Page 10-The Michigan Daily/New Student Edition - Thursday, September 5, 1991
by Liz Larson
It takes a good eye to
spot dorm delicacies
Many students think that once
they decide where to attend college,
all of their decisions are over. How-
ever, once a pile of housing forms
arrive in the mail, they realize that
one of the most difficult decisions
is yet to come - where to live.
Even after completing the hous-
ing forms by talking to friends at
the University and prioritizing res-
idence halls by the appeal of their
names, the Housing Division might
have different plans regarding a stu-
dents' first-year living arrange-
ments at the University.
When students hear of the resi-
dence hall Bursley - located on
North Campus - they conjure up
images of a building far away from
any signs of civilization and long
bus rides or even longer walks to
However, many music students,
art students, and engineers, for
whom classes are on North Campus,
find Bursley to be very convenient.
Bus rides seem like an inconvenience,
but certain students enjoy the abil-
ity to get away from the crowded
central campus at the end of the day.
In addition to enjoying proxim-
iiy to both the CCRB and Palmer
Fidld, the hill dorms (Couzens, Al-
ice Lloyd, Mosher Jordan, Markley,
and Stockwell) each have their own
g According to LSA junior Mary
Hines, Couzens possesses a
"smaller, friendlier atmosphere
where everyone seems to know ev-
eryone." Alice Lloyd houses the pi-
lot program which incorporates
teaching and learning into one envi-
Janet Min, a resident advisor at
oJo, described her home as having
"a community atmosphere and pco-
ROB KUOEN, lI
The calm before the storm: an empty South Quad cafeteria awaits the hordes of gluttonous students who
can't wait for another bowl of creme of celery soup.
ple get involved in hall activities.
It's an active building where every-
one is laid back."
Mary Markley may cause images
of the East Coast to come to mind.
Many residents from the East
choose Markley strictly because
they know that no one would dare
ask for a pop when soda is the pre-
"Because of the structure of
Markley, sometimes you'll never
see people who live on the other side
of the building," Min said. "Yet the
long halls allow everyone to know
everyone on their hall."
Markley will house a new pro-
gram this year called "The 21st
Century." This experimental liv-
ing-learning arrangement will at-
tempt to provide a transition from
high school to college.
Stockwell is known for their
great food and for still having a
guest escort policy. The beautiful
building that houses only women
during the year is nicknamed "The
Virgin Vault." However, Madonna
lived there when she was here so
judge for yourselves how accurate
that name is.
Because of its proximity to
classes and stores, Central Campus
is the ideal place to live for most
students. East Quad, which housed
Summer Orientation for incoming
students, is perhaps the most cen-
trally-located of all dorms.
East Quad is the home of the res-
idential college for those students
who want a smaller college within
a large university.
"East Quad is very diverse,"
LSA junior Kristen Kaleniecki said.
"In other words, It's not main-
Also located on Central Campus
is the largest residence hall, South
Quad. This building is well-known
as being a fun, although sometimes
wild, place to live. It is also home
to many athletes, including first-
year football players. Most resi-
dents participate in some kind of ac-
tivities, whether it is IM sports or
activities planned by South Quad
"Someone's always around, and
there is always something to do
whether it's a party or just hanging
out," Kinesiology graduate Amy
Miller said. "And it can have a ten-
dency to be loud on the weekends."
Although South Quad is big,
gathering places, such as its snack
bar and Club 600, make it a little
There is widespread controversy
amongst those who live at South
Quad and West Quad as to which is
better. Late on fall nights, you may
hear residents shouting their prefer-
ences out the windows at each other.
"West Quad is nicer than South
Quad," West Quad residential advi-
sor Jeff Lack predictably stated.
"It's mainstream, has some good
food, and was voted best dorm in the
'91 Daily poll."
Lack's affinity for West Quad is
understandable. Because it is con-
nected to the Union, many residents
often spend late nights at Little
Caesar's and the Union Computing
Center. Although West Quad is
short walk to most places on cam-
pus, its residents get their exercise
climbing stairs because the building
has no elevators. But to many resi-
dents, this is the only drawback.
by Henry Goldblatt
and Bethany Robertson
Daily Staff Reporters
Editor's Note: Last year, the
Daily's Weekend magazine featured
a weekly food column entitled "Out
to Lunch." While the column gen-
erally dealt with local restaurants,
one edition was entirely devoted to
dorm delicacies. That article is
reprinted here for the benefit of
you, who have yet to experience
such delicacies as meatless
mousaka and creme of celery soup.
As representatives of the Uni-
versity's nutritionally repressed
dormitory residents, we have de-
cided it is our duty to inform others
in the same situation where to find
the best of the worst: dorm food.
We limited our search to resi-
dence halls to which one can conve-
niently walk from central campus
(for get the Hill and Bursley).
Although it can be argued that
all institutional food is remarkably
similar, in our search for the perfect
lunch, we also considered atmo-
sphere, service, and those little ex-
tra perks that make eating in dorms
so much fun.
This elegant, refined cafeteria is
one of the best-kept secrets on cam-
pus, probably because the doors to
Betsey Barbour are locked 24 hours a
day. But if you are patient -- or
lucky - sooner or later someone
will let you in.
Once you've gotten in the door,
Barbour offers the most pleasant
atmosphere of all the lunch spots
surveyed - reminiscent of the good
old days home with mom and dad.
The porch, with its sun-filled
windows which facilitate a view of
abundant greenery, provides an op-
portunity to sit back and take a
break from a harried day on campus.
Low-hanging lamps and tasteful
furniture give Barbour a touch of
class so often lacking in other resi-
While the cafeteria's atmosphere
is just like home, the food often is
not. The cafeteria's small size lim-isteslcins u h aeu
connoisseur can get a good meal.
A general rule of thumb for res-
idence hall dining is to stay away
from red (?) meat (?), possibly the
campus' biggest misnomer. Bar-
bour's Beef Burgundy, which
Bethany grudgingly sampled, was
no exception. Although the flavor
was savory, the meat was tough and
fatty. The cold, sticky bed of noo-
dles was also disappointing.
Along the lines of brunch, the
hashbrowns' potato orgins were un-
clear - too much cream, and not
enough potatoes. On the sunny side,
the cheese omelette was excep-0
tional. For those on a health kick,
there were bran muffins that could
rival Mrs. Peabody's in taste and
Everyday offerings include a
small, but well-stocked salad bar,
including tuna and various pasta sal-
ads. Feta cheese, an unusual cafeteria
find, adds a tasty flair to the ordi-
nary green salad.
Other specialties include theO
soup-of-the-day, and ice cream ma-
chine with sugar cones, the best gar-
lic bread we've ever had, and our
personal favorite, individually-
wrapped graham crackers.
For those of you who have yet to
try the Barbour experience, we rec-
ommend doing so in the near futurd.
Its proximity to central campus and
its personal touch outweigh what-9
ever problems the food may present.
The best-kept secret on campus is
truly the best - but don't tell any-
While Betsey Barbour is the
most personal cafeteria on campus,
South Quad is on the opposite end of
the scale. Diners in this residence
hall who are not of strong mind1.
(and iron stomach) run the risk of
being trampled by the crowds of
hungry students who descend on
this cafeteria during the lunch hour.
South Quad's selection is large,
and at times, almost too large. Al-
though the floorplan of the cafete-
ria is meant to prevent congestion,
its layout makes compiling a rtl"
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