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Bills seek to aid survivors of sexual assault in MI Bipartisan legislation for increased legal support introduced in state House, Senate
Ann Arbor Mayor Christopher Taylor listens at a city council meeting on February 2, 2017.
City begins internal investigation into potential conflicts of interest
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Michigan Senate bills 152 and 153 and House Bill 4190 make up a recent bipartisan legislative initiative that seeks to offer more support to sexual assault survirors. The senate bills were co-sponsored by Sens. Tonya Schuitmaker (R–Lawton) and Rebekah Warren (D– Ann Arbor), and the house bill was sponsored by Rep. Laura Cox (R–Livonia). Collectively, the legislation will create consistency in the way health care providers are compensated for their support of sexual assault survivors,
Contracts awarded to companies affiliated with appointees to municipal boards investigation into potential SOPHIE SHERRY, ISHI MORI conf licts of interest in the awarding of city contracts, & BRIAN KUANG according to emails obtained Daily News Editor, Daily Staff Reporter & by the Daily and verified by Deputy Statement Editor Lazarus and members of City Council. In an email addressed to City Administrator Howard City Council and the mayor on Lazarus requested an internal Saturday, Lazarus wrote he had
requested the city’s purchasing department to inquire whether ethics rules were violated in awarding approximately $1.3 million in city contracts to companies affiliated with seven political appointees to city boards and commissions between 2010 and 2016. Lazarus also wrote this
was initiated in response to a concerned email from Ann Arbor resident Patricia Lesko and a formal request from City Councilmember Jack Eaton (D–Ward 4). Eaton confirmed the authenticity of the email obtained by the Daily. The Daily also confirmed these numbers See CITY, Page 3A
allow courts to consider a suspect or perpetrators’ history of sexual assault prior to the case at hand and support medical providers that aid sexual assault survivors with increased reimbursements. Schuitmaker said the legislation was brought to the Michigan state government by the Michigan Domestic and Sexual Violence Prevention and Treatment Board, which forced holes in current sexual assault support law. “Because victims of sexual assault may or may not want to cooperate with law enforcement, this bill clarifies the prompt reporting requirement,” Schuitmaker See LEGISLATION, Page 3A
Engineering professors awarded for Web series ‘U’ alum highlights innovative research contributions opens new
Two faculty members join distinct academy of engineers based on peer evaluations
“Next Four Years” focuses on millenial experiences in beginning episodes
The National Academy of Engineers named two University of Michigan faculty to its ranks last Monday. Mechanical Engineering Prof. Ellen Arruda, and Mark Daskin, professor and chair of Industrial and Operations Engineering, were selected by the NAE in one of the highest possible professional distinctions for engineers. Candidates’ selection is based on broad factors, specifically involvement in and contributions to the engineering community, according to the NAE website. The award also seeks individuals in the engineering field developing “innovative approaches” to education. Arruda and Daskin will join the approximately 21 other engineering professors at the University who are part of the NAE. Arruda is the only woman on the list. The Academy applauded Arruda for her research on polymer and tissue mechanics and her ability to use her findings in real-world products. Arruda is currently working on developing a shock-absorbing helmet that uses polymer structures to more evenly distribute the blow when there is an accident affecting the brain. She is also researching the
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The first episode of “The Next Four Years,” a web series created by University of Michigan alum Nick Blaemire, was released Wednesday on the web series’ website, thenextfouryearsshow. com. The series will comprise eight episodes, which will all be released online. The show follows Ana and Phil, two recent college graduates attempting to make sense of their newly discovered reality. The first episode centers on the struggle of finding work after graduation— particularly after majoring in a field based on passion rather than practicality. Blaemire said he was enthusiastic to do a show about the job market and these post-college years when it was pitched to him because he knew exactly what the state of limbo felt like. “Millennials think that there will be work for them just because you’re raised to believe that you can have or do anything you want, and that altruism that our parents give us is incredible, but it creates a very strange disconnect after you See SERIES, Page 3A
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soft tissues in knees to do simulations to try to improve knee repair surgery after an injury such as an ACL tear. “The simulations tell us things about how you might alter the stresses or strains that you put on the knee after ACL replacement or how you might design a better graft if you tear your ACL,” she said. For Arruda, being named to the NAE is especially
important, as she knows that her peers and colleagues nominated and voted for her. “It’s an incredibly exciting honor, it’s almost overwhelming,” she said. “It’s always rewarding when you get an award that is the result of several of your peers voting for you, and in this case it’s a large group of people voting on this process so it’s rewarding and humbling to know that
a lot of my peers thought to recognize me.” Daskin, an editor for the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers, was commended for his creative work on location optimization and its relevance in industrial, service and medical systems. He also studies the effectiveness of supply chain design and the problems See AWARDED, Page 3A
E M E R G E C A M PA I G N
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Latest installment in escape room franchise aims to bolster tourism KEVIN BIGLIN
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When University of Michigan alum Patton Doyle, co-founder of Decode Detroit, opened his first escape room in Ann Arbor last October, he knew it was one unlike the rest. Doyle took his passion and knowledge of puzzles to create escape rooms as a tool for urban planning in Ann Arbor and Detroit. “I started Decode Detroit because I was trying to come up with a way that we could take our knowledge of puzzles and escaping and creating fun games, and putting that into a way to use as an urban planning tool,” Doyle said. “(We’re) binding together areas of southeast Michigan as a single sort of urban unit. Retail is suffering in the age of the internet. So, we’re trying to use this trend (of escape rooms) to promote local tourism.” The multi-dimensional, “urban adventuring” Minerva Project is an intellectual challenge that first takes players through part one of a one-hour excursion where they See CHALLENGE, Page 3A
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ON THE DAILY: WINTER(FEST) BREAKS RECORDS When the temperatures were higher than normal in January, many believed the weather would get back to normal soon. Winter months at the University of Michigan normally consist of below-freezing temperatures and a lot of snow. But here, in the middle of February, some might say Spring Break has arrived early. Many students have expressed their appreciation of the sunny days. The Michigan Students account wrote on Twitter, “Ann Arbor’s sunshine and clear, blue skies is making me feel all kinds of happy today!” Despite a positive reaction to the warmth, a new study led by Ian Winkelstern, a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at the University, found
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this latest warming to be harmful Regardless of whether this continue this weekend and next to rising sea levels. warm-up is from the effects of week. The last time it was this climate change, get ready for the warm, cold water that had melted warm days and sunny skies to - MATT HARMON from Greenland’s ice sheets was flowing as far down the Atlantic Ocean as Bermuda, altering the ecosystem and changing the ocean’s climate. Winkelstern told the Michigan News this could destroy the coral reefs of Bermuda, flood North America and cause Europe’s temperature to drop. “If a big enough chunk of Greenland falls off, which has clearly happened in the past and has clearly caused these dramatic changes in the past, there’s no reason to think it couldn’t happen again,” Winkelstern told the Michigan News. “We’re doing a KELLY YU/DAILY pretty good job of melting it right University of California, Berkeley professor Kristen Whissel speaks at the SAC Speakers series about Parallex Effects in the Thayer Building on Tuesday. now.”
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WHAT: Participate in a roundtable discussion about the artistic and historical impact of gender on wartime posters of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam. WHO: University Library WHEN: 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. WHERE: Hatcher Graduate Library, Clark Library
WHAT: Join Kevin Miller, senior researcher at the American Association of University Women, at his talk about the gender leadership gap and the future of gender in the work place. WHO: University Library WHEN: 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. WHERE: Hatcher Graduate Library, Room 100
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Sexual Assault on UM Campus: Challenges, Policy, & Prevention
WHAT: Listen to distinguished professors speak about the issues of translation and the politics of language in Israeli literature. WHO: Judaic Studies WHEN: 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. WHERE: Rackham Graduate School
WHAT: Join the conversation #policytalks, where five speakers will address challenges with sexual assault on campus and prevention tactics. WHO: Ford School WHEN: 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. WHERE: Weill Hall, Annenberg Auditorium.
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WHAT: Meet with representatives from the Financial Aid Office and participate in a workshop on how to balance your budget WHO: Financial Aid Office and LSA WHEN: 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. WHERE: Angell Hall, 1139
WHAT: Discuss how to communicate with different cultures and how to transcend borders in class and beyond. WHO: Office of Academic Multicultural Initiatives WHEN: 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. WHERE: Student Activities Building, 3009
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Members of eMerge, a student-run political party campaigning for Central Student Government, kicked its campaign off with a meetand-greet for interested students to learn more about the party’s core team members and platform. eMerge’s core team took input from University of Michigan students about the goals of their party. Vice-presidential candidate Nadine Jawad, a Public Policy junior, and other candidates spoke with students about opportunities to run as a representative for the party, join the street team to campaign, or aid in coordinating events with
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eMerge student campaign continues to reach out to broader campus body students to be involved in the things that they care about.” eMerge has broken up its platform into advocacy plans and initiative plans. Initiative plans focus on easily completed projects such as extended campus Wi-Fi, improved bathroom facilities, and the installation of gameday hydration stations. Their advocacy plans focus on long-term goals such as expanding in-state tuition to undocumented and non-traditional students and improved testing accommodation centers. LSA junior Ryan Dishell attended the meet-and-greet to determine how he wanted to involve himself in CSG. “I like that they have short-term goals and longterm goals; I think it’s really important for a platform to have a vision, but to also have a plan and tangible goals that students can get done,” Dishell said. After leaving the meetand-greet, LSA junior Kyla Klein said the party appeared to bring a new perspective to CSG. “I was really interested in their stance on students with Medicaid using the services at Michigan,” Klein said. “I found their campaign really interesting and unique.” Kinesiology sophomore Okpalefe Edevbie expressed similar views on the party’s platform. “I think they’ve a lot of great plans to reach the different facets and groups in student government, and to create more access for students,” Edevbie said. Currently, eMerge is running unopposed for the election on the March 22 and 23.
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New Central Student Government prospectives host meet and greet other organizations. “Today is an opportunity for students to learn about what we are trying to do and how they can get involved,” Jawad said. “We want to create a student government that allows students to emerge out of the crowd and into leadership roles.” According to eMerge’s presidential candidate, LSA junior Anushka Sarkar, a main focus of the platform is breaking down the barriers that prevent students from becoming involved with student government. “The purpose of eMerge is to create an organization that empowers students to rise up and be involved in issues and initiatives on campus that they’re passionate about or that affect them,” Sarkar said. “We see CSG as a platform for
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CITY From Page 1A were consistent with City finance records. “I received the e-mail below from Ms. Lesko late yesterday afternoon, and the request from Mr. Eaton this afternoon,” Lazarus wrote to the City Council members on Saturday. “Kindly note that I have asked Purchasing staff to inquire into the means by which the contracts with the organizations cited have been awarded. We will also look at the dates of service of the individuals identified with the dates of award. Finally, this provides an opportunity to review and validate our contracting procedures with regard to conf licts of interest.” In an email to the Daily on Monday, Lazarus confirmed an internal investigation had been initiated, and it would determine whether any ethics rules were violated. He said the investigation will also review the city’s contracting process. Councilmember Chuck Warpehoski (D–Ward 5) said it would be premature to conclude ethical rules had been violated before the internal review is completed. “On the one hand, we want
CHALLENGE From Page 1A must work through a fantasy world and “work together to save humanity.” Doyle said what makes his escape room unique is the story, which centers around Minerva, an artificial intelligence whom participants can either team up with or work against. “Every escape room is a unique experience,” Doyle said. “The way that I would describe ours is a puzzle-adventure where you and a group of up to 10 friends have to solve a series of puzzles to advance the story and get out of the room. It’s like being dropped into the middle of the climax of an artificialintelligence movie, and you happen to be there when things go wrong.” After playing part one in the escape room, part two of the story takes players to about 15 Ann Arbor stores to solve a scavenger hunt. Doyle hopes to have more than 30 stores participating by the end of the summer, creating an intellectual challenge that focuses on the storyline in order to engage players even after they play part one. “Ann Arbor is a wonderful town,” Doyle said. “Being from Ann Arbor, I’ve found that I know a lot of the shopkeepers who we’re partnering with to post these puzzles around the city.” Doyle said he wants to use the puzzles and games around Ann Arbor and Detroit to help revitalize urban areas. He is trying to get people to go to shops and stores they might not normally visit and increase urban tourism as best he can. “The thing that I’m most excited about that we’re doing right now is we’re opening a series of puzzles around Ann
SERIES From Page 1A get into the real world,” Blaemire said. “After the incubation of college, you’re suddenly dealing with a very real drought of the dreams that we all think are going to happen for ourselves.” When asked about the next four years after college, University students tend to share this sentiment of uncertainty and stress. For years, LSA sophomore Camille Phaneuf had one word to describe that period: uncertain. “Anxiety,” Phaneuf said. “There’s so much uncertainty, and I don’t really know what I’m doing.” While some people, like LSA freshman Lily Barash, are excited for their four years of college because it means independence and freedom from parental supervision and the pressures
to take the concern seriously, on the other hand we also don’t want to assume malintent until it’s been found,” Warpehoski said. “(But) I’ve seen no evidence of impropriety.” Eaton echoed Warpehoski and added that the investigation would provide an opportunity to examine the consistency and oversight of the city’s contracting process. “Part of the review Mr. Lazarus has requested will be a review of contracting procedures,” Eaton wrote in an email to the Daily. “If we find our policies to be deficient, we will take steps to address those deficiencies. Council member (Sumi) Kailasapathy (D– Ward 1) and I are discussing an ordinance that would address the ethical standards for members of boards and commissions.” Ann Arbor residents have raised allegations that several prominent members of the Downtown Development Authority, Planning Commission, Local Development Finance Authority and Public Art Commission have been benefitting from approximately $1.33 million worth of city contracts. According to Lesko, the city’s finance records ref lect that once certain members were appointed to
their respective boards and commissions, the companies they own or work for began obtaining city contracts they had not received prior. Following resident concerns, Lesko began to investigate on the city’s website. All the city’s vendor contract records are available to the public through A2OpenBook. Lesko sifted through contracts filed between 2010 and 2016, first looking solely at McWilliams’ media agency Q+M, formerly Quack!Media. Lesko argued there needs to be more oversight on city contracts that involve cityaffiliated personnel to prevent conf lict-of-interest cases. “What I’ve said to Mr. Lazarus in my email is that they need to do some investigating going back at that case, so that the public knows over the last ten years how much money total in city contracts … have gone to city board and commission members,” Lesko said. “I think every time something comes to City Council where city staff are recommending a former city staff member or a current board or commission member or their employer, Council must be told in public.” Warpehoski noted that, though stringent oversight is necessary, having local
business leaders on city boards and commissions can have a positive impact. “I don’t think we should have a policy where the only way to serve on a board or commission is to give up your hope of being able to do any business with the city or the DDA or the AAATA,” Warpehoski said. “I want our local units of government supporting local businesses. I want local business leaders sharing their expertise of local government and contributing in that way. But I don’t think that should give anybody any special treatment.” According to Lesko, just 10 percent of the contracts were above the threshold price of $25,000 that would have required a City Council vote. City Administrator Lazarus has the discretion to award contracts under the $25,000 threshold. In many cases, the council looks to insight from appropriate boards and commissions for recommendations on contracts. “More frequently, staff will seek input from a board or commission during the development of a statement of work prior to commencement of the formal solicitation process to help define an approach to achieve a City goal,” Lazarus wrote in an email.
