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Politicians speak in a panel at “Changing the Game: Progressive Women in Government” at Rackham Auditorium Thursday.
Panel urges political action Leading progressive politicians call for more women in government By ALICIA ADAMCZYK Daily Staff Reporter
After Michigan’s controversial abortion insurance bill went into effect Thursday, five progressive female politicians
urged University students to fight back against the perceived injustice by running for office themselves at an event held in Rackham Auditorium Thursday night. More than 100 students and community members attended “Changing the Game: Progressive Women in Government,” which was hosted by the College Democrats’ Women’s Issues Committee, FemDems, in honor of Women’s History Month. Debbie Dingell, congressio-
nal candidate and member of the Democratic National Committee, State Sen. Rebekah Warren (D–Ann Arbor), State Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D–Detroit), Washtenaw County Commissioner Felicia Brabec and Southfield Mayor Brenda Lawrence were panelists at the discussion. The politicians addressed a number of issues ranging from the controversial abortion insurance law to the media’s obsession with Hillary Clinton’s hair.
However, the theme that dominated the hour-and-ahalf-long event was the need for more women to run for political office at national, state and even local levels. The politicians repeatedly referenced the fact that the percentage of women holding office in the Michigan Legislature — 18.9 percent — is at a 20-year low, noting that this leaves women’s voices and needs at a disadvantage. “Don’t wait,” Brabec said. See PANEL, Page 2
Administrators hope to save $4.4 million per year through cost containment By SAM GRINGLAS Daily News Editor
University officials have approved one more piece of a multi-year set of cost containment initiatives. Beginning Jan. 1, 2015, the University will adjust the types of income accounted for in calculating its contributions to employee retirement savings plans. Under the new policy, University income earned beyond an employee’s base pay will no longer factor into these calculations. These types of income include compensation received for faculty honors, overtime and unused vacation and paid time off when
leaving employment. Administration differentials — additional responsibilities with a limited timeframe such as department chairs — will no longer be included either. The plan was recommended by the University’s Committee on Retirement Savings Plan and Retiree Health Benefits, which convened meetings in the fall to analyze changes to the University’s contribution to retirement savings. Conceived as a cost-saving measure, the move is expected to save the University $4.4 million annually. Currently, employees who contribute 5 percent of their pay to a retirement plan receive a 10 percent matching contribution from the University. Last year, the University spent $242 million on contributions to employee retirement savings plans — an expense that has continued to grow. See RETIREMENT, Page 2
Michigan to face Illinois in Big Ten Tournament Wolverines hope to defend regularseason B1G title By NEAL ROTHSCHILD Daily Sports Editor
The Michigan men’s basketball team ran roughshod through the Big Ten this year. In perhaps the toughest conference in the nation, the eighthranked Wolverines went 15-3 and finished three games better
than second-place teams Wisconsin and Michigan State. They conquered what the Big Ten offered to be conquered. With the postseason now here, it seems that Michigan should have an eye toward the NCAA Tournament. Its four losses in the non-conference season are the team’s significant stain against its résumé, and now that the Wolverines have clawed back to its preseason ranking, surely the Big Ten Tournament will provide a chance for them to earn a toptwo seed in the Big Dance.
But that’s not what Michigan coach John Beilein is thinking. “Doesn’t concern me at all,” he said. “I think this is a great opportunity for us to get better as a team, to win, to go after another championship this year.” It’s the first time Michigan has earned a No. 1 seed in the Big Ten Tournament since its inception in 1998, and it will take its first shots against Illinois at noon on Friday. The Illini beat Indiana — a team that gave the Wolverines trouble this year See BIG TEN TOURNEY, Page 6
Sophomore guard Nik Stauskas tallied 24 points when Michigan last met Illinois. The two programs face off today at noon.
Colleges call for sexual assault guidance Health System offers OSCR study shows universities want more support in handling cases By CLAIRE BRYAN Daily Staff Reporter
A new study co-sponsored by the University found that 83 percent of surveyed institutions with written policies to address sexual misconduct said they want more support and guidance in handling students found responsible for sexual misconduct. In a statement, Jay Wilgus, director of the Office of Student Conflict Resolution, said the survey’s results are consistent with conversations he has had with colleagues at other institutions. He also noted the findings are particularly relevant in light of President Barack Obama’s recent decision to
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form a task force to address sexual assault on college campuses. “There is no doubt that representatives from institutions of higher education echo the president’s concerns,” Wilgus said in a statement. “We are deeply concerned about the problem of sexual misconduct on campus and are strongly committed to preventing and effectively responding to campus sexual misconduct.” He also added that many of those surveyed identified campus safety as a top concern and expressed a need for additional technical assistance, training and resources pertaining to the handling of instances of sexual misconduct. The survey, jointly sponsored by the University, the Center for Effective Public Policy and the Association for Student Conduct Administration, covered more than 2,600 higher education representatives across the coun-
try, including public and private institutions with varying student populations. The findings arrive as many institutions complete the process of adopting new sexual misconduct policies. In 2011, the U.S. Department of Education released a Dear Colleague letter that strongly recommended that institutions more actively investigate all allegations of sexual misconduct. The University’s newest policy, which was officially adopted in August, was used to handle former kicker Brendan Gibbons’ permanent separation from the University. In an interview Thursday, Coleman responded to student criticism of the University’s transparency regarding the Gibbons incident by emphasizing the importance of educating students about the policy’s details. “It could be that people don’t realize what the new processes are,” Coleman said in a Thursday interview. “Knowing as much as
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we can about the policies is really good.” Holly Rider-Milkovich, director of the University’s Sexual Assault Prevention and Awareness Center, spoke spoke before the University’s Board of Regents last month to raise further awareness of the University’s policy changes and laud the increased number of reported incidents. In a statement, Kurt Bumby, senior associate at the Center for Effective Public Policy, said the results would help institutions better adapt to new policies and improve campus safety. “These findings can help inform the national conversation and guide our ongoing efforts to assist stakeholders in responding appropriately to campus sexual assault and implementing effective strategies after a student has been found responsible,” he said. A full report of the survey’s finding is slated for release in April.
