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Journalist discusses poverty and gender


Life sciences Coleman, NIH director laud University research efforts during celebration >> SEE PAGE 3


Sheryl WuDunn headlines multi-day Women and Economic Security conference

Bike share update Kiosks planned near State Street, Modern Languages Building, Michigan Union >> SEE PAGE 2

By MARGO LEVY For the Daily


Affirmative action In light of SCOTUS decision, ‘U’ should take efforts to increase diversity >> SEE PAGE 4


Neighbors Rogan, Byrne, Efron star in witty portrayal of wild youth and stoner bravado >> SEE PAGE 7


Softball’s sweetie The team’s official batgirl Natalie shares a special bond with her ‘sisters’ >> SEE PAGE 10

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The Michigan softball team will open the NCAA Tournament in Tempe, Ariz. this weekend. The Wolverines play San Diego State on Friday at 3:30 p.m. in a double-elimination four-team tournament.


‘Road Scholars’ program helps profs. see the state University helps faculty explore their disciplines outside of A 2 By STEPHANIE SHENOUDA Managing Editor

While spring and summer semesters are typically an opportunity for students to pursue their interests outside of the classroom, the University’s Michigan Road Scholar Tour program allowed 30 faculty and staff to explore the state of Michigan last week. In its fifteenth year, the MRS program aims to connect the University teaching body with people working in various fields — including education reform, medicine and organic farming —

and open their eyes to the places in-state students hail from with which they might not otherwise be familiar. The group’s five-day tour included a trip to the General Motors plant in Lansing, the Grand Rapids Medical Institute, the tribal lands of Gun Lake, a factory in Kalkaska and a clinic for the poor in Traverse City. The professors also visited a community college in Petoskey, an organic farm in Sault Ste. Marie, high school students in Midland and leaders of the Detroit-based nonprofit, Focus: HOPE. Jim Kosteva, community relations director for the University’s office of government relations, said the program works to provide outreach opportunities for the faculty and staff with regards to economics, government, culture, health and other aspects of life that may be differ-

ent from Ann Arbor’s. It aims to foster an inclusive environment among colleagues and encourage collaboration and interdisciplinary activities between those whose interests might not normally overlap. “The MRS program is kind of a five day orientation to the state of Michigan, to help University professors to better understand the environment and education as a public university and how we fit in and contribute to public service,” Kosteva said. He added that currently “relatively few” number of universities or colleges offer programs similar to MRS, though it was modeled after other schools, and the University does not claim to have conceptualized the program. Comprehensive Studies Lecturer Mark Conger said he espeSee ROAD TRIP, Page 8

Over 100 people gathered at Rackham Auditorium Wednesday evening to hear Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Sheryl WuDunn’s take on women’s poverty as part of the Women and Economic Security Conference. WuDunn shared her experiences traveling to some of the world’s most impoverished places, and detailed what she discovered to be poverty’s worst effects. She said she believes the oppression of women is a dire issue worldwide, which results in problems including a lack of education, sex trafficking and maternal mortality, among others. By providing the audience with names and pictures of people affected by these challenges, WuDunn grounded her talk in the people she’s met and place she’s experienced around the world. WuDunn displayed a photo of a group of young girls — all victims of sex trafficking — that she met during her time in Cambodia while discussing a challenge she said she equates to modern day slavery. “They are forced to work 14 hour days, seven days a week and they are not paid a dime,” WuDunn said. “What does that sound like? Slavery.” While WuDunn said she does not necessarily have a solution for the problems she discovered, she hopes that by spreading awareness, more people will feel inclined to get involved. WuDunn’s keynote address was part of a conference presented by the See SPEAKER, Page 2


Thursday, May 15, 2014 The Michigan Daily —

Bike sharing program announces kiosk sites Cycle pick-up stations are set to launch in July at several locations


Pulitzer Prize Sheryl WuDunn speaks during the Women and Economic Security Conference at Rackham Auditorium Wednesday.

SPEAKER From Page 1 University’s Center for the Education of Women and Re:Gender, an organization formerly called the National Council for Research on Women. Her talk concluded the first day of a three-day conference, which aims to identify and discuss barriers for impoverished women seeking financial security. Gloria Thomas, CEW director, said the conference was intended to be a catalyst for discussion among students and faculty regarding poverty and its implications worldwide. “For this initiative and this Sudoku Syndication week’s related conference, CEW is serving as the convener of

scholars, activists, social service agencies and their clients living in poverty, policy makers and other interested parties who are committed to establishing policy recommendations at the state level to help women,” Thomas said. Though University students may never witness these atrocities firsthand, She added that it’s important they have an understanding of their existence and what can be done. “While WuDunn’s talk (had) an international focus — particularly regarding policies and practices to address these issues — the intent is for conference attendees to have a broad understanding of what’s being done to eliminate poverty worldwide in order to inspire and enable us all to think globally but act locally.”





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campus. She stressed that the program is not ideal for long, trans-city trips, but would aid people who were looking to get to nearby destinations faster or finish up the last leg of a bus journey. “It offers an alternative for getting around,” Solomon said. “People By ALLANA AKHTAR wouldn’t use their car, for example, Daily News Editor if they needed to run out for lunch.” Interested users have the choice Cyclists, grab a helmet. of buying membership cards of one By July, University students will day for $6, one week for $20 or one have access to public bikes in an year for $65. Members then have effort to add cycling to daily com- access to the public bikes around mutes. the city for 30 to 60 minutes at a ArborBike, in partnership with time. Bikers face fees if they return the Ann Arbor City Council, the bikes after one hour of use to help Ann Arbor-based nonprofit Clean keep as many bikes in circulation as Energy Coalition and the Universi- possible. ty are in the final stages of initiating The bikes come with a small basthe citywide bike share program. ket, front and rear lights and a chain In the latest step toward launch- lock. ArborBike said they would ing the program, the organization fund and facilitate all bike repairs. has launched a map of the 14 future Bike-sharing businesses have kiosk stations where riders can rent opened with success across the a bicycle. nation, in areas such as Washington A few are near University aca- D.C., Portland, Oregon and in the demic buildings, including one on Manhattan and Brooklyn boroughs State Street by the Modern Lan- of New York City. guages Building, one on South UniIn 2011, University President versity by the School of Social Work Mary Sue Coleman gave a speech and one on East Madison Street to students on improving sustainnear the Michigan Union. ability through University funded There are also stations close to transportation and emission reducpopular downtown areas. Kiosks tion projects. She specifically sugnear the Main Street hub include a gested a bike sharing system around station on the intersection of Main campus to decrease dependence on Street and Washington Street near gas-powered vehicles. Café Zola and a station on East The University supported ArborHuron Street by the Ann Arbor City Bike through the process and Council building. There is another donated $600,000 toward operakiosk planned for Fifth Avenue tional costs. The Ann Arbor Area close to the Ann Arbor Farmers Transportation Authority and the Market in Kerrytown. Clean Energy Coalition assisted The Medical Center and Michi- with start-up funding as well. gan Stadium will have stations Solomon sees great potential in nearby. North Campus will also the enterprise, especially because have kiosks on Hubbard Road and of the environmental and wellness near the Cooley Laboratory. benefits that could result. Lisa Solomon, business ana“It will enable students, faculty lyst for University Parking and and staff access to downtown and Transportation Services, said the campus,” Solomon said. “You can program is designed for small com- run around easily without fighting mutes in the downtown Ann Arbor for a parking spot.” area and around the University’s

