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Lean In panel looks at role of women in politics with local representatives Panelists discuss their journey to political involvement, challenges of the field
City Council bans use of Bird scooters in Ann Arbor Council passes resolutions to license Spin, Inc., install first two-way protected bike lane CATHERINE NOUHAN Daily Staff Reporter
KAYLEAH SON/Daily Lean In hosts their final event of the semester, a Fireside Chat focused on Women in Politics, with panelists including state Rep. Donna Lasinski, D-Ann Arbor, state Rep. Rebekah Warren, D-Ann Arbor, as well as Kate Westa, Co-President of WeListen, at Ross Monday evening.
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On Monday evening, about 50 students attended a fireside chat hosted by Lean In at University of Michigan in the Ross School of Business. The event discussed women in politics, and panelists included local Michigan state representatives as well as politically active campus leaders. The event began with each panelist talking about her own background. Michigan state Rep. Rebekah Warren, D-Ann Arbor, discussed the inspiration she gets from politics. She talked about the power and impact the legislature has on people’s
lives. Despite her background in chemical engineering, Warren said her role in politics started when she realized her passion for problem-solving and building coalitions. Warren wasn’t the only panelist to begin her career outside of the field of politics. Michigan state Rep. Donna Lasinski, D-Ann Arbor, discussed her career in business after graduating from the Business School. Lasinski said her interest in politics came directly from her personal life and experiences as a mother. Her children attended a Title 1 school, meaning the school receives additional funds due to large concentrations
of low-income students in need of supplemental aid in order to meet educational goals. Lasinski said she recognized the challenges that come from learning in such an environment, where opportunities and resources were scarce. She began her professional (political) career in padvocating for low-income students on the school board, which ultimately led her to the legislature. “If you see a problem in your community, complaining is not your job,” Lasinski said. “Your job is to step forward and offer a political solution.” For others, it was their environment which inspired them. LSA junior, Kate Westa,
who is the co-president of WeListen, a student organization on campus focused on fostering conversations between political parties, cited her experience growing up with a family member in the Air Force. Westa said she had an opportunity to meet with former President George H.W. Bush and explained it was a pivotal moment in her life. “I remember it so clearly,” Westa said. “He seemed to genuinely care about the country and his dedication to being a public servant. Everything since then has been in the political realm.” See POLITICS, Page 3
City Council voted on two resolutions Monday night that will alter public transportation in Ann Arbor this summer. The first resolution addressed was the licensing of Spin, Inc. as the only serviceable electric scooter in Ann Arbor. The exclusive contract is effective immediately, eliminating electric scooter competition in Ann Arbor during the threemonth license period. Aside from Bird scooters, which appeared throughout the city in August, other electric scooter companies that would also be banned from the city include Lime and Lyft. The resolution to license only Spin comes amid the concern over other electric scooter companies’ inability to cooperate with the local government on restrictions and maintenance. When the Bird scooters were deployed in Ann Arbor at the start of the University’s academic year, the city responded later in September by seizing scooters left in the middle of sidewalks or city walkways. Neither the University of Michigan nor the city of Ann Arbor were aware of Bird’s plans to drop scooters in the city, and many community members
‘U’ faculty Community members gather for vigil table vote in after bombing attack in Quetta, Pakistan support of Ceremony honors the lives lost during an assault on an open-air market open letter PARNIA MAZHAR
Senate Assembly postpones decision on letter condemning climate goals at final meeting BARBARA COLLINS Daily Staff Reporter
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Monday evening, about 50 students, faculty and community members attended a vigil on the Diag to show solidarity and honor the lives of those impacted by the bombing in Quetta,
Pakistan on April 12. The attack was on an open-air market and targeted the Hazara population, an ethnic minority that includes many followers of the Shia sect of Islam. At least 20 people were killed and 40 were wounded as a result of the bombing.
The ceremony was presented by the Pakistani Student Association, the Islamic Society of Ahl-ul-Bayt and the Muslim Students’ Association. Former ISA President and LSA junior Syed Rizvi was the emcee of the vigil. He opened with a description of the events that
occurred in Quetta and the people who were impacted by the attack. “These victims were simply regular people going about their lives,” Rizvi said.
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In its final meeting of the semester, the University of Michigan Senate Assembly voted to table a resolution that would support the faculty open letter on climate change action. Marschall Runge, executive vice president for medical affairs, also spoke to the assembly about the Medical School and University health system. If passed, the resolution would have expressed the assembly’s support for the faculty open letter on climate action and encourage members of the University community to sign it. However, the resolution was tabled during the meeting. The letter, written by Deborah Goldberg and Knute Nadelhoffer, professors of ecology and evolutionary biology, currently has 30 pages of signatures.
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expressed concerns over pedestrian safety, questioning whether people should be allowed to ride scooters on sidewalks. Councilmember Jeff Hayner, D-Ward 1, was unclear what this resolution would do with the impounded Bird scooters still possessed by the city of Ann Arbor. Spin spokesman Frank Speek, government partnerships manager, said they are attempting to work in collaboration with Bird. “We’re working out those details with Bird right now, and the intent is to return them to the company,” Speek said. Spin said they do not surprise cities with loads of scooters — according their website, they collaborate with college campuses and city governments before launching. “Our partnerships team works closely with the administration and student government,” the Spin website states. “Unlike some competitors, we never dump scooters without permission.” Spin will deploy 200 scooters, comparable to the number of Birds that were initially placed in Ann Arbor in August. See CITY , Page 3
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Gene Sperling, economist and policy adviser to Presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama, ref lected on his professional career and discussed economic dignity in an event Monday coordinated by the Ford School of Public Policy and the Center on Finance, Law and Policy as part of its Policy Talks series. This series brings prominent leaders in varying policy fields to campus to discuss their opinions on specific issues. Sperling served as the director and national economic adviser of the National Economic Council. Public Policy Dean Michael Barr, a friend of Sperling, moderated the event as an informal discussion. Barr spoke about Sperling’s impressive professional repertoire and history. CLAIRE MEINGAST/Daily
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Students gather at a vigil for the Quetta attack on the Diag Monday evening.
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POLITICS From Page 1 According to Wa rren, her experience a s t he only fema le Democrat in t he Michiga n Senate for four yea rs ha s made her rea lize fema le perspectives a re essentia l. “ We tend to f ight a mongst each ot her for one seat at t he table, but we need to stop f ighting for t hat one seat a nd sta r t dema nding t he f ive spots at t he table t hat we deser ve,” Wa rren sa id. “ Women’s voices at t he table cha nge conversations.” Ot her pa nelists sa id it is of ten dif f icult to t hrive in ma le-dominated f ields. Wa rren sa id she wa s told
repeatedly she wa s too young to r un for of f ice when her ma le riva l wa s six mont hs younger t ha n her. La sinski sa id she felt unable to wea r a dress at her former job at DTE Energ y because men would look up her skir t. According to La sinski, st rong ma le a llies ca n be benef icia l but ca n a lso fa ll shor t of expectations. “A s I look across right now sometimes in t he politica l world, you’ll see t hat t he ma n ha s been a ver y st rong a lly for t he woma n until he feels t hat it is his t urn,” La sinski sa id. According to La sinski, such microagg ressions a re ha rder to ca ll out because t hey a re more subtle a nd
ECONOMICS From Page 1 “Gene is a leading voice in progressive politics in the United States today.” Barr said. “...He’s been a hero to me in Democratic politics and policymaking for a long time. Gene has this wonderful ability to pull together deep substantive knowledge in policy with a great political sense of how to get things done and an ability to communicate with the public and the media that enables policy to become accessible to the public. I think it is an extraordinary gift to have those three sets of skills in one human being.” In discussing his professional career, Sperling acknowledged there is often not a sing ular, linear line to success. After serving under Clinton, Sperling became a writer and
SENATE From Page 1 At last week’s Senate Advisory Committee on University Affairs meeting, the assembly voted to unanimously support the efforts of the faculty who wrote the letter and encourage other faculty to support the letter. The resolution from the assembly would have been considered separate from the SACUA resolution. Assembly members debated the possible resolution, considering changing its language to support the intentions of the letter. Ron Larson, College of Engineering representative, expressed his concerns with the letter. “I’m probably very much a minority on this, but I don’t support this letter,” Larson said. “I think the issue is very complicated. For example, the
VIGIL From Page 1 “They were unarmed and peaceful and posed no threat to anyone. Yet they were killed. They were killed because as an ethnic minority, they looked different. They were killed because, as a religious minority, they prayed differently.” There was then a moment of silence for the lives lost as a result of the Quetta attack. The speakers at the event included ISA Social Co-chair Humza Hemani, LSA junior, who helped organize the event, as well as MSA Vice President of External Affairs Zoha Qureshi, a Public Policy senior. The third speaker, PSA Advocacy Chair Alezeh Mumtaz, an LSA
CITY From Page 1 Additionally, Spin will pay the city of Ann Arbor $5,000 for this license and $1 per day per scooter, for a total of $18,400. This is based on having 200 scooters operating in the city for three months. After the three-month period, the city must adopt an ordinance to extend or terminate the license.
