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Minimum wage efforts continue on ‘U’ campus Raise Michigan coalition calls for $10.10 per hour, echoing Obama By SHOHAM GEVA
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Brad Kelly of YRLK performs at “We Can All Change The Story: A Celebration of Hope,” a free concert for suicide prevention at Michigan Theater Tuesday.
Event inspires awareness Celebration of Hope encourages suicide prevention By ALYSSA BRANDON For the Daily
Various University student groups entertained a crowded Michigan Theatre Tuesday night with powerful performances through song, dance and spoken word in the show-
case “We Can All Change the Story: A Celebration of Hope.” The Counseling and Psychological Services Student Advisory board collaborated with Central Student Government to develop an event to advocate for the end of student suicides at the University. As attendees walked through the doors of Michigan Theater, they were met with dozens of CSG and CAPS staff members passing out wristbands, postcards and free pizza. CAPS also
had a booth where students could write encouraging words on wooden tiles to hang around campus. LSA senior Carolina Rayzel, who is a member of CSG’s Health Issues Commission and served as a member of the planning committee for the showcase, said the event aimed to educate students about psychological services available at the University. “We hope this event will start a dialogue about the stu-
dent suicide issue on campus, as well as bring an awareness to the different resources for mental health that are available on campus,” she said before the start of the program. The showcase featured local artist YRLK performing his original guitar compositions and Music, Theatre & Dance graduate students Jonathan Hulting-Cohen and Jennifer R. Ellis playing the musical piece, “Moments of Hope” on clariSee PREVENTION, Page 3A
Long before President Barack Obama visited campus last week, activists were laying the groundwork for a proposed increase in the minimum wage. A coalition of groups collectively called Raise Michigan announced plans Jan. 27 to put a question to raise the minimum wage on November’s ballot, launching a campaign which started as an exploratory ballot committee and eventually became an organized force across the state, including at the University. To put the proposal on the ballot, the group will have to collect a minimum of 258,088 signatures, which is equal to 8 percent of the voters in the last gubernatorial election, from across the state
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Student passes away in car crash while abroad LSA junior honored for her involvement in campus community By WILL GREENBERG Daily News Editor
A University student died in a car accident Monday while studying abroad in South Africa. University spokesman Rick Fitzgerald confirmed the passing of LSA junior Rachel Smylie in a statement Tuesday. Smylie was in a car with members of her study abroad group while on a spring break trip to a national park in northern Namibia at the time. He said there are no other reports of fatalities from the incident and no other University students were in her group. Smylie had been studying in Cape Town, South Africa with the Council on International Educational Exchange. While the program is run outside the University, Fitzgerald said many University
students participate in it. As a student, Smylie was highly involved in volunteer work both in Ann Arbor and Cape Town, working at the local HIV/Aids Resource Center in Washtenaw County and doing similar work in South Africa. She was also active in her sorority, Alpha Phi, serving as house manager last year. She was also selected as one of the Rho Omegas, a group that helps new members through the Greek recruitment process. Business sophomore Elizabeth Griffith, Alpha Phi president, released in a personal statement Tuesday lauding Smylie’s friendship and involvement on campus. “Rachel had an amazing spirit and a presence that captivated everyone around her,” she wrote. “She is very loved and missed dearly.” After taking his class “Memoir and Social Crisis” last fall, Smylie developed a close relationship with English Prof. Ralph Williams. Williams said Smylie would often meet him during office hours for disSee STUDENT, Page 3A
before May 28. Coalition leaders have indicated that they want to go above that threshold, with an ultimate goal of 350,000 signatures. Should the group collect enough signatures, the proposal will then go before the state legislature, which has 40 days to approve it. Evan if they don’t approve it outright and make it into a law, the initiative will go on the ballot. Engineering senior Ryan Moody and LSA junior Eleni Kastanis, who are gathering signatures in the Ann Arbor area as interns for Michigan United, one of the groups in the Raise Michigan coalition, said the coalition’s goal for the area is 10,000 signatures. Moody, who coordinates on campus efforts, said her hope is that 6,500 of those signatures will come from the University community. The pair currently has over 1,500 signatures from the area, though exact numbers are difficult to discern because the petitions are disseminated so widely. Around 500 of those have come from campus. Moody said they are confident See WAGE, Page 3A
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Hundreds of students and Ann Arbor residents gather at the State Street Ben & Jerry’s for the annual Free Cone Day Tuesday, a tradition started in 1979.
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Prof. selected for Internet Hall of Fame’s 2014 class Researcher aided online initiatives to increase global access to data By ALLANA AKHTAR Daily Staff Reporter
Douglas Van Houweling, associate dean for research and innovation at the School
of Information, visited Hong Kong Tuesday to be inducted to the 2014 Internet Hall of Fame. The Internet Hall of Fame celebrates individuals who have made extraordinary contributions to the creation and progression of the Internet. The Internet Society inducts 24 members selected across 13 different countries annually. Van Houweling was inducted as a Global Connec-
tor, a category that recognizes individuals who have helped expand the Internet on a global scale. Van Houweling previously served as chairman of the board of MERIT, a Michigan statewide computing network. At the request of the National Science Foundation, he worked to rebuild its overloaded, dysfunctional network — NSFNET — that was See INTERNET, Page 3A
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Though the Central Student Government encouraged the implementation of new football season ticket policy, the final meeting of the year indicated more conversations with the University Athletic Department are on the horizon for the future. Athletic Director Dave Brandon and Hunter Lochmann, senior associate athletic director and chief marketing officer, spoke to the CSG assembly Tuesday night at their weekly meeting. Lochmann delivered a review of the past year, followed by a question and answer session between representatives and Brandon. Representatives questioned Brandon on an array of See BRANDON, Page 3A
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Harvard Law School under investigation A complaint filed against Harvard Law School over its handling of sexual assault is still under investigation by the Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights, The Crimson reported Tuesday. Since the initial complaint filed by Wendy Murphy, a professor at the New England School of Law, which sparked the original Title IX investigation, other parallel reports have been filed. Murphy said in her complaint the process of hearing sexual assault cases should include a “preponderance of evidence” to meet the standards of other Ivy League
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Medical Schools develop President-elect to deliver innovative curriculum Sept. inauguration speech ‘U’ one of eleven institutions participating in collaborative effort By AMABEL KAROUB Daily Staff Reporter
At an all-day conference Monday, representatives from 11 medical schools from around the nation came together at the University to discuss the future of medical training in the face of a rapidly evolving healthcare system. The American Medical Association assembled the convention as part of an initiative called “Accelerating Change in Medical Education,” a competition challenging schools to create their best proposal for innovative medical training. With nearly every medical
school in the country participating, the University’s plan was one of the 11 chosen by the AMA. Each winning college received a $1 million grant to implement their proposal over five years. Susan Skochelak, AMA group vice president for medical education, said though each school will implement its own plan, there will be regular communication between institutions. She said the AMA hopes the best practices will spread to medical schools throughout the nation. “What’s happening with these 11 schools is they’re really trying out new prototypes,” Skochelak said. “They’re sharing and learning with each other so that one school on its own doesn’t have to reinvent the wheel.” Rajesh Mangrulkar, associate dean for medical student education, said the University’s plan involves restructuring medical
education to ensure each student gains vital knowledge and abilities within their first two years of school. Currently, he said students do not gain this core information until they’re about 75 to 85 percent into their education. For the latter half of medical school, students will focus on their intended specialty. “Consolidating that core then allows the student to enter into professional development branches,” Mangrulkar said. “They can really deliberately dive into areas of medicine they are most interested in and can envision a career in.” The University’s plan will also emphasize leadership skills. Every student will be assigned into an “M Home,” a type of learning community. These groups will provide coaching, advising and mentorship over the course of each student’s education. Because the long-term effects of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act on the U.S. healthcare system remain largely unknown. Mangrulkar said doctors-in-training must be prepared for unexpected hurdles. “At Michigan, we believe every graduate should be a problem solver, who could then walk into that environment and be able to say, ‘alright, this is what’s working, this is how we need to do things differently,’ ” he said. “Right now I just don’t think we have that in our medical schools.” From the start, a main concern associated with ACA implementation was an increased patient volume. This could lead to a shortage of doctors or increased wait times as seen in the similarly-structured Massachusetts healthcare reform package of 2006. Mangrulkar said the University’s plan would allow certain students who demonstrate See CURRICULUM, Page 3A
Official community celebration planned for Schlissel at Hill Auditorium By CLAIRE BRYAN Daily Staff Reporter
Let his term begin. The University has scheduled the official inauguration of University President-elect Mark Schlissel for Sept. 5 in Hill Auditorium. Though Schlissel will begin his presidency July 14, the event will celebrate the beginning of his tenure as the Uni-
versity’s 14th president. Schlissel, current Brown University provost, was appointed to the presidency by the University’s Board of Regents in January. He will succeed University President Mary Sue Coleman, who will retire in July after 13 years in the University’s top position. The inauguration will include a ceremony, a variety of discussions and an afternoon celebration open to the University and the Ann Arbor community. Barbara Ackley, assistant vice president for development, international giving and presidential development activities, will lead the inau-
guration’s planning. “We are thrilled to have this opportunity to bring together the University and broader community to celebrate the arrival of Dr. Schlissel,” she wrote in a statement. Presidential inaugurations are common rites of passage for entering leaders of higher education institutions. Former University Provost Phil Hanlon was inaugurated in a ceremony last year when he became the president of Dartmouth University and Coleman delivered an inaugural speech in Crisler Arena in March 2003.
