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Statement Issue Archive


April 16, 2014

Tyler Mesman

Teresa Mathew/Daily

BY IAN DILLINGHAM

The transfer process is not only stressful academically, but can leave students feeling socially isolated in a new environment after having missed the formative early years of college. That’s where LSA senior Tyler Mesman, chair of the Transfer Student Resource Commission of the Central Student Government, has worked to make a change on campus.

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Zaineb Abdul-Nabi

Tracy Ko/Daily

BY NATALIE GADBOIS

It’s an old adage : When you get to the top, don’t forget the little people. Student director and LSA senior Zaineb Abdul-Nabi has already found her footing in film, but she certainly hasn’t forgotten the little people along the way.

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Jordan Morgan

Teresa Mathew/Daily

BY DANIEL WASSERMAN

On April 2, a few days before the Final Four, Engineering graduate student Jordan Morgan was supposed to be on a plane to Dallas. That was the plan, anyway.
But as consolations go, an acknowledgement from the President of the United States, Barack Obama, isn’t too bad.

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Tyrell Collier

Allison Farrand/Daily

BY WILL GREENBERG

From the #BBUM campaign, a Twitter hashtag where Black students shared the experiences of “Being Black at the University of Michigan,” to the reading of the BSU’s seven demands on Martin Luther King Jr. day this year, Collier has led and improved his community by drawing attention to the many issues still facing Black and other minority students on campus.

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Reda Jaber

Adam Glanzman/Daily

BY ALICIA ADAMCZYK

In May, he will receive a Masters of Business Administration from the Ross School of Business and a Doctor of Medicine from the Medical School.

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Carly Manes

Ruby Wallau/Daily

BY ALLANA AKHTAR

“As an active, participating student at the University of Michigan who has friends here, who lives here as a social being, seeing needs that are unmet is where I seek action,” Public Policy junior Carly Manes said.

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Nkem Ezurike

Allison Farrand/Daily

BY JAKE LOURIM

LSA senior Nkem Ezurike is the all-time leading scorer in the women’s soccer program and has been a leader in its rise from a Big Ten bottom feeder to a national contender. Last month, she was drafted by the Boston Breakers, a member of the National Women’s Soccer League.

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Zeinab Khalil and Ciarra Ross

LEFT: Photo by Mike Frieseman, courtesy of Ciarra Ross RIGHT: Photo by Tracy Ko

BY AKSHAY SETH

At its inception, the Michigan Women of Color Collective (M-WoCC) was simply designed to give women an opportunity to be heard. It has since grown to offer those same women a place where they can deliberate and hear each other’s opinions about racial tension at Michigan.

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Mary Naoum

Allison Farrand/Daily

BY GILLIAN JAKAB

With this consistent love of performing and the arts, Naoum came to the University not to pursue her own path to stardom, but to learn how her craft could be used to empower others and affect change in communities.

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Jeff Sorensen and Tim Pituch

Ruby Wallau/Daily

BY ADAM DEPOLLO

The success of optiMize is dependent on its ability to help students take the first step towards putting their own ideas and interests into action. For the organization’s founders, their partnership provided that initiative.

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The Statement Magazine: Students of the Year 2013-2014

Cover by Amy Mackens

BY THE STATEMENT STAFF

From filmmakers to social movement leaders to entrepreneurs to arts visionaries, these students cannot be reduced to a bullet pointed list of simple accomplishments. Rather, they’re multi-dimensional, passionate, and inspire us to be better listeners, informers, and students of the world — not simply of the classroom.

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April 9, 2014

The Statement: Photos of the Year

Cover by Ruby Wallau and Amy Mackens

BY THE STATEMENT STAFF

Our staff photographers spend all day searching for the perfect frame. They lug cameras to class, run beside football players and push through rowdy crowds. We are storytellers.

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April 2, 2014

My First Time: Lollapalooza, an intimate affair

BY MARIAM SHEIKH

While I may be one step closer to carpal tunnel, Lolla is worth the effort. After the first time I went, I was hooked. Lolla is like nothing else — organized pandemonium.

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Pick your protection: The impact of contraception usage on campus

Ruby Wallau/Daily

BY AMRUTHA SIVAKUMAR

While college is a time when many students choose to explore their sexual freedom, universities such as Michigan have been on the frontline of advancing sexual health and contraception education.

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Personal Statement: Being a Writer

BY GIANCARLO BUONOMO

When you’re seven years old, no one expects you to be an archaeologist. But at my age, adopting the visage is quickly becoming insufficient without some results, or at least serious preparations for them. And it goes without saying that reading Hemingway, and reading about Hemingway, are two very different things.

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‘A well-kept secret’ : How pregnancy counseling centers influence choice

BY AKSHAY SETH

“We can see, currently, several hundred visitors a year — something like 300 or more, and me only being here 18 months, I personally think we’re a well-kept secret,” responded Iris Proctor when asked about Arbor Vitae, a pregnancy counseling center, and its relatively low level of notoriety.

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Visual Statement: Submerge

Alden Reiss

BY ALDEN REISS

I photographed the Michigan swimming and diving teams underwater for my senior thesis project. The photographs compiled for my upcoming show, Submerge, act as a vessel through which I explore the physical transformation that takes place when a human enters the water. Having almost drowned as a child, water often evokes feelings of fear and danger for me despite its natural beauty.

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March 26, 2014

Ann Arbor Affairs: Just words

BY TANAZ AHMED

My fourth grade teacher, Ms. Savur, probably had no idea that her praise of my mystery picture book, painstakingly woven together with pale blue yarn and featuring a madcap plot of missing jewelry and secret bathroom passageways, would lead to arguments with my parents at age 18 and, eventually, culminate in the first English major in my entire family.

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Personal Statement: Coming up caffeinated

BY YARDAIN AMRON

Mom travels with her French press and a bag of Oren's Daily Roast. She flies economy, but scoffs when she passes the Admirals Club: Armani suits unbuttoned within, guzzling airport Joe as their shoes are shined. She stops at the Starbucks in Terminal C.
“What would you like, Ma’am?” Outside, a New York blizzard wreaks havoc.

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Discovering identity: Birthright trips as individual experience

BY KATIE BURKE

Free trips are often advertised as a sweepstakes grand prize or a selling point for a family vacation. For Jewish youth, however, one free trip in particular provides a way to explore and experience an ancient and complicated identity.

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Defining student activism: the Israeli-Palestinian conflict at the University

BY SHOHAM GEVA

“I’ve always been aware of the Palestinian struggle and the Palestinian cause before coming to college,” said LSA senior Bayan Founas. “But at the time, I never understood how important it was to connect it to my personal identity.”

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March 19, 2014

Moving forward: How public transit is shaping the city's future

BY MAX RADWIN

Public transportation often becomes the only option for Detroit residents, albeit an inconvenient one.

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Detroit Future City: A 50-year experiment in urban planning

BY AMRUTHA SIVAKUMAR

Re-organizing the city is a tall task, considering the Motor City’s dwindling population, but it’s a challenge that’s not too daunting for the Detroit Works Project.

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What will happen to the DIA?

BY REBECCA GODWIN

The DIA’s art can be sold because the museum is not a nonprofit organization like many museums, but rather a city agency, like a public library.

