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Viral video of AAPD sparks allegations of systemic racism Officers accused of profiling in Blind Pig incident By GRACE KAY Summer Managing News Editor
Ann Arbor residents and organizations like Transforming Justice Washtenaw and the Collective Against White Supremacy accuse the Ann Arbor Police Department of discriminatory practices after a video was posted on Facebook depicting police officers pinning three Black males to the ground and handcuffing them in response to a reported altercation outside a popular restaurant venue, the Blind Pig. Two videos were posted online portraying the incident. In the initial video posted on June 24 by Ann Arbor resident David Bigham, the blurry footage shows a police officer handcuffing three Black
males after being called to the scene and told one of the males had a gun. The scene shows another white male who was initially perceived by civilians on the scene as a police officer but was later identified as not being a member of the police force repeatedly trying to force one of the Black males down to the ground by wrapping his forearm around the other male’s neck and climbing on his back. Throughout the video, Bigham narrates the scene. At first he mistakenly identifies the white male civilian as an intoxicated cop while the man on the ground screams to see the white man’s badge. When the actual AAPD officer breaks up the fight between the white and Black males, he pushes the white man aside and proceeds to force the Black man to the ground. Bigham’s footage portrays the police handcuffing the Black men while the white man involved in the altercation sits on the curb and a white female witnessing the scene holds up her hands.
In the video, Bigham responds to the fact all the Black men were handcuffed before the white man or woman stating, “This is common. This is what we see all the time. This is policy. This is procedure. So when we talk about systemic racism this is what we’re talking about.” However, in a dash cam video released on June 3 by the AAPD, the footage shows the cops being pointed toward the incident by several white citizens and the white male being handcuffed shortly after the Black males. The AAPD’s video also depicts the initial officer’s encounter with the three men as he orders them to the ground while the men keep walking. In the video the officer can be heard saying as he is surrounded by several people, including Bigham and the white woman after handcuffing the first Black male: “Sit down. We’ll figure out what’s happening, but there’s six of you and there’s one of me.”
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The University of Michigan launched a new website called Social Integrity, designed to encourage informed, respectful online behavior and foster digital literacy, on Saturday, June 30. Released on National Social Media Day, the website offers tips on how to be a good digital citizen and connects users with resources related to privacy, social media usage and safe online activity. The site was born from years of brainstorming between U-M Social Media, School of Information faculty and other University professors and administrators, according to Nikki Sunstrum, U-M director of social media. A partnership between Social Media and the School of Information’s Center for Social Media Responsibility, which opened earlier this year and works with social media platforms to encourage public responsibility, enabled the idea to come to fruition. CSMR Executive Director Garlin Gilchrist II said the initiative is meant to help social media users have a safe and productive online experience. In addition, Gilchrist said he hopes to spark conversation about social media companies’ responsibilities to their users and their role in protecting information. “It’s important for us to always be willing to take a step back, to understand how people as individuals exist in this information ecosystem, in this social media landscape, how we are representing ourselves, what we are bringing to the table and contributing to the conversation and experiences online,” Gilchrist said. “At the same time, it’s also important to take a step back and think about why social media works the way it does.”
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Student to face his accuser in lawsuit Federal judge to allow third-party cross examination in sexual assault case By GRACE KAY Summer Managing News Editor
A federal judge ruled Friday the University must allow a student accused of sexual assault to question his accuser in a special live hearing. The lawsuit alleges the University denied a student accused of sexual assault due process in the investigation of the sexual misconduct. Furthermore, the case claims the student was discriminated against as a male accused of sexual assault and alleges the University withheld the student’s transcripts as a result. U.S. District Judge Arthur Tarnow said the accused student likely to be successful in his SudokuisSyndication claim that the University denied
him due process. “(A)t this very moment, the University may be denying Plaintiff due process protections to which he is entitled,” Tarnow wrote in the ruling cited by The Detroit Free Press. “The Court cannot, and will not, simply stand by as the fruit continues to rot on the tree. This case is ripe for adjudication.” While Tarnow will allow a live hearing, he will not allow the accused to directly question his accuser. The hearing will feature a third party cross examination. The ruling ultimately challenges the University’s current policy which allows the victim to talk separately with an investigator. In the current system, the accuser and accused are not forced to engage with one another in questioning or inany part of the investigation. The University’s policy seeks to provide privacy for both the accused and accuser.
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Democratic candidate for governor highlights women’s rights By GRACE KAY Summer Managing News Editor
Editor’s Note: The Michigan COURTESY OF TEASPRESSA Daily does not officially endorse Gretchen Whitmer for governor. This story is one in a series of stories about the gubernatorial candidates. The Daily continues to reach out to other gubernatorial candidates for comments and interviews. The Michigan Daily recently met with gubernatorial candidate Gretchen Whitmer to discuss her goals, but DeVane also realized platform and goals for Michigan she couldn’t expand the company if elected governor. A former state senator, Gretchen Whitmer is runtoo quickly. “I totally took her advice of ning against Indian-born entredoing things one thing at a time preneur, Shri Thanedar and Abdul very to heart, and I realize that El-Sayed, a University of Michigan now it’s super important because alum, for the Democratic candiyou can’t grow too fast, you have dacy. The primary election is set to to make sure that everything you take place Aug. 7. Whitmer says she is the only have now is just the best that it can be before moving forward,” candidate willing to implement change. DeVane said. “I am really proud of the proDeVane said her public appearance on “Shark Tank” was pivotal gressive record that I have earned to Teaspressa’s success, since the over the years,” Whitmer told The episode boosted Teaspressa’s Daily. “It’s one thing to take a posiname recognition. She noted the tion; it’s another thing to actually company still gets an influx of show up and do the work. Whethorders and emails whenever her er it was women’s health when I “Shark Tank” episode runs on shared my story as a sexual assault survivor, or it was negotiating and television. “It just really put us on the increasing the minimum wage map as far as credibility, even or getting health care expanded for investors or doing business to 6,080 people, I’ve been on the deals,” DeVane said. “Especially front lines and I know how to get being such a new and infant com- things done.” Whitmer explains her roles as pany, it was really amazing, and I have to say just having that really a mother, lifelong Michigander, just helped expedite everything former prosecutor and public servant have not only prepared her to in the business.” The Teaspressa brand is grow- become governor, but also make ing, with at least five locations her the most viable candidate. “I am the one person who has slated to open this year. DeVane founded the new Ann Arbor experience in state government location, which is the company’s and we’re hiring someone to run second signature café after the our state, to oversee our schools original in Phoenix, after a con- and our higher education instinection in Ann Arbor expressed tutions as well as our criminal interest in converting an avail- justice system, the cleanliness of able storefront. DeVane felt Teas- our water, the health care of our pressa would mesh well with the citizenry, and I think that we need someone who knows what they’re Ann Arbor community. doing,” Whitmer said. “Experimentation of a governor who Read more at MichiganDaily.com didn’t have any background in state government and a president
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Teaspressa offers tea beverages inspired by gourmet coffee By ALICE TRACEY Summer Daily News Editor
Teaspressa, a Phoenix-based company that sells coffeeinspired tea beverages, unveiled a new storefront at 414 S. Main St. in Ann Arbor July 1. Founded by former “Shark Tank” contestant Allison DeVane in late 2015, Teaspressa uses DeVane’s patented press to craft highly concentrated tea with the same caffeine content as espresso. Customers at either the Phoenix or Ann Arbor location can purchase espressostyle tea shots, milk-based tea drinks like lattes or macchiatos, home brewing equipment and Teaspressa’s loose-leaf tea blends. DeVane, who has a background in marketing and public relations, said she always dreamed of opening a coffee shop. Several years ago, when DeVane started making plans to launch a new business, she realized the coffee market was saturated and turned instead to tea. DeVane partnered with an espresso machine designer to patent her own espresso-style tea press and soon began selling her product. According to DeVane, Teaspressa is novel because tea is less popular than coffee in the United States. She said the most difficult part of her work has been familiarizing customers with Teaspressa’s concept and proving their favorite gourmet coffee drinks can be successfully constructed with tea. “Our coffee culture is really big and the connotation of tea is
just not as attractive as it is for coffee, and so I would say about 90 percent of my struggle starting the business was educating,” DeVane said. “Once people try it, they’re usually sold on it, like, ‘Oh, this is very substantial, this is coffee-esque.’” DeVane said Teaspressa products appeal to customers trying to transition off of coffee and to lovers of strong black tea. She said Teaspressa provides a longer, cleaner caffeine buzz than coffee, and also noted tea’s many health benefits. In March 2016, about three months after Teaspressa was founded, DeVane pitched her idea on “Shark Tank,” a reality television show for entrepreneurs seeking guidance and financial support. Although the judges praised DeVane’s product, they did not offer her a deal. DeVane told the judges she wanted to bring her nascent brand wholesale, market to big box stores and sell across the nation, and Shark Tank judge Lori Greiner said the business was too young for DeVane to be thinking so far ahead. “In business, you have to crawl, and then you walk, and then you run,” Greiner said. “You just have to take each step one by one, and I think that if you do that, you can make it. Today you came in a little too early, and for that reason I’m out, but just focus and bite away at each inch.” Despite not walking away with a deal, DeVane said she appreciated the feedback. Greiner’s advice inspired DeVane to prove she could accomplish all her
who doesn’t have any background, we’ve seen people pay a dear cost for that.” Gun violence As a mother, Whitmer claims to have insight into the daily terror of school shootings. “I’ve got kids in public schools in Michigan and they’re 16 and 14 and they’re scared of that, their teachers are (scared), as a parent I am too,” Whitmer said. “I’m tired of all these politicians spewing rhetoric and not getting anything done. I know that we can make our schools safer and our campuses safer by having a zero-tolerance policy for guns on campuses. The answer is not more weapons; it’s no weapons.” Whitmer cites creating universal background checks, banning bump stocks, implementing waiting periods for gun sales and eliminating the possibility of people with domestic violence histories obtaining guns as some of the steps she will take in combatting gun violence. Sexual assault on college campuses In regard to her position on addressing sexual assault on college campuses like the University of Michigan and Michigan State University, Whitmer says she is proud of the work she pursued as prosecutor during the Larry Nassar trial. “(B)ecause of it that guy will never see the light of day again as a free person,” Whitmer said. Whitmer emphasized improving government resources for sexual assault survivors to prevent cases like Nassar’s from occurring in the future. “We as a country are failing to protect women and some men on campuses,” Whitmer said. “The real investment of resources to support women is when they come forward, believing women when they come forward, empowering them to get the support, counseling (and) legal counsel that they need when they do.” Beyond providing support for survivors, Whitmer explains there has to be more awareness about what constitutes sexual misconduct at an earlier age. According to Whitmer, children need to learn about consent to help survivors and stop sexual assault.
