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Pescovitz to step down from CEO role in June Coleman recommends Emory University prof. to fill top health system position By IAN DILLINGHAM Daily News Editor
Ora Pescovitz, CEO of the University of Michigan Health System and executive vice president for medical affairs, announced in a blog post Monday morning that she will step down from her position after her five-year term ends on June 1. Pescovitz, the first woman to serve as the head of the health system, has worked in her current position since her 2009 appointment. “I want to express my deep appreciation to Dr. Pescovitz for her commitment to Michigan and for ensuring that the Health System remains sound and strong, which is an enormous accomplishment given our complex environment and the changing national health care landscape,” Coleman wrote in an e-mail to faculty and staff on Monday. As EVPMA, Pescovitz oversaw the University’s medical operations — three main hospitals, 40 outpatient locations and more than 120 clinics around the state — as well as the Medical School, School of Nursing and various research initiatives through various departments and institutes.
Under Pescovitz’s tenure, UMHS has implemented major renovation projects, most notably the construction of the $754 million C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital and Women’s Hospital, completed in 2011. She also oversaw the transfer of several research departments from the medical campus to the North Campus Research Complex after the University purchased the former Pfizer property in 2009 at a cost of $108 million. In a communication to the University’s Board of Regents, University President Mary Sue Coleman recommended Michael Johns, professor of otolaryngology and health policy at Emory University, to serve as interim EVPMA effective June 2. A Detroit native, Johns graduated from the University’s medical school in 1969 after obtaining a bachelor’s and graduate degree in biology from Wayne State University. “I look forward to the leadership, depth of experience, and vision that Dr. Johns will bring to the University,” Coleman wrote. “I appreciate his willingness to serve his alma mater and his home state in this important way.” Johns formerly served as dean of the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and vice president of Medical Faculty from 1990 to 1996. He later became the executive vice president for health affairs at Emory before serving as chancellor from See PESCOVITZ, Page 3
LEFT and LOWER: Dancers from the O’Hare School of Dance perform traditional Irish dances at Conor O’Neills Monday. CENTER: Green beer at Ashley’s Pub on State Street. TOP RIGHT: The Diggers perform at Conor O’Neill’s for St. Patricks Day.
Board to approve projects Regents to consider host of renovation plans at Thursday meeting By CLAIRE BRYAN and YARDAIN AMRON Daily Staff Reporters
The University’s Board of Regents will convene Thursday afternoon in the Michigan Union’s Anderson Room to consider multiple construction projects, as well as the elimination of an academic program within the School of Kinesiology. Initiatives slated for the Art and Architecture Building, the
Ross School of Business and the C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital and Von Voigtlander Women’s Hospital, among others, are expected to receive approval. Regents to approve Art and Architecture Building Renovations The regents will vote to approve renovations of the Art and Architecture Building on North Campus, which houses the Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning and the School of Art & Design. If approved, the renovations will consist of an addition to the original building, which was constructed in 1974, as well as minor renovations to the exist-
ing building. The project will add new classrooms, studio spaces and faculty offices. The project is estimated to cost $28 million, $12.5 million of which will come from a gift from real estate mogul A. Alfred Taubman, who donated $30 million in 1998 to the College of Architecture and Urban Planning, which now bears his name. In a separate agenda item, the regents will also vote to name the addition the A. Alfred Taubman Wing in his honor. Taubman has also funded the A. Alfred Taubman Health Sciences Library and the A. Alfred Taubman Medical Research Institute as well as support for an expansion of the University
of Michigan Museum of Art. Pending approval by the regents, the University will appoint architecture firm Integrated Design Solutions and the Preston Scott Cohen firm as project designers. Mobility Transformation Facility moves ahead Initial schematic designs and bids for construction contracts of a Mobility Transformation Facility will also receive approval. The research facility — which received approval in the fall — will simulate automated and connected driving in everyday conditions. For $6.5 million, the facility See BOARD, Page 3
City Council vote to lead to creation of new park
Proceedings for faculty removal raise questions
Councilmembers in favor of resolution say park will provide safe public space
Governance body also picks four new members of SACUA By ANDREW ALMANI
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Ann Arbor City Council members passed a resolution Monday night granting official council dedication to the establishment of an urban park near the Ann Arbor District Library. However, councilmembers and community members debated many concerns with the resolution, including a lack of organization and financial planning, safety and patrol questions and inconclusiveness as to whether the property would be publicly or privately owned and developed. Josie Parker, the Ann Arbor District Library Director who represented its board, opposed the creation of a park near the library due to safety concerns as well as issues surrounding the financial and organizational aspects of the potential park. According to Parker, Ann Arbor See COUNCIL, Page 3
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Jonathan Cohn, senior editor at The New Republic, and Avik Roy, opinion editor at Forbes, debate the U.S. Health System and potential reform at the Ford School of Public Policy Monday.
Journalists debate issues surrounding Obamacare Ford School talk examines how to reform healthcare in the U.S. By CHARLOTTE JENKINS Daily Staff Reporter
Journalist Jonathan Cohn and Avik Roy, a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute, engaged in a debate on the recent roll out of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care
Act and its impacts on health care cost and quality at the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy Tuesday. Both Roy and Cohn focused on the theme of compromise in the healthcare system in the event, “Obamacare and Beyond: How to Reform the U.S. Health System.” “The truth of all public policy — liberal, conservative — is that there are tradeoffs,” Cohn said. Roy worked as a health care policy adviser to presidential candidate Mitt Romney in 2012. He is also currently the opinion
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On Monday, the University’s Senate Assembly met at Palmer Commons to select new members for its executive body, the Senate Advisory Committee for University Affairs. Although the necessary quorum to initiate a Senate Assembly meeting was not reached, the new SACUA members were elected and members held a discussion about adjustments to University policy regarding the removal of faculty. The newly-elected SACUA members include John Lehman, professor of ecology and evolutionary biology, Pharmaceutical Sciences Prof. David Smith, William Schultz, professor of mechanical engineering, naval architecture and marine engineering and Silke-Maria Weineck, chair of the Department of Comparative Literature and associate professor of German Studies.
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The election process began with candidates delivering brief remarks about why they are interested in the position and which issues they find most important. Common themes included concern about future administrative decisions such as the Administrative Services Transformation, the lack of faculty input in the AST decision-making process, diversity and the importance of the humanities in the 21st century. The group later examined the proposed Fitness for Duty section of the Standard Practice Guide, concerning proper procedures in situations where faculty members need to be removed involuntarily. SACUA first received a draft of the SPG in January 2013 from Christina Whitman, vice provost for academic and faculty affairs. Upon review, SACUA found a few points of concern in the policy and spent time revising it during the summer, returning a new draft to the University in the fall. The most recent edition of the policy, which includes changes reflecting feedback from SACUA, was first presented in January 2014 and was discussed at the See SENATE ASSEMBLY, Page 3
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Why do you study archaeology? Why should people be interested in archaeology? In archaeology, we try to understand what it means to be
human by looking across long periods of time, and trying to understand over these long periods of time how what it means to be human has changed. You can see just looking over the last 5,000 years or the last 10,000 years over the world just how much our modern civilization is based on things invented or developed 5,000 or 6,000 or 7,000 years ago. Different peoples coming together to live in the first villages or the first cities; people planting and learning how to domesticate the first things like wheat and maize and barley and oats; domesticating cattle and dogs and sheep. All of that is a part of our ancient human heritage that makes our
world go around now. How is your research in North Carolina going? We’ve been focused on an archaeological site in North Carolina that contains the earliest European settlement ... After about 20 years of looking for it last summer, we actually found the fort itself. This coming summer, I’m aiming to have an archaeological field school, a University of Michigan field school at the buried site where I’m hoping to bring 12 undergraduates down to the site to work on excavating some of this burned fort. — MAX RADWIN
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The women’s water polo team swept their seventh staight Wolverine Invitational on Sunday to extend their win streak to 12 games. The weekend included decisive wins over Gannon, Notre Dame College, Siena and Fresno Pacific.
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Robin Beck is an assistant professor of Anthropology and serves as the assistant curator of the University’s Eastern North American Archaeology in the Museum of Anthropological Archaeology. Since 1994, he has been involved in the excavation of the oldest European settlement in the United States, located i in North Carolina. He is the author of three books based on his work in the field.
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Parades, cultural festivities Lieutenant Governor discusses statewide financial turnaround proceed despite tension Guinness and NYC mayor boycott celebration due to exclusion of gays NEW YORK (AP) — A weekend of St. Patrick’s Day revelry and tensions over the exclusion of gays in some of the celebrations culminated Monday in New York, where the world’s largest parade celebrating Irish heritage stepped off without the city’s new mayor and Guinness beer amid a dispute over whether participants can carry pro-gay signs. The parade of kilted IrishAmericans and bagpipers set off on a cold, gray morning. Hundreds of thousands of spectators lined Fifth Avenue, but the shivering, bundled up Sudoku Syndication crowd was only about half as thick as in previous years. Revelers also gathered
elsewhere for green-themed celebrations, including some 400,000 locals and tourists in Dublin, where gay rights groups took part in the festivities. De Blasio held New York’s traditional St. Patrick’s Day breakfast at Gracie Mansion with the Irish prime minister, Enda Kenny, but boycotted the parade because organizers said marchers were not allowed to carry gay-friendly signs or identify themselves as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender. Weeks ago de Blasio said he would skip the parade over the issue, but Guinness abruptly dropped its support a day before the event. The Dublin-based company pulled sponsorship assets, including on-air presence, parade participation and any promotional materials that weren’t already printed, although the beer maker had already made a payment to parade organizers, spokeswoman Alix Dunn said.
