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they might have a differ-
ent purpose in my life than
they did in someone else's,"
Cusack said, describing her
style as retro. "It's like a sec-
ond life for clothes."
In a house on Detroit
Street in Kerrytown, a sec-
ond life exists beyond cloth-
From Page 3B
that of city police, the FBI
and Homeland Security.
However, some students
still doubt Big House secu-
rity. Carmen, an LSA sopho-
more, and a friend strolled
into the Big House prior to
January's Winter Classic
hockey match - after simply
walking up to the student
entrance and lifting the latch
thatholdsthemaingate shut.
Though she claimed the
gate may have been unlocked
because people were inside
working to prepare the sta-
dium and lay down the ice
rink, shenoted thather entry
was easy and went entirely
"I honestly thought any-
one could go in there," Car-
men said. "I didn't think I
was inadvertently breaking
As far as punishing stu-
dents, Forsberg said it
depends on the circumstanc-
es, and is ultimately up to the
officer's discretion. It's really
about preventing a repeat
offense, he said; and some-
times a warning is sufficient.
The question remains:
is the fear of a larger con-
sequence enough to break
a withstanding tradition?
Engineering sophomore
into the Big House last year
following the first basketball
"It was a lot of fun see-
ing it in the dark, completely
empty," he said. "It may have
seemed even bigger without
all the people there, without
everything kind of blending
intothe maize."
Young was with a friend
at the time, and they were
not alone. Several people
strolled in to take a look at
the vacant stadium from the
top of the bleachers, before
security guards told them to

ing. The Treasure Mart has
been family-owned for 54
years, and is one of several.
secondhand stores carrying
household items.
"Well, all cities probably
have consignment shops,
but I don't think there are
too many quite like The
However, Young's obser-
vation is what seems to drive
most break-ins - not mal-
intent, but the desire to see
the University's spectacle
of a stadium and experience
it without a crowd topping
100,000 people.
Take the example of
Randy, an LSA senior who
has successfully snuck into
the Big House twice. The
first time was in the spring
of his freshman year; the
second was the night before
2013's Ohio State game.
Each time, Randy went
with only one other person.
"Neither time was planned,
it was just a really spontane-
ous event," he said. "It was
nice weather out both times,
and we were like, 'Oh, the Big
House would be fun to break
For the second break-in,
this rationale was bolstered
by a bit of clouded judgment.
Randy was high.
He and his friend repli-
cated what seems to be the
normal ritual for Michigan
Stadium trespassers: They
circled in search of the low-
est point in the fence. Dis-
covering that it was adjacent
to the players' entrance to
the field, Randy and his
friend pulled up a trashcan
to assist their fence hopping.
"The fence was a bit of a
struggle, because I have big
feet and (the fences) have
spikes on top of them," he
said. "But, you know, it's real-
ly not that hard, especially
if you have a friend there to
steady you and stuff."
Randy said he did not
worry much about the conse-
quences at any point over the
course of both adventures.
"I had some worries that
I might get caught," he said.
"But I kind of thought to

Treasure Mart because we
get such a wide variety of
things because of the Uni-
versity and the hospital,"
Carl Johns, co-owner of
The Treasure Mart, said.
"We have a fellow that
comes from Cleveland once
a month to consign. People

myself, 'I can
the penalties
be that har
because I'm
experience it:
igan student.
naive, but I
good intentio
make sense fo
ish a student f
The first
learned that
the Big Hous
as a misdeme
ing his inter
Michigan Dai
he said he wo
into Michigan
knowing the
he said he st
done it
tion, he
felt that
be situ-
"I think
if the
tions, if
trying to
bring in
drugs or
or have
sex, I
ful. You

't imagine that
for this would
sh, especially
just trying to
and I'm a Mich-
It was pretty
went in with
ns. It wouldn't
ir them to pun-
or this."
time Randy
sneaking into
e could qualify
anor was dur-
view with The
ly. And though
uldn't trespass
ill would have

come from all over South-
eastern Michigan and Ohio
to shop here."
The two-story consign-
ment shop carries furniture,
household items, kitchen-
ware, books and more, with
a small vintage clothing and
shoe section. People con-
shouldn't be doing that to
your stadium. But if it's clear
that the student is just trying
to walk around and explore
and take it in, I wouldn't
approve of strong punish-
ment for that."
Like Forsberg explained,
it's quite possible that offi-
cers who discover students in
the Big House do assess their
intentions before enforcing
a punishment - and Matt's
case is tangible proof.
While students are likely
to continue to trespass into
Michigan Stadium grounds
on non-game-days, the Uni-
versity does not give stu-
dents an open opportunity

sign their items and receive
65 percent of the item's sale
price once it is sold.
"I would definitely say
there is a thrift and vintage
shop culture here," Cusack
said. "I've met alot of people
who get excited about super
great deals with you, and
to experience the empty sta-
dium. Mats's suggestion:
change that.
"You never get the chance
to actually walk on the field,
except after games, but
that's only if you feel like
staying after the crowd," he
said. "They should just take
students on a midnight trip
where you could walk into
the Big House just to look
Rob Rademacher, asso-
ciate athletic director, said
in a statement that the Big
House's current security
policies and procedures are
under "constant evaluation"
so as to provide the "best

people who are willing to
wake up at 8 a.m. on a Sat-
urday morning to go thrift
shopping with you. The
challenge of finding some-
thing is fun for me."

security for Michigan Stadi-
um during an event an non-
event days."
As far as allowing stu-
dents in on non-game days,
Rademacher said the main
avenue for that kind of recre-
ation is H.A.I.L., the depart-
ment's free app that gives
students points for "atten-
dance, involvement and loy-
alty" - providing different
rewards at a variety of point
"A grand prize for certain
levels of achievement last
year was to have a flag foot-
ball game in the stadium,"
he said. "We will continue to
explore ideas like this."


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