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Dorms mix study, party

The Michigan Daily - Thursday, September 5, 1985 - Page B15

Okay, so the University has decided where you are
going to live freshman year. Perhaps it may not have been
your first choice or even your second, but don't panic,
because each dorm has something special to offer.
The dorms are located in three main areas: Central
campus, the Hill area, and North campus. The three
Quads' (quadrangles) are South, East and West. There is
no North Quad. The Law Quad does exist but merely for,
undergraduates to aspire towards.
East Quad - Traditionally thought of as the most
progressive (radical) dorm on campus, has little trouble
living up to its reputation. Realize, though, that being
radical doesn't always mean that one must sport a
mohawk. Many of the Residential College (RC) students
are housed in East and a distinct advantage for them is
that most RC classes are held there.
East is also famous for the Halfway Inn, (affec-
tionately dubbed the 'Half-ass'), which supplies enter-
.tainment, including local and professional bands, poetry
readings, and Open Mike Night.
South Quad - Not exactly an architectural wonder but
"be it ever so humble, there's no place like home," even if
it is for 1,200 people.
South Quad is famous for two things - its reputation as
a party dorm (but don't let this frighten or "excite you
because you'll always find someone in the 24 hour silent
study lounge) and the freshman football players (who are
harmless if you don't bother them).
South also offers several conveniences, such as a snack
bar, general store, and video games.
West Quad - Considered to be the most popular dorm
on campus and also one of the better looking. West is con-
nected to the Computing Center and the Michigan Union
(which means food, bookstores, the U-Club and study
A prevalent West Quad feature is that it houses the
basketball players. Snowball fights and midnight shouting
matches between South and West Quad are fierce.
Betsy Barbour and Helen Newberry - Both are all-
women dorms. They are much smaller than the other
dorms on campus and are quieter. The food is considered
to be better at these dorms, and the smallness of these
dorms make it easier to get to know everyone.

Martha Cook - A rather exclusive dorm because you
have to be invited to live there (and you have to be
female). Martha Cook also has waiter service and often
invites graduate (i.e. law) students to tea.
The "Hill Dorms" are favored by many because of their
close proximity to the Central Campus Recreation
Building (CCRB) and tennis courts. There are five Hill
dorms: Stockwell, Mosher-Jordan, Alice Lloyd, Couzens
and Mary Markley.
Stockwell - Another all-women dorm. Stockwell is
much bigger than the other women's dorms, but it is still
considerably quieter than the co-ed dorms. The food is
considered by many to be better than other dorms on
Mosher Jordan - It is of primary importance that you
call this dorm "Mo-Jo" or else all will surely know of your
freshman status. Mo-Jo is one of the older dorms and
houses predominantly in-state residents. Of the co-ed
dorms, Mo-Jo is traditionally one of the quieter ones.
Alice-Lloyd - Primarily favored by New Yorkers
(and "East-coasters"), it is one of the more popular dor-
ms on campus. This dorm is known as one of the more
progressive dorms. It is the center for the pilot program
and classes for the program are held right in the dorm.
Couzens - Originally built for nursing students, the in-
terior resembles a hospital. An advantage to living at
Couzens is that it is right near the North Campus bus stop
and it is also the closest dorm to Angelo's, famous for cin-
namon bread french toast.
Mary Markley - Down the block from the Arboretum
("the arb" - never say: "I'm going to the arboretum").
This makes up for it being so far from campus. After a
night of traying in the arb (on trays stolen from the
cafeteria) it is merely a jaunt back to the dorm.
Bursley-Baits - Located on North Campus, which is a
ten minute bus ride to Central Campus, these dorms are
ideal for students taking predominantly engineering, art,
music or architecture classes, located on North Campus.
Bursley-Baits has high ceilings compared to the other
dorms. This may seem trivial at first, but it is probably
the only dorm where one can sit up in a loft.
The most important thing to remember is that each
dorm has something for everyone and owing to, if nothing
else, the sheer size of the dorms, everyone is bound to
make at least one friend.

Sweet tooth Daily Photo by DAN HABIB
Oodles and oodles of bon bons cover the shelves at Kilwin's Chocolate Shoppe on East Liberty. Champagne
truffles, chocolate covered orange peels, and chocolate covered strawberries tempt the most discriminating
chocolate lovers.


stock-up of
suicide pills
A lot of unusual ideas get bounced
around this campus every year. Last
spring, a group of people decided to
exorcise the material value out of
green bikes on the Diag. And last fall,
there was a movement on campus to
get the University to stock suicide
pills in Health Services in case of a
nuclear war.
The idea was actually born at
Brown University before Ann Arbor
was caught up in the national mini-
movement to stock these pills.
Here, a group of students who
called themselves SANS (Students
Against Nuclear Suicide) tried to get
the Michigan Student Assembly to put
the suicide pill proposal on its general
election ballot, but the bid was rejec-
ted because the assembly felt that the
proposal didn't fiave the support of
enough of the students, said Jennifer
Faigel, MSA's public relations coor-
SANS then tried to collect the
necessary 1,000 signatures to put the
issue on the ballot by petition. But af-
ter they had garnered about 700
signatures, the movement "petered
out," Faigel said.
Karen Mysliewic, an LSA senior
and spokesperson for the group, said
the group disbanded after its mem-
bers decided to pursue other anti-
nuclear activities that might have
more impact.
Similar actions at other schools -
including at Brown University - have

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Daily Photo by DAN HABIB
The logo spray painted on the door is promoting the idea for University Health Services to stock-up on suicide
pills in case of a nuclear war.
Co-op living offers homey alternative

Michigan Union

691 S. Maple

y After two years of living in the dorm
it's time to find a new hore. Most
students flock to the many apartmen-
ts and houses for lease right off-
,campus, but for about 500 students
each year, co-operatives are the
chosen alternative.
Formed over 50 years ago by
students trying to stay afloat during
the Great Depression, co-ops offer a
community-style living arrangement.
operative Council (ICC) has 22 houses
,around campus, providing living
'space for 13 to 53 people per residen-
ICC monthly charges are between
$255 and $278, and include room and.
board, utilities, laundry, phones, and
extras - such as newspapers, cable
TV, and a long-distance phone ser-
There are many advantages to
living in a co-op, among them the beer
,and Coca-Cola machines in some co-
ops, house parties, shared meals, and
U-1 0
542 LSA Building

"LIVING IN A CO-OP...almost for-
ces you to get to know people. It's
almost like a substitute family. In-
stead of strangers in a dorm room,
there are these people and you have to
deal with them," said one resident of
Nakamura Co-op.
But co-op living is not all peaches
and cream. One of the most common
problems is that no one ever wants to
answer the telephone because chan-
ces are slim that the call will be for
you, especially in the larger houses.
Chores sometimes cause problems
as well. Each resident is required to
put in five hours of work per week,
and $10 fines, are assessed for each
missed hour. Most co-op dwellers say
that there is at least one lazy resident

per house.
In one case last year, a house mem-
ber did not pay rent, phone bills, or do
chores. If the ICC is unable to collect
the outstanding dues, the house mem-
bers will incur the cost. This happens
rarely, but is a drawback for this type
of living arrangement.
On the other hand, any money saved
from the yearly budget is divided
among house members at the end of
the year.
And most house members think the
vegetarian alternatives are a nice
change from the meat and potatoes
The recruitment drive begins each
February, offering 8-and 4-month


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