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Defunding Planned Parenthood

Defunding Planned Parenthood

Cammi Tirico and Ruby Taylor
May 17, 2017
Filed under FEATURES

There are 2.5 miles separating Planned Parenthood of Ann Arbor and Community High School, but the connection is much more direct than that. Planned Parenthood serves everyone in need, regardless of age, gender or sexual identity. There are 0.5 miles separating Planned Parenthood of Washington DC and the W...

Saying Goodbye to Matt Fields

Saying Goodbye to Matt Fields

Ally Einhaus
May 3, 2017
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Growing up in Northville, Matt Fields never found himself that interested in science. He became a climbing instructor his freshman year of high school, and continued instructing for five years. He has always loved the outdoors, and began climbing at the age of seven. Throughout his time at Northville High Schoo...

Staying Strong for the LGBT Community

Staying Strong for the LGBT Community

Elinor Duck
May 3, 2017
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Joe Gallagher, a practicing lawyer in New York, grew up in a large, Irish-Catholic family in Connecticut. Although he knew he was gay when he was a young adolescent, he openly came out as gay when he was 21 years old. In 1999, Gallagher transferred from Catholic University in Washington DC to New Yo...

Finding His Aesthetic

Finding His Aesthetic

Francisco Fiori
April 26, 2017
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When Griffin Hall was in middle school, he used to make haunted houses in his backyard garage. He would stick spray painted toilet paper to the ceilings and paper cloths to the walls. He would make costumes in his room and sets in his backyard. He loved working with his hands. And that’s how he bega...

The Hikone Exchange Program

The Hikone Exchange Program

Isabel Espinosa and Madie Gracey
April 24, 2017
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In the fall of 1979, a woman named Rusty Schumacher traveled to Hikone, Japan for the first time. She worked at Clague Middle School in Northeast Ann Arbor and was sent overseas for six weeks in order to learn about Japanese culture and spread it throughout the Ann Arbor area. Once she returned, she...

Rising From the Ashes

Rising From the Ashes

Mary Debona
April 21, 2017
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For nearly four years, a newly constructed building sat empty in the Mexicantown Mercado, located in southwest Detroit—its purpose undecided. In 2012, Ford claimed the building and promised to put 10 million dollars into it in an effort to assist the Mexicantown community by providing a variety of servi...

Meals on Wheels

Meals on Wheels

Megan Syer, Print Editor-in-Chief
April 20, 2017
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David Jordan leans with his hands shoulder-width apart on a table, glancing at the blue sticky note attached to the clipboard in front of him. He picks up a brown paper bag next to him and stands, shifting his eyes to the 18 others surrounding the clipboard.   He stares at the sticky note, then back at the bags. “We’re...

Rising Through the Flames

Rising Through the Flames

Isabel Espinosa
April 19, 2017
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Joe Goblet did not plan on becoming a firefighter. He attended St. Louis University after growing up in Southwest Chicago;Goblet graduated with a major in Communications and a minor in Marketing with the intent of becoming an advertiser, but somehow found himself at the Chicago Fire Department (CFD) instead...

Hearing Impaired, Not Deaf

Hearing Impaired, Not Deaf

Madie Gracey
April 17, 2017
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Robyn Skodzinsky noticed she wasn’t raising her hand as often as other students. In third grade, Skodzinsky was taking a mandatory school screening for hearing. She had been tested several times and was caught cheating. The tester caught on, and Skodzinsky was tested alone with her back to the tester...

Hiding the Fear

Hiding the Fear

Isabel Ratner
April 17, 2017
Filed under 300 WORDS, FEATURES

Celia Ross tries to follow the philosophy of “talk less, listen more.” Yet, she struggles. She struggles with the balance of knowing when to say something and when to listen. Sometimes, she knows she needs to speak up and say something. Other times, she knows she needs to open her ears. “You can talk your...

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