THE MICHIGAN DAILY NEW STUDENT EDITION UNIVERSITY THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 8, 1994
.'U' bus system provides lifeline for North Campus residents, students
By MICHELLE LEE THOMPSON
Daily Staff Reporter
And you thought riding the bus to school ended when
you got your driver's license.
Not so, if you are enrolled in engineering, art, music or
architecture, and you aren't lucky enough to have a car
and lots of parking ticket money, then you are "back to the
blues" - blue buses, that is.
But check out the view - 15 minutes of rolling hills,
except for the construction on Fuller Road.
The Northwood and Bursley-Baits buses are the most
commonly used ones in the system, which also includes
North Commuter and North Campus routes.
Lisa Manter, a fifth-year Rackham student who has lived
on North Campus for four years, recommended that students
take a schedule the first time they board a bus. "They always
run on time," Manter said, adding, "We ride (the buses)
during the day because it's more convenient."
All the routes hit the North Campus Commons, but
from there they go all over North Campus, which at 768
acres is actually larger than Central Campus.
The Commons is home to a bookstore, a food court and
more computers than you'll ever care to see. A Macintosh
site and three Freshman Engineering Computing labs are
in the basement, and these labs are all 24-hour access labs
to anyone who has a Computer Aided Engineering Net-
work (CAEN) account.
The food court includes a Little Caesar's Pizza Station,
Kalaya's Wok Express and an Espresso Royale Caffe.
"It doesn't have a wide variety of food selection - I
get sick of Little Caesars," said November Pronk, an
Engineering sophomore who said she spent many hours
on North Campus during her term in Fortran.
The class, formally known as Engineering 103, is one
of the classes for first-year Engineering students taught in
the Commons labs. Pronk said the Macintosh and IBM
labs are nice, but get very crowded during times when
projects are due.
Bursley, which is the third-largest residence hall in the
country, houses many of these first-year engineering
students, as well as all kinds of other students. Bursley has
the largest rooms at the University, and is the newest
Despite the appeal of the large rooms and an extensive
dining hall, Bursley is not usually a popular choice among
non-engineering students, who do not appreciate riding
the bus to and from class.
On most routes, buses run every 10 minutes, but only
during weekdays. On weekday evenings, expect to wait
up to 20 minutes for a ride, and coming or going during the
weekend can cost even more precious social or study time.
There is no charge for University students, staff or
faculty to ride the buses.
Sixty percent of the University's 500 reduced-rate
parking places available to students are located on North
Campus. The price to park north last year was $168 for the
Northwood family housing, also offered by the Uni-
versity, is like any family living community - complete
with swingsets, ample parking and a community
townhouse. Many University students, especially gradu-
ate students, reside in the apartments, which are slightly
more affordable alternatives to off-campus housing.
North Campus is also a mecca of technology, housing
the new Francois-Xavier Bagnoud Building for aerospace
research, and the upcoming Industrial Technology In-
struction Center, now under construction. North Campus
has been under constant change and construction since its
ground-breaking in 1953.
Despite the bus ride necessary to get to Central Campus,
many students enjoy the peace and quiet of North
Students must master
'U jargon to survive
With more than 1,300 residents, South Quad is the largest residence hall on campus.
.Experence the joys an(
troules of dorm living
By Daily Staff
If you're not old enough or you
don't have your parents' permission
,o live off campus, then you're one of
e more than 10,000 students who
will be living in one of the 16 resi-
dence halls maintained by the
University's Housing Division.
The largest residence hall, South
Quad, houses about 1,300 students.
All residence halls have certain as-
pects that make them unique. Whether,
it's the Nikki Giovanni Minority Cul-
tural Lounge in Mosher-Jordan or the
exercise room in South Quad, you'll
moon come to love-hate your residence
hall and, probably, your roommate too.
Last year, all 5,524 residence hall
rooms were wired for cable televi-
sion. Capable of carrying up to 160
channels, you no longer have to wan-
der down to your hall lounge to watch
C-Span or, heaven forbid, MTV.
The proximity of residence halls to
campus makes them ideal for first-year
*tudents who may not be ready to live
off campus. Each hall has a resident
advisor (RA), often an upperclassman,
who serves as a big brother or big sister
for new residents. RAs not only help
with basics such as moving in, but also
coordinate special programs io build
camaraderie among hallmates and
sometimes sponsor sporting events or
Sure the cafeteria food may not
*always serve your favorite food or
your roommate may snore, but when
you're a senior you look out your
window on the 26th floor of Tower
Plaza Condominiums, you'll fondly
remember your experiences living in
the residence halls - especially the
time you and 1,000 other South Quad
residents stood out in the rain, at 4 in
the morning, in your pajamas waiting
*for the fire alarm to stop blaring.
Now that you probably know
which residence hall you will be stay-
ing in the fall, here's a brief insider's
guide to some of the undergraduate
dorms on campus.
Has the University slated you to live
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This interactive, user-operated
cable television system may be
campuswide in the near future. The
system will eventually allow the Uni-
among the "freaks and geeks"?
