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My wife returned from Long Beach,MS. She had the pleasure of working with a group of U of M School of social work graduate students and alums.. They were a real testimony to the quality of the University. They supplied expertise in many areas and worked well with both volunteers and clients. They filmed the entire week, interviewing: staff, volunteers, disaster workers, and victims. The group was led and organized by Emily Carmody The support that the University provided is greatly appreciated

  • thornton zeigler, jr. & Norma Zeigler
  • bsee
  • 1961
  • ee
  • huntsville

I just have to say that Michigan Today NewsE is the only Enewsletter that I honestly enjoy reading. When it pops up in my mailbox, my productivity at work goes down! The mp3 poems and songs are irresistible. Thanks.

  • Connie White
  • BS
  • 1987
  • SNR
  • Middleton

Hey, What happened to the movie guy? I'm interested in the variety of articles you present, but the movie guy's my fav.

  • Andrew Fairbanks
  • BSE
  • 95
  • Engineering
  • Portland

I enjoyed the article on spelling, but when was "mnemonic" hybridized with "pneumonic" to create "mneumonic?"

  • Thom Black
  • MS, PhD, MBA
  • 1974, 1978, 1986
  • Rackham, Business
  • Pinckney

Could someone please explain to me how you can measure the effectiveness of any diversity activity? Diversity is a noun and therefore, should be able to be measured. Also, could someone tell me how I would have received a better engineering degree if there had been more "diversity" in the classroom? Diversity may be something to consider, if it could be defined, but to devote a National Center for Institutional Diversity is a waste of time and money.

  • David Matzen
  • B. S. M. E., M. S. M. E.
  • 1963. 1964
  • Engineering

I am getting two emails and only need one. Please add, Mary Kosanke, my wife and fellow UofM grad to your mail list. Thanks, PS: Do you do "what is this grad doing now?" type articles? I know a Michigan athlete that did well and went into another sport after graduation and is excelling at that as a serious "hobby" as it is not paid but international in scope. Fred Kosanke 636-561-8391

  • Fred Kosanke

I thoroughly enjoy receiving and reading these emails. They are especially of note these days as our daughter is now a frosh at Michigan. I pass these newsletters on to her for her information and to get her in the Michigan mode. As we had just been discussing flu shots with her, the first article was particularly on point. Thanks for the fine job and effective communication.

  • Susan McCannell
  • BA History, MA
  • 1968, 1969
  • LS and A, Rackham
  • Burke

To whom it may concern, The Ba-hu is not actually a stringed instrument at all and it is not a Hindi instrument, but Chinese in origin. It is a member of the free reed family, which includes such instruments as the sheng, the harmonica, and the accordian. It is shaped like a flute and made primarily of bamboo... the player blows on a reed that is placed where the mouthpiece would be on a flute and it produces a sound somewhere between a flute and a harmonica. It has a haunting sound... outside of our music in the Sublingual Ensemble, it can be heard in the soundtrack for Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, if you are interested in hearing another player in an easy to find source. It is also possible to hear the Ba-hu on various free reed sites across the internet. In addition to the Ba-hu, I also play the Sheng and the Kaen, which are from China and Thailand respectively. Both are members of the free reed family. Elijah Church

  • Elijah Church

Ref your:• 1st amendment expert knocks 'academic bill of rights' effort Attorney Floyd Abrams says a move to establish an academic bill of rights in 19 states, allegedly to protect students from 'indoctrination' by faculty, is actually an attack on academic freedom. Perhaps U of M should institute an affirmative action program that one half of all the professors, instructors, etc., (faculty) needs to be liberal and one half needs to be conservative. That might work to solve your academic freedom issue.

  • Keith S. Peyton
  • BChE
  • 1963
  • Engr
  • Annandale

This is the first notice I have had of Michigan today e-news and it is a delight to read; most of the info that I have received in the past has been about sports activities. This e-mail had articles on the first amendment, on 1904 genocides in Africa, on the development of the English language,etc. Keep up the good work for those of us who recall the intellectual life at Michigan as being the reason we love the University.

  • Frank A. Rizzo,MD
  • MD
  • 1960
  • LSA,Medicine
  • Tenafly

RE: The First Genocide of the 20th Century and its Postcolonial Afterlives: Germany and the Namibian Ovaherero Wow. This is MUST-reading for a civilized society. I was shocked and upset to learn that Nazi-Germany was preceeded by such a small amount of time by ANOTHER horific GENOCIDE by GERMANY. I had never heard of this. Thank you for informing in such a well written piece. - ksfireman

  • karen schreiber fireman
  • MBA, BS-ComputerEngin
  • 1980; 1983
  • West Potomac

I thoroughly enjoy Professor Bailey's column.

  • Gail Cowling
  • BGS
  • 1976
  • LSA
  • Los Angeles

Why don't you put in football team schedules and news. Even though I'm not a huge fan anymore, I'd still like to know when and what to watch. Go blue!

