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R TS IThursday, July 18, 2013
8The Michigan Daily - michigandaily.com
Time traveling with Bob Dylan

KEVIN MERSOL-BARG AND MARISOL RAMOS| VIEWPOINT
Access and inclusion

By JOHN LYNCH
ManagingArts Editor
At 4:30 p.m. on the day of the
show, I printed out the tickets for my
-first Bob Dylan concert and lament-
ed that I was seeing him at a ooint in

time when tickets could be printed
at home. Though modern science
had miraculously allowed me to
purchase the tickets five minutes
earlier on a whim, I decided that I
could not be satisfied with technol-
ogy until the day that some machine

could transport me through space
and time and spit me out in the late
'60s, landing cleanly on my feet like a
gymnast in the front row of a Blonde
on Blonde-era show.
Having no such device, I'd decid-
ed to "settle" for seeing My Morn-

ing Jacket and Wilco - two of my
favorite bands - open for Dylan
on this summer's AmericanaramA
tour. And then, with our printed-out
tickets, my sister and my friends and
I made the the trek out to DTE and
found ourselves in a crowd of baby

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boomers, many of whom had seen
Bob in the days before Ticketmaster.
"He'll usually play a couple of
hours worth with a few hits thrown
in here and there," said the beard-
ed man behind me in the line for
T-shirts. "His voice is worse than
you'd imagine."
My Morning Jacket and its lead
singer Jim James - shaped like an
enigma with a striped native blan-
ket wrapped around his shoulders
- played a set that ran through the
band's variety of styles and remind-
ed me of their haphazard greatness.
The folky "Golden" felt as fresh as
the obtuse power of "Holdin' On To
Black Metal," and memories were
certainly made when one old shirt-
less man stood before the sea of
blankets on the lawn and belted out
every "aahhhh ahhhhh" of "Word-
less Chorus."
Wilco played Yankee Hotel Fox-
trot favorites and more obscure
material, and everything was right
on point. "I Am Trying To Break
Your Heart" made mine palpitate
and the odd beauty of "Impossible
Germany" translated perfectly to
the live setting.
Each opening act then joined
each other for a cover of The Bea-
tles' "Tomorrow Never Knows,"
and after a short break, Bob Dylan
appeared looking like the skeletal
embodiment of former greatness.
Dylan, his never-great voice now
reduced to heavy and largely inco-
herent grumblings, didn't move an
inch on stage as he and his band ran
through a perplexing setlist. Clas-
sics such as "Tangled Up In Blue,"
"Simple Twist of Fate" and "All
Along the Watchtower" stuck out
even if their lyrics were barely rec-
ognizable in Dylan's 2013 voice, and
the only true reminder of his heyday
was the harmonica solos, which still
pierced through the instrumenta-
tion and the night sky with vigor.
Laying down on the lawn and
staring up at the expansive sky, I
honestly felt a galaxy away from
the stage. Perfection is sitting under
the stars and listening to Bob Dylan,
I convinced myself and ignored his
imperfections. And when my writer
friend turned and showed me a pic-
ture of a young Dylan with Allen
Ginsberg at Jack Kerouac's grave, I
remembered the power of Dylan's
poetic works and was completely
satisfied with everything about that
night - even if I couldn't recognize
that he closed with "Blowin' In The
Wind."

The University has a long and proud
history of promoting social justice.
Thursday, the University's Board of
Regents can pen the next chapter
in this storied history by passing
tuition equality.
Moreover, the University has a
compelling opportunity to establish
a policy that will benefit the lives of
undocumented youth. Access to in-state
tuition for undocumented students is
more than sensible education policy -
it's a good first step toward fulfilling
one of the most pressing needs of today:
equitable access to higher education.
We commend the University for
considering a new residency policy that
wouldbroadenaccesstohighereducation
forundocumentedstudents-however,to
ensure an equitable experience for these
students, the University must commit
itself to advancing a comprehensive
approach to meeting the needs of this
population.
Our work at the National Forum on
Higher Education for the Public Good
- a policy and research institute based
in the University's School of Education
- has demonstrated that increasing
opportunities to higher education for
all capable students fosters greater civic
engagement and more diverse demo-
cratic participation. Of the estimated
two million undocumented youth in the
country, 29,000 reside in Michigan. An
estimated five to ten percent of them
pursue higher education. To address
the persistent college enrollment gap
between documented and undocument-
ed students, nearly 20 states have enact-
ed inclusive in-state tuition and financial
aid policies. However, research indicates
that undocumented students continue
to face additional barriers to completing
college because they lack access to aca-
demic and support services and struggle
to cover the cost of attendance.
In short, the University must com-
mit itself to supporting undocumented
students for the long haul. This commit-
ment will require the University to take
three more important steps - provide
further support to undocumented stu-
dents that ensures their successful com-
pletion of a college degree, encourage
other institutions of higher education
to follow the University's lead and reach
out to communities that are most affect-
ed by undocumented student issues.
First, the University must create an
equitable college experience for undoc-
umented students, which will require
much greater support than it currently
provides. In terms of financial access,
the University can complement the
strides made by tuition equality with
institutional aid. In its upcoming capi-