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Other beer companies took part in the boycotts, with Samuel Adams withdrawing its sponsorship of Boston’s parade and Heineken also bagging New York’s parade because of the exclusion of gays. Roman Catholic Cardinal By MICHAEL SUGERMAN Timothy Dolan, who greeted Daily Staff Reporter passing dignitaries in front of St. Patrick’s Cathedral wearing Simultaneously lamenting a woolen Irish cap over his red the broken Michigan of the past cardinal’s skull cap, said he and hailing its bright future, supports the participation of Lt. Gov. Brian Calley spoke to individual gays and hoped St. the University’s chapter of the Patrick’s Day could be a day of College Republicans on Monday unity and joy. night about rebuilding the state “I know that there are into a beacon of growth and thousands and thousands of success. gay people marching in this Serving as the youngest parade,” he said. “I know it. And lieutenant governor in the I’m glad they are.” state’s history, Calley works Police Commissioner as the second in command to William Bratton marched with Republican Gov. Rick Snyder. a contingent of uniformed Calley presides over the officers. Gay activists protesting Michigan Senate and assists the http://sudokusyndication.com/sudoku/generator/print/ the exclusion of official LGBT governor in day-to-day actions. groups held a news conference “We went from being a rich before the march to say they state to being a poor state in just didn’t think the NYPD officers ten years,” Calley said, focusing should participate in uniform. on the economic doldrums About two dozen gay rights between 2001 and 2011. advocates protested the parade “What we see now is a return holding placards high enough for to the attitude that we used to marchers to see. “If Danny Boy have, the spirit that really drove were gay, would he be welcome our state to the top,” he added. today?” read one. “In the last three years, we find Protester Richard Lynch wore ourselves a top ten state in our a Guy Fawkes mask, which was per capita income growth rate.” popular among members of the Calley said the real estate Occupy Wall Street movement. market in Michigan is on the He said de Blasio should have rise, as is the expansion of ordered the police commissioner business. These improvements, not to march. among others, have allowed “This was a big mistake,” the government to exceed Lynch said. “It says the mayor University economic forecasts isn’t serious about LGBT three years running, he added. inclusion in this parade.” Another element of MichiAcross the Atlantic in the land gan’s economic turnaround, that inspired St. Patrick’s Day, Calley said, has to do with foshundreds of thousands of people tering a positive atmosphere crowded the center of Dublin for within the state. He said if citiIreland’s major parade. The hourzens believe Michigan can come long procession featured loads of wit, brightly colored costumes and dancers, including from Ireland’s gay community — and nobody had a public word to say about it.
back from being the “center of the economic demise,” it will. Calley said Michigan has historically been a bastion of innovation, home to Saran Wrap, Kitty Litter and a once-thriving automobile industry. He added that changing the world is “in our DNA,” and a return to this climate is not distant. “Our strategy is, ‘How do we create an environment for success around the people that are already here?’ ” he said. “We want you to have the best possible chance of success. Whatever it is that you want to do with your life, we want this to be the best place to do it.” Contingent on this success, Calley said, is reminding students in particular that Michigan is indeed on the upswing. Part of this has to do with seeing bankruptcy as a force of good rather than bad. “Bankruptcy is not the problem; bankruptcy is the beginning of the solution to the problem,” he said. Despite this, Calley told students that employers throughout the state are complaining that they can’t find qualified people to fill positions — the Michigan Talent Portal has approximately 60,000 open jobs currently. “So that’s incumbent upon us to make sure that our education is providing people with relevant skills to fill those jobs,” he said. “But what we’re finding, unfortunately, is that it’s kind of hard to convince college graduates that part of their search ought to be here.” Calley also discussed college affordability, saying one method of decreasing the price of higher education will be giving high school students the opportunity to get college credit before they leave high school. He encouraged students to
take community college courses in their senior and junior years of high school because dual enrollment courses could ultimately reduce the amount of time spent at a four-year institution and in doing so, reduce the cost of a college degree by 25 percent or more, he said. The University and Michigan State University do not currently accept dual credit, which Calley said he and Snyder are working to change. In the meantime, a highlight of the duo’s most recent budget increases public university funding by 6.1 percent. However, this allocation is only available on a condition of tuition restraint. “We expect them to use that money to make the college experience more affordable,” Calley said. Business senior Michael Proppe, Central Student Government president, attended the meeting and said he was encouraged by Calley’s words. “The Snyder administration’s proposed increase in higher ed funding is very important, and I am glad Brian Calley touched on that tonight,” Proppe wrote in a statement after the event. “That said, there is still a lot of work to do to make college more affordable, both on the part of the state and the University.” LSA senior Russ Hayes, College Republicans chair, added that he hopes Calley’s tenacity as Lieutenant Governor spurs others to activism. “Not only is he a dynamic politician, he really inspires a lot of people,” Hayes said. “(He is) someone who really fires up people our age. He brings the personal experience and the economic experience and the dynamism that comes with being a young Republican.”
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2007 to 2012. The recommendation will go before the Regents for approval at their next meeting this Thursday. In recent years, the Health System faced scrutiny because of a series of internal controversies. In 2012, Stephen Jenson, a medical resident, was charged for possession of child pornography, which was found on a thumb drive plugged into a Health System computer. Slow response to the incident prompted the restructuring of the University’s Department of Public Safety, Housing Security and Hospitals & Health Centers Security into the Division of Public Safety and Security. Jenson was later sentenced to three years in prison. Later in 2012, the U.S. Securities and Exchanges Commission sued Neurology Prof. Sidney Gilman in regards to a potential insidertrading scheme. The commission alleged that information provided by Gilman allowed Matthew Martoma, a portfolio manager at CR Intrinsic Investors, to profit $276 million. Gilman later admitted in court that he had provided information regarding an Alzheimer’s drug trial to Martoma before it was released to the public. More recently, financial pressures from sequestration and expansion projects have caused the Health System to explore cost cutting measures, while steadily increasing patient demand has kept the majority of the health system operating at capacity. Despite the pressure, Coleman said the Health System under Pescovitz has recorded “the highest-ever scores in patient satisfaction.” The University Hospital was rated as the number one hospital in the state, according to the U.S. News and World Report 2013 to 2014 rankings. “I have relished my time here and will forever be grateful for the growth, experiences and relationships made possible by this opportunity,” Pescovitz wrote. “UMHS is a community of extraordinary people who do extraordinary work. I have been honored to lead this organization, which is what made this decision very difficult for me.”
