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University Provost Martha Pollack speaks with SACUA members Monday in the Fleming Administration Building.
SACUA talks future deans, upcoming appointments Last meeting includes visit from Provost Pollack By ANDREW ALMANI Daily Staff Reporter
At the Senate Advisory Committee for University Affairs’ last meeting of the year Monday, the group discussed several upcoming dean appointments set to be
finalized at the meeting of the University’s Board of Regents Thursday. University Provost Martha Pollack addressed SACUA after an executive session was held with Regent Julia Darlow (D). Pollack shared information about her recommended appointments to fill several open administrative positions. Andrew Martin, vice dean of the School of Law at Washington University in St. Louis, has been
selected to serve as LSA dean, pending approval by the regents. His term would be effective July 1, 2014 to June 30, 2019. In addition to his position at Washington University’s School of Law, Martin is the founding director of the Center for Empirical Research in the Law, a Washington University research center focused on studying the methodology behind legal research. He is also a political science professor at the univer-
sity. “He’s very committed to ensuring that LSA become an even more welcoming, diverse and inclusive environment,” Pollack said. Astronomy Prof. Sally Oey, a member of SACUA, asked the provost whether she had any comments regarding Martin’s leadership style. “(His leadership style) is collaborative, very collaborative,” See SACUA, Page 3
Board will also approve nominee for chancellor of UM-Flint By SAM GRINGLAS and CLAIRE BRYAN Daily News Editor and Daily Staff Reporter
When the University’s Board of Regents convene for their monthly meeting Thursday, they will vote on an agenda filled largely with personnel items, including the appointments a new LSA dean ; the vice provost for inclusion, equity and academic affairs and the chancellor of the University of Michigan-Flint. The regents will also approve academic appointments for University President-elect Mark Schlissel, who will assume the presidency in July. Washington University in St. Louis professor to be appointed next LSA dean
North Campus, Ross to receive renovations Projects to improve infrastructure, provide new study and social spaces By YARDAIN AMRON Daily Staff Reporter
At their regularly scheduled meeting Thursday, the University’s Board of Regents is set to approve several improvement and relocation projects. These renovation plans include a new Athletic Department center, revamping the Ross School of Business and a series of North Campus projects. Business School to receive $135 million overhaul The regents plan to approve a series of renovations to various parts of the Ross School of Business, expected to cost $135 million overall. Among the areas scheduled for upgrades are the Kresge Business Administration Library, demolition of the Computer and Executive Education Building and the construction of an academic building in its place, and facade improvements. The project will add classrooms, offices and other study spaces, totaling to approximately 75,000 square feet of renovated space and 104,000 square feet of the new building construction. According to a communication
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Pending approval by the regents, Andrew D. Martin, vice dean at the Washington University School of Law, will serve as the next dean of the College of Literature, Science and the Arts. Martin’s term will be effective July 1, 2014 through June 30, 2019. He will also receive a tenured appointment as a professor of political science in LSA. The position of dean was held on an interim basis by Psychology Prof. Susan Gelman who served from September 2013 to August 2014. Gelman replaced History Prof. Terrance McDonald, who stepped down in 2012 after nearly a decade in the position. A search advisory committee recommended Martin’s selection after an international search. Martin earned a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and government from the College of William and Mary and a doctorate degree in political science from Washington University in St. Louis. He later taught at Stony Brook University in New York for two See REGENTS, Page 3
to the regents by Tim Slottow, executive vice president and chief financial officer, the project will “create a unified look for the entire Ross School complex of buildings.” The project will be funded by donations and investment returns and is scheduled for completion in fall 2016. Ross students are invited to a forum to discuss what will go into the new building on Thursday at 4:30 p.m. at the business school. The New Building Student Communications Task Force, student representatives from the Dean’s Office, will lead the discussion Athletic Department seeks new operations center With the initial project approved by the regents in November, the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics will request approval for the schematic design of a new building to centralize many undersized functions housed across the Stephen M. Ross Athletic Campus. The $6 million building will be funded completely by the Athletic Department, and will accommodate maintenance shops, offices, laundry, shipping and receiving and equipment storage across 18,000 square feet. Slottow and Athletic Director Dave Brandon recommended Niagara Murano, LLC to serve as the architect for the project. Construction is scheduled for completion in summer 2015. Temporary use for North CamSee RENOVATIONS, Page 3
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University Police Chief Robert Neumann, who previously served as a lieutenant, has been with the UMPD since 1985.
Neumann to face array of challenges in new post Officer hopes to build stronger relationships with student leaders By MAX RADWIN Daily Staff Reporter
One month after Robert Neumann was appointed the new chief of police for the University of Michigan Police Department, he was informed that his department would provide assistance for the security of the President of the United States. The details of what goes into protecting the Com-
mander in Chief are, for the most part, kept under wraps — University Police aided the Secret Service with perimeter protection to the President — but Neumann said that it went well overall. “We actually involved law enforcement from the region,” he said. “It’s very much a team effort whenever a president goes to a community.” Though helping protect the president is an arduous first task for a new chief of police, more challenges lie ahead for the 29-year UMPD veteran. Neumann has served with the University Police since 1985, and was one of the original eight officers hired
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by the University police in 1990. He became a lieutenant in 1999 after graduating from Madonna University. He also graduated from the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s National Academy and earned a degree from Eastern Michigan University’s School of Police Staff and Command. Now, one of Neumann’s biggest tasks will be leading a unit of the new Division of Public Safety and Security — comprised of UMPD, Hospitals and Health Center Security Services, Housing and Safety Services and University Security Services. DPSS was created after internal investigations See CHALLENGES, Page 3
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Robert Neumann, the newly appointed chief of police for the University of Michigan Police Department, is no rookie. Neumann, who first began his time on campus in 1982, the year he graduated from high school, has worked his way up the ranks to assume this position. “I was fortunate because I realized that before I graduated from high school,” Neumann said, “From the beginning, I knew what I wanted to do.” Previously a University Police lieutenant, Neumann was appointed as the new chief of police for UMPD in February 2013 after serving for the department since 1985. Neumann was chosen from a pool of over 150 applicants. After UMPD’s creation in 1990, Neumann was one of the original eight sworn in to serve, including five officers, two sergeants and one captain. After seeing the management styles of a variety of leaders over the years, Neumann said he hopes to run an efficient department that focuses on participation and involvement from all levels. He See CHIEF, Page 3
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Papyrology is the field of scholarship that studies the papyri from Egypt and I study those papyri in ancient Greek. I also try to read those documents and try to understand them and make them available to other scholars.
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A student reported that they were armed at knifepoint on the 500-block of Church Street at around 1:50 a.m. Sunday morning, according to a crime alert sent out on Monday. UMPD has aided AAPD in their investigation, but no suspects have been identified as of yet.
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In Flatbush Zombies’ third installment “Red Light, Green Light,” the group delivers an “eerie” tone and lyrics that befit their name. When “grimey lyrics” and “deep topics” come together, it makes for a one-of-a-kind series.
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What classes do you teach? I teach a mixture of ancient Greek classes from both the beginning levels to the upper level undergraduate classes. I teach a lot of classical civilization classes—Greek mythology, Roman sports and a Cleopatra class—and then some graduate seminars about papyrology. How do you structure your classes? In my classical civilization classes I can take a source, an ancient source, in translation and throw it in front of the group and get these wonderful, new and
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exciting adaptions of whatever text is out there. What made you want to study this field? I wanted to study this field because it’s a very direct way of looking into the ancient world. It’s like looking over the shoulders of people form 2,000 years ago. I’m opening letters that people wrote 2,000 years ago and they were not expecting scholars like me to be opening these letters to try to understand what was happening in the ancient world. — MAX RADWIN
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The lawsuit against poker star Phil Ivey by a New Jersey casino continues after allegations of cheating, CNN reported. In 2012, Ivey allegedly noticed and failed to report a defect in the cards used that allowed him to see the cards dealt.
The future of the Michigan men’s basketball team will come into focus Tuesday when a pair of sophomores announce their NBA Draft decisions. >> FOR MORE, SEE SPORTS, PAGE 8
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Scholarships announced to LSA Student Gov. plans commemorate student’s life for next semester’s goals Rachel Smylie’s family and sorority arrange funds to honor her memory By MAX RADWIN Daily Staff Reporter
A week after LSA junior Rachel Smylie passed away in a car crash while studying abroad in Cape Town, South Africa, two memorial scholarships have been established in her name. The first, Rachel G. Smylie Memorial Scholarship organized by Smylie’s family will help support students who want to travel to Tanzania. The Rachel G. Smylie Memorial Scholarship established by Smylie’s parents is run through Geography of Hope, which helps students who normally cannot afford excursions abroad to go on The Road Less Traveled programs — a nonprof-
it organization that offers student educational programs in 17 countries around the world. Jim Stein, co-founder of Geography of Hope and coowner and director of The Road Less Traveled, said mutual family friends referred Smylie to the program when she was a junior in high school. “Through her participation and through the other students that we do know and the other leaders that are in the program,” Stein said. “Rachel demonstrated a tremendous energy for everybody, great compassion for other people and other cultures. She was the glue that held the group together in Tanzania, demonstrated leadership and maturity.” Smylie decided to return to Africa this semester to study at the University of Cape Town, where she worked as a volunteer in an HIV/AIDS clinic. “Rachel was an incredible spirit and everyone she touched and knew her, she enriched
their lives,” Stein said. “We are very honored to be able to provide this memorial scholarship in her memory.” Stein and the Geography of Hope organization hope the scholarship will keep the memory and spirit of Rachel alive. “The Smylies are an incredible family, and we’re very honored,” he said. “We’re very sad that she’ll be missed by so many who really loved her. She was an incredible young woman.” Business sophomore Elizabeth Griffith, president of the Alpha Phi sorority, said the University’s chapter, which Smylie was a member of, is also organizing a scholarship in Smylie’s name. Griffith said the scholarship established through Smylie’s sorority will be awarded to an outstanding and exemplary member — undergraduate or graduate — of the University’s chapter of the Alpha Phi sorority. “She was such a memorable and lively girl, and it’s important to do something so that everyone remembers how wonderful she was,” Griffith said. “She was also very passionate about Africa, so naming these scholarships in her honor makes everyone aware of what she thought was important. It’s really meaningful that it’s named after her because it’s something she loved.”
