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Family ties change perspective

LSA senior Adam DesJardins
has a unique viewpoint on
professors. While many students
see the6,200-plus faculty members
at the University through the lens
of a professional relationship, a
few, likeAdam, know them as their
mothers, fathers or friends. His
father,StephenDesJardins, teaches
higher secondary education in the
School of Education.
In what ways do you feel like
having a parent who works at
the University changes your
perspective as astudent?
I think of those posters from
high school that were like "We
don't tolerate: racism, sexism,
etc." andthere was always ageism

on there, which caught my eye
because I feel like we don't talk
about it often. But because I
personally know more professors
on campus, I feel like I connect
way more easily with people
who are older than me than your
average student. I think that's a
really important thing to have
when you're in this bubble of
other people your age.
Have youhad any friends
who've had a class with your
dadbefore?
Not many, since he only
teaches grad students. But I have
had a few people in classes say,
"Oh, I've had class with your
dad," or "Oh, I'm trying to -take

your dad's class!" But overall, not
many friends have taken any of
his classes.
Do you have a sense of con-
nection with other students
whose parents teach at the
University?
I actually just ran into one of
my best friend's neighbors who
is also one of my friend's parents.
She gave me a hug and called me
"sweetie." I think it's interesting
because I feel like at Michigan,
very few of us get a chance to
really interact with people out-
side of our age group. Not many
people hug their professor a lot or
any adult while we're at school.
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Christopher Taylor and Brian Kelly of Ann Arbor discuss their opinions and policies during the Ann Arbor Mayoral
Candidate Forum which was broadcasted live Wednesday, Oct. 8 at 7 p.m.
Mayoral hopefuls debate,
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nat.candidates is one of the most important
issues that he would address and
amined the role focus on as mayor. His vision for
expanded transportation would
students, localS, include extending Ann Arbor
ct gArea Transit Authority routes
n city growth as well as a new train station to
be operated by Amtrak, which
By EMMA KERR is still in the planning process.
Daily StaffReporter Kelly agreed with Taylor, saying
he would support any form of
e two remaining Ann Arbor transit improvement.
ral candidates - indepen- "Our area of most opportunity
candidate Bryan Kelly and is transportation," Taylor said.
Councilmember Christo- "We absolutely need a new train
Taylor (D-Ward 3) - took station."
n their first post-primary While Taylor supported the
e Wednesday night. recent Washtenaw County mill-
ly officially entered the age to improve roads - which
ral race July 17. As an will be in effect for one year
endent candidate, he said and was passed without being
ade the decision to run in put on the ballot - Kelly said
ope of spurring further he believes the city should have
e and conversation by addressed the issue of road qual-
ng a contested election. ity sooner and should have given
08 University alum, Kelly citizens a chance to vote on a
ed in creative writing and millage.
ntly works as a novelist, Both candidates recognized
g other employment the University's relationship
res. with the city as a key issue in
lor, who is in his sixth year the minds of citizens and local
:y Council, won the Demo- government officials.
primary with 47.6 percent "At its core, the relationship
vote over councilmembers between the city and the
en Kunselman (D-Ward University is strong," Taylor
nra Briere (D-Ward 1) and said. "However, with a new
Hart Petersen (D-Ward 2). (University) president and a new
lor said transportation mayor,this is a great opportunity
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for change and improvement.
We'd support the improvement
of the University as well."
While campaigning, Kelly
said town-gown relations were
key to his platform and to voters.
Residents' concerns included a
fear of increasing property taxes
as a result of the University's
recent purchase of significant
amounts of land throughout
the city, including the property
on which the University is con-
structing the Munger Graduate
Residence Hall and this year's
purchase of the Edwards Broth-
ers property on South State
Street. Kelly said he hopes to
see the University demonstrate
more respect for the city.
"The first thing out of peo-
ple's mouth was, 'What are you
going to do about the Univer-
sity of Michigan?' " Kelly said.
"Time will tell. I think it will
depend on the decisions that
our leaders make and the cir-
cumstances that we face togeth-
er as a city."
Citizens have also expressed
concerns about the direction
in which Ann Arbor is head-
ing, potentially leaving behind
the history and character it has
held. While Kelly admitted such
a change is inevitable in some
ways, Taylor said he hopes to
incorporate the new and the old
downtown, meeting the needs
and desires of a variety of citi-
zens, from students to longtime
residents.
"Our downtown has changed
significantly," Taylor said. "I am
open to the downtown character
evolving,"
Kelly said he looks forward
more to the development of
neighborhoods than the city's
downtown. Much of his strategy
in dealing with downtown devel-
opment issues involves emphasis
on improved and more direct
communication with citizens in
order to better understand the
kind of downtown envisioned by
various groups of the city's resi-
dents.
"I would first and foremost
like to see high-speed fiber infra-
structure," Kelly said. "But gov-
ernment in the modern day can
speak directly to people."
The general election will take
place Nov. 4, and future mayoral
debates are yet to be announced.
Daily Staff Reporter Jack Tur-
man contributed to this report.

