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Badgers, beaten Thanks to some hot shooting, the Michigan men’s basketball team beat Wisconsin, 83-72, on Sunday.
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La Casa list of demands notes years of ‘U’ neglect ALEXIS RANKIN/Daily
Latino community calls for reformed hiring practices, greater faculty representation
John Pollack speaks at the Tedx University of Michigan event at the Power Center Friday evening.
Ninth annual TEDxUofM event features students, entrepreneurs
Themed “Black Box: Into the Unknown,” speakers discuss to sold-out crowd conference, Black Box: Into the Unknown, on Friday with a soldDANIELLE PASEKOFF, out crowd at the Power Center. RHEA CHEETI, Eight speakers from the University RACHEL CUNNINGHAM of Michigan and Ann Arbor & ABBY TAKAS community presented, focusing on Daily Staff Reporters how their experiences and choices have shaped their lives. The event was livestreamed on TEDxUofM’s TEDxUofM held its ninth annual website.
Kinesiology senior Jacqueline Katz served as the co-director for TedxUofM this year. “We look for diversity in our speakers … so that our students and community members who come can be interested in multiple talks,” Katz said. Engineering sophomore Matthew Askar appreciated
how different the speakers were, emphasizing the significance of the content of their talks. “I used to watch Ted talk videos on Youtube, and usually I’d watch them related to science or engineering, but I’ve never been to ones that are a little more creative in a way,” Askar said. “I wanted to see See TEDX, Page 2A
AMARA SHAIKH Daily Staff Reporter
While most University of Michigan students were preparing to watch the 52nd Superbowl last Sunday, LSA sophomore Alex Mullen, Rackham student Richard Nunn and other members from the Latinx Alliance for Community Action, Support and Advocacy had a different task at hand — finalizing their list of demands to the administration. The list of demands was created in response to the lack of Latino representation felt on campus. In December, La Casa led a boycott against the Multi-Ethnic Student Affairs
Office for overlooking members of the Latino community in the search for a new associate director. In addition, the Latino community was targeted by various incidents of racial bias on campus this year, including anti-Latino statements like “F— Latinos” and “MAGA” spray painted on the Rock in September. The list of demands was sent out early last Monday, calling for more representation in administrative levels and in the curriculum, more student services for the Latino community and a less hostile campus environment. Read more online at
CORE program holds presentation to Program to Michigan assimilate give visibility to non-cisgender couples candidates
“Our Love is Beyond Your Imagination” comes in light of Valentine’s Day
Partnership with Henry Ford College to begin as early as this summer
With Valentine’s Day coming up, a traditional image may come to mind — chocolates, roses, and often a man and woman. But on Friday, the Consent, Outreach, & Relationship Education program — a volunteer branch of the University of Michigan’s Sexual Assault Prevention and Awareness Center – explained not all relationships fit this heteronormative mold. The presentation, held at the Michigan Union, titled “Our Love is Beyond Your Imagination,” illustrated healthy non-cisgender relationships. Alex Jenny and Effee Nelly, a nonbinary couple who met at the University as undergraduates, headlined the event. The couple has dedicated their lives to spreading their art and voice as queer and transgender people of color. Jenny and Nelly began their program by reading some of their written pieces that they explained have helped them process their lived experiences. Nelly’s first piece, “Truth Takes Time,” described the hardships of coming to accept her identity. “Growing up in Ecuador, I cannot remember ever learning about trans people in a positive light, if at all,” Nelly said. “With time, nonetheless, I have learned to deeply admire my
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A three-year pilot program designed to address the needs of Henry Ford College transfer students who wish to study humanities at the University of Michigan will begin as early as this summer, thanks to a $1.6 million grant fund from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The Transfer Bridges to the Humanities @ Michigan program is a collaboration between the University and HFC, a twoyear institution in Dearborn, Michigan. The University is hopeful this initial project will lead to similar future projects with Grand Rapids Community College and Schoolcraft College. LSA has already dedicated $400,000 to establish new transfer bridges with both these institutions. Angela Dillard, LSA associate dean for Undergraduate Education, commented on the University’s commitment to the success of community college transfers in a University press release.
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younger, flamboyant self.” Throughout the presentation, Jenny and Nelly revisited the theme of accepting and loving their younger selves, who didn’t quite yet know who they were. The couple also recited one of their unpublished pieces for the audience, explaining they often reflect on their younger selves. “As trans people, we find ourselves thinking about the past a lot,” Nelly said.
Despite this, they have found solace in each other and shared that loving each other allowed them to “embrace the parts of ourselves that we thought were unlovable.” The presentation then transitioned to a Q&A session. Jenny and Nelly were asked about the role of social media in their relationship, the importance of compromise, and growing and maturing
together. The couple uses social media to display their art, and when asked about the platform, Nelly said it has become a way to connect with others. “I love connecting with all the queer and trans people that we are able to connect with,” Nelly said.
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Unprecedented funding outpaces 2010 elections by twice the previous amount MAEVE O’BRIEN
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With the 2018 elections on the horizon, candidates across parties and levels of government have begun fundraising for their campaigns. Campaign finance reports released last Wednesday by Michigan’s Secretary of State’s office show large sums of money flowing into gubernatorial, congressional, attorney general and secretary of state races in Michigan, indicating competitive and expensive upcoming elections. According to the reports, fundraising for this year’s gubernatorial race is going at more than double the pace of 2010, when incumbent governor Rick Snyder, R, was elected. So far, the 12 candidates for governor have collectively raised nearly $17 million. The four Republican candidates have collectively raised about $5.8 million and the Democrats candidates have raised $11 million. MAX KUANG/Daily
Michigan Alums Alex and Effee discuss their relationship at “Our Love is Beyong Your Imagination” hosted by APAC to bring more attention to queer and trans love at the Michigan Union Friday.
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MONDAY: Looking at the Numbers
TUESDAY: By Design
Michigan universities facing a decline in international enrollment
AAPD recommends Skeeps lose liquor license
The bar has also received attention for its practice of selling "Skeeps cards" –– $3,000 cards that give their owners VIP status, allowing them to cut the line and enter without providing proof of age. According to a 2014 Spoon University article, the Skeeps card was originally given to patrons who accumulated a $1,000 tab and tipped 20 percent, but the bar had to raise the price several times to match demand.
Despite these challenges, U-M’s Ann Arbor campus has held up well, with the number and percentage of international students growing almost uninterrupted for 10 years. In 2008, the percentage of international students at the University's Ann Arbor campus was 11.55, growing to 15.14 percent in 2017.
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Sexpertise addresses transgender sexual health
The presentation also included statistics gathered from the 2015 U.S. Transgender Survey. According to the survey, 33 percent of trans people who saw a health care provider stated they had negative experiences regarding their health, 24 percent had to teach their medical provider about their health as a trans individual and 23 percent did not consult a doctor at all for fear of mistreatment because of their identity.
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City Council amends police review task force
After repeated calls from citizens and the HRC for council to improve oversight over local police, the council approved a $200,000 review of policing practices conducted by Chicago consulting ﬁrm Hillard Heintze, LLC. The ﬁrm released a report calling for a a “co-produced policing committee,” and many residents considered the results unsatisfying, and even counteractive.
Gov. Snyder's $56.8 billion budget recommendation emphasizes education and infrastructure
SafeRide struggles to stretch resources to meet demand
With a total budget of $56.8 billion, a 0.6 percent increase from the year before, K-12 schools would see an increase from $120 to $240 in foundation allowances per student. This increase is twice as large as the budget approved by lawmakers last year.
“It ended up taking 30 to 50 minutes, or something outrageous like that,” (Music, Theatre, and Dance freshman Kamryn) Thomas said. “And it kept updating the ETA, and I was like, ‘Is my phone broken or something?’ I didn’t want to cancel the ride in case they were coming soon or something. So I just sat there and waited.”
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The parameters of empowerment
CHRISTIAN PANEDA Senior MiC Editor
On my way back to the University of Michigan, I tried studying for my biostatistics exam that was waiting for me the upcoming week. Likelihood. Significance. Confidence. All-important statistical concepts I should have been reviewing, yet my mind could not help but associate them with the adventurous weekend I had in the San Francisco Bay Area from January 25-28 with what are now my newfound families: the Empowering Pilipino Youth through Collaboration and the National Federation of Filipino American Associations. What was the likelihood that I would meet so many amazing, inspiring people? Who would have thought one weekend would be so significant to me? How is it possible to have gained so much self-confidence to become a better leader?
I don’t really mind if I don’t have answers to all the questions left in my head. What matters to me is that I am extremely grateful to have had an opportunity to represent the Midwest youth and to learn from so many bright Filipinx American leaders around the nation. NaFFAA is a non-partisan and non-profit organization committed to amplifying the voice of Filipinx Americans through the development of leadership, civic engagement and advocacy. As the largest national affiliation of Filipinx-American institutions, NaFFAA has implemented the EPYC ambassadors program to connect the younger generation of Filipinx Americans to the older generation of Filipinx Americans through the strengthening of personal and professional development. As EPYC ambassadors, we were fortunate enough to explore Google (thanks to the Filipino Google Network) and ABS-CBN, a Philippine news and media
regions, and reveal each of our EPYC Capstone Projects. Overall, I felt so thankful to have a chance to connect to the Filipino-American community among different generations and regions. It’s important to me that we, as a community, are united. My favorite part throughout this incredible experience was simply existing in such a welcoming space. Prior to the weekend, the EPYC ambassadors had never been in one room together. Most of us had only spoken to each other via our monthly webinar and the occasional Facebook message. But, when I first walked into the house we stayed at, I was immediately met with kindness and a sense of familiarity. Throughout the weekend, we had deep conversations about Provided by the author our lives as Filipinx-American student leaders, but also about enterprise, on Friday to talk with our lives as humans in general. seasoned experts of the tech and I felt so comfortable being media industry. Conversations open — as if I knew my fellow were centered around Filipinx- ambassadors for all my life. It was American identity and its impact sad to have the weekend end, but on careers. Each person was more I left knowing that the bond we than happy to give advice to us made will bring us back together younger Filipinx Americans. again. To Brendan Flores, our favorite After, we attended the NaFFAA Leadership Summit Welcome “kuya,” and countless others who Reception at the Philippine are a part of NaFFAA leadership, Consulate. Several NaFFAA and Filipinx Americans leaders delivered inspiring speeches: Calls to action to empower and connect our community. Saturday came, and the day was dedicated to leadership development. While the Board of Governors convened, the EPYC ambassadors and I gathered to discuss crucial topics concerning leadership and advocacy, such as workshop building, conflict resolution and coalition building. We also had a chance to sit into the Board of Governors meeting, talk to the rest of NaFFAA leadership to present the concerns of younger generations in our prospective
thank you so much for the opportunity. I hope to work more closely with you all! To the EPYC coaches and Jason and Leezel, I can’t thank you all enough for all the work you do for us ambassadors. Your guidance has given me new direction to become a better leader and advocate. The dedication you have to uplift the Filipino-American youth motivates me to do the same. To my fellow EPYC ambassadors — my colleagues and new friends — I wrote this on the airplane back to the University, and I have the biggest smile on my face. Of course it’s sad to have our first encounter be cut so short, but I know that we’ll see each other soon, and I can’t wait for that time to come! My Midwest heart is so full as you all have inspired me. What a wonderful feeling it is to have gained a new family of bold, selfless individuals like yourselves. As I have to go back to studying, I do not dare be a statistician. I couldn’t have imagined the likelihood to have the chance like this to be so empowered. But even more so now, what I do dare to be is Filipino American with ambition.