In an e-mail to students, LSA SG outlines its new programs By KRISTEN FEDOR Daily Staff Reporter
Though there are still a couple weeks left in the Winter 2014 semester, the LSA Student Government is already planning for the fall. In an e-mail sent to the student body Monday morning, LSA SG outlined a number of new initiatives and programs slated for launch in the Fall 2014 semester. The LSA SG Budget Allocations Committee announced a new process for student organizations to secure funding from LSA SG. Under the new system, student organizations will have four opportunities to apply for funding throughout the semester. Currently, there is only one deadline for student organizations to apply for these grants. There will also be additional deadlines for student organizations to turn in receipts for reimbursement. If a student organization fails to claim their apporopriation in a timely manner, the money can be reallocated to another organization. Student organizations can receive up to $2,000 per semester from LSA
SG. LSA SG President-elect Natasha Dabrowski, an LSA junior, said the repeated funding cycles will allow student organizations to more flexibly plan events throughout the semester, instead of needing to have an upfront funding estimate. “This will allow for more student innovation, creativity and flexibility in managing their funding,” she said. LSA sophomore Jason Colella, incoming chair of the LSA SG Budget Allocations Committee, said he believes the increased flexibility will lead more student organizations to seek funding from LSA SG. The e-mail also contained two surveys for students to fill out regarding new LSA SG initiatives. The surveys focused on the possible implementation of a coffee cart in Mason Hall and use of Lecture Capture — a program which allows lectures to be recorded and displayed in an interactive online environment — in classes. The proposed coffee cart in Mason Hall would feature a variety of drinks and snacks for onthe-run students between classes. The survey includes questions regarding student product preferences and optimal hours of operation. Dabrowski said the cart would be an extension of existing University-sponsored cafés on campus, but more formal plans will be
made based on responses to the survey. She added that the idea of adding a food service venue was considered during the recent renovations of the Fishbowl, but planners prioritized adding more computers over the creation of a café space. Students also received a survey regarding the use of Lecture Capture in classes. The program records lectures and posts them to CTools as a supplemental review resource for students. Dabrowski said LSA SG has already been working with administrators to expand the availability of Lecture Capture to more courses. She added that the results of the survey would help to pinpoint how students find the program most useful. Additionally, LSA SG announced their formal support of Blood Drives United blood drive. Unlike traditional blood drives, Blood Drives United encourages those who are ineligible to donate blood as determined by the Food and Drug Administration — such as men who have had sex with other men — to bring a sponsor donor on their behalf. LSA junior Corey Walsh, LSA SG vice president-elect, said the drive is part of their efforts to raise awareness about the FDA ban. The drive will take place in the Michigan Union from 2 to 8 p.m. Tuesday.
it was announced Monday. The Pulitzers are given out each year by Columbia University in New York on the recommendation of a board of journalists and others. In their announcement of the award for commentary, prize organizers said that the Detroit native’s columns on Detroit’s bankruptcy were “written with passion and a stirring sense of place, sparing no one in their critique.” The city of 700,000 is operating under a state-appointed emer-
gency manager and struggling to provide some basic services as it goes through federal bankruptcy proceedings to reduce $18 billion in debt. Detroit has lost 1.1 million residents since the 1950s and much of its tax base. Paul Anger, the Free Press’ editor and publisher, said Henderson has brought a mixture of eloquence, wisdom and heart to his job as the newspaper’s editorial director and editorial page editor since 2008.
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General Motors replaces executives General Motors is replacing the executives in charge of communications and human resources as it struggles with a string of embarrassing recalls that have led to congressional hearings and federal investigations. Communications chief Selim Bingol and human resources head Melissa Howell are leaving the company to pursue other interests, the company said Monday in a statement. John Quattrone, who currently is executive director of human resources, will replace Howell, but GM has not yet named a replacement for Bingol, the statement said. The changes are effective immediately.
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Space cargo sees minor delay A space station cargo ship will remain Earthbound for a while longer because of a rocket leak. With just over an hour remaining, the SpaceX company called off Monday’s planned launch. Officials said they believe the problem can be fixed by Friday, the next opportunity for flying and the last chance before astronauts do urgent spacewalking repairs. A helium leak in the first-stage of the unmanned Falcon rocket forced a halt to the countdown, the latest delay spanning the past month. Over the weekend, NASA almost postponed the launch attempt because of a computer outage at the International Space Station. But mission managers decided Sunday that everything would be safe for the arrival of the Dragon capsule and its 2½ tons of supplies.
Obama and Putin talk after delay Speaking for the first time in more than two weeks, President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin showed little sign of agreement Monday, with the U.S. leader urging proRussian forces to de-escalate the situation in eastern Ukraine and Putin denying that Moscow was interfering in the region. The White House said Russia initiated the phone call, which came as pro-Russian forces deepened their insurgency in Ukraine’s east, seizing more than a dozen government buildings. “The president expressed grave concern about Russian government support for the actions of armed, pro-Russian separatists who threaten to undermine and destabilize the government of Ukraine,” the White House said in a description of Obama’s call with Putin.
Search continues for missing plane The search area for the missing Malaysian jet has proved too deep for a robotic submarine which was hauled back to the surface of the Indian Ocean less than half way through its first seabed hunt for wreckage and the all-important black boxes, authorities said on Tuesday. Search crews sent the Bluefin 21 deep into the Indian Ocean on Monday to begin scouring the seabed for the missing Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 after failing for six days to detect any signals believed to be from its black boxes. But after only six hours of its planned 16-hour mission on the sea bed, the autonomous underwater vehicle exceeded its maximum depth limit of 4,500 meters (15,000 feet) and its built-in safety feature returned it to the surface, the search coordination center said in a statement on Tuesday. —Compiled from Daily wire reports
years before he became an assistant professor in Washington University’s political science department. In 2004, Martin was promoted to associate professor of political science, before earning an appointment in the School of Law. Martin is also the founding director of the Center for Empirical Research in Law and the principal of the analytics consulting group Principia Empirica LCC. According to a communication to the regents, Martin is an expert in the study of judicial decision-making, specifically in the Supreme Court and lower federal courts. In 2012, Martin was elected as a fellow of the Society for Political Methodology. He is a principal investigator of eight grants from the National Science Foundation and, along with his collaborator, Kevin M. Quinn, developed the Martin-Quinn Scores, an ideological continuum that is used to measure ideology on the U.S. Supreme Court. During Martin’s time as chair of the Department of Political Science at Washington University, he recruited six faculty members, improved the undergraduate curriculum and worked to improve the academic environment, University Provost Martha Pollack wrote in the communication. In Martin’s current position as vice dean of the School of Law, he works closely with senior administrators and the school’s dean on issues involving curriculum, enrollment management, student services, fundraising and budget. “I am confident that Andrew Martin will build on the college’s extraordinarily strong foundation to empower faculty to achieve their greatest potential; to further strengthen our undergraduate and graduate programs; and to advance the university’s commitment to diversity, excellence and access,” Pollack wrote. Regents to appoint psychology chair as vice provost for inclusion, equity and academic affairs The regents will also appoint Robert Sellers, chair of the department of psychology, as the University’s first vice provost for equity, inclusion and academic affairs. The position was created as the request of Pollack as part of a series of University initiatives designed to promote a more inclusive climate and address issues of race and diversity on campus. “In his new role as vice provost, Professor Sellers will provide strategic leadership for programs and policies that result in increased access and success for all students, the recruitment and retention of diverse faculty, and the development and expansion of academic programs that prepare all students for success in a diverse world,” Pollack wrote in a communication to the regents. Sellers’ main responsibilities will include advising the provost on issues of diversity at the University and throughout the field of higher education, as well as overseeing new programs created to foster inclusion. Last semester, members of the University’s Black Student Union launched the #BBUM Twitter campaign where thousands of users shared their experiences as Black students and called on the administration to implement an array of
CHIEF From Page 1 said that there needs to be a hierarchical system at times, but added that he wants to avoid an autocratic style and focus on including all levels of the department. “Culture of everybody feeling valued and included is what I strive for,” Neumann said. Even though Neumann is now the chief of police, he said he never envisioned this opportunity when he first began to follow his passion. “It was not one of my aspirations necessarily to be a police
News diversity-focused initiatives. In a January e-mail, Pollack announced the administration’s intentions to spearhead an array of policy changes in response to the campaign, including renovations to the Trotter Multicultural Center and the creation of the new vice provost position. “This commitment is longstanding and fundamental to who we are as an institution,” Pollack wrote. “And yet, there are times we have not lived up to our highest aspirations.” Sellers will replace Lester Monts, the current vice provost for academic affairs, who is stepping down to return to teaching. Sellers’ term begins July 1 and ends in 2019. Under Sellers, Monts’ position will be rebranded to focus more on issues of diversity and inclusion. Sellers received a B.A. in psychology from Howard University and earned his Ph.D in personality psychology from the University in 1990. He was appointed an assistant professor at the University of Virginia, before joining the University’s ranks in 1997. As a professor in the department of psychology and the School of Education, Sellers’ research interests have focused on the role of race in the psychological lives of African Americans, touching topics such as racial discrimination and racial identity. Schlissel to receive appointments in LSA, Medical School The regents will also approve appointments for University President-elect Mark S. Schlissel as a professor of microbiology and immunology, with tenure, and a professor of internal medicine, without tenure, in the Medical School, as well as a professor of molecular, cellular and developmental biology, with tenure, in LSA. The recommendations were signed by LSA Interim Dean Susan Gelman and Medical School Dean James Woolliscroft. The appointments will be effective July 1, 2014, the date Schlissel is scheduled to assume the presidency. Schlissel is nationally recognized for research on the development of biology of B lymphocytes, genetic factors involved in the production of antibodies and mistakes and processes leading to lymphoma and leukemia. Schlissel has authored and co-authored over 100 scientific publications. He has also served as a member of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute Scientific Review Board, was elected to the American Society of Clinical Investigations and was elected to be a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. As provost at Brown University, Schlissel continued to author papers, publishing five last year. Academic appointments are not uncommon for University presidents. University President Mary Sue Coleman has appointments as a professor of biological chemistry in the Medical School and as a professor of chemistry in LSA. Susan Borrego to succeed Ruth Person as UM-Flint chancellor The regents will also vote on the appointment of Susan E. Borrego, the vice president for enrollment management, planning and student affairs at California State University, Dominguez Hills, as the chancellor and chief executive
