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Statement Issue Archive


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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Personal Statement: Confessions of a 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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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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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.
--
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

Nicholas Williams/Daily

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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The next-gen athlete: students take eSports to a new level

Ruby Wallau/Daily

BY JACOB RICH

Today, thousands of people watch competitive gaming on a daily basis. Unlike the ridiculous scenes in “The Wizard,” eSports are for real, and eSports culture remains one of the most important rising trends in gaming today.

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The Statement Magazine: The Campus Gamer

Cover by Amy Mackens

BY THE STATEMENT MAGAZINE

The Statement magazine investigates gaming culture at the 'U'

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September 24, 2014

Ann Arbor Affairs: Me and my big bossy heart

BY CARLINA DUAN

When I say my heart’s bossy, I mean it’s oversaturated at times, with all the joy, all the angst, memories of river walks and collared shirts, all the love I have for dozens and dozens of people, dozens and dozens of places. Watery muscles. Heart seeped with everybody I try to love at all the “right” times — in all the “right” ways.

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Personal Statement: Why I quit skating

BY STEPHANIE SHENOUDA

I don’t remember the moment I fell in love with figure skating, but I’m positive it wasn’t the moment I first stepped on the ice.

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The Statement Magazine: Go Blue?

Cover by Amy Mackens and Ruby Wallau

BY THE STATEMENT MAGAZINE

The Statement magazine delves into athletic culture at the 'U'

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Filling the stands: The evolution of Football Saturdays

Ruby Wallau/Daily

BY GREG GARNO

Six hours before Michigan is set to kickoff against Miami University (Ohio), Roland Jersevic sets up his tent where the railroad tracks intersect Hoover Street. Even as ticket prices rise, commercials spread, schedules disappoint and records fluctuate, he’s one of many, who despite changes to the Football Saturday experience, renew their season tickets every year and show up, ready to tailgate.

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From Brown to Blue: Schlissel takes on athletics

Ruby Wallau/Daily

BY JENNIFER CALFAS

When University President Mark Schlissel ran into Michigan Stadium minutes before the football team’s season opener, he entered a world beyond the sport. He entered a world of tradition, history and more than a few numbers.

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September 17, 2014

Pinching pennies: Reign in your spending

BY AMRUTHA SIVAKUMAR

Budgeting isn’t rocket science, but it sure is math. And there’s something about math that seems too time-consuming to have a place in most of our schedules. Many of us struggle to find satisfaction with the way we’re spending money, and coupled with tuition and rent, the woes surmount.

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How theme semesters are shaping the way you learn

Ruby Wallau/Daily

BY TANAZ AHMED

For more than 20 years, theme semesters have played an integral part in anchoring the LSA curriculum. Through theme semesters, LSA works to provide courses and events related to a specific topic each term.

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Personal Statement: Life’s too ‘short’

BY MICHAEL SUGERMAN

On my 16th birthday checkup, my pediatrician told me that I was done growing. What made me upset, then, was what the doctor said in response to that news: “I’m sorry.” He apologized to me, as if my final measurement was some type of pitiable misfortune. And I hated it.

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The Statement Magazine: The Space Race, 40 Years Later

Cover by Amy Mackens and Ruby Wallau

BY THE STATEMENT MAGAZINE

The Statement magazine investigates the University's progress in space research and the development of LSA theme semesters.

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The ‘U’ takes on a new era in space

Historical photo courtesy of the University's Space Physics Research Lab

BY IAN DILLINGHAM

Forty-five years after Armstrong’s fateful steps, the face of American space research is changing. As the generation inspired by man’s capacity to explore the universe approaches retirement, questions linger about what the future holds for the nation’s once powerful research enterprise.

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September 10, 2014

Personal Statement: My quarter life crisis

BY MARIAM SHEIKH

“So you’re a freshman, right?”

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Photo Story: Kickin' it in Toluca

BY VIRGINIA LOZANO

Skateboarding has been an uprising interest in the city of Toluca, Mexico and its surrounding pueblos. One of the main contributors for its recent popularity is the Zarape Skateshop that opened up in 2013.

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How the new in-state tuition policy impacts international students

Photo by Ruby Wallau

BY AMABEL KAROUB

On Tuesday afternoon, Public Policy senior Daniel Morales sat in Starbucks with his leather-clad laptop in front of him. He seemed to speak without breathing, flowing from topic to topic as if someone might try to silence him at any moment.

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The Writer's Notebook: Do morals matter?

Illustration by Megan Mulholland

BY MAX RADWIN

In August, Woody Allen’s latest film “Magic in the Moonlight” made its big screen debut. Unlike Allen’s previous work, this time, there are talks of boycotting it.
Last February, his daughter Dylan Farrow wrote an open letter published in the New York Times describing a childhood marred by sexual abuse at the hands of her father.

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Keeping up with the campus consumer

Photo by Ruby Wallau

BY ADAM DEPOLLO

While the circumstances surrounding these moves are unique to each situation, the fact that local fixtures like Seva and Blimpy Burger are finding themselves uprooted from their longtime homes shows that one thing is certain: Ann Arbor is changing, and the independent businesses that help make the city unique are, at least in some cases, being pushed out in the process.

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September 3, 2014

The Statement Magazine: Ann Arbor Unlocked

Cover by Amy Mackens

BY THE STATEMENT MAGAZINE

The Statement Magazine delves into the traditions that make Ann Arbor unique.

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Personal Statement: The prodigal townie

Ruby Wallau/Daily

BY BROOKE GABRIEL

Parents’ Weekend, 2011: a younger me in a sassy black dress and red lipstick does her best to keep from shaking as no less than three grown-ass men take their day out on her.

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Ann Arbor's not-so-secret society

BY MARGO LEVY

What do former-President Gerald Ford and Denard Robinson have in common? To start, they both attended the University. While here, they also both played on the football team. Finally, their senior year extracurricular overlapped — they were both members of The Order of Angell.

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The thrift shop ‘treasure hunt’

Ruby Wallau/Daily

BY CAROLYN GEARIG

While most students are asleep at 9 a.m. on Saturdays, LSA sophomore Sara Cusack can often be found trekking across downtown Ann Arbor to the weekly Kiwanis Thrift Sale.
“I don’t typically buy my clothes new, but I put a lot of effort into finding them,” she said. “I like not knowing what I’m going to get.”

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Big House by night: Breaking in by tradition

Ruby Wallau/Daily

BY MICHAEL SUGERMAN

Editor's note: Some names have been changed in this story due to safety and/or privacy concerns.
It was pitch black. Quiet, excluding excited whispers and hurried footsteps. A group of five was circling the Big House, with a simple mission: get in.

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Peeking through the fairy doors

Ruby Wallau/Daily

BY OMAR MAHMOOD

There is a fairy door by the box office at Michigan Theatre. I sat in that little corner on a Sunday afternoon, watching the people as the fairies do.

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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
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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    The Statement magazine: Entrepreneurship at the 'U'

    BY MAGAZINE STAFF

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

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    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.

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    Visual Statement: Journeys

    BY MICHIGAN DAILY PHOTO STAFF

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

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    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.

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    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.

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    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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