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Bus service plagued by high-profile incidents Drivers say uptick is due to influx of new drivers By JENNIFER CALFAS Daily Staff Reporter
Within the past few months, there have been a slew of incidents involving the University’s Blue Buses. A driver left a bus running and unattended for hours off campus. A bus became stuck after failing to make the small turnaround near the Michigan Union. A driver crashed into and destroyed a bus stop and two students were injured after falling out of a bus when the vehicle’s rear door malfunctioned. The Blue Bus driving staff is comprised of a 50:50 ratio of student drivers to unionized drivers, according to Jason Bidwell, Transportation Manager at Parking and transportation services. Some of the union drivers are permanent PTS staff members, while student drivers work on a temporary basis during their time at the University. Cultivating a staff is no easy task. It takes a significant amount of knowledge to drive a Blue Bus as employees are responsible for the livelihood of students, faculty and staff in transit. The University’s training
course is two weeks. The first week of training takes place in a small classroom setting where potential drivers learn about the vehicles, how to drive safely and how to interact with riders. Trainees must test at a minimum score requirement to move onto the next section. Next, trainees shadow and operate a bus with a licensed driver to gain a better understanding of each route. Since the training process is time demanding, it usually takes place at the beginning of the summer. Once drivers are accepted into their positions, they have the summer season to hone driving skills before fall semester. Over this past year, the number of student drivers has decreased, forcing some permanent drivers to work overtime. PTS executive director Stephen Dolen said student drivers’ shifts are based on their academic schedules, which can make it challenging to cover a student driver’s position when last-minute academic demands arise. “If we had a deeper bench, so to speak, to go to, it’d be more efficient and sufficient to get business covered,” Dolen said. “We need a deeper bench.” However, Dolen believes the driver shortage is not to blame for the recent incidents. Art & Design sophomore See BUS, Page 3
Members of the Navy ROTC raise the flag in the Diag in honor of Veteran’s Day on Monday morning.
SACUA talks consolidation LSA heads express concern with cost-cutting process By STEPHANIE SHENOUDA Daily Staff Reporter
The latest meeting of the Senate Advisory Committee for University Affairs was spent learning about the concerns of LSA faculty and staff members regarding the recent efforts to cut costs. The reduction of vendor cuts and consolidation of support
services like finance and human resources is a part of the Administrative Services Transformation Project, an administrative initiative intended to improve financial efficiency and meet a $120-million savings goal by 2017. Following the lift of a gag order among department chairs regarding the initiative, History Department Chair Kathleen Canning summarized the concerns of LSA faculty but emphasized that she wasn’t the group’s formal representative. She discussed a letter to University Provost Martha Pollack and other administrators
authored by 16 department heads. Canning explained that most of the concerns as department chairs are procedural, including the fact that faculty and staff will have to reapply for their positions. Canning felt the process was rapid and poorly communicated, and that the situation “lacked transparency.” She added that the project has progressed without consulting faculty chairs. “We need to know who was driving the process, who owned and who’s accountable for the fall out it will cause,” Canning said. “We were subject to a gag order,
which is quite unprecedented, meaning we weren’t allowed to talk to anyone — even in our department — about this process.” SACUA member Charlie Koopmann said the silencing of employees has been a continuing trend throughout the last half of President Mary Sue Coleman’s tenure, citing various instances where employees issued a gag order. “The disability to speak is a trademark of the second half of Coleman’s presidency,” he said. See SACUA, Page 3
Alumni startup aims to simplify restaurant rankings Users rank top-five restaurants on MyFab5 site By CLAIRE BRYAN For The Daily
After becoming frustrated with long Yelp reviews and misleading Foursquare rankings, recent University alums Omeid Seirafi-Pour and Calvin
Winona LaDuke, a Native American environmental activist, is presented with a certification of her Vistiting Professorship by students of the Native American Student Association at Rackham Ampitheater on Monday.
Environmental activist talks culture’s impact Native American writer discusses community’s role in sustainable future By YIJIA ZHOU For The Daily
Drums and chants at Rackham Amphitheater on Monday evening welcomed Winona LaDuke, an American Indian environ-
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mental activist, as she spoke about the ways in which Native Americans are building a greener economy. As part of Native Heritage Month, the event was intended by its sponsors to raise awareness about Native American communities and their roles in creating a sustainable future. LaDuke talked about how people in today’s society have become addicted to fossil fuel energy, and that in order to change the situation, people
need to go back to local communities and work on sustainable energy. The Native American Student Association co-sponsored the event with a number of student organizations. LSA junior Isa Gaillard, chair of NASA, said he hopes the event illustrates Native Americans’ dedication to the environment. “We hope it will raise awareness of Native American communities and show how See ACTIVIST, Page 3
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Schemanski decided to create an easy way to find the best food in town. “I was trying to use my phone just to find a place for us to eat, and it was the same pain: I was spending like half an hour reading reviews before I could decide if a place was going to be worth it or not,” Schemanski said. Seirafi-Pour, a 2011 graduate, returned to Ann Arbor to work with Schemanski to
found MyFab5 in the summer of 2012. John Gulbronson, a 2011 Michigan Engineering graduate, joined the team in January 2013. The company is currently operating out of the University’s TechArb, a startup accelerator. MyFab5 isn’t your typical rating system. Instead of ranking restaurants on a scale, users pick their top-five restaurants within particular food See STARTUP, Page 3
Student returns home after he was reported missing by friends Girlfriend, mother decline to comment on where Stevens had been By MATT SLOVIN Managing Editor
At about 8:15 a.m. Monday, Engineering junior Luke Stevens, missing since early Sunday, returned via taxi to his Michigan Avenue apartment where he was last seen, according to police and friends.
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Stevens was at University Hospital with his girlfriend, LSA junior Alison O’Brien, when O’Brien was reached by phone Monday morning. “He’s fine,” O’Brien said. “He’s just really cold.” O’Brien declined to comment further. Stevens’ mother, Deborah Stevens, said her son is currently recovering, adding that she was worried when her son went missing and he had never disappeared like this before. Stevens said she would prefer not to explain her son’s disappearance on Sunday. “I just want to thank the
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entire community for their support and for all the people that searched for him,” Stevens said. “The outcome turned out good, and we are so thankful for that.” Noah Balsmeyer, president of the University’s chapter of the Triangle Fraternity, said members of the fraternity were worried about Stevens and were in the process of forming a search party when they heard the announcement Monday morning that he was safe. “The members of triangle are very relieved to see he was See MISSING, Page 3
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How do you incorporate your interests into the classes you teach? My interests tend to drive the kinds of texts I assign. I feel like it is hard to teach something that you don’t personally love, so I teach a lot of my favorite writers. Also, being a writer affects my teaching a lot because I think a lot more about the writing process, and I tend to talk about that a lot more. I tend to have a lot of tricks, and I have a lot more in my tool bag in terms of stuff to get students moving when they’re stuck. That is probably the biggest way that my own works inform my teaching.
How have you enjoyed your time at Michigan so far? I love it! My students are super well-prepared. I’ve taught in several very different academic environments; these are definitely the best-prepared students that I’ve ever worked with. Either they’re all very good at faking enthusiasm or they’re all, as a group, the most engaged and curious students I’ve ever worked with, which is wonderful!
WHERE: University Hospital WHEN: Friday at about 10:10 p.m. WHAT: A patient at the hospital hurled a bedpan at a staff member, University Police reported. The staff member sustained no injuries from the incident.
WHERE: Shapiro Undergraduate Library WHEN: Friday at about 7:55 p.m. WHAT: A wallet was reported as stolen after it was left unattended on the fourth floor of the library around 6 p.m. The wallet, missing cash, was later returned to the front desk by an unknown individual.
Cash grab WHERE: Arbor Lakes Building WHEN: Friday at about 3:30 p.m. WHAT: A University employee reported that his paycheck was diverted to an unknown account, University Police reported. The incident is potentially linked to a previous police report.
What do you do outside the classroom? I’m working on my novel, which was my thesis. I’m basically working on that, reworking it and reworking it until I think it is as good as it can possibly be. I also edit the Michigan Review of Prisoner Creative Writing, which is a Prison Creative Arts Project, so this is my first semester editing that. It’s just like editing any other literary journal, except all of the submissions are by people who are incarcerated.
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WHERE: Lot M-10, East Medical Center WHEN: Monday at about 3:55 p.m. WHAT: University Police received a report that an ambulance briefly grazed a parked ambulance in a parking lot. No injuries were reported and only one vehicle received damage.
Comedy showdown WHAT: Students will perform in semi-final matchups for the 2014 MI Favorite Comic competition. WHO: Center for Campus Involvment WHEN: Today from 7:30 p.m to 10 p.m. WHERE: Michigan Leauge Underground
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Members of two Iranian rock bands living in New York City were found dead after being shot in a suspected murder-suicide by a fellow musician, CNN reported. Police believe the violence resulted from a miscommunication between groups.
The Michigan women’s soccer team earned a No. 3 seed in the NCAA Tournament. It hosts a game for the second straight year and will welcome UW-Milwaukee on Saturday. >> FOR MORE, SEE SPORTS, PAGE 6
Initial reports on the implementation of the Affordable Care Act has shown enrollment numbers that are smaller than expected, CBS News reported. Analysts estimate only 50 thousand people had registered by the end of October.