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The Statement Magazine: The Detroit Issue 2014

Cover by Amy Mackens, Ruby Wallau, and Katherine Pekala

BY STATEMENT STAFF

Welcome to The Statement’s Detroit Issue. This week, our magazine is dedicated to the many complex and bold narratives of the city, ranging from youth-crafted poetry, to catfish burgers, to the difficulties of public transportation.

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Matrix Theatre gives students outlet for creativity, expression

BY PAIGE PFLEGER

The home of Matrix Theatre sticks out from its surroundings — it’s a two-story brick building that looks like the other storefronts should surround it, but it stands abruptly thin, tall and alone. Michigan Central Station looms in the background, long-abandoned and windowless.

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Cass Clinic brings health care to the community

BY PAIGE PEARCY

On a snowy Saturday at 8:45 a.m., Willie Oliver made the second trip of his life to the Cass Community Social Services building. He stood outside, underneath the red awning, in the line of people waiting to get inside when the doors opened at 9 a.m. Oliver has high blood pressure and like many of the people waiting in line with him, he couldn’t afford a trip to the doctor’s office.

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InsideOut Literary Arts: Youth-driven and inspired

BY JENNIFER CALFAS

Christopher had an idea. Shifting his weight from side to side in his desk, the third grader raised his hand, begging to answer a question.

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Visual Statement: Sister's Food Truck

BY VIRGINIA LOZANO

As I drove through a neighborhood in Grand River Detroit, I was immediately drawn to a food cart sitting in the driveway of the house on 1861 Bassett Street. With bright pink symbols on a large metal cart, it stood out from the repetition of small houses with perfectly gardened yards.

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March 12, 2014

The Writer's Notebook: Not literature, not theatre

BY MAX RADWIN

Slam poetry is a synthesis of those two mediums of art done poorly. It isn’t literature, and it really isn’t theatre.

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Oedipus and Drugs: The history of psychoanalysis in Ann Arbor

Ruby Wallau/Daily

BY JOHN BOHN

In a society that demands things at ever-greater speeds — from text messages to medicinal cures — a theoretical discipline such as psychoanalysis, which asks of its patients to engage with their self histories of trauma and loss for an extended period, may be unsettling when first encountered.

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Visual Statement: An English Major's Pilgrimage

BY TERESA MATHEW

Teresa Mathew traveled to London and Oxford for spring break to visit the land of her mother tongue. Scones, impeccably dressed humans and the world's most famous boy wizard.

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A silent battle: How students cope with disordered eating

BY ADRIENNE ROBERTS

LSA senior Kylie Miller is a resident advisor, a member of the Ballroom Dance Team and has a supportive group of friends. Miller also suffers from disordered eating. She has spent up to two dozen nights sitting in the bathroom for hours at a time, battling with herself, deciding whether or not to purge after a binge.

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Personal Statement: Diving into my insecurity

Photo courtesy of Ruby Wallau

BY RUBY WALLAU

Weight transformed into a number that I couldn’t stop thinking about.

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The Statement magazine: Confronting the Mirror

Cover by Amy Mackens and Ruby Wallau

BY THE STATEMENT MAGAZINE

The Statement magazine examines the stigma behind disordered eating.

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February 26, 2014

Dust and Feathers

Illustration by Amy Mackens and Ruby Wallau

BY ALLISON EPSTEIN

London, 1945.
The war was over.

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Vital Organs

BY EMMA KRUSE

Half-mooned beneath my belly button
is the little white puckered cross-stitch
from where they stuck the camera in
to see the salamander
in my currant jelly insides.
The surgeon told me
as soon as they cut it out
it burst in his hands.
Of all the organs he’s held
I imagine my appendix is
very far down on his list.
He must have held
purple hearts
caressed fishy lungs

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Google Search: flowering tree species in detroit

Illustration by Amy Mackens and Ruby Wallau

BY LEELA DENVER

fat bunches              v. sweet,
perfumed       very sweet smelling cream-
colored        kind of squat          small

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The Literary Lens

BY DAILY VIDEO STAFF

Videographers worked with authors from The Literary Issue to recreate their pieces in multimedia forms.

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Letter from the Editor: The Literary Issue

BY CARLINA DUAN

We write so we can remember. We write so we can press the eye’s detail to the page; so we can make and shift and save and carve. This year, The Statement’s Literary Issue attempts to introduce you to writing that uproots and imagines.

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The Statement Magazine: The Literary Issue 2014

Illustration by Amy Mackens and Ruby Wallau

BY STATEMENT STAFF

This year, The Statement’s Literary Issue attempts to introduce you to writing that uproots and imagines.

Here's a selection of pieces included in the issue:

  • Inedible Love - by Teresa Mathew
  • A Day at the Fair - by Amy Henson
  • Literary Lens - a collection of multimedia pieces
  • Full Story |


    February 26, 2014

    Inedible Love

    Illustration by Amy Mackens and Ruby Wallau

    BY TERESA MATHEW

    I dreamt I was a dragon last night
    And you were a princess
    Don’t worry, I didn’t eat you
    But I didn’t save you either
    I didn’t stop you from braiding your hair
    To let in a boy I knew would steal your heart
    [and your wallet and vinyl records
    I’m sorry about that, but iTunes exists now. Let it go.]
    Or snatch your shoe from the staircase
    To stop him from coming after you

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    January 2013

    Illustration by Amy Mackens and Ruby Wallau

    BY MARGARET HITCH

    on the first day of the year
    my friends and I almost get hit by a train.
           afterwards, there is not much to say.
    our skin is red with the cold.
    the new blue
           sky in your alleyway
    is filled with stratus clouds.

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    The Things We Carry

    Illustration by Amy Mackens and Ruby Wallau

    BY LUCY ZHAO

    after “Look” by Laura Kasischke

    Full Story |

    Root Vegetables

    Illustration by Amy Mackens and Ruby Wallau

    BY LEELA DENVER

    Dirt holds my head up and after I gauge the progress
    I grab hold of the forsythia’s bottom and pull up.
    I think about turnips
    and how they look like noses and how
    at the farmer’s market this girl held my hand once.
    Once, when I was five, I learned who god was supposed to be.
    Is?
    The green onions are sprouting;
    I hope I don’t forget about them.
    I break off a sprig and chew on it.

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    Botanical

    Illustration by Amy Mackens and Ruby Wallau

    BY LEELA DENVER

    we stroll through Sunday-
    Daddy carries our long-trip-thermos
    (deep green & dented & topped with a chrome cap)
    it is filled with brown tea
    which we drink from small glasses shaped like hexagons
    the flavor makes me carsick
    amongst the glossy fronds and ivies
    i become wrecked
    and the scene goes:
    trees
    gaping down
    pink-limbs drool off wide trunks

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    Song, My Family and Me

    BY SUPRIYA JALUKAR

    Full Story |

    Behind the Curtain

    Illustration by Amy Mackens and Ruby Wallau

    BY ALEXANDER BERNARD

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    After the Fever

    Illustration by Amy Mackens and Ruby Wallau

    BY ERIKA NESTOR

    After the fever
    I only remember waking up to find everything
    revealed,
    my pale nightmare
    of the sun in a rainstorm
    and my mother moving in and out of sight
    stumbling and laughing,
    the messy relief of night-watch survived:
    my baby chanted,
    whispered, a thousand times. The bundle
    of my body under three blankets, rolling over
    and over again. Hot dry tongue, purple sky

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    A Day at the Fair

    Illustration by Amy Mackens and Ruby Wallau

    BY AMY HENSON

    Full Story |

    Visibility

    Illustration by Amy Mackens and Ruby Wallau

    BY ALEX KIME

    I wish I could say I didn’t know what it was that marked me,
    that when the boys yell insults as they pass me on State
    or from the other side of the sidewalk,
    I would not know how they found out.
    but I do.
    I am aware of the way my voice sounds,

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    February 19, 2014

    Emerging from the shadows: LGBT life in the locker room

    BY JAKE LOURIM

    In 2005, Stephanie Hoyer came east from Englewood, Colo., to one of the biggest college athletic programs in the country. She practiced field hockey in the shadows of Michigan Stadium, and in world-class facilities named after legends like Schembechler and Yost and Crisler and Oosterbaan.

