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Scholarship expands to offer full ride to DPS grads Program to cover tuition for qualifying Detroit Public School alums


Dr. Khalil Shikaki, director of the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research, discusses possible changes in U.S. policy toward Israel and Palestine under President-elect Donald Trump at the Ford School Wednesday evening.


Experts say U.S., Middle East relations uncertain under Trump

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Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan announced Monday that the Detroit College Promise scholarship program, a part of the Detroit Public Schools Foundation, will be expanded provide full free tuition in four-year college programs to students who graduate from Detroit Public Schools. The program has provided last-dollar scholarship funding — monies that aim to fill the financial gap left by scholarships to cover additional expenses— to more than 700 students. Previously, the program covered expenses

Campaign rhetoric leaves researchers concerned, confused about future policy ETHAN LEVIN

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The future of diplomatic relations between the United States and the Middle East may not be in good hands under President-elect Donald Trump, according to political experts

who spoke at the University of Michigan Wednesday. At the talk, held at the Ford School of Public Policy to an audience of about 20 students, faculty and staff, the speakers focused on the tense political climate the next presidential administration should expect in regard to conflict in the Middle


University effort raises more than $5.5 million Giving Blueday breaks records from previous years CAITLIN REEDY Daily Staff Reporter

The University of Michigan’s Giving Blueday, a 24-hour fundraising event for student organizations, raised over $5.5 million Tuesday from about 7,000 donors. This is the largest amount the program has raised to date, surpassing last year’s donations by nearly $1.5 million. Giving Blueday stems from the international campaign Giving Tuesday, wherein people across the globe are encouraed to donate to different charities the week after Thanksgiving. The event is meant to kick off the holiday season — a season that is marked by heightened consumer activity and purchases. At the University, donors could give either to the University or to a specific school, unit or student organization. The campaign, first launched in 2014, has become more successful with each successive year. It raised $3 million in its first year, and just over $4 See GIVING, Page 3A

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East. Both Shai Feldman, the director of the Crown Center for Middle East Studies at Brandeis University, and Khalil Shikaki, the director of the Palestinina Center for Policy and Survey Research, acknowledged that their speculation on Trump’s actions in office could be proven

entirely incorrect once Trump is inaugurated. However, Feldman said considering the comments Trump made on the campaign trail, which he described as abrasive, he is uncertain of Trump’s foreign policy goals. Trump’s objectives include calls See TRUMP, Page 3A

that were not otherwise met by federal aid, including tuition fees, but the scholarships were not full coverage awards, which would satisfy all student expenses. The new expansion has been introduced as a pilot plan to be tested with students from the 2016 graduating class and next year’s 2017 class, according to a press release from Duggan’s office. Private funding from the Michigan Education Excellence Foundation, a Lansing-based nonprofit organization, helped support the expansion into full tuition, MEEF hopes to raise $25 million to support the program See DETROIT, Page 3A

‘U’ faculty develops pop-up eye clinic Alcohol on for regions lacking ongoing care options pedal pubs STATE

Portable container project in Jamaica aims to rethink approaches to health ALEXA ST.JOHN Daily Staff Reporter

Instead of thinking outside of the box, University of Michigan architects and doctors are thinking inside of it. A collaboration between faculty from the University Medical School, Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning and University Health Service has resulted in the development of a portable, box-like shipping container turned ophthalmology clinic that opened this month in Sandy Bay, Jamaica. Geoffrey Thun, associate dean for research and creative practice and associate professor of architecture at Taubman College, spearheaded the project’s development alongside David Burke, interim chair of the Department of Human Genetics and professor of human genetics, UHS optometrist Joseph Myers and a team of Taubman designers. The clinic — a 20-by8 foot recycled shipping container named “Common Health +” — was delivered and set up in Jamaica by the researchers and a group of volunteers last month. The box contains a number of eye care technologies repurposed from the University Health System. Thun said the development of the pop-up clinic combined

a number of multidisciplinary efforts, which began in the summer of 2015, resulting in a unique medical facility that could prove beneficial to a number of areas lacking proper eye care as well as other forms of medical treatment. “As designers, we’re interested in what you can do to make the (clinic) not a container and how you can produce additional

possibilities both for how it’s used by the community, but also in terms of the way in which you read the (container),” Thun said. “At the base level, it’s the idea of a set of technologies that is embedded in a hyperengineered artifact which then requires very low degrees of medical training to be able to operate.” With funding from a Third

Century Initiative grant — a $50 million, five-year initiative at the University created to develop new approaches to teaching and scholarships — the team also plans to ship eyeglass equipment to the Sandy Bay community. The clinic aims to allow patients to use automated technology without requiring medical attention from a professional. See CLINIC, Page 3A


A pop-up eye clinic prototype is constructed out of a shipping container in Jamaica.

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Detroit City Council voted unanimously Tuesday in favor of an ordinance that will allow patrons of “pedal pubs,” or mobile bars on wheels powered by the pedaling of the patrons, to now consume alcohol on board in the city. These pedal pubs are similar to “Trolley Pub” and other companies in Ann Arbor that also offer the same service. These pedal pubs have been legal in Ann Arbor since September 2015. In July 2015, Gov. Rick Snyder signed a bill allowing passengers of pedal pubs to drink on board, but individual constituencies are still allowed to decide at their own discretion whether or not to allow onboard consumption. While Ann Arbor has allowed onboard consumption since the inception of pedal pubs, Detroit had not until this vote. Business senior Joel Goldstein has patronized pedal pubs in both Ann Arbor and Detroit, and said See COUNCIL, Page 3A

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BRIEF: JILL STEIN REQUESTS RECOUNT IN MICHIGAN Green Party presidential nominee Jill Stein, who came fourth in the national popular vote in the 2016 presidential election, requested a recount in the state of Michigan Wednesday. Stein has also called or filed for recounts in Wisconsin and Pennsylvania — all states that President-elect Donald Trump narrowly won that were crucial in securing the Electoral College for him. Following the suggestion of potential vote manipulation in the three states by researchers including University of Michigan professor J. Alex Halderman, Stein has stated she is pushing for recounts to ensure the integrity of the election results. Last week, a group of computer scientists and election lawyers led by Halderman pointed out the possibility of vote manipulation by hacking

in these three states. The group consulted heavily with Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, urging her and her team to file for recounts, according to media reports. Though her campaign will participate in Stein’s Wisconsin attempt, she has not pursued any recall petitions independently. Stein, who has also said she believes the use of outdated and unreliable machines could alter the results of such an important election and pointed to the relatively high number of ballots in Michigan without a presidential vote, has raised $6.7 million total for the recounts in the three states. The first recount Stein has secured, in Wisconsin, is slated to begin Thursday. Despite Stein’s request for a hand count, a judge ruled earlier this week that the recount does not have

to happen entirely by hand, allowing instead a facilitated process through a machine. According to the Wisconsin State Journal, Stein has paid the Wisconsin Elections Commission $3.5 million and will be billed for any additional costs after the recount is completed by Dec. 12. In the petition filed Wednesday for Michigan, Stein is also seeking a hand recount. The state, which hasn’t voted for a Republican candidate since 1988, was a surprise swing state this election, and Trump won by a narrow margin of 10,704. Michigan’s recount could begin as soon as Friday in the largest of the state’s 19 counties, followed by the rest. The State’s Election Commission has said it hopes to finish the recount by Dec. 10, and it is anticipated to cost anywhere between $2 to $4 million. Stein is required to shoulder the

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bulk of the costs, but what isn’t covered by the state’s fee of $125 per precinct —which totals to slightly less than a million dollars overall — will fall on individual counties. However, state Republicans are opposing the recount over concerns that state counties will have to pay for any part of it not covered by Stein’s contributions and have also challenged the necessity of it. “Jill Stein’s taxpayer funded temper tantrum will waste millions and will not change anything regarding the Presidential election,” said Michigan Republican Party Chairman Ronna Romney McDaniel in a press release. “Jill Stein should withdraw her request immediately, and Michigan Democrats should join in our call for her to do so.”

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Lecture on Geospatial Technologies’ Current Role

WHAT: Epsilon Eta and the CSG Sustainability Commission will host a clothing swap to encourage environmentallyfriendly practices. Donations are welcomed but not required. WHO: Epsilon Eta and the CSG Sustainability Commission WHEN: 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. WHERE: Michigan Union Wolverine Room

WHAT: Meghan Howey, Anthropology Professor at the University of New Hampshire, will discuss using geospatial technologies to examine past socioecological landscapes. WHO: Museum of Anthropological Archaeology WHEN: 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. WHERE: Ruthven Museums

Economic Development Seminar

Love and Friendship in Islamic Literature

WHAT: This event will highlight several findings from an evaluation of three labor market policies in a sample of urban labor markets in Uganda. WHO: Department of Economics WHEN: 4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. WHERE: Weill Hall - 3240

WHAT: This lecture will examine work by Muslim authors about love and friendship, exploring human relationships and medieval emotions in the Age of the Crusades. WHO: Eisenberg Institute WHEN: 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. WHERE: Tisch Hall - 1014

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Representation of Infrastructure in Film

WHAT: Rebecca Bigler, Psychology Professor at UT Austin, will explain the causes of children’s gender attitudes and provide recommendations to parents and teachers. WHO: Gender and Feminist Psychology WHEN: 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. WHERE: East Hall - 4448

WHAT: Adriana Michele Campos Johnson, Comparative Literature Professor at UC Irvine, will give a public talk on how infrastrucutre and water is represented in visual art. WHO: Romance Languages WHEN: 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. WHERE: Modern Languages Building - Commons

Open Swing Dancing WHAT: All are welcome to attend and learn to swing dance regardless of skill level. The student organization MSwing is hosting the event. WHO: Student Organization: MSwing WHEN: 8:30 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. WHERE: Michigan League Koessler

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More than 100 people gathered to hear Dan Gilmartin, the executive director and CEO of the nonprofit Michigan Municipal League, speak on urban development strategies at the University of Michigan’s Ford School of Public Policy Wednesday. The lecture, sponsored by the Public Policy School’s Center for Local, State, and Urban Policy and the Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, was aimed at educating students about placemaking, which is an economic strategy to boost city appeal by sponsoring events or creating interesting sites to attract a community. Examples of placemaking


include areas like Campus Martius, a park between office buildings in downtown Detroit, and events that bring a community together like ArtPrize in Grand Rapids. Gilmartin spoke primarily about placemaking in Michigan, focusing on how the majority of the state lacks the fundamental features of a lucrative place to live for young people. He described placemaking as improving the human experience. “We found now that quality is life is where people are going and certainly where people with means and where people with entrepreneurial spirit and where people with access to all sorts of different things are going,” Gilmartin said. “So, it’s one in the same now about creating that great place in terms of creating a great economy.”

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Gilmartin said college graduates can be more interested in finding a place to live before finding a job in that area. Citing the competition among cities to appeal to young people, he listed eight characteristics localities use for placemaking: physical design and walkability, messaging and technology, green initiatives, ability to be welcoming, cultural economic development, transit, entrepreneurship and education. One of the largest challenges Michigan currently faces, Gilmartin said, is the lack of public transportation. He told the crowd about speaking to a friend who spent three and a half hours plus a mile-anda-half walk travelling from downtown Detroit to Somerset Mall in the metro-Detroit suburb of Troy using public transportation. The distance between the two places is 22 miles — a 25-minute drive by car. CLOSUP collaborated with the Michigan Municipal League, among others, on a Michigan Public Policy Survey that was published in 2014, showing that local Michigan governments have increased their use of placemaking. Between 2009 and 2013, there was a 60-percent increase in the number of jurisdictions partaking in placemaking activities. “This is an area of growth in Michigan among local governments and the private sector and other nongovernmental organizations,” said Thomas Ivacko, CLOSUP manager and administrator. “It is a pretty exciting, new place to turn, I think, to help improve the quality of life in Michigan.”


