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Wednesday, September 8, 1999 - The Michigan Daily - New Student Edition - 3D

CIty to spruce up parking structures

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PARKING
Continued from Page 1D
"We all need parking and we're always
looking for it. It's important to understand
that a lot of work goes toward making it
1ivailable," Pallac said.
At least $30 million dollars is expected to
be spent on the massive renovation project,
not including the cost of one structure's
remodeling that has not yet been deter-
mined.
Pallac stressed the money to finance the
project will not come from Ann Arbor resi-
dents' tax dollars.
"The money conies from the parking sys-
tem's revenue," Pallae said. "It can be
thought of as a user fee. Everyone who pays
*o park is part of the solution." f
Engineering senior Andrew Hunter said
the improvements to structures will be a
positive addition to Ann Arbor.
"It should be great," Hunter said.
"Hopefully it will allow more access to the
downtown."
Improvements will include measures to

protect existing structures fromfurther win-
ter damage and salt brought in on cars. The
structures will be cleaned and repainted to
improve their appearance.
Some of the new structures will provide
additional parking spaces, Pallac said
Because so many of the structures under
renovation are close to campus, many mem-
bers of the University community will be
affected.
The University and the city of Ann Arbor
need to have a common goal in mind, said
Jim Kosteva, director of community rela-
tions at the University.
"There is a great deal of dialogue taking
place regarding how the city and University
can meet our mutual interests: to serve our
respective customers and constituents,"
Kosteva said.
Attempts to improve Ann Arbor's parking
situation are coming not a moment too soon
for many of Ann Arbor's downtown business
owners. Tom Hackett, owner of Afternoon
Delight, said parking is a constant concern.
"Parking is always a problem," Hackett
said. "We can't give customers valet park-

people have the
perception that there
is no parking, but in
reality, there is."
- Tim Anderson
Borders general manager

ing. All we can do is keep complaining to
the mayor."
Some said too much emphasis is placed
on the parking problem. Tim Anderson, gen-
eral manager of Borders Books and Music
on East Liberty Street, said he often hears
frustration from patrons.
"We have many customer complaints,"
Anderson said. "I think the people have the
perception that there is no pa rking, but in
reality, there is."

DANA UNNANE/Oady'
Carlos Jackson and his son, Carlos Jackson Jr., enjoy a leafy summer day In Ann Arbor.

SST! WANNA BUY

ANYTHING?

Ann Arbor
has unique
ways to take
your money
By Chris Grandstaff
Daily Staff Reporter
Simply put: Ann Arbor is different.
What other city can claim to be the home
of a world-renowned university, a festival
celebrating the legalization of marijuana, a
borderline pornographic mile run, and
arguably the most hated and hateful existing
group of people on the planet?
But even aside from housing the
University of Michigan, Hash Bash, the
Naked Mile, and entertaining the Ku Klux
Klan every couple of years Ann Arbor is still1
far from your average Midwestern town.
The diversity of people and events har-
bored within the city limits of Ann Arbor can
be attributed to the university and its need to
cater to the variety of different life styles
'that it houses from around the world.
The nature of the university is clearly vis-
ible throughout the city of Ann Arbor, but it
is perhaps most clearly scene through the
windows of a few stores in close proximity
to the university itself
W While strolling up and down State Street
and South University, amongst the hundreds
of students and local Ann Arborites, you will
notice a typical university selection of ath-
letic apparel shops and CD stores, all woven
in between a seemingly endless supply of
bookstores and coffee shops.
But a closer look at Ann Arbor's retailers
will show that this is not your usual middle
American locale. Ann Arbor provides its
consumers with a variety of products that
range from Hookahs to inflatable goats to
lubrication.
One store that will no doubt catch the eye
of every incoming first-year student's par-
ents is S3 or the Safe Sex store.
Owned and managed by Beth Karmeisool,
this racy boutique will let daddy know that
his little Dorothy is no where near Kansas
anymore.
Although its primary product is the con-
dom, S3 also provides some interesting
tems in the adult novelty section. There you
can find anything from cyberskin dildos -
designed to feel as much like your regular
skin as possible - to the "Love Swing," a
positions chair which hangs from your ceil-
ing.
But there is a lot more to S3 than just
kinky sex items.
"I try to keep things clean in here,"
Karmeisool said. "Really our purpose is to
first promote safe sex and to make sure we
provide information to the customers so they
feel comfortable coming in and getting con-
doms and lubrication."
Take just a few steps further down South
University you'll find "The Middle Earth," a
gift shop that sells everything from cards and
posters to erotic male art.

