2B - Thursday, February 4, 2010
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2B - Thursday, February 4, 2010 The Michigan Daily - michigandailycom
BENNY'S FAMILY DINING
While they may only be medium-sized,
the pancakes at Benny's Family Dining
still have a homemade taste and a low
price that makes them excellent fare for
hungover college students and families
alike. One also can't ignore that they're
served in an environment in which the
clientele won't be phased by patrons in
pajamas. That has to count for something.
There's a reason Angelo's is so popular
The pancakes melt into a buttery, syrupy
ambrosia in your mouth. Be sure to pause
between each bite to truly savor the expe-
rience. They may not be the cheapest, but
the short stack is well priced and filling
enough to get you through to the next
meal. But really, can you attach a dollar
value to heaven on Earth?
Some people use gratuitous amounts of
syrup to cover up the bland taste of pan-
cakes. That mapley liquid isn't necessary
at Northside Grill, where the oat bran
pancakes are offered with the option of
blueberries or apples to saturate the
sponginess. If you prefer the sweet sen-
sation of cinnamon in a densely flavored
flapjack, Northside is for you.
Howhard is it to make a good pancake?
A few scoops of Bisquick, a cup or two of
milk, some eggs, oil. Apparently Frank's
never read the box, because the pancakes
just suck. It could be the overwhelming
stench of processed batter, or the imme-
diate rush to the toilet after eating them.
Either way, syrup. and butter can't make
their pancakes the least bit manageable.
AND THE WINNER IS: ANGELO'S
LAST WEEK'S RESULTS:
Brandon Graham pumps up the arena crowd as the Delta Upsilon House
stands still, being a house. Graham rushes the house, breaking the wooden
beams with a massive candy cane. The house just stands there. Graham
busts through the walls send woodchips flying into the air. The house bursts
into flames, but it's too late. Graham steps over the burning rubble to victory.
WINNER: BRANDON GRAHAM
THIS WEEK'S FIGHT:
'J THE MARKLEY PHILIP
STRIPPERS . 3 ANLON
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STDs, poles and a huge His new provost job and
wad of dollar bills. the accordion of death
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Thursday, February 4
Adam Haslett Fiction Reading
Hear an NY Times Bestseller.
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Friday, February 5
Opposite- and same-gender
dating, hosted by Bi-Lateral.
League, 5-8 p.m.
University Symphony Band,
Great, student-performed ausic.
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Saturday, February 6
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Science on Saturday? Get out!
170 Dennison, 10:30 a.m.
Sunday, February 7
Polish Film Series
Free documentary screening.
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'U' symposium views photography through two conflicting lenses
Artists of differing
backgrounds meet to
discuss the medium
By ADDIE SHRODES
Daily Arts Writer
For contemporary photogra-
phers, the Information Age creates
an ocean of images that prompts
a sea of questions. But one query
floats atop the waves: What does
it mean to be an image-maker in a
world of countless images?
"So much of my time is spent
wading through this giant pool
of photographs, and I feel over-
whelmed by them," said profession-
al photographer Alec Soth. "I know
a lot of professional photographers
who feel the same way."
The two-part History of Art
Symposium "Contemporary Strate-
gies in Documentary Photography"
presents three diverse speakers
who address the shifts in documen-
tary photography, as well as its his-
History of Art Professors Mat-
thew Biro and Alexander Potts
spent a year planning the sympo-
sium, and they specifically chose
photographers who represent the
two divisions of photography: fine
art and documentary.
Soth, who spoke during the sym-
posium's first day, Jan. 30, personi-
fies the fine art spectrum, which is
increasingly influenced by a docu-
mentary tradition "interested in
defining and influencing society,"
Allan Sekula, a professional pho-
tographer and prominent theoreti-
cian who will speak on Saturday,
epitomizes a documentarian. Femi-
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scheduled to speak on Saturday,
helps define a historical context.
And the division of genres has a
definite historical basis.
"Throughout photography's his-
tory, it has been pulled between
two poles," Biro said. "On the one
hand, the photograph as a docu-
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However, the digital era has
altered the relationship between
documentary and fine art pho-
"There's a big crisis," Biro said.
"I have a friend who worked as a
documentary photographer and
the work has just dried up - it's
really shifted. People who want to
use photography in the way tradi-@
tional documentary photographers
did, to give you a picture of a partic-
ular situation or a particular world,
are often working as fine artists."
This mode that is both documen-
tary and artistic - and the question
of where strict documentary pho-
tography is going
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ntemporary sium will address,
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everything has been turned upside
down," he said.
Both Sekula and Soth have pub-
lished books of photography. But
according to Potts and Biro, Seku-
la is engaged in capturing pho-
tographs that enter the political
realm with text that establishes a
See SYMPOSIUM, Page 4B