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Then and now: where are all the Black shows? EFE OSAGIE
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I have always been an avid watcher of television. I was raised on Nickelodeon, Cartoon Network and Disney Channel and learned everything I needed to know from those three channels. All of which helped me become the stunning individual I am today. To this day, I still love watching television but I honestly have to ask, WHERE HAVE ALL THE BLACK SHOWS GONE? Black television used to be a STAPLE of American television in the ’90s. The number of popular Black television programs is more
than I can count on one hand. “Family Matters,” “Sister, Sister,” “Living Single,” “Fresh Prince of Bel-Air,” “Martin,” “A Different World,” “Moesha,” “Kenan and Kel” and so many more. If you were Black in the ’90s you were never at a loss for television options. And more than that, they were GOOD! They were funny, the characters were endearing, they taught good lessons and they were something that I would definitely look forward to watching weekly if I were a teen during that time. One of the most notable factors about all of these shows too though, is that on the shows, Black people were portrayed as
people. They weren’t portrayed as caricatures or stereotypes; they weren’t token characters that were just best friends to whoever the main white character was. They had lives and stories and experiences and were portrayed as real people as they should be because Black people ARE real people. These shows were relatable to more than just Black audiences because the experiences the characters faced were things that an average person could relate to. The ’90s must have been an amazing time to be an upcoming Black actor or actress because of the plethora of role models you had to look up to in the media.
Nowadays, Black TV shows and role models are harder to find. Yes, ABC did come out with “Black-ish” in 2014, and it is a good show, but as a Black person I can say I was a bit disappointed when it came out. “Black-ish” is written for the wider ABC audience that isn’t necessarily Black, not an audience that is Black. That means a show about Black people for white people, not a show about Black people FOR Black people. Of course, there still have been some masterpieces in the past couple years, for example, “Dear White People” and “Insecure.” I remember I watched “Dear White People” all in one night
because once I started watching I couldn’t stop. I was shocked by how relatable it was; how funny, raw and accurate it was about what it’s like to be a Black person in this day and age, especially in college. “Insecure” is also great because other than just Issa Rae in general, it has an all Black cast and it’s funny, real, relatable and tells the truth about the hardships you have to face as a Black woman in today’s day and age. We obviously have a long way to go before we get back to the reign of black TV we had in the ’90s, so, for now, I’ll just keep watching reruns of “The Fresh Prince” until I can create my own hit Black sitcom.
Asian Enough THANI BRANT & ERICA ITO MiC Contributors
What does it mean to be Asian enough? Black hair. Off-white skin. It is in my name. The home where I was raised. No shoes indoors. Bags of rice in the cupboard And on the counter And in the cooker. I don’t speak mother/father’s language But I do speak her culture. Respect your elders. Everything in moderation. In America, Asian culture has been stir fried, pickled, and packed into a take out box. So it is digestible Just a taste To help you feel Cultured. My grandmother left Thailand to clean American hotel rooms and save money to bring my mother to America. My great-grandfather pulled sugar cane back when it was still Kingdom of Hawai’i. Saving pennies. Cutting coupons. Turning off the lights. Never wasting food. When my mother emigrated from Thailand, at age 12, she learned English from her peers. My grandfather enlisted in the army to prove his loyalty to the country he called home. She/He paid her/his way through college. And became a doctor. And sent my father to law school. My mother/father always wanted to be a musician. But it takes a few generations for those kinds of dreams To become reality. When I walk into the audition room Am I Asian enough? Definition lies somewhere in between. Perception is theirs. Identity is mine.
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A take on “Beirut” from someone who has been there
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“2,000 years of revenge, vendetta and murder. Welcome to Beirut.” This is what the beautiful cultural center that is Beirut, Lebanon is reduced to in Jon Hamm’s new movie, “Beirut,” due for release in April. Taking place during the Lebanese civil war in 1982, the trailer follows a white man (who is also a U.S. diplomat) who f led Lebanon in 1972 after his family is killed and returns ten years later to negotiate for a friend’s life. There are many problems
with this film, and I didn’t even have to watch the movie to be angered by them; the trailer, released January 11th, itself was enough. For starters, it portrays Beirut as a ravaged, war-torn, deserted wasteland. Even during the civil war, which was caused by Israeli invasions, Lebanon never looked this bad. Furthermore, the movie is not even shot in Lebanon — it is shot in Morocco – and features approximately zero actual Lebanese actors. Personally, I find it insulting that thousands of people will pay to view the depicted somber setting of Lebanon with a starkly suspenseful plot
following a white protagonist and the portrayal of the United States and Israel as the heroic dynamic duo. The fake accents are laughable, the plot is cliché and the white victim/savior complex is beyond overplayed. We’ve seen it countless times — a story portraying us as uncivilized, destructive, barbaric and in need of saving. Our countries and cultures are misrepresented, our customs are mocked and our religions are scoffed at. Only certain movies featuring Arab or Muslim people are eaten up by mainstream media, and it is very evident they are the ones that feature the infamous white savior. “American Sniper,” another popular white-savior film, tugs at the heartstrings of uneducated American sympathizers who view soldiers as heroes and foreigners as terrorists. But who’s to blame when minorities are repeatedly portrayed as such in mainstream media? For many, the only knowledge they have about Arabs is what they see on the big screen, and this perpetuates an ignorance about our cultures that breeds hatred. As someone whose parents are Lebanese immigrants, and someone who has spent many summers in Beirut, I feel
indignant at this one-sided portrayal. When I think of Beirut, I think of long stretches of white sand and the cool water of the Mediterranean Sea. I think of my grandmother’s cheetah-printed couches and the countless neighborhood cats that my cousins and I claimed as our own. I still remember vividly when our favorite cat, Lolita, gave birth in our backyard. It is where my mother grew up, in a small
its vibrant energy and how it’s nothing like the war-torn, ashfilled trash it was made out to be in this trailer. Yes, war is a part of Lebanon’s history, but it is not the entirety of it. The reason for my mention of these personal experiences with Beirut is to prove that, to many people, the wrongful misrepresentation and exploitation of a country produces strong personal responses. Until you have
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southern suburb of Beirut that now hosts around 30,000 Syrian and Lebanese refugees. I think of downtown Beirut and
experienced a culture, and truly felt its love, its beauty, its pain and its suffering, generalizing it and reducing
it to “2,000 years of revenge, vendetta and murder” is not only erroneous; it’s lazy. What about the hundreds of thousands of Lebanese people who died during the war? What about the million, about a quarter of the population, who were displaced as a result? Are they not more deserving of a storyline than a hypothetical white man who supposedly saved them all? I am not alone when I say white people need to stop portraying themselves as heroes all the time. White saviorism is rampant and has been since the beginning of time, and minorities and people of color keep being depicted as savages who need saving, when honestly, it’s usually white Americans from whom we need saving. Certain parts of our culture are chosen to be celebrated — our food, our music, our city life — while other parts are discarded, put on a screen and distorted, and twisted into a way that benefits the filmmakers and misrepresents us entirely. I’m not saying you shouldn’t see the film (well, I sort of am). But, at least, keep in mind that what you are shown on a screen is often not the reality of a country or its people.
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Opting out of sexuality
’m taking a class right now about the history of LGBTQ studies, and it’s having a profound impact on how I see myself and my own sexuality. We often discuss the social construction of gender and sexuality. This is what that means: To say sexuality is constructed is to point out that when we describe someone as homosexual or heterosexual, we are saying that person has their eyes on a love object whose sex does not change. They will spend their whole lives pursuing sexual partners of this same sex, and anything that falls outside of this pattern is deviant, unexpected and/or wrong. And when that person does break out of that dominant pattern, they are not listening to themselves and are deceiving themselves into some false reality. The dominant narrative around sexuality continues; nothing can throw you off that path. Your sexuality is your essence, distinct from all of your other traits, not influenced by anything that you experience, because this thing is how you were born. You were born this way, and you will die this way. We say this is constructed because none of this is a “fact.” Our speculation of what should happen and what should be people’s sexual desires and inclinations is all produced by our collective, culturally-produced expectations of sexual behavior. As we have read in this class from queer theorists, sociologists and historians alike, historically there have been multiple cultures with understandings of homosexual or heterosexual behavior entirely different from our own — based, for example, not solely upon the sex of the chosen love object but, instead, centering on what kind of role you take during sex: passive versus active, receptive versus insertive, etc. Other understandings are based on your gender presentation, or any of the other individual preferences within your own sexual desires. I’m also taking this class while in the throes of contemplating my own sexuality. The truth is, I don’t know. I don’t know what I like, I don’t know who I want to be with. I’ve only ever been with women, but these experiences have almost never felt as natural or as open-and-shut as they
seem to be for all my “straight” friends, who talk about heterosexual sex with a certain facility and comfort that I have always found alienating. I also know I have sexual desires for men every now and then. I recently switched my Tinder settings to show me both men and women. And this feels like a step in the right direction. I am definitely swiping right on a fair number of dudes who I can imagine myself getting to know, cuddling with and all the rest. But still, there is nothing conclusive. No moment has happened yet when I think, “This is my sexuality, this is who I am.” And this ambiguity tears me up. It makes me feel totally alienated from myself, like I don’t know anything about who I am. If I can’t figure this out, who am I, at all? Not having this knowledge when I am about to graduate and enter the “real world” makes me existentially anxious, as if not knowing this thing means I know nothing at all. Mired in feeling sad about this ambiguity, everything around me gets sucked into a whirlpool of negative thoughts: a force that drains all of the life out of everything I am experiencing, transporting me to a faraway place where only I roam, a place inaccessible to anybody else, where all that once seemed promising and light now appears gloomy, hopeless and unknowable. I think part of the reason why I feel so sad about not knowing has to do with the pressure caused by the social construction of sexuality, the pressure to apply a label to myself — in other words, to know what I am. This system of categorizing desires (modern conceptions of homosexuality and heterosexuality only first entered our discourse at the end of the 19th century) does not really allow for not knowing. Sure, there is the category “Questioning.” But this, of course, doesn’t serve me beyond a passive, limited way of stating these thoughts I am having. There isn’t any depth to this moniker. What is the context of these questions, and why are they happening? It fails to capture the context of my investigations, to capture anything deeper than its surface level description. It’s not specific to my experience, to the sets of questions I am grappling
with every day. I also think, though, that selfrealization can only really come through experience, through an open and honest engagement with the people around me. My dear friend and roommate lives his life with extraordinary deliberateness and attention. For example, he doesn’t like us using swear words in our apartment, because they taint his ongoing dialogue with God. As a secularly-raised person, I initially felt this concept to be strange and restrictive. But now, in fact, I would like to live with this same level of openness. Not necessarily in touch with God, and not necessarily refraining from swearing, but instead more generally remaining relentlessly aware of the fact that all interactions might contribute or lead to something divine. That by maintaining an open heart while examining my own mind and interacting with people in order to collaboratively explore their minds, I might come to some greater understanding of myself and my own (conflicting, messy and erratic) set of desires. The class I’m taking provides me with a really vital education into the experiences of people with non-normative sexual identities throughout the history of humanity and the construction of those sexualities according to the cultural and social moment of those various times. But it is also really helping me deconstruct a pressure I feel strongly but do not remember learning, a pressure to categorize, name and know my sexuality in some irreversible, definite way that defines my essence, forever. Instead, I’m trying to buck this trend. By demanding something deeper than these labels, than this path that everyone expects me to take, I am opting out of sexuality as a system. My thoughts about my own sexual desires are trying to work against this dominant paradigm by cultivating a new voice, one that is accepting and wildly supportive of my — and everyone’s — messy process of coming to a place that works for us, distinct from any label or culturally produced expectation.
