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2F - - New Student Edition - The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, September 6, 2000

NAKED MILE
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Another senior girl ran with two of
her friends on either side.
"One person-slapped my ass," she
said.. "But I felt safe for the most
part."
The event had an overwhelming
sense of jubilation to it, contradict-
ing the debate that has surrounded
the run's safety and the manner in
which laws would be enforced.
"I feel great," said Engineering
senior Damon Brunson immediately
before turning cartwheels for the
crowd on the lawn in front of
Angell Hall. "Invigorated and liber-

ated. But I need some clothes."
"I think its all done in good spir-
it," said a California man who was
visiting campus with his son, a
prospective freshman. "I saw all
these people. Only when I got here I
saw people running butt naked."
Others agreed that the run is a
more harmless tradition than some
say.
"I would hope (the police) have
got better things to do than arresting
students," said a 1958 University
alum and Ann Arbor resident. " If
anyone here was going to be offend-
ed they'd go someplace else. We do
have real crime problems in Ann
Arbor, and this isn't one of them."

COFFEE
Continued from PageIF
it has the best coffee.
Also, "it's close to a parking
structure," he said. "And I can't
drink coffee at a library."
Others need coffee to get their
studying done. Caribou Coffee cus-
tomer Athina Papas, an LSA junior,
said she prefers to study in a coffee
shop because the combination of back-
ground noise and caffeine is a good
recipe for studying.
"It helps me focus and block out
things around me," she said. "Other-
wise my mind wanders"
LSA senior Kent Hyun said he
comes to Caribou on State Street for the

decor. "Everything's all woody," he
said. "I like the fireplace."
Perhaps the most controversial of
Ann Arbor's coffee shops is Starbucks
on the corner of State Street and Liber-
ty Street. Opened last winter, the store
was met with protests over franchise
origins.
"We've gone to the dark side," joked
recent University alum Chris Luebe as
he sat chatting with his friends.
But coffee shops hold more oppor-
tunity than just studying, drinking,
eating and conversing, said Grad stu-
dent Rashi Jackman. While some cus-
tomers are performing those tasks,
"ninety percent are looking at each
other," he said. "It's a cornucopia of
desire flowing over the tables."

LSA senior Susan Bissell uses the payphone outside of Ulrich's Bookstore.
Chan.,ges icity
area codes delayeJ

Up in the air

By Ginnefer Cox
For the Daily
Although plans had been made to
implement a new area code in
Washtenaw County and other metro
Detroit areas, the proposal has been
temporarily suspended by the Feder-
al Communications Commission.
A telecommunications industry
group, which consisted of over 16
companies, devised a proposal for
area code overlays in certain Michi-
gan counties as a potential solution
to the future shortage of phone
numbers in these areas.
Certain areas in the state are run-
ning out of phone numbers lue to
the consumer use of cellular
phones, computers and other items
needing numbers.
An area code overlay results in a
second area code being added to the
current area code of a particular
geographic area, therefore making
more phone numbers available with-
in that region.
The proposal assigned a new 278
area code to Washtenaw County in
addition to the existing 734 area
code.
The implementation of the pro-
posal was administered by the Coin-

munications Industry Services
group of NeuStar, Inc. NeuStar
serves as the North American:Num-
bering Plan Administration, a neu-
tral third party group who helped
work on the proposal.
The FCC suspended the proposal
because the Michigan Public *-
vice Commission said that the FCC
does not have the authority to
implement it.
While the proposal is in suspen-
sion, the FCC is viewing other pos-
sible recommendations
The question of when the area
code overlays will go into effect
remains. NeuStar spokeswoman
Barbara Blackwell said the Ic ih
of the suspension of the propos i s
up in the air.
"We are waiting for the FCC as
for how to proceed," Blackwell said.
The implementation of area code
overlays may bring some problems
to Ann Arbor residents, including
University students. With the area
code overlay, residents would be
required to dial the area code plus
the phone number, regardless of the
area code you are dialing from.
In addition to dialing extra digits,
people would also have to remember
See CODES, Page 3F

Post Office: Liberty Station 6654112 NORMAN NG/Oaily
Arcade Station Noah Cowan (right), a PhD student in the Engineering College, and Bruce .
Fields, a PhD student in Mathematics, juggle in the Diag.

MAIN STREET
Continued from Page 1
"It's wonderful food, it is worth the
walk absolutely," said LSA junior
Vivek Vanaharam.
Atmospheres like Mongolian Bar-
beque's make your own stir-fry bar,
and Cleveland's Gill and Grill north-
eastern style tempt customers.
In addition to restaurants and
bars, Main Street offers a variety of
retail stores. From the wide array of
compact discs at School Kids
Records to the costumes at Fantasy
Attic, most shoppers are able to sat-
isfy their appetite in this part of
town.
Elmo's t-shirt shop is geared to
University students and fans.
The shop used to be located on
State Street, but owner Elmo
Morales said "it was a business deci-
sion to move out here, we were pay-
ing high rents and not able to sell the
Michigan stuff on the Michigan
campus."
So why go to Elmo's?
"You can't get the tie-dye and
superior stuff I carry elsewhere,"
Morales said, "we do what we can do
we and hope to make a living, plus
we have a large business with our
custom printing-everyone establishes
a niche."
Slightly off Main Street on the
corner of Washington and Main is
the upscale women's clothing store
Voila,
"We are getting student clientele,"
said manager Kate Lessnau. "We are

off the beaten path, but students are
starting to find us," said Lessnau,
"and we are moving to Main Street
soon.
Main Street is also full of at
shops. The Occasionally Gift SW
specializes in Michigan attire and
memorabilia in addition to other col-
lectible items.
There is also Falling Water, anoth-
er gift type shop with lamps, picture
frames, cards and candles.
Afterwords, a bookshop, carries
books at thirty to ninety percent
price reductions.
A multitude of art galleries in the
area are perfect for browsing a 1d
inspiring creativity, like the S*
Chevel Gallery with hand-painted
dishwares.
Not hungry? No need to shop?
Don't worry, there are plenty of
other amusements on and around
Main Street.
The Ark, a local theater where
there are plenty of open stage
nights, feature artists and musicians
ranging from poetic song to f
music, to rhythm and blues and Irish
music.
World renowned entertainers also
sample their work at The Ark.
Or you can sit outdoors at a cafe,
like Cafe Felix or Amer's and drink
some coffee and watch the people.
To many veteran students Main
Street is worth the hike.
"I worked out there and lived near-
by - we go out there because my
friends don't want to go to
undergrad bars anymore," said LSA
junior Clare Singleton.

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