The Michigan Daily Best of Ann Arbor 1997 - Th
State of Ann Arbor
GOTTA LOVE THOSE PEOPLE OF ANN ARB(
It's no accident that the peo-
ple here in Ann Arbor get
voted the best thing about this
place every year. With people,
every day becomes a new
experience. Every morning
and say to myself, "Gee, I
wonder what these lovely peo-
ple will have in store for me
Jennifer Petinski today." In most cases, it isn't
Daily Arts Editor just the people-watching that
gets my interest going; rather
it's the people's interaction, the human relations,
that makes this University a place I want to call
home for one more year.
Needless to say, I am always pleasantly surprised
sometimes more than in others. Here, I will share
with you a few noteworthy people who I've encoun-
tered on my junior-year exploration of good ol' A.
English Prof. Ralph Williams: Gotta love him,
right? Now, I am taking my second class with Prof.
Williams this term, and gosh darn it, I am still as
impressed as I ever was. Talk about human relations
- the man knows every face (and many names) of
all students who have taken his classes. And who
else. do you know who would actually go up and
down the aisles of lecture shaking hands and saying
"hello" to anyone ready to talk to him? He is one of
the people at this University who adds personality
and life to a sometimes impersonal, lonely place.
What did I tell you? Are there some great peo-
ple here in Ann Arbor or what?
My housemates: Girls - maybe I don't tell you
often enough, but you are certainly the best. Sure, you
get mad when I don't clean my room (which is more
often than not), when I don't do my chore (which is
more often than not), when I don't pay my bills until
the day before they are due (ditto on the last paren-
thesis). But how about those human relations? No,
not the disagreements, sillies - the other times. The
good ones. You know when they are. Thanks.
Again, the people. I can't say enough about
them. But the list rambles on ... .
My Neighbors: Well, it's sure been a great
adventure living across the street from this rowdy
group of guys. Boy, are they "people people." And
boys, remember the time when you tried to scare
us with the whole "squirrel tail and pocket knife"
incident? It worked.
Gee, these people are incredible. As for the
neighbors - well, I said human relations, not ani-
mal and human relations. So they still count. OK?
So many more people, so little space.
Meijer Check-out Girl, Aisle 9: OK, fine. So
I'm not sure that it's Aisle 9, but it sure does sound
good, and it's not really the point of my honorable
mention. But if you, dear readers, are loyal cus-
tomers of Meijer, then you better hope you get a
check-out person like her - someone who will
make you happy that you are living in Ann Arbor
and eating such great food. On my last trip to
Meijer, as I was on line, this lady told me that the
$0.45 bean burritos I was about to purchase gave
her gas once. Well, let me tell you, I still bought
them, but boy, was I on the lookout for any possible
side effects. In addition, I knew to leave the kitchen
any time my housemates decided to eat theirs.
People in Ann Arbor - so damn friendly. And
so willing to help me out, ready to give me advice
on gas. What a place.
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to order the most expensive thing on the menu. As if your par-
ents are going to say, "No."
Best Romantic Evening:
Ahhh -the lighting, food, ambiance - bellissimo! And if
the degree of romanticism is positively correlated to price,
then it's the most romantic of them all!
Best Dorm Cafeteria:
All right. No residence hall cafeteria jokes. South Quad is
clearly the best. With prime rib and New York strip every
night, who could argue? Just kidding. Hear they have great
grilled cheese and tomato soup, however. By the way, did
anyone ever notice that wherever athletes live is where the
best food is located? Just wondering.
Best Happy Hour:
How about those specials? You can buy more beer than you
can carry for around $3. But why carry it? Just park yourself
under the keg. Faster, more efficient.
Best Overall Restaurant:
The veggies win! Seva has found the philosophy - it
doesn't need animal to be good. For all of you out there who
refuse to eat at some "leftist-vegetarian place," do yourself a
favor and grab a meal at Seva. It may be PC, but it's good.
Best Overall Bar:
The lines in front of Touchdown can't be wrong.
Touchdown took four categories this year, so it's no surprise
that it won "Best Overall Bar" as well. So be merry and
drink like a fish at Touchdown. Anyone ever wonder why it
is called a "Cafe?"
Don't miss out!
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In the past year, student writing has
come to prominence in two new
venues: The Michigan Daily's first-ever
Literary Magazine and the State Street
Poetry Project, which hosted readings
by student and faculty writers in April.
This Liberty Street haven has more
books than Borders - and gives the
Graduate Library a run for its money. You
can find almost any book you want falling
off a shelf or stacked on the floor, and it'll
be on sale for about half the original cost.
Best Ann Arbor Author
This University MFA grad has taught
creative writing workshops in Ann
Arbor, and recently published a first
novel, "Swimming Across the Hudson."
He may well be the next local author to
make it big.
Was there any doubt about this one?
In addition to five previous books, just
this spring Baxter published a book of
essays and a marvelous short-story col-
lection, "Believers." All that and he still
teaches classes, too.
Best Location for
This independent bookstore consis-
tently lures in lesser-known but well-
regarded authors, as well as plenty of
local talent, and it hosts them in a calm,
spacious, literary atmosphere. Readings
here are never less than relaxing and
1677.Plymouth Rd.. Ann Arb(
Located in the Courtyard Shops at
The New Line Chinese Cuisine
(313) 995-1786 W1 6Sf.r man.Sy
(between Huron and Washington)
Carryout and reservations accepted at r ntv.
Open 7 Days 11am-11pm