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Dear Mr. Patterson: A response LEXI TRIMPE Contributing Writer “Anytime I talk about Detroit, it will not be positive. Therefore, I’m called a Detroit basher. The truth hurts, you know? Tough shit.” The words of Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson, as quoted in The New Yorker under the headline, “Drop Dead, Detroit.” Reading negative articles about Detroit isn’t new to me or any other Detroiter. However, your statements struck me for a variety of reasons. It seems that our definitions of “truth” are wildly different, and since you can’t find a positive thing to say about Detroit, let me do it for you. Detroit is filled with some of the hardest working individuals I have ever met. Detroit is filled with art, culture and life. Detroit is home to entrepreneurs, artists, artisans and engineers. Ralph Waldo Emerson once said, “Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” And that’s what we do.

“I used to say to my kids, ‘First of all, there’s no reason for you to go to Detroit.”’ Where should I begin? Motown, Greektown, Slow’s, Shi-

nola, Eastern Market, the DIA, the Heidelberg Project, Wayne State, the Detroit Library, the DMC, the Fox Theatre, the University of Detroit Mercy (your alma mater), the Detroit Symphony, the Detroit Opera House, College for Creative Studies, Mexicantown, the Renaissance Center, the Riverwalk, the Masonic Temple, Hart Plaza, Belle Isle, the Michigan Science Center... just to name a few. Let me assure you, there are plenty of reasons to come to Detroit. Throughout Detroit, gentrification has been taking hold quickly. From Corktown to Midtown, renovation and inspiration has taken root. Up-and-coming neighborhoods on the eastside of Detroit have opened restaurants, cafes and bars. New bicycle lanes painted down Lafayette provide easy alternative routes for Detroiters who work downtown. Wayne State, a premiere research university, hosts thousands of students from all over the globe, offering a cultural experience unlike anything else. This unique mixture of culture fosters a community filled with innovation and creativity. Midtown has quickly become the culture hub of Detroit. Art galleries, cafes, restaurants, theatres, food trucks and museums line the streets of Midtown.

And guess who’s supporting these businesses and attractions? People who have reasons to be in Detroit. We work here, we play here, and we live here. Over in TechTown, a knowledge and technology district in Midtown, entrepreneurs create, expand and grow companies. According to their website, TechtownDetroit.org, “We accelerate economic growth in Detroit by growing strong businesses and driving regional collaboration.” This is what fuels Detroit. This is what is keeping Detroit alive. You of all people should know that. Or have you forgotten about your involvement with 2011’s “Believe in Detroit” campaign, in which you declared to the masses “I’m a believer. Are you?” You said then, “We can all benefit from a vibrant city.” Where is this attitude now? These aren’t quotes from 30 years ago; these are quotes from three years ago. In 1805, Father Gabriel Richard penned Detroit with the motto: “Speramus meliora; resurget cineribus” or “We hope for better things; it will arise from the ashes.” This motto is truer today than ever. In your own words, Detroit is “a great American city.” Detroit was once the Paris of the Midwest, the hub of industrialization in America, the Motor City. Detroit rose quickly, and

fell even quicker. However, the rise of Detroit is becoming more and more well known. Various projects offering incentives to professionals to move to Detroit, in combination with notoriously-low home prices, has caused a wave of young working professionals to call Detroit home. Potentially this is the reason for your hostility towards the city: are we offering too much competition to your beloved Oakland County? That’s not to say Detroit is perfect - it’s far from it. But pushing people away from the city is the single most toxic thing one could do to Detroit. The only way Detroit will succeed and rise back to our previous glory is if we have the support from our surrounding communities. Our neighbors. Your “bashing” of Detroit does nothing but push away potential business and potential success. With or without you, Mr. Patterson, Detroit is pushing forward. Your opinions on Detroit are nothing more than outdated, ignorant assumptions, based upon years of convincing yourself Oakland County is above us. With or without your support, Mr. Patterson, Detroit will continue to rise from the ashes and will prosper. We won’t drop dead. The truth hurts, you know? Tough shit.