chief,” Neumann said. “My big goal was to serve in the capacity I was serving and do the best that I can do.” Although Neumann is still new to the job, he said that his experience in the community and campus and his relationships with colleagues in the police force may have set him apart from other candidates and will help him in his new job. In 1982, Neumann worked with State Security Services, a contract guard service that was a security unit for buildings on campus. Neumann was promoted to lieutenant of the guard service and worked continuously on campus until the
officer for the University of Michigan-Flint campus. Her term is effective Aug. 1, 2014 until July 31, 2019. Borrego will succeed Ruth Person, chancellor of the UMFlint campus, who has served in the role since 2008 and announced her retirement in January 2013. UM-Flint’s new chancellor will face an array of challenges as the satellite institution transitions into a greater emphasis as a residential campus. In her current role, Borrego oversees student affairs and intercollegiate athletics, and developed the university’s new strategic plan, rebranding campaign and the development and implementation of the institution’s strategic enrollment plan. California State University, Dominguez Hills, located in the South Bay region of Los Angeles County, is one of 23 campuses that make up the California State University system. Borrego was previously the vice president for student affairs at California State University, Monterey Bay and assistant vice chancellor and dean of students at the University of Arkansas. Additionally, Borrego worked at the California Institute of Technology where she developed a high-achievement program for underrepresented students. She serves on numerous national and local boards and task forces including the American Association of State College and Universities Hispanic Success study, NASPA: Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education undergraduate fellows program and Irvine Campus Diversity Initiative project. “I look forward to the leadership, depth of experience, and vision that Ms. Borrego will bring to the University,” Coleman wrote in a release. Array of appointments to round out regents agenda Douglas Strong, current chief executive officer of the University’s Hospitals and Health Centers, will be appointed interim executive vice president and chief financial officer, effective June 20, 2014. Upon the board’s approval, Strong will serve in the role vacated by Tim Slottow, current executive vice president and chief executive officer, who leave to serve as University of Phoenix’s president on June 20. Anthony Denton will be appointed acting chief executive officer of the University of Michigan Hospitals and Health Centers, effective June 20, 2014. Denton will serve in this role while Douglas Strong, the current CEO, serves as the University’s interim executive vice president and chief financial officer. Denton is the current chief operating officer for the University of Michigan Hospitals and Health Centers. Ronald Zernicke will be reappointed as the dean of the School of Kinesiology, with a term beginning January 1, 2015 and concluding June 30, 2016. The regents will also appoint James Dalton as the dean of the College of Pharmacy, effective September 1, 2014 through August 31, 2019. The appointment follows an international search conducted by a search advisory committee. Dalton was most recently vice president of preclinical research and development at GTx, Inc. in Memphis while on entrepreneurial leave as a professor at The Ohio State University College of Pharmacy.
Department of Public Safety hired him in January 1985. Once with the Department of Public Safety, Neumann worked with Michigan State Police through The Explorer Program, which provided citizens with an interest in law enforcement the opportunity to ride along with police officers. Neumann said that this program influenced him to become a police officer. “It really solidified my interest in law enforcement as a career,” Neumann said. After being sworn into the police force in 1990, he was promoted a sergeant in 1992, serving
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SACUA From Page 1 Pollack said. “When I talked with references, they spoke both about him being very collaborative but also him being someone who makes decisions and gets things done … I’m very excited about him … I think he’s going to fit in very well in the University of Michigan’s culture.” Robert M. Sellers, the Charles D. Moody Collegiate Professor of Psychology and chair of the department of psychology, has been chosen as the vice provost for equity, inclusion and academic affairs. The position was created in January in response to concerns about minority inclusion on campus. “He’s a very distinguished scholar,” Pollack said. “What I think is most impressive about Rob for this position is that he’s
RENOVATIONS From Page 1 pus Research Complex renovations explored With comprehensive renovations to the G. G. Brown Laboratories on North Campus set to begin, the Department of Chemical Engineering is preparing to transfer some operations to a temporary new home. The regents are set to approve the temporary relocation of the department to the currently vacant Building 28 on the North Campus Research Complex. Building 28 was purchased in 2009 and will require an estimated $2.3 million to make lab space viable for the department’s temporary use. Construction is scheduled for completion in summer 2016.
got this huge track record of funded research and publications in the area of ethnicity, racial and ethnic identity, and personality and health.” Sellers’ five-year term would also begin July 1, 2014. James Dalton, chair of the Division of Pharmaceutics and Pharmaceutical Chemistry at The Ohio State University, is the recommended replacement for the dean of the College of Pharmacy. Dalton, who is also a Ohio State professor, currently serves as the Chief Scientific Officer at GTx Inc., a biopharmaceutical company in Memphis, Tennessee. Dalton would assume his position Sept. 1 and serve a five-year term. The finalization of the appointments is pending approval by the University’s Board of Regents. The regents will meet to review the candidates during a meeting Thursday.
North Campus grove plans seek approval The regents will also consider a project for upgrades to the central lawn on North Campus. The estimated $6.9 million project will create a central plaza, new walkways, integrated seating, an informal amphitheater and additional lighting, among other additions. The lawn covers about four acres currently. Funding will flow from gifts and College of Engineering resources. Adjacent parking will be temporarily impacted during construction. The architectural firm Stoss will design the project. No construction schedule is apparent yet, but design will begin immediately upon approval.
in 2013 found ineffective communication between what were previously separate branches of security services. DPSS Execuitive Director Eddie Washington, Jr heads the organization. The former University Police Chief Joe Piersante serves as Chief Operations Officer the new DPSS, but Neumann is responsible for making sure his department collaborates with the others. Newmann said providing safety is easier under the new structure because it allows those different branches of safety service to work together and pool resources under a unified leadership. University Police now form cross-functional teams with hospital and housing security to conduct more efficient and cohesive investigations. Collaboration is also proving useful for behavioral threat assessment and site surveys evaluating security levels at University facilities. “There’s a lot of expertise in the other departments that we haven’t necessarily tapped into,” Neumann said. “We have a lot of expertise, too, that we could do a better job of sharing with them — just working together more efficiently and eliminating redundancies.” Under Neumann’s leadership, a hospital security officer taught a class to University Police officers on crime prevention through environmental design — a way to systemically evaluate the security of a facility and harden it against intrusion. Neumann would not say what his other plans for changes were for the University Police; beyond staying busy with the new DPSS, he said it was too premature to
delve into his own ideas for bettering the department. One initiative he did highlight was the importance of maintaining a strong relationship with students. “I want the department to be more closely engaged in the student community, and be more visible with student leadership,” he said. According to Neumann, students’ perception of the University Police is not consistent with how officers within the department view themselves. “I really want to focus on our community outreach and having the students have a comfort level with our department so that we’re not perceived as out to get tickets and arrests,” he said. According to the 2012-2013 incident report issued by the University’s Office of Student Conflict Resolution, underage alcohol consumption — which went up 42 percent — is the highest reported form of misconduct on campus. Neumann said their philosophy for underage alcohol consumption prioritizes safety — not punishment — whether that be in dorms or on a game day. “When we write up a minor in possession of alcohol, that initiates a process of intervention to get somebody help,” Neumann said. “The goal is to get people the help that they need. It’s to help everyone else in that environment to have a safe and enjoyable experience ... The goal is not to punish.” Neumann said there is not anything about the job keeping him up at night just yet. “You always worry about anything that might happen on campus. There’s always the threat of violence,” he said. “There’s a lot to worry about in the world. I don’t spend a lot of time worrying on things I can’t control, but trying to educate the community on having them help us.”
in the position until 1999, where Neumann’s duties included being a shift supervisor and an investigator in the investigations bureau. From 1999 to February 2014, Neumann worked as a lieutenant, where he worked as a shift commander and supervisor in charge of the criminal investigations unit from 2004 to 2009. In 2009, Neumann graduated from the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s National Academy and was in charge of control operations at UMPD. In February 2012, Neumann went back to being a supervisor in charge of the criminal investigations unit. Eddie Washington, Jr., the
executive director of the Division of Public Safety and Security, said he is confident in Neumann’s qualifications for the position. “Chief Neumann has a proven record of building extensive relationships across the University as well as within our Division and with many local and federal agencies,” Washington said. “These effective relationships, along with Bob’s loyalty and commitment to the U-M students, faculty and staff, will continue to benefit our campus community with Bob leading our law enforcement service delivery. I’m very excited to have Bob join our public safety and security management team.”
