Monday, April 22, 2019 - 8:26pm
Ayah Kutmah

Ahead of my interview with LSA junior Ayah Kutmah, she emailed me an advance warning.

“I really hate talking about myself and my achievements,” she wrote.

Kutmah’s modesty was evident through our entire conversation at the State Street Espresso Royale.

The daughter of Syrian immigrants and raised in Louisville, Kentucky, Kutmah was part of a small but tight-knit local Muslim community. Her mother would support many of the refugees fleeing conflicts in the Middle East that had resettled to rural Kentucky.

Tuesday, March 26, 2019 - 3:20pm

The night my first Daily article ran, I found myself sleepless, so I popped on some sneakers and went for a jog under the midnight moon.

There isn’t anything quite like the sensation of running in Ann Arbor after dark, I learned that night. Sprinting north up Washtenaw Avenue, all five lanes will be devoid of traffic while 20-foot-high traffic lamps and the glass-paneled biomedical complex tower over you. Crossing the Broadway Bridge south into Kerrytown, you can see the Medical Center shine atop a hill in the distance, and hear the black river water gurgle beneath your feet.

Tuesday, November 6, 2018 - 11:25pm
Charting the politics of Michigan

An election is nothing more than a snapshot of the electorate at a given time. Nevertheless, the results of the 2018 midterm elections in Michigan help form a wider story of the shifting political sands of the state and the nation. To help conceptualize today’s election results, the Statement Magazine has charted out how Michigan’s political map has shifted in three pivotal elections and how control of local and statewide offices has changed beginning in 2000. To see the full 2-page spread of our project, please pick up a print edition of the Daily.


Tuesday, September 18, 2018 - 6:52pm
The nativist next door

“We are quitting at two,” a Northern Michigan doctor named John Tanton told the Alpena News in 1975, referring to his two daughters.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017 - 6:18pm

At a May meeting of the Ypsilanti City Council, Amy Xue Foster — a Chinese-born, Troy-based businesswoman — proposed an ambitious project to construct a glittering high-end apartment complex on a patch of dilapidated industrial land. To be dubbed “International Village,” the complex would sport distinctly East-Asian architectural decor and target well-to-do Asian nationals attending Eastern Michigan University and the University of Michigan or working in automotive research.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017 - 8:27pm

Outdoor enthusiasts in the Ann Arbor area now have two new miles of paved trail to blaze as of Saturday.

The trail will connect hikers and bikers to the Matthaei Botanical Gardens northeast of Ann Arbor, Nicols Arboretum and Gallup Park’s Border-to-Border bike trails along the Huron River, offering a pathway to the Matthaei gardens that doesn’t require a car.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017 - 5:42pm

My mother would often express a desire to move to the West Coast when she retired.

In Seattle, or perhaps San Francisco, the winters are milder, the cities livelier and there are more native Chinese speakers for her than in our Detroit suburb. To her, Michigan winters are too long, the suburban sprawl of southeast Michigan too quiet and the options for quality Chinese food too limiting.

These places beckoned to her because they resembled — culturally and physically — where she had grown up: A bustling city nestled in Southern China.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017 - 7:03pm

Located in a predominantly middle-class Detroit suburb within a 20-minute drive of Ann Arbor, Plymouth-Canton Community School’s graduating class submits on average 300 applications to the University of Michigan each year. About one-third are usually admitted and choose to matriculate, according to Renee Eley, a high-school guidance counselor in the district.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017 - 6:11pm
The Twilight of Newspapers in Ann Arbor

The market trends ending The Ann Arbor News were hardly confined to Ann Arbor. Until the advent of the Internet, most medium-sized cities could support at least one independent daily print publication that could reap healthy profit margins by holding a de-facto monopoly on local classified ad sales.

Sunday, December 11, 2016 - 5:05pm
People's Food Co-op is located near North 4th Avenue and Catherine Street in Ann Arbor.

Earlier this month, employees of the People's Food Co-Op — a member-owned Kerrytown grocery store — secured the right to organize, but the move was a relatively long time coming.

During the spring of 2016, grumblings of dissatisfaction began to spread among employees.

Staff had recently been cut, according to co-op employee Jason Williams, and the workload was being disproportionately spread onto those remaining with little additional compensation.