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Water bottle fillers installed on campus By BETH LEBLANC Campus Editor According to the non-profit organization Food & Water Watch, consumers in the U.S. bought 8.45 billion gallons of bottled water in 2009. University of Michigan – Flint Student Government and Facilities Management are trying to curb that number on campus by installing water fountain water bottle fillers in a few places around the university. Albert Lee, vice president of SG and a senior majoring in business in finance and operations management said that the Michigan Student Assembly at the University of Michigan – Ann Arbor is implementing similar measures on their campus. “The idea was inspired through UM – Ann Arbor and their ban on plastic water bottle sales,” Lee said in a phone interview. The first water bottle filler was installed on Oct. 31 on the first floor of Submitted Photo Student Government and the University Pavilion Facilities Management as part of a pilot program installed the first water to test the water filler’s fountain water bottle popularity. Lee said that filler on Oct. 31 on the the fountains have digital first floor of the University readers that gauge how Pavilion. The fountains, many people have used which have digital readers them. They will also be that gauge the number of installed on the third floor student users, are part of a pilot program spearof the University Cenheaded by SG to reduce ter, the third floor of the water bottle usage. Recreation Center and the first floor of Murchie Science Building, according to a press release from SG. SG has been working with facilities manager Timothy Barden on the project. “They’ve been a huge help with getting everything installed,” Lee said. “They loved the idea.” Barden said that Facilities Management backed the project because it was in line with their effort for a sustainable campus. “We’re proactive on saving energy and saving the environment,” Barden said. “We’ve really been making improvements.” Barden said that should the yearlong pilot program be successful, they plan on increasing the number of bottle fillers around campus. Barden hopes to eventually include the bottle fillers, which cost about $1,000 each, in the vending machine areas and by the work out centers on the second floor of the Recreation Center. Lee has also been working with dining services and vending machine suppliers to reduce the sales of plastic water bottles. He hopes to eventually earn a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification for the campus. According to Barden, besides the water bottle filler initiative, Facilities Management has also corroborated on water, electric and gas saving projects. “We’re slowly changing lighting around campus with LED lighting,” Barden said. Barden’s next project includes adding LED lighting to the UPAV ramp and in the library. Beth can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
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U SOM makes ‘Best 294’ By BRITTNEY WALKER Times Senior Reporter The University of Michigan-Flint’s School of Management has recently been chosen by the Princeton Review to be included in the the Princeton Review “Best 294 Business Schools: 2012 Edition” guidebook. The recognition includes a profile of UM-Flint featuring statistical information, such as average annual tuition rates and student-tofaculty ratios. There is also a description of UM-Flint
and its School of Management programs including comments from students. “This is truly based on student feedback, which I think prospective students find most valuable,” Nikki Taylor-Vargo, director of School of Management BBA/MBA programs said. According to a release, an average of 65 students at each of the 294 business schools were given 80-question surveys during the 2008-2009, 2009-2010, and 2010-2011 academic years. Most surveys were taken online and asked students
questions pertaining to their school’s academics, campus life, student body and themselves and personal future career plans. “Princeton Review contacts us, they survey our students every three years. So they’re on a rotation schedule,” Taylor-Vargo said. “So our students don’t get surveyed every year, but every three years they do that. If our students aren’t polled in that year then typically they just carry over the comments from the prior year.” The 294 business schools are not ranked individu-
ally on a hierarchical scale but there are 11 categories that schools are ranked on based on student survey ratings, such as “Best Campus Facilities” and “Greatest Opportunity for Women.” “The Princeton Review’s best business schools is a little bit different from your typical ranking system in that there is no specific process for being included in their book of best business schools,” Taylor-Vargo said. Yener Kandogan, associate dean of the School of See SOM | Page A-3
‘Devil’s Night’ not a factor in house fires By JUNE HUDSON Times Staff Writer House fires may be prevalent in Flint, but the number of fire calls on the infamous Devil’s Night that precedes Halloween did not differ much from any other night. Assistant Fire Chief Raymond Barton from the Flint Fire Department gave records of the house fires on Oct. 30, 2011. “On Sunday specifically there was five fire calls… They all happened between 8 [p.m.] and 2 a.m.,” Barton said. “We probably average two to three fires a night.” Despite the slight increase from the average number of fires per night, the Flint Fire Department was well prepared that evening. “On Devil’s Night, we had three task forces starting at
8 [p.m.], and then we had a backup plan with additional resources available if it got out of hand,” Barton said. “Fortunately it did not get out of hand. It was more than enough to handle.” Although the cause of the house fires was undetermined, Devil’s Night did not seem to be an underlying reason. “I don’t think Devil’s Night contributed to those fires,” Barton said. “They were spread out so it wasn’t isolated in one separate area.” No firefighters or civilians were reported to sustain injuries. Professor Cedrick Heraux, adjunct faculty from the department of sociology and See FIRES | Page A-3
anthropology, provided his to talk about deviant beinsight on the common ochavior or criminal behavior currence of arson and house in response to the recesfires in Flint. sion specifically and strain “Arson… when it’s typimore generally, that would cally of abandoned houses, is definitely be the lesser of the really viewed as striking back many evils available.” against the perceived social Although one may easily injustice,” Heraux said. “In use the socioeconomic status general, the criminal justice of individuals in Flint as a [department] looks at issues reason for arson, it is not of abandoned housing as be- always the case. ing really ripe for allowing a “Arson as a crime is a lot of other criminal activity very strange phenomenon,” to go on.” Heraux said. “It is one of Heraux suspects that what the FBI considers as arson most commonly stems the top 8 serious crimes in from frustration due to the the United States, but it gets economy. committed for many differ“There’s nothing to be ent reasons.” June Hudson/Times Photo resolved by burning a house, Heraux explained that 8 p.m. and 2 a.m. onother Oct.causes 30, themight Flint include Fire butBetween as a means of venting Department a fire call for an abandoned home frustration, thatreceived is certainly insurance fraud, natural on located near the intersection of 2nd and Ann Arbor preferable over assaulting disasters, and even perstreets. The house was not burnt to the ground, but somebody, for instance,” sonal vendettas. Vandalism significant damage was inflicted on the second floor, Heraux said. “Not that arson is another possibility, which was visible from the exterior of the house. but the is a good thing… if we were effects of arson are sig-
Campus Question: Are you participating in No-Shave November?
