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A Michigan athletics usher loses battle with covid-19

Robert Zavala, a dedicated member of the University of Michigan’s “event team” — the group of people who work the stadiums at Michigan sporting events — caught COVID-19 in November and died. He was just 49 years old.

Through his co-workers and others who knew him well, I tell Robert’s story, linked below.

A beloved usher, and the COVID death that rocked Michigan athletics

An important story on mental health

I spoke to the father of a 19-year-old University of Michigan swimmer who died by suicide earlier this month.

To an outsider, Ian Miskelley had so much going for him. But his father, Steve, wants people to understand that depression is not sadness. It is a disease, and Ian battled demons since he was 11 years old.

Steve wanted as many people to read this story as possible in the hopes of destigmatizing mental health issues.

Here it is: A father speaks out after his son, a Michigan swimmer, takes his own life

While far less important, here are a couple of other stories I’ve written recently:

Duncan Robinson’s remarkable rise from Michigan to NBA continues

No Michigan football this fall ‘devastating’ for Ann Arbor businesses

Michigan, ND fight songs; Juwan Howard’s acting career

In a topic that will strike a chord with many of the readers here, I wrote about the fight songs at Michigan and Notre Dame. Determining whether one song is better than another is impossible, but that didn’t stop me from trying.

I also did some digging into the brief acting career of Michigan basketball coach Juwan Howard, who appeared on TV shows such as “Hang Time” and “The West Wing.” I spoke to some of the actors on the show to learn more about his time on set.

I had fun writing both of these stories and hope you enjoy reading them!

Michigan vs. Notre Dame: Which school has the better fight song?

A history of Juwan Howard’s acting career