tal campaign, the University intends
to raise billions of dollars, with a focus
on financial aid. This provides a timely
opportunity to establish an undocu-
mented student-specific scholarship
fund through the campaign. In the
absence of federal financial aid, institu-
tional aid will likely make the difference
in the ability of many undocumented
students to afford a University educa-
tion. The University must also provide
holistic academic support services for
undocumented students. The University
of California-Berkeley's Undocumented
Student Program provides a promising
example for our University to emulate.
Second, the University must
recognize the rights of residency for
undocumented students from this state
and thereby set a standard for its peer
institutions. In doing so, the University
may encourage institutions nationally
to align their own policies and practices
more closely with the values of inclusion
and educational opportunity that are
essential in promoting the broader
values of a democratic society.
Third, the University must sustain a
public commitment to access for undoc-
umented students. This commitment
will further encourage Michigan's top
students to attend the University. In
Michigan communities - particularly
ones with substantial undocumented
populations - the University stands to
tap into potential that would otherwise
go to waste. Too often, undocumented
students realize their status and decide
against pursuing a University education
because of the steep cost of attendance.
Inclusive policies would give hope to stu-
dents who would otherwise give up on
pursuing a higher education - let alone
a University degree - during or before
high school. If the University wants
to admit increasingly larger cohorts
of undocumented students, it needs to
ensure these students - who would oth-
erwise excel at the University if prepared
- know that the University is a realistic
option earlier in their K-12 schooling.
We encourage the University's Board
of Regents to uphold equal opportunity
for all students from Michigan by
passing tuition equality. We call on
those who share our view to express
their support for tuition equality and
other inclusive policies to the University
administration and Board of Regents.
Thursday's vote represents a historic
opportunity to affirm this University's
commitment to access and inclusion
for the residents of this state. It is also
simply the right thing to do.
Kevin Mersol-Barg and Marisol Ramos
are graduates of the Class of 2013.

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donning their no-named cute boy has you dancer. Who wouldn't want to
against a wall, entrapping your be a better dancer? Plus, you've
wrists between his hands. You had a rough week. You deserve
think, ouch, that doesn't feel to go out and let loose a little
too good. "I should go," you say bit, right?
between his probing lips, but Sometimes, when you're
the noise is drowned out by the sucked up into the world of
bass rattling the chandelier. college parties it's hard to take
Stop. a step back and remember
PAIGE Fast forward. It's morning the things you used to enjoy
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and you find yourself, by some a rough week - if not getting
miracle, at home in your own obliterated with a bottle of
anket that seems bed, wearing the clothes you vod and your mini skirt. A cup
n the harshest wore the night before. You of warm tea, a hot date with
nters inconse- look around the room - you're your bed, your best friend
it friends urge coatless but alone, thankfully. and your favorite black-and-
more - and more With a sigh of relief, you rise, white movie, perhaps? Or a
to hurry - and woozy, close your curtains bottle of wine, good company,
umps in your ears. against the light of day and conversation and maybe some
cu're faced with climb back in bed. Sinatra? Relaxation. Pajamas.
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a party with a certain kind of
anxiety that comes along with
knowing everyone around you
is on another planet. You brace
yourself for the slow burn as
you lift the bottle to your lips
and drink until you cough,
eyes watering.
Fast forward. Your coat
has been tossed in a corner -
remind yourself not to forget
it, you always forget it - and
you are jumping up and down,
swinging limbs manically in
a crowd full of people. Your
friends have mysteriously
disappeared, but that doesn't
matter because a cute boy has
decided to be your dance part-
ner. You don't know his name,
nor does he know yours. You
dance in a way you know
you'll cringe at when you look
back in the morning - all pel-
vic thrusting and pursed duck
lips - but at the time you're
feeling quite good about your-
self. His mouth finds yours
and his sweat mixes with
yours like a chemical concoc-
tion of salt water.

thriller, but easily turned
slasher film or horror movie
had the night taken a different
turn. However, for college
students in what seems to be
the Drinking Age, the movie
is entitled Friday Night and is
replayed every weekend.
Personally, when I see
people stumbling around Ann
Arbor on the weekends I can't
help but think of "Brave New
World," by Aldous Huxley. The
characters in the book avoid
living organically, trading in
their pain and worry for soma,
an intoxicating substance
that eases all of the dystopic
world's ills.
"The warm, the richly
coloured, the infinitely
friendly world of soma-
holiday. How kind, how good-
looking, how delightfully
amusing every one was!"
- Brave New World
Like soma, alcohol does seem
to make the world of Friday
night ragers more appealing -
the music pulses through you,
the lights are brighter, your

Remember
what you used
to enjoy?
But I'll have time for sleep
when I'm dead, you cry in
dismay at what sounds like
a night of PG-13 fun. I'll
answer you with a question,
you party animal.
When did a night full of
dubstep, sweaty frat bros and
seizure-inducing lights become
the normative standard of a
"fun night out"? Why is it that
you need to be drunk in order
to let loose and enjoy yourself?
There is an entire world out
there, ripe and ready to be
explored if you weren't so busy
seeking out avoidance at the
bottom of a bottle.
-Paige Pfleger can be
reached at pspfleg@umich.edu.

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