Kevin Yancey, sophomore, history
“I thought about it, and no, because I work in sales and I have to look presentable and professional. I like to have a professional appearance and if I don’t shave, I look rough.”
Ed Howard, sophonore, engineering
“I will be doing No-Shave November. Honestly, I just wanna grow back the moustache for a month.”
U student responds to increase of spam - [A2] Abortion debate coming Nov. 10 - [A2] ‘Passion’ shown at discussion - [A2] ‘Truth’ poetry held at Clint’s - [A3]
David Eisinger, graduate student, biology
“...I will not be doing No-Shave November. I’m already on a haircut hiatus and so I think that with no haircut and No-Shave November, I’ll look like I crawled out from under a rock someplace.”
Jeff Martin, senior, environmental science and planning
“I will be participating in No-Shave November for cancer awareness and because it gives me a reason not to shave for a month.”
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U student responds to increase of spam SG elects new Vice Chair By AYANA GHOSH Times Staff Writer Since the beginning of September, spam mail both from University senders and outside parties on the University outlook system has been a problem for many University of MichiganFlint students. These emails are filling the inboxes of UM-Flint email accounts and affecting students’ work in many ways. “It’s really annoying when my inbox gets junked with spam,” sophomore elementary education major Dominique Person said. Alex Rourke, a junior economics major, said that he was very annoyed and irritated with the spam emails. His inbox continued to fill up with spam, so he tried to look for a solution to this problem. “The process of preventing emails from coming to your inboxes is relatively straight forward and simple,” Rourke said. “It will mark these emails as read and move
them to your link to your junk mailbox before you even see them.” Rourke also prepared a step-by-step procedure and sent it to all of the students on the University mailing list. “I already knew how to put the codes to create an inbox and so I just used it,” Rourke said. ITS spam stats shows that the University mail filters handle hundreds of thousands of messages per day, rejecting most and identifying about half of the rest as spam. In one week, 4,285,612 total messages were attempted. Of those, block lists, sender verification, and ‘greylisting’ rejected 99.3 percent. The other 0.7 percent (29,999 messages) were accepted and delivered, with 59.2 percent (17,762 messages) identified and tagged as spam to benefit those who use a personal filter rule. ITS has several technologies in place to combat spam and phishing attacks arranged in a series
of tiers such as University block/allow lists and internet block lists. ITS Manager Ken Heiser said via email interview that ITS is working on the problem. “We are in the process of testing two new products to help us in the battle against SPAM and Phishing attempts,” Heiser said. According to Heiser, these two products are Barracuda Spam Filter and PhishPatrol. “ITS takes fighting SPAM and Phishing attempts on our campus very seriously and is working diligently to keep our users safe,” Heiser said. Heiser also said that the UM-Flint ITS Helpdesk also maintains Quick Notes on keeping students’ computers safe. Several Quick Notes are provided on their website, which will help to find an antivirus solution to protect the computer. Ayana can be reached at email@example.com
*Editor’s note: The following is a copy of the information that was sent in a campus wide email and was provided by Alex Rourke. Instruction for Stopping [Umf_students] Emails from Coming to Your Inbox 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9.
Log in to your U of M Flint email. At the top left, of the screen, click “Options”, Then click “Create an Inbox Rule...” On this screen, click “New...” In the window, “New Inbox Rule” under “* When the message arrives, and:” select, “It includes these words in the subject...” In the box “Specify Words or Phrases, type“[Umf_students]” (without the quotes) in the box, then click on the button. Then, Click “OK” at the bottom. Back at the “New Inbox Rule” Windows, Under “Do the following:”, select “Move the message to folder...”. In “Select Folder”, select “Junk E-mail”. (NOTE: You can choose another folder, such as trash, this is just what I chose.) Then, Click “OK”. At the bottom of the “New Inbox Rule” windows, select “More Options”, and then select “Add Action”. Under “Select one”, select “Mark the message”, than select “As Read”. Finally, Click at the bottom of the window. If everything worked as planned, a new rule called “Header contains ‘[Umf_students]’” should now be listed under “Inbox Rules” and you shouldn’t recieve any more [Umf_ students] emails.
