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‘U’ admin: Spike in international enrollment not related to funding
Officials assert increase in international students instead result of foreign interest JENNIFER MEER Daily Staff Reporter
A new national report released by the National Bureau of Economic Research concludes recent increases in international student enrollment nationwide are the result of a decrease
in state funding. University administrators, however, maintain that this is not case, despite popular student perception. Though both trends hold true at the University of Michigan in recent years, administration points to other factors that may influence international attendance. The NBER paper, released in
December 2016, finds that between 1996 and 2012, a 12-percent increase in foreign enrollment at public research universities correlated with a 10-percent decrease in state funding. From fall 2012 to fall 2016, total international enrollment at the University increased by 15 percent — from 5,881 to 6,764 students
— according to the Office of the Registrar’s Enrollment Summary. International undergraduate enrollment alone went up 14.25 percent, while international graduate and professional enrollment increased 15.35 percent. Most significantly, new freshman international See ENROLLMENT, Page 3A
Military head outlines versatility of public work for students, faculty MAYA GOLDMAN Daily Staff Reporter
On Wednesday, Secretary of the Army Eric Fanning spoke to a crowd of students, staff and faculty during a fireside chat with Alec Gallimore, dean of the College of Engineering, at the Chrysler Center on North Campus. Fanning met with University of Michigan President Mark Schlissel earlier in the day. During the talk, Fanning focused on the importance and versatility of public service careers, as well as his path to becoming the secretary of the Army. He discussed his beginnings in the public
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service sector, stating that he first became interested in government work as an undergraduate at Dartmouth University. “I was (at Dartmouth) in 1988,” Fanning said. “Both parties had open primaries, so there were quite a few candidates running for president. It’s a small state; there aren’t many places to go and they were always on campus. I just got the bug for government politics, government service.” Fanning, a Kalamazoo native and the self-described “CEO of the Army,” is responsible for overseeing its $140 billion budget and personnel matters, among other things. Though See ARMY, Page 3A
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Adam Grant kicks off Positive Links Speaker Series for winter semester, draws 500
Depts. host sanctuary campus teach-in
Entreprenuers hope to revolutionize local online dating landscape
Robertson Auditorium was filled with about 500 students, faculty and staff who came to see the first talk of the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business Positive Links Speaker Series this semester which featured University alum Adam Grant Wednesday afternoon. Grant, a Wharton School top-rated professor, discussed the seven characteristics he sees original thinkers exhibit in the workplace to the sold out event. The speaker series aims to spreads ideas about positive business practices in the workplace. Grant received his Ph.D. in organizational psychology from the University in less than three years. The author of multiple bestselling books, he is currently co-writing a book with technology executive and author Sheryl Sandberg about being resilient in times of hardship. He posited that original thinkers: brainstorm differently, take risks on novel ideas, harness anxiety, make the unfamiliar familiar, are tempered radicals, find the right allies and fight “groupthink.” “If you track 40 years of data, we know that if you were to take five people and instead of putting them in the
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Spin the Bottle, a new dating app launched at the end of 2016 by entrepreneur Matt Cohen and software developers Andrew Stanton and Nish Patel, is aiming to revolutionize the world of dating apps. Instead of swiping left or right on dozens of photo profiles, Spin the Bottle utilizes video chatting in hopes that it will help users develop stronger connections right away. The app became available to University of Michigan students in early December, but is available on other college campuses across the country and is most popular at Columbia University and New York University, where it launched in September. Like other dating apps, users set a geographic range and preferred gender, but the rest is up to chance. Modeled after the party game of the same name, users find a match by “spinning the bottle.” When someone opens the app, they are met with a circle of profile pictures centered around a graphic of a bottle. The user presses on the bottle image to See APP, Page 3A
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same room, if you were to put them all in separate rooms to brainstorm alone, you would get more ideas and better ideas,” Grant said. Grant further explained original thinkers avoid the typical prototypes that leaders and managers may come up with. He highlighted the importance of brainstorming
one’s own ideas, as this promotes divergent thinking. “Before you judge others’ ideas, spend five minutes brainstorming your own ideas,” Grant said. Grant also incorporated his psychology background into his lecture. He noted anxiety is a resource that can be converted into productive
emotions, such as excitement or enthusiasm. LSA freshman Leann Abad said Grant’s lecture was a great opportunity to learn the positives of business, as he is currently applying to the Business School. “I really liked Adam’s whole perspective as an See ROSS, Page 3A
Author Adam Grant speaks about positive business organization strategies at the Ross School of Business on Wednesday.
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Attendees organize advocacy initatives for undocumented students KAELA THEUT
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Over 50 faculty, students and city residents attended a teachin Wednesday night at Hatcher Graduate Library to discuss issues pertaining to the creation of a sanctuary campus for undocumented immigrants, as well as local initiatives planned for the future. A sanctuary campus is defined as any college or university that adopts policies to protect undocumented students from deportation. More than 1,000 University of Michigan students took part in a walkout protest on Nov. 16, where they called for the University to become a sanctuary campus, as well as for administrators to better represent minority students. The event was the first in a series of teach-ins sponsored by the University’s Department of History, Department of American Culture and the LSA Democracy in Action Fund. Event organizers created the teach-in as a space where a diverse group of six experts, including both students and See SANCTUARY, Page 3A
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ON THE DAILY: HARBAUGH SIGNS 2035 RECRUIT Arriving earlier than expected, Jim Harbaugh and his wife Sarah’s newest son John Harbaugh was born yesterday at Mott’s Children’s Hospital. According to Harbaugh’s Twitter, John weighs 4 pounds and 13 ounces with an 18 inch wingspan. On Twitter, Harbaugh called John “our newest Wolverine.” On January 6th, Harbaugh tweeted while at the White House with Sarah that the baby was expected to arrive on February 6th. Despite this former expecting date, John had other plans. The Harbaughs announced the pregnancy on June 20th. This is the couple’s fourth child but is Harbaugh’s seventh. One of his sons, Jay, is
a tight ends and special teams better time, replacing safety for the NFL draft on Tuesday. coach for the Wolverines and Jabrill Peppers who declared - MATT HARMON another son, James, is a current student at the University. “There’s nothing I’d rather be defined than as a dad. People define us men in a lot of ways: doctor, lawyer, dentist, construction worker, teacher, coach. But being called a dad is the defining moment,” Harbaugh said in a Free Press interview. This new addition to the ALLISON FARRAND/Daily Jim Harbaugh welcomes son John Harbaugh with his wife Sarah on Wednesday. Wolverines could not have come at a
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Gifts of Art: Flute and Piano Songs of Birds
WHAT: David Tarver (BSEE ‘75, MSEE ’76) will speak on the importance of effective community engagment as an engineer, based on his own career journey and civil-rights era ecperience. WHO: College of Engineering WHEN: 11:30 p.m. to 1 p.m. WHERE: Lurie Robert H. Engin. Ctr, Johnson Rooms, 3rd Floor
WHAT: Flutist Melissa-Kay Grey, master’s of music, and pianst Naki Kripfgans, doctor’s of musical arts, perform a collection of songs from around the world, on birds and their characteristics WHO: Gifts of Art WHEN: 12:10 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. WHERE: University Hospital, Main Lobby
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WHAT: Do you have what it takes to be part of a startup? Come hear from entrepreneurs from several startups, learn about startup culture and network. WHO: Innovate Blue WHEN: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. WHERE: Duderstadt Center, Media Union
WHAT: Obit is a documentary that explores the world of editorial obituaries, through the lens of The New York Times obit desk. This documentary will explore questions about life, memory and time. WHO: Screen Arts and Cultures WHEN: 8 p.m. to 9:45 p.m. WHERE: Angell Hall, Aud. A
The Empowerment of UM Women Through Physical Activity WHAT: Photos highlighting women’s physical activity at the University through the years will be accompanied by a panel of speakers. WHO: Institute for Research on Women and Gender WHEN: 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. WHERE: 2239 Lane Hall
Igor and Moreno: Idiotsyncrasy WHAT: Through high intensity moves, Igor and Moreno perform to create sentiments of empowerment for the audience. WHO: University Musical Society WHEN: 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. WHERE: Arthur Miller Theatre
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WHAT: International artist Robert Platt explores the role of the environment, humans and materialism in an age of increasing virtuality. WHO: Robert Platt WHEN: 5:10 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. WHERE: Michigan Theater
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Student Government discusses initiatives in conjunction with City Council RHEA CHEETI
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A resolution urging the city of Ann Arbor to adopt nonpartisan November elections was passed by the Central Student Government Tuesday night during its first meeting of the year. According to the resolution, August primary elections make it hard for students to vote as they are usually not on campus during the summer months. This has resulted in a remarkably low turnout — under 20 percent — over the past few years. City Council rejected a 2015 University of Michigan proposal to move the 2016 primary election date from
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and the authors to present it to City Council at its next meeting. CSG held a town hall last semester, discussing the high costs of housing in the city. A major topic of the town hall was discussing students’ historically contentious relationship with Ann Arbor. State Rep. Yousef Rabhi (D– Ann Arbor), who served as a panelist, emphasized impacts of increasing housing costs, like the exclusion of students of lower socioeconomic status. “(Ann Arbor’s) diversity is slowly escaping us,” Rabhi said. “If we don’t work hard and make sure we have our full options on where to live, not only will our student body become less diverse, our community will become less diverse.” Panelist Mary Jo Callan, director of the Ginsberg Center, a University organization focused around social change, said students can be a huge ally in the efforts to combat high costs — Councilmember Zachary Ackerman (D– Ward 3) agreed during the panel, adding that during city elections in August, the median age of the voter is 61 years old. “(Ackerman) is a true ally, but he is one of 11,” Callan said. “Politicians only have as much courage as we, voters, the community, have.” Jawad also mentioned that after holding a town hall and speaking with many residents of Ann Arbor, there was widespread support for the initiative.
