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Stats prof. recipient of MacArthur Fellowship ‘Genius grant’ will fund further work on evaluating chronic disorders By ALICIA ADAMCZYK Daily News Editor
Statistics Prof. Susan Murphy — who also serves as a psychiatry professor and research professor in the Institute for Social Research — has received a MacArthur Fellowship, or “genius grant,” for her innovative development of new methods to evaluate treatment for individuals dealing with chronic or relapsing disorders, such as alcoholism. The 24 MacArthur Fellows also includes a photographer, choreographer, chemist and atomic physicist, among others. The fellows each receive a $625,000 stipend that they are free to spend as they choose. Murphy, who found out she was receiving the fellowship about a
week ago, said her treatment methods are innovative in that they are constantly refined to fit the evolving needs of individuals, rather than following a static treatment model. “We’re constantly trying to reindividualize, re-personalize, to the person,” Murphy said. The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, an independent foundation that supports development of knowledge to improve public policy and the public’s access to information, awards the fellowships annually. The MacArthur Fellowship is awarded to individuals who “have shown extraordinary originality and dedication in their creative pursuits and a marked capacity for self-direction,” according to the award’s website. The fellowship is not awarded for past achievements, but rather an investment in the potential of the recipients. Murphy compared her personalized treatment methods to the See PROFESSOR, Page 6A
University President Mary Sue Coleman addresses the crowd at a cereomny at East Quad Wednesday. (Victoria Liu/Daily) INSET: Students move in to the rennovated residence during Welcome Week. (Adam Glanzman/Daily)
East Quad update lauded Coleman, Harper speak at grand re-opening of dorm By AARON GUGGENHEIM Daily Staff Reporter
North Quad Residential Hall now has competition on Central Campus. Nearly one month after East Quad Residence Hall reopened following an exhaustive
$116-million renovation started in May 2012, a crowd of students, administrators and Residence Hall staff gathered at the refurbished building Wednesday to celebrate its completion. The event was held throughout East Quad: A band played near the café where snacks were served, an a cappella group sang in Green Lounge, and top administrators, including University President Mary Sue Coleman, spoke outside in the courtyard.
The project — part of the immense Residential Life initiative that has seen the renovation of many residence halls on campus — overhauled almost all aspects of the building and simplified the layout. 2012’s reopening of Alice Lloyd Residence Hall, the renovation of Mosher-Jordan Residence Hall, completed in 2008, Stockwell in 2009 and the more limited, current renovation of South Quad Residence Hall have been part of the same ini-
tiative. West Quad Residence Hall’s renovation, set to begin in May 2014, will be the last phase of the project. E. Royster Harper, the University’s vice president of student affairs, said despite the changes, which included the conversion of the Halfway Inn performance space into a kitchen, the building retains the same cultural aesthetic. “I think for students who know the old East Quad, there See QUAD, Page 6A
Coleman hopes to connect with alumni in India
Greek life engages in contest to reduce waste
November trip timed several days after start of new capital campaign
Chapters compete to recycle the most materials By CHRISTY SONG
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Students use new computers and furniture at the renovated Fishbowl Wednesday.
In October, the Greek Life Sustainability Team will partner with national nonprofit RecycleMania during Let’s Get Wasteless, the competition between Greek life chapters to promote sustainability. Fraternities, pre-professional fraternities and sororities will be divided into three separate divisions during the event, which will last from Oct. 7 to Dec. 9. University Housing also annually hosts a competition in conjunction with RecylceMania. Currently, 10 fraternities, two sororities, and one pre-professional fraternity have joined the cause. LSA senior Kevin Kononenko, the president of GLIST and not See INSURANCE, Page 6A
Wi-Fi woes on the mend Students report frequent wireless Internet outages By MICHAEL SUGERMAN For the Daily
Since the school year began, a ubiquitous groan has echoed throughout campus as the University Wi-Fi network, MWireless, seems to regularly disconnect, periodically leaving students and
faculty without Internet. Andrew Palms, the University’s executive director of communications systems and data centers, said the connection issues were aggravated over a five-day period roughly a week and a half ago, when the system was going through growing pains. “The number of connections for Wi-Fi doubled from last year to this year, and generally we expect an increase of about 30- to 40-percent growth in total,” Palms said.
Palms said there was more traffic than the network’s switches and routers could handle. However, after swapping out the central equipment to add more capacity, Palms said problems with slow or even dropped connections should, for the most part, be fixed. Although the ITS has seemingly fixed the issues plaguing the large group of users, Palms explained that ensuring reliability for all See WI-FI, Page 6A
By JENNIFER CALFAS Daily Staff Reporter
Though she has already traveled to four international destinations during her tenure, University President Mary Sue Coleman has one last stop before her retirement in July: India. On Nov. 11, just days after the launch of the University’s upcoming capital campaign, Coleman will travel to New Delhi and Mumbai to engage with civic and academic leaders, businesses and alumni. With each activity, Coleman said she hopes to create and enhance connections in socialscience research, medical sciences, business, and educational opportunities, among others. During her tenure, Coleman has also visited Brazil, Ghana, South
Africa and China on behalf of the University. “What I really hope is that we provide more opportunities for our students to really go and have a really robust experience,” Coleman said in a mid-September interview. “India is, by population, a huge democracy; it’s got growing pains, a rapidly growing economy and real issues. I think there’s a rich area for our students to engage.” Collectively, students from India are the fourth-largest contingent of international students at the University. Coleman said she hopes to strengthen the University’s existing connections and develop more opportunities for students to experience the nation themselves. A group that included James Holloway, vice provost for global and engaged education, and Political Science prof. Mark Tessler, former vice provost for global and engaged education, began to plan the trip more than a year ago. A highlight of her itinerSee INDIA, Page 6A
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Behind the lights, camera... Julie Geer graduated from the University in 2002 with a Theatre Studies major. She is currently director of branded entertainment for NBCUniversal Television Distribution. How did you become an executive at NBC? My first job out of college was as an intern in the marketing department at InStyle Magazine. I then spent 10 or so years in the magazine publishing world, working in integrated marketing for Cosmopolitan Magazine, Condé Nast Media Group and People Magazine, and developed skills that enabled me to figure out ways to promote brands through building custom content. Though for years I did this
in print, it’s quite similar to what I now do in television, just in a different medium. When I was at Michigan, actually, I spent my summers back home in the Boston area working in production for a small TV affiliate and got the bug for the TV world early — the career just didn’t come to fruition until a decade later! Did you envision yourself in your current profession? I don’t think I knew what I wanted to do back then, other than “work in entertainment” somehow. As a theatre studies major at U of M, I definitely had the chance to put my creativity to use through my fashion history and costume design classes, as well as through extracurricu-
How did the University shape you as a professional? I think it prepared me for, and opened my eyes to, what it’s like to be out in the real world among a diverse group of people with varied backgrounds, work styles and personalities. At such a large school you have to advocate for yourself, and that’s true of the real world, too, especially working at big corporations. — CARLY FROMM
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WHERE: West Quad Residence Hall WHEN: Tuesday at about 2:15 p.m. WHAT: University Police reported that two solicitors were asking for donations on the fourth floor of West Quad. The solicitors were escorted from the dorm.
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Hot rod WHERE: 2650 State Street WHEN: Tuesday at 8:20 p.m. WHAT: An intact catalytic converter was stolen out of a Chevrolet Cavalier Tuesday, University Police reported. The theft happened sometime between 8:30 a.m. and 8 p.m.
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Midnight diag show WHAT: The National Panhellenic Council’s annual event, Midnight Madness, will be a free step show on the Diag. WHO: Office of Greek Life WHEN: Today from 12 a.m. to 1:30 a.m. WHERE: The Diag CORRECTIONS l In the Sept. 25 edition of the Daily, a subheadline for a story (“Lectures focus on minors’ safety on college campuses”) incorrectly referred to the University of Pennsylvania. It was supposed to refer to Pennsylvania State University, the location of a child sex abuse scandal involving former football coach Jerry Sandusky.
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Iran expresses increased desire to revive nuclear negociations President Rouhani: We have nothing to hide from world UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Iran showed new urgency Wednesday to revive stalled negotiations with six world powers over its disputed nuclear activities, seeking to ease crippling international sanctions as quickly as possible. New Iranian President Hasan Rouhani said “we have nothing to hide” as diplomats prepared to meet Thursday to discuss the way forward on the negotiations that have been on hold since April. Rouhani’s Foreign Minister Javad Zarif, who has been tasked as the lead nuclear negotiator, said he hoped his counterparts from six world powers — the U.S., Britain, France, Russia, China and Germany — “have the same political will as we do to start serious negotiations with
a view to reaching an agreement within the shortest span of time.” Zarif will be a part of the Thursday meeting to discuss the next round of negotiations in Geneva, expected in October. The West suspects Iran is trying to build a nuclear weapon and has imposed crippling sanctions on Tehran that have slashed its vital oil exports and severely restricted its international bank transfers. Inflation has surged and the value of the local currency has plunged. Tehran has repeatedly denied that its nuclear program is for anything other than peaceful purposes. But since his June election, Rouhani has made clear he is seeking relief from the sanctions and has welcomed a new start in nuclear negotiations in hopes this could ease the economic pressure. He has said he has the full support of Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khame-
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nei, who has the final word on all important matters of state including the nuclear file. “If there is political will on the other side, which we think there is, we are ready to talk,” Rouhani told editors Wednesday in New York on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly. “We believe the nuclear issue will be solved by negotiation.” In his debut speech to world leaders at the U.N. on Tuesday, Rouhani repeated Iran’s longstanding demand that any nuclear agreement must recognize its right under international treaties to continue enriching uranium. The U.S. and its allies have long demanded a halt to enrichment, fearing Tehran could secretly build nuclear warheads. Uranium enriched to low levels can be used as fuel for nuclear energy but at higher levels of enrichment, it could be used to build a nuclear weapon. Rouhani also insisted in his speech that any deal be contingent on all other nations declaring their nuclear programs too are solely for peaceful purposes — alluding to the U.S. and Israel. Iran watchers say Rouhani may have limited time to reach a settlement — possibly a year or less — before Khamenei decides negotiations are fruitless. That could explain the urgency in Zarif’s call to reach a deal quickly. “He is not negotiating for the sake of negotiating and dragging it out,” Haleh Esfandiari, director of the Mideast program at the Wilson Center think-tank in Washington, said of Rouhani. “His reputation, and the country’s reputation, is at stake. This is an issue they are willing to work on, and move to take concrete steps to serious negotiations.” Rouhani in New York has come across as a more moderate face of the hard-line clerical regime in Tehran. In particular, he appears to be trying to tone down the caustic rhetoric of his predecessor, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, with regard to Israel — one of the points of friction in relations with the West.
Dmitry Lovetsky/AP The Soyuz-FG rocket booster with Soyuz TMA-10M space ship carrying a new crew to the International Space Station, ISS, blasts off at the Russian leased Baikonur cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, Thursday,
Spacecraft with American, two Russians blasts off Mission to include spacewalk with Olympic torch
MOSCOW (AP) — A Soyuz spacecraft carrying two Russians and an American lifted off early Thursday from the Baikonur Cosmodrome, soaring into the night sky for a six-hour trip to the International Space Station. Their six-month mission will include a spacewalk with the Olympic torch. NASA’s Michael Hopkins and Russian cosmonauts Oleg Kotov and Sergei Ryazansky will
orbit the Earth four times in the cramped capsule before docking at the orbiting outpost. Live coverage provided by NASA TV showed the launch went off as scheduled shortly before 1 a.m. Moscow time on Thursday (2100GMT, 5 p.m. EDT Wednesday). Less than 10 minutes into the flight, a NASA commentator said the Soyuz had reached orbit after an “uneventful and successful” launch from the cosmodrome, which Russia leases in Kazakhstan. During a spacewalk in November, the two Russians will have the honor of taking the Olympic torch into open space
as part of the relay of the Olympic flame ahead of the Winter Games being held in Sochi in February. The torch will not be lit, however, because of safety concerns and will only arrive at the station in November with the next crew. “We will take a picture of it with the space station in the background, with the Earth in the background, and we will try to make sure that we see Russia, and maybe Sochi where the Olympic Games will take place,” Kotov, a veteran of two previous six-month missions, said in an interview posted on NASA’s website.
FBI agents work in Kenyan mall Began fingerprint, DNA analysis amid destruction NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Working near bodies crushed by rubble in a bullet-scarred, scorched mall, FBI agents began fingerprint, DNA and ballistic analysis Wednesday to help determine the identities and nationalities of victims and al-
Shabab gunmen who attacked the shopping center, killing more than 60 people. A gaping hole in the mall’s roof was caused by Kenyan soldiers who fired rocket-propelled grenades inside, knocking out a support column, a government official told The Associated Press. The official, who insisted he not be identified because he was sharing security information, said the soldiers fired to distract a terrorist sniper so hos-
tages could be evacuated. Video of the roof collapse showed massive carnage. The collapse came Monday, shortly after four large explosions rang out followed by billows of black smoke. Although a government minister said the terrorists had set mattresses on fire, causing the roof to collapse, the video showed such massive destruction that the explanation seemed unlikely to be the full story.
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Snyder signs law to expand off-road vehicle use All 83 Michigan counties can allow off-road recreation vehicles on road shoulders under legislation signed by Gov. Rick Snyder. Current law lets eight counties in the Lower Peninsula and every county in Upper Peninsula authorize the vehicles on local road shoulders. Laws signed Wednesday allow off-road vehicles on more roads if municipalities pass an ordinance. Local governments can ask the state transportation department for permission to allow off-road vehicles on highway shoulders, not including interstates. One law will expand off-road vehicle uses not requiring a license.