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free screenings for National Kidney Day With obesity and other risk factors on the rise, activists look to reverse trend By CHARLOTTE JENKINS Daily Staff Reporter
Regie, a superhero made of broccoli, is on a mission from the National Kidney Foundation. Regie is part of a curricular program to promote healthful behaviors to prevent the onset of diabetes and high blood pressure, the leading causes of kidney disease. The National Kidney Foundation of Michigan and the University of Michigan Health
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System’s Division of Nephrology offered free kidney health screenings on Wednesday at the University Hospital. The screenings included urine tests and measuring blood pressure and weight. The event was held in honor of World Kidney Day, a global initiative to spread the word about kidney disease. The event featured tables with information from the National Kidney Foundation and the University Hospital regarding organ donation and palliative care. The tables also contained information about resources such as the Michigan Comprehensive Diabetes Center and the Camp Michitanki program, the latter of See HEALTH SYSTEM, Page 2
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RETIREMENT From Page 1 As state allocations to the University have declined over the past decade, the University has sought new methods to contain costs. Like the shared services initiative, alterations to the structure of retirement plan allocations are part of the Administrative Services Transformation Project, a long-term project aimed to reduce costs that minimally affect the student experience. “Cost containment at U-M is a comprehensive effort, and looking at large and growing expenses is vital to that process,” Timothy Slottow, executive vice president and chief financial officer, wrote in a press release. “We took a disciplined approach, utilizing expert faculty because we know a strong retirement savings program is crucial to the welfare of faculty and staff.” The University also announced Thursday it saved $16 million — $2 million more than initially pro-
HEALTH SYSTEM From Page 1 which was created by the UMHS Transplant Center. The event aimed to educate attendees about the risks of kidney disease and teach them about prevention, according to Lindsay White, senior communications coordinator at the National Kid-
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“Run. We need you.” “We need to step up so we’ll be heard,” Lawrence added. The leaders also stressed the importance of mentorship — whether from a male or female — and the need for women to support each other in campaigns, careers and in life instead of seeing each other as competitors. Dingell, who late last month declared her candidacy to fill her retiring husband Rep. John Dingell’s (D–Mich.) congressional seat, could engage in a primary challenge with Warren, who has
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jected — through strategic sourcing initiatives during the 2013 fiscal year. Another component of the AST Project, this project streamlines the University’s purchasing of supplies, furniture and computers. The University Health System, which also received similar analysis of its retirement allocations, opted for more extensive changes to its current policy. Because a study showed UMHS’s retirement savings plan was more than 60 percent greater than national and local peers, the committee recommended capping the University’s contribution at 9 percent of base pay for certain UMHS employees. Those employees will only need to contribute 4.5 percent of their base pay to qualify for the matching program. The University aimed to avoid more extensive changes at the university-wide level. In an interview with the Daily, History Prof. Maris Vinovskis said across-the-board cuts to the University’s base-level contribution would
have made these benefit offerings less competitive compared to other institutions that sometimes lure University professors. Top University officials announced the changes in an e-mail that was sent to employees Thursday morning and obtained by the Daily. “These reviews were part of the University’s ongoing efforts to ensure that our benefits plans are competitive, of high value to our faculty and staff and, at the same time, responsive to the financial climate for higher education and health care,” the e-mail said. Kathleen Canning, professor of history, women’s studies and German and chair of the History Department, said the change will likely have small impacts for regular faculty members, but for faculty members serving in leadership roles, the impacts will be more direct. “We need to learn more about this, however, before assessing how faculty are responding to it,” Canning said. University spokesman Rick Fitzgerald said the reductions are
widely dispersed among employees. While the provision excluding overtime wages would likely affect hourly staff and the provision excluding administrative differentials, for example, Fitzgerald said the distribution would prevent any one type of employee — such as staff, faculty or hourly employees — from being disproportionately affected. Multiple faculty members said it is too early to judge the policy, but the impacts, especially for employees who do not earn income above their base pay, are not likely to have widereaching implications. Vinovskis said the University’s policy, which does more than match money for retirement, is more than generous. He added that he had not realized the University was including income above base pay in retirement plan calculations to begin with. “I have faith in the University that they’re looking out for our interests,” Vinovskis said. “They’re trying to be very judicious. We’re living in a period of time where everyone has to make sacrifices.”
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formed an exploratory committee to consider a run. While education, the wage gap and health parity were also discussed at length, the issue of choice received the most passionate responses from several of the panelists. Dingell called the passage of the abortion insurance rider “absolutely outrageous.” The bill requires individuals who receive insurance through an employer to purchase an additional abortion rider at their own expense and is not available to women who purchase their own individual policies. Because women must have the rider to cover abortions resulting from
rape or incest, Michigan Democrats have branded it as “rape insurance.” Proponents of the bill say it allows people who are morally opposed to abortion to opt out of paying for health plans that cover the procedure. The legislature first passed the bill in 2012, when Republican Gov. Rick Snyder vetoed it. It became law after Right to Life Michigan gathered 300,000 petition signatures in support of the bill, and both houses passed it again in December. Because the signatures qualified the measure as a citizen’s initiative process, it went into effect without for Snyder’s sig-
nature. “It’s inexcusable,” Dingell said. “I could use a lot of words but I don’t want to use profanity today.” Warren, who represents Ann Arbor in the Michigan Senate, said while some may view choice as a niche issue, it may come off as too narrow. She added it is the most telling issue of a politician’s core values and beliefs. “I don’t view it as too narrow because in some ways, choice is the best values indicator,” Warren said. “In some ways it’s the only thing I need to know about a candidate to know if I want to support them or not.” Tlaib said she ran for office
because of her love of community — not as a pro-choice candidate. However, she said she quickly became a prominent prochoice activist while in office and, like Dingell, said she was outraged at the actions of the Republican-dominated Michigan legislature. “The way they shape it, they’re calling me a killer, a murderer, on the House floor. They have no idea,” Tlaib said. “The infant mortality in my city is so high, but you don’t want to spend the money on those children … it’s very hypocritical.” Infant mortality is the number one killer of children in
Detroit, according to the Michigan Department of Community Health. While Dingell said there is still much to be done to help women reach parity in society, she is optimistic about the future for women in the country. Dingell plans to run on a platform that includes a focus on health parity for women, but said increased funding for education is also crucial. “I’m really worried about access to education,” she said in an interview after the event. “Too many students are graduating with debt they can’t afford.”
