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The Michigan Daily - Thursday, September 8, 1983-- Page C-9
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By MIKE WILKINSON
After that first horrifying midterm at the University,
you may want to jump out of a plane.
In Ann Arbor you can do it.
Every term, the University Skydivers club gives
students the chance to plummet through the skies of
Michigan. It may not be relaxing, but it helps put that
midterm out of mind fast.
"It was definitely quite an experience," says Jeff Hill,
a one-time student skydiver.
SKYDIVING classes are held almost every Saturday
the weather is nice, and are open to all University
students. $53 buys instructions, equipment, an airplan-
ce, and hopefully the guts to jump. After the initial
training it costs $15 to rent equipment for each jump.
But skydiving is just one way to take a break from
classes, get a breath of fresh air, and keep the body in
shape.
If falling a couple thousand feet through the air is not
your idea of recreation, don't worry. In Ann Arbor, one
can windsurf, canoe, bike, fly a plane, or just plain relax.
GALLUP Park, Burns park, and Nichol's Arboretum offer
students recreation on a more relaxed note.
The Arboretum, known on campus as the Arb, is
probably the most popular of these parks. Sprawled over
144 acres behind the hospital and Hill Dormitories, the
Arb gives students a place to escape academia, to stroll
through wooded paths and large fields scattered with
sunbathers. In the winter its frozen stillness is welcome
relief from the bustling University. Students also voted
it "Best place to go when high," in the Daily's best-of-
Ann Arbor contest.I
Gallup and Burns Parks, and 100 other recreation sites
in town, have fields to play frisbee or tennis, diamonds
for baseball, and ice rinks for hockey and skating.
THERE ARE also miles and miles of bike paths in the
area. They wind all around the outskirts of the city, as
well as through the center of town.
In addition, bicycling groups organize longer tours to
neighboring towns. The Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring
Society sponsors ten to twelve different rides of varying
length each week. It also holds a ride to a nearby town,
Dexter, on Saturdays. For more serious extended

trips, of at least 50 miles, are organized on Sundays.
To join the club, show up in front of the Ann Arbor Am-
track station with your bike any Saturday at 8:00 a.m. If
you want to join, and cannot make the Saturday trip
simply contact the group through its leader, Dan Lenar-
don.
FOR THOSE who like the view of the city from several
thousand fee, but don't like to come down in a free fall,
there is the University Fliers Club. A student
organization which flies out of the Ann Arbor Municipal
Airport, the club instructs prospective pilots as well as
renting planes. The initiation fee is $50.
If you are interested in joining the club or talking to a
member, the flying club is the group that wheels an air-
plane onto the diag occasionally for promotion.
With the Huron river winding through town and
several local lakes, Ann Arbor also caters to the water
sports fans.
ON THE HURON, canoes can be rented at Gallup and
Argo parks. Canoes are.available from Sept. 6 through
Oct. 30, and a lazy jaunt down the river costs from $5, for
two hours, to $9.25 for seven hours. Paddle boats are also
available.
For avid winsurfers with their own boards, the
University has a club that tests the winds on local lakes
and parts of the Huron river.
There are three local golf courses in the area: Leslie
Golf Park, Huron Hills, and the University Golf course.
STUDENTS CAN play as many holes as they want for
$5 at the University's 6,800 yard, par 72 course. The other
courses are farther away and have slightly stiffer green
fees.
Once winter hits, assuming it will this year, many
students turn to cross-country skiing for outdoor
recreation.
The county has about 15 miles of groomed trails for the
ambitious skiers, although most students just take off to
the Arb or blaze their own trail around campus.
The local YMCA also continually offers classes during
the winter in swimming raquetball, paddleball, aerobics
and dance, judo, karate, aidido, sailing, and windsur-
fing.

