THE VARSITY NEWS
Vol. 95, Issue 3
The student newspaper of the University of Detroit Mercy
Contract talks go without mediator
Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2013
So you think you know about the McNichols campus? Check our list of the top ten things you probably don’t realize about UDM / Page 3
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BY IAN THIBODEAU VN CO-EDITOR
The university and UDM professors’ union are continuing to negotiate over salary and retirement benefits – without the help of a federal mediator. Negotiations went sour in August, causing a federal mediator to be brought in. The federal government shutdown, however, has since ended the mediation. According to Prasad Venugopal, union president, the two sides decided to meet anyway. The contract extension granted by the university, which extended the professors’ current contract until Oct. 24, has eased tensions enough that the two sides can meet face-to-face. During the five meetings the two sides have had without the mediator, “it’s been very civil, very polite and very professional,” Venugopal said. But “emotions are still very raw,” he said. “The fundamental situation has not changed.” Gary Lichtman, university spokesman, said the administration hopes to reach an agreement with the union soon.
Recruiters offer job-tip searches
BY DERRICK JONES II VN SPECIAL WRITER
What are recruiters looking for in UDM graduates? Representatives of several companies shared their insights with The Varsity News during last week’s fall career fair. “People who can influence and lead large teams,” said Jeff Patrick of Target Corporation. When hiring interns and corporate employees, the company also appreciates candidates with high leadership potential who know the direction they want to go in life, he said. The career fair allows companies to showcase products and services and to discuss employment opportunities with UDM students and alumni.
AD aims to raise Titan media presence BY CURTIS PULLIAM VN CO-EDITOR
A busy schedule and a large brown desk full of paper work – that partly describes Robert Vowels’ first months as UDM’s athletic director. “I think the thing that I’ve got to continue to learn is about process and procedures and the culture of the university and how people do things,” said Vowels. “That’s
the difference between working with the NCAA, or working at Vanderbilt, or working here. It’s just how people conduct their business.” Vowels was among dozens of candidates for the vacancy that came about after Keri Gaither resigned in October 2012. He comes to UDM from the NCAA, where he was vice president of membership and student-athlete affairs, a posi-
tion he took in 2007. Vowels said a big reason for seeking the UDM job was to help young men and women on campus. “I wanted to come back (to being on a campus full time) and work with student-athletes and help them achieve some of their goals, both academically and athletically,” he said. With degrees from Duke and the North Carolina Cen-
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tral University of Law, Vowels values the importance of education. “Academics are extremely important to us, in making sure the student-athletes are being successful in the classroom,” said Vowels. But he also knows what it means to be a student-athlete: He played football at Duke University. In the decades since, he built a career as a college
sports executive, serving not only with the NCAA but also as commissioner of two leagues (the Division I Southwestern Athletic Conference and the Division II Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference) and as assistant athletic director for compliance at Vanderbilt University. “He has an unbelievable background,” said Ray McCallum, men’s basketball
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College should awaken us, not make us numb
I almost missed the fall again. Cool air, colorful trees and crisp blue skies went unnoticed until last week when I found my car covered in small yellow leaves one morning. Nearly all of the trees on my street had begun to turn, as had quite a few trees on campus, and because I’d convinced myself that I was so busy with school, I might not have noticed the season change until Halloween. Last year I didn’t notice that the leaves had changed until mid-November. That made me sad. I didn’t make it to any apple orchards or go to any football games; I worked and studied the fall away, and I became something like a robot. It’s a mistake that plagues college students – and could have far worse effects than missing the changing leaves. There are plenty of students who’ve changed majors once or twice, picked up a minor and maybe taken a few semesters off, but most students at UDM stick to the major they declare the moment they enroll. I’m forced to think that these students are at even more of a disadvantage not only because many people change between the ages of 18 and 22, but because the lack of variety absolutely forces a student to be a drone. And although UDM’s five- and seven-year track programs for various degrees are well-renowned and fantastic for setting graduates up for success in the professional world, they are the epitome of the problem. My understanding of those programs, especially after talking to a few nursing majors, is that there is little room for “extra” classes. Ultimately, nursing majors learn nursing from the start, and they plug in whatever elective requirements are necessary along the way. And that’s fine if you want to get in here, get your degree and get out as soon as possible. Whether or not the same can be said for the other five- or seven-year programs UDM offers, I don’t know. But those ultra-structured programs remind me of something one of my uncles asked when I was deciding on minors. He asked whether I wanted my time as an undergrad to be enlightening or utilitarian. That’s something students should ask themselves more often. It really makes you slow down and think. If the four or five years a student spends at UDM is spent with eyes cast down and nose to the grindstone, there’s a lot that can be missed. There’s the cliché that life moves fast and it’s easy to miss. But on a less flowery and more downto-earth note, it’s easy to get caught up in only what you’re studying. It’s easy to take requirements and check off a list to get a degree. But how many students branch out? Taking classes outside of a major can add something intangible to time spent at UDM. Instead of going through the motions with a robotic sense of purpose, those different classes could open your mind a bit. At the very least, experimenting with different classes can help reaffirm that the major you chose is indeed the correct choice. College is meant to be a time of enlightenment, and though there’s plenty of hard work required during that time, it’s important to remain self-aware and alert to changes. To get too caught up in classes and jobs and stress could cause you to miss out on much of what college has to offer. And, really, an education shouldn’t make us numb to the world, but awaken a sense of purpose to better understand and change things around us. That I almost missed the changing of the season again seems counterintuitive.
Thibodeau is VN co-editor
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coach. “We are very fortunate to have his expertise and experience here with us.” Vowels’ position at UDM means he works daily with coaches, staff and students. “I think when you’re working as a team, it really helps,” he said. “So I enjoy the campus atmosphere.” The people with whom he works say they enjoy the atmosphere Vowels has created in a few months. “Right away, when he was named the athletic director, the buzz was around our athletic department was, ‘Hey, this person really respects the job that we’ve been doing, and thinks that we can compete at even a higher level,’ ” said women’s basketball coach Autumn Rademacher. “I am extremely pleased with his leadership and I couldn’t be happier, and I’m really excited to work for him.” Vowels has a history of trying to expand media outreach, something he will do for the Titans, as well. “We are really trying to be more aggressive with our media and media packages,” he said. “We want to have a more comprehensive media plan, so we are working on that.” Vowels’ vision also calls for keeping the Titans competitive in the Horizon League. “At the end of the day, winning championships is what we want to be able to do in the Horizon League, with all 19 sports and in three other conferences that we’re in,” he said. Will UDM be adding more sports?
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Some employers came to recruit interns, entry-level employees and experienced workers. Target’s Patrick said that the biggest mistake students make in their job searches is not being prepared or knowledgeable about the job they are seeking. MiShawn Jenkins of Fox Run of Michigan, which offers senior living and is located in the heart of Oakland County, said the company is looking for six months’ experience. “We want people to already know how to get the job done.” Jenkins said. “We run into a lot of students who just aren’t interview ready.” The Michigan Department of Technology, Management and Budgeting was represented at the fair by Omas Fregene. He said that students who have
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In the 1970s, Robert Vowels played as a linebacker at Duke University.
