Interviews by Myisha Kinberg, Staff Writer
Photos by Morgan Filsinger, Photographer
How do you feel when an app asks for your personal information to use or download it? And how do you feel about people you don’t know being able to access your personal information online?
Daniel Harsh, 19 Tipton, undecided
“It’s a trade off we take between the freedoms that we have and the amount of service we get from the app. Things like Google require a lot of information, but we get so many free benefits. I’m willing to give up my privacy to get these free services that I might have had to pay for if I had used other companies.”
Adam Saunders, 25, Ypsilanti, photography
“I think it’s a good thing because it makes people more aware that they are allowing their information to be out in public. I don’t read privacy policies, but sometimes I do research on why an application would need or how they would use certain things such as my location. Anyone can access a phone number, a full name, and possibly a home address just by looking in a phone book whether we want that information to be out there or not it is. And it’s been public for a long time. It’s a more social culture now and instead of trying to be closed off from it, I think we should just be accepting.”
Edgar Vargas-Castillo, 19, Canton, automotive services
“It depends on what an app is trying to access, if it’s my photos or microphone I don’t mind so much. I does make me feel weird to think about strangers looking at my personal information, but I think chances of strangers being interested in my stuff isn’t very big.”
Marc Stephens, 47, Detroit, videography
“I don’t understand why I should give them my information. Sometimes I give out half-truths like the wrong age or a different last name since you have to enter something. When I post on Facebook I only post things that I want to share, but also won’t hurt me or get me in trouble. I wouldn’t be worried about people I know looking at my information because a lot of it has been public for quite sometime.”
Kelsey May, 14 Canton, journalism
“I usually allow apps to access my pictures, but not my location. It scares me to think that random people can view my personal information. When I see other people using location and putting out a lot of information about themselves on social media, it makes me think twice about what I’m posting. Why should I be holding information back and others are so upfront about theirs? It’s actually worrisome to me to think about what this world has come to and how easy it is to find someone and find out so much information about them with just a few clicks. There is no clear line as to how much exposed personal information is too much, and I think we need to set boundaries.”
Ryan Green, 17, Ypsilanti, undecided
“If I want to use an app I’m not going to delete it because it asks to access my photos or location. I do question why so many apps need my information and what it’s used for, but honestly I don’t care if apps access it.”
Anders Smith, 16, Ann Arbor, video production
“If I download an app to use its services I don’t feel like I should be required to give my information. Having that requirement almost feels like a double payment. If apps have my information they often use it to advertise things to me by sending me emails and potentially phone calls. I keep my account private on Instagram so that I can provide the information I want to, but only people I allow to follow me can see it. I like when you can use privacy settings because I can control everything more easily.
Ben Sussman, 19, Brighton, mathematics
“It depends of what kind of information the app is asking for, but generally I try to make my information as public as possible so people can find me easily.”
Christopher Dale, 39, South Lyon, math and science
“I don’t mind letting apps access my personal information because I don’t feel like I have anything to hide. Even if I was bothered, I’m not sure I would know what to do since I still want to be on social media and that’s pretty hard to do without giving out information.”
Colin Gibson, 19, Howell, automotive services
Katie McCullogh, 19, Ann Arbor, business
“I find it irritating and time consuming to have to allow access to all the different things apps feel they need to access when I download them. When I use social media I usually try to keep all my information private.”
Interviews by TAYLOR ROBINSON, photos by HARRISON FISCHER
If you could meet any African American hero, well known or not, who would it be?
Brandon Harris, 20, Belleville, general education
“I would say that there are a lot of war veterans that we don’t always acknowledge that I would like to meet. I have a friend in the Marine Corps and he’s given me a lot of stories about commanding officers. They seem like wonderful people. So, I would like to meet the servicemen who have held all kinds of positions.”
Elizabeth Jenkins, 20, Canton, anthropology
“I would like to meet musicians, especially those from the Louisiana area where there was a large movement for music. For me, it was large part of what helped with the rights movement because everyone listens to music, if they listen to the same music, it can bring people together.”
