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12B - The Michigan Daily - Weekend Magazie - Thursday, January 29, 2004

The Michigan Daily - Weekend Magazin





ne of the worst mistakes often made by
a student of a major university - for
instance Ann Arbor's own, the
University of Michigan - is to waste time.
College lasts for only a few short years, and all
too often, students spend that time poorly. The
best way to avoid this is to join some of the
many organizations around campus.
You should not waste your youth sitting at
home reading or playing video games alone; you
should join a club and waste that time reading or
playing video games with others. There are
countless options available, and here I'll list
some of my fgvorites.
For non-varsity athletes looking to continue in
their sport of choice, there are dozens of intra-
mural organizations available. In the spring and
fall, students have a wide variety of outdoor
sports from which to choose, such as football,
flag-football and Frisbee-football. There's even
the non-American form of football, though I
believe here you call it SOCCER!! During the
,winter, activities like basketball and racquetball
provide some solace from the merciless wind

and snow. Coming soon to the Central Campus
Recreation Building will be another club, the
Michigan Bombardment Society. That's the
game in which you hit others with a giant rubber
ball, comme qa: You - you're out!
For those not interested in athletics, there are
great volunteer opportunities to be had. Willing
students are gladly welcomed by Habitat for
Humanity. There's nothing bad to be said about
them; they're just wonderful, wonderful people.
Also, the elementary school pen-pal program
K-Grams allows students to correspond with a
child every month. So, anyone looking for a
great way to corrupt local youths with stories of
drug-induced violence and/or exotic sexual
conquest should take serious note of that pro-
gram. I know I have.
For those with unusual lifestyles, there are
clubs to suit your interests, too. For instance, the
Cannibalistic Organization of Wolverines, or
simply COW, brings together students from all
over campus, uniting them through their insa-
tiable desires for the taste of human flesh.
Unfortunately, membership in COW has been

steadily decreasing since its establishment in
September. I asked the organization's president
to comment on this decline, and he said, "Well,
perhaps they've just lost their intestines." Then
he muttered slyly, "Or should I say, their inter-
est?" I waited a moment, then informed him that
his subtle aside had in fact backfired, as he whis-
pered the wrong part. He was a little embar-
rassed by his mistake, but we later had a good
laugh about it.
If these groups aren't to your liking, there are still
plenty of options out there. For instance, the group
of young film enthusiasts who congregate in a
secret cave in Nichols Arboretum late at night to
celebrate their common love of a classic 1989
Robin Williams movie. Naturally, they call them-
selves the "Dead Poets Society" Society. Unlike
their on-film counterparts, these students do not
gather to experience the joy of reciting poetry. They
gather to recite lines from the movie itself. I've
been meaning to check it out, but I fear that they
would confuse me with the red-headed kid who
betrayed Professor Keating in the film; they don't
take too kindly to him. On a positive note, though,

they hope to invite Robin Williams himself to visit
the club, but they admit that it's nearly impossible
due to his demanding career. However, Ethan
Hawke is a frequent guest.
Going along with the cinematic theme,
another club unites students of all different
kinds. This is, of course, "The Breakfast Club"
Club. This is a weekly event in which seeming-
ly-different students realize they have more in
common than they ever thought. Club activities
include doing homework on the boat, raiding
Barry Manilow's wardrobe and pursuing
careers in the custodial arts. Actually, the club
is currently looking for students to fill leader-
ship positions, particularly for the president,
who can no longer attend meetings. She's too
busy shopping for nail polish with her poor,
rich drunk mother in the Caribbean.
Now, a lot of people ask me if I've ever partici-
pated in this activity. Let me set the record straight
right now. NO! I NEVER DID IT!!
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Historic A2 folk festival continues musical development

By Michelle Kijeck
Daily Arts Writer
What do the Bee Gees, hot pants,

Jimmy Carter and a 24 cent loaf of
bread have in common? Looking
back in time, they might not be per-
ceived as the most brilliant repre-


sentations of the American people,
but they did all exist as cultural phe-
nomenons in the year 1977; a year
that lacked hip couture and political
achievements but can proudly boast
of the birth of a particularly illumi-
nating Ann Arbor event.
It was in this year, when on a
warm June evening in Ann Arbor, an
assemblage of unlikely musicians
gathered to commence what has
today become a spectacle of musi-
cal achievement: the Ann Arbor
Folk Festival.
Beginning as an event to save the
local acoustic music venue, the Ark,
from economic collapse, musicians
such as John Prine, Leon Redbone,

David Bromberg, David Amram and
Jay Unger were summoned together
to perform an evening of folk and
roots music that might inspire the
natives of Ann Arbor to keep alive
the Ark's dream of musical prosper-
ity. It did just that.
Since its original debut as a single
night operation, directors at the Ark
have drawn together combinations
of nationally recognized music affi-
cionados, as well as up-and-coming
artists, to concoct two evenings of
acoustic sets that offer traditional
and roots music.
Dave Siglin, the program director
at the Ark, explained that the con-
cert's manifesto is to preserve lesser

