 500 per-
sons. Though many consider it
overrated, this hill dorm offers a
variety of room styles (some even in-
clude alcoves and bay windows). Mo-Jo
commands a good position overlooking
the tennis courts and Palmer Field.
So there you are, a brief introduction
to your living quarters. Within a few
weeks you should be able to verify
wether some of these "reputations"
are true. Of course, more important
than the dorm's reputation is the group
of individuals that inhabit it each year.
Alice Lloyd used to be considered the
most radical, and South Quad the most
popular, so you can see that, indeed,
reputations are transient.

Co-ops, the 'Greek system,'
provide housing alternatives

All right, so as a freshperson, you
don't have that much choice about
where you live. So the University clam-
6 ps down and says you should live in
"University housing" during your ar-
duous first year. Regardless of the
complicated logic behind this
suggestion, isn't it nice to know that
someone is looking out for your best
By now, most of this fall's freshper-
sons have already established where
they will reside for the upcoming term.
The long list of newcomers has already
been subdivided into individual dorms,
and the room assignments have been
made. For the vast majority of you, it'll
be "Dorm, Sweet Dorm" for the
foreseeable future.
BUT HOLD ON. There are alter-
natives, believe it or not, to dorms. In-
eluded under the "University housing"
category are a few different forms of
housing which freshpersons-as well as
-ther students-can utilize.
- :One of these is the "cooperative," or
"co-op" to most people. There are 21 of
, -these houses scattered around North
o- and Central campuses, and all are
-overseen by the Inter-Cooperative
Council in the Union.
-The nature of co-ops is quite simple.
-Tey are large homes with many
SBerooms, with a central living room,
r kitchen, and recreational facilities for
vtesidents. Unlike apartments, each
"tenant" does not live independently,
-responsible only for his or her living
space. As the name suggests, co-ops are
eollectively operated. Residents share
" in costs and duties of food preparation,
as well as general household respon-
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mean sunshine for co-ops," said Luther
Buchele, an ICC staffmember,
referring to the relatively low rents
residents there pay (average monthly
rents last year was around $200, in-
cluding telephone and utilities, low for
Ann Arbor). Still, despite the economic
advantages of co-op living, and the
social opportunities it presents,
Buchele said he is "perplexed that
more people aren't joining us." Co-ops
perennially offer openings while other
local housing is unavailable.
Another University housing option, a
somewhat more conspicuous and con-
troversial housing alternative, comes
in two forms: fraternities and sororities
(men live in the former, females the
The existence of "Greek" houses on
campus has been kind of a touchy issue
during the past several years-these
organizations have endured a rigid,
"ultra-preppy" reputation that has
alienated them, to a degree, from the
non-Greek student body. The myths and
distortions that have developed regar-
ding these groups and their members
have accompanied, oddly enough, a
growth in their numbers.
THERE ARE 39 undergraduate
social fraternities on campus, in ad-
dition to seven professional frater-
nities, which house members represen-
ting specific academic programs.
There are 19 sororities here. The sizes
of these homes vary, the smallest ones

accommodating between 15 and 20
members, the larger ones with from 60
to 75 in-house members.
Greek houses will actively recruit
new members during "open rush,"
beginning in late September. Students
interested in joining them, however,
can visit the houses any time, as rush is
essentially a twelve-month process. In-
terested students can go to the Frater-
nity Coordinating Council or the
women's Panhellenic offices, both
located in the Michigan Union, to find
more information about "going
Freshpersons are not required to live
in dorms. They are urged to live in
"University housing" during their first
year on campus. If it is not too late, in-
coming students can look into
cooperative housing for as early as Sep-
tember, and can join and move into
Greek houses between the fall and win-
ter terms-provided they succeed in
relinquishing their eight-month dor-
mitory leases to the University's
housing department. This can be done,
and is done frequently by freshpersons.
A word of caution, however: Don't be
"rushed" into joining a Greek
organization, and don't impulsively
move into a cooperative. Like any form
of housing, these require extensive and
rational consideration. The place you
decide tocall your home should be
selected carefully; this is one of the
most important decisions you'll make
while here, and one which may set the
tone of your collegiate career.

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