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In need of wins after poor start, Michigan sweeps No. 14 Notre Dame in South Bend to start second half of season.

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Savit lays out progressive platform in kickoff event

‘U’ Law professor begins campaign for Washtenaw County Prosecutor ALYSSA MCMURTRY Daily Staff Reporter

New city initiative aims to achieve carbon neutrality by year 2030

Students claim climate coalition did not listen to their input on initiatives KRISTINA ZHENG Daily Staff Reporter

Following a City Council resolution for Ann Arbor to achieve carbon neutrality by 2030, members of city staff and the public are working together to reach that goal. In support of this work, the Ann Arbor Office of Sustainability and Innovations launched A2Zero in November 2019, a new initiative aimed at planning and implementing

actions to achieve a just and equitable transition to complete carbon neutrality. A2Zero aims to address four sectors, including energy, mobility, resource reduction and adaptation and resilience. The initiative plans to encourage the transition to renewable energy, design a zerocarbon transportation network and minimize waste, among other actions. The goal to achieve carbon neutrality was passed on Nov.


‘U’ program provides aid to schools in Detroit ‘TRAILS’ aims to increase access to mental health care FRANCESCA DUONG Daily Staff Reporter

The University of Michigan program “Transforming Research into Action to Improve the Lives of Students” finalized its partnership with Detroit Public Schools Community District last week to expand access to mental health care in schools, after successful implementation in Washtenaw County. TRAILS launched in 2013 when local Ann Arbor area high school community members expressed an overwhelming need for mental health support for students. The program began its partnership with the Ann Arbor Public School district in 2013, and has since expanded to 40 Washtenaw County schools. TRAILS trains school staff on their practices and cultivates an ongoing partnership for over a year to provide implementation support. Andrew Nalepa, a school psychologist at Skyline High School, said he has seen the direct benefits from the TRAILS program in Ann Arbor. “The coaching model and having someone with us to help support us getting the program off the ground was vital to the long-term success,” Nalepa said.

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13 of last year at the city’s Carbon Neutrality Town Hall. Missy Stults, sustainability and innovations manager for the city, spoke to The Daily about A2Zero’s goals for the first pilot year and the next decade. “A2zero was launched as a way to get input, to start the planning process, to actually create a plan, and then much more than that, to be able to sustain,” Stults said. “We have the branding … People can see it, feel it, they can

contribute to it in all aspects of their life.” In collaboration with more than 50 partners, A2Zero plans to host dozens of public events, run online public engagement and work with four technical advisory committees. The initiative also intends to continue creating new partnerships in order to move toward achieving carbon neutrality. See CARBON PAGE 2A

Eli Savit, the Democratic candidate for Washtenaw County Prosecutor, met with students at the Ford School of Public Policy Sunday afternoon to discuss his campaign and ways students can get involved. Policy for the People, an organization focused on supporting activists and their progressive agendas, hosted the event. After working as a law clerk for Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in Washington, D.C., Savit returned to Michigan to work as a legal counsel for the City of Detroit. Savit announced his campaign back in May 2019, when it was believed incumbent Brian Mackie would be running for re-election. Savit spent the majority of his time talking about combating mass incarceration. According to Savit, change begins with local prosecutors’ offices.

Life Sciences Orchestra performs 20th anniversary concert Sunday

Michigan Medicine sponsors musical performance at Hill Auditorium DELANEY DAHLSTROM Daily Staff Reporter

On Sunday afternoon, the Life Sciences Orchestra, sponsored by Gifts of Art at Michigan Medicine, held their free winter concert in front of a large audience of students and members of the public at Hill Auditorium. Tal Benatar, the Gilbert S. Omenn Music Director of the Life Sciences Orchestra and operating Assistant Music Director of the Michigan Pops Orchestra, gave a lecture prior to the concert. In his remarks, Benatar focused on Jean Sibelius, one of the three composers showcased in the

concert. On several occasions, Benatar quoted Sibelius, stating, “I admire the symphony’s severity of style in the profound logic that creates an interconnection between all motifs … it is like the world with no people.” Just before it was performed, Benatar remarked on the emotions evoked by the symphony. “The symphony ends in a very tragic way but is also extremely powerful,” Benatar said. “Let the music make you feel ways you might not think of feeling.” At the start of the concert, Dr. Gilbert S. Omenn, former U-M Executive Vice President for Medical Affairs, remarked on

the history of the Life Sciences Orchestra. Omenn has been a part of the organization since its inception, 20 years ago. “I’m very pleased you could join us in the anniversary season for a celebration of science, music and medicine,” he said. “We are not only celebrating the 20th anniversary of LSO, but also the 150th anniversary of Michigan Medicine.” Each of the performers come from a branch of study within the Life Sciences field, and range from undergraduate students studying neuroscience, to retired physicians from the Department of Pediatrics and professors at the

University of Michigan Medical School. When asked about his feelings about the concert, medical student Curtis Kuo, who is also the first cello, expressed excitement and confidence about the performance. “I am feeling good about it,” Kuo said. “Tal was talking about this energy that we all get when we’re in front of an audience … there’s a lot more (people) than I was expecting but it’s great to see everyone.” According to Kuo, the orchestra has been practicing for two and a half hours a week since September.


“We talk about the land of the free, and as the land of the free, we are the world leader in incarceration,” Savit. “And a lot of that is driven by the decisions that are made by local district attorneys and local prosecutors because for decades in this country, all local prosecutors have done is brought on a tough on crime platform.” In order to combat mass incarceration, Savit outlined a 16-point plan for the prosecutor’s office. On Sunday, he focused on three of those points. “What I’m committed to doing as prosecutor is treating drug addiction as the health issue that it is, not charging people simply because they have a health problem,” Savit said. “If you had a broken leg, we wouldn’t say ‘go to jail.’ But addiction is a health issue just like a broken leg and sending people to jail or prison doesn’t fix it.” See SAVIT PAGE 2A


A 2 named best small college town in America WalletHub research considers data from over 400 U.S. cities ISABELLA PREISSLE For The Daily

In a new report conducted by WalletHub, Ann Arbor was voted the best college town for cities with a population under 125,000 people, and the 5th overall best college town in the United States. The report rated 415 cities based on three factors. The first factor, Wallet Friendliness, evaluated the cost of housing, cost of living, fitness club fees, the price of pizza, burgers, a movie and bowling, as well as the cost of higher education and the student debt per person. The study also used Social Environment, which, along with a variety of other factors, took into account gender balance, nightlife options, cafes per capita and students per capita. The final factor was Academic and Economic Opportunities, which evaluated the quality of higher education, earning potential for college graduates, the amount of recent college graduates moving into the city and the median income for part-time workers.

DANYEL THARAKAN/Daily The Life Sciences Orchestra, the symphonic orchestra for members of the life sciences community at the University, performs at Hill Sunday afternoon.

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CARBON From Page 1A “The entire process has been designed to be iterative, failurepositive, because we’re not going to get this right. No one has figured out exactly how to do this,” Stults said. “There isn’t a handbook. We’re just going to learn. And we’re going to do things better the next round. We just have to. Technologies will change, people’s sentiment will change, so we have to be iterative.” The A2Zero planning process relies on input from Ann Arbor community members by encouraging people to fill out surveys or host events, according to Stults. She explained the first survey’s goal was to understand community priorities and specific actions community members wished to see.

SAVIT From Page 1A Savit’s second point is to address racial inequity in Washtenaw County. People of color are more likely to be held on cash bail than are white people, Savit said. Savit also spoke about his disdain for cash bail, a system where someone awaiting a trial is placed in a holding cell unless a sum of cash is paid. “I’m committed to not seeking cash bail,” Savit said. “If you pose a danger to society, there’s no way to make sure you won’t threaten society, we are going to hold you. But the same standards are going to be applied to everyone, wealthy or not wealthy. And if you don’t pose a threat … you’re not going to be held.” Savit said his plan would work with organizations involved with criminal justice reform. “We are going to partner with a third-party research institution or a criminal justice reform organization, we’re going to turn over all of our files and we are going to ask, ‘Where, from arrests to charging to sentencing to the plea offers that

“I want to point out that we really are being authentic and true to that public engagement process we are in right now,” Stults said. “That said, I suspect there are certain things that will have to be part of that strategy, but there are many things that the public will tell us what they want to see in that strategy.” The second survey, which opened on Jan. 7, explores community priorities and perceptions of climate risks. The final survey will allow community members to provide explicit feedback on what should be included in the final carbon neutrality plan, according to A2Zero’s website. Rackham student Matt Sehrsweeney, a member of the Climate Action Movement who is studying environment and sustainability, commended Ann Arbor for setting a 2030 target for carbon neutrality, urging the

University of Michigan to follow suit. “It’s a really exciting and ambitious plan,” Sehrsweeney said. “CAM, as an organization, really likes that they have set a target date for carbon neutrality in 2030, which is something that our own University has not done. And that’s one of the big problems we see in the planning process here at U of M. So that’s really cool to see that the town is really ready to pull its weight and is very serious about taking steps that we need to take to respond to the climate crisis.” Sehrsweeney emphasized the importance of the University contributing to efforts made by the city. “Something that we think is really important is that we hope that this can influence U-M’s efforts,” Sehrsweeney said. “That’s going to be really critical, especially because U of

M accounts for 32 percent of the town’s emissions. So, necessarily, for the town to get to net zero carbon emissions, U of M is going to do some heavy lifting as well.” LSA senior Kristen Hayden, member of CAM and intern for the Ann Arbor Office of Sustainability and Innovations, said students as a demographic in Ann Arbor are heavily involved in the carbon emissions to the city, making the important for this initiative. “This 2030 date is super ambitious, and it’s really exciting and a great opportunity to see what we’re made of,” Hayden said. “And if the University claimed this date as well, there could be a lot of push between the immense knowledge that’s built at this University — all the researchers and students who are super passionate — and getting solutions that help both the University and the city reach an equitable and sustainable future.”

