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12B - The Michigan Daily - Weekend Magazine - Thursday, November 14, 2002

HOUSING
Continued from Page 3B
Formally, events like visits from
speakers, professors and Telluride
alumni/alumnae maintain the high
level of discourse.
Though not as innovative as
adding a word like "guff" to the
English language, yet surely con-
gruent with the Association's mes-
sage, Telluride House's "pub speak"
program is a unique component of
the experience that affords residents
a chance to drop knowledge on their

peers. Each house dweller delivers a
"pub speak" on a topic about which he
or she is informed and passionate. The
presentation topics are diverse with a
recent highlight being a speech about
black music divas.
Telluride House is not an aca-
demic utopia, however. Levine,
despite offering otherwise glowing
praise for the House, mentioned
that it was difficult living in the
community "when I first moved in
because I felt like I was living with
a bunch of people who I didn't
know. That made it hard to talk

with people about some things.
Also, sometimes you are a little far
off campus. I spend a lot of time in
the house."
Students who are not interested in
the co-ops or the Telluride House -
be they stuck up, selfish, nonintel-
lectual, interested in being closer to
campus or something else entirely
- can investigate becoming
Resident Advisers. Becoming an
RA ensures that room and board
will be paid for and presents stu-
dents with an opportunity to pro-
vide leadership and counseling.

Jon Beyer, an LSA senior who
served as an RA in Alice Lloyd last
year, said that he became an RA
because, "I liked living in the resi-
dence halls, it was attractive finan-
cially and I thought that it would be
a positive experience in terms of
having a position of responsibility
and interacting with other students
living in the hall."
While ensuring that the residence
hall are comfortable places for
everyone can be a hassle at times
(asking that one kid to stop making
noise for the twentieth time is not
fun), RA's can find all-new friends
in their residents and get to know
this group intimately given the
close quarters, common facilities,
and inherent nature of the position.
Additionally, making the rounds
while on duty, implementing educa-
tional programs, and attending to
many problems can all further
endear an adviser to his residents,

and this can allow for strong con-
nections and effective leadership.
A resident adviser's free room
and board, chance to help others
and social avenues were not enough
to make Beyer return to Alice
Lloyd, though. "There are some
petty requirements concerning
things such as programming. That
becomes a drag because they
require a lot of effort, and there is
often a general lack of interest
(from the residents)." Beyer's
objections are legitimate. However,
as is true for every living scenario,
students must assess whether the
negatives or positives carry more
weight.
Whether or not students choose to
pursue any of the options detailed
above, it is hopefully reassuring to
know that they at least exist. Please
bear them in mind the next time a
landlord asks for $500 a month for
a small place with no heat.

The Michigan Daily - Weekend Magazine -
Escaping Ann Arbor for the weekend

As an engineer in
the U.S. Air Force,
there's no telling what
you'll work on.
(Seriously, we can't tell you.)

02/03 Fall Season

By Lauren Tuzzolino
For the Daily
So, you just finished working on a
paper or cramming for a test, and now
the weekend has finally arrived.
Looking forward to a long weekend of
drunken debauchery, just like every
weekend since Welcome Week? Or
you may just be so exhausted from
school that you pass out, perfectly
convinced that you will not be missing
anything new. If either of these cases
sound like you, perhaps these two
words may be useful ... road trip.
Rather than being overwhelmed
with herds of random, nameless faces
every weekend, pack a bag and drive
somewhere with a few of your closest
friends. Because snow will be arriving
shortly and escaping it is not possible,
you might as well get a head start and
go north. You won't be as surprised or
appalled when Michigan's unpre-
dictable winter finally does arrive.
Windsor's proximity to Ann Arbor
makes it convenient, and you're only
an hour away from spending (or los-
ing) money, whether it's at a casino or
a bar. No Friday classes? Start the
weekend early, and after a Thursday
night in Windsor, venture off to
Toronto by train.
"Just about anything you want to
do, you can find in Toronto," said a
representative of Ontario's Key Tours.
"Everything is there."
Also, as an added incentive for
those interested in a weekend of shop-
ping, the currency exchange rate is
excellent. One US dollar currently
converts to $1.57 Canadian.
Train tickets run $80 round-trip for
students with a valid International
Student Identity Card, which can be
purchased for $22 at either STA Trav-
el or Council Travel here on campus.
Without the card, the train ticket will
cost $135 round-trip for an adult. (A
40 percent discount is applicable if the
ticket is purchased five days in
advance). The train ride is about four
hours, affording a great opportunity
for University students to catch up on
class readings.
Perhaps a more low maintenance
weekend may be found up at Boyne
Mountain. Once the snow falls, ski-
ing, snowboarding and snowmobiling
are adventurous weekend getaway
options. George Gustafson, a repre-
sentative of Boyne USA Resorts, sug-

