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The Michigan Daily - New Student Edition - Tuesday, September 3, 2002 - 9F
Area museums offer
more than th avrae.
learning experience .

By Karen Schwartz
Daily Staff Reporter
Instead of sitting in a classroom, LSA junior Joe
Rothfarb's class took a trip to the museum.
The University of Michigan Museum of Art, located
across from the Michigan Union, and the Exhibit Muse-
urn of Natural History, located on Geddes Avenue, are
two museums on campus open daily and frequented by
students for assignments, class trips and fun.
Rothfarb said going to the museums is a good alter-
native and a way to make the subject matter more real,
applicable and meaningful.
"A lot of the time, it's good for class. It goes along
with some subjects you take and you get to talk to peo-
ple and discuss topics while you're there. I think it
works very well," he said.
He added that trips to the museum are also great
places to approach the person "you've been looking at
across the room all semester" and impress them with
museum knowledge.
Ricky DeNardis, a Business junior, said he thinks
having museums nearby is a definite benefit to students,
and that he feels it is worthwhile to "take advantage of
all that the University has to offer, including the local
museums."
DeNardis said that his favorite museum on campus is
the Museum of Art because of the variety of continually
changing exhibits it offers students.
"If you appreciate art, it's a must-see," he said.
He added that he feels lucky to be attending a school
with an art museum conveniently located on campus
because it provides him with opportunities he would not
be able to take advantage of otherwise, including a
chance to enrich his college experience.
"Your college experience is what you make of it. It
can start and stop with classes or it can be a continual
four-year experience. Taking in some of the cultural

aspects of the University can really add to the experi-
ence," he said.
The museums are also ideal and original places to
take a date, DeNardis said, for a chance "to stroll hand
in hand through the galleries" and explore exhibits. "It
beats the usual 'go-to-dinner-and-a-movie' date,"
DeNardis said.
For LSA alum Nathalie Dube, the art and natural his-
tory museums were places she returned to more than
once when she had some free time or to take a break
between classes.
She said she liked the fact that the museums are very
accessible to students and that she could go back as
many times as she wanted.
"It's not like it's a whole day thing. You can just pop
in and walk around when you have some extra time. I
could come back a few times and still see stuff I hadn't
seen before," Dube said.
Another advantage to the museums, she said, was
that she did not have to go out of her way or get
dressed up to go inside. Experiencing art and history
without having to pay money was another big bonus,
she added.
"You don't have to pay. You don't run into that a lot
and it's definitely worth taking advantage of," Dube
said. "It's a good chance to see lots of different stuff
without having to go all the way to Chicago or Detroit."
The museums give students a chance to see science
and art up close, opportunities Dube said should not be
missed because "once you're out of school, it's just that
much harder to have access to that kind of opportunity."
Dube said she remembers walking up to the dinosaur
exhibit at the Natural History museum and being
amazed at how close she was to the artifacts.
"You can walk right up to them and really look at
them - I don't think I've ever been that close to
dinosaur bones before," she said. "It's very interesting
stuff and I think it's worth it to go check it out."

The University of Michigan Museum of Art sits nestled in the heart of campus and regularly features a variety of art
exhibitions.
Located off-campus on East Ann Street, The Ann the many activities at the museum, especially the "tor-
Arbor Hands-On Museum offers students another local nado machine" which creates a miniature vortex visitors
museum option. The museum charges a five dollar can watch and run their hands through.
admission fee to students with valid student identifica- "You get to play around and enjoy the activities,"
tion. Beckham said. "It's a fun break from campus life -
Law student Pierce Beckham, who went to the Hands- you get out, you get more in to town, you get away from
On Museum for a day out with friends, said he enjoys the stress."

Students find buses easier to maneuver construction

By iUsa Hoffman
Daily News Editor
With construction already slowing traffic in a number of downtown
areas, students moving to campus this fall will have more to figure out
} than which streets are one way - they will need to find out which ones
are open.
Construction in the State Street area is scheduled to begin in late August
and will continue throughout the year until the projected completion date
of Summer 2003, according to city officials.
"Once they get started on State Street, the foot traffic will slow down
during the day," said Tony Elam, manager at Red Hawk, a restaurant on
State Street. "People can't walk up and down the street, but at night, I
think they will come out."
Construction across campus has also been a source of problems for
pedestrian, bike and roller blade traffic trying to get on and off campus. To
help resolve these travel issues, pedestrian detours have been built around
major construction sites, including the construction of the Life Science
Institute and Biomedical Research Building near the Hill area.
"The challenge for the Hill residents is to come far enough south to take
the pedestrian bridge near the CCRB or come far enough south and west to
cross at the Power Center ... they really can't use that curve, it's just too
dangerous," Facilities and Operations spokeswoman Diane Brown said,
referring to the curve on Huron Road that borders the construction site and
Palmer Field.
Increased traffic flow due to the medical buildings and August move-in
will also make the area more dangerous to student pedestrians, University
Housing Public Affairs and Information Director Alan Levy said.
"After move-in, students in that area can expect very constricted flow
near the construction site. During the regular day, it won't be so bad, but
even on a normal day, it could be backed up," Levy said.
University Housing will be distributing pedestrian safety tips to students
in the residence halls on the Hill, which include Mosher Jordan, Couzens,
Lloyd and Markley, to try to address inconveniences and problems facing
residents, Levy added.
Large volumes of traffic and a parking crunch will also slow down stu-
dents who choose to bring vehicles to campus, though Parking and Trans-
portation Services strongly recommends that students leave vehicles at
home.
"We recommend to students that they don't bring their vehicles to cam-
pus because parking is very short for students and even faculty and staff.
The best way to get around campus is the campus bus system, all rides are
free, all stops are serviced," Parking and Transportation Services Director
Patrick Cunningham said.