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FARID ALSABEH | COLUMN
s a liberal arts college, the University of Michigan’s LSA has provided me with a diverse range of topics and ideas throughout my years of study. From the theory that our fruit-scavenging ancestors gave us our color vision, to the borderlineparanoid idea that the entire universe could have been created last Tuesday, some of my best memories have been contending with and discussing these ideas with friends and teachers alike. When it comes to certain ideas, however, some students — especially those whose political ideologies fall outside of the University’s predominantly liberal environment — have complained that social pressures may be stifling free expression. Even worse, they claim, institutional guidelines may be playing an active role in prohibiting them from free expression under the banner of student safety and anti-harassment campaigns. These concerns have culminated in a lawsuit against the University of Michigan raised by the newly-formed national group Speech First, which states that the language of the Bias Response Team is so vague that it may prohibit Constitutionally-protected speech on the basis of someone’s feelings. The Department of Justice has recently filed a statement of interest in this case, catapulting it to even higher degrees of publicity. I can speak personally to the difficulty of navigating the line between free inquiry and offense. As a neuroscience major with a strong interest in mental health, I have often wondered to what extent the
staggeringly high suicide rate in the transgender community is due to societal conditions (such as facing resistance or pressures) per se as opposed to some kind of inherent neurobiological profile. Another way to pose this question is: in a completely accepting society free of cis-normative standards, would the elevated suicide and anxiety rate in the transgender community eventually return to the population average, or is it linked to some kind of inherent neurobiological profile? Wanting to investigate this further, I scheduled a meeting with the head of the University’s Spectrum Center, which provides public outreach and support services for members of the LGBTQ community. My meeting was a hallmark of respectful, free exchange. My interlocutor kindly disagreed that there was a neurobiological origin for the transgender community’s high suicide rate, comparing it to the higherthan-average rates among immigrant populations, whose explanation clearly cannot lie in a neurological condition and has been widely implicated as stress and social pressure. In addition, he expressed that the term ‘gender dysphoria’ as a diagnostic category is not widely accepted by the transgender community, something I had no prior knowledge of. Though I remained unconvinced that neurobiological factors can be entirely ruled out, I left the interaction with an understanding of the strongest opposing arguments. More importantly, I left with the feeling my questions had been engaged with in an open and honest matter, in the spirit of free discussion.
This topic never came up naturally in any classes or public settings, but I admit if it had, I would have been very reluctant to discuss it. The reasons for this are precisely the same as the concerns that form the basis of the lawsuit. It’s entirely possible a transgender individual may have been personally offended or distressed by my inquiry as to whether their authentic mode of being can be described as a neurological condition. On the basis of these negative reactions, perhaps the University might consider my question to be an instance of harassment. After all, the Bias Response Team once maintained that “[t]he most important indication of bias is your own feelings.” As is often the case in political discourse, we find ourselves balancing the weight of two competing goods. On the one hand, we want to defend people, especially those who may be most vulnerable, from distressing situations and experiences. On the other hand, as a public university, we should also be committed to the free exchange of ideas so long as they are raised without intent to harm and in the spirit of genuine academic inquiry. There exists an overlap between these two interests: There are topics (like the example I raised earlier) that can be explored for legitimate academic purposes but may very well result in discomfort on the part of some individuals. This is the territory where the problem arises. Farid Alsabeh can be reached at email@example.com.
To educate or not?
Even though the numbers don’t make it seem like there’s an epidemic here on campus, even if we have only two students that the opiate crisis affects, we still really care about making sure that we have referrals, resources and ways to support them.” That’s how Wolverine Wellness Director Mary Jo Desprez described the approach taken by the University of Michigan’s campus wellness resource in tackling our nation’s growing problem. “Students might say, ‘I’ve taken some Oxycodone after the dentist,’ and we’re saying, ‘Well, do you want to know some more information about that and what the risks are?’ We want the students to have that information.” Officially declared a public health emergency last fall, the opioid crisis continues to ravage our country. Opioids are a class of prescribed drugs that are usually used to treat severe pain. Some hide in common over-the-counter drugs, such as in Tylenol-Codeine or in Robitussin AC. Others are given names that may sound more familiar, ones that you and your friends may recognize — Vicodin, Percocet, Codeine — those “One pill every four hours for a week” painkillers that doctors prescribe for wisdom tooth recovery. Clearly, if public health officials and medical professionals knew how to fix this problem they would have already. Instead, there have been many attempts at creating programs to curb the dramatic rise in addiction. Some aim to stop further drug use, like Michigan’s curb-side pill disposals, while some try to make that use safer, including New York City’s city-mandated drug injection sites. Among the ideas that spark controversy is the method used by Wolverine Wellness: spreading the word. Incoming Wolverines need to complete an online course that informs and quizzes students on alcohol and sexual assault. This resource is under renovation and getting an upgrade, Desprez explained. “One of the courses that will be available in the Fall for all U-M students will be a course on prescription drug misuse,” she said. “We’ll use it
as an educational tool.” Programs like this are quite controversial because of previous efforts to prevent substance abuse through advertising campaigns — efforts that have frequently been ineffective and harmful. There’s a tricky balance between the
“Many presuppose the intention of linking an overdose course to the current mandated ones to reach the minds of more students.” idea of “normalizing opioid use” as a tool that’s beneficial for our community and as one that’s extremely detrimental; it can educate students and warn against harms, yet it can also perpetuate the bad behavior that contributes to the crisis by provoking doubt in the drugs’ dangers. According to the 2016 University of Michigan National College Health Assessment, only 0.4 percent of U-M students responded positively when asked if they had used opiates in the past 30 days. This makes me wonder (and I am not the only one with this inquiry): What will come of the decision to promote? Is educating the masses, and thus “normalizing” drug use, helpful or hurtful to the 0.4 percent? Many presuppose the intention of linking an overdose course to the current, mandated courses is to reach the minds of more students, which would not necessarily be such a good thing. When I brought this up with Desprez, she explained to me the class is not required for everybody. “When you have as low a rate as you do at U of M, one of the things that you don’t want to do is require everybody
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to [take the course] because then it normalizes something that’s not normal. But you also want to be really strategic and make sure people know about how you reduce harm.” That’s why prescription pill misuse will be a small part of the original required course, and then exist in full as its own, optional online resource. Desprez is familiar with the debate about whether or not we should educate non-users on the risks. In response, she says we are not opioid-free; just because the numbers aren’t there now doesn’t mean they never will be. “We’re not inoculated in any way. It can come, (the numbers) can increase.” Education also piques the curiosity of U-M Medicine, Public Health and Public Policy students and can inspire them to work on research that will aid in the crisis. My conversation with Desprez emphasized that normalizing the problem can also make people feel less alone. Educating our campus will prevent users from feeling like they’re in the small minority of opioid users and could pull them away from the inclination to stay quiet about addiction, encouraging them to ask for help. Desprez pointed out how in comparison, people can normalize an alcohol issue much more easily than they can a heroin issue, attributing this to the fact that opioid use is still quite stigmatized. Along with this stigma is the fact that this use is often illegal. The undoing of this crisis requires programs that cost money, which trickles down to states from the national government, but the government made heroin illegal in the first place. The way I see it is the crisis is going to be a crisis
