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
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
Jude Stamper, 13, was born with a variety of health conditions, including a joint disorder that makes it nearly impossible for him to walk. He joined the Michigan basketball team before last season and attends games, practices, film sessions, and team meals.
Learn more about his relationship with the players and coaches, and the benefits of his association with the team, in my latest story for MLive.