dif f icult to read directly. She sa id t hat ’s why it ’s necessa r y
We need to stop fighting for that one seat and demand the five spots at the table we deserve to have more women in positions of power. La sinski a lso sa id hav ing women in positions of power
consultant for the television series “The West Wing.” Sperling discussed how the dramatic environmental change from Washing ton, D.C. to Hollywood changed his life for the better when he met the fellow “The West Wing ” writers for the first time. “I sit in the open spot, and I turn to my left and introduce myself to the first writer on my left, and that is how I met my wife,” Sperling said. “The moral of the story is that the real West Wing is the best thing in my professional life, and the fake West Wing is the best thing in my personal life.” Sperling said he admired Obama and Clinton for running their administration in a way that encouraged open discussions. “I think that feeling of having everybody around a table and letting everybody speak up, encouraging an active debate, not making anyone feel that they will be punished or hurt
definition of carbon neutrality … To me, we have a committee that’s looking at this carefully, and carbon neutrality is something very hard to define.” The assembly further discussed the March 15 Washtenaw County Climate Strike, during which 10 demonstrators were arrested and given citations at the Fleming Administration Building for trespassing after a 7.5 hour sit-in. Emily Campbell, school of information representative, said she thought the assembly should encourage the police department to not charge the demonstrators. Joy Beatty, U-M Dearborn representative and Senate Assembly vice chair, said she met with University President Mark Schlissel during the sitin. She explained it did not sound like the demonstrators would be charged. “Schlissel said he had had
in t he government ca n cha nge how bills a re pa ssed a nd addressed, especia lly bills which impact women. “ Hav ing women in power is t remendous,” La sinski sa id. “There a re questions a nswered w it hout being a sked, issues brought up a nd recog nized w it hout it happening at t he nint h hour.” Wa rren ag reed hav ing ever yone at t he table would a llow for broader a nd bet ter leg islation. She a lso pointed out t he problem w it h labeling cer ta in issues “women’s issues,” when of tentimes t hese issues a re universa l. She questioned what women’s issues exactly a re a nd expressed her unw illing ness to be pigeonholed.
by disagreeing with the president … I thought that was outstanding,” Sperling said. Sperling said he is currently developing his next book, focused on how and why economic dignity is a necessity which must be prioritized. He defined economic dignity as a concept that encourages refocusing the main goal of economics to address human need and wellbeing over economic indicators. He recently wrote an essay on this topic for the Democracy Journal. Similarly to his essay, Sperling ’s book will address the three pillars he has created to define economic dignity. The first pillar focuses on how every person should have the capacity to care for their family and have a good quality of life. This includes health care, paid family leave and a standard for bereavement leave. “We need to think about the importance of life,” Sperling said.
experiences at Berkeley where they didn’t make people leave,” Beatty said. “I guess he had learned from that experience that you have to get people out of the building.” After discussing their thoughts on the letter and possibly amending the resolution, the assembly made the decision to table it, although they have no meetings remaining for the duration of the school year. In addition to tabling the resolution, the assembly listened to a presentation by Runge. In his presentation, Runge focused on the future of the University Medical School and health care. He said the main areas of focus for the Medical School include research, education and clinical care, as well as emphasizing the importance of learning through discovery science. “Many important advances
freshman, spoke about the value of unity and compassion, especially during the times of these attacks. “I’m not here to say a lot of big words, or spout about violence or this or that,” Mumtaz said. “I’m not here to share facts, I’m here to do what this vigil was created for: show and emphasize solidarity. All we need to know is that love and community are the things that matter, and the things that stand. So, we stand here today, in support of the innocent; we are gathered here, not on the basis of religion … but as believers of the power of good.” In Qureshi’s speech, she spoke about how students at the University of Michigan should respond to these types of attacks — especially with the advantages students have. “We should do all we can to
support as college students at the University of Michigan with the privileges we hold and the power structures we live in,” Qureshi said. “Whether it be donating to a humanitarian cause, spreading awareness, standing in solidarity, spreading advocacy or simply offering a hand to a brother or sister who needs our support — we must come together.” Qureshi further highlighted her experience at the vigil for New Zealand, and how the false active shooter threats made her reflect on those around the world who face these threats and attacks frequently impact. “Just about a month ago, there was a vigil for New Zealand, and I remember being there and present and listening and mourning, but then moments later, running for my life in what I thought was an active
While many students used Bird scooter charging positions as a form of revenue, Spin also has applications to become chargers. An Ann Arbor position has not been placed on their website as of April 15. The resolution to enter into the three-month contract with Spin passed unanimously among councilmembers with no discussion. The second transportationrelated resolution confirmed funds for the first two-way
protected bike lane in Michigan to start construction in May. The protected bike lane, which will include barriers to protect bikers from passing cars, is a $1,329,964 project to be built on William Street stretching from Fourth Street to State Street. The resolution is the first of its kind in the state. City Administrator Howard Lazarus says the investment is worthwhile because the Ann Arbor Downtown Development Authority — the authority that
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“ Ever y issue we dea l w it h a re a ll ‘women’s issues,’” Wa rren sa id. “I don’t ever wa nt to be put into a box where I’m t he only person who dea ls w it h t his sma ll subsection t hat you t hink a re ‘women’s issues.’” LSA sophomore Emily Ba ron sa id to The Da ily af ter t he event t hat she at tended t he f ireside chat because she wa nted to be exposed to a va riet y of idea s. “I like to hea r dif ferent people’s perspective,” Ba ron sa id. “I like to be a n active listener; hea ring t he pa nelists is rea lly inspiring even if it ’s not somet hing I’m directly interested in.” LSA junior Sa ra h Stone, one of t he orga nizers of
“Being there for your parents, being there for someone you love that has cancer, being able to spend time with your child. Those are maybe some of the greatest joys in life … And they are unbelievably economic.” The second pillar of economic dignity addresses how the pursuit of potential and purpose should be achievable to every person. Sperling discussed how the United States is often seen as a place for second chances, but the way the economy is structured can prevent economic second chances. “Are we a country that the accident of our birth determines the outcome of your life?” Sperling questioned. “This is a central assault on the dignity of so many people … This is not lack of value; this is often a lack of luck.” The third pillar focuses on how every person should be able to participate in the economy while being respected and not facing
in medicine have come from discovery science,” Runge said. “They weren’t necessarily targeted science … Discovery science today is driven by really some top investigators in a wide variety of fields that someone who’s doing research as a graduate student, (if ) they feel like their focus is on cancer, that research may also turn out to be important in neurological diseases or vascular diseases or other areas.” Runge also discussed increasing the comfort, value of care and cost of care of University health systems, highlighting two new Brighton and Ann Arbor health care locations. He said the medical system is working to improve and become a better institution. “We want to have an accountable culture, we want to have a positive culture,” Runge said. “We want to have a culture that advocates for patients,
shooter situation,” Qureshi said. “I am thankful that my peers and I are safe, but I remind myself that millions of people in this world do not have that luxury.” Rizvi then opened the floor to those attending the vigil, offering them an opportunity to give speeches and express themselves at the ceremony. Several students and community members recited poetry in Urdu, the national language of Pakistan, and spoke about how they felt the attack impacted their lives and the lives of people they know. Later in the event, Rizvi also highlighted the necessity for media coverage on the Quetta attack, and condemned the Pakistani government for failing to properly address the bombing. “The lack of coverage of this event by the Pakistani mainstream
will construct this project — will split construction costs with the city. The DDA will cover 65 percent of concrete resurfacing payment. In addition to the construction cost reduction, Lazarus says the progress it brings for the city is also important to consider. “This does benefit the city as well,” Lazarus said. “I think there’s a tremendous amount of prestige, as we are one of the most forward-looking cities in many areas in Michigan. This would
t he pa nel, expla ined t he inspiration behind t he event. Stone expla ined t he event wa s supposed to address t he broader conversation of fema le empowerment. “A s somebody who is not in t he politica l f ield or t rack, lea rning t he skills t hat women in high power f ields experience a nd seeing how Rebeka h (Wa rren) wa s a chemica l eng ineer a nd completely cha nged her pat h to pursue her pa ssion a nd ta ke a sta nd a nd have become such a n inf luentia l person; t hat ’s somet hing to ta ke away,” Stone sa id.
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discrimination and humiliation. Sperling expressed disg ust for how people often suffer silently while they pursue their economic potential. “If the price for you pursuing your potential was sexual harassment, it is a pretty big damn issue,” Sperling said. Public Policy junior Pranav Govindaraju was excited to hear such a prominent fig ure discuss the concepts he has been studying. Govindaraju said he resonated with Sperling ’s ideas on economic dignity and thought these ideas would be important to implement. “When we talk about economics … we reduce things to an equation. We don’t really think about economics in terms of its actual social impact,” Govindaraju said. “Looking at economics through this lens of improving the human condition is an idea I definitely agree with.”
advocates for respect, advocates for anything that makes us more diverse, more inclusive and recognize that we all have well-being issues. A big issue in medicine is a phenomenon called burnout … and that has to do with relieving the stress that we all render and how we can most effectively prevent those.” Following Runge’s presentation, assembly members asked Runge questions regarding his presentation. Campbell said she has been volunteering at the hospital for 11 years. She expressed support for the ability to ensure the well-being of doctors and questioned how to support them. “I’m very impressed with the focus on the patient and family care … I’m just really impressed with that focus on making sure that our doctors are people, too,” Campbell said. “But what I’m worried about is making sure
media is absolutely unacceptable,” Rizvi said. “People are going to find out about this horrifying event one way or another, and when they do, they will not be happy. They will also not be happy when they find out that the government of Pakistan failed to address the issue, and offered neither adequate condolences, nor met with the people affected.” After the event, Hemani spoke to The Daily about how he hoped those who attended the event gained more knowledge about the Hazara and recognized how their situation reflects of a larger problem of minority rights. “I hope the attendees learned a little about the Hazara and their story,” Hemani said. “I hope they also saw this not just as an issue for Pakistan, but see it as part of a larger global issue of minority rights, and
be the first two-way protected cycle traffic lane in the state of Michigan.” This resolution was raised as City Council acknowledged many residents bike around the city. There have also been alleged concerns from the University that too many bikes cut through the Diag, causing walking-pedestrian concern. The enhanced road safety for bicyclists provided by the protected lane is also an attempt to divert the bike traffic from the Diag.
that we’re asking people to be incredibly expert at something and also be human. How do we support doctors in that way and make sure they’re getting the self-care they need?” At the conclusion of the meeting, Neil Marsh made closing remarks as the outgoing Senate Assembly chair. “One of my personal motivations for taking on this responsibility of chair in the Senate has been that I get to interact with a whole bunch of smart, interesting people where if I had just stayed in my department in chemistry, I’d never ever meet and never ever know,” Marsh said. “I think that’s a valuable thing, and I think the opportunity to interact with your colleagues who you wouldn’t be otherwise is a valuable reason for being on Senate Assembly.”