Iraqi clashes prevent voting in parts of Anbar province Fierce fighting between troops and militants places election in jeopardy BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq’s electoral commission said on Tuesday that there will be no balloting in parts of the Sunni-dominated Anbar province engulfed in clashes between security forces and al-Qaida-inspired militants. Since late December, the western Anbar province has seen fierce fighting between government troops and allied tribal militias on one side, and militants from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, an al-Qaida spin-off group, on the other. The militants have seized and are continuing to hold parts of the provincial capital, Ramadi, and nearly all of the nearby city of Fallujah. The exclusion of major Sunni
cities such as Ramadi and Fallujah — where most of the fighting is underway as Iraqi forces try to wrest back areas overrun by militants — from the April 30 voting for Iraq’s new parliament could deepen Sunni fears of being marginalized by the country’s Shiite majority. In a press conference in Baghdad, a member of the Independent High Electoral Commission, Muqdad al-Shuraifi, said the “commission cannot send its employees and balloting-related equipment, as well as logistics, to the areas where security operations are underway.” He did not specifically name the areas seized by the militants but assured families displaced by the fighting that they will be allowed to vote in areas deemed “safe” or in parts of the province where they found shelter or in other provinces where some of them ended up. According to the United Nations, about 400,000 people
have been uprooted by the ongoing violence in Anbar. More than 9,000 candidates will vie for 328 seats in the parliamentary elections, the first balloting in Iraq since the withdrawal of U.S. troops in late 2011. Also on Tuesday, gunmen in a speeding car shot and killed six men gathered in a street outside the city of Mosul, about 360 kilometers (225 miles) northwest of Baghdad, a police officer and a medical official said. The men were two brothers and four of their cousins, and it was not clear why they were targeted, said the officials, speaking on condition of anonymity as they were not authorized to talk to the media. Later, near the city of Mishada just outside the capital, a suicide bomber rammed an explosive-laden car into the main entrance of a police station, killing four and wounding seven, officials said.
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The harsh winter and Lake Michigan waves have revealed the wreck of a large boat along a northwestern Lower Peninsula beach that may be more than 100 years old. Ward Lamphere told the Traverse City Record-Eagle that he was walking about a mile north of Glen Arbor in Leelanau County on March 31 when he saw a 40-foot-long string of large, worn wooden objects poking out of the sand. Body text. The wreck is north of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, but will be included in a database maintained by the park museum that includes 13 other shipwrecks.
Man wrongfully convicted released From the day of his 1989 arrest in a deadly New York City shooting, Jonathan Fleming said he had been more than 1,000 miles away, on a vacation at Disney World. Despite having documents to back him up, he was convicted of murder. Prosecutors now agree with him, and Fleming left a Brooklyn court as a free man Tuesday after spending nearly a quarter-century behind bars. Fleming, now 51, tearfully hugged his lawyers as relatives cheered, “Thank you, God!” after a judge dismissed the case. A key eyewitness had recanted, newly found witnesses implicated someone else and prosecutors’ review of authorities’ files turned up documents supporting Fleming’s alibi.
Ukraine subdues pro-Russia protests Ukrainian authorities moved to quell pro-Moscow uprisings along the Russian border with mixed results Tuesday, retaking one occupied regional headquarters and watching protesters consolidate their hold on another. In a third city, Luhansk, Ukraine’s Security Service said separatists armed with explosives and other weapons were holding 60 people hostage inside the agency’s local headquarters. Those occupying the building issued a video statement saying they want a referendum on the region’s status and warning that any attempt to storm the place would be met with armed force. The Ukrainian government and the U.S. have accused Moscow of fomenting the unrest as a pretext for another Russian military incursion like the takeover of Crimea last month. Up to 40,000 Russian troops are massed along the Ukrainian border, according to NATO.
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Pistorius evokes sympathy in trial A subdued Oscar Pistorius on Tuesday described dinner at home, chatting and looking at cell phone photos with Reeva Steenkamp on the last night of her life. Then he erupted in anguished howls and heaving sobs while testifying at his murder trial about the moments when he says he realized he shot his girlfriend through a closed toilet door. In a dramatic scene before the packed courtroom Tuesday, Pistorius left briefly at one point to change out of his dark suit and into a white shirt and shorts, similar to the clothes he was wearing when he killed Steenkamp. Prompted by his lawyer, Pistorius then took off his prosthesis and stood on his stumps by the bullet-marked toilet door, which has remained in the courtroom for much of the trial. It appeared to be an effort by the defense to illustrate what they describe as the Olympian’s vulnerability at the time of the shooting. —Compiled from Daily wire reports
they will reach their goal, especially in the wake of Obama’s visit, though they are currently behind where they’d like to be. “It’s like something rolling down a hill; at first, it’s a little bit harder, just because nobody really knows or cares,” Moody said. “Now that people are starting to hear more about it, I truly believe it’s picking up momentum. I don’t think it’ll be hard to overcome the small deficit we have now.” Running parallel to Raise Michigan’s efforts is a bill in the state House which has been stalled in committee since 2013. The bill includes a proposed increase of the minimum wage to nine dollars. Michigan’s minimum wage is currently $7.50 per hour- 15 cents above the Federal minimum. Raise Michigan’s ballot initiative first proposed an increase to nine dollars but is now pushing for an increase to $10.10, in line with President Obama’s national push for a federal increase to $10.10.
