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Social justice focus of CSG partnership Student government teams with South Asian Awareness Network for events By AMRUTHA SIVAKUMAR Daily Staff Reporter
The Central Student Government has joined forces with the South Asian Awareness Network to advance social justice on campus. Last week, the CSG Assembly passed a resolution that formalized a partnership between SAAN and the legislative assembly. In return for a $1,750 sponsorship from the assembly, SAAN will promote social-justice events hosted by CSG, and two members from the assembly will serve as ex-officio members on the SAAN board. While the majority of student organizations apply for funding through the Student Organization Funding Commission — the executive commission responsible for distributing funds to student organizations based on established need — the resolution established that CSG would sponsor and support SAAN for the academic year. The $1,750 would go toward supporting the annual SAAN conference in January. A partnership with SAAN, out of all the active organizations that focus on social justice, was far from arbitrary. LSA sophomore Meagan Shokar, vice speaker of the assembly and co-author
of the resolution, said a partners will give the assembly access to SAAN’s vast network. “SAAN has a really strong message and a really strong network that they’ve already created in the social justice community on campus,” Shokar said. “It’s an issue that isn’t really brought up enough unless you really seek it.” The resolution also established a partnership between SAAN and the newly created Commission on Social Justice. LSA sophomore Arielle Wisbaum, chair of the Commission on Social Justice, said her goal over the course of the year was to bridge the gap between organizations that work on social justice on campus and CSG. As per a new structure instated by CSG in August, all executive commissions are researching and preparing reports on projects they will be undertaking throughout the course of the year. A formalized partnership with SAAN was the first step in what Wisbaum hopes will be a greater network. “I wanted to have the socialjustice organizations realize that they can use CSG as a resource and use it to be more effective,” she said. “SAAN is a really good place if CSG really wants to get involved with the social-justice community.” As the SAAN talks — biweekly dialogues hosted by SAAN that are dedicated to various socialjustice issues — take place at the same time as the weekly commission meetings, Wisbaum said she See CSG, Page 3
LSA junior Charlie Engelman leads a charge across the Diag with other members of Do Random Acts of Kindness. The student organization led a sillystring war in part of its campus-wide effort to inspire kindness through small, seemingly random acts.
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Traffic-calming measures focus of City Council By MATT JACKONEN Daily Staff Reporter
At the Ann Arbor City Council meeting Monday night, the council members attempted to address concerns that drivers may be driving recklessly on city streets. Council members postponed a resolution that would attempt to allay speedy traffic within the city, specifically within residential areas of concern. Traffic calming has become a serious answer to the question
of speeding and traffic concerns for many residents. Traffic calming measures include narrowing of lanes and installation of speed bumps and neighborhood signs, among other things. For an area to qualify, it must meet certain requirements, including having an average daily traffic flow between 200 and 4,000 vehicles and an 85th percentile of speed averaging 5 miles per hour above the posted speed limit. The Ann Arbor Transportation Authority and Ann Arbor Public Schools will soon give input regarding the traffic calming plans for streets that they use. The council’s resolution tentatively appropriates about $55,000 out of the city’s general
Tech Transfer office hits all-time record More than 400 innovations logged for fiscal year 2013 By ARIANA ASSAF Daily Staff Reporter
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Environmentally-conscious students may calm their consciences during their daily commute, as three new Hybrid Blue Buses will join the fleet this month, according to a University press release. The additional three buses puts the of hybrid fleet at ten, out of the 58 University-owned buses. The new diesel-electric buses are replacing older diesel models, in a steady transformation from gas to hybrid. The replacements are part of President Mary Sue Coleman’s sustainability initiative to reduce greenhouse gases. “One out of every six University buses is now a hybrid,” Keith Johnson, associate director of transportation operations, said in a statement. “Our long-term goal is an entire fleet of highly effective and sustainable vehicles.” The buses are charged by a See BUSES, Page 3
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she fears for the quality of life in such neighborhoods where speeding and failure to adhere to traffic standards are commonplace. Councilmember Stephen Kunselman (D–Ward 3) expressed concern about the haste of the amendment to the budget and its consequences. “I would request that we postpone this until the next meeting to get a little more information on the trafficcalming program to figure out how we can fund it for a much longer duration or, at least, keep the program in the eyes of the public for a much longer duration,” Kunselman said. “As much as I’d like to spend these See COUNCIL, Page 3
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fund to the cause, and would amend the budget for the 2014 fiscal year to include the addition. Councilmember Sabra Briere (D–Ward 1) said she has had personal experience led her to support the issue. “There were days I would stand in the street to allow the ducks to cross … because the traffic wouldn’t slow,” Briere said. “One of my neighbors had the entire front porch ripped off her house because a car ran into it … I would like to see that we include additional traffic calming measures in every future budget.” Councilmember Sumi Kailasapathy (D–Ward 1) also spoke in favor of measures and said
Laurita Thomas, assosiate vice president for human resources, speaks at the weekly SACUA meeting Monday.
SACUA talks savings, benefits Faculty body enters closed session to discuss employee pension plans By STEPHANIE SHENOUDA Daily Staff Reporter
Much of the weekly meeting for the Senate Advisory Committee for University Affairs was held behind closed doors after information regarding procedural changes for managing employee retirement savings and benefit plans was deemed confidential until Friday. Though she could not disclose details of the closed executive
session, SACUA Chair Karen Staller described the meeting afterwards as “a heated, engaging debate.” Four guest speakers involved in the proposed changes were invited to share their perspectives during the executive session. They will return for a larger audience at the Senate Assembly meeting on Oct. 21. At that time, the information and discussion will be open to the public. The agenda was also approved unanimously and will be used for the meeting. A memo to faculty and staff Monday from University Provost Martha Pollack and several other administrators said the University is “deeply commit-
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ted” to health of their employees. Due to increasing healthcare costs, the memo said the University is considering changes to the retirement and healthcare plans available to University staff and faculty, with a final decision expected by the end of the semester. Up to this point, the memo stated changes to the plans offered have been “modest” with a contribution of $236.5 million made to employee retirement savings accounts last year. Without cutbacks, the funds for mission-driven purposes will be restricted, which would lead to increasing pressure on tuition. See SACUA, Page 3
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Anyone who has ever feared getting a flu shot should thank the University’s Tech Transfer and FluMist. FluMist, a painless alternative to the flu shot, was one of the inventions developed in Tech Transfer, a 20-year-old University program that helps faculty members and researchers develop and commercialize inventions and companies. The University’s Office Technology Transfer reported this week that it had harbored a record 421 new inventions in the 2013 fiscal year. Ken Nisbet, associate vice president for research-technology transfer, said this large number is due to a combination of factors, including “years of encouragement within the University from Mary Sue on down.” There weren’t very many ideas pitched during the early days of the Tech Transfer Nisbet said, so it didn’t receive the level of support from the University that it does now. With Tech Transfer’s mission well underway, idea con-
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tributions by faculty members and researchers have been on the rise, fueled by the increased success of inventions and companies that have been developed in the business incubator. Mark Maynard, marketing manager for the office’s TechStart internship program, said although success was gradual, there has been a steady increase in participation. “More people are kind of seeing that things do actually have the opportunity to get out of the University and have a positive impact,” Maynard said. “People who have invented before didn’t think it would translate to products, but now there’s a decent shot.” Maynard added that inventors tend to consider current events, including economic recovery, when thinking of inventions. Similarly, Nisbet said local economic challenges made faculty “really want to see their discoveries help the regional economy.” An annual report, which will be released on Oct. 23, lists inventions that range in category from dentistry to naval engineering. Although things that were licensed and launched during this fiscal year will take time to have a widespread impact, FluMist is just one example of Tech Transfer products that eventually generate revenue See INVENTIONS, Page 3
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What’s different about Michigan as compared to your experiences at other Big Ten schools? Go Blue! I taught at the University of Wisconsin and UCLA. Each has a very different flavor. Wisconsin shares with Michigan the love of education. People are really hard working and earnest in getting a good education. It’s hard at UCLA because you’re right by the ocean and people are coming to class in
flip-flops. Students are a little different in that respect, but a lot of students are also first-generation students who are getting their education there. They’re a very different type of student to teach—families who have never had anyone go to college before. Michigan has a much more privileged group, and the best and the brightest here. It’s a pleasure to teach the students here because they’re engaged in a way I have not seen before. How has Michigan impacted your work? The great thing about Michigan is that it’s an amazing intellectual community … our
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Detroit Lions center, Dominic Raiola, is being investigated by his team for allegedly making homophobic and obscene comments to Wisconsin band members, NBC reported Monday.