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    Visual Statement: Relentless Rowing

    BY LUNA ARCHEY

    We’re not Denard Robinson or Mitch McGary. There’s no chance of being recognized in class, and if we happened to wear a Michigan Rowing shirt the typical response is, “Oh, I know someone that was on the rowing team,” or, “That’s a varsity sport?”

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    The Statement magazine: Lifting the Burden

    Cover by Amy Mackens and Ruby Wallau

    BY THE STATEMENT MAGAZINE

    The Statement magazine looks at the culture of sports on campus, including gender equality and homosexuality among student athletes.

    Full Story |


    February 20, 2014

    Nominate your Student of the Year 2013-2014

    BY THE STATEMENT MAGAZINE

    Tell us who you think made a difference this year and why we should share their story.

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    February 19, 2014

    Personal Statement: Party's over, now what?

    BY KATIE STEEN

    I remember the day I first moved to Ann Arbor. It was a very typical, almost archetypal University of Michigan “freshman” experience.

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    Beyond obligation: Gender equality in sports reaches home stretch

    BY ZACH SHAW

    More than four decades after Title IX, the push for gender equality in sports has reached the complicated, difficult final stretch.

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    Ann Arbor Affairs: Falling in friend-love with you

    BY SUNDAI JOHNSON

    I moved through those soft, moist bodies with friendly, inebriated smiles that tend to occupy those kinds of spaces, and on the other side, I found him.

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    February 12, 2014

    Shifting the spotlight: how staff shape the ‘U’

    BY SAM GRINGLAS

    People call them Michigan Men. From a tract of wilderness, they molded one of the nation’s premier institutions of higher education. Even today their names grace the University’s academic temples of stone and brick, tangible markers of the triumph they left behind.

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    Campus Mechanics: You are the trend

    BY AMRUTHA SIVAKUMAR

    In the fall of 2010, I did everything I could to stand out.

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    Personal Statement: That sexy sweater

    BY MAX RADWIN

    It was the kind of morning I would have missed 99 times out of 100, but the fact that I should have missed it, but didn’t, is what makes it so miraculous.

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    The third culture kid: Between homelands

    BY RACHEL PREMACK

    The term “third culture kid” is new and somewhat unknown. Coined in the 1950s, it’s defined as a child who experienced a “significant part of his or her developmental years outside the parents’ culture” and as a result does not identify completely with any one culture.

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    The Statement magazine: Quiet victors

    BY THE STATEMENT MAGAZINE

    The Statement magazine explore the stories of the staff at the University.

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    February 5, 2014

    The Statement magazine: Weighed down, pushing back

    Cover by Alicia Kovalcheck and Amy Mackens

    BY THE STATEMENT MAGAZINE

    The Statement magazine looks at the racial climate at the University.

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    The Writer's Notebook: Falling out of love with Harry Potter

    BY MAX RADWIN

    Yes, Harry Potter has its place on history’s bookshelf, but it does not occupy the space or share the company you think it does — a realization that dawned on me as I continued reading books beyond that of the boy who lived.

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    Rushing your roots: Minority Greek life at the 'U'

    BY EMMA KERR

    For students of color, the Greek life experience can provide a community where cultural roots are shared and celebrated. Yet the barriers that separate students racially within Greek Life on campus are also unwritten and unacknowledged.

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    Personal Statement: naming our dual society

    BY ALEX WINNICK

    For me and other white students at the University, this process requires more than understanding and supporting the #BBUM movement. It means examining my place in America’s primary society to see if and how I am implicated in creating the circumstances rendering #BBUM necessary.

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    What is being Black at the University?

    Amy Mackens/ Daily

    BY WILL GREENBERG

    For many Black students at the University, the truth is there is an extra layer to their experience: a specific racial consciousness that hangs over the community.

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    January 29, 2014

    Rethinking Rackham

    BY JEREMY SUMMITT

    With 15,000 students — less than half of the undergraduate population — it might not be the biggest surprise that graduate students get skimmed over when it comes to changes in the University curriculum.

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    My First Time: All ears on Bey

    BY DANIEL FELDMAN

    “Rocking out to Beyoncé’s new album while studying for my finals. All hail Queen Bey!”
    This is essentially all I saw on social media for two weeks of school during fall semester.

    Full Story |

    The Statement magazine: Underpaid & overworked

    BY THE STATEMENT MAGAZINE

    The Statement magazine examines the ethics unpaid internships on campus and beyond.

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    Salary sacrifice: Are unpaid internships worth it?

    BY ALICIA ADAMCZYK

    With some unpaid interns taking the case to the courts and others not able to afford to work for free, it begs the question: Is the unpaid internship worth it?

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    Personal Statement: Thanks, Grandma

    BY CAROLYN GEARIG

    Every day was an adventure when I was with my grandma — whether we were taking her RV to the upper peninsula to go camping and visit her cabin, eating at McDonald’s (she would always get Happy Meals so my brother and I could have the toys) or visiting the American Girl Place in Chicago.

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    January 22, 2014

    Quidditch and Red Bull: the MHacks experience

    BY GIACOMO BOLOGNA

    At MHacks, creativity does come, but often at the expense of sleep, hygiene and fashion — sweatpants and pajamas make for way more efficient hacking.

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    The Statement magazine: The hacker's revolution

    BY THE STATEMENT MAGAZINE

    The Statement staff explores hackathon culture at the University.

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    Personal Statement: Mustache girl

    BY CARLINA DUAN

    I’m never sure how to remind myself that I’m a woman who knows what’s best for myself, and a part of knowing what’s best is naming myself — not around the angles of others’ mouths, but around my own curves and muscle and black hair.

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    Coding the Future: the rise of the hackathon

    BY IAN DILLINGHAM

    How much time can students possibly dedicate to independent learning while still enrolled at the University? For one group on campus, the answer is 36 hours.

    Full Story |

    Ann Arbor Affairs: Four shades lighter

    BY AMRUTHA SIVAKUMAR

    Love at first sight? I would like to think so, but who am I kidding. I was Indian and he wasn’t. And that meant that there was no way I could ever be with him.

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    January 15, 2014

    The Thought Bubble

    BY STATEMENT STAFF

    'You're never out of touch with (history). It's always living and breathing...Understanding history is not just about understanding yourself, but about understanding why we are the way we are- currently. And maybe where we're going."
    - Abraham Liddell , LSA senior

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    Personal Statement: 'Am I fighting with God?'

    BY AMRE METWALLY

    I’ve always been a thinker. An over-thinker. I read books until words literally don’t make sense; I mull over things until I’ve made myself dizzy from going in circles. The constant self-reflection and inquiry is fuel for a perpetual identity crisis. Am I like everyone else? Am I Arab, Egyptian or American? Am I Muslim?

