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Ian Dippo

Michigan State University

For Ian, that special place growing up was a wooden bench at the head of a steep gully leading down to the lake at his childhood home in Buchanan, Michigan. In later years, both Berlin and Istanbul left their mark for being, in some cases, familiar, while also at times, otherworldly. One summer in high school, Ian sharpened lawn mower blades alone in a dark shed listening to heavy metal for six hours at a time, and before that he was a lifeguard.