will get a four-lane, 1,000-foot straight asphalt road, merge lanes, a network of urban streets, a roundabout, traffic circle, a crushed-gravel road segment and security fencing around the entire site. The project is a collaboration between the University’s College of Engineering, the Transportation Research Institute, the Office of Research, the University of Michigan Energy Institute and the State of Michigan Department of Transportation. If approved, construction completion is expected to begin in the fall. Physical Education programs to be discontinued Administrators at the School of Kinesiology have requested the discontinuance of the Physical Education major and minor, as well as the Health Education minor, effective March 1. “Nationwide, the number of students enrolled in undergraduate kinesiology majors continues to increase, but the number of students pursuing physical education degrees has greatly declined,” University Provost
COUNCIL From Page 1 Police are already called to the library every third day due to drunk and disorderly conduct of individuals in the area — an issue worsened due to the extreme conditions this winter. “It takes a tremendous amount of planning and organization and thought to manage a public space,” Parker said. “The safety concerns are real. It isn’t about making a problem worse; it’s about acknowledging a reality. We’re not saying no park, we are saying take the time to plan it given the context of the reality of what is happening.” Councilmember Stephen Kunselman (D–Ward 3) disagreed, saying he hopes to bring this
Martha Pollack and Ronald Zernicke, dean of the School of Kinesiology, wrote in a statement. In turn, the department will focus on their “thriving” Health and Fitness Leadership major. All current Physical Education students will still be able to graduate and no tenured faculty will be released. Non-tenured faculty may be released based on enrollment and University policy. A peer review committee, composed of various representatives from University colleges and nearby institutions of higher education, unanimously decided to ask for the major’s termination. Rackham infrastructure improvements to be considered
will work together to design the project, which will be funded entirely by investment proceeds. The building was commissioned by then-University President Alexander Ruthven in 1935, when he asked the Rackham Fund to realize what he called “the heart of the University,” according to their website. Revolutionary for its time, the building itself is known for its limestone exterior and inclusion of natural light, along with the copper roof, which was created specifically to act as an aesthetic bridge between the University and the adjacent residential area. The project is slated for completion in fall 2015. Regents to award construction contracts for Business School projects Though the regents approved renovations to the Stephen M. Ross School of Business and Kresge Business Administration Library, demolition of the Computer and Executive Education Building last month, authorization to award construction contracts for the projects will be finalized Thursday. Timothy Slottow, the University’s executive vice president and chief financial officer, wrote in a communication to the
While the regents approved schematic designs in July for the 220,000-gross-square-foot renovations for the Granger Library, they will now proceed to authorize bids and construction contracts. The facility, which currently houses four engineering departments, was built in 1958. The
space back to its former use as an open plaza, and saw the AADL board’s concerns to be fear-mongering without significant base. “The bad behavior that they are talking about is not related to this plaza,” Kunselman said. “We are not going to resolve bad behavior just by design.” Some public speakers and council members called on the failure of Liberty Plaza — a public space located on Liberty Street with a reputation of holding individuals who engage in public intoxication. Those in opposition to the resolution urged council members to ensure they have the resources and planning in place to manage a new park and ensure its success. Councilmember Jack Eaton (D–Ward 4), who voted for the resolution, discussed the broadness of the resolution in
terms of their plan to turn over the space to the park advisory committee. “During the formulation of the various versions of the resolution, some of these concerns are really fiction,” Eaton said. “They just don’t want a park downtown, and it’s really unfortunate.” Eaton also addressed another detail surrounding the creation of the park, urging the council to ensure this park is publicly owned, rather than controlled by a private developer — a measure called for by the city’s Parks Advisory Commission. “A private owner is a repudiation of the very nature of this public space,” Eaton said. “I ask that we simply draw these lines, send it back to PAC and ask for their input on what the appropriate use of this space is, and I think that is a very simple
thing. “ Councilmember Sabra Briere (D–Ward 1) spoke of the potential for creativity in this space. Though she said she does not support moving Sonic Lunch, an outdoor summer concert series at Liberty Park, to the possible 5th Avenue park, the loose nature of this resolution leaves room for input from PAC and other needs that may arise. Ann Arbor Mayor John Hieftje was not in support of the resolution, saying council members are attempting to create a new park in the hopes of escaping the problems of Liberty Plaza instead of facing the issues at hand. Councilmembers Christopher Taylor (D–Ward 3) and Margie Teall (D–Ward 4) voted against the resolution. Councilmember Sally Hart Petersen (D–Ward 2) was not present.
SACUA candidate Silke-Maria Weineck, associate professor of Germanic languages and literatures, speaks before the election at a meeting of the Senate Assembly Monday at Palmer Commons.
meeting Monday. SACUA Chair Karen Staller described the purpose of the policy, which intends to be used as a last resort. Moreover, the policy can only be implemented when “observable conduct has raised a substantial and serious question or concern” on a given faculty member’s performance, according to Staller.
“This policy addresses the process and criteria to be used when considering the timely involuntary removal of a faculty member who is unable to perform the essential functions of his position despite reasonable accommodations,” Staller said. SACUA wrote a memo with six specific concerns addressed to Women’s Studies Prof. Christina Whitman, a SACUA member, and the Human Resources department. This memo was presented to members at the
regents that the board will vote to approve “construction contracts for limited construction activity” to allow construction to be completed as early as summer 2016. Temporary modular office units will be installed in the Lorch Hall courtyard to house Business School and William Davidson Institute staff during the construction process. Additionally, internal renovations of the main building, including relocating cooling towers and rerouting utilities, will be completed in preparation for the main project. This work will cost $7 million and is included in the $135 million overall cost of the project. Funding for this limited construction will be provided by gifts, including the recordbreaking donation gifted by the school’s namesake in the fall.
The regents will also consider $2.4 million in infrastructure improvements for the Rackham Graduate School building. The proposed improvements will repair 1,300 square feet of ceiling that is damaged in the main auditorium, rehabilitate the main entrance and pedestrian ramp and replace of the original 76-year-old copper roof. The firm Simpson Gumpertz & Heger and the University’s Department of Architecture, Engineering and Construction
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meeting, along with a copy of the SPG itself. “This is being presented to you today with the express desire to get feedback from you,” Staller said. Jeffery Frumkin, associate vice provost for Academic and Faculty Affairs and senior director of Academic Human Resources, answered questions about the policy from faculty at the meeting. Senate Assembly’s last meeting of the semester will take place April 21.
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he countered the idea that young people who have not purchased health insurance are “slackers.” Instead, Roy said it often does not make economic sense for young people to have insurance. Cohn said that the ACA was a necessary compromise to help those he considered the “victims” of America’s healthcare system. He added that preceding the passage of the ACA there were 45 million uninsured Americans and millions more with inadequate coverage. “It (the effects of the ACA) won’t be perfect … but we will be in a better place,” Cohn said. Roy said he believes the ACA will make healthcare more expensive. “You might think from a personal standpoint, from a public
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health standpoint, that all of these benefits are great,” Roy said. “But they have costs.” The two presenters were divided on the issue of mental health coverage. Under the new laws, newly issued insurance plans are required to provide some level of compensation for mental health issues. “I want a system where no matter what happens to you, you’ll be protected,” Cohn said. “I think that includes mental health because mental health is a huge problem in this country.” In opposition to Cohn, Roy said mental health should not necessarily have to be covered by health insurance. Earlier in the debate, Roy said he would like to have health insurance for incidents that cannot be prevented, but not for others. He argued that while most Americans would agree to pay for the medical expenses of a child born with Down syndrome, Americans
lab will undergo $47 million in renovations to upgrade fire detection, alarm, emergency power systems, deep infrastructure, heating and ventilation. An additional 25,000 square feet of academic and instructional space will be added as well. The state of Michigan will fund $30 million of the costs as part of the fiscal year 2011 Capital Outlay Request. Children and Women’s Hospital to expand with new operating wing The University will also seek approval for plans to expand into shell space on C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital and Von Voigtlander Women’s Hospital’s fourth floor to create a new operating room. The Hospital and Health Center will provide $4.5 million to build out an additional 800 square feet of space adjacent to a current operating room. The project will provide standard operating room capabilities as well as the ability to use the space for future pediatric cardiovascular procedures. The funds will provide the room’s equipment and all the architectural, mechanical and electrical work. Architecture firm HKS will design the project and completion is expected by winter 2015.
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might not want to agree to pay to cover the costs of a smoker who has developed chronic pulmonary disease. “I might not want to have insurance that covers me from becoming a crack addict,” Roy said. Cohn said insurance is necessary for everyone because serious health issues can occur suddenly. “Every single person in this room is an accident, a heart attack, something catastrophic away from needing insurance,” Cohn said. Tracy Anderson, a clinical instructor in the School of Nursing, said she brought her nursing students to the event so they will be prepared to transition to the ACA’s new policies. The Gilbert S. Omenn and Martha Darling Health Policy Fund collaborated with the Ford School to sponsor the event. Audience members were encouraged to tweet throughout the debate with #policytalks.
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A punishment to fit the crime The ‘U’ needs to adopt stricter sanctions for forced sexual penetration
artmouth College has proposed changes to its sexual assault policy, calling for expulsion in most cases where a student is found guilty of “penetration accomplished by force, threat or purposeful incapacitation or where an assault involving penetration is motivated by bias.” Both Dartmouth and the University of Michigan are under investigation by the U.S. Department of Education due to accusations of mishandling sexual assault cases. While the University has made strides in improving its process for investigating and handling sexual assault cases, there remains room for improvement for the punishment for these offenses. The University’s current policy leaves too much leeway in punishing determined offenders, leaving open the possibility of offenders slipping through the cracks or getting off too lightly. The University should consider strengthening the potential punishments for student sexual misconduct and reducing the discretion of the Office of Student Conflict Resolution in assigning these penalties. According to a Centers for Disease Control study, 19 percent of college women reported experiencing attempted or completed sexual assault during their college career. With sexual violence averages on college campuses higher than the national average, University policy changes need to follow recognition of the problem and adopt stricter punishments similar to those outlined in Dartmouth’s proposal. A mandatory expulsion policy for sexual assault in the case of sexual penetration ensures that committing a heinous crime means facing a serious punishment. Especially in light of the University’s response to the public disclosure of former Michigan kicker Brendan Gibbons’ permanent separation and resulting protest, it is important that the University send a strong signal that sexual assault will be taken seriously on campus. The current wording of the University’s sexual assault policy, using phrases such as “reprimand” and “Potential Sanctions or Interventions,” is too weak. While it is important that stricter policies be put in place, it is equally important to ensure that they are as supportive and beneficial to the survivor as possible. According to the Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network, about two-thirds of rapes were committed by someone the survivor knew. The University should keep the “Resolution by Agreement” portion of the sexual assault policy, which allows the Complainant and Respondent to either accept or reject a proposed agreement in regards to what the sanctions or interventions will be regarding their case. This process should be kept so the survivor has input with regards to the punishment the respondent
receives. This may include someone who does not want to be responsible for ending someone’s educational career or who wants to take further steps to protect their identities and the identity of the assailant. However, there should be policies in place that to make certain survivor isn’t intimidated or threatened by the assailant or anyone else while this process takes place. Furthermore, the University needs to refocus on education incoming freshmen about sexual assault. The Sexual Assault Prevention and Awareness Center’s Relationship Remix, the mandatory program for students living in dorms, should include information about steps to take if you are sexually assaulted. Knowing how to preserve DNA evidence on the body or clothes and knowing who to go to in order to report an assault could ultimately lead to a more successful investigation. Information about counseling and medical services for victims could be life saving. Furthermore, the consequences for being convicted by the courts or found responsible for sexual assault by the University should be presented. Furthermore, the University should call on organizations like SAPAC to help increase education for students on campus about sexual assault. Education will foster cultural awareness and reduce stigma associated with incidences of sexual assault. The University’s sexual assault policy should be made stricter by incorporating mandatory expulsion for proven assailants. The wording of the policy reflects the severity of sexual assault, signaling appropriate respect for the trauma and long-lasting effects of sexual assault for survivors.
