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Students for Choice holds open story event Women, MTV personality share their stories of abortion TRACY KO/Daily
Members of Army ROTC participate in a coordination drill as a team during a CrossFit workout run by Army veteran Derick Carver on Palmer Field Thursday.
Wounded vet leads ROTC CrossFit program aims to prepare students for combat By ANASTASSIOS ADAMOPOULOS For the Daily
On Thursday, the University’s Naval ROTC program organized a special CrossFit workout at Palmer Field that
involved about 100 cadets from across the program’s branches, including a few from Eastern Michigan University. The training session was led by Army Capt. Derick Carver, a U.S. Army veteran and amputee who continues to lead physical training programs at his personal gym. A CrossFit workout is a physical challenge involving intensive stamina, weightlifting and cardiovascular training.
Carver, a California native and Eastern Michigan University alum, served in the U.S. Army in Afghanistan from 2009 to 2010 as a platoon leader of the 82nd Airborne Division. Carver sustained battle injuries during his tour of duty and was placed into medical retirement after having his left leg amputated. He has received national attention from various media outlets for overcoming his injuries.
The intense exercises focused on team-based activities as the cadets cooperated, coordinated and alternated with their teammates in drills. Activities ranged from team push-ups and squats to running around Palmer Field carrying teammates on stretchers while others carried weights on their backs. “We are doing leadership development through physical See ROTC, Page 5A
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The Pendleton Room of the Michigan Union was filled to the brim Thursday evening — many had to stand at the back for lack of room as they waited to hear personal stories about women’s abortion experiences. The University’s chapter of Students for Choice hosted the event, 1 in 3 Abortion Speak Out, to create a safe space for women who have had abortions to share their experiences. This “speak-out” forum was the second of its kind nationally. The first occurred in the Civil Rights and Public Policy conference at Hampshire College in Massa-
Ed. adviser to Obama speaks at Ford School ‘U’ alum Michael Rodríguez aims to create new student aid standards By TYLER GRINN For the Daily
Students in over their heads with student loans may want to pay attention to new ideas coming from the Ford School of Public Policy this weekend. The Public Policy School kicked off its two-and-a-half-day Conference on Student Loans yesterday with an address by University alum Roberto Rodríguez, special assistant to President Barack Obama for education policy. The focus of the conference is to better understand the effects and structure of student debt, as well as to spur research on the poorly understood topic. Before joining the administration’s education team, Rodríguez worked on Capitol Hill as chief education counsel to former senator Ted Kennedy. During his time working with legislators, Rodríguez contributed to the
development of landmark K-12 education programs such as the No Child Left Behind Act and worked on reauthorizing legislations like the Head Start program. A video of the speech was simultaneously streamed on the school’s website and questions to Rodríguez were collected with #policytalks on Twitter. Audience members also submitted questions through paper. Rodríguez’s address focused on the creation of a new college rating system mandated by the Obama administration. He proposed a rating that would include more reliable data for students about the personal economic risk and reward for individual colleges. It would also distribute federal financial aid to universities in proportion to the success of their graduates. “Almost all the federal student aid that flows to colleges is given based on the number of students who enroll in that school,” Rodríguez said. He added that more factors need to be taken into account for federal student-aid funding, especially the success of students See ADVISER, Page 5A
chusetts last year. Public Policy junior Carly Manes and LSA senior Sydney Gallup, co-presidents of Students for Choice, said the was event was intended to be an open environment where women could feel free to discuss their experiences with abortion and feel supported. “We decided to do an abortion speak out because we think it’s the best way for people to speak directly to their own experiences and their own story,” Manes said. “A lot of women on campus don’t talk about their abortion experiences.” The event began with a monologue from guest speaker Katie Stack, who was featured on a special episode of MTV’s 16 and Pregnant TV show entitled “No Easy Decision.” Since then, she has investigated anti-abortion organizations nationwide through The Crisis Project and advocated for reproductive freedom on numerous college camSee CHOICE, Page 5A
Activist alum gives talk on feminism Nadasen blames conservative think tanks for welfare struggles in U.S. By STEPHANIE DILWORTH Daily Staff Reporter
LSA junior Elisa Warner takes part in a candlelight vigil in solidarity with Bangladesh garment workers as part of the International Week of Action on the Diag Thursday.
Students commemorate victims of factory collapse Vigil held on six month anniversary of sweatshop tragedy By AMIA DAVIS For the Daily
Students stood shivering on the Diag Thursday evening, candles in hand. The gathering was held to commemorate the six-month anniversary of the April 2013
collapse of Rana Plaza in Bangladesh and to raise awareness about lack of workplace safety in garment factories worldwide. Students stood in a circle in front of the Hatcher Graduate Library in a moment of silence as they remembered the 1,132 workers who lost their lives in the Rana Plaza collapse. The collapsed garment factory housed manufacturing operations for companies such as Walmart and Joe Fresh.
In response to the collapse, workers are demanding that companies take measures to ensure safe workplace conditions. One example is the Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh, an agreement that promises better working conditions in garment factories. It has already been signed by more than 50 international brands and retailers. The campus chapter of See FACTORY, Page 5A
Students and faculty gathered at Lane Hall Thursday for “Feminism and the Politics of Welfare,” a lecture sponsored by the University’s Institute for Research on Women and Gender. University alum Premilla Nadasen, an associate professor of history at Queens College and a visiting associate professor at Barnard College, delivered the presentation. Nadasen is also the awardwinning author of “Welfare Warriors: The Welfare Rights Movement in the United States.” Her book focuses on the interactions between race, gender, social policy and labor history. The lecture was part of a series focusing on the institute’s theme of poverty, inequality and See FEMINISM, Page 5A
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WHERE: 300 Block of Hill WHEN: Wednesday at about 9 p.m. WHAT: Three small trees were broken off by an unknown subject and one tree was thrown onto Elbel Field some time between Tuesday at 4 p.m. and Wednesday at 8:30 a.m., University Police reported.
WHERE: Harrison Randall Laboratory WHEN: Wednesday at about 6:35 p.m. WHAT: A helium tank was stolen from the loading dock area sometime since October 12, University Police reported. The case was closed Thursday without any suspects.
WHAT: The symposium will be an activist exchange on urban struggle and community building. Several activists and scholars will make an appearance, including Grace Lee Boggs. WHO: Arts of Citizenship WHEN: Today at 12 p.m. WHERE: Rackham Amphitheatre
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WHERE: University Hospital WHEN: Wednesday at about 4:55 p.m. WHAT: A subject reported that someone had taken jewelry from an unattended purse in the radiology department on Tuesday, University Police reported.
WHERE: Michigan Union WHEN: Wednesday at about 7:30 p.m. WHAT: An officer appeared at the scene of a suspicious man and located a visitor who had an unserved Personal Protection Order, University Police reported. He was issued a PPO and left.
Impact Dance fall show WHAT: Impact Dance is a dance company consisting of mostly non-dance majors that will perform a variety of pieces in this annual Fall Show. Admission cost is $7 for students or $9 at the door. WHO: Impact Dance/UAC WHEN: Today from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. WHERE:Mendelssohn Theatre
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Alexis Somers testified that she believed her father, Martin MacNeill, was guilty of killing her mother, according to ABC News. Prosecutors claim that the doctor pushed his wife to get a facelift, drugged her and drowned her.
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A Wisconsin law that gives power to the courts over the fetus of any women who has a drug or alcohol-related problem was challenged, NBC News reported. Alicia Beltran’s case argues that at the time of her arrest she was not abusing controlled substances.
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Appeal of ex-Guantanamo detainee rejected by court Man argues constitutional rights were violated
jano, promised a Supreme Court to trial after detaining him for appeal. national security purposes. The court seemed to embrace Quijano, though, said in an an opportunity to say that evi- email statement that he never dence necessary to prosecute in argued that the government U.S. civilian courts and the legal could never bring a defendant NEW YORK (AP) — In a rights of a defendant are not to trial after detaining him for boost to U.S. efforts to gain necessarily spoiled by efforts to national security purposes. intelligence from terrorism obtain intelligence from terror“The government did not act suspects before prosecuting ism suspects. expeditiously to afford Ahmed them, a federal appeals court on “This appeal presents a ques- Ghailani a trial after subjecting Thursday upheld the conviction tion bound to arise from the him to enhanced interrogation of an ex-Guantanamo detainee government’s efforts to obtain techniques and then forcing in the 1998 bombings of two actionable and time-sensitive him to languish for years at U.S. embassies in Africa. intelligence necessary to thwart Guantanamo Bay,” Quijano said. The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court acts of terror, while still bring- “A claim of national security MICHEL EULER/AP of Appeals rejected arguments ing those charged with commit- does not and cannot suspend French President Francois Hollande gestures as he speaks to the media during an EU summit, Friday. European leaders that Ahmed Khalfan Ghailani’s ting crimes of terrorism against and vitiate one’s fundamental united in anger as they attended a summit overshadowed by reports of widespread U.S. spying on its allies. long detention overseas by the Americans to justice in an right to a speedy trial. Here, a Central Intelligence Agency orderly fashion under the laws delay of more than five years — violated his constitutional right of our country,” Circuit Judge during which the defendant was to a speedy trial, concluding Jose A. Cabranes wrote. tortured to extract information that he was properly convicted The three-judge panel con- — was constitutionally excesand sentenced to life in prison cluded Ghailani’s right to a sive.” for his role in the attacks that speedy trial was not violated, Last week, Abu Anas al-Libi, killed 224 people, including a and it rejected his lawyers’ also known as Nazih AbdulSudoku Syndication http://www.sudokusyndication.com/sudoku/generator/print/ dozen Americans. arguments that the government Hamed al-Ruqai, pleaded not Ghailani’s lawyer, Peter Qui- may never bring a defendant guilty to terrorism charges had Wednesday with President veillance systems, the report when he was brought to a ManBarack Obama, or his personal said. hattan courtroom after he was assurances that the U.S. is not The Guardian did not idensnatched off the streets of Libya listening in on her calls now. tify who reportedly was eavesand subjected to a week of ques“We need trust among allies dropped on, but said the memo tioning aboard an American and partners,” Merkel told termed the payoff very meager: HARD warship. He is charged in the reporters in Brussels. “Such “Little reportable intelligence” same embassy attacks. Republitrust now has to be built anew. was obtained, it said. cans in Congress have demandBRUSSELS (AP) — European This is what we have to think Other European leaders ed he be sent to the U.S. prison leaders united in anger Thurs- about.” arriving for the 28-nation in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, for day as they attended a sum“The United States of Amer- meeting echoed Merkel’s disindefinite interrogation. mit overshadowed by reports ica and Europe face common pleasure. Swedish Prime MinIn supporting its conclusions of widespread U.S. spying on challenges. We are allies,” the ister Fredrik Reinfeldt called it in the Ghailani case, the 2nd its allies — allegations Ger- German leader said. “But such “completely unacceptable” for Circuit noted that the Supreme man Chancellor Angela Merkel an alliance can only be built a country to eavesdrop on an Court “has repeatedly held that said had shattered trust in the on trust. That’s why I repeat allied leader. the government may purposely Obama administration and again: spying among friends, If reports that Merkel’s delay trials for significant periundermined the crucial trans- that cannot be.” cellphone had been tapped ods of time, so long as, on balAtlantic relationship. The White House may soon are true, “it is exceptionally ance, the public and private The latest revelations that face other irked heads of state serious,” Dutch Prime Minisinterests render the delay reathe U.S. National Security and government. The British ter Mark Rutte told national sonable.” Agency swept up more than newspaper The Guardian said broadcaster NOS. The court also rejected argu70 million phone records in Thursday it obtained a confi“We want the truth,” Italments that Ghailani was prejuFrance and may have tapped dential memo suggesting the ian Premier Enrico Letta told diced for speedy trial purposes Merkel’s own cellphone NSA was able to monitor 35 reporters. “It is not in the least by his treatment during his CIA brought denunciations from world leaders’ communica- bit conceivable that activity of detention. the French and German gov- tions in 2006. The memo said this type could be acceptable.” ernments. the NSA encouraged senior Echoing Merkel, Austria’s The Sixth Amendment’s speedy trial clause “protects Merkel’s unusually stern officials at the White House, foreign minister, Michael defendants against prejudice remarks as she arrived at the Pentagon and other agencies to Spindelegger, said, “We need sudokusolver.com. For personal use only. GO ABOVE AND BEYOND. puzzle by ©sudokusyndication.com European Union gathering share their contacts so the spy to re-establish with the U.S. a caused by delays in their trials, not against the harms of interindicated she wasn’t placated agency could add foreign lead- relationship of trust, which has rogation,” Cabranes wrote. by a phone conversation she ers’ phone numbers to its sur- certainly suffered from this.”
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WMU gets federal funding for motor research initiative Western Michigan University says the federal government is giving $1.4 million for a center to develop and promote better public and non-motor transportation. The Kalamazoo school said Thursday that the grant comes from the U.S. Department of Transportation. It says the center is one of 33 being created nationwide. The university says it’s the lead institution behind the Transportation Research Center for Livable Communities.
National Guard member opens fire at U.S. Navy base A member of the National Guard opened fire at an armory outside a U.S. Navy base in Tennessee, wounding two soldiers before being subdued and disarmed by others soldiers, officials said Thursday. Millington Police Chief Rita Stanback said the shooter was apprehended Thursday by other National Guard members, and that he did not have the small handgun used in the shooting in his possession by the time officers arrived. Stanback said two National Guard members were shot, one in the foot and one in the leg. “I’m sure there could have been more injury if they hadn’t taken him into custody,” Stanback said.