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WHAT: There will be a screening of the newest episode of the climate documentary series, “Years of Living Dangerously.” Attendees will then learn about a new climate change campaign. WHO: Put A Price On It WHEN: 8:30 p.m. - 10:30 p.m. WHERE: Dana Building - 1040

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TRUMP From Page 1A for increased immigration laws and registering of Muslims in the United States, which Feldman said he believes will complicate foreign policy negotiations with leaders in the Middle East. He emphasized that discrimination against Muslims has been validated by Trump’s election to office. “One of my students came to me in tears, which had to do with the fact of the different atmosphere they’re dealing with,” he said. “There is now a green light — that was not the case before. If the relations with the Muslim community escalate, that’ll be something they’ll be concern about.” Feldman said Trump would be “wise” to follow in President Barack Obama’s foreign policy footsteps in regard to the U.S.Israeli partnership, despite the criticism Obama has received. During his tenure in office, Obama has opposed policies set by the government of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, such as his approach to Iran. Feldman said for Trump to successfully navigate U.S. issues of international diplomacy, he must change his political outlook. “Trump will now, in a way, have to totally change his mindset,” he said. “He has been accustomed as a businessman — therefore, he has had an emphasis on winning. My argument is that he will soon discover that the situation in the Middle East is not about winning. In fact, the biggest problem that Trump will have is not America’s adversaries but America’s friends.” The speakers also noted that during the campaign, Trump spoke in opposition toward the nuclear agreement the U.S. signed with Iran last year. In recent weeks, a number of national security experts have publicly urged Trump to reverse his unfavorable stance on the deal. Feldman made it clear that he believes the presidentelect’s business experience will ultimately discourage Trump from undermining the Iran nuclear deal. “Frankly, I don’t think it’s a

legitimate option because as a businessman he would know that there would be no better deal to replace it,” he said. “There is a possibility that Congress will tear up the deal with legislation that violates the spirit of the deal, without destroying it. I don’t think it’s going to take a lot to persuade him that this is a really bad.” Shikaki emphasized that there is a chance Trump will adopt a stance of neglect in regard to foreign policy in the Middle East, particularly with Israel and Palestine. He said if Trump chose to ignore the current governments and policies in the region, it would further erode the current push toward a two-state solution. The two-state solution envisions independent Israeli and Palestinian states and is the mainstream U.S. approach to solving the conflict. “This would be like giving the current government a yellow light to doing what it sees as fit,” he said. “A policy of neglect would mean turning a blind eye to the current government, which could be very bad.” Shikaki said he strongly hopes the Trump administration will not drastically change the current method of conflict management in the Middle East, and will instead follow the Obama administration’s lead. “To continue the management efforts, he has given indications at times that he will try to be neutral in order to make a deal,” Shikaki said. “If he strays from neutrality, this would be the end of the two-state solution, either directly or through the policies that he would encourage.” Feldman echoed Shikaki’s sentiment that Trump may not remain neutral about conflict in the Middle East but instead may ignore it altogether. “It will take him some time for him to understand that the whole world is listening to what the U.S. president has to say,” Feldman said. “I feel this issue will not be a high priority for the administration. My impression is that he will have much more urgent issues on his plate. In the immediate, he has to figure out what to do with his domestic promises.” Public Policy senior Ellen Loubert said she felt worried

about Trump’s temperament when faced with important negotiations of foreign policy in the Middle East. She added that she appreciated the event and encouraged other students who have been thinking about the next presidential administration to attend discussions that promote diverse ideas and perspectives as often as possible. “It’s really concerning that (Trump) is totally xenophobic and uninformed,” she said. “It’s important to play nice with other countries because we all live on the same Earth. There’s no escaping that. It’s like a closed eco-system; you can’t do something without it affecting other parts. I’m glad that they talked about that, and really appreciated the discussion.” LSA junior Mohamad Zawahra said he attended Wednesday’s event because, as a Muslim American, he wanted reassurance following Trump’s election. After listening to the panel, he said he is hopeful that President Obama will be able to give President-elect Trump advice on how to handle diplomatic affairs. “It’s obviously scary at first, especially being a Muslim American,” Zawahra said. “I think a lot of what they said at the panel was reassuring because they made it all a little bit more real and they said that President Obama is going to take him under his wing and teach him the ways of diplomacy. It was a good to get a feel of what needs to be done moving forward, especially in the Middle East.” In response to the possibility of President-elect Trump implementing some of the immigration policies he promoted during the campaign, Zawahra said that he has faith in Congress keeping the White House in check. “It all comes down to me having faith in Congress doing what’s right,” Zawahra said. “The idea of such a law on immigration doesn’t feel like it can go through without a hiccup. Realistically I don’t think it can go through but if it did I think there would be backlash among the Muslim community and non-Muslims that would get up in arms about that and recognize it as a violation against human rights.”


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Passengers of the Handlebar pedal pubs pose next to them in Detroit.

DETROIT From Page 1A over the next two years, according to its website. The organization did not respond to a request for comment on funding that has been raised so far. Gov. Rick Snyder (R), who joined Duggan to announce the expansion, said in a press release that the program is now the largest program of its kind in the nation. “Michigan’s largest city is now also the largest city in the United States to guarantee all its young people the opportunity to earn a college degree tuitionfree,” he said. For students to qualify for free tuition to two- or four-year programs, they must earn at least a 3.0 grade point average and score 21 on the ACT exam or 1,060 on the SAT. Students must have spent all four years of high school living in Detroit and attending a DPS school to qualify for four-year funding, and at least their junior and senior years to qualify for twoyear funding. From the 2015 graduating

COUNCIL From Page 1A the ability to drink on board provides a completely different experience. “The tours in Detroit are awesome,” Goldstein said. “It’s fun to be in and see the more beautiful parts of the city. But


Dan Gilmartin, executive director and CEO of the Michigan Municipal League, discusses why placemaking is an important economic development strategy in Weill Hall Wednesday.

CLINIC From Page 1A In addition to ensuring the clinic was suitable for medical eye care, the team designed the container keeping in mind variation in climate zones, cultural practices and the potential for the container to play a social role in the community in which it is placed. Kathy Velikov, associate professor of architecture, was also involved in the development of the clinic and said eye care is one of the focuses of Burke’s “Deep Monitoring” project due to its non-invasive way of assessing vision health. The project began with a goal of finding actionable ways to address chronic care needs in remote and underserved populations. “A lot of people in remote locations don’t have access to vision care, they don’t

have access to prescription eyeglasses,” Velikov said. “It actually reduces their quality

“It was exciting to see the clinic finally in operation.” of life, it makes them unable to work and simply by diagnosing someone’s vision and providing things like eyeglasses really transforms people’s lives.” Velikov added the clinic is more than just a repurposed container; instead, it serves as a self-powering and selfsustainable social space. Recent Taubman graduate Dan Tish, who traveled to Jamaica last month to oversee the installation of the clinic prototype, echoed Velikov’s

sentiments on the clinic’s multidisciplinary uses. “It was exciting to see the clinic finally in operation at the end of October and start to be a hub for the community,” Tish said. “Every time we were there and the doors were open, it was like a magnet for people to come in — lots of times because no one in the community had ever received an eye care exam.” Recent Taubman graduate Kallie Sternburgh, who is working on future developments of the clinic, particularly those that could be deployed in the United States for areas such as Highland Park in Detroit, said the clinic provides a longer-term solution to care deficiencies. “Involving the community off the get go and having the container be such a high visibility point as a prototype for our first version of this was very important,” Sternburgh said.

“They roll through all day long. They bring happy, fun customers.”

that experience doesn’t even compare to the one I had in Ann Arbor. There’s nothing quite like cruising down South State with a beer in hand.” However, not everyone is happy about the recent decision. Business sophomore Andrew Berman, who interned for Quicken Loans in Detroit

GIVING From Page 1A million during the following. Giving Blueday is a part of the broader Victors for Michigan campaign, which aims to raise $4 billion for the University,

class, 183 DPS students were provided funding to attend college programs in Michigan, according to the Detroit Promise program’s website. Twentythree enrolled at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor. LSA sophomore Sidney Arrington was awarded $275 in funding from the Detroit Promise in 2015 to supplement her studies. She said she feels

“This program is one of the most significant ways we are removing barriers”

the expansion of the program builds on the availability of opportunity for Detroit students to ultimately contribute to the growth of the city. “I think the expansion of the program is an excellent idea,” she said. “Higher education is very important and it is not fair for students to struggle financially to pay for college when they are trying to better

themselves and ultimately give back to society.” In the release, Duggan stated that the Detroit Promise is important in enabling Detroit students to overcome boundaries that would otherwise prevent them from growing through higher education. “This program is one of the most significant ways we are removing barriers to opportunity for young Detroiters so they can realize their full potential in life without the burden of student debt,” Duggan said. Similarly, LSA sophomore Calahna Butler, who received financial aid from the program, said ability to pay tuition is a one major roadblock between Detroit students and higher education and expansion of the program will allow students to find new opportunities. “It’s a chance for many students in Detroit to experience life outside the city,” she said. “Money is a major concern when applying to colleges, and knowing that they can have a chance at a four-year institution without having to worry about tuition is a blessing.”

the last four summers, said traffic in the downtown area is bad enough without pedal pubs. “There are already a lot of traffic issues in Detroit because of the lack of funds for the city,” Berman said. “Those pedal pubs have gotten in my way before and I imagine that they will only be more obtrusive if people start drinking on them.” Current legislation does stipulate that all pedal pub businesses must provide a driver with a BAC of 0.00 who directs steering and braking. Some pedal pub business from Detroit addresses safety concerns on their website. There are currently three pedal pub businesses active in Detroit: The Michigan Pedaler, Detroit Cycle Pub and The HandleBar. Previously, these businesses operated around the alcohol ban by acting as a pub crawl, stopping at two or three bars during the tour to offer ample opportunity for their patrons to get a few drinks. “It’s something that’s become quite popular,” City Attorney Melvin “Butch” Hollowell said of the tours in an interview with Detroit Free Press. “We believe that, with the restrictions in place, that it will operate just fine in Detroit.” Hollowell noted that it

remains unclear exactly when pedal pubs will be allowed to offer consumption on board,

including a goal within the campaign of $1 million for student support. The University has increased overall philanthropy efforts as support from the state of Michigan to the University’s General Fund has declined from 80 to 16 percent of the

fund over the last 50 years. Tuition and fees for students have been also on the rise in past decades. The University is working on increasing financial support for students and is hoping to use some of the donations from Giving Blueday in this effort.

“We believe that, with the restrictions in place, that it will operate just fine in Detroit” as owners will have to apply for a license from the police department. The pedal pub industry has surprised many with its popularity. Proponents of the businesses said they believe they offer new opportunities for entrepreneurs in the city, as well as help local bars who benefit from the pedal pubs’ frequent stops. “They roll through all day long,” said Sean Harrington, owner of the Town Pump Tavern. “They bring happy, fun customers. They stay for a few minutes, have a couple of drinks, maybe have something to eat and then they move along.”



