The Sit Down

The Sit Down brings you intimate interviews with some of the must-know figures around Ann Arbor today. Tune in for biweekly conversations with guests ranging from artists to student leaders to local businesspeople and other Ann Arbor icons.

For the first-ever episode of The Sit Down, The Daily’s Avery Friedman spoke to Sava Farah — who is the owner of Savco, the business that brings you the popular Ann Arbor restaurants Sava’s and Aventura.

Sava opened up about her journey to the top of the food industry after starting off waiting tables as a teenager. Emigrating to the Bronx from Albania at age 5, the restaurant mogul spoke about veering from the traditional path of women in her culture and paving her way as an entrepreneur.

From the Immigration and Customs Enforcement raid at Sava’s last summer to her brother’s hipster-health food restaurant called Fred’s successfully moving into an old Savco location, it has been a busy time for Sava. Today, her hospitality company Savco is set to open a new Napa-inspired eatery in Superior Township in 2018.

Sava discusses all this a much more on the first episode of The Sit Down.

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The Daily Weekly

Tune in each week as Daily Senior News Editor Timothy Cohn sits down with Daily reporters and editors to recap the biggest events of the past seven days in each section. Hear about some of the most important stories from News, Arts, Opinion, Sports, Statement and MiC every Friday morning.

Arts: We spoke with Co-Managing Arts Editor Natalie Zak about her time in Austin, Texas, following the Austin City Limits music festival, which included shows by The Killers, and University of Michigan alumni Vulfpeck. She also spoke about Daily Arts Editor Danny Hensel, who attended the Chicago International Film Festival.

News: Managing News Editor Alexa St. John highlighted some of the dramatic events that took place in Ann Arbor. On Monday, Daily staff reporter Morgan Showen wrote about Ann Arbor City Council members Jason Frenzel, Sumi Kailasapathy, Chip Smith and Chuck Warpehoski kneeling to protest structural racism during the playing of the Pledge of Allegiance. Then she spoke about her in-depth look at the University’s new precision medicine initiative.

Statement: Daily staff reporter Ishi Mori talked about his Statement lead article about fitting in as an international student on campus. He spoke at length about the people he interviewed while writing his article, as well as his own experiences as a Japanese-American student at the University.

Opinion: To mark the launch of the current iteration of the Survivor Speaks Series, we spoke with Co-Editorial Page Editor Anna Polumbo-Levy about Meghan Wheat’s thoughts on Harvey Weinstein and her own experiences as a sexual assault survivor. She also spoke about the Edit Board’s Leftside article about the need for more institutional transparency in the wake of the Mackinac Center for Public Policy releasing emails from University President Mark Schlissel regarding the 2016 election.

Sports: Co-Managing Sports Editor Betelhem Ashame reflected on Michigan’s 27-20 overtime win against the University of Indiana, the Wolverine’s vaunted defense and the success of Michigan’s running game. Later, she offered her bold predictions for the Wolverine’s upcoming matchup versus the second-ranked Penn State Nittany Lions.

Stay informed of all the noteworthy buzz happening on campus and in the community with the first-ever episode of The Daily Weekly.

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The Michigan Daily’s two new podcasts are produced by Avery Friedman, Timothy Cohn, Becky Portman and Ryan Cox

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