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Daily Arts Writer
At the offices of the Inter-
Cooperative Council, Director of
Member Services Amy Sara Clark has
no trouble profiling the University of
Michigan's local co-ops. With approxi-
mately 600 members in 19 houses, Ann
Arbor boasts one of the largest and best
known cooperative housing organiza-
tions in the world.
In addition to its size, Clark cited the
variety of houses that the ICC offers as
an attraction to students. The off-cam-
pus houses range in size from 12 to 84
residents, all-female or co-ed, North or
Central Campus. "You can find whatev-
er size house you want," she said.
Even at the largest co-ops, whose
volumes rival or surpasses that of fra-
ternities, sororities and University
Alternative Houses, the element of
togetherness isn't lost, Clark main-
tained. "It's social," she allowed, "but
it's not huge and impersonal.'
As both an employee and resident in
the ICC, Clark highlighted the defini-
tion of cooperation in co-ops.
"It's all resident-run," Clark said,
adding, "we call it 'member.' When you
move in, you become a member." And
it's not just a name, she said; joining a
co-op means more than boarding, cook-
ing and cleaning in a house full of other
students. It's an investment of both
resources and ideology from each
Being run by members is exactly
what distinguishes the cooperative sys-
tem from any other student housing,
Clark continued. "It's run democratical-
ly." All members are, in fact, voting
members, who have a say in decision-
making for their houses.
"Decisions are made democratically
on different kinds of levels" Clark said.
That meansthat any house question -
when to throw a party, what kinds of
iti diverse living arrangements
food to keep in the kitchen, what kind
of maintenance the house needs - is
up to the members of that house.
E Pluribus Unum, the Whole is
Greater than the Sum of its Parts, Let's
Join Together and Feel All Right -
Clark's statements of the co-op philoso-
phy conjure up some of the most
grandiose of mottoes, from the United
States Treasury's to Bob Marley's.
On an evening last week, as the first
snow of the year covered Ann Arbor,
those statements were tested. In every
neighborhood around campus, students
walked, heads bowed to the wind and
snowflakes, from their studies or jobs to
As six o'clock approaches, members
converged on Black Elk Co-op, the
porch resonating with stomping feet
knocking the heavy snow from their
soles. Coats were thrown onto the
couches and benches lining the dining
Casey, an LSA transfer student from
Schoolcraft Community College,
emerged from the kitchen, his dinner
plate heaping with black beans, rice,
taco salad and non-dairy sour cream.
"Good dinner night, good dinner
night" he chanted to a few arriving'
members. Soon, he was sitting at one of
two banquet tables, eating and talking
with those sitting around him.
The stereo slammed out Fear Factory
remixes, then haunting Billie Holiday
ballads, through the bi-level kitchen and
into the dining room. Students con-
vened at the tables, pulling up chairs
and, when there were no more chairs,
stools and cinder blocks. When even
those run out, one woman slid over,
offering half of her chair to a visitor. A
round of applause erupted for that
Clark's words and the co-op dinner
scene both contrast sharply with
University Student Housing policies,
under which first-year students often
have no choice as to where they live.
Cafeteria meal plans are generally
required in traditional University hous-
ing. Stories from September, of over-
crowded first-year students forced to
sleep in lounges, still echo on campus.
The ICC, too, has had increased
demand this year; many houses have
waiting lists. But Clark noted that the
ICC deals with increased popularity
differently than does the Entree Office.
Guests are welcome, but co-ops try to
avoid cramming in more residents than
they can hold.
In light of this co-op boom, many
speculate as to why students prefer co-
B. Tubbs, a1996 Art School graduate
and longtime co-op member, said the
answer is simple. "I'll use a hot word
right now: diversity."
Tubbs now lives in Ypsilanti but
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Tommy Chong See Friday. 8:30 and 10:30
State Street Poetry Project Student perfor-
mance of poetry, fiction, drama and music.
East Hall Auditorium. 8 p.m..
Underworld (1927) Silent film about a bank
robber and his girlfriend. Clarion 3 p.m.
West Side Story (1961) The famous update
of "Romeo and Juliet." Mich. 5 p.m.
The Wings of the Dove (1997) This dramatiza-
tion of the Henry James novel stars Helena
Bonham Carter and Linus Roache. Mich. 8 p.m.
The Wiz See Friday.2 p.m.
Cabaret (1972) Bob Fosse's masterpiece
about an American nightclub performer in
pre-Weimar Germany. Mich. 6:30 p.m.
Smithee Night A tribute to Alan Smithee, the
most famous phantom filmmaker. Green. 7
The Summer of '42 (1971)
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bor. Mich. 4:10 p.m.
The story of a
The Wings of the Dove See Sunday. Mich. 9
Duran Duran Not exactly "Hungry Like The
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Gus Gus and Cornershop Come for
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Theatre, Detroit. $22.50. 7 p.m.
ldark Alison Morton Will play classical songs
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Concert House, 415 N. 4th Ave. $5. 4 p.m.
University Chamber Orchestra
Kiesler conducts. Rackham. 8 p.m.
"Women's Well on the Road" - With
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and Audrey Becker. The Ark. $10. 7:30
Escanaba in Da Moonlight See Thursday. 2
Ladyhouse Blues See Thursday. 2 p.m.
A Little Night Music See Thursday. 2 p.m.
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Howard Norman Retelling Inuit tales in "The
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