“I think that’s always on your radar,” said Vowels. “We have some sports on our radar screen that we are thinking about.” While Vowels is still getting his feet wet with his new job, he said he sees how important athletics is at UDM and in the community surrounding the institution. “I know people are particular with their entertainment dollar because you have four pro franchises here; you have Oakland and Wayne State (too),” said Vowels. “But think about it like this: We are extremely unique. We’re Catholic, we’re Jesuit, we’re urban, we’re stu-
been in the workforce and have had realistic job experiences through internships make for attractive candidates. The MDOT is an agency of nearly 2,700 employees providing a full range of services to Michigan citizens, businesses and state agencies. Whenever a citizen files income taxes, pays or receives child support, wins the lottery, applies for a license or gets pulled over by a trooper, MDOT resources are put into play. Fregene said that some students make mistakes by having unrealistic job expectations, deciding based solely on monetary reasons and not being interested in diversifying. “We want students who are beyond the degree,” Fregene said. Steven Coddington, graduate
dent-centered. And we’re the only Division I university within the city of Detroit. We play major college basketball at the highest level, so I think that the better we do, it helps the city.” Vowels said he is thoroughly enjoying his time back in a campus setting. “I love it here,” he said. “The staff’s been wonderful, the administration’s been wonderful. I’ve been able to get out and around campus and talk to various VPs and deans, learning more about the university itself. It’s been a great experience so far.”
admissions counselor for the University of Detroit Mercy, said that a strong academic history, ambition, passion and a good attitude are the most important things UDM looks for in recent graduates interested in attending graduate school to further their education and career options. “Passion and drive, going out and being that determined student” are crucial, said Coddington. He believes that poor presentation skills and a lack of motivation in interviews hampers students in their job searches. “Sometimes students don’t go in wanting the job,” said Coddington. They are “lacking passion and desire.” Little Caesar’s was among the employers in attendance at the fair. Linda Costopulos, sales ac-
count rep for pizza-kit fundraising, said that she has encountered students who are unprepared, have poor resumes and not able to answer questions during an interview. Little Caesar’s seeks people who are confident and have a strong ability to connect with people. “Good eye contact is a big one with me, when applying, meeting, submitting of resumes, etc.,” said Costopulos. The job fair lasted four hours. Many UDM students received on-site interviews, filled out applications, submitted résumés and had an opportunity to engage and meet with companies and agencies from around the state. If you missed the fair, the Career Education Center at UDM will be offering another in 2014 on Tuesday, Feb. 11.
Bulletin boards needed in busy areas To control the means of communication is to control the communication – a principle well understood by repressive dictators. I read, with anger and dismay, Annie Mendoza’s Oct. 2 article about the removal of bulletin boards, allegedly because postings were messy and constituted “unnecessary clutter.” It is a basic communication principle that you put your message in high-traffic areas. UDM wants, instead, to increase traffic in the new student lounge. It is folly to place messages where people are not, and hope they find them. How do you tell them where to go for information if there is no place to announce that information is someplace they are not? The first floor of Briggs has long been a
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high traffic, vibrant place for communication. Student groups from all colleges were able to advertise events and speakers, individuals advertised low cost housing, theatre auditions were posted. CST used its boards to celebrate alumni with their pictures and job status, announce VN press awards and devoted one board to information about current issues in media – the kinds of things that contribute to a sense of community. UDM, however, has elevated the tidiness
of the house over the family that lives within. I have returned my small bulletin board to the door of my office. Students can leave quick informal messages and I have posted information – the Writing Center now offers online help, congratulations to The VN on its awards and announcing an internship-qualifying class for winter. The communication department may be messy, but it is a community where students and faculty intend to fight repressive efforts to silence us unless we promise to be tidy. UDM: Put back those bulletin boards! DR. VIVIAN I. DICKS Chairperson Communication Studies Dept.
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Greyhound to New York opens his eyes
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This weekend, I traveled to the Big Apple. As I did not want to pay for a train, I took the cheaper alternative: Greyhound. Never have I had a more interesting experience traveling. Sure, I have been on various planes, Amtrak, public buses and even the Metro North that experienced power troubles en route to Connecticut to visit family. Yet, I have never met so many people as on the Greyhound. Some were annoying, a few oddly disturbing and others very interesting. Take the woman from the Dominican Republic. She had been everywhere in her life – from Puerto Rico to the tip of Florida at the Keys. As I stood in line at the Detroit terminal waiting to depart for Cleveland, she expressed her love of travel. Yes, she had withstood hardships – losing her son to drowning after he had too much to drink – but she was frankly a refreshing bit of sunshine. She was older and wiser than most people in the terminal, including the drunken man who asked the two of us for beer money. He was only asking for a few quarters but the stench of alcohol was on his person. I could barely stand not telling him to leave the poor woman alone. I felt protective of her. She patted me on the shoulder as if I were family. I protected her luggage when she was too tired to stand. She had back problems and a strange case of being told not to stand too long but not to sit too long either. She expressed this irony to me, and we both laughed. On the bus, she sat across from me. Unfortunately, sleeping was not one of her strong suits. Her snoring punctuated the drive to Cleveland. Meanwhile, over and over and over and over, the bus driver repeated instructions to the point where everyone (including me, just a little bit) began to mock and laugh because it almost became like a comedy act. The driver was annoying when most of us just wanted to get to our respective destinations. We were quite relieved when she finally grew quiet. But next came a headache even I could not stand. It was Mister Rapper. He blared his music, speaking each and every word to 50 Cent and assorted others. When I got off in Manhattan, I was relieved that I would never have to see him again. It’s days later now, and time to head back to Detroit. Back aboard the Greyhound, a different bus driver is giving us the back and forth about what to do. I would really like to not listen to this but he feels the need to repeat himself. I get it, I get it, I keep thinking to myself. The people respond to his McDonald’s joke about going there but I really don’t care. Sure, I will probably eat the terrible fast food out of hunger but he is very irritating. Plus, there is a man talking as he is talking, and he is even more annoying than the driver. As we leave New York, seeing the miles of cars in line to pass through the streets of New York, I begin to thank myself that I don’t live here. Thank you, God. I do not have to bother with the over-priced goods and utterly terrible traffic. Of course, I might one day, God willing, have a good job, and it may be in New York. But that doesn’t mean I have to live here. Does it?
Zimmer is VN news editor
Ten things you may not know about these hallowed grounds
BY JACK WALSWORTH VN STAFF WRITER
The McNichols campus only takes up 74.75 acres of land. Compared to the city of Detroit’s 138.76 square miles, it is just a little drop in a very large bucket. Despite its small size, the McNichols campus boasts a big, colorful history of which many students are unaware. It also holds some secrets. Here are ten things you might not know about the campus you attend.
THAT’S FATHER MCNICHOLS ROAD
Just who was the man for which this campus – and also a major road in Detroit – was named after? John P. McNichols was born in St. Louis, Mo., on Feb. 24, 1875. By age 16 he entered the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits), his first year of being able to do so. He worked his way through several Jesuit universities in the Midwest, was ordained a priest and eventually ended up at the University of Detroit. It didn’t take long for McNichols to see that U of D needed a new campus and it was his then-extremely-unpopular idea to purchase the 30 acres of land that would later become known as the McNichols campus. During his long tenure, Six Mile Road, running outside the campus, was renamed in his honor.