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tDetroit: A change of pace from Ann Arbor night life

By LOU FINTOR
It's Saturday night and you're just itching to
hit the streets. The campus bar scene is fine but
it has grown a bit old and just slightly tired.
You know the story, all dressed up and nowhere
to go. What then?
Head for Detroit.
Just 45 miles from Michigan Union lies
"THE big city" - a bustling metropolis
pulsating with life. Automobile capital of the
world. Once the recording industry's premiere
city. Devastated by riots during the 60's,
Detroit now rises from its ashes in the midst of
an ethnic and cultural renaissance.
DETROIT'S nightspots, everything from
R&B to new wave clubs, will eagerly welcome
you with an air of friendliness seldom found in
other large cities. The urban sprawl offers
something for everyone and with many of the
clubs offering low to moderate cover charges,
this is an opportunity you can't afford to miss.
For the "laid-back," Union Street (located on
Woodward Avenue near downtown) often has
classical guitar entertainment on weekends
and boasts a large menu that complements the
club's rustic atmosphere. Drinks are
moderately priced making it a good place to
start your evening of fun and frolic.
THOUGH the evening is young, time flies and
you're ready for a change of pace. Alvin's
Twilight Bar (Cass Avenue near dowtown) is
waiting for you with some of the area's most
popular groups. Jazz, new wave, and oc-
cassionally reggae (call for schedule) head
Alvin's bill of fare. Cover is minimal and drinks
are moderately priced.
The Soup Kitchen Saloon (on Franklin near
downtown), popular with the city's student
crowd, features the best in jazz and blues circuit.
bands with cover and drinks prices that won't
. deplete your budget. The Old Detroit (on
Beaubien near downtown) has an old time
piano bar on Friday and Saturday evenings

complete with a sing-along and choice ground
round hamburgers before getting into a night of
hardcore blues.
If the jazz and blues scene isn't quite what
you had in mind, try Detroit's new wave clubs
for an evening you won't soon forget. Lili's
(Hamtramck near downtown), Paycheck's
(also in Hamtramck), and The Old Miami
(Cass Ave. near downtown) are Detroit's
foremost palaces of new wave. Appropriate at-
tire is suggested and an entertaining evening is
guaranteed.
THE AORTA ("The Main Vein in Detroit")
blends canned "new wave, old wave, punk &
funk with assorted bunk" on Friday and Satur-
day nights for those not quite attuned to har-
dcore new wave. Located on West McNichols (6
mile) near Woodward in the heart of Detroit's
noveau red light district, it's only 15 minutes
downtown and well worth the trip.
While in the neighborhood, dance lovers
should check out CHEEKS (W. Eight Mile
Road) for the ultimate in discomania. Modeled
ala' New York's Studio 54, CHEEKS is
Detroit's premiere discoteque and where
"everybody dances with everybody."
Expect long lines, high prices, and the
possibility of being turned away at the door if
you don't quite meet "club standards." But on-
ce inside, don't be surprised if you catch a
glimpse of Mayor Coleman Young dancing with
singer Grace Jones. A "must" for the "in" and
open-minded.
But for the extremely open-minded person
steeped in disco tradition but on a limited
budget, visit the Backstreet (Joy Road at
Greenfield) or Menjo's (W. McNichols near
Ponchatrain Drive) both offer a festive evening
of canned musical self-indulgence.
OTHER NIGHTSPOTS featuring live enter-
tainment that's worthy of mention include
Cobb's Corner (Cass at Willis downtown) for-
jazz and blues, B'Stilla Bistro (E. Warren near
Outer Drive) for blues, rock, and funk, The City

Club (dowtown) and Club Eros (Park Ave.,
downtown) featuring reggae.
After a long evening of entertainment, early
morning brunch is the "in" thing to do while in
Detroit, and the Backstage Deli (Woodward
near 7 Mile) is the place to go. A menu that
reads like a theatre program and atmosphere
that rivals Broadway make the Backstage a
very popular place with the after-hours "in"
crowd. Expect long lines after 2 a.m. and
moderate to high prices.
But nightspots do not a city make. During the
summer, Detroit's ethnic festivals provide an
ideal excuse for a visit. Every weekend until
September 27, a different ethnic group is
highlighted along Detroit's waterfront area in
downtown's Hart Plaza. Admission is free, the
food is just like grandma's, and live entertain-
ment abounds.
In addition to the ethnic festivals, the music
scene picks up during the summer and fall with,
the Detroit/Windsor International Festival, the
Montreux/Detroit International Jazz Festival,
and the Detroit Blues Festival.
THE DETROIT/WINDSOR and Mon-
treux/Detroit festivals are held annually in
Hart Plaza and feature free live entertainment.
The Blues Festival is held at the State
Fairgrounds (Woodward near 8 mile) and a
moderate admission fee is charged.
In a city marked by ethnic diversity, dining,
of course, makes Detroit at least a bit more in-
teresting than Ann Arbor.
For ethnic food, a most notable area is
Greektown, one square block. of quaint
sidewalk cafes, restaurants, and taverns
located downtown on Monroe street.
Worthy of special mention is New Hellas,
moderately priced and popular with city folk.
Specializing in lamb cooked in true Greek
country style, New Hellas will remind you of
that Greek 101 mid-term with a relaxed country
atmosphere and wistful strains of Greek music
filtering through the diningroom. Try

