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Oening the doors
The University must provide better transparency to the public
Last Friday, The Detroit Free Press filed a lawsuit against
the University of Michigan citing several alleged violations
against the Michigan Opening Meetings Act. The lawsuit
focuses on the behavior of the University's Board of Regents and
their meetings. In January 2013 and January 2014, the regents met
in California and New York, respectively, in lieu of their monthly
public meeting in Ann Arbor. This, alongside numerous questionable
unanimous votes, suggests the University isn't acting in accordance
with OMA. The University and the Board of Regents must be more
transparent with the public and stop directly violating OMA.
Not just a cigar
igmund Freudwas atotalitarian. wisdom is an attack on that, so, by my
Whenever people would own theory, wouldn't it make sense
challenge his theories from that I'd resist the pseudo-wisdom in
within, he would order to defend my own enjoyment?
ostracize them Yes, but that's ok - I'm fine with that
as blasphemers. counter-argument, because I'd just be
Whenever people another case in point.
would challenge Personally, I struggle with when
his theories to analyze and interpret and when
from without, to just enjoy. I don't believe that a
Freud would cigar is ever just a cigar - everything
denounce them is analyzable and interpretable in
as heretics. Once, ZAK some context - but acting as if we
when somebody WITUS believed that "things just are what
suggested to they seem" allows us to rest, relax and
him that his just enjoy, all of which are important
habitual cigar smoking signified an for maintaining sanity. Luckily for
unconscious phallic fetish, Freud me, ever since I read "Animal Farm"
famously replied: "Sometimes a cigar in tenth grade, I've typically enjoyed
is just a cigar. analyzing enough to compensate for
This response exemplifies one any enjoyment lost in the process. For
of defining characteristics of the me, deconstructing movies is the point
totalitarian: Laws, or in this case of watching them. Reading a book to
theories, apply to find the meaning
everyone except beneath the
the one dictating . surface is what
them. Freud's The far scarier makes reading
psychoanalytic task is often fun. Analyzing the
method very often world beyond what
works byinterrupting analyzing what's it seems is what
and challenging makes life worth
people's enjoyment. within us. living.
But, when the A cigar is never
enjoyment at stake just a cigar, except
was Freud's own, when we must
his all-encompassing psychoanalytic pretend that it is. Maybe Freud's cigar
theory mysteriously didn't apply. smoking isn't a sign of his unconscious
Today people invoke Freud's phallic fetish, but, by Freud's own
famous saying, "Sometimes a cigar standards, it certainly would've been.
is just a cigar," as a kind of pseudo- In conclusion, I'd like to quote the film
wisdom. Its psychological function "Silence of Lambs" (1991), when the .
remains the same: to resist analysis protagonist Agent Clarice Starling
and defend one's own enjoyment. says to the imprisoned psychoanalyst/
Since Freud is often thought of as an psychopath Hannibal Lecter: "You
analyzer in the extreme, and since see a lot, Doctor. But are you strong
even he acknowledged limits to enough to point that high-powered
analysis, we're supposed to recognize perception at yourself? What about it?
such limits as well. But that argument Why don't you - why don't you look
ignores Freud as the totalitarian that at yourself and write down what you
he was. We shouldn't interpret his see? Or maybe you're afraid to."
pseudo-wisdom as evidence of real In many college courses we develop
limits to analysis. We should wonder such high-powered perception, but
why Freud and the people who invoke we're taught to almost always direct
his cigar platitude set the limits of it outwards. Undoubtedly, the ability
analysis where they do, and, what's to accurately analyze the external
more, we should ask ourselves what world is a magnificent one, but, as
enjoyment is at stake for those who Agent Starling points out and as Drs.
oppose analysis. Freud and Lecter demonstrate, the far
One might claim that my critiquing scarier task is often analyzing what's
the "sometimes a cigar is just a cigar" within us.
argument is a defense of my own
enjoyment. After all, I enjoy critiquing - Zak Witus can be reached
and analyzing, and Freud's pseudo- at email@example.com.
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By JAKE LOURIM
Managing Sports Editor
Former Michigan softball
player Amanda Chidester's college
career ran right in the middle of
the team's current streak of seven
straight Big Ten championships.
Now, she has a second World
Cup of Softball title to call her own.
Chidester started five of seven
games for Team USA in the World
Cup of Softball, which ended
Sunday with the Americans'
5-2 win over Canada in the
The U.S. breezed through
last week's round-robin format,
beating each of the six other
teams by a combined score of
43-7. Then, after topping Canada
Thursday, 5-3, the Americans met
the Canadians, who finished 5-1
in round-robin play, again Sunday
for the title.
Chidester, who graduated in
2012, was a Big Ten Player of the
Year twice and an All-American
twice. She ranks in the top 10
in school history in five major
The 24-year-old native of Allen
Park, Michigan hit a three-run
home run to secure an 8-1 mercy-
rule win Fridayover Japan, which
ousted the U.S. last year in the
championship game. Chidester
added two RBI in a 14-0 rout of
Chinese Taipei on Saturday. She
finished the tournament 5-for-13
with three runs scored.
The U.S. will also play in the
World Championships starting
Aug.12 in Haarlem, Netherlands.