until prescription pills become something that we’re comfortable talking about. Until it’s as addressed as alcohol and marijuana, until it becomes something about which one would not lie on a survey, until our friends and coworkers can be open about addiction, until universities offer a class on painkillers along with a class on sexual harassment and alcohol (Go Blue): nothing’s going to change. Maybe the first step is to decriminalize, or just destigmatize. I feel a tinge of doubt when looking at the data on opioid use on our campus, since illicit drug use is complicated to measure. Fibbing (understandably so) on a survey about something illegal can lead to skewed results, deficient response programs and problematic outcomes. To me, opioids feel more pervasive than the data suggests; I know people around me are that doing them, casually watching as others get addicted, and passing along horror stories of a friend’s friend who overdosed. In addition to preventing future harm, teaching the student population about opioid risks may grab the attention of those who are not answering surveys honestly or haven’t yet come to terms with their addiction. One may argue educational techniques like the Wolverine Wellness course may be propagating the behavior that our country condemns. But in the midst of a crisis that is swallowing our nation, educating can be normalizing to the point where addicts feel open to ask for help. Julia Montag can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Selling healthcare to Michiganders
n the past three years, talk of overhauling the U.S. healthcare system from its current patchwork of public and private coverage to one where the government assures coverage for all citizens has gone from the fringes of the progressive left to a popular platform point among Democrats. This summer, two separate plans to bring universal healthcare to Michigan have been proposed by gubernatorial candidate Abdul El-Sayed and state Rep. Yousef Rabhi, D-Ann Arbor. Both El-Sayed’s “MichCare” and Rabhi’s similarly named “MiCare” plans would create a taxpayer-funded, government-administered health insurance system at the state level. The two plans are much the same in more than just their names. Both would ensure that all Michiganders would receive some level of health coverage that would be funded by a combination of federal Medicaid and Obamacare dollars, a new payroll tax and a progressive income tax where the rich are taxed more on their higher incomes. On the surface, El-Sayed and Rabhi have great, if nearly indistinguishable, plans. According to the newest polls from Gallup, a majority of Americans (56 percent) believe that it is the government’s responsibility to ensure access to health insurance and a plurality of Americans (45 percent) view the healthcare industry either somewhat or very negatively. So, one could rationally expect that universal healthcare plans like Mich/MiCare would be a slam dunk with voters. Well, I am not so sure. Just as with previous attempts at healthcare reform like the Affordable Care Act, a statewide universal healthcare scheme will be a complicated sell to voters. The biggest fights over any singlepayer reform will be centered around cost. The belief that healthcare is a human right, one I wholeheartedly share, is all well and good—but, as they say, money talks. Both El-Sayed and Rabhi claim their plans will save Michigan billions of dollars; El-Sayed’s policy team projects that the average Michigan family will save $5000 a year under his MichCare plan. El-Sayed’s plan would, his campaign claims, also reduce Michigan’s skyhigh auto insurance rates because it would take over much of the health coverage for auto accident survivors. However, conservative critics of single-payer assert that voters would not accept a tax increase.
I hope that Michiganders would realize that a payroll tax increase means that they no longer have to deal with ever-increasing private premiums and copays. Nevertheless, El-Sayed and Rabhi will have to give due attention to the taxation element of their plans. Per Pew Research in 2015, 61 percent of Americans say the feeling that the wealthy do not pay their fair share of taxes bothers them a lot. The common argument against publicly-funded benefits is that middle- and working-class families subsidize healthcare, education, etc. for the rich. Now, the progressive income tax in both plans would be a potent antidote to this fear as the rich, not the middle and working classes, would be paying proportionally more. Therein lies the kicker: to move to a progressive income tax, an amendment to the Michigan Constitution would need to be passed by ballot initiative. That will not be easy. While the promise of universal healthcare could be enough of a carrot to get voters to the polls to vote on such an amendment, first Democrats would have to get a two-thirds majority vote in both the State House and State Senate, both of which are currently controlled by the GOP. Another conservative argument, advanced by the Heritage Foundation, is that single-payer systems would create a government monopoly on healthcare that would reduce competition that keeps prices low. Well, to the Heritage Foundation I say: I do not see competition lowering prices in our current system. Instead, essential medications like insulin and EpiPens have had their prices skyrocket in recent years. In fact, price-suppressing competition would likely experience a boom under Mich/MiCare as drug and medical tech companies would be forced to compete with each other for contracts to be added to the state’s formularies — the list of things insurance will cover. The biggest argument that will be used to spook voters out of supporting single-payer is also the toughest to circumvent. The claim— one used by President Trump last year—that a single-payer system would bankrupt the United States will also be used at the state level. Everyone knows that healthcare is expensive and getting even more so. In 2016, U.S. health spending was $3.3 trillion, and spending has increased by about four to six percent
every year for the past decade, according to the American Medical Association. While renegotiating drug prices and cutting expensive red tape will likely cut down on costs, there will still be fear that spending will continue to increase, and with it, drain Michigan’s coffers dry. To truly reduce cost and prevent financial ruin, any single-payer plan must also invest heavily in public health. We must address issues like the opioid epidemic and obesity; not only do these problems ruin lives, they are also incredibly expensive. Switching to single-payer without addressing how clinicians prescribe opioids and increasing access to medication-assisted treatment will end up costing big. Finally, there will be worry that moving to single-payer will cost jobs in the private insurance industry. This is a valid concern that I do not think advocates for universal health care have addressed nearly well enough. While MichCare and MiCare have already been drafted, perhaps a reasonable amendment would be to have the state contract out the administration of this plan to private, non-profit health management organizations instead of administering it themselves. This is similar to how France’s system, rated best in the world by the World Health Organization, functions. State-level single-payer healthcare has been attempted before in California, Nevada and Vermont, but has so far failed to materialize. In order for either El-Sayed’s or Rabhi’s plans to become reality, Democrats would have to retake the governorship and both houses of the state legislature, a mammoth task considering gerrymandering. They would also have to contend with reluctance within their own party, an uphill battle to amend the state constitution and a White House that would most likely make rerouting federal dollars to a single-payer system difficult. I am not saying that a single-payer system for Michigan is impossible. In fact, I sincerely hope it happens and happens soon. The challenge for advocates of these plans is selling single-payer to Michiganders. If they get the pitch right, though, it could make those obstacles a lot more surmountable.