Antonio Williams, 26, Ypsilanti, business
“I would like to meet Martin Luther King Jr. I wouldn’t really ask him anything in particular, but I would take all the information he could give. He was a smart man. We just read an article about him in class. I read a letter from Birmingham jail. The article was about how he was in jail and the how the U.S. was treating black people wrongly.”
Rayshawn Johnson, 21, Detroit, music engineering and production
“I would want to meet Muhammed Ali. I would ask him how he felt about the government. What pushed him to stay in the boxing ring?”
Carly Cash, 20, Ann Arbor, Asian studies
“I would like to meet the author of ‘Their Eyes Were Watching God,’ Zora Neale Hurston. The main character was mixed so I liked the fact that she was torn between two interpretations. People interpreted her in two different ways. It’s about this girl in the 1900s in a small village and how she is confronted with traditional values versus modern values. I’d also like to see the Harlem Renaissance and would like to hang out at jazz clubs.”
Ronald Schroeder, 22, Ann Arbor, general education
“I’d want to meet Jackie Robinson. I’m a huge baseball fan and he was the first one to break the barrier. I’d just want to ask him ‘How’d you do it, man?’”
Steven Wade, 22, Ypsilanti, nursing
“Oh man, oh man, there are so many of them. Mine would have to be Denzel Washington. Obviously he’s a wonderful actor. I’d also want to meet Morgan Freeman.
Each of them have complete opposite views of Black History Month. Morgan Freeman doesn’t believe in it. He believes that there shouldn’t be one month to celebrate African Americans because there’s not one month that celebrates other nations of people. He sees that it’s not needed in any community and exploits the negativity.
But, Denzel thinks of it completely differently. He thinks it enriches our culture and how we came to be. One of the positive questions I would ask them would be how they got to this point in their life about African Americans …
My view is neutral. I don’t agree with it or disagree. I see views from both ends and that’s why I stated them both. It’s true, not many people know a lot of African American history…
It’s enriching history. Any history can be enriching but African American culture is just kind of a whole world of its own. But, you can say that about any culture. “
Emily Freeland, 21, Blissfield, nutrition
“I would say Harriet Tubman. When I was a little girl I did a report on her. I think it was fourth grade. I read a book about her and I just thought that she was such an inspirational woman. I would just want to meet her. She was obviously so strong. I know when she was older she did some public speaking about her life. I think it would be so cool to hear her talk about what she went through.”
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interviews and photos by taylor robinson, staff writer
Marc Pardo | Washtenaw Voice
The snow lightly falling on campus during a November afternoon reminds students that the holidays are right around the corner. The Voice wanted to know what they love most about the holidays and the traditions they share with their families.
“Every Christmas, my family and I go to my grandma’s in the afternoon. Before Christmas, we always pick out a tree at my uncle’s nursery in South Lyon. We get a big tree and decorate it together. We have very general traditions. Later on, we eat a great ham dinner and way too many desserts. I’m vegetarian so I don’t eat the ham, but I do enjoy the mashed potatoes, stuffing, and everything else. We pass out gifts after we eat and just hang out for the rest of the night.”
Becca Brown, 20, Brighton, nutrition
“We figure out who we’re getting Christmas presents for during Thanksgiving. We put everyone’s name in a hat and draw a name, and that’s who you get a gift for.”
Dakota Monarch, 23, Fowlerville, nursing
“My family’s German, and we put a pickle on our tree. If you find the pickle then you get an extra present or open your present first. We have a family dinner and open presents together.”
Andrew Stewart, 20, Fowlerville,
“Every year on the day after Thanksgiving, my family and I go to the Fantasy of Lights Parade in downtown Howell. It involves an art show, Christmas Alley with Santa Claus and reindeer. Locals will sell homemade sweets and candles.
“The 5K will have runners dressed in costumes, decorated with lights. There’s always someone dressed like a banana or gorilla, running down Grand River.
“The parade will have different floats and there’s different prizes. There’s one for ‘the most holiday spirit,’ going back to the true meaning of Christmas. There’s another prize for the float with the most lights. Last year’s winner had over 2,000 lights.
