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8F - The Michigan Daily - New Student Edition - Fall 2003






Local traditions that just keep going and going and going
Hash Bash continues to draw the crowds

One arrested for marijuana possession, three
cited for youth tobacco misdemeanors at frigid
Hash Bash festival
By Elizabeth Anderson
Daily News Reporter
Hash Bash, the annual Ann Arbor rally to support the legalization of
marijuana, was in full force April 5, drawing a crowd that event organ-
izers estimated reached 3,000 to 4,000 people.
Carrying signs declaring "Hemp for Peace" and "Smoke pot not
Iraq," community members, University students and out-of-town partic-
ipants protested both the war on drugs and the war on Iraq at the 32nd
annual event.
Traditional festivities included the rally at noon on the Diag and an
after-party on Monroe Street.
Some participants wore necklaces of plastic hemp leaves, while oth-
ers dressed up in costumes - including a self-proclaimed "Jointmann."
"A lot of people dress up because they like the anonymity," said event
organizer Adam Brook.
Brook, who also served as the master of ceremonies for the event,
said Hash Bash was well attended despite the cold weather and snow,
although he said warmer temperatures would have drawn a larger
"The University can try to stop us, the city can try to stop us, the feder-
al government can try to stop us, the state can try to stop us, but nobody

screws us like Mother Nature," Brook, an Ann Arbor resident, said.
This year's event also saw a low number of arrests for possession of
marijuana, which Brook said was unlike previous years.
"We've taken extraordinary steps to prevent arrests," he said.
"We get the crowd to sit down (on the Diag) and then the cops can't
get by because there's a wall of people, which is good because there
were hundreds and hundreds of people smoking pot," he added.
Department of Public Safety Sgt. Stacy Richmond said only one
participant was arrested for possession of marijuana, a misdemeanor
that could include penalties of one year in jail or a $2,000 fine under
state law.
Additionally, DPS cited three participants for youth tobacco misde-
meanors and two vendors for violating city solicitation ordinances.
A youth tobacco violation is "like a ticket," Richmond said. "They could
get 90 days in jail, but it usually turns out to be a fine."
Richmond added that the vendors were each fined $50 and ticketed,
but declined to say what they were selling.
Ann Arbor Police Department Sgt. Laura Anderson said the AAPD
did not arrest or cite anyone as a result of Hash Bash. All arrests and
citations took place on the Diag.
Brook said he was displeased that anti-war protesters met on the
Diag at the same time, and was disappointed that anti-war activists
never support the Hash Bash efforts.
"There's been a war on drugs for longer than a war on terrorism or a
war on Saddam (Hussein)," he said.
Brook expressed pride in the force and attendance of Hash Bash.
"This is the largest rally on campus," he said.

A DPS officer asks "Jointmann" about his smoking cranium near the Diag at Hash Bash.

Officials take hands-off approach to Naked Mile

By Maria Sprow
Daily News Reporter
Naked Miles of times past brought students a slew of
warnings - in the form of advertisements, promises to
arrest runners and warnings that national media outlets
planned to photograph the event - from the University
and local police enforcement agencies:
But this year, officials are taking a new preventative
approach - ignore it, and it may just go away.
Unlike in previous years, when then-University Pres-
ident Lee Bollinger sent the University community e-
mails asking students not to run, students will not
receive any form of communication prior to the event
from President Mary Sue Coleman, University spokes-
woman Julie Peterson said.
In addition, University-sponsored ads which previ-
ously ran in The Michigan Daily giving students rea-
sons not to run - including the event's illegality, the
danger of sexual assault and the potential for embar-
rassment for both runners and the University itself -
were not printed this year.
Peterson said the University's changed approach to
the Naked Mile is the result of two years of "very little
participation" and conversations with various student
groups. The conversations indicated that students
understood the dangers and consequences of running,
she added.
"Those efforts to educate and warn students were
very effective. From several hundred runners a few
years ago, we were down to about 50 in 2001 and less
than a dozen, all clothed in underwear, in 2002. It's our
view that students have gotten the message and under-
stand the dangers of running," Peterson said. "We did
not believe the same level of public education was nec-
essary this year."
"We felt the time had come to let the Naked Mile end
on its own," she added.
Officers from both the Department of Public Safety
and the Ann Arbor Police Department said they believe
the Naked Mile has run its course. Although both
departments said they will increase enforcement on
campus, they also said they are not expecting any sig-

