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Faculty team to create recommendations for planned sustainability program
U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine (D-VA), Democratic vice presidential nominee, speaks at a rally at Focus: HOPE in Detroit Tuesday.
At Detroit rally, Tim Kaine shares campaign’s plan to combat poverty
Democratic vice presidential nominee discusses economic development at local nonprofit LYDIA MURRAY Daily Staff Reporter
Democratic vice presidential nominee Tim Kaine visited Detroit Tuesday to present Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s plan to eliminate poverty across the United States.
He spoke at Focus: Hope, a nonprofit focused on alleviating poverty and racial division through education and job training for underrepresented minorities. In his remarks, Kaine highlighted revitalization efforts in Detroit, saying it showed the importance of investing in economic development.
University partners to personalize treatments ‘U’ joins with health-tech firm Tempus to give cancer patients more options YOSHIKO IWAI For the Daily
Driven by a philosophy that a “one-size-fits-all” approach does not exist in cancer treatment, University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center and Tempus, a health-tech company based in Chicago, announced a partnership last week to enhance personalized treatment for cancer patients nationwide. The partnership, called the Michigan Oncology Sequencing Center panel, stemmed from the University’s MI-ONCOSEQ project for personalization of cancer therapy by using highthroughput gene sequencing methods. Developed by Arul Chinnaiyan, director of the Michigan Center for Translational Pathology, the technique will provide new options for cancer cases where standard methods of treatment are ineffective or do not exist. The panel utilizes a clinical sequencing-based approach to sequence DNA and RNA in a tumor in advanced cancer patients and compare them See TECH, Page 2A
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“The auto industry has come strongly back to life,” he said. “This amazing city has shown an amazing comeback spirit, and you’re just getting started.” Since filing for bankruptcy in 2013, Detroit has been the recipient of tens of millions of federal dollars aiming to decrease blight in the city. Recently, a $617 million bailout
for Detroit Public Schools was approved by Governor Rick Snyder in June 2016. The plan Kaine presented centered around three main features: creating jobs and raising wages, improving opportunities in low-income housing communities, and increasing access to and quality See KAINE, Page 3A
RACHEL COHEN Daily Staff Reporter
Last week, a new school faculty transition team was appointed to plan the transition from the School of Natural Resources and Environment to a new School of Sustainability. An internal faculty committee proposed in September 2016 that the University of Michigan create a new school of sustainability to replace the School of Natural Resources and Environment and increase interdisciplinary collaboration across various sustainability and environmental programs. The school is set to be created
by the end of the next academic year. University Provost Martha Pollack said in an interview the recommendation for the new school, outlined in a November 2015 report, was created after an external committee reviewed the University’s sustainability programs — including SNRE, the Graham Sustainability Institute and LSA’s Program in the Environment — last fall. The external review concluded that there was strength in the current programs, but a need for greater synergy between them. In response, the internal committee proposed the new school of sustainability as one See SUSTAINABILITY, Page 3A
Regent Denise Ilitch highlights college Madeline affordability efforts in reelection bid Albright GOVERNMENT
Campaign highlights promoting safety programs and votes against tuition increases KATHERINE CURRAN Daily Staff Reporter
This article is part of a Michigan Daily series profiling the four candidates seeking a seat on the Board of Regents this November at the University of Michigan. A member of the University of Michigan’s Board of Regents for the past eight years, Regent Denise Ilitch (D) is running for her second term this November. Current Regent Laurence Deitch (D), as well as Ron Weiser (R), former chairman of the Michigan Republican Party and Carl Meyers (R), a financial advisor in Dearborn, are also on the ballot as major party candidates. A University alumnus, Ilitch stands out on the board for a steady history voting against tuition increases. Her campaign emphasizes the need for accessible, affordable education at the University. “I am laser-focused,” Ilitch said when describing the priorities of her campaign. “I want to stay laser-focused on an affordable, accessible, quality education for all students.” Ilitch was the first member of her family, which included seven siblings, to attend college. She started her business career as a pizza maker in her family’s business, Ilitch Holdings, Inc., and worked her way to the position of president. She is currently president of Ilitch Enterprises LLC, and co-owner
of 220 Restaurant Hospitality, an Italian-American food restaurant located in Birmingham. Ilitch said along with tuition, votes to increase mental health funding and has worked to improve awareness of sexual assault on campus were some of the most impactful parts of her first term, issues that
Ilitch highlighted as important moments of her tenure. “I strongly support the safety programs for our students,” Ilitch said. “Sexual assault prevention is a huge issue on many campuses across the country and including ours.” As part of her campaign, Ilitch is calling for the creation of a
committee on the board dedicated to researching potential sources of revenue besides tuition. She was one of the three regents to vote against a 3.9 percent tuition increase this June, and the only Democrat to do so. She said she believes that the current cost of education and the consistent See ILITCH, Page 3A
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Former Secretary of State talks about women in politics at local event LYDIA MURRAY Daily Staff Reporter
University Provost Martha Pollack speaks with Regent Denise Ilitch after a Board of Regents meeting in the Michigan Union on February 18, 2016.
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Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright visited Ann Arbor Friday morning to campaign for Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton at a Woman to Woman event. About 40 women and a handful of men crowded into the home of Ann Arbor resident Martha Darling to hear Albright speak about her experiences working with Clinton and the importance of women in politics. Albright said Clinton was great to work with because of her ability to hear the issues of the people she spoke with. “I loved being Secretary of State, and it was wonderful having Hillary as a partner in that,” she said. “She really was an amazing American ambassador even in that stage in terms of going out and talking and doing something that has been so evident of the way she operates, which is listening to people.” Rep. Debbie Dingell (D–Mich.), who spoke prior to Albright, encouraged the audience to vote, saying Democrats could regain See ALBRIGHT, Page 3A
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ON THE DAILY: HARBAUGH JOINS ‘CHAIN GANG’ The undefeated, thirdranked Michigan football team may have had a bye-week this past weekend, but head coach Jim Harbaugh certainly wasn’t taking it easy. On a recruiting trip to El Cerrito High School in California, Harbaugh attended a football game and worked on the ‘chain gang’ — assisting officials with the down markers — in exchange for a steak sandwich, the Detroit Free Press reported. “The chain gang needed a guy and I was promised a tri-tip steak sandwich at halftime, that’s all I needed to hear,” Harbaugh said on Monday during his weekly press conference. “That was a lot of fun.” Known for his unusual recruiting trips, Harbaugh has had sleepovers and climbed tees in the past in attempts to
impress prospects. On this trip, week. U for being such good sports! Harbaugh visited four-star “Ruth’s Chris & Buzz Goebel! Plus the Steaks are A++, Mercy!,” outside linebacker recruit Aaron Sarah, me & Ann Arbor thank Harbaugh’s tweet read. Banks at El Cerrito High. He also announced the homecoming queen on Friday at Antioch High School in California where he was visiting the top prospect in the country, running back Najee Harris, ESPN reported. Harbaugh’s enthusiasm for steak is also well documented. He posted a picture of himself and wife Sarah on twitter at Ruth’s Chris Steak House in Ann Arbor last week, after a promotion gave customers a percentage off their final bill based on the Michigan football team’s margin of victory. Michigan defeated Rutgers 78-0, the largest margin of a victory since 1939, meaning the steakhouse offered customers KEVIN ZHENG/Daily the maximum of 50 percent off Bonnie, a Ann Arbor resident, gets her face painted as part of the Harvest their bills during the following Festival at Cobblestone Farm in Ann Arbor Tuesday.
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WHAT: Former World Bank Chief Economist Justin Lin and Ford Prof. John Ciorciari to give lecture on the future of economic relations. WHO: Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy WHEN: 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. WHERE: Weill Hall, Annenberg Auditorium
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WHAT: UM Poetry Club will co-host an amateur poetry slam night with cash prizes, in conjuction with a special Museum of Archaeology exhibit. WHO: Kelsey Museum of Archaeology WHEN: 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. WHERE: Kelsey Museum of Archaeology
WHAT: Lecture by Washtenaw Audubon Society about the group’s recent bird-watching trip to Guatemala. WHO: Matthaei Botanical Gardens & Nichols Arboretum WHEN: 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. WHERE: Matthaei Botanical Gardens
WHAT: Opportunity for interested students to check out swing dancing and meet new people. WHO: Student Organizations: Mswing WHEN: 8:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. WHERE: Michigan League, Room D
developing for years,” Ewing wrote. “Combined with our interactive analytic and machine learning platform will support physicians across the country working to deliver personalized cancer care. Chinnaiyan noted that because each cancer has unique molecular characteristics, genetic sequencing of tumors can provide physicians evidence for decision-making in treatment methods. “For example, not all breast cancers are the same,” he said. “They are caused by different gene aberrations and knowing those in a more precise fashion, we hope that we will be able to deliver more durable therapies for cancer patients.” He added that the previous treatments for cancer such as chemotherapy and radiation were relatively non-specific. “While you attempt to try and hit cancer cells, you often hit normal cells as well,” he said. Since 2011, MI-ONCOSEQ has been utilized for more than 1,500 patients, sequencing between 12 and 25 patients a week. Chinnaiyan also explained that MI-ONCOSEQ is reasonable
in cost and turnaround time for delivering results. Previous approaches to genome sequencing had an average turnaround time six to eight weeks, whereas MI-ONCOSEQ takes about 10 days. With the shifting paradigm in personalized medicine, MI-ONCOSEQ allows clinicians across the country to provide personalized cancer care. Costs for genome sequencing have significantly decreased over the past decade, making it more affordable and accessible, according to Ewing. Simultaneously, technological advancements allow for larger quantities of data analysis. “Together, this means we are at a point in time where we can empower physicians to make real-time, data-driven decisions, which we hope will result in more time for people living with cancer,” Ewing wrote. The unique partnership between the University and Tempus is facilitated by the close relationship between Chinnaiyan and the health-tech company’s laboratories. Furthermore, the collaboration extends beyond just the panel. “We work closely with Arul as he has agreed to become a scientific advisor to Tempus,” Ewing wrote. “We’ve developed a very close relationship with our labs cooperating on an almost daily basis.” Chinnaiyan said he sees patients for MI-ONCOSEQ after they have failed multiple other treatments, at which point the cancer is evolved and difficult to treat. “I think, moving into the future, the hope is that this technology of comprehensive molecular analysis of tumors, basically this next-generation sequence analysis, will be brought to earlier stage cancer patients,” he said. “By matching that combination of gene alterations with the right combination of treatment, we hope to be able to achieve more durable responses for cancer patients.”
TECH From Page 1A with normal cells in the same individual. “The basic idea is, based on a patient’s molecular fingerprint, to suggest clinical trials or offlabel use of approved agents based on the mutational profile of an individual advanced cancer, or, in general, metastatic disease,” Chinnaiyan said. “By matching a patient’s molecular fingerprint with potential drugs that target those aberrations, we have a better chance at treating cancer in a precise or rational fashion.” The University is licensing the MI-ONCOSEQ panel to Tempus. Clo Ewing, director of communications at Tempus, wrote in an email interview that the health-tech company aims to commercialize the genomic panel and provide access to clinicians and health care specialists nationwide. “Our partnership with University of Michigan will allow patients across the country to benefit from clinically validated technology that UofM has been
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WHAT: Prospective students will have the opportunity to listen to and ask questions of an interviewer from the University of Michigan Medical School. WHO: Student Organizations: Sports Medicine Club WHEN: 7 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. WHERE: CCRB, Bickner Auditorium
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KAINE From Page 1A of education. Kaine noted that all of the points he discussed work together and are essential to the campaign’s plan. “We’ve got to do all these things at once,” he said. “We’ve got to invest in underserved communities to create jobs and get incomes rising; we’ve got to help lower income families, with dignified housing and safe communities; and we’ve got to give at-risk kids the skills they need and deserve to succeed.” Expanding on each of these areas, he discussed a variety of policy proposals ranging from investments in infrastructure and small businesses to higher education reform and technical schools. Emphasizing the
ILITCH From Page 1A yearly increases of tuition are not sustainable. “I don’t think a student should have to mortgage their future in order to have one,” Ilitch said. “That is why I have advocated for alternative sources of income to the University so tuition does not burden our students and their family.” Ilitch said she believes some of the unintended consequences of yearly tuition increases can already be seen at the University, like the lack of diversity. The University’s student population is predominantly white, at 56.2 percent according to the Office of the Registrar in 2015. “I’m not convinced our educational cost structure is
ALBRIGHT From Page 1A control of the state House. Currently, Republicans have a majority in the state House, 62-44. “Not only are we going to elect Hillary Clinton as president, but the greater 12 can take the state House of Representatives,” she said. “If you’re unhappy about the fact that the Flint water was poisoned or all the others things that have happened, we need to take those seats back.” Albright also stressed the importance of not becoming overconfident in Clinton’s ability to win, despite her recent advantage in the polls. Nationally, the most recent RealClearPolitics polling average showed Clinton 6.7 points ahead of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump. “I worry about the following thing,” Albright said. “I worry that her numbers are really up and people might think it’s over. It’s not over. … We really need to get out there and door knock and do things that get people out to
importance of infrastructure improvements, Kaine also discussed the Flint water crisis, saying it remains a priority for him and Clinton. He said many other cities are at risk for disaster like the one that occurred in Flint if infrastructure issues are not addressed. “A safe home means being able to drink the water,” he said. “And Flint is the tip of the iceberg on this because aging infrastructure, water infrastructure and other utility infrastructure around the country are exposing people to really serious environmental harm.” Michigan and the city of Detroit have received a fair amount of attention in recent weeks, with visits from Clinton, Kaine, Sen. Bernie Sanders (D– Vt.) and other surrogates. Though the state is not as close as initially predicted by some,
with Clinton now leading by 11.4 points in a head-to-head matchup with Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump in the state, the Republican campaign has also visited Michigan. Both Trump and his vice presidential nominee, Mike Pence, have made stops in recent weeks. Pence was most recently in the state Monday when he spoke in Macomb County. Ahead of Kaine’s visit, Joseph Guzman, a Michigan campaign co-chair for Trump issued a statement criticizing Clinton following a new Wikileaks release of campaign emails featuring remarks about Catholic and Evangelical voters by chief staffers. “After the new leaks show the Clinton-Kaine team selling out Michigan families to Wall Street donors behind closed doors, their ticket of ‘open trade and open
borders’ has lost all credibility in the Great Lakes State,” he wrote. “Unlike Hillary Clinton, Mr. Trump as President will unite our country, and support American families, workers, and communities of faith.” The leaked emails also revealed that Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D–Mich.) was considered for the vice presidential candidate slot earlier in the campaign. Stabenow said she was grateful to be considered, but expressed concern over Russian hacking threats and cybersecurity issues. “I think what we should all be concerned about in an age where we are all using cell phones and texting and emailing is that the Russians are hacking our systems,” she said at Tuesday’s event. “Right now it may be Democrats but eventually it should be everyone.”
sustainable,” Ilitch said. “The lack of diversity — economic diversity and race diversity — is because of the rising cost of tuition.” She highlighted the University’s new five-year Diversity, Equity & Inclusion plan, which outlines strategies for enrolling and sustaining a diverse group of students and faculty, as one option to solve the issue, though she noted the importance of student imput. “We definitely need our students involved actively and we should work in strong collaboration with them,” she said. Despite pushback from other candidates concerning the decision to increase University President Mark Schlissel’s salary by 3 percent in September while student debt is increasing, Ilitch said she supports his pay raise.
