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By Pravin K. Pant
Daily Arts Writer
As the warm days of Michigan's
spring season make their fashionably-
late arrival, it's hard to walk down South
University or State Street without seeing
a glitzy, high-revving, two-wheeled
hotrod whiz by. Motorcycling has
become popular once again, and this
time it's not just for tattooed long-haired
machismos anymore.
The impressive technological and
stylistic innovations have made motorcy-
cling safer and more comfortable than
ever. With companies like BMW stan-
dardizing safety and comfort features
such as computerized ignition, anti-lock
braking systems and heated handgrips,
the perception of motorcycling being

crude and- unsophisticated has faded.
Companies have also expanded their
marketing efforts to appeal to wider
audiences. The Internet has made it pos-
sible for thousands of riders to commu-
nicate and form clubs, and there is a
growing level of support for female rid-
ers. "Our clientele includes everyone -
lawyers, doctors, automotive execs and
increasingly, female riders," said Richard
Schneider, sales representative at
Nicholson Enterprises, a motorcycle
shop in Ann Arbor.
"In an afternoon, you can go any-
where, clear your mind and lift your spir-
its," engineering sophomore Charles
Vogel said. "Plus you can out-accelerate
almost any sports car on the road,"
Vogel meant motorcycles' low power-
to-weight ratio. Most new sportbikes

have blazing three-second 0-60 mph
acceleration times and can make a
Corvette seem molasses-like in compar-
ison. Vogel has been riding his bright-
yellow 1994 Yamaha Seca II since he
attained his motorcycle operator
endorsement last summer at the safety
course offered by the Motorcycle Safety
Foundation. For a mere $25, the course
teaches new riders the skills necessary to
safely operate a motorcycle in everyday
traffic as well as in emergency situations.
"I think it's also helped me become
better and more aware as an automobile
driver,' remarked LSA junior Kunjal
Dharia, who also took the class. It is
offered throughout the summer at
Washtenaw Community College.
Because the motorcycling market has
expanded so much in the last 30 years,

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Engineering sophomore Charles Vogel rides his Yamaha motorcycle.

manufacturers offer a tremendous range
of different models. Bikes like the
Goldwing from Honda, and the
ElectraGlide from Harley Davidson
offer standard CD players, air suspen-
sions and loads of luggage space. These
touring motorcycles are suited primarily
for long, cross-country excursions and
offer premiums in comfort and highway

power. "Comfort and power have been a
big issue. In today's big cruisers, the
rider is sitting more 'inside' the bike than
on top. Large, wrap-around fairings keep
you pretty well protected," Schneider
said. "Engine sizes considered big in the
1970s like the 640-750cc models are
now considered weak compared to

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pop gem
"You fucked it up," former 'Til
Tuesday front woman Amiee Mann
croons in the opening lines of her
stellar second solo album I'm With
Stupid. -Eat your heart out, David
Mann, nominated last year for an
Oscar for her passionate ballad
"Wise Up," featured on the
"Magnolia" soundtrack (a film that
writer/director Paul Thomas
Anderson built around a lyric from
Mann's "Deathly"), is no stupid
songstress. One of the best pop writ-
ers in the industry today, Mann flies
to the top of her form on this 13 track
record, ably backed by L.A. produc-
er/musician wizard Jon Brion.
Songs of love, loss and desperation
interweave with stories filled of arche-
typal characters and smart irony as
Mann's writing bears the influence of
the fast glitz of
life in Hollywood.
I'm With "I wish I was both
young and stupid/
Stupid then I too could
Amiee Mann have the fall that
Geffen Records 1995 you did," Mann's
Reviewed by warm voice beck-
Daily Arts Writer ons with a tone of
chrstopher Cousino learned hardness
from experiences
past on "You Could Make a Killing."
Her sense of awareness is so keen;
she follows this up with "Superball,"
a metaphoric odyssey about the
changes of life through the eyes of
the round shard of rubber you buy
out of a penny machine at Meijer (or
Ralph's, in her case).
Exploring the fun moments as well
as the dark times of everyday, Mann is
quiet and soft, yet equally rooted in
rock and a touch of jazz. With the
wonderful quips and pops of a tight
percussion arrangement, she spins
"Frankenstein,' a witty tale of play-
ing god as the creator, an artist. "I
won't find it fantastic or think it
absurd/ when the gun in the first act
goes off in the third," Mann grins with
the honest prophecy of chance and
coincidence - not to mention a
knowledge of perhaps, Linda Seger or
Syd Field's rules of screenwriting.
Mann's music is pure California post-
Beatlesque pop, and always an emotional
treat, for better or worse. Three words -
"All Over Now."

