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‘U’ joins technology consortium, examines online ed. prospects Partnership includes four schools, allows for connectivity and collaboration
In the 19th century, the standard gauge rail, which set the standard width of rail tracks in the United States and other countries, allowed an unparalleled level of cooperation between the railway companies, engineers and businesses. Before the implementation, trains could only travel as far as their company had laid track. Now, they had the opportunity to travel across the country on tracks operated by several companies — all working to standardize rail construction in the industry. Currently, research universities face similar difficulties on a digital front. As data is produced at an incredible rate and discharged into databases, they face the challenge of making sure it is stored, protected and utilized in the best way possible. To address that, the University announced last week it would join the Unizin consortium, a partnership between the University and three other institutions: Indiana University, Colorado State University and the University of Florida. Unizin’s mission is “to support
faculty and universities by ensuring that universities and their faculty stay in control of the content, data, relationships, and reputations that (they) create,” according to their website. The consortium will allow greater connectivity between data at these institutions. Much like the standard gauge rail, it will set the rules by which data is collected and distributed among research scientists, professors, students and the general public. Information Prof. James Hilton, dean of the University libraries, led the movement to get the University involved in the partnership. “(Unizin) is about leveraging open standards to make sure content and data can flow between tools and systems, rather than remaining locked up inside a single tool,” Hilton said. “It’s about tilting the table in favor of interoperability and University control.” For a practical example, Hilton said online practice quizzes, like those currently offered on CTools, could be adapted to better suit the needs of students and instructors. Rather than just simply having professors assign problems and receive scores, the data could be used to improve course curriculum. “There’s data in there that would tell us — tell you — the kind of problems that you’re struggling with and the kind of problems that you’re not,” Hilton said. “Right now, all that stays very isolated.” See TECHNOLOGY, Page 3
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Her Excellency Tebelelo Mazile Seretse, the Botswana ambassador to the US, speaks about her home country, democracy, and the power of women at Hatcher Graduate Library Wednesday.
Botswana ambassador talks relations overseas Nation’s first female delegate discusses experience in international politics By HILLARY CRAWFORD Daily Staff Reporter
The Center for the Education of Women hosted the Ambassador of Botswana to the United States, Tebelelo Mazile Seretse, on Wednesday to facilitate a more international focus in the department. Seretse, who became ambassador in February 2011, is Botswana’s first female ambassador. Prior to her current position, she served in
Botswana’s Parliamentary cabinets from 1999 to 2004, holding various positions including Minister of Trade and Industry, Minister of Wildlife and Tourism and Minister of Works, Transport, and Communication. During her time on Cabinet, she successfully facilitated stronger relations with the United States as she negotiated a partnership agreement with Washington to establish an International Law Enforcement Academy in Botswana. Additionally, Seretse pushed for Botswana’s inclusion in the Africa Growth Opportunity Act to increase trade with the United States. In addition to legislature, Seretse also has experience in the private sector as an entrepreneur and director of her family’s business,
Diragake Ltd, an oil company in Botswana. In her address, Seretse said because she has experience in both the public and private sectors, she believes there are higher expectations of her as ambassador. She added that such expectations reflect the success of her nation in the past decades since it gained independence from the United Kingdom. Seretse primarily emphasized the heterogeneity within Africa and criticized many Americans’ conflicting tendency to refer to the continent as one would to a country. Monica Porter, assistant vice chancellor of student success and director of the Office of See BOTSWANA, Page 2
The yearly tradition kicked off Friday with indoor and outdoor performances.
Harleen Kaur talks catcalling and why it’s a problem in major cities.
‘Game of Thrones’ Season 4 finale will certainly satisfy, excite fans
Greg Garno hands out this year’s Schefters, honoring University athletes.
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GoT steps up
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Leaders and Best
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BOTSWANA From Page 1 International Affairs at the University of Michigan-Dearborn, travelled to Botswana as a Fulbright scholar in 2004. She said during her yearlong stay in the country, she gained a new appreciation for the diversity present within the country, as well as a heightened awareness of how individual actions can lead to change internationally. “Whatever we do in the States or within our own departments, it impacts everyone and this is a global community,” Porter said. “We may not see the impact, but it’s a rippling effect.” During the speech, Seretse highlighted both Botswana’s strengths and some of its challenges. Botswana currently stands as the world’s number one producer of global diamonds, and also has a strong tourism sector. Seretse even called Botswana “more peaceful than the United States,” and said policeman don’t need to carry guns. However, Seretse also addressed gender-based violence in the country, as well as the issues faced by women in all nations. “I never want any woman to put herself down,” she said after speaking about the lack of appreciation for the work that women do as housewives.
CEW Director, Gloria Thomas, said by promoting her own country while still acknowledging the challenges that remain, Seretse is doing her job as ambassador. “Yes, there are challenges, and she talked about violence against women as one of them, but there’s a lot going on that’s going well,” Thomas added. Olayinka Davids, who runs an NGO in Nigeria that promotes the success of women, brought a degree of urgency to the issue of gender-based violence as she asked the audience to pray for the girls abducted by Boko Haram. “Because of the incident happening in my country — the missing girls — I needed to come out, to appeal, for all the others to join us in praying,” Davids said. Seretse referenced Rwanda as another African nation who faced intense violence and genocide, but still persevered on equal rights issues. In spite of its violent past, the country has progressed in terms of gender equality in politics, and she said it’s the world leader in the number of women holding political office. “Sometimes when I look at all the good that Rwanda is doing following the genocide, I think it is because they have women (in political office),” Seretse said. “We need to move away from just talking about democracy — we need to talk about participation in democracy.”
