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Slightly Odd Things to Do in Southeast Michigan

As the summer approaches, I will once more be headed to Greece to do my fieldwork. But for those who will be in Ann Arbor and will (hopefully) have a bit more free time than usual, here are some delightful-yet-quirky things to do I have discovered over the past year. I suspect fellow international students will get a special kick out of these, but even Americans might find some novel experiences on the list.

Inside the Diamondback Saloon

Diamondback Saloon.

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Diving into the Unknown: Tackling Theater in a Detention Center

This semester I’ve taken the plunge into becoming an amateur actor. My only formal acting experience was appearing in my elementary school’s annual fifth grade musical. As the mayor’s wife in The Music Man, I was able to capitalize on my talent for singing outlandishly poorly. Thirteen years later my singing hasn’t improved at all, but I’m beginning to appreciate acting in a whole new way.

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Behind the Scenes with Graduate Student Participants in CAPS Mental Health Video Campaign

On March 15 of this year, Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) launched a video series entitled Real Stories of Leaders at Their Best to help our campus see day-to-day examples of mental health and resilience. CAPS in Action, the student group of CAPS, was the driving force behind this effort.

A striking degree of intimacy is achieved in these short videos--each of the U-M students shares their mental health story directly into the camera, and they each broadcast simultaneously honest, painful, and encouraging messages.