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Filipinos struggle to leave Iran and U.S. blame each country after deadly storm other for lack of nuclear deal Thousands search for flights to escape typhoon destruction TACLOBAN, Philippines (AP) — Thousands of typhoon survivors swarmed the airport here on Tuesday seeking a flight out, but only a few hundred made it, leaving behind a shattered, rainlashed city short of food and water and littered with countless bodies. Four days after Typhoon Haiyan struck the eastern Philippines, only a trickle of assistance has made to affected communities. Authorities estimated the storm killed 10,000 or more across a vast swath of the country. Millions are without shelter or food. Tacloban, a city of about Sudoku Syndication 220,000 people on Leyte island, bore the full force of the winds and the tsunami-like storm surg-
es. Most of the city is in ruins, a tangled mess of destroyed houses, cars and trees. Malls, garages and shops have all been stripped of food and water by hungry residents. Just after dawn Tuesday, two Philippine Air Force C-130s arrived at its destroyed airport along with several commercial and private flights. More than 3,000 people who camped out at the building surged onto the tarmac past a broken iron fence to get on the aircraft. Just a dozen soldiers and several police held them back. Mothers raised their babies high above their heads in the rain, in hopes of being prioritized. One lady in her thirties lay on a stretcher, shaking uncontrollably. Only a small number managed to board. “I was pleading with the soldiers. I was kneeling and begging because I have diabetes,” said Helen Cordial, whose house was
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destroyed in the storm. “Do they want me to die in this airport? They are stone hearted.” Most residents spent Monday night under pouring rain wherever they could — in the ruins of destroyed houses, in the open DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Iran and the United States along roadsides and shredded trees. Some slept under tents on Monday blamed each other for brought in by the government or the failure to reach agreement on a deal to limit Iran’s uranium relief groups. Local doctors said they were enrichment in exchange for an desperate for medicines. Beside easing of Western sanctions. In spite of the accusations, the ruined airport tower, at there was some diplomatic proga small makeshift clinic with shattered windows, army and ress as Iran promised to offer air force medics said they had more information and expanded treated around 1,000 people access to U.N. nuclear inspectors since the typhoon for cuts, — including more openings at a bruises, lacerations, deep planned reactor and uranium site. wounds. U.S. Secretary of State John International aid groups and Kerry said Iranian envoys had militaries are rushing assisbacked away from a wider deal tance to the region, but little has this weekend seeking to ease arrived yet. Government officials Western concerns that Tehran http://sudokusyndication.com/sudoku/generator/print/ and police and army officers have could one day develop atomic all been caught up in the disaster weapons. themselves, hampering coordiIran’s foreign minister, nation. Mohammad Javad Zarif, counThe USS George Washington tered by criticizing Kerry’s aircraft carrier was expected to remarks, telling an Iranian TV arrive off the coast in about two talk show that the American’s days, according to the Pentagon. “conflicting statements” damA similar sized US ship, and its aged confidence in the process, fleet of helicopters capable of adding that “considerable progdropping tons of water daily ress was made” in Geneva. and evacuating wounded, was The flurry of announcements credited with saving scores of and comments showed both the lives after the 2004 Asian tsucomplexities and urgency in trynami. ing to move ahead on an accord Joselito Caimoy, a 42-year-old between Iran and world powers truck driver, was one of the lucky after the talks in Geneva failed to ones at Tacloban airport. He produce a deal. was able to get his wife, son and With negotiators set to resume 3-year-old daughter on a flight next week, Iranian officials proout. moted a separate pact reached They embraced in a tearwith the U.N. nuclear chief Yukiful goodbye, but Caimoy stayed ya Amano as a “roadmap” for greater cooperation and transparbehind to guard what’s left of his home and property. ency, which could move the talks “There is no water, no food,” he ahead. But the plans do not mention some of the sites most sought said. “People are just scavenging in the streets. People are asking by U.N. teams to probe suspicions food from relatives, friends. The of nuclear-related work, notably the Parchin military facility outdevastation is too much ... the malls, the grocery stories have side Tehran. all been looted. They’re empty. “It’s an important step forward, but by no means the end People are hungry. And they (the authorities) cannot control the of the process,” Amano told The people.” Associated Press in Tehran.
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“There is still much work to be done.” Western leaders, meanwhile, were keen to display a unified front after reports that France had broken ranks in Geneva and demanded more concessions from Iran on enrichment levels and an under-construction heavy water reactor that produced a greater amount of plutonium byproduct, which could be used in eventual weapons production. Kerry said it was Iran that put the brakes on reaching a first-phase agreement, but gave no details on the Iranian concerns and suggested it was only a matter of time before a formula is found. “There was unity but Iran couldn’t take it,” Kerry said during a stop in Abu Dhabi. He added: “The French signed off on it, we signed off on it.” Kerry told the BBC on Monday that negotiators had been “very, very close ... extremely close” to reaching a deal with Iran. “I think we were separated by four or five different formulations of a particular concept,” he said. In the BBC interview, Kerry acknowledged “the French have been more vocal about one thing or another.” But he said, “the fact is that we had a unity on Saturday in a proposal put in front of the Iranians. But because of some the changes they felt they had to go back and change it.” Later Monday, Zarif criticized Kerry’s remarks that blamed Iran for lack of a deal when asked about them on an Iranian TV talk show. “Conflicting statements harm the credibility of the one who keeps changing positions and damages confidence. The goal of dialogue is to reduce the lack of trust. Conflicting talk doesn’t give credit to the person saying it,” Zarif said. He said “considerable progress” was made during three days of talks in Geneva but claimed that most of the hours were spent with the U.S., Russia, China, Britain, France and Germany trying “to resolve differences among themselves.” He said he’s still
hopeful a deal will be reached, but insisted any agreement must include the lifting of all Western sanctions against Iran. British Foreign Secretary William Hague said the world powers presented a united front to Iran at the weekend talks that failed to reach an accord, and although “some gaps” remained between parties at the talks, “most of those gaps are narrow.” In Jerusalem, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has acknowledged that an overall deal is likely between Iran and world powers, which would undercut Israeli threats to launch military action against Iranian nuclear sites. Yet he hailed the delay as a chance to “achieve a much better deal.” “The target date for this deal is the date on which a good deal will be achieved that will deny Iran a military nuclear capability,” he told Israel’s parliament Monday. For Netanyahu and his backers, however, hopes have all but evaporated that Iran can be forced by negotiators to completely end its ability to make nuclear fuel. It’s now unclear what type of deal would satisfy Israel, which sees a nuclear-armed Iran as a threat to its existence. Iran has denied it seeks nuclear arms and insists its only seeks reactors for energy and medical applications. Iranian officials portrayed the expanded U.N. access as further sign it seeks to work with the West. Under the plans, announced at a joint news conference, Iran would allow inspectors a firsttime visit of its key Gachin uranium mine on the Gulf coast and give broader access to the heavy water facility being built in the central city of Arak. Heavy water reactors use a different type of coolant to produce a greater amount of plutonium byproduct than conventional reactors. Inspectors from the U.N.’s International Atomic Energy Agency have already visited the reactor site but seek more extensive examinations.
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SACUA From Page 1 “It’s a prevailing philosophy and probably why they want this done before getting a new president.” Canning added that she felt this was a “major mistake” by the administration because it added to the looming disconcert over the situation. “We’re all trying to do our jobs. There’s a huge, simmering anger among faculty and graduate students; it’s going to blow up and go public very soon,” Canning said. “We’ve been trying to govern our departments and do the best we can. We’d really like them to commit to no layoffs because it would make the pain and agony of this process much less. It’d still be scary but much less.” Canning said there has also been a discrepancy between initially projected savings and what the administration currently expects, which added to the tension among department heads. Savings from the project were initially projected at $17 million, but are now expected to be just $5 million in four years. This caused the group to question whether the
ACTIVIST From Page 1 the idea of sustainable environment originated from these communities thousands of years ago,” Gaillard said. “We want to make the connection for students.” In 1993, LaDuke co-founded Honor the Earth, a non-profit organization to raise awareness and support for environmental issues in Native American communities. “As Americans, we are the people who live in this time, and we have this opportunity to stop people from blowing up another
STARTUP From Page 1 categories, such as pizza, sandwiches and burgers. The website excludes long personal reviews in favor of a top-five list. Schemanski said they decided to forgo traditional rating systems because he believes they become ineffective in conveying a restaurant’s popularity to readers. “All of those ratings, what they end up doing is make everything pretty much look the same,” Schemanski said. “After a few hundred people will rate a place, it all just kind of goes towards the average.” The MyFab5 team started its efforts in Ann Arbor but quickly expanded to all of Michigan. In August, the website expanded to the entire United States. While the website is available in every city, Schemanski said smaller cities might not have rankings simply due to their smaller populations. “As of today, our users have created more than 5,400 rank-
AST was the most efficient way to cut costs or if other methods such as attrition or reorganization could have achieved their goals with less “human pain.” “If they knew it would really save money, we would find it easier to accept, but the cost-benefit analysis doesn’t make sense,” she said. Canning said department chairs have asked the administration to slow down the AST, in hopes that leaders will wait until a new president is in place. They hope that SACUA will explore the situation and formulate its own opinion to be conveyed to the administration. Nonetheless, Canning said the LSA chairs felt like their complaints have been heard by the University’s leaders in the Flemming building. “They heard us and realized it was very painful,” Canning said. “They said they would consider our requests, and I think it would go a long way to making this process better.” She added that, overall, the ATS initiative seems “out of sync” with the University’s standard approach to change, and it’s not indicative of what’s expected
of a school frequently ranked in the top universities to work for nationwide. Canning and her peers continued to question the validity of the campaign, citing similar efforts at other institutions — including Yale University and University of California, Berkeley — that didn’t yield desired results. At the end of their session, SACUA chair Karen Staller said she feels it’s important to now hear the administration’s view on the situation and plans to address the issues with AST further when Provost Martha Pollack attends the meeting in two weeks. In a statement Monday evening, University spokesman Rick Fitzgerald said the administration expects there to be little if any need for reduction in force as a result of the sharing of support services, as the 325 affected by the initiative are now vacant or filled with temporary employees. Fitzgerald said the University will discuss the changes with employees this week. He added that the University does not expect to reduce pay for employees who make the transition to the shared services model.
