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niversi Express offers ride to weekend game
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By Margene Eriksen
Daily Staff Reporter
While some students may be
scrambling to find a ride to the foot-
ball game Saturday, others are trav-
eling in luxury. University Express,
a new bus service for students, is
0utting down on the stress of finding
"University Express is a luxury
bus that works like a limousine. It
picks people up where they live and
takes them exactly where they need
to go," said Daniel Ward, who
founded University Express.
University Express makes runs
from Thursday to Monday most
weeks, but may run more often dur-
ing the holidays.
*Students using the service can be
dropped off anywhere in the Ann
Arbor, Grand Rapids and East
"University Express wasn't my
only alternative for getting to the
game this weekend, but it is proba-
bly the easiest," said LSA first-year
student Ryan Venhuizen. "I didn't
have to bug anybody for a ride. It's
really convenient and that makes it
Ward said he started the luxury
bus service after seeing tired stu-
dents driving home on the weekends.
He also wanted to ensure that stu-
dents like his daughters would have
"I went to college and I know it's
hard to get places when you're a stu-
dent. I have three college-age girls,
one at U of M and one at Berkeley
and they and their friends are always
scrambling to find rides," Ward said.
"One of the hardest things is to get
rides to other campuses and home.
When I see students driving on the
highway and trying to stay awake. I
want to yell, hey get on the bus!"
Ward said Saturday's Michigan-
Michigan State football game has
sparked more calls than ever for his
14-passenger bus since he started
ie has publicized the service
through fliers and business cards
"So far, I haven't had to turn any-
one down. Many of my calls are last
minute though. I'll get people who
will call me on the bus begging for a
ride and I'll say I'll be there in 20
minutes," Ward said. "I can only
make one run to the game Saturday
since it's just me though."
LSA first-year student Kimberly
Roers said she plans to take
University Express to Saturday's
"I hate riding Greyhound. I hate
uncomfortable seats. Ward says he
has blankets and pillows and that
sounds like a cool thing," Roers
University Express and
Greyhound have roughly the same
rates, but some students said they
like the safety of door-to-door ser-
"You feel very safe - it's not a
bus of crazies. Daniel is nice, he
talks with you. There are magazines,
he'll play your music, it's fun and it
goes quick," said LSA first-year stu-
dent Carissa Swanger.
Ward's favorite music: Ani
DeFranco, Natalie Merchant and the
Dave Matthews Band.
So far, the University Express ser-
vice is comprised o onl one us
with Ward ils the driver. Wrd aid
he hopes to expand wlhen the serice
starts paying for itself.
Ward says he tries to make the ride
as comfortable for students ;ind their
families as possible. The bus has
carpeting, cloth seats, pilous. large
smoked glass x indos and blnkets,.
"Its a very casual nd relkned
atmosphere. I haxe a cell phone on
board so if w e're running Lte, peo-
ple can make calls if they need bo,"
One student said Ward goes out of
his way to make it an anyt hing but
ordinary bus ride.
"While I was on the bus, (Ward)
got a call to pick someone up. This
meant that another girl was going to
be delayed so he bought her Burger
King so she wouldn't get hungry,"
For more information about
University Express, please call
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expel any student who physically "we're going to pay for those alienated
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won overwhelming approval in the state education is found for them.
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"We cannot allow students to assault Stallings voting against it.
teachers or volunteers," said Sen. Virgil "There is no provision for the school
district to find alternative education for
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called the bills a "one size fits all"
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After saying Tuesday that the opinion
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statement. "However, absent court
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all future gaming by tribal-state tom-
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