THE MICHIGAN DAILY
SUNDAY, DECEMBER It 1952
PAGE SIX SUNDAY, DECEMBER 14, 1952
BUT FEW STUDENTS:
City Bus Line Hauls 750,000 Riders Yearly
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By ERIC VETTER
Ann Arbor's busy 10-bus City
Bus Line is onefof the little known
phases of city life to most students:
The boxy gray vehicles are con-
stantly seen on the streets but
only a small portion of the stu-
dent body uses them. Few stu-
dents even know the routes the
line follows or its schedules. Yet
the system is no small operation,
providing transportation for 750,-
000 passengers annually.
About the only students who
consistently ride the bus line
are those who live on Fraternity
Row, out Washtenaw, or Geddes.
For their benefit, the company
runs two student noon-time
specials. One heads out Washte-
naw while the other services the
They pick up students at stops
on North University and East Uni-
versity at noon and deliver them
about ten minutes later at their
destinations in time for lunch. The
buses then wait until 12:45 p.m.
at the end of the line before re-
~turning to campus.
ACCORDING to John R. Stokes,
mnanager of the bus line, the
coaches carry about 40 students
on the out-going run but only a
dozen coming back.
This is generally a non-profit
"service, Stokes said, because most
students walk back to campus.
Public school :buses are also non-
profit as students ride at a re-
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duced ten cent fare.
The usual passenger tariff is 15
cents, an increase over the 12 cent
fare in effect until November of
1951. The line suffered a $16,000
deficit last year, but Stokes thinks
it might break even this year.
THE COST OF running a bus
is fixed at 50 cents per mile. "This
means a deficit in the summer and
a surplusin the winter," Stokes
"December is the best money
making month for the line when
an average of 90,000 passengers
use the line. In August, however,
an average of only 49,000 fares are
taken although the mileage cov-
ered is nearly the same."
Running from 5:45 a.m. to 10
p.m. on a strict time schedule,
the buses leave the Huron-State
terminal every hour and half
hour and reach the ends of the
lines on the quarter hours.
The regular bus routes are from
Washtenaw to the Fairgrounds,
which services the city from the
east to the west ends, the Burns
Park-Hospital line, and the South
Main. route which carries passeng-
ers out Main to Stadium Blvd.
Because the firm is a subsidiary
of the Great Lakes Greyhound
Company, drivers alternate be-
tween regular Greyhound runs to
Detroit and other points and the
city lines. They take part in regu-
lar training and safety programs'
and must pass both physical and
aptitude examinations before be-
k: t.. .
week which students livig far from campus use to get home in time -for lunch. One line runs
down S. University to Washtenaw and then into the Oxford Rd.-Hill St. area. The other follows E.
University to Hill and then out Washtenaw. X's mark the spot where the buses load.
Up for Yule
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television sets and othernhousehold
MOST LOCAL merchants re-
ported that evening sales have
been steady but not spectacular,
with the exception of Mondays
when sales have been consistently
Many stores predicted a slight
tapering off in business in the
last three days before the 25th.
The University Christmas, re-
cess beginning, Friday is expected
to cut short much gift buying
activity in the State St. area,
according to businessmen there.
Again in tune with the national
trend a number of larger stores in
the downtown area reported a
shortage of extra help to handle
the Christmas rush but appeared
satisfied with the part-time help
they had taken on.
A number of businessmen blam-
ed the weather during the last
several weeks as a definite hind-
rance to shopping. One merchant
thought that a good snowfall would
put people in a better frame of
mind to finish their Christmas
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By JUNE GRANSTROM
"Lights go out at 9 p.m." as a
university regulation would bring
cries of despair from today's co-
eds, but it was quietly endured by
University men in 1842.
The rigid discipline which pre-
vailed on campus in those days
makes current traces of paternal-
ism pale in comparison. The be-
lief was evidently "early to bed
and early to rise," and rising bel
sounded at 5 a.m.
Reluctant students who want-
ed to snatch a few illegal min-
utes of sleep were rousted out
of bed by the "Professor of Dust
and Ashes," Pat Kelly. Kelly
helped around campus in return
for squatter's rights, and bel-
lowed at the students in the
same tone he used for his live-
Harsh peals from a former loco-
motive bell, rung delightedly by
Kelly, regulated the students' wak-
ing hours. The bell hung from a
pine pole behind a combination
housed the whole student body.
EVEN AWAKE the University
student's time wasn't quite his
own. For one thing he had to sit
through the one hour scheduled
chapel periods twice a day. But he
had a full half hour to wash and
dress before chapel-though the
ice in the water pitchers had to
be broken first.
Some freedom was allowed.
After dinner, the men could go
down to the village of Ann Ar-
bor-if they were chaperoned by
monitors and returned in time
for lights out.
Scholars with an athletic bent
could work off their energy in the
only form of "sport" existing at
the time. This consisted of sawing
wood and filing wood-boxes, a task
which wasn't always optional.
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