Page 6C - The Michigan Daily - Thursday, September 6, 1984
Under 21-no problem
By SUE BARTO
"I don't think people party as much
here as people at other schools," says
sophomore Sue Kron. "People here
take their classes more seriously."
Well, Michigan may be better known
for its academics than its parties, but
you know what they say-when you
work hard, you party hard. And yes,
""ere are a few students here who party
} harder than they work.
. WITH BEER AND booze almost as
available as tap water, and no mommy
,.and daddy to say "tisk-tisk", most
University students can name at least
vane acquaintance whose drinking is a
In fact, even Kron, who thinks
ichigan is moderate as far as college
,lrinking goes, admits she drinks more
now than she did in high school.
"I drink a lot more now. It's easier to
,get away with it," says 19-year-old
_ THE STATE'S 21-year-old drinking
1ge is merely a harmless technicality
to minors in Ann Arbor.' "Either you
,ind someone who's 21 or you get a fake
D," says Kim, a sophomore who asked
'not to be identified. "There's no
According to Kim, some bars don't
.,pven check IDs. Dooley's, like most
:jnn Arbor watering holes, requires ID
showing that the bearer is over 18 to get
., but it just takes a little ingenuity to
,ket served. Either you take your chan-
,-es at finding a nice bartender or have
someone with a stamp on their
band-meaning they convinced the
bouncer beyond a reasonable doubt that
they are at least 21-to purchase your
Outright fake IDs aren't as big of a
problem as they once were.
S"Nowadays, says John Fowlie, night
manager of Marshall's Package
Liquor, underage people "wait outside
But 1- s still illegal
for minors to drink
the store for older people who will buy
liquor for them." He added, "I know
they're still getting a hold of the liquor.
They always will."
BECAUSE OF this accessible and of-
ten tapped supply of alcohol, the
University Housing office in the spring
of 1983 set up a task force to study
student drinking. Last winter, the
group, which is composed of University
John Heidke, associate housing direc-
tor, says the main purpose of the
guidelines is to increase student
awareness of alcohol abuse. "Our job is
to help people choose responsibly,"
"NO ONE IS telling students they can't
drink," Heidke adds. Part of the
guidelines' intent is to accommodate non-
drinkers, who are entitled to a clean
"WE HAVEN'T done anything to study
whether drinking patterns have been
changed by the policies," says Susan
Harris, building director at Mosher
Jordan. "Drinking patterns are
established much before (students)
ever get here."
Not only do they drink before they get
here, says University counselor Fanny
Tropman, some are even headed for
alcoholism. "More people are
becoming alcoholics younger and
faster," says Tropman, who organized
a campus chapter of Alcoholics
She points out that there are upwards
of 1'00,000 alcoholics in the United States
and that the average age for an
alcoholic is in the mid-thirties, down
from the mid-forties 10 years ago and
the mid-fifties 20 years ago.
TROPMAN SAYS the biggest hurdle
for alcohol abusers is admitting they
have a problem. Sometimes it has
come from people around the
alcoholic. "We get more freshmen
and sophomores because they still live in
the dorms and are referred by their
resident advisors," Tropman says.
"People nowadays do not look at
someone and say, 'Oh, he's just having
fun' after he's had his second
blackout," she adds.
But not everyone overindulges. In
fact, some students do not drink at all.
"I don't think you have to drink to
have fun, says sophomore Michael
Feuer. He says he can count on one hand
the number of times he drank during
his freshman year. "I don't enjoy
That doesn't stop Feuer from going to
parties, he says, and it doesn't bother
him to see others drinking.
But not everyone is that flexible, says
Tropman. "Kids who are not into
drinking just have to avoid it. There
will have to be a drinking contingent
and a non-drinking contingent. It's too
I drink a lot more now. It's easier to get
away with it.'
canL cut costs
of beer, wine
counselors and building directors, came
up with guidelines dealing with con-
sumption in the dorms.
The guidelikes include:
*No advertising for a party may con-
tain reference to alcohol being served.
* no house council or house funds may
be used to purchase alcohol.
*no collection of money to pay for
alcohol is to take place at the entrance
of a party.
and quiet place to live, he says.
The bottom line is, what residents do
in their rooms behind closed doors in
moderation is not affected by these
rules, says Heidke.
No one really knows yet if the
guidelines have curbed the level of
student drinking, and some people say
they don't think any guidlines ever will.
Car key to lower
By LISA POWERS
One of the hardest lessons for most students to learn once they move out
of the dorms is how to budget their food dollar.
Once the tuition and the rent is paid and after a big night at Rick's,
there is not much left over for the four basic food groups. Students quickly
redefines what the necessities of life are: For some it's toothpaste; for
others, beer and pretzels.
The comparison shopping chart, left, should give you a quick
idea of what items are cheapest at which stores. But remember that the
prices quoted will undoubtedly change as supplies fluctuate.
It should be no surprise to most that the overall winner in the price wars
is Kroger. With the ability to buy in great bulk, Kroger can pass along
impressive discounts. And with their own store brands, the supermarket
offers astonishing values on certain items, though quality sometimes
takes a back seat.
The chief problem with Kroger is that all four of its locations (1140.
Broadway, 2020 Green, 2603 Jackson, and 2502 Packard) require a
car. That's one of the reasons that more local stores can afford to
price their merchandise higher. But a convenient location is sometimes
worth the increase.
VILLAGE CORNER (601 S. Forest) has a good selection of food for
what many think of as a liquor store. In particular, their fresh fruit and
produce sections are second only to Kroger. Campus Corners, (818 S.
State), Marshall's (235 S. State), and White Market (609 E. William)
carry only token amounts of fresh produce.