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The value of sports
merican tennis player basketball seasons, but we Billie Jean King lost a lot more: We only won once said, exactly one game “Sports teaches you my junior year. character, it teaches I proceeded to you to play by the receive my first rules, it teaches lesson in the you to know what it importance of feels like to win and resilience. We lose — it teaches you continued to about life.” work hard, on When I joined and off the court, the public-school no matter what LUCAS system, one of the the scoreboard DEAN very first things read. I would I did was join the host weightlifting track-and-field team. I was sessions after school, and my not sure what I was getting teammates would help me into, but I did know one of the refine my game fundamentals. nice ladies from my church Our hard work paid off, and was the coach of the eighth grade team. She told me I should join the team, and in a yearning for familiarity, I obliged. And I never looked back. I g uess you could say I was fairly athletic, and my classmates started to notice. They pressured me to join both the football and basketball teams and, knowing the feeling of exhilaration the track team gave me, I consented. As someone who had never seen a basketball before ( growing up without TV or internet, on a farm in the middle of by my final season, we had nowhere, you don’t get to see turned our 1-20 team into the everything), let alone played second best in the conference, the game, I spent most of my even earning a playoff bye first season watching and week. learning. By sophomore year, Not only did playing sports I was playing on the varsity teach me many valuable life team and by junior year, I was lessons, it provided me with in possession of one of the an irreplaceable brotherhood: much-coveted starting spots. a group of g uys that would My first lesson from do anything to help improve sports was the importance each other. Even if we didn’t of teamwork. Our football like one another initially, we and basketball teams were left it all behind when we plag ued by players who stepped onto that court, turf were ineligible because of or track. Some of my very best academic requirements. We friendships budded within needed every player we could the team setting. get, and when one failed, it Sports did indeed teach brought us all down. I worked me about life. I was able to with my teammates after improve what I was good at school, and I would even ride and learn from what I did my bike to Saturday school wrong. Sports provided a to make sure everyone was structured environment and passing their classes. a controlled place to relieve any We won some of our stress or anger I might have. games during our first three According to Engineering
Not only did sports teach me many valuable life lesons, they provided me with an irreplaceable brotherhood.
sophomore Travis Dantzer, center for the University of Michigan Men’s Rugby Football Club and former fullback for the University football team, high school sports “gave me a lot of leadership opportunities… I was captain in basketball junior and senior year and then senior year for football.” When asked what qualities he’s carried with him beyond high school, Dantzer noted “the development of work ethic” as well as the ability and drive to “work really hard at something to see even moderate success.” In the college setting, Dantzer states that sports “gave me 40 good friends, like immediately. Coach Sparks has been a huge resource to me, he helped me a lot with starting my blog.” As for the networking side of things, Dantzer says, “Most of my other friends are from church, so by playing rugby, I get to interact with a lot of people who have a lot different views than me on a lot of stuff, that I normally wouldn’t be friends with.” “Not only has it made me more resourceful, it’s also given me initiative, I’m not as scared as a lot of other people are to just try new things, knowing that they might not work, which has really been helpful in other aspects like clubs, doing some work ventures I’ve been involved in and starting a blog and podcast,” Dantzer said. Being actively involved in sports has numerous benefits and teaches many important life skills, including confidence, optimism, dedication and much more. The perks, though, are not exclusive to playing a sport. While nothing can replicate the lessons learned in the team setting, simply staying active and exercising reg ularly is a great way to gain and improve those skills.
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The power of questioning
hen I was in simple, right? elementary school, We live in an extremely I had a laminated politically-divided nation, where placemat with the presidents listed one side is always pitted against on it. Presidents were the other. Blame always interesting to comes from both me. George Washington sides, with different had very different hair perspectives and from Bill Clinton. And multiple reasonings. wasn’t it crazy that There is very John Adams was the little room for any father of John Quincy “in-between,” Adams? My very liberal where you are mother often talked not reprimanding about and involved someone for JULIA me in supporting misspeaking or COHN Democratic presidents; supporting the We canvassed for John Kerry in “wrong side.” And it is easy to the 2004 presidential election, revert to outright dislike of people and I was confused waking up solely based on their political and seeing that George Bush was beliefs before hearing about their our president. I remember hearing actions or their thoughts. her say, “It is going to be a long four years.” This always struck me, because Abraham Lincoln was celebrated in school since I could remember — but he was a Republican. I never stopped thinking about it. As I grew up, I learned about the history and foundation of political parties, and understood that they were very different in the past. But why, even as a young kid, did I question the character and beliefs of Abraham Lincoln just It is easy, whatever side you may because our placemat said he be on, to automatically classify the was a Republican? Because I opposition as “the other.” When had thought for a long time that you disagree with the beliefs of an one side was perpetually in the argument, it is common to associate right, and one was in the wrong. those beliefs with the person who But in reality, I was the culprit holds them, thus further promoting of affiliating vague ideologies our partisan society. with beliefs that differ from I am a culprit of acting in person to person. this manner, regardless of the There is power in asking political knowledge I have gained questions, recognizing what you since the time of presidential do not know and finding someone placemats. I was a politicallywho does. But there is also active student last fall, and I power in questioning what you definitely remember President do know: your core beliefs and Donald Trump’s election. After he your understanding of the world became president, it was very easy around you. A question. Seems so to blame the Republican Party for
Within the last year, I have recognized the power of a question.
his actions. This overstatement is glaringly wrong, and within the last year, I have recognized the power of a question. Last year, I remember sitting with a friend during class right after the election. I knew this friend had voted for Trump and I was still upset by his decision. When Trump fired James Comey, I was confused and overwhelmed by the changes that our nation was experiencing. So instead of attacking my friend, for one of the first times in my life I civilly asked him what he thought of the Comey situation; did this change his views about the president? Did he believe this was infringing upon a supposedly independent organization? And, of course, what did he think about the border wall? Instead of attacking his views, I questioned them. To my surprise, I was able to engage in an hour-long discussion about the reasoning behind his political beliefs. This did not make me support his decisions whatsoever, but it did help me to understand the logical thought process of the “other side.” And this was a powerful moment. This is the time for critical reasoning. To look at a situation, a person, a candidate and truly think about what they are saying, proposing or doing. And, more importantly, why they are saying, proposing or doing these things. So, question your peers on their beliefs. Question your family, your professors, your mentors. We all have something to learn from the other side. Talking about politics with a Republican, Democrat, Libertarian — whoever it may be — does you absolutely no harm. Questioning someone else’s beliefs only allows you to understand them more, and to understand your position more, too.
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My ongoing love for watching the Olympic Games MORGAN RUBINO Daily Arts Writer
If you need to find me over the next two weeks, I’ll be glued to any screen I can get my hands on, live-streaming NBC and cheering on the U.S.A. in winter sports I only aggressively pretend to know the slightest about. From the moment the torch is lit, it’s pure magic for me. While some merely view the Olympics as an exploitative and overhyped money-maker, to me, the Games carry an entirely different connotation of unity, identity and wholesome entertainment. Now, when I say I love watching the Olympics, I truly mean the entire Olympics. From the opening and closing ceremonies to any event (no matter how obscure or underappreciated), I find myself intrigued and entranced by the spectacle of it all. From the time I was eight years old — watching legendary athletes like Nastia Liukin and Michael Phelps make history during the 2008 Beijing Summer Games — it has become a ritual of mine to tune in every two years and binge-watch the live coverage. The Olympics always bring me back to the nostalgic era of TV — you know, the entire family gathering in the living room unit, everyone adding their two cents and critiques of what’s on the screen. In my family, that picture usually goes a little something like this: me holding my breath every time a figure skater leaves the ground, my parents becoming overnight “experts” in terminology like “triple axel” and “luge” and my brother laughing along with Twitter at some hilariously awkward Olympics commentary. In that way, the experience of watching the Olympics on TV is unquestionably a valued tradition shared with family, but it expands into something much bigger than that. It’s an experience shared with the nation, and even more notably, the entire world. Rooting for your home country and engaging in the pure anxiety and excitement that stems from an international competition is simply a timeless and universal phenomenon. Suddenly, even the most indifferent and uninformed citizens shapeshift into patriots, feeling proud that their athletes can accomplish what others can’t. While social media is normally a space for heavy-handed criticism of America and its culture, when the Olympics are on, red, white and blue overwhelm the airwaves and a truly magnificent sense of unity and togetherness ignites. Guys in full-body U.S.A. garb, no shortage of American f lag emojis and those tear-jerking P&G commercials on repeat — every Olympic Games marks a surge in the allegiance to an endorsement of our country. And admittedly, while that outpouring can be a little pretentious and overkill at times, it is still exhilarating and heartwarming nonetheless. Besides feeling as though you are a part of history and partaking in the cultural extravaganza that is the Olympics, the idealized nature of the Games is yet another enthralling aspect of watching them on TV. There’s just something so encouraging about seeing people (make that very young people) fulfill their dreams and accomplish their lifelong goals on such a global platform. Sitting in front of the TV, seeing all the action unfold and watching fantasies become realities has
the indescribable ability to make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside. Ultimately, what it boils down to is that it’s just refreshing to see people do good on TV for a change. Dumbfounded comments like, “I can’t believe humans are actually capable of doing that,” and, “I seriously wish I could do that,” frequently f lood the scene during those two weeks. And just like that, I (along with the rest of America) start having visions of getting into a sport, becoming a prodigy and winning gold. Unfortunately, I think I’m past my prime. Also unfortunately, I’m just extremely unathletic and talentless. Sure, maybe watching the Olympics can
It’s an experience shared with the nation, and even more notably, the entire world
destroy your self-esteem in an instant, but it can also motivate you to be better. The final and perhaps most curious draw to watching the Olympics is the presentation of diversity on our screens for those few weeks. Stellar athletes of all races and backgrounds are (for a change) evaluated based on their skill sets and dedication, not their socially constructed statuses. Distinctly, this winter’s Team U.S.A. is bringing the largest and most diverse squad of athletes to the Winter Games, advocating for inclusivity alongside their usual standard of excellence. All of a sudden the world realizes that women are determined and proficient athletes, that your age does not define your capability and that there are a multitude of unique and underrated sports out there. The Olympics seem to not only make society more open-minded and appreciative, but also the normally strict and traditionkeeping world of sports. In fact, for almost three decades now the Winter Olympics has pushed for women’s involvement, knocking down barriers to previously maleexclusive sports like hockey and curling. Similarly, figure skater Adam Rippon and freestyle skier Gus Kenworthy are breaking massive cultural ground this year by being the first openly gay male Winter Olympic athletes. If it takes something as extravagant as the Olympics to knock some sense into society and make representation clear and prominent, then, hey, even more power to them. Overall, watching this year’s PyeongChang Winter Olympics is shaping up to be a jaw-dropping, awe-inspiring global moment. With the deluge of media coverage and countless new ways to tune into the Games, watching the Olympics has triumphantly evolved from a simple presentation of international competition to a more interactive, hopeful and pridefilled TV experience. If that — combined with the fact that for two weeks you have the perfect excuse to procrastinate any effort-involving task — doesn’t make you want to tune in, then where’s your sense of Olympic spirit?