City Council debates park in Liberty Plaza Concerns over crime could impede development By MATT JACKONEN Daily Staff Reporter
Parks and recreation is serious business — and not just according to Leslie Knope. Monday night, the Ann Arbor City Council opted out of a vote on a resolution to improve Liberty Plaza, and instead referred it to the Parks Advisory Commission for review and suggestions. Liberty Plaza’s central location at the corner of East Liberty and Division in the city’s downtown district has made its use a hotly debated issue by city council in recent months. Monday night’s resolution, sponsored by Councilmember Christopher Taylor (D--Ward 3), would allocate $23,577 from the parks budget in order to improve the area. Taylor said the resolution would allow a wide range of appropriate stakeholders to engage in creating a downtown park that is “vibrant and green.” Although Taylor did concede that many citizens wanted a downtown park other than Liberty Plaza, he noted that Liberty Plaza is more readily available to make improvements. “Liberty Plaza is a park that we (already) have,” Taylor said. Councilmember Stephen Kunselman (D–Ward 3) said he did not know if the suggested funding would be sufficient to meet the goals of the resolution for out of concern over the city’s lack of park planners; currently, the city only has one. Councilmember Sabra Briere (D–Ward 1) said she did not know if the funds would be enough to secure the goals, adding that she would rather have the PAC’s input on the project. “It’s all the public outreach that is at issue that will get us to the goal of how we take a really pleasant area with bushes and trees and make it a really pleasant, safe area with bushes and trees,” Briere said. “I would not object to postponing this to refer it to PAC.” Kunselman also sarcastically noted that Liberty Plaza is only
recently becoming a priority over the city’s 157 other parks. “We have one park planner, and we have 157 parks,” Kunselman said. “This one has suddenly become the priority.” One of the main concerns with the proposed park’s location in Liberty Plaza is that citizens — often the homeless — loiter in the area, which sometimes leads to disruptive behavior. The plaza is also often associated with drug and alcohol use as well as violent acts; most recently, a man was accused of using a box cutter to slice the face of another man in the plaza during an argument over alcohol May 31. Mayor John Hieftje said he believes many of these problems can be fixed by simply redesigning Liberty Plaza. “I don’t want to… have to station police officers full-time at a park,” Hieftje said. “If we can fix this issue through re-design, that’s what we should do.” How exactly the area would be redesigned in order to alleviate these issues remained unclear, but one suggestion made by Taylor was to remove the seating areas in the plaza, which he mentioned the University did when they had similar problems near the corner of State Street and North University Avenue. Kunselman suggested using the University Landscape Architecture students and faculty to help with the Liberty Park project, but Hieftje said a plan to coordinate with the department was already in place. In addition to debating the issues surrounding Liberty Plaza, City Council also voted to approve the site plan for an 88,570 squarefoot hotel on West Huron between Main and Ashley Streets. The plan, brought to the council by First Martin, proposes a six-story building, in which the first floor would be used for retail and the upper five stories for hotel space. Finally, council approved a $75,000 agreement with Greenway Collaborative, Inc. to aid the Pedestrian Safety and Access Taskforce in their study of pedestrian safety in the city. The taskforce is currently working to analyze and mend the city’s walkways and improve other aspects of pedestrian safety.
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Town-gown relationship major focus of mayoral forum Affordable housing, past policy positions also concerns By EMMA KERR Daily Staff Reporter
As the August primary approaches, all four Democratic mayoral candidates gathered Saturday morning for a forum held by the Ann Arbor Democratic Party to debate several of the key issues in the upcoming election. Current mayor John Hieftje (D) is not seeking reelection, making this the first time in 14 years that there hasn’t been an incumbent running for the position and producing an especially competitive race between the four Democratic candidates — City Council members Sabra Briere (D–Ward 1), Stephen Kunselman (D–Ward 3), Sally Hart Petersen (D–Ward 2) and Christopher Taylor (D– Ward 3) — vying for the seat. As well, there are currently no Republicans running for mayor, giving the primary heightened importance because whoever wins will likely not face an opponent in the general election, barring independent or write in campaigns. Topics at the forum ranged from basic background information, to questions about the University’s relationship with the city and concerns about downtown development and the lack of affordable housing. Two overarching themes presented themselves: how would the elected mayor’s goals for the city differ in comparison with Hieftje’s objectives, and how did each candidate prioritize the unique needs of each Ann Arbor citizen? As members of the same party,
TECHNOLOGY From Page 1 Potentially, platforms like Unizin could also protect property rights. The system ensures professors have control over who gains access to their research, and that they receive due credit for their work. The partnership also paves the way for advancements in digital learning at the University, delivered via massive open online courses, or
the candidates had somewhat similar objectives, but their strategies varied widely, especially when it came to the city’s current policy frameworks. While Taylor expressed the belief that the city, under Mayor Hieftje’s leadership, is already on the right track, other candidates, particularly Kunselman, expressed the need for redirection. Several candidates also argued that two parties have formed within City Council and within the race — those who stand with current mayor Hieftje’s policies, and those who don’t. During the debate, Briere condemned this approach, and asked candidates to focus on the current election, not past divisions. “I don’t belong to a faction,” Briere said. “John (Hieftje) is gone and we should get over it. Now we look at the future. As much as we may like John or agree with his policies, I’m not running against John and I’m not running to beat John.” As Briere emphasized her long history of maintaining an open minded, representative perspective on issues before the Council, Petersen discussed her vision for improving Ann Arbor through her relatively newer, unique perspective by taking the city in a different direction. This is Petersen’s first term on City Council, and Briere’s fourth. Kunselman and Taylor are serving their fourth and third terms, respectively. “I am running for mayor in order to bring new leadership and a new plan to Ann Arbor that will transform the economic growth ahead of us into much needed revenue to pay for our priorities,” Petersen said. One of these priorities, she added, will be to create a more
open and cooperative relationship between the University and the city. Instead of asking for measures such as the controversial payment in lieu of taxes program, which has been brought up by city officials several times as a solution to the tax revenue the city loses every time the University buys property and it becomes tax exempt, Petersen said the city needed to create a dialogue with the University to address these kinds of issues. Other candidates leaned more towards a focus on representing the non-University portions of the city and prioritizing the needs of local, voting citizens, emphasizing a different kind of cooperation from the University. “We certainly need to have a Board of Regents that is cognizant that if they keep growing and buying Ann Arbor city property, they are going to kill the goose that laid the golden egg because all of these amenities downtown are going to be nothing but a student food court,” Kunselman said. Taylor encouraged this same sort of education and awareness from the University. “They (the University) are not evil,” he said. “They just don’t understand.” Candidates also debated the importance of prioritizing either the downtown area, or its surrounding neighborhoods. While Briere argued that improvements downtown will benefit neighborhoods and therefore should be the priority, Kunselman preferred a more infrastructure focused approach, providing safe, well maintained neighborhoods and roads first before funding downtown needs. Petersen and Taylor remained more neutral in their stance on either pro downtown or pro
neighborhood, emphasizing the need to work with both groups, instead of being in favor of one or the other. The need for affordable housing, a concern City Council has discussed for years and which continues to be an unsolved problem in the city, proved to be one of the most differentiating issues of the morning, eliciting multiple different stances from candidates. Briere argued that Council needs to reach out to other entities in order to fund workforce housing to achieve what she believes is a necessary goal while not taking money away from roads, parks, police, and other necessities. In contrast, Kunselman said as mayor, he would focus on the Ann Arbor Housing Commission, maintaining those residences and attempting to create more, if possible, in lower-cost real estate areas instead of on a downtown
location. Petersen also emphasized the need to make affordable housing a priority, and said as mayor she hoped to de-mystify the idea of affordable housing near other neighborhoods. Taylor said part of the affordable housing problem stems from students, and proposed incentivizing investors to build affordable housing downtown instead of student housing. Candidates also discussed inspiring commercial development and the possible re-zoning of Main St., better non-motorized transportation, the City Council’s relationship with the Downtown Development Authority, and how to further utilize the University as a resource to the city’s growth and development. The Ann Arbor Democratic mayoral primary will be held Aug. 5. Five additional debates between candidates are scheduled within the next few weeks.
Mayoral Candidate Sabra Briere (D-Ward 1) speaks at a debate hosted by the Ann Arbor Democratic Party at the Ann Arbor Community Center Saturday.
