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June 13, 1986 - Image 4

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RAge 4 - ThMksgc4 D Jly-Fri4oy Jutrr3 1986
Block party
incident won't
alter city policies


A huge block party south of campus
was broken up by police last Saturday
night after unidentified party-goers
severely damaged a patrol car at the
scene. But the disturbance will not
have a major impact on the city's
liberal policies regarding permits for
block parties, the city administrator
A group of ten houses on East
University between Hill and Oakland
streets sponsored Saturday's party,
which featured a live band and beer
sold for two dollars per person.
LSA SENIOR Randy Salzman, who
organized the party, received permits
from the city to barricade the street
and to have a band playing until 11
Most of the disturbance occurred
after 11 p.m., when the barriers were
removed and some police officers
came to check into a noisecomplaint
filed by a neighbor. While the officers
were inside Salzman's house
discussing the disturbance, unknown
persons threw bottles at their patrol
car, breaking the windshield and
causing $300worth of damage.
The officers then called in reinfor-
cements in help them break up the
crowd and clear the streets.
SALZMAN SAID he didn't think the
party had to be ended, but the police
acted reasonably throughout the in-
"I'd have been pretty (angry) too if
someone smashed up my
vehicle...They used no violence. And
if I were forty years old and trying to
sleep I would have liked to see the
party break up, but I'm not and I was
having fun," Salzman said.
Todd Day, a Washtenaw Com-
munity College student who helped
sponsor the event, estimated that the
crowd doubled from 200 to over 400
people after 11 o'clock, when the party
was supposed to break up. The tur-
nout was much larger than any of the
sponsors had expected.
"THE POLICE gave us every

possible chance to get the people out
of the street but people didn't leave. It
was obviously too much for us to con-
trol," Day said.
Under city law, to obtain a permit
for a block party, organizers must ob-
tain the signatures of residents of
each living quarter on the street.
UPON RECEIVING a request for
a block party permit, the city sends a
police officer to the site to make sure
the street closing will not affect traffic
Most block party permit requests
come from neighborhoods of
established'families; few come from
student housing areas. Many permit
requests come from the same neigh-
borhoods each year.
City Administrator Godfrey Collins,
who approves permits, said he denies
requests if the residents have hosted
uncontrolled parties in the past. This
does not happen very often, he added.
COLLINS SAID last Saturday's
disturbance may make the city look
more carefully at party hosts' plans
before issuing permits.
"I won't rule out allowing student
block parties if there is no reason to
suspect there will be trouble...but we
will give more scrutiny to each
situation," he said.
Collins said the city may consider
requesting that party hosts provide a
private security guard at a party if
they expect a particularly large or
unruly crowd.
LAST YEAR the city issued 32 block
party permits, all from May through
September. So far this season it has
received eleven requests, all of which
have been granted.
The police department receives
many noise complaints from the
campus area on Friday and Saturday
nights, but violent acts such as Satur-
day's are rare for private parties,
police Sergeant Jan Soumala said.
"The ones that turn nasty don't,
originate at private residences. They
usually happen as people are leaving
bars," Soumala said.

Doily graphic by LAURA WEISS
Bookstores give students variety
By EUGENE PAK students preferred choosing their own nes and Nobles is the only store t
Imagine you are working late on a books, which they can do at Barnes & offer refrigerated drinks and food as
botany lab in the Natural Science Nobles or University Cellar. Others well as a sizeable number of book
building's'humid greenhouse. In the would rather have their books picked other than textbooks. Most students
middle of the lab, you realize you have for them, as is done at Ulrich's. however, said they usually go to Bor
just used the final sheet of paper in Dan Durda, an LSA senior said he der's book store for paper-backs.
your notebook, and your only pen has liked Ulrichs system of getting tex- A FEW STUDENTS believed the
been leaking ink onto your favorite, tbooks for customers. "At the begin- staff at University Cellar was more
Michigan sweatshirt. You try rubbing ning of the year, when it's crowded knowledgeable, but that there were
the ink out but this only spreads the, and there are a lot of hassles, you can not enough employees.
stain. Frustrated, you throw 'your just throw your list and they'll find the "There's one 'U' Cellar employee in
botany textbook across the room, hit- books for you," Durda said. particular who is very helpful," one
ting a giant Venus flytrap which University Cellar's system has its law student said, "He knows where
quickly devours your book. The lab is advocates. and what I have to look for. At
due tomorrow morning - what do you "You can pick your own books, new Ulrich's I don't like having to go to the
do? or used, and I like that. You can find a front and then go back because they
You can either explain this unlikely book that someone hasn't written all don't know what they're talking
scenario to your RA or you can run to over in," said engineering sophomore about. And Barnes and Nobles is a
the nearest student bookstore to Rob Silver. joke. I was treated so rudely there."
replace your notebook, pen, sweat- ACCORDING TO University Cellar BILL McROY, an engineering
shirt and digested textbook. But manager Jane Self, the store's recent sophomore, said, "There are too few
Ulrich's, University Cellar, and Bar- market survey showed that "among people to help in general, and this is
nes and Noble (the Michigan Union upperclassmen, they (students) liked especially pronounced at the U Cellar
Bookstore) are equally close. Where to choose their own books, but in- during the beginning of the term."
do you go? Would it make any dif- coming freshmen, perhaps a little in- University Cellar was formed 15
ference where you went? The an- timidated, wanted someone to hand years ago by a group of students who
swer...it depends. them their books." wanted a University-run bookstore.
Most students interviewed picked Barnes and Noble offers students, Typically for that era, the students
the University Cellar as the overall "the best of both worlds," said protested and sat-in at the Student Ac-
best bookstore, though ratings were general manager Jerry Maloney. tivities Building until the Board of
largely influenced by geography. Said "We'll do it either way: you can give Regents finally agreed to form U
one student, "I just go to Ulrich's, it's us your schedule and we'll get your Cellar. Today, U Cellar remains a
closest to where I live." books, or you can do it yourself if you non-profit bookstore and does not
Many students said University have the time." receive subsidies from the University.
Cellar offered the cheapest prices on After course books, the next biggest It is governed by a group of students,
books and other goods, though theyselling items at bookstores are either faculty, and administrators.
admitted the differencewas minimal.aschool supplies or 'soft goods,' usually Barnes and Noble is the newcomer
LSA junior Joon Chung said "'U''University paraphenalia such as to Ann Arbor. It first opened in
Cellar is cheaper by a little margin, sweatshirts, hats, and mugs. Again, January 1985, while Ulrich's has been
which I consider too little to beprices and quantity do not differ selling books for 52 years. Ulrich'shas
significant." significantly among the three stores, two annexes, Ulrich's Electronics and
Student opinion varies on the issue but Barnes and Nobles has a large the old location of Tice's clothing
of course book selection. Someselection, according to Maloney. Bar- store, both on South University.

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