nificant problems.
"We feel we are prepared for any type of contingency
that will happen," DPS Lt. Joe Piersante said. "We
don't have any indication that there are going to be
problems, but we are prepared for just about anything
that could happen."
AAPD Sgt. Craig Flocken said that while the AAPD
will be increasing enforcement, the number of officers
seen around the South University Avenue area would
not equal the numbers seen during recent years.
"We're not expecting anything to happen tomorrow
night. There is no mass deployment that is going to
occur," Flocken said. "Obviously, the run has declined
in the last couple years. ... I don't think they are plan-
ning on as many officers as before, but there will be
officers out there."
Flocken said students who do disrobe may be arrested
for disorderly conduct and indecent exposure, which is
punishable by up to one year in prison and a $500 fine.
According to the Michigan Sex Offender Public Reg-
istry Act, those who have been convicted of indecent
exposure three times must register as a sex offender.
Flocken added that last year, AAPD chose not to cite
any students who ran in their underwear or covered
themselves in some other fashion.
Ordinarily, the Naked Mile, which traditionally
occurs on the last day of classes every winter semester,
would start after dark at the Rock, go north on Washte-
naw Avenue and west on South University until stu-
dents reach the Cube near the Michigan Union.
According to DPS estimates, last year's Naked Mile
drew approximately 4,000 viewers and a few dozen
runners, the vast majority of whom were partly clothed.
Two University students and an Ann Arbor resident
were arrested for indecent exposure, while DPS cited
10 others for separate offenses. Officers from the
Washtenaw County Sheriffs Department and the
Northfield Township Police Department assisted DPS
and AAPD.
This year, the Weather Channel predicts very cold
weather, even a chance of snow in the forcast. The
night's low is expected to be 30 degrees. This could
deter some runners from baring all.


In 1998, participants in the Naked Mile, one of Michigan's most infamous traditions, numbered In the hundreds. In 2003, the
total dwindled down to the teens.


All's fair in A-square(d)

By Maria Sprow
Daily News Reporter

Growing up, local artist Graceann Warn
never dreamed she'd be one of the 1,200
exhibitors in the four Ann Arbor Art Fairs,
let alone one of the 200 showcased in the
Ann Arbor Street Fair, commonly ranked
the best outdoor art fair in the nation by
Sunshine Artist Magazine and the National
Association of Indepen-
dent Artists.
"I've always made art, Ann Arbor S
it just never occurred to
me that I could make a Executive Di
living at it when I was a
kid. Now I do this full Shary Brown
time - more than full anywhere fro
time," Warn said.
The former landscape to 700,000 pc
architect student, who'
has been showcasing her come to the
three-dimensional mixed in 2002 from
media work at the StreetA
Fair for the last 15 years, Arbor and ar
said participating in the country.
fair is "irresistible."
"It's local, and I get to
see a lot of my customers face to face,

ular with artists because of "the quality of
the audience. It's a very curious and knowl-
edgable audience."
Visitors will be perusing not only the
Street Fair, which began in 1960 and is the
oldest of the Ann Arbor fairs, but also the
Summer Art Fair in the Main Street area,
the Art Fair Village on Church Street and
the State Street Art Fair.
They can also listen to various bands and


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may forget to

watch musical and theatrical
artists perform on the
streets. There are comedic
jugglers, a boogie-woogie
pianist, fiddlers and improv-
isational specialists.
"The four art fairs close
down 28 blocks of campus
and the downtown area,
Brown said.
"People who try to see the
whole fair in one day need to
take care of themselves," she
cautioned. The Huron Valley
Ambulance's 25-person
paramedic bike team will be
available to provide emer-
gency services to those who
hydrate themselves or spend

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