Abortion debate coming Nov. 10 By NATALIE BRODA Times Staff Writer Students for Life and Students for Secular Free Thought will be holding a debate regarding abortion on Nov. 10. The debate will be held in Michigan rooms C-D at 6 p.m. According to both organizations, the debate will be set up in a panel format with deliberation and rebuttal. There will also be an open discussion at the end of the debate where the audience can question the panel. This was a must according to both presidents, as the entire point of the debate is to open the form of conversation. Daniel Grasso, a junior double majoring in Spanish and Nursing, is president of SSFT and brought the idea to SL. They then decided together to bring the discussion to the table, both organizations saying their ultimate goal is to inform.
“We don’t want people to think we’re pro-abortion. We’re pro-responsibility, pro-education,” Grasso said. “We want to expand people’s minds on the issue, because it has become so simplistic.” Brianna Gatica is president of Students for Life; she is also a senior nursing major. Gatica co-founded SL with fellow students Nathan Marzonie and Stephanie Mantey. She says they saw a need for an organization like SL when they saw so much focus placed on abortion with few alternatives. “I think that even though abortion is controversial, it’s not discussed very much,” Gatica said. “It’s so easy to be silenced. This isn’t meant to change people’s opinions, but we hope those who attend have an open mind.” Some of the alternatives Gatica referred to were women’s retreats, such as Rachel’s Vineyard. Women
who attend get the chance to name their unborn child, pick out a pair of shoes, and write a note to them. She also cited local organizations like Heartbeat and the Flint Crisis Pregnancy center. Both presidents agreed they enjoyed working together and have felt no animosity, despite the sensitivity of the subject. They are thankful for the other group’s professionalism, making this an overall pleasant experience for the organizations. “Of course it’s not the first of its kind, but to my knowledge this will be the first abortion debate on campus,” Grasso said. “With all the hype, we want to educate people. You’re going to hear a panel of college students, not politicians.” Natalie can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
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By STEPHANIE BRUMA Times Student Government Reporter Elections for a new vice chair of the University of Michigan - Flint Senate were held at the Oct. 28 Student Government meeting. The nominees were senators Nikie Ransom, Hillary Mager, and Chris Lanctot. Nominees presented a three-minute speech where they voiced to the members of SG why they would make a good vice chair and what they would change and improve inside SG. Lanctot was the first to speak. “I’m very dedicated to the student government,” Lanctot said when he was asked by a fellow senator what he would do to keep the senators in line and more active. “Being in the office more will help us get to know each other on a more personal level.” When Lactot was asked what he could do to improve the relationship between the Senate and students, he replied, “I want to show everybody that we’re the Student Government…I would like to unify us more as a whole.” Mager is a second year SG member. “I love my role here and I will always make sure that you guys are heard,” Mager said. Mager wants a once-amonth meeting where the Senators will get together to make sure that everything is running smoothly within SG. Mager continued by stressing the importance of
student and Senate relationships and interaction. “I think the best thing is one on one interaction,” Mager said. “We need to have a better connection with our students.” Ransom ran for vice chair last year. Ransom began by stressing the importance of SG. When asked what she would do to make the senate stronger and more comfortable in being senators, she responded, “I will lead by example…I want to be a bigger voice and speak up more and I hope that people will follow that.” Ransom expanded on unifying the Senate and the improvements she would make as vice chair. Senators commented on how Ransom is always advocating for SG, how she helped form the new attendance policy, and that she is already taking on vice chair responsibilities without being the vice chair. While the nominees were out of the room, the senators and executive board discussed the presented speeches and then voted by ballot. The votes were 12-21 in favor of Ransom as the new vice chair of the Senate. The meeting was wrapped up with the officer reports. Director of Financial Affairs Rob Zaher presented the current budget, which is at $41,681. Student Activities Assistant Director Jessie Hurse presented his report, which included the possibility of SG becoming the first sponsored student organization (SSO) on campus. Stephanie can be reached at email@example.com
‘Passion’ shown at discussion By KAYLA CONNER Times Staff Writer When prices increased in 1902 the Jewish community boycotted Kosher meats and worked together to drive the price back down. In 1909, 20,000 teenage garment workers went on strike for higher wages in New York City. These instances still inspire activists of all backgrounds to this day. The Joan Schafer Lecture Series hosted "Our Passionate Girls" on Thursday, Oct. 27. This discussion talked about Jewish women's activism over a century, emphasizing learning from the past. The lecture series created by Nathan Schafer, Joan Shafer's husband, honors the memory of Joan, a leader in change in the Flint community and an
inspiration to those around her. "Our Passionate Girls" was headed by Deborah Dash Moore from the UM-Ann Arbor Institute for Research on Women and Gender. "Our Passionate Girls" touched on the history of Jewish Women activism and the change they have brought to major cities across the nation. Dash Moore suspects that the transition period between activist movements will be ended by women with a creative solution in mind, what that is, she is not sure. Dash Moore emphasized that the important thing is that we must strive to build up the community of Flint. Kayla can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