“The local elementary schools and high schools are there with bands and choirs. They march and play songs. It really brings the community out, too. The first year we went because my sister won a contest at school and got to ride on one of the floats. Ever since then, despite it being horrendously cold and rainy, we got hooked because we loved it so much.
“We’ve gone every single year for the last 10 years. There was only one year that we missed it because we were sick. We do our Black Friday shopping in the morning and then go to the parade.
“Every Christmas Eve, my family will come to our house. We do a dinner with baked ham and exchange presents. I will always read ‘‘Twas the Night Before Christmas.’ I’ve literally done that since I learned how to read.
“New Year’s Eve, my family will cook prime rib and shrimp. We’ve done it for the last five or six years. That’s one thing I look forward to, New Year’s Eve dinner. We play games like trivia and Pictionary.”
Briana Resinger, 18, Howell, journalism
“In the morning, after everyone wakes up, we open presents. We cook breakfast together, and always have bacon, eggs and biscuits. We hang out for the day and then make dinner together later.”
Amani Flowers, 18, Ypsilanti, early childhood
Interviews and photos by Staff Writer Sofia Lynch
“I helped my friend become a mummy once by buying burlap from Michael’s and wrapping him up in it. It was cooler than my $250 costume.” Grace Faulhaber, 23, Ypsilanti, journalism
“Last year for Halloween, me and my girlfriend were the zombie prom king and queen. I bought dress pants, a vest, and a fedora hat at the Salvation Army and then we cut sashes out of my old T-shirts.” Matt Hogan, 25, Garden City, psychology
“Last year, my boyfriend went as Sonic. He grew out his mohawk and dyed it and clipped a tail on.” Laura Fisher, 19, Ann Arbor, undecided
“I saw one, a couple of years ago, that was a pirate-zombie hybrid, with incredibly gory makeup, and the rest of the costume looked sort of like Jack Sparrow.” Brendan Killaly, 22, Ann Arbor, academics
“I did a really cool goth one time. I dyed my hair black and got white contacts. I had black pants and a spiky belt. And then I had a spiky bracelet and a bunch of fake piercings.” Graham Rigby, 17, Ypsilanti, WTMC
“There was a family here at WCC, and they did a demon family costume. The mother was like a demon sorceress queen, and the baby was on a leash since it was supposed to be like a scaly creature.” Liz Jenkins, 20, Canton, anthropology
“I saw this guy that 3-D printed an iron man costume.” Jacob Shreve, 20, Fowlerville, computer science
“This one time I saw a Naruto costume and it was the sickest costume ever. He really looked like him. I was like, ‘Oh my God, it’s really him!’” Karolina Kocovska, 19, Garden City, photography
“I dressed up when I was about 35, and went out with my kid, and my neighbors thought I was actually an old man.” Scott Falconberry, 62, Dearborn Heights, mathematics teacher
“I saw somebody dressed up as a Roman once. They had a metal chest plate that looked handmade and well done. And the hat didn’t just look like some broom, it looked handmade and professional.” Tyler Ramsdell, 18, Ann Arbor, graphic design
“Headless horseman. They were shorter so they had the top part stop at their head. He could see through his shirt and he was holding a lantern.” Kyle Hargrove, 22, Dexter, history
Interviews and photos by Voice Contributor Allison Sherman
Kristie Mclane, 22, Hartland, political theory at Michigan State
“Personally, I am pretty happy about how the season is going, as a Spartan.”
Madison Prizing, 18, Ann Arbor, Spanish and psychology at U-M
“The season has been really bad this year. I actually go to U of M, but I’m secretly following MSU.”
Kevin Schmidt, 19, Ann Arbor, undecided
“I think Brady Hoke needs to be fired, the team has so much talent. I think they would’ve beat Minnesota if they had a different coach.”
Andre Williams, 38, Flint, Social Security
“I love football, but I hate this season. I think the offense is in trouble, and they need to figure out the quarterback situation. I think he just needs more time and experience, but it will be OK.”
Kyle Sneed, 19, Clinton, math and science
“Brady Hoke should’ve never been chosen as coach.”
