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The Department of Justice joined Speech First Monday in challenging the University of Michigan’s free speech code. In a 25-page statement of interest, the DOJ concludes the lawsuit is likely to succeed on the merits of the Bias Response Policy violating the First and 14th Amendments. The DOJ’s statement of interest follows a May 8 lawsuit filed by Speech First, a national organization of students, citizens and alumni advocating free speech on college campuses. Speech First claims a bias response team that can mete out discipline and a vague speech code create a hazardous environment for free speech. In an interview with Speech First

President Nicole Neily in May, she said the organization is filing the injunction against the University based on three main factors. “We have multiple members of the organization at the University,” Neily said. “The University of Michigan also has a combination of a very bad speech code that is very vague, a very active Bias Response Team that is very proud of its achievements because it keeps a log and we have numbers there, though not all were listed in the complaint. These were the three things we needed.” In the statement of interest, the DOJ questioned not only the University’s speech code but the very U-M atmosphere. “The University of Michigan (“University”) proclaims on its website that ‘[f]reedom of speech is a bedrock principle of [its] community and essential to [its] core educational mission as a university,’” the statement reads. “Unfortunately, the University is failing to live up to that laudable principle. Instead of protecting free speech, the University imposes a system of arbitrary censorship of,

and punishment for, constitutionally protected speech.” Similarly, in the official statement from Speech First, Neilly argued the speech code has stifled the free speech of several members of her organization who attend the University. “Speech First has brought this suit to ensure that its members and other students at the University will not face investigations or discipline for engaging in the open and vigorous exchange of ideas that is at the core of the First Amendment merely because a University official or another student finds their views ‘demeaning,’ ‘bothersome,’ ‘exclusionary,’ or ‘hurtful,’” Neilly writes. Students claim in the suit as result of U-M speech code they have been forced to refrain from speaking on topics like gun control, immigration, identity politics and abortion out of fear of being reported to the Bias Response Team. Of the students referenced in the lawsuit, none were named for fear of retaliation.


In collaboration with other student presidents of Big Ten universities, Daniel Greene, the University of Michigan’s Central Student Government president, released a letter Tuesday night opposing the Promoting Real Opportunity, Success and Prosperity through Education Reform Act. Proposed by U.S. House of Representatives Republicans in 2017, the PROSPER Act aims to reform the Higher Education Act by simplifying federal aid for higher education. According to the website of the Committee on Education and the Workforce, the legislation would streamline student aid by combining all current federal loan options into the ONE Loan program and offering a single repayment option. While the PROSPER Act would expand the Pell Grant program, it would cut Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants, which assist the country’s lowest-income students. The PROSPER Act would also limit TRIO programs — sources of aid for students from disadvantaged backgrounds — and Public Service Loan Forgiveness. Tuesday’s letter, addressed to Paul Ryan, speaker of the House, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer, expresses Big Ten student presidents’ dissatisfaction with the extent to which the PROSPER Act would slash federal programs. Similar letters of opposition have been released since U.S. House Republicans proposed the PROSPER Act. In an email interview with The Daily, Greene wrote he signed the Big Ten letter because the PROSPER Act threatens college affordability.



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Lawsuit challenges sexual assault policy Student sues U-M for being biased against males accused of assault By ALICE TRACEY Summer Daily News Editor

A lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court by Deborah Gordon Law on June 4 on behalf of a male University of Michigan student, claims the University’s sexual misconduct policy does not provide due process to males accused of sexual assault and thereby discriminates against them on the basis of gender. The allegation follows a complaint brought forth by a female student who approached U-M’s Office of Institutional Equity on March 12 saying she and the male student had engaged in non-consensual sexual activity several months earlier. In April, the University sent out a no-contact order against the male student. The female student Sudoku Syndication then claimed the male student

violated the directive by staying in the same dining hall as her, and the University reprimanded him via email. According to the lawsuit, however, the male’s Mcard records prove he was not in the dining hall at that time. Due to the female student’s accusations of assault, the University put the male student’s official transcript on hold, preventing him from starting graduate school until further notice. This disciplinary action was not warranted, the lawsuit says, because the University failed to fairly investigate the situation. According to the lawsuit, the students did have sex in his dorm room in November 2017 but the interaction was consensual and no alcohol or drugs were involved. The male student also claims the two stayed in touch after having sex, even eating together in the dining hall. He says the female student suggested having sex again, but he declined.

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‘U’ Funds Environmental Projects Graham Sustainability Institute provides thousands in grants By KATHERINA SOURINE Daily Staff Reporter

Three research projects targeting socio-environmental sustainability have received, in total, more than $200,000 from the University’s Graham Sustainability Institute. The projects tackle a range of sustainability-related issues, from green energy in Detroit to energy and food systems in Puerto Rico. Paul Draus, a professor of sociology at U-M Dearborn, serves as a researcher on the Green Energy Village in Detroit Eastern Market project, which received a $10,000 Catalyst Grant. The first phase of the project, he explained, includes installing two upcycled wind turbines in the Eastern Market, with plans to eventually develop a feasibility plan for a microgrid: the Green Energy Village. “Our hopes are that this public demonstration and the feasibility research that we conduct using the resources from the Catalyst Grant will enable us to leverage resources for a transformational upcycling/ green energy enterprise based in Detroit,” Draus explained. “Which saves resources at both ends — utilizing discarded materials and local labor to create high-value machines that harvest energy from the wind and enhance the city’s overall resilience.” Juliette Roddy, professor of public policy at U-M Dearborn, highlighted the multifaceted nature of the project, outlining the factors of economic effectiveness, environmental efficiency and aesthetic implementation to the market. She

emphasized the work of Carl Neibock, the designer and producer for the Green Energy Village, who developed the project through his vision of the potential of recycled windmills. “Eastern Market is a valuable social space in Detroit and I believe that the combination of function and art/aesthetic will appeal to those who frequent the market,” Roddy said. “The windmills will easily charge a cell phone, a speaker for music, a laptop or — and I haven’t seen this yet, but Carl has great faith — an electric vehicle. The beauty and the practicality will inspire the Eastern Market visitors. I look forward to contributing to that.” The second project, Reimagining Puerto Rico’s Energy and Food Systems through Community Engagement and Industrial Symbiosis, received the $200,000 Transformation Grant. The project aims to work with community organizations to solidify a system which manages agricultural production, food waste, gasification and energy production. The project uses efforts from the University and Puerto Rican college students, as well as local nonprofits, to establish food and energy sectors in the mountain side town of Adjuntas, which continued to experience difficulties with electricity and food and water access more than five months after Hurricane Maria. In addition to volunteer work, the project will implement four hybrid solar/biomass gasification micro-grid systems. These systems

will be subsequently monitored for their effectiveness and sustainability within their communities. The third research project, Collaborative Assessment of Stormwater Runoff on Tribal Lands, was also awarded a $10,000 Catalyst Grant. The initiative was formed by a collaboration between the Great Lakes Integrated Sciences and Assessments Center and the Inter-Tribal Council of Michigan, in response to extensive flooding which led to significant damage to the Lake Superior Tribe of Chippewa Indians in 2016. The flooding highlighted the vulnerability of the community’s infrastructure and the need for preventative strategies for these extreme weather events. The initiative outlines a process of researching the frequency and effects of rainfall per year in these communities, as well as assisting tribes in implementation of infrastructure that could decrease the effects of stormwater run-off. U-M Researcher Frank Marsik offered semi-permeable pavement for parking lots and construction of street-side rain gardens as examples of potential solutions. “Given that many of the Indigenous Tribes are resource limited, both in terms of staffing and funding,” Marsik said, “our project will assist these Tribes to not only quantify the potential stormwater run-off given the specifics of the community’s land use practices, but our project will also help the Tribes to understand what practices (and their associated costs) could be implemented to reduce potential magnitude of stormwater run-off.”