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WHAT: Award-winning author Colson Whitehead will read from his book “The Underground Railroad,” which won the National Book Award to discuss race, class and consumerism. WHO: Colson Whitehead WHEN: 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. WHERE: Mendelssohn Theatre
Nonpartisan elections, new holiday resolutions passed at CSG meeting August to July. The authors of the resolution, Public Policy junior Nadine Jawad and LSA senior Noah Betman, point to prior initiatives the University has taken to promote political participation, like the Edward Ginsberg Center for Community Service and Learning — a center dedicated to engaging University students with the greater Ann Arbor community — and emphasized the fact that civic engagement is an ideal held by the University. Jawad and Betman also argued the resolution would strengthen the relationship between the city of Ann Arbor and the University. The resolution requests CSG to support of this proposal,
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ENROLLMENT From Page 1A enrollment increased 25 percent. Meanwhile, in this same time span, total enrollment of U.S. citizens and permanent residents has increased by only 1.09 percent. An article published by Bloomberg in late December references the report and notes its finding that, since the recession, there has been a demand for “fulltuition-paying” students at state schools. Statistics from the Institute of International Education show that 565,000 international students enrolled at U.S. postsecondary schools in the 2005-2006 school year, versus 1.04 million international students in the 20152016 school year — an 85 percent increase. Further, according to the State Higher Education Executive Officers Association, while tuition made up only 35.8 percent of public universities’ revenue in 2008, it made up 46.5 percent in 2015. However, the article notes that while in general, reliance on tuition has dropped recently, it is still above 2008 numbers. State Funding and University Response to International Enrollment The University faced a 21.6 percent funding cut by the state in 2011, as part of a general cut in higher education funding under Gov. Rick Snyder. 2016 saw a 4.3 percent increase in state funding overall, bringing most schools’ numbers back to where they were before the 2011 cut, but the University’s allotment remains 7.8 percent less than it was prior to 2011. In June 2016, the University’s Board of Regents voted to increase tuition for both in-state and outof-state students, leading to an overall increase of $86.35 million in University funds. Lower state
SANCTUARY From Page 1A local activists, could come together and share their knowledge about sanctuary campuses while also answering questions from the community. Many students in attendance said they were proponents of making the University a sanctuary campus. LSA senior Jerry Graham said he thinks the change is an important one, adding it would benefit some of his friends and professors. “This is something that I’d like to see for this campus,” Graham said. “I’ve spoken with a professor and friends that could really benefit from something like this, and that know people that could benefit from something like this. So I think it’s very important.” The difficulty of working with both campus and city police in ensuring that the forces do not inadvertently inform U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement of undocumented students on campus was frequently discussed by speakers. Christine Sauvé, member of the Michigan Immigrant Rights Center, offered strategies to build a trusting relationship
ARMY From Page 1A he was appointed to his current position by President Obama only last year, he worked as a congressional aide during the Clinton administration and has spent much of the last 25 years in various jobs with the Army, Navy and Air Force. “My team likes to call me the oldest millennial, because I’ve had a bizarre career path,” Fanning said. “But I was moving into many different things, seizing many different opportunities. People can get very focused on wanting to do ‘X’ and that’s not necessarily the best way to come into Washington. The best way to come into Washington is to find good bosses doing interesting things and start there.” Fanning also offered advice given to him by his first boss to students looking to go into any kind of management position. According to Fanning,
funding was cited as one reason for the increase. State Rep. Adam Zemke (D– Ann Arbor), who has voiced his opinion in the past about the need for more state funding, said he is confident the University is acting appropriately given the decrease in funding. “I’m certain that the University is taking steps that they have deemed necessary, unfortunately, to figure out another way to generate revenue due to the fact that the state has been underfunding them for quite some time,” he said. Zemke said the 2011 funding cut was very significant, and does not think it is fair for the schools to have to generate its own revenue. “The idea that we as a state have decided through our lack of appropriation that it is okay for universities to generate most of their operating revenue from tuition, I think is really terrible and speaks to the tremendous amount of student debt in this country,” he said. University officials, however, are quick to emphasize that the spike in international enrollment does not represent an explicit strategy to make up for lost funding. Kedra Ishop, vice provost for Enrollment Management, said it makes sense that international enrollment has increased nationally overall. She explained other schools that have a difficult time appealing to domestic outof-state students look to potential international student. “(In admissions,) your ability to market to your residents, your non-residents and international students varies,” she said. “You’re going to have, in some cases, institutions that are able to recruit and market themselves amongst students from foreign countries, perhaps more than they are able to do the same for students domestically, out of state.”
She added that foreign interest in a U.S. education has increased exponentially over the past decade. However, she said the University does not use a purposeful or deliberate recruitment strategy for international students because there has never been a shortage of applicants. She noted that according to the enrollment summary’s new freshmen enrollment data, the percentage of international students in incoming classes has been very consistent since 2012, lingering around 4 percent — a statistic that often surprises people. “There is a belief that our international student population in our freshman class and in our new student population is much larger than it is, when in reality, it hovers between two and a half and 4 percent, which is considerably smaller than many institutions who are more deliberately recruiting from an international population,” she said. Ishop said about two-thirds of University applicants are out of state — the bulk of that being U.S. citizens — and these numbers have grown drastically since 2010 and 2011. She said admissions focuses more on balancing the in-state and out-ofstate populations, and there is no need to fill a financial quota. “We are able to attract a highquality class from the state of Michigan and also respond to almost overwhelming demand from an out-of-state population of students who are equally strong,” she said. “We haven’t been in a position to need to bring forward an international recruitment strategy to fill financial coffers.” She noted that the University’s out-of-state and international fees are the same. International Student Response
with the police. “We have found, in Michigan, a lot of local police end up calling ICE or border patrol for their translation services,” Sauvé said. “So if your local police does not have something as simple as Language Link, which is very imperfect, even if they don’t have something like that, it could be something that pushes people to involve ICE and border patrol. Investing in language access is very critical for local communities. Community policing strategies and building that trust relationship with police is going to be critical.” Another common theme evident throughout the teach-in was taking the meaning of the word “sanctuary” and making it a practical and operational concept to apply to the campus. Rackham student Vikrant Garg, a member of campus organization Students4Justice, said the University must make quantifiable policy changes, rather than merely applying the concept. “For us, I think, as a campus, what we need to think about is how we’re going to operationalize what it means to advocate for a sanctuary campus,” Garg said. “It means tuition affordability, it means
decreases in the cost of living … it means to actually take what sanctuary means, and turn it into an actual, operational definition.” In a December interview, University president Mark Schlissel explained his hestitation to employ the term “sanctuary campus” due to its possible ambiguity. “There’s some confusion about what that term means,” he said. “It’s a label that has no specific fixed definition and I don’t want to put a label on us that other people can define that may not be accurate.” Schlissel penned a statement in support of undocumented students in late November, while many University departments made resources available to members of the campus community in fear following the election of president-elect Donald Trump. Trump has repeatedly deemed executive orders signed by President Barack Obama protecting undocumented adults and children unconstitutional. “We already do many of the things that come under definitions of ‘sancturary,’” Schlissel said. “We offer resources but don’t keep lists... it maintains everyone’s privacy and safety.”
communication is crucial to managing any organization. “Never underestimate the degree you need to communicate,” Fanning said. “That is a non-stop, ongoing requirement for any leadership job. I find that even in a large organization like the Army, you can drive change very quickly, so long as you have the right people involved and you just prioritize and focus on them. If I tried to have a handle on everything the Army did, I would grind to a halt. You have to size up the people you trust and tell them, ‘Come to me when you need help because you’re on your own.’ ” The event was put on by the College of Engineering as part of Entrepreneurship 390, a class taught by Max Shtein, associate professor of material sciences and entrepreneurship. The event was open to anyone, and the auditorium was nearly filled by students, staff and faculty from all areas of the University. The advice Fanning gave, Shtein felt, fit perfectly into his
curriculum. Entrepreneurship 390 focuses mostly on entrepreneurial design, but the class also deals with more general topics regarding business and management. “He wanted to talk about the importance of public service, and how they do need somebody with entrepreneurship skills and desire to innovate and business acumen, as well as technical skills, to get into the service line of work,” Shtein said. “In the class we focus a lot on problems — what are high quality problems, what are difficult problems, what are problems that affect a lot of people. And this is certainly within that realm, so I think it was good for folks to see that, yeah, this is a huge organization … how do you run something like that?” The audience responded to Fanning’s talk enthusiastically. Engineering senior Alexander
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Despite Ishop’s evidence, international students said they feel that admitting more foreign students does benefit the University financially, and had mixed responses to the increase. Engineering freshman Edmond Tsoi, an international student from Hong Kong, said he thinks the rise in international enrollment is a more direct effort to boost the University’s ranking. Though Tsoi completed three years of high school in the United States, he pointed to what he called the “high standard” of students coming directly from other countries. He added these students bring in more revenue. “I have a couple of friends who came directly from China or even Korea or other countries,” he said. “Usually they are one of the top students in their country. By accepting more international students, especially those who come directly from other countries, they are bringing the standards up. They can also get more tuition money from them too.” Tsoi noted that international admissions and out-of-state admissions are more competitive than in-state admissions, allowing the University to accept superior applicants to increase ratings. He also thinks, as Ishop mentioned, a significant reason for the increase stems from the desire of Asian students — particularly those from countries like China or South Korea — to come to American schools. According to Tsoi, most students in China aspire to go to Peking University, the country’s top school, which he said is ranked lower than the University internationally. However, he said, it is incredibly difficult to get accepted. “In order to get into a better college and also to compete in a less competitive area, they are
APP From Page 1A spin it, and whoever it lands on is immediately called through the app for a thirty-second video chat. After the chat, users can give each other “kisses” to signify interest; if both people give a kiss, the pair matches and can message further through the app’s interface. Safety features are included to protect users from the uncertainties that could be involved in video chatting. For instance, the app operates using facial recognition, so if the camera doesn’t recognize what it’s pointed at as a face, the call will be immediately blurred out. Cohen is confident video chatting can lead to a more successful online dating experience. He wrote the Daily in an email he found it difficult to learn any real facts about a person from a dating profile through his own online dating experiences. But he thinks adding video chats to the mix can change this. “Sure you can get some insight from a profile or photo, but you still don’t know how they act, how they sound and what their personality is like,” Cohen wrote. “When it comes to online dating, video is better because it allows for face-toface interaction right from the very first contact, meaning that you can assess not only physical attraction but also personality and chemistry, all from your mobile device.”
