Ann Arbor, Michigan
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Elizabeth Jones has dinner with her son Harrison at Tios Mexican Cafi yesterday afternoon. After the city purchased the building that currently houses Tios, the restaurant's
owners were forced to find a new home for their eatery. But financial troubles have left restaurant management scrambling months before they will be forced to move out.
City to ios: Get out by June
Restaurant forced Ann Arbor purchased the building one's name engraved on a stool in to the space formerly occupied by
next to city hall, where Tios Mexi- the restaurant. Salsarita's Fresh Cantina on East
to find new location can Caf6 has been located since Seaver said Tios' owners were Liberty, or the former location of
1985. The restaurant will have to surprised by the purchase since The Metro Cafe in Kerrytown.
after city buys spot vacate the building by June 30, they were not aware that their Seaver said he's confident that
By MALLORY JONES
The lingering scent of refried
beans and hot salsa will soon clear
the air of East Huron Street when
Tios Mexican Caf6 moves out of
the building it has occupied for
over 20 years.
In July of last year the City of
when its current lease is up.
After the city bought the build-
ing, Tios launched a campaign
to raise the $50,000 it needs to
finance its move. So far, it has
about $20,000, according to owner
Tim Seaver. As a part of the cam-
paign, customers can make dona-
tions ranging from $50 to $5,000,
each paired with benefits includ-
ing monthly discounts to getting
building was up for sale. The busi-
ness learned that the building had
been purchased and that they
would have to move from custom-
ers and from the Ann Arbor News,
longtime employee Pauline Slate
Dean Zahn Properties LLC, the
restaurant's landlord, was unavail-
able for comment.
his business will raise enough
money for the move.
"It's going to be touch-and-go
but I think we're going to make it,"
he said. "We're optimistic."
Seaver said his major complaint
with the situation is that the city
is not helping the restaurant with
the move. He said that he would
not mind moving if it wasn't such
See TIOS, Page 3A
Picking an MSA president
Abhishek Mahanti Gibran Baydoun
By JENNA SKOLLER
Abhishek Mahanti, an Engi-
neering junior from Okemos,
Mich., is the Michigan Vision
Party's presidential candidate.
Mahanti joined the Michigan
Student Assembly last year as an
Engineering representative and
currently serves as its Commu-
If elected, Mahanti said his
main goal is to increase the
transparency and visibility of
MSA. He said he wants to ensure
that the assembly has a positive
impact on as many students as
possible "whether that's with
student organization funding,
whether that's with the fresh-
man who comes in with no idea
what to do and finds resources
on our website, or if somepody
goes to a concert that we put on
or an event that we put on and is
Mahanti also emphasized that
he thinks it's important for MSA
to focus only on University-cen-
tric goals like helping students
get jobs and obtain financial aid.
He said he would work
toward this goal by implement-
ing a weeklong event before the
career fair in which students
can find help with resumes, take
part in mock interviews and
attend career workshops.
The Michigan Vision Party
is different from other parties
because of its emphasis on find-
ing the best candidates pos-
sible rather than simply trying
to fill the slate, Mahanti said.
He said the party only chose
See MAHANTI, Page 7A
By LINDY STEVENS
Daily News Editor
An LSA junior from Las
Vegas, Nev., Gibran Baydoun is
running as the presidential can-
didate for the reMichigan Cam-
paign. Now in his third year on
the Michigan Student Assembly,
Baydoun said if elected he plans
to refocus student government
and advocate for the student
Baydoun said his primary
focus as president would be to
make the University affordable
for students of all backgrounds. Muv coLLIs/Daly
"No. 1 is tuition and financial rates us is we're not just talking
aid," Baydoun said. "We need to about lofty goals and ideas and
advocate for a tuition freeze in visions," he said. "We're more
the short-term, and in the long- than that."
term think about some creative Baydoun said he also plans to
options for the way that we engage in more extensive out-
make the Michigan experience reach to student organizations,
affordable." provide students with more
Though tuition costs are a academic guidance and increase
concern for both parties, Bay- access to internship and job
doun said his party plans to take opportunities through the Uni-
a more proactive approach than versity.
the opposing party in solving He added that his plans for
campus problems. MSA also include efforts to cre-
"The one thing that sepa- See BAYDOUN, Page 7A
Stenvig said DAAP is unique administration," she said. "We
because of its persistence in sup- recognize that there are going
porting its to be differences, that we're not
members' always going to agree."
opinions, DAAP supports increasing
emphasizing opportunities for minority and
student opin- lower income students to attend
ions rather the University through increas-
than the ing financial aid and freezing
administra- tuition among other things, Sten-
tors' views. vig said.
"I think "We want affordable educa-
what's dif- tion," she said. "We want the
ferent about DAAP is that we're money that's coming for public
not afraid to disagree with the See STENVIG, Page 7A
By JENNA SKOLLER
Kate Stenvig, a Rackham
graduate student from Royal
Oak, Mich., is the Defend Affir-
mative Action Party's candidate
for president of the Michigan
Student Assembly. She has been
a member of DAAP since 1999.
Stenvigsaid DAAP emphasizes
the importance of maintaining a
"diverse, integrated, affordable"
"That means opening up U of
M to really make it what a public
university should be, a univer-
sity that is accessible to everyone
and is not exclusive," she said.
"We want an increase in minor-
ity student enrollment. We want
the campus to be a sanctuary for
immigrants. We want affordable
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