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MONDAY:
In Other Ivory Towers

TUESDAY:
Arbor Anecdotes

WEDNESDAY: THURSDAY:
Before You Were Here Campus Characters

FRIDAY:
Explained

John Tucker of the 'Nerd Legion'

It's Wednesday, which
means the weekly Magic: The
Gathering tournament is hap-
pening at Get Your Game On,
a store on the corner of Pack-
ard Road and State Street.
John Tucker, a store employ-
ee, greets almost every cus-
tomer by name. Rah Rah Bear,
a legacy player and regular
customer, comes over to say
hello. Later, another cus-
tomer wraps his arm around
Tucker in playful camarade-
rie.
"There's a hundred nerds in
this store because we're hav-
ing a tournament," explained
Tucker, gesturing at his
domain. "I've always wanted
to be that kind of counter
jockey, and seen as a draw to
the store," Tucker said. "You
come for the people. The atti-
tude of the people behind the

counter makes the store about
more than just the products,
more than just the discount."
Tucker's otherwise nonde-
script attire of a black T-shirt
and khakis is complimented by
a shock of bright orange hair.
His middle name is Dynamite.
It's no joke, and he'll pull out
his driver's license as proof.
The full-time employee and
part-time Cleary University
student was instantly drawn
to the store when it opened
two years ago. Tucker was
hired soon after the store
opened and has been a con-
stant fixture ever since.
"It's not just a comic shop
anymore," Tucker said. "It
feels like my place,"
For Tucker, a normal day at
the store might include sort-
ing cards and stocking inven-
tory. The evenings consist

John Dynamite Tucker shows off the selection of Magic: The Gather-V
ing cards at Get Your Game On. Tucker has been working at the store,
located at Packard'Road and State Street, for two years.

CRIME NOTES
MCard stolen
from B-School
WHERE: Ross School of
Business
WHEN: Sundayat about 7 p.m.
WHAT: A student's MCard was
stolen from the second floor of
Business School building after it
was left unattended, University
Police reported. Police have no
suspects.
Student taken
to hospital after
falling on ice
WHERE: Bursley Residence
Hall
WHEN: Tuesday at about 1:10
p.m.
WHAT: A student was trans-
ported to the emergency room
of the University hospital,
University Police reported. The
student's injuries were not life-
threatening.

Unattended
flash drive taken
from computer
WHERE: 1400 West Medical
Center Dr.
WHEN: Tuesday at about 2:45
p.m.
WHAT: A flash drive was
stolen from a computer at the
Cancer Center after being left
attended, University Police
reported. There are no sus-
pects.
Car collision at
Medical Center
parking lot
WHERE: 1170 West Medical
Center Dr.
WHEN: November 25, between
9 a.m. andnoon
WHAT: An unknown vehicle
struck another vehicle ina
Medical Center parking lot,
University Police reported.

CAMPUS EVENTS & NOTES
Talk on star Student theatre
formations performance

of Nerf Gun Wars and Duck
Hunt Challenges, both clas-
sic videogames. He is part of
the Nerd Legion, a group he
formed with fellow employ-
ees and regular customers.
"I come to work, and I get
excited about everything I
do," Tucker said. "Maybe
someday I'll introduce some-
one to their favorite comic
book."
Eventually, Tucker hopes
to earn a degree in Entrepre-
neurship. For as long as he
can remember, he had always
wanted to open a bar that had
the same convivial quality as
Cheers.
"Then I came here, and I
knew what I wanted to do,"
Tucker said."And ifsomething
makes you happy, there's no
reason you shouldn't do it."
JASMINE ZHU
The world's oldest living
animal was discovered yes-
terday, after a photo of him
was found that dates back to
1900, the London Telegraph
reported. Jonathan thetortoise
was about 70 years old when
the photo was taken and he is
believed to be 176 years old.
Danny Boyle's latest film
"Slum Dog Millionaire"
opens December 12 at the
Michigan Theatre. It's based
on the true story of a kid from
the slums of Mumbai.
>>FOR MORE, SEE THE B-SIDE, PAGE 3B
German troops stationed
in Afghanistan drank
1.7 million pints of beer
and 90,000 bottles of wine in
2007, the Daily Mail reported.
According to report issued by
the German parliament 40% of
soldiers are also overweight, a
higher percentage than in the
German civilian population.

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