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‘U’s ask for delay in vote on bill about misconduct State public universities ask to postpone Nassar-inspired bills fearing higher risk LEAH GRAHAM Daily Staff Reporter
Derrick Kayongo, founder of the Global Soup Project and CEO of the Center for Civil and Human Rights, speaks about ethics and his experiences in Uganda, the United States, and other countries at Rackham Monday.
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Derrick Kayongo ties his experience as a refugee to lessons of believing in others AMARA SHAIKH Daily Staff Reporter
The Delta Gamma Foundation and the University of Michigan Office of Greek Life welcomed 2011 CNN Hero Derreck Kayongo Monday evening as the keynote speaker for the University’s fourth Delta Gamma Lectureship in Values & Ethics. Kayongo’s speech centered on how his personal experiences with his family and as a refugee in Kenya shaped his desire to establish
the Global Soap Project, which takes donated, reprocessed soap from hotels and distributes it to communities in need. Along with founding the Global Soap Project, Kayongo is currently the CEO for the Center for Civil and Human Rights in Atlanta. LSA sophomore Kim Ira, director of lectureship for the Delta Gamma Xi chapter, explained the organization selected Kayongo for his humanitarian efforts and desire for social change. The annual lectureship, endowed in 2010 by Ann Arbor Delta Gamma
chapters and alums, is one of 20 such lectureships which take place across the country. “Derreck embodies a lot of humanitarian values and I thought his story of social entrepreneurship could be something really relevant to the Michigan campus because so many people here are ambitious and driven but they have a social change mindset along with this,” Ira said. “Derreck’s message, his backstory as a refugee, his message of public health, social change and a business mindset is something that appeals to so many people on the Michigan
campus and it really represents the values of Delta Gamma.” Kayongo began by describing how his parents’ professions in business fields shaped his childhood in Uganda as well the various political issues the country faced, which eventually led to his family fleeing to Kenya. He recalled an instance where a firing squad began killing people in his village and caused him to distrust adults because of the damage they could cause in an area. “I was 10 years old watching See KAYONGO, Page 1
Michigan’s 15 public universities requested the state legislature on Monday to postpone voting on a package of bills aimed at combating sexual assault and expanding survivors’ legal rights, citing worry about measures that would allow more lawsuits to be filed against government agencies including the universities by giving victims more time to file. The Michigan state Senate is scheduled to vote later this week on the legislation, which was inspired by the recent trial of Larry Nassar, a former doctor at Michigan State University who sexually abused hundreds of young patients and students. The Michigan Association of State Universities — of which the University is a member — the coordinating board for the state’s public universities, wrote in a letter to lawmakers and Gov. Rick Snyder the bills would have a “profound impact.”
An analysis from Dykema, a law firm commissioned by the board, indicated the laws would lead to a “significant number” of lawsuits against the universities and other organizations, including governments and churches, posing a financial risk by potentially increasing the cost of insurance and negatively impacting government credit ratings. MASU’s CEO Daniel Hurley asked for more time to consider the effects of the legislation. “We ask that decisions on these bills be delayed to allow for more analysis and discussion to ascertain their full impact,” Hurley wrote in the group’s letter to lawmakers. Currently, survivors of childhood sexual abuse in Michigan have until their 19th birthdays to file lawsuits. Under the proposed legislation, children who suffered abuse in 1993 or later would be able to sue before they turned 48 and adult victims of assault would have 30 years to file a claim after the fact. See NASSAR, Page 3
City Council discusses affordability of New center Educators will study water rates, pay of City Administrator in state see
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Citizens criticize higher water fees, while members debate increase in overhead costs
School of Nursing’s DASH Center to focus on how use affects at-risk groups
In a budget meeting and special session on Monday night, Ann Arbor City Council discussed incorporating a new customer classification for water rates, implementing a capital financing strategy to address issues such as street lighting and a compensation increase for the City Administrator. During the budget meeting, City of Ann Arbor Public Services proposed plans to create a new addition to the customer classification system used to address affordability in Ann Arbor water rates. Water rates were previously classified among three categories: Residential, non-residential and water only. With the new public services model, the rates would reflect a fourth category; multifamily, which, according to Public Services Administrator Craig Hupy, is a class of customers that is easier to serve. “We identified it as a class that is easier to serve,” Hupy said in response to a question fielded by City Council regarding each individual’s ability to pay these rates. “We can only look at that, we can’t look at what they can pay.” If the new classification goes through, about 2,500 accounts will be reclassified. During the public comment, several Ann Arbor residents including Leon Bryson expressed their concern
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In January, the University of Michigan opened the Center for the Study of Drugs, Alcohol, Smoking, and Health, affiliated with the School of Nursing. Carol Boyd, a Deborah J. Oakley Collegiate professor in the Nursing School, and Sean Esteban McCabe, former director of the Substance Abuse Research Center, co-direct the new center, which increased its public persona when its website went live last week. The University already has multiple research centers that explore addiction and substance use and abuse, including the Addiction Center, housed in the Michigan Medicine Department of Psychiatry, and the University of Michigan Tobacco Research Network. The DASH center, however, will hone in on substance use and the wider reaching social issues associated with it. Specifically, the center’s researchers share an interest in at-risk See DASH, Page 3
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regarding this new water rate plan. “The resolution is to increase the rate so that the residents are actually paying what it costs,” Bryson said. “If we use this model for water rates we are setting a model. I’m concerned that if we do this, we have to do it for all areas of government. We can’t just apply it to water. I think there needs to be a bit more discussion for structuring the
tiers based on how we use the services.” Explaining their reasoning behind this new classification and the rate increase, Andrew Burnham, vice president and practice leader at Stantec, argued their proposal was common and meets the needs of the data from water use. “We now have a way to serve to customer classes and we are reflecting that in our rate
system,” Burnham said. “Now we have identified how much we use for each customer. Then what rate structure fits each customer. These are directly proportional rates based on the demand per cubic feet that these place on the system peak demands.” In addition to discussing water rates, Hupy told the council they are currently interviewing four vendors for the Solid Waste See COUNCIL, Page 1
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Rising $405 from last year, 2016-17 is the first pay increase in five years REMY FARKAS
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During the 2016-2017 school year, the average salary of teachers in Michigan increased for the first time in five years. The Michigan Department of Education reported the average salary of a Michigan public school teacher was $62,280 this past school year, up $405 from the 20152016 school year. Salaries peaked during the 2009-2010 school year at $63,024, $744 higher than the current salary. As reported by MLive, the average teacher’s pay does not include benefits, but includes extra pay beyond base salary including longevity bonuses, compensation for coaching or large class size. MLive stated lower average salaries in recent years were the result of fewer raises, wage rollbacks, an increase of younger, less-experienced teachers and decrease of older, more-experienced teachers (as teachers are paid by experience) and an increase in charter schools. DARBY STIPE/Daily
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28th annual Golden Apple Award given to Sandra Levitsky The sociology professor was nominated by students for her engaging lectures and ability to connect class topics to current events MAYA GOLDMAN Daily News Editor
When Sandra Levitsky, an associate professor of sociology at the University of Michigan, walked into a meeting last Thursday, she he hadn’t even had her morning caffeine yet. She wasn’t expecting anything out of the ordinary to happen, and she definitely wasn’t expecting to be presented with this year’s Golden Apple Award. “It was a surprise,” Levitsky said. “I, unfortunately, had not had my first hit of caffeine so I was trying to process why all of these people were walking into my meeting from all different parts of my professional life. It’s one thing to sort of hear the news in the abstract and it’s another to actually look in the faces of your students. That makes it all the more special … This is the award that nobody expects! It
DASH From Page 1 populations such as racial minorities, women and members of the LGBTQ community. After the University of Michigan Substance Abuse Research Center closed in 2016, there was a need for a new interdisciplinary center for substance use research. Boyd then conceptualized the DASH center. In particular, Boyd said she is interested in the intersections between drug misuse and minority populations and believes that the center can work toward mitigating these issues. “Sexual, ethnic and gender minorities, adolescents, pregnant women, veterans and the elderly are at highest risk for the negative consequences of substance use, including HIV, injury, birth defects, suicide, cancer, and liver disease,” she wrote in an email interview. “These at-risk populations are the primary focus of the DASH Center scholars; we are faculty committed to advancing knowledge of substance use and its consequences through pioneering scholarship, evidence-based prevention, innovative clinical training and timely public policy and service.” Stephen Strobbe, a clinical associate professor at the Nursing School, is a researcher affiliated with DASH. He said his interest lies in integrating substance use screening and youth psychiatric care. Strobbe is working on a clinical initiative supported by a grant from the Flinn Foundation to educate and train clinicians in adolescent psychiatric care. “The plan is to train members, across disciplines from the entire clinical team … toward youth ages 14 to 18 who are receiving inpatient psychiatric care,” he wrote in an email interview. “Across the lifespan, individuals with mental health disorders are at markedly increased risk for lifetime and concurrent substance use and related disorders, which otherwise complicates care, and leads to poorer treatment outcomes. Our hope is that earlier identification, intervention, and treatment may help to reduce or eliminate some (of ) these potentially avoidable complications, leading to improved outcomes.” Strobbe emphasized the DASH center is a good place for this initiative to happen. “The DASH initiative allows for robust collaboration across disciplines to better address issues related to social
COUNCIL From Page 1 Resource Management Plan. Amid discussions of higher water rates, Tom Crawford, chief financial officer of Ann Arbor, discussed capital financing. Crawford explained the capital financing policy as “(a) sinking fund based on prioritization of
feels impossible.” Winning the Golden Apple Award shows Levitsky not only has a love for teaching, but a talent for it, too. The honor is the University’s only student-selected faculty award, and for the past 28 years, professors and lecturers have been nominated by their students for the prestigious award. This year, Levitsky was chosen out of a pool of almost 700 nominees. While in college herself, Levitsky didn’t want to go into teaching. She comes from a family of teachers, and said she “fought the teaching gene” by going to law school. But much to her chagrin, she found herself drawn towards the discipline anyway. “About halfway through law school, I had won a best brief competition, and the dean asked me if I would teach the first year legal writing class,” she said. “It’s supposed to be a really boring class
determinants, risk factors, clinical care, and recovery,” he wrote. Yasamin Kusunoki, an assistant professor in the Department of Systems, Populations and Leadership, works for the new DASH center. Kusunoki explains why taking an interdisciplinary look at health and substance use is crucial. “It is important to have a variety of voices at the table in order to most effectively and creatively address these issues,” she wrote in an email interview. “Individuals are embedded in multiple interdependent social contexts, such as their intimate relationships, families, and communities, that have both short-term and long-term consequences for their health. Therefore, it is important that researchers continue to investigate the connection between social factors and health.” Similarly, the Addiction Center conducts multidisciplinary research on vulnerable populations such as adolescents, pregnant women, older adults and veterans. Angela Galka, an assistant to the director of the Addiction Center, outlined one of the Addiction Center’s major goals: Examining root causes of substance misuse. “Specifically, one of our major research themes focuses on the identification of genetic, neuropsychological, and psychosocial factors that contribute to alcohol and drug use and/or disorders,” Galka said. Boyd explained DASH offers a new perspective as a center because of its unique combination of faculty members. Boyd herself is also a professor of Women’s Studies. “As a director of DASH faculty I bring together faculty that focus on vulnerable populations such as sexual minorities and youth,” she wrote. DASH is working toward its three-year goals: Establishing strong connections with researchers who share in their mission and establishing a mentorship program in the Nursing School. The mentees would consist of undergraduates, graduates, post-doctorates and faculty interested in becoming scholars of substance use. As Boyd looks further into the future, she envisions greater training in the field. “The long-term goal is to increase the number of substance use scholars who are also nurses, and to build a critical mass of substance use scholars in schools of nursing,” she wrote.