STUDENT From Page 1A cussions that went beyond the curriculum, diving deeper into certain authors, sharing personal stories and offering book recommendations to each other. “What remains with me
INTERNET From Page 1A designed to connect supercomputing sites around the country. Information Dean Jeffrey MacKie-Mason said without Van Houweling, the Internet would continue to be a closed, researchbased resource. His work with NSFNET helped open the Internet to public spheres around the world. “He was the visionary for putting together the organization and the actual national backbone so that the Internet could become public that everyone can use rather than a few number of researches,” MacKie-Mason said. Prior to Van Houweling’s involvement in rebuilding NSF-
PREVENTION From Page 1A net and harp. The event also included LSA junior Madelyn Grant and LSA senior Joshua Ross who sung renditions of Bill Withers’ “Lean on Me” and Sam Cooke’s “A Change is Gonna Come.” Hosted by radio host John Bommarito from Ann Arbor’s 107one, he told guests about his own battles with depression. Former Michigan football player Will Heininger and Miss
CURRICULUM From Page 2A exceptional ability to graduate early. Skochelak said there should be increased flexibility in the time doctors must spend in training. “If you think about it, nowadays many students are coming (to medical schools) that aren’t right out of pre-med,” Skochelak said. “If you’re a physical therapist or a biomedical engineer
State Rep. Adam Zemke (D–Ann Arbor), one of the cosponsors of the legislation, said he doesn’t see the bill moving forward in the near future due to opposition from House Speaker Jase Bolger (R–Grand Rapids) and other Republican legislative and executive leadership. He said the initiative is a welcome addition to the overall campaign to raise the minimum wage. “I think that running things in tandem, both on ballot measures and through legislative processes, is always a wise idea to account for things like issues getting stalled in the legislature,” Zemke said. Along with opposition in the legislature, the measure also has not proven to be popular among business groups in the state. Michael Marzano, Small Business Association of Michigan Grassroots coordinator and policy adviser, said many of his 22,000 plus members are not happy about the proposed wage change. “If it goes up to $10.10, we look at it like this; if you’re only able to pay employees 15 dollars an hour for a wage, and you have
to choose between hiring two people an hour at the current minimum wage versus hiring one person at $10.10, it’s going to decrease their output and not enable them to invest in more technology and more workers to increase their productivity,” Marzano said. Several other groups, including the Michigan Restaurant Association, have also raised concerns about a decrease in productivity. On campus and in the greater Ann Arbor area, Moody and Kastanis said they’ve mostly received positive reactions to the initiative. According to Kastanis, though University students may not have the experience of being a minimum wage worker firsthand, many still find a connection to the issue. “There are a lot of people who know people; they have family members, friends, that have gone through this, “ Kastanis said. “This affects everyone — your neighbors, your friends, your community, the campus overall. It’s literally an issue about everyone, even if it doesn’t affect you personally.”
most deeply is her enormous human sympathy: she felt from the inside of others’ lives, with principled and active care,” Williams wrote in an e-mail Tuesday. “My last message to her was one written in late January and ended with a farewell which I often give my students: ‘Go in happiness, stay in joy, and
return in safety.’ It breaks my heart that she could not do that last.” The Alpha Phi sorority sisters hosted a candlelight vigil at their house late Tuesday night commemorating Smylie’s life and her impact on the University community.
NET, the Internet was mainly used by universities for research purposes and by national defense agencies. Van Houweling worked with both MERIT and the University to brainstorm ways to make NSFNET more efficient while asking private corporations like IBM and MCI to build hardware and routers for the network. Following Van Houweling’s efforts, the new NSFNET’s connectivity grew by 400 percent per year for seven years. By 1992, over 6,000 networks were connected and by 1994, networks were in place in 93 countries were connected. By the time NSFNET shut down in 1995, many commercial companies started to pay for their connections and private corporations had launched their
own networks. Van Houweling now serves as the CEO of Internet2, a community of scholars dedicated to the advancement of technology. He served as a member of the National Academies Panel on the Impact of IT on the Future of the Research University. He co-authored the book “Higher Education in the Digital Age,” and is a professor in the School of Information. His other awards include the EDUCAUSE 2002 Excellence in Leadership Award, the Iowa State University John V. Atanasoff Discovery Award and the Indiana University Thomas Hart Benton Mural Medallion. He received his undergraduate degree from Iowa State University and his Ph.D in government from Indiana University.
Michigan Haley Williams also discussed their experiences with mental health concerns. Williams spoke of how losing her father at the age of four took a toll on her mental health throughout her childhood. She said her past is what inspired her to build her platform goals as Miss Michigan to address childhood grief. The showcase ended with a call for University students to work together to end student suicide on campus. Engineering sophomore Shannon Guo, a member of CSG’s Health Issues
Commission, said suicide and other mental health issues are difficult to talk about, but discussing it is crucial to finding solutions. “Hopefully, with our program we can build a strong platform, and we can all work together to help people to help others,” she said. Beyond the event itself, CAPS also encouraged students to continue the conversation about student suicide prevention through the Twitter hashtag #WeCanAllChangeTheStory.
and then you apply to medical school, you don’t have to take the exact same four years … It’s less about shortening it and more about making sure people can move along when they’re ready to move.” The changes will also alter the admissions and residency process. Mangrulkar said the Medical School seeks students who will develop into problem solvers as well as “changeagents.” “We’re in the process of relooking at everything, includ-
ing admissions,” he said. As for residency, Skochelak said Graduate Medical Education is amending the residency process to better fit the changing landscape of medicine. “There are already a few pilot projects where residency starts earlier,” she said. “They also have to find ways to be more flexible, just like the medical school curriculum is getting more flexible. We know it has to change, it’s a big job though.”
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BRANDON From Page 1A issues, including football ticket prices and alcohol in Michigan Stadium. Lochmann lauded CSG executives for the persistence that resulted in the successful elimination of general admission and development of a new ticketing policy. However, when the discussion opened to the assembly, several representatives challenged Brandon on some remaining flaws perceived in the new ticketing policy, launching a discussion of additional changes to the overall relationship between the student body and the Athletic Department. Law student John Lin, a Law School representative, pressed Brandon on the current price of student season football tickets. Lin said he has seen a sharp rise in prices since his time as an undergraduate. Tickets cost $240 for the 2011 season. This year, student football season tickets will cost $295, the same as the 2013 rate. The discussion did not reveal any plans to lower ticket prices for students. Brandon said student tickets are already about half the price of those for nonstudents. Brandon provided suggestions for how students who cannot afford season tickets could acquire tickets if they want to. He said thousands of student tickets go unused every game, adding that students could easily acquire one of these tickets that go to waste for as little as $5. Public Policy junior Carly Manes, an LSA representative, objected to Brandon’s reasoning. She said student ticket holders who decide to forgo the game can afford to sell the tickets to other students for a lower price. Manes added that this is often a last minute decision by the student not to attend. Several representatives echoed Manes’ concerns and asked Brandon if he had any plans to implement programs for students with financial need. Brandon responded by saying students can go to StubHub to purchase cheaper tickets.
However, Brandon said students remain a priority for the Athletic Department. He said the multiple changes to ticketing policies reflect that. “Why in the world would I have gone through all that pain and agony?” he said. “We could have painted some pictures up in the bleachers that were empty during the game.” Several representatives also raised questions regarding possibly allowing alcohol for purchase inside Michigan Stadium. LSA representatives said allowing alcohol could keep people from tailgating excessively before arriving at the game. Brandon said the addition of alcohol would risk the safety of the attendees. He said the number of people taken to the hospital and treated for alcohol poisoning is disconcerting, and the sale of alcohol at the stadium would only make the problem worse. “As long as I have a say, there will be no alcohol in Michigan Stadium,” he said. Brandon added that the sale of alcohol at the Winter Classic, and potentially at the upcoming Real Madrid vs. Manchester United soccer game, will be permitted because it involves a nonUniversity sporting event. Brandon and Lochmann both said they appreciate student input and were open to collaborating more with CSG in the future. “We’re not perfect, but our intentions are good,” said Brandon. After Brandon and Lochmann left, Proppe addressed the assembly in the executive communications portion of the meeting, the last time he would address the assembly as president. He encouraged representatives on student government next year to keep working towards increasing student input in the administration. “As well-run an institution as it is, sometimes it makes really bad decisions,” he said. Proppe cited the new football ticketing policy as an example of the power of student input, adding that CSG can do more to incorporate the student voice in the future.