George H.W. Bush witnesses Maine same-sex wedding Former President George H.W. Bush was an official witness at the same-sex wedding of two longtime friends, his spokesman said Wednesday. Bush and his wife, Barbara Bush, attended the ceremony joining Bonnie Clement and Helen Thorgalsen as private citizens and friends on Saturday, spokesman Jim McGrath said. Thorgalsen posted a photo on her Facebook page showing Bush signing the marriage license as a witness. She captioned the photo: “Getting our marriage license witnessed!” In the photo, Bush is seated in a wheelchair, a stack of papers on his lap and his left hand poised with a pen. One bright red sock and one bright blue one peek out below the cuffs of his blue slacks.
Earthquake off Pakistani coast creates island Alongside the carnage of Pakistan’s massive earthquake came a new creation: a small island of mud, stone and bubbling gas pushed forth from the seabed. Experts say the island was formed by the massive movement of the earth during the 7.7-magnitude quake that hit Pakistan’s Baluchistan province on Tuesday, killing at least 285 people. “That big shock beneath the earth causes a lot of disturbance,” said Zahid Rafi, director of the National Seismic Monitoring Center. The island appeared off the coast of Gwadar, a port about 330 miles (533 kilometers) from Pakistan’s largest city of Karachi and 75 miles (120 kilometers) from Iran.
Water cuts shorten UN visit For nearly two weeks, Dakar residents have bathed in the ocean, dug makeshift wells along the beach and waited in long lines near distribution trucks in search of water that is no longer running from the taps. The capital city’s poor outer suburbs and wealthy expatriate neighborhoods alike have been affected by water cuts that officials blame on faulty equipment located hundreds of kilometers away. Frustration with the government has mounted daily_compounded by the fact that Senegal is in the middle of the rainy season and large sections of the city are simultaneously dealing with flooding. Though water and power cuts are common in developing countries, a two-week cut in services is unprecedented in Senegal, and young men have burned tires in the streets in protest.
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John Minchillo/AP European Union Commissioner Kristalina Georgieva, left, speaks to the media alongside Deputy Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Nick Clegg during a news conference following the High Level Ministerial Event on the Humanitarian situation in Syria meeting at the European Union Delegation offices.
Russia expects a resolution on Syria within two days Chemical weapons to be dismantled under agreement
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council, long paralyzed by deep divisions over how to deal with the Syrian conflict, is about two days away from agreeing on a resolution to require Damascus to dismantle its chemical weapons stockpiles, Russia’s deputy foreign minister said Wednesday. Gennady Gatilov told The Associated Press that the text of the resolution will include a reference to Chapter 7 of the U.N. Charter, which allows for military and nonmilitary actions to promote peace and security. But he stressed that there will not be an automatic trigger for such measures, which means the council will have to follow up with another resolution if Syria fails to comply. The U.S. and Russia had been at odds on how to enforce the resolution. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov
met for nearly 90 minutes at the United Nations, and American officials said that while there had been progress in some areas, they couldn’t agree on the text, which the U.S. had been insisting be enforceable. President Barack Obama’s threatened U.S. strikes against President Bashar Assad’s regime following an Aug. 21 suspected poison gas attack has led to a flurry of diplomatic activity. Kerry made a surprise offer that Syria could avert U.S. military action by turning over “every single bit of his chemical weapons” to international control within a week. Russia, Syria’s most important ally, and Assad’s government quickly agreed on the broad proposal, but it has taken time and tough negotiations to work out the details. The five permanent vetowielding members of the Security Council — the U.S., Russia, China, Britain and France — known as the P-5 have been discussing for the past few weeks what to include in a new resolution requiring that Syria’s chemical weapons stockpile be
Scalia expects legality of of NSA surveillence to be decided in U.S. courts Justice said suveillance best determined by gov’t McLEAN, Va. (AP) — Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia said Wednesday that the courts ultimately will have to determine the legality of surveillance programs by the National Security Agency. And he’s not sure that’s a good thing in an era of complex security threats against the United States. Scalia told the Northern Virginia Technology Council that questions about how much information the NSA can collect about Americans’ telephone calls and under what circumstances the agency can monitor conversations are best answered by the elected branches of government. But he said that the Supreme Court took that power for itself in 1960s-era expansions of privacy rights, including prohibitions on wiretapping without a judge’s approval. “The consequence of that is that whether the NSA can do the stuff it’s been doing ... which used to be a question for the people ... will now be resolved by the branch of government that knows the least about the issues in question, the branch that knows the least about the extent of the threat against which the wiretapping is directed,” he said. Scalia did not raise the issue in his speech, but instead responded to a question about it. He repeatedly used the term “wiretap” in his comments, but indicated later that he was speaking more generally about NSA surveillance, including the massive collection of Americans’ phone records. In July, following the disclosures by NSA leaker Edward Snowden about the extent of the agency’s surveillance programs, the Electronic Privacy Informa-
tion Center asked the Supreme Court directly to bar NSA from collecting phone call records on millions of U.S. customers. The court has not yet decided whether to hear the case. Civil liberties groups also have filed lawsuits challenging the program as a violation of Americans’ privacy. Earlier this year, the Court ruled in a 5-4 vote that clients represented by the American Civil Liberties Union lacked standing to challenge a 2008 law under which the NSA conducts aspects of its surveillance. Scalia voted with the majority to turn away that challenge to the law. Scalia said the Constitution calls for a balancing test to determine whether any search or seizure is reasonable, and that depends on the threat that is posed — another question he said courts are ill-equipped to answer. He talked about the patdowns and other searches that occur at airports as an example of that balancing act. “That’s a terrible intrusion of privacy,” he said. “But you’re willing to do it because of the seriousness of the threat.” Among the issues in the challenges to the collection of phone records is that the court ruled in 1979 that police ordinarily do not need a judge-approved warrant to get information about who someone has called, as opposed to monitoring the call itself. As for the question about tech companies’ obligations to inform clients about an illegal intrusion of their information, Scalia said that, yes, a company should speak up if it knows a customer has had its data illegally seized. “But it’s pretty hard to know that. ... If it’s a governmental wiretap, presumably it’s been approved by somebody, some lawyer expert in the field who said it was OK, and you better be damn sure you’re right before you blow the cover.”
secured and dismantled. The council has been blocked on Syria, with Russia and China vetoing three Western-backed resolutions aimed at pressuring President Bashar Assad to end the violence which has killed over 100,000 people. But Gatilov told AP the negotiations are “going quite well” and the draft resolution should be finalized “very soon — within the next two day, I think.” As for Chapter 7, he said, “It will be mentioned but there is the understanding, of course, (that) there is no automaticity in engaging Chapter 7.” Britain’s U.N. Ambassador Mark Lyall Grant also reported progress. “We are still working in the P-5 constructively on a text,” he told AP. “But there are still some differences,” Lyall Grant said. “We hope to be able to iron them out, maybe even today, but certainly in the next few days so that we can adopt a resolution — a strong binding enforceable resolution with a united voice of the Security Council as soon as possible.”
NEW YORK (AP) — Some malls around the world have been scrambling to add security guards to look for suspicious people following a deadly attack on a shopping center in Nairobi over the weekend. But for other malls, it’s been business as usual. The mixed reactions by malls across the globe isn’t unusual in an industry whose security efforts vary from unarmed guards in most shopping centers in the U.S. to metal detectors and bag searches in places like Israel to main entrances that resemble airport security lines in India. The disparity offers a glimpse of why any moves following the Nairobi incident to increase mall security in countries that have less strict procedures aren’t likely to last: The industry continues to struggle with how to keep shoppers safe without scaring them away. “No one wants, when you go shopping, to be strip searched, to be interviewed in a room by a security guard,” said Simon Bennett, director, Civil Safety and Security Unit at the University of Leicester in England. “That might be acceptable in aviation, but it is not in commercial retail.” Security concerns come after 12 to 15 militants from the Somali Islamic extremist group al-Shabab, wielding grenades, took control of the upscale Westgate mall in Nairobi. Terrorists held Kenya security forces for four days, killing at least 67 civilians and government troops and injuring 175 others. The Kenyan government said Tuesday that the attackers were defeated, with several suspects killed or arrested. On Wednesday, FBI agents began fingerprint, DNA and ballistic analysis to help figure out the identities and
nationalities of the victims and alShabab gunmen. In the aftermath of the attack, security was tight at the Junction Mall in Nairobi. Two of three entry gates were locked shut. Cars were searched more carefully than usual, with guards looking in glove compartments. Two armed soldiers were stationed inside the mall and mall security guards who search patrons with metal detector wands at entry points said the soldiers had been deployed after the Westgate attack. In the U.S., the International Council of Shopping Centers, a trade group of shopping centers representing about one third of retail space globally, said the U.S. government’s Department of Homeland Security is reaching out to corporate security at all malls. At the same time, the group said some of the malls in the U.S. and South Africa are beefing up private security personnel, while others are bringing in more off duty police officers. Mall of America, the biggest U.S. mall, added extra uniformed security officers and stepped up other measures, but officials at the Bloomington, Minn.-based mall declined to elaborate. “We will ... remain vigilant as we always do in similar situations,” said Dan Jasper, a mall spokesman. In general, U.S. malls focus on reacting to a shooting more than preventing one. Malls depend on private security personnel, most of whom don’t carry guns, though they do work with local police. And while they’re trained to look for suspicious behavior and report that to authorities, they’re discouraged from intervening. “Shoppers at this point perhaps don’t have an appetite for extraordinary measures,” said Kenneth Hamilton, executive vice president of IPC International, the largest provider of shopping center security of malls in the U.S.
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Divest Ann Arbor Reducing investments in fossil fuels should be University, city priority
nn Arbor is now considering reducing its investments from fossilfuel holdings at the urging of the city’s Energy Commission. Specifically, the Energy Commission is suggesting that the city’s pension fund divest its financial assets from fossil-fuel industries. Divesting from fossil fuels would further Ann Arbor’s environmental objective — reducing its carbon footprint. Although the pension fund needs to be a risk-averse investment to protect its beneficiaries, Ann Arbor can pursue existing and innovative strategies of making investments that protect public employees’ pensions and avoid fossil fuels. Despite being independent of the Energy Commission, the Ann Arbor City Council is seriously considering passing the suggested resolution to divest its pension fund from nonrenewable energy. Via its Climate Action Plan, the council has made it clear that reducing the city’s carbon footprint is a priority. This plan commits Ann Arbor to the goal of reducing its greenhouse-gas emissions by 90 percent by the year 2050. Yet, the council is conflicted when it comes to risking its pension fund. “I really want to be able to vote for this, but I’m really, really struggling with our responsibility to our city taxpayers,” said Councilmember Stephen Kunselman. It has been suggested that instead of divesting from fossil fuels, the city should invest in green energy. The Energy Commission’s initiative in suggesting this resolution is an admirable example that should be followed by other cities and institutions. By reducing its financial engagement from these energy companies, Ann Arbor will join other institutions and municipalities in advocating the transition to ‘green’ energy. The city council’s decision here will reveal its commitment to its own mandate set in the Climate Action Plan. While implementing an environmentally
conscious plan, it’s possible for the city to maintain the reliability of its pension fund. As the University’s endowment invest shows, fossil-fuel companies tend to be very safe investments. But Nancy Walker, the executive director of the city’s retirement system, has said that there are other financial portfolios that provide equally safe returns without resorting to coal and oil companies. In doing this, the pension fund needs to take care in verifying that the investments made are low risk so as not to jeopardize employee pensions. It’s estimated that the University has more than $900 million invested in the fossil fuel industry, though specific data on the University’s investments are not available to the public. The Divest and Invest campaign, a group of students, faculty and community members, has called on University administration to be transparent with its endowment investments — with the ultimate goal of divesting from nonrenewable energy industries. With the influx of donations coming to the University, administration should take the opportunity to examine its existing investments and withdraw from those that don’t align with its mission. The University should follow Ann Arbor’s example and consider responsible divestments from fossil fuel industries.