MOOCs. The University currently offers 12 of these courses on Coursera, an online platform that allows individuals from around the world to access University content and instruction for free. While Unizin is not designed as a platform to host online courses, Business Prof. Gautam Kaul said it provides “the ecosystem needed for us to flourish in that environment.” Kaul highlighted the importance of being on campus for students, so they could interact with faculty and gain hands on experience in their
respective fields. However, he said the current methods of education should be carefully reconsidered to improve learning efficiency and to get students to campus with greater knowledge, prior to ever stepping in a classroom. “A lot of the stuff that we do in residential education doesn’t need to happen (in residence), quality stuff needs to happen,” Kaul said. In one of Kaul’s finance courses, students complete online content the summer prior to the start of the course. He said students come
to campus with about 25 percent of the course material already covered, allowing the class to cover more topics, in greater detail, by the end of the semester. It remains to be seen whether the implementation of online courses can add value to education while reducing costs, but Kaul said the advent of MOOCs signifies that price is an increasing concern on college campuses. “Education shouldn’t be that expensive,” he said. “I think the public is saying, ‘Let’s take a break
here and see if we can do a better job keeping costs under control.’ ” While MOOCs could provide an alternative for U.S. students who can’t afford to come to campus, he added that they have major impacts abroad as well, especially in areas where they may be the only option available for individuals seeking an education. “We are talking about choices here,” Kaul said. “(In other countries), they might not have choices, but digital education could provide them one.”
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Alleviating injustice Michigan must provide better protection sexual assault survivors
ast week, the Michigan legislature recommended a $37.5 billion budget for the state that included $3 million allocated towards prosecuting sexual assault cases from unprocessed rape kits. Similarly, the state government recently put time limits on the retrieval and processing of rape kits. While it’s commendable that the legislature is taking several steps towards the protection of sexual assault survivors, the fact that several thousand rape kits are still unprocessed five years after being found is deplorable. The state — and the University — must work harder to ensure sexual assault survivors receive justice. In 2009, Michigan State Police were informed of 11,000 unprocessed sexual assault kits in an abandoned Detroit Police Department crime lab. Since their discovery, about 2,000 kits have been processed with another 8,000 to be tested “soon.” While it’s admirable that the legislation allocated funds to both speed up the processing of rape kits and prosecute offenders, still having the majority of abandoned kits unprocessed — some kits dating back to the 1980s — is a disgusting failure by the state government. Given the large percentage of rape cases that go unreported, leaving over 10,000 kits unprocessed only further affirms the lack of sexual assault convictions. Not only does this emotionally traumatize survivors, but it allows serial rapists — like the
100 already identified from 1,600 rape kits — to continue their patterns of sexual assault. Given the vast number of cases in an abandoned storage facility, the state government must remain vigilant of similar potential oversights at other locations. The volume of unprocessed rape kits is unacceptable, yet efforts made by politicians demonstrate initiative to prevent this injustice from ever occurring again. The state legislature passed a bill that will limit rape kit retrieval and testing to further support survivors. Law enforcement officials must retrieve the kits within 14 days of receiving notice from health department agencies. The law enforcement agency must then submit any sexual assault evidence for lab analysis within 14 days of possession. Then, the evidence
must be processed within 90 days by the labs. Enforcing this new protocol will guarantee future survivors the safety of knowing their efforts to prosecute are pursued with due promptness. Given new legislation to more effectively prosecute rape cases and increased sexual assault awareness surrounding recent campus events, it’s imperative that we educate women about rape kits. Sexual assault cases are oftentimes difficult to process given the potential for no evidence. A rape kit can solve this difficulty by providing survivors the ability to store evidence that can then be used to prosecute aggressors. Through educating and providing resources to women, genuine strides can be made to end the consistency of sexual assaulters going unpunished.
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It’s time to stop U.S. President Barack Obama gave America a harsh reality check on June 10. In the wake of two new public shootings in the past couple of weeks, Obama said in a tired, frustrated voice, “We’re the only developed country on earth where this happens.” He went on to say that Congress refuses to budge on the gun control laws and that, “This society has not been willing to take some basic steps to keep guns out of the hands of people who can do unbelievable damage.” During his presidency, Obama has witnessed countless deaths of innocent Americans inflicted by other civilians. Twenty children and six educators alone were killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting a year ago. Obama feels trapped — unable through the powers of the president to use the tools necessary to make “as big a dent as we need to.” Though his speech was political in asking Congress to finally relent and pass some legislation that will aid in restricting gun use, it was also social. Obama pleaded with the American people to change in order to alleviate the violence. He said, “The only thing that is going to change is public opinion. If public opinion does not demand change in Congress, it will not change.” Unfortunately, Obama is right. First of all, Americans have a warped conception of what the Second Amendment really means. When the Founding Fathers wrote that the people should have the right to “keep and bear arms” they weren’t talking about free gun ownership across a vast country with few restrictions. They were referring to the chaos that ensued before the Revolutionary War and the fear of not being able to protect oneself. The Constitution writers were concerned with small militias being able to support themselves and carry weapons for protection. They never dreamed that America would grow to the size it is today. The territory west of the Mississippi and south to Texas was acquired long after the Founders wrote the Second Amendment. Had they known that this amendment would be interpreted so loosely and affect so many people in the future (across such a vast geographic region), they would have amended the language to make it safer and more specific. The point of the Bill of Rights was to protect people — not to put Americans in danger or fear of frequent mass shootings because of a loophole in the language. Yet indeed, Americans have wrongly interpreted the meaning of the Second Amendment to satisfy a desire to own weapons freely. The problem isn’t that
people own weapons — the problem is the lack of restrictions. Each state varies, making it easy for someone to get around the system. The ambiguities in the organization also allow for a vibrant black market, which funnels guns to anyone who wants one. Congress needs to crack down on this aspect of the legislation to bring order and discipline to America. While we live in a “free country” that does not mean you can do whatever you want. Second, we have a deep cultural issue embedded in America now that the mass movement of public shootings has started. When I was little, Columbine was the big name that everyone talked about it in fear. It was rare and exceptional and horrifying. Children nowadays are growing up in a society where school shootings are the norm. They might hear about one every couple of months. That’s a frightening world to grow up in. The Tipping Point, as Malcolm Gladwell has so eloquently explained, is a phenomenon whereby changes are influenced by mass culture and by an effect that spreads ideas, desires and movements like a virus across the country or across the world. He uses this Tipping Point to explain the steep drop in the New York City crime rate in the 1990s and the huge popularity of Hush Puppies shoes in the 1990s. But his theory could also explain the growing prevalence of mass public shootings. People see the horror on TV and get the idea that they can do the same. They’re only egged on more when they see the shootings picking up in frequency. Before you know it the idea of a mass shooting doesn’t seem so unrealistic because we have become used to it. As disgusting as that sounds, it makes it easier for criminals and crazy people to pursue a mass shooting when ten years ago they may not have because it simply wasn’t “popular” yet. I don’t know the answer to this problem. It’s clear that the growth rate of the mass shootings is continuing to escalate and that several factors — including gun control — need to be tackled before that rate can decrease. But it also takes human will and cultural norms to change. People need to start reporting bizarre behavior of their neighbors and discourage the violence that has become so mainstream and accepted in American society. As Obama put it, we are the only country that puts up with this and it’s time that we stop. Maura Levine is an LSA senior.