THE LIONS’ CHAMPIONSHIP
Yes, the same Detroit Lions who play in downtown Detroit at Ford Field actually played home games at U of D Stadium back in mid-1930s. The stadium disappeared in the 1960s, but it once stood on land now occupied by the soccer, lacrosse and track teams – and street cars used to ferry fans from downtown Detroit to the games. In fact, the Lions won their first NFL championship on these grounds in 1935 by defeating the New York Giants by 26-7. According to the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s website, the Lions won the title in front of a crowd of 12,000 at U of D Stadium.
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early 1970s, the fence around campus was initially not received well by students, alumni and neighbors. In an Oct. 15, 1971, Varsity News letter to the editor, a couple of alumni wrote of their displeasure. One called the fence a bad sign for the university. Another went as far as to say that he equated the fences to a prison camp.
BEER, NOT COFFEE
NO WOMEN ALLOWED
Until 1991, the university had a bar called the Rathskeller. At the time, it was the only on-campus bar in Michigan. However, rising operating costs and underage drinking fines led UDM officials to close its doors, and the 25cent beer specials (as well as the on-campus drinking with faculty members) went away for good. Grounds Coffeehaus has since opened up in the same spot, serving a variety of drinks. Only these drinks have no alcohol.
THE CONTROVERSIAL FENCE
With the exception of high school basketball games, attendance at Calihan Hall for any sort of event these days is small. However, this wasn’t the case back in the day when popular musical artists came to the campus. Who performed here? Among the acts that took to the stage at Calihan from 1969 to 1972: Smokey Robinson and the Miracles, Stevie Wonder, Duke Ellington, Bob Seger, The Stooges (with Iggy Pop) and others.
Shiple Hall – everyone’s favorite freshman dorm – did not originally cater to women. It was the largest building on campus at the time of its completion and, according to The Varsity News article from Feb. 16, 1960, it cost $1.25 million. It wasn’t until September of 1971 that Shiple went co-ed. Ironically, there are currently more female floors than male floors, reflecting the fact that the university has far more female students than male students. While the fence is one of the campus’ most defining features, it isn’t as old as the buildings it surrounds. Constructed in the late 1960s and into the
STEVIE, IGGY AND SIR DUKE
THE ROAD THROUGH CAMPUS
On April 4, 1985, Robert Mitchell, then president of the university, announced that the
17-year debate with the Detroit City Council was over and that the section of Florence Avenue that went through campus would be closed. According to “Legacy of Excellence,” an average of 400 cars and 40 buses per hour were driving through the heart of campus. The section that used to be Florence Avenue is now the Lillie B. Kassab Mall, which was dedicated in October 1986.
YES, THEY LIVE HERE
Connected to the current facility for the College of Health Professions is one of the oldest buildings on campus: Lansing-Reilly Hall. Built in 1926, it has been home to the Jesuit community ever since. According to UDM’s website, 17 members of the Society of Jesus currently live there.
THE MYSTERIOUS TUNNELS
If there is one aspect of the McNichols campus that UDM students aren’t clear about it’s the rumored tunnel system. Yes, UDM does in fact have a tunnel system but its existence is due to nothing more than maintenance and utilities, said David Vandelinder, director of facilities, in an e-mail. According to Vandelinder, the tunnel system is the backbone of the campus building support system. Contrary to lore and legend, the tunnels do not connect to nearby Gesu or University of Detroit Jesuit High School.
THE OLD UNION
Known for being the largest fraternity house at UDM, Phi Kappa Theta house on Fairfield Street wasn’t always home to fraternity members and parties. In fact, it was the first student union of the University of Detroit and remained so until 1955, something current Phi Kappa Theta President Vinnie Paoletta takes pride in. “It’s awesome knowing that our house has such a deep history with the university,” said Paoletta. “Phi Kappa Theta has owned many houses around the university area, but we settled on our own piece of UD history in the 1970s and don’t plan on moving anytime soon.”
Apples & cider
Black religious roots explored
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BY JOE OSTER VN SPECIAL WRITER
Get your fix of a Michigan tradition not far from campus
BY ERIN STEIN VN STAFF WRITER
It’s that time of year again: changing colors in the trees, a cooler breeze, ads for Halloween stores everywhere. It’s time to explore what metro Detroit has to offer for this adventurous autumn season. If you want to grab a cinnamon sugar donut and a quart of apple cider, the metro Detroit area has much to offer. Here are a few of the best cider mills not far from UDM.
YATE’S CIDER MILL
1990 E. Avon Rd., Rochester Hills 23 miles from campus
Things to do: apple orchard, cider mill, petting zoo, fudge shop, apple tent, river walk and daily tours.
Cost: Free parking and admission, but if you want to buy snacks be sure to bring money.
More info: 248-651-8300 or www.yatescidermill.com.
Freshman Rachel Joseph raved about Yate’s: “I’ve been going there ever since I can remember. I love the atmosphere and the big orchard. I always find the best apples there.”
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BLAKE’S CIDER MILL
17985 Armada Center Rd., Armada 39 miles from campus
Things to do: apple orchard, cider mill, farm garden, greenhouse, four haunted attractions.
Cost: Free parking and admission, but if you want to buy Blake’s merchandise or food bring money.
More info: 586-784-5343 or www.blakesfarms.com.
Jessica Grauer, a freshman, said that she loves to pick apples at Blake’s. “I can seriously pick off an apple from the tree, clean it off my shirt and have it sparkle like no other,” she said. “They have the crispest apples and I can’t wait to go up there this fall.”
MILLER’S BIG RED
4900 32 Mile Road, Washington 33 miles from campus
Things to do: apple orchard, cider mill, hayride, corn maze, petting zoo, hay mountain. A shop in the barn contains everything from pizza to Big Red Tshirts.
65075 Van Dyke, Washington Twp. 32 miles from campus
Cost: $5 to pick a half peck of apples with a hayride, $5 for corn maze, $5 for petting zoo, anywhere from 80 cents to $3 for pumpkins or a $15 family fun pass, which covers everything. More info: 586-752-7888 or www.millers-bigreds.com.
I also loved Big Red’s. It is definitely the most bang for the buck. I got about ten apples for $5 and they were the best apples I’ve ever eaten. The hayride was super fun and the tractor driver even offered to take pictures of me and my friend. It’s a great fall-outing destination.
Things to do: apple orchard, cider mill, petting zoo, hayride, haunted attractions, corn maze.
Cost: A daily fun pass is $3, which includes hayride and petting zoo, as well as a trip into the orchards. Cost of apples and sweets vary.
More info: Call 586-752-3123 or www.westvieworchards.com.
Being a first-time cider mill-goer, I decided to go to both Westview Orchards and Big Reds. I loved both of them. I got my own mini quart of apple cider (which of course was heavenly) for just $3. I had a great time and encourage anyone and everyone to go.
