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The Michigan Daily Weekend ?V

4B - The Michigan Daily Weekend Magazine - Thursday, February 12, 1998
From bars to libraries, students meet mates at campus locales


By Gabrielle Schafer
lDai .arts Wniicr
Looking for love in all the wrong
places? All dressed up and nowhere
to go? Don't worry. There are plenty
of spots on campus to meet that spe-
cial someone, maybe even in time for
Valentine's Day.
Whether you're searching for real
love, or just some scintillating con-
versation, you don't need to go far to
get what you're looking for.
Students agree that libraries on
campus prove to be the best places to
meet potential partners. Among cam-
pus libraries, the Shapiro
Undergraduate Library is the most
social of all study spots.
LSA senior Probir Mehta said the
UGLI is where he's had the most suc-
cess meeting potential love interests.
"Meeting someone in a library is
strictly to get the ball rolling," Mehta
said. "You wouldn't go home with
them or anything."
Other libraries, like the Harlan
Hatcher Graduate Library, can also be
conducive to making love connections.
Meikal Summey, an LSA junior,
said that although she would never
approach someone herself, she has
been picked up in the library. While
most people don't go to the library
just to meet someone, it can happen
if the timing is right.
Mehta also listed several coffee-
houses among his top pick-up joints.
The Rendez-Vous Cafe and Cava
Java, both on South University
Avenue, are great places to meet peo-
ple, Mehta said.
"That means actually starting a
conversation, which is fine, but you
have to have a really aggressive and
confident personality," Mehta said.
Coffeehouses have regular cus-
tomers, so the same people can run

"It's difficult to meet someone in a
bar who's worth seeing again,
because you don't know if it's the
- Lois Skolnick
LSA senior

King inks 'X-Files' show;
airs album e in

into each other several times every
week. These spots have other benefits
as well. Maybe it's the soft lighting,
maybe it's the moody music. Either
way, coffeehouses can inspire roman-
tic intentions in their customers.
Surprisingly, computing centers on
campus can be great places to meet
people. Students often camp out at
computing centers for hours at a
time, often running into the same
people over and over.
This, combined with a high level
of tension and frustration over papers
and exams, can create the perfect
environment for love.
Just think, that little lady crying
about her malfunctioning hard drive
might need a shoulder to cry on. Or
that guy cursing spellcheck might
need a sympathetic ear.
But the danger in meeting people
this way, as LSA senior Lori Skolnick
pointed out, is the difficulty of accu-
rately reading someone's intentions.
"It's awkward," Skolnick said,
"because you don't know if they're
interested, or if they've been at a com-
puter for hours and need someone to
talk to."
Bars and clubs on and off campus
are always an easy way to meet peo-
ple. Of all the bars on campus,
Scorekeepers seems to be a favorite
among the single crowd.
Mehta, who frequents bars at least

twice a week, agreed that Scorekeepers
is a great bar to meet potential love
"Touchdown and Mitch's aren't
great, because they're too smoky and
not conducive to mingling," Mehta
said. "Scorekeepers is where people
are on their feet, dancing and talking."
While the atmosphere at
Scorekeepers may be right, potential
dates aren't always receptive. "I've had
many unsuccessful experiences and
tons of strike-outs at Scorekeepers,"
Mehta said.
Some students find the bar scene
too alienating or too crowded to meet
new people. Skolnick said she goes
to bars to have fun with a group of
friends, rather than to meet someone.
"I find it's difficult to meet some-
one in a bar who's worth seeing again
because you don't know if it's the
alcohol," said Skolnick.'
Usually, people make connections
in bars or on campus through mutual
friends and acquaintances. That way,
a certain level of trust is established
early on.
Skolnick said that on a campus as
large as the University's, it's hard to
meet people unless you're introduced
by mutual friends.
"This campus is so big, you meet a
core group of friends and don't real-
ly go outside that," Scolnick said.
A certain level of trust is neces-

LSA first-year student Brian Taulbee andI
talk while doing their laundry.
sary, even during an initial
encounter. "You never know who
you're going to meet these days, so
trust is important," Mehta said.
Mehta added that meeting people
through friends, or "networking," is
also a good way to get in good with a
potential love interest.
"Friends can vouch for you and
say good things about you so the
other person knows you're an OK


LSA sophomore Catherine Gabe meet to
guy," Mehta said.
So don't despair - all you lonely
hearts have plenty of options right
here on campus. If studying at the
library or a coffeehouse until dawn
doesn't work, try pretending your
computer is malfunctioning at the
Angell Hall computing center and
see who comes to the rescue.
if all else fails, there's always the
personal ads.
Roses are red,
violets are blue.
Do you love the
We love you
Because you
love us ... read
Daily Arts.
And read the
Weekend, etc.
Magazine on
Thursdays. For