  • J Michael Davison
  • BS in Design
  • 1962
  • A&D

Great article about Sachal. I am the Music Chair of UMEC in New York. I'd like to put someone there on my e-mail list. Maybe you could do a whole series of profiles on our professionals in the entertainment industry. Lois C. Schwartz

  • Lois C. Schwartz
  • AB, with distinction
  • 1957
  • LS&A
  • New York

Especially enjoyed the video of the coaches teaching "The Victors" to the football team...How timely it was that I watched it just before the MSU game, and then to pull out a victory in overtime! I would tell Coach Carr that, as we watched MSU attemmpt a field goal, we put a traditional Greek hex on the kicker, and he missed, and we cheered!!! What network is televising the Minnesota game this weekend?

  • Dennis C. Stavros
  • BSCE
  • 1963
  • Engineering
  • Traverse City

Just a brief note on this month's "Talking About Words" article by Prof. Bailey. The baseball player mentioned is Eddie Gaedel (the article spelled the last name Graedel). I've always enjoyed receiving Michigan Today, both in hard copy and now in the (electronic) version. Thanks.

  • Alex Szabo
  • MBA
  • 1985
  • Business Admin
  • Parma

Please remove me from your e-mail list. Thanks!

  • Paul Krekorian

Love the poem Instinct, and enjoyed the listening of it. Thanks! Would listen to more like this. Thanks also for including me on your list. I like to get the News.

  • linda ellis peck
  • M.A.
  • 1972
  • LSA,School of Ed,, Rackham
  • Ann Arbor

As an Upper Peninsula native and near lifelong resident, I was appalled at Professor Richard Bailey's gaffe in his article, "Yooper - It's Michigan's Second Language, eh?", in the July 2005 Michigan Today. Yoopers are unfortunately used to mischaracterization when flatlanders try to capture the unique nature of the UP. But where does he get the idea that the UP is remarkably flat? Perhaps he ought to open his relief map a little further to the pages showing the area of the UP north and west of Marquette, which contains not only some of the most beautiful parts of the UP, but also the highest point in the state and enough rolling hills, rocky bluffs, and scenic overlooks to keep a homesick New Englander happy. (Hence map descriptions like, "Porcupine Mountains", "Sturgeon River Gorge", etc.) Describe the UP if you must, but please get it right. Consider this an open invitation to Professor Bailey to come up for a native's insider tour of the western UP, hills and heights included. Dialect translator included. Jim Ekdahl L'Anse, MI

  • Jim Ekdahl
  • L

Hi, Richard! I just read your piece in the Michigan Today NewsE about Michigan's second language. Betcha didn't know that the Mark family members are Yoopers! Mom, Dad, Ed and I were in Ironwood recently. What a hoot. Had pasties and listened to Yoopanese. I was never allowed to use the twang, but 'pank' was definitely a word in our vocabulary. Imagine my surprise when I found out that it was not in the dictionary. What else would you do with 250 inches of snow a year? The lexicon site,, is from, a website dedicated to Yoopers. It's a scream! Enjoy.

  • Betsy Mark

Professor Bailey, I just caught your article on the umich homepage and as a Yooper I found it highly entertaining and interesting. I'll be a fifth-year senior next year, which means that I've spent four years attempting to hide my accent from ridicule in the hostile downstate environment. Of course I'm joking, somewhat, but I thought I might bring to your attention something that I always grew up with as part of my language heritage: the Finnish/Italian divide in the central and western UP. Certainly the eastern UP, apart from being extremely flat, shares its language traits with the northern lower-peninsula and to a lesser extent Ontario. In the western UP though, I grew up with the idea that we all had Yooper accents, but that there are two kinds, Finnish and Italian. The Finnish Yooper accent, to me and those around me who share this notion, consists of a very "sing-songy" notation, with the pitch of each syllable alternating between an entire octave in many cases. The Italian Yooper accent is defined more by its rhythm, which of course mimics the continuity of the Italian language, with the last syllable of each word tied to the first syllable of the next. The Italian version also lacks much of the sing-songy aspect of the Finnish accent. As a fifth generation Yooper who is half-Italian and only an eighth Finnish, I need not tell you which is the "true" Yooper accent. I grew up in a mining town (Ishpeming) with a large Italian population, and when I was 14 I moved to western Alger county where there is an agricultural and homogenous Finnish population. Living in both of these locations has certainly confirmed the notions I grew up with. Perhaps I am on to something, or perhaps I am caught in the continual battle between Finns and Italians for UP supremacy. Either way I thought I would share a few quick thoughts on your great article. Have a good day!