mountain, from combusting the planet into oblivion,” she said. “We have this opportunity to keep our river for fish, not for chemicals.” LaDuke said people today are becoming addicts of extreme energ y, what she described as the extreme demand and reliance on fossil fuel as a result of the profitdriven economy. “You rationalize your behavior when you are an addict,” LaDuke said. “Oil-polluted water sources in North Dakota? Who cares? Who lives up there anyway?” Rebuking Americans who say that sustainable energy
cannot meet the nation’s current demand, LaDuke said alternative power sources could supply the United States if so much electricity wasn’t wasted. LaDuke said the concept of “relocalization,” or focusing on local communities, is the answer to a more sustainable future. She pointed to the Native Americans on the White Earth Reservation in Minnesota, who harvest solar and wind energy at a scale that is efficient for the small community. “There is always a chance for redemption,” LaDuke said. “We still have chance to make significant changes.”
ings in Ann Arbor alone,” Schemanski said. “Since each ranking can contain multiple restaurants, our users have made over 18,000 restaurant recommendations in Ann Arbor.” Pete Sickman-Garner, marketing manager for Zingerman’s, said it makes sense to start a food-centered website in Ann Arbor because of the variety of restaurants in the city. “Given the way Ann Arbor’s food scene has exploded in recent years, this would be a good town to try out something like this,” Sickman-Garner wrote in an e-mail interview. “Foodies are definitely people who like sharing their opinions.” New advancements at MyFab5 include a recent won $15,000 grant to help grow the company. The money will go toward hiring a professional design team that will work to improve the website’s logo, graphics and website functionality. The company is also trying to include Instagram on its site and use it to more effectively to
gauge users’ favorite places. It hopes to include this function on the website by mid-December. Although MyFab5 was created to help customers decide where to eat, Schemanski said their website also helps restaurants. “There are a lot of people out there that are taking advantage of the fact that they can hurt a business’s reputation,” Schemanski said. “Sometimes customers will try to extort them for a free meal, saying they will leave a bad review. Sometimes it is just disgruntled employees that will go on and do that, or a competitor from other restaurants.” Schemanski has big hopes for the future of MyFab5 expanding into categories beyond the food industry. “Going out to a restaurant is part of an entertainment experience … so we can apply it to other forms of entertainment, like movies, TV shows and books,” Schemanski said.
Clemency sought for ten women convicted of murder Group argues victims of domestic violence should be released from prison DETROIT (AP) — Ten Michigan women convicted of murder deserve to be freed from prison because they were subjected to domestic violence and didn’t get fair trials, according to a group working on their cases. The Michigan Women’s Justice and Clemency Project is filing petitions for clemency with Gov. Rick Snyder for the women, who were convicted of first- or second-degree murder and have been behind bars for years. “These women are not a threat to anybody,” project director Carol Jacobsen, a University professor in women’s studies and art & design, told the Detroit Free Press. “The whole social understanding of battery and abuse has changed since the 1980s and 1990s, when many of these women were convicted.”
Snyder’s office told The Associated Press that such applications go to the parole board at Department of Corrections for review and then get a review by the governor’s office. The office said the state looks at every application equally. All of the women have sought clemency before and have been denied. One of the cases is that of Nancy Seaman, a Detroit-area teacher who hacked her husband to death in 2004. She killed Robert Seaman by striking him with a hatchet 16 times and stabbing him at least 21 times in their garage in Farmington Hills. She is serving a life sentence. A jury in 2005 convicted Seaman of first-degree murder, but the Oakland County trial judge reduced it to second-degree murder. A state appeals court later reinstated the jury’s verdict. She said she was a victim of emotional and physical abuse and was threatened again that day. At her trial, the defense presented experts who talked about battered spouse syndrome and
had argued for such a defense. Nancy Seaman’s former defense attorney, Lawrence Kaluzny, said he’s hopeful that Snyder will consider her case. “I never thought she should do life,” Kaluzny said. “I believe she was abused.” Four of the 10 cases set for review, including Seamen’s case, occurred in Oakland County. Prosecutor Jessica Cooper said her office is monitoring the petitions. “We’re aware of them, and we will monitor them for the victims, just as we monitor paroles,” she said. “We are hopeful cases like these are decided thoughtfully, with reason, and not by passion.” Snyder spokesman David Murray said such clemency requests get careful consideration. “Every prisoner has the right to apply for a commutation, and there is a process spelled out in statute that must be followed,” David Murray said in an email to AP. “The process involves the Michigan Parole Board reviewing every application and making a determination if the case has merit.
BUS From Page 1 Derick Adams applied to be a driver after he saw a job posting on a bus last year. After sending in an application, PTS asked him for an interview, where he was offered the job on the spot. While Adams had no previous experience driving a bus, he had a customer service background from previous part-time jobs — a characteristic PTS desires in driver candidates. Upon being offered the position, Derick, like all potential student drivers, underwent the two-week training program. Bidwell, the PTS transportation manager, said his office usually offers positions to any potential drivers who are willing to try out the training process. Since new drivers have to adjust to the busier atmosphere, LSA senior James Kehoe, who has been a Blue Bus driver since his freshman year, said most accidents often occur during the fall semester, as evidenced this year. “We’re noticing more this year just because of how stupid they’ve been, to be frank,” Kehoe said. “Accidents happen all the time, especially the first semester when the new students are really getting into the swing of things.” While the training process teaches student drivers the basics, both Kohe and Adams said drivers gain the majority of their knowledge and skills while on the job. Even with the shadowing process of training with a supervisor, the ability to make quick decisions comes with practice. “Most of it is on the job, but that there’s really no way to simulate anything like under the arm of somebody,” Adams
MISSING From Page 1 safe,” Balsmeyer said. “He is a big part of our fraternity, and we were ready to go out to comb community.” Balsmeyer said he does not
Tuesday, November 12, 2013 — 3 said. “When you get out there on your own, you’re going to do whatever you want anyway, so to make your own decisions, it’s going to take you out there on your own.” The primary priority for drivers is safety. When big events come to campus — such as football games and performances, among others — PTS sends its drivers notifications and reminders about safety procedures. When an accident occurs and after the review process is complete, PTS sends out similar notifications detailing the incident and how to prevent similar ones from occurring in the future. While the University community relies on the timeliness of Blue Bus arrivals, Dolen said PTS prefers that drivers run behind schedule to be safe, rather than speeding to make it to each stop on time. Equipped with a GPS, call processes and radios, each bus can be tracked to keep a record of drivers’ performance. Additionally, Dolen said the campus community provides feedback to assist PTS in improving its operations. “It’s a probably unique situation where we have the ability to get information from so many different (people) — all kinds of people that are willing to help us get better,” Dolen said. Accidents or negligence? Though accidents can happen, the case of the unattended, running bus earlier this month appears to be a demonstration of negligence on the part of a student driver rather than an accident. The driver left his bus unattended and running at the intersection of Arch and White streets
have information about what happened to Stevens that has not already been stated by the media. He did note that a police officer called the fraternity this morning to let them know Stevens was alright. Ann Arbor Police Lt. Renee Bush wasn’t immediately aware
for as much as two hours between the hours of midnight and 2:30 a.m. on Nov. 2. Though the bus was off-campus for an extended period of time, supervisors did not make University Police aware of the missing bus. Rather, a staff member of The Michigan Daily notified University Police of the abandoned bus. The driver was arrested on charges of unlawfully driving away an automobile, and a supervisor drove the bus back to base. Bus drivers have certain spots — located on Central Campus, South Campus and North Campus — to park while taking their designated breaks. The location where the bus was left unattended was not a designated stopping point. At the time, University spokesman Rick Fitzgerald emphasized that Blue Bus drivers are never allowed to take their buses home for breaks when they’re on the job. Dolen reportedly refused to directly address the incident, and instead categorically maintained that safety is a top priority for PTS. He did not explain why supervisors failed to alert police to the missing vehicle. In light of recent and potential incidents, PTS is constantly reevaluating and enhancing its training protocol. PTS has met with officials at the Indiana University, Bloomington, to discuss how they train their student drivers. Dolen said PTS is also exploring different technologies to enhance the training program. Potentially, the program could feature a bus simulator to better prepare students for the road ahead. “There’s always learning to be done,” Dolen said. “You can’t predict everything that’s going on, but you can predict a lot.”
Monday morning of where Stevens had been during the time he was missing, but acknowledged that officers were actively looking for him.
—Daily News Editor Taylor Wizner contributed to this report.