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Love over fear
love big cities. As an extremely extroverted person, I love the hustle and bustle, the noises and smells (although some smells I could go without). The energy I get from being around HARLEEN other people is KAUR unparalleled. Seeing so many individuals in one place reminds me of the wonderful differences and similarities between us all. But in moving to D.C. for the summer, I was reminded of the one aspect I absolutely cannot stand: catcalls. The first incident happened not even 24 hours after arriving in D.C. As I walked down H Street in D.C.’s Chinatown, a man sitting on the street corner yelled, “Hey sexy, salaam alaikum!” I was baffled. Not only did this man think he could get my attention by using religion, he ironically used the wrong religion. For a second, my Sikh advocacy training kicked in and I wanted to turn around and educate the man on who a Sikh is and what we look like. But then I thought that I didn’t want to engage the man that had just objectified me in the middle of a busy street in D.C. with zero complaints from anyone around. The second incident, albeit not a catcall, reminded me of the limited freedom that I may have compared to my male counterparts. After visiting some friends and colleagues that were in town one night, I started to get up for my walk home. They were at a hotel not even half a mile from my apartment, so when one of them asked me if I was really about to walk home, I answered, “Of course.” However, after minutes of discussion and urging, I got in a cab and paid a few bucks to get home safely, because they were not sure if that would have happened otherwise. I knew that if it had been a man that they were sending home instead, the conversation would not have occurred. I know this isn’t unique to D.C. because I experienced it in Manhattan last summer and
I hear similar complaints from other friends around the world. There is something to be said about the loss of intimacy in a bigger city that allows men to feel that they have the ability, or that it’s even appropriate, to comment on a woman’s appearance without any backlash. Projects have been started recently, most notably one in New York, that challenge the notion that a woman’s appearance is up for commentary. Yet, it’s still troublesome that when I say goodnight to my friends, I make sure they text me once they get home safely, and actually start to worry as the minutes tick by before I get a text. What about how after living here for only one week, I already knew that I had to walk a longer route home to avoid a group of men that always sits at the corner near my apartment? Or that, once the sun goes down, it’s essentially a given that I will either not leave my apartment or someone will have to go with me? Our culture has taught women to be almost paranoid about the extent to which their safety is threatened. However, it’s more important to target the actual culture, rather than putting BandAids on the situation. For example, shortening Welcome Week at Michigan isn’t an appropriate solution to the high sexual assault rates on campus, just like telling all women to walk a different route home or just stay at home at night will not end the objectification and harassment that many of us face on the streets of big cities, and even at home in Ann Arbor. Rather than raising daughters to be fearful or cautious of what men can or will do to her, why don’t we ask sons to treat their sisters with more respect? Rather than continuing to play the blame game, we should teach equality and justice, value and self-worth. Teaching love over fear has always been more powerful, and it will get us much farther, too.
We should teach equality, justice, value and self-worth.
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he University has long been known for its liberal campus. As a right-leaning political science student at the University, being on the other side of the metaphorical aisle during class discussion is something VICTORIA I’ve grown NOBLE used to, and even come to appreciate. Last week, college students identifying as Republicans, conservatives, libertarians and right-leaning independents flooded Twitter with tweets that bashed their liberal campuses, lamenting the bias against them on their campuses and telling stories of offensive professors and students. Perhaps evidencing a slightly different, but related, bias, the media brushed off the trend as mechanism “to vend, find kindred spirits,” as the Detroit News put it in a recent article. While I disagree that political bias is a problem, it is something that we need to be talking about. It’s obvious that bias does and will continue to exist, on several dimensions and across most disciplines, forever. Everyone has an opinion. The problem only occurs when people are discouraged from sharing theirs, while others feel free. The bias isn’t an inherit problem, but too often becomes one when discussion is inhibited by a refusal to understand and work together. When I was looking at colleges, I echoed many of the concerns expressed in the #MyLiberalCampus tweets. I saw the University ranked on some Internet list as one of the most liberal schools. I ran the gamut of melodramatic concerns: What if my professors don’t like me? Can I do well if I disagree? Will I even like it if there aren’t people who think like me? None of these things were ever a problem. Instead, I found professors that were willing to debate, explain and discuss
during office hours, in seminarstyle classes. Hearing the views of my peers informed my own. I became a more thoughtful and persuasive writer and debater. I observed as my own thoughts increased in nuance and depth — not because my professors were liberal, but because they forced me to think, and think hard. They taught that drawing a position from research leads to far more accurate papers than researching around a position. I learned more from the people who challenged my views and challenged me than from those who allowed complacency. But some students write off professors who may disagree, instead of remaining open to the experience of challenging, and consequently strengthening, their existing thought process. I’ve watched peers search for “conservative” professors, only to be disappointed when their economics professor happens to like Obama. I’d have to argue that the candidate a person voted for in 2012 doesn’t really affect their ability to teach the basics of elasticity. Students need to be open to the views of professors as much as professors need to accept the diverse views of students. And professors do need to remain mindful of their classroom attitudes, and how they may affect students’ ability to learn and remain open to new ideas. Descriptors like Republican, Democrat, Liberal, Independent, Libertarian and Conservative are personal identities. Just like all other identities, people view them as intimate and sometimes integral pieces of who they are. Michigan students are better than most at accepting the racial, religious, gender and sexual identities of others. Political identities belong on that list. There is no excuse to write off a Republican as bigoted or a Liberal as stupid. Not only are the stereotypes harmful, but inhibit
discussion and growth as well. People with different views than you aren’t bad people, they’re just not you. The repression of political dissidents has been one of the most common feature of oppression and abusive rule. Good government relies on the ability of all people, no matter where they fall on the political spectrum, to express their views. Ensuring that all students feel comfortable discussing their opinions has benefits for everyone. At its best, higher education produces informed, capable and productive citizens. We want those people to represent their views to the best of their ability, oversee their government, and work to improve life in whatever way they know how. For that to happen, people need to care, and feel confident and supported in doing so. In my experience, the University’s campus has supported dialogue on a plethora of issues — even when that dialogue criticized the University. That doesn’t mean faculty shouldn’t take care to ensure that it remains that way, or to evaluate seriously claims of students who had negative experiences in class. More than being a liberal campus, the University is a political campus. It fosters healthy debate, interest and civic engagement. It helps and prompts students to care about the world that they live in. Here, student pursue solutions to some of the most difficult problems, utilizing skills from every discipline and borrowing views from all areas of the political spectrum, unwitting of which party traditionally champions them. Here, policy comes before platform and debate before lecture. To me, that’s the greatest feature of #myliberalcampus, The University of Michigan.