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Graham Glasgow was sentenced Monday for a charge of operating while visually impaired stemmingtfrom a March 15 arrest.
Glasgow sentenced to
12 months probation
In 1976, Michigan
established OMA with several
provisions that limitgoverning
public bodies' actions and
promote transparency with
their constituents. Public
bodies, such as the Board of
Regents, must announce their
meetings within 10 days before
their first annual meeting,
keep detailed records during
meetings, hold meetings
available to the general public
and give time for public input.
The regents seemingly
violated several of OMA's
provisions by holding informal
discussions behind closed
doors about University issues.
From January 2013 to February
2014, the board only publicly
discussed about 10 percent of
the issues presented to them
throughout the year. Similarly,
of 116 votes, only eight saw a
dissenting vote. It's unrealistic
to believe that the board
unanimously decided so many
issues - including renovations
to several buildings, a major
student housing project,
renovations to the president's
residence and projects for the
University hospital - without
some sort of communication or
conversation. These and other
impactful funding decisions
should incorporate public
involvement and voices.
The regents further alienated
the public by holding two
meetings in locations outside of
Michigan. Each year, the board
holds nine meetings in Ann
Arbor, one in Dearborn and one
in Flint to discuss University-
related issues. In January 2013
and January 2014, the regents
met in California and New
York, respectively, in lieu of
their monthly public meeting
in Michigan. Hosting sessions
in other states eliminates public
access and violates section
three of OMA.
During the past few years,
the Board of Regents has
become increasingly exclusive.
In October 2012, the University
implemented a policy where a
rope barrier was placed around
the regents table separating
officials from the public.
Similarly, regents rarely give
the public feedback on concerns
raised by attendees. These
actions promote exclusivity
and distrust among the public.
As millions of tax dollars and
the tuition of students help
fund the University, the regents
must stop their secretive
discussions and provide more
transparency for everyone.
University students and
Michigan residents deserve to
know exactly what the regents
are doing with their money.
must pay $885 in
fines, avoid alcohol
By JAKE LOURIM
Redshirt junior offensive
lineman Graham Glasgow
was sentenced to 12 months of
probation and a total of $885
in fines Monday in Ann Arbor
District Court after a guilty
plea to operating while visually
On June 16, Glasgow pled
guilty to the lesser misdemeanor
after the initial charge, operating
while intoxicated, was amended.
Monday, Judge Joseph Burke
issued the sentence, which also
mandates that Glasgow complete
six days of community service by
Glasgow's attorney, John Shea,
did not have any objections to
the presentencing report but
did approach the judge first to
address a matter.
The judge then asked for any
comments from Shea or Glasgow,
at which point both expressed
remorse for Glasgo
Shea said. "He re
he made a seri
judgment on the oc
question. He has re
responsibility for it
to perform what
court imposes in
sentence. He's per
is in the process
them in terms of
the team. He's
taken this very
wishes it hadn't
but it has and
he's going to
counseling and alc
as approved by
attend a MothersA
Driving victim im
Oct. 14. The jud
him from using
alcohol or illegal di
probation, and hen
random drug and a
w's actions. His fines include $425 in court
firstoffender," fines and costs, $360 in probation
cognizes that oversight and a $100 police
ous error in recovery fee.
casion here in "I've madeamistake,and I'velet
adily accepted a lot of people down - my family,
He's prepared my team and the community,"
penance the Glasgow told the judge. "I'm
terms of a sorry. This is an opportunity to
rformed other learn from this mistake and make
sure it never
"I've made a Glasgow both
mistake, and comment after
, exiting the
I've let a lot of courtroom.
people down. Gagw
"pe w ... 21, was pulled
I s r . over around 9
I'm sorry p.m. March 15
in Ann Arbor
when a police
ohol education that another passenger was
the court's leaning out the window shouting
tent and must at pedestrians. His blood-alcohol
Against Drunk concentration was .11 at the scene
pact panel by and .13 later at the police station.
ge prohibited Glasgow has been suspended
or possessing by coach Brady Hoke for the
rugs under his season opener Aug. 30 against
must submit to Appalachian State. Fall camp
icohol testing. workouts begin Aug. 4.
Blake Countess was named to the Thorpe and Nagurski Award Watch Lists.
Watch List Update:
Countess on two lists
By JAKE LOURIM
Managing Sports Editor
The Preseason Watch Lists
for the National College Football
Awards Association awards come
out from July 7 to July 18. Last
week, redshirt junior defensive
back Blake Countess added his
name to the list of Michigan play-
ers to watch when he was named
to the Brongo Nagurski watch list
for best defensive player and the
Jim Thorpe watch list for best
defensive back. Senior defensive
end Frank Clark and fifth-year
senior linebacker Jake Ryan, who
were both named to other watch
lists last week, also made the
Countess inspired hope for
the future when he started six
games and made 44 tackles as a
true freshman in 2011. But a torn
ACL suffered in the 2012 season
opener against Alabama set his
career back a bit.
He got back on the field last
season after a redshirt year, mak-
ing 46 tackles and intercepting a
conference-best six passes. The
media elected him first-team All-
Big Ten after he started every
game, and he should be poised to
take on a bigger role on defense
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