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A SHOT TO THE SENSES

Summer's almost here! Go a little crazy this Friday at
Midterm Mayhem at the CCRB! We'll do our best to
get you prepared for a wild summer outdoors. Try
your luck on our 25-foot climbing wall. Learn
American Karate moves from our certified instructor.
Check out the latest in camping gear. You can also
shoot hoops, swim and work out in the weight room.
The action starts at 10 p.m. and won't end until
1:30 am. Fun, free and from the Student Alumni
Council and your Alumni Association.
THIS WEEK, MARCH 31
00R ADVERE NIG
FREE GATORADE AND MUNCHIES
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L G WAL AT 10 PM
FREE AMERICAN KARATE
CLASS AT 11 PM
GREAT GEAR VEAWAYS
EVERY 30 UTE

Last Thursday, that warm and
breezy gem of a day just one week
ago, I had a bit of an epiphany We
need more pleasure in our lives.
Too often we begrudgingly do the
right thing, the responsible thing,
simply because it W benefit us in
the long run and, in doing so, we
sacrifice numerous possiblities for
pure and simple pleasure in the hcre
and now,
Some may call that an anti-hedo-
nist mindset, and I'm certainly one
of those people. During the last few
years, for the most part, I've let the
pursuit of pleasure fall by the acad-
emic wayside, so I figured that I
should start catching up on the sen-
sual benefits of youthful life. And
with that decision in mind, I pulled
a 180 on the way to my tedious
Philosophy discussion and ended
up, minutes later, walking out of
Stucchis with a sinfully good waffle
cone in hand.
Now, if bypassing an important
class for the momentary pleasure of
eating an ice cream cone in the mid-
day sunshine isn't pure fucking
hedonism, I don't know what is.
As I walked down State St. look-
ing like a Breyer's poster boy, I
couldn't help but wonder why more
people don't regularly subscribe to
some kind of a pleasure-seeking,
hedonist doctrine. I mean, it seems
like every other kind of "-ist" is rep-
resented on campus, so why not
hedonists?
Socialists? Look no further than
the residents of your friendly neigh-
borhood co-op.
Anarchists? They're currently
plotting the takeover of the punk-
GET READY
FOR THE
MOTHER OF
ALL WEEKEND,
ETC'S.,
HITTING THE
DAILY IN JUST
ONE WEEK.
IT'S THE BEST
OF ANN
ARBOR ISSUE.
BE AFRAID.
BE VERY
AFRAID.

rock snackbar in the basement of
their dorm.
Conformists? They receive a copy
of the J. Crew catalogue in the mail
every month.
Actisists? In quiet, conserxative
Ann Arbor? Surely you est!
iarcasm aside, I'm just waiting for
the incaiable day when an overzeal-
ou:s student group begins to protest
its own existence.)
lt jgst seems natural- then - what
v ith all these other worthwhile
philosophies - for there to be a
hedonist movement in Unsung Ann
Arbor. Especially considering the
fact that, as relative young 'uns,
we're more or less expected to be
irresponsible, so what better time to
prioritize pleasure ahead of other
matters?
Of course, I'm not necessarily
talking about blowing off your
ex erv duty and function - let's
leave that to most RAs. I'm simpyi
suggesting we make a greater effort
to relish those simple, guilty plea-
sures that slyly present themselves
to us nearly every day, often without
us even realizing it.
I mean, take early Beatles record-
ings for an example: They're short,
sweet and ridiculously catchy - all
earmarks of a guilty pleasure. Songs
like "All My Loving" and "She
Loves You" don't mince-words or
feelings - they hit you with the
sweet stuff right from the start. She
loves me, you say? Well, hot damn
- with a love like that, you know I
should be glad.
And that's what I think the goal of
a hedonist should be. Instant gratifi-
cation without mental or emotional

investment, like a getting a shot of
strawberry daiquiri right to the
frontal lobe.
- thn eCery-
day gulty pfea-
sure just migh I
be the quickest
path to eupho- \
ria.
great thing is,
these simpley
indulgecnces
differ for every ChsKua
i idual. For Chris Kula
that guy who's Unsung
still deciding
between eco- Ann Arbor
nomics and
sports management as his major
(we'll call him Jones because all his
friends do, too, a steaming bowl of-
ramen noodles and an afternoon of
college basketball on ESPN is pret-
ty much Shangri-la. And for that
voung lady with the unhealthv tan,

adding th: photos
winter formal and
to the "CoIlege Mci
a tined and true wa:
son I nIrana.
As for that youn
Campus with the s
graphin calculator
be Efit alone. Sweet
you all just leave hi
too much to ask? a
him - please, don'
Despite these di
preferences, we c
become united in
search for pleasurt
those generic mi
camp movies where
of misfits - the fa
quent with a secret
the cool kid who
read - come togetd
mon good, except
beating the rich kids
in the end-of-the-sui
our goal is one of
satisfaction.

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