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Coleman, National Institutes of Health director laud University’s research efforts Life Sciences Institute celebrates successes despite declining funding By IAN DILLINGHAM Editor in Chief

The University’s Life Sciences Institute kicked off its 13th annual symposium on Wednesday, highlighting the work of researchers from around the nation who came to the institute to present and discuss their projects. The event, which also commemorated the 10-year anniversary of the LSI, featured presenters who were affiliated with the University at some point in their professional careers. University President Mary Sue Coleman used the symposium as an opportunity to praise the research being conducted at the University. Coleman, who conducted research in biochemistry early in her career, discussed her plans to establish an office in the LSI after her tenure as president ends this July. “The collaboration, the innovation, the discoveries emerging from here really do allow us to understand disease better (and) have new approaches to treatments and to cures,” Coleman said. “It’s been a stunning decade of accomplishment, and we look forward to the next ten years.” In her remarks, Coleman lauded the “intellectual depth” of the researchers present at the symposium, calling it a testament to the University and the strength of U.S. biomedical research efforts. However, the ten years that LSI has been in operation have, on a national level, been ten of the most challenging in the history of biomedical research in the United States. In an interview prior to the event, Francis Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health, expressed his frustration at declining federal support for such research efforts. “The pace of progress, much of it built upon the success of the study of the genome, has just been incredibly gratifying,” Collins said. “The frustrating part

of my job is that the support for all this has not kept up with the opportunity.” The NIH, which allocates the bulk of federal funding for biomedical research under the governance of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is the single largest contributor to research funding at the University. In recent years, it has accounted for around 40 percent of the University’s $1.3 billion research budget. Over the last decade, the institutes have become a political target, facing budget cuts that resulted in a 25 percent loss of purchasing power. The result, Collins said, is that researchers today face the “lowest chance in history of actually getting funded,” with as few as one in six grants being approved. LSI director Alan Saltiel noted that Coleman has been a strong supporter of research on campus during her tenure, overseeing the investment of over $1 billion in research expansion projects that added more than one million square feet of University research space. “We’ve been honored by the leadership of a president who truly gets us,” Saltiel said. “She’s a president who’s enabled us to pursue our scientific dreams, who’s stimulated creative collaboration and who’s helped us as

a group to become more than the sum of our parts.” But even Coleman’s strongest efforts could not counteract the national downward trend in research funding. Under the latest pressure of government sequestration, which eliminated about $1.5 billion in federal research funding, NIH estimates that the institutes approved about 640 fewer project grants in the 2013 fiscal year than the year prior. “A lot of great science is being left on the table because of the shortfall of resources,” Collins added. “We are not short on ideas, we are not short on talented people who want to pursue those ideas, but we are hurting when it comes to resources.” In addition, funding cuts could eventually drive undergraduate and graduate students, many of whom rely on financial aid packages to remain in scientific fields, to pursue alternate career options, resulting in a long-term decline in the U.S. biomedical workforce. A 2013 report from the American Association of Medical Colleges indicated that U.S. graduates are being drawn out of research fields and that some faculty are being lured away by well-funded labs in China and Hong Kong. “This is the thing that keeps

me up at night,” Collins said. “Have we already discouraged some of the next generation, who otherwise would have embraced careers in biomedical research, are they already deciding to do something else?” “There are already individual examples of people who have made those decisions, and I don’t think those individuals are coming back to join us if things get better next year,” he added. The one change Collins said he has observed recently is the willingness of federal lawmakers from both parties to acknowledge the need for greater funding. Getting there, however, is the major hurdle, as neither party can agree on the best way to increase funding to research programs. Collins contended that, dollarfor-dollar, medical research is one of the best economic investments the federal government can make — improving the health of the population while also supporting high-paying research jobs. “We could get past this difficult ten year period and see a stable, predictable trajectory for medical research that would encourage all those bright scientists here and elsewhere to chase after really risky but potentially highly rewarding research that would push this momentum even higher,” he said.


New clothing shop planned By HILLARY CRAWFORD Daily Staff Reporter

The historic Nickels Arcade is adding one more shop to its collection. Mix, a women’s clothier, is slated to open next month. The clothing outfit has roots in Ypsilanti, where it first opened in 2009. After finding success at their first location, owners Bonnie Penet and Leslie Leland decided to expand their shop with a second store. Mix will inhabit the end of the arcade closest to Maynard Street in the space formerly occupied by Beagle Brain Computer Repair. The owners are in talks with contractors to secure an opening date, but hope to open their doors sometime around June 1. Penet said she would describe the clothing inventory as “artistically chic,” with special emphasis on “show-stopping” pieces. The Ann Arbor space is one-third the size of the Ypsilanti location, so its selection will be smaller. The Nickels Arcade location will feature the same clothing lines, but will only sell new clothing and accessories, whereas the original location sells second-hand items as well. Since the Ypsilanti store launched, Penet and Leland have paid special attention to the tastes and desires of their customers — a target audience comprised mainly of women forty and older. Initially, the first store solely featured gently used items, varying from vintage housewares and furniture to gifts and art pieces. Eventually, Penet and Leland brought in select collections of new clothing and accessories. When the newer merchandise began selling “out of the box,” the gently used items became a secondary aspect of the business model. “We do have a niche market of that targeted audience with women who like to look really great — ‘turn heads’ we say — and also be comfortable,” Penet said. “So far, we’ve found a great audience for those qualities.” The Ypsilanti store’s customers, many of which come from Ann Arbor and are affiliated with the University, inspired the owners’ decision to expand closer to campus. “We know that there will be a lot of foot traffic there, which is great, and we love the location itself,” Penet said. “The historic nature of Nickels Arcade is so beautiful.”


President Mary Sue Coleman speaks during the Victors for Discovery Biomedicine conference at Palmer Commons Wednesday.



Thursday, May 15, 2014 The Michigan Daily —

The meaning of merit

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Affirming other actions

The University must seek different routes to increase diversity


n April 22, the United States Supreme Court ruled that Michigan’s ban on affirmative action was constitutional. Therefore, in order to increase diversity at the University, administrators must explore alternative routes. Jennifer Gratz, the plaintiff in Gratz v. Bollinger, suggested methods for the University to increase racial diversity in a recent Detroit Free Press article. Gratz provides seven suggestions, including eliminating legacy preference, cutting unnecessary costs to increase need-based scholarships and providing outreach programs for students without access to substantial, educational resources. If the University truly desires diversity, the administration should incorporate some of these suggestions into its programs and policies. Affirmative action is banned based on the idea that discrimination of any kind, including racial, is an unacceptable means of student admission. Following this logic, admissions should avoid all forms of prejudicial treatment, yet they reward students for familial attachments to the University. Eliminating this unfair policy would consequentially increase diversity because often people of color and lower socioeconomic statuses represent an infinitesimal small proportion of applicants with legacy privilege. Similarly, cutting administrative expenses could redirect funds to help make need-based scholarships larger for low socioeconomic students. Currently, the University hires 53 percent more administrators than faculty. This unnecessarily high administrative staff

contains numerous high-salaried employees. On April 20, numerous faculty members confirmed the administrations exuberant salaries, stating in a letter to the Board of Regents that administrative pay is inappropriately high in comparison to other institutions. While the University cannot admit applicants based on race, they can enhance their mentorship programs in locations with high proportions of minorities. Since many of these areas contain intelligent students that don’t possess the resources for educational success, these programs could help equalize the disadvantages underprivileged students face through mentorship and community engagement. These mentors can provide insights about educational opportunities, give insights into applying to the University and encourage gifted

students to apply. While mentorship could help students, it’s important to note that K-12 education needs better funding in order for the University to increase minority enrollment, especially in underprivileged geographic areas. Though Republican Gov. Rick Snyder proposed a $322 million budget increase for K-12 funding in February, the proposed monetary increase is not enough. Spikes in retirement costs have deterred school districts from being able to utilize the money for student purposes. Addressing underlying funding concerns could increase the number of applications the University receives from people of color and lower socioeconomic statuses by creating a more level playing field early in the educational system.