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‘Sacred Games’ hones Bollywood late father, a Mumbai police officer himself. Daily Arts Writer In a TV world filled with My memories of Indian TV “Narcos” imitations that never shows are filled with melodrama quite live up to the original, even the campiest of daytime soaps “Sacred Games” may seem another can’t even dream of ever living up waste of time. However, Kashyap’s to, depictions of pearl clutching experience directing movies such so over the top the metaphorical as “Gangs of Wasseypur” shines pearls probably explode and the through and makes “Sacred production value of an overzealous Games” a compelling watch. The show, mainly through teenager who just learned to use Gaitonde’s narration Final Cut. The country with ‘Sacred Games’ in the first episode, the show explores the most prolific Netflix the underworld film industry in the world has never really been able to of Mumbai and the rather produce TV of the same quality as hypocritical behavior of some of the best of Bollywood, but Anurag its most religious residents with Kashyap’s Netflix series “Sacred a sardonic wit. The flashbacks Games” points to a promising to points in Gaitonde’s life are seamless and well executed, future. Kashyap is one of the Indian film portraying in graphic detail the industry’s finest directors. From contradictions behind Gaitonde’s the sprawling gang epic “Gangs character. Unlike the aforementioned of Wasseypur” to the modern adaption of the Indian classic Indian soaps, “Sacred Games” “Devdas” in “Dev.D,” he produces features crisp editing, with a films darker, more complex and noticeable lack of dramatic music, ultimately illuminating than the making some of the more tense scenes twice as uncomfortable. average Bollywood flick. In “Sacred Games,” an adaption Moreover, Mumbai feels like a of a book of the same name written living, breathing metropolis in all by Vikram Chandra, he directs of its glory and all of its filth. Khan and Siddiqui’s a Bollywood legend (and son of actual royalty) Saif Ali Khan performances are solid throughout. (“Chef”) and the more low-key Siddiqui in particular is chilling in but equally talented Nawazuddin a strange way, as if Anton Chigurh met Pablo Escobar. His narration Siddiqui (“Lion”). Khan portrays Sartaj Singh, a in the pilot was easily the episode’s down-on-his-luck Mumbai police high point, revealing a mix of officer who is exasperated with astounding arrogance and selfboth his limited career success as hatred within Gaitonde. Khan at well as the rampant corruption in points is stilted, but for the most part, his nonverbal acting conveys his police force. In the midst of arguably one a sense of emotional depth in of the lowest points in his life, he Singh’s character that is explored receives a series of mysterious calls in later episodes. “Sacred Games” is perhaps by Ganesh Gaitonde (Siddiqui), a notorious criminal who had India’s finest TV series to date, not been seen nor heard of for and a gripping watch for TV lovers the better part of 15 years. In a around the world. It paints a conversation that doubles as a tale promising picture towards a future of Gaitonde’s brutal life, Singh is where Indian TV may finally enter warned about an impending attack its own golden age and capture on Mumbai as well as a mysterious the hearts and minds of its screenlink between Gaitonde and Singh’s loving populace. SAYAN GHOSH
Florence Welch soars to a new peak on ‘High as Hope’ MAX MICHALSKY Daily Arts Writer
With the opening bars of High as Hope, the latest album from English indie rock band Florence + the Machine, frontwoman Florence Welch sings, “The show is ending and I have started to cry.” It’s a fitting introduction to an album that sees the focus of Welch’s lyrics shift to her struggles with fame, drugs and youth. However, the centerpiece to Welch’s thematic journey on the album is a brutally honest assessment of her own artistry; as she proclaims on the track “Hunger”: “I thought that love was on the stage, giving myself to strangers.” It’s a double-edged sword for Welch, who is giving us more of herself than ever before albeit in a different way. With High as Hope, Welch turns inward to examine the relationship between art and artist and the implications that relationship can have on all facets of her life. She’s done wearing a mask, done playing celebrity; the show is ending. High as Hope is by no means a stripped-back acoustic album. Welch is back with as much earthshattering gravitas as ever, each track structured like one long crescendo from a soft, pained croon to her signature heart-rending belt. Welch’s vocals allow this approach to work serviceably, although the formula does begin to feel familiar by the end of the record. Moreover, Welch struggles to find satisfying ways to finish her songs, with many just fizzling out in the least memo-
rable ways possible. It doesn’t necessarily diminish the experience, but it’s disappointing after the beginning and middle of her songs do so much to draw the listener in. Her struggles to stick the landing can feel like a sour note in an otherwise immersive experience. Although the structural formula hasn’t changed much, other elements of the band’s work have reached exciting new heights. Welch’s lyricism shines through as a cornerstone of the album, offering evocative images of skyscrapers looming over her “like great unblinking giants,” as well as painfully honest confessions such as on the track “Grace,” where she describes ruining her younger sister’s 18th birthday party thanks to an acid-trip induced freakout. As
High as Hope Florence + the Machine Republic Records the title of the album would suggest, Welch spends much of High as Hope ruminating over the inextricable ties between art, drugs and fame, as well as the highs (and lows) that all three bring. On the heartbreaking “Sky Full of Song,” Welch wishes for someone to save her from her own meteoric rise, begging, “Hold me down, I’m so tired now,” and then, “I thought I was flying, but maybe I’m dying tonight.” Welch goes to great lengths to build a narrative across these tracks, attempting to reconcile the
loneliness of youth, the shame of her past mistakes and being cannibalized by her own fame. Her exploration of these issues can feel like plunging into the depths of sorrow, but it’s by no means a pointless exercise in anguish. Although Welch builds her sorrows to nearly inconceivable heights, she never abandons hope. On the penultimate track, the enrapturing “End of Love,” the album reaches its climax as it answers the question of whether or not Welch has any way out; the track is salvation put to music, and may just be the best music the she’s ever made. Self-harmonizing via multi-track recording, Welch sings several vocal parts that combine into layered, shifting harmonies that, in fitting with the track’s lyrics, wash over the listener like the flow of a river. For all of the album’s pain and exhaustion, it’s in these cathartic final moments where we see Welch allow herself to be forgiven, letting the tears flow and wash her past away. While it’s not a perfect record, High as Hope makes the listener a part of her emotional journey, and that’s all you can really ask for from this kind of introspective album. She wears her past on her sleeve with such a rare honesty that it becomes impossible not to feel for her. High as Hope is a reflective album in every sense of the word, and it is ironic such obsessive selfexamination has brought forth Welch’s most coherent ideological message to date: No matter how far gone we may seem, it’s never too late to start over.
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‘Ant-Man and the In New York, King Princess Wasp’ lacks fire exalts her queerness for all
Man (Paul Rudd, “The Catcher Was a Spy”) has been trying to Daily Arts Writer stay busy and keep out of trouble by entertaining his ten-year Summer and blockbuster old daughter Cassie through superhero movies go hand-in- amateur magic tricks and games hand like peanut butter and of make-believe. Meanwhile, the brilliant jelly. While the sun shines outside, father-daughter duo Hope/ the birds sing and the water Wasp (Evangeline Lilly, “The beckons, Marvel works its magic Hurt Locker”) and Hank Pym to coax me into a Friday matinee (Michael Douglas, “Wonder showing of its latest flick, “Ant- Boys”) have constructed a scientifically savvy vehicle Man and the Wasp.” Even though the superhero to retrieve their long-lost, presumed-dead craze is getting a little tired, previously especially given the repetition mother/wife from the quantum of plots, the concept of realm. Despite their supernatural personal, slightly forces saving the grievances world clearly ‘Ant-Man and the petty (fully explained still continues to Wasp’ in “Captain fascinate. America: Civil In this respect, Quality 16 War”), Hope and the sequel to Walt Disney Studios Hank solicit the the 2015 film, Motion Pictures help of Scott, “Ant-Man,” is who hesitantly no different. accepts, putting Director Peyton Reed (“Bring It On”) follows his parole and future with the superhero-film framework, Cassie in jeopardy. The film plugs into the presenting viewers with impressive CGI, magically anticipated Marvel roadmap: stretchy yet durable costumes, back and forth fight sequences ridiculously overblown between heroes and villains, car-chases and inevitable size-changing stunts and mild sexual tension between Rudd destruction to a city setting. Although “Ant-Man and the and Lilly’s characters. Roadmap aside, there are a Wasp” holds onto the witty banter and reasonably likeable few notable nuggets of flavor, characters from its origin one brought on by the buddyfilm, the sequel doesn’t really buddy relationship between introduce us to anything we Scott and business partner and didn’t already see in theaters best-friend, Luis (Michael Peña, “A Wrinkle In Time”). Peña’s three years prior. Set on the winding San hyper, puppy-dog-ish attitude Francisco streets (ideal for the and brotherly bond with Rudd car drifting sequences to come adds a touch of humor without later in the film) “Ant-Man and trying too hard, though by no the Wasp” plops audiences back means turning the film into a down right where “Ant-Man” comedy. left us. Under house arrest for the Read more at MichiganDaily. past two years, Scott Lang/AntSAMMIE NELSON