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‘Truth’ poetry held at Clint’s Runner finds 2-year-old By NATALIE BRODA Times Staff Reporter The Speak Truth Poetry series took over Clint’s Cafe the night of Oct. 25. Local poets read their work in an open mic format, with the exception of a few feature presentations at the end of the evening. Most of the artists who preformed have worked together before, creating, as one of the hosts said, a beautiful family environment. Crystal “Kirei” Turner, a sophomore psychology major, started the series in collaboration with other local artists. The Poets and Writers Society also helped sponsor the event. “I’m always saying it’s important to speak the truth,” Turner said. “This is our job, so we get on stage. We all work together anyways, we’re just trying
to reach out and spread the art.” Turner will be releasing an album Nov. 19, and is holding a black and red release party at the Buckham Art Gallery starting at 5 p.m. the same day. Her album is entitled “High Heels and Handcuffs.” Not everyone who spoke had intentions of going professional. Students like freshman wildlife biology major Jordan Beard came to meet new people. “I’ve been writing poetry my entire life,” Beard said. “Until now I’ve been too afraid to perform.” Twitter is helping to spread the word about these local artists, who typically perform at the Brown Sugar Cafe. The UCEN offered Clint’s Cafe as a space free of charge for Speak Truth to take place, according to Beard.
Jacquell Price, Mott Community College sophomore and double major in journalism and mass communications, also performed under the name “Plan B.” Price was once a member in the Flint chapter of Brave New Voices, a national program tailored to honing in on writing and performance abilities. He also has his own poetry series with fellow artist Mac the Poet entitled “In Your Own Words.” The series takes place at Brown Sugar Cafe every other Thursday. “I liked the crowd, and the whole point is, hopefully people will see something they can change,” Price said. For more information on these artists or the series, visit Brown Sugar Cafe. Natalie can be reached at email@example.com
Detroit official who owns church charged by feds By ASSOCIATED PRESS DETROIT (AP) — A city of Detroit buildings official has been charged in a scheme to have the public pay for $10,000 in kitchen equipment at his church. The FBI says Charlie Golden talked to a city contractor about installing an expensive exhaust and
hood over a deep fryer at Perfecting Freedom Church. Golden is the pastor there as well as Detroit's assistant superintendent of buildings. A criminal complaint filed Thursday says Golden told the contractor to hire someone to do the work. The FBI says Golden signed phony city invoices to ensure that the contractor would be paid
by taxpayers. The contractor secretly recorded his meetings with Golden. Defense attorney Kim Stout says she'll vigorously defend Golden. The city employee has requested his retirement papers. Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.
boy in Michigan woods
By JOHN FLESHER Associated Press TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Trevor Vetort said he felt an urge to take a run, even though the weather was gloomy and it was supposed to be his day off. As the 18-year-old college student headed down a pathway through thick, swampy woods near his home in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, he heard what sounded like crying. Then he saw a 2-year-old boy sitting on the ground beside the trail, alone and frightened. "I was just weirded out — what in the world is he doing out here?" Vetort said by phone Thursday. The sobbing child held out his arms, repeatedly saying, "Mama, mama." Vetort picked up him up and carried him about 1.5 miles to an office at J.W. Wells State Park. The toddler was returned to his mother, who had been looking for him but hadn't notified authorities, Menominee County Sheriff Kenny Marks said. He apparently had wandered about a mile from home. "He was lost on a muddy trail in a rustic area of the forest," Marks told the EagleHerald of Menominee, Mich., and Marinette, Wis., (http://bit.ly/uBVoMs ), which first reported the story Thursday. "It had to be scary." The child needed no med-
ical treatment. But Marks said he'd been in a dangerous situation. Few people visit the park this time of year; not a single camper was registered Wednesday. Rangers don't regularly patrol where the toddler turned up. Temperatures were in the mid-40s and rain had fallen that morning. The child wore a hat and boots but no coat. Coyotes, wolves, bobcats and bears wander the forests and pastures of the central Upper Peninsula. Cougars occasionally are spotted. The child was less than a quarter-mile from the Lake Michigan shore. "This area up here is fairly remote," Marks told The Associated Press. "We have a lot of state forest and parklands. Even an adult can get lost in there and not be found for some time." It wasn't immediately clear how long the boy had been missing, the sheriff said. His office and the Michigan Department of Human Services were investigating. The boy's mother is divorced and has two other young children, he said. Their house is in Cedar River, a small community about 75 miles north of Green Bay, Wis. Vetort, who lives nearby, attends Northeast Wisconsin Technical College just across the state line in Marinette, Wis. He worked at the Wells park last summer. His 7-mile running
