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Incumbents keep seats, Eaton wins unopposed Students made up less than five percent of vote ERIN KIRKLAND/Daily
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Third Ward city council candidates Stephen Kunselman and Sam DeVarti talk strategy during their joint watch party at Dominick’s Tuesday night.
Rogel couple gives $50M Namesake of Union ballroom donates to Medical School, chinese studies By JENNIFER CALFAS Daily Staff Reporter
And the gifts keep on rolling in. Early Monday, the University announced that Richard and Susan Rogel donated $50 mil-
lion to the University’s Medical School and the Center for Chinese Studies. The gift will provide $30 million for scholarships at the Medical School and $10 million to support faculty, students and programs of the Center for Chinese Studies. The remaining $10 million will benefit future initiatives. The Rogels’ gift comes just days before the launch the Victors for Michigan fundraising campaign on Nov. 8, which will focus on development of stu-
dent support. The campaign is slated to run through 2018. “Rich and his wife Susan share our commitment to making it possible for extraordinary students to immerse themselves in their studies and research, and prepare for highimpact careers, without regard to cost or future debt,” University President Mary Sue Coleman said in a statement. Richard Rogel, who graduated as valedictorian in 1970 from what is now the Ross School of Business, has served
CSG election reform bill fails By AMRUTHA SIVAKUMAR Daily Staff Reporter
The Central Student Government assembly failed to pass a resolution on Tuesday that would potentially bar CSG campaigns from popular University study spaces. The resolution — brought forth to the assembly on its third read — sought to amend the CSG governing documents to prohibit legislative or executive candidates running for office from actively campaigning in Campus Computing Sites or University Libraries. “No candidate may campaign in any Campus Computing Site while polls on the election webSee CSG, Page 3A
The Ann Arbor City Council elections Tuesday brought few surprises, as all incumbent candidates held their seats and Democratic candidate John Eaton joined the ten-member board. Total voter turnout was 13.25-percent of registered voters with a total of 22,888 ballots cast across the 66 precincts. The closest election was in the second ward, with independent incumbent Jane Lumm holding her seat over Democratic challenger Kirk Westphal. Lumm took 55.66 percent of the vote, Westphal 41.63 percent and Mixed Use Party candidate Conrad Brown took 1.91 percent. The Ward 2 election also had the highest voter turnout at
in a number of corporate leadership roles during his career as an investor and business leader. He previously served as chairman and chief executive officer of the Preferred Provider Organization of Michigan, a health insurance firm he founded in 1982 and sold in 1997. Rogel is currently a member of the University of Michigan Health System Advisory Group and will serve as the vice chair for the Victors for Michigan campaign. He will lead the See ROGEL, Page 3A
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19.83 percent. At 9:45 p.m., as Lumm led with a 54-percent majority before the absentee votes were counted, she addressed a group of more than 50 supporters. “We’re a wonderful collection of Democrats, Republicans, Independents, Libertarians all coming together because we share the same concerns,” Lumm said to the room. “We care so much about this community and that’s what this is all about. It was never about a party. Talk about something energizing, motivating, exciting.” Councilmember Sumi Kailasapathy (D–Ward 1) attended Lumm’s watch party at the Paesano Italian restaurant near Arborland to express her support. She noted that she and Lumm share similar priorities. “We really want to bring the focus back to fiscal responsibility and providing core services like fire and streets and garbage pickups,” she said. “Jane has been a See SEATS, Page 3A
Student-run campaign to raise fiscal awareness ‘U’ to participate in second annual national competition to win $10,000 By KRISTEN FEDOR For The Daily
City councilmember Jane Lumm (Ward 2-I) celebrates with campaign supporters.
Mixed Use Party fails to win seats on city council Innovative focus on zoning didn’t convince voters By MATTHEW JACKONEN Daily Staff Reporter
After a poor turnout, the Mixed Use Party is bent but not yet broken. Ann Arbor City Council incumbents Jane Lumm (I– Ward 2) and Stephen Kunselman (D–Ward 3) defeated both Mixed Use candidates, LSA senior Conrad Brown
in Ward 2 and Sam DeVarti in Ward 3. Though DeVarti garnered nearly 30 percent of the vote in the third ward, Brown failed to surpass a two percent of the vote in the three-person race in the second ward. So, what will come of the Mixed Use Party, an effort by college students to influence the city’s zoning laws? University alum Will Leaf, co-chair of the Mixed Use Party, said he is not yet done fighting for his party’s platform, but is unsure of the party’s future.
“We believe in our ideas, and we knew it was going to be difficult,” Leaf said. “We’re going to continue advocating for those ideas, and we don’t know what form that is going to take yet.” While working the polls and attempting to coax more residents into voting for Mixed Use candidates, Leaf noted that success for him meant getting more than three students out to vote. In the last off-year city council election, only three students See MIXED, Page 3A
Throughout the fall, a group of University students will compete in the second-annual Up to Us campaign to educate their peers on the long-term debt crisis in United States. University students are competing against students from 24 other schools to make campaigns about the debt crisis and will be judged on criteria ranging from creativity to visible impact on campus. The winning campaign will win a $10,000 cash prize and recognition from former President Bill Clinton at the Clinton Global Initiative University in early 2014. The group receives training through weekly webinars sponsored by Up to Us and will receive a $2,000 budget to help conceptualize and execute its campaign in early 2014. The University was chosen to participate in last year’s Up to Us campaign as well, but the team from the University of Virginia won the $10,000 top prize. The Clinton Global Initiative University was established as a nationwide effort to get students involved engaged in policy and political issues with an eye on solutions. The CGI U
partnered with the Peter G. Peterson Foundation and Net Impact to make the “Up to Us” campaign a reality last year. LSA junior Benjamin Park, campaign director for the University’s team, said it’s especially important for college-aged students to be aware of the crisis because they’re not often involved in looking for a solution. “Most of the policies that are made are not made by anyone in our age group, yet the policies of today are going to be what affects our lives in the future,” Park said. Though the core team is composed of five people, Park is optimistic about this year’s campaign, noting there is already an increase in student participation compared to last year’s effort, with more than 50 people already involved. Park said the 2012 campaign did not have a significant enough impact on the University’s campus, and this year’s organizers are looking to expand its influence. While they are still in the planning stages, participants are looking forward to creating a video for the cause with the help of other student groups, hoping to bring in a wider audience. The coordinators also plan on booking professors and bringing in local politicians to speak to students. “We also want to have fun events that all students can come to and that they’ll enjoy,” LSA freshman Courtney Kim, the event design chair, said. “While they’re having fun, they can get to know fiscal policies.”
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MSU coping with grass damage O’Connor said many tailgaters ignore signage and ropes which signal vehicles to avoid driving or parking in certain areas. Some tailgaters have even moved concrete barriers to snag a parking spot. When vehicles leave ruts in muddy grass, Landscape Services must bring in new soil and reseed the area, costing about 20 cents per square foot. Penn State commences search for next president Pennsylvania State University has initiated the search for its next president, The Daily Collegian reported Friday.
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WHERE: Michigan Union WHEN: Tuesday at about 2:45 a.m. WHAT: A mop and bucket were reported stolen from a basement hallway, University police reported. There are no suspects.
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CNN recorded its lowest ratings week since the Olympics, The Hollywood Reporter reported. CNN’s ratings averaged only 385,000 viewers last week. During the LAX shooting, more viewers turned to MSNBC and Fox News.
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has demolished about 10,000 empty and dangerous houses during his four-year term. But anything the new mayor wants done that requires money must first get Orr’s approval. Snyder did not endorse a candidate, but after testimony last week in bankruptcy court, he held firm in his decision to appoint Orr and keep him in place until Detroit emerges from bankruptcy and its finances are fixed. “Detroit’s fiscal crisis was six decades in the making,” Snyder said in a statement. “My job is to make the tough decisions to resolve the problems we face today, not ignore them.” Detroit’s mayor cannot remove Orr. Under state law, that only can be done by the governor or an act of the state legislature. However, once Orr’s 18-month contract ends a supermajority vote by the city council and mayor can choose not to renew it.
Current Mayor Dave Bing did not seek re-election. He has always been opposed to Detroit having an emergency manager and has been frustrated by the relationship he has with Orr, saying that Orr hasn’t communicated well with the mayor’s office. Duggan becomes Detroit’s first white mayor since the early 1970s. The city is more than 80 percent black.Experts say the data will improve understanding about how planets form, what conditions might make life possible and where else in the universe it might exist. The orbiter is expected to have at least six months to investigate the planet’s landscape and atmosphere. At its closest point, it will be 365 kilometers (227 miles) from the planet’s surface, and its furthest point will be 80,000 kilometers (49,700 miles) away.
McAuliffe defeats Cuccinelli in Va. Gubernatorial election lacks voter enthusiasm, turnout TYSONS CORNER, Va. (AP) — Terry McAuliffe wrested the governor’s office from Republicans on Tuesday, capping an acrimonious campaign that was driven by a crush of negative advertising, non-stop accusations of dodgy dealings and a tea party-backed nominee who tested the limits of swing-voting Virginia. McAuliffe received 47 percent to Cuccinelli’s 46 percent, with 97 precincts reporting. McAuliffe, a Democrat, ran strong among unmarried women, voters who made abortion a top issue and those who called the suburbs of Washington, D.C., home, accord-
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ing to preliminary results of an exit poll conducted for The Associated Press and the television networks. Cuccinelli, meanwhile, fared well among tea party backers, gun owners and among the state’s rural residents — but there were not enough of them to yield a victory. In winning, McAuliffe broke a stubborn streak in state history. During the past nine governor’s races, the party that controlled the White House at the time has always lost. That’s not to say voters rushed to back McAuliffe’s vision for Virginia. Turnout for was low, and both candidates worked through Election Day to reach as many potential voters as possible. Only 52 percent of voters said they strongly backed their candidate, the rest had reservations or backed a candidate because they disliked the other
options, according to exit polls. Neither major candidate’s ideological views seemed “right” for a majority of Virginians, 50 percent called Cuccinelli too conservative, 41 percent said McAuliffe is too liberal. The exit poll included interviews with 2,376 voters from 40 polling places around the state. The margin of error was plus or minus 3 percentage points. Voters’ dissatisfaction couldn’t overshadow the fight on television. McAuliffe enjoyed a 10-to-1 advertising advantage over Cuccinelli during the final days. “We were very heavily outspent but I’m proud we ran on first principles,” Cuccinelli told supporters in conceding. “The battle goes on.” The campaign’s tilt turned many voters off. “I really hated the negative campaigning,” said Ellen Tolton, a 52-year-old grant
writer. “I didn’t want to vote for any of them.” Richard Powell, a 60-yearold retired IT manager who lives in Norfolk, described himself as an independent who frequently votes for members of both parties. He said he cast his ballot for McAuliffe, although not because he’s particularly enthusiastic about him. He said he was more determined not to vote for Cuccinelli, who he said overreaches on a variety of medical issues. Voters were barraged with a series of commercials that tied Cuccinelli to restricting abortions, and while Powell said the negative advertising “got to be sickening,” abortion rights played a factor in his vote. “I’m not in favor of abortion — let’s put it that way — but I find that restricting abortion causes far more social harm than allowing abortion, so that was an issue for me,” he said.
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Health system gets $5 million for natural birthing Danialle and Peter Karmanos Jr. are giving $5 million to Beaumont Health System in suburban Detroit to expand natural birthing options for expectant mothers. The gift announced Monday will create the Karmanos Center for Natural Birth and the Danialle & Peter Karmanos Jr. Birth Center at Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak. Peter Karmanos owns the NHL’s Carolina Hurricanes and is the retired co-founder of Detroit-based software development company Compuware Corp.
World cybersecurity leaders call for cooperation Governments and businesses spend $1 trillion a year for global cybersecurity. Unlike wartime casualties or oil spills, there’s no clear idea what the total losses are because few will admit they’ve been compromised. Cybersecurity leaders from more than 40 countries are gathering at Stanford University this week to consider tackling that information gap by creating a single, trusted entity that would keep track of how much hackers steal. Chinese Minister Cai Mingzhao acknowledged there are issues of trust to overcome — with some U.S. cybersecurity firms pointing to attacks coming from the Chinese military. But he said countries must work together.
Dutch food delivery website now takes bitcoin The main website that arranges home delivery for restaurants in the Netherlands is now accepting payment in bitcoins, an increasingly popular form of digital currency. Around 5,000 Dutch restaurants use the Thuisbezorgd.nl site to handle around 600,000 online orders and deliveries per month. The company’s marketing manager, Imad Qutob, said in a statement Tuesday that Thuisbezorgd wants to offer customers more choice in how they pay. The company says around half its customers pay cash on delivery. Others pay via the site using debit cards, credit cards, PayPal or an online system run by Dutch banks.