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A/PIA Studies crucial to diversity



s Asian/Pacific Islander American students and alumni of the University of Michigan, we are called to action as we witness everything we love about our campus and nation coming under assault. We are moved to join with and help lead the majority of Wolverines and Americans who say “no” to racism, misogyny, xenophobia, homophobia, transphobia, religious intolerance, ableism and bigotry of all kinds. “Go Blue” must be a rallying cry for democracy, for social justice and for science and education in the public interest. We have seen a presidential campaign motivated by scapegoating, hatred and revenge manifest on our campus, as well as a campaign of domestic terrorism through white supremacist posters in our communities. While there are new threats we must name and confront, we must not forget that our fight against racist ignorance and attacks on campus, in Ann Arbor and in the United States goes back decades. Those in power have never guaranteed safe spaces for our communities. We are the ones who have fought and organized to create our own spaces of consciousness, liberation and solidarity. That is why we need Asian/ Pacific Islander American Studies now more than ever. A/PIA Studies and Ethnic Studies were born out of the struggle against global and domestic warfare and oppression, when student activists demanded a relevant education that overturned Eurocentric biases and reflected the diverse perspectives and concerns of our communities. We are a product of that struggle, and no analysis of racism, intersectionality or social justice would be possible today without it. When full-time faculty and employment and student involvement peaked in A/PIA Studies at the University, we were part of a nationally renowned program offering a wide range of courses addressing race and justice. We had engaged faculty whose activities extended far beyond the classroom and whose mentoring served our organizations and programs on nights and weekends. Though A/PIA Studies had limited resources, no office space and no staff, we worked with these faculty to build cultural and educational programs, including large-scale events such as the Out of the Margins activism conference, which drew hundreds of attendees from diverse backgrounds to

address the social issues that impact us and the entire nation. We had the incredible honor to learn from and work with community leaders, including legendary scholar-activist Grace Lee Boggs. Boggs taught us, “You cannot change any society unless you take responsibility for it, unless you see yourself as belonging to it, and responsible for changing it.” Education has been our foundation, as we have become socially conscious alumni, community organizers, educators, policy-makers, professionals, attorneys, health care providers, parents and much more. We want and need for today’s students to benefit from A/PIA Studies in the ways that we were able to when we were in school. Since 2013, A/PIA Studies has been reduced to a shadow of its former self because of top-down decisions by administrators lacking proper knowledge and expertise to appreciate the program’s value and potential. The most dedicated faculty have been fired or pushed away. The classes and programs we built up have disappeared. Because of this, the climate for A/ PIA students and many students at the University has become less inclusive and more hostile. Our efforts to get answers and provide support for rebuilding the program have been tokenized and ignored. The A/PIA Studies program was once a social justice leader on campus. Its professors were always at the forefront of organizing teachins in response to national crises, supporting student organizations, advocating for students of color, defending survivors of hate crimes and sexual assault and holding the administration accountable to its diversity promises. Our campus and our nation need a renewal of that vital presence. We are encouraged to see the LSA’s October 2016 Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Strategic Plan finally recognize that past leadership failures have made students, staff and faculty feel “isolated and disrespected based on their social identities” and suffer “depression and stigmatization resulting from a lack of understanding and compassion.” LSA has specifically acknowledged that “Asian and Asian-American faculty, students, and staff have felt left out of the conversation altogether.” But we’ve already heard countless promises about diversity, equity and inclusion from leadership. This time must be different. LSA’s Strategic Plan does not in any way name how its


“Two Lives”

prior missteps undermined A/PIA Studies, and its “36 Strategic Goals” do not commit to any positive steps to rebuild and promote the program. Three years of slow progress, inadequate measures and a lack of transparency are too much. LSA and the University must recognize the incredible past accomplishments of A/PIA Studies and make it a cornerstone of the campaign for diversity, equity and inclusion. The University has the power within its grasp to restore national leadership in the field of A/PIA Studies. We call on students, alumni, faculty, staff and off-campus supporters from all backgrounds to embrace the following proposals. We commit ourselves not only to implementing these steps, but also to working with everyone struggling to move diversity, equity and inclusion from the realm of rhetoric to reality. We call for the full restoration of the eight full-time faculty in A/PIA Studies who have been lost since 2008, including the restoration of the courses, scholarly expertise and student mentoring that has been lost. We call for the University to meet the demand for staff, funding and physical space that students, faculty and staff deem necessary to fulfill the curricular and co-curricular needs of A/PIA Studies and related A/PIA cultural programming and activities. We call for a restoration of direct involvement by students, alumni, staff and community allies in setting priorities, decision making and governance of the A/PIA Studies program. We call for institutional structures that ensure the A/PIA Studies program has the autonomy to be led by its own stakeholders who are central to the work of the program and possess the expertise needed to promote its success. We can never again allow A/ PIA Studies to be undermined by short-sighted administrators or department chairs who lack the best interests of the program. We call for the formation of a commission of external Asian American and Pacific Islander Studies experts to identify additional steps the University must take to become “the Leaders and the Best” in Asian American and Pacific Islander Studies. This commission must outline a pathway for A/PIA Studies to achieve departmental status. Read the full list of signatures at University alumni for A/PIA studies


The future of health policy

hen I was 13, I to be seen, the legislation has slammed my thumb dramatically lowered the number in the door of my of uninsured in the United States. mom’s blue Mini Cooper. In an Republicans have long been effort to show her just against Obamacare, how angry I was about and now they have our morning fight higher hopes to minutes before, my repeal it once Trump melodramatic middleis sworn in. Though school self got out of as a Republican the car and slammed president, Trump has the door closed, not his party members to realizing my left answer to, he also has thumb was in the way. to answer to those I ended up breaking who voted for him ANU ROYa bone in my thumb CHAUDHURTY and those two groups and crying in front of prove to be very everyone at the bus stop. But, in different from each other. a few short hours I was leaving For the millions of Americans the hospital post-thumb surgery, whose well-being depends my left hand wrapped in bright on accessible health care, pink gauze and positioned with a the possibility of repealing metal splint. Obamacare, or devoting less I am lucky. No, I am privileged. funding to improve quality Not only did I grow up with a of care, is life-changing. By doctor in the family, but a family reducing affordability, you where having health insurance reduce access. Health care then was never a question. Physicals, becomes a privilege, something checkups and prescriptions that only a handful of people were normal occurrences. A get. Yet, health is not a privilege. broken bone? No problem. I According to the World Health was rushed to the hospital and Organization, it’s a human right. fixed at once, expenses paid, no Health care is a provision of issue. More than that, the rest maintaining a human right. of my life was just as privileged. As many have noted, the I lived in a good neighborhood, biggest irony in Trump’s odyssey attended a well-funded public to the White House is the school, had access to healthy populism he ran on. Appealing to food and parents with steady working-class and lower-income upper middle-class incomes. My citizens, he essentially received experience may be similar to votes from those who benefit your own, but for others, good the most from Obamacare. The health and good health care is a ACA’s centerpiece is to provide different story. affordable insurance to all by As President-elect Donald requiring Americans to get Trump begins to fill crucial insured and simultaneously positions for his cabinet, he has reducing adverse selection, spared no time in giving us a which drives up insurance costs. glimpse at his administration. Obamacare especially targets For many, it’s like sitting in a those who may not get insured waiting room at the doctor’s otherwise due to socioeconomic office: You aren’t sure what the status and insufficient or doctor is going to say, what he’s expensive employee benefits. going to fix or whether he’ll be In addition, widespread health able to fix it at all (or in Trump’s coverage is a way to reduce case, try to fix it). It’s waiting to disparities in health. Those see what policies will come out of who cannot afford to be insured an unpredictable presidency and and thus maintain good health how they will shape Americans’ suffer economically. Health lives. And of all the vital policies is not a mutually exclusive at risk, the Affordable Care Act component in our lives. Your is one that will affect millions. health affects economic, social A running mantra of Trump’s and emotional well-being. Thus, campaign was repealing good population health not only Obamacare. However, several benefits the productivity of an days after winning the election, individual but of the nation. Trump altered his position on The irony of Trump continues. repeal, instead stating he’d keep The segment of society that some provisions of Obamacare. gains the most from affordable The ACA has been a highlight of health care is also the group that President Barack Obama’s career voted for a man with plans and and while its full effects are still an expectation from his party

to repeal it or at the minimum reduce it. The New York Times highlighted this political paradox in a story on a woman who voted for Trump and the next week went to sign up for another year of Obamacare. We’re in the waiting room now. We don’t know what path Trump will take on health care. His change from campaign to office leaves too much uncertainty. But, with a Republican majority in Congress, and the recent nomination of Obamacare critic Tom Price to the Department of Health and Human Services, reform is on the horizon. At this point, we have the lowest rate of uninsured Americans in the last 50 years. Obamacare has made enormous strides in making health care more of a right than a privilege. In a Reuters poll, Americans viewed health care as the most pressing issue to be addressed by the new presidency. Yet, health care is only one aspect in the greater issue of health. Health care is a means to solving health disparities and improving population health, but it is not the singular solution. The root cause of health disparities between Americans doesn’t come from a lack of health care, but rather the social, economic and cultural structures Americans live in every day. When it comes to health policy, the United States is an anomaly. We spend more money than most other developed countries on health care, but still exhibit lower life expectancy and worsening health outcomes. It’s a paradox — a paradox of our own doing. I don’t believe we can depend on the Trump administration to approach health policy in a new way by putting more money into social services. However, these social roots of health disparities, lack of education and, most importantly, inequality in economic stability and employment, are problems that have been experienced by many of his supporters. Therefore, Trump could benefit from taking an alternate approach to health policy and working to mend the social factors that lead to health inequity by making good health a right and not a privilege for those millions who voted for him.

Anu Roy-Chaudhury can be reached at


Rational vs. wishful thinking



s a graduate of the University of Michigan, I have been paying extreme attention to the 2016 presidential campaign. My change from being a Hillary Clinton supporter in 2008 to a Donald Trump supporter in 2016 isn’t typical. I barely knew about Trump after he declared he would run for president. In the very beginning, I treated him and his behavior like a joke — this guy was so funny as a billionaire businessman. Like most people, the information I knew was from the mainstream media. I didn’t believe he could win the election, and his speaking style was quite entertaining if you didn’t take what he’s saying seriously. But things changed gradually. When the news outlets reported more about Trump, not in a positive way, I began to feel a little skeptical: Is he as bad as the media reports? I decided to do my own research by using the powerful Google search engine (thank you, Larry Page, you are wonderful) and listening to his speeches. I found out Trump wasn’t the exact image that the mainstream media painted. What’s going on with that? He did say some quite politically incorrect things, but the mainstream media had a political agenda aligned with Clinton’s campaign strategy, spinning everything Trump said without context and even reversing his meanings — it was really like an American version of the Cultural Revolution — by labeling him to be “racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamophobic” while Clinton labeled his community of supporters as a

“basket of deplorables.” Unlike Clinton, who was busy meeting her big donors, Trump held rallies, one after another, and he really cared about the real challenges of this country. He came to hold rallies seven times in total in Arizona, and I attended three of them, including his rally for the primary election at Fountain Hills. Trump’s policies are all on his campaign website. I don’t have to agree with everything he said and indeed, I took an iSideWith test and only got 56 percent match with Trump and 36 percent with Clinton. I listened to many of his talks from different rallies and he knew what the American people really need and want to change. Unfortunately, his real voice was spun by the mainstream media and further incited by more misleading information. Race card, gender card, religious card became the tools to smear Trump and his supporters. I don’t have to be a conservative or a liberal, but a neutral resident watching this great election. I wanted to learn something in this election, so I needed to keep reading and analyzing the information I received from the internet (not from TV). As a result, I predicted that Trump would win 324 Electoral College votes including the critical votes from swing states: 16 from Michigan, 10 from Wisconsin, 20 from Pennsylvania, 29 from Florida and 18 from Ohio, but I was wrong on Colorado, Nevada and New Hampshire and 1 vote from a district in Maine. How could Trump win in a landslide? He really listened to the voters and the voters listened to him, too, and gave him a trust vote. But, where was Clinton?

Even though Trump won the election, the media keeps misleading many Clinton supporters who have been long brainwashed by the media to believe that their candidate would never lose. They couldn’t believe their long hope resulted in nothing. They couldn’t accept a result contrary to the belief they held onto for so long. Protests, riots, emotional ventilations and the like are the only way they could express their disappointments. Nonetheless, could they step out of the box, their comfort zone, and empathize why so many people support Trump? It’s quite pathetic to note after eight years of President Barack Obama’s administration, the law and order, racial tension and gender discrimination and many other conflicts are messed up. But how could you blame a presidential candidate, and now president-elect, for Obama’s toxic presidential leadership and the mainstream media’s faults? Now you are on the left side, and we are on the right side. Should you and I start a fight? What does democracy mean in this election? Since Clinton couldn’t win the election, please blame her for her own faults. If you want to win, please be prepared for the next election in four years. Attend rallies early, rather than protest or riot after, when you are too late. In the end, right now, win or loss, this election provides a lesson everyone can learn from. It isn’t about “we won, you lost,” it’s about putting America first and how to make America great again.