She feels that though the increase in pay is well deserved, student debt remains an important, exclusive issue. “I think it is important to reward strong performance,” Ilitch said. “There are lots of ways the University can cut costs.” A strong supporter of student involvement in board decisions, Ilitch said she has met with Central Student Government President David Schafer and CSG Vice President Micah Griggs, LSA seniors, before to discuss the best way to increase collaboration between University students and the board. If re-elected as regent, she said she would like to see a consistent relationship between the board and students that remains strong despite changes in students and board members “As students change, the relationship should stay strong,”
Ilitch said. “It is important to hear directly about student experiences at the University. Many of us rely on our own personal experiences, but I really welcome the input from our students. I think they are brilliant.” As a mother of two, Ilitch said she often considers the University students her own and tries to consider how their parents would feel when making decisions. Her perspective, she said, is one of the reasons she persistently advocates for providing students with a wellrounded and affordable collegiate experience. “Many times, it’s pretty simple, I have a mom hat,” Ilitch said. “When making decisions that affect many people at the University, I think of all the moms and dads out there who send their children to school and I feel like a gatekeeper.”
vote.” Trump has been under scrutiny in the past two weeks following the release of a tape in which he made comments about touching women without their consent. Since the uncovering of the tape, several women have come forward to allege that Trump sexually assaulted them in the past. Trump has denied these allegations, and called the tape “locker room talk.” In an interview with The Michigan Daily, Albright said these revelations show he is unfit to serve as president. “I think the things that have GRANT HARDY/Daily been revealed about Donald Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright campaigns for Democratic Trump make it absolutely presidential candidate Hillary Clinton at a Woman to Woman event Friday in dispositive that he does not have Ann Arbor. the character, the moral values Trump has been accused of women turn out to vote, Clinton or any aspect of his temperament was commonplace, making her will win in November. A recent that makes it possible for him message especially resonant. FiveThirtyEight map showed to be president of the United “Secretary Albright predates Clinton would win by a landslide States — much less, frankly, to any disclosure of the activities of if only women voted, and Trump be a member of the public life,” Donald Trump being criticized,” would win if only men voted. she said. “What he has done is she said. “She remembers an era “We do know that women can completely disgusting.” when that was totally acceptable. make the difference,” she said. Ann Arbor resident Barb You didn’t say anything. You had “In fact, if women vote it will Fuller, who attended the event, to endure that, and she went toe- bring her over the top. Plus, she noted that Albright led a succesful to-toe with male leaders around is incredible on women’s issues career as a diplomat during a the world and never blinked.” across the board, and also it will time which that type of behavior Albright told the crowd that if be historic.”
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SUSTAINABILITY From Page 1A of the solutions to this problem. “The idea of the new school is to think of new ways to bring these people together, new ways to involve students, really whole new ways to do education and research in this topic,” Pollack said. The internal faculty committee that initially made recommendations for overall changes is no longer in operation, and the new faculty transition team have been charged with creating specific recommendations to give to the new dean of the school once he or she is appointed. Interim SNRE Dean Dan Brown, a professor of natural resources and environment, oversees the transition team. He said the team has five main tasks starting with increasing faculty involvement across different schools at the University and focusing on identifying faculty — those who are currently affiliated with SNRE and those who are not — who might be interested in being part of the new school. “One part of the vision for this is that faculty in units from around campus will keep their positions where they are, but take partial positions in the new school and so the faculty transition team is tasked with thinking about how that might work,” Brown said. The other tasks deal with the inner and outer workings of the school, focusing on the development of the program’s structure. The committee suggested organizing the new school around themes, or problem areas in environment and sustainability, Brown said, adding that the faculty transition team aims to “implement a process for identifying themes” and define function and governance. “The fourth thing is to identify opportunities and proposals for curricular innovations in the new school — make recommendations, essentially — for what kinds of programs the new school should be offering, and thinking about that very innovatively and creatively in terms of online, living laboratories, undergrad and grad combined programs, potential changes to the professional program,” he said. “The fifth thing is to identify the administrative and governance processes for the new school: For example, coming up with some bylaws that would help launch the new school.” Fifteen faculty will serve on the transition team, which will start meeting Thursday. Bill Currie, chair of the New School Faculty Transition Team and School of Natural Resources professor, said there are plans in the works to add two student members and the team will create additional mechanisms for student input in the future. Pollack emphasized that faculty from a wide array of colleges and programs at the University have been included in
the committee, in alignment with the multidisciplinary approach of the school. “The whole goal of what we’re trying to do is to bring together people from across boundaries from across campus,” she said. “Sustainability and the environment are areas in which you need to have multiple perspectives. You need not just the perspective of science and social science, but you need the humanities, and you need engineering and you need public health and on and on.” Currie noted that while the school may faces some issues in integrating different backgrounds, current issues in sustainability need to be tackled through the lenses of many different disciplines. “The problems that we face in sustainability — things like clean energy, food security, climate change, land use change, water quality — these environmental issues have gotten to the point where they cannot be solved in just one discipline,” he said. “In fact, sustainability deals with something called ‘wicked problems,’ which the definition is that they are large and complex and across disciplines, and people don’t even agree on the statement of the problem. So these are really challenging problems to work on, and we need people from different disciplines.” He added that the most difficult task the transition team will have is figuring out how to get the campus community to think about sustainability and the environment differently than they have before, emphasizing the importance of fostering innovative thought within the discipline. “Professors and administrators at the University tend to be really accustomed to working in their own disciplines, and getting them to think in bold and innovative ways, what can we really do differently, (is) going to be a big challenge,” Currie said. “But everyone that I’ve talked to on the committee is excited about thinking about what we can do along those lines. So we’re excited about it, but it’s still going to be a tough job.” Brown said he hopes the new school can bridge together the different sustainability and environmental programs that currently exist to establish the University as a leader in the field. Currently, the University has programs including conservation ecology and sustainability systems. “The biggest goal is that we, as a university, pool together the dispersed assets that we have for scholarship and education in environment and sustainability, coordinate those more carefully, and collaborate more closely around campus to elevate our ability to provide ongoing and stronger leadership … and ultimately to become a category leader in offering environment and sustainability programs,” Brown said.
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Let’s not talk about politics
hen I studied Marxist than us, so we cried out, abroad in Buenos “¿¡POR QUE?!” Aires, Argentina This boy explained how last winter, the weirdest thing he was sick of Peruvians and I was asked the most about was Bolivians — aka indigenous not why did we carve former people — coming into Argentina presidents’ faces into a mountain, and using their public health which I’m still wondering about care and universities, both of myself, but rather which are legally free why was a piece for Argentines and of orange human foreigners. My friend garbage winning Abby turned to the the Republican Bernie-supporting presidential friend and asked what nomination: “¿¡Por seemed like a logical qué todos los yankees question: “How are les gusta a Donald you guys friends? Do Trump?!” you ever fight? Like … One night, before pelear? Luchar?” He Bernie Sanders had CLARISSA laughed at our violent officially lost the naïveté, DONNELLY- Yankee primary, I was out “¡Jajaja! ¿¡Pelear?! DEROVEN ¿¡Luchar?! ¡No!” Then at a bar with two of my friends and my he said the Spanish friend’s sister who was visiting. equivalent of “We talk, we argue A group of guys kept asking us and then we get drunk.” to join our table and though The two main things I learned we ignored them for a while, on my first day in Buenos Aires we eventually obliged. I can’t were: 1. All porteños go to remember why, probably because therapy, and 2. Talking about in terms of loud men who harass politics isn’t off limits. I think women until we talk to them, these two things are related, they seemed pretty mild. but I don’t know that I’ll get to One guy asked us who we that analysis. What I will say is: were voting for, we all said Try talking about politics in the Bernie Sanders, and then the United States and you’ll quickly guy hugged us all and assured be hushed and met with whines us he, too, would vote for Bernie of “can’t we talk about something Sanders if given the choice. more pleasant?” I don’t know He pointed at himself, “Yo, yo how or why this cultural apoyo a Bernie Sanders, pero él,” difference sprouted, perhaps it he pointed at his friend, “¡Este has something to do with living hombre apoyo a Donald Trump!” under various dictatorships that Aside from our President Macri- makes people realize that politics loving host moms and the one can’t be separated from everyday anti-refugee German my friend life, or perhaps it’s something went on a date with, most of else. Regardless, my issue is that us only knew porteños more in the United States we think we
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cannot talk about politics, but I argue: That’s impossible. In the United States, we have a weird definition of politics. When we talk about “politics,” we talk about politicians, what’s happening in Washington, etc. We don’t actually talk about policies. And that’s not our fault: The image that’s been constructed for us of what “politics” is also doesn’t discuss policies. Example: the presidential debate. The debates are not about substance, they’re about creating personas of Donald and Hillary: our symbols of “politics.” Thus, when we talk about “politics,” we’re not actually talking about anything substantive — we’re talking about a performance, a false and constructed image of a thing, a spectacle. When we talk about “politics” only as it relates to Donald and Hillary, our political consciousness neither exists nor has opinions of its own: It’s entirely created by and wrapped up in the being of our politicians’ personas and the language of their campaigns. When people say “make America great again,” they don’t mean anything. When people say “stronger together,” they don’t mean anything. Our political campaigns don’t mean anything. They are marketing campaigns. They make up slogans.
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exual assault happens, and that’s what matters, not when, where or how. The sobriety of the victim doesn’t matter, nor does his or her race, gender or socioeconomic class. All that matters is that it happens. Two years ago, it happened to me. I was pushed up against a wall, choked and raped for the first time when I was 16 years old. For over a year, I didn’t tell a soul, because there was always the chance my perpetrator would fulfill his threats and harm my family. The fear that stemmed from those threats, coupled with the fervent denial I experienced after the fact, influenced me to numbly trudge forward in life, desperately seeking any distraction that could allow me to forget it ever happened. For a long time, that was all I wanted: to forget, and to pretend like it never happened at all. For months afterward, I thought that strength and resilience were manifested in the ability to nonchalantly “brush off” tragedy, like flicking away a piece of lint. I became consumed with the notion that to be strong meant to “suck it up,” and to get on with life. I desperately wanted to move forward and to “get over it” as soon as possible, because I wanted to stop suffering from the fear, guilt, anger, confusion and pain. I wanted so badly for my life could go back to the way it used to be. Unsurprisingly, my life did not go back to the way it was before I was raped. And, like almost all things in life, brushing off the pain and sucking it up are all insurmountably easier said than done. I tried, though. I would wake up in the morning with my face wet with tears, clean myself up and fake a smile. I would then proceed through school hiding behind a veil of superficial euphoria and fake even more smiles to friends and teachers. I had to do so, because I didn’t want them to suspect that anything was wrong — because I wanted to be “normal.” Only when I went home, utterly exhausted, would I shut myself in my room, allow a day’s worth of suppressed pain
MICAHEL MORDARSKI | COLUMN
I hate Donald Trump with a burning passion
wo weeks ago, as I to use every muscle in my face stood in the press pen to deliver one of the darkest of the Trump rally held and most disgusted looks ever in Novi, Mich., I listened to given from one fellow human the delegation of nationalist being to another. And as my chauvinists adorned in “Make brow dramatically furrowed America Great and my eyes shaded Again” memorabilia over in a blind rage, scream out factually the smile on his lips inept rhetoric. I saw slowly disappeared. people who were And then he cried. there to see their He cried because interpretation of the he was visibly savior for the “real” disturbed at the America deliver fact that someone his all-too-familiar could look so upset stump speech on what he thought MICHAEL at the failures of was a happy event. Democrats and MORDARSKI A look that was able the evils of Hillary Clinton. to penetrate the most innocent At one point, I glanced off to and undisturbed regions of my left and spotted a young his psyche that had yet to be boy sitting on the fence that corrupted from the outside. So divided the press from the he cried and then I felt like shit. general crowd. His father held Naturally the immediate him securely, balancing him aftershock of my horribly on the fence — and from the inappropriate and cruel look on the boy’s face, he was action hit me and led me to having an incredible time. I believe that maybe having the was drawn to his look of pure pettiness and immaturity to enjoyment and curiosity of the suddenly desire to ruin a little dramatic political rally he was boy’s day just because I did not at. Everyone around him was like the fact that he was happy excited, smiling, cheering and was probably a testament to extremely energized — until he some grander underlying, looked at me. psychological problems that And as soon as my brain I have. But that’s not how registered the fact that he was I’m deciding to interpret this smiling at me, something took event. Because I believe that over. I was instantly upset the moment I decided to make over seeing a child at a Trump a 5-year-old cry was the tipping rally attempting to share his point of the compounded level happy experience with me in a of disgust and disdain I have friendly manner. So, I decided had for this moment within — in all my pessimistic glory — American politics.