route Wednesday morning took him along a two-lane highway and through the woods, where he stumbled upon the lost child. The boy was unable to say more than a few words. Carrying the boy in his arms, Vetort searched the immediate area, assuming his family must be nearby. But seeing no one, he headed for the campground office and found rangers in a nearby restroom building, closing up for the season. They called the sheriff 's department. Marks lives in the Cedar River area and said he had a hunch about where the child might live. He sent a deputy to the home, where the mother and several other people were searching for the boy. Their house is a short walk from the trail. "That boy was so fortunate that he was found — and that Trevor was the one who found him," said Paula Hornick, Vetort's mother. "I'm so proud of my son." For his part, Vetort said he's convinced his spurof-the-moment decision to go running was divinely inspired. "God was looking out for (the child) in some way," Vetort said. "He used me to get him home." ___ Information from: EagleHerald, http://www.ehextra. com
other states. Incentives would be geared toward movies and films with Michigan-centered productions. Funding equal to 32 percent of spending on Michigan personnel would be available until 2015, at which point the credit would drop to 27 percent. The incentive funding would be worth 27 percent for spending on out-ofstate personnel, dropping to 12 percent in 2015. Incentives would cover 27 percent of a company's direct production expenditures. The legislation also calls for a 3 percent incentive bonus for use of a Michigan studio or postproduction facility. "This bill is focused on jobs, the economy and Michigan workers," said
Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville, a Republican from Monroe and sponsor of the legislation. "This legislation vastly improves upon a program that began a few years ago by rewarding those companies that invest in our state and build a long-term presence in Michigan." Michigan had one of the nation's most generous film incentive programs in the nation until Oct. 1, when annual spending on the program was capped at $25 million. The program previously was not capped. ___ The film incentive legislation is Senate Bill 569.
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Mich. schools chief rips Senate anti-bullying bill Michigan Senate approves new film incentive plan
By ASSOCIATED PRESS LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan's superintendent of public instruction has harsh words for the state Senate's version of a measure calling for all public schools to adopt anti-bullying policies. Schools chief Mike Flanagan said in a statement
From Page A-1 nificantly more severe than other forms of vandalism. “We typically see vandalism in general expressed as property damage, keying a car or spray painting a building,” Heraux said. “For vandalism to rise to the level of arson says that there’s something pretty serious going on.” Brandon LaLonde, a sophomore chemistry major who has lived in the Theta Chi house in downtown
From Page A-1 Management and professor of international business said that the Princeton Review’s recognition of the School of Management was helpful for attracting out of state and international students. “It’s important to attract students from out of state,” Kandogan said. “When we have external validation of the quality of the education it’s really significant for our school.” Some current students shared their experiences regarding School of Management programs. “The School of Manage-
Thursday the bill is a "joke" because of new language that appears to allow verbal bullying on religious or moral grounds. The Republican-backed bill would require schools to adopt policies aimed at cracking down on bullying and harassment of students. But the legislation "does not prohibit a statement of a
sincerely held religious belief or moral conviction" of a student or school employee. Democrats say it offers a blueprint for getting away with bullying in schools. The measure is advancing to the Republican-led House.
Flint for two years, attested to the frequent occurrence of house fires, being a witness of past house fires himself. “It definitely glooms over our heads,” LaLonde said. “We go arson hunting every once in a while, which sounds funny… but we have the ability to walk through the neighborhood and go to houses that are burning down. It’s kind of scary to think that can happen to us, but at the same time we always have somebody who is up till four in the morning.” Since targets are unpredictable, LaLonde expressed
how he came to terms with Theta Chi being a potential target for arsonists. “Anybody can walk by and throw something at your house and set your house on fire… [but] we have good fire prevention measures,” LaLonde said. “I’m not gonna say I feel safe because it is Flint and house fires do happen all the time, but I feel better knowing that security measures are in place.”
ment at the University of Michigan-Flint has one of the finest programs in this area. I have gone to other schools including Mott, Baker, and also Detroit College of Business, which is now Davenport,” Gerimane Simon, a junior majoring in business administration said. Joshua Carrell, a senior accounting major, is set to graduate at the end of the fall 2011 semester. He said that the professors made a positive impact on his experience in regards to their willingness to help students. “They [professors] will help you with things that they might not even teach if they know the subject matter,” Carrell said. “So just
having that experience, having that resource, and seeing that kind of professionalism is what provides the example for us students to try to follow because some of these professors are just unbelievable. And that’s something that I’m going to remember for the rest of my life as I go through my career and go forward with my future…” For more information and FAQs about the book’s ranking lists, rating scores, and Princeton Review’s school profiles, visit www. PrincetonReview.com.