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    Campus Mechanics: The donors and the best

    BY AMRUTHA SIVAKUMAR

    Everything that the University does can be expected to be a carefully calculated endeavor, and the process of convincing donors to invest their resources in the University may just be plain science.

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    Religion Resale

    BY STATEMENT STAFF

    The Statement staff explored The Daily archived advertisements to give you a glimpse at religion on campus throughout the University’s history.

    Full Story |

    The Statement magazine: Is faith falling behind?

    BY MAGAZINE STAFF

    The Statement examines how there is a clear decline in religion on campus yet many students remain involved in religious communities.

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    Synagogue and Mosque: uniting communities on campus and beyond

    BY CAROLYN GEARIG

    Muslims and Jews are minorities in the US. They are minorities on campus too, with around 3 percent of the University undergraduates identifying as Muslim and 12 percent identifying as Jewish.

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    On the Decline: How religion is fading from campus

    BY CHARLOTTE JENKINS

    Data shows the number of religious students on campus has been shrinking in recent years. The Statement takes an in-depth glance at the declining numbers through the lens of modernity, spirituality, and community.

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    January 8, 2014

    Personal Statement: The Unsung Hero Of Michigan Athletics

    BY MICHELLE K. MCMAHON

    I was so caught up in my self-pity and victimized outlook that part of me expected him to coddle me and tell me that everything was going to be OK. To my surprise, I received the definition of tough love.

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    The Silicon Mitten: Michigan’s changing entrepreneurial culture

    BY K.C. WASSMAN

    Kind of like our football stadium, the Big House, (entrepreneurship) encompasses students from all kinds of disciplines and all kinds of ages. Together we come together, like in the Big House, to create a solidified impact.

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    The Writer's Notebook: I'm a writer, you're not

    BY MAX RADWIN

    Sure, you can practice an art. But if you weren’t born with some kind of condition, then you’re just an other dabbling in a world not meant for your art.

    Full Story |

    The Statement magazine: Entrepreneurship at the 'U'

    BY MAGAZINE STAFF

    The Statement explores the changing landscape of student startups at the University.

    Full Story |

    Letter from the Editor

    BY CARLINA DUAN

    This year’s Statement attempts to bring you stories you can dig through. Our goal is to bring you a weekly news magazine that isn’t simply about ‘finding the answers’ surrounding a certain topic.

    Full Story |

    Visual Statement: Journeys

    BY MICHIGAN DAILY PHOTO STAFF

    Click on a photo to view the corresponding slideshow.
    Adam Glanzman

    Full Story |

    VIDEO: Entrepreneurship at the 'U'

    BY AUSTEN HUFFORD

    Student entrepreneurs discuss entrepreneurship at the University.

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    December 11, 2013

    The Sex Issue — The Statement

    The science of it all: Pleasurable condoms?

    Illustration by Megan Mulholland

    BY JENNIE COLEMAN

    Approximately 60 percent of respondents to The Michigan Daily’s unscientific sex survey wear condoms regularly — and according to the sex survey, 93 percent of students say they have worn a condom at some point in their sexual life. Why wear condoms if they ruin pleasure, one of the main aims of sex? Well, a study conducted by researchers at Indiana University says that this might not be the case.

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    The Sex Issue — The Statement

    Personal statement: The almost threesome

    Illustration by Megan Mulholland

    BY BRIANNE JOHNSON

    At approximately 1:05 a.m., the devil came a-knockin’, so I opened the door. She poked her head into my room. “Brianne?” she whispered, drunk and giggling. “Are you awake?”

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    The Sex Issue — The Statement

    The language of sexuality

    Teresa Mathew/Daily

    BY SEAN CZARNECKI

    Flat on the table lies the survey. An array of sexual orientations are listed down its leftmost column. In this column, the well-known sexualities inhabit the same space as the lesser-known: “Heterosexual” and “homosexual” are listed next to “pansexual” and “questioning.” There are two sub-categories among this assortment that may prove the most thought provoking: “other identity” and “unresolved.”

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    The Sex Issue — The Statement

    Personal statement: Holding hands

    Illustration by Megan Mulholland

    BY TODD NEEDLE

    Last March, I held a boy’s hand. I held his hand in broad daylight and we walked straight through the busiest part of campus. My heart beat faster than I think it ever has before and my palms were sweating — which was terribly embarrassing.

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    The Sex Issue — The Statement

    Your favorite songs for gettin' it on... you're welcome

    Photo by Teresa Mathew

    BY MAGAZINE STAFF

    What's the best song to listen to while having sex? You told us what's bumpin' on Spotify when you're bumpin' in bed...

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    The Sex Issue — The Statement

    The Michigan Daily's unofficial campus sex survey

    Teresa Mathew/Daily

    BY MAGAZINE STAFF

    More than 2,400 of you took to the interwebs and completed our two-minute sex survey. We found out what you like, don't like and have done in bed. This is how 'U' do it.

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    The Statement Magazine: The Sex Issue

    BY MAGAZINE STAFF

    More than 2,400 students took to the interwebs and completed our sex survey. We found out what they like, don't like and have done in bed. This is how 'U' do it.

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    December 4, 2013

    The Statement

    The seed of sustainability: How President Coleman’s green initiative is taking root on campus

    Cover by Alicia Kovalcheck

    BY ALICIA ADAMCZYK

    Though you’ll never hear it chanted on a football Saturday, those sporting the Maize and Blue have gotten a lot better at going green since University President Mary Sue Coleman made sustainability one of her four presidential initiatives in 2009.

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    The Statement

    Statement on the street: Describe this year's football season in one sentence

    Teresa Mathew/Daily

    BY THE STATEMENT STAFF

    “What took them so long to play like that?" — William Fattore, LSA junior

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    The Statement

    Ann Arbor Affairs: Keep your love

    Illustration by Megan Mulholland

    BY HALEY GOLDBERG

    My group and I quickly separated, my phone promptly died, and I found myself stranded in the middle of a mud field, trapped not only in muck but all my fears about music festivals. But in the past-tense words of Icona Pop: I loved it.

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    The Statement

    Personal statement: Pocahontas and me

    Illustration by Megan Mulholland

    BY SOPHIA USOW

    When I was little, I thought I was the reincarnation of Pocahontas. There was a decades-old weather-beaten face stuck on my backyard tree, and I was fully convinced that it was my own personal Mother Willow.

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    The Statement

    The least reported crime: Male survivors of sexual assault

    BY RACHEL PREMACK

    “You feel like sexual abuse ... it’s almost like this disease you have and you tell people and you can infect people,” Lyons said. “It’s like you’re like a leper. It’s messed up, man.”

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    The Statement magazine

    Cover by Alicia Kovalcheck

    BY MAGAZINE STAFF

    Though you’ll never hear it chanted on a football Saturday, those sporting the Maize and Blue have gotten a lot better at going green since University President Mary Sue Coleman made sustainability one of her four presidential initiatives in 2009. Read this week's issue for more.

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    November 27, 2013

    The Statement

    Personal Statement: Working for happiness

    Illustration by Megan Mulholland

    BY AARON GUGGENHEIM

    Grandma carefully set her hands on the tablecloth, stained with bits of rice and curry, and gave me a pained, exacerbated look; apparently she had an agenda. “You paid nearly $200,000 to do what? Wait tables?” she said. “Sweetheart. You didn’t go to college for that.”