After graduating with honors from Wilberforce University, Carlyle Fielding Stewart III sat down with his father for a talk. Stewart optimistically expected to receive a generous monetary gift, but was surprised when he received an influential piece of advice instead. “Even the village idiot can teach you something,” his father told him. “Always keep your mind open.” These words have stuck with Stewart throughout his life as he has grown in his faith and tried to interpret the unique religious background experienced specifically by African Americans. Stewart, a pastor at Hope United Methodist Church, spoke about his book “Soul Survivors: An Interpretation of the African-American Religious Experience” on Oct. 9 at UDM’s Fountain Lounge. His lecture, as well his book, considers the conservative, moderate and radical points of view in AfricanAmerican religions. Part of Stewart’s success comes from his view of religion as “multifaceted and multi-dimensional,” as he put it. Stewart focuses mainly on what he considers the four pillars of the African-American religious experience: Africancreation cosmology, Exodus liberation tradition, prophets and Hebrew traditions, and modern freedom traditions. African-creation cosmology stems from native Africa. In a time before sacred texts and scripture, Africans looked to the stars as their own texts and testimonies of a “Great High God,” according to Stewart. They viewed this god as a supreme reality watching humanity up above from beyond the stars, he said. All of humanity was infused with a force of creativity and free-
dom, he noted. The pillar of Exodus liberation tradition draws on the similarities between slavery in Egypt and slavery in early America. Stewart discussed the idea of an imperfect vessel (Moses) leading his people to freedom with God’s will that all people be free. African-American slaves saw it as God’s aspiration that they be freed as well, he said. Prophets and Hebrew traditions center heavily on Jesus Christ and his teaching. Jesus spoke of truth and justice. Stewart described justice as “not necessarily everyone getting an equal amount, but being given his share that is enough for him.” The final pillar, modern freedom traditions, draws on the same basic principles of Exodus liberation. It describes an oppressed people (early American colonists) as they seek freedom, which parallels the African-American struggle with slavery. James Tubbs, UDM chair of religious studies and ethics professor since 1986, attended the lecture and found the topic, as well as Stewart, to be quite interesting. “After listening to Carlyle, I definitely plan on reading ‘Soul Survivors,’ ” said Tubbs. While many students attended the lecture to receive extra credit, Ben Bourdeau, a criminal justice major, took part out of curiosity. He found it enlightening. “As a white American, I wanted to open myself to African-American culture,” he said. “I wanted to be able to view religion from a different perspective.” Stewart is no stranger in helping people change perspectives. Over the past decade, he has raised his congregation from 300 to over 4,000 members. With his UDM lecture last week, Stewart may have gained a few more.
Urban chase will send students on Halloween hunt BY MAGGIE JACKSON VN FEATURES EDITOR
What would you and your friends do for the chance to win $500? On Saturday, Oct. 26, Detroiters will have the opportunity to find out with the second Urban Goose Chase Halloween Hunt. The Urban Goose Chase is a smart phone-powered scavenger hunt that has participants complete crazy challenges throughout parts of their city during the summer months. Various cities participated in the chase this year, including Detroit for the first time. It was such a success that a Halloween event is being planned. Each challenge is worth a certain number of points and
must be documented through photos taken on the team leader’s phone. Summer challenges ranged from giving a fist pump to the Joe Louis Fist to proposing to a random stranger in the street. Whichever team completed the most missions at the end of the three-hour timeframe won the cash prize. The chase wasn’t originally all fun and games. It was supposed to be a teambuilding activity for companies, said Philip Keen, director of corporate development at Canadian Outback Adventures and Events. “We liked the concept of a scavenger hunt so we ran with that,” said Keen. “Eventually, we wanted to take things further, outside of the corporate atmosphere. We wanted to create
The fall event looks to build on summer’s success.
an event that was fun and entertaining without being too physically demanding.” The fall version of the chase has some creepy twists. The Halloween Hunt is just like the original, except with Halloween challenges, such as pranking a stranger or visiting a cemetery to search for a team member’s last name. “For the Halloween Hunt, we
really want participants to put themselves in different, goofy situations while still sticking with the spooky theme,” said Keen. “Each city is different because we want people to go out and explore their city. For the summer event in Detroit, we had various challenges relating to significant places in the city like the Joe Louis Fist and the
Heidelberg Project.” Though the Urban Goose Chase is a competition with a cash prize, Keen hopes that participants will interact with other teams, which can easily be spotted in the chase’s signature orange. The Detroit summer mainly took place downtown, but Keen said that as long as you have a team, a smartphone and people to interact with, the event can take place anywhere. “We want people to get creative and goofy,” he said. “Many teams decide to dress up and extra points are given to the teams that wear orange. “We know how hard it is to be a college student and not be able to leave campus, so we designed the UGC, in a way, for them. As long as you are creative and have access to people,
it would be a fun campus event.” The original prize was $300 cash, but due to popularity the prize is being raised to $500 for the Detroit team that earns the most points at the end of the three hours. A Groupon for the event previously lowered the cost to participate from $99 to $46. A special offer is being given to UDM students, where teams of up to six can participate for $39. This deal can be found at http://www.urbangoosechase.co m/ugc-usa-deal-payment.html. “This is not just a great event to have fun with your friends and meet new people, it is also a great time to get to know people around your college campus,” said Keen. The Halloween Hunt will take place from 5-8 p.m.
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THE LIVERNOIS COMEBACK:
OPTIMISM HIGH AS BUSINESSES BLOSSOM BY KAMARA FANT VN STAFF WRITER
Three weeks after the Detroit Design Festival and the LightUp Livernois event, local businesses remain fixed on the big picture. “This is not about one day; this is us,” said Chris Allen, creative director of Jo’s Art Gallery. Allen said the Detroit Design Festival didn’t alter the gallery’s business but it was a huge plus for the area. Others agreed: Livernois’ come back is not about a single day. “We have new artists coming in all the time,” said Audrey Long, co-owner of Art In Motion, a full-scale ceramic studio and gallery. “There’s always something you haven’t seen before.” Long found out about Livernois through Revolve Detroit, a collaborative program of the Detroit Economic Growth Corporation, which partners with artists, the community and business owners to revitalize areas in the city. “The Design Festival was a huge kick-off to have that many like-minded people just to come and see what was happening on Livernois,” she said, noting that close to 2,500 people came through the doors for the Sept. 20 light-up event. April Anderson, co-owner of Good Cakes and Bakes and a permanent storefront for Livernois, said she was out of all baked goods by 7 p.m. that night. The Detroit Design Festival and Light Up Livernois provided a boost, she said. “It brought people who probably would have never tried my baked goods,” said Anderson. “I think it brought a whole different collective of people here. It was a great experience for me.” Jo’s Art Gallery also saw a lot of people during the Detroit Design Festival, as well as at the Aug. 3 Jazz on the Ave. “The Design Festival is nice,” said Allen. “I want (the new shops) to thrive. I want them to stay and continue doing business here.” Mandisa Smith, a co-founder of the artist cooperative Detroit
Fiber Works, while appreciative of the Detroit Design Festival, is excited about more, too. “We won in the pop-up category so we are occupying this space until the end of the year,” said Smith. “But we’re hoping to become a permanent business so we’re trying to generate a lot of excitement and get lots of customers. That’s our goal. “More people will come back,” said Smith. “You know that’s the challenge. It’s great to have all that excitement for one night but we don’t know if that’s going to translate into the permanent business or not, but we hope so.” There have been repeats, so it has been good for Detroit Fiber Works. “But we need people coming in here everyday,” Smith added. Allen of Jo’s Art Gallery said marketing plays a crucial role. “I think a lot of times, a lot of businesses, that’s where they tend to fail,” she said. “It’s not putting their selves out there more. That’s one of the things I would like to see put forward for everyone, and everyone can feed off of each other … to promote each other.” Jo’s Art Gallery does a lot of events to bring new customers in, such as a business-card raffle with art prints as prizes. But traffic flow is consistent no matter the day because they carry luxury items, Allen said. “We have an established customer base that’s been around for a long time,” she said. Some of their pieces go for as much as $3,500. Anderson wants to use her space at Good Cakes and Bakes for princess tea parties for her nieces and other young girls. “I want the space to be open for the community to have baby showers, bridal showers, family dinners, whatever,” Anderson said. “I want them to know this space is open for their events.”
