Road Trip: Michigan (cont.)
Posted: Friday February 23, 2007 12:58PM; Updated: Friday February 23, 2007 12:58PM
Best place to grab a cheap, late-night bite to eat: Backroom pizza. The centrally-located pizza joint offers $1 slices of pizza, a convenient option for students who may get some late-night munchies after an evening out at some of East University's finest watering holes.
Best place to get your drink on while still holding onto Michigan tradition: The Brown Jug. Named after the trophy Michigan and Minnesota play for in their annual gridiron battle, the Brown Jug is one of Ann Arbor's more popular bar stops. Though its pigskin-slanted name mayhint that you have a good chance of running into your favorite football star there, don't count on it -- the Jug is actually known for being a favorite of the hockey team.
Best place for breakfast: Angelo's. For those of you who love waking up early for a nice, hearty meal, or those of you who love to party into the wee hours of the night and like topping it off with a tasty treat (doctors say eating a huge meal before going to bed is extra healthy), there's no better place than Angelo's. Their homemade bread is a favorite of many, but they do pretty much everything good -- which might explain the hour-long wait on most Saturday mornings.
Best place to celebrate a big win: President Mary Sue Coleman's house. Unfortunately for Michigan students, the tradition of storming the current president's house following a big win hasn't happened toorecently. Established in 1997 when the Wolverines topped Penn State on their way to the school's last National Championship in football. thousands of students who didn't make the trip to Happy Valley rushed then-president Lee Bollinger's house (which lies in the middle of campus) to celebrate the win. If Michigan ever finds a way to beat Ohio State in the near future, President Coleman might want to board her windows ahead of time.
Best budding tradition: Visiting Yost and Ufer's gravesites. On the week leading up to the Michigan-Ohio State football game, a group of Michigan fans congregate at legendary Michigan coach Fielding H. Yost and announcer Bob Ufer's headstones where they are buried nearby Michigan's campus. The fans pay their respects to the legends and place Maize and Blue roses at their headstones.
Best way to let your inner-graffiti artist out: Visit the Rock. The large boulder-like structure located on the southeast part of campus is a popular spot for fraternities and campus groups to mark their territories. The rock is spray painted in whatever way groups deem necessary. For you Spartan and Buckeye fans out there plotting a prank where you'll paint your colors on the rock on the day of a big game, guess again: it's guarded around the clock before big games.
Best way to spend your free time when spring comes around: Hang out on the Diag. The Diag is the center of Michigan's campus, surrounded by huge campus buildings and libraries. The middle is open though, and provides a beautiful courtyard for students to hang out when the weather begins cooperating again. Whether its sunbathing, tossing the Frisbee around or just trying to avoid the newest student group passing around flyers, the Diag provides entertainment for just about everyone.
Best building on campus: The Law Quad. Spread out across 10 acres, the old-school architecture is unmatched anywhere else on campus. Similar to the Diag, the Law Quad also opens up and creates a courtyard for students to hang out and converse when they're not hitting the books.
Best way to get around campus: Feet. Come on guys, a little exercise doesn't kill anyone. It also doesn't help that there are about as many available parking spots on campus as there have been losses to Michigan State in football since the turn of the century (that's one for those keeping track at home).
Scott Bell is a junior at the University of Michigan, where he is the Managing Sports Editor and football writer for the Michigan Daily. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.