Russia sending Sochi Olympics torch into space For the first time in history, the Olympic torch will be taken on a spacewalk. The 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics torch will be sent to the International Space Station on board a Russian spacecraft this week and astronauts will then carry it outside the station. Here’s a look at the Sochi torch. The torch will travel into Earth’s orbit with the next space station crew, who blast off early Thursday from the Russian-operated Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. Russia’s Mikhail Tyurin, NASA’s Rick Mastracchio and Koichi Wakata of Japan are heading to the space station on a Russian Soyuz rocket that has been emblazoned with the emblem of the Sochi Winter Games. The Olympic torch has flown into space before — in 1996 aboard the U.S. space shuttle Atlantis for the Atlanta Summer Olympics — but it has never yet been taken outside a spacecraft. —Compiled from Daily wire reports
Health System’s campaign work and spearhead the overall effort for student support. In his position as vice chair, Richard Rogel will work with Stephen Ross, the namesake of the Business school and chair of the campaign. The Victors for Michigan campaign’s diverse goals will prioritize raising at least $1 billion for student support, funding for basic and applied research, finding new models of engaged learning and addressing pressing global issues. “This University gave me so much, and Susan and I want to give back in ways that will make a difference to students and the Health System as a whole,” Rogel said in a statement. “With this gift, and my new role in the upcoming campaign, we hope to do our part to help all patients, now and tomorrow, who will be touched by the Health System’s
SEATS From Page 1A good ally and I was really hoping she would win because she wants to bring focus back to the neighborhoods.” Westphal conceded the election shortly before 9 p.m., trailing in all but one precinct. In an interview at the event, Westphal lauded his supporters for their efforts during the campaign. “I knew I was coming into this with much less name recognition than the incumbent,” Westphal said. “We ran a very efficient campaign with lots of help. We got far outspent but we pulled a good showing and I’m really proud of all the support we got.” Democratic incumbent Stephen Kunselman won Ward 3 with 70.42 percent of the vote while Mixed Use challenger Sam DeVarti took 28.17 percent. Kunselman will also be running in the mayoral race next year but said he still looks to focus on public safety and public health while on the council. DeVarti said his loss was likely due to miscalculations in campaign strategy, noting the difficulty of running as an independent. “I feel like there are some things I could have done better,” DeVarti said. “There are some key places I missed, primarily Stephen Kunselman territory where I think he’s going to have a much, much stronger showing where I think I could’ve influenced voters.” Kunselman and DeVarti shared Dominick’s for their watch parties — the two candidates have been long-time family friends. Kunselman’s wife, Letitia Kunselman, said the DeVarti family has helped Kunselman in many of his elections prior to this year and Stephen Kunselman said he has been supportive of the Mixed Use Party.
care, discoveries and innovative minds.” Susan Rogel has previously worked on the Alumni Association’s campaign committee and the C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital’s Leadership Team. She is also a member of the Victors for Michigan campaign’s steering committee. The campaign’s overall goal will be announced at a press conference Thursday. The donation brings the Rogels’ lifetime total gifts to the University to nearly $76 million. In 2000, the Rogels created a $22-million scholarship for out-of-state students, helping support nearly 500 students’ tuition. In an interview with The Michigan Daily last week, Richard Rogel said support scholarships has grown tremendously as compared to the past. He also had an optimistic outlook for the upcoming Victors for Michigan campaign, which will be formally rolled out at events on Thursday
“It’s encouraging knowing that the youth are willing to put the effort into participating in the democracy,” Kunselman said. Conrad Brown didn’t generate nearly as much support for the Mixed Use Party in Ward 2’s highly competitive election, taking only 1.91 percent. In Ward 1, Democratic incumbent Sabra Briere beat challenger independent challenger Jeff Hayner with 66.30 percent of the vote. Eaton in Ward 4 and Democrat Mike Anglin in Ward 5 had only write-ins to beat, with Eaton securing 88.92 percent in his ward and Anglin taking 67.78 percent. Of the predominantly student-resident precincts, 1,214 votes were cast, making up approximately 5 percent of the votes cast. In some of this data, student and non-student precincts are combined. Students at the polls were eager to get involved in Ann Arbor politics, some voting for the first time and others hoping to impact change in the city. “Since I’m now 18 and legally able to vote, I wanted to start contributing to my democratic society,” LSA freshman Christopher Seeman said. “I didn’t vote just for the sake of it. I want to keep looking into understanding politics of Ann Arbor more.” LSA sophomore Marissa Allegra said it was important for students to vote in Ann Arbor elections because of the effect the student vote can have. “There’ve been a lot of things that have happened in the last year legally that a lot of students are concerned about,” Allegra said. “It’s just good to be involved in your environment whether you’re on or off campus.”
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and Friday. “I just think this is going to be very successful, and I just don’t see that much in the way of challenges,” Rogel said. “I see the need for the campaign as a challenge. We have a need to keep the University of Michigan great — and one of the major ways we’re going to do it is through this campaign.” Richard Rogel served as chair of the Michigan Difference fundraising campaign, which ran from 2004 through 2008. The Michigan Difference raised more than $3.2 billion for the University — a record among public school campaigns. The total included 1,969 scholarships and $519 million for student support. “When you bring out the students and show how, number one, how important the scholarships are, and number two, how bright and energetic the students are, it’s a very easy sell,” Rogel said last week. Ora Pescovitz, the University’s
CSG From Page 1A site are open,” the failed resolution stated. “The mere presence of a candidate in a Campus Computing Site does not constitute a violation of this rule.” A subsequent subsection similarly made the rule applicable to University libraries. LSA sophomore Nicholas Rinehart, author of the resolution, said through the amendments to the election code, he hoped to see less aggressive campaigning in study locations. “It’s a harmful process for us because not everyone likes CSG,” Rinehart said. “I think we come off as terribly annoying and we don’t really have any incentive to make people want to vote for us.” During the last election cycle, LSA seniors Chris Osborn and Hayley Sakwa, then the presidential and vice presidential
MIXED From Page 1A in the Markley and Hill neighborhood voted, he said. “I think anything that’s an improvement over two years ago is good,” Leaf said. “Two years ago student turnout was close to zero.” Leaf said the party built steam earlier in the year while they were recruiting students, especially among freshmen. He noted that the party had hundreds of people at its mass meeting, but failed to retain prospective members. Students paid less attention to the party and its goals, and only a small amount — roughly 80 students — returned. He said the Mixed Use Party registered anywhere between 300 and 400 students to vote. DeVarti, the Mixed Use Party’s candidate in Ward 3, said his campaign was not wholly
Anonymous members rally Protestors demonstrate against GMOs, public corruption By STEPHANIE DILWORTH Daily Staff Reporter
A group of about 20 people wearing stylized “Guy Fawkes” masks appeared on the Diag Tuesday afternoon as part of the worldwide, 450-city Million Mask March. The organizing group, the hacker collective Anonymous, came to protest the use of genetically modified organisms and other mainstream use. The protest coincided with the anniversary of the 1605 Gunpowder Plot in which Guy Fawkes was arrested and later hanged, drawn and quartered after unsuccessfully attempting to blow up the English Parliament. The masks were popularized by the 2005 film “V for Vendetta.” Members of Anonymous typically don masks to emphasize their words instead of emphasizing who is protesting, and to accommodate some who may not
want to be identified as protesters. A high-school senior named Lang — who did not wish to use his last name — explained that although Guy Fawkes and “V for Vendetta” were the inspiration, Anonymous is nonviolent, unlike Fawkes. According to Lang, Anonymous is against GMOs because it is wrong to genetically modify animals or plants in a way that nature didn’t intend. However, Lang emphasized that GMOs are not the sole focus of the group. “We protest against corruption, the punishment of whistleblowers such as Edward Snowden and Bradley Manning,” Lang said, using the former title for whistleblower Chelsea Manning. “We really just have a problem with anything that goes against freedom, liberty, justice or happiness.” Lang went on to explain that the group moves on a wide range of human-rights issues. He said the group targets corporations and governments such as Syria’s that it views as corrupt and tyrannical. “We have attacked child molesters, rapists, we have gone after just anybody really who
goes against liberty or happiness,” Lang said. Schoolcraft College freshman Carl Shultz, another Anonymous affiliate, added that the group’s protest emphasized the lack of civil liberties in the United States. “We are protesting our civil liberties’ being taken away by our government, being charged and the constitution not being upheld over hundreds of years,” Shultz said. Shultz went on to argue that, through laws like the Patriot Act, the government has taken away Americans’ civil liberties and allow the government “to impose their Nazi, fascist idealism on our lives through unwarranted wire tapping and other forms of monitoring systems.” LSA freshman Steven LaFeir, who stopped to engage with protestors, said the protest was not well executed. He said members of the group relayed contradictory responses when asked about their position on GMOs. “I thought the protest was unorganized and I don’t know a nicer word for ignorant,” LaFeir said. “They don’t really have a set goal in mind. They are protesting against things but not for anything.”
Wednesday, November 6, 2013 — 3A executive vice president for medical affairs, said in a statement that the gift will help the Medical School transform medicine in clinical care, education and medical discovery. The gift to the Chinese Studies program will help expand the center’s offerings in history, literature, politics and economics, among other areas of study, according to Interim LSA Dean Susan Gelman. It will also allow the program to partner with peer academics in China to enhance the program’s collaboration opportunities for faculty and students. The Rogels’ donation is the latest leadership gift in the runup to the Victors for Michigan launch. In September, Stephen Ross donated $200 million — the University’s largest gift ever — to benefit his namesake school and the University’s Athletic Department. In April, the University received a $110-million donation from Charles Munger, the vice
chairman of Berkshire Hathaway, to build a graduate-student residence hall at Division and Madison streets. The Zell Family Foundation granted $50 million in March to the LSA Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program — the largest in the college’s history — to provide resources for the program to ease the financial burden for its students. Additionally, the Frankel family gave a total of $50 million to the University’s Cardiovascular Center — with $25 million in 2007 and another $25 million in March. On Friday, the University’s fundraising campaign kick-off will start with a Community Festival from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in Ingalls Mall, the main event in Hill Auditorium from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. and an after-party until 10 p.m.
candidates from the political party forUM, were disqualified from the presidency after Osborn was found to have actively influened students while voting in University facilities. The duo had won a plurality of the vote. After the polls had closed, photographs of Osborn standing behind students in the Law Library and Angell Hall computing center were circulated in what appeared to be incidents of his influencing students while voting. Ambiguities surrounding whether Osborn’s presence constituted a violation of the compiled code were settled with hearings in front of the University Election Commission, the judicial body presiding over CSG elections. Representatives hoped the resolution would stop those activities. Members present at the assembly also voiced their concerns over the potential impact of the resolution on the greater election process. Law student
John Lin said he believed that banning campaign-related conversation in largely populated University facilities could be an impediment to the election outcomes. About 10,000 students voted in the March presidential and vice presidential elections — 24 percent of the total University student population. As a result, Lin moved the assembly to remove the clause that prohibited campaigning from University Libraries, but keep the clause that restricted campaigns on Computing Sites. The amendment passed by a majority in the assembly, only to be later overturned by another amendment that would only restrict campaigning in the facilities during the 48-hour election period. Amid further debate surrounding whether other “gray-area” actions constituted campaigning, the legislation of election reform failed to pass.
geared toward students and he did a lot of campaigning in nonstudent areas. However, he still maintained that his campaign, as well as the party as a whole, placed emphasis on student voters. Both Leaf and DeVarti said the Mixed Use Party’s platform is founded on seemingly radical ideas that can still bring positive change to the city of Ann Arbor. Leaf specifically noted that gaining the support of city officials already on committees and boards could really bring about realistic change. “The planning commission came up to me and told me that we had a good idea,” Leaf said. “Maybe that’s how some of the ideas can be incorporated into reality.” Leaf also said he and his party are waiting for a counterargument to their mixed-use zoning solutions. On that level of debate, Leaf said the party is sound.
“We haven’t heard a counterargument yet,” Leaf said. DeVarti also maintained that his goal was to build enough of a foundation for the continuation of the Mixed Use Party. “My goal ultimately was to get a good enough showing flying the Mixed Use Party flag where I could ensure a future for the Mixed Use Party,” DeVarti said. “Goal number one, realistically, was to make sure the party has a future.” The future of the party isn’t clear. Leaf said he hopes for its continuation, but is unsure how to make winning a reality. But there’s still hope, and DeVarti said he believes Leaf is key to a successful future for the Mixed Use platform. “The conventional wisdom is that students don’t vote,” DeVarti said. “And if there’s anyone that can break from the conventional wisdom, it’s Will (Leaf).”
—Daily News Editor Peter Shahin contributed to this report.