Joseph Skowyra, 24, Hartland, welding
“I don’t think the players trust their new coach yet, and that’s why U of M hasn’t been playing well.”
Ken Rickoff, 55, Hartland, broadcast tower climber
“I think having a younger quarterback is the problem this season. They should have chosen someone with more experience.”
Katie Lohaus, 17, Fenton, works in special needs
“U of M football is having a really bad season this year.”
Nichole Garcia, 19, Brighton, accounting
“One thing that should be changed about football is that it shouldn’t be such a big deal. People should just enjoy the sport instead of getting so wrapped up in the entertainment of it.”
Jordan Baker, 34, Pinckney, education
“The thing I enjoy most about football is tailgating, I also root for Michigan because I used to live in Ann Arbor.”
Abby Herr, 18, Hartland, waitress
“I personally don’t follow it too much, but I am disappointed about them losing to Minnesota. I actually went to school with Wyatt Shallman (Wolverines freshman running back).”
Sarah Herr, 19, Hartland, nursing at Oakland Community College
“To be honest, the only reason I would watch football is if my boyfriend played.”
Andrew Coral, 17, Milford, works at Biggby Coffee in Hartland
“One thing that I wish would change about football is the shape of the ball. I hate it, it just drives me crazy. I wish it was a circle.”
Interviews and photos by Sofia Lynch, Voice contributor
Do you think diversity/race should play a role in whether or not a person is admitted into a school or given a job?
Ian Deangelis, 20, Milan, computer network and engineering
“It could go either way. . . Diversity is always a good thing, but grades should still be a factor.”
Dianne DeVoe, 46, Ypsilanti, 3D animation
“No, I think everybody is created equal. It shouldn’t matter what color your skin is or what nationality you are.”
David Lambert, 18, Ypsilanti, undecided
“No not at all. It doesn’t matter where you came from. It’s about where you are going and who you are now.”
Mike McCullough, 20, Saline, digital video
“As far as diversity goes, there’s obviously affirmative action. . . If there is a tie, or a lot of people going for one job, you could have them all do an essay or something instead to decide.”
Alyssa Wellwood, 16, Ann Arbor, WTMC
“No, because I think no matter what color you are, if you have the skills you should be able to have a job.”
Aisha Jones, 20, Detroit, physical therapy
“No, because it shouldn’t be based on race; it should be based on credibility and what you know.”
Maddie Harkleroad, 17, Willis, WTMC
“No, I think that anyone should be able to go to any school because they have a right. It’s not fair; they’re all people.”
Kenneth Walker, 23, global studies, Ann Arbor
“No, I think it should be qualifications over diversity.”
Eric Crews, 24, Ypsilanti, computer science
“Yes, I guess so. As a minority you face different difficulties, and I guess that sort of off sets that.”
Elizabeth Ventura, 21, Brighton, undecided
“No I think everyone deserves a fair chance in education and employment.”
Alex Clave, 17, Brighton, special education
“Absolutely not. A lot of people try to play the equal card. Schools shouldn’t try to meet quotas, especially if they play.”
Peggy Box, 55, Whitmore Lake, pharmacy tech
“No, because everybody is a person. They should start at the same level. Jobs shouldn’t be given on your sex or race, but by your qualifications.”
In light of recent events involving disorderly conduct and “horse play” in the Student Center, how do you think school administration should react?
Amanda Brezzell, 17, Ann Arbor, health care
I don’t think more security (is needed). I think that it was just a small disagreement that got out of hand. I keep seeing a lot of security around. I don’t think that that’s necessary. Fights and stuff like that don’t happen a lot on campus that I see.
Harold Coleman, 25, Ypsilanti, radiology
I guess more security. It’s really hard to tell. I don’t really know what happened. I feel like it’s a safe campus. I don’t see a lot of stuff going on.
Angie Evans, 18, Detroit, nursing
I think that they should hear both sides of the story and then try to get the two parties to agree, and if they can’t agree then suspend them. It would work better than to exclude everybody. I think they should give them the chance to apologize to each other or make up.
