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Prof calls students
A mist floats through the air and 'Students (today) are much
people sweat as they sit on the benches and too cautiOuS, t00willin
surrounding the Diag. Students and g
townies stare at the metal "M" in the game imposed upon them by ti
center -a gift o the class of'3jut hernam
The "M"used to see a lot of wear in I just wish they would run amu
the '60s, when students protested loudly
for social change. The rallies are fewer
now though, and students crossing the engineering humani
Diag are more likely to be headed for the
library, with their backpacks slung over
a shoulder and their minds on their too guarded and too cautious, too students "ca
future willing to play the game imposed upon ford the psych
CHET LEACH, a professor in the them by the system." at the world b
Engineering humanities department, "I think they are brighter and Color coord
describes today's students as broader than students of the past, but grooming hab
"cautiously complacent" compared to are too preoccupied with finding an political awa
the "wonderful firebrand" students of economic slot in society." "I wish they said.
the '60s. would run amuck a bit," Leach said. "They rem
Leach sees students now as "much ENGLISH Prof. Bernard Hull called grandparents
Ann Arbor
riding in
a horse
and buggy
Anyone who has been to Mackinac
Island might know Molly and Red. Red
doesn't like skateboards, and Molly can
stare down a German Shepherd.
The two horses are seeing alot of both
now, as they've left the island to
become the star attraction of the Ann
Arbor Carriage Company on the corner
of Washington and Main Streets.
NOW CITY people can get a taste of
the country as they sit back in the com-
pany's horse-drawn carriages.
"We thought that it would be a fun
thing to do, Ann Arbor needs it, and it Linda Williams displays her wares in her shop, Vint
might be a profitable enterprise," said date from the 1920s to the present.
owner David Foulke.
Foulke, who also works as the Un-
iversity's housing program director,
spent four summers on Mackinac
Island asa carriage driver in the s. By GEORGEA KOVANIS
He liked driving so much he decided to B ERE OAI
bring his job to Ann Arbor with him, he "On rainy days we shut the doors and try on hats all d
said. says Linda Williams sitting in her Ypsilanti antique sh
THERE ARE two routes, said which is lined with sequin hats, feather boas, a
Foulke, and the more popular one is nostalgic record albums.
Route A, Red's thirty minute ride which Williams' shop, Vintage Passion which opened in M
goes down town. ch, is located in Ypsilanti's Depot Town, and it is
Molly's ride, Route B, lasts about fif- homespun course in history. Loaded with items that da
ty minutes and takes riders through the back to the 1920s, the structure was built in 1830 and w
campus area as well as downtown, once a tractor showroom.
Foulke said.
Many of the customers are couples, THROUGH her store, Williams shares the past with h
and they often enjoy a bottle of wine or customers.
champagne while they ride, said Chris "If you don't have a dime, you're welcome to come
Heatley, one of the drivers, here and look and share it," she says.
THE carriages have also been hired Williams uses the store to educate customers ab
for weddings, birthday parties, and history. Two generations of Ypsilanti children don't kno
even nights on the town, he added. about the wars, says Williams while pointing to a wo
Driving for special occasions is one of photo of a soldier who fought in World War II.
the best parts of the job, Heatley said.
"Last time it was for a couple's an- VINTAGE Passion is filled with nostalgia, such as lar
niversary," he said. "I picked them up collections of old magazines.
at their house and took them to The A 1954 copy of Look magazine's special issue on Eliza
Earle for dinner. After a couple of hours eth Taylor sells for $10 at Williams' store.
I picked them up and brought them The antique business is a family tradition for William
home. The lady was so happy she who was born in Dearborn. Her parents operated an a
almost cried." tique store for many years, and Williams searched in A
FAMILIES enjoy the rides too, and

The Michigan Daily - Saturday, July 30, 1983 - Page 3
too cautious

too guarded
to play the
he system ...
ck a bit.'
-Chet Leach
ties professor
reerists" who "can't af-
ological energy of looking
eyond their own careers."
inated clothing and good
its seem to have replaced
reness in importance, he
ind me of the way their
dressed in the '50s," Hull

said, "because of the way they get 'all
gussied up' for class.
THE priorities of the '80s have also
brought about a political ignorance in
some students - even with those who
say they are relatively active.
Doug Adesko, an LSA junior who
generally spends his time "hanging
out" at the campus radio station WC-
BN, described most of today's students
as "stupid" and "preoccupied."
Adesko feels he is more politically
active than most students today,
although he doesn't spend his time
"swinging buckets on the corner to
raise money for some organization."
BUT ADESKO admitted he knew lit-
tle about the University's Regents, who
make decisions on all important policy
matters at the University.
See WHO, Page 7

age Passion, in Ypsilanti. Williams said she carries items which
s passion for past


Arbor and Ypsilanti before she opened Vintage Passion.
WILLIAM'S history is as interesting as the items she
sells. After high school, she left home and headed West to
San Francisco, California to lead what she thought would
be an interesting existence as a hippie.
But she was in for a surprise. "When I got there all the
hippies were gone," she says.
Despite the disappointment Williams stayed on the West
Coast working several jobs including a position as a
record buyer for the now defunct Peaches Records.
Williams also worked for more than two years as a
cashier ina Las Vegas casino and she was even a member
of a hot air balloon crew.
Although the jobs were exciting, none of them compare
to the satisfaction of running her own antique shop, she
"I'M MY OWN BOSS, and at 34, it would be very hard to
work for someone else at minimum wage," she says.
Although Depot Town was known as a hangout for
hoodlums during the 1960s, shop owners like Williams, are
keeping the area alive with small businesses.
The merchants check up on each other during the day
Williams says adding that "everybody comes by and
either brings me a Coke or borrows a cigarette."
"It think they kind of appreciate me being here because
I'm a laid back person ... whether they buy anything or
not," she says.

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