Arbor, and soon Detroit, that are free to play,” Doyle said, “that are introducing people to unique places — unique, locally-owned shops — that people might not otherwise discover. What we’re trying to do is use this escape room trend as something that can be a positive force for tourism for downtown areas in Michigan.” Engineering freshman Kaelan Oldani worked at Decode Detroit over the summer and developed one of the puzzles for the scavenger hunt in Ann Arbor. Oldani said every puzzle takes particular attention to detail. “Patton knew I was about to begin my first year as an engineering student at the University, and was willing to give me the opportunity to get a head start with handson experience through his company,” Oldani said. “So much thought and planning went into every single detail of the puzzle room.” Rackham student Meghan Clark, chair of the CS KickStart program, brought her group of undergraduate mentees from CS KickStart through the escape room last fall. “Around the time we were organizing our fall social event for alumni, we got an email from Decode Detroit describing their escape room,” Clark said. “It sounded like a fun, computer-themed outing, which was exactly what we were looking for.” Clark said Doyle gave her group a behind-the-scenes tour of how things worked, which she said was a valuable way to learn more about computer science. “(This) was very educational for them as budding computer scientists,” Clark said. “Seeing how computers were used to create the awesome experience they just had made computer
science look cool.” Not yet complete, part three of the Minerva Project will take players back to the escape room with new puzzles, in order to finish the adventure. Doyle said this is significant because, for most users, escape rooms are a one-time thing. “They (escape rooms) don’t have much replayability,” Doyle said. “We’re building what is effectively two escape rooms in one location.” Additionally, the co-founders wish to open a second escape room in the New Center area of Detroit, with hopes of taking what they have now in Ann Arbor and replicating it in another city. The location will be connected to the midtown and downtown corridors through the QLine light rail, which will help them in having puzzles throughout the city. “The goal is to harness this game and these creative ideas to help the ongoing revitalization of southeast Michigan,” Doyle said. “We have one and a half (escape rooms). We have one that’s fully operational, and one in Detroit that’s in progress. We’re working to turn that into something that can be used as an escape room, either indoor or outdoor.” Doyle said many students, young professionals and families have come to their escape room, with 55 percent of groups “escaping”—winning— part one. “One of the first groups we had was a student group,” Doyle said. “They still to-date my favorite group that went through. The students that come through really seem to enjoy it. The entire game isn’t open yet, but plenty of players have beaten what’s been released. Some people really enjoy the puzzling part of it, some people are more there for the story.”
Oldani said the escape room could have a big impact on the region, and would recommend University students go try to solve the escape room for themselves. “It’s impressive to see the company grow from a mere passion for puzzles and interest in escape rooms into a successful company spanning across the region,” Oldani said. “It’s a local escape room right off of campus, and is tons of fun. Regardless of how clever you think you are, this escape room will be an exciting challenge.” In a broader scope, Doyle said the games serve to bind together urban areas, especially in an era where retail has been suffering in the Internet age. Clark added she is looking forward to playing part two in Ann Arbor in the near future. “I’m really excited about the new stage of puzzles that Decode Detroit just released, where you walk around downtown Ann Arbor solving clues and find out what happens to Minerva,” Clark said. “I haven’t done it yet, but I can’t wait to see what happens next in the story.” Though Doyle doesn’t know how long this trend will last, he is looking forward to giving users an experience they will want to continue. Furthermore, he hopes to work with the creative culture movement in Detroit. “Our long-term goal is to turn this not into just an escape room,” Doyle said. “We want it to be something that’s more of a community of puzzlers, of game-designers, who create games that are physical in nature. Doing the puzzles around the city has brought people to us. This is different. It is clearly no longer just an escape room. I hope this lasts for 10 to 20 years.”
of school, stress and anxiety are common sentiments about this time. Kinesiology freshman Sydney Grant was most nervous about the lack of a clear path. “You need to make decisions fast compared to going from high school to college, which is like a common thing where everyone mostly knows that’s what’s next,” Grant said. “But after college, people go to grad school, they travel, they get a job, and you need to make these decisions quickly.” Blaemire says he definitely related to these feelings of uncertainty himself after leaving the University, but says college prepared him as well is it could for these strange years. “I think I got an incredible amount of information from Michigan that has totally shaped me as a person, and I think that the world is changing too fast for any one form of education to really fully prepare you; the experience
of being introduced to (the real world) is sort of like the fifth year of college,” Blaemire said. “I look at the world through the lens of the way I took in information about Michigan, only now I’m sort of creating my own school and my own projects at home.” “The Next Four Years” is Blaemire’s first venture into the web-series format. While Blaemire has used many platforms for his art, including musicals and TV, he says there is value in the more recently popularized web series format. “I love it,” Blaemire said. “I think there’s a lot to be said for the proliferation of ways you can tell stories, and I think that there’s a freedom in a web series that you don’t have in a long-form narrative, because you can tell as much of the story as you want and whatever part of the story you want, and in a way it becomes more like a snapshot than like a fully rendered
narrative.” Blaemire said that this “snapshot” way of telling stories allowed him not only to tell more stories, but gave him the opportunity to use his script and camera angles as a way of telling the story as well, a sort of second layer to his storytelling. “Where you put the camera and what part of the story you decide to script can tell so much more than what’s actually happening, and it can reverberate into other characters’ arcs,” he said. “You can really create this interesting web of stories that you’re kind of telling by juxtaposing against others. You’re sort of shadow-telling more stories than just the foreground.” One shadow story Blaemire identified was that of the current presidential administration — not a surprising one, given the name of the series. While Blaemire and the other creators did not intend for the title to have a double meaning,
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LEGISLATION From Page 1A said. “During prosecuting, it allows for all evidence to be used against a defendant.” The Board said it was happy with the new legislation because it more effectively aids sexual assault victims within the criminal justice system, should they choose to prosecute the perpetrator. Schuitmaker said that the legislation will likely provide security to college students who seek action through the criminal justice system. “Senator Warren and I have been co-chairs on the first ladies task force in regards to sexual assault on campuses,” Schuitmaker said. The future of federal enforcement of sexual assault laws under Title IX remains unclear. In confirmation hearings, new Education Secretary Betsy DeVos’ commitment to continuing sexual misconduct investigations remained ambiguous. Kinesiology junior Laura Marsh, vice chair of the University’s chapter of College Democrats, expressed her support for the bills and said that on college campuses, the issue of sexual assault is not discussed enough, which is why widespread legislation on the issue is necessary. “There’s not enough done to stop it, so I’m really glad Senator Warren is looking out for her constituents on this,” Marsh said. “Because a lot of them are female college students who are going to be positively affected by the resources these bills will provide to sexual assault survivors.” The University’s chapter of College Republicans was unavailable for comment. Kinesiology junior Cass Bouse-Eaton is a director of the sexual violence branch of
the Panhellenic Peer Educator Program, which aims to spread awareness and create a support system within the Greek life community for women struggling with sexual misconduct that is perpetrated by the school’s Greek life culture. Bouse-Eaton too supports the new legislation, and said governmental support for victims is a step in the right direction, especially given new challenges posed by our current presidential administration. However, she also highlighted inherent f laws within the system that legislation has yet to address, specifically on college campuses. “We have such low rates of these crimes actually being reported, but also even getting to court,” she said. “And in court, the odds that a perpetrator will ever see a day in jail are so small. So, if this legislation allows for something that’s happened in the past to be brought up in court, that’s fabulous. But it also assumes that that something has already been brought up in the past.” Bouse-Eaton also said combatting sexual violence, harassment and assault begins with the community on campus, and solidarity is not always legislative. Rather, recognizing institutional problems and pledging support for victims of assault culture are essential to decreasing the problem on campus. “I feel like, as women, we have a lot more power than we think we do in this situation,” she said. “We talk a lot about fraternity houses and fraternity parties. If something like this happens to one of our sisters at a house, we’re not going there anymore. We’re not feeding this culture at this house. And fraternity parties, whether we realize it are not, are upheld by female attendance. We don’t invest in things we don’t believe in.”
in health care operations research. Daskin works with students to use optimization in other contexts, such as understanding the causes of drug shortages in the US or how to maximize diversity within groups in his classes. Daskin views the honor as a way to give back to the engineering community. “I also think it’s an opportunity for service,” he said. “I believe the National Academy of Engineering is called on for various studies when people in the government want to do so, so it’s an opportunity for service.” Arruda is also excited for the opportunity to serve the engineering community, specifically women and underrepresented minorities, through her membership in NAE. “I want to learn more about what opportunities there are to work with members of the academy,” she said. Arruda and Daskin are
two of 106 new members of the NAE. This year’s new membership will up the American membership to 2,281 and international membership to 249. The two, who will be formally inducted into the NAE in Washington D.C. on Oct. 8, are among the Leaders and the Best at the University, according to Alec Gallimore, dean of engineering and professor of aerospace engineering, in a Michigan News article. “This signature accomplishment by these esteemed faculty members represents the leadership and excellence we value at Michigan Engineering,” he said. Arruda looks forward to working with the NAE, and she is thankful for her peers that nominated her. “It seems that a good deal of people work hard to make these nominations possible, and it’s a lot of work to nominate a peer and get them to the point that they get elected, so I would like to express gratitude to those anonymous people out there who made this happen for me,” she said.
Blaemire thinks it fits in with the themes of the series. “It sort of nails a theme that the show really has, which is like when we’ve been learning our whole lives in four-year chunks, from first to fifth grade, and then high school and college, we’re sort of built in this four-year mentality, and part of that is the presidency,” Blaemire said. Blaemire didn’t seem to mind the connotation the title might have with the current president, calling it “unavoidable,” but also noted that having the president as one of these aforementioned “shadow characters” is rather fitting. “While we don’t speak about politics really in it — it’s much more about young people trying to make their own way — they’re still trying to make their own way in America, and so I do think that in a way he becomes a shadow character in the same way that there are many more stories than the one that we’re
telling, that resonate because we’re pointing the camera at this real chasm between the reality that we thought existed in college and the reality that actually exists in the real world, and since reality is quite the buzzword these days, it only helps the story resonate more.” Reflecting on his college years, Blaemire has one simple piece of advice for current University students. “Read,” Blaemire said. “Read about what’s happening in the world. Pay attention. And find that beautiful balance between being in this incredible incubation chamber surrounded by a bunch of other vivid, smart, attractive people, and then also know that you live in the world as well, and how do you balance against having this idealized college experience while also slowly but surely becoming a citizen of the planet and taking advantage of that town and that state and that part of the country.”