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In response to ‘Leaving the savior mentality behind’ TO THE DAILY: What’s the point? Armchair criticism of an Alternative Spring Break or Foundation for International Medical Relief of Children trip is unfair (even if you did almost participate in one). Your concern for the oppressed is admirable, but I think the uptick in Facebook cover photos that accompanies a trip, the ones with a student posing, the underprivileged arranged neatly around them, has led you to a hasty conclusion. I’d like to ease your worry about the mindset of the hundreds of students that set out this Spring Break. The emphasis on education is what sets ASB apart. Prior to leaving, ASB groups meet to learn, reflect, discuss and prepare. Site leaders work to foster empathy, not sympathy — the trip is presented not as an opportunity to pity people, but understand what they’re going through. And, more importantly, what can be done. It’s difficult to improve a community in a week, you’re right, but meeting key social needs is nothing to sneeze at. From packing and delivering meals to AIDS victims, to spending a couple hours tutoring a kid after
school, ASB participants complete simple, practical projects. These might not greatly reduce the weight of oppression, but they serve a purpose. They also allow students to rub elbows with people who develop innovative solutions to social problems. An underrated part of my trip was gaining insight into how easy it is to become an active citizen, something that seemed quite daunting before. Finally, though a cynic might scoff, great realizations do arise out of the nightly reflections. Discussing how lessons can be transplanted to post-ASB life is a valuable exercise, and this is backed up by data. Studies show that students return from ASB more engaged and more willing to dedicate their lives to service. There is a discussion to be had about the pitfalls of ‘help’ and the troubling savior mentality. Ideally, everyone would venture into the field, heads full with the “Pedagogy of the Oppressed.” But the beautiful thing about service is that it’s not exclusionary. Martin Luther King, Jr., no stranger to activism, said, “everybody can be great ... because anybody can serve.” That seems like a more worthwhile mindset to me. Aditya Vedapudi Business junior
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nspired by Jamaica Kincaid’s “Girl” They say: this is how you sew on a popped button; this is how you comb lemon into your hair to coax out the blonde; this is how you bleach those fine mustache hairs; this is how you EMILY wield a razor PITTINOS without slicing your ankles. But porn stars and strippers are the only women who shave above the knee. They say: this is how to step onto an escalator without catching your dress; this is the deodorant that smells like rain; slather your delicate chest with this sunscreen, even in winter. If you yawn too wide, your mouth will catch flies; if you sit with your legs open, things will get in. Don’t stick your fingers down your pants; the waitress doesn’t want to watch you fidget with your private parts. Don’t say “vagina” at the dinner table. Call it your “front bottom,” or your “floofy;” it’s your “no-no square;” it’s a frail flower; a fishy mystery; keep it clean, shaven. Wearing underwear with your pantyhose will prevent yeast infections. If you itch down there, slip this small egg of medicine inside your bajinga. Eat a little yogurt each day. Eat spinach when you’re on your period. Use cold water to massage the bloodstains out of your panties. Tampons clog the toilet, and choke birds when they drain into the watershed; don’t flush them. Instead, wrap your feminine products in toilet paper. Instead, bury them deep in the wastebasket where no one will see. Don’t let boys kiss you on the bus. Don’t do drugs in that parking lot by
the lake. Don’t smoke cigarettes. Don’t throw your life away with booze like our neighbor with the credit card debt. Don’t have sex; you would disappoint your father. Don’t have sex; we’re too young to be grandparents. Do you love him? Well that doesn’t mean you have to offer him your virginity. You think you’re in love, but you’re too young to know how that feels. Don’t have sex; the world is too dangerous and your mother would worry. You see, girls have to be more careful than boys. Don’t walk home alone in the dark. But if you must: carry mace, hold your keys like a weapon, pretend to talk on your cell phone, wear headphones. Are you listening? Do you want to inspire a story on SVU? Always check under your car for aggressors. Don’t traipse around in mini-skirts, or drink more than one Cosmo at the bar. But when you’re old enough for consensual sex with a responsible partner, use a condom, pee afterward to prevent UTIs, and remember: don’t trust men with facial hair; don’t trust men with floppy handshakes; don’t trust men who resent their mothers. Remember: boys don’t like girls who beat them at arm wrestling; men don’t like girls with hairy armpits; men don’t like sarcastic women. A woman teaches a man how to treat her. If you don’t keep him satisfied, he will leave you. Stop slouching. Stand with your back flat against the wall to practice good posture. Quit stomping around like a hunchback. Walk with your chest out and your tummy tucked in. Walk with rolling hips. Walk in a way that stops traffic. Make strangers hang from their windows and howl like cartoon coyotes. Trust the architecture of your high heels; they were built to bear your weight.
Take smaller bites of your burger. If you eat too fast, you’ll gain weight like our neighbor with the credit card debt. Just don’t bring idiots home for dinner. Remember the knife always protects the spoon from the fork. This is how you make a chicken stock; this is how you salt a soup; this is how you get free food in a white-cloth restaurant. On laundry day, always separate your whites and bleach your pit stains, the golden crotches of your underwear. Never clean your ears with anything smaller than your elbow. Leggings are not pants. Only streetwalkers wear that much eyeliner. Don’t over-pluck your beautiful eyebrows. Beauty is pain. Beauty is a full-time job. You are a natural beauty; you’re prettier than those tubby sluts at your old high school; you have the lips of an angel; you will have no trouble attracting a boyfriend in college. College is where women find their ideal mate. Did you hear your cousin is getting married? Are you seeing anyone? Why haven’t you met someone by now? Find a kind man with a good job; marry someone with good genes; try not to marry a musician. But I don’t want to get married. You always say that, but just wait. Someday you will find a guy to take care of you. You’ll settle down in a modest home and get pregnant. You will grow fat on corned beef and sour cream donuts. Your feet will swell. You will spend hours in the hospital screaming for morphine and sucking on ice chips. After giving birth, your daughter will rest in the crux of your elbow. You may be sad for weeks; you may regret forcing a little girl into this dangerous world. But for the rest of your life, you will be responsible. You will love. — Emily Pittinos can be reached at email@example.com.
