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The campus renaissance man

By May, Arnaud Valeille will have
two master's degrees and two Ph.D.s
in engineering and space science.
In between study sessions, he's
managed to squeeze in a Hawai-
ian Ironman triathlon, four nights
of partying a week and road trips
through 25 states.
The native Parisian and campus
socialite with the Facebook moniker
"Arno Frenchie Bartender" doesn't
know what he'll do with his educa-
tion or where he'll go next, but said
his main goal is to "keep moving."
Valeille, who speaks French, Eng-
lish, German and Japanese, has an
insatiablethirstforactivity. Sincehe
first arrived on campus three years
ago, he has spent hours learning to
unicycle inthe basement of'U' Tow-
ers. Valeille has also taught himself
how to juggle and practices the Bra-
zilian martial artofJiu-Jitsu.
"I have to do something. I can't
wait for the bus doing nothing," he

said, pulling two striped hackey
sacks out of his coat pocket. "Now
I'm super patient. I can wait for
hours, no worries."
Ile cites travel as his favorite
pastime. Just ask him how many
countries he's been to and he'll
shrug and point to a withered pass-
port filled with stamps.
It's "traveler's luck" that makes
it possible for him to have fun every
day and stick out in people's minds,
he said. He said he spends most
nights visiting multiple parties on
campus, never staying in one spot
for more than an hour.
"You're new in a city, you ask
people what's going on," he said.
"Because you're French, you have an
accent,you don't know a country. I'm
a butterfly, I love to meet people."
Valeille first experienced the
Michigan social scene by stum-
bling across a chocolate pudding
fight at "the Barn", a party house

on Hill Street and Oakland Ave-
nue, during his door-to-door hunt
for housing in 2005.
The house turned out to be full,
but when the residents learned that
the United Kingdom they promptly
asked him to make cocktails.
During his time at Michigan,
Valeille has used his free time to trav-
el, discovering the Mardi Gras fes-
tivities in New Orleans, running the
Detroit Marathon, spending Thanks-
givingin South Africa and traveling to
Montreal with the snowboard club.
"When you're going somewhere
new, you go there with curiosity,"
he said. "I lived in Paris for 20 years
and Inever went to the Eiffel Tower.
Every morning I could open my
window and see it, but I never went,
because I could go any day."
are is "just a state of mind," he said.

Arnaud Valeille, known for frequent party-hopping,
will have two waster's degrees and two Ph.D.s in
engineering and space science by May.

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Laptop lifted
WHERE: Harlan Hatcher
Graduate Library
WHEN: Tuesday at about about
4 p.m.
WHAT:AUniversity stu-
dent's Toshiba laptop, valued
at $1,300, was stolen from
the Harlan Hatcher Gradu-
ate Library, University Police
reported. The student said
she left the computer in an
unlocked, third-floor study
carrel and returned two hours
later to find it missing.
Nike sneakers
WHERE: North Campus
Administrative Complex
WHEN: Between Nov. 7 and
Nov. 9.
WHAT: A pair of Nike Air
Jordans were taken from
a second-floor room of the
North Campus Administrative
Complex, University Police

Man crashes
into three
parked cars
WHERE: 2000 Bonisteel Rd.
WHEN: Wednesday at about
WHAT: A motorist crashed
into car parked on Bonisteel
Road, University Police report-
ed. The parked car was forced
into another car, damaging it
and a fourth vehicle. No one
was injured. Two of the vehi-
cles were severely damaged
and towed from the scene.
Manfalls after
WHERE: Crisler Arena
WHEN: Tuesday at about 9 p.m.
WHAT: A spectator at a Michi-
gan basketball game twisted
his ankle while walking up the
aisle way, University Police
reported. Paramedics were
contacted but the man declined

Astronomy talk Eugene Onegin

WHAT: A talk on the life
cycle of star clusters. The
lecture, to be given by Rupali
Chandar of the University of
Toledo, is part of the weekly
Astronomy Colloquia series.
WHO: Department of
WHEN: Today, from 4 p.m.
to 5:30 p.m.
WHERE: Dennison Building,
room 807

WHAT: An opera featur-
ing the music of Peter Ilyich
Tchaikovsky will be per-
formed in Russian with Eng-
lish subtitles.
WHO: University Opera
Theater and University Sym-
phony Orchestra
WHEN: Tonight at 7:30 p.m.
WHERE: Power Center

Talk on social Beats 'n' Eats

If you think they're out to
get you, you're not alone.
Paranoia, may be a lot
more common than previ-
ously thought, The Associated
Press reported. A British sur-
vey found that 21 percent of
people thought there had been
times when others were acting
against them.
The University of Michi-
gan Museum of Art reno-
vation project cost $41.9
million and was 95-percent
privately funded.
To deal with the slug-
gish economy, one in five
companies is cancelling
or scaling down its annual
holiday party, according to
the workplace consulting firm
Challenger, Gray & Christmas
Inc., The Associated Press

protesting in '68
WHAT: A panel discussion
on the impact of social pro-
testing, moderated by Univer-
sity Librarian Paul Courant
and Roger Lowenstein, a Uni-
versity alum who represented
the Chicago Eight.
WHO: University Library
WHEN: Today from 4 p.m.
to 5:30 p.m.
WHERE: Harlan Hatcher
Graduate Library, room 100

WHAT: Listen to music per-
formed by students while eat-
ing lunch.
WHO: University Arts and
WHEN: Today, from 11 a.m.
to 1 P.M.
WHERE: Michigan League
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