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Female Drinking Habits on Campus
Frequency of “blacking out”
Frequency of Alcohol Consumption
40.87% Have in past year
35 30 25 20 15 10 5 0
times spent drinking per week
16.52 percent of respondents said they never drink alcohol, 21.74 percent said they rarely drink, 33.91 percent said they drink weekly, 19.13 percent said they drink twice weekly, 6.96 percent said more than twice weekly and 1.74 percent said they drink daily.
4.35% Not sure
54.35% Have not in past year
When asked whether they had experienced “blacking out” 40.87 percent of respondents reporting having had blacked out in the past year, while 54.35 percent reported they hadn’t and 4.35 percent did not know for sure.
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The Michigan Daily recently administered a women’s health survey to 1,000 randomly selected respondents at the University of Michigan campus. There were
147 respondents, with 115 selfidentifying as female. Late nights freshman year going out with her new friends at the University of Michigan didn’t make now-LSA sophomore Vianney Flores want to drink — in fact, though she experienced peer pressure, her experience helped her commit further to abstaining
from alcohol consumption. “In the beginning, when I first met my friends, it was like, ‘Why aren’t you drinking? Come on, drink,’ ” Flores said. Fitting in at party, she said, requires a solo cup in your hand. “There was so much pressure, but I would just say no … they wouldn’t shut up until I said I
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don’t like the taste,” Flores said. In the Daily’s survey, 16.52 percent of the all-female respondents said they never drink alcohol and 21.74 percent said they rarely drink. Nearly 34 percent said they drink weekly and the remaining 27.83 percent of respondents reported drinking See SURVEY, Page 3A
Since the trailer of Comedy Central’s new show “Detroiters” debuted last Saturday, some University of Michigan students have been wrestling with how the city will be depicted and the effect the show will have on the city economically. The show, green-lighted by Comedy Central in October 2015 and slated to premiere Feb. 7, was created by and stars Sam Richardson, a Detroit native, and Tim Robinson, also a Detroit native and a “Saturday Night Live” alum. The plot centers around two
Central Student Government execs. Panel looks at future of ask assembly to donate to scholarship
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President-elect Donald Trump’s stances concern some experts
Central Student Government executives asked CSG members for donations toward CSG’s Leadership Engagement Scholarship at their Tuesday meeting through Giving Blueday, and CSG President David Schafer and CSG Vice President Micah Griggs, LSA seniors, discussed how to encourage more students to be involved. Schafer and Griggs addressed their assembly as guest speakers to promote the scholarship project, which they spearheaded and initiated last month to support emerging and established student leaders on campus. According to Schafer, the initiative has raised $100,000 so far. “We are sitting in a room with probably 50 of us. Even if you give a dollar, that’s 50 dollars right there,” Griggs said. The scholarship aims to relieve the financial burden of membership dues and unpaid time commitments that go into being involved in a campus organization. Schafer said the assembly wanted to increase involvement in student organization because it is a valuable part of the university experience that students will reflect back on after graduation. “On a larger scale, we are committed to this life-long engaged learning outside of the classroom that the Leadership Engagement Scholarship will advance,” Schafer said. “In 20 or
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University of Michigan faculty assessed the potential threats to environmental climate change policy under the administration of President-elect Donald Trump to an audience of about 100 student, faculty and staff Tuesday evening in the Dana Building. Trump has rejected scientific evidence of climate change and said he hopes to dismantle standing legislation that addresses it. The discussion was part of an ongoing lecture series on energy consumption and the environment. Tuesday’s lecture was organized by the Students for Clean Energy, a student organization devoted to advocacy, outreach, student activism and education surrounding clean energy. LSA senior Jayson Toweh, president of Students for Clean Energy, said he thought it was even more important to talk See CLIMATE, Page 3A
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30 years we might not remember what we’ve done inside of the classroom but I can guarantee you that the work we have done outside of the classroom will transcend that period.” CSG held an information session about the scholarship last month to spread awareness and answer the questions of interested student leaders, though f ew students not on the body were in attendance. The scholarship can apply toward any area of student life, including Greek life, student government, performing
arts and entrepreneurship organizations. It can be awarded to undergraduate, graduate and professional emerging or established student leaders. In her remarks Tuesday, Griggs connected the scholarship to the reality of a college student with financial burdens, and said CSG could contribute to the degree to which students are involved. “There are students that have to go to work to put themselves through college, to pay for the necessities, or just the littlest things,” Griggs said.
“Automatically it’s a barrier for students to get involved.” Speaking specifically to Giving Blueday, the 24-hour Universitywide fundraising event for students and the surrounding community to support the program or department or their choosing, Schafer and Griggs urged members of the body to continue donating to their own organization through the Giving Blueday’s website for their scholarship. “Help us make more student See CSG, Page 2A
LSA senior David Schafer, Central Student Government president, talks about Giving Blueday during a CSG meeting in the Pierpont Commons East Room Tuesday.
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advertising agents in their pursuit of the automotive company Chrysler as a client for their firm. The 10-episode sitcom was filmed in Detroit last summer and features landmarks such as the General Motors building and Belle Isle. After watching the trailer, LSA freshman Michael Riehs, who is from Farmington, said he thought the national spotlight the city will receive from this Portlandia-style of direct locational parody will ultimately be positive. “It seems like it’s going to be good and it seems like it’ll probably be good for Detroit, bringing some attention to the city,” he said. “Hopefully See DETROIT, Page 3A
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Approximately two dozen individuals gathered Tuesday in North Quad for a lecture on how fragmented media outlets increase the political polarization of their viewers, and possible resolutions to the trend. Magdalena Wojcieszak, associate professor of political communication at the University of Amsterdam, described to attendees why the rise of fragmented media — a trend in which modern viewers consume media that cements their own political beliefs — raises the chances of viewer selectivity and polarization. She said this concern is especially important in light of the current U.S. political environment and a modern influx of information sources. “When we have this unprecedented choice (of sources), which we now do, we can be more selective in what we see and hear,” Wojcieszak said. She noted that though the media tries to counter See MEDIA, Page 3A
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UNIVERSITY ALUM CHOSEN FOR TRUMP CABINET POSITION University of Michigan alum and U.S. Rep. Tom Price (R-GA) will be a member of President-elect Donald Trump’s cabinet as head of the Department of Health and Human Services, Trump announced Tuesday morning. Price was born in Lansing and received his Bachelor and Doctor of Medicine degrees from the University before completing orthopaedic surgery residency at Emory University in Georgia. Price has served as a U.S. Rep. from Georgia since 2004 and chairs the House Budget Committee. As the head of the HHS, Price will advise Trump on
health and medical matters. Price is a notable opponent of the Affordable Care Act and has introduced the Empowering Patients First Act as an alternative to Obamacare. Under Price’s plan, individuals would receive age-adjusted tax credits when purchasing insurance and it would also allow insurers to sell policies across state lines in an effort to drive down costs by making insurance more competitive. “True health reform in this country must put patients first while working to improve accessibility to, and affordability of, quality health care,” Price said in a press release on the
legislation. “Rather than granting government more authority in the lives of patients and their doctors, we must seek reforms that empower patients while advancing the principles of accessibility, affordability, and quality of care.” Trump’s platform included repealing the ACA, and Trump said he will work with Congress to reform healthcare and broaden healthcare access according to free market principles. “(Price is) exceptionally qualified to shepherd our commitment to repeal and replace Obamacare and bring affordable and accessible healthcare to every American,” Trump wrote in
his cabinet announcement. At a University event in September 2015, Price expressed his concerns about Trump as a presidential candidate. “What concerns me about Trump is not necessarily his policy positions, but we know what it feels like to have a president that oversteps their bounds on regulations and rules,” Price said, referring to President Barack Obama. “And when I hear Trump saying things like ‘I’ll just do XYZ’ without seemingly any regard for the legislative branch, it gives me some thought.” — Caleb Chadwell
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CAMPUS EVENTS & NOTES Peace Corps Presentation WHAT: Five Peace Corps volunteers will share stories about their experiences serving around the world. WHO: School of Natural Resources and Environment WHEN: 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. WHERE: Dana Natural Resources Building, Dow Commons
Fashion Entrepreneur Workshop WHAT: Speakers Roslyn Karamoko of Detroit Is The New Black, Shawn Blanchard of SnapSuits and Biljana Stewart of Biba Design Jewelry will be giving insight into entrepreneurial fashion. WHO: Innovate Blue WHEN: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. WHERE: Shapiro Library, first floor Innovation Space
Fall of the Berlin Wall Lecture
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WHAT: Lecture on how the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 became a flashpoint in global politics. WHO: Center for European Studies WHEN: 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. WHERE: School of Social Work Building, room 1636
WHAT: Professors, including LSA Dean Andrew Martin, will present on the future of the country after the election. WHO: Center for Political Studies WHEN: 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. WHERE: Institute for Social Research, room 1430
WHAT: The University Career Center and Ross Career Services will offer discussions on career resources on campus. WHO: University Career Center WHEN: 5:30 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. WHERE: Ross School of Business, Lobby
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STEM Research Opportunities Panel
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WHAT: Panelists will discuss domestic and international STEM research opportunities for students. WHO: Newman LSA Advising, Women in Science and Engineering WHEN: 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. WHERE: Chemistry and Willard H. Dow Laboratory, room A859
WHAT: Jazz Prof. Ed Sarath will argue that African American music remains at the periphery of musical studies, even as racially charged incidents take place on college campuses. WHO: Department for Afroamerican and African Studies WHEN: 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. WHERE: Haven Hall, room 5511
WHAT: In a free recital, student Luis Rangel DaCosta will perform various solo and accompanied pieces. WHO: School of Music, Theatre & Dance WHEN: 8 p.m. WHERE: Earl V. Moore Building, McIntosh Theatre
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more student leaders like all of you. And for you to ask your friends and families to give.” Schafer noted that though Giving Blueday only lasts 24 hours, the link to donate to the scholarship will always remain open to accept future donations. “It (the link) is open the entire year… You can give to the scholarship after Giving Blueday just like you could give to the scholarship before Giving Blueday,” he said. While the assembly did not attach a specific fundraising goal to the scholarship since it is newly developed, Schafer said his goal was $10,000. “The reason we didn’t set a goal is because this initiative is very much in its infant stage… to us, we have already been successful regardless of what we raised because we launched the scholarship and we raised awareness and inspired people along the way,” Schafer said. “But I think $10,000 would be great.” Though the scholarship is already endowed, Schafer emphasized that CSG wants to raise even more money to increase the scholarship’s endowment. “We have already raised $100,000 toward the scholarship and at the University of Michigan, you only need $25,000 to endow a scholarship,” Schafer said.
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Engineering Prof. Richard Rood speaks about climate change at “Addressing Climate Change: US and International Policy for the 21st Century” in the Dana Natural Resources Building Tuesday.
CLIMATE From Page 1A about climate change following the election. “I’ve been struggling with optimism related to the environment, but we’ve been getting more active and
SURVEY From Page 1A twice weekly or more. For this 16 percent of women, the college environment can feel isolating in a social scene of alcohol consumption — making them unique in a sea of students drinking and partying. In interviews, some of these women said their decisions about drinking are tied to religious beliefs or stems from safety concerns. They also said it is impacted by their friends, family and the resources available to them at the University. The data largely fits with results from the University’s 2016 National College Health Assessment survey — which received a response from 2,515 undergraduates, graduate and professional students. The survey found that in the 30 days prior to taking the survey, 28 percent of students reported they had not drank, while 72 percent reported they had. Additionally, 40 percent of respondents reported having experienced high-risk drinking, defined as more than four drinks for females and more than five drinks for males in the
“Faith and family aside, I don’t want to be forgetting anything...” last two weeks. Flores said she stressed to her friends her choices stem simply from personal preference — she wasn’t judging them. She also added that her decision to not drink has been influenced by her parents’ desire for her safety, news stories about sexual assault, the negative health effects and a genuine aversion to the taste. “I tried to tell them ‘I’m not judging you guys,’ ” Flores said. “It’s just my choice. I feel like they thought I was there
DETROIT From Page 1A it’ll show both sides, the coming up of Detroit and the terrible economic downfall.” The trailer opens with the jazzy Sammy Davis Jr.’s song “Hello Detroit” and Richardson and Robinson strutting in downtown Detroit with huge grins on their faces, waving to other pedestrians and bicyclists. The music cuts out abruptly, as do the smiles when the duo walk slowly past a group of construction workers. The phrases “What up doe?” and “What’s poppin’?” are exchanged, the music strikes back up and the two advertising agents continue on with their cheerful demeanor.