Thursday, January 12, 2017 — 3A trying to go to the U.S. or to the U.K. for college,” he said. LSA sophomore Daria Belyaeva, an international student from Russia, said she didn’t think an increase in international students would serve the University’s rankings as much as it would serve funding. “Michigan is a great, huge school in general,” she said. “I feel like we never had a huge shortage of international students. I feel like the financial aspect is more currently important.” In addition to mentioning that her tuition has increased by 4 percent since last school year — as is consistent with the aforementioned tuition increase — Belyaeva noted that international students can receive very little money from the school through grants, studies or other special circumstances. Most international students, she explained, pay full tuition. “This feels very unfair,” she said. “Obviously, it’s a state school, so why should I get stuff from the state of Michigan? But still it’s a crazy burden for international students.” Engineering junior Madhav Sharma addressed the University’s engineering program specifically, noting a significantly larger international student population in Engineering than in LSA. Looking at raw numbers from the aforementioned enrollment summary, Sharma noted the decrease in in-state enrollment between 2012 and 2016 — from 24,095 to 23,095 — a small but evident decrease, given the increase in out-of-state students from 19,331 to 21,623. “What I’ve heard from other students is that maybe the undergraduate admission is turning more to out-of-state students, because less financial aid can be given and more tuition can be collected,” he said.
Columbia University junior Chapman Hughes, the app’s campus representative at Columbia and a junior at the university, thinks the impromptu videochatting feature is partularly well-suited to college students — especially those who are looking to enter a more serious relationship. “It’s well-suited to a college campus, especially in our day and age, because it’s so hard to find someone who’s willing to take the time to possibly be in a relationship,” Hughes said. “When you have an app where you’re immediately facing this person, you kind of have to be on your feet and able to say why you’re there and what you’re looking for.” According to Hughes, her classmates have found that the type of person who uses Spin the Bottle is much more likely to follow up online communication with actual dates than people on other apps, like Tinder. Because of this, she sees the app moving more toward older college students. “I personally see this moving more towards older students,” Hughes said. “Juniors and seniors, and possibly our large graduate student population, because they’re (more often) the ones who are looking for a meaningful relationship… On other apps, there aren’t a lot of people who are coming out of that with a relationship, or even a great story.” Stanton, who helped to build the app’s interface from scratch, is 35 and married. He doesn’t have
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organizational psychologist, because you can see his passion for the research he’s done,” Abad said. Grant disagreed with the belief that seeking advice in the workplace makes them seem amateur. He discussed the importance of asking for advice, as it may further one’s goals and ideas. Series host Jane Dutton, a professor of business administration and psychology, said Grant’s efforts have improved attitudes toward relationships in the workplace. “He’s really had a huge impact on the conversation in business and in work organizations,” she said. This semester’s Positive Links Speaker Series will continue throughout January, February and April with presentations from the Business School faculty and a professor from Case Western Reserve University. Upcoming topics include promoting a society encompassing the world’s poorest people, presenting oneself positively and confidently, and building positive organizations and their impact on modern day business. “I hope (this series) exposes (its audience) to top researchers,” Dutton said. “I hope it helps to build community, (among) researchers and practitioners and students, who also care about creating more lifegiving workplaces.”
much personal experience with online dating, but he’s hopeful that breaking into the college demographic can be a gateway to other groups of users. “It’s kind of like what the college kids do is cool for people my age,” Stanton said. “It just spreads. We feel that if we can capture the college market, it will grow from there.” For now, though, the app is concentrating on college students. Cohen said the team has begun promoting Spin the Bottle in Ann Arbor, and is currently in the process of hiring a campus representative to help with promotion efforts here. Though the app isn’t as popular at the University yet, LSA freshman Ben Fu thinks Spin the Bottle could become a campus fixture. He said he has only used Tinder in the past, but said he would be open to trying Spin the Bottle if he was looking for something more serious. “I think it’s better than (Tinder),” Fu said. “You get a better sense of who the person is, rather than just reading their bio. Most people don’t even read the bio anyway. They just swipe right or left.” On the other hand, Fu hasn’t used dating apps in a while and he thinks he might try his luck outside the digital realm. “My success with women was a lot better after I stopped using Tinder,” Fu said. “I just learned how to approach them in real life.”
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The subjective nature of religion MARY KATE WINN
few years ago, a friend told me that she thought the world would be a more peaceful place without religion. Considering all the violence that has been committed in the name of religion, from the Crusades to 9/11, it’s an easy conclusion to draw. As a Catholic, though, the statement felt more like an accusation, and it stung. I was raised Catholic and went to Catholic school for most of my life, so Catholicism is a central component of my identity. My Catholicism, my religion, always promoted love, tolerance, acceptance and peace. My religion taught me to value and cherish human life, so what does the Lord’s Resistance Army have to do with my Christianity? Fundamentally, I felt that the actions of others, in history and present times, could not define my religion. The way I understand Jesus, his actions and his message means that to me, human life is sacred and precious. Thus, anyone who claims to be Catholic but acts in a way that disregards that value of human life cannot be practicing my Catholicism. For me, my faith means the opposite of violence and hatred. Having my religion, and by extension, my values, associated with the promotion of violence and intolerance was alienating and demeaning. The same is likely true for hundreds of millions of Muslims around the globe when their religion is deemed inherently violent by pundits, respected publications and the U.S. president-elect. Recent attacks committed by terrorist organizations who preach a radical, violent version of Islam have seemingly brought the entire religion up for debate. The question of whether Islam is inherently violent has led to discrimination against and alienation of Muslims in the West. In France, where many terrorist attacks have occurred in the name of ISIS, towns have been banning Muslim women from wearing burkinis at the beach. Despite court rulings that mayors do not have the right to ban burkinis, several French mayors continued to enforce the ban. In the United States, as we know, our president-elect responded to the Orlando massacre by saying he “appreciate(d) the congrats on being right on radical Islamic
terrorism” and reiterating his call to suspend immigration “from areas of the world when there is a proven history of terrorism against the United States, Europe or our allies.” And so, fear begets discrimination. As one recent ISIS defector put it, “we were happy when Trump said bad things about Muslims because he makes it very clear that there are two teams in this battle: the Islamic team and the antiIslamic team.” Essentially, when more than 1.6 billion Muslims are grouped in with extremists and Islam is painted as violent, we are taking the bait and playing right into ISIS’s hands. But, if Islam is not violent, how should we understand groups like ISIS? I think it’s useful to look at the intersection of violence and Islam the same way I viewed the intersection of violence and Christianity. Last semester, I took a class called “Anthropology of Islam,” and the more I learned about Islam, the more similarities I saw between Islam and Christianity. Both religions have sacred texts that are at times conspicuously violent because they are ultimately products of their times. But just as the Catholic Church promotes pacifism because it interprets the Bible in a more nuanced manner, so too do many Muslims interpret Islamic texts in more intelligent and holistic ways than ISIS does. For example, I can read in Exodus 35:2 that someone who works on the Sabbath Day should be put to death, but I can recognize the endorsement of violence as an indication that violence was tolerated in 6th-century B.C.E. Therefore, I prefer to focus on the Bible verses that encapsulate Jesus’s values and promote love, peace and understanding, like Galatians 5:22-23: “The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and selfcontrol.” This isn’t just willful ignorance or selective reading; it’s an informed analysis that looks at the bigger picture. Similarly, cherry-picked quotes from Islam’s texts are used to justify violence, but these violent quotes entirely miss the point. Since there is no Muslim equivalent of a pope who gets to have a final say on what the Quran means or what is considered Islamic, there are varied interpretations of Islam. Islam is shaped by those who practice it, and since it is
practiced in different countries all over the world by people with different life experiences, there is a wide array of forms and understandings of Islam. In fact, more than 120 Islamic scholars from around the world published a letter to ISIS saying: “You have misinterpreted Islam into a religion of harshness, brutality, torture and murder. This is a great wrong and an offense to Islam, to Muslims and to the entire world.” Importantly, these scholars used Islamic theological arguments to refute ISIS’s interpretation of Islam. As Nihad Awad, the director of the Council on American Islamic Relations said, “They have a twisted theology. They have relied many times, to mobilize and recruit young people, on classic religious texts that have been misinterpreted and misunderstood.” The subjective nature of religion means that it often can be a reflection of each person, group and society that practices it. When I attend Mass in different areas, I often find that churches vary according to the values of each area. In Ann Arbor, for example, my experience at St. Mary’s Catholic Church has shown me a church that values social justice, promotes inclusion and is actively involved in the community. Other churches that I have attended, however, have pushed more conservative agendas. Religion manifests according to the social and cultural conditions in which it is practiced. Thus, it stands to reason that religious violence says more about the area it emerges from than it does about the religion. ISIS, after all, does not exist in a vacuum. It emerged from the chaos and conflict in Iraq and Syria, and it continues to exploit these factors to gain power and control. So, when examining the intersection of religion and violence, we should not assume that correlation means causation. This means that we should look more critically at ISIS’s claims to Islam instead of taking their propaganda at face value. It also means that the solution to homegrown terrorism in the United States isn’t a blanket ban on Muslim immigration.