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    The Statement

    Visual Statement: On campus, I'm thankful for...

    Erin Kirkland/Daily

    BY DAILY PHOTO STAFF

    Daily photographers capture the places and faces they are most thankful for on campus.

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    The Statement

    Feast your eyes: A dance on the dark side of cocktails

    Illustration by Megan Mulholland

    BY SIENA WITTE

    On top of a building, a black and white letter board haphazardly spelling “THE LAST WORD 5 P.M. - 2 A.M.” caught my eye. I ducked into the dimly lit door frame beneath the sign. In an instant, I had fallen down Ann Arbor’s very own rabbit hole, an underground hotbed of mixology magic and handcrafted cocktails.

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    The Statement

    A Capitol view: The D.C. fight to maintain federal research funding

    Illustration by Alicia Kovalcheck

    BY SAM GRINGLAS

    Though they might not know it, University faculty, students and administrators are depending on a staff over 500 miles away in Washington, D.C. to fight for federal research funding.

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    The Statement

    The D.C. fight to maintain federal research funding

    Illustration by Alicia Kovalcheck

    BY THE STATEMENT STAFF

    Though they might not know it, University faculty, students and administrators are depending on a staff over 500 miles away in Washington, D.C. to fight for federal research funding.

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    November 20, 2013

    The Statement

    Instagram Shoot-Out: The Windy City

    Erin Kirkland/Daily

    BY TERESA MATHEW AND ERIN KIRKLAND

    Two Daily photographers take on the Windy City with iPhones and SLRs.

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    The Statement

    Personal Statement: Friends in the end

    Illustration by Megan Mulholland

    BY JAMES RESLIER-WELLS

    I am scared that I will come away from my college experience unfulfilled. But don’t they say that admission is the first step towards recovery?

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    The Statement

    The force behind physics demonstrations

    Austen Hufford/Daily

    BY AUSTEN HUFFORD

    With the feel of the warehouse on Discovery’s “Mythbusters,” the Physics Demonstration Lab has a large assortment of, well, almost anything. Children’s toys, saws, wires, speakers of every size, all carefully organized and put away. When a professor has an idea for a new experiment, Warren Smith and his coworkers know what needs to be bought and what is already on hand.

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    The Statement

    For women in business, it's more than a numbers game

    Teresa Mathew/Daily

    BY AKSHAY SETH

    Currently, only 35 percent of the 468 students in the sophomore BBA class are female. That number falls when considering the rest of the Business School, where a little more than 32 percent of the 1,302 undergraduate students are women. But does an inequality in numbers imply discrimination?

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    The Statement

    Fashion Voyeur: Coat of color

    Allison Farrand/Daily

    BY ADRIENNE ROBERTS

    Oh, winter. It’s a season that comes with so much promise — the chance to hide your inevitably paling, dry skin under layers of patterned tights, plaid vests and large sweaters. But, more often than not, you end up throwing on black yoga pants, those Ugg boots you promised you’d never wear again and a North Face pullover most likely layered under a North Face parka.

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    For women in business, it's more than a numbers game

    Teresa Mathew/Daily

    BY THE STATEMENT STAFF

    Currently, only 35 percent of the 468 students in the sophomore BBA class are female. That number falls when considering the rest of the Business School, where a little more than 32 percent of the 1,302 undergraduate students are women. But does an inequality in numbers imply discrimination?

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    November 13, 2013

    The Statement

    Science of it all: Sleep on it

    Illustration by Megan Mulholland

    BY PAIGE PEARCY

    Remember those times when you wished you could just go to sleep, wake up and know the material for your exam? A scientific study proved that may actually work.

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    The Statement

    Statement on the street: If you had $1 million to donate to the ‘U,’ what would you want the money to go towards?

    Teresa Mathew/Daily

    BY THE STATEMENT STAFF

    "If I had a million dollars ..." Students get in tune with the Barenaked Ladies and pretend they're big donors with $1 million.

    Full Story |

    The Statement

    Jerry May: The man behind the money

    Teresa Mathew/Daily

    BY THE STATEMENT STAFF

    It takes finesse, strategy and some luck to bring in the University's biggest donors. And Jerry May, the University's vice president for development, knows just how to do it.

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    The Statement

    Jerry May: Selling blue for green

    Teresa Mathew/Daily

    BY PETER SHAHIN

    Jerry May, the University’s vice president for development, has been at the University longer than most top-level executive officers and administrators. All that time, he’s been selling the same product: The University of Michigan. May now faces the greatest challenge of his career: the $4 billion Victors for Michigan campaign, one of the most ambitious fundraising efforts in the history of public higher education.

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    The Statement

    Visual Statement: Bending Sickle Farm

    Virginia Lozano/Daily

    BY VIRGINIA LOZANO

    Bending Sickle Community Farm is part of a new generation of young farmers and a contribution to the local culture of the Ann Arbor community.

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    Personal Statement: The history they hold

    Illustration by Megan Mulholland

    BY SAM GRINGLAS

    In the popular imagination, grandfathers are often depicted as keepers of history. Seated in worn, leather armchairs, grandfathers recount the olden days before roaring fires as curious youngsters lean close, hanging on every word. My grandpas don’t fit that image.

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    November 6, 2013

    The Statement

    Ann Arbor Affairs: Love me

    Illustration by Megan Mulholland

    BY ALICIA KOVALCHECK

    I never realized that falling in love with myself, however tumultuous the relationship, could feel so fantastic.

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    The Statement

    Statement on the street: How do you get ready for a night out?

    Teresa Mathew/Daily

    BY THE STATEMENT STAFF

    Shower parties, "hype" playlists and Lacoste cologne — that's all you need to get ready for a great night.

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    The Statement

    The students behind the bar

    Todd Needle/Daily

    BY MATT SLOVIN

    In Ann Arbor’s most notorious basement, known for its sticky dance floor and neon, liquor-infused shark bowls, LSA senior Ben Gyarmati does his homework.

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    The Statement

    The Statement: 'Til Rick's do us part

    Photo by Todd Needle/Daily, Design by Alicia Kovalcheck

    BY MAGAZINE STAFF

    We went to Rick’s, not looking for love, but searching for an explanation for the staggering popularity and longevity of the famed bar.

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    The Statement

    'Til Rick's do us part: A drunk history of Rick's American Cafe

    Photo Illustration by Alicia Kovalcheck and Todd Needle

    BY MELANIE KRUVELIS

    We went to Rick’s, not looking for love, but searching for an explanation for the staggering popularity and longevity of the famed bar. Before setting out to write this story, we had never walked through its double doors, never descended the oft-packed stairs that lead into the hazy basement that doubles as one of the city’s most popular bars.

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    Visual Statement: Ashley's

    Paul Sherman/Daily

    BY PAUL SHERMAN

    It’s a place to relax. A place to hang out with friends and forget it all. A place where new adventures begin and old ones come to an end.

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    October 30, 2013

    The Statement

    Instagram Shoot-Out: Trip to the Cider Mill

    Allison Farrand/Daily

    BY ALLISON FARRAND AND ADAM GLANZMAN

    Two Daily photographers visit Waird’s Cider Mill armed with appetites and iPhone cameras

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    The Statement

    Feast your eyes: When the craving strikes

    Illustration by Megan Mulholland

    BY SIENA WITTE

    It was the type of hunger born from too many hours spent hunched over my laptop, too many hours spent highlighting study guides and scribbling on index cards.