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JON RUBENSTEIN | OP-ED
Our fandom is not an excuse
magine sitting in lecture. Your professor is doing his job, going through the slides as usual, when a student decides to stand up, point at the professor, and yell: “You suck, bitch! And your mother thinks you suck! And you’re an asshole, prick, bitch, whore!” Now imagine all 300 people in the lecture decide to join in, and everyone is suddenly pointing and chanting insults at the professor. Depending on how boring your lectures are, maybe you’ve had this impulse before. But nonetheless, you don’t do it and this never happens, because the idea of randomly going up to somebody and verbally degrading him or her with personal insults and obscenities is ridiculous. Yet, there’s one place in our society where such behavior becomes the norm. In this place, there is an unspoken consensus that our normal social conscience no longer applies. Suddenly, the otherwise unthinkable becomes routine, and the otherwise despicable becomes encouraged. This is the strange essence of the “student section” — a staple of America’s strong and obsessive college sports culture. Our sports culture at the University of Michigan is not an exception to this rule. For two seasons, I worked with the Michigan men’s basketball team as a student manager and a walk-on practice player. For three seasons, I’ve been a Michigan football season ticket holder. I’ve been to a lot of games, and every time I walk into one, I feel a sense of awe as I am reminded of the size and power of our community. When we all sing “Hail to the Victors,” I feel pride, and when we finally get the wave started around Michigan Stadium, I feel connected. But every game, there are several times when I feel disenchanted, and I marvel at the absurdity of what’s happening around me. Whenever the Michigan football team forces a punt,
the student section performs something called the “You Suck” chant. While the band plays “Temptation,” everyone in the student section motions their arms back and forth toward the quarterback and yells, “You suck … you suck … you suck,” until the chant crescendos and concludes with an emphatic, “You suck, bitch!” Every time, I stand there in amazement and watch thousands of intelligent people simultaneously scream at the quarterback and call him a bitch on a campus that denounces sexist language. What’s more is that nobody seems to question it. When I look around the student section, I am hard-pressed to find anybody who isn’t happily reveling in the chant, following along with the rest of the pack. Sometimes when the opposing team’s running back gets the ball, I’ll hear a student near me yell something like “Kill him!” or “F--- him up!” Again, this is seen as tolerable in the college football environment despite the fact that dozens of former players have died from chronic traumatic encephalopathy, which they develop by sustaining big hits in football games. A brutal hit could actually kill them or contribute to something that eventually kills them, but it doesn’t seem to matter to that student, who, in this context, is allowed to say whatever they want. I’ve only been to one hockey game at Yost Ice Arena, but the fan culture there seems even more extreme than it is at football games. One of the most notorious traditions at Yost is the “C-Ya Cheer.” When an opposing player enters the penalty box, the student section yells “C-Ya,” and then follows it up with a montage of vulgarity, which includes “chump,” “douchebag,” “asshole,” “cheater,” “prick,” “bitch” and “whore,” all conveniently packed into one crude chant. Another Yost tradition occurs when the phone rings in the press box. When this happens, the
crowd will chant: “Hey (insert goalie’s name), it’s your mom! She says you suck!” This chant (like all chants) seems harmless to anybody in the student section, and it probably is. But then again, maybe it isn’t. Just ask Steve Kerr, a former University of Arizona point guard, who received taunts about his father — an American professor who was assassinated by terrorists overseas. Certainly these taunts were more directly and intentionally offensive, but this is what a mob mentality in the stands can lead to. I’m all for harmless taunts, resonant booing and getting inside the opponent’s head. All of this adds to the dramatic and thrilling atmosphere of a college sporting event, while providing an emotional release for the fans. But there is a fine line between playful heckling and senseless verbal abuse. Making fun of a player for an air ball or a whiff is harmless taunting. Degrading an athlete on a personal level is senseless verbal abuse, and targeting someone with mindless obscenities (in a family atmosphere) is inexcusable, no matter the context. There is no other place on a college campus where calling someone a bitch is encouraged. It is not OK anywhere else in society to yell “Kill him!” or “F--him up!” to somebody. Why are sporting events different? Using sports to lower our standards is lazy, and using opposing players as outlets for our pathetic fan catharsis is ugly. We can come together to support our team, but we can do so without losing a basic standard of human respect for the opponent. Don’t fall under the spell of a mob mentality. If you disagree with the premise of a chant, resist it, and then maybe even think of something better. I’d bet that whatever you come up with is at least a level up from “You Suck.”
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The ends don’t mitigate the means
ake America Great an agenda that he was elected to Again” was President execute, but the process by which Donald Trump’s he moves forward — including slogan, which the conditions resonated with so surrounding its many this past fall, execution — should and was, in part, be communicated in his justification a way that not only for signing seven satisfies his base, but executive orders and attempts to mollify his 11 memos during his adversaries. first couple of weeks Though it was in office. Making the pleasant to see a room United States safe NICHOLAS filled with support was the objective Neil Gorsuch TOMAINO when behind his recent was nominated for the executive order to temporarily Supreme Court, the rubber meets block immigration from seven the road when Trump’s messages countries previously identified by reach those who did not vote for former President Barack Obama him and who are unlikely to set and Congress as dangerous places aside his words and lack of style in for which reliable vetting was not the short term, simply in hope that possible. he may deliver results in the long The messages surrounding term. Speaker of the House Paul the order, and the process by Ryan, in an interview with Chuck which it was rolled out, however, Todd, minimized the impact of overshadowed its objective. Trump’s style, and suggested So too did Trump’s tweet that that polarization and division in the opinion from a “so-called the United States will diminish judge” to grant a temporary as results from Trump’s policies restraining order was ridiculous improve the economy. and dangerous. Indeed, many of While Trump’s approval may his tweets play into a growing increase over time, only Trump narrative that he is defensive, himself can expedite the process sophomoric and careless. by revising his style and caring On Meet the Press, Danielle more about the “how” of delivering Pletka of the American Enterprise his messages. Peggy Noonan, in a Institute downplayed the impact of recent article titled “In Trump’s a contentious phone conversation Washington, Nothing Feels with Australia’s prime minister Stable,” recommends, “You have over an agreement by Obama to to help your allies in the agencies accept more than 1,000 refugees and on the Hill know, understand from Australia annually. Pletka, and be able to defend what you’re who is of Australian descent, doing.” I would add that Trump acknowledged that Trump may also needs to help the American have been justified in questioning public better understand the the merits of the deal, but he substance of his plans before he needs to rethink how he’s rolls things out too hastily. He is handling it. Indeed, he seems to the commander in chief, and may underestimate the importance have the ultimate say on certain of process and underappreciate matters, but getting buy-in, at the the public outrage that his very least, may require a modicum words evokes in the absence of of dialogue and explanation. We appropriate context. need to appreciate his optics and For example, in a pre-Super trust that the process is legitimate Bowl interview, Fox’s Bill O’Reilly — that he avails himself of his asked Trump if he respected advisers and appreciates both Putin and Trump replied, “I do the upsides and downsides of respect him.” When O’Reilly said his decisions. Putin is a “killer,” Trump said: In my estimation, Trump “We’ve got a lot of killers. What, would be well advised to limit his do you think our country’s so tweets to statements of fact rather innocent?” This statement, of than speculation or derision. It’s course, led to significant outrage, not enough that those who voted and prompted Chuck Todd, host for him might appreciate his of Meet the Press, to allege that intent. He must be deliberately Trump was asserting moral concerned with how those who equivalency between the United did not vote for him appreciate his States and Russia. tweets. Furthermore, tweeting When it comes to executing cannot provide the necessary his vision and enacting change, context — the optics — to ensure Trump clearly does not appreciate clarity. Where emotions run that style, rather than merely strong and the stakes are high, substance, is important. While dialogue is the only way to deal content is critical, so too is how with difference of opinion. Such he communicates his message. He crucial conversations need to may substantively be advancing be authentic, measured, honest
and bi-directional. In this light, Twitter is not the venue, nor are diatribes by designees such as Sean Spicer or Kellyanne Conway. Further, Trump and his team must refrain from reporting alternative facts. In the event that they do, however, as was the case recently when Conway erroneously referred to a massacre in Bowling Green to defend the immigrant ban, they must recant publicly and accept accountability for misreporting. Going forward, Trump himself needs to regularly meet with the press and present himself with equanimity and empathy. If he has any hope of, or interest in, changing his image among naysayers, he must accept that his actions create his reality. In an interview this past weekend with George Stephanopoulos on “This Week,” Stephen Miller ultimately pushed the Trump administration in the right direction. Miller, a senior policy adviser to Trump, displayed great composure in the face of a heated exchange. When probing questions outreached his jurisdiction, he cautiously referred to another, more appropriate member of the administration. Though his authoritative stance may have been perceived as yet more “Trump-like” authoritarianism, from my perspective, it was clear and far from overstated, despite Stephanopoulos’ repeated attempts to provoke him. However, when discussing the notion of voter fraud, Miller continuously equivocated. By making assertions without providing cogent supporting evidence, he provided yet another example of what Trump must avoid. To truly get more done than what was achieved over the last eight years, Trump needs to present himself not as an autocratic leader, but as a collaborative, emotionally intelligent one. He needs to actively solicit feedback from his close advisers regarding how effective or ineffective his messaging might be. When given new information, he needs to pivot, adjust and recant as needed. These are just the beginning steps to establishing trust with the electorate. As has been said before in one form or another, he may go more quickly alone, but he will go further together. Making America great again will require a presidential leader who appreciates how critical the process of leadership is.
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KEVIN SWEITZER | OP-ED
Abolish the $5 fee
’ll admit something that I don’t usually say about my student representatives in Central Student Government. I was pleasantly surprised and excited when I first heard about the Leadership Engagement Scholarship that was started in the fall semester. As someone who is very involved on campus, I am more than familiar with the struggles of running from meeting to meeting with little break, and am even more familiar with the frequent choice between being involved on campus and working to make ends meet. This scholarship would really help someone like me, who feels the need to work their way through college as their parents did, but also wants to be involved in organizations on campus that supplement learning. My excitement about the scholarship is what led me to be sorely disappointed to read that CSG would charge students $5 a semester to endow the scholarship. This regressive tax on students will harm those who need it the most. By choosing to charge a fee, CSG has taken the easy route to funding this scholarship, rather than internal budgeting or external fundraising. CSG has violated its core mission to represent the interests of all students, and in doing so has raised the cost of attendance at the University of Michigan — limiting the ability of its constituents to attend and thrive in college. While CSG acts as if this
fee is inconsequential, the reality of a $40 charge over an undergraduate’s career at the University will disproportionately affect lower-income students, especially those who are taking loans and will pay interest on the fees down the road. According to a survey conducted by CSG, 75 percent of its members come from families making more than $100,000 a year and thus will never be able to understand the full impact of their fee increases. Though this resolution passed nearly unanimously, the voices of lower-income students — who these fees will affect most — were omitted. Opposition to this fee was best summarized by Rackham Rep. Andy Snow, who said the tax points out the hypocrisy of CSG representatives saying, “I don’t see fundamentally how so many of us can be against tuition hikes and increases and still be in support of this.” A regressive tax on students who most need the scholarship won’t do anything to confront the increasing costs of higher education. Additionally, on Thursday, Regent Andrea FischerNewman tweeted that she would not be in support of a raise in fees to fund the LES. What’s more alarming is that the scholarship is skewed in favor of well-endowed student organizations that do not need financial support from CSG. The scholarship could be a wonderful opportunity to push CSG funding to financially struggling student
organizations. Instead, the scholarship will prioritize students who will not be able to participate in student organizations without funding help. While this sounds like a good thing on the surface, prioritizing “pay to play” organizations such as Greek life and club sports does not work to solve the underlying issues of socioeconomic diversity and the high cost of college that have prevented students from joining student organizations in the past. The University was recently rated the least socioeconomically diverse public university in the nation, and that designation won’t go away by raising the cost of attendance in favor of the 10 to 15 chosen students who receive the LES scholarship. While CSG decries tuition increases and tries to make the cost of school lower through various resolutions, it seems to have no problem raising fees for a scholarship that doesn’t seem worth it. I am opposed to the $5 fee, and I urge CSG and the Board of Regents to do everything in their power to keep the costs of higher education low by repealing the fee and confronting the increasing costs of higher education across the board. For CSG to use the term “tool of equity” to describe this scholarship, it must come from a place that legitimately helps students of a lower socioeconomic status thrive at the University.
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Michigan looks ahead to rematch Notebook: LaFontaine in, Kile out BRANDON CARNEY Daily Sports Writer
Two seems to be Michigan’s unlucky number heading into its matchup with Wisconsin. Michigan coach John Beilein has beaten the Badgers just twice in 18 attempts as a head coach, and the Wolverines have yet to put together a winning streak of more than two games so far in Big Ten play this season. Michigan will have a chance to break both trends Thursday when Wisconsin (10-2 Big Ten, 21-4 overall) pays a visit to Crisler Center for the Wolverines’ penultimate home game of the season. Compared to last month’s contest in Madison — a 68-64 Badger victory — Michigan (6-6, 16-9) now has a better feeling heading into the rematch. The Wolverines are coming off their best defensive performance of the conference season, holding Indiana to 63 points and 21 percent shooting from three on its home court. Leading that effort was Michigan’s frontcourt duo, redshirt sophomore forward DJ Wilson and sophomore forward Moritz Wagner., led that effort. The pair shut down Hoosier center Thomas Bryant and forced Indiana to make plays on the perimeter rather than work the ball inside-out. The Badgers play a similar style of working through forward Ethan Happ, who leads the team in points, rebounds and assists. Though Wilson had success stopping the
forward in the first half of the game in Madison, he quickly picked up three fouls shortly after halftime while defending Happ’s frontcourt partner — forward Nigel Hayes — and had to watch from the bench as Happ’s passing skills powered Wisconsin on a decisive 15-0 run. Wilson and Wagner’s foul trouble in that matchup paralyzed the Wolverines down the stretch. The Badgers were in the bonus for a majority of the second half, and Michigan lost its physical edge and height advantage. “Wisconsin’s really good at drawing fouls,” Beilein said. “(We) have to learn to play post defense aggressive. I’m not talking about not fouling; I’m talking about bad fouls. They’ve got to be good fouls in the post because if you’re going to be physical, you’re going to be called for something.” The Wolverines’ defense showed they were capable of holding Happ and Hayes below their respective scoring averages, especially when they focused on creating turnovers or forcing difficult shots. At the Kohl Center, Happ went 5-for-13 from the field and committed three turnovers while Hayes shot 4-for11 from the floor and 1-for-4 from behind the arc. “We got to have a lot of ideas in our head, and hopefully we’re good at all of them and not average,” Beilein said on trying to contain Happ and Hayes. “Trying to put it all together, it’s going to be a challenge because they’re a very smart team. We’re not going to surprise them, but hopefully we
Redshirt sophomore forward DJ Wilson will be key on defense Thursday night.
can create some turnovers or create some tough twos for them to make as well.” Wisconsin guard Bronson Koenig, who played a central role in the Badgers’ win in January, has been deemed questionable for Thursday’s game. Koenig has been held out of practice for the past two days, and is listed as day-to-day with a leg injury. The senior was a non-factor for 35 minutes, but single-handedly led Wisconsin in the final five minutes. Senior guard Derrick Walton Jr. took responsibility for Koenig’s run and now revels in the chance to prove his defensive worth over the fellow senior point guard. “If you’re a good player and you make one shot, that’s all the difference,” Walton said. “Kudos for him for not being frustrated for 35 minutes and doing what his team needed him to do and close out the game. I take a personal challenge on playing a full 40 minutes of playing great defense on him.” Michigan will be familiar with the matchups it will face against the Badgers on Thursday. Where the Wolverines fall short, though, is knowing how to handle their recent success. Following previous two-game stretches of victories this season, Michigan has gone on to drop the following game of each string. Now, with wins over Michigan State and at Indiana, Michigan faces the same challenge to bottle its momentum and extend its winning streak. “It’s normal as a human when you have some success, you relish in it and get comfortable,” Walton said. “Only the great individual teams and coaches push you to be better. I think that falls on the players and the leadership.” Added Beilein: “With most people, good is the enemy of great. As soon as you do some things good, you start to slack off a little bit. That’s our job as coaches to make sure they see that.” If the Wolverines want to reach their goals and land comfortably in the NCAA Tournament field, they can’t let an opportunity like Thursday night pass them by. In Madison, Michigan proved it has the matchups and the talent to beat the Badgers. Now, the Wolverines have to show they have developed the mental edge to get over the hump and beat the streaks that will continue to haunt them if they don’t.