Davon Groce, 20, Ypsilanti, media arts and entertainment
I think that they should hear both sides and make a decision based on that. It would show that they are actually willing to listen to what happen instead of snap suspending them.
Whoever is in charge of academic discipline here and a security guard should be there in case they try to fight again. I’m pretty sure mediation would be good.
Alex Rosa, 28, Saline, computer programming
Safety is really important. You got to make sure that people aren’t getting hurt on campus. It’s really interesting because not too long ago, at EMU, someone got killed, so it’s definitely been on people’s minds.
I don’t know exactly what the best course of action to take is. You have to take a pretty hard line on that. You can’t really tolerate that sort of thing.
Dillon Ferguson, 19, Brighton, computer design and engineering
Honestly, I think they should kick them out. This isn’t high school. You are a grown man and you are coming here and you are causing fights? It’s ridiculous. You come here and you learn. Someone’s going to talk crap about you? Be the better man and just walk away. Why cares what they think…I think people just have too much pride here. It’s ridiculous.
Michael Ferguson, 18, Ann Arbor, pre-med
(The school should) kick them out for one, maybe two semesters. He’s paying to come here. You would think that he would at least be able to control himself.
Tasharah Greene, 19, Ann Arbor, 3-D animation
If they get caught, they should be expelled because when you fight and stuff, you’re not thinking about anything else but you guys fighting. They scuffled, and they knocked over chairs and stuff. They almost broke the window to the Student Activities thing when they were fighting. There’s a time and a place. If you want to have an argument with somebody, don’t have it on our campus. It’s stupid.
Joe Longo, 18, Ann Arbor, history
This place needs to be safe. People are trying to learn here. People are trying to just be with their friends. It should be a safe place where people aren’t allowed to do that.
First off, they need to have warning. And second off, that warning needs to be something that gets them out of here so people can feel safer. I would say kick them out for a while. One semester, two semesters.
Courtney Lalone, 18, Canton, culinary arts
I think, first of all, they should look into see what really happened, who started the fight. I think both of them should be punished. They shouldn’t be fighting.
But I think they should really look into it and see who started the fight, what it was about. They should really look into both sides and see what happened.
Abbey Gehres, 18, Brighton, undecided
I would just say more security, surveillance, I guess. Security to break it up. Maybe they would have to drop their class or something. Obviously, they wouldn’t get their money back, especially this late in the semester.
Jazmine Williams, 19, Flint, nursing
That’s a hard one. I don’t feel like they should kick students out. It’s hard to say because with college students, it’s not high school. You can’t just get suspended. It’s more than that.
I feel like there should be some sort of discipline, but it shouldn’t be like you lose credits or you can’t come back. Something to where it won’t happen again.
You don’t want to just kick someone out because we’re adults here. I think if there’s more security, it wouldn’t happen.
Haniel Grosshuesch, 20, Ann Arbor, liberal arts
I guess security should have come and broken it up. So more security. Maybe a week’s suspension or something. At least a warning or something.
You’re here to learn. If you have an issue, go somewhere else. I think that is disrespectful to other students. I don’t think you’re taking your education seriously if you are fighting on campus. Was it really that big of an issue? And if it was, talk it out. Be mature adults.
Garet Fix 17, Pinckney, electrical engineering
Not necessarily kick them out of the school, but try to find out what the problem was and maybe try to figure what they can do to resolve it. If it’s hurting other people, I could see discipline, but if it’s just between two people…
Jesse Stebelton, 18, Chelsea, mechanical engineering
I’m pretty sure that’s technically illegal in our country. There should be some discipline. Whoever started it or if you retaliate, technically, there should be consequences.
Trevor Starr, 20, South Lyon, business management
They should probably have a slight suspension because we clearly don’t want kids fighting in the hallways. But other than that, it should probably be resolved between them two. We’re all adults. You shouldn’t be fighting. I don’t think it should be a big deal. Just maybe a week’s suspension or something small.
We’re not in high school, so they shouldn’t be suspended. Still, we don’t want to not have any consequences for fighting. So, a slight suspension. Especially if they miss a test or something like that.