hortly after the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent ruling in Schuette v. Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action, which found Michigan’s ban on affirmative action constitutional, Pulitizer Prize winner (and Michigan Daily alumni) Stephen Henderson wrote a column JAMES titled “I Am AffirBRENNAN mative Action.” In his piece, Henderson attributed much of his success today to the opportunities he was given thanks to considerations of race in college admissions and employment, embracing affirmative action as a necessary and successful policy. Like Henderson, I too can attribute much of my success to affirmative action — affirmative action for white people. Unlike a huge proportion of the Black community, I grew up in a well-to-do area, surrounded by economically successful people, good schools and little crime or violence. I also came of age in a society run by people who look like me, contributing early on to my belief that “I can do anything.” Even more important may have been the role of my parents, a part of our development and future achievement that cannot be undervalued. My father was a lawyer and a University alum. He expected me to follow in his footsteps in both regards. While plenty of African American and Latino parents encourage their children to pursue similar goals, their ability to help them achieve is often hindered by a lack of experience. A parent who has gone to college will have better connections, more knowledge of the admissions process and likely higher (but also more realistic) educational expectations for their children. The percentage of Blacks aged 25-29 with college degrees is about half that of whites, with even lower numbers for people my parents’ age. When I was 14, my dad and I went to California to watch Michigan play the University of Southern California in the Rose Bowl. While we were there, Michigan’s admissions department held a prospective students meeting for Californians hoping to go to Michigan. Always looking for a way to help me find my way to Michigan, my dad made me go to the meeting too. There, I met the director of admissions and several other high-level admissions officers and administrators, some of whom I would regularly speak with back in Michigan in the years leading to college. Along with meeting important people at Michigan, I also had the benefit of regularly meeting state and local politicians

and judges, getting trained in the art of networking. These connections eventually led to letters of recommendation that most high school students wouldn’t get. These were connections I made as early as middle school — all because my dad knew it was a good way to help me get in. Applying to colleges, my GPA and ACT were a pedestrian 3.6 and 28, respectively. Though I had a slew of extracurricular involvement, I was clearly below average for most of the schools I applied to . Despite my low academic achievement, I still found myself admitted to both Michigan and New York University in addition to receiving huge scholarship offers to some lesser schools. When I say I benefited from “affirmative action for white people”, this is what I’m talking about. Last year, Gallup released a poll showing that two thirds of Americans believed students should be admitted to college “solely on merit” and that colleges should not consider race at all. But what is “merit”? Were my letters of recommendation from a mayor and judge instances of merit? What about my extracurricular involvement and volunteering? Michigan wants to build a class with a diverse array of interests, experiences, and involvement, but does that really count as “merit”? Obviously an individual cannot solely be evaluated based on their grades, test scores, and class ranking, but where does a university draw that line? We can talk all day in our admissions essays, résumés and applications about our diverse array of experiences; from people like me who have benefited from well-connected parents who introduced me to politicians, to someone who gained character struggling through poverty. We can also be admitted on far less merity things, like our parents’ alumni status or the recommendation of a dignitary. But what about the perspective a person gains by being Black in a society that is deeply engrained with white supremacy? Isn’t this experience worthy of consideration when evaluating a student’s possible contributions to campus? There have been dozens of times that I’ve been able to draw on my own personal hardships in contributing to class discussions or writing a paper, bringing in perspectives others don’t have. What about the perspective of a person who’s four times more likely to be arrested because of their race? Can’t a person who is consistently treated with less respect because of the color of their skin bring something more to a classroom? Sorry, but in Michigan, that’s not “merit.” — James Brennan can be reached at

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A theory on growth Although a dedicated pro-choice activist, I have often felt disappointed by the pro-choice movement for its inability to own up to its problematic past, in particular to the politics of Margaret Sanger. Although Sanger and other first-wave feminists made many important contributions to securing women’s rights — fighting for the right to vote, increasing access to birth control and information about it — many people don’t realize that these gains were rarely extended to less privileged women. In fact, many advances related to birth control came at the expense of people of color and people with disabilities, eugenics being a prime example. While it may be convenient to brush this history under the rug, I believe the movement needs to use Sanger’s unforgivable missteps as a learning opportunity. If we don’t own our problematic past, anti-choice groups will. Unfortunately, the root of this problem — the inability to include any but the most privileged voices in feminist discourse — still exists in feminist circles today. First wave feminists, and arguably most feminists today, often possess the most privileged identities: white, middleclass, native-born, able bodied. You can’t have a radical movement — one that gets at the roots of oppression — if marginalized identities aren’t equally, if not more than equally, represented. The negligence of oppressed identities other than “woman” renders feminism, even today, as a tool to reinforce racism, ableism and all other forms of oppression. In the reproductive rights movement there is still so much emphasis on the ability to prevent reproduction, which centers the concerns of privileged women rather than the concerns of women of color whose reproduction has historically been denigrated, abused and manipulated. In other words, the reproductive rights movement, with its unyielding focus on birth control and abortion rights, only serves to further amplify privileged voices that have long been heard loud and clear. Instead, feminist activists need to emphasize more and more the vast spectrum of choices — reproductive and otherwise — that people are denied as a result of their oppressed status. We can start by recognizing that parenting is also a powerful choice, one that has consistently been given to the most privileged women while denied to women unable to uphold the hegemony through their

genetic code or social status. Students for Choice is trying to do this, but such fundamental change cannot happen overnight. We are endlessly grateful for the campus climate that welcomes pro-choice activism, as well as the deep support of departments like Women’s Studies, American Culture, and the Department of Afroamerican and African Studies. We are honored to have received the Women’s Studies Department Feminist Practice Award, but I cannot deny that we received it to a great degree because of how welcoming our campus is to our beliefs. By virtue of being on a campus where pro-choice beliefs are the norm, we spend much less time talking over people, trying to convince them that, contrary to conservative beliefs, women should also have a right to bodily autonomy. Instead, we have the opportunity to move forward, to build a better, more inclusive movement, to be self-reflective, to grow. Because of the fairly supportive climate at the University, we can go beyond condoms and birth control and work towards destabilizing the racism both in the choice movement as well as in our society as a whole. Our activism is about moving forward, not about winning a debate. As Inderpal Grewal and a myriad of other feminist scholars have convincingly argued, there is no such thing as an international sisterhood, a universal or essential feminine nature that connects all women. None of us are just women — we are both oppressors and oppressed by members of this group. Calling for this sisterhood erases the very real differences among women generated by our interlocking and diverse social identities, and it does not acknowledge the difficulty, and often impossibility, of working with your oppressor, especially one that is blind to checking their privilege. While a universal sisterhood is an impossibility, reflection is not. By this I mean reflecting about your movement, your beliefs, your life. You must understand where political activism comes from and where it will go in the future. Reflect in order to pause, to create the mental energy to make your activism more intentional. And reflect on your own life. In the end, having special or unique experiences is not what causes personal or political growth. It’s reflecting on the simplest encounters, on something as daily as a birth control pill, that does. Sophia Kotov is an LSA senior.