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Listening to the homeless Long- and short-term solutions needed for persistent problem
n election day, a group of protestors who call themselves “Camp Misfit” rallied against current local homelessness policies, citing an incident this past summer in which Ann Arbor police ordered about 20 of Washtenaw County’s 3,000-4,000 homeless people to pack up their belongings from behind a Kroger and find a new location. That incident wasn’t isolated: In June 2012, “Camp Take Notice” — a known community of homeless people — was also shut down after Ann Arbor Police cited the camp for trespassing violations. Under current protocol, local authorities gave them 48 hours to completely evacuate the area. The evicted group are calling for an expanision of the current policy, asking for a five-day notice in lieu of the two-day notice, as well as eviction documentation from property owners and immediate contact with social service agencies. The city, along with the rest of Washtenaw County, should renew efforts to provide better assistance to homeless people in the future. As it stands, the 48-hour period before homeless men and women are forced to relocate isn’t enough. According to protester Sheri Wander, “It’s dangerous if you don’t have time to take your stuff with you... If you only have a few hours or one day’s notice, that leaves you vulnerable to the elements and crime.” The local police argue that this is simply standing protocol; however, that protocol isn’t in tune with the difficulties associated with relocating. Ellen Schulmeister, executive director of the Shelter Association of Washtenaw County, told MLive that the shelter is full. Even when more beds are introduced under the winter program, Schulmeister said those beds will be taken quickly. The requested five-day notice will give them more time to evaluate their options with the limited available options. Camp Misfit is also asking for a social services agency to be told when an eviction occurs, as well as a written request from the owners of the property that the homeless people were occupying. Increasing communication between police and these agencies can help ensure that social services can offer the appropriate services as soon as possible and connect the homeless with resources to
help them find jobs and a permanent home. It also allows these agencies to compile data of current homeless populations with the hopes of generating long-term action to aid the homeless. While these options may seem like quick fixes, the proposed changes not only give the affected population what they want, but they also offer long-term impacts to a persisting problem. While the changes do address very specific needs for the county’s homeless residents, more work needs to be done to ensure that there are permanent solutions instead of temporary camps. While there are shelters in the county, they are more than 10 miles away from Ann Arbor — inaccessible for those without adequate transportation. If the city want to ensure that homeless people throughout the county have a place to live, then the scope of housing options needs to be expanded. While the Shelter Association provides employment assistance, it’s clear that more action is required to reduce homelessness across Ann Arbor and Washtenaw County. Access to opportunities for jobs, job interviews and application coaching are necessary to prepare the homeless for a life after homelessness.
Centuries of oppression
n Saturday night, I saw the movie “12 Years a Slave.” Like many others, the movie left me speechless. The film chronicles the journey of Solomon Northup, a free man living in New York who is kidnapped and sold in the South as a slave. Throughout the movie, we watch Northup go from master to master as he’s subjected to the horrors of HARSHA an institution that consid- NAHATA ers him nothing more than a piece of property. The movie brings to light the struggles, oppression and daily traumas that slaves endured — broken-up families, brutal lashings and perpetual illiteracy. Needless to say, it’s a film that challenges the emotionally feeble, and in doing so it forces us, as Americans, to confront the realities of a bitter period in our history, a period that nowadays is often brushed over. A Telegraph article describes the film, stating that while it forces the United States to confront bitter truths of its history, it’s perhaps most telling that it took over 150 years and one British director to do so. We like to think we live in a post-racial America. The slave trade, systematic oppression, racism — these are all things of our country’s past. We fought a Civil War to abolish slavery, we created a constitutional amendment to guarantee equal protection, we had the Civil Rights Movement to combat discrimination. In this “post-racial America” we say things like: “Slavery happened so long ago, and it’s been abolished. Why keep focusing on the past?” or “My generation wasn’t around when slavery was happening. We weren’t a part of the system, so why should we apologize for it?” We continue to argue that today, in our country, every individual regardless of race has the right to vote, racial slurs are frowned upon and we have laws that prohibit segregation or discrimination on the basis of race. We’ve even elected our first African American president. By this point, of course we’re all equal. And we should just take “race” out of the equation. Right? And that’s how we deceive ourselves. It’s always difficult to confront huge injustices, and even more so when they’ve occurred in our own communities and nation. But it’s
necessary to understand that while laws may change, people’s mindsets often persist. While slavery is abolished and there are legal protections for minorities in place, the consequences of institutionalized oppression are far from over. Disadvantages continue to persist for certain groups of people. Social indicators show that specific minority populations, such as African Americans, Native Americans and Hispanics, are disproportionately affected by disparities in educational achievement, income levels and health. In some areas of the South, income inequality continues to mirror the social hierarchy of slavery, with most of the wealth remaining in the hands of the landowners. And psychological divisions between races continue to persist. We aren’t done dealing with the ramifications of our historical past. For when a group of people is subjected to a system of oppression for as long as slavery persisted, the process of reconciliation extends far beyond the law. Reconciliation has to happen at the community level, the local level and the personal level. Dehumanization and oppression of a population doesn’t just inflict physical torture, it leaves long term scarring psychological impacts. It disenfranchises people, meaning that even after they may be “free,” they struggle to find their voice within a society. Reconciliation means providing a process to understand the truths of people’s experience, while showing them respect and humility. It’s been 150 years, and yet we still have to have some of those difficult conversations. I’ve heard a lot of my friends complain to me about history classes. They argue that there’s no point in dwelling on events that have already happened and people that have already passed away. But, as this movie reminds me, studying history isn’t just about memorizing the facts of the past. It is about knowing what has happened before so we can better understand where we are now. Slavery is just one example, and the one I focus on because of the movie. But many present-day social or political problems are rooted in past policies or trends. If we want to solve them, we have to understand the historical baggage that may come with them.
We aren’t done dealing with the ramifications of our historical past.
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Why race still matters
onsider the African, circa 1550 A.D. or so. He’s captured by a rival tribe, sold to European traders, chained and put on a ship bound for the Americas. If he stays alive, he’ll likely be sold off to a plantation in the Deep South to work JAMES the land. The BRENNAN rest of his days are spent tilling fields, picking crops and doing whatever else his masters and handlers require of him. He may find a wife, marry and have children. His children, however, are not his own — neither is his wife. They belong to his master, and are treated as a commodity. His wife will possibly be raped, and there’s nothing he can do to stop it. Since before the dawn of the republic, this system was the norm for the vast majority of Blacks living in America. I don’t call them “Black Americans” for a reason — they were not Americans. They were Africans brought and forced to live in America, but with none of the rights and privileges of their white counterparts. As Malcolm X once said, “We didn’t land on Plymouth Rock, the rock was landed on us.” At the end of the Civil War, legal slavery was brought to an end, more than 300 years after the first slave was brought to the United States. While slavery may have ended with Reconstruction, the nightmare was just beginning. With the removal of Union troops from the South, a new racial caste system was created in the form of segregation. For the better part of a century, the United States remained a nation of government-endorsed inequality. Even after the Slaughter-House cases, even after Brown v. Board of Education and even after violent raceriots in New York, Detroit, Watts,
Calif. and dozens of other cities, segregation remained intact. The Civil Rights Act and Voting Rights Act ended many of the remnants of Jim Crow, but racial inequality was far from over. Interracial marriage laws weren’t ruled unconstitutional until 1967, and racial profiling, police brutality and race-based hiring continued well past the civil rights era. With the passage of the Civil Rights Act, the federal government moved forward to implement equal opportunity requirements for employers and schools, while endorsing affirmative action in jobs and education. Today, Black Americans continue to underachieve in almost every major statistical category: Black unemployment is typically about double that of whites, while poverty is around quadruple the white rate. Moreover, Blacks own only around 7 percent of the nation’s businesses, and Black-owned businesses account for only half of one percent of all U.S. earnings. So why are Black Americans, excluding a handful of overachievers, so far behind the pack as a whole? There are two main reasons. The first is lingering racism and racially biased systems that claim to be colorblind. Housing and schools remain largely segregated, while subconscious racial bias plays a powerful role in the everyday judgments individuals make about each other, from job interviews to the court room. The second cause of Black underachievement is a failure to comprehend the immensity of the problem at hand and directly address it. While busing and affirmative action programs have been a noble attempt at righting the wrongs of the past, they have failed to attack the root
causes of Black inequality. Think of history like a race, where Black Americans were not even allowed to start running until after 1964. Even once they left the starting line, they faced hurdles and challenges that their white counterparts did not: discrimination, racial profiling, poor schooling, de facto segregation, and a lack of connections and money. Ending discrimination allowed Black Americans to start running with policies like affirmative action meant to give them the boost they need to catch up with whites. The greatest crime in human history was committed against Black Americans, and lasted more than 300 years. For nearly a century after the end of slavery, Blacks were still relegated to the bottom rung of society. That adage about it being much easier to destroy something than build it? Let’s just say that expecting 50 years of progress to overcome 400 plus years of slavery and discrimination is far too optimistic. To say that racism has no serious presence in American life is laughable. To claim that the best way to end racism is to stop talking about race is just as ludicrous — race is exactly what has always driven inequality. Slavery was based on skin color, and so was Jim Crow. In addressing the outcomes of these institutions, race must be the driving force. To tell a group of people who were literally shackled for hundreds of years that “the laws says now you’re equal, work harder and stop complaining about the past” does not make a person racially colorblind — it just makes them blind.
To claim the best way to end racism is to stop talking about race is ludicrous.