Jinhui Chen, Ph.D. Rackham alum, ‘09


The Michigan Daily — T E A M

S TAT S MICH 41.0 22.3 223.2 5.0 40 216.1 62.3% 7.8 19 6 72.5 439.3 44.2% 66.7% 3.7 18.6 15.6 42.6 16-21 13/5 46.3 32:57

Points/Game First Downs/Game Rush Yards/Game Yards/Rush Rushing TDs Passing Yards/Game Completion % Yards/Pass Passing TDs Interceptions Offensive Plays/Game Total Offense 3rd-down Conversions 4th-down Conversions Sacks/Game Kick return average Punt return average Punting average Field Goals-Attempts Fumbles/Lost Penalty Yards/Game Time of Poss


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


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 Avg 165 810 4.9 80 565 7.1 68 422 6.2 74 417 5.6 27 167 6.2 15 154 10.3 11 61 5.5 25 39 1.6 5 37 7.4 12 31 2.6 3 19 6.3 2 17 8.5 3 15 5.0 1 4 4.0 1 2 2.0 1 1 1.0 1 1 1.0 2 -1 -0.5 1 -2 -2.0 1 -11 -11.0 11 -16 -1.5 29 -53 -1.8 538 2679 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 Avg 52 826 15.9 43 518 12.0 31 469 15.1 13 183 14.1 14 105 7.5 6 87 14.5 13 59 4.5 5 59 11.8 4 47 11.8 6 45 7.5 2 42 21.0 2 27 13.5 2 24 12.0 1 23 23.0 2 18 9.0 1 15 15.0 1 12 12.0 2 11 5.5 2 10 5.0 2 6 3.0 1 4 4.0 2 3 1.5 207 2593 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

PUNT RETURNS Player Peppers Jocz Evans Perry TOTALS

No. 21 1 1 0 23

Yds 310 27 15 6 358

Avg. Long TD 14.8 54 1 27.0 0 0 15.0 15 0 -6 1 15.6 54 2

INTERCEPTION RETURNS Player Stribling Hill, D. McCray Peppers Thomas Lewis TOTALS

No. 4 3 1 1 1 2 12

Yds Avg. Long TD 60 15.0 51 1 36 12.0 27 1 22 22.0 22 0 11 11.0 11 0 4 4.0 4 0 0 0.0 0 0 133 11.1 51 2


No. 1 1

Yds Avg. Long TD 9 9.0 9 0 9 9.0 9 0

KICKOFF RETURNS Player Peppers Lewis Henderson Hill, K. Evans Hudson Bunting TOTALS

No. 10 5 3 3 1 1 1 24

Yds 260 87 39 28 26 6 0 446

Avg. Long TD 26.0 55 0 17.4 45 0 13.0 15 0 9.3 13 0 26.0 26 0 6.0 6 0 0.0 0 0 18.6 55 0

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 16-2080.0% 0-0 9-9 5-7 1-3 1-1 51 0-1 0.0% 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-1 0-0 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

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

Thursday, December 1, 2016 — 5A

Butt wins Big Ten’s best tight end award JAKE LOURIM

Managing Sports Editor

To cap off the Michigan football team’s best regular season since 2011, the Wolverines brought home their most All-Big Ten awards in recent memory, with 10 more players earning honors on Wednesday night to bring the team total to 22. A night after Michigan’s entire starting defense earned at least honorable mentions and fifth-year senior Kenny Allen was the second-team punter, almost every starter on offense also made the awards list. The only one who did not receive a mention was redshirt junior fullback Khalid Hill — the Big Ten does not list fullbacks on its all-conference teams. For the second straight year, senior Jake Butt was the offensive headliner, repeating as the Kwalick-Clark Tight End of the Year. Butt’s numbers took a step back this season, from 51 catches to 43 and from 654 yards to 518. Still, he remained one of the Wolverines’ best offensive threats, a matchup problem for opposing defenses and a go-to option in third-andshort situations. After forgoing the NFL Draft last year and returning for his senior season, Butt broke the Michigan records for career receiving yards and receptions by a tight end. He’ll be one of the top prospects at his position heading into the draft. All around Butt, the Wolverines’ offense flourished in its second season under coach Jim Harbaugh, coordinator Tim Drevno and passing game coordinator Jedd Fisch. The entire offensive line received mention, led by fifth-year senior right tackle Erik Magnuson on the first team. Junior center Mason Cole, fifth-year senior


Senior tight end Jake Butt won the Big Ten’s Kwalick-Clark Tight End of the Year award for the second consecutive season on Wednesday.

right guard Kyle Kalis and versatile fifth-year senior Ben Braden followed on the second team. Even true freshman Ben Bredeson, who just started the last six games of the season, earned a third-team honor. The most improved player on Michigan’s offense, though, was redshirt sophomore quarterback Wilton Speight, who punctuated his first season as a starter by making the third team. He finished with a completion rate of 62.5 percent, 17 touchdowns and just six interceptions, putting him third in the conference in pass efficiency. A shoulder injury suffered on

Nov. 12 at Iowa hampered those numbers, but Speight was one of the Wolverines’ best leaders all season. He stepped into the starting job after redshirting in 2014, backing up Jake Rudock in 2015 and taking almost no meaningful snaps entering this year. He spoke on several occasions this fall about how much he has grown in that time, and he’ll now be Michigan’s most productive player returning for 2017. Fifth-year senior wideout Amara Darboh also made a big jump, becoming Speight’s main target and totaling a career-high 826 receiving

yards, fourth in the Big Ten. He overtook fellow fifth-year senior Jehu Chesson for the title of top receiver, though Chesson earned honorable mention from the media after catching 31 passes for 469 yards. In all, Michigan had 10 players recognized on offense and 11 on defense, equaled only by Wisconsin’s 11 on defense. Ohio State, though it only had nine honorees on offense and 10 on defense, boasts four players on each of the first teams to Michigan’s two. The Buckeyes’ J.T. Barrett is the Quarterback of the Year, and running back Mike Weber is the freshman of the year.

Elsewhere in the Big Ten East, Penn State quarterback Trace McSorley beat out Speight for the second-team spot, and running back Saquon Barkley was the conference’s Offensive Player of the Year. Michigan running back De’Veon Smith earned honorable mention for the second straight year as a senior. He led a rushing attack that finished second in the Big Ten with 223.3 yards per game, while the overall offense also ranked second behind Ohio State in yards and touchdowns. The Wolverines have not done that well in both categories since 2003.


‘M’ readying to visit ‘Roar Zone’ LANEY BYLER

Daily Sports Writer

The thing about walking into Pegula Ice Arena is that even when it’s empty, it’s intimidating. And that’s not necessarily because of its looks — at just four years old, it’s full of bright lights and shiny floors. The part that is intimidating is the bowl — steep and crowded around the rink — making it anxiety-inducing for those who might not like heights. And that’s just before the game starts. For 10 of the 11 freshmen on the No. 20 Michigan hockey team, Thursday and Friday’s games will be their first time playing in No. 7 Penn State’s arena. And with the student section — nicknamed the “Roar Zone” — situated directly behind the goaltender’s net on one end of the rink, this could prove to be a bit of an eye-opener. “It’ll be my fourth year playing here, and I’d say it’s definitely one of my favorite rinks to go to,” said senior defenseman Nolan De Jong. “It’s obviously very new and the facilities are nice, but I think the atmosphere is the best part about it. When tomorrow comes around, I think their student section is going to give us a hard time, which I like. One of the reasons you play college hockey is to have that kind of atmosphere in the rink. “I think it’s going to be fun for the freshman. We told them it’s not going to be an easy rink to play in, but it’s going to be one you’re excited to play in. We just have to make sure we’re ready to go.” The Wolverines, who boast a 6-5-1 overall record, will be kicking off Big Ten play in this arena against the Nittany Lions, who have garnered an 11-1-1 record. So far this season, Penn State’s lethal

offense has almost doubled Michigan’s goal total (62-33) and has scored more than anyone else in the nation. On average, the Nittany Lions score 4.77 goals per game. They have also taken twice as many shots as the Wolverines, with 618 compared to Michigan’s 304. Senior David Goodwin has made history for the Nittany Lions as one of 12 active players in the nation to reach 100 career points, with 103. Freshman Denis Smirnov is also an offensive powerhouse, averaging 1.60 points per game so far during his career. “They’re going to do the same thing they’ve done the last four years, I think,” De Jong said. “They’re going to put a lot of pucks on the net, they’re going to put a lot of bodies on our defense. They’re more of a skilled group, they’re better with the puck than they were last year. We definitely can’t have as many breakdowns as we have had in the last few games, because they’ll make you pay.” The Nittany Lions have scored more goals, taken more shots and tallied more assists. It’s no doubt the Wolverines will face an uphill battle — but they also have higher percentages in penalty kills and power plays, and they have allowed the same number of goals as Penn State, with 26. Michigan will need to focus on defense and play to its strengths if it wants to do well against the Nittany Lions. “We’ve had some drills we think are going to be helpful, but still when you get in the game, you’ve got to be able to play the game the right way,” said Michigan coach Red Berenson. “That’s our job between now and then, is just get ready to think about the game, think about what’s going to happen and then be ready for it.”


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RELEASE DATE– Thursday, December 1, 2016

Los Angeles Times Daily Crossword Puzzle


Edited by Rich Norris and Joyce Nichols Lewis

ACROSS 1 Asset for Sherlock 6 Fast 11 Additional information? 14 Important period 15 Eat into 16 What makes a deal ideal? 17 Elaborate costume parties 19 Pickle 20 “Zip it!” 21 Prosperity 22 “Blah, blah, blah,” for short 24 Golden __ 25 “I used to be Snow White, but I __”: Mae West 26 Part of the pelvis 29 In essence 30 “Bor-r-ring” 31 LPGA great Lopez 32 Green shade 35 Rare blood type, briefly 36 Shakespearean barmaid 37 Picky details 38 “But __ got high hopes ... “: song lyric 39 Neutral tone 40 Prefix with -gram 41 Like angel food cake 43 Curry favor with, with “to” 44 Ill-mannered 46 Veers suddenly 47 Distance runners 48 First name in folk 49 How it’s always done, initially 52 Heat meas. 53 Places for seeing stars? 56 CSA soldier 57 Green shade 58 Fragrances 59 Pack animal 60 Snooped (around) 61 “Check” DOWN 1 NASA vehicles 2 Fish with vermilion fins 3 “Jeepers!” 4 “Ugh!”

5 Enjoy Orbit 6 Masonryreinforcing rod 7 Inland Asian sea 8 D.C. player 9 Set-for-life set 10 Lot 11 What can help you avoid getting stuck changing diapers? 12 Form a coalition 13 Personalized collection of love songs, say 18 Consider 23 Toronto Argonauts’ org. 24 “... bug in __” 25 Hustle or shuffle 26 Former Mideast ruler 27 Tops 28 Groups with a piece-keeping strategy? 29 Like many a stray dog 31 Bay sound 33 Incredulous dying words 34 “Hurry!” letters 36 Tried to make it on one’s own 37 Storied loch

39 New Orleans’ __ Street 40 Crude smelting product 42 “Once upon a midnight dreary” poet 43 Two-checker piece 44 Eclipse shadow 45 Times in ads 46 Daydreamed, with “out”

48 Nonsense talk, whose circled letter is the start of what might be done with items in the four longest puzzle answers 49 Stuffed shirt 50 Brutish one 51 “You there!” 54 Ones following the nus? 55 Court promise




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6A — Thursday, December 1, 2016

The Michigan Daily —

Wolverines blow lead, fall to Virginia Tech Michigan fails to take MEN’S BASKETBALL

advantage of post play

BRANDON CARNEY Daily Sports Writer

One week ago, Zak Irvin was putting on one of the most miserable performances he’s ever had in a Michigan uniform. The senior guard fouled out after shooting 2-for-13 from the field and failed to show up mentally, committing eight turnovers in the Wolverines’ 61-46 loss to South Carolina. Fast-forward seven days to Michigan’s matchup against Virginia Tech in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge, and No. 21 in maize looked like a different player at the start. Irvin drained his first two shots, scoring 15 points in the first half. But the Wolverines have only gone as far as Irvin has been able to take them, and in the second half the irrational shots and turnovers that plagued Irvin against the Gamecocks crept back into his game. With Michigan (5-2) down by one with five seconds left, a miss on an ill-advised fade-back jumper would end up being the costliest of all the shots the senior has taken in both games. After a pair of Hokie free throws, a 3-point attempt at the buzzer from redshirt junior Duncan Robinson couldn’t lift Michigan out of the hole. Virginia Tech (6-1) completed its comefrom-behind effort to down Michigan, 73-70. “We were trying to isolate him, and they took him away a little bit,” said Michigan coach John Beilein on Irvin’s missed jumper. “We know what to do when they take him away and we didn’t do it. It’s that simple.” Added Irvin: “It’s part of my game. I showed it through the game, I was able to make that shot two or three times. I felt confident. It was there all night.” The Wolverines once held a 15-point first-half advantage and a nine-point halftime lead. But the Michigan defense couldn’t stop the Hokies in the second half, as


Daily Sports Editor


Michigan men’s basketball coach John Beilein watched his team lose after leading by as many as 15 on Wednesday.