doing more education, so I think the election has created more people being active in the political realm and environmental issues as the whole,” Toweh said. The three panelists individually presented concerns focusing on how climate policy will be affected in the future and what part
thinking, ‘You guys are stupid.’ No, that wasn’t the case.” Though both the University and the Daily’s surveys show a significant group of University students do not engage in highrisk drinking, research has shown that the majority of people underage do, in a departure from the campus trend. About 90 percent of the alcohol consumed by youth under the age of 21 in the United States is in the form of binge drinks, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The University Health Service website states, “Most students grow up in a culture which equates the consumption of alcohol with having fun, relaxing, making social situations complete and reducing tension.” LSA junior Alexis Babbitt cited her religion as one of the reasons she doesn’t drink. Babbitt said in the way she understands her Christian beliefs, drinking before it is legal is not acceptable. “I’ve never been drunk,” Babbitt said. “God tells me to follow the law and the law is to not drink under 21 and I am under 21 so I don’t drink.” LSA freshman Gabrielle de Coster said she is not afraid to drink, even though she chooses not to in part for religious reasons, because she believes would know her limits. Instead, for her, not drinking translates to a more meaningful social experiences. “I don’t feel that I am serving God to the best of my ability or spreading light in any way if my awareness of myself or surroundings is deluded by any substance,” de Coster said. “Faith and family history aside, I don’t want to be forgetting anything and I want the friends who I surround myself with to be friends who can make me laugh when I am not under the influence.” Babbitt echoed her sentiments, saying while she understands college students’ desire to drink, she prefers smaller social environments to larger parties
LSA senior Khairah Green, who grew up on Detroit’s west side, said she had concerns about the show going too far in terms of displaying the city in a way that is humorous, but inappropriate. “The issue is that, I understand that it’s supposed to be funny but my worry is that it’s going to make an even bigger joke out of Detroit than it already is, because Detroit already has such negative connotations associated with it as far as the economy, frankly, the Black people, that live there,” Green said. Green said the show should neither glorify nor romanticize the city in its depictions. “When most people see or when they hear Detroit, they think of all the bad — the gang violence, the violence in general,
people can play in the issue. Citing data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association, Engineering Prof. Richard Rood, who specializes in climate impact, emphasized the topic of climate science including global temperatures, rising sea levels and ocean temperature. He also underlined that the
where everyone’s drinking. “I know people say it adds an element of fun and lightness to a night out,” Babbitt said. “I have gone to parties but I don’t
“If I can have fun without alcohol, there’s not need for me to add alcohol to the mix.” like being the only sober one at a party. I’d rather hang out with a smaller group of friends and watch a movie. I understand that people drink but it is not something that I find necessary.” Flores said she is glad to have never had the disorienting experience of “blacking out” from alcohol consumption, noting that the kind of parties she attends don’t present the risks associated with heavy alcohol consumption. “I like going to parties because it’s fun, you’re just hanging around with friends and things like that; I just don’t like being drunk,” Flores said. “After my friends understood that, I still liked to have fun even without drinking and I’m OK with them drinking … The environment is fun and they forget I’m not drunk sometimes. So I don’t feel uncomfortable.” The main reason for their choices not to drink for some students also isn’t just about having fun. De Coster said her reasons not to drink also stem from a familial influence, but in her case, experiences with alcoholism have also impacted her choices in college. “I have alcoholism that runs in my family and so I have seen the other side that isn’t just light dancing and a little giggling,” de Coster said. “I have seen people have to go to jail and the dark side of alcohol. College is definitely the stepping stone for that type of alcohol consumption.”
the economy just going down, the way that it looks right now or from what they show, because not all parts are bad,” Green said. “With that, I hope they would show more of the good parts while still including the bad so it’s not biased towards one way.” While LSA senior Yara Beydoun, who is from Dearborn and works in Detroit, also acknowledged that the city will receive national attention from the show, she said she was afraid the show will focus solely on select areas of Detroit, like the Downtown-Midtown-Corktown area. She said an overview of the city might gloss over the crucial problems facing the lower-income neighborhoods of Detroit, including blight and infrastructural damages. “I’m a little bit confused,”
scientific evidence supporting the theory of climate change was only one of the issues when addressing climate change as a society. “The social and political aspects are much more difficult than the technological aspects for how to deal with this problem,” Rood said. Stacy Coyle, a lecturer with the Program in the Environment, cited the Paris Agreement as one social and political response to climate change. The agreement, which was signed on April 22, 2016, is an international pact addressing political and financial strategies for addressing greenhouse gas emissions. Coyle emphasized the extensive international participation in the agreement as ratified by 55 countries who represent 55 percent of total global emissions. She also addressed concerns over the possibility and legality of the United States withdrawing from the treaty, another campaign promise of Trump’s. “The U.S. cannot withdraw until November of 2019,” Coyle said. “It makes me breath just a little easier.” The Paris Agreement outlines that the signed parties like the United States cannot withdraw from the treaty for
That “other side” of drinking is not absent from campus, even though many students don’t report heavily drinking regularly. Alcohol-related incidents have increased on campus in the past year; there were 561 incidents of students illegally consuming or possessing alcohol at the University last year, an increase from the 515 incidents the year prior, according to the Office of Student Conflict Resolution annual report. The University, Central Student Government and UMix have also expanded the availability of resources encouraging students to find alternatives to parties in recent years. UMix, a program Flores said she frequently attends, offers late night activities — crafts, live entertainment, recreational sports, dances and other social events — on about half of all Friday nights in the semester to cater to students who choose not to drink. CSG also held its third sober tailgate earlier this semester. LSA sophomore Grant Rivas, CSG chief programming officer, said he felt the reputation of college students drinking and partying does not hold for everyone at the University of Michigan. “If you read the newspaper, a lot of times you hear about college students just partying all the time, and that’s actually kind of not what we’ve noticed is representative of the whole UMich population,” Rivas said. Along with sober tailgating efforts, CSG has sponsored hydration stations in front of partnering Greek life houses as well as begun funding University Dining to open earlier on Saturdays to encourage students to eat before tailgating. Ultimately, Rivas said it is a necessity for resources to be made available to the noticeable population of students who do not drink — and for Flores, University resources have helped support her choice. “If I can have fun without alcohol, there’s no need for me to add alcohol to the mix,” Flores said.
Beydoun said. “It just seemed like (the trailer) was very focused on the downtown area of Detroit … but I don’t know how representative of actual Detroit the show is going to be.” While a more clear sense of how the show will depict Detroit won’t be revealed until its premiere, both Beydoun and Riehs said they were glad that the show chose to film in the city instead of in another city set to resemble Detroit. Jenell Leonard, Michigan Film & Digital Media Office director, told the Detroit Free Press this past January that with no tax breaks or financial incentives, “Detroiters” being filmed in Detroit takes determination by the production company, “We thank Comedy Central for taking a risk on us,” Leonard
Wednesday, November 30, 2016 — 3A another three years, according to Article 28 of the agreement itself. However, under U.S. law, participation in any international treaty can be terminated by the president under U.S. law. Scholars have suggested potential effects of leaving the treaty could range from loss in global standing to potential difficulties for the U.S. on issues such as trade and terrorism in the future. Sally Churchill, professor of environmental law and policy in the School of Natural Resources and Environment, noted that disassembling environmental regulations would be difficult and unlikely. She emphasized the importance of local action and public recognition and concern for the issue by highlighting a New York Times article about towns in Alaska threatened by climate change. “As an environmental lawyer, I am very optimistic,” Churchill said. “People care about climate change. I walked into this room on a Tuesday night thinking there might be 15 to 20 people and it’s packed. Climate change is not going away.” Churchill also said she thought it was important for people to continue to engage with environmental issues
across political divisions. “Climate change is not an issue of party,” Churchill said. “We have to keep finding allies everywhere to advance the important activities and address any disagreements we may have.” LSA sophomore Melanie Chasseur, who attended the event, said she was initially concerned for the future of environmental policy after the election, but like Churchill, is focusing on the potential for unity around environmental issues. “Feedback is really important between people that are knowledgeable on the issue and people that aren’t active about it, and we need to integrate people that might not understand,” Chasseur said. LSA freshman Kristen Hayden said she thought that the discussion was effective in addressing climate change due to the different backgrounds of the panelists. “I liked that there were so many different viewpoints,” Hayden said. “They had such a different range in experiences, from the professor who worked with NASA to the professor who is an environmental lawyer, and I thought those different interests inf luenced how they talked about the subject.”
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which people receive their information. Wojcieszak offered several ideas on how to apply
polarization by offering a wide range of viewpoints, the natural human tendency to process information with bias hinders that goal. Biased information processing, she added leads to people interpreting articles through their own prejudices. “We have known for quite many decades that people see what they want to see,” she said. “We tend to interpret information in a way that reinforces our beliefs.” Wojcieszak also discussed how viewer selectivity and polarization might be attenuated in the media, her primary topic of study. She highlighted data from two experimental studies she conducted which showed individuals were more willing to consider differing opinions when they realized they shared a common social identity with others who held these opinions. In particular, it encouraged viewer selection of balanced content, lowered hostility and
“If we make this overarching shared identity salient, biased processing and polarization will diminish.”
social distance toward outgroups and increased individual acceptance of messages from outgroups. “If we make this overarching shared identity salient, biased processing and polarization will diminish and also selectivity will be lower,” Wojcieszak said. She said this research can be applied to the current state of media, as unlimited content and social media have profoundly changed the channels through
her findings to projects in the future, challenging media outlets to present information in a way that’s accessible to members of all social groups. “So for instance, in the context of social networks, we can think of priming the in-group endorsement of an out-group and that’s also something that I would like to look at (in future research),” she said. Rackham student Sage Lee said she attended the talk because the topic tied into her interests on the potential ways in which media can reduce polarization across various identities. “My research is deeply related to what she’s trying to do, like intervening political spheres and finding the role of the media in terms of facilitating a more constructive public sphere that can motivate individuals to lessen the chasms or gaps among individuals when they’re categorizing themselves as in-groups and out-groups,” she said. Lee added that she appreciated how Wojcieszak presented her research and findings in an organized, easily understood way. “I think she showed a systematic approach in how her research, how her efforts and endeavors to this field, unfold over time,” Lee said. “I think those kinds of things were the biggest strengths of the conversation she presented to us.”
said. “People think because it’s called ‘Detroiters,’ it has to be done in Detroit … To say that we landed a TV series in a postincentives climate, that is huge.” Legislation providing tax incentives for film and television is in place in many states across the country in hopes that the production companies bring with their projects additional revenue for the city and local businesses and commonly sought-after publicity. Michigan provided incentives for several years, but in July 2015, Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder (R) signed legislation that dissolved Michigan’s tax incentive programs for film and television production companies. Before the legislation, films such as “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice,” “Red Dawn” and multiple “Transformers” movies
were filmed in the state. No matter what the show chooses to satirize, Reihs said if the city is making money from this promotion, then the show will have a positive effect on the city’s economy. “If (the show) is going to bring people to Detroit and put money into the city, that’s a good thing,” he said. Beydoun said she was glad the show decided to film in the city despite not knowing what elements of Detroit the show will explore. She added that simply filming in the city itself is a positive first step in reforming the nation’s view of real Detroiters. “Detroit has a lot of negative stereotypes, but it’s a beautiful city with a lot of great people,” she said. “I think everyone there wants the best for the city.”
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MELISSA STRAUSS | COLUMN
Obama’s Cuban legacy may be in peril
idel Castro, the reversing the progress made in revolutionary Cuban U.S.-Cuban relations will likely leader who led his country worsen the issue, not improve the toward communism and the world prospects of the Cuban people. toward the brink of nuclear war, As Elizardo Sánchez, the founder died last Friday at 90 of the Cuban Human years old. Upon the Rights and National news of his death, we Reconciliation witnessed just how Commission, argues, divisive a figure he “The personal contact truly was. While many that comes from all Cubans rejoiced at the the travel (from the news, others mourned United States) has a the loss of their former huge impact in terms leader. Across the of fighting propaganda Caribbean, Castro’s a closed society, MELISSA …theIn door death amplifies the can only STRAUSS be opened a bit at a question of Presidentelect Donald Trump’s commitment time. It’s going very slowly, but to normalizing relations between it’s happening.” While there is our two countries. Following five certainly room for improvement, decades of a failed isolationist we cannot reasonably expect policy toward Cuba, it would be Cuban society — which has been a grave mistake for Trump to closed for more than 50 years — roll back the progress President to completely open overnight. Barack Obama has made in the If we maintain and improve U.S.-Cuban relationship over the our relationship with Cuba, we past two years. can arm the Cuban people with When Castro catapulted to knowledge and empower them power on Jan. 8, 1959, creating to fight for their own rights in a the first communist state in the way they may not have had the Western Hemisphere, he quickly opportunity to before. took control of nearly all aspects But under the Trump of Cuban life. Castro ruled with administration, this may prove to a heavy, repressive and often be a difficult task. Trump posted brutal hand, while at the same a tweet on Monday morning time providing the country with threatening to terminate recently improved public services. He renewed diplomatic relations severely restricted political and between the United States and economic freedoms in Cuba, Cuba “If Cuba is unwilling to including banning opposition make a better deal for the Cuban newspapers, prohibiting people, the Cuban/American elections and ordering political people and the U.S. as a whole.” opponents and dissenters to be While I am choosing to believe jailed and sometimes killed. After that President-elect Trump has Castro nationalized all U.S.- the best interests of both the owned businesses on the island Cuban and American people at in 1960, the United States ceased heart, I fully oppose his threat diplomatic relations with the to reverse the headway made in country (which President Obama normalizing U.S.-Cuban relations. reinstated last year) and imposed Our past strategy of harsh a trade embargo on Cuba that restrictions and trade embargoes still remains today. However, his was simply unsuccessful. The legacy often evokes a mixture of Castros remained in power feelings as Castro also provided despite U.S. actions while the the country with improved Cuban people suffered immensely health care and education, from deteriorating economic eliminated legal discrimination conditions. Human rights were and increased availability of still violated, political prisoners electricity in the countryside. were still detained and the Cuban It is true that many aspects people were still unable to provide of Fidel Castro’s repressive rule for themselves financially. If remain today under his brother history means anything, there Raúl’s leadership. In fact, between will be no “better deal” in Cuba’s January and October of this year, future. I agree that the United more than 9,000 political prisoners States absolutely should not were detained — four times as support a repressive government. many than in 2010. However, However, I also believe it is against
our American values to abandon the Cuban people. With the opening of diplomatic relations between the two countries, we allow an opportunity to work together, to repair our differences and to help the Cuban government better provide for its citizens. Since President Obama reinstated relations with Cuba, millions of dollars have been spent on business deals, especially in the tourism industry. As recently as Monday, the United States began flying direct commercial flights bringing American tourists and Cuban-Americans to the island. As the economic situation on the island improves with American investments, it is only logical to assume that the Cuban people may begin fighting for increased political freedoms now that their first worry no longer has to do with whether or not they will be able to feed their family for the week. Additionally, better relations benefit not only the Cuban economy, but also American businesses looking for new ventures in which to invest. Reversing this progress will produce a severe blow to the industries in Cuba that have seen business rise considerably in the past couple of years. To add insult to injury, the Cuban government has historically always been suspicious of American intentions. Presidentelect Trump’s hostile position will add fuel to a fire that has only recently dimmed to a smolder. Not only is Trump’s ultimatum seen as an attack on the economic improvements that have been made, but also as a direct assault on Cuba’s sovereignty. With an increasingly dangerous and uncertain global landscape, the United States simply cannot afford to make more enemies. While we will not be able to solve all of Cuba’s problems, severing ties has proven totally ineffective. After more than 50 years of a failed strategy, it is time to employ a new policy. Continuing the progress we have already made gives us a greater chance of improving the lives of a people that have suffered long enough.