Nuclear talks with Iran continue with IAEA official A top nuclear negotiator from Tehran will meet with the head of the U.N.’s nuclear agency next week just hours before agency experts sit down with Iranian counterparts to renew their push for access to sites, people and documents believed linked to possible work on atomic arms, the agency said Thursday. The talks between International Atomic Energy Agency specialists and Iranian negotiators have been set for nearly a month. But Iran’s decision to send Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araghchi was only announced Thursday. Araghchi’s mission in Vienna was unclear, but he played a key role in nuclear talks last week with six world powers that negotiators from both sides described as encouraging after years of inconclusive meetings. Those talks in Geneva were focused on limiting Iranian nuclear programs that can be used both to generate power and make fissile warhead material.
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Saudi rights activists call for women to drive It’s been a little more than two years since the last time women in Saudi Arabia campaigned for the right to drive. Now activists are calling for women to get behind the wheel again Saturday, and they hope reforms made by the monarchy since then have readied the deeply conservative nation for change. The reforms made by King Abdullah in recent years have been cautious, showing his wariness of pushing too hard against influential ultraconservatives. But given the overwhelming restrictions on women in the kingdom, where the strict interpretation of Islam known as Wahhabism is effectively the law of the land, even the tiny openings have had a resounding effect. Perhaps one sign of the impact of the changes is the loudness of the backlash by conservatives against Saturday’s driving campaign. —Compiled from Daily wire reports
One World Trade Center, left, and Brookfield Place, right, are now linked by an underground concourse, which opened Thursday in New York City.
WTC transit hub opens Piece of the $4 billion project officially opens
NEW YORK (AP) — The first piece of a nearly $4 billion redevelopment of the World Trade Center transportation hub debuted Thursday with the official opening of an underground concourse that passes through an area that has been closed since 9/11. The gleaming, marble-paved expanse is expected to smooth the way for tens of thousands of commuters and visitors. It ultimately will feature retail outlets, but it offers something new right now: A passageway that links businesses and ferry service to the west of the trade center site to New Jersey-bound PATH trains and the rest of lower Manhattan to the east. Prior to Sept. 11, pedestrians used a bridge over heavily traveled West Street. Since the attacks destroyed the bridge, they’ve used a temporary bridge or crossed the streets at street level. The temporary bridge is being dismantled and is not in use. “The original World Trade Center site eliminated the street grid because that was the fashion of the times,” Port Authority of New York and New Jersey
executive director Patrick Foye said at Thursday’s ribbon cutting. “This restores that street grid and adds an underground grid that literally spans the length of lower Manhattan.” Foye noted that designing the $3.9 billion transportation hub, scheduled to be completed in 2015, provided the opportunity for a “do-over” of sorts that focuses more on linking multiple modes of transportation than the original World Trade Center site did. The hub will connect the PATH rail system, ferry service, New York City subway lines and the Fulton Street Transit Center. Gone will be the days, Foye said, of commuters having to cross busy streets and trudge up and down stairs to make transit connections, Foye said. The approximately 600-footlong underground concourse, which features 40,000 square feet of Italian marble, will house stores and restaurants on two levels, also by 2015. The Port Authority is partnering with Westfield Group to develop and lease the more than 350,000 square feet of retail space. Westfield had signed a longterm retail deal with the Port Authority not long before Sept. 11 and signed a new deal for the redeveloped site in early 2008. Other components of the redeveloped World Trade Cen-
ter site will be rolled out over the next several months. The 72-story 4 World Trade Center is scheduled to open next month, and One World Trade Center, once known as the Freedom Tower, is expected to have its official opening in early 2014. The first new PATH rail platform to replace the temporary platforms that have been used since Sept. 11 should open by the end of this year or early in 2014, Steven Plate, World Trade Center construction director, said. Yards from where hurrying commuters passed through the temporary PATH station Thursday, workers continued the construction of the massive, 800,000-square-foot transportation hub, whose dominant feature will be an “oculus,” two wing-like sections of arches separated by a huge skylight. “To use a football analogy, we feel like we’re on the 20-yard line and we’re about to punch it in,” Plate said. After two runs in Republican gubernatorial primaries and as the leader of successful campaigns against ballot measures to raise a state sales tax and fund stem-cell research, Lonegan was a favorite of New Jersey’s relatively small right wing. The two candidates portrayed each other as too extreme for the job.
Gambians arrested for hosting ‘gay party’ in violation of law National Intelligence Agency member lurks at gathering before accusation DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Alhaji, a 21-year-old gay man, knew there was trouble when he heard that an uninvited guest was snapping photos in the middle of his poolside birthday party in Gambia’s capital. That photographer turned out to be a member of Gambia’s feared National Intelligence Agency, and accused Alhaji of throwing “a gay party” in violation of Gambian law. He and 17 other men were taken into custody that night. In the months that followed, he said they were interrogated, beaten and subjected to a very public trial that destroyed their reputations in a country where President Yahya Jammeh has called for sexual minorities to be decapitated. As they were escorted from the courtroom after their acquittal, Alhaji heard someone yell: “You think you’re free, but you’re not. This is just the beginning. When the law can’t do anything, we can do something.” Alhaji, a slight, soft-spoken clothing vendor who insisted that his full name be withheld out of fear for his safety, fled to neighboring Senegal where he hoped to obtain refugee status and then resettle in a third country. More than a year later, though, the Senegalese government has made no progress on his application, leaving him and a dozen other gay Gambian men stranded in a country where homosexuality is also illegal — and punishable by up to five years in prison.
Rights workers advocating on behalf of the would-be refugees are calling for their cases to be expedited. At the same time, Djibril Balde, the Dakar-based representative of the International Refugee Rights Initiative, said there was little hope for a positive outcome. “I am fundamentally certain that these cases will be rejected,” he said. “People are fundamentally hostile toward gay-related issues. That’s definitely clear.” Senegal’s asylum office, the National Commission of Eligibility in Dakar, declined to comment. The total number of applications for refugee status makes it impossible to ensure a speedy process, said an official at the commission who insisted on anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss its work. The commission has a backlog of more than 2,000 refugee status applications filed on all sorts of grounds, meaning it is not just homosexuals who are stuck in limbo, said Mathijs Le Rutte, regional representative for protection at the United Nations refugee agency. But while most refugee candidates from other countries have removed themselves from immediate danger simply by reaching Senegal, the same cannot be said for homosexuals. Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender, or LGBT, asylum seekers are considered to be among the most vulnerable in Africa because of the high likelihood they will face discrimination in the countries where they seek protection. In countries like Senegal, Kenya and South Africa that receive a high number of gay men and lesbians hoping to obtain refugee status, reports of ill-treatment by the
local population and indifference from government officials are common. Abductions, mob attacks and rapes targeting gay asylum seekers have been documented in Kenya and Uganda — incidents the victims had difficulty reporting to police because of their ambiguous legal status, according to a May 2012 report by Human Rights First. “LGBT refugees face many of the same challenges that other refugees do, but in addition they also face a range of other challenges,” said Eleanor Acer, director of refugee protection for Human Rights First. “In some cases they’re doubly marginalized.” Of the 38 African countries that criminalize homosexuality, Senegal and Gambia are among the strictest enforcers. Since 2008, Senegal has been gripped by what Human Rights Watch describes as an anti-gay “moral panic,” with arrests and mob justice on the rise. In some towns, the corpses of men presumed to have been gay during their lives have been dug from their graves and dragged through the streets. In Gambia, Jammeh has made clear that gays are unwelcome, saying repeatedly that any who are found in the country would “regret” being born. For two weeks after the raid on his birthday party, Alhaji says he was kept in solitary confinement in Banjul. Guards woke him up each morning by dousing him in cold water, then beat him during interrogation sessions so he would divulge the names of other gay men and lesbians. Police then searched Alhaji’s home for items that would confirm he was gay. He said all they turned up were some boxerbriefs, which they deemed “feminine.”
Team members: City was on edge weeks before filing for bankruptcy DETROIT (AP) — Short of cash, Detroit was delaying payments to vendors and “operating on a razor’s edge” weeks before it filed for bankruptcy protection, the head of the city’s turnaround team testified Thursday. Ken Buckfire, a Wall Street investment banker and Detroitarea native, gave the most detailed testimony so far on the second day of a trial that will determine whether the city can stay in bankruptcy court and eventually unsaddle $18 billion in debt. Detroit must show it’s broke and tried in good-faith to negotiate with creditors. Unions and pension funds with much money at stake claim the city didn’t hold genuine talks and therefore the case should be thrown out. Buckfire’s firm, Miller Buckfire, got involved in Detroit’s finances before the bankruptcy. He arrived in 2012 as the state of Michigan signed an agreement with the city to make certain changes in exchange for financial support. The deal fell apart and eventually led to the appointment of an emergency
manager last March. Buckfire said many city assets were considered for possible sale but none were viable, including a small airport — “effectively worth nothing” — and the water department, which he described as a “very complicated situation.” He said art is being appraised at the Detroit Institute of Arts, a museum that is operated on the city’s behalf. By last spring, there were estimates that Detroit soon would be down to just $7 million, a small vein of cash in an annual budget of more than $1 billion, while payments to vendors were repeatedly delayed, Buckfire said. “The city was operating on a razor’s edge of liquidity. ... There was nothing of significance that could be converted to cash to avert a cash crisis in June or July,” he said. Emergency manager Kevyn Orr, appointed by the Michigan governor to run Detroit, announced in June that the city would stop making payments on $2.5 billion in unsecured debt. The Chapter 9 bankruptcy filing came a month later. Lawyers opposed to the bankruptcy asked that much of Buckfire’s testimony be stricken. They said he offered too much opinion about finances that went beyond the scope of his role in Detroit.
European leaders talk unemployment Nobel Peace Prize laureate says youth joblessness a ‘time bomb’
BRUSSELS (AP) — As Europe’s leaders convened to discuss the continent’s massive unemployment problem, it was a visitor this week, Nobel Peace Prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, who most eloquently summed up what is at stake. “Youth unemployment is a time bomb,” said the Myanmar opposition leader, who held talks on how Europe could help her country emerge from decades of dictatorship. In the EU, the world’s biggest trade bloc, some 23.3 percent — or 5.5 million — of those under the age of 25 are jobless, according to EU figures. EU government leaders will specifically address the issue at their summit Thursday, but there are few solutions in sight due to countries’ high debt, a lack of funds, sometimes strict labor laws and a reluctance among the young to relocate. The leaders took heart in signs that the financial crisis might have reached a bottom — a timid return to economic growth promises a pickup in employment. But with joblessness still near 11 percent, labor unions were not convinced. “Twenty-seven million unemployed in Europe see no light at the end of the tunnel, only the light of a high speed train ready to run them over,” said Bernadette Segol, the chief of the European Trade Union Confederation. Business federations want to revive the jobs market by making labor laws more flexible and making it easier to hire and fire at short notice. Unions decry such moves, arguing they have spawned an increase in short-term contracts and low wages that leave households uncertain about the future and undermine Europe’s vaunted welfare state. A pre-summit meeting between labor and employers’ federations yielded little beyond agreeing to disagree.
EU leaders will later seek to agree on an 8 billion-euro ($11 billion) package to alleviate youth unemployment that would kick in early next year. But for many that is too little, too late. “We need a much bigger investment plan,” Segol said. The rise in unemployment is worsening divisions within the EU between mostly wealthy countries in the north and the needy in the south. Germany’s youth unemployment stood at only 7.7 percent in August, whereas Spain’s was over 50 percent. In Greece, the rate at last count in June was even worse, at a staggering 61.5 percent. As well as being a burden to on public finances, high youth unemployment has a long-term impact on the labor force by denying potential workers the chance to learn valuable skills. That degrades the country’s future employment and growth potential and has also fueled social tensions. EU president Herman Van Rompuy said Thursday that efforts should be geared toward preparing workers for the burgeoning information and communication technology sector. He estimated that by 2015, there would be 900,000 vacancies in those sectors. “With unemployment still so high, it is not hard to do the math. This is where we need to invest,” he said. Instead of going high-tech, some nations embrace something as traditional as agriculture. In Portugal, a growing number of young people, including graduates, have been returning to the land to take up farming. The government is encouraging the trend and now offers six-month paid training agricultural courses for 6,000 people aged between 18 and 35. The number of applicants for such schemes rose to 8,000 in 2012 from just 1,000 in 2008. Some 35 percent had higher education. Greece offers subsidies to new farmers, and also provides state-owned land at a nominal price, or even rent-free, to under 35-year-olds who are prepared to cultivate it.