ney Foundation of Michigan. Julia Herzog, program coordinator at the National Kidney Foundation of Michigan, experienced kidney failure after her kidney was damaged in an accident. Herzog said she hopes to raise awareness of kidney disease prevention so others do not have to go through treatments like dialysis, the procedure that filters blood to eliminate waste. She said she hopes kidney disease
will be just as well known as other chronic diseases such as diabetes and heart disease. “Kidney disease doesn’t usually get the same type of promotion as some of the other chronic diseases,” Herzog said. “It’s not as sexy or attractive as the others because kidneys are associated with urine and peeing.” Internal Medicine Prof. Richard Swartz, who was honored with the Collegiate Professorship in Nephrology, said treating kidney disease is difficult because it often goes unrecognized. Patients
have better outcomes when the disease is detected early and before it develops into later stages or into kidney failure. Chronic kidney disease presents a challenge because it requires dialysis, meaning that patients must visit the hospital multiple times every week for lengthy treatments. Kathryn Uhler, a peritoneal dialysis nurse at the University Hospital, said dialysis can be discouraging for patients. “The patients have to change their diet, they might not have as much energy, it may change
their job situation,” Uhler said. “It affects the family more than we know.” Swartz said kidney transplantation is the ultimate solution. “We do almost one kidney transplant a day here at the hospital,” Swartz said. “The problem is we don’t have enough organs.” White said of the 3,100 people waiting for an organ transplant in Michigan, 2,600 of are waiting for a kidney. Herzog waited five years for a kidney transplant, and the average wait time in Michigan is five to seven years. Swartz discussed the need for and research surrounding finding another source of organs, adding that while the research is cur-
rently promising, it’s not yet realistic. “If you work in these areas, you trust technology,” Swartz said, “I’ve seen incredible things. I think it’s going to happen, but not in my lifetime.” The prevalence of chronic kidney disease is increasing across the country, especially as obesity rates rise. Theresa Tejada, program coordinator with the early childhood & elementary prevention programs at the National Kidney Foundation of Michigan, said this is why she dresses up as Regie: to promote the healthy behaviors that stop kidney disease in its tracks.
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‘True Detective’ ’s flawless first season HBO series culminates in fantastic finale By ALEC STERN Senior Arts Editor
There aren’t many first season dramas that have the power to elicit such fervor, but in fewer than eight episodes, HBO’s “True A+ Detective” has achieved True enormous suc- Detective cess. Amid a Season highly success- Finale ful awards run for his turn in HBO “Dallas Buyers Club,” Matthew McConaughey continued to reinvent himself as the irascible Rust Cohle, alongside Woody Harrelson as philandering detective Marty Hart. Together, the pair spends 17 years uncovering the occult conspiracy surrounding the murder of Dora Lange. In the series’ final hour, “True Detective” ’s complex camerawork and riddle-ridden imagery juxtaposed a simpler narrative — one that the series’ dense build-up might not have suggested. In the final seconds of its penultimate episode, “True Detective” reveals its missing link, identifying the mysterious “spaghetti monster with green ears.” After weeks of intense calamity, watching Rust and Marty’s personal lives wither in favor of dedication to their case, “Firm and Void” resembled “True Detective” ’s premiere more than anything else. Its focused narrative reverted back to the series’ original setup, following two detectives as they investigate the single murder of a young woman. In the end, Rust and Marty finally find
what they’ve been looking for: the yellow king, Carcosa, justice and — unexpectedly — hope. Whereas similar shows like “The Killing” obsess over murderers and suspects — even donning the tagline, “Who killed Rosie Larsen?” — “True Detective” was more significant than that; the beauty of “True Detective” exists way beyond Dora Lange. Boasting an aesthetic so easy to get lost in — amid the exceptional visuals, complex timelines and six-minute tracking shots — “True Detective” transcends its investigation, inspiring viewers to not only forget about Dora Lange, but also question the significance of who killed her. Potentially to the disappointment of many hoping for a last minute twist, there’s an uncharacteristic simplicity in “Form and Void” — a jolting come down from its highly complex build. In the days leading up to “True Detective” ’s finale, the Internet was abuzz, with every-
one from Marty’s father-in-law to Marty himself implicated in intricate conspiracies. Thanks to shows like “Lost,” “Homeland” and “Scandal,” we’ve been conditioned to expect finales that subvert our expectations; the idea that nothing is what it seems is a driving narrative fac-
Rust and Marty’s journey comes full circle. tor all across television. Despite chasing the dream of bringing down the entire cult — and never having the satisfaction of seeing every man responsible in cuffs — Rust and Marty get their guy. The man they have been chasing for 17 years.
As Marty tells Rust, “We ain’t gonna get them all. That’s the kind of world it is. But we got ours.” “Ours” was Errol Childress, who — in “Form and Void” ’s chilling opening sequence — quickly proves to be a villain worthy of “True Detective” ’s frightening brilliance. A product of inbreeding and abuse, Childress is a nightmare-inducing creation, complete with multiple personalities and a deep labyrinth of spiritual paraphernalia and evidence — the elusive “Carcosa.” And within Carcosa is where Childress meets his end, following a rather traditional, yet entirely exciting chase between he and Rust. Thanks to the help of Detectives Gilbough and Papania, Rust and Marty survive their dangerous showdown and are finally able to uncover the truth. And after almost two decades of investigative and personal standstills, each is able to move on from the looming shadow
Dora Lange had cast over their lives. Marty’s tumultuous relationship with his ex-wife and daughters reaches a stage of reconciliation, while Rust’s neardeath experience changes him far more drastically. In the series’ heartbreaking final scene, Rust sheds his layers of pessimism and dread, embracing hope and inviting an unanticipated sense of optimism. Unlike everything else, “True Detective” didn’t need to rely on revelations and shock. As Rust and Marty limp off screen, McConaughey’s performance and the lingering words of Nic Pizzolato’s smart script give “True Detective” all the spectacle it needs. While the narrative failed to deliver any unexpected turns or perpetrators (unless a happy ending can be counted as a twist), Cary Fukunaga’s direction continued to surprise in “True Detective” ’s final chapter. Especially in “Firm and Void,” the director’s imagery
tells its own story, bringing to life the gorgeous Louisiana scenery and tapping into the minds of both Errol and Rust — the latter of whom experiences a spellbinding, ambiguous cosmic hallucination deep inside Carcosa. Every so often, a show comes along that changes the game. And for its beauty, intelligence, performances and complexity, the legacy of “True Detective” will live on. As a police procedural, it subverted genre tropes in favor of complexity and realism. As a story about love and marriage, it was a tragic uncovering of human flaws and emotion. And above all, as a story about the relationship between two detectives fighting for Dora Lange and countless other victims, it showed that people have the ability to change, that we should live with hope despite the evil that exists in the world and most importantly, that in the battle between light and dark, the light is winning.