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A bang-bang play knocked goaltender Jack LaFontaine out of the Michigan hockey team’s game against Michigan State this past Saturday. During a Michigan State attack, sophomore defenseman Nicholas Boka was pushed into the crease and fell on the freshman, who appeared to suffer a leg injury that left him in considerable pain. LaFontaine attempted to play on it, but it wasn’t long before Michigan coach Red Berenson decided to pull him for senior goaltender Zach Nagelvoort. LaFontaine described the sequence of events as “frustrating.” He had worked hard in practice all week to earn the starting spot in Saturday’s game against Michigan State, marking just his second start since Dec. 2, and had been playing well before the injury, stopping 18 of 19 shots in the contest. Despite the shortened appearance, LaFontaine has maintained his position in the current goalie competition between him, Nagelvoort and freshman Hayden Lavigne (who has received the most starts). The injury didn’t last beyond the weekend, allowing him to practice all this week, and according to Berenson, LaFontaine is “back in the picture” as the team continues his search for a starting goaltender. “We liked (LaFontaine’s) progress in practice and his work ethic,” Berenson said. “It’s getting to the point where you’d like to see one goalie take it and run with it, and we haven’t had one goalie that really has stood out. “They’ve all had their moments. … There’s no blueprint that you can just go by and say, ‘This is the plan,’ and expect everything to work perfectly. It hasn’t. But all three are working hard, they all want to play, and they’re all getting chances to play. But whoever takes it and runs with it will be that guy, if anyone does. Otherwise we’re going to be a team with goalie by committee.” Added LaFontaine: “It’s definitely a great opportunity for me individually. As a team, I have the ability to kinda get us out of this hole. I think as a three-man rotation, we do a really good job of staying in games and making big saves. … We’re just working hard and doing what we’ve done since the beginning of the season.”
Warren, Dancs switching lines In Michigan’s last four games, sophomore forward Brendan Warren has played on the same line as freshmen forwards Jake Slaker and Will Lockwood. But that will change against Wisconsin this weekend. “We gotta get more guys going, and I think Brendan can add more to our team than he has, and I think Dexter Dancs can add more to our team than he has,” Berenson said. Dancs has shifted to the SlakerLockwood line, where he’ll play with the team’s two leading scorers. Meanwhile, Warren has moved to the fourth line, alongside junior forward Cutler Martin and freshman forward Nick Pastujov. He will be playing right wing in place of freshman Steven Merl, who isn’t traveling with the team. “Brendan Warren is doing a good job on the penalty kill, and I want to see him kick in offensively when he can,” Berenson said. “Our fourth line has been outscored way too often this year, including against Wisconsin. So hopefully it’ll be stronger this weekend than it has been.” Warren doesn’t think there will be too much of an adjustment from switching lines — he skated with Martin and Pastujov earlier this year. “Going with Slaker and Lockwood is a little more skill game, and it’s fast — really fast — so it was (about) keeping up with them,” Warren said. “I think with Cutler and Nick, it’ll be more chip
and chase, and we’ll bang bodies a little more. “(I) just gotta get on defense fast. That’s my role, I get on ‘D’ fast and hit them, try to get the puck back and get it to Cutler or shoot it or something like that.” Kile still out While Michigan is switching up its lines in an attempt to spark the offensive production of Dancs and Warren, the Wolverines will still be without one of their key playmakers in senior forward Alex Kile. Kile has now missed the past four games, and will not be traveling this weekend either. Kile has just 10 points on the season with six goals and four assists, but he has still had a significant impact — especially for a team that has struggled to score. “Alex is not only a captain, but he’s our leading scorer coming into the season, and he should be one of our leading scorers,” Berenson said. “So we’re losing an offensive fireplug with Alex Kile and one of our leaders.” Michigan will need others, like Warren or Dancs, to step up this weekend, and Berenson has been impressed by the efforts of a pair of seniors in Kile’s absence. “I think a lot of other guys have tried to pick up the slack,” Berenson said. “I think the other seniors, (Max) Shuart and Evan Allen, are playing their best hockey now, so good for them. But Alex Kile was on their line when he got hurt. So we’ll see when he comes back where he fits in, and hopefully he’ll give us a jumpstart.”
Freshman goaltender Jack LaFontaine is back in consideration as the starter.
‘M’ set to face Indiana MAGGIE KOLCON Daily Sports Writer
The No. 20 Michigan women’s basketball team needs just two more wins to record its best season in program history, but those hopes will face a stiff challenge in the form of a contest with Indiana at Assembly Hall on Thursday night. The Wolverines (10-2 Big Ten, 21-5 overall) last took on the Hoosiers (7-5, 17-8) on Jan. 10, and managed to come away with a victory — barely. Despite Michigan’s 64-55 lead going into the fourth quarter, Indiana narrowed its deficit to two points in the final minute. But senior guard Siera Thompson iced the game, making four free throws in that final minute to claim the 78-74 win. Four Hoosiers scored in double digits in the previous matchup — guard Tyra Buss and center Jenn Anderson both tallied 21 points. Michigan has the capability to match that output, though, as junior guard Katelynn Flaherty, sophomore center Hallie Thome and freshman guard Kysre Gondrezick have all scored over 20 points in multiple games. The Wolverines’ previous victory may foreshadow success in their upcoming matchup, but Michigan has taken care to not be overconfident. “Indiana is a great team, and it came down to the wire here,” Flaherty said. “Going to their place, it’s going to be much different, and they will have a better game plan to try and stop us.” The Wolverines faced another Big Ten team for the second time last Sunday and learned that initial wins don’t equate to easy rematches. On Jan. 1, Michigan easily defeated Wisconsin, 73-56, but when the two teams played again on Feb. 12, the Wolverines’ lead often remained in single-digit range. “They played a lot of (man-onman defense),” Flaherty said. “And I think that was a different look for
us than last time, when they played a lot of zone.” With more time to refine their game plan, the Badgers provided more of a challenge to Michigan the second time around. Wisconsin held Thome to just 13 points — a steep drop-off from the 37 she scored in the first matchup. Against Indiana, Michigan is eager for the opportunity to correct its mistakes. The Wolverines have been averaging 71.5 percent from the free-throw line this season, but they have struggled in their past three games. Michigan managed to shoot just 54.5 percent against Wisconsin, 46.2 percent against Purdue and 57.7 percent against Iowa from the charity stripe. “We just need to capitalize on all the little things,” said sophomore guard Nicole Munger. “… That’s definitely controllable, and it puts us up 10 more points, and it gives us a little bit more breathing room.” The Wolverines are also putting an emphasis on rebounding after the Hoosiers won the battle on the glass, 35-29, in the previous game. “If you are going to get outrebounded, you can’t get outrebounded and then give away possessions on the offensive end,” Barnes Arico said. “So we really talked about taking care of the basketball.” Despite focusing on its problem areas, Michigan has the weapons to top Indiana on the road, from its high-volume scorers — Thome, Flaherty, and Gondrezick — to its strong defenders — Thompson and junior forward Jillian Dunston. Munger has also made a strong impact off the bench recently with a combination of press defense and late threes. Riding a six-game winning streak and falling to an unranked team only once this season, the Wolverines have the momentum to match their goal of finishing top-three in the Big Ten, and that energy will likely carry them against Indiana.
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The good and bad of Michigan’s opening weekend ANNA MARCUS Daily Sports Writer
With just five contests from the Wilson-Demarini Tournament under its belt, the No. 11 Michigan softball team (3-2 overall) is at the onset of its regular season. And in the words of coach Carol Hutchins, the fairly young team has some growing to do. The Wolverines’ opening weekend featured a constant battle of ups and downs, underscored by two tough losses on Saturday — including a relatively unexpected 6-4 loss to USF. One constant, though, was senior center fielder Kelly Christner, who batted .533 with eight hits on the weekend. Though it’s far too early to coin anything a trend, certain aspects of the weekend shouldn’t be ignored as the team moves forward this season. The unpredictable performance of the pitching rotation, which demonstrated both great
strengths and faults in the span of three days, proved to be one of the main areas of focus. Senior righthander Megan Betsa provided an unwavering presence, posting a 0.41 earned-run average, striking out 15 against Delaware — just one K short of her single-game record. Fanning 27 over the course of the weekend, the pitching ace currently ranks eighth nationally in total strikeouts. “I was pretty happy with my overall performance, other than the number of pitches I threw,” Betsa said. “Hutch told me on multiple occasions that I’m better than almost everyone I face, and I just need to believe that and trust my pitches and attack each hitter.” For her dominance in the circle, Betsa received recognition as the Big Ten Pitcher of the Week for the seventh time in her career. Though Michigan eventually fell to Florida, 2-1, in its first Saturday loss, Hutchins credits Betsa with keeping the Wolverines in the
game during the 10-frame contest, as she allowed only one earned run while striking out 12 batters. Junior right-hander Tera Blanco had a packed weekend as well, starting a game each day on the mound. She earned two wins in three games pitched, highlighted by tossing eight strikeouts against Illinois State. Despite their accomplishments, both Betsa and Blanco’s performances were also marred. Besta was displeased with the great deal of pitches she fired in her two outings in the circle, throwing 190 against the Gators alone. “We threw a lot of pitches and we gave up a lot of free bases in the (Florida) game,” Hutchins said. “And they were turning their lineup over for the third time when we had just finished going through once.” Blanco, still relatively new to the collegiate pitching climate, experienced a fair share of inconsistency last weekend.
Senior right-hander Megan Betsa earned Big Ten Pitcher of the Week honors after striking out 27 batters in the tourney.
Facing South Florida on Saturday, she allowed six runs off nine hits, yet she retired seven straight batters the day before. The lack of sharpness and consistency from the circle will have to be amended in order for the rotation to obtain the depth it seeks. Before the season began, Hutchins — unsure of how Michigan’s first contests would go — made it clear that the need for unseasoned players to step up this year was imperative, and she had no doubt her players would rise to the occasion. Her call was answered by four Wolverine sophomores. On the first day of competition, second baseman Faith Canfield, right fielder Natalie Peters, left fielder Courtney Richardson and catcher Alex Sobczak spearheaded Michigan’s offensive efforts, accounting for 12 of Michigan’s 19 hits and eight runs batted in. Richardson was Friday’s leading hitter, driving in a three-run homer against Illinois State. While she had only one hit last season, she saw five in the past weekend alone, batting an impressive .417. Last year, Peters saw 16 total at-bats and obtained five hits. During her time in Florida, she surpassed those numbers with 18 at-bats from the leadoff position and six hits. “(Peters) was really one of our steadiest performers over (last) weekend,” Hutchins said. These underclassmen all started a majority of the games throughout the weekend, and proved themselves as both reliable fielders and batters for the Wolverines, exactly what Hutchins had trusted they would be able to do. Both the evolution of the pitching rotation and the growth of Michigan’s underclassmen will be key elements for the team as it seeks to find success this season.
