Sunday, April 15, 2018 - 8:39pm

When Drew Metcalf, an LSA junior studying screen arts and culture, submitted his project proposal to optiMize’s Social Innovation Challenge, he had no idea he would end up forming a creative expression showcase that would impact more than 150 students. With a strong passion for creativity and art, Metcalf has a natural drive for building community, cultural understanding and confidence — all through the power of expression.

Sunday, April 15, 2018 - 8:30pm

Today, I had the honor of receiving the Wendy Owen Scholarship from The Michigan Daily. This particular scholarship is given to freshmen, sophomores and juniors at The Daily who have constructively contributed to the paper. It was created in memorial of Wendy Owen, a Daily staff member from 1949 to 1951. As one of the few freshmen at the Scholarship Celebration, as well as one of the only students of color, it was really empowering to receive a Daily scholarship.

Sunday, April 15, 2018 - 4:51pm
Author and cousin at IASA 2018.

Aishu Chandrakanthan is a junior at the University of Michigan studying business and psychology with a minor in digital studies. On campus, she is involved with United Asian American Organizations, Indian American Student Association, Yoni Ki Baat and the Michigan Fashion Media Summit. She can be contacted at  


THE MICHIGAN DAILY: Tell me a little about you and your family.

Thursday, April 12, 2018 - 12:01am

In commemoration of Israel’s 70th anniversary on May 15, Nadav Tamir, policy adviser to former President of Israel Shimon Peres and former member of the Israeli Defense Forces, addressed students on Wednesday night. SAFE (Students Allied for Freedom and Equality) and its allies participated in a silent demonstration and die-in to protest the celebration of what Palestinian communities refer to as “Nakba,” or the mass displacement and decimation of Palestinian people and villages.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018 - 7:28pm

Every morning, I find myself walking to class listening to my favorite songs, watching squirrels as they finesse food from passersby and moving around white people walking in my direction on the sidewalks. Before I noticed this disturbing pattern of mine, I always thought that stepping out of the way for oncoming pedestrians was just the polite thing to do. However, I recently noticed that the oncoming traffic, specifically when the person was white, would never return the common courtesy of stepping to the side when I walked by.

Sunday, April 8, 2018 - 4:57pm
Representative Chang

It has come to my attention that Lecturer Emily Lawsin is under review for contract renewal as a Lecturer IV in the women’s studies and American culture departments and that University of Washington Prof. Scott Kurashige has requested to be restored his former position at the University of Michigan. I am writing to you to express my concern about any negative statements that have been made about Profs. Lawsin and Kurashige and to share with you the positive experiences I have had with these community and academic leaders.

Thursday, April 5, 2018 - 4:39pm

Awkward introductions, sunshine, smiles, excitement, energy, move-in day. 

Depression, anxiety, stress, confusion, final exams.


Dear Hannah, and other incoming freshmen,

Tuesday, April 3, 2018 - 3:53pm

Content warning: This article contains themes of physical, emotional abuse

Dear Mom,

Since I last saw you three years ago, I have thought of you every day. I have remembered the warm moments when I felt you loved me and you knew I felt the same. For the past two years since I last spoke to you, I have tried to memorize your voice from memory alone, have tried to learn by heart the screech of your voice when you are angry and the soft whimper when you are sad.

Sunday, April 1, 2018 - 4:56pm

I knew the Pledge of Allegiance before I knew my own parents’ names. In fact, I have a distinct memory of a smug kindergartener testing me, asking what their names were. She snickered when I bashfully replied, “Mommy and Daddy?” I’m sure if it was capable, my tan face would have turned bright red.

Despite my embarrassing lack of knowledge about my family, you could ask me to recite the preamble of the U.S. Constitution and I would chant it verbatim to the tune of a Schoolhouse Rock song.

Sunday, April 1, 2018 - 4:44pm

Báñame en acetona

y píntame trigueña

porque con mi apariencia

parezco todo menos puertorriqueña.


Tengo el cabello lacio

y la piel tan blanca

que no importa cuánto me queme el sol,

se nota en mis entrañas.


No me criaron en el campo