Madeline
Hinkley
Tuesday, January 26, 2021 - 4:49pm
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In September of 2018, I could not have imagined the room I walked into for an interview had as much soul, as many inside jokes and as much respect as it did and does. The Holly and John Madigan Newsroom and the building at 420 Maynard holds such a special place in the hearts of those who have worked there. Though that love was ever present in the staff throughout the years, I know I didn’t appreciate it in the moment as much as I wish I had. I took for granted being in a crowded, hot room listening to elections for hours.

Monday, December 7, 2020 - 5:46pm
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Walking through downtown Ann Arbor on a Saturday night in December, in any other year, would be a lively experience. Bustling sidewalks filled with people shopping, going out to bars, and eating at the many restaurants nearby. However, with many students gone until next semester and the general public mindful of the coronavirus, downtown Ann Arbor felt very lonely, even with the bright lights adorned across the trees and buildings. While many restaurants had outdoor seating, they were sparsely filled, even those which had outdoor heating or individual enclosures.

Monday, November 16, 2020 - 8:57pm
The group watches as Troy skates the pool bowl at the Ann Arbor Skatepark Friday afternoon.

The boys insist on fueling up at Joe’s Pizza before skating Friday afternoon.

Monday, November 9, 2020 - 8:26pm
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After a global pandemic obliterated the end of senior year, a friend’s mom reached out to me about a midsummer spring break to Beaver Island. This magical place has a vast range of ecosystems within it’s 55 square miles. Together we found a break from the panic at a place that contains 551 people and has such a small amount of light pollution that the northern lights can be gazed upon almost any part of the island.

Monday, November 9, 2020 - 12:02am
My family’s three-year old golden retriever, Ivy.

 

Let’s be clear, this is not an important story in the grand scheme of life right now. What it is though, is happy. And cute. And filled of smiles from a dog all in efforts to provoke a smile on some other person. 

 

My family’s three-year old golden retriever, Ivy.

Tuesday, November 3, 2020 - 8:40pm
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2020 has been unprecedented for a variety of reasons — and the presidential election this November is no exception. With a surging global pandemic, a stock market crash, an impeachment, raging wildfires and protests against racial injustice, the election seems to fit into the doomsday narrative so often portrayed by the media.

Monday, October 26, 2020 - 8:42pm
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Living in the dorms this year has been a tumultuous ride. Almost every day I get a new email notifying me of a new COVID case. It seems like whenever I step outside to go for a walk I see someone moving back home or on the sidewalk with half their belongings, waiting to be taken to North Campus for isolation. Being a first-year, this is my only experience with Michigan. I don’t know what lounges and common spaces look like, or what a normal dining hall is like. I don’t even know what a regular gameday is like.

Monday, October 26, 2020 - 8:25pm
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The election scenery is similar to what it is every election year: signs, flags, radio ads, television commercials, flyers, surveryers, polling. Whether its because this is the first presidential election I am able to vote in, or I am simply older and more aware of the political climate, I am noticing these elements more than any cycle before. Instead of driving down roads and remarking on the changing leaves, the red and orange I notice are those of political signs on lawns. Rather than movie nights, I’ve gathered to watch debates.

Monday, September 28, 2020 - 7:13pm
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This fall, the morning routine at Daycroft School in Scio Township looks a bit different than usual. After their daily temperature check, students head into classes with plastic dividers and no more than thirteen other students. 

With Ann Arbor Public Schools currently holding classes online, Daycroft is one of the only elementary schools in the Ann Arbor area to transition back into the classroom. As a smaller private school, the conditions of the school lent themselves well to the safety protocols needed to reopen.

Monday, August 31, 2020 - 7:37pm
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Today, I had my first in-person class at 9 a.m. in the chemistry building. I walked across the CCRB bridge at what would normally be passing time and saw a grand total of three people. In a classroom meant for over one hundred students, there were fifteen sitting rows apart with masks on. The professor prefaced every sentence about the syllabus with “this might change” and “we have to be flexible.” Overall, the experience was surreal.