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Wednesday, September 3, 191'7

mbrace all the
nn Arbor offers
Wnder into the city. Up in the
north side of town, the
Crayola-haired Community
High schoolers hang out in Kerrytown.
Go west, young man, to Main Street,
and taste world-class cuisine while
watching yuppie Ann Arborites roam
from boutique to boutique. Head down
south, to tree-lined, bourgeois residen-
tial areas that adjoin the student ghetto.
, in the Hill area, listen to the differ-
-'n accents representing scores of states,
countries and cities voiced by passing
students as they too wander into town.
And in the center,
in the middle of
the Diag, stand
and watch the city
revolve around
After all, the
city does revolve
GREG around you.
Ann Arbor and
PARKER the University
I'M GONNA share a unique,
SAY IT NOW symbiotic, dialec-
tic relationship in
which each is cru-
cial to the formation of the other. In
few, if any, other cities is this the case.
A quick history lesson proves why:
University was chartered early in
A ity's chronology, and hence has
almost always been a factor in the city's
growth from a few crossroads to a mul-
ticultural, thriving city. In the past, the
city and University have worked hand-
in-hand during the formation and
growth of each.
In this sense, the city revolves around
the campus, its students and its institu-
tions. But because the city and
U~y ersity are symbiotic, you revolve
a nd the city as well. For thousands
of transient students have called Ann
Arbor their home at one time or anoth-
er. Year after year, a few thousand indi-
viduals graduate and leave the city,
opening the door for thousands of other
students only four years younger.
Never fear, you have four years to
revolve, to take in the city. And you're
to make the most of it. To do so, you
must accept the paradoxical notion that
ymust take ownership of the city.
You share a stake in the city's future.
You have a destiny in Ann Arbor, and
Ann Arbor's destiny relies on you.
Consistent with its liberal reputation,
Ann Arbor lends out to everyone who
comes by, be it a day, four years, or a
lifetime. It opens its arms to those who
stay in its confines; it lends its destiny
to them. It has to, considering the revo-
lu 'onary (no pun intended) nature of
ampus and city. The city can't just
think of its transient citizens as tran-
sients, It must accept them as true citi-
zens, as members of the community.
Ann Arbor is ready for you to open
your arms, embrace and take owner-
ship during your stay; it's ready for
you to help determine the destiny of
the city. And it's ready to help deter-
mine your destiny. It's ready to shape
your character, your experience.
can, and it does.
does so in subtle ways. Ann Arbor
offers many places to meet new friends
or gather with old buddies - consider
The Brown Jug. It holds a special place
in my heart, as it has housed many of
my college memories: late night pizza,
dinner with a friend, drinks with many

friends, and even a meal or two with my
parents. And only in Ann Arbor have I a
found a place like this - the pictures,
emorabilia, the grease, the smoke,
waitstaff. Only could Ann Arbor's
unique mixture of people and attitudes
allow for this.
And take the Diag, and true campus
and city institution. It seems kind of
odd, but much of my life is affected and
represented by this small pasture eris-
crossed with varied paths. Politically, I
organized and attended a protest there.
Emotionally, I spent time with my
loved one there. Socially, I used to sim-
,sit and read between classes,
embracing the friends who undoubtedly
would wander by my favorite bench.
I hate to take a you'll-see-what-I-
here attitude, but it's true; You don't
often think about how a walk in the
Diag between classes can affect your
life; likewise, you don't consciously
ponder over whether getting bread-
ks or pizza at The Brown Jug will
Wermine who your friends are and
where you may go in life. Oddly
enough, these things do matter. And
because these events that determine
your life happen in Ann Arbor, with its
unique people, attitudes, institutions
and University, the city will play a
huge roI in shanino' vnur destinv

City's many restaurants tantalize the tastebuds

G Good restaurants are an Ann
Arbor tradition, from Angelo's
to Zingerman's Deli
By Janet Adamy
Daily Staff Reporter
Although the buffet line in the Bursley cafeteria
may seem to offer endless culinary combinations,
the thrill of dorm food wears off quickly, leaving
many first-year students in search of other ways to
please their palates.
Luckily, Ann Arbor has a rainbow of restaurants
to compensate for the blandness of residence hall
cuisine. With everything from fancy seafood to
Indian fare to dirt-cheap pizza, nearly every stu-
dent can find a taste and a price range to meet their
Student hangouts
n Good Time Charley's - If you're looking for
good old American food, Charley's is your place.
Located on the corner of South University Avenue
and Church Street, a seat by the window at
Charley's is a prime people-watching spot. Classic
burgers and fries are Charley's specialties, and
cheese lovers are enticed by the restaurant's Count
Twists -cheese-filled rolls of dough served with

a tangy dressing.
* Cottage Inn - This two-level restaurant
defies the Ann Arbor space crunch with its high,
painted vine-covered ceilings and seemingly end-
less seating. More than just a take-out pizza joint,
the Cottage Inn restaurant on East William Street
serves pasta and salads, as well as the thick-crust-
ed, cheesy pizza that is a campus favorite.
"It's good pizza," said University graduate
Sylvie Perez. "They have good prices, and a vari-
ety of stuff on the menu."
* Red Hawk - Located on State Street, this
sandwich and burger spot is an ideal restaurant for
car-less first-year students, and is considered a
favorite locale for first dates. Wood floors and
high-backed booths give Red Hawk a classy yet
casual atmosphere. Reasonably priced sandwiches
are their specialty, and Red Hawk will make a
donation to the Michigan Theater Restoration
Fund when you buy a ham and turkey combo
called "The Fundraiser"
® Fleetwood Diner - This 24-hour breakfast
spot serves Denny's-like food in a uniquely Ann
Arbor atmosphere. The Fleetwood sits in a trailer
on the outskirts of Ann Arbor and attracts local
hipsters as well as hungry students on their way

Members of the Borcherts family raise their glasses in a toast at The Gandy Dancer. The Gandy Dancer
is widely regarded as one of Ann Arbor's finest restaurants.

