If I have one hope for 2018 — besides finishing school, graduating, figuring out life and finding my bigger purpose in this world — it’s to drink better coffee than I did last year.
Since I am coming to the final pages of this chapter of my college career, it would make sense for me to try “adulting” in all corners of my life. This includes the music I listen to, the things I eat, the things I say, the books I read, but also, the caffeine I drink. Which means putting away the Starbucks app and prioritizing quality over convenience.
Past the deer and occasional wild turkey on North Campus, beyond the research complexes and Environmental Protection Agency field office, lies a stretch of strip malls with grocery stores and gyms with vacant parking lots. Along Plymouth Road, among stores with yellowing signs and mounds of snow taking up parking spaces, there’s a place that is always full — the Songbird Cafe.
Like every good story, mine comes with a cup of coffee — an Americano with no room, to be exact.
As I start my final semester at the University, finishing two degrees and leading up to what is probably my 2,190th cup of coffee (365 days x 4 years x 1.5 cups on average), I’ve come to appreciate the coffee shop culture in Ann Arbor. It’s contributed to the way I feel a part of the Ann Arbor community — aspiring journalists, novelists, physicians, researchers and artists alike.
“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.
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.
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.
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.