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M-1 Rail project on track to begin construction Streetcar line one of many Detroit transit projects coming down the line PAT ANDRZEJCZYK The South End The M-1 Rail streetcar line will have as many as four stops in the Midtown area when it is completed in 2016. In a statement to The South End, M-1 external affairs director Sommer Woods said the modern streetcar system will help unify different modes of transit in Detroit. She said it will allow Wayne State students and out-of-towners alike to explore the city with greater ease. “(The M-1 Rail) will help Wayne State University students … more easily move about the Woodward Corridor before and after classes,” she said. “It will provide residents, employees and visitors an efficient way to reach destinations such as the Detroit Institute of Arts, the Detroit Medical Center and the Central Business District.” The project’s managers pointed to the progress being made in moving underground utilities along the future streetcar line on Woodward Avenue, as well the beginning of the bidding process for construction. They said these are the first

steps towards construction being started in earnest later this year. Part of the process is fielding bids from potential contractors. The M-1 Rail project is seeking to include black-owned, Detroit-based construction companies in the bidding process by holding an open house Jan. 29 at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African-American History. When construction is finished, up to five regular-service streetcars will carry riders north and southbound along a 3.3-mile-long loop, the ends of each laying at Larned Street, off Hart Plaza downtown, and West Grand Boulevard in New Center. In Midtown, the stops will be located at Ferry Avenue, near the Detroit Institute of Arts; at Warren Avenue and Canfield Avenue near the Detroit Medical Center; and at Mack Avenue and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. At least five additional stops will be located south of Midtown, in the Entertainment District, the Central Business District and Hart Plaza. The service will connect riders to all of Detroit’s public transportation hubs, like the Rosa Parks Transit Center, Amtrak

stations running to Dearborn and Pontiac, the Windsor Tunnel and the People Mover. Lisa Nuszkowski, the senior project administrator at WSU’s economic development department, said she’s confident the project is on track. She also said while the project makes intracity commuting easier, it won’t make the freeways obsolete for out of town commuters. “The project is intended to be a circulator,” Nuszkowski said. “So it’s connecting all these resources along the Woodward Corridor, but not necessarily to outside the city.” She said long-distance commuters could see their options broaden in the future. “Commuting long distances in and out of the city is something that’s being looked at down the road,” Nuszkowski said. “The city is studying bus rapid transit, and Woodward is the first corridor being studied for a line out to Pontiac.” The director also pointed out the progress made on the Detroit pedestrian walkway system, which will allow cyclists pedestrians to traverse vibrant areas like Midtown, downtown and Eastern Market

to the Riverwalk without having to use the freeways. WSU is already planning implementation of a greater downtown Detroit bike-sharing program, she said. Eventually, racks will be placed throughout the downtown area, including Midtown, Woodbridge, Eastern Market and the Riverfront, making it even easier for cyclists to travel in the city. She said the pace and scope of infrastructure development in Detroit makes her very optimistic about the city’s recovery. “It’s heartening (Detroit) is getting towards having a true public transit system,” she said. “It may be taking longer than … hoped, but it’s getting there.” 2013 was a year filled with transportation news; the Michigan Department of Transportation announced plans to add lanes and replace overpasses to I-94 in the Midtown area, as well as changes to the span of freeway known as I-375. I-375 paved over the historic Black Bottom-Paradise Valley neighborhood in the 1960’s. The mile-long stretch of highway now forms the boundary between Lafayette Park and Eastern Market.

Local nonprofit warms up Detroit Doors of Success tends to homeless, entrepreneurs LESLIE FIELDS Contributing Writer Since 2011, Doors of Success has been feeding the homeless and helping families in need while learning the ins and outs of developing a successful business and building a brand. Shalamar Guerrant is the founder of this mobile nonprofit organization. “(Doors of Success is) A universal nonprofit organization where we help the homeless and children, we give away toys, clothes, toiletries, socks, gloves, scarves, hats, and coats,” Guerrant said. This nonprofit is about helping people in need, and Guerrant exhibits that by giving to the homeless and others. “People donate appliances also, so it isn’t just for families that are homeless but families that are in need also,” Guerrant said. Guerrant’s organization recently fed more than 200 people for Thanks-

giving last year, which was their first Thanksgiving event. Homeless people can be seen around campus, and there are ways students can give back. Doors of Success can help. It’s a good example to any student considering becoming an entrepreneur. Guerrant’s nonprofit opens doors for anyone who wants to give back to their communities or to even inspire anyone who wants to start their own nonprofit or business. “If you have a vision make it plain, write it down, and post it and then just start it, don’t wait till you have everything done just start it,” she said. Originally, she wanted to open her own soup kitchen but she soon got the idea to start her own but she still has one goal in mind and many more. “My ultimate goal is to have a soup kitchen — a girls, women, and children shelter, a place where they feel like it’s home,” she said. “Not your regular soup kitchen.

