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Library, or Links? MLaw Students Can Find Out Friday

By John Masson
Jan. 16, 2013

When some people encounter the trademark vivid green carpeting in Michigan Law's underground library for the first time, they think of Ireland.

Dan Wojciak wasn't one of those people.

No, when Wojciak first stood in the Reading Room and saw the verdant expanse of stairwell leading to the clean, oh-so-well-lighted place below, he thought of only one thing.

Mini-golf.

Wojciak was a Michigan undergraduate at the time. But now that he's a Michigan Law 1L, the former film student is prepared to do something about his initial vision. This coming Friday—Jan. 18—he and some friends are turning the Law Library into what may be the world's most exclusive miniature golf course.

To play, all you need is a $5 admission fee—and a Michigan Law M-Card. (Or, technically, a friend with a Michigan Law M-Card.)

Better still, each golfer's admission donation helps support Legal Alternative Winter Breaks. This March, members of LAW Breaks—a Michigan Law student group that organizes alternative breaks where students provide volunteer legal services—are heading to Belize to do human rights work.

The event, scheduled to run from 9:30 to 11:30 p.m., has already drawn significant interest on Facebook, Wojciak said.

Between now and Friday night's first tee-time, however, Wojciak will continue devising the best stair-incorporating, PVC-pipe-relaying, massively challenging underground mini-golf course ever. As if the standard rules of golf aren't maddening enough.

Although for those intimidated by traditional mini-golf, there is at least one piece of good news, Wojciak said: one customary ball-rejecting obstacle will be missing.

"Unfortunately," he said, "we couldn't find an evil clown."

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