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Close to one in ten adolescents reported commiting some form of sexual violence according to a national study released in JAMA Pediatrics, CBS reported Monday. The report noted ‘clear associations’ between consuming sexually violent material and sexually violent actions.
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Arizona officials to seek Widespread bombings harsher voting measures leave 45 dead in Iraq Proof of citizenship to be required for statewide voting PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona officials will seek to ban residents from voting in statewide races if they can’t prove citizenship — a move that critics called vindictive in light of a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling that said the state couldn’t require such documentation to cast ballots for federal offices. The change was announced Monday by Attorney General Tom Horne and Secretary of State Ken Bennett, both Republicans. “Because Arizona law requires a registration applicant to provide evidence of citizenship, registrants who have not provided
sufficient evidence of citizenship should not be permitted to vote in state and local elections,” Horne wrote in an opinion that was intended to give guidance on how to conduct the 2014 elections. The Supreme Court in June struck down part of a 2004 voterapproved state law that required proof of legal U.S. residency to vote in any Arizona elections. The only federal offices on Arizona ballots next year will be U.S. House seats. If Monday’s change isn’t overturned through legal action, residents who haven’t submitted proof of citizenship won’t be able vote for such offices as governor, secretary of state, attorney general and candidates for the state Legislature. On their ballots, “they would just be getting the offices that
they’re eligible to cast their ballots for,” Bennett spokesman Matt Roberts said. However, Roberts acknowledged that a legal challenge is likely. “We’ll see how this shakes out, but elections officials don’t get to wait and see. We’ll be implementing,” he said. Dan Pochoda, legal director for the American Civil Liberties Union of Arizona, called the move “ludicrous.” “At a minimum, it’s a tremendous waste of resources at a time when people already are having to wait too long to vote in this state and it will deter voting for no good reason other than a vindictive attitude,” Pochoda said. “There certainly appears to be possible serious concerns about legality.”
al-Qaida attacks mark third day of double-digit fatalities
BAGHDAD (AP) — A string of attacks across Iraq, including a coordinated wave of evening bombings in Baghdad, killed at least 45 people Monday as alQaida claimed responsibility for a recent spate of rare suicide attacks in the relatively peaceful Kurdish north. Monday’s bombings marked the third day in a row that insurgents were able to unleash attacks powerful enough to claim fatalities numbering in the dozens. The mounting
bloodshed is heightening worries that the country is returning to the widespread sectarian killing that marked the years following the 2003 U.S.-led invasion. A rapid-fire wave of bombings that rocked the Iraqi capital shortly after nightfall struck at least eight different neighborhoods, according to police officials, who provided casualty tolls. The force of one powerful blast, a car bomb explosion in the Bab al-Sharji neighborhood that killed four and wounded 11, rattled windows in central Baghdad. More than 5,000 people have been killed since violent attacks began accelerating in April, including more than 50 Shiite pilgrims slain in a Baghdad
suicide bombing Saturday and 12 children killed the following day when a vehicle packed with explosives blew up next to their school in the north of the country. Amnesty International condemned the recent spate of killings as “a deplorable turn in the current surge in violence.” “These latest attacks are war crimes and are part of a widespread attack against civilians in Iraq that amounts to crimes against humanity,” said Hassiba Hadj Sahraoui, the group’s program director for the Middle East. Monday’s deadliest attack happened when a car bomb and roadside bomb exploded in a market and nearby parking lot in the northern Shiite district of Husseiniya, killing seven and wounding 21. Car bombs also hit the mainly Shiite neighborhoods of Zafaraniyah, with four killed and 11 wounded, Alam, with two dead and 10 wounded, Obeidi, with five killed and eight wounded. Another bomb exploded outside a Zafaraniyah coffee shop later in the evening, killing three and wounding 10. Confessionally mixed neighborhoods were also hit. A roadside bomb hit a commercial street in Kam Sarah, killing three and wounding eight, and the eastern Baghdad al-Jadidah, killing five and wounding 14. Another car bomb exploded in shopping streets in the mainly Sunni neighborhood of Dora, killing four and wounding eight, and in the mostly Sunni area of Sadiyah, killing three and wounding 10. Earlier on Monday, bombs targeting patrols of pro-government, anti-al-Qaida Sunni militia members outside Baghdad killed five and wounded 10, police said. The militiamen are a frequent target for alQaida, which considers them traitors.
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ference. Over the next month, SAAN and CSG will pilot a program with the Residence Hall Association that will introduce University freshmen to the importance of social justice on campus. The program will likely begin in Baits II Residence Hall and Couzens Residence Hall by the first week of November, Ahuja said.
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Woman uses sauce to aid in robbery A 53-year-old woman accused of using cans of spaghetti sauce to simulate a bomb when she robbed a bank has pleaded guilty. Police say 53-year-old parole absconder Ophelia A. Neal robbed a Fifth Third Bank branch in Macomb County’s Clinton Township on April 6. It’s about 15 miles north-northeast of Detroit. Neal pleaded guilty Monday in Oakland County Circuit Court in Mount Clemens to bank robbery and explosives charges. Judge Jennifer Faunce is scheduled to sentence her Nov. 19. Police say Neal told bank employees she had a bomb in her cloth bag and demanded money. They say she took an undisclosed amount of money and escaped in a car with a man at the wheel.
Medical research team wins Nobel Two Americans and a GermanAmerican won the Nobel Prize in medicine Monday for illuminating how tiny bubbles inside cells shuttle key substances around like a vast and highly efficient fleet of vans, delivering the right cargo to the right place at the right time. Scientists believe the research could someday lead to new medicines for epilepsy, diabetes and other conditions. The work has already helped doctors diagnose a severe form of epilepsy and immune deficiency diseases in children. It has also aided research into the brain and many neurological diseases, and opened the door for biotech companies to make yeast pump out large quantities of useful proteins like insulin.
saw the talks as an opportunity to join the two events and organizations. Gaurav Ahuja, co-president of SAAN, said he hopes the student government’s reputation will aid SAAN in securing a greater variety of guest speakers for their annual con-
single success, but U-M is recognized as one of the top 10 places for the success that we’ve had in all of these aspects.” A press release Monday also reported 108 new licenses, nine new startup ventures, 128 U.S. patents and an increase in licensing revenues from $13.8 million to $14.4 million.