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No more NERD Snyder’s refusal to disclose donor names fails public obligation
n Monday, Gov. Rick Snyder’s press secretary Sara Wurfel announced the impending dissolution of the controversial New Energy to Reinvent and Diversify — or NERD — Fund. NERD is considered to be a public state fund, but the revenue is generated by anonymous, private donors. Since the NERD fund was created, it’s been discovered that some of the funds have been used frivolously, such as paying for home improvements on Snyder’s house. The ambiguity surrounding the fund’s donors and usage has created uproar from the public. Snyder’s consistent refusal to disclose donor names and explicitly state what the funds were spent on infringes on the public’s ability to participate in government affairs and breeds suspicion about the special interests of officials and private organizations. A play upon the governor’s “One tough nerd” slogan, the NERD fund was established in 2011 to relieve the taxpayers of the burden of paying for specific government expenditures such as technology and event outreach. Although the nonprofit was well-intentioned and Snyder and board members assure it obeys all tax and election laws, its aura of secrecy rightfully disturbs Michigan citizens. Recipients of the money from this “social welfare program” include Rich Baird, Snyder’s friend and top adviser, and Kevyn Orr, the appointed emergency manager of Detroit. Michigan citizens can’t pinpoint who donated the money or exactly how the grossed $1.6 million was spent on “social welfare.” However, a major portion of NERD’s scrutiny stems from the money spent on paying the monthly $4,200 for Orr’s condominium at Westin Book Cadillac and his travel expenses. Likewise, NERD supplied Baird’s $100,000 annual salary and paid for furniture in state-owned residences that Snyder uses. Other suspiciously vague expenses outlined in the non-profit’s 2012 tax form include — $411,917 for “charitable causes,” $13,157 “to support public policies” and $173,630 for travel in general.
NERD’s status as a 501(c)(4) organization allows for donor anonymity, and Snyder’s spokeswoman implied the donors won’t be disclosed due to the pretense that their contributions would stay anonymous. When questioned about the identities of these private contributors, Snyder explained that the board operates independent of him, and therefore he does not know who donated. Yet, the directors of the board include individuals who assisted in his 2010 election. The lack of transparency in the inner workings of the NERD fund prioritizes wealthy investors who can furnish extravagant lifestyles of government officials over the people’s right to know how government funds are spent and who truly is influencing state politics. The public is the only entity who should benefit from public funds — not Snyder himself or his political allies. Wurfel acknowledged the dissolution of NERD will be followed with a more “transparent fund that will go far beyond what the law requires.” Spending and donor names will be posted online on a regular basis, but these small amendments will not erase the suspicions and criticisms lurking within the minds of the public after three years of secrecy.
Rewards in space exploration
’m willing to bet that the 125-million Americans who don’t support federal funding for space programs have never met Colonel Jack Lousma. To hear the distinguished Michigan graduate, space shuttle pilot and capsule JULIA communicator ZARINA of the Apollo 13 mission speak about his 17 years as an astronaut is to forget for a moment that you’ve never been out of Earth’s literal and figurative sphere of influence. The stories he told during our interview were vivid reminders of what inspired me and thousands before me to live out childhood afternoons in refrigerator box spaceships big enough for tiny astronauts with stars in their eyes. They are what motivated dreams of space camp and Tang-drinking orangutans in zero gravity. Most importantly, his experiences are critical reminders that space exploration demands a continued place in our curricula and political agendas, not just in our history textbooks as a faint, retro-futuristic fad of a bygone era. Since the cancellation of the Space Shuttle program two years ago, the United States is at a crucial crossroads in space research. In a political climate that is unreceptive to the financial costs associated with a national space program, the questions the country faces now are different from the ones at the beginning of the Space Race — funding and support, more than technological capabilities, are now the limiting factors to space exploration. Although societal trends dictating the use of such technologies have changed drastically in the past 60 years, space exploration today is as important as ever for both the immediate and long-term futures of innovation and research. One of the most visible changes in space research is the introduction of commercial companies in an area that had previously been the exclusive jurisdiction of regulated government initiatives. Businesses like SpaceX and Orbital Sciences have proven themselves to be successful, profitable partners in logis-
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Sara felt unsure and afraid while she was an undergraduate at the University. She cut long slits into her thighs to relieve the stress and anxiety, but instead of feeling better, she felt more alone. She didn’t know where to get help and was afraid of being misunderstood. Sara’s story is a common one. Self-harm is widely considered to be a growing problem among adolescents, young adults and college students. Self-harm is the intentional destruction of body tissue without the intent to die. Like Sara, those who self-harm rarely seek treatment. They are afraid of being institutionalized, marginalized and demonized. Self-harming people have been treated poorly by healthcare professionals due to a lack of understanding and knowledge. This lapse in treatment must be addressed at the University of Michigan. The Counseling and Psychological Services administration must add information to its webpage about self-harm and its treatment, as well as developing the University’s philosophy on how self-harming individuals will be treated . CAPS does not list any specific treatment or information about self-harm. Having access to information regarding how selfharm behavior is treated and understood is important when trying to provide for those who participate in this stigmatized behavior. A multitude of descriptive pages on the CAPS website exist. These pages include information regarding the help groups available and a variety of treatment philosophies. Depression, anxiety, suicide, eating disorders, substance use, sexuality and racial issues are addressed — CAPS offers information as well as a variety of treatment options. Even with the wide range of present topics, self-harm is excluded. Providing specific information will help self-harming individuals feel more comfortable and welcomed at CAPS. A study by researchers Michelmore and Hindley in 2012 found that self-harming individuals are less likely to seek help than their non-harming peers with other mental health issues. A 2009 study found that self-harming behavior predicted poorer school performance and higher rates of suicidal thoughts. These facts amplify the necessity to have comprehensive informa-
tion to persuade students to seek treatment. The DSM V — the latest edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Health Disorders — acknowledges self-harm as a separate condition prevalent in mid- to late-adolescence and continuing to reach its peak in both severity and frequency during a person’s 20s. A study by researchers Whitlock, Eckenrode and Silverman revealed that nearly 17 percent of undergraduate and graduate students reported harming themselves. Self-harm is a complex issue that should have its own University webpage. This would allow students to seek more information and assuage their anxieties about treatment. On this page, there should be a list of philosophies about self-harm. This will provide selfharming individuals with an idea of how the counselors view their behavior. Specifically, the University should use Deb Martinson’s 1998 Bill of Rights for People Who Self-Harm, in which Martinson delineates ten main values that guide self-harm treatment. The self-harm specific CAPS webpage should also display information on available groups that address self-harm. If a group specifically addressing self-harm doesn’t already exist, CAPS should establish one. Targeted groups foster a sense of community and aid in reducing the isolation, shame and stigma around self-harm. Lastly, this page should provide emergency contacts — such as 800-DONTCUT — where students can seek self-harm-specific support. Adding information and philosophies of treatment for self-harm to the webpage would be an effective and inexpensive way to reach self-harming students. If changes are not made, rates of self-harm will most likely continue to rise. Students may continue to feel unsure of counseling services and therefore won’t seek help, possibly putting their lives and academic careers at risk. Adding a category of self-harm to the CAPS website could change the future for many students who have felt their mental health concerns do not have a place on campus. Emily Geister-Danville is a graduate student in the School of Social Work.
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tical roles associated with space exploration — such as delivering cargo to the International Space Station — and show potential for great growth in developing manned commercial spaceflight programs in the near future. While commercial space companies will undoubtedly play a role of increasing importance in the future of space exploration, it is premature to say that we are past the era of government-funded space programs being necessary or useful. As Lousma emphasizes, the goals and most important functions of NASA as an organization relate to exploration and discovery, although their mission in recent years seemed analogous at times to running a kind of extraterrestrial airline to and from the International Space Station. “I think it’s unlikely that the commercial sector will eventually take over (activities like) deep space exploration,” Lousma says. “It’s too costly, takes too much time and I’m guessing it will be an international effort when it does get underway ... It’s what NASA would like to do. The resources required and the startup cost of it is going to dictate that the federal government do this kind of research.” Opponents argue that funding for space programs wastes money when there are widespread fiscal crises on Earth, and that the motivations that drove the United States to develop the world’s most advanced space program are no longer as relevant as they were during the days of Cold War rivalry. Although dominance in space exploration may not be at the forefront of our national security interests anymore, the continued support of these programs is both an economic asset and a social and scientific necessity. Besides the positive economic returns associated with investing in space research, the average American benefits from these government-funded programs in tangible ways. Lousma points out that the benefits of space research have relevant mainstream applications and can be impossible to predict. “Things we never thought might spin-off (from space research) are the things we have now: computers in every house, GPS systems, Internet, cell phones. A whole lot of things like that are spinoffs of space technology and are products that nobody ever thought of,”
Lousma says. “I think our greatest benefit is probably unknown at the moment.” This idea may appeal to policymakers like Jack Marburger, former presidential science advisor, who was once quoted as saying the debate about space exploration “comes down to whether we want to bring the solar system within mankind’s sphere of economic influence”. Although this may be true when it comes to debating the national budget, the real, compelling reasons space exploration matters are not found in the numbers. We study finance and government to be masters of our own systems, but the challenge of exploring something unknown for its own sake is what makes us uniquely human. We are compelled to write symphonies, climb mountains and break records not because it will make us rich, but because it will make us better collectively and as individuals. “There are no grocery stores or gas stations in space,” Lousma remarks. “You have to learn to conserve your supplies and get along because you’re on a mission that is important, is risky and has consequences. In the same way, we’re on a spacecraft here; we live on the spacecraft Earth. It’s flying through space at tremendous speed and we need to learn to use our resources more effectively and efficiently and learn to get along with each other better than we have in the past in order to have a safe and successful mission.” To purposefully examine and promote these ideas is to contribute to history and our own understanding in a profound and almost super-human way — it’s impossible to quantify what is perhaps the most under-valued benefit of space exploration: the generations of scientists, astronauts, engineers and students who have been inspired to innovate and explore because of it. “You’ll always find things that haven’t been done before,” Lousma says in support of those pursuing careers in space research. “It’s being a part of something that’s bigger than yourself. And you’ll find that when it’s risky, there’s a lot of reward in winning.” This is the real reason space exploration matters. The rewards are out there; it’s up to us to go get them. — Julia Zarina can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Is this the end of unpaid internships?
ike many of my fellow seniors, I have been spending my few hours in-between studying for midterms and pretending to still have a social life trying to line up a post-graduation internship or entry-level job. TIMOTHY Unfortunately, for more than a BURROUGHS few students this includes considering the dreaded unpaid internship, where experience and perhaps a few academic credits replace a paycheck. However, these positions could be a thing of the past as industries that have relied on the grunt work of unpaid interns for years are reconsidering their payroll practices. Last summer, a Federal District Court of Manhattan ruled that Fox Searchlight Pictures unlawfully did not pay two interns who worked on the production of the movie “Black Swan”. This decision is a strong argument against the legal loophole that allows job training to replace wages in some instances. The first major effect of the “Black Swan” case was felt Wednesday as Condé Nast announced they were cutting their entire internship program as a result of a pending lawsuit against them. Condé Nast is a publications company that produces Vanity Fair, Vogue, The New Yorker and various other magazines. Current interns will not be affected by the change and will work through their previously established end dates. Additionally, there’s yet to be an announcement about any new entry-level or paid internship positions to fill the void left by the pro-
gram’s end. Last summer’s “Black Swan” decision brought validation and substance to much of the criticism against unpaid internships. In many programs, the façade of valuable work experience and training has been completely debunked as work days are filled with menial tasks and little interaction with industry professionals. In these instances, it seems fairly obvious that compensation is deserved. Furthermore, many critics of unpaid programs claim that these internships aren’t accessible to lower-income individuals who are unable to cover costs while working long hours with no income. Though many young professionals have accepted unpaid internships as a necessary evil to the start of one’s career, the “Black Swan” decision represents the first major legal victory against these programs. While the initial reception to the decision from young professionals was very positive, the reaction of Condé Nast could be a sobering sign of things to come. Industries, most notably media and publications companies, have begun to rely on this low-cost labor and are currently not structured to offer their many interns competitive wages. Many see this as big companies taking advantage of the competitive nature of new hire programs — which required extensive work experience — and forcing students to accept these unpaid positions. In practice, these positions offer the ‘foot-in-the-door’ experience to numerous students and frequently end with letters of recommendation, a stronger professional network or ideally a job offer. By forcing companies to pay all interns, firms, at a minimum, will have to cut back the number of posi-
tions offered and select individuals even more carefully — limiting opportunities even further. Alternatively, companies such as Condé Nast may decide to completely scrap internship programs entirely and potentially replace their efforts with new entry level jobs. Unfortunately, those positions, especially when paid competitively, attract more qualified individuals, including those looking for a potential career change. Those established professionals can crowd out new graduates who are still looking for their first major opportunity and trying to discover their future career. Though an unpaid internship is far from ideal, candidates are made well aware of the compensation offered during the application process and can decide for themselves if the costs are worth the potential benefits to their career. Eliminating or forcing companies to pay interns could potentially result in a major increase in applicants, including overqualified applicants, to these already competitive jobs. While the effects of the “Black Swan” decision have only started, the battle against unpaid internships is clearly gaining momentum. Though critics argue that unpaid internships represent a significant cost to participants, the reaction of Condé Nast illustrates how their remedy could eliminate early career opportunities even further. Ideally, the “Black Swan” decision would result in all interns’ receiving pay without a change in the quantity of openings to college graduates, but this appears far from reality. In a super-competitive job market, anything that amplifies this issue is bad for young professionals. — Timothy Burroughs can be reached at email@example.com.
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CHOICE From Page 1A puses. Stack talked about her personal experience of getting an abortion at 20 years old and her experience filming the show. She showed the audience a clip of the emotional TV segment, explaining how, at the time, it brought the “burly camera crew” to tears. Stack explained that the reason she speaks so openly about her own abortion is to make others feel safe enough to talk about their own.