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Awarding artistic expression The University should continue recognizing its student groups
he University of Michigan is home to more than 150 arts organizations that enhance culture on campus. Friday, many of these groups will come together at the Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre for the first-ever Accolades Achievement in the Arts Awards. The Accolades will recognize the accomplishments of student arts groups by announcing the winners of 18 different award categories as determined by student votes. Winners will receive various prizes including advertisement space vouchers and Student Organization Account Services funds. In addition to award delivery, the event will include group performances and special guests. The awards ceremony will commence at 8 p.m. with free admission. The event is a positive way to promote and recognize student arts groups, and similar events should be considered in the future. The Accolades was developed by Arts at Michigan and its organizational collaborators. Arts at Michigan organizes events and opportunities for students to experience various forms of visual and performing arts at the University and in the Ann Arbor area. SAOR is a forum that meets monthly to unite student arts leaders from across campus, working to address topics in student arts and, overall, advocate and promote student-initiated art. Some of the organization’s most popular offerings include the Passport to the Arts, Art Outta Town and Welcome Week’s Artscapade. The Accolades is an effective method for giving arts groups the attention they deserve. Though the University includes a number of talented arts organizations, many are often overlooked by students. The Penny W. Stamps School of Art and Design — one of the University’s most competitive schools — offers a variety of notable exhibitions and has an impressive alumni network. Likewise, the University of Michigan Museum of Art is home to many notable pieces and exhibits that change throughout the year and in the past has featured works by famed artists such as Picasso. Still, many students tend to ignore these opportunities. In addition to reaching out to students, the Accolades promotes positive relationships between student art organizations. Among
a somewhat spread-out campus, the awards provide a space to unite students and celebrate artistic culture. Though many of these groups hold their own, separate concerts, the ceremony is an opportunity to juxtapose these performances, giving students a sampling of what arts organizations at the University have to offer. Though Arts at Michigan has a stable marketing base — with a weekly newsletter e-mails and a prominent online presence — transparency could be increased between arts programs and the general student population. This might include a student-driven website where arts groups or individual students can post announcements about events or promote their own achievements. A transparent website would give individual students inside and outside of arts organizations the opportunity to engage with peers in art culture. Among the constant academic and organizational engagements of campus life, it’s important that students and faculty recognize the opportunities provided by arts programs at the University. Visual and performing arts provide campus with necessary artistic culture and new perspectives through the achievements of peers. The Accolades Awards praise, unite and promote student groups, and similar events should be continued in the future to foster a positive community at the University.
PAUL PARKER | VIEWPOINT
Greeks and giving When I was a freshman entering the University, the idea of rushing a fraternity never even crossed my mind. However, by impulse and the nudging of a friend, I happened to stumble upon the table for Beta Theta Pi. After hearing more about this organization, I decided to push aside any and all reservations or concerns about joining a fraternity and went through with the rushing process. Today, two years after my initiation into the fraternity, I have grown as a leader and a young man. I’ve served in officer positions, done just about every job possible and made some great friendships. In one of my officer capacities, I was charged with overseeing a unique part of our fraternity: our Men of Principle Scholarship. The Men of Principle Scholarship is one sponsored by our national fraternity. For us here at the University, it’s a $1,000 scholarship awarded to a non-Greek male who best embodies our values and ideals. Our fraternity has five core values: mutual assistance, intellectual growth, trust, responsible conduct and integrity. We look for these qualities in young men here at the University, and seek to reward them for their honorable sense of morals we share. The process consists of a preliminary application, interviewing applicants, the selection of finalists and an awards banquet to announce the winner. The funding for the scholarship comes twofold: $500 from our general fraternity and $500 from dues collected from our own brothers. Many Beta chapters across the country do this scholarship with the $500; we are somewhat unique in adding additional money to make it more of a worthwhile financial reward. And yet, why should fraternity brothers give part of their own money just to give a scholarship to a guy who’s not even in their chapter? We do this because in our minds, the qualities of these young men who apply to the scholarship prove the merit and caliber of their worth, and to that end we seek to reward them for their values. When we conduct these
interviews and actually meet these guys, we find so much more than just an application can read. Personal stories of working several jobs to afford the cost of college, balancing several commitments with difficult family life and doing everything possible to be the best young men they can be are relayed to us; I assure you these young men represent some of the finest this University has to offer. We are not alone in our commitment to nonGreek students who embody our values. Sigma Phi Epsilon has a similar initiative through its Balanced Man Scholarship. The Greek community here at the University is committed to giving back; funding through scholarships such as these can make a significant difference in a young man’s life. Many of us are unaware of the stresses of affording college. While I pay for things such as gas and groceries myself, I am fortunate and blessed to say my parents saved enough money to finance my tuition and housing. We at Beta, and the Greek community at large, recognize that many students here at the University struggle not only with the stresses of class, student organizations and family life, but with the stresses of finances and other costs. To that end we extend financial support to these individuals who reflect our values: people who pay for their own education and still embody fine qualities and morals. With the recently started Victors for Michigan campaign, we see the scholarship as relevant to our mission as a fraternity as ever. Giving for the sake of advancing education and promoting values worthy of a Michigan Wolverine, are what we and others in the Greek community seek to accomplish. We hope to continue giving back to the men that make this University the prestigious institution it is today, and work toward giving so that, as former University President James Angell said, “an uncommon education for the common man,” can be made the reality of any who seek it. Paul Parker is an LSA and Engineering junior.
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came out in my very first Daily article. No, I don’t just mean that it was my debut as a writer venturing into the realm of print media. I mean that I gave a detailed account of my desire to take ladies out for dates and then EMILY touch their PITTINOS naked bodies — as long as the feeling was mutual, of course. Looking back, it was an odd choice. I’d hardly even come out to myself at the time, let alone my friends and family. Perhaps slipping “I want to put my mouth on both men and women” into casual conversation was too ham-handed and uncomfortably earnest for me, so I just put that information on the Internet where all my future lovers and employers could unearth it with a simple Google search. Sure, it was a reckless move, but definitely efficient. Right after the essay was published, I crossed paths with my editor at the Daily Jeopardy party, which was churning with drunken lovehounds on the scent of Daily Points. In one breath fortified by giggles, she shrieked, “I love your writing; my entire staff wants to sleep with you.” She wasn’t the only person to have this giddy response to my openness about dildos and bad gaydar. Women weren’t lining up around Kerrytown to kiss my hand, or pelting my window with pebbles by moonlight, but my Facebook inbox gathered messages from ladies thanking me for my bravery and looking for coffee dates. People were asking me for sex advice. It was nuts. But honestly, though I enjoyed the attention, I was confused by these exuberant reactions. I didn’t think the essay was sexy at all; in my mind, I was merely confessing my ignorance and fear about my own identity. In
fact, when I revisit it now, I’m still seized by anxiety flashbacks — partly because not much has changed in the last few semesters. Of course, the events of my life have progressed since then. My gaydar has improved. I came out to my parents, who basically replied, “We’re not surprised; just don’t mention it to your grandmother.” I had an affair with a dazzling roman candle of a woman. We made our romance highly visible, holding hands and kissing in public, and it felt good to be so exposed and unashamed after those years of internal suspicion. But my pilgrimage to openness came with its own strings. It turns out that when people see two cute brunettes “together,” they take notice. One night at a bar, a guy followed my date back to our table, called us “unicorns” and offered up an invitation to guest star in a foursome with him and his wife. (It also turns out that being openly bisexual leads to a lot of group sex proposals; I’ve had seven in the last eight months, not including the anonymous messages accumulating in my OKCupid inbox.) These kinds of experiences — the ones that make me feel targeted because of whom I choose to enjoy — help keep that old caution and confusion alive. This uncertainty also stems from the nature of my identity. My desire is ever-expanding and fluid, which is not always as fun as it may sound. When I’m walking down State Street and my head turns to follow a beautiful body, it usually belongs to a woman. Even if I’m totally in love with a man, instincts like that leave me staring into my medicine cabinet’s toothpaste-splattered mirror and asking aloud, “What if you’re just super gay?” Other times, I’m overtaken by the urge
to grab a guy and have all kinds of straightforward, hetero sex. It’s a ride; it’s distracting; it’s exhaustingly exhilarating, and I’m not the only one who thinks so. After I wrote that first essay, I befriended a young woman who asked me out for coffee and identifies in my same realm of queer. I interviewed her for a project on bisexuality and toward the end she shook her newly buzzed head, sighing, “It’s not going to get any less confusing.” In the interview’s recording, her voice sounds exactly like mine does when I take that look into my own eyes — rapid and stammering through attempts to articulate desire, laughing off the resulting frustration. “Yeah,” she said, “if you figure out the magic formula to not be confused, please let me know.” Well, I didn’t have the formula then and I definitely don’t have it now. I’ve learned a lot of lessons at the University, but how to be gay, and how often, is not one of them. Now I’m graduating, and every aspect of my life is in a state of disarray. I’ve got to pack up four years of trinkets and clothes and creations; I have to decide where I want to stumble through the next phase of my saga. I’m not sure what I’ll be doing, or whom I’ll be with, in just a few months from now. My mind is cluttered with more doubt than ever, but … I’m not panicking. In a way, my sexual uncertainty has prepared me for these radical transitions. Instability is scary as hell, but tackling that monster again and again has proven that not knowing has always helped me discover new pleasures, and the incredible leaps I am capable of taking.