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Wolverines start 3-0 JAKE UCHITELLE-COHEN For the Daily
The Michigan men’s lacrosse team was on a quest to start their season 3-0 for the first time in program history on Wednesday against Detroit Mercy. With sophomore Brent Noseworthy and senior Ian King, who each tallied four goals on the night, leading the charge, that mission came to fruition in a 15-10 win over the Titans. But the match was more hard-fought than the score indicated. The Wolverines (3-0 overall) had a rocky start to the game, finding themselves playing catchup throughout the first half. Detroit (0-2), in contrast, scored 43 seconds into the game and looked poised to secure its first win of the season. But Michigan responded quickly, scoring just a minute and a half later off the stick of sophomore attacker Rocco Sutherland. Sutherland — who scored only one goal last season — has four goals through three games this year. Throughout the first quarter, the Wolverines proved their resilience as they never let the Titans’ lead grow larger than one, and ended the quarter down 3-2. They kept that effort going in the second quarter. Defender Dickson Smith scored just 27 seconds into the frame — the first goal of his Michigan career after transferring from Virginia as a graduate student. The Wolverines and Detroit Mercy went on to trade goals the rest of the half, ending in a 5-5 tie. Just 13 seconds into the third quarter, senior defensive midfielder Christian Wolter scored the first goal of his fouryear career to give the Wolverines the lead, one they wouldn’t
relinquish the rest of the night. After Wolter’s goal, Michigan found its stride, shutting out Detroit, 7-0, to open up a huge 12-5 lead. “We came off slow, we weren’t really playing our game,” Sutherland said. “We really came together at halftime as an offensive group and defensive group and really just buckled down and focused on our game plan and what we usually did in the prior two games and started to play our game.” The Wolverines received a huge spark from King, who netted three goals in the third quarter alone. Just three games into the season, King is seven goals away from setting Michigan’s all-time record for goals and four points away from setting the all-time point record. “No question, we are good transition team when we get those opportunities,” said Michigan coach John Paul. “It’s what sparked us in the third quarter. We have guys who can score when given the opportunity, and our defense played well — they just have to learn to play well for a full 60 minutes.” The fourth quarter continued in similar fashion for Michigan, as its defense continued its secondhalf dominance and the offense received another boost — this time from Noseworthy, who scored three goals in the quarter to bring his season total to a team-high 11. Given their unprecedented start to the season, the Wolverines are currently in uncharted territory, but they know not to get overconfident for their Saturday matchup against Bellarmine (0-1). “I think the most important thing with a quick turnaround like this is making sure we stay healthy and keep our legs fresh for Saturday,” Paul said.
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Motor City Guggenheim: Finding energy of Detroit on Heidelberg Tyree Guyton’s Heidelberg Project emphasizes the power of community to liven a city; executive director talks influence and future of the project SHIMA SADAGHIYANI Daily Arts Writer
On Heidelberg Street, there exists an oasis. Wedged in between lines of relatively empty streets, a wild conglomeration of discarded objects and colorful houses lies sprawled over beaten grass. Every turn leads to somewhere new: The tucked-away basement of an abandoned house hides a sea of cast-off blue shoes; a series of wood clocks frames the path to a vast sign proclaiming: “Art is in the Eye of the Beholder.” The Heidelberg Project isn’t pretty. Its many different pieces aren’t sculpted with neat elegance. Instead, its weathered edges gleam with chipped paint and authenticity. More than refinement, the spectacle of the Heidelberg Project is contained within its history. Every recycled object, every broken toy holds a story. “Let me share a little something with you,” said executive director Jenenne Whitfield warmly as she began to introduce the Heidelberg
The Heidelberg Project isn’t pretty. Its many different pieces aren’t sculpted with neat elegance
Project. Whitfield explained its purpose with a bright passion that mimicked the animation of the street itself. “We describe Heidelberg as a funky, outdoor art environment,” she said. “It’s been described as a ghetto Guggenheim. It’s been described as a playground for the imagination.” And a playground it is, indeed. With houses like the vibrant Polka Dot House (officially titled the “New White House”) standing near structures made of scratched records and broken highway signs, it’s a space where boundaries don’t exist. “It’s been many things to many people throughout its 30-year history,” Whitfield said. The Heidelberg Project means something different to every person who has viewed it. But the people who matter the most, the people who have been affected the most, are those
surrounding Heidelberg — the Detroit community. “Many of the people that visit Heidelberg talk about looking at what Tyree has done and thinking: ‘My God, if this man can do this, what can I do?’ ” Whitfield said. More than just a street, more than just an outlandish project, Heidelberg is an inspiration; its effect on the surrounding residents is distinctive from the experiences of those who drive in for a day solely to view the street’s infamous chaos. “People in the community who have grown up with Heidelberg have now this creative energy to do other things,” Whitfield said. When seeing the wonder of Heidelberg, there is oftentimes a motivation to innovate. Whitfield detailed the example of Phillip Cooley, co-owner of Slows Bar BQ in Detroit — a restaurant Cooley built with the help of friends, reusing old pieces in order to build a now-thriving small business. Cooley was encouraged by the Heidelberg Project, the way it works from within the community in order to improve the community, and moved to Detroit in order to open a restaurant that operates under the same notion. “How many more people have been inspired by going and seeing and experiencing Heidelberg to go and create something else?” Whitfield mused. The reason the Heidelberg Project is so inf luential is that it’s so genuine: both in its appearance, the way timeworn components are never altered into their more artificially pristine versions, and in its origin. “When Tyree was six or seven, his great-grandmother … told him that he was going to be a very famous, great man,” Whitfield said. Tyree Guyton and his grandfather, Sam Mackey, created the Heidelberg Project in 1986. Initially, it was started only because of a desire to clean up the neighborhood. After the Detroit riots of the late ’60s decimated the area he grew up in, Guyton attempted to rebuild: Painting bright colors on the sides of houses and affixing them with recovered materials. “(Guyton) talked about being a child at 12 and witnessing the riots and feeling like the world was coming to an end,” Whitfield said. “So that really became the drive in him.” What is most vital about Heidelberg is that it was a solution that came from within the community, from someone who had been directly shaped by difficulties that had existed in the Heidelberg area. Guyton built the Heidelberg Project for
no reason other than to help the neighborhood he grew up in. The self less desire that was infused into every aspect of the project allowed it to evolve into the inclusive installation that it is today: a work of art that welcomes visitors but first and foremost is for the
Home prices increase, people are shoved out and many families are forced to relocate
surrounding community. It’s a space for invention and innovation, hosting venues for neighborhood youth workshops and art exhibitions for new artists. When people outside of Detroit talk about the city’s success, they can only look at the big picture: new stadiums built or f lashy businesses constructed— projects that are tailored to those living outside the scope of the city (and predominantly with a higher socioeconomic status). So caught up in the glamour of the prospect of a “new and improved” Detroit, many rarely notice the repercussions of these large-scale developments on the people actually living within the community; the pillars that Detroit rests on. The large corporations f locking to midtown or downtown Detroit oftentimes push into the community at the expense of residents who have inhabited the same area for generations: Home prices increase, people are shoved out and many families are forced to relocate. While these new businesses have the power to garner widespread attention for Detroit, there is a danger in thinking of Detroit as a city that needs to be fixed. “(Detroit) is not coming back because it never went anywhere,” Whitfield said, “What I find just fascinating is that people are attracted to the kind of work that we do and want to be near us. But then they bring, with them, their resources, and that squeezes us out. Then they’ll get bored with this area, and they’ll go look for the next area.” Detroit has a tireless energy. Its tenacity to keep persevering was perhaps born out of its tumultuous history. In the early to mid-1900s, the Great Migration initiated a large population of African-
Americans to move to Detroit from the southern United States. Faced with problems that stemmed from the city’s lack of housing combined with harsh discrimination and subsequent segregation, new African-American residents struggled to find a place in a city that strove to drive them out. Detroit is a city whose past has been largely shaped by the tension and conf lict born out of exclusion and ignorance. Still, no matter how many times Detroit appeared to crack with the tension fabricated by segregation and prejudice, it always found a way to keep moving forward. The spirit of Detroit that current prospective businesses are attracted to lies in this: the determination and drive manifesting from a history of hardship. However, the reason so much of this new development occurs at the detriment of Detroit’s established community, with gentrification becoming increasingly prevalent in recent years, is because contenders who view the city as outsiders don’t see that the main force behind Detroit’s continuous persistence has been its people. The energy of Detroit has always been contained within its inhabitants. Businesses that enter the city but do not recognize the significance of Detroit’s intrinsic communities can cause a disconnect: the city outwardly projecting strong economic advancements that a majority of its inhabitants do not have access to. The increasing exclusion of the people of Detroit is why projects like Heidelberg are so imperative, now more than ever. “(Heidelberg) has become a representation of everything that Detroit is … it represents the whole up-from-the-ashes concept,” Whitfield said. “The fear that I think a lot of people have about what is happening in Detroit and how people are being left out and not considered. Well, we say power to the people.” The beauty of the Heidelberg Project does not come from its physical arrangement of objects, but rather from the fact that it is an establishment of the people and for the people. It works directly with surrounding communities in order to form an all-encompassing platform that encourages imagination on a personal level. It has the potential to lead to citywide economic and infrastructure developments that benefit the entirety of Detroit’s population, not just a small percentage. Most crucial of all, the Heidelberg Project does not shut individuals out. Even Whitfield herself has experienced gentrification
at its finest, with her and her family currently in the middle of the process of leaving a place that they had moved into not even a decade earlier. “We’re moving from the midtown area, which is now being celebrated as one of the comeback areas of Detroit, along with downtown,” Whitfield said. “Our hope, when we moved here eight years ago, was that we would buy this place. But, in the last three years, it doubled and that priced us out.” However, Whitfield did not let these setbacks deter her from looking toward the unknown with resolve and fortitude. “My attitude has to be: A place does not make me, I make a place,” Whitfield said. “So I’ll go somewhere else, and I’ll energize that new space.” It is her steadfast optimism that ensures the future of the
Heidelberg Project, especially considering Guyton is stepping down and promoting Whitfield to oversee the next saga of the Heidelberg: Heidelberg 3.0. She described Heidelberg 3.0 as, “an arts organization that is offering and opening its doors to young people and artists all over the world.” It’s an exciting prospect that builds off the original Heidelberg Project in order to expand its message. Heidelberg 3.0 hopes to include more young artists by giving them a space to explore their ideas, going even further to immerse art within communities of people. The future of Detroit is in projects like Heidelberg; in the way it serves to both heal and elevate the surrounding communities; in the way it inspires creativity; and, most importantly, in the way it continuously, simply, strives to represent the people.
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Translucence & Video7’s developing Detroit sound Detroit music collective captures essence of city’s art scene NATALIE ZAK
Managing Arts Editor
Last year in March I found myself stumbling out of a car on the corner of a street in Detroit. It was about 11 p.m. and I was standing in front of The Baltimore Gallery, a building hidden away from the tall buildings that decorate the city, but just as barren — that is, until I went inside. Having been led there by my sister and her friends, I paid my $5 upon entrance and continued toward where the music was. In an open room with walls decorated in strange, eccentric art, individuals were scattered across the room, some dancing and some standing, but all listening to the music. It was a send-off party for the multi-art collective Video7. They had earned a spot in the Austinbased music festival South by Southwest and needed to pay for expenses, whether that be for gas or whatever else. It would end up being the first official gig they played as the Detroit-based Video7. But the name and the people had been collaborating and creating long before this send-off party. The 18-member group that made its way to SXSW was four college students at the University of Michigan only two years before. “It was the furthest channel from the main cable station on my old TV in Michigan,” said Brendan Asante, a founding member of the collective, in a phone interview with The Michigan Daily. “I had a big-ass 60-inch flat screen, but it was an old one so it had the big booty in the back. I would connect an aux cord to the back … and whenever we were working on music I would be able to plug that aux cord into my phone or my laptop. But in order to do that the channel would have to be Video7.” A graduate of the School of Music, Theatre & Dance having majored in jazz vocal performance, Asante, along with Ian Finkelstein, Spencer Cristobal and Atu began making music while at the University. But it wasn’t until January of 2014 when the four were asked to play the EnspiRED fashion show that they needed a name for what they were doing. And so, Video7 was born, and they quickly went from fashion shows to doing sets at Study Lounge to opening for 2 Chainz and Vic Mensa at Hill Auditorium a couple months later. It was Music Matters’s first ever Springfest, and they showed up with the 60-inch TV in hand. “When we got the gig to open for 2 Chainz, I brought the TV to the Hill Auditorium because I wanted to bring it on stage with us and put images on it,” Asante said. “But because we were openers, the sound dudes wouldn’t bother. It just sat in the back and then we had to bring it home.” Despite having sold off the TV months ago, the mentality — what that TV and its channel came to represent — remains in Video7’s essence. Asante graduated in 2014 and his move to Detroit meant Video7’s move as well. The four-piece group slowly grew to be a collective as they met more artists willing to collaborate, and as more artists stuck around to do more.