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think it was two years ago, when during the hard-fought University of Michigan-Ohio State University football game, I was so impressed with the care, concern and great sportsmanship demonstrated for all to see when the UM quarterback went over to OSU quarterback J.T. Barrett, knelt down to the field and offered a brief prayer to him where he lay when he was injured during the game. I wrote the Daily telling how proud I was of the
Michigan player, and the Daily was kind enough to publish it. Once again, as a resident of Columbus and a Buckeye fan (though I am a Purdue graduate), I feel that the tweets a number of your football team’s players sent to OSU with their prayers and concern for the University in light of the serious incident that happened yesterday is another example of Michigan class. The game on Saturday was a spectacle to see, but we all know that the players on both
sides of the game gave their all. Losing the game in such a way, after being so close to winning, has to have resulted in a sadness and frustration that will last for a long time. Even so, Michigan’s athletes put those personal feelings aside and publicly expressed their concern even after a bitter defeat. You can be very proud of these gentlemen,who exemplify the type of student-athlete all can admire. William Hood Jr. is a Purdue University alum.
Trump will have lasting effects on climate
s the transition to a emissions, is in the crosshairs. Trump presidency The already-controversial takes shape, one of regulation will most likely be the most uncertain issues is taken up by the Supreme Court climate change. In next year, and with October, I wrote Trump in office, a piece exploring its fate looks bleak. Trump’s position on Trump can’t destroy climate change and the plan singlethe prominence the handedly, but he can issue warranted in weaken its chances the election. Well, of passing. In terms the issue was hardly of other guidelines, mentioned in any of Trump can use the the three debates, Office of Information CJ and we still do not and Regulatory MAYER know for certain what Affairs, a group our next president plans to do of lawyers who are the final regarding climate change. In the stop before any regulation gets face of this uncertainty, we must enacted, in order to significantly explore what he could have the slow, weaken or eliminate some power to do as president and how of the other regulations Obama far he could set us back in terms has set in motion. Finally, by of climate change. cutting funding for regulations, Trump’s previous statements Trump can reach around having on climate change don’t leave to repeal regulations while still much promise; the most glaring making them essentially useless. example is when he tweeted that “the concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing noncompetitive.” This was in 2012, when he wasn’t even a candidate for president. He has since called climate change a “hoax” and “bullshit,” but more threatening are the actions he has suggested throughout the campaign. The long list is highlighted by a desire to “cancel” the Paris climate agreement and to essentially The big fish would be the Paris eliminate the Environmental climate agreement, an agreement Protection Agency, leaving of 193 countries to come together behind just “tidbits.” as a global community and It’s easy to speak, but let’s limit carbon emissions. A U.S. look at the actions Trump has withdrawal would have two taken so far. The EPA is where major effects. First, the United he could realistically have the States’ plan for limiting emissions easiest time causing the most to 22 billion tons of carbon dioxide trouble, and he’s already started by 2030 is supposed to account for making his moves. To lead his roughly 20 percent of the entire EPA transition team, he chose agreement, according to Climate Myron Ebell, a man who denies Interactive. This in and of itself is climate change and thinks that an incredibly harmful effect, but even if it were real, it would be if the rest of the world looks to the beneficial. He wants to destroy United States and sees that we are the Clean Power Plan, one of ignoring the issue, many other President Barack Obama’s most countries can be expected to influential climate policies and back out, causing a domino effect has previously been credited that will significantly weaken with helping destroy “cap-and- the agreement. Second, if China, trade.” In 2007, he was called an the only country that emits more “oil industry mouthpiece,” and carbon dioxide than us, holds when we couple his leadership steady on the plan, the United with Trump’s desire to defund States would effectively hand the EPA, it does not look good. over its moral and worldwide This is all to say: It seems like leadership on the issue to the Trump wants to destroy the Chinese. In no uncertain terms, EPA, and he may very well be Donald Trump withdrawing the able to do so. United States from the agreement Coupled with the EPA are could be one of the greatest the many regulations Obama setbacks in climate policy we has set in motion to implement. have ever faced. The Clean Power Plan, central There are many obstacles to Obama’s goal to decrease Trump would have to surpass
Unrelenting pressure on Donald Trump is how we fight for climate progress.
to withdraw the United States from the agreement — most importantly, his own desire to do so. Public opinion shows that a large amount of Americans care about climate change and would not want to see Trump follow through on his promise. Moreover, Trump would have to deal with the other 192 countries that signed the deal. It is a big risk for him to anger the rest of the world by withdrawing this late, thus hurting foreign relations. On a similar note, Trump would be opening the door for China to take over our global leadership role and would diminish our influence abroad. Finally, we don’t even know if Trump was every really committed to withdrawing in the first place or whether it was simply campaign rhetoric. A Reuters report indicating that Trump’s transition team is looking for ways to bypass the four-year procedure for withdrawing is not a positive sign, but there is reason to believe Trump does not want to and will not follow through. Simply put, Trump cannot just snap his fingers and destroy Obama’s climate legacy. However, if he wants to, he could significantly undermine some of Obama’s accomplishments and even threaten global progress. All is not yet lost, but for those who care about climate change, the next few months will be some of the most critical in our lifetime. Trump, if he cares enough and devotes enough resources, could squash some of Obama’s most important regulations and agreements, or he could not. If he chooses to, he could face a fight of his lifetime from environmental groups, Democrats and even some Republicans. Unrelenting pressure on Donald Trump is how we fight for climate progress. If we lose that, we must keep fighting on the local level. Michael Bloomberg plans to push movements to make cities more green, regardless of Trump. This, as well as electing and pushing local officials to support climate-friendly positions, is how we deal if the top of the government pushes against. A bottom-to-top movement energized by the people can help minimize Trump’s longterm effect on climate change and our world.
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INA GONZALEZ, WASIF KUNDI & JUSTIN SLICK | OP-ED
The ironic twist of Standing Rock
hanksgiving is an American holiday that celebrates the coming together of the Native Americans and the Pilgrims. Every fourth Thursday of November, we gather with our friends and family to enjoy each other’s company and to give thanks for what we have. However, after almost four centuries of carrying on this tradition, we often forget the celebration commemorates the peaceful union of two different cultures. Today, we take for granted the generous hospitality offered by the Native Americans to the newly arrived Pilgrims. We learn throughout our lives what this day is supposed to mean, yet when it comes to application we begin to draw blanks. As a society, we have replaced the original meaning of commemoration with mass consumption of food, football and parades. Our country’s change of heart can be seen in the current proceedings of the North Dakota Access Pipeline situation. For example, its most recent gift given to the native population was a bracing shower in freezing temperatures while they were attempting to protect their sacred lands. This pipeline has remained a headline issue that became highlighted during election season and has thrived due to the controversy of the situation. The most recent controversy
comes to head in an ironic twist, as protesters have been mowed down by the very resource that they have been fighting to protect. Amid struggles to protect reserved Sioux land, protesters have spent the recent months protesting the construction of the North Dakota Access Pipeline. The primary reasoning behind this now-classic struggle is all in the name of human rights and how large corporations have been suppressing these intangible rights for decades. It is seen by the native population that protecting their land is now an even higher priority than what it once was. The original plan for the North Dakota Access Pipeline had intended for it to run just north of the capital of the state, Bismarck. Seeing as there was mass opposition to these plans, the construction company decided to relocate the rest of the pipeline through the Standing Rock Sioux reservation, where its construction is currently being peacefully protested by a generous mix of people. The coincidence with the movement of the pipeline construction is that the majority of Bismarck is composed of a white population and therefore had a louder voicing of opinion in the entirety of the situation. Their complaints are the same as those of the residents of Standing Rock: potential water pollution from any
possible runoff due to the pipeline’s activity in carrying oil. Even with the same concerns, the construction continues without regard to the protesters’ efforts that are driven by environmental and public health concerns in addition to simply not wanting the pipeline on their land. What this whole situation represents is the blatant disregard for human rights when it gets in the way of potential profit for the corporations involved. This type of behavior has been exhibited across the world and has tended to lead to reforms — if not revolts — by those who have been oppressed by such corporations who seem to seek money over all else. It is an amazement that even though this land is protected by federal statutes, there has been no sort of government intervention in the assistance of helping these native people in securing their land against a private entity that they have no desire of allowing to desecrate their land and potentially their water supply. If these sort of public outcries are listened to when they come from a white community, yet not one of minorities, then this stands as proof of the lack of true equal opportunity and representation within this country that we deem as modern America.
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FROM THE VAULT
Teen angst: not exclusive to teenagers.
‘Party’ a clever mystery New TBS drama mixes postgrad ennui with Nancy Drew an unconventional setup, feels wholly original on its own. Daily Arts Writer Thanks to the gifted craft of its creators — Sarah-Violet Bliss What happens when a friend (“The Color of Time”), Charles of yours goes missing? Do you Rogers (“Fort Tilden”) and file a police report, send out an Michael Showalter (“Wet Hot Amber Alert or post a status American Summer: The First about it on Facebook? Or do you Day of Camp”) — “Search Party” actually go and incorporates seek out the person absurdism and yourself? surrealism, while These questions still remaining linger over TBS’s grounded in “Search Party” dark, hilarious new reality. Shawkat Series Premiere comedy “Search is perfect as Dory, Party” — not to playing the role Sundays at 10 p.m. be confused with of the straightTBS the atrocious 2014 woman with movie of the same assured finesse name starring and a tinge of Thomas Middleditch. The TV melancholy. Dory’s mission show follows a group of four to find Chantal is the show’s self-absorbed young adults who main drive, but “Search Party” embark on a reluctant quest to focuses on what this mission find their missing college friend, tells us about Dory as someone Chantal Witherbottom (Clare who is herself lost in a world that McNulty, “High Maintenance”). couldn’t care less about her. Out of all of them, protagonist She works in Brooklyn as Dory (Alia Shawkat, “Arrested an assistant to a rich socialite Development”) shows the most (Christine Taylor, “Dodgeball: concern, despite having had only A True Underdog Story”), where one interaction with Chantal she’s given rudimentary tasks back in school. As Dory and her like throwing out unattractive, pack of friends unearth more expensive clothes. Her love clues about Chantal, they learn life also seems to be rather a lot more about themselves and unexciting; Dory’s sensitive yet one another than they initially ineffectual boyfriend Drew (John believed. Reynolds, “Stranger Things”) Led by a talented young lacks both understanding of cast who imbue the show her boundary issues and the with phenomenal comic awareness to see the strains in performances, “Search Party” their relationship. The two have twists the existential dread a fight early on in the season, of post-college ennui into which turns out to be one of the a strange, intriguing and funniest curse-laden outbursts satisfying whodunit à la “Nancy on television in recent memory. Drew.” The show certainly Meanwhile, her two other best appeals to millennials, in that friends, the manipulative Elliott its characters and dialogue (John Early, “Other People”) reflect a lot of what millennials and the naive extrovert Portia are like. But to classify it as a (Meredith Hagner, “Men at “show for millennials” is simply Work”), are too invested in their wrong. Like Comedy Central’s own shenanigans. Nevertheless, “Broad City,” its crass humor Dory does her best to drag along mirrors the dysfunctional the three to help her look for antics of shows like “Seinfeld” Chantal, even though the real and its missing-person mystery reason for finding Chantal lies subplot is as compelling as an within Dory’s own anxiety about episode of “CSI.” It’s a show making her life less mediocre. that, though somewhat familiar “I think you’ve decided that as a conventional comedy with this matters to you because SAM ROSENBERG
you have nothing else,” Dory’s ex Julian (newcomer Brandon Micheal Hall) bluntly tells her when she asks for advice. While “Search Party” is predominantly a plot-driven show, it also depicts these characters as three-dimensional, (somewhat) nuanced people. Dory’s sublimation over finding Chantal to satisfy her own needs is incredibly relatable to anyone who’s ever projected their anxiety onto other people’s lives. At first, Drew seems like a puzzled, immature asshole — which he is for the most part. But over the course of a few episodes, he’s seen as someone who deeply cares about Dory, even if he isn’t the best at showing it. On the other hand, Elliott is an attention-seeking narcissist, but unapologetically so, thanks to the likable charm of Early. The only character who needs a bit more work is Portia, who occasionally verges on the “dumb blonde” stereotype. Regardless of its flawed characters, the show is exemplary in demonstrating the power dynamics of modern friendship, as well as the search for truth in a society masked with lies and deceit. Aesthetically, “Search Party” also brings a lot to the table with its enchanting cinematography and mesmerizing synthpop soundtrack — Purity Ring’s “Obedear” is the show’s theme song. Each episode title sounds like a chilling crime novel waiting to be read, such as “The Mysterious Disappearance of Chantal Witherbottom,” “The Woman Who Knew Too Much” and “The Night of One Thousand Candles.” It’ll be interesting to see how “Search Party” will continue after its first season, which can be watched in its entirety on TBS’s online streaming platform. Will each subsequent season focus on a different mystery? Will Dory find the meaning in her life? Will Chantal join their group once she’s found? Like many mystery shows, “Search Party” is filled with questions, but fortunately it has all the right answers.
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From the Vault: 2007’s ‘Stardust’ perfectly mingles fantasy, comedy Claire Daines and Charlie Cox portray real romance and emotion
the pirates in feather boas or the Greek chorus of ghost princes. You’d be hard-pressed to find a movie that better blends comedy, action and romance in a way that serves all three sentiments equally well. For one thing, the comedy is genuinely funny and the action is truly exciting. Action comedies so often do away with real emotion because it’s much easier to turn them into cynical parody. Take “The Princess Bride” as an example. Now, I love “The Princess Bride,” and don’t know anyone of sound mind and body who doesn’t, but nobody watches “The Princess Bride” for its gentle sentimentality and precisely expressed emotions. It’s just not that kind of movie. “Stardust,” on the other hand, somehow manages to convey real romance and emotional stakes while still being honestly funny.