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The space is also used by another pop up for interactive plays with school children on the third Friday of each month. Detroit Fiber works with a variety of techniques – felting, sewing, stitchery, fiber sculpture, dolls and quilting – to create one-of-a-kind, unique pieces. Everything is done by hand. “The basis that we are formed on is community service,” said Smith. “So we plan on bringing in children who cannot afford to pay for classes or go out to school and senior centers.” Detroit Fiber Works also plans to participate in community-art activities, and do what it can to contribute to the community in an artful way. Classes are offered in different fiber techniques every weekend. Long also agrees people in the community should come for a visit. “It’s long overdue to have an art studio on Livernois,” Long said. “It’s something for everybody to come and do, whether it’s one night or eight weeks long.” Long feels it’s better than just sitting at home. She and Kay Willingham, the other co-owner of the ceramic studio, offer workshops, private parties and one night events for youth and adults. Jo’s Art Gallery is involved with community events, as well. “A cancer walk is what we’re doing this month,” said Allen. “We are going to do a fundraiser and a raffle of a Delta (Sigma Theta) painting for breast cancer.” But Allen wants people to know Livernois was here before and that the “rejuvenation,” while used as a synonym for “revive,” is really more of a pick-me-up. “It is nice for the area … because you don’t have all these abandoned buildings or places that didn’t have anyone in them at the time,” Allen said.
Bakery hopes to entice campus with gooey cakes
BY ANGELES GAVIA VN STAFF WRITER
On a sunny October day, April Anderson sits on a pillar inside her brightly colored business along Livernois. Anderson, 28, born and raised in Detroit, left the city for awhile. But something pulled her back. “I love baking,” she said. “I love the response that I get from giving everyone baked goods. They make everyone happy.” Anderson’s mother baked for everyone in the neighborhood and didn’t charge, but asked for 20 pounds of butter and 15 dozen eggs to make pound cakes. This inspired Anderson’s interest in baking. She has been baking since age 9, when she made her first cake on Mother’s Day. Anderson went to Chadsey High School and later Macomb Community College to study pastry arts. At that point she started doing everything from scratch.
“I started being more creative and that’s when I started doing organic baked goods,¨ she said. “Organic means no chemicals, no preservatives and chickens were not given antibiotics and they were cage free. I also use flour, organic wheat and unsalted organic butter.” Good Cakes and Bakes buys produce from Eastern market or the organic section at Kroger or Trader Joe’s. The bakery’s most popular items are red-velvet cupcakes ($2.75), double-chocolate brownies ($3) and gooey butter cakes ($4). Gooey butter cake originates from Saint Louis, Mo. Few people make it in Detroit. It’s similar to a lemon bar but sweeter with a gooey lemon topping. Anderson also offers Chazzanos Organic Coffee – French pressed – as well as Ellis tea, a local blend. Anderson quit her previous job in June 2012 and within a matter of months opened her business. “I love baking, and this is my permanent career,” she said.
The sweets store near campus.
Anderson says that customers have been very welcoming with a lot of community support from both sides of Livernois “I have this one lady I have never met before, her name is Adida,” said Anderson. “I had made some brownies for D’HIVE, a nonprofit promoting Detroit and giving tours for people to get them to move to Detroit. She
said, ‘You’re the brownies girl! I’m telling you everywhere you’re at, I’m gonna find you,’ ” said Anderson. Anderson embraces the motto “Detroit Hustles Harder.” “Detroit is one of the cities that have overcome all types of adversity,” she said. Raised at Warren and Livernois, Anderson remembers coming up Livernois to the Avenue of Fashion to shop for popular styles at Beats Beagles. “You know that the city is doing good when you see young college-educated people move here. You see them walking around and riding their bikes,” said Anderson. “You’re not going to move somewhere you don’t feel safe. People are buying up the houses because they know the jam of Detroit.” Anderson looks out the window and smiles. “There is so much diversity, great ethnicity,” she said. “All these different cultures and all this knowledge. It’s impossible for it not to come back.”
Anderson feels great about returning to Detroit and wishes to stay here for as long as she can. Her business is located a mile and a half from UDM and slightly further from Marygrove. She believes she has created a place for students to meet, have some baked goods, some coffee and free Wi-Fi. “I’m trying to get it out there,” she said. “This is a community space, for school students as well. That’s why my hours are usually late, so it can be convenient for them.” Anderson even offered to sit down and discuss with any UDM organization that would like to collaborate with her in selling her baked goods on campus to promote awareness of her business. “The next month we will be hiring part-time employees,” said Anderson. Damian Bailey, 28, one of Anderson’s cousins, likes her cooking and thinks it is wonderful what she is doing. “Gooey butter cakes – that’s all you need for your whole life because it’s that good,” said Bailey.
For commuters, cold weather brings hassles
Theater boosters resurrect arts guild
BY NICK YIM VN STAFF WRITER
Michigan’s weather has been like Katy Perry’s music: hot and then cold, bad and then even worse. The weather here is notorious. It can snow in April and roast in October. With the University of Detroit Mercy’s track record of having one snow day every decade, students travel school-year round no matter the conditions. Mother Nature has been merciful with commuting students this current year, but that doesn’t mean they should not prepare for the coming winter. Having your car break down with no back-up supplies wouldn’t be the best start or end to a day. Taking the proper precautions and being prepared can remedy any situation a college commuter might encounter. Chris Oniciu, a senior, always keeps a winter-rated sleeping bag, jacket and
med bag in his car during the frigid months. “I usually leave 40 minutes before class,” Oniciu said. “Winter, I usually leave an hour early.” Oniciu, being an avid snowboarder and teacher, has preparations in his car as part of his job. But what about students who do not snowboard or do not have to take thermal precautions due to job requirements? Cristina Rodriguez, a senior, keeps simple-yet-crucial supplies. “The only extra precautions I take are having an extra sweater in the car, always having an ice scraper and making sure all the fluids are at a good level,” Rodriguez said. Having your car fine tuned is also important, but keeping yourself fulfilled is important, too. Mohammad-Yasser Ibrahim, a senior who has not had problems with the weather since freshman year, packs a bit more in the trunk. Ibrahim said the most important
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Mohammad-Yasser Ibrahim: “I avoid the highway in winter completely.”
thing to have in case of a breakdown would be snacks. “I have hoodies in my car, two umbrellas, standard spare tire and my roadside assistance card,” Ibrahim said. Ibrahim does not leave any earlier during the winter. He shows up early throughout the year. Most commuting students plan for Michigan weather by leaving early. Ibrahim’s biggest worry is ice on the road. “I avoid the highway in winter completely,” Ibrahim said. “It’s too risky to slide off the road and, or, crash.” City plows and salt trucks are not always on time with the morning commute and can’t hit all the necessary places.