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The audacity of resistance
y family and I first extent, reading the 2006 words decided to take a of a passionate and extremely vacation to Hawaii optimistic Sen. Obama — while in early 2008. It just so happened simultaneously watching and that these islands of paradise were listening to the now departing twoalso the birthplace of our newly term President Obama comment elected president, a on what he believed Black man named his administration’s Barack Hussein success and failures Obama. And on this were. vacation to Hawaii, I And what struck recall the passion and me most about the enthusiasm of some difference between Americans being President Obama’s grossly outweighed by two mindsets was the negative dismissal the way in which he and condemnation condemned, yet was MICHAEL others had toward our somewhat impressed MORDARSKI new president. by, the audacity of This was when the resistance against I began to understand what his platform exalting hope and resistance against our president change. The discipline and degree meant. Eight years ago, my of precision that Republicans political views were misinformed, such as Mitch McConnell, John bordering on ignorant. My Boehner and Paul Ryan enforced positions were rooted in the trust over their party was incredible. I placed in adults, alongside my During Obama’s term, Republicans lack of education. I was taught executed plans for a lack of to believe our new president was compromise and an unwillingness more than dangerous — he was a to work towards resolutions, while threat to our way of life. Looking pandering towards an uneducated back now, the amount of content growing electorate being fooled by from the right dedicated to the radical members of the right who condemnation and steadfast have now ascended to power. resistance to President Obama Reading the optimism within was staggering. Statements from “The Audacity of Hope,” I felt individuals commanding large what many Americans must have audiences like Rush Limbaugh, in 2008 and 2009 — the feeling who hoped four days before the that this man had somehow inauguration that Obama would developed the capability to push fail, or the dedication of Fox News, for rational, Democratic, yet which began a campaign of anti- centrist, measures to compromise Obama stories prior to his first and solve the several issues days in office. plaguing this nation. However, And I, a 13-year-old on vacation, hearing President Obama speak blindly developed an anger and recently to his ex-senior adviser hatred of a man solely because of David Axelrod on his podcast “The my young mind’s susceptibility to Axe Files,” his tired voice reveals propaganda. I distinctly remember the constant strain the attempts at being told that Hawaii wasn’t even progress have personally cost him his real birthplace, and like the over his eight-year tenure. Every adults around me who believed the step, action and moment of the same lie, I needed no evidence. I administration was scrutinized, fell prey to propaganda and could politicized and radicalized by have easily become one of the an aggressive opposition, all in constant Obama-blamers we have the name of defending their core all come to love on Facebook. party beliefs. Yet, eight years later, my family To what extent does defending and I returned to the islands your beliefs allow for lack of of Hawaii, and as a testament compromise or acceptance of to freedom of thought and the the opposition? Whether it be attainment of a proper education, through failing to fulfill your I traveled this time reading constitutional obligations, like “The Audacity of Hope.” It was in the case of the Senate not extremely fitting, now eight years voting on Merrick Garland for later and being enlightened to some the Supreme Court vacancy, or of
Paul Ryan and the Republicanled House, who engaged in the most aggressive gerrymandering in the hopes of minimizing Democratic influence — was this all done in the name of defending Republican beliefs? Or perhaps a better example would be Sen. Ted Cruz’s insane quest to default on our national debt unless we accept his beliefs on abortion? That is the audacity of resistance. Republicans imposed a strict dogma upon their followers in the hopes of reclaiming the positions of power they once held, in order to impose dated ideas that have not only failed the American public but stagnated the progression of our society and economy as a whole. In the process they radicalized generations of Americans, even myself for a brief time, blatantly pandering to every irrational position and claim about a president who promised progressive change. And now they have elected a man I have no fear calling a childish monster. A six-year-old with nuclear launch codes. A child who is the polar opposite of the man inaugurated eight years ago. And this is where I ask, how shall Americans, Democrats and Republicans alike impose a resistance against an administration that does in fact pose a threat to our nation? An administration that sides with foreign dictators over our own intelligence communities? An administration that elevates the reactionary “alt-right” to the uppermost levels of policy making within the White House? We as a collective citizenship should take a lesson from the uncompromising Republican party that sought oh-so-patriotically to “defend” and “protect” America from President Obama those eight years ago. The only way we can hope to once again enact those ideas found within the pages of “The Audacity of Hope” is through a strict and uncompromising resistance, checking our future president every step of the way.
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The case for a six-team playoff DAVID DONNANTUONO
ow that the college football season is officially over, I’ve begun to reflect on some of the debates I have had the past few weeks over the future of the postseason. I think we can all agree that whatever keeps the door open for more games, like Monday night’s all-time title rematch and last week’s Rose Bowl, is the way to go. After listening to a friend insist on the need for an eight-team playoff and my dad suggest the return of a one and two seed title rather than an expansion of the playoff, I figured I’d throw my two cents out there. Some argue that if a team isn’t among the top four in the country, why would they deserve to even be in the conversation? Not the worst point, especially given the past two title games have been between teams that would have faced each other regardless of there being a playoff in the first place. Others are adamant that an eight-team
playoff is both the right thing to do and an inevitability. Let me preface this by saying there are strong arguments for keeping the College Football Playoff as is, but here’s where my argument comes in: If an expansion of the CFP is in our future, there’s a right and a wrong way to do it. In my opinion, a sixteam playoff would preserve many of the elements that have made the current playoff such a success, while providing an answer to what it has left many of us to want. My vision is as follows. Format The format would include the top six teams in the country and a maximum of two teams from a single conference. This year, the six teams would have been Alabama, Clemson, Ohio State, Washington, Penn State and Oklahoma. (Sadly, this structure would have still kept Michigan out of the playoff this year). That’s one from each of the five major conferences, and a second from the Big Ten, which was measurably the strongest conference at the end of the regular season. Contrary to some people’s presumptions, Power Five conference champions should not be automatic qualifiers. Think of it this way: Had Alabama dropped this year’s Southeastern Conference championship, a three-loss Florida still wouldn’t have been worthy of a spot in the playoff. Instead, they would earn a Bowl Championship Series bowl over Auburn, and a 12-1 ‘Bama would remain in the playoff as a high seed. Conferences would still be free to decide whether or not they schedule a championship game. The one and two seeds would have byes while two quarterfinal games would be played in midDecember between the three seed and six seed, and the four seed and five seed. From there, the playoff would proceed as it stands. The
top team would play the lowest remaining seed, and the two seed would play the other quarterfinal winner at the end of December or beginning of January. The championship would then occur on Monday the following week. Arguments against an eightteam playoff When considering doubling the four-team field, there are a few realities one must accept. First and foremost, it would make other BCS bowls less meaningful, while diluting the playoff itself. With four quarterfinals on the same weekend, ratings for each game would likely drop (casual fans won’t watch 15 hours of football in one weekend), while both the caliber and prestige of BCS bowls not part of the playoff would lower. A six-team playoff would allow for two or three high-stakes BCS bowls, as they would still include the second-best teams of each conference (or the third best from the strongest conference in a given year). Second, the top two teams in the country shouldn’t be given another additional postseason game against a lower-ranked opponent. Nick Saban would’ve been livid if his 13-0 Crimson Tide had been forced to add threeloss Wisconsin to their already difficult path toward the title. The top two teams in the country should be rewarded for their consistency and dominance throughout the season. Finally, it would lower the stakes for each year’s biggest rivalry games. With an eightteam playoff, this year’s Michigan versus OSU game would have just been a battle of seeding, as opposed to the fight for a title.
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Cecconi makes return to ‘M’ defensive unit ORION SANG
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Joseph Cecconi doesn’t remember much of what happened after the final goal. What the sophomore defenseman does remember is skating from his team’s bench to its goal faster than he ever has before. After Cecconi and the rest of the United States national junior team notched a 5-4 shootout victory over Canada in the 2017 IIHF World Junior Championship, the post-game celebration could have been best described as raucous, and rightfully so — four long years had passed since the Americans last captured gold. “(United States) hockey is getting better,” Cecconi said. “It’s always been good, but I think there’s more and more players who are getting better in this country and want to represent (the country).” For Cecconi, the opportunity was the realization of a longtime dream. He had made it his personal goal to play for the team since learning about it a few years ago. The process of making the team was a long one. Cecconi first attended a camp with nearly 40 other players last summer, before he was invited back before the tournament. Then, he made it past a final round of cuts to join the team. Cecconi called the overall experience “fantastic”, and also said that the tournament gave him a chance to enter the second half of the season with some momentum. In Canada, he also had the opportunity to play with some of the United States’ most talented players, such as Luke Kunin, Kieffer Bellows and Charlie McAvoy. After playing alongside so many elite players, Cecconi learned lessons from their different playing styles. The higher level of talent helped him improve his hockey IQ as well, among other aspects of his game. “I think coming into the second half, I have a lot more confidence than I did in the
first,” Cecconi said. “I did have confidence the first half of the season, but after playing in this, I feel like I’ll be an even better player for the team.” Cecconi wouldn’t be the first Michigan player to heat up after returning from the tournament. Dylan Larkin and Zach Werenski each finished the season on a tear after playing for the United States in 2015 and 2016, respectively. Larkin had just three goals and 16 points before leaving for the World Juniors. After the tournament, he erupted for 12 goals and 31 points — perhaps one of the reasons why his career at Michigan lasted only one season. “(Larkin) was okay in the first half,” said Michigan coach Red Berenson. “Second half, he came back from that tournament and he played really well. He just took off. Put him right in Detroit.” Werenski’s sabbatical from the Wolverines had a similar effect. The former defenseman wasn’t having the impact that Michigan had expected of him entering the season, but turned things around upon his return. After tallying just four goals and 12 points before the tournament, Werenski posted seven goals and 24 points after the break. While Cecconi may not have the offensive ability of Werenski — he has posted just eight points in 54 career games — defensemen don’t need to put up points to be difference-makers, and Berenson believes Cecconi will still make an impact in his return to the team. “When you play on a goldmedal winning team and you realize what it’s like to sit in that locker room with guys that win and what it takes — and not that our team is far off the mark — but I think he’ll come back with an added confidence,” Berenson said. “Confidence in himself, confidence in how to play, and so on. And maybe he can add that to our defense corps — pride in defense, and how important it is to play good on defense. I’m hoping he’ll add that to our team.”
