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June 29 Edition:

What we don’t say out loud

My dad says that every good joke has some layer of truth to it. In the ongoing cultural pursuit to determine what makes “funny” things funny, he argues that the most effective jokes are those rooted in real human experiences and emotions. Usually, this comment is in reference to an unreasonably offensive comment made by me that I attempt to write off as a joke…

Statement x Sports Father’s Day Edition:

More than just a hug

I am not a hugger. Okay, maybe that’s a little too strong. I’m not completely anti-hug, but I don’t usually initiate them. In other words, I’ll accept hugs most of the time, but rarely am I the one…

June 22 Edition:

Tiptoeing through the tulips

It’s a nice day in early May, with the kind of warmth that squeezes your hand while wind whispers sweet nothings in your ear. Off the east coast of a glittering freshwater lake is a small grouping of buildings established by Dutch immigrants that some would call a town. Just months before the start of the Great Depression, a young couple decides to visit a…

Reading between the lines

Each night at 7:45 p.m. (my unwilling and adult-dictated bedtime) my mom would read my favorite book to coax my 4-year-old brain to sleep. Red and blue fish circled my head and matching letters swirled around as she…

Bus routes along the Washtenaw wealth gap

This past year, I’ve spent an almost uncomfortable amount of time waiting for the bus, running after the bus and, finally, riding the bus. It takes around a half-hour to get from my Pittsfield Township apartment to downtown…

Anticipating the apocalypse

The image I associate with a survivalist is that of a hermit — insular, eclectic, convinced that “the end is near” and certain that they are prepared for its arrival. However, when I think of my dad, I…

Statement x Sports Father’s Day Edition:

More than just a hug

I am not a hugger. Okay, maybe that’s a little too strong. I’m not completely anti-hug, but I don’t usually initiate them. In other words, I’ll accept hugs most of the time, but rarely am I the one…

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Falling snow and campfire glow: backpacking in Havasu Falls

According to Havasupai legend, there are two gods. Tochopa is the grandfather of humanity, the bringer of good and harbinger of life. Hokomata is the bringer of discord and war, and Tochopa’s twin brother. Tochopa is their creator god, and Hokomata is their devil. In a time long past, the brothers clashed in a fight…

Disney Adults: Magic Your Way

How many places in the world can you watch a horde of adults wearing limited-edition Mickey Mouse ears push through a crowd of children to get a better view of the same Festival of Fantasy parade they saw last month?  After spending two days at Disney World with a friend, I witnessed this notorious phenomenon…

Painfully, obviously American

When I was younger, I was adamant that when my family took trips, we were not tourists — we were travelers. In my brain, “tourist” was a dirty word, conjuring up the kind of ignorant, America-centric sightseer who goes into another country expecting everything to work exactly the same as it does at home. They…

If your travels are perfect, you’re traveling wrong

I am a common woman, and I am akin to you in many ways — yet, what might strike you as something of a rarity is that I’ve been a passport holder since I was two years old. Not American, mind you, but Belarusian. Despite the increased difficulty one can experience when trying to attain…

June 8 Edition:

Into the multiverse’s impact on modern media

Parts of physics seem like sci-fi, something I have been fascinated by since the sixth grade. Specifically, the idea of the multiverse — that there is more than one universe, splitting off from the universe we inhabit at certain pivotal moments — has probed my ideas of consciousness, free will and perception of physics. Such fascination has evolved from a thought experiment to a coping…

Are you there, Judy?

If you were to walk into a grade school library, there’s a good chance that you would find a shelf devoted to Judy Blume. Blume, a prolific author best known for her children’s books from the 1970s, is…

The comedians who cried cancel culture

I can pinpoint the exact moment where I realized something had gone wrong with modern comedy. I was watching “The Closer,” Dave Chappelle’s new Netflix special after it had recently come under fire for transphobic elements. I had…

Fashion forward … or backward?

This article has been updated for accuracy. As spring wades into summer, the retail industry again buzzes with new collections and styles. Trendy stores like Abercrombie and Pacsun display their latest arrivals, hoping to catch the eye of…

June 1 Edition:

A history of Ann Arbor’s Queer spaces, from The Flame to Aut Bar

Sitting back and chatting with friends, enjoying the perfect weather and pleasantly buzzed off of a watermelon frosé, I looked around and wondered why I’d never noticed this place. I worked right across the street, in the Kerrytown Shops, and must’ve walked by it a hundred times. It was secluded and quiet, the drinks were good and the bar served a mean brick oven pizza.…

From my mother’s garden

With streaks of verdant green and dots of blooming flora, few places hold the same sanctity and beauty as a garden. Gifted a natural green thumb, my mother introduced me to the art of gardening — she spent…