  • Tom Massie
  • Ishpeming

As someone who grew up in the U.P. from birth and who frequently returns home to visit, I have a couple of comments to make about this article. First of all, I've never heard the term 'flatlander' used to describe a Yooper. Why? Probably because the region I grew up in is anything but flat. We have some of the best ski hills in Michigan, including Mount Bohemia, which is so large and extreme that when asked what he thought of it, my snowboarder friend from Alaksa just shook his head and said "whoa". We have hills so steep in my town that many streets have to be completely shut down from first snowfall until late spring. Therefore to say that the U.P. is flat, you are leaving out the entire Keweenaw Peninsula and more, meaning you are excluding my favorite part of the entire peninsula! The dictionary definition of 'Yooper' that you used is something that would anger many Yoopers. Someone from Northern Wisconsin is most definitely NOT a Yooper. Yoopers have our own very unique identity, and though we may share similarities with Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Lower Michigan, we are by no means the same. While I enjoy Northern Wisconsin very much, I am offended that the dictionary included Northern Wisconsiners in our Yooper identity because they are overlooking significant differences between the two areas that make the U.P. very unique and special. This is like saying someone from Nevada is a Californian, a statement that most people would say is nonsensical. Finally, while Western Yoopers may sometimes compare our accents to that of Minnesota, or more frequenty, Wisconsin, a Yooper accent is a completely unique phenomenon. Minnesota and Wisconsin do not have the Finnish influence that, at least in my area of the U.P., makes our accent so unique. I'm sure that the author is not a native Yooper, and from the sounds of it, I'm not even sure if he himself has been to the U.P. at all. While I appreciate an article on our significantly underappreciated and misunderstood peninsula of Michigan, I feel that next time around, it would be wise to ask around a little more to get the perspectives of Yoopers from all over.

  • Sarah Filer
  • LSA
  • Hancock

Greetings, I just read your article on «Yooper.» I`m glad to see you taking the topic to the streets, so to speak.

Your article is useful to me, especially the history of the term. I research the dialect (in the Keweenaw Peninsula). I have also found that the term is relatively new, and that it`s a product of the tourist industry. However, it`s not quite right that no one has described the dialect or that the term is neutral--the term has different connotations in different contexts.

Similarly, the Jeff Daniel`s film and play Escanaba in Da Moonlight, *was* offensive to some «Yoopers.» I have published and presented several articles on «Yooper,» both describing characteristic features of the dialect and attitudes toward the label «Yooper.» The topic will also be addressed next week at the Grand Finn Fest in Marquette. If you`re interested, I can send you the references.

Sincerely, Kathryn Remlinger

Associate Professor of English: Linguistics

Grand Valley State University

  • Kathryn Remlinger

Its nice to be in touch with the school again, thru this newsletter. Would like to know the home-coming football day and possibly about the arrangement for a 3-4 day stay/tickets there in the University set-up in a not too expensive category. Thanks - D.K.Mehta

  • Davendra K. Mehta
  • M.S.C.I.C.E.
  • 1971
  • Rakham Grad
  • Jodhpur

Professor Bailey - I just had the opportunity to read your article on Yoopers, and I loved it. As a dyed-in-the-wool Yooper (and damn proud of it, eh) I always get a chuckle out of people that take “Yooper” too seriously, or (oddly) not seriously enough. It should be, and is, fun to “be Yooper.” It gives me a unique identity, and allows me to laugh at myself (I think Jeff Daniels’s portrayals were dead-on...if slightly over the top...and made for great entertainment.) The UP is a great part (arguably one of the best parts) of our state. It is unique. It is large... larger even than many states out east. It has incredible wildlife, beautiful vistas, myriad camping, and more. And, yes, it does have that stereotypical Yooper you saw in Escanaba in Da Moonlight (which happens to be my hometown.) After reading your article, I just wanted you to know that there are those of us that think Yoopers should be proud, but able to laugh at themselves. I also think Trolls (and everyone else) should understand what a real treasure we have up north. Again, thanks for cheering up my day. Doug Hockstad

  • Doug Hockstad

I enjoy the language article in every issue! I am still puzzling over the last paragraph of the syllabary article from the April or May edition, though. Is there an "answer key" so I can finish decoding the story?

  • Kerry Dittenber Smith
  • B. A. Ed.
  • 1993
  • Education
  • Midland

Once upon a time I looked forward to receiving and reading this publication (Michigan Today). I understand the cost constraints of printing, but have to say I just don't read your online version. Thanks.

  • Diane E. Dues
  • BGS
  • 1983
  • LSA
  • Ypsilanti


Ron Howard the aactor/director is not an alumnus. He is connected to U-M only in the sense that he is among the cinematic objects of interest to our Prof. Frank Beaver--Ed.

  • JOHN W. Condon
  • BA
  • 1967
  • LSA

I've tried to send Alumni information on my recent accomplishments on this website, but I'm not sure the info went through.

Try the alumni notes section at the Michigan Today (as opposed to NewsE) Web site--Ed.

  • Matthew Zivich
  • BS in Design
  • 1960
  • Art

Attending Movies from the Beginning Until I arrived in Ann Arbor in February of 1949, my family, friends and I would enter the movie theater whenever it pleased us, and we would leave after the quote, "Isn't this where we came in?". However, my new Ann Arbor friends quickly taught me that it was proper to enter the theater before the "show" started, and leave when the film ended. This tradition (which seemed to be a quaint mid-western thing, together with not returning part of the torn ticket stub) has now, for many years, also become a New Jersey thing. If there are any "old-timers" left in Ann Arbor, check with them as to what was done back in the late '40s and early '50s. Regards, M.B. Schwartzberg

  • Murray B. Schwartzberg
  • 1953, 1956

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