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4C - The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, September 3, 1997







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By Brian Campbell ence roo
Daily Staff Reporter books st
Students new to the University are Archit
encouraged to immerse themselves in Prof. Kur
its many offerings, ranging from sport- undergro
ing events to e-mail. favorite
But one aspect of the University that "It's a
is often neglected, or perhaps just taken said. "ItI
for granted, is the magnificence of and oldt
much of its architecture. One of the is the be



m on the main floor and law
ored underground.
ecture and Urban Planning
rt Bradle said the Law School's
ound library is one of his
structures on campus.
wonderful building," Bradle
has the sensibility of modern
together. In my opinion, that
st building on campus in the

great benefits in attending the
University is not
only the quality i .£.
of education, but V thin
the structures in
which it is
LSA senior
Tom Hochrein
said he enjoys
the diversity of
buildings on campus.
"I think it's an excellent campus,
Hochrein said. "I think they're starting to
make a nice blend between the old and
the new architecture. I think some of it is
patterned after the Ivy League schools."
Indeed, some of the buildings are
akin to those found on Ivy League cam-
puses. Others are unique to Ann Arbor.
But regardless of their stylistic ori-
gins, there are several campus buildings
that it would be sinful not to visit
(whether incidentally or deliberately)
before you graduate.
The most beautiful spot on campus
is, without a doubt, the Law Quad. It
consists of dorm rooms and classrooms
for Law students, and, at its south end, a
gothically designed library with a refer-

last 20 y

b a s e m

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- -n library -
accessible only
p to Law stu-
t camps dents - was
- Tom Hochrein built recently,
LSAsei the reference
LSsenior room and the
remainder of
the Law Quad were built in 1902. The
central courtyard, criss-crossed with
slate-tiled paths, and the library's refer-
ence room, gravely silent and lit by chan-
deliers, are especially beautiful.
A close second to the Law Quad is
Rackham Auditorium. Located in the
Rackham Building, near the Modem
Languages Building on Ingalls Mall,
the spacious auditorium contains
ample, thickly carpeted aisles, and
more than 1,000 rose-colored seats that
form a wide arch around the prosceni-
um. The auditorium is usually reserved
for plays, classical music concerts and
t academic debates.
An often-overlooked building
(dwarfed by the Graduate Library's
stacks looming behind it) is the Clements

Library, designed by Albert Kahn. The
Clements Library is a small, quaint struc-
ture filled with valuable historical mate-
rials, including Benjamin Franklin's
diary and some of Queen Isabella's let-
ters to Christopher Columbus. While
most students never enter its doors, this
beautiful building is open to anyone who
wishes to study there.
A more modern structure in the
Chemistry Building. It is a large build-
ing, housing high-tech lecture halls and
classrooms. The best part about the
Chemistry Building - excluding the
inhalation of pungent ammonia vapors
upon entering - is standing in the tree-
filled atrium and gazing up through the
glass ceiling, which forms an enormous
skylight similar to a greenhouse.
There are several other noteworthy
buildings on campus, including Hill
Auditorium, the Power Center, the
Media Union and the reference room in
the Graduate Library. To describe every
graceful locale on campus, however,
would ruin many pleasant surprises.
While the buildings on campus are
not likely to be considered the focal
point of your college experience, they
should certainly be a point of interest.
LSA senior Shanon Lawrence said
she appreciates much of the architec-
ture on campus.
"I like a lot of it," Lawrence said. "I
thought it was really fun to have a class
inside the building with the arch. I also
like the way the fountain works with the
League," Lawrence said, referring to
the easily recognized fountain of Triton
near the Michigan League.

Above: The northwest wing of the Law
Quad glows softly In the early evening.
The Law Quad's gothic beauty makes it
a favorite spot for many on campus.
Right: The Clements Library, located on
South University Avenue, may not be
one of the most recognized building on
campus, but it does present a
disarming elegance. Pictured are the
arches and pillars at the front of the
structure's facade.


Students use Internet to
find friends, meet people


start your own relationship
with recycling. Look for a
blue recycling tote in your
40 residence hail room.
You can recycle all these items on campus:
f Newspapers * Magazines f Cardboard f Pizza Boxes
f Office Paper f Cereal Boxes + Telephone Books

By Greg Cox
Daily Staff Reporter
Some students are taking the idea of a virtual community
to new heights.
In recent years, the University has been developing its own
online community with increased use of computers for social-
izing. Programs like Internet Relay Chat, the use of e-mail and
the World Wide Web connect people around the world.
While these programs allow people to spread ideas across
the globe, the University has its own forum for students to
communicate online, in a confer site called Meet-Students.
"It's like a virtual slumber party with your strangest and
most creative friends," said LSA senior and current Meet-
Students organizer Laura Packard. "It's a good way to make
a big campus get smaller."
Since its inception in 1985, thousands of students have
used Meet-Students for a range reasons. Student representa-
tion on the site is fairly well balanced between the
University's schools and colleges and number of years in
school. Allen Ano, network administrator for pathology, sees
Meet-Students as an excellent tool for incoming students.
"Meet-Students is a good way for new people to under-
stand the city and get accustomed to the University, with the
help of people who have been here a while" Ano said.
In other cases, students have utilized Meet-Students to help
them in the classroom or in the job market.
"There are a lot of people who use it for homework;'
Packard said. "I've personally even been able to get a job.
People sometimes pass along openings to other participants."
Regardless of what users intend to get out of it, most regu-
lar participants in Meet-Students agree that the confer is a
great way to meet people. Users often get together for card
games, sporting events and parties. Packard, who met her
boyfriend of two years online, said Meet-Students has advan-
tages over traditional forms of communication.
"You can have a good conversation with people you can't
see," said Packard. "In person, it's more likely to be, 'How's
the weather?' or idle chit-chat like that."
LSA senior and current Meet-Students organizer Hank Yeh
said Meet-Students can help students find new friends on

campus. He said that that success in Meet-Students is related;
to the effort students give.
"It depends on how much time you spend -- how much you
want to meet people,"Yeh said. "I wanted to meet people."
Packard said the University has always been supportive of
Meet-Students in paying the small fee involved in running the,
conference. By its very nature, the University setting is partic-
ularly well suited for an online community like Meet-Students.
"U of M aids online interaction since there are the computing
sites open 24 hours a day to all University people, as well as a
whole University computer support backbone," Packard said.@
Meet-Students has not been entirely free of setbacks over the,
course of its existence, however. An incident in 1987 was part-
ly responsible for bringing about some of the current rules for
the use of information technology at the Univeisity.
"There was an article in The New York Times about us,"
Packard said. "A participant started an item about bad jokes,
and some of the jokes crossed the line into being offensive.
The item was retired, but not before a lot of press happened"
Meet-Students has changed a great deal since these times
a decade ago. Ano said most of today's regular Meet-Student#'
users are a good people.
"A lot of them are very friendly" Ano said. "It's not an
exclusive group of people or anything like that."
To explore Meet-Students, go to confer.itd.umich.edu and
type confer meet-students.

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