March 7th, 2013 at 4:30 PM ^

You were slightly before my time - I was there from '96 through '00 - but your story doesn't jive with what I know as CRISP. 

CRISP was a telephone registering system during my time - you were given a time slot when you would be able to call and, with your catalog in hand, the automated "CRISP lady" would tell you how your perfectly planned schedule was already full and hang up on you for good measure.  This could all be done through the comfort of your phone so there weren't any lines or people jumping other people, etc.  What exactly was the system you dealt with?

Edit:  Found a good history of CRISP that answered my questions here: http://umvm.wetpaint.com/page/CRISP 


March 7th, 2013 at 4:59 PM ^

No telephones for us. As an 86 grad, CRISP (computer registration including student participation) required, initially, standing in line outside of Lorch Hall(?) to register on a given day. It quickly evolved, for me, to a time slot where you still stood in line well beyond your appointed time to sit down with someone at a computer to get your classes. I was in the Engin school so it may have been different for us.

oriental andrew

March 7th, 2013 at 6:45 PM ^

I was at a transitional time, for many things.

I was at UM from 94-99.  My sophomore year was, I think, the first or second year you could do it by phone.  My older sister told me to go stand in line, so I did.  Some of my friends stood in line, others called in.  Starting my junior year, I called in.  That system sucked.

Also of a transitional nature was how basketball tickets were distributed.  My freshman year, we camped out by Crisler all night to get tickets.  IIRC, that was the last year of in-person first come-first served and they starting doing tickets by seniority like football. 


March 7th, 2013 at 6:23 PM ^

I remember handing in my deck at the input window, then watching the monitor report job status, before walking around the twisting internal corridor to the output window to pickup the printed output (along with the input deck).  This was about the time the IBM mainframe was swapped out for an Amdahl.

oriental andrew

March 7th, 2013 at 6:48 PM ^

I remember one year some dude was rollerblading naked and did a faceplant.  Yeah, that really must've sucked.

New tradition: the fully-clothed-in-winter-gear mile, to be run the first day of school when it's still 80 degrees out. 


March 7th, 2013 at 6:02 PM ^

Still look forward to a zingermans number 11 in the fall. To old for Rick's now but remember Jeter and Knoblauch there with a line of girls waiting to meet them back when Henson was in school. Wish they had a picture of "the wall"


March 7th, 2013 at 6:39 PM ^

The acts that played at the Second Chance were terrific. Concerts had big names like BB King, Iggy Pop, Bob Seger and the Ohio Players. My favorite was pogoing to the English Beat for about two hours straight as the whole second deck shook. My first night at West Quad we headed there and saw Dr Bop and the Headliners complete with on stage bar. Steve NArdella was another great local draw. I probably spent more $ there than I did on tuition.

Dooleys was just a great place to get drunk with cheap drinks. Bo's boys were bouncers and it was pure entertainment to see their "feats of strength" when someone got stupid.

Rick's was like being in a crowded basement that smelled like pot.


March 7th, 2013 at 6:44 PM ^

I remember seeing him all over the place when I was a student. The list is pretty sound beyond that, though, and I have to admit that I loved studying in the grad school library reading room. The place was gorgeous, and it was really a comfortable place to dig into my work.

Dominick's was outstanding, and I loved the Sangria in the jars. Another favorite haunt was Mr. Spots for a late night wing excursion.

Another staple for me was a leisurely visit to Borders, which sadly no longer exists. Man, I cannot wait to get back for a game next year, as it has been too long.


March 7th, 2013 at 7:56 PM ^

1.  one guy talked homicide in the stacks above, but it was a great place to hook up, before 'hooking up' was an expression.  2.  i remember when the state theatre was playing 'ET' when it was the biggest thing ever.  one of the brothers would get his 6 pack drunk on the way home from the lumber yard in brighton and as he drove by the STATE theatre, which would have a line of people 200 yds long around the corner waiting to see ET, he would yell 'The Alien Dies and Comes Back to Life!!!'.  

The King In Yellow

March 7th, 2013 at 9:59 PM ^

Maybe the nostalgia hasn't had time to kick in yet, but this just seems like one dudes time in Ann Arbor.  The cookiest cutter of UM experiences.  

- Who gets Cottage Inn walking back from the bar?  It's NYPD, Bell's or Backroom.  

- Sava's has a better breakfast (and probably cheaper) than Angelo's.  I understand that opinion won't be shared by some, but you can't get a Blood Mary at Angelo's.

- Is Zingbombs really a student joint?  Amazing place, but I every time I went there it was a special occasion. 

- K agree with the North Campus thing. 

- The Mudbowl is an extremely fratty thing.  Not saying that's a bad thing.  But rather than watch a bunch of dudes play in the mud, I believe I was getting drunk at my own establishment elsewhere.  

- I'll leave the rest of my pointless disagreements with this list for another day, but, as a guy who had a ton of BB exams, I never, NEVER, ever walked over the M or otherwise touched it.  

It's a sign of respect, blue book exam or not.  



March 7th, 2013 at 10:43 PM ^

Has Blimpie Burger found a place to relocate, yet?

The university can't be that out of touch with the students and the aura of the community. You'd think tye'd be chomping at the bit to help them secure a great relocation space. Maybe even built into one of the university buildings somewhere.