I tried to help push the focus of the event towards that minority rights in general.” Over the past several days, about 200 Hazaras in Quetta and 50 Hazaras in Karachi have been protesting and taking part in sit-ins as a result of the attack. Hemani believes the Hazaras are doing what they can to fight for the rights, but the power their community has alone is not enough to make an effective difference. “I think the sit-in protests are effectively the only tool the Hazara have left to them,” Hemani said. “There is power in seeing an entire community come together to say something is wrong, but it hasn’t brought real change yet, and that’s why we need non-Hazaras to also speak out for them, because at the end of the day, the Hazaras don’t have a lot of political influence.”
Councilmember Julie Grand, D-Ward 3, said she bikes around Ann Arbor herself and does not feel safe with the current provisions for bikers on streets. “I work in Angell Hall and there are times where I’ll walk and leave my bike there because I don’t feel as comfortable biking from campus to City Hall,” Grand said. “Everyone does ride their bikes. I think this is a great example of a city-University partnership and making our city safer.”
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A new progressive litmus test? Universal child care
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Reflections atop a dead mountain
ecently, I took a road and Appalachian values of hard, honest work. trip down to While on the tour, West Virginia Bill DePaulo, an to learn more environmental about mountaintop lawyer and member removal coal mining of Keeper of the and tour the remains Mountains, told of a retired mine on stories about Kayford Mountain, what inspired located in a rural Gibson to start the area outside of Back Charleston, W.V. TIMOTHY nonprofit. before mountaintop Mountaintop SPURLIN removal coal mining removal, as the name suggests, is a process of coal started, Kayford was the lowest mining that involves rigging point in the surrounding peaks explosives to a mountaintop of the Appalachian Mountains; coal companies and blowing it up so coal however, companies can extract threads stripped down the surrounding of coal hidden in the interior of summits and the once beautiful the mountain. The results are and rich landscape became f lat devastating to the local ecology and dead. When coal companies and topography, reducing the tried to buy Gibson’s land, richly biodiverse area and his charitable organization leveling the mountain to a instead managed to designate barren rocky landscape. My his property as a public park commitment to environmental via a land trust agreement, activism guided my journey thus protecting it from further removal and to see the horrible effects of mountaintop coal mining firsthand, yet, my allowing public tours. As one might expect, this experience was not exactly what I had pictured it would be. angered the coal companies In fact, while the lifeless operating in the area, and remains of the mountain itself they did everything in their were enough to depress anyone, power to scare Gibson away. it was the interaction with the According to DePaulo, when local community that moved Keeper of the Mountains first me more. The environmental started operating on Kayford implications of mountaintop Mountain, coal companies removal coal mining, and coal would send people to intimidate mining in general, are well tourists and environmentalists documented, however, the more by shooting into the air or insidious effect is the economic emptying a revolver clip into burden placed on the people vacant trailers. While on the living in these communities. tour, I walked past a trailer that West Virginia is a state that is still had bullet holes scattered the exterior. somewhat dependent on coal for throughout its economy. Coal built the state Sometimes the intimidation and its ongoing slow demise has turned to actual violence. devastated rural communities. DePaulo told a story of how one The trip highlighted just how morning, Gibson had woken up inf luential coal is to the people to find his dog had been killed of West Virginia. Growing up in and strung up on his front Michigan, I felt strong parallels porch. While there was no note, between the coal mines of West the timing and circumstances Virginia and the auto factories heavily suggests that someone of Flint and Detroit. In both from the coal companies was cases local communities are responsible. While absolutely tragic, wholly dependent on a singular employer and eventually are Gibson’s story is not an isolated incident. Coal and fossil fuel left with no viable safety net. While on Kayford Mountain, industries have a proven history my group encountered a local of intimidation and violence, who lived on the mountain and have played an active role and coincidentally had a close in spreading misinformation personal tie to Michigan. about their practices. In the After exchanging a few 1920s, coal companies created pleasantries, he told us in his an army to fight a movement thick Appalachian accent that of miners wanting to unionize, he lived and worked in Flint for resulting in what historians the better part of 25 years. He have coined the coal wars. said that when he was young, Their size and checkbooks the coal mine in his town shut give them absolute power over down, so he packed up and their workers, residents and headed north to work in the politicians. When talking with auto industry. He worked at DePaulo about the politics a factory in Flint doing metal of the region, he stated aptly work until General Motors shut that “there is no Republican down some of its operations. He or Democratic Party in West moved back to West Virginia Virginia — just the coal party.” A pillar of President Donald and has been living on the Trump’s 2016 presidential mountain ever since. The connection between campaign was saving coal. Appalachia and the Midwest As things stand today, he has runs deeper than I could have completely failed to do so. The thought. Larry Gibson, founder coal industry likes to propagate of the nonprofit Keeper of the the idea that renewables and Mountains, responsible for environmental standards are giving tours of mountaintop responsible for the closure removal on Kayford Mountain, of mines, but this is a gross actually spent most of his life in oversimplification of the northern Ohio. When GM shut problem. Natural gas is about down its plant in the 1980s, 60 percent more efficient than Gibson decided to move back the oldest coal plants in terms of to West Virginia and live in an electricity generation, and is far area that his family had owned more cost effective, making it for a generation. Gibson’s coal’s biggest remaining threat. culture and heritage are rooted As for the rapid loss of jobs in deeply in a mix of Midwestern the region, coal companies
themselves are also to blame. While miners’ employment has been rapidly decreasing, overall coal production has remained relatively constant primarily due to mechanization. It is evident that the coal industry and lobbyists want to frame environmentalists as the enemy of miners to cover up their own inf luence in their misfortune. The fact of the matter remains: Coal is a dying industry. Driving through the mountains and seeing the burdens firsthand reminded me that our rhetoric surrounding the transition away from coal should change as well. The negative effects of coal on human health, from both mining and burning, in addition to the environmental implications, are well-proven. If we are to seriously make any progress in limiting the effects of climate change, the transition away from coal and fossil fuels must be swift. Often we talk about environmental justice for the communities that are most affected but have the least power or capacity to do anything about it. This needs to apply to the forgotten coal miners of Appalachia as well. Can we blame unemployed miners for wanting to keep their jobs, put food on the table or send their kids to school? They too are victims and deserve justice in the fight against fossil fuel. The blame for their circumstances falls on the politicians, Republican and Democratic alike, who allow fossil fuel money to inf luence their decisions and who contribute to incendiary misinformation campaigns. Organizations, nonprofits and startups have opened in the region, dedicated to training coal miners in new, more applicable skills for a modern economy. The renewables sector has already been outpacing coal in total jobs as well as job growth, providing an opportunity to train unemployed coal miners in wind turbine and solar production, as well as installation. West Virginians have a deep-rooted cultural connection to energy — many talk proudly about Appalachia’s history of powering the nation just as Midwesterners talk about the automotive industry — and this provides an opportunity for them to hold onto that culture while helping the environment instead of harming it. While programs like these are beneficial, there is still much work to be done in order to help struggling communities. Most important among these is the need to keep big fossil fuel money out of the politicians’ pockets, at the local, state and national level, who actively work against the transition to renewables. Promising the coal industry will come back is deceitful and damaging, and only prolongs the inevitable. As long as politicians continue to accept lobbying money and inf luence from the fossil fuel industry, they are only going to continue to hurt the very people they are elected to represent. Timothy Spurlin can be reached at email@example.com.