INVENTIONS From Page 1 and make a difference. “Looking back over the last six to ten years, there are a number of successes,” Nisbet said. “Start-ups have done extremely well … I wouldn’t point to one
Israeli legislators visit West Bank Delegation promotes peace talks during rare visit to region
part of a similar outreach effort from the other side. While previous rounds of peace talks, particularly in the 1990s, generated widespread hope and optimism, the current round has created little excitement. After so many years of failure and bouts of violence, neither side seems to be optimistic that the latest talks, expected to last nine months, will be successful. The Palestinians seek the West Bank, east Jerusalem and Gaza Strip, territories captured by Israel in 1967, for their state. Israeli peace advocates say the establishment of a Palestinian state is the only way to preserve Israel’s character as a democracy with a Jewish majority. The alternative, they say, is a single state in which Arabs, with their higher birthrate, will one day outnumber Jews. “I think nine months are enough to reach an agreement because we have discussed the issues in previous talks,” Abbas told his guests. “We don’t want blood. We want peace, not blood.” The visit came days after a 9-year-old Israeli girl was shot by a Palestinian gunman in the West Bank settlement of Psagot, adjacent to Ramallah. Bar said the attack spurred some lawmakers to urge the cancellation of the meeting. But he said he resisted the calls, saying that would only serve the interests of extremists. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has embraced the idea of a Palestinian state, but has also embraced tough positions in recent speeches. In a speech Sunday, Netanyahu said there will never be peace until Palestinians recognize Israel as the homeland for the Jews. The Palestinians have rejected this demand, saying it would undercut the fate of refugees who dream of returning to lost properties in what is now Israel. Last week, Netanyahu made just a passing reference to the peace talks in a speech to the U.N., devoting almost the entire address to Iran’s nuclear program.
RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — A delegation of Israeli lawmakers paid a rare visit to the West Bank on Monday to meet Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and give an emotional boost to fledgling peace talks that have faced deep skepticism on both sides. Visiting the same compound where Israeli troops once laid siege on late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, the 10 Israeli lawmakers pledged support for the talks that resumed in July after years of stalemate and mutual suspicion. They insisted they were not in Ramallah in place of official negotiations, whose content has remained secret, but rather WASHINGTON, D.C. to give them a “tailwind” of support and stress the urgency of their mission. “We don’t want to believe that this is the last chance (for peace) but it may be the last chance,” said Labor Party lawmaker Hilik Bar, who heads the A possible national default parliamentary caucus for the loomed closer on Monday as the resolution of the Arab-Israeli partial government shutdown conflict. “There is a clear majorlingered, rattling markets in the ity for peace among the Israeli U.S. and overseas. A gridlocked and Palestinian parliaments and people. We are here to back Congress betrayed little or no urgency toward resolving either the leadership. It is ridiculous of the threats. that we won’t make peace.” Bar said his caucus was the Stocks got a case of the jitters on Wall Street, and halfway largest in parliament with some around the world China stressed 40 members across the political spectrum. Its aim was to the importance for the international economy of raising the bridge the “huge gap of underU.S. debt limit. standing” between Israelis and Palestinians and provide a “Safeguarding the debt is of vital importance to the economy grassroots support network for of the U.S. and the world,” Vice leaders to make peace. But of the 10 lawmakers who Finance Minister Zhu Guangyao said, according to the offijourneyed to Ramallah, nine cial Xinhua News Agency. China were from the opposition Labor Party. The other came from holds $1.277 trillion in U.S. Treasury bonds, second only to chief negotiator Tzipi Livni’s Japan. centrist Hatnuah Party. Several from the ultra-Orthodox Shas GROSSETTO, Italy party withdrew following the death of their spiritual leader, Rabbi Ovadia Yosef. A previous delegation of PalSudoku estinian Syndication lawmakers visited the Israeli parliament in August, as
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Crew called up in cruise ship scandal
A crew member of the shipwrecked Costa Concordia testified Monday that the nautical charts aboard the doomed ship were perfectly adequate to navigate the liner along its planned route, disputing claims by the captain on trial for the deaths of 32 people. First Deck Officer Giovanni Iaccarino was the first witness called by the prosecution in the case against Capt. Francesco Schettino, who is accused of manslaughter, causing a shipwreck and abandoning the ship before everyone was off. He faces up to 20 years in prison if convicted. Schettino is accused of taking the Concordia off its planned route on Jan. 13. 2012 and bringing it closer to the island of Giglio for so-called “tourist navigation” — a publicity-generating maneuver to give passengers a close-up view of the Tuscan island. After the grounding, the ship listed, drifted and eventually capsized off Giglio’s port. —Compiled from Daily wire reports
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COUNCIL From Page 1 monies, I’m still trying to be careful … even though $55,000 is actually very small, this is going to open up the door for a lot of other safety projects.” Councilmember Mike Anglin (D–Ward 5) echoed Kunselman’s concerns, claiming that the resolution should be postponed due to a lack of research into city areas that truly need traffic calming. Ann Arbor resident Zoltan Jung argued in favor of the traffic-calming resolution and noted that his street is dangerous due to speeding and lack of adherence to traffic laws. Sidewalk ordinance The Council also listened to and unanimously approved the first reading of an ordinance to change the definition of what is considered a sidewalk. The new definition would be
SACUA From Page 1 Other possible changes could include eligibility requirements, waiting periods for new employees and contributions based on years of service. Any changes that are implemented won’t be in effect until 2015.
BUSES From Page 1 40-foot roof-mounted battery system that allows for better fuel
University of Michigan Hospitals and Health Centers and $8.7 million in other non-general fund sources. The committee’s report is expected to be complete at the end of the year, and changes will take place in 2015. A University-wide online survey later this month will gauge employee opinion on the proposed changes.
mileage and lower emissions. Since their 2012 introduction, the hybrid buses have already led to a reduction of greenhouse gas emissions by 25 percent, compared to the diesel-powered
buses, according to the release. When other buses are due for replacement, Parking and Transportation Services will continue the replacement of older vehicles with alternative energy buses.
A faculty-led committee has been formed to help reduce the retirement plan’s costs, according to the memo. The committee will include Economics prof. Matthew Shapiro chairs that committee. According to the memo, the University intends to save at least $5 million a year in its general fund, at least $8.5 million for the
option for the city to enter into an agreement with the DDA to upkeep the sidewalks within the DDA’s territory through June 2017. Otherwise, the city could treat these sidewalks as sidewalks outside the DDA territory and make it the responsibility of property owners, who are not exempt, to upkeep the sidewalks. Briere said one of the noteworthy changes regards winter damage. “This ordinance change doesn’t just refine the definition of sidewalks; it also accepts those properties adjacent to those sidewalks are not responsible for (winter damage),” Briere said. “Four houses divvying up one sidewalk deciding who has to (maintain it) would be a problem.” Renters — including students — could see a hike in payment equal to the cost of maintaining these pathways if certain property owners do become responsible for maintaining these walkways as a result of the legislation.
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made to include “any concrete or bituminous walkway” created for the use of bicycles, pedestrians or any “non-motorized” vehicle. This would affect 33 of the 61 cross-lot walks, which are sidewalks or walkways between two or more parcels of land. Under the new definition, the ordinance also states that the maintenance of all sidewalks outside of the Downtown Development Authority’s jurisdiction would be the responsibility of the owner of the adjacent properties. However, owners of properties that border the cross-lot walks and already pay property taxes to the city, are exempt from responsibility. This exemption came after the ordinance was sent back for revision Monday night’s meeting. For the most part, this exempts the majority of abutting property owners from responsibility. However, some property owners will still be liable for maintaining their cross-lot walks. The ordinance included the
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Retain and revitalize New bill can help prevent outsourcing of Michigan’s college graduates
n an attempt to encourage college graduates to stay in Michigan, state Sen. Glenn Anderson (D–Westland) has sponsored a bill that will offer a tax credit worth up to 50 percent of the amount paid on student loans for students who agree to remain in Michigan after graduation. Besides a tactic to help combat the rapidly increasing student-loan debt, the bill is aimed to prevent the outsourcing of Michigan’s educated youth. While the program’s costs may seem overwhelming, the benefits gained from retained talent and creation of industry could revitalize the state’s economy. Anderson’s Senate Bill 408 has the potential to have widespread effects. The financial burden that student loans impose on individual college students would be lifted — not only for current students, but also for future students who may have avoided a traditional four-year degree after considering the hefty price-tag. With college tuition in the United States having risen more than 300 percent since 1990, discouraged prospective students have not been a surprise — even more so in Michigan, where tuition has increased by 23.1 percent since the 2008 academic year alone. The bill’s goals are also directed toward diminishing the financial woes of the entire state, including Detroit. By allowing Michigan graduates to consider the benefits of reducing their student loans, the program would lead to an increase in a young, skilled and educated population. Prevention, or even mitigation, of Michigan’s “brain drain” would further contribute to a growing accumulation of an educated workforce during Michigan’s period of revival. Despite the nature of the legislation pro-
posed being largely optimistic, its impacts need to be further developed and refined. The proposed cost totals more than $300 million. To ensure the program’s costs will be ultimately covered by returns on the investment, the bill will need to incentivize students to settle in Michigan long-term. Furthermore, while the bill may be able to convince graduates to stay and work within the state, jobs need to be available for these students. As a preventive measure, the gradual distribution of tax credits may prove to be an indicative approach as to whether retained graduates would be benefitting from the Michigan employment market. This bill aims at the right demographic to improve Michigan’s future. The increase of tuition and subsequent increase of student loans has paralyzed a generation of students now unable or, at the very least, unwilling to remain in Michigan post-graduation. As students follow their classmates out of state to seek better opportunities, this bill seeks to keep them here or even bring a few back.