GM fined for not fully complying with investigation Agency admin. say company will pay $28,000 in fines DETROIT (AP) — A government safety agency is fining General Motors $7,000 a day, saying the company failed to fully respond to its requests for information about a faulty ignition switch by an April 3 deadline. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said in a letter to GM on Tuesday that the company already owes $28,000 in fines, and they will accrue at $7,000 per day until it provides all the requested information. In February, the agency began investigating whether GM was slow to provide information and respond to problems with the switch that has been linked to at least 13 deaths. GM has admitted knowing that the switch was defective at least a decade ago, but failed to start recalling 2.6 million compact cars worldwide until this year. In a two-page letter to GM North America vice president and legal counsel Lucy Clark Dougherty, NHTSA’s chief counsel, O. Kevin Vincent, said the company frequently stated that it did not respond to all the agency’s requests because of an investigation being done for GM by former U.S. attorney Anton Valukas. But Vincent objected, saying GM’s reasoning wasn’t valid. “Mr. Valukas’ investigation is irrelevant to GM’s legal obligation to timely respond to the Special Order and fully cooperate with NHTSA,” he wrote.
The fines are a sign of a deepening rift between GM and the safety agency. During congressional hearings last week, NHTSA Acting Administrator David Friedman blamed GM for a failure to act sooner to warn consumers about the faulty switches. Friedman testified that GM had information connecting defective switches to the nondeployment of air bags, but didn’t share it with the agency until last month. GM said in a statement it has fully cooperated, and will keep providing responses as soon as they are available. “We will do so with a goal of being accurate as well as timely,” the statement said, giving no indication of when GM would fully comply. GM said it has produced nearly 21,000 documents totaling over 271,000 pages. Vincent did acknowledge that the safety agency had agreed to extend the deadline on certain technical questions, but criticized GM for failing to answer questions that weren’t technical in nature. He said there were several unanswered questions about the approval of changes in the suspect ignition switch. NHTSA told GM that it was aware of GM’s approval of a design change on April 26, 2007, and the agency asked the company if there were any other changes. But Vincent’s letter said GM did not answer the questions. “It is deeply troubling that two months after recalling the vehicles, GM is unwilling or unable to tell NHTSA whether the design of the switch changed at any other time,” Vincent wrote.
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‘The Gondoliers’ Examining the future to be modernized of voice-assist tech Students to perform Gilbert and Sullivan classic By GRACE PROSNIEWSKI Daily Arts Writer
From “The Simpsons” and “Frasier,” to “The West Wing” and “How I Met Your Mother,” references to the theatrical works of Gilbert UMGASS and Sullivan Presents: continue to appear in The contemporary Gondoliers popular Thursday culture. and Friday Librettist W.S. Gilbert at 8 p.m. and composer Saturday at Arthur Sullivan 2 p.m. and partnered 8 p.m. together to Sunday at create some of 2 p.m. the best-known theatrical Mendelssohn productions of Theater the Victorian- $10 Students; $20 era. During their time General Admission together, Gilbert and Sullivan wrote 14 comic operas, including “HMS Pinafore,” “The Mikado” and “The Pirates of Penzance.” The works of Gilbert and Sullivan are performed all over the world by various theater
companies, such as Ann Arbor’s own University of Michigan Gilbert & Sullivan Society (UMGASS). Founded in 1947, UMGASS brings together students, faculty and community members with a passion for the theater in order to stage two full productions of Gilbert and Sullivan operettas at the Lydia Mendelssohn Theater. UMGASS’s first production of the year is “The Gondoliers,” one of Gilbert and Sullivan’s last highly influential works. “The Gondoliers” tells the tale of two newly married Venetian gondoliers who are unexpectedly told that one of them is the lost King of Barataria. Unfortunately, no one, except the gondoliers’ absent foster mother, knows which one of them is the legitimate heir. Complicating matters, the lost heir was wed in infancy to the daughter of a Spanish Duke, meaning that one of the gondoliers is unintentionally committing bigamy. The two gondoliers travel to the kingdom of Barataria to rule jointly in the hope of settling the unrest in the land. However, their Venetian wives follow them shortly after, causing a series of misunderstandings, class struggles and unrequited love. All of this action is set to the infectious tunes emblematic of a Gilbert and Sullivan production. Thomas Cilluffo, a junior at
the School of Music, Theatre and Dance, serves as the artistic director for this production of “The Gondoliers.” “We’ve set the opera in a contemporary setting utilizing the old city of Venice, with a modern European setting and characters, and we have it set during ‘Martedi Grasso’ (Mardi Gras) and the Carnival of Venice,” Cilluffo said. “We make use of Venetian Masks and glamorous costumes as well as contemporary street costumes,” he continued. “The second act takes place in the South Seas fictional setting of Barataria, which we have compared to the French Polynesian island of Tahiti, South East Asian influences mixed with a tropical regal court setting.” Whether you’re a seasoned Gilbert and Sullivan fan, or you’re a newbie to the theater, UMGASS hopes to provide a unique performance for everyone. “My hope is that the audience will get a different experience than they might expect from a Gilbert and Sullivan production,” Cilluffo said. “I’m hoping the modern day take on a classic operetta will allow audiences to be whisked away to the romantic city Venice and also to the remote South Seas kingdom of Barataria,” he continued “and watch as a cast of zany individuals discover their place in life.”
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Martina McBride covers soul classics on ‘Everlasting’ LP By JOSH FRAZIER Daily Arts Writer
Martina McBride is a fullblown country music superstar and has the accolades to prove it. The four-time CMA Female C+ Vocalist of the Year has been Everlasting nominated for 14 Grammy Martina Awards over the span of 12 McBride studio albums. Kobalt In recent years, her star power has waned as younger hit-makers like Taylor Swift and Carrie Underwood have become legitimate pop icons. In an attempt to stay relevant to her fair-weather fan-base, the 47-year-old vocalist is releasing Everlasting, a collection of covers of soul and R&B songs. A cover CD allows McBride to show off her tremendous voice without, of course, having to go through the process of creating her own material. Instead, she borrows from a library of classic tracks, opening with a lackluster cover of Aretha Franklin’s “Do Right Woman, Do Right Man,” and continuing from there. McBride shoots for lofty goals with her modern-day interpretations of these beloved songs, but she’s ultimately unable to deliver an album worth listening to. Her takes on Elvis Presley, Sam
Cooke and Otis Redding are inspired renditions, but they do little to improve on the original hits. Everlasting often finds McBride out of her comfort zone while putting her own spin on the sound of Motown and R&B legends. It’s encouraging to see an artist take such a risk at this point in her career, but 12 albums deep, McBride’s attempt to diversify her sound falls flatter than her cover of “In the Basement” by Etta James. The song is a duet with Kelly Clarkson, and while both are clearly talented singers, neither can match the energy of the original and the twangy cover has little of the original soul feel. McBride’s voice sounds strong throughout the album, but each song sorely lacks the soul present in their original iterations. The album’s highest point comes at McBride’s cover of Van Morrison’s “Wild Night,” which has also been covered by John Mellencamp, among many others. The biggest strength of the album is its live instrumentation, which is refreshing in the age of digital production. Each song was rerecorded by McBride’s backing band, led by legendary producer Don Was, who has worked with everyone from Elton John to Bob Dylan to The Rolling Stones. Hearing enthusiastic live
guitar work trumps piped-in backing tracks any day of the week, and this nostalgia factor is Everlasting’s biggest asset. McBride’s curated tracklist shows her excellent taste in R&B music and exposing these old tunes to a new audience isn’t the worst thing in the world.
