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"CONFESSIONS! LET'S BRING IT BACK, GIRLS!"
Return of the "Go Blue Girly Confessions Wall"
Last year, The Statement wrote about a stall in the women's bathroom nearest the Fishbowl. This stall wasn't just a toilet behind
a door-for devoted following of students, it was an anonymous confessional. Hundreds of personal secrets covered the wall,
accompaniedwith the most heartfelt, compassionate responses ever seen in bathroom graffiti. Then at the end of last semester,
the University painted over it. But less than a week into the new school year, the bathroom confessional is back.
"Last year, I wrote here about my boyfriend
and how / wanted to marry him. After 2
years, he broke up with me for no reason.
Then my words were painted over and I'm
replacing them - as well as him - with
a newfound confidence, independence
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QUOTES OF THE WEEK
"Im actually flying
- SEAN "DIDDY" COMBS, the hip-hop
star, explaining that he has stopped flying
on his private jet becausetof skyrocketing
gas prices. He said that a typical trip from
New York to Los Angeles used to cost about
$200,000 before prices spiked, and that the
next president must address the nation's
high gas prices.
"You need to be getting
your butts moving out of
New Orleans now."
- RAY NAGIN, mayor of New Orleans, warning
residents about the dangers of Hurricane Gustav,
which weakened significantly before hitting Loui-
siana's southwest coast on Monday. On Sunday,
two million people evacuated New Orleans in
preparation for the storm, though the city missed
a direct hit by Gustav by about 70 miles. City
officials still fear potential flooding from the hur-
to a man
I am sorry, hope
you're doing okay...
I am a feminist
and believe in
abortion, but it
would be terrifying
to get one."
Three things you can talk about this week:
1. Kwame's hearing
2. Sarah Paln
3. Citizen journalism
And three things you can't:
1. Buying books
2. Bristol Palin
3. Michael Phelps's love life
BY THE NUMBERS
Dollars "The Dark Knight" had grossed as of Sunday
Dollars grossed by "Titanic," the only other movie to exceed $500
million in domestic ticket sales
About the time it took for "The Dark Night" to reach $500 million
in sales, half as long as it took "Titanic"
Source: Warner Bros. Enterfainrnent
"Colin Farrell saved my life."
- "STRESS," a former homeless man based in Toronto, who reformed his life after Farrell gave
him money for housing and $3,000 to spend shopping. Farrell also gave Stress some advice on
life and urged Stress to see his movie, "In Bruges."
"I'm lying to my family about being gay
because my parents disowned me,
but took me back when I said I would
stop being gay (dating my girlfriend).
was too scared. I'm still dating her
but I hope for acceptance one day."
The real reason
McCain chose Palin
John McCain had been on the
campaign trail for more than a year,
kissing babies and shakinghands, but
all the campaign dinners in the world
couldn't cure the creeping loneliness
that burrowed further into his stom-
ach each day.
It was the same emotion he felt
every time another wasteful earmark
passed through the Senate, and every
time those Democrats called for a
goddamn tax hike. No one under-
And then, he met Sarah Palin,
another maverick, a former beauty
queen from the Last Frontier with
the sweetest caboose since Walter
He wanted to spend the rest of
his life with her, or at least the next
four years, but McCain was getting
up there in years, and knew one term
mightcbe all he had left in him.
In this video, titled "John McCa-
in's Wandering Eyes," Palin gives
her first speech as Mc ain's running
nate as "Getting to Know You," the
showtune from the musical "The
King and I," plays in the background.
The Republican presidential hopeful
gazes askance as Pali speaks, seem-
ingly checking out her backside. He
fiddles with his wedding ring - oh,
God - and gives her an awkward hug
after she finishes herspeech.
Commenters on YouTube suggest
that McCain might just be peeking at
Palin's speech as it sits on the lectern.
Or maybe, just maybe, she's the run-
ning mate who made him feel alive
- GABE NELSON
See this and other
YouTube videos ofthe week at
THEME PARTY SUGGESTION
A conventional drinking game - With Hurricane
Gustav on the wane, it's time to watch Republicans
celebrate their greatness and disavow George W.
Bush. To join the celebration, gather some friends
for a GOP drinking game. The rules are simple.
Drink whenever John McCain says, "My friends."
Drink for every attempt to condemn Obama's "inex-
perience." And drink every time Joe Lieberman is
shown on the screen. God knows we need it.
Throwing this party? Let us know Thestatement@umich.edu
STUDY OF THE WEEK
Americans believe divine intervention can save lives
Many people believe that divine intervention can save a patient's life,
even when doctors maintainthatanytreatmentforthe patientis useless,
accordingto a study published in the Archives of Surgery.
The study consisted of a survey of 1,000 adults who answered ques-
tions on the phone about their views on medical care. In addition, 774
doctors, nurses and other medical employees were asked similar ques-
tions in mail-in surveys.
The questions primarily related to precipitous deaths stemming from
accidents or various forms of violence.
Of the 1,000 adults surveyed, more than 57 percent said they believe
that God's intervention could save a dying family member. When asked
about their own family members being seriously ill, about 20 percent of
the 774 doctors, nurses and medical workers surveyed said God could
transform a hopeless situation and save lives.
- BRIAN TENGEL
"Eating disorder is re-emerging
and I'm not stopping it. This
should scare me, but it doesn't."
"No, you shouldn't have fear, honey!
This is a fight you can win. Have
fearless faith that you'll get through
this, and know you're not alone!"
"MY JOB AND HOUSING SITUATION ARE BOTH
GOING TO SHIT! THE ONLY WAY FOR ME TO,
STAY STRONG IS TO GET ANGRY"