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2F - Wednesday, September 5, 2001 - New Student Edition - The Michigan Daily

Important information for beyond 'U'

Police Department
Fire Department
Building Ordinance
District Court
Human Resources
Parks and Recreation
City Clerk
Public Library
Post Office: Liberty Station
Arcade Station


Mayor John Hieftje (D)669-5855
Mayor Jhn Hiefj Hieftje@ci.ann-arbor.mius
City Council
Ward 1
Jean Robinson (D) 662-6303
Robert M. Johnson (D) 769-7507
RJohnson@ci.ann-arbor.mi vs
Ward 2
Joseph Upton (R) 995-8934
Joan Lowenstein (D) 994-1295
Ward 3
Jean Carlberg (D) 769-4493
Heidi Cowing Herrell(D) 973-3125
Ward 4
Stephen C. Hartwell (D) 663-7872
Marcia Higgins (R) 662-0487
Ward 5
Christopher S. Easthope (D) 662-4412
CEasthope@ci.ann-arbor.mi ms

Mot Or City for
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Just about every touring production makes its
way through the Motor City. Dancers, singers,
musicians, actors and comedians grace the Detroit
stages through a variety of stages.
Go see "The Nutcracker" at the historic Fox or
Chris Rock at the State. Catch a play for dinner
show at the Gem or Savion Glover for an intimate
performance at the Detroit Opera House.
You can find out about most of these online
through the venue itself, www.mlive.com or
through Ticketmaster.
Marvin Gaye. Stevie Wonder. The Supremes.
Smokey Robinson. They made the sound of
Detroit, and they all got their start in the small,
brick house that is now Hitsville, USA, Motown
Historical Museum. Take a tour to see Michael
Jackson's famous glove.
But that was then, and this is now. Just as the city
invented Motown, Detroit's musical geniuses
invented the sound that is techno. Underground
clubs and events showcase local DJ's that have
become international heroes. The Detroit Electronic
Music Festival, held each summer in Hart Plaza,
attracts fans from around the world in the largest
modern-day music experience.
Between Hamtramck's Motor and St. Andrew's
Hall, all bases are covered for music tastes. From
electronic to punk and from opera to country, just
check local listings for performance dates and loca-
The thought of museums usually reminds us of
elementary school field trips or family vacations.
But the Motor City offers museums that can be
enjoyed by college-age students and elementary
students alike.
The Detroit Science Center, currently undergoing
major expansion construction, features a hands-on
gallery, a cultural center and advanced technology

Detroit's a rich art history can be seen throughout the city in its exhibits and parks.

displays. Catch a flick at the IMAX Theater.
Greenfield Village and the Henry Ford Museum,
located in Dearborn, document over 300 years of
American innovation through displays in cultural
changes, technology, transportation, agriculture and
domestic life. Artifacts such as George Washing-
ton's folding bed used during the Revolutionary
war and Abraham Lincoln's rocking chair and
sights such as old-fashioned sawmills, glass shops
and pottery stations are entertaining for even the
greatest historian. The Charles H. Wright Museum
of African American History and the Holocaust
Memorial Center are also worth the trip.
If the educational facilities don't sound appealing
for you and a group of friends, keep the attractions
in mind during Parents' Weekend - the family will
be impressed.
There is nothing like spending the afternoon at
Comerica Park with the hot dog vendor who bel-
lows out sounds more interesting than the pitcher's
fastball. Whether you will cheer for the home team,
or your home team is playing the Tigers, you can
always ride the carousel during the seventh-inning
stretch if the scoreboard doesn't read what you had
Or spend an evening at "The Joe." Joe Louis
Arena is the home of the Detroit Red Wings, one of

the most charismatic teams in the NHL. Besidei
seasonal hockey games, the venue frequently wel-
comes concerts, figure skating events such as Dis-
ney's World on Ice and college hockey as in the
Great Lakes Invitational.
The Lions and the Pistons - we won't mention
their records - play in Pontiac and Auburn Hill
along with the Detroit Shock of the WNBA and thi
Detroit Rockers soccer team. Tickets aren't budget
breaking for decent seats, and it's highly unlikely
games will sell out.
Plus, it isn't called the Motor City for nothing.
Every year, the Grand Prix is held on Belle Isle.
Spectators can watch from the isle itself or across
the river on either side from the banks of Detroit or
the casinos of Windsor.
Whether it's a great restaurant in Greektown,
festival in Hart Plaza, shopping in the GM Buil
ing, finding a quirky club, riding the People Mover,
or an afternoon on Belle Isle, Detroit hosts literally
hundreds of venues every weekend worth checking
The best way to hear about city events is to listen
to a favorite local radio station or pick up a Metro-
Times Entertainment Guide. One cool club today
may be closed tomorrow, so'keep your eyes and
ears open.