Staying out of the sun

felt the long, thin needle pierce my skin, and the local anesthetic stung as it spread around the small dark mole on my right arm. The dermatologist cut off a small piece of skin, VICTORIA and put it NOBLE into some sort of vial to be sent off for testing. About two weeks later, I got the results. It was called Dysplastic Nevi — not skin cancer, but not normal either. I’m lucky. Each year in the United States, biopsies like mine indicate new cases of skin cancer for 3.5 million Americans. Of those, 76,690 are invasive Melanoma, an extremely dangerous form of skin cancer that kills one American every 57 minutes. An increasing number of these incidences and deaths are among adolescent girls. Despite widely publicized efforts to combat the disease and promote safe sun practices, rates of skin cancer continue to steadily climb, even as rates of other forms of cancer fall. Increased incidence of skin cancer can probably be partly attributed to the thinning ozone layer. As more damage is done, more UVB rays penetrate the atmosphere and are absorbed by our skin. However, the environment is not entirely to blame. Coinciding with the increasing damage to the ozone layer has been, and continues to be, an increase in sun exposure and tanning bed use, especially among young women. 90 percent of skin cancers are caused by UV exposure. Try to recount each sunburn or dark tan you’ve ever had … I know I’ve lost count. I’ve had more than my fair share of sunburns, acquired on family vacations and summers sailing, wake boarding and playing tennis. I would lay out on beach towels and warm docks, tanning with friends. When I was 16 I began using tanning booths, only for a year or so, but long enough to damage my skin. In 2010, 44 percent of 18-21 year-old non-Hispanic white women living in the Midwest

reported to have been indoor tanning. Using a tanning bed for the first time before age 35 increases a person’s risk for melanoma by 59 percent. Their use continues to climb even as education about their dangers increases. I can distinctly remember disregarding them before going tanning with friends. The users of these dangerous machines are often young people — 74 percent of indoor tanners are women ages 18-26 — who are highly susceptible to media influence. Coupled with the accessibility of tanning salons, it comes as no surprise that there’s a problem. Tan skin is often a mark of beauty and youthfulness in Western culture. While the media presents images of tanned, beautiful women, it fails to inform viewers that these models and actresses don’t often tan on the beach or at a tanning booth. Instead, their glow often comes from a professional spray tanner. This fits with the disturbing trend of media portrayals of falsified women. Girls are tanned, stretched, thinned and re-proportioned on expensive computer programs. They are made up with more products and optical illusions than most ordinary women can afford or find the time to apply on a regular basis. This includes the application of full body makeup, or spray tans, used to make models and actresses appear tanner. While unsafe tanning practices can just be added to the long list of disorders caused by this type of distortion of beauty standards, it is no less important. Sexualizing and beautifying women seems effective in selling movie tickets, products of all kinds and attracting viewers. It’s also contributing to the rise in skin cancer. Further compounding this problem is the availability of indoor tanning, a major source of harmful UV light for young women. There are several chains of competing salons, and a 2006 study found that there are more tanning salons than Starbucks, McDonalds, or other popular chains in many cities. Further, indoor tanning is less expensive than spray tanning and other substitutes. An unlimited month tanning package is $19.99 at Chili Peppers tanning, while spray tanning often costs a simi-

lar amount for one application that lasts about week. At expensive salons, it can cost upwards of $60 for spray tans and full body makeup. There are at home products sold at several price points, but self-applications often leaves inexperienced users looking orange and streaky. Regulations on tanning salons are disturbingly relaxed. In Michigan, parental permission is required for minors, and must require eye protection. That’s it. I can’t speak for others, but as a 16-year-old, I regularly tanned without ever being asked for identification, and my parents certainly never gave permission. But, even if this law was properly enforced, stricter regulations are in order. The large number of tanning salons makes the task of enforcing rules difficult. However, economic regulation could reduce the externality caused by the industry, and save the lives of people who would have otherwise used the dangerous technology. By taxing indoor tanning

I’ve decided that it’s just not worth it. salons, making their prices more similar to those of other substitutes, less people would be willing or able to pay for indoor tanning sessions, or may buy less of them. Further, due to unscrupulous media and advertising practices and societal pressures, it is unlikely that minors can make informed decisions on indoor tanning and skincare. Michigan should join other states like California and Illinois, which ban indoor tanning for people under 18. More responsible media practices and reduced use of tanning salons can help decrease rates of this dangerous cancer. As summer approaches, it’s important to remember to be safe in the sun, or at least weigh the possibility of developing cancer later on with your wish to look tanner. Personally, I’ve decided that it’s just not worth it. — Victoria Noble can be reached at

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PHOTOSTORY BY ADAM GLANZMAN Irene Butter is more than a Holocaust survivor. As a former University professor, she often visits classrooms to teach about her experiences and to educate school children and college students alike about the importance of never being a bystander. In addition to her work in schools, Butter stays active by exercising, planting in her garden, and volunteering at a local food pantry. She is one of the founding members of a group of women who call themselves Zeitouna, an Arabic word for olive tree and a symbol of peace. Zeitouna hosts dialogue groups between six Jewish women and six Arabic women. They discuss topics in their meetings ranging from the conflict in the Middle East to the meaning of identity, loss, displacement, and forgiveness. According to Butter, “just because you grow up thinking someone has to be your enemy doesn’t mean it has to be that way.” These photos give a very brief look into the expansive and remarkable life of Irene Butter.

