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JE3 The Statement // Wednesday, November 3, 2010
Wednesday, November 3, 2010 // The Statement 7B
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random student interview by will grundler
elcome to the Random
Student Interview, an
exercise in existential-
ism in which the solution is always
undefined. Please state your name
and class standing for the record.
Lauren, and I'm a junior.
Why do you think most women fail
to shave their upper lip?
Because they don't havea razor. Or the
hair to do so.
But women do have a micro-mus-
tache that is especially apparent in
harsh sunlight, correct?
But it's peach fuzz. It doesn't count.
Wrong.In what situation, ifany, is it
acceptable to ask a woman to shave
the peach fuzz?
You have to be dating for at least three
Do you believe in diversity?
Have you ever joined in on one of
those ethnic dance groups that
practice late at night in Angell?
Are you sure you believe in diver-
I've watched them and applauded
them and admired their moves. Does
Not at all. How much sexual harass-
ment is too much sexual harass-
On a scale of one to ten? Seven.
What would be a six on your
Any sexual harassment is inappropri-
What kind of first name makes you
not want to date a person who is
otherwise exemplary in looks and
Just their name?
Such as Harold, Pubert, Earnest -
Earnest is okay, because Hemingway
is cool. Mmm (thinking), I'm going to
Are you going to vote for the nerd or
the guy with the funny name?
Is that how you characterize him?
Well, no, but you did it.
You could have said Rick Snyder.
Nerds make better lovers.
Do you want the governor to be a
good lover or do you want him to
make love to the economy, so to
Only to his wife and the economy.
Do you picture God as a white man
orjust a man?
I don't picture him having gender.
But youjust said "him."
No, I said, "em," like "them," you
Oh, so you're a polytheist?
No, no, I'm just clarifying.
What happens after we die?
It depends. Me, I'm going to heaven.
You, since you're playing mind games
with me, I'm going to throw you in
Do you think many serious discus-
sions among people our age break
down into absurd jokes because of
nihilism or the desperation to be
funny or both?
Both, because it depends on -
Let me stop you right there. What
did one plate say to the other?
I have no idea.
"Lunch is on me." Do you think
people who participate in No Shave
November should be honored or
high-fived or both?
Depends if they can pull it off.
What about me? I actually stopped
shaving in August, but I'm going to
continue not shaving throughout
I think so far you're handling it well.
So far so good.
80's music:great or the greatest?
How important is personality when
choosing to hook up with someone?
Probably not at all.
We've heard a lot about gay mar-
riage, but what about bisexual mar-
Can you marry a person from each
sex? I think that would be illegal.
But should it be illegal?
Interesting. What was the dumbest
Halloween costume you saw?
There were too many "Jersey Shore"
Do you think people who go to the
University of Michigan should
watch such trashy TV?
Yes. We need a break from our curric-
ulum, which is too difficult. We need
to watch someone just completely
ridiculous to be, like, "Wow, because I
go to the University of Michigan I will
not end up like that."
Many people think that what with
the snow and the voting, November
is the absolute worst month. Please
share your most painful memory of
Who is Jake Smilovitz?
He's the editor in chief of the Daily.
How many times have you read the
Zero. No...once! Orientation, freshman
Do you know where to find it?
Oh, it's everywhere. Or in the garbage.
- Lauren is an LSA junior.
Final deadline is
November 18 at
TOP LtFT: Drake's
saloon and Haller's
jewelry ca. 1875 on
East Huron Street,
Ann Arbor, Mich.;
Mich. Saloon; Main
Street looking south
from Fifth Street to
Fourth Street; Beer
delivery wagon in
front of Binder's
saloon, ca1880, Ann
Arbor, Mich. OPPO-
SIT EPAGE: Map of
Ann Arbor drawnby
S. Petti Bone in 1869
Photos courtesy of
A report published by The University of
North Carolina during Prohibition found that
30 of 34 surveyed college newspaper editors
favored the repeal of Prohibition, according
to an article that appeared in The Michigan
Daily on Feb. 16, 1932.
Many students - particularly members of
fraternities - tried to find ways around Pro-
hibition to maintain their alcohol-induced
fun, purchasing alcohol from bootleggers on
the black market, Tobin said.
"Michigan was a big place like that because
we are so close to Canada, where people
smuggled alcohol across the Detroit River," he
said. "There would be bootleggers who would
get in touch with fraternities and guys living
in boarding houses. Or it would be in the other
One such story is that of The Great Raid of
According to Tobin, on the evening of
Wednesday, Feb. 11, 1931, Ann Arbor police-
men raided fraternities suspected of storing
illegal alcohol. The raid occurred just after
final exams and students were getting ready
to celebrate J-Hop - a three-day, non-stop
party tradition at the University.
The brothers of Phi Kappa Sigma were
warned of the raid, Tobin explained, and
were able to quickly hide their stash of alcohol
before the police came to their door.
Edmund Love, a Phi Kappa Sigma pledge
at the time, later recounted the ordeal in his
memoir "Hanging On, or, How to get Through
a Depression and Enjoy Life." Love wrote that
the fraternity members hid 37 quarts of whis-
key and gin, five bottles of champagne, two
cases of beer, four quarts of wine and one jug
of hard cider before the policemen entered
According to Love, the police confiscated
about 75 quarts of alcohol that night, and five
fraternity houses were closed for the remain-
der of the school year.
Then-University President Alexander
work across borders
Thursday November 4th
8 PM Angell Hall
Ruthven was pleased with the results of the
raid, though then Ann Arbor Mayor Edward
Staebler found the punishment quite harsh,
according to Tobin.
According to a Daily article from Feb. 21,
1931, the members of the closed fraternities
"tramped the streets seeking rooming houses
and moving their belongings to new quar-
In a letter to the editor that appeared in the
Daily the day before that, a student with the
pen name R.W.L. proclaimed that the raids
were a violation of students' rights.
"That since liquor could have been found
in practically every fraternity and rooming
house, in the homes of many faculty members,
in the residence of a vast number of towns-
people, therefore these raids show unfair dis-
crimination," the student wrote.
"That such raids can have no good influ-
ence, for drinking will continue, if not in fra-
ternity houses, then in many other places and
in a more public way," the student continued.
The 1931 night editor of the Daily agreed,
saying in a Feb. 27 editorial that the raids were
not progressive, but rather demonstrated the
lack of respect the city had for the University.
"If these liquor raids have disclosed any
result, it is the lack of proper harmony and
cooperation between the University and Ann
Arbor authorities," he wrote.
The alcohol that was confiscated from Ann
Arbor bootleggers and other citizens guilty of
possession was turned over to the University
The Eighteenth Amendment was repealed
with the adoption of the Twenty-First
Amendment on Dec. 5, 1933, and the Prohibi-
tion era had come to an end. Michigan voters
had approved the repeal of the state's ban the
Though students could now drink openly,
the dry line remained in effect until 1969,
according to the Downtown Ann Arbor His-
torical Street Exhibit Program's website.