he 2020 Democratic primary has been defined by a number of litmus tests. Many of the candidates in the progressive wing of the party, including Sen. Cory Booker, Sen. Kamala Harris, former U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke and others have been pushed to prove their progressive merits by stating their support for key progressive policies or process measures. Which policies constitute those litmus tests is important because they offer a signal about which issues Democrats will prioritize if they retake power in 2020. As of this writing, they are in support for some form of “Medicare for all” and the Green New Deal — the “superstar” policies. Different candidates are trying to add what they see as their unique contribution to that list. Booker introduced a baby bonds bill and Harris wants to expand the earned income tax credit through her LIFT the Middle Class Act. These candidates are trying to elevate the specific policy area they have expertise in to the level of “Medicare for all” and the Green New Deal. The policy most deserving of being promoted to superstar status is Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s proposal for universal child care and affordable preschool. Warren’s plan guarantees that every American making less than approximately twice the poverty line will be able to send their child to government-sponsored day care and preschool for free. Families making more than that amount would pay for the service on a sliding scale tied to income, maxing out at 7 percent for the wealthiest. Warren’s proposal is important and timely because child care costs are high and rising — the median annual price is $8,320, more than half the cost of in-state tuition at the University of Michigan — and takes up between, according to some estimates, 9 and 36 percent of annual household income. Warren’s plan would also establish quality standards that all programs receiving government support would have to meet to address the
poor state of preschools in the United States right now. To meet that plan, Warren proposes paying daycare and preschool instructors more like the teachers they are. The proposal is also important because the United States lags behind other countries in child care and preschool attendance. According to a 2015 report, the United States ranks 31st in 3-year-old enrollment among the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, a group of 36 mostly rich countries. The United States needs real and dramatic early childhood education reform. Democratic candidates are supportive of expansions of early childhood education, but besides Warren, none has supported making child care universal. All the other senators running for president have signed onto a longrunning bill to double the number of children eligible for subsidized child care, but stop short of universality. Every Democratic 2020 candidate should pledge to fight for Warren’s plan or some expansion of child care and preschool if elected, but they have not felt the need to. Voters and the media have not considered universal child care a priority for progressive candidates for president, but they should. One reason Warren’s policy has not achieved superstar status is because the research seems to show that early childhood education is not actually helpful for students. However, this line of research takes too narrow an approach. Early child education proponents cite that academic differences between children who participated in programs and those who did not are negligible as early as first grade. But this line of research is fundamentally f lawed because it does not fully consider the long-term impacts of these programs on families or students. Studies that look at how access to reliable day care impacts students long-term have consistently shown favorable tangible impacts —
higher college attendance and graduation, lower drug use and arrest rates — as well as positive impacts on maturity. The research shows that the benefits of universal preschool, while negligible in the classroom, are significant in other areas of children’s lives, at least in the shortterm. They allow parents to avoid child-care costs, such as hiring a babysitter, paying for expensive day care or the opportunity cost of a parent staying at home to take care of the child. With subsidized or free child care, traditional family income is more resilient because there will be more sources, creating a more stable home environment. But the benefits of child care extend beyond the children themselves. Universal child care and affordable preschool would serve to improve the gender pay gap. When children are not in school, women are far more likely to stay at home than men. Taking a break from work sets women back in the workplace and contributes to the gender pay gap. Both Booker’s baby bonds bill and Harris’ LIFT Act are trying to promote equity, but universal child care is a more comprehensive effort to promote equal opportunity. Progressives should support universal child care, and not just an expansion as most do, for moral and political reasons. Morally, every child should have access to early childcare’s long-term benefits and parents should not have to sabotage their careers due to expensive child care. Politically, pushing for ambitious solutions may make incremental progress more likely, as it has for health care coverage expansions. The litmus test dynamic of the Democratic primary is complicated and problematic, but voters and the media should brand the candidates that have not decisively supported universal child care as less progressive than those who have.
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IAN ROBINSON AND DANIEL BIRCHOCK | OP-ED
The Leaders and the Best can do better than this
t was with great disappointment that we read University President Mark Schlissel’s interview with The Michigan Daily, published on March 11 under the headline “Schlissel: ‘We are very much a confederation of three campuses.’” In his comments, Schlissel defended the University of Michigan’s failure to sustainably and equitably fund our Dearborn and Flint campuses. Unfortunately, he did not address the concerns of many students, faculty, non-instructional staff and community members whose very livelihoods are at stake. It’s impossible to overstate the severity of the funding gap between the Ann Arbor, Flint and Dearborn campuses. Despite the fact that Dearborn and Flint students pay about 80 percent of the tuition that Ann Arbor students pay, their perstudent funding is drastically lower than that — 23 percent and 25 percent, according to our research. This means that their students receive about one quarter of the resources that Ann Arbor provides to its students for instructional support, financial aid, health services and more. Rates of student debt are similarly staggering. As a percentage of average family income, Flint students take on almost 3 times as much debt as Ann Arbor students, and Dearborn students take on twice as much. The Diversity, Equity and Inclusion initiative and Go Blue Guarantee that this University rightfully champions exist only on the Ann Arbor campus.
These disparities persist while the University sits on a massive surplus of funds. Every year since 2007, the University, according to data we’ve compiled, has had a surplus of more than $182 million – which is more than the entire General Funds of Flint or Dearborn.
“It’s impossible to overstate the severity of the funding gap between the campuses” Schlissel has the power and funding to rectif y these disparities. However, in his interview, he stated that addressing these inequities is impossible due to worries over campus autonomy and the different characters of each campus. We appreciate his considerations for preserving the unique missions of the Dearborn and Flint campuses. But without increased funding, those missions cannot be met effectively. We see no contradiction between respecting the autonomy of the three campuses and equitably funding each. We, the One University Coalition comprised of members from the Flint, Dearborn and Ann Arbor campus communities, are offering to sit down with Schlissel to discuss our needs, the platform we have proposed to address them and how we might achieve them while
respecting the autonomy of each campus. Striving for equity in Dearborn and Flint will increase opportunities for Michigan’s residents and allow the University of Michigan to emerge as a national leader in enhancing diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives in higher education. By reallocating a relatively small portion of the Ann Arbor campus budget — or simply using a small part of the University’s multi-billiondollar endowment — Schlissel and the Board of Regents have the opportunity to drastically transform the lives of students and faculty on the Dearborn and Flint campuses. Instead, the University is choosing to forgo that opportunity and silo the budgets of these campuses entirely. The University of Michigan cannot truly create an environment of diversity, equity and inclusion if it fails to support the Flint and Dearborn campuses it calls home. Like Schlissel, we believe that this university is home to the Leaders and the Best — and Leaders and the Best can do better than this. On behalf of the One University Campaign Steering Committee, -Ian Robinson, President of the Lecturers’ Employee Organization (AFT-Michigan Local 6244) -Daniel Birchok, Assistant Professor of Anthropology, U-M Flint -Austin Ogle, Undergraduate Student, U-M Flint -Jordan Yunker, Undergraduate Student, U-M Dearborn
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COMMUNITY CULTURE REVIEW
MUSIC: PSEUDONYM WEEK
‘The Pride’ showcases the beauty in genuine selfhood ALIX CURNOW Daily Arts Writer
Exploring pseudonyms: OutKast and Still Woozy DYLAN YONO Daily Arts Writer
SAMANTHA CANTIE Daily Arts Writer
OutKast is one of many pioneers that made the South the hip-hop powerhouse it is today, but that didn’t come without fighting for it. Their name origin story is nothing too special. André 3000 and Big Boi wanted to call themselves “2 Shades Deep,” but learned it was taken. They then chose “The Misfits,” but that was taken too. As the story goes, they found “outcast” as a synonym for “misfit” in a dictionary and kept the “k” from the phonetic spelling. The duo settled for their third choice. Flash back to the infamous 1995 Source Awards. At this point in hip-hop history, the East-Coast-West-Coast rivalry was in full swing, and the two sides were on the verge of exploding. So when OutKast — a Southern group — was awarded Best New Rap Group, the crowd roared with boos. “OutKast” was a third choice name for the duo, and OutKast was a third choice candidate for Best New Rap Group to the audience. In that moment, André 3000 and Big Boi literally were outcasts. The two rappers from
Atlanta were left out of the debate when all the audience wanted to see was a winner from N.Y. or Calif. to fuel the beef. Then André took the mic, and said what might be hip hop’s most famous words: “The South got somethin’ to say.” In the words of fellow Atlanta superstar Ludacris: “Pressure can either bust pipes or create a diamond, and what André said when he got on that microphone created a diamond.” OutKast’s classic sophomore album released in 1996 would be fittingly titled ATLiens. At the time, they were outcasts, rap-game aliens from Atlanta. When the album went double platinum, OutKast became a household name. By the time Speakerboxxx/The Love Below went diamond, Andre 3000 and BigBoi were outcasts no longer. The South had spoken. — Dylan Yono, Daily Arts Writer
The word “woozy” sounds like a reference to insobriety, but for Sven Gamsky, the genius behind Still Woozy, it has a different connotation. His trance-inducing, groovy sound isn’t an ode to moments of indulgence, but rather his tendency to feel one step behind and out of the f low of life. Sven Gamsky extends the
definition of woozy and makes it completely his own, taking the groovy connotations of the word and layering it with feeling odd and out of place. Gamsky’s music videos, live performances, interviews and social media presence makes it blaringly obvious that he is simply weird and fun, dancing awkwardly and dropping unconventional music videos that embody the confused core behind the name Still Woozy. This “out of the mainstream f low of life” definition of woozy matches his approach to music in every way: In an interview with WECB, Gamsky explains how he is not the kind of person that thrives in business oriented environments. He makes music in his garage-slash-studio, independent from a label, working with a close team who helps with the heavy lifting. He is extremely self-aware, and his pseudonym becomes even sweeter considering his entire approach is focused on a mesmerizing sound that elicits oddball movement. Gamsky’s fake name characterizes the days when life takes on its own rhythm, and you’re just on the outside looking in — pair that “one step behind” persona with a funky, synth-based beat, and you have yourself Still Woozy. — Samantha Cantie, Daily Arts Writer
A stage name is special. Oftentimes, it’s a unique representation of a creative identity that an artist feels his or her given name does not properly personify.
SMTD senior Colter Schoenfish presented Alexi Kaye Campbell’s debut play “The Pride” in the Newman Studio for his senior thesis this past Friday. Alternating between 1958 and 2008, “The Pride” focuses on the changing attitudes toward sexuality over the course of five decades and the courage it takes to become who you truly are. The play follows the lives of the same three characters, 50 years apart, and their relationships with one another and their own sexuality. The characters battle with hiding behind a figurative veil so as to not expose their true selves. The scenic design by SMTD sophomore Grace Linzner represented this “veil of lies,” quite literally. The play was done in thrust with the audience on three sides of the playing area, a smart choice for Schoenfish. This allowed the actors to be in closer proximity to the audience, heightening the character’s vulnerability (or lack thereof ). Sheer see-through curtains were hung up along every side of the playing area, closing it off to the audience. Through the course of the show an actor would rip down one of the curtains. As the veil was literally shed, it was taken off symbolically as well. As each actor ripped down a curtain, a truth about a character was revealed. By the end of the show, all the curtains were gone. The characters could no longer hide behind the veil from the judgement of others, either literally or figuratively.