But that’s not what hooked me on this movie as a little kid — little kids don’t care about balanced tones or any nonsense like that. No, what got me was the intangible, yet ever present magical quality to “Stardust” that is reinforced by every aspect of the film: the costumes, the acting, even the name. “Stardust” makes anything seem possible — it makes you feel like a little kid again. It’s all imagination and hope, no wise remarks or dark cynicism. “Stardust” was directed by Matthew Vaughn, the director of “Kick-Ass” and “Kingsman: The Secret Service.” Both of these films are pitch-black comedies that rely heavily on brutal violence and the crudest of humor to drive their stories. So “Stardust” is a bit of an anomaly in Vaughn’s filmography, what with its profanity-free script and its “127 minutes of pure joy” thing it has got going on. Knowing that it’s made by Matthew Vaughn, it would be easy for a cynic to write “Stardust” off as a parody that just didn’t do its job very well. But “Stardust” has little time for cynicism. And besides, the cynic’s view is probably the easiest and least interesting way of thinking about this story. Turning your nose down is easy. Thinking earnestly and hopefully is harder — so much harder, in fact, that it almost never happens once we reach a certain age. That’s why we need movies like “Stardust” to remind us every once in a while that it doesn’t have to be this way — that under the world’s dark, sardonic, derisive pessimism lies an awful, earnest belief that things could be good. That maybe, just maybe, we could even believe in magic.
single and title track, “Starboy,” “Reminder,” he takes a dig at the playing right into the hands commodification and celebrity of eager disc jockeys across of his own work, singing “I just the country. Following in the won a new award for a kids show footsteps of “Can’t / Talking ‘bout a Feel My Face,” face numbing off the track draws a bag of blow.” The on Daft Punk’s track also takes funk and relies swaggering hits Starboy on formulaic at other R&B-ers The Weeknd pop repetition trying and failing and seemingly to mimic his Republic Records nonsensical lyrics. Trilogy sound. Though not The The Weeknd Weeknd’s most goes on to address profound effort, “Starboy” gets his upbringing and its stark the record off to a strong start. contrast to the lavish life he The album goes on to deliver now leads. On “Sidewalks,” some of the same expected party he alludes to hardships in tracks. “Rockin” is a solid track his youth and his struggle to that prods listeners to, well, make something of himself. rock. It’s bouncy and addictive Although still functioning on — the kind of song that will the surface level, the Kendrick likely be played to a pulp on the Lamar feature on “Sidewalks” radio in a few months time. The makes it one of Starboy’s aptly named “Party Monster” most socially aware tracks. brings to mind images of a blue- Similarly, “Six Feet Under” lit nightclub full of dancing deals with the pressures of bodies as the chorus repeats, consumerism and attempts “Woke up by a girl, I don’t even to shed light on the problems know her name.” that can come with material Pleasure seeking aside, obsession. Unfortunately, the there are a few tracks that, track goes about doing so in surprisingly, give listeners a a way that revolves around glimpse into The Weeknd’s life the objectification of female when he’s not bedding women bodies. or getting high. In what feels On “Ordinary Life” The like flashes of consciousness, Weeknd acknowledges the the lyrics comment on The absurdity of his lifestyle Weeknd’s upbringing, his outright. The chorus consists previous work and today’s only of a repeated, “This ain’t current celebrity climate. In ordinary life.” He knows that
his music and the life it depicts act as an outlet, a fantasy for those who tune in. He even goes as far as to insinuate that his life will end early and he will find himself in Hell. But The Weeknd’s reminder that his existence isn’t perfect or readily attainable is still packaged in a romanticized, intoxicating track — he’s not trying too hard to turn anyone away. The record is bookended by Daft Punk features, wrapping with “I Feel It Coming.” The track is soft and kind in comparison to The Weeknd’s usual depictions of physical intimacy. There is no rush or urgency in his voice, no crude anatomical euphemisms. It shows the growth of The Weeknd as an artist and, arguably, as a man since Trilogy hit the Internet four years ago. Starboy’s range — musically, lyrically and vocally — is a clear attempt by The Weeknd to shake free from his increasingly popheavy mold. Even the length of the album itself may be taken as an affront on pop convention. But The Weeknd is not making any overt statements; the tracks largely follow the pop formula and the album runs smoothly from start to finish. Though there are clear markers of attempted dissonance, Starboy is ultimately a well-produced, radio-friendly record that will please current fans and draw in even more.
ASIF BECHER Daily Arts Writer
“Stardust” is a perfect movie. It’s perfect because it’s beautiful and sentimental and might be made of pure sunshine. Of course, it’s well edited and the characters are well-acted and it looks great and all of that technical stuff. But “Stardust” is perfect mostly because it’s just 127 minutes of pure joy. Let’s be clear: this assessment of “Stardust” is perhaps the least objective possible opinion on the movie you’re likely to ever find. “Stardust” and I have a history. I saw it for the first time at the age of seven, having just finished devouring the “Harry Potter” and “Narnia” series and I was desperate for more fantasy and otherworldly adventures. I was transfixed instantly, and have rewatched the movie once a year since. Based on the book of the same name by Neil Gaiman, “Stardust” tells the tale of Tristan Thorn in his quest for true love. Tristan, played by Charlie Cox (“Daredevil”), is a bumbling and sweet shop boy living in an English village called Wall, named for the long wall on its border that no one is allowed to cross. Tristan is in love with Victoria (Sienna Miller, “American Sniper”), and when he sees a shooting star one night, he promises to cross the wall and bring Victoria back the star to prove his devotion to her. However, crossing the wall isn’t as simple as it seems. The wall is a bridge to another world, a kingdom called Stormhold, where the seven sons of the dying king are on a hunt for a ruby necklace that will allow
them to ascend the throne. Tristan does indeed find the shooting star, only to find that it’s no lump of rock at all, but instead takes the form of a young woman named Yvaine (Claire Danes, “Homeland”). Yvaine is in grave danger, because a coven of witches are chasing after her to cut out her heart and eat it to restore their youth and beauty. If it seems complicated, don’t worry, that’s only about half the story. I haven’t even gotten to
I was transfixed instantly, and have rewatched it every year since.
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The Weeknd breaks free from his popstar mold with new ‘Starboy’ The album also features Kendrick Lamar, Daft Punk and Future CARLY SNIDER Daily Arts Writer
Abel Tesfaye has developed quite the persona since 2012’s Trilogy. His smooth, high voice now rings out tales of sex and
drug use, enveloping the explicit material in a fog of irresistible soul and Tesfaye has grown to great acclaim since that quiet 2012 release. He’s now warmly welcomed as The Weeknd on radio stations, the main stages of music festivals and in front of
a sea of celebrities at events like the Grammys. The Weeknd’s latest work, the mammoth 18-track Starboy, confronts his current status — standing at the crossroads of purposeful musicality and pop-stardom. Starboy opens with its lead
6A — Wednesday, November 30, 2016
‘Gilmore’ pure nostalgia
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Series revival rides on emotions left in the past, to mixed results uncertainty of what’s to come. But this eeriness dissipates as Daily Arts Writer soon as we’re dropped back into the cozy town of Stars Hollow with Nostalgia is a funny thing. Rory and Lorelai’s casual reunion It brings us happiness, while — one that indicates their lives remaining elusive as to how to continued on after the “Gilmore recapture it and Girls” finale and also leaving us we’re just now unsure how to feel. catching up with This sentiment them as one would best describes with old friends. “Gilmore Girls: A the long awaited Sherman-Palladino Year in the Life” “Gilmore Girls” acknowledges revival “A Year in the potential All Episodes the Life.” The new awkwardness of Available to Stream series may leave our first encounter Netflix fans struggling with these to reconcile the characters after so beloved Stars long with subtle Hollow and characters they knew self-awareness. After their first from over a decade ago with the round of Sherman-Palladino’s world presented to them now. special brand of quick-fire Creator Amy Sherman-Palladino banter, Rory exclaims “I’m out (“Bunheads”) similarly seems to of breath,” and Lorelai responds struggle bridging the gap between “It’s been awhile since we’ve the show she left after its sixth done that.” This tongue-in-cheek season with the chance she has to acknowledgement of the show’s revisit it now. return likely made fans’ hearts The four-part series loosely skip a beat with the layered follows a four act structure, each emotion behind the exchange. set in a different season of the Other continuities like Kirk’s year. The slightly overwrought (Sean Gunn, “Super”) half-witted “seasons” metaphor attempts to entrepreneurial endeavors and hint at any sort of development in Taylor’s (Michael Winters, “Deep the show’s characters throughout Impact”) endless campaigning the four episodes, but doesn’t lend to modify the town are a treat. much to the series overall. While Moments like these make the the comforting sight of a snowy revival worth watching, but at a Stars Hollow and the resurrection cost. of the “Lazy, Hazy, Crazy Days of At times, Sherman-Palladino Summer” town festival ignite the and her husband Daniel Palladino seasonal settings with a rewarding (who each wrote two episodes, familiarity, the plot itself remains respectively) seem like they’re mostly disconnected from the trying to fit far too much into the thematic titles. narrative. The four-part series Faint efforts are made at plays out like a movie in which reminding us that time has passed the plot moves along restlessly since we last saw Lorelai (Lauren towards the culmination of its Graham, “Parenthood”) and Rory efforts in the very end. Storylines (Alexis Bledel, “The Sisterhood of that don’t match the tone of the the Traveling Pants”). And while series are introduced with little some are successful, many point explanation — a likely result of glaringly to the fact that Sherman- attempts to include old characters Palladino wants to pick up where like Paris (Liza Weil, “How to Get she left off before leaving the Away With Murder”) and Logan show (and taking her vision for (Matt Czuchry, “The Good Wife”) the show’s ending with her). The for our benefit. title of “Winter” fades in over Lorelai’s arc suffers the most lines of dialogue from seasons from these atypical plot points — past, introducing the series with her insistence on wanting a baby an eerie feeling that enhances the then venturing out to California SHIR AVINADAV
to emulate the story from “Wild” forces conflict between her and the seemingly idle Luke (Scott Patterson, “Meth Head”) It also distracts from the significance of the more successful subplots, including her mother Emily (Kelly Bishop, “Bunheads”) and her relationship with Rory. Rory’s arc flounders under similar twists and turns, most of which are selfinflicted obstacles that make it difficult to sympathize with Rory as she navigates her nomadic lifestyle and career with the selfdoubt of a troubled 30-something. However, some of the storylines introduced succeed with their unexpected novelty. And above all, the relationship between the three Gilmore women surpasses the sum of their parts. With the passing of actor Edward Herrmann (“The Practice”) who played the imposing Richard Gilmore, Sherman-Palladino poignantly weaves together both genuine emotion and comic relief that is reminiscent of the original series’ ability to bring together conflict and comedy with pathos and charm. Overall, the revival somewhat resembles the oversized portrait of Richard commissioned by Emily that sits in the Gilmore living room. Emily refuses to acknowledge that it’s oversized, too overcome by her grief over Richard’s death to admit that his depiction is not what she had intended it to be. The looming presence of the portrait captures his likeness and essence, but doesn’t quite fit with its surroundings. In short, it represents something held dear by many but that can’t be recaptured in the appropriate way. The revival series is just that — a too-large-for-life replication of what was once great at odds with the new circumstances under which it was created. Despite its flaws, the series revisits its characters with integrity and harkens back to a world where rapid dialogue chock-full of pop culture references is the norm, while creating a sense of closure for fans to hold on to.
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It’s time to end overt expectations around gender in the music world Marina and the Diamonds concert open to Primadonna Boys , too DOMINIC POLSINELLI Daily Arts Writer
We arrived to the Fillmore in Detroit almost five hours before doors opened for Marina and the Diamonds, waiting in anticipation to witness the spectacle of a true pop goddess. Her music embodies fierce femininity; with songs like “Primadonna Girl” and “Bubblegum Bitch,” it’s pretty hard not to. As an avid fan of music and concert-going, I’ve never bothered to pay attention to my own appearance at shows or what others could possibly think of my own music preferences. I donned my finest pop-punk kid attire for the summer show: black Vans, khaki shorts, Knuckle Puck shirt and my classic black nose ring — an outfit I could have easily worn to Warped Tour (and probably did). In retrospect, a punk kid singing lyrics like “I’m gonna pop your bubblegum hard” at a Marina show must have been an abnormal sight. But who actually gives a shit? Music transcends things as trivial as aesthetics,
masculinity and femininity. It resounds in the soul. In today’s world, gender expectations for music should be about as dead as the binary gender system. It’s an outdated, limiting ideology to execute on a daily basis. Unfortunately, this isn’t quite the case. I still shamelessly jam to Pierce The Veil, whose flawless blend of incredible guitar melodies, post-hardcore breakdowns and poetic lyrics are egregiously underappreciated by masses of male adults. To this day, I receive comments like “His voice is too girly” or “They’re for 13-year-old girls” in response to my love of the band (don’t get me wrong, this is definitely a shot at all of my friends from high school). It’s an isolated incident of frankly ridiculous standards for music taste that spread throughout the spectrum of genres. It’s also disgustingly common to see the belittling of women in the punk scene. Girls aren’t “strong enough” to protect themselves in a punk crowd, or they’re just being “fangirls.” I take it as a damn compliment when someone likens me to a fangirl — if the
best you can do is compare my passions to a stereotype, at the very least it’s getting noticed. I guess the whole point of this discussion is to dismantle the reasons people tend to view music through such a limiting lens. There’s a number of possibilities ranging from fragile masculinity to an overall lack of appreciation for music as something more than background noise. This is at no blame to the person, but I think it would be pretty hard for someone who’s had “Closer” by the Chainsmokers on repeat for the past few months to dig anything from Pierce The Veil. Still, I think it’s important to critique music by how it hits you, not whether you perceive it as masculine or feminine. It’s unnecessary to gender music and unnecessary to cut your scope of interest short in response to socially constructed ideas. It’s about time we destroy these expectations, not only in music but also in the continual destruction of barriers around human existence: listen to what you want, wear what you want and be exactly who you want. Nothing is stopping you other than your own insecurities.
