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Statement Issue Archive


April 15, 2015

The Statement Magazine: Students of the Year 2014-2015

Cover by Megan Mulholland

BY STATEMENT STAFF

A president, some Nobel Prize winners, a few Internet moguls, and Darth Vader — there is a high precedent set for students who graduate from the University. But somehow students find their way and then some, going from scared, M-planner-toting freshmen to leaders, innovators, and activists in a few short years.

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Natasha Dabrowski

Paul Sherman/Daily

BY TANYA MADHANI

It’s Dabrowski’s friendly and energetic personality, Walsh said, that really motivates their projects and their agendas as student government executives.

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Nicole Elmblad

San Pham/Daily

BY KELLY HALL

The two-time Academic All-American, three-time Academic All-Big Ten and two-year captain — voted in unanimously by her teammates both years — has excelled on the basketball court. After all, she does hold the records for most games played (133) and wins (82). But her efforts on campus have been noticed as well.

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Hannah Lee

Brian Beckwith/Daily

BY CAROLINE FILIPS

It’s suggested that those who grow up in the Midwest are forever subscribed to the region’s wholesome values — an admirable work ethic contrasted by modesty, along with the desire to help others. If there’s a student who embodies the favorable, friendly, and hard-working Midwestern archetype, it's Public Policy junior Hannah Lee.

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David Moore

Luna Anna Archey/Daily

BY VANESSA WONG

Moore received a BSE in mechanical engineering in the top 3 percent of his class. He also swam for the NCAA championship-winning men’s varsity swim team and is currently trying to soak up every bit of Ann Arbor and Michigan before he flies across the pond to study at the University of Oxford on a prestigious Rhodes scholarship.

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Olivia Rath

Zach Moore/Daily

BY CARLY NOAH

“I don’t ever want to leave this place,” Rath said. “I hope I’ll be able to find communities that are as productive and helpful as the ones I’ve found here.”

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Will Royster

Brian Beckwith/Daily

BY GRACE HAMILTON

“To those whom much is given, much is required,” reads the back of LSA junior William Royster’s T-shirt. The same shirt is being passed out to 46 high school freshman and sophomores in the main room of the Trotter Multicultural Center.

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Sammie Lyons

Amanda Allen/Daily

BY ALLANA AKHTAR

LSA junior Sammie Lyons recalls a quote by E.B. White for daily inspiration: “I get up every morning determined to both change the world and have one hell of a good time. Sometimes this makes planning my day difficult.”

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Austin McCoy

Allison Farrand/Daily

BY TRIP BRENNAN

This year, McCoy has been at the center of students organizing against racial profiling and police violence, the reverberations of his and others’ work being felt throughout Ann Arbor.

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Khris Sanchez

Delaney Ryan/Daily

BY NATALIE GADBOIS

Sanchez admits to singing on University busses and in exchange for burritos at Panchero’s, literally booming with warmth and passion. This all ties back to his parents’ sacrifices so he could have a better life.

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Photos of the Year

BY LUNA ANNA ARCHEY

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The Statement: Photos of the Year

BY LUNA ANNA ARCHEY

Armed with a camera, a good sense of timing, and a keen observational ability, these photographers capture student life at its most thrilling, most inspiring, and sometimes most banal. Interspersed through our pages are our Photos of the Year. Happy viewing.

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Keya Patel

Luna Anna Archey/Daily

BY EMILIE PLESSET

“When she’s involved in something she’s 100 percent there,” said LSA junior Emilee Lewis, a member of Sa Nimá Collaborative. “I feel like that’s the main thing that’s hard to find nowadays. When you have a meeting with Keya, she is 100 percent present and you’re the only thing that matters at that moment.”

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April 1, 2015

Becoming a Townie: Ann Arbor Sucks

Illustration by Megan Mulholland

BY EMMA KERR

Ann Arbor is cold, and it will not be sympathetic to you. It is recklessly ambiguous and will be heartlessly honest with you when you are indeed wearing that mini skirt in the middle of January or you go to NYPD for a slice and the guy serving it to you knows you by name.

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Personal Statement: The image of a scientist

Illustration by Megan Mulholland

BY IRENE PARK

I knew what I wanted to be since I was three: a scientist. The thought of solving the mysteries of the universe was the only thing that got me excited — even more than Disney characters, or whatever three-year-olds were into at the time. For the next twenty-something years, I dedicated my life to science.

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An interview with former Congressman Rush Holt

Luna Anna Archey/Daily

BY IAN DILLINGHAM

"Most people would say that science is beneficial and society is making progress because of science — but that number is eroding, so that’s a troubling sign. And furthermore, they don’t quite know what that means, because they don’t have that basic appreciate of what and why science. "

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Thought Bubble: Tobi Heller

Luna Anna Archey/Daily

BY NATALIE GADBOIS

“Last week, these three girls were walking into Skeeps, and one of them was eating a hot dog; her friends walked in and she took one bite of her hot dog, set it down on the top of the trashcan and went in ... And then this guy with his shirt ripped open all the way picks up the hot dog and eats the whole thing.”

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'Wherever We Stand': Pro-Israel groups and the campus divide

Cover by Jake Wellins

BY JAMES BRENNAN

Israel-Palestine is a polarizing topic on any campus, but this is exacerbated at the University of Michigan, a school equally known for its radical activism and vibrant Jewish community (two traits not mutually exclusive).

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A Public Ivy: The history of the University's governance

BY CLAIRE BRYAN

These opposing facts — that the University must serve the nation but is run by leaders who capture the votes from citizens of Michigan only — contribute to issues of ownership and who exactly the University should be serving.

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March 25, 2015

Personal Statement: Why I run

Illustration by Megan Mulholland

BY MAYANK MATHUR

It was then I realized that regret isn’t the sadness of making a wrong decision. It’s the agony of realizing how easy it was to make the right one.

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From the Pews: Listening to TEDx sermons

Illustration by Maggie Miller

BY CLAIRE BRYAN

In an age where the number of people who affiliate with any religion is declining, I’m inspired by our society’s dedication to organizations like TED. I can’t say I’m surprised though; listening to TED talks bettered me as an individual more than any sermon ever has.

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My Cultural Currency: Upon arrival

Illustration by Megan Mulholland

BY TANYA MADHANI

I’d like to think that only fragments of my personality would be different and that I, at my core, would remain the same no matter what country I grew up in. Maybe I would still be as lost and insecure as I am right now.