University Health Services, the University of Michigan’s student health center, is offering sexual assault exams administered on-site by trained sexual assault nurse examiners rather than making students travel to the emergency room after an incident. The service is designed to improve students’ access to examinations and provide care in a more comfortable and convenient environment. According to Susan Ernst, the chief of the UHS Women’s Health Clinic, going to the emergency room after sexual assault can cause anxiety for a variety of reasons. “We felt it was important to try to offer the SANE exams on the college campus really for the convenience of the students and to reduce the stress after sexual assault,” Ernst said. “Students might worry about trying to go over to the emergency department that they might get their insurance billed or that their parents might find out.” UHS services are mostly free for students. Ernst added traveling to the emergency room can feel more intimidating than going to UHS — a smaller, quieter setting with which students may already be familiar. According to the website of the University’s Sexual Assault Prevention and Awareness Center, the health service receives approximately 70,000 visits every year. The SANE program was established in 2015 after the Association of American Universities published a survey exposing the prevalence of sexual assault on 27 campuses, including the University of Michigan. The report found 30 percent of undergraduate women had experi-

enced non-consensual sexual contact during their time at the University, compared to 23 percent across all participating schools. The University independently conducted a followup survey, which found 22 percent of undergraduate women had experienced nonconsensual contact in the last year. Ernst said the data were almost more worrying than the results of the AAU survey, because they revealed a high percentage of sexual assault over a shorter period of time. The sexual assault statistics motivated student activists to reach out to University administration, which in response worked with UHS to set up a SANE program. Ernst said UHS had been considering the idea for a while, but the students who approached the administration with their concerns galvanized the movement. Public Policy senior Daniel Greene, Central Student Government president, and CSG Vice President Isabel Baer, an LSA junior, wrote in a joint email interview student involvement plays a critical role in confronting sexual assault. “Addressing sexual assault requires a campus-wide effort,” Greene and Baer wrote. “The fact that 1 in 5 females and 1 in 16 males are sexually assaulted during their undergraduate experience is unacceptable. Student advocates on this issue, including ourselves, are continuing to examine the campus culture surrounding sexual misconduct.” Because there were already sexual assault nurse examiners working in the emergency center at the U-M hospital, the University did not need to hire new staff in order to make sexual assault exams available on campus. The trained nurses have specific on-call hours for sexual assault exams, so UHS asked the nurses to be available at both locations.



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Progress abroad

hen we think about the liberal bastions of the world, there are several countries that tend to come to mind, including countries like Norway, Sweden and Denmark. It is very rare that someone names Ireland, a country almost synonymous with Catholic values, as a part of a list of socially liberal countries. However, Ireland has been making leaps forward in matters of inclusivity and human rights in the past few years. In a world where right-wing populism seems to be coming from every corner, maybe we should look to Ireland as a model for our path forward. On May 25 the Republic of Ireland held a referendum on whether to repeal the Eighth Amendment to their constitution detailing the country’s strict restrictions on abortion. The Eighth Amendment was added to the Irish Constitution in 1983 after a referendum vote. This amendment was painted as equal protection of the right to life for mother and baby and prohibited abortion in most cases. Some of the few exceptions that allowed for abortion under this law included danger to the physical or mental health of the mother, rape and fatal health issues for the fetus. It isn’t surprising that a country with an over 78 percent Catholic population had such strict laws about abortion. It is, however, surprising that this same country voted with a 66 percent majority to repeal the Eighth Amendment and subsequent ban on abortion. This massive step forward in women’s rights issues for Ireland is less surprising when looking back

at the last couple of years in Ireland. In 2015, Ireland became the first country in the world to vote for the legalization of same-sex marriage by referendum, by 62 percent. Less than a month later, Ireland elected Leo Varadkar, an openly gay man, as the prime minister. Varadkar was also Ireland’s youngest prime minister in history and half Indian. All this progress, followed by last week’s decision to lift the ban on abortion, makes it clear: Ireland is not being left in the past any longer. Much of this positive change comes during a time of overwhelming negativity in the world. Great Britain voted to exit the European Union in 2016 by a majority of 52 percent following a long campaign of isolationism and xenophobia. Less than a year later, France faced an intense election season between Marine Le Pen and Emmanuel Macron. Though Macron won in a landslide with 66 percent of the vote, Le Pen still managed to run in the primary with an extremist conservative agenda. This all happening in conjunction with the United States’ experiment with rightwing populists and nationalism with the election of Trump. The world often seems to be slipping back in time when it comes to seemingly outdated laws and policies. At the beginning of May, Iowa approved the strictest abortion law in the country, making abortion nearly impossible once a fetal heartbeat has been detected. Meanwhile, on May 29 the U.S. Supreme Court rejected the dispute over a 2015 law from Arkansas

that made pill-induced abortions illegal. These policies come from a government led by politicians like Vice President Pence, who is known for his anti-abortion stance. In 2016 Pence signed a bill as the governor of Indiana that would severely limit women’s access to abortion, even in cases where the child would be born with disabilities. This decision was overturned in April by a federal appeals court, but still shows us exactly what our country’s second-incommand believes. Ireland seems to be on an upswing right now and is making big strides in a short amount of time that will hopefully continue. However, it is important to remember how quickly that can change. Many of us thought that the United States might have been in a similar place when Barack Obama was elected as our first Black president or when gay marriage was legalized nationally. Unfortunately, directly following those few years of progress came the election of President Trump and a rise in open racism and misogyny. Ireland is not perfect and still has a long way to go in issues of equality, particularly when it comes to issues of race and disability. However, in a world that can often feel like it’s falling apart, it’s reassuring to know that progress is still being made in a different corner of the world.

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A state divided

iving in Orange County, California, one is constantly reminded of the paradoxical political climate. Here – the county Ronald Reagan described as the place “where all the good Republicans go to die,” the home to none other than Richard Nixon and the electoral district in which Hillary Clinton broke a seven decade-long conservative streak – conservative ideology stands tall. Here in California, the state legislature and executive branch are controlled exclusively by Democrats while the number of state-registered Independents recently overtook the number of state-registered Republicans. The same partisan dichotomy is no less apparent on the issue of immigration. Late last year, California Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law Senate Bill 54, transforming California into the country’s most extensive “sanctuary state.” Orange County, host to nearly a tenth of California’s illegal immigrants, reacted by signing onto the lawsuit against the state of California proposed by President Donald Trump’s administration. By linking arms with the federal government, Orange County has fanned the f lames of what has proved to be an acrimonious debate on immigration. While California has cleverly skirted some technicalities with S.B. 54, conservatives are right that the law affronts federal legitimacy. Sacramento’s conciliatory approach to illegal immigration, however, is in the spotlight for all the wrong reasons. Legal defiance of the Trump administration’s immigration approach should be highlighted, instead, for what it reveals: troubling inadequacy on the part of the federal government in search of effective immigration policy. Generally, immigration is a matter that should be left to the federal government. Not only is Congress constitutionally entrusted with the naturalization of immigrants, but immigration is a pivotal component of foreign affairs, a domain also entrusted to Congress. The reasoning is sound: A task as complex and nationally extensive as immigration would overburden the states.

That said, states do hold some discretion over areas of immigration law where the federal government has yet to produce comprehensive policy. It’s why Arizona’s 2010 immigration law had provisions that dealt with the registration of noncitizens – a matter that had already been addressed by federal reg ulations – struck down; yet the law saw its components that addressed cooperation between state and federal officials – a matter outside of contemporary federal policy – upheld. The reasoning behind this is also sound: Federal laws hold preeminence over state ones, but power must also be balanced between state and national government, as per the U.S. Constitution. California’s S.B. 54 does just that with respect to illegal immigration, addressing realities on the ground that have been overlooked in Washington, D.C. As of 2012, California housed a quarter of the country’s undocumented immigrants, forcing the state to address them less as a logistical anomaly to be corrected and more as a near-permanent contingent deserving of comprehensive policy. The sheer number of undocumented immigrants in California, occupants who neither receive the intangible benefits of legal status nor pay respect to the legal path to citizenship (though many do, contrary to popular belief, pay taxes), is an unfortunate reality for which the blame partly rests on Congress. Congress, in failing to pass the Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act of 2007, missed an opportunity to curtail the problem of illegal immigration on two fronts. The act would’ve cleared a path to citizenship for millions of undocumented immigrants already living in the U.S., eliminating the choice between mass deportation and continued subversion of the law, while also stymieing the f low of future illegal immigration via tightened border security.