‘Paranoid’ is filled with cliches, and frankly a bad show in general British drama is overwrought with overbearing crime tropes thought it would be. There’s a schizophrenic suspect with Daily Arts Writer OCD who is later found dead himself, framed as a murder“Paranoid,” an ITV show suicide situation. The detectives now available on Netflix, opens receive anonymous notes in like an episode of “House,” boxes with photographs that “Bones” or “Law and Order.” It say things like “You have no idea what you’re begins with an up against” and idyllic scene in “Look into Angela’s a playground; past.” To quote children are “Paranoid” Miranda Priestly: playing in groundbreaking. the sandbox, All Episodes parents are The worst part of Available to Stream “Paranoid,” besides laughing and the hackneyed one woman Netflix is sitting on plot and the score, is the writing for a park bench the three main alone, blonde tendrils of hair gently blowing detectives, The first is a in the wind, watching a mother grizzled old cop, Bobby Day push her toddler on a swing. A (Robert Glenister, “Hustle”) man enters the frame, wearing who questions the blonde a sweatshirt pulled close over woman, Lucy (Lesley Sharp, his hunched shoulders, his “The Full Monty”) with his face hidden by the hood. The hands shaking slightly as he air seems to stiffen as he walks tries to write down her answers. towards the mother, hands in She looks at him without his pockets. Before anyone can blinking a second longer than is predict his actions, he grabs comfortable, smiles beatifically her and stabs her several times. and then offers advice on how The woman sitting on the park to deal with panic attacks. He bench runs forward and pulls cuts her down immediately, that she’s the child out of the swing to embarrassed protect him, but the man runs spotted his weakness. Lucy away after leaving his victim blinks and moves on. (I seem lying in a pool of blood under to remember seeing a lot of the swings. Opening credits pointed blinking in the pilot. Whether they were attempting roll. However, unlike “House,” to make a point about non“Bones” or “Law and Order: verbal communication or I was SVU,” the pilot of “Paranoid” is just bored enough to be paying awful enough to merit refusing special attention to eyelids is up it a second chance. It’s boring, for debate.) Lucy is constantly wearing kitschy and full of cliches that aren’t even executed well. It’s soft smiles to indicate that she overly filtered, and the score always knows what’s best for matches the overdone aesthetic. people. I’m still rather confused The plot follows a group of as to her role in the plot. Indira Varma (“Game of detectives who try to solve the whodunit, but they quickly Thrones”) plays Nina, the realize it is not as simple as they second main detective, and is SOPHIA KAUFMAN
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blessed with the opportunity to deliver this line: “I’m 38 years old. I’m childless. My arse is starting to sag. And the flake that I thought was going to marry me has given me the shove.” It was bizarrely reminiscent of “Bridget Jones’s Diary” which made me upset that I was watching this and not “Bridget Jones’s Diary.” Later on, after mulling over how said flake (her boyfriend of a few years) had dumped her in front of the third detective (Dino Fetscher, “Now You See Me 2”), Nina mutters “Why am I so buttoned up,” and then kisses him. The second they break apart and he opens his mouth, perhaps to say “Where did that trite piece of dialogue come from?” she shakes her head and tells him to forget it. Fetscher’s confused face never changes throughout the episode. Most of the pilot is taken up by trying to track down people who are connected with the victim’s past. It ends with a possible key suspect’s body facedown in a swimming pool, and another box delivered to Bobby. Inside is a DVD of footage of himself and another photograph — this one edgily scribbled on with black Sharpie — and a sinister message. This would’ve been an interesting way to end the pilot and convince someone to watch the next episode if that someone hadn’t seen the same cliffhanger in several other episodes of several other TV shows. The pilot ends after 40-something minutes of failing to make you care about any of the characters. The only good thing I got out of it was a reminder to watch “Bridget Jones’s Diary” again.
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Peppers, defense dominate awards
OPP 12.5 14.3 116.8 3.1 7 135.9 44.5% 5.4 9 12 62.3 252.7 20.9% 38.5% 1.5 21.0 7.3 38.5 8-16 13/5 39.9 27:03
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PASSING Player Speight O’Korn Morris TOTALS
Cmp Att Yds TD 183 293 2375 17 20 34 173 2 4 5 45 0 207 332 2593 19
INT 6 0 0 6
Att Yds 165 810 80 565 68 422 74 417 27 167 15 154 11 61 25 39 5 37 12 31 3 19 2 17 3 15 1 4 1 2 1 1 1 1 2 -1 1 -2 1 -11 11 -16 29 -53 538 2679
Avg 4.9 7.1 6.2 5.6 6.2 10.3 5.5 1.6 7.4 2.6 6.3 8.5 5.0 4.0 2.0 1.0 1.0 -0.5 -2.0 -11.0 -1.5 -1.8 5.0
Lg 42 57 45 53 63 33 17 4 13 30 14 10 11 4 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 10 63
TD 10 3 6 5 3 0 1 10 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 40
No. Yds 52 826 43 518 31 469 13 183 14 105 6 87 13 59 5 59 4 47 6 45 2 42 2 27 2 24 1 23 2 18 1 15 1 12 2 11 2 10 2 6 1 4 2 3 207 2593
Avg 15.9 12.0 15.1 14.1 7.5 14.5 4.5 11.8 11.8 7.5 21.0 13.5 12.0 23.0 9.0 15.0 12.0 5.5 5.0 3.0 4.0 1.5 12.5
Lg 46 37 40 54 15 56 17 33 18 15 21 21 22 23 15 15 12 7 5 4 4 5 56
TD 7 4 2 1 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 19
RUSHING Player Smith, D. Evans Higdon Isaac Peppers McDoom Chesson Hill, K. Henderson O’Korn Morris Davis Crawford Poggi Hirsch Wilson Beneducci Hewlett Gedeon Allen TEAM Speight TOTALS RECEIVING Player Darboh Butt Chesson Perry Hill Evans Smith, D. McDoom Crawford Poggi Isaac Wheatley Ways Henderson Asiasi Hirsch Jocz Harris McKeon Bunting Johnson, N. Peppers TOTALS
Wolverines’ fate up in the air JACOB GASE
Daily Sports Editor
After the Michigan football team lost in double overtime to No. 2 Ohio State on Saturday, redshirt sophomore quarterback Wilton Speight speculated that the Wolverines’ chances to make the College Football Playoff were “slim to none.” Three days later, it’s not clear whether he’s correct or not, but one thing is for sure: Michigan will need help. The Wolverines slotted in at No. 5 in the second-to-last CFP rankings revealed Tuesday night, behind No. 1 Alabama, No. 2 Ohio State, No. 3 Clemson and No. 4 Washington — all of which, with the exception of the undefeated Crimson Tide, have only one loss on their résumés. Michigan stands as the highest-ranked two-loss team in the country and has head-to-head wins over No. 6 Wisconsin, No. 7 Penn State and No. 8 Colorado. Many pundits believe Alabama and Ohio State are locks for the playoff, meaning that the Wolverines would need Clemson or Washington to lose their
conference championship games to get back in the playoff picture. What complicates matters, though, is that the Badgers and Nittany Lions will meet for the Big Ten Championship on Saturday, thanks to Penn State’s division-tiebreaking win over Ohio State. And the eighth-ranked Buffaloes have an opportunity to upend Washington and add the Pac-12 Championship to their résumé. Consequently, Michigan may be the most divisive team still in contention. Even ESPN’s panelists squabbled over the Wolverines during the release show Tuesday night, delving into the arguments for and against Michigan making the playoff. Host Rece Davis pointed to the Wolverines’ weak road schedule, mentioning that they only beat 2-10 Rutgers and 3-9 Michigan State, while losing to Iowa and Ohio State. Analyst Joey Galloway preached the importance of conference championships, citing the final 2014 CFP rankings, in which TCU fell from No. 3 to No. 6 after the Buckeyes won the Big Ten Championship. He also pointed out the
unprecedented possibility of two non-conference champions from the same division making the playoff. “If Penn State wins the East and wins the Big Ten, and you, say, ‘Great job, great season, let’s go back and get two teams from the East and put them in,’ now we’re talking crazy,” he said. On the other side of the argument, Kirk Herbstreit, who did color commentary for the Wolverines’ game in Columbus, raised the question of “most deserving” versus “best.” In Herbstreit’s opinion, Michigan’s performance against the Buckeyes — and its three head-to-head wins over fellow contenders — proved the Wolverines were one of the top teams and that they should advance to the playoff with a Washington loss Friday. Of course, none of the panelists’ opinions factor into the decision. And the chairman of the CFP selection committee, Kirby Hocutt, emphasized that the ultimate goal of the committee is to get the “four very best teams” into the playoff, regardless of conference championships and past years’ precedents.
This week, Hocutt said Washington and Michigan had a very small margin of separation. Things could only get more difficult next week as Clemson, Washington, Michigan and Colorado, as well as either Wisconsin or Penn State, could all have two losses, bringing up the difficult question of how to separate them. “When two teams are comparable, there’s razor-thin margins between the two, that’s when we go to the protocol and the metrics,” Hocutt said on ESPN. “Conference championships, strength of schedules, headto-head, and outcomes against common opponents. “Those four are not in any particular order. None of those four are weighted above the other. It’s up to each member of the selection committee to determine if there’s a priority of one of those four metrics to them and which one carries the most weight.” At the end of the day, he reiterated, the committee’s job is to find the four best teams based on overall résumés. What that means for the Wolverines is anyone’s guess.
PUNT RETURNS Player Peppers Jocz Evans Perry TOTALS
No. 21 1 1 0 23
Yds Avg. Long 310 14.8 54 27 27.0 0 15 15.0 15 6 -6 358 15.6 54
TD 1 0 0 1 2
INTERCEPTION RETURNS Player Stribling Hill, D. McCray Peppers Thomas Lewis TOTALS
No. 4 3 1 1 1 2 12
Yds 60 36 22 11 4 0 133
Avg. Long 15.0 51 12.0 27 22.0 22 11.0 11 4.0 4 0.0 0 11.1 51
TD 1 1 0 0 0 0 2
Yds 9 9
Avg. Long 9.0 9 9.0 9
TD 0 0
Yds 260 87 39 28 26 6 0 446
Avg. Long 26.0 55 17.4 45 13.0 15 9.3 13 26.0 26 6.0 6 0.0 0 18.6 55
TD 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
FUMBLE RETURNS Player Hill, L. TOTALS
No. 1 1
KICKOFF RETURNS Player Peppers Lewis Henderson Hill, K. Evans Hudson Bunting TOTALS
No. 10 5 3 3 1 1 1 24
KICKOFFS Player Allen Foug Tice TOTALS
No. 77 8 3 88
Yds 4941 460 189 5590
Avg. 64.2 57.5 63.0 63.5
TB 45 2 0 47
No. 46 46
Yds 1961 1961
Avg. 42.6 42.6
Lg 67 67
PUNTING Player Allen TOTALS FIELD GOALS Player Allen Tice
FG Pct. 1-19 20-29 30-39 40-49 50+ Lg 0-0 9-9 5-7 1-3 1-1 51 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-1 0-0 0
16-2080.0% 0-1 0.0%
LEADING TACKLERS Player Gedeon Peppers McCray Thomas Hill, D. Glasgow, R. Wormley Charlton Winovich Hurst Gary Stribling Godin Lewis Kinnel Glasgow, J. Watson Bush Clark Mone Furbush Metellus TOTALS
Solo 37 47 36 35 35 14 17 17 10 17 11 18 11 17 11 8 6 6 6 2 3 3 398
Ast 67 25 36 28 13 25 22 21 24 14 16 9 14 6 6 4 5 5 4 8 6 6 394
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Tot 104 72 72 63 48 39 39 38 34 31 27 27 25 23 17 12 11 11 10 10 9 9 792
TFL 15.5 16.0 12.5 3.5 9.5 9.0 11.0 8.5 9.5 5.0 3.0 2.0 3.5 1.0 0.5 1.0 1.0 1.0 115
SK PBU 4.5 2 4.0 4.5 7 7 3 4.0 1 6.0 8.5 1 5.0 3.5 1.0 1.0 12 1.0 10 3 1 1.0 44 50
Daily Sports Editor
With games such as No. 3 North Carolina vs. No. 10 Indiana, No. 14 Louisville vs. No. 16 Purdue, No. 17 Wisconsin Virginia Tech vs. No. 22 at Michigan Syracuse Matchup: all on the Virginia schedule; the Tech 5-1; Big Ten/ACC Michigan 5-1 Challenge When: has its fair Wednesday share of 7 P.M. heavyweight Where: Crisler bouts. Center But another big game in TV/Radio: ESPN2 the Challenge will take place inside Crisler Center Wednesday night between the Michigan men’s basketball team and Virginia Tech (5-1). Both teams, who were on opposite sides of the bubble last season, with Michigan making the NCAA Tournament and the Hokies going to the NIT, come into the game with bounceback wins. The Wolverines (5-1) beat Mount St. Mary’s on Saturday after losing to South Carolina, and the Hokies downed Nebraska on Sunday after losing to Texas A&M. “We got a quality game on our hands,” said Michigan coach John Beilein. “It’s really odd that the bubble teams (from last year) that have (players) back are the teams we’re playing, whether it’s South Carolina, UCLA, Marquette and now Virginia Tech.” After a lackluster loss in Columbia, S.C., where they shot just 19.2 percent and made only 1 of 25 from behind the arc, the Wolverines bounced back to
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defeat the Mountaineers, 64-47. Led by the trio of senior guard Derrick Walton Jr., senior forward Zak Irvin and sophomore forward Moritz Wagner, who all put up doubledigit point totals, the Wolverines powered their way past Mount St. Mary’s for the victory. “We knew we just had to bounce back (from the loss to South Carolina),” Irvin said. “Every team goes through those games where the ball doesn’t fall for you. The game doesn’t go your way, and I knew I had to come with a mindset to be able to bounce back, and I think the team did that as well.” Michigan shot much better against a much smaller opponent in the Mountaineers and regained some of its stroke that allowed it to shoot its way past Marquette and Southern Methodist prior to its loss to the Gamecocks. On the other side of the court, Virginia Tech, which was projected to finish 10th in the Atlantic Coast Conference this season, has impressed early on in the season. The Hokies started the year with four straight victories before a narrow three-point loss to Texas A&M at the Wooden Classic in Fullerton, Calif. Coach Buzz Williams’ team is led by 6-foot7 forward Zach LeDay, who ranks first on the team in both points and rebounds, averaging 16.3 and 7.7 per game, respectively. Virginia Tech’s biggest strength has been its shooting
Zak Irvin and Michigan delivered a bounce-back performance Saturday.
and its transition offense. The Hokies are shooting at almost 50 percent this season and play an up-tempo style that Michigan has not had to defend yet this season. “They’re a really smart team,” Beilein said. “They shoot the ball really well. They remind me of some of the better teams we’ve had, who have a lot of shooters and have a lot of guys who can see the floor. “That ball is going to come
“They remind me of some of the better teams we’ve had.”