Do not deny you have heard the
rumors - gays, lesbians, druggies and
weird people live in East Quad. Fear
not, it is not as bad as the rumors may
lead you to believe.
East Quad is the headquarters of
the Residential College (RC) - a
live-in educational unit of LSA. RC
students roll out of bed minutes be-
fore class and plod downstairs in their
bathrobes and bunny slippers to at-
tend their morning classes. Many RC
students never leave the building for
classes their first year.
If you're living in South Quad,
don't expect to get much sleep during
final exam week. Fire alarms are a
Replete with an advanced training
facility, a snack bar that serves even
when other cafeterias are closed and
of course several huge cafeterias with
good food makes South Quad a nice
place to live. If you're in Honors
Housing, you'll probably be living in
You're cool if you live in West
Quad. Its great location next to the
Union makes it a perennial favorite
for returning students. Consider your-
self lucky with a room here.
Stockwell is an all-girls dorm -
need we say more? Guys, here's the
place to eat if you're looking for a
significant other. Guys, if you're also
wondering why you didn't get into
Betsey Barbour or Helen Newberry,
it's because they are for women only.
Women - this is the place to be
because you can walk around in a
bathrobe without worrying what the
cute guy next door is thinking. Plus, it
is always easier to find a tampon to
borrow because the number of women
No dorm on campus can beat
Barbour's and Newberry's location.
Located across the street from the
Daily on one side and Angell Hall on
Alice Lloyd houses the Pilot Pro-
gram - a program that offe
liberal arts college setting
resources of a large univen
dents can develop lasting
ships with the graduate stu
ulty who also live here. V
classes inside the dorm, you
ger down to your class at
your pajamas if you wan
careful if you stagger into y
at midnight in an inebriated,
may bump into your teache
Couzens Hall, one of the
dence halls on campus that
boast fluorescent lighting. D
somewhat gloomy atm
Couzens is a place that m
residents quickly come to k
love (and no, we're not getti
Couzens offers a place th
enough to study, yet livelye
that there is always someon
order that late-night pizzav
And you get used to th
after a while too.
While Markley is officia
the Hill area residence hall
ally sits on the bottom of
side of the Hill. One of it
advantages is its proximi
Nichols Arboretum - th
place to take a walk in the nic
Markley, one of the larg
on campus, also offers a
with extended meal hours,a
ing center and a snack bar. B
many first-year studentsc
get stuck in Markley, it is a g
to meet new friends.
If you're living in Mosh
you will soon find out why
highest reapplication ratea
the other residence halls.
Located on the center o
area, Mo-Jo has its own s
"Procrastination Station" sn
a cool place to hang out with
If you're living in Bur
may meet a lot of people
better be an art, music or en
student, otherwise you'll be
a lot of time riding aroundi
Dailynitions: What they don't tell
you during Orientation:
Arb: na. slang for Nichols Arbore-
tum. Watch out for rattle snakes.
Angell Scholar: n. hey, it ain't my
fault we're smart. If you get all A's in
a term, you get to strut before all your
rivals on stage and accept an award
from the University. It's cool. syn:
FILE PHOTO all-A's, I'm smart, call me God.
Bakerland: n. geographic region
in Ann Arbor where Regent Deane
Baker (R-Ann Arbor) secedes from
the country and forms his own en-
Books: n. theoneexpenditure your
parents won't question. Prepare to
spend hundreds of dollars for text-
books written by your very own pro-
fessor. At least you can sell back your
rs a small books at the end of the term at a
with the fraction of the original cost.
sity. Stu- Blue Book: n. overpriced book-
relation- lets of paper for taking in-class essay
ident fac- exams.
with most Care Packages/Final Exam
can swag- Buckets: n. manna from the gods.
11:10 in Code: n. [Latin. in loco parentis]
t. But be a list of rules that you must follow in
our dorm order to keep from getting kicked out
state, you of the University. And you thought
r. you left Mom and Dad at home.
only resi- Computer Lab: n. prepare to
t does not spend the rest of your life in line
Despite its waiting to stare into a fluorescent
osphere, screen until your eyes go numb. syn:
any of its home.
know and Coursepacks: n. collections of
ng paid to illegible, often illegally xeroxed ar-
ticles and essays. Doesn't matter that
hat is quiet you can'tread them because you prob-
enough so ably won't bother anyway.
e who will CRISP: n. syn: Hell
with you. Cube: n. neo-classic, balance-de-
e lighting fying sculpture in Regent's Plaza. First
came the skateboard punks, then came
ally one of the white male hegemonic adminis-
.s, it actu- trators from the nearby Fleming Build-
the other ing toting lunches of sushi and escar-
ts biggest got. Then came a band of bizarre
ty to the relaxationists. The semi-meditative
e perfect new agers engaging in bi-weekly Ka-
e weather. rate Kid-meets-aerobic exercises. Led
;est dorms by a bald, spiritually garbed guru. It is
cafeteria unknown if passers-by are free to join
a comput- the soul aerobics. v. cubing or gleam-
3ecauseso ing the cube. adj. cubist.
choose or Curve: n. your professor's way of
reat place fixing the grades so 50 percent is a B.