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It’s just hair ... right?
y mom always says, “It’s just hair,” but Culturewith-a-capital-C seems to suggest otherwise. In the Bible’s Book of Judges, Samson loses his strength when his hair is cut. Chris Rock dedicated a whole ZOE documentary to hair. And I nod- STAHL ded in agreement when my friend observed that the most popular kids at our all-girls high school had “pretty hair.” I’m sure that at this very moment a sociology major is typing out a thesis on the intersection of hair, identity and sexuality. On Halloween, I decided to dye my own hair. Sitting nervously in the middle of my bathroom, I watched as my friend Caitlin coated the tips of my dark brown hair in thick red goo that the box assured would dry to a deep reddish-purple. I can’t dissect and analyze all the reasons behind this relatively outof-character decision, but I have a vague idea. I dyed my hair because I was bored of my style, which hasn’t changed noticeably since seventh grade. I dyed my hair because as a college senior — feeling more than a little confined by 17 years of academic work and the job search — I was trying to recapture something that was youthful and carefree. I did it because at age 8, I loved it when my counselor Dylan dyed the bottom of her black hair magenta and because I still loved it, at age 21, when both my younger sister and eldest cousin did. I wanted in on that lineage. And I’d be lying if I said I didn’t include Lake Bell’s
character from “In A World” in my decision-making process. Though at first I felt a bit like a walking Kerrytown cliché, I admittedly enjoyed life post hair-dye. I heard the word “cool” a lot more than usual. But even better than the obligatory compliments was when I was meeting new people — each time, it felt like a mini-social experiment. With this look, these just-met acquaintances could and did make assumptions of how supposedly “quirky” and “eccentric” I was. But their first impressions were followed quickly by their surprise upon realizing just how square I really am. Soon the novelty (and the semipermanent vegan Manic Panic “Vampire Red” hair dye) began to wear off, and in its place grew the realization that I was part of a larger narrative about women and hair, women and identity, and women and sexuality. My younger sister, the same one who had dyed her hair just six months before, told me it meant I was going through a “life-crisis.” “I am sorry, but it’s true,” she insisted. My friend Danny agreed — “It’s not like you are going through a breakup. I like it, but what is this — some quarter-life crisis?” All these reactions felt eerily similar. I had inadvertently placed myself in a larger narrative — one with the Britneys and Mileys of the world. When Britney shaved her head in 2007, everyone — myself included — called her crazy. People Magazine even ran an article suggesting she had a personality dis-
order, quoting psychologist Renee Cohen: “When someone has dissociative identity disorder each identity is split off from the other.” And when Miley cut her hair short, the Twittersphere blew up. @judgementalbitch wrote “Is Miley Cyrus pulling a Britney Spears to get attention with her awful haircut?” and @rockingmytiara tweeted “Miley practically pulled a Britney. #ThisIsNotOkay. Goodbye Princess Hair” Even Jennifer Lawrence, Pamela Anderson and Emma Watson couldn’t escape the crazy, petty and “are they lesbians?” talk. And as Mary Elizabeth Williams wrote in Salon, “Long hair represents femininity and vulnerability and sex. It’s princesses and mermaids and porn stars. Short hair, on the other hand, says, ‘If you think I’m gorgeous, great, but this isn’t about you, pal.’” Even more, women doing something for themselves rather than others was considered a violation of accepted norms. To some degree, I get it. We all rely on visual cues and heuristics to craft seemingly logical narratives. These stories help us make sense of our experiences and the people we encounter. But women flouting beauty standards doesn’t mean their looks, sanity or sexuality should be questioned. Because you know what? As my mom says, at the end of the day, it’s just hair.
Women doing something for themselves is a violation of accepted norms.
— Zoe Stahl can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Arts MUSIC COLUMN
How I learned to stop worrying and love rap
How do you write “ridiculous” in binary?
Gaga’s ‘ARTPOP’ burns then fizzles Pop star takes on too many sounds on latest effort By GREGORY HICKS Daily Arts Writer
Now, art and pop culture can meet. But, is this third studio album a mixed basket tailored to all listening needs, or a jumbled set of B stylistic incoherency? ART- ARTPOP POP ties the Lady Gaga Top-40 form of The Fame to the Interscope abstractions of Born This Way, depicting Gaga in her most prevalent musical insanity while shuffling to her most reductive radio-friendly styles shortly after. Production team announcements garnered the most anticipation for this record, despite a final farewell to Gaga’s established right-hand man, RedOne. DJ White Shadow seemingly struck a chord with the pop performer’s tastes on Born This Way, seeing as he has reappeared alongside the long-awaited (and much underrated) producer Zedd. Organized chaos is the game
Zedd plays, and his productions for ARTPOP detonate in a bizarre electronic bang, particularly on the record’s lead track, “Aura.” This Middle East-characterized piece releases its tension-built chorus with an assortment of dirty synths, pops, kicks and ghastly vocalizing. Zedd’s handiwork is messy on occasion, but is by far the most immaculate sound on the record — speaking for ARTPOP’s abstract tracks. The extraterrestrial intro of “G.U.Y.” seamlessly partners with the talk-sing build of the chorus and the (once again) eerie vocalizing that wanders behind the track. Other imaginative components of ARTPOP, however, dramatize tracks to more of an artistic implosion than explosion. Fitting, given that “Swine” is the record’s sloppiest track, but Gaga could afford to familiarize herself with the term “moderation.” The vocals are staggered and shouted to near incomprehension, and the backing melody is indistinguishable due to its obnoxiously low-octave synth. The album’s divergences come swiftly, inviting in some unpleasant stylistic abruptness. “Sexxx Dreams” — a characteristically pop-heavy track — is pitted against “Jewels n’ Drugs” — a hip-hop song
that seems as if it fell onto Gaga’s album from a 2 Chainz record. DJ White Shadow fell back to circa 2008-Gaga for ARTPOP’s second single, “Do What U Want,” which precedes the album’s title track, “Artpop”— a dissonant piece with an airy minimalism relative to other tracks. The futuristic vibe of “Artpop,” the retro-Gaga styling of “Do What U Want” and the obnoxious hip-hop outburst of “Jewels n’ Drugs” is too much genre variance to inhale, even for a character like Lady Gaga. ARTPOP aims to please a few too many people — including Gaga herself — but still retains most of its artistic integrity. The record has its blatantly obvious written-for-charts tracks like “Do What U Want” and “Applause” — as did much of The Fame — but also has a captivating unpredictability (particularly with “Aura” and its sibling songs) that doesn’t appear to be written for any demographic. A strong third record, but given ARTPOP’s strengths and vision, Zedd would have been better suited as the album’s lead producer over DJ White Shadow. White Shadow’s influence becomes a tad monotonous, and lacks instrumentation as iconic as that of Zedd.
‘Lost’ rides on Redford By BRIAN BURLAGE Daily Arts Writer
The old man and the sea against him. Man in his most primitive form. An experienced actor in a director’s sophomore experi- Amental film. Despite such All is Lost refreshing versatility, “All Is At Rave Lost” draws the and State solitary portrait Lionsgate of a man and his maritime voyage. Though it may be varied and exploratory, the different aspects of the film’s radical storytelling ultimately come together with masterful grace. And when the tide recedes, the wind dies and the sails slacken, the essence of the film emerges: Man and his struggle with the deep blue.
Man versus the sea. It’s hard to imagine anyone but Robert Redford (“The Company You Keep”) filling such a role. As the only cast member, he bears the sole responsibility of breaking the natural monotony of the plot’s minimalistic approach. With little dialogue and no human interaction, Redford’s character is left to deal with oblivion alone in silence. No backstory was provided for his character, no surrounding circumstance, no motive, not even a name.
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He was simply there on his boat, the Virginia Jean, weathering the elements, manning the helm — becoming as tough and rugged as the ocean swells that pummel him. In his second directorial effort, J.C. Chandor (“Margin Call”) opts to tell his story through careful film techniques and environmental factors rather than through dialogue and personal drama. Instead of guiding Redford’s character, he uses free-moving camera work to follow him through his task. We travel with him into the water, under the deck, into a life raft and to the top of the mast. We wake up with him at the beginning of the movie when a steel shipping container slams into the side of the boat. We plunge into the water with him when an onslaught of towering waves hurls him from the deck. Chandor permits us to explore every corner of the yacht, revealing problems as they come, allowing us to think critically along with Redford’s character about how to survive and stay afloat. The film’s greatest challenge perhaps is finding ways to manage the only other major cast member:
the ocean. From the first minute to the last, the ocean forces itself upon the ship — leaking through cracks, sloshing foam on the deck, surging upward, downward, sideways in attempt to upheave the ship and swallow it whole. And while the unpredictable nature of the sea is indeed imminent and unavoidable, its constant aggressiveness throughout the film (accentuated only by the lack of other major players) eventually feels contrived. Despite his impressive, if not superhuman, effort to beat the odds, Redford’s character can’t sway the momentum even a little. But this one-sided struggle makes you root for the character. Odysseus had his cunning; Aeneas had his piety; Achilles his martial ability. Redford’s character has his resourcefulness — his inextinguishable ache and instinct for survival. And though everything that could go wrong did go wrong, though his resourcefulness could only keep him going until the next immense challenge set him back, Redford’s character showed the man could still be a hero.
o be blunt about it, I never thought I would be a fan of rap, hip hop or anything in between. I have a very specific memory of a middleschool Elliot Alpern participating in a rap vs. rock argument, conveniently in the midst of a “rock ‘n’ roll history” class. ELLIOT “Rap ALPERN doesn’t take any musical skill!” shouted a friend, and, at the time, I was sure I agreed. As the son of a rock aficionado — and, likewise, a general rap-music shunner — I was completely immersed in my world of guitar licks and drum solos. To me, and to the other rock champions on my side, hip hop was simply talking over a beat. Yes, I was aware of the lyrical complexities, but you can find that kind of intricacy in any genre. And I still believe that today — to say otherwise, I think, is to say you simply haven’t heard enough. But everything changed when, arriving at college, I downloaded Kanye’s The College Dropout on a whim. I had begun to accept a few rap hits, like “Jesus Walks” (look, I know, I’m not quite a rap hipster) — and so, it made sense to me to investigate if there was anything else worthwhile. A few days later, and I was listening to the album from end to end. It didn’t stop with Kanye, and I soon realized that I was growing into something I never expected from myself. I was mixing Dr. Dre into my bouts of Foo Fighters, and Kanye lyrics were swirling around my head as much as any Black Keys verse. For better or worse, I’d become the person I was arguing against all those years ago. But, still, I wasn’t sure why I
actually liked rap. I could go over “Get Em High” a dozen times without being able to point out what’s suddenly appealing to me. The beat? Sure, it’s cool, but was it perception-breaking? Did the specific style of lyrics get to me in some way that rock had suddenly failed to do? It took me a few more years of confused-but-grateful hip-hop appreciation before a record dropped that made everything oh so much clearer. I’d heard whispers about it from friends and writers, despite the fact that I didn’t recognize the artist’s name. “The new Kendrick Lamar album leaked!” they cooed, and seeing my own lack of rap familiarity, I took it upon myself to explore this new piece of material.