Virginia Tech was able to score on 59 percent of its possessions in the period, while shooting 52 percent from the field and a perfect 12-for12 from the free throw line. When Virginia Tech came within a point of grabbing the lead halfway through the second half, Michigan went on a 15-6 run powered by Irvin and Robinson that re-opened a 10-point lead. That would be the largest the Wolverines would extend their advantage in the period. The Hokies ultimately closed the game on a 15-5 run over the final five minutes, with a smaller lineup led by Justin Bibbs, Zach LeDay and Seth Allen scoring the buckets in crunch time. It only helped Virginia Tech when redshirt sophomore forward DJ Wilson fouled out with three minutes remaining, allowing the Hokies to stretch the floor with a smaller lineup. “They’re a veteran team,” Irvin said. “They made a run. You know, basketball’s a game of runs. We weren’t shooting the ball as well as we were in the beginning of

the game. Basically, on defense, they were doing anything they wanted.” With 1:46 remaining, Virginia Tech took its first lead of the contest off of Allen’s jumper. The guard put the Hokies up four on the following possession with a three from the top of the key. Despite Robinson sinking a bucket on the following possession that brought Michigan within one, Allen’s five-point spurt would be enough for the Hokies to pull out the road win. “Thank goodness in my time coaching I haven’t seen too many games like there, where we lead the whole game and can’t make enough stops or finishes offensively to win the game,” Beilein said. “We just didn’t do enough — we’re back again, 52 percent from the field, just doing some strange things on defense. It really cost us.” Irvin ultimately led the Wolverines in scoring with 23 points on 10-for-20 shooting. It was Irvin’s largest tally of the season thus far, but his eight-point

second half saw him miss all four three-pointers he attempted, as well as the jumper with five seconds left that would have put Michigan back in the lead. Robinson and junior guard Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman followed Irvin in scoring with 15 and 13 points respectively, combining to shoot 10-for-21 from the field. Robinson was the Wolverines’ lone scorer off the bench, as just six Michigan players finished with points in the scoring column. Sophomore forward Moritz Wagner was the only consistently effective scorer for the Wolverines in the second half, scoring seven of his 11 points in the period. Michigan will look forward to a matchup with Kennesaw State on Saturday to recover from Wednesday’s devastating blow before a difficult week when it faces Texas and travels to No. 9 UCLA. With the non-conference season winding down, there’s no telling what sort of harm this loss could do to the Wolverines’ tournament résumé come March.

After leading for the entire game, the Michigan men’s basketball team was down four with under a minute to play. Senior forward Zak Irvin got the ball on the left wing, and the stage was set for your standard college basketball heroics. But no one in Crisler Center ever got to witness that show. Irvin dribbled the ball back and forth on the wing until the shot clock wound down, pulled up for a fadeaway and clanked one off the rim. A make would not have guaranteed victory, but it would have forced the pressure back on to Virginia Tech. Instead, Michigan managed just one more shot — a missed 3-pointer at the buzzer by redshirt junior forward Duncan Robinson. “I really just wanted to drive to the basket, try to use the free throw line or look for Duncan in the corner,” Irvin said. “But I wasn’t able to get there, so at that point I was just really trying to make something.” Irvin’s attempted go-ahead basket was just a microcosm of an issue that has been plaguing the Wolverines through their last three games: They seem to be flirting with the idea that they will live or die by the jumper. And while the matchup against Virginia Tech featured a greater emphasis on playing through the post, Michigan didn’t use that strategy nearly enough, eventually leading to a 73-70 loss against the Hokies. In the first half, with the way the Wolverines were shooting, playing on the perimeter didn’t appear to be an issue. They shot 55 percent from the floor and connected on seven of their 14 shots from deep. If that weren’t enough, Irvin, a senior wing, looked poised for one of his typical

scoring nights, posting 15 points in 17 minutes. Down the stretch, though, as the Hokies went on a 23-10 run in the final eight minutes, shooting out of a slump proved to be a problem — much like it was against South Carolina. During Virginia Tech’s run, Michigan shot 3-for-12 from the floor, and 10 of those shots came from behind the arc or mid-range. Of the three baskets the Wolverines did make while their lead dwindled away, two were layups that developed from cycling the ball down low. Whether Michigan realized it or not, it had the answer to its problem in sophomore forward Moritz Wagner’s play to open the second half. The Hokies strung together a 12-6 run in the opening 4:07 of the frame and without Wagner, it could have been uglier. Wagner scored Michigan’s only three baskets until the 13:47 mark, and he did so however he pleased. He took a defender off the dribble from the perimeter, flashed polished moves working in the post and knocked down a jumper to go with it. “It was a conscious effort, I would say,” Robinson said. “Mo’s a tough player to guard inside. I think we’ve got to utilize him more moving forward. And I think he definitely showed his capabilities tonight — or a glimpse of it — and I’m sure you’ll see it a lot more moving forward.” But as Virginia Tech’s second run late in the half grew larger and larger, the Wolverines resorted to their old ways. The Hokies went with a small lineup to close the gap and Michigan could have made them pay for it. Instead, the jump shots kept clanging off the rim on one end, the basket got a little bigger on the other, and before they knew it, the Wolverines had squandered what was once a 15-point lead.


Michigan to take Georgia Tech in ACC/Big Ten Challenge SYLVANNA GROSS Daily Sports Writer

For the first time in program history, the Michigan women’s basketball team is headed to Atlanta for a matchup against Georgia Tech. “Georgia Tech is a great team, especially at home,” said Michigan coach Kim Barnes Arico in an interview with WKTA. “They haven’t lost yet. They’re coming off a win in (the Junkanoo Jam tournament in Bimini, Bahamas) and they won against their in-state rival, Georgia, earlier this season. They’re really off to a great start.” The Wolverines shouldn’t

be fazed, though. The team is entering the contest ranked first in the nation in 3-point-field goal percentage (.455) and second in field-goal percentage (.518). Additionally, Michigan is No. 12 in scoring defense and has received votes in both the Associated Press Poll and the USA Today Coaches Poll. Despite those numbers, the Wolverines (6-1) are coming off of a loss against No.10 Florida State at the Paradise Jam tournament last weekend in St. Thomas. Michigan did manage to edge out No.25 Gonzaga in its first matchup of three. The tournament was the first

swing of a seven-game away series. “We’re on the road again and our schedule is incredibly tough,” Barnes Arico said. “But we’re trying to make our players really believe. It’s going to make a difference for us down the road moving into the Big Ten Tournament, and hopefully into the NCAA Tournament, to play the schedule we’ve had.” A large part of the team’s early-season success stems from Katelynn Flaherty. The junior guard was named to the Naismith Trophy Watch List on Nov. 30 and is averaging 19.1 points per game on a 53.6 percent shooting, including 44.0 percent from deep. Adding to her impressive

offensive statistics, Flaherty is cushioning her stat line with wellrounded performances, posting 4.1 assists and 2.4 rebounds in 27.7 minutes per game. She has already been named to the Big Ten Player of the Week Honor Roll twice this season. Flaherty is one of two Wolverines to score in double figures in each game. She is joined by sophomore center Hallie Thome, who also leads Michigan in minutes played (28.4) and total blocks (2.1 per game). The Yellow Jackets are 6-3 in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge, while Michigan is 7-2 all-time in the series. Barnes Arico, herself, boasts

a 3-1 record. Georgia Tech coach MaChelle Joseph, meanwhile, is the all-time winningest coach in program history and holds a 60.9 win percentage. The Wolverines will have to look out for guard Francesca Pan, who averaged 20 points per game in the Junkanoo Jam. The Big Ten/ACC Challenge pits Michigan against a team that isn’t scared of fouling and playing physical, according to Barnes Arico. However, the coach doesn’t think the physicality is unheard of in the changing landscape of the Big Ten, between adding new teams and new coaches within the past six years to the conference.

Notably, though, Michigan’s bench has been outscoring its opponents’ bench in every game this year. Freshman guard Kysre Gondrezick, who was named Big Ten Freshman of the Week on Nov. 14, leads the charge, but sophomore guards Nicole Munger and Boogie Brozoski round out the effort. “(Georgia Tech) will try to pressure us and give us a different look than we’ve faced so far,” Barnes Arico said. “Full court, really physical. They go deep into their bench, and try to rotate people in and try to pressure you. “It will be a tough contest for us.”


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SoundCloud changed my life: An introduction to DIY music

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DIY MUSIC From Page 1B I grew up in suburbia. I went to Catholic school until I was 18. I wore a uniform, and I kept my hair short. Aesthetically, I could not have been a more accurate cookie cutter of a middleclass teenager, and I was fully uninspired artistically — at least until I found do-it-yourself music on the internet. My first semester at the University of Michigan, word got to me that Pinegrove, an incredible indie rock outfit I had found on Twitter a year prior, would be playing a space known as Lincoln House within a 10-minute walk of campus. In a feeble attempt to blend in with the local scene the night of the show, I put on a shirt that read “Pity Sex Is a Band,” representing one of my favorite groups that hailed from Ann Arbor, and began my walk to the space. I walked quickly up the driveway toward the group of people smoking cigarettes out back, hurrying to escape the blustery fall night. I entered the door, paid whoever was collecting money $5 while stealing glances at the blindingly lit kitchen behind them, and walked down the concrete steps splattered with chipping white paint. Surprisingly, the basement was fully finished. I was greeted by a cacophonous crowd atop a white linoleum floor, a bar topped with all the bands’ merch and flood lights attached to sconces on the wall that lit up a drum kit in the middle of a small space at the back of the room. I approached the bar to check out the T-shirts and settled on purchasing a simple design that spelled out “Pinegrove” in rotating colors for each letter. The opening bands were skilled musicians and entertaining performers, none afraid to hold back during their time at the front of the floor. If I hadn’t been so excited to see Pinegrove perform literally two feet in front of my face I might’ve even been able to pay more attention to the opening sets. Sooner than I had expected, it was time for Pinegrove to play some songs for the enigmatic crowd. Before their rise with the 2016 release of Cardinal — landing them a spot on Lollapalooza’s line-up mere months after the basement show in Ann Arbor — Pinegrove performed songs off an album I had first listened to on Bandcamp entitled Everything So Far to a crowd of less than 100 people in a dimly lit basement. This is DIY music, its practitioners and its followers at their finest. DIY music refers to almost anything uploaded to Bandcamp or SoundCloud by artists independent of a record label. It comes from every genre you can think of, and centers around music made by those looking for discovery or with the simple desire to share their work with the internet. In today’s world, artists are starting to depend less and less on record labels. Just look at Chance the Rapper — he’s doing it flawlessly. Yet, beneath the glamor and fame of arena shows and highly produced tunes, there’s a whole other world of music being made by dreamers, hopefuls and imaginative creatives, performing and making music for the sake of art itself. It’s a world with important parts both big and small between the people who not only make the art, but also those who manage the spaces to present it. It’s a tight-knit niche of friends and fans alike. What exactly were your favorite bands doing before playing shows at The Palace, Saint Andrews or other hometown venues? Most likely blowing up some basement for the price of gas in front of the passionate individuals that help these artists get their first major footing in popularity. Without these spaces and this community, many bands wouldn’t have the chance to even begin making a living through their art. First and foremost, these artists need the basements, old churches and other homely spaces to perform their art. Sara

Johnson, club manager of the Flint Local 432, a space where I’ve seen innumerable up-andcoming artists perform, wrote in an email interview that, “I do this because kids deserve a safe environment in which to enjoy live music, the beautiful thing that it is. I’m never happier than when I’m at work, and not many people get to say that, which makes me appreciate it even more.” The Local is a substancefree venue — a true blessing for anyone who is as sick as I am of getting hit in the head with beer cans at shows — providing a stage for artists of all genres and a space for all ages to safely consume art and performance. It’s a universal notion among those who book DIY shows that they do it for the love of performance itself and their first priority is making the space as welcoming as possible to newcomers and veterans alike. “It was really incredible to be able to host Empire! Empire! (I Was A Lonely Estate)’s last show,” wrote Johnson. “We love Keith and Cathy so much, and the rest of the lineup was amazing — all of the bands were ones I’d had on my ‘book @ 432’ list, especially Joie de Vivre and The Island of Misfit Toys. We sold out the show, the room was full to bursting with love (and sadness and grief ), and it’s a night that will have a special place in all of our hearts forever, I’m sure.”

