Numbers Never Lie*

In terms of news from the worlds of sports and economics, nobody does it quite like FiveThirtyEight. It was this past Winter Semester where I learned of in my ECON 195 class here at Michigan, and I continue to get a kick out of the incredible varieties of content the site publishes for a given reader. FiveThirtyEight is primarily known for being an ESPN-run blog dedicated to connecting complicated statistical data to the ever-changing worlds of American politics and sports, but in my opinion the site provides so much more than that. For example, I admire the thought-provoking topics and the unpredictable questions the site takes on, such as when editor-in-chief Nate Silver “analyzed 6 million flights to figure out which airports, airlines and routes are most likely to get you there on time and which ones will leave you waiting” or other topics, such as a personal favorite of mine, regarding the number of available jobs relating to the American poverty level which can be found here: The target audience of FiveThirtyEight, in my experience with the blog, would extend anywhere from an individual who enjoys not just your ordinary political, economic, life, sports, and life blog articles, but extensions of complex and often overlooked facets of our society that many of us had never before considered. I would certainly give anyone interested in learning more about statistical models and theoretical data the green light to check out FiveThirtyEight. You will discover answers to questions you never knew existed, and questions to answers you had once thought were the true norm. Because, after all, numbers never lie*


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Senior (Citizen).

We’re back, blog-o-sphere.

As a member of the 2012 Fall Cohort, I’m just a few short semesters away from the end of an era here in Ann Arbor. And fittingly so, I plan to use every moment of the next year eating as much delicious food and collecting as many favorite establishment t-shirts as humanly possible: Angelo’s, Zingerman’s, Fleetwood Diner, Washtenaw Dairy, Madras Masala, and the list goes on and on.

In the meantime, I sit and drink lots of Pizza Bob’s shakes on my front porch, contemplating the deepest thoughts of life. Today, September 11, brings me to this, the story of the Red Bandana. It’s a story of a mother finding her son, a stranger saved by the honor of another. If we live our lives — as seniors at the University of Michigan or seniors in a tower in Manhattan — without pausing, without feeling the impact of our actions, of the actions of others, we are missing the opportunity to truly be alive.

“What would you do in the last hour of your life? Where would you be? Who would remember it? What would it look like? Maybe it would look like this:” Man in the Red Bandana

Live this September. For Wells.

Josiah’s Time.

As we reflect on why we write and move forward selecting some pieces for the re-purposing project, I wanted to share one of my favorite stories. It’s the story of Josiah and the full life he lives. More than the visual images of him playing baseball, listen to the words journalist Tom Rinaldi chooses. Rinaldi doesn’t use words decoratively. He doesn’t dress something up with an unnecessary adjective. He writes (and narrates) purposefully and intentionally.

Maybe, just maybe, we’ll find ourselves using language for purpose and with intention.

E:60 Josiah’s Time