need.” Financial Services explained that a new capital financing policy would allow the expenditure to follow a steady rate rather than causing the budget to go through harsh spikes in expenditure through wear and tear. Councilmember Jane Lumm, I-Ward 2, expressed concern regarding the capital financing policy.
but it was my first opportunity to sort of stand up in front of a class and teach material and I found it to be exhilarating. I found that this is a value my family has had for a long time, and no matter how much I ignored it, I had it too.” LSA sophomore Ellie Benson, marketing chair for the Golden Apple Award selection committee, said the group chooses a winner based on both quality and quantity of nominations. This year, Levitsky’s nominations were clear stand-outs, and Benson said students’ enthusiasm for Levitsky came across as clearly as Levitsky’s enthusiasm for her students and her subject. “A lot of times we see stuff about how passionate people are about these professors and how this is much more than a class to them,” she said. “But one of the things I thought was really interesting (about Levitsky’s nominations) was
how they thought her lectures were like a TED talk and how fun they were, and how she’s really good at connecting class topics to things that are going on right now.” Though the award is studentselected, Levitsky’s colleagues also hold her in high regard. Sociology Department Chair Karin Martin, a sociology professor, said in a University press release Levitsky has worked hard to make her classes as inclusive as possible for students, especially those who are first-generation college students. “She’s a really passionate teacher,” Martin said. “She has a lot of respect for students and thinks students deserve the best education that this university can give them. And I think she really cares about students as people — individuals with goals and aspirations of their own as well as whatever it is she wants to teach them.”
Indeed, LSA junior Kia Schwert, a first-generation college student, sees Levitsky as a major source of inspiration. “I just want to say having you as a professor at my first semester here at the University as a first-generation college student, and you making yourself apparent that you can be a resource here and help make a place like this accessible to me has inspired me and keeps me going,” Schwert told Levitsky at the initial award presentation. The award is presented through the University’s Hillel, and was inspired by teacher Rabbi Eliezer ben Hurkanos, who taught that everyone should “get your life in order one day before you die.” In the spirit of Rabbi ben Hyrkanos, each winner of the Golden Apple gets the opportunity to give their Last Lecture — the lecture they would want to give if it were the last of
their career. Levitsky hasn’t yet decided on a theme for her talk. She joked that she’s been glad in the past to not win the award because of the stress coming up with the perfect Last Lecture would entail. “When I first heard about this award when I came to the University as a postdoc 10 years ago and I heard about the last lecture part, I thought ‘Oh thank god I’ll never win that award, that seems impossible!’ and now the universe has come around to haunt me!’” Levitsky said. “So I don’t know what (my topic) will be … But usually, the process of inspiration is a solitary one so I’m sure it’ll come.” Nonetheless, Levitsky said she feels incredibly honored to have won the award, and is excited for inspiration to strike. Her Last Lecture and official Golden Apple Award ceremony will be open to all on April 7 at Rackham Auditorium.
Senate Advisory Committee on Univeristy Affairs Chair Robert Ortega discusses campus programs and faculty responsibility at the SACUA meeting at the Fleming Administration Building Monday.
NASSAR From Page 1 State Sen. Margaret O’Brien, R-Kalamazoo, is the lead sponsor of the bills. She said in a statement these are “muchneeded protections.” “It is important that our laws protect those who are most vulnerable, including our
KAYONGO From Page 1 adults destroy our village and our country,” Kayongo said. “I wondered who are these people, when do you become an adult who destroys an environment in which people must exist. So for me, adults were the most untrustworthy people you could ever meet.” Eventually, Kayongo’s family fled to Kenya as refugees fleeing the civil war in Uganda. After receiving a scholarship to attend Tufts University, Kayongo moved to Philadelphia, which became the birthplace of his idea for the Global Soap Program. Kayongo remembered staying in a hotel upon his arrival to the U.S, and his surprise upon discovering 800 million bars of used hotel soap are thrown away each year. “Can you imagine delivering children as a refugee woman and the midwife goes in to deliver your child and doesn’t wash her hands and leaves you with a germ that kills you in two
“Conceptually this makes sense, but its obviously expensive up front to prefund all of this,” Lumm said. “Where will this money come from?” During the budget proposal, Financial Services also discussed increasing expenditure for street lighting. Following the capital financing policy, they proposed increasing the street lighting budget by $295,000 to $595,000.
children,” O’Brien said. “This legislation would put fear into the heart of any possible perpetrator. Justice must be served.” The bills would also allow victims of childhood sexual abuse to remain publicly anonymous when bringing a claim in the Michigan Court of Claims and increase reporting requirements for college employees and youth sports coaches, making them mandatory reporters of child
abuse. Failing to report could result in a felony of up to two years imprisonment and/or up to a $5,000 fine. An analysis of the legislation by the nonpartisan Senate Fiscal Agency said the financial impact would be “indeterminate.” O’Brien told the Associated Press the pushback is “not surprising but very disappointing.” “I don’t understand what a
delay would do except delay justice, or maybe the hope is to stop it entirely,” O’Brien said. LSA freshman Morgan McCaul was sexually assaulted by Nassar when she was 12. On Twitter, she berated MASU’s request to delay a vote on the bills. “I am ASHAMED to attend a public university in this state,” she wrote. “How much is a child worth? They’ve just given their answer.”
weeks?” Kayongo said. “It’s called childbed fever. Yet here we are in this country with 2 million dead children every year to lower respiratory disease.” Kayongo then went on to offer important lessons he learned while developing the Global Soap Project including leadership, service, and business. He explained the value of observation, valuing each person and their contributions and how true leaders are born through service. “A human being who walks around arrogant, and they assume they know everything … They lie because they have never been at the ground level to understand that housekeeper mama, they’ve never been at the ground level to see that refugee child,” Kayongo said. He also tied his own experience to University students and explained the importance of believing in one another to succeed as a unit. “Remember as you go out and finish school here at the University of Michigan,
that the only way this school becomes permanent in its status intellectually … is if you have faith in all of us to be part of the story,” Kayongo said. Kinesiology and Business senior Abigail Ruch said she resonated with Kayongo’s message and explained she appreciated how he was able to make his experiences relatable to the audience. “It was really valuable that he catered his speech to students,” Ruch said. “We have a lot of speakers who come in here and kind of talk about their experiences but don’t really understand how they’re going to connect it back to their audience. I think for him, it was really smart not to make himself like a hero but make him seem relatable, and be like anyone can do this, anyone can achieve this.” Ruch also discussed the relationship between Kayongo’s efforts and Delta Gamma’s values, especially in regards to spending time with those in vulnerable communities. “We’re really focused on
actually giving our time,” Ruch said. “(Delta Gamma is) not focused on giving money, and that’s a valuable cause, don’t get me wrong. I think it’s great that we have so many chapters here on campus who focus on raising money and giving it to a good cause. For me, I think the value is in going out and doing things and meeting people because you’ll learn things you’ve never learned before.” Ira shared Ruch’s sentiments and discussed how many people on the University’s campus can relate to what Kayongo had to say. “I really liked his message especially that all good leaders have engaged in service before,” Ira said. “I think all aspects of his talk are something that every Michigan student can take throughout the rest of their career here and whatever career or passions they pursue post-graduation. I think what he said about being a leader, an active and engaged leader, in everything you do with a service mindset is so important.”