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Keep your head in the game Neurologists should be on standby for all NCAA football games
s more studies reveal the devastating effects of concussions, the pressure on football teams to provide effective healthcare for head injuries has increased significantly. With the University football team facing off against Michigan State University this past weekend, The New York Times highlighted the efforts of both schools’ extra safety precautions for its players. Unlike other Big 10 conference schools, both schools have neurologists on the sidelines for both home and away games. Because of the frequency of concussions and other head injuries that occur during football games, both universities deserve praise for their leadership on the issue. The University’s resident neurologist, Dr. Jeff Kutcher, has attended every home and away game since 2012. Kutcher is responsible for watching the games closely and evaluating players that the athletic trainer thinks could have suffered a head injury. According to an article from Michigan Radio, Kutcher also stops by practices to check on injured players and help monitor their progress. The University’s decision to have a neurologist on the sidelines shows its commitment to player safety. According to the NCAA, “During the 2011 football season, 2.5 concussions were reported for every 1,000 game-related exposures − the periods of athletics-related activity when injuries can occur.” And according to an article from Al Jazeera America, there have been 143 reported concussions across college football as of Nov. 4. However, since there’s no requirement for a concussion report, there could be more left unreported. Given the number of concussions being so
high and the constant risk of their occurrence, there’s clearly a demonstrated need for head-injury-specialized health professionals, and having a neurologist on the sideline is a an investment in student-athlete health. However, this policy shouldn’t just be the exception within college football. The NFL has a protocol that requires teams to have neurologists on the sidelines, according to a video from ESPN about concussions in college football. It’s time for the NCAA to adopt a similar policy. The University has taken the lead to ensure effective player safety. Kutcher has been a necessary addition to the sidelines and is an asset to the team. While other universities may be hesitant to institute a similar policy because of the cost or what a doctor may uncover, these schools — and the NCAA — must recognize the importance of protecting against head injuries and work to implement the same policy regardless of the financials.
RAINA SHETH | VIEWPOINT
A call for Millenial activism Our generation has been silent for too long when it comes to the critical debates of our nation’s future. We are the Millennials — born between the 1980s and 2000s — who’ve come of age amidst September 11th and the Great Recession. Almost half of us think we’ll be worse off than our parents, with good reason. Each year, tuition rates rise and the average college student graduates with $26,600 in debt. To make matters worse, at their current rates, Social Security and Medicare will be unable to pay out full benefits before any of us retire at age 65. Now, the question becomes how Millennials can both make their voices heard and impact governance. By virtue of being young, we lack money and connections. If we can organize and empower young people to engage in the political process, we can have numbers, particularly on college campuses like the University. With numbers, we can build megaphones that catapult us into the national conversation. Common Sense Action is a conversation starter. Our generation has the largest stake in our nation’s future. By crafting the Agenda for Generational Equity, CSA is convening Wolverines from across the political spectrum to discuss policy solutions on issues so pressing to our generation that they transcend party lines. If we succeed in widening the gateways of economic opportunity and investing in the future, we Millennials will experience the 21st century as another American century. But if we fail, we will be the first generation to experience American decline. CSA fights for generational equity — the guarantee that the gateways of American opportunity should be open as wide for us as they were for our parents and our grandparents. Our future is in the hands of a Congress that remains paralyzed in partisan gridlock. If our elected officials cannot even compro-
mise to write a national budget, we must take it upon ourselves to work on bipartisan solutions to ensure a promising future for our generation. Here at the University, CSA is drafting policy that acknowledges that our tuition rates are rising and our social security trust is diminishing. We’re joining campuses across the nation to build a policy framework that will be advocated in the halls of Congress, our communities and wherever our message needs to be heard. As a generation, we no longer have time for partisan gridlock. How will our policy impact governance? Our policy will focus on finding solutions to issues we, as Wolverines, have decided are the most pressing. We have addressed Social Security, tax reform and higher education and continue to examine issues that disproportionately affect our generation, including incarceration. On Nov. 23, CSA will host a campus congress, where we will convene student groups across campus to debate, amend and discuss policy proposals. In January, CSA chapter leaders will gather in Washington, D.C. to finalize a national Agenda for Generational Equity platform, a product of each campus’ respective proposals. We — our peers, friends, siblings and fellow Wolverines — will be the ones who take the brunt of lawmakers’ inability to provide solutions to the grave challenges we face. We will not sit on the sidelines while our future hangs in the balance. We need you, fellow Wolverine, and your insights, ideas and innovations. We need your passion and voice. What we are not open to is inaction. What we are not open to is failure to make nation-building compromises. What we are not open to is expanding generational inequities — the closing of the gateways of opportunity. Raina Sheth is an LSA senior.
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e live in an age of nonapologies, where celebrities, politicians and community leaders screw up regularly and then craft clever “apologies” that actually aren’t apologies at all and aren’t all that clever. Recent examples of such ZEINAB KHALIL non-apologies include the man whom I asked to hold the elevator but said “sorry” and allowed it to close anyway even though there was plenty of time to intervene. Other non-apologies have much more serious implications, like the complete lack of accountability for a government shutdown that, among many things, halted thousands of children from going to preschool because of cuts in Head Start and kept tens of thousands of low-income mothers from feeding their babies due to the slashing of WIC budgets. And finally, fresh and familiar on our own campus, the highly embarrassing “response” from Theta Xi for organizing a racist frat party is a classic example of a sorry-I’m-not-sorry non-apology. Why is it so difficult for us to apologize — and mean it? Apologizing is tough. Our egos often get in the way and make the worst of us. Some of us may truly feel remorseful for something we said or did, but don’t know how to properly express it. On the flip side, some of us may verbally admit our mistake but not really show that we care to rectify it. The good news about non-apologies is that we can unlearn them — with practice, we can cultivate a culture that cherishes sincere apologies. Here are some ways to examine how we apologize: Apologize for what you did — not for how others feel. Never under any circumstance apologize for someone’s emotions by making some terribly trite comment like, “I’m sorry you feel angry by this” or the typical “I’m sorry you feel offended.” These statements expel you from the picture and suggest that the person’s emotions exist in a vacuum, unrelated to your words or actions. If you’re offering any sort of apology, it’s because you had some role in whatever hap-
pened, so take accountability for your behavior and apologize for your role in making someone feel offended, angry, marginalized, etc. Apologize for what you did — not for getting caught. Saying something like “I’m sorry I said this — it was insensitive to our diverse staff members,” implies that what you did was wrong not because it was actually wrong, but because the person you wronged was there to witness it. This sort of apology suggests that in a different context, where said person wasn’t there or said “diverse” identities were absent, your words and behavior would have been OK. This is not an apology. This is you saying you’re sorry you got caught and will try harder to get away with it next time — perhaps by being more “politically correct” or making sure that some of the comments you make are “off the radar.” Apologize to all those affected explicitly or indirectly. If your mistake affected certain individuals specifically but also others more generally, you should issue both a private and a public apology that align in what they say. That is, if you issue a private apology, follow it with a similar public apology — not a public non-apology that attempts to save face. If you don’t, don’t be surprised if the recipients of the private apology call you out publicly. Take full ownership of your apology. Avoid apologizing in the passive voice. Saying things like “I’m sorry my comments were misconstrued” or “I’m sorry my words were presented as such” suggest that the problem is with the person on the receiving end of the non-apology. Again, if you’re apologizing at all, it’s because the problem is you, so you need to center your damaging behavior in your apology. Also, avoid masking your position in the mistake by using vague statements like “I’m sorry this happened.” Things don’t just happen, and you certainly shouldn’t apologize for something that just “happened” unless you played a role in making it happen. Don’t justify your apology by bring-
ing in your intentions. An apology should be able to stand on its own without prefaces, explanations, or qualifiers. One common way apologies are spoiled into non-apologies is through justifying your mistakes by pointing to your non-malicious intentions. It’s OK to give some motivational context to your mistake, saying something like, “I meant to be funny, but I clearly failed and hurt you. I apologize for my poor judgment,” but explaining your motivations should in no way attempt to change how your comments or behavior are interpreted by others. It doesn’t matter if you had good or bad intentions — the impact you caused remains the same, and that’s ultimately what you have to answer to. Don’t suggest your mistake is simply the result of a slip in word choice or poor framing. Non-apologizers will often try to lessen the weight of their mistake by framing it as a mere problem of diction, saying things like, “I need to be much more tactful in choosing my words next time” or “Please know it was my lack of decorum and not bigotry that informed my comments.” If you owe an apology because of something you said or did, only apologizing for how you said or did it only derails the conversation from the crux of the problem. Don’t dictate how your apology ought to be received. Finally, if you’ve provided a sincere, meaningful apology, know that this is all you can do. Don’t move beyond what you’re accounting for by telling others how they should respond to your apology, by saying things like, “I really hope you will accept this apology so that we can move forward,” or “I’m sorry and I hope we can put this behind us.” It isn’t up to you how the person you have wronged should deal with your apology. Of course, you hope that they will receive it, but it’s not your role to pressure them to do so or suggest that they owe you acceptance or forgiveness.
The good news about non-apologies is that we can unlearn them.
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More than two sides
t’s official: Fall is here, and winter is coming. The leaves have changed color and are falling from trees. Halloween has passed and Thanksgiving is on its way, and soon, we can expect to see the first snowflakes dusting the KATE ground. For many LARAMIE Michiganders, the coming of fall also marks the beginning of a long-standing tradition passed down through family and friends: hunting season. I grew up in a family of hunters. I spent my childhood waking up and wondering if my dad had bagged the big buck that morning. I used to wait on the front porch to see if I could catch a glimpse of that bright hunters’ orange coming down the lane behind my house. If Dad got a deer, that meant venison, and venison meant burgers, sausage, tenderloin and liver — the whole works for the entire winter. No more beef from the grocery store for us. However, hunting can be a controversial subject, particularly in Michigan. Recently, pro-hunting groups have been facing off against animal rights organizations over the law passed by Michigan’s legislature naming wolves as a game species — opening the door for a possible wolf hunt in the Upper Peninsula. Animal rights organizations, such as The Humane Society of the United States and Keep Michigan Wolves Protected have rallied in an attempt to stop a Michigan wolf hunt — one that will begin with the rest of the hunting season on Nov. 15 — eliciting the attention of hunting advocates determined
to assert their rights as hunters and trappers. I recently read several articles published in the Michigan Out of Doors magazine and was struck by the pervasive rhetoric throughout many of the opinion articles, asserting that the campaign against a wolf-hunting season is a direct attack on the rights of hunters everywhere. In an article published in the magazine’s November/ December 2013 edition titled “Support House Bill 4993,” the author discusses the very real possibility that “anti-hunters” could strip hunters of their rights, outlawing certain hunting practices and waging a campaign against all hunters and trappers across America. There is a clear line being drawn in the sand when it comes to the Michigan wolf debate and a clear message being sent to Michiganders: Pick a side — either you’re pro-hunting rights or against them. But such a division between proand anti-hunting proponents is not so clean cut. Standing in opposition to a seasonal Michigan wolf hunt doesn’t indicate an opposition to all hunting, nor does it mean that antiwolf hunting campaigns are geared towards the destruction of hunters’ rights. I learned as a kid that respecting the animal is the most important thing you can do as a hunter. You never take a shot unless it’s a clean kill, and you never let anything go to waste — never should you kill for simple pleasure and never should a life be taken without purpose. But wolf hunting is a practice done for little more than trophies
and thrill — hunters don’t eat wolves. They might skin them or stuff them or mount their heads, but they’re not a game species. Do these assertions mean that I am an anti-hunting advocate? That I believe the practice of hunting is wrong? No. Hunting is the most natural and sustainable way to consume meat in our hyper-industrialized society, and by hunting, we’re supporting the timeless cycle of predator and prey that has defined our species as long as we’ve been able to stand on two feet. In our modern society, the sales and profit of hunting licenses provide a steady stream of revenue for the funding of local conservation projects, habitat and species restoration and protection. Hunters are some of the best conservationist and environmental activists out there because hunters, for the most part, spend a good deal of time actually interacting with the natural world. So why has the issue become so polarized? Why are those against the wolf hunt seen as so radically “environmental” to pro-hunting groups, and why, in many cases, are hunters seen as cruel killers to those who have never been exposed to hunting? These questions are important to answer as we, as a state, strive to lay down a legacy of conservation while at the same time carrying on a long hunting tradition. It’s important to remember that there are not only two sides of this debate, but a large gray area in between — I myself can testify.
The division between pro and anti-hunting proponents is not so clean cut.
