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City job apps will
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Student to lead
team of cyclists in
charity fundraiser

Council considers
deer population
control, plans to halt
Uber operations
By MATT JACKONEN
Daily Staff Reporter
Monday night, city council
unanimously passed the first read
of a resolution that would disal-
low any inquiry into an applicant's
felony history on city of Ann Arbor
employment applications.
City staff would still be able to
run background checks, but this
resolution would limit such checks
only to applicants who have already
been considered in the first batch
of applications for any position and
have made the cut.
City Councilmember Sabra Bri-
ere (D-Ward 1) said the resolution,
which she is sponsoring, would
allow those with a criminal past to
get a fair shot at employment.
"This makes it possible to evalu-

ate applicants with no unacknowl-
edged bias toward the applicant
because at some point in the past
they had a felony conviction," Briere
said. "It's possible to look at their
work history, academic history,
experience, knowledge and ability
to the job and then consider them
for employment."
Councilmember Chuck Warpe-
hoski (D-Ward 4) also noted that
the felony check box on an applica-
tion is often a barrier for people who
would like to contribute to society
again.
"Having the box on an applica-
tion is a barrier to a lot of people that
have paid their debt to society and
are trying to get their lives back in
order," Warpehoski said.
Warpehoski added that many
applicants' criminal convictions
would not pose a threat in the work-
place.
"If somebody has a DUI, you prob-
ably don't want them driving a city
vehicle," Warpehoski said. "That's a
relevant issue, but not all are. This
gives us a more narrow tool."
See CITYJOBS, Page 3

Mackinac City
bicycle trek will
raise money for
cancer research
By ALLANA AKHTAR
Daily News Editor
Business sophomore Paige
Hackenberger is not one to back
down from a challenge.
After beating a battle with
cancer, she's now taking on the
challenge of leading a team of
44 cyclists on a 100-mile ride in
Mackinaw City, Mich. to raise
thousands of dollars for cancer
research.
Hackenberger is participating
in a Team in Training program
sponsored by the Leukemia and
Lymphoma Society. The pro-
grams involve endurance train-
ing and physical activity to raise
money for cancer research.
Though the bike ride on June
14 is Hackenberger's first TNT
event, she has been involved
with LLS since she was first
diagnosed with Hodgkin's lym-
phoma at nine years old.
When she was in the fourth
grade, Hackenberger went to the
doctor's office to have a peculiar
lump on her neck examined. She
later discovered she had a can-
taloupe-sized tumor growing in
her chest, moving her heart to
the center of her body and her
trachea to the side.
"I think my exact quote was,
'You're wrong. Cancer is only
something grandpas and grand-
mas get, and then they die,' "she
said.
Throughout her experience
with Hodgkin's lymphoma,
Hackenberger said the LLS
became a stalwart for her family
and friends.
The LLS is the world's larg-
est voluntary health agency
that supports patients and their
families suffering from blood

cancer and provides funding for
potentially life-saving research.
The agency was founded in New
York in 1949 and currently has
63 chapters nationwide. So far,
the organization has invested
over $1 billion in blood cancer
research.
While Hackenberger was
going through chemotherapy,
volunteers from the LLS con-
tacted her parents and informed
the family on what to expect
during treatment and in recov-
ery. She and her family came to
rely on the organization during
Hackenberger's treatment for
both information and support.
"I know (my parents) feel like
without this organization, my
experience would've been more
scary and a lot less guided," she
said.
After successfully concluding
treatment, Hackenberger imme-
diatelybecame involved with the
LLS. In high school she helped
organize fundraisers such as
Pennies for Patients, a program
where LLS representatives visit
elementary schools around the
state to educate students about
blood cancer. In turn, students
collected spare change to donate
to research.
Hackenberger said her
involvement with the LLS is a
way to express gratitude for the
volunteers who helped her and
her family as she struggled with
the disease. She said it was no
coincidence that she survived
Hodgkin's lymphoma and sees it
as her opportunity to give back
to others walking in the same
shoes.
"I just find it incredibly fulfill-
ing to be able to say that I'm here
today because of what people
have done in the past and that
I'm going to maybe give some-
one through my hard work and
the hard work of so many other
people, the opportunity to be
with their family for the rest of
their life," she said.

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Your Move, Michigan:'Shocking' the Wolverines

Lyndsay Doyle stood in center
field with her shoulders slumped
and a nervous look for the first
time in weeks.
The senior had JAE
just muffed a LOURIM
base hit up the
middle, and On Softball
though she had
an outfielder on
both sides of her and a dozen more
teammates in the dugout, it must
have felt like she was all alone.
She cracked her knuckles and
got back into her stance to get
ready for the next pitch with last-
place Illinois in the middle of a 10-2
bashing.
The first two-thirds of Michi-
gan's season went like a boxing
match between a heavyweight and
a high schooler with no gloves. The
Wolverines dominated every oppo-
nent, knocking them out before
they even got into the ring.
That night, they got punched.
And now, two weeks later, it's their
turn to respond.
It's a fairly new predicament
for Michigan: Doyle hadn't had to
recover from an error because she
hadn't made an error. The pitchers
hadn't had to pitch in close games
because there hadn't been any

close games. No one had needed a
clutch seventh-inning hit because
they hadn't played many seventh
innings, instead winning by mercy
rule.
So much is hanging in the bal-
ance at this point in the season - so
much to gain, so much to lose.
The Wolverines are behind five
Pac-12 teams, three SEC teams and
Florida State in the coaches poll.
All of those teams have been tested
by tough competition for the past
two months.
In the past three weeks, Michi-
gan has gotten a couple punches
back and not known what to
do with them. The Wolverines
watched a dropped third strike
roll into the opposing dugout last
Friday. The pitchers threw balls in
the dirt for junior catcher Lauren
Sweet to dig up. The table setters
didn't set the table, and the power
hitters didn't hit.
"Bad time of the year to be hav-
ing bad softball," said Michigan
coach Carol Hutchins on Friday.
Yes, it is. But every time the Wol-
verines lose the first game of the
series, they fight back with a win
in the next game. It's clear the tal-
ent is there. If Michigan turns it
around this weekend, the Big Ten