With this new budget, City Council could install about 30 new streetlights a year. Financial Services also proposed using proceeds from the mental health millage for pedestrian safety — including street lighting and electronic speed limit signs near schools — as well as climate action and affordable housing. While the budget addressed issues with city hall security, street
lighting, and police transparency, Crawford also addressed future issues for the city such as medical marijuana, increasing parking meter enforcement hours, the Solid Waste Fund, as well as the financial needs of a community policing board. During the special session, which followed the budget meeting, City Council passed an improved contract of compensation for City
Administrator Howard Lazarus, following a positive performance review. The council agreed to a 4 percent raise to Lazarus’ current salary of $215,000 to an annual salary of $223,600, effective Jan. 1, 2018.
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ow approaching nearly 80 years since the Holocaust, this time period remains a sensitive and poignant topic for millions of Jews, Slavs and other marginalized groups who were subject to the repressive, violent racial ideology of the Nazis. As Holocaust remembrance and education have come to the forefront of conversation about genocide prevention, so too has historiography and discussion on how the writing and telling of Holocaust histories has shaped perceptions about a genocide that may have taken over 20 million lives. On Feb. 1, the conversation over Holocaust historiography was once again sparked after the Polish Senate passed a new bill prohibiting any citizens from blaming the country for any crimes they committed during the Holocaust. This bill came as a shock to countries like the United States and Israel, two strong allies of Poland, and whose relations to the country may be weakened as a result of this controversial legislation. However, more important than the geopolitical implications of this bill, is the basis on which the law rests — the idea that history can be manipulated and rewritten for political purposes, even in the presence of explicit factual evidence. In the era of “fake news,” this bill sets a dangerous new precedent in the realm of Holocaust denial and should be condemned by the United States, among other world powers, before its toxic ideology can spread. Holocaust denial has been present since the end of World War II and the beginning of the liberation of concentration camps by the Allies. The earliest instance of Holocaust denial took place by the Nazi perpetrators themselves, who destroyed murder evidence at the extermination camps of Belzec and Treblinka during the early 1940s in an attempt to rewrite history before the ink had even dried. Later, various theories of Holocaust denial spread throughout
the United States beginning in the 1950s and continuing through the 21st century, largely centered on the idea that six million Jews were not killed in the Holocaust, but rather that they emigrated to the United States in a Zionist conspiracy to incriminate the Nazis and Axis powers during World War II. Unsurprisingly, these theories have been proven time and again to be false. Publicly taking a stand against this distortion of history, many countries have criminalized denial of the Holocaust, the first being Germany in 1985. This sparked an increase in Holocaust denial legislation — Israel criminalized Holocaust denial in 1986, the Czech Republic in 2001, Slovakia in 2001 and Romania in 2002, all culminating in a United Nations condemnation of Holocaust denial in 2007. However, the effects of this toxic ideology still remain. To say Poland was not complicit in any acts of the Holocaust would be an outright lie — Polish police forces and individual Poles were indeed accomplices in the ghettoization and deportation of Jews to Nazi death camps throughout the duration of the Holocaust. Now, the use of the phrase “Polish Death Camps” can result in three years in prison — the minimum sentence given to those “acting with an intent to destroy in full or in part, any ethnic, racial, political or religious group,” or in other words, someone attempting to commit the very genocide that the Polish government is trying to cover up. Falsifying information through something as powerful as government legislation presents a danger to Holocaust education and the future of genocide prevention across the world. As a history major, I have learned that what may be considered “the truth” is often subjective. For every event, there will always be two sides of the story, and often the use of language and tone is enough to distinguish between two perspectives. For example, the ongoing IsraeliPalestinian conflict illustrates the
controversial nature of “truth” from a historical perspective. In a debate that has become relevant to our own campus through the Central Student Government vote over divestment in Israel, both the Israeli and Palestinian sides see the other party as the aggressor in the two countries’ violent history. In this sense, both sides may be “true” depending on perspective. But some facts are not up for interpretation. The Holocaust is a historical truth (quotations omitted), and it should be regarded accordingly by all countries, especially in the public image. Though the United States has failed to pass its own legislation regarding the criminalization of Holocaust denial, likely due to the vocal contingent of First Amendment supporters across the country, this is an opportunity for the Trump administration to take a stand. After a recent meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu regarding the creation of a new U.S Embassy in Jerusalem, President Trump announced, “Israel is very special to me.” For a president who has received nothing but criticism and backlash for his own distortion of facts, this would be an ideal opportunity to speak on the dangers of rewriting history while at the same time support his ally, Israel. But the war against Holocaust denial cannot only be waged from above. It starts in places like elementary schools and continues through high school and college. While historians guide the discussion, students are the malleable generation whose ideology can still be molded by factual education. Ultimately, a collective effort emphasizing the crucial role of historiography in Holocaust education will be integral in preventing the spread of these toxic ideas into our own politics and society, in turn protecting future generations from becoming victims of another genocide. Ben Charlson can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
LUCAS ROSENDALL | OP-ED
Is America approaching equality?
ver Spring Break, I stopped by my local movie theater to watch the highly praised, “Black Panther.” The film had a different feel than other Marvel movies, straying away from the cliché evil villain who is evil strictly because they enjoy it. Instead, the film opts for a more sympathetic villain who many can relate to. It’s a refreshing take from the industry that usually produces strikingly similar heroes, villains and plot lines. After the movie, I felt empowered. I felt this array of confidence and swagger come over me and for a second, I was the Black Panther. I felt like a superhero. This movie is an example of how film, music and the arts can transcend the boundaries of inequality and reach a vast array of people, no matter the color of their skin, class and gender. As I walked out of the theater, visualizing myself in the slick and savvy Black Panther suit, I began to wonder: Is America approaching equality? The media has the ability to shape our social ideologies and discourses. Today, we are constantly “plugged in,” especially in the realm of the instant gratification we gain through streaming services. In the 1960s, times were not so simple. The civil rights movement swept over the nation, stirring disputes as racial tensions grew. Then, in 1968, boxer Muhammad Ali stepped onto the cover of Esquire. Ali posed with
arrows stuck in his body from all angles, blood (probably fake) gushing from the wounds; yet he stood tall, head turned upwards as if calling for the heavens for help. This cover would become one of the defining pictures of the decade; a powerful black figure with non-conforming ideas inspiring mainstream society to think differently. Covers like this serve as the foundation for a new kind of thinking because they challenge the status quo, and this challenge eventually alters the way we view race. Fast forward to 2017, and pregnant tennis player Serena Williams poses on the cover of Vanity Fair while flaunting her powerful, athletic body. A cover like this is years and years in the making, having gone through the media’s constant shaping of our perceptions of what is socially acceptable. There were times in America when a cover like this seemed unimaginable. Yet, here we are. Throughout the years, race and gender have changed, and with it, equality has changed too. African Americans are seen in more significant roles throughout the entertainment industry than before. Many important conversations have been brought to light, including the conversations inspired by movements like #MeToo and Black Lives Matter. We must take the small victories where we can, hoping they will add up to the bigger picture as we strive for equality.
Today, the useless information that floods our media sources dilutes the more serious issues at hand in our society. Media outlets and different social media platforms still idolize white entertainers and celebrities, hardly ever challenging societal norms. They preach the importance of physical beauty and happiness, which reinforces and shapes our socially-constructed ideal that in order to have both, one must look like a celebrity. It may be far-fetched to say that we can ever fully accomplish equality. Oppression, unequal rights and class hierarchies still plague our society, but we are moving in the right direction. I personally do not believe full equality can ever be reached; conventional norms are still embedded in our culture and will be for a long time. Nonetheless, the media has come a long way, and it is important to note the strides we have made in becoming a more inclusive society. We must continue to push the boundaries of what is socially acceptable like Ali did, like Williams is doing and like “Black Panther” will do. Only then will we shape our future for the better. In “Black Panther”, the main character, T’Challa puts it beautifully: “We must find a way to look after one another, as if we were one single tribe.” Lucas Rosendall is an LSA sophomore.
