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LOGIE
Continued from Page 16
that the given Dailyite is capable of
doing better when time is available.
And because we all occasionally
slouch into the Daily after spending
two-thirds of the night studying -
with our hair akimbo, and breath
reminiscent of an unclean aquarium
- on any given day chances are
pretty good that no matter how
awful one looks, there is someone
else looking at least as horrible, if
not worse. This has been especially
true when temporarily homeless
Dailyites have taken refuge in the
building.
This is not to say that Dailyites
don't look great from time to time,

but generally they look great when
they are coming from or going to
someplace else. Even at Daily
parties, there is a tendency to stick
with a tried-and-true sweatshirt and
jeans combo, rather than really
attempting a "look." It seems better
to leave what one looks like at
one's best to everyone's
imagination.
The Building itself is similarly
unfashionable. Desks are strewn
with papers. Empty bottles of
orange juice and Coke litter
virtually all available horizontal
surfaces at an approximate density
of one per square foot. The
wastebaskets are jammed full with
pizza boxes, and old press releases.
Things are not particularly

professional, or business-like.
But the Daily is comfortable,
like the proverbial old brown shoe.
Even with the damnable new
Macintosh computers devouring
stories far more rapidly than
legendary homework-eating dogs,
the Daily maintains an intense,
satisfying atmosphere. Work is
clearly the'priority. Real work. Sure
the desks are messy. That's because
people here are too busy writing and
editing newspapers and catching up
on history readings to care about
how their desks look. Sure Coke
bottles are everywhere. If we didn't
have ready access to caffeine, there'd
be even more typos. It's not really
anti-fashion. It's being too busy for
fashion. And it has always looked
good to me.

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INTERVIEW
Continued from Page 16
S: Sure, but anyone can be a club
member so I think you mean to the
general public. I have an obligation
to bring what people want to see. I
also have an obligation to keep
alive certain musical forms that
don't get airplay, or get airplay
only on public radio and CBN. The
Ark is not suited for extremely loud
electric bands. On ocassions, yes.
But if we did that every night,
probably the roof would come down
in about three months.
A lot of the people we bring in,
play solo anyhow... someone like
Richard Thompsonm whose
spending his entire life in music, or
Taj Mahal, your goal is to make as
good a living as you can and they
learned a long time ago that if you
travel alone you can make (more)
bucks while still doing your thing.
They live for the music and that's
what the Ark's for. It's for the
music. We don't make money. Last
year we made a $152, the year
before that we made $350.
D: Doesn't that give you a great
advantage as far as keeping your
musical integrity?
S: Absoultely. For instance, it
gives us a great advantage doing
jazz. In general, jazz acts lose
money. If you book a jazz act,
you're paying for a huge band and if
you break even, you're lucky;
which is why we can do jazz
successfully. You need to sell a lot
of booze to make money and jazz
fans don't drink a lot. I think the
club scene in this city is incredibely
good. I hope Joe's reopens because
there is a void there, which we're
not capable of filling.
D: Incredibely good? So many
clubs have closed...
S: I didn't say strong. The clubs
that are here are very good. Clubs
are closing all aroud the country.
We are now the oldest non-profit
club in the country and, I believe,
the second oldest club in the
country.
D:What do you thnk is the key to
your success?
S: Not going out of our depth.
Filling voids. Not trying to

compete in a market that's already
glutted. And the Ann Arbor Folk
Festival, which was an incredible
stroke of luck that we thought of it.
It's a great way to introduce acts to
Ann Arbor....We also make alot of
money-$30,000 last year.
Counting that we made $152 for
the year, so, we basically book all
year at a loss. The Festival is our
grant for the year.
It's very expensive to run a club,

particularly when you're running a
bar like we are. I mean, $30,000
seems like a lot of money but if we
were running a regular bar we
probably could make that money
quite easily. But, I don't think it
would be worth it. I think it would
destroy the concept of the Ark to
make that much money. I think we
could have a regular liquor license
and still not sell a lot of liquor,
. See INTERVIEW, Page 19

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