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UMHS acquires health system University to absorb Allegiance Health in unprecedented deal By STEPHANIE SHENOUDA Daily Staff Reporter
The University of Michigan Health System formally announced Tuesday a partnership agreement with Allegiance Health, a health system based in Jackson, Mich. The agreement will eventually grow UMHS’ patient capacity by 50
percent — adding Allegiance’s 490 beds to its system. Per the agreement, signed Monday, the two organizations would continue treating their own patients but would share resources and capital as needed while the University takes on the role of “parent company” to Allegiance. Ultimately, UMHS will absorb Allegiance. Though the regulatory filings and due process necessary to formalize the agreement will likely progress through mid-summer, UMHS CEO Ora Pescovitz expressed enthu-
siasm for the project, repeatedly saying in a conference call Tuesday that the purchase will benefit both partners’ programs. “We’re very excited about the proposed affiliation, which will enable us to serve the community better, make a big difference in improving health and creating a better community during health care reform,” Pescovitz said. “We believe that we’re a state resource and want to improve the quality of care within Michigan. It’s also critical to provide the right care, at
Kickstarter campaign hits $50,000 goal By JULIA LISS Daily Staff Reporter
At midnight Monday, professors from the Department of Aerospace Engineering launched a campaign through crowd-funding web site Kickstarter to fund the development and launch of a new project that it is out of this world. The professors are CubeSat Ambipolar Thruster, which would allow a tiny satellite to go deep into space at a fraction of the cost of current missions. CAT is also trying to earn a spot in the Guinness Book of World Records for being the world’s fastest university-built satellite. Kickstarter allows individuals to pledge to donate as little as a dollar towards a cause. Kickstarter recipients can only accept the funds if the campaign meets its fundraising
goal in the time they’ve outlined. In fewer than 48 hours, the CAT campaign had exceeded its $50,000 goal. This is CAT’s second attempt at fundraising through Kickstarter. Another campaign was launched July 4 and lasted about a month, but did not reach its goal. Engineering Assistant Prof. Benjamin Longmier, who works in the Plasmadynamics and Electric Propulsion Lab at the University, is leading the project. He said part of the problem with the group’s last attempt was poor timing and lack of awareness. “We thought people just who were enthusiastic about space and technology might be the demographic and we saw that mostly to be the case,” Longmier said. “We also thought people from the University of Michigan would be more excited about a Michigan project, but we didn’t have a lot of Michigan people involved and that was surprising, but that was in the summer when no See AEROSPACE, Page 3A
the right place, at the right time and to keep local care local.” Patients requiring complex care would be treated in Ann Arbor, not unlike the referral base the hospitals have built in the past. The University plans to invest $25 million in Allegiance initially, which will fund routine maintenance and equipment. Over the next five to seven years, there will be a total of $100 million invested in the partnership, though it’s expected that Allegiance will See HOSPITAL, Page 3A
Aerospace profs raise money for mini-satellite project
In federal court Tuesday, U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Steven Rhodes ruled that the city of Detroit is legally eligible to enter bankruptcy — a decision that will allow the cash-strapped city to begin restructuring its $18 billion debt. The ruling also confirmed that Detroit is now officially the largest municipal bankruptcy in American history. In a summary of his ruling, Rhodes said the court found Detroit did not have the ability to pay its debts and met the legal criteria for Chapter 9 bankruptcy, the Detroit Free Press reported. “It is indeed a momentous day,” Rhodes said. “We have here a judicial finding that this once-proud city cannot pay its debts. At the
same time, it has an opportunity for a fresh start. I hope that everybody associated with the city will recognize that opportunity.” Law School Prof. John Pottow, an expert in bankruptcy law, said Chapter 9 is a special type of bankruptcy filing for government entities such as school boards, counties and cities. Similar to Chapter 11 bankruptcy granted to businesses, public entities have the opportunity to negotiate with their creditors and negotiate a plan for partial repayment of the debt. For municipalities entering Chapter 9 bankruptcy, a federal judge must first determine the entity’s eligibility for bankruptcy, which includes authorization from the state, proof of the entity’s insolvency and a record that goodfaith negotiations with creditors were carried out, Pottow said. Though the court’s decision may end months of uncertainty regarding the city’s financial future, city leadership and creditors will face further hurdles as the city compiles a Plan for Adjustment in the next few weeks. See BANKRUPT, Page 3A
Funding approved for off-campus bus route CSG and IFC to fund route from Oxford area to C.C. Little By CLAIRE BRYAN Daily Staff Reporter
Reese Sternhagen, 6, smiles after a visit with Gustav Nyquist of the Detroit Red Wings. Members of the team visited and hand out memorabilia to patients at C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital Tuesday.
South University bar scene was once a retail haven Longtime tenants discuss avenue’s changing face By SHOHAM GEVA Daily Staff Reporter
Like many streets in downtown Ann Arbor, South University Avenue has lost its
retail appeal. The area was prosperous in the 1980s, but declined in the late ‘90s, shifting from a retail focus to the bar and restaurant scene it is today. The street is the heart of undergraduate life — or at least it has the potential to be.
The area is still growing and changing — this year seeing more than four new establishments open and two new apartment buildings have opened over the past several years. Today, it plays host to a mix of bars, locally owned establishments, housing, franchises, reduced retail venues and resSee BUSINESS, Page 3A
The Central Student Government Assembly voted Tuesday to begin funding the late-night off-campus University bus route, after the initiative was announced by CSG officials in October. CSG and the Interfraternity Council are working with Parking and Transportation Services to assign some of the University’s Blue Buses to a route that transports students to off-campus areas between the hours of 10 p.m. to 3 a.m. The service will begin in January, as previously reported. The route is expected to begin at the corner of Oxford Road and Hill Street, and will make stops on Hill Street, South University Avenue, Packard Street, Thompson Street and North University Avenue, ending at the C.C. Little bus stop. Most locations are current Ann Arbor See CSG, Page 3A
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times had dropped to 1 second and error rates were under 1 percent, according to figures from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. “The system has been stable all day,” CMS communications director Julie Bataille said Tuesday, stressing they were still continually updating the site. But Compuware Corp., which has been monitoring the site on thousands of personal computers around the country, said several states still had response times of more than 8 seconds Tuesday morning. Wisconsin’s average response time is over 18 seconds, according to the company. Still, Michael Smith, a vice president for Compuware Corp., says the site’s operations have improved significantly. Their data shows 26 states had unacceptable response times in late October. He said the government is likely measuring response times from a data center with ultra-fast Internet speeds that are not reflective of realworld conditions on user’s regular computers. Roberta Vann, a certified application counselor at the Hamilton Health Center, in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, said the site worked well for her Monday morning but she became frustrated later when the site went down. “You can get to a point, but it does not allow you to select any plans, you can’t get eligibility (information). It stops there,” she said. “The thought of it working as well as it was didn’t last long.” In South Florida, John Foley and his team of navigators were only able to successfully enroll one of a handful of return applicants who came to their office before glitches started, including wonky estimates for subsidy eligibility. He worried about how they
would fare with the roughly 50 other appointments scheduled later in the week. Although frustrated, most were not deterred, he said. “These are people that have policies going away, who have health problems. These are people that are going to be very persistent,” said Foley, an attorney and certified counselor for Legal Aid Society of Palm Beach County. Despite the Obama administration’s team of technicians working around the clock, it’s not clear if the site will be able to handle the surge of applicants expected by the Dec. 23 deadline to enroll for coverage starting at the beginning of the year. Many navigators also say they’re concerned the bad publicity plaguing the troubled website will prevent people from giving the system another try. Federal health officials acknowledged the website is still a work in progress. They’ve also acknowledged the importance of fixing backend problems as insurers struggle to process applications because of incomplete or inaccurate data. Even when consumers think they’ve gone through the whole process, their information may not get to the insurer without problems. In less than an hour Monday, Starla Redmon, 58, of Paris, Ill., was able to successfully get into a health plan with help from an enrollment counselor. Redmon, who juggles two part-time jobs and has been uninsured for four years, said she was surprised the website worked so well after hearing reports about its problems. “Everything she typed in, it went through,” said Redmon, who chose a bronze plan and will pay about $75 a month after a tax credit. “It was the cheapest plan I could go with.”
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BANKRUPTCY From Page 1A The plan will determine the terms for the partial repayment of the city’s $18 billion debt. The city will negotiate an agreement with its creditors — including unions and retirement associations whose members hold city pensions — to decide how much of the debt needs to be repaid. The remaining debt will be canceled after creditors and the judge approve the final plan. Pottow said bankruptcy is generally a positive development for cities and their residents, except for the creditors who may lose out on the full repayment of the city’s debts, including pensions for city workers. He added that the city’s bankruptcy would have effects on the metro Detroit region, including Ann Arbor. “There’s spillover effect,” Pottow said. “If you have a blighted city, it’s not like that blight stops at the municipal border. It’s like if the house down the street is in foreclosure, my property value goes down, too.”
BUSINESS From Page 1A taurants. Over the past several decades, businesses such as Good Time Charley’s bar and restaurant, the Middle Earth gift shop, and Pinball Pete’s arcade — all established in the late ‘70s to early ‘80s — have seen plenty of establishments come and go, while changing themselves to meet the demands of each generation. Charley’s is one of the places that has changed the most over its tenure on South University. A gas station occupied the location until 1979, and at certain points of the building’s history it was a pizza parlor, a bar and an arcade. “During the ‘80s it was one of the most popular places on campus, and so they expanded in the ‘90s next door where Underground Printing is right now, so that was also Good Time Charley’s,” Adam Lowenstein, the current owner of Charley’s, said. The pizza parlor later eliminated, the kitchen was moved back and the arcade was removed, with the original owners choosing to concentrate on the bar and restaurant aspects of the operation. Lowenstein and his business partner Justin Herrick, who acquired Charley’s in April 2007, have expanded on that focus. He said their goal for Charley’s is to maintain food sales while expanding bar revenue. “Having a bar/restaurant here we always felt was a prime location, especially on the corner of South University Avenue and Church Street.” Lowenstein said. “It’s really where we feel the heart of student life is.” Middle Earth owner Cynthia Shevel said she hasn’t seen her business model change much during her time on South University Avenue, but has observed a lot of change on the street since her store moved in there during the mid-1970s. “There was a far more diverse retail environment at that point — there was a very high-end houseware store called the Artisan Shop, there were several women’s clothing stores, there were at least two or three shoe stores, not so many restaurants, there was a movie theater
CSG From Page 1A Transportation Authority stops. If the new late-night bus route is able to use the Blue Buses with student drivers, the cost to CSG and IFC will be less than $30,000. However, Parking and Transportation Services has had enough trouble staffing its existing routes with drivers. PTS hoping to hire temporary drivers for next semester, who would be trained over winter break. If enough drivers can be hired, Blue Buses will be used for the new late night route. “Ideally we get to use the Michigan buses,” CSG President Michael Proppe said. “First, it is cheaper, but then also it is Michigan branded. We think that that
Pottow also noted that metro Detroit residents could lose out if an institution like the Detroit Institute of Arts were to close to assist in the repayment of the city’s debts. In a statement delivered after the ruling, Detroit Mayor Dave Bing said there would be a host of difficult negotiations to follow the decision. “We are now starting from square one,” Bing said. “There’s going to be pain for a lot of different people, but in the long run I think the future of the city will be bright.” The city’s biggest creditors, such as unions and retiree associations, argued against a Detroit municipal bankruptcy, fearful pensions and other debts owed to their members by the city will not be honored. “I do think it’s a tough day for all of us here in Detroit,” Bing said. “I believe since I came to office the crisis that we had — this was inevitable. I don’t think anyone necessarily wanted to go in this direction, but now that we’re here, it’s more important that we work together as opposed to continuing to fight each other.”
Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr applauded Rhodes’ decision and said his team looks forward to working with creditors on an agreeable restructuring plan. Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder — who appointed Detroit’s controversial emergency manager — said authorizing the decision for the city to seek bankruptcy was a difficult decision, but was the last viable option to restore the services Detroiters need. “Today, the federal court allowed Detroit to stay on the path toward a brighter future,” Snyder wrote. “A future where streetlights work and ambulances respond quickly. A future where crime and blight shrink, and where jobs and investments surge.” Gubernatorial candidate Mark Schauer, the apparent Democratic nominee, has frequently voiced his opposition to the appointment of an unelected emergency manager. In a statement, Schauer encouraged Snyder to allow Mayor-elect Mike Duggan to lead the city’s restructuring efforts. “It’s time to rebuild the great city of Detroit,” Schauer said. “How we got here isn’t as impor-
across the street,” Shevel said. “And by the late ‘80s, almost all of that was gone. ” Shevel added that, for Middle Earth, which early on moved between several different areas of downtown, South University Avenue has worked out well. “We cater largely to students and University people; we get a lot of foot traffic,” she said. “It depends on what you sell, but for what we sell, it is a good location.” For Pinball Pete’s, founded in 1983, the story is a little different. It started off with three different locations around Ann Arbor, but by 1996 was consolidated under one roof on South University Avenue. The property — originally an old Victorian house — had to be almost entirely remodeled. “One of the obstacles I remember is that it had five chimneys in it that we had to remove,” said Ted Arnold, one of two co-owners. “So that was quite a process.” A decade later, in 2006, Pinball Pete’s moved across the street to its current location. “We’d never done anything quite like this,” said co-owner Mike Reynolds. “We’d done a basement before, but this was pretty big. It was a lot for two guys to try to take on. And obviously the rest is kind of history. We’re still here.” Arnold added that for Pinball Pete’s, the area has been beneficial mostly because of the large amount of foot traffic. “We’ve kind of got to be right in the heart of it, because we’re not something that people search out anymore.” Arnold said. “We like to consider ourselves one of the landmarks on the street ��� us, the Brown Jug. We’ve seen a lot of things come and go.” As the executive director of the South University Area Association and a former business owner, Maggie Ladd has spent more than 20 years on South University Avenue. For her, the years have been marked by a decline in retail, an increase in an ever-shifting gamut of restaurants — the street once held a McDonald’s, a Burger King and a Taco Bell, but is now trending more toward Asian restaurants — and reforms in the zoning code. South U goes vertical A 2006 change to the city code
aligned South University’s zoning regulations more with the rest of downtown, allowing buildings up to 150 feet tall in a bid to increase high-density commercial and residential building development. “Nobody wanted to develop in the area because the zoning was so restrictive,” Ladd said. “As soon as that changed, we immediately saw that people were interested.” Within months of the zoning change, the Zaragon Place apartment complex, which opened in 2009, was approved by the city. It was followed by the Landmark apartment complex, which opened in 2012. “We’re kind of on the cusp of a change in the area, because of the new buildings that have gone up, the Zaragon building and Landmark,” Ladd said. “It’s always difficult to say which comes first, the chicken or the egg, but I think we’re on the cusp of change.” And that’s not the end: there are plans to open an additional high-rise above Pizza House on Church Street. Thus far, both restaurants and retail industries alike have seen new businesses join the street. Merritt, a self-described “causebased fashion brand” opened up on South University Avenue in November. “This is the heart of campus,” founder Dave Merritt said. “It’s a great street for building awareness as a new storefront. When you’re talking about starting from scratch, not a lot of people knowing you, it’s really important to be in front of people.” Mike Gradillas, general manager of The Blue Leprechaun, echoed the sentiment. The bar was formerly Touchdown Cafe, and reopened in 2008 under the new name. “South University is a great place to run a business,” he said. “I mean, you have an endless supply of kids, a pool of people.” Gradillas, who has been working on the street on and off since 1999, added that among all the changes, there are still constants. “A lot of things have changed, a lot of businesses have come and gone, but the general feel has been the same — the sense of community, the sense of cooperation between the people that work in the businesses, that’s stayed.”
is going to act as a deterrent for some of the crime that you see.” If Parking and Transporta tion Services is not able to hire additional drivers in time, CSG will contract a third-party company, Trinity Bus Services, to run the route. With the additional bus company and its drivers, the cost would rise to $49,932. If Trinity is used, $40,000 of the program will be funded by the Interfraternity Council and the CSG Executive Branch. The additional $9,932 will be paid from the legislative branch’s discretionary account. “I think the bus route is a great idea. I am in full support of it,” LSA senior Pratik Gosh, an LSA assembly representative and the chair of finance committee, said. “I have been
asking people for the last five weeks if they had any problems, but nobody really had any problems.” Proppe said the only obstacle that could stand in the way of the late-night bus route would be if somebody from the CSG executive branch, the Interfraternity Council or the assembly did not wish to use a third-party service for the route. If Blue Buses are not available, CSG may consider delaying the route one more semester — which would mean the pilot route would commence next fall. “We haven’t had that conversation yet. We are going to cross that bridge when we come to it,” Proppe said. “I am holding out hope we are going to be able to use the Michigan buses next semester.”
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HOSPITAL From Page 1A contribute to this sum through increased efficiency and strategic capital moves. The acquisition of Allegiance will add 430 physicians to UMHS’ current 2700. Additionally, average annual outpatient visits will increase by 48,000, on top of UMHS’ current annual average of 1.94 million visits. The partnership also doubles the number of hospital care facilities. Georgia Fojtasek, president and CEO of Allegiance Health, said during the conference call that Allegiance has had a steady relationship with the University leading up to the decision, including collaboration between the oncology and cardiovascular departments. “We have a long history with the University of Michigan that
AEROSPACE From Page 1A students were around.” To improve the success for the second campaign, Longmier, along with James Cutler, his partner on the project, enlisted the help of Simon Halpern, a second year MBA student in the Ross School of Business, to “help make it a little more publicly digestible,” he said. Halpern said he is really excited to be working on the project and thinks the key to the campaign’s success has been reaching out to people who wouldn’t traditionally be interested in space travel. “There’s still a small crowd of aerospace people who love this stuff and the rest of the world is like ‘whatever,’ ” Halpern said. “But when you start to see what
the community may not be aware of due to its geographical proximity and clinical resources,” Foitasek said. “This will give us the foundation to leverage in the new era of health care because we both have formidable resources.” Fojtaskek clarified that there are no plans to alter Allegiance’s leadership or staff at this time, saying there’s been a “commitment to stay” during this time of transition. She added that the feedback from her staff has been largely positive. “People have a respect for the University of Michigan and the high-quality work that they do with sophisticated and high levels of care,” she said. “This will be a good thing for the community as a whole.” Fojtaskek said financial distress “was not a guiding principle” in the decision. Though this is the first
time UMHS will absorb another health system, the University has partnered with other hospitals in the past, including the Trinity and MidMichigan Health systems. In regards to training future physicians, both CEOs expressed confidence in the validity of Allegiance’s intern program and want to work to continue to grow its graduate medical and residency programs as well. Though UMHS and Allegiance will eventually comprise one formal health system, there is no decision yet as to what it will be called. “We’ve embarked on numerous partnerships in the past, though this is the first of this nature,” Pescovitz said. “Since it’s fully integrated, it was not taken lightly. But we felt most aligned with the values that Allegiance has, as well as their mission vision and our relationship and strong referral base.”
the possibilities of a successful project could be, like, you know, better weather prediction, or lower cost of access to space, that’s huge.” Halpern’s responsibilities have included developing the group’s marketing plan, an outreach plan and managing the social media for the project, which is titled GoBluePlasma. He has also reached out to important alumni such as University alum Dhani Jones, a former NFL star, to help raise awareness for the project. Jones expressed his interest in space travel and his excitement at helping to work on the design and marketing strategy used for Kickstarter. He said this is his first time being involved in a spacerelated project and doesn’t think it will be his last. “If you think about the verge of the next level of explora-
tion, I think space travel is going to be important and that this is part of that understanding of what’s in the distant and beyond,” Jones said. This isn’t Jones’ first investment in a campus startup. In September, it was announced that he would fund the establishment of a co-op community geared towards entrepreneurship-minded students. Halpern said he is thrilled and can’t believe how quickly CAT reached its goal. He hopes to continue with the momentum the fundraising has been gaining thus far. “We would be besides ourselves if we could get to some of our stretch goals to enable us to continue some more advanced scientific research and continue developing the CAT engine at a faster pace with some more exciting options,” Halpern said.
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Higher wages, better living Raising the minimum wage can revitalize Michigan’s economy
alls to increase the minimum wage in Michigan have gained momentum over the last year. In April, Democratic lawmakers in the state’s legislature introduced a bill that would raise the minimum wage to $10 over a three-year period. A month later, fast-food workers across the state participated in a nationwide protest, demanding a wage increase to $15 an hour. And during his visit to Detroit on Monday, the presumed Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mark Schauer addressed these concerns, announcing his plan to increase the state’s minimum wage to $9.25 over three years. Regardless of who wins the gubernatorial race in November 2014, raising the minimum wage should be a priority for Michigan as the state attempts economic revitalization. Since the last wage hike in 2007, Congress has allowed the national minimum wage to stagnate at an amount incapable of sufficiently supporting an individual — let alone entire families. At the current rate of $7.40 per hour, a minimum-wage worker in Michigan will earn roughly $15,000 annually — less than the $18,163 MIT estimates a single adult needs to live in Michigan. Schauer claims his initiative will aid in solving the financial struggles of the electorate. At the press conference on Monday he stated: “This is about people. It’s a measure that will help stimulate economic growth.” As low wages struggle to meet the demands of inflation, Schauer’s concern for the people and their economic welfare is refreshing for a state plagued by financial hardships. Schauer’s initiative is not an entirely new one. Four states — California, New York, Connecticut and Rhode Island — have already initiated policies to increase their minimum wage this year. California, in particular, has set the standard by planning on increasing pay to $10 per hour by 2016. While the wage hikes have been contested by Republicans,
both large and small businesses support the initiative. A recent study found 70 percent of small-business owners agree with the idea of raising the minimum wage within their states — arguing an increase in wages would amplify the workers’ spending ability and, in turn, boost the economy. Critics of raising the minimum wage argue that an increase in pay will lead to an overall decline in employment. However, as Schauer suggested, the economic boost the state will receive simply from increased spending on basic necessities will add $1 million over three years to Michigan’s economy. In those three years, Michigan will experience a net increase in jobs available — even when an increased minimum wage is factored in. In order to remain competitive within the national economy, Michigan’s legislature needs to follow the examples of California and other states and to recognize the needs of the people. With Detroit still in a precarious state and a substantial number of residents struggling to bypass the poverty line, raising the minimum wage is a viable solution.
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Pope’s views warrant attention Pope Francis assumed the papacy amidst a serious culture problem for the Catholic Church. Viewed as corrupt, antiquated and unable to control its own priests, the Church’s message was received with more than a grain of salt by many. However, the “apostolic exhortation,” released by Francis Nov. 26, deserves universal recognition for its promotion of basic human equality and economic support. In his 224-page document, Francis condemns the consumer culture that creates unfair disparities by which individuals are systematically dehumanized and deprived of basic goods and services and condemns that these things are accepted as a valid trade-off. He asks questions like, “How can it be that it is not a news item when an elderly homeless person dies of exposure, but it is news when the stock market loses two points?” These questions deserve consideration from us all. The document connects the need to change this world system with biblical values and Catholic social teaching, but Francis’s message isn’t exclusively religious. Calling for better care and compassion for the homeless, unemployed, underemployed, elderly and other disadvantaged groups is a message that students — regardless of faith — should consider. As university students, we fall within a small minority of educated young people. Regardless of socioeconomic background, being students — and probably future graduates — of the University places us in an advantaged position compared with much of the world. According to the Huffington Post, in 2010, only 6.7 percent of the world had a college degree. We’re among that fortunate small percentage and therefore have an obligation to use some of what we learn here to help others. We’re part of — and near the top — of a complex, global economic system that disadvantages many. Our education gives us the privilege to change it. It’s important that we take that opportunity. Francis’s document brings much needed attention to a problem that’s often overlooked
by world leaders. Endemic poverty often receives very little attention compared to other economic issues, and the global reach of the papacy has already forced the issue back into the international spotlight. After the release of the document, the Pope met with Russian President Vladimir Putin to discuss the welfare of Russian citizens. The Pope also called for more politicians that are “genuinely disturbed by the state of society, the people and the lives of the poor.” And while he didn’t list specific parties or countries that need to make these political changes first, I’d be willing to bet that the United States is on the shortlist. The document is clearly a step in the right direction for the Catholic Church. The push for greater economic equality is a good move for an institution that spent several centuries as a key player in the detrimental economic system that this document deplores. But there’s more work to be done. As a Catholic, I’m deeply disturbed by the state of the Church — even now. A deep-seated intolerance for LGBTQ lifestyles is problematic for a new papacy that wants to promote equality, a value that’s not solely economic in nature. In the document, Francis wrote that he isn’t interested in changing the Church’s stance on gay marriage. True equality has cultural, political and social implications, and they all need to be addressed if the Church wants to successfully emerge from the shadows of past scandals. The document also lacks a specific, credible plan of action that will really shake up a world of economic, political and social unfairness, a culture of massive spending and a lack of appreciation for the lives of the disadvantaged. But that’s our job. Catholic or not, the problem highlighted by the Pope is real and affects us all. Hopefully our University educations will enable us to craft creative solutions to some of the world’s most difficult problems of inequality. Victoria Noble is an LSA freshman.