I’ve seen some shelters just put out food in a big pot and serve it, but my organization cooks everything with love.” Nicole Shelby, a graduate from Wayne State who is working on opening her own business, said having more people passionate about their communities is what Detroit needs. “It’s important to give back to the community because everyone needs a little help at some point in their lives,” she said. “If our communities are going to get better someone has to be there for those who have no one. People remember that kind of generosity and at some point may be able to pay it forward.” More college graduates are not only attempting to open their own business, but also becoming successful at it. Stefanie Alston, a graduate from WSU, also highlighted the important aspects of opening a business. “Developing a solid business plan, a proper location, under-

standing the demographics of that area, your target and a solid financial plan,” she said. Alston is also planning on opening her own business as well. “You have to have a real plan and drive. You can’t just plan and stop but you have to plan and actually do it — don’t get lazy, don’t get scared, don’t let fear get in the way,” Alston said. Guerrant’s nonprofit, Doors of Success, is an example of how communities are coming together and how businesses are beginning to flourish. Guerrant also has advice for young entrepreneurs. “It’s not hard, it doesn’t take a lot of money. People will see your heart, get to know you who you are and want to invest in you,” Guerrant said. To volunteer or donate, email Shalamar Guerrant at guerranthomes@yahoo.com. You can follow her on Instagram at @doorsofsuccess and like her Facebook page, Doors of Success.


Battle royale bandwagon

LISA FRALEIGH Contributing Writer Today’s video gaming world offers a vast selection of genres and sub-genres gamers can pick from. Some gamers may stick to a select few while others may branch out and play all of them. Either way, it is the players that keep game makers looking for the next big thing. As the industry evolves and advances, companies are looking at what gamers are playing and what they want in future products. It’s safe to say they found it in MOBAs, or multiplayer online battle arenas. MOBAs are a sub-genre of real-time strategy games. These types of games have two teams competing against each other, with each player controlling a single character with its

own set of abilities. The main objective is to push your way to the opponent’s base and destroy their main structure. While this may sound pretty simplistic, I can tell you it is not. To be good at these games takes skill, strategy and cooperative play, as it is emphasized greatly. There are many facets to these games that take countless hours of play to master. Prior to 2009, when Riot Games released “League of Legends,” MOBAs were not that popular. There was the odd one here and there, but at the time real-time strategy (RTS) games like “StarCraft” or “Warcraft” were much more popular. But since then, the popularity of MOBAs has skyrocketed. According to Riot Games in 2012, “League of Legends” became the mostplayed video game in the world, and it has stayed that way. In 2013, “League of Legends” had 32.5 million active players who logged 1.3 billion hours of play time a month. And in case that didn’t stick with you, Riot said that’s the equivalent of 148,303 years. Since “League of Legends,” a couple of other games have come to join in on

its success: “Dota 2” and “Heroes of Newerth.” Both these games were wellreceived and are now very popular with MOBA players. Blizzard Entertainment plans on joining the MOBA community with its upcoming game, “Heroes of the Storm.” While a release date hasn’t been announced yet, it’s sure to be of the same quality all Blizzard games are, and will keep the players of MOBAs on their toes with its contribution to the genre. It isn’t just Blizzard looking to take part in this relatively new genre’s success; there are many developers with MOBAs slated to release in the near future. Not only are these games popular with everyday players, but they have also found their home in the eSports community. Electronic sports are essentially professional gaming. Participants hold organized official tournaments all over the world. Some events are attended by thousands that come to watch in person and are watched by millions more online. “League of Legends” and “Dota 2” are considered essential games in eSports as both are some of the most popular

to play and watch. Players compete in annual championships with huge crowds and unprecedented prize pools. Last year’s League of Legends World Championship was held at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, and was attended by more than 13,000 people. According to Riot Games, 32 million people watched the world championship final online and on TV in October, making it the most watched eSports event in history. By comparison, game six of the 2013 World Series was watched by 19.2 million viewers. Riot offered a groundbreaking prize pool of $2 million. And last year, Valve Inc. set the record with the biggest prize pool in eSports history of $2.8 million at the International Dota 2 Championship. All of this shows the growing popularity of MOBAs. There is a whole world of possibilities with these games waiting to be discovered. Gamers of all different types, from the pros to casuals, have made it clear that this is a genre are they want to play. We are seeing just the start of this genre, and I am very excited to see what it has in store for us gamers in the future.