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Visual Statement: Surviving Appalachia

Luna Anna Archey/Daily

BY LUNA ANNA ARCHEY

“We can survive. That’s what the people in Appalachia been doing before coal came, they survived.”

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Visual Statement: Hidden Gems of Colorado's Past

Zach Moore/Daily

BY ZACH MOORE

Colorado has still held on to its quaint mining towns that were once the primary draw to Colorado, before the winter sports industry. On one of the less than optimal skiing days, I took a drive through three of these historic towns: Red Cliff, Leadville, and Georgetown.

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Cost of the Experience: Students' spending habits at the 'U'

Cover by Luna Anna Archey

BY WILL GREENBERG

$6,406. On top of tuition, books, and everyday living expenses, an average student will spend this amount on social expenses during their four years here. $6,406. That’s the amount it costs to truly experience social life at the University.

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Proposed genetic research moratorium raises ethical considerations, but unlikely to impact University projects

BY IAN DILLINGHAM

The method, which utilizes a relatively novel protein complex known as CRISPR-Cas9, could in the future allow researchers an unparalleled level of control in artificially altering the human genome.

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March 18, 2015

Visual Statement: Selma

Virginia Lozano/Daily

BY VIRGINIA LOZANO

Over half a century ago in Selma, Alabama, Martin Luther King Jr. preached at the Brown Chapel AME Church. Inspiring masses of people to risk their lives for freedom during the civil rights era.

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Footnotes: Green beer and entitlement

Illustration by Megan Mulholland

BY IAN DILLINGHAM

The old motto, “college is the place for making mistakes,” is not a free pass to make your safety — potentially your life — someone else’s responsibility.

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Thought Bubble: Gavin Hanert

Luna Anna Archey/Daily

BY NATALIE GADBOIS

"St. Patrick’s Day means being out and about. It's the camaraderie, the high-spiritedness in the air — it’s all the good vibes."

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Becoming a Townie: How to read in Ann Arbor

Illustration by Maggie Miller

BY EMMA KERR

Once you’re done changing your mailing address, finding a new doctor in the area and whatever else comes up, you’re eventually going to have to find your reading nook.

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Rethinking Ross: The unglamorous realities of a business school education

Cover by Luna Anna Archey

BY ZACH SHAW

Always at the forefront of academic prestige and success, the school now finds itself at the forefront of a much less desirable position. The negative internal and external perceptions of the Business School are mounting, and the school must find a way to respond.

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March 18, 2015

Personal Statement: Undress the Doll

Illustration by Megan Mulholland

BY AIKO FUKUCHI

When you ask me where I’m from, you want to know about my race or my ethnicity. You want to know about my history. You believe by knowing this about me, you’ll know so much about me.

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Women in Leadership Lessons fosters necessary conversations

Photo Illustration by Luna Anna Archey

BY NATALIE GADBOIS

It’s this combination of goals, both to assist women in a still unequal world and directly address the problematic structures women face, that makes Women in Leadership Lessons so empowering.

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March 11, 2015

The List: Distinctive holidays to celebrate in March

BY NATALIE GADBOIS

Sick of the St. Patrick’s Day traditions? Try out these more unique holidays. In 30 years they may be the new spring Fraturday celebration.

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Thought Bubble: Ipek Demirdag

Luna Anna Archey/Daily

BY IAN DILLINGHAM

"(In the psychology lab) we found out that older adults are less motivated compared to younger adults when we have a money motivation condition ... For older adults, it doesn't really matter if they earn $20."

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From the Pews: A meditative place

Illustration by Megan Mulholland

BY CLAIRE BRYAN

As I began to meditate, I failed at it — being present in the moment and not focusing on other thoughts besides those of being present — and instead became consumed by the idea of the controlled thought.

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My Cultural Currency: Calculating my "Indian-ity"

BY TANYA MADHANI

It’s ridiculous to quantify someone’s ethnicity and even more preposterous to suggest that just because they do not fit into your one-dimensional perspective, their identity is negated.

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Visual Statement: Battle of the Bamboo

Delaney Ryan/Daily

BY DELANEY RYAN

Battle of the Bamboo is an annual dance competition that celebrates Filipino culture. The work that goes into these performances is extremely extensive, but the results are magnificent. There is no greater celebration of Filipino culture in the Midwest.

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Primetime Players: The multiple roles of the University's cheerleading squad

Luna Anna Archey/Daily

BY AKSHAY SETH

In spite of the fact that institutions like the NCA are revolutionizing the future of teams similar to St. John’s, these organizations can boast small resemblance to the mainstream success the NCAA maintains with football and basketball. A majority of people have never even heard of competitive cheer.

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Personal Statement: Forging an Iron Man

Illustration by Megan Mulholland

BY ERIC FERGUSON

There’s time left still, and I want to use part of it to decisively engage questions like “How’s your semester going?” “What are you doing after graduation?” and (most importantly) “If you could be any fictional character, who would you choose?”

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Challenging the Checkbox: Experiences of the Arab-American community on campus

Cover by Ruby Wallau and Luna Anna Archey

BY IAN DILLINGHAM AND RUBY WALLAU

Finding support for a community that is not recognized in many official capacities can prove challenging.

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February 26, 2015

The Literary Lens

BY DAILY VIDEO STAFF

The Michigan Daily videographers worked with the contributing authors of the Statement Magazine's Literary Issue to produce visual counterparts to their work.

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February 25, 2015

‘beautiful’

Illustration by Luna Anna Archey

BY SAN PHAM

or blonde haired blue eyes

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‘The Runner’

Illustration by Luna Anna Archey

BY HAILEY MIDDLEBROOK

The chorus of voices rose up, over the bushes, through the thick, wet air. / A roar.

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‘Distance’

Illustration by Maggie Miller

BY WESLEY HOLKEBOER

We’ve been together for years. You are, in a way, just a sofa, and I am mostly a raven, a doorknob, a lunatic.

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‘An Open Fist’

Illustration by Luna Anna Archey

BY CAROLYN DARR

We always begin with a dance of words.

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‘Destiny’s Child’

BY CAMMIE FINCH

She was looking for her prince. You can’t stop a love like that.

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‘The great summer blackout of 2003’

Illustration by Megan Mulholland

BY LUCY ZHAO

led to basins of water settling around the house, dry mouths from emptying ice cream, clothing changes in gray rooms.

