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landed herself a more than $1,500
"She called the police on herself,"
he said.
It seems like the only thing to do
after having a counterfeit confis-
cated is to shrug, bear it and start
looking into changing your false
citizenship to another state. How
about Wyoming?
Student housing,
Monastic living
Catherine Street's most
virtuous residents
On Catherine Street in the heart
of the student ghetto, there are
two houses side by side that seem
strangely well kept. The grass is
still green, there are some flowers
still blooming in an actual garden
and it looks like someone even rakes
once in a while.
The inside is just as immacu-
late. Clean dishes sit in a rack next
to a sink, despite the absence of a
dishwasher. There's nothing out of
place and there's notrace of dust on
any of the furniture.
And sometimes, in the mornings
and in the evenings, the neighbors
can hear prayers and singing com-
ing from the basement.
The houses are home to the main
office for Ann Arbor's chapter of
University Christian Outreach,

an ecumenical organization that
hosts prayer meetings and bible
studies, does campus mission work
and supports a few student houses
around campus where residents
live together to try to support each
other in living according to Chris-
tian ideals. This isn't a student
house, though.
"It's a lot cleaner, for one,"
laughed John Hughes, 23, who
graduated from the University in
The buildings are home to
Hughes and 10 other men most of
whom are looking into embrac-
ing a devout lifestyle with the reli-
gious brotherhood Servants of the
Word, the organization that owns
the houses and that supports most
UCO events. They get up together
for a breakfast at 7 a.m., followed
by prayer, eat dinner together and
wash the dishes together. Some
even share bedrooms. If complete
the eight-year training process,
they'll officially be part of the broth-
erhood - committed to communal
living and celibacy for life. Four of
the men already have already com-
pleted the training. There are just
over 40 brothers in the world.
Brian Laba, 28, who graduated
from the University in 2000, is in
his sixth year of training. He said
that, for a while, most of his friends
didn't quite understand his deci-
sion, or they said they "admired his
sacrifice," but Laba pointed out that
though he was giving up comforts
that make a lot of people happy, he

wasn't giving up happiness. That
idea would probably be hard to
grasp for his neighbors - the two
houses are hemmed in by student
housing, and there often loud house
parties on the block.
"It doesn't make sense to a lot
of people. But if you look at some
of the guys who've been living this
way for 25 years, you can see it's not
a bad way to live. It's inspiring to
see the joy that they have," Hughes
In the basement, once you walk
past shelves filled with food bought
on the modest budget provided by
Servants of the Word, and by the
washing machine and through a
makeshift gym full of aging exer-
cise equipment, there's a carpeted
room that's sparsely decorated
with a wooden cross in the front
and a guitar and some boxes in the
The men come here - or to the
similar room in the other house
with a piano in it-- to pray and sing
together at least twice a day, every
day of the week but Sunday, when
they go to their own respective
churches of different denomina-
"It's kind of like monastic life
in downtown Ann Arbor," said
Hughes, who hasn't decided wheth-
er he'd like to pursue the brother-
By design, there's no dishwasher
in the kitchen. At night, after din-
ner, when the residents do the dish-
es together, it's less a chore than an

exercise in community living - and
maybe music.
Owing to the diversity of the res-
idents - there's one from France,
Lebanon, Mexico the Philippines,
where Servants of the Word also
has houses set up - the men sing a
variety of music while they do the
But '70s folk legend John Denver,
who sang "Take Me Home, Coun-
try Roads" has proved an unlikely
"If they don't know John Den-
ver - " Laba said, "They learn it,"
Hughes said. "It's part of the train-
OSU at Ashley's
The biannual hostile
takeover of a State St. bar
Whenever anyone from the Uni-
versity plans to travel to Columbus
for the Michigan-Ohio State game,
there are always those grave, anec-
dotal scenarios about Ohio State
enthusiasts attacking Michigan
fans on sight. Take the e-mail last
November from Dean of Students
Sue Eklund and Alumni Association
President Steve Grafton, which sug-
gested that fans headed south drive
a car with "non-Michigan plates, if
possible" and, once there, to "keep
your Michigan gear to a minimum,
or wait until you are inside the sta-
dium to display it."