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known musicians and musical
groups and to develop new talent.
Therefore, all of the unknowns that
perform at the festival are invited
back to the Ark in the following year
as headlining artists.
"Last year," Siglin commented,
"Martin Sexton's plane was late and
he was only able to perform one
song." He has sold out Ann Arbor
venues ever since.
Fittingly, Sexton will be back this
year with a full set and an expectant
But if Martin Sexton and the
names of the origipal performers
don't ring a bell, and you feel a bit
estranged from the word "folk,"
because you enjoy the effects of
capitalism, the Folk Festival is still
right up your alley. The show has
routinely been executed with the
sole intention of putting out great
music that doesn't necessarily get
the commercial recognition that it
After a month-long lull in music
releases, the Ann Arbor Folk
Festival is a show that almost any-
one will enjoy. Don't worry, no one
at the show will be wearing hot
pants or covering the Bee Gees.

By Sravya Chirumamilla
and Niamh Slevin
Daily Arts Writers
If parties with little light and late
night boozing limit your social
interactions, gather your friends for
a Super Bowl party to remember.
The late afternoon event is sure to
spark conversations about the game
and the eccentric commercials and
provide ample opportunities to cre-
ate an abundance of memories.
Experiences that include more
than just a basket of wings and a gut
full of beer will last in your memory
much longer. Throwing a Super Bowl
party is not as stress-inducing as
organizing a themed party since the
theme is already set. Using the fol-
lowing as a guide, you can arrange a
party that you and your guests will
remember for years to come.
So your guests know that your
party is the place to be, don't wimp
out on the invites. Send them early
enough and with enough innuendo
that your guests will have no choice
but to check it out. Go beyond the
"RSVP" and "time and location"
information by including the types of
food that will be served (food is
always the easiest way to lure people
anywhere), a preview of the drinking
games (try the Daily's suggestions on
page lOB) and pictures from last
year's debauchery.
Now that you know who is com-
ing, you need to figure out what to
feed all those hungry mouths for
hours on end. There is no doubt that
a Mr. Spots "Bucket of 50" is in
order here. Place your order early
though since the delicious wings are
no secret and the restaurant gets
abundant requests.
Chips are a must, but to make them
memorable, don't skimp out on the
salsa. Mix a can of salsa with Velveeta
and refried beans. This hearty salsa is
sure to keep the guests' hands in the
bowl. If you're in the mood for a
slightly more complex culinary acces-
sory, the classic seven-layered dip pro-
vides one's taste buds with a plethora
of flavors all in one magical bite.
Finger foods such as pizza rolls
are by far the easiest to make; they
take mere minutes in an oven or
microwave. Mozzarella sticks seem
to please the crowds as well, but
they must be served warm and
gooey to be truly enjoyed.
Although beer is the stereotypical
Super Bowl party beverage of
choice, there are other, more cre-
ative options out there. It's all in the
name. While these drinks may not
contain the old football favorite,
their names sound rough, tough and
overly athletic.
In the nonalcoholic variety, try a
Sportsman, complete with orange
juice, lemon juice, grenadine and

egg yolk. The Sports Flip, a fruity
delight, combines orange, lemon
and passion fruit juices with banana
syrup, grenadine and egg yolk.
For those old enough to indulge in
the alcoholic specialties, check out
the Football Player, an unusual con-
coction of scotch, Cointreau and
grapefruit juice. An American
Glory, made from fruit juices and
champagne, may seem too dainty a
drink for an athletic event, but the
name alone conjures up a feisty,
patriotic spirit that meshes well with
the football tradition.
Decorations and Party
Giant foam fingers are a must. A
word of caution though: Avoid the
Shocker hand. It is undoubtedly
preferable, and certainly more taste-
ful, to spend a few more dollars for
the foam hands sporting the official
team logo.
In addition, it is usually advisable
to keep several balls handy for those
overzealous guests who can't handle
just watching the game. Remember
to put away all breakables prior to
their arrival.
Seating Arrangements
Comfortable seating can make or
break even the best-planned party.
Be sure therearebmore thanenough
chairs for each guest. Bean bag
chairs are, by far, the greatest inven-
tion known to man and fit perfectly
into the relaxed, lounge-style atmos-
phere of a sports-themed party.
Position the television to opti-
mize viewing for all involved, but a
word of advice: Hide the remote
control. You don't want anyone
usurping the clicker during the
game - and especially not during
the commercials.

Parties can get crowded, so try to arrange for enough seating around theTV.


Guests expect plenty of food and drinks, so be sure to stock up.

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