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aybe you saw this interview circling around the social-media stratosphere a few weeks ago. In the clip, BBC’s Jeremy Paxman interviews actor/comedian Russell Brand, who spends 10 minutes advoJAKE cating for a OFFENHARTZ revolutionary overthrow of the current political system. The shaggy former-drugaddict-turned-celebrity is verbose but sharp, eloquently espousing a vision of egalitarianism — first laid out in his lengthy New Statesmen feature — in which the masses cooperate to remedy global wealth disparities, remove the influence of big business from politics and end the devastation of planetary resources. When Paxman presses for details about just how this would be achieved, Brand responds, “Jeremy, darling, don’t ask me to sit here in a bloody hotel room and devise a global utopian system.” I suspect that this response ticked a lot of people off. In a scathing critique, Conservative commentator Lord (ha) Norman Tebbit notes that, “What was totally missing … was any vision of how Mr. Brand would like to see our social, economic and political system in his post-revolutionary era,” before concluding that Brand is, “no more than a selfimportant self publicist.” For those of us who generally favor the three main components of Brand’s proposition — redress growing income inequality, get corporate interests out of politics, quit fucking up the environment — Tebbit’s critique of Brand’s motive and lack of strategy poses two important questions. First, in challenging the dominant ideology of globalist capitalism, is it required to have a preconceived alternative with methods of creation and implementation already laid out? And second, what right does someone with no background in economic or political theory have to call for reform — or even revolution — of our current political and economic system? Enter Pope Francis. In only eight months, the sovereign of Vatican City has achieved a viral
popularity with his call for a more relaxed stance on birth control, his admonishment of lavish spending by bishops and his suggestion that persecuting homosexuals is maybe not the most Christian thing to do. “Nice work, new Pope,” applauded the reasonable humans of the 21st century. “Keep it up.” But then last Tuesday, in his first papal pronouncement, the pontiff took a direct shot at supply-side economics that left many wondering if the leader had overstepped his role as non-partisan theologian. Lashing out at “trickle-down theories” and “the absolute autonomy of markets,” Francis spoke of the proverbial little guy, rendered “defenseless before the interests of a deified market.” In a column for Yahoo’s finance section, Rick Newman dismisses the remarks as liberal idealism, before observing that, “the pope doesn’t have much to say about what would be better.” He goes on to add, “What has been a lot more effective at raising the living standards of billions, however, is cold, hard-edged capitalism.” Though the religious leader and the comedian could not be more different, there are telling similarities — both obvious and less so — between Pope Francis’s call for reform and Russell Brand’s call for revolution. On the surface, both are criticisms of laissez-faire economics, concerned that our obsession with growth has created a power elite with an ability — and tendency — to exploit the underclass. Both flirt with socialist-based solutions, while never actually addressing the ideology’s essential tenet — that is, public ownership of the means of production. And both statements have been ridiculed for the fact that neither figure appears capable of devising an economic system more favorable — or at least more profitable — than free enterprise without restrictions. What may be less obvious in this tedious comparison of the two figures is the fact that both the Pope and Brand are rallying as much against capitalism as they are apathy, employing their high profile platforms to
offer an emotional appeal directed squarely at a younger generation. Consider Brand’s recommendation that, “the solution has to be primarily spiritual and secondarily political,” and his qualification of spiritual as, “the acknowledgement that our connection to one another and the planet must be prioritized.” Similarly, consider Pope Francis, speaking in an interview about the growing culture of exclusion: “What I would tell the youth is to worry about looking after one another and to be conscious of this and to not allow themselves to be thrown away.” There’s an important parallel in the Pope’s carefully worded criticism of “deified markets” and Brand’s discourse on “spiritual revolution.” In the two decades since the fall of global communism as a serious threat, the increasing reliance on free-market solutions has been married to the prevailing notion that we’re each entitled to our individual excess, and that cutting social programs in the name of austerity will permit the market to eliminate this abstract concept of human suffering. In attempting to terminate the creeping plague of apathy, I’d argue that it’s first necessary to present an alternative mindset to a system that has left so many disillusioned and even more impoverished. Pope Francis calls this the “dictatorship of an impersonal economy lacking a truly human purpose.” Brand calls it “a system predicated on aspects of … greed, selfishness and fear.” The respected economic minds of our time — the Paul Krugmans and Paul Ryans of the world — would have a more technical assessment of this system; perhaps an analysis based more in policy than emotion. Still, Brand and Pope Francis have successfully presented an alternative ideology — one focused on eliminating the exclusionary, individualistic ideals that precipitate widespread apathy — and for that alone their remarks should be taken seriously.
Russell Brand and Pope Francis have successfully presented an alternative ideology.
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POLINA FRADKIN | VIEWPOINT
Diary of a ‘dumb bitch’ If I had to guess what single factor will bring about the demise of this great nation, it’d be the sexy baby vocal virus. Oh, you know what I’m talking about. The girl holding up the Starbucks line, ordering a low-fat, unsweetened, iced soy latte — wait, no, caramel latte. Wait, no, vanilla latte — “and can you, like, throw it in the blender? Thanks sooo much.” The girl in the library pouting to her friend that “he doesn’t even get my political jokes!” The nth girl to walk down South Forest asking the age-old question, “Howww can you live above No Thai? And not eat it? Like ... Every. Day.” Listen up, you’ll hear it. They’re everywhere. A saleswoman at Nordstrom asks if I need any help, and all I can think is, “Dear Lord, if a Beanie Baby could talk, surely it would sound like you.” My seemingly everlasting awkward phase struck a climax in ninth grade and was all the more exacerbated by the girls perched atop the high-school hierarchy — a steep climb up from where I was. Their swishing ponytails gave me anxiety. Their jingling car keys gave me heartburn. They were older and cooler. And I was terrified of them, until one day, I overheard them speaking. Strange, I thought. What a peculiar chorus of squeaky toys. I wondered: Was it pretense? Perhaps a common speech impediment? Granted, our personal interactions amounted to zero and to call us acquaintances would be an uproarious overstatement, but I had an instinct. They just sounded so… unintelligent. For years I was vexed. Why did hearing a woman speak like Dee Dee from “Dexter’s Laboratory” on helium feel like death by a million paper cuts? Suddenly, my mission was clear, and last Thursday morning, I stepped into the world for five days as a sexy baby. When attempting sexy baby voice, it’s not just about a high pitch. The important part is including uptalking and elongated endings. You know, as if everything you’re saying is a questiiiion? Vowel retraction is key, along with sharpened, hiss-like “s”
sounds. “This” turns into “thessss,” “stupid” to “sssstu-peh-d.” Don’t forget to include a vocal fry. Think gravelly register, scraping vocal cords against a cheese grater. Say fry with a fry. Go ahead, try it. While studying, I harassed my friend David to tell me what he thought of my new “accent.” He seemed a little bit too forbearing, which unsettled me. Finally, I wrung out a response: “Because you sound like an idiot, I’d probably sleep with you and never talk to you again.” He shrugged, returning to his video game. I could barely muster an awkward “thank you.” It was a rather thirsty Thursday evening when I caught myself shouting after my friends to stop power walking and cursing the inventor of stilettos. The next thing I knew, a grody male specimen with a fratty disposition walked past me and addressed me with the utmost conviction: “DUMB BITCH!” Naturally, my first thought was, “Wow — I’m getting such good data!” But the excitement of the moment soon settled, and I was left lagging behind the group, trapped in my vocal affectation, vulnerable, inferior, belittled. I am not a dumb bitch. But is this what girls are being taught? That dumbing down for men is OK? The human voice is half of the persona. My vocal alteration gave the impression to everyone around me that I am less: less confident, less pressured to be a great thinker. It’s as if the voice said, “Relax, I’m not as clever or opinionated as you. This’ll be easy.” In public, I became the token quiet friend. Embarrassed to speak, my former outgoing self was substituted with a meek diffidence. I ate a practically silent lunch with a friend because she wouldn’t — couldn’t — tolerate me. “You realize how annoying you sound?” she asked. Gingerly nodding my head as I bit into a sandwich, I wondered how many friends I’d lose over the next few days. No one has been taking me seriously. Even if the next words I spoke were to be “I’m finishing my Ph.D. in
biophysics and I’m a two-time Fulbright fellow,” eyes still glaze over. Vague smiles crystallize. A mocking tone is weaved into the distracted response of whoever has the displeasure of talking to me. Men make jokes about me in front of my face. Most women feign interest, but judgment waxes in their eyes. I find myself eliciting laughter in English class. Why? Because I sound like a Dumb Bitch. My professor would never admit it, but it’s true. He’s thinking it. I see it in his face when I speak in class and I can’t help but wonder: If this were truly how I spoke, could I ever get past a job interview? Would anybody hire me as a criminal attorney? Would someone choose me to be his or her children’s doctor? The voice isn’t only a communicative medium — it’s an implicative one. Far past the age of women quietly knitting pastel-colored tea cozies beside their husband, now is the time of hasty assumption and easy access. Baby wants, baby whines, baby gets. What does the sexy baby voice imply? What does it strive so hard to obtain? Based on my findings, it certainly isn’t self-respect. Perhaps Marilyn Monroe’s breathy, girlish tone mutated into the voice of the Britney generation — and it just may have seeped into the modern subculture of young women today, generating a self-deprecating, resounding echo to the world. The damaged female voice festers in high schools, universities, on TV and radio, slowly claiming girls everywhere. Now, I’m no die-hard feminist — although the current state of my leg hair would beg to differ — but in my opinion, women should sound like women. Not dumbed-down, sexedup dolls who end every sentenceee in a question? Let’s climb out of the vocal rut, women, and realize that the way words are spoken is just as important as what’s being said. No more “Dumb Bitch.” It’s time to rise above the facade. It’s time to rewatch Legally Blonde. Ladies, are you with me? Polina Fradkin is an LSA sophomore
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Panel to explore media, feminism Professors discuss how scholars engage with public By KATHLEEN DAVIS Daily Arts Writer
As is often the case with progressive topics, feminism has sometimes had a difficult transition from the academic Feminist world to the general public. Scholars There has been, Engage however, an the Public active effort to make the topic Friday at friendlier to a 10 a.m. non-scholarly audience. Fri- The League day, the Univer- Free sity will host a panel discussion featuring four acclaimed professors who will discuss how to bring the topic of feminism to an audience outside of academia. Lilia Cortina, a professor of Psychology and Women’s Studies at the University, will act as panel chair for the event, facilitating discussion and questions between the professors and audi-
ence. “(The panelists) are academics used to publishing scholarship in places like peer-reviewed journals and scholarly books,” Cortina said. “But we also value opportunities to share what we’ve learned through our scholarships and our research with non-academics.” Four of the panelists — Anna Kirkland, Sari van Anders, Maria Cotera and Cortina — are professors in the University’s Women’s Studies department, while the fifth panelist, Jennifer Berdahl, is a professor of Organizational Behavior at the University of Toronto. Prof. Kirkland has recently published several articles about the lack of correlation between vaccines and autism, while also studying gender and weight discrimination in the United States. Prof. van Anders has been researching the link between sex, intimacy and biophysiology, and Prof. Cotera has worked substantially with Latina/o studies, U.S./thirdworld feminism and American Culture. Each of these professors will discuss their research within women’s studies and how to bring these issues to the
forefront of public discourse. The event will be used as an opportunity to discuss how feminist scholars use various forms of media and technology to engage their work with members of the public, and the pros and cons of doing so. Cortina is aware of the unfavorable stigma the general public has against feminism and said she hopes the panel discussion will help encourage those unfamiliar with the subject to expand their views. “All of us are keenly aware that the public at large usually has views of feminism and feminists,” Cortina said. “These are very narrow, based on myths and very negative.” Along with the other professors in the panel, Cortina hopes to bring a change to the concept that feminism is an idea only beneficial to women, and encourages anyone interested in the topic to attend. “We think of feminism more as a broader social justice movement that’s working to correct various kinds of gender-related inequalities,” Cortina said. “These are also linked with racerelated inequalities and classbased equalities.”