Our language creates a monster out of mental illness
n Feb. 14, 2018, 17 students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. were killed by former student Nikolas Cruz. In the deadliest school shooting since Sandy Hook in 2012, the traumatic events at Stoneman Douglas High School marked another attempted mass murder at a school since Columbine, Colo. in 1999. There are not enough words to describe this tragedy that has once again struck our nation. There is a complex web of issues that surround what happened at Stoneman Douglas — specifically, how the gunman was able to commit a mass murder. It is true that the issue is about gun control. However, this is not what I wish to discuss today. Rather, I wish to discuss a troubling development that I have witnessed in the aftermath of the shooting: the labeling of Cruz as a mentally disturbed “sicko.” This labeling has been done by President Donald Trump, his circle of politicians and the media. What everyone fails to realize is how their language surrounding Cruz (and other people with mental illness) has already created and will continue to perpetuate, dangerously inaccurate stigmatizations about mental health that will only further marginalize and provide a reason for discrimination against people with mental illnesses. This is not an excuse for Cruz or a justification for his actions. Rather, I am worried that the language surrounding his possible mental illness reflects broader implications about the problems our society has with misunderstanding and thus stigmatizing mental illness. The Stoneman Douglas shooting is the most recent example, but it is important to acknowledge that stigmatizing language has been used to label shooters historically. For example, last October, after a gunman in Las Vegas killed 58 people, Trump called the assailant “a very sick man” and a “demented man.” Sandy Hook shooter Adam Lanza, who killed 27 people in 2012, was labeled by his father as “evil.” And James Holmes, who killed 12 people at an Aurora, Colo. movie theater six years ago has been labeled as “broken,” “sick” and described to have had a “skewed” view of the world. Yes, Cruz’s actions were dangerous and the loss of 17 bright lives is absolutely, devastatingly heartbreaking, and it is true that he may have had mental health
problems. According to reports, Cruz struggled with depression, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder and autism, but many experts say that having a mental health diagnosis does not mean he would become violent. That is the key point here: Just because someone has a mental illness does not mean they are going to become a school shooter, it does not mean they are a “sicko” and it does not mean they are going to be a danger to society. The language being used to describe Cruz, and shooters in general, is now going to be attached to the greater population of people with mental illnesses. When it comes to mental health, language matters. Instead of labeling people with mental illness as “sickos” and “monsters,” we need to understand the bigger picture. People are not born monsters, and having a mental illness does not mean you are a monster. In order to clarify some information about the relationship between mental health and violent crimes, we should answer the question: Are people with mental illness more prone to committing violent crimes? Contrary to the claims of politicians, research suggests that no, this is not the case. It is estimated that one in six Americans has a mental illness. Yet, only 3 to 5 percent of violent acts are carried out by the mentally ill. In fact, people with mental illness are more likely to be victims — not perpetrators — of violence. Based on this information, the correlation between mental illness and violent crimes doesn’t really hold up. To understand why stigmatizing language toward people with mental illness is so prevalent today, we need to understand where these stigmas originate. The truth is that stigmatizing language toward people with mental illnesses is so prominent in our culture that we may not even realize it. A team of researchers found that 46 percent of cartoons in New Zealand referenced mental illness and vocabulary toward those suffering from mental illness was found to be “predominantly negative or fundamentally disrespectful.” So even though there is no evidence justifying the stigma that people with mental illness are more likely to commit a violent crime, we are influenced from a young age to believe the opposite. What we learn as children affects how we act as adults. In this case, stigmas around mental illness
can limit employment opportunities. According to a 2017 British study, 68 percent of people able to hire staff would worry that someone with a severe mental illness wouldn’t fit in with the team, 83 percent would worry that someone with severe mental illness wouldn’t be able to cope with the demands of the job and 74 percent would worry that someone with severe mental illness would require lots of time off. These concerns may be part of the reason just 43 percent of people with mental health problems are in employed in comparison to 74 percent of the general population. So, words matter. In the case of mental illness, they create barriers between the “sane” individuals and those who are disparaged by this stigmatizing language. For many, it may seem harmless to use these kinds of words, but they become the foundation of a kind of stigma that blocks treatment, prevents employment and wreaks havoc on the self-esteem and hopes of so many. In order to stop the harmful effects of stigmatization, we need to be asking the questions: Who gets to define sanity? And how do we justify the stigmatization of mental health when we know that the numbers don’t even add up — that people with mental illnesses are no more likely to commit a violent crime than the “rational” individual? What is the reasoning behind the name-calling, labeling and marginalization of people with mental illnesses? And furthermore, what are the consequences of the discourse around mental health? How is our society being shaped by our language? The current rhetoric around people with mental illness is very dangerous. It’s more than just characters in tweets or words uttered into a microphone. These words are absorbed into our brains and are the foundation of how we construct society. If we constantly hear about how “deranged” Cruz was, then his actions will be written off as something us sane individuals will never be able to understand. But if we can never understand him, then how do we prevent this from happening again? How can we ever understand mentally ill people if we continue to label them as monsters and isolate them from society? People are not born monsters; they are created. We have created a monster out of mental illness. Carli Cosenza can be reached at email@example.com.
MAGDALENA MIHAYLOVA | COLUMN
Art is our only hope
he first song that made me feel like a woman was “Can’t Hold Us Down” by singers Christina Aguilera and Lil’ Kim. I was about 12 years old, and despite how young I was, the lyrics struck my heart so deeply that I remember almost every detail about that day. From the first line, “So, what am I not supposed to have an opinion? / Should I be quiet just because I’m a woman,” I felt something brewing, bubbling and rising in the pit of my stomach — empowerment. In the era of President Donald Trump, it is difficult to escape politics. It fills news cycles and conversations, and only if one is privileged can they ignore the dynamic changes in our country; “ignorance is bliss” has taken on a new meaning. Many people turn to art as a method of escape from political noise, but I argue that it is actually through books, movies and music that the most effective and important political statements can be made. When my parents sat me down at 12 years old and told me that I should always speak my mind regardless of my gender, I was probably too busy playing with my animal crackers to really internalize that message, however important it was. But when I heard Deborah Cox’s song “Absolutely Not,” with lyrics like “If I go to work in a mini-skirt, / Am I givin’ you the right to flirt? / I won’t compromise my point of view / Absolutely not, absolutely not,” those sentiments became embedded in the hidden corners of my mind and influenced how I feel and act today. This may seem like a silly, redundant anecdote, but I believe that subtle social influences have great authority in our world. A recent New York Times article commented on how, despite
Republican control of government, from the presidency to the Senate to the House of Representatives, Democrats and progressives have massive cultural control in our country. Movements such as #MeToo or the diversification of media display the entwined relationship between policy and prose. The idea that liberals are gaining traction and influence through cultural mediums makes me hopeful for change. Art and politics have a crucial, interdependent relationship, and one that if utilized, can have a great effect. And it has in the past. During the era of communism, Eastern Europeans found in rock and roll music a channel for dissidence. Rock bands were the image of sneaky rebellion, in that they were able to express political opinions in a way that (mostly) didn’t get them in trouble with the government. Their music enticed and inspired thought, and was the foundation for many anti-state movements. For those trapped under a totalitarian regime that stressed monotony, the passion of music and symbolic lyrics served as a compelling motivator for revolution. Eventually, the power of these bands demonstrated how social expression could lead to real political change, as many scholars argue that rock music played a major role in the collapse of the Eastern Bloc. In the United States, a similar phenomenon to what happened in Eastern Europe exists, and has recently been manifesting itself in film. With new, successful movies such as “Get Out,” our nation is being exposed to important political statements in a manner that isn’t aggressive, but subtly influential. Artists are now able to gain success despite creating
works centered on controversies, or that include diverse casting and themes. For example, “Get Out” appears as a simple horror film; however, underneath the classic horror plot, there is an abundance of meaning, and the movie is ultimately and undeniably about racism. Because horror is such an accessible and well-liked genre, director Jordan Peele was able to communicate a message to people who wouldn’t typically attend a movie about racism. And it wasn’t a flop: “Get Out” generated $255 million in box office profits worldwide and won the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay. This shows that art can be both political and successful. George Orwell, an author known for his politicallymessaged works such as “Animal Farm” and “1984,” once said, “The opinion that art should have nothing to do with politics is itself a political attitude.” It would be easy for us to only use art as a means of entertainment and escape from the overwhelming political state of our country. However, it would be more responsible to continue to create, or at least support the creators, of tendentious art. And although the effects aren’t always on a large scale, such as in my 12-year-old experience, it doesn’t mean they aren’t important. If we utilize cultural power, we can and will generate social change; inevitably, tangible political power will follow. To me, it is obvious that something as beautiful and connective as art will eventually take the reins in building a more inclusive, functional and cohesive nation.
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The essence of age My dad recently sent me a video from my 15th birthday party. In the video, I blew out the candles in one shot and the kitchen lights turned on to show my bright eyes — which were too big for my petite face — and my long, blonde hair, which is much different than the shorter brown hair I have now. My two high school best friends look like infants as they sing “Happy Birthday” beside me. In a thick Philly accent, my older sister criticizes me for sticking my finger in the
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‘Wrinkle in Time’ is wellmeaning, poorly written JEREMIAH VANDERHELM Daily Arts Writer
An attempt was made. If nothing else — and there is ultimately little else — director Ava DuVernay (“Selma”) tried to use “A Wrinkle in Time” to craft an ambitious vehicle for a diverse cast and a message about loving yourself with all your f laws and rough edges. It’s just deeply unfortunate that the message and the cast are saddled with one of the worst scripts Disney has worked with in recent memory. The
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film is crammed to bursting with gaping plot holes and so many bewildering creative decisions that it almost feels directionless. It’s undoubtedly well-meaning, but that can’t save it. “A Wrinkle in Time” is an unmitigated disaster. From the first scenes, the portrayal of child characters is clearly the work of adults who rarely speak to kids. Not only do the dialogue and performances make the whole ordeal feel akin to children’s theater, but the adolescents at the center of the story spend most of the movie being shuff led around without making any decisions of their own. If you want to give young people positive role models on film, those characters must be active enough to be interesting and worth looking up to. Even if the script wasn’t so f lat in its approach, it would still have to contend with the soundtrack, which blankets any and every emotional scene with a cloying,
generic pop song that uses buzzwords like “warrior” to make half-hearted connections to the movie. Once would be annoying, but it happens multiple times, and every time a potentially beautiful or inventive scene is robbed of its impact. Even when they aren’t being moved about like game pieces, the characters verge on annoying and never get any real development. Charles Wallace (Deric McCabe, “Stephanie”) is meant to be a child prodigy, but instead of precocious and intelligent, he comes off as more inhuman, like if young Sheldon Cooper went on an adventure to Narnia. In one memorable scene, it’s mentioned in a line of dialogue that he was teleported ahead, and my only guess is that McCabe wasn’t available on the days they were shooting those scenes. There’s also a character named Calvin (Levi Miller, “Pan”), who literally shows up without an introduction in one scene and does nothing for the rest of the movie besides add what I’m assuming would have been a romantic subplot if writer Jennifer Lee (“Frozen”) had remembered to give him and Meg Murray (“Sleight”) any chemistry. He and Charles Wallace are two of the main leads, and neither adds anything positive to the proceedings. No one else, other than maybe Zach Galifianakis (“Baskets”), acquits themselves particularly well, but it’s impossible to blame the actors when the writing fails so completely at character development. Mindy Kaling (“The Mindy Project”) get the worst of this. The ordinarily gifted performer is given nothing to do but react to whatever new whimsy is trying to pass for a plot. Even the visuals, while occasionally inspired in concept, are completely f lat in practice; in one scene Meg travels through
what seems to be a Windows screensaver of some sort, and almost all of the exciting locales teased in the trailers are covered in a single awful montage set to — you guessed it — a trite pop song. What could have been a ravishing universe of new worlds to explore amounts to little more than visual noise.