Tournament could start to look like
the first half of the Big Ten season.
If it doesn't, the Wolverines might
be coming home Friday night.
So how do they punch back on a
more consistent basis?
Is it trying harder? No.
Sophomore shortstop Sierra
Romero said Friday that Michigan
was coming up empty offensively
because the hitters were trying too
hard. Romero deals with that more
than anyone - when opponents
pitch around her, she can't lunge at
the first pitch close to the zone.
Is it getting afraid? Not usually.
Hutchins said Friday her team
was too afraid of losing and too
consumed by outcomes. With the
pressure to win mounting, Michi-
gan struggled more and more.
"It was a hard practice (last
Thursday) because for some reason
we're not playing good softball right
now, not hustling," she said. "And
it's all of them. Not just a couple of
them, it's all of them. Fear paralyzes
you. It's so funny because when
you're afraid of losing, you don't
lose, you get killed. But yeah, we
played really afraid to lose. It's the
worst quality ateam can have."
Last Friday was something
new entirely. Hutchins said her

Carol Hutchins and Michigan are being tested for the first time in two months.

team would have to hit rock-bot-
tom to rebuild its mindset and
move forward, and Friday's 9-3
loss - punctuated by Wisconsin's
seventh-inning grand slam - was
pretty close.
So, to use Hutchins' words, she
"shocked" them. She lit into them
after the game about their flaws.
She lamented the team's poor lead-
ership, calling it "horrible." She
acknowledged the team's mindset
- "individuals don't win, this is not
track."
And to that the team respond-
ed with a 10-2 win the next day,
though Hutchins said she would

have been happy with any outcome
the way Michigan played.
"The only thing I care about
is our approach and mentality,"-
Hutchins said. "I don't care about
the game. I don't care about the
outcome. I want a team that fights
and plays hard. Watching balls roll
into the dugout and not picking
it up and throwing it to first, not
once, not twice, but three times,
using your glove to swat it to home
plate, I've never taught that play. I
want to see us play ball."
Playing ball is certain. The rest is
not - it all depends on how Michi-
gan responds.

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By JAKE LOURIM
Managing Sports Editor
The Michigan softball team has
dominated the Big Ten on the field
over the past seven years, winning
at least a share of the conference
title each year.
So it's no surprise that the Wol-
verines continue to rake in the
hardware as well.
The Big Ten announced its All-
Conference teams Wednesday,
including Michigan sophomore
shortstop Sierra Romero as Player
of the Year for the second straight
year. Romero was one ofseven Wol-
verines on the first or second team,
while senior outfielder Nicole Sap-
pingfield and freshman second
baseman Abby Ramirez made the
All-Defensive Team.
Despite seeing far fewer strikes
than last year, Romero contin-
ued her strong play throughout
the conference season to become
Michigan's sixth straight Player of
the Year and second straight back-
to-back winner. Michigan coach
Carol Hutchins said she improved

most on defense this year, showing
range at shortstop with a.930 field-
ingpercentage.
She also hit .511, tops in the Big
Ten by almost 100 points, with 15
home runs and 60 RBI. Her on-
base percentage (641) and slugging
percentage (.927) also ranked first.
Romero played in all 51 games
and started 50 in the No. 3 spot in
the order. Though opponents often
pitched around her to the tune of 52
walks, her protection from senior
first baseman Caitlin Blanchard,
sophomore outfielder Sierra Law-
rence and senior designated player
Taylor Hasselbach helped keep her
a force in the lineup.
Senior outfielders Lyndsay Doyle
- a unanimous selection - and
Sappingfield joined Romero on the
first team as Michigan's table set-
ters. The two slap-hitters hit .388
and .405, respectively, and together
started every game but one. Their
ability to reach base meant Romero
was often hitting with runners on.
The All-Big Ten second team
also featured four Wolverines -
Hasselbach, junior catcher Lauren

'M' dominates All-Big Ten teams

Sweet, junior left-hander Haylie
Wagner and freshman right-hand-
er Megan Betsa - which along
with the first team totaled almost
two-thirds of the team's regular
starters being honored.
Despite slumping late in the
year, Wagner finished 20-2 with
a 1.51 earned-run average. Until
the Minnesota series April 18, she
served as the team's ace and Friday
night starter. Going into that week-
end, she was 19-0 with a0.95 ERA.
Betsa, meanwhile, worked out
some issues early in the season and
became the most reliable starter
in the final two weekends. She fol-
lowed each of Michigan's last three
losses - besides the season finale -
with a win, finishing 7-0 with a L92
ERA in the Big Ten.
One of Michigan's greatest
strengths earlier in the season was
scoring in bunches, which it did
using a deep lineup top to bottom.
Whether that carries over to this
weekend's Big Ten Tournament in
Evanston remains to be seen, but
the Wolverines have shown they
have the talent to win it.

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