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Expanding community college access Michigan needs to expand finacial aid to increase accesibility
s the job market grows increasingly competitive, high school diplomas and GED certificates have become less of a guarantee that a worker will earn enough to generate themselves, let alone their families. In 2012, Michigan’s underemployment rate was 17.4 percent, and the unemployment rate currently stands at 7.8 percent, well above the national average. Higher education greatly improves lifetime earnings and expands the number of jobs one is qualified for. Improving access to higher education is vital to helping Michigan workers sustain living wages. Several states, including Tennessee and Oregon, have considered legislation that would make public two-year colleges tuition-free. There are certainly members of the community who are willing and able to pay community college tuition, but many cannot come close to affording it or having real access to loans. Michigan should increase funding for community colleges to allow for free tuition for those who cannot afford it, reducing the financial barriers to higher education. Tuition-free community college education should be provided to those who cannot easily afford it, but to do so for upper-middleand upper-class students is unnecessary. The money spent to do this could be better spent elsewhere, such as restoring education funding. Gov. Rick Snyder proposed a 6.1 percent funding increase for public universities and a 3 percent funding increase for community colleges for 2015. However, these have yet to be approved by the state legislature and hardly make up for past cuts. There are alternate, less costly measures that the state could also explore. For example, expanding loan forgiveness and reimbursement of tuition after graduation to all community college students in need would incentivize degree completion. Currently, loan forgiveness programs exist in Michigan for teachers who are employed for five years at a low-income school. By expanding this program to other fields, more community college students will be inclined to complete their chosen field. Additionally,
Michigans current financial aid programs, such as the Tuition Incentive Program, could be expanded to include more assistance to community college students. In addition, this plan should not only apply to community colleges, but also to trade schools and technical skill colleges that teach students skills they can apply in the workforce. According to a Georgetown University study, those with only a high school diploma or GED make a lifetime average of $1,304,000. Just completing some amount of college education without even earning a degree boosts this figure to $1,547,000. Average lifetime earnings for associates degree and bachelors degree recipients are $1,727,000 and $2,268,000, respectively. Students attending community college have the option to either complete their degree or even transfer to a four-year college if they want. Providing cost-free community college education to students who then transfer to four-year colleges would significantly reduce the increasing cost of higher education.
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Just a tip At Wolverine Wellness at University Health Service, University students can pick up four free safer sex items a day. Last semester, students obtained over 29,000 condoms from Wolverine Wellness. A recent petition asked UHS to make Trojan or Durex condoms available for free. After staff researched the available options’ consumer ratings and cost, UHS will order a product option from one of these brands. You can expect to see it as one of the complimentary safer sex product varieties by Fall 2014. All condoms sold in the United States that claim to prevent sexually transmitted infections are subject to the same FDA reliability standards. Despite advertisers’ claims, particular brands offer no advantage in safety or efficacy. Some have fun textures, shapes or other features, but the protection is the same. The primary differences between condom brands are their wrapper designs and advertisements. In a culture where sexuality is infrequently discussed, sometimes the only sexual health narratives we hear are from corporations — and their voices are loud. So it’s understandable that the news that all condom brands work the same may raise some skepticism at first. But it’s important to know that if, after leaving this university, the only condoms you can access are the free, less-advertised ones from a clinic, you can trust them. If you learn how to properly use them and use them consistently, they will help protect your health. Sexual health is measured by much more than using safer sex items. It includes other components of your physical wellness like sexual functioning, STI testing behaviors and contraception use if appropriate. It includes how you demonstrate your values through the choices you make about sex and dating. It includes whether the conditions and qualities you want in your relationships are realized. It includes the possibility of pleasure (to the extent that you want), and freedom from coercion or violence. It includes your selfworth and your respect for others. Using condoms and dental dams is effective at preventing many STIs — but it is just the tip, so to speak. Similarly, sexual health programming is just one component of supporting a healthy campus. UHS provides medical services, health educators who can support your
wellness goals, and student groups to connect you to others who are passionate about health. Professionals across other Student Life units provide services for an even wider range of needs. These resources are available because maintaining wellness while in school is complex and dependent on many factors. Decisions about our physical health don’t happen in a vacuum; they’re connected to our mental health, to our schoolwork and jobs and to our social lives. On average, University students already perform risk-reducing sexual behaviors (like using condoms, using contraception and delaying partnered sex) at rates well above the national average for institutes of higher education — Go Blue! However, we have great opportunities to improve in several complicated health issues. When asked in the most recent National College Health Assessment what health issues make it hardest for them to succeed at college, University students didn’t report that sexual health issues were the main things holding them back; the top four challenges were stress, lack of sleep, colds/flu and anxiety. Excessive drinking exacerbates all of these issues while carrying its own risks of increased harm. This evidence doesn’t make safer sex less important, but it places it in context as one piece of a much bigger picture of health indicators at the University. Adopting a shared, evidence-based wellness vision among students, staff and faculty is our best hope for making big strides in student health. Let’s envision a campus with norms that include not just safer sex, but also sleeping enough, managing our time to reduce stress, drinking in ways that reduce the chance of social or personal harm (or having fun without drinking), supporting our friends when they are struggling and fostering respect across our differences so all students feel valued here. These are big challenges that student organizers and professionals alike are working tirelessly to make changes to. By collectively owning this vision, we can build a campus culture where all students know they are good enough and, instead of feeling the need to sacrifice our health for accomplishments, wellness and self-care, inspire our success. Laura McAndrew is a University alum and Carly Manes is a Public Policy junior.
