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Like many students who want to procras- tinate, Matt Huang checks his E-mail instead of doing his homework. Huang found E-mail was a convenient way to keep in touch with friends at other schools. a day in the life 8: 30am wake up 8:45am shower 9: 00am RC Intensive Spanish 194 10:00am go back to room, nap 1 l:20am wake up, go to class late 12:30pm lunch at Pizza House, eat a Georgia Rueban l:10pm Spanish discussion 2:00pm visit with friends, read the Ann Arbor News 3:30pm run various errands 4:00pm study 5:00pm give up studying, check E-mail 5:30pm dinner in the cafeteria 6:00pm check out the RC courses for next semester 7:00pm attempt home- work a second time 8:00pm swing dance lessons at the Michigan Union Ballroom 10:00pm return home 10:30pm hunger strikes, go to get " real pizza " 1 l:00pm do homework l:30am go to bed 40 Matthew Kuan-Yao Huang
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uniors Jennifer Manger and Don De Sander take :wing dancing lessons at the Union. The classes were ed by Dante Mastri and Lauren Abrams. arcy Yackish and John Kao master the art of swing dancing. These lessons were a fun way to get away from studying. and Jive L he loud, booming sounds of big band orchestra music. Bright red lipstick and colorful swirling skirts. Black fedora hats and gray pin- stripe suits. For many students on campus, the environment of the 1940 ' s was resurrected as swing dancing became the latest craze to sweep the nation. " I started swing dancing at the free University events on campus during ' Welcome Week, ' and I had a lot of fun, so I continue to do it whenever I can. I just like to have a good time with my friends, so dancing is a good opportu- nity to do that, especially on the weekends when we are sick of classes. The music and dancing and clothes just add to the fun, " said first-year Resi- dential College student Matthew Huang. In addition to the music and the moves, students paid particular attention to additional details that made their swing dancing escapades feel authentic. Some students dressed up in clothes from the original swin g era of the 1940 ' s. " I always dress up, either in just a nice outfit or in swing clothes from the 40 ' s that I get at thrift shops. Dressing up is part of the fun, " said first- year Residential College student Akosua Mireku. " Sometimes I go to the Velvet Lounge in Pontiac, and I have also been to Leonardo ' s and to the swing dance nights they have at the Union. " For many students, swinging proved to be relatively simple to learn, especially when dancers relied upon spontaneous movements to add to their act. " I took one beginner lesson, but I did not learn much, so I did not go back to any more lessons. Everything I have learned has been from watching people and just going dancing as much as I can and trying new things. I also watch old 40 ' s movies and I have seen " Swing Kids " a couple times, because those show off good moves and they are a good representation of the time, too, " said junior philosophy major Josh Payne, who frequented swing dance nights at the Blind Pig on Sundays, at the Union on Wednesdays, and at the Velvet Lounge. Exactly why swing dancing became so popular was unknown, but studentsjust enjoyed the fun of it all. " I don ' t know exactly why swing dancing is such a craze on college campuses. I think maybe it is just because it is something to do, something new, something fresh. It ' s fun and that ' s why I do it, " said Mireku. Amidst the flurry of whirling skirts and tapping shoes, stu- dents enjoyed swing dancing, trying to prove that " it don ' t mean a thing if it ain ' t got that swing. " by Caelan Jordan Swine Dancing 39
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' j Nate Bozen ipthome- Itime ; dance Michigan an irnhome [ger strikes, I pizza " lomework RC living by Jamie Weitzel Iwelve hours from now, Matthew Kuan-Yao Huang will be hurling his friend Stephanie through the air to the beat of jazzy music. 14 hours from now, he will be savoring a piece of " real pizza " with his friend Steve. 19 hours from now, Huang gets to come back to bed if he ' s lucky. But now it is 8:30 Monday morning and he must yank himself from his " cavern of hibernation " and head to Residential College (RC) Intensive Spanish to learn more about the subjunctive tense. First, however, he must find out what is going on in the world. After showering, he enjoys his morning ritual of glimpsing " Sports Center " on ESPN and " Headline News. " Huang is heading into the hardest part of his day; it is a Monday, after all, and everyone knows how fun they can be. He comments, " The morning was the most stressful part of my day because it was a Monday morning. Rolling out of bed at 8:30 on a Monday is one of the most stressful things anyone could ever do. " By the afternoon, Huang tries valiantly to start studying. The RC is an exciting but challenging place; academic success is the result of hard work and long nights. Starting at 4 P.M., the books are open. " It doesn ' t work, " Huang decides after awhile, deciding to check E-mail instead. " There are too many people running in and out of my The fact that his classes are all in the same building has not stopped Matthew Kuan-Yao Huang from be- coming involved on campus, dorm room. " He finds his Inbox filled with 23 messages; two of these are from people he actually knows. Huang then checks out the course guide on the Web to see which RC courses look interesting for the winter term. " Photography and a couple of acting classes, " he thinks as he window shops for his academic future. It ' s one of many hours that Huang and many other University students lose to the computer screen, commu- nicating and planning their lives electronically. Swing Dancing at 8 P.M. makes it all worthwhile. The music, the laughter, and his friendship with his dancing partner, Stephanie, add just the right release to a long, hard Monday. The Swing Dancing lessons are hosted by Dance Marathon. " This was a blast, as Swing Dancing always is, " Huang explains. " The best part of my day was Swing Dancing because it is not class, not studying, and it is a great way to blow off steam. " Huang has enough steam left, however, to not run out until the wee hours of the morning. The first-year student usually eludes his bed until 3 A.M. on weekdays, 5 A.M. on weekends. The most surprising part of the day for Huang is when his " roommate, who doesn ' t have class on Monday, was up and out of bed before 1:30 P.M. " Recalling the late hours that are kept in the room, it is more than unusual. " This is unheard of in 301 Prescott, " Huang laughs. Inside Michigan Life 41
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