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Ann Arbor Summer Festival builds community connections Month-long event features performers, movie screenings By HILLARY CRAWFORD Daily Staff Reporter
Summer has officially arrived in Ann Arbor. The Ann Arbor Summer Festival, a yearly tradition in the city compromised of both ticketed performances and free outdoor attractions, held its kick-off event Friday, June 13 and will continue until July with a diverse assortment of events scheduled for each consecutive night. The Summer Festival is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization and agency of the University that operates year-round. It is responsible for organizing both the outdoor component of the festival, Top of the Park as well as the Mainstage Series, which are the ticketed performances. Amy Nesbitt, executive director of the Summer Festival, said the organization strives to produce a show that represents the diversity in Ann Arbor through its volunteer board of directors, who play a large role in how the organization operates, what it does, what its mission is, and what it wants to become. “That board is comprised half of folks who are affiliated with the University and half that are affili-
ated with the city,” Nesbitt said. “It’s really nice because people are representing different parts of the community and it’s great because there are different voices around the table.” Top of the Park is primarily known for its array of free outdoor events, which include concerts and nighttime movie screenings at Ingalls Mall in front of Rackham Graduate School. In addition to live entertainment, Top of the Park’s Retreat Series offers yoga lessons taught by local Ann Arbor instructors. The festival also includes a Library on the Lawn series, which invites people to stop by Ingalls Mall to find out what is available at both the Ann Arbor District Library and the University Libraries, as well as a KidZone, which holds arts and crafts sessions for younger attendees. For the indoor events, this year’s Mainstage Series includes performers such as Andrew Bird, CAKE, Lily Tomlin and NPR’s Ask Me Another. The Top of the Park events occur at venues both on and off campus, and Nesbitt said it helps bring together Ann Arbor residents and University students and faculty. “It contributes, I think, this amazing glue to both university folks and the townies,” Nesbitt added. “Everyone gets together and celebrates the arts and sum-
Jayson Traver, lead vocalist of Captain Ivory, performs on Rackham’s stage at Top of the Park Tuesday night.
mer and community and the beautiful campus in ways that never happen anywhere else to this degree.” LSA senior Hannah Smith is bartending at the Festival’s Beverage Garden for the fourth consecutive summer. She said being able to listen to the live music and see people come back year after year makes the job not only enjoyable, but also fun. “Whoever you are, there’s some-
thing for you,” Smith said. “There are definitely regulars and I see a lot of friends from school as well.” Along with building connections between the city and the University, the Festival’s array of events is also partially a product of its focus on coalition building with local community businesses. Over the years, the festival has made efforts to share resources with local partners so that both the nonprofit and business sector can thrive off of
each other, with the business serving as a sponsor of the nonprofit and the nonprofit offering positive publicity for the business. University alum Charlie Waterhouse, a longtime Ann Arbor resident, comes to the Festival each year either with his employer, United Bank and Trust, or with his family. An event held by the local community bank brought him and other colleagues to the beverage garden on Wednesday to host clients for a night of food, drinks and music. “I’ve been in Ann Arbor for 30 years and it’s one of those events that makes Ann Arbor Ann Arbor,” Waterhouse said. “It’s an eclectic mix of music, it’s community, you see people who you maybe haven’t seen in a while and stop and talk and then there’s culture.” This year marks the Festival’s 31st season. It will be hosting 140 events altogether and over the three-week period, expects a turnout of about 70,000 people. “We’ve definitely been trying really hard over the years to make sure everyone feels invited to the party,” Nesbitt said. “It’s so important to get out and enjoy summer— see the fireflies.”
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‘Think Like a Man’ stars talk success Regina Hall and Terence Jenkins discuss their careers and new film By CARLY KEYES Daily Arts Writer
In “Think Like a Man Too,” the follow-up to 2012’s “Think Like a Man,” Regina Hall, a veteran of both silver and small screens, fresh-off of the romantic re-boot of “About Last Night” with Kevin Hart, and Terrence Jenkins, seasoned co-anchor of “E! News” with Giuliana Rancic, reprise their roles as Candace and Michael, a devoted couple heading to the altar in America’s playground: Las Vegas. But, sure-fire marital bliss becomes a steep gamble when Candace, Michael and the rest of the original gang, face unexpected obstacles, which raise the stakes and lower the odds of a “happily ever after.” On June 2, the Daily sat down with Hall and Jenkins to talk about their respective roads to their most recent project and how success doesn’t come from laying down your winning hand on the table, but rather, playing smart and hard with the cards you’ve been dealt. “I was in New York, and a friend of mine who lived in my building was an actress,” Hall said. “I was broke, and she suggested I try doing some commercials. She introduced me to her manager.” At the time, Hall was a master’s student in journalism at NYU. “I wasn’t making (it to) any auditions, and (my manager) said, ‘You’re either in the business, or you’re out,’ ” Hall recalled. “I said, ‘I guess, I have to be out,’ because I couldn’t do my thesis and go (to auditions), too.’” Jenkins also studied journalism during his academic career at North Carolina A&T State University. “I started off interning for a radio station when I was 16,” he said. “Then studied it, and did commercial and community radio at the local station and on campus.” Hall mentioned how the great-
est lesson from her college experience wasn’t what she learned in the classroom, but rather, the discipline that a student life instills. “You have to turn in your papers, and there’s a certain amount of work responsibility that you have to have” she said. “That stays with me more than the lessons. I remember certain books I read, but the work ethic of finishing four years of school, like, partying all night then having to go to class, that’s served me the most. Because I was like ‘I have to go to class, no matter what.’ ” Jenkins weighed in on his similar feelings regarding the benefits of his education. “As an actor, it’s kinda like we never really left (college),” he said. “We get paid to party (in ‘Think Like a Man Too’). It’s the best job in the world, but that being said, the skill set is the big takeaway from college. And all the rest of the stuff, you can go back and relearn, or learn things for the first time, for example, I’ve been really interested in World War II lately.” “You need to talk to my brother,” Hall interjected. “He loves (learning about) World War II. That’s what college is good for, too. I think it makes you a voracious learner.” Hall described the voracity she also required when she first avidly
Jenkins and Hall in “Think Like a Man”
attempted to break into the entertainment industry. “I got a zillion ‘No’s’ before I got a ‘Yes,’ ” she said. “I got ‘No’s’ just to getting an agent. I had someone tell me, ‘No, it’s going to require too much of a push to start you.’ A lot of it is timing. All of a sudden, it will just surprisingly fall into place, like with Terrence. I hadn’t seen him act yet, but when we had our table read, I couldn’t imagine anybody else (playing the role of Michael). So, you can break through anything if you’re just great at what you do.” Jenkins echoed Hall’s words of advice on perseverance. “I knew going into that role, on paper, it should’ve been (a more
well-known actor), so for me it’s just about working hard and studying the script,” he said. “I knew I was the least-experienced (actor on set), so I always wanted to be the most prepared. Humility gets you a long way, and I’ve never been scared to go to Regina and ask for help.” Hall empathized with a memory of one of her first prominent, reoccurring roles on TV’s “Ally McBeal” where she was once in Jenkins’s nervous, newcomer shoes. “(It was my) first day, and I had these braids because I was shooting ‘Scary Movie,’ ” she said. “I was so horrified that that’s what my hair had to be. Then the (crew)
tell me, ‘You’re with Sting and Robert Downey (Jr.).’ There’s no rehearsal; there’s no table read because it’s television, and they’re like ‘You ready?’ I was nervous, so I spoke really fast, but (her character, Coretta) was a lawyer, so I guess that worked out. It was really fun.” For Hall and Jenkins, a college education yielded much more than an advanced degree or an official diploma – it fostered an air of discipline and drive that’s served them well as actors constantly moving forward in the entertainment industry. “Think Like a Man Too” hits theaters with a wide release on Fri. June 20.