FARAH ERZOUKI | MICHIGAN IN COLOR
Reflections of a ‘person of color’
Earlier this year, an amazing, inspiring group of women created a new student group on campus: the Michigan Women of Color Collective. This collective has united women of color from every corner of the University and seeks to provide a safe space for us to discuss the issues we face — from overt racism to the microaggressions we face daily that often are neglected, delegitimized and trivialized. After attending the first few meetings, I felt a concoction of emotions. I related to many of the women in the room, and their stories and testimonies caused me to reflect on my own experiences in an attempt to identify instances of racism, bigotry and sexism that I hadn’t previously considered. These women made me realize that, as an Arab American Muslim woman, I had often been tokenized both in and out of the classroom at a young age and forced to speak on behalf of an entire racial, ethnic and religious community. I learned that it wasn’t my duty to educate, and the anxiety I felt having to be the spokesperson for Arabs and Muslims in all sorts of spaces was warranted and legitimate. How would I possibly be able to provide enough context and nuance when describing a religion practiced by billions, or an identity that hundreds of millions across the world shared? It simply didn’t make sense, and this space provided me with a sense of relief that this overwhelming feeling of stress and confusion wasn’t exclusive to me. However, I also felt a certain level of discomfort in the space and at first couldn’t understand why. This resulted in my reluctance to share as much and a greater interest in hearing the experiences of the other women in the room. I came to realize that there were oppressions and barriers I would never have to face because of my privileges (having fairer skin and being a part of the upper-middle class). I also realized that my privileges often came at the expense of other brown and Black bodies. I grew up in the bubble that is
Bloomfield Hills. Bloomfield Hills is not only one of the wealthiest cities in the state of Michigan, but in the entire nation. While I did face racism growing up, I belonged to a sizable Arab and Muslim community, not to mention that my socioeconomic privilege, coupled with my skin color (which falls in some awkward place between light and medium when picking out makeup), gave me the opportunity to forego many of the oppressions that poorer and darker Arabs and Muslims face, both nationally and beyond. I come from an Iraqi family; when I meet people, they are often surprised when I reveal my nationality in conversation. I’ve been told multiple times that I am “too pretty” or “too light” to be Iraqi. This always confused me because the Iraqis who I interact with, the ones in my family, look like me. I realized soon enough that the same people who were making these harsh, racist generalizations were typically interacting with the poor, darker-skinned refugee population of Iraqis both in the United States and in countries I visited abroad, such as Jordan and Lebanon. My mother’s skin is even lighter than mine. Combine her fair skin with her green eyes and light brown, almost dirty blonde hair. When meeting some of her relatives for the first time this past summer, her cousin immediately asked me why I wasn’t pretty like my mother, why I didn’t inherit the green eyes or the fair skin that my mother claimed. I hadn’t experienced anything like it before; the man looked at me disgustedly, as if I was subhuman simply because I had dark, thick hair, dark eyes and a slightly darker complexion than my mother. I was somehow a lesser version of her because of my color and my darker features. This was when I began to understand that while I am a person of color, there are many privileges I enjoy based on my color and my class. This is when I began to understand colorism on a deeper level, that I would be judged relative to the other people of color around me. This is when I began to understand that racism is an issue of black and white;
the whiter you are, even as a person of color, the less oppression you face and the easier it is for you to assimilate into the ideals of whiteness. I struggle reconciling these intersecting identities and privileges, and also struggle at times identifying as a person of color because of how different my experiences have been based on my lighter skin, as well as my privileges as an upper-middleclass, heterosexual, cisgendered, able-bodied person. While there are certain settings where I feel comfortable claiming the “person of color” label to build political solidarity across non-white communities, there are probably more instances when the label can be deceitful in its implication of a monolithic experience and narrative of what is actually an overwhelmingly nuanced, diverse group of people. This is particularly misleading when the label “people of color” includes non-Black POCs like myself, who indirectly reap the benefits of white supremacy and are complicit in a system that promotes anti-Black culture. Being aware of the privileges I hold and the role that I play as a nonBlack woman of color has helped me become cognizant of the space I take up in settings with other women of color, namely Black women who are oftentimes the direct targets of any form of racism — even racism that is directed at me, and especially racism initiated or perpetuated by my community and other non-Black communities of color. So as a “person of color,” I reflect on the ways I benefit from and am complacent in these systems of oppression. Because the term “person of color” isn’t enough for me and it certainly isn’t enough for those under the label whose oppression I am too privileged to know or ever claim as my own. Michigan in Color is the Daily’s opinion section designated as a space for and by students of color at the University of Michigan. To contribute your voice or find out more about MiC, e-mail michiganincolor@ umich.edu. Farah Erzouki is an LSA senior.
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‘Resurrection’ soars By GRACE HAMILTON Daily Arts Writer
“I’m coming for you, Kendrick”
YG gets ‘Krazy’ on successful debut Lethal chemistry with DJ Mustard visible in album By JACKSON HOWARD Daily Music Editor
Earlier this year, YG made the dubious assertion that he and his producer DJ Mustard were the next Snoop and Dr. ADre. While this is just utterly My Krazy ridiculous, it’s easy to forget Life how 20 years YG ago, Snoop Doggy Dogg Def Jam and Dr. Dre were also a pair of unproven and hungry young men from Los Angeles who, with incredible chemistry and lots of still to come groundbreaking music, would change rap forever. YG probably isn’t going to change rap music forever. But in the midst of the West Coast rap resurgence spearheaded by Kendrick Lamar and his TDE crew, the impact of Mustard, YG and their extended family can’t be overlooked. In fact, YG and Kendrick make for a fascinating pair themselves — Kendrick the intellectual, YG the gangbanger; Kendrick the sober contemplator, YG the inebriated celebrator. It’s easy, then, to dismiss YG as a one-dimensional ratchet music exploiter who got a deal based on Mustard’s catchy production. But while My Krazy Life, YG’s Def Jam debut, is no good kid, m.A.A.d city, it is equal in honesty, personality and a dedication to exploring the complicated life of growing up in Compton. Under the supervision of executive producers Jeezy and Mustard, the latter of whom handles most of the production, My Krazy Life is surprisingly cohesive, with smooth transitions between songs, skits holding together central themes and even a loose storyline running throughout. Like Kendrick’s debut, the album is steeped in classic L.A. rap tradition. Mustard utilizes Dre-esque synths and twinkling pianos and YG’s oftentimes frantic and slurred flow channels a combination of 2Pac, Tha Dogg
Pound and Warren G while sticking to a limited palette of sex, friends, gangbanging and family. It’s nothing innovative, but YG, like a golden-era 50 Cent, has become masterful over maintaining his gangster image while still catering to the ladies. But it’s YG’s lethal chemistry with Mustard’s now in-demand West Coast ratchet sound that gives the album its legs. For his part, Mustard does an incredible job of both embodying the most typical aspects of his production as well as innovating with violins, choppy drum patterns and lush breakdowns. “I Just Wanna Party” is exciting simply for the fact that it places ScHoolboy Q and Jay Rock, two of TDE’s most ferocious rappers, on a classic minimalist Mustard beat. The result is spectacular — ScHoolboy spits a venomous verse that is more true to his original Crip origins than most of Oxymoron, while legendary guest appearance ripper Jay Rock does exactly that, shouting manically at the start of his verse, “Nigga, I’m from Bounty Hunters, East Side lunatic / Gang bang, slap a bitch.” More intimidating
Flawed, wild, impulsive. gangbanging songs follow: “Bicken Back Being Bool” — a translation into “Blood” speak in order to never utter the letters C or K, which are associated with the rival Crips — finds YG rapping with total confidence over vibrating Mustard synths, while on “Meet the Flockers” and “1AM” YG breaks out some storytelling to impressive success, describing in detail a home invasion that sounds eerily similar to the one he was jailed for five years ago. It’s this level of authenticity — the skits from his mother, the robbery stories, the guest spots from unknown artists and friends like Tee Cee, RJ and Tory Lanez — that makes YG so lovable. He’s real. He’s honest. He’s also blunt in his delivery, sometimes to a fault, but at least his message always gets across. This bluntness is reflected
oftentimes in the simplicity of YG’s rhymes, but he’d probably be the first to agree. He’s nowhere close to lyrical excellence, but he isn’t trying to be. And while some of his more boneheaded rhymes might take away from the album at points, the rudimentary nature of his lyrics is offset by their genuineness and delivery. Outside of “My Nigga,” “Who Do You Love?” with Drake and “Really Be (Smokin N Drinkin)” with Kendrick Lamar, the two most high profile cuts, run backto-back in perfect cohesion. “Love?” is classic Mustard piano, chants and sinister synths, and Drake murders it, as he tends to do on wild guest spots, boasting, “I’mma crush that ass even if it ain’t too big / I would pinky swear but my pinky ring too big.” Featuring production from singer-producer virtuoso Ty Dolla $ign, who has been associated with YG and Mustard for years, “Really Be” is both party material and lyrical exercise. Kendrick’s is killing features like its 2011 again, and over Ty’s bubbling drums and wily synths, he and YG trade syncopated, hush-voiced onslaughts. YG more than manages to keep up, but Kendrick takes it a level higher, providing a dizzying, neurotic rollercoaster of a verse, lamenting his childhood and shouting out dead homies with both humor and paranoia. “Sorry Momma,” the Dolla $ign-assisted closing track, is basically YG’s take on 2Pac’s classic “Dear Mama,” and is an interesting, but fitting, choice to wrap up the album. His vulnerability has never been more on display — “Damn, now I’m feeling less than a man,” he raps — but by starting the album with a skit by his mother and ending it with a tribute to her, YG is consciously reminding us that he is more than the guy behind “My Nigga” or another hooligan slapping asses and smoking weed. Like Kendrick, another good kid trapped in a mad city, YG admits he’s flawed — he’s wild, he’s impulsive, but he’s still young, still doing the best he can, and as the chants of “I know I did wrong” take over the final track, you have no problem forgiving him.
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ABC’s new series, “Resurrection,” premiered on Sunday, March 9, diving directly into a fast-paced Anarrative that does Resurrection not pause for Sundays at 9 p.m. anything. The show ABC is based on the book, “The Returned,” by Jason Mott, and follows the stories of the families and friends whose loved ones begin mysteriously returning from the dead. The pilot episode brought in almost 20 million viewers. The pilot traces the story of Jacob, who wakes up in a Chinese rice field, and is taken back to his home in Missouri by agent Martin Bellamy (evidently to be one of the show’s main protagonists). Upon their arrival on the doorstep of Jacob’s family home, his aging parents inform Bellamy, and a near silent Jacob, that the boy died almost 32 years ago. The story begins to unfold. Initially, it may be difficult to suspend disbelief. What should be felt as an emotional reunion between Jacob and his parents does not draw out the intended response; instead, the sheer impossibility of it all dominates the feelings in the scene. However, the speed with which everyone seems to accept “resurrection” as a rational explanation, challenges the legitimacy of the show on the whole. It’s as if not enough work was done on the part of the writers to really convince you; they assume we’re convinced anyway, a matter of fact. This makes it hard to feel emotionally connected to any of the characters or even invested
in the outcome. That being said, the fact that the plot moves as quickly is a good thing; there’s no room for boredom. Details, twists and turns emerge over the course of
ABC show has broad appeal. the episode, adding to its complexity and thus the viewer’s desire to pay attention. “Resurrection” has a similar structure to “Heroes,” bouncing from character to character, with interwoven plot lines and an element of mystery. This quality of suspense, as the true story behind Jacob’s death comes into question, is another reason to keep watching. We want to know: what really happened? Dead people coming back to life, minus any zombie
component, seems like a bizarre concept for a TV show, at least on the surface. However, it caters very well to current tastes — strong supernatural component as well as mystique. The directors have a powerful eye and the cinematography is impressive enough to hold your attention even when the writing falls short. Still, the show is careful not to go to overboard with trying to be creepy; the eerie ethos of the show is just right. By the end of the episode, there are more characters involved, more questions left to be answered and even a new character resurrected. You may, at this point, be surprised to find yourself hooked. “Resurrection” has lots of promise to be a new hit series. It’s playing into a kind of formula for success, by including a mystery, a love story and a wide-enough range of characters to appeal to an equally broad audience. This is one to keep an eye out for.
