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THERE'S NO PLACE LIKE HOME AWAY FROM HOME
Numerous activities fill 'U' students' winter
Endlessly ringing telephones.
Crashing computers. Trails of readers
who come in to receive their free
movie passes. Deadlines. Pride from
hate mail. Daysides. Time no one has.
A haven for talent. A home away from
home - The Michigan Daily.
Within the brick walls of the
Student Publications Building, you'll
,find a lot of heart and soul: of writ-
ers who wake up the next morning to
see people leisurely reading their
articles in MLB3 or carelessly step-
ping on them on the floor of Angell
Hall; of editors, who spend their
lives at the Daily, making their
respective sections look as crisp,
eye-pleasing and content-wonderful
as possible; of people selling and
designing ads, making it possible for
us to even have pages on which to
Lately, it's been extra busy at the
Daily. There's the Rose Bowl
hoopla, the normal hustle to put out
the best possible product and the
increased nerves due to the tying-up
of loose ends as the end of the
Somewhere, lodged amidst this hus-
tle and bustle, you can find me. About
eight hours of each of my days are spent
in the Daily Arts room, just fulfilling
my editorial duties.
It's been that way for the last year ...
until next Wednesday, when my term as
Arts Editor (and consequently, as a
The normal turnover of editors for
all the other staffs is in February, so
next Wednesday, on the last day of
classes, I am being "turned over" by
myself. I don't want to get lost in the
shuffle. So this is my formal good-
As a senior
to my graduation
in May, I am real-
izing that the
Daily has been
the backbone of
my college career.
I remember, in
peMn year, reviewing
t1y Arts Editor Amy first film,
Valentino." And yes, I did see it get
stepped on the next day after I turned
it in. But I didn't care. I was proud.
I remember shaking like a leaf
before my in-person interview with
Mike Figgis, the director of "Leaving
Las Vegas." I remember the glowing
feeling I had after the interview was
over, wanting to make his accom-
plishments come alive for readers
through my very own words. Now,
two years later, I am in the theater
watching his latest, "One Night
Stand," and our meeting in Espresso
Royale is not far from my mind.
I remember my first day as Arts
Editor, sitting hesitantly by my co-edi-
tor as he tried - to no avail - to teach
me how to use our page-design pro-
gram, Quark, on the computer. That
was a late night.
I remember, after writing my very
first column, receiving an e-mail from a
visiting professor who agreed with my
point. That made my day.
I remember, after writing that same
first column, receiving a rude mes-
sage from somone who thought
"Evita" was the best movie he had
ever seen and that I was incompetent
for thinking it wasn't. That made my
day as well.
going to Danny's I am real
and Deja Vu with
my co-editor on a tai
night for our "He b nl the
Said ... She Said"
viewpoint, and back mi
going back to
Deja Vu at noon c oe
later in the week
for our own silly
photo shoot. And we did it all in the
name of journalism.
I remember, after writing Ralph
Williams into my Best of Ann Arbor
column last year, how he
approached me in lecture, clicked
his heels with a humble thanks and
told me that he would try "to live up
to your expectations of me." As if he
I remember being disappointed in
Adam Sandler this year, after he refused
to grant interviews to any publications
- prior to his performance at Hill
I know my co-workers will certainly
remember my obsessive insistence on
playing Fleetwood Mac at all hours of
the day -- every single day this semes-
Sometime down the road, 1Il
remember sitting in Sweetwaters
Cafe, trying to come up with a last
column - my last chance to tell
40,000 people all
at once what's on
By Caryn Burtt
Daily Arts Writer
Michigan winters tend to be depress-
ingly deep, forbiddingly dark and bitter-
ly cold. Luckily, winter break always
intervenes to interrupt the monotony of
schoolwork and bad weather.
Despite the appeal of relaxing and
visiting family, many students welcome
this three-week hiatus - the longest
recess of the academic year - with
grandiose plans. The recess sends many
students home into the arms of family
and old friends.
"My family and I go to a show in
New York. I see school friends I still
keep in touch with;' said Jennifer
Kinon, an LSA junior. "I always like
Sheila Gudiswitz, a Rackham stu-
dent, said, "I fulfill my duty as a child,"
explaining that she visits relatives over
winter break. "I also spend time seeing
friends that are dispersed at other col-
leges or places of living."
Micah Holmquist, an RC sophomore,
echoed the sentiments of many
University students who flee Ann Arbor
for the holidays.
"There's no point in staying here,"
said Holmquist. "I visit with my nuclear
family and my extended family. It's nice
to see the town I've been away from for
Unlike Thanksgiving break and
spring break, there are usually very few
worries hanging over students' weary
heads during winter break. This allows
them to relax over the cherished three-
"I don't work," said Michael
Edison, an Engineering sophomore.
"Break is break. If I were working, I
would not be able to get ready for the
After three and a half months of
classes, exams, papers and the like,
with little more than a couple of week-
end days as students' relaxation time,
three weeks of academic reprieve offer
limitless opportunities for satisfying
personal or financial needs and respon-
"I plan to work a little and get a little
pocket money," said Kevin Mauro, an
Sara Wilson, an LSA sophomore,
also plans to work over Winter Break.
"Last year was total relaxation,"
Wilson said. "But this year I'll be writ-
ing my application for B-school."
Though many students spend the
holiday with their families, some find
that home is not always where the
heart is, and choose to stay in Ann
"When you go home, you are 12
years old again," Gudiswitz said. "The
Geeta Makhija, an LSA
agreed that living with one
again, however temporarily,
to be an awkward situation.
"It's always weird going
Makhija said. "You have
about the time you get home,
Parents don't want to intrude
personal space, but they do."
Mauro stated most bluntly
cisely the common frustratic
ing under parental constrai
"I can't come home whenev
and I hate that," Mauro said.
Despite renewed parental
staying on campus for win
entices students for many c
"This is my time to spe
what I want to do," sa
Godchaux, an RC sophomor
visit home. For winter break i
I've traveled a lot or went tc
Hojin Lee, a Rackham si
from Korea, but plans to sta
Arbor this winter.
"It's too far to go home, ai
afford it;' Lee said.
Ann Arbor and students' he
are not the only places in wi
dents choose to relax or wor
ing into my lec-
ture halls, look-
ing around and
of people read-
ing the Daily.
What a feeling
it is to be able to
say: My name's in that. My work's in
that. My time's in that. My heart's in
It has made my college experience
what it is.
To some, Michigan is academics.
To others, it's all about Meijer.
To many, Michigan is football.
To me, it's these memories.
Thanks for them.
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