Only their most vulnerable wants and desires were left onstage for all to witness. This was an original and clever idea that was executed beautifully. Unlike this scenic design, Campbell’s writing lacked originality. Although the theme to live your truth is an important one, it is also one that has been overdone in literature, especially in regards to LGBTQ relationships. However, while I would have liked to see LGBTQ relationships explored in a more unique way, the play is quite genuine. Yet, Campbell seemed so impassioned by his ideas that his writing was sometimes preachy. There was little faith given to the audience, and it seemed that the author was worried viewers would not recognize the central theme of the play. He felt the need to utilize monologues to repeat similar ideas over and over again. While the text was full of intricate language and imagery, it often felt repetitive and unnecessary. Although the British dialects faltered, the overall delivery of the text by the cast of four was astonishing. The performances by SMTD freshman Chris Jensen (The Man) and SMTD senior Alexandra Reynolds (Sylvia) were particularly impressive. Jensen played numerous characters throughout the production. Most of them provided comedic relief during times of great tension. Jensen was grounded in his delivery and provided a refreshing change of pace to the overall tone of the play. He was also the strongest
among the ensemble of actors in dialects. Reynolds’ attention to detail and commitment to her work made repetitive dialogue exciting and intelligent. An inexperienced actor would have drowned in the river of emotions that Sylvia faces throughout the play. Yet, Reynolds took this demanding character on with great confidence and poise. Her natural knack for correct pacing and delivery was dynamite. Another noteworthy member of “The Pride” team was director, Colter Schoenfish. Schoenfish had great choices in terms of stillness and movement. Never splitting focus, important information was always relayed clearly to the audience. The movements of the actors seemed organic while still being dynamic. The orchestration of the transitions were smooth and time effective. Schoenfish had a fantastic understanding of the play itself and a unique vision for the production. SMTD and Stamps junior David Forsee’s use of projection was as aesthetically pleasing as it was effective in providing a new color to a play that could have easily been simply designed. Being a queer woman, it is always exciting to see queer people represented in artistic spaces. I felt that the stories of the characters on stage were told with grace, empathy and compassion. The struggle to be true to yourself is universal, but it is especially pertinent in LGBTQ communities.
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Rooney depicts current love correctly, with poise JOHN DECKER Daily Arts Writer
In the short span of three years, Sally Rooney has evolved from essayist to fiction writer to “the first great millennial novelist.” Rooney got a New Yorker interview in January, told The Guardian that she “do(esn’t) respond to authority very well” and has a 10-minute YouTube video on writing and Marxism. She’s a veritable cultural event, heralded for her bare prose, biting irony and slow burn of love in the time of late capitalism. Just check out what happens when you search #normalpeople on Instagram. “Normal People” drops in the States on Tuesday, Apr. 16, and The Michigan Daily Book Review is celebrating by reviewing Rooney’s fiction career, last to first. Catch “Normal People” on the 16th, “Conversations with Friends” on the 17th and “Mr Salary” on the 18th. When I first reopened “Normal People” this past week to brainstorm this review, I was struck with a potent nostalgia. It had been three months since I’d first read Sally Rooney’s second novel, and still, there it was: a form of wistfulness about the journey of reading the book through for the first time. There was some jealousy of my past self and the first, traumatic slog through the book, too, mixed also with a bit of love for the characters in the story. This familiar nostalgia didn’t come from any one place and is maybe too difficult to interpret, but I think it speaks volumes to the real, raw power of “Normal People.” “Normal People” is Rooney’s follow up to the equally popular “Conversations with Friends,” and her elegance continues to defy standards. Rooney’s novel is a story about contemporary love and companionship to its gut, though not love in the sense of archaic Austen or young and modern John Green. Rooney sculpts her own breed of intimate story, one maybe
best paralleled with Kundera’s “The Unbearable Lightness of Being.” Like Kundera, “Normal People,” to its core is about just this — normal people. Longlisted for the 2018 Man Booker Prize, Rooney’s book alters between the firsthand narratives of Connell and Marianne, beginning with their final year in high school and ending with their last in college. At the start of the book, the two begin the groundwork of a relationship just before graduating — Marianne the outcast of their high school and Connell the popular, smart guy among their peers. The two keep things secret until Connell neglects to ask Marianne to the dance, at which point she
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disconsolately severs contact. It sounds terribly stereotypical, and maybe even more stereotypical to say, “this version is different,” but it really is. Even from its inception, the story is carefully written. It is not penned to target a teen audience or rework an intimate love story. It is merely about two absolutely mundane characters that Rooney knows with a sacred intimacy and to whom she is allowing us access. As Connell and Marianne enter college and their paths cross again and again, Rooney starts to bring to fruition one of the most accurate, gentle stories about the transition from adolescence to adulthood. Rooney writes brilliantly of topics emotive and familiar, studying the normal of awkward introductory
sex and the strange, young space of relationships while parents are always nearby. As the story progresses, she asks readers to stare down abuse, alienation and perhaps most powerfully the universal sensation of the phasing out of one age of life and the slow entrance of another. Rooney’s storytelling is unique because it refuses the use of any avoidable images and verbosity — the text of “Normal People” is raw, left only with its familiar dialogue and straightforward chronical of action. As the story progresses, both Connell and Marianne become nearly unrecognizable forms of the characters readers were first introduced to. As their relationship twists and develops over time, so do they — Marianne in her oscillating levels of popularity, her emotional coping and her perceptions of others; Connell in his contentment and desires towards women and his academic career. This graduation of change is portrayed subtly. Rather than revealing long passages of character thought or detail, Rooney sticks to basics and simply moves through the story. The characters become deeply identifiable to readers, not because of one explicit similarity to life, but rather from the lack thereof — Rooney’s writing pares the writing to its very bones, making character development moldable to more experiences. “Normal People” quickly becomes less about momentary details, and more about patterns over time. When all is finished, “Normal People” speaks in the gentle voices of its characters but is overwhelming with its realistic extremity. Rooney offers one of the best depictions of 21st century love yet — its fleetingness, its complexity and its publicity. It is a devastating and hopeless and thrilling depiction. It’s unsurprising that foundations are scooping the novel up for shortlists and awards. Rooney has made normal people something to go crazy for.
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Netflix’s ‘Special’ breaks ‘The Perfect Date’ is a notions of disability, sex dull, distressing rom-com SOPHIA YOON Daily Arts Writer
Adapted from the memoir “I’m Special: And Other Lies We Tell Ourselves” by Ryan O’Connell, “Special” tells his semi-autobiographical tale of life as a gay man with cerebral palsy who is learning how to live on his own. “Special,” produced by Jim Parsons (“The Big Bang Theory”), distinguishes itself from other shows about disabled people right off the bat, avoiding common tropes of self-pity and the erasure of romantic plotlines. It also is one of the few shows featuring a disabled actor actually playing a disabled character. Like all new TV shows, it takes a few episodes for the show to find its stride. The dialogue is initially heavy with unintentional awkward silence in conversations and a forced effort to be funny, but gradually, the dialogue begins to sound more realistic and confident in its delivery. It’s easy to binge, but it’s a shame that the show ends right when it begins to self-actualize. There are several memorable scenes that don’t resemble anything that’s ever been seen on television. One of the most daring scenes is when Olivia
(Marla Mindelle, “Kevin Hart’s Guide to Black History”), Ryan’s boss, sets him up with her cousin after hearing that he was looking for a boyfriend. Ryan agrees but is surprised when he realizes that his date is deaf. He says he can “do better than a deaf guy,” and Olivia immediately calls him out for his internalized ableism — the idea that societal prejudices against the disabled cause disabled people to loathe
Special Netflix Season 1 Now streaming themselves and others who fall under the same category. On TV, the most common narrative arc for disabled people is their constant internal conf lict and attempt to fit into society. While Ryan experiences this as well, the show delves deeper into the complexities of how being disabled doesn’t give you a free pass to treat other humans as lesser. It also tackles disability from a mother’s perspective. In media about disability, mothers are often portrayed as strong, impenetrable forces that live
solely to support their kids. Although some moms embody this personality, “Special” recognizes the struggles many parents face with empty nest syndrome. Ryan’s mom, Karen (Jessica Hecht, “Quantico”), dutifully represents a mother who has spent her whole life acting as an on-call nurse for both her son and her own mother, who has dementia. When Ryan leaves the house, she wrestles with trying to start up her own life again whilst constantly worrying about her son’s well-being. Parents will be able to resonate with her narrative, which the show thankfully never neglects throughout the season. Despite the show’s rough start, “Special” f lourishes nicely into a unique and rarely-seen representation of the disabled and how their struggles aren’t so different from able-bodied people. As aforementioned, “Special” ended right at what seemed like the climax of the show, giving Netf lix even more incentive for renewal if the impressively fresh plot wasn’t enough. Seeing as true stories like these hardly ever gain attention on mainstream television, there are so many layers and dimensions of disability the show can bring to the surface on a platform like Netf lix.