Alley Taco spices up Midtown


BRIAN MAINZINGER Features Correspondent Jason Frenkel has spent the last 16 years perfecting his craft — working in restaurants in both the front and back of the house, as well as managing a night club along the way in cities such as Miami Beach, San Francisco and Chicago. Frenkel has come back to Detroit with what he has learned, and will be showcasing his talents

in three venues. As varied as his restaurant experience has been in the past — from Eurasian to Italian — Frenkel continues with a varied present in his current endeavors. They include: Rubbed, a charcuterie sandwich shop in Corktown scheduled to open on St. Patrick’s Day; Six and Bones Grille opening on the roof of the Music Hall; and Alley Taco, a taco shop in the back of Marcus Market near Wayne State’s campus. Alley Taco, which Frenkel describes as a place that “would make a perfect food

truck,” opened Jan. 1, serving tacos, burritos, nachos and other Mexican street fare. Customers choose the type of dish they want (taco or burrito) then choose their meat or veggies, as well as salsa. Formerly, Marcus Market had a pizza shop in the spot that is Alley Taco. Frenkel said they had great pizza, but the business was not able to sustain itself. When he heard of the space opening up, he thought it would be a great spot for a business such as Alley Taco.

“When I was living in San Francisco, I was eating Mexican food every day and found that style of Mexican food does not exist out here,” he said. Alley Taco is open every day except Sunday, and will soon be offering delivery. The service will also offer items from Marcus Market. Alley Taco accepts OneCards and is open Monday through Wednesday, 11-10 p.m., Thursday through Saturday 11-11 p.m. The phone number is 313-833-0672.


WSU welcomes newest breakfast option JESSICA SADER Contributing Writer Pull open the double doors of Wayne State’s new Dunkin’ Donuts and you’re greeted by the aroma of fresh coffee and pastries. The divine smell, along with the friendly faces and shelter from the bitter cold, makes it hard to leave. Since opening day Jan. 16, the shop has received plenty of traffic. Dunkin’ Donuts is located at the Towers Residential Suites on Anthony Wayne Drive at Reuther Mall. Campus signage, donut giveaways and word of mouth are all channels of communication that have drawn students to the shop. “My mom posted a link about it to me on Facebook, as crazy as it sounds,” said WSU senior Taylor Monday. The store’s senior supervisor, Tiara Tinnin, said they are busiest from 9 to 11 a.m., 1 to 2 p.m. and 3 to 5 p.m. Dunkin’ completes the campus’ coffee shop trifecta, joining Tim Horton’s and Starbucks, though it has something the other two don’t: promotions. “Right now from 3 to 7 p.m. we have lattés for one dollar,” said Tinnin, a WSU junior majoring in business administration. Tinnin said this deal ends Feb. 1, but it will be replaced by a different monthly promotion. The grand opening kicks off the second week of February, and students can look forward to buy-one-get-one deals as well as free samples handed out by mascots. Popular menu items include wake-up

wraps, bagels and of course, donuts. “Me personally, I like their blueberry glazed donuts,” Darrin Winston said. “I also tried this turkey bacon bagel, that’s pretty good too.” The sitting area is bright, and seats are colored in Dunkin’s signature shades of pink and orange. Signs saying things like, “that paper isn’t going to write itself” encourage students to take advantage of the space. “They have a lot of plugs, so I can charge my phone,” Winston said. “Whenever my phone is dying I know I can come sit here — I don’t have to go to the Student Center where it’s loud.” Convenience and taste keep WSU freshman Daren Brooks coming back. “It is really close to my dorm,” Brooks said. “I can just come downstairs and get donuts. I always liked Dunkin’ Donuts, even when I was younger.” He likes that it has “pretty cheap prices in comparison to going the Starbucks in Barnes & Noble.” “They have great customer service,” Winston said. “Of course I’ll come back in here.” Brooks has some advice for choosing what to order on the menu.“If you get a coffee, make sure it is four creams, four sugars — it’s always good like that,” he said. “And custard-filled (donuts) are the best. Just sayin’.” Based on the positive response it has gotten already, it seems as though Dunkin Donuts is here to stay. “We’re excited about being here, and there’s a lot more to come,” Tinnin said.