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‘The color blind knitter’

Illustration by Megan Mulholland

BY KARI SIMONSEN

She would sit there with her yarn in bag, needles in hand. There was a sense of joy upon sitting in that spot every day.

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‘Disrespect’

Illustration by Luna Anna Archey

BY JEAN-PIERRE SEGUIN

For Sale
2.7 Acres
Vacant

but there are trees

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‘The Captain’

Illustration by Ruby Wallau and Ian Dillingham

BY LAUREN QUINLAN

The ship went down with its captain / as all sturdy sea ships do.

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‘THE BILINGUISMO’

BY GILLIAN GOLDEN

EL LENGUAJE ES LA CAPACIDAD DE COMUNICAR. / (The language is the capacity of to communicate)

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‘Architecture Lesson’

Illustration by Luna Anna Archey

BY MARIA ROBINS-SOMERVILLE

A math teacher once told me that / Architects are considered geniuses / for close following of a form to it’s function

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‘For Lucy’

Illustration by Luna Anna Archey

BY ALEXIS SPRINGER

It’s not because you’ve done something. / Living shouldn’t be this hard.

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‘Course Evaluation’

BY PHILLIP WITTEVEEN

The ratemyprofessors.com evaluation said that [name removed] could turn a phrase, and they were right.

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The Statement Magazine: The Literary Issue 2015

Cover by Megan Mulholland

BY STATEMENT STAFF

Ernest Hemingway once said, “There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.”

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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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February 18, 2015

Visual Statement: Norm

William Lynch/Daily

BY WILLIAM LYNCH

I met Norm at Detroit’s Eastern Market, where he’s been selling produce since 1968. His hands were still dirty from that morning’s work on sixty acres of farmland that have belonged to his family since the late 19th century.

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Thought Bubble: Elena Hubbell

Luna Anna Archey/Daily

BY NATALIE GADBOIS

“I really like Eleanor Roosevelt. She was very forward thinking. She was the first ‘First Lady,’ the first one to go out and make policies and have opinions on things instead of staying at the White House and throwing parties.”

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Personal Statement: Disappointment

Illustration by Megan Mulholland

BY MICHAEL SUGERMAN

Because right now, the 10-year-old version of myself who wanted to be an author (or a professional baseball player) and thought that he’d never touch an alcoholic beverage is kind of disappointed in me. I get that its not rational, but I feel that disappointment, and I’m deeply conflicted by it.

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My Cultural Currency: Trivia Crack and trivial facts

Illustration by Megan Mulholland

BY TANYA MADHANI

Caring way too much about things that no one but myself gives a shit about? A curse I wouldn’t wish upon my worst enemy. That is, if mortal enemies actually existed outside of movies and TV shows.

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Becoming a Townie: Living local

BY EMMA KERR

Off-campus housing feels a lot less like a rational decision and a lot more like a confusing blur of houses, apartments and questionable landlords that all ends with you living in an overpriced closet.

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Footnotes: Life in the MLB

Illustration by Maggie Miller

BY IAN DILLINGHAM

Sitting in a 400-person lecture halls, I am always tempted to surf the web, check my texts and generally lose focus on the topic at hand — education.

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Mr. Snyder goes to Washington

Cover by Jake Wellins

BY KATIE BURKE

Snyder’s name has appeared on speculative lists of potential candidates for the 2016 presidential race alongside other Midwest governors, including Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, and Ohio Gov. John Kasich.

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New app connects students with friends to promote campus safety

Photo Illustration by Ruby Wallau

BY TAYLOR WIZNER

The app, Companion, tracks the user in real time, estimating the period of travel needed to get to their destination and checking up on them if they fail to make it there.

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VIDEO: 36 Questions

BY LEVIN KIM

"The 36 Questions" experiment has made its way around the Internet and has reached the University campus.

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VIDEO: LGBTQ Visibility in the Media

BY ANDREW ZICK

University of Michigan students and faculty discuss changes in the representation of the LGBTQ community in popular media, from both a social and an academic viewpoint.

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February 11, 2015

Thought Bubble: Sam Bolin

Luna Anna Archey/Daily

BY NATALIE GADBOIS

"I’m in a class on IT Global and Society right now and it talks about how protesters in India, Iran, and Egypt all have this opportunity to use social media to gather, but at the same time all of their oppressors also have access to it and can more easily find them too.”

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From the Pews: The science of faith

Illustration by Megan Mulholland

BY CLAIRE BRYAN

Quickly, I began to realize the genius behind Robinson’s characters. They evaluated universal struggles and put a spiritual and self-reflective perspective to problem solving.

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All the Pretty Things: Snow Days

Illustration by Maggie Miller

BY JACKLYN THOMAS

We drift off knowing that the next day we have more time to pull ourselves together and recover.

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Personal Statement: What I don’t know

Illustration by Megan Mulholland

BY NATALIE GADBOIS

It was a middle school slumber party. Exhausted from Dance Dance Revolution, licking coarse Dorito salt from our fingers, we laid down in our spoke-and-wheel sleeping bag circle, and we talked about sex.

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Interactive Map: Draw your own Ann Arbor City Ward

BY AUSTEN HUFFORD AND PAT SIER

Last week the Michigan Daily examined if University students were being divided by Ann Arbor's wards. We also constructed a possible student-majority ward of our own. The below interactive mapper allows readers to create their own ward and see how many students it contains.

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University advances stem cell technologies amid political contention

Luna Anna Archey/Daily

BY ANASTASSIOS ADAMOPOULOS

But as the University looks to grow such efforts, it remains unclear how the current political landscape might alter the path of such research.

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Out in the City: LGBTQ youth find community and support at Detroit's Ruth Ellis Center

Cover by Ruby Wallau and Jake Wellins

BY AKSHAY SETH

The Center is one of only four organizations in the country solely dedicated to serving runaway, homeless, at-risk LGBTQ youth — and the only one in the entire Midwest. Small numbers give way to marginalization.

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February 3, 2015

Video: The Pursuit of Happiness Part 2

BY LEVIN KIM

In the second installment of the Pursuit of Happiness series, we asked students what their definitions of happiness were. What is your definition of happiness?

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February 4, 2015

Thought Bubble: Khris Sanchez

Luna Anna Archey/Daily

BY IAN DILLINGHAM

“We take a lot of theory classes, but after that we go more into the practice of music … Trying to step out of that bubble, I guess that’s something one has to learn in college. Not just talking with professor, but speaking with friends — gaining that confidence, that boost, to just tackle the world … You want to build a special connection and a bond when you perform for people.”