people are getting, where are we seeing Black people and people of color being treated differently?’” Savit said. “As soon as we do that, we’re going to take action to eliminate them.” His final point was transparency. Savit said this point is integral to holding local officials accountable. “We have no idea how the prosecutor’s office is spending their money, we have no idea if they’re getting results, we have no idea if they’re promoting equity, and we have no idea if they’re getting people the treatment they need,” Savit said. As prosecutor, Savit said he will make information about his office’s expenditures available online to the public. Savit spent his remaining time telling students how they can help out. Savit said his campaign is “youth driven” and depends on young voters. Since the election is in August, Savit told students they needed to take action now. “We can’t rely on a huge student turnout unless we organize now,” Savit said. “Part of that is going to be getting the message out there, getting folks at the University to commit to vote absentee. You can register

now and the same day, vote absentee for any reason, and get those votes in that could really swing the election.” Savit wrapped up the event by expressing his hope for the prosecutor’s office to utilize expungement more. Expungement is the process by which a criminal record is erased or sealed from the public if an individual has not committed another offense. Savit said this would help rebuild trust between the community and the county government. Policy for the People members Alyshia Dyer and Mike Hegeman spoke with The Daily after the event about their organization. “It’s a relatively new student organization,” Dyer said. “Criminal justice reform was something that we wanted to focus on as well as local activism and helping out the community.” Dyer grew up in Ypsilanti and was a police officer for seven years. She plans on doing more police and criminal justice reform work in the future, hence why she supports Savit for prosecutor. “It was really interesting to me because I’ve worked with a lot of prosecutors in my law enforcement career and he was a more progressive

candidate that we don’t really see much in Washtenaw County,” Dyer said. “Part of it that motivated me to get some of our students involved is just the progressive platform and the fact that he is really interested in criminal justice reform and ending cash bail.” Hegeman said the organization is starting to take a more active role in promoting progressive ideals. “We’re really interested in equity,” Hegeman said. “We’re trying to do more action, such as (helping with) the Savit campaign and gearing up for the GEO negotiations coming up and finding more ways to get involved in the community.” LSA freshman Grace Stephan said she sees racial inequity as one of the “grossest injustices” faced by the community. “I sort of got into it because issues regarding people who were wrongfully incarcerated is something that really came to my attention a couple of years ago,” Stephan said. “It’s one of the grossest injustices I think exists. I really wanted to get involved in something that would be actually helpful towards that and towards criminal justice reform.”

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My early life was split between the United Arab Emirates, Pakistan, Canada and eventually the US. Growing up in these nations with such starkly distinct, often opposing, traditions, languages, religious beliefs and cultural practices has shaped my worldview significantly. It fostered a need in me to find ways of belonging in communities that, due to ignorance or fear, initially sought to other me. This developed into a need to bridge individuals of varying backgrounds. The constant moving and adjusting to new communities forced me to find solace in isolation. Through my imaginary friends, I discovered the powerful world of storytelling and theatre. Eventually, I made real friends through them. I believe storytelling is the only way through which we can foster deep empathy for people who look or

seem different from ourselves. Through storytelling, we realize there is strength and learning to be found in our differences because we’re not so different at our core. Michigan in Color is an incredible space for people of color on a predominantly white campus to feel safe sharing their beliefs, struggles, stories and art. I joined MiC in the hopes of using the skill set I’ve cultivated in directing theatre to contribute to an environment that uplifts our community and draws attention to our shared humanity. MiC has a platform and an audience for the stories of communities of color, and I hope to use my experiences to help build bridges between different communities of color. The work MiC does to use art to cross those bridges is incredibly important to building solidarity between different communities on campus. In effect, I want to use MiC to build on what I’ve spent my whole life doing: creating a place for PoC in a community that may not realize we belong here.

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“No hats allowed in class!” “Why? She’s got one on.” The whole class laughs. Hearing this remark in a Chicago Public School classroom is not uncommon let alone malicious. No matter where you came from or what you wore, thick skin in the classroom meant laughing along and moving on. But when I asked myself why I wanted to write for a publication that is made for people of color, this instance of a white boy making a “harmless” joke towards the only hijabi girl in my 7thgrade English class came to mind. Even the teacher laughed. Instances like this are buried, they are lumped under the large pile of subtle Islamophobia that is deemed

The Terrific Torment of Two YASHASVINI NANNAPURAJU MiC Contributor

Exhale As my breath flowed out of my lungs, I could tell it was lighter than the humid air that enveloped me The effect? A surreal feeling-as I was floating a few inches above the ground I look down and watched my toes dig into the earth beneath me The sand easily gave way as my feet sunk in further, providing no explanation for the lightness I felt from under my collarbones But my ignorance was bliss I raised my face and smiledwelcoming the sun’s warmth Its rays tugging at the edges of my lips endearingly-like the hands of a small child Gently coaxing a wider smile I surrendered, beaming back with an equally radiant euphoria and peace From the distance, a voice calls my name An elderly woman carrying a straw basket full of fresh methi leaves From under her soft blue dupatta, her warm eyes beckon me forward Inhale The air is room temperature but still manages to send shivers down my spine Complying, I focus on putting one foot in front of the other to get to the front of the room meanwhile, My stomach does somersaults I fix my gaze on the bright fluorescent lights overhead As my teacher stumbles through my first and last name Coffee stained teeth framed by garishly pink-painted lips send me back to my seat As soon as I sit down, a crumpled piece of paper is tossed to my side of the desk I reach for it without hesitation a sweet innocent confession My questions about the origin of the note are answered by an eruption of muffled laughter from a nearby table

Forward: I have written extensively about how my Indian and American identities have shaped and influenced who I am as a person today. Those influences are largely positive however there are moments when walking the line between these two worlds is unduly painful and especially difficult. This is one of those moments. This poem was inspired by the passing of my grandmother almost 10 years ago.

One boy with chestnut curls catches my eye and smiles And a flood crashes through me all at once, that note carried an invitation to belong and a reminder of my current isolation A disapproving hush brings everyone’s rapt attention to the front of the room But before long, the words on the page blur out of focus I’m watching perfectly mechanical manicured hands Inhale In the air is a distinct hint of jasmine and the methi leaves I was holding Her fingers danced as they quickly threaded through the bunches of leaves Easily pulling the leaves from their stems I am mesmerized by the beauty in the simplicity Her nails are bare and the skin on her hands is adorned by a myriad of wrinkles her hands painted wisdom with each movement Simple yet elegant One hand reaches towards mine and lifts up my chin adoringly Her eyes look into mine for answers But I didn’t know how to put into words that For a moment I feel like I’m sitting beside a tall, willow tree Tall enough to shade me from the sun and strong enough to protect me from any storm I turn my head towards the sky again Suddenly, the sun is nowhere to

be seen And clouds litter the horizon Exhale I watch my breath form a plume of water vapor in front of me The dark clouds send down flurries in a torrent We rush inside, letting the screen door slam behind us Nothing is out of the ordinary: A blaring TV, the smell of spices from the kitchen, the laundry machine whirring away But, something was wrong As if to confirm my suspicions, The rice on the stove boils over A mistake my ever so attentive mother wouldn’t dream of committing

harmless by Muslim youths, as if our job is to make excuses for other people’s behavior silently in our minds. When I think of this silence, the one that prompted me to ignore this comment and move on all those years ago, all the other instances of silence in my life come up — for example, when someone blatantly interrupted me or assumed comments about Arabs and Muslims would be okay to say in front of me because of my “free-spirit” and “open mind.” Remembering these moments is what prompted me to join MiC. I would like to bring forward the expression of truth in a way that shatters and unburies instances people of color have been taught to ignore. I would like MiC to be a space for me to explore the range and complexity of a mind told not to limit itself after years of being told to stay quiet.

I did not understand what it means to be Black in America until I arrived at the University of Michigan. I will never forget attending Campus Day and watching droves of white people walking to the stadium for a football game. I was terrified, not because I did not see any Black people, but because I could only see a handful of POC. My mom saw my fear and merely laughed because I was the one who chose to leave the Nigerian hub, which is Texas, for somewhere “too far away.” As the first American-born child in my Nigerian family, the “American” in Nigerian-American was often muted because of the depth of community we have in Texas. On the weekends, I would accompany my mom to Southwest Farmer’s Market, a Nigerian-run foodcenter for all things Nigerian. Most days, I would attend my African church which was over ninety percent Yoruba (the best tribe in Nigeria). If I attended a birthday party, wedding, graduation, there was a nearly hundred percent chance

that the person was Nigerian. When I would hear the term “Black people,” it was referring to what seemed like an entirely separate ethnicity. It meant descendant of slaves, and as a Nigerian-American I did not identify as such. And then I stepped on campus and longed for nothing more than to see someone with my complexion. I quickly integrated myself within the Black community here and found a family which has supported me through my most difficult times. I grew to understand that “Black” was a race, and more specifically that race was a social construct meant to oppress people who looked like me. I realized that I am Black and I am still grappling with what that means for me and my Nigerian background. MiC has served as the perfect place for me to write through the complexities and challenges of my identity. I am supported by other POC trying to figure out what their identity means to them in a country which is constantly trying to mute their culture. Through our writing and art, however, the depths and richness of our diverse cultures will be acknowledged.