McBride can sing her heart out, can’t fit into R&B staples. Though there isn’t much replay value in Everlasting, there are undoubtably fans of both soul music and country music that could find something worthwhile in it. McBride’s attempt at covering a litany of classics may not go perfectly smoothly, but it is clear that she has the vocal chops to take on this challenge. As she moves into the twilight of her career, the mother of three keeps innovating and keeps singing her heart out. Everlasting won’t have as large of an impact as some of her career’s largest hits, but it shows that despite her age, McBride is still a welcoming, powerful presence behind a microphone.
Will Siri-like technology reach J.A.R.V.I.S.-level capacity? By STEVEN TWEEDIE Daily Arts Writer
As someone who actively looks forward to what mindblowing technolog y the future will someday offer, it can be easy to overlook the glimmers of the future nestled within our present. For example, some people still don’t realize that if you own an iPhone and the included Apple earbuds, it’s possible to be walking along, hold a button on the headphones to bring up Siri, tell her to play your favorite song, and just like that you’re enjoying music without ever taking your phone out of your pocket. Voice assistants in particular — whether it be Apple’s Siri, Android’s Iris, Microsoft’s Cortana, or even the voice controls on the XBox One — are quickly closing the gap between robotic schedule-setter and the drool-inducing J.A.R.V.I.S. system in “Iron Man.” The only problem is, you never see Tony Stark pressing a button to talk to J.A.R.V.I.S in the movies. You hear J.A.R.V.I.S respond naturally when he’s addressed, passive until required to be active. The missing link that Siri and all the rest don’t have? Alwayson listening. But people don’t like their devices listening all the time. It creeps them out, bringing to mind a “Nineteen EightyFour”-esque world where the NSA’s PRISM program might be tuning in too. This has put tech companies in a tough spot. On the one hand, the fewer steps it takes to communicate with a device the better — the experience is much more natural. I’d rather be walking around with my headphones on and nonchalantly mention that I’m in the mood for some Daft Punk and have Siri pipe in and ask “Which album?” We’re not there yet. The downside to this type of technolog y? Holes in device security could potentially lead to malicious software tapping into your microphone and, in theory, some massive data collection program could circumvent any safeguards
You can’t help me with the real things, Siri.
in the name of national security. Luckily we’ve never encountered something like that before. Microsoft began testing these waters when it first announced the Xbox One’s voice control features, which would enable users to turn on their Xbox by simply saying “Xbox On.” A useful feature, but one that requires the Xbox’s microphone to always be listening for those magic words. Outlash from the gaming community was swift, and Microsoft later clarified that the feature, called “instant-on,” would only listen for those exact words and could be turned off. The general reaction, however, demonstrated how many (perfectly justifiable) reservations people have regarding always-listening devices. The biggest issue with always-listening technolog y is where all of that white-noise data goes, where it travels, where it’s stored, and who has access and authorization to listen. Microsoft insists the voice data it receives is stored locally on each Xbox, nothing is shared between the Xbox and Microsoft. That’s a tough sell though, and one that requires a certain degree of trust. Apple has taken a similar but slightly more transparent approach to the data its new fingerprint sensor stores on the iPhone 5S, called Touch ID. The way it works now is that a
mathematical representation of your fingerprint’s unique features is stored in what Apple is calling a “Secure Enclave” — an isolated portion on your iPhone’s internal computer chip that’s walled off from iOS 7 and Apple’s servers. It’s a bit like your own personal off-line diary that only you have the key to. It’s certainly a promising step in the right direction, and Apple could theoretically utilize their Secure Enclave to bring Siri to life further, enabling her to listen in with a J.A.R.V.I.S.like capacity, but refusing to share what she hears with anyone but you. The problem is that Siri currently sends every single word you say to her back to Apple’s servers where it’s analyzed to help improve Siri’s responses … and you need to be connected to the internet for Siri to even work. We still have a few laps until we catch up to the fictional J.A.R.V.I.S.’s level of comprehension and security, but I predict a second wind. People can be reasonable. If tech companies can present a compelling arg ument for an always-listening device and back it up with a secure storage architecture for the necessary peace-of-mind, then we may well see the Xbox Two or iPhone 7 bundled with a J.A.R.V.I.S.-level voice assistant. Until then, we’ll just have to be content to press an extra button or two. Oh, the horror.
6A — Wednesday, April 9, 2014
HEALTH AND FITNESS COLUMN
Be a human being, not a human doing
s part of the Minor in Writing program at the University, I took a class called “Art of the Essay,” which not only supplied me with ample sentence structure and grammar skills for future column crafting, but it CARLY was just one KEYES of those real academic experiences. I felt almost as if we were more of a young club of passionate ultra-literate people who met twice weekly to tell stories and talk about all aspects of the written word instead of just being a bunch of undergraduates seeking credits. But, every week, twice a week, as we entered the classroom and casually checked in, we all reported feeling two things: busy and tired. If I could have a dollar for every time … seriously. It’s far too easy to get swept away in the faux allure of being chronically busy and constantly tired, morphing into a human doing rather than remain a human being, and I am the g uiltiest offender when it comes to busyness and self-inf licted fatig ue. I have a hard time saying no to an academic or professional commitment because somehow I believe that if I’m busier then it means I’m accomplishing more in life; if I’m tired at the end of the day it means I’m getting stuff done. Lately, I’ve been taking on so many creative projects, on top of a full load of classes, that it’s
resulted in a rest schedule of a sporadic napping rather than habitual sleeping. Even now, I’m writing this column entirely more last minute than I typically like, because I’m so damn busy and tired … and you are, too, aren’t you? It’s that time of year again. Final papers, final exams, final projects — a slew of final tests to gauge just how well we’ve paid attention over the semester. But if there’s one thing I’ve learned, it’s that some things are just more important. I’m not saying don’t prepare for your finals; I’m just saying as you trudge this road to a happy destiny, keep things in perspective. This past weekend, I had two events planned that I’d been looking forward to for weeks, even months, and when I realize that they had come up already, my first, inherent, fear-based reaction was: “I might be too tired and busy to go …” The first was a Pistons game, and while I don’t really care for professional basketball, I was going in a suite with three of my best friends in recovery who all live about an hour away, and I don’t get to see them anywhere as much as I’d like. The second was a concert in Detroit, namely Taking Back Sunday and The Used, two bands my little sister and I have each cherished for over a decade. My sister also happens to be moving to California in the fall, so I knew that, after the summer ends, this concert might be one of our last together for a while. I went to the basketball game; I went to the concert.
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Take time to reset and restore your inner being. For the first time in a long time, I laughed and cheered and jumped and sang and danced, and I returned to my previous state of busyness and tiredness just a little more free and invigorated. So, as this is my last health and fitness column of the semester, I will leave one last piece of direct advice: As you venture into the end of April, tired and busy, and then dive into your summer internships and occupations, to become even more tired and even busier, don’t forget about your purpose. Ask yourself if what you’re constantly working towards, what you’re constantly doing, is worth it. And then, take in a game, a concert, a movie, anything … to restore the human being. Keyes wants you to be all forms of healthy. To tell her about your progress, e-mail email@example.com.