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through the basket and pushed up the floor right down our throat. So if our transition defense isn’t good enough, they will get 80 on us.” While Virginia Tech’s style of offense is something that the Wolverines haven’t yet seen this season, it is one that they will see down the road. Beilein highlighted Michigan State and Indiana as teams that play with an up-tempo style that Michigan will see later on in the season. So while the Hokies may not have the talent of the Spartans or the Hoosiers, Virginia Tech will pose a good challenge for Michigan before tougher Big Ten foes come to town.
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All 11 defensive players earn AllBig Ten accolades MAX BULTMAN
Managing Sports Editor
The Michigan football team’s defense dominated its opponents all year long. Tuesday night, it dominated the Big Ten’s award show. All 11 of Michigan’s defensive starters received honors from the Big Ten, with eight making either first or second team All-Big Ten and three earning honorable mentions. Jabrill Peppers was the big winner, taking home the Nagurski-Woodson Defensive Player of of the Year, ButkusFitzgerald Linebacker of the Year and Rodgers-Dwight return specialist of the year awards. In fact, only one of the four individual defensive awards not given to Michigan — the conference’s Smith-Brown Defensive Lineman of the Year award was given to Ohio State’s Tyquan Lewis. Peppers was the first player to win three awards since the conference expanded its awards program in 2011. Peppers, who is in the running to be a Heisman Trophy finalist, tallied 16 tackles for loss in the regular season and had one interception. He made an impact all over the field, lining up defensively at linebacker, safety and cornerback, as well as playing offense and serving as the Wolverines’ main return man. A redshirt sophomore, Peppers is just the fourth Michigan player to win Defensive Player of the Year, following Charles Woodson (who also won the Heisman in 1997), Larry Foote (2001) and LaMarr Woodley (2006). He was also one of four Wolverines named first team All-Conference on defense, along with senior defensive end Taco Charlton, fifth-year senior defensive end Chris Wormley (coaches) and senior cornerback Jourdan Lewis. Lewis took home the TatumWoodson Defensive Back of the Year award, capping a season in which he took away half the field for the Wolverines. Even with teams seldom throwing his way, Lewis broke up 12 passes and intercepted two. He allowed just eight receptions all season. His biggest highlight-reel play came on a fourth-down deep ball against Wisconsin, when Lewis made an outstretched, one-handed grab to ice the game. Lewis was the anchor of the nation’s No. 1 pass defense, a distinction reflected in the vast number of Wolverines honored Tuesday during the Big Ten Network’s hour-long award special. Fifth-year senior defensive tackle Ryan Glasgow, senior cornerback Channing Stribling, senior safety Delano Hill (coaches) and senior linebacker Ben Gedeon (media) were named to the second team. Earning honorable mentions were fifth-year senior defensive tackle Matt Godin (coaches), redshirt junior linebacker Mike McCray and senior safety Dymonte Thomas. Fifth-year senior Kenny Allen was the second team All-Big Ten punter and an honorable mention at kicker. The Coach of the Year awards were split between Wisconsin’s Paul Chryst (coaches) and Penn State’s James Franklin (media), the two coaches who will compete for the Big Ten title in Indianapolis this Saturday.
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Three’s company for ‘M’ ETHAN WOLFE Daily Sports Writer
Michigan defenseman Cutler Martin (left) takes naps to make sure he’s rested on the road, while goaltender Zach Nagelvoort (right) prefers to stay awake and loose.
Inside the Wolverines’ road trips AVI SHOLKOFF
Daily Sports Writer
Road trips with the No. 20 Michigan hockey team consist of visits to new arenas, games against former teammates and simply “being on the road with the boys.” Senior goaltender Zach Nagelvoort remembers many moments throughout his history of road trips and roommates with the Wolverines. His most memorable moment, though, occurred when he roomed with former Michigan goaltender and then-senior Adam Janecyk during the 2013-14 season. Nagelvoort saw Janecyk as a role model, especially as the two shared Western Michigan roots, with Janecyk hailing from Grand Rapids and Nagelvoort from Holland. “I don’t remember where we were (on the road) … and I didn’t know him super well, and I had statistics homework,” Nagelvoort said Monday. “And so I’m trying to do it, and I’m buried in it. I just could not understand it, so I brought him over. I’m expecting that (since) he’s a senior, he’ll give me some pointers. Well, he just kinda looked at it, and he says ‘Dude, this might as well be Chinese.’ ” Though Janecyk couldn’t help Nagelvoort with his homework assignment, he grew as a role model in the Wolverines’ system. Every road trip, all of the team’s roommate pairings consist of one upperclassman and one underclassman. The older player ensures that his younger counterpart remains focused during the trip and arrives promptly for mealtime and the pre-game skate.
Junior forward Cutler Martin roomed with sophomore defenseman Joseph Cecconi last season and now splits time on the road with Cecconi and freshman forward Steven Merl. Last year, Martin and Cecconi bonded over their shared nap schedule. “Every guy likes to nap different amounts,” Martin said. “Some guys like to go a couple of hours, some guys like to go 30 minutes. Chico and I like to lie down for an hour and a half, at least, to get ready for the game and make sure we get ready to go. (There’s) not too much laughing when we wake up and walk down to the bus to go to the games.” As goaltenders, Nagelvoort and his roommate, freshman Hayden Lavigne, their perspective is slightly different from the rest of the team. “Whichever guy is not starting, (he’s) going to do pretty much whatever it is to make that guy (who’s starting) comfortable,” Nagelvoort said. “So if he likes to nap for three and a half hours, then you’re quiet for three and a half hours. If he only likes 30 minutes of napping and wants to talk for a little while, or keep it light. (Lavigne) did that for me in Arizona. When he’s playing, I’m sure it’ll be the exact opposite.” Added freshman goaltender Jack LaFontaine: “Everyone has their own superstitions and stuff, and so everyone has
a little bit of respect. You know not to talk to a certain guy, don’t wake him up at this specific time. Lavigne’s not the weirdest goalie (I’ve roomed with). He’s not going to be doing weird stuff at 4 a.m. I’ve had some pretty weird roommates in this past, so it’s a breath of a fresh air to room with these guys.” For Michigan coach Red Berenson, his decision to pair roommates in this way stems from his days as a player at Michigan. He remembers rooming with older teammates as a young player and likewise tried to pass on the knowledge he gained when he was a senior. And these roommate pairings could lead to on-ice success as well. “It helps (to) get to know each other as people,” Berenson said. “There’s no question. And you have a good relationship with them, you can communicate better with them, you can critique each other better and you can be closer together as a unit on the ice. We’ve got 11 freshmen on our team. We need the upperclassmen to appreciate what kind of people these guys are. They’re not just hockey players, they’re not just freshmen, they’re good people. And I think the more you can respect someone as a person, the more you get to know them, the more you’ll appreciate them on the ice, too.” As the players can attest, though, success isn’t only about the on-ice chemistry.
“You can’t only be thinking about (hockey) the entire time.”
“Road trips are so weird because you’re together but you spend a ton of time just in your hotel room,” Nagelvoort said. “There is a lot of downtime. Hayden’s a studious guy, probably more studious than I’ve ever been. “If we’re not hanging out and talking or watching movies, then he’s buried in a book or something like that. He’s been a good guy to room with. The focus is on keeping it light with the two of us.” Lavigne and Nagelvoort’s chemistry shows Berenson’s success in creating these roommate pairings. Often, Berenson will find a team leader and place an anxious freshman with him. After a few weeks, as the young player becomes more comfortable, he will give the senior another mentee. On last year’s team, JT Compher served in this mentor position. This season, it is senior defenseman and captain Nolan de Jong, who, according to Berenson, “walks the talk” on and off the ice. As the Wolverines prepare to travel to State College to face No. 7 Penn State, the elder players will ensure prompt practice attendance — 20 minutes early, as Luce says — and concentration on the games ahead. For Nagelvoort, though, it is imperative that the team stay occupied on the trip. “We’re there to play two hockey games,” Nagelvoort said. “I get it, that’s obviously the focus of the time there. But I’m totally subscribed to the theory that you can’t only be thinking about that the entire time, otherwise you’re going to drive yourself nutty, especially as a goalie.”
On Oct. 16, junior guard Katelynn Flaherty tweeted a photo of a Shot Tracker placed below a basketball net at Michigan’s practice gym. The machine had three numbers written on it: 517 shots attempted. 500 shots made. 97 percent made. Flaherty posted this astonishing practice feat as a countdown to the Michigan women’s basketball team’s first game of the season, but through the Wolverines first seven games, it has become representative of the Michigan’s dominant 3-point shooting. At 45.5 percent, the Wolverines currently hold the nation’s best 3-point field goal percentage. They’re also scoring at a high volume, making the fifth-most 3-pointers in the country — trailing fourth-place Sacramento State by just 2 with 82 fewer attempts. Most of Michigan’s 3-point prowess comes from Flaherty and senior guard Siera Thompson, who are second and first, respectively, on the Wolverines’ all-time 3-point list with 205 and 209 shots made from behind the arc. Thompson’s talent beyond the arc has been subtle and hard to defend, as the starting point guard and season assists leader also has an arsenal that extends beyond her outside shooting, posing a difficult test for opposing point guards. “Siera’s been terrific all season long,” said Michigan coach Kim Barnes Arico. “Coming into this year we talked and said, ‘Siera you have to score for us a little bit more, you can really knock down shots and take some of the pressure off of Katelynn.’ ” Though Thompson’s place atop the 3-pointer list is noteworthy, Flaherty is well on her way to becoming the greatest shooter in Michigan’s history less than a
quarter of the season through her junior campaign. In fact, Barnes Arico and the rest of the team are more surprised when she misses. “Any time she shoots the ball, we know there’s a good chance it’s going in,” Barnes Arico said. “She makes it really hard for other teams to defend us because she’s such a great scorer.” While Flaherty and Thompson are the main 3-point threats — knocking down 33 of the Wolverines’ 65 3-pointers this season — Michigan has displayed its depth of long-range shooters. Off the bench, sophomore guard Nicole Munger and freshman guard Kysre Gondrezick have shown veteran poise from the 3-point line. Munger already has 10 3-pointers to her name this season after hitting 21 in 34 appearances last year. Her shooting proved to be vital against No. 25 Gonzaga last Thursday. After the Bulldogs tore off an 8-0 run to bring Michigan’s lead to four with 3:19 in the final quarter, Munger stymied their momentum with a 3-pointer and a drew a charge on the following play to seal the victory. Gondrezick was a highly touted recruit because of her scoring abilities, and her transition to the college game has looked seamless, as she has averaged 2.3 3-pointers a game as the first player off the bench. While the Wolverines are confident in their game from deep, they also like to emphasize improvements on defense so that they don’t have to live and die by the 3. “Our defense has gotten better, and that is something we really stressed in the offseason,” Barnes Arico said. “But our ability to shoot the ball and go in transition is something we did pretty well last year. We are continuing in that same direction this year with a little bit more experience and more confidence.”
Senior guard Siera Thompson is one of Michigan’s many potent 3-point shooters.
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TV and Me: The Election BY ALEX INTNER
efore the election, I admit I was going to take a different angle to a piece about late night and the election. I was going to talk about how the election helped fill the void left at the top of the late-night space from Jon Stewart leaving. Through coverage of the election, comedians such as Samantha Bee and Seth Meyers established themselves at the top of their game. But over the past couple weeks, I’ve noticed myself turning to these late-night comedians. Instead of thinking about the new late-night pecking order, I’ve found myself working through my emotions about the election by watching the late night shows. It’s been cathartic to watch them work through the same feelings I had and grapple with what the next four years are going to be like. One of the unsung heroes of the late-night space during the 2016 election has to be Seth Meyers. When his show debuted in 2014, it was fine. He wasn’t doing anything particularly special or different about it. But, in the summer of 2015, Meyers made a transition. Instead of standing on the stage giving a monologue, he moved behind the desk and delivered jokes similarly to how he had on “Saturday Night Live.” He was clearly more comfortable behind the desk than standing on a stage, and it made watching him more enjoyable. He then developed a segment called “A Closer Look,” which is several minutes long and a sharp, hysterical deep dive into issues like President-elect Donald Trump’s predatory behavior or the presidential debates. On his first post-election show, he was smart and reflective on both his past and what the future will bring. In the monologue, he was clearly shaken by what happened, just as I was. But, hearing him work through his emotions with jokes made me laugh, which was exactly what I needed. During this election cycle, one of late night’s strongest and most powerful voices, “Full Frontal with Samantha Bee,” premiered. Throughout the campaign, Bee’s sharp jokes, often told with a seething rage, led to compelling and hilarious TV. After the election, she went on the air and talked about things like how scared her staff (the most diverse in late night) is about the results of the election. But, at the end of the segment, she went through some of the positives to come out of the election, like historic elections of senators in Illinois and California. Like Meyers, Bee ended on an optimistic note, which was exactly what I needed to hear.