Voices of Hong Kong: Day and Night of Resistance CHUN HEI SO MiC Contributor

As I walk through corners of Nathan Road where I had the fondest memories of teenage years, I see water cannons and riot police with their rifles and I start coughing from the teargas as I try to find the nearest train station on New Year’s Eve. Walking by the human chain protest with thousands of people that formed and dispersed within 30 minutes, some of us came by to chant after shopping on the other block, some of us joined the human chain after having dinner in the area. None of us expected to see the smoke of teargas instead of fireworks for New Year celebrations and festivities tonight, yet there we are. We aren’t panicked at this point, but we aren’t used to it, we cannot be comfortable with it. It is the 218th day of resistance and

counting. Welcome to the police state of Hong Kong, where we have 30000 police as puppets of the PRC to keep a city with one of the lowest crime rates and highest education levels silent. “Empty your mind, be formless, shapeless — like water. Now you put water in a cup, it becomes the cup; You put water into a bottle it becomes the bottle; You put it in a teapot it becomes the teapot. Now water can flow or it can crash. Be water, my friend.” — Bruce Lee “Be Water” has become a phrase that embodies the tactics of Hong Kong Protest. Our resistance is like water, decentralized, fluid and flexible. For the past 7 months, we have lived through the 1 million people rally, 2 million people rally, 721 triad-police colluded terrorism, 831 police terrorism in Prince Edward station, Tienanmen Massacre recurred in PolyU and CUHK. These

events are not only traumas that are deeply engraved into the veins of Hong Kong people, but also a constant reminder of how we evolve ourselves as individuals and as a destined community to “be fluid and flow like water” amidst the leaderless revolution. Aside from having rallies and sit-ins every Sunday, our resistance has become a daily lifestyle. It’s not hard to find graffiti and flyers about the movement around the streets of Hong Kong or to receive informational flyers via Airdrop on the bus. Pro-China and propolice businesses are empty with no customers in the store, while pro-Hong Kong businesses and restaurants are jam-packed with people waiting to support them. Hong Kongers, my people, have taught me to channel my frustrations under systemic oppression into positive and productive energy.

My feet guide me to the living room My backpack still resting on my shoulders They wear poker faces but the anguish in their eyes is deafening And I’m running I run until there’s no more land and icy water laps at my feet My breathing is heavy Exhale Inhale Exhale Inhale But my feet stay grounded And the old woman in my memories The woman I was just beginning to know Is lost in time and some 8082 miles

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How college students meet the challenges of online writing


ith the proliferation of smartphones and Wi-Fi in schools and public spaces, access to social media has never been easier for students — or more worrisome for parents and teachers. A recent survey of U.S. teens found 45 percent reporting that they are online nearly constantly. Parents worried about the effect of social media on school performance or social skills may respond by monitoring teens’ online activities, but such scrutiny may do more harm than good. Instructors, meanwhile, may ban laptops or phones in the classroom to eliminate “distractions,” but this too may have unintended consequences; for example, outing students with disabilities or inadvertently decreasing student engagement. Despite the popular treatment of students as benighted “digital natives,” unaware of the effects of technology, young learners often recognize its influences and limitations, which may lead to more thoughtful decisions about what they write online, for whom and for what purpose. Students are also often aware of the particular challenges of writing in online environments — challenges that are not always acknowledged by their instructors. As writing instructors, we wanted to know how our students feel about writing online. In the fall of 2018, we surveyed 803 undergraduates at a large, Midwestern public university about the kinds of online spaces they write in, the purposes and audiences for which they write, what they worry about when writing and how they respond to those worries. Our results (full findings to be published this year in “College Composition and Communication”) suggest that these young adults are as equally concerned about writing online as their parents and teachers — and that they are making thoughtful choices about their writing in response. We asked students about their use of 11 popular online platforms. Though nearly 80 percent had four or more accounts on social media platforms, Snapchat is the only one where more than 50 percent wrote frequently — that is, on a daily or weekly basis. For the other 10 platforms, less than 25 percent of students reported writing frequently, and for all but three platforms (Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat), 60 percent of students reported never writing. Thus, our students are clearly not the prolific digital writers we often imagine. Indeed, the most common activity on these platforms was reading, followed by commenting on

other posts, suggesting a certain mindfulness about the writing of original content. Reading allows students to gauge the pulse (and, perhaps, the risk) of an online conversation, while commenting allows them to have a relatively low stake should they choose to participate. One of the great fears about young adults writing online is that their activities will bring them into contact with the darker aspects of online culture: predators, cyberbullies and unknown others whose response to their still-forming opinions might have real consequences in their everyday lives. Yet the students in our study seem adept at limiting their audience to those they know and trust; most reported writing frequently only to family and friends, a trend hypothesized by other researchers. Despite the many communities that exist on social media centered on affinity spaces, professional organizations or the wider public, most participants reported never writing to these audiences.

Our students are clearly not the prolific digital writers we often imagine. Similarly, maintaining relationships with family and friends is the most common purpose for writing: Over 60 percent of students reported writing frequently for this purpose. What students don’t do is write frequently for other purposes; developing professional identities, sharing information, posting creative work and debating controversial topics were purposes reported frequently by less than 25 percent of students. This suggests that young writers feel most comfortable with the familiar and that they are more cautious when it comes to more public-facing entities, for which the stakes are higher. Even among family and friends, young writers engage in sophisticated practices to maintain a degree of privacy in networked spaces. Though any digital post can in theory be shared — and wind up read by unintended audiences — our findings suggest that most students try to control who reads their posts by writing in spaces where they have some degree of control over audience access. The myth of the digital native suggests that young

adults don’t worry about their online writing practices nearly as much as their parents and teachers. But our results suggest otherwise. The students we surveyed worry about the reactions of both intended and unintended audiences, the consequences of their writing being online forever and their ability or authority to write on various topics, with less than 30 percent reporting they never worry about each of these concerns. For young writers online, these worries aren’t passive; in many cases, worry about the consequences of online writing leads these writers to edit or delete posts, or even to decide preemptively not to post. So while we might fear that young adults aren’t thinking about the consequences of writing online, they are — we just can’t “see” the results in a carefully edited or deleted post. This doesn’t mean we should be any less aware of students’ writing habits or less concerned about the consequences of writing online. Rather, we must recognize that students may be more thoughtful about their practices than we’ve been giving them credit for. Our conversations must be likewise more complex, focused less on young adults’ awareness — which they already have — and more on what their awareness means for their participation as critical citizens. It might relieve parents to know that our study finds students tend to avoid writing that puts them at risk for public scrutiny, and while this is certainly not true of all teens and young adults, it does suggest that many are discerning participants in an increasingly online world. Nor we can fault students for their online writing practices when we are not offering alternatives; only 18 percent of those we surveyed have been assigned online writing in school. Our participants’ limited scope of writing practices might thus encourage instructors to find opportunities for showing students how they might use social media for creative and civic purposes, as well as better negotiate the potential pitfalls of public writing. Let’s leverage what students already know and help them use it to become active, thoughtful digital citizens. Jathan Day and Adrienne Raw are doctoral candidates in the Joint Program in English and Education at the University of Michigan and can be reached at and, respectively; David Gold is Associate Professor of English, Education, and Women’s Studies at the University of Michigan and can be reached at

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Your second favorite shade of yellow

very Wednesday morning of last semester I would walk down South University Avenue from my apartment to my sociolog y lecture in West Quad. As the days got colder and cloudier, I found comfort in a warmer future from the bright yellow that had overtaken one of the glass storefronts on South U. “SOULCYCLE – Your second favorite shade of yellow. See you soon, Ann Arbor.” was imprinted on the yellow backdrop. I did some research on the new fitness studio to see exactly what the hype was. From the videos I watched on YouTube, I observed that SoulCycle is a boutique fitness studio that creates a workout environment I would describe as similar to that of a Delta Tau Delta frat party: music raging, lights dimmed and sweat everywhere. The first few times I passed the soon-to-be SoulCycle studio, I was excited – I thought it might be a fun outing for me and my girlfriends. Eventually this excitement wore off and was replaced by confusion. In my sociolog y lecture, we discussed socioeconomic disparities. I began to associate what we were learning about the gaps between socioeconomic status and opportunity with the campus population, and I realized how absurd it was to have another boutique fitness studio pop up on campus. At SoulCycle’s new studio in Ann Arbor, a single class is $26. That could be spent on groceries, rent or more importantly, student debt. Paying that much for a fitness class is just not a realistic option for many students. Sure, there are out-of-state students at the University of Michigan getting their $51,200 tuition paid by

daddy’s money, but there are also students paying for their own tuition or receiving scholarship money. There is a lack of access to opportunities on campus for students from low-socioeconomic backgrounds, and fitness and healthy food are just a few examples. The affordability of fitness has become a problem across the nation with the boom of boutique fitness studios and increased g ym membership prices. When I went home for winter break I noticed that an Orangetheory and a Pure Barre, two popular boutique fitness studios, were now in the downtown strip mall right next to China Buffet and Kroger. I am from Grand Blanc, Mich., a town right outside of Flint, and I never would have expected those types of franchises to come to my town. However, franchise fitness studios like Orangetheory, Pure Barre and SoulCycle have become the new norm, especially for millennials. For many in their mid20s, it is not so much about the act of getting in the day’s workout as it is being a part of the experience. SoulCycle and other popular fitness studios use platforms such as Instagram and Twitter to promote an experience that drives people to pay $26 or more for a 45-minute class. Many of the SoulCycle instructors are social media inf luencers with thousands of followers. The instructors also represent the brand by wearing clothing with the SoulCycle logo on it that can be purchased in studios or online. So, if you happen to have any money left in your bank account after you get done with cycling class, you can purchase a pair of their Ultracor Exclusive Python Skull Leggings for $198.

