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The Michigan Daily - michigandaily.com
2 - Tuesday, February 3, 2009 The Michigan Daily - michigandailycom
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It's always sunny in Blue Front
When you walk into Blue
Front at 701 Packard St.,
between the freezers of beer
and the shelves of wine is the
friendly face and warm smile of
Sunny Bhagat, the convenience
Sunny, who has been in busi-
ness in Ann Arbor for almost
three years, provides "thirsty"
University students with their
supplies of beer and wine.
Budweiser is the most popu-
lar beer he sells, "but girls like
the light (beer)," Bhagat said.
For students in the market for
wine, Bhagat said Franzia is his
While Sunny's disposition
is literally as nice as his name
denotes, don't think a McLovin-
style fake ID can fool him. He
said he can tell when an under-
age student is lying when they
"try to hide their eyes" and
"If they are talking too much,
it means they are a minor," he
Bhagat said he mostly turns
down underage students at the
start of the semester, when they
come into his store naive and
hopingto get lucky.
By the time the semester is in
full swing, though, Bhagat said
that he knows 95 percent of his
customers on a "face-to-face"
When Sunny forces a student
to do the walk of shame out of
his store empty handed, he does
it tastefully, with a mere, "I'm
sorry," he said.
"I like the students of Michi-
gan," Bhagat said.
In the past three years he has
been in Ann Arbor, he said he
has "never had a problem."
"All (students) are friendly,
all are smiley, there is no fight-
ing, no arguing, nothing," he
Not only does Bhagat enjoy
having students as his custom-
ers, but he said he also loves
being a part of Ann Arbor.
The best part about Ann
Arbor, Bhagat said, is that he
doesn't have to worry about
"This is a nice town," he said.
On football Saturdays, once
all his pre-game customers have
purchased their kegs, cups and
ping-pong balls, Bhagat said he
walks to the stadium among the
students he loves.
"Football time," he said, is his
favorite thing about working on
a college campus.
Bhagat, who came from India
in 1995, lives in Canton, Mich.
He has two sons and a daughter.
Sunny Bhagat, owner ofnthe Blue Front convenience store, said he knows 95
percent of his customers on a "face-to-face basis."
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CAMPUS EVENTS & NOTES
WHERE: Intramural Sports
WHEN: Sunday at about 11 a.m.
WHAT: A student fell and was
injured while payingbadske-
ball, University Police reported.
The student called for an
ambulance and he was taken to
the University Hospital.
WHERE: East Quadrangle
WHEN: Sundayat about 11:35
WHAT: A student reported
his debit cardstolen, University
Police reported. The card was
then used at an ATM in East
Quadrangle. $400 was stolen.
WHAT: A presentation about
volunteering abroad followed
by a mini volunteer fair fea-
turing various organizations
WHO: The University's
WHEN: Tonight from 6:30
p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
WHERE: Colloquium Room,
Fourth Floor, East Hall
WHAT: A discussion on the
poetry of Ying Qu.
WHO: Center for Chinese
WHEN: Tomorrow from noon
to 1 p.m.
WHERE: Room 1636, School of
Social Work Building
. An article in Friday's edi-
tion of the Daily (Prospective
Greeks participate in winter
rush) incorrectly described
how a Greek house is closed.
A Greek chapter can only
be closed by the chapter's
. An article in Thursday's
edition of the Daily (Living
in rooming houses) should
have cited an article in the
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Tobin as a background
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The infamous Pennsyl-
vanian groundhog Punx-
sutawney Phil saw his
shadow yesterday, The Associ-
ate Press reported. According
to modern myth, Phil's sight-
ing means we'll suffer another
six weeks of winter.
Despite the Michigan
men's basketball team
losing five of its last six
games, there are three rea-
sons for Michigan fans to stay
>>FORMORE, SEE SPORTS, PAGE 8
3Bank of America, which
recieved a $45-billion
bailout package from the
U.S. Congress, sponsored a
five-day, carnival-like affair
just outside the Super Bowl
stadium this past week. The
event, known as the NFL
Experience, is estimated to
have cost $10 million.
Wallet stolen Pot seized, Mass meeting
from Hospital student arrested for diabetes
WHERE: Emergency Room,
WHEN: Sunday at about 2:45
WHAT: An unknown subject
stol $60 in cash from a wallet
in the Hospital, University
Police reported. The wallet
belonged to a staff member:
Police have no suspects.
WHERE: Thieme House, Vera
Baits Residence Hall
WHEN: Sunday at about 11:55
WHAT: A student was arrest-
ed for possession of marijuana,
University Police reported.
Police are investigating the
WHAT: A meeting to learn
about the organization and
plans for the coming year
WHO: Students for Diabetes
WHEN: Tonight at 7:30 p.m.
WHERE: Room 2336, Mason
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Sri Lankan police officers are seen as a health worker unloads the bodies of Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam rebels, ahead of
burying them at a cemetery in Vavuniya, Sri Lanka last week. 300 civilians were killed in fighting over the past week.
Images show many dead,
wounded in Sri Lanka war
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11 people have been
killed since first
attack on hospital
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) - A
mother and father lay on the floor,
their two young children cradled
between them. Floral pillows and
other bedding were strewn about:
They were apparently sleeping
when an artillery shell hit their
makeshift shelter in northern Sri
Lanka, instantly killing them all.
This photo, taken Jan. 23, along
with other pictures and video foot-
age taken last week were given to
The Associated Press by indepen-
dent observers. They offer a rare
glimpse of the growing toll the
civil war has taken on the estimat-
ed 250,000 civilians trapped in the
all-but-sealed conflict zone.
The images show that despite
repeated government denials, civil-
ians are being killed and maimed in
Some of the victims were
attacked inside a government-
declared "safe zone" in rebel-held
territory and the wounded were
brought to the nearby Puthukkudi-
yiruppu hospital, which itself has
come under attack.
The hospital, overflowing with
wounded civilians, was shelled
Monday for the fourth time in two
days, killing two patients, said
a government health official. A
total of 11 people have been killed
since the first attack on the hospital
Sunday afternoon, he said.
One of the last working medical
institutions in the region, the hos-
pital lies outside the "safe zone"
the government established Jan. 21
inside rebel territory as a refuge for
civilians. The government pledged
not to attack the safe area during its
offensive against the rebels, but it
has come under repeated artillery
attack, according to local health
officials and human rights groups.
the Tamil Tiger rebels to the brink
of defeat in recent months, forcing
them out of much of the de facto
state they once controlled in the
north, capturing their administra-
tive capital and shattering their
dream of establishing a separate
homeland for minority Tamils. The
offensive has also raised growing
concerns about the fate of civilians
in the war zone.
Journalists and most aid groups
have been barred from the area
of the fighting, but independent
observers shot video footage and
photographs over the past week
and provided them to The Associ-
ated Press. The observers provided
the images on conditiontheynotbe
identified because they feared gov-
The photograph of the slain fam-
Jan. 23 in the village of Udayarkat-
tu inside the "safe zone," according
to the observer who took the pic-
ture. It showed the bloodiedbodies
of a woman, two young children
and a man lying among brightly
colored floral pillows, a green mat,
striped sheets and other bedding. A
bicycle, stacked blankets and other
household items could be seen in
An artilleryshell struck between
two makeshift shelters where peo-
ple displaced by the fighting were
staying and the family of four was
killed instantly, the observer said.
A second photo showed the body of
a woman wearing a red-and-white
checked dress lying face down
under debris in another shelter
The video footage, taken last
week, showed Puthukkudiyiruppu
hospital packed with dozens of
severely wounded people, includ-
ing many young children.
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