College Dropout is all it took. Everything fell into place. I remember once, in a drums lesson, when my teacher asked me what I thought was the truly American genre of music. “Country?” I offered. It was a dumb guess, sure, and he went on to describe how no other country could claim jazz as their own. But I’d argue, now, that rap is just as American as jazz — you only need one listen-through of good kid, m.A.A.d city to realize that. At its heart, Kendrick’s sophomore album tells the American story, a diatribe against the brutal life that millions of poor (often) minorities are forced into leading. To me, it has become increasingly hard to argue that rock could ever tell such a veritably
American story. Sure, there are rock-oriented tracks about the tragedy of life in America, about making ends meat or cold winters without a job. But can any of them wax poetic on the daily warfare waged in Chicago streets? And, look, I’m not saying that it’s the potential to tell that specific storyline that makes rap such a great genre. But, rather, it’s rap’s potential to maintain such a deep, complex storyline, all told within the framework of a catchy, danceable song, that suddenly made it so appealing. That, too, helped to sway my opinion. I’d never been into the “dancier” songs, usually relying on catchy riffs for all my moving melodies, but as my time in college progressed, it became impossible to ignore that influence of “party” songs. Not that I was looking for one of those “Pull up, DRANK” tracks everywhere I went, but simply that I suddenly was able to appreciate when the beats were designed to appeal to a dance floor full of fun-seeking music-lovers. I still shy away from a decent amount of rap. Sometimes, it seems to me that a song is made solely for the basis of “making a rap song,” instead of making music. You can probably recognize those too — tracks that emphasize all of the typical fare (booze, drugs, money, women) over a simple beat with a slight twist. But you can also tell when a hip-hop track actually tries to excel as a composition, even if the instruments themselves are made up of synthesizers and electric drumsets. And, even though I still listen to my fare share of rock hits, you can officially count me as a convert to rap music. Alpern is no longer yelling at rap lovers. To congratulate him, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
WORKING WITH PAYNE
‘Nebraska’ cast talks characters By MAYANK MATHUR Daily Arts Writer
It’s immediately clear that “Nebraska,” Alexander Payne’s latest film, holds a special place in the hearts of its main cast. As part of the “New York Film Critics Series,” Bruce Dern, June Squibb and Will Forte sat down with Rolling Stone critic Peter Travers to discuss the film and their roles in it. The event took place in New York, and was broadcast live and screened for audiences in the Michigan Theater. Similar events will be available in the future at the Michigan Theater. The actors spoke on a number of topics in the 40-minute interview, ranging from the casting process, to the acting process, to their future plans. Though they fielded a variety of questions from Travers and an online Twitter audience, the personal importance of the film was a persistent theme in each of their answers. “Of the three roles I’ve played in my career that are personal to me, this one is the most personal,” Dern said. Dern plays Woody Grant, a delusional and stubborn old man who believes that he is entitled to a million dollars and forces his son, played by Will Forte, to travel with him from Montana to Nebraska to help claim his prize. Though Dern acknowledged that he bears little resemblance to the character on the surface, he said that he found commonality in his character’s detachment and subsequent estrangement from family. Grant’s detachment stands out especially since his family members are so concerned about his mental and physical health. June Squibb plays Dern’s hardy wife, who nurses a deep love for him despite her frustrations at his increasing inability to cope with reality. Even she was emphatic in noting how close her character hit home. “When I read the script, I knew
who this woman is. There’s a lot of me in her,” Squibb said. Between these two established dramatic actors sat Will Forte, better known for his comedic chops than dramatic acting. However, in Forte’s case, the contrast between himself and his character, and his relative inexperience in such a film, helps transform it into a personal landmark. Forte talked about how he ultimately found it liberating to play a different character type and how much he valued this film. “This was a different role for me, because this required a more nuanced performance,” Forte said. Forte attributed his success in playing the character to the help he received from Dern as well as Payne’s skill as a director. All three actors were conscious of the trust that Payne placed in them. “Alexander (Payne) knows you’re the role,” Dern said. “You don’t have to prove anything.”
All-star actors discuss familydriven drama. This movie went beyond the resonance that the actors felt with their characters — it brought everyone working on the film together as a family. The cast talked about how they went on road trips in the week before shooting commenced and how they used that time to get to know each other. “Every single day, I felt I was getting up and going to somebody’s house from the crew,” Dern said. “It was just fun.” The film also brought the actors closer to the Midwest. Much of the film is set in the heartland of America, and its cast members stressed the importance that the location of the film had to them. Squibb informed that audience that local farmers, whom the cast got to know very
well, formed an integral part of the supporting cast. She said that the film had increased her respect for the state of Nebraska and the Midwest in general. Dern said that the film was Payne’s tribute to the growth and history of the heartland of America. “I admire the monumental courage of those people staying and working on the land that their ancestors came to in a covered wagon. They don’t leave because they’re honored to carry on tradition,” Dern said. When asked about his best moments on set, Forte referred to the time that he spent with Dern between takes, in which they spoke about Alfred Hitchcock and John Wayne, among many other things. “The experience of shooting in the car for the trip to Nebraska was amazing. It is something that I will treasure forever,” Forte said. “Bruce provided with me patient words of encouragement and made me feel at ease,” he said. Dern reciprocated Forte’s reverence in his constant praise of Forte. “Will is an actor with a tremendous amount of courage,” he said. According to Dern, being courageous was important for Forte if he was to subdue his affinity for comedy for “the benefit of the movie.” The comfortable chemistry between the actors was evident when Squibb was asked who was the “biggest pain in the ass” on set between the other two actors. She immediately pointed to Dern in jest, while remarking that Forte is a very affectionate person. The interview closed with Travers asking the actors to choose the scene in the film that personally resonated the most with them. Unsurprisingly, the cast picked various intimate moments that stressed the importance of family ties. Dern said that ultimately, family provides you with the belief and confidence you need to live your dreams. “God dammit, you can pull them off if you work hard enough at it!” he exclaimed, as the audience applauded.
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‘M’ draws No. 3 seed By JAKE LOURIM
“(A Big Ten matchup) would be just a really hard game,” Lewis said. “I feel like all Big Ten teams In the middle of the Michigan are kind of rivals. It will be fun.” women’s soccer team’s locker The Wolverines likely lost a room Monday, where the walls chance to host second- and thirdwere decked with Michigan gear round games with a loss in the Big and a big-screen TV on another Ten Tournament quarterfinals wall showed the 64 NCAA Tour- last week. Still, senior midfielder nament teams, sat freshman for- Tori McCombs said the team ward Madisson Lewis. would move on. “I’m kind of confused, I’m not “Now it’s definitely one and going to lie,” Lewis said. “It’s hard done,” McCombs said. “Every to take in all of it. It’s pretty over- underclassman thinks about next whelming.” year. For us (seniors), there is no The freshman will be right next year.” at home SatThe room (1) Virginia 2013 NCAA Women’s urday night St. Francis (Pa.) went silent Soccer Tournament when No. 3 La Salle when Michiseed Michigan Georgetown gan was Forest (9-1-1 Big Ten, Wake announced as Morehead State 15-3-1 overall) Monmouth a three seed, hosts its sec- (4) Penn State but Lewis and ond straight (3) Michigan McCombs Milwaukee NCAA Tourlater downIllinois State nament opener Louisville played the disat U-M Soccer Iowa appointment. Notre Dame Stadium. Ryan, about Michigan’s Mich. The Wol- Western to begin his (2) Marquette Region verines drew third NCAA UW-MilwauTournament at kee (6-1-1 Horizon, 10-8-1 over- Michigan, said this selection show all) — which they beat 3-0 in the was different because he was conseason opener — in the first round fident his team would at least be Saturday. Against the Panthers on hosting its first game. Aug. 23, the Wolverines scored The Wolverines practiced three times in 12 minutes in the before the show and watched it second half. Ryan said because the together in the locker room. game was so long ago, it isn’t a fac“Training (sessions) this week tor in Saturday’s matchup. have taken on a new intensity,” Michigan would play the win- Ryan said. “We know what we’re ner of Illinois State and Louisville preparing for. It’s great to see in the second round. Penn State them out there fighting for every and Iowa also landed in Michi- ball, scrapping. If we had our off gan’s region, making a conference days (during the season), that was rematch possible. the problem.” Daily Sports Writer
Senior forward Luke Moffatt said he took some time to see friends and family during the Wolverines’ bye week.
