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Friday, February 1, 2008
Store owner says he'll decide on
bookstore's business model
by next month
By ALEX KAZICKAS
Daily Staff Reporter
Karl Pohrt, the owner of Shaman Drum Book-
shop, said yesterday that he's. considering turning
his store into a nonprofit organization - a move
that could allow the shop to lower its book prices
Pohrt said the struggling state of independent
bookstores has led him to think about transforming
the shop from a business to a non-profit organiza-
tion. The $6.5 billion textbook industry has been in
a state of flux due to the growth of the Internet and
websites like eBay.com and Amazon.com.
"I think that what we stand for - a literary cul-
ture, a book culture - is really endangered in the
country," Pohrt said. "How is it going to survive in
this entertainment economy, when things are con-
stantly being dumbed down and people who aren't
Pohrt said he will decide by March whether he
will turn his store into a nonprofit.
"What I'm trying to do here is pretty tricky," he
said. "I want to see the store, and what it represents,
survive. A lot of places across the country are trying
to do this because they need support."
In order to become a non-profit organization,
a detailed description of the organization and its
activities must be filed with the Internal Revenue
Service. The organization must also submit financial
records with the IRS for the currenttax year and the
past three tax years.
See SHAMAN DRUM, Page 7
Jonce Fancher of Francher's Upholstry Inc. installs benches inside BTB Cantina, which is slated to open next week on South University Avenue and Church Street.
Adding to its two locations in Ann
Arbor and one in East Lansing, popular
campus burrito restaurant BTB plans
to open another location on South Uni-
versity Avenue late next week.
BTB, formerly known as Big Ten
Burrito, has been a hit with students
since it first opened on State Street
several years ago. It had to change its
name last year after the Big Ten Con-
ference took issue.
The BTB Cantina, which will
include a bar and a larger seating area,
will be located directly above Good
Time Charley's bar and restaurant at
the corner of South University Avenue
and Church Street. BTB owners Adam
Lowenstein and his business partner
Justin Herrick bought Good Time
Charley's lastyear, closingthe upstairs
portion of the restaurant to make way
for the BTB Cantina.
Lowenstein said he planned to open
the BTB Cantina in August but con-
struction and- planning took longer
"We just underestimated the time
and energy that it was going to take
to run Charley's," he said. "Obviously,
there were unforeseen issues. Every-
thing takes so long and there's just a
bureaucracy with everything."
BTB Cantina's bar will be Mexi-
can-themed, featuring a selection of
Mexican beers and 30 different types
of tequila. The tequilas will range from
standards like Jose Cuervo to more
premium brands, including one $1,500
bottle of tequila, Lowenstein said.
Tequila-devotees with deep pockets
can purchase shots from that bottle for
Lowenstein said the menu will
include all the items at the other BTB
locations, but thathe plans to expand it
to better reflect a traditional Mexican
The BTB Cantina, housed in a much
larger space than other BTB locations,
will feature foosball, shuffleboard and
other bar games. Like the BTB restau-
rant on State Street, it will house a long
table for seating. The new location
will also sport expanded seating with
Law School student Matt Cronin
said students will appreciate the fusion
of alcohol and burritos at one campus
"It will be great because my friends
See BTB, Page 7
'U' women's soccer team nabs
former national team coach
Ryan lost job after
World Cup goalie
By NATE SANDALS
Daily Sports Editor
Greg Ryan, the former head
coach of the U.S. women's national
team, will be named the Univer-
sity of Michigan's head women's
soccer coach, multiple sources
A contract has not been signed,
but sources with knowledge of
the situation said they expect an
agreement to be reached soon.
An e-mail to Ryan seekingcom-
ment was not returned.
The national team lost just
once in Ryan's three years as head
coach (45-1-9). But the lone defeat
spelled the end of his stint.
Ryan, 51, was not retained after
the team's disappointing third-
place finish in the FIFA Women's
World Cup last fall. The coach
came under fire for benching
starting goalie Hope Solo, instead
playing veteran backup Briana
Scurry for the Americans' semifi-
nal match against Brazil.
Scurry allowed four goals as
the United States fell to the Bra-
Solo was outspoken after the
loss, criticizing Ryan's decision
to bench her. The comments led
Ryan to dismiss Solo from the
team before the third-place game,
in which the U.S. defeated Nor-
On Oct. 22, the United States
Soccer Federation told Ryan it
would not renew his contract
See RYAN, Page 7
Rodriguez's place of residence could
nullify letter of credit with WVU
LSA senior James Logan speaks yesterday about Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama in the Michigan League.
'U' professors explain
Barack Obama's appeal
West Virginia wants Rich Rodriguez under oath and
ask them where Rodriguez lived
coach to prove he when West
Virginia filed a
lived in state when lawsuitagainst
lawsuit was filed him last month
for breach of
By ANDY KROLL Rodriguez
Daily StaffReporter resigned as
West Virgin- RODRIGUEZ
West Virginia University's ia's head foot-
clause in Rodriguez's contract.
Under dispute is the jurisdic-
tion of West Virginia's lawsuit
against Rodriguez. Currently,
the suit is being heard in a federal
court because Rodriguez claimed
to be living in Michigan.
Rodriguez filed a $1.5 million
letter of credit Tuesday through
the Bank of Ann Arbor, a bank
founded by University Athletic
Director Bill Martin, which says
he has the means to pay that
amount if a federal court finds
See RODRIGUEZ, Page 7
While some support
run, others question
By LINDY STEVENS
Mirroring Illinois Sen. Barack
Obama's presidential campaign, a
panel discussing the "Obama Phe-
nomenon" centered on the ideas of
hope and change.
Just before Obama sparred with
opponent New York Sen. Hillary
Clinton at a debate in Los Angeles
last night, about 75 students and
faculty participated in a question
and answer session with Univer-
sity professors about Obama's cam-
paign in the Michigan League.
The panel, moderatedby History
Prof. Kevin Gaines, the director of
the Center for Afroamerican and
African Studies, included Political
Science Prof. Hanes Walton and
Lori Brooks, a professor of Ameri-
can Culture and Afro-American
and African Studies.
Panelists spoke briefly, but the
event was mostly an opportunity
for audience members to share
their opinions on the senator.
LSA senior James Logan said
that as a young black male, Obama
gives him hope.
"We don't see politicians on TV
that look like us or that come from
a similar place," Logan said.
Logan said Obama will encour-
age black men to achieve their
goals and give them a new source
of inspiration that is different from
the rappers and athletes they often
look up to as role models.
Though many in the crowd sup-
port Obama, who's vying to become
the nation's first black president,
some also expressed concerns
about the senator.
See OBAMA, Page 7
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court judge for permission to Dec. 19. West V
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