THE MICHIGAN DAILY NEW STUDENT EDITION UNIVERSITY THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 8, 1994
Avoid getting sick far away from home
fit, have fun
at rec. centers
By JEN DiMASCIO
Daily Staff Reporter
Welcome to "Michiworld."
Free with a student ID you receive
a membership to a fabulous fitness
club entitling you to participation in
any intramural sport ranging from
flag football to basketball to softball
and access to any of the campus' fine
facilities-the Central Campus Rec-
reation Building (CCRB), the Intra-
mural Building Sports Building (IM)
and the North Campus Recreation
The CCRB is the largest workout
facility on campus. While all facili-
ties offer racquetball courts and
weightlifting and workout machines
like Stairmaster and Lifecycle, the
CCRB houses an indoor track,
aerobics rooms, basketball courts and
Stairmasters, lifecycles and Nor-
dic Track ski machines are spread out
in two different locations at the CCRB.
By placing some in the workout room
and others adjacent to the basketball
court, the CCRB cuts down on wait-
Martial arts clubs frequent the
CCRB. Look in the Daily's calendar
for meeting times if you're interested.
The CCRB has everything to of-
fer. It is the most complete workout
facility on campus, but often the most
South of campus is home to the
Intramural Building. It is the only
building without a 1/10-mile indoor
track, but offers the same machines as
the CCRB and NCRB. The Track and
Tennis Building - located south of
the IM building - is a larger indoor
track that offers open hours in the
Basketball is the main game at the
IM Building. Before and after the intra-
mural teams take the court, pickup bas-
ketball spawns intense competition -
especially on Friday afternoons.
While swimming at the IMpool, it
is possible to catch a glimpse of The
Flounders - a school of professors
who play water polo nude.
The Outdoor Recreation Center
distinguishes the NCRB from its sis-
ters. Through the NCRB, students
can rent cross-country skis and ca-
noes, as well as all types of camping
equipment. A two-person tent goes
for $6.50 per day.
In addition, Outdoor Rec spon-
sors weekend getaways for
rockclimbing, whitewater rafting or
hiking. Adrian Garrison, an assistant
director in the Department of Recre-
ational Sports, said 12 or 13 students
traveled to Ontario to climb rocks last
year. The trip cost $145 and included
all equipment, food, travel and in-
The NCRB also runs the Chal-
lenge Program. Groups of eight or
more students can call in for instruc-
tion on the Challenge Program's ropes
course, located at the Botanical Gar-
dens facility, Garrison said.
If those options don't appeal, Yost
Ice Arena offers open skate hours,
and parking lots abound for pickup
roller hockey at any time of day.
Staying up all night to study
for an exam or to write a term
paper is a daily occurrence.
Here are a few tips on keeping
1. Eat healthy - fruits,
2. Exercise regularly - at least
three times per week to lose
3. Take an afternoon nap -
they can save you.
4. Don't party too hard on the
weekends - alcohol makes
5. Take a walk in the Arb to
unwind from a week of
stress and headaches.
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For a complete workout, try the Central Campus Recreation Building.
Health services available to students
By MICHELLE LEE THOMPSON
Daily Staff Reporter
Tender Loving Care is no longer
available. Good ol' Mom isn't here at
the University. But University Health
Service (UHS) is.
Don't count on prompt, immediate
attention, though. In fact, count on a 60-
minute wait at times when you step up
to the Urgent Care Reception desk.
The service has its advantages.
Take "free" care, for example. Every
enrolled student pays a $92 health
services fee, which entitles the stu-
dent to health care at UHS. One can
walk in Monday through Friday be-
tween the hours of 8 a.m. and 4:30
p.m. and be seen by a doctor or regis-
tered nurse, depending on the case.
Laura Brauninger, a Social Work
master's student, has been a UHS
patient since her undergraduate years
at the University. She said that she
often went to health service for mala-
dies that she couldn't have paid to
have treated. "It's nice to know that
you can go do that," Brauninger said.
Coverage is fairly comprehensive,
but excludes optical care and pre-
scriptions, also offered by health ser-
vice for additional fees.
The service also offers full contra-
ceptive services, according to Dr. Cy
Briefer, UHS director, including birth
control pills; Norplant, diaphragms
and the female condom, which UHS
will begin supplying in the fall.
"We have to distinguish between
contraception and safer sex," Briefer
said, explaining that not all methods
of contraception also offer protection
from sexually transmitted diseases.
