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2D - The Michigan Daily - New Student Edition - Fall 2003

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1 need good
art supplies!
And I'll give
anyone here
$50 if they
can tell me
where to find
some in this
damn town!

You're on man. First quit
whining, then get off
your diaper and head
to Ulrich's Bookstore.
Heck, I'll even tell you
about another store...

SIDE A
1. Chuck Berry "School Days" - It sounds like
every other one of his songs, and
that's why it's so good!
2. Van Halen "Hot for
Teacher" - You shoulda
seen my Spanish professor.
Trust me.
3. Paul Simon
"Kodachrome" - "When
I think back on all the crap
I learned in high school /
It's a wonder I can even
think at all."
4. MC5 "High School"
- Yeah, you're not in high
school anymore, but this
song still rocks.
5. Crosby, Stills, Nash &
Young "Ohio" - It's the
tragic story of four kids who
get killed by the National
Guard ... while at college!
6. Doris Day
"Teacher's Pet" - For a
truly odd take on this one,
check out Parker Posey's rendi-
tion in "Waiting for Guffman."
7. The White Stripes "We're.
Going to Be Friends" - Brand
new shoes / Walking blues / Climb
the fence / Books and pens / I can
tell that we're going to be friends."
Aww... How cute.
8. The Beach Boys "Be True
to Your School" - "On (Satur-
day) we'll be jacked up on the football game / And I'll be
ready to fight / We're gonna smash 'em now." That doesn't
sound like the Beach Boys I know.

SIDE B
9. Fountains of Wayne "Too Cool for School" -
You many think you're too cool for school, but you
ain't! Don't be hatin'!
10. Leaders of the New School "Case
of the P.T.A." - Class, Prof.
Busta will now give a lecture on
the intricacies of being utterly
insane. Woo-hah!
11. Skee-Lo "I Wish" -
"'Cause when it comes to
playin' basketball / I'm always
last to be picked / And in
some cases never picked at
all." Poor little fella.
12. Motley Crue
"Smokin' in the Boys'
Room" - $10 says none of
these guys graduated high
school. They're bad at
everything.
13. Big Star "Septem-
ber Gurls" - "I loved you
/ Well, never mind / I've
been crying all the time /
December boy's got it bad."
14. The Replacements
"Fuck School" - Hey, kids!
We can say "fuck" in our school
paper! Fuck fuck fuck fuck.
15. The Ramones "Rock
'n' Roll High School" -
"I hate the teachers and
the principal / Don't wanna
be taught to be no fool /
Rock, rock, rock, rock, rock
n' roll high school."
16. Alice Cooper "School's
Out" - It's like, irony, man! Just forget it and rock out!

...for another $50, that is.
Spend your money wisely at
Michigan Book & Supply.
Both stores have really low
prices, all the time.
ain't that
right Fred?
rig -

That's right.
The prices
are so low
it's always
a... ahem...

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'Ruminations on College Life':
a hilaious collection of columns

Blast! I hate
losing good
money!
Especially to
a bunch of
brats like
you three!

By Stephanie Schonholz
Daily Arts Writer
The drunken debauchery of scheming Ivy-leaguers and
girls, girls, girls in the timeless poetry of Jay-Z, inspired
23-year-old Aaron Karo to start off his comedic career in
the fall of '97 as a freshman at the University of Pennsyl-
vania. Now as a member of the "real world," Karo, in the
same fashion as Candace Bushnell, has published a hilari-
ous book comprised of all his monthly columns from four
years of college, titled "Ruminations on College Life."
"People ask me where the title "Ruminations" came
from and honestly I don't know. I don't even think I knew
what that word meant back then. Some people probably
don't know what it means now," said Karo.
Karo's comedic etchings mix the hard edge, raunchy
humor of Chris Rock with the offbeat rantings about noth-
ing that Jerry Seinfeld was best known for.
"If I had to sum the book up I'd say imagine Seinfeld
as a frat boy," he added.
His tales journey from the freshman dorms through
his frat house, stopping to contemplate how to do laun-
dry, how to get a girl in bed and how to funnel as many
beers in one go as was humanly possible. And yes, he
did stop in academic buildings for a laugh and some
education along the way.
"The book's about my best friends and what happened to
us in college, anything was fair game," said Karo.
Partying all-night and sleeping all day was the collegiate
regiment that Karo, adopted in his first days as an under-
graduate in the Wharton School of Business.

But come Sunday nights when most undergrads attempt-
ed to sleep in order to re-enact the previous week's booz-
'ing and occasional attending of classes, Karo lay awake.
His body no longer able to cope with normal sleeping pat-
terns and the past week's mayhem still running through his
head, he decided to write it all down in an e-mail and send
it to his high school friends.
His friends proceeded to forward these wild antics to
their friends and so on. The phenomenon known to his
devoted fans as the "Karo Effect," snowballed into "Rumi-
nations on College Life," so Karo created a website,
www.aaronkaro.com, as a forum for all his emails and now
has a readership of over 11,000 people worldwide. With a
fan base spanning the age gap, from kids in high school, to
college students in the Midwest, to alumni living vicari-
ously through him, Karo's comedic ingenue has continued
to intrigue people.
Karo's parents "blindly financed (his) excessive drinking
habits," he states in the opening pages of "Ruminations,"
and all those beers and drunken stuppours just might be
paying off. Graduating in the spring of 2001, Karo ven-
tured the chaos of Wall Street, but has now decided to
devote his life full time to a career in show business.
From L.A., where Karo is pursuing his dream of making
"Ruminations" into a television show or a feature film, he
added, "You know, I had four years of material and I
thought maybe I could do something with it."
Unlike other books about college, Karo doesn't sugar-
coat the reality of the pressure cooker - get drunk fast
and cheap and hook up combo that comprises college. He
tells it like it is, beer goggles and all.

Oh shut up and pay up already.
And next time you need anything,
why not save yourself some loot
and go to Ulrich's or MB&S first!

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Michigan Book & Supply
and Ulrich's Bookstore,
Ann Arbor's complete source for the best
in art supplies and materials!

Paint, ink, and pigments
Mediums and varnishes
Brushes and canvas
Drawing supplies
Drafting equipment
Ceramic supplies

Easels and paint boxes
Printmaking supplies
Wide selection of art boards
Huge selection of art papers
by the sheet and pads
Good advice

Help wanted at the bookstore

317 S. State St.
665-4990

549 S.University
662-3201
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Added benefits:
A 20% discount on textbooks
AND up to a 35% discount on store merchandise
Flexible hours
to fit your schedule
Career opportunities

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