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Taking the ‘D’ out of DIA
t’s hard to fully comprehend the challenges facing Detroit as it begins the process of recreating the city post-bankruptcy. Tough decisions and cuts will be made, but for Detroit to retain its identity, the gems and icons of the TIMOTHY city must act as BURROUGHS a foundation for the rebuilding process. One of these pillars is the Detroit Institute of Arts. The DIA, like too many public institutions, has a history of financial struggles. However, it was given new life with the passing of a tax increase in 2012 to help cover operation costs. Less than a year later, the DIA is now being forced to combat rumors surrounding the potential sale of part of the museum’s collection in order to cover some of the city’s $18-million debt. The DIA was allowed only a few months to relax following the passage of the tax millage last August. The millage stabilized the DIA’s finances for the first time in years by raising the property tax for Macomb, Oakland and Wayne counties, whose residents now have free admission to the museum. Though the campaign for the new tax encountered stark opposition and continues to face criticism, the museum is now able to function without the aid of state funding. The DIA has in place a long-term plan to remain a Detroit icon and tourist attraction. This recent success, however, could fall apart rapidly. Following
the city’s declaration of bankruptcy The city’s new financial situation this summer, Detroit’s Emergency and lack of support of the DIA has Manager Kevyn Orr began the pro- made this 1919 agreement somecess of valuing the DIA collection what obsolete. The art is owned by by famed auction house Christie’s, the taxpayers of Detroit, and their sparking rumors of a sale. support of the tax millage illusWhile Orr claims that the apprais- trates intent to preserve and mainal is simply part of the process of tain the museum. establishing the value of all city Regardless of the technicalities assets for creditors, he also said all of ownership, all parties involved options were on the table in his dis- need to realize the global signifiposition. Either way, July has caused cance and local importance of the an uproar in the art community. DIA. City officials need to look at DIA Director Graham Beal the DIA and similar Detroit instituresponded to Orr hiring Christie’s tions as the face of the city and not by adamantly stating the DIA has assets to be pawned in tough times. “no intention of breaking the fun- The mere act of hiring an appraiser damental tenet of the art museum shows a priority toward finding a world.” He added that the sale of short-term solution to a long-term any work for problem. While the purpose of there is no doubt repaying city that the masterDetroit needs its most pieces at the DIA debt would jeopardize could bring in sigprecious icon as it the annual nificant funds, it rebuilds its identity $23-million would do nothing tax millto solve structurand significance. age. Beal also al problems that alluded to the caused the city’s very real posfinancial issues. sibility that a sale would ruin the The DIA has already demoncredibility of the DIA as a public strated the importance of its role in institution and betray the people the community and taxpayers have of Detroit’s trust. responded by pledging their longBeal’s concerns are not unwar- term support. Instead of attemptranted. Though the museum holds ing to undermine this progress, Orr the collection in public trust, a 1919 should be supporting the budget cuts, agreement shows that the museum, frugal spending and public support which opened as a private institu- that have strengthened the DIA’s tion, gave up ownership of its collec- finances. By preserving an icon such tion to the city in exchange for a new as the DIA through local, sustainable building owned and operated with support, Detroit can retain its identicity funding. In recent years, state ty and significance as it rebuilds from funding has completely disappeared its financial struggles. while city funding has dropped to less than 1 percent of the DIA’s total — Timothy Burroughs can be $25.4-million budget. reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We’ve addressed one concern after another, and it’s interesting throughout this whole process, that this is Whack-A-Mole for a lot of this. Every time there’s some sort of issue that’s come up, we’ve deflated it and another pops up.”
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DAVE WYMAN | VIEWPOINT
A students’ president In July, the University placed the Presidential Search Advisory Committee in charge of finding University President Mary Sue Coleman’s replacement. Unlike the committee that nominated Coleman in 2002, which included two students, University staff and non-tenured faculty, this committee includes just administrators and tenured faculty. While the administration is quick to assure students — and everyone else who has been excluded from the real selection process — of how much they value our input, their words ring hollow when confronted with the fact that 24 of the top 25 universities included students on their most recent search committees. While we applaud the efforts of the Central Student Government to increase the students’ voice in this decision, the student committee that they’ve been granted doesn’t have the power that the committee itself has. It’s no substitute for direct representation. Everyone but the regents seems to understand this. If we are truly the Leaders and Best, why can’t we be trusted to be a part of the actual decision, when we hold such a high stake in it? Why have our opinions been relegated to a few forums and easily discountable online surveys? The strength of our University community is in its diversity. As undergraduate and graduate students, tenured and non-tenured instructors, staff and Ann Arbor residents, we all have interests, hopes and concerns for the new president and the direction of the University in general. We’re all stakeholders in this, and deserve to have our ideas taken as seriously as those of the narrow fraction of the community that makes up the administration and the committee. Unfortunately, the search’s departure from the more inclusive practices of past searches and peer institutions is in no way exceptional. It’s the culmination of years of administrative expansion.
We find ourselves on a campus where instate undergraduate tuition has risen 63 percent in the last decade, making the University continually less accessible and forcing many students to take out dauntingly large loans. And, yet, we’re surrounded with new construction geared to boost rankings and draw out-of-state students. We have less say than ever in how the University operates. If we want these things to change — if we want a president who will rethink the model the administration has imposed — we have to take a stand for student rights. When state funding subsidized the majority of University costs, perhaps it might have been fair for the regents to claim the broad authority they now do over University affairs. But when our tuition money is 62 percent of the budget, it’s unjustifiable for the administration to disenfranchise students in this fashion. Meanwhile, tuition climbs every year with the rationalization of state defunding, construction continues at a fever pitch and the average student graduates with $27,000 in debt. The time has passed for us to quietly petition the administration for a voice in the direction of the University. The time has passed for us to accept a powerless “assistive” role in vital decisions like the presidential search. We must demand a binding voice in the selection of Michigan’s next president and a deciding role in the way our university is run. The Student Union of Michigan is resolved to bring real democracy to our campus. The time has come for us to take charge of our own educations. Join us at The Cube at 12 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 3, to call on the administration to include students, faculty and staff as part of the Presidential Search Advisory Committee and let our voice be heard. Dave Wyman is an Engineering sophomore.
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EVA GREENTHAL | VIEWPOINT
Hail to the recycling bins
As a Program in the Environment major living in a co-op and interning for U-M Recycling, most of my friends are environmentalists. I’m used to being surrounded by avid recyclers — students who take PitE classes that require them to keep “waste journals” and students who drink out of mason jars, have reusable lunch boxes and don’t mind the flies that surround their compost bins at home. Absorbed in my haven of sustainability-minded peers, it’s easy to forget that my small community doesn’t quite represent the University as a whole. So in a way, it was a nice wakeup call when last week I saw a student at North Quad Residence Hall stuff a giant cardboard box into a trash bin when there was a recycling bin right next to him. I felt like I was witnessing a crime, but he clearly didn’t think twice. No one likes the preachy environmentalist, so I wasn’t about to say anything, but instead I’ll say it here: University students — environmentalists or not — need to care more about recycling. Reasons to recycle go way beyond saving the trees. Recycling reduces water use, saves energy and lowers the carbon emissions produced by many industrial processes. For example, recycling an aluminum can save 95 percent of the energy to make a new one, and the recycled aluminum will be back on the shelf in as little as 60 days. Michigan was recently ranked the 24th “greenest” state with an overall recycling rate of 20 percent. Other states, including California, Iowa and Arkansas have recycling rates ranging from 40 to 68 percent.
Recycling shows Michigan pride by helping us lower our environmental impact and improve our reputation for sustainability. Similarly, recycling can be a great way to feel proud of the University. Each year, the University participates in RecycleMania, a recycling competition against more than 300 other colleges and universities nationwide. In 2013, the University ranked 111th out of 273 schools with a 31-percent recycling rate. Compared to the top 30 schools, all of whom had between 50- and 86-percent recycling rates, the University has some serious work to do. Recycling rates at Michigan Stadium also show room for improvement. At our first two home games this season, recycling rates were 25 percent and 21 percent. Now compare that to Ohio State University, where last year, the zero-waste Ohio Stadium had a waste-diversion rate of 98.2 percent. By recycling more intelligently, students are helping to improve our reputation as a sustainable campus and recreate our image as leaders in sustainability. U-M Recycling, part of the University’s Plan and Operations, works hard to make it easy and convenient for students to recycle — there are bins in every building and even on the Diag — but students still need to take some initiative. A study by the University’s waste service provider showed that at least 15 percent of campus trash could’ve been recycled. Here in Ann Arbor, we’re privileged to have an easy-to-use, single-stream recycling system where all your paper, plastic, glass
and aluminum recyclables can be thrown in the same bin. The UM Waste Reduction and Recycling Office recognizes that each year new students, faculty and staff join our community coming from all different parts of the country and world — many of which do not have such accessible recycling systems. For people who are just starting to recycle, it can seem like a big responsibility. That’s why we’ve launched our new publicity campaign, featuring the University’s recycling mascot, Rufus, which is a big blue triangle with sunglasses and a baseball cap. The slogan “Rufus is watching” sends the message that students should set a good example by choosing to recycle because someone is always watching. The banners are meant to remind students that recycling is part of being a responsible member of the University community. This fall, U-M Recycling will be actively promoting recycling and waste reduction on campus. During the month of October, the NoThrowber Challenge will provide students, faculty and staff with opportunities to win prizes by participating in waste reduction challenges. The University will also once again participate in the 10-week RecycleMania competition, which will hopefully improve our ranking to be amongst the top 100 schools. We hope students will be conscious of their recycling practices and how they contribute to our University’s reputation. Remember: Rufus is watching, and so is the world. Eva Greenthal is an LSA senior.
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Treatment of Roma migrants draws scrutiny from EU More than 10,000 gypsies evicted from squatter camps in France PARIS (AP) — France’s treatment of thousands of Roma migrants who have been expelled to Eastern Europe came under new scrutiny Wednesday from the European Commission and a leading rights group, after France’s top security official said the migrants had a “duty to return to their homeland.” Amnesty International said more than 10,000 Roma, also known as Gypsies, had been evicted from French squatter camps from January through August, with many forced to return home to Romania and Bulgaria, despite European Union rules requiring free movement for all EU citizens. Many Roma in France live in makeshift camps set up on vacant lots, lacking running water or electricity. Without regular documentation of their residence, they have a hard time enrolling children into school, applying for subsidized housing, getting health care through the national system or finding permanent work. Amnesty said those problems are compounded with each forced evacuation, pushing the Roma further out to society’s margins. In releasing its tally of evictions — including one as recent as Sept. 18 — Amnesty brought together a doctor and a teacher who had both cared for Roma from families they said wanted to join French society, contrary to the image of Roma as resistant to integration. “What we see on the ground is a break with the stereotypes of social and sanitary problems, and other clichés that are being
invoked now,” said Jean-Francois Corty, a doctor with Medecins du Monde. “Most of the people we see want to integrate, want work, want their children in schools and want the benefits of modern medicine.” Roma started arriving in Europe from India in the 14th century and there are an estimated 8 million in Europe, with the largest population in Romania. Facing discrimination and bleak prospects in Romania, many head west to France and other richer European countries. There are an estimated 20,000 Roma in France, a population that has remained stable over several years despite repeated attempts by both Socialist and conservative governments to persuade them — sometimes forcibly — to return home. Many French blame the Roma for a rise in petty crime and an influx of street beggars, especially in tourist areas of Paris, where crime rings involving children have been broken up, and where subway announcements warn every few minutes against pickpockets. In Sweden, police this week acknowledged compiling a secret, illegal registry of more than 4,000 Roma, including children, coming under criticism from politicians who said it was unconstitutional to register people by ethnicity. French Interior Minister Manuel Valls provoked anger Tuesday for saying the Roma migrants had a “duty to return to their homeland” — and despite a wave of criticism, refused to back down Wednesday. Valls said the Roma had failed to integrate and that France had no responsibility to them. “We don’t have the obligation to welcome these populations, we need to say it clearly and calmly. It is not about stigmatiz-
ing a population, but facing the truth,” he said. John Dalhuisen, Amnesty’s Europe and Central Asia program director, offered a different interpretation. “The Roma have a duty to live in misery. That’s how the comments of the interior minister should be translated,” Dalhuisen said. In Romania, Marian Mandache, director of rights group the Romani Criss, called the French minister’s comments a “populist ruse.” “The French minister is discriminating against an ethnic group, it is a breach of the right to free circulation and a breach of other human rights,” she told The Associated Press. The EU justice chief, Viviane Reding, shot back Wednesday at the French government, accusing it of holding Romania and Bulgaria hostage to domestic French politics. Immigration is a sensitive issue amid campaigning for upcoming municipal elections across France. Reding accused the French government of using tensions over the Roma to distract voters from more serious economic problems. “There’s an election in the air in France,” Reding said on France-Info radio. “Every time they don’t want to talk about important things like the budget or debts, they find the Roma.” In a rare statement commenting on both news reports and Reding’s remarks, the French Interior Ministry said Valls “attentively ensures respect of national and European rules.” The minister also noted that “the Romanian government has several times reiterated that the responsibility for integrating Roma of Romanian nationality was first of all the business of Romanian authorities,” the statement said.
Clashes break out at Athens anti-fascist demonstration Conflict arises a week after fatal stabbing ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Clashes broke out during an anti-fascist demonstration in Athens on Wednesday, a week after a fatal stabbing allegedly committed by a supporter of the extreme right-wing Golden Dawn party led to a nationwide crackdown against the group. About 30 protesters threw firebombs, rocks and bottles at riot police blocking the main avenue in front of Golden Dawn headquarters as a demonstration of several thousand people headed toward it. Police responded with volleys of tear gas and stun grenades. The killing of anti-fascist rap singer Pavlos Fyssas on Sept. 18 sparked outrage across Greece and has led to scrutiny of the party’s activities. The suspect arrested over his death admitted to police that he had stabbed the 34-year-old and identified himself as a member of Golden Dawn, a virulently anti-immigrant party that has seen a massive rise in popularity amid Greece’s severe financial crisis. The party has vehemently denied any role in the killing. Although the suspect has not been officially identified in accordance with Greek law, he has been widely named by Greek media, which has also published photos of him at Golden Dawn events. “Pavlos is alive, crush the Nazis,” the protesters chanted as they set off from the capital’s main Syntagma Square, where an earlier anti-fascist concert had been held. In Thessaloniki, Greece’s No. 2 city, about 2,000 protesters also heading to local Golden Dawn offices. Greek media said other rallies were also planned in several other cities. The government ordered an investigation into Golden Dawn’s activities after Fyssas’ death, with the case being han-
dled by Greece’s Supreme Court and anti-terrorist squad under organized crime laws. Separately, Health Minister Adonis Georgiadis said Wednesday that authorities were also investigating reports that a psychiatrist at Athens’ main state psychiatric hospital had been granting certificates for gun licenses to Golden Dawn members without conducting the required tests, and that the psychiatrist had been calling for the military to take up arms against the government. The crackdown against Golden Dawn has included raids on party offices and supporters
suspected of being involved in attacks. Police said Wednesday they arrested a 34-year-old in Crete after a raid on his house uncovered a replica gun, a militarystyle knife and a collapsible metal baton. Golden Dawn membership cards and other paraphernalia with the party logo were also found. Golden Dawn, whose senior members have expressed admiration for Adolf Hitler although they deny being neo-Nazi, won nearly 7 percent in 2012 general elections and holds 18 seats in the country’s 300-member Parliament.