For nearly a year and a half, I have vehemently condemned the Trump campaign for bringing such deplorable rhetoric to the national level. And in addition, I have condemned the GOP for not only creating the environment for this rogue campaign, but also for then continuing to endorse it through all of the all the racism, xenophobia and other disturbing content. I have followed this campaign through its entirety and have been disgusted with the factually inept policy planning, the blatantly illegal and unconstitutional proposals, the lack of decency and empathy. I had hoped that the GOP could kill this cancer that has infected their 162-year-old party. Yet, I placed too much faith in a political institution that would place party ahead of politics. All of these feelings and opinions that had culminated within me came pouring out when I saw the innocent face of this boy who was so easily being impressed upon by the rally occurring around him. I became unbelievably upset due to the fact that this 5-year-old’s father decided that a political rally for a candidate who mocks reporters with disabilities and brags about sexually assaulting women would be an appropriate place to bring his child. And those compounded emotions and opinions that were all being restrained during my hour within the press pen came pouring out in an invisible stream of abomination directed
toward the soul of an innocent 5-year-old boy who was just being friendly. Of course I feel terrible for doing this. Honestly, I saw a little bit of myself in that boy. Not only did he physically resemble a younger me, but I remember the blind degree of optimism and positive curiosity I once had toward the world. But I am oddly proud I did this. Even though I may have aged his little soul by about five or six years, I hopefully imprinted a relevant memory of sadness and confusion on him that I believe is beneficial. Hopefully, when he recalls smiling at me, he’ll understand that I was unhappy because I knew something he didn’t. I knew something his invincible dad did not teach him. I knew why he shouldn’t have been smiling, let alone been at such a political event. And I hope that one day, years from now, when he opens a history book — after a successful eight years of the Hillary Clinton administration — he will read a chapter on the 2016 election. In it he will read about the ridiculous candidacy of Trump and the even more ridiculous political party that lacked the character to stand up to him. And then he will understand why the hell I made him cry. You’re welcome, kid.
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to rip my chest open and cry. Not until I quietly wept myself senseless could I finally begin my homework. When night came, I would turn off the light and go to bed, only to wake up from vivid nightmares of being touched where I don’t want to be. My bedroom would be dark, and I would feel his presence in my room, hiding in the darkness, waiting to pounce. To fall back asleep, I would have to turn on my bedside lamp and allow my entire room to be basked in light. I would then frantically look around to make sure I was, indeed, safe, and there was nobody else in my room, only to wake up the next morning with my face wet with tears yet again. Ever since, I haven’t been able to sleep alone in a room without the light on.
Strength comes, instead, from those willing to share the pain so it’s no longer on your shoulders. It comes from those who love and support you.
It took me a long time to finally stop convincing myself that I could live as though it never happened. Not until after I suffered numerous crippling panic attacks did I finally stop running away from my memories. As months of pentup pain and anger gradually overcame me, seeping through every cell in my body until I was completely consumed by them, I sometimes became uncontrollably angry. I would be angry at him, but I was mostly furious at myself for still being so affected by the aftermath and for still feeling so helpless and broken. Slowly, my anger morphed into envy. I would see all of these strong, beautiful survivors who were so open about their assaults, and who were not only supportive of fellow survivors but also of themselves. I would
see Instagram photos of survivors looking strong, happy and whole at “saPAC the Diag” while holding “I love consent” and “yes means yes” signs. All I could selfishly think about was how I wish I could be whole like them. Those incredible people had all dug themselves out of their dark holes, but I was still stuck deep inside of mine, when all I wanted was to be free. I deeply regret allowing my envy to drive me to become verbally violent. I’m ashamed to have often been blinded by the jealousy and anger coursing through my veins, to have verbally attacked the people who were just trying to support me and help me through the pain. You know who you are, and I need you to know how unbelievably sorry I am. I realize now that the aforementioned incredible people hadn’t dug themselves out of their dark holes after all, but rather they had found caring and supportive people to help pull them out. The endless love and support that my friends and family provide are the reasons why I am no longer stuck in that dark place. I’ve learned that hurdling over painful events without a second glance isn’t possible, because the pain will inevitably sneak back up once more to haunt you. I’ve also learned that strength and courage don’t stem from the ability to forget and brush off pain. Strength comes, instead, from those willing to share the pain so it’s no longer completely on your shoulders. It comes from those who love and support you. While opening up has been a brutal, scary and exhausting process, I’m relieved to finally be whole enough to do so, thanks to the loved ones who have patiently helped me piece myself back together. I’m a survivor, but because of the support system that I’ve been so fortunate to find, I am no longer simply surviving. I’m living. And that’s what matters.
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How too many films fall victim to the allure of the perfect ending
othing ever ends when it’s supposed to. Especially not movies. Last weekend, the lovely and talented Community Culture Editor, Natalie Zak, and I went to see “American Honey.” We tucked the outing neatly in MADELEINE between GAUDIN dinner and an evening of singing Alanis Morissette at Circus. We never made it to Circus, however, because “American Honey” refused to end. Around the two-hour mark, I sat in the theater fidgeting and doing something I (almost) never do — covertly checking the time on my phone. “American Honey” felt like it was slowly ghosting me toward our end. It wasn’t going to come right out and dump me, instead it was going to spiral towards the end, suggesting a million points of closure and choosing instead to continue on despite them. That’s what made it so painful: its repetition of signs my movie-saturated brain recognizes as ending. Something dramatic and conclusive happens, the music swells and the camera lingers on some object of symbolic significance. Then, cut to black and roll the credits, right? Wrong. Even when it did decide to end, within the context of its scene, it was too late. Star wades into the water — a clear callback to an earlier scene and a symbolic rebirth — she submerges and then bursts out, her hair arching dramatically overhead. That’s the end of the movie, but it’s not its ending. Instead, the camera lingers on the surface of the water and the moonlight catching on the trees. This return to stillness takes away from the power and movement created earlier in the scene. In my film class last week, we were discussing “Shawshank Redemption” and someone pointed out that it too ends after it ought to. It should have
ended with hope — the driving emotion of the movie — in the form of Red riding in the bus, going up a hill on the other side of which the audience can only imagine is Andy and freedom and, you guessed it, redemption. But, instead, the camera follow Red there. We watch him get to Mexico and reunite with Andy. The film closes itself up neatly, so neatly in fact, that there is no room for lingering emotion. The hope of resolution is much more powerful than resolution itself. In the world of the movie, once the two men are reunited, there is nothing left for the audience to want. So many movies fall victim to the too perfect ending. Even my beloved “Heathers” is not immune. Instead of leaving Veronica covered in ash with a cigarette hanging out of her mouth — by far the standout visual moment of the movie — we have to follow her back into the school so she can make nice with Martha Dumptruck and reaffirm her status as the “nice” one. Much like in “American Honey” or “Shawshank,” the movement away from the dramatic moment breaks the emotional spell that scene creates. Maybe it’s because endings are the most artificial part of movies, of any type of storytelling. They’re so hard to get right because there’s no real world model for how to do it. In life there are very few — maybe, depending on how much you like to overthink, no — things that end like the ending of a movie. Moments slip into one another in a messy and overlapping web. Nothing really begins or ends, but rather continues. Sometimes that endlessness is really frustrating. I think what frustrated me and Natalie so much about the slow death of “American Honey” was its resemblance to real life. It, like most ex-boyfriends, refused to let us go. It did the film equivalent of texting us right when we were finally almost getting over it. It was so frustratingly realistic. It refused to give into the artificiality of endings. Its
length seemed to suggest that it equally could have ended at any point or not at all. The moment of conclusion was arbitrary. Because it wasn’t a story of something; it was a story about something. A something that stems from, and likewise flows into, a thousand other somethings without a clear beginning or end. I’m glad Natalie and I — unlike some of our fellow moviegoers — made it to the end. It was a challenge. “American Honey” tested our patience with an annoying lead, a grimy setting and Shia LaBeouf’s braided rattail (*gag*). I’m not glad I made it to the ending because Star’s moment of self-baptism was particularly revelatory or original, but because it wasn’t. It ended as silently as moments in life normally do, each one fading into the next. Its mundanity highlighted the construction, the falsity, of endings. Nothing ever ends when it’s supposed to because nothing ever truly ends. Someone much wiser than me once told me that it is impossible for the people we care about to leave our lives forever. Mortality aside, I’m beginning to understand what she was saying. Sometimes it’s a text from an ex, a sweet email from your high school art teacher or a kid handing out fliers in the Diag who you swear you met at a party once freshman year. Nothing really ends — it only changes, becoming something new. So although I had to spend almost three hours watching a movie where Shia LaBeouf had a rattail and missed singing “Ironic” with my Alanis-loving gal pals, I’m glad “American Honey” did what it did. I’m glad it frustrated me and made me fidget. Because it proved to me that the storyteller — regardless of the expectation’s of their audience — has power over when to end their story, if ever. Gaudin is here to remind you of the mess you left when you went away. To apologize, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
One trip to Urban and suddenly you’re an indie-pop band.
Two Door Cinema Club can’t continue its success ‘Gameshow’ is a disappointment to fans of the band’s early work. DOMINIC POLSINELLI
the tracks feel like they overstay their welcome. Lengthy portions Two Door Cinema Club have of songs seemed like they were always been a band known for written with the intent of forcing their originality. I remember concertgoers to dance at a perforhearing “Cigamance, and not to rettes In The Theenjoy on their loneatre” for the first some with a recordtime and thinking, ing. If anything, the “WOW! This is duration created Gameshow something really confusion during Two Door Cinema special!” Yet, their my first listen, Club newest offspring, and then just pure Gameshow, comes boredom and frusParlophone off like Saint Motel tration on my suband Daft Punk had sequent attempts to a child that grew enjoy it. up to be exceptionally boring. “I’m a present danger to my The album does little to show- health,” sings Alex Trimble case their prior penchant for on the opening notes of “Good soaring, enticing guitar melodies Morning,” in true summation of and catchy synth hooks, replac- the album. He sings of contradicing them with a more standard tions that are perfectly analotechno vibe. gous to my experience with this Two Door’s debut album, album: conflicted feelings of conTourist History, was a defini- fusion and desire to thoroughly tive album in my love affair with enjoy my listen. Yet, the track music, but Gameshow snuffs out only calls to mind Two Door’s that flame under bass-heavy past glory; it’s indicative of their beats and frankly unoriginal mel- previous sound while coming odies in context of what can be across as outdated in today’s expected from Two Door’s music. indie music scene. The music itself isn’t horrendous, The album burns slowly, and but its lack of characteristic flair few songs are able to truly hold causes the album to fall flat from attention or emotional investthe band’s past electricity. ment for longer than a minute, A fairly blatant detriment to which makes the inclusion and the album is its length. The deluxe placement of the last two tracks edition is over an hour long, with even more confounding. “Gasothe inclusion of two remixes and line” and “Sucker” close out the a live recording, and a majority of album, one of the most artisticalFor the Daily
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USA’s ‘Falling Water’ narratively sinks, but aesthetically stays afloat New sci-fi thriller series could potentially follow the path of ‘Mr. Robot.’ mer”), a scientist whose interest in her dreams are shady at best. Bill promises Tess answers Riding on the success of “Mr. about her son if she cooperates Robot,” USA has delivered a new with his experiments, in which series that capitalizes on the he asks her to walk into other’s same eerie sweet subconsciouses. spots of the netInterwoven with work’s break-out Tess’s story are hit. From produccorporate busier Gale Anne Hurd nessman Burton “Falling Water” of “The Walking (David Ajala, “The Series Premiere Dead” comes sciDark Knight”), ence-fiction thrillwho dreams of an USA er “Falling Water,” elusive Woman Thursdays at 10 where dreams are in Red, and Taka not random mani(Will Yun Lee, p.m. festations of the “The Wolverine”), subconscious but, a detective with instead, fated to reveal a world- horrific dreams of his catatonic shattering truth. The premiere mother. offers a first taste of the mysIt’s nearly impossible to diftery that promises to unravel ferentiate between their reality throughout the season and sets and sleep, as the pilot waltzes up potential for the the series to in and out of the vivid dreams become remorselessly addictive. of the three main protagonists. Three seemingly unrelated The storyline is purposely individuals are connected by constructed to be convoluted; their dreams, each holding perhaps the difficult to follow answers to the others’ recurring plot intends to trick the audisubconscious improvisations. ence into sticking around for The premiere first introduces some answers. But confusion Tess (Lizzie Brocheré, “The breeds frustration in a restless Wedding Song”), a trendspotter audience, and nobody is going looking for the next big thing, to wait around too long before who dreams of a son she does completely giving up on a direcnot remember having. She is tionless story. “Falling Water” sought out by Bill Boerg (Zak runs the risk of alienation in a Orth, “Wet Hot American Sum- premiere so oversaturated with DANIELLE YACOBSON Daily Arts Writer
questions that even the audience doesn’t know what’s real and what’s not. Comparable to “Mr. Robot” in look and feel, “Falling Water” is visually intriguing from the opening sequence. The series stays true to a consistent aesthetic: muted colors and an eerily silent soundtrack blanket the screen as the characters move through a cold, urban setting. A few thematic elements make frequent appearances; for example, running water, often played in reverse, recurs in both the protagonists’ dreams and realities, perhaps to provide an origin to root the show’s title. Yet there is a great deal of innovation and versatility in the visual construction, as lighting and shadows create personality in a show that is objectively colored by grays and diluted tones. In fact, most of the pivotal plot points lie in the visuals rather than extensive dialogue or narration. While the series may be confusing narratively, it’s far from boring, allowing the cinematography to tell most of the story instead of the screenplay. So if the audience can stay engaged long enough for “Falling Water” to establish solid footing, USA might have a new hit on its hands.
ly befuddling choices I’ve heard in music. Both are strange and slow, leaving literally nothing but a bad taste in the listener’s mouth. It really causes the album to lack a reasonable sense of closure. However, Two Door doesn’t totally fail on every track. Title track “Gameshow” blurs the line between indie and rock, providing a much needed incidence of vocal and instrumental variation. Trimble desparately shouts, “Just give me something, anything to live by / my blood is pumping so fast I forgot why I try.” It feels like a cathartic release among the relative normativity of the rest of the album. Another solid track is “Je Viens De La.” It’s similar to the classic Two Door tone, and brings back the much needed fire that characterizes their most successful creations. Its chorus is shrill and captivating, and the track isn’t long enough to make me want to hit the skip button. Gameshow, despite its sparing highlights, feels like a letdown. Individually, the tracks aren’t terrible, but as a collective album, it induces a confusing, underwhelming listen. Gone are the days of the tight pop tracks on Tourist History, along with the incredible songwriting on “Changing of the Seasons,” one of the best indie tracks from this decade. Two Door set their bar too high for their third album to be a true success.
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“Don’t ask me what’s on fleek.”