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My Cultural Currency: Life's just a soap opera

Illustration by Maggie Miller

BY TANYA MADHANI

My mom and I have an unabashed and shared, fervent love for lowbrow Indian television — specifically, soap operas.

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Becoming a Townie: A web of connections

Illustration by Megan Mulholland

BY EMMA KERR

Even the most cold-hearted and focused among us can stumble upon love and connections amid the possibilities and opportunities of this city.

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Drawing the Vote: Ann Arbor city wards split students

Cover by Jake Wellins

BY AUSTEN HUFFORD

When West Quad reopens next semester, residents will have to walk into another Ann Arbor city ward just to eat breakfast. Despite being across the street, South and West Quad Residence Halls are in entirely different wards — meaning they have separate representatives for Ann Arbor City Council, similar to districts.

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Visual Statement: Alex Koi

Andrew Cohen/Daily

BY ANDREW COHEN

Alex Koi doesn’t just perform music, she embodies it. She has a quiet confidence offstage and the kind of commanding presence onstage that can hold the rapt attention of an audience, whether she’s singing jazz or indie electronic.

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A City Divided: Why city council lacks Republicans

BY SHOHAM GEVA

On the surface, Ann Arbor isn’t that different from other cities; its size and its policies, many less easy to define as liberal or conservative like they might be at the statewide level, echo those of many other cities in the state.

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January 28, 2015

Famous by Association: Bulge-Gate

BY MARIAM SHEIKH

While I’m not defending Justin Bieber, since his scandal gave me ample entertainment (and something to write about), the high standards need to end and, hopefully, the Photoshopping will stop with it.

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Thought Bubble: Margaret Burns

Ruby Wallau/Daily

BY STATEMENT STAFF

“You’ve got to want it. It’s a long process, especially if you want to do a PhD … I’m taking a year (off) to try and figure it out … I’m hoping in a year that I’ll decide that it’s worth it.”

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All The Pretty Things: The Power of Choice

Illustration by Maggie Miller

BY JACKLYN THOMAS

I take pride in both sides of myself. I take pride in the rich histories that flow through me. Holiday meals range from kielbasa to chitlins.

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Conference allows students to engage in real-world sports-business

BY LINDSEY SCULLEN

They’re looking to innovate the sport industry itself, the MSBC as a business and their professional selves. They’re looking to learn what it means to be a part of the sports industry and how to become successful within it.

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Personal Statement: I am Shoham

Illustration by Megan Mulholland

BY SHOHAM GEVA

When I come home, my parents, native Hebrew speakers both, call me Shoham, sho-hom, s h o h a m. They pronounce it better than I ever have, or probably ever will.

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Graduating from the Gridiron: How athletes achieve success in an academic environment

Cover by Luna Anna Archey

BY ZACH SHAW

While student-athletes have their days scheduled by the minute, Basten said an injury could be detrimental to a student’s ability to balance schoolwork with the practices they still must attend.

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Visual Statement: Ra Ra Raas

BY AMANDA ALLEN

On Saturday January 24, 2015 I followed the teams competing in the Dandia Dhamaka Raas Competition, a competition between universities from across the United States in a form of traditional Indian dance.

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From the Pews: A religious util?

Illustration by Megan Mulholland

BY CLAIRE BRYAN

If religion grants purpose and if a concept of purpose grants a successful life, then, like economic utils, fictional religious utils hold a valuable place in our world too.

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Video: The Pursuit of Happiness Part 1

BY LEVIN KIM

The Pursuit of Happiness is a new Michigan Daily Video series that explores the concept of happiness in our lives. In this first installment, students were asked to answer a simple question, “What makes you happy?”

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January 21, 2015

Becoming a Townie: An afternoon in the Arb

Illustration by Megan Mulholland

BY EMMA KERR

We heard and felt silence. The buzz from someone’s new Tinder match was masked by the thick snow apparel we had donned, and our laptops were nestled in their cases at home.

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Footnotes: Lessons of New Year's Resolutions

Illustration by Maggie Miller

BY IAN DILLINGHAM

For those that remain motivated and committed to daily exercise and good nutrition, they are doing the country a financial service by staying at arms length from our health care system — free of charge.

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Personal Statement: My elusive savior

Illustration by Megan Mulholland

BY CHLOE GILKE

I didn’t just want to be an actress. I wanted to be an actress, with every fiber of my heart and soul and being.

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Walking in Glue: Mental health among college women and the role of prescription medication

Cover by Luna Anna Archey and Jake Wellins

BY AMABEL KAROUB

Where there is illness in America, there is medication. Data shows 1 in 10 Americans take an antidepressant, a drug used to treat both depression and anxiety. For women, this number is closer to 1 in 4.

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My Cultural Currency: Superstitions in my genes

Illustration by Maggie Miller

BY TANYA MADHANI

I have a confession to make: I’m a little superstitious.

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Thought Bubble: David Hutchison

Luna Anna Archey/Daily

BY LUNA ANNA ARCHEY

"I want people to understand that Black lives matter, first and foremost, but also to appreciate the cultural product that come out from the Black experience"

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Personal Statement: Owning my feminism

Illustration by Megan Mulholland

BY CHRISTIAN KENNEDY

But even though I was happy, other people in school found me hard to understand. The “girl” comments were continually sprinkled through elementary school, and then in middle school those were upped to my all-time favorite: “Are you gay?”

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January 14, 2015

Visual Statement: Army ROTC

Alexa Borromeo/Daily

BY ALEXA BORROMEO

Four days per week, the University's ROTC cadets meet to participate in physical training — before most students are even awake. Take a glimpse into the world of this unique group of students.

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Thought Bubble: Drake Johnson

Luna Anna Archey/Daily

BY STATEMENT STAFF

“Our campus isn’t particularly good … The CO2 emissions that we put out per student is the highest in the Big 10.

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January 14, 2015

All the Pretty Things: The Snow

Illustration by Maggie Miller

BY JACKLYN THOMAS

Snow is the assurance that, “Yes, Jackie, you should stay inside tonight. Don’t go trudging to that dirty party over on Hill St.” Snow gives the permission to indulge in that second caramel brulée latte because it’s cold.

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From the Pews: An answer for Death

Illustration by Megan Mulholland

BY CLAIRE BRYAN

Some find inspiration and guidance in God’s grace or heaven’s refuge, but after swimming through the ideas of perennial wisdom I find inspiration in the individual.

