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Ann Arbor, Michigan
Monday, September 19, 2011
CAMPUS WATERING HOLES
Shoppers peruse posters inside the newly opened Bongz and Thongz shop on East Liberty Street on Saturday. The store, which opened Sept. 10, is not allowed to
sell the $12,000 worth of merchandise, including sex toys, that the store's owners already purchased but will now sell online instead.
New shop Bongz and Thongz
prohibited from selling sex toys
students refused at
some local bars for
By HALEY GOLDBERG
When Business School senior
Weilong Song arrived at Buffalo
Wild Wings on State Street on
his 21st birthday two years ago,
he planned to have a celebratory
drink with a group of friends.
After ordering his drink,
however, his Hungarian ID was
taken by the manager for further
"I showed him my ID, and he
said he wanted to take a better
look at it, so he took it," Songsaid.
"And then he came back, and he
told me that unfortunately they
cannot accept the ID because
he cannot read what it says and
he cannot verify that this ID is
Song said his friends tried to
convince the manager the ID
was government issued, and
even pulled up a Google image
of a Hungarian ID for the man-
ager to compare to the card Song
presented. Upon comparison, the
manager finally accepted Song's
ID and served him the drink.
"He took my ID and kind of
compared the two and he said,
'Alright whatever,' and he kind
of gave me a very weird look,"
Song said. "I didn't feel very well
(treated), considering it was my
21st birthday, and we were with
a big group of people."
For Song and many interna-
tional students lacking United
States identification, this expe-
rience of additional ID exami-
nation isn't uncommon when
entering bars and ordering
drinks at restaurants.
Engineering senior Dhruv
Madeka wrote in an e-mail inter-
view that his driver's license
from India has been refused at
many local restaurants and bars.
"I've been rejected at Ash-
ley's, Buffalo Wild Wings and
See ID, Page 5A
designed for sexual
By HALEY GLATTHORN
Though Ann Arbor may be
known as a liberal city, a new
retailerhas found that its inven-
tory isn't receiving as warm a
welcome as it anticipated.
Kilo Hassan and Steve Abou-
na, owners of the store Bongz
and Thongz on East Liberty
Street, are facing difficulties
because of a city ordinance
that outlaws the mass sale of
sex toys in the downtown area.
Hassan and Abouna planned to
sell water pipes and sex toys at
their new store, which officially
opened for business on Sept. 10.
Hassan said he was unaware
of the regulation while plan-
ning his business, which was
supposed to open in July,
according to an Aug. 1 Ann
Arbor.com article. The over-
sight has resulted in Bongz and
Thongz having approximately
$12,000 worth of unsellable
Hassan said he and Abouna
discovered the problem when
they applied for an occupancy
license. They were required to
provide the city with an invoice
of purchases for the store and
were consequently told that
their inventory could not be
sold in the downtown area.
"The reason we didn't
research this stuff is there are
other stores in the area that sell
basically the same thing," Has-
san said. "It was bad judgment
on our part, but I guess we can
Under the ordinance, the
sale of "devices designed for
sexual stimulation" cannot
account for more than 20 per-
cent of a business's total sales.
Because of this stipulation,
See PRODUCTS, Page 5A
UNIVERSITY LAW SCHOOL
Joint Law program to aid
India development, policy
Jindal Centre to
create classes on
By BRANDON SHAW
9 Daily StaffReporter
A joint University school in
India will soon work on advanc-
ing the country's infrastructure
and give students the opportu-
nity to interact firsthand with
Indian policy and development.
Through the joint school -
the Michigan-Jindal Centre for
Global Corporate and Financial
Law and Policy - the Jindal
Global Law School of O.P. Jindal
Global University will create a
curriculum and research initia-
tives to aid India's Infrastructure
Development Finance Company,
which helps finance infrastruc-
ture projects in India. Accord-
ing to professors involved in the
project, the upcoming initiative
will allow students to interact on
a global scale, propelling them
into potential careers overseas.
A partnership between the
Centre for Global Corporate
and Financial Law & Policy was
launched in November 2010 at
See LAW, Page 5A
* UNIVERSITY TECHNOLOGY
'U' releases new version of LectureTools
Local Bazaar founder Lindsey Leyland tends to customers shopping at the store on State Street yesterday.
Local Bazaar hits State Street to
feature local artists, vintage wear
35 classes using
to up interactivity
By MARY HANNAHAN
While many University pro-
fessors eschew the use of laptops
and cell phones during class, a
growing number are embracing
the technology to enhance learn-
Through the program Lee-
tureTools, about 2,800 students
in 35 classes at the University are
taking notes that sync to each
PowerPoint slide in a lecture.
The University released a new
version of LectureTools this fall,
which enables students to mark
slides they think are confus-
ing or important. The program
also allows students to ask and
answer questions anonymously
using a laptop, cell phone or tab-
LectureTools was created
when Perry Samson, a profes-
sor in the Department of Atmo-
spheric, Oceanic and Space
Sciences, heeded the requests
of his students who wanted his
See LECTURETOOLS, Page 6A
Pop-up store day into a bazaar with vintage
clothing and locally made goods
ers to students - luring students and other
passersby in from State Street
on campus and up a green, leopard-printed
By JENNIFER LEE Local Bazaar, a pop-up store
Daily StaffReporter that operates once a month in
and around Ann Arbor, show-
e space that typically cased an eclectic collection of
s the Above Ground Hair products ranging from jewelry,
o was transformed yester- leather items and hand-crafted
cards all designed and produced
by local artists. The store also
sells vintage clothing and shoes.
Lindsey Leyland, co-founder
of Local Bazaar, said the inten-
tion of the bazaar is to promote
the sale of local goods and ben-
efit local artists.
"We want to keep it local,
keep it community oriented,"
Leyland said. "So when you
See BAZAAR, Page 6A
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