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Watching TV through a permanent feminist lens
love television. When I was 6, I snuck into my parents’ room to watch “The X-Files” through the gap between my index and middle fingers. When I was 10, my family moved to a new house big enough for my sister and I to have our KAYLA own rooms, UPADHYAYA but the first change I noticed was that we now had cable. When I was 12, I started with “Lost,” the first show that I would watch from its airdate until the day of its finale. When I was 17, I live-tweeted an episode of TV for the first time (it was “Glee,” which I steadfastly followed until I was 20). At 21, I decided, with as much certainty as a 21-year-old can summon, I don’t want to go to Washington, D.C. after graduation like most of my public policy peers, but to L.A. to fight for a seat in a writers’ room. I love television, but I also hate it, and not only because I’ve invested far too much time and emotional energy on fictional people. My love-hate relationship with television stems from the ongoing battle between my identities as both a TV lover and a feminist. When I told a friend that “The Mindy Project” makes me uncomfortable, she prodded. “I thought you loved Mindy Kaling,” she said. I do. But my love for Kaling can’t trump the show’s oft-problematic storylines (including an episode in which guest star James Franco’s character Dr. L is raped, yet none of the other characters call it that) and racist, sexist jokes. I told my friend all this and more, breathless by the end of my crescendoing soliloquy. She blinked. “Can’t you just enjoy the show? It’s funny. Do you have to always be in Critic Mode?” It wasn’t the first time I’d heard something along these lines. I’ve been called “too sensitive,” “too harsh,” even “too feminist” and all the other usual epithets hurled at most feminist critics I know. Multiple people have asked me if I’m ever going to write a TV column that doesn’t make some mention of race or gender. Well, no. I sincerely doubt it. I have a professor who often talks about the burden of consciousness. “Consciousness is a curse,” she tells us. Being a feminist requires a constant vigilance that’s exhausting. Sometimes I wish I could just walk away after hearing a sexist or racist remark, and there are times when I do. But when I don’t engage, I end up thinking about it for the rest of the day, sometimes longer, frustrated with my own inaction, wishing I could just close my eyes and blindly go on. Consciousness is a curse, and I can’t ever escape it, even when I’m watching TV. Just enjoying a show isn’t a concept I can wrap my head around. Recently, the struggle of reconciling my TV-love and
my feminism is triggered every time someone asks what I think of “American Horror Story: Coven.” On the one hand, I love the theme. Witches are the new black in my book, and the show also provides space for very talented women who would usually be considered “too old” for TV (legends Angela Bassett, Patti Lupone, Jessica Lange and Kathy Bates join forces as the season’s baddest witches). But the racial themes “Coven” attempts to tackle are steeped in paradoxically racist images (the white witches’ magic is very flashy and modern, while the Black witches’ magic more closely resembles “voodoo” and paganistic rituals). And the way the premiere uses rape as a plot device disgusts me. Simply put, I can’t take off my feminist hat and replace it with my slightly pointier hat that represents my love for all things witchy. There’s no switch I can flip, because my identity as a feminist is as significant and indelible to who I am as my identity as a woman, as mixed-race.
Judgement hat stays on, even for the witches of ‘AHS.’ Even the shows nearest and dearest to me aren’t exempt. “Scandal” is one of my favorite dramas right now, but I hate that Olivia Pope’s fatal flaw is a man. There are a million things I love about “The Vampire Diaries,” but its refusal to talk about race isn’t one of them (nor is Elena Gilbert’s lack of agency). Even “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” — which I often credit as my favorite show of all time — sends confusing, sexist messages about sex (Buffy is literally punished when she has sex with Angel for the first time). Like many feminists, I can’t precisely pinpoint my realization of consciousness. It happened through a complicated process of examining and reexamining my own experiences, understanding the experiences of others and looking at my life and surroundings in radically new ways. During the days when I rushed home from the bus stop to catch an episode of “Digimon,” I wasn’t thinking about gender roles or stereotypes or social constructs. It’s always somewhat jarring to re-visit shows from my childhood and see things I didn’t fully understand the first time around: the heteronormativity of “Lost,” the voyeurism and racism of “Charmed” and the sex-negative dogma of “Boy Meets World.” It’s not “just TV.” I refuse to accept that, and not because plenty of social research studies indicate media has a profound impact on the ways we interact with each other and see the world, but because when someone tells me not to care too much, that it’s just TV, they’re telling me that the
things I care about aren’t worth caring about. They’re telling me my worldview is invalid. My “Mindy Project”-loving friend thinks it’s unreasonable to hold all shows to feminist standards, to want all shows to be “feminist” shows. Is it really all that unreasonable to want to watch television that doesn’t tokenize or decontextualize people of color? That both represents and speaks to the diverse lived experiences of humans with a whole range of social identities? That’s written and made by more than just white dudes? That I can relate to beyond just an emotional or story standpoint? Lucy Liu said it best during her acceptance speech at the New York Women in Film and Television’s Muse Awards in 2012: “I remember when I was younger, what did I want more than anything? I wanted so much to belong. I wanted to be the things that I saw around me in my environment, the things on television, the people on television.” Ultimately, the idea of a “feminist show” is kind of a myth. Critics love to force feminism into spaces where it doesn’t exist. The Washington Post called “Mad Men” TV’s most feminist show, and ever since its pilot, critics have tried to make the case that “Game of Thrones” is a champion of feminism. The back-and-forth discussion about whether these shows are feminist series or not, while interesting, usually misses the point. When it comes to feminism, most television shows exist on a spectrum. We can’t make the overly simplified case that “GoT” is a feminist show when its female characters are brutalized, raped and objectified, and when Daenerys’s entire story arc overflows with racism and white saviorism. But we can acknowledge the show’s pockets of feminist thought and action, seen through the way the different female characters wield power and resist the patriarchal structures of their fantastical realm. The same can be said of “Mad Men,” which features some of the best female characters on television (and one of the most femaledominated writers’ rooms), but also downplays the experiences of people of color in the 1960s. You might be annoyed by my constant criticisms and seeming lack of satisfaction, but I’m not exactly thrilled about it either. They say “ignorance is bliss” for a reason. The curse of consciousness is exhausting, and a part of me wishes I could just watch TV, smile and go about my day. But then, I wouldn’t be me. I love television, but that love isn’t blind. I love television so much that I want to constantly challenge it and demand progress. If that makes me an angry feminist, then I’m OK with that. As long as sexism and racism persist, I’m always going to be mad about something, even if those “somethings” exist in fictional worlds. Upadhyaya is polishing her feminist lens. To send Windex, e-mail email@example.com
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Creative ‘Demise’ Basement Arts’ latest production full of wit and humor By GILLIAN JAKAB For the Daily
Milena Westarb’s play “The Loving Demise of Lord Blackwell and His Wife” got its first taste of life at “Playfest” 2013, an The Loving annual festival of theatrically Demise staged read- of Lord ings produced Blackwell by the students in School of and His Music, The- Wife atre & Dance Professor E.J. Thursday at 7 p.m., Friday at Westlake’s 7 and 11 p.m., playwriting and production and Saturday course. The at 7 p.m. script, plucked from Westarb’s Basement Arts work in MT&D Free Professor OyamO’s playwriting course, was workshopped and set into motion last March as a staged reading. If the title of the play sounds familiar, you may be remembering the buzz it generated during Playfest last spring. Not only did the audience rave about it, but the show also won the Dennis McIntyre Prize for Distinction in Undergraduate Playwriting in the University’s Hopwood Awards. This year, Westarb, an LSA junior and chemistry major who pursues her literary passion through a minor in writing, proposed her play to Basement Arts, one of the oldest student-run theater groups on campus. Matching her with Director Ellen Sachs,
Basement Arts has provided the platform for “Loving Demise” to rise to a full production. Set in Victorian England, the play tells the story of James Solomon and his inheritance of a large fortune upon the death of his uncle, Lord Blackwell. Lady Blackwell, the young, gold-digging widow, schemes desperately to secure the wealth for herself. With all the elements of drawing room farce, “Loving Demise” is a silly tale propelled by wit and slapstick that is placed against highly proper conduct and expectations of the era. “One of the things that’s really great about this show is that we have this very serious facade — this very serious outer level of what Victorian England should be, sound, act and look like … there’s a lot of very intense formalities,” Sachs said. “But from those formalities we’re able to grow and find the jokes. There’s always something right underneath the surface bubbling and that’s where the humor comes from.” Westarb’s script calls for numerous sets and locales. These were easily created at “Playfest”’s staged reading through that most expedient of all production devices: the imagination. But as fullon theater, the script challenges Basement Arts’ abbreviated production period and tight budget. The solution: adaptation. “The thing about this show, more so than any other show that I’ve worked on, has been the beauty of adaptation and how great it can be to adapt — how exciting and fun it is. Because from these adaptations we’re finding so many jokes and ways of telling the story that we hadn’t originally anticipated,” Sachs said. “We’ve retained every sin-
gle character, every single story line, every single plotline. It’s still there, but what we’ve done is we’ve sort of economized the locations.” Basement Arts’ production process has been a collaborative one in every sense. Actors have been the chief source of ideas for physical comedy and they work off each other’s creativity. Coming from varied backgrounds and levels of experience — a mix of musical theater, drama, LSA and the Residential College students — they each bring something fresh and fun to the rehearsal atmosphere. As inventive as the actors have been in finding moments where they can layer the scenes and highlight absurdity, they ground their humorous choices in historical accuracy and depth. “Everyone in the cast has been a dramaturge. Everybody has been doing historical and social research and bringing that to the table,” Sachs said. “That’s just adding to the production and making it so much more rich.” A lot of ingredients, locally sourced in just the right proportions, have gone into the Basement Arts’ production of “The Loving Demise of Lord Blackwell and His Wife.” Sachs divulges the key to the recipe: “the perfect balance of keeping the stakes high, but not having them weigh down on the characters, and the production, to the point of it becoming melodrama.” A text filled with rich and descriptive language, a cast bubbling with personal flair and innovative direction will bring to life Victorian England, with mannerly exteriors giving way to lighthearted jest and drunken tomfoolery.
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Complicated ‘Avril’ is all over the place Would you like a side of Lavigne with your ‘Lavigne’? By GREGORY HICKS Daily Arts Writer
Lavigne was thirsty for an intoxicatingly wild record to follow up the relatively sincere Goodbye Lullaby — eager Cto free the untamed popAvril Lavigne rock artist that became Avril Lavigne an icon for every compli- Epic cated sk8r boi. Evidently, the visual production team missed that memo. Lavigne’s fun-filled thrill ride of a fifth studio album introduces itself as a cheerless mascara advertisement, complete with snow-white skin, a despondent face, raccoon eyes and a black backdrop. Not exactly the look of a “Bitchin’ Summer.” It’s not for nothing that the expression “don’t judge an album by its cover” exists. What intends to be an assem-
blage of defiant party anthems is actually an assortment of absurd contradictions. Lavigne can’t seriously expect the album’s premiere track, “Rock N Roll,” to justifiably introduce a collection of sugar-coated pop productions that narrate the intensity of being a teenage girl in 2013 America. This senselessness rivals the later track “Bad Girl” — a hard rock duet with Marilyn Manson — being followed by “Hello Kitty,” the obligatory 2013-dubstep mess created for the sole purpose of attempting to follow a trend. The album isn’t doing Lavigne any favors by relentlessly drilling the topic of age into the tracks ( “Here’s To Never Growing Up” and “17”). The 29 year old is pleasantly youthful, in a worldly sense. In a pop-rock sense, her age is viewed as the beginning of the end, despite how irrational or unfair that may seem, and waging a lyrical war against age is a messy battle, especially when the attempt is as unsubtle as Avril Lavigne’s content. Two blatantly obvious pitfalls are the album’s lead writer Chad Kroeger (lead singer of the infamous rock group, Nickelback) and
producer Martin Johnson (lead singer of Boys Like Girls, whose production credits lie somewhere between producing for Hannah Montana and producing for Victoria Justice). Stylistically, the album is anywhere and everywhere. Lavigne took the palette and smashed the whole thing all over the canvas. The Kroeger-written tracks like “Let Me Go” and “Give You What You Like”) sound as if they migrated to Lavigne from some unreleased Nickelback album, while the Johnson-produced tracks (e.g. “Here’s To Never Growing Up”) are a style junction between Cher Lloyd and One Direction. Even the traditional Avril Lavigne-style songs like “Rock N Roll” have a rebelliousness that’s campy to the point of self-parody. Avril Lavigne’s form stains its substance. Everything from cover art to production style and lyrical content is off the mark. For another artist or album, perhaps, the record’s characteristics would be fitting, but the frame doesn’t hold Lavigne or the attitude she was striving for. Ironic, given the self-titling.