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Students contribute to national security through social science research

Cover Design by Jake Wellins

BY VICTORIA NOBLE

In 2011, the University received $62.7 million from the Defense Department for a variety of research endeavors, including projects in the social sciences, where students have the ability to make a tangible impact on the country's safety.

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Personal Statement: "Don't call it a disorder"

Illustration by Megan Mulholland

BY AMRUTHA SIVAKUMAR

For half a decade, I played a game until it became my life, and then when the game had gotten spiritless, and rather futile, I stopped playing.

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Nursing senior leads ROTC as battalion commander

Luna Anna Archey/Daily

BY TANYA MADHANI

But in her new role as battalion commander, Autumn Augustine serves as the face of the organization — and her cadre, or staff — as a whole.

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January 7, 2015

Students abroad grapple with U.S. history, cultural consciousness

BY MICHAEL SUGERMAN

Study in destinations where the history is fraught with past violence or political tumult is encouraged so students can understand there is more to them than can be written in the pages of a history book

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My Cultural Currency: Commercial Christmas

Illustration by Maggie Miller

BY TANYA MADHANI

Christmas is a national phenomenon and by partaking in the hype around Christmas — the ridiculously-decorated houses, the red Starbucks cups — I feel like I make up for Diwali’s lack of festivity for myself.

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Becoming a Townie: A knock on the head

Illustration by Megan Mulholland

BY EMMA KERR

Ann Arbor is one of the best college towns in the nation, if not the best, and I rarely see it. Townies jump for joy over breaks and summers, when Ann Arbor is relatively student free, but why?

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Personal Statement: On words and adoring them

Illustration by Megan Mulholland

BY CATHERINE SULPIZIO

I write down the words that bind an abstract concept into a small bundle of syllables — a word like slatch, which means an interval of fair weather. When I added that word, it was July in Ann Arbor and amidst the thick, nagging heat I couldn’t remember what a slatch was.

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The Bonderman Fellowship: Eight months and $20,000 to see the world

BY CAROLYN GEARIG

Since he graduated from the University of Michigan in May 2014, Louis Mirante has hitchhiked via cargo ship in the Maldives, attended a class taught by the Dalai Lama on Tibetan Buddhism and spent a month living in Chile.

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Visual Statement: Photo Staff on Holiday

BY PHOTOSTAFF

The members of our photo staff are from all corners of the country, and over this year's winter holiday, held roots all over the world. These are the photos they have brought back.

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December 10, 2014

Famous by Association: Everyone should want a beard

BY MARIAM SHEIKH

The past week marked two things: the beginning of the Christmas season and the unfortunate end to No Shave November. Now I realize that this sentiment may not resonate with everyone. I have been on Yik Yak enough to know that No Shave November is not everyone’s cup of tea. But can we take a moment to appreciate it?

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Thought Bubble

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BY STATEMENT STAFF

“It’s important to find someone who really likes you for who you are. I think you need that personality chemistry… so if you’re dorky, you need to find that dorky girl who you’re cool with.”
— John Doherty , Engineering senior

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Personal Statement: Lasting

BY YARDAIN AMRON

When I started having sex in high school, I used to last a minute on a good day. I was sixteen and simultaneously felt like the ten-year-old kid in Billy Madison who pissed his pants, and the 60-year-old impotent man in every Viagra commercial.

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Personal Statement: My real sex ed

BY ZAK WITUS

I have a fragmented memory of my introduction to sex as a child. I remember hearing my parents having sex one time when I was probably 13 years old. At least I think so. I heard the rhythmic creaking of the bed, and somehow I knew automatically what that signified.

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The Sex Survey

BY THE STATEMENT MAGAZINE

This year, 935 undergraduate students took our annual Sex Survey — where we explored how technology influences the way that students on campus 'do the deed.' Here's the breakdown.

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Defining 'sex' with numbers

Infographics by Jake Wellins and Gaby Vasquez

BY AMRUTHA SIVAKUMAR

In my rational, engineering-brained way of conceptualizing information, it doesn’t make sense. “Sex” is just a word, after all. I should be able to define it — as should anyone else. When someone asks me what I feel about sex, or whether sex would be appropriate in a particular situation, I should be able to give a clear-cut, no-nonsense “yes” or “no.”

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"Playing with matches, a girl could get burned": Tinder on a college campus

BY GIANCARLO BUONOMO

What shows up in this slideshow is just the username, age and first photo. You have to click on their profile to see the other photos, their description, and because Tinder is linked to Facebook, what mutual friends and interests you have. Two people will match if both swipe right on another’s profiles. If two people match, they can then message each other.

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December 3, 2014

From the Pews: Born to believe?

BY CLAIRE BRYAN

Looking around the oak dining room table at every holiday family dinner, you’ll find one empty seat as we all grab hands, tilt heads and listen to my Uncle Steve recite a prayer.

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Famous by Association: Butt really

BY MARIAM SHEIKH

Kim Kardashian’s #Breaktheinternet campaign is just the latest evidence of society’s serious obsession with big butts. I mean, don’t act like you haven’t noticed.

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Raising the bar: CCRB looks to improve its facilities

File Photo/Daily

BY ZACH SHAW

Every day, the recreational sports department at the University does what they can to address crowds, outdated equipment and comfortable environments, but sometimes the facts pile up just a little too high.

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Thought Bubble

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BY STATEMENT STAFF

Jeremy: “My favorite memory of her was in high school… She went to go buy me lunch. She was wearing a summer dress. She did this turn, and the look on her face — it made my heart drop. It was so beautiful.”
Emily: “And I think he’s silly.”
Jeremy: “I’m very silly.”

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Personal Statement: Cool like 'Kill Bill'

BY ALEC STERN

I have always made decisions based on what other people will think. I know it’s wrong, and outwardly I’m not self-conscious or paranoid. But it’s always been there. That tick. That nagging voice in my head. An incessant impulse to be something I assume other people want me to be.

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More than a race: How campus fosters running communities

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BY JENNIFER CALFAS

As they limped through the recovery area spanning West Fort Street in downtown Detroit, each entrant had the same expression that encapsulated simultaneous elation, exhaustion and happiness. Crying and falling into the arms of loved ones, the runners felt something those cheering on the sidelines did not: the runner’s high.

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November 26, 2014

Famous by Association: This isn't about Beyoncé

BY MARIAM SHEIKH

As you have probably guessed, this column isn’t about Beyoncé. However, it is about her newly married sister, Solange.

