,Page 2 - The Michigan Daily - Tuesday, October 17, 1989
by Mike Sobel
Your 21st birthday, and you de-
cide to celebrate the "coming of age"
at a local bar. Arriving at midnight,
you hand your driver's licence to the
He examines it, looks puzzled as
he tries to remember what the date
is, and finally grunts "happy birth-
day" as he stamps your hand "Over
r.." Your friends order you a beer
and you remind yourself that it is the
age and not the event that is impor-
This same, often anti-climactic,
birthday scenario is repeated almost
every night at local bars. But the
newly re-opened Pretzel Bell Bar on
311 N. Main St. hopes to offer a
The original Pretzel Bell, which
had been around for 50 years, had a
rite of passage ceremony for those
who turned 21, said Andy Guvezan,
the owner of the Full Moon Cafe,
(he City Grill, and the new Pretzel
"You would go to the bar, ring
the bell and and then you would have
to get up on a table and drink a
pitcher of beer in front of everyone,"
' The original Pretzel Bell was lo-
Poised to receive its guests, the new Pretzel Bell bar and grill on Main Street silently awaits the return of the
crowds that used to fill the old restaurant.
cated on E. Liberty St., where fraternity crowd and centers around
Grandma Lee's Bakery and Restau- sporting events.
rant is now.
The original bar, however, went Guvezan acquired many artifacts
bankrupt several years ago as popu- from the original bar at an auction,
larity waned. Guvezan is trying to including the original Pretzel Bell
recreate the flavor of the old bar bar, the bar's official bell, several
"which revolved around U of M paintings, and the actual tables in
sports." which people used to carve their
The new Pretzel Bell Bar, located names.
above the City Grill on N. Main
St., is equiped with nine television Opened four weeks ago, the new
monitors and two satellite dishes. bar does most of its business on the
Guvezan said the bar draws mostly a weekends, while weeknights are gen-
erally reserved for private parties, he
Guvezan said the new place is "a
very casual restaurant. We emphasize
food as much as drink." He also said
he would like to bring back the tradi-
tion for people turning 21.
Guevzan has one warning,
though. "I think I'm going to make
a rule that if you ring the bell and
it's not your 21st birthday, then you
have to buy a round for the entire
bar," he said.
Compiled from Associated Press and staff reports
Shuttle cleared for mission
CAPE CANAVERAL - The space shuttle Atlantis, freed from tech-
nical and legal barriers, was declared ready for a launch today with its nu-
clear-powered cargo. NASA said it expected neither weather nor demon-
strators to interfere.
"The vehicle is in good shape, the crew is ready to go fly and the
weather looks like we'll have a good chance to get airborne," NASA ad-
ministrator Richard Truly said yesterday. "It's been a long haul for this
The launch from the pad at the Kennedy Space Center is scheduled for
12:57 p.m. EDT.
Environmental activists, concerned that an accident could spread nu-
clear poison into the atmosphere, demonstrated at a gate leading to the
Kennedy Space Center headquarters, and eight were arrested.
First East German refugees
become West Germans
WARSAW, Poland - The first 46 of the more than 1,300 East Ger-
mans trying to reach the West through Poland renounced their citizenship
yesterday and in return got exit permits from the East Berlin government.
"We are free," read a hand-lettered banner unfurled as the cheering
refugees emerged from the East German Embassy clutching new identity
They were taken in two buses to the West German embassy for the cit-
izenship papers the West Germans automatically provide to East Ger-
mans. The refugees said they expected to leave Warsaw today.
East German authorities required the refugees to give up their citizen-
ship in exchange for the new ID cards, allowing them to leave Poland for
the West without crossing East German territory.
Columbian paper bombed
BOGOTA, Colombia - A car bomb wrecked the Vanguardia Liberal
Newspaper building in northeastern Colombia yesterday and killed four
employees of the paper, which had joined in a condemnation of cocaine
The Vanguardia Liberal is the main daily of Northeastern Colombia.
The newspaper's publisher blamed drug traffickers for the bombing in
Bucaramanga, a city of 400,000 people 175 miles north of Bogota. He
said he did not know whether the paper could continue publishing.
"Although I can't identify the perpetrators, I can say that, basically,
they are the same group of drug traffickers that have carried out these
types of attacks in the past," Alejandro Ramirez said in a radio interview.