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‘GoT’ season four finale
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‘Shakespeare in the Arb’ delivers final performances of the summer By Giancarlo Buonomo
Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister
A wild, risky and hugely popular season ends with satisfaction
Wall), received a new jolt of life. And the emotional appeal of the show is as strong as ever, as Daenerys heartbreakingly chains her beloved dragons and Tyrion faces another family betrayal. By CHLOE GILKE But amid the excitement, there Daily Arts Writer was a palpable sense of hesitance and fear. Sure, this season of “Game Since its humble inception, of Thrones” was action-packed, but “Game of Thrones” has become how long can it sustain this degree more than just a TV show. During of vigor? Although Lady Stoneheart, “GoT” season, an entire dormi- a resurrected and vengeful Catetory floor can fall lyn Stark, was supposed to appear silent on a Sun- B in this episode (as per the pages of day night, with George R. R. Martin’s “A Storm of the exception of Game of Swords”), she was noticeably absent. the clash of steel Fan favorites Sansa Stark and Petyr on steel playing Thrones Baelish were entirely missing from through attentive Season 4 finale the last two episodes of the season. earbuds. A dozen And, the tragedy of poor Reek has new Buzzfeed HBO remained undeveloped for several lists go live, listweeks. Obviously, the writers are ing “twelve times choosing to save some of the events Daenerys Targaryen was the bad- of the third “Song of Ice and Fire” dest bitch.” “Game of Thrones” has book for future seasons, but undereven surpassed “The Sopranos” lying that decision is a troubling as HBO’s most-viewed series, and thought. As GRRM takes his time crashed the HBOGo site more times writing the sixth book in the series, than I’d like to count. “Game of there’s a very real possibility that the Thrones” is a Gregor Clegane-size show could catch up to the events of cultural phenomenon, fueled by the the novels, and “Game of Thrones” fact that its hungry viewers must could run out of material to adapt. spend most of the year waiting for The finale was also a showcase for three months of million-dollar fiery another flaw that haunted the fourth death spectacular. season. Jaime Lannister, former In many respects, “The Children” chivalric Kingslayer, has never been was a satisfying capper to a whirl- the same since his disturbing rape of wind season. Some characters ended his sister/lover. Again, the violence the season by starting down new of this scene was not present in the paths — Tyrion escaping in a barrel, book, and continues the disturbing Arya trading Jaqen’s coin for a spot tendency “Game of Thrones” has on a ship. Beloved characters (San- toward gratuitous sexual assault. dor Clegane, Jojen Reed) lost their Nikolaj Coster-Waldau did wonlives, and there was no shortage of derful work with the additional cathartic villain deaths (Tywin Lan- material he was given, but Jaime’s nister was slain on the toilet). A few sugary-sweet brotherly caretaking storylines that have been languish- toward Tyrion seemed insincere ing all season (Jon Snow and Bran considering his past transgressions. Stark’s dull adventures north of the In the finale, Cersei spited her father
Tywin by gleefully admitting to the “twincest” affair, but the following passionate scene between the siblings was viscerally unsettling. Hopefully, time heals the injury to what used to be one of the most unique relationships on television. Tyrion’s heartbreaking journey from circling the outskirts of Lannister approval to being imprisoned was one of the best threads of the season, but his raging murder spree in this episode was unnerving. Tyrion ruthlessly choked Shae, a kind prostitute and the supposed love of his life, with a necklace. Though Shae was a relatively minor character, her confidence with Tyrion was refreshing and his tenderness toward her always sweet. Between the loss of Shae and Jon Snow’s spunky lover Ygritte, “Game of Thrones” may actually run out of unconventional and interesting female characters before the book material runs dry. Tywin’s death was no surprise, but since he was the instigator of so much of the Lannister conflict, I worry that the show might have offed a crucial catalyst just to add to the body count. The fourth season of “Game of Thrones” took interesting risks, but with mixed results. Every episode was punctuated by stunningly directed action sequences and buckets of carnage, but cheap gasps don’t always make for groundbreaking television. The best parts of the season — Arya and The Hound’s fraught friendship, Tyrion’s struggle to prove his innocence, Dany learning that there’s more to being a true Khaleesi than some cool CGI dragons — used minimal shock tactics. “Game of Thrones” may sit atop the Iron Throne of prestige television for now, but to remain the nonpareil that it is, “Thrones” has to step up its game.
In his pastoral comedy As You Like It, Shakespeare writes that “all the world’s a stage/ And all the men and women merely players.” This weekend, the stage will be Nichols Arboretum, and the players could be a classmate or neighbor of yours. “Shakspeare in the Arb” is an annual fixture of the summer arts scene of Ann Arbor. Now in its 14th season, “Shakespeare in the Arb” is exactly what you would think — a production of one of William Shakespeare’s plays performed in the beloved Nichols Arboretum. The attraction of these productions is not just the entertainment, but also the sense of community. The entire production, from actors to stagehands to designers, is composed of Ann Arborites. This usually includes a large number of undergraduates from the University, but it can also include professors and adults from the community. This year’s production will be of As You Like It, one of Shakespeare’s most popular comedies. Directed by Residential College Prof. Kate Mendeloff, the production will exploit the dramatic potential of its natural setting — fitting, because As You Like it is concerned with the romantic and sometimes bizarre endeavors of young adults in the magical Forest of Arden. In fact, the performance involves both actors and audience moving through the arboretum for difference scenes. This is the last weekend to see this year’s “Shakespeare in the Arb” production, so be sure to catch it sometime this weekend!