A ‘Fifty Shades’ virgin’s immersive guide to seeing ‘Fifty Shades Freed’ JEREMIAH VANDERHELM Daily Arts Writer
There’s a moment early in “Fifty Shades Freed” — the final chapter in that most venerated saga of smut — where Anastasia Grey (Dakota Johnson, “How to Be Single”) takes off her bikini top and utters the words, “It’s boobs in boobland.” I did what amounted to an aural doubletake. Surely no one had written that line. Someone had to have said something. I looked around to gauge the reactions of those around me. They sat transfixed by the glow of the IMAX screen, like sexually starved deer in the quasi-pornographic headlights. I steeled myself and joined them. I was in trouble. Until a short time ago, I prided myself on having never seen a “Fifty Shades” movie. It’s not that I had a problem with their audience, I just always assumed that if I walked up to a box office and said to another human being, “One for ‘Fifty Shades,’” the parts of my soul not shattered by “The Emoji Movie” would simply disintegrate. It was self-preservation more than anything else. I just wasn’t as steeped in the “Fifty Shades” mythos as I am, say, “Star Wars” or “The Room.” I knew the basic “boy meets girl, boy introduces
girl to poorly represented BDSM” beats of the story, and that’s it. Then, last Sunday, I mentioned to my editor that I had seen “Fifty Shades Freed” was playing in IMAX and was more morbidly curious than I’d ever been. This was taken as me volunteering to write about it, and it was unanimously decided by a jury of my peers that I would be sent to document “Fifty Shades Freed: The IMAX 2D Experience.” Some small part of me expected it to include a scratch-and-sniff. My ticket was ordered online, so I had only to deal with the judgment of the usher, who took it and glanced up at me, her brow furrowed. I tried to smile at her. That seemed to make it worse. She handed my stub back to me, and I had to fight the urge to sprint past her. I timed my entrance to the theater so that I took my seat after the lights went down, my hood pulled over my head like a Benedictine monk. Finally, the movie started. To begin, I have to ask: In the era of #MeToo, did no one say, “What if we gave our main protagonist something even remotely resembling agency in her own story, or at least a higher IQ than your average Pauly Shore character? And hey, what if we make our male lead
less sexually aggressive instead of constantly doubling down on his emotionally, mentally and physically abusive behavior?” Christian Grey (Jamie Dornan, “The 9th Life of Louis Drax”) is the kind of man who at one point says to his wife, unironically, “If you love me, why do you defy me?” This is followed shortly by scenes where it seems “Fifty Shades Freed” is trying to make a statement on rape culture, even while Grey himself epitomizes the worst of it. It’s cinematic hypocrisy at its worst. Not to worry, no sooner has the happy couple been married than they’re thrown headfirst into an out-of-nowhere thriller storyline that will provide the illusion of a plot when the characters aren’t busy sexing each other into oblivion. This leads to no less than two scenes where Ana, the woman who once had to ask what a butt plug is, has to act as a getaway driver. These moments, and many others, are accompanied by one of the most invasive, cloying soundtracks I’ve ever heard; the parts of the film that don’t play like the beginning of a mid-budget porno play instead like the worst parts of a car commercial and a music video. It wasn’t an entirely joyless experience. On three separate
occasions, I found myself giggling so hard I had to physically stifle my laughter. The first of these was my fault, as a sex scene accompanied by an attempt at a “sexy cover” of James Brown’s “I Feel Good” caused me to picture the same scene dubbed over by the original version. This was cancelled out by the woman behind me starting to moan moments later. The second time came when someone described Ana as “tenacious” after she spent the entire movie being shuffled around by the manufactured drivel of the plot. Finally came the scene in which Ana describes Christian as a “man of honor.” This time I didn’t even try to hold my laughter in. Both of these dunces immediately assume that whenever their partner spends time with a member of the opposite sex, they’re cheating. That’s not marriage; that’s high school, and they never change. As the end credits roll, these are the same reprehensible people we started with, yet the movie is hellbent on convincing its audience that this, this is what true love looks like. “Fifty Shades Freed” is toxic. It’s harmful. It’s awful. It lacks any sort of self-awareness or redeemable qualities. “Tenacious?” “Man of honor?” Give me a damn break.
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Oscar snubs: ‘Good Time’ SAMANTHA NELSON For the Daily
The cinematic fixation with paranormal romance that blossomed uncontrollably in the late 2000s can be traced back to the iconic literary masterpiece that started it all: “Twilight.” When Stephanie Meyer’s bestselling young adult novel was adapted into a film saga, teenage hearts across the country were revived through Robert Pattinson’s (“Remember Me”) portrayal of Edward Cullen — the flawless, brooding vampire and love interest of the protagonist, played by Kristen Stewart (“Snow White and the Huntsman”). “Twilight” and its sequels dominated teenage culture, but the film had the apparent sideeffect of trapping Stewart and Pattinson within their roles of Bella and Edward, a common repercussion for young actors who personify a teenage fandom. After “Twilight,” Pattinson struggled to be identified as a legitimate actor, not just ‘the hot vampire from “Twilight.”’ In Pattinson’s audition for the film “Good Time,” he altered his accent to match that of the character, attempting to further distance himself from his previous role and obtain the part on merit. Pattinson’s lead role in the film gifts him with a shot at validating his acting potential to audiences and the film community as a whole. The best way to describe “Good Time” is perhaps as an urban version of “What’s Eating Gilbert Grape,” but darker. Much, much darker. Foreshadowing the jerky,
spur-into-action style that persists throughout the remainder of the film, one of the first sequences involves a robbery committed by two brothers, Connie, the instigator of the crime, and Nick, who lies somewhere on the autism spectrum and is not fully aware of the dangerous situation he is involved in. Ultimately ending up in a high-speed chase with the police, Nick is caught and sent to prison. Connie manages to evade the cops, but motivated by his rightful guilt and love for his brother, he embarks on a mission through the maze that is the dark, neon-lit New York City streets to obtain bail money for Nick, spinning a web of messes and destruction behind him. “Good Time” is Pattinson’s opportunity to break the mold that he has been cast within — and break the mold he does. In fact, he shatters it. After watching this film, it is impossible for audiences to merely pass Pattinson off as ‘that vampire guy’ any longer. Practically the anti-“Twilight” in terms of acting, Pattinson’s expression of Connie as a desperate, manipulative and exploitative young man gives viewers a character they can chew on. Connie is someone that audiences are unclear whether or not to root for. Unsettled by Connie’s slimy and sketchy actions and unsavory usage of the individuals he encounters, viewers may admire the lengths he is willing to go to free his brother, that is, until they remember that his brother’s misfortune is entirely Connie’s fault. Pattinson provides movie-goers a character that
gives us whiplash. We scorn at his impulsivity and shoddy attempts to repair the damage he causes over the course of his travels, yet we also cross our fingers, hoping that he makes it out unscathed in the end. It is somewhat understandable why this film did not receive an Oscar or Golden Globe best picture nomination. Viewers tend to gravitate toward films with characters who grow on screen, especially evident through this year’s batch of nominations, including comingof-age films “Lady Bird” and “Call Me by Your Name.” However, the failure to acknowledge Pattinson for his performance here is without a doubt an oversight. The dimension that Pattinson generates through his embodiment of Connie is fantastic. The idea of a ‘repulsive hero’ sounds paradoxical, but that is exactly what Pattinson offers the audience in “Good Time” — a moral-free, low-life swindler that, despite his personality flaws, is still capable of feeling a pure, untainted love for another human being. There is absolutely nothing feel-good about this film, and it is in no way redemptive. However, though it leaves viewers with knots in their stomachs, it convinces them that Robert Pattinson can no longer be identified solely as another insignificant actor within the paranormal genre. Pattinson proves his acting prowess by shedding his longtime branding as “Edward” and coming into his own, and it is a true pity that he did not receive the credit he deserved.