Arshad Butt /AP Pakistani villagers transport the dead body of a person killed by an earthquake for burial in the remote district of Awaran, Baluchistan province. Rescuers struggled Wednesday to help thousands of people injured and left homeless after their houses collapsed in a massive earthquake in southwestern Pakistan, as the death toll rose to hundreds.
Earthquake survivors fight to find shelter, food among rubble Pakistani quake destroys 300 homes, injures 373 people DALBADI, Pakistan (AP) — Survivors built makeshift shelters with sticks and bed sheets Wednesday, a day after their mud houses were flattened in an earthquake that killed 285 people in southwestern Pakistan and pushed a new island up out of the Arabian Sea. While waiting for help to reach remote villages, hungry people dug through the rubble to find food. And the country’s poorest province struggled with a dearth of medical supplies, hospitals and other aid. The quake flattened wide swathes of Awaran district, where it was centered, leaving much of the population homeless. Almost all of the 300 mudbrick homes in the village of Dalbadi were destroyed. Noor Ahmad said he was working when the quake struck and rushed home to find his house leveled and his wife and son dead. “I’m broken,” he said. “I have lost my family.” At least 373 people were also injured, according to a statement from the National Disaster Management Authority, which gave the latest death toll. Doctors in the village treated some of the injured, but due to a scarcity of medicine and staff, they were mostly seen comforting residents. The remoteness of the area and the lack of infrastructure hampered relief efforts. Awaran district is one of the poorest in the country’s most impoverished province. Just getting to victims was challenging in a region with almost no roads where many people use four-wheel-drive vehicles and camels to traverse the rough terrain. “We need more tents, more
medicine and more food,” said a spokesman for the provincial government, Jan Mohammad Bulaidi. Associated Press images from the village of Kaich showed the devastation. Houses made mostly of mud and handmade bricks had collapsed. Walls and roofs caved in, and people’s possessions were scattered on the ground. A few goats roamed through the ruins. The Pakistani military said it had rushed almost 1,000 troops to the area overnight and was sending helicopters as well. A convoy of 60 Pakistani army trucks left the port city of Karachi early Wednesday with supplies. Pakistani forces have evacuated more than 170 people from various villages around Awaran to the district hospital, the military said. Others were evacuated to Karachi. One survivor interviewed in his Karachi hospital bed said he was sleeping when the quake struck. “I don’t know who brought me from Awaran to here in Karachi, but I feel back pain and severe pain in my whole body,” he said. Jan said he didn’t know what happened to the man’s family. He was trying to contact relatives. Local officials said they were sending doctors, food and 1,000 tents for people who had nowhere to sleep. The efforts were complicated by strong aftershocks. Baluchistan is Pakistan’s largest province but also the least populated. Medical facilities are few and often poorly stocked with supplies and qualified personnel. Awaran district has about 300,000 residents spread out over 29,000 square kilometers (11,197 square miles). The local economy consists mostly of smuggling fuel from Iran or harvesting dates. The area where the quake struck is at the center of an
insurgency that Baluch separatists have been waging against the Pakistani government for years. The separatists regularly attack Pakistani troops and symbols of the state, such as infrastructure projects. It’s also prone to earthquakes. A magnitude 7.8 quake centered just across the border in Iran killed at least 35 people in Pakistan last April. Tuesday’s shaking was so violent it drove up mud and earth from the sea floor to create a new island off the Pakistani coast. A Pakistani Navy team reached the island by midday Wednesday. Navy geologist Mohammed Danish told the country’s Geo Television that the mass was a little wider than a tennis court and slightly shorter than a football field. The director of the National Seismic Monitoring Center confirmed that the mass was created by the quake and said scientists were trying to determine how it happened. Zahid Rafi said such masses are sometimes created by the movement of gases locked in the earth that push mud up to the surface. “That big shock beneath the earth causes a lot of disturbance,” he said. He said these types of islands can remain for a long time or eventually subside back into the ocean, depending on their makeup. He warned residents not to visit the island because it was emitting dangerous gases. But dozens of people went anyway, including the deputy commissioner of Gwadar district, Tufail Baloch. Water bubbled along the edges of the island. The land was stable but the air smelled of gas that caught fire when people lit cigarettes, Baloch said. Dead fish floated on the water’s surface while local residents visited the island and took stones as souvenirs, he added.
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PROFESSOR From Page 1A personalized ad campaigns run by companies like Amazon and Google. Murphy said she was shocked to hear she had been nominated. She envisioned chemists and biologists winning the fellowship — not statisticians. “I didn’t even aspire to ever winning a MacArthur Foundation (Fellowship),” she said. “It just completely floored me.” Murphy plans to use her stipend to further her treatment research. She said her team is currently working on a mobile application that would provide personalized recommendations and coaching to individuals in real time, depending on the situation they find themselves in. Murphy said she is thankful that, as a statistician, she is able to use mathematics and quantitative methods to improve people’s lives. “I really like math, and I like the sense that I can do things
WI-FI From Page 1A users is not an easy task. “The Wi-Fi problems aren’t really gone, in the sense that there’s still conflict with devices around campus,” Palms said. “We have about 170 Wi-Fi access points in (Mary Markley Residence Hall), but at the same time, students have brought in around 60 access points, and that causes us a problem because there’s this conflict in use of the spectrum.” Engineering Prof. Mingyan Liu compared the wireless signal spectrum to a busy conference room, where the users are a group of people who need to talk to each other in that room. “The more people you pack in that room, the lower the quality of the conversations, for obvious reasons,” Liu said. “The capacity is limited by interference. You can only fit so many people in the room; eventually, you have to find another one.” LSA freshman Kelly Lewis is one of the many students who use their own wireless network as opposed to the University’s. University Housing prohibits students from creating their own
that help people using the skills that I can bring to the table,” she said. “It would be great to see more people doing that.” Cecilia Conrad, vice president of the MacArthur Fellows Program, wrote on the foundation’s website that this year’s 24 winners are “an extraordinary group of individuals who collectively ref lect the breadth and depth of American creativity.” Murphy is the 25th University faculty member to receive the fellowship. In 2011, three faculty members from the University received the fellowship, including Tiya Miles, chair of the Department of Afroamerican & African Studies; Chemistry Prof. Melanie Sanford; and Yukiko Yamashita, an assistant professor of cell and developmental biology. “It is always an honor when U-M faculty members are recognized with such distinguished recognition for their work,” University spokesman Rick Fitzgerald wrote in an e-mail.
wireless networks from within the dorms. Nonetheless, Lewis said she prefers to do her homework in her dorm room, which she says has “better Internet.” At this point, however, Palms said its clear the issue has been alleviated, evidenced by the network’s performance during the launch of Apple’s latest operating system, iOS 7, last week. He said MWireless saw a nearly 25-percent increase in use the day iOS 7 came out, but the University didn’t see any network problems arise as a result. “It’s really our strong intent to actually meet this demand, because it’s clearly something that people want to have and need to have,” Palms said. “We continue to work to provide the service that folks want to have.” To figure out a better way to meet users’ needs, the University is currently considering a different model for Wi-Fi funding. As of now, individual buildings and dorms spend their own money to set up wireless modems. “(The goal for the future) is a different model for funding so that ITS can provide a consistent service across campus so students can walk into virtually any space and get a similar ser-
QUAD From Page 1A is a sense of loss,” Harper said. “But for the new students, this is the way it will be and they will create their own memories. It is still East Quad, and now with the students here, they will make it funky — the way it was before.” East Quad now houses 856 students in 329 double rooms and 192 single rooms, and is home to the Residential College and the Michigan Community Scholar Program, a residential learning community focused on service and social justice. Coleman said in her remarks that she was proud of the way in which the renovated residence hall would help to “strengthen the tie between living and learn-
INDIA From Page 1A ary includes the India Business Conference, which was started by the Business School in 2009. The conference — organized by the University of Michigan India Alumni Association — typically works under a theme related to the business and economic environment in India with a variety of keynote speakers at events held in both Ann Arbor and India. “This is a way to bring business leaders — sort of the leading edge in thinking about the business environment for the future — together,” Coleman said. “It’s a way to get our alums, and particularly our business alums, so
WASTELESS From Page 1A affiliated with Greek Life, said he hopes to see more houses involved in each division. The winning houses will be determined based on the greatest volume of recyclables in comparison to the volume of garbage. Every participating house will be given recycling bins from Recycle Ann Arbor. The local non-profit will also offer recycling education to members of the Greek community. In order to participate, each house must appoint a sustainability chair — someone who has interest in the project’s goals to
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ing.” “Michigan has traditionally been at the cutting edge of melding the living and learning environment,” Coleman said in an interview after her address. “The RC started way before this was very popular across the country and a lot of colleges are now offering these kinds of experiences.” Coleman added that this factor helped the University remain competitive with other institutions’ on-campus housing options and that a continual process of improvement would always be needed. “There is nothing more important to me — nothing more important than making sure the experiences students get at Michigan are unique and academically focused, and make people better
human beings, and that is what we are all about,” Coleman said. Harper touched upon similar themes of melding the living and learning experience. “What we have accomplished in the renovation of East Quad is a renewal of the constant hope of lifelong living and learning experiences that come out of lasting friendships and prepare our students to be contributing students of the world,” Harper said. LSA senior Jihad Komis, a student in the Residential College, spent two years living in East Quad prior to the renovation and is now a resident of the renovated building. “They tried to preserve a lot of the great things that made East Quad unique, but at the same time they really expanded the opportunities for students to
explore here,” Komis said. After the completion of West Quad in 2015, the University’s Board of Regents may consider further renovations to other residence halls, including Bursley Residence Hall on North Campus, but no plans are currently in the works. Loren Rullman, associate vice president of student affairs, said this is the start of a broader look at buildings across campus, including the campus recreational spaces like the Central Campus Recreational Building. “We are actually trying to take a comprehensive look at all the spaces students use and (we are) trying to improve them. It is not just residence halls,” Rullman said. “We are trying to make this commitment to students and student life in a more comprehensive way.”
I think that’s going to be a really exciting opportunity.” In an August interview in Mumbai, University alum Bharat Govinda, secretary of UMIAA, said Coleman’s visit will be highly symbolic for the University’s extensive alumni network in India. According to UMIAA’s Facebook page, the group claims 1,400 active members — though there are countless more that live and work in India. “There’s a sense of camaraderie,” Govinda said of alumni connections. “If me or my friends bump into someone and realize there’s some kind of Michigan connection, there’s immediately a whole different connection.” Govinda added that UMIAA is looking forward to an update from Coleman on current affairs
at the University and in Ann Arbor. Before attending the business conference in Mumbai, Coleman will visit the National Council of Applied Economic Research, a social science institute; the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, which has worked with the University of Michigan Health System since 2010. She will also give a keynote speech on the strengths of large, world-class universities at the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry in New Delhi. Coleman will also visit Delhi University and the newly established Ashoka University to improve study-abroad connections for students. Holloway, who will be accompanying Coleman on her trip, said
faculty from the Survey Research Center, LSA and the Medical school will travel to India to assist Coleman in her outreach. Dean of Engineering David Munson and Dean of Business Alison Davis-Blake will join the group when they travel to Mumbai for the business conference. Holloway added that the individuals accompanying Coleman were invited to help develop lasting partnerships and collaborative projects to ensure that they are “sufficient value” to the trip. The respective attendees’ departments will fund the trip and the Office of the President will cover Coleman’s expenses.
manage the house logistics as well as recycling. Houses will permit weekly bin and dumpster inspections by GLIST, and a GLIST member must speak at a chapter meeting before the house can compete. This is the first year Greek Life has teamed up with RecycleMania. Last year, GLIST held a recycling event that rewarded Greek houses with food in return for involvement. Trust for Cups provided fraternities with discounted plastic cups if 35 percent of their waste was recycled. Kononenko said he organized the competition to go in a different direction for 2013. “I wanted to be able to work with people that have similar interests and people who would respect my voice and they would enjoy working with another student as opposed to working with
faculty or staff,” he said. “I saw this as an opportunity to create change within my own demographic.” For the past three years, GLIST has had three pilot programs across campus. Leaders from the University’s chapters of Delta Kappa Epsilon, Delta Upsilon and Sigma Phi Epsilon joined together in the recycling initiative with events aimed at spreading awareness. LSA junior Mara Geller, GLIST’s vice president of operations and member of Sigma Kappa, said she hopes this program will show the University what Greek life is really about. “In recent months, the University has had a negative perspective on Greek life, and, through such events, we hope to bring a more positive light to the community,” Geller said. LSA junior Jordan Kamphuis,
former president of the University’s chapter of Delta Kappa Epsilon, said in a statement that the program was a great way to get people from his fraternity involved with recycling. “This program has not only informed my fraternity and others on how to recycle, but also how easy it is,” Kamphuis said. “Because of this, whether people care about recycling or not, it is happening throughout the house as a whole.” Every house that participates will receive a “Letter of Recognition,” sent to its national organization, recognizing the leadership of the house in the Greek community. The top 10 houses will receive a donation of $250 to their affiliated philanthropic organization. The house that comes in first place will receive a “Stanley Red Cup.”