We owe you all an apolo-
gy. The cohesive entity that is
"Lisa and Lyle" failed you,
our wonderful readers. We
made a boo-boo, an error, a
"mistake," if you will: We did
not include our e-mail
address at the end of our col-
umn last week.
We promise that this was
Lisa Raft not an attempt to ignore you
and your valuable opinion:
and Lyle Rather, it was an oversight
caught neither by us nor our
Hen retty editors (lovely and talented
Keepin' it people that they are). To com-
pensate, we will include our
Rea e-mail address twice in this
column. Once right here
(lyleandlisa@umich.edu), and once again at the
end. Hell, we might even intersperse our address
randomly throughout the column. We feel that
badly about the situation.
On to the questions! Despite a seeming lack of
resources to be utilized in your quest to contact us,
you pulled through, faithful reader. For this, we
thank you.
Dear Lyle and Lisa,
I'm interested in knowing why Lyle feels the
need to be an asshole in his column. I realize he's
"fully prepared to be the most hated man on cam-
pus" but why does he feel the need to become this
person? I could really care less either way, but I
think his desire to be this person is detractingfrom
the quality of the column.
Disgruntled in West Quad

Lisa: Uhhhhh ... Lyle, I'm going to hand this
bad boy right on over to you. Oh, you want me to
answer it? Twist my arm. Okay, here goes. I
would now like to declare to all the world that
Lyle is not actually an asshole. He's a really nice
guy. Truth be told, I would not want to write a
column with him if he was as much of a jerk in
real life as he appears to be in his reponses. Lyle
is interested, as are many creative people, in the
idea of having a "persona." He is also interested
in Tony Danza, long walks on the beach and the
teen pop sensation that is "Hanson."
Lyle: Detracting from the quality of the col-
umn? What column are you reading, exactly? The
quality of this column has, to date, been some-
where between the quality of spoiled milk and
really spoiled milk. It's not that I desire to be the
most hated man on campus, but if my honest
answers and the harsh realizations that I force
people to see cause me to be so, then fine. Really,
it's a positive thing to make sure that I don't end
up hating myself. I love being positive. And
Disgruntled, you sound kinda sexy. I like my
women fiesty. Why don't you e-mail me some-
time, and we can work something out.
Dear Lyle and Lisa,
Help! The ratio of oral sex on my boyfriend to
oral sex on me is practically 20 to 1. Some men
have told me I'm just not meeting the right guys,
but I really like my boyfriend. What can I do to
"even the score?" Send help quickly,
Unsatisfied in South Quad
Lisa: If I were you, I would simply tell your
boyfriend "You don't satisfy me." If he is even
remotely worthwhile, that should get his attention.

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Travel teaches liskills, fu

By Autumn Brown
For the Daily
As students become swamped with
papers and various exams, they often
look towards the prospect of a long,
warm summer filled with adventure
to ease their academic pains.
Many University students plan to
leave the country and explore the
wonders of the Old World. LSA
sophomore Erik Keith plans to
embark on a two-week excursion to
Athens, Greece this summer. The trip
is associated with the philosophy
department of the community col-
lege in his hometown, and is spon-
sored by Southern Illinois
University. Keith said the students
will be staying in a five-star hotel
with first class accommodations.
"It will give me a good idea of
whether or not I want to participate
in a semester-long study abroad pro-
gram and also an idea as to what the
country is like," Keith said. Keith's
class plans to see the Acropolis, the
Grecian islands in the Mediterranean
and the west coast of Turkey.
Maggie Weston, LSA freshman,
will seek fun and frolic in Spain. She
has been planning the trip since the
beginning of last summer, and looks
forward to seeing El Prado, a large
art museum in Madrid, one of the
largest cathedrals in the world, a few
palaces and possibly a bull fight in

Seville. Additionally, Weston plans
to take a bullet train to Granada, and
visit her grandparents.
"I believe the trip will broaden my
perspectives, and equip me with a
better appreciation for my culture in
Ann Arbor and the Spanish culture
and see the sites associated with the
Spanish Civil War," Weston said.
A variety of options are available
to students wishing to travel abroad,
according to Lindsay L. Smith,
Student Service Assistant at the
Office of International Programs.
"Students are able to choose inter-
national programs based on their
concentration, financial need or even
just interest," she said. "Quite a few
of our programs do not even require
students to be proficient in the lan-
guage of the country."
The OIP offers pre-departure
arrangements for students traveling
abroad that include support services
and help obtaining a visa. Although
Smith admits that this is more prob-
lematic in terms of financial aid dis-
tribution and other considerations,
the OIP does offer options for stu-
dents who wish to go through a non-
University sponsored program.
"As long as it is a four-year uni-
versity, the credits usually transfer,"
Smith said.
Janet Grudzien, a LSA first-year
student, plans to travel to Grenoble,
France this summer for a six-week

academic program. Gren
strategic location in the Frenc
will allow Grudzien to
Switzerland and Paris. Paris
especially desirable travel d
tion, as Grudzien will be a
experience Bastille Day - F
Independence Day - on the
teenth of July. Aside from th
seeing aspect of the trip, Gru(
more focused on the academic
fits of traveling abroad.
"My French speaking abili
be broadened through daily i
tions and conversation with
natives, and in addition I will
to take higher levels of French
es in the near future," Grudzie
Grudzien will be taking an
sive French language class as
three two-week classes on Fre
erature at the University of St
Other students use the s
programs as a preparation fe
career. LSA junior Eric Kelle
to spend four weeks in Israel
panying a team of archaeolog
an excavation project. Kelle
Ancient Civilizations and E
Studies major and hopes to ev
ly lead an excavation team.
Keller will be flying into 1
and lodging near the excavati
During the week, he will be
from five in the morning to
the afternoon, due to the inte
the sun during the day. Addil

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