‘Insecure’ is a hilarious take on identity, romance
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and distinctive, weaving a tightknit thread between universality and specificity. While it subtly Looking through the stock of tackles office discrimination and new TV shows entering the fall microaggressions, “Insecure” season, a growing pattern of also explores the complexshows about race, ity of Black specifically about female friendship, the contemporomance, selfrary Black expeidentity and the rience, seems to existential dread “Insecure” be present. FX’s of being in your “Atlanta,” OWN’s late 20s. In addiSeries Premiere “Queen Sugar” tion to conveying (First two episodes and Netflix’s more representawatched) “Luke Cage” are tion of people of three such examcolor, “Insecure” HBO ples that not only expertly excels at Sundays at 10:30 showcase more subverting expecrepresentation for tations and stereop.m. Black actors, but types about Black also address issues people through the Black commuRae’s threenity often faces, including police dimensional depictions of her brutality, marginalization and characters. socioeconomic status. But while In the show, Rae plays Issa those topics are illustrated in Dee, a driven yet self-conscious rather serious settings (“Atlan- Los Angeles woman who deals ta” is a slight exception), HBO’s with her everyday anxiety by newest comedy, “Insecure,” rapping in front of the bathroom proves that issues concerning mirror. As the only Black woman the Black community, specifical- working at a nonprofit organily Black women, can still be just zation helping underprivileged as thought provoking when told children, Issa can’t help but through a comedic lens. recognize her voicelessness and At the helm of “Insecure” is token presence among her prewriter-actress Issa Rae, who dominantly white co-workers. co-created the show with Larry At one point, Issa directly Wilmore of Comedy Central’s points out some of this discomsadly defunct “The Nightly Show fort, when her co-worker Kitty with Larry Wilmore.” Though (Veronica Mannion, “American Rae is a relatively new voice on Horror Story”) negligibly asks American television, she has her, “What’s on fleek?” “I don’t been slowly making her way to know what that means,” Issa stardom since 2011. Her cult responds passive-aggressively, YouTube series, “Awkward Black but through voiceover, she really Girl,” displayed Rae’s unique life tells us what’s on her mind: “I experiences, from her awkward know what that shit means.” dates, to job hunting, to simSimultaneously, Issa has ply living as a Black woman in trouble confronting her deadAmerica. Ultimately, “Awkward beat, long-term boyfriend LawBlack Girl” would become the rence (Jay Ellis, “Movie 43”) basis for “Insecure,” and thanks about where they’re headed as a to better production values pro- couple. After her recently single vided by HBO, “Insecure” picks high school crush Daniel (Y’lan up where “Awkward Black Girl” Noel, “The Hustle”) comes back left off — and then some. into the picture, Issa must decide Featuring an incredible come- whether or not her love for Lawdic cast, razor-sharp writing, rence is enough to keep their crisp cinematography and a phe- relationship moving forward. nomenal soundtrack, Rae and Meanwhile, Issa’s best friend Wilmore’s “Insecure” gets the Molly (newcomer Yvonne “Master of None” treatment: it’s Orji) is living quite the oppoa comedy that’s both relatable site experience to Issa. She’s a Daily Arts Writer
hot-shot success and adored by her multiracial co-workers at her corporate law agency, but she struggles to find a significant other in the dating scene, especially when her office mate becomes engaged. Molly and Issa’s relationship, while volatile at times, feels realistic as any best friendship would; the two exchange funny anecdotes and entangle themselves in screaming matches, but at the end of the day, Issa and Molly find a way to make up. And what feels so refreshing about this particular friendship in “Insecure” is that it doesn’t reflect the frequently negative depictions of Black women often seen in reality shows or melodramas. It simply illustrates the two as modern day working women with a fun-loving, dysfunctional relationship. The mirror rap sequences in “Insecure” provide much of the show’s laughs as a storytelling device, replacing “Awkward Black Girl” ’s flashbacks and first-person voiceover. But these sequences also demonstrate Issa’s conviction to individuality, both as a writer and as an actress. As she gets ready for a night out with Molly in the pilot, she tries on a variety of lipsticks during a gut-busting montage, with each lipstick representing a different identity of Black women. However, in the end, Issa opts for plain lip balm, signifying that the most attractive, interesting person she can be is herself. Through all its unabashed raunchiness and socially conscious themes, “Insecure” is a blessing for Issa Rae fans, as well as a pleasant surprise for novices to her work. Rae and Wilmore have effortlessly blended the modern-day Black experience with an enlightening, vulgar and captivating story about a woman entering a transitional period in her adult life. The show certainly spins themes similar to other character-driven comedies about living in your 20s, but “Insecure” proves that these kinds of stories can be just as compelling with more diverse voices.
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‘The Accountant’ is not convincing enough to be a badass action movie Affleck’s new film won’t stop his streak of sadness and disappointment. moments never feel resolved or satisfying. Daily Arts Writer Ben Affleck stars as ChrisNumber-loving, nerdy, inge- tian Wolff, the gun-wielding nious and socially awkward are with autism. Beyond Affleck, not typical characteristics of the movie boasts a stacked a trained assaslineup, featursin. On top of this ing J.K. Simmons unconventionality, (“Whiplash”) picture a bulked as an executive up, hunky Ben of the Treasury “The Accountant” Affleck (“Batman v Department, Anna Warner Bros. Superman”) emuKendrick (“Pitch Pictures lating these traits Perfect”) as a felwhile accurately low accountant Rave & Quality 16 firing a sniper and and Jeffrey Tamsnapping necks bor (“The Hangwith ease. The over”) as Wolff’s idea that a literal old crime guru accountant, a job typically not and prison inmate. The perforglorified in action movies, is mances are adequate enough capable of Jason Bourne-esque but lack any true development. fighting capabilities is hilari- “The Accountant” is far from a ous. Everyone knows a real life character study, but viewers still accountant, and they are likely won’t feel deeply for any characnot the first person to come to ter. Flashbacks involving Wolff’s mind when thinking of a possible complicated childhood struggles action movie star. Essentially, with autism act as a cop out for this is what makes “The Accoun- any real character development tant” entertaining, but mostly in the movie’s timeline and reinhard to grasp. force the aforementioned “show Gavin O’Connor’s (“Warrior”) then tell” narrative technique. “The Accountant” focuses on a Affleck’s performance, although rogue accountant — or rather, decent, fails to convince the hitman — hired by criminal viewer that an actual accountant enterprises. The plot thickens could be enough of a badass to once he is pursued in a cat and successfully pull off long-range mouse chase by the U.S. Trea- sniping or lethal hand-to-hand sury Department. Although it combat. sounds original and potentially The larger-than-life abilities invigorating, “The Accountant” of the titular accountant suggest ’s narrative relies too much on great potential to carry the movie showing a bunch of complicat- into groundbreaking territory ed events and then later trying within the action genre. Howto explain and find reasoning ever, by the end, Wolff isn’t even behind them. Because of this an accountant anymore, wasting failed technique, the story feels the most original aspect of the unclear and unnecessarily con- movie. In the many action scenes fusing at times, and suspenseful of “The Accountant,” you forget WILL STEWART
that you aren’t watching another typical action movie starring a macho, hyper-masculine protagonist. What feels fresh in the beginning becomes tedious by the end, and the idea that Wolff ever was a ‘lower-case a’ accountant is abandoned. Autism plays a central role in the movie, but it doesn’t characterize Affleck’s role in a genuine way. Wolff is portrayed as a sociopathic killing machine incapable of developing personal relationships with others. Although a few scenes introduce the idea that he could be capable of forming typical feelings for others, his autism is ultimately used as a scapegoat to divert any attention away from this humanization. Stereotypes of autism — lack of empathy, obsessive nature, etc. — characterize Wolff as an antihero rather than a well-rounded protagonist. It hasn’t been the best year for Affleck. With the critical failure of “Batman v Superman” and the agonizing “sad Affleck” meme, “The Accountant” will not resurrect him from the dark depths of meme culture. It also won’t lead to more scrutiny. The movie is just mediocre enough for him to avoid publicly drawing the shame that he did with “Batman v Superman.” All accountants feeling uncool will rejoice after watching “The Accountant.” Finally, a movie that doesn’t feed into another joke about how lame and boring their jobs are. They will, however, be some of the only people rejoicing after watching the movie. “The Accountant” is far from a failed action movie, but it is empty entertainment, nonetheless.
‘American Honey’ invites you on a fascinating, unconventional journey is not the point. Director Andrea Arnold (“Wuthering Heights”) doesn’t care about chronological Watching “American Honey” sense or the passage of time. The feels like getting a personal invi- editing is similarly carefree and tation to the feral, cross-country nonchalant, vacillating between van party that languid dreaminess exists at the cenand accelerated, anxter of the film. ious pacing. FascinatThe audience ed by the minuscule, “American Honey” acts as a fly on the camera lingers the wall, privy unnervingly on shots A24 to the runaway of nature and insects, subculture’s rather than the charMichigan Theater breathtaking acters themselves. highs and devArnold isn’t worried astating lows. Without knowing about plot, but is preoccupied by much about the characters, we the way she can make your heart develop an easy intimacy with plummet and soar with a single them that magnetizes their every image of a bee flitting across the movement. screen. The film introduces protagoThe other members of the team, nist Star (newcomer Sasha Lane) most of whom are not professional dumpster diving with her two actors, serve mostly as vessels young siblings. She takes care of onto which we can project our them for her deadbeat parents and own neuroses. None are as terrifyhas way too much responsibility ing or compelling as the ringleader for the 18 years that she claims she of the ‘mag crew,’ Krystal, played is. So when opportunity, dressed curtly by Riley Keough (Elvis Preas Shia LaBouef (“Fury”) with a sley’s granddaughter; “Mad Max: rattail braid, comes knocking, she Fury Road”). Although she never follows. fully opens her eyes, Krystal has Star meets the charismatic Jake complete control over everyone (LaBouef) at a Wal-Mart, gyrat- around her. ing during the Rihanna song “We The film’s minor characters Found Love.” He invites her to exist alongside Star, in the van and join his group, selling magazines on the streets of suburbia peddling across the country in a white magazines, but do not receive the van. From the moment she says same backstory she does. And yet, yes, the film becomes a sprawl- they are not incomplete — we get ing episodic adventure with a small fragments of identity from disjointed and random plot. This them in their dance moves or prois not a movie that obeys the laws pensity for flashing. They are not of screenwriting — what happens fully fleshed out, permitting the REBECCA LERNER Daily Film Editor
audience to play a hand in constructing identity and emotionally expanding the plot. Because so much of the film takes place in the van, the dynamic and wavering nature of the soundtrack anchors the audience in time and space. The limited setting of the van, packed with pierced, tattooed flesh squeezed into Daisy Dukes, feels inescapable, with music serving as the only outlet. The melodies reverberate in our memories, a sense of déjà vu washing over us every time the radio is sporadically turned on. When the titular “American Honey” by Lady Antebellum comes on and the whole van sings along, it feels genuine and heartwrenching in a way that could have been kitschy in the hands of a less competent director. It’s fair to say that on a whole, the multiplicity of the film could not have been done by anyone but Arnold. The camera examines Star’s exploration into her sexuality in both upsetting and loving situations. It could have easily turned into a cautionary tale of young girls going into cars with strange men, but remained a story of adventure and growing up. “American Honey” viscerally understands the terrain of its lens. It doesn’t shy away from stereotypes or ugliness, because it knows what is there. But it also captures raw, gut-wrenching profiles of people mostly ignored by society, making the film and its characters impossible to get out of your head.
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Michigan 2 Ferris State 1 ORION SANG
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BIG RAPIDS — It was the perfect storm: a hungry team searching for its first win in front of a rambunctious home crowd, a young team making its first road trip of the season and a freshman goaltender making his first start. But the No. 13 Michigan hockey team weathered the storm, emerging with a 2-1 win over Ferris State Friday night at Ewigleben Arena. The Wolverines (2-1) were tested early and often by the Bulldogs (0-5), who set the tone with an aggressive forecheck
and physical play. Ferris State kept the Michigan attack mostly in check and outshot the Wolverines in all three periods, finishing with a 29-16 advantage for the game. But a young Michigan team hung tight behind strong play from freshman netminder Jack LaFontaine, who dealt with oddman rushes all night en route to making 28 saves. “I thought Jack played great the whole game,” said Michigan coach Red Berenson. “They put pressure on us in the first period, more pressure in the second period — especially when we were two men short — and then in the third period when the game was on the line. For a
freshman goalie to come in here and win a game like that is really impressive.” Added LaFontaine: “As the game progressed, I kinda found my groove. I think our entire team found their groove. We got better as the game went on, and I think as much as the fans played a factor, we blocked it out and played our game.” Michigan made the most of the few scoring chances it created — the Wolverines could not generate a consistent even-man attack, but were able to convert when given a man advantage. After coming away emptyhanded on its first two power plays in the first period, Michigan did not let the third go
to waste. Nearly seven minutes into the second period, junior forward Dexter Dancs threaded a pass between two Bulldogs to find freshman center Jake Slaker, who put it past the Ferris State goaltender for the first goal of his career. “It wasn’t a set play or anything,” Slaker said. “I think everyone was just kinda puckwatching. (Alex Kile) ended up passing to Dancs, and then Dancs saw that I was behind everyone and I had a little mini-breakaway. So I thought it turned out to be a read-andreact, and we ended up doing well with that.” The Bulldogs came roaring back in the third, opening up
the period with several grade-A chances. LaFontaine made several impressive stops to hold Michigan’s lead, but was unable to prevent Ferris State forward Andrew Mayer from burying one in the back of the net during a Bulldogs power play with 11:23 left in the third period. Ferris State regained all the momentum with a tying goal, and it looked to have Michigan on the ropes. But the Wolverines regrouped and responded with just 4:28 left when junior defenseman Sam Piazza rif led a shot into the net off a pass from Kile. The goal came during Michigan’s sixth power play of the game and proved to be the
game-winner as LaFontaine made several crucial saves over the final few minutes to preserve the victory. It may not have been pretty, but the result was nonetheless impressive for a young team that was repeatedly tested in a hostile environment. “I can’t tell you this was a good road game in terms of our execution,” Berenson said. “As a coach, you look at too many shots against, too many outnumbered rushes, too many penalties and so on. We’ve got to get better every week, and tonight was a tough game to play, but our team stayed with it. We never got behind, and we found a way to win the game.”