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NBC B for ‘Believe’
Cuarón elevates ‘Believe’ Visuals enthrall in NBC drama from ‘Gravity’ director BY ALEX INTNER Daily Arts Writer
We’ve seen this story time and time again since “Lost” premiered in 2004: a serialized show premieres B with a great pilot but lacks Believe the depth to sustain the Sundays storyline and at 9 p.m. the directNBC ing talent to maintain the visuals. After one episode, it’s impossible to tell whether “Believe” will go the way of shows like “FlashForward” and “The Event,” or if it will actually be able to go the distance. The pilot creates relationships, a visual template and a plot that is gripping, but offers no hints as to whether
the show will be able carry on these elements over a full season of TV. “Believe” follows a man named Tate (Jake McLaughlin, “Warrior”) who is broken out of death row by members of a mysterious organization led by Winter (Delroy Lindo, “The Chicago Code”). They do this to enlist his assistance in protecting a girl named Bo (newcomer Johnny Sequoyah) from the evil people who are trying to take advantage of her mysterious powers. As they travel, Bo helps people believe in themselves; in the pilot she helps a doctor who considers quitting his job after a patient dies. With the setup of this premise, “Believe” starts telling a story with a lot of information to reveal. A lot of the plot in the pilot is setting up a complicated mythology, with many secrets involving the true motivations of the “good” and “evil” organizations and how much power Bo has. It’s yet another serialized series that offers
no insight into whether it will be able to hold interest over a season (or multiple seasons). It could easily get bogged down in creating more questions, and not building the story they already have in place. The best element of “Believe” is going to be the hardest one to repeat on a week-to-week basis. Newly-minted Oscar winner Alfonso Cuarón (“Gravity”) directed the pilot, creating a diverse, unique visual template. While this show doesn’t come close to “Hannibal” in terms of visual quality, its patterns are different from anything else on television. What’s worrisome, however, is the fact that Cuarón won’t be directing every episode. The show’s mix of some well-choreographed action sequences and visually interesting scenes involving characters sitting around and talking created a template that is going to be very tough to emulate, robbing the show of one of it’s best aspects. Another very strong characteristic of the pilot is how
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Remember back in 2012, that one day when Wikipedia, Reddit and a few of your other favorite procrastination sites went dark? For some, it was just an annoyance — but many others realized that something big was going down, and ELLIOT that webALPERN sites don’t suddenly go dark for some trif ling reason. In a matter of days, the bill known as SOPA — the Stop Online Piracy Act — was dead on arrival from the public pressure. Cue the pride of victory, that warm fuzzy feeling that democracy could actually work when we the people realized we needed to band together. Because, really, the stakes were high enough to warrant losing a full day’s revenue for most websites. Under SOPA, copyright holders could shut down any infringing site with a quick court order. And anyone who streamed anything illegally — be it a song, an album, a TV show — was liable for up to 5 years in prison. But we don’t have to worry about that any more, right? After all, we slayed the twoheaded SOPA hydra and the lesser-discussed PIPA. Surely those media execs ran home with their tails between their legs, never to try the will of the American people again. Unfortunately, as many of you could g uess by the f lavor of this column, that’s not even close to the case. Those same lobbyists who pushed hard for the renewed prosecution of online pirates have had a revelation. Why slog through the very visible swamp that was SOPA, when dealing in the shadows works just as well? This brings us to two new theaters of war for, more or less, the same damn issue — only now, there’s less we can do about it. At the very least, you might have heard of this first battlefront: the Trans-Pacific Partnership. The TPP masquerades as a behemoth free trade deal between a dozen or so countries, and has been under constant negotiation for almost a decade. Why would anyone care about trade policies? As you may have g uessed, much is afoot underneath the true purpose of this agreement, which itself is murky — no one will make the text of the draft available, and it took the efforts of Wikileaks to show us the dark underbelly of what we’re up against. The Verge, a popular tech website, summed up best what we have to fear from the inf luence of copyright lobbyists. “Many of the criticisms focus on the treaty’s ‘enforcement’ section, which includes lang uage that critics say mirrors similar provisions from America’s controversial SOPA and ACTA bills. This includes provisions that … critics say would further establish ISPs as a de facto copyright police.” While all of this sounds like something we should start rallying against as soon as possible, the problem exists in the fact that the TPP doesn’t necessarily have to go
through Congress. Presidents have had the power to “fasttrack” trade policies before — and if that power is renewed, this could get shoved into reality before we even have a say in it. Another proposed practice also seems to be streng thening of copyright law — something known as “Notice and Staydown.” While the proposal is still in infancy, its nature is somewhat ominous. At a basic level, Notice and Staydown means that, if a website is sent a “takedown” notice regarding copyright infringement of some piece of media, it must then immediately destroy all copies of that media and actively prevent the media from being uploaded again. While this may seem like a fair point, anyone who knows how copyright law actually works will recognize that this isn’t a solution, but rather that it is a vast blanket that will affect both legal and illegal distribution of artwork. Notice and Staydown isn’t nearly the threat that the TPP will be, but both show that
Piracy actually helps business. copyright lobbyists won’t stop until copyright law is revised for their interests and actively enforced. Which, really, is stupid when you look at the evidence. Yes, piracy is illegal. Downloading something you should pay for is illegal. But if music execs want to make as much money as they can, they’ll stop pursuing piracy and focus on making their product as affordable and available as possible, because, believe it or not, piracy actually helps business. Last year, the Institute for Prospective Technological Studies (part of the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre) analyzed digital music piracy over five countries from 16,000 participants. The execs work under the assumption that every album downloaded is $10 or more instantly evaporated in a puff of torrenting. But the IPTS concluded that “digital music piracy does not displace legal music purchases,” and even more, that “illegal music consumption could also, in theory, stimulate legal music consumption.” The study found that, for every 10 percent increase in the number of illegal downloads, there was a two percent rise in legal sales. Obviously, correlation is easier to establish than causation, but it seems that music piracy, at the very least, doesn’t do as much harm as advertised. So where do we go? It’s tough to fig ure out — but for the ever-optimistic side of me, I’d like to think that democracy can still achieve something for the people. So keep an eye out for the TPP and Notice and Staydown, and when any of it comes into the public light, do what you can to be a part of democratic progress. Alpern is torrenting music. To get him to stop, e-mail email@example.com.
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Four years later: Shaun Bernstein’s final run Senior putting final touches on successful, but injury-riddled Michigan career
By DAVID MALINOWSKI Daily Sports Writer
It was the end of practice at the Baseline Tennis Center in Minneapolis for the Michigan men’s tennis team as it was making its first Big Ten road trip of the season. With the coach’s echoes of “last two points” billowing through the courts, senior Shaun Bernstein started his serving motion, pulling his racket down and tossing the furry yellow ball high into the air. Something didn’t feel right. Sharp pains like the prickles of a cactus filled up Bernstein’s right shoulder and upper back with a numbing sensation tingling down the right side of his body. As Bernstein went to serve again, his arm refused to obey the commands of his brain, instead rebelling and responding with more pain. It was this moment that would alter his career forever. For as long as he can remember, Bernstein has stared his opponents down from the other side of a mesh-knit net. The court was a place of enthralling battles, increased heart rates, black marks from tennis shoes and strategizing where to hit his next shot. At the age of 22, however, he has come up against his biggest opponent of all: reality. Professional tennis is no longer an option. The stout Michigan captain of men’s tennis is now entering the final stretch of his career, one that was filled with adversity, success, but one all too surreal at certain points. “It has served its purpose,” Bernstein said, reflecting on his tenure as the captain of the Michigan men’s tennis team. “It has been an incredible run.” In an interview with the Daily his freshman year, Bernstein expressed optimism about becoming a leader on and off the court at the University. Now a senior, he has spent three years as a team captain, sacrificing body and mind to ensure the on-court success of the team. As a promising recruit four years ago, Bernstein has gone through virtually every ordeal in his four years at the Michigan. He experienced peaks and valleys to the tune of balls popping off of dense nylon strings, and he had some days, both dark and light. Bernstein, a former top-20 underage player in the United States, has gone as far as representing the United States at the Junior Davis Cup. At the age of 13, Bernstein traveled to the Czech Republic with the likes of Andy Roddick, Robby Ginepri and up-and-coming Ryan Harrison to carry the American flag on the tennis
Michigan senior Shaun Bernstein came to Ann Arbor as a prospect loaded with potential, but injuries have forced him to abandon his professional dreams.