"Saganaki Opa" (flaming cheese) for
-somewhat interesting diversion.
AFTER DINNER, a walk across the street to
the Astoria Bakery will yield rewards of
Baklava, cheese and spinach pie, and Greek
coffee or expresso.'
For those in search of food with a south of the
border flavor, the city's Mexican Village area
is worth exploring. Located on the near-
southwest side of the city (Tiger Stadium
area), the village offers an extensive collection
of nightclubs, restaurants, and shops.
Xochimilco, Mexican Village, and Pedro
Wiesneiwski (with an interesting menu of
Polish and Mexican delicacies) are all worth
visiting. Prices are moderate at all three and a
diverse selection of Mexican beers and
cocktails await you Xoch's and Mexican
Village.
THE URBAN adventurer will find plenty to
occupy their time in the city. Highlights in-
clude:
* A world-class symphony orchestra with
regular performances at Ford Auditorium
downtown.
* The Michigan Opera Theater presenting
five major productions and touring companies
each year.
- The Detroit Institute of Arts, which features
a foreign film theatre, a collection of ancient
middle-eastern pottery, and yes, Egyptian
mummies.
- The Detroit Historical Museum with it's
underground reconstructed "Streets of
Detroit" exhibit for a journey back into time.
* The Detroit Public Library, noted for its
collection of ancient manuscripts and rare
book room.
* The Fisher Theatre, which offers the best in
national touring Broadway shows at moderate
prices (students can receive discounts for most
shows).
- The Detroit Science Center, with one of the
most extensive "hands on" exhibits in the

nation.
* Fort Wayne, built on the banks of the
Detroit River during the 1840's and restored to
its original appearance.
" The Stroh Brewery, a must for you beer
lovers. Tours end with free beer and munchies.
" Belle Isle Park, an island playground for
city dwellers located in the Detroit River. A
great spot for picnicing with zoo, stables, soc-
cer field, canoe livery, and the Dossin Great
Lakes Museum.
" A Tiger baseball game at Tiger Stadium
makes Detroit a great place for sports fans.
" For the mini-international experience, take
a bus ride or drive across the Ambassador
Bridge from downtown Detroit to Windsor,
Canada. Return via the tunnel.
No guide to Detroit would be complete
without mentioning the five towering peaks of
the Renaissance Center - overpowering
Detroit's skyline, it is a symbol of the city's
rebirth.
This architectural masterpiece contains
shops, the 70-story Westin Hotel, offices, and 13.
restaurants - including the hotel's summit
dining room that offers a breath-taking view of
the city from the 70th floor (on a clear day you
can even see Ann Arbor).
For quick reference, Detroit is divided east
and west by Woodward Avenue which con-
tinues from the city limit at 8 Mile Road south
to downtown's Detroit River front area at Jef-
ferson.
Detroit is readily accessible from Ann Arbor
by train, bus, and automobile. Amtrak
provides daily train service to and from the
city at about $10 roundtrip. Greyhound offers
almost hourly bus service at roundtrip fares
less than $10. If you're driving, Interstate 94
will take you from Ann Arbor to downtown
Detroit in less than an hour.
So the next time you're bored with the per-
vasive atmosphere of Ann Arbor academia, try
Detroit - 5 million people can't be wrong.

Wolverine games bring scalpers big profits

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tickets on the 50-yard line, would pay $26
for the seats and a $24 service charge.
Using a service charge and depen-
ding on a clientele is the only way to
guarantee consistent profits, he said.
Scalpers who sell tickets at
"outrageously high" prices lose a lot of
money at less popular games, he said.
Although many scalpers boast profits
near $10,000, this professional said the
average is probably less than $2,000 per
season.
"Scalpers exaggerate their profits
and act like bigshots. Probably 99 per-
cent of the people will lie and say they
make more than they do," he said.

For students, however, $2,000 profit is
more than enough to pay for a
semester's worth of movies and beer.

And with the current level of enfor-
cement-or lack of it-by the police and
the athletic office, scalpers will con-

tinue to get a more profitable kick out of
Michigan football games than loyal
fans.

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