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Thursday, March 12,2009
The Economics of Nickels Arcade
Despite drawbacks, new shop
owners say corridor offers
unique business opportunities
By DEVON THOESBY<
For the Daily
Whether as a quick shortcut between State
Street and Maynard Street or as access to more
than a dozen businesses, Nickels Arcade has been
an unquestioned campus landmark since its com-
pletion in 1918.
While the Arcade's intimate atmosphere is
unique, it is less clear how successful of a business
opportunity the shop gallery presents.
Nickels Arcade has been home to dozens of shops
in Ann Arbor throughout its 90-plus years of exis-
tence. But businesses in the gallery have had a high
turnover rate in the past few years, with at least
three new businesses filling vacant spots in the last
Still, shop owners say the shopping experience
provided by the arched corridor cannot be found
anywhere else near campus.
While the current state of the economy prob-
ably has affected the boutiques in the Arcade, Jesse
Bernstein, the Ann Arbor Area Chamber of Com-
merce president, maintains that the turnover rate
of shops filling the spaces is not necessarily some-
thing about which to be concerned.
Bernstein said the turnover of businesses in the
Arcade is simply an example of the inconsistency of
"I think it's just economic reality," he said.
"Everybody assumes businesses last forever and
they don't. Things come and go; it's not necessarily - mm
a bad thing." N
However, Bernstein said he still believes it to be
a "great spot" in the city with unquestioned archi- A C-
See ARCADE ECONOMICS, Page 3A A wan walks past the State St. entrance to Nickels Arcade, which has recently seen much turnover.
Stonum receives sentence for
Sept. alcohol-related charge
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n Arbor. avoid paying out-of-state tuition
after Joseph checked his See RESIDENCY, Page 3A
SUMMER IN THE CITY
hold steady in A2
Wide receiver pled
guilty to charge
Daily News Editor
After Michigan freshman wide
receiver Darryl Stonum showed up
late for his court date today, 15th
District Judge Julie Creal sentenced
him for a charge of operating a vehi-
cle while visibly impaired following
his arrest in late September.
Director of Student Legal Ser-
vices Doug Lewis, who represents
Stonum, would not discuss the spe-
cifics of the judge's sentence, but
Stonum could potentially face up to
93 days in jail, $300 in fines and 360
hours of community services.
A clerk at the 15th District Court
said the information would be avail-
able on the court website either later
today or tomorrow morning.
When he failed to show up for
the court date, Stonum was ini-
tially issued a bench warrant for
his arrest and $1,000 bond. The
warrant was dropped after Stonum
appeared, Lewis said.
When reached by telephone
today, Stonum said that he was at
the sentencing but declined to com-
Stonum pleaded guilty to the
charge of operating a vehicle while
visibly impaired in February.
When contacted today, Lewis
disagreed with the premise of
reporting on the case.
"It's no more newsworthy than
the whole alcohol problem of all your
peers," he said of Stonum's offense.
He said that just because Stonum
is a well-known University athlete,
he shouldn't be held to a different
"It bothers me when you make
an issue out of one person," he said.
"Just because he's a football player
doesn't mean he's different than
Following the incident inSeptem-
ber, Michigan head football coach
Rich Rodriguez suspended Sto-
num from the team's game against
Illinois on Oct. 4 for a "violation of
team rules" but didn't offer any fur-
ther reasoning for the punishment.
On Nov. 4, the day of Stonum's
arraignment, Rodriguez said dur-
ing his weekly Big Ten teleconfer-
ence that Stonum would not be
disciplined further by the team fol-
lowing the one-game suspension.
In the team's next game against
Toledo the next week, Stonum did
play but didn't start. Stonum start-
ed at wide receiver in the rest of the
Wolverines' 12 games last season.
He ended his first season with the
team the season with 14 catches for
176 yards and one touchdown.
Store owners say
won't reduce hiring
from previous years
By ELYANA TWIGGS
As unemployment rates across
the country soar, University stu-
dents who plan to spend their
vacation months in Ann Arbor
can rest assured that their sum-
mer job options are intact - for
the most part.
While some local businesses are
downsizing their summer staffs, a
number of owners said they plan
on hiring at rates similar to past
years and, as the economy tumbles,
don't feel the need to cut back.
Sava Lelcaj, who owns and
operates Sava's State Street Cafe,
said hiring rates at her restaurant
have not lowered because of the
"It'sthe same hiring rate," Lelcaj
said "Wehaven't been really affect-
ed by the recession in Ann Arbor,
and we hire mostly students."
Kerstin Woodside, assistant
manager of Orchid Lane, a fair-
trade clothing store on East Lib-
erty Street, said hiring is actually
See SUMMER JOBS, Page 3A
THE NEW MEDIA
Warner gives unusually optimistic
forecast for the future of journalism
New online options
By ANNIE THOMAS
For the Daily
In a speech before a standing-
room-only crowd in the Hussey
room of the Michigan League last
night, guest professor Fara Warner
gave an unusually optimistic diag-
nosis for the future of journalism
in an increasingly technologically
In her talk entitled "The Blogo-
sphere: The Future of Journalism?"
Warner assured attendees that
despite the seemingly dire future
of the industry in the Internet age,
there is much potential for reshap-
ing journalism to tap the full poten-
tial of new technology.
According to Warner, the How-
ard R. Marsh Visiting Professor of
Journalism, 13,000 journalists lost
their jobs last year, in addition to
the number of professional publica-
tions that folded. But she said this is
not reason to believe the industry is
about my industry and I am tired of
the woe is me, stick our heads in
the sand, and that newspapers are
going to go extinct," Warner said.
"Journalism is not dead. It's vibrant
and it isactive and is being pursued
around the world."
Warner said that today's news
media is mainly an entertainment
source, not satisfying her thirst for
hard-hitting news stories focusing
on the economy, politics and the
war in Iraq.
"To me radio - talk radio in
particular - and cable television
is not about news," Warner said.
"It's about talking heads and par-
tisan politics. It is about argument,
it is about debate, it is about fight-
ing words. It's a cheap way to have
Warner's lecture focused on new
media opportunities for journalism
and, more specifically, Internet sites
that completely revamp the way
people think about journalism.
Warner talked about the innova-
tive ways that people get their news
today, citing examples of twittering
See JOURNALISM, Page 3A
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Health System. The program brings the world of art and music to patients to create a more calm and comfortable environment.
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