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By ASSOCIATED PRESS LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Movie and film companies that hire Michigan workers and base more of their operations in the state would fare better than others under a new incentive program approved Thursday by the state Senate. The bill, approved 34-4, would set some new guidelines for carving up the $25 million available for state film, movie and video incentives. The legislation advances to the House. The incentives would not be as lucrative as the 42 percent subsidy previously received by film companies working in Michigan. But supporters of the legislation say incentives would be competitive with most
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‘Lockerbie’ message lingers with patrons
By NATALIE BRODA Times Staff Writer The University of Michigan-Flint Department of Theater and Dance performed Deborah Brevoort’s “The Women of Lockerbie” during the last weekend of October. Directed by Janet Haley, a theater professor, the cast featured seven performers. The play is set in Lockerbie, Scotland during the mid-nineties. It is seven years after the Pan Am Flight 103 was bombed and crashed into Lockerbie, causing the death of nearly 300 people. The piece is loosely-based off these historical events. It then follows the story of an American couple who had lost their only child and son in the
crash. They travel to Scotland for a vigil, and while roaming the hills for their son’s remains, the couple meets the women of Lockerbie. The women are determined to create an act of love from an act of hate, and want to wash the clothes of all the victims for their families. The only problem is that the U.S government orders that the clothes be burned. Meanwhile, the mother of the lost child is giving way to grief and isolation. “The theme is isolation versus engagement,” Haley said. “This is about how people need each other to move on. When we retreat from community we suffer. When we engage, we heal.” To Haley, Flint and Lockerbie are quite
similar. Both are small places who have been defined by a disaster. Lockerbie’s name has become synonymous with tragedy, just as Flint has with violence and crime. From opening night until the last Sunday matinee, audience members lingered in the lobby after the show in hopes of discussion, or to give thanks to the performers. This is how Haley judged the success of the plays real civic engagement. “In the end, there’s a series of silent interactions between actors and props,” Haley said. “It’s the power of doing something that actually happened. The story is fictional, but the story is real. We are privileged and honored to have performed these
events.” Those who missed the show will get a chance to see it Nov. 11 and 13. Brevoort contacted the university and is planning a visit during the last performance. She will then stay for a question and answer discussion with the audience and cast. Friday and Saturday performances begin promptly at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at the theatre box office for $10 general admission and $8 for students, UM-Flint faculty and alumni and senior citizens. Natalie can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
Fourth quarter films end 2011 with a bang By JUSTIN SHANLIAN Times Movie Critic The 2011 movie season is slowly winding down, but by no means is it over yet. The winter movie season is about to begin and it will surely leave 2011 on a high note. Here’s a list of the top 3 films audiences should see to finish up a solid year of movies. “J. Edgar” The Clint Eastwood directed film stars Leonardo DiCaprio in the titular role as J. Edgar Hoover, the infamous man who ran the FBI from 1924-1972. This film will surely be an Oscar contender at the 84th Academy Awards; Eastwood really knows how to direct all-star
casts and this film surely has its list of heavy hitters: Dame Judi Dench, Josh Lucas, Naomi Watts and Armie Hammer. Be sure to look for this movie when it comes to a theater near you on Nov. 9. “Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol” The fourth installment of the Mission Impossible series stars Tom Cruise again as secret agent Ethan Hunt. This time around the members of IMF are shut down when an attack on the Kremlin implicates Hunt and his new team. In an attempt to clear his organization’s name, Hunt and his team go rogue looking for all who
were involved in the attack on the Kremlin. The film is directed by Brad Bird, who is known for his many PIXAR animation films, such as “The Incredibles”. Jeremy Renner, Ving Rhames and Josh Holloway also star in the film. If you plan on seeing this film in IMAX you will be treated with the first six minutes of “The Dark Knight Rises,” according to many online sources. The opportunity to see the first six minutes of “The Dark Knight Rises” is enough for me to want to see this film. “Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol” opens in select U.S. theaters on Dec.16 and will open nationwide on
Dec. 21. “The Adventures of Tintin” Directed by Steven Spielberg and produced by Peter Jackson. “The Adventures of Tintin” is a performance capture 3D film that sees our hero Tintin on a treasure hunt for a sunken ship. Jamie Bell, Daniel Craig and Andy Serkis are a few of the actors who star in this film. This movie is already out in European markets and is getting wonderful reviews; so make sure you can find time for this film that opens up in North America on Dec. 21. Justin can be reached at email@example.com
‘Big in China,’ a good read By SIRIUS WELCH Times Senior Reporter “Big in China” is Alan Paul’s memoir about his and his family’s experiences of living in China. Paul moved his family across seas because his wife Rebecca was offered a job as the Wall Street Journal’s China bureau. Paul’s job is also in journalism, working at magazines such as Guitar World and Slam. Eventually, he goes on to form the band Woodie Alan. This name is a combination of his name and the co-founder and lap steel-guitarist of the band, Woodie Wu. The band was named City Weekend Band of the Year. Paul also became somewhat of a minor celebrity in China for his blog posts that detailed his day-to-day life there. The narrative is mostly about his experiences in China, but he does relate his previous life experiences that took place before he went abroad as well. Of particular interest to local readers are his many connections to Michigan. He got started in journalism and met his wife Rebecca while they were both working at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor’s student newspaper, the Michigan Daily. Later, he learned how to be a bandleader at the Otisville Hotel in Otisville
with help from the Buick City Blues Band. Paul’s narrative is pretty straightforward. He occasionally provides extracts from actual emails he sent and received during his time in China. This helped to get the full picture of the real people he was talking about, as opposed to just having to rely on retellings of dialogue. His own character came across as someone who genuinely wanted to get the most out of the experience, learn the culture, and also help people understand his own culture. Through the course of the book, Paul does more than show what it is like to live in a different country. He also illustrates the lesser known or explored people like expats, Third Culture Kids, and Chinese musicians. Paul’s book is informative on both these lesser-known cultures, as well as inspiring Blues performers. The only problem with the book is that there are times where I wished it were longer, elaborated more, or stayed in one place for more time. These complaints aside, “Big in China” gives us a comprehensive look at Chinese culture from a local voice.