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I tried to like this movie. I really, really did. I told myself that to expect perfection from a romantic comedy is absolutely unrealistic. And even though I’ve been less than impressed with Netflix’s past ventures into the genre, “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before” included, at least they had a point, something they wanted to say. Unfortunately, “The Perfect Date” has anything but a point. Underdeveloped and uninspired in every possible sense, “The Perfect Date” has nothing to say. Because of this, it is truly, truly terrible and completely devoid of anything resembling life. The movie follows our protagonist Brooks Rattigan (you read that right, Brooks Rattigan), played by Noah Centineo (“To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before”). Brooks wants two things in life — one, to attend Yale, and two, to change the world. By some logic I still don’t fully understand, Brooks decides that developing an app with his best friend that connects him to local high school girls who are interested in renting his dating services for money — which, by the way, could only come across as some kind of male power fantasy — is his ticket into Yale. His first client and eventual love interest is Celia, played by Laura Marano (“Austin and Ally”), who I must say is one of the more deplorable romantic comedy leads in recent
memory. Celia prides herself on being “not like the other girls.” She even says at one point, “Just because I’m a little weird doesn’t make me less human. In fact, it makes me more human.” Somehow, the movie thinks that Celia’s “quirks,” such as being an awkward dancer and disliking high heels, equate to her having a personality. Not surprisingly, they don’t. Celia is boring, dull and empty of any substance, just like Brooks, precisely because she is made into a stereotype rather than an interesting, fully-formed human being.
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As you may have guessed at this point, “The Perfect Date” is awful primarily because of its writing. Not only is the script desperately dependent on tired stereotypes and cliches, including the conveniently helpful gay best friend and the arbitrary makeover scene that once again reduces the character’s worth to their outward appearance, it chooses to incorporate several unnecessary plot points that are never elaborated upon fully. For instance, Brooks’s
mother left his family when he was young to start another one with someone else. While this has the potential to be truly intriguing and to give insight into why Brooks is the way he is, it hardly seems to affect him at all. In fact, it’s mentioned once or twice and then never discussed again. While I could suggest that the filmmakers extend the movie’s somewhat short runtime of just under an hour and half to better develop Brooks’s backstory, I have to admit that I’m glad the movie ended sooner rather than later for my own sanity. Neither lead delivers a particularly stellar performance, but it’s hard to blame them considering the dialogue they were given, much of which is outright hysterical: “I’m a gay teenage pimp wearing a secondhand hoodie … my life as I envisioned it.” All in all, “The Perfect Date” is a charmless, instantly forgettable addition to the romantic comedy canon. Watching the movie, I couldn’t help but think back to another, far superior Netflix movie starring Noah Centineo — “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before.” While that movie isn’t perfect, it has substance. It has a soul. On the contrary, “The Perfect Date” is lifeless, with a script so bad it’s almost condescending. We know Netflix can do better; “To All the Boys” proves that. We must show Netflix that we deserve better. To do this, I highly recommend you skip “The Perfect Date,” both for your own sake and for the future of the romantic comedy.
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Vinitaly, Verona: The largest wine exhibition in the world, a vino lover’s heaven, a logistical nightmare, an Italian cultural celebration that is so grandiose it is nearly impossible carry out. Vinitaly is a festival spanning four days filled with wine, food, art and music in support of the Italian wine community. The fiasco is set in one of Italy’s hidden gems, the city of lovers and Juliet’s crumbling ancient home base: Verona, Italy. This is perhaps less of a festival and more of a production. The curtain goes up on day one, bright and early as wine lovers pour into the fairgrounds, longing to make connections over young, punchy whites and deep, thoughtful reds. For the next 96 hours, the curtain does not close. It is probably the only event in the world that brings together such a high volume of wine makers, vineyard owners, wine buyers and importers, restaurateurs and wine lovers in an amalgamation of wine tasting, negotiations and innovation surrounding viniculture and the Italian wine industry. This is a place I could disappear into. I had the pleasure of accompanying my father, a
restauranteur, to the 54th Vinitaly festival this past week. Verona, a place I had not been since I was eight years old, has aged hardly a day — her walls and roads still boast strong cobblestone and aged brick, romantic as ever. Her nightlife is hot, energetic, fashionable and lively — pulsing brightly into the early hours of the morning. I remembered two things of Verona from my previous visit: The pigeons and the people — both large in number, the latter bashful and subdued in the face of such an outpour of attention from tourists. The first morning begins with an uncertain, intangible energy. The hotel we’re staying in is filled with other festival goers, and the whole city is teeming — the air, bright and crisp in the early days of Spring, is awaiting something too. On a taxi ride to the fairgrounds from the hotel, we are told in half-Italian, half-English that we have to share the taxi we’ve ordered with another party, as the taxis are in high demand — everyone in Verona today has a common destination. In the cab, we have our first strangely ironic, authentic connection of the day when we realize, through no common language, that we know our fellow cab members through their famous
Italian vineyard. As we pull up to the fairgrounds, we swap business cards and promise to come visit their booth at the fair — a promise, I learned, that is not easily kept once swept up in the camaraderie and commotion of the event. Entering the fair is like trying to fit a beast into a dog’s cage. Thousands of people, elbows extended, surging toward three doors which open into a huge clearing that is home to the ten warehouses. Along with the warehouses is a display made of cork and flowers which reads, “Vinitaly 54.” Welcome, wine lovers — Verona has been waiting. It’s 9 a.m. and the scene inside the fair is utter chaos. In Italian, lovers and friends quarrel over which province to visit first. Important men in expensive suits carrying leather briefcases beeline toward their first meetings of the day. Everyone is smoking cigarettes, everyone is dressed their best, almost everyone is prepared to pace themselves through a dreamy cycle of wine tastings. Navigating by foldable map and iPhone app, we begin our journey through the world of Italian wine, one wine glass at a time.
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After Maryland spoils undefeated season, Michigan recovers with 12-8 win over Rutgers to move to 14-1 on the season JACK KINGSLEY Daily Sports Writer
Sophomore attacker Caitlin Muir, positioned behind the goal, received a pass from sophomore midfielder Maggie Kane off the opening draw. She wrapped around and took a shot that found the back of the net, giving the No. 8 Michigan women’s lacrosse team (14-1 overall, 4-1 Big Ten) the lead over Rutgers (5-9, 0-4) just 17 seconds into the game en route to a 12-8 win on Saturday. Coming off their first loss of the season to No. 2 Maryland, the Wolverine players aimed to take an early lead in order to regain some of the confidence from their 13-game winning streak that was snapped against the Terrapins last week. “I feel like it really boosted our morale because coming off Maryland we wanted to get up early and get going,” Muir said. “I think it really pushed everyone to go harder and faster and kept the trend up.” Michigan took advantage of this momentum and used it to take a four-goal firsthalf lead. Three more goals scored by Muir, along with two from junior midfielder Nadine Stewart and one each from junior midfielder Molly Garrett and freshman midfielder Kaitlyn Mead gave the Wolverines an 8-4 advantage at halftime. Michigan began the second half just as strong as it ended the first, with Kane scoring just 1:39 into the half. But the scoring quickly dried up as the Wolverines didn’t score again for more than 20 minutes,
with Rutgers goalkeeper Kameron Halsall making five saves in that span. With 10:26 remaining in the game, the Scarlet Knights had cut the Michigan lead to two. “We were getting shots, but I think once a few of them didn’t go in, the girls played a little on their heels and just started freezing up a little bit,” said Michigan coach Hannah Nielsen. “We were making stop after stop defensively, but we were hitting pipes, hitting the goalie, and she had a great game. I thought we were getting the shots but it wasn’t quite falling our way.” Even though Rutgers appeared to be gaining momentum midway through the second half — scoring three consecutive goals — the Wolverines kept fighting. They put together a strong offensive possession that resulted in Halsall saving a free position shot, and followed it up with a defensive stand. After clearing the zone, Muir took possession and drew a foul. She then scored her fifth goal of the day on the resulting free position shot, giving Michigan a 10-7 lead with 7:37 left. Garrett and sophomore midfielder Erin Daly both scored in the next four minutes, securing the victory for the Wolverines. “We just needed that to keep the momentum going,” Muir said. “We knew we were OK, but we just wanted to keep it going. We were missing a lot of shots, so that really got people’s confidence back up.” Added Nielsen: “I thought we were getting better looks
I think we pushed everyone to go harder.
on cage. We weren’t taking the low angle shots and we were sharing the ball around.” Since the Wolverines had not lost all season prior to last weekend, this was their first opportunity to prove that they could bounce back from a tough loss. While Rutgers is not a particularly strong opponent, Michigan’s strong start and continued persistence offered encouraging signs for this team going forward. “We had a lot of fun this week in practice. We worked really hard,” Nielsen said. “We worked on some concepts that we put forth in the game today, and I thought the girls responded really well.” As the regular season winds down, Michigan is approaching the most important part of its season. Playing aggressively from the opening whistle and persevering when the offense isn’t converting during stretches of the game like on Saturday will be crucial in hopes of beating the best teams in the country.
SHIRA ZISHOLTZ Daily Sports Writer
Facing their team and coaches with their families by their sides, the 11 seniors of the Michigan women’s lacrosse team stood pregame, in uniform, on their home turf, for the final time. As the PA announced each player’s position, name and hometown, the Wolverines were recognized for a historic season that is far from over, and how the 11 women holding bouquets of maize flowers helped shape the program into what it is today. And help shape the program, they did. The eighth-ranked Wolverines put on a show for the crowd, defeating Rutgers, 12-8. This win helped secure Michigan’s first undefeated home season since the program’s inception in 2014. Though they didn’t play a perfect game by any means, the Wolverines defeated the Scarlet Knights for the first time ever in the U-M Lacrosse Stadium, propelled by sophomore Caitlin
Muir’s team-best five goals. Junior Lilly Grass broke the single-season record for assists behind her five on Saturday, and senior Mira Shane recorded her 100th save on the season and ended the game with 106. Shane was challenged with a much more offensive-minded opponent on Saturday, forcing her to be much more alert and energized in the net at all times. “I think it’s a mentality thing,” Shane said. “I think I stay busy in my mind, even though I may not be running around. I always try to stay connected with our offense. You might see me doing some sprints as (the offensive players) score. But that’s only for me – I kind of get energized by them scoring and us having these great opportunities. I think that’s how we stay in the zone as a defensive unit.”