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New Greek etr
boasts authenticity
Mezes restaurant special is that this is kind of like Dimitri said he thought this
howI grew up every summer vis- type of restaurant, which is very
combines old world iting Greece," Dimitri said. "How popular in Greece, would do
I met my cousins, how I met my well with the students in Ann
techniques with family, was through food. They Arbor. He added that he would
family values don't have TV or video games, accompany friends to the 24-hour
you see your cousins over a meal. souvlaki restaurants after leaving
And (our food) is what you seen bars in the early hours of the
By MARGO LEVY in Greece, and what they spice morning during his visits to
Daily StaffReporter the food with - the flavors I have Greece.
experienced every summer going "I was like, 'You know, they
While the new Mezes Greek to Greece." can do a fast food, something that
Grill has just opened on North About a year ago, the family people wantto eatfortwo euros or
University Avenue, the Roumanis members decided that they want- about three bucks, and the food is
family has been refining their ed to bring their unique, authen- filling and great.' So I felt like the
flavors and culinary traditions tic flavors and cooking traditions concept of going into a place, and
that have been in their family for from their village in Greece to seeing and smellingwhatwe have,
generations. Ann Arbor. and then getting a gyro in like
Sam Roumanis opened the "The way that we prepare our five minutes, that would be very
restaurant in September after a meats, the way we marinade and appealing to students," Dimitri
three-month renovation of the season, is Mediterranean. We said.
space that formerly housed Sushi. use dill, oregano, parsley, lemon Kirk Blohm, Mezes general
com. Mezes has been a family and olive oil," Dimitri said. "The manager, was former general
affair, with his children Dimitri olive oil comes from our reign manager of Pizza House and cur-
and Aphrodite taking on major of Greece, from my village actu- rent general manager at Carlyle
roles in every aspect of the opera. ally, and the way we prep it, is the Grill on Jackson Road, believes
tion. straight out of the village, straight that Mezes has been successful
Sam was born and raised in outof Greece." thus far due to its fresh ingredi-
Greece. When he arrived in Ann The restaurant's main chef, ents and fair prices.
Arbor at the age of 30, he opened Stafi, was also born in Greece. "What you need to be success-
Cottage Inn Pizza, and has beenin Dimitri explained that Stafi ful in this town is to give great
the restaurant business ever since. worked in a restaurant similar to prices for great food. You don't
His children, who were both born Mezes when he was there, so he try to make a quick dollar, ever,"
in Ann Arbor and recently gradu- has a greatunderstanding of what Blohm said. "What you do is you
ated from the University, also the Roumanis have envisioned for make sure your guests are getting
have experience inthe industry. their restaurant. what they are paying for. Qual-
Sam and his children agree "He knows how to prep things ity, fresh, every single day. It's all
that food has been an integral part we want,how the food is supposed tradition. It's all made just like in
of their lives and their family's to look, taste and feel to the eye," Greece:'
cultural identity. Dimitri said. In fact, Blohm added that
"I've been going to Greece The quick-paced and casual Mezes doesn't have the capacity
since I was a newborn - I mean, restaurant serves authentic Greek to freeze or store food, so cus-
I went to Greece for the first time dishes, costing about $5 for lunch tomers can expect fresh, quality
in my mom's stomach. What's and $10 for dinner. ingredients daily.

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