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Defeating the stigma
When a person we know becomes ill, whether with something like cancer, the flu or just a simple cold, most people are quick to send them well wishes and tell them that they hope they get better soon. When a person’s lungs aren’t working correctly or they break a bone, we don’t look at them as if they are weaker and tell them to toughen up. After all, bones break, people get cancer, organs fail. As a community we accept that and we try our best to help those people get better. We look at almost all bodily ailments in this mindset. When you’re physically sick, tell someone, go to the doctor, get help. I think all of these attitudes change, however, when it comes to a different kind of illness: mental illnesses. I’m talking about people who experience depression, schizophrenia, obsessive-compulsive disorder, bipolar disorder, etc. There’s a stigma surrounding mental illness in America, and it’s far from OK. People tend to view those with mental illnesses as weak and inferior. People who suffer from mental illnesses often feel as though they need to repress their issues and fight them alone. This stigma surrounding mental illness leads people to believe that it’s OK to fall and scrape your knee and it’s OK if your heart goes into failure. All of these things are understandable. But your brain isn’t working perfectly? Are you crazy or insane? Do you feel sad a lot of the time? You’re hearing voices? That’s not OK. That’s just weird. There must be something really wrong with you. Why are you like that? And why can’t you just make it stop? When that’s the attitude people have toward mental illness, when that’s what those who suffer from these illnesses hear, see and are taught by the media — which constantly perpetuates this negative stigma — how can we expect anyone to seek help, to speak out, to be anything besides embarrassed by their illness? We can’t. It’s estimated that there are more than 54-million Americans suffering from mental illnesses and these numbers only involve people who seek help. There are many others who haven’t sought treatment. I know that I
would be afraid to admit if I was depressed or bipolar because I wouldn’t want people to judge me and look at me differently. I wouldn’t want people to look at me like I am crazy. Now think about what would happen if instead of looking negatively at people who suffer from a mental illness and instead of telling them that they just need to change their mindset, what if we encouraged them to seek help and treatment, just as much as we encourage people who have cancer to go to the doctor and seek treatment? According to the University of Washington, more than 90 percent of people who commit suicide also suffer from a mental disorder. All I can think about is whether some of these suicides could have been prevented if there weren’t a stigma against people with mental illnesses and if it was more acceptable for people to suffer from mental illness and thereby seek help. The problem is that people can see a cut on your leg, or a broken arm, but people can’t see a mental illness. You can’t point to anxiety or schizophrenia and say “this is where it’s hurting” and put a Band-Aid on it and make everything better. Mental illness is seen as abstract and is difficult to understand for many people. However, if everyone learned more about mental illnesses and opened their minds I think we could change things. I believe we could revolutionize the way people view mental illness by simply letting people know that they are still strong and that they are still normal even if they do suffer from mental illness. One small step would be to just stop using words like insane, which has clearly developed a very negative connotation. We need to not just make it OK for people to admit to others that they have some sort of mental illness, but to encourage them to speak out and support them when they do. So, I’ll start. My name is Jordyn Kay, and I suffer from anxiety. I know that this doesn’t make me weak, or stupid, or broken, it just makes me someone who sometimes needs a little help, just like every other human being in the world. Jordyn Kay is an LSA junior.
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Bridge the (food) gap
o, I walked through the grocery store the other day and picked up a box of Pop-Tarts, not so much because I wanted to buy them, but more for the sake of nostalgia. I used to eat Pop-Tarts all the time when I was a kid — the cinnamon kind that KATE I stuck in the LARAMIE toaster until they were all gooey and delicious. I read the list of ingredients, took a look at the picture on the front of the package, and thought to myself: What is a Pop-Tart? Seriously, this is a food we call by its brand name because we don’t have a better description for it. We don’t know what they’re made of or how to classify them — kind of strange if you think about it. This weird observation about Pop-Tarts isn’t completely random. It brings to light the most basic problem with the modern food system. As a society, we’re completely separated from our food: where it comes from, how it’s processed and what it’s made with. Even the fruits and vegetables that we find at our grocery stores are too perfect. Our tomatoes are too red, lacking any blemishes or bruises. Our potatoes couldn’t possibly have come from the ground, as they’re just too clean to have been grown in the dirt. When food is presented in perfect colors and nice square boxes, we lose our association with what we eat and the earth that it comes from. Educating people about this disconnect is the heart of the local, sustainable food movement — a movement that is alive and well at the University.
The evening of Oct. 2, I headed out ple told me that after a week of starto the University’s Matthaei Botani- ing at a computer screen and sitting cal Gardens to check out the annual in lecture, the Campus Farm was the Harvest Festival put on by the Uni- place they came to settle down and versity of Michigan’s Sustainable take a break. Food Program. The Harvest Festival Yet, by working at the farm, stuwas held at the Campus Farm, a two- dents are naturally becoming more acre plot of land established in 2013 aware and more connected with the after the success of the initial pilot food system and their place in it. project that began with the initia- People who have never seen a dirty tive of a group of University masters potato are digging them out of the students and a $42,000 Planet Blue ground. They’re picking peppers Innovation Fund. There was live that they never would’ve bought in music, games and tours of the farm a store because they aren’t the perby student volunteers. But most of fect color, and they’re eating food, all, there was food — real food — knowing exactly how it was grown growing right there for people to and where it came from. Whether pick and eat themselves. students are planting trees, spreadUMSFP’s mission is to foster “col- ing compost or harvesting produce laborative leadership that empowers while they spend time with friends, students to create a sustainable food they’re actively bridging the gap system at the University of Michigan between themselves and their food. while becoming change agents for a With the help of hands-on expevibrant planet.” A sizable mission, to rience, students are learning about be sure, but after recently partici- responsible, sustainable food. pating in a weekly “work day” at the In this way, UMSFP’s mission is Campus Farm, I’m more convinced becoming a success. As students than ever that UMSFP and its mis- participate in local, organic farming sion are making a they’re learndifference in the ing the value University comof mixing with The Campus Farm munity. different peoThe majority ple and learnhelps students learn of students that ing about new about responsible, participate in the and interesting work days aren’t perspectives. sustainable food. environmentalTeachists. They didn’t ing people to come to the farm become future thinking that organic farming is the agents of change and help to develsolution to solving the separation op a more sustainable University between us and the food that we eat. might sound like a daunting task. It On the contrary, most students have turns out that it isn’t so hard, if you had no experience gardening — let just encourage people to get outalone farming. They come instead to side, plant a little of their own food socialize with new people and enjoy and play in the dirt. being outside when the weather is warm and they have the chance to —Kate Laramie can be reached get away from campus. Several peoat email@example.com.