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Winning tight games essential to Michigan’s postseason hopes NATHANIEL CLARK Daily Sports Writer
Last year, the Michigan women’s basketball team had ambitions of securing a berth in the NCAA Tournament. But in large part due to their six losses by ten or fewer points, the Wolverines fell short and were forced to settle for their third consecutive NIT appearance. In one of them — a 77-69 overtime defeat at the hands of Indiana last January — the Wolverines held a nine-point lead with four minutes to go in regulation yet were unable to sustain their lead in the most important moments. On Tuesday, Michigan faced Indiana for the first time since that heartbreaker. Once again, the Wolverines held a nine-point advantage late in the fourth quarter. But this time, Michigan successfully found a way to close out the game. Senior guard Siera Thompson made four critical free throws in the final 15 seconds to solidify a 78-74 victory over the Hoosiers. “That was a game we really talked about a lot last year,” said Michigan coach Kim Barnes Arico on WTKA radio. “Moving into this year and how we wanted to grow and how we wanted to improve, we knew closing out games like this was going to be really important. We found a way to inbound the basketball, which is something we struggled with in last year’s game.” Thanks to the performance of sophomore center Hallie Thome, who notched her third double-double of the year with 21 points and 11 rebounds, the Wolverines managed to secure the victory. More importantly for Michigan, she committed
Michigan coach Kim Barnes Arico has been emphasizing rebounding in the Wolverines’ practices as of late.
only one foul in the first half, which allowed her to play for 36 minutes. In the Wolverines’ prior game — a 96-87 loss at No. 11 Ohio State — Thome was called for two fouls early in the second quarter, which forced her off the floor and allowed the Buckeyes to win the rebounding battle, 47-34. With games against Minnesota, which sits in the top 30 in the Ratings Percentage Index, and No. 3 Maryland on the horizon, keeping Thome out of foul trouble will be of the utmost importance for the Wolverines. “That was the difference in the game,” Barnes Arico said on WTKA about the game against Ohio State. “At the end of the first quarter we were up 12-6 in rebounding. We were really getting the second-chance opportunities. We’ve been working the past several days on becoming a better rebounding team, even when Hallie gets into
That was a game we really talked about a lot last year
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foul trouble.” Another key factor that Michigan will need to monitor as conference play progresses is the amount of playing time its reserves see. On Tuesday, all five of the Wolverines’ starters played at least 35 minutes. While that arrangement worked for Michigan against Indiana, Barnes Arico knows that it is an unsustainable formula and promised more reserve action against the Golden Gophers on Sunday. “I definitely think (the rotation) will be expanded again,” Barnes Arico said. “I think it depends a lot on matchups. We knew that Indiana would be a difficult matchup for some of our younger kids. They’re an experienced team that makes you pay for your little mistakes. I foresee as the conference schedule goes on, we’re going to have some more people that
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will get into the rotation and impact our team.” One wild card the Wolverines have up their sleeve is the addition of senior center — and former volleyball player — Abby Cole, who Barnes Arico hinted may see the court in the near future. Cole, in addition to Thome, would give Michigan a favorable size advantage, especially on defense. “We think (Cole) will be ready to go, hopefully within the next week,” Barnes Arico said. “She’s just resting her legs and resting her shins after coming off of the last year of playing volleyball.” Regardless of whether or not Cole plays anytime soon, the Wolverines will need to find ways to replicate their performance from Tuesday night in tight contests if they plan to reach the NCAA Tournament for the second time in Barnes Arico’s five-year tenure.
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Wolverines blown out by Illinois in Champaign MINH DOAN
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CHAMPAIGN — After Illinois guard Te’Jon Lucas nailed a wide open floater — made possible by three Wolverines all guarding one man — to put the MICHIGAN 69 Fighting 85 ILLINOIS Illini up by 20 with 8:57 left in the game, Michigan men’s basketball coach John Beilein buried his head into his hands on the bench. The play was indicative of a defensive effort that gave too much room for Illinois’ offense to operate as Michigan lost, 85-69, on Wednesday night at the State Farm Center. With both teams giving up over 78 points per game in Big Ten play, a high-scoring game was expected. From the get-go, the two teams traded buckets, as both the Wolverines (1-3 Big Ten, 11-6 overall) and the Fighting Illini amassed 1.3 points per possession in the first half. Just like last Saturday against Maryland, Michigan couldn’t handle the opposing team’s big men. Illinois (2-2, 12-5) forward Maverick Morgan, who averages 9.4 points per game, put up 12 points in the first half on 6-of-7 shooting. Morgan finished the game with 16 points. “Morgan’s really improved his game,” Beilein said. “I love the way they’ve developed him over time. Frankly, he hasn’t been a factor every time we played them in the past. ... The hook shots early hurt us, and that 15-foot jumper; I don’t recall him making those in the past. We were playing off him, and he was great.” The Fighting Illini also
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dominated the glass, grabbing 16 rebounds (six offensive) to Michigan’s six (zero offensive). “I did not like that our two biggest guys did not have a defensive rebound or an offensive rebound at halftime,” Beilein said. “And (Illinois forward Kipper Nichols), who barely made our scouting report, had four. The (defensive rebounding) was more troubling to me.” Much has been said about the Wolverines’ weak perimeter defense through their first three conference games, and it wasn’t much better against Illinois. The Fighting Illini made 9-of-14 from beyond the arc and shot 63 percent overall. Illinois stayed strong throughout the first half while Michigan faltered, and the
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Fighting Illini closed the break on a 17-2 run after senior guard Derrick Walton Jr. was given a technical foul to give the home team a 49-36 lead heading into halftime. “I’ve coached Derrick for a long time,” Beilein said. “When I saw him do that, I couldn’t believe what I was seeing. He’s never done that, not in practice. I don’t think he can explain why he did that.” Added Walton: “It’s inexcusable to kind of react like that. I understood the call, but it was costly to our team and I apologized to the ref and my teammates.” Junior guard MuhammadAli Abdur-Rakhman led the team with 12 points in the first half, but ended the game with just 14. Redshirt sophomore forward DJ Wilson was right behind him with 10 points in the first half, but unlike AbdurRakhman, Wilson finished strong with a game-high 19 points. The second half didn’t start
much better for the Wolverines, as Illinois scored on five of its first seven possessions while Michigan’s offense waned. The Wolverines shot just 37.5 percent in the final stanza after finishing the first half shooting 63.6 percent. After Beilein said the Wolverines spent much of the week working on defensive fundamentals, he had hoped Michigan would answer against a team ranked 80th in the NCAA in scoring offense. Instead, the Wolverines will travel home to Ann Arbor with many more questions than answers. “People find a way to get open,” Beilein said. “When Lucas is 2-for-5 (from beyond the arc this season), and he banks one in, we’re not even surprised anymore. Kipper has not made a three yet. When he put it in, we’re not surprised anymore. “The ball is just small and the basket’s real big when you’re playing Michigan right now.”
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HAMPAIGN — The emergence of Moritz Wagner and DJ Wilson has given the Michigan men’s basketball team an BRANDON offensive CARNEY dimension it hasn’t seen On Basketball in the John Beilein era. The forwards, who both have two years of eligibility remaining, have shown flashes of upside in their respective scoring abilities. Just over a week ago, Wilson hung 28 points on an Iowa team that couldn’t find an answer for stopping the 6-foot-10 redshirt sophomore. Wagner, too, had a solid 17-point performance against Penn State seven days ago. But while much of the attention around the two forwards was centered around what the pair can add offensively, the defensive liabilities of Wagner and Wilson were severely underestimated. The cracks have always been there, but have especially begun to show themselves since the start of Big Ten play. Against the Hawkeyes, the Wolverines were a possession away from stealing a conference road win. But an offensive rebound and putback could have been prevented, or at least made more difficult, by having a big box-out below the hoop allowed Iowa to tie the game and send it to overtime. Penn State and Maryland saw the defensive flaws the Hawkeyes had managed to unearth and built game plans around them. Nittany Lion forward Lamar Simmons and Terrapin forward Demonte Dodd were both key to their teams building substantial leads against the Wolverines in their own building. With those performances in the past week, it wasn’t hard for Illinois to come up with the blueprint to expose the Michigan defense, but the degree to which the Fighting
Illini dominated the interior is the most concerning. Illinois attacked the Wolverines at the post early and often. Fighting Illini forwards Maverick Morgan and Leron Black scored Illinois’ first 10 points jumpers and hook shots that Wolverine defenders allowed too much space on. Morgan, who entered Wednesday averaging 9.4 points per game, finished the first half with 12 points on 6-for-7 shooting. Morgan simply outsmarted Michigan’s post defenders. He varied his shot selection, passed the ball out when he needed to and used his experience to outplay the defense. “Everything they were doing out there we saw on film,” Wilson said. “They hit a lot of short rolls, 15-footers. (Morgan) in general, he was 8-for-9 from the field and it felt like he didn’t miss one of those. We scouted it. We watched a lot of film. They just executed well.” Physicality has also been an element of the Wolverines’ struggles down low, especially in the case of Wagner and senior forward Mark Donnal. Wagner has been timid in using his body and frame to box out and take on opponents crashing the boards, while, at 6-foot-9, Donnal is undersized at the position. Michigan’s pair playing the ‘5’ had no rebounds in the first half and as a team the Wolverines had given up just as many offensive rebounds as defensive rebounds they grabbed themselves. Those are the stats that will make winning any game in the Big Ten just about impossible. Much has been made of Michigan’s struggles defending the perimeter the past couple
games. The Wolverines are last in the conference in 3-point defense and had another concerning outing, allowing Illinois to shoot 64-percent from behind the arc. But much of the Fighting Illini’s success shooting the ball from deep on Wednesday came from their plays in the paint. Illinois forwards were drawing Wolverine perimeter defenders inside to play help defense, leaving guards open on the outside to make shots. Morgan, again, was the one making this happen, and earned four assists on the night. It’s hard to completely put the blame of Michigan’s defensive struggles solely on its post players, because, as tonight showed, they just don’t have the experience to matchup with mature Big Ten forwards. Wagner and Wilson both started just their fourth Big Ten game Wednesday, and multiple times every game they seem to have forgotten their fundamental defensive principals. That’s what’s been holding back the Wolverines’ defense the most. And now it’s solely up to John Beilein and his assistants to solve a problem that is so simple to identify yet so hard to fix in the middle of a conference season. “Our worst defensive teams were not like this,” Beilein said. “I don’t think schematically it’s anything to do with anything. We get there. We know where we are. But we don’t get there and guard people and effect people’s shots. It’s that simple.”