Interviews and photos by DAVID FITCH Staff Writer
What do you think of President Obama coming to town to talk about raising the minimum wage?
Lizzie Shillington, 19, Saline, psychology
I think that it’s really exciting that he’s here of all places. I mean, there are so many places that he could go to and I think that minimum wage is a really big topic right now because it will help everyone if it’s raised. I think that it’s good because people who have minimum wage, sure, they make money, but it’s not enough for them to live and survive very well. So, if it’s raised, then they will have more money so that can put more into the economy and it will just keep moving things along.
Brandon Peach, 20, Ypsilanti, communication
I think it’s good that he’s coming to town to talk about it because a lot of people have been looking for jobs around here and can’t find any above minimum wage. I think ($10.10 per hour) might be a little high. Certain jobs can pay you that. If you get a good job, you’re going to be making good money, but I think that if you’re working at McDonald’s or something like that, like $8, $9 at the most would be minimum wage to me.”
Joe Pollock, 20, Ann Arbor, business
I’m all for raising minimum wage. At the same time, if you don’t like getting paid minimum wage, you can find another job elsewhere. Sometimes there’s not jobs out there and you just got to go with it.
Kinya Stevenson, 19, Ann Arbor, social work
I hope (the president’s effort) works. I work two jobs and only get paid $8 and $8.25, so, I mean, a raise would be nice. It would help pay off my bills. My DTE, my rent, everything. I just hope that the cost of living, like housing and things like that don’t go up because minimum wage went up.
Linnea Bleiler-Sickels, 16, Ann Arbor, 3-D animation and digital video production
I think that the minimum wage really should be raised. It’s really not livable, and if it had been recalculated every year, then it should be, if I remember correctly somewhere around $20 per hour. And as other people would argue that that would just inflate the entire economy, I think that it would help.
Jacob Horste, 17, South Lyon, welding
Him being here, it doesn’t really affect me. I personally don’t like Obama. Him just being here, it would be cool to just meet him. I don’t entirely agree with them raising the minimum wage because even if the companies, let’s say Walmart, for example, raised minimum wage, to compensate for that, they would raise the price of their products. And in the long run, granted we are getting paid more, but the cost of living also went up, so it wouldn’t help that much. Also, minimum wage wasn’t designed for people to live off of.
Justine Weber, 17, Hamburg, liberal arts and welding
I feel that it doesn’t matter if they change it, as long as they don’t lower it. Because if you raise it, the prices will go up as well. Companies can decide what they will pay, they don’t have to pay minimum wage. I get paid $8 per hour. That’s not minimum wage. So it depends on what job you have and what the company is. I feel like it would only help certain people, and then it wouldn’t matter because the prices would go up anyway.
Jane Mommerency, 29, Dundee, medical billing and coding
I think people need that because the cost of living has gone up substantially. That seems kind of high, too. I don’t know, because most places start way below that for just your basic entry-level job. If they are paying more to their employees then they are going to make less money coming in.
Careena Healy, 21, Ypsilanti, childcare
I think it’s a good to talk about it, but I don’t think that everyone should get that raise. I don’t think that if you flip burgers then you should make $10 per hour. I feel that you have to earn your education and earn the money that you make. Some people don’t even have a high school diploma that work there, and I don’t think that’s fair. As a teacher I make less than that now. And I don’t think that’s fair.
Shelby Wessel, 21, Whitmore Lake, business
Good, but bad. I think that it’s good because people who don’t have a degree yet, who are going to school, it would be nice to save extra money. Some people don’t have a place to live, and they’re on financial aid. On the other side, people who are lazy and who abuse the system, they get all the extra money and (they’re) no benefit to society.
Words and photos by Maria Rigou
What do you feel about tuition rate increases? Do you think freezing tuition rates for those who make payment arrangements is good for students?
“I think I was kind of expecting tuition rates to increase… It’s nice to know that there is a freeze on tuition so that students can take advantage of it.”
