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12B -The Michigan Daily Weekend Magazine - Thursday, October 2, 1997.




The Michigan Daily Weekenuf]

Island preserves Michigan's past

University Feature
Law Quad offers tranquil refuge from life

Continued from Page -4B
"The transition wasn't that big of a
deal," St. Onge said.
St. Onge worked with college stu-
dents every summer on Mackinac
Island, so he was accustomed to univer-
sity lifestyles. But he said being from
Mackinac is a wonderful conversation
"If I want to be the center of atten-
tion, I say I'm from Mackinac Island,"
St. Onge said.
In the winter, the lakes freeze, and
the only ways to travel to and from

the island are by plane and snowmo-
bile. Because of that isolation, St.
Onge said living on Mackinac Island
was a unique experience.
"It wasn't average. People who live
on islands are different," St. Onge
said. "You learn dependence on one
another because you have to get
through the winter."
Although St. Onge said he gets
annoyed by the constant questions
asked by tourists, he acknowledged
that without them, Mackinac Island's
economy would be in ruins.
"They're your bread and butter,"
St. Onge said.

Doud said Mackinac Island provides
an escape from everyday life and allows
tourists to "stop and smell the roses."
"It's quaint. It's a break from the
fast pace of life," Doud said. "People
come to relax."
Len Trankina, executive director of
the Mackinac Island Chamber of
Commerce, said Mackinac Island's
all-American setting attracts many
international tourists.
"More and more people visit here
from other countries," Trankina said.
"They can tell their families they saw
America. This is the real American

4tiwin's, on Uberty Street, serves up an old-time feel with its ice cream.

Continued from Page 2B
The shop caters to a variety of cus-
tomers. "We get a lot of business peo-
ple," said Dunham. Booker added
that students and couples are more
frequent on the weekends. The ice
cream parlor offers a more formal,
"dressy" place for dessert, as
opposed to other establishments in
Ann Arbor, such as Stucchi's. "It's a
good place to go, say, after a date,
-whereas Stucchi's is more of a stu-
dent hangout," said LSA first-year
student Courtnee Clark.
The primary attraction of the shop
is, of course, the food. Kilwin's offers
handmade ice cream from its own
recipes in 27 flavors, including two

kinds of fat-free, sugar-free sorbets
and two of lowfat yogurt.
Everything in the chocolate shop
and ice cream parlor is made from
the Kilwin's kitchen in Petoskey.
"One of our most popular flavors is
chocolate peanut butter," said
Booker. A cone usually costs $2.25,
rather exorbitant for a scoop of ice
cream. "It is expensive, but it's worth
it," said Dunham.
In addition to ice cream and drinks,
the ice cream parlor sells tantalizing
candies, caramel apples, turtle pretzel
rods and an assortment of gifts. "We
get a lot of comments from people
about the fact that we sell gifts,"
Booker said. "You can purchase can-
dies, candlestands, picture frames,
gift bags. It really makes us unique."


By Sam England
Daily Arts Writer
Michigan Stadium's 102,501 seats
have been filled for every home game
since 1975, and last Saturday's contest
with archrival Notre Dame was no
exception. All the better for the handful
of people who spent the afternoon in the
Law Quad courtyard instead, enjoying
the warm and mild weather.
Some studied, leaning over thick text-
books and papers. Some strolled along
the walkways or sat on stone benches
astride the arched entrances. A few
reclined and dozed on the lawn. There
were no marching band choruses, no
shirtless or painted fanatics - the only
sign of football was the distant
Goodyear Blimp, barely visible between
the slender steeples of Hutchins Hall
and the Legal Research Building roof.
Among the people who had come to
the elegant confines of the Law Quad
for their Saturday afternoon, relatively
few were actual Law students - in
fact, some were not even students. The
Quad had attracted out-of-town admir-
ers unaffiliated with the University.
Meanwhile, the neighboring Business
School campus was all but deserted and
the Angell Hall Fishbowl looked as if
tumbleweed would blow through it at
any moment. Even the Diag itself was
relatively empty.
Why did they choose to spend the
afternoon in the Law Quad? Y
"Just because it's really peaceful
here, and really beautiful," said Lona
Stoll, an LSA first-year student. Stoll
lay on a pastel blanket that she moved
from the shade of a towering oak tree to
read "The Odyssey" in direct sunlight.
"It's cool, just because of the way it's
designed. It kind of blocks out the rest
of the University," she said, looking
around at the adjacent buildings that
enclose the Quad. Smiling, Stoll sur-
mised, "This is the first place the tour
goes to see U of M"
Fernando Fuentes said he takes his
own tours. He took a break during his
Saturday stroll to sit on a bench near the
Hutchins Hall facade, reading a Spanish
newspaper. The Rochester Hills engi-
neer said he makes it to Ann Arbor reg-
ularly when the weather is pleasant.
"I don't come here to see the football
games," Fuentes said. "I just come to
relax, have a cup of coffee, walk
through the University." The Law Quad,
he explained, reminds him of European
schools such as Oxford (the most
apparent inspiration for the Quad's
design). Fuentes added that he even
likes the contrast between the original
Law Library and its contemporary
underground addition.
Herb Johe, Professor Emeritus with
the College of Architecture and Urban
Planning, concurred. "The real decision
was, when they needed a new facility
for the library, was to put it under-
ground, " Johe said from his Ann Arbor
home Sunday.
He had high praise for the designer of
the addition, saying, "I think it was a
great decision that he made, to put it
underground. He did not spoil, or inter-
.fere with~thebuilding."
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in its design.
"I think it's -- the original semblance
of buildings - is a great architectural
structure," he said.
"I think the design is kind of a closed
campus. Sometimes students toss the
football out there, make a little noise,"

Johe said. But, he continued, the Quad
is generally a tranquil corner of cam-
Sure enough, a group of students
trotted out of a residence hall to throw
a ball across the courtyard and over
the heads of readers, providing a small

dose of game-day atmospher
Smiling wryly, first-year
dent Ivan Smallwood said he
ing a break from the crappy
smoke and survey the c
Moments later, he joined a k
of fellows to play catcl

The Windermere Is one of Mackinac Island's many hotels, which cater to the busy tourist trade.


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