Why I insist on ‘Keeping up with the Kardashians’ By ERIKA HARWOOD Daily Arts Writer
I have roughly zero qualms admitting my love for all things low-brow. I blast Bangerz in my car more often than not, religiously read Perez Hilton and will stop whatever I’m doing to watch any “Fast and Furious” movie that happens to be on TV (R.I.P. Paul Walker). That said, it should come as no surprise that I have a guiltless obsession with the royal family of reality television: the Kardashians. When my interest with the Kardashian klan was burgeoning, I assumed I was enjoying it solely through the ironic lens of someone part of the generation that prides itself on oversized eyewear and an extensive closet of Bill Cosby sweaters (I’m guilty of both). This was seasons ago when the family adopted a monkey, Kim dated Reggie Bush and Rob was still hot. I kept my love affair lowkey and would lie to friends and family, pretending that I didn’t know intimate facts about the family. Yet here we are, almost seven years later, and I still can’t manage to escape the Kardashian k-void, which as of late has caused me to sit down and ask myself: Why do I insist on keeping up with the Kardashians? Members of the family have attributed their ungodly success to their relatability, but that seems like a stretch. I’ve personally never been in a position to casually drop $30,000 on a Birkin bag and, for whatever reason, no one gave me my own clothing line at the age of 15. To be fair, that clothing line would have consisted of bedazzled graphic tees and ill-fitting cargo pants. And, the last time I checked, no one in my family had a child out of wedlock with one of the most famous musicians of our time (I hear a few of those One Direction boys are still single, Mom). To top it all off, my family has never been offered a television contract just for being us. The aforementioned list only scratches the surface of reasons why people loathe this family, claiming the show is a cesspool of excess, ignorance and debauchery — that could very well be a direct quote from my dad, but I’m not sure. To an extent, I get it; 16 year-old Kylie drives her $100,000 Mercedes-
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Curl up to these holiday country tunes By GREGORY HICKS Daily Arts Writer
Exploring your inner Christmas country can be difficult, especially when the same Martina McBride record has been orbiting your head for one too many years. Searching for anything to please your extended Nashvillian family members? Looking to educate yourself on a stand-out classic that didn’t click with your generation? Every expedition needs its kickstarters, and yours should be no exception. Lady Antebellum — On This Winter’s Night Stir some light percussion, delicate piano and the warmth of a string orchestra to complete preparation for a Christmas-ready recipe. To any country listener who frequents Need You Now, it’s evident that these are already the iconic ingredients to Lady A’s sound. Impassioned ballad-work is the group’s claim to fame, and the holiday transition is barely a transition at all. Rather than lullabying yourself to relaxation with “Hello World,” take the chance this winter to heat the cocoa and sedate yourself with Lady A’s unexpected ballad rendition of Mariah Carey’s “All I Want For Christmas Is You.” The track is Hilary Scott-exclusive, vocally speaking, but Charles Kelley’s backup vocals initiate the Grammy-winning harmonies that charm fans through any season. The 2012 record also features an original number — the record’s title track, “On This Winter’s Night.” Capitalizing on the melancholy piano themes of Own The Night (particularly “When You Were Mine”), the song narrates the peaceful satisfaction of “this winter’s night.” It’s often said that music is one of the few media that
can simultaneously draw opposing emotions, and this Lady A original provokes any number of holiday feelings. Originals and Mariah Carey covers aside, the record isn’t astoundingly thought-provoking (relative to other albums on the Holiday charts), but certainly wellexecuted. Charles, Hillary and Dave carry a musical elegance that flatters a Christmas studio album finer than other neighboring country artists. Brad Paisley — Brad Paisley Christmas Holidays are no reason for Brad Paisley to budge in his musical ground. On a scale from Mariah Carey’s Merry Christmas to Kenny Chesney’s All I Want for Christmas Is a Real Good Tan, Paisley leans closer to Chesney. If not for lyrical familiarity, “Winter Wonderland” and “Silver Bells” could easily go unrecognized. Warning: This record is for the southern humorist, not the northern suburbanite in search of magical Christmas intimacy.
Christmas came early this year. For those scouting out a classic holiday har-har, veer on over to Paisley’s rendition of “Santa Looked a Lot Like Daddy.” Not a Paisley original, but the cover choice breeds character — not that this country goofball is in need of any. The self-written laugh comes from a “Kung Pao Buckaroo Holiday.” Prep for talk-singing and explore the mind-boggle of Paisley and the Kung Pao Buckaroos attempt to write and sing a holiday
song that won’t offend the … sensitive holiday-neutral folks. Eventually the track just censors each use of Christmas vocabulary. If these songs are barking up the wrong Christmas tree, gush over “Born on Christmas Day.” The first half of the track is an old recording of 13-year-old Paisley debuting the ballad at a public gathering. The track eventually mixes into a mastered version of the modernday country superstar performing the Christmas narrative. Thirteen years old and publicly performing a holiday original — quite a songwriting feat. John Denver — Rocky Mountain Christmas One word: classic. John Denver practically started churning out Christmas music the day he was born. In fact, much of this iconic record is a compilation of Christmas tracks from his previous studio albums. “Aspenglow” gives the gorgeous visual cue of country-western’s favorite time of year, accompanied by pleasantly melancholy melodies (a paradox similar to the previously discussed Lady A track, “On This Winter’s Night”). Add Denver’s “Christmas for Cowboys” to the mix if you’re looking for an original western tune with a dab of holiday thrown in. As for its obligatory covers, no matter how rocky mountain high Denver sings, the performance is dependably effortless. Low-stress melodies for the fireside suit a December like stockings over the fireplace. Lady Antebellum and Brad Paisley are your off-the-radar recommendations, but if you haven’t yet added John Denver’s Christmas repertoire to your season, it’s time to make this bestseller part of your musical schema.
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Benz with the same blasé attitude I have toward my used 1995 Honda. It sure as hell isn’t my normal, but it is theirs. Yet the world treats the Kardashians with the same amount of disdain normally reserved for war criminals, but for what reason? Because they have money? Because they have a television show? Because they participate in a more lavish lifestyle than most of us? So what? They also run a multi-million-dollar business, do extensive charity work and have yet to try and kill off an entire race, as the overzealous emotions of their critics would have us assume.
Don’t feel too guilty for your taste in pop culture. I’m not here to justify the ubiquitous presence of the Kardashians or my love for them, nor should I have to. I don’t
By TEHREEM SAJJAD Daily Arts Writer
watch the show as an escape from a mundane life or to fulfill some sort of (beautiful dark) twisted fantasy. I also don’t watch it for the compelling dialogue or thought-provoking narrative. I watch it because I laugh every time Scott makes a quip about Kris Jenner, I shed a tear (an actual, real-life tear) when Kim talks about her baby and I cringe every time I see Bruce because, my God, what is going on with his hair? I watch it because I’m entertained. If you were to scroll through my DVR right now, you’d find a wide range of shows from “Parks and Rec” to “Homeland,” and weird documentaries on hard drugs and prison life. You’d also find every episode from this season’s “Keeping Up with the Kardashians,” right there in plain sight. Eight seasons deep into the series, I can finally say my love for the show comes from an honest, completely un-ironic place. In the words of Jimmy from “Degrassi”: “And I can’t hear the critics / Talking over the applause.” Haters gon’ hate, but I’m too busy keeping up with the Kardashians to notice.
Imagine you’re in a strange city, unaware that your twin brother is there as well. Then, your brother’s wife mistakes you for him — Comedy but not before of Errors you’ve tried to seduce her sis- Thursday at ter. 7:30 p.m., William Friday and Shakespeare’s Saturday at joyful work of 8 p.m. and mistaken iden- Sunday at tity, “The Com- 2 p.m. edy of Errors,” follows the Power Center fortunes of two From $22 sets of identical twins, accidentally separated at birth, and then miraculously brought back again. This week, the School of Music, Theatre & Dance takes its audience on a wild ride as “The Comedy of Errors” brings the absurdity and turbulent tales of Ephesus to Ann Arbor. Most people know Shakespeare better for his numerous tragedies. “Romeo and Juliet,” “Macbeth,” “Hamlet” and “King Lear” are only a few of his works that fall under that umbrella, considered some of
the finest in English literature. “The Comedy of Errors,” one of Shakespeare’s early plays, is a timeless comedy. Often, the play is described as a farce, critiqued for being an immature work lacking some thematic and poetic qualities of his later comedies, such as “Twelfth Night” and “As You Like It.” “It’s interesting that Shakespeare wrote what’s considered, at this age of day, a farce,” said Director Joseph NevilleAndrews. “It’s also interesting that, if this is his first play, that he would select something very light and airy to write about. But then, of course, he went on to write the heavy-weights.”
A tale of two Bards. At first glance, “The Comedy of Errors” seems like a predictable tale of mistaken identities and broad humor. Two sets of identical male twins (with the same names) are born to two couples, one poor and the other wealthy. During an ocean voyage, the twins are separated.
As the play opens, the audience finds the four men in Ephesus, where they fall into trouble, confusion and eventually a warm reunion. “The audience knows more than the actors on stage — we know that there are two sets of identical twins,” NevilleAndrews said. “And then we get to see the miscommunications and that brings the humor to the play.” Shakespeare presents emotion-packed plots that generate anticipation and tension in his audience. In “The Comedy of Errors,” comic and dramatic potential that twins provide is beautifully realized. Having four actors serve the roles of protagonists makes it exasperating that nobody onstage can spot the glaring differences between them; while they don’t know each other, everyone in the audience seems to know them. “I think it’s the fact that the audience knows ahead of time, but they just don’t know where the story is going to go,” NevilleAndrews said. “Is it going to be a happy ending? Even though the plot is quite simple, how do we get from A to Z? I think that’s what brings the joy and humor into the play.”
6A — Wednesday, December 4, 2013
‘Ja’mie’ too bland to stand alone This one-man show needs a worthwhile supporting cast By ALEC STERN Daily Arts Writer
HBO has often extended its reach in the comedy department, importing popular shows from other parts of the world. C+ In 2007, the premium Ja’mie: Private cable network School Girl struck gold with “Sum- Sundays at mer Heights 10:30 p.m. High,” a sideHBO splittingly funny mockumentary following the lives of a privileged schoolgirl, a wannabe rapper and a drama teacher, all played by Australian comedian Chris Lilley. Four years later, Lilley used the same formula with “Angry Boys,” a lesser, yet still memorable, comedy. Hoping to capitalize on the success of his flagship series, Lilley plucked the privileged schoolgirl from his hilarious “Summer Heights High” trio and gave the character her own series. Ja’mie King made her debut as a supporting character in Lilley’s first creation, “We Can Be Heroes,” a series only made available in the United States for a short time via HBO on Demand and HBO Go. “Ja’mie: Private School Girl” returns the titular character home, following her senior year at Hillford Girls Grammar as she navigates her many roles, from School Captain to Queen Bee. And unlike “Summer Heights High,” “Ja’mie” introduces viewers to the King family: Ja’mie’s mother, father and sister. “Ja’mie” is the first of two announced “Summer Heights High” spinoffs, with a Jonah Takalua series coming next year. “Ja’mie: Private School Girl”
is the kind of show you really want to like — in the same way you really wanted to like “Joey,” the ill-fated “Friends” spinoff. Like any of the characters on “Friends,” you could argue that Matt LeBlanc’s Joey Tribbiani was the funniest of the six iconic, coffee-drinking pals. But without Chandler, Ross, Rachel, Monica or Phoebe to play off of, “Joey” lost the vibrancy and quick, quirky comedy “Friends” did so well. LeBlanc was a vital part of “Friends,” but never a leading man. His was one of a half-dozen characters, without the rest of whom viewers found little reason to tune in. Similarly, without the support from Mr. G, Jonah or the Summer Heights High backdrop, “Ja’mie” is an overlong, tiresome exploration of a character built for an ensemble. Much like Joey’s crucial role in “Friends,” there can be no “Summer Heights High” without Ja’mie — but she’s no star. In “Summer Heights High,” Ja’mie thinks the world revolves around her, and it’s funny that way. But in “Ja’mie,” when the world actually does, the fun wears off pretty
quickly. Whereas “Joey” had no adverse affect on the legacy of “Friends,” “Ja’mie” actually does a disservice to “Summer Heights High,” emphasizing Lilley’s reliance on one-note characters. From Ja’mie to Jonah to Nathan to Gran (the latter two of “Angry Boys”), the overabundance of characters in each of the comedian’s previous series provided much-needed breaks for the audience … breaks that are sorely lacking in “Ja’mie.” And this is just the first half hour. Getting through all six episodes of “Private School Girl” will feel more like a chore than a pleasure for devoted fans of the character. It’s not to say there aren’t some laughs here. Ja’mie is a very quotable character, thanks to whom we now have the word quiche and a great way to reprimand someone for stealing your Coke Zero. And for better or worse, everyone knows someone who is a little bit like the conceited, spoiled heroine. As a series, however, there is no denying the failure of “Ja’mie,” a holistically unfunny attempt to revisit a beloved member of the Chris Lilley family.
