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SECTIONE
September 3, 1996

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No matter if you think Ann Arbor is
the cultural capital of the Midwest or a
hick town with bagels that aren't as
good as in New York, chances are
*l1 be spending the next four to 10
y rs of your life here, depending on
how good your academic adviser is.
There are many great things about
Ann Arbor, and although you'll cer-
tainly discover many of them in your
own time, here's a start:
® Should you ever want to buy a
Guatemalan wool sweater, you will
have many options. If you don't know
the type, you soon will. They are thick
and brightly colored, and the more into
tGreatful Dead you are, the more
likely you are to own one. Clothing
stores, gift shops and sidewalk stands
all sell these sweaters. When I came to
school here, I swore I would never buy
one, simply because everyone else had
one. A year later I bought one at Art
Fair, because they're cheaper when it's
120 degrees outside. The catchword
with these things is that they should be
"esh": the wool should be "new,"
isured by the amount of "sticks" and
"grass" found in the sweater. I kid you
not - apparently my sweater was a
great find, because two years later I am
still picking twigs out of it.
A The weather unites us all. Forget
'understanding through education' -
the thing everyone at this university has
in common is their dislike for the weath-
er, and the fact that they can't escape it.
When you get stuck walking in a hail-
during the first day of classes, you
k you're not alone. And when it
rains for eight weeks straight during
"spring," take comfort that everyone is
equally bored when it rains.
e The Brown Jug. There is no way
to explain this. The food is average.
The decor is reminiscent of someone's
basement. It takes forever to get wait-
ed on. But there is something about the'
Jug that sucks people in, and before
*know it, you are there every Satur-
day night, sitting at the same table
with your friends and listening to real-
ly loud '80's music. This doesn't nec-
essarily sound appealing, but trust me.
Ann Arbor is neither big nor small.
If you're a relatively sociable person,
you'll probably meet a lot of people
here. When you walk to class, you will
no doubt run into someone you know,
and that is nice - most of the time. But
wrn you want to take off and go
iwhere no one knows you, there
are probably a hundred hiding places
downtown, all within walking distance.
0 You, too, can be in the movie
"Kids." Just walk down South State
Street. It's almost its own city - popu-
lation 35, all under 14, skateboarding
ability a must, pink or blue hair optional.
The Diag on a sunny day. If you
ever have anything pressing to do on a
rday, DO NOT walk through the
LM. Approximately 50 million peo-
ple will be lying on the grass, throwing
Frisbees, playing drums and various
other activities not involving going to
class. Of course I'm not advocating
skipping class, but college is all about
making your own choices.
* You can watch "The Big Chill"

and feel a certain swell of pride, espe-
cially during the "big football game"
scene. This is not the same feeling you
4feel watching "Four Corners of
Nowhere," a pretty blah film from two
years ago that made people actually
consider moving out of Ann Arbor.
Nor is it quite the feeling you will
have when people say things like, "So,
you live in the same dorm as that
Unabomber guy, huh?"
A Football Saturdays. I personally
have never been to a football game. I
~this knowing that my admission to
t~Jnierstymay be revoked on the
grounds that I am an embarrassment.
But I did buy season tickets for this fall,
and my friends tell me that the games
are great fun, that very little football is
actually watched and many marshmal-
lows are thrown. And maybe you'll get