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‘Keys’ evolve

Blues duo builds on successful sound with new album By NICK BOYD Daily Arts Writer

The Black Keys, Ohio rock ‘n’ roll duo Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney, may have achieved too great a degree of mainstream pop- A ularity to still be considered hip. The Black For those more Keys concerned with the longevity of Turn Blue quality music Nonesuch rather than their own hipness, this should be cause for celebration. With the release of El Camino in December of 2011, the Black Keys marked their transition from a blues jam band with a cult following to a more diversified sound and widespread fame. At the time, critics were quick to heap praise on the Black Keys, in a we’ve-been-fansthe-whole-time sort of way. However, what’s the only thing cooler in the world of music criticism than lifting a band out of relative obscurity? Tearing an established band down for regressing to “normalcy!” The Black Keys released their newest album, Turn Blue, on May 12, 2014. The immediate critical reaction was less than positive – the general consensus was that the Black Keys had somehow abandoned their original sound in favor of something less honest. I listened to the new album, and guess what? The Black Keys have lost their original sound – and good thing that they have! Any band that maintains the same artistic goals for twelve years and eight albums is a really boring band. The Black Keys are not boring. Artistic experimentation is a form of growth rather than dishonesty. The innovative decisions that went into the album’s production render Turn Blue unique within the context of the Black Keys’ greater work. As such, there are a few growing pains, but the successes far outnumber the rough patches. With their latest album, the Black Keys may have discontinued their traditional sound, but they have definitely


sustained their reputation for producing good music. Where an older Black Keys album, such as Thickfreakness tended to open with the auditory equivalent of a bottle of Jack Daniels and a cigarette, Turn Blue opens with an LSD-infused Woodstock-vision quest in the form of “Weight of Love.” Dan Auerbach adopts an eerie guitar tone that persists throughout the album, and bass is given a new level of prominence previously untested by the Black Keys. Ghostly bells and synth Aptly and “ab-ly” tones debut on this track, which can probably be attributed to the band increasing collaboration with producer Danger Mouse (No, that’s not Anthony Weiner’s new alias). Danger Mouse also works closely with other acts such as Portugal. The Man, Beck, and Broken Bells – all of which are trippy in their own right. It’s no surprise Danger By NATALIE GADBOIS Mouse’s signature touch is now Senior Arts Editor surfacing in the Black Keys’ work. The sixth track off the album, When the credits began to roll “Bullet in the Brain,” reinforc- at the end of “Neighbors,” Nick es the dreamy trajectory of the Stoller’s (“The Five-Year Engagealbum. The verses transport you ment”) ribald but surprisingly to the Atlanta Pop Festival circa sharp satire on college Greek life, 1970 while the choruses are remi- the college boy sitting next to me niscent of a hard-driving Tame (I would say bro but I’ve been told Impala. Synthesizer, bells (look- I use that term ing at you, Danger Mouse), bass, too derogatorily) B and Auerbach’s riffs harmonize guffawed to his seamlessly. friends, “Yo, this Neighbors “Turn Blue,” the track for which movie got me the album is named, is a blues inspired. Let’s get At Rave and song – but in a different style than crazy tonight!” Quality 16 the Black Keys usually produce. I don’t think he Universal Pictures A muddied bass line and rasping entirely underchord changes create a more dis- stood the point of sociated, ethereal tone than a tra- the film: a penisditional blues jam. “In Our Prime” laden, crass, over-the-top, but marks a further deviation from ultimately smart send-up of the the Black Keys norm with a piano value placed on wild youth. intro and keyboard solo. The variMac (Seth Rogen, “This Is the ety of instrumentation is one of End”) and Kelly (Rose Byrne, the best parts of the album and “Insidious: Chapter 2”) are the much credit has to be given to the archetypal young modern couple: refreshing touch Danger Mouse he works in an office while still has lent the duo. slipping out for an occasional The Black Keys are not the joint, she stays at home with their same band that released “The Big baby daughter, feeling underCome Up,” in 2003. If they were, whelmed with the role life has it would be an artistic failure. A handed her. They move into a band needs to evolve not only to pretty, colonial house in a pretty, maintain the interest of its audi- colonial neighborhood, envisionence, but also to keep things inter- ing a Pleasantville-esque future. esting for themselves. Turn Blue That’s when the Delta Psi brothmarked an artistic challenge for ers, led by their seemingly affable Auerbach and Carney, and with President Teddy (Zac Efron, “That the help of Danger Mouse, they Awkward Moment”) begin movpulled it off to great effect. ing their bongs in next door. In


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Intelligent ‘Neighbors’ both witty and raunchy typical slapstick comedy fashion, the film then follows Mac and Kelly’s initial attempts to prove their “coolness” to the college kids, before they decide to instead wage war on the frat — supposedly in the name of their baby’s sleep schedule, but really in an attempt to prove they aren’t missing out on those wild days. The film trudges through overdone setups and revenge gimmicks (Christopher Mintz-Plasse has a massive penis! Teddy’s girl-

Surprisingly complex friend is tricked into cheating on him!), but the real laughs come from the surprising frankness of the characters. While Rogen is constantly barking with his unique stoner-schlub bravado, it’s Byrne who steals the show, providing the brains and most of the furious drive behind their diabolical plots. In a sharp move, the pair calls out the very trope the movie seems to buy into: Kelly accuses Mac of constantly expecting her, the woman, to be the responsible one, to not resent their inevitable adulthood, while he gets to be goofy, immature, irrational — in his words, “Haven’t you ever seen a Kevin James movie?” It’s refreshing to see a film recognize

the overdone “hot, supportive girl and funny but dumpy guy” pairing, and this kind of thinking rings throughout the script. Even Efron, while aptly (and “ab”ly) portraying the chant-leading, shirtless-grilling alpha male stereotype of a frat boy, lends Teddy more complexity — he knows he’s already peaking in life, but throws parties to avoid engaging with that knowledge. As he attends a job fair, where the more ambitious Delta Psi vice-President (Dave Franco, “Now You See Me”) is successfully schmoozing with the best, he realizes that his cultivated talents don’t stretch far beyond throwing weed-themed ragers and selling homemade dildos. “Neighbors” knows it’s audience, and seems to often toe the line between outlandish humor and outright offense, but all the moving pieces are smarter than the eventual combination. Certain minor characters steal scenes, like Lisa Kudrow as the PR-obsessed university dean, or little Stella, the most adorable baby to ever grace the silver screen (not an exaggeration), but unlike many comedies the film isn’t outpaced by cameos or diversions. Anchored by Byrne, “Neighbors” nearly hits that sticky spot between farce and meaning — the center between immature frat boy antics and the steady realization that growing up isn’t so bad.


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Death toll rises in mine accident SOMA, Turkey (AP) — Amid wails of grief and anger, rescue workers coated in grime trudged repeatedly out of a coal mine Wednesday with stretchers of bodies that swelled the death toll to 274 — the worst such disaster in Turkish history. Hopes faded for 150 others still trapped deep underground in smoldering tunnels filled with toxic gases. Anti-government protests broke out in the mining town of Soma, as well as Istanbul and the capital, Ankara, with Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan heckled as he tried to show concern. Protesters shouted “Murderer!” and “Thief!” and Erdogan was forced to seek refuge in a supermarket, surrounded by police. The display of anger could have significant repercussions for the Turkish leader, who is widely expected to run for president in the August election, although he has yet to announce his candidacy. Tensions were high as hundreds of relatives and miners jostled outside the mine’s entrance Wednesday, waiting for news amid a heavy police presence. Rows of women wailed uncontrollably and men knelt sobbing or simply stared in disbelief as rescue workers removed body after body, some charred beyond recognition. One elderly man wearing a prayer cap wailed after he recognized one of the dead, and police had to restrain him from climbing into an ambulance with the body. An injured rescue worker who emerged alive was whisked away on a stretcher to the cheers of onlookers. Energy Minister Taner Yildiz said 787 people were inside the coal mine at the time of Tuesday’s explosion: 274 died and 363 were rescued, including scores who were injured. The death toll topped a 1992 gas explosion that killed 263 workers near Turkey’s Black Sea port of Zonguldak. It also left 150 miners still unaccounted for.