Cut to that weekend at home in
Ann Arbor two years ago. Brian
Carlson, a bartender at Ashley's
Restaurant & Pub on State Street,
said that on the Friday before every
home game against Ohio State, the
proportion of out-of-town fans at
the bar rises as high as 80 to 90 per-
cent. But that night was a new low
- the Ohio State cheerleaders were
there, and they were doing what
they do best.
"They were leading the entire bar
in a cheer," Carlson said. With the
huge number of fans from Colum-
bus there, he said, there are never
enough Michigan fans to drown
them out.
As an additional sign of their rev-
erence for Michigan football tradi-
tion, Carlson said he recalls patrons
from OSU throwing ketchup. One
table splattered it inside menus.
No word on if the fans dared to
wear scarlet and grey.
"Maybe it's because Ashley's is
a really unique bar," he said of the
OSU fans' affinity for the signature
pub. "I don't know." Whatever the
case, he said, Michigan fans haven't
done much to combat it.
"It would be nice to see Michi-
gan fans come in Friday," he said.
"Or, win or lose, to come in after the
game Saturday."
Then again, that might not be the
best idea. Maybe it's time Eklund
sends the campus another nervous
letter about how to deal when Buck-
eyes come to Ann Arbor.

n its infancy, Michigan club
lacrosse was just that - a
John Paul played for the
team in the late '80s and
early '90s and remembers the social
aspect of the game. Who won or lost
was irrelevant. More than likely, the
big winner was the guy who could
hold his booze the best.
"We used to hop out of the van,
carry a keg out of the back and just
play," Paul said.
Times have changed inthe past15
years, though. Paul traded in his tap
for a clipboard, becoming coach of
the Michigan Club Varsity Lacrosse
team, and in the process, developed
some lofty ambitions - actual var-
sity status.
His team now acts as a virtual
varsity squad, practicingyear round
with a professional coaching staff
and providing services that range
from academic support to yoga and
detailed speed training.
In early October, the men's
lacrosse team hosted defending
Division-I National Champion
Johns Hopkins in a scrimmage.
Their coach, Dave Pietramala, cited
the Wolverines as one of the nation's
top club teams.

The Johns Hopkins varsity team,
with some of the best scholarship
lacrosse players in the country, was
pitted against a team whose play-
ers had to pay $3,500 dollars a year
just to participate. To the surprise
of some, the Wolverines mostly held
their own, losing 9-1, with the Johns
Hopkins Blue Jays playing their
starters for most of the game.
But for Paul, the final score was
meaningless. It was the scores of
media covering the event that were
important. It was the 2,100 who
packed Elbel Field who mattered. It
was the exposure of Michigan club
varsity lacrosse as something more
than a club.
"Whether it's three years from
now or 15 years from now, division
one lacrosse at Michigan is inevi-
table," Paul said. "The waythe sport
continues to grow, and all of the
selling points that we have for it, it's
going to happen."
But the path to becoming a var-
sity team is more complicated than
it might seem. For it to happen, Paul
will have to ceaselessly lobby the
University and undergo a long and
complex formal review process no
team has even attempted - though
more than one has the talent tobe a

varsity sport - since 2000.
The University has 25 varsity
teams now, what will it take for it to
get to 26?
A she walks down State Street to
his office at Weidenbach Hall,
the last thing on the mind of Michi-
gan Athletic Director Bill Martin is
the addition of a new varsity sport.
He's got enough on his plate with
the construction of luxury boxes at
Michigan Stadium about to begin,
groundbreaking for a new soccer
complex on the horizon and the
looming questions surrounding
Crisler Arena renovations.
But when Martin became athletic
director in 2000, updating facilities
was low on his list of concerns. The
department was in debt, and then-
President Lee Bollinger had given
Martin the responsibility of getting
athletics back in the black. Even so,
before Martin was hired, Bollinger
and the regents had signed off on a
plan to add two new varsity sports,
men's soccer and women's water
"I looked at the budget, which
was about 5 million dollars in the
red, and said, 'The first thing I


A sampling of campus graffiti
Flush the toilet you nasty female, no one
wants to see your by-product!

Bi-product. Learn to spell it's U of M ...

Do you expect to find love scrawled on
the bathroom wall?

Girls: Please return seat to
upright position. Thanks.
- The unisex bathroom in Rendez Vous Cafe

Perhaps you should learn to spell
before you critique others
If you come here for the foot-
ball you better be on the team.
Otherwise, you're an idiot.
- The women's bathroom near the fishbowl


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