2 - Tuesday, January 8, 2008
In Other Ivory Towe rs
A few days before winter break, I
stepped out of my apartment, armed
with an industrial strength metal shov-
el, and stared downmy car as it sat in
the driveway, buried under a billowy
blanket of snow. But for its familiar and
sleek outline characteristic of all '95
Eclipses - the epitome of automation
- the car was completely unidentifiable
under the snow.
I began my task of shoveling off
layer upon layer of snow. As I went to
unearth a mountain of powder on the
hood, though, I slipped and landed glu-
teus first onthe unforgiving ice. Arising
in a tumult of anger and expletives, and
obviously presuming the car to be my
own, I proceeded to release my frustra-
tion by pounding it with the blunt side
of my shovel.
Only after aglimmer ofgreen peaked
through the snow - my car is cherry
red - did I realize I was banging on
someone else's car. Dear Green Pon-
tiac Owner: To you I send my sincerest
Before You Were Here.
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rise under the snow
Lords of the dance In-class confessions
It was a standard Thursday evening
a little before 11 p.m at a campus bar
- well before any drink specials had a
chance to kick in. Though the bar was
quiet, four guys who looked to be rela-
tively well-groomed upperclassmen
suddenly took to an empty dance floor.
They stood motionless until a nod from
one guy caused all four to start seizing
and gyrating. Their movements could
loosely be considered dancing.
One started doing the cabbage patch
dance, tossing his drink into the air
and watching it land all over the dance
floor. Amid claps and cheers from the
semi-full bar audience, another started
doing the worm (which prompted me
to wonder who would put their body
on that disease-ridden floor).
The fun ended when security escort-
ed the men off the floor. The dancers
seemed to be satisfied with the abrupt
end to their performance, each wear-
ing a smug, accomplished smile.
It was the last meeting of a class that
had been boring at best and utterly dis-
mal at worst. The professor was not a
wholly uninteresting man - white
haired and passionate about his sub
ject, he at least made cynical jokes once
in a while. He was just unable to make=
anyone care about what he said.
When everyone was settled into
the last class, eyes already beginning
to gloss over, the professor announced,
in a grave voice, "I have a confession
to make." There was a long silence as
he surveyed a room of suddenly inter-
ested students. "I have been sleep-4
ing with one of the members of this
Unbelievable. Shocking. The class
reeled. No one said a word until after
a few painful seconds, the professor MAX COLLINS/Daily
spoke again, pointing towards the LSA junior Bryan Vessels takes advantage of yes-
back of the class. "Fortunately, it's terdays warm weatherby playing a picaup eame of
foathal with same friends an Wandlawn Avenue.
okay. We've been married for 15 years. Yesterday's temperature, which was in the low 60s,
Let me introduce you to my wife." was one of the warmest temperatures for the day in
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WHERE: Mary Markley Resi-
WHEN: Monday at about 10:30
WHAT: A University student
reported finding the words
"fag" and "homo" written on
the dry-erase board on the door
to his dorm room, the Depart-
ment of Public Safety reported.
Police have no suspects.
CAMPUS EVENTS & NOTES
it unattended, DPS reported.
The purse held credit cards
and $45 in cash. Police have
GPS unit stolen
WHERE: Lot NW-52
WHEN: Monday at about 7:25
WHAT: After breaking a win-
dow, thieves stole a GPS system
from a University affiliate's
truck, DPS reported. Police
have no suspects.
WHAT: Nine human rights
oriented campus groups will
collaborate to promote their
coming lecture series and sell
items for charity.
WHEN: Today from 10 a.m.
to 3 p.m.
WHERE: Angell Hall lobby
WHAT: A lecture by Ross
School of Business professor
Jim Walsh about the impact
of American job losses due
to outsourcing and how stu-
dents could be affected in
their future careers
WHO: University Unions
Arts and Programs and Mor-
tar Board Society
WHEN: Today at 6 p.m.
WHERE: Michigan Union,
in the U-Club
the study of
WHAT: A free talk led by
Professor of Musicology Lou-
ise K. Stein about the differ-
ent scholarly analyses of the
trends, changes and current
status of the field of music
WHO: Institute for the
WHEN: Today from 12 noon
to 1:30 p.m.
WHERE: Thayer Building,
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The first votes of the New
Hampshire primary were
cast at midnight last night.
Among Democrats, Obama
received seven votes, along
with two for Edwards and one.
for Richardson and zero for
Clinton. On the Republican
side, McCain received four
votes while Romney got two
and Giuliani got one.
For those interested, a
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Total sales and rentals in 2007
came to $23.4 billion, about a
3% slip from those in 2006.
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drifter charged with kidnapping
a 24-year-old hiker led authori-
ties to her body yesterday in the
mountains of northern Georgia,
investigators said, hours after
a judge denied him bond in her
New Year's Day disappearance.
Authorities were also exam-
ining whether the death and the
disappearance of two elderly hik-
ers in October in North Carolina
were related to the Georgia case.
Gary Michael Hilton, 61,
showed investigators the spot
where Meredith Emerson's body
lay, said John Cagle, an agent
with the Georgia Bureau of
Investigation's Field Division.
Residents reported seeing
Hilton's van in the Dawson For-
est Management Area, where the
body was found, miles from where
Emerson was last seen, Cagle said.
A search had been planned there
before Hilton told authorities
where to look, he said.
The wiry, grizzled Hilton was
well known in the area, often
seen with his dog, Dandy, and
police-style baton, Union Coun-
ty Sheriff Scott Stephens said.
Hilton was the last person seen
on the trail with Emerson, and
investigators had gotten count-
less calls since identifying him
as a person of interest in her dis-
appearance, Stephens said.
Hilton is charged with kid-
napping with intent of bodily
injury, and more charges could
be added, Enotah Judicial Dis-
trict Attorney Stan Gunter said.
Hilton's attorney, Neil Smith,
did not enter a plea on Hilton's
behalf during the 11-minute
appearance before Union County
Magistrate Judge Johnie M. Gar-
Shackled at the hands and feet,
Hilton thanked Smith, a public
defender who was assigned to
the case early in an attempt to
encourage Hilton's cooperation
in the search for Emerson.
Investigators said Hilton, who
was detained Friday, had tried
to use Emerson's credit card,
according to his arrest warrant.
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