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Rose Byrne can’t be pigeonholed Australian actress has no limit to her range By AKSHAY SETH Daily Film Columnist

There’s something ingratiating about watching Rose Byrne step in front of the camera. She holds herself quietly, just off the side of the frame, murmurs, looking at the script, exhales a quick last word and, without any seeming thought or meditation, slides into the light. There’s no evident transfor- AKSHAY mation — the SETH same nuanced restraint masks her face so, visibly, only the melancholy eyes widen, flattening against those delicate, sad features, windowing the layers of thought behind every motion. It’s just all too fucking subtle. She’s still looking sad. Correction: She’s always looking sad, yet somehow, it becomes an advantage. The physical contrast between her tone and features dictates the scene, and even though we never see any of the gears whirring into motion — say, the way we would while watching Leonardo DiCaprio, through sheer frenetics, take hold of an audience and transform himself within a few minutes on screen — the effect still reverberates. She works in a state of stasis: a state of stasis that frustratingly, audiences can find easy to overlook. But more impressive still? Byrne is able to pull it off for virtually any part, to the point that she’s conceivably the only actress in Hollywood at the moment who can’t be categorically pigeonholed into a specific niche or role. Like many other Australian actresses working in Hollywood, Byrne got her start in the country’s small yet robust film industry, playing the usual slate of sidelined bit characters in dialogue-heavy indie dramas.

But she chose her roles carefully, making apparent from the get-go her interest in pursuing movies buoyed by defined platforms for their female leads. Those pursuits culminated in “The Goddess of 1967,” an honorable mention in Akshay’s Five Fave Flicks (AFFF©), and the project that gave Byrne the break she needed to make a transition from Australian to American cinema. In the film, Byrne is blind — reaching, groping in darkness, playing an emotionally damaged woman who, “for the fuck of it,” helps a Japanese car collector track down a 1967 model Citroen DS, affectionately called the Goddess. The narrative is weaved together through a collection of flashbacks illuminating the two leads’ tortured pasts, though it’s Byrne’s stranglehold on viewers that makes the film memorable. It’s a haunting performance — an ode to disability’s search for familiarity. There’s a scene in the movie, one of the most memorable pieces of acting I’ve ever seen captured on film: an arresting sequence in which Byrne’s character asks her companion to teach her how to dance. As the catchy, ’60s euphony of thrumming guitars gradually begins to surround our two protagonists, Byrne’s eyes remain locked in darkness. She flails, flounders, lurches her hips, her fingers grasping wildly in the air. Everything about her movements suggest violence, but then something amazing happens. She feels her partner’s guidance, and ever so slowly, her own actions soften, becoming defined, alive. The eyes are still locked on nothingness, but again, that contrast is at work. A smile curves underneath the dead stare, and about 90 seconds in, for the first time in the film, Byrne flashes us a glimmering shot of freedom. It’s a moment of striking humanity, reminiscent of the unique power this medium can incite, and if you’re not beaming, squealing some variation of “damn you, Rose” by the time the scene cuts away, you should probably stop reading this column. It’s good shit. Of course, only the first impressive entry in Byrne’s imposing résumé — a résumé that includes a five-

season supporting turn next to Glenn Close in the lauded FX/ DirecTV legal thriller “Damages.” The show, which went off air in 2012, is memorable for a variety of reasons, most in some way stemming from that quiet predatory ferocity in Close’s portrayal. Yet, it’s Byrne’s depiction of Ellen Parsons that draws viewers in, the lens of naivety through which we get a glimpse at the guarded inner workings of this otherwise detached, exclusive world. As the series progresses, as Parsons transforms from yuppie law school graduate to ruthless, manipulative attorney, Byrne keeps us watching by steadily dialing up the pressure, restraining it, and toward the final seasons, letting it mold her into the antihero we see in Close. It would be easy to say how ,in many ways, that transformative arc is a little bit representative of the swerving career shift Byrne engineered for herself. But I’ll say it anyways. “Damages” was a critical and commercial success, often marketed as ‘the most intriguing female relationship on TV.’ After over a decade of appearing in similar, traditionally dramatic fare — you know, the type of work that gets you Oscars and Emmys (she got two nods for her portrayal of Parsons) — the actress chose to try her hand at comedy. The decision stood in stark contrast to the Hollywood norm, filled with comedic actors trying to break into predictable Oscarbait after making a name in lighter roles. Still, the projects Byrne undertook were different. Unlike a lot of female leads in Judd Apatow man-child comedies, she opted for parts that shoved her next to Russell Brand and Seth Rogen, if not on equal footing, then at least with a chance to flex a developing comedic voice. She was one of the highlights of “Bridesmaids,” playing the arrogant socialite to Kristen Wiig’s more bro-ish protagonist. The composure she brought to the character, coupled with an understated, soft-spoken sense of timing made her a perfect foil for the rest of the cast’s shit-slinging, physical approach to humor. There’s a certain depth required

in being able to come off as devious, cunning yet still somehow funny — especially while trying to hold your against the likes of expectedly hilarious Wiig and McCarthy — and Byrne nailed it. In “Neighbors,” Byrne is thrust into the spotlight from the first scene, fighting, getting dirty, careful not to be relegated the Leah Remini to Rogen’s Kevin James. The film’s crux, after you get past the dick jokes and hellish, neon-blazed frat parties, is Byrne’s struggle to be given the same type of leeway dudes usually get in R-rated summer comedies. Part of the reason these films have picked up steam over last few years is Judd Apatow and the brand of growing-up/menpretending-to-be-teenagers humor he’s popularized with the help of the Rogen-Goldberg writing team. Most of those movies earned their laughs in the poopsmeared buildup to a usually disappointing resolution, with man-child X admitting to nagging

girlfriend/wife Y that it’s about time ‘I accept my responsibilities as an adult and stop farting in my friends’ mouths.’ In “Neighbors,” it’s that same struggle to come to terms with age, but, for once, there’s no underlying expectation that the woman be sidelined, caricatured as the “responsible cop” wife. Byrne is right there next to Rogen in every one of the film’s over-the-top, hilarious sequences, and by the time credits roll, there’s a distinct sense that both leads have developed or matured in the same ways. It’s a credit to Andrew J. Cohen and Brendan O’Brien’s script, though the bulk of the applause should be saved for Byrne, who fights, acting the shit out of what could have been something so much more expectable. If anything, Byrne’s work is a confirmation of her range as an actor, but more importantly, a necessary reminder that good acting can’t be shoehorned — no matter the gender roles.


