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Summer Weekly Cb l i g u
wwwrmichigandaily.com One hundred twelve years ofeditorialfreedom
State Street bookstore I

May 5. 2003

down for an
exclusive inter-
view with Uni-
president Mary
Sue Coleman.
Page 3
Columnist Jason
explores what
various religions
have to offer
their followers.
Page 4

held up at gunpoint
By Victoria Edwards "This is definitely a concern to us. It is an area
Daily News Editor where you don't see it happen that much. So when
something like this does happen, you have to go
Local businesses have a new reason to be over security measures to make sure you're doing
afraid due to a recent robbery, the Ann Arbor everything you can to keep this from happening
Police Department said. again," Duerksen said.
Michigan Book and Supply on State Street He added that his business has been concentrat-
was robbed at gunpoint on April 28, Ann ing on educating the employees first and foremost.
Arbor Police Sgt. Rich Kinsey said. The per- "We're going over with employees how to service
petrators were two masked men who left the customers to deter anything like this from happen-
store with an undisclosed amount of cash. ing - where someone could hide in the store. Just
"I believe they may have been hiding in the store. being aware of the environment, 'Total Floor Aware-
At closing time two masked bandits approached the ness' is what we call it," Duerksen said.
manager and another employee, and demanded But Duerksen said for the spring and summer
money"Kinsey added. terms his business is not taking overtly aggressive
As a result of the robbery, Bob Duerksen, owner security measures, such as hiring more security
of Great Lakes Team Apparel on State Street, said guards or installing cameras.
his businaeso ha ennreviewin4afety unreaninn s ona rnR v ncsa

Michigan Book and Supply on State Street was robbed at gunpoint by two masked
men last week. The perpetrators hid in the store and attacked at closing time.

Daily Arts gets
all up in the face
of "X2: X-Men
United." Let the
summer of the
comic book-film
franchise begin!
Ohh yeahhhhl
Page 11


Drugstore closes due to
high rent, competition

'U' prof
to science
By Neal Pais
For the Daily
While seniors were still celebrating
the culmination of their University
careers, Prof. Martha Ludwig celebrated
her own unique achievement. Ludwig, a
University professor of biological chem-
istry and research scientist in the bio-
physics research division, was one of 72
individuals elected to the National Acad-
emy of Sciences. The prestigious organi-
zation was commissioned by Abraham
Lincoln in 1863. It is currently based in
Washington D.C.
"Ludwig's election to NAS reinforces
our faculty's reputation for conducting
scientific research of the highest quality
and impact," said William L. Smith, the
Minor J. Coon Professor of Biological
Chemistry and department chair, in a
written statement.
Ludwig's fellow researchers also com-
mented on the implications of the elec-
tion on their department.
"The honor will no doubt enhance the
biophysics research department, and
help it to attract top-quality students,
post does and faculty," Prof Erik Zuider-
weg said ina written statement.
Since her arrival at the University, the
focus of Ludwig's research has the study
of complex proteins. Her work has been
useful in appraising the harm incurred
by various cardiovascular diseases.
"I've been looking at proteins that

MSU Spartans
costs Michigan's
softball team
homefield advan-
tage in the Big
Ten Tournament.
Page 14
University bas-
ketball player
Bernard Robin-
son was sen-
tenced to a year
of probation for
assault and

By Adam Rosen
For the Daily
As a result of steadily increasing rent-leas-
ing rates on the State Street area, Decker
Drugs owner Jim Decker closed his doors to
students and Ann Arbor residents on April 29.
"The rent became raised to the point where
you have to say to yourself, I just can't do this
anymore," Decker said. "We always did good
business, but no matter how much you do rent
can price you out."
Decker Drugs is one of the latest locally-
ownedbusinesses to leave State Street.
"There is no question, there were much
more independent stores here lt years ago:
coffee shops, record stores, department stores
and more," Decker said.
As businesses like Decker Drugs,
Schoolkid's Records, and Jacobsen's
department store leave the State Street
area, newer, non-locally owned stores

such as Bruegger's Bagels, Potbelly Sand-
wich Works, and Einstein Brother's Bagel
Company have taken their place.
"State Street has become sort of a coffee
shop/bagel area; it looks like any town in
America," said longtime Ann Arbor resident
Susan Weinberg. She said she feels sorry for
students without cars because they are con-
fined to the immediate campus area, which
now has only one drugstore.
"Right now, the situation is okay, but we
could certainly use sjme improvement in the
types of stores on Ste Street," LSA Junior
Ted Tedla said. "The students could use more
local businesses that don't just offer what a
chain offers - the same thing."
Decker said local government has not done
much to aid local businesses.
State Rep. Chris Kolb (D-Ann Arbor) said
he agrees the government has not done
enough to assist local business owners.
See CLOSING, Page 8


LSA senior Jessica Leeb is traced by
light while recording a scene for a film.

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