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24 The Michigan Daily - Orientation Edition 2007

Rufus who?
Others shine
at A2 folk fest


By ANNA ASH taiko drumming and flawlessly
Daily Arts Writer choreographed performance.
Kiyoshi's simplicity and precision
Jan. 29, 2007 - Nudity, profanity, was riveting, especially during Aki
an accordion player named Tin- Takahashi's spotlightcon vocals and
kerbelle - in between the many the three-stringed shamisen.
singer-songwriters were pleasant- In regard to Rufus Wain-
ly unforeseen oddities in last week- wright, Friday's headliner: bla-
end's Ann Arbor Folk Festival. tant mistakes were made, wrong
Regardless ofwhether ornot The notes were played and he read off
Slambovian Circus of Dreamssatis- a sheet of lyrics. His voice was
fied your folk appetite, you have to nice - but that was all.
give The Ark props for filling Hill Saturday was a similar story. A
Auditorium with both dreadlocks strong start gradually turned to
and people who remember the ABC disappointment when Paul Thorne
"Hootenanny" series. tried to get the audience to sing
Both nights were arranged so along with, "Well it's a great day
that lesser-known groups began for me to whup somebody's ass ...
the night with short sets; this you might get cold-cocked if you
with the intention that the night cross my path." Luckily the festival
would progress with longer sets regained its dignity with bluegrass
and more entertaining music. virtuosos Mountain Heart and the
Unfortunately, for Friday night, legendary John Prine.
the very opposite was true. But yet again, the highlight of
Millish, a local group that the night was the first performer,
mingles bluegrass fiddle with Daisy May. Accompanied by fel-
traditional Irish pipes and whis- low Earthworks musician Seth
ties, started the night. While Bernard, May graced the audience
this group may be young, they with a voice that rivals Patsy Cline
were without a doubt some of the .in strength and beauty. She will
most technically and creatively play again at The Ark on April 6.
advanced musicians at the fes- It's understandable that the
tival. Millish was one of the few diversity of a folk festival won't
acts that provided the festivalgo- please everyone. Both nights
ers with something novel - gift- involved a few musicians who
ed musicians with an innovative adhered to convention. Granted,
sound. Sadly, they were given the complying with the masses is
shortest set of the night. what the music industry is about,
A few guitars later, the Kiyoshi but it would have been nice to see
Nagata Ensemble took the audience the most talented musicians have
by surprise with their Japanese more than a 15-minute set.

CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: Steps one through six to have sex in the Graduate Library.

Do it by the book

Sept. 21, 2006 - By now, you've
heard all the conventional rites of
passage at the University. Don't
step on the "M" until you've taken
your first blue book exam. Walk
through the fountain during ori-
entation. Get onto the roof of a
University building sometime in
your undergraduate career. Have
sex in the Harlan Hatcher Gradu-
ate Library's stacks before gradu-
Gettingbusy in the silentshelves
of one of the University's largest
collections is a must for the more
daring lovers of Michigan's under-
grads. After all, Trojan just ranked
us the third safest school in the
nation when it comes to education
regarding sexual health. We might
as well celebrate, and everyone
knows that the best way to spice
up your love life is to shake things
up. All it takes is a little guidance
(and real-life cojones) to make it
easier for you to have your "O."
Right between the "N" and "P."
Trust us. We've done it.
Step 1: Pick your time.
This step is critical to a) help
you find an empty carrel and b)
keep from getting caught. Avoid
the library at all costs during
midterms and finals. Not only are
hundreds of people studying right
on top of each other while they
nurse their stress-induced colds,
it's also a lot harder to get in the
groove when people are shushing

you over the tops of the carrels.
Coming is hard when you're being
asked to leave.
Step 2: Gather your equip-
This varies from couple to cou-
ple, although we don't recommend
anything that makes noise over a
few decibels (i.e. whips, chains,
sex toys). What's required are a
few key pieces of clothing. For
girls, skirts are pretty much de
rigueur - slip the panties down,
spread the knees, you're all set.
Also, skirts provide an excellent
contingency excuse in the absolute
worst-case, highly-unlikely pos-
sibility that someone walks in. For
all they know, you're just sitting
on his lap. As for the boys, roomy
attire will help you get where you
want without too much fuss. Box-
ers are a must. There's no room for
tighty-whiteys - literally. Same-
sex couples and groups can adapt
these techniques to fit their own
A few other things will also
make your love session less view-
er-friendly - a newspaper or
something similar to tape over the
small window in the door of each
carrel. And to carry your para-
phernalia? Backpacks are a good
idea. It's a university, people, and
you'll look less suspicious if you
give off the appearance of using
the library for, say, studying.


Step 3: Choose your location.
There are several floors of
stacks in the library that offer
dozens of private-study carrels
- exactly what you want for your
bibliophilic adventure. Stay away
from carrels with large windows
facing other buildings, where the
cubicle caddies might easily get an
eyeful. Cruise the floors before you
settle down. What you're looking
for is as much solitude as possible.
so the fewer students, the better
unless you're an exhibitionist. (In
which case, by all means) You alsc
definitely want to avoid the librar-
ians who wander the stacks every
so often reshelving books. No need
to tempt them with what they
aren't getting.
Step 4: Prepare your love
There are just a few things te
keep in mind before you get to it.
Use that newspaper you've packed;
and tape over the window so it's
opaque. Arrange the chair accord-
ingly (and you will want to use the
chair; the study areas are too small
to stretch out) and adjust your
clothing for maximum effect.
Step 5: Prepare yourself.
Guys, get the condom. Remem-
ber to control your breathing, and
keep your kisses soft - that smack
can be heard for miles. Foreplay.
Step 6: Fuck.

"I don't even want to sound good.

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