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Lewan heads draft class By GREG GARNO Managing Sports Editor

Three days of waiting by the phone and watching the TV are finally over for eight former members of the Michigan football team, which leaves you months to speculate before any judgments can be made. But after three days, three athletes heard their name called at the 2014 NFL Draft, while five more were given chances to make teams as undrafted free agents. Left tackle Taylor Lewan, selected 11th overall in the first round by the Tennessee Titans, highlighted Michigan’s picks. Right tackle Michael Schofield was taken 95th overall in the third round by the Denver Broncos on the second day, and the New England Patriots selected wide receiver Jeremy Gallon was selected with the 244th pick. The Daily breaks down each of the three draft picks before rookie camps begin in a few short weeks. Taylor Lewan What he did: Often defined by the intensity that left blood running down his face after plays, Lewan has shown his grit and consistency by starting 41 consecutive games. At 6-foot-8, 315 pounds, Lewan anchored the left side of the line for 50 games, earning the Big Ten’s lineman of the year last season. What he said (on a Thursday night conference call with reporters): “I had no idea where I’d go. I knew when I came to Nashville and I talked to them it was an unbelievable experience — just the feeling


Offensive tackle Taylor Lewan was drafted 11th overall in last weekend’s NFL Draft.

of the city, the feeling of the town, being around everybody. I literally could not have gone to a better place, not just because of football, but also everything that surrounds it. “I don’t care if it’s 11th overall, but I’ll tell you what, I would not want to go any other place than the Tennessee Titans. It worked out. I’m ecstatic, I’m pumped, I’m excited, but like I said, nobody likes to be second-best, especially not third best, and I’m not going to let that happen in the NFL.” Michael Schofield What he did: Schofield started 13 games in each of the last two seasons and 36 in total. He’s shown consistency in 50 appearances in his career with experience at both guard and tackle. What he said (on a teleconference with reporters): “This is the best possible situation. That’s everyone’s dream, coming into the NFL right into Super Bowl contention. Especially with an organization like the Broncos, and a quarterback like Peyton Manning.

It’s a dream come true.” Jeremy Gallon What he did: Gallon came off the board late largely due to his size at 5-foot-7, but he enters having set the program record for receiving yards in a single season last fall (1,373). Gallon appeared in all 13 games last season, earning second-team All-Big Ten honors. He finished his career with 2,615 receiving yards in 50 games, setting a personal best with 80 receptions in his final season. What he said (Saturday night on a conference call): “I was outside with my nieces watching them play around and I got the phone call from Coach (Bill) Belichick. I don’t know, I just grabbed my nieces and ran in the house and everybody just started screaming. “I was speechless. It was a blessing just to get that phone call finally. I’ve been waiting a long, long time. It’s a blessing. I still can’t believe it. I’m still speechless at this moment.”

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Bruce Berque is no longer men’s tennis coach after 10 seasons at the helm.

Berque done after early NCAA exit ‘M’ lost in first round for second straight year By JAKE LOURIM Managing Sports Editor

Saturday, the Michigan men’s tennis team lost in the first round of the NCAA Tournament for the second straight year. Monday night, the school announced that match would be Bruce Berque’s last as head coach. Berque exits after 10 seasons with a 159-104 record, including 66-25 in Big Ten play and 32-23 in the last two seasons. The athletic department declined to comment on the nature of his departure. “We won’t discuss personnel matters or decisions publicly,” said Athletic Department spokesman Dave Ablauf. Berque could not be reached for comment. “I have thoroughly enjoyed my 10 years at Michigan and the interaction that I’ve had with great student-athletes that competed for our team on the court and in the classroom,” said Berque in a statement. “I wish everyone associated with Michigan Athletics and the men’s ten-

nis program all the best in the future.” Berque, the third-longest tenured coach in the history of the program, reached the NCAA Tournament for the last nine of his 10 seasons. But he reached the third round only once and never advanced further. His teams finished in the top four of the Big Ten in eight of his 10 seasons but never won a conference championship. Michigan finished sixth this season at 6-5. This year’s team finished the regular season ranked 37th and lost to No. 29 Oklahoma State in the first round of the NCAA Championships, 4-2. The Wolverines featured All-Big Ten junior Alex Petrone but took a step back after losing three-time All-American Evan King after last season. King was one of three AllAmericans Berque coached, the other two being doubles partners Matko Maravic and Brian Hung in 2007. King also reached the quarterfinals of the NCAA Singles Championships last season and won more combined singles and doubles matches than any other player in program history.

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Softball opens NCAA play in Tempe By JAKE LOURIM Managing Sports Editor

More than three months after the season started in Tampa, Fla., all the variables that the Michigan softball has tried to neutralize — weather, travel, opponent — are back in play. As she has all season, Michigan coach Carol Hutchins will do her best to ignore them. For most of the season, it looked like the Wolverines would be hosting another regional at the Wilpon Complex in front of their fans, playing as the favorite. Now, after finishing 8-6 in their last 14 games, they must travel more than 2,000 miles southwest to play in tripledigit temperatures against No. 9 seed Arizona State, which nearly no-hit Michigan in March. As far as Hutchins is concerned, though, the game is the same — even if the Wolverines will be playing it with ice baths in the dugout and plenty of water. Michigan will open regional play against San Diego State at 12:30 p.m. local time Friday, when the forecast projects temperatures

up to 104 degrees. Arizona State will play Ivy League champion Dartmouth immediately after. The winners and losers will play each other on Saturday in the double-elimination format, with the regional champion being decided Sunday. And even though the Wolverines watched Minnesota celebrate a Big Ten Tournament championship last time they were on the field, the players say they’re still going in confident about their chances. “I definitely think we have a chip on our shoulder,” said sophomore shortstop Sierra Romero. “We know what Michigan softball is, and we know what it takes to play Michigan softball. I think our mindset is great.” In the final weeks of the season, when the team struggled, it really struggled. The Wolverines’ occasional inability to make in-game adjustments has caused several puzzling results, including a 10-2 road loss to Illinois on April 25 and a 9-3 home loss to Wisconsin on May 2. Another case in point: Saturday night, when Minnesota brought in

senior right-hander Sara Moulton for the fifth inning of the Big Ten final. Moulton proceeded to shut down the Wolverines for the rest of the game, getting the win when the Gophers scored on a walk-off single. “We’re definitely going to take away our sense of fight and attack mindset,” said senior outfielder Nicole Sappingfield. “We did really well against Illinois and Wisconsin making adjustments, and I think we could have done a better job of that in the Minnesota game.” Adjustments will be key this weekend, when a lackluster effort could prove costly in a doubleelimination tournament. San Diego State boasts left-handed ace Danielle O’Toole, who will change speeds to keep Michigan off balance. The Sun Devils have two 20-win pitchers, right-handers Dallas Escobedo and Mackenzie Popescue, who combine for a sub-2.00 earned-run average. Any one of them could give the Wolverines problems. When Arizona State played Michigan in Fullerton, Calif. on March 6, Escobedo twirled a complete-game

Lehmann, ‘M’ top UIC Freshman throws seven shutout innings By ZACH SHAW Daily Sports Writer

When Michigan baseball coach Erik Bakich sent freshman righthander Keith Lehmann to the hill for Tuesday’s midweek tune-up against Illinois-Chicago, Lehmann’s first start, he didn’t expect too much. “We were just going to put him out there for as long as he could go and still be effective,” Bakich said. “We were hoping for a quality start. We had a plan ready for the bullpen to take over at some point, but he really shortened the game for us.” The young pitcher exceeded expectations, firing seven shutout innings while controlling the plate from start to finish as the Wolverines (13-11 Big Ten, 27-26-1 overall) defeated Illinois-Chicago, 2-1, on

Tuesday night. “Keith Lehmann just did an outstanding job of pounding the strike zone,” Bakich said. “Whenever you can get a starting pitcher who doesn’t walk anybody, forces contact and lets the defense work, good things happen.” Coming into the game hitting .311 as a team, the Flames were silent against Lehmann. The freshman pitched his way out of jams in the first and sixth innings, preserving the shutout without allowing any walks. On the other side of the plate, Michigan did all of its damage in the first inning, as sophomore infielder Jacob Cronenworth and junior outfielder Jackson Glines each singled, stole a base and came around to score. But that early action would be it for the Michigan offense. Despite striking out just twice, the Wolverine lineup failed to produce after that. Michigan mustered just four more hits and was held scoreless over the final eight innings.