U.S.A. to play Portugal in World Cup on Sunday at 5:30 p.m. on ESPN By Adam Theisen
“It’s called it the group of death,” Kiefer Sutherland’s voice said over Jack White’s “High Ball Stepper” during ESPN’s hype video for the USA’s opening World Cup match. “Makes sense, ‘cause we’re in it.” After the only-in-our-wildest-dreams ending of the Yanks’ first match against Ghana, a 2-1 win that featured a beautiful Clint Dempsey goal 30 seconds in, and a late, fundamentally perfect headed goal from 21 year-old John Anthony Brooks, the U.S. team sets its sights on the jungle of Manaus, where they’ll play a weakened Portugal side coming off an embarrassing 4-0 loss to Germany. Coach Jurgen Klinsmann looks like a genius after two of his substitutes connected for the winner last Monday, but now he’ll have to manage the possible absence of injured striker Jozy Altitore, as well as extremely hot, humid weather conditions that’ll test even the most conditioned players. Meanwhile, Portuguese star Cristiano Ronaldo is also nursing an injury, but even an 80-90 percent healthy Ronaldo can still lay waste to the US defense, so goalkeeper Tim Howard will need to be worldclass. With a win, the U.S. is likely on to the next round, but even a draw should keep fans optimistic. With Germany looming in the final Group Stage game, though, a loss could be fatal. Watch the match with like-minded supporters at the Ann Arbor bar of your choosing: Charley’s, The Brown Jug or Ashley’s, just to name a few.
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The Schefters: Remembering the year’s best By GREG GARNO Managing Sports Editor
It was the best of years and the worst of years for Michigan athletics. A season that began with women’s soccer on Aug. 23, 2013 and ended with men’s and women’s track on June 14, 2014 was full of both disappointment and joy. Regardless, the 2013-14 season was like every one before it: unforgettable, spectacular and heartbreaking. The Daily’s awards, named after ESPN analyst Adam Schefter, honor the best of Michigan athletics in the past season. Schefter was Managing Sports Editor and football beat writer for the Daily in the late 1980s and is one of the Daily’s most esteemed alumni. The only rule: An athlete or team cannot win more than one category, ensuring it’s fair game to any athlete from any sport. Game of the Year: Michigan Football’s loss vs. Ohio State Yes, it ended as a loss, but “The Game” was tense and dramatic right until the very last second. It was the best rivalry in college football living up the hype that surrounds it. The Buckeyes entered undefeated with a chance at a National Championship Game berth on the line, and the Wolverines came in reeling with questions about the coaching staff looming. There were punches thrown and middle fingers raised, as
both teams traded touchdowns early. And even when Ohio State took the lead in the third quarter, Michigan fought back, marching down the field in the final seconds of the fourth quarter. Trailing 42-41, with quarterback Devin Gardner playing on a broken foot, Michigan coach Brady Hoke opted to go for the two-point conversion instead of kick the extra point. Gardner’s pass was intercepted, and the game over, but for a moment, 110,000-plus fans forgot about the season at hand and held their breath. Coach of the Year: Mike McGuire, Women’s Cross Country Mike McGuire has quietly produced one of the best teams on this campus. Not just this year, but in the past decade. This year, he led the Michigan women’s cross country team to a fourth-place finish at the NCAA Championships. The Wolverines finished runner-up at the Big Ten Championships and first at the Great Lakes Regional, led by Finn. The results speak to McGuire’s continued strength at recruiting, bringing athletes from the state and around the nation away from schools on the east and west coasts and to Ann Arbor. In the last decade, he has led his team to five top-six finishes and three straight regional titles and has been named Great Lakes Coach of the Year eight times. This year, he received the honor again.
Female Athlete of the Year: Sierra Romero, Softball The Michigan softball team has always had a strong cast of players, but few have been as important as Sierra Romero has been. This year, the sophomore standout was a first team AllAmerican, the Big Ten Player of the Year and one of three finalists for National Player of the Year. She improved on her eye-popping numbers from last year by hitting .491 with 18 home runs and 72 RBI — even more impressive when you consider she was walked 66 times. Male Athlete of the Year: Sam Mikulak, Men’s Gymnastics Any number of athletes could have grabbed this award, but then none of those athletes have seven individual national championships to their name, let alone two team national titles. He won the all-around competition at the national championships this year, even with a fall on the high bars that dropped his score down nearly five points. Mikulak completed his illustrious college career with first place on the parallel bars for the seventh title, which puts him in a three-way tie for the most alltime. But his presence was noticeable as Michigan produced higher team scores with the Olympian in the lineup.
Sam Mikulak won an all-around national title and led Michigan to the team title.
Team of the Year: Michigan Men’s Gymnastics As the only program to win a national championship, the Michigan men’s gymnastics team has earned this honor. Led by Mikulak, the Wolverines won their second straight title — the first Michigan team to win back-to-back titles since the trampoline team did it in 1976-77 — in dominant fashion. They led from the first round all the way to the sixth in front of a home crowd that energized all of Crisler Center. Michigan never lost a dual meet this season and finished first in every scored meet. Consider that Michigan is in arguably the hardest conference for men’s gymnastics, and the feat looks even more impressive. Perhaps it’s time Michigan be referred to a “gymnastics school.” Career Achievement Award: Mac Bennett, Ice Hockey Mac Bennett will probably tell you he didn’t expect his last two years to end without an appearance in the NCAA Tournament, not after 22 straight years of qual-
ifying as a team. But the senior defenseman was the face of the Michigan hockey team, in moments when it excelled and moments when it faltered. He remained the anchor of the Wolverines’ defense, even when he was injured. In 2012-13, Bennett injured his back, missing several weeks, and last season he sat out for four games with a punctured lung. But he was at every practice watching and learning even when he couldn’t skate. This award isn’t necessarily given to the best athlete. Bennett knows other defenseman before and after were better players, but it’s given to the athlete who best embodies the team over his four years. He made the right plays, even if they didn’t show up on the scoresheet, finishing his career with 14 goals, 51 assists and a plus-40 mark on the ice. But as a two-time captain, Bennett also made everyone else around him better, setting up goals or minimizing mistakes. And he was rewarded when he signed with the Montreal Canadiens this April, where he’ll take his energetic attitude with him.