ROTC From Page 1A fitness assessment,” Carver said. “What this brings us is a great aspect for team-building,” Naval ROTC Capt. Joe Evans, chair of the University’s Naval Officer
ADVISER From Page 1A after college. Rodríguez also said the federal government needs a better accountability system for the $150 billion in student aid that it distributes each year. Rodríguez also discussed the value of a college education, noting that a large gap is forming between college graduates and those with only a high-school
FEMINISM From Page 1A how they relate to women and gender. Nadasen said conservative think tanks help to perpetuate terms such as “food stamp fraud” and “welfare cheat.” She argued that these pejorative terms are used to enable incorrect notions claiming that public assistance is inherently corrupt and fosters dependency. The issue of criminality in the welfare system dominates news headlines and political debates even though studies show that food-stamp fraud is rare, Nadas-
“I feel like what’s important about story sharing is that you should be able to say your truth, have your audience accept it, and have them be comfortable enough to share their truth,” Stack said. After Stacks’s monologue, women were given time to discuss their own abortions with the audience. Five women told stories, including several on the Advocacy for Youth website that were read by Students for Choice members. Initially, Stack worried that a safe environment wouldn’t exist because of negative comments that were posted to the event’s Facebook page. Many people
criticized the event, with one threatening to bring 10 to 15 of her friends with “terrible abortion experiences” to the event. Stack and other Students for Choice members also feared heckling. To ward against such behavior, they read the University’s code of conduct at public events at the start of the talk. However, attendees remained civil, and a majority stayed to hear every woman’s personal story. LSA sophomore Cheyenne Stone said she came in without expecting much, but left with a much better idea of the hardship women face before and after their abortions.
“Hearing the truth behind it makes me realize how important it is that people are not silent and that people do get the support they need,” Stone said. LSA sophomore Shannon Folster said she found the event to be less political than she had expected. “I didn’t realize that it is much less political than when you talk about it in general,” Folster said. “But to hear people come up there and to hear how emotionally raw it is … I don’t know, I didn’t expect to be so emotionally open to that and the honesty is what I wasn’t expecting.”
Education Program, said, adding that the exercise taught student cadets how to apply their strengths within the team. Carver now owns Bayonet CrossFit, a g ym in Shelby Township, Mich., and frequently runs similar training workouts on Saturdays. Three Bayonet staff members
were on hand Thursday to help coordinate and organize the cadets. Since students weren’t given information about what the training would involve, Carver said it made it more realistic for careers in the armed services. “If you know what you’re doing you can be mentally pre-
pared for it — (but) if you just show up, it’s a kick in the teeth,” Carver said. “In a year to four years, they are going to be leading soldiers in combat, so this gives them a different perspective of how hard it could become, and, as future leaders, what is going to be demanded of them in that role.”
diploma. “Gone is that economy of a quarter-century ago where a worker with a high school credential could make at least half of what a college graduate would earn,” Rodríguez said. Though a college degree may be important in today’s society, Rodríguez said the nation’s higher education system is nowhere near perfect. “Tuition and fees at our public four-year colleges is now more than three times higher than it
was thirty years ago, and over this same period income has only risen 16 percent for middle class families,” Rodríguez said, adding that the average college student today accumulates more than $26,000 of debt by graduation. The Obama administration’s postsecondary education plan, the 2020 College Attainment Goal, calls for the United States to have the highest proportion of college graduates in the world by the end of the decade. Rodríguez said in an interview after
his address that the United States is currently sixteenth in world rankings, a fact that has been previously cited by U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. Rodríguez also commended the University for holding down tuition increases for this academic year, saying it was thanks in part to the state’s commitment to support higher education. The University’s Board of Regents approved a 1.1-percent increase in tuition this year, the lowest in more than a decade.
en said. Fraud wastes only about 1 percent of the program’s funds, but public backlash against welfare fraud has had profoundly detrimental effects for the welfare system. “Although the outcry about fraud is not based in reality, the political discourse about fraud serves a purpose,” Nadasen said. “ It justifies cutback; it taints government programs as corrupt, and it stigmatizes receipts of public assistance.” Nadasen added that one of the crucial developments during the welfare rights movement was the evolution of feminist consciousness. “It was through the process of building a movement that came
to espouse a distinctive brand of feminism,” Nadasen said. “This combined an analysis of race, class, gender, sexuality and social welfare policy,” Nadasen said. In an interview before her address, Nadasen said that her passion for studying welfare was sparked during her time as an undergraduate, when she was involved in anti-Apartheid and anti-racist organizations on campus. “It was at Michigan that I found my passion for social justice, my interest in feminism and my interest in issues of race,” Nadasen said. “I have a very special place in my heart for Michigan, and I think it’s an important institution for people engaging in
political activism and speaking about the bigger world around them.” Heidi Bennett, special events planner for the Institute of Research on Women and Gender, said Nadasen’s work on welfare exemplified the institute’s theme semester on poverty and inequality. Bennett said the last time the U.S. government fully directed its attention at combating poverty was President Lyndon Johnson’s Great Society programs, which he announced at the University in 1964. “It’s a relevant time to look and see what has changed what has gotten better and how far we have to go.”
Explosion injures 40, kills one Candy factory leads to building collapse in Mexico CIUDAD JUAREZ, Mexico (AP) — An explosion inside a candy factory in the border city of Ciudad Juarez on Thursday left one person dead and at least 40 injured, Mexican authorities said. The blast took place on the second floor of the Dulces Blueberry factory and caused the
floor to collapse, injuring people working downstairs, said factory worker Ismael Bouchet. “I was able to help five people who walked out of the building but as soon as they were out they went into shock and fainted,” he said outside the factory, which produces gummy bears, jelly beans, peach rings and other sweets. Authorities said the cause of the blast hadn’t been determined but Bouchet said a steam boiler had been installed recently in the area. Ciudad Juarez Civil Protec-
tion Director Fernando Mota said firefighters found a body inside and that six of the at least 40 injured are in serious condition. Several workers are missing and could be trapped inside the building, he added. Firefighters and rescue crews continued to search the building for more victims Thursday night. Bouchet said people could smell acid in the area where the explosion occurred. “Since the morning, several co-workers said there was a bad smell, that it smelled of acid and
because it was a new area we thought it was normal,” Bouchet said. Photographs of workers being helped by paramedics showed people with injuries that resembled chemical burns. Dulces Blueberry employs 300 people and the candy is sent to a distributor based in El Paso, Texas, which lies across the border from Ciudad Juarez. Ciudad Juarez is a manufacturing hub and the assembly plants there employ many of its residents.
Shadow government forms in Libya Division of country could occur in aftermath of uprising TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) — The leaders of a movement for selfrule in oil-rich eastern Libyan unilaterally announced Thursday the formation of a shadow government, the latest challenge to the weakened central authority. The announcement came several months after the movement, backed by some militias and local tribes, declared the eastern half of Libya to be an autonomous state, named Barqa, claiming broad self-rule powers and control over resources. The central government in Tripoli had rejected the declaration. It had no immediate comments on Thursday. Advocates of the self-rule in the east, who long has complained about discrimination by the government in the capital Tripoli, have been pushing for the reviving the system maintained under King Idris in 1951.
Libya then was divided into three states, with Cyrenaica — or Barqa, as it was called in Arabic — encompassing the eastern half of the country. Opponents fear a declaration of autonomy could be the first step toward the outright division of the country, particularly with the turmoil that struck in the aftermath of the fall of longtime dictator Moammar Gadhafi. The tension between the central government and eastern militias and tribal leaders has already disrupted the exports of oil. Eastern militias earlier seized control of oil exporting terminals, sending production plunging from 1.4 million barrels a day to around 600,000, robbing the country of its main revenue source. Abd-Rabbo al-Barassi, the head of the newly declared Barqa government, said the aim is to improve distribution of resources and undermine the hold of the centralized system that has discriminated against their region. “The aim of the regional government is to share resources in a better fashion, and to end the
centralized system adopted by the authorities in Tripoli,” alBarassi said at a news conference in the northeastern town of Ajdabiya. He dismissed accusations that the movement’s leaders are only seeking to take control of the region’s oil resources. “We only want Barqa’s share according to the 1951 constitution,” he said. The new government is made up of 24 posts, which don’t include the defense or foreign affairs portfolios, he said. Al-Barassi said the region will encompass four provinces, including Benghazi, Tobruk, Ajdabiya and Jebel Akhdar. Since Gadhafi’s ouster following months of civil war, Libya has been beset by lawlessness as the numerous armed men who fought against the longtime leader’s forces formed into independent militias now vying for power and allying with competing politicians. “The security file will be priority,” Al-Barassi said. “It is a thorny issue leading to the chaos of illegitimate militias.” It is not clear how much sup-
port the new autonomous government will have in the country’s east, though the movement’s leaders have seized control of important resources. Officials in the central government have threatened to use military action against any illegal or unauthorized shipment of oils. Meanwhile, a Libyan court on Thursday referred Gadhafi’s son and more than 30 others to trial before a higher tribunal on charges ranging from murder to treason during the 2011 uprising, a senior prosecutor said. Prosecutor Al-Seddik al-Sur said the Tripoli court also decided to appoint defense lawyers for Gadhafi’s son, Seif al-Islam, and the late dictator’s intelligence chief, Abdullah al-Senoussi. He did not announce a date for the trial before the Criminal Court. Al-Senoussi and al-Baghdadi al-Mahmoudi, Gadhafi’s last prime minister, were among about 10 of the 38 Gadhafi-era officials to attend the hearing. Seif al-Islam, held by a militia group that captured him as he attempted to flee to neighboring Niger in 2011, was not present.
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FACTORY From Page 1A United Students Against Sweatshops, North America’s largest student-run campaign organization, organized the vigil along with other student organizations, including the Bengali Student Association, Canterbury House and the Sikh Student Association. The goal of the vigil was to empower the University to help prevent future disasters and demand that apparel brands, such as Adidas, sign the accord. LSA senior Allysha Choudhury, a member of the Bengali Student Association, suggested that anti-sweatshop activism at
the University could influence other universities to take a stand as well. “Once the University of Michigan pushes this, other universities might do the same,” Choudhury said. Most of the University’s apparel is licensed by Adidas, which has manufacturing facilities in Bangladesh. Most students purchase their Maize and Blue apparel without realizing where it was made. LSA sophomore Ryne Menhennick, a USAS member, said consumers need to keep in mind that the employees who make their clothes are often suffering in harsh factory conditions. “We wear our own clothing without thinking about who made them,” Menhennick said.
Soldier opens fire at base National Guardsman wounds two soldiers before being subdued MILLINGTON, Tenn. (AP) — A member of the National Guard opened fire at an armory outside a U.S. Navy base in Tennessee, wounding two soldiers before being subdued and disarmed by other soldiers, officials said Thursday. Millington Police Chief Rita Stanback said the shooter was apprehended Thursday by other National Guard members, and that he did not have the small handgun used in the shooting in his possession by the time officers arrived. Stanback said two National Guard members were shot, one in the foot and one in the leg. “I’m sure there could have been more injury if they hadn’t taken him into custody,” Stanback said. Maj. Gen. Max Haston, Tennessee’s adjutant general, said at a news conference that the victims were being treated at a local hospital and he expected them to be released. The Tennessee National Guard late Thursday identified those shot as Maj. William J. Crawford and Sgt. Maj. Ricky R. McKenzie. The shooter’s name has not been released. In a news release, Guard spokesman Randy Harris said the two were shot while disarming the gunman. Haston said all three of the men were recruiters. He said the shooter was a sergeant first class who had been in the Guard about six or seven years and that the victims were his superiors. He said the recruiters who were shot were based in Jackson, Tenn. Haston characterized Thursday’s activity as disheartening.
“You never think something like this is going to happen on your watch or in good old Tennessee here,” he said. Stanback said at an earlier news conference that the soldiers’ conditions were not immediately known, though the Navy said on its official Twitter account that neither had lifethreatening injuries. The shooter was a recruiter who had been relieved of duty, said a law enforcement official briefed on the developments. The official was not authorized to discuss the investigation publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity. Asked about this at the news conference, Haston would only say that there were “administrative policies and procedures that we were going through with him.” He did not elaborate. Stanback said the shooting happened inside an armory building just outside Naval Support Activity Mid-South. There are more than 7,500 military, civilian and contract personnel working on the base, according to the facility’s official website. The facility is home to human resources operations and serves as headquarters to the Navy Personnel Command, Navy Recruiting Command, the Navy Manpower Analysis Center and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Finance Center. The Navy said the base was briefly placed on lockdown as a precaution, though the lockdown was lifted in the afternoon. On Thursday afternoon, yellow crime scene tape remained around the front of the building where the shooting happened. Law enforcement had blocked off streets with access to the armory, which is across the street from the army base.