Wendy Ann Woods

(D) 663-7092
W Woods@ci.ann-arbor.mi.us


AAPD does its best
to shut down Mile

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By Elizabeth Kassab and Maria Sprow
Daily Staff Reporters
After a substantial effort conducted
by the University and the Ann Arbor
Police Department, this year's Naked
Mile drew far fewer participants and
spectators than it had in previous years,
leaving the future of the annual event
in question.
Only "a couple dozen runners actu-
ally ran," Department of Public Safety
spokeswoman Diane Brown said. Esti-
mates from last year pegged the num-
ber of runners at 400, while about 800
students participated two years ago.
The number of spectators also dwin-
dled to about 7,000, down from the
estimated 10,000 audience members
that came for last year's run, Brown
The AAPD arrested a total of four
people for indecent exposure and four
others for disorderly conduct. DPS also
made one arrest for indecent exposure,
one for a minor in possession of alco-
hol, one for interfering with an arrest,
and one for possession of marijuana.
Though Brown said she was not aware
of any incidents being reported, the
Ann Arbor News reported a sexual
assault was filed.
AAPD Sgt. Michael Logghe was
unavailable for comment today.
"We are also going to be seeking
warrants for four other folks that may
include indecent exposure," DPS
spokeswoman Diane Brown said.
In addition to the increased number
of arrests, police officials also escalated
efforts to prevent students from partici-
pating in the Naked Mile.
Around 11:50 p.m., one participant
tangled with an AAPD officer who
attempted to prevent him from continu-
ing the run.
In protest, the surrounding crowd
began chanting obscenities and approx-
imately 100 students organized an
impromptu sit-down in the middle of
South University Avenue, clogging the
The officer managed to put the run-
ner in a squad car.
The sit-down inspired LSA freshman
Adam Lowenstein, who said he had not
anticipated running, to strip down to
his shoes and sprint off.
Lowenstein said he was approached
by a police officer before he reached
the end of the route.
"He said, 'If you don't put on your
underwear'- which I was holding -
'you're going to get arrested," Lowen-
stein said. "I put on my underwear."

this year's event would be as problem-
Simon, who supported the sit-do
said police actions were overly forcef
"Things went 100 times worse than
we thought they would," he said. "The
reactions of the crowd to these arrests
were really strong. I was just com-
pletely shocked and outraged. ... (the
runners) were not hurting anyone."
Police officers were able to persuade
most students to put their clothes back
on by informing runners of possibt
Engineering senior Adam Ludwig
said AAPD officers prevented him
from fully completing the run but said
he'd had "the experience of a lifetime."
Ludwig, who was intercepted near
the intersection of Tappan and South
University said, "I tried to put a spin
move on them ... we got by a lot of
cops for a while."
"The cops acted pretty civilly," he
Along the route, sporadic groups 4
students attempted to take their clothes
off and run. Officers confronted them
while they were in the process of dis-
robing and persuaded them not to run.
Of the students who ran, few suc-
ceeded in reaching the Regents Plaza
Cube, the traditional finish line of the
Naked Mile.
"(The police) stopped us immediate-
ly at the Cube," said LSA junior Bri
Gillwreth, catching his breath after h
donned his clothes.
The event attracted spectators as well
as participants from outside Ann Arbor.
One Grand Valley State University
senior said he came to Ann Arbor to
participate in the event because Grand
Valley doesn't have anything like it.
"We really need to start something
like this at Grand Valley. The west side
is way too boring," he said. "My dad's
advice to me before I left was do*
get arrested."'
Officers stopped the student before
he could begin running.
A Troy resident came to watch the
Naked Mile for the second year to "see
naked chics," but admitted "this time
was pretty lame." He said he planned to
watch the video footage he recorded
and give copies to friends.
Although being on videotape was&
a concern to the crowd or runner ,
most students said they were disap-
pointed the event has gained so much
national attention.
"I don't want to be on the Internet,
but if I end up there, then oh well," said
Engineering junior Jeff Mlaker while


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