Jack LaFontaine lifted Michigan in his debut with exactly the kind of showing the Wolverines needed
Michigan held firm at home with a 0-0 tie against No. 15 Minnesota on Sunday, staying at fourth place in the Big Ten
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LaFontaine provides a blueprint
IG RAPIDS — Jack LaFontaine heard the hecklers, the kind you only hear at a college hockey road game. The fans beat their thunderstix in chaotic harmony, a reminder MAX that in no BULTMAN other sport are the fans so coordinated in their rambunctiousness. Their scorn for opposing goaltenders is especially resolute. That’s how LaFontaine got his introduction to life as an NCAA goalie Saturday at Ferris State. And all he did to respond was turn in a 28-save performance in the Michigan hockey team’s first road game of the season. “I was really nervous,” LaFontaine admitted. “… As soon as I made my first save, I was like, ‘Cool. I can breathe, I can play my game, no pressure.’ ” For the Wolverines to succeed this season, a year after losing their starting goaltender to graduation as well as twothirds of their scoring output, they are going to need a lot more performances like the one LaFontaine turned in this weekend. Michigan did not play its best hockey against the Bulldogs, and without a big game from LaFontaine, it likely would have lost. The Wolverines struggled to generate scoring chances, and they seemed to have no one to count on in big moments. When Kyle Connor, JT Compher and Tyler Motte left for the NHL, Michigan lost the human embodiment of a panic button. When those three needed to, they delivered.
Freshman goaltender Jack LaFontaine, making the first start of his career Saturday against Ferris State, lifted Michigan to a win with a 28-save performance.
The Wolverines now have young, unproven players in their places. Those freshmen may not be as prepared as those in their positions before, and they go into some games nervous as LaFontaine did. But if they can adjust as well as some have so far, perhaps Michigan can string together enough breakout games to neutralize the loss of bona fide stars. Saturday, LaFontaine demonstrated perfectly what that might look like. Late in the game, after junior
defenseman Sam Piazza had put the Wolverines up 2-1, LaFontaine made perhaps his best play of the night. With traffic surrounding the front of the net, he somehow came up with a puck that had emerged from the frantic mass of bodies.
The puck found its way to goal, but when play stopped, somehow, it hadn’t gone in. Even LaFontaine had to admit there was a little luck involved. “That was a flukey play,” he said. “I kind of stuck my leg up, and it just so happened to hit my leg.”
“As soon as I made my first save, I was like, cool. I can breathe.”
The strange reality after Saturday’s win is that LaFontaine is by no means a lock to start again anytime soon. Michigan’s other goaltenders are senior Zach Nagelvoort and freshman Hayden Lavigne, who had a shutout in his debut last week against Union. And while Nagelvoort is the only one of the three netminders to allow more than one goal in a start this season, his experience in the crease could ultimately make him the starter. It was Nagelvoort who started the
season opener, and Lavigne got the start the next day. That means that for all the poise LaFontaine showed in Big Rapids, the Wolverines may not even have him in net the next time they take the ice. And since he was a critical reason they escaped an upset from the young, hungry Bulldogs, Michigan may find itself looking elsewhere for a boost. Fortunately for the Wolverines, the options are there. A defensive line featuring senior Nolan De Jong and Piazza can provide support, and leading returning scorer Alex Kile seems ready for a standout year as the go-to option. Then there are the other freshmen who, like LaFontaine, will be looking for their big moments in the coming weeks. The hard thing about counting on those moments is that you can’t predict them. Goal scorers have slumps, netminders go cold and none of that is easy to break out of. It will be especially hard for Michigan when the opponents are more seasoned. Connor, Compher and Motte are no longer there to bail out the Wolverines in times of panic, and some teams on the schedule will come ready to punch them in the mouth. At one point Saturday, when a scrap had broken out near Michigan’s net, LaFontaine appeared to take a hit in the face. Asked about it after the game, he said, “It’s just hockey.” The rest of the Wolverines would be wise to adopt that mantra. Because the punches are coming. And LaFontaine might not always be there to absorb them. Max Bultman can be reached by email at bultmanm@ umich.edu and on Twitter @m_bultman. Please @ him.
‘M’ drops 4-0 blowout FAHD AHSAN
Daily Sports Writer
Michigan’s young team found plenty of ways it can improve, but also escaped Ferris State with a 2-1 victory on Saturday, moving to 2-1 on the season.
Road win highlights areas for improvement LANEY BYLER
Daily Sports Writer
Every time the Michigan hockey team killed off a penalty during Saturday’s game at Ferris State, the announcer would say something along the lines of, “And the Wolverines return to full strength,” which was immediately followed by, “And they still suck!” from the Bulldogs’ student section. At some point during the second period, though, they stopped chanting that. This happened at some point after freshman forward Jake Slaker scored the first goal of the game — and the first of his career — off an assist from junior forward Dexter Dancs on a power play. The Ferris State students’ cheers against the Wolverines (2-1) quickly turned to shouts of frustration toward their own players, but only until Bulldog forward Andrew Mayer managed to score a power-play goal during the third period to tie
up the game, 1-1. But with four minutes left in the third, junior defenseman Sam Piazza scored the final goal for Michigan to top Ferris State, 2-1, which provided an end result to the night — the Wolverines found a way to win despite not playing their best game. “We knew Ferris would be good,” said Michigan coach Red Berenson. “Ferris is desperate — they’re a better team than their record, obviously. And this is a big game for them. They had the crowd, they had every opportunity and the referees certainly gave them enough power plays — but good for us. “So the takeaway is, even though we might have been outshot or outplayed or outchanced at times, we found a way to win the game.” Outshot and outplayed might be accurate. Even though the Wolverines tallied another win, the game highlighted areas where they could use improvement. The Wolverines totaled eight
penalties for the night, including one for having too many players on the ice. Even though the team successfully killed off seven of those penalties, one resulted in Ferris State’s lone goal to tie up the match with seven minutes left in the third period. And if it hadn’t been for Piazza’s goal late in the third, the game could have gone either way. Penalties weren’t the only factor putting pressure on Michigan, either — the Bulldogs’ offense tallied 29 shots for the night. Freshman goaltender Jack LaFontaine proved to be solid in his debut along with the rest of the defense, and 28 of those 29 shots never made it into the net. However, the Wolverines’ offense couldn’t seem to catch up, as they were only able to put up 16 shots. And even though two of these shots turned into goals, Ferris State (0-5) almost doubled Michigan’s shot total. “We didn’t play great — we got doubled up on shots basically,” Piazza said. “And we gave up a lot
of odd-man breaks, and that’s kind of due to how they play, like they play a little differently than we might see on a regular basis. We can definitely tighten some things up, and I’m sure in video we’ll take a look at that stuff this week.” The Wolverines are young and the season still early, and this game highlighted some of the improvements Michigan has to make. Even though it killed off the majority of the penalties, eight miscues in total provide cause for concern, especially against a team as aggressive as the Bulldogs. Trailing 13 shots doesn’t make it any easier, either. The question isn’t whether or not they can make these improvements, though. Michigan proved that last week in its 4-0 shutout against Union after losing the day before, 4-3. But it needs to learn how to make these improvements stick, and a tough road match like the one against Ferris might have been exactly what the Wolverines needed to see that.
There were nine minutes left on the clock, and the Michigan men’s soccer team found itself down 1-0 MICHIGAN 0 to William WM. & MARY 4 & Mary — a deficit that was far from insurmountable. But by the 86th minute, the scoreboard read 4-0. This five-minute blitzkrieg was the result of the Tribe constantly chipping away at the Wolverines’ defense until it finally crumbled. In fact, Michigan (1-4-1 Big Ten, 2-8-4 overall) was lucky to have not been down by more by the time the final whistle blew. The Wolverines were without three of their most important players for the game. Sophomore defender Marcelo Borges and junior midfielder Brett Nason sat out with injuries, while sophomore midfielder Ivo Cerda only played a small role as he continues his recovery. “We were disjointed from that,” said Michigan coach Chaka Daley. “It’s always hard against a team’s first 11 when you’re playing with injuries.” With a makeshift midfield and many players out of position, the Wolverines were up against the wall from the onset. Usually the team outshooting its opponents, Michigan managed to test William & Mary keeper Phil Breno only once. The Tribe (1-3-2 Colonial Athletic Association, 7-5-2 overall) managed 22 shots of its own, 13 of which were on target. Were it not for an incredible performance from redshirt junior goalkeeper Braden Horton — who ended the game with nine saves — the Wolverines would have suffered a much bigger loss. “Braden (Horton) did very well,” Daley said. “It’s weird to say that (about the keeper) when you lose 4-0, but none of the goals were his fault. He kept us in the game and kept it competitive until the last nine
minutes.” William & Mary played a highpressing 4-4-2 formation, one that proved too much for Michigan’s deep-defending 4-3-3. Antonio Bustamante, Ryder Bell and Reilly Maw — the Tribe’s forwards — ran riot. Bell scored a brace, opening and closing the scoring while providing an assist to boot. Maw scored one and set up two, while Bustamante notched both a goal and an assist as well. “They were efficient,” Daley said. “And they gave our makeshift backline a lot of problems.” William & Mary looked like the better team, but had little to show for it until the 40th minute, when it moved the ball down the right and pushed the Wolverines well into their half of the field. After a good combination in and around Michigan’s box, Maw found Bell with space on the left side of the penalty area. Bell curled the ball low into the side netting at the far post. When the ball got rolling for the second half, the Tribe looked like a changed outfit. They pressed higher, moved the ball faster and starved Michigan of the ball. William & Mary’s domination was apparent, but for all its good work, the ball just wouldn’t hit the back of the net. The Tribe hit the post twice and Horton came out on top time and again in oneon-one situations. He saved two shots from point-blank range and was sent diving in every direction trying to keep his side in the game. But it was only a matter of time until the resistance caved in. Bell played a beautifully weighted through ball past the Michigan backline. Maw latched onto the ball, and with Bustamante in support, a twoon-one proved too much for Horton. Maw squared the ball to Bustamante in the center of the box for a simple tap in, and the Tribe added two more from there. And in a season where everything has gone wrong for the Wolverines, it was a new low in Williamsburg.
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Sarah Jackson already had tied her career high in saves against Minnesota. But with the Golden Gophers threatening in the last minute of double overtime, MINNESOTA 0 Michigan MICHIGAN 0 needed her to make one more. As the crowd began counting down the seconds until the final whistle blew, the redshirt sophomore goalkeeper rose over a Gopher player, cleanly catching a header for her 11th save of the day. Jackson’s career performance preserved a scoreless tie for the Michigan women’s soccer team (5-2-2 Big Ten, 9-3-3 overall), as well as her sixth shutout of the season. “I didn’t even know (about the career high),” Jackson said. “I’ve just been enjoying what I’ve been doing this whole season.” It wasn’t just Jackson, though. Senior defender Anna Soccorsi returned from injury to anchor the defense, making key clearances and timely interceptions all game. Senior defender Madisson Lewis and sophomore forward Abby Kastroll put in tough and energetic performances as well. While the defense would solidify as the game went on, No. 15 Minnesota (6-1-2, 12-32) could have easily broken the game open in the beginning. Utilizing a fluid sequence of short passes around the edge of the box, the Golden Gophers recorded five shots in the first 15 minutes, forcing Jackson to make three saves. “They’re a fast-starting team, they’re a high-pressure team — that’s what they do,” said Michigan coach Greg Ryan. “But part of it is they can only
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Greg Ryan’s team managed to shut out Minnesota and earn a tie against the 15th-ranked Golden Gophers.
maintain it for so long.” After weathering the early storm from the Golden Gophers, the Wolverines began to look for opportunities on the counterattack, trying to get behind the defense with long balls aimed at senior forward Nicky Waldeck. Sophomore forward Reilly Martin also made an impact, providing several dangerous crosses into the box and sharp delivery on corner kicks. “Abby and Reilly pinched into the midfield a little bit more, so we were able to keep the ball instead of being way out wide,” Ryan said. “As soon as we started keeping the ball, we started creating some good chances and having more opportunities to attack.” Despite an opening 45 minutes that could have seen either team break the deadlock,
the match began to take a more smashmouth tone after intermission. Chances for both teams were met on either end with quality, hard-nosed defending. “Just coming into it, we knew it was going to be a gritty match for both teams, and that we would both have to fight hard to find goals,” Soccorsi said. While the intensity level held up, neither team seriously threatened until the 85th minute. Waldeck finally was able to control a long ball off of a swift breakaway, but her chip shot flew over the bar. The two overtime periods saw more of the same defensive play, with both teams seemingly just trying to claw their way to the finish, resulting in the scoreless final. While the tie extended the Wolverines’ winless stretch to
four games, a draw against the 15th-ranked team in the nation was still an encouraging result. After surviving the Golden Gophers’ final flurry, the Wolverines will now shift their focus to their next game against Ohio State on Saturday, their final home game of the season. “We definitely want to win at home for the seniors, so we’re just going to keep the focus of team defending and go from there,” Jackson said. While Michigan knows that it has to take every game at a time, it has bigger goals in mind. The Wolverines have barely missed qualifying from the NCAA Tournament in each of the last two years and are looking to avoid a similar result this time around. In this regard, Sunday’s performance likely keeps them on track do so.
Facing No. 15 Minnesota and the Big Ten’s leader in points and goals per game, Simone Kolander, the Michigan women’s soccer team needed a strong performance out of its defense and starting goaltender Sarah Jackson. Fortunately for the Wolverines, that’s exactly what they received, drawing the Golden Gophers in a scoreless tie. Up against the aggressiveness of the opposition and a slippery ball on a rainsoaked pitch, Jackson tied her career high in saves with 11. “Sarah continues to just be rock-solid in goal,” said Michigan coach Greg Ryan. “She did everything right today; she dealt with some hard shots, crosses — she took care of everything. She’s had a great, great year.” The sophomore goalie recorded her sixth clean sheet of the season, as her half-maize, half-mud-colored uniform spoke to her effort in diving saves on shots blasted to both corners of net by the Minnesota offense. “At the beginning of the game when the field was so wet, we thought it was going to be a multiple-goal game, so it was actually surprising when it finished 0-0,” Jackson said. “As always, team-defending was our number one goal, and we’re just happy that we got the shutout.” Michigan’s shutout was aided by the return of senior Anna Soccorsi, whose absence due to a concussion was notable in Thursday’s draw against Wisconsin, when the Wolverines were forced to play with an extra defender. Her presence Sunday enabled the
Wolverines to play in more of an attacking 4-3-3 shape. In the defender’s return to the lineup, Soccorsi was vital in containing Minnesota’s star attackers, blocking shots, intercepting passes and controlling the Wolverine defense across the pitch. “It was a good effort by everyone to stay inside of their player and work hard to get back in and mark the box,” Soccorsi said. “They were coming at us in the beginning, but I think we did well to keep them at bay.” Added Ryan: “I can’t even imagine playing against Minnesota without her. Anna was everywhere — defending and shutting down one-on-one situations, giving cover to her teammates when they got beat. She’s just a fantastic defender, and we’re fortunate to have her in the middle of our defense.” Though Michigan was pleased with the shutout, the team failed to move up in the conference standings with Sunday’s result, clinging to fourth place in the Big Ten after its fourth straight match without a win. Despite the recent slump with two consecutive ties after back-to-back losses, Ryan sees the draw against Minnesota as a successful result for his team. “Our focus is to get back in the NCAA Tournament, and getting a tie against a Minnesota team with a very high RPI is going to be one more result that really helps us do that,” Ryan said. “If we take care of the next two games like we’re capable of, I think it’ll pay off for our girls.” Michigan will have its first opportunity to do just that Saturday against Ohio State in the Wolverines’ final home match of the season.
