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Tuesday, September 8, 2009 - 7A

'r The Link, an Ann Arbor
HURON bus route known best by
its bright purple buses, i
LBT being rep aced by a new
LIBERTY University-operated ser-
~ vice for residents of the
NORTH Oxford area.


The new route:
Monday- Friday, before classes (7:15 - 8:10
am) and after classes (5:20 pm - 2:00 am),
the Oxford Shuttle route serves Oxford
Housing, Trotter House, Shapiro Library,
Michigan Union, Kraus Building, CC Little,
East Quad (on East University) and Hender-
son House every 15 minutes. On class days
(Monday - Friday, 8:10 am - 5:20 pm), the
Oxford route drops the circuit around the
Diag, serving CC Little, East Quad, Hender-
son House, Oxford and Trotter House every
10 minutes. Upon arriving atthe Central
Campus Transit Center, the bus contin-
9ues to North Campus via the Northwood
Express route or the Diag to Diag Express,
depending on the time of day.
The former'Link'




From Page 1A,
Residence Hall and Henderson
House - a co-op. During classes,
between 8:10 a.m. and 5:20 p.m.,
the shuttle stops at C.C. Little,
East Quad, Henderson House,
Oxford Housing and the Trot-
ter House, dropping the circuit
around the Diag and increasing
its frequency with 10-minute
Also, during classes, the
Oxford Shuttle picks up either
the Northwood Express or the
Diag-to-Diag Express route -
both University bus routes -
and continues to North Campus
upon arriving at C.C. Little.
The ability to go from the
Oxford area to North Campus
without a transfer is a huge
added convenience for students,
Lamb said.
Public Policy junior Noah
Neary, president of the Phi
Gamma Delta fraternity on
Oxford Road, whose members
frequently used the Link route to
get to class during the cold win-
ter months, said he prefers the
old system to the new shuttle,
although he said the shorter wait
times are "definitely an improve-

"The mainhdrawback is not
getting all the way to down-
town," he said, adding that he
and his fraternity brothers often
used the Link to reach restau-
rants and other businesses far-
ther away from campus.
Despite the loss of service to
the Kerrytown and Main Street
business districts, Oxford Hall
Director Christopher Beyer says
students should be happy about
the change.
"Personally, I think it's a
huge improvement," he said,
brushing off what he perceived
as anxiety about the change
among students. "I did actually
see a Facebook group that was
called 'Save the Link,' but they
probably didn't have good infor-
Beyer said that in the past
students have had problems get-
ting to class because they would
miss the Link or it would fill
up before they could get a seat.
Now, he said, these issues should
be less prevalent because of the
shorter wait times and larger
buses - the Link buses were 30
feet long and the Oxford Shuttle
is a 40-foot bus.
Lamb believes the transition
will go smoothly.
"I think it will serve the stu-
dents just fine," she said.




From Page 1A
Lelcaj and her staff took over the
new space the first week of August
and officially opened Aug. 26.
Besides a change in venue, the
new restaurant features an expand-
ed breakfast and dinner menu,
and Lelcaj said there are still more
changes to come.
Lelcaj also plans to acquire a
liquor license that she said could
be granted sometime in early 2010.
If attained, Lelcaj said Sava's hours
would expand, staying open until 2
As for Sava's prior home, specu-
lation around the addition of a
CVS/Pharmacy in the 209-211 S.
State St. building has been growing
since plans for the business were
approved by the Ann Arbor Historic
District Commission in May.
According to the commission,
the CVS/Pharmacy building plan -
pioneered by real estate developer
Velmeir Companies - is scheduled
to go before the planning commis-
sion on Sept. 15. Following approval

from the commission, the CVS/
Pharmacy plan would still require
approval from City Council.
The State Street corridor has
seen multiple business shifts the
past year aside from Sava's move
and Zanzibar's departure.
Steve & Barry's apparel shop
closed its doors and filed for bank-
ruptcy at the end of last year. M-Den
- the locally owned University of
Michigan apparel store - took over
the space at 303 S. State St.
In addition to M-Den, Great
Lakes Team Apparel at 309 S. State
St. recently took over the space
previously occupied by the Earl of
Sandwich, expanding its collection
to a 4,500-square-foot space and
sporting a new name, "All About
Amer's Mediterranean Deli at 312
S. State St. added the Yogurt Rush
business in its store abouttwo weeks
ago, after customers started demand-
ing the frozen treat, according to
Amer's employee Ricardo Ortiz.
"The popularity of (the yogurt
demand) overwhelmed us," Ortiz
Amer's now has three machines

and a self-serve toppings bar. Ortiz
said there has been a steady flow of
customers since the addition and
the response has been "pretty posi-
Amer's new yogurt menu follows
the addition of Swirlberry at 209 S.
State St. The frozen yogurt chain
previously existed only in Plum
Market grocery stores - the first
located in West Bloomfield and the
second in Ann Arbor.
Swirlberry opened about two
months ago and prices by weight,
just like Amer's. Swirlberry charges
65 cents per ounce and charges 49
cents per ounce.
Swirlberry Manager Dave Vil-
laverde said the competition from
Amer's and Yogo Bliss - which
opened on South University Avenue
at the end of winter semester -
hasn't hurt Swirlberry's business.
"The fact that there's other plac-
es around doesn't really affect us at
all," he said. "Our product speaks
for itself."
Villaverde is also confident that
Swirlberry - which has been lik-
ened to other big city frozen yogurt
stores like Pinkberry and 16 Han-

dles - will come out a step above
the other stores.
"Imitation is the highest form of
flattery," he said.
Lelcaj said there is a certain
"revolving door" on State Street as
businesses come and go. She antici-
pates a different dynamic on the
street, though now that student
housing is in the immediate area.
4 Eleven Lofts opened for this
academic year, offering more than
300 spots for students just west of
South State Street and north of East
Washington Street. And the North
Quad Residence Hall is set to open
nearby in Fall 2010.
Because the new student housing
projects are north of Liberty Street,
Lelcaj believes that State Street
between East Washington Street
and Liberty Street will see more
people traffic and business.
"It's always been a bit differ-
ent," she said of the student traffic
on this part of State Street, recog-
nizing that before these projects,
most students traveling down State
Street have been graduate students
or theatre students living in the

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