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Hipster Michigan fans dub themselves Urban Outfitter Wolverines

By: Ivee West

Fed up with being categorized as generic “Wal-Mart Wolverines,” a small contingent of Michigan fans have asked to be re-classified as “Urban Outfitter Wolverines.” Generally, the term Wal-Mart Wolverine is applied to anyone who is an over-the-top fan of Michigan (this is defined by experts as someone with 15% of total possessions having some sort of Michigan emblem on it) who has never had an affiliation with the university in any way (besides their fandom). Experts on the subject place the percentage of Wal-Mart Wolverines out of the total Michigan fanbase as being  somewhere between 74.5 and 86.5 percent.

This is something Anthony Cordina would like to change. “We don’t want to be in the same sentence as Wal-Mart, they are part of the corporate establishment, part of the 99%.”

Like many Wal-er, Urban Outfitter Wolverines, Cordina has been a Michigan fan as long as he can remeber, mainly since “that is the team everyone roots for.” We asked him why this doesn’t fly in the face of his hipster persona, and his answer only mentioned the fact that one of his Uncles took some courses at UM-Dearborn, and that his family has a long history with the University as a result.

“We want to practice our Michigan fandom, but want to be associated with a company more befitting of our personal style and image. Though Urban Outfitters doesn’t carry clothing with the Block ‘M,’ they better reflect our tendencies such as discussing the pre-seclusion work of Bon Iver (a band called DeYarmond Edison, but you’ve probably never heard of them) and determining which corporation we are going to boycott next.”


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