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on and it puts you in the mood. Lose it when you’re ready.” The particular type of women-specific “relatable humor” associated with the “Girl Code” brand (see also: YouTube celebrity Jenna Marbles or the Fat Amy parody Twitter account, @RelatableQuote) comes with a lot of hurdles to jump. Jokes can come off as bland or predictable because they’re so deeply rooted in what is familiar to everyone. To fight against the predictability, cast members sometimes rely on the shock factor of saying vulgar things, but this only works sparingly. Many obstacles, however, make “Girl Code” the perfect training ground for its young comedy stars. Being on the show is a valuable opportunity for them to hone their creative talents and learn how to work around obstacles. It’s common knowledge that females are underrepresented in mainstream comedy and the existence of “Girl Code” as a platform for up-and-comers to get regular exposure to the industry is a huge step in the right direction. The show itself may not be the most sophisticated, but it serves the important purpose of supporting female comedians. The show’s one unwritten rule is simple: “Girl Code” does not judge. Though they may sometimes be crass, “Girl Code” cast members will never slut shame or look down upon any fellow female. Instead, they take the approach of empowerment: Make every choice your own choice and own it. Despite their “freedom of choice” mentality, the segment on virginity has no mention of those who choose to wait until marriage. This is a loud reminder that “Girl Code” is a source of entertainment, not a medium for discourse about pertinent issues. In a serious discussion it would be an important point of view to hear, but when the priority is cracking jokes, waiting for marriage isn’t really good material to play off of. “Girl Code” ’s niche audience of liberal, college-aged females is definitely small and doesn’t have much potential for growth, but it doesn’t need to be huge to be worth airing. It succeeds at the difficult task of starting a dialogue about even the most graphic struggles of being a young adult woman in today’s world in a truly funny way. On its surface, “Girl Code” is 20 minutes of quotable entertainment, but its subtler messages and the opportunities it provides its cast members make it much more valuable than it may seem.
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Wednesday, November 6, 2013 — 7A
Redshirt junior midfielder Tyler Arnone appreciates soccer as he does music — the beautiful, fluid buildup to the rough, choppy finishes.
Softball releases 2014 schedule By CLARENCE STONE For the Daily
For Tyler Arnone, transfer to Michigan has been pitch perfect By RYAN KRASNOO Daily Sports Writer
Throughout high school, the phone would constantly ring in Michigan redshirt junior midfielder Tyler Arnone’s Hicksville, N.Y. home. His mother, Linda Rogus, would answer, the voice on the other line asking if Tyler could come to a local tryout. Rogus would respectfully decline, like she always did, citing that Tyler only played for fun. She would hang up, shaking her head. “Who was that?” Arnone would call to his mother from another room. “Your jazz band teacher,” she’d yell. “He wants you to audition for a spot.” “Again?” Arnone would shout back, feigning disbelief. He was good at the trumpet, and he knew it. He was second chair in his school band despite never practicing. His mother would repeatedly tell him to pick up his instrument, but he was so naturally gifted, he rarely had to. Arnone understands music well — the nuances of it, the harmonies that sound best, the intricacies that distinguish good from great. He has an enormous appreciation for all types of music, much like his value for all aspects of soccer, from the beautiful, fluid buildup to the rough, choppy finishes. A team captain this season, Arnone is both the conductor and soloist on the field. He holds together the team the way a melody does a song. Connecting passes and swinging the ball from side to side, he keeps the offense in sync. He plays with an untamed passion which reflects much of where he came from. He grew up playing street soccer where the old playground adage, “no blood, no foul,” dominated games. Hicksville is a quiet blue-collar town on Long Island, the type of place where thick family ties and old-fashioned values run deep, where simplicity reigns supreme.
Despite Hicksville’s minute, 6.8-square-mile size, its musical contributions include guitarists Denny Dias of Steely Dan and Al Pitrelli of Megadeath and the Trans-Siberian Orchestra. In the locker room two hours before a recent match, Arnone blasted his hometown’s most famous native son, Billy Joel. “I love ‘River of Dreams,’ ” Arnone says. “He talks about Hicksville a lot.” Arnone grew up next door to Joel and admired more than just his music. Arnone, whose father is a physical education teacher and mother a gymnastics coach, didn’t come from fortunate means. After his parents divorced, they worked hard to support him and his older sister, and when times got tough financially, Arnone would read articles on Joel and try to compare his mentality to that of his music idol. “(Joel) made the best of a notso-good area,” Arnone said. “So why couldn’t I?” Arnone began playing soccer at 4 years old, and it’s been an everyday thing since. He didn’t score a goal during his first two years competing, but on his sixth birthday, with his team losing 5-0, Arnone finally recorded his first career tally — six of them, leading his team to a 6-5 win. “I remember it vividly,” Arnone said. He pauses, laughs. “My mom has it on video.” Arnone relied heavily on his mother during his early childhood, and he considers her his greatest influence. After his parents split, she drove him to practice, made sure he kept on the right path, picked him up when he was down and attended all his matches. Since the time Arnone first began playing, his father, while local, has seen his son compete in fewer than five games. Arnone keeps in contact with his father often, but the disappointment of not having his support on the field forced Arnone to fill that void elsewhere.
“(My father) talks to me on the phone, he’s always there,” Arnone said. “But because my parents divorced, it’s not that I sought a father figure, but (my coaches) kind of took that place for me.” The Wolverines coaches this season have been using the phrase, “Entitled to nothing, grateful for everything” around their players, a motto Arnone has taken to heart. There are nights when Arnone will lie on his bed and look around his room — which is littered in Michigan apparel — in awe, and count the opportunities afforded to him. “(I wasn’t) poor, but lowermiddle class for sure,” Arnone says. “So then to come to a place
play Division I soccer.” It’s the end-of-the-year players-and-coaches meetings in 2010, and the St. John’s staff is blunt with Arnone, who had redshirted his freshman season despite being healthy and willing to play. Arnone — who had passed on Michigan to stay closer to family — was watching his college soccer career evaporate before it ever started. Arnone decided to transfer and put Michigan on his scholarship release papers. The Wolverines former coaching staff, led by former coach Steve Burns, reached out to him the next day. “They said, ‘We want to make this happen. How can we make this happen?’ ” Arnone recalled.
Arnone has 29 points on nine goals and 11 assists in two-plus seasons.
like Michigan, where you have the best of the best, for some people it’s easy to lose appreciation for it, but that quote is something I value every day. Just being here and going to school at Michigan, playing sports here, it’s unbelievable.” Coming out of high school, Arnone was on cloud nine. His high-school team had just won the state championship. His club team went to the national championship. He was a top recruit headed to St. John’s in nearby Queens, N.Y. on a full scholarship. But all the accolades, all the promise, would be short-lived. *** “You’re not good enough to
Arnone had never needed to put the hours in to improve at the trumpet. But on the soccer field, there was much to be done — skills to polish, people to impress, a spot to earn. Burns and the coaching staff transitioned Arnone, who was an attacking midfielder in high school, to a more defensive role, but at just 5-foot-10, 160 pounds, he was considerably undersized for his position. Getting stronger was his top priority to keep pace in the Big Ten and to have a legitimate presence on the pitch. He put on nearly 15 pounds of muscle last offseason and hopes to add more. Nearly three years have passed since his transfer, and Arnone
WOMEN’S CROSS COUNTRY
Finn flies to Big Ten Championship By MAX BULTMAN Daily Sports Writer
For 5,800 meters at Sunday’s Big Ten cross country championship, freshman Erin Finn refused to let herself think she could win. But with 200 meters to go, she could no longer ignore the lead she had on Michigan State’s Leah O’Connor, or the fact that she was about to become Michigan’s first individual women’s cross country conference champion since 2006. As a team, the 14th-ranked Wolverines finished second to No. 6 Michigan State. Junior Megan Weschler and sophomores Shannon Osika and Taylor Manett took home second-team All-Big Ten honors. The trio finished in 10th, 11th and 14th place, respectively. While the Wolverines were unable to defend their team championship, Finn made sure there was still a trophy to bring back to Ann Arbor.
“Even though we didn’t win as a team, I feel like my individual (title) is really a team win,” Finn said. “I could not have done it without their help.” Finn said her teammates have helped her in the tough adjustment to college, and that few people were happier for her than the people she worked hard with all season long. Redshirt junior Taylor Pogue, a team leader and key contributor, missed the championship meet due to injury. “It was definitely hard mentally and in the team results, but we knew we had to do what was best for her,” Finn said. “We went in with the mentality of, ‘Let’s race for Taylor.’ ” Without Pogue to bolster the Wolverines’ scorecard, the Spartans ultimately came away victorious in a meet that came down to Michigan, Michigan State and No. 16 Minnesota. Before the race began, Finn had accomplished more than many runners on the starting
line. She was a national recordholder in the 5,000-meter race in high school, an All-American and a member of Team USA before stepping foot on campus this summer. With all of her pre-collegiate success, many expected Finn would challenge for an all-conference spot, and once the gun sounded, her killer instinct took over. “We knew she was going to run out in the first wave of leaders,” said Michigan coach Mike McGuire. “She made the decision to leave the chase pack and venture out on the leader at the time. “(As she ran by) she literally just said to me she felt great,” McGuire said. “I said, ‘Just go for it, then.’ ” Finn then showed off another gear, as she established an eightsecond lead at the three-kilometer point and held that margin until she finished in 20:48.3. “I was extremely excited, but mostly shocked,” Finn said.
Finn’s win also continued Michigan’s three-year run of having the conference’s fastest freshman. McGuire and Finn both credit the team-first mentality of the Wolverines’ program and team leadership for the recent success of Michigan’s young runners. “It’s a quantum leap up to this level,” McGuire said. “The best resource a young (runner) will have is their teammates.” Added Finn: “It’s different than in high school, where I felt like a lot of my wins were really individual. This one was so team-based.” Still, Finn found herself alone in the final stretch of the race, far separated from her teammates and most of her competitors. At that point, she talked herself through the finish. “I just told myself ‘push.’ ” Finn said. “Push hard, and you’re going to be the Big Ten champion.”
has tallied 29 points on nine goals and 11 assists in two-plus seasons, earning 2012 first-team All-Big Ten honors along the way. How Arnone plays the game separates him from other good center midfielders. He’s willing to do the dirty things — to track back defensively, sell out his body on a tackle. Arnone also has a tremendous soccer IQ, and uncanny feel for the game. His speed of thought is on par with the best at the collegiate level and he’s often two steps ahead of his defenders by the time he receives the ball. That intelligence might just lead to a professional contract after graduation. This past summer, Arnone trained with Sporting Kansas City and the Philadelphia Union of Major League Soccer, spending a week with both clubs. His workouts were not official trials, but he gained professional experience playing alongside the likes of United States National Team members Graham Zusi and Matt Besler. “I would love to be in the MLS,” Arnone said. “I’m a big family person, and I don’t know if I want to go overseas and leave my family and friends.” He paused, reconsiding what he’s just said. “But don’t get me wrong, if the opportunity presented itself, I’m going.” Back in the Michigan locker room, Arnone has just finished putting on his cleats. His head is bobbing to Billy Joel’s “We Didn’t Start the Fire.” He’s no longer playing music in the tangible sense, but with the way he orchestrates the Michigan offense, he might as well be. He turns up the volume in his headphones, feeling the music course through him. His body is loose, light. His mind circles back to what an old coach once told him after a game, that he was only as good as the last match he’s played. “You’re only as good as the person you are today, too,” Arnone said. “Today’s a new day. Time to get better.”
The Michigan women’s softball team released its 2014 schedule Tuesday revealing a slate including three 2013 Women’s College World Series teams. The Wolverines are coming off a strong year in 2013 that featured a Big Ten title and an appearance in the 2013 Women’s College World Series. The 2014 squad looks to be just as good, if not better, than last year’s team with the return of second-team All American shortstop sophomore Sierra Romero and classmate Sierra Lawrence – both of whom played for the USA Junior National team last season. Michigan is scheduled to open its season at the USF WilsonDemarini Tournament in Tampa, Fla. The Wolverines’ first game is against Florida, another participant in the 2013 WCWS, followed by another tough game against South Florida. After that, they’ll go back to Lafayette, La. to play in the Ragin’ Cajun Invitational. Last year, the Wolverines beat Louisiana-Lafayette twice in two highly-contested games. “You go into every season with the end in mind, and the purpose of the preseason is to prepare for a run at winning it all,” said Michigan coach Carol Hutchins. “I’m excited about it.” But, the difficulty of the Wolverines’ schedule doesn’t stop after the first two tournaments. On March 6, they’ll play in the Judi Garman Classic, where they’ll have the chance to play two other WCWS participants, Texas and Washington. The Huskies eliminated Michigan from the WCWS in the second round last year. Hutchins, though, isn’t looking past game No. 1. “We focus on ourselves and we don’t focus any specific opponent,” Hutchins said. “Our goal is to play the game, and the game doesn’t know who’s playing, who’s ranked and who’s supposed to win.” When Michigan returns for its first home game at Alumni Field against Bowling Green, it will be greeted by some upgrades including a new AstroTurf field. “The biggest excitement with AstroTurf is that it may give us more practice opportunities,” Hutchins said. “Being outdoors is very important, and we will get to go outside more often. We were able to get most of our games in last season with the field we had, but the conditions were sometimes too wet for practices. The new turf will give us more practices and I’m excited for it.” The 2014 season for the Wolverines begins Feb. 9.