Guide
expedites
recycling
for 'U'
By Asma Rfeeq
Daily Staff Reporter
Frustrated by the enormous amount
of waste produced by off-campus stu-
dents at move-out time, four University
students resolved to take action, spend-
ing late nights and spare time to pro-
duce the University's first-ever rcy-
cling guide for off-campus students is
available.
SNRE senior Robin Deutsch, Art
junior Betsy Stromberg, SNRE senior
Becky Setzman and LSA sophomnore
Jennifer Anderson, began planning the
guide when they served on the Winter
1998 Environmental Theme Semester
planning committee..
. Deutsch said they hope the guide will
help students make the transition om
recycling in the residence halls to itcy-
cling off campus', and eventutally
become a standard source of informa-
tion for landlords and apartment own-
ers.
"I think a lot of people think that
once it's out of your sight, it's not a
problem - but it is," said Deutsch, co-
chair of Michigan Student Assembly's
Environmental Issues Commission.
The eight-page guide, titled
"Michigan Recycles," includes basics
about sorting, tips for moving and
phone numbers of local donation and
re-use centers.
Many people, Deutsch said,, are
unaware that a local curb-side recycling
service, Recycle Ann Arbor, will bring
residents two bins for paper and con-
tainers upon request.
The quartet coordinated with local
recycling agency, city and University
representatives to research the guide.
They received funding for the projict
from MSA, the city of Ann Arbor aind
the Environmental Theme Semester,
among other sources.
Last year, the students were instru-
mental in organizing Green Move-Out,
a recycling program for off-campus stu-
dents similar to the move-out program
in residence halls.
Students donated a record amount
furniture, clothing, packaged food ahd
toiletries at three different off-campus
sites, said Sarah Archer, the
University's Recycling Coordinator.
The program compiled a total of 12
tons of donations from residence halls
and students in off-campus housing ast
year - twice the collection of the pr-
vious year, she said.
"As University students, we live veiy
disposable lifestyles," Deutsch said,
"Just think ... pizza boxes, notebooks,
pencils."
The guide is available at Pierpont
Commons, the Campus Information
Center, the Michigan Union and th
MSA office.
To receive recycling bins for an off-
campus residence call 99-GREEN
(994-7336).

DANA LINNANE/Daky
LSA sophomores Julia Kim (left) and Sommy Ko examine the eclectic wares of Middle Earth, on South University Avenue. Many University students take
advantage of Ann Arbor's unique retail scene.

Some of the more interesting items one
can find while perusing the shelves of "The
Middle Earth" are sheaths made out of
gourds that African Men use to cover their
genitalia, and the already mentioned inflat-
able goat, which can be seen hanging from
the ceiling.
Ann Arbor's campus retail community is
also home to a couple of headshops that have
found an interesting location for their stores.
j If you are looking for "Purple Haze," or
"Stairway to Heaven," you better, and appro-
priately, look high because both stores are
located on the second floor.
The entrance to Stairway leaves little
doubt that this is not your typical store. Once
at the top of the steps the customer becomes
surrounded by a long, dark hallway, illumi-

nated only by black light and adorned with
numerous black light posters that cast psy-
chedelic neon greens, blues, and reds across
the floor. Although "Stairway" specializes
in water pipes, the store draws customers
from all walks of life.
"We've got 70-80 year-old people coming
in here one minute, and your typical hippie
type coming in the next," manager Dave
Jordan said.
"We've got our own little niche I think.
It's the weirdest store in town," Jordan said.
We have the strangest stuff, we have the
strangest staff, we have the strangest loca-
tion. We're fun, and we're designed to catch
the eye."
If "Stairway" is designed to catch the eye
then "Purple Haze" is designed to catch the

nose and ear, as strong smells of incense and
the festive sounds of reggae music will no
doubt grab the customers attention as they
approach this headshop/body piercing retail-
er.
The store is filled with water pipes,
hookahs, and Bob Marley paraphernalia.
"Nothitig is outrageous at Purple Haze,"
owner Beatriz Hollis said. "People ask
what's the weirdest part of the body you
pierce or the weirdest thing you sell. Nothing
is weird to me."
Maybe stores like these are able to succeed
in Ann Arbor despite it's Midwestern loca-
tion because "Ann Arbor is just really liber-
al, Karmeisool said, or maybe it's just
"because it's Ann Arbor man," Jordan said,
"that's the way it is."

MIonaghan founds A2 law school

By Michael Grass
Daily Staff Reporter'
The University's Law School may
have a new neighbor next year as anoth-
er institution of legal education plans to

Lehman said he did not expect a mass
exodus of faculty from the University to
the new school.
University President Lee Bollinger
echoed Lehman's thoughts on Ave

The school plans to incorporate pro-
fessional ethics into the curriculum,
Hirschfeld said, adding that Catholic
teachings place "value on the human
person."

Genius is in
the details

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