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U spoken word event to be held at Flint café By SIRIUS WELCH Times Senior Reporter Entering its fifth year, the University of Michigan – Flint Spoken Word series will be holding an event at Good Beans Café on Nov. 18. Traci Currie, professor of communications, is one of the organizers of the event. “The series’ mission is to merge both Flint community and university community. Also,
its purpose is to create a safe space where people can share their stories,” Currie said via email interview. Each month has a different theme of empowerment. Past themes have included youth and “women about men.” The Nov. 18 theme is a surprise. Both featured artists and the spoken word class will be performing. There will also be an open mic session.
“Spoken word (aka performance poetry) is an art form of empowerment,” Currie said. “Beyond having the opportunity to express yourself, you never know whose life you are saving in the audience. Spoken word is a voice for social justice. The spoken word series allows artists to speak about the ‘unspeakable’ topics.” Hosting the event is the Good Beans Café,
which Currie says is a gem in the Flint community. Ken Van Wagoner is part owner of the Good Beans Café. “It has been a true pleasure being part of Dr. Currie’s courageous and trend forward visionary style,” Van Wagoner said via email interview. “I absolutely admire her tenacious effort that brings the classroom to meet the real world in our warm and intimate anteroom.”
There will be door prizes at the event, which include Barnes and Nobles certificates and journals. “I believe in giving door prizes that support literacy, encourage self-empowerment, promote education, and create action,” Currie said. This event will take place on Nov. 18, starting at 7 p.m. at the Good Beans Café. This event is being spon-
sored by the Share Art Flint Ruth Mott Foundation and LINK Community Arts. The next event will take place on Dec. 16 and is being organized by the Spoken Word Class. According to Currie, these events occur on the third Friday of every month during the school year. Sirius can be reached at email@example.com.
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By AUSTIN BAILEY Times Sports Columnist Heading into the bye week, Michigan wanted to focus on getting their running backs more involved with the offense, and help take pressure off Denard Robinson in the running game. After being challenged by Brady Hoke, sophomore Fitzgerald Toussaint responded with 170 rushing yards and two touchdowns, aiding the Wolverines in their 36-14 homecoming victory over Purdue. Toussaint easily had the best rushing performance of the season by a Michigan player not named Robinson. The sophomore running back has nearly doubled the amount of yards and carries of backup Vincent Smith, and expects to be the Wolverines’ primary running back moving forward. Hoke praised his young running back in his Monday press conference with MGoBlue. com. “He played tremendously,” Hoke said in the press conference. “He had great vision, balance. He’s the guy that will start the football game for us.” November will be a true test for this year’s Wolverines to see how much they have progressed from last season. With their win over Purdue, Michigan matches its total wins from 2010. There are no breaks in the schedule for Michigan’s final four games. “You play these last four, and when you get into November, you play for championships in the Big Ten conference and that’s how it’s kind of been for many years,” Hoke said. Since Hoke’s arrival to Michigan, he’s preached to his team that championships are won in November. “He’s been stressing that since January,” senior tight end Kevin Koger said at MGoBlue. com’s weekly press conference. “Yesterday, when we walked into Schembechler Hall, there were flyers up on the sides of the building that said ‘This is November.’” Heading into Iowa, Michigan sat in a threeway tie for first place in the legends division with Michigan State and Nebraska. The Wolverines need a victory over Nebraska, or Michigan State to lose another game, if they hope to represent the legends division in the Big Ten championship game. “It gives the team a little bit more confidence knowing that we could still win a Big Ten Championship as opposed to other years when we were kind of out of the race,” Koger said. Following the matchup with Iowa, Michigan will travel to Champagne, Ill. to face Illinois. Michigan then ends the season with consecutive home games against Nebraska and Ohio State. Austin can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
The “Tebowing” continues
By JOSEPH PATTERSON Times Advertising Manager Week 9. Read em’ and weep. By now you should know what you have and what you don’t. The offensive explosion that began the year has come to an end and the unfortunate injuries to a number of first round picks have decimated some teams. And although there were some gambles in the first round, nobody saw Chris Johnson becoming unstartable. I for one had to finally drop Chad Ochocinco. And let’s not forget the Madden Curse – strep throat, Peyton Hillis? Is your hamstring that bad or are you still pouting about your contract? I don’t see Adrian Peterson whining about the sniffles. However, it hasn’t been all bad. Matt Stafford and Calvin Johnson have lived up to their expectations and Frank Gore is having a year circa 2006. That leaves us with the pair that I am sure has flipped many leagues upside down: Cam Newton and Steve Smith of the Carolina