—Daily Staff Reporter Amrutha Sivakumar contributed reporting from Mumbai, India.
Ex-Guatemala soldier on trial in California court Feds accuse man of lying on citizenship application about village massacre RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) — A former Guatemalan soldier told a jury Wednesday that he was sobbing as he took a 3-year-old boy to be killed — but an officer said he was doing “a job for a man.” Three decades later, that officer, Jorge Sosa, is battling to remain a U.S. citizen. Sosa, a small, mustachioed man, listened calmly and took notes as an interpreter relayed details of the 1982 slaughter in the hamlet of Dos Erres. Sosa, who was a second lieutenant during Guatemala’s civil war, is charged with lying on his U.S. citizenship application about his military service and his command role in the massacre of at least 160 men, women and children in the village. If convicted, he could face up to 15 years in prison and lose his citizenship. But defense attorney Shashi Kewalramani said Sosa told U.S. officials about his role in the Guatemalan army when he applied for asylum, years before becoming a citizen. While war is horrible, Sosa is only being tried for the way
he answered questions on his immigration forms, Kewalramani has said. While Sosa is not on trial for war crimes, the government’s case is bringing graphic and painful memories of Guatemala’s war to a California courtroom. Prosecutors say Sosa’s patrol descended upon Dos Erres in December 1982 to search for missing rifles believed stolen by guerrillas, then decided to kill the villagers after some of the soldiers began raping the women. Speaking in Spanish through an interpreter, Gilberto Jordan, a former sergeant, testified that the soldiers began throwing people into a well and that Sosa fired his rifle at the people inside and threw in a grenade. “The people that were there, half-dead, were all screaming,” Jordan said. “When he threw the grenade the people that were there were quiet because they were killed.” Sosa sought U.S. asylum in 1985, claiming that Guatemalan guerrillas were after him. The asylum was denied and he ended up moving to Canada. He later returned to the U.S, married an American, got a green card and eventually citizenship after filing an application in 2007. After authorities searched his Southern California home
in 2010, Sosa headed to Mexico and boarded a flight to Canada, where he also is a citizen. He was later arrested and was extradited last year to the United States. Jordan is serving time in federal prison for lying on his U.S. naturalization application about his role in the war. Wearing orange jail garb, Jordan testified that he took a woman to the well and shot her in the back of the head before pushing her inside, and started taking a teenage girl to be killed when another soldier stopped him and asked if he was going to rape her. When he answered no, the soldier took the girl away and later brought her back, bleeding, to the well, Jordan said. Another former Guatemalan soldier, Cesar Franco Ibanez, testified in Spanish through a translator that he was called to a meeting at the village well, and saw it was half full of men, some of them yelling at Sosa. “They were cursing him,” Franco Ibanez told the court. “At that time, I think he lost his head and he started firing.” Soldiers were then ordered to bring more people to the well. Everyone had to throw somebody in to show they were committed to the patrol, he said. The women had already been lined up. Franco Ibanez said he took a woman and threw her in.
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Former greats win tournament By JASON RUBINSTEIN Daily Sports Writer
Redshirt sophomore guard Graham Glasgow could be switching over to center during the bye week.
Change at center not ruled out yet By MATT SLOVIN Managing Editor
The Michigan football team’s coaching staff has not shied away from saying that the offensive line is a work in progress and, NOTEBOOK as such, there are moveable parts. Almost all of those possible changes, however, are in the line’s interior. At tackle, fifth-year seniors Michael Schofield and Taylor Lewan have performed admirably through the first four games with few noticeable lapses. But the center and guard positions are another story. Tuesday, coach Brady Hoke hinted that the most pressing issue right now is with redshirt sophomore center Jack Miller. When asked if moving redshirt sophomore guard Graham Glasgow over would be an option, Hoke far from ruled it out. “I think the only way we’d be hesitant (to do that) is if we didn’t have a guy we thought could do as good a job or better,” Hoke said. Because of the problems inside, many of the runs called for fifthyear senior running back Fitzgerald Toussaint during Saturday’s scare against Connecticut needed
to go to the outside. The Huskies’ strength likely was up the middle anyway, so it didn’t completely alter the Michigan game plan. But Big Ten teams will present a new set of challenges. Hoke also said that, despite the struggles the younger offensive linemen have experienced through a third of the season, he is confident in their ability to improve, calling them “tough-minded guys.” “They’re fine,” Hoke said. “They’re pretty resilient guys.” Whether a change at center would succeed in giving redshirt junior quarterback Devin Gardner more time to throw the ball, and Toussaint more room to run, remains to be seen. And unless suitable replacements at guard present themselves, Hoke might not have the luxury of making a switch. RYAN REPORT: Hoke said that the recovery of redshirt junior linebacker Jake Ryan from anterior cruciate ligament surgery is still going smoothly. During the Connecticut game, the Michigan Sports Network radio broadcast crew said that it was possible Ryan could return in time for the Minnesota game, which follows the bye week. Hoke was quick to dispel that possibility, however,
saying, “I don’t think that would be the game.” He added that Ryan, a team captain, is still slated for an October return and that he began practicing this week. NO BALLS IN CLASS: Last season, the coaching staff made players who were having fumbling problems carry footballs around campus. Hoke said that a similar strategy to reduce fumbles won’t be necessary this season, but that certainly doesn’t mean the team is without a turnover problem. This year, it’s interceptions, not fumbles, that are plaguing the offense. The vast majority of the Michigan turnovers have been Gardner’s fault — he has thrown five interceptions in the past two games against weaker opponents. “I think we’ve got a lot of confidence in him,” Hoke said. “But at the same time you have to point out those flaws and the things that we haven’t done as well as we need.” NOTE: Hoke also said that Toussaint is getting some extra rest over the bye week. As a result, freshmen running backs De’Veon Smith and Derrick Green have taken on increased workloads in practice.
‘M’ opens Big Ten play By ERIN LENNON Daily Sports Writer
For the No. 10 Michigan volleyball team, this weekend the stage gets a little, well, bigger. Michigan at The WolverOhio State ines will meet their first Big Matchup: Ten opponents Michigan of the season in 10-1; Ohio State 12-0 Columbus on Friday before When: Fritaking on No. day 8 P.M. 1 Penn State in Where: St. State College John Arena on Saturday. TV/Radio: The 2012 BTN season will be remembered for a seven-game winning streak that brought Michigan past No. 2 Stanford in the Elite Eight and to its first-ever Final Four appearance. But what Michigan coach Mark Rosen hasn’t forgotten is the five-game Big Ten winning streak that made it all possible. “This team has a lot of ambition in the Big Ten,” Rosen said. “It’s something that we feel like we’ve lacked in the past. We haven’t played as well as we should or would like to in the Big Ten, and that’s been a focus of this team.” Following three lay-down losses in late October with postseason aspirations on the line, the Wolverines blew past Indiana before taking four straight matches — including wins over then-No. 4 Nebraska and No. 10 Minnesota — to start November. The run earned Michigan a respectable 11-9 conference record — tied for sixth in the Big Ten. In a conference that boasts eight Top 25 teams, the challenge
this season will be as formidable as years past. Despite general success over the last 13 years — including double-digit NCAA Tournament appearances — the Wolverines (10-1) are 135-145 alltime in the Big Ten under Rosen. But what Rosen does have in 2013 are bigger expectations and a bigger team to work with. With the addition of three tall freshmen — including 6-foot-5 middle blocker Abby Cole — the roster now boasts 11 players over 6-foot, a potential X-factor against the volleyball-bred Cornhuskers. With the record books in mind and a Final Four showing under its belt, this team may have what it takes to knock off opponents like the perennial championship-contenting Nittany Lions. “We get to start right off the bat with two good teams,” Rosen said. “Ohio State is one of the few undefeated teams left in the country and so they’re certainly having a great year so that will be a great challenge for us. What better way to start? Let’s jump right in the deep and go.” As the only undefeated team remaining in the Big Ten — and one of seven left in the nation — No. 13 Ohio State (12-0) completed its best start since 2004 following a sweep over Buffalo last weekend. Still, Michigan will be just the second ranked opponent the Buckeyes have faced this season. As a relatively smaller team, Ohio State features some of the strongest defense Michigan will see this season. Senior libero Davionna DiSalvatore ranks among the Top 10 in digs for the Big Ten with 170 and an average 3.78 per set. In the team’s opening weekend, DiSalvatore recorded her 1,000th career dig,
putting her at 11th on the Buckeyes’ all-time record list. On offense, Ohio State boasts twotime Big Ten Setter of the Week junior Taylor Sherwin. The Wolverines’ lone loss on the season, which came against No. 16 Florida State, could prove a blessing rather than a curse against the Big Ten elite. “No one wants to lose, but it’s kind of a good thing to lose before we get into Big Ten season, which is really important to us,” said sophomore outside hitter Ally Davis. “We don’t want to lose there, but it kind of just showed us what we need to work on. So it was kind of not a terrible thing that it highlighted what we need to get better at.” Against the taller front line of Penn State, the Wolverines have one thing to focus on: the block. The Nittany Lions (9-1) feature 10 players over 6-foot, including 6-foot-6 senior middle blocker Katie Slay and the 6-foot-5 duo of outside hitter Aiyana Whitney and middle blocker Erica Denney. Penn State also returns the 6-foot-4 reigning Big Ten Player of the Year in senior outside hitter Ariel Scott. The loss against Florida State exposed a hole in the block, most notably from the inexperienced Cole. Against Scott, the job of closing will fall heavily on senior co-captain middle blocker Jennifer Cross. In the Wolverine Invitational last weekend, Cross tallied 41 kills and 18 total blocks — including seven against No. 24 Ohio on Saturday. Cross will be joined by sophomore Krystaline Goode, who leads the team with 44 blocks on the season. With a bigger target on its back, Michigan won’t have games to give in the month of October.
It was tough to foresee that, when Michigan men’s tennis coach Bruce Berque was mixing and matching doubles pairs in 2009, he would create a team strong enough to win at the professional level just a few years later. During the season, thenMichigan stars Evan King and Jason Jung were the Wolverines’ best players. However, many coaches are hesitant to put the team’s top players together because they have to field three teams. But King and Jung were an exception and ever since pairing up, they haven’t skipped a beat at the futures level — one level below the ATP Tour. The duo recently won the ITF Pro Circuit Tevlin Futures Tournament in Toronto. “Sometimes you just have to try out a pair and see if it works,” Berque said. “And this one did.” Despite graduating just a few months ago, King made it a point to pair up with his former partner after leaving Ann Arbor. And once the former Wolverine greats came back as one, it was like they never stopped playing together. It’s safe to say King and Jung have formed a chemistry better than many pairs at the Futures level. During the tournament, they defeated the No. 1 and No. 2 seeds en route to their title. King and Jung defeated the first-ranked pair of Milan Pokrajac and Peter Polansky, 7-5, 6-2, in the final. King stressed that beating Polansky was a big confidence boost. Polansky is ranked in the top 250 and went on to win the singles draw of the same tournament. King and Jung both played in high-pressure matches at Michigan, which is proving beneficial already — especially for inexperienced professionals.
Former Wolverine Evan King has been on a roll in the professional doubles circuit.
“You have to walk on the court believing you can beat anybody,” King said. “I don’t have a ton of pro experience, but I was successful in a lot of matches in college tennis, which helped me. But getting a win against (Polansky) in singles or doubles is definitely a confidence boost.” Beating Polansky and Pokrajac showed that putting two highly ranked singles players together means less than forming a bond with your partner. After all, it’s the chemistry that wins doubles. “We have a really good comfort level together,” King said. “I know what his tendencies are, and he knows mine. We both are usually at the right place at the right time. “Sometimes we will butt heads and he will light the fire up from under me, and then same for him but it’s always a good time.” Aside from his doubles success, Jung recently cracked the top 400 in the ATP Tour. The former All-Big Ten honoree has seen an incredible improvement in his game since he graduated
in 2011. And it all started with a change of his routine. Instead of working on his shots and fundamentals, Jung put his attention to the off-the-court skills. Jung has switched his diet and exercise routines. This was no surprise to his former coach and King. “He has a mature outlook to anything he does,” Berque said. “For those types of players, sometimes slow and steady wins the race, slow meaning just continuing to put the work in day after day and slowly but surely getting better. He does everything well.” Added King: “He has improved a ton since getting out of school. He is extremely professional with the way he goes about being a pro. He is always stretching, and his diet is out of control.” Jung and King may have been put together by chance, but it’s clear the duo is making strides and will look to break onto the ATP Tour soon.
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Jen Cross: Under the net, over the border By ALEXA DETTELBACH
therapy compression system. White worked with her every day and the two alternated between compression and cold ice water for weeks. Once again, Cross’s determination took over, and after donning a walking boot for just two weeks, Cross was finally able to walk again without crutches and move toward returning to the court.