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esterday, the misleadingly titled “Abortion Insurance Opt-Out Act” went into effect in Michigan. I say misleading because, in order for women to have abortion coverage included in an insurance plan, we must KATIE now pay extra STEEN in the form of a rider. In other words, we must opt in. And the only reason we’d opt in to pay extra for abortions is if we plan on having an abortion in the future (or perhaps multiple abortions, if we’re trying to get as much bang for our buck with this abortion rider). The only thing is, no one really plans on having an abortion. And this act extends even to incidents of rape and incest (there’s a reason people are calling it the “rape insurance” bill). State Senate Minority Leader Gretchen Whitmer — who is a survivor of sexual assault herself — spoke about the bill in December, articulating the absurdity of insuring an abortion: “(The bill) tells women that were raped … that they should have thought ahead and bought special insurance for it.” However, I’m going to avoid calling it the “rape insurance bill,” mainly because it takes away from the fact that women get abortions for a number of reasons, and that rape need not be the only acceptable reason for an abortion. Ultimately, this act is coercive, intrusive, utterly unnecessary and absurd in its premises and it will not affect me. It will not affect me because I,
like many of the students at this University, am privileged in a number of ways that enable me to get an abortion, insurance or no insurance. I live in a county with an abortion clinic. That in itself is something to be proud of — only about 14 percent of Michigan counties have an abortion clinic. I could shell out the $300 to $600 it costs to have an early abortion — and if I couldn’t, my parents could help me out. I have parents and friends who would support my decision to terminate a pregnancy. I have parents and friends I would feel comfortable talking to about my abortion in the first place. But what about the women in Michigan who are not as privileged as I am? Who is this bill really affecting? Only about 3.3 percent of abortions in Michigan are paid with health insurance. So why do Michigan Right to Life advocates even care about insurance covering abortion? This bill is an instance of prolifers grabbing onto literally any scrap of abortion legislature possible, and intentionally trying to fuck it up just for the sake of fucking it up. Only about 4 percent of Michigan voters — specifically, the members of Right to Life of Michigan — voted on this bill by creating a citizen’s petition, which doesn’t require the governor’s approval. Gov. Rick Snyder had actually already vetoed the bill, deeming it “an overreach of government into the private market.” I’ve avoided writing about abortion because I know it’s such a charged issue, and it can be next to impossible to change the opinion of those on either side of the issue. Maybe I’ve given up on trying to
change people’s minds, and instead I can only express a mixture of rage and hopeless disappointment. I can recite statistics and plea with heartfelt anecdotes, but ultimately, I feel it is futile to try and sway the beliefs of pro-life people, just as I will never not support every woman’s unobstructed right to an abortion. I want to finish with a speech that I received in an e-mail from Senator Whitmer — one that perfectly articulates my disgust toward the overwhelming minority who passed this bill. This is part of the speech that she would have delivered to her Republican colleagues had they not adjourned the Senate today. Senator Whitmer wrote: “As this horrible law takes effect today, I want you to remember what you did. “The next time you read a story in the news about a woman being raped, remember that you turned your back on her and told her that she doesn’t deserve every available medical option that’s available to her. “When you hear of a woman facing a difficult pregnancy, one that may sadly end prematurely, remember that you told her that her health and well-being is less important than your ability to get the endorsement of a radical special-interest group. “And when women from across the state ask you why you would do something so offensive, remember that you had a chance to stand up for them and put their interests ahead of the absolute worst of what politics can be, and you chose not to.” — Katie Steen can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Advocating legal philathropy Before starting at Michigan, I always considered philanthropy a direct act. Growing up, my family worked with organizations like Meals on Wheels, where we interacted directly with patrons, delivering lunches and dinners to their homes. When I arrived at law school, there was a multitude of opportunities to use legal training to assist underserved communities. But without previous experience in areas of advocacy impact litigation, or public interest, I felt overwhelmed by the opportunities and unsure with which group my contribution could have the most meaningful impact. Before law school, I had spent time interning in event planning and investment management, enjoyed working in groups and had acquired a questionably large mental database of pop culture factoids. I was uncertain that this eclectic skill set could be used to meaningfully improve any person’s status with a legal issue. Soon, however, I learned about a group that held some promise: Student Funded Fellowships. Michigan Law’s Student Funded Fellowships is a student-operated organization driven to provide grants to first-year law students — 1Ls — with internships in the public interest. The SFF board uses many different avenues to meet this goal. Each spring, SFF hosts two events at the law school: the Auction, hosting more than 500 current law students, admitted students, faculty and staff and the Knowledge Bowl, a battle of wits in which law students, faculty and staff square off in a trivia contest
(thank you, countless hours spent reading Vulture, Gawker and Perez Hilton!). SFF also partners with other MLaw student groups like the Michigan Law Culinary Club and Headnotes a capella group to raise funds. Finally, the board works with businesses, alumni, faculty and students for monetary and item contributions to reach the annual goal of providing meaningful funds to as many students as possible. From Midtown Manhattan to rural Appalachia, from London to Phnom Penh, SFF Fellows span the country and the globe and use the law to serve the public interest and underserved communities. For example, past grantees have worked in Michigan Law’s Child Advocacy Law Clinic, serving as the primary attorneys for children, parents and the Department of Human Services in the court system. Other grantees work for organizations like the New York Legal Assistance Group, which provides direct representation, consultation, financial counseling and community education to lowincome New Yorkers. For SFF fellows, the grant money allows them to pursue positions or work in new cities that would otherwise be outside their budget. For the organizations employing SFF grantees, they receive bright and enthusiastic interns that help their organizations fulfill their missions. In turn, these organizations are able to provide their underserved clients greater breadth and depth of legal services. Soon after joining SFF, I met Michael Schmale, another 1L. We were assigned as co-chairs to lead the student fundraising campaign
in one of the first SFF meetings. From Southern California, a Yale alum and fluent in Chinese, I was worried that to him and others I would seem green and over my head by comparison in executing all of SFF’s objectives. It turns out Michael and I work great as a team: after student fundraising our 1L year, we were co-chairs of the Auction 2L year, and in our final year, we have been co-chairs of the entire SFF board. Like me, Michael did not have a public interest background and joined SFF in hopes to leverage his skills to make an impact on underserved legal communities. What is philanthropy? For SFF supporters and board members, philanthropy takes many different forms. When Michael and I joined the board our first year of law school, we hoped our small efforts could help our classmates finance their summer jobs. Working with SFF, we have learned these efforts can provide much more. Our work is indirect. While SFF Fellows are our classmates, we cannot watch them excel in their summer positions or meet the clients whose lives they have changed. Assisting our peers’ internship goals set off new professional interests and aspirations. SFF Fellows’ efforts in turn set off a network of beneficiaries, from organizations and their staff attorneys better able to leverage their resources, to underserved communities receiving greater access to representation and advocacy. Anne Shaugnessy and Michael Schmale are Law students.
