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2A - Thursday, November 30, 2006

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re You Were Here

Why do freshmen walk through
a fountain at orientation?
Hint: It's not because they smell

There are certain
rites of passage once
moat complete to
become a University
student: write essays,
take the SAT, go on
campus tours, then
wade through knee-
deep water in a foun-
The fountain walk
is perhaps one of our
strangest rituals. Dur-
ing orientation sessions,
groups of confused
freshmen are made to
wade through the foun-
tain in front of Burton
Tower near the Modern
Languages Building.
The origins of the
tradition, like the water
in the fountain, are

Orientation groups
have been leading fresh-
men through the foun-
tain for countless years,
and each year orienta-
tion leaders continue
the tradition because
it's what groups did the
year before.
But orientation coor-
dinator Drew Tinnin
said where the tra-
dition came from is
unknown. It's been
part of orientation for
longer than he can
Still, there is a reason
for the watery ritual.
As freshmen cross
the fountain, they are
walking toward the

Graduate Library.
Tinnin said this is to
represent the journey
toward knowledge that
begins freshman year.
Then, after gradu-
ation, students are
supposed to cross the
fountain again, this
time in the opposite
direction. By walk-
ing toward Rackham,
students signify their
commitment to lifelong
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The fountain in front of Burton Tower. At freshmao orieotation, new University stu-
deots walk through the fontain toward the Graduate Libary to represent their journtey
toward knowledge.


Laptop stolen
from library
WHERE: Harlan Hatcher
Graduate Library, 920 N.
University Ave.
WHEN: Monday at about
5 p.m.
WHAT: A student's laptop
was stolen from a fifth floor
study room in the gradu-
ate library, the Department
of Public Safety reported.
The owner of the laptop left
it unattended and found it
missing upon returning.
Jacket stolen
from CCRB
WHERE: Central Campus
Recreation Building, 401
Washtenaw Ave.
WHEN: Tuesday at about

10 P.M.
WHAT: A student's jacket
and other personal belong-
ings were stolen from the
main basketball gym at the
CCRB, DPS reported. The
items were left unattended
and were gone when the stu-
dent returned.
After crash,
suspect leaves

Lecture on race
and racism
WHAT: A lecture on ethnic
differences within racial
groups and their impact on
personal identity
WHO: Syracuse Univer-
sity Philosophy Prof. Linda
Martin Alcott
WHEN: Today from 4 to 6
WHERE: Michigan Union,
Anderson Room

zoos Astronomy Prof. Chris
WHEN: Today at 5 p.m.
WHERE: Michigan Union,
530 5. State St.
Meeting about
spending winter
break in Rome
WHAT: An informational
meeting for Latin language
students about spending
winter break in Rome

1Keisha Castle Hughes,
the 16-year-old actress
who recently starred as
the virgin Mary in the new
movie The Nativity Story,
recently announced she
is pregnant. Hughes was
nominated for an Oscar for
her role in the movie Whale
Rider at age 14.
2On this day in 1874,
Winston Churchill was
born. Churchill led
Great Britain during World
War II.
3The presidential motor-
cade varies in size
depending on the occa-
sion and trip length. Most
often, it contains local police
cars, Secret Service vehicles,
two or more limousines,
press vans and a counteras-
sault team.

WHERE: Observatory WHO: The Residential
Street Lecture on College's Latin Program
WHEN: Tuesday at about science as an art WHEN: Today at 4 p.m.
8:30 p.m. WHERE: Angell Hall, room
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