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Pre-meds abroad

Prof. debuts 'Shore'

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A2 to the "D' made easy
Commuter rail service between A2 and Detroit needed
s the University's 2012 graduating class prepares for life after
graduation, many of them will leave Michigan. This eagerness
to get out of the state altogether often stems from the fear that
our state has nothing to offer college graduates. Many students don't
see the state of Michigan beyond the confines of Ann Arbor despite the
fact that Detroit, one of America's most historic and important cities, is
only a short drive away. The state of Michigan needs to prioritize the
proposal that Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) made for commuter rail
services between Detroit and Ann Arbor to unite the two cities and spur

It was the last case of the day:
an overweight woman requiring
an open abdominal cholecystec-
tomy - gall bladder removal. Four
hours later, I walked out of the
medical clinic in Chocola, Guate-
mala to return for dinner. A man
approached me, grabbed my hands
and repeated the words "thank
you" several times. His wife was
the woman we had just moved to
post-op. Little did he know, I was
merely a freshman in college and
had only shadowed the surgeon.
Regardless of whether I deserved
the gratitude or not, it was that
moment that made me realize why
I was in Guatemala.
I initially decided to partici-
pate in the medical mission trip to
Guatemala to determine if I actu-
ally wanted to be a doctor and, to
be honest, because I knew it would
look good on my medical school
application. What I learned, how-
ever, in that first short week in Gua-
temala far surpassed anythingI had
learned from my previous classes at
the University of Michigan.
Immersed in the culture of tradi-
tional Mayans, I realized that at its
core, medicine is the same regard-
less of where you are in the world.
At the same time, it's different with
respect to individual culture and
the way in which medical condi-
tions are perceived. Even with the
diversity that Ann Arbor offers,
this was not somethingI could have
learned while sitting in the Natural
Science Building listening to lec-
tures about neurons.
As a pre-health student, I was
extremely lucky to have the chance
to travel to Guatemala and experi-
ence a culture other than my own.
Many students, though, do not have
this opportunity between jobs and
summer classes. However, a week
was not nearly enough. I quickly
recognized the potential for what
could have been learned if I had a
few more weeks or even months.
Pre-health students are set in a
rigid schedule, which often requires .
taking more than one science class
each semester. Ifyouwanttogradu-
ate in four years, the opportunity to
study abroad for longer than a week
is largely unavailable because of the
demanding process of applying to
medical school. Though the major-
ity of pre-health students are part
of LSA, and thus included in the

respective standards of a liberal
arts education, the University does
not provide a sufficient number of
programs for pre-health students to
study abroad.
have studied abroad in Spain were
able to take classes with a Univer-
sity professor overseas and obtain
grades for Spanish credit. A similar
program with science professors
from the University could be imple-
mented in countries around the
world to allow pre-health students
to fulfill the necessary require-
ments for admission to medical
schools while also experiencingthe
culture of another country.
The Association of American
Medical Colleges has realized this
necessary transition in the prepa-
ration of medical students. While
a solid background in the natural
sciences will always be required for
success in medical school, a greater
emphasis is now being placed on
behavioral and social sciences, as
exemplified in the revised Medical
Colleges Admission Test for 2015.
While generalized studies in
behavior and social sciences are
offered throughthe humanities and
social science distribution in LSA,
pre-health students are limited
in what they can learn, especially
when it comes to experiencing
another culture. By experiencing
the medical field in a culture other
than your own, you are not only
given the opportunity to learn
about another culture, but to appre-
ciate yours as well.
The man who repeated the words
"thank you" to me later explained
that he did not know how much
longer his wife would have. been
able to care for their children with-
out this surgery. He claimed that I
had helped to give his wife a sec-
ond chance at life. These are the
moments that more students should
be able to experience with the help
of the University. As University of
Michigan students, we are sup-
posed to graduate as well-rounded
individuals. However, the Univer-
sity does not currently offer long-
term pre-health programs suited to
the needs of developing well-round-
ed students. What we need to be
successful in our careers cannot be
learned entirely-within the confines
of white classroomwalls.
Kylie Steenbergh is a LSA junior.

Bakopoulos explores
dictatroial Greece in
"The Green Shore"
ManagingArts Editor
As a group of right-wing Greek
colonels were plotting to seize
power and control of Athens
and the rest of

Greece, Athens
slept, unaware
of the changes
that were soon to
come. The night
was April 21,
1967 and it began
what has come
to be known as
"The Regime of
the Colonels" or
in Greece, "the
native and recipi-
ent of a 2010 0.