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Thought Bubble

Ruby Wallau/Daily

BY STATEMENT STAFF

“I’m specializing in archives and records management. I want to be an archivist. Archives are relevant to every single person. There is some way that their lives connect to records and the past. Without the past, we don’t really have context for our current situation in the present.”
— Shae Rafferty Information Graduate Student

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Visual Statement: Best of Fall Sports Photography

BY PHOTOSTAFF

These photographers have stood through unrelenting rain and spent hours on one knee just to capture the one image for an event, so here are some of the best from this fall semester.

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Ann Arbor Affairs: Why I'm smitten with "SNL"

BY ERIKA HARWOOD

I can’t really recall the specifics of my first time — but I do remember loving it. It happened in the middle of the day, around 1 p.m. I was perched on the edge of my couch, dazed with anticipation because it was finally, after all those years, happening.

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A growing network: How social media is changing student activism

Ruby Wallau/Daily

BY NATALIE GADBOIS

The University has always had a reputation for grassroots activism — ever since President John F. Kennedy chose to announce the plans for the Peace Corps on the steps of the Student Union in 1960, Ann Arbor has been an unofficial center for liberalism and social. But, hashtag activism is the new norm at the University, with social media taking the forefront in student social justice movements.

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Personal Statement: What it really means to be gone

BY ADAM DEPOLLO

My grandmother was fading into the background of faces from my childhood, becoming another one of the dead relatives lining the pages of our photo albums, turning into a set of anecdotal stories. She seemed, with each day, less and less like the person I knew, with all her affectations and complexities, and more like an ossified, idealized caricature of herself. This was what it really meant for her to be gone.

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November 19, 2014

VIDEO - Theory and Practice Based Learning

BY MICHELLE LAN

A quick explanation of how theory and practice interact with one another.

Video By Michelle Lan

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Thought Bubble

Ruby Wallau/Daily

BY STATEMENT STAFF

“Well, (education) is a powerful tool … People have been fighting for education since forever and, you know, I think it’s the one tool that sort of can propagate you from an underdeveloped person — or, if you look wider — a country itself, to a developed nation. It’s the only tool that I think is the most powerful in helping you expand your horizons, and expand yourself.”

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Visual Statement: Michigan Aviators

BY JAMES COLLER

Soaring high above the ground, members of the Michigan Aviators look down and view the Big House and Ann Arbor from the best vantage point in town.

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Famous by Association: We'll (never) be royal?

BY MARIAM SHEIKH

It’s so puzzling to me that I, as a proud citizen of this glorious democracy, am just one of the millions of Americans who are oh so very emotionally invested in everything regarding the royals.

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Personal Statement: Knowing my nose

BY ERIKA HARWOOD

My nose has always been a very literal standout physical feature on me. It really isn’t that spectacular or much of an anomaly — yet it’s been the cause of conversation for as long as I can remember.

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On North Campus, a city of driverless vehicles

Photo Courtesy of Michigan Transformation Facility

BY PAULA FRIEDRICH

Just under the cloud-flecked Ann Arbor water tower, a tiny city is being built. Curving asphalt streets are the only hint of the project, but once the asphalt hardens, buildings will be raised, stoplights strung up and simulated pedestrians will be programmed. These 32 acres at the edge of North Campus will be home to the Mobility Transformation Center’s Test Facility, a complex built to develop automated, driverless vehicles.

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My First Time: My leg-up on Pheidippides

BY IAN DILLINGHAM

On a brisk morning, just before 7 a.m., with Eminem’s “Lose Yourself” blasted over the loudspeakers, I crossed the starting line and headed out onto the streets of Detroit in my 26.2-mile quest.

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Theory, practice and the nature of a liberal arts education

Ruby Wallau/Daily

BY GILLIAN JAKAB

When educators plug theory and praxis based learning, they are referring to a traditional pedagogy of concepts, facts, laws, or equations paired with real-world tangible applications of knowledge. Less obvious, however, are the pockets throughout the University where this bi-level coursework resides, not to test a hypothesis or learn skills for a career, but to engage students more deeply with liberal arts material.

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The Statement Magazine: From the classroom, to the field

Cover by Amy Mackens

BY THE STATEMENT MAGAZINE

The Statement magazine explores theory and practice in pedagogy.

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November 12, 2014

Thought Bubble

Ruby Wallau/Daily

BY STATEMENT STAFF

“I would say that we have a responsibility to the changing society … and racism and sexism do not have to define the future. I want to see a world where people feel free to think and love and socialize as equals, and people feel safe to be themselves.

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Personal Statement: I didn't go to my grandmother's funeral

BY KATIE BURKE

My grandmother was my fashion icon. As a single mother raising six children in Queens, her hats always matched her gloves, which matched her shoes.

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The Writer's Notebook: The 'writing process' process

BY MAX RADWIN

I read about the writing process a lot, or talk to people about it. There’s apparently some process that you’re supposed to develop so that your writing becomes as good as it can be, some way of going about writing things that’s the right way.

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Famous by Association: Why I want to be an Olsen Twin

BY MARIAM SHEIKH

Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen are the real fashion icons of today’s generation. Forget about the other celebrities whose job it is to be photographed in certain brands and at specific events.

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As startup scene grows, Detroit faces new challenges

Ruby Wallau/Daily

BY RACHEL PREMACK

Following decades of racial tensions, a notoriously high crime rate and setbacks in the auto industry, Detroit is looking for a new economic driver. And it might just come in the expanding startup scene, where millions have been invested from the public and private sector this decade.

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Redefining a space: Trotter hopes to expand its community

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BY SAM GRINGLAS

In a darkened basement on Washtenaw Avenue, half a dozen students gathered Nov. 7 to watch old episodes of “Scandal” over Coldstone ice cream and waffle cones.

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Daily Digest: Pie (Two Ways)

BY PAULA FRIEDRICH

Pie can be two things: from the can or a labor of love. Video by Paula Friedrich

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The Statement Magazine: Start Up Detroit

Cover by Amy Mackens and Ruby Wallau

BY THE STATEMENT MAGAZINE

The Statement magazine explores start-up culture in Detroit.

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November 5, 2014

Thought Bubble

Ruby Wallau/Daily

BY STATEMENT STAFF

“I study water quality, water purification, sustainability of using water … Water is a huge issue. We don’t consider the fact that there could be a drought and you might turn on your tap and water won’t come out of it … You have to have water to do things. And I also just love chemistry and math and you get to do a lot of that (in my field).