Spoken-word poet combines jazz with a positive message BY ANNIE MENDOZA VN STAFF WRITER
Local performer Keir Jackson brought his positive music and spoken-word poetry to UDM last week. Jackson has performed all around Detroit, opening for big names such as Bill Cosby and performing alongside The Last Poets and MalcolmJamal Warner and for Gov. Jennifer Granholm. He sees his mission as bringing positivity to communities. “Negative music has a significant role to play in negative activity, not only in our neighborhoods but all over the country,” he said. Throughout the night Jackson performed eight songs from his new CD, “Keep Moving Forward,” which is available online. His performance focused on social issues, love, mentoring, traveling, awareness of surroundings and respect for one another. “I like to call it ‘edu-tainment,’ ” Jackson said with a laugh. “Educa-
tion through entertainment.” As he swayed back and forth to the beat, Jackson began speaking to the music for a more interactive and intensified poetry session. Spoken-word poetry is performed live and can be complimented with music. For Jackson that music is smooth jazz that he records himself. “One hundred percent of my material is made here in the city of Detroit,” said Jackson. Although Jackson is a veteran performer, poet, songwriter and music producer of 15 years, he has not always focused on those passions. Prior to performing, he received a bachelor’s degree in packaging engineering from Michigan State University. Four years after beginning his career, he decided to focus on his passion for music. “It’s kind of like my gift was calling out to me,” he said. “I was bothered because I wasn’t able to use my talent, ability and skills because I was working so much.”
Jackson’s performance in UDM’s Grounds Coffeehaus drew a handful of spectators. Though the crowd was small, those who came said they enjoyed the event. Robert Pytel, a freshman, heard about the event from a friend. He found it was uplifting and admitted it was a new experience for him. “Music always enhances things,” said Pytel. “And the music enhanced his word and how he spoke the words.” Junior religious studies and psychology major David DeBianchi appreciates the art of spoken word poetry in Detroit. DeBianchi found the performance very relatable and enjoyed the “love poetry” the most. “The song ‘Love Jones’ reminds me of an old school ‘90s love movie,” he said. “I loved it.” Jackson said his main concern is the message of his poetry. “Poetry can inspire people to make changes,” said Jackson.
Highways can always be a hazard due to weather conditions, the ability to exceed normal speed limits and the population of cars. Rodriguez’s highway fears are black ice and low visibility, mainly because of other drivers. “It’s just dangerous because if you can’t see that means someone else can’t see and they might be the one that messes up,” Rodriguez said. While icy roads, limited vision and breakdowns will always be a risk, there is one thing you can’t control: other drivers. Oniciu finds this to be the case with his daily commute. “The other drivers, they don’t pay attention and don’t drive correctly,” Oniciu said.
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HASA hosted Hispanic Night Oct. 10 at Grounds Coffeehaus. Students socialized, enjoyed snacks and practiced their dance moves.
Switchfoot kicks off acoustic show with film
BY PAIGE ZMUDCZYNSKI VN STAFF WRITER
At most concerts, a band usually serves as an opening act. If it’s a big tour with a major headliner, there may be multiple bands. But a documentary film as an opener? Switchfoot switched up their tour by premiering their “Fading West” at Royal Oak Music Theater on Oct. 4. The movie showed them traveling around the world (well, mainly Australia, New Zealand, Bali, South Africa and California). Night and day, they played shows and festivals with the likes of Steel Panther and did radio interviews. Their down time they dedicated to surfing, the glue that holds the band together.
They invited other people, such as surfing legends and countless band members, to join them on their adventure and talk in the documentary. Most of the film gave off a lightfilled glow of a feeling: the bandmates being chased by monkeys, then chasing sheep in New Zealand, guitarist Drew Shirley making sarcastic comments, bassist Tim Foreman fangirling over meeting Slash from Guns N’ Roses and, of course, surfing. However, there was some drama – the most prominent being frontman Jon Foreman’s family woes, which forced him to leave in Australia, skip New Zealand and return in South Africa. Overall, it was a vibrant documentary that showed a real brotherhood be-
tween the bandmates. The band then lead into a ten-song setlist, which included old favorites such as “Dare You to Move,” which Foreman sang while walking around the crowd, and new songs, such as “Who We Are.” Almost every song was stripped down and acoustic, except “Meant to Live,” but only after Foreman asked the crowd’s permission. They ended with a two-song encore, with acoustic guitar, harmonica, feet and vocals. Switchfoot has to be one of the most crowd-interactive bands to date. When the band said they love Detroit, the crowd could feel how genuine that emotion was. Before the documentary, viewers
were encouraged by Shirley, Tim Foreman and drummer Chad Butler to go “Wooo!” if they saw a good wave and “Ahh!” if there were any sharks (spoilers: they were in South Africa during shark week), and the crowd pleasantly participated. After the 90-plus minute film, concertgoers were told to tweet the band if they had questions they wanted answered by the band during the set. This evolved into the band playing a requested song and a fan coming on stage to observe Shirley’s guitar pads. After 17 years, Switchfoot shows no signs of slowing down. They will release the documentary “Fading West” digitally Dec. 10 of this year, and the full-length album of the same name on Jan. 14.
BY ANNIE MENDOZA VN STAFF WRITER
Students looking for a campus organization focused on the arts, music and theater are in luck. After years of absence, the UDM theater department and motivated students have resurrected the Creative Arts Guild, also known as CAG. The guild began this semester after Roby Wong discussed the idea with Greg Grobis, director of marketing and management of UDM’s Theater Company. Wong became president, and Grobis serves as faculty advisor. The club has roughly 30 active members who gather once a week in Reno Hall for improve-acting and jam sessions. Wong, a sophomore on the fencing team, participated in theater in high school and was hoping to get involved in a club as she began her freshman year last fall. “When I first came on campus, I expected there to be arts, a music club, a theater club and there wasn’t,” Wong said. Wong said CAG began as a theater club then quickly grew to include other areas of art. “We thought why not do more,” Wong said. “Maybe we should expand it on campus and make it art, music and theater.” Melinda Pacha, chair of the theater department, supports the movement and says it’s a great way for students to enjoy the arts without a huge commitment. “It gives them a chance to have that outlet without being a major or a minor,” Pacha said. Pacha hopes that students interested in CAG will come out and show their support for the theater company. Grobis says it’s a great way to keep those who did theater prior to UDM interested in the arts. “I think it’s a great avenue for theater,” Grobis said. “More importantly, it’s about them and their interest in the arts and how they should continue that interest in college.” Grobis thinks the guild is a step in the right direction for art on campus. He said UDM does not do a very good job at offering art and theater classes on campus and that the CAG student organization will give students more options. “This might be a first great step to offering more arts on campus,” Grobis said. Once more familiar with the arts, guild members may look to further their interest and audition for school productions, Pacha believes. Whether it be attending a play, auditioning or helping run a production, participation creates more involvement for the UDM Theater Company, she said. Due to her involvement with fencing, Wong can only be involved during shows where she helps pass out candy. “It doesn’t have to be a lot. Just being there shows support,” Pacha said. Meetings are open to the student body and are held on Tuesdays at 6 p.m. in Reno Hall room 003.