It’s just deeply unfortunate that the message and the cast are saddled with one of the worst scripts Disney has worked with in recent memory
By the time Reese Witherspoon has turned into what appears to be a f lying piece of lettuce and f lown close enough to a gigantic projection of Oprah for a young child to lovingly stroke her face, it had hit me: “A Wrinkle in Time” isn’t a movie. It’s an advertisement for Disney’s next theme park. It’s directed, written and edited like a promo for a rollercoaster, but instead of 30 seconds, it goes on for almost two hours. Even the effects, for a $100 million film, look like they belong in a TV commercial break. There’s no sense of purpose to the pacing or development or tone or any of it. It’s hard to say, but it’s true: “A Wrinkle in Time” never lives up to its good intentions.
ERIKA SHEVCHEK cake and licking the icing. Under the video, my dad sent a follow up text: “Time f lies!! Enjoy life!!” My dad’s not wrong. It’s cliché, but life does seem to f ly by us without warning. It’s also a challenge to remember every pinnacle moment of joy that we’ve experienced or every person that’s helped us get to where we are now. If he hadn’t sent that video to me, that memory would probably be erased from my mind. It’s strange to see ourselves at various milestones, like when you look at baby photos and question how you could be that small, or you look at yourself in middle school
and try to understand your awkwardness. I think back to that person in my video — a youthful and pretty 15-yearold with an athletic build, one who just barely understands her rise into womanhood. I was a woman who wasn’t conscious of who she was or how to take care of herself. Among age, we see the idea of health in various mediums both physically and mentally. As younger people, we feel invincible with our fresh, agile bodies, but as we become older, it seems that we pay more attention to our physical health because of our bodies aging and being more prone to injury or illness. Mentally, we seem to be more cognizant of our mental health as young students, but the urgency to take care of our mentality seems to dissipate as we age. I can’t help but to wonder why health transforms into this funky, indirect proportion as we grow older. It’s only been six years (psh, only six years) since that video was taken, and while I looked and acted healthy, I seemingly didn’t care about any of it. Most 15-year-olds don’t. When you’re young, you only worry about falling in love and meeting friends and experiencing every bit that life has to offer (and surviving high school, of course). Time goes on, however, and stress becomes more relevant. We take more time to ponder the world and our place in it; with that, our conscious effort to take care of our health becomes another priority lowered down on the list. And to be frank, I just don’t get why. We’re always told to enjoy our youth while we have it and
take care of ourselves before it’s “too late.” Time does f ly, but why do we have to despise the latter half of life? I’m worlds away from that girl in the video, and as much as I loved being that age, I love where I’m at now so much more. I know my body and how it works. I know how far my stress can build until I break down. I know more of what
I want to break this systematic idea that getting older sucks. We should live life for its presence
I want from myself and out of life. Sure, I’m still a semidirectionless 21-year-old, but I’m more conscious of my health, and I care more about myself. I want to break this systematic idea that getting older sucks. We should live life for its presence, where we can be conscious of this difficult journey of soul-searching and taking care of ourselves. If we indefinitely love who we are, if we remember to not be so hard on ourselves and if we never take our health for granted, it doesn’t ever have to be too late.
‘Atlanta: Robbin’ Season’ is weird & poignant as ever SAYAN GHOSH Daily Arts Writer
“Robbin’ Season,” as “Atlanta”’s resident stoner/ philosopher Darius (Lakeith Stanfield, “Get Out”) explains, is the period of time before the Christmas holidays. It is one of rampant commercialism and, apparently, one of equally rampant thievery.
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This type of explicit exposition is a rarity in Donald Glover’s “Atlanta.” The show prefers to make its commentary in a more impressionistic manner, presenting a series of vignettes that reflect the mundane absurdities of daily life in the titular city where Glover was raised. The show’s episodes, ranging from just 25-30 minutes each, have an uncanny ability to draw viewers into the world they create before ending just as quickly. The harrowing opening scene of the season shows two teenagers executing the robbery of a fast food restaurant, as well as how an unexpected development sends the operation awry. It sets the tone of what Glover describes as the “nightmare” of season two as opposed to the “dream” of season one. There is a palpable tension present in the Atlanta air. The show’s main characters haven’t progressed much from the conclusion of season one. Earn (Donald Glover, “Spider Man: Homecoming”) is kicked out of his “home” in
a storage facility. His cousin, Paper Boi (Bryan Henry, “Vice Principals”), remains under house arrest, which does grant him some notoriety, helping his popularity. There is an unresolved conflict between Paper Boi and Darius, which is never explained. Episode one features a memorable cameo from Katt Williams as well as a prime reptilian example of the show’s ability to turn from hyperrealism to surrealism in the space of a single cut. Despite the continuing bleakness, the show derives humor in the small absurdities that litter the characters’ lives and reinforces the central idea of being robbed. At the start of episode two (“Sporting Waves”), Paper Boi is held at gunpoint during a rendezvous with his long-time dealer (Marcus Samuel, “Murder Choose Me”). As he walks away sporting his signature scowl after giving up his money and car keys, his dealer repeatedly offers his sincere apologies while continuing to point a gun at him. The framing of the rather courteous robbery suggests that it is not borne out of an inherent penchant for crime, but rather an unexplained necessity. “I’ll pay you back,” the dealer promises at the end. A visit to a music technology startup offers a different perspective to the idea of being robbed. Set in an overwhelmingly racially homogenous environment, Earn and Paper Boi’s interactions with the company’s staff are increasingly uncomfortable to watch. Paper Boi grows increasingly exasperated as he is forced to repeat inane variations of a radio show introduction, finally storming off after “performing” in front of a crowd who clearly have no interest in him or his music. In the same episode, Earn and Paper Boi meet another
young rapper, Clark County (R.J. Walker, “Hand of God”), who embraces his role for the company, performing enthusiastically for a room of employees (referencing a profoundly uncomfortable video featuring rapper Bobby Shmurda
The genius of “Atlanta” lies in its astute observation of the sheer weirdness of the characters’ seemingly ordinary daily lives
dancing at Epic Records). His appearance later in the episode in a cheesy commercial recalls one of Paper Boi’s principal conflicts, one between commercial success and authenticity. The genius of “Atlanta” lies in its astute observation of the sheer weirdness of the characters’ seemingly ordinary daily lives. On the surface, the characters don’t do much and live thoroughly unglamorous lives. Dialogue is minimal, a lot of time is spent lounging on couches and prospects for the main characters are overwhelmingly bleak. Yet the depiction of how the characters move and interact through their environment as well as the detrimental effects of poverty provides plenty of material to reflect upon after you finish laughing.
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At a loss for words: When literature fails to console MIRIAM FRANCISCO Daily Arts Writer
I wanted this article to be about the power of books to heal. I wanted to talk decisively about how novels, poems and essays can direct collective and personal anger, supply comfort and provide an instructive array of resonant experiences. In the past three weeks, though, the usually profound and reliable competence of words has felt radically insufficient. I’ve always relied on other people’s writing to navigate my own emotions, and so of course I’ve looked to books to help me understand the struggle between hope and disillusionment that has been sweeping the country since the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Feb. 14th. I have found no books that even come close to crafting some sort of framework for my grief, no poems that contain an alchemical recipe to turn my despair into power. The only thing I know for sure is this: Young people should not be dying in their classrooms because politicians refuse to pass sensible gun control laws. Last week, I reread “Love in a Time of Cholera” by Gabriel García Márquez. “She was lost in her longing to understand,” Marquez writes. I think I, too, am lost in my longing to understand. Like so many students I know, I am scared. The Parkland shooting seems like it was both yesterday and a lifetime ago. There is a constant barrage of new details about the events of that day and the days that followed, horrifying aftershocks whose impacts are lessened not because some suffering is any less worthy of empathy, but because my ability to process my own and others’ grief is diminished from constant emotional exertion. I read a story last week about a woman whose son survived
the Parkland massacre and whose daughter survived the 2006 Platte Canyon High School shooting. That such tragedy — and also luck, if it can even be called that — should strike twice in the same family is unimaginable. I want a book that will tell me what to do with the anger and frustration I have from reading stories like the Randolph family’s. What does it mean when even the insights of my favorite authors
There are not any books that could possibly tell me exactly how to tackle everything that needs to change in America
feel insufficient? There are not any books that could possibly tell me exactly how to tackle everything that needs to change in America, nor even any about how to address the specific yet incredibly intersectional injustice of gun violence. I was looking for comprehensive guides; I will never find that. Instead, I think the best I can hope for is clarity through description, ref lections not of my grief but rather of my quest to understand why I can’t find what I need. “I need a book about how I’m supposed to live now,” writes Paulo Bacigalupi in “The Water Knife.” That’s what I was looking for: A roadmap of uncharted territory, a chronicle of this bizarre place we have found ourselves. Instead I’ll have to make it up as I go along, as we
all do. What I’ve come understand is this: When words are not enough, that is exactly when we need them most. Even when they fall short, they still try — and so we try, too. To give up on language, to allow sorrow to rob poetry of its beauty, or even to rely solely on stories and forget to act: This would be to let evil win. I look to Tim O’Brien’s “The Things They Carried” for the best meditations on the Sisyphean task of reckoning with violence. “You feel wonder and awe at the setting of the sun,” O’Brien says, “and you are filled with a hard, aching love for how the world could be and always should be, but now is not.” “The oceans surge, but the boat / is up on blocks. / There’s no America to sail to / anymore.” — Amit Majmudar “One says slow, the other stop. / Joy and sorrow always run like parallel lines.” — Didi Jackson “When I was silenced / when did it first seem pointless to describe that sound.” — Louise Glück “Our brief crossing is best spent attending to all that we see: honoring what we find noble, denouncing what we cannot abide, recognizing that we are inseparably connected to all of it, including what is not yet upon us, including what is already gone.” — Kathryn Schulz “And a terrible new ache / rolled over in my chest, / like in a room where the drapes / have been swept back.” — Tracy K. Smith We could never fix this country with books alone. Instead, we must harness that aching love for the world as we wish it was. We must stand witness to the gut-wrenching disregard for the well-being of those among us who are most vulnerable. We must fight with the perspicacity bestowed upon us by the best writers, marching forward into the future with a hope that is as specific and inexhaustible as memory.