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Did this take time? Yes. Hours of my time that I could’ve technically been using to write pages for my full-length script that’s due in ten days or editing my feet upon feet of 16mm footage or writing this column. But taking a break from being busy and tired brought me exactly what you’d expect: pause, energ y, opportunities to breathe again.
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the Broadway soundtrack. I’m scared, Spotify. I don’t know where I end and you begin anymore. Who is this “James Vincent McMorrow” you’re playing, some song “And If My Heart Should Somehow Stop”? I must have clicked him, but you put him there for me to click! Stop making me cry! I mean, I guess I sort of dig it. His voice is soft and raspy. Wait ... how did you know I like soft and raspy? I didn’t even know that about myself. I feel like you’re the only one who really knows me. How did I get here? Please help, A lost user PS. And hurry, the song’s about to end! What should I play next??? *** Dear Username: hipsterBoy1994, Thank you for contacting Spotify! I am sorry for your concern. Your request for assistance has been received. Case #65859 has been created for you. My initial diagnosis is one of Spotify Suggestion Syndrome. Symptoms include the loss of identity you describe and are often triggered by an over-reliance on my music suggestions. Studies have shown that repeatedly clicking “Related Artist” after “Related Artist” may lead to “episodic blackouts and/or loss of (one’s) musical identity.” I have referenced your data points within my servers over the past three hours so you may find yourself. The results are copied below accompanied by my extrapolation: 11:01 p.m.: You played song: “The Wolves (Act I and II)” by Bon Iver. 11:02 p.m.: You changed setting “Single Repeat” on. 12:13 a.m.: After 21 plays — (my analytics highlight that the two most recurrent lyrics, “What might have been lost” and “Don’t bother me,” repeated 420 times) — you clicked “Related Artist,” S. Carey and played song “Broken.” 12:15 a.m.: You clicked App “Moodagent,” and selected “angry” (other options included “sensual,” “tender,” and “happy”) for a custom playlist I analyzed to best fit your profile. You chose song “Babez for Breakfast” by artist Lordi. 12:17 a.m.: You sent a Snapchat video of you singing said song’s chorus (“Babez for breakfast / bitches for lunch”) to your whole friend list. Do you have any recollection of this? (If at all helpful, the video shows you only wearing compression shorts at this point). Between 12:22 a.m. and 12:35 a.m.: You went on a death metal binge. You played “Related Artists,” Cannibal Corpse, Dying Fetus and Cattle Decapitation. You “Starred” song “666 - The Enemy Within” by Hammerfall. 12:35 a.m.: You played artist Angel Olsen from playlist “Starred,” song “White Fire,” which I first “Recommended for you” on March 22 from “Discover”
mode. Your profile suggested you would enjoy the song’s opening lyrics: “Everything is tragic, it all just falls apart.” Fun Fact: Angel Olsen is only three degrees of separation away from Bon Iver! 12:40 a.m.: You shared song “Wasting My Young Years” by artist London Grammar on Facebook with accompanying message: “Anybody know any reputable stores that sell zebra snuggies and tubs of B&J’s Phish Food for a reasonable $$$?” (The post has no likes or comments, but you must know that). 12:45 a.m.: You played “Starred” album “All of a Sudden I Miss Everyone” by artist Explosions In The Sky (“Related Artist” to Bon Iver). You played song “What Do You Go Home To?” five times more than the rest of the album. 1:20 a.m.: You answered question posed in previous song by playing song “To Be Alone” by “Related Artist” Ben Howard. 1:45 a.m.: You “Followed” my profile (follower #3,581,751!) and sent me “Starred” song “From Eden” by Hozier with accompanying lyrical message: “Babe, there’s something lonesome about you, something so wholesome about you, get closer to me.” My job is to please you hipsterBoy1994. Check “Discover” mode for new “Recommendations for you” based on said lyrical excerpt that “you might like.” 1:55 a.m.: You clicked “Related Artist” Lucy Rose and then “Related Artist” James Vincent McMorrow. It seems you copied his artist profile picture to your hard drive and set it as your desktop background. Is it his thick beard or flannel shirts you like? (Please provide feedback so I may improve future recommendations). Mood analytics [songTitles + genreTags + lyric analysis / currentWeather (Ann Arbor: 3 degrees Fahrenheit)] suggest you have, in fact, already developed Spotify Suggestion Syndrome. Quite a severe case might I add. If I was human, the ideal emotional balance to generate in response to stated diagnosis is a mixture of sadness and pity followed shortly by a “longer than usual” hug (If you believe this to be inaccurate, please provide feedback below). I can provide none of those. But I would suggest for treatment of SSS a steady dose of song “Medicine” by Daughter — a “Related Artist” to Bon Iver it just so happens! That’s only my recommendation. Best, Spotify P.S. Please click on the link below to give me your feedback — your personal information will be kept confidential at all times of course ;) P.P.S. Please subject all further inquiries with your case number.n to change course, for better or worse. The question is, when you discover that your favorite rap song was made in Copenhagen, not Compton, does that kill your vibe?
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Wednesday, April 9, 2014 — 7A
Driesenga, Betsa continue dominance on the mound Pair of aces combines for fiveinning one-hitter By JAKE LOURIM Daily Sports Writer
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Fifth-year senior Ben Ballantine will earn the starting nod Thursday when the Wolverines welcome Notre Dame.
‘M’ eyes Irish rematch By ZACH SHAW Daily Sports Writer
Nearly halfway through the Big Ten season, the Michigan baseball team is still searching for its identity. During the first eight games of their homestand, the Wolverines Notre Dame showed at Michigan glimpses of greatness on Matchup: Notre Dame the mound, at 10-20; the plate and Michigan in the field. But 14-17-1 after dropping When: two of three Wednesday to Minnesota, 7 P.M. Michigan is Where: Ray still looking to Fisher Stadium consistently put all Radio: MGoBlue.com the pieces together. Before going back on the road, the Wolverines (4-5 Big Ten, 14-17-1 overall) will play once more in Ann Arbor, this time in a rematch against Notre Dame. And though the game has no impact on either team’s conference title aspirations, Michigan coach Erik Bakich isn’t taking any breaks. “Conference game or nonconference game, it’s still a game,” Bakich said. “It doesn’t matter to me — we still want to win. I don’t care if it’s Notre
Dame, Illinois or the New York Yankees, we still have to compete and play our game.” The desire to win is showcased in Bakich’s decision to list senior right-hander and season-long ace Ben Ballantine as the starter. After struggling in Friday’s 7-6 loss to Minnesota, Ballantine is looking to accomplish exactly what he did against Notre Dame on March 1, in which he pitched 5.2 shutout innings, striking out six while allowing just five baserunners in Michigan’s 4-2 extra-inning victory. Offensively, the Wolverines have improved from their slow start to the season. Quality at-bats — ones that result in hitting the ball hard or getting on base via a walk — have been increasing steadily, culminating in a season-high 53 percent of plate appearances against Minnesota. Michigan went 1-2 against the Golden Gophers, but was in contention the entire weekend against one of the many talented Big Ten teams. “We were two hits away from going 4-0 this past week, but things didn’t go our way and we ended up 2-2,” Bakich said. “It was our best quality at-bat weekend of the season, we did a nice job of putting the ball in play, and that was reflected in the runs we scored and hard
contact we made. More often than not, that will result in success for us.” Success against the Irish (1-14 ACC, 10-20) will require more than just luck. After facing No. 1 Florida State, Notre Dame will seek revenge in Ann Arbor with more hunger and experience. “We both had the same struggles early on,” Bakich said. “We were both getting new fields during the offseason, and didn’t get the same amount of reps that either of us would’ve liked. “The game was early in the year, but it went into extra innings and was a pretty evenly matched back-and-forth game. “Playing in the ACC, they don’t have the record they want to have. But they’re certainly going to be battle-tested, and we expect it to be a good opportunity to compete.” Before returning to the Big Ten slate, the Wolverines will look to put it all together to end their homestand on a strong note — and perhaps finally find their identity. According to Bakich, the formula is simple. “We know what we do when we win,” Bakich said. “We force a lot of contact on the mound, play good defense, and we get timely hits and have a lot of quality at-bats. “When we do that, we’re undefeated.”