Studios like this exert a pressure on people who can’t afford to experience fitness like their peers can. Can the majority of college students really pay for this type of fitness? No, most students can’t. I am g uilty of succumbing to the millennial workout routines. During my freshman year on campus, I found myself going to a yoga class at the Tiny Buddha studio almost weekly. It was a nice break away from my studies and helped me to destress, but it also left a dent in my bank account I had to refill with a job that following summer. Access to affordable healthy food is another major issue on campus and I didn’t recognize the shortage until I moved out of the dorms and started to cook for myself my junior year. There would be times between class I didn’t have time to stop home and would be looking for a quick, healthy, cheap lunch, but would usually end up choosing between an overpriced salad or a slice from South U Pizza. The new food options appearing on campus are tailored toward students that can drop $12 on a green smoothie. It can be overwhelming when everyone at the g ym is wearing Lululemon or students at the dining hall are talking about the workout class they just got back from. It is becoming increasingly expensive to keep up with the social demands of working out and eating healthy in Ann Arbor. The new boutique fitness studios and organic juice stores plopped right in the middle of campus are contributing to the price of fitting in and living healthy at U-M. Emily Ulrich can be reached at



The empty promise of sanctuary cities

f you’re driving in downtown Miami, Fla. by 333 South Miami Avenue, you’ll likely spot Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials waiting patiently in vans parked by the city’s Immigration Court. In a city that was formerly known as a “sanctuary city” for undocumented immigrants, ICE agents now notoriously arrest immigrants who’ve had their citizenship or asylum applications denied the second they step outside the courthouse entrance. The constant presence of ICE marks a stark departure for a city that once claimed to champion the rights of those attempting to create new lives for themselves and their families in the United States. A “sanctuary city,” as one immigration policy blog writes, is defined not as a place that refuses to prosecute undocumented immigrants but rather a locality that “limits its cooperation with federal immigration enforcement agents in order to protect lowpriority immigrants from deportation, while still turning over those who have committed serious crimes.” This definition has even expanded to apply to whole states that have adopted the “sanctuary” stance as formal state policy, such as California and Vermont. Progressives have often championed “sanctuary cities” as a way to subtly resist President Donald Trump’s new crackdowns on both legal and “illegal” flows of immigration, but there is room for doubt about the effectiveness of these local efforts. There are a few reasons to be suspicious of sanctuary cities’ real ability to provide a safe home for immigrants. First, local governments that claim to be outspoken defenders of immigrant rights often provide ICE with the information it needs to track down individuals to make arrests and searches. In California, as many as 80 local law enforcement agencies share automated license plate information and sometimes biometric information with ICE. This information is particularly concerning given ICE’s recent shift to electronic surveillance as a key tool to seek and arrest undocumented individuals, even going as far as to track individuals’ Facebook statuses.

Recently, New York City mayor Bill de Blasio signed a bill that aimed to “protect (undocumented) people against … abuses” and broadly claims to strengthen NYC’s status as a sanctuary city. The mayor’s new bill calls for local law enforcement to limit its information-sharing efforts with immigration enforcement agencies. But there is currently no law to prohibit the New York City Police Department from contacting ICE about suspects or witnesses the police force investigates. Officers from the NYPD are even encouraged to share information with other task forces like the Joint Terrorism Task Force and the Department of Homeland Security fusion centers. Furthermore, ICE’s recent appearance at a Manhattan church that served predominantly Spanish-speaking communities after the bill’s signing sent a clear message about the legislation’s toothlessness. As a professor at New York University’s law school remarked, “the mayor of the City of New York does not hide people under his desk … People get deported from New York all the time.” Second, federal immigration enforcement often undermines state and local efforts to wiggle around the current policy. For the same reason that marijuana legalization and decriminalization efforts at the state level often run into conflict with federal prosecutors, local efforts to provide a haven for undocumented individuals are trumped (pun intended) by federal policy. Even in sanctuary cities that truly do use every legal tool at their disposal to oppose the Trump Administration’s policies, the steps they can take are consistently limited. Local police can bar ICE from establishing an office in their precinct, as New York City did at Rikers. Or cities can ban city government officials from cooperating with ICE before, during or after raids, as the city of Oakland mandated shortly after plans from ICE to initiate several raids in the Bay Area were leaked. But in reality, federal immigration enforcement agencies still have the ultimate authority to arrest whoever they like and local

resistance is often unable to combat the massive surveillance and intimidation efforts that the DHS and ICE conduct. It’s not like local officials in so-called “sanctuary cities” even have much of a choice in the matter of what policies are enforced. Law enforcement in those cities and localities often depends on federal funding, and the federal government has threatened to withhold the money for those programs unless the cities in question comply with ICE efforts and the Trump Administration’s immigration policy goals. The threat alone is often enough to coerce local governments into reluctantly complying with federal policy and reversing their “sanctuary” status, as was the case in Miami. Political change at the federal level is necessary to truly ensure a safe place for undocumented immigrants. This is not to say we should condemn local authorities’ resistance to ICE, as many cities have made official policy, but rather acknowledge that there is still important work that needs to be accomplished. Indeed, while some legal change is urgently needed at the local level, it would be dangerous to become complacent with localities’ designations of “sanctuary cities”. As Camille Mackler, the legal policy director of the New York Immigrant Coalition, said to the New York Times, placing “a bubble over a city where ICE can’t penetrate is not possible.” As a student at the University of Michigan, it’s easy to be content with Detroit and Ann Arbor’s decisions to be sanctuary cities. Many homes in the city have “refugees welcome here” signs on their front lawns. But it’s also important to realize that the reality of federal immigration policy looms over any bumper sticker or lawn sign and has already had damaging effects on families and their communities in Michigan, even if some local authorities choose to turn a blind eye to immigration status. Until federal law substantially changes, no city can, in good faith, call itself a sanctuary for undocumented immigrants. Allison Pujol can be reached at


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‘Party of Five’ gets a relevent update Japan’s Yellow Magic Orchestra MAXWELL SCHWARZ Daily TV Writer

If a show tells the same story as the one that it rebooted, then one might rightly ask why reboot it at all. By now, 1994 was 26 years ago. It’s often not the case that what was relevant in 1994 still holds up in 2020. Thankfully, “Party of Five” left 1994 in the past and caught up with 2020 in a solid, if somewhat bland, reboot. Instead of the white, middle class Salinger family, the reboot follows the lives of the five Acosta children, who are thrown into a furor after ICE shows up to their parents’ restaurant. While Javier (Bruno Bichir, “Che”) has papers for all his employees, he and his wife do not. Six weeks later, Javier and Gloria (Fernanda Urrejola, “Narcos: Mexico”) are being held at a detention center while the five kids struggle to maintain their home life. Beto (Niko Guardado, “The Goldbergs”) fights to keep the restaurant af loat, while previously-perfect Lucia (Emily Tosta, “The Resident”) lashes out in class. The eldest Acosta, Emilio (Brandon Larracuente, “13 Reasons Why”), tries to prioritize his aspiring music career over his family until he’s forced to move back

I’m only a bit worried that the show will become so absorbed in its own calamities that it forgets the Acostas are people, ones whose experiences are not only their tragedies, but also their individualities.

home and look after his siblings. Despite Emilio’s best efforts — which amount to paying a top-notch immigration lawyer with money he didn’t really have to take his parents’ case — Javier and Gloria are deported back to Mexico, while the kids


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are left in America to fend for themselves. In the ‘90s version of “Party of Five,” five siblings attempted to hold their family together after they lose both their parents in a car crash. The 2020 version holds a candle to the original. I believe it has some merit as its own entity. The show comes along in a wonderful era, helping usher in more TV that better ref lects our diverse society. “Party of Five” joins the company of “Atlanta,” “Black-ish” and “Fresh Off the Boat,” plus plenty others, that attempt to present stories that are both diverse and introspective. The show is more than politically relevant. In an age where immigrant children are being held at the border in cages, a show with a focus like that of “Party of Five” is needed, and perhaps even imperative. I think it’s important to understand that the Acostas are indeed victims of a broken system, yes, but they are not only victims. The parents are small-business owners, while their children are math-whizzes and musicians. I’m a bit worried the show will become so absorbed in its own calamities that it forgets the Acostas are people: ones whose experiences are not only their tragedies, but also their individualities. The Acotas’ experiences are deeply American. This should be expressed more explicitly. On the bright side, the show is carried by strong pacing and a solid cast. While many writers might struggle with penning a precocious child, Valentina (Elle Paris Legaspi, “Animal Kingdom”) is just the right amount of quippy — and, not to mention, at a 9th grade math level. Likewise, Lucia’s lashing out is believable and restrained. The pilot is fast-paced and

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efficient, with the parents being arrested by ICE and losing their court hearing all in the same episode. At times, the show might benefit from a calmer pacing, taking more time to give the characters scenes in which to reckon events instead of simply responding to them. But I must admire the way the show positions itself so quickly. By no means is “Party of Five” bad. As far as reboots go, it’s on the stronger side. I cannot give it enough credit for its timely update as well. That being said, the pilot left a lot to be desired. There are strong bit and more than enough groundwork that could turn into something special. But its strengths don’t stop it from being more or less standard, well-produced television. Here’s to hoping “Party of Five” hits its stride soon.

Few musical acts can convincingly claim they influenced the birth of several genres and sounds that transformed from local to global phenomena. Fewer still can straddle the line between relentlessly innovating and experimenting with new sounds and technologies while maintaining pop sensibilities that allow them to sell out stadiums. The Beatles, Kraftwerk and The Velvet Underground all fit this mold, but you may not have heard of the Tokyo-based band Yellow Magic Orchestra, who may be the most influential of them all. Ryuichi Sakamoto, Yukihiro Takahashi and Haruomi Hasono were all prolific, skilled session musicians in the Tokyo music scene when they met and formed the group in the late 1970s. Each member of the group was heavily interested in the series of new synthesizers and drum machines introduced by companies like Moog and ARP. Together, they formed a coherent union of their individual experimentation. The band’s early albums, including the self-titled debut and the 1979 album Solid State Survivor, are early examples of synthpop, featuring an intriguing mix of earnestness and kitsch, taking a Japanese perspective on Western Orientalism to fruitful effect. Even more interesting than the musical/ hardware innovations that the group pioneered were their philosophical musings, especially on Solid State Survivor. While the explosion of new technology in music brought about excitement, it also introduced a new set of fears. Tokyo was quickly becoming one of the most “futuristic” cities in the world, and while the growth of companies like Sony during the time helped boost the country’s

economy to unseen heights, there was always the feeling that the new technologies could lead to an alienating dystopia. This potential technologyfueled dystopia would be explored for decades to come, from musicians like Burial as well as influential anti-capitalist writers including the late Mark Fisher. However, one of the earliest tangible results of YMO’s influence in this aspect was the development of a new genre in the suburbs of Detroit, a city in which new technology and automation destroyed nearly half its citizens livelihoods. Techno, as it was later dubbed, distilled these anxieties into a type of music known for its cold precision, devoid of swing and soul, yet still human. Derrick May, one of the genre’s creators, mentions YMO alongside Kraftwerk and England’s Ultravox as the key influences on its early sounds, before it would go on to become one of electronic music’s biggest successes. In stark contrast to the dark sterility of techno, YMO also influenced the type of “hyperpop” embraced by idols in Japan and Korea in the 1980s and well beyond. Outside of Japan, tracks like “Firecracker” from the self-titled were sampled by artists ranging from 2 Live Crew to Mariah Carey as well as artists in the Bronx during the early days of hip-hop. “Behind the Mask,” on Solid State Survivor, was covered by Eric Clapton in 1987 and earlier by Michael Jackson during the Thriller sessions when famed producer Quincy Jones introduced it to him. While Jackson’s cover, which incorporated his own set of lyrics, did not make the final cut for Thriller due to copyright issues, it was eventually released in 2011 in the posthumous album Michael.

