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The Michigan Daily - Monday, September 9, 1985 -Page 3
Students use creativity to spruce up dorm rooms

Nine days ago, Room 6675 of Van,
Duren House in Bursley Hall was an,
indistinctive dorm double with a tile
floor, bare walls, and twin beds, In the
opinion of Mike Hogle and Mike
Friedrichs, it was, well, just not gc d
enough for a home away from honm ,
So the two sophomores added' 1
tan carpet, $60 worth of hanging
plants, a $40 miniature palm try. zva
a $150 loft as well as a wicker chair,
straw bird cage, and other item s
salvaged from their p,- ,:ts'
basements and closets.
NOW THE room reflects their fon-
dness for plants and exotic places and;
tl eir desire to create a comfortable,
soothing atmosphere in which to.
sleep, study and entertain - a desire
they share with many dorm residents
who have spurned the just-as-you-
found-it look for more creative fur-
"You're going to live in the dorm
room the next eight months of your
life," said Friedrichs. "It looks like a
prison if you don't do anything with
Like Hogle and Friedrichs, many
upperclassmen spent their first few
days back on campus as interior
decorators before settling into a more
academic routine. It wasn't long
before newcomers caught the fever.
"I DIDN'T care about decorating
the room," admitted LSA freshman
Leslie Olan, who changed her attitude
when her roommate tacked a
Mexican hammock to the ceiling of
their Alice Lloyd room and brightened
the windows with stained glass sun
catchers. At her roommate's urging,
Olan purchased three wall posters of
her home state, New York, and she
was on her way to buy a shower cur-
tain to hide an open closet when stop-
ped by a reporter.
Posters of celebrities and famous
The Michigan Student Assembly and
Campus Against Weapons in Space
(CAWS) will hold a conference en-
titled "The Strategic Defense
Initiative and Universities" Oct. 4 and
5°at Rackham Auditorium. CAWS and
the conference were inaccurately
w described in Sept. 6 editions of the
Daily. °
CAWS is a new student-faculty
group not affiliated with the'
*Progressive Student Network. It has
stated no position on military resear-
'The conference is designed to be an
objective study of the possibility that
universities might participate in
"Star Wars" space weapons research
and the effects SDI might have on
arms control, the nation, and univer-
Cities. Experts with varying positions
on the issue will participate in
orkshops and a panel discussion.

Sherry Korican, a senior merchan-
dising manager at the J.C. Penney
store in Briarwood Mall, sees
collegiate shoppers buying "the
essentials," such as appliances, com-
forters, linens and throw pillows.
"Students go with a lower price range
- not cheap, but lower," she said.
store managers say students often
value quality over price. At the
University Cellar, for example,
heavy-duty plastic crates outsell
cheaper, less durable ones, and door-
length posters costing $6 and $7 apiece
are sold two or three at a time.
"You're willing to do what you can
to make (your room) more liveable,"
said Mary Lewison, a supplies buyer
for the store. "That outweighs the ex-
Lofts can range in price from $80 to
more than $200, depending on whether
students buy the lumber and build the
structure themselves or buy a
finished one.
Tricia Peltier, an art school
sophomore, and Kris Allen, an LSA
sophomore, acquired their loft for
free. When the women moved into
their Bursley room they found a $250
loft that had been built three or four
years ago by an architecture student
and left behind for subsequent
"We call it a tri-level," said Peltier.
Indeed, the room comes about as
close to three floors as any dorm
resident will find. Desks are placed on
the ground floor, Peltier said, so that
the second level, known as the "living
area," complete with pink plush car-
peting and a yellow bean bag chair

can be reserved for "entertaining." A
white ladder leads to the third level
bedroom, where the women keep their
gold-paneled French phone.
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Daily Photo by DARRIAN SMITH

Daily Photo by SCOTT LITUCHY

Art school sophomore Tricia Peltier (left) and her roommate, LSA sophomore Kris Allen, show off their newly-
decorated Bursley dorm room. At right, sophomore Mike Friedrichs peeks out from behind his Bursley dorm room's
tropical paradise.

places, along with plants, lofts, and
carpeting, remain the most frequent
additions students make to their
rooms. Homemade memo boards
fashioned from photo collages are
also popular this year. Stuffed
animals and framed snapshots of
friends and family allow students to
add another personal touch.

Sherif Emil, a resident adviser in
Couzens, noted that foreign students
often give an international flavor to
their decor with mementos of their
native lands. "Couzens has a lot of
Oriental students," he said. "They
bring a lot of flags, religious items,
posters. It's an indicator of where
they're from."

THOUGH MOST students rummage
their decorations out of closets at
home, garbage piles, or yard sales,
some are willing to invest $100 or
more to buy new what they can't find
"We don't regret spending the
money," Friedrichs said of his and
Hogle'sudecision to pay at least $300 to
spruce up their room.

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Stanford murderer

VACAVILLE, Calif. (AP) -
Theodore Strelski, a former Stanford
University graduate student convic-
ted of beating his professor to death
with a hammer to publicize the plight
of graduate students, was freed from.
prison yesterday.
Streleski, who spent seven years, 20
days in the prison here, was driven in
a light mist to the prison gates shortly
after 8 a.m. by officers who escorted
him through a chain link fence, to
more than 60 reporters gathered to.
speak with him.
"GOOD morning," he said.
"where's the microphones? "
The 1978 slaying of stantord
mathematics Professor Karel
DeLeeuw sparked widespread in-

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terest after Strelski indicated he felt
no remorse for the killing he said
dramatized the plight of graduate
students at Stanford.
"I killed the man and I submitted
the case to a judge and jury," said
Streleski, who wore a light denim
jacket and had his long hair tied back.
He was convicted of second-degree
"As I stand here now, I have no in-
tention of killing again. I am a mur-
derer. I am not a dirty, lying dog," he
In previous interviews, Streleski
has said he couldn't rule out the
possibility of killing again.
He said he will not visit Stanford
University, but will alert university
police if he changes his mind.

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BANGKOK, Thailand (AP) -
Rebel military officers seized control
of official Radio Thailand this mor-
ning and announced they had over-
thrown the elected government
because of "the seriously
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There were indications that the
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