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/ne of the
work of VYV
sive was how very new it all was,"
Woiwode wrote to me in an e-mail.
"None of the machinery of the
2000 election was still in place,
either personnel-wise or institu-
tionally. So at each juncture, we
were blazing our own path." This
is impressive indeed - but it's also
not the most efficient way to run a
recurring effort like a voter regis-
tration drive. If a good portion of
the work Voice Your Vote does in
an election year were institutional-
ized, it could get done much more
easily; leaders of the effort, instead
of starting anew each election
cycle, would be able to build upon
past efforts and, spending less time
hammering out logistics and guide-
lines, would have more time for
long-term strategic planning.
More importantly, it wouldn't
need such a massive volunteer
effort to get done, because it could
use more of the University's exist-
ing resources. YouVote, for exam-
ple, doesn't need to send an army
of volunteers to the dorms because
it has access to the RAs, who pass
out registration forms and infor-
mation to students in their halls.
Even though Voice Your Vote may
be able to get similar results in a
presidential election year through
sheer power in numbers and effort,
it is difficult to imagine that it
could mobilize such a large num-
ber of volunteers and inspire the
same passion for a City Council
The weekend Ls
Sweet U has golden ticket
New candy store satifies your sweet tooth
By A 3ron PotekI For the Daily
Bear vs. Shark
The Blind Pig hosts Bear vs. Shark with special guests Fire When
Ready, The Holy Fire and Russian Circles. Hailing from the Detroit
suburb of Ferndale, Bear vs. Shark will begin a U.S. tour in October.
The Blind Pig is located at 208 S. First St. and doors open at 9:30
p.m. Tickets are $10 for guests age 21 and $8 for guests ages 18 to
National Security Lecture
Sen. Carl Levin (D-Mich.), a member of the Senate Committee on
National Security and Government Affairs, will deliver this special
lecture, titled "New Directions in National Security." The lecture will
take place at Hale Auditorium at 5 p.m. Free.
This West African artist will perform songs on the kora, a 21-
stringed harp. The performance will take place at The Ark at 8 p.m.
Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at The
Ark box office at 316 S. Main.
Mark Morris Dance Group
Modern choreographer Mark Morris combines dance moves with
many different genres of music in the group's first performance as
residents at the University. The performances will take place at the
Power Center tomorrow and Saturday at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20 to $44
and can be purchased at the University Musical Society.
The Office of Multi-Ethnic Student Affairs and the Society of
Professional Hispanic Engineers will hold their annual Bienvenidos
(Welcome) Dance. All are invited. The dance will take place at the
Michigan Club of the Michigan Union at 9 p.m. Free.
Film student Sultan Sherrief will screen his new film, "Mural," a
documentary about students making a mural in Detroit. The screen-
ing will take place at 5 p.m. at the Hill Seminar Room in Alice Lloyd
Residence Hall. Free.
Pianist Arthur Greene will perform works from Schubert and Cho-
pin, among other composers. The performance will take place at 8
p.m. at the Britton Recital Hall at the School of Music. The perfor-
mance is free, and no tickets are required.
Cobblestone Contra Dance
This traditional folk event, presented by the Ann Arbor Coun-
cil for Traditional Music and Dance, will feature instruction and live
music in a lively format. The dance will take place at 8 p.m. at the
Pittsfield Grange. $8.
1 ast year, when Rend6z-Vous
Caf6 owner Nazir El-Awar
needed an idea for a new
store on campus, he surveyed stu-
dents who came into the cafe. Their
mostpopular request: a candy store.
Three months ago, the students got
their wish when El-Awar opened
the Sweet U Candy Store on South
The seemingly endless walls of
candy on both sides of the narrow
store may cause customers to act
like little kids again, but Sweet U
doesn't yet merit the title of para-
dise. It's clean and has everything
expected of a candy store, but the
prices are high and the organiza-
tion needs some improvement.
However, the store is still in its
early stages, and the reaction from
students has already been extreme-
ly positive. "The girls are really
excited. The guys are probably just
as excited but don't want to act like
they are," manager Amanda Sieg-
The homemade products are
some of the most popular items,
according to Siegfried. The store
makes and sells its own cotton
candy, flavored popcorn and cinna-
mon roasted almonds. Now that the
students have flooded the streets of
Ann Arbor, employees have started
selling the cotton candy right out-
side the store where students can
watch it being made.
Student input has been extreme-
ly valuable to the store's success.
To cater to a variety of student
tastes, Sweet U set up a sugges-
tion list and now boasts Habiro
Raspberries and snap licorice. It
sells plenty of the classic candy
bars such as Reese's Peanut But-
ter Cups and Butterfinger found
in vending machines for about the
same price. In addition, the store
ships in New York chocolates for
people looking for a more expen-
Students can also make a per-
sonalized bag from a large selec-
tion of sweets sold for $3.99 per
half pound. Although stores such
as Meijer offer similar candies for
about half the price, Sweet U's
convenient location is the reason
most students are overlooking the
difference. Also, students like how
all the candy is a uniform price,
which makes buying an assortment
simple, Siegfried said.
The store offers a few unique
treats as well. It is the only place
that serves soft frozen custard on
this campus, according to El-Awar.
Additionally, Sweet U's large
M&M candy dispenser offers 21
different colors of M&Ms. Simi-
lar in taste, they can be arranged
to make a colorful and tasty gift.
There is even a section with items
like Balance Bars and Slim Fast
products for the more health-con-
If that's not enough, El-Awar
has a lot more planned. In the next
few weeks, the store will start
selling homemade caramel apples
and smoothies, and El-Awar said
he would like to begin catering for
parties. Still, he doesn't forget the
driving force behind the store.
"I'm open for suggestions, what-
ever the students want," he said.
Sweet U Candy Store
Where: 1113 S. University
Hours: 9 a.m. -10:30 p.m.
Sweet U Candy Store on South Univer
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