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2C - The Michigan Daily - New Student Edition - September 3, 1996

PLANES, TRAINS AND AUTOMOBILES

Before books and exams,
students pass moving hurdle

By Stephanie Jo Klein
Daily Staff Reporter
The SATs may be over, but incoming
first-year students still have one test to
pass before they can set foot on campus.
They have to get here.
More challenging than any college
essay, first-year students around the
country are expected to pack all their
earthly belongings into small boxes, suit-
cases and duffel bags and instinctively
know how to get themselves and their
stuff to school.
For many University students, driving
is the easiest and cheapest option, as the
only expenses are gasoline and food
stops.
Natalie Waldinger, an Engineering
junior, said that after flying to school her
first year from her home in New York
state, she found driving much easier.
"It's a lot cheaper," Waldinger said.
"When you fly, you have to ship every-
thing, in addition to paying for the air
fare.'

Waldinger said she rode with a friend
and her friend's mother, and despite
being jammed in between all the luggage
in the back seat during the 10-hour drive
from New York, it was not a bad trip.
"As long as you have somebody else
to drive, you can sleep the whole way,"
she said.
Not all students have perfect rides,
however. Students driving from farther
out-of-state locations may encounter
problems in finding the best route and
cheapest lodging for the long journey.
Although the University sends basic
directions with orientation materials,
the American Automobile Association
provides members with free regional
maps pointing out the most direct routes.
Bill Semion, spokesperson for AAA of
Michigan, said if travelers call ahead, they
can get personalized maps and books.
Semion said AAA memberships, which
cost about $30 a year, also guarantee dis-
count rates across the country, which can
be helpful on a cross-country trek.

"You can save quite a bit of money -
you can get discount tickets and hotel
rates."
The University's web pages also pro-
vide ample information, with travel
agency phone numbers on the gopher
and other informational web pages.
One such page was started by Lara
Friedman, a former University graduate
student in the School of Information and
Library Studies. She and other students
set up the Internet Travel Guide, which
provides information geared towards
budget-conscious students.
The guide can be found at
http://wwwlib.umich.edu/chdocs/trav-
el/travel-guide.html. It has links to web-
sites from many travel organizations
nationwide and points out special dis-
counts for students, Friedman said.
Once the long drive is over, traffic and
parking could still keep some drivers at
an impasse, said University Housing
Assistant Amy Gibbs.
"Obviously, the traffic is horrendous,"
Gibbs said.
Gibbs recommended students pay
close attention to their scheduled move-
in dates. First-year students are sched-
uled to enter residence halls Aug. 27-28,
while upperclassmen can enter the build-
ings after the 29th.
Since University-provided temporary
parking permits mailed to dorm resi-
dents before move-in are only good for
one hour, Gibbs suggested teamwork to
keep congestion to a minimum.
Sending students to wait in line for

FILE PHOTO
Scott Turbow, now an LSA sophomore, moves into his South Quad dorm room last fall with the help of his father Melvin. Moving
to Ann Arbor and then settling in to housing arrangements can cause headaches for students.

40

room keys while parents park is a good
way to save time, Gibbs said.
Jeff Sawka, an Engineering sopho-
more, said he got an early start during
move-in, leaving his Troy home at 8 a.m.
With the help of his parents and sister,
who was also a University student, Sawka
said he was able to settle into his room,
despite the long lines at the dorms.
"It was mass chaos," he said. "I was
expecting a nice, easy transition."
Sawka said it was hard work, but by
dinner time, his loft was built and his TV
was plugged in - he survived.
For those who do not relish joining the

convoy of cars with Michigan sweat-
shirts piled to the ceilings, flying is the
next best option.
Sandy Strong, a travel consultant at
Ann Arbor's Landmark Travel, said stu-
dents who fly to school will benefit most

if they plan ahead.
Booking flights at
least 21 days in
advance will ensure the
best fares and will
increase the chances of
available seating. In the
face of high ticket
prices, with a round-
trip ticket from New
York priced at $300
and a ticket to and
from Chicago priced at
$100, prior preparation
is a must, Strong said.
"Start early and keep

someone picking them up at the airp*
they have to take the Commuter shuttle,
which often takes up to an hour.
Jim Bricker, a dispatcher with Com-
muter Transportation at Detroit Metro

Airport, said

"It was mass
chaos. I was
expecting a
nice, easy
transition."
- Jeff Sawka
Engineering sophomore

a one-way ticket to Ann
Arbor costs $15. During
move-in, shuttles run
every half hour from the
airport, he said.
Worse than the long
journey, however, is A
ting to campus tofiT
all of your belongings
locked in storage.
Walter Adams. a
supervisor for the United
Parcel Service office in
Ypsilanti, said that hap-
pens if students ship too
soon.
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Because Northwest Airlines is Metro
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have the most availability, Strong said.
TWA also often has cheap fares that
require changing planes in St. Louis, Mo.
Waldinger, who flew to school her
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be delivered to the dorms until the first
or second day the buildings open, early
packages cause problems.
"We end up being a storage facility,"
he said. "Students come to campus and
ask for their packages, but we can't give
it to them yet because it's in a trailer with
5,000 other packages."
However students choose to arrive,
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they will have to do it all in reverse e
next May. And after a year of college ,
leaving may be the hardest test of all.

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