6A — Friday, October 25, 2013
‘Manganiyar’ to highlight traditions Roysten Abel’s project to come to Power Center By LENA FINKEL Daily Arts Writer
It’s a whole new world full of lights, movement and intoxicating music. A concept all its own, “The Manganiyar Seduc- Manganiyar tion” hopes to Seduction transport audience members Saturday at into a place 8 p.m. and where the tra- Sunday at ditional tunes 4 p.m. of the Indian musicians, the Power Center Manganiars, From $18 meet the bright visuals of Amsterdam’s red light district. The Manganiars are typically classified as Sufi folk musicians. But “Manganiyar Seduction” creator Roysten Abel winced at the “folk” label. “This folk thing is questionable. Of course, they have been put in this (category), but I would call them traditional musicians,” said Abel. “Their music goes back many thousands of years.” Though not a Manganiar
himself, Abel has become quite knowledgeable about the group, having been introduced to their music long before creating the “Seduction.” “I was working on another play (in Spain) with a lot of traditional street performers, musicians, acrobats, puppeteers and snake charmers,” Abel said. “But we needed more musicians.” The two musicians he found happened to be Manganiars. “One day I was sleeping and in my dream, I could hear this beautiful music. When I woke up, there were the musicians,” Abel said. “It became a tradition for them to sit outside my room and wake me up.” From then on, he was hooked. “For me, they did not just impact me on an emotional level; it was also on a physical level. That’s when I realized something fantastic had happened.” It’s just this kind of magic that Abel hopes to capture for an audience. So, he went off to Rajasthan, India, where the Manganiar community resides, and interviewed nearly a hundred musicians for the performance. “All I did was listen to their whole repertoire,” Abel said. “You start picking a score from
what they have already.” He explained that he wanted to stick to the traditional music and didn’t try to alter their songs in any way. “I don’t compose music. Whatever the musicians have, I arrange (it) like a theater piece.” The result was unlike anything that had ever been done before. The musicians, all 43 of them, sit in cubicles surrounded by red lights that illuminate throughout the show. The Manganiars are unable to see one another, so the group is led by a conductor, who dances across the stage. While the finished performance is quite spectacular, the whole process of organizing the Manganiars wasn’t without a few bumps in the road. As far the as the musicians are concerned, “the problem is, if you ask them to play a whole song ,they’ll do it. But the moment you ask them to play one bar, it freaks them out. They are not used to structure,” Abel said. Overall, the process took Abel about a year and a half, but it seems to have paid off. “The Manganiyar Seduction” has toured all over the world — from the U.K., to Singapore, to New Zealand — and has received critical acclaim.
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out to be an associate of Jeezy’s. Gucci Mane claimed to have acted in self-defense and was acquitted of the murder charges when he was put on trial. Nowadays, it’s no secret that Gucci is nearly in constant conflict with other rap artists. The popularity of social media sites like Twitter has provided a platform for Gucci Mane to publicly call out other rappers in front of his nearly two million followers and anyone else wishing to view his public account. Comically enough, Gucci’s most recent mixtape, Diary of a Trap God, even features Tyga and Waka Flocka Flame, artists with whom he is currently beefing but wasn’t during the production of the mixtape. This just goes to show that Gucci does not have the most level head, perhaps a result of the triple scoop ice cream cone on his face. Or maybe it’s the drugs. One or the other.
A tailspin much worse than Miley. Last spring, Gucci dropped Waka Flocka Flame from his label which has proved to be another milestone of his own decline. Gucci has been quarreling with Waka ever since, calling him out on Twitter as “disloyal” among other adjectives. The circumstances of their falling out are not entirely clear, but whatever the disagreement it has certainly caused a great schism that is unlikely to be fixed. Despite his volatile tendencies, Gucci’s anger with Waka is certainly not unfounded. Loyalty is considered a virtue among rap artists and gang members, so the fact that Gucci and Waka are both rappers and have been linked to gang activity only reinforces this value twofold. In the background of many of Gucci’s early music videos and freestyles, a young, skin-and-bones Waka can be seen chilling in the back behind Gucci, basically fitting the physical embodiment of whatever the hell “the struggle” actually means. Today, Waka can be seen decked out in bling while throwing bands at strippers in music videos with a much more confident and healthy physical appearance. It’s clear that his quick rise from rags-to-riches is largely thanks to the pseudoapprenticeship he entered with Gucci in 2009 when he signed onto the Brick Squad 1017 label. For this, Gucci feels Waka should be loyal. On Sept. 9, Gucci lashed out at a wide range of rappers and industry personnel — such as Tyga, Yo Gotti, Drake, Nicki Minaj — out of nowhere. Since then Gucci has deleted the tweets, but the damage has been done. While this might have been just a way to gain attention and hype for his newest mixtape released two days later, it looks like it is actually just another sign of his deterioration. As a result of all the beefs he has gotten himself involved in, Gucci has fewer artists with less talent to feature on his tracks. He seems so desperate for artists that he even featured his former cell-mate — Young
Scooter — on Diary of a Trap God, and signed the unbelievably horrendous and jail-bound Chief Keef to his label. The violent and illicit tendencies of Gucci Mane displayed on his songs have foreshadowed his continual run-ins with the law. Gucci has been arrested in 2001, 2005, 2008, 2011 and 2013 for a variety of charges, such as aggravated assaulted and distribution of cocaine. Gucci’s criminal history is a perfect example of the notion that stars live their lives like a game of monopoly, with absurd amounts of money and at least one or two “get out of jail free” cards. Though, it looks likes Gucci Mane may soon be sent to jail without passing “Go.” And it’s no secret that Gucci Mane both distributes and uses a wide assortment of illegal drugs, and makes no attempt to be discreet about it. Gucci goes so far as to shoot his music video for “My Kitchen” at what appears to be one of his trap houses. Combining this abuse and distribution of drugs with an aggressive gangster attitude has not done Gucci well over the years. Case in point, Gucci is allegedly being sent to jail for a third time for 183 days as a result of a number of parole violations involving, you guessed it, guns and drugs and violence. Simultaneously, he admitted over Twitter in late September that he is addicted to lean, a highly addictive combination of codeine syrup and promethazine. He claims that he will be visiting rehab in order to deal with his addiction. This is good news for Gucci’s health, but is only a small step in the right direction. Lean is only one of the many drugs Gucci abuses — at least as far as he brags in his songs. I believe it’s entirely possible that Gucci is simply using his lean addiction as a ploy to try and get himself out of jail as soon as possible, go to rehab and then be back on “da skreets” just to repeat the process all over again. Regardless, the increasing incidences of physical and verbal outbursts are sure signs that Gucci isn’t changing any time soon. Such actions might increase his “street cred,” but it’s all too likely that in pursuit of hood dreams he may wind up incarcerated — for long enough that he’ll be irrelevant or dead. Miley may imitate the drug lifestyle and have attentiondriven outbursts of her own, but her more wholesome way of originally gaining the spotlight means that she is the only person who can hurt herself. As an artist, Gucci Mane’s attempts to maintain relevance by dissing other rappers is also leading him to have a dwindling repertoire of artists to feature on his tracks — which may hurt his record sales. As a person, Radric Davis is not only endangering his body and mind with drugs, but is creating potentially fatal rivalries with other equally volatile rappers left and right. Gucci must come to terms not only with the dangers he’s imposing on his musical career, but also his physical well-being. Otherwise, not everything may turn out so “Gucci” for Gucci.
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Knoxville brings surprising amount of heart to ‘Jackass’ By AKSHAY SETH Daily B-Side Editor
In the exact moment these words are being written, the most recent Facebook status update for “Jackass Presents: Bad Grand- Apa” is a photo of Johnny Knox- Jackass ville (“Jackass Presents: 3D”), in costume, playing a Bad game of leapfrog Grandpa with seven Playboy playmates At Quality 16 at the Playboy and Rave Mansion. No, “leapfrog” isn’t Paramount code name for a sex position, though I have no doubt in my mind that the people who came up with the idea had the double entendre in sight. It’s simple, adolescent, crude and more so than anything else, idiotic. But in many ways, that naughty, childish approach to humor is what has allowed the “Jackass” franchise to retain a cult audience for over a decade. Watching each installment is like being shoved back to those summer afternoons in middle school when you’d set aside time every day to go ding-dong-ditch an entire neighborhood, or establish social hierarchies hinging on who could most
effectively pass gas while attempting a cartwheel (fartwheels). Those were the days, and though many of us have since grown up, it’s nice to know there are people out there still clinging to juvenility. “Bad Grandpa” is an ode to that resilience. Albeit more tame than anything else in the Essential Jackass Canon, the film features the same “candid camera” gags on unsuspecting bystanders, just minus all the masochistic selfharm. We start with octogenarian Irving Zisman (Knoxville) receiving news that his wife (Catherine Keener, “Enough Said”) has just passed away. Zisman takes his newfound bachelor status as a challenge — a challenge to see how many different women he can conspicuously and aggressively hit on before succumbing to senility. Unfortunately, his daughter gets sent to prison on an unknown narcotics-related charge, and our profanity-spewing grandpa is stuck with her son, Billy (newcomer Jackson Nicoll), who he must drive cross-country to reunite with the father. The mayhem begins. A series of pranks, the most memorable being shoplifting from a convenience store, guides us through the loosely strung narrative about Zisman finally showing love for Billy. And in all honesty, the scripted bits about grandpa having a miraculous change of heart and embracing his duties as Billy’s ward aren’t needed to keep the movie relevant. They’re necessary to establish some form of structure in order to
set up the pranks, but the reason you’re likely to shell out $10 and spend 90 minutes in a cinema hall is to see the look of utter horror on the face of innocent passersby as they watch Zisman groan, groan some more and shart on a wall. The warm interactions between Billy and Zisman are thrown in between every prank to show some growth in grandpa’s personality, but become sidelined when the debauchery is being carried out. The tear-jerk payoff toward the end feels artificial at best, and goes against the grain of what “Jackass” is supposed to be: a satire of the extremes. Yes, Zisman is verbally accosting many of the women he sees with the most misogynistic, objectifying pick-up lines you’re likely ever to hear, but the intention is to turn the lens on himself — to highlight absurdity in the garishness of what he’s doing. “Bad Grandpa” succeeds for simple reasons: It’s a funny movie that’ll likely keep people laughing without rehashing tired material we’ve already seen in previous chapters. The scrotum slapstick, pooping parodies and all that other good stuff is still there — just presented in a format that relies more heavily on reactionary humor than ever before. It’s an interesting new step for the idiots at Dickhouse Productions, reminiscent of a certain Kazakhstani reporter no one’s ever heard of. It never quite reaches those heights, but no one can deny that it accomplishes what it set out to: make us question what we choose to
‘SNL’ risks becoming irrelevant without more diverse cast By DREW MARON For the Daily
There’s more to the “diversity” argument involving the new “Saturday Night Live” cast than simple political correctness. Since heavy hitters Jason Sudeikis, Fred Armisen and Bill Hader all left this past season, executive producer Lorne Michaels hired six new cast members, all of whom are white and only one of whom is female. I’m not saying “Saturday Night Live” should consider race or gender as much as talent. Nor was I one of the people outraged that “Doctor Who” didn’t cast a woman or a non-Caucasian actor as the 12th Doctor.
Very little progress has been made in 38 years. The problem for me is “SNL” and “Doctor Who” aren’t even remotely the same thing. “SNL” absolutely needs diversity in its ranks to function. The show isn’t just about how funny its performers can be — it’s how different they are and how well they bounce off each other. When you have five actors all with extremely similar backgrounds and personalities, it’s going to be boring. Plain and simple. At the very least, the writers are cognizant of the lack of diversity. The season premiere
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saw the new cast ushered in with host and alumna Tina Fey guessing if they were new cast members or part of indie-band Arcade Fire. Yet, part of me still mourns for what feels like missed opportunities. I’m not saying the new cast is all bad. Beck Bennett (more widely known as the star of the AT&T “It’s Not Complicated” commercials) easily fits in, standing out in the episode’s highlight, a Lonely Island-infused digital short titled “Boy Dance Party” that will undoubtedly shoot its way into the public consciousness despite lacking any Timberlake or Samberg cameos. Various media outlets, as well as cast members Kenan Thompson and Jay Pharoah have all
voiced their displeasure at Lorne Michaels’s recent casting choices. Pharoah, in particular, criticized the collective failure to find a Black female comedian to join the cast. The purpose of “SNL” is to ref lect modern culture, and its cast members are keys to that end. If the cast seems dull and the jokes repetitive (a popular opinion among most), it’s simply because the show no longer represents the cares and anxieties of the day. The people of today’s America are not who they were 10 or 20 years ago. We moved on, grew up and became an even greater melting pot than ever before. Diversity, therefore, isn’t a chore. It’s a necessity to remain relevant in today’s modern comic era.
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For those moviegoers just craving a bit of action, this film’s fearsome battles should more than meet your needs, Bbut for the more demand- Lone ing viewer, the true story of Survivor “Lone Survivor” At State also delivers a good dosage of Universal humanity. Based on the book of the same name by Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell and novelist Patrick Robinson, the movie follows the events of Operation Red Wings, when four SEALs came under attack from overwhelming Taliban forces in the middle of enemy territory in Afghanistan. The film introduces the four main characters, HM1 Marcus Luttrell (Mark Wahlberg, “The Fighter”), Lt. Michael P. Murphy (Taylor Kitsch, “John Carter”), GM2 Danny Dietz (Emile Hirsch, “Killer Joe”) and STG2 Matthew Axelson (Ben Foster, “Contraband”), quickly establishing their rich family lives and the strength of their bonds as brothers in arms. Soon thereafter, Lt. Cmdr. Erik S. Kristensen (Eric Bana, “Hanna”) sends them into the Afghan moun-
tains on a mission to capture or kill a notorious Taliban leader. After making a difficult moral decision over whether to release or kill a few goatherds who accidentally stumble upon the four SEALs’ hiding place, the heroes of the movie rapidly find themselves under attack by local Taliban militia. Stranded in the middle of the Afghan wilderness and having only limited radio contact with American forces, their options leave the soldiers with no choice but to fight for survival.