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Jennifer Cross tied her shoes, slipped on her kneepads and stretched her long legs out in front of her. As she took a sip of water and finished braiding her hair, she looked around. The rest of her teammates were also finishing up last-minute routines before taking the court. Cross couldn’t help but smile. The Canadian national volleyball team, made up of 30 women, was heading to Mexico for the 2012 Pan American Games the following day and excitement was high for the 12-day event. It was the first year that Cross had been invited to be a member of the senior national team. She was at the peak of her career — having played weeks of the best volleyball of her life — and she was ready to showcase her talent on the international stage. The 6-foot-4 middle blocker proceeded out of the locker room and onto the court to begin warming up. Once the coaches joined the team on court, the last full practice began. That was when it happened. Cross went up for the block, like she does routinely, but this time was different. The ball took a surprising spin, forcing her opponent to reach across the net and land at a weird angle. The other girl ended up underneath the net on Cross’ss side. Cross came down from her block and landed on her opponent’s foot. Cross suffered a severe ankle injury but, thinking it was just a standard sprain, she decided to accompany the team to Mexico.
Senior middle blocker Jennifer Cross collected her 1,000th career kill in a five-set win over No. 24 Ohio on September 21.
*** Cross, a senior middle blocker for the Michigan volleyball team, wasn’t supposed to play the sport, she wasn’t supposed to be eyeing the Olympics and she most certainly wasn’t supposed to be an All-American. Cross began her athletic career playing ice hockey. The Scarborough, Ont., native stuck with her Canadian roots and played from the age of three until ninth grade. “It pretty much consumed my life for that whole time,” Cross said. Cross comes from an athletic family where hockey has always reigned supreme. As the baby of the family with two older brothers, she grew accustomed to ice hockey all the time. But the mind of a teenage girl can be fickle. When Cross was in middle school, she joined some friends playing volleyball. She knew immediately she wanted to play. With her athletic talent and lanky frame, she fit the bill perfectly. Cross grew fast, but it wasn’t until 10th grade that she reached her full 6-foot-4 stature. After spending her whole life taller than her peers on the ice, she was ready to start using her frame as an asset, instead of a burden. “The second I started playing volleyball, I knew I loved it,” she said. “That’s when I stopped playing all my other sports.”
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Cross was named to the Canadian junior national team on her 16th birthday.
Cross played ice hockey from the age of 3 until ninth grade.
By the time she was 15, she was a member of the U-17 AllStar team. On her 16th birthday she was named to the Canadian junior national team. Cross’s commitment to volleyball became a full-time endeavor between high school, club and the junior national team. Her increased exposure on the court
games, Cross was determined to accompany her teammates on the trip. “That night, I realized (the injury) was much, much worse, but at that point I wasn’t going to bail on my team,” Cross said. “So I went to Mexico. But the plane ride made the injury worse.” The change of cabin pressure in the airplane caused the blood to rush to her foot, intensifying the bruising. Without Cross, the Canadian team finished eighth at the Pan American Games. While her teammates were competing, Cross spent the 12 days in Mexico unable to walk. At the time, Cross wanted to do the right thing by traveling with her team and supporting it. “Looking back now, I wish I had stayed home,” Cross said. “I thought I’d be OK, but I turned out not being OK.” During the trip, Cross had to make a tough call to Michigan coach Mark Rosen. Realizing the injury had worsened, Cross knew she had to admit to herself, and then to Rosen, that she needed to begin the recovery process.
“Looking back now, I wish I had stayed home.” only cultivated her talent. Next stop: college ball. “The recruiting process for me was different because I’m Canadian,” she said. “The seasons of the sports are switched. That made it difficult.” Because the Canadian club system is not as advanced as the United States’, it’s often difficult for Canadians to find spots in
top American college programs. Even more challenging, Cross found herself with little exposure in the United States because her team rarely traveled across the border. Despite this, she became a highly regarded recruit, concentrating on the Big Ten and Pac-12 schools because of their high-level programs. She ultimately chose Michigan because of its balance between academics and athletics, calling it the “best of both worlds.” *** While she has a deep commitment to the Wolverines, Cross, who elevated to the Canadian senior national team in 2012, takes great pride in representing her home country. So it’s understandable that, on the night of the injury, she was still determined to make the trip and enjoy being a member of Team Canada. She had suffered sprained ankles before — they’re a part of the sport — so she wasn’t overly concerned. Thinking she would miss only a couple of
“The Canadian program decided to take her with them, and we didn’t get to communicate with her until she was already in Denver on her flight to (Mexico),” Rosen said. “If we had a say in that, we would’ve said, ‘Let’s get her back to Ann Arbor and start rehabbing her.’” After talking to the cool-
“We need you to be active even though you’re not 100 percent.” headed Rosen, the two decided it would be best for Cross to return to Ann Arbor and make use of Michigan’s top-of-the-line training staff. She returned to campus in July and immediately began rehabbing. Cross worked with Timothy White, the volleyball trainer, utilizing a physical therapy device known as Game Ready, a cold
Cross roared back from her injury. After missing just the first week and a half of preseason, she was back on the court with her teammates. Astonishing everyone, she found her groove quickly and helped lead Michigan to its best season in program history. “It’s very hard to get back from that sort of injury just because you want to be able to push yourself in practice and get back to playing, but if you get back to playing too soon, you can really hurt yourself in the long run,” Cross said. Still, in the first game of the season, Cross put up seven kills and five block assists. Not too shabby for a player coming off an injury with restricted practice time. In preseason, with Cross’s injury and teammate Claire McElheny suffering from an Achilles flare, the Wolverines were thin at her position. The team had one middle blocker to fill three spots. “It was then that we went to Cross and said, ‘OK we need you to be active even though you’re not 100 percent,’ ” Rosen said. Cross rose to the occasion, even though playing slowed her recovery process. As she returned to form, her play improved. Cross eventually went on to average 1.24 blocks and 2.6 kills per set while leading the team with a .305 hitting percentage. She also set the program’s single-season record in total blocks with 181. Her success last season also put her on record watch for the 2013 season. She currently holds sole possession of third place on the program’s career total blocks list with 455, needing only 17 more to break Lindsay Miller’s (20042007) school record of 473. Cross also only needs 34 block assists to break Katrina Lehrman’s (19992002) record of 419. In addition, Cross recorded her 1000th career kill in Michigan’s win over Ohio on Sept. 21. Even with program records in plain sight and an All-American title under her belt, Cross still has her injury in the back of her mind. “A lot of the injury is mental,” Cross said. “Since recovering, the hardest part for me is landing because I’m scared. It’s all about trusting yourself again, trusting your body and pushing through all the pain. My ankle still hurts now, but that’s the way it’s going to be.” The Wolverines’ 2012 season culminated with a loss in the Final Four. Cross was selected as a third-team All American following the tournament run. Her success last year put her on the preseason All-Big Ten team at the start of 2013, joining teammates Lexi Erwin and Lexi Dannemiller. She also has her sights set on the Olympics. “The Canadian national team has struggled in the last 20 years,” Cross said. “The team is focused on making a charge for the Olympics and the Olympic qualifying season.” This past summer, the Wolverines took a trip to Brazil and Argentina, which cut into Cross’s time with the national team. “Obviously my commitment is to Michigan first and the national team second so I wasn’t able to spend the summer in Winnipeg this year,” Cross said. “But we’re working hard to qualify for the Olympics.” Fourteen months ago, Cross was worried about playing volleyball again. Now she’s working toward a repeat performance for Michigan in the Final Four and eyeing the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. This time, she hopes to have a softer landing.
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Spotlight Project illuminates Ann Arbor’s stories “It was an improv show,” chuckled Seth Samuels, a 2013 Ross School of Business BBA graduate, as he glanced at his glass filled with hot water and pulpy lemon. “We were improvising.” On the table, a red-covered book sprawled neatly over the wood. Next to the book, bread crumbs settled next to the back of a receipt, where Samuels had written “potential” in ballpoint ink, the letters pressed sharply onto the page to make indents. A small graph adorned the paper. Samuels ran his hand over the book’s cover. “Storytelling is an ingrained part of being a human being,” he said. “It’s attributed to our survival — relieving stress. … At its core, storytelling starts with someone drawing out their own personal experience and considering it in a way that they hadn’t previously. And sharing that (experience) with other people.” And so, Samuels’s selfdescribed “improv” act led to a video compilation, an upcoming exhibition and a recently published book — all aimed at “sharing (stories) with other people.” More importantly, though, the “improvisation” cracked open the entrance to a new wave of storytelling on campus, titled the Spotlight Project.
The Spotlight Project, an extension of TEDxUofM, began in December 2011 as a half-formed thought in Samuels’s mind after attending and organizing one of the University’s TEDxUofM conferences. The TEDxUofM community itself joins the ranks of the broader TED nonprofit organization, a well acclaimed program linking its three pillars of technology, entertainment and design into a series of annual conferences. TED emphasizes the power and values of ideas to promote passionate change and additionally offers TED Talks, a series of lectures by prominent thinkers which further the mission to extend cultural, scientific and creative spaces into the lives of everyday people. The University’s branch of TEDx offers its own conference yearly. According to the TEDxUofM Facebook page, the conference hopes to “bring together great minds, brilliant talent and innovative thinkers who are eager to inform the universe about their passions and dreams for the future.” More than speakers on the stage Samuels echoes TEDx as the soundboard for his own curiosity and rich expansion of ideas. Yet,
he noticed that the conference was doing something peculiar: emphasizing the stage for one day, and inadvertently forgetting to leave a long-lasting impact on its audience. “A bunch of people would come together, have a great one-day experience … hearing inspiring speakers,” Samuels said, when discussing his first TEDx Conference. “Yet we had no way of determining if our conference — that we put so much time into outside of class — was having a huge impact.” And so, the Spotlight Project bloomed into existence. “I became enthralled with this idea that maybe there’s more to TEDxUofM than speakers on the stage,” Samuels said. “Maybe there’s something in the audience that we should focus on.” The Spotlight Project is an effort to intentionally shift “the spotlight” from the stage to the audience. The project discovers and films remarkable stories on campus and gives those stories back to the campus community through a series of online videos and exhibitions. After concluding its nearly two-year production period in April 2013, the project has filmed 15 spotlight videos and compiled 27 of those additional interviews into a book.
by CARLINA DUAN, Daily Arts Writer
“Picture a whiteboard,” Samuels said, as he sketched an axis on the back of a coffee-shop receipt. “It’s a perfect bell curve.” Samuels drew a peaked curve to represent the TEDx Conference. “The peak is a flicker of our human potential to consider, to create, to interact,” he said. “It’s really a special moment. But it’s unrealistic to believe that it can live on because once the conference ends, we go on with initial life.” Samuels paused, and drew a downward slope tapering off, in black ballpoint pen. “This is daily life,” he said. “I’m interested in how we can create follow-up peaks after that initial peak.” In a sense, Samuels focused on increasing a similar sense of inspiration and energy — “followup peaks” — after the conference ended, thus gradually extending the impression and inspiration that the annual TEDx Conference offers. Ashley Park, a 2013 School of Music, Theatre & Dance graduate, was interviewed for the Spotlight Project. Park began the Michigan Performance Outreach Workshop — a program that offers a day-long excursion of theatre, music and arts immersion workshops for youth in Detroit — at the University. Her Spotlight interview informs the audience
of her passion for arts immersion, and the creation of the program. As an interviewee of the Spotlight Project, Park described the experience as “informative.” She noted the helpfulness in being able to “articulate our story.” Park said, “We’d just put on our first event, and I hadn’t had a lot of time to reflect on what had happened. Having to articulate (our story) — why we were doing (the program), what it was, what it meant for us — was really kind of moving,” Park said. “I almost started crying on camera; not because I was really sad or really happy or really emotional, but because it meant a lot to tell everything to an audience.” Park further emphasized the Spotlight Project’s ability in allowing stories all across campus to be amplified. “Spotlight Project gave us an opportunity to explain the mission of (our program), and why we were doing it,” she said. “Every single person has a story. And a lot of people don’t
have someone to listen to their stories. But a story is something that has heart behind it — no matter what it is. It can be something that is ongoing, and it is a part of humanity and life.” The Spotlight Project was designed with the principle of hearing — and exchanging — such stories. 2013 TEDx director Maria Young, an Engineering senior, described the beginning of the Spotlight Project. “I absolutely love all the TED talks,” Young said. “They’re amazing, but sometimes I wonder if they discourage attendees because all of our speakers have done these huge, amazing things.” See SPOTLIGHT, Page 3B
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Stay away from the pizza. The food offered at Farmers Table is what I grew up eating, only inferior to my mom’s cooking. Lasagna, baked chicken, red potatoes, barbecue sandwiches and the like are mass-produced and underseasoned. I would also like to vent my personal vendetta against the Farmers Table employee who refused to serve me only potatoes, citing it as against the rules to not also give me chicken. Bump that noise. The food at Signature is worth eating when I feel like
showing off my chopsticks skills … but never otherwise. Because I like meaty food (’MURICA!), I tend to steer clear of 24 Carrots. It does make me angry, though, that this station is not more prominent in the dining hall that is supposed to cater heavily to vegetarians and vegans. There are times I eat in East Quad when the only vegan-approved entrée is soup and 24 Carrots is pushing out nothing but tempeh and rice. Foolishness. But the issue to which I take the most personal offense is East Quad’s pizza. With a name like Pizziti, I’m expecting some good pie: hand-tossed crusts, superior baking and flavorful ingredients at the minimum (à la North Quad). But instead, the crust is thick and chewy, the toppings generic and the baking excessive. Burnt greenpepper wheat pizza, anybody? Didn’t think so. As a final thought, permit me to chortle at the unfortunate gelato gaff in East Quad. During Welcome Week, ostentatious gloating by the residence hall’s staff and students of some hallowed gelato shop to come was rampant. I have since heard unconfirmed rumors that, upon first plugging them in, the gelato machines broke instantaneously. Haha, karma. So, let’s recap. The ambiance of East Quad’s dining hall is fantastic, a real treat to experience. The food, by any stretch of the imagination, is not. If you want good pizza, go to North Quad. If you want burritos, go to West Quad. If you want lots of options, go to Bursley. And if you want to eat mediocre food on fancy chairs while staring at interesting walls, go to East Quad. Wood is definitely not at East Quad. If you are, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
TRAILER REVIEW Having hung up the capedcrusader’s cowl, Christian Bale has focused his efforts this year on not one but two A Oscar-caliber films: David Out of the O’Russell’s Furnace “American Hustle” and Relativity the more under-theradar “Out of the Furnace.” The former looks great, but the latter looks downright intriguing. The trailer for “Out of the Furnace” shows Bale as bluecollar worker Russel in a small Rust Belt town (hence the title) with his brother, enlisted man Rodney, played by Casey Affleck. Rodney soon gets caught up in the workings of ruthless gang leader Curtis, played by Woody Harrelson, and goes missing. And then Pearl Jam’s “Release” kicks in; Eddie
Vedder’s deep voice hums over the ringing guitars. What follows is a montage of frustration, emotion and violence, as Russel must combat Curtis to save his brother. “For Family, For Justice” flashes on the screen. A countdown begins, “five, four, three, two …” as Russel stares down the scope of his sniper rifle, “One!” and the shot rings.
