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12B -- The Michigan Daily - best of Ann Aror 1999 - Thursday, April 8, 1999
AZ Best of the University

The Michigan Daily - Best of Ann ArLor 1999

Top 10 Albums
(The nation s top-selling albums
for the week)

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Henderson House (Best Co-Op)
This place must really be cool - we
haven't been able to find a single per-
son who actually lives there and it still
iced this category hands-down. Maybe
the people that live there haven't seen
the light of day in weeks because
they've been filling out hundreds of
Best of Ann Arbor ballots to win this
prestigious honor. Or, maybe we just
didn't look hard enough.
Psych 111 (Best Course, Best Blow-
Off Course) Freud thought that every
man sexually desires his mother.
Others feel that undergraduates are
great guinea pigs to use in their exper-
iments. The folks in the Psych depart-
ment agree with both calls and they'll
teach you about this too. That is teach
you and practically every other under-
class student at the University. But if
you sleep in and miss, say, a month of
class, you won't need a shrink to tell
you the lecture notes are available
online and the exams are far from
hard.
The Michigan Football Team (Best
University Sports Team) Even without
superstar Charles Woodson, now pick-
ing passes in Oakland, the football
team is still the most popular
University squad. We were all very
fond of the Tom Brady to a wide-open
Tai Streets combo whether the bomb
for a TD took place on the gridiron of
the newly-haloed Michigan Stadium, a
domed carpet in Minneapolis or some
tiny stadium in sunny Hawaii over
Thanksgiving break. Yes, it's true the
team couldn't get by Ohio State for the

first time in three years, but they still
brought us home a Citrus Bowl title -
and for that we are all very grateful.
Mary Markley Dinning Hall (Best
Residence Hall Cafeteria) If you hap-
pen to be stuck on the hill, be sure to
stop by this wondrous cafe. It is so
much better than anything on Central
Campus - better than South, West,
East and Barbour. And don't start
thinking that Stockwell is good,
because Markley is by far the best.
When in the mood for something
meaty and processed, or anything
made of chicken, the pride of the Hill
is the only place to turn.
Michigan League (Best University
Bathroom) This building's got a setup
only Thomas Crapper could have
designed better. With lots of room to
move around and lots of commodes,
the word "john" hardly does it justice.
Pi Beta Phi (Best Sorority to Party
With) It looks like it was a good year
to be in a Greek house whose letters
end in Phi, huh? Even though sorori-
ties aren't allowed to throw their own
bashes, Pi Phi is quite popular when
it comes time for a two-way. Campus
fraternities are always in search of a
group of girls to invite over for a
long night of dancing. Pi Phi can
make any dark fraternity house excit-
ing and fun. Once again, tight black
pants rule Ann Arbor's
Bacchaelaureate night life.
Gloria Steinem (Best Speaker of
the Past Year) Steinem's visit to the

1. Britney Spears, "... Baby One
More Time"
2. Eminem, "The Slim Shady LP"
3. TLC, "Fan Mail"
4. Lauryn Hill, "The
Miseducation of Lauryn Hill"
5. Shania Twain, "Come on
Over"
6. The Offspring, "Americana"
7. Cher, "Believe"
8. Dixie Chicks, "Wide Open
Spaces"
9. BLACKstreet, "Finally"
10. Ginuwine, "100% Ginuwine"
Source: Billboard Magazine

MARGARET MYERS/Daily
Quarterback and baseball fire-bailer Drew Henson and the rest of the football team won the "Best University Sports Team"
award for 1999.

Courtesy of Mazda
'Tis the season for topless motoring. The redesigned Mazda Mlata is perfect for long drives under the sun. The top is as easy
to take off as your shirt is.

Michigan Theater last month was
much more satisfying than the
cramped, overcrowded room in the
Union where she appeared last year.
Her empowering lecture spoke to
many University feminists, and her
informal style (with the focus on an
open mic/question and answer session)
made the huge crowd seem more like a
group of friends.
South Quad (Best Residence Hall)
The "man" tries to break up the 5,000-
plus party that was life in South Quad
by shipping out most of the football
players and the residents still find a
way to have a good time. First-year
students and sophomores take heart: If

you like what living in South Quad has
done for your campus social life,
things will only get much better as you
move off campus for your final couple
of years in Ann Arbor.
Ralph Williams (Best Professor)
We are thinking of changing the name
of this award to the Ralph Williams
award because he wins it every single
year. You know, like the America's Cup
- the U.S. almost always wins in sail-
ing so our name is on the cup and
someone has to come and beat us for
it. Well, Prof. Williams - your class,
skill and sense of humor as a lecturer
has made you Ann Arbor's version of a
great sailing combo that always wins

our version of the America's Cup.
From Great Books to the Bible you
keep them all clamoring for more and
you also manage to give all of their
hands a good shake as well.
www.michigandaily.comn (Best
University Website) OK, two things.
First the Daily's Website technically is
not a University Website - we are inde-
pendent from the official University
sites. Second, we did not stuff the ballot
boxes to win this category. Still, it's obvi-
ous that somebody is reading us online.
Maybe it was the inclusion of an easily-
accessible crossword and the current
temperature and weather in Ann Arbor
that finally put us over the top.

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BRENNAN
Continued from Page 16B
I crossed the Mississippi River on
my way to St. Louis on Friday after-
noon and got thrown about on the
bumpy I-70. It's fun on smooth
roads, but in any small two-seater
like this it's a chore on uneven sur-
faces. Big lips throw the rear end up
a little, and fast cornering can get
hairy if you hit even a small pot-
hole.
But on smooth roads, the rear-
wheel drive layout is barrels of fun
to toss around corners. And for
immature drivers like myself, the
Miata is lightweight enough to be
forgiving if you get yourself in trou-
ble on a power slide.
Last week I subjected my room-
mate to a few of my driving-side-
ways antics. When I took the M-14
Miller Road entrance ramp a little
hot, he tensed his neck muscles,
grabbed the door panel with the
strength of 10 men, and said a silent
prayer of thanks that the Mazda
engineers made the Miata handle so
beautifully and naturally.
The Miata is the sort of car that
every enthusiast should own at least
once in his or her life. Other good
ones to make your list should be a
Lotus Super Seven, a Volkswagen
Corrado SLC, a Dodge Viper, any
BMW M3, any Audi Quattro wagon,
and a loud, obnoxious diesel truck.
Or, whatever you think is best.
A few years ago an independent
research firm did a very complicat-
ed study that showed that Miata had
a better and more recognizable
name than the Mazda company
itself. I believe this will be the case
for a long time. After all, it's the
best Mazda you can buy, and some
might say the Miata is the best rea-
sonably-priced top-down driver out
there.
There's no time like the present to

do some top-down driving. The Miata
is great at wind deflection in the
cabin area. And although I did the
drive alone, I managed to hear myself
quite well as I sung to the new
Neutral Milk Hotel album at 90 mph.
- Reilly Brennan is quickly losing
his hair. He can be reached via e-
mail at brennanr@umich.edu.

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