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September 05, 2006 - Image 21

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Can I get your
attention, please?
We know you've probably heard oth-
erwise, but we're here to clear a few
things up:

MYTH: The University campus is an ultra-liberal icon
of the Midwest.
FACT- If by "ultra liberal" you mean we banned Coca-
Cola products for a semester and like to brag about our
gay friends, then yes, you're absolutely right.
MYTH: The Department of Public Safety is ever
lurking around the corner ready to bust you.
FACT DPS cannot enter your property without your
consent (that means your dormroom, freshmen).
Remember it, you'll thank us.
MYTH: There's a Michigan flag on the moon.
FACT: Come on, do you think there's a face on
there too?
MYTH: There's an old swimming pool beneath
the Michigan Union, a remnant from the building's
days as a men's club.
FACT: Well, it depends on who you ask, but there
is an extensive tunnel system with entrances all
over campus, including one in The Michigan Daily
offices. The University doesn't want you to know
about them. Oops.
MYTH: The president's house on South University
Avenue is just for show.
FACT: Actually, University President Mary
Sue Coleman does live there. She hosts a Wel-
come Week barbeque at the big white house
at the beginning of every academic year. The
most famous event at the house was under Lee
Bollinger's tenure, when he opened his doors to a
drunken post-game crowd after a major football
victory over Penn State.
- Jeffrey Bloomer and Kimberly Chou

The Michigan
equation: What it all
adds up to

ou're in.
Now you just have to pay for
it, and the University of Michi-
gan is expensive.
I'm talking seems-like-you-might-as-
expensive. I'm talking you-could-go-
expensive. I'm talking real-
ly, really expensive. And
it's not just the tuition, but
let's look at that first.
Just to get in the door as
a freshman in LSA, it will
cost you $4,512 in-state
and $13,706 out-of-state..
Doesn't sound bad? That's
just for the first semester.
Double that.
Now add room and Kt
board. That will be $7,080 STA
for a double room. For
those who want the deluxe
single, it will cost $9,638.
Now add the small stuff. A manda-
tory $80 registration fee per term,
$7.19 for the Michigan Student
Assembly, $6 for student legal ser-
vices, $1.50 for school and college
Then there are your books and sup-
plies. These could top $150 for some
classes and easily $400 for a 16-credit
semester. Depressed yet?
Outfit your dorm room: $149.77
for a futon from Wal-Mart, $119 for

a mini-fridge, $49.88 for a Black and
Decker coffeemaker. Buy a laptop:
$1,099 for a 13-inch MacBook from
Best Buy, $699 for a Gateway 370
Notebook. Buy a print cartridge:
$19.99 each for cyan, magenta, yellow
and black. Drive to school: $60 each
way in gas from some places.
Then there are the unnecessary
things that most students
pay for anyway. Beer: $20
a weekend for some. Pizza:
$10.49 for a 14-inch pie
from Pizza House. Home
football tickets: $157 plus a
$10 service charge plus $10
for the season's official stu-
dent T-shirt.
Add it all up. Carry the
one. Add the three.
The answer on your
ARL $153.99 T-89 graphing cal-
kMPFL culator from Staples: a lot.
But I'm here to tell you
that's it all worth it. Every
penny. You're going to discover that
slowly, in small increments for the rest
of your life. It may not seem like it at
first, especially when that student loan
statement from Citibank comes in the
mail at the end of freshman year with
a balance of $14,358 and you're strug-
gling to get a job at the Abercrombie
and Fitch at the mall near your home-
town in New Jersey. Or when you've
graduated in April with a degree in
linguistics and it's now October and
See STAMPFL, Page 7C

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What your orientation guide didn't
tell you. PAGE 4C

TOP: The front of the Michigan Union, located at the heart
of campus on State Street.
ABOVE: The stairwell of the new Computer Science and
Engineering Building on North Campus.
A glance at academic
concentrations. PAGE 2C
Residential hall madness.

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