Our worst defensive teams were not like this
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‘Lion’ flawed but evocative Emotional drama shines in its first half but a change in storytelling approach leaves the film’s cumulative impact marred in melodrama brother at a train station. Saroo goes looking for his big brother and ends up napping on a stationary train, which Oscar bait is a funny thing, later begins to move across the isn’t it? The notion of film country. Saroo, lost in Calcutta, for the purpose of awards where the natives speak Bengali, attraction is troubling, not not Hindu, bounces from a home only because the film’s quality to a group of children on the may be affected street to, finally, by studio or an orphanage, distributor from which Saroo attempts to make is later adopted “Lion” it more palatable by the Brierley or moving, but family, a couple The Weinstein because the entire from Australia Company content of a film is (Nicole Kidman, dependent on its “Genius,” and Quality 16 supposed “social David Wenham, importance.” “300: Rise of an Consider the Empire”). advertisements The first half of that appeared “Lion” is some of across Los Angeles before the best filmmaking of the year. the Oscars in support of Pawar’s performance is riveting, “The Imitation Game,” the perhaps because he doesn’t fall 2014 biopic of gay computer for any of the typical mistakes science pioneer Alan Turing. child actors do, namely line “Honor this man,” read the recitation rather than acting. advertisement. But that’s not Pawar is not only convincing the film’s fault (though, no as the young Saroo, he’s doubt, the screenplay, with captivating. So is his brother, its repetitive “inspirational” Guddu (another first-time actor, platitudes, had Oscar gold on Abhisek Bharate), but he’s given its mind); the problem with the considerably less screen time, Oscar bait-centered criticism understandably. Greig Fraser’s is that it can deride a perfectly (“Rogue One: A Star Wars good movie. Story”) cinematography is partly “Lion” might be one of those responsible, transforming an allmovies — which is a shame, too-typical cinematic image of because it’s emotionally Indian poverty (see: “Slumdog powerful and well-constructed, Millionaire”) into breathtaking and doomed to a marketing storytelling. It’s all the more campaign that directs surprising that the film was filmgoers to see this movie directed by Garth Davis, who because it’s an Important only has a few short films under Movie. “Lion” begins a few his belt, and no feature films. decades ago in an Indian slum, Davis demonstrates a mastery where Saroo (the aborable of the camera, especially in the young newcomer Sunny Pawar) first half, that should serve as a becomes separated from his calling card for years to come. DANIEL HENSEL Daily Film Editor
“Lion” finds its premise in the second half, where a 20-something Saroo (Dev Patel, “The Man Who Knew Infinity”) — adorned with a mane of long hair that, perhaps, hints at the film’s title — has all but renounced his Indian heritage, proudly boasting his Australian upbringing. But it’s the mid-2000s, the inception of the information age, and when someone mentions Google Earth, then new, the idea of locating his home strikes at Saroo. The film thus becomes a procedural, long takes of Saroo obsessively working on his computer, mapping out the region and possible train routes. He descends into a sort of chaotic fugue state; he becomes aggressive towards his girlfriend, Lucy (an uncharacteristically bland Rooney Mara, “Carol”). He doesn’t get along with his adopted brother, also from India, who did not adjust as well twenty years before. The second half is stuffed with these tropes of procedural drama, and it proves rather distracting. Screenwriters (in this case, Luke Davies, who also wrote last year’s “Life”) often must take dramatic liberties with source material, but must it be so melodramatic? But the power of “Lion” is indisputable. Its emotional potency is in no small indebted to its heartbreaking subject matter — just imagine mysteriously losing your family with no closure — but Davis’s direction, far superior to Davies’s screenplay, breathes life into a fascinating story, which could have made for an otherwise achingly dull movie in another director’s hands.
Do you ever experience and yogurt (in addition to that feeling when you open the eggs, water, oil and salt I your refrigerator to find already had on hand). I also that you have absolutely no remembered that it sounded desire to make what you freaking amazing, and long would normally make with ago, I had tucked it away in the items before you? Does some abandoned bookmark a gloom settle over you? Do or Pinterest board like the you then pray to the food countless other recipes I gods for inspiration to strike, excitedly resolved to make awaiting the deliverance of before saving them for later. an important, life-altering So, after the recipe that culinary message from above? had faded from my memory I found myself precisely suddenly sprung back to in this position mind, I got to work just a few days by assembling my ago, staring into a already available refrigerator packed ingredients before with items I had making the little no right moping Polish dumplings. over. But just as Pierogis remind me you look into a of my grandma’s bursting closet kreplach (a Jewish without a clue dumpling filled what to wear, you with meat), only SHIR may find yourself layered and AVINADAV looking into your typically filled with Daily Food Columnist food supplies at a potato and cheese standstill — feeling instead. Perhaps hungry and lackluster. the methods of preparation But just as this feeling are similar, but they both began to settle in, growing comprise the collection of oldmore pressing with each growl school recipes brought over emitted by my frustrated by families from countries stomach (if it could talk, it outside the U.S. and passed on would have probably said through generations. Therein “Just feed me already”), an lies the essence of comfort idea took form in my head — food, and the appeal of both a beautiful, appetizing idea. making and consuming the At that moment, I decided to pierogi. make pierogis. The dough required Yeah, I bet you didn’t see surprisingly minimal effort that coming. and was easy to handle (aside Some people have from my practiced pie dough photographic memory; most making, I’m pretty much people, like myself, have just a doomed when it comes to normal memory. But because dough). I sautéed my onions, it’s in my nature to constantly garlic and mushrooms in a pan be thinking about food, I have before adding the spinach and a peculiar habit of recalling letting the leaves wilt in the bygone recipes at a moment’s pan of steaming vegetables. I notice. took a lot of liberty with this This time, I remembered step of the process, opting seeing a recipe for caramelized to stray from the recipe’s onion and mushroom pierogi filling and make a simplified that had stood out to me while version suited to my own taste browsing the many appetizing instead — adding goat cheese recipes concocted by online and spinach in place of the food bloggers. I remembered prerequisite mashed potato. that the dough seemed fairly Finally, the pierogi dough easy, requiring just f lour was ready to be rolled out, cut
into circles using (what I think was clean — it’s sometimes hard to tell in our kitchen of seven) glass and carefully dealt a spoonful of stuffing before being folded over into their familiar crescent shapes. With mounting anticipation (the water could not have taken longer to boil) I carefully dropped my pierogi into the salted, bubbling water and watched as, one by one, they lazily f loated up. Then, after scooping them out and letting them rest, I fried them in a generous pat of sizzling butter until they crisped up to a nice golden brown. And after less than an hour’s work, I had a whole tray of savory mounds of fried, mushroom filled dough to show for my efforts. Though delicious, the doughy pockets aren’t the moral of this mouth-watering tale. I had, in an instant, been transported to another world. One where I could access memories, tastes and feelings that are otherwise unavailable to me. And all because I had, in the depths of complacency, decided to do something to counter the immobility that comes with feeling uninspired and weary. People generally shy away from the unknown, idly resigning to the familiar ease of a meal repeatedly and unceremoniously prepared. While there’s nothing wrong with this, it’s the very habit that we vow each January to spur in favor of something new and better. It’s the time of year again when we all resolve to do something different. So, maybe start with the small changes that seem more daunting than they really are. Do something differently. Make something different. And even if your dough betrays you and tears as you fold a particularly overstuffed dumpling, at least you tried and can feel assured that you’re better for it.
MUSIC NOTEBOOK VIVIENNE WESTWOOD
UofMixtape: Cold Open London Men’s F/W Recap Trainspotting.
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What you have here, folks, is one hour and fourteen minutes of frustration, sadness, and longing (in more or less that order). The finest collection of melancholy this side of the Mississippi, if I do say so myself. These are the songs that soundtrack my late walks in the falling snow — the less visibility, the better. This is the music in which I find comfort during long drives, the snow not only piled high on the sides of the road, but obscuring the street itself, challenging our tax dollars to wake someone up at three or four or five in the morning so that we don’t lose our minds come morning rush hour. The playlist begins with harsher sounds — the unforgiving guitar riff on “Sister” is a recent favorite, Cloud Nothings’ distorted power-punk album features a cover reminiscent of a ski lodge (a detail that has always had an important bearing on how I hear their music), the bombast
of Preoccupations’ “Continental Shelf” features chunky guitars and stark production, and Will Toledo’s work as Car Seat Headrest is pleasantly fuzzy lo-fi. Songs by Ypsilanti-local Fred Thomas and The Nationalsoundalike Black English provide the transition to acoustic, where Pedro The Lion begin the “sadness” portion of the ‘list. The Microphones’ “I Want Wind To Blow” is an unhurried, cluttered piece, juxtaposed with the quiet urgency of Super City’s “Run The Home.” Next, we introduce quiet urgency to electric guitar (and a full band) with Rainbow Kitten Surprise’s poignant “Cold Love” — just wait for those harmonies in the final minute. From here, we enter the “longing” portion, beginning with a chamber-pop detour featuring the likes of Stars, Beirut, and San Fermin, as well
as a track by Owen Pallett (whose work is appropriate in context, but too experimental for me to comfortably label “chamberpop”). Net we have an arguably indulgent pair of songs, “Too Much” by Sampha — a pianoand-vocals-only version of the Drake song (which Sampha helped write and produce) — and “Sweet Chin Music” by Milo, a whimsical downbeat rap that casually samples a Bon Iver song. Rounding out the final fourteen minutes is the glitchy “Murmurs,” the hollow-sounding “Chamakay” with its oddly dark vibe, the excellent, pareddown “Chinatown” from Girlpool’s even more excellent 2015 debut and, finally, “Coldest Night of the Year,” by Vashti Bunyan (probably most well known for her collaboration with Animal Collective), a track which I’ll readily admit I may or may not have tacked on for novelty.