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Dashboard Confessional’s ‘Crooked Shadows’ is flat SAM LU
Daily Arts Writer
Modern music seems to be more and more about crossovers — how do artists combine genres, and how do those new and unique combinations serve to revitalize seemingly defunct subsets of the musical sphere? It’s been a tough century for emos so far — a soaring,
climactic decade at the turn of the 2000s filled with f lourishing, aggressively heartfelt releases abruptly
Crooked Shadows Dashboard Confessional Fueled by Ramen followed by a plague of disbanding artists fading into
history. Since then, the genre has grown several different limbs, including, but not limited to, alternative pop, emo self-made Soundcloud artists and softened emo rock. Now, I’m all for music changing with the times, but even when an artist hasn’t been off the map for eight years, there’s inevitably going to be some comparison between the old and the new. The old Dashboard Confessional built
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its empire on early 2000s “emo acoustic punk,” embracing the slowed down guitar chords that characterized the era. Their latest release Crooked Shadows is an effort to show off a more grown-up version of that raw emotion to the world; however, because of the huge gap that exists between the last release and this one, the contrast is more of a gulf than a seamless transition between styles. If you were to listen to Dashboard Confessional’s discography in order of release, you’d definitely be able to tell when the hiatus happened. Crooked Shadows starts plainly enough with “We Fight,” a track that gradually moves from a somewhat bland ticking beat to a rousing chorus. First and foremost, lead singer Chris Carrabba’s voice has lost the gentle, tender vulnerability embodied by old tracks such as Dusk and Summer’s “Stolen,” instead adopting a gritty aggressiveness that is reminiscent of a crunchier, more roughed up OneRepublic. Sadly, Crooked Shadows’s biggest disappointment was
also what I’d been most excited for — the collaboration with Lindsey Stirling. Stirling’s
The problem with Crooked Shadows is that Dashboard Confessional’s character doesn’t seem to be coming through
unique calling card is how she manages to twist classical violin into producing all kinds of new, fiercely badass
sounds. However, “Open My Eyes” is sorely lacking in the balanced intensity and energy that I’ve come to expect from music associated with Stirling. The result is an appallingly lukewarm track that sounds like a pop song with a violin added in — perhaps a sad attempt at imitating Yellowcard’s violin infused style — rather than an effort to create something that would truly stand the test of time. Albums are statements. They’re even more significant when they bookend hiatuses. Even when artists completely change their styles, at their core, musical releases are still an extension of the creator’s character. The problem with Crooked Shadows is that Dashboard Confessional’s character doesn’t seem to be coming through. Moreover, it seems to be trying to fit into a niche that’s already dominated by groups such as Paramore, Fall Out Boy and Twenty One Pilots. What’s the verdict? Stop trying to make emo happen — it’s not going to happen!
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Yaa Gyasi explores home and history in ‘Homegoing’ ISABEL FRYE
Daily Arts Writer
A pristine white castle, in all its majesty, claims its place on the Gold Coast in Ghana. Magnificent on the outside, inspiration struck from the cold underbelly. While the perfection on the outside was unchanging, Yaa Gyasi spoke of the smell that still today plagues the dungeons of the castle. The lingering smell of wrongdoings, of evil that endured while above colonial wealth thrived. It was during these 20 minutes that Yaa Gyasi spent in the castle where the story of “Homegoing” began. A haunted castle that reveals the curse of slavery; a beginning that we wish to be just a fable. Yaa Gyasi’s unfaltering voice filled the Rackham auditorium
The meaning of freedom, inheritance and home all came into question
accompanied by the silent attention of many Ann Arbor fans this past Tuesday. Opening the night with a reading, Gyasi’s voice emphasized the strong presence of time in her novel. As she read aloud, her voice had a fluidity and tranquility — beauty stemmed from a borderline monotony. Her voice always marching forward, without lingering or rushing, mimicking time. Just as the structure of the book spends an equal amount of pages on each character, Gyasi spoke with an entrancing
consistency. Structural predictability mimic the ticking of a clock — the passing of days, to years, to seven generations, to tie together the lives of 14 individuals. The night was intended to be a conversation with Yaa Gyasi and two University professors. While at times the questions were thought provoking, some felt as though the professors were trying to get a specific response from Gyasi regarding her own work. Gyasi, however, remained authentic and relaxed in her responses regardless of the moments when the structure of the lecture was pushing on. Yaa Gyasi spoke of her research, inspiration and ideas with an unrehearsed elegance. She was humorous in her self reflection, joking with the audience while allowing them to relate on a personal level. Gyasi recalled the day she walked into the castle in Ghana. She described the castle’s beautiful outside, only to then be shown the dungeon, which still reeked of history’s wrongdoings. Many themes surfaced throughout the night. The meaning of freedom, inheritance and home all came into question. Gyasi focuses on more than just legal bondages, the inheritance of trauma and the true expanse of home, constantly going beyond the physical. It is in the emotional and the spiritual that her novel has captivated so many. Through these aspects, people of all backgrounds can relate to and understand the story beyond historical facts. Every individual has their own unique history that goes beyond their own lifespan. The connection we feel to our ancestors drives the feeling that life is more than just biology — an unexplainable inheritance that we feel, that we do not have to know. While an unintended consequence, Gyasi spoke of how many people have talked
to her about their decision to purchase a 23andMe DNA testing kit. The reaction of Gyasi’s readers to go in search
While the perfection on the outside was unchanging, Yaa Gyasi spoke of the smell that still today plagues the dungeons of the castle
of their own heritage speaks to the profound power of ancestry portrayed in the novel. Gyasi spoke of how she grew up with “Homegoing.” While she never felt she could claim Ghana as a home, having moved away at two years old, she did not feel like the United States was home either. But what if home can be more than somewhere you point to on a map, more than the place you think owns you? The term “homegoing” refers to the African American funeral tradition which revolves around the idea that once you die, your soul returns home. The funeral ritual is a celebration of the deceased returning home. Among the many themes “Homegoing” reflects on, this one lingers: Home can be people, a collection of places, a feeling, a security or even yourself. Home does not need to be a physical place; home can be inside of you.
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Michigan 83 Wisconsin 72
Hot first half propels ‘M’ to win ETHAN WOLFE Daily Sports Editor
MADISON — On Sunday afternoon, Kohl Center had all the makings of a big matchup: a raucous crowd, highlight reels on the jumbotron and the suspense of an intense rivalry. And then the game began. SophomorepointguardZavierSimpsonputhis finesse moves to good use, bullying his defender in the lane for the game’s first two points. Then Simpson rifled an outlet pass to Charles Matthews for an easy layup — one of six assists on the day for the sophomore. A Duncan Robinson 3-pointer followed for a 7-0 lead 2:28 into the contest. It would be that kind of game for the No. 20 Michigan men’s basketball team — it was bigger and better than Wisconsin and could score points any way it wanted. The Wolverines (9-5 Big Ten, 20-7 overall) nearly surrendered their 23-point lead when their offense relaxed, but they made the necessary stops to get a reprieve from a recent offensive slump to trample the underperforming Badgers (4-10, 11-16), 83-72. It was just coach John Beilein’s second win in Madison in his 11-year tenure. “Our defense in the first half was very, very good. Second half, not as good,” Beilein said. “(Defense is) tough to play with that type of lead. We’ve been in this building before and we got up, then they made a run and we did not execute down the stretch and melted a little bit. These guys would not go away tonight.” After the first seven points, Michigan hit the gas pedal even harder. In a fluid 2:02 sequence, the Wolverines recovered from a broken offensive set to convert an alley-oop for Moritz Wagner, then proceeded to knock down three consecutive deep balls. Two of them came off the hands of Robinson, who entered the starting lineup due to an ankle
The Michigan women’s basketball team suffered its third loss in the past four games, losing to Michigan State.
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injury to freshman forward Isaiah Livers. The fifth-year senior was removed as a starter on Jan. 13 against Michigan State, and he welcomed the return with 16 points, hitting his first four threes in the process. And for the first time this season — partially a byproduct of Livers’ absence — Wagner and sophomore center Jon Teske saw the floor together for the first time all year. The added height was also a measure to contain Wisconsin’s Ethan Happ, the Badgers’ lone source of scoring with 29 points. “A scary few minutes right there, we’ve got this guy chasing guys around the perimeter,” Beilein joked, pointing at Wagner beside him. “They really did good (and) you could see it more. They understand that there are some teams — and this team is one — where it’s a good matchup for us. “The whole idea today was “How are we going to keep ‘Happ from getting 40?’ and I don’t think we did a great job with that. … When we lost Isaiah Livers we knew that (Wagner) might have to play some ‘4’ and now he’s not getting more rest.” It was a mish-mash of new lineups and unusual scenes in the first 20 minutes, but it amounted to a lights-out 17-for-26 from the field and a 44-22 halftime lead. In the second half, the onslaught continued. While Happ continued to work Michigan’s frontcourt, Wagner responded in kind with seven of the Wolverines’ first 11 points, including an off-balance, shot clock-beating trey as part of his 20-point, 11-board double-double. But with 11:46 remaining up 21, a repressed memory of blowing a 20-point lead at Ohio State resurfaced. Happ and teammate Nate Reuvers wentona10-0runbythemselves,beforealayupby senior guard Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman quieted a restless crowd. Wisconsin scored again, then Abdur-Rahkman dished a no-look pass to Wagner for a dunk. And then it happened once more, this time a step-back dagger by the senior.
Michigan’s lead would never sink below seven for the rest of the game.Wisconsin tried to continue its comeback efforts with a “hacka-Simpson” strategy, intentionally fouling the point guard with 3:08 remaining. While it worked twice, as he missed the front ends of two one-and-ones, the Badgers couldn’t capitalize before he was substituted out. “All programs in the Big Ten are really good programs so we know they’re gonna make a run late,” Robinson said. “Teams aren’t just gonna wilt away. We’ve got to do a little bit better job in a couple areas, not fouling 3-point shooters and stuff like that. You get experience through games like this. Fortunately, we were able to get a win in this one, but we’ve gotta continue to tighten up our free throw shooting and staying connected on defense in those type of situations.” Sunday’s game may have had all the reverie of a high-stakes contest — a prolific shooting display, a valiant comeback and a rightful winner. But it was truly Michigan’s game from the start, and it took care of business exactly as it needed to to keep its NCAA Tournament aspirations alive.
Dueled in the D The Michigan hockey team won the Iron D trophy, earning five points over the weekend against Michigan State.
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— tucked in between a pizzeria and a liquor store — in the town of Rockville Centre. It has KEVIN a stone SANTO storefront and lounge chairs you’d probably see more often in a backyard than on the sidewalk. Drive by at night, and you’ll find four overhanging lamps spotlighting the words “Greystone Delicatessen.” Walk inside and there are wood floors, with chalkboards hanging across the right wall listing every item on the menu. There are two people currently residing in Ann Arbor who have worked at this deli. One came to Michigan and decided to write for his student newspaper. That’s me. The other? Kevin Conry, the new head coach of the Michigan men’s lacrosse team. *** Warde Manuel doesn’t remember exactly who recommended that he sit down with Conry, but he does remember that Conry was the first assistant coach brought to his attention. It’s easy to imagine why that was the case. Conry graduated from Johns Hopkins — where he was a fouryear member of the Blue Jays’ lacrosse team — before embarking on his coaching journey that saw him make stops at Siena, Penn State, Fairfield and, most recently, Maryland. It’s at all of those stops that Conry says he “sharpened the knife” of his values. Conry’s professional aspirations were always to be a head coach. And Michigan offered similar resources with the chance for him to build a program of his own.
Michigan men’s lacrosse coach Kevin Conry is trying to build the program in his first year in Ann Arbor after serving as an assistant coach at Maryland.