At least it’s accurate. The intense and lengthy action sequence that follows excellently portrays a sense of desperation as well the SEALs’ astounding ability to endure massive punishment. This echoes the film’s opening where actual footage of the Navy SEALs’ extreme training establishes the theme of willpower and a tone of realism. During the combat, a highly subjective and frenetic camera conveys the hysteria that ensues as the Taliban force them to retreat further and further down the mountain. At every impact the
sound effects induce flinching and audiences also receive closeups of the SEALs’ gruesome wounds. Initially, the film comes off like any other film with an excess of shooting and explosions but a dearth of unique emotionality. “Lone Survivor” glorifies the heroes and their deaths while unceremoniously dispatching a number of nameless, faceless “bad guys.” However, the film takes a surprising turn in a moment that humanizes the Afghanis and imparts to the audience a wonderful sense of hope for the prevalence of human kindness. Possibly the film’s strongest asset is the accuracy with which it depicts this true story, based off of the accounts of the lone survivor himself, Marcus Luttrell. Though Hollywood does of course fudge some of the more minor details, the events that resonate most with the audience stay fairly true to real world events. In this regard, “Lone Survivor” inspires and entertains without turning the phrase “based on a true story” into a meaningless marketing gimmick. While “Lone Survivor” may recycle the familiar themes of patriotism, honor in war and personal sacrifice, its dedication to the real-life heroes of Operation Red Wings reminds viewers of the true value of these principles.
Woodley is the next Lawrence By KAREN YUAN For the Daily
Shailene Woodley is the next Jennifer Lawrence. Remember when everyone found out who was casted as Katniss in “The Hunger Games?” Jennifer Lawho is this nobody; she looks nothing like the character; Hollywood blasphemes again, ugh. Remember how, only a year after “The Hunger Games” debuted, Lawrence held an Oscar in her arms? She rocketed from obscurity to stardom in an incredibly short amount of time. At this time next year, the fanfare surrounding Shailene Woodley will be at colossal, JLaw-level heights. Mark my words: Though many don’t recognize the name now, soon people will be utterly maniacal about her. I’m talking Buzzfeed .gif-articles, a catchy nickname, millions hoping that she’s single — the whole shebang. It’s clear from the big splashes Woodley has been making recently that fame is imminent. She’s slated to star next June in “The Fault in Our Stars,” beating out 200 other auditioners for the coveted role. She also landed the main role for “Divergent,” another majorly hyped film coming out next year. Both movies are based off of high-profile bestsellers many teens are fanatical about. There’s no question that Woodley will cement her status as a favorite among the younger population. If there is any fanbase that can really launch an actress in spotlight, it’s the Young Adult section of Barnes & Noble — as proven by the classic examples of “The Hunger Games,” “Twilight” and “Harry Potter” series. Some may worry that if her acting isn’t on par, Woodley will ruin any chances of rising to the top. However, her previous record has shown her genuine ability to seize a role and make it her own. This past summer, she co-starred in “The Spectacular Now” and garnered praise for her performance. Though her character
She plays a lot of sad people.
was required to act fairly passive, Woodley was still able to shine through the nuanced earnestness of her portrayal of a suburban teen in love. In 2011, she also starred alongside George Clooney in “The Descendants.” She received a Golden Globe nomination and critical acclaim for this role, along with nominations for a dozen more awards and a feature as one of Nylon Magazine’s Hollywood stars of the future (see, I’m not alone in this!).
Owner of the cutest Tumblr on the Internet. Having personally seen both movies, what strikes me immediately is Woodley’s versatility. She portrays a caustic, confrontation-
al girl in “Descendants,” hurting from the brokenness of her family, and then does a complete 180 by playing the sweetly doe-eyed and affectionate Aimee Finicky in “Spectacular Now.” If there’s anything left to sell her by, it’s Shailene Woodley herself. Her Twitter is full of endearing slice-of-life bits on eating cookie dough, smiley faces and pictures of homecooked dinners. She has also written exactly one post on Tumblr — a post that has been reblogged over 5,000 times. It’s presented in all lowercase as she muses on her decision to cut her hair short for “The Fault in Our Stars” and cancer patients: “this could be a beautiful opportunity to rally the troops of mankind and ask for some warriors to help contribute to the cause. any of you have 8 inches of hair to spare? ... yay!!! :)))” OK, seriously: How can you not love this girl?
8A — Friday, October 25, 2013
McGary still day-to-day By DANIEL FELDMAN Daily Sports Writer
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Wolverines in close battle for 1st in B1G By BRAD WHIPPLE
During last season’s NCAA Tournament, Michigan thenfreshman forward Mitch McGary was the talk of the nation as he averaged a double-double of 14.3 points and 10.8 rebounds during the men’s basketball team’s run to the national championship game. On Thursday, though, at Michigan men’s basketball media day, he was at the center of attention not for his on-court performance, but for his current battle to get back on the court. Since late September, McGary has been sidelined day-to-day with a lower back injury, and while Michigan coach John Beilein didn’t sound worried in the long-term sense about McGary, it remains unclear when he will get back on the court. “He’s making great progress,” Beilein said. “We’re (being) super cautious. He’s been doing these underwater treadmill workouts that are really productive. … It’s still day-to-day. One of these days, he’s going to have to get out there and see what he can do. But we’re very cautious.” When asked by reporters about a possible target date for McGary’s return to practice, both Beilein and McGary lacked an answer. “There’s no target date or anything right now,” McGary said. “Like I said, I’m day-to-day right now. (But I’m) feeling really good about my body and whatnot.” Besides McGary, no other Wolverines are currently injured. However, Beilein did say a similarly cautious approach was taken with freshman guard Derrick Walton Jr., who injured his foot in recent weeks. “Derrick is 100 percent, or at least he has been in practice,” Beilein said. “He missed about four or five days just when we
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Sophomore forwards Glenn Robinson III and Mitch McGary are being counted on to continue Michigan’s recent sucess.
made sure his foot was fine.” STRETCHING THE FLOOR: As recently as two years ago, Michigan was using a four-guard lineup for the majority of its games. Packaged with fifth-year senior Jordan Morgan, the Wolverine lineup was incredibly small. That won’t be the issue this year. Currently, Michigan houses 10 players that stand at least 6-foot6. With such height, Beilein envisions a plethora of possible lineups. At the moment, Beilein admits the team is not as versatile as it can be, but after McGary recovers from his lower back issue, he will be spoiled for choices. “With Mitch not being in there right now, we’re not as versatile as we would like to be,” Beilein said. “We want to have people playing a lot of different positions. … When Mitch is healthy, we’re fairly versatile where we can play a bunch of multi-position players and just let it roll.”
With sophomore guards Nik Stauskas and Caris LeVert each standing at 6-foot-6, the range of their play could come in a variety of ways. With one weighing over 200 pounds – Stauskas, and one under – LeVert, Beilein sees the duo playing a “lot of positions.” “I think Nik and Caris can both really play a big guard,” Beilein said. “Both are two-position players. Caris can probably play guard and Nik can play what he played (last season) and play the offguard.” Speaking further on the concept of LeVert playing point guard, Beilein went as far as to say that Michigan “could go out there with a 6-6, 6-6, 6-6, 6-6 and a big guy” with the four 6-foot-6 players being LeVert, Stauskas, sophomore forward Glen Robinson III and freshman Zak Irvin. INTANGIBLES: When asked in his press conference what was the biggest challenge that Michigan will face this year, Beilein was
quick to answer. “I think the biggest (challenge) is replacing the intangibles we had off those five seniors that left this team and won a lot of games in their time,” Beilein said. “There were things going on in the locker room, in the practice and in the weight room (and) meals that you (can) hardly replace.” Senior leadership won’t be the only thing that the Wolverines will have to replace this season. Another thing will be the production of former Wolverines Trey Burke and Tim Hardaway Jr. With his two biggest scoring threats and late-game options no longer present, Beilein is already questioning who exactly will fill their spaces, especially with the game on the line. “At the end of shot clocks, at the end of games, if we were drawing up things, it was going to them,” Beilein said. “Who are you drawing up things for the end of the game? Those are the things we’re working through right now.”
Michigan Stadium is always packed with fans, but few people see the stories of some of the most important people in the building, the stadium workers.
Over 50 years on one phone By LIZ VUKELICH Daily Sports Editor
While masses of spectators pile into Michigan Stadium on football Saturdays, a different kind of stampede is going on in the press box. There are hordes of people moving in and out of the box: beat writers, television personalities, sports information directors and bowl game representatives. People come and go. But amongst the hubbub, there’s a duo that hasn’t moved in 50 years. Art Parker and Ken Collica, who answer the press box phone, started working for the Athletic Department in 1955 and 1968, respectively. If there’s anyone who’s seen history at the Big House, it’s these two. At its core, their job is simple — Parker and Collica answer the phone to provide game statistics to media outlets. If a radio station or TV network has questions about the game, Parker and Collica are the ones they talk to. The two have received every kind of call imaginable, from a mother demanding to speak to her injured son on the field to bomb threats in the late 1960s and early 70s.
“We’ve had a lot of fun with the media,” Collica said. “They rely on us a great deal, particularly after the game. It’s been a fun job.” After this past weekend, Parker’s consecutive home-game streak is now up to 434. It very nearly ended in 2001, though. On Sept. 8, 2001 the Wolverines played Washington in Seattle so Parker and his wife decided to head down to San Francisco afterward for a mini-break. Following the 9/11 terrorist attacks, planes were grounded indefinitely, it seemed unlikely Parker was going to make it back to Ann Arbor in time for Michigan’s next matchup against Western Michigan. But the game was postponed until the following week and the streak survived. “It’s selfish, but (the delays) kept (the streak) going,” Parker said smiling. From Michigan’s last minute heroics against Notre Dame to Desmond Howard’s Heisman pose, there have been many iconic moments at the Big House. But out of those 434 games, it’s not hard for Parker to pick a favorite. Anthony Carter’s touchdown catch against Indiana in 1979 is a close second, but Michigan-Ohio State in 1969 takes the
cake. Michigan fans don’t need to be told how the story plays out. Looking back, Parker has never seen anything like it in a press box anywhere after the Wolverines upset the Buckeyes, 24-12. “The local Detroit media … said ‘No way Michigan can win this game,’ ” Parker said. “It was like an impossible game. It got down to the last minute, this whole place started vibrating. It just went ballistic.” There’s a very strict policy about not showing partisanship in the press box. But on that day, all rules went out the window. “They came on the PA and said, ‘There’s no cheering in the press box, but today, we’ll make an exception,’ ” Parker said. The 1969 edition of The Game is Collica’s favorite too, but for a different reason — by the time November 22 rolled around, his pregnant wife was three weeks overdue. And when the phone rang for Collica, he knew it was his wife saying she had gone into labor before he even picked up. The pair could talk for hours about their stories from over the decades, from the time the field flooded and former Michigan Athletic Director Don Canham jokingly demanded a thousand
squeegees to mop it up, to the time the first cell phone was used in the stadium. Parker and Collica have time to reminisce now — games are less hectic than they used to be. Before the advent of the Internet, even in the early 2000s, the phone would ring after every play, with radio stations needing to know every single detail. Now, things like Twitter and statistic websites mean that people can find that kind of information on their own without having to go through an actual person. But that doesn’t mean the duo thinks they’re obsolete. “Are we still needed here?” Collica asked. “Yes, because phone calls still need to come in. Like any demographic, things have changed, and technology has changed.” When the old press box was torn down after the 2009 season as the whole stadium underwent renovations, employees were told they could take anything they wanted as a memento. Collica took the old phone, the one that had been his and Parker’s friend those many years. It’s sitting at his house, and though it won’t be ringing any time soon, the sounds of Michigan football continue to echo in Collica’s ears.
With consecutive victories against Big Ten teams this past weekend, the No. 10 Michigan women’s soccer team inched ever closer to the top spot in the Big Ten. Michigan But, three at Illinois more tough games stand Matchup: Michigan 12-2between the 1; Illinois 8-6-2 Wolverines and the Big When: Friday 7 p.m. Ten Tournament. Though Where: Illinois Michigan is Soccer and starting to Track Stadium look like a TV/Radio: mgoblue.com championship team as it moves toward the end the season, it’s important not to look too far ahead. “Your best shot at winning a conference championship is to win these games,” said Michigan coach Greg Ryan. “I think this team is as good, if not better, than the team we had last year.” Michigan (6-1-1 Big Ten, 12-2-1 overall) is coming off two huge wins last weekend against Indiana and Purdue, which ended with senior forward Nkem Ezurike becoming the program’s new scoring leader with 45 career goals. The Wolverines are now second in the conference standings with 19 points, two behind Nebraska. “Coming off those two wins, I think we really need to refocus,” said senior defender Shelina Zadorsky. “Those are in the past now, and all that matters are the three games we have left.” This weekend, Michigan will play its final two road conference games. Friday, the Wolverines will head to Champaign, IL, host of the conference tournament in November. Sunday, Michigan will face Northwestern, closing out the weekend in the Windy City. The Fighting Illini (3-4-1, 8-6-2) are a powerhouse on offense. They are led by forward Jannelle Flaws, who has tied the Illinois single-season scoring record with 18 goals, which leads the conference. In addition to Flaws, 12 players have added to the Illini’s 41 combined goals, good for second-most in the Big Ten.