Warriors find mixed success at home MICHAEL LEWIS Sports Correspondent The Wayne State men’s basketball team has not found the secret to winning in the New Year. After losing three straight games on the road, the Warriors bounced back with a 68-61 win at Saginaw Valley. WSU looked to carry this momentum into a three-game home stand against Michigan Tech, Northern Michigan and Ferris State. So far, the Warriors lost 52-50 to Michigan Tech and won 61-51 against Northern Michigan. This drops WSU to 8-7 overall and 6-6 in the GLIAC. The Jan. 23 game against Michigan Tech began as a defensive struggle. Both teams shot below 37 percent in the first half with WSU holding the 21-18 halftime advantage. Neither team had a double-digit scorer at halftime, but the offensive production picked up in the second half. The last 20 minutes was a back-and-forth battle. The Warriors were able to jump out to an early seven point lead at the 18 minute mark. But the Huskies responded with a 10-0 run that gave them a 30-27 lead. From that moment on, the lead switched hands only once. Senior guard Chene Philips hit a triple to take a 49-48 lead with three and a half left to play. Austin Armaga answered by scoring four straight points for Michigan Tech, which ultimately sealed their victory. Senior Bryan Coleman failed to hit three shots in the final 30 seconds to win or force overtime which forced WSU to their second home loss. The Huskies were able to shoot 53.8 percent from the field in the second half, while the Warriors shot just 40 percent. Coach David Greer said the loss was a result of poor defense and a lack of mental toughness. “We started standing around and playing hero ball, whoever gets it last jacks up a three pointer. Just not good basketball,” Greer said. “At this point we’re just not mentally tough enough to take that next step.” Although the Warriors let a close game slip through their grasp, they were able to bounce back with a win against the Northern Michigan Wildcats. Senior Jamar Rangland carried the Warriors with 10 first half points off the bench, while Marcus Hall led the Cats with 10 of his own. The Wildcats entered halftime with a 36-34 lead after a last second jump shot by Marcus Hall. With Northern Michigan matching the Warriors shot for shot, the game seemed to be another challenge for WSU. But the Warriors dominated the second half. They held the Wildcats to 17 percent shooting and went on an 11-0 run to go up 10 with eight minutes to play. The Wildcats were able to pull back to within three points, but that was as close as they would get. The Warriors jumped back up to win the game 61-51, and now they’re shifting their focus to the Ferris State Bulldogs. The Warriors cancluded their three-game home stand Jan. 29 before going back on the road to play the Lakers at Grand Valley.





Women’s basketball takes top spot MICHAEL LEWIS Sports Correspondent The Wayne State Women’s basketball team improved to 14-2 (11-1 GLIAC) and became the No. 1 seed in the GLIAC conference with wins against the Michigan Tech Huskies and Northern Michigan Wildcats on Jan. 23 and Jan 25. The Warriors beat the Michigan Tech Huskies 74-63 in a seesaw battle through the first 34 minutes. There were seven lead changes and five ties in the first half alone and neither team was able to build more than a four point lead. The Huskies neutralized the WSU offense by focusing their defense on junior center Shareta Brown. Brown entered Thursday night’s game with two straight double-doubles with at least 20 points and 10 rebounds. Michigan Tech was able to hold Brown to 1-5 shooting, while the Warriors shot 39.4 percent in the first half. However, WSU entered halftime with a 30-29 lead. Senior Imari Redfield led all scorers with seven points in the first 20 minutes. The Huskies were led by Danielle Blake who scored 18 in the first half. The second half remained tight until Redfield and Brown took over late in the game. Both players converted on back-toback three point plays and capped an 11-0 run to seal their nine-point victory. Both players ended the game with a doubledouble. Redfield scored 21 points with 11 rebounds, and Brown scored 16 points with 12 rebounds. The ladies’ game against the Northern Michigan Wildcats proved to be more competitive down the stretch. Both teams entered halftime deadlocked at 35 shooting 48 percent from the floor. Imari Redfield led all scorers with nine first half points as the Wildcats committed to shutting down Shareta Brown. The second half showed the Warriors’ depth as junior Kayla Bridges exploded for 19 second half points to lead all scorers with a career high of 27. “When I came into the game, I saw how they were guarding ’Reta and they were so consumed on her,” Bridges said. “If someone is getting double teamed, someone is always going to be open and that happened to be me tonight.” Bridges led the Warriors to a 75-72 win over the Wildcats. Warrior head coach Carrie Lohr knows the value of having players like Bridges who can step in and carry their team. She attributed the success the Warriors have had to their depth on the bench. “I think that we have players that can come in and push us over the hump,” Lohr said. “I love to see any of our players step up. Watching Kayla tonight was fun.” The Warriors remain home at the Matthaei to take on the Ferris State Bulldogs Jan. 30 and continue their quest for GLIAC dominance. With WSU being ranked No. 21 in the nation, the sky seems to be the limit for the lady Warriors.



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