For a year and a half, Asante and Finkelstein lived together in Ferndale, and each Sunday would play with artists across Detroit. From there, from those Sunday sessions, a collective was born. “We had Sunday Sessions when we were living at the Ferndale place,” Assante said. “Every Sunday people would come back and jive. Over time it was the same people who would come back looking forward to it and eventually, those were the people that ended up staying in the group.” Much of the finding and locating artists to collaborate with was done secondhand through referrals. There were no auditions or try-outs; simply linking with other Detroit artists, hearing their music and what they could do. As they met a couple more artists through the Detroit producer Sterling Toles, Video7 transformed. “When Video7 started doing the Detroit aspect we did it as a band, but then as it evolved the people in the group started creating their own songs,” he continued. “Now everyone’s in this solo/EP work still working with the same people but developing their own products to get out. And it’s all on the strength of it being created with people in Video7.” But “multi-art collective” is still a little too vague and bureaucratic to accurately describe what Video7 is. “Oh, you should listen to this new multi-art collective” doesn’t roll off the tongue as nicely as “singer” or “band.” But when confronted with their music and their set-up, it seems to be one of the few words capable of describing it. Who cares if it’s vague? For Asante, that’s a part of the brand. “It’s a band; it’s a collective; it’s a unit; it’s an enigma at the end of the day because the components that make it what it is are things that me and my homies didn’t foresee at all,” Asante said. “We didn’t realize that once we started planting our feet in the Detroit area that there were going to be these people that we would naturally gravitate to and share ideals or ideas with and this outlook towards music and creation.” Over the past two years, Video7 has developed and changed. The Webslinger, Spencer Cristobal, currently resides in L.A. and Stefon Dorsey, another founding member and graphic designer, set up in Seattle. They’ve played SXSW and opened for Common and Antwaun Stanley, while simultaneously playing across Detroit. “It’s a force, and kind of a hidden force,” he continued. And the hidden aspect of the collective is what enables them, in Asante’s opinion, to remain freeform and do the unexpected. “As a personal artist and solo artist that’s what I’m in favor of instead of giving them what they’re expecting. That way when they come back for more they’ll be blown away each time by something that they haven’t experienced.” It is the malleability and amorphous nature of the group that enables creation. Listening to their Soundcloud, there are three playlists: LOOPLANDS VOL. 1, LOOPLANDS VOL 2
and their most recent channel 7: seasons. And the variety between these collections demonstrates the multifarious talent they have as a collective in terms of singers and rappers and especially in production. “Looplands are our way of putting EPs together of little snippets, and the mixes, like channel 7, are to showcase the producers. Looplands showcase vocalists, singers and a couple rappers. Mixes show off the different production we do,” he said. A playlist of four songs, each 25 minutes, channel 7 is oriented toward showcasing production techniques. It is innovative in concept, and in its entirety, the perfect display of the collective’s enduring mind-set: “forward.” “The whole thing of the channel Video7 being the farthest away from cable, the mainstream or what you expect — that kind of ideology really stayed put in everything that we did,” Asante continued. “You hear the mixes we have online like the channel 7 seasonal mixes. All these kind of conceptual things are birthed from the mindset of trying to pave your own path and pave your own sonic path.” Their sound and their music — it’s not derivative in any way. Take Yes’s “Tales from Topographic Oceans” and put it on Soundcloud. Keep the psychedelic but remove the rock and the Squire. Add funk, R&B, house and trap. Throw in some radio static and beautifully constructed, soulful choruses and you almost, almost have what Video7 has managed to create. Because when I asked Asante what music has inspired their sound, he didn’t look to artists of olden days but rather to the people with whom he currently creates. And that, if anything, says more about their collective and their sound than anything else. “I think the more tangible inspiration is seeing the people just like you and in the same places as you out here really grinding to make something happen,” he said. “I would say that’s the biggest inspiration. To see how all of us are balancing all these things and still coming back to the music because we love it so much.” “It’s like if you’re travelling as a unit and someone’s straggling there’s always someone to pick them up and drag them along so everyone keeps going at the same pace — that’s a really inspiring thing for me,” he continued. In its essence, Video7 is innovative and sonically new because they don’t look to the past but the present. Genre-wise, yes, there are always artists to look back on and admire and attribute to some degree. But to look to those you create with on a daily basis and think, “They’re the reason I keep creating and testing and experimenting” — that’s some heavy stuff. Thursday night, Video7 is launching the first of their Cable Nites at the Marble Bar in Detroit. If you’re still confused about what “multiarts collective” means, now’s the time to find out. It will feature good times, good music, Asante himself, members Rella, CJay Hill, Asya Izme and many, many more.
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Chef Kate William talks Lady of the House roots Chef’s Corktown restaurant is among nation’s up and coming SHIR AVINADAV Daily Arts Writer
Detroit’s historic Corktown, home to some of the city’s hottest restaurants and bars, can expect a new addition this spring: Chef Kate Williams’ Lady of the House. Corktown, the oldest surviving neighborhood in Detroit, and an area of Irish immigrant settlement in the early 1800s, is also Williams’s current home. She is a Northville native and granddaughter to Irish immigrants who met at the Detroit Gaelic League on Michigan Avenue. “I wanted to have a restaurant in Corktown and in Detroit, and it’s because I have so many roots here,” said Williams. Lady of the House will occupy the space that formerly constituted the neighborhood spot St. CeCe’s, often frequented by Williams. The space was perfect for what Williams envisioned as being an intimate, neighborhood watering hole. In addition to the warm and comfortable look and feel of the space, buying the location struck a sentimental chord with Williams. “It felt important that we kept that location in the Detroit neighborhood, in the ‘family’,” Williams said on choosing the former Irish pub as the location for her new spot. Though a rising stronghold for up-and-coming spots, drawing and inf lux of visitors from outside the city, Corktown remains home to generations of residents. “It’s still a livable neighborhood and we wanted a neighborhood spot,” Williams said. However, Corktown appealed to Chef Williams for
Corktown remains home to generations of residents
more than her personal history there. In 2010, around the time she left Detroit to work on her dining series in New York, the city’s low rent began attracting artists and innovators. “At the time Detroit wasn’t really on the map and there were artists and makers that were doing really cool things,” she added. “The people that were f locking to Detroit at the time were also kind of creative and interested in something different.” This surge prompted Williams’ return to the city. To her, it was less of a business decision and more of a
romantic notion of showcasing Detroit’s potential. Williams noted she was inspired by the success of businesses like Dave Kwiatkoski’s Sugar House and James Cadariu’s Great Lakes Coffee Roasting Company. Though initially struck by the creative forces leading the surge in businesses in the city, Williams also heeded the low rent as an opportunity for
She approaches animals and produce from a wholistic perspective artistic freedom and financial f lexibility. “We could do something cool and approachable and ... drive the food scene as opposed to diners driving the food scene,” she said. In higher-end markets, Williams contends that overhead drives the price point. At Lady of the House, she aims to introduce patrons to great food and drinks that are affordable and accessible. “We wanted to show what we think in our experience is the best of everything but that doesn’t have a price point,” Williams said. To Williams, affordability equates to creativity. Her calling card — whole animal preservation and highlighting local produce from Detroit’s urban farms — will unequivocally shape the menu at Lady of the House. She calls her aim to minimize food waste on farms hastag #uglyfood, a concerted effort to take produce that local farmers would otherwise have to throw out due to appearance and transform them. “As a chef it forces you to be more creative with the scraps,” Williams said, “Are you dehydrating them and making them into a dust? Are you breaking them down and making an oil? Are you f lavoring your vodkas and gins and spirits with them?” She approaches animals and produce from a wholistic perspective, not just a means of cutting costs. “I feel like my style is very Old World cooking,” Williams said, recalling the need of her ancestors to use the entire animal body to survive with limited means. With restaurants and chefs increasingly driving food trends, Williams wants to contribute this method of utilizing the entire animal and limiting food waste to the broader landscape of food consumption. Williams also found the proportion of urban farms relative to Detroit’s population
and the symbiotic relationship among community farmers to be unique to the city. The city benefits from urban farming businesses which train and employ local Detroiters and work closely with local chefs to cater to their needs. “Sarah Papitz from Fresh Cut and Ryan Anderson and Hannah Clark from Acre Farm have organized this biannual meeting where the farmers are like, ‘What do you want us to grow?’” Williams said when discussing the community of farmers she works with. This exceptional agricultural and local community is part of what drew Chef Williams back to Detroit after highlighting the city’s offerings in her monthly dining series in New York. “It was like celebrating all these cool things people were doing in Detroit in New York,” she said. “And then I was like, ‘We’ve got to do it here, because there’s a place for this in Detroit too.’” Not only does she consider the city lucky to have great local farmers, but also recognizes the significance of sourcing food that helps revitalize neighborhoods by supporting local business. For Williams, Lady of the House represents what her career has been building up
Lady of the House represents what her career has been building up to
to. After her past experiences opening restaurants, including Republic and Parks and Rec where she headed the menu, she found herself ready to take the leap to pursuing her own venture. “I figured out I wanted to be cooking everyday. I wanted to create something I was proud of. I wanted to cook food that I loved cooking and was happy to serve to people,” Williams said. Though she has yet to plan the menu in detail — a task she’s eager to set her mind to once construction on Lady of the House begins — she intends to feature local purveyors like Joseph Wesley Tea Importers (named one of the top 25 tea companies in the world). One of Eater Detroit’s most anticipated restaurant openings this year, Lady of the House will ref lect the culmination of not only Chef Williams’ work but also the storied legacy of Corktown. As with her dining series, she’s sure to bring the spirit of Detroit and creative f lare to the highly awaited Lady of the House.
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in this series, three daily arts writers in varying states of mind do the same activity and write about it.
J Dilla’s ‘Donuts’ Baked and buzzed are debating who should be baked and who should be buzzed. Great points being made around the board. But Dilla is staying constant for sure. It’s strange that music has been compared to actual physical donuts tonight (as the now determined buzzed said), and I’m having a hard time reaching baked and buzzed’s mental realm. Doesn’t sound completely right that music can actually be eaten. Not totally sure about that one. I always forget how jumpy dilla’s music is until a high pitched woman just pops out of nowhere and then disappears. Also kinda crazy they’re releasing like the 15th dilla tape. Do we have a limit for greed? Can we stop trying to hologram dead people for festival profit? Can we stop trying to hologram in general? As an important side note the fire alarm went off for a solid 5 minutes and it brought me too close back to those traumatizing elementary school fire alarm drills. Thank god my house isn’t up to code and the alarms don’t work even when they should. I’d rather die. In summary, I can never figure out when one song starts and the next ends, but I’m into it either way. Oh fuck. Plot twist. I am baked. It was me arguing about buzzed and baked. Dammit. I screwed this up. — Daily Arts Writer
“i’m definitely high but like I’m always high” Lmao fam you know Dilla was really the GOAT when you start hallucinating that you’re in a fuckin 50s chicago jazz bar for like 4 minutes straight. purely on the virtue of how fucking happy this record makes me it’s a deffo top 5 record of all time honestly, fuck me. we all just started pegging current rappers who would kill different songs on the record and it gave me a proper fuckin idea of how timeless this man’s beats were. maybe it’s bc I’m plastered but his beats been pluckin my heartstrings for a hot sec boi o boi i just slammed a fucking cheesesteak and sack of fries and now I think I’m dying. where tha Beano at thooooOoOoooOoOOoo. oh lmao the fire alarm went off holla so honestly this experience is mad eye-opening to the ingenuity this legend produced. considering i’m too hammered to focus on too much shit at once, i straight been only focusing on the music and lemme tell ya this fucker was the motor city mahler, fuuuuuuck me. i still need this beano,boys what’s mind blowing is that this is purely a beat tape and it’s one of the most MINdblowing compositions ive listened to in my life, deadasssssssssss. like i’d want kids only if to lecture the little pricks on the masterpieces i listened to at their age. one of these cacs just started spitting his own bars over these beats. life can’t get any better than this shit wow folks,,,, donuts by j dilla is extremely good as hek — Daily Arts Writer
CAMILO JOSÉ VERGARA
Examples of Vergara’s extensive portfolio
Vergara finds ruins of modern-day Detroit Chilean photographer captures the remains and deurbanization of Detroit inner-city and suburbs f lourished with color, business and community, Daily Community Culture Editor was taken in 1998; the second, showing the “I have always been same places, bleak and interested in the things that abandoned, was taken in fail,” said photographer 2003. Below is a photo Camilo José Vergara. featured in the book, taken With a keen eye for from a similar vantage spaces and an obsession point to the two photos for photographing cities, from the intro, but this one Vergara displays rawness was taken in 1991. and realism about Detroit in Even in those five his visual book “Detroit is years, Vergara understood No Dry Bones: The Eternal that spaces are “used City of the Industrial Age.” for different people and No, it wouldn’t make purposes,” including old much sense to classify warehouses, vacant houses Detroit as a “failed” city and over-vegetated streets — a space that is absorbed and walkways. in urban art, culture and “There are a lot of drive, Detroit is to be placed in its own category. But in retrospect, Detroit’s urban structures and city population have significantly decreased within the past 50 years, and Vergara has been able to exemplify this declination through his photos. The Chilean-born photographer began taking photos at a young age, and studied sociology at Notre Dame and Columbia University. The artist claimed that he “did not have large ghettos” where he lived, and that is what drew him to the rougher stories that are completely parts of Camden, Chicago, un-protectable,” New York and Detroit. Vergara emphasized Vergara discussed how when describing these he would hear rumors and photographs. The story stories where things “could of a building changes not get worse.” As someone as its function does: who was always been Warehouses once meant for interested in neighborhood manufacturing car parts and towns, and by are now used as a space for continuously revisiting the adolescent paintball fights. Detroit, Vergara was eager More of these hidden to find what the next steps stories were explored when were for the city. Vergara hit the suburbs. What makes Vergara Dichotomic and heavy, unique among many is Vergara showed me a his concept of revisiting photo of two neighboring the same locations over suburban houses. Although and over again over a long feet apart from one another, period of time. they look as though they are His book begins with an from two different worlds. introduction discussing Vergara mentioned his passions and reasons the extent to which the for photography, and abandoned house on the specifically, photographing left is disheveled, where all the Motor City. Then, the that is left is a wide-open very first two pages after back yard, pest infestation, the intro, the reader sees broken windows and a two drastically different trashcan. Meanwhile, photos taken from the exact the viewer sees the house same vantage point (“south directly to the right, a wellfrom the roof of the former kept and tidy space clearly Carlton Plaza Hotel”). occupied by humans. One of these photos, “I became sensitive to ERIKA SHEVCHEK
The reader sees two drastically different photos taken from the exact same vantage point
the small things,” Vergara said. This among many of his photos clearly focuses on the urban-decay of the city and the suburbs. “Sometimes the neighbor will clean up the front yard … If your neighbor looks bad, you look bad.” In the idea of abandoned houses, another one of Vergara’s triptychs shows the house titled “The Edmund,” which was built in 1885. With the overgrowing bushes and shattered roof, the house almost looks apocalyptic. Vergara mentioned the paradox between the Detroit houses that are vacant and the houses that are still being lived in, both “giving the feeling that they are in battle, fighting for survival.”Both when observing these locations in person and through his photos, Vergara said that people tend to ask: “How did this happen?” A question looming in the air, it is ineffable to say what is the cause for these parts of cities like Detroit to fall out of existence. “People in the future, I believe, will want to know about the evolution of postindustrial Detroit in terms of the visual forms of everyday life,” Vergara wrote in the introduction of his book. “But there are disincentives to probing this subject. Scholars interested in Detroit and other cities undergoing depopulation, disinvestment, and dereliction are eager to find ways to return them to prosperity — usually, however, at the cost of ignoring the physical adaptations and new beginnings made by locals in their struggle to survive.” He captures more than just bird’s-eye views of cities and eerie abandoned house photos. He incorporates sculptures, landmarks, objects and most importantly, the people of Detroit. What Vergara possesses which is even more insightful than his photos are his precious stories and his patient perseverance to reveal to the world the odd and beautiful truth that is Detroit.