DIY music is just as concerned with diversifying genres as representation. Now I highly doubt you recognize any of these band names, and that is absolutely OK. This is an introduction to DIY, one for those unfamiliar with this world of music. No, those involved in DIY aren’t “hipsters” or “music snobs” (all right, you caught me, they actually might be). Truthfully, their biggest concern is satisfying their hunger for new music and performances; it’s comparable to a book worm or a movie buff getting a fix on their art of choice. The fact that Johnson has a “book @ 432” list is perhaps one of the strongest testaments to their passion for music. Not to mention the show they are referring to was one of the most emotional I have ever attended at the Local. To say the room was bursting with love is an understatement, as the typically strict line between fans and artists at mainstream venues was blurred into oblivion. Bands were constantly dispersed throughout the crowd, speaking with other artists, fans and friends. It was a glowing atmosphere of camaraderie truly unique to the DIY scene. DIY music is also just as concerned with diversifying genres as it is with representing the unique identities within those genres. “Punk as a subculture is known for being overwhelmingly white, cis, and male — and while the Local certainly doesn’t mind booking acts that fall into those categories, we’re disappointed every time we fail to represent women, people of color, and LGBTQIA+ folks on our stage,” Johnson wrote. Both these efforts and popular bands within the scene, like Girls Living Outside Society’s Shit and PWR BTTM, show that any and all identities have a place within DIY music where they can thrive and have their voice heard. It’s an environment that embodies inclusivity. In addition to getting details on booking shows, I had the opportunity to speak with LSA senior John Sciortino, whose band Bonzo often plays at local spaces in Ann Arbor and is a strong staple in the DIY scene. When I asked what his favorite part about playing DIY shows is, Sciortino said, “The fact that you can go to shows and listen to music for free.” Taking a full shift away from his own work, he also added that

“Some of my favorite albums and EPs have been stuff I’ve been able to download for free off Bandcamp.” Obviously, music taste is one of the most subjective facets of the human consumption of art, but knowing that your favorite bands don’t care for your money only makes the listening all the sweeter. The lack of focus on capitalistic venture creates an evident lack of pressure on the artist. Sciortino expanded upon removing a ticket price from the equation, saying they create inclusivity. “Especially with donationbased shows, and pay-whatyou-want shows, you’re not keeping kids out of clubs and they’re usually all ages,” he said. There’s a valiant focus on the fans in the DIY scene among both the artists and the people who manage spaces. “I’ve always been bad at pushing my music,” Sciortino said about popularity and promotion. There’s a lack of desire in DIY to draw nameless fans, and a larger focus on meeting others with the same ideals while forming a community. “Our experience in DIY is that it’s a slow increase over a long time to get to know people,” he continued. But what does happen when your DIY music takes off? Should I even dare to use the word “popular?” Enter Jeff Rosenstock, a reigning forefather of DIY music and a musician whose newest album WORRY. has already appeared on multiple “Best of 2016” charts just this past week. Rosenstock has been around DIY punk music for years. He’s been involved in multiple bands before finding more mainstream success under his given name. Yet, one of his most important contributions to music was being one of the first artists to put his work on the internet in a pay-what-youwant format, and implementing the same model under his own label, Quote Unquote Records. The beginning of DIY involvement wasn’t always glamorous for Rosenstock, who wrote in an email that “The first shows we played were not great. We played my backyard. We played a coffee shop up the street. We played a place called the C-Note Cafe. We were horrible and people didn’t like us.” But this didn’t deter Rosenstock’s passion for performance, and he continued to play shows for the hell of it or for charity, another common theme in the DIY scene. “I specifically remember our friend Dan putting together a benefit show called Cancer Sucks out in Babylon, where around ten bands played and all the money went to cancer research,” Rosenstock wrote. “We were kids and we weren’t even thinking about money we just wanted to play shows, so there were always benefit shows happening.” Rosenstock also wrote about now being on SideOneDummy Records, noting that even while working with a label, he hasn’t let go of his DIY roots. “Thankfully when we were talking and I had mentioned that I needed total creative control, I needed to still put my records out for free on Quote Unquote and a handful of other things, they were down,” he wrote. Despite working with a label, Rosenstock refuses to let go of his DIY ethos that has motivated him since his earliest shows. And DIY’s ethos is certainly its most important facet. Hold onto your passions and do what you want to do. Give a middle finger to expectations and responsibilities. Let an artist, or even just a song, consume you. Let your emotions take hold and do something you love for the sake of loving it. If you’re afraid of taking the leap, Rosenstock even included advice: “There are going to be a lot of people telling you that you can’t do it,” he wrote. “That you need an agent, a manager, a record label, that you can’t record yourself. A lot of the time these people are saying stuff out of love, so it’s hard to ignore them. But they’re wrong. You can do anything.”

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An ode to squash: The perfect winter vegetable Try these recipes for a variety of delicious, easy squash-based meals SHIR AVINADAV Daily Arts Writer

With the crisp fall leaves beginning to wither under the the winter’s first snow and Thanksgiving already a distant memory, we usher in a new season: squash season. That’s right, the time has come for us to revel in winter’s gift to the produce section. What’s so special about this particularly protuberant variety of seasonal produce? Though winter squash are actually harvested in the fall, they last through the cold winter months, thus warranting their name. The winter squash family packs an abundance of nutrients, including magnesium and potassium as well as vitamins A, C and B6, and they’re delicious. Aside from their nutritional benefits, winter squash are incredibly versatile and easy to incorporate into a variety of dishes. Their sweet, mild flavor makes them a hearty addition to salads, grains, soups and so forth — or you can prepare them as a satisfying, healthy meal on their own. Though the tough skin, daunting size and firm texture of this squash variety may appear intimidating to some, they’re incredibly simple to prepare. First, when buying squash, look for those without bruises or marks with the stems still intact and that have quite a bit of weight to them to ensure the best quality. Popular varieties (and some of my favorite) include butternut, acorn and spaghetti. These varieties can be commonly found at your local grocery store or farmers market and are fairly inexpensive. I’ve often bought mine for under a dollar. The fastest way to prepare them for cooking is to slice them in half and scoop the seeds out. For easier handling, cut off the tops and bottoms so that they stand up flat. Then lay them flesh-side down on a baking sheet greased with olive oil or in a pan filled about an

inch deep with water and roast at 375º- 400º for approximately 40 minutes (the cooking time may depend on their size, and larger ones can take longer to cook). Once baked, they can be eaten straight out of the skin, or sliced or scooped out to add to a dish. For spaghetti squash, use a fork to pull the flesh out. When roasted, the natural sugars that give winter squash their slight sweetness help caramelize the squash, giving them a delicious texture and deep flavor. To get the most of this flavor, you can simply season cubes or slices of squash with salt and olive oil or take a more daring route, coating them in curry paste or sprinkling them with brown sugar. But don’t take my word for it. Try these recipes on your own for a variety of delicious, easy weeknight meals. Easy butternut squash soup In the cold winter months, there’s nothing more comforting or soul-warming than a bowl of soup. And a thick, velvety butternut squash soup is exactly the ticket. Not only is it unbelievably simple to make, but it’s a smooth base for an array of flavors if you feel like customizing yours with spices such as curry or ginger. To make the soup: Roast the squash as instructed before, scoop out the flesh and blend with chicken or vegetable stock to the desired consistency. Return the mixture to a pot and bring to a simmer. Add salt and pepper and a bit of heavy cream to taste. Top with a drizzle of cream or roasted pumpkin seeds for added texture. Easy, right? Baked lasagna spaghetti squash boats Spaghetti squash serves as a wonderful base for sauces, or can be delicious all on its own cooked in a pan with olive oil, garlic and parmesan. For an incredibly filling meal, make these spaghetti squash boats, packed with savory italian sausage, creamy tomato sauce and tons of gooey melted

cheese. To make the lasagna boats: Begin by roasting the squash as instructed above. While the squash is baking, heat up a spoonful of olive oil in a pan and sautée some crushed garlic. Add the Italian sausage (either ground or 2-3 links removed from the casings and broken apart with a spatula or spoon in the pan) and cook until lightly brown. Add a handful or two of chopped kale and sautée until wilted. Next (you can skip this step and opt for just plain meat and greens with your squash) add a can of tomato sauce, a pinch of oregano and salt and pepper to taste. Simmer of several minutes before removing from the heat and adding a splash of heavy cream. When the spaghetti squash is done, remove from the oven and let cool for ten minutes. Scrape out the flesh and mix into sauce. Add half a cup of shredded mozzarella and some parmesan and combine well. Spoon the mixture back into the halved exteriors of the squash, top with more mozzarella and bake until the cheese is melted and slightly browned on top. Not only are these insanely delicious, but they take comfort food to a whole new level on a cold winter evening. Roasted acorn squash Acorn squash has recently become my favorite of the category. Their smaller size makes them easier to handle and they pair well with almost any variety of dishes. My preferred method of cooking them is to slice them in half, scoop the seeds out and cut them into about half an inch thick slices, then coat them in olive oil and salt and roast them for about a half an hour. They come out of the oven tender with crisp, caramelized edges and a subtle sweet flavor — perfect for tossing in a salad with kale, farro and dried cranberries or pomegranate seeds. Or, just eat the slices on their own. They’re that good.

MUSIC VIDEO REVIEW The xx’s newest music video, based on their upcoming album’s first single, “On Hold,” begins with an introduction to the small town of Marfa, Texas. The first 20 seconds of the video features no music, only a brief succession of images: a lone, flashy tassel waving forlornly in the wind as it droops from a telephone pole, a typical suburban home made complete with its pristine white front porch, a boy wearing a cowboy hat leaning idly against the hood of a retro car. Suburban, desolate and unobtrusive, you immediately get the sense that Marfa, Texas is the type of town that seems to exist in its own isolated bubble; time is warped, and days pass by in a haze of hot blue sky and bad decisions made by bored teenagers. The video is simple in essence. It briefly follows the lives of a group of high school students, showing glimpses into their private lives. It’s a video made up of a progression of fleeting moments in time; afterschool cheer practices, hot & heavy shower hookups and lounging at local diners


all culminate to form what could almost be a glossy American Apparel ad. It could almost be, but fortunately, “On Hold” is careful to never reach that level of artificiality. It avoids the minefield through intertwining moments of humanity with the more heavily stylized aspects. For example, the dreaded cliché of the perfect cheerleader waving her pom-poms around on a football field is lessened through the addition of messy, yet wonderfully natural, black and white shots of a party teeming with beautifully imperfect kids. The majority of the rest of the video passes in a similar manner: a chaotic back-and-forth between the overly synthetic and the humanely natural. Overall, the music video for “On Hold” is choppy, hectic and a little confusing (much like the lives of most high

school teenagers), but it’s never overwhelming. A feat that has to do in part with the simplicity of the actual song: the combined soothing vocals of Romy Madley Croft and Oliver Sim add a gossamer layer of tranquility to what is already a relatively minimal background beat. The xx strip their songs down to bare bones, invoking a clean sophistication that, in the case of “On Hold,” works in their favor, allowing the corresponding music video to not become obstructive in its clutter and disarray. Although at times pushing the boundaries of superficiality, the exclamations of endearing, emotive sincerity found in The xx’s novel music video portrays that an infinite charm can sometimes be found in the classic tale of naive youth living in suburban paradise. - SHIMA SADAGHIYANI

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If you have any interest in fashion, you are likely familiar with Mallory Merk, whether you know it or not. The 16-year-old Louisiana native has been featured in the likes of Teen Vogue and Refinery29, with an Instagram presence deserving of that kind of attention. Raking in 35 thousand followers as of Wednesday, she has accumulated a photo repertoire like no other, featuring everything from bold street-style snaps to candids with her bud, A$AP Rocky. A unique middle ground between dainty redhead and groundbreaking tomboy, it would appear that Merk’s outward appearance is what propelled her into ubiquity. There is more to every story than meets the eye, though. In the case of Miss Mallory Merk, music is what bubbles between the lines. “I first started making music when I got my first family computer,” she said in an interview. “I was probably about 10. I used to make voice memos on my phone and edit them in GarageBand.” I know what you may be thinking, and the answer is no. Merk is not another pretty face with a platform and a hobby. She released her debut EP, MM & HH, this past August at the age of 15. Produced by Dallas band Herrick & Hooley, each song’s bluesy undertones and quippy, youthful lyrics feel practically hypnotic. The entire project possesses a depth that one would never expect from a member of today’s supposedly scatterbrained youth. “My inspiration for MM & HH came from all over my life, coming of age,” Merk said. “ ‘Puppy Love’ was all about literal puppy love. ‘Gold’ was about my questioning if I’m ready or even worthy of what I’ve been given in this life. I always think, why me? MM & HH was about trusting myself and my art. Hunter Lewis from Herrick & Hooley told me once that without Alabama Shakes and Bryson Tiller there would be no MM & HH. I thought that was pretty funny, but it’s really true. I also draw a lot of inspiration from Amy Winehouse, Frank Ocean and ’90s R&B. ” There is still an elephant in the room: under what genre, if any, does MM & HH fit?