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Ought, Snail Mail & Fred Thomas rock at MOCAD DOMINIC POLSINELLI Senior Arts Editor
“It’s so nice to not be at a bar.” Midway through Snail Mail’s set, lead singer/ guitarist Lindsey Jordan took a moment to appreciate the beautiful space of the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD), the venue where she — alongside Ought and Fred Thomas — performed at on Mar. 8th. While the space did feature a fully stocked bar, it was far from a dive — soft yellow incandescents hung staggered from the ceiling, wall flags displayed messages like “A HORROR MOVIE CALLED WESTERN CIVILIZATION” and the stage was backed by a glass paneled garage door for those passing on the street to peer through. The venue itself wasn’t huge, but the room felt big and spacious, enough for groups of people to cluster either near the bar or in different locations in front of the stage. Regardless of MOCAD’s unique intricacies, Snail Mail, who preceded Ought, put on an absolutely stellar performance. Aged only 18 and already set to perform at Coachella this year, Jordan and company have been turning heads since 2017. The band’s brand of indie punk is magnetic and bareboned;
watching Jordan play guitar — stunning control and precision already evident at such a young age — is mesmerizing. According to her interview with Pitchfork from a year ago, she has been playing since she was five-years-old and one of her guitar teachers, Mary Timony of the band Helium, said, “The first time she played me songs she was writing, I was totally blown away. There is this real timelessness and maturity and depth in her music.” The sentiment absolutely translates in their live performance. During and in between songs, Jordan cast mischievous smiles at her bandmates, fully aware of their penchant for captivation — from my spot in the crowd, everyone was nearly silent for Snail Mail’s entire performance except for raucous applause. They surprisingly slipped their hit song “Thinning” into the middle of their set, eliciting resonance from the crowd that echoed Jordan’s tight, honest lyricism. “Dirt” lilted over the crowd, swaying guitar rhythms exited the speakers and enraptured the listeners. Jordan’s voice has a nuanced depth, creating a sense of resignation and selfunderstanding in her music. To Ought’s misfortune, about half the crowd left after Snail Mail’s set (possibly due to how late the show was running on
a Thursday night). Yet, the post-punk group’s music still cast a spell over the rest who remained. In performance and on record, the band comes off like a hybrid between DIIV and Parquet Courts, wielding deep, repetitive basslines and dissonant guitar melodies to split a chasm in the atmosphere of the room, only to have that space filled with cavernous and staccato vocal deliveries from frontman Tim Darcy. On their new wave tinged 2018 release Room Inside the World, Ought sprinkles a little more melody and pop into their tried-andtrue songwriting, getting into a more digestible groove with “These 3 Things.” However, they didn’t shy from their roots, returning to their 2014 debut album More Than Any Other Day with the sparsely delivered “Habit.” If there’s anything to take away from the show, it’s that 2018 may be the year of indie rock (especially for women). Between stellar releases from Ought, Camp Cope and Soccer Mommy, the year has already been off to a fantastic start for the genre — hopefully even further improved with the addition of new music from Snail Mail. And if last Thursday’s show is any indication, Snail Mail may just be the year’s biggest breakout artist.
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Lawrence’s performance was not terrible, but it was not praiseworthy. The version of Lawrence we saw in “Silver Linings Playbook,” a performer with nuance and heart, has been absent in her recent films. This could partly be out of her control and attributed to types of roles she has been getting. But for now, we are wishing for a return to the old Lawrence. With “Red Sparrow”’s lackluster reception and especially “Mother!”’s box office flop, hopefully Lawrence’s next project will return her to a more prized reputation. But with her inconsistent and embarrassing Russian accent in “Red Sparrow” it is difficult to predict where the quality of her future projects is heading. Dominika’s femme fatale persona proves to outsmart her male counterparts, and despite her power deriving from sex, she knows how to trick and beguile to rise to the top. “Red Sparrow” could have made a stronger commentary on female power, but instead, it was too tempted by showing silly violence and tricks that detracted from the core of the story. It also could have explored the detrimental effects of blindly following a rigid state that has no remorse for its citizens, nor did it expose the intricate and complicated nature of espionage. “Red Sparrow” had potential, maybe, with a stacked cast like that, but it fell short.
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Marody’s moment: From student of the game to college hockey superstar JACOB SHAMES Daily Sports Writer
As is tradition for countless fathers in Southeast Michigan, Patrick Marody often took his son Cooper to hockey games when the boy was young. The Marodys are a hockey family, and in the mid-2000s, there weren’t many better places for a hockey family than their hometown of Brighton, Mich. Forty-five minutes east, Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg lit lamps and dazzled fans on a nightly basis with the NHL’s Detroit Red Wings amid their most recent dynasty. Twenty minutes south, Red Berenson had built the Michigan hockey team into a collegiate powerhouse, then in the middle of a legendary streak of 22 straight NCAA Tournament berths. So it’s no surprise that Cooper quickly fell in love with the sport. But when Patrick took him to games, he noticed something interesting. “He would just stand,” Patrick said. “He wouldn’t want to sit down. He would stand, and he would watch all the players. He was mesmerized in watching them do every move.” By nature, hockey is chaotic. Players slam into each other at speeds of 20 miles per hour or more. Pucks can fly five times that fast. It’s energetic, electrifying and exhilarating — and for a newcomer, especially a child, it can be nearly impossible to comprehend. And yet, that was all young Cooper wanted to do. Instead of embracing the mayhem, he dug deeper. He was entranced by the sport’s skills, structures and subtleties. He would watch highlights, go to bed, wake up and watch more. He became, in his father’s words, a “student of the game.” “He wasn’t just watching the excitement of the game, he was watching the strategy and how the players go and how they perform with the puck and things of that nature,” Patrick said. “… Some people go to an event where they just watch the chaos in the event. … He wasn’t watching the chaos, he was watching the individual players, what they do and how they do it.” This is how a young student of the game became a Big Ten Player of the Year finalist, as the best player on the most surprising team in college hockey. *** Cooper Marody was born on December 20, 1996. On its own, it’s not a terribly consequential date of birth. In hockey, though, it’s a sentence of sorts. Youth hockey is split into different age groups based on birth year. At an early age, those with January or February birthdays are often stronger, faster and farther along in their physical development than those born in November or December. Growing up, Marody knew he wasn’t going to outmuscle or outskate anybody, at least not just yet. But maybe he could outskill them. Instead of darting all over the ice in an attempt to make an impact, Marody let the game come to him, eyes scanning all over the rink, carefully anticipating his next move before incisively doing so. His intelligence and calm attitude allowed him to make up for his physical disadvantages and mentally stay ahead of his competition. Know when to pass, know when to shoot. Know when to lie back, know when to go for it. “There are players that run all over the ice, and it looks like they’re doing a lot, and there are other players that strategize and they anticipate how the game is going to go,” Patrick Marody said. “... Cooper’s a wait-andthen-attack type player versus run to the front lines, attack and all hell breaks out.” Marody’s voracious appetite for highlights also served him well. Thanks to his initial exposure to the Red Wings, he obsessed over Zetterberg’s puck handling and Datsyuk’s shiftiness, hoping to emulate elements of their playing style in his own game. “(Zetterberg and Datsyuk) are extremely good leaders and lead by example,” Marody said. “Also just puck possession is phenomenal, the way they see each other on the ice was phenomenal to watch, their puck protection, the way they work to get open all over the ice. And just little things whether it’s manipulating a defender’s stick so a pass gets through, everything like that.” When the age differences finally began to level out and Marody
Junior forward Cooper Marody has used his interest in the details of hockey to develop himself into the best player on the Michigan hockey team.
caught up physically, he remained a step ahead. His skills and intelligence were what first attracted Berenson to offer Marody a scholarship to play hockey at the University of Michigan. “He’s got hockey smarts,” Berenson said. “He senses what’s going on. He doesn’t waste his effort. He’s not one of those players that’s skating all over the place for nothing. He’s an efficient player … As much as he’s a good passer and a good playmaker, when he gets around the net he can snipe goals as well as anybody.” Added his current coach Mel Pearson: “There are some things that are God-given that I think you’re born with. … Just being able to see the ice and hockey IQ. You can get better, you can watch the game and learn the game, but some of that is innate. You just have that, you just understand it and he’s got it.” Pearson compared Marody to a quarterback in football or a point guard in basketball with his feel for the game, a la Tom Brady or Chris Paul in skates. “You understand the game so well, you’ve got a real good feel for what’s going on and what’s going to transpire,” Pearson said. “That feel or that sixth sense, that’s what makes the great players special.” *** It didn’t take long for Cary Eades to notice what made Marody special. In 2014, Eades, then the head coach and general manager of the USHL’s Sioux Falls Stampede, had just acquired Marody in a trade with the Muskegon Lumberjacks. Marody had requested the trade himself. Muskegon, he said, just wasn’t a good fit. The numbers bore that out — just 30 points in 58 games during the 2013-2014 season, and nine in 14 games a year later. Sioux Falls offered not only a fresh start, but a glimpse of the player that Marody had the potential to become. “He came down the right wall on the power play on a breakout, entered the zone and just a crossice pass, backdoor tap in for (current Portland Winterhawks forward) Kieffer Bellows,” Eades remembered. “I looked at that and said to my assistant, ‘We haven’t seen that kind of a play in a while.’ ” From there, Marody blossomed. In 38 games with the Stampede, he scored 20 goals and assisted on 29 more — a per-game figure that ranked second in the USHL behind only future Michigan superstar Kyle Connor. With talented linemates in Bellows (52 points) and current Denver forward Logan O’Connor (36), Marody and Sioux Falls tore through the USHL Playoffs on their way to a Clark Cup sweep over none other than Muskegon. “We had instant chemistry, which is great,” Marody said. “Team really bought in, everybody played their role… and that’s an experience I’ll never forget and I learned so much from.” Marody stepped on Michigan’s campus in the fall of 2015 after having proven what he could do at the highest level of junior hockey. But it didn’t take long for new challenges to arise in Ann Arbor. “Guys were just bigger and stronger,” Marody said. “Guys like (JT) Compher, Boo Nieves, Justin Selman, they were huge, strong guys and it’s like, ‘Geez, these guys are like grown men.’ ” Again, though, Marody grew up quickly, practicing daily against future professionals on the Wolverines’ talent-laden roster.
