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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
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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...

What’s the Word?

What’s the Word?

Andie Tappenden
April 10, 2017
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In his essay, “A Defence of Slang,” published in “The Defendant,” G.K. Chesterton, a poet, philosopher and journalist, said: “All slang is metaphor, and all metaphor is poetry. If we paused for a moment to examine the cheapest cant phrases that pass our lips every day, we should find that ...

Jeff Burris: The Name Game

Jeff Burris: The Name Game

Avani Carter
March 20, 2017
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As Jeff Burris entered room 222 of Community High School, he pulled out a chair at the round table and sat down. He softly banged his ring on the table as he thought about what stories to tell, and settled on the story of his name. That’s when all the words spilled out of his mouth. Burris wasn’t always Je...

Deconstructed Film: The Ann Arbor Film Festival’s Legacy

Deconstructed Film: The Ann Arbor Film Festival’s Legacy

Sacha Verlon
March 17, 2017
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Cinema has been around for over 100 years, but the technology and content behind movies has evolved from the beginning of the medium to now. What ‘going to see a film’ meant a hundred years ago versus what it means today entails two starkly different things. From film to digital, the Ann Arbor Film F...

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