This Halloween, don’t be a fool
here’s so much to love about fall: Fashionable folks somehow manage to look even more ridiculously fashionable than usual, leaves call on you to go out of your way just to hear that fulfilling crunch, and there’s an overwhelming influx ZEINAB of pumpkin- KHALIL flavored everything. All of these lead up to one of fall’s muchanticipated peaks: Halloween. Let’s step back now and qualify that last one. Halloween certainly can’t go on my “there’s so much to love about fall” list unconditionally. I’m not a Halloween enthusiast, but I have friends who are, and that’s cool — I can appreciate the spirit. What isn’t cool, though, is what neighborhoods and campuses across the country are subjected to every year — unabashed racism and sexism masked as “fun.” Actually, your ignorance isn’t fun at all. It makes many of your peers feel unsafe, embarrasses your school’s image and really just makes you look like a fool. Below, I offer the “College Student’s Guide to Not Be a Fool This Halloween.” This is not an exhaustive list, but it’s a good place to start. 1. Do not culturally appropriate. These days, Halloween and cultural appropriation seem to come hand-in-hand. Put simply, cultural appropriation is when we use expressions of cultures, including clothing and dressing styles, without permission and without giving due credit. Appropriation is especially problematic when the source culture is a minority group that has time and again been denied its agency and rendered invisible. Recent examples of cultural appropriation include Miley Cyrus’s gig at the MTV Video Music Awards where she used Black women’s bodies as her props while performing a song that she requested from her songwriters to sound like “something that feels Black”. Other examples include: Selena Gomez’s “Come & Get It” performance at the MTV Movie Awards where she sported a sparkly bindi, Lady Gaga’s “burqa swag” fetish that utilizes Muslim women’s bodies to sell albums while wholly ignoring their voices, and Urban Outfitter’s Navajo Hipster fashion items that exploit and
reduce the Navajo Nation to a patyou think you look dressed as tern. Aunt Jemima or Antoine Dodson In all these cases, the source or Denard Robinson. This abhorcultures are used as fads to make rent practice has been used for profits, with the people sporting hundreds of years to bolster white them often caring little for any supremacy. Embodying and rekincultural, religious or historical dling the pain of historical and significance such items carry. The contemporary oppression is never problem with diminishing richly OK — no matter how innocent your diverse cultures into “cool” trends intentions may be. is that these items will likely 3. Do not slut-shame. cease to be sexy or desirable in a Here, too, is something I hear few months. Reducing someone’s every year: “Halloween is the one cultural identity to a costume, day of the year where girls have an and commodifying and pervertexcuse to be slutty.” ing their traditions contributes to Without doubt, there definitely the dehumanization of people who is something unsettling about often are already struggling for the burgeoning of super-sexy their communities’ livelihood and costumes, especially when we autonomy. consider who largely designs these More generic examples of culcostumes and runs these industural appropriation — but wildly tries. Just as unsettling is how popular nonetheless — include polarized and rigidly gendered dressing as a Native American these costumes are, targeting and “Pocahontas”, an exotic belly danc- bombarding particular genders er (not sure if I should be happy or with particular kinds of costumes. sad that this costume is sold out), But people who complain about an oil-sheik terrorist, traditional the “slutty excuse” usually aren’t geishas, Mexican hombres, and the critiquing how costume induslist goes on. tries — largely dictated by the male Lest anyone say these costumes gaze — contribute to the hyperare a way of honoring or valusexualization and objectification ing diverse cultures, let’s for a of women. Rather, their criticisms moment think critically about our amount to little more than slut encounters with shaming, where such cultures people, often in a broader women, look Why should we be social context. down at women passive about racism Dressing up who are peras a racial/ and sexism because they ceived to be or cultural idenare trying to fall on a certain day? tity has nothbe attractive ing to do with — something intercultural we’re socialized engagement or cultural appreciato do to women who seem to come tion. Appropriation hierarchically close to attaining impossible hegeorganizes cultures by normalizing monic beauty standards. It’s cool whiteness and othering non-Westif you don’t want to dress in sexy ern, non-white cultures. It capital- costumes, and by all means criizes on their perceived — and often tique the conscienceless industries misrepresented — differences that commodify women’s bodies without bothering to understand but don’t reinforce the language them. and attitudes that patriarchy uses 2. Do not dress in Blackface. to shame us. This one truly deserves its own 4. Do not dismiss those who procategory because of its pervasivetest this madness. ness on college campuses every Realistically, even with all the single year. As it turns out, the cautions and reminders, cultural intellectual hubs that are our appropriation, blackface and peruniversity towns are ripe breedvasive sexism will likely happen ing grounds for anti-Black racism. this Halloween. When it does, Blackface became an integral part don’t be taken aback or dismiss of the entertainment industry those who call it out as “too sensiwhen it emerged in minstrel shows tive,” lacking a sense of humor in the 19th century, yet, somehow or needing to “get over it.” Why some people still think it’s OK to should we be passive about racism cover themselves with black paint and sexism because they fall on a or shoe polish for “fun”. certain day of the calendar? Stop. Don’t do it. Don’t let your friends do it. —Zeinab Khalil can be It doesn’t matter how clever reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Ryan cleared by doctors
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Fixing 3rd down woes
By ZACH HELFAND
By LIZ VUKELICH
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Michigan coach Brady Hoke chose his words carefully. When pressed, Hoke said that injured redshirt junior linebacker Jake Ryan could “potentially” return against Penn State on Saturday. Whether Ryan will actually play is still uncertain. For the first time, though, Hoke acknowledged that Ryan has received clearance to play from doctors. He has taken NOTEBOOK part in contact drills in practice. Now, the decision about when to play Ryan is up to Hoke and Ryan. “Believe me, he’s wanting to play,” Hoke said. “Seems to feel OK, but we still need to make sure that he can do the things that he’s capable of doing.” Ryan tore his anterior cruciate ligament nearly six-and-ahalf months ago at a practice on March 19. He underwent surgery a week later on March 26. The team has said throughout the process that the target for Ryan’s return is sometime in October. When Ryan does return, he’ll take some playing time from junior linebacker Brennen Beyer, who has been one of the defense’s best players this season. That will add depth to the strong-side linebacker position, Hoke said. He added that Beyer could move back to defensive end, where he played his first two seasons, depending on the personnel and situation. When Ryan is healthy, he is likely the best player on Michigan’s defense. Last year, he recorded 4.5 sacks and 16 tackles for loss. Ryan is also a player that should have a future in the National Football League. Hoke has said he wants to be sure Ryan is ready to return, but Ryan’s eagerness to
Redshirt junior quarterback Devin Gardner calls it the “money down,” and sophomore linebacker James Ross III reiterated that point in Monday’s press conference. But for all the talk about how important it is for the Michigan football team to stop its opponents on third downs, something still got lost in translation Saturday against Minnesota. Early in the first quarter, the Golden Gophers took possession of the ball for their second drive of the game. The Wolverines had already forced a turnover on Minnesota’s previous possession and, with the Golden Gophers facing a 75-yard drive, it gave the Michigan defense confidence it could force the stop. Minnesota wasn’t quite as willing to give up the ball a second time, though. On a drive that took almost 10 minutes, the Golden Gophers marched down the field. They converted five consecutive third downs — two of which came from Minnesota quarterback Mitch Leidner, avoiding pressure by running the ball. “There’s some issue when you don’t tackle well, when you’re reaching instead of running through,” said Michigan coach Brady Hoke after the game. “Some guys do that just because they don’t want to make a mistake. I’d rather them be aggressive, run through and make a mistake.” The Golden Gophers eventually extended their third-down streak to seven before Leidner’s incomplete pass at the beginning of the second quarter snapped it. Even though Minnesota converted only one more third down during the course of the game, it still raised questions about why the Wolverines’ defense had so much diffi-
Redshirt junior linebacker Jake Ryan is getting closer to returning from a torn ACL, an injury he suffered in March.