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‘Coven’ cursed with confusing racial politics
lot of critics and pop culture dissectors have been trying to make sense of the racial themes in FX’s “American Horror Story: Coven.” When I went to jot down my own thoughts, I was left with a jumbled mess. Set in KAYLA present-day New Orleans UPADHYAYA and peppered with flashbacks to antebellum New Orleans, race has been a part of the show’s thematic fabric since the pilot’s harrowing opening scene. Kathy Bates’s Madame LaLaurie, a fictionalized rendering of the real-life serial killer who tortured and killed her slaves, brutalizes a Black man she suspects of sleeping with her daughter. We’re shown gratuitous shots of deformed and bloodied victims — her seemingly boundaryless barbarity. It’s slavery as torture-porn. It’s fucked up. A few weeks after I saw the premiere, “12 Years a Slave” brought me face-to-face with the depth of those indelible lacerations against Black bodies. “Coven” doesn’t confront that depth or evoke the realness of slavery’s violence. Ryan Murphy just wants to scare you. Soon, we jump to the present and meet Fiona Goode, the Supreme (Jessica Lange, in all her glory,) aka the Head Witch In Charge of a powerful, albeit dwindling, coven of witches. We also meet voodoo queen Marie Laveau (Angela Bassett, in all her glory), an immortal witch leader of a separate tribe. With the exception of Queenie, a young witch played by Gabourey Sidibe, Fiona’s coven is entirely white, while Laveau belongs to a long-standing line of Black witches. “Coven,” it would seem, is Murphy and cocreator Brad Falchuk’s attempt at tackling race. But what is “Coven” trying to say about race? With its paradoxical messages and straightup misguided convictions, figuring that out is about as easy as diffusing a bomb while blindfolded … on rollerblades. Ryan Murphy has always been fascinated by oppressed groups. “Glee” began as a series for outcasts. The last “AHS” chapter, “Asylum,” doled out a searing critique of the Catholic Church and a horrifying glimpse at the violence of homophobia. On “Coven,” the witches are women, and themes of power, sexism and ageism ooze throughout. The show wants so desperately to comment on race and subjugation and privilege, but it seems like no one in the writers room really thought beyond “let’s place white witches and Black witches in opposition to each other and stir it all up with some magic and awesome ladies.” “Coven” has been lauded for its diversity, something previous “AHS” tales lacked. Sidibe and Bassett — though both unfortunately only billed as “special guest stars” —
have been given a space on a network with glaring racial imbalance. Representations of women of color on television are on the rise, but most scripted television is still overwhelmingly white. As sad as this statement is, it’s remarkable to be able to tune in every week and see Bassett — a woman who mainstream television would typically sideline due to her race and age — give a hell of a performance. Representation is important, but at what cost? Look no further than Laveau’s “voodoo queen” epithet, and it’s clear that “Coven” ’s representations of Black women aren’t without problems. What exactly are the roots of the ongoing war between Laveau and Fiona? For Laveau, they’re undeniably founded in race and privilege. In her eyes, the white witches have co-opted and appropriated her community’s magic. They have wielded their privilege for centuries, helping no one but their own. Where were they when Laveau was witnessing Black families torn apart and tormented by anti-integration violence and lynchings? Laveau is right to guard her coven’s secrets, right to deny Fiona the answer to her relentless hunt for eternal life. Fiona and her coven have done nothing to help her or earn her trust over the years. Why should she give them anything? Fiona, on the other hand, frames her rivalry with Laveau in a way that obscures racial difference. She throws insults at Laveau entrenched in class. “Maybe in another century,” she jeers, “you could have two shithole salons.” The writers seem to be under the impression that, if Fiona never explicitly calls attention to Laveau’s Blackness, she isn’t a racist. She’s instead just the WittyBitchy Diva Goddess, a character Murphy loves to write and Lange perfectly plays.
No such thing as a Get Out of Racism Free Card. What Murphy and Co. forget is that classism and racism go hand in hand, and Fiona can preach all the euphemisms she wants by saying Laveau is inferior because of her primitive magic or job as a hairdresser or what have you. What she’s really saying is perfectly clear: You’re the lesser; you’re the Other. Fiona calls herself the hammer, Marie the nail. That’s racist rhetoric, plain and simple. Fiona touts the fact that she voted for Obama twice and that there’s nothing she hates more than a racist. It all sounds so much like the classic language employed by white people who aren’t aware of their own racism — people who start sentences with “I’m not racist, but …” — that I wouldn’t be surprised if Fiona started referring to Queenie as her
“one Black friend” who somehow serves as her Get Out of Racism Free Card. Part of the problem lies in the fact that the show’s Black characters are underdeveloped. What do we really know about Queenie other than the fact that she likes fried chicken? Even Marie isn’t all that welldefined; she’s a caricature who Murphy brings out every once in a while to spit a sassy oneliner or look awesome while performing a spell (admittedly, Basset does look fabulous all the time always.) While we’ve seen a whole range of emotions from Fiona, Laveau wears the same expression in every scene: anger. She has plenty to be angry about. She has lived for hundreds of years, has seen one system of oppression replace another: slavery, segregation, Jim Crow, and now she lives in the present day where, despite decades of change, systemic racism persists. And here comes Fiona Goode, waltzing into her salon, talking about the preservation of “her own kind” and the continued suppression of Laveau’s “people,” and it all sounds pretty damn close to the preachings of white supremacy. (I mean, come on, she’s called The Supreme.) Most problematically, “Coven” attempts to humanize LaLaurie. We’ve seen her bloody past. LaLaurie isn’t just a racist, as Fiona calls her. She’s sadistic and heartless. She murders, maims and humiliates her slaves, denying Black humanity. And yet, when Fiona pulls her out of her grave where she has been left alone with her nightmares and suffering for all of eternity (a punishment doled out by Laveau), LaLaurie turns into a comical device. By overplaying her foolishness and even urging viewers to sympathize with her, the writers are stepping too far into “she’s just a product of her time” territory. Almost all of LaLaurie’s scenes in the present timeline are with Queenie, and these moments aren’t there to develop Queenie; they instead show LaLaurie developing a more tolerant outlook … out of absolutely nowhere. Even if we’re not being asked to all-out root for her, the fact that the writers want me to accept that LaLaurie is a changed woman after a few weeks of one-on-one time as Queenie’s slave (yep, that’s the Band-Aid Fiona — and really, Murphy — offers for her past wickedness) makes me queasy. And it doesn’t help that an actress known for her comedy was cast in the role, or that Bates plays the part a tad heavy on the theatrics. The season isn’t over yet, but I have a hard time believing Murphy and his team can make sense of the chaotic shit-show they’ve mashed together. When “Coven” ends and we’re back to a blank page for the next “AHS” installment, I have a feeling the series will never have touched on the probing, vital conversations about racial politics buried under all the spectacle and camp. Upadhyaya is placing a curse on Ryan Murphy. To help, e-mail email@example.com.
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Football school, meet basketball culture: K-ville By NEAL ROTHSCHILD Daily Sports Editor
DURHAM, N.C. — On Tuesday, a football school visited a basketball school. Duke and Michigan boast traditions that have put them at the pinnacle of their respective sports over the years. When you think college football, you think the winged helmet, and when you think college basketball, you think of hundreds of blue-clad students jumping and yelling. Many high-schoolers choose to come to the schools because of the sports teams. Michigan has its pregame tailgates. Students line the Ann Arbor streets blasting music, imbibing and maize-and-blueing all over the place. Then the thousands of students flood Hoover Street as they make their way to Michigan Stadium for each game. At Duke, there’s Krzyzewskiville. Duke students don’t have a 115,000seat stadium to fill, so to earn a coveted spot in Cameron Indoor Stadium, which holds 9,000, they pitch tents days in advance. Students have created a makeshift housing complex since Saturday on a small grassy knoll at the northeast corner of Cameron Indoor. Groups that camp out can include as many members as they want, but a third of the bunch has to be in K-Ville at all times. Freshman Spencer Davidson was there since Saturday at 1 p.m. He visited Duke as a sophomore in high school in early January and saw the students camping out for a game against North Carolina … in mid-February. He was hooked. He applied to Duke, and on the application writing supplement, he wrote about the Krzyzewskiville experience. Davidson found himself in Ann Arbor for the Nebraska game. He went to the tailgates, took in the experience in the Big House. He said he had a great weekend. Three weeks later, he returned to Durham and set up his tent. Smaller school, smaller stadium, but just as big of an experience. “What it is to me, is it’s so small, but that’s the reason why it’s so crazy in there,” Davidson said. “You could be at the top of the stadium, and you could feel like you’re front row. The aura, it just never stops.” Just as Michigan football season tickets are passed down from
one generation to the next, Blue Devil basketball is a matter of lineage for many. “I walked through K-ville when I was 5 years old,” said freshman Emma Wright, whose dad graduated from Duke. “The first game I remember was in sixth grade, and we were sitting in nosebleed territory for the Duke versus Maryland game.” Others, such as freshman Lyndsay Garcia, intend on manufacturing a new family tradition. “When I originally applied, I never knew this was a thing,” Garcia said. “Then everybody starts talking about it, and you’re like, I should do it because it’s part of the Duke experience.” Garcia, who is from Dallas, grew up on Texas Longhorn football. Getting accustomed to a big basketball school took some time. “People get really intense about basketball here,” Garcia said. “I was always used to football being the big thing, so when I came it was like, ‘Oh basketball, that’s kind of weird, but I get it.’ ” Not everyone is so quick to compare Duke basketball to football tailgating, though. Duke senior Adam Nolte visited his sister at Michigan earlier this year and went to the Minnesota football game. “It’s just different,” Nolte said. “They’re not really comparable. Big Ten tailgating football is like a one-day thing, whereas the Cameron Crazies is a season of tenting. It’s months worth of dedication.” Travis Fox, a sophomore, got the No. 1 tent position for last year’s game against Ohio State. That earned him and his friends the right to sprint into Cameron Indoor first as soon as the gates open, so they could pick their spots on the wooden bleachers. He was at a LSU football game earlier this year, where he said there were more students tailgating than Duke has in its entire school. He prizes, above the sheer size of the football game days, the intimacy of Duke basketball. “I think it’s easier to generate a lot more enthusiasm around sports when the teams are so integrated within the school,” Fox said. “When there’s the familiarity. When you’re that close to the stadium. When you see players around. When it’s that small of a school, it is so much easier to generate the kind of unity you see in K-ville and in Cameron.”
DURHAM, NC — Rivalries rarely disappoint. Tuesday night was no exception. A basketball rivalry that was fueled during the Fab Five’s days was revived by the Fresh Five. Even former Blue Devil Grant Hill, who never lost to Michigan’s Fab Five, was in attendance. An exchange of physical play, foul language and even a ball thrown at redshirt junior Jon Horford by Duke’s Quinn Cook kept a packed crowd at Cameron Indoor Stadium entertained until the final buzzer. In the end, the Michigan men’s basketball team never led No. 10 Duke in a 79-69 loss. The Blue Devils (7-2) won the tip-off and missed their first shot, but outmanned Michigan to get an offensive board and put in the first bucket of the game. The Wolverines (5-3) were disjointed in the first half. They started the game shooting 1-for-5 from the field, including two airballs and a shot from Michigan forward Mitch McGary that hit the side of the backboard. With five
minutes left in the half, sophomore guard Spike Albrecht was Michigan’s leading scorer, with just three points out of the Wolverines’ nine. Sophomore guard Nik Stauskas, who played after sitting out Michigan’s previous game against Coppin State with an ankle injury, couldn’t get open in the first half. Senior Tyler Thornton started covering Stauskas and didn’t let Michigan’s leading scorer out of his sight. Stauskas scored just three points in the half — all from the free-throw line. The guard took just two shots in the half — one from behind the arc, which was an off-balanced attempt as the shot clock expired that didn’t find the rim. “We didn’t get a lot of easy shots, but we did get a few that we missed early that could’ve kept it where we wanted it to be,” Michigan coach John Beilein said. “Obviously we were missing Nik’s normal game. We just had trouble scoring points without him.” Michigan knew going in that its biggest advantage would be in the paint, where Duke lacks anyone whose size mirrors McGary’s 6-foot-10 frame.
DUKE 79 MICHIGAN 69
But McGary couldn’t hold off the Blue Devils by himself, and Duke out-rebounded Michigan 23-15 in the first half, thanks to six offensive boards. Still, the Blue Devils didn’t run away with the game until late as the Wolverines went into the locker room trailing just 32-22. Struggling to find open shots in the second half, No. 22 Michigan attacked the rim. McGary put in an easy bucket to start the half, and sophomore guard Caris LeVert used the extra 16 pounds he put on over the summer to drive to the bucket. LeVert knocked down two from the line early in the half, and followed it with tough contested layups and highlightreel dunks. He finished the night with 24 points. Michigan inched closer, but was unable to close the gap. With Duke limiting the Wolverines’ looks from three, it was too much to ask for Michigan to get back in the game with only two-pointers. After LeVert knocked down a free throw for an and-1 play to bring the Wolverines within six, the Blue Devils came back down and drained back-to-back 3-pointers to give themselves
breathing room en route to a 14-4 run. “They made two great threes during that time and that was a huge difference,” Beilein said. “Those (shots) miss either time, this game could’ve gone either way at that time. Big makes by them and we couldn’t come back again after that.” On defense, the Wolverines struggled to find an answer for freshman Jabari Parker and Cook, who had 14 and 20 points, respectively. Sophomore forward Glenn Robinson did his best to shut down the highlytouted freshman, but Parker lived up to the hype, showing off an impressive NBA-like ability to score at will. “We we’re not going to give (Parker and Cook) a lot of space, and we loaded up on them as much as we could. We paid for it. But we were not going to let them get 26 and 28 and beat us.” With time expiring the Wolverines fought for loose balls, hustled and fouled Duke to put the Blue Devils on the line until there was no time remaining. When the clock hit zero, the Wolverines walked away in defeat, the rivalry very much alive.
“It’s months worth of dedication.”
LEFT: Sophomore forward Mitch McGary goes up for a rebound against Duke’s Jabari Parker. McGary finished the game with 15 points and 14 rebounds. RIGHT: Sophomore guard Caris LeVert took over the game in the second half, almost sparking a comeback by leading all scorers with 24 points.