Donuts is a perfect project to play while chilling with friends, getting baked or buzzed, or even just being bored — a true triple threat. The hour-long beat-tape is jumpy, crowded and exciting enough to entertain even the most short-tempered or musically disinterested of your friends, especially if you’re chatting with them and chilling in the living room while listening to it. Especially if you’re eating donuts. Why aren’t I eating any donuts right now? Damn, who forgot to bring donuts to the Donuts-listening session? Some writers we are. Anyways, within each tiny “donut,” Detroit’s own beat-making guru, Jay Dee a.k.a. J. Dilla, constructs vivid, complicated vibes that are each uniquely different from their predecessors. With each beat switch, he swings the mood from calm to chaotic, energetic to easing, often seeming like a conductor who is in control of infinite orchestras, capable of creating within any and every soundscape. One minute you’re listening to “Times,” imagining yourself strolling coolly down the sidewalk on perfectly sun-kissed day and desperately trying to forget the time Drake rapped over it; then the next you’re tossed into the rowdy tornado of sound that is “Glazed.” Such is the magic of Dilla; such is the magic of Donuts. But it’s the ineffably, impeccably thick textures of every track, the way that even their background’s background grooves shake your speakers and rattle your perception of taste, that give the project its cohesiveness: No other producer is able to achieve Dilla’s signature bang. No other producer ever will learn to. — Salvatore DiGioia
MUSIC VIDEO REVIEW Chance the Rapper’s most recent video, “Same Drugs,” is a let down. Given the expectations Chance has set for himself with his critically acclaimed album, Coloring Book, his powerful performance on SNL last winter and a slew of other noteworthy creative endeavors, the video is a let down. Not only does the “Same Drugs” video not live up to Chance’s track record — it fails the complexity and quality of the original. The CDQ track of “Same Drugs” moves smoothly between wanting and uplifting. Chance sings of love lost and a childhood left behind, before ending with a positive look at the future. The video mimics something like a 1980s children’s TV variety show: the type one might see on “Sesame Street” or any other PBS program, where Chance plays piano next to a goofy looking muppet in a jazzercise get up. As he croons the first verse, the muppet
lays slumped on his shoulder. Aesthetically, the first two thirds is a strange mix of contemporary minimalism and 1980s maximalism. The shots are simple, but everything is soaked in a pink tint, and both Chance and the Mup-
‘Same Drugs’ Chance the Rapper Self-released pet have loud outfits on. It’s more of a headache than it is nostalgic. And the first verse drags. It’s mostly Chance singing and supporting a passed out muppet. The moment of climax and excitement, when the muppet wakes up for the chorus, might have been more exciting if it wasn’t entirely predictable. In any case, the muppet wakes up and adds her own set of vocals, jarring in comparison to the smooth croon of the album version.
There is one last twist; towards the end of the video, Chance leaves the set of the faux variety show to reveal everyone working the set is also a muppet. The retro tint disappears and Chance walks off the set as the song plays out. The message here is kinda fun, albeit a bit obvious. Muppets pretending to be humans are equal parts nodding to a childish surrealism and a drug addled reality. Coloring book is an album drenched with a heartwarming nostalgia for simpler times. Thematically, the video lines up with the album’s overarching theme. So Chance gets some points for trying. The video’s not cliché or derivative, or lacking from any artistic vision. It’s just, unfortunately, pretty boring.for. — Harry Krinsky
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COURTESY OF GREEN GARAGE
‘Detroiters’ is a two-bit Detroit’s sustainability buddy comedy with heart leader: work with heart Created by and starring two Detroit natives, Comedy Central’s newest sitcom puts the Motor City on display in all its comedic glory SHIR AVINADAV Daily Arts Writer
“Detroiters” co-creators Tim Robinson (“SNL”) and Sam Richardson (“Veep”) were determined to shoot their new buddy sitcom on location in Detroit, and after watching the series pilot, it’s evident why. Shots of Detroit landmarks aside, the series seamlessly weaves the city’s narrative into its very own, calling on viewers to shift their perspective of the city. The series is the first in a long time to be set in the motor city; while it doesn’t address Detroit’s history or current socioeconomic landscape directly, the series subtly nods to its setting in theme and story, harking back to the past in order to set its focus on moving towards the future. After inheriting his father’s ad agency, Tim Cramblin (Tim Robinson), along with his partner Sam Duvet (Sam Richardson), struggle to live up to the agency’s (and the city’s) former glory. With Tim’s legacy on the line, the standard premise is treated with higher stakes, balancing comedy with heart. In the first scene, the two are shown producing a second-rate commercial for the robe- and crown-clad, jacuzzi king of Detroit, Eddie Champagne (Steve Higgins, “Saturday Night Live”). Before Eddie is doused in boiling water in a cheap practical effect, Tim and Sam dismiss the potential hazard. Their obliviousness establishes the expectation that neither are equipped to handle their jobs, making their blundering path towards success all the more entertaining. The Second City Detroit alums are a well-matched comedic team with authentic rapport. Though the two characters are so interconnected — they’re childhood friends, coworkers and brothers-in-law —
their characters verge on Moments of farce balanced by becoming one in the same. The pathos that doesn’t feel forced cornerstone of a great sitcom or cheesy are meant to surprise friendship is the possession of the show’s audience. a quality by one character that The show’s tendency to their counterpart lacks (i.e. surprise is very much in tune Rachel and Monica, Jess and with the theme of confounding Nick and so forth). Perhaps expectations throughout the this will become clearer as the pilot. Sam and Tim show us series progresses, and for now, a side of Detroit that feels their natural chemistry makes authentic, but put their spin up for the lack of inherent on it, melding together the old distinction between the two. with the new. Sam’s house, When it comes to wooing which sits next door to Tim clients, Sam and Tim and Sam’s sister Chrissy’s effectively act as (Shawntay a single, in-sync Dalon, unit. Even their “Daylight”) is a “Detroiters” brash decision to dilapidated relic pitch to Carter of Detroit that Series Premiere at his hospitable Sam’s trying Comedy Central bed is met with to f lip (with wholehearted difficulty). Tuesdays at 10:30 agreement He lives p.m. between the two. there happily, They attempt withstanding to persuade the ruin with his Chrysler executive Carter infectious optimism. Grant (Jason Sudeikis, Sheila (Pat Vern Harris, “Saturday Night Live”) to hear “Sirens”), Sam and Tim’s their pitch is one comedic gaff elderly secretary, is a after another. Their efforts caricature of the antiquated range from Tim staining workplaces characteristic of ad his tie with steak sauce to agencies in the ‘50s and ‘60s. accidentally hitting Carter Her attempts to act seductively with their car. In one sequence, while confusing Tim for his the two attempt to break a father (referred to as “Big glass door pane with various Hank”) are a comical reminder office items before swallowing of a past at odds with modern diet pills decades past their times. expiration date. Though The theme of past and loosely connected, the series of present set within Detroit’s events remains amusing. While cityscape, in addition to Sam seemingly unmotivated, their and Tim’s endearing desire to asinine actions lead them to a succeed in spite of themselves revelatory moment in which and their circumstances, they craft an unexpectedly is what gives the show its smart, resonant tagline for legs and launches it past its Chrysler — one that plainly conventional sitcom setup. sings Detroit’s praise. Though not quite edgy — but Much like the winding nowhere near bland — the nature of the series itself, series has great potential to Sam and Tim appear to push its sketch-like comedy meander carelessly until they (the result, no doubt, of the stumble upon some revelation heavy involvement of “SNL” or opportunity. The show’s alum) even further, allowing sketch-like structure, similar its characters and setting to to that of “Broad City,” lends really shine. The series is a itself to the plot’s discursive testament to what a little bit of pattern and Sam and Tim’s heart can add to quirky comedy absurdist physical comedy and a simple set up. and harebrained one-liners.
COMMUNITY CULTURE COLUMN
What happened to rest? BAILEY KADIAN
Daily Culture Columnist
I get it, you’re busy. I am too –– the pace of life is moving so fast, you can’t even stop to consider the idea of slowing down. Even if you do consider such a thing, I doubt you’ll really do it. What is it that are we so driven by that makes it impossible to consider slowing down? We are consumed by the notion that every second of every day has to be put toward something and hold some sort of purpose. If we choose to rest, it is only to equip us to go on to accomplish the numerous tasks of the next day. If we choose to do something fun
or less stressful one day — let’s say watch a movie — it is only to provide a brief form of relief. Until we move on to the next task and the cycle continues. We have all lost the incentive to enjoy life at a slower pace. Because if we stop, that other person who kept going has a “better shot.” They’ll make it and I won’t. That’s the mentality I think we are living under and it is strangely paralyzing, though paradoxically: If I slow down in efforts to revitalize my energies enough to move forward, the person who didn’t stop will be one step ahead. It leaves us stuck in this battle of trying to do too much or feeling guilty if we take time to pause. My agenda is tightly packed — too much so, I’ll admit. Even
sitting down to write this demands a certain amount of peace and patience that I’m not sure I know where to find at this point in my life. My weekends become just as packed as the weekdays; even vacations carry a lingering guilt, almost a sinking feeling as my body and mind slow down. It’s a feeling that shouldn’t be foreign to us, but I feel it has become that way. It’s the thought lurking in your mind: I should be doing something. Our inability to rest or slow down is due, in part, by the technological advancements that make our information so instantaneous –– we are addicted now to making the rapid pace of life the norm. We are connected to so much online, it feels foreign to remove ourselves from that and just sit still.
Local co-working space Green Garage illustrates the potential harmony between eco-friendly practices and economic success WILL STEWART Daily Arts Writer
Sustainability and economic growth do not have to be contradictory. With the right infrastructure and leadership, reducing a business’s carbon footprint can be quite inexpensive. In Detroit, the Green Garage leads by example, proving that sustainability is not at the expense of economic growth. This shared workspace houses 50 businesses and non-profits all engaged in the community that seek to improve the lives for all Detroiters. The Green Garage consumes approximately 1/10th of the energy compared to, on average, other office building of its size. Located in Midtown, one of the city’s main urban renewal hotspots, the Green Garage paves the way for the most innovative advancements in sustainability and highlights the importance of an inclusive working community. Last summer, I had about as good of an internship opportunity as possible — one which would make anyone jealous. Even though I wasn’t coding for Google and making $20,000 a month or advising the president on foreign policy, I was a part of a work-community that cared about issues beyond its four walls. I worked for Fresh Corner Café, a food business focused on improving Detroiters’ access to healthy and affordable food, which is housed in the Green Garage. My work with Fresh Corner, along with everyone else in the Green Garage, positively impacts the lives of Detroiters. Rather than ignoring lifelong residents’ voices and concerns at the expense of selfish gain, the Green Garage’s many businesses listen and cater to them. There is an omnipresent commitment to the future of Detroit, one that will be better for everyone. It’s astounding how dreary and soul-sucking some office spaces can be. With unflattering fluorescent lights and crusty carpets, it’s no surprise why many people dread going into work. If workers must spend 40 hours a week in the same place, it only makes sense to put forth
A friend of mine recently shared with me the idea that we have grown to “compete” in our levels of workload. If one person you converse with is “so busy” with his or her three essays, you can think to yourself: “Well, I have three essays too and a midterm. Don’t tell me about a busy week.” There is an underlying pride that emerges through this game of comparison and if anything, it just pushes us to do more. While looking at all that demands your attention — class, homework, clubs, career plans — what is it that you really want to win your time? Typically, it is not what you are hoping for. The fun movie night you had planned is now canceled. The 10 hours of sleep you hoped for has now been dwindled down to five.
the resources to create a more livable and aesthetically pleasing environment. The Green Garage is an archetype for livable office spaces, but not in a douchey techstartup kind of way with ping pong tables and flashy colors. It’s understated and beautiful, including lots of natural lighting and gorgeous wood floors and ceilings. Everyone entering the building is warmly greeted by Manager Matt Piper. He grew up just northeast of the city in Harrison Township and later attended Wayne State University, receiving both a bachelor’s and master’s degree there. Since then, he has lived in Detroit for ten years. Piper firmly believes that other businesses can do their part in becoming more sustainable. “We are an extreme case of people who have worked hard to reduce the impact of our activity, but everyone can do something,” Piper said. “Certainly, people can consider installing more energy efficient windows, better recycling, and a composting plant.” The Green Garage features a zero-waste recycling system in which very little is actually thrown out. Its extensive composting system supports an urban ecosystem around the building. A lot more goes into the Green Garage’s environmental efficiency, however. “Our heating system is a solar thermal system that doesn’t generate electricity, but heats up 5,000 gallons of water that is then pumped through tubes under the floor,” he said. “The heat then rises.” In 2013-2014, the Green Garage spent about $3,100 on electricity, which is shockingly less than the average cost of an office building of its size: $28,000. The main factor of the Green Garage’s sustainability is its thick insulation. “The best thing you can do is insulate the building really well and reduce the demand for heating and cooling. Our insulation is so thick that it takes longer to change the thermal properties of the building,” Piper said. The Green Garage is unlike other shared workspaces. In lieu of closed offices, the
Those amazing friends you wish to visit who live in Chicago, D.C. and New York will have to wait another season. It looks like next weekend won’t work after all for a visit. Your phone reminds you of all the people you wish to call and catch up with. Scrolling through Facebook deceives you, where it seems like everyone has so much time for so many things and you are the one who needs to catch up. Our time off, that we refer to as “free time,” has entirely lost its meaning. This “freedom” has to have such purpose, such drive and amount to such success, that the very value to which we find our most treasured relationships and feelings are discarded for the sake of finding purpose. This isn’t freedom — it’s restriction.
building features an open work environment in which businesses operate all in one place separated by small dividers. In the back of the building are more private conference rooms. This design, according to Piper, was inspired by Christopher Alexander’s book “Pattern Language.” “The key insight is that a building should have a progression of public to private space. When you walk in, it is most public. We want it to be non-hierarchal where crosspollination and information sharing happen naturally, and the open-plan facilitates that. You get to know your neighbors.” Piper emphasized the importance of the Green Garage’s tightknit and inclusive community, and I can attest to this. The building offers more than just an incubator for professionals. “In a time where things seem to be so divided, it feels special that we’re bucking that trend and finding ways to be accepting and welcoming to one another,” he said. “We have a place where people of all different backgrounds come together to work and be intentional about the fact that they accept one another. We start everything with the idea that we are more than just an office building and find ways to help people grow.” Regarding the city’s future, Piper remained optimistic. “I think that we are one of many leaders looking toward a more sustainable future for Detroit There are a lot of other people that speak our language and think along the same lines,” Piper said. “We are a place where the future leaders of Detroit are getting started.” The Green Garage represents the potential for positive social impact in the city. If the resources are there, there truly is no reason not to increase sustainability. With an emphasis on community, the Green Garage is a place where professionals all look forward to work rather dreading it. My time working here opened my eyes to the potential for improved work spaces more similar to a home rather than a typical office. And, I was fortunate enough to call the Green Garage my home for two months.