Wolverines lose heartbreaker Welsh serves as conductor for ‘M’ Michigan rallies from two-set deficit to tie the match, but Wolverines drop fifth set, 15-13, to top-ranked Badgers SOPHIE CLOHERTY For the Daily
In front of a sell-out crowd Saturday night, the Michigan volleyball team (5-3 Big Ten, 16-4 overall) WISCONSIN 3 clinged to MICHIGAN 2 a 24-20 lead in the fourth set of its match against No. 1 Wisconsin. The Wolverines had stormed back from a twoset deficit to recapture the momentum of the match when freshman setter Mackenzi Welsh set up senior blocker Abby Cole, who hammered home a powerful kill to send the match to a fifth tiebreaker set. But Michigan was unable to complete the comeback, falling 13-15 to the Badgers in the final set, just missing out on a major upset. “All week, we talked about how we want to respect every opponent … (but) the person we want to respect the most is ourselves,” said Michigan coach Mark Rosen. “We want to go in there and know that…we’re as good as anybody out there. I’m just really proud of how we battled tonight.” Michigan took an early 6-3 lead in the first set on a kill by junior middle blocker Claire KiefferWright. But Michigan was unable to keep the advantage, and the two teams went back and in an opening frame that featured eight lead changes. A kill by Wisconsin standout Tionna Williams and a block error by Welsh gave the Badgers the first set. In the second set, Wisconsin (7-1, 15-2) was outplaying the Wolverines with a .484 kill percentage. With the momentum not in their favor, Michigan let up to the Badgers, 18-25. Down two games at that point, Michigan seemed unfazed to start the third set. “I think it’s hard when you’re down 2-0,” Rosen said. “That can be a time when maybe you start to get a little passive, and we knew
that wasn’t going to be a recipe for success.” Junior outside hitter Adeja Lambert set the tone for a comeback with a kill to begin the third set. In a six-point stretch, kills from Welsh and senior outside hitter Ally Davis, blocks by Welsh and Kieffer-Wright, and a service ace from freshman libero Tiffany Clark gave Michigan a 10-3 lead, and Wisconsin never fully recovered. The Badgers called their first timeout to stem the tide, but it wasn’t enough, as they lost the set, 25-17. “I think it was just a turning point,” Cole said, “I was actually laughing with my teammates in the moment because one of our assistant coaches, Lisa, (had) turned to me and said, ‘You need to find your hitter.’ ” Michigan continued its strong play to start the fourth set, hitting a four-point stride. KiefferWright and Cole led with hitting percentages of .857 and .667, respectively, and Welsh recorded 14 assists in the fourth set alone. Despite the loss of Lambert to a leg injury, the Wolverines never lost momentum. A .359 Michigan kill percentage led to a final score of 20-25, and it gave way to the deciding fifth set. “I think that’s something that’s making this team really compete well and grow well,” Rosen said. “…They’re focusing on what they can control. That’s a great example of something you can’t do anything about, so you just got to play through it.” Then tied with the top-ranked Badgers, Michigan huddled up on the court as the energy of the crowd pulsed from all corners of Cliff Keen Arena. Cole asserted Michigan’s confidence on the court on a first-
point kill. Following a kill from junior right-side hitter Katherine Mahlke and a service ace from Welsh, the Wolverines took a three-point lead. However, a service run by Wisconsin tied up the match, and the score danced back and fourth before Michigan tied it up again at 13-13 on a threepoint serving run by Welsh. Wisconsin, though, took the final two points to claim victory. Rosen highlighted the performance of Welsh, who had 49 overall assists and a careerhigh 6 kills. He acknowledged that Welsh was up against the number one senior setter, Wisconsin’s Lauren Carlini, a first team AllAmerican who played on the national team. “She’s just getting better every game,” Rosen said.“(She’s) a freshman (who is) learning really quickly. We’re seeing her grow up right before our eyes. “They also came from the same club,” Rosen said, “… so you know that’s a big challenge for a player… Mackenzi was looking at that going, ‘Hey, I want to go one-on-one with her’. … Watching her be in that moment and be as good as she was tonight, I’m really proud of her.” Two of the three Big Ten matches the Wolverines have played have been against number one ranked teams, which illustrates the high level of competition Michigan is up against and promises a season devoid of dull moments. “We’re playing in the best volleyball conference in the country,” Cole said. “You can’t overlook any team. You’re not guaranteed any wins … that in itself is motivating. We need to be very well prepared coming to every single match.”
“We’re playing in the best volleyball conference.”
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Though the term conductor is normally used in a musical context, there is no better role to describe freshman setter Mackenzi Welsh after her performance in a five-set loss to No. 1 Wisconsin. No. 18 Michigan dropped the last set 15-13, falling just short of an upset against the Badgers. All night in front of a soldout crowd at Cliff Keen Arena, the cheers were deafening. But when Welsh came out of the huddle for the fifth and final set and tossed the ball up, the only thing deafening was the silence as Mackenzi Welsh connected the serve. Hitting the back-left corner, the serve sailed past an unaware defender for an ace. Consistently, Welsh assisted her teammates to control the volume and momentum of the game — a performance that eventually garnered Big Ten Freshman of the Week honors. Returning to the court after intermission down two sets against the top-ranked team in the nation was not easy, but Welsh stayed aggressive. “That might be a time when you get a little passive, and that wasn’t going to be the recipe for success.” said Michigan coach Mark Rosen.
With that in mind, Welsh helped set up her teammates to score, helping the Wolverines earn a 10-3 lead in the third set and maintain the upper hand throughout the set. Welsh conducted the crowd with her performance as the Wolverines took set three and four. A kill by Welsh gave Michigan a 22-17 lead. Claps. A set from Welsh for a kill by Mahlke made it 23-17. Shouts. A serve from Welsh led to blocks from Katherine Mahlke and Abby Cole for a 24-17 lead. Cheers. Again, a serve from Welsh leading to a block for Cole on the top right corner of the court, 25-17. Screams. In a game where momentum means everything, the tempo and pace of an offense can be the difference-maker. When Welsh conducted the offense, she avoided making it one-dimensional with her wide court vision in order to spot holes in the opposing formations and better matchups between her teammates and opposing blockers, such as placing Abby Cole on Wisconsin’s Haleigh Nelson and Kriskova, both shorter players. Her court awareness allowed her to make the smartest plays, from quick backsets to isolation plays for easy scores. “We have a really balanced
offense, so it’s easy to set any of them,” Welsh said. In addition to oscillating between her types of assists, she also added herself to Michigan’s offensive threat. Notching a career-high six kills, she tallied two in a row to expand the lead in the third set to 22-17. In addition to a career high in kills with an attack percentage of .750, Welsh also gained her fifth career assist-dig doubledouble. She achieved 49 assists and 11 digs in five sets as well as a service ace. One of the most important aspects of the match, though, was Welsh’s performance compared to the opposing setter. Wisconsin’s Lauren Carlini was a first-team AllAmerican, Big Ten Setter of the Year in 2015, and arguably the No. 1 setter in the nation. But on Saturday, all eyes were on Welsh. “I know (Welsh) was looking at that going, ‘Hey, I wanna go one on one against her’,” Rosen said. “They came from the same club.” Welsh viewed this as an opportunity to grow. She played her best against the No. 1 setter and ended up earning her second Big Ten Freshman of Week award. Young, talented and improving, Welsh continues to conduct the court as she steadily grows into a star player.
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Cookies make dominance even sweeter Defensive line coach Greg Mattison has worthy reward for his starring unit MAX BULTMAN
Managing Sports Editor
The Michigan football team’s defensive line conjures images of physical pain inflicted on quarterbacks, a toothless grin from one of its anchors and the sheer size of the dominant unit. But it might come as a surprise to learn one of the ways defensive line coach Greg Mattison motivates his squad — sweet treats. “Coach Matty’s wife gives us cookies for sacks, tackles for losses, and there’s a new one — highest percentage,” said fifthyear senior defensive end Chris Wormley. “And Ryan (Glasgow) has got it probably four or five out of six weeks, the highestpercentage bag of cookies.” Cookies might seem like an odd way to motivate a group that brings aggressive intentions into every game, but so far, it seems to be working. Through six games, the Wolverines have racked up 59 tackles for loss, 24 sacks and have chased four opposing quarterbacks out of the game. Wormley said the most cookies he has earned for a single game was three bags — which translates to about three dozen chocolate chip cookies — and that he usually tries to share the sweets with his teammates. (“Delano Hill usually steals them because he’s right next to me,” he added.) But while the line competes for cookies, Wormley also pointed out that the unit has a marked cohesion to it this year. Prior to the season, it was easy for fans to fantasize about the prospect of rotating two similarly dominant complete lines. But halfway through the year, that’s been close to reality. Perhaps the best example of the depth can be seen in Wormley. At his size and speed,
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THE MICHIGAN DAILY TOP-10 POLL Each week, Daily sports staffers fill out ballots, with first-place votes receiving 10 points, second-place votes receiving nine and so on.
1. ALABAMA: Nick Saban still yelled at Lane Kiffin last week.
2. OHIO STATE: The best players from Michigan play for ... Ohio State.
3. MICHIGAN: Jim Harbaugh was the best coach working a chain gang in the country last weekend.
4. CLEMSON: Before you mock NC State’s kicker, think about how disappointed in you your parents are.
5. WASHINGTON: It’s sailgating time.
6. TEXAS A&M: Aggies fans, don’t check under your bed — there’s a Nick Saban-sized monster waiting.
7. LOUISVILLE: Lamar Jackson would be a great Heisman candidate … if he had any tackles for loss.
8. NEBRASKA: Easiest way to anger the Children of the Corn? Ask them about their strength of schedule.
9. WISCONSIN: You really start to wonder what the Badgers’ record would be with Bart Houston under center.
10. WEST VIRGINIA: Dana Holgorsen may have lost most of his hair, but his team has yet to lose a game.
Fifth-year senior defensive lineman Chris Wormley has four of the Michigan defense’s 24 sacks this season.
he is capable of playing on both the interior and exterior of the line. He expected to play more inside coming into the year, but at the halfway mark, he has consistently been used at defensive end. Meanwhile, interior linemen Matt Godin, Maurice Hurst and Ryan Glasgow have combined for four sacks and 10.5 tackles for loss. That diverse spread of production has given the entire unit more confidence. “It’s cool to see Taco (Charlton) get a sack, and then Ryan Glasgow, who’s a nose tackle who usually doesn’t get the opportunity to make sacks, get sacks,” Wormley said. “And me, and Rashan (Gary), and Mo Hurst and Godin. So it’s cool to
see everyone do that, and I think when we have that mentality and that confidence in ourselves that the (defensive backs) are going to give us time to get to the quarterback, we just make plays.” When the Wolverines take on Illinois this weekend, they’ll be facing an offensive line that does a relatively good job of limiting those kinds of plays. The Fighting Illini are tied for 28th nationally with five tackles for loss allowed per game and tied for 46th with just two sacks allowed per game. But against a defense like Michigan’s, those numbers are liable to inflate. Penn State is allowing just 1.8 sacks per game if you exclude the Wolverines, but in that game, Michigan
“Everyone gets helmet stickers, but (only we get) cookies.”
tallied five. The line relies on a trust and familiarity Wormley says has been building since the end of last season. But that feeling has grown stronger of late, and the results are clear. “I know Taco’s going to do his job extremely well, and I look to my left and I know Matt or Mo is going to do their job perfectly,” Glasgow said. “So it’s like, ‘I’m going to do my job and I’m going to do it to the best of my ability.’ You don’t feel as if you have to compensate for anyone.” And when it comes to compensation, Mattison’s wife might be onto something with her reward system. Normally, the players are rewarded for strong play with a sticker for the helmet. But to Wormley, the exclusive treats make that success even sweeter. “Everyone gets helmet stickers,” Wormley said, “but (only) the D-Line gets cookies.”
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How To: Achieving Employment B Y S Y LVA N N A G R O S S
eing a senior in college just means you’re academically eligible to not take classes anymore and be given a piece of paper that says you’re somewhat qualified to work in some capacity in the professional world. I made it to that point in three years, others may take five or even more. And that’s OK. Because at the end of the day every senior, whether you are 20 or 65, now has to make that next step. I had my first official job interview today. Rather, I had my first scheduled first official job interview today that my interviewer forgot about and had to reschedule. So the takeaway from that is that I am capable of remembering dates and times. The job is nothing special; it’s a glorified volunteer position canvassing neighborhoods to lobby congressmen to pass environmental-friendly laws. But, it’s a job nonetheless. A job related in some way to my hopeful career path as an environmental lawyer.