8A — Wednesday, November 6, 2013
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To change results, Hoke changes little By ZACH HELFAND Daily Sports Editor
The Michigan football team’s leadership council meets every Sunday, but the most recent meeting felt different, said fifthyear senior wide receiver Jeremy Gallon. Because it was a loss, he explained. And they knew “we need to up the ante.” These upperclassmen have dealt with tough losses before, but this most recent one, to Michigan State on Saturday, may have been the toughest during Michigan coach Brady Hoke’s three seasons here. The 29-6 loss was the most lopsided in that span besides the defeat to Alabama. The Spartans didn’t just beat the Wolverines, they beat them up. Michigan State’s defense abused weak protection and battered redshirt junior quarterback Devin Gardner for seven sacks. Seeing his friend hit so many times, Gallon said on Tuesday, “it broke my little heart.” So what has changed this week? Not much, said numerous players and coaches. That’s by design, and for Hoke, it’s been successful — except for losses to Ohio State and South Carolina last season, Michigan has never dropped two in a row under Hoke. And even the consecutive defeats last year were hardly back to back — they were separated by more than a month. The secret is, there is no secret. Hoke said he doesn’t recall what he did after losses to prevent another from occurring. “I wish I could remember,” Hoke said. “It’s probably being consistent in what we do.” Hoke has shown emotion on the field but remains evenkeeled off. He has rarely, if ever, raised his voice in a press conference. After the loss Saturday, he was in control. That, offensive coordinator Al Borges said, makes it easier for the team to bounce back. “The team will react a lot the way the head coach reacts,” Borges said. “The head coach sets the tone. The key to not losing a lot of games, in my opinion, or not going into the tank, is not overreacting. Reacting, don’t get
Fifth-year senior left tackle Taylor Lewan’s plays on Saturday are under review by the Big Ten, according to an ESPN report.
Michigan coach Brady Hoke (left) said he tries to stay consistent, meaning he doesn’t alter his planning for the week after a loss.
me wrong, that game was not played well and there has to be a reaction, no ifs, ands or buts. But not overreacting so much that you do something that pulls the team right in the tank. “And he’s as good as anybody I’ve ever seen about making sure mistakes are fixed but not dwelling on it so much that the next opponent will beat you, too.” Still, Michigan will be tested Saturday against Nebraska. Besides South Carolina, the Cornhuskers will be the toughest team it has faced following a loss, from a list that comprises Purdue, Illinois, Air Force, Purdue (again), Minnesota and Indiana. Borges admitted that in a lot of ways, Saturday’s game was frustrating. The failure to protect Gardner and to establish a run game felt maddening at times. “Several cuss words came out of my mouth during that game,” he said. He added that he has been on teams when the coach has overreacted, and the team has tanked. The key is to make the necessary changes but let go of the frustration. “Do you want your leader to freak out?” Borges said. “Do you want George Patton to go crazy
in the middle of a battle and get everyone killed? No. He had a bad temper, and Brady does, too. So do I. But if cooler heads prevail at the end of the day — you can have your explosions — but at the end of the day when everything settles, if your leader shows a leadership composure, then generally they’ll recover.” Anyway, Borges said, he cursed several times during the Indiana game two weeks ago, too. Michigan broke several offensive records that day. After Saturday, players said they couldn’t notice a difference in Hoke. There was no extra running, no added tension, no emotion out of the ordinary. Junior defensive ends Frank Clark and Brennen Beyer said they would prefer a younger teammate have a level head than be over-eager to avenge a loss they can’t change. The key to that, Gallon said, is to provide an example. “We feed off of each other,” Gallon said. “If I see (fifth-year senior left tackle Taylor Lewan) and Devin smiling and ready, I’m ready.” And at the first practice, after Michigan’s toughest loss in years, what did Gallon see? “Smiles,” he said. “I didn’t see nobody hanging their head feeling sorry for themselves.”
GAME AFTER LOSS Under Michigan coach Brady Hoke
Oct. 15 @ No. 23 Michigan State
Oct. 29 vs. Purdue
Nov. 5 @ Iowa
Nov. 12 @ Illinois
Sept. 1 vs. No. 2 Alabama
Sept. 8 vs. Air Force
Sept. 22 @ No. 11 Notre Dame
Oct. 6 @ Purdue
Oct. 27 @ Nebraska
Nov. 3 @ Minnesota
Jan. 1 vs. No. 11 South Carolina*
Nov. 27 @ No. 4 Ohio State
Oct. 12 @ Penn State
43-40 (4OT) L
Oct. 19 vs. Indiana
Nov. 2 @ No. 24 Michigan State
Nov. 9 vs. Nebraska
Dantonio accepts Lewan’s apology By MATT SLOVIN Managing Editor
On the Big Ten coaches teleconference Tuesday, Michigan State football coach Mark Dantonio said he accepts Michigan fifth-year senior offensive tackle Taylor Lewan’s apology for several on-field incidents Sunday. “Football is football, and it’s a tough game,” Dantonio said NOTEBOOK on the call. “I accept people’s apologies. I don’t hold things against people. So yeah, I accept his apology, no problem.” Dantonio did what Lewan and Michigan coach Brady Hoke wouldn’t do earlier in the week — compare the Lewan play, a twist of the helmet of Spartan defensive end Isaiah Lewis, to the play of then-Michigan State defensive end William Gholston in the 2011 game in East Lansing. Similarly, Gholston yanked the facemask of former quarterback Denard Robinson. He also delivered a punch to Lewan, for which Gholston was suspended one game by the Big Ten. Hoke said Monday that, had he felt Lewan deserved to be suspended for his role, he would have already punished him. The co-captain has chatted with Hoke since the game about the play. “My assessment is that’s not what we want to portray or be,”
Hoke said in his Monday press conference. “Him and I have had a discussion regarding that. It’s not who we are.” When asked if he believes Lewan should be suspended like Gholston was in 2011, Dantonio said he’ll leave that decision up to the powers that be. He added that he would’ve chosen not to suspend Gholston, but the Big Ten intervened. “Some people may refute that, especially if they wear blue,” Dantonio said on the call. “But they see how we feel now on the other side of the bench.” According to an ESPN report Monday, the conference is reviewing the Lewan incident. BORGES DEFENDS GAME PLAN: Offensive coordinator Al Borges faced questions Tuesday about whether, in retrospect, he would make changes to Michigan’s game plan for Michigan State. The Borges-led offense rushed for negative 48 yards Saturday, the worst ground performance in program history. Redshirt junior quarterback Devin Gardner was sacked seven times. Borges said he “won’t answer” a question about what he would do if given the opportunity to play the game over again, calling it “loaded.” He did add, however, that “obviously, we thought we were doing what was best.” Borges also said that the plan
was to throw the ball on first down more than he had all season in order to set up the run. The Spartan defense is one of the best in the country at stopping the run, and Michigan has struggled to get its rushing game going this season. “Our approach was not to throw the ball up and down the field,” Borges said. “The idea was to pick your shots, but pick them at times that were less predictable passing downs.” FLASH FORWARD: Also on Tuesday, Borges recalled a time while in the same position at Auburn that he started three true freshmen on the offensive line and earned a huge road win at Florida. Four years later, the Tigers were national champions. Borges used this example to show that two years could make all of the difference for his inexperienced offensive line. “You’re looking at a completely different team (after two seasons),” Borges said. Borges added that one reason the offensive line is one of the easier positions to develop is that so much growth can come from learning and chemistry there. He expressed his dislike for having to shuffle players in and out of the starting lineup so often this season but said it’s a necessary evil in order to find the right group of five.
Despite losses, Pearson enjoys return to Yost By ALEJANDRO ZÚÑIGA Daily Sports Editor
Mel Pearson’s return to Ann Arbor last weekend was no happy homecoming. After a 23-year stint as an assistant coach of the Michigan hockey team, Pearson accepted the head coaching position with Michigan Tech in 2011. Last weekend, the Wolverines welcomed the Huskies (1-6-1) to Yost Ice Arena — the first time in almost three decades that the two teams met on the home ice of either school. Pearson’s team put up quite a fight, but both games of the twogame series ended with close Michigan victories. The Wolverines (6-1-1) triumphed on Friday in overtime, 3-2, and staved off a comeback the following night to win 2-1. “We’ve had a real tough schedule, and I put our team in a tough spot,” Pearson said after Saturday’s game. “I did that for a reason. We want to play good teams in good buildings. … It can be frustrating.” It doesn’t get much more difficult than facing No. 2 Michigan at Yost, but the competitiveness of both games was a testament to how far Pearson has brought the program in just two years. In 2010-11, the Huskies won four games and lost 30. But last year, Michigan Tech beat No. 1 Minnesota, No. 7 St. Cloud State and No. 14 Nebraska-Omaha, marquee
wins for a program that hasn’t won a national championship since 1975 or made a Frozen Four since its last NCAA Tournament appearance in 1981. And last December, the Huskies routed the Wolverines at the Great Lakes Invitational, going on to claim the tournament title for the first time in 32 years. Pearson’s teams won 29 games in two years entering this season, good for the best two-season stretch in the last 18 years of Michigan Tech hockey. But last weekend, the Huskies’ only victories were moral ones. “We’ve taken our lumps right now,” Pearson said. “I think the record is a little misleading. I like the way we’re playing right now.” Despite leaving Yost without a win, Pearson said his return was “awesome.” He already helped facilitate two more scheduled games between the programs — in Houghton, Mich. next year and back in Ann Arbor for 2015-16 — and hopes the former CCHA rivals continue to play regularly. “(Yost) is a place I love,” Pearson said. “I know it’s a hard place to play and a hard place to win at, but I think it’s a great experience for our players.” And though he and Michigan coach Red Berenson insisted the meeting between the two longtime friends and former colleagues was purely business, the two spared some time to catch up. Pearson brought with him a package of frozen pasties — the Upper
Michigan coach Red Berenson enjoyed a pasty with Mel Pearson this weekend.
Peninsula culinary staple — as a gift, and the two promised to stay in touch until they meet again. “I love coach Berenson and Michigan hockey,” Pearson said. “I’m glad they’re doing well, and I’m really happy for them and I know they’re going to have a great year.” Note: Berenson confirmed that defenseman Kevin Lohan successfully underwent surgery on Monday afternoon. The freshman suffered a right knee injury after sliding awkwardly into the boards on Friday. Berenson called the injury a “worst-case scenario” and that the procedure involved reconstruction. Lohan will miss at least three months.
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A lot of people find it alarming when people give themselves a compliment without immediately following it by assuring everyone they’re joking. “No, I know I’m not that attractive” or “It’s not talent, it’s luck!” When I stopped adding those amendments to praise I gave myself, I noticed that alarm — in strangers, friends, family and myself. I started loving myself one day because I stopped giving myself any other option. Because I was exhausted from the relentless, daily routine of picking out my flaws or mistakes and hating myself for them. Because living in a world that finds silent yet powerful ways to encourage me to dislike myself feels almost as bad as giving in. And I was done. Or at the very least, I made the decision to try and stop. Unlearning the toxic lens through which I have learned to see myself is no easy task. Loving yourself is all but impossible when you are constantly reminded — by not only pop culture, but by your own brain — that you have fat thighs and are oversensitive to boot. Utterly spent by the process of tearing myself down, I tentatively set off on the first leg of my journey: trying to love my body. I started following all of the “body positive” blogs I could find, I spent hours in front of my bedroom mirror trying to convince myself that what I saw staring back at me, annoyed and exposed, was beautiful. And some days, I really believed it. I saw my dimpled thighs, I saw my long nose, and I felt pretty despite them. But usually, I found myself repeating empty words at my reflection: “you are beautiful, you are beautiful, you are beautiful.” Frustrated with the double standards before me — like a Dove
commercial telling me to love my body moments before it reminds me that I still need to buy special soap to prevent that nasty dry skin — I wondered if I’d ever stop needing to convince myself to like how I looked. And truthfully, sometimes I still do. But of all the different kinds of approaches to self-love out there, the one that was the hardest and meant the most to me was the simple idea that our bodies are our hard-working vehicles; the interface with which we experience the world, the mechanism
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that operates nonstop, all with the sole purpose of keeping us alive. Most importantly, we only get this one. When I think of it that way, it almost feels criminal not to be in constant awe of my powerful legs, crooked ears and organs inside my stomach. One of the best side effects of loving yourself is that the criticism you are trained to project onto others diminishes as well. Especially for women, body image is learned as an incredibly competitive notion. Many of us are conditioned to hate those we perceive as prettier than ourselves, and to feel
superior to those that are not. But learning to love your own stretch marks and arm hair means that you slowly release yourself from being critical of “flaws” in others. Freeing myself from thoughts like “she shouldn’t be wearing that” is almost as relieving as finally being able to wear outfits I like without worrying about what’s “flattering for my body type.” Loving my personality is a bit trickier. I never really hated who I was, just certain parts - the stubborn, angry side, the unreliable procrastinator, the emotional wreck. I place incredible importance on maintaining perfection in areas where I’ve received praise throughout my life. When I fail to do so, I feel unworthy of love from others or myself. Being applauded for good grades and artistic ability growing up gave me great confidence, but only as long as I didn’t meet failure. It’s crucial that I remember my worth is not diminished because of a low test score or a failed drawing. Flaws or failures can always use work, but it is my human characteristics — compassion, a love for justice, empathy — that make me inherently valuable. I’m the one driving this vehicle, after all. For so long, I had forgotten that liking myself was even an option. I never realized that falling in love with myself, however tumultuous the relationship, could feel so fantastic. However intolerable arrogance might be, self-love isn’t arrogance. Accepting compliments from myself and others without frantically denying them is one of the best things I’ve learned to do. I’d much rather take selfies and feel like the person I’ve grown into is an artwork in progress than constantly berate myself for the flaws that make me who I am.