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Visual Statement: Halloween in New York

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BY VIRGINIA LOZANO

I had the pleasure of attending one of American photographer Mary Ellen Mark’s photography workshops last week in New York City.

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Fashion Voyeur: Boxers, briefs, boxer-briefs?

BY MAX RADWIN

I’m not sure what kind of underwear I’m supposed to buy anymore.

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From the pews: The evolution of my Methodism

BY CLAIRE BRYAN

This summer, noise around homosexuality in the United Methodist Church compelled me to return to 10 o’clock service on a 90-degree morning, to join individuals who believed our church’s mission statement should change, and propelled me to examine the finite meaning of how I stand as a Methodist.

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Do U.S. colleges have something to learn from German tuition policy?

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BY RACHEL PREMACK

Past German college students are now among world-renowned philosophers, researchers, entrepreneurs, writers and leaders. More Nobel laureates are from Germany than any other nationality — save for the U.S. and U.K.

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The Statement Magazine: Toxic Landscape

Cover by Ruby Wallau

BY THE STATEMENT MAGAZINE

The Statement magazine explores environmental justice in Detroit.

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Personal Statement: Falling in love behind closed doors

BY CAROLYN GEARIG

We met in the student journalism office at our suburban high school. She was on the yearbook staff, a grade older; I was an editor for the newspaper. It was like forbidden love.

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Clearing the air: Environmental justice in Detroit

Ruby Wallau/Daily

BY IAN DILLINGHAM

Early on a Saturday, students and faculty boarded a bus outside the University’s School of Public Health. The destination — Detroit. As the bus and its 30 to 40 passengers left Ann Arbor, Sociology Prof. Reynolds Farley began discussing the impact of the city’s history on the current environmental concerns.

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October 29, 2014

Prints: Pinky

BY ANDREW FULLER

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Personal Statement: My favorite word

BY MAYANK MATHUR

I love the word “creative.” I love the crisp sound of the first syllable and how it seems to mellow down, almost wandering away into ambiguity by the time you finish saying it. It’s a small word, which is good because I’m not particularly fond of long, overly intelligent sounding words. Using them usually indicates an overzealousness to appease.

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Thought Bubble

Ruby Wallau/Daily

BY STATEMENT STAFF

“I’m into agricultural sustainability, and looking at how you can solve social issues before they become a problem, basically. So I really want to go into public health and do epidemiology – the study of disease … (My advice is) find something that you’re really passionate about and you want to change, and go into that..”

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Taking a stand in STEM: How women contribute to the sciences

BY AKSHAY SETH

Science, in the purest sense of the word, is a meritocracy.

Then why is it that in the vast majority of science and technology courses offered at the University, most students are male?

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Famous by Association: The man bun

BY MARIAM SHEIKH

Unless you’ve been living under an enormous rock or have gotten your TV, internet and magazine subscriptions were taken away simultaneously, then you have undoubtedly noticed the new trend to grace each and every one of the red carpets this past season: the man bun.

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Training the next generation of female robo-builders

Ruby Wallau/Daily

BY JESSE KLEIN

Just getting women interested in engineering and robotics is only the first hurdle. Gender biases persist and the team atmosphere of robotics is slightly to blame.

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Ann Arbor Affairs: Second time's the charm

BY DANIELLE RAYKHINSHTEYN

The first time a boy ever seriously told me he loved me, it was January. I was sitting in my dorm room in Alice Lloyd, freshman year. We were not dating at the time, so you can see how this would come as quite a shock.

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The Statement Magazine: A Seat at the Table

Cover by Ruby Wallau

BY THE STATEMENT MAGAZINE

The Statement magazine looks at University women in STEM

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October 22, 2014

Pinching pennies: Think before you swipe

Infographic by Amrutha Sivakumar and Amy Mackens

BY AMRUTHA SIVAKUMAR

It was all a kick in the gut. I finally had access to unlimited money — up to my credit limit allowed, at least — and it was time to figure out how I wanted to manage my money. Instead of letting my card rot in the back-end of my wallet, I started using it for frequent purchases.

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The Fashion Voyeur: Know your socks!

BY MAX RADWIN

The sock has to match the occasion. It’s clear and simple. If you’re feeling sporty, keep those socks out of sight. White or black that don’t reach far out of the shoe.

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Visual Statement: Faces of the Finish

Ruby Wallau/Daily

BY RUBY WALLAU

This past Sunday I sat at the end of the Detroit Marathon course as thousands of runners crossed the finish line after completing a 13.1- or 26.2-mile course.

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Thought Bubble

Ruby Wallau/Daily

BY STATEMENT STAFF

“I’ve been (longboarding) for four years and racing for two years. The most rewarding thing is when you get to the bottom of the hill, and, first of all, you’re not hurt. You’ve had a good run … The benefits absolutely outweigh the risks. Even while in bed after surgery from (injuries), I was watching a race on Livestream and couldn’t wait to get back on my board.”

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The Statement Magazine: Branding the 'U'

Cover by Amy Mackens

BY THE STATEMENT MAGAZINE

The Statement magazine explores how Michigan markets itself

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Personal Statement: Sympathy as Surgeon

BY SAULE TAMKUS

I’ve seen more than two-dozen head wounds so far, several burns, countless broken bones, sprains and cuts. I’m not afraid of the blood. I’m not even afraid of dislocated joints. But I am afraid of neurosurgery, which is where I’ve been put for the day.

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What the 2014 enrollment data tells us about Detroit

BY WILL GREENBERG

The numbers haven’t changed much — yet. But the University’s pledged goal of achieving a more diverse campus shows promise if the school’s efforts in Detroit are any indicator of its national approach.

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Marketing Michigan: The evolution of the block ‘M’

Illustration by Amy Mackens

BY AUSTEN HUFFORD

It rises above Michigan Stadium, a greeting to Ann Arbor. It’s flying on the top of the Michigan Union, reminding alumni that they’ve made it back. It’s ingrained in the center of both Diags for students to tread underfoot every day. It’s painted on the University Health System’s heliport, welcoming patients and doctors alike.

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October 15, 2014

The Writer's Notebook: Writing as movement

BY CARLINA DUAN

When it comes to creative writing, how can we use poetry and prose to move others beyond directive action? How can poetry be used as a form of social change?

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Theatre Dreams

BY ANDREW ZICK

University of Michigan theater students share their dream roles.

