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ABOUT CAMPUS
ILLUSTRATIONS BY JOHN OQUIST

Magazine Editor:
Jessica Vosgerchian
Editor inChief:
Gary Graca
Managing Editor:
Courtney Ratkowiak
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Sam Wolson
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Brian Tengel
Center spread design:
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Cover photo:
Max Collins
The Statement is The Michigan
Daily's news magazine, distributed
every Wednesday during the
academic year.

new rules
rule 218: Just
because you
have a Black-
Berry doesn't
mean you
can expect
everyone else
to text 75-word
responses, too.
rule 219: Even
if it's not your
chore to clean
the bathroom,
you can't leave
your grody stuff
all over it.
rule 220:
Whether you're
fighting or
sexing with your
boo, keep the
volume low for
the sake of your
roommates.
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Onlypeasants
walk to parties
Ann Arbor's economical
alternatives to walking
There are so many decisions to
make before you go out at night.
What will you wear? At whose
apartmentwillyou pregame? Which
bar will you go to? How drunk will
you get?
The most important question,
though, is how you will get there. If
it's a long walk, you'll want to drive.
But if you drive, you can't drink.
And if it's cold, you'll refuseto walk
very far at all. These considerations
couldputadamperonyourweekend
- unless you know about nighttime
transportation like the BTB Cantina
Party Bus, Ann Arbor Pedicab and
the Fifth Quarter shuttle bus.
Cheaper than a cab and more
flexible than a bus schedule, these
transportation companies provide
another alternative to footing it
across campus.
The blazing red BTB Party Bus
couldn't have a better slogan than
what is printed on its front, "$2
Rides." It rumbles along, picking
up people on the street or respond-
ing to reservation calls, and you
never know who or what you might
encounter on the taxi-bus hybrid.

While boarding the bus, the
potent smell of fryer grease makes
BTB's use of vegetable oil as alterna-
tive fuel obvious. But environmen-
tal conscientiousness isn't the main
reason students hail the Party Bus.
Rides are often rowdy and always
cheap - a long trip within the Ann
Arbor city limits costs $4 at most.
"We are sort of rickety and bois-
terous and that gives us character
that students love," BTB Party Bus
driver Gabe Jones said.
Riding on the bus is an experi-
ence in itself, as I found when I
rode the bus last Thursday. By the
time students get on the bus, they
are usually somewhat inebriated, so
the clientele often has an "anything
goes" attitude.
"You're supposed to be seated the
whole ride, but one time I was on
the bus, people were dancing and
humping one another," LSA junior
-Joshua Yim said.
But the Party Bus can be just as
difficult to snag as a cab if you don't
make a reservation ahead of time.
Luckily, though, other operations
have sprung up to fill the niche for
alternative transportation.
Fifth Quarter, Ann Arbor's new-
est'Tuesday night freshman des-
tination, launched its own shuttle
bus this past Welcome Week, which
is available Thursday through
Saturday after 10 p.m.. Painted a
drab brown and featuring only one

comfortable couch, Fifth Quarter's
minibus isn't as cheery as the BTB
Party Bus. But it offers a similarly
enticing deal: rides to Fifth Quarter
are free, while anywhere else with-
in a 10-mile radius of the club will
cost you $2.
But the Fifth Quarter bus seems
to lack the party atmosphere of
BTB transport. When I rode the bus
last Thursday, there were only two
other people, which combined with
the absence of music, made for an
awkward silence. The Bursley-Bates
bus gets wilder than that. Of course,
if your destination is Fifth Quarter,
tflis shuttle bus is your best option
since it's free.
Your next alternative transit
option is pedicabs, or tricycles tot-
ing hooded seats. Business sopho-
more Calvin Schemanski started a
pedicab business in Ann Arbor this
semester after a successful test run
during the summer in his home-
town of Petoskey, Mich.
"My partner and I decided to
make a business out of the tourist
appeal of our city (Petoskey) and I
decided to bring it here because I
felt it would be successful," he said.
There are two pedicabs that roam
Central Campus from about 10 p.m.
to 3 a.m. on Thursday, Friday and
Saturday night, weather permit-
ting. You can either flag them down
(they are usually on South Univer-
sity Avenue or State Street, between
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William and Liberty) or you can call them, hopped in, and they seemed
and ask to be picked up. Schemanski to be having fun," he said.
said there is no charge because any Schemanski added that the ser-
tips they make are pure profit. How- vice seems to be more popular with
ever, there is a suggested donation women, although he has had a fair
depending on where you're going. number of males ride, too. Unfor-
"When someone asks how much tunately, Calvin said that in a few
the ride would cost, I ask them weeks, he willbe suspending servic-
where there are going and give them es until next fall since it will soon be
a quote," Schemanski said. "For a too cold to stay out in tricycles three
ride less than 10 minutes, I would nights a week.
ask for a couple of bucks and leave So this weekend, don't fret if your
it at that." taxi numbers only get busy signals
The pedicabs can fit two people and freezing rain threatens to keep
comfortably, but since the weight you hostage indoors. Try one of
limit is approximately 600 pounds, these modes of alternative night-
Schemanski said even five people time transportation - because deal-
would be able to ride together. And ing with the smell of grease is better
yes, that has happened before. than a dull Friday night.
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Communication Studies
and The Howard R. Marsh Center
present a lecture by
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Thursday, October 22, 2009
Lecture 7:00 pm with a book signing to follow
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