Summer Anxieties: Michigan vs. the movies

As June nears and the rest of America begins its summer, University of Michigan students grow restless with newfound seasonal freedom. They eventually are forced to ask themselves: what is the perfect college summer? We start with endless…

May 25 Edition:

The complex future of UMich abortion access

This article has been updated for accuracy. On May 2, 2022, what once seemed like a distant hypothetical became a sharply probable reality: the leaked draft of Justice Samuel Alito’s majority opinion in the Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization revealed the Supreme Court’s plan to overturn Roe v. Wade, a historic case that has ensured federal abortion access in the United States since 1973.…

May 18 Edition:

Retroactive guilt and growing up a military child

Content warning: Mentions of sexual assault and violence against women Every Friday morning, rain or shine, a group of 10 or so people arrive to stand outside one of the gates of Kadena Air Base on the island of Okinawa, Japan. They’re usually older, dressed comfortably for the weather and equipped with large water bottles and folding chairs. No one comes to relieve them through…

Notes from a recovered Sad Girl

Like many other women my age, I have lain out in anguish singing along to Mazzy Star and Fiona Apple. I’ve annotated “Prozac Nation” like it’s a diary, and I still have a photo of Joan Didion taped…

When the school year ends

Every year, I tell myself that things will be different in May. In those golden weeks between the end of the school year and the start of summer internships, I’ll take care of all the things I’ve been…

Driving into adulthood

I got my license on my 16th birthday. After months of parking lot drills and freeway merging, I received a government-mandated piece of plastic with an ugly photo of myself. Barring family-chauffeur responsibilities, car availability and the general…

The Graduation Edition:

Seasons of change: The thing about being naive

My freshman year may not have looked the same as how it appeared in my daydreams, but at least one moment did. It’s April: move-out season. With every decoration I take down, with every box I put into my parents’ car, my dorm starts to look more and more like it did the day I moved in: bare walls, empty shelves, clean desks. I stood…

Do we ever lose what was once ours?

I don’t know why I thought writing this would be easy, or why I thought it would resemble the same process of all my past Daily pieces. I thought I would make my short trek to the Law Quad,…

College mapped

What feels like home to one person has no impact on another. While exploring the Ohio State campus with my friend from home last weekend, I felt nothing but a longing for the University of Michigan campus —…

The Oxford Happiness questionnaire

Last week I scored a 4.1 out of six on the Oxford Happiness Questionnaire after being assigned to take it by my English professor. According to my results, I am “somewhat or moderately happy.”  The questionnaire lists statements like…

April 20 Edition:

An ode to musical non-music majors

The sweet, warm scent of pollen is not the only thing that fills the air on campus during April. Along with its arrival comes end-of-school-year stress, fears over what to do after the semester ends and the dreaded backpacking season.  After reflecting on the fall semester during course selection, I realized that I felt empty from a lack of music in my life. While I…

Women are angry: Here’s why

You open up Spotify and start to type “feminist” into the search bar. Four letters in, and the first two playlists that pop up are “feminist rage” and “angry feminist music.” You watch on live television as Lady…

The Statement x Photo Immersion Edition:

The power of the pole

Content warning: Restrictive eating habits  “Now let’s get acquainted with that pole.” After completing several warm-up exercises — wide-leg squats, downward dog, plank shoulder-taps, anything to bring our heart rates up — we had arrived at the long-awaited activity, the reason we were all in that room on a dark Wednesday evening. We were there to dance. At the direction of our instructor, Sophia, each…

Lookout mom, I’m a pirate now

My mother has been bugging me lately about finding an activity to get my blood pumping and my endorphins flowing. She says it will be “good for my mental health” and will “help me sleep better” or whatever.…

Mixed strategies at Scorekeepers

However lame it brands me to say so, I don’t like going out. It is, to put it simply, a lot of work. It’s physical work — the walking to, the dancing at. Constantly adjusting my bad posture.…

April 6 Edition:

Our Uncanny Reality

Recently, I learned that the animatronics in the “It’s a Small World” ride at Disneyland never turn off. After all the park visitors go home, all of the lights turn off; after the music stops and the gates are locked, the little dolls don’t stop moving around the track. The tiny, smiling figurines keep waving and dancing and swinging around their fake little lassos. In…

When spring comes

When spring comes, everything will be easier, I tell myself. When the sidewalks are again crowded with the overhang of returning leaves, I won’t dread the walk to class, heading north on State Street and navigating through the…

Michigan through the eyes of U-M Alum Eli Rallo

Eli Rallo could be perceived as a relatively “well-known” social media influencer among college students. With her focus on navigating relationships and the transition into adulthood, her content matches the distinct needs of the Gen Z demographic. For…

Can love overcome language barriers?

