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culture, a lot of nice scenery and a lot of neat little neigh-
borhoods to explore." He added that he feels Chicago offers
travelers "pretty much everything under the sun," including
theater, museums and "great places to eat."
While farther away, he said Washington D.C. is also
an enticing destination with political hot spots and
tours of Washington landmarks. He said he feels it's
worth the drive.
"It's got alot of touristy things to do, there's a lot of monu-
ments to go see, lots of restaurants and bars," he said.
Walsh said another perk is that vacations don't cost
much for people who have friends where they are going.
"If you can stay with friends, it's just going to cost you
gas and maybe $60 to $80 to go out, depending on how
long you're there," he said.
Chicago is about 250 miles away - a little over four
hours drive, and Washington D.C. is about an eight-hour
drive, a little over 500 miles.
For Business student Katie Wehri, her lake house in
Ohio and a side trip to Cedar Point are clearly in store.
Wehri, who will take the MCAT later this month, said she
can't wait for a break.
"These last few months have been ... so much
studying, it felt like it would never end. To feel like I
can take a break, it's a miracle," she said. While
Wehri said she would feel guilty taking time off now
with the test coming up, she said the amusement
park, well-known for its roller coasters, will be a wel-
come break.
"That feeling right before you go over that big hill, that
helps me forget about everything," she said. "When you
go up that hill, you're immediately gratified."
LSA senior Megan Bidgoli said for her, going to Cedar
Point puts life back in perspective.

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research expenditures in 2000. In 2001,
the University earned over $218.1 mil-
lion in gifts.
But some students, both from Iowa
and Michigan, have raised concerns over
how successful Coleman will be at lead-
ing such a large public institution. The
University of Michigan has a larger stu-
dent population, alumni body, endow-
ment fund and more campus activism
According to Iowa's website, the
school has 350 advertised student organ-
izations and a student population of
29,000. Michigan, according to Maize
Pages, boasts over 750 student groups
and has a student population of 53,000.
According to the University, Michigan
also boasts the largest living alumni
body "of any college or university."
Despite the challenges, or because of
them, Coleman said she is "excited"
about leading the University.
Her first priorities, she said, are cur-
rent University initiatives, like those in
the life sciences and the arts, including
the building of the Walgreen Drama
Center and Arthur Miller Theater. The-
ater construction was postponed after
estimated costs surpassed what the Uni-
versity originally intended to pay.
"We have to see what is going to be
feasible and what isn't going to be feasi-
ble," Coleman said. "(We have to) look
at the impact (of the initiatives) and

make some priority decisions, and well
be doing tha.'
Coleman, who the regents have hailed
as a strong leader of public and higher
education, said she intends to focus
much of her time on improving stu-
dents' experiences. She has also continu-
ously spoken positively with regard to
the report released Oct. 25 by the Presi-
dent's Commission on the Undergradu-
ate Experience.
In the report, the commission, made
up of 25 students, faculty members and
administrators, released six major goals,
each of which entailed listings of more
specific objectives.
The goals included making the cam-
pus more interconnected, connecting
students to the community and the
world, treating the undergraduate career
as a lifelong journey and creating a
diverse and self-reflective student com-
The more particular objectives includ-
ed creating a Sophomore Year Initiative,
postponing fraternity rush until the end 4
of freshman year at the earliest, over-
hauling the advising system and adapt-
ing residence halls to function like
residential colleges.
"I was quite impressed. I thought the
group had come up with some good
ideas on how to help undergraduates
think about the undergraduate experi-
ence," Coleman said. "I'm always inter-
ested in improving the experiences
students have ... we always look to
make it better."

The Chicago Tribune is a famous landmark in the Windy
city, a popular weekend hot-spot for students.
"You realize in a large scale that some things aren't as
important as you think they are. It makes life look much
bigger than the things you've been doing and working so
hard for," Bidgoli said.
"It's like one big playground. It's not meant to be
taken seriously. It lets you get away from the other
things that are going on ... lets you leave things the
way they are here and to come back and have a fresh
perspective on things, lets you spice it up a little bit,"
she added.

RAC E cent pro-choice. I'm uncomfortabl
Brand New Four with people in favor of restrictions,
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just on that," LSA senior Laura
DePalma said, adding that she sup-
ports Dingell based on his environ-
mental and abortion stances.
Banks also said Dingell's 47-year
experience wasn't a major issue for
her. "It's how competent they are,"
she said.
Not all students expressed an
interest in the race, or the candi-
dates - and some have said that the
continuous negative campaigning
has turned them off.

"They're both going back and
forth ... at each other," LSA senior
Parker Hamilton said. Hamilton
added that he didn't want to base his
votes off the campaigns' pitches.
"I'll research (the candidates) on my
own, instead of watching commer-
cials and the calls from the cam-
Morrissey disagreed, saying, "it's
important to put out the differences,
to allow people to know what
they're voting on."


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