In a way, my sexual uncertainty has prepared me for these radical transitions.
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About that bucket list... I sat down with a blank piece of paper and a black Sharpie last month, determined to curate a list of adventures I needed to have before graduating in May. It included the expected — a trip to Maize and Blue Delicatessen, Washtenaw Dairy ice cream, breaking into the Big House — as well as the creative: a “Karaoke Krawl” that involved four nights in a row of karaoke at four different bars and a wobbly rendition of “No Diggity” by Blackstreet. With one month left in my college career, I’ve started crossing off those adventures. Sunday brunch at aut BAR in Kerrytown? Check. Tea at Crazy Wisdom Bookstore and Tea Room? Done. But as I’ve started striking a line through each item on the list hanging on the light blue wall in my room, I’ve realized something: I think I made the wrong bucket list. I should have made a “bucket list” of people. What I’ve learned to hold most precious in Ann Arbor and at the University is the people and community around me. After four years at this University, I’ve found my place, my friends and a support system that’s there for me at the drop of a text with a sad-faced cat Emoji. It’s the idea of losing that chance to run into a friend at the Union or at Backroom Pizza early Sunday morning that scares me the most.
And it’s the fear of the “We should get together soon” finally having an expiration date that makes my bucket list seem all wrong. The phrase that often accompanies my run-ins with an old friend from freshman year in the Diag now comes with an awkward pause afterward as I realize “soon” is slowly winding away — “soon” we’ll no longer be able to just meet at Espresso Royale to catch up over coffee. That’s why I want to make a list of people, not ranked in the “Top 8” style of Myspace but rather gathered together on one piece of paper to remind me of the conversations and interactions I still need to have before I leave this place. I want to talk with my friend in Computer Science about what really happens at a Hackathon, my classmate in the Public Policy school about how he plans to revitalize Detroit after he graduates, my professor on what makes her passionate about studying the media. The adventures on my current bucket list serve more as a vehicle of bringing people together, but why not focus on what I want itself? I want to be with people, to talk to them and learn from them one last time in the way that I have learned or wanted to learn in the past four years. I want to take in more of the words that helped me grow from
the nervous girl who pushed a big blue bin overflowing with clothes into a small room in Mosher-Jordan Residence Hall to the girl I am today — still slightly nervous about what happens next, but excited and confident I can handle whatever the “real world” entails. I find myself not wanting a minute alone this last month. I want to soak in the people and the ideas that surround me at all times. And it doesn’t matter the activity, whether the adventure is something on my original bucket list or just a conversation with my roommates over wine and Magic Mike. To me, the real “bucket list” isn’t what I do with my last month in college, it’s who I do it with. When I leave for the West Coast in May, sure, I’m going to crave the #73 “Tarb’s Tenacious Tenure” from Zingerman’s and a craft brew from Mash, but I’m going to long for the people more: a diverse group of thoughts, perspectives and ideas that scatter across the country and the world at the mere throw of a graduation cap. So I’m putting them all on my “bucket list” for one more moment together in Ann Arbor, not out of fear it will be the last, but to appreciate what I will really miss most. Haley Goldberg is a an LSA senior.
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‘Enemy’ underwhelms By KAREN YUAN Daily Arts Writer
“I wonder what Angie did with my blood.”
Freeman shines in FX ‘Fargo’ reboot Stellar scenery pays homage to classic Coen Bros. film By ALEX INTNER Daily Arts Writer
After the success of “American Horror Story,” FX decided to expand its presence in the “limited series” field, Awhich recently found success Fargo on HBO in “True Detec- Series Premiere tive.” This AMC Tuesday marks the debut of its most recent entry: “Fargo.” Taking the location and some of the character archetypes from the movie of the same name, each season of “Fargo” is designed to be a closed-ended story with a different cast and set of characters. What results is a miniseries that’s a great entry into the genre, using the elements from the movie and its fantastic cast to create a fascinating new story. “Fargo” follows what happens when Lorne Malvo (Billy Bob Thornton, “Armageddon”), a man with a sketchy past, arrives in a small Minnesota town and meets Lester Nygaard (Martin Freeman, “Sherlock”). Their
conversation promises to change each of their lives and Lester’s Minnesota town forever. What “Fargo” does remarkably well is set up a sense of place, creating a very specific world. Given that FX airs “Justified,” it shouldn’t be surprising that another one of their shows can capture this particular slice of life. From the snowy backgrounds to the accents, the show’s location is unique and special in its own right, capturing the “charm” of Minnesota. It also utilizes its aesthetics to create some striking imagery, especially at the opening of each episode. A world like the one created isn’t interesting if it’s not filled with interesting people, and “Fargo” was able to cast fantastic actors to fill those roles. Thornton is giving a remarkable performance as Lorne. He’s playing a character that doesn’t show emotion often, but makes his presence known in every scene. And, when he breaks out of his straight faced character, it’s amazing. Although Thornton is great and will probably earn an Emmy nomination later this year, Freeman is the star here. His character changes immensely in the first episode alone from a person who can’t stand up for himself to someone who is
capable of some horrible acts of violence. Freeman makes it seem realistic that the character could flip 180 degrees, without losing the core of his personality. It’s exceptional work. Plus, the British Freeman accomplishes a decent Minnesota accent. He slips in and out at times in the pilot, but he gains more confidence as the series goes on. I’d call him a lock for an Emmy nomination as well. Thornton and Freeman are the main reason why the “cat and mouse” element of the show is so fascinating. Even if some of the things stopping the cops from making their arrests feel like they’re artificially inserted, especially with the incompetence of Molly’s (newcomer Allison Tomlin) new boss, played by Bob Odenkirk (“Breaking Bad”). Lester and Lorne’s attempts to throw the cops off their scent are fascinating because of the actor’s performances. It’s just enough to make up for the artificial story obstacles thrown in the deputies’ way by the writers. It seems like the “limited series” genre is here to stay. As long as we get shows like “Fargo,” with its brilliant performances and fantastic sense of place, it’s a great thing for the future of FX and television in general.
Afghan Whiggin’ out By AMRUTHA SIVAKUMAR Daily Arts Writer
Remember those multicolored Transformers toys your mother used to buy you when you were nine? You know, the A ones that could Do the be whatever you wanted to Beast be, and could Afghan Wigs surpass your eOne Music adolescent short attention span with its ability to reconstruct at any given moment? Imagine what it would be like if music had the power to do the same. What if a band could evolve and grow through the span of only an album and recreate itself from start to finish while still maintaining its authenticity? Let me introduce you to The Afghan Whigs’ Do the Beast. The band’s first record in 16 years and first after being reunited as a band last year, Do the Beast tells a story of dimness and obscurity, drawing on minor progressions and sweltering melodies to showcase emotion through every mix. As the album opens with “Parked Outside,” it’s clear that The Afghan Whigs has reemerged unblemished, reunited as a band that remains just as experimental as it was two decades ago. Still, the light jazz-influenced, avant-garde rock the band categorized itself under in its last record, 1965, appears to be nothing more than a reminiscence of the past, and the sex appeal in tracks such as “Somethin’ Hot” and “John the Baptist” has dissolved just as the band did in 2001. But in return, The Afghan Whigs has given us a sultry record that
The Backstreet Boys haven’t aged well.
keeps us casted to the bass line until the very end. Do the Beast isn’t an album. No, it’s an experience. Every track is evolutionary, with no track sounding the same from start to finish. There’s always an unexpected riff, a seemingly accidental melody that grips you back into each song midway through. “Matamoros” is a metamorphosis, with a thematic riff that begins by drawing
‘Do the Beast’ a flawless reunion. inspiration from experimental metal, later renewing itself in a Middle Eastern scale. In the mood for a Tango? Turn on “Algiers.” The eerily nostalgic piano bass that starts off “Lost in Woods” is far from representative of its entirety, as the piano leads into an aggregation of instruments, melodies and themes, leaving you behind with nothing but your fleeting breath.
There’s no doubt: very few bands know their sound as well as The Afghan Whigs. With lyrics that hardly sound through the variations of instruments that pound through every track, it’s evident that the focus of each track remains intact through founder and frontman Greg Dulli’s vibrant mixes. The Afghan Whigs may be more bass-driven than it has ever been before, but it’s a change that’s welcome. The band has abandoned its technical polish and classical undertones for energetic melodies, drawing on international music and crossgenre rhythmic elements. A lot has changed in music since 1998 — rock ‘n’ roll began relying more on low-toned resonances to assert its genre while alternative became a brew of both pop and rock rather than standing out as a genre of its own. Do the Beast is an example of The Afghan Whigs exploiting that transition, making music that experiments among different genres rather than conforming to any one definition of music. If anything, the result is flawless.