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World War I drama ‘1917’ is explosive, urgent cinema ANDREW WARRICK Daily Film Writer

In the spring of 1917, German forces in France’s Western Front retreated en masse, moving the front line back miles in Operation Alberich. On their way out, they were ordered to burn every building, crop and animal deemed potentially useful to their British enemies. German generals deemed it a successful operation, but Allied leaders lambasted the scorched earth warfare as barbaric. To the soldiers involved on both sides, however, Operation Alberich was just another day in hell. “1917” takes us there. The movie throws the viewer into the inferno of World War I with the thunderous force of an artillery blast. George MacKay (“Captain Fantastic”) and Dean-Charles Chapman (“Game of Thrones”) play the two leads with endlessly complex yet subtle performances. These characters grab the viewer’s heartstrings and pull them with white knuckles all the way through No Man’s Land, on a desperate mission to save thousands of lives. The unrelenting, unpredictable story is more survival horror than war f lick, eschewing the nationalistic pitfalls that even the best war films (ie. “Dunkirk” and “Saving Private Ryan”) fall prey to. “1917” shows that war isn’t celebratory, necessary or heroic. It’s total apocalypse. The movie is presented in one take, a literally UNIVERSAL PICTURES

The movie is presented in one take, a literally unblinking look at one of the worst and most momentous periods of history unblinking look at one of the worst and most momentous periods of history when war became fruitless, complete and mechanical destruction. Director Sam Mendes (“Skyfall”), composer Thomas Newman (“Skyfall”) and cinematographer Roger Deakins (“Blade Runner 2049”) have created a revolting, pulse pounding hellscape that, out of context, would likely be called a fantastical creation. Yet this is no Mordor. In “1917,” nightmare is everyday reality. Bodies are buried in mud, frozen in rubble and draped in barbed wire, skin peeling to reveal stark white bone. Shrieking artillery, popping rif le fire and droning airplanes are permanent fixtures of the landscape, echoing through miles of charred desolation that was once quaint towns and green pastures. In some scenes, especially those set in a burning medical city at night, the grandiose, insane destruction is almost beautiful, like a supernova that rips galaxies apart in a f lurry of color before f laring into total darkness. Yet even in the face of this devastation, miraculously preserved pastoral landscapes emerge and disappear like portals to a different, peaceful world. In “1917,” dairy cows graze quietly next to farmhouses crushed by shellfire, and a river babbles through a thicket of green trees, then into a smoldering city filled with dead bodies. One sees the beauty that

war obliterates, giving the film’s gut punch of a plot broader stakes that make it all the more terrifying. “1917” grapples with the plague that is total warfare, right where it all began. What does a time like 1917 do to the people who inhabit it? Some soldiers buckle and cower, while others embrace the carnage. Perhaps most tragically, the majority simply become numb. MacKay’s character says he hates going home, because it reminds him that he has to go back to the trenches. Total war isn’t just confined to the battlefield. It destroys everything and everyone in its orbit, maybe indefinitely.

“1917” isn’t just thrilling, unforgettable cinema. It’s an urgent warning from a century ago that, as thousands of American troops head across the sea again, could not be more vital

As 2020 dawns, more than a hundred years away from 1917, the futility and unstoppable destruction wrought by modern warfare shows no signs of stopping. Somehow, leaders can’t or don’t notice that behind every operation on a map are terrified men

and women, most of whom just want to survive and come home to their families. “1917” isn’t just thrilling, unforgettable cinema. It’s an urgent warning from a century ago that, as thousands of American troops head across the sea again, could not be more vital.

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Gou or Die: Why Peggy Gou is the world’s universal DJ CLARA SCOTT

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Peggy Gou’s mixes seem to unlock something strange inside a person. Even on the first note of each song, the movements and repetition in her music are familiar, like every sound was waiting dormant inside of the listener, ready to be pulled out and collected into Gou’s unique mix of techno, house and disco. From bouncy beats to ethereal ambient soundscapes, her approach to production and live mixing is unlike most music today; she’s a master at creating a certain mood and scene, playing with music not only for her audience, but also for her own enjoyment. In a funny way, the South Korean DJ’s approach is very universal — Gou doesn’t submit herself to the rules and regulations of any certain subgenre of electronic music, she simply vibes. It’s this headstrong attitude that makes her music so inherently catchy, inviting her audience to move in whatever way they like through a jungle of sound. Gou is one of a growing number of female DJs who have established their careers in the Berlin club scene, developing her oeuvre among greats like Nina Kraviz and Helena Hauff. Despite this, she labels her own music as a kind of “K-House,” referring to her unique sensibilities as an East Asian woman in a largely European scene. But somehow, her international sensibilities — Gou grew up in South Korea, moved to London at 14 for school and is now based in Berlin — make the DJ’s music that much more universal. The appeal of this familiarity with many different audiences is arguably the reason for meteoric rise in the

last three years or so, culminating in a fashion line, over 100 shows a year across the globe, her own label Gudu Records and a devoted fanbase dedicated to “living the ‘Gou’ life.” For Gou, the proof in the pudding is this internationality, with her two most popular singles, “Starry Night” and “It Makes You Forget (Itgehane)” featuring almost exclusively Korean lyrics. Sure, the chorus of “Starry Night” is in English, echoing “Ocean, night, star, song, moment / Ocean, starlight, moment, now, us” into the bass-heavy mix. But those words are as much percussion as the hi-hats and snares woven expertly throughout the song, serving as one small part of a larger picture. What really matters in Gou’s

Her fingerprints are all over every part of every song, never a beat out of place. music is the feeling that each mix produces, what images it conjures in the listener’s mind, and the way they call your body to move whether you’re in a club or in the library. Her fingerprints are all over every part of every song, never a beat out of place. Listening to Peggy Gou is like looking at a tapestry, in some ways, both awed by the intricacy of the art and called to look further into its many threads. Her music is the first techno-house hybrid that seems truly approachable to the layperson in our times, disregarding the proven


commercial success of something like EDM or dubstep in lieu of her own unique musical sensibilities. It’s Gou’s individualism that makes the DJ’s mixes so integrated into her listener’s lives — we can all see ourselves in her music, our heartbeats replicated by the BPM in her most popular songs, our footsteps slowly meshing with the pulsing bass as we walk along the street. You could say that about many electronic artists, yes, but Gou has mastered it. She deserves every praise that has flooded both niche and general channels in the years since her debut in London. Each mix of hers seems to reach inside the listener and pull out a rhythm that they were never aware of, controlling them like a marionette through an expert blend of sound, emotion and pure fun. Her fans’ homemade t-shirts say “Just Gou It,” and it’s easy to hop on the bandwagon of Gou-ing it too.


Shane McCrae reads his newest collection of poems NINA MOLINA For The Daily

The dim lighting obscured the faces, notebooks and seats of the subterranean auditorium. Shane McCrae draped his grey hoodie on a chair and perched his glasses on his face before ducking behind the podium in his red t-shirt. Seemingly abashed from the glowing introduction, McCrae cleared his throat and said he would be reading something he’s never read before. McCrae’s soft voice reconstructed the black ceiling of Helmut Stern Auditorium into a swirling sky of stars with his mythological, almost biblical tales, inverted to inject the African American and biracial experience.

A young boy seems to recur in these poems as the narrator, swept up in dreamlike tales of blood, death and bone

The poet regained his voice as the momentum of each poem charged a Black woman. Jim takes us on a Dante-like journey through what he into one another. “The Lost Tribe of Eden at the Beginning of the Day knows, sees and still struggles to understand. He finds crowds of Black of Blood” begins with McCrae’s soft voice growing and turning as he fastens a boy unto a tree to see blood for the first time. A young boy seems to recur in these poems as the narrator, swept up in dreamlike tales of blood, death and bone. In “The King of the Sadness of Dogs”, the poet attributes the title of the poem to his daughter as she’s said a similar phrase before. Caught between a fairy tale and a cynical reality, McCrae’s simple diction woven into cosmic relevance aids in finding understanding in what it means to live and die in one’s skin, especially when one is confined by oppression. Each poem ends in a whisper and a flurry of papers being rearranged for a new reading. Prior to reading the work, McCrae introduced it with people cheering him on to freedom. He writes his name in water. He rarely more than a sentence of explanation of inspiration or anecdote. discovers how the memory of one’s life works in death. He wonders For “My Husband’s,” he joked that he wrote this love sonnet for his wife. if babies can be born in heaven. He ends up in limbo, wondering if he McCrae’s forthcoming book of poems “The Gilded Auction Block” was born bad and pondering the ghosts that that haunt us in life and arrives in June, with many poems set in heaven. He constructs a “multi- in death. Jim Limber is at once a historical character and a contemporary heaven” viewed through the eyes of Jim Limber, a historical bi-racial orphan adopted by Jefferson Davis. McCrae uses Jim as a lens through vessel through which to make sense of a 21st century climate. McCrae’s which to speak on heaven. A multi-movement saga, Jim explores the latest collection recalls the tradition of looking towards the afterlife in stages of heaven in childlike surprise: He thought he’d be white. In hopes of making sense of living. LSA prof. Greg Schutz once referenced the third movement, Jim considers the justification of evil and the a writing from Matthew Zapruder that described it beautifully — poetry existence of God. He muses on the idea that he can now have white is the machine through which language is reignited. And, McCrae, a things in heaven but not be white. He describes fields of grasses limp prolific poet for an uncertain age, never loses sight of the strange beauty and brown, like death but with no people in sight. Jim finds God to be Sudoku of language in his poetry. Syndication

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Nick Granowicz, Nick Pastujov and Nick Blankenburg all score as Michigan earns a sweep against No.14 Notre Dame Monday, January 13, 2020 | Alexis Rankin / Daily | Design by Jack Silberman



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The Michigan Daily —

Is Michigan on the verge of another Fab Five?