Panthers. It has been a hard pill to swallow listening to their owners gloat. Now, I can’t lie, I would be feeling pretty good about my team if I had hit the lottery on Steve Smith in the draft as well. But don’t add insult to injury and conjure up arguments claiming that you really knew he was going to be a stud. Nothing about his 46-reception, 546-yard 2010 season leads you to this. If you are on the fringe of making the playoffs I would start getting active on the trade block if you haven’t already. Trade deadlines are coming soon and I for one would feel better about doing something rather than sitting and watching the team that was taking me nowhere lead me right to the Toilet Bowl. Also at midseason it’s time for all of us who drafted Vick in the top 10 to let everyone else give us a swift kick in the pants. Now, Mike may still come through. The Dallas game may be the turning point for the season, but even if Mike leads us to the Promised Land he still won’t be the top quarterback in the league. Mr. Rodgers has that locked up if you ask me. The buzz surrounding Vick was that he was going to be the number one fantasy scorer and, with his rushing yards, produce the most prolific fantasy season we have ever seen. Turns
out he will not even be the top quarterback. Vince Young called the Eagles the dream team and took a lot of criticism for it. Good call, Vince – the only time I’ve seen them produce like I thought they would was in my dreams before the season started. Can we put an end to Tebowmania? I’d like to be able to watch ESPN again. It hasn’t been this bad since Roger Clemens ruled the screen for a short eternity. I don’t think I will be watching “First Take” for a while. I can’t handle Stephen A. Smith and Skip Bayless arguing about Tim anymore. Finally I leave you with this. Has sports media become so sensational that we have to read articles claiming Lions linebacker Stephen Tulloch was mocking God when he ‘Tebowed’ after sacking him on Sunday? Come on, nobody believes that for a second. Where were the critics when Nate Burelson celebrated a score with LeBron’s ‘powder toss’ or Tony Schefflers swashbuckling in against Tampa Bay? Tim Tebow has attained superstar status without earning it on the field in the NFL. Criticism comes with territory and if we can lambaste Philip Rivers for fumbling a snap, then Tim and all of his spectacle is fair game as well. Oh, and what will the pundits say when Suh gets up after leveling Aaron Rodgers on Thanksgiving and shows his “title belt” to the country? Is the NFL or ESPN hurting for viewers so much that they have to make a good vs. evil matchup with the Lions and Broncos? The media would make it seem that Tim is alone in his reverence and clean cut image in sports. That is just not the case. There are stars in all the various sports that have long and productive careers and have held themselves to the highest standards. And although a city with the sports pedigree of Detroit could take such a nomination in stride, what have the Lions done besides play with some swagger to deserve that? The 2011 Lions aren’t even comparable to the exploits of Bill Laimbeer and “the Bad Boys.” How about we take a little longer than half a season to pass judgment on this team? Please sports media, a little less tabloid tactics and a little more reporting. Joseph can be reached at josephpa@umflint. edu
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‘Dance 2’ keeps players moving By KEVIN CHAMBERS Web Design and Social Media Editor “Dance Central 2” is a somewhat flawed, yet simultaneously rewarding venture into the often overpopulated dance game genre. Despite not being the revolution it once was, the title results in an improved experience that won’t turn heads but won’t turn the previously indoctrinated fans or newcomers away from Harmonix’s now steady formula. This isn’t to say that there aren’t some improvements. A crew challenge mode has been introduced which acts as a pseudo campaign mode adding a bit more incentive to revisit the title but ultimately can be completed in a matter of hours. The track list is bigger with an increase of current tunes however, there is still an insipid amount of classic songs that make the title’s overall appeal disjointed. Simultaneous multiplayer now allows for two players to dance at the same time which
can produce a far more enjoyable party atmosphere, but the addition seems rough as Kinect’s sensor will tend to confuse players with one another and randomly drop individuals out of play sessions. The gameplay is great with Kinect tracking players accurately and responsively. Dances are now more assorted featuring a plethora of dance moves that truly differentiate your experience from song to song. The complexity that comes with the increased difficulty is inherently rewarding as players learn to perform like a pro. Strange technical issues plague the title as sound, one of the most important aspects of the title, is accentu-
ated in all the wrong places. Sound effects are obnoxiously loud whereas the music itself lays hushed in the background. “Break it Down” mode still moves at a breakneck speed and less experienced players will hardly learn from it as they stumble to slow the movements down. While it’s not a defining gem for this generation, and has its technical flaws, the game is still just as fun as it ever was. The quirks might knockdown the overall quality of the title, but there’s no denying that it’s still one of the best party games available.
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