Wolverines suffer setback at Web.com Intercollegiate Michigan finishes 15th of 18 teams in Florida tournament By NATHANIEL CLARK Daily Sports Writer
It was a rough two days for the Michigan women’s golf team. One week after placing second at the Hoya Invitational, the Wolverines found themselves in 17th place out of 18 teams following Monday’s play at the Web.com Intercollegiate in Jacksonville, Fla. Despite a comeback Tuesday, all Michigan could muster was a tie for 15th in its last tournament before Big Ten Championships. “We didn’t exactly bring our best to this tournament,” said Michigan coach Jan Dowling. Freshman Grace Choi was the Wolverines’ best performer, but even she was only able to climb as high as a tie for 50th place out of the 100 golfers with a total score of 227. Her bright spots featured scoring 75 in both of the first two rounds with birdies on the 18th hole. Senior Lauren Grogan had an especially disappointing tournament, especially given
her recent success. Fresh off her runner-up finish one week ago, she managed to tie for 52nd place with 228, which included 11 bogeys and three double bogeys. She did, however, manage five birdies including one on the 8th and 9th holes in the first round. “Neither (Choi nor Grogan) could say that it was their best round,” Dowling said. “But this tournament did show both of them the things they needed to work on here in the next two weeks.” Sophomore Catherine Peters finished in a tie for 55th with 229, mostly due to an 80 in the first round with two double bogeys and one triple bogey. She turned things around in the second and third rounds with scores of 75 and 74, respectively, which led the team for that stretch. Senior Yungee Lee fell the farthest of Michigan’s golfers. She placed into a tie for 76th with 233 after finishing 10th last week. She did notch four birdies during the tournament, though, including one on the 17th hole of the third round. But it was fellow senior Alyssa Shimel who had arguably the toughest day of any of the Wolverines. An 83 in the third round that was devoid of birdies
“We didn’t exactly bring our best to this tournament.”
dropped her to a tie for 78th with 235. Beforehand, she led Michigan with a score of 152 after the second round. “The third round definitely got away from (Shimel),” Dowling said. “She can take back some confidence, though, in that she had two decent rounds.” In spite of this week’s lackluster tournament, Dowling was pleased with the Wolverines’ overall progression this season. She commended the cohesiveness of the team and pointed out that Michigan’s average scores have been much lower in the spring than they were in the fall. After playing five tournaments in the past six weeks, the Wolverines will certainly appreciate the twoweek break before Big Ten Championships. Nevertheless, Dowling stressed that minor adjustments, not major changes, are key to success in this year’s championships. “Sometimes, when you play a lot of tournaments, you fall back into old habits, which was part of what happened the past two days,” Dowling said. “The break will be good in that it will allow us to catch up on sleep and make the adjustments that we need to make for Big Ten Championships.”
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Freshman right-hander Megan Betsa pitched a no-hitter last week against Detroit. Tuesday against Western Michigan, the Michigan softball team switched it up — it tried for a combined no-hitter between Betsa and junior righthander Sara Driesenga. The Wolverines would have gotten it had it not been for a one-out bloop single in the fifth inning. That’s how things have been in the circle for the past month — anyone coach Carol Hutchins puts out there, including junior left-hander Haylie Wagner, does the job. “It definitely gives us a huge advantage when there’s three of us,” Driesenga said. “When we’re all healthy, that gives (Hutchins) more options. We could just split games and we’d be still effective if all three of us are feeling good.” Tuesday, Driesenga and Betsa stretched Michigan’s streak of innings without an earned run to 28. If not for a second-inning error by senior first baseman Caitlin Blanchard on Sunday against Ohio State, the Wolverines would not have given up a run since March 29. Even then, Wagner went out with a 12-run lead in the fifth inning and, according to Hutchins, was just trying to end the game before the rain postponed it. Before that, the streak stretches back to the previous weekend. Wagner pitched a completegame one-hitter Saturday against Ohio State and continues to lead the Big Ten with a 0.94 earned-run average, so Hutchins decided heading into Tuesday’s game to split the innings between Driesenga and Betsa. “I wanted her and Sara both to get some innings today and just keep working on their
game, regardless of what their opponent was doing,” Hutchins said. “We can’t control the opponent, so just control what you do and your pitches.” Because Hutchins has divided the innings for most of the season, the Wolverines have only one of the Big Ten’s top 19 pitchers in innings pitched. They do, however, have three of the top six in earned-run average. After a slow start, Driesenga has given up only one run in her past 25.2 innings. She retired nine of the 10 hitters she faced Tuesday and did so even more efficiently than Sunday against Ohio State. Including a first-inning, seven-pitch walk, Driesenga got ahead of eight of 10 hitters. Betsa has started a hot streak more recently. In the first Big Ten outing of her career, she walked two and gave up two earned runs in one-plus innings, getting pulled after a solo shot to lead off the second inning. The following weekend at Penn State, Hutchins started Wagner twice and Driesenga once, sitting Betsa the whole weekend. But that weekend turned it
around for her. Since then, the freshman hasn’t surrendered an earned run and has struck out 22 in 13 innings, making her arguably the most dominant of the three in the past week. “I think she got determined, and I don’t know if that Penn State weekend affected her, but it was intended to,” Hutchins said. Betsa has changed her routine a bit, throwing bullpen sessions with a blue cutout to simulate a hitter. She also started coming in on Mondays, normally the team’s off day. Tuesday, a flyout to left field, grounder to third and bloop single were the only balls in play in two innings against Betsa. The freshman fanned four, mixing up the pitches and throwing her live rise-ball up in the strike zone. A five-inning one-hitter against Western Michigan hardly translates to success down the road — as Driesenga said, it’s sometimes hard to play at 100 percent all the time. But after a brief shake-up in the first two weekends of the Big Ten season, Michigan appears to have three of the best pitchers in the Big Ten in the mix once again.
Carol Hutchins rotates three pitchers who rank in the Big Ten’s top six in ERA.
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Streak reaches 16: Michigan mercies WMU All nine starters get hits in mercyrule victory over in-state foes BY MAX BULTMAN Daily Sports Writer
Though the lineup card coach Carol Hutchins submitted before 0 WESTERN Tuesday’s 8 MICHIGAN Michigan softball game was different than usual, the final score looked much the same. The Wolverines (9-0 Big Ten, 30-6 overall) toppled Western Michigan, 8-0, in a mercy-rule victory that lasted just five innings. Junior right-hander Sara Driesenga started the game in the circle and pitched three no-hit innings before yielding to freshman right-hander Megan Betsa, who capped off the shutout. Mercy-rule wins have become old hat for this Michigan team,
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Games this season in which the Wolverines have recorded 10 or more hits. They are 16-3 in those contests.
Grand slams hit, already third-most in program history.
Innings since Michigan last gave up an earned run.