This is the music in which I find comfort during long drives
NARESH IYENGAR Daily Arts Writer
Vivienne Westwood This was Westwood’s first men’s show ever on the London schedule, but it would be silly to call it just a show for men. Her runway showed both men and women wearing everything from doublebreasted, broad-shouldered suits to garish dresses. Westwood’s collections have been fairly adventurous for as long as I can remember, but this collection may take the cake in terms of blurring the gender normative lines of clothing with men in dresses and miniskirts. One of the themes that was ever-apparent during this collection was the sea of faces printed onto garments: faces from puppets, comical faces and even what looked like Westwood’s own face. All in all, this collection felt like a day spent at the carnival, and sometimes that sort of whimsical look is just what you need.
Craig Green Recently crowned British menswear designer of the year, Craig Green doesn’t miss a beat jumping into his Fall 2017 collection. This feels like Green’s furthest dive into textures and fabrics like wool and fleece — which were heavily used in this collection. When viewing this collection, I personally threw the question of “Could I see myself wearing this?” out the window. Not because it doesn’t feel wearable, but because when looking at an outfit, it’s a bit difficult to tell how many distinct garments are being worn, but that’s a common theme with Craig Green’s shows. I started asking myself what sort of story this collection told. All of the looks felt particularly utilitarian: Some models were wearing helmets while others wore what can only be described as body armor. What is this looming doomsday or battle that many of his models seem so adequately prepared for? Maybe it’s a war or maybe it’s just the general dismal feeling in the air these days.
J.W. Anderson Simply put, this collection was a lot of fun. From the barrage of colors, to the crocheted patches, pockets, scarves and sleeves. It all makes me want to call up my mom and ask her to break out the crochet hook and make me a cool patch for a sweater so I don’t have to spend my rent money on one of these when they drop. One thing, for me, was that this collection felt quite wearable in general (which can be refreshing). When I first viewed the collection, I remember thinking to myself, “Wow, I could totally see myself wearing this” on many occasions, which was certainly more difficult to say during the Craig Green and Vivienne Westwood collections. This collection confirmed two things for me: that oversized and exaggerated silhouettes are in for this year and that Michele’s Gucci has influenced other designers as well. I expect to see more wide pants and over-the-top designs in other collections to come in 2017.
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COMMUNITY CULTURE PREVIEW
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‘Food & Liquor’ a seminal Chicago work that foreshadows conscious rap JOEY SCHUMAN Daily Arts Writer
This week Daily Music writers look back at — and reconsider — less modern pieces of music. On his 2005 track “The Food,” Common wonders aloud about sincerity in rap, questioning “if it’s for the art or for the dough.” It’s a critical distinction, staying away from the material mindset, and it’s one that was echoed just a year later by fellow Chicagoan Lupe Fiasco. Fiasco has made a career out of distinguishing the “real” from the inconsequential. A Chicagoborn Muslim, he visibly carries both of these characteristics with him, channeling their relevancy into a heartfelt characterization of himself. As a result, he has the voice, for he is a real one, embracing positivity and flipping negativity on its head, essentially functioning through purposeful compartmentalization. 2006’s Food & Liquor is the first sign of this. His studio debut operates in dichotomy — rebellion and conformity, sin and virtue, optimism and pessimism, good and bad. In effect, he pulls off a rare feat, one we might today call the Kendrick formula, only before Kendrick. Exuding an air of cool, calm and collectedness in light of otherwise gloomy
circumstances –– shattering perceptions of how to tackle obstacles that just might not be institutionally conquerable. But, maybe they are. Because, maybe, Lupe can. Amidst characteristically grandiose production, with blaring strings and Jill Scott’s forceful hook, the poised Lupe shines. He neglects an idealized Chicago, instead describing a grimmer reality: “Now there’s hoes selling hoes like right around the toes / And the crackheads beg at about the lower leg,” he tells us. “There’s crooked police that’s stationed at the knees / And they do drive-bye like up and down the thighs.” This locality lends itself to universal social consequence, and the result is home-cooked poetry that manifests as a unique brand of “cool.” With fresh retrospect this Chicago cool becomes more apparent. It’s the same self-assured cool that produced a president who pumps out Al Green at fundraising events and almost nails “Sweet Home Chicago” in the White House. The same worldly cool paved the way to stardom for Chance the Rapper (“Lil Chano from the 79th”), later acknowledging that influence by returning to help. Though abstract in nature, what begins earnestly quickly turns — appropriately — preachy. In “Real,” it morphs into adversity-defining (“Just
Might Be OK”). “Kick, Push,” shrouded in production similar to that on “Daydreamin’,” comes across as a coming-of-age tale (“When things got crazy they needed to break out, they’d head / To any place with stairs, any good grinds the world was theirs”). Humanizing the youth through skateboarding anecdotes, Fiasco, in turn, continues an impossibly subtle yet effective narrative of hope. Food & Liquor, Fiasco and the collective ethos behind both is helplessly, yet positively foundational in nature. For many, the magic of Food & Liquor is just how formative it proved to be. It enlightened and resonated with those inside and, most impressively, those outside. Through it all, Lupe had the proverbial swagger, in a time when it was culturally relevant to exhibit — no, trailblaze — such a thing. Even at its most vulnerable, like the dead ends and brokenness of “Hurt Me Soul,” there’s substance, comforting overtones and lingering glimmers of confidence. Accompanied by a sound (though eventually repetitive) that proves ahead of its time, the rebelliousness — the cool factor — anchors Food & Liquor. A timeless album that examines while it tells, it thrives in the organic, making it engaging for nearly every genre of listener.
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Collage Concert to display wide spectrum of talent at Hill Auditorium
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National Book Award winner, Colson Whitehead, to speak at Mendelssohn Author of ‘The Underground Railroad’ visits for University Bicentennial antecedent. “It goes from one end of the Daily Book Review Editor spectrum to the other. It’s a When it comes to The School great ride — you’ll go from a of Music, Theatre, and Dance’s mass orchestra piece, to a folk annual Collage Concert, not duet, to a dance piece,” said a seat in the house is left Janet Lyu, a senior violinist in empty. Every year 3,500 people the School of Music, Theater saunter into Hill Auditorium and Dance. “It’s a night of a lot to soak up the brilliance of of stimulation.” this concert’s mosaicism. In addition to performing Highlighting in Collage with and combining the University Colson the University’s Symphony large ensembles Orchestra, Lyu Whitehead with the is one of five Mendelssohn top studentstudent liaisons Theater comprised for the school. groups, the When applying Thursday, Jan. 12 at Collage for the job, Lyu 7 P.M. Concert’s specifically had inclusion of all Collage in mind Free aspects of SMTD as something makes for a she particularly riveting, diverse wanted to be a performance. part of. Through a very selective “It’s really special to me,” application and audition Lyu said, regarding why process, eight student Collage is one of her favorite ensembles were chosen to concerts of the year. “It showcase short performances proves that this school is not that will be integrated into your typical conservatory. the program, alongside It’s a great coming together the University Symphony of community. There’s really Orchestra, the University nothing like it — a lot of schools Choir, Jazz Ensemble and copy the model that we have. It University Symphony Band. brings me a lot of pride to be a With hardly a minute between part of.” each different performance, Lyu, who will be performing the exhilarating continuity in Collage for her sixth time, keeps the audience on is excited for the audience to their feet, while spotlights feast on the wide variety of illuminate different areas performances. of the auditorium back to “It’s a wild showcase,” Lyu back, cueing the next piece to said. “It’s one of the only times immediately begin after the in the year where the entirety SOPHIA KAUFMAN
of SMTD gets together on a complete level. All different genres and all different aspects of the school get a chance to showcase themselves — not just to the audience, but to each other.” Every year, all the numbers are unique. There’s quite an assortment, including incorporation of different instrumentation, electronic music and theatre skits; the Collage Concert aims to challenge the norm of typical University performances. “They’re constantly trying to make it exciting,” Lyu said. This year, the Collage Concert will spend part of the evening paying tribute to the man who originally brought the idea of Collage to the University, Gustav Meier. Meier, who passed away in May 2016, was the professor emeritus of conducting at SMTD for 19 years. Additionally, because 2017 is the University’s Bicentennial, performances will showcase a few pieces that were written the year the University was founded to celebrate its inception. “I think that Collage is a great array of different pieces and a great focal point of pushing the boundaries of our art. It’s a beautiful way of tasting everything SMTD has to offer in a compact and fun way,” Lyu. “There are so many different people on stage, yet at the same time, we’re all representing the same family.”
