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8-B-Friday, September 7, 1979-The Michigan Daily

VillageKroger?

Village Corner gets face lift;
reaction to renovations mixed

By AMY SALTZMAN
Remember what it was like to wind
your way through the maze-like aisles
of Village Corner-Ann Arbor's
favorite general store on the corner of
South University and Forest Streets?
As you squirmed between the canned
soup and cake mix shelf and the tuna
fish and potato chip shelf, your down
jacket would casually brush up against
an innocent bag of Frito-Lays, ac-
cidentally knocking it to the cracked,
dusty wooden floor.
YOU WOULDN'T bother to pick it up,
because, after all, it was only V.C., and
sloppiness and clutter were what gave
V.C. character.
Remember hard because the cram-
ped and slightly decrepit Village Cor-
ner has been expanded and renovated.
Slick brown tile now covers the
dilapidated wooden floors. The cake
mix, flour, cereal, and soup are now
lined up on neat, organized white
shelves. A fresh, colorful mural depic-

ting a train filled with familiar
Hollywood faces has replaced a faded
hodge-podge of "pop art" on the
storefront. And an enormous selection
of fine wines, displayed in a grey car-
peted, elegantly lit alcove, has been ad-
ded to the stores formerly modest
liquor selection.
Because of a lack of space, the large
wine selection, like most of the other
products in V.C., was previously stored
in the basement. According to Schey,
the expansion has simply allowed them
to move those excess products upstairs.
ADDITIONS STILL to come include
stained glass windows and a nearly
completed produce, meats, cheese, and
frozen foods section.
Many customers have begun to refer
to the store as "Village Kroger."
"The expansion has been a star in our
eyes for the past four-and-a-half
years," said manager Miriam Schey.
"What you are seeing now is only the
beginning of something that will never

end."
Some people, however, liked things
better the old way.
"I LIKED THE old place, just
because it was the old place," said
Roberta Herman, a student in Public,
Health, adding that she didn't like the
"supermarket atmosphere."
Schey said reaction to the store's new
look has been mixed. "Many people
think this is wonderful, but others are.;
bummed out and worried. It's not the A
same pit that they're used to, and they
think this is going to change us
somehow."
One such disillusioned patron was an
eight-year-old boy who after his first
look at the new surroundings,.
remarked solemnly to the manager:
"Gosh this place looks goofy. This i4
really going to change you guys'
lifestyle."
Schey, however, insists that nothing
has really changed., "We're still the,
same old slobs," she said.

Daily Photo by MAUREEN O'MALLEY
FEGLEY, a Village Corner employee, surveys the store's expanded selection of tine wines-one of V.C.'s many

uxuries.

VCCAA appeal pending; 'U' brief due
(c ..ti. ed from Page 1) '

Sept. 17

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oonr nueuIu asx
E DECLARATORY judgment
d April 11 by Washtenaw County
uit Court Judge Ross Campbell
the Regents couldsmove their
ing without violating the act.
mpbell's ruling was the first

judicial interpretation of the Open
Meetings Act.
O'Brien and Motan requested that
the Court of Appeals overturn Cam-
pbell's ruling, award the WCCAA attor-
neys' fees incurred in the proceedings,

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and dismiss the University's complaint
against the WCCAA.
THE BRIEF ALSO asks for the rein-
statement of a counter claim made by
the coaliton shortly after the Regents
obtained the first order allowing them
to move their meeting.
According to O'Brien, the WCCAA
filed a claim protesting the Board's
move, which the lower court dismissed
without argument. O'Brien said the
counter claim, which "alleged serious
violations of the Open Meetings Act and
several federal and state protections,"
was ingored by the court.
In their brief, O'Brien and Moran also
contend that "if a public body changes
its meeting place from the posted
location-either before a meeting
begins or after a meeting is convened
but recessed-the meeting has been
'rescheduled' within the meaning of the
act and a 'public notice' of the 'new
dates, times, and places' must be
posted as required by the Open
Meetings Act."
THE ATTORNEYS suggest, several
other ways a public body can handle

disruption, including recessing for less
than 36 hours, clearing the meeting
room, and upon reconvening at the
posted location, denying admission to
those persons who actually committed
a breach of peace before the recess.
They also suggest that in the "right
situation," the Regents could declare
an "emergency session" and move
behind closed doors.
"Although this is not an exhaustive
list of the possibilities available to a
public body subject to the Open
Meetings Act, it does illustrate that
substantially more flexibility is present
than either the lower court or Appelee
(the University) was willing to con-
cede," the written argument states.
Judge Campbell had agreed with the
University's attorney "that exclusion is
... broad enough to include not only
ejection or expulsion from within but
also of keeping out or barring from ad-
mission that which is already outside."
THE ATTORNEYS for the WCCAA
also allege that the lower court's
definition of what constitutes a breach
of peace is "both overbroad and vague

and if allowed to stand violates the Fir-
st Amendment of the United States
Constitution . . ."1
The brief also argues that a public
body may not condition admission to a
public meeting upon a search for
weapons, an affirmative judgment
made by Campbell.
In addition, the appeal brief contends
that "a public body must make every
reasonable attempt to accommodate
the number of people who wish to at-
tend its meetings."
IN RULING that the Regents could
legally change their location to bar
disruption should a breach of peace oc-
cur, Campbell states that the Open
Meetings Act does not require "that a
public body must necessarily provide a
meeting place large enough to accom-
modate any size of group whatever that
may wish to attend."
Meanwhile, WCCAA members have
been considering ways-including
possible disruptive action-in which
they will confront the divestiture issue
this fall. Members of the group refuse
to speculate what specific route they

would take if the Regents do not agree
with the coalition's contention that
University divestment is the best way
to deal with the South African apartheid
system.
Members of the WCCAA have lobbied
the Regents this summer, providing
them with information which they feel
might persuade the Regents to change
the Board's current position which
allows for divestment when a company
does not respond to the University's
request for information about its ac-
tivities in South Africa.
THE BOARD divested from the.
Black and Decker Co. in May-the first
company in which the University sold
its stock.
A report from the faculty Senate
Assembly Advisory Committee on
Financial Affairs (SAACFA) is curren-
tly scheduled to appear on the Regents
September agenda. The Board
requested that the faculty group
reevaluate the University's policy on
South Africa.

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