Can language barriers within a relationship inhibit true connection? Popular media begs to say “no.” The highly acclaimed “Love Actually” features characters Jamie and Aurélia — a couple where the former speaks English and the latter Portuguese. “The…

The Statement x Opinion Taboo Edition:

An Ethnography of Adderall and Wolverines

Editor’s Note: The interview sources in this piece have asked to remain anonymous for fear of professional repercussions. In accordance with The Daily’s ethics policy (which can be found in full in our bylaws) the Managing Editor and Editor-in-Chief are aware of and have verified all of the sources’ identities.  Content warning: Mentions of substance abuse Becoming a university student means experiencing many ‘firsts,’ one…

What’s Grindr got to do with it?

Editor’s Note: The article contains responses from onlines reponses and usernames have been changed for fear of retaliation. While the identities of responders can not be verified, the Managing Editor and Editor-in-Chief has verified the messages were received…

Let’s talk about who pays your tuition

I’ve begun to think that the University of Michigan community isn’t really defined by shared experiences, or sports, or “the Michigan difference,” or any of the other things people say it’s about. We talk about being a Wolverine…

A crash course on alpha males

Content warning: Messages pertaining to violence against women and gun shootings. Oct. 2, 2021 I’m sure you remember it was the beginning of October. Though it really doesn’t matter what kind of day it was — which day…

March 23 Edition:

Gridlock and key

To write music in any capacity is an act of turning yourself inside out. (If you’re not a musician of any kind, bear with me.) It’s synthesization, alchemy, a wringing of the brain. I write music sometimes, and it often feels like a blind swipe toward anything to bring intangible ideas into a physical form. Coming up with ideas is often the easy part. I…

Memes: The sixth love language

Almost all of us have heard some version of it: technology ruins the sanctity of relationships, friendships formed over the internet are not real, digital communication and social media have spoiled what it means to interact with other…

An ode to Sunday night dinners

I live in a house of twelve girls, which breeds a particular brand of chaos. It’s a group with vastly different interests and schedules: some are pre-med and volunteer after class, some play club sports, some have part-time…

March 16 Edition:

What fanfiction taught me that English classes couldn’t

The first anime that I had ever seen was “Naruto,” probably the most popular and entry-level anime that you could watch. At the time, 8-year-old me obviously did not know this, and was completely enraptured by what I was seeing.  Characters were flying across the screen, hurling knives and throwing stars at each other before prepping to pelt their opponents with a fireball. These attempts…

The Oxford Edition:

What they don’t talk about

Editor’s Note: This piece mentions internal decisions by Daily staffers and has received the approval of the Editor-in-Chief to be included. According to The Daily’s bylaws, internal politics about The Daily can not be subject of publication unless approved by the Editor-in-Chief or other managing bodies of The Daily.  Content warning: Mentions of gun violence,…

Where do we go from here? Moving forward after the Oxford tragedy

Content warning: Mentions of gun violence, school shooting. How could this happen here? Why is my high school, my hometown, in headlines? I felt utter shock and horror seeing my home, which holds the people I love and the places I grew up, plastered across the media on November 30, 2021. I felt a sort…

Teddy bear in the snow

Content warning: Language of violence, school shooting.  November 30, 12:50 p.m. If you asked, I could recall the day, not like it happened yesterday, but like it’s happening now. Like I’m still stuck in that moment. I can smell the crisp air. It’s cold, but not that cold. I walk to class without having to…

A love letter to Oxford

When I first met my dorm floormates my freshman year, the interaction was a flurry of quick introductions on a few predictable topics. When the conversation inevitably arrived at “Where are you from?” I was shocked to find that almost all of the girls did not like their hometown. They shared a variety of negative…

Feb. 23 Edition:

The Lost Imagination

When you are young, anything is possible. Princesses fly on magic carpets, fairies lurk in the depths of every forest and animals seem to always seem to be able to speak fluently. There is no greater liberation than being a child, mind open to the possibility of anything and everything. Pure, (literally) unadulterated imagination. Freedom.  Any day my Hogwarts letter would come, or I’d find…

Chronicles of a sneakerhead

I’m an avid sneakerhead. To me, sneakers are not simply functional footwear, but individual works of art that push the boundaries of fashion with their bold and unique designs.  As someone from Minnesota, I believe there is a…

Feb. 16 Edition:

From stalking to harassment: My experience as a former RA

TW: Sexual Assault, Stalking, Sexual Harassment, Rape Editor’s Note: The author of this contribution has requested anonymity for fear of professional repercussions. In accordance with our ethics policy (which can be found in full in our bylaws), the Editor-in-Chief is aware of and has verified the author’s identity. All names used in this piece are pseudonyms, whose real identities have been verified by the Editor-in-Chief.…