Michigan baffled on offense By NEAL ROTHSCHILD Daily Sports Editor
DURHAM, N.C. — Time and again Tuesday night, John Beilein looked defeated, which made sense, because he had been. If it wasn’t his hands folded behind his head, it was his chin in his hand, and if it wasn’t that, it was him walking to the referee to call a timeout. His offense, which had looked so explosive in the early games this season, had failed him in the Wolverines’ 79-69 loss to Duke in Cameron Indoor Stadium. Two airballs to start the game certainly weren’t a good omen. On multiple occasions, miscommunications led to passes that found the fourth row of the Cameron Crazies student section. Even as sophomore forward Mitch McGary drained a long jump shot in the first half, Beilein shouted “No!” as the
Wolverines ran back on defense, voicing his displeasure with the possession. A few trips later, Beilein tried to get a play in to freshman point guard Derrick Walton. “Five!” Beilein yelled as Michigan advanced up court, only for the raucous stadium noise to drown out the sound as the call went unheard and the Wolverines wound up with another empty trip down the floor. On one possession, sophomore guard Nik Stauskas tried to cross up Quinn Cook and only crossed up himself. Stauskas stumbled, and Cook took the steal to the other end for an easy layup. And forget making 3-pointers, Michigan had a tough time even shooting them. Blue Devils coach Mike Krzyzewski had a game plan to eliminate the Wolverines’ 3-point threat, and it worked to perfection. “Stauskas gets a lot of shots in transition, and they’re a great
transition team,” said Duke guard Tyler Thornton. “So those are the two things we wanted to limit — transition shots and 3-point shots.” Stauskas, who was questionable with an the ankle injury, was stymied all night. Whether it was the lingering pain hindering him from pushing off or the Duke game plan, shot attempts were nowhere to be found. Despite playing 34 minutes, Stauskas attempted just two field goals, one a 3-point shot, making neither of them. Sophomore guard Caris LeVert was the only Wolverine able to generate offense, going off in the second half for 20 points. He finished with 24 on the game, highlighted by 7-for-7 free-throw shooting. But he, too, wasn’t even able to manage more than a single 3-pointer. “We tried to make sure that we knew most of their offense,” Krzyzewski said. “Then it’s just
a matter of our kids working real hard to make sure you try to stop it. They still scored, but it was tough to score against us tonight. Michigan was held to 3-for13 shooting from the perimeter, and those numbers are a bit deceptive, as two of those came in the final minute as Beilein tried to prolong the game by fouling. Between a 3-pointer by sophomore point guard Spike Albrecht in the opening minutes and freshman guard Zak Irvin’s shot with a minute left, the Wolverines went three-less. For a team that often relies, if not survives on that shot, solutions were limited. “It was a great plan,” Beilein said. “They really tried to keep Stauskas’s touches very low and not let him get into a rhythm. Lock the rails on the sides so that we had to score tough twos, they did a great job with doing that.”
8A — Wednesday, December 4, 2013
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What We Learned: Ohio State By ERIN LENNON Daily Sports Writer
1. Big Ten hockey is going to be fun.
Higher expectations? Not so fast, says coach By LEV FACHER Daily Sports Writer
The carpet was rolled out, literally, when Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany dropped a ceremonial puck with Michigan captain Mac Bennett and Ohio State captain Curtis Gedigon on Friday at Yost Ice Arena. With two contests flanking The Game between the Michigan and Ohio State football teams, the first-ever Big Ten hockey match ups between the third-ranked Wolverines and the Buckeyes were no less dramatic. On Friday, with 16.2 seconds remaining in the second period of a tie game, junior forward Alex Guptill scored Michigan’s third goal. The Wolverines held off Ohio State for the first 16 minutes of the third period before allowing the game-tying goal to forward Max McCormick. Then, with 1:22 left in overtime, sophomore forward Andrew Copp took a pass from senior forward Mac Bennett, found a hole and fired a shot past the Buckeye goaltender. The largest crowd at Yost this season, 5,800 fans, roared with approval. “It was definitely nice (to win) and definitely cool to see the fans on our side tonight,” Guptill said Friday. “It was just a lot of fun.” On Monday in Columbus, Ohio State netted three unanswered goals in the third period to erase a 4-1 deficit. Facing a potential secondstraight overtime in the Wolverines’ (10-2-1 overall, 2-0 Big Ten) first Monday night game since 1982, Bennett scored the goahead goal with 1:35 remaining in regulation. With some of the nations’ most highly-touted programs, the Big Ten promises to be as entertaining on the ice as on the gridiron.
Freshman forward JT Compher has four goals in five games, including four points in two wins against Ohio State.
2. Offense from the defense is key. Two weeks ago, Bennett took time after practice to work on his offense. Alone on the ice, the captain fired shot after shot at an empty net. Bennett’s game-winning goal against Ohio State — his first since March 9 — was the first tally from the Wolverine defense. This weekend, when the power play failed to convert on five manadvantage opportunities in the series finale — snapping a fivegame scoring streak and marking just the third time the unit was held without a goal this season — it was up to the defense. The defense was also credited with the two game-winning assists this weekend. On Friday, Bennett’s pass to Copp secured the overtime victory, and Monday, fellow defenseman Mike Chiasson aided Bennett in the tally. “You can see the difference it makes in a game,” Berenson said. “Our forwards aren’t going to score all our goals. Obviously when the defense scores, it’s a good sign.” 3. But defense from defense is crucial.
The Wolverines skated without a trio of defensemen — freshman Kevin Lohan and juniors Mike Szuma and Brennan Serville — on Monday, and it showed. The deficit forced junior forward Andrew Sinelli to fill in on defense. A penalty kill that began the season stopping more than 90 percent of power-play chances is down to just 80.3 percent. On even-strength opportunities the Wolverines have been beaten in the defensive zone, forcing the goalies to block more than 30 shots per game. Michigan went 5-for-9 on penalty-kill situations this weekend against the ninth-ranked Buckeye offense, allowing three goals to cross the line in the third period Monday. And on Friday, the Buckeyes’ second power-play goal was a matter of freshman defenseman Michael Downing leaving his stick off the ice. “Giving up three goals like that, it’s disappointing,” Bennett said. “Coach let us know in the locker room, and we know that too.” 4. Compher and Guptill have the hot sticks. After two months of toying
with line pairings, it appears Berenson has found a winning combination. On a line with Guptill and senior forward Derek DeBlois for the first time against NebraskaOmaha, freshman forward JT Compher netted his first goal of the season. Since then, Compher has tallied five goals and four assists in five games. And on Monday, Compher recorded his fifth multi-point game of the season, scoring twice in the second frame for his first career multi-goal night. “He’s just competing hard, and he’s going to the net,” Berenson said. “He’s scoring hard-working goals, workmanlike goals, and I think both his goals were on rebounds tonight. But he had to get there.” After a similarly slow start, Guptill — who was pegged by Berenson as a player in need of a breakout season in September — is feeling back in the groove. With an assist Monday, Guptill also tallied his fifth multiple-point game of the season. In 11 starts this season, Guptill has five goals and five assists. “I’m a streaky player anyway,” Guptill said. “It’s nice to be able to use my momentum to help the team out.”
Michigan women’s basketball coach Kim Barnes Arico is guarded with her optimism, and there wasn’t much optimism to be had when she lost her leading scorer the day before the Wolverines’ tilt with No. 15 LSU on Saturday. After losing junior guard Shannon Smith to a back injury in the second half of Michigan’s blowout win over Texas Tech, keeping things respectable against LSU seemed like a much more reasonable expectation than coming away with a win. But the Wolverines met the first expectation and came a possession away from pulling off a shocking upset to meet the second. Barnes Arico, though, isn’t letting it reshape her assessment of what she has referred to periodically as a “transition year.” “I think it’s a sign of things to come,” Barnes Arico said. “Everybody’s role became a little greater (without Smith).” It was not, in other words, a sign that Michigan (5-3) is in a position to contend for a Big Ten championship a year or two earlier than expected. Signs of the Wolverines’ youth were still prevalent, even in the process of taking one of the country’s top teams down to the wire. Michigan gifted LSU the basketball 23 times, any one of which could easily have made the difference in Saturday’s 64-62 nail-biter. To be fair, the Lady Tigers brought the defensive pressure throughout the night at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. When the Wolverines broke through the press, the points came, but the breakthroughs were few and far between. “They double-teamed us like
crazy,” Barnes Arico said. “We haven’t faced that kind of length or that kind of size all year long.” In Smith’s absence, the other two guards in Michigan’s starting lineup had no choice but to step up, and they did so admirably. Freshman Siera Thompson scored 24 points on Friday and added another 13 against LSU, while sophomore Madison Ristovski overcame an off night against Texas Tech to add 13 of her own in the tournament final. “We looked at each other and said that we’re still a team … we can still do this,” Ristovski said. “I didn’t try to put pressure on myself, but I tried to max out my game as much as I could.” Senior forward Val Driscoll helped pick up some of the slack as well, earning the start in Smith’s absence, racking up 11 rebounds and six blocks against LSU. The lineup change worked out well for the Wolverines, who needed to go bigger to contend with the Lady Lions’ size. Barnes Arico also cited freshman guard Paige Rakers as a player worthy of the fifth spot in the starting lineup, but said she felt more comfortable with Driscoll’s experience. “We feel like (Rakers) is more comfortable, even a sparkplug for us coming off the bench.” With or without Smith, it may be naïve to suggest that Michigan didn’t shift any expectations with its performance over the weekend. They might not be world-beaters, or even one of the better teams in the conference. But had Barnes Arico seen into the future before the season started and watched the Wolverines go toe-to-toe with a top-20 opponent, the “transition year” buzzword might not have become such a mainstay in her repertoire.
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ann arbor affairs: keep your love by haley goldberg Mud, as far as the eye could see. And not the kind of mud that sticks a bit to your shoes, but the kind that demands you give it your shoe — evident by a collection of sneakers abandoned by their owners and held captive in the 10 inches of muck nearby. That June weekend on Randall’s Island, off the coast of Manhattan, torrential rain had turned a polished park into a mud obstacle course just in time for The Governors Ball Music Festival. I looked down at my own feet, where the bright blue Kmart sneakers I bought for the occasion were completely hidden in almost a foot of muck, accompanied by empty beer cans, smoked joints and umbrellas. My phone was dead, I’d lost the friends I came with, and I had to go to the bathroom. That meant balancing on a tiny, floating wooden plank to get to a group of port-a-potties covered completely in what I hoped was brown mud, but couldn’t be sure. Yet, I couldn’t stop smiling. I wanted to stand on top of one of the many sinking port-apotties and yell to the thousands of people around me, “How lucky are we to be here? In this place, with so many different people, and all of us loving one thing: music.” But no one would have heard me, because Beirut’s trumpets were starting to sound from the aptly named “You’re Doing Great Stage.” I swooned as I skated my way through the mud to the fourth row from the front. I was still alone, but it
didn’t matter. I’d always been hesitant to attend music festivals; not sure I could manage the masses of people crowding in front of one small stage. But just like Jay-Z’s song says, the big lights of NYC inspired me to try something new. So I found myself walking across a bridge over the East River from Manhattan to Randall’s Island for the last day of the festival, tag-
ging along with a friend from my intern program. The rain from the past two days had subsided, but as we entered the festival, the mud welcomed me with open arms. My group and I quickly separated, my phone promptly died, and I found myself stranded in the middle of a mud field, trapped not only in muck but all my fears about music festivals. But in the past-tense words of Icona Pop: I loved it. Beirut swept me away in their trumpet-heavy Indie rock. I stood alone, singing out to the songs I knew and dancing to the ones I didn’t. And it didn’t matter that I
was by myself in a crowd of thousands — I had Beirut. I flashed back to my sophomore year on campus when a friend first played me “Santa Fe.” Added instantly to my “Smiles on smiles on smiles” Spotify playlist — designed to get me through the worst of finals and rocky romantic relationships — the band kept me company for a long week studying in the Law School Library last semester. I was suddenly no longer surrounded by strangers as the crowd swayed with me to a song I held so closely. It was a collective moment of “I love this song too!,” a phrase that bonded us together and kept us catching each other when we lost our footing while dancing in the mud. After Beirut, I raced over to The Lumineers concert. As the sun set over the trees and the New York City skyline, the band played “Stubborn Love” with a local children’s choir. I had what I can only describe as a come-to-Jesus moment. Together, thousands of us — young and old, alone and with our closest friends — sang the lyrics, “So keep your head up, keep your love.” I swayed with the pack of Irish men to my right, danced with the fellow college kids behind me singing their hearts out in frat tanks covered in mud. For that moment, we all believed the song’s words of “We can’t be told, It can’t be done.” I was engulfed in a love I’d never felt before, the kind I think only comes when everything you love in life works in sync: The CONTINUED ON PAGE 3B
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band, the song, the children’s choir, the sunset. I’ve loved music for as long as I can remember, writing my own songs a la Taylor Swift in high school documenting my (lack of ) romantic endeavors. And in college, I turned to my guitar as I finally explored what it means to fall in and out of love. Music became my release. But I learned it truly loved me back that moment in the audience, dancing and singing not with a boyfriend, a best friend or even an acquaintance, but a mass of people I’d never met from all walks of life. “Love” was something I never thought I could feel alone in a crowd, yet I loved each and every stranger surrounding me for losing that term “stranger” the moment the band played their first chords. The mud took shoes, iPhones, half-eaten fish tacos and joints that weren’t quite finished and dropped with an, “Oh, shit.” But the mud also took away my fears about music festivals. Maybe being
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night or dealing with life’s challenges — and everyone around you sings it with the same conviction, it’s impossible to feel alone.