V Like Chris Carter's storylines
aren't weird enough already! Carter has
enlisted the help of some veteran mas-
ters of the paranormal to bolster the pop-
ularity of the already-burgeoning thriller.
So, what happens when Mulder and
Scully meet up with horror guru
Stephen King? Viewers of Fox's "The
X-Files" found out Sunday night with
the debut of the series' first King-creat-
ed episode. Despite major rewriting by
Carter, King is scheduled to ink another
episode in the future. Veteran sci-fi writ-
ers William Gibson and Tom Maddox
are coming off the bench to create this
week's journey into the unknown, titled
"Kill Switch."
With the show's two-year extension
and an upcoming feature film, its con-
tinued success seems assured. But
"Files" already had received its ticket to
immortality when Mattel announced the
release of the "Barbie" and "Ken" ver-
sions of Mulder and Scully. But come
now. The truth may be out there, but are
we really expected to believe that it's in
the "Barbie Dream House"?
V Who's the boss now? Alyssa
Milano began her stint as a resident of
Fox's "Melrose Place" earlier in '97.
Looking to move on to greener pas-
tures, or at least into a new apartment
complex, Milano is leaving the show at
the end of this season. Forever
Samantha, she is reportedly in the early
stages of the creation of her own net-
work series. She follows in the foot-
steps of Marcia Cross, Dan Cortese
and other notables, former "Melrose"
stars who left the cesspool of sex, lies
and deceit.
/ The beat goes on for John
Grisham, as the screenplay of the
legal-thriller maestro's "Runaway
Jury" goes into production later this
year. Final negotiations will nail down
Philip Kaufman ("Rising Sun") as
director. And with the release of "The
Street Lawyer," Grisham is surely look-
ing at another bestseller. Just a guess,
but in this novel, another attorney will
surely rise up to combat the forces of
corruption and evil within society
and/or big business. Hey, if you've got
a winner of a plot, stick with it, right?
Dickens did, and he's a legend.

~ Back from a lengthy hiatus, talent-
ed singer/songwriter Liz Phair has
returned to the studio to record her third
full-length release,
"Whitechocolatespaceegg." The album,
which is set to hit stores in June, is being
produced by Brad Wood and is likely to
feature new songs recorded with former
R.E.M. producer Scot Litt. Since her
1993. debut album, "Exile in Guyville,"
and her 1994 sophomore effort, "Whip-
smart;' Phair has met with impressive
critical success. But Phair's career status
can only be based on her work in the stu-
dio, since stage fright often prevents her
from performing live .
/ Radiohead has announced details
of a return trip to the United States for a
12-date tour beginning March 28 in
Houston. The band has stayed busy since
its newest album, "OK Computer," took
the music world by storm with expansive
musicianship and creativity. After
recently finishing a lengthy tour of Japan
and Australia, Radiohead will bring fel-
low Brits Spiritualized along for the
North American tour, with Bjork also
scheduled to perform on select dates.
Radiohead has already dropped hints
about its next album, which the band
hopes to record at the same New
Zealand studio in which Crowded
House produced its final studio album,
"Together Alone."
/ Garbage has recorded a new
album, titled "Version 2.0," for release in
early spring. Produced at Butch Vig's
Madison, Wis. studios, "Version 2.0" is
set to reveal a darker dance feel, remi-
niscent of the song "As Heaven Is Wide"
from the band's eponymous 1995 debut
album. The first single, "Push It," will be
backed by a cover of Big Star's "13," as
well as the previously unreleased origi-
nal "Lick The Pavement." Other new
track titles include "Medication," "The
Trick is to Keep Breathing,"
"Hammering In My Head,"
"Temptation," "Dumb" and "Bend Me
Break Me;' as well as a track in tribute to
Pretenders singer Chrissie Hynde.
- Compiled by Daily Film Editor
Joshua Pederson and Daily Music
Editor Brian Cohen. The Associated
Press and Entertainment Weekly con-
tributed to this report.

Top 10 movies
(for the weekend of Feb. 6 to
Feb. 8)
1. "Titanic," $23.2 million
(eight weeks in theaters)
2. "The Replacement Killers," $8.1
million (1)
3. "Good Will Hunting," $6.8 mil-
lion (6)
4. "Blues Brothers 2000," $6.5 mil-
lion (1)
5. "Great Expectations," $5.5 mil-
lion (2)
6. "As Good as it Gets," $5.1 mil-
lion (7)
7. "Spice World," $4 million (3)
8. "Wag the Dog," $3.5 million (6)
9. "Desperate Measures," $3 mil-
lion (2)
10. "Deep Rising," $2.4 million (2)
Source: The Associated Press
Billboard Top 10
(top albums for the week ending
Feb. 9, 1998)
1. "Titanic" soundtrack (eight
weeks on chart)
2. Celine Dion, "Let's Talk About
Love" (11)
3. Spice Girls, "Spiceworld" (13)
4. Usher, "My Way" (20)
5. Matchbox 20, "Yourself Or
Someone Like You" (48)
6. Backstreet Boys, "Backstreet
Boys" (25)
7. Savage Garden, "Savage
Garden" (42)
8. Chumbawamba, "Tub-
thumper" (19)
9. Mase, "Harlem World" (14)
10. Spice Girls, "Spice" (52)
Source: Billboard Magazine

Dear Harlan,
- I'm 20 years old and in a]i
I have two boyfriends. On
I'm intimate with and love
don't know if he feels the
me. The other boyfriend, I
much. We're not intimate, b
loves me and wants to mare
don't feel the same way.
Should I stay with the or
or with the one who loves
- Deeply confused
Dear Confused,
You should stick to a ligh
breakfast on Valentine'
Day because it sounds like
you'll be eating at least twe
boxes of chocolates, possi
bly three if you meet some
one new this weekend.
There have to be hun
dreds if not thousands o
men in the area who wo
marry you. The fact that
happens to love you isn't a
Clearly, you're a very lov
You need to find a guy w
you and that you can lov
There's no reason for anyoi
With this in mind, the vi
may be waiting just outsid
gle of love.
Dear Harlan,
There's a funny, witty, c
tive, honest and great guy
nity who I like a lot. The pr
he's a guy.
I haven't come out to m
this guy for that matter, mo
I'm afraid of being shui
many brothers who would
in the house rather unpleas
I really love my fraternit
like this guy too.

"The Big Ten will investigate apparent violations of conference rule
Commissioner and Examiner John Dewey said yesterday. 'We're goi
Lansing as is now under way down here in Ann Arbor,' Dewey said.

Liz Phair shUns publIc performances, but ikes her "Whitechocolatespacesegg."

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