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    The Statement

    No easy choice: How student survivors of sexual assault manage the maze of options before them

    Illustration by Alicia Kovalcheck

    BY HALEY GOLDBERG

    I looked at her, watching the wheels in her head turn anxiously as she weighed the options of what happens next. It was easy for me — someone unfamiliar with sexual assault — to say what she should do: Turn him in. It seemed simple. He needed to face the consequences of his actions.

    But the decision isn’t black and white; it isn’t “turn him in to face justice” or “let him go free.” For student survivors of sexual assault, it’s much more complicated.

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    The Statement

    No easy choice: How student survivors of sexual assault manage the maze of options before them

    Illustration by Alicia Kovalcheck

    BY HALEY GOLDBERG

    I looked at her, watching the wheels in her head turn anxiously as she weighed the options of what happens next. It was easy for me — someone unfamiliar with sexual assault — to say what she should do: Turn him in. It seemed simple. He needed to face the consequences of his actions.

    But the decision isn’t black and white; it isn’t “turn him in to face justice” or “let him go free.” For student survivors of sexual assault, it’s much more complicated.

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    October 23, 2013

    The Statement

    The 'U' in the 'D'

    Adam Rubenfire/Daily

    BY ADAM RUBENFIRE

    It all started in 1817. Augustus Woodward, Rev. John Monteith, Fr. Gabriel Richard and William Woodbridge forged a plan to establish the University of Michigania. But many would be surprised to know this story isn’t set in Ann Arbor: It takes place in Detroit.

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    The Statement

    Personal Statement: Defiance

    Illustration by Megan Mulholland

    BY KAREN HUA

    If Harry Potter has taught me anything, defiance isn’t about breaking all the rules and blind disobedience; defiance is about understanding myself and my limits, then having the courage to step outside the cupboard under the stairs.

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    The Statement

    Visual Statement: Roos Roots

    Nick Williams/Daily

    BY NICK WILLIAMS

    Out of all the local coffee roasters around Ann Arbor, one of the most visible on campus is Roos Roast.

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    The Statement

    Generation Snap Me

    Teresa Mathew/Daily

    BY CARLINA DUAN

    The signature ghost mascot beams up at me, its tongue poking out of its mouth as if to suggest we’re both the insiders to some hideous secret joke. I tap. My iPhone camera pops out, and — in true selfie-mode — I pucker up in front of the camera, duck-facing it, and press the button.

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    The Statement

    The Fashion Voyeur: Leather looks

    Allison Farrand/Daily

    BY ADRIENNE ROBERTS

    In the past few years, leather has become infinitely more feminine, wearable and mainstream.

    Full Story |

    Memories Fit to Fade

    Illustration by Alicia Kovalcheck

    BY MAGAZINE STAFF

    The Statement explores the Snapchat phenomenon, selfies and all.

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    October 16, 2013

    The Statment

    Invisible Women: The Michigan Women's Justice & Clemency Project

    BY ALICIA ADAMCZYK

    While visiting a women’s prison in 1989 to produce a video for the inmates and their children, Art & Design Prof. Carol Jacobsen was struck by what she saw — or rather, what she didn't see. The women in the prison — many serving life sentences — weren’t violent, career criminals or drug-addicts as popular culture would have Jacobsen believe.

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    The Statement

    Science of it all: Dancing with Molly

    Illustration by Megan Mulholland

    BY PAIGE PEARCY

    The major chemical used to make MDMA comes from sassafras trees, the same plant that gives us the harmless American classic — root beer. However, Molly cannot be given the same “harmless” moniker.

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    The Statement

    Statement on the Street: How do you recharge during midterms?

    Photo by Teresa Mathew

    BY THE STATEMENT STAFF

    Fall: the season of midterms. The Statement took to the streets to find out how students survive exams on exams on exams.

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    The Statement

    Personal Statement: Dear Unnamed Woman with Child

    Illustration by Alicia Kovalcheck

    BY PHOEBE YOUNG

    When I was younger I found it difficult to understand that my artwork could not be seamlessly translated from my mind onto the piece of paper or canvas that was before me. I had trouble accepting that something always got lost in translation.

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    The Statement

    Visual Statement: Fall break Instagram shoot-out

    Photo by Ruby Wallau

    BY RUBY WALLAU AND TERRA MOLENGRAFF

    Two Daily photographers document their travels to Penn State and Washington, D.C.

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    The Statement

    When Research Gets Risky

    Photo Illustration by Teresa Mathew/Daily

    BY ADAM GLANZMAN

    From archaeological digs in Syria to social work in Haiti, researchers from the University of Michigan are working on all continents, even in conflict zones, as a part of academic pursuits.

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    Balancing research and risk abroad

    Photo Illustration by Teresa Mathew

    BY THE STATEMENT STAFF

    From archaeological digs in Syria to social work in Haiti, researchers from the University of Michigan are working on all continents, even in conflict zones, as a part of academic pursuits.

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    October 9, 2013

    The Statement

    The Personal Statement Issue

    Illustration by Alicia Kovalcheck

    BY THE STATEMENT STAFF

    One personal statement is published in The Statement regularly, but this week, we dedicate the issue to those moments where you speak to us.

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    Visual Statement: Black Homecoming

    Teresa Mathew/Daily

    BY TERESA MATHEW

    I wanted to go to black homecoming because
    I’ve never been to a homecoming dance before

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    October 9, 2013

    The Statement

    Personal Statement: Physical Prism

    Illustration by Megan Mulholland

    BY JUSTON JACO

    Deep in the open-chambered springs of Yellowstone National Park, life colorfully covers itself across the safety of secluded landscapes — an image I’m sure must haunt watercolorists who were never able to capture it in all of its magnificence. Behind billowing blankets of steam lifting skyward every morning, life truly lives on the edge of survival here.

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    The Statement

    Personal Statement: The time I was impeached

    Illustration by Megan Mulholland

    BY MATT SLOVIN

    Not many people are able to say they held the distinction of being student council president. Far fewer can say they ascended to that position in the fourth grade because, well, how many elementary schools have a student council?

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    Personal Statement: A Letter to My Freshman Self: How You’re Using Your English Degree

    Illustration by Megan Mulholland

    BY CARMEN ALLEN

    I would tell you that all the hours you’re spending researching requirements for Columbia’s English doctoral program is a waste of time, but as it marks your first real practice in collecting and evaluating information, a process that will become all too familiar to you, I’ll let you be.

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    Personal Statement: Losing it

    Illustration by Megan Mulholland

    BY PAIGE PEARCY

    He asked me if I was squeamish.
    “No,” I paused a second longer than I should have. “No, I’m not,” I finished.
    “Alright, be here at eight,” he said. “I’ll have the saw all ready to go.”

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    Personal Statement: Papa

    Illustration by Megan Mulholland

    BY ALICIA ADAMCZYK

    He came to my house almost every day when I was growing up, and the greeting was a tradition that had sprung up over the years. He’d walk in and say his hello, and I’d run over and give him a hug, blushing. After, we would sit in the family room and watch the Tigers game or Michigan football together.

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    Personal Statement: 3 a.m., welcome week.

    BY JON HORFORD

    Drowsy and sober leaned back in a chair in the middle of the night, watching three couples engage in the college version of a mating ritual. One couple is sitting on the couch to my left, talking about nothing in order to put a respectable amount of time in between meeting and making the “beast with two backs.”

