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8 - The Michigan Daily - Monday, August 5, 2002
Students enjoy one last taste of
a summer spent in Ann Arbor

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By Kara DeBoer
Daily Staff Reporter
University alum Reda Woodcock
said he wonders lately where the
summer has gone. Though he is out of
school, he still leads an unvaried life.
"My life is monotonous...I
work, drink at the bar and sleep,"
Woodcock said. "There's just noth-
ing else to do."
With the arrival of August, the
summer is now three-fourths over,
meaning over 15 weeks of vacation
have evaporated. Many students
split their time between work and
the bar.
Students said the lack of variety in
their lives was two-fold: First, the

rough schedule their finances require,
and second, the lack of alternative
recreational activities available at the
times their schedules permit.
B.J. Meyers, a business graduate
of Central Michigan University who
owns thekPita Pit on South Universi-
ty Avenue, said his life basically
revolves around his job.
"I work 100 hours a week," Mey-
ers said. "I literally work, sleep, and
come back to work."
The expenses of living in a col-
lege town - such as steep rent,
high cell phone bills and other
necessities - may require students
to work during the summer. But
even some of the busiest and most
budget-conscious of college stu-
dents found the time to hang out and
let loose, both at the bar and in the
community.
RC junior Eryk Glenn spends his
days working at Urban Outfitters and
the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans-

gendered Affairs Office as an intern.
Though he normally works 60 hours a
week, he said he still managed to
enjoy an active social life this summer
- away from the bars.
"I used to go out more, but as
soonas I spent the money for cover
and a few drinks, I'd wonder if it
was really worth it," Glenn said.
"I'm a homebody - my friends
come visit me at work. Plus, I'm an
activist. Working in the community
takes up time, and it's is free and
worthwhile."
Even students working late at
night have found a few alternatives
to bar-hopping this summer. For the
most part, they said their alterna-
tives consist of doing something
outside of Ann Arbor, which means
one thing: Road trips.
"I've gone to a few Tiger's
games," Meyers said. "They're
cheaper than movies these days."
Woodcock took a week to visit

EMMA FOSDICK/Daily
LSA senior Ana Vaz and University of Colorado student Pety Brady enjoy a Saturday
night at Mitch's Place on South University Avenue.

friends in New York and go.camp-
ing. Other students said they went to
Cedar Point or home for a few days.
But, not everybody has the luxury
to travel. Students without trans-
portation have fewer options, but
some still find other ways to have a
good time.
Despite the options, the bar-hop-
ping trend is still strong. Many stu-
dents said that when they are in
town at night and not working, they
head to the bars.
LSA senior Lindsey Victor works
35 hours a week at Stucchi's on.
South University Avenue. Although
Victor often works until 11:15 p.m.,
she said she still finds the energy to
go to the bar almost every night.
She said she regularly attends
Rick's American Cafe on Church
Street and Good Time Charley's on
South University.
"It depends on the weather," Vic-
tor said. "Either way, I go out. If it's

nice, I like to have a drink outside at
Charley's."
For many University students this
summer, the bar scene is the town's
no. 1 attraction, but they said it's not
because of the alcohol.
"Bars are more than just a place
to drink. They're really a gathering
point," Victor said. "I wish there
were other options, but I don't know
what I'd want them to be."
And Glenn said that if he "had
the money or the time," he would
go out more.
Even if the bar scene is inevitable
in students' summer social life,
there are still alternatives, especially 4
for those desiring a more relaxing
atmosphere.
"It doesn't get monotonous for me
because I don't let it," Victor said.
"I change it up a lot. I've been to the
Full Moon (on Main St.), which is a
good place if you don't feel like a
crowd."

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