Even with the offensive firepower, The Illini have been shorthanded, missing their two-time NSCAA All-American forward Vanessa DiBernardo. DiBernardo has missed the last six games due to a knee sprain. It remains to be seen if she will return Friday. “They’ve been very unfortunate not to have Vanessa,” Ryan said. “She’s certainly a difference maker.” On defense, Illinois’ goalkeeper Claire Wheatley will be hard to beat. She has reached a career-high nine saves three times on her way to 79 total saves this season, second most in the conference. The Wildcats (1-7, 3-11-2) have won only one conference game – largely due to their struggling offense that has scored just 15 goals this season, worst in the Big Ten. On a five-game win streak, their longest since 2001, the Wolverines are more focused than ever and hope to finish strong, claiming the Big Ten title. For weeks, they have been in a tight uphill battle with the Cornhuskers for first place. If Michigan wants to come out of this weekend ahead of the Cornhuskers, assuming Nebraska falls to Ohio State or Penn State, it will need to maintain the momentum created by an impenetrable defense and a hard-hitting offense that has carried the team lately. “Defense win games, and that’s just the fact of the matter,” Zadorsky said. “If we can continue going collectively and have each individual know their role, I think we’ll have success.” Added Ryan: “We have great defending, we’re fast in the counter attack and we have the Nkem factor.” The key to success for the Wolverines may lie in early scoring opportunities, as Michigan is 10-0 this year when scoring first. Zadorsky said capitalizing on these early chances is extremely important to the team’s success, as it allows them to pick up on the game’s momentum. “It’s critical to score early,” Ryan said. “We want to get on top of (Illinois) and not be the team chasing the game and trying to play from behind.” “The focus isn’t on Big Ten Championship or going undefeated. The focus is on playing Illinois Friday night, and if we keep our heads right, maybe things will turn out good for us.”
“I think this team is as good, if not better, than the team we had last year.”
Freshman goaltender Taylor Bucklin has collected 44 saves on the season.
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vs. Boston College at RIT at New Hampshire vs. Boston University vs. UMass-Lowell vs. Michigan Tech at Nebraska-Omaha vs. Niagara vs. Ohio State at Ohio State vs. U.S. NTDP (ex.) vs. Ferris State Great Lakes Invitational at Comerica Park at Wisconsin
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at Michigan State vs. MSU in Detroit vs. Wisconsin at Penn State at Minnesota vs. Penn State vs. Ohio State at Ohio State vs. Michigan State at Michigan State vs. Minnesota Big Ten Tournament NCAA Regionals NCAA Semifinals NCAA Championship
TABLE OF CONTENTS
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A WHOLE NEW YEAR
Everything Michigan does this season is a reaction off of last year’s dissapointment.
Daily hockey beat does its best to predict the outcome of the 2013-14 NCAA hockey season.
WHO IS ANDREW COPP?
How Michigan’s future transitioned from quarterback to being a hockey captain as a sophomore.
BIG TEN BREAKDOWN
The conference is in its inaugural year. We take a look at the remaining five teams in the conference, from powerhouses to rookies.
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here is a sign, a big sign with two block ‘M’s on either side hanging in the locker room at Yost Ice Arena. During the week, it reads: Win the next game. On game days, senior captain Mac Bennett swaps it for a new one: Win this game. After a victory over BosERIN ton College in LENNON the home opener, the sign was replaced with the letters “BC,” if only for a moment of celebration. The poster found its home in Yost prior to the 2013-14 season, after Bennett sat down with his team to outline goals for the upcoming year. Apart from dreams of a national championship, the consensus was simple: win the next game. “The funny thing about it is that if you win the next game, eventually there’s no more games to win,” Bennett said. That is the motto of ‘Team 57,’ however cliché it may sound. Bennett apologizes for referring to last year so often when talking about this team’s character, promising not to bring it up again once the season picks up.
The Apology Season Most of the Wolverines’ upperclassman leadership sings the tune of comparison: what was last year will not be this. But, they clarify, recognizing that the nation’s second-youngest roster will take time, no doubt, to find its identity. Efforts to build team unity — a quality lost upon last year’s Michigan until March 1st, when it faced a win-out or miss the CCHA and NCAA tournaments situation — have included everything from Saturday afternoon paintball and movies to team dinners. In 2013, off-ice activities and meals aren’t organic, but this doesn’t diminish their importance. This is an entirely new team. More than a quarter of the roster is new to Michigan hockey. But unlike those of Michigan’s past, this team was doesn’t need a definition. It was provided with one the moment the lights in Yost were shut off last season. Like the poster in the locker room, this identity is a direct reaction to the failures
of 2012, when Michigan didn’t make the post-season. Call it a knee-jerk reaction. Call it an apology. “The reason is to kind of remind us of what our thought process was last year,” Bennett said. “Michigan has this huge history, obviously, of being in the NCAA tournament and last year was a disappointment. This is to kind of get us back on track in terms of if we one game at a time, eventually it’s going to work itself out and hopefully we make the tournament.” The Wolverines, who are currently ranked fourth in the nation, are undefeated through four games, a feat they couldn’t claim this time last year. They have escaped two roadgame overtimes and survived two ranked teams — including thenNo. 4 Boston College. Michigan’s 10 freshmen have contributed tremendously to early-season successes. Two freshmen — Tyler Motte and Evan Allen — netted the game winning goals in two of Michigan’s three wins this season. Meanwhile in place of
“It’s such a privilege to put on that sweater.”
injured goaltender Steve Racine, freshman Zach Nagevoort produced two solid games against New Hampshire last weekend — keeping the Wolverines out of the loss column in overtime. But Bennett knows the threat of collapse is still very real. In 2012, Michigan was ranked No. 3 in preseason polls, projected to make another NCAA title run and to continue its 22-year tournament-appearance streak. The Wolverines had dazzling freshmen last year, too. Jared Rutledge, Jacob Trouba and Boo Nieves, each of whom came to Ann Arbor destined for greatness. After a dominant exhibition-game victory over Windsor at Yost, it looked like Michigan would live up to all of those expectations. You know the rest. Before the Wolverines’ exhibition game against Waterloo (Ont.), Bennett said that this team — ranked No. 10 according to USA Today — would surprise people this season, knowing the expectations for this year had been lowered after last. For many schools, a top-10 nod is not too shabby, unless you’re Michigan. And so, with expectations and disappointments in mind, everything this year will be compared the dismal lows and ultra highs of last season. Every win will be
one more apology written into the history books, every loss a stinging reminder of what has yet to be erased. “We have the mentality of: just focus on the here and now,” said sophomore forward Boo Nieves. “Do what you can and play your role.” The only Wolverine who doesn’t mention last season is Michigan coach Red Berenson. Without him, a post-seasonless year is not the travesty that it was this past March. He built the status quo. Berenson doesn’t need to apologize and he doesn’t want to hear ‘I’m sorry,’ either. He, like this Michigan hockey team, wants one win at a time. “We’re playing for Michigan, for that block ‘M’ and what its represents,” DeBlois said. “It’s kind of cliché but it’s such a privilege to put on that sweater.” So the Wolverines aren’t apologizing to Berenson or the Children of Yost, to former Wolverine greats or even to themselves. They are apologizing to the rafters, to the banners of old and to the ones they could have added.
— Lennon can be reached at email@example.com or on Twitter @ee_lennon
STAFF PICKS The Daily hockey writers take their best shot to predict what will happen in the world of college hockey during Michigan’s 2013-14 campaign. Big Ten First Place Big Ten Second Place Big Ten Third Place Big Ten Coach of the Year Big Ten Tournament Champion GLI Champion Michgan’s Season Ends Here Michigan MVP Michigan Top Scorer Top Michigan Freshman Frozen Four 1 Frozen Four 2 Frozen Four 3 Frozen Four 4 National Champion
Greg Garno Michigan Minnesota Wisconsin Guy Gadowsky, Penn State Minnesota Western Michigan NCAA Tournament 2nd round Steve Racine Andrew Copp Tyler Motte Miami (Ohio) North Dakota Yale Notre Dame Miami (Ohio)
Jeremy Summitt Minnesota Michigan Wisconsin Red Berenson, Michigan Michigan Western Michigan NCAA Tournament 2nd round Racine Alex Guptill JT Compher North Dakota Notre Dame Miami (Ohio) Minnesota North Dakota
Minnesota Michigan Wisconsin Mike Eaves, Wisconsin Wisconsin Western Michigan Frozen Four Andrew Copp Copp Motte Yale Miami (Ohio) Michigan Minnesota Miami (Ohio)
Minnesota Michigan Wisconsin Berenson Minnesota Michigan NCAA Tournament 3rd round Copp Copp Compher Miami (Ohio) Boston University Wisconsin Notre Dame Boston University
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Off the Gridiron,
onto the Ice by Greg Garno, Daily Staff Sports Writer
COURTESY OF THE COPP FAMILY
DESIGN BY NICK CRUZ
Andrew Copp sat at the Ann Arbor Ice Cube three years ago, facing one of the defining moments of his young athletic career. He had waited so long for this occasion — essentially his entire life. At the end of August, before his junior year at Skyline High School in Ann Arbor even began, Andrew sat with his father, Andy, listening to coaches from the U.S. U-18 National Team Development Program. They presented Andrew with an opportunity, one that had fallen into place in just a short time: the chance to play hockey while representing his country. The privilege is afforded to less than 25 young men each year. The group travels the country to play against the best college talent and garners the attention of college coaches and most importantly, National Hockey League scouts. Andrew had tried out for the team in March, but didn’t make it. Now, he sat staring down his second chance at fulfilling “a dream,” as his father would later say. But there was one caveat. “You’ll have to quit football,” they would tell the starting quarterback. Quit? Surely, there must be a way to do both. They wouldn’t leave him with that ultimatum, would they? “I can’t. I can’t quit on my team. I can’t let those people down. I can’t walk out on these people now,” Andrew would
recall. So he didn’t. Now there’s no hesitation in his voice when he speaks. He glances back up and continues his story. Andrew’s gotten used to repeating it, now. “I guess looking back on it, it was kind of dumb,” Andrew said with a laugh. “I wasn’t 100-percent excited about the decision,” his father added. Yet behind the disappointment and the frustration, Andrew’s life fell into place five months later, putting him on his path to Michigan. Three years after that fateful day, Andrew is an alternate captain for the Michigan hockey team as a sophomore forward, waiting for his time to join the Winnipeg Jets organization. Once again in his life, Andrew finds himself at the center of an organization. And at the center of Andrew is his character. “I think that’s what really defines his character level,” his father said. “That he was willing to turn down his dream, because of his responsibility to his football team.” Andrew’s character level has come to define his work ethic. His work ethic has come to define how he performs in a game. And his performance could be what defines the Wolverines this year. *** Andrew Copp grew up in a hockey family. Like so many of his teammates, he has played since he was young and hasn’t stopped.
“Since he could walk,” Andy said. His father has been a hockey coach for nearly all of Andrew’s life for the Compuware teams a short drive away in Plymouth, Mich. Andrew’s mother was a figure skating coach for the Wolverines, making her living on the ice. His brother, meanwhile, is also a hockey player. Andrew’s father wasn’t a standout NHL player or a college star, but he loved the game — something his son has picked up as well. When he wasn’t on the ice, Andrew spent his time watching more hockey, idolizing players like Michigan’s first Hobey Baker winner and Vancouver Canuck, Brendan Morrison. And when he wasn’t watching it on the TV or playing on the ice, Andrew travelled the 15 minutes to campus to watch Michigan play at Yost. “Hockey was always his first, and his second, commitment,” Andy said. Andrew’s family owned season tickets for much of his childhood, where he witnessed the great players like Morrison and goaltender Marty Turco on the ice. Andrew, though, had his chance to follow his childhood dream by accepting the position on the U.S. NTDP — which regularly fed players into Michigan. He turned down that future. *** Andrew Copp was a natural, even though organized tackle
football was never a reality until he was 14 years old and a freshman in high school. At Emerson School, a K-8 school 20 minutes west of Ann Arbor, Andrew didn’t have the opportunities to compete in anything outside of basketball or track, so he competed in flag football on weekends in the fall and baseball in the summer. Hockey was always his No. 1 priority, though. After eighth grade, Andrew sat down with his parents at home and discussed his future. Andrew wasn’t keen on going to a private school in Ann Arbor. And with a new public school opening nearby to relieve the overcrowded Ann Arbor Pioneer and Huron High Schools, there was one likely choice. Plus, Skyline offered football, something his parents supported in the summer and hoped would act as an important social aspect. “I encouraged him to play football, because I thought it was a really good experience for him,” Andy said. “I thought the physicality would definitely help him in hockey. That was one of the things that Michigan and other schools had said, they wanted to see him be a little bit more physical.” Andrew wasn’t quite ready for the next stage in hockey, but football helped prepare him. With football, he could improve his physicality for hockey. Everything was done for hockey. From the start, Andrew was a natural fit to be a quarterSee COPP, Page 6B
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COPP From Page 5B back: not strong enough to be a lineman, not quite tall enough to be a wide receiver, but a powerful arm, shiftiness and decisiveness. “I personally think he’s the best quarterback I’ve ever seen,” said Skyline head coach Lee Arthur, an 18-year veteran coach with time in Saginaw and Ann Arbor Huron. “I’ve seen some great quarterbacks, and I don’t care what name you pull up.” Andrew rarely lined up under center, almost always in shotgun, where he was as much of a threat to run as he is to pass. His throwing motion is a bit unorthodox,
though, resembling current Nebraska quarterback Taylor Martinez’s baseball motion. Andrew would wind his arm back like a pitcher would a fastball, shifting momentum back and then thrusting himself forward. But if anything, Andrew was effective. He escaped pressure, with a quick lateral juke when his line fell apart or moved the play to the right to force a receiver open when the play had broken apart. “He’s one of the smartest guys on the football field,” Arthur said. “He knew where he was going with the ball — he could read defenses.” Andrew runs right as the pocket collapses, three defenders chasing him, then four then six. Five yards back, Andrew stutters and the
tackler has made his move too soon, grabbing Andrew’s shoulders as a last hope to bring him down. At the moment when he appears to fall, Andrew ducks the tackle and sprints forward looking downfield. Now there are four defenders closing in from every direction. Before he’s hit, Andrew slides with his left leg forward then heaves the ball to an open receiver eight yards down the field. A 10-yard loss turns into a 25-yard gain, and a drive down the field that looked threatened had a new life. The lineman places his hands up and walks up with his head staring down at the field. That defender knew there were so few quarterbacks that would have opted
to make that play, because there are so few athletes like Andrew Copp. *** Second chances are hard to come by. But Andrew Copp’s came just five months after he turned down his dream. An ankle injury had cut his junior season of football short by a couple of weeks, and took him out of any sort of physical activity for November. Andrew’s love of hockey never stopped, but now there were fewer options to continue playing. There was the United States Hockey League, but that would mean a full-fledged commitment. Andrew still wasn’t going to leave his team, not when they needed him in his senior year.