Unique traits
give flair to
Ann Arbor

By Will Welgsert
Daily News Editor
Within a month of living on campus
almost every new student learns about
watershed traditions like Hash Bash,
the Naked Mile and the University's
teach-in protests of the 1960s.
But these rituals, and thousands of
students lost in their own world, exist
in a town of 110,000 residents who
don't necessarily think of the. maize
and blue when someone mentions
Ann Arbor.
The question is this: When students

One such Ann Arbor oddity is the
colorful guitar wielder and local
celebrity known as Shaky Jake, whose
moniker can be found on locally pro-
duced bumperstickers proclaiming "I
Brake For Jake."
"I've lived in lots and lots of cities
and Ann Arbor is a town of its cwn,
Jake said. "It's a neat city full of nice
and helpful people. Anyone can make it
Ann Arbor Mayor Ingrid Sheldon
said life in the city has evolved to mean
more than just living up to the city's
somewhat wild reputation.

choose to attend,
the city of Ann
Arbor play a
role in their
decision? Or
could the
politics, ideas
and teaching be
well suited to
any city in the.
Rackham stu-
dent Eddie

the University, does

"It's a neat city
full of nice and
helpful people.b
--Shaky Jake
Local celebrity

"We attract
newcomers who
expect certain
things from life
here, and some-
times .those
not met:'
Sheldon said.
"We have our
little traditions,
like a Naked
Mile run or
can absorb those

Miller said Ann Arbor is only as special
as the students who spend four years
"Ann Arbor is not as unique as Ann
Arborites like to think it is," Miller said,
adding that the University is what
defines much of the city's spirit. "The
University could exist anywhere and
not really be different. Even things like
Hash Bash wouldn't be here if the
University wasn't here."
But other students said Ann Arbor
has a definite feel of its own.
"Life here is as crazy as everyone
says it is," said LSA senior Brian Brady.
"I think the University influences the
mindset of the city more so than the
other way around. But you still see
things in town that you wouldn't find
anywhere else."

Hash Bash, but we

things and then go on with business as
usual the next day.
Students and visitors agreed that
those expecting life in Ann Arbor to be
shockingly different from other places
may be in for a surprise.
"I think Ann Arbor is unique, but I
don't see it as being as liberal as every-
one says it is" said LSA sophomore
Pam Kosanke. "People say it is the
Berkeley of' the East and things like
that, but I don't agree with them.
Visitor Ramon Cruz said Ann
Arborites are not stuck in the 1960s.
"This is my first day here, but I
would say Ann Arbor looks like a
sleepy college town," Cruz said. "It I
not really the liberal place that you
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Huron High School students Becca Warrington and Mike Bozek look out over the Huron River at a spot in Ann Arbor's Gallup
Park. One of Ann Arbor's distinct traits is its large number of public parks.
Homelessness markscity streets

Head over heels

By Megan Exey
Daily Staff Reporter
Nestled between a U-Haul storage
office and the Fireside Deli, the
Washtenaw County men's Night Shelter
is easily overlooked. In the dark, the
old, deteriorating facility becomes rec-
ognizable only when two shadowy fig-
ures linger at the yellow glare of the sin-
gle light at the shelter's entrance on
West Huron Avenue. The smoke from
their cigarettes hangs in the air. Their
silhouettes are reminiscent of an
impressionist painting - except they
are real.
As University students begin the
schoolyear in September, Ann Arbor's
homeless problem is probably far from
their thoughts. For students burdened
with homework and personal concerns,
it becomes easv to overlook the obvi-

that the area's homeless problem has
persisted. Not everyone receives the
help they need.
"Statistics on the number of home-
less people in the area show that the
current facilities are very inadequate,"
said Olaf Lidums, interim executive
director of the Shelter Association of
Washtenaw County.
"While estimates do vary, we have
reason to believe that there are between
1,200 to 1,500 homeless indiviudals in
Washtenaw County," Lidums said. "We
also believe that 50 or so of these indi-
viduals are not being sheltered at all on
a consistent basis."
Currently, the Night Shelter is the
only facility in Washtenaw County that
provides shelter to homeless men every
"While having the existing shelters,

be done but to be constrained by limits,
like funding, that prohibit the actual
implementation of theplans.
The minute one sets foot in the men's
Night Shelter, it is obvious this place
does not provide an atmosphere of
The overflow of men crowd the
unfinished plywood staircase near the
entrance. Huddling under blankets, they
attempt to sleep - a nearly impossible
task in the cramped facility.
The Night Shelter can adequately
house 52 men each night. However,
some shelter residents said the demand
for beds is so high that men are turned
away nearly every night due to lack of
On an average night, men sleep in
hallways and corners of rooms.
Residents said that in extreme cases,



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