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Mazzaa to bring Indian dance for a good cause By KATHLEEN DAVIS Daily Arts Writer
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Martinez Group comes to the ‘U’ Afro-Cuban jazz musicians to perform at Michigan Theater By GILLIAN JACOB Community & Culture Editor
What do Eric Clapton, Quincy Jones, Taj Mahal, Paul Simon, Wynton Marsalis and Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters all have in com- Alfredo mon? They’re Rodríguez among the legendary musi- Trio and cians that came Pedrito out to see The Pedrito Mar- Martinez tinez Group at Group Guantanamera, a little Cuban Friday, 8 p.m. restaurant in midtown Man- The Michigan hattan where Theater the group plays $20-$46 several times a week. With that much talent in the audience, you have to believe there’s something special going down on stage. And there is. The Pedrito Martinez group comprises of four musicians of virtuosic talent jamming Cuban roots music out like the jazz greats used to do to the American standards. All four band members trade high energy instrumental solos, sing and harmonize, and dance up a storm. Afro-Cuban jazz has a strong history, but as anyone coming out to the Michigan Theater Friday night will see, PMG no es la Rumba de su madre. On Friday night’s double bill, part of University Musical Society’s winter season, The Pedrito Martinez Group will take the stage after the young Cuban pianist Alfredo Rodriguez sets the tone with his trio in his own exhilarating blend of Latin and jazz. Rodriguez’ new album The Invasion Parade co-produced by Quincy Jones, features, among other powerful artists, Pedrito Martinez himself. That’s just one example of the rich
constellation of collaborations that Martinez has taken part in, including one with Eddie Palmieri and Bryan Lynch for which he won a Grammy award in 2007. Martinez was born in Havana, Cuba, where he was grounded in a folkloric and religious music tradition, meeting and playing with many of the great Cuban musicians. In 2000, he came to New York. The group is rounded out by percussionist Jhair Sala from Peru, electric bassist Alvaro Benavides from Venezuela, and keyboard player/ vocalist, Ariacne Trujillo, also from Cuba. “It’s a very steady lineup — it has a lot of power in the combination of the four individuals,” said Paul Siegel, the group’s manager. Siegel explains why he so often finds himself surrounded by legendary musicians from all over the world who’ve made it their business night after night to come hear the band play. “They’re four virtuosos, but it’s never about the technique; it’s never about the chops. Musicians can do that sometimes for one another, but it goes nowhere,” Siegel said. “They’re moving people because of the depth of what they do.” PMG features the impressive Ariacne Trujillo. She studied classical piano for 16 years in Cuba’s great conservatories — while also singing and dancing at cabarets — and then won a scholarship for classical composition to come to the States. “I’m always going to sound classical — everything that I am — all my techniques come from classical training,” Trujillo said. “I have a lot of influences like R&B, blues and soul music. But when you hear me play, classical music is there.” Martinez came to music the opposite way. “I never went to music school, because in Cuba, at that time, to get in, you needed a connection, some clout, and I never had that kind of connection,” he said in a recent interview. “But at the same time, I’m happy with the way I learned
things on the street, because they teach you things you can’t learn in school.” When the Pedrito Martinez Group is not playing at Guantanamera, they are performing all over the world. As a single mom, it can be a challenge for Trujillo to juggle. “It’s hard to have the two things that you love be music (as) your career, and your kid ... He’s seven now and he loves everyone in the group and he would love to go on tour with me all the time; he’s the number one fan of the group. It’s a blessing that I can totally manage both.” Larry Blumenfeld, who writes about jazz for the Wall Street Journal, has a love for this music and explains the power of the genre today. “Afro-Cuban music and Cuban musicians have always been influential in the United States,” Blumenfeld said. “Now, there is a new generation of Cuban musicians that is exploring its tradition and its connections to the United States in new ways … a generation that has created a revolution within that context.” Sala and Benavides are virtuosos in their own rights. Sala often switches instruments with Martinez, once his teacher, and Benavides, a scholarship student at Berkelee School of Music, has worked with alternative, fusion and free jazz bands, experiences that shine through in his confident, soaring solos. But the heart and soul of the group is Martinez. “He has the physical skills and the magnetism to command any audience,” Blumenfeld said. “But with this quartet that he’s developed through years of weekly performances at a small restaurant, and at festivals and concert halls around the world, he’s created a vehicle where he can share all the depth of his Cuban tradition and all the ambition as a modern musician.” You never know who you might see in the audience of the Michigan Theater Friday night…
Michigan Mazzaa’s success story is one of simple beginnings. What started as an idea tossed around between LSA Michigan senior and codirector Surya Mazzaa Iyer and his two roommates in Saturday, 2011 has since 7 p.m. evolved into an expansive on- The Michigan campus organi- Theater zation and hosts $10-$15 one of the country’s premier intercollegiate Bollywood dance competitions, A2 Dhoom, which is having it’s second annual run this Saturday at the Michigan Theater. While the organization hosts events to celebrate South Asian American culture, Michigan Mazzaa first and foremost hopes to raise awareness of the widespread issue of human trafficking and sexual exploitation alongside Connecticut-based human rights organization Love146, adding an extremely unique presence to the university community. “The purpose is to raise awareness and funds for the fight against human trafficking,” Mazzaa co-director Priya Joshi said. “But we do so through social justice and holding South Asian cultural events.” 2013’s A2 Dhoom competition served both as one of the first large Michigan Mazzaa events as well as being the first Bollywood dance competition in the state of Michigan. Michigan Mazzaa has since been recognized nationally by Bollywood America, the largest South Asian dance competition in North America and will send the winning team from A2
Dhoom to the national championship held this year in California’s Bay Area. The eight competing teams will be coming to Ann Arbor from many places, including University of California Santa Cruz and Northwestern University. As the host university, Michigan will not have either of its two dance teams compete. As A2 Dhoom is only in its second year, hosting a bid competition is a very big deal, and Iyer and Joshi attribute the opportunity to the success of the inaugural event.
A2 Dhoom returns to Michigan Theater. “I think what did set us apart is that our main goal is very causefocused,” Joshi said. “Every single team that came to A2 Dhoom last year knew they were competing for a cause and not just a first, second or third place.” “We strive to really educate the dancers because they’re our main audience at 150 people, so we can reach out to them and say, ‘Hey this is an issue’,” Iyer said. “A lot of the dancers are South Asian Americans so it’s easy to say, ‘It’s in our backyard, this is where we come from, let’s do something to make a difference.’ ” After working with a large NGO aimed to fight the issue of human trafficking and sexual exploitation based in DC for the inaugural A2 Dhoom, Mazzaa
decided to choose a smaller organization with the same focus for 2014. After a large screening process, Love146 was chosen, a charity that focuses on awareness and rehabilitation of former victims. All funds from A2 Dhoom will go directly to Love146. Apart from A2 Dhoom, the club also hosts documentary screenings of films raising awareness for the issue. Michigan Mazzaa also helped bring Hindi a cappella group, Penn Masala, to Ann Arbor in 2011. The success of Michigan Mazzaa has been a pleasant surprise for its directors, and they only hope the organization continues to grow. Last year A2 Dhoom reached an audience of about 600 and they hope this year will be even more successful. “It’s really neat to think sometimes that in twenty years A2 Dhoom could still be sticking around,” Joshi said. “I think it’s great that we’ve incorporated our charities and cause and I really want that to stay and foster throughout the years, at a school like Michigan I think it’ll be very easy to do that.” “We’d like the student community to come out because it’s neat to see a competition where you have other fellow students participating,” Joshi continued. “Bollywood is more up and coming and more people are becoming familiar with it, it’s a very modern style of dance.” In this balance between Indian heritage and western culture, Iyer and Joshi hope that Michigan Mazzaa will set an example for other South Asian American organizations at other universities. “We built ourselves off of a model,” Iyer said. “I want this to become a model for other campuses to build off from.”