The best way to watch “Enemy” is without knowing anything beforehand. Don’t read the Wikipedia Bpage. Don’t read any Enemy reviews (except this State Theater one). Watch A24 the trailer if only because it’s misleading and doesn’t truly reflect the film’s absurdity. The reason to go into “Enemy” blind is because the movie relies on unpredictability and shock factor. It works: You’ll lean back several times while watching with an uncomfortable, churning feeling in your gut. And the ending may be one of the most unexpected and jarring endings of all time – people remained rooted in their seats, wide-eyed, as the credits roll. “Enemy,” directed by Denis Villeneuve (“Prisoners”), stars Jake Gyllenhaal (“End of Watch”) as Adam Bell, a depressed history professor who spends every day teaching the same lectures on dictatorship to a glassyeyed group of undergraduates. Each day after expounding upon Hegel he goes home to his sparse apartment and has loveless sex with his girlfriend Mary (Mélanie Laurent, “Now You See Me”). The routine falls apart when Adam spots his doppelganger Anthony Claire, also played by Gyllenhaal, in a movie and becomes obsessed with meeting him. The movie is far from your typical thriller. As it begins, an epigraph emblazoned on screen says, “Chaos is order not yet deciphered.” The pace is tense but slow, interspersed with surrealist frames of spiders in
“What you looking at, POLE?!”
various sexual contexts and ominous strings and bass. The backdrop of Toronto looks awash in smog – ill, latticed with telephone lines that look like spider webs, uninviting. Empty. Throughout the confusion, Villeneuve inserts clues into the film for us to put together. “It’s important to understand that this is a cycle that repeats itself,” Adam lectures on oppression throughout history. Then he says the same line to another
An unexpected, jarring ending. class a few minutes later. It’s the most hideous, garish neon sign possible, blaring the words, This is symbolic! Talk about this part in your film class! The film is all about repetition and parallels – cycles in history, the physical resemblance between Mary and Anthony’s wife Helen (Sarah Gadon, “A Dangerous Method”), the same scenes of Adam in the shower, staring at his shaking hands.
But where does all this metaphor lead the film? The moody imagery, in-your-face thematic messages and random spiders – they cram the film with a Deep Meaning, but it’s too vague and unspecified for the viewer to reach it. How do the spiders relate to the characters’ sexual relationships? Though Villeneuve is a master of presentation, fastidiously structuring his storyline with artistic sequences, he falls short of giving it substance. “Enemy” is a glossy and mesmerizing package with nothing inside. There must be some significance in how Adam first sees Anthony in a movie, since we’re watching a movie too. The screen is a reflection of reality, and in this case reveals how grotesque life’s banality can be, as Adam’s dull routine is punctuated by Kafkaesque events and a confrontation with the self, which terrifies rather than fulfills Adam. It’s a dark movie – literally, since characters never turn the light on while indoors, preferring to move about in gloom so as to, again, hammer in a symbolic message. Are we all walking in darkness? Is life but a dingy apartment with bad lighting?
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Still not as good as ‘Breaking Bad.’
“Quick! Act natural.”
‘Mad Men’ returns ‘Scandal’ off the rails AMC series back for Don Draper’s final run By MADDIE THOMAS Daily TV Editor
“Are you ready? Because I want you to pay attention. This is the beginning of someB+ thing.” It’s fitting Mad Men that the first Season Premiere episode of “Mad Men” ’s AMC final season begins with the most fundamental aspect of the series: a pitch. In the Manhattan offices of SC&P, a catchphrase for Accutron watches is born. “It’s not a timepiece. It’s a conversation piece.” But staring at us through the TV screen with a bold confidence that could only accompany the words of true creative brilliance is not “Mad Men” ’s resident genius, Don Draper — it’s Freddie Rumsen. OK — technically it’s not actually Freddie. As is revealed later in the episode, Freddie is simply acting as a surrogate pitchman for Don, who is still on forced leave from SC&P; a fact he’s kept secret from Megan while they attempt to maintain a fizzling bi-coastal marriage. Meanwhile, as Joan and Peggy are still struggling to break through Madison Avenue’s glass ceiling, Roger Sterling has joined some kind of orgy
By ALEC STERN
cult and Pete is livin’ it up in California, where the pants are plaid and the bagels are … not as good as the ones in New York (duh). Despite the “new beginning” vibes that radiated throughout the final moments of season six, “Mad Men” ’s seventh season is off to a bleak start. Rather than turning a new leaf, “Time Zones” turns the same old leaves over and over again. Don is in a loveless marriage. Peggy is struggling to impress her new boss. Roger is having another mid-life crisis. Sound familiar? As is the case with many season premieres, the bulk of the episode is spent on exposition — catching us up on what’s been going on with each of the central characters (excluding, notably, Betty Francis and the Draper children). Thanks to some historical clues (and a few Google searches) one can decipher that we’ve jumped forward to January 1969, just around the time of Richard Nixon’s inaugural address. (What a way to cast a metaphorical storm cloud over the episode!) “We have found ourselves rich in goods, but ragged in spirit,” Nixon announces from a television screen near the episode’s end. “Reaching with magnificent precision for the moon, but falling into raucous discord on earth.” Showrunner Matthew Weiner uses that specific Nixon quote to center a major theme of the episode and probably
the season’s entire first half. Sure, everyone — even Don — is making money and technically succeeding in one way or another, but spirits are still low. For each character there’s something missing, something to reach for. Don wants his job back, Peggy wants her respect back and Ken Cosgrove probably wants the sight in his right eye back. Maybe the lingering cloud of disappointment is a result of an even more abstract desire — a grand “something” like the ellusive American Dream. Either way, the pursuit of a great unknown has begun. In a premiere that drags plotwise, these subtler messages are key to keeping hopes up for a satisfying final season. As a stand-alone episode, this “Mad Men” installment is middling at best. But that’s exactly the game Weiner likes to play. It’s all about the buildup from here on out, and “Time Zones” does its job of laying the groundwork for the coming episodes quite well. Time is of the essence in this final season of “Mad Men.” With only thirteen episodes and twelve months remaining on a finite timeline, the clock (maybe an Accutron watch?) is ticking away on Don Draper — he is aging and the show is too. “Time Zones” is the beginning of something — the beginning of an ending and the beginning of a countdown. “Mad Men” has always been a conversation piece, but in its last lap, it’s also a time-piece.
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ABC drama falters in season three. she is so devoted to. Olivia Pope continues to allow herself to be marginalized by Fitz, subservient to his every whim. And despite announcing in the series premiere that “she doesn’t do crying,” Olivia has shed tears in nearly every episode because of her relationship with Fitz. “Scandal” ’s story has also faltered this season. In case anyone had forgotten, the first and second seasons — for the most part — featured a mix of procedural and serialized elements, a combination that grounded “Scandal” ’s oftentimes frantic narrative. Its case-of-the-week format separated Pope and Associates from the White House, allowing for much-needed breaks between each of the series’ defining entities. But Fitz’s reelection campaign has brought the two closer than ever, effectively changing the series’ DNA. Even more, its over-thetop storylines come closer and closer to eclipsing the brink of comprehension with each passing week. I’m not making any claims about “Scandal” ’s believability. It’s unfair to criticize a soap opera’s realism, unlike other political dramas. Conversely, “Homeland” ’s misguided third season was flawed precisely because its believability was sacrificed in favor of action. The difference is “Homeland” operates under the assumption of realism — when its plausibility suffers, so does its worth. “Scandal” never promised realism, which is not to discount any of its success. But even “Grey’s Anatomy” — a show that has featured a male pregnancy and more natural disasters than I’d care to count — respects its own confines more strictly than the Kerry Washington series. “Scandal” ’s universe has no rules, which doesn’t make it exciting; It makes it sloppy. Above all, it’s the repetition that is killing “Scandal.” How many late-night Olivia-Jake phone calls — which end with Olivia declaring with finality, “Goodbye, Jake” — is too many? How many times must Olivia and Fitz have
the same passionate argument in the Oval Office? “Scandal” ’s love triangle has reached an extreme level of saturation, diminishing the likability of all those involved. These issues of character complicate “Scandal” ’s end game. How are we supposed to root for the series’ central pairing when it’s so obviously toxic for Olivia? How are we supposed to root for Olivia and Fitz when Olivia is not his only mistress? Lest we forget that Cyrus had a pregnant Amanda Tanner murdered to preserve Fitz’s reputation. And how are we supposed to root for Olivia and Fitz when with each passing episode, it’s Mellie who truly deserves our sympathy and attention. Bellamy Young’s nuanced, delectable performance is soap opera done right, though it demonizes not only Fitz, but also the Olivia-Fitz pairing. With that being said, even Mellie’s arc has become significantly flawed. Her storyline is defined by her rape, perpetrated by her husband’s father, as revealed through flashbacks in an earlier season three episode. Sexual assault is a crutch Shonda Rhimes has turned to in all three of her series — though far more effectively in the 2010 episode of “Private Practice,” “Did You Hear What Happened to Charlotte King?” In that series, a majority of the fourth season was dedicated to the episode’s titular character’s experience — “what happened” to Charlotte King was a crucial journey for every character, significantly elevating the quality of Rhimes’s lesser “Grey’s Anatomy” spinoff. “Scandal” can’t make any of these claims. The incident between Mellie and her father-in-law was as quickly addressed as it was turned into yet another contrived melodramatic mystery (Is Jerry really Fitz’s son?), not to mention the fact that Mellie uses her rape as leverage to ensure her father-in-law’s support in an upcoming election. In stark contrast to “Private Practice,” “Scandal” ’s rape undercuts a serious subject, neither giving it the sufficient attention nor respect as it serves as a B plot for a secondary character. “Scandal” ’s frenetic third season — at times “24,” at times “Grey’s Anatomy” on steroids — comes to an early close this week (its episode order was cut from 22 to 18 to accommodate Washington’s pregnancy). And I’ll admit, I’m eager to see many of the plots come to fruition, if for no other reason than leaving this whole mess behind us. After Fitz’s first election, prior to the first season of “Scandal,” Olivia left the White House to pursue her own life, apart from her tumultuous affair and hectic lifestyle. Here’s hoping season four will have her make the same realization. “Scandal” needs fixing, but it’s not up to Olivia Pope to solve every problem. Shonda Rhimes is going to have to handle this one.
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Club boxing wins first title Betsa regains rotation spot SOFTBALL
By JAKE LOURIM Daily Sports Writer
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Engineering junior Ahmad Sakallah and the Michigan club boxing team sent 15 people to the National Championship this year and earned the team title.
