Sunday, November 29, 2020 - 11:54am
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As I was setting up the recording session for my brother Michael’s graduate school audition, I heard the familiar sound of a jazz trio warming up. Warm tones from the trombone were met with thumping bass and bright piano. While these sounds were familiar, the circumstances were anything but. Usually these sessions are small and intimate with players close together to communicate — 12 feet apart and masked certainly was a strange change of scene.

Sunday, November 8, 2020 - 1:42pm
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“Alright Lilly, it’s gonna go far back up there, and it’s not gonna be comfortable, but bear with me,” the Ann Arbor Urgent Care nurse said. “We’ll make this as quick as possible. Relax, tilt your head back. Breathe.” 

I think it was the unexpected ease with which I accepted the long white swab into the back of my nasal canal that caused the nurse to laugh as she twisted the stick back and forth in my nostril. 

Monday, November 2, 2020 - 2:09pm
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Proposal 1 is a very complicated constitutional amendment. The confusing ballot language seems intentionally designed to elicit a “yes” vote. It doesn’t even hint at its primary result: It will reduce funding to protect Michigan’s forests, wetlands, parks and wildlife habitats.

Monday, November 2, 2020 - 11:00am
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This time last year, I recall the excitement I had to vote. I showed up at the polling place and eagerly filled out my ballot for the election taking place within our township. While voting for township positions isn’t entirely appealing, I was nevertheless grateful for the opportunity to officially have a voice in local government as a first-time voter. 

Sunday, November 1, 2020 - 1:41pm
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Gaoyuan Liu’s suggestion to compare answers was rejected outright after a difficult math exam. “Don’t involute yourself,” her classmates told her. Gaoyuan Liu, an LSA transfer student who then studied at one of the most prestigious universities in China, never felt the ubiquitous presence of the word “involution” in her and her peers’ lives as much as she did that day in the classroom.

Sunday, November 1, 2020 - 1:13pm
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Flushed cheeks, flitting eyes, lunchroom seating arrangements: These are the topics that used to populate the pages of my notebooks. I wrote about what I was experiencing, which at that time of my life were the dramatics of who was crushing on whom, what new shoes I desperately wanted or a playground trick I had just learned. 

Thursday, October 29, 2020 - 6:37pm
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What began as a review of the recent documentary “Totally Under Control” became a deep dive into the University of Michigan’s failure to develop an adequate COVID-19 testing program. The documentary is a critical play-by-play analysis of a still-unfolding catastrophe, and it exposes the disgusting and wanton flippancy with which the Trump administration (mis)handled the COVID-19 pandemic.

Sunday, October 25, 2020 - 12:17pm
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Throughout the country, we have seen efforts to make voting more difficult, many of which target vulnerable populations, including students. From the closures of polling places to address and ID requirements, these efforts emphasize how appreciative we should be of Michigan officials like Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson who have made it easier to vote. However, these efforts should be the tip of the iceberg.

Sunday, October 25, 2020 - 10:51am
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As the COVID-19 pandemic rages on, so does the global competition to create a successful vaccine. In January, researchers rushed to sequence the SARS-CoV-2 genome and by March, the first phases of multiple human trials were underway.

Tuesday, October 20, 2020 - 10:52am
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The year is 2050. You turn on your television — or whatever new, futuristic viewing device that will be created by then — to watch your favorite show. There is an unspecified amount of streaming platforms containing a handful of shows, and you have to tediously search them for a program. Tired of foraging through the bowels of entertainment, you settle on a show you’re lukewarm about.