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Students recreate frontier lifestyle through dogsledding trips

etC. From the Vault

FOREIGN LAND'

By Johanna Hanink
Daly Arts Writer

The last "paradise" that MTV Would
want to take their video cameras and
anchors to during this spring break is the
snow-covered sort made famous by the
survival stories of Jack London. But the
peculiarity of the earliness of spring
break at the University, although often
complained about, leaves students xwith
opportunities not often associated with
that longed for mid-semester vacation.

One of these often unexplored opportu-
nities is dogsledding.
Students will have two opportunities
this spring break to come into contact
with the sport of dogsledding. Outdoor
Adventures at the University of
Michigan, through the Recreational
Sports Department, is offering a week-
long trip for students who wish to learn
to dogsled over their break. The trip costs
5750, which includes all food and
accommodations.
Not only do students learn to handle

their own team of dogs on the trip, but
it's also "a great trip to boost self
esteem," said Elizabeth Murray, who
will be- one of the trip leaders this
February. Typically four to eight students
take the trip, which can handle up to 12.
Participants quickly- learn the basic
commands they will need to use to con-
trol the dogs, as well as how to handle
and care for them.
"Moving and keeping busy was never
a problem because caring for the dogs
takes a lot of time: Feeding, watering,
checking paws, putting their harnesses
on," LSA senior Samantha Ehrlich said.
"And it all has to he done in the right
order, the dogs have distinct personali-
ties. For example, if you put in a certian
lead dog, the others may start fighting or
not listen if they don't like him."
After orientation, the new mushers
take a five night trip dogsledding
through Algonquian Provincial Park in
Ontario and stay in tent cabins, large big
canvas tents that are heated by wood-
stoves.

"Freezing it is," Ehrlich said of her
experience dogsledding. "My whole trip,
the temperature did not get above zero
and when it did, the person announcing it
would yell heat wave."
The entire adventure of the trip is not
in the dogsledding itself, but also in the
potential nighttime activities of "night
hikes, listening to the wolves and
stargazing," far from the light pollution
of Ann Arbor, Murray said.
One place to experience the height of
dogsledding is at the Iditarod. Called the
"last great race" the Iditarod is a dogsled
race that stretches across Alaska for
l 150 miles and commemorates the relay
of the "mushers" and their dog teams
who delivered diphtheria medicine to
Nome, Alaska in 1925. But the Iditarod
is not the only site of dogsledding to be
found in North America, despite the fact
that it is the only race that many people
can name.
Another dogsleddin, event occurs
over spring break, the Canadian-
American Crown. The friendliness

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Physician Assistants
1 oua Rre invited to attend an information session on
Central Michigan University's
PHYSICIAN ASSISTANT PROGRAM.
Friday, February 23, 2001

Friday, March 23, 2001
Friday, April 20, 2001
Friday, May 18, 2001
gill be held at 4:00 p.m. in Foust 133.