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It’s OK to take Charley’s trivia more seriously than your Econ exam.
And there goes the one weekend when we pretend to care about Michigan State.
Ride your Razor back to the 2000’s, Scooter Boy in the Diag.
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“You’re supposed to have a set of failures, but you’ve organized yourselves in such a way to be successful from the get-go.”
– KEN FISHER, president of the University Musical Society and an advisor of MUSIC Matters, about the club’s newly-announced $50,000 endowed scholarship.
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“Sometimes on our f loor in Markley, we throw shower parties with a bunch of us — play some music, rage in the shower.”
“I make sure I have a hype playlist ready for all my friends. Sometimes there’s a new song I’ve heard that might be hype that week.”
“Take a shower, shave if I need to, and then put on some nice clothes like a dress shirt and spray on some cologne — Lacoste.”
Ryan VanDagens, LSA freshman
Kayla Nwokeji, LSA junior
Soumith Inturi, LSA sophomore
“We need to go 100 percent every single play, and some plays we didn’t do that … so they came out with the win.”
– JAKE RYAN, redshirt junior linebacker, on the Michigan football team’s 29-6 loss to Michigan State on Saturday.
“You can even ask the site to conduct a survey that will determine whether or not your pictures make you seem bone-able to complete strangers.”
– EMILY PITTINOS, Daily Opinion columnist, on experimenting with OKCupid, a dating website.
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After being lost for at least 70 years, 1,500 pieces of art taken by the Nazis were found in a Munich apartment, according to CNN. The art, valued at more than $1 billion, includes pieces by Matisse and Picasso.
According to The New York Times, a recent analysis of data by NASA found that “one of every five sun-like stars” has an Earth-size planet circling at just the right distance where liquid water could exist. The next time you feel alone in this world, think about the other 40 billion potentially habitable planets.
#BradAusmus #WeRNotAlone #Progress #KerryWashington #StripOrTreat
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A vote on Monday ruled that the Senate will consider outlawing discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity in the workplace, according to The New York Times. Amendments to the existing federal law will be proposed in the next few days.
A Halloween party at Arizona State University featured two girls in the sexiest costume to date: just heels. According to Gawker, commenters on the story suggested the women were strippers hired by a fraternity.
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A DRUNK HISTORY OF RICK’S AMERICAN CAFE KAYLA UPADHYAYA, MANAGING ARTS EDITOR MELANIE KRUVELIS, EDITORIAL PAGE EDITOR
LIKE A (RICK’S) VIRGIN
ne night in 1976, a young student on a four-year dance scholarship at the University wandered into a popular local bar and disco called the Blue Frogge with her friends. She encountered an attractive and charismatic waiter, a drummer in a local band and, like her, an aspiring artist. She asked him to buy her a drink. The two spent the evening talking about their shared love for music. Even though he was four years older than her, they connected. That student was Madonna. The waiter was songwriter and producer Steve Bray, who Madonna dated on and off during her five semesters in Ann Arbor and continued to collaborate with throughout her musical career. The place they met? Located at 611 Church, the Blue Frogge eventually became an iconic Ann Arbor establishment: Rick’s American Cafe. We went to Rick’s, not looking for love, but searching for an explanation for the staggering popularity and longevity of the famed bar. Before setting out to write this story, we had never walked through its double doors, never descended the oft-packed stairs that lead into the hazy basement that doubles as one of the city’s most popular bars. COVER AND INSIDE PHOTOS BY TODD NEEDLE
In our minds, the place was shrouded in Three Olives-soaked mystery, but we dove in with open minds and mouths, ready for whatever Rick’s could throw at us. The first things thrown — well, handed — were two glasses filled to the brim with a thick pink concoction known as a Mindprobe, the house drink. We’d tell you what’s in it, but no one really seems to know. On our very first trip to the bar, we brought a whole crew of Kerrytown-dwelling Rick’s-virgins. Mindprobes in hand, and leftover pasta we ate communally from a Tupperware, we made our way to the sweaty and slippery dance floor. It probably wasn’t a sight typical to the average Rick’s night, but surprises became a recurring theme during our Rick’s expedition. Unlike Madonna — who recalled the story of meeting Bray in a 1984 interview with Rolling Stone, saying “those were good days” — we didn’t find love. But we did discover an entire subculture built around the famed bar, a subculture that has persisted through decades of changes.
INTO THE GROOVE Love it or hate it, through the years, Rick’s has become one of the most talked about fixtures of campus nightlife. In August, it was named one of the top-25 college bars in the country by The Daily Meal. It’s the only club in Ann Arbor that’s ever had a (now-defunct) website devoted to its line. In both 2008 and 2011, The Michigan Review, a conservative publication, deemed it the “worst bar in Ann Arbor,” saying “You might have taken home a good hook-up a few times, but you probably also took home a nasty case of Syphilis, as well.” Our first mystery to solve about the bar: Rick. Is there a Rick? Who is he? Chris Hesse, general manager of Rick’s, laughed when we asked if he had ever met Rick. “There really is no ‘The Rick,’ ” he said, leaning back in his chair in the office tucked away just to the left of the steps that lead down from Church Street into the dark world of Rick’s. We spoke with Hesse the day after Halloween, one of the busiest night’s for the bar. It was 11 a.m. on a Friday, and the bar that had — just nine hours before — held hundreds of inebriated cats, zombies, vamps and Mileys was now occupied by employees wielding mops, cleaning up the sticky mess of glitter and spilled drinks leftover from the night’s celebrations. The silence and (slightly) brighter lighting were bizarrely jarring: This was Rick’s during daylight, our glimpse behind the curtain. Hesse told us that the man often confused as the original “Rick” was Rick Novak, a manager and partner of the bar in the ’80s. But it wasn’t Novak who gave the bar its name. Rich Johnson and Steve Crawley originally opened Rick’s, and based it on their favorite place to go out in Colorado, also called Rick’s American Cafe. After opening up in Ann Arbor, Johnson and Crawley expanded, establishing a Rick’s East Lansing. Named after “Rick’s Café Américain” — the swanky nightclub and gambling den from the 1942 classic film “Casablanca” — Johnson and Crawley transformed the Blue Frogge into the bar and dance club it is now in 1979. Back then, it wasn’t a given that the dark, crowded basement would be, well, so damn crowded. On Dec. 3, 1978, Michigan raised the legal drinking age from 18 to 19 — and just 18 days later, raised it to 21. In the years following the law’s passage, many hoped that the new age limit wouldn’t be enforced. More thought it would be pointless to enforce. “It’s an impossible situation,” Michigan State University President Edgar Harden said in 1978, after the legal age change was passed. “I don’t see how you can have students drinking legally at 18, and the next day say it’s illegal.” But as drinking ages rose across the country, eventually culminating in the federal Drinking Age Act of 1984, crackdowns on underage drinking hit Ann Arbor — and they hit
hard. According to the 1982 edition of the Michiganensian, bartenders and managers alike were shocked not only by the fines bartenders could incur by serving the now-minors, but also the new tactics employed to ensure Freshman Drinker 2.0 couldn’t sneak a beer in local bars. “One of the latest tactics for catching these lawbreakers is to send in burly, balding 19 ½ year-olds into bars to get served,” the Michiganensian reporter wrote, “and report the bartender to authorities who are planted at the bar.” “It really is a sad situation,” one Rick’s manager told the same Michiganensian reporter. “Since the enforcement of the drinking age, our bars are only half full.” Campus staples like Charley’s, which opened its doors in 1979, old-timer The Brown Jug, established in 1936, and Rick’s endured the end of (legally) liquored-up minors. Hesse said he isn’t surprised by the initial hit Rick’s took after the legal drinking age changed. He said current age restrictions on Rick’s actually work to its advantage. The new 21-and-over policy helped establish the reputation of Rick’s as a hangout spot for older students. “I think one of the reasons Rick’s has sustained so well ... is that this has kind of been known as the senior bar,” he said. “It’s where the 21 and overs hang out. We like to think it’s the hardest bar to get into on campus.” Not that the bar’s zero-tolerance policy stops underclassmen from trying. “People get crazy trying to get in,” said LSA sophomore Jordan Roth, who bounces at Rick’s. “Girls have offered me numbers. Guys try to give me an extra $20.” Roth said the pressure can be tempting, “but if that person gets drunk, then whoever was checking IDs is in big trouble. It’s not worth it.” But for better or for worse, keeping Rick’s minor-free has built up its reputation as an exclusively upperclassmen bar. “Senior year, everyone was very drunk and emotional all the time,” Recent alum Proma Kholsa said. “And there’s no place better than Rick’s for that sort of business.” “You say to yourself, ‘It’s gonna be dark, sweaty and crowded. And maybe there will be a stranger creeping on me.’ You know it’s gonna happen, and you’re fine with it.” Hesse said he believes that regular customers know what they’re getting when they come to Rick’s and that the bar never tries to be anything it’s not. That understanding of the atmosphere and low-key look of Rick’s contributes to its endurance. “People know what Rick’s is,” Hesse said. “We know we’re not a big fancy Chicago, Vegas, New York-style club, and we don’t try to be … I mean, if you look around, it’s a dingy, dark basement bar. People make of it what they make of it.”
TURN UP THE RADIO Age restrictions aren’t the only major changes Rick’s has undergone through the decades. Shortly after Rick’s first opened, it became known for its live music. The stage that’s now recognized for uncoordinated bumping-and-grindingand-falling once hosted performers like Matt “Guitar” Murphy, a — you guessed it — guitarist in the Blues Brothers, who played Aretha Franklin’s husband in the movie of the same name, hit Rick’s several times in the early ’80s. The Pixies played there in 1988. So did Primus — a.k.a. the guys who do the “South Park” theme. University alum Karen Carlson frequented Rick’s in the early 1980s. “People would go to Rick’s for the bigger night outs,” she said. “If you were really wanting to go out for a big night, not necessarily a dressy night, but just a nice, long night of hanging out with your friends and having drinks and stuff, Rick’s was always on the to-do list.”
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According to Carlson, the main appeal at the time was the live music. They went to Ann Arbor’s other popular spots, like the Union, which used to sell alcohol. But even when they started elsewhere, Carlson and her friends eventually made their way to Rick’s when they wanted to dance. Whereas the other bars cranked out radio songs and didn’t have a space for dancing, Rick’s offered interesting music and, according to Carlson, a “better atmosphere.” “They had a dance floor; they had the bands; it was good,” Carlson said. As it turns out, Madonna isn’t the only one who forged a special connection at 611 Church. On one of her Rick’s nights in 1982, Carlson started talking with a complete stranger. They danced; he bought her a drink. For months, she saw him around campus, remembering him as the guy she met at Rick’s. Almost a year after their chance meeting, the two began dating. Karen and Mark Carlson graduated in 1984 and married in 1987. Twenty-six years later, two of their three children are University students. Carlson said her daughter Sara — a senior in the Stamps School of Art & Design — goes to Rick’s with her friends, just like her mother used to. “And then her friends will look around and say, ‘Hey, do you think our husbands are here?’”