Rutgers took 16 shots on goal in Saturday’s game, something Shane isn’t unfamiliar with. Facing so many shots forces her to stay alert, providing an energy that transfers to the rest of the team. “I think it just forces me and energizes me to pick up the level of my game,” Shane said. “If I’m seeing more shots, I definitely always want to come out with a win, and, you know, give my team the best performance that I can. ... just having a great Senior Day was really important to me, for this being our last regular season home game.” As Shane, the starting goalkeeper for the 2018-2019 season, reflected on her four years in the maize and blue, she couldn’t help but get emotional. With all of the changes Michigan women’s lacrosse has gone through, from being a sub-.500 performance in Shane’s freshman year to nationally-ranked program, she has been a key factor in Michigan’s record-breaking seasons. “I think it was my goal today to play with gratitude and heart,” Shane said. “It’s been a heck of a ride for four years, playing a lot of different games with a lot of different people. And today to just play at home with my parents by my side during this Senior Day celebration with wonderful teammates and coaches that I’ve had all season. “I don’t think it gets much better than that. And so I was just really thankful to have a great win today, and then to keep it going for the rest of our season. As you said – it’s not over, we’re not done, and this team is definitely going places.”
I definitely always want to come out with a win.
Senior goaltender Mira Shane recorded her 100th save of the season in a 12-8 Senior Day win over Rutgers.
Foster charges past competition ‘M’ gets mixed results in Columbus LANE KIZZIAH Daily Sports Writer
Sophomore Chloe Foster ran away with the 400-meter hurdles with a career-best time of 58.60 seconds.
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As sophomore Chloe Foster approached the final stretch of the track and leaped over her final hurdle at Cardinal Park in Louisville, Ky., there was nothing but daylight behind her. By the moment the secondplace competitor crossed the finish line, nearly three seconds had passed. Foster cruised to a runaway victory in the 400-meter hurdles with a career-best outing of 58.60 seconds to cap off a successful day for the No. 21 Michigan women’s track and field team at the Louisville Invitational. It wasn’t just Foster who succeeded for the Wolverines. As a team, they won three events and placed in the top five in 11 total events on the day. “(Foster) is a very hard worker,” said Michigan coach James Henry. “We have high expectation of her. We have a lot of confidence in her and it’s a matter of getting her confidence up.” Foster’s performance not only shattered her previous personal record by nearly three-quarters of a second, but
also moved her up to fifth alltime in school history for the 400-meter hurdles. “It’s just the beginning of how good we think she can be as an athlete,” Henry said. “She’s a great student and I think she could be just as good as an athlete.” Elsewhere on the track, the Wolverines posted strong showings from the middledistance group. Junior Micaela DeGenero impressed in the 800-meter run with a 2:07.69 performance, more than a second faster than anyone else in the field. Fresh off their own wins, Foster and DeGenero joined a team of sophomores, Alice Hill and Jenna Reid, to clinch the 4x400-meter relay (3:43.22), Michigan’s third and final victory of the meet. Junior Julia Hall and senior Meg Darmofal also impressed, by placing third in the 400 meters and 3,000 meters respectively. “I think we had a number of performances to be proud of
as a team,” Henry said. “Our athletes stepped up and had better competitions and better performances we were happy with.” Senior Jeryne Fish set the tone for the Wolverines on the field with a personal record of 5.08 meters in the long jump. Her showing was particularly encouraging, as it came after her return from surgery that sidelined her for all of last season. Junior Katt Miner continued Michigan’s stellar play on the field by posting a fifthplace finish in the high jump after a seasonbest 1.70 meter performance. Health remains the key question for the Wolverines, as they head into the Big Ten Championships and the rest of postseason play. “We have to stay healthy and we’re always as good as we are healthy,” Henry said. “We’re just starting to get the health under our athletic ability and that’s where we need to improve.”
Settle in two ... one ... two ... Settle. On junior coxswain Erik Yasuda’s call, the 2V8 made a dramatic shift. At the settle, the rowers elongated their stroke in unison from the quick, choppy catches of the starting sequence to a more sustainable racing pace against Ohio State. By the end of the day Saturday — facing the Buckeyes and Rutgers at the Big Ten Double Dual — the No. 5 Michigan rowing team had finished first in 11 of the 14 total races. Through the starting sequence and the following high strokes, the Wolverines battled Ohio State to get out in front with neither team able to take a commanding lead. With this settle stroke, the boat found its rhythm. Michigan jumped up two seats at the 500-meter mark and never let up, something senior Shayla Lamb credits to the boat’s single-minded focus. “It had to do with our base pace,” Lamb said. “That’s something we’ve been working on: getting into our rhythm and staying internal. I think that’s
something we’ll keep working on to get better.” Michigan increased its lead by inches with every stroke, taking a decisive lead by the time the boat crossed the 1,250-meter mark. Taking control of the race gave the Wolverines the confidence and control they needed to keep walking away into the second 1,000 meters. As the last 500 meters came up, 2V8 got ready to take another move to seal the victory. “We worked on sprinting quite a lot — well, no not quite a lot — but we’ve worked on making those moves at the end,” Lamb said. “That’s something we (have) gotten more experience with in the past couple of weeks. It’s nice to have that in our back pocket.” While they knew they had this skill at their disposal, they didn’t have to rely on it. Despite Ohio State’s best efforts, Michigan only increased its lead in the sprint, finishing the race half a boat length up on its competition. The 2V8 boat went on to beat Rutgers by over 10 seconds, though other boats experienced mixed results.
The 1V8 was edged out by the Buckeyes, but found redemption against the Scarlet Knights later in the day. Despite the loss — its first of the season — Michigan coach Mark Rothstein was content with the race. “Our boat raced really hard and showed a lot of toughness,” Rothstein said. That boat — led by freshman Jessica Schoonbee in stroke seat — fell short by a mere .96 seconds and finished in 6:22.04 minutes. Other freshmen prevailed in the 1N8 which beat out both of its opponents. The first two fours also found success against Rutgers. The 1V4 lost to Ohio State while the 2V4 beat them by eight seconds. Despite the overall success of the weekend, Michigan has some room for improvement — especially as the 1V8 will have a chance to redeem itself against Ohio State next weekend at Lake Las Vegas. Lamb hinted she may know the key to success. “We need to keep finding our rhythm early on and making that middle one (kilometer) ours.”
It’s just the beginning of how good we think she can be.
The Michigan rowing team finished first in 11 of 14 races at the Big Ten Double Duo against Ohio State and Rutgers.
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Rodriguez does it all for Michigan Alexander, Hoogenraad snap slumps DANIEL DASH
Daily Sports Writer
Sophomore shortstop Natalia Rodriguez has taken a massive leap forward at the plate this season.
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When it comes to versatility, Natalia Rodriguez is in a class of her own. Now in her second season as the Michigan softball team’s starting shortstop, the sophomore can do it all. She’s a switch-hitter at the plate, speed demon on the base paths and defensive stalwart in the field. But above all, Rodriguez provides consistency. She appeared in 55 of last season’s 59 contests and has started all 39 of the Wolverines’ games so far this year. Rodriguez’s defensive prowess played a major role in 2018’s seamless shortstop transition. After Michigan bid farewell to Abby Ramirez — a two-time AllBig Ten shortstop who graduated in 2017 — Rodriguez held her own on defense as a freshman. Her .944 fielding percentage was only a slight drop-off from Ramirez’s .953 clip in 2017. At the plate, Rodriguez has taken a massive leap forward. After posting a .250 batting average last season — the worst among the Wolverines’ starters — Rodriguez spent much of the offseason in the batting cage. Now, as one of the
country’s only true switch-hitters, she poses a threat regardless of the situation. Her ability to bunt from both sides of the plate, slap-hit from the left side and swing away from the right side makes her the Big Ten’s jack of all trades. Through 87 at-bats this season, the results have spoken for themselves. With the home stretch of Michigan’s conference slate on the horizon, Rodriguez’s batting average is sitting at .310. Naturally, Rodriguez’s batting average boost has given her more opportunity to wreak havoc on the base paths. After swiping 10 bases on 12 tries last season, Rodriguez has successfully stolen seven bags on eight attempts so far this season. Her speed gives opposing pitchers one more thing to worry about, which opens up opportunities for other Wolverines to find success at the plate. “(Rodriguez stealing a base) manufactures a run,” said Michigan coach Carol Hutchins. “You’ve got to find a way to manufacture runs, and one of those is to steal their bases. It puts us in position, and it is a difference maker.” The synergy of Rodriguez’s improvement at the plate and elite speed puts Hutchins in a dilemma. With the team’s leadoff through
cleanup hitters all batting above .340 with at least 20 RBI, it doesn’t make sense to insert Rodriguez’s skillset into the heart of the order. So instead, she bats last. The only qualm about hitting ninth is the fact that it takes the bat out of Rodriguez’s hands at times. Heading into the second half of April, Rodriguez already has upwards of 30 fewer at-bats than some of her teammates. But for Hutchins, strategy outweighs total plate appearances. “It’s really important to have that nine hitter be your secondary leadoff,” Hutchins said. “It puts base runners on — someone with great speed — for the top of your order. (Rodriguez) has been outstanding in that category, and we need her to keep it up.” Added junior right fielder Haley Hoogenraad: “(Rodriguez) is a huge turnover for the start of the lineup. She’s basically like another number one hitter. She bats at the top of the order but turns the order over a lot by getting on base a lot somehow. That’s so important in the bottom of the order, just finding a way to get bases. Bases are how you win games.” With Rodriguez holding down the fort in the ninth spot, the Wolverines set the top of their order up for success.