He finished his final season at Maryland — one that ended in a national championship — before turning toward the future. Staying in the present, he says, was something he said he owed to his players. But eventually he went to administrators at Maryland, asking if the Michigan job was still open. It was, and through a series of connections, Conry ended up sitting down with Manuel in Ann Arbor. “This is a Big Ten university with unbelievable facilities,” he says. “It has an unbelievable academic and athletic reputation, so when you’re looking around you’re saying, ‘Oh man, that would be a gem.’ And I was just fortunate to be in the running of that one. Why now? It was just all the stars aligned.” And on June 21, it became official. Conry was taking over the program, and he made sure to call
each of his future players to let them know. *** If you were to walk past Michigan’s locker room Saturday, in the bowels of the newlyconstructed U-M Lacrosse Stadium, you would have found a somewhat peculiar sight. Members of the Wolverines — fresh off a 15-5 victory over Cleveland State in their season opener and dressed in postgame suits — walked the hall picking up stray pieces of athletic tape. It seems innocuous enough, but the scene is emblematic of the broader principles Conry has begun to instill. As Brent Noseworthy describes, he has had to pick up other people’s garbage. His new coach is insistent that the team leaves places better than they found it — whether that be a bus, a hotel room or a piece of athletic equipment.
“How you do anything is how you do everything, and that’s something Coach Conry has really harped on,” Noseworthy says. “One of the thing he encourages us — make your bed every morning, because then you start your day off productive and you have something done.” As for Conry’s explanation? “Much like everything, you kind of grow up a certain way,” he says. “You kind of grow up with that respectful mindset, being accountable to all your decisions and your mistakes. Part of our mission here and what we talk about is we’re gonna play the game like we live our life and you live your life like you play the game.” The culture change doesn’t end with garbage duty, though. Last Friday, Conry had the freshman class and his senior captains over for dinner. Noseworthy says he thinks
the plan is to make sure every class goes over at least once, and that in the first iteration, the team spent time meeting Conry’s family. The assistant coaches brought their kids over too. The food wasn’t bad either, complete with a spread of flank steaks, chicken, pasta and mac and cheese. “It’s catered,” joked freshman Alex Buckanavage. “He doesn’t know how to cook.” “I punted on that one,” Conry admits. “I couldn’t put that one on Mrs. Conry.” Home-cooking or not, the purpose behind the dinner remains the same. “I think we want to foster more of a family environment,” Conry says. “I want them to know my kids and watch my kids kind of grow up around this program. … But I want to build a championship culture, and everything that’s entitled to it.
Part of it is the family orientation, but it’s also just excelling at the smallest details in every department.” *** Look around the Big Ten, and you’ll quickly come to a realization. Five teams are currently ranked in the top 20 nationally. Michigan, the sixth, is not one of them. The growth will have to come incrementally. No one is blind to that. “The expectations were high,” says Warde Manuel, “while at the same time understanding, it’s not just gonna be built overnight because we have a new stadium, and now we’re gonna all of a sudden win.” Conry admits that, as a firsttime head coach, there are some things that no amount of advice can prepare you for. He says the best coaches, in his mind, adjust to those mistakes. But there’s a sense of humor mixed in with the introspection. He’ll say he misses bagels, pizza, crab and his family on the East Coast. But lacrosse and film study, he’ll joke again, have filled the void and improved his diet. If Saturday was any indication, though, he’s been looking at more than just lacrosse and film since June. “I’m a relationship guy,” Conry says. “… The relationships of life is what you take away. Everybody leaves a little coin in the well of your life and so you kind of build that foundation from there. For these guys, I’m gonna be around them 20-something hours a week to make sure I’m always a steady presence in their lives. “They want to make sure they know me, get to know me for real, and build a foundation of success around it.” Santo can be reached at kmsanto@ umich.edu or on Twitter @Kevin_M_ Santo. This wasn’t supposed to be an endorsement for Greystone Delicatessen, but if you’re ever in Rockville Centre, order The Big Spicy.
Robinson, hot first half boost Wolverines to road win against Wisconsin The fifth-year senior forward made a triumphant return to the starting lineup, scoring 16 points on 5-of-9 shooting
Fifth-year senior forward Duncan Robinson hit his first four 3s against Wisconsin and finished with 16 points on 5-of-9 shooting.
MARK CALCAGNO Daily Sports Editor
When Zavier Simpson kicked the ball out to Duncan Robinson in the closing minutes of the first half, there was no question
what was going to happen next. Even with a defender right in his face, 23 feet away from the basket, the fifth-year senior guard lifted, fired and drained a 3-pointer. It was his fourth triple of afternoon and the
final piece of a nearly perfect, 4-for-5 effort from beyond the arc in the first half. And in a rare display of emotion, he let the 15,000plus fans in attendance at the Kohl Center know it with a
confident, fist-pump filled jog down the f loor. “It felt good just to see some go in,” Robinson said. This year, Robinson has probably expected to see a few more go in than has been the case. In his final season at Michigan, the forward has lost his starting job and shot a career-worst 35 percent from the f loor. And even with all his experience, the fifth-year senior hasn’t played with the confidence one might anticipate. After the Wolverines’ victory over Rutgers last month, John Beilein said he thought Robinson was tentative and “asking for permission” too often. But in Michigan’s 83-72 victory over Wisconsin, Robinson refused to ask for anything — even when recent history suggested he could
have — scoring 16 points on 5-for-9 shooting in 37 minutes. “Duncan’s a great shooter, and we know that,” said junior forward Mortiz Wagner, “so I’m very happy his shots were going down.” Robinson’s struggles had hit possibly their lowest point prior to Sunday’s contest, having made just two of his last 13 triple attempts the past three games. Yet, with the injury to freshman forward Isaiah Livers, Robinson was thrust back on the starting lineup Sunday, where the Wolverines needed him to perform. And channeling a strong performance in practice from earlier this week, he did just that. “The other day, there was the goal of making 48 3s in four minutes. He made 50 out of 55 shots on the run moving,” Beilein said. “I know he can really shoot the ball, and I encourage him to shoot the ball. He did today.” Like Robinson, Michigan has had its fair share of recent offensive struggles. The Wolverines shot just 5-for-20 in the second half of Tuesday’s loss at Northwestern — part of a three-game stretch where they averaged just 62 points-pergame. But it wasn’t that type of afternoon Sunday. Two minutes and change in, Robinson collected himself and knocked down a 3-pointer to put the Wolverines up, 7-0. Minutes later, that advantage would grow to 15-2 when a pick-and-roll set up an open look for Wagner, who splashed his first of three triples on the day. That type of ball movement was the clear difference from the Northwestern loss, when
the Wolverines often resorted to 1-on-1 play when they couldn’t immediately solve the Wildcats’ 2-3 zone defense. Instead, Michigan assisted on all eight of its made 3-pointers in the first half Sunday, as sound passing even created shots for players who seldom get them. Midway through the first half, fifthyear senior guard Jaaron Simmons hit his first triple since Nov. 29 after catching a kick-out pass from Wagner for an open look. Michigan went 17-for-26 from the field to score 44 points in the opening frame — its most in the first half since Jan. 2 at Iowa (48). “We know that it (would) correct itself, and we got really good shooters on the team, and we’ve got really good passers,” Beilein said. That shooting touch evaded the Wolverines at some points in final 20 minutes, allowing the Badgers to cut deficit to single digits. But the ball movement didn’t. With Wisconsin threatening, senior guard MuhammadAli AbdurRahkman threaded the needle to diving Wagner for a dunk, giving Michigan a 13-point lead with less than eight minutes to play. The Badgers would make addition comeback efforts from there, but near perfect free-throw shooting down the stretch gave Michigan the win it needed to have. “It really feels good just to have our guys just go out there and play,” Beilein said. And behind on the best passing performances in some time, that’s exactly what Robinson and the Wolverines did Sunday — no question about it.
“It really feels good to have our guys just go out there and play.”
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Michigan out of sync, loses to MSU Hailey Brown suffers left leg injury HUNTER SHARF Daily Sports Writer
EAST LANSING —With 50 seconds left against Michigan State, down 64-61, Kim Barnes Arico called a timeout. Despite drawing up a plan, the Wolverines were unable to get off a shot, turning the ball over with 36 seconds left. This left a blank stare of frustration on Barnes Arico’s face, as No. 21 Michigan women’s basketball (9-5 Big Ten, 20-7 overall) went on to lose, 66-61, to the Spartans (5-8, 15-11). “We were trying to get Hallie (Thome) a touch in the post, first and foremost, because we felt like she was having a lot of good one-on-one situations,” Barnes Arico said. “Then when we didn’t have her to try and get Katelynn (Flaherty) off a f lare screen to a rescreen. I think everybody became hesitant right there, a couple people had some open looks and then we just kept passing the ball.” For the first three quarters, the Wolverines seemed to leave their talents in Ann Arbor. Michigan was unable to sustain consistent play on either side of the ball. When the offense prospered, the defense was ineffective and vice versa. After a 7-0 run to start the game, the Wolverines went cold. In the final eight minutes of the quarter, Michigan scored just four points. Excluding senior guard Katelynn Flaherty, the Wolverines were out of sync – resulting in a 21-11 Michigan State lead. Offensively, Flaherty was the only one who could convert, scoring nine of the Wolverines’ 11 points. To make matters worse, Michigan turned it over eight times and struggled in transition on defense, allowing Michigan State to knock down three 3-pointers.
In the second, the Wolverines picked up their offense by scoring 21 points. Unlike the first frame, Flaherty struggled and her teammates picked up the slack. Thome returned to form after posting just two points in the opening quarter, scoring 10 points – including six from the line. Despite the offensive turnaround, Michigan’s defense was still horrendous. The Wolverines allowed another 21 points as the Spartans were incredibly efficient from the field, shooting 50 percent from three and 53.3 percent from the f loor. This impressive play had Michigan State up 42-32 at the half. When the teams last played each other, Michigan State scored 48 points in the entire game. The second half wasn’t much better. Just as Michigan cranked up its defense by allowing only 13 points in the third, its offense again went quiet. The Wolverines could only muster 13 points, holding the deficit at ten. Michigan showed some resilience to open the final quarter by quickly knocking down two 3-pointers – cutting the deficit to four. But, the Spartans held tough and never surrendered their lead. For the Wolverines, the game itself wasn’t the only loss. Freshman forward Hailey Brown went down with an unknown leg injury and her status is to be determined. Michigan never seemed to find their groove. The Wolverines shot an abysmal 36 percent from the f loor. To
Kim Barnes Arico and Michigan took their third loss in the past four games with a 66-61 loss to Michigan State.
make matters worse, Michigan couldn’t hold onto the ball, committing 23 total turnovers. “(Turnovers) that’s been really the problem,” Barnes Arico said. “We work on it every day. I think coming into the year we really knew that might be something that could be a problem for us because we weren’t returning a point guard.” The only thing that kept the Wolverines in the game was their effectiveness from the free throw line. They knocked down 21-of-24; Thome accounted for nine of them. Despite a successful season, Michigan has now lost three of its last four. And turnovers have been a big part of the poor play. If the slide continues, this could have them missing out on the NCAA Tournament, again.