BEAT GOES ON According to Hesse, the general manager, the live music started tapering off and then stopped completely about seven years ago. Now, live performances only happen in rare instances. The Business School band, for example, plays a few times a year. But, as Hesse explained, for a bar to host live shows successfully, bands have to be booked consistently, four or five nights a week. The recognizable, respected bands the Rick’s management wanted to book started getting too expensive, and there was also the risk of becoming too niche. If Rick’s booked an ’80s cover band, they ran the risk of losing customers who might not like sweaty 20-yearolds screaming Michael Jackson covers. So, in the early 2000s, Rick’s started transitioning into featuring DJs one or two nights a week, and those nights became the most popular. “And the local band market just dried up,” Hesse explained. “So even the least expensive bands were twice as much as a DJ. It got to the point where it just financially didn’t make sense for us.” The switch to DJs allowed Rick’s to cater to a wider range of music tastes and requests. Recent University alum Julie Ruppe remembers Rick’s the same way as Carlson does: as a place to dance with your friends and have a great time. “I went at least twice a week,” Ruppe said, explaining that she usually went with the group of girls she lived with, which included members of Delta Gamma, her sorority. Rick’s even weighed into her decision to live at “Chillard,” a house on the corner of Church and Willard. “As long as you brought the right group of
“A lot can happen at Rick’s … Some good, some bad and some so utterly life-changing that you wake up every day and just have to smile at the mere thought of it.” — JULIE RUPPE, RECENT UNIVERSITY ALUM people, you’d always have a good time,” Ruppe said. “It’s just the only club on campus — if you can even call it a club — where you can dance with all your friends everywhere, and I think that’s really fun.” Ruppe’s advice to Rick’s first timers like us is to “expect the unexpected.” Just last year, Ruppe was at Rick’s enjoying what she described as “an extraordinarily delicious vodka soda” mixed by one of her favorite bartenders, and the all too familiar “Call Me Maybe” started playing. On a whim, she decided to sing the song to a stranger. She picked a random guy, serenaded him, danced for a few more songs and put her number in his phone. Three weeks later, she agreed to go on a date with him, even though she didn’t even know his name. Having little faith that the date would lead to anything other than a nice lunch, she wore an “ugly hipster grandma” sweater and met him at Sava’s. When she met her mysterious date, he told her he was from Germany. She had just returned from a study abroad trip to Germany, and they connected instantly. The couple recently celebrated the one-year anniversary of that first date in Berlin where they now live and work together. “A lot can happen at Ricks,” Ruppe wrote in an e-mail with the subject line “Til Rick’s do us part.” “Some good, some bad and some so utterly life-changing that you wake up every day and just have to smile at the mere thought of it.” And it’s not only Rick’s regulars who have found love in the dimly lit basement bar. Jenny Schwartz was a student in the School of Social Work from 2002 to 2004. As a grad student, one of her favorite bars was Dominick’s, and she rarely made the journey to Rick’s. One night of fall 2003, however, her friends convinced her to go. Recovering from a cold, the last place Schwartz wanted to be was out on the town, especially since she wasn’t drinking that night. “I don’t know if it’s changed at all,” Schwartz said, “but Rick’s back then was basically where you drank and hooked up with random people. It was not some place you would go to meet the future love of your life.”
On that night, trying to get out of a conversation with another Rick’s goer, Schwartz started talking to a stranger in a Cornell hat. He was a law student from New York who had just broken up with his girlfriend of six years. They talked all night, he walked her home and she gave him her number. “They always say that you’re going to meet someone when you least expect it,” Schwartz said. Nearly ten years later, the two are married, have three children and live in West Bloomfield.
ME AGAINST THE MUSIC Hesse, the general manager, also attributed the longevity of Rick’s to the consistent pattern of top-notch employees. Like Lily Pike, a 2008 graduate from the University. Pike joined the staff her junior year, partially to pay off a car payment she couldn’t afford, and partially just to get in the place. “I wasn’t 21 yet, and I had been going to Rick’s since I was 17,” Pike said in a phone interview. “I had changed my hair, so my ID didn’t work anymore. I needed money, but I knew if I wanted to be there, I’d need to work there. Because you can get in there — without drinking — if you work there.” But, as she found out, being part of the sober population at Rick’s is — surprisingly enough — a bit different. “Everyone’s wasted, and you’re sober,” Pike said. “You see guys whipping out their dicks and peeing on the bar — ” We stopped her: You actually saw that happen? “Oh yeah,” Pike said. “They don’t want to wait in line for bathroom, so they pee right next to the bar. I’ve seen guys getting kicked out constantly for that.” And when the bouncers aren’t throwing out the urinary exhibitionists, they’re trying to keep one of the most inebriated crowds on campus under control. Easier said than done. “One time, we had to take a guy out, and he grabbed onto my shirt and wouldn’t let go,” said Roth, a Rick’s bouncer. “And he tore the shirt off me.” But overall, Roth says, the employees at Rick’s do a decent job of keeping anarchy to a minimum, and that “very rarely have I seen one of my co-workers have to, like, punch someone in the face.” And as for what Rick’s looks like after last call and once the lights turn on, it’s certainly not for the faint of heart, or the sober of mind. “It’s a mess,” Pike said. “You see purses left behind, heels of shoes, jackets, cell phones. Cheap stuff and really expensive stuff, surrounded by puke.” But as the old saying goes, from the stinkiest puke comes the sweetest love. Or, at least that was the case for Pike. A co-worker-turnedmanager, Matt Dedes, added another hyphen to his title in 2009: boyfriend. “He was so sweet,” Pike said. “He used to walk me home every night after close.” After months of just being friends, Pike took a sabbatical from Rick’s for an internship in Washington, D.C. Once she came back to Ann
Arbor, she went to Rick’s and saw Matt. They set up their first date the very next day. And now — “Now we’ve been together for five years,” Pike said. Just last month, Pike (“finally,” she said) convinced Matt to come with her to Boston, leaving behind the bar they both loved to start a new life together. “I guess he couldn’t handle the constant river of puke, scantily clad angry girls cold in line, nor the deep and dark cavernous habitat of Rick’s,” Pike said in an e-mail. “It’s good for a night or two, but not for a lifetime. Love found there, on the other hand, is for a lifetime. #ricksloveforlife”
FUTURE LOVERS When told about the influx of stories we’ve received about couples finding their loved ones at Rick’s, Hesse chuckled. “I met my wife here,” he said. His experience, like the others, wasn’t something he had planned for or sought out. It was 1997, and Hesse — a senior at the time — was working on a particularly slow Sunday night. His friend showed up on a double date, and one of the girls started talking to Hesse. In fact, she ended up talking to him more than her date. A month later, they went out, and another month after that, they became serious. They’ve been married for 16 years, the same amount of time Hesse has been with Rick’s. But Hesse has also experienced a different type of love during his time as general manager. He described the outpouring of appreciation he gets from people who “live and die” by Rick’s. He said getting people out the door on graduation weekend is always a struggle. “The people make Rick’s what it is,” he said. “At graduation last year, I had so many people shake my hand and girls giving me hugs saying, ‘Thanks, it was the best senior year ever.’ ” For Ruppe in Berlin, the other Rick’s memory that stands out as much as the night she met her boyfriend was on her very last night at 611 Church. It was right after graduation, and Ruppe was there with 15 of the girls she lived with. Vitamin C’s “Graduation” began to play. “We all put our arms around each other and just started crying in the middle of Rick’s,” she said. “It was our last night all together, our last night at Rick’s. Everyone’s graduating and moving different places, and it’s just a very stereotypical moment and also very fitting that it was at Rick’s.” It’s not necessarily for everyone, especially if you’re not the dancing type. But the legendary bar offers its fair share of surprises. Maybe you could meet the love of your life at Rick’s. Or, like us, you could just end up dancing on the stage with your closest friends and leftover pasta. Or, you could walk in, pay $6 for a shot, look around and leave (we did that one night, too). In any case, the basement of 611 Church has been the setting for endless late-night tales, Ann Arbor history and its fair share of real-life meet-cutes. Here’s looking at you, Rick’s … but not when the lights are on. No one wants to see that.
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The students behind the bar by Matt Slovin
According to Engineering senior Mike Oles, a Rick’s employee, 90 to 95 percent of the Rick’s staff are students.
n Ann Arbor’s most notorious basement, known for its sticky dance floor and neon, liquor-infused shark bowls, LSA senior Ben Gyarmati does his homework. It’s a far cry from the Shapiro Undergraduate Library. But for Gyarmati, Rick’s American Café, where hours later patrons will flash credit cards and dollar bills, doubles as a study space. As one might imagine, it’s not the most productive of environments. “It’s a very hard place to get work done,” Gyarmati said. “Especially when the DJ comes in and starts playing techno with no lyrics.” For most students who venture to the basement of 611 Church Street, where Rick’s is located, studies are the last thing on the mind. But for those like Gyarmati, a bartender at the bar, downtime at work means a chance to catch up on reading for class. And while some students opt for more traditional part-time jobs — like retail jobs or University Housing positions — others are drawn to gigs at bars.
to socialize on the job. Once Oles has completed his duties, which include bussing tables and running the dishwasher, his supervisors are generally OK with him chatting with friends. The camaraderie among co-workers has been instrumental to the college career of Gyarmati. He transferred to the University from Michigan State University after the first semester of his freshman year, which caused him to “miss the pivotal time of meeting people in the dorms,” he said. His job at Rick’s has allowed him to find a close-knit friend group. Weekends spent behind the bar instead of ordering drinks is also a plus for Rick’s employees. Gyarmati said he prefers bartending to the three bouncer positions at the bottom of the Rick’s staircase because “it’s more lucrative.” With the amount of time employees spend at Rick’s on the clock, one would think they would stay away in their free time. But that doesn’t seem to be the case. Oles cites the half-off The ‘social aspect’ employee discount as a reason to visit the bar on nights off. To Engineering senior Mike Oles, who “I go into the night thinking I’m going also works at Rick’s, work rarely feels to stay away, but monetarily there’s no like work. reason to stay away,” Oles said. “And it’s “A lot of other jobs are like, ‘Oh crap, fun to see the staff.” I have to go to work,’ ” Oles said. “But I don’t dread it. Work is fun for me.” Students policing students Part of what makes the shifts so enjoyable for him is the ability The indignant customer who has
had a few too many shark bowls might not realize it, but it’s possible the bartender who cuts him or her off could be in their chemistry lecture. Oles said 90-95 percent of the Rick’s staff are students either at the University or Eastern Michigan University. “Sometimes you get people who say, ‘Oh, you’re going nowhere in life because you work at Rick’s,’ ” Oles said. “But I don’t think they understand that I’m also a student.” Oles added that he can laugh off the disrespect, which usually comes from patrons who are being kicked out — something he said happens once or twice each shift. Gyarmati believes customers would be more polite if they realized he’s a classmate of theirs. In his experience, the hardest ones to deal with are outside of the bar. “It’s understandable in some aspects. It’s a long-ass line out in the cold,” he said. “When you’re bouncing, you’ll get treated like shit by a lot of people,” Gyarmati said. “They’ll be like, ‘Oh sweet, you work minimum wage at a bar.’ But I’m also getting a University of Michigan education. It’s not like this is my life.”
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drunken debauchery. One night, Gyarmati watched a fight break out on the sidewalk outside of the bar, and he sprinted in to break up the scuffle. Gyarmati pinned one of the unruly customers to the ground, but because his zip-up hooded sweatshirt covered up the word “staff” on the back of his work T-shirt, a policeman mistook him for one of the perpetrators. The next thing Gyarmati remembers, his face was on fire. The cops had sprayed mace, and his efforts to play peacemaker had only earned him agony. But life at Rick’s provides the ammunition for less painful stories too, like the time Oles observed someone in line name-drop a co-worker to another bouncer. “You don’t know Cory Davis like I do,” Oles recalls him saying. Little did the arrogant customer know, he was actually talking to Davis’s twin brother, who also works at Rick’s. For Oles, Gyarmati and the rest of the students behind the scenes at Rick’s, a job at the bar simply makes sense. But what does it take to be a good fit for a job at Rick’s or another popular offcampus bar? “Someone with work ethic who is willing to give up weekend nights,” Oles said. Stories to last a lifetime “Just try to be easy going,” Gyarmati said. “If you’re a bartender, you’re going Life at Rick’s for Oles and Gyarmati to be yelled at. You’ve basically just got comes with endless tales of patrons’ to be calm and be focused.”
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V I S U A L S TAT E M E N T:
It’s a place to relax. A place to hang out with friends and forget it all. A place where new adventures begin and old ones come to an end. When I walk through the doors of Ashley’s, I feel like I’m back in England, where I lived for a year before I came to the University. I’m back in the local pub enjoying a glass of Guinness. It may be the building itself or the fact that the symbols of the London Underground are painted on its basement walls. It may be drinking a glass of hard cider made in the UK. Whatever the reason, Ashley’s represents memories, new and old, from all over the world. — Text and photos by Paul Sherman