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Bedell hopes to parlay senior soccer season into shot at pros BY ANDREW HULL VN SPECIAL WRITER
Titan soccer star Adam Bedell puts his socks on before a game just like any other player – only he does it in threes. Superstitious pregame routines aren’t the only thing that helps Bedell stand out from the rest of the players in the Horizon League. His 21 goals and 20 assists over his career have not only helped him win personal accolades, such as the Horizon League Player of the Year Award last season, but have also helped his team claim the regular-season championship. The Titans are off to a slow start this season posting a 2-5-4 record through 11 games, but Bedell is still confident that his team can make a run in the last seven games of the season and challenge for another championship. “It was pretty awesome winning the Horizon League championship,” said Bedell. “That’s something that everyone wants to do whether it’s the Big Ten, Horizon League or any other league, and that’s something I want to help lead the team to again this year.” Bedell has taken on a leadership role over the past few seasons and said he feels like he has fully grown into that position this year as a senior. “My first two years here you kind of feel it out and get acclimated to the college game,” he said. “But now I see myself as the main guy. I feel like I have to lead my team and (be) someone who has to teach the
younger players on the team how to succeed in their career here.” Bedell doesn’t just show off his skills and leadership qualities for the UDM squad. During the summer, he also plays for one of the hottest new attractions in downtown Detroit. Detroit City Football Club is a semi-pro fourth division team that plays at Cass Tech High School. Bedell credits playing for the team with his progress over the past two seasons. “I attribute a lot of the success I have had to that team and playing with all the great players on that team,” said Bedell. He also likes the fact that playing for DCFC has helped him see what it takes to get to the next level, having seen his teammates work towards and play at the next level after college. With his senior season half way over and his college career coming to a close, Bedell has his sights on a career in soccer at the professional level. “Since my sophomore year here, I have had aspirations to play pro soccer,” he said. “I’ve talked to coach (Nick Deren) about going overseas or playing in the MLS. I’m just focusing on the season now. Hopefully producing well here will translate to me going further in my career.” And about the socks: While some people would think that wearing three socks at once during a soccer game is just weird, Bedell sees it as normal and part of every game day. “If it works,” he said, “hey, why not?”
Traverse City star makes leap from homeschool team to Titans
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BY VITO CHIRCO VN STAFF WRITER
From the West Michigan Homeschool Athletic Association to the YMCA in her hometown of Traverse City, Mich., junior Ellisha Crosby has taken a road rarely traveled to get to the Titans. She has made the jump to a Division I basketball team without ever playing high school ball. But that doesn’t mean she is new to basketball For Crosby, the eldest of six siblings, basketball was her first love. “My mom was playing basketball up until she was six months pregnant,” Crosby said. “So for as long as I can remember, I’ve had a basketball in my hands whenever given the chance.” And she feels ready for the challenges of playing for the Titans. Though she didn’t play for a traditional high school, Crosby did play competitively through-
out her teen years. In her homeschool career with the Traverse City Lady Bulldogs, Crosby and averaged 22 points per game and totaled nearly 3,000 points, which would be good for second alltime in the Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA) – if the association recognized those numbers. “My teammates and I were always traveling, and we played around 40 games a year on average,” Crosby said. “I think playing all those games really prepared me for college and gave me a leg up on girls that came directly from high school.” Crosby led the Lady Bulldogs to four consecutive Michigan Homeschool State Championships. She also garnered first-team National Homeschool AllAmerican honors as a senior and was named a finalist for the Pete Maravich Award, which is given to the nation’s top homeschool player.
Detroit head coach Autumn Rademacher, also a Traverse City native, had ties to Crosby before she arrived to UDM. “My dad and Ellisha’s dad played against each other at the Northwestern Michigan College, and I would actually play against Ellisha’s dad as well,” Rademacher said. “Those battles were always fierce and super competitive.” Crosby, strong in her Christian faith, played her first year of collegiate basketball at Cornerstone University in Grand Rapids. While at Cornerstone, she averaged nine points and six rebounds per game and helped lead the Golden Eagles to a 2210 record and to an appearance in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) postseason tournament. After her freshman year, she decided to take a year off from school. “I wasn’t satisfied with the level of competition that I went up against during my freshman
year,” Crosby said. Crosby underwent meniscus surgery during her time off, and felt like giving up on basketball until Rademacher pursued her. “My brother and a few friends saw Ellisha killing it in the ‘Y’ league back home in Traverse City, and they convinced me to take a look at her,” Rademacher said. “So I ended up watching her play while I was home for a weekend over one of the holidays.”
She was delighted by the play of Crosby, and asked Crosby’s dad if she planned on returning to the hardwood at the collegiate level. Rademacher proved to be influential in Crosby’s decision to attend UDM. “Rad said she would carpool with me if I ever wanted to go home for the weekend so that I could save on gas,” Crosby said. Crosby prayed for days with her family about the decision. “I felt like God wanted me to come to Detroit,” Crosby said. On the court, Crosby brings to Detroit her ability to launch from long-distance. According to fellow Titan and sophomore guard Rosanna Reynolds, she also has a knack for looking ahead to the next play. “Because she played on the scout team all of last year, I really didn’t focus my attention on her,” Rademacher said. “What I was able to take from watching her during scrim-
mages, though, is that she had the best three-point shot on the scout team and was smart with the basketball.” Rademacher was impressed with Crosby’s ability to shot fake and get to the rim during the first week of practice. She learned the skill from her dad, who served as Crosby’s homeschool head coach. “She’s very hard to guard because she’ll fake you right out,” Rademacher said. “She gets defenders to leave their feet and then finds a way to get to the hoop and score.” Rademacher calls her an xfactor due to opponents not knowing what to expect out of the 22-year-old who can play a little bit of every position. “I look forward to having Ellisha play a very significant role on the team this year,” Rademacher said. Crosby’s passion for basketball is readily evident, and she plans to put it on full display in her Titan career.
UNDERDOGS THE VARSITY NEWS
THEY LOST FOUR TOP SCORERS; TITANS WILL PLAY WITH ‘UNDERDOG MENTALITY’
BY CURTIS PULLIAM VN CO-EDITOR
“It’s kind of big shoes to fill,” said Brundidge. “Everyone thinks Detroit is not going to be nothing this year.” Many people around the college As far as returning players, the Titans basketball world realize that the Dehave two important contributors in Howard troit Mercy men’s basketball team and 6’8” senior Evan Bruinsma, who has have lost a lot of offense and talent spent his entire college career as a Titan. since last year. Still, with the loss of Minnerath and AnTheir top four scorers have dederson, Detroit will need someone to fill the parted. Ray McCallum Jr. is with the void on defense. Sacramento Kings; Nick Minnerath Senior forward Ugochukwu Njoku (NJ) graduated and is playing in Spain; believes he is the man for the job. Doug Anderson recently signed with His role? the Erie Bay Hawks, the official D“Well, just being a huge impact on the League team for the New York Knicks; defensive end,” said Njoku. “Also, I have and Jason Calliste, who has one more to try and be an offensive presence but the year of eligibility, decided to take his main thing for me is to be a great defensive talents out west to the University of presence for this team.” Oregon. In addition to those three, the Titans reDoes that sound grim? turn senior Jermaine Lippert, senior OluPotentially, but don’t count the Timide Solanke and sophomore guard Anton tans out before the season begins, say Wilson. current players. “The returning guys are starting the shift This team embraces its underdog to playing different roles,” said McCallum. PHOTOS COURTESY OF UDM SPORTS INFO mentality, according to Juwan “I think that’s been very important for us.” Juwan Howard Jr. will be among the team leaders. Howard Jr. The Titans have a tough non-conference “I feel like everyone on this team at some point freshmen, including Matthew Grant from Los An- schedule, which includes trips to North Carolina in their life has been an underdog,” said Howard, geles, who could make a solid impact this year, State, UConn and South Florida. who averaged 7.6 points per game last year. “We according to head coach Ray McCallum. “Those games help you grow,” said McCallum. “He comes from a great family and he’s a “I think we have put together one of the toughest should all accept that underdog mentality when we go into UConn, South Florida and NC State. tremendous young man,” said McCallum. “We schedules in the Horizon League, which really We have to have that underdog mentality every- are excited to have him. He’s a tremendous helps grow us a team and as a program.” shooter, a very good athlete and he’s going to imwhere we go.” Within the Horizon League, the Titans will In a season preview on midmajormaddness. pact us as a freshman.” start the conference season with a tough fiveAnother new presence who could be a heavy game stretch of Wright State, Cleveland State, com, the Titans were picked to place eighth out of the nine teams in the newly reshaped Horizon factor is junior college transfer Patrick Onwenu. Oakland, Valparaiso and Youngstown State. “We’re excited about him,” said McCallum, League. This will be Oakland’s first year in the league, “I feel like we are going to be good especially who is entering his sixth season as Titans head creating a metro rivalry. better than people are picking us to be,” said man. “He’s been here all summer and he’s made McCallum said he likes that the Golden GrizHoward, a redshirt junior. “We work too hard, we tremendous strides in his conditioning, his zlies are in the conference now. come here every day. I feel like picking us at the strength and just overall game.” UDM-OU face-offs are “going to help our visOne of the main focuses will be on redshirt ibility in the area,” said McCallum. “You’re bottom is pretty much a slap in the face to how much work we are putting in each and every sophomore Carlton Brundidge. The highly tal- going to have more rivalry games coming to ented guard, who sat out last year due to NCAA Detroit, which helps from a media and fan perday.” The team has plenty of fresh faces on the ros- transfer rules (he came over from U of M), is the spective.” most likely candidate to step into Ray McCallum ter this season. The men tip-off their season Oct. 26 with an At the guard position, the Titans picked up two Jr.’s spot at point guard. exhibition game against Lawrence Tech.