With Joshua Christopher’s decision looming, Juwan Howard is on the cusp of netting a program-changing recruiting class


’ll preface this by saying: I hate writing about recruiting. I hate the speculatory, veiled insinuations. I hate the underlying transactional MAX tomfoolery MARCOVITCH that is so abundant it’s best left unsaid. Grown adults begging (and paying) teenagers to come play for them. Other grown men and women living and dying with the choices of 17-year-old kids. Some people know things, but aren’t allowed to say. Others know nothing, but uncork their opinions at every turn. It’s a fraught environment that I prefer to stay away from, if possible. But in this case, it’s getting pretty hard to ignore what’s going on with the Michigan men’s basketball team’s 2020 class, both because of what it means for next year and what it means about the program. This is headed toward a Fab Five redux. On Wednesday, BruinReport — the UCLA page — reported that guard Josh Christopher, the No. 8 player in the 2020 class, is “just about certain to be going to Michigan.” Later that day, Jerry Meyer, the Director of Basketball Scouting for 247Sports, put in a “crystal ball” prediction for Christopher to Michigan. There is no one more reputable in the industry. In a class that currently features four-star point guard Zeb Jackson, four-star wing Terrance Williams, five-star forward Isaiah Todd and fourstar center Hunter Dickinson, Christopher would be the crown jewel. It wouldn’t take more than a cursory YouTube search

to realize why — he’s an athletic freak, with smooth handles and plenty of range. He’d walk onto campus the most electric player in maize and blue since … Chris Webber. A commitment from the Lakewood, Calif. native would add a boost to a class that already ranks among the country’s best. And suddenly, in the first year under Juwan Howard, the Wolverines are on the verge of their best class since Howard himself orchestrated the most famous recruiting class college basketball has ever seen. Almost 30 years later, the remnants of the “Fab Five” are still stitched into the ethos of this program,

whether the athletic department wants to acknowledge it or not. Under John Beilein, Michigan’s best class was the 2012 class with Nik Stauskas, Mitch McGary, Glenn Robinson III, Caris Lavert and Spike Albrecht — which was ranked eighth. Robinson was also Beilein’s highest-ranked single recruit. Both Todd and Christopher would likely end up as “higherranked” commits. It’s worth considering what that means. Michigan is entering the rarified air of programs who can be a player for anyone. In any part of the country. In any year. That doesn’t inherently breed success, of course. In fact,

there’s an argument swimming with the sharks isn’t the best way to truly compete in major college basketball. Excluding 2008 (Beilein’s first class) and 2019 (his last), the Wolverines averaged 35.2 in the 247Sports Composite rankings. Beilein led Michigan to the NCAA Tournament in nine of his 12 seasons, won two Big Ten Tournament titles and made two Final Fours. More generally, 68 percent of starters on the previous five national title winners have been upperclassmen. Among that group, only Duke in 2014-15 started a majority freshmen. Experience matters, maybe now more so than ever.

There’s an obvious causal error in these statistics — less talent obviously does not hinder your chance of winning. And Howard has been clear from the jump that his intention is to reel in the best talent possible and make it work from there. There are still hurdles in the ever-changing landscape of recruiting that Howard and his staff must clear. Todd has been widely rumored to be considering spending his year before the NBA Draft overseas instead. Until pen meets paper, Christopher is fair game to the schools who want him just as desperately. But reeling in Todd, Dick-


Michigan coach Juwan Howard has secured three committments in the 2020 class, between five-star Isaiah Todd and four-stars Hunter Dickinson and Terrance Williams.

inson, Jackson, Williams and Christopher would be a haul few could have envisioned mere months ago. It shows, more than anything, that the cache Howard brought to Michigan matters to these kids. It shows his vision is, if anything, ahead of schedule, and that it didn’t take much oncourt success for that to translate on the trail. Pulling that off would set the table for one of the most highly-anticipated Michigan basketball seasons since the early ‘90s. Tickets would fly. Apparel would, too. I’ll never dare write the words “basketball school” in relation to Michigan, other than in jest, but the intrigue would be incomparable. Things change, and there’s still a possibility this never comes to fruition. I have no idea what Josh Christopher or Isaiah Todd (or, oh yeah, Greg Brown, a five-star forward from Texas who will soon visit campus) are thinking. Recruiting is fluid and hectic. But there’s no understating what this means for the direction of the program. At Big Ten media day, Howard openly pleaded with someone to be the first. To take a leap and a risk. Then, he believed, the dominoes would fall from there. “I just feel that once one recruit commits, it’s going to be a rapid fire — everyone else will fall in,” Howard told reporters on Oct. 2, 2019. “Who’s willing to step in the front line and bet on themself first? I bet on myself first when I stepped in the line and I committed to Michigan. Are you willing to bet on yourself?” Twenty-nine years later, Howard bet on himself once again. The end result might be just as consequential.

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A breath of life

Behind Mann, strong second period, Wolverines sweep Irish in South Bend, opening the door to turn around season BAILEY JOHNSON Daily Sports Writer

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — For the first two minutes, it looked like a nightmare start to the game for Michigan. No. 14 Notre Dame (10-9-3 overall, 5-5-2-1 Big Ten) came out fast after losing on Friday night, and just 1:45 into the game, a bouncing puck flipped over sophomore goaltender Strauss Mann’s shoulder before he even had a chance to make the save. Eleven weeks ago, that kind of fluky goal to start a game was the Wolverines’ undoing on the road at Western Michigan. But Saturday night, Michigan (9-11-2, 4-7-1-0) came back to complete just its second sweep of the season, beating the Fighting Irish, 3-1. “It’s just a puck that bounced two or three times and ends up in our net,” Michigan coach Mel Pearson said. “Just one of those things, but I like the resiliency. We’re starting to see that. Before, when things maybe went south a little bit, we were flat, but not in tonight’s game, and I think that’s a good sign going forward.” After the early Notre Dame goal, Michigan settled in and shots were 10-3 in favor of the Wolverines midway through the period. But despite two power-play opportunities in the period, Michigan couldn’t find twine to even the score. It took until the Wolverines’ fourth opportunity with the man advantage to get on the scoreboard, but sophomore defenseman Nick Blankenburg didn’t hesitate when he saw the opportunity for the tying goal. Freshman defenseman Cam York identified a potential weakness on an earlier power play, and he told Blankenburg to pass it to him on the half-wall and he’d pass it back up to the blueline to Blankenburg for the shot.


Freshman forward Nick Granowicz had a goal and an assist on the weekend.

It worked just as they’d discussed. Blankenburg held onto the puck in the high slot, moving just enough to create a shooting lane for himself, and he snapped in a shot that Notre Dame wasn’t expecting. It found the top corner of the net behind goaltender Cale Morris, tying the score at one. “That was big, because we’d had a lot of pressure on them and hit a couple posts (and the) crossbar there on one, so that was a big goal,” Pearson said. “We did a good job there. We stayed with it, for the most part.” After Blankenburg tied things up, it seemed as though the ice tilted in Michigan’s favor. The Wolverines outshot the Irish 18-7 in the period, and it took just a few more minutes after Blankenburg’s goal for Michigan to take the lead. Senior forward Will Lockwood worked his way around the offensive zone and fired a pass from the blueline to sophomore defenseman Jack Summers as he worked in in front of Morris. In an instant, Summers switched from his forehand to his backhand and sent the puck over Morris’s shoulder, handing Michigan a 2-1 lead that proved decisive.

I can’t put in words how big (this sweep) is. It helps us.

In the third period, the Wolverines held strong defensively against a Notre Dame team that pressured hard to find the tying goal. The Wolverines seemed content to sit back and defend their one-goal lead, and with Mann as the backstop, Michigan kept the Irish off the scoresheet. “They were just trying to play long and get pucks behind us, and we were just trying to get pucks out,” Blankenburg said. “I think we did a good job as a D-corps and as forwards, and Strauss helped us out a lot, too, with getting pucks out of our zone and in their zone.” With just 19.1 seconds left, senior forward Jake Slaker hit the empty net for his third empty-net goal of the season to seal Michigan’s first sweep in Big Ten play. Just over halfway through the conference schedule, the Wolverines sit in fifth place, but with four wins in their last six Big Ten games, Pearson is hopeful that the sweep over the Irish will be a launchpad for a run in the second half of the year. “I can’t put it in words how big (this sweep) is,” Pearson said. “It helps us get those critical points in the Big Ten. We’re now halfway through the Big Ten. We don’t like where we’re standing, but we have something to say about the future, and that’s good.”


Defenseman Jack Summers scored the game-winning goal on Saturday.