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On the last Monday and Tuesday of June, 19-year old Brooklyn native King Princess (real name Mikaela Straus) sold out two consecutive shows at Elsewhere in Williamsburg. Despite the fact my Tuesday night ticket was a hot commodity, I debated selling it. I mean it was a Tuesday, it was sweltering-hot outside and I’d have to trek all the way to Williamsburg, a neighborhood quite inaccessible from just about any other area in Brooklyn. Beyond those mild inconveniences, I wasn’t obsessed with King Princess’s music. “Talia” is the only song from her June 2018 debut EP Make My Bed that really sticks in my head. This is partly because pop isn’t my go-to genre — it takes a mighty gem like “Cut To The Feeling” by Carly Rae Jepsen or Lorde’s complete Melodrama to really get me — but in the few months since her debut hit single “1950,” it’s clear that King Princess isn’t just another budding bubblegum star, but a bonafide queer pop icon. She’s not alone in this role. The 2018 music scene has rightfully been deemed #20GayTeen on social media (see Hayley Kiyoko , Janelle Monae and Troye Sivan, to name a few), and as a queer woman coming off the heels of Pride Month in New York City, I can’t tell if I feel flattered or fetishized by the recent, rapid embracing of queerness from mainstream music and brands alike. But regardless of the moment we’re living, it was, indeed, King Princess’s queerness more so than her music that told me to hold onto my ticket and see her live. Whether I named it or not at the time, I wanted to be within the crowd of a community cultivated around queer music. I got off the L train, arriving at Elsewhere solo. I quickly befriended an Australian woman who had also
come to the concert alone. She told me she had coordinated her trip to the States around King Princess’s show. We soon expanded our small talk to include another young woman who I spotted reading Maggie Nelson’s “The Argonauts” by the bar. I was pleasantly surprised at how seamlessly we three strangers sustained conversation, chatting about our favorite concerts, Sydney nightlife and our jobs. We eventually made our way down to the crowd together, just in time to see King Princess saunter onto stage in a half-buttoned jersey, loose jeans and one of the ironic little smirks that populate her Instagram page. “Make My Bed,” the eponymous first track off King Princess’s EP, was first-up on the setlist, and the singer drove the ballad with her signature, ringing rasp. Then came an eightiesinfused track from an unreleased record that she joked “isn’t out yet but will be at some point.” I don’t often get hooked on songs upon hearing them for the first time, but I fell for a SoundCloud-only track King Princess played called “Sunburn.” She repeated the simple yet slightly subversive lyric, “I always do better when it’s cold outside,” imbuing the song with crisp, raw nostalgia that reminded me of autumn. Throughout her set, King Princess’s stage presence was undeniably endearing, as she offered up bits of herself to her fans. She engaged with the audience in a way that was at once goofy and wise and tinged with heaviness. When someone yelled “take off your jersey!” she flashed a hint of her bedazzled sports bra and crooned “stop it, my parents are here!” When a different fan shouted “hit your Juul!” she flirtatiously inhaled on her e-cigarette and responded “this is my addiction.” These moments of unfiltered personality from King Princess were often coupled with expressions of
her instinctual self-awareness. For instance, near the middle of the set, she got swept up playing an impeccable, distorted guitar solo. Her facial expression would be one of seemingly involuntary passion, and then she would flip instantly into silliness, making wide-eyed, tongue-in-cheek gestures to her bassist, not letting herself to linger in raw emotionality too long. After plucking the last note of the solo, King Princess poked fun at herself, remarking “we’ve got indie guitar over here,” almost as if she was defensively stating the obvious, or diminishing the originality of the song before someone else could. Given her youth and overall chillgirl persona, I didn’t expect King Princess to expose these depths of herself on stage. In many ways, the mystique of King Princess laid in Mikaela Straus herself, more than her music — in the dichotomy of her nonchalance, and sense of responsibility for herself and the community she represents. She closed out the night with her hit “1950,” a song I initially deemed too basic and bubblegum for my liking. Watching her perform, though, I was reminded that, while the song’s surface is one of fluttery melodies, it, in King Princess’s own words, also serves as remembrance of the “the way that queer people had to hide our love in history.” She’s remarkably eloquent and informed regarding both the history and modern heft that her identity carries — personally, and politically. At just 19, she’s found a way to gather up the weight and weave it together with the tingly and triumphant, first-crush-feeling of pop music. I walked away from Elsewhere cloaked in that tingly glow, and a sense that — regardless of genre, and how far we’ve come from 1950 — there’s immense power in a queer idol that represents, cultivates and honors their community, in all of its complexities.
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On Monday, the Michigan wrestling team added former Eastern Michigan head coach David Bolyard to its coaching staff. The move caps off a new era for the wrestling program after the departure of former Michigan head coach Joe McFarland after 19 years at the helm. Current head coach Sean Bormet was recently elevated to the position after serving as an assistant to McFarland and is eager to continue the success the Wolverines have found in both the Big Ten and NCAA. Bolyard’s hiring marks the first personnel decision in Bormet’s freshlyminted tenure and by all accounts, it’s a good one. Bolyard led the Eagles for four years and closed out his tenure with his most successful campaign, claiming third at the Mid-American Conference Championships. Bolyard sent four wrestlers to their weight classes’ finals at the tournament and tied a program record with five NCAA qualifiers. Prior to heading the program, Bolyard served as an assistant at EMU for seven seasons where he began to perfect the art of coaching. Before joining the staff in Ypsilanti, Mich. Bolyard wrestled, then coached at Central Michigan. With the Chippewas, Bolyard scrapped together a noteworthy career and now sits 10th on CMU’s all-time win list. He was a four-time NCAA Qualifier and capped it all off with AllAmerican honors in 2004. “Our staff is incredibly excited about Dave,” Bormet told MGoBlue.com. “He immediately brings a wealth of experience and wide range of skill sets to our program. I value his passion for wrestling and commitment to
develop student-athletes. We are fortunate to have him joining us at Michigan.” Bolyard’s availability on the coaching market began after EMU’s wrestling program was cut just three days before the NCAA Championships. Facing overwhelming budget shortfalls of up to $5.5 million, the Eagles’ administration was forced to eliminate four sports programs — softball, men’s swimming and diving, women’s tennis and, of course, wrestling. With a resume half as impressive as Bolyard’s, dozens of wrestling programs across the country would be clamoring to add him to their staffs. But a brand new coach and convenient geographic placement was a duo that Bolyard just couldn’t refuse. And a worldclass wrestling program doesn’t hurt either. “I am grateful to Sean Bormet for giving me the opportunity to continue my coaching career at such a prestigious university,” Bolyard said. “The University of Michigan attracts some of the best student-athletes in the country, and I am looking forward to working with Sean and his staff to help them achieve their goals.” The 2018-19 season will serve as a perfect opportunity for Bormet and Bolyard to set the tone for their tenure with a slew of elite talent coming to Ann Arbor. Wolverine stars such as heavyweight Adam Coon and 184-pounder Domenic Abounader are out and highlytouted recruits such as Mason Parris and Joey Silva are in. Parris and Silva, both ranked No. 1 at their respective weight classes, will look to make an immediate impact on the mat for Michigan. There’s no doubt that a fresh-face with loads of quality experience can help make that happen.