shared between mushers is something
that Rita Canaan, chair of the Can-Am
Crown emphasizes. "The mushers are
friendly ... not like you see in 'Iron
Will,"' she said.
"Iron Will," the 1994 film directed by
Charles Haid and starring Mackenzie
Astin and Kevin Spacey tells the stoy of
young Will Stoneman who experiences
the loss of his father and in order to pay
family debts enters into a dogsled race in
hopes of winning the prize money. The
movie depicts mushers trying to drive
each other of the trail through both trick-
ery and violence, and has contributed to
the dogsled folklore and mythology
stemming from London's serialized
1906 novella "White Fang.
Cannan said that this depiction does
not apply to modern races such as the
Can-Am Crown in which "the mushers
are friendly," and it's not a "dirty com-
petition like you see in the movies .. .
they help each other" The Can-Am
Crown will take place on March 3rd in
Fort Kent, Maine, a town of 5.000 peo-
ple, which borders Canada. The Crown
consists of three races, the longest of
which is 250 miles and is a qualifier for
the Iditarod, which will be held at the
end of March. Canaan expects 500 vol-
unteers and 5,000-7,000 spectators to
pack the streets to %katch the race. now
in its ninth year.
Dogsledding is a winter sport that is
growing immensely in popularity.
Cannan predicts that this trend will per-
sist, adding "I would dare sav that in the
next four years it will be an Olympic
sport." Forget the tropical drinks and
beaches of Cancun. This spring break let
your nightlife consist of the watching the
Alaskan aurora set to the symphony of
wolves howling on the open trail.
"The winter weather is definitely not
miserable," Ehrlich said. "All the snow
reflects the sun and everything is beauti-
fully bright, unlike Ann Arbor"
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All rose,
no thorn
Webster's online dictionary uses
fifteen words to define glamour: An
exciting and often illusorv and roman-
tic attractiveness; especially alluring
or fascinating personal attraction.
While it is hard to fault Webster
because most of the time the
Dictionary guy is right on, this time
he is being a bit excessive. It only
takes one word to define glamour:
Poison. Brett Michaels, C.C. Deville,
Bobby Dall and Rikki Rockett partied
their way into the hedonistic hearts of
Americans with their carefully feath-
ered bleached blonde locks, and heav-
ily lined eves.
From the start.
Open Up and Poison was more
O of an image than a
Say Ahh! musical group. A
Poison picture of Poison
EMD Capitol 1988 iS worth a thou-
Reviewed ay sand songs.
Dail Arts Wrier Bobby Dall,
Rob Brode bassist, once
admitted that one
day before a show he ran out of eve-
liner and had to use manic marker.
Despite their androgenous appearance
they still slept with more people than
a narcoleptic in a New York subway.
As the great philosopher Butthead
said to his esteemed colleague Beavis,
"Sometimes you gotta act like a wuss
to get chicks, dumbass."
Although their debut album went
quadruple platinum, it was their sec-
ond release Open Up and Sa' Ahh!
that solidified their position atop the
musical world as the Glam Slam
Kings of Noise. Poison embodied
everything rock 'n' roll should be:
Extravagant dress, substance excess,
hordes of more-than-willing
groupies, larger than life personas
and cheesy stage names like Rikki
Rockett. They had it all. Their image
and their hair was larger than life.
Open Up and Syv Alhh! was more than
an "album", it was a guide to life.
With anthemic song "Nothin' but a
Good Time" people learned to lighten
up, and enjoy the little things in life.
"Every Rose Has Its Thorn" topped
the singles charts while teaching
invaluable lessons of love. These two
songs and the album as a whole were
enough to permanently stick Poison
into the pages of rock 'n' roll history,.
with an obnoxiously large can of hair-
spray.

By Luke Smith
Daily. Music Editor
Adventure, excitement -- a Jedi craves not these things.
Somewhere in my travels at point-five past light speed, a few days after complet-
ing another Kessel Run (in less than five parsecs of course) I stumbled upon a galac-
tic hideaway. Sure people are gonna think Tatooine's two suns making it perfect for
baking on the sands, as long as you can avoid that Sarlaac monster. And yeah, Hoth's
skiing is second to none, and no one can beat the commercial hub that is Coruscant.
But all of these are obvious, you are gonna run into all kinds of Rodians, Calamarians
and Imperials at all these locations, I mean who wants to deal with Greedo's angry
brother? I sure as hell don't. I mean ever since I defeated Palpatine and saved my
father on Endor, the Imperials have gotten so damn pesky, it's like every time I turn
around I have some white helmeted turdburglar in my face. Alas, I digress. This haven
of spring break is inhabited by just one tiny little alien, and it is Dagobah. This blue
dead guy, well he is alive in the Force, but yeah, he is dead, told me about it.
When picking an ideal spring break location for my girl and I, a few things must
be considered.
Privacy: Darling, we need our time just the two of us (you and I), we need to be
isolated. If we're going on a getaway vacation together, I think it needs to be just us,
and maybe a three-foot-tall alien with big-ass ears. I need this break so bad; being a
Jedi is rough stuff, I mean people always asking to see my lightsaber (author's note:
showing off your lightsaber may be illegal in certain galactic parameters, be cau-
tious). Girl, I want someplace private, where I don't have to worry about my
lightsaber just being out all the time, and it makes it easier for you if you want to turn
it on, just to push a button anyways.
Climate: Or "Climb-It," for you ladykilling Jedi. A warm locale is critical. If we
are going to be alone together constantly, baby, those clothes can be a bit of a pain in
the butt. The less we have to wear the easier it is anyways, to practice the Jedi arts of
course. I mean that speed running. and high jumping stuff is a bitch in those canas
tan pants you are always wearing. So enjoy the heat and lose them.
Fine dining: Food and lodging. Listen babe, my salary as a galactic protector
isn't very high. but we can still splurge and stay in a comfortable, rustic hut, and have
a great host. I mean. Master Yoda makes some seriously killer soups in that cookpot.
0 Sightseeing: Every edi needs to get out of the bedroom on a romantic getaway,
because guys, let's face it, we can't have that lightsaber on all the time. Even the most
powerful human .ledi in the galaxy has a refractory period. Dagobah has an eclectic