"It's a scary world out there right
now," Briefer said.
About 800 women are seen each
month by the gynecology clinic,
whose services comprise about 15
percent of total care. The service con-
ducts about 1,500 pregnancy tests each
year, despite the preventative tech-
niques offered. "That's kind of a sad
commentary to me," Briefer said.
"I've been here like a million times
and (UHS clinicians) always do a really
good job," said Kimberly Staples, an
LSA senior who has gone to UHS for
treatment of pinkeye and other viruses,
as well as gynecological checkups.
UHS also provides gynecological
care by appointment, including rou-
tine exams, pregnancy testing, birth
control and personal counseling.
Brauninger sees UHS clinicians for
annual examinations, and gets birth
control from the pharmacy.
Health service offers broader range
of services throughout the University
in the form of classes and workshops
on everything from weight control to
AIDS to alcohol abuse.
There are other places to go for
those who want to stay healthy or get
healthy. The Central Campus Recre-
ation Building (CCRB) and North
Campus Recreation Building are
popular places to work out. The Intra-
mural Sports Building is another Uni-
versity site for fitness, although it is
located on South Campus, and used
by many varsity athletes.
These facilities, especially the
CCRB, are popular places to fight off
the "Freshman 15," an affectionate
reference to typical first-year studeni
Most first-year students live in the
residence halls, where nutrition is easy
to forget. Although food services of-
fers both healthy food selections and
education on eating right, often these
selections are less popular than the
fried food and dessert items. Late-
night studying is extremely condu-
cive to Ben & Jerry's breaks, pizza
snacks and Mountain Dew, none of
which are healthy items.
And speaking of late nights in the
residence halls, dorm life is not ex-
actly conducive to sleeping. Those
eight hours that doctors generally rec-
ommend become impossible to at-
tain. Most students get about six hours
a night, excluding finals periods, dur-
ing which that number drops event
Greek life "
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By MICHELLE LEE THOMPSON
Daily Staff Reporter
Not very many students take classes in Greek. Yet just
about every University graduate knows the Greek alpha-
bet. That knowledge does not stem from a language
The 37 fraternities and 19 sororities of the Interfrater-
nity Council (IFC) and Panhellenic Association (Panhel),
plus the Black Greek Association (BGA), compose what
is known as the Greek System. All of these organizations
are known individually by two or three Greek letters, such
as Delta Upsilon or Alpha Chi Omega.
More than 5,000 men and women are involved in the
University Greek system. They comprise more than 20
percent of the undergraduate population. For most, their
houses shape their collegiate experience, to say the least.
Fraternities and sororities host formal and informal
parties, take spring break trips as a house, and engage in
other social group functions. Also, many Greek organiza-
tions donate their time to community service, such as
Rush is a two-week event which has become a tradi-
tion for many campuses, and is designed to introduce
prospective pledges to various houses.
Sorority rush is usually formal, and all rushees visit all
sorority houses before making their choices for the sec-
ond round. In the second round, participants mark cards
stating their preferences of houses to visit again, and are
often invited to dinner or longer stays at each house. The
third round involves choosing only your top three choices,
and most women receive a bid from one of their three
Panhel is responsible for rush, and a computer pro-
gram activated last year streamlines the process.
Fraternities hold open rush, a process in which male
students visit only houses which interest them, and the
The Greek Talent Show is part of the annual Greek Week
selection process is shorter.
Fraternities are known for hazing, by which pledges
are forced to do hideous acts, such as vandalizing prop-
erty, drinking excessively, and succumbing to physical
abuse. Hazing is against the Statement of Student Rights,
better known as the code, and the University has tradition-
ally done everything it can to stop hazing.
Rush is sponsored by Panhel and IFC in the fall, and
primarily by IFC in the winter (although some sorority
houses open up for winter rush).
Vice President for Student Affairs Maureen A. Hart-
ford said, "I wish the timing was different for rush. I think
what they need to do is keep an open mind.
"It is to some extent a lifetime decision. To jump into
that without thinking about what you're doing doesn't do
Fraternity rush begins Sept. 25. Sorority rush begins
Sept. 18. BGA rush takes place winter term.
The Michigan Union & League
Union serves as home for student life
By MIKAH RAJEWSKI
Daily Staff Reporter
As male functions dominated the
where all individuals meet and form
personal contacts" while enjoying a
check out the League. Many student
groups are unaware of the League's