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Alas, Washington floundered, and California was left to remedy its now-prolonged dilemma by facing reality. Undocumented immigrants began to be integrated into normal policy concerns, reflecting a national reluctance to truly take action. S.B. 54’s protection of nonviolent undocumented immigrants from federal agents, on the grounds that local law enforcement is more effective when less of the populace is afraid to cooperate, is justified when Washington’s inaction is taken into account. Calling back on recent legislative failures may help explain the current legal dilemma, but the only concern for many is that sanctuary protection invalidates the rule of law. No matter the convenience afforded to law enforcement due to sanctuary policies, nor the injustice imposed on undocumented immigrants by the severe backlog of American immigration procedures, the argument goes, welcoming undocumented immigrants as they are sends the message that U.S. immigration laws are pliable. While Trump’s misleading and race-baiting statements on immigration, along with a shift toward nativist policies and preferences for immigrants with specific traits and backgrounds, are inexcusable, these critics are right that circumventing Congress is not sustainable nor desirable. However, upon closer inspection, calls for a return to the rule of law also reveal that the true problem lies in failure to act at a national level. California’s S.B. 54 stridently disregards federal law only in the sense that it

actively prevents state and local law enforcement from sharing information with federal immigration officers, a provision directly at odds with federal immigration law, as outlined in 8 U.S. Code section 1373. Other components of the law, namely the requirement that state and local officials release nonviolent undocumented immigrants in the face of orders from federal immigration officials, frustrate federal objectives yet exercise the perfectly legal practice of noncooperation. California’s pushback on federal policy, much like the aforementioned Arizona law, is only possible because much of the immigration issue has not been comprehensively addressed by Congress. Recent failures by Congress to come to consensus were met by President Barack Obama’s executive “stopgap” measure, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, which has since been followed only by extensive indecision and refusal to move forward on the part of Trump. This stagnation decisively illustrates the need for new national legislation and policy that faces up to the struggles burdening the states. It also shows how bickering over the supremacy of federal law or the ability of states to avoid compliance amounts to wasted time and energy. Rather, comprehensive immigration reform by Congress is the only real solution when it comes to resolving the concerns of states like California and places like Orange County. Ethan Kessler can be reached at

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t’s Monday night and your paper’s due sometime tomorrow. You spent your weekend unwinding – socializing, catching up on “Game of Thrones,” following your favorite NBA team – because let’s face it, you deserve some down time! So you sit down Monday, ready to begin this paper, and instead, you launch Instagram, just to get a brief idea of what you’ll be missing in your social circle tonight. Two hours later with zero progress made, you regret wasting your time. This June, Apple, Inc . r ele a s e d n e w, g r ou nd br e a k i n g s of t w a r e t h a t a i m s t o pr e vent this u n iq uel y m i l len n i a l c i r c u m s t a n c e f r om o c c u r r i n g . A pple ’s a n nu a l World w ide D e velop er s C on f er en c e t o ok pl a c e Ju n e 4 , h i g h l i g ht i n g it s pl a t f or m s ’ m o s t r e c ent i O S 1 2 s of t w a r e up d a t e s a nd f or w a r d- t h i n k i n g i n it i a t i ve s . Us er s a r e g e t t i n g e xc it e d a b out n e w ide a s t h a t w i l l m a ke i Phon e h a r der t o put dow n : g r oup Fa c eT i m e , c u s t om i z a ble a nimated em oji s , a n up d a t e t o Si r i ’s i nt el l i g en c e a nd a 4 0 -p er c ent i n c r e a s e i n o ver a l l s p e e d . Howe ver, a m on g t he m o s t r a d ic a l of A pple ’s 2 018 a n n ou n c em ent s are t ho s e f o c u si n g on c u r bi n g ou r t e c h n olo g y a dd ic t ion . A pple CEO Tim C o ok a d m it t e d to CN N Mon e y ’s L a u r ie Segall ju s t how a c c ident a l t he a pp a r ent i Phon e a dd ic t ion i s . “ You k n ow, we w a nt p e ople t o b e i n c r e d i bl y s a t i s f ie d a nd emp ower e d b y t he de v ic e s t h a t we sh ip, but we n e ver w a nt e d p e ople t o s p end a lo t of t i m e or a l l of t hei r t i m e on t hem ,” C o ok e x pl a i n e d . “A nd we ’r e r ol l i n g out g r e a t t o ol s t o b o t h m a ke p e ople a w a r e of how muc h t i m e t he y ’r e s p end i n g (on phon e s) a nd t he a pp s t h a t t he y ’r e s p end i n g it i n , but a l s o how m a n y t i m e s t he y pic k up t hei r phon e , how m a n y n o t i f ic a t ion s t he y g e t , w ho i s s end i n g t hem t he n o t i f ic a t ion s . ( We ’r e) emp ower i n g p e ople w it h t he f a c t s t o de c ide t hem s el ve s how t he y w a nt t o c ut b a c k or i f t he y w a nt t o c ut b a c k .” C omp a n ie s l i ke A pple a nd

G o o g le m a y b e i r on ic a l l y s e e k i n g t e c h n olo g y-l i m it i n g t e c h n olo g y because of t he r e c om m e nd a t ion s of i n ve s t or s or b e c a u s e of t h e s c ient i f ic f i nd i n g s that i n f or m u s ju s t h ow g r e a t l y ou r he a lt h c a n s u f f e r f r om s t a r i n g a t phon e s . Ph y s ic a l l y, s c r e en t i m e i s de t r i m e nt a l t o ou r e ye s a nd ne c k , c a u s i n g u s er s t o e x p er ie nc e s y mp t om s s uc h a s d r y e ye s , h e a d a c h e s , blu r r e d v i sion a nd lon g- t e r m shou lder a nd b a c k p a i n . Sle e p i s of t en d i s r up t e d , e s p e c i a l l y w hen we f a i l t o r e s i s t put t i n g ou r phon e s a w a y w h e n g e t t i n g r e a d y f or b e d . Th e blue l i g ht em it t e d by i Ph one s can i nt er r up t ou r b o d ie s ’ sle e p c yc le s b y i nt e r r up t i n g t h e n a t u r a l pr o duc t ion of sle e p i nduc i n g m el a t on i n . S o c i a l l y, i m m er sion i n s o c i a l m e d i a c a n w a r p ou r s e n s e of h ow person-to-person interactions are supposed to take place. Emotionally, increased phone exposure can make us more stressed, worried and prone to depressive symptoms. The new iOS 12 features were designed to counter these health detriments, yet are falsely idyllic. They will pose questions about how much time spent on our phones is too much time, or whether awareness will be enough to curb our enthusiasm toward tech. So how will we as college students react to the accessibility of addiction curbing tools – to the accessibility of phone-use knowledge? What are these “dig it a l he a lt h ” t o ol s that will b a l a n c e out t h e e nt e r t a i n i n g a d v a n c em ent s of i O S 1 2 – t he a d v a n c em e nt s t h a t w i l l f u r t her ho ok i n u s e r s? O ne ke y d i g it a l h e a lt h f e a t u r e i s t he a bi l it y t o pr e - s e t “ D o No t D i s t u r b ” t i m e , w h ic h w i l l a l low u s t o sle e p or work p e a c e f u l l y w it h out r e c ei v i n g t e x t s a nd em a i l no t i f ic a t ion s . We w i l l a l s o h a ve a c c e s s t o a we e k l y s u m m a r y of ou r “ S c r e en T i m e ,” sh ow i n g u s e x a c t l y how muc h t i m e we s p end on ou r ph one t h r ou g hout t h e we e k , h ow ma ny hou r s (a nd w h ic h s p e c i f ic hou r s) we s p e nd m i nd le s sl y s c r ol l i n g t h r ou g h e a c h a pp. F i n a l l y, i f t h e s e