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Michigan eyes return to .500 By JASON RUBINSTEIN Daily Sports Writer
The Michigan baseball team is finally heading in the right direction. After a shaky start to the season, the Wolverines earned four wins last week and have the opportunity to win four more this weekend at the College of Charleston Tournament in Charleston, S.C. “(The team) was taking a ton of punches, and it was a combination of us playing really good competition and us not being at full strength, but the guys didn’t get discouraged,” said Michigan coach Erik Bakich. “These guys are very resilient.” Michigan (6-10-1) will first look to carry its recent momentum in a rematch against Appalachian State, followed by a doubleheader against College of Charleston and a finale against Kent State. The Wolverines lost, 4-1, to Appalachian State (4-13) nearly two weeks ago, but the result didn’t carry much, if any, value to Michigan. The Wolverines were coming off an emotional, streak-snapping, extra-inning win over Notre Dame and had little time to regroup before playing the Mountaineers. Michigan fell down early, couldn’t get runs on the board and was dominated by submarine pitcher Tyler Moore. If anything, according to Bakich, that loss to Appalachian State will add extra motivation to the team. “I think it left a bad taste in their mouth,” he said. “They’re looking to have a better approach and bring more energy and aggression into the game to set a better tone for the weekend.” Junior center fielder Jackson Glines has helped Michigan’s offense immensely all season.
Murillo leaving ‘M’ for 2015 World Cup
By BRAD WHIPPLE Daily Sports Writer
Junior center fielder Jackson Glines excels at earning quality at-bats, which the coaching staff says has led to success.
Glines hit .529 with five doubles and eight RBI last week en route to being named the Big Ten Player of the Week. Glines currently sits atop the roster with his .369 batting average. Bakich believes Glines’ success is rooted in his quality at-bat percentage. QAB percentage is calculated by nine factors including executing a bunt, taking a walk, any RBI, any hard-hit ball or having an eightpitch at-bat. It’s Bakich’s goal to have every player have half of his at-bats be quality ones. “(Glines) just had a week that was out of sight,” Bakich said. “Twenty-two of 26 plate appearances were quality, which is 85 percent, which is about the highest QAB percentage in a
week in a player in all the years I’ve been coaching.” But Bakich is not just pleased with Glines. Though their batting averages may not show it, sophomore first baseman Jacob Cronenworth and sophomore shortstop Travis Maezes have had more than their fair share of quality at-bats. “Travis Maezes and Jacob Cronenworth, on the season, are over 50 percent in quality at-bats, but their batting averages aren’t reflective of it yet,” Bakich said. “Both of them have made a ton of loud outs, hitting balls extremely hard but getting caught. All their hard hits will start to drop. “That’s why they continue to be guys we want in the top of the order, even though their batting average may not reflect it.” The Wolverines will need every quality at-bat they can get this weekend, especially against College of Charleston (13-3). The Cougars have a strong pitching staff that led them to two
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Less than a month ago, the Michigan women’s soccer team hosted a banquet to say goodbye to the seniors who helped put the team in the national spotlight. As if filling their six starting spots wasn’t difficult enough, the Wolverines now have to deal with a seventh major vacancy. Thursday, Christina Murillo announced she will miss the 2014 season. The junior midfielder will be taking the academic year off to train with the Mexican Women’s National Team in preparation for the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup. The competition will be held in Canada from June to July. Murillo plans to re-enroll at Michigan following the World Cup and will be eligible to play for one final season in 2015. “This was a hard decision to make, but this is ultimately an opportunity that I couldn’t pass up again,” Murillo said in a statement to MGoBlue.com. This isn’t the first time Murillo has competed at the international level. She played for Mexico in the 2012 FIFA Under-20 Women’s World
Cup and has six caps with the national team. “Being selected to play on the world stage is a huge honor, and we’re all so happy for Christina,” said Michigan coach Greg Ryan in the statement. “We will miss her next year here at Michigan, but we want to wish her and Mexico the very best in the 2015 Women’s World Cup.” Murillo mentioned that she wouldn’t have been able to represent her country in the World Cup if not for the freedom that Ryan, former coach of the United States Women’s National Team, gives his players. “I’m not sure many college coaches would let their players do this, but he has been in support of this since the very beginning,” Murillo said. Last season, Murillo missed the Wolverines’ games against Eastern Michigan and San Diego State to participate in a Sept. 3 international friendly against the U.S. She started 20 of Michigan’s 23 games, scoring one goal and tallying an assist. The Wolverines boasted an elite midfield and back line in 2013, making their run to the Elite Eight possible. But repeating that success could be difficult this fall, when Ryan and the coaching staff will have to retool much of the lineup. “It will be difficult to not be out on the field this year for Michigan,” Murillo said. “I’m hoping that when I come back after a full year of training that I will be able to contribute even more to help this team achieve great things.”
“This is ultimately an opportunity I couldn’t pass up again.”
BIG TEN TOURNEY From Page 1 — Thursday afternoon, 64-54, setting up a rematch of a game played 10 days earlier. The Wolverines (15-3 Big Ten, 23-7 overall) shot Illinois out of State Farm Center that night, going 16-for-23 from behind the arc to get an 84-53 win and to claim the outright Big Ten regular-season title. In light of the dominant Illinois at performance, guard Michigan sophomore and recently Matchup: crowned Big Ten Illinois 19-13; Player of the Year Michigan 23-7 Nik Stauskas said When: Friday there are still 12 P.M. things to shore up against the blue Where: Bankers Life and orange. Fieldhouse “When we were watching TV: ESPN film the other day, Coach Beilein made a great point,” Stauskas said. “They got a lot of open shots that they just missed. So the fact that we won the game by (31) wasn’t really telling of how well they played.” Whether Indiana or Illinois (7-11, 19-13) won Thursday’s game, it wouldn’t affect the Wolverines’ preparation for Friday. They had played each within the last two weeks, and game plans hadn’t yet escaped the players’ heads. “The prep’s a little bit easier just because the scouting reports are kind of fresh in our minds,” Stauskas said. “We’ll probably watch a lot of clips from those games over again. As far as remembering their plays and stuff like that, it’s just a little bit easier.” Friday’s game time presented an interesting logistical predicament to Michigan Thursday. Big Ten rules prohibit teams from leaving for Indianapolis more than 24 hours before their scheduled game, but Beilein still wanted a practice after the Illinois-Indiana game had been decided. With the team playing
at noon, it wouldn’t get a chance to practice on game day, but it also couldn’t practice in Ann Arbor with knowledge of its next opponent. So on the way from Michigan to Indianapolis, the team stopped for a session at Indiana Tech in Fort Wayne, Ind. If the Wolverines win Friday’s game, they will play the winner of Nebraska and Ohio State Saturday. Win that one, and they make the championship, where they could draw a team that has played them tough this year — Iowa, Wisconsin or Michigan State. While Michigan has been as strong as any team in the country offensively this season, it has also sported a porous defense. Maybe it’s the new rules this year that have made it more difficult to play on-ball defense, and maybe it’s the Wolverines’ lack of an imposing presence around the rim, but Michigan has struggled to neutralize scorers. “We have gotten better, but we’re still obviously not good enough to shut people down,” Beilein said. “So we better play well offensively, or we’ll have a tough time winning.” Perhaps it’s because of that defense, but Stauskas feels like Michigan doesn’t yet have the respect of the country. That’s why he still considers his team to be underdogs this weekend. “We’re the No. 1 seed, but I don’t think we’re the favorites to win this tournament,” he said. “I don’t think anyone really thinks we’re gonna win. So we still have a chip on our shoulder, and we’re excited to prove ourselves again.” That may very well be Stauskas’ own perception rather than reality, but perhaps not. Either way, it’s to Michigan’s advantage if it feels that way. “We understand that we play our best basketball when we feel like we’re a little bit under the radar,” Stauskas said.
