In the Motor City, young minds rethink urban planning.
As a captain and guard on the Wolverines basketball team, David Merritt was the kind of selfless team player who helped others look good. And today, this 26-year-old University of Michigan alumnus is still helping others look good — and positively impacting young people’s lives in the process. Merritt is the founder of a new clothing line called Merit, which produces apparel with an understated tone. Many of Merit’s offerings have themes relating to his home city of Detroit — appropriate given that the company’s sales go toward helping underprivileged students in that city. Twenty percent of Merit’s proceeds go
Most aspiring journalists cut their teeth reporting small-time stories at their high school papers. Typical headlines may include things like “Exposed! What’s Really in the Cafeteria Meatloaf” or “New Student Body Prez Wins Campaign on Pledge to Add Parking Spaces to School Lot.” But a program from Michigan State University and partner Crain Communications Inc. is giving high schoolers in the Detroit area the chance to report real, meaningful stories before they’ve even started college. Crain Communications is headquartered in Detroit, and Michigan State’s East Lansing campus is only 90 miles from the city, so it’s a cause that is
The long, steady economic decline throughout the city of Detroit created vast swaths of blight and desertion in what were once thriving neighborhoods. It’s gotten so bad that documenting the urban decay there has almost become an artistic subgenre unto itself. But there’s no shortage of efforts to bring one of America’s great cities back to its former glory, and these range from urban farming to music education. One of the most recent examples is a real estate course designed to give local residents the tools to both take advantage of Detroit’s depressed housing market and revitalize their communities. Peter Allen, an
Inspired by their experiences in college and elsewhere, these Pathfinders are passing by the typical, well-trod career paths and blazing their own trails. We’ll explore the unconventional approaches these Big Ten alums are taking to work. One majored in social sciences and Middle Eastern/North African studies. The other graduated with a degree in English. But when University of Michigan alums Noah Link and Alex Bryan went “out there” to find their future, they took an unexpected path. “‘Let’s start a farm,’” Link recalled saying. “I think I’m the one who said it first, but it seemed like a natural idea.”
Students at Big Ten universities aren’t waiting until they get out into the “real world” to make a difference. Find out how they’re working together to create positive, meaningful change in this BTN LiveBIG series: the Student Section. In its quest to eradicate healthcare disparities throughout the Detroit area, the University of Michigan’s Rural Innovations in Medical Engineering (RIME) program took the long way home. The student-run initiative was started with the intention of creating affordable and holistic diagnostic technology for use in rural areas overseas. To gauge their preliminary findings and uncover other opportunities for medical interventions, the group
Every November, the states of Michigan and Ohio get fired up for the annual gridiron showdown between the Wolverines and the Buckeyes. Fans of both teams often measure overall success for the season by the results of this single game. It’s an intense rivalry — to such an extent that one might be forgiven for thinking any kind of partnership between The Ohio State University and the University of Michigan would be unworkable. But one would be wrong, as evidenced by the schools’ cooperation with technology manufacturing solutions provider EWI on the American Lightweight Materials Manufacturing Innovation Institute (ALMMII) initiative.