Bolyard tied a program record with five NCAA qualifiers
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A Diss Track To Rice Gum By SAM SO MiC PHOTOGRAPHER
Last week, my social media timelines were blown up with callout posts of popular YouTuber Ricegum’s disgusting actions. After looking further into it, outrageous would be an understatement on how I feel about his travel vlog that took place in my beloved hometown, Hong Kong. Ricegum, or Bryan Le, is a popular internet influencer with more than 10 million subscribers on YouTube. A few weeks ago, he traveled to Hong Kong and filmed a travel vlog with the most disrespectful content. Even though he is Asian American, he made fun of the stereotype that Asians eat cats and dogs by saying things such as “Where the meow meow at?” and “I am trying to eat some dog meat,” and described a famous street food dish, beef offal, as “dog meat” and “disgusting.” He also sexually harassed people on the street asking “Where the hoes at?” and humiliated people around the city by forcing people to eat his half-eaten ice cream on camera. These are only a few of the many horrid things he did in Hong Kong; therefore, I feel the immediate need to call out his discriminatory, vile, insulting actions. Before even going into the harmful Asian stereotypes in the video, Ricegum doesn’t even have basic morality or respect for others. Besides the fact that this was broadcasted worldwide with a massive number of viewers, sexually harassing people on the street and forcing people to eat his half-eaten food was extremely
demeaning in the first place. After that, he even defended himself in his follow up video “Why Everyone In China Hates Me,” insisting that it was a “joke.” This isn’t a joke. It was never a joke. And if it were one, it was an extremely distasteful one. Not only was he wondering why everyone in Hong Kong is furious, he wasn’t even showing one bit of remorse in his follow up video and continued to be offensive. Now, for him to joke about the stereotype of his own race that “Asians eat cats and dogs” and to make fun of people’s English proficiency in Hong Kong and Chinese Americans in a diaspora is contributing to white supremacy. People of color have been oppressed by white supremacy and told to “go back to their own country” for centuries, and Ricegum’s attitude toward the city of Hong Kong reflected this narrative. The discriminatory words coming out of the mouth of an Asian American are just as harmful and racist to the AAPI community. He needs to recognize the immense effort that was put into fighting against white supremacy and preserving culture and heritage by activists of color. While delicate and authentic street food like beef offal defines the urban, traditional, genuine food culture in Hong Kong and other South Asian countries, he referred beef offal at a restaurant as “dog meat” and expressed his disgust. Respecting the culture in a foreign place is the bare minimum he can do, even if he doesn’t appreciate the street food culture. Besides, Hong Kong was actually one of the first places in Asia
to outlaw the inhumane practice of “eating dog and cat meat.” Also, he made fun of people’s English proficiency when they couldn’t communicate with him in English and believes it is weird that people in Hong Kong don’t speak this “popular” language. He praised the English language and called it “popular,” but failed to acknowledge that colonialism and imperialism are the reasons for the globalization of the English language. Indeed, Hong Kong has adopted English as one of the official languages since the British colonial era and English is still commonly used institutionally along with Cantonese/ Traditional Chinese in Hong Kong. His “jokes” are totally illogical and bigoted and he is insensitive to the harm his ignorant actions induce as a person of color. Not only is he harmful to the AAPI community, it is also oppressive of him to keep referring to Hong Kong as China in his videos, especially when Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Establishment Day on July 1 was right around the corner. Calling my hometown “China” fails to recognize our resistance for our liberty, our freedom and our cultures as Hong Kongers. For the past 21 years since the sovereignty of Hong Kong was returned to the People’s Republic of China from British colonization, we struggled under China’s oppression and strived to reclaim our Hong Konger identity. Read more online at
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The Importance of Fairy Tales By KAREEM SHUNNAR MiC EDITOR
When I was young, I always loved television. I can still recall the eager feeling of coming home and watching “Codename: Kids Next Door”. I used to slam the door, rush into my house and quickly throw my backpack to the side of the couch so I could catch the 4:00 p.m. cartoon. As I grew up, you think things would change, but it never did. In high school, I used to speed home so I could laugh at the ridiculousness of “How I Met Your Mother” or gasp at the drama of “How To Get Away With Murder”. There is something about television that always put a smile on my face. It’s the type of feeling I can still experience even as I write these sentences. In Middle school, I think I loved television because of the dreams within them. I mean, I used to watch TV shows about kids who were teenagers and wizards, and other shows about teens who went to high school on a yacht. Though the shows were primarily lead by white actors, that was okay because I was just a kid and didn’t really acknowledge race as heavily. Though I do wish there was more representation within childhood television, I was able to get around it because every show felt more like a fairy tale. With this, I understood that this was someone else’s story to tell and not mine to criticize. However, today as I try to watch TV, I find myself increasingly disappointed by the options because of
the lack of diversity. I mean, let’s think of our favorite television sitcoms: “The Office”, “Friends”, “How I Met Your Mother”, “The Big Bang Theory”, “Seinfeld”, “Brooklyn 99”, “Modern Family” and so many more. Though some of the shows such as “Modern Family” really focused on the diversity of their cast, it seems like most of their cast is either white or white-passing for advertisements. All of those shows have very positive and energetic themes, yet no one in those shows came from any background similar to mine. With this, it is harder for me to relate to televisions when I am not even a character sketch for many television screenwriters. I want to relate to television because that’s where my fondest memories began, the energy I gained anticipating the next episode of my favorite show. I started watching Selena Gomez’s uncle transform into Shakira and Spongebob traveling the entire sea to save Mr. Krabs. Comedy was the way I saw fairy tales acted out – not a lot of struggle, but a fun journey with a happy ending. On the other hand, modern dramas sometimes do have ethnic leads (think: “Scandal”, “How to Get Away with Murder”, “Empire”, “Orange is the New Black” and “Black Mirror”). However, I need more than death and silver linings. Let’s take shows like “Jane the Virgin” or “Blackish”, both are successful shows with a primarily ethnic cast. Though neither show
is actually about my race, those are my two favorite shows because I am a hint of the character description. In “Jane the Virgin”, Jane’s grandma is constantly scared of the government racially profiling her, which is a concept I also think of every time I walk through an airport. In “Blackish”, Dre has to discuss politics as an ethnic minority and even heroically stands up, letting his voice be heard after the presidential election, which actually led to the show winning an Emmy. Let it be known that every comedy show has dramatic moments like these, where the veil of laughter is dropped and we are instead meant to relate to the characters. However, these moments are less about Ted being broken up with or Ross screaming that he and Rachel were on a break. The tender moments in television with primarily ethnic casts learn to tread the waters between real issues and comedic plot norms. That balance of serious, but still light-hearted, is a harsh reality that many ethnic minorities in the world have to face. However, with characters that have faced these issues and come out, it makes me feel like I can do it too. Shows like “Blackish” and “Jane the Virgin” provide a real fairy tale that many minorities can look up to. One where we face the world, but still have time to laugh about it. And boy, these days, we sure do all need a good laugh and to hope for fairy tales.
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The Michigan voleyball team will test its resolve against its nonconference foes
Nonconference preview TIEN LE
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The Michigan volleyball team’s 2017-18 campaign ended swiftly with a first-round loss to Colorado State in the NCAA Tournament. However, for the Wolverines who had been teetering in and out of a postseason berth, making the tournament was a feat in of itself that will help continue the momentum into next season. The team won its last five regular season games, that including victories over three ranked opponents, solidifying its spot in the tournament. Michigan saw the departure of seniors middle blocker Claire KiefferWright and outside hitters Adeja Lambert and Katherine Mahlke — players who were heavily integrated in the rotations. While the losses hurt, a lot is expected of the core that remains — senior Carly Skjodt, junior setter Mackenzie Welsh and senior libero Jenna Lerg. Skjodt led the Wolverines in kills last year and looks to grow into the first option role that was left by the graduations of the seniors. Welsh — who had claimed the starting setter role her freshman year — will look to fight past the slight slump she encountered in the prior year and improve into one of the vocal leaders of the team. Lerg, a staple in the defense for Michigan for the past two seasons, looks to continue her success that allowed her to lead the team in digs. Adding to the already youthful group is a talented recruiting class — ranked 12th by PrepVolleyball.com. In addition, junior outside hitter Katarina Glavinic, who transferred from Seattle University, adds muchneeded frontcourt experience. Significant contributions from the freshman will potentially make or break the season for the Wolverines,