“ S c r e e n T i m e ” s u m m a r ie s r a t t le you r t e c h - c on s c ie nc e a nd m a ke you w a nt t o u s e a pp s le s s , “A pp L i m it s ” w i l l a l low you t o s e t a n e x a c t t i m e l i m it p e r d a y a nd on l y p e r m it you t o u s e t h e a pp u nt i l you ’ ve r e a c h e d it . A dd it ion a l l y, you c a n ’t work a r ou nd t h e l i m it b y u s i n g you r i Pa d i n s t e a d f or t h e l i m it s a nd s u m m a r ie s c a n b e s y nc e d a c r o s s de v ic e s . W h a t t r ou ble s m e a b out t h e s e ne w i Ph one f e a t u r e s i s t h e u s e r s ’ c a p a bi l it y t o t u r n on or shut of f t h e t e c h nolo g y l i m it s . C o ok thinks “ u lt i m a t el y, e a c h p e r s on h a s t o m a ke t h e de c i s ion , w h e n t h e y g e t t h ei r nu m b e r s , a s t o w h a t t h e y wou ld l i ke t o do. I e nc ou r a g e e ve r yone t o look and everyone to make an informed decision, and ask themselves, if t hey ’re pick ing up t heir phone 10 to 20 t imes a n hour, maybe t hey could do it less … But I t h in k t he power is now sh if ted to t he user. A nd t hat ha s been what Apple ha s a lways been about , is g iv ing t he power f rom t he inst it ut ion to t he user.” So now t he user ha s t he power to lim it how much t ime t hey spend on Instag ra m or Facebook; t he issue, however, is t hat t he App Lim it is not on ly volunta r y, but t he user a lso ha s t he power to ex tend it . W i l l c ol le g e s t ude nt s p a s s or f a i l? Th e s e ne w s of t w a r e feat ures seem to say to us a s t e c h - u s e r s t h a t ou r i Ph one a dd ic t ion i s n ’t ou r f a u lt , but i s i n s t e a d due t o t h e s i mple a r c h it e c t u r e of t h e up d a t e s f r om t h e pr e v iou s op e r a t i n g s y s t e m s . W i l l we h a r ne s s t h e ne w- a nd-i mpr o ve d “ Si r i Sh or t c ut s ” t h a t m on it or ou r h a bit s a nd s u g g e s t we m o bi le or de r a c of f e e b a s e d on t h e pr e d ic t e d t r a f f ic? O r, w i l l we ut i l i z e t h e “ D o No t D i s t u r b ” feat ures, t he “Screen Time” s u m m a r ie s , t h e “A pp L i m it s ” t h a t c ompr i s e t h e up a nd c om i n g D i g it a l He a lt h I n it i a t i ve? We w i l l f i nd out later t his summer when t h e i O S 1 2 up d a t e b e c om e s a v a i l a ble t o t h e pu bl ic .

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‘Lush’ resonates with youth, pride


cuts right through the track and gets everything going. The picking Summer Managing Arts Editor pattern on “Let’s Find An Out” is It’s not like this needs to be as contemplative and pained as the restated, but being a teenager sentiment behind the song. The is cool. Adolescence is full of slogging chords of “Deep Blue” pair unnecessarily intense and well with Jordan’s wails of “it took embarrassing experiences that so long to know someone like you.” The core of Lush lies in the shape the rest of your life. It’s often forgotten though, in the race three-track run of “Let’s Find An to grow up, the odd beauty and Out,” “Golden Dream” and “Full shame of that period of your life. Control,” where Jordan is at her Things are put aside, left for years most energetic and dynamic. “Let’s down the road, to be expressed in Find An Out” is one of the most the words of someone a little older poignant tracks on the album, and wiser — but not for Lindsey which is surprising considering Jordan of Snail Mail. Her debut its brevity and lack of chorus. album Lush is a remarkably candid, In it, Jordan mourns a stagnant emotionally developed record that relationship, struggling to find a speaks to and from a teenage heart. resolution. On “Golden Dream,” What separates Jordan from your a little more up-tempo, Jordan average adolescent with a guitar remembers who she is, finds an answer within herself and a taste for rock and delivers one of music is her ability to Lush the most cutting create songs that are lines on the album: aware of their emotion Snail Mail “God around your and power, but never neck, he never did too get too self-absorbed. Matador much for you.” “Full “Pristine” is one of the Control” finishes this finest examples of this: Jordan repeatedly dismisses her self-affirming trio, where Jordan feelings with “anyways, anyways,” asserts she’s her own person: “Even but she’s still going to say and ask when it’s love, / Even when it’s not.” Lush gets a little weighed down for what she wants. In the chorus she whines “and I know myself at the end, with “Deep Blue” and and I’ll never love anyone else,” “Anytime” being both some of but in the outro she finds peace, the longest and slowest tracks on saying “I’ll still love you the same.” the record, but it’s not enough to The acknowledged melodrama leave a real mark on the album’s of “Pristine” is a perfect teenage quality. On “Deep Blue,” Jordan moment, that experience of being repeats a phrase from “Pristine” word-for-word: “We 15 when everything is new and almost awful and exciting, when there’s can be anyone.” The repetition is infrequent enough to be a always something to feel. Jordan still remains first and mistake, but the phrase seems like foremost a guitarist, and Lush is a summary of Lush as a whole — rife with moments of plush guitar standing on the edge of adulthood, playing that don’t make a big deal of full of energy and emotion and themselves. “Heat Wave” springs the realization that life has hardly to life with a convulsive riff that started. JACK BRANDON


‘Dietland’ serves up some revenge fantasy with flair Penrose triangle of sorts: home, café, “Waist Watchers” meetings, Daily Arts Writer and repeat. Then one day, Plum receives The world envisioned by Marti Noxon’s new AMC series a suspicious invitation to the “Dietland” feels both frighteningly basement of the Austen Media real and achingly distant. It’s building. She’s been sent for by a world filled with the usual Julia (Tamara Tunie, “Law and indignities women are subject Order: SVU”), the manager of the to — street harassment, body beauty closet, who asks Plum to join image issues, ageism. But it’s also her underground crusade against “dissatisfaction-industrial a world that considers a radical the new possibility: What if women complex” which magazines like stopped putting up with this shit? Daisy Chain perpetuate. “They get us to pay them to tell What would happen if they fought us how broken we are, and then we back? We’re introduced to this world pay for the products to fix it,” Julia by Plum Kettle (Joy Nash, “Twin says. “But we’re never fixed.” In the backdrop of this miniPeaks: The Return”), a plus-sized writer living in New York City resistance lies a guerrilla group where she ghostwrites an advice called Jennifer: A radical women’s column for Kitty Montgomery guerilla group that kills rapists and (Julianna Margulies, “The Good abusers before dropping them onto Wife”) — the “skinny wax Dracula” city sidewalks from airplanes. So who edits Austen Media’s teen clearly, there’s a lot going on. That’s not necessarily a bad style magazine Daisy Chain. Kitty is polished, ruthless, thing — the frenzy of “Dietland” unapologetic. Plum is not. A is part of its charm. But it can be lifetime of being overweight has overwhelming, even off-putting, when a show tries left her insecure to do so much and self-loathing. “Dietland” and say so much In a montage in the Episodes 1-3 while already first episode, she throwing the rules recalls the myriad Mondays at 9 p.m. of conventional of unsuccessful storytelling out fad diets and AMC the window. superfoods she’s Fun, subjected herself disorientingly illustrated to. Her hope now is an expensive sequences and surreal flashbacks lap band surgery, after which she are sprinkled throughout. The plot dreams of a skinny, glamorous life too is somewhat of a Trojan horse, as “Alicia,” her biological name and the story of a gruesome vigilante post-weight loss alter ego. Until group wrapped to look like some then, an on-screen illustration mild lesson on body acceptance shows she’s confined to life in a and self-love. MAITREYI ANANTHARAMAN

It’s exactly the sort of strange, genre-bending, category-defying work you might expect from showrunner Marti Noxon, whose “UnREAL” and “Girlfriend’s Guide to Divorce” manage to transform from mindless fluff to dark humor to female rage without missing a beat.

“That’s not necessarily a bad thing. The frenzy of ‘Dietland’ is part of its charm.”

Beneath all the noise, the show is lovingly and tenderly acted by Joy Nash, whose Plum might feel flat or dull were it not for the actress’s earnestness and nuance. As Kitty, Julianna Margulies is a comedic treat (and wears a wig far campier than her Alicia Florrick wig). It’s glaringly obvious from their performances that — though the dream sequences and cartoons are fun — the show could stand to let its stars shine a bit more. For a show about empowerment and self-acceptance, “Dietland” doesn’t seem very confident in itself.