Brett Kilian, 18, Milan, engineering
“It helps out a little bit that there is a freeze in tuition. I just wonder if this freeze also helps students who pay in cash, like me. But that rates are frozen is good.”
Chris Gee, 21, Belleville, business
“It’s kind of awesome that they froze tuition. I might look into that.”
Alexandra Jones, 18, Dexter, early childhood education
“It’s a bummer that tuitions increase, I mean, but WCC’s tuition is so much lower already … that I guess that even just a small increase won’t hurt my budget.”
Claire Kapusansky, 18, Dexter, biology
“I kind of understand why they have to raise tuition. I get it. I can pay early so that is not a big deal for me.”
Anthony Sterlitz, 18, Whitmore Lake, liberal arts transfer
“I don’t know why they are (increasing tuition). I’d rather see the cost stay as low as possible. People come here because it’s affordable.”
Sara Scott, 19, Brighton, psychology
“(Even if it is only 2.25 percent,) it’s still money. I’m not surprised, though. Tuition rates have been increasing steadily for a while. I’m not thrilled, but I understand it has to happen.”
Dani Anderson, 20, Ypsilanti, psychology and criminal justice
“I feel like that the college needs money, and they will take it from students. I have no preference either way.”
Carlos Vazquez, 19, Ann Arbor, human services
“I guess it depends on what purpose it serves. I’m for it if it helps WCC’s funding because I know colleges are hurting right now.
Grace Fisher, 20, Ann Arbor, pre-med
Interviews and photos by David Fitch, Staff Writer
What gets you through winter psychologically?
Morgan Harris, 17, Wayne, undecided
“I’d just have to say the people you hang out with because the classes in winter suck, and this weather is horrible so you just got to make the most of it when you hang out with people. If you hang out with good people, you get good vibes and it’s just a good time. Even (during) breaks when you are walking with someone, even for that five or 10 minutes, it’s worth it so then when you go into class you’re in a good mood.”
Ali Al-Shehmani, 17, Ann Arbor, math and science
“I don’t know. It’s always a rough time for me every winter. Spending time with my friends and anything creative like art, painting, drawing. I’d say it’s made me feel more content with my life right now especially since I can’t do anything because my life usually consists of being outside, and I have some sort of seasonal depression so during the winter time I can’t really express myself.”
Hajar Habbas-Nimer, 17, Ypsilanti, auto body repair
“Food, sleep, a lot of sleep, and my friends. They play a big role in my life. I eat the right kinds of foods in the winter… Like strawberries. Towards the summer, because people are already in a good mood, people already eat a lot of junk food, you don’t really got to stay awake for summer, but in winter you need something to get you awake and get your mind thinking because you get really lazy. What you fuel your body with is the main thing.”
Derica Foxhall, 20, Belleville, childcare
“I don’t come out of the house unless I really have to. To get me up and get me motivated, I have to tell myself, ‘It’ll be over! Spring is coming! It will be over!’ If I don’t have to go out of the house I won’t because I can barely drive in the winter. This winter, I’ve been in three accidents already and my car is not torn up, thank God. And I’ve slipped and fallen like three times. I’m not really a winter person.”
Elizabeth Wozniak, 19, Hartland, general studies
“Especially in Michigan, knowing that we experience all four seasons which I love, so just knowing that spring is coming and it’s not that long of a winter. I haven’t liked it this winter because it’s been so cold.”
Aeisha Ali-Khodja, 16, Ypsilanti, baking and pastry
“The thought of summer, the hope of warmer days, not the hope, the dream of warmer days, just imagining the snow disappear. And then just staying warm, which usually means three pairs of socks and a big sweater.”
Amariah Carter, 17, Ypsilanti, digital video production
“Songs about spring, usually songs that have nothing to do with winter. That one Pharrell Williams song, “Happy,” that works, too. It makes me feel like it’s spring or summer. Winter’s kind of cold. It makes me think of depressing songs.”
Meggan Hughes, 20, Ypsilanti, childcare
“Music and future vacation plans. . . Cedar Point, South Korea, New York. Listening to music reminds me of the feeling of summertime. When it’s supposed to get warmer, I can feel it in the air.”