While he didn’t explode onto the scene the way Connor — a Hobey Baker Award Finalist in 2016 — did, his 24 points in 32 contests ranked fourth among Big Ten freshmen in points per game. It was easy to envision a bright future ahead. “We had him on a line with Tony Calderone and Brendan Warren and there were nights where that was our best line, and Cooper was one of our best players,” Berenson said. “Now that didn’t happen every night, but it happened enough that you saw that this kid’s going to be a good player.” *** Soon after Michigan’s 2015-2016 season ended with a loss to North Dakota in the NCAA Tournament, the attrition began. Nieves and Selman? Graduated. Connor? Gone. Compher? Gone. Michael Downing, Zach Werenski and Tyler Motte? All gone as well. All of a sudden, Marody was the Wolverines’ second-leading returning scorer. There was no hesitation about his role this time — Michigan needed a new offensive engine, and Marody had the talent to fit the bill. There was one slight problem. The aforementioned attrition involved Marody. A January 2016 bout with mononucleosis forced him to miss six games. The consequences ran deeper than just hockey — the illness set him back academically, to the point where he was ruled ineligible for the first semester of his sophomore year. “Obviously he wasn’t as happy as he usually is,” said junior defenseman Joseph Cecconi. “He’s a pretty happy guy, and when he can’t play for pretty much a whole year out of two years being here it’s really frustrating.” But the time in which Marody was unable to play revealed something else about him. “He wanted to play so bad, and he was our best player in practice every day,” Berenson said. “He was playing on our fifth line with a couple of lesser players, but he made that line really good, and he made our team better even though he wasn’t in our lineup.” Marody seemingly has a gift for making the most out of any situation, for creating something from nothing. He developed a skilled, cerebral playing style out of his late birthday. And while being held in hockey purgatory, he made the weight room into a temporary home. “He just worked really hard off ice, making himself stronger, and on the ice in practice too, as well as in the classroom,” said senior forward Dexter Dancs. “... It was a good time for him to get stronger physically, so he utilized it.” Even Marody’s ice vision and feel for the game — already his best attributes — only got stronger. Watching his teammates from Yost Ice Arena’s press box, five levels above the rink, he could process the game in a different and valuable way. But maybe most importantly, his desire to suit back up never wavered. “I think you realize once you’re not playing that long, just for anybody how much you love it, or how much you miss it,” Calderone said. “He sat out there for a while (due to) unfortunate events, but I think he really built up the passion again.” That was clear from the moment Marody returned to the ice in December 2016, as he instantly breathed life into the Wolverines’ stagnant offense. In his second game back, the third-place game of the
Great Lakes Invitational, he dished out three assists in a 5-4 win over Michigan State. One month later, he recorded his first career hat-trick — in just the second period alone — to power Michigan to an upset at No. 11 Ohio State. For the second half of the season, Marody’s 15 points were by far the most on the team. His return was everything the Wolverines hoped it would be. Now he just had to prove himself over a full season. *** Michigan finished third-to-last in the country in Corsi percentage and averaged just 2.6 goals per game in 2016-2017. The Wolverines’ leader in points — then-freshman forward Jake Slaker — registered just 21. This year, however, Marody’s emergence has catapulted Michigan’s offense into the upper echelon. With 14 goals and a whopping 32 assists, he currently leads the Big Ten in points with 46, and ranks second in the country in assists. “He’s always had the skill, even back when I recruited him back in the day, he’s always had the skill,” Pearson said. “It’s just the consistency, doing it game in and game out. Anybody can have a decent weekend here or there, but when you put it together and you’re averaging more than a point per game, I think that’s a measure of a pretty good hockey player.” Even considering all the questions surrounding Michigan before the year, ask anybody in the program if they anticipated this kind of a season from Marody, and the answer is matter of fact. “Yeah, pretty much,” junior forward Brendan Warren says. “I’ve always known he’s super skilled, and we did a lot of skating in the summer, and I saw how much work he put in. He was looking really good coming into this year, so I knew he was going to have a big year.” Adds Dancs: “He’s one of the big talents in the Big Ten … if not the NCAA, so (I’m) not surprised at all.” Marody, for his part, credits everyone around him for his breakout season. His teammates — especially his linemates Dancs and Calderone. Michigan’s coaching staff. Team culture. And so on and so forth. “I really like the chemistry with my linemates,” Marody said. “Dexter and Tony, I’ve said many times all the great things they do on the ice. Our power play’s really starting to click now. And just the overall structure
of our team, the coaching staff has been really great implementing the new system.” You could simply chalk that up to traditional hockey humility. Until you watch Wolverines’ “DMC” top line at work. On one wing, Dancs, the bruiser on the boards and in front of the net, scraps for pucks and wins battles of grit. On the other lies the senior captain Calderone, the lethal assassin with a laser shot who can fire from anywhere. And in the middle there’s Marody, the heartbeat of the offense, coolly surveying the ice and threading the puck to Dancs and Calderone from any angle. “He’s a passer, and I’m a shooter,” Calderone said. “He does all the skill stuff, and will slide it over to me, and I shoot. That’s my strength, and it plays to his strength too.” For a player with Marody’s gifts, it’s a perfect set-up. “You’ve got to be teamed with the right guy, right teammates, linemates,” Eades said. “He needs a finisher, he needs someone who’s going to do the dirty work in the corners and get in front of the net.” That formula has worked wonders this season, taking Michigan from the nation’s 42nd-highest scoring offense to seventh, from 13 wins to an almost-guaranteed NCAA Tournament bid in a single year. Fitting, perhaps, that the Wolverines’ biggest win of the season — and maybe their ticket to the dance — was sealed with a quintessential DMC goal. On Feb. 18, with the second period winding down in a scoreless game against Notre Dame, Dancs closed in hard on Fighting Irish defenseman Dennis Gilbert, forcing an errant pass. Marody grabbed the loose puck and skated forward, and as two Notre Dame defenders closed in on him, he dropped it off for Calderone, wide open in the high slot. Michigan’s captain made no mistake, firing the puck just above Cale Morris’ glove for the game’s only goal, and a sweep over the nation’s No. 1 team. “Usually, when we need someone to take over a game,” Warren said, “Him and maybe Tony or his line, or the power play even, will find a way to do it.” That’s exactly what happened in Michigan’s Big Ten semifinal matchup against Ohio State. The Wolverines hadn’t beaten the sixthranked Buckeyes in four meetings, and had yet to even come close. Marody had registered only a single point against them.
But with the road to a Big Ten title threatening to end in Columbus, Marody did exactly what Warren said he would. In the second period, Marody caught the puck in the Ohio State crease and dropped it down just in time to finesse a chip shot over Sean Romeo. A period later, he unleashed a tornado-esque spin from the top of the slot to tie the score at two, where it would stay until the end of regulation. Marody’s performance, however, wasn’t enough to win the game for his team, as the Buckeyes scored the winning goal in overtime. But it was enough to show, if it hadn’t been shown already, that Cooper Marody — college hockey superstar — had arrived. *** On March 7, Marody, along with Morris and Ohio State forward Tanner Laczynski, was named one of three finalists for Big Ten Player of the Year. “You don’t necessarily say I want to do this and that, or get this many points or get this honor,” he says. “You just play to be the best player you can be, and whatever happens at the end of the season is a result. But I think if you would have told me that this team would be seventh in the country… I think that would mean more to me.” Still, it should give Marody some more things to think about once the season is over. While he’s focused solely on Michigan and the postseason right now — understandably, of course — almost everyone around him agrees that his professional future is bright. The Philadelphia Flyers selected him in the sixth round of the NHL Draft in 2015, and Marody’s play this season might convince them to take the leap on him. “Coming out of his year with us … (he had) abilities to make it to the National Hockey League one day,” Eades said. “Those are not things that you say lightly.” Those are strong words, indeed — strong enough to make you forget that Marody has still only played one full year of college hockey. “I really hope he stays as a college player and graduates and is overready when he gets (to the NHL),” Berenson said two weeks ago. “... For me, it’s an easy decision. You stay at Michigan, you continue to grow.” Added Pearson: “I always think if you can continue to improve here, there’s no rush. You want to make sure you’re ready physically, emotionally, spiritually, every way, to handle the grinds of pro sports.” Pearson states that the decision on going pro after the season likely will ultimately come down to Marody and his family. But right now, they can afford to take their time. “His dream was to go to Michigan his whole life since he was a little boy,” Patrick Marody said. “... We didn’t talk about Michigan hockey until we got offered, so then you start talking about it. Right now you got your job to do and just try to focus, and I believe that’s the best way. You don’t want to get ahead of yourself. Stay in the moment.” And Cooper Marody has waited his whole life for this moment. No, not waited — studied for it. Meticulously prepared for it. Worked as hard as he can for it. A winding road of starts and stops, of illness and ineligibility, has produced a confident ice general, who knows every inch of the rink and can make magic happen at any given time. Finally, the student of the game can show off everything he has learned.