"The Green
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At Nicloa's

valuable interaction.
At the 2012 Mackinac Policy
Conference, Sen. Debbie Staben-
ow discussed her proposal to cre-
ate a commuter rail service from
Ann Arbor to the Detroit Metro
Airport and downtown Detroit.
She argued, "Michigan is in dire
need of a transportation and
infrastructure overhaul." Staben-
ow's plan to build a commuter rail
service from Ann Arbor to Detroit
has been discussed in Congress
for some time now, but according
to Stabenow, "That's moving along
slower than I would like." Staben-
ow's challengers to her Senate seaf
argue that this proposal would
need significant private backing
for it to come to fruition.
Ann Arbor has a major short-
age of available parking, so many
students don't have the option of
bringing their cars to campus.
Some students don't have any
form of motorized transportation
and find themselves limited to
Ann Arbor, despite Detroit being a

short 45 minutes away. Lawmak-
ers need to understand that there
are numerous benefits for stu-
dents who visit Detroit.
Detroit is a vibrant and cultur-
ally rich city, but the shadow of
the recession makes many stu-
dents unwilling to visit. Com-
erica Park, Ford Field and Joe
Louis Arena ignite with activity,
on game nights and young artists
who moved to Detroit because of
its exceptionally low cost of liv-
ing have breathed new life into
the city, giving it an entirely new
identity. The University has taken
a step in the right direction with
its Semester in Detroit program.
However, our school can't solely
bear the burden of sending people
to Detroit.
Detroit has many new business
opportunities to benefit students.
At the Mackinac Policy Confer-
ence, Republican Gov. Rick Sny-
der announced the launch of five
new business programs to pro-

mote the growth of businesses
in Michigan. Companies such as
Huntington National Bank, Fifth
Third Bank, DTE Energy and
'Consumers Energy have paved
the way in this initiative. Quicken
Loans, the mortgage company
founded by' Detroit native Dan
Gilbert, recently hired 500 col-
lege students to work as interns at
their office in Detroit, along with
300 new technology employees.
With the unemployment rate
rising to 8.2 percent last month,
graduating students should
be given every opportunity to
explore these job options with-
out public transportation holding
them back.
Detroit is a city that has had so
much taken from it by the reces-'
sion, and it's time for the state of
Michigan and the students of the
-University to increase the amount
they give back. A commuter rail
service that is affordable and easy
to access is the solution.

Henry Award, a Hopwood Award
and Platsis Prize for Work in the
Greek Legacy, Natalie Bakopoulos
grewup listeningto the melody and
music of Greek culture. Holding an
MFA in Fiction from the Universi-
ty, Bakopoulos travels through the
precarious and often unpredictable
world of occupied Greece in her
debut novel "The Green Shore."
"The idea of Greece was always
there," Bakopoulos said in an inter-
view with The Michigan Daily.
"Even if I wasn't speaking Greek as
a child, I heard it when my father
spoke, andI was aware of the ideas
and music ... and of parts of the
Greek culture very acutely."
Bakopoulos said she strayed
from her passion for writing early
on. Despite her love for literature,
Bakopolous graduated with an
undergraduate science degree and
set out to work in a research lab.
"I wanted to be a writer long
before I admitted (it) to myself."
Bakopolous said. "When I found
myself working in a lab, instead
of reading journals like 'Cell' or
'Nature' I would always have The
New Yorker or a literary journal,
and I kept thinking, 'it's nice to be
interested in literature,' but mine
moved beyond just an interest in.
It was only after a year of sitting
in on a multitude of literature and

writing classes that Bakopolous
admitted to herself that the science
track was not for her. Despite the
belated start on her writing career,
Bakopolous said some of the best
advice she'd received was from a
University professor who spoke
about never fearing the timing of
"Charles Baxter said in a Hop-
wood Talk that 'art is not a sack
race', 'literature is not a sack race,'
and not everyone comes to some-
thing at the same time," she said.
"I think I always felt behind, like
everyone is already publishing
and everyone has their MFAs and
everyone is 'in the business,' so to
Determined not to let her late
arrival to the writing world hold her
back, Bakopolous started writing
what she knew, recounting old sto-
ries and discovering forgotten his-
tories. This love for Greek culture
propelled Bakopoulos to write "The
Green Shore," and it wasn't until
she began researching the coun-
try's rich history that she began to
understand the difficult position
the coup d'etat had left Greece in.
"It was the idea that Greece
had a military dictatorship dur-
ing a time where the rest of the
world was really moving ahead,"
Bakopoulos said of her interest in
the time period. "Greece was com-
pletely stunted by this coup when
it could have been entering the
modern era."
The trapped environment of
occupied Greece provided an,
entangled backdrop for the char-
acters in the novel. Based loosely
on her father's family, "The Green
Shore" follows the story of four
characters living in Athens at the
time: Sophie, a willful girl with a
penchant for activism thanks to her
left-leaning boyfriend, Nick; Anna,
Sophie's sister, who falls desper-
ately in young love with an older,
married man; Eleni, their widowed
mother, who tries to scramble
together the pieces of her family,
and Sophie and Anna's uncle Miha-
lis, a poet who must lay low due to
his outspoken nature.
"The way the characters feel
trapped makes for a great story,"
Bakopoulos said. "And what better
wayto trap themthan in adictator-
Bakopoulos also noted that some
characters have more of a real-life
model than others.