A job I feel wholly unqualified for, sans my ability to remember appointments. I am an international studies major, and a double minor in oceanography and history of art, essentially the quintessential liberal arts student. I can spout off random information about the “Golden Age” of Dutch art, or the speed of a wave or political uprisings in sub-Saharan Africa. Without making this my CV, I have tried to steer the classes I take to be oriented to human right and environmental policy. But the reality is I will never feel qualified to be an adult in an adult job when I graduate. And that’s fine. From the numerous sitcoms and romantic comedies I have extensively researched for the sole purpose of this statement. Almost every adult feels that way too. And that helps me to have the confidence to apply to these positions and to try to convince a recruitment manager that despite my lack of experience and qualifications for the job, I am a safe investment. If nothing else, at least I can say I am an experienced and skilled verbal and written communicator, #RushTheMichiganDaily. my post-graduation plans, I still have confidence. And that’s important. How can you sell yourself and your skills to someone without believing that you are capable for the job you are applying for? It sounds hard, I know. Confidence is hard to achieve especially when we are bombarded daily with reminders of how lackluster we are as people between social media and advertising and just comparing ourselves to peers. But confidence is plausible to achieve. You, we and I are capable young adults who are graduating from the best public university in the world. That counts for something. As senior year goes on, I’m finding how irrelevant feel-
“The last time I felt most proud would probably be about a month ago, when a patient that I was working with in the hospital for over a month, stood up and walked for the first time in three years. I felt proud and humble that I was able to be there to be apart of this amazing milestone for him and be able to see the joy that radiated from his face. It made me radiate with joy.” – Nursing junior Alexis Valenciano
ing inadequate for a job is. You are adequate, you are able, you are as much of a good applicant as the next unqualified inexperienced college graduate. With that being said, don’t study English as an undergrad and expect to be employed as a computer analyst for JP Morgan with a starting salary of $80,000. How to apply to jobs: 1. Apply to as many jobs as you feel comfortable with. 2. Shed a tear for every hour spent on writing cover letters. 3. Learn to hate cover letters with a fiery passion. 4. DO NOT REUSE COVER LETTERS, you will inevitably fail and use the wrong cover letter for the wrong company. 5. You will not get hired if you do this. 6. I know this. 7. Remember, you will eventually get hired. 8. Eat lots of food; getting rejected will make you hungry. 9. Talk to others about your acceptances and rejections; talking it out will always destress you to some extent 10. Blast “I Will Survive” by Gloria Gaynor. 11. Because believe it or not, you will survive and make it in the adult world.
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on the record: “Locker Room Talk” “I don’t know what locker room he’s in. No, I didn’t appreciate it, to be completely honest. That’s not our locker room talk. I don’t know Trump very well at all, but I don’t know who he’s played for last couple years to even say he’s been in anybody’s locker room and had those kind of conversations.” —UDONIS HASLEM, former Miami Heat player, on Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s 2005 comments about touching women without their concent, reported earlier this month. Trump has characterized the remarks as “locker room talk”.
“It is never appropriate to sexually assault or harass a woman, ever — there’s no place for that, but to act like I have not heard or said something inappropriate that I wouldn’t want to get to the public, it’s just not true. I played for 16 years... but to act like in my 16 years in an NBA locker room, I haven’t heard sexually explicit stuff or said sexually explicit stuff, that’s just not true,”
“There’s players in our locker room with sisters, wives, and daughters. There’s not that type of talk in anyone’s locker room.” —DOC RIVERS, Los Angeles Clippers head coach
— CHARLES BARKLEY, former NBA player
Copy That: Going With the “Style” BY C L A R E FA I R B A N K S
hile editing articles for The Michigan Daily, I’ll often question why a rule exists. For example, I might wonder why we don’t use the Oxford comma or why “percent” is spelled out. While these little rules are aggravating at times, I’ll always move on and continue editing the article. If I let my frustration toward the silly rule consume me, I would waste time and never get my job done. I remember a similar reaction in high school when I was first learning MLA style. The format seemed arbitrary, but I knew that I needed to learn MLA to succeed in my classes. In short, having to follow a certain guideline can sometimes suck, but it’s easier to learn the rules and follow them than is to ruminate on them. A couple of weeks ago, LSA junior Marisa Frey wrote her “Copy That” column on how we all have our own guidelines for how we behave and interact with others. Keeping this column in mind over the past few weeks, I couldn’t help but link it with the campus-wide focus on personal pronouns. Essentially, the addition of personal pronouns to class rosters is a new part of the teacher’s style guides. I’m not saying this to downplay the importance of this addition. I believe it took too long for the administration to realize the necessity of including pronouns on class rosters. The pronouns are another way that professors can ensure the comfort of all of their students. Being misidentified is
an unnecessary distraction from a student’s education. If hundreds of thousands of high school and college students across the country can all use different formats for their essays and presentations, then why is keeping personal pronouns in mind while addressing students so radical? To some students, the idea seems so ridiculous that they’ve responded by mocking it with #UMPronounChallenge, a hashtag started by LSA junior Grant Strobl, national chair of the Young Americans
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for Freedom. Some students mocked the new pronoun policy by adding “Princess” or “King” to their names. Others responded to the hashtag with frustrated tweets about why the #UMPronounChallenge was harmful. Aside from the fact that calling this a “pronoun challenge” displayed that Strobl didn’t understand basic English grammar, the creation of the hashtag blatantly ignored the call for a more inclusive campus. LSA senior Kyle Stefek responded with a comment on Strobl’s Facebook
post regarding the addition of “His Majesty” to his roster. “I think the only f law you’ve found in the University’s system is that they didn’t account for students who … feel the need to mock their trans/nonbinary peers,” Stefek wrote. “The fact that you think this is cause for mockery rather than celebration makes it clear you don’t really understand your privilege here — pronouns aren’t arbitrary for everyone.” In the end, all Strobl’s response did — in addition to cultivating the prejudices faced by transgender and non-binary students every day — was create a deeper divide between students who supported the addition of pronouns to rosters and students who thought that it was unnecessary. If I started a hashtag every time the Daily had a guideline that I didn’t agree with, I would never get anything done here. To respond with such mockery of the new guideline — which is meant to make the University of Michigan a more comfortable place for transgender and non-binary students — shows an ignorance and an inability to adapt to a society that has a constantly changing “Stylebook.”fiveyear assignment, I am thankful for my immigration to the United States. So, thanks, Mom and Dad, for real this time, for moving us across the world.
COVER ART: “MOVEMENT” BY ANONYMOUS, COURTESY OF PRISONER CREATIVE ARTS PROJECT
Wednesday, October 19, 2016 // The Statement
Wednesday, October 19, 2016 // The Statement
In Prison Creative Arts Project, Collaboration Allows Students and Inmates to Flourish By Jackie Charniga, Daily News Editor
t’s not here to give out grades, to set learning objectives or to change people. It doesn’t teach about alcoholism or how to balance a checkbook. It’s not here to save souls or proselytize. Rather, the Prison Creative Arts Project goes into prisons around Michigan with a simpler mission — to bring joy. Started in 1990 under Buzz Alexander, a professor of English at the University of Michigan, PCAP incorporates visual, written and theatrical art into the lives of inmates from prisons in southeast Michigan, and accepts artistic submissions from all 33 prisons statewide. The impetus for it came from a 1990 classaction lawsuit filed by incarcerated women vying for the opportunity to earn college credit while incarcerated, as men were already able to earn degrees in jail. At the time, Alexander had been instructing courses on street theatre when his students learned of the lawsuit and convinced him to bring his classes to the women’s prison in Ypsilanti, the only one in the state at the time. Thirty six years later, the project is now led by Ashley Lucas, a professor of theatre and drama at the University. Originally intending to write a book about the program, Lucas joined it in Jan. 2013. She spent a year following Alexander’s students to see its effects, which, she said, confirmed her initial assumptions about the power of the program. “Doing this program as a student radically changes the perspective on what the arts can do and the feelings on the justice system,” Lucas said. “It’s a much greater learning tool about those ideas and our cultural as a carceral nation.” She eventually had to scrap her plans for a book, but as she was studying PCAP by attending workshops, collecting field data and following Alexander around, PCAP was studying her. “They were looking for somebody for about 10 years,” Lucas said. “Someone interested in continuing (Alexander’s) work capable of achieving tenure at the University of Michigan.” Lucas said Alexander, who had taught at the University for more than 30 years before his recent retirement, found an entirely different learning environment from the one he had grown accustomed to at the University. “You have the undivided attention of people in the room,” Lucas said. “It’s hard to walk into a classroom and find that level of attentiveness and readiness, to find that eagerness to be part of something bigger than yourself.” Alexander was the program’s trailblazer and, according to Lucas, didn’t stop to consider what other people had to say about his project. “I think Buzz did a lot of things on his own incrementally,” Lucas said. “The University was a different place back then. He was taking himself into prisons, I don’t think he asked permission.” Students from the program have achieved
honors both artistically and academically, such as Mary Heinen, who was formally incarcerated in Michigan’s only female prison, was able to earn a bachelor’s degree from the University under Alexander’s tutelage. To achieve this, a student proxy went to class for her, took notes and sent her the assignments. Heinen has since been the recipient of the Soros Justice Fellowship, a fund to support criminal justice reform work. “That climate educationally has changed drastically since the early ‘90s,” Lucas said. “The University was a much more open place in terms of how it approached people in prison educationally. In part, they’re no longer being taught by professors. You have to apply to the University and pay full tuition in order to get a degree.” Alexander’s struggles in getting the program off the ground mirror those of current volunteers, who undergo extensive training and surveillance before stepping foot in prison. The PCAP Process About four years ago, while still on parole, Aaron Kinzel started working as a facilitator with PCAP. At the time, he was in a graduate program at the University. A native of Monroe, Mich., Kinzel has never been incarcerated in Michigan as an adult, but spent time in a Michigan juvenile detention facility and 10 years in Maine jails after being convicted for attempted murder in 1997 in Maine. Kinzel is now also a doctoral candidate and a faculty member in the Criminology and Criminal Justice departments. He said he felt disheartened before applying to the University considering his record. Though he had already received his associate’s degree at Monroe County Community College, and his bachelor’s at Siena Heights University, he had been rejected by other colleges in the area. “Probably one of the biggest things I describe my own personal narrative,” Kinzel said. “I personalize myself with someone who is incarcerated. I know how empowering it is to get contact with people from the inside that I’m a part of their culture.” Kinzel is now a leader in the Linkage Project, a program through PCAP where former prisoners come back into the community to lead workshops. Kinzel led one such workshop at the Monroe County Youth Center, where he was incarcerated as a juvenile. He said the experience of returning, even as an adult, was stressful for him. “It was creepy as hell, and very anxiety driven — there’s this anxiousness it’s really hard to describe,” Kinzel said. “Different sounds, smells, the clicking of a door … it really triggers a physical emotional response. To go back where I was as a kid — even though I didn’t really spend that much time there — I felt that melt away when I was connecting with kids that were a mirror image of myself and how I over-
COURTESY OF PCAP
“Untitled” by Steve Hoyt
COURTESY OF PCAP
“Where Heaven and Hell Battle for the Souls of Men” by G. English
come adversity really helpful.” The difficulties that come with integrating into prison life mean the program has significant training requirements, the bulk of which concerns what permissible in the prison for both volunteers and participants. Initial requirements for volunteers are minimum — they have to be older than 18 with no criminal record to get into the prisons. Though there are few non-student volunteers, the amount shifts from semester to semester. Training for the volunteers has several components. There is one occurrence of all-day training in the first weekend of the semester, which Lucas said has regularly supported 60 to 80 participants, including some people enrolled in the classes. After that, facilitators meet every other week to meet with mentor about workshops and get advice with program staff and faculty. Diversity is a staple among those who volunteer for PCAP, from slam poets from Detroit to a woman in her 60s was doing a quilting workshop last year with a University student. There are cases like Susan Ashmore, a community volunteer, who got involved because one of the long-time PCAP volunteers went to her church and gave a talk in 2008. Ashmore is pioneering
the project’s first workshop in a federal prison for the first time alongside Larry Root, a professor in the School of Social Work. Lucas said the program devises a list of agreements before the workshop can begin, usually incorporating some of the rules of the prison facility, like no touching. Additionally, they aim to avoid activities that would require participants to close their eyes or turn their backs, which are safety concerns within a prison setting. For students who participate, the challenges varied, with many noting there are barriers to entry or perceptions they hadn’t expected. Music, Theatre & Dance senior Leia Squillace began working with PCAP her junior year and said she initially got involved because she’s been interested in using theatre and performance for social change. “I think that theatre has an incredible capacity for people to relate to each other, and to bolster empathy,” Squillace said. “So when I learned about PCAP, I thought what an incredible opportunity to put those theories to the test with practical experience.” Squillace led her first workshop at Cooper Street Correctional Facility in Jackson, Mich., with another student facilitator. During that
semester, she instructed about 10 participants once a week in two-hour sessions. “I was very prepared for leading theatre exercises,” Squillance said. “I felt I was prepared to have fun with the participants. What I didn’t feel prepared for, or what surprised me, I guess, working in a prison like this is one of the most closed-off communities and environments in our entire country.” Squillace said it was difficult to access that community because there are legal stipulations meant to keep people out. Personally, she said she knew few individuals with access to people with those experiences, and said she found depictions of prison life as portrayed by the media to be mostly inaccurate. “One of the most, I think, difficult aspects about PCAPS is that after the workshop I can’t casually enter the prison to see them and it’s heartbreaking,” Squillace said. “I became so close with them, and I had honestly more uncomfortable interactions with the guards than with any of the incarcerated people.” “Honestly, I’m not sure what the perceptions are of PCAP,” she continued. “I think maybe one is that we are entering the prison to like educate our participants, because I think really the mission of PCAP is all people, regardless of whether they are incarcerated, have a right to creative expression. And ultimately, that’s what we aim to provide.” Squillace traveled last May with Lucas and about 18 other facilitators to conduct similar workshops in prisons, hospitals and isolated communities in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. “That trip proved to me that what we are doing at PCAP, while it seems unique, it’s work that a lot of people find important not just in Michigan or in the United States but internationally as well,” she said. Anna Clark, a University alum and current Knight Wallace Fellow, got started with the program as an undergrad. Several years ago, alongside Matt Erikson, another University and PCAP alum, she started a theater program in