Somebody has to pass chemistry, why
er-Jordan, not you?
'it has the Diag: n. center of campus activ-
among all ity. Drawing in chalk on the Diag is a
favorite way to annoy administrators.
f the Hill Discussion: n. small classes that
tudent-run meet the day you thought you could
ack bar - have off.
h friends. Dorm Food: n. it'll make you
appreciate your Mom or a home-
rsley, you cooked meal like never before!
, but you The Dude: n. slang for James J.
igineering Duderstadt. University president.
spending Dudemeister, Dudarama. Entering his
in a bus. sixth year as the University's em-
peror, Duderstadt has overseen six,
maybe seven, tuition increases, a gun-
toting campus police, riots, claims of
being an illegitimate president and
accusations of being the highest pub-
lic official in the state of Michigan. v.
dudeing, adj. dudevacious.
Eight o'clocks: n. earliest classes
offered; designed to weed-out all-
nighters, anyone with roommates and
non-masochists. If you were gung ho
enough to take one of these believing
you could finish all your classes by
noon, you'll only end up spending the
rest of the afternoon sleeping. Never
take one of these, trust us. Even if it
means having to change majors.
Fake ID: n. ticket to drinks or jail
depending on how good it is.
Fishbowl: n. the only place where
Pro-Choice Action and Campus Cru-
saders for Christ can sit side by side in
(relative) peace. Good place to get a
Fleming: n. nothing like phlegm.
Building where the administrators
reside. The windows are shaped funny
so that it is hard for snipers to assassi-
nate key officials, no joke.
Graduate Library (Grad): n. li-
brary where no matter what floor you
need, you can't get to it. Some study-
ing does take place.
Honors: n. people who take Great
IM Building: n. one of three main
athletic centers on campus along with.
the Central Campus Recreation Build-
ing (CCRB) and the NCRB on North
Campus. Located south of Central
Campus, this older facility houses a
lot of basketball courts and exercise
Inclusive Language: n. non-sex-
ist, ungendered language that attempts
to unify the sexes and erase centuries
of primarily male-dominated, gender
exclusive language. ex: freshman/
first-year student, fireman/fire fighter,
frogperson, policeman/police person,
Inteflex: n. program for pre-med
overachievers who want to be rich in
eight years instead of nine.
Lab: n. incredibly time-consum-
ing classes that should be worth twice
as many credits as they are now.
Language Requirement: n. six-
teen credits of daily hell that will
make you kick yourself twice for not
taking a language in high school.
Lectures: n. monotone verbatim
reading of a textbook or autobiogra-
phy written by a middle-aged male/
female called a professor.
Lost ID Card= n. the second worst
thing that can happen to you and will
cost you $10. See: Eight o'clocks.
The "M": n. center of the Diag.
Step on it and you fail your first blue
Mean: n. the "average" grade. adj.
what some of your TAs will be.
See DEFINITIONS, Page 9C
UM Counseling Services
Wishing Students a Successful Fall Term
Welcome (back) to Ann Arbor! We hope you had time to refresh yourself
and are ready for the new school year. There may be times when you will
feel the need to speak with someone about a concern or problem. We
hope that you will consider speaking with one of our professionally
trained staff members. We offer a wide range of free services and
support groups to help make this new year an enjoyable one. For more
information call (313) 764-8312.
Groups and Workshops. Fall 1994*
* Eating & Body Image Issues, call Suzanne Fechner-Bates
(764.8312) for a pre-group Interview
* Relaxation Training Workshop (drop-in group), Wednesdays,
4 to 5 PM, starting October 5th
* Group for Students with Learning Disabilities (drop-in group),
Tuesdays, 4 to 5 PM, starting September 27th
* The Healing Power of Dreams, Tuesdays, 5 to 7 PM,
starting October 25th
* Non-traditional Students Support Group, (drop-in group)
Wednesdays, 12 Noon to 1 PM, starting September 28th
* African-American Undergraduate Male Dialogue Group
Thursdays, 5:30 to 7:30 PM, starting September 15th
* Women & Self Esteem Workshop, Wednesdays, 3:30 to 5 PM
This 5 week workshop starts September 28th
* Lesbian & Bi-Women's Support/Therapy Group, call Vicki Hays
(764-8312) for a pre-group interview
* Multicultural Women's Group, Thursdays, 3 to 5 PM
starting October 13th
* Survival at U of M--Training for Latino/a Students, Mondays,
4 to 5 PM, starting in October
* African-American Graduate Women Support/Therapy Group
located on the top floor of South Quad,
will expand to take advantage of the
Randall Root, coordinator of of-
fice information systems in the Hous-
ing Division, said, "In the future (stu-
dents) will have to join the video club
formation, MIRLYN (the University's
on-line card catalog system) or UM-
CRISPINFO for class scheduling
Three residence halls - Mosher-
Jordan, Bursley and Baits - have
Last year, the University's Net-
work Systems Department activated
a voice mail system in Mo-Jo. Voice
mail service has been on administra-
tive lines for a number of years. Two
additional residence halls have been