"Mihalis was inspired by my
father's uncle who was a poet
named Mihalis Katsaros, and he's a
poet who is known in most circles
of that generation," Bakopoulos
said. "Even if people were not liter-
ary, they'd know him as the crazy
poet in the middle of the square."
The compilation of fictional
characters in a historical setting
allowed Bakopoulos to delve. into
an intricate narrative while having
a general story arc to follow. Bako-
poulos stressed the importance of
the storytelling above the history
lesson the book holds.
"I want my readers to be moved
and to feel differently when they're
finished reading than they felt
when they started," Bakopoulos
said. "If they learn something about
Greek history along the way that's
fantastic, but that's not necessar-
ily my agenda; I wanted to create a
moving narrative that was interest-
ing and complicated."
Taken as an excerpt from Kos-
tas Karyotakis's poem "Sleep," the.
Green Shore symbolizes the need
for something lost, a missing per-
son,placeorsentiment. Encompass-
ing the horrific history of Athens in
the late'60s and the fragile lives of a
family, "The Green Shore" provides
a glimpse into the psyche of charac-
ters cornered anda nation besieged.
"In many ways each character
is longing for something they've
lost, whether that's home or a love
or a different lifestyle, but they're
all longing for that green shore,"
Bakopoulos said. "It's going back
to a place that exists in your mem-

From Page 8
friends - by turning 21. He
officially becomes a full-fledged
member of the grape-gaga gang
by sipping his first glass of wine
... and then later throwing back
two bottles' worth and spewing
a drunken, naked, long-awaited
proclamation of love for Laurie
(Busy Phillips).
The B-plot of "My Life" almost
forces a farewell to the cul-de-
sac crew's favorite game Penny
Can, which Travis points out has
become boring in its simplicity.
It's a wonderfully theta moment;
after all, how long can an audi-
ence be entertained by watching
characters throw pennies into a
can before the inside joke rusts
over? Travis' dramatic conclusion
- that Penny Can is about family,
tradition, maybe even America -
speaks to the reason we can never
tire of the game. Penny Can's
simple, it's fun, it's resourceful
and it has heart. We love the game
because the characters do, and the
characters are what make "Cougar
Town" more than just a string of
witty jokes doused in no-no juice.
Theshow has always succeed-
ed in mixing the heartwarming
moments with the heartbreaking
ones, and the finale epitomizes
this delicate balance. The others
subject Jules (Courteney Cox) to
a "Groundhog Day"-type inqui-
sition until she admits to Laurie
that she was made Ellie's (Christa
Miller) co-maid of honor out of
pity, but Jules' rather smothering,
love wins out.
When the show first introduced
Laurie's overseas hot soldier boy-
friend who she met on Twitter, it
was just a gag used to show how
ridiculous Laurie often is. But

"Cougar Town" made it much
more, establishing Wade (Edwin
Hodge) as an actual character. It's
just crazy enough to work, and
when he finally showsup in person
as Travis and Laurie are sharing a
near-moment, Travis' devastation
mixed with Laurie's deserved hap-
piness makes for enough emotion
to fill Big Lou to the brim. The
will-they-won't-theytale of Laurie
and Travis is growing tired, and
some find the age difference tough
to swallow, but it's still hard not
to root for these two as they gaze
at each other during Grayson and
Jules' beach wedding.
Live on, Penny
Can, live on.
That beach wedding. What a
perfect example of a picture-per-
fect romantic scene that "Cougar
Town" does so well without dip-
ping into the overly syrupy. The
trick is infusing the bliss with
zany jokes; Chick (Ken Jenkins) -
fighting tears by looking into his
horse's eyes, the wedding party
having to move along the beach to
avoid oceanside cops.
Setting part of the finale in
Napa evokes the brilliance of sea-
son two's Hawaii-based finale; it's
almost spiritual to see the crew in
the motherland of viticulture. But
coming back to the ill-named town
has a beach-day warmness to it.
While comedy lovers should be
thrilled that this isn't the end for
"Cougar Town," few can say that
seeing Jules and Grayson liter-
ally ride a stallion into the sunset
wouldn't be a charming, fitting
final image.

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