Junior forward Cooper Marody leads Michigan in assists with 32, a mark that’s good for second-best nationally.
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Michigan makes its first NCAA Tournament since 2013 SARAH HURST
Daily Sports Writer
After just missing out last season, the Michigan women’s basketball team has made the 2018 NCAA Tournament. The Wolverines gathered at Michigan coach Kim Barnes Arico’s house to watch the Selection Show on Monday evening and waited patiently for their name to be announced. Seniors Katelyn Flaherty and Jillian Dunston sat together on a big chair. The mood was upbeat as Barnes Arico walked around and asked everyone their predictions. “I was going around the room asking different players different questions, and the mood was really light,” Barnes Arico said. “Everyone was laughing and having a good time.” Barnes Arico wanted to add levity to a tense situation. After all, the Wolverines were almost guaranteed a spot last year, but the show ended without Michigan’s name mentioned. However, as the show went on Monday, the Wolverines began to get a little bit nervous. The memory of waiting hopefully for their name to be called last year hung in the back of the team’s minds. “By the time bracket two was called and we weren’t mentioned, no one was really talking anymore and everyone was a little quiet,” Barnes Arico said. “You could see the beads of sweat starting to form on some of their heads. It was a little nerve-racking at that point.”
But then Michigan’s moment came. The Wolverines were finally added to the field, and the suspense was lifted. “We were getting a stomach ache because it was a while through. ... Everyone was getting a little stressed,” Barnes Arico said. “And then it was Michigan. We just jumped up and were screaming. We didn’t really hear much after that, thank goodness we recorded the show so we can go back and watch again.” The bid is Michigan’s first since 2013. It’s a new experience for everyone on the team, even for seasoned veterans Flaherty and Dunston. Barnes Arico noted how great the moment was for the pair after putting in four years of hard work, including a Women’s National Invitation Tournament championship last season. “Anytime you can get invited to the NCAA Tournament is a tremendous honor,” Barnes Arico said. “The players in our program now have never experienced that before and they’re so deserving. Katelyn and Jillian deserve to be watched on the national screen. This is a great opportunity for everyone in the country to see our team.” The Wolverines were awarded the No. 7 seed in the Lexington region and will face the No. 10 seed, Northern
Colorado, in Waco, Texas on March 16. The Bears are currently on a 13-game winning streak that included a 91-69 win over Idaho to claim the Big Sky Conference Tournament Championship. If Michigan beats Northern Colorado then it is likely to face the No. 2 seed, Baylor. The Bears are known as one of the most dominant programs in the nation. They are 31-1 overall this season and went undefeated in the Big 12 and are a legitimate title contender. Barnes Arico is ready for the challenge ahead of her team, though. She’s aware of the caliber of the teams they are about to play but believes the Wolverines will rise to the occasion. “Every team in the field of 64 is a great basketball program and every team is fighting to survive and advance. Starting with Northern Colorado ... they’re a great program,” Barnes Arico said. “Every team is a tremendous program so it’ll be just fun to have the opportunity to play in that environment and to survive and advance. “And then if we’re fortunate enough to get through Friday then we’ll have an opportunity to test ourselves against one of the best programs in the country.” The stage is set, and Michigan is ready for redemption.
Wolverines earn vindication with their Tournament bid
“Everyone was laughing and having a good time.”
Michigan coach Kim Barnes Arico will be in the NCAA Tournament for the sixth time in her coaching career.
The Michigan women’s basketball team made the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2013 on Monday.
Daily Sports Writer
It’s the Friday before the Michigan women’s basketball team will learn its fate, and Kim Barnes Arico is playing the waiting game. The coach knows her team will make the NCAA Tournament on the coming Monday, but she doesn’t know. She’ll never feel comfortable knowing again, because she knew last year and was wrong. The Wolverines were left out of the NCAA Tournament then, and nothing else matters. They made the most of their situation, winning the Women’s National Invitational Tournament. It didn’t heal the wound. “Especially now with waiting for Monday, I think it’s at the top of my mind,” Barnes Arico says, a conversational tone suddenly turning serious. “I think I will forever be scarred because of that.” When you spend time around this team, you see those scars. The goal has been stated time and time again, sometimes with a measure of defiance. Barnes Arico declared Michigan was robbed last season during a postgame press conference in late January. Others take a more diplomatic tact — We felt we did enough — but the sentiment is still the same. The Wolverines were told after last season they were left out of the Tournament due to a lack of quality wins, something they took measures to correct. Between home wins over Marquette and Maryland and a victory over Ohio State on the road, Michigan has three top-25 wins by RPI, where last season it had none. Despite this, Barnes Arico refuses to let herself express certainty. “For us it will always be a reality of, ‘Okay, you’re never guaranteed,’ ” she says. “You always gotta continue to work and continue to improve and continue to get better. Because you never know what the committee is gonna be looking for at any given time.” With its season on the line, Michigan pulled an upset victory out of its hat against then-No. 13 Maryland in the final game of the regular season. At the Big Ten Tournament, the Wolverines added the cherry on top with a
win over Penn State. That adds a measure of confidence to the wait, but a degree of worry is still there. After all, Michigan spent most of February losing. Beating the Terrapins was as close to an all-or-nothing proposition the Wolverines have had all year for just that reason. Barnes Arico didn’t stress the must-win nature of that game before it happened because she feels Michigan plays worse under that kind of pressure. But she knew it, and so did everyone else. After that win, there was a palpable relief in the air. It has carried over into this conversation, where Barnes Arico jokes about potential locations for the first two rounds. But relief isn’t certainty, and Barnes Arico won’t be caught mistaking one for the other. *** Michigan has read the same book for two years in a row as a team, Joshua Medcalf’s Chop Wood Carry Water. It’s a motivational book, the type of thing you read as a team, and one part of the story sticks out. The main character is an architect, and a good one at that. He’s getting old and is asked to build one last house, a task he finishes halfheartedly. When the job is done, his client gives him the key as a gift. The house, one of the architect’s worst-ever jobs, belongs to him. “It kind of goes with basketball,” said junior center Hallie Thome at the beginning of the season. “You know, like building your own house. Each and every day you’re building your own player on the court, you’re building your own confidence, and we’re building a team each and every practice.” The book was then-senior, now-graduate assistant Danielle Williams’ suggestion last year, and the Wolverines learned the lesson firsthand. They built their house, the Selection Show came, and then there was no choice but to live there. When Michigan started to look lost this year, struggling under the weight of expectation that came with being ranked as highly as 13th in the country, Barnes Arico turned to the same message. “When we started to get
tight and we stopped thinking — we started to worry about the outcome and not the process — I thought that (the book) would be a reminder to us, as to why we’re doing this and what’s important,” Barnes Arico said. “And to bring us back to who we are and our core values and what our program stands for. And it’s just a constant reminder of that and just another way and another voice other than my voice or my assistant coaches’ voices — or Jillian (Dunston’s) voice.” Last year, it was Dunston who rallied the Wolverines at practice the morning after the Selection Show, telling them in no uncertain terms they would win the WNIT and hang a banner. On Tuesday, that won’t be necessary. *** The Wolverines watched the Selection Show at Revel and Roll bowling alley last season, renting out a suite and inviting media to witness an impending celebration that never was. This year, they took a quieter tack, watching the show at Barnes Arico’s house, a more open space for catharsis. The first region came and went without Michigan’s name being called. When the second did as well, the nerves started creeping in. Barnes Arico had felt confident coming in — there was no reason not to — but the tone in the room was changing from lighthearted to stoic. “I could see Jilly starting to put her hand over her face,” Barnes Arico said. “My own children were like, ‘We can’t watch anymore,’ so I think everyone was getting a little stressed. “... My little one came and sat on on my lap and said, ‘Mommy, I don’t like this,’ and then my son is like, ‘Ah, I don’t feel so good.’ … The longer it went, the tighter we became.” Finally, their name was called and a year’s worth of emotions spilled out of the Wolverines. Dunston jumped out of her chair, then leapt up and down a few more times, turning to Katelynn Flaherty, a fellow senior, who bounced into her arms to share the moment. “The most devastating part for me as a coach last year was (seniors) Danielle Williams and Siera Thompson didn’t get to experience it and what they had given to our program through the years,” Barnes Arico said. “... I didn’t want to leave that hole and that emptiness there again with Jillian and Katelynn.” Assistant coach Wesley Brooks jumped into the middle of the room and let out a roar, turning to the ceiling to punctuate his exuberance. The entire room flew upwards at the same time, because what else is there to do when you’ve just accomplished your goal? “We didn’t really hear much after that,” Barnes Arico said. “Thank goodness we recorded the show.” The Wolverines, the seventh seed in the Lexington, Ky. regional, will play No. 10 Northern Colorado in Waco, TX. on Friday (5 pm, ESPN2). If they get by the Bears, No. 2 Baylor will likely await, and with it, the almost-certain end of Michigan’s season. But that doesn’t matter. The Wolverines wanted one thing from this season: an NCAA Tournament bid. They built a house big enough to earn it. Everything else is just window dressing.