return can complicate that. “He wanted to play last week,” Hoke said. “He wanted to play the week before. What do you think he’s going to say? ‘No, coach, I don’t wanna play.’ ” As Hoke got up to leave, a reporter reminded Hoke that South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney asked not to play in his last game with bruised ribs. Hoke continued walking. With a smile, he said, “I’m not even going there.” PIPKINS OUT FOR YEAR WITH ACL TEAR: As speculation over Ryan’s return built, the team announced Monday that sophomore defensive tackle Ondre Pipkins will miss the rest of the season with an ACL tear. “I’m pretty close to him because I coach him,” Hoke said. “Your heart just goes out to Ondre.” Pipkins doesn’t seem a likely candidate for a medical redshirt. The NCAA stipulates that to receive a medical redshirt, the player must not play in more than
30 percent of the season. Michigan has passed the 30-percent mark. There is one remaining option, though. NCAA bylaw 188.8.131.52.1 — yes, that’s the actual number — allows for review by a committee. The rule states, in part, that a conference may appear to the Committee on Student-Athlete Reinstatement, which “shall have the authority to review and determine whether to approve the waiver based on circumstances that may warrant relief from the application of the legislated waiver criteria.” A spokesman for the Big Ten onference said a decision can be appealed, but declined to comment on any specific cases. “That’s all something that we’ll have to appeal and do all that stuff with,” Hoke said. “It’s way too soon to say it is or isn’t.” Hoke mentioned redshirt junior Richard Ash and redshirt freshmen Willie Henry and Ryan Glasgow as players that could see more time in Pipkins’s absence. LATE-NIGHT TEXTS: At 11:30 p.m. Saturday, Hoke’s phone
buzzed with a text from fifth-year senior left tackle Taylor Lewan. After beating Minnesota, Lewan’s attention had turned to the Wolverines’ next opponent: Penn State. Hoke said the message read “Coach, it’s going to be loud at Penn State. We need more crowd noise this week.” Hoke, who said he’s relatively new to texting, replied “OK.” Michigan has struggled on the road since Hoke took over as coach. At home, Hoke has never lost. In away games, though, Hoke’s Michigan teams have gone 5-6. Penn State has one of the most hostile stadium’s in the conference. (“Oh shoot, what a great place to play,” Hoke said of Beaver Stadium). The Nittany Lions also have one of the most talented freshmen quarterbacks in the nation in Christian Hackenberg. Hoke spoke highly of Hackenberg in his press conference. “I’ll tell ya, he’s very talented,” Hoke said. “Very talented. He can spin it. Shows a lot of maturity.”
culty getting off the field. After the game, sophomore cornerback Blake Countess said the Golden Gophers’ continued success on first and second downs made it difficult for defensive coordinator Greg Mattison to call the right play on third-and-1 or third-and-2 situations. Hoke said it wasn’t necessarily Mattison’s calls that allowed Minnesota to convert so often, but rather Leidner’s athleticism, especially with his scrambling ability. “He’d get out of the pocket and then we’d miss at tackle,” Hoke said. “I thought there were a couple interior runs, the four- or fiveyarders that they bled you with a little bit. We’ve got to make sure we’re doing a better job in there.” The first quarter time of possession was lopsided in Minnesota’s favor, 11:14 to 3:46. It evened out as the game progressed, and the Wolverines agreed that had everything to do with stopping the third downs. “Well, I think we got bodies to the ball when (Leidner) did want to scramble or he did want to run it,” Hoke said. “I don’t think there was anything magical when you look at game-plan wise changing things a whole lot.” Hoke said that he would have preferred to give younger offensive players, especially the running backs, some more reps. And as the game slipped further and further out of Minnesota’s fingers, Saturday could have been the perfect opportunity to balance out the Wolverines’ veterans with youth. But due to the minimal amount of time that Michigan held onto the ball, Hoke’s hope for a more well-rounded offense never quite panned out. “We’ve got to get better time of possession,” Ross said. “That’s on (the defense). We have to get off the field and set up our offense to score points.”
5 Things We Learned: Waterloo By ALEJANDRO ZÚÑIGA Daily Sports Editor
1. Adjustments need to be made before Boston College. The week before the No. 11 Michigan hockey team played Waterloo (Ont.), Michigan coach Red Berenson admitted that he was already looking ahead to the season-opening clash against No. 4 Boston College. After the Wolverines fell to the Warriors, 2-1, the excitement turned into trepidation. “Well, it’s a little scary,” Berenson said. “Boston College will certainly be a whole new challenge.” Berenson stressed that the home exhibition helped younger players grow accustomed to playing a full-speed game against experienced competition, but the atmosphere at Yost Ice Arena on Thursday might not compare. The building will likely be packed and roaring when Michigan welcomes an Eagle squad that dispatched St. Francis 8-2 in an exhibition. Both goals that Michigan surrendered Sunday came on team lapses. Senior defenseman Mac Bennett admitted to losing his man on the first, and no one cleared the rebound after sophomore goalkeeper Steve Racine made an impressive save. A dynamic 4-on-2 rush led to the second tally. There’s only so much coaching that can be done in a week, and the Wolverines will have to minimize mistakes that are common this early in the season to upset Boston College. 2. Freshmen will be key all year. Much of Michigan’s success this season will be dependent on its freshman class, and it showed signs of promise on Sunday. Defenseman Nolan de Jong and forward J.T. Compher led the Wolverines with five shots apiece, and goaltender Zach Nagelvoort
looked solid in goal. Defensemen Kevin Lohan and Michael Downing both saw time on the penalty kill and helped hold Waterloo to zero shots despite the Warriors’ six minutes with a man advantage. Berenson toyed with the lines to pair freshmen with upperclassmen and will continue to experiment early in the season. But he was impressed with the new talent, nonetheless. “They got the feeling they can play at this level, and they just need to get ready and get a little more experience,” Berenson said. “Overall, I thought they were a positive.” 3. It was just an exhibition. Because of customary NCAA restrictions, Berenson could spend little time on the ice with his team during practices leading up to the exhibition. The Wolverines also spent Sunday afternoon experimenting with line combinations and were shorthanded as junior forward Alex Guptill sat out due to an off-ice issue. Michigan may go through some growing pains against Boston College, but it’s still early in the season. And the Wolverines showcased their speed and offensive potential in a game that easily could have gone either way. “We’re going to come into the Boston College game with a lot of confidence,” Copp said. 4. Michigan’s goaltending is stable. Last season, the Wolverines struggled mightily between the pipes. Three different players started in net, and it took most of the year for sophomore Steve Racine to emerge from a mediocre pack. Now a sophomore, Racine holds the No. 1 spot, where he was reliable in the loss to Waterloo. Racine surrendered a pair of goals, both of which came after he made a great pad save on a short-range shot and was unable
to corral the rebound. After the game, Berenson said Racine could benefit from more protection in the future. Behind him, freshman goalkeeper Zach Nagelvoort played the last half of the game and held the Warriors scoreless, recording nine saves, while senior Adam Janecyk didn’t see any time on ice. It’s Racine’s job to lose. 5. Goals will come. Michigan’s loss to Waterloo feels like a disappointment, but sophomore forward Andrew Copp had reasons to remain optimistic. Yes, the Wolverines’ lone goal was a gift, a stickhandling error by Warrior goaltender Justin Leclerc that Copp managed to slide into the net. Yes, the power play finished a disappointing
0-for-5. But Michigan created plenty of scoring chances that will eventually go in. “If we bury our chances, we’ll be in good shape,” Copp said. “A little bit was luck today, but we just need to bear down and be stronger in front of the net.” The Wolverines finished with 35 shots to Waterloo’s 22 and dominated the first period despite surrendering a goal. They also played without Guptill, last season’s leading scorer. Certainly, failing to hit twine regularly could become an issue, but Berenson isn’t worried quite yet. “We only had a handful of good chances, and their goalie made the saves,” he said. “Outside of that, it was a close game. When you play from behind, sometimes it’s harder to score, and we just couldn’t get that goal we needed.”
