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iinj ^ for the iM finally style G )f Age " Most come to the with and pitcher! " the nt b ar h it 8 was with the of downing shots ranging from :terv - common for a student to wake up with a vicious hangover the day after his or her 21st birthday. to . " -Mike Melfi, Mitch ' s Place em- ployee and senior sports management major Jfe / ** Michigan Life 33
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fter years of anticipation, thi linal signifi- cant birthday was celebrated bv i < : > erclassmen at the University. Students ..el ' i-d their 21st birthdays in numerous wrr " . ihe semesters. For most, the final birthc ' .r- o mark the legaliza- tion of drinking was cch ated at a bar or party with friends. " Most people do 2 1 nots and end up puking, " said first year LSA student Stephanie Bloom. " Some make T-shirts with the name of the shots written on it. " It was common for University students to go to the bars the night before their birthday in order to drink their first legal drink at midnight. " I went to the bar the night before my birthday so I could drink at midnight, " said business school junior Chris Wise. " I lost count at 42 shots and was drunk for four days after. " Common bars to visit included Mitch ' s Place, Score Keepers and Rick ' s. " It is not unusual to have a twenty-first birth- day every night at the bar, " said Mitch ' s Place employee and senior sports management major Mike Melfi. " Most people come to the bar with family and friends with the goal of downing 21 enior Melissa Lippman celebrates her 21st birth- day at Rick ' s. A blow-job shot was one of many shots taken that night. row of shots awaits its next victim. In cel- ebration, students bought their friends shots for their 21st birthdays. shots ranging from buttery nipples to kamikazes. Most bars don ' t have deals but the birthday person never has to pay for anything them- selves. " Others chose to celebrate with friends at house parties. " My 21st was on an off night for the bars so my friends had a house party for me, " said Indus- trial Operations Engineering junior Mike Gluhanich. " Everyone brought me alcohol and I didn ' t have to find a way home once I was drunk. " Friends were involved in almost all birth- day celebrations. " I had a wonderful 21st, " said junior general studies major Jack Stead. " My friends put on clown outfits and danced around. It was better than being at the bars. " Some students chose not to drink on their 21st birthdays. " I ' m not much of a partier, " said an anonymous psychology junior. " I didn ' t want to make myself sick like so many people do. I stayed in and just talked to my family on the phone like Shelley Skopit any other birthday. I guess it is weird that I can drink legally now, but I didn ' t feel the need to get drunk that night. " Many students expressed that drinking le- gally was a let down after all the years of drinking undercover. It was also disappointing because 21 was the last significant birthday until the thirties and forties. Those who were excited for the firs legal drink often made large productions out o the big day. It was common for countdowns to b posted in houses and the birthday night highl ' publicized. When the birthday finally arrived most chose to celebrate in grandiose style wit] family and friends. by Jaime K. Nelson sindent i 32 21st Birthdays Shelley Skopit Kristy Parker
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" When I first came to this school last year, I had no idea what people were talking about when they said the ' UGLi ' . Come on, that ' s kind of a stretch for ' Undergraduate Library/ " -Joe Ross, LSA sophomore Juring orientation and registration, students were bombarded re- peatedly with strange-sounding words that they were expected to automati- cally understand as University students. " Have you ' CRISPed ' into your classes yet? " " Don ' t forget to check with the ' ITD ' for E-mail or the ' ONSP ' for information. " Perhaps University students, staff, and faculty really were that lazy that abbreviated speech was necessary, or perhaps there was some method to the madness. Not surprisingly, several first-year students disliked the overuse of acronyms. Aaron Mendenhall, a first-year engineering student regarded acronyms as, " pointless. You never really know what any of them mean. " Additionally, Michael Walton, a first-year chemical engineering major, said, " they don ' t make the best acronyms for things around here. " Joe Ross, a sophomore LSA student, could think of a problem that tripped him up. " The UGLi. When I first came to this school last year, I had no idea what people were talking about when they said ' the UGLi ' . Come on, that ' s kind of a stretch for ' Undergraduate Library. ' " Many students felt that acronyms were useful tools to have. For example, Zvi Kresch, a first-year LSA student responded, " I think that they ' re cool. They ' re nice to have because they make communication easier and more efficient. " Theresa DeSitter, a sophomore nursing major, thought- fully replied, " I guess [the potential problem with acronyms] depends on your status. As a freshman, I hated them because I had no idea what they stood for. Now that I ' m a sophomore, I really like them because we can say ' UHS ' and ' NUBS ' instead of University Health Services and North Univer- sity Building, respectively. " Similarly, sophomore computer engineering major, Sanjeevi Krishnan, said, " I like acronyms because they make things look official. " One student, however, stood out as a great advocate for acronym usage. Sophomore cellular and molecular biology and biopsychology double major, James Szymanski, decreed, " acronyms are my passion. I often find myself awakening in the middle of the night in a dry sweat, dreaming of new ones. " Although some students may have despised acronyms while others were fanatical about them, it appeared as though acronyms were here to stay. by Mary K. Schmaltz place to re- search and study, the UGLi stands just off the Diag on Central Campus. The acronym stood for Undergraduate Library, not a reference to its ap- pearance. Ashley Rice ( oughing, sneezing and other cold symptoms are met with a prescription for a trip to UHS. Among the list of acronyms heard on campus, UHS stood for University Health Ser- 34 Acronyms Ashley Rice
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