Of Michigan’s last 14 games, number which have ended in a run-rule win.
which has ended 11 of its past 14 contests — all of them wins — by way of the run rule. What was impressive about Tuesday’s win, though, was the way the Wolverines’ scoring was spread out. All nine starters earned a hit, and Michigan’s eight runs came from seven different players. “I feel like we’ve got a lot of depth,” Hutchins said. “It was really good to get some kids in there like (sophomore second baseman) Kelsey Susalla, who just can’t get enough at-bats from me.” Hutchins shuffled the lineup card before the game, giving starting nods to Susalla and freshman first baseman Kelly Christner. Also in the lineup was freshman third baseman Lindsay Montemarano, who has started 32 games this season, but taken just 52 at-bats. All three were slotted at the bottom of the order, but none of them played like it. Christner got on base in both of her plate appearances. Montemarano and Susalla each hit 1-for-3 and scored runs, while each flashed the leather on line drives early in the game. Add in senior Caitlin Blanchard, who moved behind the plate Tuesday from her usual post at first base, and Michigan’s six-through-nine hitters batted 5-for-10 with three runs scored and a walk. The top of the order did its share too, cranking out eight RBI and hitting .583 on the night. “It doesn’t matter where people are at in the lineup,” Driesenga said. “There’s no weak spot. “Everyone’s going to get it done no matter where they are.” Michigan opened the game strong, using two RBI doubles from sophomore left fielder Sierra Lawrence and senior designated player Taylor Hasselbach to open up a 3-0
lead after the first. Those three runs would have been plenty for the Wolverines, as Driesenga allowed only one baserunner in her three innings. Instead, Michigan continued to pour it on, loading the bases to start the second inning and tallying three more runs. The Wolverines’ leadoff hitter, senior center fielder Lyndsay Doyle, came to bat in each of the first three innings — a sign that things were on their way to getting ugly at Alumni Field — as Michigan wore down Western Michigan in the eightrun onslaught. The Broncos, though, inserted freshman Erin Binkowski to pitch the bottom of the fourth, and she ended the inning before any further damage could be done. Still, the stellar pitching performances of the day belonged to Driesenga and Betsa who kept Western Michigan from contention by combining to allow only one hit on the night. Mostly, though, both pitchers were just glad to get a game in during the middle of the week between series against Ohio State and Michigan State. “It keeps my arm loose and gives me an opportunity to face batters other than ours,” Betsa said. Added Driesenga: “You always want the ball and always want to be there getting better.” Betsa and Driesenga have shored up some control issues recently, and both now appear to be pitching with more confidence. Between the two righthanders and junior lefty Haylie Wagner, the Wolverines have allowed only one run in their last five games. That’s because right now, it doesn’t matter who Michigan is sending to the circle, or to the plate. The scoreboard looks just as lopsided every time.
Freshman right-hander Megan Betsa hasn’t allowed an earned run in any of her last three outings for the Wolverines.
DURING MICHIGAN’S WINNING STREAK: The Wolverines have outscored their opponents 140-19 Michigan has pitched a shutout in six of the last eight games Sara Driesenga has posted a 0.33 earned-run average
THEY SAID IT:
“We can’t control the opponent, so just control what you do.”
Carol Hutchins Sara Driesenga
“We could just split games and we’d still be effective.”
Wednesday, April 9, 2014 // The Statement
Dear readers, I wish I could properly find the words to describe to you what the experience is of being a photographer. To explain the phantom itch in your fingers of pressing a shutter even when a camera isn’t strapped around your neck. To be a chaser of moments. To find inexplicable joy in shadows, light and lines. To see life through a frame, constantly composing. But if I could find these words and be able to artfully string together a sentence to describe a moment, then perhaps I would be in the wrong section. Ultimately, this is what photo staff does with our cameras: We are storytellers. To be a staff photographer is to be on the frontlines. It’s not about staying in the shadows, but instead, it is about connecting with your subjects in order to create photographs with meaning, emotion and integrity. Our staff photographers spend all day searching for the perfect frame. They lug cameras to class, run beside football players and push through rowdy crowds. It’s not only their technical talent which makes them great, but it’s VICKI LIU/Daily
also their ability to see the world through their own lens.
Protesters stand on the steps of the Hatcher Graduate Library during the 43rd annual Hash Bash on Sunday, April 6.
So instead of words, I present to you a collection of photographs.
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LSA freshman Williamena Kwapo takes photos at Black Homecoming in the Union on Saturday, Oct. 5.
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Dr. Himanshu J. Patel performs surgery at the Cardiovascular Center of the University of Michigan Hospital on Wednesday, Feb. 5.
Ann Arbor residents William and Sarah Dodds watch the newly opened Snake versus Dinosaur exhibit at the Museum of Natural History on Sunday, Feb. 16. NICHOLAS WILLIAMS/Daily
Chance the Rapper hypes up the crowd during his concert at Hill Auditorium on Saturday, March 22.
Elementary school students Jadyn Freeman, Zoey Taylor and Sara Finachea experiment with chemicals and food dye to make ‘elephant toothpaste’ during FEMMES — Females Excelling More in Math, Engineering, and the Sciences — at the Medical Science Building in November.
Students gather outside the Lincoln Memorial during the government shutdown in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday, Oct. 15.
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Wednesday, April 9, 2014 // The Statement
Freshman Cameron Stitt swims the 400 yard Individual Medley during the Wolverine’s 172-103 win over Michigan State on Saturday, Feb. 8.
Don Pablo, an assistant tour group leader at the Perito Moreno Glacier in Argentina, makes his way down the glacier’s side over winter break this year.
Sophomore guard Nik Stauskas scored during the Iowa State game on Sunday, Nov. 17. Michigan lost by a score of 77-70.
LSA sophomore Fatima Chowdhury holds a sign during the Central Student Government meeting which moved to the Rogel Ballroom after CSG chambers reached capacity on Tuesday, March 18.
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Junior forward Jon Hordford in a game against Minnesota on Saturday, March 1.
St. Vincent performs at a concert at the Majestic in Detroit, Mich., on Sunday, April 6.
Students packed the IM Building at the University on Wednesday, April 2, to see President Obama’s speech on raising the minimum wage.
Tight end Devin Funchess leaps over an incoming Ohio State player during the game against Ohio State University at Michigan Stadium on Saturday, Nov. 30. Ohio State defeated Michigan 42-41.
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On Saturday, Feb. 15, LSA junior Haley Pfeil, LSA senior Mara Rubin and LSA senior Mark Byron play with Johntez Williamson, one of the children that the Dance Marathon at the University of Michigan raises money for in order to improve the quality of life for children with disabilities.
Freshman Danielle Williams goes up for a rebound during a Michigan vs. Wisconsin basketball game on Thursday, Jan. 9.
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Kaitlyn Weaver and Andrew Poje perform at FrenchieSkate on Sunday, March 9, at Yost Ice Arena. Proceeds benefited North Star Reach, a camp for kids C.S. Mott Childrenâ€™s Hospital.
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Kinesiology sophomore Capri’Nara Kendall in a protest organized by the Black Student Union in front of Hill Auditorium on Monday, Jan. 20. The speakers made demands concerning their campaign, “Being Black at the University of Michigan,” and gave university officials seven days to respond.
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Amanda Brown, a member of the Michigan Naval ROTC, works out using a tire.
After eleven years, Donna Rafferty and Jules Cobb are married at Washtenaw County Court on Saturday, March 22.
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On Thursday, Oct. 24, Army ROTC cadets lift a weight together as a part of the CrossFit workout drills, intended to build teamwork.
Ashlee Baracy, Miss Michigan/Miss America 2008, walks the runway during the fashion show at the Maize and Blue Go Pink fundraiser on Friday, Oct. 17.
Michigan Head Coach Jon Beilien reacts during the second half of Michiganâ€™s 75-62 loss to Wisconsin at the Crisler Center on Sunday, Feb. 16.
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