Sophomore forward Andrew Copp scored Michigan’s only goal on Sunday.
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FINE ARTS COLUMN
“I can’t be tamed.”
Miley misses mark No smash hits for Cyrus’s ‘Bangerz’ without ‘Wrecking’ By GREG HICKS Daily Arts Writer
Bangerz seeks to recreate Miley Cyrus as a new-and-upcoming hip-hop artist rather than highlight the former Disney singer C as an artist who has merely Bangerz matured in her work. Cyrus Miley Cyrus expressed disRCA dain over all her material before this fourth studio album, stating that she views Bangerz as her first true album. Why is it, then, that so much of this record sounds very familiar? The Bangerz ballads (“Adore You,” “Maybe You’re Right”) could have easily found a place on the then-Disney star’s previous album, Can’t Be Tamed — a record that proved Cyrus couldn’t be tamed or successful. Both albums contain awkward song disparities brought on by leisurely innocent music behind tasteless, beatheavy tracks.
“4x4” combines the Nashville roots of Cyrus’s upbringing with a bit of synth, which might have been original if it hadn’t also been attempted on “Two More Lonely People” from Can’t Be Tamed. The song predictably includes Nelly, who — between “Cruise” and “4x4” — has some newfound fascination with features on country-pop songs that involve automobiles. The album’s filler tracks are vapid even for filler tracks. The uninspired “Adore You” is barely worthy of being a Walmart Special Edition bonus track, let alone the lead track on the album. It’s beyond groundless to tear your reputation to shreds to establish yourself as a grungy hip-hop artist, only to have the first song on your album be a lovelorn lullaby worthy of a spot on Hannah Montana 2: Meet Miley Cyrus. The production and writing credits raise an eyebrow over Bangerz’s major pitfalls. Mike WiLL Made It produced eight of the 16 songs, while Pharrell produced four others. In theory, this should be a very coherent hiphop album. Yet, here we are, with Pharrell producing a country jam (“4x4”) and Mike WiLL Made It producing a seemingly gospel-
influenced piano ballad (“Maybe You’re Right”) — a poor utilization of two trending hip-hop/R&B producers during a hip-hop boom. Though it’s one of the more basic pieces on the album — obligatory, given that it’s Dr. Luke’s handiwork — “Wrecking Ball” is Bangerz’s savior. Decent chord progressions, airy verses with a smashing chorus and no cringeworthy lyrics; it’s a safe power ballad, but despite its simplicity, it still sounds like an adult pop song. This second promotional single awarded Cyrus her first No. 1 song, as well as a record-breaking number of views for the track’s music video. Bland as her record might be, the “We Can’t Stop” singer has mastered the art of promotion. Cyrus truly “can’t stop” finding new ways to stir up thrills and chills in anticipation of this musical rebirth. Racy photo shoots, risqué performances and a curiosity-piquing collaboration from the legendary Ms. Britney Spears will drive major album sales for Bangerz’s opening week. Long-term success isn’t likely, but this record will surely usher in the new era that Miley Cyrus has dreamed up for her career.
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Los Angeles Times Daily Crossword Puzzle
Edited by Rich Norris and Joyce Nichols Lewis
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Dyeing for aesthetics and beauty
’m restless in almost everything I do, and when I was 13, this manifested itself in a self-proclaimed need for change. I begged my mom to let me dye my hair — just once — to a shiny, luscious deep brown. I was tired of being a dirty blonde; I ANNA wanted to reSADOVSKAYA root with a darker tone. She warned me that it wouldn’t stick, that going darker is almost always a terrible idea, that I would probably look even paler than I already do. But I was like, “You don’t know, Mom … maybe it will change my life.” She caved eventually, and I got to live out my 13-year-old dream for $18.99. If any moment in my life were a Taylor Swift song, it would be the moment I stepped out of the shower and saw my newly charcoaled head. It was like “I Knew You Were Trouble” was written about our soon-to-be tumultuous relationship. Not only was my mother right and I looked like an emo vampire, I was clearly that poser girl who dyed her hair trying to be “edgy.” Needless to say, I was in love. I knew it was wrong — so wrong — but I didn’t care. Soon, though, the color faded, I grew tired of the murky brown and set my sights on a new desire: bright red streaks. Some things don’t change; people will always want what they don’t have. Women in the middle ages shaved their hair
back in order to create the illusion of a larger forehead — their hair was considered an erotic symbol and was the official property of their husbands; they wore a veil to cover it. Then, everyone stopped caring about what the Catholic Church had to say on the matter and women began to show off their locks every which way. During the 18th century, people wore powdered wigs to give off the illusion of milky white tresses. The need to decorate goes back a long way — cosmetics are thought to be the oldest human ritual, dating as far back as the African Middle Stone Age, more than 100,000 years ago. And what is hair dyeing and lip coloring other than forms of body art; of self-portrait?
A 13-year-old’s version of fine arts. Some people paint on a canvas, and for some, that canvas is their body. We tattoo, pierce, color, dye and bleach ourselves, presenting new, better, different versions of ourselves each time. But why? For some, it’s to “look their best.” To go to a party wearing an awesome dress with awesome hair and awesome makeup. For others, it’s to hide perceived flaws or highlight “good” angles. Most people who change their appearance, though, seem to do it because they like it — it’s aesthetically pleasing. Humans are undoubtedly a
race of aesthetic seekers. We chiseled sculptures, painted countless portraits, created music in order to satisfy our need. It only makes sense that we present ourselves as a piece of art as well. The fine art in makeup, hair dyes and fashion comes from the incessant need to look as beautiful as we want the things around us to be. There’s a reason entire museums are dedicated to the life work of artists devoted to fulfilling the aesthetic needs of the world. There’s an insatiable quality to the way we devour things that are pleasing to the eye — men and women dress up for dates, wanting to present themselves in the best light. We go to the gym, trying to maximize our attractiveness and health. We flip through magazines, trying to assess the latest style, the latest trend. It’s engulfing; even for those that pride themselves in being above the shallow pursuit of “beautiful,” we all choose how to look based on what we think is best. Rarely do people actively go against what they believe to be aesthetically pleasing. It’s not all about what other people believe or that you want to make others see how wonderful you look with dark brown hair. It’s the same feeling that drives us to value fine art, a really important piece of film and literature. It’s about connecting with other people’s need for beauty, and appreciating it. Sadovskaya is getting her hair done. To come with, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
‘Name’ rises to top tier By JOSH FRAZIER For The Daily
The opening salvo from Pusha T’s long-awaited solo debut My Name Is My Name sees the Bronxborn rapper recognizing the gravitas of A the moment. “This is my My Name Is time, this is my My Name hour,” he thunPusha T derously proclaims. Pusha GOOD music T, whose given name is Terrence Thornton, has been a rap music fixture since the release of 2002’s Lord Willin’, which featured Pusha rapping alongside his brother. The Thorntons released their early material under the moniker of Clipse, and after three positively received albums, the duo disbanded to focus on solo material. Despite Pusha T’s years of rap credibility, he has never had the chance to break out into the mainstream and seize the spotlight as a solo artist. My Name Is My Name is an album that attempts to transition Thornton from slept-on cocaine rapper to rap-industry heavyweight. Even the most casual rap fans will recognize Pusha T’s name from his thunderous guest verse on Kanye West’s “Mercy,” one of the most ubiquitous songs of 2012, or his scene-stealing feature on “Runaway,” one of the lead singles off of West’s My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. West, who heads Thornton’s label, G.O.O.D. Music, has an obvious influence as the album’s executive producer, providing production on seven songs and uncredited backing vocals on “Hold On.” Thornton is charismatic enough, however, to step out of West’s shadow and cultivate his own unique personality as the street-smart ex-drug dealer. This persona allows him the canvas for distinctive storytelling, and Thornton demonstrates his significant lyrical ability across a variety of records. The lyricism is an obvious highlight of My Name Is My Name. Pusha T’s effortless rhyming style sees him dropping double and tri-
ple entendres alongside extremely visual storytelling. “Nosetalgia,” one of the album’s strongest tracks, features Thornton and Kendrick Lamar rapping about their experiences with cocaine over a simplistic bassline. The opening lines testify to the complexity of Pusha T’s darkly poetic wordplay: “20 plus years of selling Johnson & Johnson / I started out as a babyface monster / No wonder there’s diaper rash on my conscience / My teething ring was numbed by the nonsense.” The juxtaposition between childhood innocence and selling drugs is exacerbated by the clever use of puns in his lyrics. Lamar also gives a stellar guest verse, one that stands out on an album that includes many bigname featured artists.