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hough you’ll never hear it chanted on a football Saturday, those sporting the Maize and Blue have gotten a lot better at going green since University President Mary Sue Coleman made sustainability one of her four presidential initiatives in 2009. In a 2011 address, Coleman re-emphasized the importance of sustainable practices by announcing the results of an Integrated Assessment, which investigated and suggested improvements for the University and made a $14 million investment toward four main areas on campus: climate action, waste prevention, healthy environments and community awareness. She then set University-wide goals in each of the areas to be reached by 2025, including cutting greenhouse emissions by 25 percent and purchasing 20 percent of all University food from local and sustainable sources — a goal that has already been reached. To say that the University’s focus on sustainability has flourished since Coleman made it a priority would be an understatement. Though measuring progress on the sustainability initiative is often more subjective than whether or not the campus smoking rate has declined or more students are studying abroad — two of Coleman’s other initiatives — fiscal year 2013 marked the sixth consecutive year that energy conservation measures saved millions of dollars, according to an annual energy consumption report. While public funding for many projects has decreased in recent years, the amount of sustainability research-related funding has increased by 200 percent since 2003. Don Scavia, director of the Graham Environmental and Sustainability Institute and special counsel to the president on sustainability, said since Coleman placed an emphasis on the issue, projects at the University have begun snowballing, and students have become more active than ever in sustainability initiatives. The Graham Institute’s mission is to bring facets of campus together on sustainability initiatives. The difference even in just two years, he said, is marked — evident in the growth of institutes, enterprises, departments, student programs and clubs at the University dedicated to sustainable practices. “There are very few places that have the kind of programs we do here at Michigan, at the scale we have here,” Scavia said. “Michigan is so wellpositioned to deal with it.” But student efforts are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to implementing tangible, eco-friendly solutions. The growing sustainability culture on campus addresses operations, construction and behaviors, as well as undergraduate and graduate programming. The “green” efforts have touched the University of Michigan Health System and the Michigan Athletic Department facilities, all of which have been influenced by the president’s ambitious sustainability goals.
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Scavia said Coleman was moved to take action after she realized that the environment would be the defining issue for this generation. “It’s critically important. It’s the kind of thing we can’t do casually — we have to focus on it,” Scavia said.
on campus There are 640 sustainability-related course offerings at the University, reaching across departments from the School of Art & Design to the Ross School of Business, according to the 2012 sustainability report. The Program in the Environment major, often called PitE, has been the fastest growing concentration at the University for six years, according to Scavia, and a minor in sustainability was added last year to meet demand from students interested in the topic. Faculty across campus have incorporated sustainability into their courses, an interdisciplinary approach that is critical if the University wants to continue to prioritize sustainability, according to Coleman. “Sustainability is an area that presents some of the most complex problems we face — challenges that no single discipline will solve,” Coleman said in a recent statement to The Michigan Daily. “We’ve positioned our approach to be broad, including key research activities and educating students how to apply sustainability to all fields for the greatest impact.” Mike Shriberg, the educational director of the Graham Institute and a Program in the Environment professor, said Coleman’s prioritization of sustainability allowed professionals and campus leaders interested in the issue to pursue projects and research that otherwise may not have come to fruition. While many programs at the University have begun incorporating sustainability into their courses, broadening the interdisciplinary approach to all corners of campus is his next objective. Shriberg has been involved in sustainability issues on campus for 15 years. He said in the past, there were “pockets of good activity,” such as recycling and energy conservation measures. However, he said having the president of the University prioritize sustainability allowed students, faculty and staff to pursue ideas they otherwise may have considered pipe dreams. “I think what President Coleman did was take those initiatives, leverage them up to the highest level and provide resources to advance them,” Shriberg said. “When the president says, ‘This is something I value,’ it opens all kinds of venues for students, faculty and staff across campus.” For Shriberg, the need for sustainability isn’t a niche topic or partisan issue — it’s the basis of existence, and needs to be a focus of a robust education. “The president of Cornell said sustainability
is the frame of the liberal arts education,” he said. “That’s what I believe and I think President Coleman has helped move it in that direction. It’s not so much that it’s more important than any other issue, but it underlies everything else.” Scavia, too, said though there is little direct top-down control at the University — which was done specifically by administrators to allow individual programs and colleges to do as they see fit without running into bureaucratic red tape — Coleman setting sustainability as a priority was critical to the progress the University has seen in the past two years. So far, specific initiatives have largely focused on changing individual behaviors on campus, such as turning off lights and buying sustainable produce, and basic institutional changes, such as the purchase of seven hybrid buses and the implementation of water refill stations and “trayless” dining halls. Last year, a campus farm was created at the University’s Matthaei Botanical Gardens through the Sustainability & the Campus course, which Shriberg teaches. Students also created the “How to Be a Green Wolverine” guidebook, which is available to all students and provides tips on how to modify behaviors for more sustainable living, produced using recycled paper and ink. More than 10,000 guides were distributed in 2012. Scavia said the University still needs to improve on the operational side of sustainability, which has proven difficult as the University continues to expand in size by one to two percent each year. Total energy use increased from 6.51 trillion BTUs in 2009 to 7.41 trillion BTUs in 2012, though the amount used per person per square foot of building space has declined steadily by 22 percent since 2004, showing a decreasing per capita ratio. Additionally, 137 campus buildings conserved energy in 2013, resulting in an 8.4-percent energy use reduction. Despite the continued expansion of existing facilities and construction of new ones, the University helped to mitigate green gas emissions from 2011 to 2012 through multiple channels, including expanding the North Campus Chiller Plant, which saves money by serving the whole area instead of relying on units in each building. However, the original 2025 goal to decrease emissions by 25 percent still stands. The University has reduced its waste tonnage by about 1 percent according to the 2012 sustainability report — its goal is to hit 40 percent by 2025. Certain sustainability measures, such as carbon neutrality, are not feasible because of the University’s mission as a research institution and the continual need for improved lab spaces and facilities, Scavia said. “There’s always an interesting balance between our mission and these goals,” Scavia said. That’s not to say sustainability initiatives in operations have not been undertaken. On
the contrary, various energy conservation and waste reduction measures have been successful. Five buildings on campus are LEED certified — including C.S. Mott Children’s and Von Voigtlander Women’s Hospital, the Business School, the Dana Building (home of the PitE program), Crisler Center and the Law School’s South Hall — meaning they have achieved the highest marks in human and environmental health standards as verified by a third party. The Dana building is Gold LEED certified, as is Crisler Center, which is the second-highest level of LEED certification. Since June 2010, all new construction projects undertaken at the University that exceed $10 million must attain at least a Silver LEED certification, according to Andrew Berki, the manager of the University’s Office of Campus Sustainability. Berki, who has led the Office of Campus Sustainability since its creation in 2009, said though Michigan has led strong environmental efforts for years, Coleman’s development of University-wide sustainable goals was a critically important step forward. “President Coleman’s support and endorse-
the Athletic Department Sustainability Committee. Since then, the Athletic Department has adopted a four-pronged approach to sustainability, including waste reduction and recycling; energy efficiency and sustainable building infrastructure; water conservation and chemical usage; and education and awareness. Energy efficiency is the department’s biggest focus, as energy saving measures not only help the environment — they save money. Crisler Center’s Gold LEED certification is a point of pride for the department, Dunlop said, and future construction projects will continue to focus on sustainable measures. According to statistics on the Office of Campus Sustainability’s website, each home game at Michigan Stadium generates an average of 18 tons of waste, one-fifth of which is diverted from landfills thanks to the efforts of the University of Michigan Football Stadium Recycling Program, which was initiated in 1994. Overall, in fiscal year 2012, more than one million pounds of total waste were collected from athletic facilities, including Michigan Stadium, of which 40.8 percent was recycled.
ment from the very top administrative level definitely pushed us to a whole new level,” he said.
At the Big House, organic waste from food preparation is being composted for the first time this year. Dunlop said while the department does a fairly good job on current waste reduction and recycling measures, one of its long-term goals is to look at large-scale waste reduction and zero-waste events. While Athletics hosted a zero-waste men’s soccer game against Akron in October, Dunlop and Scavia said any hopes of a zero-waste football game are not feasible at the moment. “Michigan Stadium is so iconic, and if we’re going to do it, we need to make sure that it works,” Scavia said. “We’re still in a study phase of that,” Dunlop said.
beyond central campus
Though many units across campus have enthusiastically adopted Coleman’s sustainability cause, perhaps none have done so as visibly as the Michigan Athletic Department. Athletic Director Dave Brandon has pushed sustainability to the forefront of athletic operations in the past two years, according to Facilities Manager Paul Dunlop, the chair of
Student Athletes for Sustainability, created by Law student Courtney Mercier, a former Michigan women’s soccer player, was developed in 2012 to connect student athletes with officials involved in sustainability initiatives, and seeks to educate other student athletes on the issues. A representative from the student organization also sits on the Athletic Department Sustainability Committee. Though he acknowledged there is a lot more Athletics can and will do on the sustainability front, Dunlop said in just 18 months, the Athletic Department has made significant strides in improving its practices. “We went from literally not doing anything to developing a plan, to organizing a committee, to putting it into action, to seeing results,” he said. “We’ve really come a long way in a short amount of time. I don’t see sustainability as a target, we’ve done it and we’re done with it. It’s an ongoing part of our operations.” On the other side of campus, the University of Michigan Health System was named one of the 50 greenest hospitals in the United States by Becker’s Hospital Review earlier this year. The recognition comes after UMHS completed 12 energy conservation projects in 2012, including installing advanced air handling unit controls and restructuring heating and cooling schedules, according to UMHS’s website. Increasing sustainable practices in the University’s hospital system is a priority for the
University has shown improvement in curriculum, research and operations, the move toward greater sustainability won’t end when she leaves Ann Arbor in July. “While I’m proud of what our university has accomplished during my tenure, our commitment to sustainability has deep roots,” Coleman said. “We continue to build on the solid foundation laid before and I anticipate much more to come from U-M in the world of sustainability.” Sustainability will continue to be an important issue for the next president to address, building on Coleman’s strong foundation. “Who would be opposed to it?” Scavia asked. Shriberg said working with peer institutions such as Yale, Princeton and Harvard is one of the best courses of action to further the objectives of this “collective social goal.” Additionally, further integration across campus will be vital for sustainable technologies to evolve. “I think President Coleman has put a tremendous amount of effort into a framework to build from,” Shriberg said. Berki said students can expect to see additional hybrid buses added to the fleet as more of the existing diesel buses are replaced. The Office of Campus Sustainability will also switch from synthetic pesticides and herbicides to more organic options for campus’s green spaces, including the golf courses and lawn around the Diag. There will be a continued push to increase the purchase of locally grown sustain-
“This is something we’re really looking for in the next president, someone who’s really focused on this and wants to advance the concept of sustainability on campus,” O’Connell said. “(Coleman) prefaced it well and is going to pass if off to the next president, I think, in good shape.” Still, O’Connell said there is much room for improvement when the next president comes. Specifically, she encourages the president to consider longer-term changes beyond increasing the number of recycling bins on campus. Following the example set by Ann Arbor City Council, O’Connell hopes administrators invest more in renewable energy sources and divest from fossil fuel industries, though she admits this is easier said than done. “I would like to see a president who’s thinking higher up,” she said. “Looking through more of a lens that’s for the long term, so how are we going to benefit students 50 years from now?” O’Connell and Shriberg emphasized the importance of fostering student opportunities in sustainability to help catalyze a larger cultural shift in this generation toward creating a more sustainable planet. Students, O’Connell said, will be key to the success of initiatives and larger scale environmental projects, regardless of their school or college. “The creativity and the passion that students have here is what’s really important,” she said.
Office of Campus Sustainability, according to Berki, though these implementations will face unique problems, as hospital waste cannot be disposed of as easily as other waste. To combat this, the University will work with vendors who can provide more easily recyclable supplies, such as IV bags. “We’re on the brink of doing some things over there to really take a look to try to reduce some of the things coming out of their waste streams,” Berki said.
able foods for use in residence halls. Additional projects are in the works, Berki said, adding that cutting green house gas emissions will continue to be a priority. “We’ve had a lot of support from President Coleman, and we’re excited about new leadership coming in because we feel it’s a very important issue for them and for the institution,” Berki said. LSA senior Libby O’Connell, a PitE peer advisor and a member of the PitE Club and EnAct — an Environmental Activism student organization — said sustainability is a major issue when determining Coleman’s successor. O’Connell said Coleman will leave a sustainable legacy for the next president to inherit.
