Monday, October 23, 2017 - 8:43pm

“Forty kilograms,” the ballet instructor announces. Silent agreement among faculty and other students is palpable in the studio, albeit the obvious tension. It’s an easy 4 kilograms below the number where the scale’s needle hovers — a sigh escapes, relief fills my chest. I step off and watch the needle bobble back to zero, a number I will never be.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017 - 6:27pm

Even though the organization’s work on expanding its campus identity is ongoing, the unwavering bonds within Michigan Sahānā are apparent from the continued emphasis on a sense of family.

Monday, September 18, 2017 - 8:47am

Thursday night, the Arthur Miller Theatre filled with students and Ann Arbor locals for the third show of “Every Brilliant Thing.”

The one-man show, starring Jonny Donahoe, was produced by Paines Plough and Pentabus Theatre Company from London and presented by the University Musical Society from September 12th through 17th.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017 - 5:27pm
Dr. Cynthia Chestek presents on using high density interfaces to the nervous system for the restoration of hand function at the 3rd Annual Udall Center for Parkinson's Disease Research Symposium at the Biomedical Science Research Building on Wednesday.

With close to 60,000 Americans diagnosed annually, Parkinson’s disease is the second-most-common neurodegenerative disease in the United States following Alzheimer’s disease. With an elderly population, experts are predicting there will be an increasing prevalence of Parkinson’s disease with greater economic burdens on patients due to treatment and lifestyle changes.

At a Wednesday morning symposium held at the Biomedical Science Research Building, seven research experts discussed current Parkinson’s disease research and its clinical implications.

Saturday, May 6, 2017 - 12:44pm

On Monday, the University of Michigan announced a $5 million donation from the Prechter family to advance bipolar disorder research at the University hospital and to support ongoing longitudinal studies of the illness.

In 2001, German-born automotive entrepreneur Heinz Prechter committed suicide after a long struggle with bipolar disorder. Today, his battle against bipolar disorder and the stigma surrounding it is continued by his wife, Waltraud Prechter, who founded the Heinz C. Prechter Bipolar Research Fund in November 2001.

Sunday, April 23, 2017 - 8:10pm

Saturday night, Hill Auditorium filled with over 3,500 people for one of the University Musical Society’s last performances this season. Yo-Yo Ma, Edgar Meyer and Chris Thile Bach Trios celebrated Bach’s music in a two-hour concert, ending in a standing ovation and two encore performances.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017 - 7:46pm

The proposed cuts were announced mere minutes before I was to interview the dean and assistant dean of the Music, Theatre & Dance School. When we sat down, it was clear they were still digesting the potential loss of the NEA.

Sunday, February 19, 2017 - 4:11pm
Ping Chong + Company performs "Beyond Sacred: Voices of Muslim Identity" in the Michigan Theater on Saturday night.

In light of recent events like President Donald Trump’s attempted ban on seven Muslim-majority countries, over 1,000 University of Michigan students, faculty and locals from Ann Arbor and Detroit attended a University Musical Society event performed by Ping Chong + Company on Saturday night. The event, named "Beyond Sacred: Voices of Muslim Identity," worked to explore stereotypes of Muslim identity.

Thursday, January 26, 2017 - 9:39pm
Kenneth Kiesler conducts the University Symphony Orchestra at Hill Auditorium on Wednesday.

On Jan. 24, after a year-long search for new leadership, the University of Michigan’s University Musical Society announced Matthew VanBesien, current executive director of the New York Philharmonic, will serve as its seventh president. VanBesien will assume the position, currently held by Kenneth Fischer, in July.

Tuesday, January 3, 2017 - 8:20pm

Months ago, when I was assigned a story on the opioid epidemic, I was confronted with an entirely foreign concept: I didn’t even know if opioids were injected or ingested. And this was an epidemic? I couldn’t begin to understand how overdose deaths could be happening in my community.