With the rise of Meyers and Bee, I found myself asking a question: Is John Oliver still the best and sharpest voice in late night? In his third season, Oliver continued doing what he does best, and constantly had great lines about Trump and how awful this election was. But, as the third season went along, I found myself less interested in watching. I still saw every episode, but it was no longer the first thing I watched on a Monday morning. His post-election episode was as good as Bee’s or Oliver’s, but there’s something about his humor that feels less fresh than it used to. One show I haven’t talked about yet is “Saturday Night Live,” but I do want to mention them because of their cold open from a couple weeks ago. It was simple: Kate McKinnon as Clinton sitting at a piano singing “Hallelujah,” a song written by Leonard Cohen, who passed away several days after the election. After the election, the show had a lot of pressure to do something. By doing this, it showed it couldn’t do jokes as usual, and it nearly left me in tears. I don’t exactly know why, but there’s something about McKinnon singing one of my favorite songs and talking about not losing hope that got to me. For the past couple weeks, I’ve been trying to maintain the sense of optimism that
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drives who I am. I’m trying to have faith in this country and faith in the American people. That’s particularly hard in a time like this one, but it’s something I need to do. I can’t let myself be broken by one night — and that’s made it just a little bit easier watching comedians like Bee, Meyers and Oliver attempt to hold Trump accountable on their shows.
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on the record: the game “I’m bitterly disappointed in the officiating. Throwing your hat, throwing your script — that’s a penalty. I asked him about it and he said, ‘Well, it is in basketball.’ Well, this isn’t basketball. I thought there were some outrageous calls, including the one that should have ended the game.”
“But [this game] was an instant classic between two great teams. We knew going in it was going to be that way. That’s one of the best defenses we’ve ever gone against.” — Ohio State University football coach URBAN MEYER on where this game will rank within the long rivalry.
“It was a great game all in all. Ohio State played a heck of a game, all jokes aside.” —University of Michigan sophomore cornerback JOURDAN LEWIS after the game, responding to joking tweets from his former high school teammate and Ohio State University running back Mike Weber.
— University of Michigan football coach JIM HARBAUGH was fined by the Big Ten for making these comments after the game, which his team lost 30-27.
All Around the World: Singapore BY ISOBEL FUT TER
hen I was looking at study abroad programs for the winter semester of my junior year, the overwhelming number of places I could go both excited and scared me. Ross Global Initiatives and the Center for Global and Intercultural Studies offer programs to over 40 countries. I felt and continue to feel lucky to be student at such an international-reaching university, where the opportunities to travel and learn are plentiful. Although I’m a seasoned international traveler, I’d spent most of my time abroad for vacation or visiting family, with the exception of the six week language program I did in France last summer. I had never spent four months by myself in a place I’d never been, and I was hungry for this experience to be different from my past experiences. Since I’ve already lived and visited most of Europe, I decided to eliminate it from my list of potential places to go. Europe is a big place with hundreds of different cultures and thousands of things to do, I wanted to explore somewhere that I knew nothing about, and a culture that I had never experienced. I wanted to participate the Ross Global Initiatives Semester Abroad Program, which has partner schools mostly in Europe and Asia, so I chose Asia. I’d never been to Asia before and the idea frightened, but intrigued me. I’d be at least a 25 hour plane journey from home and in a completely opposite time zone. In my research of different Asian countries and programs, I realized the vast differences I would be choosing between. The schools in China versus Thailand versus Singapore had many differences in class selection, student life and culture. For example, the International Education of Students School in Shanghai is a school that specifies in study abroad. Contrasting with the National University of Singapore, which is a large university that attracts students from all over the world for regular enrollment. An experience at a university that only has study abroad students, and learning to mesh with regular students is a completely different experience. As a whole, the huge continent offers a plethora of ways of life, landmarks, languages and peoples. Looking through the different schools, the variations and options were amazing. Singapore stood out to me for three distinct reasons: the school, the food and the travel opportunities. When I go to Singapore, I will be attending the National
University of Singapore. The school had all the academic requirements I was looking for, noted as the best University in Asia, as well as the travel opportunities I was looking for: Vietnam, Laos, Bali, Thailand, etc. Since I’m only in the country for about four months, this is the perfect opportunity to try something new, meet new people and maybe develop some new skills. Singapore is known for its amazing food. It is estimated that almost 40% of the population is non-citizens, so naturally, the food is an agglomeration of Asian influences and European dishes. “Hawker centres,” or market places, boast many street food stalls — each with a different dish from India to Malaysia. I am so excited to try foods that aren’t generic in the United States and give myself the opportunity to branch out in tastes. Although the idea of eating some strange meats and vegetables I’ve never heard of makes me a little nervous, I’m looking forward to exploring. I’m also looking forward to travelling. I plan to visit Thailand, Malaysia, Cambodia, Vietnam, Bali and maybe even Australia to visit family. The opportunity to visit all these places at once has never been available to me before. I also plan to travel with other exchange students that I meet at NUS and develop good relationships with people from all over the world. Singapore is a popular location for many students to study in all over the world, which makes it the perfect place to meet young students just like me. The best way to get to know someone is travel the world with them, and that’s exactly what I plan on doing. Although I’m excited to do all these fun things while abroad, I do have some concerns. For example, Singapore has a very strict set of laws and regulations. Almost everyone’s heard that “gum is illegal to buy and chew” since the city cares deeply about cleanliness and order. One thing I’d never heard of before is that jaywalking is illegal and punishable by prison. As a converted “Ann Arbor-ian,” jaywalking is second nature to me, and I am guilty of stepping out into the street whenever I please. Let’s hope I don’t end up in prison during my four months there. Lastly, it is forbidden to urinate in an elevator. In fact, most elevators have urine detectors and if you dare to do so, you will be locked in the elevator until your arrest. Ultimately, planning my study abroad and learning
about my future temporary home has been one of the most exciting parts of fall semester. I plan to branch out in ways I never have before, meet people who will hopefully be my friends for life and expand my sense of cultural awareness.
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At a Native American Student Association event on November 20th, three women perform a song in Anishinaabemowin.
ccording to this year’s enrollment overview from the University of Michigan’s Office of the Registrar, there are only 80 Native students at the University, making up 0.21 percent of those enrolled as of fall 2016. These students make up 0.17 percent of enrolled undergraduates and 0.32 percent of graduates and professional staff. In contrast, in 2015, Native Americans made up 2 percent of the country’s total population and 0.7 percent of the population in Michigan. The number of students on campus has dropped from last year, when 92 students with Native heritage were listed as enrolled at the University. However, students within the Native community said in interviews that issues of representation extend past the number of Native students on campus to visibility on the campus landscape, an issue they’ve confronted by building communities. One expression of this community occurred the Sunday before Thanksgiving, where more than 40 people came to celebrate their Native identities over Native inspired food as part of November’s Native
American Heritage Month. The feast was only one of NASA’s many events organized to commemorate the month-long celebration. In addition to several cultural and educational events, the group capped off the month with a performance by a Native singer and spoken word artist. “Our numbers for enrollment are very, very low so I think that has a lot to say with the Native community on campus,” said NASA co-chair Kaitlin Gant, an LSA senior. “Since there’s so few of us it sometimes gets really discouraging, especially when we know people who are Native who could be here and they’re not. We would like to do some recruitment, and we’ve tried some of that, but we don’t have the resources to do so.” Much of the University outreach to Native students is funneled through NASA, which organizes Native cultural programs throughout the year including annual events for the November heritage month and the Dance for Mother Earth Powwow in the spring. In addition to NASA, the umbrella organization for Native members of the
University community, there are several other specialized organizations available for Native students, including the American Indian in Science and Engineering Society, the Latin American and Native American Medical Association and the Native American Law Association. “What we aim to do on campus is to give Native American students a community of support where they can explore their identities and to just give them a sense of Native culture,” Gant said. While membership varies, Gant said NASA has about 12 core members who help out and attend every meeting and event, though turnout tends to be significantly higher at events, which are open to the public. Still, spreading the word can be difficult given the group’s size. “It’s so hard when there’s not a lot of Native American students on campus,” Gant said. “So when so many of us are busy it really takes a toll.” Gant said the University also provides assistance through its support of NASA’s Powwow, with Assistant Vice Provost Dilip Das acting as the group’s point person in
helping with funding and administration. “It’s isolating (being Native on campus), but we do have a strong community,” Rackham student Jeremiah Thompson said. “We come from many different disciplines. We have to seek that out and create that for ourselves and I think the University does support us. I think of course we wouldn’t mind having more support.” NASA also receives resources from the University’s Multi-Ethnic Student Affairs. However, Jasmine Pawlicki, a University alum and current library assistant, said it is easy for Native American students to sometimes get overlooked because MESA represents a large number of student groups. “Native American students are a relatively small number on campus,” Pawlicki said. “There’s this issue where the students were asking for a dedicated person to help support them and they’ve been asking for it for 10 years but so far it hasn’t come to fruition.” While appreciative of the University’s support for NASA and the annual Powwow, Thompson said he does not feel that Native students are well represented in the campus landscape.
“This is my ancestral homeland and I belong here and we’re not really represented on campus,” he said. “ … When you look at the Law School, whose history is represented there? It’s not mine. When you look at the buildings and who they’re named for, it’s not my history, and yet not so long ago this was tribal land. This is where my people are from.” While acknowledging that the University has become gradually more inclusive in the most recent chapter of its history, Thompson said the campus itself continues to ignore the contributions of women and marginalized groups. “We don’t have a statue, we don’t have something that says ‘in memoriam’ or ‘in commemoration of the people who gave up this land and gave this land grant institution,’ ” Thompson said. “I would like to see more things that acknowledge that … to be visible and to be part of the structuring. That’s not much to ask I don’t think.” *** Though the University’s campus is littered with markers commemorating distinguished scholars, graduated classes and generous donors, one stone plaque on the edge of the Diag is dedicated to the Ojibwa, Odawa and Bodewadmi tribes who granted land to the University in 1817. Twenty years before Michigan became a state, the United States and several Native American tribes signed the Treaty of Fort Meigs, which agreed that the tribes would cede their land and allow for the foundation of the University. Though the treaty is as old as the University, the plaque was erected to honor the gift in 2002. Native students statewide also have the Michigan Indian Tuition Waiver, which allows students to apply to have their tuition waived for enrollment at a state public college or university. To be eligible for the waiver, which is processed by the
Department of Civil Rights, students must be a legal resident of the state for at least 12 consecutive months, certified at least 25-percent Native American and enrolled in a U.S. federally recognized tribe. The Waiver of Tuition for North American Indians Act was first passed in the Michigan Legislature in 1976 — culminating from early 20th-century laws and agreements that the state would assume responsibility from the federal government for the education of Native students. The tuition waiver gained support in Michigan after a failed 1971 lawsuit claimed the University had violated the Treaty at Fort Meigs by using the land without providing education guarantees to Native students. The act has been amended several times since it was first passed, mainly to loosen eligibility restrictions and allow universities to be reimbursed by the state for the cost of the waiver. However, there have also been legislative attempts to dissolve the program. The most recent effort was in 1996, when Gov. John Engler said he would veto the next higher education budget if it included funding for the MITW program. Rallies were held in protest around the state and, though the program was removed from the budget, it was saved when funding was instead reallocated into the base per pupil funding of each university and college. Thompson, who is an enrolled member of the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians, is a recipient of the tuition waiver and said it’s partly why he goes to the University. “The tuition waiver program is kind of always under constant threat and I need to utilize it,” he said. “It’s something that is a benefit that may not last forever. I certainly hope it does.” According to Vicki Levengood, the communications director at the Michigan
Second-year law student Jason Searle watches a performance during the Nov. 20 event.
Department of Civil Rights, 1,093 waivers were granted at Michigan’s four-year universities for 2014-2015. As of January 2016, 4 percent of program applications are for enrollment at the University. “It’s a really hard process to get approved for the tuition waiver,” Gant said. Though a native of Michigan, Gant said she is not eligible for the waiver because she is a member of the Oneida tribe, which is based out of Canada and not federally recognized by the United States. As an unrecognized Native student, Engineering junior Gabrielle May doesn’t have access to resources like the MITW program. Though many of her relatives are registered in tribes, she said her parents encountered trouble trying to enroll. “There’s not really any resources for me,” she said. “I am doing OK otherwise. I think I probably would have done OK or better with the resources but they’re unreliable. Good for some but not for all.” Higher education assistance programs for Native students are offered in other states as well, with varying access and administration challenges. Though in some states, tuition waivers and scholarships are operated only by individual colleges. *** With Heritage Month coming to a close, NASA will soon be turning the bulk of its efforts to planning its biggest cultural event: the annual spring Powwow. The organization prides itself on hosting the largest student-run Powwow in the country, featuring on average more than 50 Native vendors, feasting, singing and dancing. This will be NASA’s 45th year organizing the two-day event, which sees hundreds of visitors from around the country. “It’s a huge Powwow,” said Law student Jason Searle, a non-Native student who helped organize last year’s event. “A lot of
tribes know about it and they all come to sell food and items as well as perform dances and cultural performances, which were great.” Held at Skyline High School, the Powwow is painstakingly organized by members of NASA in collaboration with the University’s MESA and Eastern Michigan University’s Native American Student Organization. The event moved from its usual spot at the Crisler Center two years ago, but the organization hopes to eventually bring it back to campus. “It’s great to be involved in a student organization that’s helping highlight and keep alive these cultural practices, and Powwow being a big one,” Searle said. “... It’s a big endeavor for students to take on but it’s really rewarding.” Social Work student Shandiin Church said she has been attending powwows since she could walk and that dancing is a tradition in her family. “Powwows are open to the public. It’s a celebration,” she said. “Some people think it’s a ritual and there’s something spooky about it … but it’s very celebratory. It’s a celebration, it’s a social gathering. It’s nothing tribal specific like just to one tribe. There’s 566 tribes in the United States and this is just something common that we all share.” Gant said there is a lack of information in history books about Native Americans and encourages non-Native students to ask questions and try to learn more about Native culture. “Being Native is something a lot of people don’t understand because they haven’t had the chance to learn about it yet,” Gant said. “A lot of people see being Native American as something of the past that doesn’t really exist anymore.”