Katie Alexander and Haley Hoogenraad are no strangers to going the extra mile. With their struggles mounting during the No. 21 Michigan softball team’s first month of Big Ten competition, the senior catcher and junior right fielder have spent even more time in the KATELYN MULCAHY/Daily Junior right fielder Haley Hoogenraad hit a grand slam on Friday. batting cage before practice. After seeing Ohio State Going into the weekend series Hoogenraad said. “That is the freshman right-hander against Ohio State, the two best feeling, knowing you did it for take Alex Storako deep twice in the returning starters were able to use everyone else.” When Alexander made her way first inning, Hoogenraad and the Wolverines’ overall success at the plate to mask their own to the plate, she didn’t give the Alexander helped the Wolverines dugout much time to rest before claw back in the second frame. shortcomings. Michigan swept Nebraska, the crack of her bat sent another Hoogenraad’s opposite-field RBI Rutgers and Indiana en route to a wave of jubilation its way. Just single cut the Buckeyes’ lead in 9-0 record to begin Big Ten play. two pitches after Hoogenraad’s half, and she made her way into During this start, the Wolverines triple, Alexander launched a scoring position with a stolen base posted a batting average of .315 no-doubt home run to deep right- just moments later. In the ensuing at-bat, Alexander and plated more than seven runs center field. This time, the entire per game. But Hoogenraad and Michigan dugout emptied as it laced an RBI single through the Alexander — the seventh and celebrated the end of its captain’s left side to tie the game. When Hoogenraad scored on a sacrifice eighth batters in Michigan coach coldspell. Alexander’s next at-bat bunt later in the inning, Michigan Carol Hutchins’ lineup — didn’t partake in the hit parade. The provided an equally exciting took the lead for good. Alexander’s duo posted an average of just .220, sequel. After working the count crucial hit clinched the series win while the first four hitters in the full, she fouled off a pair of payoff and brought her batting average to pitches before getting ahold of .214 — its highest mark since Feb. lineup combined for a .396 clip. But in Columbus, Hoogenraad the third. When Alexander made 22. “No matter how (Alexander’s) and Alexander flipped the switch. contact on the sweet spot, she With the scoreboard knotted began her home run trot for the season is going, she’s always in up at one run apiece in the fourth second time in as many plate there working hard and going the inning of Friday’s series-opener, appearances. The long ball gave extra mile to try to make herself Hoogenraad stepped up to the the Wolverines a 6-3 advantage in better,” Hoogenraad said. “That just goes to show perseverance, plate while Alexander took warm- the sixth frame. An inning later, Hoogenraad even when things aren’t going up cuts in the on-deck circle. Junior outfielder Thais Gonzalez, made her way to the batter’s box your way, you’re always in there who entered the game as a pinch with the bases loaded and two putting in more work and doing runner, represented the go-ahead outs. She seized her chance to extra to try to make yourself better break the game open, belting a and that really is a true showing of run at first base. Four pitches into the at-bat, grand slam over the left-center perseverance.” When the dust settled, Hoogenraad put a swing on the field wall to give Michigan a 10-3 Hoogenraad and Alexander fifth. She drove the ball down the lead. “We really needed the (number) tallied eight hits across 16 at-bats, right field line, and it tailed away from the diving Buckeye outfielder six through nine hitters to pick up 10 RBI and five runs scored in the just enough to ricochet off her their production, and they did an series. If Hoogenraad and Alexander glove. As Hoogenraad pulled into outstanding job,” Hutchins said. third base with a triple, she took “… (Hoogenraad and Alexander) can permanently break their a moment to reflect on her first connected on pitches. That’s what slumps, that extra mile in the we’re striving for, and it doesn’t batting cage could add coveted extra-base hit of the month. length to the lineup — a key “The best feeling is when you happen every time.” In the first game of Saturday’s ingredient in the Wolverines’ get to third base and look back into the dugout, and everyone doubleheader, the tandem led yet pursuit of their 11th Big Ten championship in 12 years. in the dugout is really excited,” another comeback win.
Pitching, defense lead to series loss Wolverines drop seventh-straight
game, 17-7, against Nittany Lions
Junior left-hander Tommy Henry gave up three runs in the fifth inning on Friday as Michigan lost, 10-5.
AVI RAJENDRA-NICOLUCCI Daily Sports Writer
Friday night’s game hung in the balance. Buckeye catcher Dillon Dingler stepped to the plate with his team leading 2-1. Dingler attempted a bunt that went straight back at junior lefthander Tommy Henry. The ball slipped out of Henry’s hand, and his throw went wayward, allowing Dingler to advance all the way to second base. After that inauspicious start to the fifth inning, Henry imploded. He proceeded to give up three runs on a sacrifice fly and three singles, as Ohio State eventually pulled away to a 10-5 victory over the Michigan baseball team on its way to two wins out of three games. “When you play good defense you minimize the opponent’s opportunities,” said Michigan coach Erik Bakich. “If you make that difficult play, that’s what I’m talking about. Being able to make the difficult play to take away the hits. “Those difficult plays end up being a difference-maker in a team scoring zero or maybe only scoring one or two versus not making those plays and what could’ve been a one or two run inning turns into a three or a four or five or a six-run inning.”
Henry didn’t just struggle on defense — he had difficulties on the mound, too. He gave up eight hits and seven earned runs in just four innings while striking out two. Henry didn’t get much help from his relief pitchers, either. Freshman lefthander Walker Cleveland and sophomore right-hander Blake Beers combined to give up three additional runs in 2.2 innings of work. “Pitching can go into little slumps, too, now just like hitters can,” Bakich said. “Tommy Henry has just had a little bit of a two-week slump here. We haven’t won on a Friday night in conference in a few weeks. He maybe hasn’t been quite as crisp or as sharp as he has been in the past. But, we all have full confidence in the pitcher that he is and the pitcher that he’s gonna be from here on out.” Saturday afternoon, the Wolverines’ hurlers struggled in pivotal moments. Junior right-hander Karl Kauffman appeared to have better control on the mound, but his periods of solid pitching were mixed in
with crucial mistakes. In the second inning, a two-run home run opened the scoring for the Buckeyes. In the third inning, Kauffman gave up a solo home run and later a three-run shot to blow the game open. But Kauffman remained resilient. He posted nine strikeouts and after Ohio State’s big third inning, had consecutive 1-2-3 innings, allowing his offense to stage a minicomeback. But unfortunately for the Wolverines, the early deficit was too much to overcome in a 10-4 loss that clinched the weekend series for the Buckeyes. “The thing Ohio State did is they hit mistakes,” Bakich said. “And we made some mistakes with some pitches, especially in some two strike counts where we were ahead and they hit some home runs and they got some big hits in those moments. So Karl actually had pretty good stuff, he just made some mistakes with some of his pitches and they got hit and we got down to the early deficit.”
Pitching can go into little slumps, too, now.
Junior midfielder Avery Myers picked up a goal in Michigan’s 17-7 loss to Penn State on Saturday afternoon.
TEDDY GUTKIN Daily Sports Writer
Despite reaching two milestones, there was little for the Michigan men’s lacrosse team to be excited about after the clock hit zero. A matchup against the nation’s No. 1 team in Penn State (3-0 Big Ten, 10-1 overall), proved to be too much for the Wolverines (0-3, 3-8), as they dropped their seventh game in a row in a 17-7 defeat. While Michigan looked to be in control during the game’s opening minutes, the Nittany Lions struck first with a manup goal following a penalty on senior defenseman Nick DeCaprio. The Wolverines surrendered another goal from close range 30 seconds later, though they managed to slice the deficit in half on a transition goal from junior midfielder Avery Myers. Penn State barely f linched, finishing the quarter by scoring five consecutive goals, including four in the span of a minute and a half.
“We knew Penn State (would come) out firing,” said Michigan coach Kevin Conry. “They’ve pretty much outscored their opponents in the first quarter by a significant margin. …We knew we had to handle their pressure early and didn’t.” While the Wolverines proved unable to handle Penn State’s pressure in the game’s opening frame, they strung together a run in the second quarter, outscoring the Nittany Lions, 4-2, and heading into the locker room trailing just 9-5. Myers notched an assist and scored two goals in the period, including one with ten seconds remaining after DeCaprio found him following a steal. The steal was one of eight forced turnovers by DeCaprio, who set the program’s singlegame record for forced
turnovers and enabled Michigan to earn a bevy of transition opportunities in the quarter. “(He’s) great at pushing the tempo and getting upfield,” Myers said. With 8:42 remaining in the third quarter, senior midfielder Decker Curran scored off a feed from freshman attacker Bryce Clay to register his 100th career point, becoming just the fourth player in program history to accomplish the feat. Penn State quickly rebounded — finishing the game on a run that saw it score seven consecutive goals and dominate time of possession — overshadowing Curran’s accomplishment. “I’m not thinking about the accomplishment,” Curran said. “I’m thinking about how we can win these next two games.”
(DeCaprio’s) great at pushing the tempo and getting upfield.