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SOUTH BEND, Ind. — When the second period started, the Wolverines’ bench was missing a familiar face. Eighty-five feet across the ice from his team, freshman Johnny Beecher sat in the penalty box. He’d been whistled for tripping with 14 seconds remaining in the first period, and Michigan — already trailing No. 14 Notre Dame 1-0 — was forced to start the period on the penalty kill. But the Wolverines didn’t panic. On Friday night, they’d successfully killed all three of their penalties. On Saturday, Beecher’s penalty was already their second test of the night. Michigan knew it needed to have a strong second period to have a chance at winning the game. And when the penalty kill units stepped over the boards and onto the ice, they set the tone for Wolverines’ next 20 minutes. After a string of blocked shots, zone clears and one short-handed scoring chance from fifth-year forward Jacob Hayhurst, Beecher skated out of the box. “Every penalty kill is big,” sophomore forward Garrett Van Wyhe said. “Especially with the power play that Notre Dame has, and its shooting mentality. So (we knew) we’d have to block a lot of shots, and that’s exactly what we

did. (Killing that penalty) helped our momentum.” But the penalty kill wasn’t the only strong point for Michigan that period. The Wolverines increased their intensity and physicality, while also maintaining confidence in their game plan. These changes in Michigan’s play were instantly noticeable. After having ten shots on net in the first twenty minutes, it tallied 18 in the second, and the defense stepped up, too. The Wolverines blocked six of the Fighting Irish’s seven shots in the period. “We knew we needed to get pucks on net,” Van Wyhe said. “We knew we needed to get behind them. That was how it was going to work and how we were going to get on top of them and we just started doing the little things.” With Beecher’s penalty behind them, the Wolverines focused on closing the gap between them and Notre Dame. When they earned a power play opportunity at the halfway point of the second period, they knew they needed to capitalize on it. Freshman defenseman Cam York skated with the puck and looked for an open teammate. Just in front of the blue line, sophomore defenseman Nick Blankenburg called for a pass. When the puck made contact with his stick, he skated laterally

then fired a shot past the reaching glove of the Fighting Irish’s goaltender. “(Cam York) said, ‘Hey, give it to me, I’m gonna go lower and give it back up to (you) and shoot it,’ ” Blankenburg said. “I feel like we talked about that, and then it’s just all about execution.” With Blankenburg’s goal, Michigan had tied the game. Its attention to detail was paying off and the game was within reach. The impressive second period wasn’t the result of an intense intermission speech, though. “We didn’t say anything,” Michigan coach Mel Pearson said. “There was no magical speech (after the first period), it was just stay with it, and continue to play. We just talked about trying to get the puck behind their defensemen to put some pressure on them.” Riding a wave of momentum from Blankenburg’s goal, the Wolverines’ offense continued to generate chances and their defense remained rock solid. Just five minutes after Michigan tied the game at one, it took the lead on a goal from sophomore defenseman Jack Summers. Senior forward Will Lockwood weaved through traffic in the offensive zone with the puck on his stick. Summers streaked towards the net on the left side and Lockwood fed him the puck in between two Notre Dame defenders. Summers outstretched his stick to corral the pass then moved towards the net. He cut across the mouth of the goal and finished the puck off a backhand shot. After entering the period trailing a goal, the Wolverines had managed to take the lead, 2-1. “That second period was one of the best periods we’ve had this year,” Pearson said. “I thought we took it to them.” And when the buzzer rang out to signal the end of the game, it was those middle 20 minutes that determined the outcome of the game.

The Michigan Daily —


Same issues plague ‘M’ in 77-49 loss JACK KINGSLEY Daily Sports Writer

In the Michigan women’s basketball team’s first game against Maryland, the Wolverines turned the ball over 23 times, shot 1-of-12 from 3-point range and got no points from their bench — three issues that have plagued them all season and cost them a huge road win. Entering Michigan’s second game against Maryland, sophomore forward Naz Hillmon stressed that the Wolverines needed to make sure these issues wouldn’t cost them again. But from the start of Sunday’s game, it was clear they would be a factor. After Michigan (11-5 overall, 2-3 Big Ten) scored on its first possession and prevented the Terrapins (12-4, 3-2) from getting on the board for the first 2:30, the Wolverines turned the ball over six times in six minutes, scoring just two points. The sloppy play allowed Maryland to jump out to an eight-point lead that only grew bigger, resulting in a 77-49 Michigan loss. “You have certain players you want to get to, certain players you want to give it to at certain times, and when you can’t do that you get out of the flow of the offense,” senior guard Akienreh Johnson said. “They were just denying our next pass or taking away what we really wanted to do.” As poorly as the first quarter went for the Wolverines, it only got worse in the second. Michigan turned the ball over six more times in the first four minutes of the quarter as the Terrapins went on a 9-2 run. Even with Maryland’s two leading scorers — guard Kaila Charles and forward Shakira Austin — combining for just two points in the first half, the Wolverines trailed by 16 at the break.

“They just took away passing lanes, really denied our lanes,” Johnson said. “They switch one through five and then have the help side, so we’re not really used to teams switching one through five the entire game, even the smallest screen. So really finding plays to get people open because most plays they know so they just stand there.” With Michigan’s starters struggling and playing sloppily, an all too familiar situation arose. They could have used someone to come off the bench and provide a spark, but the Wolverines’ bench players combined for just four points prior to the fourth quarter, when the game was well out of reach. The Terrapins, unlike Michigan, found points from their secondary scorers. With Austin on the bench in foul trouble and Charles struggling, Maryland turned to guards Diamond Miller and Ashley Owusu — both of whom came off the bench — along with Blair Watson to lead the offense. The trio combined for 25 of the

Terrapins’ 37 first-half points. “We thought if we did a great job on Kaila Charles we would put ourselves in a really good position to be successful,” Michigan coach Kim Barnes Arico said. “We did a tremendous job on taking people out, but then we didn’t take out the other people. We let other people get hot. It’s gotta be a total team defensive effort.” In the second half, needing a huge comeback, the Wolverines looked to gain momentum with 3-point shooting. But the inability to consistently shoot threes that has afflicted Michigan all season continued, as the Wolverines made 1-of8 attempted 3-pointers in the second half. While Michigan took better care of the ball in the second half — committing just eight turnovers as opposed to 14 — the Wolverines had dug themselves too deep of a hole. In the end, their inability to correct the same problems that have hurt them all season and lost them in the first Maryland matchup proved fatal.

January 13, 2020 — 3B

Loss shows lack of progress


ollowing its heartbreaking one-point loss to Maryland in the Big Ten Tournament semifinals last season, the Michigan women’s basketball team entered this year looking for revenge. Two weeks ago in College BRENDAN Park, the ROOSE Wolverines played the Terrapins close for three quarters before Maryland pulled away and won by 15, adding more fuel to the fire for Sunday’s matchup at Crisler Center. But instead of providing a fierce, hotly contested battle among top Big Ten teams, Michigan came out flat and played anxious, mistake-ridden basketball. In their 77-49 loss, the Wolverines endured many of the same struggles that plagued them in losses earlier this season — including turning the ball over


Michigan coach Kim Barnes Arico mentioned Maryland’s size as a factor in the Wolverines’ 77-49 loss on Sunday.

14 times in the first half alone. “Our kids have played well against some top teams this year, so they really felt like this was an opportunity for us to get them at home,” Michigan coach Kim Barnes Arico said. “We wanted to get Maryland back, and we came in really trying to do that, and I think that made us turn the basketball over a lot early.” Points are typically hard to come by for any team that plays the Terrapins. Their size and athleticism helps them hold opponents to just 54.3 points per game on 34.7 percent shooting — good for 15th and 25th in the country, respectively. But in the first half, the Maryland defense didn’t do too much to stifle the Wolverines’ shooting, as they shot a respectable 41.7 percent from the field. Instead, Michigan’s problems stemmed from its turnovers, which forced a low volume of shots. Though the two teams shot at about the same efficiency, the Wolverines attempted just 24 shots in the first half, which, when compared to Maryland’s 36 attempts, put Michigan in a nearly impossible position to succeed. “I think that we’re just being kind of loose with the ball. We just think that the next pass will be there,” senior guard Akienreh Johnson said. “We’re starting to face teams that are just as long, just as quick as us, so we have to realize just like we’re long and quick, we’re athletic, we can jump, things like that — other teams can do that too.” In the second half, the Wolverines cleaned up the turnovers, but couldn’t hit any shots to get back in the game. Similar to the first game against the Terrapins — where Michigan shot

1-of-12 from three — the Wolverines only hit 1-of-8 second-half 3-pointers. They tried to work it inside to sophomore forward Naz Hillmon, their most reliable scorer. But with the threes not falling, Maryland was able to close out down low and limit Hillmon’s effectiveness in the paint. Michigan made 14-of-38 layups on the game. “(Maryland’s) size up front is pretty big,” Barnes Arico said. “We were going strong to the basket, but one, we didn’t finish, and two, we were knocked off the ball a little bit. But we gotta be able to make those plays.” Against Penn State and Michigan State, the Wolverines played clean, disciplined basketball and indicated they may have moved past their turnover-prone offense. Sunday, against arguably the best team in the Big Ten, the Wolverines had an opportunity to prove they’re ready to take the next step up as a program, but missed it rather badly. Still, the Terrapins won’t be Michigan’s last chance to make a statement this season. Though they missed a golden opportunity against an elite level team, the depth of the Big Ten this year means the Wolverines have plenty more high-profile games to show they can compete at the highest level. For now, question marks will continue to surround this Michigan team. With the talent the Wolverines have, they likely haven’t yet reached their ceiling, but they first need to clean up their mistakes. Otherwise, they may never find it.

I think that we’re just being kind of loose with the ball.

Brendan Roose can be reached at or on Twitter @BrendanRoose.

