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26B - The Michigan Daily - Weekend, etc. Magazine - Thursday, April 6, 2000

The Michigan Daily - Weekend, etc. M
The winner's of the 2000 Best of AnA

I live under tyrannical rule. Every day,
I'm made painfully aware of the black
shroud that living in Ann Arbor has cast
over my life.
The dictatorship that governs my day-
in-day-outdoes not go by the name of Lee
C. Bollinger or make it's home in the
Fleming Building. The prickly things on
the back of my neck are not University
affiliated. The fear I speak of is none other
than my beloved landlord.
For the sake of argument, let's call the
guy that signed the other half of my year-
long, overpriced lease "Jack."

Jack, my "dear friend," according to
that legally binding document, is contrac-
tually bound to make right any wrongs
not brought upon my humble abode by
myself or my three non-destructive, uber
neat-and-clean roomates. Then why is it
thatthe never follows through on his end
of the bargain unless I threaten legal
Of course, some might wonder why I
put myself in such an undesirable situa-
tion in the first place - chosing to rent a
complete and utter dump for an entire
year and knowingly going into the deal

willing to pay more than $400 per month.
The fact is that I was, in a way, forced
to live there. Basically kicked out of my
sophomore year abode because my land-
lord wanted to raise the rent on the place,
I had to scramble to find a place for the
this year. With most of the decent and
egregiously overpriced places long since
rented by the time I was forced to go
house hunting, and I ended up signing on
a house (my current shack) that had more
than its fair share of major flaws. OK, so
you can't stand up in the shower. I can
deal with that, and do, every morning. But

the place looked liveable when I decided
to sign on the dotted line, Dr. Faustus
Of course, after I moved in and realized
that my landlord wasn't as "willing to
serve" as I'd expected, my outlook on the
new place changed faster than "Capital
Critters" could get booted off the air.
Jack's answer to my hundred or so
complaints (all recorded on a gigantic
"Repairs to be Completed" sheet) with
the new place were astonishingly simple:
Spend as little money as possible, and
don't make any repairs until rent is with-

held. And when you do make repairs, do
a half-assed job.
I'd like to believe my experience with
the off- campus housing system here at
the University is an unique one, but I'd
have to be living under a very large boul-




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der to harbor such
The fact is, lIm
one of countless
students who live
under the thumb
of their Ann
Arbor-based land-
lord, be his name
Jack, Jill or Jack
and Jill
Properties. Kids
come up to me on
the street all the
time and tell me
about their prob-
lems - how the
Man, be he a big
company or one


Move to

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of those supposedly more caring "inde-
pendent" guys, is keeping them down. I
feel your pain.
And that's simply not the way it should
be. Struggling students subjected to life
under the rule of slum lords? I think not.
We as tenants should expect, no,
demand, nothing short of respect and
first-rate service from the "landords" to
whom we've basically signed our lives
away. For my $415 per month, I expect a
clean, fully-functioning place to live. Is
that too much to ask'?
-Gabe Fajuri can be reached at
gfajuri@umich.edu. Politeness is recom-


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Best of Dating


Best of the University




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Our beans and rice are prepared without lard
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Wsfivs 2000
A special edition of
Weekend, Etc. Magazine

Weekend, Etc. Editors: Toyin Akinmusuru, Jeff Dru
Contributing Editors: Arts Editors Christopher Cousino, Gabe Fajuri, Chris Kula
All winners are determined by voting on The Michigan Daily's Web site.
' Writers: Matthew Barrett, Geoff Gagnon, Ben Goldstein, Erin Podolsky, Aaron I
Photo Editors: Jessica Johnson, Dana Linnane.
Photographers: Jessica Johnson, Louis Brown, Danny Kalick, David Katz, Jeremy
Cover: Photo illustration by Photo Editor Jessica Johnson.
Editor in Chief: Mike Spahn

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