The Wolverines never seemed to find their groove.
Daily Sports Writer
EAST LANSING — A loss wasn’t the only calamity the Michigan women’s basketball team suffered on Sunday. Freshman forward Hailey Brown went down with a lower left leg injury late in the fourth quarter. Brown was trying to defend a transition drive from Michigan State’s Branndais Agee when the injury occurred. Brown fell underneath the basket and was helped off without putting weight on her left leg. On the bench, a trainer put an ice pack around Brown’s ankle. She did not return. Just minutes earlier, Brown hit a 3-pointer to bring the Wolverines within four points. Those were the last of her seven points on the day, which Brown scored on 3-of-4 shooting from the field, the latest in a run of impressive performances. The quietest starter during the first part of the season, Brown broke out with a 23-point performance against Indiana last
month. She followed that up with double-doubles in two of her next three games, adding a fourth reliable scorer to Michigan’s starting trio of senior guard Katelynn Flaherty, junior guard Nicole Munger and junior center Hallie Thome. Without her, the Wolverines’ offense lagged in the game’s final minutes. What had looked like a promising comeback lost steam, as Michigan blew a chance to tie the game in the last minute, committing a shot clock violation. Then, with nine seconds left in the contest and three on the shot clock, sophomore forward Kayla Robbins fouled the Spartans’ Victoria Gaines. Two free throws later, any chance for a win had evaporated. “Hailey’s a great 3-point shooter and she obviously made a 3 (just before the injury), and you
know, she’s tough with the pickand-pop and the flare screens to Kate,” said Michigan coach Kim Barnes Arico. “... Definitely not having her in at the end of the game took away one of our best 3-point shooters. Next to Kate, she’s probably shooting it the best of anyone on our team right now.” Brown will be evaluated in the coming days. No immediate update on the injury was provided. Should Brown miss Wednesday’s game at Minnesota, either Robbins or freshman guard Deja Church, the only two bench players to get consistent minutes for the Wolverines, will likely move into the starting lineup. Church was the immediate replacement for Brown, but Robbins also played in crunch-time because senior forward Jillian Dunston fouled out. It’s hard to overstate the potential impact of this injury if Brown is out for a significant time. Michigan’s last two games are in Minneapolis and home against Maryland, a top-10 team. The Wolverines would have been happy to win one of the two with a healthy squad. Without Brown, disaster looms. Michigan will likely make the NCAA Tournament regardless. The Wolverines are 34th in RPI and the Big Ten features a slew of tournament contenders, making it hard to see a repeat of last season even with a similar slog to the finish. But finishing the year with two more losses — and dropping five of their last six — would open the door to ambiguity heading into the Selection Show. Michigan lived the perils of such a situation last season. Without Brown, it might do so again.
No immediate update on the injury was provided.
‘M’ shows highs and lows of a young team in early-season tournament TIEN LE
Daily Sports Writer
Two dominant wins Friday. Two harrowing losses Saturday. A closeout win and a sigh of relief Sunday. For the softball team, it was déjà vu. Opening their season in the annual USF Wilson-Demarini Tournament, the Wolverines tallied three wins and two losses over the span of three days. Similar to the year prior, the team put on a first-day show, only to let the next two closely-contested games slip away before bouncing back with a convincing win. The difference? This year’s team is younger and less experienced but has plenty of room to grow. On Friday, Michigan posted back-to-back shutouts — 7-0 against Alabama-Birmingham and 8-0 against Georgia State — through the efforts of senior starting right-hander and first baseman Tera Blanco and freshman left-hander Meghan Beaubien. In an otherwise stressless day, the biggest scare for the Wolverines came at the end of their first game against the Blazers. After Blanco had weathered the storm by keeping UAB scoreless through seven innings, Beaubien came in for her first collegiate appearance to close it, attempting to hold a 7-0 lead. Throwing her first pitch, Beaubien hit the batter squarely in the chest, awarding the UAB hitter first base. Shortly after, she allowed consecutive infield and right field singles to load the bases. Facing the pressure of loaded bases and a potential comeback, though, was no scare for the freshman, as she struck out two Blazers before forcing a groundout to second. “Just one pitch at a time, you know, go after the hitters, trust my defense, don’t think too hard about the runners on base or the next batter coming up,” Beaubien said. “Just one pitch at a time and relax.” Her mentality gave her the
Junior infielder Faith Canfield hit two home runs in a two-game stretch at the USF Wilson-Demarini Tournament as Michigan compiled a 3-2 record.
start against Georgia State, where she pitched a six-inning no hitter. Her defense, however, paved the way for her success, allowing her to pitch with little to no pressure. Up five at the bottom of the fifth, senior utility player Aidan Falk dove to the ground in pursuit of the ball. With a one-handed grab, she came up with the play — one of many crowd-stirring defensive play — to further prevent any chances of an upset from the Panthers. Despite the shutout, there were mistakes here and there. But to Michigan coach Carol Hutchins, those mistakes were necessary to show the team that it still had room to improve. “You know, we saw some great moments from our team,” Hutchins said. “We had some great offense. We had some great pitching. We made some great defensive plays and played some good softball. “And then I thought we showed some signs that there are some areas to improve and not just at the game of softball. But I told them today, I think our mindset needs to become more consistent, and to have a consistency to our game we’re gonna need to have a consistency to our minds.”
The lack of consistency in its mindset showed after the first day. Before Saturday, the Michigan offense was rolling. Against UAB, Falk had three RBI and two hits. Sophomore shortstop Madison Uden and pitch-hitter Abby Skvarce added an RBI each. Against the Panthers, the Wolverines recorded 12 hits. Senior utility player Taylor Swearingen recorded two hits, using offense to build confidence in her defense after she committed an error in the field where she allowed the ball to bounce off the top of her glove. Junior catcher Katie Alexander scored the game deciding run before adding another RBI to round out her performance on Friday. But the standout of the day, was junior second baseman Faith Canfield who hit two home runs in two games, including a threerun homer over the left field wall against Georgia State. Seeing the ball sail over the fence sent a smile to Canfield’s face as she crossed home plate. “It felt awesome. I mean, we’ve been practicing inside for the past month,” Canfield said, “so actually getting to see those balls go over the fence and not just hitting the
top of our indoor facilities was pretty exciting, felt really good.” However, that smile disappeared soon after as the team faced No. 2 Florida. Despite going against a perennial powerhouse in the Gators, Michigan didn’t change its approach as it had the two preceding games. To the players, they were just “going out to play softball like they had always known.” “It’s Florida,” Beaubien said, “and everyone talks about that because they’re such a good program, but we don’t approach it any differently.” Just as they had before, the Wolverines came out strong. Canfield led off with contact, which was likely to be a double before it was ruled foul. And in a moment’s notice, Michigan’s offense became stagnant as sophomore outfielder Thais Gonzalez popped out to second base and Falk grounded out to second to cap off the first inning. Beaubien held Florida to just four hits and two runs, but her effort wasn’t enough as those two runs proved to be all that was needed to win. The Wolverines’ stagnant offense stranded 10 total runners on base against the
Gators and South Florida, many of which were in scoring position. Inning after inning, Michigan produced extra base hits. But whether they had zero outs or two outs, the Wolverines couldn’t muster a way to convert the opportunities. Faced with its final set of outs in the seventh inning down two, Michigan brought out freshman shortstop Natalia Rodriguez to try to ignite the offense. Just like her fellow freshman Beaubien, pressure proved to be ineffective, as she hit a single to centerfield. With a runner on first and hope in the dugout, the team rallied around the possibility of tying or winning the game. “I brought her in the leadoff batter and she got on base against Florida,” Hutchins said. “That was fantastic, high-pressure, that is softball at its highest pressure. I think she’s a confident kid. I think she believes in herself. She’s talented, and she’s got that great body language that comes with it. What we call swag. I like that swag. Shows me that she’s confident in her abilities.” But just as quickly as the Wolverines’ hopes began, Florida ended them by inducing a groundout by Canfield.
“I thought we had, you know, we had a great game against Florida, and I liked our mindset,” Hutchins said. “I thought we put ourselves in a position to win the game, and we didn’t win the game, but we were in the game to win it. “And then I did not see that out of them in the South Florida game. We seemed, it was kind of like a letdown type of thing. This morning we came out strong the first inning but then we shot ourselves in the foot almost every inning, just cues that I don’t think we’re locked in enough.” Coming out of the bus to go into its fourth game in two days, the team’s lack of energy was evident. That lack of energy made all the difference. Despite putting up a fight, the Wolverines fell, 3-2, to the Bulls, an unexpected loss just like the year prior. Finding themselves down one late in the game, Hutchins made a tough call to pull Blanco for Beaubien, relying on the left-hander to maintain the slim gap. However, even though the defense kept the margin to one, the offense struggled again, failing to take advantage of an opportunity in the seventh, as three pinch-hitters hit three straight pop outs or groundouts to end the game. Bouncing back from a rough loss, the Wolverines proceeded to convincingly beat Illinois State, 6-1, to end their opening tournament run. While the result of the weekend might not have gone the way the team had hoped, there were many takeaways that offered a good look at not just the strengths of the team, but the potential offered by its youth. “We’re here for one reason, is to be locked into play good softball,” Hutchins said. “So hopefully, you know, it’s a learning curve, and there’s a lot of new kids playing every game.” “I think you’re never fully as good as you’re going to be,” Canfield said. “So I think all around, we can sharpen up and if anything, just improve our presence, which I think will come with time as we get more comfortable as the season goes on.”
4B — Monday, February 12, 2018
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Calderone, Marody overcome recent drought with productive weekend BENJAMIN KATZ Daily Sports Writer
DETROIT, Mich. — The Monday after the Michigan hockey team swept then-No. 9 Minnesota, senior forward Tony Calderone and junior forward Cooper Marody were nominated for the Hobey Baker Award, which recognizes college hockey’s best player. That was almost a month ago. Halfway through the season, Calderone had already posted a team-high 15 goals, tied for seventh in the nation. Marody’s 31 points led the Big Ten and his 22 assists were second-best in the country. The duo had combined for five points against the Golden Gophers, and — along with senior forward Dexter Dancs — accounted for almost 40 percent of the Wolverines’ total points on the season. But then the tandem went silent. In the next three weekends, Calderone and Marody notched only one point between the two of them. The pure goal-scorer in Calderone and ice general in Marody had lost what got them recognized in the first place. Despite contributions from secondary scorers in a sweep against then-No. 12 Penn State on Jan. 20, Michigan wasn’t as fortunate afterward. No offensive production ran between two of the Wolverines’ biggest assets and the team began to falter. It was swept at then-No. 6 Ohio State and split a home series against then-No. 18 Wisconsin. Amid a tight race for homeice advantage in the Big Ten tournament and PairWise positioning for an NCAA Tournament berth, Michigan couldn’t afford to stumble this weekend against Michigan State. It needed Calderone and Marody to step up. And they rose to the occasion, playing prominent roles to help claim five of six very important points.