court. Considered a “can’t miss” prospect with so much room to develop, Bernstein hasn’t had a standout record, amassing a 35-45 singles record and a 56-42 in doubles. As one of the most wellrounded individuals to walk the Michigan tennis courts, Bernstein’s four years in Ann Arbor will be full of misfortune and hypotheticals. *** Ask any athlete about his upbringing and he or she will give a long dissertation about parents. Bernstein refused to react differently. Growing up on Long Island, N.Y., tennis took up a large majority of his life from a young age. As early as middle school, Bernstein was training six days a week in gyms, on courts and around town. His mother managed to convince him to do homework in the car rather than staring blankly at the flowing landscape outside the window. Of course, the homework was important, as the work ethic that made Bernstein strive to be a complete player also kept him going in the classroom. “She was incredible,” Bernstein said of his mother. “We would spend so much time (together) growing up ... and tennis is very significant with the travel.” Driving from tournament to tournament, up and down the East Coast, did create its opportunities for quality time in the car, but also a debt of appreciation. “I will forever be extremely grateful and indebted to (my parents) that they sacrificed a lot of time, money, emotional engagement, helping me out through the highs and the lows,” Bernstein said. “They were everything to me.” Bernstein’s birth parents
Senior Shaun Bernstein has amassed a 35-45 singles record at Michigan.
were not his only paternal figures. “Lawrence Kleger was my tennis parent growing up. He knew me better than I did,” Bernstein said. “He was definitely a big influence, and he helped me through some tougher times growing up in tennis.” As a teenager, Bernstein underwent one of the most difficult parts of his career in converting to a one-handed backhand, fundamentally changing his entire style of play. The person who pushed him through the process was none other than his childhood coach, Kleger. “It really had a very significant toll on my mind, and those are some of my darkest times in tennis, looking back, but it definitely made me stronger mentally.” Getting him through the rough times was one particular superstition of tossing a racket into the air, aiming for multiple spins as if he were under the scrutiny of judges watching. “I used to flip my racket a lot, literally toss it up. I got so good at it, and I would do three straight spins and catch it,” he said. “People used to make fun of me, but I wouldn’t be able to start the point unless I took my head off of the match for a second.” Despite the superstitions, Bernstein was legitimately good at tennis. From a young age, everyone knew he had a skyhigh ceiling.
his teammates. Bernstein wound up missing several matches due to the injury anyway, and he posted just an 8-20 record in singles play that year. He and King managed to pull things out in 2012, salvaging a 22-13 doubles record. “It was tough to swallow when I’d go out and lose doubles and then have to go out and try to play singles and lose,” he said. “I lost a lot of matches in a row, and it was tough because it felt like I was sacrificing my confidence (for the sake of the team).” Bernstein never pulled himself from the lineup, only coming out at the demands of the coach. He and King would go on to miss the individual NCAA Tournament. Bernstein, despite the hardships, doesn’t regret the experience. While the pain in his shoulder had lingering effects, it helped cultivate a value of sacrifice, a concept that Bernstein is all too familiar with. It was the constant hampering of his body, the back injections and the continuous pain without rest. The physical pain was on the surface, but stomaching his emotions and leading the team is what mattered most. “Looking back, I wouldn’t change it,” he said. “The team comes first.”
“Looking back, I wouldn’t change it. The team comes first.”
*** Playing tennis without healthy shoulders is like drag racing against a Lamborghini in a bicycle. The odds of winning are extremely low, and the rider is likely going to face some severe pain in the process. “My body hasn’t held up as well as I would have liked,” Bernstein said. He spent the better part of his collegiate career playing alongside the standout stalwart Evan King, and the shoulder injury loomed over a blotchy win-loss total, forcing him to play through the handicap. “I played pretty much the entire Big Ten season serving underhand,” he said. “I had to understand that I was doing it for the team.” As the second singles player, Bernstein refers to the challenges the team would face had he been pulled from the lineup by Michigan coach Bruce Berque. Playing the 20112012 season with a shortened seven man roster, each player would have had to move up a spot and face a higher level of competition, something that Bernstein, as a captain, didn’t feel comfortable throwing on
*** Tennis is an individual sport. At the end of the day, the difference between a win and a loss can directly stem from a single player. Learning to play on a team, in Bernstein’s eyes, was a challenge that required getting used to. While Bernstein is getting ready to navigate the professional world like many other student athletes before him, the skills that he gained through his experiences will prove invaluable. “Learning through trial and error how to try and help motivate a group of guys who are on different pages with each other, with the coaches, has a bit of a learning curve,” he said. “Sometimes, as a leader, you have to do stuff that you’re uncomfortable doing, but that’s the best for the team. “Being an elected leader of a team for three years is something I’ll carry with me the rest of my life,” said Bernstein As a captain, his best leadership quality is leading by example. Tennis is as much a chess match as it is a fundamental game, and Bernstein learned mental discipline and leadership skills from an academy run by Jeff Janssen at the Janssen Sports Leadership Center.
Due to injury, Bernstein’s leadership took a turn from leading by stellar play to exemplifying a team-first attitude through sacrifice. With a healthier body this year, however, Bernstein has some work to do on the court. The biggest challenge this season for Bernstein as well as the rest of the team has been filling the void left by former AllAmerican King. King, one of the best players in school history, owns the program record for most combined singles and doubles wins at 196. *** The son of a certified public accountant who practices in the New York area, Bernstein enrolled in the Ross School of Business to carry on the family craft. “Once tennis wasn’t going to work out after school, getting a good education and being in the Michigan network was invaluable,” he said. “Ultimately the decision to come to Michigan, which was the best balance of academics and tennis, had its biggest perks.” The 22-year-old senior in the business school has a concentration in finance, and plans to practice commerce after college, trading in his athletic clothing and tennis shoes for a suit, tie and a new home in North Carolina. But there are still three months remaining in the tennis season, and that is the only thing that he’s thinking about. “We’re doing our best this year (without King) to do
a better job of being more competitive and push ourselves always day to day,” he said. “If we could get a ring, we’d be extremely, extremely proud of what we accomplished.” He wants to be an AllAmerican, but his goals boil down more to the health of the team as well as himself. “I love the sport now more than ever,” he said. “I love competing.” In the back of his mind, Bernstein knows what lies ahead of him. As a kid who grew up aspiring to go professional, Bernstein will fall short of his childhood dreams. Between his body’s wear and tear and injury history, competitive tennis is no longer an option. Instead, he has endured the stress of a different type of recruiting season, one that involved dressing up in a suit and tie and sending crisply printed résumés to employers. There wasn’t much Bernstein could control throughout his collegiate tennis career. The helpless feeling of losing match after match and immolating an asset in a big first serve was a major battle. “I would have liked to stay healthy for longer,” he acknowledged, “but other than that (I have) no regrets.” For now, Bernstein is racing the clock. If only for a little while, Bernstein and the Wolverines have a chance at completing a successful season and qualifying for national play. While the window on playing competitive tennis is going to be all but closed within a few months, perhaps Bernstein has found his opportunity for cheating in his match with reality. If looking in a mirror every morning with a suit on gets too mundane, perhaps there is room to return to a court within the near future. Bernstein is a teamfirst player, and he sees himself as a potential asset to a college program as a coach. However, he’s not ready to fully commit to that concept yet. Through all of the pain, sacrifice, deliberation and conflict, Bernstein is ready to move on. Tennis has given him an avenue to grow as a person in every category, through an opportunity that very few have the ability to experience. He is thankful for his time at Michigan, and while tennis is going to take on a smaller role in his life after graduation, the sport he loves and the lessons it has taught him will never leave him. “Tennis will remain a small part of my life as long as I’m healthy enough to pick up a racket.”
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By STEPHANIE SHENOUDA and GREG GARNO
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Michigan hockey forward Alex Guptill, an LSA junior, attended a hearing at the 15th District Court on Monday afternoon in response to an incident he was involved in on Sept. 16, 2013. Guptill was originally charged with two counts of assault and battery after an undisclosed incident on the University’s campus, but his terms were reduced to one assault charge — a misdemeanor — contingent on complete compliance with the terms of his probation. Guptill’s legal counsel requested consideration for a program that would allow the charge to eventually be removed from his record if he is able to successfully complete his probation. The Wayne County Prosecutor will determine his eligibility for the program, but there’s no word yet on if it will be granted. Guptill’s attorney, Douglas Lewis, director of the University’s Student Legal Services Team, told the judge he was “an ideal candidate.” The judge determined that Guptill “put (the victim) in fear of being pushed or shoved,” and he “didn’t have permission to do so,” which constitutes the charge. After pleading guilty, Guptill was instructed not to contact the victim, though it seemed likely he
Junior forward Alex Guptill attended a hearing Monday afternoon regarding an incident that occurred last September.
did not know him. This is Guptill’s second appearance in the district court after he was charged with public urination in August of 2011. Guptill was suspended for the Wolverines’ first exhibition game against Waterloo and the season opener against thenNo. 4 Boston College. In September, Michigan coach Red Berenson noted that Guptill would be suspended for an “office issue,” because of “something that happened in the fall.” Monday, Berenson affirmed that Guptill’s suspension was a result of the assault and battery charges brought forth after his incident in September. “We did the right thing, and
“We did the right thing. ... We’re in a good place.”