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Cinetopia: ‘Blindspotting’ STEPHEN SATARINO Daily Arts Writer

The two entered the venue dressed in the most opposite terms possible — Daveed Diggs sporting a Golden State Warriors bomber jacket, highly-distressed red jeans and a grill, Rafael Casal clean cut in an all-black button down and black slacks. They were a pair of walking statements, proud proclamations of individuality with blurred separating lines. They each stuck out in their own ways, so similar in that regard, that they could only come from somewhere the same. This shared, quilt-like quality, I came to realize over the next few hours, was the reality of everyone form the Bay Area – a tumultuous community of every race, religion, and creed, bounded by an acceptance of what is not their own. Diggs and Casal were attending the Cinetopia Film Festival premiere of their first feature film “Blindspotting,” the story of two lifelong friends — Collin (Diggs), a convicted felon looking to pull his life back together, and Miles (Casal), a new father lost in an unfamiliar hometown. They both struggle to find their new places in a rapidly changing Bay Area. “The town,” as many Oakland natives would call it, is caught in the middle of a series of changes spurred on by the rapid gentrification of the region as well as national tensions related to race, class and gun ownership. Diggs and Casal premiered their film on opening night at Sundance back in January, and “Blindspotting” is set for a nationwide release July 10. In the few minutes I had to talk with Diggs and Casal, this sense idea of the “Oakland Artist” came up more than once. In response to

a question about getting it right, Diggs said “that community is so isolated and self-sustaining — that the necessity to get it right — I don’t even know if people put [pressure] on us, we put it on ourselves, that’s a responsibility that we feel we owe the place we grew up. And everyone sort of gets it wrong, and sort of has a wrong perception of the Bay Area, so if you’re from there and you get the opportunity to project the Bay Area out onto the world, we want our friends to go ‘That’s right! That’s the bay area we know!’” The duo had met at Berkeley High as teenagers and have been working collaboratively ever since. Both of their previous work has come largely in verse, Diggs as a rapper, most known for his membership on the original “Hamilton” Broadway cast, and Casal as a slam poetry performer featured on HBOs “Def Poetry Jam.” This attraction to form translates itself onto the screen in scenes that play out more like a musical than a drama. When asked about “the town’s” response to “Blindspotting,” he added “The thing about being an artist from the Bay is no one’s really checking for us, so we’ve been proud of each other anyways. And it’s really a pretty supportive artistic community. You’re always really excited when someone has something that breaks out and does well.” Casal chimed in “[Oakland] is one of the lenses with which we look at the world. I think our point of view of the world is so drastically affected by that upbringing that I think it will be omnipresent in everything we do, whether we try to or not.” The film touches on many current social issues relevant to Oakland and to the Bay Area and is at its best when it allows these topics to exist bubbling under the

surface rather than boiling to a head. “Blindspotting” is really a fun movie, until it reaches the point where it isn’t supposed to be fun anymore, Diggs and Casal’s ability to balance these opposing forces of levity and turmoil, an almost perfect microcosm to the current state of their home town — one stuck in an identity crisis, its transfixingly unique former self set up against a more sobering contemporary reality. Aside from some hiccups in the third act, the film delivers on its promise of a thought-provoking inspection on the modern intersection of race and class, managing to test its audience’s own preconceived notions through to the end. The biggest accomplishment of the film is its wonderful array of characters, the list of notables stretching far past the central two. Each new, eccentric Oaklander added on screen contributes to the pulsating diorama of the two writers’ roots. These peripheral, sometimes oneoff, characters fill a wide range of race, class, and profession, melding together into a stunning mosaic of what was once “the town” and what could still be. The only characters who aren’t given this colorful treatment are the harbingers of kale smoothies and vegan burgers, the plaid fleet of gentrifying yuppies, the techcentric, oh-so-vilified hipsters, whose addition to the region don’t just raise property value but raise tensions as well. Miles, the Bay Area fundamentalist of the film, doesn’t hide his disdain for the geeky newcomers, he literally attacks the issue of gentrification opening up dialogue on a set of deeper issues as the film works its way to its close.




Bourdain’s legacy of guts and grub CLARA SCOTT Daily Arts Writer

I can remember those days clearly: Sitting with my dad as a child, the rain falling slowly outside and the sardonic yet calming voice of Anthony Bourdain on the television. By the time I was old enough to actually choose my own entertainment, I always loved Bourdain’s shows, from “No Reservations” to “Parts Unknown” and all the appearances and books in between. I stole my parents’ iPod and watched reruns on the tiny screen, wishing I could taste and feel the things this crazy, wonderful man did in all the crazy, wonderful places he went. Watching Bourdain was one of the ways my dad and I connected, through a shared love of people who didn’t give even one crap, leading to a joint adoration of a man who truly took his own advice. I felt as if I was friends with this man on the screen and the page, and continued to be a massive fan of the former chef as I grew up. If I was sad or lost or needed some inspiration to whisk me away from suburbia, I turned on one of Bourdain’s shows and fell straight into the daring cuisine of Malaysia, light-saturated skylines of Tokyo or the cobblestone-lined streets of Cuba, far away from my problems and lack of adventure. Talking to people my own age, I found that this experience was not only mine, but a common thread between many teenage girls, their fathers and their search for whimsy in the unknown. Anthony Bourdain was not only charming and intelligent, but a people person too. He held no prejudices, ate what people gave him in an effort to connect and made connections with locals in the places he traveled, over a career that spanned decades. Those who followed his career would know that this sense of

familiarity did not just end with the lucky few he actually met, but anyone who stumbled upon his work — Bourdain’s charisma was not intimidating, but welcoming, as if anyone who could stand their ground in conversation and consumption was a guest in his life. When I learned of his death earlier this week, I was absolutely and completely crushed. The details of Bourdain’s passing are devastating on their own, proof of a massive problem in our society which will take more than a phone number to fix. It is impossible to imagine what his family is experiencing right now, and for that, I will give the issue its space. Instead, I feel that it is more useful right now to celebrate what the iconic man achieved, created and meant to all of us than settle into grief. Bourdain was a professional live-r, if there ever was a thing. He had a job that any of us would kill for, a career explained by the man himself in a New Yorker interview as “I travel around the world, eat a lot of shit and basically do whatever the fuck I want.” But not all would have the guts and bravado to actually find success in that pursuit, to create something new and beautiful out of every dirty alley and shambly food truck. Bourdain taught people of all ages to truly appreciate all the hidden magic around them, and for that he carried a bit of magic around himself. No matter the darkness he dealt with internally or encountered on his path, Bourdain’s piercing wit and exuberance for what the world had to offer was contagious. For that, we will miss him. For him, crack open a beer tonight and savor it. If there’s one thing we can learn from Anthony Bourdain’s life, it’s that you never know where your next adventure could be until you seek it out yourself.


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U-M researcher’s discovery leads to potential improvement of cancer therapy By ROB DALKA

Edited by Rich Norris and Joyce Nichols Lewis

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New cancer study

Researchers at the University of Michigan Rogel Cancer Center have determined cancer cells seize control of the metabolic pathways within specific immune cells to suppress the immune system and accelerate tumor growth. Immune suppressor cells that exist in cancerous tumors block the body’s natural defense system, and a high volume of these immune suppressor cells can render the immune system ineffective at fighting tumor growth. Previously, researchers had little understanding of what caused the development of immune suppressor cells but did recognize the necessity of a healthy immune system in the battle against cancer. Immunotherapy, which harnesses a patient’s own immune system to fight cancer, has been very successful for survivors of certain cancers. “Immunotherapy includes treatments that work in different ways,” the American Cancer Society states on its website. “Some boost the body’s immune system in a very general way. Others help train the immune system to attack cancer cells specifically.” The limited understanding of the immune-suppressing cells makes it difficult to treat certain types of cancers using immunotherapy. Cancers, such as triple-negative breast cancer – the cancer cell line used in this research because of its prominent immune suppressor cells – are especially difficult to treat. Triple-negative breast cancer lacks three common receptors that stimulate tumor growth, making it harder to treat. “Since the tumor cells lack the necessary receptors, common treatments like hormone therapy and drugs that target estrogen, progesterone, and HER-2 are ineffective,” the National Breast Cancer Foundation states on

its website. Chemotherapy is often a triple-negative breast cancer patient’s only option. Weiping Zou, a renowned professor of surgery and primary researcher in the study, explained the issue with current immunotherapy treatment. “Immunotherapy works very well for some patients, but not everyone is responsive to the treatment,” Zou said. “Through this study we hope to improve the current treatment to make it better for more people.” During the project, the researchers studied the tumors’ growth in mice, approved by the committee on Use and Care of Animals at the University of Michigan. They were able to measure the growth of the tumors and find the factors that caused the processes within them. The researchers also studied cultivated cells separately. Extensive measurements were taken during the experiment on tumor growth and cell production which were then analyzed using various data analytical techniques. Dr. Inka Kryczek, Research Assistant Professor of Surgery, summarized the various parts of the process they studied. “We looked at the metabolic pathways, the immunosuppressive cells themselves, and the biology of the tumor. It proved to be a very comprehensive study.” said Kryczek. The new research sheds some light on what could be causing the development of the immune suppressor cells. A link found between the metabolic production of glycolysis and the number of the immune suppressor cells present in the tumor showed a direct correlation between an increase in glycolysis and an increase in immune suppressor cells. Zou believes the discovery can lead to new treatments for patients that exhibit high numbers of the immune suppressor cells. “We hope we can manipulate the metabolic pathways to develop an immunotherapy approach to help these patients,” Zou said. Zou also anticipates the research will inspire other researchers to develop better techniques for treatment.

