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March 21, 1988 - Image 26

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Life and Art MARCH 1988 a


Prison bus
home to one
thrifty student
By Jorn E. Kaalstad
The University Daily Kansan
U. of Kansas
Keeping utility bills low is no problem
for Hugh Bogle. He doesn't have any. He
doesn't pay rent either. Bogle, a sopho-
more civil engineering major, has been
living on campus in a blue school bus
since Christmas.
The bus, which he bought from a Neb-
raska prison, is sparsely equipped by
normal living standards. It contains a
small desk, an old furnace that he never
uses, and a Coleman stove.
Bogle said he spends about $25 to $30
a week for food, mostly on soup and
other canned products. "I cook every-
thing in the can because I hate cleaning
up," he said. "Usually I eat soup cold; it
tastes the same as warm."
Sleeping in an unheated bus can be a
chilling experience as temperatures
creep below freezing. But Bogle, who
served three years in the U.S. Army be-
fore coming to Kansas U., said, "I'm
happy as long as I don't have to sleep out
in the rain." At night, Bogle cuddles up
in his green army sleeping bag. "The
sleeping bag keeps me warm at night
but it's sometimes hard to get out of it in
the morning," he said.
His bus is now parked in the yellow-
zoned parking lot east of the computer
"I'm happy as long as I
don't have to sleep out in
the rain."
center. Bogle takes a shower every
morning at the nearby gymnasium,
which furnishes a towel and soap. The
computer center, open all night, pro-
vides him with a bathroom and water.
Bogle bought the bus for $300 to sleep
in it because, he said, he was tired of
commuting the 20 miles from his pa-
rents' house. Besides, by living on cam-
pus, he saves $5 on gas for commuting
and a lot of time, he said. Compared to
the cheapest living alternative on cam-
pus, Bogle's arrangement is a steal.
Scholarship halls are the cheapest
housing, costing $1,720 for the
academic year.
But money is not the only reason
Bogle lives in the bus. "I don't like to live
with other people," he said. "In the bus I
- don't have to listen to drunk roommates
or somebody living upstairs banging on
the floor."
At the beginning of this semester,
Bogle parked the bus at a free camp-
ground at Clinton Lake. "I get bored
with the same place after a while. I kin-
da bounce around," he said. Bogle said
he planned on living in the bus until he

Student musician
mixes books, tracks
in home studio
By Daryl Gray
University Press
Lamar U., TX
Gary Reynolds has something at his
house that you can't find in just any
home: a fully-equipped, eight-track re-
cording studio. Reynolds, a senior com-
munications major, has been playing,
writing and recording music since he
was 14. Walking into Reynolds' studio is4
like walking into a music store. Equip-
Los Lobos basks in newfound musical success. ment is everywhere. "I've been slowly
collecting this equipment one piece at a
it time for the past three years," Reynolds
Los Lobos hts, flsaid.
"I started with the eight-track record-
ing machine and a mixer. I already had
a lot of other accessories. I borrowed
$3,200 from my dad to buy it, and it's
almost paid off. I'm adding new equip-
ment as I get the money.
By John Pecorelli ever expected to make it. "I can't explain how great it is to have
The Daily Utah Chronicle "It's not so much we expected it," all this (equipment). I'm very proud of
U. of Utah he said. "But we've been working so it," Reynolds said. "For years all I could
Los Lobos is an American success hard for many, many years that, do was write and play, now I'm working
story-living proof that hard work overall, we expect anything to hap- on my recording skills.
and determination are still worth pen. If it does-great! If it doesn't, "It's frustrating, though, because I
something after all. Forming nearly well, we'll have to work much
20 years ago in East Los Angeles (a
largely Mexican-American commun- The name Los Lobos directly
ity), the band eked out a living play- translates to "The Wolves." And
ing bars, dances, weddings, bapt- while Lozano insists that the name__

Gary Reynolds
don't have the time to record everythin
I write. If I could be up here eight to ten
hours a day, maybe then I could. Get-
ting a song on tape takes twice as long
when you have to engineer all the con-
trols and everything," Reynolds ex-
Over the years, Reynolds has written
enough poems and songs to fill 10 spiral
notebooks. "I was an English major for a
while because I wanted to write shor
stories, but then I figured that I didnW
- have to have an English degree to
write," he said. "Now I'm a communica-
tion major so that even if I never make it
in music, I'll be able to work in an area
close to music. I would like to open a
recording studio as a business or man-
age other bands.
"Right now I have 28 songs.recorded
that are all new, and I'm putting
together tapes of the four best songs ar
sending them to record companies,
Reynolds said. "I have a local radio sta-
tion helping me out too."

The place Hugh Bogle calls home.

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