Titans, minus Brown, focus on up-tempo game BY CURTIS PULLIAM VN CO-EDITOR
It would be an understatement to say that coach Autumn Rademacher had an interesting off-season. For starters, she lost her top scorer, Shareta Brown, who after averaging 21 points per game decided to transfer to Wayne State, a Division II college. The news was unwelcome. Brown not only had led the team in scoring, rebounds and steals, she had tallied 339 more points than any other Titan – as a sophomore. On the bright side, Rademacher did receive some good advice from an acquaintance and famous UConn coach. “I actually ran into Geno Auriemma at a golf outing, very close to when this all happened,” said Rademacher, now in her sixth season as head coach at her alma mater. “I had met him before, and we were just having a conversation and I told him what happened. He said, ‘There’s an easy solution to that.’ And I said, ‘What’s that?’ He goes, ‘Just f**$%&# win!’ ” Rademacher decided that is what she had to do. “At that moment in time, I made up my mind and said, ‘This is the
way it is, this is what we are going to do and we are going to work with the kids we have, and we are going to be the best that we can possibly be,’ ” said Rademacher. “So that was our plan since last spring.” The Titans, who finished the year on a high note by winning the Women’s Basketball Invitational, will have a different look this season. “Our new system is going to be really up-tempo: spreading people out, driving, penetrating, pitching, a motion-type offense,” she said. Some familiar players will be on the court running the new offense. They include seniors Senee Shearer and Megan Hatter.
“She’s been working all summer,” said Rademacher of Shearer. “She’s always been snubbed by the Horizon League, as far as the coaches go, getting on first team or second team. I don’t think she’s ever made it, so I think she kind of carries that chip on her shoulder a little bit. That’s something she really wants to do this year so she’s put in the time.” And Hatter? “She’ll be our five,” Rademacher said. “I’m not sure there is a better kid out there who can shoot as well as Megan at the five spot.” Also returning for the Titans is sophomore guard Rosanna Reynolds, who Rademacher said will be good in the new offensive system. “We are kind of taking the leashes of Rosie, who loves to get out in transition,” she said. “Taylor McCalister has a great shot at being our starting point guard this year, so that would move Rosie off of the point.” This year’s team will include nine freshmen and sophomores combined. They have come together nicely in practice, according to their coach. “It’s really been amazing because I just have told them every day they will mold me,” said Rademacher. “They just have a great attitude, give
great effort, do all the things that we are telling them to do… They’ve done that and that’s all I can ever ask for.” The Titans will try and use that chemistry to defeat some tough opponents this season, including Michigan, Michigan State and Western Michigan. “I love playing those rival games,” said Rademacher. “I think everyone in our state is a rival. There’s no question. And the girls love to go up against the Michigans and Michigan States because in everybody’s mind we’re the underdog and we have everything to gain.” With tough games early on, Rademacher hopes her team can use the experience of those contests to make their way to the top of the Horizon League standings, regardless of all the changes that have occurred. “The expectations are this is a 20win program,” said Rademacher. “I know our girls are going to say the same thing. The girls that didn’t get to play as much are going to want to prove they can play at this level and contribute significantly.” The Titans will open their journey on Oct. 30 at home against Marygrove College.
OCT. 16, 2013
Howard, Brundidge, Bruinsma will be key
This year’s men’s basketball season can go one of two ways. Either really good or really bad. Let’s start with worst-case scenario: Juwan Howard Jr., Carlton Brundidge or Evan Bruinsma gets injured. That would be a huge deal since they are likely going to play a huge role on the offense this year. If one, two or all of them go down, the younger players would have step up big time to replace their production. I’m not wishing injuries on these guys, .but you never know what can happen. If this were the case, I could see the younger guys stepping in and not exactly living up to the expectations, causing the team to more than likely lose key games down the stretch and not be able to get to the 20 win mark that coach McCallum would love to reach for a third-straight season. The best-case scenario: Howard, Brundidge and Bruinsma all play up to their potential, and the younger players embrace their roles and focus on what they need to do for the team. The chemistry gels and the team pulls off some upsets in the conference tourney to win a surprise NCAA tournament bid. Either way, coach McCallum will be a big factor. Obviously, he’s not out there playing but this to me will be his toughest challenge as head coach at Detroit Mercy. His first year, he went 7-23, including only two wins in conference play. However, that’s not unexpected in a coach’s first year after taking over a program that had the same record the year before. The next year, he jumped to 20 wins and a 9-9 conference record. He was starting to get “his guys” in here and establishing what he wanted to do. And then Ray Jr. arrived, and his talents combined with those of other big players such as Eli Holman, Nick Minnerath, Doug Anderson, Jason Calliste and Chase Simon. In the 2011-12 season, the Titans earned the NCAA Horizon League bid and got to play Kansas. But last year, the Titans, though returning a lot of talent, could not get the job done, losing to Wright State on a last-second buzzer-beater. Accepting a bid to the NIT, they lost to Arizona State in the first round. Now the expectations are set. The fans want 20 wins. Coach wants 20 wins. In his five years, he has three 20-win seasons. Can he make it four of six? It’s going to be tough. The Titans lost over 75 percent of their offense in one off-season. With that said, I think he has players who can make up for that, which is a huge plus for everyone. The toughest part is getting the returning players to put last year in the past and adjust to their new roles. Talking to a few of them, I believe they are embracing the underdog role, motivated by the knowledge that many people have counted them out. Though this team may not be the most talented team McCallum has had, it may be the team he gets the most out of.
Pulliam is VN co-editor
Published on Oct 16, 2013