I’m not even sure if the movie will be all that good, only because this trailer sets expectations so high. It’s a fine example of how the right music can elevate the urgency and feeling of visuals. It captures the eye and tempts without spoiling. It’s trailer-making done right, and one can only hope that the film will be too. —JAMIE BIRCOLL
SINGLE REVIEW Five years ago, the combination of Katy Perry — at that point a budding pop superstar — and Juicy J, a Amember of the then-fading Dark Horse legendary rap crew Three Katy Perry 6 Mafia, was ft. Juicy J as hilarious Capitol as it was unimaginable. Recently, however, things have changed. Perry has ascended to the top of pop music, while Juicy J has reinvented himself with an explosion of a solo career with the help of Wiz Khalifa. Perry’s most recent offering from her upcoming third album, PRISM, “Dark Horse” features Juicy J and succeeds as an unexpected and bold foray by Perry into a genre that will soon become familiar to the American public: trap. Produced
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the issue of the stations’ names (I believe it will prove more efficient to simply laugh at their ridiculousness from the onset than to repeatedly circle back to the topic throughout my “roast” of East Quad to follow). Farmers Table: Let’s ignore the fact that there should be an apostrophe in here somewhere and instead re-name the station to reflect what it really serves: “American Food.” Pizziti: Wow, how clever. Signature: Nice try. We can all read between the lines (“Asian Food”). 24 Carrots: “Calling All Vegetarians!” If I have to think long and hard to figure out why the name “24 Carrots” is so cheeky, then either I’m stupid or the name is. I’ll give you a hint: It’s the latter. Church Street Deli: OK, I admit that’s actually kind of cute. Finale: Also known as “Dessert.” And lastly, Wild Fire: “Everything Else that Doesn’t Fit Under One of Our Other Categories.”
’m so sick of hearing about East Quad. Yeah, the rooms are much cushier now than they were when I stayed in them during orientation. The Java Blue Café is a posh place to dump my Dining NATE Dollars (also known as WOOD “Monopoly Money”) and the renovated community spaces do have vastly improved seating and lighting. But the dining hall? Way overrated. Before I start taking my jabs, though, let me give credit where credit is due: The team of architects and interior designers that drafted the project and saw it to completion really did exercise impressive creativity. The whole stationstyle/micro-restaurant layout — while not as innovative as the University bills it — is a pretty cool way to dine; it takes out the whole middleschool-cafeteria vibe and replaces it with the illusion that you’re being offered a more satisfying variety of options. The integrated collection of booths, differently sized tables, bar stools, countertops and more secluded areas to eat comprising the dining hall’s seating is fun and modern. The detail invested in mixing up wall coverings is unsurpassed. Tiles of all shapes and sizes, slate boards, the whole palate of neutral paints, bigger-than-life photographs, artistic signs with modern fonts, hard woods and a smattering of windows are all packed into this small space. The lighting is dim, and the energy is subdued. The food, however, is nothing to brag about. Let me begin by addressing
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by Dr. Luke and Max Martin — frequent Perry collaborators and the biggest hit-makers of the past five years — “Dark Horse” is a slow-burning, sultry escapade, culminating in a dirty, bassshaking, trap-heavy drop that is sure to make its rounds at clubs for months to come. Juicy, for his part, does an admirable job. His usually vulgar lyrics are toned down
significantly, but he still manages to include a reference to Jeffrey Dahmer eating hearts. He and Perry have surprisingly good chemistry; Perry has a knack for collaborating with rappers, and though “Dark Horse” won’t impact the charts like “Roar,” it’s an encouraging sign that PRISM will pack more than a few surprises. —JACKSON HOWARD
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Papa Blunt is such a G tho. I show up out of nowhere and he just hands me this massive joint that he’s been rolling for like five days. I look at it for like five straight minutes without moving. I just stare. Oh, I forgot: Morgana’s here too and he’s ALREADY being such a fucking downer. I look into his eyes and I don’t see that wildness that lets him land perfect no-scope LoL binds. The little dude’s so sober, he makes my stats professor look like fuckin’ Bill Nye. The little dude’s so sober, he makes Mormon people look like Kanye groupies. That’s pretty sober. Anyways, Panda and Anna and Noodle are here too and that beautiful blunt isn’t going to puff itself. It’d be pretty d0p3 if it did tho. I take 500 divided by 100 massive hits and I’m outtie. We roll on over to State to pray to Nicolas Cage, and SURPRISE SURPRISE: Morgana ditches the fuck out of us. So do Anna and Papa Blunt, but Scza Scza shows up out of nowhere and we’re GFFs (Greatest Friends Forever) so IDGAF. Guys. Seriously: Why doesn’t everyone watch this movie every day for a week every year? There are all these deep themes about identity and life and insanity. I can’t take it all at the same time so I start losing it. I don’t even know how to handle the fact that Nicolas Cage AND John Travolta are in this movie. Oh wait, yes I do: There’s no scene of them dancing together so that calms me down a little bit but I’m still pretty hype. Panda jacks my entire Fireball and PTFO (passes the fuck out). He asks me for my arm and I give in cuz we’re GFFs. I snap pics because we’re GFFs. Nicolas Cage is screaming the entire time. Why is this so funny? The movie ends and I think I’ve died but I’m still alive. But is my mind?. — DAILY ARTS WRITER I’m just a meek old simple soul. All I want is a box of Cheez-Its, a sofa and endless re-runs of “Avatar.” No bullshit. Those are my ambitions. Somehow, I’ve been duped. I’m staring dumb-faced at somebody else’s dumb face. He’s got the look of a coffee shop hipster. He gets me my ticket and the Fireball we took pulls from (so much shame) hits right then. Now, I know I’m good and drunk: I give the pinch-face a tip. “You tipped him?” Panda looks displeased. He’s wearing one of those fuzzy sweaters you throw on kids at Christmastime like a Hallmark movie. I can’t tell if he’s flexing or if the sweater’s two sizes too small. “I guess so.” “Fuck that. Not about that life, man,” Panda says. “I’m all about those boats, hoes and clothes.” (If you look very closely, you’ll see a drunk.) Me, Chocolate Shayk, Panda and Noodle head inside. We shout shit at the screen like everybody else and kick back with our feet on the backs of the row ahead of us. Nick Cage is garbed in priest clothes and he’s grabbing butts and dancing, everybody in the theater hooting and hollering, and I look over and Panda — Panda’s sleeping. He’s wrapped Chocolate Shayk’s arm behind his head and he’s napping like a precious, goddamn child. It makes me wanna give him a binky and buy him a cone of ice-cream when he wakes up. Shayk leans over pointing a finger at the phone and I take the picture. Panda is displeased. He wakes up and mutters a threat. “We can get you a glass of warm milk if you want.” He opens an eye. “Fuck you. Buy me Milk Duds, bitch.” —SEAN CZARNECKI I’m pretty bored. Chocolate Shayke and Scza Scza have come out in full force and are fighting over who loves each other more. They’re GFFs (girlfriends forever) so what could you really expect. Panda and Papa Blunt are discussing the pros and cons of their khaki pants while Morgana and I are shivering from the cold. Noodle is carrying the fifth of fireball in the open. On State St. This is going to go terribly wrong. “OK LET’S GET NYPD,” says Chocolate Shayke for the eighth time in two minutes. Panda has to stop for some Reese’s Pieces and is handing them out. He soon realizes he won’t have enough to last him the entire movie. Shayke and Noodle have finally gone to get pizza and Scza Scza is making friends with the woman at State Theatre. Soon, it’s just me, Morgana and Papa B. We make the snap decision to bust out. After driving Morgana to his North Campus living, Papa B and I eat some NYPD and run into everyone from Daily Arts and their dog. It was fate, can’t fight that. — ANNA SADOVSKAYA
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SPOTLIGHT From Page 1B
Fathers, grandfathers and Sinatra
Life-changing conversations The University’s TEDx Conference, after all, invites speakers — professionals, educators, musicians and more — from the campus and the broader community that have contributed immense and inspiring change. That’s where the Spotlight Project differs. “What I like is how we’re involving stories that may be common and everyday or typical, but they’re all amazing,” Young said. “I really believe that one conversation — whether you’re in line for coffee or a bagel, can really change your life,” Young added. “I love how it’s archiving more and more stories on this campus. And it’s so much more of a personal feel, so what you get out of a Spotlight interview is so different from a TED Talk.” A TED Talk occurs on the stage, in front of a large audience of people. Yet the Spotlight Project was much more intimate, developed as a one-on-one interview with the Spotlight Project team. The Spotlight Project videos are currently uploaded on a video platform website, where they offer audiences a broader portrait of the stories of passion and drive cultivated on campus. LSA senior Morgan Princing, a TEDxUofM member and interviewer for the Spotlight Project, described the initiative as a way to “continue the conversation” that arises after the TEDxUofM conference each year. “You go to any kind of event — this isn’t just for TED in general — you go, and at the moment, it’s magical. You have all these ideas, and you’re so pumped up about everything. But it’s kind of a bummer that everyone has all these secret thoughts — your motivations and your aspirations — and after that, everything kind of sizzles,” Princing said. “We don’t need an event to inspire. (The speakers) don’t have to be distinguished alumni, or a professional who’s doing incredible work. While those are very inspirational, there’s also a ton of potential in everyone who’s around you. They all have great stories to tell.” The Spotlight Project features interviews with a wide range of community members: an archivist, a foodcart founder, a drum major, soccer team co-captains, a social entrepreneur, a conductor, a Wikipedian, a speechwriter, a Holocaust survivor … friends, mentors, audience members. All the interviewees were chosen or referred by the Spotlight Project team, and all caught a glimmer of an untold story — the story of directing the Michigan Marching Band, for example, or a story of how a pianist grew to love the piano. All of these stories, according to Samuels, are a key part of opening up curiosity and expression in the campus community, and additionally showcasing the remarkable potential of those around you. “After I started (this project), I wondered why I didn’t start it earlier, because, like so many parts of college life, you don’t really realize how amazing
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college is, and how even more amazing the people around you are, until there’s not that much of it left,” Samuels said. And not only has the Spotlight Project opened up the doors for community conversation, but it’s also created a larger medium for people to share and learn about ideas. “Spotlight Project kind of echoes my thoughts on how interdisciplinary learning can be,” Princing said. “I think for the most part, the University is good at making channels and opening channels for interdisciplinary learning. This project, for me, is an open discussion to ideas that I hadn’t been aware of, and different people with different backgrounds and different areas of study.” An outside angle She described one of the Spotlight interviews that she helped conduct, in which Ken Fischer, the president of the University Musical Society, talked about his experiences in building a musical arts community. “In a large part, you get narrowed into your one sphere of influence. And I think what (this project) does for me is emphasize how much you can pull from something that you feel like is unrelated. There are so many pieces of things that overlap with what you’re trying to learn, and sometimes that’s just what you need: an outside angle,” Fischer said. This “outside angle” is granted in the form of storytelling. As the curators of the stories, Princing described the process of compilation as one of intrigue. “What we were looking for were stories that were somewhat relatable. Stories that took you from A to B, and helped you really understand some sentiment of change — something that brings in a sense of community.” During the interviews, Young noted the occasional difficulty in getting people to reveal their stories in front of a camera. “People hated that camera,” Young said. “They were stones in the beginning, so the first challenge was to get them to look like human beings. But I think that once you see the interviewee’s eyes — that ‘Oh!’ moment — you know you’ve done it in an interview.” And, the story format has proven to be necessary, in that it’s able to spread ideas throughout the community in a way other
formats — like lectures and talks — can’t. “I think when they’re told in story form, people aren’t as intimidated,” Princing said. Park, meanwhile, believes in the power of the videos as an effective way of spreading a story’s message. “The cool thing about the Spotlight Project is that it’s not in a pamphlet,” she said. “If I had wrote down what I said (in the video) word-for-word in a pamphlet, it wouldn’t have been as effective as the video itself.” Storytelling, then, becomes an art form: one that engages the listener, the storyteller and the broader audience. And as curators of the stories, the Spotlight Project team had to learn how to seek the right questions, how to compile the tales in a very specific, strategic way. “As people, we spend so much time looking around us: What should I major in? What fashion should I wear? What car should I drive? “We look around us and ask all these questions so often, but everyone is remarkable on the inside. Not in a cheesy way. It’s just giving people the time and the space and the reminder of that, and letting them share their stories,” Samuels said. He described his role as a compiler of the stories as heavily dependent upon his active listening skills. “It was really learning how to shut up and listen and then be strategic in how I ask questions that keep the storytelling going,” he said. Following your curiosity And not only did the team have to hone in their listening skills. Prior to beginning the project, nobody on the team held any film, book design or interviewing experience. Yet the Spotlight Project itself allowed Princing, Samuels and Young to all develop and experiment with skills that, prior to the Project, were not in practice. “That’s something TED has really given me — is to take the role of ‘journalist,’ ” Samuels said, smiling. “I’ve always loved stories, and I’ve always loved the power for giving people a voice. I never had an outlet for that as an engineering student.” Samuels talked about his new passion for film, as a direct result of being involved in the Spotlight Project. “I learned
EPISODE REVIEW Watching the first three minutes of the “Shark Tank” is like being punched in the eye repeatedly by Kevin A+ O’Leary — in the greatest Shark Tank way possible. Among the Season four countless premiere brilliant bits ABC of unscripted dialogue found at every turn, we get to experience, firsthand, moments of organic beauty, like “This is the Shark Tank. There’s nothing else like it on earth. BOOOM,” and “That dog has a bow-tie on. That’s insane!” To be completely honest, I’ve always known this show was one of The Greats, but the latest season opener is perhaps the most brainless fun I’ve had watching TV since Simon Cowell was still verbally abusing damaged people in “American Idol” auditions.
