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Page 22-The Michigan Daily/New Student Edition - Thursday, September 6, 1990

Andy Gottesman
Gotta Love It

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College life: friends,
football, and Oreos

A friend who is writing a book
about how to survive at college
asked me what advice I would give a
first year student. What I said wasn't
advice about how to survive, every
student will do that, but how to en-
joy.
"College is sharing Oreos and hot
chocolate with friends after a Michi-
gan victory on a crisp sunny Foot-
ball Saturday."
If you don't understand already, I
think you will when the night of
September 15 rolls around. That's
when Michigan plays Notre Dame.
And that showdown is not even at
home. Just wait until your first
Michigan football experience a week
later at the UCLA game.
Many of you - those from
Michigan in particular - have been
to Wolverine football games before,
Even students from out of state may
have gone to a game when visiting
from high school. But somehow it's
different when you are a student;
suddenly it's a neighbor or a friend
out there.
Even if you haven't rooted for a
sports team before I think you will
take part the night of September 15.
That's when Michigan football will
become a part of your life - if you
are smart. And it's the kind of expe-
rience, like taking in a football game
with 100,000 fans and a few friends,
that may stay with you long after
you leave Ann Arbor..
Seeing the band high step on to
the field for the first time, or the
team running through the Victors
Club banner was a more powerful
image than any class or speech I
have attended. Hugging a friend after
a touchdown is a more satisfying
memory than acing any exam I took.

When I leave in two more years,
lots of the things I will remember
will have taken place on fall Satur-
days. Trust me, I've seen many a se-
nior cry when the clock struck 00:00
the day of the last football game.
My first game was, like it will
be this year, at Notre Dame. About a
hundred and fifty students - nearly
all of them in their first year - sat
in Club 600, a television room in
the basement of South Quad. I can't
really remember what I was doing
there - I lived in West Quad which
had it's own TV rooms - but I saw
some of the few people I had met in
my first two weeks at school.
We immediately forgot about up-
coming papers and homework. There
were-friends to be made and good
time to be had here. We were cheer-
ing and singing the Victors, as if we
had awaited all summer just to prove
we had learned our school's fight
song,
We weren't even at the game.
Although first year students will
never experience bowing as Bo
Schembechler's name is announced,
new traditions will emerge. And
you'll learn the old ones: waves, re-
verse waves, fast waves and slow
waves; popcorn; the cheers and
songs; and even how to smuggle al-
cohol into the stands. You may even
get to run onto the field after a Big
Ten Championship.
Perhaps you will go to the Rose
Bowl where you will feel comfort-
able in a new city the minute you
see a hotel with Michigan 'M' ban-
ners draped on every window. Or,
when, the night before the bowl,
you will go to a party in LA and,
instead of singing Auld Lang Syne,
you will scream the Victors.

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JOSE JUAREZ/Daily
Michigan has not defeated the Notre Dame Fighting Irish for the past three years. The annual contest, the
Wolverine's traditional opening game, will be played September 15 in South Bend, Indiana this year.

Maybe it will be pouring during
the Football Saturday (a rare sight)
since God made the sky blue and the
sun maize, but you will remain in
the stadium, you will have face paint
- which had been block a 'M' on

your cheeks - dripping down your
clothes, it will be dark when it's
over and you will be soaked, but you
will be with friends, and you will
take a picture in front of the score-
board.

Then it's back to the dorm -
parading down the street with thou-
sands of other people - with
warmth, cookies, hot chocolate and
more friends.
And memories.

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