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The Statement Magazine: From the classroom, to the field

BY THE STATEMENT MAGAZINE

The Statement magazine explores theory and practice in pedagogy.

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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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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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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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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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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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The Statement is The Michigan Daily's weekly news magazine, distributed every Wednesday during the academic year.

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Theory, practice and the nature of a liberal arts education

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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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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Thought Bubble

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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As startup scene grows, Detroit faces new challenges

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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