But in December, just before his holiday break, Andrew received a visit from Ryan Rezmierski, the head of hockey personnel of the U.S. NTDP. “What have you got going this weekend?” Rezmierski said. “I’ve got a couple of Michigan Major games,” Andrew replied. “Well, not anymore,” Rezmiersk responded. “We need a guy and you’re our guy.” There was a spot for him, if only just for one weekend, when injuries and camps left the U.S. NTDP with only eight forwards. Here Andrew sat again, with the same opportunity to live out his dream. This time there was little hesitation. Andrew travelled to Fargo
to play for his first game of the weekend against the Fargo Force of the USHL. His team lost, 7-1. Andrew had the only goal. He was moved to the top line, where he played well enough against skaters more than six years his age. His performance on short notice was enough to keep him on the team for good, even with football, for the next year and a half. Back at Yost, Andrew’s eyes begin to close a bit and a smile lights up his suddenly red face. After sitting on the edge of his seat for 15 minutes, Andrew finally relaxes, talking about a dream fulfilled. “I was ecstatic.” *** Andrew Copp never had a
leader to look up to in high school — there was no class in front of him at the newly formed school. He was the captain since his freshman year in the program. But when he played hockey actively for the U.S. NTDP, he was pushed. “He probably wasn’t playing his best hockey during some of those year because of splitting the sports and splitting the seasons,” Andy said. Added Andrew: “I don’t think stressful is the word, because I loved to do both.” Monday through Thursday, Andrew would leave school early to make it to the Ann Arbor Ice Cube, where the U.S. NTDP practices, for early lifts. He would hop onto the ice before any of his teammates to get in as much work as possible. He would leave hockey early, speeding back to school to be on time for football practice. Arthur and the rest of the coaching staff knew about their quarterback’s situation, but Andrew had determined he wouldn’t be late. He owed it to his team. “Going from hockey to football, there’s just a complete difference,” Andrew said. “But I’d say it made me more focused.” Not many people would take on the responsibility. Not many people could handle the responsibility. Andrew chose to take Thursdays off from hockey after a couple weeks, when the strength and energy was gone. When it was all said and done on a given night, Andrew arrived home after seven in the evening, weary and tired. “Homework took a backseat for awhile,” Andrew said with a smile. *** Andrew isn’t the first Michigan hockey player to also play football. Former Michigan captain Luke Glendening played fullback at Grand Rapids. One of last year’s alternate captains, Lee Moffie, played quarterback in school before he arrived to Michigan. But Andrew might be
the only one to hold a state record in football. Midway through Andrew’s senior year, against newly formed rival, Pioneer, Andrew threw for 557 yards, a state record that still stands, and tied the record with seven touchdowns. Skyline still lost, 49-52. “He would never talk about the state record,” Arthur said. “Not as much as he would talk about losing that game.” Andrew wants to win. He’d later be a part of putting a board in the locker room at Yost that reads, “Win the next game.” With three games left in his senior season and a 3-3 record, his hopes of making the state playoffs were still within reach, and they began on senior night against Bedford. Midway through the second quarter, Andrew broke free to the right on a designed quarterback run. The weak side defensive end caught Andrew on the play from behind, driving his shoulder into the ground. “That broke my collarbone pretty good,” he said slowly. Andrew’s family arrived from Boston and all over to see him play. They watched the last half with him on the sidelines. That was Andrew’s last play of football. It’s painful for him just to think about it. “He wasn’t really concerned about if he would ever play again, or his season-ending injury,” Arthur said. “He was more concerned about winning the game. He was hurt, because he couldn’t finish it with his teammates.” Skyline would lose its last three games. *** The dream of playing college hockey never died, though. There were opportunities for Andrew, but by April, he hadn’t been offered much from Michigan. There was a spot for him to walk on, but no scholarship. The Wolverines not only lost in April to Cornell in See COPP, Page 8B
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BIG TEN CONTENDERS Minnesota
The Gophers are ranked first in the country despite losing three players who combined for more than 35 points last season — Nick Bjugstad, Erik Haula and Zach Budish, who have all moved onto the NHL. One question mark for Minnesota will be how to replace 123 points the trio combined for last year. A terrific recruiting class is a good starting point, as Minnesota brings in seven talented freshmen that will be expected to play significant roles. Leading the pack will be Taylor Cammarata, the Player of the Year in the United States Hockey League last season. He should fit nicely into the Gophers’ top two lines, with classmates Vinni Lettieri and Hudson Fasching contributing on lower lines. Among the upperclassmen, Sam Warning is the player to watch thus far. Warning is on his way to having a breakout season, currently leading the NCAA in scoring with nine points. Minnesota is a young team with legitimate national championship aspirations. Boasting a talented recruiting class and established leaders, the Gophers should be at the forefront of the Big Ten race. First Look: February 14 at Minnesota, 7 p.m.
The Badgers return over 80 percent of their scoring from last season for the second year in a row. An experienced team led by Michael Mersch is poised to make noise in the topheavy Big Ten. Mersch led Wisconsin and the WCHA with 23 goals a year ago and looks poised for an even bigger senior season. But Wisconsin has struggled defensively early in the season. The Badgers suffered deflating losses — 8-2 to Boston College and 7-3 to Boston University — just a week ago. Those results will evoke some questions, especially with the likes of senior captain Frankie Simonelli and junior Jake McCabe making up one of the top blue line pairings in the nation. Amongst many returning upperclassmen, Wisconsin has just five true freshmen on the roster. Forward Grant Besse looks to make the most immediate impact after scoring 76 points in his senior season at Benilde-St. Margaret’s High School en route to winning Minnesota’s Mr. Hockey award. The Badgers’ experience and senior leadership will be a huge advantage in the early part of the Big Ten season. Along with Minnesota, Wisconsin looks to be an early favorite to be sitting atop the conference in April. First Look: January 31 at Wisconsin, 6:30 p.m.
The Buckeyes made headlines in the offseason with the unexpected firing of head coach Mark Osieki. A talented recruiting class that Osieki had planned to bring into Columbus is depleted now, after multiple recruits decided to leave the program. Former Ohio State assistant Steve Rohlick was hired to replace Osieki. The biggest mystery for the Buckeyes will be how to replace All-American goaltender Brady Hjelle. Hjelle held a .935 save percentage last season and was named to the All-CCHA First Team. Ohio State does return 90 percent of its scoring from last season, though, which should provide for an easier transition for Rohlik. Ryan Dzingel returns as the leading goal scorer, finishing last season with 38 points and 16 goals. He’ll be paired with Tanner Fritz and Max McCormick on the Buckeyes’ top line. Ohio State’s biggest weakness will be its lack of depth. Aside from Dzingel’s line, it remains to be seen if the other nine forwards can contribute enough to keep the Buckeyes competitive. First Look: November 29 at Yost Ice Arena, 7 p.m.
Michigan State’s biggest strength will be in the crease this season with the return of Jake Hildebrand. He posted a .928 save percentage alongside a 2.35 goals-against average last season. The Spartans were extremely young last season and still have just five seniors on the team. Youth will be a question, but a bigger issue will be the lack of production from the blue line. Top defenseman John Draeger is sidelined for at least the first month of the season due to offseason surgeries, while senior Jake Chelios is still looking for ways to have a breakout season. There are glimmers of hope for an offense that scored just 87 goals last year with freshman Joe Cox coming in from the USHL. Cox scored 20 goals and dished 20 assists with the Muskegon Lumberjacks a season ago. Michigan State still seems too inexperienced and lacks enough offensive firepower to be a serious contender by the time spring rolls around, but the Spartans always seem to play conference opponents tough and won’t be an easy win for anybody. First Look: January 24 at Michigan State, 6:30 p.m.
Former Minnesota transfer forward Max Gardiner leads the Nittany Lions into their inaugural season as a varsity program. Gardiner led Penn State with 19 assists a year ago, four of which came on game-winning goals. Providing some backup for Gardiner will be the Nittany Lions’ returning goal scorers, sophomore forwards David Glen and Casey Bailey. Glen and Bailey netted 14 and 16 goals respectively in the 2012-13 campaign. What Penn State is severely lacking, though, is a star on the blue line. Head coach Guy Gadowsky does return eight defensemen that played at least 10 games last season, so experience won’t be of grave concern. Between the pipes, the Nittany Lions are still deciding on which goaltender will earn the starting job. Both sophomore Matthew Skoff and freshman Eamon McAdam played in last weekend’s losses at Air Force. Skoff boasted a .921 save percentage last season in 17 games. The Nittany Lions did pick up wins over Michigan State and Ohio State last season, but remain a wildcard in the competitive Big Ten. First Look: February 7 at Penn State, 6:30 p.m.
COPP From Page 7B the first round of the NCAA Tournament, but also lost one of their strongest offensive weapons, Chris Brown, to the NHL. Michigan coach Red Berenson and the rest of the coaching staff had briefly talked with Andrew, but still no scholarship on the table. Offers from NebraskaOmaha, Western Michigan and Miami Ohio came in, but many schools hadn’t seen enough of him since they recruit during the football season. “You go through a lot of doubts, wondering if you’re going to be able to play col-
lege hockey,” Andy said about his son. But after Brown’s departure, Andrew went from an afterthought to an important recruit for the coaching staff. Michigan coach Red Berenson and assistant coaches Billy Powers and Brian Wiseman invited Andrew in for a visit that same month. This was it, the opportunity to play for the team he’d grown up watching. He made one more visit, but by then, Andrew was being spoiled. At the end, Andrew and his father walked with Berenson out to the car while Andrew smiled the entire time. He committed that night. “I’m sure he wanted us to want him, too,” Berenson
said. “He wanted this to be a good fit. And I think it’s worked out better than anyone could have ever imagined.” *** With 1:07 remaining in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association championship, Notre Dame’s Jeff Costello flung the puck near center ice into an empty net past a diving Steve Racine, and with it, Andrew Copp watched his team make history. After 22 consecutive NCCA Tournament berths, he would have his name associated with breaking “The Streak.” This wasn’t what Andrew had in mind when he set foot in Yost. The Streak started before he was born and
would end on his rookie campaign, no matter how hard he worked. This memory haunts him. They haunt everyone on that team. Months later, Andrew is with his family at the Prudential Center in New Jersey. He’s waited three rounds of the NHL Draft to hear his name called in the fourth round by the Winnipeg Jets. A smile filled his face at that moment and four months later, it’s still there when he describes the story. “It was indescribable, really,” Andy said. But for now, Andrew is beginning his sophomore year at Michigan, where the jersey he pulls over his head
is emblazoned with the ‘A.’ It’s Oct. 9, the Wolverines’ season opener against Boston College, and Andrew skates out onto the ice with the same drive that he did under his father’s tutelage and the same passion he had from the beginning. “The Victors” echoes throughout the cavernous roof of Yost as Andrew skates out to the circle to take the first faceoff of the year. He yells out to his teammates, piles on the net just before the face off with everyone. He’s back in his element now as a leader. “He is me and (senior forward) Derek’s (DeBlois) gateway into the lower classes,” said senior defenseman Mac
Bennett. “He is the guy who is close to the freshmen, he is close to the guys in his class, and he’s done a tremendous job. “Andrew is a very easy kid to be around. There’s a reason he’s a captain.” A month ago, Andrew visited his alma mater for a football game. Watching from the stands this time, Andrew has his phone out, sending texts to Arthur on the offense’s miscue or where the defense is exposed. He talks with former teammates after the game or calls up his coach from time to time. It’s been three years and he’s wearing skates instead of cleats, but Andrew Copp still won’t give up on his team.