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2A - Wednesday, November 19, 2008

TOPPING IT OFF'

Hitting the slopes? Grab a tray

Some daring students still do it
today, but "Traying" - the act of
stealing a cafeteria tray to use as a
sled - was a popular University pas-
time in the winter in the 1970s.
University alum Jim Weintraub
said he used to steal trays from Mary
Markley Residence Hall and use them
to slide down hills in Nichols Arbore-
tum. Around Thanksgiving in 1974,
he broke his left thumb from crashing
into a tree and had to geta cast.
"I was a sophomore taking organic
chemistry," Weintraub said. " For the
final, I couldn't write with my left
hand and had to do it with my right. I
couldn't finish the exam in time."
Weintraub said Sunday night was
the most popular night for traying.
Around 20 or 30 students could be
found taking a study break to go tray-
ing in the Arb at any given time.
Weintraub said he hung up his tray
after the accident.
"After I busted my thumb, I was

done," he said.
Though sledding is permitted in
designated areas of the Arboretum,
traying was a hazard to the plants.
April Pickrel, administration and
visitor services coordinator for the
Arboretum, said the biggest problem
was when students sled after dark
because they were more likely to run
into trees and shrubs.
"There were times when Arbore-
tum staff came in the next morning
and found broken trays beneath trees,
and you just know someone had to go
home hurt," Pickrel said.
University Housing spokesman
Peter Logan said traying was a big
problem in the 1970s and 1980s when
the dining halls didn't have staff to
monitor the dining hall doors.
"After a good snow, a lot of trays
would disappear," Logan said. "Some
of the managers would have to pull
the trays from the racks so they would
have enough for the next meal."

While the scarcity of trays was an
issue, the injuries students received
from traying was a bigger problem.
"Students gotpretty banged up and
some got head injuries," Logan said.
"We really tried hard to discourage
students from taking trays because it
really wasn't safe."
Tommie Jones, assistant manager
of the Hill Dining Center, who has
worked in five of the University's din-
ing halls in last six years, said he has
never caught a student stealing a tray,
but his co-workers have.
The thieves never received a pun-
ishment worse than a verbal warning,
which Jones said wasn't bad consid-
ering "they're stealing school prop-
erty."
Jones said he doesn't think traying
will resurface as a student activity
anytime soon.
"I think students have long passed
that kind of thing," he said.
STEPHA NIE STEINBERG

Local 25 ironworkers Tommy Lawhorn and Dave Berg
man attach the final piece of structural steel to North
Quad on Tuesday.

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CRIME NOTES
iPhone stolen at $80 stolen at
'U' Hospital IM Building

CAMPUS EVENTS & NOTES

WHERE:1500 East Medical
Center Dr.
WHEN: Monday at about10:15
WHAT: A female caller
reported a missing iPhone and
leather case valued at $560,
University Police reported. The
iPhone was left at a reception
desk at the University Hospital.
Police have no suspects.

WHERE: Intramural Sports
Building
WHEN: Monday at about 10:15
WHAT: A male caller reported
an unattended wallet with $80
cash was stolen, University
Police reported. No report was
filed.

1Pod stolen
Man escorted from West Quad
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Lecture on
classroom
interactions
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ert Pianta of the University
of Virginia on the classroom
dynamics between teachers
and students.
WHO: Center for Local, State
and Urban Policy
WHEN: Weill Hall, Annen-
burg Auditorium
WHERE: School of Social
Work Building, Room 1636
LGBT film
screening
WHAT: "En El Fuego," a
documentary film on the
lives of transgender people
will be shown.
WHO: Spectrum Center
WHEN: Tonight at 5 p.m.
WHERE: School of Social
Work, Educational Confer-
ence Center

Harpsichord
recital on North
Campus
WHAT: A free musical per-
formance by students of Prof.
Edward Parmentier
WHO: School of Music, The-
atre and Dance
WHEN: Tonight at 8 p.m.
WHERE: E.V. Moore Build-
ing, Blanche Anderson Moore
Hall
Free orchestra
concert
WHAT: A free concert
WHO: Campus Symphony
Orchestra
WHEN: Today at 8 p.m.
WHERE: Hill Auditorium
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The Nestle Corporation
recalled nearly 900,000
pounds of Lean Cuisine
frozen chicken meals yester-
day. Several of the meals had
been found with pieces of hard
plastic mixed into the food.
Michigan Telefund, the
fundraising program that
employees more than100
students to call members of
the Alumni Association, raises
more than $3 million in dona-
tions every year.
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A scientific study in the
United Kingdom found
that people in their 30s
and 40s are less likely than
teenagers to use a condoimwhen
having sex for the first time.

from UGi
WHERE: Shapiro Undergradu-
ate Library
WHEN: Monday at about2 p.m.
WHAT: A man sitting on the
floor of the first floor men's
bathroom was given averbal
warning for trespassing and
escorted off the property, Uni-
versity Police reported. The
man was not affiliated with the
University.

break room
WHERE: West Quad
WHEN: Monday at about 12:50
p.m.
WHAT: An iPod was reported
stolen from a break room in
the kitchen area of West Quad
on Nov.14 sometime between
.2:4S and 2:20 p.m, University
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suspects.

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