He added that more students bring cars to campus than the department
would like to see.
"Unfortunately there are a lot of students who want to bring cars to cam-
pus, but there are not a lot of storage lots. You have to move your car from
most of our lots within 48 hours ... some are only overnight. There's really
not a good place to store cars. There's very limited parking even in the off-
campus housing," he added.
Though off-campus parking prices can sore into the hundreds of dollars,
parking permits for University lots cost $55 per year, and are only avail-
able to juniors, seniors and graduate students. Any student can purchase a
permit for the State Street lot, which is located near Eisenhower Road and
has free bus service to campus provided by the Ann Arbor Transportation
Authority every 10 to 15 minutes.
Students living in North Campus housing, which includes Bursley and
Bates residence halls, or in Oxford Housing have the opportunity to enter a
lottery for a limited number of parking spaces at the buildings. The pro-
jected cost for the 2002-2003 school year for a permit is $120, according
to a letter written to incoming Bursley residents by University Housing.
Students with special needs can appeal to Parking and Transportation Ser-
vices for commuter parking permits. For more information on routes and
services, visit www.transportation.umich.edu.,
"You don't need a car," LSA senior Mary Leone said, who added that
she brought her car to school second semester of her freshman year. "I
lived in Bursley, so I illegally parked at a parking complex."
"Parking is trouble. It's a lot easier when you live off-campus," she
added.
If students choose to bring a vehicle to campus, they must also attempt
to find parking spots at meters once when traveling within the city. Meters
around campus range from 30-minute- meters to 2-hour meters and cost
approximately 80 cents an hour.
Though they are free on Sunday, expired meter tickets range from $5.00
to $25.00 depending on when they are paid. After three unpaid city tick-
ets, a vehicle can be towed, according to the Campus Information Centers
website, making parking a very costly endeavor.
Because of the high prices and overall lack of parking in the city, many
students choose to rely on other modes of transportation, including other
people's cars and both the University and city bus systems.
University bus routes run seven days a week and make stops at each
point every 10 minutes Monday through Friday and every 20 minutes dur-
ing the weekend. Routes provide transportation to the North, South, Med-
ical and Central campuses.
Commuter routes begin at 6:40 a.m. and end at 7:30 p.m. Routes to and
from Bursley and Bates begin at approximately 7 a.m. and end at 12:30
a.m. A North Campus bus travels to Northwood Family Housing, Bates

"After move-in, students in (the Hill)
area can expect very constricted flow
near the construction sight. During the
regular day, it won't be so bad, but
even on a normal day, it could be
backed up."
-Alan Levy
University Housing Public Affairs and Information Director
and Bursley until 2 a.m. or 3 a.m., Cunningham said. All routes are free of
charge to students.
For students who miss the late-night buses returning to either North or
Central campus, the University offers a variety of travel options, includ-
ing the Ride Home program which offers free door-to-door taxi rides for
students living within the city limits from 2 a.m. to 7 a.m. Taxis can be
requested from the Shapiro Undergraduate Library on Central Campus
and the Media Union on North Campus.
Other options include S.A.F.E Walk/Northwalk, a free walking and driv-
ing service offered to students traveling within a 20-minute walk or a 1-
mile drive of the Central and North Campus Diags, in which student
assistants walk or drive students to their destination. The service is
offered 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Night Ride, a service run by
the AATA, also offers a shared cab service to students for $2.00 a passen-
ger at various hours during the week.
To get to off-campus destinations, including Briarwood Mall and vari-
ous shopping centers, students can choose to take either a taxi or the
AATA bus system, which has more than 1,200 stops throughout the city
and the surrounding areas.
For more information on AATA routes, visit www.theride.org. Rides to
areas near campus cost 75 cents one-way, and monthly passes are avail-
able for as low as $25.
AATA also offers a shuttle to Michigan Stadium for $2 one-way on
Football Saturdays to avoid traffic congestion and parking problems. The
shuttle runs every 20 minutes beginning two hours prior to game time
from stops around the city, including the Michigan Union.
In organizing transportation to and from Detroit Metro Airport, students
can choose from a variety of taxi services such as the Ann Arbor Taxi Ser-
vice that offer a $45 flat rate for a one-way trip, among other services.
But in organizing the ride, Andy Tremble, owner of the Ann Arbor Taxi
Service, said he cautions students to not overload both the vehicle and
their Juggage.
"Students tend to want to put 10 pounds of stuff in a five pound bag.
Because we're regulated, we can't overload our vehicles and students need
to appreciate that ... it's with their safety in mind," Tremble said. "Four
people can ride for the price of one. In this town, you're not going to
spend more than a buck and a half to get anywhere (with four people).
Running around in groups of five I wouldn't recommend."
"It's a minivan and the operative word is mini," he added.
The company charges $1.50 per mile, which is 20 percent cheaper than
any other taxi service in the area, Tremble said.
Railway services provided by Amtrak and bus services provided by
Greyhound are also available for students as means to travel to nearby
cities, including Chicago.
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