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    October 2, 2013

    The Statement

    Ann Arbor Affairs: Distance and decisions

    Illustration by Megan Mulholland

    BY JEN CALFAS

    He had my yearbook for a solid hour. As I watched him scribble endlessly with black Sharpie across the back page, I struggled to find words to put down in his. It wasn’t that I couldn’t think of anything to say, but the probability of writing down what I considered to be the elephant in the room — a.k.a. the lounge our grad night took place in — outweighed anything else.

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    The Statement

    Quiet giant: How the University of Michigan Health System tackles a changing landscape

    Illustration by Alicia Kovalcheck

    BY BARRY BELMONT

    The University of Michigan Health System consists of 29 departments, about 3,000 faculty and staff members and about 1,800 medical, graduate and postdoctoral students. Accounting for nearly half of the University’s operating budget, it’s approximately 200 times larger than the entire Athletic Department financially. But amid the changing national healthcare climate, UMHS must now take new and innovative approaches to maintain the financial security of a $2.6-billion enterprise.

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    The Statement

    Cadavers get personal

    BY JACKSON HOWARD

    Just as they do today, University medical students in the mid-19th century studied human cadavers in the early stages of their medical training. Unlike today, though, the cadavers those students studied were not donated legally. Rather, they were acquired in a decidedly illegal, morally questionable, no-questions-asked manner reminiscent of a horror movie.

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    The Statement

    Dreams of my great-grandfather

    Illustration by Megan Mulholland

    BY PETER SHAHIN

    As I’m trying to find my way in this world, I find myself drawn to my own family’s history for inspiration. I don’t need to leave my country with nothing to my name to start over in a foreign land — thank God for that. But I do think America offered something different to my great-grandfather than it does for me.

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    The Statement

    Conversations: Can University students work hard and play hard?

    Photo by Teresa Mathew

    BY THE STATEMENT STAFF

    We’ve all heard the Wiz Kahlifa song, “Work Hard Play Hard.” Wiz’s recommendation to achieve both: “Make sure you do whatever is that you gotta do, that's your job” (as well as make it rain with bigger bills). But in all seriousness, with a surplus of academic requirements and organizations on campus, can students maintain a balance between working hard and playing hard?

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    Hospital on the hill

    Photo by Teresa Mathew

    BY THE STATEMENT

    How the University of Michigan Health System tackles a changing landscape.

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    September 25, 2013

    The Statement

    Feast Your Eyes: An ode to Ari and Paul

    Illustration by Megan Mulholland

    BY SIENA WITTE

    It wasn't long ago that I was a bright-eyed freshman, stuck on North Campus. I learned quickly that you don't talk about Ann Arbor without talking the greats: Michigan football, Rick’s American Cafe, and Zingerman’s. Well, I was already at the University, and I was too young (both literally and spiritually) for the underbelly of student nightlife that is Rick’s. So to Zingerman’s I went. And I must say, it changed my life — and for the better.

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    The Statement

    Dave Brandon's fireworks: How 'The Dave Brandon Show' changed the Athletic Department

    Illustration by Alicia Kovalcheck

    BY NEAL ROTHSCHILD

    As Brandon begins his fourth academic year at the helm of Michigan sports, his administration can be characterized as one of “more.” More staff members, more money, more facilities, more teams. But Brandon’s entry into cutthroat college athletics — and University athletics, specifically — predate his arrival as athletic director in 2010.

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    The Statement

    How 'The Dave Brandon Show' changed the Athletic Department

    Alicia Kolvachek/Daily

    BY THE STATEMENT STAFF

    A look at the athletic director, businessman and Michigan man.

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    The Statement

    Statement on the Street: What should the Michigan Marching Band play at halftime?

    Teresa Mathew/Daily

    BY THE STATEMENT STAFF

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    Personal Statement: The Goose Incident

    Illustration by Megan Mulholland

    BY TAYLOR WIZNER

    I must confess: a few weeks ago, I ran over a goose. It feels cathartic to write, although, I’m pretty sure accidentally killing an animal is not a crime.

    Full Story |

    Visual Statement: Instagram Shoot-Out

    Erin Kirkland/Daily

    BY TERESA MATHEW AND ERIN KIRKLAND

    Two Daily photographers take to the Arb and face off with their iPhone cameras.

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    September 18, 2013

    The Statement

    The Fashion Voyeur: Military time

    Allison Farrand/Daily

    BY ADRIENNE ROBERTS

    What we’re seeing on the runway, as well as on the streets of Ann Arbor, are women dressed in military inspired clothing, from lace-up boots to brass-buttoned jackets.

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    The Statement

    Conversations: Can female students have it all after graduating from the University?

    Teresa Mathew/Daily

    BY THE STATEMENT STAFF

    Sumana Palle, a Business junior and executive board member for What the F feminist magazine, and Associate Prof. Elizabeth Armstrong, a sociologist who specializes in gender and higher education research, met at The Michigan Daily newsroom to discuss this question. Below are selected excerpts from their conversation.

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    The Statement

    Filling a need: How vital are foreign graduates to American science and industry?

    Design by Alicia Kovalcheck

    BY JACOB AXELRAD

    They are multinational, multiracial. They are the GSIs leading your Friday chemistry discussions, your group members in your Design and Manufacturing course and researchers scurrying around campus labs in white coats. Some will be management consultants for Accenture. Others will be computer engineers for Amazon, Google and Facebook. Big names. Important names. Still, some will be told to leave.

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    The Statement

    Magazine asks 'What the F?'

    BY STEPHANIE SHENOUDA

    Since early 2012, the monthly magazine What the F has been working to connect the women of the University, giving them a place to go every time they’ve seen something in the media or their daily lives that made them say, “What the eff??”

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    The Statement

    The Statement: Are we sending foreign talent back home?

    Illustration by Alicia Kovalcheck

    BY THE STATEMENT STAFF

    The Statement explores the challenges international students face after graduation and the problems the United States faces in retaining foreign talent.

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    The Statement

    Personal Statement: Home

    Illustration by Megan Mulholland

    BY TANAZ AHMED

    When I first came to New Jersey from Bangladesh, I stayed in a two-bedroom apartment that was about 1,070 square feet altogether. I would spend the next 12 years of my life there.

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    September 11, 2013

    The Statement

    The Science of It All: Smell you later

    Illustration by Megan Mulholland

    BY PAIGE PEARCY

    Picture this: You’re walking down a busy street in a city filled with loud noises and stimulating sights. You pass a small bakery and catch a whiff of the most recent batch of cookies. A chill runs down your spine. You wince.

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    The Statement

    Statement on the Street: What is 9/11's place in society today?

    Photo by Teresa Mathew

    BY THE STATEMENT STAFF

    "I think it's still lingering around a little more than a lot of us would think it would."

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    The Statement

    9/11 changed...

    Teresa Mathew/Daily

    BY THE STATEMENT STAFF

    Students in the Diag were asked to complete the sentence "9/11 changed..."

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    The Statement

    Twelve Years Later

    Photo Illustration by Teresa Mathew and Alicia Kovalcheck

    BY THE STATEMENT STAFF

    The Statement explores campus perceptions of 9/11 and changes in the Army ROTC program 12 years after the attacks.

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    The Statement

    Personal Statement: LDAC in 1000 Words

    Illustration by Megan Mulholland

    BY MATTHEW BLANCHARD

    For every cadet in Army ROTC, the acronym “L.D.A.C.” is something ominous. It represents fear, expectation, anxiety and the unique feeling of proving one’s self.