gests going with a group of 8-10 peo-
ple and staying in a Mountain Villa
Condo located on Boyne Mountain
property. Renting a two-bedroom
condo for the weekend with 10 people
may run close to $200 (including a
weekend lift ticket). A Boyne Moun-
tain excursion is recommended for
larger groups of students because it
will cut down on the cost of accom-
modations.
While Chicago makes a great week-
end getaway (only about four and a
half hours by car) it tends to be expen-
sive. If funds are somewhat scarce,
then a trip to Chicago may be feasible
only by staying at a friend's place.
After strolling down Michigan
Avenue, cruising around Lincoln Park
and embracing the eclectic nightlife,
the amount of money left to your
name may be in the single digits.
Since everything in Chicago is not
within walking distance, plan on
spending extra money for cabs. Even
though it is an expensive city, some
students say Chicago is a great place
to go to escape the small town feel of
Ann Arbor.
"A college campus is more
enclosed, where Chicago is more of a
big city atmosphere," said LSA soph-
omore Lindsay Hart.
While in Chicago, traveling to the
Lincoln Park Zoo, the top of the Sears
Tower and Navy Pier may be some
entertaining activities. Also, if you're
looking to find the more cultural
aspects of the city, there are various
museums from which to choose. The
Art Institute of Chicago is located at
the intersection of Michigan Avenue
and Adams Street and displays more
than 300,000 works of art. After-
wards, indulge in a bite to eat down
the street at the gourmet food court of
Water Tower Place.

Chicago Is a great getaway but tends to be expensive.

$10 Rush Tickets on sale 10 am-5
pm the day of the performance or
the Friday before a weekend event
at the UMS Ticket Office, located in
the Michigan League.

50% Rush Tickets on sale
beginning 90 minutes
before the event at the
performance hall Box
Office.

I

United States Air Force applied technology is years ahead
of what you'll touch in the private sector, and as a new
engineer you'll likely be involved at the ground level of new
and sometimes classified developments. You'll begin leading
and managing within this highly respected group from day
one. Find out what's waiting behind the scenes for you in
the Air Force today. To request more information, call
1-800-423-USAF or log on to airforce.com.
U.S. AIR FORCE
CROSS INTO THE BLUE

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Gidon Kremer violin Violinist Gidon Kremer
Sabine Meyer clarinet joins clarinetist Sabine
Oleg Maisenberg piano Meyer and pianist Oleg
Sun 11/17 4 pmMaisenberg for an
evening of 20th century
Rackham Auditorium . Ann Arbor chamber music.
Orchestre Philharmonique This UMS debut of
de Radio France Orchestre Philharmo-
Myung-Whun Chung conductor nique de Radio France
Roger Muraro piano features the music of
Valerie Hartmann-Claverie two great French com-
ondes Martenot posers, Claude Debussy
T11/198and Olivier Messiaen.
Tue 11/19o8pm
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Swan Lake

wed 11/20- sun 11/ 24
WDetroit Opera House- Detroit
Sorry, no $10 Rush Tickets available.
50% Rush Tickets may be purchased
. 90 minutes prior to curtain depending
on availability.

The Bolshoi Ballet has
captured the hearts
and imaginations of
a world-wide audi-
ence for more than 225
years. Join the 130
dancers of the Bolshoi
Ballet for one of the
cultural events of the
year!

ADVANCE SCREENING OF
SPARROW VILLAGE
First ever screening of "Sparrow Village," a documentary on
rural China, from Christine Choy, director of the acclaimed
documentary, "Who Killed Vincent Chin?"
Friday, November 15, 2002
7-9pm Hale Auditorium, Business School
**Stay for "Chatting with Christine Choy," Q&A session following the
screening
*Sponsored by the Michigan International Development, Chinese
Student Association, & Center for International Business

open
oiloam
1220 south univ.
* next to touchdow's *
222-9013 4

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A valid student ID is required. Limit two tickets per student, per event.
sa Rush tickets are not offered if an event is sold out. Seating is subject to
availability and box office discretion.

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