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Endowed with the hallmarks of a leading institution, the University of Michigan has incredible faculty, cutting-edge research, state-of-the-art facilities and a rich history. But none of this would matter without the energy and passion of its students.

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At work on Thursday, my boss, who is a kind 40-something woman named Melisa, asked me if it had “set in” that I was leaving the University of Michigan.

No, I answered, it really hasn’t.

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Dedicated to the memory of my great-aunt Tillie Gross, a force to be reckoned with and as sharp-minded as they come.

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To most Ann Arborites, Spangler is an omnipresent, optimistic feature of their downtown. Most don’t know of his multiple stints in prison, his struggles with alcoholism or his homelessness.

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Courtesy of The Fred Rogers Company

In the skinny budget proposed in March by President Donald Trump, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting would be defunded.

Ferry Field, c. 1908
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For more than a century, the University of Michigan’s logo — the block ‘M’ — has been an Ann Arbor staple, emblazoned on everything from the Big House scoreboard to the graduation-party cakes of high-school seniors.

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Framing a personal struggle around a song is tacky. I hate when writers do that.

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It’s a Friday night and my best friend is in town, so you know what that means, my sympathetic critics: This girl walks into a bar.

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The proposed cuts were announced mere minutes before I was to interview the dean and assistant dean of the Music, Theatre & Dance School. When we sat down, it was clear they were still digesting the potential loss of the NEA.

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My best friend from the University of Washington messaged me the other day: “Last class of my undergraduate degree!” I responded positively, albeit less animated than usual as I was waking up from a nap. When I got up from my bed, I walked to the bathroom and stared at my reflection.

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Illustration by Khanh San Pham

It took me four seconds to spot Teddy in a line of 50 students outside Crisler Center. He stood tall in a bright-yellow Pikachu costume holding a small Tim Horton’s hot chocolate in his right hand.

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Based on “Long Distance” by Victor Lavelle

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Every summer growing up, my entire extended family went to a tiny summer camp on a tiny lake in southwestern Michigan for one week.

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I never expected to go to the University of Michigan.

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As I sat in the small boat at about 8 in the morning, paddling the dingy forward, my “guide,” Carabao Island-native Willy Mendoza, signaled to pull on my swimming goggles.

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Illustration by Katie Spak

How did you do it?

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As I put my bag of pretzels down on the counter with the rest of my mom’s groceries, I see the cashier do a double-take.

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I’m sitting in my dorm room on a Monday night. A red milk crate next to my dresser contains some of my favorite vinyl albums I have ever bought myself, or found in my dad’s record collection.

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I never expected to spend the morning of Jan. 24 in the emergency room. I didn’t think I’d be hooked up to an IV when I should have been sitting in my “Origins of Nazism” lecture at 11:30.

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Editor's note: this article contains content related to sexual violence.

To this day, I remember the photos.