Wolverines fall to Gophers, 75-67 Michigan hangs on to beat Spartans CONNOR BRENNAN


MINNEAPOLIS — Marcus Carr was calculating. With Zavier Simpson staring right back at him and over 10,000 Golden Gophers’ fans anxiously awaiting his next move, Carr proved once again to be a steady hand. The Minnesota point guard floated to the left wing, dragging Michigan’s defense with him, and rifled a pass back across his body to the opposite side of the floor. The recipient was Payton Willis, and despite being scoreless to that point, Willis had time to set his feet, compose himself and drain a 25-footer. The Wolverines needed a stop on that possession, with their deficit at eight and just over a minute remaining in regulation. Instead, they gave up a wide-open 3-pointer. In what had been a sleepy Sunday afternoon start was far from lethargic by the end. Thanks, in part, to Carr’s play down the stretch, the Gophers (10-7 overall, 3-3 Big Ten) outlasted Michigan (11-5, 2-3) in a back-and-forth bout, 75-67. With students still on winter break and a noon tipoff, Williams Arena was eerily quiet for much of the first half. Michigan’s efficient start offensively also tempered enthusiasm. Simpson might’ve been running the show, but the Wolverines had a wellbalanced scoring attack — freshman wing Franz Wagner, sophomore forward Brandon Johns Jr. and senior center Jon Teske were all involved. Late in the first half, Michigan held a 30-19 lead. “They had six threes early,” Minnesota coach Richard Pitino said. “We were there, but we weren’t jumping. They’ve got some size. Wagner’s big and a couple of their guards are bigger than we are, but we were letting them get too comfortable. They push you through ball screens and make

The usual complement of maize and blue on display in Cliff Keen Arena’s bleachers was diluted with green and white, a group whose raucous cheering filled the gym from the opening match. But it was the home crowd who would cheer last and loudest, as the No. 25 Michigan wrestling team (2-2 overall, 1-0 Big Ten) weathered a late rally by Michigan State (4-3, 0-1) to topple their rival, 22-14. The Wolverines wasted no time asserting themselves. In the first period alone, redshirt sophomore Jack Medley accrued over a minute of riding time on the Spartans’ Logan Griffin. Medley’s performance paved the way for a 13-4 major decision in the 125-pound weight class. Medley’s teammates capitalized on his hot start, as 133-pound redshirt freshman Joey Silva made his season debut with a decision over Garrett Pepple. Thanks to the contributions of 10th ranked redshirt junior Kanen Storr and No. 15 redshirt freshman Will Lewan, Michigan exited the first half up, 16-0. “For a guy (Silva) that hasn’t competed in quite a while, he had

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Senior center Jon Teske didn’t get any help in the post against Daniel Oturu.

you make a decision about what you’re going to do.” That advantage masked the fact that the Gophers’ Daniel Oturu was going to work down low — consistent with Michigan’s defensive philosophy to withhold the double-team for the opposing big man. Whether it was Teske or backup center Austin Davis, Oturu got whatever he wanted. Sparked by Oturu and a few big baskets from Carr, Minnesota went on a ninepoint tear, cutting what was a once-sizable gap down to a onepoint deficit at halftime. And with the momentum in their team’s favor, the Gophers’ faithful came to life. Oturu picked up where he left off following his 20-point first half. After trading baskets, he slammed home an alleyoop off a feed by Carr to give Minnesota a 45-41 advantage by the first media timeout of the second half. “I thought in the first half, we were very active defensively,” Michigan coach Juwan Howard said. “We contested a lot of their shots, able to get the rebound, were active with our hands. In the second half, Carr was very patient off pick and rolls, and was good at reading where the defenders are. You can’t speed him up and has a nice pace to his game.” The Wolverines had been knocked back on their heels. When Oturu went down hard on a rebound attempt and left the game for three minutes of the second half, Michigan saw

a slight opening. Simpson, as he has done so often over the course of his career, shouldered the burden and clawed his team back into the contest. The senior point guard hit his patented hook shot in the lane, sank a contested 3-pointer from the top of the key and found Wagner behind the arc again. On the opposite end, Carr, who finished with 21 points, weathered the storm for the home team. Both teams continued to exchange buckets as crunchtime approached. By the 4:30 mark, the game was knotted at 62. The Gophers’ steadiness and composure won out, though. Minnesota scored 10 straight points to send the Wolverines packing. Oturu finished off his 30-point outing with a layup underneath before Alihan Demir hit a floater. On a turnover by sophomore guard David DeJulius, Carr sank two free throws. Up five, but with the game still very much up for grabs, Willis’ spot-up shot on the Gophers’ next trip down the floor finally allowed their fans to exhale. “The ball didn’t go in the basket for us.” Howard said. “We weren’t aggressive enough, and confident enough to get our shot down there on our end. They scored again … it was like score, stop, score, stop. Unfortunately, we didn’t get a chance to capitalize on any of our offensive sets down the stretch.”

great composure in that match and managed positions really well,” Michigan coach Sean Bormet said. The Wolverines’ early successes were typified by the efforts of 141-pound freshman Cole Mattin. His patient probing of Matt Santos’ tendencies for two tense periods was rewarded with a lunging takedown aimed at Santos’ exposed legs. “I knew that shot was there from the beginning, but I just didn’t take it yet,” Mattin said. “Whatever you can do to win, you’ve gotta do.” Added Bormet: “We were getting the takedowns and building our riding time and taxing those guys on the bottom. We did a good job setting the offense, getting to our leg attacks and getting a lot of takedowns.” The second half would not proceed nearly as smoothly for Bormet’s wrestlers — the team went on to drop four of the next five matches to Michigan State. The riding time advantage which had resulted in so many takedown opportunities disintegrated, forcing Michigan’s wrestlers to claw their way out of steep deficits. In the 174-pound match between redshirt freshman Max Maylor and the Spartans’ Layne Malczewski, a flaw in Maylor’s

technique compounded the freefall. “He made one mistake in the position of his arm,” Bormet said. “If he doesn’t make that mistake and finishes that takedown, it’s a totally different match.” As Michigan State’s Nick May slipped past redshirt senior Jackson Striggow for a hardfought 5-2 decision — bringing his team within two points of the tying score — he waved to the Spartan supporters, who erupted in applause. But the comeback fell short, as the Wolverines’ decorated heavyweight, sophomore Mason Parris, pinned Christian Rebottaro in 29 seconds, securing a 22-14 win for Michigan in dramatic fashion. “I just wanted to get the crowd pumped and put an exclamation point on our dual win,” Parris said. Although the Wolverines’ errors cut into their lead, they were not so significant as to derail their victory. The team’s strong start ensured as much, and the Michigan wrestlers denied the hostile elements of the crowd an opportunity to faze them. “That’s the great thing about wrestling,” Bormet said. “We drown ourselves in adversity every day.”


Freshman Cole Mattin took down Michigan State’s Matt Santos as the Wolverines beat the Spartans, 22-14.

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Oturu scores 30 as Michigan falls below .500 in Big Ten play JACOB KOPNICK DAILY SPORTS EDITOR

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MINNEAPOLIS — A Big Ten center had a huge game against the Michigan men’s basketball team. Again. Early in the season, this story wrote itself in nearly every Big Ten matchup the Wolverines played. Michigan plays a team with a dominant big man. Big man has a career night in the points column. Questions arise about the Wolverines’ interior defense. Repeat. While their strategy initially drew mixed results with Michigan standing at 2-3 in conference play, Sunday’s matchup against Minnesota saw the Wolverines’ game plan backfire, sending Michigan packing with a 75-67 loss and a squandered attempt to win its first road game. The strategy is simple enough: Never double the ball handler in the post and ruthlessly guard the 3-point line. Whether it’s a 7-foot-5 behemoth who leads the league in points in the paint or an ambitious wing player posting up his defender, Michigan never sends help. While lowering the barriers to easy buckets down low, this philosophy lends itself to lock-down defense from the perimeter. And, for the most part, the Wolverines have succeeded in that realm. Seeing as opponents rarely attempt shots from beyond the arc against Michigan, their scoring — and the bulk of the Wolverines’ defensive problems — come from the paint. Sunday, that problem was put on full display with Golden Gophers center Daniel Oturu gashing Michigan for 30 points and the team, as a whole, scoring a whopping 46 points in the paint. “We’re just playing them one-on-one,” senior center Jon Teske said. “We’re not helping off the 3-pointers. … We let them play down low, and we take away the 3-point shooting ability. In the Big Ten, we have a lot of great 3-point shooters, and that’s one way you can get beat, and we’re trying to take that away.” And it wasn’t just Oturu who got in on the action. After the sophomore went down briefly with a shoulder injury early in the second half, forward Alihan Demir stepped up and dropped 13 of his own, largely from within the paint, posting up freshman forward Franz Wagner. As it stands, there is a gaping hole in Michigan’s defensive front, despite the individual efforts of its best on-ball defenders. The question now becomes whether or not to make any adjustments to limit the elite play down low. Early indicators suggest that Michigan coach Juwan Howard will be mulling over some adjustments with his players and staff. After all, Michigan’s strategy seems to have the effectiveness of a coin flip. The Wolverines have won games despite opposing centers setting career — and sometimes program — highs. Iowa’s Luka Garza dropped 44 points and Purdue’s Trevion Williams nabbed 36 in Michigan wins. But now, it seems prolific play down low from opposing big men is rearing its head in losses, too. “Of course I will (reevaluate the defense),” Howard said. “I always reevaluate. I’m always about growth mindset.” Added Teske: “We’ll look at it on the drawing board. We play Iowa next, and (Luka Garza) had a big game against us, but we still won, so I mean just you gotta pick your poison sometimes. And we kinda let them get the points, and they’re still gonna score.” But the question during this reevaluation period should really boil down to: Is this defensive scheme broken, or does Michigan need to bolster its one-on-one on-ball defense? Ask any Wolverine following a loss, and they’ll be quick to tell you that everyone needs to get better at guarding their man. Especially when big men are setting career highs every time they see maize and blue on the opposing jerseys. “A lot of it is still on me,” Teske said. “I still gotta get stops. I still gotta stay accountable for a lot of those points that I’m giving up. I gotta do a better job of helping my teammates, and at the same time, we need to get better defensively too, guarding the low post.” There is little wonder that this philosophy stems from Howard’s time spent in the NBA and his firsthand experience, and subsequent perpetual fear, of the terror the 3-point shot can bring upon defenses. Eliminate the 3, eliminate the most efficient method of scoring the basketball. “There’s a lot of teams that don’t trap,” Minnesota coach Richard Pitino said. “Coach Howard knows what he’s doing. Trapping isn’t always as easy as everybody thinks it is because we’ve got shooters who make 10 3s a game, we pass the ball pretty well. “So, we just had to keep going into them, and they guarded the 3-point line very, very well, and obviously they held us below their average, but we have to find a way to get (Oturu) post touches, and we did that.”

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Today's publication includes Sports Monday - a recap of this weekend's athletic events.


Today's publication includes Sports Monday - a recap of this weekend's athletic events.