A2 includes
something for
every interest
By Dean Bakopoulos
Daily Fine Arts Editor
Come autumn, this city just sparkles.
Picture a sun-drenched, glistening Saturday morning, leaves
of golds and oranges and reds, dripping down in a crisp rush. In
the distance you hear the sounds of brass and percussion, as the
Michigan marching band warms up for the first home game of
the year with the familiar hullaballoo of "Hail to the Victors."
Traffic jams line the streets with carloads of eager fans, while
tailgaters line the parking lots, enjoying foods and beverages
usually forbidden at 10 in the morning - beer, buffalo wings
and bratwurst. It's Football Saturday, one of the many unique
elements of one of the most-unique cities in the Midwest.
It's autumn and Ann Arbor is sparkling. That's the only way
to describe this little city of ours - and now, of yours. This city
sparkles with beauty, surprises and uniqueness. Get to know the
town, plunge right into it: It's treasures are near infinite.
T HE CITNY
Downtown Ann Arbor is surrounded by residential commu-
nities that make the city look like any typical Midwestern, mid-
dle-class suburb. But get closer to campus and Ann Arbor takes
on a whole new life. The main shopping and restaurant districts
near campus are the South State Street area and the South Uni-
versity Avenue area. These areas border the campus so closely
that the University is not considered a separate, distinct entity,
like in some college towns. In Ann Arbor, the campus becomes
part of the city. Luckily, if the city/campus set-up wears on you,
Ann Arbor has some beautiful parks. The Arb (located down
the street from Mary Markley Residence Hall) and the banks of
the Huron River provide solace to weary souls.
Getting around Ann Arbor is easiest for pedestrians. Most of
the academic and social action takes place within walking dis-
tance from the residence halls. Plus, the University's free bus
system shuttles students from North Campus all the way to the
southernmost environs of the campus. In addition, taxi cab com-
panies in Ann Arbor offer competitive rates, while the Ann
Arbor Transit Authority bus system is inexpensive and efficient.
Many students prefer to bike
rather than hike. The campus,
however, is a bit tough to This city
maneuver on two wheels at
times, especially between class- s
es, when throngs of pedestrians with 14EE
hoof and trample from building i eau y
to building. You also want to
make sure you always lock surprises
your bike with a "U" lock; plus,
city law requires that you regis- and
ter the bike at City Hall.-
If you are lucky enough to uniqueness.
have a car on campus, you may
find it more of a headache than
a help. Parking can be atrocious
in Ann Arbor and winter driving
can be miserable; most students advise leaving the wheels at
home unless you have a parking space all set up for you.
Finally, the weather in Ann Arbor can be even more chaot-
ic than the traffic on Main Street during Football Saturdays.
September and May temperatures can crawl up to a humid 90
degrees, or they could plunge into a frosty 20 degrees. Win-
ters can be cool and mild, or they can be brutally cold. The
best advice: Pack a little bit of everything and make sure you
West Coasters and Southerners own big winter coats, boots,
gloves, knit caps and scarves.
THE PE OPLE
Perhaps Ann Arbor's greatest treasures are its inhabitants.
You can't group Ann Arborites into one category; no one adjec-
tive can encompass the diversity of folk who make their home
here. Anyone from frat boys in flannels and white ball caps to
cappuccino-drinking Beat Generation leftovers call this town
home, and melt into a surprisingly complementary collection.
There are some standouts. Spend a warm spring day around
campus, and you'll run into a motley crew that would compare
to any city's collection of outspoken freaks. Perhaps you'll hear
the bluesy wail of Shaky Jake, one of the hippest and hottest
street musicians in the city (or at least the most amusing).
Maybe you'll be warned of eternal damnation by one of the itin-

erant preachers. Or catch Stoney the Clown's semi-regular
spewing of leftist politics that would make Karl Marx blush.
But there is also plenty to see in the regular old folk. Sit at
any cafe or coffee shop and watch and listen to everyone from
cynical artists to sorority sisters. There's no better town for
See ANN ARBOR, Page 9E
INSIDE
ANNARBOR

KRISTEN SCHAFFER/Daily

BOHDAN DAMIAN CAP/Daily
The State Theater, located at the comer of South State and East liberty streets, attracts students night or day (top). Customers sit outside The
Brown Jug on South University Avenue (above), a favorite campus hangout in the early morning hours.
National, local politics attmct student action

By Laurie Mayk
Daily Staff Reporter
With Anti-Code rallies on the Diag and polit-
ical theorists stationed in the coffee shops, Ann

State Rep. Liz Brater
(D-Ann Arbor).
Personal issues are
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has been described as

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