Thursday June 14, 2018 The Michigan Daily —

Hear Me

EPYC for now, EPYC forever By CHRISTIAN PANEDA MiC Senior Editor



I’ve only ever seen my mother cry three times. One of those times was when the audiologist announced I had a hearing loss and would have to wear hearing aids. As strange as it sounds, I am thankful for being born hard of hearing. I believe that it has had a unique impact on the way I’ve grown up and has allowed me to be more empathetic to people with other disabilities and even other social identities in which I have privilege. However, I didn’t always see my hearing loss in such a positive light. When I first started my education, I went to a private school where nobody realized I had hearing loss. Because of this, the teachers always reacted negatively to me because I never listened to their instructions. Since it seemed I wasn’t being obedient, the teachers and my parents incorrectly believed that I had a learning disability. This was the beginning of my feeling like an outcast throughout my first years of school, especially since I had neon pink hearing aids. After I switched to public school, I spent a lot of time in speech therapy because I wasn’t speaking as properly as the other students my age, making me feel like an alien in my surroundings.

I was also detached from my culture. At the time, outdated psychological studies led educators to believe that children growing up learning two languages at the same time had less fluency in both languages. However, modern-day psychological studies have proven the opposite: Learning two languages at once is beneficial to children’s learning experiences. However, the educators and professionals at my schools constantly warned my parents not to speak in our native language with me at home. As a result, I speak extremely broken Telugu (my native language) and struggle to understand it as well as I might have been able to. While I eventually became able to overcome this and come to acceptance with my hearing loss, it wasn’t always easy to do this. A lot of the incidents I experienced at a younger age also made me feel even more selfaware about any differences I had from other kids. Entering high school, I learned how to channel the pain and frustration I continued to feel about my hearing aids into more creative endeavors such as writing and art. While art helped me discover a whole history and culture behind my disability, writing helped me express feelings from my childhood that I had suppressed for


such a long time. I had always felt I wasn’t good enough, and my hearing aids had become a tangible reminder of my isolation. Working on approaching this became one of my goals, and I slowly began to realize how much having a hearing loss had helped me grow. I often felt isolated because I didn’t know any other kids with hearing aids, but I’ve learned, slowly, to accept this aspect of my identity. And yes, I don’t view this as a flaw or a disability anymore. After learning about the beauty of deaf culture and learning how people who are hard of hearing and deaf have been able to form a community and express all their pain and frustration, it’s become clearer to me that this is an identity of mine, not something to be fixed or to be ashamed or scared of. To anyone reading this who may be isolated because of a hearing loss, I can tell you that I have found solace in learning about deaf culture, making art and expressing my feelings through writing. It’s crucial to deal with any feelings of isolation you may be having about your identity, no matter what it is and it’s also important to learn about the history behind since history will always continue to empower and validate your identity.

When My last piece about the National Federation of Filipino American Associations was written on a plane. So naturally,this NaFFA A piece is being written during another f light. I am currently on my way to spend a summer in Washington, D.C., and I can’t help but be thankful for all that the Empowering Filipino Youth through Collaboration Ambassadors Program has done for me. My start with EPYC almost never happened actually. It started last summer with an email forwarded by a good friend who was interning in DC at the time. “If you haven’t seen this and are interested!” was the one line in her forward. And from the prospects of connecting with other Filipinx Americans, learning more about civic engagement, and a chance to better myself as a self-proclaimed Filipino American advocate, I was definitely interested. I knew I had to apply, but the f law that was holding me back then was a subtle lack of confidence. I had never done anythi ng on a national scale before. I know I harp on this a lot, but it’s still true, but growing up in small towns where cornfields are endless really shaped me. Although it grew a strong yearning for exploration of myself and my culture, I really thought work on large scales, like a national one, were for people from big cities. Before the EPYC ambassadors program, I thought that I was not

qualified as someone who didn’t have a large Filipinx American community to rely on. But of course, I knew that wasn’t a valid reason to not apply. I knew that if I didn’t give it an honest try that I would regret it. I spent many days rewriting my resume, my personal statement, and asking advice from trusted confidants; I ended up sending my application while I was at a wedding in California using free, limited hotel Wi-Fi and minutes to spare on the deadline (very off-brand for me but such is life). When I got the acceptance letter from Jason Tengco, the Executive Director of NaFFA A, I was totally thrilled, to say the least. The EPYC ambassadors program didn’t start and end with a convening in the Bay Area. Like I said before in my last article, the EPYC ambassadors program as a whole gave me the tools and resources to be a more confident leader. But within that were layers upon layers of selfdiscovery. I always wondered what life was like for young Filipinx Americans outside the Midwest. Because of EPYC, I have been given the privilege to listen to the lived experiences of the rest of the ambassadors, who are now my friends. I am now able connect with my Pinoy peers all across the United States instead of speculate what diaspora looks like outside my own lived experience. I looked forward to every monthly webinar because it means learning something new about important

topics such as racial justice, media, and Filipino American history. Through EPYC, I was able to rediscover the streng ths of my leadership that I already had all along. And one of the most important things I’ve learned along the way is that there is power in mobilizing the youth--not only for the future but most certainly for the issues that we as marginalized communities face daily. My passion for civic engagement and advocacy has even more so intensified thanks to NaFFA A and EPYC. Now that I am going to intern in DC, I would like to believe that EPYC has helped light my pathway to public service. In the more immediate sense, EPYC allowed me to expand upon my skills of student organizing through a capstone project where I collaborated with many other leaders in many different Filipinx American and A API communities to increase civic engagement in the Midwest. Now that my first year with EPYC is coming to a close, my hope is to continue with NaFFA A and the youth branch for years to come because I believe so much in this mission. From my perspective, EPYC is a pipeline to get aspiring, young Filipinx American leaders out into the world--for the culture and social good. I cannot wait to see the next cohort of ambassadors and the amazing things to come. My advice? Be brave. Be unapologetic. Be EPYC.


Thursday, June 14, 2018 The Michigan Daily —


Turill hired as asst. coach JACOB KOPNICK

Summer Managing Sports Editor

The Michigan men’s lacrosse team has pegged Justin Turri to be its new assistant coach for the up-and-coming program. For a team in the process of laying the foundation to become a powerhouse club, it all begins with personnel. Just a year ago, the Wolverines added head coach Kevin Conry to their roster, stealing him from Maryland where he served as the Terrapins’ defensive coordinator. Maryland, a consistent national title contender, has the pedigree of a program that means business. At this point in the process, gaining the mindset of a title-contending program is the name of the game for Michigan. Once a solid coaching and recruiting core is established, top talent will follow. And with the hiring of Turri, the Wolverines are a step closer to reaching their goals. “We are thrilled to welcome Justin to Michigan,” said Conry of Turri’s appointment. “Justin has an outstanding track record of success and is a true up and coming star in the coaching world.” Last season, Turri worked as the offensive coordinator for Harvard, coaching elite collegiate talent such as All-American and All-Ivy League star Morgan Cheek. With such proximity to highproductivity players, Turri’s experience will greatly aid a young Michigan team. Under Turri, the Crimson’s offense boasted the 28th-ranked scoring offense in the nation, scoring 10.85 goals per game. Harvard’s rank marks a 10 spot increase over the Wolverines’ offensive unit who comes in at 38 with 10.14 goals per game. In addition, Turri looks to help a Michigan lacrosse team that went 8-6, 1-4 in Big Ten play and narrowly missed making the Big Ten Tournament. The

Wolverines scored 142 goals on 485 shots on goal, good for a .293 shot percentage — second to last in the Big Ten. For a team that drastically needs to improve its offensive efficiency, Turri could prove to be a valued offseason acquisition. Prior to joining the Crimson, Turri has worked to perfect the craft of coaching at Army West Point and Providence. With the Black Knights, Turri helped sharpen the team’s faceoff, offense and extra-man units and worked in a similar capacity with the Friars. Turri’s collegiate lacrosse experience truly began as a player and four-year starter for Duke. Quickly emerging as a key member of the team, Turri led the Blue Devils to a national championship in 2010 and two ACC titles in 2009 and 2012. Furthermore, Turri was named a two-time USILA All-American and finished a dream lacrosse career with 70 goals and 52 assists. Turri has a wealth of knowledge when it comes to offensive productivity as he can draw sage guidance from his days as a top-level player or coach. After leaving Duke, Turri ascended to the pros where he continues to play at a high level with the Boston Cannons. After getting drafted by the Charlotte Hounds in 2012 and bouncing around a few teams in Major League Lacrosse, the midfielder has seemingly found a home in Boston since he was named the team’s MVP for the 2017 season, notching nine goals in eleven games. While balancing a professional schedule and a prominent coaching position may seem like a daunting task, Turri has proved he is up to the challenge after carrying a similar load the past few seasons with Harvard and Army. For a team with a young core and and an exciting new coach, Turri could prove to be the missing piece to finally get Michigan over the hump.