Above left: Additional hybrid buses will soon join the campus fleet to replace diesel buses, according to Andrew Berki, the manager of the University’s Office of Campus Sustainability. TERESA MATHEW /Daily Above: President Mary Sue Coleman announced her sustainability initiative in a 2011 address. Coleman set University-wide goals, ranging from reducing greenhouse emissions to purchasing University food from local and sustainable sources. TERRA MOLENGRAFF/ Daily
looking forward In a statement, Coleman said though the
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The least reported crime by Rachel Premack
ight after his girlfriend raped him, she apologized. “She had a boyfriend who told her that girls shouldn’t make noise while they were having sex,” Rackham student Ben Alterman said, twisting his pinky over his ring finger as he discussed his second sexual abuser. His memory of that day is foggy. He can’t exactly remember how he went from her living room to her bedroom. He was 16 years old. “There was no conversation,” Alterman said. “There was no, ‘Is this okay?’ I felt trapped, I didn’t have an option. I didn’t feel safe.” Now an on-campus activist for male survivors of sexual assault, Alterman realized in recent weeks the likelihood that his high school girlfriend was abused herself — possibly by that ex-boyfriend who insisted she stayed silent during sex. That could explain why she thought this sort of coercion during sex was normal. Alterman thinks consent is excluded from the cultural conversation. Grabbing a woman’s hips from behind is the requisite way to ask for a dance and movies show guys endlessly pursuing a girl until she “gives in.” Many balk at the idea that men, who are supposedly constantly sex-starved and domineering, can be victims of sexual assault too. “As a survivor, I feel regularly confronted with the question of, ‘What is masculinity and what is masculinity in my life?’ ” Alterman said.
One in six Rape of males is the least reported crime, according to MaleSurvivor Vice President Chris Anderson. This organization was the first in the country dedicated to helping men and boys heal from sexual victimization. Many of the statistics, for this reason, are not definite. It’s estimated that one in 10 sexual assault survivors are men. One in six men experience sexual abuse before the age of 18. In the case rape, 1 in 33 men are , compared to 1 in 6 women. Most issues that male and female sexual assault survivors face — such as guilt, shame or anger — after an incident are similar, said Rackham student Jamie Little. Little studies the intersection between law and male sex crimes in the Department of Sociology. Statistics reflect one difference
between the genders: the age in which the crime occurs. Sexual Assault Prevention and Awareness Center Director Holly Rider-Milkovich explained that male survivors at the University and at college campuses nationwide are usually abused before their college years. The most common age for sexual assault for men is 8-18, Rider-Milkovich said, compared to 16-24 for women. Before being raped as a teenager, Alterman was repeatedly abused as an 8-year-old by an older neighbor. The neighbor would force him and another boy to rub their genitals together in Alterman’s bedroom. But for many boys, a close adult — a family member, coach, religious official — is the common perpetrator
the funds — or do not recognize male rape or partner abuse as possible — to give male survivors proper resources, Anderson said. Stigmas shroud the true number of male survivors. However, Anderson said abuse does not discriminate. “Sexual abuse affects people from every gender, age, race, religion and socioeconomic class,” Anderson said. “You will find them in all walks of life.”
Internal struggles Despite its pervasiveness, male rape is not commonly discussed. In fact, many male survivors face great difficulty in talking about their experiences.
“You feel like sexual abuse ... it’s almost like this disease you have and you tell people and you can infect people.It’s like you’re like a leper” — D. Lyons, LSA sophomore of sexual assault. There’s a “grooming” process where the perpetrator attempts to build trust with his or her target. This better allows the abuser to manipulate the child into not reporting the abuse. Rider-Milkovich said this type of abuse is disconcerting for children who have likely never had a sexual experience before. Rider-Milkovich added that SAPAC has seen, in recent years, a “number of male students” who have been abused on the University campus by men and women. She emphasized the importance of resources for all survivors regardless of gender. Some cities and communities do not have
A mentally challenged classmate abused LSA sophomore D. Lyons when he was in first grade. After his principal punished him for saying the word “hump” to describe the abuse, he told his mother after two months of repeated experiences. Lyons never saw the boy again, and no one ever asked him about the abuse. “You feel like sexual abuse, it’s like this thing, it’s almost like this disease you have and you tell people and you can infect people,” Lyons said. “It’s like you’re like a leper. It’s messed up, man.” Alterman said sexual assault deprives men of what typically characterizes
masculinity: power. In a traditional view, he explained, the most venerated men dominate athletically, are flush in cash, and attract women. Men are valued for their ability to control or best others. “The history that I feel as a man that I carry is one of power,” Alterman said. “I am taught to be powerful, to be authoritative, to be controlling, to be aggressive.” Sexual assault takes that power away. This can make some people question if they are truly male when they link power and masculinity so closely. “You are subjugated by someone else and done so in a way that is shameful and creates a lot of self-loathing and guilt,” Alterman said. Other effects of rape mirror women’s trauma: disruption of eating or sleeping patterns, anxiety, low selfesteem, depersonalization and a host of other symptoms. Lyons said the abuse, followed by the death of his parents in his adolescence, spawned certain personality traits that seem almost impossible in the gregarious Residential College student. “The big thing is being distrustful of people, feeling like I’ve always had to look out for myself, always being a distrustful person,” Lyons said. “There’ve been a lot of times where I’ve just been an asshole and it’s not okay. But it’s also like at least three different big fuckin’ events in my life that made me have to forge for myself.” The question of sexual pleasure can compound emasculation. Anderson said men are biologically driven to become erect with genital stimulation, regardless of mental state. Shock and terror can sometimes even lead to an erection. Male ejaculation is also a physiological response that does not signify enjoyment or consent, similar to females who orgasm during rape. Alterman explained that he ejaculated as a 16 year old simply to make the experience end. Still, this visible response can be manipulated by rapists of men. “It becomes a hook that perpetrators can use against a survivor to say, ‘See, you enjoy this. This is something that you really wanted. This is natural, this is what happens when people who like each other touch each other in these ways,’ ” Anderson said. CONTINUED ON PAGE 8B
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Pocahontas and me by Sophia Usow
ILLUSTRATION BY MEGAN MULHOLLAND
hen I was little I thought I was the reincarnation of Pocahontas. There were many explanations for this delusion. First of all, I am an only child (onlychildhood leads to fanatic self-delusion born from a lethal combination of too much attention and too much alone time). Second of all, the maple tree in my backyard had a face. The face was really just a mask that the previous resident of our house had nailed through the bark. Why would you nail a mask on a tree, you ask? Well, to give a sort of roundabout answer to that question, I will describe to you the aforementioned resident’s idea of a “funky yet functional” bathroom. Prior to my parent’s restoration, the bathroom was the biggest room in our entire house. It was furnished with all the fixtures that a single woman in the 80s who did a massive amount of cocaine would, naturally, need. This included (but was in no way limited to) a Jacuzzi hot tub, a sauna, a bidet and a full-length wraparound mirror that ran the entire periphery of the gigantic lavatory. I remember being four years old and getting the chicken pox. Thanks
to all the mirrors in the bathroom, I could see every red blister on my body from all possible angles. It was only my conviction that I was Pocahontas which kept me from going insane with misery when I was sick. At any rate, there was a decades-old weather-beaten face stuck on my backyard tree, and I was fully convinced that it was my own personal Mother Willow. I would spend hours in the backyard talking to her and trying to lure squirrels and birds onto my shoulder with pieces of bread and warbled tribal melodies I made up. My mother would watch me tenderly from the kitchen window and try to convince herself that I was going to grow up to be a totally welladjusted adult and not even a little bit serial killer-y. As I got older and started to talk to other human beings more than flora and fauna, I secretly saved my hope that I would eventually amount to something that was pretty much equivalent to the reincarnation of Pocahontas. I was realistic. I accepted that Pocahontas was a historical figure, not just a crownless Disney princess. I accepted that she was specific to a certain time and
place that had come and gone. I accepted that I was of Eastern European descent and that I couldn’t run barefoot through the woods without making a sound or even hear the colors of the wind (do they whisper navy or granny apple green?). Still, I felt I would do something that would cause people to look at me and say, “You know who that girl reminds me of? Pocahontas. Totally 100 percent Pocahontas.” Reality has been a tough pill to swallow. Benadryl (what I was given when I had the chicken pox) gives temporary relief and makes pain and itchiness more bearable. Reality, however, makes most discomfort more acute and harder to deny. It seeps into our bloodstream and slowly spreads so that even if we wish our hardest to be children forever, every artery pounds with the knowledge that we have to grow up. A couple summers ago, a series of powerful storms hit the Midwest. My parents and I returned from vacation one day to find that the tree I once knew as Mother Willow had been hit by lightning. It now stood dangerously close to falling through our roof. When workmen came to fix the downed
electrical wires, they informed my parents that the tree needed to become a stump. It was time to say goodbye. That night, I went out to the backyard and sat in the dirt in front of my old friend. I felt silly and incredibly sad. The 21-yearold part of me said: what are you doing on the ground? The kid in the back of my head said: this tree had a face. It was special. Are my dreams supposed to change now that I set my own bedtime and fumble my way toward a job? I don’t want to be defeated by the civilizing forces in my life, but stasis in the face of inevitable transformation has been proven untenable. So I try to find small moments of strange, innocent magic whenever I can: the way the fluorescent “open” sign mirrors a sherbet dusk or the satisfied wink my boyfriend’s puppy gives me when I scratch the soft spot under its left ear. I run in a long and hurried flight towards a place where I can be an adult, yet still be myself.
Sophia Usow is an LSA senior.
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This is further complicated when a heterosexual man is assaulted by another man and experiences arousal. Survivors often question their own sexual identity in such cases. And for many younger victims, it is their first sexual experience.
Telling someone Both of Lyons’ parents died in his early adolescence. His mother committed suicide and his father overdosed on heroin. His friends and family were quick to comfort him about these painful losses, but always shied away from his abuse. “I thought no one wanted to hear about that,” Lyons said. “People wanted to hear about how torn are you, about how you’re going to survive. People wanted to hear how I hadn’t killed myself, essentially. People didn’t know and didn’t want to know, and I felt like it was a weird weak thing.” Men abused as children confront their experiences, on average, in their late 30s or early 40s. Alterman said secondary traumas are common for male survivors — specifically, traumas that occur as a result of telling someone of his assault and experiencing some sort of rejection or questioning about if a survivor “enjoyed” the experience. “It’s not just a question that someone is asking of, ‘Oh, did you enjoy it?’”
Alterman said. “Most people ask it in a much more accusatory way of, “Oh, you must have enjoyed it.’ Then the question is, ‘Did I? Should I have? Am I wrong for not?’” Lyons, too, argued that societal narratives limit men’s ability to discuss their experiences. The schema that men are logical beings and women are hyperemotional contradicts the possibility of male feelings. “We have to tell men that it’s okay to talk about (sexual abuse), and that’s hard to do even when women are supposed to be more emotional than men,” he said. “But even then, so many women still feel like they can’t talk about it. So if women are supposed to have this space where they can be emotional, what are men who are supposed to be logical supposed to do?” Pursuing legal action is relatively rare. However, conditions for men seeking legal reparations for their abuses are improving. Little, who studies male survivors in the legal system, interviewed 75 attorneys who were involved in such trials. These lawyers were especially galvanized by male victimization. Such cases are relatively rare in the legal system, despite their relative presence in actuality. “They actually seem to be intrigued by cases involving male victims,” Little said of the lawyers she interviewed. “They
work a little bit harder. There’s a great sense of injustice that a sexual assault could happen to a man.” Still, Little noticed something peculiar with the mostly male attorneys: They do not view themselves as potential victims of sexual assault, unlike women. Jurors, who also may not view men as possible victims, must receive comprehensive instruction that men can be targets of sexual assault. The environment that surrounds male survivors of all ages drives many to internalize their assault. There’s often no place to discuss one’s problems. “It’s terrifying because everyday you worry, ‘Will someone find out about it?’ ” Alterman said, his eyebrows furrowing. “Everyday, ‘Will someone see it? Will it be discovered? Will someone realize what’s going on, realize I’m not a man because of what happened to me? Am I no longer worthy, am I no longer valid, am I no longer ... human?”
A safe space But a new narrative is surrounding rape — or it will be, if Alterman has anything to do about it. He recently brought a Dare to Dream event to campus, and he held an open meeting after in the Michigan Union. “It’s important what we as a community can accomplish and that involves a much larger conversation,” Alterman said.
The male lawyers that Little interviewed — and most men, for that matter — don’t give walking home in the dark with headphones in or taking drinks from strangers too much thought. They don’t, but experts suggest that they should. The focus of sexual violence prevention, Alterman explained, is men protecting women from violence. It’s not about protecting everyone from rape. “The conversation about sexual violence is, (how) can we use our power to stop it? How can I stand up and fight it?” Alterman said. However, this does not fix the power narrative. “We can’t just say, ‘Hey men, use the power that’s causing violence and use it to end violence,’” Alterman said. “That’s just taking the fire and pushing it somewhere else. There’s still the fire there. It doesn’t address the problem.” For those who have already endured abuse, healing is possible. Both men say that discussing their experiences and educating others have helped more than anything. Lyons is especially excited to speak in a community of male survivors. The Dare to Dream event in midNovember was his first time speaking about his abuse. “Being through shitty things, it’s about learning to love yourself and, above that, loving and accepting other people,” he said.