Pusha T escapes Kanye’s shadow. Pusha T’s clout in the rap industry is exemplified by the magnitude of the guest appearances on My Name Is My Name. Featured verses are turned in by some of rap music’s most recognizable acts, including Lamar, Big Sean, 2 Chainz, Rick Ross and Young Jeezy. The vast majority of the guest verses complement Pusha’s thematic concepts and lyrical style, and Thornton manages to hold his own against every
big-name guest star. “King Push,” the opener, rewards listeners with snarling lyrics filled with braggadocio and an unconventional beat that ignores the conventions of generic beatmaking. Holistically, the production on My Name Is My Name is universally strong. Ominous, minimalist beats with swelling basslines allow Thornton the opportunity to swagger from track to track. The heavyweight lineup of producers including West, Pharrell Williams, Swizz Beatz and Hudson Mohawke have given Pusha T the chance to do what he does best: glorify and discuss the realities of street life, and arrogantly boast about his greatness. Thornton’s pride in himself is evident from the title of the record. Thornton appropriates a quote from “The Wire,” which focused on life in the projects of Baltimore, among other dark themes. Calling his debut album My Name Is My Name is very fitting for Pusha T’s gritty raps, seeing as the quote is adopted from a drug dealer to whom reputation means everything. On My Name Is My Name, Pusha T attempts to fight the perception that he’s a top-notch rap artist, but not quite a superstar on par with Lamar, Ross or West. Due to distinctive beat selection and nearly impeccable lyricism, My Name Is My Name makes a strong argument for Pusha T’s ascent to superstardom as a solo artist.
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Bells breaks mold Dale finishes strong with latest effort By HANNAH WEINER Daily Arts Writer
‘Rivals’ strips down sound, strengthens noise-pop genre By ERIKA HARWOOD Daily Arts Writer
The fact that noise pop is a legitimate enough genre to garner its own music festival, podcasts and (of course) Wiki- Apedia page can be unsettling Bitter Rivals as well as eye Sleigh Bells roll-inducing. As of late, the Mom + Pop subgenres that have branched out of independent labels not only sound like adjectives arbitrarily pulled out of a hat (see: glo-fi, trip hop and glitterphonics — I made one of those up, but good luck guessing which one), but also just plain awful. The idea of noise pop seems contradictory in the most obnoxious way imaginable, like a nü metal Miley Cyrus. Despite the not-so-positive preconceived notions that can arise from hearing a style described as the aforementioned, Sleigh Bells continues to shatter any and all negative expectations with their third album, Bitter Rivals. The title track opens the album with the most natural sounds ever to be heard on a Sleigh Bells album, from the hard strums of an acoustic guitar all the way down to the barking dogs in the background, before lead singer Alexis Krauss explodes, singing, “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times / I had to kill the new sheriff in town.” Pounding percussion and muffled synths serve as
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a fitting foundation for Krauss’s combative presence before she reverts back to her softer side, gently crooning her way through the chorus. The back and forth of subtlety and aggression laid out on the opening track proves to be the recurring theme of the album. “Sing Like a Wire” starts out with a simple beat as Krauss softly sings, “static in the sentence, static in the dirt.” When she finally bursts into the chorus yelling, “Sing like a wire!” it doesn’t go unnoticed. These captivating contrasts give Bitter Rivals peaks of varying interest and moments of surprise, ensuring that no one’s attention can stray far from the album for too long. Bitter Rivals also marks the most melodic shift forward for the group, with genuinely singable tracks like “Young Legends” and “Tiger Kit,” both of which show off Krauss’s vocal abilities outside of yelling on
top of the hyper-intense bevy of instruments. This simplicity may be due in part to Andrew Dawson, who mixed the album and also served as the engineer for Kanye West’s Yeezus earlier this year — which was noted for its own stripped-down sound. The sing-along style of both of these tracks offers a playeddown version to the typical noise-pop genre. Instead, they explore a refreshing sound to what the group seemed to become accustomed to on Reign of Terror, which came off as too hyped up for any substance to shine through. While Bitter Rivals doesn’t mark a complete departure for Sleigh Bells, it further proves that all bands that get classified under some unintentionally hilarious subgenre deserve the flak we’d assume based solely on the moniker. If anything, the band proves noise pop is a genre all its own, and one to be reckoned with, at that.
Listening to The Speed of Things will make one anxious. Not in a bad way, necessarily — more in a finger-tapping, leg-shaking, gotta-get-outof-the-houseB+ and-explore, “carpe diem” The Speed kind of way. of Things Detroit natives Daniel Dale EarnZott and Joshua hardt Jr. Jr. Epstein, better known as Dale Warner Bros. Earnhardt Jr. Jr., shaped their sophomore album around the idea of the accelerating rate at which everything moves nowadays. But these two aren’t curmudgeons by any means; featuring synth-driven pop music, The Speed of Things demonstrates itself as the perfect soundtrack for our generation’s craving for everything faster, everything bigger.
‘Speed’ through an easy listen. You know that quote from “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off”? “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.” That’s the crux of The Speed of Things. Life moves fast — things, in general, move fast. Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. has attempted to stop and look around and asks us to do the same. The band passes on wisdom in the form of adages sung over shimmering electro pop. Generally, all the tracks sound nuanced. But as a rule, they follow a simple formula: layered synths (some twang-y, some chiming) and high-energy drumming, with the occasional guitar. If you like this
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equation, The Speed of Things will work its magic on you, serving as the soundtrack for daytime occasions and lingering into the nighttime, too. And even if this isn’t your cup of tea, you’d still have to try to dislike this album. Though it’s only the band’s second album, Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. has mastered the art of synthesized pop. Synthesized arpeggios, guitar riffs and dizzying synthesizer melodies (everything sandwiched in synths) accompany fairly standard electro-pop vocals on all 13 tracks. Songs like “Beautiful Dream,” “If You Didn’t See Me (Then You Weren’t On the Dancefloor)” and “Run” hasten your pulse as Zott and Epstein sing, “You’re supposed / to see your age rewind.” This idea of looking back to the past, embracing the present and considering the future dances its way through the remainder of the album. While the group follows a straight line to wonderfully devised electro pop, Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. dabbles in different styles of presenting its sound. “Dark Water” bears resemblances
to Andrew Bird, featuring whistling, bizarre percussion and whirling vocals. “Run,” on the other hand, has perky synths and sounds like vocalist Nate Ruess of the band fun. For two low-key guys who started off making basementstudio recordings in Royal Oak, Mich., a high-profile streaming in The New York Times and a backing from Warner Bros. Records must seem like a dream. Zott and Epstein evoke this surreal wistfulness in the album. The spinning world around them has proven to be effective music for effervescent electro pop. In The Speed of Things, Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. has nailed the idea of electronic landscapes worth an easy listen. The synthbased arrangements and dancebased beats sound effortless. Yet, even in relaxed songs, like “Mesopotamia” and “Gloria,” the peculiar percussion and scatterbrained synths will grab you by the shoulders, shake you and make you feel nostalgic for days when the speed of things wasn’t so damn fast.
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