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Riding to Success

Riding to Success

Anna Dinov
March 1
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Community High School sophomore Ellie Vandermark has a love for horses that has been with her since the first time she rode one. “My mom, for my ninth birthday, took me horseback riding for the first time,” Vandermark said. “Then it became a weekly thing, and then it just became a big comm...

Old Country, New Country: A Mother’s Story From Iran to America

Old Country, New Country: A Mother’s Story From Iran to America

Kyndall Flowers
February 28
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Of Tehran, the bustling capital city of Iran, Michael Briggs, a senior at Pioneer High School, remembers saffron. It was the summer of 2003, and he remembers the lush, bright colors of spice, metal and fruit shops and being hungry. His mother had temporarily left her husband, son and daughter to find ...

Felicia’s Journey to The Ground and Back Up

Felicia’s Journey to The Ground and Back Up

Claire Middleton, Bella Yerkes, and Sophia Rosewarne
February 27
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People sat and walked along the rocks at Santa Monica Pier in the 90's. It was Felicia Wilbert’s favorite pier and she was there on a date with 80's rapper Joe Cooley. When Wilbert made her way back to her home with Cooley at her side, girls burst out in squeals and screams. Wilbert, confused, pushed...

Being Bilingual

Being Bilingual

Zoe Lubetkin
February 27
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Meghana Despite knowing two languages, Meghana Tummala still wants to learn more. Tummala speaks two languages: Telugu and English. The former is her first language; the later she learned out of necessity. Tummala was born in Guntur, India, which is now a part of the state Andhra Pradesh. Her parents liv...

The Story Behind The Smile

The Story Behind The Smile

Mazey Perry
February 25
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Every weekend, a familiar crowd of people make their way in and out of the Cloverleaf restaurant on Liberty Street in downtown Ann Arbor. Mary Smiley, a waitress at the Cloverleaf, asks how many people are in the party. She smiles, picks up the corresponding amount of menus, and takes them to an emp...

The Muslim Ban from an Iranian-American Perspective

The Muslim Ban from an Iranian-American Perspective

Ava Esmael
February 17
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America was the land of opportunity for Keemya Esmael’s parents, who came from the revolutionary Iran to the United States for refuge and education. Now, Esmael feels like she’s witnessing America going backwards with the new executive order put out by President Trump banning immigration from seven ...

Mid-Winter Break

Mid-Winter Break

Cammi Tirico and Eleni Tsadis
February 15
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Anja (AJ) Jacobson visits her grandparents in Venice Beach, Fla. every February. For years and years, she has swam in the pool that overlooked the Gulf of Mexico. The many, many times on the elevator heading up to the sixth or eighth floor. Jacobson recalls the countless nights spent sleeping on the...

Knowing Rowing

Knowing Rowing

Andie Tappenden
February 13
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People are packed into a small immigration office on the US-Canada border in between Detroit and Windsor. In the middle of the room, a mother breastfed her child, thirsty from not being able to hydrate after waiting for hours. “Karen Smyte!” a man in uniform called out, directing her to stand up and w...

Taking the Communicator to College

Taking the Communicator to College

Gina Liu
February 8
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Harsh winter, a huge campus and the Hands On Museum might be new experiences for college freshmen unfamiliar with the University of Michigan, but not for freshman Anurima Kumar. Kumar was born, raised and educated in Ann Arbor. She graduated from Community High School, less than a mile from the cente...

“Who gets found guilty if they’re not guilty?”

“Who gets found guilty if they’re not guilty?”

Isabel Ratner, Print Editor-In-Chief
February 3
Filed under FEATURES, UNCATEGORIZED

Harrison Township, MI, 2003—Julie Baumer was only trying to do one thing: support her family. Her sister Victoria—a drug addict at the time—had suffered from the traumatic birth of her son, Philipp, and could no longer take care of him. Baumer, who was working as a mortgage loan officer at the...

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