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10 - The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, March 27, 1996


Bars keep
up good
By Will Weissrt
Daily Staff Reporter
Unlike East Lansing and some other
college towns, Ann Arbor does not seem
to have major problems with its many
bars and taverns - the city does not
complain, but according to some, it
'applies a lot of pressure.
One of the pressures bar owners feel is
the need to have staff check customer IDs
at the door ofabar or tavern in peak times.
"The city doesn't force you to do any-
thing - you want to protect your estab-
lishment," said Steve Mourad, the owner
of Touchdown Cafe on South University
Avenue about checking IDs at the door.
"But if you don't do this you will get
on (the city's) bad list and they will
crack down on you and try harder to get
you shut down."
Mourad said monitoring the doors
was only one of the city's pressures the
bars face. "Ann Arbor sends out inves-
tigators and liquor inspectors to make
sure they don't see people who are
underage," he said. "We have to be very
careful all the time."
Ann Arbor Mayor Ingrid Sheldon
agreed that the police department expects
a great deal from bars and bar owners.
"I think there is a subtle pressure
"there," she said. "The police work hard
and have special patrols to make sure
bars follow the rules."
Police officials said they have a good
relationship with bar owners and de-
nied applying an extreme amount of
pressure on local bars. "The bars check
IDs pretty well and control what goes
on inside," said OfficerMark St. Amour,
a patrol officer for the State Street area.
"We sometimes do bar checks with
police officers, but we usually let the
bars take care of themselves."
Not all local bar owners and manag-
ers said they felt as much pressure as
Mourad. "We chose to only allow 19-
year-olds in because we don't want
high school students here," said Mike
Schwartz, a manger at Rick's Ameri-
can Cafe on Church Street. "We check
IDs at the door to make sure all the
people coming in are old enough - not
because anyone makes us do it."
Jay, a manager at Mitch's Place who
did not want his last name published,

Baker seeking 4
tenn despite Gov.
Engler's criticism

Ann Arbor resident Erich Blough, a bartender at Ashley's on South State Street, serves up a few beers at the local tavern.

By Jeff Eldridge
Daily Staff Reporter
Regent Deane Baker (R-Ann Arbor),
the longest-serving and most contro-
versial member ofthe University Board
of Regents, says his pursuit for renomi-
nation and re-election are in full gear.
Baker said he has "substantial sup-
port" around the state and a $22,000
campaign war chest.
"We have 220 people working with
us around the state," Baker said.
"Former President Ford has endorsed
the campaign."
Two Democrats and two Republi-
cans will be nominated by their respec-
tive parties in August. The nominees
will compete for two, eight-year seats
on the board. The top two overall vote-
getters will sit at the regents' table. If
elected, Baker would serve his fourth
consecutive term.
Baker said his supporters include
Peter Secchia, former ambassador to
Italyand Don Canham, former Univer-
sity athletic director.
During his time on the board. Baker
has taken strong stands against the in-
stitutionalized recognition of gay and
lesbian rights and the implementation
of the Code of Student Conduct.
At a meeting of the Presidential Search
Committee in February, he introduced a
proposal comparing the pervasiveness
of political correctness to "the devil."
Baker frequently dissents from the rest
of the board - including fellow Repub-
licans - in casting lone votes of oppo-
sition on issues such as the Code.

said he and the owner do not feel pres-
sure from the city or police to do things
a certain way.
Neighborhood officials have few com-
plaints about the bars in their part oftown.
"(The bars) are a great part of the
neighborhood," said Susan Pollay, ex-
ecutive director of the State Street Area
Association. "Instead of being a problem
I would say they are a big reason the
neighborhood is working so well to-
Tony Bonino,
president of the
South University
Area Associa--
tion and general
managerat Good
Time Charley's
on South University Avenue, said that
while area bars had some problems
with the chaos following NCAA bas-
ketball success in past years, the prob-
lems were behind them.
"We went through a maturing pro-
cess during the NCAA finals in '89, '92
and '93," Bonino said. "We learned a
lot about the necessary amount of po-
lice and fire officials we need during
those chaotic periods."
Bonino said bar owners were not
held to special standards by neighbor-
hood leaders. "The bottom line is that
(bar owners) are individual business
owners and we expect them to run their

