In Search of a Home
Emma Richter, Rebecca Tarnopol

I get homesick when I look at pictures of the Sonoran desert. The gray-green Saguaro cacti, reaching their limbs past the distant, jagged mountain peaks toward a radiant blue sky, feel like family.

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Illustration by Roseanne Chao

If there’s one thing I’m reasonably good at — and the list of things I can do is pretty low these days — it’s small talk about the weather.

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Illustration by Hannah Myers

My grandfather on my mom’s side of the family has a lexicon of cliches — a signature catchphrase, if you will, for almost any situation. “Put an egg in your shoe and beat it” happens to be my favorite, but there’s also one that I’ve only recently gained an appreciation for:

The Law Library
Amelia Cacchione/Daily

On a Saturday I sit in the Law library. I often do this, busy or not, wasting my time pretending I’m using my time wisely. If I’m sitting in the library, I’m working, right?

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Illustration by Emily Koffsky

About 200 miles south of Ann Arbor, off exit 50 on I-275, and after a series of left and right turns, sits an old Tudor-style house.

Students put up signs protesting the administration's consideration of a speech by Richard Spencer during a sit-in at LSA Dean Martin's office on November 30, 2017.
Darby Stipe/Daily

“Shutting your eyes and acting like the problem is going to go away — it’s not going to go away. You have to actively oppose it. Intercept it. And that is how we solve problems.

Hustled Out
Amelia Cacchione/Daily

The room is a labyrinth of ancient tables, antiques still in use. Above each one, fluorescent lights puncture maize and blue stained glass to reflect off the phenolic resin balls. Blue cue chalk stains the hands of the players and permeates the air to create a haze.

A Starbucks in Nagano, Japan.
Courtesy of Yoshiko Iwai

Like every good story, mine comes with a cup of coffee — an Americano with no room, to be exact.

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Illustration by Michelle Phillips

Over the course of last semester, I wrote five columns about empathy — this one you're reading now is my sixth and final one.

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Design by Michelle Phillips, photo by Amelia Cacchione

Here at The Statement Magazine we’re interested in telling the stories that matter to this campus. Today, we’re talking about sex. How do you do it? How often? What do you know about reproductive health and sexual health?

Songbird Cafe
Courtesy of Yoshiko Iwai

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.

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Illustration by Hannah Myers

My flight ticket didn’t show the boarding gate, and “St. Louis” didn’t appear anywhere on the blue departure screens. I was panicking, but I didn’t want anyone to know I was panicking. This was my first solo flight, and I was determined to solve this on my own.

I got this patch while exploring Ireland and tracing my father’s family history. His mother immigrated to the U.S. when she was three years old.
Katelyn Mulcahy/Daily

Most people in this country can trace their family history back to another place. Here, photo staff shares artifacts and food that tell the story of their family’s heritage.

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Illustration by Rabab Jafri

I was recently tapping away at my keyboard keys writing an article I was not feeling passionate about. This was deeper than a few bad weeks of writing.

Last week I visited my friend Martina Potlach, a Junior in the Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, in her studio in the College’s newly renovated building on North campus.
Evan Aaron/Daily

Last week I visited my friend Martina Potlach, a Junior in the Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, in her studio in the College’s newly renovated building on North campus.

Lydia's ranking of dogs.
Illustration by Natalie Brown

Editor's Note: This column does not reflect the views of The Michigan Daily and recieved strong objections from multiple editors, who were probably offended on behalf of their dogs. 

If there is one thing I stand by in this world, it is this: Not all dogs are cute.

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Illustration by Michelle Phillips

I found myself completely alone, lacking a soul to call my friend.

It sounds melodramatic, but that was my reality. I didn’t choose it, nor—in my view at the time—was there much of an opportunity to escape it. 

My family makes Tangyuan, glutinous rice flour balls stuffed with red bean paste, to celebrate the winter solstice.
Max Kuang/Daily

This issue, The Statement looked at the Michigan Union Billiards Room, a 97-year-old tradition at the University. Over the holiday season, our photo staff documented traditions in their own life.

Editor's note: The author of this piece remains anonymous to protect their identity.

I don’t know how to write this article.