First-year law student Jonny Petoskey and Ann Arbor resident Joanna Connelly talk during the Nov. 20 event.
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Coming into Focus
by Zoey Holmstrom, Statement Photo Editor
never understood the hype, and I’m still not really sure if I do. The aura that surrounds sports at the University of Michigan is unique, and as a photojournalist for The Michigan Daily, I view it all from a unique perspective. It’s humbling to stand on a field surrounded by thousands of screaming fans that live and breathe Michigan sports while I, as a photojournalist, must remain neutral. I had never cared about Michigan or its sporting teams until I began photographing them. I never understood why people became so emotionally distraught after a loss or called their rivals such awful names. As a photojournalist, my job is to take experiences that I see through my viewfinder and present them to our readers in an unbiased fashion. Through my experience, I’ve captured the raw emotions and passions that people have for this school and its teams. The genuine passion, heartbreak and cheers from fans, along with players’ intricate athleticism, have allowed me to understand in a small sense the immense pride that these Michigan fans display. It’s even made me reflect on one of my own passions as well: the practice of photography. I began to seriously consider photography in high school when I took AP Studio Art my senior year. My teacher was the first person that really believed in my passions for the craft, and I’ll forever be thankful for the confidence he instilled in me. Through his guidance and encouragement, I decided to attend Ohio University to study photojournalism, a major that seemed to combine two of my passions in high school: writing and photography. At Ohio University, I enrolled in my first college-level photography class and was shocked about everything I didn’t know. My high school classes never spoke about
things like F-stops or ISO numbers, and I felt incredibly lost. One of my first photo assignments at OU required us to shoot a sporting event. I hadn’t photographed any sort of sport prior to college, and I chose to attend a field hockey game. I entered the field with some other classmates, and after reviewing my photos I felt a sense of confidence arise. However, my photos were torn to shreds the next day, quickly erasing my positive thoughts and sending me into a spiral of self-doubt in my photography. Pulitzer-winning professors and kids with years of high school photography experience and classes under their belts surrounded me; I was attending one of the best schools for photojournalism in the country. It seemed as though my dreams would come true and I would someday land that dream job at National Geographic every photographer wants at some point in their journey. But I was completely lost. They all knew how to capture the perfect photos in comparison to the images I was producing, and really knew how to connect with their subjects on a deep, personal level. One of the most important aspects to photography is building a connection with subjects to create a more natural feel in photographs, something that I wasn’t achieving at all. The passion that I let lead me to OU seemed to be quickly depleting, and I wanted out of that corner of southeast Ohio as quickly as possible. The medium that had once given me confidence and purpose had proven to be a fluke, or so it seemed. I was too overwhelmed with the stress I felt at OU, and I knew the photojournalism lifestyle wasn’t for me. I saw how it affected my peers: biting their nails until they were raw after class critiques, many tears and the feeling of worthlessness. I decided that photography was something
I no longer had a passion for because of all the emotional stress it brought upon me. This led to my decision to look elsewhere for school, and I ended up at the University of Michigan. When I was accepted to Michigan, I never thought I’d pick up a camera again for a publication. I was ecstatic to leave Ohio in my past and travel back to my home state to attend college. When I loaded the car to depart for Ann Arbor going into sophomore year, I remember almost forgetting to bring my camera. On a whim, I threw it into the trunk, and it traveled with me. Though my time at Ohio University wasn’t ideal, I wouldn’t trade this experience for an extra year at Michigan. The experience and photography knowledge I gained are invaluable, and it truly helped widen my perspective. I recognize, now, that I needed to be torn apart to build upon my practice and I could never achieve great photos if I was never criticized for my subpar work that I was producing at OU. My first sport assignment for the Daily was a women’s basketball game. I walked into the Crisler Center, and I know I must’ve had a dumbfounded face because a member of the event staff immediately asked if it was my first time in the building. I made my way to the sideline under the basket and took a seat on the blue-stained hardwood and let the feeling sink in. Though there were hardly any fans in attendance and the team hadn’t exited the locker room yet, I was hit with a feeling of pride — a virtue I hardly ever allow myself to feel at all, let alone in great depth. This feeling was a sort of validation that I needed with my photography: despite the fact that I was no longer studying it professionally, I was beginning to pick up events that held greater importance than anything I photographed in Ohio. When I left Ohio, I never expected that, within the following two years, I would see president-elect Donald Trump passionately explain his platform to his supporters in Novi, Twenty One Pilots from two feet away, football coach Jim Harbaugh at the unveiling of Michigan’s new Jumpman football jerseys and Iowa football fans swept up in a crowd celebrating a win against Michigan. During these experiences, I’ve had these small moments of pride, and I’ve allowed them to drive my ambition in all of the events that I cover. This past October, I walked onto the plush turf of the Big House and was greeted with cheers and whistles. Sure, these cheers weren’t directed at me, but I immediately felt a sense of pride and accomplishment. Just like in Crisler, I paused outside the tunnel (probably blocking someone’s way) and allowed myself to stop and soak in the feeling that swirls around the stadium on Saturdays. Standing on the field was one of the most surreal feelings that I’ve ever felt, and it has lingered with me even a month after the game. Through photography, I have found a voice through which I feel that I can truly speak. Though I don’t specialize in posed portraits, I am able to capture the essence of everyday life and moments that aren’t always seen. I feel as though I have a true calling to capture a small essence of life’s candid moments. This ideology has definitely manifested itself when I cover sports for the Daily. Often, my favorite photos aren’t of the game itself, but of intimate moments that occur on the sidelines or in between plays. My contraption of metal and glass has given me a comfort through my trials of self-doubt, a comfort that despite the feeling of drowning, I can find hope in my subjects. I’ve not only allowed it to become a sense of comfort, but also a method to push myself further through all that I do. Though I still may not understand the undying love for something like sports, I am forever grateful that it has allowed me to find my own passions behind the lens.
Wednesday, November 30, 2016 // The Statement
To Live and Drive in L.A. by Sam Rosenberg, Daily Arts Writer
People are afraid to merge on freeways in Los Angeles.” - Bret Easton Ellis, “Less Than Zero” If you’re from Los Angeles or know anything about it, the first thing that comes to mind is the city’s horrendous traffic. And yes, for those not from L.A., the traffic is indeed horrible. As a resident of Los Angeles, I can attest to this. Getting to school in the mornings and coming home in the afternoons was a pain, especially when I had to take the freeway. The route going to and from places eerily coincides with tongue-in-cheek SNL sketch “The Californians”: You take the 10 East, merge onto the 405 North and get off at Mulholland. If the freeway is too crazy, take the Canyons, preferably Laurel or Coldwater. Waze and Google Maps become somewhat reliable guides when it comes to getting around the city. Other forms of transportation seem hopeless in an area that’s connected mostly through roads. The subway and train system is expanding, but it’s practically nonexistent and inefficient at the moment. Biking is fun and environmentally friendly, but cyclists are known to be a nuisance. And while the Metro buses are helpful in getting around places locally, driving a car has been and probably will continue to be the dominant mode of transit in L.A. I’ve always felt the car culture reflected a lot of what Los Angeles represents as a city. It’s spread out, spacious and horizontal — the inverse of New York City’s vertical, claustrophobic and skyscraper-heavy island. To me, L.A. is a strange and surreal paradox, a bustling city rich in mythology, a flawed paradise that prides itself on diversity but is racially and socioeconomically divided. It’s at once fascinating and alienating. At its core, Los Angeles is a desert, but over time, its ecosystem has been upended by man-made structures and freeways to make way for the city’s growing population. Over the years, Los Angeles went through several cultural shifts as it expanded, from the cozy suburbia of the ‘60s to the wild groove of the ‘70s to the neon glam of the ‘80s to the racial turbulence of the ‘90s. As of now, it’s become an epicenter for musically inclined hipsters, aspiring actors, ambitious screenwriters, fitness freaks, Instagram models, gluten-sensitive foodies, faux-famous social media stars and quasi-cynics like myself who complain about them, all living underneath a smog-heavy bubble populated
with palm trees. Growing up, I got to know the city of L.A. by being driven through it. One of my earliest memories involved driving, in which I witnessed my first car crash at age 4. After I visited the doctor for my annual checkup, my mom and I saw two cars collide at an intersection. Since then, I feel as though I subconsciously internalized that moment in order to make sure that, if I was ever going to drive, I would avoid crashing my car at all costs — I have not been in any accidents thus far, though there were several close calls. Being the younger one in the family, I was relegated to the backseat during my childhood but slowly made my way to the passenger seat when I was 12 years old. Either way, I would have to ask my parents, my sister or my aunt to drive me places until I got my driver’s permit. Almost every afternoon in eighth grade, I had to take the Metro bus home or wait for hours until my mom or dad could pick me up. In high school, I was driven in a carpool during my freshman and junior year and had to take the regular bus during my sophomore year. During all that time, I never felt like I had the control and responsibility that I often yearned for when it came to driving. I always had to depend on others to take me where I wanted to go. Luckily, when I did get to drive more during my senior year, I finally fulfilled my dream of exploring L.A. on my own terms. Because a lot of my friends lived in the San Fernando Valley and I lived in the city, I would plan out my trips in order to avoid traffic on the 405, despite the inevitability of some back-up on the freeway. Even though the drives there were often aggravating, the late-night rides back home were fantastic because I would be cruising down a dark, empty road by myself, staring at the red glow of the cars driving in front of me and hearing the whoosh of the ones that would pass me. As I coasted on the streets through flashing lights and billboards, I felt free, limitless and able to appreciate the romantic undertones of Los Angeles. Driving also gave me the agency to control the music; I’d load up my car ride playlist on Spotify to play songs that transformed the city into a cinematic experience. Latenight drives often consisted of listening to the wistful melancholy of Yo La Tengo’s “Nowhere Near” or Cage the Elephant’s “Cigarette Daydreams.” If I was taking Laurel Canyon from Studio City or Sunset Boulevard from West Hollywood, I would alternate between the adrenaline-pumping pop of Hellogoodbye’s “(Everything Is) Debatable” and the chilling piano balladry of Tobias Jesso Jr.’s “Hollywood.” If I was feeling nostalgic for the 1980s, which I often was, I’d turn up Flock of Seagulls’s “I Ran” or The Cure’s “Friday I’m in Love.” Or if I was feeling really cinematic, I would put on songs with direct references to L.A.: The Eagles’ “Hotel California,” the Mamas & the Papas’s “California Dreamin’” and Albert Hammond’s “It Never Rains in Southern California.” To truly know and live in Los Angeles is to drive through it, to explore its hidden gems, to seek out the city’s authenticity hindered by its distractingly ostentatious artifice. This past summer, I drove through and visited several areas in L.A. for the first time, or at least some places for the first time in a long while. I went to Venice, where I perused the Venice Canals with my mom and ate paleofriendly shaved ice cream with my sister and dad. I developed a love for Swingers, a phenomenal vintage diner located in Hollywood and Santa Monica that serves a variety of delicious food 24/7 — I highly recommend getting the avocado toast, a protein shake and a fruit platter for breakfast. I hung out at Larchmont, a swanky, pleasant neighborhood with great restaurants but inconvenient parking. On Father’s Day, my sister, dad and I hiked at Lake Hollywood, a dirt path surrounding the Hollywood Reservoir that offers a gorgeous view of the L.A. horizon. After an hour or two of walking and talking, the three of us ventured to Grand Central Market in Downtown, a large space with high ceilings, a mixture of pungent smells and an overwhelming sensory overload. We waited almost an hour in line to eat at Eggslut, a mouth-watering gourmet eatery that specializes in egg-based concoctions. Though I hated the Santa Monica beach as a kid, I drove with my mom there almost every Sunday afternoon to go on a morning run and spent some time basking in the sun. People often ask me why I came to Michigan from Los Angeles, why I left the city’s warmth for Ann Arbor’s cold, harsh weather. This was also surprising to many, because I want to enter a career in the film industry and Los Angeles is the perfect place for it, notably being the entertainment capital of the world. The truth is I actually wanted to escape L.A., not stay in it. Despite 18 years of living in a city with pitch-perfect temperature, I didn’t want to limit myself to just living in Los Angeles for another four years. There are many things that I love about L.A., but there is so much more to this big world of ours than home and it’s easy to get stuck there. I feel like most Angelenos who don’t leave L.A. are always stuck in existential and literal gridlock, unmotivated to take the wheel and unearth the treasures of the city they live in. People are afraid to merge, to connect with their own hometown and to escape their comfort zone. “What causes traffic?” is a question I ask myself a lot when I’m driving. I’ve learned that construction, car accidents, rubberneckers and texting drivers are the primary sources of car pileups. But perhaps the real cause might stem from a fear of wanting to leave and not being able to.
Wednesday, November 30, 2016 // The Statement
V I S U A L S TAT E M E N T: S TA N D I N G R O C K P H O T O S B Y C A R O LY N G E A R I G
Instead of driving an hour home to be with my family for Thanksgiving, I drove seventeen hours to document the camps and people at the Standing Rock Sioux reservation in North Dakota, acting as water protectors in resistance of the Dakota Access Pipeline. Though these photos could never tell the full story, I hope they shed light into the incredible people dedicating their time to fight for clean water and the rights of indigenous people.
The road leading into the main standing Standing Rock camp, Oceti Sakowin Camp, is lined with flags of over 140 tribes.
A Lakota water song is shown on a piece of paper.
On Thanksgiving, police stand on sacred burial grounds as water protectors watch from below, asking them to leave.
Journalists look out from a hill overlooking the camp.
Water protectors â€” as those working to stop then pipeline prefer to be called â€” hold signs and gather as they approach the police last Thursday.
Ryder Foster, 4, is a part of the Cherokee and Anishaabe tribes. From Kalamazoo, MI, he came with his mother and sister.
Two women join hands while discussing their time at the camp.
Published on Nov 30, 2016