Another line shake-up By GREG GARNO Daily Sports Writer
Michigan hockey coach Red Berenson has not shied away from saying that his team’s lines for any given game are subject to change. In fact, all but one game thus far has featured a line change of one form or another. The trend will be no different this weekend as Berenson alters the lines once more after the offense’s stagnant production of late. This time, though, each NOTEBOOK line will get a makeover. Michigan (6-1-1) is tied for 28th of the 59 teams in Division I for scoring with 2.75 goals per game. Only once this season have the second-ranked Wolverines scored more than three goals. At Monday’s practice, Berenson used five different lines, including a new fourth line that features junior forward Zach Hyman — a regular winger — at center alongside sophomore forward Justin Selman and freshman forward Evan Allen. “We’re looking for good combinations,” Berenson said. “That’s why we’ve had the bye week, so this was a good chance to spend more time practicing with these lines. “Right now, I think there’s a lot of good things going on, and
sometimes it’s a breath of fresh air to all the sudden be on a different line.” The all-freshman line that included Allen, JT Compher and Tyler Motte was broken up in the process, as Motte will play alongside sophomore forward Andrew Copp and junior forward Phil Di Giuseppe. Compher, meanwhile, will center a line that includes two of Michigan’s biggest scoring threats in junior Alex Guptill and senior Derek DeBlois. “We don’t just throw names into a hat,” Berenson said. “We think carefully about what (sophomore forward) Boo (Nieves) needs and what (senior forward Luke) Moffatt needs and so on, right through our whole lineup.” BYE-WEEK BONDING: Even when they don’t need to play hockey, the Wolverines still find themselves watching it. On Friday, the team congregated at a house of some of its sophomores to spend part of the night watching Minnesota face Notre Dame. “We live, breathe, eat, sleep and drink hockey,” said senior defenseman Mac Bennett. “Anything that has to do with hockey, we do that.” After practicing and playing for nearly two months, multiple players said the first break of the season revolved around lay-
ing low rather than going out together or spending time breaking down the play of the Golden Gophers — a team Michigan will see in February. Bennett has often said the team’s chemistry has improved from last season, thanks in part to an increase in team bonding activities. The oft-mentioned paintball playing garners the most attention, but spontaneous and simple off-ice activities help the team on it. “If you’re better friends off the ice, you’re going to trust the guys a lot more on the ice,” Compher said. “You’re going to go to battle for your friends more than you are for another kid.” Some players, like Moffatt, took some time to see other friends and family. Over the weekend, Moffatt went to Ohio to go target shooting with his uncle. But above all else, the break was much needed for the Wolverines to catch up on school work — or procrastinate on it. “It’s nice to just be a normal college student,” Moffatt said. “I mean, it’s nice to just be able to get a nap in during the day.” NOTE: Berenson said that he has decided which goalie would be starting this weekend against Nebraska-Omaha but wasn’t willing to release that information until later in the week.
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No. 2 seed Marquette plays Western Michigan in the first round, and if the Golden Eagles win, the second- and third-round games would be in Milwaukee. Ryan said the field, where Michigan lost in 2009, suits the Wolverines well because it moves the ball along quickly. Eight Big Ten teams made the bracket, including Ohio State, which was the first team ever to reach the tournament despite missing the Big Ten Tournament. Nebraska, winners of both the Big Ten regular-season and tournament titles, earned a No. 2 seed. Virginia is the top seed in Michigan’s region. All four No. 1 seeds are from the Atlantic Coast Conference. In last year’s NCAA Tournament, the Wolverines scored in the 90th minute and again in overtime to eliminate Central Michigan. After routing Portland in the second round, Michigan squandered a 2-0 lead in penalty kicks to lose to top-seeded Penn State. The seniors will be making their third NCAA Tournament overall. “I hope our experience pays off,” Ryan said. “We’ve played in a lot of different systems.” Ryan has emphasized jumping out to a fast start all season and did so again Monday. “When we’re attacking with determination and putting teams under a lot of pressure, it’s a good recipe for success,” Ryan said. “When we’re not intense about going to goal, it’s a recipe for disaster. We’ve got to pick the right recipe.”
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Junior Cyesha Goree is the only returning forward who saw playing time last season, and she made only brief appearances in nine games. Barnes Arico knew that in order for her small team to be successful, she would need to get rebounding production from her largely unknown forwards and her undersized guards. In Friday’s 11-point loss to Bowling Green, Michigan was outrebounded, 35-30. Conversely, the Wolverines dominated the glass in their win against Arizona on Saturday, outrebounding the Wildcats, 44-32. In Saturday’s game, junior guards Nicole Elmblad and Shannon Smith needed to pick up the rebounding slack for Michigan, gathering 13 and seven boards, respectively. In the future, the guards on the team will have to continue that success. 2. Shannon Smith won’t need much time to adjust back to Divison I basketball. Smith arrived for her first year at Michigan this year after spending last season with Trinity Valley (Texas) Community College. Smith hadn’t played at the Division I level in two seasons since she decided to transfer out of North Carolina after her redshirt freshman season. Coming into the season, Smith was a proven winner at junior college, where she was the MVP in Trinity Valley’s postseason run. Her winning attitude immediately had an effect on Michigan this offseason. “Shannon has brought this sense of competition to our team,” Elmblad said at the team’s media day. “Every day in practice, she comes in with the fact that she wants to win everything.” Despite her winning pedigree, it was possible that Smith would need time to adjust back to the higher competition when she joined the Wolverines. But Smith erased that notion by leading the team in scoring in both games last weekend, scoring 17 points Friday and 21 on Saturday. Smith felt comfortable in her role as the team’s primary scorer right away, hoisting up 35 shots on the weekend, 12 more than anyone else on the team. 3. In crunch time, the older players on the team can step up. When Goree hit a buzzer-
beater to send Saturday’s game against Arizona into overtime, she proved herself as a reliable player when the clock dwindled. Because nobody on the team this season would’ve been the first choice last year, it was unclear who would be counted on in clutch situations. So far, it appears as though Goree can be that player. Elmblad and Smith, two of the other older players on the team, also made key plays late in the game that helped seal the Wolverine victory Saturday. Smith hit a key 3-pointer late in overtime to extend Michigan’s lead, while Elmblad blocked the Wildcats’ final attempt to tie the game in the extra period. The junior trio of Goree, Smith and Elmblad will have to continue to step up late if the Wolverines plan to win close games. 4. The freshmen will be thrown right into the mix. The two healthy freshmen on the team, guards Siera Thompson and Paige Rakers, both saw major minutes in this weekend’s action. Guard Danielle Williams is out with an injury. Thompson started both games and played major minutes for Michigan, ending the weekend as the Wolverines’ second-leading scorer with 24 points. She also leads the team with 10 assists and turned the ball over just five times on the weekend, a trend that must continue for Michigan to be successful. Though Rakers came off the bench in both games, she played a large role in Saturday’s victory, scoring eight points in 18 minutes, including the 3-pointer that gave the Wolverines the lead for good in overtime. The older players on the team may have made the notable plays as the clock expired in regulation and overtime, but they wouldn’t have been in the position to do so without the play of Thompson and Rakers. 5. Bold Prediction: Smith will have the best scoring season in program history. Smith is averaging 19 points in her first two Division I basketball games in almost two years. Coupled with the fact that the Wolverines have fewer proven scoring options this season, Smith could break Diane Detz’s single-season Michigan record of 21.6 points per game set in 1982.
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Another early tune-up for Michigan frontcourt By DANIEL FELDMAN Daily Sports Writer
As Michigan men’s basketball coach John Beilein stood at the podium in the Crisler Center media room on Monday, he made an astute observation about the amount of reporters in attendance. “Sparse crowd,” he said, South Caroregarding the lina State at group of maybe Michigan 10. Matchup: Though Beilein and the S.C. State 1-1; men’s basketball Michigan 1-0 team will surely When: Tuesface teams and day 7 P.M. media contin- Where: Crisler gents larger Center than that mov- TV/Radio: ing forward, BTN.com the team the seventh-ranked Wolverines (1-0) will be going against Tuesday night might be playing in front of its largest audience for the year. Say hello to South Carolina State. The Bulldogs (1-1), hailing from
the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference, will make their first-ever visit to Ann Arbor to play in front of a crowd of most likely at least 10,000 fans — compared to the 387 spectators in attendance Sunday for their game against Division II St. Andrews. In that game, they needed overtime to win, 59-55. But for any team, especially one that was victorious only six times last season, a win is a win. And for Beilein, an opponent is an opponent, regardless of rank or size. “South Carolina State has almost everybody back from a team that did struggle a lot last year,” Beilein said. “The same coach two years in a row. They’re going to come after us, trying to create turnovers (with) tremendous width and length. They have a really excellent 6-11 center, and we’re going to have to play really well, and we look forward to the game.” The 6-foot-11 center in question is Matthew Hezekiah, a secondteam all-MEAC selection last season who’s been the Bulldogs’ leading scorer thus far, putting up 19 against Marshall and 17 versus St. Andrews. Hezekiah has been
efficient, shooting 16-for-23 from the field. With a center as South Carolina State’s biggest offensive threat, Michigan will need strong defensive play from its big men, fifthyear senior Jordan Morgan and redshirt junior Jon Horford. Horford — who earned the start at the “5” in the regular-season opener against UMass Lowell and recorded a career-high 12 rebounds in the 69-42 win — will aim to replicate his production against a team that had 20 offensive rebounds against Marshall. After getting outrebounded in their exhibition game against Wayne State, 36-31, a key for the Wolverines has become boxing out and crashing the boards. “I thought if you looked at us in that one, that we were in a stance,” Beilein said. “We were talking to each other. We made some good block outs. There were some things that we really had to – the Wayne State game wasn’t a great block-out day – and it’s one of those things we had to emphasize more. “So we have to make sure we block out again. They shoot the
Redshirt junior forward Jon Horford collected a career-high 12 rebounds against UMass Lowell on Friday.
ball from the outside, and they have a good player inside. They’re going to try to get the ball off the glass.” While Horford played 22 minutes last game to Morgan’s 12, Beilein sees both players at the level he expects for this point in the season. “There are spots where they’ve really done some great things,” Beilein said. “Jordan’s always been a good defender. Jon has been able to defend without foul-
ing at a better clip than he’s ever been. Now finishing around the basket, they’re right there. They just need – Jon’s two plays to start that second half – a few of those to open a couple doors for him.” While those two will see plenty of time on the court Tuesday night, sophomore forward Mitch McGary will remain on the bench as he continues to rehab his lower back. Though he won’t play, his intensity in practice has increased in recent days.