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Tournament implications on Senior Day By ERIN LENNON Daily Sports Writer
The No. 14 Michigan hockey team might be finishing its regular season, but a series against No. 1 Minnesota is the last chance to get started. With a second-place finish in the conference and a bye in the Big Ten Tournament out of reach,
one last series at Yost Ice Arena is as high-stakes as ever. The Wolverines have the chance for redemption against Minnesota, the chance to reinforce their dominance at home and the chance to prove a postseason run is still possible. A month ago, the Wolverines were given a chance to make a statement against a team
that spent four months atop the standings, but they simply couldn’t. When the Golden Gophers came out firing on all cylinders Feb. 14, Michigan recoiled, looking slow and timid. Despite well-matched hockey through the second period, the Wolverines fell quietly on the road. But when Michigan scored
first the next night, Minnesota didn’t fold under the pressure — it stopped the bleeding and scored four unanswered goals to finish the sweep. Despite the losses, the Minnesota series marked the unofficial comeback of sophomore goaltender Steve Racine. The netminder earned the starting spot twice in place of freshman Zach Nagelvoort after sitting the bench through most of January, and earned his first start at Yost the following week. Having seen the majority of starting time since then, Racine began the game in the crease twice against Michigan State last weekend. Saturday, though, Racine and his team imploded, allowing four goals to the Spartans after permitting just 18 shots and a single tally the night before. Nagelvoort has earned the starting nod against the Gophers Friday. In the three series since Minnesota, Michigan has done what it has all season: impressed remarkably and disappointed mightily. After splitting a series with Penn State at home, the Wolverines earned a sweep of Ohio State. A dominant 7-1 win over Michigan State featured a hat trick from junior defenseman Andrew Sinelli, whose first goal of the season came against Minnesota. Also coming in the lopsided victory over the Spartans were a pair of powerplay goals and the successful three-minute debut of redshirt
junior goaltender Luke Dwyer, which seemed like the kind of win this team needed following the loss of senior captain Mac Bennett to injury. “We’re extremely hot and cold right now, so we have to find that consistency heading into the playoffs,” said Bennett, who is expected return to the starting lineup Friday. Though Michigan coach Red Berenson has spoken about improving each week, peaks and valleys have proven the story of Michigan’s season. Impressive home wins over then-No. 4 Boston College, Ferris State and Boston University contrast with two ugly losses to a second-year program in Penn State, whose only two conference victories came against Michigan. The Wolverines’ home success shows that home-ice advantage is a very real factor, and the
Children of Yost could serve as a sixth man when goals are at a premium. Michigan is eight games over .500 because of its dominance at home. But regardless of the venue, Minnesota is Minnesota. And a post-season appearance on the line, no matter how far away, starts at home. “Senior weekend is nice and all, but I want to win a Big Ten championship,” Bennett said. “I want to win a national championship.”
Minnesota at Michigan Matchup: Minnesota 24-46; Michigan 17-11-4 When: Friday 6:30 P.M., Saturday 7 P.M. Where: Yost Ice Arena TV: ESPN News (Friday), Big Ten Network (Saturday)
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The games are done for now, and the schedule is blank. All the Michigan women’s basketball team can do is wait. It isn’t a guarantee that the Wolverines’ season will continue, but it’s almost a sure thing. Though Michigan’s hopes of an NCAA Tournament at-large bid were effectively dashed in its close second-round loss to Michigan State in the Big Ten Tournament, the prospect of postseason play is still very much alive. The Wolverines (8-8 Big Ten, 18-13 overall) are likely below the bubble for the NCAA Tournament after a regular season in which many of their defeats came in close games against quality opponents. For now, Michigan has its sights set on a probable berth in the WNIT with the possibility of hosting tournament games. Based on projections, the Wolverines will likely be one of the better Big Ten teams to fall short of securing an NCAA Tournament bid. Michigan won’t know its fate until the postseason selections are announced Monday night. But the team is practicing nonetheless, choosing to view a WNIT bid as a stepping stone instead of a second-rate option. “Any time we get an opportunity to compete for a championship and continue to play and continue to practice, I think it’s going to help our program,” said Michigan coach Kim Barnes Arico on WTKA Tuesday. “So we’re excited about the opportunity to compete in the WNIT and to win a championship.” Barnes Arico has some experience coaching in the
WNIT. Her St. John’s teams made three appearances in the tournament, most recently in 2009, when the Red Storm reached the third round. At this juncture in her tenure at Michigan, Barnes Arico views the WNIT as a chance to continue establishing the legitimacy of the program. Though this season will not appear as successful on paper as her first year in Ann Arbor, which featured an NCAA Tournament victory, playing well in the WNIT would create momentum for the program going forward and end the season on a high note. The Wolverines will return the vast majority of their minutes next season, meaning extra practices now can set the tone and expectations for the upcoming year. Of the returning players, only junior guard Nicole Elmblad played more than 10 minutes in last year’s two NCAA Tournament games, so participating in postseason games will give the rest of the team needed experience before the addition of a heralded recruiting class. “We go in Crisler every day and there’s a lot of banners hung by our men’s program,” Barnes Arico said. “There’s not one hung yet by the women’s program. And that’s our goal, to win championships. So let’s go and try to hang that banner in the WNIT and get something started.” Michigan could possibly start its journey toward its first banner while playing in Crisler Center. The Wolverines have made themselves available to host WNIT games, but like the next step for this program, that will be announced Monday.
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