Page 6 - The Michigan Daily - Thursday, September 8, 1988
STUDENTS AND ANN ARBOR
...And a ticket for $10 KAREN HANDE.MAN/Daily
These newly-renovated, electronic revenue-makers collect $567,000 in change for the city each year. But the city collects $2.4 million annually in parking
tickets from those drivers who don't adequately feed their meters - or can't find one and park illegally. Chuck Fritts (above) has been leaving these expensive
notes on Ann Arborites' cars for the past two years and says, "It's the best job I ever had."
BY JULIE ZIEGLER
When they come to the Univer-
sity, students expect to encounter
dorm food, long-winded professors,
and the dreaded CRISP line. They
usually don't, however, count on
dealing with the Ann Arbor police.
Ann Arbor Po-
lice Capt. Robert
POLICE Conn said the ove-
relationship is pos-
itive, but admits
some problems do
arise as a result of
the size of the University population.
"We deal with the minority who do
not conform. We will issue code vi-
olations where the activity disrupts
others," Conn said.
Two citations often issued to stu-
dents are related to alcohol laws. A
minor in possession, or MIP, ticket
is issued to those students under the
legal drinking age caught drinking
The other common violation in
the campus area is the open alcohol
policy. Conn said anyone, regardless
of age, is subject to a citation if they
are found to have open alcohol in
any public area.
Conn said the only way to avoid
receiving a citation is to drink on
your private property or if you drink
on a street that has been blocked off
for a party.
Elise Holland, an LSA senior,
said she received an MIP ticket last
September. Holland and a friend,
each carrying a glass of beer, were
walking down Washtenaw Avenue
when a police car cut them off.
"We were walking really fast
down the street. Both of us put our
beer down and (the police) told us to
pick it back up," she said. "They
said, 'You can dump out the beer
but you'll get a ticket anyway."'
Holland, who was 20 when she
received the $50 dollar ticket,
thought the citation was petty - but
"It seemed like (the police) had
nothing to do," she said. "But it's a
college town. There's a lot of illegal
underage drinking. If they let us go,
they wouldn't be making a state-
"The officer wants some assur-
ance that a lesson is learned," Conn
said, but added that the decision
whether to issue a ticket is a discre-
As for fraternity parties, Conn
said police will not go into group or
fraternity housing unless they re-
ceive a complaint.
Mary Beth Seiler, president of the
Panhellenic Association, said an in-
formal meeting between Ann Arbor
member of Chi Phi fraternity, said
the police are "pretty lenient" over-
LSA junior Steve Brown, a
member of Sigma Nu fraternity, said
police occasionally patrolled near
the house during the fraternity's
'It's a college town. There's a lot of illegal underage
drinking. If they let us go, they wouldn't be making a
-LSA senior Elise Holland
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John Lawniczak, an LSA junior and
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the Sigma Nu house all year.
"We have good students and we
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said Conn, a former South Quad
resident. "I'm sure they are not act-
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was a student there 20 years ago."
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