Classic Sinatra album cuts deeper than a blade. I found In The Wee Small Hours as a sophomore in high school and — caught up in the emotional turbulence of unrequited love — consequently began a routine of reflective late-night drives. Accompanied by no one and nothing but those 16 heartbroken songs, I purged every feasible channel of my mind — crying, wasting my father’s gas and feeling like my perpetually brooding grandfather must have felt while listening to the album, crying and doing whatever it was that depressive teenagers
did in the 1950s. One year later, each song from In The Wee Small Hours had claimed a spot at the top of my iTunes “Most Played,” and I had stopped giving a shit about high school. During that winter, I found a vinyl copy from a record store and the cashier told me to “keep the razor blades away while listening to this one.” My wrists are still unscarred, but my mind — the only type of mind that could call In The Wee Small Hours its favorite album — is not. I have found solace, though, as I imagine you have as well, in crooning my sorrows away, attempting to imitate your father’s perfect voice and singing about women that I’ll always love and perhaps never actually meet. Much to the chagrin and bewilderment of my parents and friends, I’ve effectively become Frank Sr. on the cover of In The Wee Small Hours: a troubled artist that wanders under the street lights at night, smoking an occasional cigarette and pondering words and sounds and life — except I can’t actually rock a fedora. As you can see, I really think it’s a shame that most people haven’t heard your father’s work outside of the Greatest Hits. His collection of music is so brilliant and unbelievably vast, and though my appreciation for all of his work continues to grow, I can’t imagine how any one piece of music could affect me the way In The Wee Small Hours has. When I came home from college for the first time last year and found that my vinyl copy of the album had been misplaced and wrecked, I momentarily lost the same part of me that you lost forever on May 14, 1998. Best, A Damaged Soul Lynch is channeling Frank. To witness it, e-mail email@example.com.
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We follow the typical “Shark Tank” format we’ve come to know and love. A conveyor belt of wannabe business magnates parade around attempting to look intelligent as they pitch ideas to the likes of Mark Cuban and an MIA Daymond John (the guy who made FUBU). It’s a format that works so well because in essence, it’s like window shopping — watching things that we’ll never buy
from the folks that were (in the Duderstadt Center), and I was teaching myself. It was this amazing world that opened up to me with photography and film that I had literally never dabbled in,” he explained. “There were so many mistakes we made at first. Like, we only had two lights instead of four; or we should’ve had a second camera angle. I messed things up, and then I got comfortable,” Samuels said. “You have to have pain to mess up.” Regardless of its challenges, the Spotlight Project has now culminated after nearly two years of interviews and story compilation. The Project has taken its final form in a book, designed and published this year. The Spotlight Project book was a way for the team to “think about another entry point — another medium,” according to Samuels. The book itself is rich with quotes and full interviews from various Spotlight Project interviewees, including Ari Weinzweig, co-founder of Zingermans; Buzz Alexander, the Prison Creative Arts Project founder; Alex Green, founder of the first on-campus student food co-op; Rich Sheridan, the Chief Storyteller at a software development factory; and various others. The Spotlight Project book is currently sold on Amazon and available for check-out at the Art History Library. Furthermore, Lab Café, ZingTrain and Nicola’s Books carry the book as well. An exhibition of the Spotlight Project is set to occur in Room 2435, North Quad from Nov. 8 to Dec. 2. Young reinforces that the Spotlight Project itself arose from one small spark, and managed to fuse into a movement with an impact. “When you have an idea, no matter what it is, it’s so valuable, because it comes from you,” Young said. “We need all these ideas to drive us and make the day go on, and make the world spin. You don’t always have to be doing things like getting As and picking up garbage.” Samuels agreed. “Everybody loves a good story. My hope is that this project is just one small piece of evidence for (people) to follow their own curiosity. I was following my own curiosity to try and get to know people, to try and find some hints of answers about a subject I care about deeply — which is human potential,” he said. “I hope peoples’ curiosities peak.”
rank Sinatra Jr., My first and, thus far, only encounter with your voice unexpectedly took place on a regular Sunday night of “Family Guy,” but I am certain that your father’s voice has haunted me since my birth or possibly JOHN before it. LYNCH Perhaps, in the same way that your talents were gifted to you by the lottery of conception, my love for In The Wee Small Hours was passed down genetically (skipping a generation to ensure my father’s inability to appreciate any music before the release of Bob Dylan) from my grandfather — the former English teacher and jazz aficionado whose vinyl library contained your father’s dark, 1955 masterpiece.
but leaving the dirty work of denying it to people who’re much better at insulting things. The best idea of the night, for sure, is Sweet Ballz (“that’s right, Sweet Ballz”), a cake-poplike concoction that’s basically a glorified ball of bread with frosting on it. This is the stuff dreams are made of. So please, person-that-runs-“Shark Tank,” never change. Ever. —AKSHAY SETH
The video for rapper Mike WiLL Made It’s Michael Jordan-lauding banger “23” looks like someone took D every piece of Chicago Bulls 23 paraphernalia in the world, Mike WiLL dumped it in Made It ft. a high school Juicy J, Wiz and pressed Khalifa and blend. It’s a pile of red Miley Cyrus and black Interscope vomit and a poorly edited mishmash of uninspired shots: Mike WiLL takes over the school PA system, Juicy J bobs in a classroom, Wiz Khalifa mixes potions in the chemistry lab and Miley Cyrus sits atop a basketball hoop throne holding a bedazzled basketball. Everyone’s wearing J’s (and the song will remind you so every 10
seconds). Oh, and Miley raps. Well, it’s not really rapping: According to Miley, she’s “not a rapper.” “It’s my rapping,” she told MTV News. “It’s my own swag.” It’s unclear what exactly that means, just as it’s unclear whether Mike WiLL — who co-directed the video with Hannah Lux Davis — is
self-aware enough to justify packing so many cliches into the imagery of “23.” My guess is no. For all their talk of proballers and running the club, Juicy, Wiz, Mike and Miley all dribble along without much command. Michael Jordan deserves so much better. —KAYLA UPADHYAYA
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THE D’ART BOARD Each week we take shots at the biggest developments in the entertainment world. Here’s what hit (and missed) this week.
Kanye Best Rapper deems himself “the No. 1 Rockstar on the planet” in BBC radio interview
Breaking Mad AMC takes cue from “Breaking Bad,” splits final “Mad Men” season into two seven-episode installments
Anna Gunns an Emmy ‘Breaking Bad’ star wins her first Emmy for supporting actress in a drama series
Ken Jeong on Ken Jeong NBC ordered “Dr. Ken,” sitcom chronicling “Community” actor Ken Jeong’s life as a physician
“The Giver” given a release date Adaptation of Lowery classic set to premiere Aug. 15, 2014
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Exploring the world for seven years Wendy Hinman talks new book, life at sea By KATIE BURKE Daily Arts Writer
University alum Wendy Hinman has seen very little footage of the Sept. 11 attacks. She missed the majority of the Bush administration and the advent of Facebook. Instead of experiencing these events on land, Hinman was sailing the Pacific Ocean with her husband in a 31-feet-long sailboat … for seven years. Hinman chronicled the adventure in her book — published in May 2012 — “Tightwads on the Loose: A Seven Year Pacific Odyssey,” giving readers an inside view of her life at sea. “We didn’t have refrigeration, we didn’t have Internet, we didn’t have phones, we really just checked out for a while,” she said of her journey. After graduating from the University in 1986 with a degree in economics, Hinman moved to Washington D.C., where she met her future husband, Garth. She followed him to Seattle, where they married and then started her own company in international trade. But the sailing adventure had always been at the back of their minds, as Hinman had
grown up sailing with her family and her husband sailed around the world with his as a teenager. Without the funds necessary for such an excursion, they settled into the daily grind of work on land. Within a few years of working odd hours to keep up with the international markets — Hinman said she slept with a fax machine under her bed — she and her husband decided it was time to get serious about setting sail. “We kind of had this unspoken thing of, ‘Someday, let’s go on an adventure,’ ” she said. The two began to save up for a boat, eventually finding one within their price range. Though her husband could not stand upright in the cabin, it was declared sturdy enough for the voyage ahead. The next step was to make the transition from life on land to life at sea. Hinman and her husband sold or stored what they couldn’t take with them and took a few trial runs in the new boat. After paring their life down to the essentials, and whatever books could fit in the space left over, the two said their farewells and set off, with no set destination or trip duration in mind. In Hinman’s book, she provides snapshots into their day-to-day life. By using an anecdotal style, she’s able to depict the trials and joys of a seven-year voyage in
about 400 pages. Hinman kept a blog and wrote periodic emails to her family and friends during the journey, giving her a seven-year record to work with. “I wrote the book out of order, with scenes as I was inspired to write them,” Hinman said. The two experienced near brushes with total shipwreck, days on end with no wind and everything in between. Hinman wrote about these incidences but also added compelling descriptions of their natural surroundings. “We just had time to notice stuff,” Hinman said. “Nature puts on this beautiful, spectacular show every day, and we just have to take time to notice.” The two took continuous three- to four-hour shifts while sailing, one sleeping and the other keeping watch and maintaining the course. Books were the prime source of entertainment, and Hinman and her husband would see little of each other until they made it to port. By the time they reached the other side of the Pacific, Hinman and her husband had experienced a complete voltage meltdown and were without any radio or other electronic equipment. A sailing friend had told them about a U.S. military base named Kwajalein on an island off Japan. Low on money and supplies, the two began to look for work. Hinman found a job with a website while her husband worked at building maintaining facilities — he even constructed a
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University alum Wendy Hinman spent seven years at sea on an adventure with her husband Garth.
vehicle to remove and store boats out of the water, still in use today on the island. After spending two years in Kwajalein, they returned to the ocean. Once they left Kwajalein, they explored the islands off Hong Kong and Japan. Both history aficionados, they went from one World War II site to the next, visiting some locations — including the storage site of the
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To prepare for life at sea, Hinman sold and stored most of their belongings.
two atomic bombs — that have barely been touched since the war. Along with the tour through history, Hinman and her husband also traveled to islands home to populations such as the Kastom and Lan-yu tribes, who have little contact with modern society. From there, they made the decision that it was time to make their way back home, and set sail toward Japan. “My husband was like, ‘I can’t stand up straight. I really don’t want to look like Quasimodo when I’m done with this,’ ��� Hinman said. After seven years at sea, Hinman was back on land and entered into a much different society than the one she had left. Internet was now a norm rather than brand-new technology, everyone owned a cellphone and a new president was in office. Hinman said it wasn’t easy coming back, and she found she couldn’t go back to business as usual. “Getting back was really rough; we really changed,” Hinman said. “I wasn’t really ready to go back to the 9 to 5 … so I just started writing about the experience.” Hinman worked with friends who had published a book while she was away, and week-by-week compiled her account of the voyage. She said she did not start the trip with the intention to write a book, but as she kept records of their unique adventures, the idea of putting it all together for publishing seemed appealing. In addition to the writing
process, Hinman began speaking in public about her trip. She spoke to sailing groups and other interested parties — sharing pictures, anecdotes and travel tips. “I’m finding that the public speaking helps with my writing, too,” she said. “I’m up there with my pictures and stories … and as I’m up there some stories bubble up into my mind.” Hinman’s book broke the top 100 on Amazon in August and was first on the site’s Adventure/Travel list. She said she continues to build her storytelling skills through more public presentations and participating in story slams. Hinman is set on starting a new project, writing a book about her husband and his family’s trip and their shipwreck in Fiji — which made national news at the time. Her husband is currently working on his “dream boat” as the two prepare for their second major adventure. Again, no specific timeline has been laid out, but they plan on sailing around Chile and then onto the canals of Europe. Hinman said her experiences at sea and in writing have given her a new outlook on life and letting go of what can hold you back. “Taking risks teaches you that the things that scare you are scary while you’re cowering from them, but as soon as you say, ‘OK, I’m going to tackle that fear,’ they just vanish,” Hinman said. “I think failure is just giving up completely.”