“For the first time now, he’s done some workouts,” Beilein said. “He’s had some more repetition in practice over the last 10 days. He’s had repetitions, he looks very good and we’re going to continue increasing his repetitions.” With no contact in practice allowed though, McGary’s actual return date remains unclear. And until then, McGary will be limited to working with just a coach in practice while Morgan and Horford battle Hezekiah down low.
After fans boo, team takes notice Play calling not a FOOTBALL
problem, says Hoke
By ZACH HELFAND Daily Sports Editor
As soon as the Michigan football team walked into the locker room for halftime of Saturday’s game against Nebraska, fifthyear senior left tackle Taylor Lewan decided it was time to talk. The Wolverines were getting pummeled in the trenches again. The Cornhuskers led, 10-3, and after Michigan took a knee to end the half, the Michigan Stadium crowd booed as the team headed to the tunnel. For players like sophomore linebacker James Ross III, it was a moment of clarity. For the others, Lewan would soon provide the lesson. Hearing the fans’ displeasure while exiting the field, Ross said, “We realized that it’s all about us in this locker room, and that’s the only ones who’s gonna have each other’s backs through the worst times and through the best times.” When the team reached the locker room, “Lewan definitely stuck that point home,” Ross said. Right after halftime, the Wolverines executed their best drive in the past two games. For one drive, Michigan’s offense marched methodically, using mostly passes to go 75 yards in 10 plays for a touchdown. Then, Michigan failed to score for the rest of the 17-13 loss. The defeat was noteworthy for several reasons. It knocked Michigan out of Big Ten title contention. It marked Michigan coach Brady Hoke’s first backto-back regular-season losses, and his first home loss. And, also for the first time under Hoke, the Michigan fans openly voiced their displeasure during a game. On Monday, Hoke acknowledged that the faithful have grown ornery, “and they should be,” he said. But any boos directed at the players, he said, disappoint him.
By LIZ VUKELICH Daily Sports Editor
The Michigan Stadium crowd booed the Michigan football team on multiple occasions during Saturday’s loss to Nebraska.
“If they’re booing the kids, then yeah,” Hoke said. “They can boo us coaches all they want.” Asked if he thought the fans were upset with the coaching, Hoke said, “that’s what I’d be disappointed in.” Few fundamental changes are in store. Hoke said again on Monday that he had to do a better job coaching. Still, he expressed support for offensive coordinator Al Borges’s game plan. He dismissed claims by two Nebraska defenders who insisted they could predict Michigan’s plays. And the offensive line, he said, was far from the only issue facing the team.
And so, at least until this weekend’s game at Northwestern, the grumbling will likely continue. The seniors have experienced struggles like this before. But for the younger players, the atmosphere can have an effect. “What happens above the neck is more important than anything,” Hoke said. “Period.” Fifth-year senior right tackle Michael Schofield says he tells the underclassmen to ignore the outside voices. “I mean, they’re gonna boo,” he said. “We just gotta stick together as a team and just fight together.” Ross said the halftime jeers provided motivation. He sug-
“We realized that it’s all about us in this locker room.”
gested it could galvanize the team. As for Hoke, he can look back to his third season as the Ball State coach as an example. That 2005 team lost six of its first seven, including to No. 11 Iowa, Auburn and No. 21 Boston College by a combined 154 points. But a strong finish helped Ball State salvage a 4-4 finish in conference play, including wins against both Mid-American Conference division winners. The key there, Hoke said, was staying consistent. That team, he explained, didn’t stray from who it was. Now, he hopes to do the same at Michigan. The pressure here is different, of course. Even at home, Hoke can’t escape it. “Look, I’ve got a harder time at home than I do there,” Hoke said. “Believe me. I mean, my daughter and wife, man. (The media is) easy compared to them.”
It’s not exactly breaking news that time is running out for the Michigan football team to solve its laundry list of problems. Some things, like inexperience, will inevitably take another season or two to solve. But in the meantime, Michigan coach Brady Hoke is trying NOTEBOOK to figure out what, if anything, can be fixed immediately. After Saturday’s game, Nebraska defensive end Randy Gregory — who had three of the Huskers’ seven sacks — told Omaha.com that he could easily tell what play the Wolverines were going to run based on their formation. Hoke seemed to take some offense to that statement, reiterating the fact that he approved of the play calling. “He’s wrong,” Hoke said. “We know what other guys are doing, too. Everybody has that. There’s certain things people are going to do certain ways. Now, when you win a football game, I think sometimes it’s easy to say that.” Sophomore linebacker James Ross III agreed with Hoke, saying that was the case for the Michigan defense at times too — being able to predict plays is more a sign of a well-prepared defense than a stagnant offense. “Our defensive coaches do a great job looking at film all the time, day in and day out, giving us tendencies and personnel you’re able to recognize,” Hoke said. “If it’s a key tendency, you’ll know what it is before it happens most of the time.” Hoke didn’t seem to want to change much in regard to the offensive approach, except perhaps Michigan’s performance on first downs. It took until over 12 minutes into the game for the Wolverines to complete a
first-down throw, a 13-yard pass to sophomore tight end Devin Funchess. The majority of Michigan’s plays on first downs were runs, and seeing as the Huskers stuffed those early on, it put the Wolverines in too many 3rd-and-long situations. They went 3-for-15 on third downs. “We get a first down in a critical part of the game, and we miss a snap,” Hoke said. “Those things happen. Then you’re working in negatives. Do you look at everything? Yeah. You always look at personnel. You always go back to evaluate.” THREE FOR THREE: With a Big Ten championship officially out of the picture, the Wolverines have had to refocus their efforts on what they hope to achieve in their final stretch of the season. With three more games remaining, Hoke says Michigan has three things to play for. “Well, number one, you’re a competitor,” Hoke said. “You want to go out and fight. We always play for our seniors, and we’re always going to work hard for those guys. The other thing is, you have a chance to win 10 football games. That opportunity is always out there. That’s always been a benchmark.” HEALTH UPDATE: By Saturday night, redshirt junior quarterback Devin Gardner had been sacked 14 times in seven days. So it wasn’t surprising to see him walking gingerly at the end of the game. But Hoke isn’t worried about the beating Gardner took, saying he’s healthy and that there shouldn’t be any residual effects this week. Redshirt sophomore cornerback Blake Countess exited the game shortly after the first quarter and never returned after he suffered an undisclosed injury, but Hoke said he should also be fine.
Recruiting Roundup: Michigan commits in the state playoffs By JUSTIN STERN Daily Sports Writer
The 2014 Michigan football recruiting class is currently ranked seventh in the nation by ESPN and 13th by Scout. With the highly-anticipated decision of defensive end Da’Shawn Hand this Thursday, Michigan looks to add to one of the best recruiting classes the school has seen. Here’s a look at how the 2014 commits who had high-school games this week performed: Jabrill Peppers, defensive back/running back: Paramus
Catholic (N.J.) at Bergen Catholic (N.J.); Ranking: ESPN (2) Scout (4). Peppers scored four touchdowns — two receiving, another on a run and one on an interception return — to lead Paramus Catholic to a 44-6 victory. Ian Bunting, tight end: Hinsdale Central (Ill.); Rankings: ESPN (118) Scout (268). Bunting’s team was eliminated from the state playoffs last week with a 42-14 loss. Bunting finished the year with 10 receptions for 165 yards.
Michael Ferns, linebacker/running back: St. Clairsville (Ohio) at Liberty Union (Ohio); Ranking: ESPN (123) Scout (175). St. Clairsville was eliminated in the first round of the Division V state playoffs with a 31-0 loss. Ferns finished the season with 31 rushes for 441 yards and six touchdowns. He also tallied 144 tackles, four sacks and two forced fumbles. Wilton Speight, quarterback: Collegiate School (Va.) vs. Flint Hill (Va.); Ranking: ESPN (128) Scout (NR). Collegiate School defeated
Flint Hill 27-14 in the VISAA Division I state semifinals. Speight went 15-for-24 with 245 yards and three touchdowns. Chase Winovich, linebacker/ running back: Thomas Jefferson (Pa.) at Highlands (Pa.); Ranking: (NR). Winovich led Thomas Jefferson to a 23-14 victory with 200 yards rushing and three touchdowns. He also tallied five tackles. Thomas Jefferson currently has the longest winning streak in its conference and has secured the conference championship.
Maurice Ways, wide receiver: Detroit Country Day (Mich.) vs. Notre Dame Prep (Mich.); Ranking: (NR). Ways had nine receptions for 185 yards and three touchdowns as Detroit Country Day defeated Notre Dame Prep 49-27 in the district final of the MHSAA Division IV state playoffs. Noah Furbush, linebacker: Kenton (Ohio) vs. Galion (Ohio); Ranking: (NR). Furbush finished the regular season with 93 total tackles and two sacks and helped Kenton to a 58-14 win over Galion in the first
round of the OHSAA Division IV playoffs. Brady Pallante, defensive tackle: Barron Collier (Fla.) vs. Lely (Fla.); Ranking: (NR). Barron Collier finished its season with a 14-12 loss. Pallante will be on a grayshirt scholarship to Michigan, meaning he will not participate in team activities until joining the team on full scholarship in 2015.
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