Free Press Sports Awards Courage Award to Greg Piscopink

How do you define courage?
“Courage is doing stuff that’s challenging and willing to do it without fear,” said Greg Piscopink, a teacher at Detroit Renaissance and assistant football coach at Birmingham Brother Rice.
To Jennifer Piscopink, Greg’s wife: “It is having enough strength and willpower to get through something.”
Gregory Piscopink is Greg’s son and was Brother Rice’s senior quarterback last fall. In a few months he will be playing at Albion College.
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“My definition of the word courage is doing something maybe you’re afraid of,” he said. “Or maybe you’re a little scared to do something but you end up doing it anyways even though you have the butterflies in your stomach. You have the courage to overcome that and conquer your fears.”
When they look at Greg Piscopink, they now see the recipient of the 2020 Courage Award for the Detroit Free Press Sports Awards, sponsored by the Detroit Area Honda Dealers.
“Definitely my dad,” Gregory said. “Obviously a lot of people have courage in the world. It just happened to be my dad that went through a traumatic experience and overcame it with a lot of courage and stuff.”
A traumatic experience? That doesn’t begin to describe what happened to Piscopink on the evening of Aug. 15, 2018, and what he has gone through since.
He suffered numerous life-threatening injuries when the car his son was driving skidded off I-75 and into a tree, flipping on its side and collapsing around Greg.
The immediate threat was a tear in Piscopink’s aorta, and he was airlifted to Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit.
But there was also the broken left foot; the dislocated right foot; multiple breaks in his lower left leg; a crack in his right femur; the demolished right hip socket; the broken pelvis; the left arm that was shattered from his shoulder to his elbow; nine broken ribs; the two broken bones in his face; and the bleeding in his brain.
Five teams of doctors worked on him in nine surgeries in a two-week span. He spent 33 days in critical care before going to two rehab centers.
He finally got home April 26.
“If you got a chance to see where he was in the hospital,” Brother Rice football coach Adam Korzeniewski said. “I’m just shocked to see that he could ever stand on two feet and actually take steps.
“I saw him take his first steps and to get to the point where he could formulate a sentence and then a paragraph. Yeah, it’s remarkable.”
What was more remarkable was that Piscopink recovered enough to rejoin Korzeniewski’s coaching staff in fall 2019.
In order to walk, he needed two forearm crutches. But at the season opener, there he was, making the agonizing, painful trek up an ungodly number of steps to reach the press box, where he would monitor the secondary.
Piscopink believes the lessons he learned playing at Farmington Hills Harrison and Grand Valley State allowed him to cope in his recovery.
“When people talk about high school athletics and why it’s so important, it’s things like that, that you can’t learn in the classroom that you learn on the field,” he said.
He attacked countless hours of grueling rehab because what he wanted was to be able to coach his son in his senior season.
That may be where his courage took center stage.
“I kind of take it for granted,” Piscopink said. “But when I talk to doctors and they really know how serious it was and I’m doing what I’m doing and they let me how impressive it is, I just get happy.”

Birmingham Brother Rice assistant football coach Greg Piscopink walks out of the Maple Manor Rehab Center in Novi on April 26, 2019, months after he suffered serious injuries in a car accident with his son on I-75.

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Detroit Institute of Music Education closes amid university dispute