Detroit. This January will be the five-year anniversary of their program. “I was doing a workshop at a prison in Jackson that’s now closed,” Clark said. “It was a writers group. It involved a lot of props, objects. I also happened to bring a copy of The Michigan Daily because it had an article about the annual prison art show.” Clark, who has written about her experiences with the program for The New York Times, said some challenges she faced as a facilitator involved the vagaries of the prison system. She said it was difficult when a long-time participant is relocated and there isn’t an opportunity for closure. She also noted a time when she was banned from one of her workshops: traditionally items brought into the prisons were catalogued with the guards, and on that day, the program was running late and the group was waved in. Among the props Clark had gathered for the improv workshop was a bracelet. On their way out, Clark was showing the contents of her bag when she realized someone had written on the newspaper. “They saw the note, and a bracelet that could have been a gift, so they kicked me out,” Clark said. “Sometimes that kind of stuff happens. I get it. When you bring in young people that are new at this and whether intentionally or not there can be risks that you don’t even realize, and I get that. I think the people who work in these places have an exceptionally tough job. They would rather be over cautious than under cautious. Some facilities, they don’t have to let us come in — and some don’t.” “Anything that you take into a prison you have to get approved for,” Lucas said. “You can get the whole program thrown out of the prison for not taking all five pens out.” Another, perhaps less obvious, stigma are concerns of romantic relationships occurring between the volunteers and the prisoners. “It’s perfectly natural to develop feelings,” Lucas said. “Prisoners may want to pass a love note, but you can’t bring anything out of the
prison that you haven’t secured permission for ahead of time. If someone slips a love note into a notebook, so even if my students didn’t know it was there, our program suffers.” Lucas cited in particular an incident that occurred on a sponsored safe sex day on campus, during which condoms were being distributed on the Diag, and one female participant unthinkingly slipped one into her pocket on her way to participate in PCAP. “You can understand why that looks suspicious even though she didn’t have sexual designs on anyone,” Lucas said. “We support our students. We are here for them, but we have to abide by the rules of the facility. But what can happen to the people in our workshops, if rules are broken, even if we’re the ones breaking them, is the people who signed up to participate in our workshops are the one who really suffer.” For students, being able to fully commit to the program is also a challenge. “I think, well, one of the challenges is it’s just time,” Clark said. “I think a lot of the folks you work with have been on the wrong side of a broken system, just being there despite all odds over time.” A PCAP associate, Clark still does a workshop but isn’t a regular participant. She said one misconception she consistently addresses is the nature of the interactions themselves. “They teach us how to be better,” she said. “They make up an exercise. I think that backand-forth energy is better for everybody. It’s not a charitable project that implies a one-directional relationship.” However, she said the program opened her eyes by granting her the freedom to see firsthand the realities of a prison setting. “There really aren’t a lot of programs like this, and the fact that this has lasted as long as it has, after a change in leadership with the University, change in leadership from the department of corrections, and the change of leadership through the program,” Clark said. “That’s amazing, that’s a testament to the infrastructure to the program and the people that have shown up to it.” The Program Today A annual art show is the program’s climax and biggest expense. All of the art is matted, a technique that involves spraying a protective sealant over the piece, so the pieces are ready to be displayed. Walls must be constructed within the showroom at the Duderstadt Center each year, though it’s still not enough space. “We make a video to send to all the prisons because they can’t come to see their art,” Lucas said. “Show every piece of art in the show. And we send that video and produce the video nicely and asked that it be played on the closed circuit TV.” The type of artwork, and the training participants receive in the leadup to the art shows, varies. In general, Lucas said, to be involved in the program an inmate must be “ticket-free,” or have gone without incident, for six months. Workshops are conducted in both private and public juvenile facilities as well as the adult prisons.The program provides services for level-one prisoners, who are nearing the end of their sentences, but can only accept submission
from those at level five, which is solitary confinement. “The things about levels is that they are separated from each other for various security reasons,” Lucas said. “We are only allowed to program with people of a select level together. We never ask about people’s crimes.” Lucas said over the course of the project, the types of submissions have varied, some in direct correlation to what’s happening in the world outside. “Things like technology are often confusing to people in prison,” Lucas said. “There’s some things that are difficult to picture, but there are other things to which people respond to contemporary critique.” Notable shifts in submissions, he said, occurred after Hurricane Katrina and after the news broke about the Flint water crisis. The year President Barack Obama was elected, he was featured in many pieces displayed by the program. “There are often very thoughtful pieces that address environmental concerns,” Lucas said. “You can spend decades of your life without touching a blade of grass. (Inmates) are not allowed to be barefoot, so to think about wildlife and nature. There’s a lot of contemporary political thought.” Lucas said, based off her studies of similar programs, she believes PCAP to be the largest prison arts programming in terms of the number of people, the number of prisoners that have access to our programming and the number of people they serve. “It’s above and beyond anything we’ve seen anywhere else and it’s the infrastructure of the University that makes that possible,” Lucas said. Because the material reality in prison is so constrained, the project has acquired a reputation as a refuge for the incarcerated. Lucas said while bringing art is a gift to anyone’s life, the benefits brought to the prisoners isn’t the only impact. “I think the patent assumption that people tend to make when they hear about this program is that it’s changing people in prison most of all,” she said. “I would argue strongly about that. There’s a lot of very casual remarks that say that we liberate people in prisons with the arts, that people feel free.” Beyond the art itself, the program enables prisoners to engage not just with those outside their scope, but also each other, building a community that enables all involved to have connective positive activity that they cannot engender by themselves. Prisoners cannot usually congregate together, as it increases the risk of gang activity or violence, and activity must be supervised. Lucas said though the prisons often cast them in the role of supervisors, the primary objective of PCAP is to bring joy. “I think we do change people, to connect meaning with others, give some agency, we try to let the prison drive the programming, but once we’re in there we say to the folks in prison or in the facilities, what should the end product of this look like let us help you make what you want,” Lucas said.
Wednesday, October 19, 2016 // The Statement
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by Brandon Summers-Miller, Daily Staff Reporter
y sister is the strongest person I know. On March 12, 2014, she was the victim of a head-on collision that should have sent her Pontiac’s engine into the cabin of her car and cut her in half. Instead, miraculously, it didn’t, and Kasandra is still here to laugh a little too loud and keep me in line. To say I love her is an understatement. While Kasandra’s unbelievable survival is something my family celebrates every day, she suffered extensive injuries. Since the accident she’s had three invasive hip surgeries. The first two operations fixed her torn labrums — one in each hip socket — and the third, recent procedure was to re-open her right hip to remove a massive calcium deposit. Each of these surgeries has left her homebound for weeks, unable to bathe and clothe herself without our mother’s help, and in an extreme amount of pain. Though I’m confident Kasandra will make a complete recovery to full mobility, there will still be setbacks. By the end of the ordeal, she’ll have been robbed of more than two years in her 20s due to surgeries and painful recovery because of the other driver’s carelessness. Even at the end of Kasandra’s recovery, she’ll never again be able to run and jump like she otherwise would have been able to. Kasandra has an undying determination to continue to live beyond her current limitations and put both feet forward as best she can. She still dresses up and goes out, albeit with her hip brace attached over all her dresses. Kasandra needs help putting her right shoe on and someone to condition her hair in the kitchen sink. She always needs to find a table that can accommodate her wheelchair, an elevator to get to the train platform, a sidewalk even enough to get down the street. And though it would be so much easier to stay home and sulk, my sister doesn’t. I have always drawn strength from my sister. I’m a
believer in fate: I think destiny exists and there is a reason Kasandra is the older sibling. She has been the only person to unquestionably stay by my side through everything since I was born. Kasandra is both my role model and my best friend, and shows me every day — especially now — that strength is not inherent. No one is born strong. Instead, people are given the opportunity to be strong. I can’t begin to imagine how much easier it would be to never leave the house. Getting ready for anything takes so much more effort for Kasandra than it used to, and honestly, if I were in her place, I don’t know that I would have the will to keep on going the way she has. Between the painful at-home hip exercises and powerful pain medications at the beginning of each recovery, I don’t know where she gets the stamina to do it all. Even more amazing to me is her mental recovery during this period. After such a traumatic experience, I can’t fathom what it must have been like to get back in a car and drive through the spot where the other driver crossed into her lane. Her persistence is a large part of the reason why I finally decided to come out this past summer. Though I don’t know how I would act if I were in my sister’s place, seeing her have the continued determination to live beyond the
hand she was dealt gave me the courage to finally be honest with both myself and everyone I know. I realized that if Kasandra could wake up each day and face the world and all its challenges for her circumstances, so could I. Kasandra has always shown me what it means to be a strong person. It isn’t easy, but I now know that it’s worth it. Every challenge she has faced, even before her accident, has made my sister the incredibly tenacious person she is today. It’s because she has met each obstacle with the courage to do right and the will to keep going that I know she will recover in both body and spirit. She is, in short, unstoppable. That doesn’t mean, however, there haven’t been moments of struggle. I’ve seen her frustration with the accident, the three surgeries, the dependence she’s had on others and the enormity of everyday tasks for her. It’s so incredibly difficult to watch those you love suffer through pain for the hope of an easier future, but Kasandra has this fire in her that never ceases to burn. My sister is a force, a fierce woman and an individual. Needless to say, she isn’t usually one to ask for help unless she really needs it. Watching my sister go through this ordeal has made me realize that strength does not always equate to independence. In fact, it often means the opposite. Being strong doesn’t mean standing alone and above everyone. It’s recognizing that you need help and asking for it. It’s being patient when it would be so easy to fall apart. It’s having the determination to keep living. Through my whole life Kasandra has shown me how important it is to be independent, persistent and unapologetically individual. Not a single day goes by where I think of how horribly altered my life would have been if the car engine had entered the cabin and ended her life. In a lot of ways, it would have ended mine too. I would have lost my best friend, my only sibling, my greatest hero. I’m so incredibly fortunate to still find her support and undying love. My sister gives me hope that there are people in this world filled with compassion and courage, determination and strong will, strength. And every day, she reminds me that I can be one of them. ILLUSTRATION BY SHANE ACHENBACH
Wednesday, October 19, 2016 // The Statement
Life is a Mixtape: Living in Color by Melina Glusac, Senior Arts Editor
irst, a confession: I’m jealous of a lack of consensus surrounding it; there people with synesthesia, and I is no set “key” to the musical note-color always have been. pairs. B-flat can be yellow to one person, and red to the next— it’s all up to the solo Colours - Grouplove synesthete’s mind to make the magical Ah yes, jealousy of an inborn neuro- link. At the beginning of fall break, my dad logical phenomenon. All the great love came to pick me up. Our drives home are stories in the world have spawned from a constant source of inspiration for me: it, right? Dad is a musician with an encyclopeDefinitely not. Not at all. It’s just me. dic knowledge of music, and there’s no For those who don’t know, synestheone I’d rather fight with for radio consia is, by super fancy definition in the trol. I yell at him about Steely Dan, he dictionary, “a sensation produced in one yells at me about Britney Spears, c’est la modality when a stimulus is applied to vie. But then we come around and hit a another modality, as when the hearing sweet spot, like this past Friday on Siriof a certain sound induces the visualizaus XMU: Tame Impala’s “Feels Like We tion of a certain color.” In college-kid Only Go Backwards.” English: People with synesthesia see a I hadn’t heard it in a proper year (one letter of the alphabet, or a number, and of those songs with which I abused the they inherently associate it with a color. replay button and, alas, grew indifferent A is pink, B is green, one is orange and toward), and this time it sounded fuzzy two is yellow. Sometimes synesthesia and familiar. I looked to my left and extends to the other senses — illogical noticed my dad bathed in titian light, a associations involving taste, smell and secondhand glow brought about by the so on — but “grapheme-color synesthegolden trees to the side of the freeway. sia” (letters, numbers and color) is one It was dusk, and they were whirring of the more common forms. I’m char-
past us at 80 mph, and they made him tangerine, the steering wheel mustard, the dashboard a mango blur of setting sunlight. “Feels Like We Only Go Backwards” sounds orange to me now. “Silver Street (Live)” - Ben Folds Five
their phone screens, rose-colored pillows on the couch, the smell of 3 a.m. “Disco Inferno” feels like red to me now, the deep crimson of Solo cups at work and the scarlet smiles of my friends and coworkers to my left, to my right. Color is everywhere, but, then again, it always has been. And we, as people with brains, can make it show itself however we want it to, connect it to certain experiences that we want to savor, certain songs. Even if these associations aren’t innate, like they are with synesthesia and those who have it, we can choose to notice opportunities for connections to occur — and we can let them occur.
Last week I was stressed in the University of Michigan Museum of Art, trapped in that ivory edifice of academic sweat, listening to one of the only live albums I will actually listen to (Ben Folds Live). “Silver Street” came on, with its perfect jazz chord progressions and sad-bar-pianist attitude, and it calmed me instantly. I thought about the The Village - New Order silver all around. The metallic sleekness of UMMA — the chrome sheen and the Then sometimes, for no reason (and whites, the stillness of the ivory walls it’s best if we don’t have one), we can and the deep blue of the night sky peek- hear a rainbow. ing through their windows. It felt the way silver feels. Beautiful, but sharp. And then I was in that pink-winehaze with “Little Bird” by Annie Lennox playing, sitting with my housemates at the kitchen table and seeing mauve on
treuse with envy. Is it obvious? Cry to Me - Solomon Burke A litany of famous artists and musicians have had it. It permeates the writing of one of my favorite authors, Vladimir Nabokov. His doomed narrator in “Lolita” describes a dilemma in a beloved phrase of mine: “And I was laughing happily, and the atrocious, unbelievable, unbearable, and, I suspect, eternal horror that I know now was still but a dot of blackness in the blue of my bliss … ” It’s this seizure of broad, airborne emotions — horror, happiness, disgust — and attaching them to hues, so as to enhance our understanding of, well, us, that intrigues me most about synesthesia. Our bliss is blue — our horror, a dot of blackness on a quilt of cerulean. This is how I want to see the world. Feels Like We Only Go Backwards Tame Impala Mostly, I’m jealous of synesthetes that see and feel colors when they listen to music. This type of synesthesia is called “chromesthesia,” and it comes in an array of subforms. What’s notable is ILLUSTRATION BY EMILIE FARRUGIA
Wednesday, October 19, 2016 // The Statement
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T I M K A I N E R A L LY PHOTOS BY AMELIA CACCHIONE
Covering the presidential election is a whirlwind of security, press passes and speeches. The focus is on the politician speaking, with flashy signs in the background and an enthusiastic audience in the foreground. Tables full of reporters and laptops are crammed in the back of the room, and platforms for cameras and news stations are set up. Between the front of the audience and the stage is the “buffer zone,” an area where photographers get a precious few minutes to crouch and take close-ups of the speaker. Press photographers and TV stations set up on bleachers at the back of the room before U.S. Sen.Tim Kaine (D-VA), Democratic vice presidential nominee, speaks at a Detroit rally.
The view from the back of the room as Kaine speaks in front of a crowd and cameras.
Camera crews from various news outlets wait before Kaine speaks.
Members of the press work on writing articles after Tuesday’s rally.