but much should be expected from the group that has showed early promise. The Daily breaks down the upcoming season’s non-conference schedule and who the young-buttalented team will face. *** High Point University: High Point’s volleyball program has been trending upwards, with improvements showing season after season up until 2017 where it saw its second consecutive NCAA Tournament berth. With a 21-8 record overall last season, the Panthers are no pushover. In 2017, the young team went undefeated in conference play — 16-0 in the Big South Conference — and the majority of its core will return. If there’s any more story to tell on their dominance, it’s that the team not just went undefeated but only dropped three sets in all of conference play — all by the slimmest of margins. While it lost Haley Barnes, who led the team in kills and Carly Jimenez, second on the team for sets, to graduation, High Point will bring back 76.95-percent of its offensive production, including its leading setter and five of six of its leading attackers. Though Barnes led the team in kills, she was one of the worst on the team for attack efficiency. Her .216 attack average was second-worst for players on the team who took more than 20 attempts, and she led the team in errors committed, 144, by a wide margin. So while the losses hurt, they only put a slight dent in production of the Panthers, whose five returning starters should thrive with more touches from Barnes’ departure. High Point’s Jenna Smith tallied 763 sets in 2017 and will likely shoulder more to make up for one of the team’s only weak points — depth at the
setter position. In general, the team brings experience and a history of winning. The chemistry between the starters should only increase the threat that proves credible on paper. Grizzled by a bad season-ending loss to Purdue, the Panthers look to come into the 2018-19 season with a vengeance. With a less experienced group of starters, Michigan will be put to the test in its season-opener and have to focus on all six players — all offensive threats— on the opposite side of the court to stand a chance. The depth High Point has at all of its major positions except setter should offer a challenge for Michigan to match up against, as the Wolverines have limited options off of the bench. The Panthers will give Michigan a taste of veterans vs. novices that will set the tone for the season. University of Auburn: Auburn suffers from the same situation as the Wolverines in that they had a young core that grew into their roles as leaders of the team — but lost centerpieces of the team to graduation. The Tigers return their top four scorers but lose their glue in setter Alexa Filley. Filley has been a constant in the Auburn lineup since the day she stepped onto the court. Having started nearly all of her games since her freshman year, she leaves as the second-leading setter of all time for the Tigers’ program. So despite the return of leading attacker Brenna McIlroy and secondleading Shaina White, the question marks at the setter position can offset any experience the frontline brings. With no depth at the setter position, all of the candidates to replace Filley have yet to make a single assist at the D1 level. The team struggled to be efficient with their four-year starter — averaging a subpar .208 hitting average, so expectations that Auburn will regress are within reason. It played exactly like its hitting average at best. The Tigers ended with a 15-10 overall record and a 8-10 SEC record. If there’s any indication on how the matchup will end — looking comparatively at each opponent throughout the 2017-18 season reveals the difference in talent and experience. Both teams faced a ranked Michigan State, though the Wolverines faced the Spartans twice. While losing to it once, Michigan swept Michigan State in dominant fashion the second time around — winning in three uncontested sets. Even in the loss, Michigan looked completely competent and in character. Auburn, on the other hand, faced the Spartans for a 3-0
loss that put many in doubt as to whether their season would end above .500. They failed at all facets of the game and looked entirely lost. The last time each team faced off was in 2016-17, where Michigan essentially did what the Spartans had done to the Tigers in the proceeding season. They wreaked havoc and reveal their dominance. Obviously, both teams have changed drastically in the last two years, but standouts from that 2016 game help foreshadow what’s to come in the upcoming matchup. Only McIlroy returns for Auburn — a player that made large contributions a season ago. And it’s already been shown that even with McIlroy as the centerpiece of the offense, the team will still struggle. Whereas with Michigan, Welsh, Lerg and Skjodt were the leading setter, digger, and second-leading attacker, respectively. The matchup favors Michigan in both experience and talent, and it’s likely that the Wolverines will exploit the main chink in Auburn’s already weak armor in its fledgling setters. Cleveland State: Cleveland State has a blend of veterans and new talents that should allow it to remain competitive if it plays its cards right. They replace second-leading attacker in Alexis Middlebrooks and leading setter Gina Kilner. However, the Vikings offer a look into how a seamless transition is done, with many underclassman growing into the roles that the former leaders left. Many of the players that remain on the roster had split time with the seniors last season to build experience that helped their growth. Sara Skeens led the team in kills, as well as defensive specialist Rachael Dohar getting — half the touches as former-starting libero Shannon Grega did to help the two gain experience while maintaining the team’s success. The only role that was neglected to be developed is similar to Auburn — the setter position. The roster has holes throughout the setter position, with the likelysuccessor of the starting setter position no longer on the roster for the coming season. To remedy this problem, the team brought in a junior college transfer, junior Katie Jorn, to fill into the much-needed starting setter spot. However, the crudely crafted roster change could affect the chemistry built throughout the success of the 2017 season for Cleveland State, a program that saw a 22-8 record overall and a 13-3 conference record as well as a NCAA
Tournament berth. Michigan will face teams with crucial roster turnovers in the early part of the season. If there is ever a moment to build experience, it will be against teams like the Vikings that will offer a challenge but still have glaring weaknesses. Eastern Michigan: In recent years, Eastern Michigan has oscillated between mediocrity and irrelevance. In 2016, the program saw one of the worst records, 8-21 overall, 3-13 in the MAC, since its resurgence from 2010-12. However, the team made a push toward .500 last season, barely missing the mark by finishing 16-18 overall, 7-9 in conference play. Returning to form doesn’t happen overnight though, and the program has taken the rebuild step-by-step, starting with a majority freshman roster in 2016 to build the group up with game time and experience. If history shows anything, thought, it’s that the smallest thing can lead to an immediate turnaround. In 2009, they went 5-28 overall, yet had immediate success the next year, flipping the script to go 24-11 and nearly claimed an NCAA Tournament bid barring a poor end to the season. This coming season has the ingredients for a similar recipe. The freshmen they had thrown into the heated pot three-to-four years ago have had time to simmer and cook. Fully prepped, they can be one of three things: underdone, overcooked or just right. For this more experienced squad, things are shaping up for a turnaround season with a lot of the roster growing into leaders that can use their past failures to grow and succeed. The other side of the coin shows that the opposite can hold true as well. After a brief stint of success in 201012, the program sunk to mediocrity, swinging between slightly above and below .500 seasons. Despite also having veteran groups in a lot of those years, the Eagles couldn’t avoid the woes of mediocrity. Michigan has never taken the matchup against Eastern Michigan lightly, even in the Eagles’ off years. The Wolverines would have to continue that trend to prevent an upset from this iteration of Eastern Michigan’s volleyball team — as both teams look to merge the gap between transitioning from youth to experience.
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Michigan legend Chris Webber agreed to return to Ann Arbor as an honorary coach for the football team after being banned
The Fab Five is ‘M’s Romeo & Juliet HANNAH HARSHE For the Daily
After almost f ifteen years of being Michigan’s starcrossed lover, Chris Webber is f inally coming home. On June 23rd, Webber was making an appearance on talk radio show The M Zone when Wolverine football coach Jim Harbaugh called in and asked Webber if he would be an honorar y captain for a Michigan football game this fall. “Coach, you know, that’s no problem. I’m def initely honored,” Webber replied. “ You know, I would do any thing for you. The No. 4s at Michigan need to stick together.” My mom says that Webber should apolog ize before coming back to campus in an off icial capacit y. Jalen Rose says that the phone call was staged and that Webber is only doing it to reactivate his Hall of Fame candidacy. John Beilein wants to build bridges with the Fab Five. Me? All I hear is wedding bells. Put on your tuxes, Wolverines, because our Juliet is coming home. Before I go any further, I’m not #TeamChris, meaning I don’t support Chris Webber over Jalen Rose. I think the way Webber handled the Ed Martin scandal was stupid, and I believe that he should
apolog ize. But I’m also not #TeamJalen. I’m not buying into this nonsense; I refuse to pick a side. I wish Webber would let go of his pride, and I wish Rose would stop using this feud for media attention. But know what I want more than any of those things? I want the f ive freshmen who just arrived in Ann Arbor — Beilein’s best recruiting class yet — to walk into Crisler Center and see banners from 1992 and 1993. We take so much pride in the histor y of our football prog ram. How many times during the season do we remind ourselves that we’re still the winningest football prog ram of all time? We need that kind of pride in our basketball histor y. Right now, people love to say that Michigan isn’t a basketball school. They don’t realize that without the Universit y of Michigan, college basketball is not the sport that it is today. Recog nition of this fact beg ins with reconciliation with Chris Webber. Michigan’s relationship with Webber has resembled a starcrossed love stor y from the ver y beg inning. You can always tell when the love stor y is going to be a tragedy — right from the get-go, there’s too much passion, too much desire. Trust me, I took a literature class last semester.