The Detroit Institute of Music Education (DIME) announced this week it is closing, six years after launching an unconventional, innovative curriculum focused on contemporary music.
In a letter emailed Monday to students, DIME executives announced the immediate closure of the school’s programs in Detroit and Colorado, citing the fracturing of a partnership with Metropolitan State University of Denver (MSU Denver) that began in 2015.
That arrangement formally accredited the DIME curriculum, allowing students to receive four-year bachelor’s degrees under the MSU Denver banner and pursue financial aid as needed.
Kevin Nixon and Sarah Clayman, the English husband-wife team who opened DIME in 2014 after operating a network of similar music colleges in the U.K., said in a statement that they “have not given up hope that we can reinvent DIME in Detroit, and work with other local organizations to continue music education in the city we have lived in for the past six years and have grown to love.”
Speaking Wednesday to the Free Press, Nixon said that could plausibly include a new partnership with a Detroit-area university.
“We can fix this problem,” he said.
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This week’s announcement followed a nine-week legal scramble, complicated by the COVID-19 pandemic, to give DIME “a managed exit” from its MSU Denver deal, Nixon said, including a teach-out arrangement for existing students.
An MSU Denver executive, meanwhile, said missed enrollment targets and low tuition revenue prompted the Colorado university to end the partnership.
Nixon and Clayman opened DIME in Detroit’s Capitol Park in 2014 amid the downtown Detroit revival. Unlike much traditional music training, instruction was tailored to students with an interest in hip-hop, R&B, rock and other modern music styles.
The school also offered a business track for students seeking careers in the music industry.
In April, DIME was cited for a second consecutive year on Billboard magazine’s Top Music Business Schools list.
George Clinton, Alessia Cara and Who manager Bill Curbishley were among the figures who participated in master classes at DIME’s Detroit site — a stylish space at the corner of Griswold and Grand River in a building owned by Dan Gilbert’s Bedrock group.
The school forged its MSU Denver partnership in 2015, and the arrangement was celebrated at the time by administrators at both schools.
“We’re excited about being part of the vitality of the music scene in Detroit and all the history there,” an MSU Denver vice president told the Free Press.
As for existing students, an MSU Denver official told the Free Press that the university “recognizes our obligation to our students at both the Denver and Detroit locations, and is reaching out to students now to discuss their academic future — whether with MSU Denver or other options.”
The two sides offered divergent interpretations of what went wrong in the months leading up to this week’s closings.
Nixon pointed in part to turnover in the MSU Denver leadership since the partnership was signed in 2015, including the departure of a university president and vice president whose enthusiastic backing had sealed the deal with DIME. He also cited ongoing tensions with the head of MSU Denver’s music department.
DIME students, faculty and executives received an email from MSU Denver on March 11 announcing that the university was ending the partnership, Nixon said. An hour later, a follow-up email came from the chair of the music department inviting students to remain with MSU Denver — but minus the DIME curriculum.
With the coronavirus pandemic taking center stage in March, “the timing was brutal,” Nixon said.
“You could feel that steel blade coming through DIME in Detroit,” he said.
In a statement provided to the Free Press, MSU Denver Chief Operating Officer Larry Sampler said “financial prospects for the partnership going forward were impossibly dire.”
Enrollment at the Detroit and Denver sites totaled 168 students as of last summer, Sampler said —  “less than half the 349 students required for the partnership to break even.” Tuition revenue was less than $2 million, he said, with expenses totaling $4 million between the two campuses.
“Per projections agreed by both MSU Denver and DIME, these numbers were not expected to improve significantly in the coming years,” Sampler said.
Sampler said MSU Denver notified DIME on March 11 it would terminate the partnership deal in 365 days, as called for by their agreement.
“This was not a decision taken lightly or celebrated,” he said. “In subsequent discussions, the DIME leadership team made the decision to terminate immediately, effective (Monday).”
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Nixon and Clayman said MSU Denver rejected their proposal to teach out DIME’s remaining students together, “to protect the current students” enrolled in the school’s bachelor’s degree programs in commercial songwriting, commercial music performance and music industry studies.
MSU Denver’s own curriculum is “that of a standard classical music department,” they said.
“DIME’s students have been left with uncertainty in both cities on how they will continue with their modern music degrees,” Nixon and Clayman wrote.
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As sites reopen, survey gauges comfort of area arts and culture fans

When will people in southeast Michigan be ready to head back to museums, concerts, galleries and other cultural attractions?
Research commissioned by CultureSource, which represents 160 nonprofit arts and culture groups in the region, has set out to track just that over the coming months.
The first round of data, gathered in May and recently made available, shows that many ticket buyers, arts patrons and subscribers were still wary — and had mixed levels of comfort when it came to various onsite safety measures.
WolfBrown, a Detroit research and consulting firm that specializes in the arts sector, is conducting its Audience Monitor Outlook studies in 20 cities, regions and countries. For the southeast Michigan project, the company is working with a host of local groups to poll their patrons on a monthly or bimonthly basis.
The May data — collected while Michigan was still largely under lockdown though coronavirus rates were dropping — drew responses from nearly 4,000 people canvassed by institutions such as the Henry Ford museum, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History and the Detroit Zoo.
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“It’s important because it gives the sector hard data to act on,” said Omari Rush, executive director of CultureSource. “There are a variety of (institutions) feeling pressured to move because their peers are reopening or restarting, or their boards or finance committees are saying, ‘You’ve got to get going.’ It’s helpful to have data that shows, in an ongoing way, what the public is planning to do.”
It’s worth emphasizing that those participating in the surveys have been active patrons in the past, part of the organizations’ mailing lists, donor groups and such. It’s not a random sample of the general population.
“We’re in the trenches with arts groups figuring out how many people want to come back, and under which conditions,” said Alan Brown, principal of WolfBrown.
A few takeaways from the May survey of 3,778 people, evaluating their comfort levels under reopening scenarios with social distancing and other protocols:
• 75% said they would be somewhat or very comfortable at a museum or gallery (though only 20% felt that way about hands-on interactive exhibits). Museums were highest rated among the various facilities and events measured in the survey when it came to public comfort levels.
• Just 27% would feel comfortable at a non-seated live music or comedy club, though that number rose to 62% for outdoor festivals and concerts.
• 91% of respondents were encouraged by noninvasive safety efforts such as daily disinfection of facilities.
• Masks and temperature-taking proved more polarizing: For instance, among those who reported they were ready to attend events “right away,” about a quarter said they’d decline to go if required to wear a mask.
• 22% said they would not return to cultural events or facilities until there is a vaccine or they have developed immunity.
• African American respondents were more wary about getting back quickly, presumably because of COVID-19’s disproportionate impact on the Black community. Just 7% said they would return as soon as allowed, versus 17% of white respondents.
• Looking at the long term, 90% all those surveyed said they would attend events and visit institutions at the same or greater frequency than they did pre-COVID-19.
“There’s a lot of pressure for arts groups to reopen now, but you can see there are lots and lots of people not ready to come back,” said Brown.
Brown also sounded a note of caution for sites contemplating reopening plans: Be careful not to marginalize supporters who aren’t yet comfortable, and thus may wind up feeling they’re missing out on a celebration or made to feel disabled. That especially goes for at-risk demographics — including the older patrons who are often the most generous donors.
“There’s a risk of alienating a lot of people, at a great cost,” he said.
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