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Visual Statement: Langar — Anchor for a community

Luna Anna Archey

BY LUNA ANNA ARCHEY

“The task is huge but don’t have any anxiety about it. We saw that at the temple. Don’t be stressed about it, come and have fun. That is the purpose.” That’s what Coordinator Prof. Jasprit Singh told the group of students as they planned the logistics of feeding 5,000 people.

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Thought Bubble

Ruby Wallau/Daily

BY STATEMENT STAFF

“The movie that I saw that made me want to be a film maker is called ‘Boogie Nights.’ It is about the porn industry in the late ’70s, early ’80s … I really love it, it’s almost like a hallucinatory coming-of-age film because he’s porn star, which is kind of weird.

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Famous By Association: Allow me to introduce myself

BY MARIAM SHEIKH

This column will be an outlet for those of you who would rather debate the mental state of Amanda Bynes over the case studies of Freud (Team Mandy ‘til the end).

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Curtain call: Life after theatre school

BY PAIGE PFLEGER

The world of theatre is cutthroat. Being talented isn’t always enough to land a role in the competitive world of professional performance. Actors need to look, dress, act and be the part of the character they’re pretending to be. A whole slew of factors can throw a wrench into the best laid plans, especially when hundreds of people are competing for the same role.

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Go blue, go Hollywood: The 'U' takes a new approach to Tinsel Town

Ruby Wallau/Daily

BY HILLARY CRAWFORD

Here at the University, it’s Screen Arts & Cultures, which isn’t the same as majoring in film. That medium is dead. You’d be hard pressed to find a kid reeling film stock or splicing and mending together single frames from a filmstrip. But screen arts? It’s a combination of practice and theory, and it’s a field that is very much alive.

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Daily Digest Ep. 1 - Chicken Spinach Sandwich and Garlic Baked Potatoes

BY KAYLLA CANTILINA AND LEVIN KIM

Daily Videographers Kaylla Cantilina and Levin Kim show us how to make a scrumptious Chicken Spinach Sandwich with a side of savory Garlic Baked Potatoes.

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Personal Statement: Confessions of a former procrastinator

BY MARK OSSOLINSKI

To all of you who are able to sit down in front of a computer, block everything out, and finish an assignment days before the deadline: I envy you. And I’m trying to get on your level.

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October 8, 2014

Personal Statement: Swiping right for ‘the one’ — life and love on Tinder

BY ZACH SHAW

It was just a joke, really, meant for fun and messing with people. If I got to know some cool people, maybe even go on a few dates, that would be a bonus, but it wasn’t the goal.

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Personal Statement: What's in a name?

BY GIANCARLO BUONOMO

When you grow up with an unusual name, you experience, for lack of a better term, a heightened sense of individualism.

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Personal Statement: Little moments in London

BY VICTORIA NOBLE

Women and men in fancy suits and store clerks in their uniforms walked briskly past as I meandered toward campus. I couldn’t help but laugh. How did I get here?

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Personal Statement: Ten going on 21

Illustration by Amy Mackens

BY DANIEL FELDMAN

“You’re lucky I’m not an asshole,” my father said to me on my 21st birthday. “I could have easily blackmailed you by taking some photos.”

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Personal Statement: Beyond the score, behind the lens

Illustration by Amy Mackens

BY TERESA MATHEW

I didn’t grow up around Michigan Athletics. I didn’t grow up caring about sports at all, and my brief stint playing basketball in middle school can be best characterized by our every-game losing streak my first year. But then I came here. And suddenly, I was a sports photographer.

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Personal Statements from Photostaff

This is a photo of my grandmother, Charlotte Charter, at the brunch that my family had to celebrate her 90th birthday this May! She is a WWII US Navy veteran and mother of six and has been a great role model and source of support throughout my life. As she hit 90 years old, I realized that I have limited time left with this loving woman, so I cherish any happy memory with her.

BY PHOTOSTAFF

This week, Photostaff presents a collection of moments that tell their personal stories.

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Video Personal Statement: Swiss Reflections

BY KAYLLA CANTILINA

A glimpse at a summer in Switzerland through a video camera lens.

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Video Personal Statement: From Above

BY PAULA FRIEDRICH

Staff videographer Paula Friedrich takes a glance at the world “from above.”

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Video Personal Statement: The College Bedroom

BY ALEXA BORROMEO

Videographer Alexa Borromeo gives a virtual tour of her college bedroom.

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Personal Statement: Back on the diamond

BY WILL GREENBERG

“Never let the fear of striking out keep you from coming up to bat.” – Babe Ruth.
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My heart dropped when Kevin turned to me in the office and said, “Oh you played baseball in high school? That’s perfect! You’ve got to come play.”

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Video Personal Statement: Sunday Morning with Squirrels

BY JOOHYUN YU

Before it gets too cold outside, I decided to go out to Diag to appreciate the nice weather and take my time to feed squirrels: probably one of the most ubiquitous creatures we encounter on daily bases on campus besides our classmates.

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The Statement Magazine: The Personal Statement Issue 2014

Cover by Amy Mackens and Ruby Wallau

BY THE STATEMENT MAGAZINE

Welcome to The Personal Statement Issue. This week, we’re featuring intimate stories told through the pen and the lens — illuminating first-person moments that, for our authors, have pushed a flash of significance into their lives.

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October 1, 2014

More than just a soundtrack: The music behind video games

BY AMRUTHA SIVAKUMAR

From three-dimensional gameplay to motion-detection, video games are on the move to enhance your recreational experience. What some people may not realize, however, is that what they’re hearing while they play is evolving all the time too.

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My First Time: Studying abroad

BY RUBY WALLAU

Even if from a young age, I have always romanticized a life spent abroad. I spent hours mesmerized by the glossy pages of National Geographic, my walls were adorned with maps of other countries and I have at different times attempted to learn French, Spanish and Japanese (with little success). Finally, my time did come.

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Personal Statement: What she left behind

BY ALEAH DOUGLAS KHAVARI

In 1937, at age 25, my grandmother fled Peiping, China after the Japanese Invasion, escaping by foot, ox cart, boat and train, through cities in lockdown and bombed-out countryside, spurred by the fear of never reaching her final destination: Kansu district, China.

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Photo Story: Shot from the head

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BY NICHOLAS WILLIAMS

I packed up and headed to New York City, where I had a month long class — and where I planned on experimenting with a rather obtrusive type of street photography.

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