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Continued from page lE
making up the University community, Ann Arbor
would be a ghost town without the University. The
University occupies 2,665 acres of prime real estate,
making other property and rent values that much higher.
The city made the country's Top Ten list of places
to raise children, taking into account the quality of
education that Ann Arbor's public schools are known
Ann Arbor public school students must like their
hometown - the two biggest high schools in Ann
Arbor, Ann Arbor Pioneer and Huron High School,
feed the second- and third-highest numbers of students
into the University (Troy High School in Troy sends
the most).
So it's not the nicest place to park, or to drive, for
that matter. Ann Arbor is notorious for its one-way
streets and lack of parking space.
As "Shakey Jake" Woods says, Ann Arbor is "on
the move." The question is, in which direction? Both
one-way and two-way streets pave the town, and some
are both one-way and two-way.

"I'm glad you decided to come
to U-M and we hope we can
make your stay a pleasant one."
- Ingrid B. Sheldon
Ann Arbor Mayor
State Street, for example, is two-ways in most areas,
but one-way in spots. Other streets, including Maynard
Street, Ann Street and Fifth Street, all change too, so
watch where you're going.
The city provides nearly 5,000 parking spaces in
structures, lots and curbside meters. Tickets abound,
those who receive four without paying will be towed,
and City Hall's police desk has a running line of
disgruntled ticket-bearers waiting to pay tickets or
retrieve their autos from impoundment.
Closing Thoughts
"We're not a little town, but we're not a big city
either," said Mayor Sheldon, adding the following
message to students: "I'm glad you decided to come to
U-M and we hope we can make your stay a pleasant

After a long day of classes, students enjoy spending time at their favorite watering hole. Two revelers cheer as they
celebrate St. Patrick's Day.

Continued from page 6E 4
find out for yourself.
But if you are away from South
University, and don't want to trek
across the Diag to get your Rolling
Rock, there is a fine selection of bars
in the State Street area.
By sheer size, the king of the State
Street mountain is Scorekeepers. Able
to seat more than 300, the former
Dooley's is a common place for people
to hang out and bump into their friends.
With regular drink specials, including
Tuesday Dollar Pitchers, and a small
menu which features, in my opinion,
the best burger in town, lines tend to
form early on Maynard Street on the
weekends. With televisions everywhere
including two large screens and sev-
eral satellite dishes, Scorekeepers is

the gathering place for out-of-town
Michigan sporting events. And if the
Wolverines make it to the NCAA fi-
nals, you better have gotten in line last
The other popular, often crowded
watering hole in the area is Ashley's.
With possibly the best selection of
beer in town, Ashley's English pub
atmosphere is a popular place to go,
drink and talk with your friends. Like
many bars, Ashley's features food to
go with your drinks and the menu
there is heavy on English pub staples.
Scorekeepers tied with Ashley's
as Ann Arbor's best overall bar.
One of the sad things about the
bars in Ann Arbor and the large stu-
dent population, is that many don't
discover some of the great bars lo-
cated away from campus, in the down-
town area, until near the end of their


student careers. On the whole, they
tend not to get as crowded as campus
area bars and tend to be better places
to hang out with friends than trying to
pick up a potential significant other.
On Main Street, Full Moon is by
far the most popular. With an excel-
lent selection of beer and drink spe-
cials, and pool tables, the two-story bar
has slowly become an institution in
The Blind Pig, located several
blocks past Main Street, often fea-
tures great up and coming bands, and
modestly successful national acts.
Before his band's rise to fame, Curt
Cobain fell in love with the place as it
was the first place outside of Seattle
where Nirvana was well received.
Downstairs, the Eightball offers beer
and pool tables.
The rest of the area is populated by
various other, smaller bars. Kitty
O'Shea's, Old Town and Washington
Street Station all offer more intimate
atmospheres than many of the cam-
pus area bars and are more often filled
by regulars.
But before you take what you've
read here and try out those bars which
sound like your speed, there should
be several things to note.
First of all, bar owners tend to
keep an ear to the grapevine and know
when they may be the target of a
police crackdown on fake IDs - the
larger the bar, the closer to campus,
the more likely they may be a target.
Losing some business by turning away
fake IDs is cheaper than getting busted.
They may even ask for a second picture
ID to ensure one is not presenting an
older sibling's drivers license.
If you are not 21 and have a burning
desire to drink, you can try going to
Windsor, Canada. But unbeknownst to
many, some bars may not let you drink
even if you're 19. Also, it is almost an
hour away, the bars close an hour ear-
lier and good luck getting past the
border drinking and driving.
Also, many college students have
little money and regard tips as being a
bonus for their waiter or waitress. But
in the state of Michigan, the mini-
mum wage for jobs which are tip-
based is $2.52. Essentially, what your
waiter or waitress earns depends on
the amount of tip you leave. So please
keep that in mind. Be kind. And drink

City Police
Police target*
fake I1Ds in
Daily Staff Reporter
Undercover police officers have
been patrolling the area bars and con-
fiscating fake identifications. These
officers cite University students, but
they are not the University police. This
operation and others off campus are
run by the Ann Arbor Police Depart-
ment (AAPD).
The University receives double cov-
erage on crime fighting. The campus i*
covered by two police agencies, the
University's own Department of Pub-
lic Safety (DPS) and AAPD.
City police officers usually stay off
campus except when assisting
University's officers. They patrol the
city streets where students go to bars
and attend house parties.
The police have been successful in
ferreting out fake IDs at the bars. Th*
undercover officers issued six code
violations in the four times they have
actually been in Rick's, Touchdown
Cafe, O'Sullivan's and the Nectarine
"Alcohol related incidents are one
of the number one reasons that we run
into students when they are the sus-
pects," said Sgt. Phillip Scheel, a
spokesman for AAPD. AAPD officers
also encounter many students as vic
tims of crimes like break-ins and bi-
cycle theft.
The city force works with the
University's officers during major
events like football games and Hash
Bash. The two agencies also collabo-
rate on the more mundane operations.
Representatives from DPS and AAPD
meet once a week to discuss any crimes
and investigations that overlap the cami
pus and the city.
Scheel said the odds are about one
in ten that an Ann Arbor resident will
be a victim of crime in a year.
This crime rate lies between some
other notable Michigan university
towns. East Lansing, home of Michi-
gan State University, has a 5-percent
crime rate. Kalamazoo, home of West-
Think before you
act. Recognize that
you are in a college
town and there is a
lot of pressure to do
something you are
not legally or
emotionally ready to
- Sgt. Phillip Scheel
City police spokesman
ern Michigan University, has a 26-
percent crime rate.
In Ann Arbor,aincidents of rape an*
burglary decreased in the 1993 calen-
dar year from the previous year. Inci-
dents of assault and robbery went up 40

and 60 percent respectively according
to AAPD statistics.
Scheel said students can easily avoid
a run in with AAPD officers. He offers
this advice to college students: "Think
before you act. Recognize that you are
in a college town and there is a lot
pressure to do something that you are
not legally or emotionally ready to do."
Crime Does Not Pay
AAPD patrols the city streets
where students go to bars.and
attend house parties. Below is
a break down of the criminal
offenses that occurred in Ann
Arbor last year..
Felony Offenses:
Murder 1
Rape 47
Robberies 131
Assault 289
Burglary 1100
Larcenies 4026
Arson 40
Motor Vehicle Theft 258
Misdemeanor Offenses:
Assault 1132
Forgery, Counterfeit &
Fraud 620
Embezzlement 99
Vandalism 1618



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