Entirety of SMTD to come together for showcase this Saturday evening ALLIE TAYLOR Daily Arts Writer
When it comes to The School of Music, Theatre, and Dance’s annual Collage Concert, not a seat in the house is left empty. Every year 3,500 people saunter into Hill Auditorium to soak up the brilliance of this concert’s mosaicism. Highlighting and combining the University’s large ensembles with the top student-comprised groups, the Collage Concert’s inclusion of all aspects of SMTD makes for a riveting, diverse performance. Through a very selective application and audition process, eight student ensembles were chosen to showcase short performances that will be integrated into the program, alongside the University Symphony Orchestra, the University Choir, Jazz Ensemble and University Symphony Band. With hardly a minute between each different performance, the exhilarating continuity keeps the audience on their feet, while spotlights illuminate different areas of the auditorium back to back, cueing the next piece to immediately begin after the antecedent. “It goes from one end of the spectrum to the other. It’s a great ride — you’ll go from a mass orchestra piece, to a folk duet, to a dance piece,” said Janet Lyu, a senior violinist in the School of Music, Theater
and Dance. “It’s a night of a lot Every year, all the numbers of stimulation.” are unique. There’s quite In addition to performing an assortment, including in Collage with the University incorporation of different Symphony Orchestra, Lyu is instrumentation, electronic one of five student liaisons for music and theatre skits; the the school. When applying for Collage Concert aims to the job, Lyu specifically had challenge the norm of typical Collage in mind as something University performances. she particularly wanted to be a “They’re constantly trying part of. to make it exciting,” Lyu said. “It’s really This year, the special to Collage Concert me,” Lyu said, Collage Concert will spend part of regarding the evening paying Hill Auditorium why Collage tribute to the man is one of who originally Saturday, Jan. 14 at her favorite brought the idea 8 P.M. description concerts of of Collage to the $12 for students, the year. University, Gustav “It proves Meier. Meier, who $32 reserved that this passed away in seating school is not May 2016, was the your typical professor emeritus of conservatory. conducting at SMTD It’s a great for 19 years. coming together of community. Additionally, because 2017 is There’s really nothing like it — the University’s Bicentennial, a lot of schools copy the model performances will showcase a that we have. It brings me a lot few pieces that were written of pride to be a part of.” the year the University was Lyu, who will be performing founded to celebrate its in Collage for her sixth time, inception. is excited for the audience to “I think that Collage is a feast on the wide variety of great array of different pieces performances. and a great focal point of “It’s a wild showcase,” Lyu pushing the boundaries of said. “It’s one of the only times our art. It’s a beautiful way of in the year where the entirety tasting everything SMTD has of SMTD gets together on a to offer in a compact and fun complete level. All different way,” Lyu. “There are so many genres and all different aspects different people on stage, yet of the school get a chance to at the same time, we’re all showcase themselves — not representing the same family.” just to the audience, but to each other.”
MUSIC VIDEO REVIEW Migos have a lot to celebrate “Culture,” entitled “T-Shirt,” at the moment: after years of the three emcees do so in high, fighting their way through wintry style. hip-hop’s underground and The music video for “T-Shirt” trekking toward a commercial finds Migos towering atop a peak, they snowy mountain finally seem and dressed “T-Shirt” to be on top in full-fur of the world. wardrobes that Migos Next week, seem to take style the rap Young Rich Nation tips from both supergroup Cam’ron and will release Leo’s Revenant. its second LP, “Culture,” while Quavo, Takeoff and Offset, who the album’s first single, “Bad are also wearing royal amounts and Boujee (featuring Lil Uzi of jewelry, dance, bounce and Vert),” will hopefully continue floss in their quintessentially its reign as the number one braggadocios ways while each song in America. So, it should delivers an ice-cold verse in be no surprise that amidst their the group’s staple start-andcurrent hype, Quavo, Takeoff stop flow pattern. Eventually, and Offset are celebrating like attractive women and racekings, and in the new visuals ready snowmobiles arrive for the third single off of without any precedents at
all, as do brief glimpses of a luxurious cabin, all of which seems to insinuate that the rap group has conquered the wilderness and turned it into their own comfortable playground, much like they did with the streets, then the rap game. “T-Shirt” and its extravagant visuals might have arrived just in time to prolong Migos’ residency in pop’s spotlight. It also is pretty random, as it never explains why they’re on that mountain, like at all. But that’s okay. Quavo, Takeoff and Offset standing there in all of that fur — that’s iconic. That’s culture. Digital culture at least. That’s why “T-Shirt” is perfect. — SALVATORE DIGIOIA
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Spending my Sunday mornings with Norah Jones ‘Feels Like Home’ SHIMA SADAGHIYANI Daily Arts Writer
This week Daily Music writers look back — and reconsider — less modern pieces of music. In elementary school, Sunday mornings were known as golden mornings to me in a way that stood completely independent of the weather outside. Golden mornings existed nowhere else but my kitchen, where my parents liked to lounge after eating a late breakfast and where Norah Jones made herself at home. There wasn’t a Sunday morning that went by without her invisible presence filling the empty seats at our table. I used to perch myself on the countertop and observe, with utter tranquility: the quiet rustle of newspapers turning, the gentle murmur of my parents’ voices curving around steaming mugs of coffee and, most importantly, Norah Jones’s voice f lowing out of speakers as her album Feels Like Home played on repeat. With the sun reaching out from behind clouds, her voice seemed to paint the walls of our kitchen in shades of gold. Even in the dead of winter, when the snow that clung to the windows bleached the world outside into a monochromatic bleakness, our kitchen on those Sunday mornings never failed to glow with warmth. Music melted over my sleep-heavy limbs like the honey my dad liked to spread over his toast, filling every corner of our kitchen with tarnished sweetness. So intertwined are Norah Jones’s harmonies with those Sunday mornings that when I listen to Feels Like Home today, nearly 13 years later, I am once again in that sun-drenched
kitchen, filled with the same serenity I felt then. Feels Like Home isn’t just an album to me; it’s a collection of memories, holding between its notes and rhythms a ref lection of my family’s Sunday morning sliver of paradise. Like Norah Jones filling the cavity of my kitchen, music in general, I’ve come to realize, quietly fills the spaces in life that you didn’t even notice were empty; it weaves itself into the very underlining of an experience, embellishing and shaping the details around harmonies and melodies. My kitchen holds the weight of many songs. For me, Norah Jones digs her way through the f loorboards like a sunf lower. For my mother, the song of her youth travels through the steam that emerges when she is cooking. In the hours before dinner is served, she likes to sometimes play the song out loud for herself as shadows begin to stretch across the floor. The bruising violet of the dusky sky outside perfectly matches the song’s haunting vocals. She explained to me once that her song is one of revolution, of childhood hope and resistance during dark times. To me, it’s beautiful, but to her, it’s something else entirely; the song folding in on itself to reveal an assortment of reminiscences so powerful that when listening, she has to close her eyes against the ache of remembering. A lifetime has passed since she last heard its melody reverberate among the rolling slopes in the mountains of her adolescent home, but I know she
will never forget the memories irrevocably stained by this song. I know because her face as she listens to the familiar notes is continually distant. She is instantly transported to a place I don’t dare trespass. The influence of a simple song lies in this: In the utter depth of memories it has the potential to hold, in the way it is simultaneously both a finished piece of music and also an empty canvas laying bare, waiting for listeners to splatter their own input over its unfilled expanse. When we flee to the long-standing songs of our past for solace, for strength, for bittersweet nostalgia, we don’t seem to be seeking out the comfort of the song itself but rather the various memoirs trapped in its notes. With music, the stories of the past are easily brought to mind. For my mother, these stories are substantial and compelling. For me, Norah Jones brings about a simpler, gentler kind of recalling. It is something I turn on when the cold makes even my bones start to wither away. When I can barely bring to mind what the inside of my kitchen looks like with light spewing from the walls like a mosaic; when I notice myself spending more time in bed, heavy with an unexplained loneliness, drained with an unexpected sadness. I turn on Feels Like Home and allow myself to be enveloped in the kaleidoscopic memories of bygone golden mornings.
Norah Jones brings about a simpler, gentler kind of recalling
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‘Hag-Seed’ is a masterful adaption SOPHIA KAUFMAN
Daily Book Review Editor
“Hag-Seed” is Margaret Atwood’s latest masterpiece. It is not only a modern retelling of Shakespeare’s “The Tempest,” but revolves around that play as well. At times, it’s hard to believe that the same person who orchestrated the somber drumbeat of “The Handmaid’s Tale,” or the hypnotizing pulse of “Surfacing,” has penned the frenetic third person narration in this novel, but Atwood once again smoothly reveals a deftness of craft and the power that the art of storytelling has, no matter the vehicle or venue. “Hag-Seed” follows the story of Felix, who considers himself an avante-garde director and misunderstood genius. Some consider him eccentric; others view him as essential to the Canadian theatre festival; a few consider him a nuisance. While wrapped up in his artistic visions of a bold retelling of “The Tempest” — including a possibly paraplegic Caliban and a cape for Prospero sewn out of plush animal skins — the signs of a mutiny by his right hand man go straight over his head.
After Felix is ousted, he political correctness and kale. opts for self-banishment. He Atwood’s strongest prose is not lives alone for years, before the economical storytelling in stumbling into a position that which the plot unfolds neatly he never would (for the most have considered part) but the rare “Hag-Seed” at the peak of moments in which his career — we are allowed a Margaret Atwood bringing theatre prolonged glimpse Random House to felons. He into Felix’s own grows to love introspection and it, wearing uncertainties. a different identity in the The relationship between art prison, enjoying the romantic and grief is prominent, but anonymity and the opportunity it’s shown not only as a venue to delve into Shakespeare’s to solace but to spiraling into work with those whom society desperation. The arc of how a has largely forgotten. Felix person goes from frightening eventually themselves with their own learns of an delusions to relying on them is opportunity eerie, but Atwood draws it in for revenge too one steady hand. satisfying to Some of the themes — how pass up — which do we create our own prisons, includes putting and how do we find our way up his beloved out of them— may seem kitschy production of when laid forth plainly, which “The Tempest” is why Atwood’s weaving them — and takes under plot, over subplot makes full advantage them work. of it. Felix holds all the “Hag-Seed” is part of an similarities between himself initiative by the publishing and Prospero close to his company Hogarth to release heart, even maintaining an a series of novels based on unsettling relationship to his Shakespeare’s most beloved dead daughter Miranda. This texts, but the intent to reinvent relationship takes precedence is subtle. Like Felix, Atwood over his relationship with has somehow succeeded at reality, which is often tenuous something highly improbable: at best. taking a text already thought “Hag-Seed” includes not only to have been thoroughly two stunning interpretations exhausted and breathing of “The Tempest,” but witty something new into it. barbed pop culture references, including the Illuminati,
Atwood has somehow succeeded at something highly improbable