businesses appropriately," he said.
"They usually do a pretty good job."
While Ann Arbor's bars appear to
maintain good relations, bars in East Lan-
sing have caused major city concerns.
According to an article published in
the The Lansing State Journal, more
than seven Lansing bars have been cited
for serving alcohol to minors and other
underage drinking violations. Area bars
also have problems with fighting and
aren't more fights at b

keepers on Maynard Street.
University officials said bars are just
like any other business and that free
market determined how many opened in
town. "We don't have the ability to say
'Yeah-close them all down! Ourgrade-
point averages would go up, and ab-
sences would go down,"' said James
Kosteva, University director of commu-
nity relations. "That's not our role."
Kosteva said the only time the Uni-
versity takes no-
than tice oflocal busi-
nesses is when
laws are broken.
"If there will be
. Shawn Gilchrist ill effects on stu-
University alum dents or Univer-
sity property we
get involved," he said. "To my knowl-
edge we have not had any major prob-
lems with area bars."
Student bar-goers said that while they
did not like standing in the lines caused
by carding at the door and other safety
measures, they have not seen any major
fights or other problems develop.
"There are no bars that are affordable
for students worth waiting for in this
town this town," said LSA senior Mike
"I haven't seen a brawl at Touchdown
or anywhere else in this town. There
aren't more fights at bars than anywhere
else," said recent alum Shawn Gilchrist.


nation as another factor.
Baker denies this charge, and
Duderstadt says his decision to leave
the presidency should not have any
political impact. Baker also opposes
term limits for regents.
Pat Masserant, a spokesperson for
Engler, said last week that the regents'
election "doesn't have anything to do
with the governor's office."
"The governor still believeshesho1
be able to appoint all university bow
members," Masserant said. "At this
point, he's just not involved (with the
Duderstadt said the regents' elec-


capacity violations.
The problems led to the closing of a
local bar, Dooley's, which will likely lose
its liquor license and remain closed in-
definitely because of repeated violations.
At least one Michigan State bar-goer
has not noticed big problems with the
area bars. "Once you get away from
Dooley's the bars are pretty nice," said
recent MSU graduate Paul Lyons. "Most
bars are pretty crowded and there are
always a lot of lines, but I haven't really
seen any problems."
Dooley's in Ann Arbor closed more
than four years ago because of similar
violations. It was replaced by Score-

With 24 years of
experience on the
board already un-
der his belt, Baker
says he still has
more to contrib-
"I bring to the
board a historical
perspective on the
institution," he
said. "In the next

"I bring to the
board a historical
perspective on the
institution. "
- Regent Deane Baker
R-Ann Arbor

tions are often
tied to the. i'fger
context qf state
and nationapli-
"rnA sittig*
ernor can have
great ingluerice
over his party,"
DuderstAdt said.
"On the other
hand, this is ayear

jYoung patients create
bedsheet paiti

By Rajal Pitroda
Daily Staff Reporter
Patients past and present at C.S. Mott
j Childrens' Hospital have created a new
art form - bedsheet painting.
One hundred sixty-one physically
challenged children have recreated the
1884 impressionist work by Georges
Seurat titled, "A Sunday Afternoon of
the Grande Jatte." The painters' names
are listed on a plaque next to the work.
The project, which took three months
to complete and toured almost every
area of the hospital, was led by activi-
ties therapist Adrienne Rudolph.
Rudolph began her career as an art
teacher in Ohio, and said she was in-
spired by an artistic undertaking such
R as this one.
"The idea of pointilism is spectacu-
lar," Rudolph said, referring to Seurat's
artistic style. "It was perfect for what
we wanted to do. Physically challenged
children could partake in the project for
however long they wanted to. It was
very inclusive."
The pointilist technique involves the
use of tiny dots to form larger shapes.