Senior forward Tony Calderone broke out of a slump, scoring a shootout goal in Friday’s game before assisting linemate Cooper Marody on Saturday.
Friday night in East Lansing, the Wolverines and Spartans played to a 1-1 tie, resulting in a shootout to determine which team received the extra point in the conference standings. In regulation, Calderone and Marody had two and three shots, respectively, creating what Michigan coach Mel Pearson referred to as “grade-A” scoring opportunities. While the pair didn’t hit the back of the net, they were slowly returning to their old form. After neither team scored in the first two rounds of the shootout, Spartan forward Patrick Khodorenko’s shot in the third round was stopped by sophomore goaltender Hayden Lavigne. Then it was up to Calderone to clinch the game. While previous shootout skaters sauntered toward the net to try to make a move against
opposing goaltenders, Calderone had other ideas. The senior captain barreled down the middle of the ice with a full head of steam. Head down, Calderone quickly moved the puck from his backhand to forehand and sniped a shot past the glove of goaltender John Lethemon and right under the crossbar. Despite the recent drop-off in scoring, Calderone wasn’t deterred to change his shootout approach. And following dormancy since mid-January, he believes the game-winner is vital to his confidence down the regular season’s homestretch. “(Assistant coach Brian Wiseman) always tells me I’m a shooter, so I tried to pick up some speed, get the goalie backing up a little bit and I was lucky enough to get it in there,” Calderone said after Friday’s game. “I think it’s easy to get frustrated when you’re not
putting in the puck, but I have to get back to basics, keep my feet moving and hopefully that goal can give me some confidence.” While the Spartan crowd was silenced, the Wolverines were whipped into a frenzy. As the team skated out to celebrate with Calderone, Pearson and his assistant coaches came together for a group hug and jumped up and down. The coach then ran out onto the ice and embraced his captain. When asked why he showed that much emotion, a usually even-keeled Pearson didn’t respond about the crucial Big Ten point won or defeating an in-state rival. He was just as elated for the hard-working Calderone for getting back on track. “It’s good for Tony because, let’s face it, he’s been struggling lately,” Pearson said. “For him to go in and shoot that puck like he
Wolverines claim nailbiter over Michigan State
did, he made it look easy and like he’s done it a thousand times. The ice was bad, but that was pure Tony and hopefully that gives him a bit of a lift here going forward.” The next night, it was Marody’s turn. Four minutes and 22 seconds into the first period, sophomore defenseman Griffin Luce blasted a shot from the point that bounced off Lethemon’s pads and found its way to Calderone in the left circle. Just as the Spartan goaltender inched outside the crease to make a play on Calderone, the senior directed a pass to the middle of the ice for a streaking Marody. Marody wouldn’t miss a beat, tapping the puck into a wideopen net to put the Wolverines on the board. With a fist pump from his knee and a jump into the boards, Marody breathed life into the Michigan offense
Anatomy of a no-hitter ARIA GERSON
Daily Sports Writer
The Michigan hockey team won the Iron D trophy with a 3-2 win over Michigan State at Little Caesars Arena on Saturday night.
JACOB SHAMES Daily Sports Writer
DETROIT, Mich. — Over the last two months, Hayden Lavigne has asserted himself as Michigan’s starting goaltender, and has often had to stand on his head to bail out his team. Saturday night, it was Joseph Cecconi’s turn. With under three minutes to play and the Wolverines leading Michigan State, 3-2, Spartan forward Cody Milan jumped on a rebound after two Lavigne saves and sent the puck towards the net with the sophomore goaltender out of position. In Lavigne’s place, however, was Cecconi, who caught the puck with his right hand just before it could cross the plane, tossing it out of the crease as he fell to prevent a penalty. “I’ve had maybe one or two of those but that was probably the best one,” Cecconi said. “... Once I saw the replay I knew that it wasn’t a goal.” The ensuing official review
proved the junior defenseman correct, and Cecconi’s heads-up play allowed Michigan (9-103 Big Ten, 14-13-3 overall) to escape with the Iron D Trophy and a 3-2 victory over Michigan State (4-14-2, 10-18-2) at Little Caesars Arena on Saturday night. The game’s early going seemed to hint at a higher-scoring game than Friday night’s 1-1 tie in East Lansing. Five minutes in, sophomore defenseman Griffin Luce boomed a shot from the point that bounced off John Lethemon’s pads and to senior forward Tony Calderone just outside the left post. When the Spartan goaltender came over to defend him, Calderone dumped an easy pass into the crease, and junior forward Cooper Marody rushed in to finish off the tap-in. And then Michigan went cold. Fifteen first period shots amounted to only one goal. The first 11 of the second begot even less. The Wolverines were given a break, however, when Spartan forward Mitchell Lewandowski shoved junior forward Brendan
Warren into the boards, earning himself a disqualification and his team a five-minute major penalty. Four minutes and 50 seconds later, Michigan still had nothing to show for it. But then, sophomore forward Adam Winborg gathered the puck behind the Michigan State net and set up for a wraparound attempt. Lethemon stuffed his first shot. Ditto for the second. But the third time proved to be the charm, as freshman forward Jack Becker got to the rebound and put it past the Spartan goaltender for a 2-0 lead, giving Michigan crucial breathing room going into the final period. It would need all of it. Michigan State forward Taro Hirose scored directly off a faceoff right after the third period began. After freshman defenseman Quinn Hughes slipped home a close-range finish off a pinpoint cross-ice pass from Cecconi with five minutes to play, the Spartans answered right back when Patrick Khodorenko snuck
a pass under a Wolverine stick and to David Keefer, who halved the Michigan State deficit. And in the end, it came down to an unlikely save from an unlikely source. “I couldn’t watch the last two minutes,” said Michigan coach Mel Pearson. “We have to get better. We have to learn how to play with a lead. When you’re (up) 2-0 — faceoff goal, bang, now you’ve got a game. We get 3-1, that should have been it. They should not get another Grade-A opportunity after that. And we’ve got to understand that we’ve got to learn to play in tight games with a lead when there’s a lot on the line.” The Spartans outshot Michigan, 34-33, including a 12-5 margin in the crucial third period. Skirmishes broke out frequently, and missed opportunities were routine. By any measure, this was not the Wolverines’ prettiest performance. Perhaps Cecconi’s gamesaving play was most emblematic of that.
and energized the Wolverine faithful scattered around Little Caesars Arena. “(Cooper’s) a phenomenal player,” Pearson said following Saturday’s 3-2 victory. “He should’ve had, I think, five or six points tonight.” For the rest of the contest, Calderone and Marody applied two-way pressure on the Spartans. Each finished with four shots on goal, many crisp passes and defensive stops, all contributing to plus-minus ratings of plus-two for both skaters in the win. Calderone’s assist in the first frame was his first point since Jan. 13 at Minnesota. Marody’s goal and assist gives him just three points in the last eight games. Yet despite the recent setbacks in point production, Calderone and Marody kept playing with the same intensity and grit that originally earned them Hobey Baker Award nominations. “You have to trust yourself that you’re a good player,” Pearson said. “You have to have that inner confidence … and the points will come. You have to do A, B, C, D and then when you get the opportunities, make them count. “And they’ve played well, it’s not like they haven’t played well, things just haven’t gone in. But I thought they had a real good weekend, both of them, both nights.” How reassuring was it for Pearson to have Calderone and Marody show up in such a big way this weekend? “You knew it was going to happen, they’re good hockey players,” Pearson said. “If you’ve ever played the game, you’re all going to go through moments where things maybe don’t go your way. It can be for a short period of time or it can be for an extended period of time. “I think the time is over. I’m going to tell them it’s over.”
In her collegiate debut Friday against Alabama-Birmingham, Meghan Beaubien plunked the first batter she faced. It seemed at the time an ominous foreshadowing, but maybe it was more of an announcement, a way of saying, “I’m Meghan Beaubien. Don’t mess with me.” Making the start in the next game, she didn’t allow a single hit. “I think it’s really cool, and I think it’s really telling of her future at Michigan,” said junior second baseman Faith Canfield. “Just how successful she’s gonna be.” Even when things didn’t go her way, Beaubien was unfazed. At times, she was even entertained. In the bottom of the second inning, Georgia State batter Arden Jobe fouled off pitch after pitch. Finally, Beaubien went to her changeup — a 55 mph offering that kept hitters off-balance all day — and Jobe swung straight through it. “I actually have fun with those situations,” Beaubien said. “It’s always fun to have a battle like that between a pitcher and a hitter.” But after that, the Panthers didn’t seem to have much fight left, as seven of the next eight batters struck out. Meanwhile, Michigan, which had opened up a 2-0 lead in the first inning, tacked on RBI singles from junior catcher Katie Alexander and sophomore outfielder Thais Gonzalez in the fourth to make the score 5-0. After that, Beaubien showed her first signs of being anything but in control, as two fly balls seemed destined for trouble before diving catches by Gonzalez and senior right fielder Aidan Falk kept the no-hitter alive.
“People made fantastic plays that game,” Beaubien said, “and that shows that that no-hitter is really a team effort.” In the top of the sixth inning, junior second baseman Faith Canfield stepped up to the plate with two runners on. She worked the count to 3-2, waiting for her pitch. When she got it, it left the ballpark to extend the lead to 8-0. The Wolverines knew that if they didn’t allow a run in the bottom of the inning, the game would end due to the run rule. Three more outs would seal it. Three. Strike three whizzed right by a flustered Georgia State batter. Two. A routine groundout to shortstop. One. Beaubien walked the next batter on four straight pitches. The crowd was restless. Was she feeling fatigued? Could she finish it off? Then came a soft line drive off the bat of Panther designated player Megan Litumbe. Beaubien turned around, tracking it until it landed safely into the glove of sophomore shortstop Madison Uden. Zero. Her reaction was subdued — a simple fist pump as the Wolverines rushed the field. After all, her pitching spoke for itself. As hard as it is to top a no-hitter, for Beaubien, this is just the beginning. “I expect that she’ll have a lot of great things in her career,” said Michigan coach Carol Hutchins. “ … We’ll take the no-hitters in stride, and I think she handled it like a champ.” And though Michigan may not have had quite the weekend it wanted — dropping both its games on Saturday — it knew one thing: Mess with Meghan Beaubien at your own risk.
“I expect that she’ll have a lot of great things in her career.”
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