2 - Wednesday, December 13, 2006
Before You Were Here
A bus with a view
Bus driver sees campus from the road
Barbara Brown always liked
When she was 6 years old, she
took a trip with her father in a
private jet to see Mammoth Cave
National Park in Kentucky. The
jet landed, and she and her father
boarded a small bus that took
them to the caves, known for their
deep crevasses and towering sta-
lagmites. When they returned
home, her mother asked her if she
had enjoyed the outing. She got an
"I got to ride a bust"
About five decades later, she's
Brown has been a University
bus driver for 25 years. Current-
ly, she drives the inter-campus
route, which takes her from North
Ingalls Street out to the Medical
For Brown, bus driving was an
easy choice over office life.
"You know, I've got a corner
office," she said. "It's a room with
a view.... There was a huge double
rainbow when I was driving out to
(Medical) Campus this morning."
Driving a bus in Ann Arbor
is different than driving one in
another similarly sized town. The
University is a magnet for famous
and influential people. In addition
to driving the regular bus, Brown
has driven around University
President Mary Sue Coleman and
important visitors like Toni Mor-
rison, the Buena Vista Social Club
and Cesar Chavez.
She said it was awkward listen-
ing from the front seat when the
woman the University dispatched
to greet Chavez only wanted to
talk to him about the beaches in
Were it not for the passen-
gers, the job might get lonely, she
said. Because drivers are always
Mason William Suchmann inspects the new brick laid yes-
terday in a scaffold above State Street.
WHERE: Martha Cook
WHEN: Monday at about 2
WHAT: A backpack left
lying outside the dining hall
was stolen after a resident
left it unattended for only
half an hour, the Department
of Public Safety reported.
The victim did not report
that anything in the back-
pack was valuable. Police
currently have no suspects.
steals car back
WHERE: Parking Lot E-3,
WHEN: Monday at about 1
WHAT: A University employee
discovered his Chevy pickup
truck was missing, DPS
reported. Upon investigation it
was revealed that the man had
agreed to buy the truck from his
brother but when he defaulted
on his payment the brother
came to claim the car.
WHERE: Couzens Residence
WHEN: Monday at about 11:30
WHAT: A student doing laun-
dry returned to find her jeans
were missing, DPS reported.
Police are not ruling out a theft
but said she may have forgotten
to check the dryer.
CAMPUS EVENTS & NOTES
Film screening Previev
WHAT: A showing of the perforn
murder mystery "The Black WHAT: A pre
Dahlia," starring Josh Hart- and Reveries,
nett and Scarlett Johansson. duction revol'
Tickets cost $2 for people theme of rites
with a University ID and $4 WHO: The Ur
for the general public. Company
WHO: University Unions WHEN: Toda
WHEN: Today at 8:30 p.m. WHERE: Bet
WHERE: Michigan League Theater, Dant
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on their individual routes, their
interaction is often limited to
waving at each other in the office
or when they pass each other on
But her passengers are enough
to keep things interesting.
"I love talkingto the passengers
with their different stories," she
said and then paused and smiled.
"And everybody's got a story."
At 57, Brown says she's getting
close to hanging up her uniform.
"I like driving, but when retire-
ment comes I won't think, 'Oh I
wish I were driving a bus,' " she
But she added that she'll miss
"No matter what happens, at
least once a day I meet someone
who's very interesting," she said.
"And I'm not sure someode who's
retired can say that."
Residents of Cherry Tree,
Penn., may be urged by their
town council to own a gun
and learn how to use it, CNN
reported. The proposed law,
deemed the "Civil Protection
Ordinance," is slated to voted
on this evening.
The University's Dear-
born campus was founded
in 1956 after the Ford
Motor Company donated an
large estate in Dearborn and
$6.5 million to the University.
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