“The Lizzie McGuire Movie” MALLORY MERK

Malllory Merk (middle) is a musician and model from Louisiana.

“I have a term for my music I’m trying to coin,” she said, laughing. “It’s Trazz. Trap-Jazz music.” All elements of this narrative point to one conclusion: Merk means business. The model and songstress is not old enough to buy lottery tickets, yet her resume is unparalleled. “My modeling career really kicked off after I modeled for Kanye West’s Yeezy Season 2 zine when I had just turned 14,” Merk said. “I was so happy to be launched into the fashion world in such a beautiful way. My favorite memory as a model was probably having my face done by Pat McGrath and her team for the first time. It was really a dream come true. She’s a queen and an amazing artist and soul.” It may be difficult to imagine a teenager juggling one career of such brevity (read: Kanye West and Pat McGrath) while trying to kickstart another. According to Merk, however, her two passions live hand-in-hand. “Modeling has played a huge role in my music career,” she said. “When I do a shoot or editorial I like to push for the client to write about my music or to plug my talent and true passion in one way or another. Also, modeling was the original way that my face got out there and so popular, so I have my looks and ability to put my whole heart into everything I do to thank for the success of my music.” Now, wait just a minute. What about school? Do kids still do that in 2016? Apparently, the answer is yes. Though we may never know how, Merk confirms that she finds

time to attend an ordinary public high school. “Balancing high school with studio time and everything else is really challenging,” she said. “To be honest, it’s almost impossible. If I can get real for a second, something is always lost, whether that be relationships, friendships, family time, schoolwork or a creative outlet. Lately, I’ve been feeling my friends slip away, my real friends. I miss them. I miss my family. I feel like I don’t talk to them enough.” How, then, does our fiery-haired protagonist find the strength to move forward? “Balancing isn’t the word,” she said, “It’s a pendulum. Swinging back and forth from being mentally healthy and making music, modeling, doing schoolwork and seeing family to the opposite. Every day is a balancing act for me, it’s very tiring. That’s why I meditate, pray and align my chakras to keep my head in the right place.” Merk is certainly cut from a special cloth — a “Jane” of many trades, if you will. If she has come this far already, one can only imagine what she will be capable of later in life. “In the future, you can expect the unexpected. Expect something you’ve never heard before. Expect my whole heart through my music. Expect my whole personality through my modeling. And always expect great things, so you can be happy upon receiving art that’s better than great.” The story of Mallory Merk has only just begun.


Finding the erotic subtext in Chet Faker and The Head and the Heart Chasing the goosebumps and emotions that music sends through me AVERY FRIEDMAN Daily Arts Writer

Last summer, I managed to find myself cross-legged on a dock, overlooking the hazy emerald mountains that surround New Hampshire’s Lake Winnipesaukee. Sitting amid 12 other students, I awaited the start of an academic class that focused on the “uses of the erotic.” Did I attend this class because I assumed it’d be largely sexual in nature? Maybe. Nevertheless, in 90 minutes, the word “erotic” took on new, much more profound, meaning. The class utilized Audre Lorde’s 1974 essay “Uses of the Erotic: The Erotic as Power,” in which she boldly defines the erotic as “a measure between the beginnings of our sense of self and the chaos of our strongest feelings.” After familiarizing the class with Lorde’s definition, our instructor requested we go around and name what came to mind when we heard the word “erotic.” Immediately, the seductive beats of Chet Faker’s song “Cigarettes and Chocolate” flowed into my brain. I’ve always chased the goosebumps, the bodyinhabiting emotion that music sends through me. I vividly recall being the only kid in the fourth grade choir who volunteered to sing the alto part of “Carol of the Bells”(you may know this part as the “ding, dongs”). While all my peers begged to sing the popular melody “Hark, how the bells!

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Sweet, silver bells,” I preferred dwelling in the harmony; it was easier to get lost the depths of the blending voices, in the depths of my own feeling. It goes without saying that nine-year-old me did not identify my soul-stirring response to harmony as “erotic.” But, as Lorde describes the erotic, music has always been “a reminder of my capacity for feeling.” Thus, I turn to music to enhance the feeling of my everyday experiences. Music holds the potential to summon the erotic, and illuminate our lives with what Lorde identifies as the “kind of energy that heightens our senses and strengthens all of (our) experiences.” The value in the erotic, and music’s ability to access it, stretches beyond individual experience. One of its uses, according to Lorde, is uniting those who share moments of its electric emotion. She accents the erotic’s ability to “be the basis for understanding much of what is not shared between us.” Emotion is humanity’s common ground, but it’s rare we allow ourselves to indulge in such rawness together. I crave that rawness, though, and utilize music to ease the human connection-hindering fear of displaying intense feeling. For instance, “Rivers and Roads” by The Head and the Heart has been the deliberate soundtrack to multiple “endings” in my life. The wistful harmonies of the chorus, “rivers ‘til I reach you” fueled the collective tears of my high school friend group

before graduation — but only after the classic, “NO oh my GOD, this song makes me cry” remark. Though just a playful plea, it revealed the power music has over us, as well as our aversion to the vulnerability of the erotic. Shared erotic connection doesn’t have to be somber, though. We’ve all been at that lackluster party that makes an 360 degree revitalization when that one guy puts on “Mr. Brightside.” Suddenly, the room is bouncing in nostalgic camaraderie to the tune of its infamous guitar intro. The night is heroically saved, and The Killers’ energy miraculously carries over into the night, alive even when that one girl (me) turns on “Macarena.” Be it getting goosebumps at a choir concert, sobbing to the cliche “Rivers and Roads,” or head-banging to a dancefloor classic, both music and the erotic come in many forms — sort of like love. Lorde explains, “the very word erotic comes from the Greek word eros, the personification of love in all its aspects.” When we realize the erotic within ourselves, we’re realizing our deepest capacities for love — love for ourselves and love for others. That tingly, wide-eyed magic that music ignites in me defies logic — it’s like momentarily falling in love — and it’s frighteningly vulnerable to feel so deeply. But when I find myself scared away, uninspired or settling, I know I have Chet Faker to tune me back into the erotic — Audre Lorde’s erotic — that I discovered on that dock last June.

Don’t remember this intro. Looks like some Agent Cody Banks and Cadet Kelly shit. Oh wait never mind it’s just Lizzie McGuire’s mean af little bro. “The tide is high” just came on and I highkey wanna dance and sing but I’m too high and don’t know all the lyrics TBH. The cartoon version of Lizzie has small boobs #why. I only saw this movie once in theaters in 2003 so this is hella nostalgic. Wait Lizzie has an iBook??? Damn the movie really is from 2003. Also why is her brother spying on her, like that’s some demented Hitchcockian voyeurism shit. Live action and animation mixed make me uncomfy. Gordo, what a homie #thatjewfrotho. LIZZIE’s TEACHER JUST MADE A REFERENCE TO EBOLA WHAAT. Lmao Lizzie looks like she’s 40 but she’s graduating from eighth grade AND she’s going to Rome?? Lizzie’s graduation speech is cringeworthy af. Fun fact: the woman who plays Ms Ungermeyer voiced Lois from Family Guy. She’s such a savage in this movie. Buzzed thought Lizzie’s dad was hot lol. The plane scene is cute, I’m surprised Gordo and Lizzie never smashed. Lol I just remembered when Lizzie first sees Paolo and he says in a shaky Italian accent “Isabella??” Europeans are so funny. The dialogue is corny as heck. But the cinematography’s not terrible. Wait isn’t Paolo like 20?! Kinda pedophilic if you ask me. Is his bodyguard always there? Bored said everyone’s sunglasses looked horrible before 2009. Exposition scenes are the worst. Paolo is such a shallow motherfucker, he is the original fuccboi. I’m laughing at everything SOMEBODY HELP ME. Never mind, Lizzie just said Paolo is 17, I still see several red flags. Gordo is so hardcore friendzoned. The soundtrack is bomb, 8.5/10 would recommend. I think this movie exaggerates the effects of mainstream media too much. My friend just said Paolo looks like Fez from That ’70s Show and I TOTALLY AGREE. Wait Lizzie just did a cartwheel handstand, stop the FUCKING panini presses. Damn Ms Ungermeyer and the bodyguard are lowkey fuckin, I feel like she wears the [CENSORED] in this relationship. Paolo’s line delivery is so FLAT. His Broken English is making my insides explode. Oh they’re singing the slow version of This is What Dreams Are Made Of fuck me up. Love the last performance, like Lizzie singing with the brunette version of herself is amazing. The kiss between Gordo and Lizzie was weak as hell but it’s ok cuz they’re both awkward! What a journey it’s been you guys. -Daily Arts Writer Damn I love this song … “The tide is high but I’m holding on.” Sing it cartoon Lizzie. High key though bless Hillary Duff for not becoming a trainwreck like some of the other Disney channel stars. I used to play the game boy version of Lizzie McGuire and it was fun as hell. Why the fuck is Lizzie going to Rome for her 8th grade graduation I wasn’t even allowed to leave my neighborhood in 8th grade. Her dad is hot ?? maybe ?? I hate that Miranda is not in this movie. Bored is noticing stuff that I cannot pick up on but that’s OK she’s doing well. Gordo definitely smoked pot in junior high. Real question though: Where does Lizzie McGuire live? I’m some Franzia and beers deep … Lizzie and Gordo need some too. Also Paolo is definitely 18 something years old and that is just pedophilia-ish right there. Also Paolo, to be honest, I totally would. Why can’t I go to some foreign country and look like an international pop star that’s so unfair. Drinking Pellegrino water, Gordo? That’s some bougie ass shit. Crap, we devoured that feta bread. Also, Lizzie is walking around the streets of Rome at 14 by herself, but I would high key be shitting my pants with my braces and American eagle shirt. THIS SOUNDTRACK IS BOMB WTF. Gordo is a good friend too, like why does no one go for the nice boys anymore ? Baked loves mentioning that Gordo is Jewish. Should I put alcohol in my Pizza House milkshake? Palo is a poser and I feel like I am the cartoon version of Lizzie Mcguire. This movie kind of has no point but maybe I’m just being cynical? Lizzie has a hot outfit on and Baked says, “she looks hot for an eighth grader,” and when did this turn so sexual? lol she falls on the red carpet. This movie is way faster when you are drunk. Damn Lizzie is in such a pickle with Paolo rn. God dammit Paolo you suck cheers to Lizzie and Isabella #girlsruntheworld Just remember they are singing in the Colosseum HOW. LIZZIE IS SINGING WITH THE BRUNETTE VERSION OF HERSELF GOALS, MAN, GOALS. But, is this is what dreams are made of? The booty shake IS the best part of the entire film. THEY KISS I REPEAT LIZZIE AND GORDO kISs. -Daily Arts Writer