“It was deceiving because we actually hit the ball OK,” Bakich said. “We only struck out twice and hit the ball hard, but they had a couple of web-gem catches, a couple calls didn’t go our way and there were a number of things that could’ve happened where the game could have been totally different.” But for Lehmann and the bullpen, the first-inning runs were enough. The pitching staff struck out eight and only allowed an eighth-inning run. The win is Michigan’s seventh in its last eight games, and gives the team a winning record for the first time all season. Playing its best baseball of the year, consistency is key as the Wolverines host No. 22 Kansas this weekend before traveling to Omaha, Neb. for the Big Ten Tournament. “I like our mentality right now and the confidence that we have,” Bakich said. “I told them before the game to be confident but cautious at the same time, because you don’t ever want to lose that edge.”

one-hitter to beat the Wolverines, 2-0. But this time of the year, every team has its strengths — Minnesota, for example, eliminated Michigan with its pitching. Hutchins said the Wolverines’ strength is their three top pitchers, which keeps the opponent guessing as to who will start, while Sappingfield noted the depth in their lineup.

Hutchins and Sappingfield downplayed the experience factor heading into this weekend. Michigan, San Diego State and Arizona State are all regulars in the NCAA Tournament, and each has several seniors who could be playing their last college game this weekend. “Our season is basically on the line these days,” Hutchins said Saturday. “I can’t imagine anyone would be too tired to finish hard.”


Sierra Romero leads the nation in batting average going into the NCAA Regionals.


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Natalie Harper: Along for the ride


By MAX BULTMAN Daily Sports Writer

Natalie Harper just wanted to take a picture. She and her family were in town for the 2010 Michigan football spring game and decided to check out a softball game afterward. When the family arrived at Alumni Field, Natalie went down by the fence to try to snap a shot of the players. But she couldn’t quite get her camera to work. Seeing then-sixyear-old Natalie struggling with her mom’s camera phone, Roya St. Clair — a senior catcher at the time — walked over to lend a hand. Once Natalie had her picture, St. Clair handed the beaming young girl a softball and told her where to wait after the game. She promised that if Natalie was there when the game was over, she would take her around and help her get each player to sign the ball.

St. Clair didn’t know it at the time, but she wasn’t just giving Natalie Harper a softball and promising her some autographs. She was about to introduce Natalie to her second family. *** Ten-year-old Natalie has 4q Deletion Syndrome, meaning the end of the long arm of her fourth chromosome was deleted from her genetic code. The implications of the rare chromosomal disorder are mostly physical and have already led to two heart surgeries for Natalie in her young life. After her first experience with St. Clair, she wanted to come back for more softball. So the Harpers have made the trek to Ann Arbor for nearly every home game since 2010, if her health allows. But after a while, as Natalie’s greetings became a part of the post-game routine, Michigan RUBY WALLAU/Daily

coach Carol Hutchins decided to formalize Natalie’s involvement with the team, first by allowing her to join the team’s pregame routine and then by letting her into the locker room. But on one occasion in April, senior outfielder Katie Luetkens looked over her shoulder and, to her surprise, there was no Natalie. She swiveled her head in both directions before finally seeing her veer into left field, grinning wider than ever. Luetkens corralled Natalie, and the two ran back to the dugout hand-in-hand. Everything was fine. But for a moment, Luetkens looked as though she had lost her shadow.

or charity. Luetkens has a sister in Natalie, and Natalie has one in her. “I never wanted her to feel like she was a burden, or that she couldn’t do anything we could do,” Luetkens said. “She’s special and I want her to have a good experience. Sometimes she’ll be tired and ask for a piggyback ride, and I never say no. I know she loves it.” There have been times, though, when Luetkens has gotten caught up in a game and lost track of Natalie in the dugout. “One time,” Luetkens recalls, “she went up to (Hutchins in the middle of a pressure situation), and just said, ‘It’s OK, Hutch. Don’t worry about it.’ I was like, ‘Oh no … I lost track of her,’ but (Hutchins) just turned around and laughed.”

unison after each one. After one game, when Natalie was taking pictures with the players, the players would ask her when they would next get to see her. “I’m not sure,” Natalie would say. “I want to go (to the next game, at Purdue), but I’m not sure.” The players then would turn to Courtney and Danny Harper, like an elementary-school kid does to their friends’ parents begging for a sleepover, with the same question. “We’re seeing if it will work,” they would say, over and over. “There’s never a time that she’s around that we aren’t just glowing,” Luetkens said. “When she isn’t there, we really miss her.”


Luetkens graduated from the University on May 10, but Natalie will still be here next year. That’s been one of the hardest thoughts for Luetkens to deal with — now she’s going to miss Natalie. It will be hard for Natalie too, but a new group of new faces will enter the dugout next year, and they will all get used to seeing her bright smile at every home game. “Honestly, she doesn’t even tell us about the dugout,” Courtney said. “That’s her special place, and those are her sisters. She keeps it close to her sleeve.” Now that the Wolverines have won the regular-season Big Ten Championship, they will add a new picture to their wall of conference championships teams. All of those pictures look mostly the same, except the one from 2013. That one has a small bright-faced girl lighting up the front row, posing right in front of Luetkens. Natalie didn’t need to take a picture of that moment. She was right in the middle of it.


*** By the time Luetkens joined the team in 2011, greeting Natalie was embedded into the team’s routine. Even before she earned locker room and dugout access, Natalie had stolen Luetkens’ heart with her zest for life and positivity. “As soon as she came up to me and just wanted me to hang out with her, and just opened up, she grabbed my heart,” Luetkens said. “She’s been my sister ever since.” When Natalie runs on the field, it’s with Luetkens. When Luetkens draws Mickey Mouse in the dirt before games, Natalie is responsible for the ears. And when Luetkens gets introduced, she’s right behind her. According to Hutchins, there isn’t a better person on the team for Natalie to spend time with. “Katie Luetkens really knows how to make you feel special,” she said. When Luetkens talks about Natalie, she glows with excitement. It’s clear that that this isn’t lip service

Back home in Indiana, Natalie has just started playing softball. So far, her favorite position is catcher. Physically, she’s not up to the size of most girls her age, but she does seem to have one huge advantage over her teammates. “I think she has picked up on stuff that Hutchins tells the team,” said Natalie’s mom, Courtney Harper. “He’ll ask them what they should do in a situation, and Natalie will say, ‘Well, I do this and this person does that.’ Her coach came up to me and was like, ‘I’m not the one teaching her that.’ ” As a bat girl for Michigan, Natalie is tasked with collecting the bat from the hitter in the on-deck circle before she steps to the plate. Another, though, is much more suited to her bubbling personality — her daily joke that she tells the team before each game. The team eagerly listens to the jokes and lets out a loud “ahhhh” in

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