On his way to Toshe Station to pic
wildlife population, and if vour gir
intergalactic women these days) a
steamy forest and moist air will r-er
be the lover of a Jedi. "Girl, the air
oxygen" Try it. I promise you. I'r
* Sightseeing (Appendix): Wh
sure to watch out for your father en
could never save Leia - who you
is your sister - if you died.
Lodging: On my romantic sp
the room too much, so a lavish roo
and when that air cools in the ear
spent from a long day of 'training.
arm while I am spooning her? I me;
comes out of socket sometimes.
My X-Wing is built for two. I
through a lot, I wouldn't trade it f
world either.

Dago bah

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Attention CHORAL SINQERS
You are invited to OPEN REHEARSALS of the
Berlioz REQUIEM
with the
University Musical Society Choral Union

The UMS Choral Union wants you! Singers are invited to get
acquainted with the 125-voice Choral Union and conductor
Thomas Sheets by attending open rehearsals of Berlioz's monu-
mental Requiem, which the chorus will perform on April 22 in
Ann Arbor's famed Hill Auditorium.
On two Monday evenings, February 26 and March 5, interested
singers may rehearse with the Choral Union-scores will be pro-
vided, along with information about our singer-friendly auditions
and exciting 2001-2002 season, including performances with
the San Francisco/Detroit Symphony Orchestras. Rehearsals are
held in the U-M Modern Language Building, Auditorium #4, from.
7-9:30 p.m. Let us know you're coming by calling our office at
734.763.8997. Visit our web site at www.ums.org, or email
kio@umich.edu

By Jeff Dickerson
Daily TVWNew Media Editor
My dear friends, this is your hour. This is not victo-
ry of a party or of any class. It's a victory of the great
Rebel Alliance as a whole. We were the first, in this
vast univ-erse, to draw the lightsaber against tyranny.
After a while we were left all alone against the most
tremendous military power that has been seen.
There we stood, alone. Did anyone want to give in?.
Were we terrified of the Empire? The hidden base on
Hoth was destroyed and our efforts were in disarray.
But every man, wookie and droid in the Alliance had
no thought of quitting the struggle. Aleraan can take
it. So we came back after long months from the aster-
oid field, out of the Sarlaac, while all the universe
wondered. When shall the reputation and faith of this
generation of Rebel men and women fail? I say that in
the long years to come not only will the people of
these forces but of the entire Rebel Alliance, wherev-
er the mynock of freedom chirps in Rebel hearts, look
back to what we've done and they will say, "Can
someone get this walking carpet out of my way?"
I am one distraught wookie. I feel I must articulate
my thoughts on the way I have been portrayed during
the rise of the Rebel Alliance. I, Chewbacca, am
appalled at the derogatory manner in which I have
been shown. Why am I not revered for my leadership

skills and nilitarv tactics? What happened to my elo-
quent monologues following our hasty exit of the Mos
Eislev spaceport? And to where did my long soliloquy
to Han in Jabba's palace go? You can imagine the dis-
may I encountered after learning all my spoken lines
were forgotten by my fellow freedom fighters.
Despite my heroic deeds, I'm still thought of as a
"walking carpet."
The Rebel Alliance should, I think, take formal cog-
nizance of the liberation of Endor by the Rebel forces
under the Command of General Madine, with
Admiral Ackbar of the Mon Calamarians and General
Lando Calrissian in command of the Millennium
Falcon. This is a memorable and glorious event, which
rewards the intense fighting on the forest moon of
Endor and the destruction of the second Death Star.
The losses on both sides during the intergalactic war
were heavy - the Allies losing about 20,000,000
men, and the Empire about 25,000,000 men. Now we
have emerged from one-deadly struggle. What I ask,
do we do?
I for one am taking a vacation.
My struggle for recognition leaves me to believe I
would best be suited among my fellow furred friends,
the ewoks. On Endor I am respected. I belong. I am
one with Wicket and Chief Chirpa. Now that the for-
est moon has been deprived of Empire domination, I
can live without reservation. Goodbye, Han Solo. I

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Han;
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