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8B - The Michigan Daily - Weekend Magazine - Thursday, September 25, 2003

The Michigan Daily - Weekend Magazine

Circle K volunteers Jessica Shatzman and Stephanie Watson visit with Ann Arbor
resident Janis Paliza as part of the UMHS Motor Meals program.

VOLUNTEER connections with
grams or use the
Continued from Page 31 recommendation
for hair donations to make wigs for children who have lost encourage studen
their own hair due to illness. They accept hair with a min- events, like art pr
imum length of 10 inches provided that it follows the tions or teaching
Locks of Love guidelines for donations. To make the ly, students can ir
process even easier, Locks of Love lists salons on their web munity and take h
site that will cut hair free of charge to aid this cause. Gleicher says,
Dana Leavitt (featured on cover), a LSA senior, is current- they help demoli
ly growing her hair out to donate to an organization like this. child with their re
"I decided to donate because my hair is getting pretty a community men
long, and I will not want it that long forever," she break down, and
said. "Instead of wasting it, I would rather give it to comes alive. Fr
someone who cannot grow their own hair due to various involved because
illnesses. I don't want someone to have to pay for my hair important than he
because it does not cost me anything to grow it." ication they can n
Thousands of students join volunteer organizations every For some stud
semester for a variety of reasons. Some want to feel like more time and e
they have made a difference in someone else's life. Others have. Now, there
volunteer to boost their own self-esteem. And yes, there are crunched student
those that offer their services merely to benefit a lagging help others that r
resume or fulfill a court order for community service. With the broad ra
Yet, there are countless benefits to this kind of dedi- it's becoming eas
cation. For their own sake, students can make valuable spirit in anyone's
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lyrics. Eric Johnson is a criminally
overlooked guitarist - his screaming
a harmonics and nail-gun riffs provide
the melodic undercurrent of the album.
The rhythm section provides the back-
bone for the album. The band's best
songs usually build off of one of Matt
Gentling's rollicking, loose-cannon
bass lines and drummer Mark Price is a
forceful time keeper who never
intrudes on the band's sound.
A run through the album produces an
" unrivaled string of classics. "Wrong,'
the first single, is as close to the indie
rock sound as you can get. It builds on a
piercing guitar attack, lulls into a gutty
bridge and explodes back into the cho-
rus. Bachmann packs more hooks into
one song than most bands fit on an
album, and the cut-and-paste songeraft
serves to highlight each one.
"Might" is a short-lived sing-along,
thrashing against both itself and a
painfully disinterested underground
scene. "Plumb Line" is fuzzy genius,
keenly aware of the social scene
Pavement ripped open. The band's harsh-
er material is often ignored, but "Fat" and
"Backwash" feel like sweet cigarette
burns, steamrolling their way through

school or public officials in some pro-
ir service organization as a source of
for their resumes. Some opportunities
ts to hone their own career skills in
'ojects, fundraisers, building construe-
possibilities. Perhaps more important-
mplement necessary changes in a com-
home a sense of accomplishment.
"The difference happens the first time
sh an abandoned house, or help one
eading skills, or have a discussion with
nber. It is then that stereotypes begin to
that their passion for service ... really
om this point forward, people get
they know that helping others is more
lping themselves, and with a little ded-
iake a big difference."
ents, the idea of volunteering means
nergy spent that they usually do not
are organizations that cater to the
t schedule, offering opportunities to
equire mere hours or minutes in total.
nge of organizations at the University,
ier and easier to include the volunteer
college plans.
Bachmann's non-sequiturs. The start-
stop attack of "Hate Paste" is a dynamic
revelation, and "You and Me" lulls the
listener into a slow, warm bass intro
before riding a shrieking guitar into an
unforgettable melodic churn.
The band's tour de force, "Web In
Front," hasn't lost a step in 10 years.
Opening with five shitty snare hits, the
song winds along for minutes of unbe-
lievable hooks, ridiculous lyrics and a
contagious vigor that is drowned out
by a chorus of Archers and a guitar
solo that sounds like a flare thrown up
from the sewers. It's been called "the
greatest indie rock song of the '90s,"
and a simple, stunned nod of agree-
ment will do nicely here.
After Icky Mettle, the polarized
melody/noise dynamic on 1995's excel-
lent Vee Vee and subsequent albums pro-
duced a dense noise that failed to res-
onate with the late '90s scene, but was
never anything short of good.
Bachmann's post-Loaf slum-folk project
Crooked Fingers attests to his consider-
able songwriting gifts. The band's endur-
ing legacy, however, is Icky Mettle, 37-
plus minutes of gritty, angular indie rock
that is striking in raw force and melodies.
Icky Mettle reminded everyone that punk
rock filtered through youth and intelli-
gence could still breed brilliance.