This isn’t to say that busyness needs to evaporate in order for value in life to be restored. Maybe the purpose behind all this craziness is that we have found ourselves stuck in needs to be reevaluated to some extent. That nice dinner with friends may cost you a few hours of homework. And then sleep. And maybe rob you of some peace the following day. But remember that you need to slow down once in a while. Slowing down doesn’t mean falling into a trap of laziness or apathy; rather, it is finding the form of genuine and honest rest. That way, when you actually gain some free time, you’ll know what to do with it. For the moments that feel incredibly hectic and busy, you’ll be more energized and prepared to face them.
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DETROIT VS. EVERYBODY
Popular Detroit t-shirt shown above
The T-shirt conundrum
Deceased Detroit rapper J Dilla
Ten years later, J Dilla’s legacy continues to live on Late Detroit producer’s work manages to maintain ingenuity SALVATORE DIGIOIA Daily Arts Writer
What would you do if you knew that your days were numbered? Or, more specifically, what would you do if, at just thirtytwo years young, at the peak of your career, right as the infinite hours you had spent studying, honing your craft and preparing to champion your competitors had finally begun to gain you infinite credibility and creative freedom, your days became numbered, indefinitely numbered, by a rare, irreversible blood disease? A decade ago, James DeWitt Yancey — also known as Jay Dee, or perhaps most famously, J. Dilla — faced this exact scenario. In early 2003, after returning from a short tour abroad, Yancey fell ill. Upon visiting an emergency room, he was diagnosed with thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura (TTP), a rare condition that causes small blood clots to form throughout the body, inhibiting the flow of oxygen-rich blood. Suddenly, Yancey’s days became numbered, his fate eternally altered and eerily given an expiration date, but he seems to have been more inspired by the news of his life’s brevity than he was impaired. He resumed his creative process as usual, teaming up with legendary Los Angeles producer Madlib for their historic, collaborative Jaylib LP in 2003, then eventually relocated from Detroit to L.A., along with his mother, Maureen “Ma Dukes” Yancey, to both seek out optimal medical treatment and plant roots closer to the musical action. Of course, this wasn’t the first time that Detroit’s own Jay Dee departed from the
Suddenly, Yancey’s days became numbered Mitten-state. In 1994, his early musical mentor, Joseph “Amp” Fiddler, a keyboardist and producer who toured with George Clinton and the P-Funk All-Stars, introduced Yancey’s work to Q-Tip of A Tribe Called Quest upon running into him at Lollapalooza. Q-Tip was impressed by Yancey’s work, so much so that, after the meeting, the producer began “traveling, networking, and doing credited and uncredited work for artists such as Janet Jackson, Busta Rhymes, De La Soul, and The Pharcyde,” according to his official biography. He eventually became a part of the Ummah production team,
which created primarily for A Tribe Called Quest and also included Q-Tip, Yancey, and DJ Ali Shaheed Muhammad. Unfortunately, Dilla’s newfound success as a producer put the progression of Slum Village, a Detroit rap group made up of him, along with childhood friends R.L. “T3” Altman and the late Titus “Baatin” Glover, largely on hold. Though he would return to his roots shortly to work on the team’s first major project, Fantastic, Vol. 1., after earning serious praise from ?uestlove and D’Angelo, figureheads who could offer him access into an entirely separate realm of sound, Yancey became distanced from his bandmates, likely due to his increasingly demanding solo work-load. In the early 2000s, J. Dilla produced ten songs for Common’s classic LP, Like Water For Chocolate, and contributed to Erykah Badu’s Mama’s Gun, crafting standout track “Didn’t Cha Know” and earning himself a Grammy nomination in the process. He had separated from Slum Village to join one of the most premier musical movements of the last few decades, one that indefinitely inspired Kanye West’s early interest in sampling soul records and led to the creation of records that remain vital almost two decades later. “I went to a recording session with Talib Kweli at Electric Ladyland and you guys had the whole building,” Dave Chapelle recalled, appearing as a guest on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon in 2014 and aiming his comment at ?uestlove, the drummer of the show’s house band, The Roots. “They had D’Angelo downstairs, and Common was in one floor, and Erykah [Badu] was in another show, I mean another recording studio, and Mos [Def ] and [Talib] Kweli are on the roof, and Ahmir [“?uestlove” Thompson] is running up and down, and James [DeWitt Yancey, a.k.a. J. Dilla] and everybody playing on everybody’s sessions…” Nowadays, such a scenario sounds like a music nerd’s fantasy, a session that’s obviously too good to be true. But back then, it was business as usual: Some of the greatest hip-hop, neo-soul and R&B tracks ever created came out of sessions that were more closely related than most people realize. Furthermore, James DeWitt Yancey was present in quite a few of them, masterminding the finer details and deciding when each was finished. But towards the end of 2005, after arriving in Southern California, J. Dilla became seriously unwell. He was soon diagnosed with Lupus, a disease wherein one’s immune system hyper-actively attacks healthy tissue, and eventually, this led to kidney failure and
his requirements of repeated dialysis treatments. Like I said, right as the infinite hours that he had spent studying sound, honing his craft and preparing himself to sonically champion his competitors had finally begun to gain serious attention, James DeWitt Yancey’s days became numbered.
He was trying to push hip-hop to be better, work harder and think longer According to J. Dilla’s official biography, he “spent his final months doing what he loved the most—creating music. He released Donuts, his third solo LP, on February 7, 2006 before passing away three days later at the age of 32.” Since then, Donuts has evolved into one of the most praised pieces of music ever. In his critical analysis of the project for the 33 1/3 series, Jordan Ferguson calls the odd LP “a synthesis of everything [Dilla] had done to that point,” and it surely is a jumpy, exciting package of music that twirls its listeners around and takes them on a journey across genres and time. But Donuts is deeper than that too. Dilla wasn’t just re-tracing his musical steps — he was trying to push hip-hop to be better, work harder and think longer. Dilla was one of the most, if not the most, notorious perfectionist to ever sample a drum loop. On Donuts, he spends every last bit of life in him, literally, reinforcing his musical legacy. He strives to define future soundscapes, raise his genre’s expectations and pen a sincere goodbye in his first-language of rhythms, all at once. In 2005, speaking publicly on Donuts for the only know time before his death, J. Dilla said: It’s just a compilation of the stuff I thought was a little too much for the MCs. That’s basically what it is, ya know? Me f lipping records that people really don’t know how to rap on but they want to rap on.” Though some modern rappers may be capable of facing his challenge (imagine Kendrick Lamar rapping over “The People”!?!), Donuts remains as enticing, difficult and inspiring as ever, more than ten years later, in its exact original format. I can only hope that, should my days ever become numbered, I might respond to the news with the bravery and tenacity of James DeWitt Yancey. Rest in beats, J. Dilla. You truly were a great one.
Senior Arts Editor
New York vs. Everybody? Chicago Hustles Harder? Though they say imitation is the highest form of f lattery, let’s just put it out there: Detroit did it first. Over the course of the city’s recent history, Detroit aficionados have moved from the simple calligraphy “D” to shirts emblazoned with a profusion of slogans: Made In Detroit in 1991, Detroit Hustles Harder in 2007 and finally, the ubiquitous Detroit vs. Everybody in 2012. The variety of merchandise quickly expanded from simple tees to coasters, keychains
and everything in between, each printed with the quippy slogan of their specific brand. Though one could easily argue that the Pinterestfriendly products are merely a byproduct of gentrification, the popularity they have garnered cannot be denied. In 2014, unofficial Detroit ambassador Marshall Mathers (AKA Eminem — can’t believe I have to say that) released a single titled “Detroit vs. Everybody,” drawing direct inspiration from a phenomenon that started as a mere article of clothing. The song features fellow Detroit musicians Big Sean, Danny Brown, DeJ Loaf, Royce da 5’9” and Trick Trick, paying homage to the slogan in its
repeated hook. The phrase itself may not literally mean much, but that’s not what matters. What does matter is the notion that Detroit has served as a model for other great cities. Sure, they may be copying a mere T-shirt, but the idea that Detroit has had aspects worth imitating has been alarmingly obsolete for the last several decades. This is not an ode to gentrification, but rather an acknowledgement of Detroit as a shining new archetype of city pride. Calm down, New York and Chicago. But thanks for reminding Detroit that it is worthy of emulation. Just wait until you see what else we have up our novelty T-shirt sleeves.
COURTESY OF BILL MEYER
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Remembering unknown Detroit legend DJ Holiday Local singer achieved cult status through talent and tragedy MADELEINE GAUDIN Senior Arts Writer
If you run a Google search DJ Holiday you get a bunch of hits for a C-list rapper and maybe, if the algorithm works just right, something about a Detroit singer. DJ Holiday was a phenom with one of those warm, room-filling, largerthan-life voices. She was a regular at Bert’s Market Place Jazz Club singing with the RGB Trio during Thursday open Mic nights. Holiday was found dead in a home in West Detroit earlier this week. The singer had been squatting in the property and presumably froze to death, although the official cause of death was ruled a heart attack, after the heating was cut off. She started singing publically in Detroit in the ’60s at the Black Horse Saloon, but had been singing since childhood. Sixteen years ago she started singing at Bert’s in Eastern Market, when she met longtime friend Bill Meyer who she called her “Piano Man.” “She struck everybody right away as a unique person,” Meyer said of Holiday, “She was a really beautiful soul.” Meyer worked with Holiday on Before I Go, her first, and only CD. He developed the idea for the CD last year as a way to help Holiday make money. She told Meyer that before she met him she had never made any money singing. Holiday had also recently caught the eye of French filmmaker
Arno Bitschy, who made the documentary “Reslience.” The documentary focuses on the triumphs and struggles of the city from the declaration of bankruptcy to the mayor’s State of the City speech in 2015. Holiday was featured on the film’s soundtrack alongside other Detroit musicians. After “Resilience” premiered, Bitschy turned his attention to Holiday in particular. The filmmaker had been working on a documentary about Holiday’s life and had recently extended an invitation to Holiday to sing at the film’s Paris premiere. It would have been Holiday’s first trip outside the country. “Everything was new to her,” said Meyer noting the tragic timing of the singer’s death, “she was on her way up.” The tragedy is exactly the sort of stuff legend is made of. But Holiday herself was grounded in reality. “She was real, she was painfully real,” Meyer said, “Her singing was honest and real. She wasn’t pretentious or affectatious. And her emotions were direct.” She was straightforward. She kept her eyes open, making eye contact with her audience throughout her sets, avoiding the sort of eyes-closed arm-waving that characterizes many Jazz singers. DJ Holiday was known for singing soulful ballads and had a deep connection to the music of Billie Holiday, whose life mirrored her own in many ways. She lived a hard life, full of the sorts of things that should trample the human
spirit—poverty, loss, abuse. But, at least in song, she soared. Holiday created a community around her voice “That’s her story, she sang like Billie and emulated Billie.” Dave Tollington, a former senior VP at Warner Music in Toronto started coming across the river seven years ago and eventually found his way to Bert’s, where he met Holiday. He ended up helping Meyer with parts of Before I Go. “She used to sit by the washrooms, sort of behind the stage by herself,” Tollington said of Holiday, “She was just mesmerizing and the next time I came it was my birthday and a friend asked if she would sing “Don’t Explain,” a Billie Holiday song, and she sang that one straight at me. I literally had tears going down my face it was that powerful.” After that song he asked Holiday to join his table. He quickly became fascinated by her story and logged hours of tapes of their conversations. Like many people that found themselves within range of her voice, Tollington was drawn in by Holiday’s authenticity. “She was one of hundreds of singers, but for me she was the on,” Tollington said, “How real she was.” Friends will be gathering at Bert’s Thursday night at 8:30 P.M. to celebrate the singers life. There will also be a formal memorial service in March when her documentary is premiered in the United States.