State Dept. hires blind man
WASHINGTON - A blind man who has been trying to join the State
Department for more than a decade said yesterday he has been told his
wish will be granted under the reversal of a policy that dates back to the
Avraham Rabby, of New York City, said in a telephone interview he
was informed of the decision last Friday after the State Department noti-
fied Congress of its intention to hire qualified blind people for the career
State Department officials said the decision was based primarily on
technological advances which improve efficiency, including optical scan-
ners capable of "speaking" written words through a conversion process.
Another factor contributing to the policy reversal was a federal law that
states that the government cannot disqualify prospective employees be-
cause of blindness or other handicaps.
U of M vs. MSU
The Damage War
The following is a comparison of the damage inflicted by overzealous fans
at Michigan after the NCAA championship last April and at Michigan
State following their 10-7 loss to the Wolverines last Saturday.
Activists plan to continue boycott on Domino's
by Karen Akerlof
The Coalition to Boycott
Domino's Pizza is planning to an-
nounce on Thursday its intention to
continue boycotting Domino's Pizza
Inc. even if owner Tom Monaghan
sells the company.
Coalition Director Jeff Gearhart,
t Ann Arbor resident, said he did
dlot believe Monaghan was truly
considering selling the company, but
if he is, the Coalition wants to en-
sure that the next owner will change
some aspects of the company.
"Monaghan is only part of the
picture," said Gearhart. He said the
company has unfair labor practices
and sexist policies which must be
changed before the boycott will be
Jan BenDor, president of the Ann
Arbor/Washtenaw National Organi-
zation of Women chapter, said NOW
will also continue the boycott. She
said, "The corporation has a lot of
problems: discrimination against
women and minorities, random drug
testing, policies requiring women to
wear pants, and anti-union stuff."
However, Becky Belknap, co-
owner of eight Ann Arbor Dominos'
franchises with her husband Gene,
said she was not aware of the plans
to extend the boycott.
"I am a little confused why they
would continue a boycott," she said.
Belknap said only 2.75 percent of
the net income from seven Ann Ar-
bor stores, and 5.5 percent of the in-
come from the Domino's on 1141
Broadway St. goes to the central
Domino's corporation. This percent-
age, she said, covers the corpora-
tion's support services to the fran-
Tuesday, October 31, 1989
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chise such as help in the case of
robbery, programs to aid in the train-
ing and safety of drivers, and an in-
She said she didn't know if any
of the Ann Arbor stores' money
went toward the central corporation's
profit, but speculated that none did.
In other words, she said,
Domino's franchises like those in
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"Apple, IBM, NeXT, all of the
companies involved with higher edu-
cation computing are here in force,"
said EDUCOM Review editor Shel-
The event has proven to be a feat
of planning and logistics. In 40 to
60 buses from the University,
AATA, and Tower Bus, participants
will bused back and forth between
campus and 23 area hotels. Buses
will run continuously from Detroit
Metropolitan Airport to registration
sites at Ann Arbor hotels and the
Alumni Memorial Hall. The buses
will continue to run until Thursday,
and drivers are advised to avoid the
campus area because of the traffic.
An even more significant accom-
plishment ic InfoNet, a joint project
between IBM, Apple, the University
and 17 other technology firms. In-
foNet is a computer network which
provides conference information,
way-finding, and electronic mail for
EDUCOM participants. One hundred
and sixty-nine InfoNet stations have
been set up at hotels and various
Even after the conference leaves,
the University will continue to make
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Ann Arbor probably do not fund
Monaghan's personal policies. Thus,
she said the coalition may be
protesting in the wrong places.
Domino's Community Relations
Director Dick Brunvard said he also
was not aware that the Coalition
planned to extend the boycott.
"Their argument is with Tom
Monaghan and his beliefs," he said.
use of the new facilities installed to
make InfoNet possible, said Univer-
sity Information Technology InfoNet
Manager Cole Whiteman.
"We've made substantial physical
extensions to the U-M computer
network infrastructure, such as fiber
optic cable between buildings and
within buildings," he said.
University students may enter the
conference grounds Thursday from 8
a.m. to 11 a.m. at the track and ten-
nis building with a University I.D.
Last night, IBM hosted a lavish
dinner for participants in the Intra-
mural Building gymnasium, trans-
formed by the national firm Summit
Productions into a blue-and-white
big top circus. The banquet featured
performances by the University of
Michigan Northcoast Jazz Ensemble
and the Michigan Marching Band. At
the same time, Executive Chef Uwe
Borgeest supervised 170 workers in
the preparation and serving of "over
a ton of food," enough to feed 3,000
people in the space of two hours.
A 300-pound cake, topped with
vanilla cream-orange marmalade ic-
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home for the elderly.
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