Just say no' to paying cover

By Adam Rosen
Daily Arts Writer

When most bar-goers hit the town,
they usually aim to arrive at the bar on
the early side, avoiding those annoying
lines and maximizing drinking time.
One man, No Cover Guy, is not like
most of us. As his name implies, for No
Cover Guy, the best time to hit up the
bar scene falls shortly after 1 a.m. -
just when the night starts to become a
little crazy and the cover charge
becomes non-existent.
No Cover Guy, who at first did not
want to reveal his daytime identity, can
be spotted dancing in his trademark
swing and salsa style at Scorekeepers,
Touchdowns and a few other local bars
from Thursday to Sunday.
Dubbed "No Cover Guy" by the staff
at Scorekeepers two-and-a-half years
ago when his habit of showing up at
1:15 no longer passed unnoticed, No
Cover Guy has become a mini-celebrity
in his own right to those familiar with
the Ann Arbor bar scene.
"The dance moves catch on, and the
people love it," No Cover Guy said.
No Cover Guy is certainly not your
ordinary barfly. Practicing his dancing
at the Michigan Union Ballroom on
Wednesday and Sunday nights, he
aims to bring his signature moves to
the bar, and that's that, mind you.
"I'm not into the freak dancing
scene. It's a little too sexual for me," No
Cover Guy said. "I don't want to treat a
girl like meat, I'd prefer to treat a girl

like a lady."
To truly understand No Cover Guy,
one must first understand that he is a
true gentleman. A hopeless romantic at
heart, No Cover Guy's website
(www nocoverguy.com) lists his ideal
date as "a walk on the beach at sunset
holding hands," and his favorite song as
Celine Dion's "Where Does My Heart
Beat Now?"
No Cover Guy will happily snatch up
a number from a girl he has been show-
ing his dance moves to all night - or
the 15 minutes just before close - but
only if she'll be able to remember his
face in the morning.
"It's not the best time to get a phone
number from a girl when she's drunk,"
he said.
Just who is this nighttime mystery
man? Where does he go when the
bright lights of the dance floor shine
no more?
For starters, No Cover Guy is a 24
year-old computer student at Washte-
naw Community College, and is look-
ing to receive his Bachelor's from
Easter Michigan University in the near
future. After a considerable amount of
time, No Cover Guy finally revealed
that those who don't know him as No
Cover Guy call him Jon Kargul.
Also, No Cover Guy is a devout
Catholic. "When we ask (No Cover
Guy) his horoscope when we check
his ID, he always answers, 'The Holy
Spirit,' " Scorekeepers bartender Reid
Joliat said.
"I would have to say my biggest pas-




Dance on No Cover Guy, dance on. You are an inspiration to us all.

sions are faith in God, music and danc-
ing. It's hard to tell sometimes between
the last two!" No Cover Guy said.
Most importantly, though, No Cover
Guy is just looking for a good time, and
he doesn't give a damn what you think.
"Hey, I'm just here to have a good
time, party hardy! Anyone who wants
to join me is welcome," No Cover Guy
said. "I don't like to stay home and
watch TV all night."
Occasionally when he goes out on
the town, No Cover Guy encounters
those people who may not be jealous of
his moves. Maintaining his trademark
cool, as well as good humor, No Cover
Guy shrugs off these naysayers and
keeps on dancing.
"A few guys think that the dancing is
weird," No Cover Guy said. "You take
that, and you say, 'You know what, I
know what I like to do, and I don't care
what people think about it.' It keeps me

To all the budding no cover guys ou
there, the original No Cover Guy offers
this bit of advice: "If you like to dance
go for it. If you want to, go to free
dances, go to Scorekeepers when they
stop charging cover." But, he added, "
think [being No Cover Guy] is a per-
sonal thing."
The staff at Scorekeepers agrees tha
being No Cover Guy is a personal thing
- and this personal thing has kept Nc
Cover Guy a distinguished gues
throughout the past year. He's even beer
known to stand outside for 10 minutes
or more waiting for the cover to drop.
"He's never spent one dollar here ..
the one time I've seen him come
through cover, his buddy paid for him,'
bartender Shaun Katona said.
Cheers, No Cover Guy, this beer's for
you. Well, maybe it would be if you
came in before last call.


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