Sargeant Pepper's (1028 E. University) and White Market have respec-
table meat counters for their size, while none of the others really tries;
Kroger, of course, is meat city, with cuts of all kinds.
Many stores, like Campus Corners, Marshall's and Big Market (341 E.
Huron) aim more for the package liquor market and thus don't have that
great a selection of food.
Others, like Food Mart (1123 S. University and 103 N. Forest) and White
Market are just too small to offer any competitive prices.
For the rest, the question is between great location or better prices.
By ERIC MATTSON
One of the crucial aspects of college
life is, of course, beer.
There are plenty of liquor stores in
Ann Arbor which carry a wide variety
and vast quantities of the stuff, but the
naive freshman may end up paying too
darn much for the golden beverage.
FOR THE all-around best buy on
beer, Kroger's can't be beat. There are,
however, three problems with buying
beer at the great warehouse-like store:
It doesn't sell kegs, it doesn't sell alcohol
to minors, and it's too plumb far to
If you're in a rush, there are two
drive-through beer places in Ann Ar-
bor: the Beer Depot, located at 114 E.
William; and the Beer Vault, located at
303 N. Fifth.
Stop 'n' Go, at 615 E. University, is
the right place to go if you get a late
night thirst (it's open all night), and it's
right next to that pillar of late-night-
munchieness, Taco Bell.
THERE'S A whole slew of beer-
selling stores around campus: The Big
Ten Party Store, located at 1928
Packard; the Blue Front, just up the
street from the Big Ten at 701 Packard;
Campus Corners, 818 S. State; the
Capitol Market, near Ann Arbor's red
light district at 211 S. Fourth; Mar-
shall's, next to the State Theatre at 235
S. State; Ralph's, located at 709
Packard; Village Corner, located at
601 S. Forest; and of course, Tice's,
located at 340S. State.
For those fabulous dorm parties
where a keg is indispensable, be
prepared to pay a key deposit of ten
dollars, a tap deposit of $40 to $60, and a
tub deposit of ten dollars.
Most places charge a nominal fee for
renting all the keg paraphernalia, and
they'll often deliver the thing fairly
THE STATE'S 21-year-old drinking
age is really a farce. Either you can.
find someone to buy it for you, purchase
a fake I.D., or hope to meet a friendly
When your taste for fire-brewed hops
goes stale, the area's many wine outlets
offer quality drinking at reasonable
prices. Remember, wine isn't just for
snobbish dinners anymore.
Village Corner and Big Ten Party
Store are the best all-around wine
stores in the area. Both stores have
hundreds of bottles from all over the
world and knowledgable salespeople tof
help locate just the right wine for your
needs. Be on the lookout for wines from
Spain, Australia, Chile, and other out-
of-the-way countries-their wines are
good, interesting, and cheap.
Believe it or not, Kroger's is also a
good place to look for wine. While their
selection is only mediocre, they do sell
some outstanding values like a
Yugoslavian Varietal for $2.29.
Beer prices fluctuate faster than the
stock market, so be sure to do your own
comparing. If you do, you're sure to
find some great buys on six-packs and
wines that will make your weekend
-Richard Campbellfiled a report
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Check out city banks for the best buy
By GEORGEA KOVANIS
Back in the third grade, you kept your
allowance and birthday money in a
porcelain piggy bank on the bureau.
But now that you're in college, it's time
to move that money to a bank.
There are many banks in the city of
trees and each one has its own par-
ticular version of high financing. Don't
pick your bank just on its flashy
automated tellers, though; by com-
paring the services each offers, you can
save a substantial amount of money.
THE MOST important figures to
check out are what the minimum
deposit or monthly averages are to en-
sure the lowest monthly service
charges. Also check out what the
yearly interest rates are for savings
and checking accounts; some banks of-
fer drastically different plans for ac-
counts with higher interest.
-First of America Bank requires a
minimum of $300 to open a checking ac-
count. If your balance dips below that
you'll have to pay $3 month in service
charges plus 22 cents for each with-
drawl. And if you bounce a check,
you'll end up paying $11 per bounce.
First of America also offers interest
checking. These accounts earn 5.25
percent; however, you must keep a $500
minimum balance to avoid the $7 ser-
SAVINGS ACCOUNTS at First of
America earn 5.5 percent interest, but
you must have at least $50 to start the
account and a minimum of $100 to avoid
service charges. The bank allows you
four withdrawls per month; $1 for
every withdrawl over four.
-Michigan National Bank is another
popular bank among students. It
requires a minimum of $50 to open a
checking account. You must have a
minimum of $349 or an average of $699
in your checking account to avoid ser-
vice charges. The bank charges $2.50
plus 34 cents per check if.your balance
falls below this mark. And if you write
a check when your balance is way
below zero, you'll find youself faced
with a $15 overdraft charge.
This bank requires that you have a
the $1 a month service charge and the
50-cent charge per withdrawal.
-Great Lakes Federal Bank requires
$100 to open a checking account and a
$500 minimum to avoid the $5 monthly
charges. This bank now charges $10 for
bounced checks; however, bank of-
ficials say this is likely to change.
INTEREST CHECKING earns 5.25
percent at Great Lakes. And if you
have $2,500 or more in your account you
earn 7 percent interest.
Great Lakes also requires that you
have at least $25 to open a 5.5 percent
savings account. As long as you main-
tain this as an average balance, you
will avoid the $1.50 service charge.
There is no fee for withdrawls.
-If you're working for the Univer-
sity, you are eligible to join the Univer-
sity's credit union.
THE CREDIT union doesn't require
any minimum opening deposit to star-
ting a checking account. However, you
must keep a minimum balance of $199
and have your paycheck direct
deposited into your account to avoid
paying the $1 monthly service fee.
Overdraft charges are $9.
Interest rates on credit union
checking accounts vary according to