Blood, nails and shameful secrets

Content warning: Disordered thinking, compulsive behaviors, blood, self-harm adjacent material. It is the middle of class and I am bleeding again. I didn’t notice until I reached up to push my hair out of my eyes and felt…

Bimbofication is a revolutionary act

Have you seen the bimbofication meme? In most iterations, it depicts a woman in plain clothes holding a book and quizzically flipping through its pages. She then begins to stretch the book farther away from herself, and over…

The Love Issue:

Can’t buy me love

What is love? Scientists explain it in terms of the body’s release of adrenaline, dopamine and serotonin; cynics refute its existence by citing ancient philosophy. The Greeks had six words to describe it, whereas Merriam Webster offers a…

Fathers, daughters and daddies

When thinking about father-daughter relationships, unfortunately, there is no “dad” without a “daddy.” Since entering our collective vocabulary, terms like “daddy issues,” “fatherless behavior” and “father complex” have dominated the ways we discuss the complex relationships between women…

When love becomes clickbait

Content warning: mentions of sexual abuse  Love sells. That’s why 58 million pounds of chocolate are bought every February. That’s why romantic comedies made $250.24 million at the box office in 2019. And that’s why the average American…

Why do we chase exclusivity?

For many people, including myself, older teenagehood and young adulthood is a period of time where we begin exploring ourselves: We start to pay more attention to the things that bring us joy and to the things that…

Feb. 2 Edition:

The Name Game; Reclaiming my Korean heritage

I never considered myself to be so attached to my Korean identity until the moment I was filing my N-400 application for U.S. citizenship and had to return to that remaining question: Would you like to legally change…

Jan. 26 Edition:

Going blue before it’s gone

The Orange Bowl game was playing on a television behind me, visible through a reflection on a picture frame. Though I couldn’t make out the details of the players, or their movements, I turned and looked back at the screen hanging over the bar periodically, watching with disappointment as Georgia’s score increased at an exponentially greater rate than the Wolverines’. My friends, seated beside me…

My dining hall-phobia diagnosis

The day I moved into my dorm and my family left me, I felt completely and utterly alone. My roommate didn’t move in until the next day, and I had just been abandoned by the people I had…

Covid Kitties Anonymous

When it was announced that the University was going online for the rest of the Winter 2020 semester, I remember exactly where I was. I was laying on my stomach playing Apex Legends when my housemate, Maggie, practically…

The Seven Stages of Omicron

Jan. 14, 2022. Today marks my first day out of COVID-19 quarantine. After narrowly avoiding infection for the first two years of the pandemic, on day three of 2022, I received a positive test. Here is the journal…

Jan. 19 Edition:

The Sex Lives Of College Girls And Also Dani

So lately I’ve been thinking about sex; or rather, thinking about why I don’t think about sex. I started watching “Criminal Minds” for the plot, but stayed through all 15 seasons for actor Matthew Gray Gubler. By all accounts, he is my celebrity crush and current phone lockscreen, yet I don’t think he’s “sexy.” In fact, I’ve never thought about anyone as being “sexy.”   It…

I stab my friends

Few people have seen me quite as messy like the captain of the foil fencing squad has. She’s seen me dissociated at parties after a single shot of vodka, glitter on both of our eyes, making conversation about…

Click! This moment matters

In the past few months, I have developed the habit of instinctually tapping my thumbs against my other fingers, as if I’m pantomiming a crab, or my hand is a pair of tongs grabbing at a piece of…

The Sex Edition:

The Statement 2021 Sex Survey

The final stretch of the semester is upon us. Research papers, exams, thirty-degree weather. If you are exhausted, you are in good company. If you are searching for any last grain of motivation that you can possibly muster to study, you are in great company. And apparently, if you have not had sex this semester, you are in absolutely fabulous company.  Welcome to the Sex…

The female orgasm on Prozac

We are chronically misinformed when it comes to female pleasure — where it happens, why it happens and how. At times, even the scientific and research communities are stumped on the evolutionary purpose behind the female orgasm: while…

When love is an automated swipe

Apps like Tinder, Bumble, Grindr and Hinge offer endless erotic possibilities. Like an unregulated free market of dating, they present profile after eligible profile and ask users to sort them using a simple hot-or-not binary (that’s not all…

The writing on the stalls

The women’s bathroom is a mythical place, a haven for drunk people to text their exes or a safe bet for anyone in need of a confidence boost. We’ve all seen it — movie scenes where women slur…

Dec. 10 Edition:

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