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"The next stop on our tour will be
the Chemistry Building. The rotating
restraurant in the penthouse serves
some of the finest food on campus,
but you can't go up there without a
professor. Get to know one of yours
really well and you might get to eat
lunch in there."
Yeah, right. How many lies did they
tell on that orientation tour? And more
importantly, how many of those
student wanna-bes did they . dupe?
Well, now they've been here a
whole semester and the Daily
decided to look at them for who they
are: First-year students.
Why are they here?
People come to this ivory tower for all sorts of reasons. Some
like to think it's for the academics, so here is a breakdown of
the schools into which new students matriculated (that means
enrolled, rookies).,___nC._r_______ "e_-..

Where did they come from

Although almost 70 percent of all undergraduate students come from the Great Lakes State
due to a mandate from the state Legislature, the University attracts students from across the
country. Here are the top 10 states for first-year students who are not Michigan residents.

5. California
109
2. Illinois
223

1. New York
385

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1Q. Massachusetts
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9. Connectlcu
6. Pennsylvania3.New
4. Ohio 172
8. FRorlda 158 7. Maryland
What do inquiring
minds want to know?

Literature, Science,
& the Arts
63.81%

Residential\
College
4.98%
Music
3.05%

Kinesiology
2.41%
Art
1.72%
Natural
Resources
1.66%
Nursing
1.31%
Inteflex
0.82%

All that stuff's fine, but what do they do while they are
here? We tried to do a survey, but weren't as succesful
as we had hoped. But we did have 40 returned, so we
thought we would show some of the trends of this
select group. Thank you everybody.
They eat pizza 1.1 times a week.
40 percent don't really like their ResidentAdvisor,
but 14 percent don't really know who their RA is.
N Only 8 percent voted in the Fall MSA elections. Of
course, only about 8 percent of the whole campus
voted in MSA elections, and that turnout was high.
They work out an average of 2.25 times a week, but
almost 30 percent don't work out at all. Maybe they
haven't found the CCRB yet.
The average first phone bill was $60.
.Only 17 percent of those who had them, have
broken up with a significant other from home. That
may help explain'the phone bill.
* On average, they have cut class.almost twice this
semester. (And they expect to graduate.)
* Of those who have them, 29 percemtreally don't
like their ro6mmate. Of.course, that means 71 percent
can tolerate them, so the Housing Department isn't
doing that bad. Imagine a team sinking 71 percent of
its free-throw attempts.
N They say they get, on average, a little over 6.5 hours
of sleep each night. What do you think?
But the really amazing thing about these first-year
students is 62 percent of them read the Daily every
single day (a feat of survival in and of itself).

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What do they know?
Contrary to somewhat popular opinion, people who come here are among the most
intelligent in the country. This year's first-year students have the test scores and
high school records to prove it. We were going to split open a real first-year
student's head to see what goes on in there, but the insurance was too high. So
here are some University statistics.
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Two of the better questions on the survey dealt with food and drink,
specifically dorm and alcohol. This is how residence hall food service
fared and how many times these first-years got drunk this semester.

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How many times have
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