Senior Claire Borchers owned her last lap in the 300-meter steeplechase and earned All-American honors by placing fourth

Borchers earns All-American honors JACOB KOPNICK

Summer Managing Sports Editor

When you think of an AllAmerican track and field athlete, what comes to mind? Is it someone who has spent their entire life committed to perfecting their craft? Early mornings and late nights spent on the track, crafting the perfect training routine? What if it was someone who hadn’t competed on a track throughout their entire high school career? Well, that is the legend of Claire Borchers. The senior opted to play soccer in high school rather than compete in track and field, only running in the fall for her cross country squad. While her peers were becoming nationally recognized track stars, Borchers was trading in spikes for cleats and running around chasing a soccer ball. But at the NCAA Outdoor Championships, none of that mattered. As she rounded the last lap of the 3000-meter steeplechase, Borchers reached deep and tapped every last drop of fuel she had left in the tank. For most of the race, Borchers was solidly positioned at the back of the pack, not wanting to exert any unnecessary energy too early in the contest. She played to her strengths and waited for her moment to strike. As she entered the final lap, the senior was sitting in seventh place, narrowly in contention

for All-American honors as the top-eight finishers earn the title. Knowing the glory that comes with a late-race surge, Borchers saw her collegiate career flash before her eyes before turning on the burners. She advanced an additional two spots before entering into the final stretch of the tight race, good for fifth in the field. Then in a desperate battle for recognition, glory, fame or whatever coveted feeling that comes with athletic achievement, Borchers surged to a fourth-place finish, narrowly beating out Val Constien of Colorado at the finish line. “I was really zoned in, just kinda one straight at a time” Borchers told “But still I was just realizing that I still had something in the tank, and that’s one of the best feelings that you can have in a race. I was definitely stressed, physically a bit, but when you have that gear it’s fun to just channel it.” After it was all said and done, Borchers had run the fastest final lap of any athlete in the race, topping the field with a time of 72.09 seconds and truly embodying the ferocious spirit that Michigan distance runners have come to represent. It’s no doubt that Borchers drew inspiration from 2017’s NCAA Outdoor Champion in the 1,500-meter — and the

Wolverines’ first — Jaimie Phelan. Through her relentless running style and late-race power, Phelan reigned supreme over her peers and created a culture of success at Michigan. Phelan has also inspired the likes of this year’s NCAA Champion for Michigan — senior Ben Flanagan. “I just thought about Jamie Phelan for the first part of my race,” Borchers said. “I mean, I watched that race when she sat in the back and had that amazing kick, and not that I was expecting to have that kind of amazing kick, but I knew a lot is possible if you can just keep your head on your shoulders.” Also competing for the Wolverines in Eugene, Ore. were seniors Aaron Howell and Haley Meier and fifth-year senior Sarah Zieve. Despite displaying an admirableperformance in the heptathlon, Howell finished 18th and just 100 points shy of All-American honors. While her place may not have been where she wanted it, Howell did add an Honorable Mention award and personal bests in the javelin throw and 800-meter run to her resumé. As Michigan heads back to Ann Arbor to begin preparation for next season, it can hold its head high. The Wolverines who competed left everything on the track and can be proud when reflecting back on the 2018 outdoor season.

Thursday, June 14, 2018 The Michigan Daily —


Junior second baseman Faith Canfield contributed to a team that showed complacency late into the season and the postseason

Was it worth it?


Summer Managing Sports Editor

By no means was the 2017-18 season disappointing for the Michigan softball team — after all, it amassed a 44-13 overall record and won the Big Ten outright. But for the expectations, for the effort, for the bitter ending, was it worth it? The team collected 18 and 15-game win streaks only to go on to lose six of its last 11 games. After going on a tear through the Big Ten regular season, fixing their non-conference record after a rocky star and playing at what looked to be their full potential, the late season collapse reeked of one thing — complacency. *** The negative change for the Wolverines most notably occurred starting on Apr. 28, when they faced off against Indiana. After a dominant run that only saw one loss in 15 Big Ten games, Michigan looked prime to run away with the title, maybe even by winning out the rest of the games. That all changed when the Hoosiers came up to bat at the bottom of the ninth inning. In fact, on three separate occasions throughout the game, the Wolverines let up for a moment that would give Indiana a chance. And for every opportunity Michigan gave, Indiana took. After building a 4-0 lead entering the bottom of the fourth, the Wolverines saw the short-lived gap close to one in the blink of eye. By the time the team took note of the ensuing threat, it was too late. Indiana had tied the game at

the last possible second — in the seventh inning with two outs. Though adjustments were made — pulling senior right-hander Tera Blanco for freshman left-hander Meghan Beaubien, the team’s ace — the damage had been done. The game was headed to extra innings where Michigan would eventually fall in the ninth to a walkoff homer. Had Michigan not looked so dominant on defense all season and all game before the collapse, perhaps it could have been waved off as just one team getting the better of another in a heated match. But it’s safe to say, after the rest of the season played out, this game was no outlier. There was no one-time error or undeniable excuse that would allow the team to play it off as a fluke, a shortstraw drawn. It was a breakdown. “I felt that we might’ve just played on our heels a little bit,” said Michigan coach Carol Hutchins. “We had several opportunities to keep scoring, and we left eleven runners on base. And it just allowed them to stay confident that they were within striking distance. Whether it’s at-bats or whether it was on the mound and we weren’t really –– we had to go for the kill when we had the opportunity to do it.” The lack of a final blow for the kill was no act of mercy. They had the athleticism. They had the talent. It was the mentality that led to the decline in level of the Wolverines’ play, the feeling of safety that followed a Goliath facing David. This was the team that had commanded a 5-1 win against the Hoosiers just a day before. This was the team that had won five games before the

win against Indiana by a minimum of six runs. This was a then-39-7 team that held a 4-0 lead against a sub-.500 team. It wasn’t just getting outplayed. It was complacency that left the team at the mercy of its opposition. Until that point, Michigan had held its opponents to four or fewer runs a game — even in its losses. But just like that, the Wolverines let up five runs in the back half of a game they had under control. It was a loss many deemed would be a wake-up call. And it was, but only for a single game. The mental rut continued as Michigan would lose 8-2 against Western Michigan in their worse loss of the year. *** Just when doubt crept in, the Wolverines found it in them to dispel it just as quickly. After a statement 8-0 fiveinning win in East Lansing, Michigan looked like it had overcome its demons — even more so when late-game heroics from freshman designated-hitter Lou Allan helped turn the tide in a tense 3-2 win against Ohio State. And at the very apex of the season, the Wolverines beat the Buckeyes — a commanding five-inning 8-0 win on Senior Day — to clinch the Big Ten outright, returning to form after a oneyear absence from the title. “Last year, it was tough,” said junior second baseman Faith Canfield. “So I think setting out this year, we really wanted it, and it was rough. Don’t get me wrong, it was really hard, but it feels good. It feels really good.” And as high as a feel-good high can go, there are also disappointing lows. Ironically, the Wolverines felt those