Rudolph began by outlining the work
on a bedsheet, almost exactly to the
scale of the original, which hangs at the
Art Institute of Chicago.
She then taught the group of painters
about shadow, anatomy and the ele-
ments of color. "They were delighted to
learn so much about the process,"
Rudolph said.
The painting process involved a va-
riety of interested young participants,
ranging from a 32-month-old leuke-
mia patient to a woman in her 20s in
need of a heart transplant. Rudolph
taught quadriplegic children to paint
while holding the brushes in their
mouths and using the movement of
their necks.
She recalls a patient whose fingers
had been amputated, who instead
painted with her toes, a young girl with
cancer that painted up until the mo-
ment of surgery, and a blind child who
placed dots on the sheet while listen-
ing to a description of sunshine.
Rudolph stressed the individuality and
motivation that each child brought to
the project.

eight years, we have some serious ques-
tions to answer on the economic side."
Baker listed among his goals "an
improvement in the quality of under-
graduate education," increased fund-
raising and limits on tuition hikes.
Anne Marie Ellison, chair of the Stu-
dent Rights Commission of the Michigan
Student Assembly, said she supports
Baker because of his anti-Code position.
"He was the one great voice of dis-
sent on the Code of Student Conduct,"
Ellison said. "There are certain other
issues where I disagree with Regent
Baker, but on the issue of the Code he's
been steadfast, and perhaps for that
reason alone I support him."
Ryan LaLonde, chair of the Lesbian,
Gay and Bisexual Task Force of MSA,
said Baker is an extremist in the tradi-
tion of Jesse Helms.
"He doesn't know the students,"
LaLonde said. "He doesn't make a con-
nection with them. He's from the 1950s,
Last fall, Baker was a target of criti-
cism from the office ofGov. John Engler.
In November, John Truscott, the
governor's spokesperson, said the gover-
nor supports term limits, and thought it
was "time to get fresh blood on the board."
Truscott cited Baker's alleged in-
volvement with Regents Rebecca
McGowan (D-Ann Arbor) and Laurence
Deitch (D-Bloomfield Hills) in an al-
leged plot to force Duderstadt's resig-

when thegovernor is not running for re-
election himself."
Baker said his long service on the
board is an asset in distinguishig him-
self from other candidates.
"Each time I've run, I'veled
ticket in votes gathered by a very sub-
stantial margin," Baker said. "I have a
better chance of being re-elected in a
state election."
In 1988, Bakerhad54,000 more votes
than the second-place finisher, Regent
Nellie Varner (D-Detroit). In 1980,
Baker won with 100,000 more votes
than Varner.
The only other candidate who is^.
rently seeking the Republican nomii -
tion is Grand Rapids resident Judy Frey.
Frey said the regents are in need of
more representation from citizens out-
side the Ann Arbor-Detroit area. Cur-
rently, Daniel Horning (R-Grand HIa-
ven) and Shirley McFee (JR-Battle
Creek) are the only regents from the
increasingly powerful, largely conser-
vative west side of the state.
"We're all taxpayers and this is a
public institution," Frey said. "We.
need to be heard. There are different
views in this part of the state."
Frey has served in many statewide
and local organizations, including as
president of the East Grand Rapids
school board. Frey, who graduated in
1959, said she and her familyhave
strong ties to the University.

A C.S. Mott Childrens' Hospital patient plays in front of a painting recreated by
161 past and present patients of the hospital.

"Our project is really a tribute to
these people," Rudolph said. "Sev-
eral of them are not with us anymore.
The children are so delighted with
their accomplishment- it was such a
positive thing, and resulted in an en-
chanted, magnificent work of art."

Students seem to share Rudolph's
opinion. "It attracts a lot of atten-
tion," said LSA first-year student
Rebecca Pinc. "It's a wonderful rec-
reation, and really makes you think
about all the amazing people that
brought it to life."

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