Alex has done everything he’s supposed to do,” Berenson said. “It’s too bad the system has taken this long to get it dealt with, but we’re in a good place.” Since then, the junior has competed in all but three of the Wolverines’ contests. He didn’t make the team’s trip to Minnesota due to an upper-body injury and was a healthy scratch Feb. 22 against Penn State. In 30 games this season, Guptill has scored 12 goals and added 13 assists for a plus-6 rating. Monday, he was named an All-Big Ten honorable mention. Michigan visits Saint Paul, Minn. this weekend for the Big Ten Tournament, where it will meet Penn State in the opening round. Guptill is expected to travel with the Wolverines, which are fighting for an NCAA Tournament at-large bid.
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BY THE NUMBERS Alex Guptill
Games played for Michigan. He made his debut with the Wolverines Oct. 4, 2011, recording an assist against Niagara.
Goals scored for Michigan, including seven games in which he tallied two.
Pick in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft used by the Dallas Stars to select him.
Time of his first goal Saturday, propelling the Wolverines to a 6-2 upset of No. 1 Minnesota at Yost Ice Arena.
Michigan hockey coach Red Berenson knew from the very beginning that JT Compher would make an impact. Before the first game of the season had been played or Berenson had attended every practice, he knew the freshman forward would be a difference maker. And at the end of the Big Ten regular season, Berenson was proved right. Monday, Compher was named the Big Ten’s inaugural Freshman of the Year as well as a member of the All-Freshman Team and the All-Big Ten second team. “It’s nice to be honored, but I didn’t really come here for individual honors,” Compher said. “I think that it’s helped playing with some good players, and coach has given me a good opportunity to step in and play some big minutes. But my teammates helped me win that award.” Senior defenseman Mac Bennett also earned second-team honors, while forwards Andrew Copp and Alex Guptill received honorable mentions. Senior forward Luke Moffatt was selected as Michigan’s recipient of the Big Ten Sportsmanship Award. Minnesota’s sophomore
goaltender Adam Wilcox was named the Big Ten Player of the Year after he led the Golden Gophers to a Big Ten regularseason championship and No. 1 ranking in the nation. They will likely also earn the top overall seed in the NCAA Tournament. Compher finished the regular season with a team-high 31 points — 11 goals and 20 assists — leading all freshmen in the conference despite not scoring his first goal until a month into the season against Nebraska-Omaha. He averaged a point a game in Michigan’s 20 conference matchups. “I think his passion (is his strongest asset),” Berenson said. “His passion and his work ethic are second to none. He shows up every day and works in hard in practice. “You take that skill level and put it with his work ethic.” Compher was a captain of the U.S. Under-18 National Team Development Program, finishing with 50 points — 18 goals and 32 assists. “I just thought the momentum coming off the year he had last year to be an impact player at this level,” Berenson said. In 30 games this season, Bennett totaled 14 points — two goals and 12 assists — as the Wolverines’ best offensive defenseman. The captain finished with a plus-12 rating — good for fifth in the conference among defensemen. Copp finished with a teamhigh 15 goals and tallied 14 assists, while Guptill finished with 12 goals and 13 assists.
“I didn’t really come here for individual honors.”
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Mayhem in the Midwest By DANIEL FELDMAN Daily Sports Writer
Sophomore Sierra Lawrence is batting .355 in 22 games started for the Michigan softball team so far this season.
‘M’ seeks consistency at renovated Alumni Field Weather threatens to cancel game By JUSTIN MEYER Daily Sports Writer
After months of construction, the Michigan softball team began moving its championship hardware into the main room of its newly opened headquarters last week. Big Ten championship trophies, College World Series trophies, regional trophies and even a golden bat highlighted the treasure trove the Wolverines have collected in seasons past. Tuesday, though, this Michigan team will continue fighting for its next piece of memorabilia when it hosts its first home game of the season. The eighth-ranked Wolverines will, pending a game-time weather decision, play Bowling Green at Alumni Field for their home opener at 4 p.m. “Playing at home is a whole different animal, and it is anything but routine,” said Michigan coach Carol Hutchins Sunday. “We’ve been on the road and played 25 games, and now we’re going to be at home. We need to settle in and make sure home becomes not a distraction,
and we need to protect our house.” In her 30th season as a coach, Hutchins has a team loaded with talent, with plenty of stars returning from a 2013 College World Series run and a pitching staff any program would envy. It’s also a team with remaining question marks. Junior right-hander Sara Driesenga, once considered the de facto starter, has had a rough first third of the season and is still looking to regain form. Freshman Megan Betsa, a righty as well, has thrown a barrage of strikeouts while also giving away far too many free bases. The offense has shortened plenty of games behind a strong sophomore season from star shortstop Sierra Romero and senior first baseman Caitlin Blanchard, but it has also struggled in close games against underwhelming competition. In hindsight, though, Michigan (19-6) has to be happy with its 3-4 record against top10 competition. Wins over No. 5 Kentucky, No. 4 UCLA and No. 7 Arizona helped vindicate the work the team has put in during the offseason and the talent added this year. Early losses aren’t season-
breaking in college softball, and the Wolverines have shown flashes of brilliance in addition to the ability to fight through adversity. As the home season and Big Ten play begin, the challenge is to find consistency. Michigan drilled fullcount scenarios in practice last week and has tried to live up to Hutchins’ “one-pitch softball” mantra all season, but sophomore outfielder Sierra Lawrence said Sunday that what the team really needs to do is stay loose and have fun. If it can do that, Lawrence said, the onepitch mentality will follow. “A Michigan softball team that has fun is a good Michigan softball team,” Hutchins said. The matchup against Bowling Green (6-13-1) is one that the Wolverines should, on paper, win. The Falcons are just 5-30 all time against Michigan, but the pressure of a home opener is undeniable. Regardless of previous records, the game will be a true test for the Wolverines. There is no question Michigan has talent, but the matchup will rather be a test to see how much the team has grown during its crosscountry blitz against some of the competition it will likely meet again come May.
Michigan men’s basketball coach John Beilein didn’t take a broad look at the Midwest regional when it was announced on Sunday during the Selection Show. Though Beilein couldn’t ignore the No. 2 seed given to the seventh-ranked Wolverines and their second-round opponent, No. 15-seed Wofford, he, for the most part, didn’t seem to care or notice the array of championship-caliber teams in this year’s “region of death.” Though it’s too early to start going through every possible scenario Michigan (15-3 Big Ten, 25-8 overall) could encounter in its attempt to make it back to the Final Four, the Daily looks at the possible matchups this weekend. Second Round: No. 15 Wofford (11-5 Southern Conference, 20-12) The Terriers earned an automatic bid to the Big Dance by defeating Western Carolina in their conference tournament, 56-53, after finishing third in the regular season. Similar to Michigan, Wofford
is led by a pair of sophomore guards — Karl Cochran (15.7 points and five rebounds per game) and Spencer Collins (12.8 points per game). The last time Michigan played Wofford was Dec. 2, 2006. In that game, an 83-49 Wolverine victory, Michigan led by as many as 37 points in the second half as the Terriers shot 30 percent from the field. Fun Fact: Wofford’s thirdleading scorer, Lee Skinner, has a tattoo sleeve on his left arm highlighted by an intimidating Terrier that appears to be scowling at a moon in the background. Behind the animal’s ear is a ‘W,’ representing Wofford. Third Round: No. 7 Texas (11-7 Big 12, 23-10) or No. 11 Arizona State (10-8 Pac-12, 21-11) Both schools received at-large bids after finishing third in the regular season in their respective conferences. Texas is led by forward Jonathan Holmes (13 points and 7.2 rebounds per game) and guard Isaiah Taylor (12.5 points and 3.9 assists per game). The Longhorns had their most successful stretch of the season
during January and February when they went on a seven-game winning streak, beating Iowa State, Kansas State, Baylor and Kansas — all NCAA Tournament teams — consecutively. Arizona State’s two leading scorers are guard Jahii Carson (18.6 points per game) and Jermaine Marshall (15 points per game), who played his previous three seasons at Penn State. While at State College last season, Marshall was the Nittany Lions’ second-leading scorer and was instrumental in their upset victory over Michigan in February. Perhaps the most wellknown connection between the Wolverines and the Sun Devils is Bill Frieder, the former Michigan coach who was famously fired before the 1989 NCAA Tournament, in which Michigan won its only national title. Fun Facts: Despite having arguably the best player in the NBA, Kevin Durant, in 2007, the Longhorns only won one game in the 2007 NCAA Tournament. Former Wolverine walk-on Sai Tummala, who redshirted at Michigan in 2011-12, transferred to Arizona State this year. The sophomore averages 2.1 points per game while balancing a premed workload.
Michigan men’s basketball coach John Beilein led his team to the Midwest’s No. 2 seed in the NCAA Tournament.