lows when they allowed season-highs in runs and errors in their final game against Ohio State. While meaningless in every aspect but pride, it’s astonishing not why the loss occurred, but how. A five-inning run-rule home loss was the first time in over a decade that that occurred. The sold-out crowd, which was deafening the day before, was dead silent as early as the first inning. Nothing went right, even if the team didn’t need it to at the moment. After all, win or loss, they already clinched the first seed in the Big Ten Tournament, secured a winning series record against their rival and proved themselves capable of dealing with the Big Ten’s biggest threats. But the fact remains that the team faced a bad loss for the last regular season game and just before the postseason. From here, it comes down to which route the team takes: does the humiliating loss light the fire for a fierce response or do they fall into the trap of continuing on the negative momentum? And most importantly, are they satisfied with winning the Big Ten, or do they have the motivation and aspirations to take them all the way? As Hutchins noted, confidence is the most important thing in the closing hours of the season. However, mentality is just as important in order to find postseason success. Michigan proved it just didn’t have either. “We think (winning the Big Ten is) a great accomplishment, but it’s not the most important accomplishment,” Hutchins said after the Buckeyes’ loss. “I spoke a little before the game on if we’re gonna settle. Are we just going to be the Big Ten Champion, and I’d like to see us hungry again to get to the World Series... We didn’t look like we had any hunger tonight.” Hunger is what fuels middle of the pack teams to the top. It’s what pushes the best of the best to be even better. And it was the one thing Michigan seemed to lack. *** Despite having a lot on their plate, the Wolverines looked like they’ve had their fill. A bounce back year. A young team exceeding expectations. A Big Ten title. It felt like Michigan had accomplished what it had set out to do. What more could it ask for? Because a successful postseason looked completely out of the picture. The Wolverines completely botched their opening game in the Big Ten Tournament with a 7-0 loss to the Spartans. It looked like the lack of hunger from the final regular season game carried over to the tournament, as the team wasn’t playing up to their Big Ten record — the best in the conference. And it didn’t stop there.


Complacency only carries so far after the accomplishment. But well within the deep postseason, Michigan still looked unmotivated, unable to conjure any spark on offense and barely able to get by on defense. After another crushing loss in the first round against Notre Dame, Michigan looked completely finished. There were no highs to get complacent on. It was just falling action and a conclusion. For all the exposition — the preseason expectations for a talented, young team, the rising action, the growth and development throughout season’s success and the climax. The thrills of a title and the aftermath. It’s all celebratory until it isn’t. The Wolverines were thrown one final lifeline — their last chance in the double elimination NCAA Regional — where they fell victim to the complacency that plagued them in the latter half of the season. After five scoreless innings against the Fighting Irish, the Michigan defense, for the most part, looked back in action. Three hits through those five innings were all Notre Dame could muster up, all resulting in stranded runners. Then, in a moment of hope in an extendedly bleak period, Michigan broke open the scoring with a sacrifice flyout that pushed Canfield home. And just like the scoring drought, the tension in the dugout broke as well. Seeing the runner score offered some resemblance of relief for the team that was backed into a corner. The Fighting Irish took advantage of the lapse in tension. In the bottom half of the sixth, Michigan collapsed to let Notre Dame score two to flip the lead. It was as if all defensive focus that was so heavily emphasized early in the game had dissipated after the first run was scored. The pressure was on the Wolverines, and just as they had all game before the sixth inning, they couldn’t find an answer. *** There was never any doubt that this young team would have weaknesses in experience. But the problem was never about physicality or talent. It was all mental, and it was something the underclassmen experienced too late. The veterans in the team failed to notice — despite all the culture change, all the fun and simplifications they added to make the game easier — that the problem was getting too high after wins and failing to recover from the lows after losses. It’s simple. The team lacked the hunger to take them all the way. Sure, they exceeded preseason expectations and won the Big Ten title. But to end as badly as they did, was it worth it? Tien Le can be reached at or on Twitter @tientrle


Thursday, June 14 2018 The Michigan Daily —

BAILEY JOHNSON Daily Sports Writer

With 100 meters to go in the men’s 10,000-meter national championship race, Ben Flanagan was in second place and on the move. Trailing pre-meet favorite Vincent Kiprop of Alabama, the fifth-year senior on the Michigan men’s track and field team found an extra gear. He began to accelerate, narrowing the gap with each stride. With just 10 meters to go, Flanagan overtook Kiprop, and he held on to win the race by 0.46 seconds, completing the race in 28:34.54. After beginning the race as the No. 23 seed in a 24-man field, he was the national champion. And the first thing he wanted to do was see his mom. “As soon as I crossed the finish line, the first thing that crossed my mind was I was like, ‘Oh my gosh, I want to share this moment with my mom so bad,’ ” Flanagan said in a conference call Thursday. “She gets so nervous for these races and having her here to watch that performance and obviously my dad and my uncle as well, meant so much to me. But that was the first thing I thought about as soon as the race was over. I was like, ‘I gotta go see my mom, because I know how much she’s gonna enjoy this moment and I really want to share it with her.’ ” A gritty race from Flanagan was a fitting end to a collegiate career riddled with adversity. He shattered his previous personal-best time by 39 seconds. “Obviously this was a huge breakthrough race for me, and I’m so ecstatic about it,” Flanagan said. “But going into the race, I knew that I really did believe I had a shot at it… It was just an amazing day.” Flanagan’s run to the national title was long — longer than he ever would have imagined. After a strong 2016 season that culminated in 14th place at the NCAA Outdoor Championships in the 10,000-meter, he found himself battling through a foot injury the following fall. Then he was diagnosed with a sacral stress fracture in his back, and his hopes of improving on his

2016 placing were dashed. But he kept working, fighting to stay positive throughout his rehab and find his way back onto the track. It paid off, and he now embodies Bo Schembechler’s iconic quote, “Those who stay will be champions.” “In those moments when things are at their toughest, at the peak of the injury when you don’t really know what the future holds, and things are a little bit uncertain, you’ve just gotta take those small victories and those just kind of start to snowball on each other,” Flanagan said. “Luckily, things really started to come around this season.” Things started coming around when Flanagan began his postseason campaign with a Big Ten title in the 10,000meter — his second title in three years in the event after earning his first in 2016. He shaved more than a minute off that Big Ten-winning time at the NCAA East Region preliminaries — going from 30:23.86 to 29:17.24 — to place third and set up his chance at a national title. “I think the biggest takeaway I had from my injuries is that you just can’t take any moment for granted,” Flanagan said. “That was kind of my mentality this entire season after the setbacks and the adversity and coming back, and then having another setback. “At Big Tens it felt great, regionals it felt even better, and I just went into every single race like, ‘You know what, we’ve got another day, the body’s cooperating again, just enjoy the moment and have fun with it.’ And coming into nationals, still feeling healthy and ready to roll, I just really wanted to take advantage of the opportunity and have as much fun and enjoy the moment.” *** Several of Flanagan’s teammates joined him at the NCAA outdoor championships — fifth-year senior Grant Cartwright, junior Andrew Liskowitz, junior Taylor McLaughlin, and redshirt sophomore Brandon Piwinski. Cartwright and Liskowitz both competed in the shotput, placing 11th and 14th, respectively. Cartwright

tossed a career-best 19.61m in the semifinals but missed qualifying for the final by just two placings. “He’s always been a leader. He’s always come through in the clutch situations like 90% of the time and he sure did it in this championship phase of the season,” said Michigan coach Jerry Clayton. “To perform well at the Big Tens, then come back to the preliminary rounds with a personal best, and then come here to the NCAA meet with another personal best. … That mark would have probably made the final any year previous to this.” Piwinski battled wind and rain in his high jump final and finished in a three-way tie for 18th, earning him honorable mention All-American honors. “Brandon coming in just getting to the meet was quite an accomplishment with what he did at the preliminary round,” Clayton said. “Then coming in here competing under pretty adverse conditions with the rain, I thought he did a good job. … I feel that he competed well under those conditions and that’s all you could ask and that’s the best he could do.” McLaughlin placed second in the semifinal of the 400meter hurdles to qualify for the final, then took more than half a second off his qualifying time to place fifth with a time of 49:59 — his career-best time in an NCAA championship. Flanagan’s win and McLaughlin’s placing earned the Wolverines a total of 14 points toward the team title — placing them 20th out of 69 teams. *** More than 12 hours after winning his title, Flanagan could not contain his excitement over the result. “It was awesome to finish my collegiate career in the best way I could ever imagine, I’m so excited about that,” Flanagan said. “(NCAA competition) has been such a high priority for me the past five years, my dedication to Michigan’s program and doing everything I could to represent the Michigan block ‘M’ to the best of my abilities.” And there’s no better way to represent the block ‘M’ than by winning a national title.


SOMETHING TO TELL MOM ABOUT Flanagan wins national championship in 10,000-meter ALEC COHEN / DAILY