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Women’s track slides to 37th Distance runners Finn, Handler earn All-American status By ZACH SHAW Daily Sports Writer
Michigan women’s track and field coach James Henry refers to distance running as his team’s “bread and butter” and has felt that way for much of his 30-year career as coach. No matter what happens elsewhere, he feels his team can always count on the distance runners to finish strong. That belief showed last weekend, as the sting of a disappointing 37th-place finish at the NCAA Championships in Eugene, Oregon was softened slightly by two firstteam All-Americans in distance events. “I was happy and pleased with the efforts I saw, but not completely satisfied with the results,” Henry said. “It was all of (the athletes’) first time going this far in the season, so I think we learned some tough lessons that we’ll use down the road.” The two All-Americans were junior Brooke Handler and fresh-
man Erin Finn. Handler ran a 4:20.45 in the 1,500-meter run to take sixth, becoming the ninth Wolverine to be an All-American in that event. Finn — the top seed in the 10,000-meter run before the weekend — rose from the middle of the pack to lead for 10 laps before falling back into sixth. Though Henry remained pleased with Finn’s finish, he knows the best is yet to come for the freshman, who soundly established herself as one of the nation’s top distance runners. “She’s learning and maturing in the process,” Henry said. “She’s fallen short of her expectations for herself in two championship races now and has taken a lot from both races. It’s more than racing at certain levels or meeting certain times. It’s important to race and compete against the competition and to do so at a pace that’s going to equate in the best finish, not just leading the most laps.” Three other Wolverines competed in Eugene. Sophomore Cindy Ofili took 11th in the 100-meter hurdles, freshman Aaron Howell took 16th in the heptathlon and senior distance runner Alex Leptich ended her Michigan career
with a 22nd-place finish in the 3,000-meter steeplechase. Ofili and Leptich were seeded in scoring position before the weekend but came up short. However, Henry feels that the disappointment has a chance to serve as a reminder of just how elusive sustained excellence is. “It was a learning experience for everyone,” he said. “It’s hard to compete and train in-season for as long as our athletes do, and that’s what makes what (Michigan women’s cross country) coach Mike McGuire has done with the distance group so impressive. That group was able to finish strong the past couple weeks after three whole seasons of competition.” To Henry, his program’s season begins in the fall, when the cross country team begins competing with Finn, Handler and several other top track athletes leading the charge. Though a separate sport, Henry looks to utilize the success of cross country — which took fourth in last fall’s NCAA Championships — for the rest of his team, which will be returning four of five NCAA qualifiers and several scorers at the Big Ten Championships. “We’ve had the success we’ve
Erin Finn took sixth in the 10,000-meter run, one of two Michigan All-Americans.
wanted slip through our fingers the past couple years, and it’s hurt,” Henry said. “Next year we want to close up our fingers and make a palm and catch the success that comes our way, but it’s not going
to happen unless we earn it. We’re going to have more depth and be a better team next year, but that can’t be taken for granted. It’s not our turn to see success unless we make it our turn.”
All-American Ferlic lone scorer for men’s track By JAKE LOURIM Managing Sports Editor
The Michigan men’s track and field team hasn’t had the best season in its 103-year history, by any account. But it didn’t come without its bright spots. Redshirt sophomore Mason Ferlic made sure of that. Ferlic capped off the season with a fourth-place finish in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, earning first-team All-American honors and leading the team to tie for 44th place with his five points. Ferlic’s 2013 season ended with a second-team All-American finish but also a bit of unfinished business. The first-year steeplechase athlete was the first runner left out of the finals, finishing 13th. So he came back a year later smarter and more experienced, knowing that he didn’t have to be
faster — just fast enough to qualify. “The strategy for a prelim is to try to qualify as smoothly as possible without any drama,” Ferlic said. “I think I executed as well as I wanted to. You’re not trying to win a prelim, you’re just trying to do it as smoothly as possible with as little mental effort as physical effort as possible — save it for the final.” In fact, Ferlic finished more than two seconds slower in his prelim this year but third in the second heat, with plenty of room to spare to qualify for the finals. In the finals, with some energy saved up, he surged from near the back of the pack at the beginning
to fifth on the third lap to fourth at the finish. Now, just more than a year after competing in the steeplechase for the first time, he finds himself one of the elite competitors in the race across the country. He was the top sophomore finisher. “Coming back this year, having that experience, having been to the venue before, I came in highly ranked,” Ferlic said. “Guys will be intimidated by me now. That felt good. I had a lot more confidence this year, and I had a lot more fun.” Eastern Kentucky junior Ole Hesselbjerg just beat out Ferlic at the finish. UTEP junior Anthony Rotich and Arkansas junior Stan-
“Guys will be intimidated by me now.”
ley Kebenei finished first and second, respectively, fairly easily. “I was hoping to close on (Hesselbjerg) on the last lap, but he had a good kick home, so I couldn’t quite get him,” Ferlic said. “It was almost an uneventful final, in my opinion. Things got out hard, the two guys got out front and it was a good race from the gun. There wasn’t really much jostling or drama.” Though Ferlic hoped to pass Hesselbjerg and finish in third, coach Jerry Clayton was optimistic about the future for the All-American. “As he progresses, his goal has got to be to try to challenge to win a national title,” he said. “If he runs fast enough, he’ll have an opportunity that’s post-collegiate. But those things will be determined here in the next two years on how he focuses in.” The Wolverines took two more
athletes to Eugene, Oregon for the championships — redshirt sophomore Derek Sievers and redshirt junior Morsi Rayyan. Sievers threw a personal record at the Big Ten Championships to finish seventh and shattered that mark by almost two feet at the East Region Preliminaries to qualify for the NCAA Championships. He fell short of his personal record by three inches in Eugene, but finished 16th and earned second-team All-American honors to cap a tremendous year of improvement under Clayton. “What you’re trying to do is keep the rhythm and timing of where he’s at and maintain that,” Clayton said. “Normally, with peaking, you can maintain those for a 4-6 week period.” Rayyan finished 18th in 30:17.87 in the 10,000-meter run to complete a long championship season.
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Graham Glasgow pled guilty to a lesser charge Monday after a March 15 incident.
Glasgow pleads guilty to lesser misdemeanor City amends OWI to operating while visually impaired, sentencing July 14 By JAKE LOURIM Managing Sports Editor
Redshirt junior offensive lineman Graham Glasgow appeared in Ann Arbor District Court Monday for an operating while intoxicated charge and pled guilty to the lesser charge of operating while visually impaired. Glasgow was arraigned June 2 and plead not guilty to the OWI charge from a March 15 incident. The city amended the charge Monday to operating while visually impaired, a misdemeanor punishable by up to 93 days in jail and a fine of up to $350. Glasgow will be sentenced July 14 at 10 a.m. Judge Joseph Burke presided over the hearing and asked Glasgow for details about the night of March 15, when he was pulled over by Ann Arbor police officer Patrick Maguire. Maguire pulled over Glasgow’s Chevrolet Suburban when he noticed that there was a passenger hanging out the window shouting at pedestrians, according to the police report. At the hearing, Glasgow confirmed most of the details — the only exception being the amount he had to drink. According to the
police report, Glasgow told police that night he had consumed five light beers since about 3 p.m. In court Monday, Glasgow revised that estimate to 10 to 12 beers. He reaffirmed that he started at 4 p.m. at his house, then later took a nap and drove to New York Pizza Depot around 9 p.m. “I was at my house. I started probably sometime around 4,” Glasgow told the judge. “I had — I’m not quite sure how much — 10 to 12 would probably be my rough estimate.” Glasgow’s blood-alcohol concentration was .11 on the spot and .13 at the police station later. Glasgow’s attorney, John A. Shea, asked that Glasgow be able to go home to Illinois to visit his parents from Wednesday through Monday during a break in football training. The judge originally adjourned the pretrial hearing from June 2 on the condition that Glasgow not leave the state or drink alcohol. The judge allowed Glasgow to go home Wednesday but upheld the condition that he not drink alcohol. “You understand that no alcohol means no alcohol,” Burke said, “even if your family is having alcohol.” The judge released Glasgow on a $1,000 personal-recognizance bond. The Aurora, Illinois native has been suspended for the team’s season opener Aug. 30 against Appalachian State.