Program rebounds from near death sentence to capture national crown By ZACH SHAW Daily Sports Writer
When you walk up the wooden stairs of the Sports Coliseum, you’re introduced to a room full of champions. The second floor of the Coliseum contains nine punching bags, two makeshift rings and boxing equipment with aged sweat stains only rivaled by the stains on the once-white wall nearby. The second floor wasn’t meant to house champions, but the Michigan Men’s Boxing Club doesn’t care. As dusty photos of past boxers look on, two dozen boxers go through technique in unison. Hooks, dips, jabs and slips are accompanied by grunts that could be heard from outside in the parking lot. As coaches egg them on, the group progresses through more and more complicated moves, until the team is matching in practice what it did in Miami April 5. That day, five individual titles helped the Wolverines beat out 19 other teams to win the school’s firstever boxing national championship. After nearly being kicked off campus as a club sport three years ago, the club has fought its way to the forefront of collegiate boxing. With an energetic group and an increasingly competitive atmosphere, the team looks to make success in the ring the latest Michigan tradition. Four years ago, Michigan boxing was dead. A decade after Shamael Haque became the team’s last individual national champion, the program had declined into a non-competitive one; practices became little more than a good workout. With not enough competition, the Athletic Department pulled what little funding the team received, leaving it hanging on threads. “Club sports need to compete,” said junior Kevin Bosma, the team’s vice president. “Michigan wants to see its name represented in a positive light and see its teams win with the block ‘M’, but with boxing, the University got nothing out of it. “They pulled funding to enact change. It took a couple years and a ton of hard work, but now we’re representing the school well.” After receiving the harsh wake-up call from the University, the Wolverines began registering for more tournaments. The team grew,
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Engineering alum Andrew Sensoli qualified for the USIBA National Championship last year and finished third.
and so did its confidence. Last year one boxer went to the national championships, but that didn’t stop volunteer coach Tony Sensoli from setting the bar even higher. Walking into this year’s first practice, Sensoli told the team they should have one goal: Win a national title. “I remember thinking, ‘Damn, Tony, that’s a pretty hefty goal,’ especially considering we weren’t really on the national stage before,” Bosma said. “We tried to get everyone experience early and some of the fights didn’t go so well, and I was really doubting if we would be able to compete on a national level.” The year progressed, but Sensoli’s goal still looked out of reach. While younger boxers caught on, others quit the team. Club sports like boxing require far more work than perks, and many find they aren’t up to the task. “We really got on people who weren’t taking things seriously and held people accountable for sticking to our goals,” said freshman Yazan El-Baba. “Our coaches emphasized the idea that ‘those who stay will be champions,’ which is huge in a club sport because people don’t get any sort of compensation. It’s really just the will to win that keeps them going, and you could tell how passionate the coaches were and that trickled down to us.” With the United States Intercollegiate Boxing Association National Championships approaching, Michigan began to like its
“I remember thinking, ‘Damn ... that’s a pretty hefty goal.’ ”
chances. It was sending the largest team to nationals, and had a real shot at making program history. But a slew of injuries hurt the team’s chances. A ruptured spleen, a broken wrist, a concussion and a cracked sternum bruised the team’s ego just days before the tournament. “Most of these guys are new to the sport, and many had only had one or two fights, so the team was already nervous,” Bosma said. “All those injuries right before the tournament were sitting in their minds, and it was very hard for us to calm their nerves and figure out a way to reinstill confidence in them.” In Miami, the nerves took a bow to victories. Staying in a low-budget hostel with just two rooms and 23 people, only a 5-0 start relaxed the Wolverines. Even shorthanded, the team sent seven boxers to Sunday’s championship slate, five more than any other team. By the time the final bell rang, Bosma, El-Baba, juniors Khaled Abbas, Pete Herzog and sophomore Alec Sensoli, Tony’s son, were crowned champions, giving Michigan the necessary points to win the team title. With Bosma still recovering from his victory in the 201-pound finals, the captain looked on as the team reached its destination. “They didn’t realize how close we were,” Bosma said. “I think they were surprised a little bit, but it was more of a recognition that they did everything they needed to rather than a surprise. “They came to believe that
they could win it on their own without us having to stay on them to work hard. It was awesome to watch.” Added Tony: “If you had asked me even two weeks ago if we were going to win I would have said no way. It was very emotional moment, and it validates the effort that everyone has put in this year to achieve that goal.” Today, Michigan boxing is as alive as ever. After four years of creating a competitive culture, after just days of recovering from their national championship and months before their next competition, almost the entire team is still at practice. The nine punching bags sway back-andforth as they are pummeled, the jump ropes skip as hard rock plays on the speakers, and the red, white and blue ropes bounce as boxers spar in the nearby ring. After years of housing boxers who fail to win it all, the stained walls and piles now host national champions. With a title under its belt and a young core returning next year and plans for the women’s team to gain club status next year, the Michigan boxing program has crawled from afterthought to champions. Boxing dominance has become the latest Michigan tradition.
“It validates the effort that everyone has put in this year.”
Three weeks ago, Michigan coach Carol Hutchins came out to get the softball from freshman right-hander Megan Betsa, and it appeared she had closed the starting pitching rotation down from three players to two. Betsa had given up three runs on two hits and two walks, and surrendered a leadoff home run in the second. Just after the ball cleared the fence, Hutchins walked out to the circle. One bad outing could normally be overlooked, but not with two experienced juniors also in the mix. With lefthander Haylie Wagner sporting a sub-1.00 earned-run average and an undefeated record, and right-hander Sara Driesenga regaining the form that sent the Wolverines to the Women’s College World Series last year, there wasn’t room for Betsa in the regular rotation. “You could say that I was in a little bit of a rut for a few games,” Betsa said. “I think every pitcher goes through it.” The following weekend, Hutchins sat Betsa for all three games, the first time any of the three had missed a weekend all season. In doing so, Hutchins followed the motto of John Wooden, whom she considers one of the best coaches ever: The bench is the best teacher. “If you want to pitch, you’ve got to pitch better,” Hutchins said. “I’ve got three pitchers, and if you’re not going to pitch well, I’m going to put somebody else in. … We expect you to perform and to be able to manage your game, manage your confidence. Those are all important — you’re not just a physical person. Your confidence is important, and you’re expected to manage it.” Betsa got the message loud and clear. The Monday after the Penn State series, normally the players’ off day, she came in on her own to clear her head and work out the kinks in her pitching. She started putting a cutout of a batter at the plate to simulate a game situation. On the more mental side of things, Hutchins gave her a book to read — Ken Ravizza and Tom Hanson’s Heads-Up Baseball: Playing the Game One Pitch at a Time. Two weeks later, after regaining her rhythm in practice and in a midweek game, the McDonough, Ga. native found herself back in the mix for important games alongside Wagner and Driesenga. “I don’t know what the point of not throwing at Penn State was, but I used it as fuel to my fire,” Betsa said. “I’m here, and I’m supposed to be helping my team, and they’re not even giving me the opportunity. That’s what I used that as.” Since her early exit against Indiana, Betsa has allowed only one run in 19 innings and has
Triple Aces Michigan’s starting pitchers 1. Haylie Wagner ERA: 0.95 Record: 19-0 Complete Games: 12 2. Sara Driesenga ERA: 2.15 Record: 5-3 Complete Games: 4 3. Megan Betsa ERA: 1.92 Record: 9-3 Complete Games: 7
gone 3-0. Her ERA is down to 1.82, good for third in the Big Ten behind Wagner and Minnesota’s Sara Moulton. Hutchins thought by benching Betsa against Penn State, she would light a fire within the freshman. And she couldn’t have been more right. “Megan is a competitor — we thought that when we recruited her,” Hutchins said. “I know she wants to play, and I know she wants to be good.” Betsa also credits an intense practice routine, including one drill in which the pitchers repeatedly face hitters with the bases loaded and a full count. Hutchins’ goal is to make practice difficult so that the game seems easy. It certainly has looked easy for Betsa lately. She has mixed her various pitches well, keeping the hitters off balance to the tune of 26 strikeouts in her last 19 innings. Her mentality has also improved. Sunday against Michigan State, Hutchins visited the mound with two on and two out in the first inning, and Betsa struck out the next hitter. Later, she induced two popups to get out of a two-on, one-out jam in the sixth. “Mentally, you could say I’ve gotten a little bit tougher,” Betsa said. “Also, my preparation in practice has been different, and I’ve been taking different approaches on my warmups and being more focused and carrying what I do in the bullpen into the game.” After the series against Penn State, Hutchins started Betsa in a low-pressure Wednesday home game against Detroit, which came in with a paltry 2-20 record. The result was a no-hitter. Since then, Betsa has gotten the nod in both Big Ten series finales. “You could say that Penn State, when I didn’t even get an opportunity, kind of put (my confidence) down,” Betsa said. “After I got over it and used it as positive, it’s definitely helping that I’m getting in the game.” Hutchins preaches several mottos to her team, one of which, according to Betsa, is “Tough times don’t last, tough people do.” Now, a month after handing the ball to Hutchins in the second inning, it appears Betsa will last after all.
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Carol Hutchins helped Megan Betsa work her way back to being a starter.
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Report: Robinson going pro; Stauskas to announce Pair of sophomores will reveal Draft decisions in press conference Tuesday
BY THE NUMBERS Glenn Robinson III
Scoring average during the 2013-14 season, good for second on the team.