Look at it this way: When the Wolverines won the National Championship in 1989, it was incredible, but it was a f luke. This was the Bo Schembechler era, and Michigan was a football school. It had almost no basketball histor y. The year after the Wolverines won the championship, they didn’t even make it past the second round of the NCA A tournament. When Coach Fisher was able to snag Jimmy King, Juwan Howard and Ray Jackson during the early sig ning period in the fall of 1990 — g iving Michigan one of the top f ive recruiting classes in the countr y — it was something of a miracle. Wolverine fans should’ve been squealing with delight that they could get any top recruits, let alone three. But, no, it wasn’t enough for the insatiable Michigan fans. They had eyes for one man and one man only— and you g uessed it, that man was Chris Webber. In Februar y 1991 when Webber was a senior in high school, Phil Green, a writer for The Michigan Daily, opened his column by sharing this stor y: “It wasn’t a Demetrius Calip dunk. It wasn’t an Eric Riley blocked shot. And it wasn’t a 12-0 Michigan run. None of these caused the f irst eruption at Crisler Arena last night. It was super-recruit Chris Webber, and it was only
halftime. “‘W EB-BER, W EB-BER,’ the students screamed as the 6-foot-9 superstar from Detroit Countr y Day High School crossed the hard-wood and Dick Vitale anxiously awaited an inter view. As Webber returned to his seat next to fellow high school superstar Jalen Rose, the crowd erupted once again. The entire arena: fans, press and television crew cared more about one high school player than an apparently boring ESPN Big Monday package.” Can you imag ine a school more in love with a player? The only way to describe the Fab Five’s two-year run is that the Fab Five was the most hyped recruiting class in the histor y of college basketball, and when the time came to actually play, it well exceeded expectations. And if there was one standout player, it was, beyond question, Chris Webber. We often let the timeout call against UNC in the National Championship game def ine Webber’s colleg iate career, but I don’t even think that’s worth talking about anymore. That was a small glitch in one of the most successful college basketball careers of all time, and it wouldn’t hurt Webber’s legacy at Michigan if he didn’t let it. Remember, this is the early 1990s. Freshmen barely played; they certainly didn’t start. In the college basketball world, the juniors and seniors started, and the freshmen knew to wait their turn, because it was generally expected that they would stay all four years. The term “one-and-done” wasn’t even invented yet. Yet Chris Webber started as a freshman, led the team to two national championship games and was drafted f irst overall by the Orlando Mag ic after his sophomore year. The whole countr y was talking about him. He wasn’t just a basketball player, he was a celebrit y. After the draft and despite the timeout, Michigan was as in love with Chris Webber as ever. He was the poster child for Michigan basketball, which was now nationally recog nized as thebasketball school, even though North Carolina had won the championship. Imag ine if the stor y had ended like that. Imag ine if the Fab Five boys
had gone down as Michigan legends, if they attended Michigan basketball games as a g roup, if the basketball prog ram used their game footage in its hype videos and the current players gazed up at the banners during timeouts. Imag ine if the love stor y had gotten its happily ever after. But, of course, we all know how Romeo and Juliet goes — or at least how our version goes. The NCA A sanctions. The dissociation period. Chris Webber lies to a Grand Jur y and, f ifteen years later, is still too prideful to talk about the situation. The banners come down from the rafters at Crisler Center. And, just like that, Michigan is an academic institution, back to being a football school, but not a basketball school. Michigan basketball had an incredible tournament run this past year, but if we really want to reig nite the basketball prog ram, I want to get the Fab Five back. That means that ever yone involved needs to get off their high horses and do what it takes to make amends. For Webber, that most likely means apolog izing — not necessarily for taking money, but for lying about it and damag ing the Universit y’s reputation. Maybe that means Rose needs to stop running his mouth the same way he did back in 1992. I mean, I get it that you’re an outspoken g uy, but why did you need to break down Chris Webber’s timeout in April of 2018? Maybe the Universit y needs to own up to some of its mistakes as well. I don’t know what the answers are, but the people involved probably do. Chris Webber played for the Wolverines in the 19911992 season and the 19921993 season. Right now, most underg raduate seniors were born in 1997. When Webber returns this fall, it will be the current student section’s f irst time seeing him at Michigan. I can’t wait to g ive him as warm of a welcome as the student section at Crisler Center did back in Februar y of 1991. “ W EB-BER, W EB-BER, W EB-BER!” The Universit y of Michigan is more than ready to fall back in love with Chris Webber. The question is whether he’s ready to be a Wolverine again.
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In 2012, Duncan Robinson was a skinny shooting guard from New England who had just finished his senior year of high school with no scholarship offers from major colleges. Michigan men’s basketball fans know the rest. After a season at Division III Williams College, Robinson arrived in Ann Arbor and blossomed into one of the nation’s best three-point shooters, drilling 237 treys in three seasons with the Wolverines and keying a surprise run to the 2018 national championship game. Robinson’s story could have ended there and still have been Hollywood-worthy, but it’s far from over. Tuesday night, The Athletic’s Michael Scotto reported that Robinson had agreed to a one-year, twoway contract with the Miami Heat after a series of terrific performances in the NBA Summer League. After Robinson went undrafted during the NBA Draft last month, the Heat invited him to join their Summer League team. The league is meant to give rookies their first taste of professional basketball,
and also provides an opportunity for players on the fringes of the NBA — players like Robinson — to excel and play their way onto a roster. Robinson certainly made the most of his chance. A 42 percent three-point shooter at Michigan, his marksmanship was on full display in the Summer League as he knocked down 17 of his 27 attempts from beyond the arc in five games. Overall, Robinson has averaged 12.4 points, 2.4 rebounds and one assist per game on 58 percent shooting in summer play. The NBA introduced the two-way deal last season as a way for teams to add roster flexibility. Under the terms of the deal, Robinson will spend most of his time with Miami’s G-League affiliate, the Sioux Falls Skyforce, but can spend up to 45 days on the Heat’s roster, where he will earn a league-minimum salary as opposed to the much smaller G-League salary. If Robinson plays well, though, the Heat can sign him to a standard, fulltime contract. RobinsonbecomesthesecondWolverine to sign a two-way deal with the Heat after Derrick Walton Jr. did the same last year. Walton made 16 appearances with Miami last season.
WaltonandMichigancoachJohnBeilein both offered their congratulations to Robinson via Twitter. Wagner flashes promise before injury While Robinson was never viewed as a future professional during his time at Michigan, his teammate Moritz Wagner offered an intriguing blend of size and skill that had him on the NBA radar since he was a sophomore. Thus, Wagner took a more conventional route to the NBA than Robinson. After testing the draft waters last summer but ultimately returning to school, the 6-foot-11 forward earned a spot on the All-Big Ten Second Team, averaging 14.6 points and 7.1 rebounds per game. Wagner entered the draft for good this spring, and the Los Angeles Lakers made him their first round pick last month. In six Summer League contests, Wagner averaged 12.5 points with eight boards, highlighted by a 23-point outing in his first game. On Tuesday night, however, Wagner was injured in the second quarter of a game against the New York Knicks. MRI results later confirmed a left knee contusion, and the Lakers officially announced Wagner would miss the rest
of the Summer League on Wednesday. Despite the abrupt end to his summer campaign, the Lakers still have high hopes for Wagner, who profiles as a floor-spacing center at the next level. While his shaky defense may limit his ceiling, Wagner’s outside touch might be a nice boost for a Lakers team that was just 29th in the NBA in three-point shooting last season. Charles Matthews was going to turn pro, Robinson states With Wagner forgoing his final year of college eligibility and Robinson and Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman having graduated, the Wolverines will be tasked with replacing three of the biggest contributors from last year’s Final Four run. And according to Robinson, it was this close to being four. Speaking with The Ringer’s Mark Titus and Tate Frazier on thepodcast One Shining Podcast, Robinson mentioned that Charles Matthews was set to keep his name in the NBA Draft before suffering an injury during the pre-draft process. “He was going to leave, honestly,” Robinson said. “But he ended up hurting
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his wrist and he missed some workouts, so he decided to come back because he wasn’t able to work out for some teams.” Matthews entered the NBA Draft in April to work out for teams and receive feedback before ultimately making a decision, and on May 30, he announced he would return to college. While most analysts weren’t too keen on his potential — ESPN didn’t even list him among their Top 100 draft prospects — it appears that this lack of interest might not have been the crucial factor in Matthews’ decision. Regardless, Matthews will play for the Wolverines during the 20182019 season, and will be expected to shoulder a much bigger offensive load with the aforementioned departures of Robinson, Wagner and AbdurRahkman. Matthews was Michigan’s second-leading scorer and rebounder last season with thirteen points and five rebounds per game, and he improved his ball-handling and decision-making — both questionable at times — as the year went on. If the rising redshirt junior can develop a more consistent outside shot to build off of those improvements, Michigan’s outlook for next season will receive a huge boost.