Rumor has it we’re ordering Pizza House. Baked and Buzzed have relegated me to be the Designated Orderer. Morale low. THERE SHE IS. Looking good Lizzie. Why does cartoon Lizzie have boobs? Is that really necessary? Remind me to never get bangs. And she has an iBook? Slow down. Little brother is spying on her in the bathroom?! This is some Freudian sh*t. WAIT ... this is JUNIOR high? SHE IS DEFINITELY 20 IN THIS MOVIE. Mrs. McGuire looks like a young Meryl Streep. Gordo’s here! The original Chase Matthews. Gordo means fat in Spanish. This teacher at this “graduation” just referenced Ebola. Disney is always ahead of the curve. I remember being nervous for Lizzie the first time I watched her give her commencement speech. Now I’m in college and I’m laughing. Capital One ad in the airport?! I see you, propaganda. God, the little brother is still creepy. Two weeks in Rome?! With a high school principal whom the students have yet to meet? Sounds good. Buzzed thought the dad was hot at first, but now disagrees. I SEE FROSTED TIPS! Ethan is here! Gordo’s hair looks like mine. Why is the popular girl wearing a khaki pantsuit? Secretary Clinton? Disney was ahead, I’m telling you. Alright, look at the hotel room. It is covered in marble. IN COMES PAOLO! Kisses?! Oh, right, this is Europe. They’re drinking Pellegrino now. Imperialism lives. This milkshake is thick like Paolo’s accent should be, but is not. OK, wait. Paolo is kind of hot. This isn’t fair, the pretty girls get everything. Curse you Hillary (Duff, not Clinton, who already has that in the bag). “You’re such a good friend.” Oof. Poor Gordo. MY FAVORITE SCENE IS HERE. THE FASHION SCENE. IT IS TIME FOR THE IGLOO DRESS. Baked just said, “I think this movie exaggerates.” This screenplay was definitely forged from a Mad Lib book. In Rome, everything is marble. Did you know? Hold up. Lizzie’s family literally just got on a plane to visit her. She is only gone for two weeks. Joanne the Scammer would’ve swindled the heck out of this little girl. Also to be noted: no way did Hillary Duff receive any form of dialect lessons for her Italian alter ego, Isabella. But oh, my, is she steamy. It’s been revealed! Paolo is a diva! What a pickle he and Lizzie are in. One second, why doesn’t Gordo want to get with Isabella? PERFORMANCE TIME. Paolo can’t sing! Ha ha! Girls rule, boys drool, in every country! The emblem of modern Italian culture has been dismantled. Turns out Buzzed sang this song in the high school talent show. I am happy and you should be, too. Lizzie and Gordo are “sneaking away.” KISS! KISS! (I know they kiss.) She kissed him and he threw up the rock horns in response. Why has no boy ever thrown up the rock horns for me? - Tess Garcia, Daily Arts Writer


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Hip hop and happiness at the Union Touring rappers Machine Gun Kelly and Mod Sun talk music production


“Claws protracted, but we’re not scratching / We boost each other up/ ’cause I just want to hype my best friends, man / I just wanna hype my best girls,” Sadie Dupuis sings in “Hype,” a track off Slugger, Dupuis’s newest release under her solo project, Sad13. Slugger is self-produced and, as seen from the lyrics above, focuses heavily on encouraging positive relationships between women. “The point of the record is celebrating friendship and prioritizing friendship and prioritizing communities of support,” Dupuis said in an interview, noting that Slugger’s sound helps to embellish the themes it strives to portray. As she leaned back casually against her chair in the bar area of El Club, a music venue in Detroit, Dupuis’s multicolored hair shone like a beacon through the sea of dim lighting, as bright and as fun as the music she creates in Slugger. “I’ve always liked pop music, but guitar is my primary instrument, and they don’t always go hand-inhand,” she said. Even though the contemporary pop aspect of Slugger might have presented a challenge to her, it’s a struggle that doesn’t appear in the finished music; every song has a natural, easy-going flow that transforms the album into an airy work of art as enjoyable to listen to as it is well composed. The subtle R&B aspects found in “Devil In U” flow smoothly into the more synthetic electronic components of “Krampus (In Love)” which, in turn, is juxtaposed perfectly next to the more direct, driven beat of “Hype.” Throughout Slugger, Dupuis imperceptibly shifts between slightly differing styles of music. The album is only held consistent because it never falters in delivering upbeat, buoyant songs, a feat that has something to do with the fact that Dupuis went into the creation of Slugger with the sole desire to create a pop album. “I knew I wanted (Slugger) to be a pop record … some of the lyrical concepts, I don’t know if I had a clear sense of that when I started it, just that I was doing a pop record and as I kept writing, it turned into what it is,” Dupuis said. And “what it is” turns out to be a lighthearted procession of optimistic songs that are both structurally and thematically similar. “(Slugger) was written sort of quickly. I tried to do a song a day for two weeks … the thematic concepts of the songs relate to one another because they were all done so close to one another,” she said. The ambitiously speedy conception of Slugger not only helped the album’s unity but also allowed it to become a cohesive piece that advocates for positive, healthy interactions within the realm of significant others, friends and even within the music industry itself. “I’ve always gravitated more towards music that has something

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Sadie Dupuis is currently the lead singer of Speedy Ortiz.

to say … I’m not really interested in lyrics that are vacant,” Dupuis said. Slugger is anything but vacant in the way lyrics directly addressing the importance of non-destructive female friendships are masterfully interwoven between Dupuis’s more personal accounts of regaining strength from past abusive relationships. But this album isn’t a story of recovery; it’s a story of optimism, told through the vibrant cover art, lively harmonies and animated vocals. Sadie Dupuis has created an album that not only celebrates life but, most importantly, celebrates constructive interactions in life, a concept that can be difficult to find in the cutthroat world of music. Difficult but not impossible, as Dupuis herself is constantly inspired by a wide variety of influential female artists who are both currently relevant and/or iconic. “Grimes’s … (Art Angels) came out last October/November, then I recorded (Slugger) in January,” Dupuis said. “I was definitely pretty excited about that record at the time. I was listening to Solange … and then certainly there’s a lot of sort of backing vocal harmony stuff that I maybe take from liking mid to late ’90s R&B. Or girl groups like TLC, Destiny’s Child were pretty huge for me, as a kid.” Like many of her inspirations, Dupuis commemorates powerful women in her songs through providing a non-toxic space where topics like uplifting female friendships and the importance of not being afraid to take charge are pushed into the spotlight. “Writing a pop album, I think my lyrics are always sort of in conversation with pop culture,” Dupuis said. “I almost felt like I was trying to undo some of the … negative concepts.” Dupuis made Slugger into a pop album not only as a way to explore her sound in distinctive genres but also as an effort to negate the more harmful rhetoric toward women and derogatory images of women that can be found in many other pop songs (hello Robin Thicke). It’s an understated sort of rebellion that can be seen in a variety of different music genres, but most significantly visible through the passionate feminist punk rock of riot grrrl, which Slugger shares some ideas with. Riot grrrl bands like Bikini Kill and Sleater-Kinney helped establish a feminist movement

in the early ’90s that focused on female empowerment and allowed women to express themselves, in all their angry glory, the same way their male counterparts had been doing for many years. The riot grrrl wave eventually moved past music and evolved into a larger subculture. Through DIY art, such as zines, and activism that focused on ending racism, homophobia and sexism, riot grrrl music pioneered inclusion of women in the punk scene and also permanently influenced the larger fabric of society. Although quintessential riot grrrl bands have become significantly less prevalent since their conception, the overall messages of inclusivity, liberation from damaging social gender norms and support for other female artists that these bands preached have not disappeared. Instead, these ideas have spread throughout the music sphere over time, influencing artists of various genres both directly and indirectly. Sad13 exemplifies this evolution. Even though the neat, polished Slugger is a far cry from the messy, underground style of iconic riot grrrl songs like “Rebel Girl,” the themes of these two contrasting pieces parallel one another; the same encouragement of women to take pride in both their femininity and how they choose to express it that was screamed out with pride in the ’90s is seen, modernized and with a contemporary twist, in songs like “<2” or “Coming Into Powers” out of Slugger. Above all, what the bands of the riot grrrl era inspired and what their modern-day counterparts continue to uphold is a space where women are not torn down but rather supported wholeheartedly as they explore personal expression in music. The fact that riot grrrl hasn’t died, only been transformed and customized as the years passed, truly epitomizes the transcendent quality of music. The ability to turn on the radio and listen to songs that motivate, inspire and empower women is and will always be needed. As seen with riot grrrl’s lasting significance, music, much like all other forms of artistic expression, has the power to ingrain itself in the very core of a society, going beyond solely entertainment for entertainment’s sake in order to produce enduring social reform.

On Thursday, Nov. 17, The Maize Collective sponsored an event at the Michigan Union with touring rappers Machine Gun Kelly and Mod Sun, who spoke to students and guests alike about the ins and outs of the production and performance of hip hop. MGK covered topics from growing up poor, getting picked on as a kid and his supposedly grand contributions to hiphop performance, while Mod Sun brought his signature positivity along with the occasional witty comment. Maize Collective is a new student-run record label on campus that is designed to foster a community among students interested in music production, mixing, publicity and everything in between. Along with extracurricular involvement, they also offer a for-credit course through the University. The group’s goal is to create resources for students with multiple interests within the music industry. At the panel, MGK embodied stardom, donning hot pink corduroy pants and a white overcoat — nearly a complete opposite to Mod Sun’s relaxed vibes. With the dominant personality, he barely paused between sentences for a breath, making it clear from the start that music isn’t just a hobby, it’s his entire life, and saying “Music is God to me,” at one point. He described how, through being bullied in a tough neighborhood, he found his roots in music. “How I got in the game was me being picked on and lashing out,” he said. His creative outlet has been anger — an anger which has

skyrocketed him to fame. On the other hand, his tourmate Mod Sun is known for his positivity. To Mod Sun, MGK said, “Tell them how you became happy all the time.” “Just smile for five seconds, and you’ll feel better,” Mod Sun replied. This marked Mod Sun’s unfortunately limited time on the mic, giving the audience short quips on happiness and his view of making music. “You can create your own reality, your own world,” Mod Sun said on his creative process. As similar as the artists’ musical styles are, their views on music creation are starkly different.

He described how, through being bullied, he found roots in music. MGK’s next topic — performance — was particularly heated. Likening himself to Kendrick Lamar and J. Cole, he claimed his own contributions to live performance were vital to the state of modern hip hop, and that he is vastly underappreciated, but also acknowledged that his live performances aren’t always perfect. “I’m on top of you, put your phones away,” MGK said, voicing his frustrations with today’s concert-goers. Like many musicians in today’s world, he’s more interested in connecting with fans eye-toeye than through a screen. “Stop letting everyone

into our culture. It’s not for everyone,” MGK added on today’s hip-hop scene. Hip hop is clearly more than a genre to him; it’s become a lifestyle of which he’s very protective. This exclusivity he associates with hip hop highlights another belief of his — protectiveness over his musical voice. “You don’t sign up as an artist, a true artist, for the liquidity of what your art is,” he said. MGK also revealed his disdain for his single “Invincible,” written for a Beats commercial — a capitalistic venture he was far from happy about. He explained that it was a song he had little involvement in making, ultimately leading him to hate the end result. “I walked into every radio station and said ‘this shit sucks,’ ” he said. As far as production goes, MGK said his highest priority is full musical involvement from the artist, regardless of the money involved. “Let a guitar chord hit that perfect spot,” MGK said, which turned out to perfectly summarize the event. In all aspects of the music industry, it’s important for the music to feel right not only to the audience, but to the artist as well. MGK loves what he does, and he isn’t afraid to voice his strong opinions on the matter. “It sucks I have to be angry to write a great record,” he added, a powerful reflection on the individuality of someone’s driving force for creativity. Above all else, Thursday’s panel showed MGK is going to continue to emphasize the importance of remaining true to himself as a musician while staying connected with the fans through his passionate performances.

SINGLE REVIEW A “I Feel it Coming” The Weeknd feat. Daft Punk

It’s a common misconception that a song has to be original, break some barrier and sound like nothing on the market at that time in order to be good. “I Feel It Coming” is definitely the poster child for classicsounding, comfortable modern music. The song is a combination of the Weeknd’s crooning, soulful vocals and the synthdisco heaven that the whole world loved for Daft Punk’s 2013 collaboration with

Pharrell and Nile Rodgers. The beat thrums throughout the entire length of the track, and the Weeknd’s voice is always gentle, never more than a sweet conversational level. This isn’t to say there isn’t passion. It’s beautiful in its understatement and blends together with the reproachful lyrics to create something that is a joy to listen to. The lyrics are sensual and provocative, yet soothing, and all this while being something that you won’t possibly be able to get out of your head. Daft Punk sprinkles eclectic electronica throughout the track, keeping it up tempo and mostly very cool. This is a beauti-

ful collaboration, where neither outshine the other and instead work together to make a song that’s all the better for both inputs. Of course, it all sounds like something that has been written before several hundred times. This could very easily be a Michael Jackson hit, just with a far more advanced production value. Still, it’s hard to fault a song when it’s doing everything it does so very well, and when nothing to this standard on a joint effort has been produced since “Get Lucky” was around. “I Feel It Coming” just proves how important these two artists are in the modern-day music scene. - MEGAN WILLIAMS

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