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    The Statement

    Rectified: How 9/11 changed the University's Army ROTC program

    Photo Illustration by Teresa Mathew and Alicia Kovalcheck

    BY JENNIFER CALFAS

    On Saturday, September 15, 2001, a football game was scheduled. The Big House was filled to the brim, but the atmosphere was quite different than a normal game. Senior Vice Provost Lester Monts remembers the Army ROTC cadets and midshipmen raising the flag at the game while the national anthem played, eliciting an out-of-character noiseless response from the audience. Since the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, the enrollment in the University’s ROTC program has increased — with 555 total members in 2001 growing to 898 in 2013.

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    September 4, 2013

    The Statement

    Ann Arbor Affairs: A thing

    Illustration by Megan Mulholland

    BY CARLINA DUAN

    I bumped into him on my way back from a club meeting. The October moon glazed over the street. I barely made out his face in the dark.

    Tentatively, I called out his name.

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    The Statement

    Statement on the Street: 8.5 hours to go

    Teresa Mathew/Daily

    BY THE STATEMENT STAFF

    The first few brave souls in the general admission football line on Saturday at 7 a.m. explained what else could keep them waiting in a line for 8.5 hours.

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    The Statement

    Making a Movement: How a small group of students united behind a fringe issue and changed University policy

    Teresa Mathew/Daily

    BY SAM GRINGLAS

    Though the impact of the Coalition for Tuition Equality and the recently inked policy may remain uncertain, one thing’s clear: Less than two years ago, a couple of students had a grievance and an idea.

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    The Statement

    Personal Statement: Do you have a girlfriend?

    Illustration by Megan Mulholland

    BY ANDREW WEINER

    The bus is packed, but we’re the only people talking. Maize and blue freshmen stare at us with wide eyes. I’m red, visibly sweating and incoherently mumbling the words I so badly don’t want to say.

    Rewind 20 minutes.

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    The Statement

    Conversations: How has student activism changed at the University?

    Adam Glanzman/Daily

    BY THE STATEMENT STAFF

    Assistant Prof. Stephen Ward who teaches courses in urban studies, community development and African-American studies and Communication Studies Prof. Scott Campbell met at The Michigan Daily newsroom to discuss this question. Below are selected excerpts from their conversation.

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    April 17, 2013

    THE STATEMENT

    Students of the Year 2012 to 2013

    Illustration by Alicia Kovalcheck

    BY HALEY GOLDBERG

    In these eight pages, you can read the stories of the 11 nominees we felt embodied a “Student of the Year.” They’re students working to aid communities near and far, advocating for justice on campus, representing the University proudly on the field, on the court and overall making this campus a better place.

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    STUDENTS OF THE YEAR 2012-2013

    Students of the Year: Jennifer Ryan

    Adam Glanzman/Daily

    BY ALEXA DETTELBACH

    Jenny Ryan is a lot of things. She’s an LSA senior, a point guard, she was the captain of the 2012-2013 women’s basketball squad and she’s a third team All-Big Ten selection.
    But above all else, Jenny Ryan is a Wolverine.
    The Saginaw native will go down as one of the best women’s basketball players in program history, both on and off the court.

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    STUDENTS OF THE YEAR 2012-2013

    Students of the Year: Meaghan O'Connor

    Todd Needle/Daily

    BY ALICIA ADAMCZYK

    While many college students barely have time to heat up a bowl of ramen noodles, LSA senior Meaghan O’Connor has baked over 1,000 cupcakes this year. But the Grand Rapids, Mich. native isn’t trying to fill an insatiable sweet tooth — she’s hoping to inspire students around campus.

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    Students of the Year: Josh Buoy and Stephanie Hamel

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    BY JENNIFER CALFAS

    For LSA seniors Josh Buoy and Stephanie Hamel, their film endeavors began in middle school, with a class project entitled “The Afrenchists,” which depicted French kings in the style of the television series “The Apprentice."

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    Students of the Year: Brian Garcia

    Marlene Lacasse/Daily

    BY STEVE ZOSKI

    A student’s first year at the University can be overwhelming, but as a passionate performer, student, artist and advocate for social justice, freshman Brian Garcia is already beginning to make a difference.

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    Students of the Year: Kevin Mersol-Barg

    Terra Molengraff/Daily

    BY JENNIFER XU

    Anxious, restless and disarmingly modest in manner and speech, Public Policy senior Kevin Mersol-Barg does not resemble your typical political figure. Whereas some great orators have relied on theatrics to get their point across, Mersol-Barg’s speech patterns are completely and utterly drama-free.

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    Students of the Year: Elisabeth Hindert

    Natasha Janardan/Daily

    BY AARON GUGGENHEIM

    Elisabeth Hindert, an LSA senior, is the head of marketing for the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, a group that works to connect student-athletes with the community, and the director of I Will, a student campaign to educate students and raise awareness about sexual assault at the University

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    Students of the Year: Trey Burke

    (Adam Glanzman/Daily)

    BY DANIEL WASSERMAN

    Since the moment Trey Burke committed to playing one more season last April, the ensuing 12 months seemed to come out of a fairytale.

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    Students of the Year: Sripriya Navalpakam

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    BY KAYLA UPADHYAYA

    Sripriya Navalpakam isn’t just an entrepreneur: She’s an activist. A Business sophomore, Navalpakam knew she wanted to go to business school when she was in eighth grade.

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    Students of the Year: Denard Robinson

    Photo Illustration: Erin Kirkland/Daily

    BY ZACH HELFAND

    Denard Robinson was on the phone. He was on his way to a workout with the Washington Redskins. The LSA senior wanted to talk about a graduation bucket list.

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    Students of the Year: Rama Mwenesi

    Teresa Mathew/Daily

    BY HARSHA NAHATA

    Meet Rama Mwenesi, a senior studying industrial and operations engineering. Mwenesi is the co-founder of E-MAGINE, a multidisciplinary organization that works to provide Internet access to rural, marginalized populations across the world.

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    April 10, 2013

    The Statement

    The Science of It All: The nose knows

    Illustration by Megan Mulholland

    BY JENNIFER XU

    I once had an MCAT teacher who was unable to smell anything for an entire year. After undergoing a bad eating experience at an Indian restaurant, he woke up to discover that his sense of smell had vanished. He spent the good part of a year with an effectively plugged-up nose, eating all kinds of foods indiscriminately with little enjoyment.

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    The Statement

    Conversations: Advice for the University newbie

    Teresa Mathew/Daily

    BY THE STATEMENT STAFF

    University Provost Phil Hanlon — who has been a University faculty member since 1986 — and Manish Parikh, Business senior and current Central Student Government president, met in Daily's newsroom to look back on their time at the University. Parikh graduates this spring, and Hanlon will leave to serve as president of Dartmouth College.

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    Visual Statement: Faces of Fleetwood

    Adam Glanzman/Daily

    BY ADAM GLANZMAN

    A photostory about the Fleetwood Diner

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    The Fans of Fairness

    Teresa Mathew/Daily

    BY HALEY GOLDBERG

    Ted Hillary has attended 24 men’s basketball NCAA Tournaments, four Final Four games and over 2,500 basketball games throughout his life — averaging about 95 games per season. But at the age of 64, Hillary had a new experience with basketball this year: filling out a March Madness bracket.

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