By NEAL ROTHSCHILD Daily Sports Editor
For the second time in the last week, reports surfaced that a Michigan men’s basketball player will be fleeing Ann Arbor for the NBA. This time, it’s Glenn Robinson III. According to the Detroit Free Press, Robinson plans to sign with an agent later in the week. That followed an initial report from Jake Fischer, a Boston Globe correspondent and Slam Magazine writer, that the sophomore forward has already signed with an agent and will declare for the NBA Draft this week. An ensuing CBS Sports report confirmed that Robinson would be leaving school and stated that Robinson had yet to inform the Michigan coaching staff of his decision. Monday evening, the Athletic Department announced via e-mail a press conference to be held Tuesday afternoon. The e-mail did not provide further details, but ESPN’s Jeff Goodman later reported that Robinson and sophomore guard Nik Stauskas would both be revealing their decisions. Robinson was Michigan’s second-leading scorer this season, averaging 13.1 points along with 4.4 rebounds per game. Though he had a propensity to disappear in the Wolverines’ offense at times this year — he scored in single digits nine times — he was assertive late in the season and became a feared scorer with his deadeye midrange jump shot. He is projected as a late firstround or early second-round
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Games in which he scored in double digits (out of 37).
Projected Draft rank, according to ESPN’s Chad Ford.
Sophomore forward Glenn Robinson will forgo his final seasons of eligibility to enter the NBA Draft and will announce his decision Tuesday, according to a report.
pick. His stock has fallen since last year, when he was projected to go as high as the lottery — a top-14 pick. This follows an ESPN report last Thursday that Stauskas would be declaring for the draft, though Stauskas insisted through Twitter that he had not made his final decision. A year ago this week, Robinson, along with forward Mitch McGary, both announced that they would return for their sophomore seasons. The two are best friends, and whereas last year’s decision was a collaboration between the two, Robinson said after Michigan’s Elite Eight loss that this year their decisions would be conducted more independently because of McGary’s back injury and extended absence.
The report leaves McGary as the only mystery remaining as far as who might be leaving for the pros. Following the announcement that redshirt junior Jon Horford would be transferring, there may be as many as five players leaving the program, with forward Jordan Morgan being the lone departure without eligibility left. While Robinson wanted to play the ‘3’ at Michigan, on the wings and with more ball handling opportunities, personnel necessitated that Michigan coach John Beilein play him at the ‘4.’ When he announced he’d be returning for his sophomore season, Robinson declared his intention to play the ‘3,’ but Beilein was never able to fulfill his wish for any
substantial period of time. When he struggled early this season, Robinson admitted during the NCAA Tournament that he had second thoughts about his decision to come back to Ann Arbor, but that he gained comfort as the season went on. Despite shooting troubles that plagued him during the bulk of the Big Ten season, Robinson hit a series of key 3-pointers in March. He shot 41 percent from behind the arc during the month after making 27 percent of his threes the rest of the season. Robinson was also Michigan’s best athlete. He accounted for the lion’s share of the oohing and ahhing at Crisler Center the past two years with his highlight-reel dunks. Feb. 26, Robinson, the team’s best leaper, was thrown a
cross-court lob pass near the baseline in Mackey Arena with a couple ticks remaining and the Wolverines down one point. Robinson caught it, took a dribble and banked the ball off the glass at the buzzer. He made the shot in front of his father in Glenn Robinson Jr.’s college gym, and the play served as perhaps the highlight of Robinson’s two years. Late Monday night, Stauskas announced on Twitter that he would make his NBA draft decision Tuesday.
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BY THE NUMBERS Nik Stauskas
3-pointers made as a freshman, a Michigan first-year record.
Career 3-point shooting percentage.
Scoring average during the 2013-14 season, which led the team.
Projected Draft rank, according to ESPN’s Chad Ford.
Baseball set to play home- On baseball: A sub-.500 and-home against Eagles record that says a lot By JASON RUBINSTEIN Daily Sports Writer
If last weekend is any indication, the Michigan EMU vs. baseball team will be a force Michigan to be reckoned Matchup: with at the EMU 12-21; plate and could Michigan 16-19-1 wreak havoc on Eastern When: Michigan in Tuesday 4 P.M., back-to-back Wednesday midweek 6 P.M. games. After taking Where: Ray Fisher two of three at Stadium; Illinois, with Oestrike their lone loss Stadium coming in a 1-0 Radio: pitchers’ duel, MGoBlue the Wolverines (Tuesday) showed their hitting slump is a thing of the past, positioning themselves as one of the most competitive teams in the Big Ten. Michigan (6-6 Big Ten, 16-191 overall) will use the pair of midweek contests against the Eagles on Tuesday and Wednesday to fine-tune the small parts of its game, but it won’t be easy. Eastern Michigan (2-10 MAC, 12-21) beat the Wolverines in both matchups last season — Michigan coach Erik Bakich’s first at Michigan — by considerable margins. The Eagles scored 28 runs over the two games and have a history of playing Michigan tough. “The way Eastern Michigan has been dominant over the University of Michigan in baseball for the last few years, I would hope we come with a pretty big chip on our shoulder and are ready to play,” Bakich said. But with a full offseason under Bakich, the Wolverines look like a brand-new ball club. Michigan’s most consistent hitter is junior outfielder Jackson Glines. The junior
college transfer has been the steady force Bakich craves in the heart of the order. Glines’ 45 hits, .346 batting average and 22 RBI all lead the team, while his 13 doubles also lead the Big Ten. In the early parts of the season, the Wolverines were only finding production from their top five hitters. The bottom of the lineup was the team’s Achilles’ heel, but the Illinois series showed otherwise. Freshman designated hitter Carmen Benedetti found a groove at the plate in Champaign, going 6-for-11 in the five hole while tallying three RBI and three doubles, upping his batting average to .286. The team also found production from right fielder Johnny Slater. The freshman provided quality at-bats consistently throughout the weekend and provided a spark to an otherwise anemic part of Michigan’s batting order — going 4-for-6 with two RBI in the Wolverines’ 17-9 rout Saturday. “Baseball is mostly mental,” Bakich said. “(Benedetti and Slater) both made a lot of progress as this season has gone along, and it’s what you want to see from freshmen. Carmen has been pretty consistent for us, but he exploded in Saturday’s game. “Johnny has pretty much struggled all season long, but he had heck of a game. His batting practice has been night and day since the beginning. He has matured, and we expect big things from John Slater.” On the other side of Washtenaw Avenue, Eastern Michigan boasts three hitters batting over .300 and, though its record may not show it, has an ability to score plenty of runs. The Eagles have scored more than seven runs in 10 contests this year. Michigan will look to weather Eastern Michigan’s strong hitting by throwing fifth-year senior Ben Ballantine. The righthander has struggled of late
and hopes to use the midweek game to regain his early-season form. Bakich also said he has no intentions of pulling Ballantine early, showing confidence in his wily veteran. Wednesday’s starter has not yet been determined. Though riding a current wave of momentum, Bakich is making sure he and the coaching staff keep the team grounded and focused heading into the home-and-home against the cross-town rival — a team that has had more success against the Wolverines than many others. “If our guys have any mental lapse whatsoever in a midweek game, then they’re going to learn a tough lesson,” Bakich said. “We learned that last week against Notre Dame. The coaching staff and myself won’t allow that to happen again — ever again.” NOTE: There is a distinct possibility Tuesday’s will be canceled due to freezing temperatures.
HAMPAIGN — Illinois had scored in the bottom of the fourth inning to put Michigan baseball down 1-0, and was knocking on the door again in the fifth. With two outs an Illini hitter reached second base, BEN and one FIDELMAN of the Big Ten’s best players, Will Krug, stepped to the plate. The outfielder yanked an 0-1 fastball through the left side of the infield, and the third base coach had no hesitation signaling the runner to head for home plate. Sophomore left fielder Jacob Cronenworth fielded the ball as the baserunner was rounding third and came up gunning. The ball came on a rope to catcher Cole Martin, and the tag was applied just
before the runner could slide around the senior. Martin hopped up and emphatically spiked the ball — his head cocked to the lights screaming for his team. Martin knew this game was big, and that play embodied something the team has exhibited all season: It’s not backing down from anyone. But what separates a contender from the rest is how quickly it can rebound and get back to winning. So where is Michigan baseball in this maze of momentum? Though its overall record has been below .500 all year, conference play was the perfect clean slate opportunity for this team. The only hurdle to overcome would be its conference schedule. Michigan went 6-6 through the first four conference weekends against Indiana, Iowa, Minnesota and Illinois — not a bad mark considering many of those teams had better
Catcher Cole Martin shifted momentum in Michigan’s favor when he tagged out a runner at home plate against Illinois.
conference records coming into the respective weekends. Something that’s helped Michigan throughout the season has been spending time around military and security specialists, hearing what they have to say about teamwork and perseverance. On March 3, the team visited Fort Bragg, N.C., where it learned how to embody a “Band of Brothers” mentality from the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment. More recently, a member of President Barack Obama’s protection detail visited the team when the President was in town for a speech on April 2. “One thing that stuck out to myself and a lot of the guys was (the concept of) failing quickly,” said sophomore shortstop Travis Maezes. Moving forward, it’s time to see if the team can do something that it hasn’t been asked to do often this season: win against weaker lineups. Being consistent enough to sweep, or at least win, upcoming series against Purdue and Northwestern will be what defines Michigan’s season. Anything more than one loss in the six games in those two series will be tough to make up, as the Wolverines also have to face Nebraska and Ohio State before potentially qualifying for the Big Ten Baseball Tournament at the end of May. Every season has highs and lows, but the good teams find a way to battle through and move toward undoubted success. There can be a battle to .500 baseball early, but at some point teams destined for the postseason have to make a turn for the better. Through the early parts of the season, the team was building confidence and perseverance, and now it’s time to show that it has learned those lessons. The upcoming weekends will be a perfect opportunity to prove just that and make a run to the postseason.
Published on Apr 15, 2014