Tuesday, February 4, 2020 - 4:17pm
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I finished the book “Make Trouble” by Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards on a flight back to Ann Arbor from my hometown in New Jersey. As I closed the back cover of a memoir following Richards’s rise in the ranks from seven-year-old daughter of politician Ann Richards to president of Planned Parenthood, I began to cry. 

Sunday, January 26, 2020 - 4:42pm
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On the corner of the main dirt road in Aguadilla, Puerto Rico there’s an empanada shack. It’s close enough to the beach that sand collects on the edge of the road and one can see where the ocean meets the horizon a mere 500 feet away. On a Monday afternoon, the line spirals around the block and awaiting customers fan themselves with their hands, trying to shield themselves from the unending heat of the sun. The menu, tacked up on the face of the roadside spot, boasts a few different flavors: pork, crab, chicken, yuca (cassava) and guineo (green banana).

Sunday, January 26, 2020 - 12:45pm
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I’m sure we’re all used to hearing pop culture and media icons, or perhaps, just our Instagram followers berate the idea of the “New Year’s resolution.”

Some believe the idea is pointless: why would any of us want to be “better” or make changes just because it’s January?  Shouldn’t we be self improving as we see fit? Shouldn’t we be making resolutions constantly? What will January change about our gym habits, our meal prep tendencies and our desire to drink less coffee? Realistically, nothing. 

Monday, January 20, 2020 - 11:32am
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The loud music, dim lighting and cheap liquor blurred my surroundings in Rick’s American Cafe, an underground hideaway for most seniors at the University of Michigan. It was the beginning of another interminable Thursday night. It took me a few seconds to notice that a man had slid into the sticky upholstered seating next to me. He was inches away from my bare arm and lightly bumped into me, giving himself away. 

“Sorry,” I said, moving a bit closer to my friend, “My bad.” Instead of backing away, he leaned in closer: a stranger with dark features. 

Monday, January 13, 2020 - 11:57am
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In 2010, while sitting at a table in a no-longer-existing diner, I used the iPhone application Lose it! for the first time. I was eleven years old.

Sunday, December 8, 2019 - 4:40pm
Eli Rallo

My eldest cousin just passed his second level sommelier test. A sommelier is a trained wine professional who generally works in a fine restaurant with an expertise on food and wine pairing along with wine selection. He’s the first of the six cousins to become a sommelier — my father and my uncle have both been sommeliers since their mid twenties. 

Monday, December 2, 2019 - 1:50pm
NOSELL

Christmas time is nostalgic for me. It always has been a time of reflection and celebration — a blissfully festive dichotomy in the midst of joyous December.

Thursday, November 14, 2019 - 2:02pm
NOSELL

We were just making art, we were coming together to stretch our minds and ourselves. And it was beautiful.

Monday, November 11, 2019 - 10:58am
Author André Aciman discusses his new book "Find Me" in Rackham Auditorium Saturday.

“I don’t use the word ‘love’ at all in my writing. It does not appear once in ‘Call Me by Your Name,’” he said.

Sunday, November 10, 2019 - 4:07pm
Joe's Pizza

A good pizza eater knows well the difference between a pizza that’s supposed to be purchased and consumed as a whole pie and a pizza that’s meant to be purchased and consumed as an individual slice –– on a white paper plate, grease seeping from crust to palms.