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Monday, November 24, 2014

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Editorials

From the Daily: Drinking in the open

BY THE MICHIGAN DAILY

An approach of openness and comprehensive education offers the University the opportunity to shape the futures of Wolverines for years to come.

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From the Daily: A united approach

BY THE MICHIGAN DAILY

The University of Michigan is in a unique position to deal with these controversies: the athletic director is currently undetermined. There is an opportunity to hire a director who is dedicated to protecting and providing for the student-athletes as they deserve; one who is willing to spearhead reform and reach out to other universities to band together — as the Big Ten and Pac Twelve conferences have — to improve the welfare of our student-athletes.

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From the Daily: Athletics over academics

BY THE MICHIGAN DAILY

The NCAA and universities are responsible for their athletes’ educations, and must provide ways to make sure student-athletes aren’t left behind. Student-athletes should be given the chance to succeed and get the most from their college education, while engaging in their respective sports.

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From the Daily: Innovative learning

BY THE MICHIGAN DAILY

This commitment to engaged learning will allow the student body to reap the benefits that the University has to offer through a comprehensive education across the disciplines. However, the University should continue to develop new ways to incorporate these multidisciplinary instructional methods.

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From the Daily: The road to recovery

BY THE MICHIGAN DAILY

With the approval of its bankruptcy plan, Detroit has been granted a rare second chance and a pointed direction for growth. However thankful the city may be, this is not the time to relax.

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From the Daily: Postponing the inevitable

BY THE MICHIGAN DAILY

Furthering the struggle to obtain marriage equality in Michigan, the Sixth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals issued a 2-1 ruling Nov. 6 upholding the state’s ban on same-sex marriage. A final resolution by the Supreme Court may take time, but until then, the government should work to enact legislation that will award benefits to same-sex couples who are currently being denied the entirety of their rights.

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From the Daily: Nothing to hide?

BY THE MICHIGAN DAILY

While there are conflicting opinions about whether or not state document retention policies apply to the University, it’s also unclear why the school has taken itself to be an exception and is engaging in a larger pattern of behavior that obscures public transparency.

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From the Daily: VOTE Taylor, White, Weiser and Schauer

BY THE MICHIGAN DAILY

Because there is so much at stake, students must pay attention to the issues and make informed decisions on Tuesday.

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From the Daily: A principled tradition

BY THE MICHIGAN DAILY

Michigan’s storied history is a winning one — especially in football — but it’s not the scoreboard from which students and alumni draw their pride. The true value of the Michigan tradition is the moral standard by which all students, staff and alumni are supposed to conduct themselves.

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From the Daily: Profiting off students

BY THE MICHIGAN DAILY

It is imperative that Gov. Rick Snyder and the Michigan State Legislature work together to swiftly regulate the for-profit college education industry as part of a strategic policy for reducing student debt overall.

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Columns

James Brennan: Sexual assault and fame

BY JAMES BRENNAN

His wife forgave him, and we welcomed him with open arms. He made some bad decisions, he hurt people around him. But who among us hasn’t? After all that we’ve shared with him, well — he’s pretty much family. We can forgive and we can forget. But rape — that is something we cannot forgive.

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Julia Zarina: Why we do this

BY JULIA ZARINA

As engineers, we are conditioned to think practically, often to a fault. However, there is inherent value both to engineering as a profession and to wider society in focusing on the more abstract questions that seemingly have no answer.

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Michael Schramm: Breaking the business cycle

BY MICHAEL SCHRAMM

It’s tough on this campus. We all have student organizations, clubs, jobs, classes and responsibilities laying more commitments on us than ever before. But the solution isn’t to always work more. Sometimes, taking time to yourself allows you to get more done in a shorter time.

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Melissa Scholke: Empty promises

BY MELISSA SCHOLKE

Until same-sex marriage is legalized — without a doubt — laws will continue to dictate whether an individual can freely lead the life they desire. Our friends and family deserve action, not more empty promises.

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Maja Tosic: This column is not about football

BY MAJA TOSIC

Instead this article is about the voices that have been silenced, because football has taken the forefront of concerns. Even though this institution will first listen to #firedavebrandon before #expelrapists, I will not. Even though the Board of Regents and University President sit in their cushioned lives so far removed from reality, I will not.

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Viewpoints

Viewpoint: SAPAC Open Letter

BY SAPAC

Overall, we want to apologize to you from the sincerest place in our hearts for this abhorrent violation of your trust and privacy. While we cannot undo the hurt that has been caused by BAMN’s actions, we are — both as individuals and as an organization — committed to creating and sustaining spaces that allow you to process, heal and grow in your own time and on your own terms.

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Viewpoint: “It’s On Us” — Week of action

BY LAUREL RUZA

It’s on us to start the conversation, but more importantly, it’s on our campus community to listen and act.

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Viewpoint: A SAFE statement of intent

BY STUDENTS ALLIED FOR FREEDOM AND EQUALITY

As our University remains invested in these companies, we as students are complicit in human rights violations. SAFE calls upon the University of Michigan student body to reflect and learn more about the current situation.

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Viewpoint: Winning the battle for blood

BY LAUREL FRICKER

When I returned to campus for my sophomore year, my personal goal was that by the end of November, every single student as well as faculty and staff member on the University of Michigan’s campus would have heard the words “Blood Battle” at least once, and hopefully even know for what they stood. I am afraid I have not yet successfully completed my goal.

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Viewpoint: Make Saturday count

BY FOOTBALL STUDENT ADVISORY COMMITTEE

As a student body, our attitude toward this upcoming football game is important. Saturday marks the last home game of the season, the last time we will walk through those hallowed gates into our house this year, and our attitude will dictate our experience of the game. So, let’s choose to put aside our critiques and complaints and make the matchup between Michigan and Maryland the best home football game atmosphere yet.

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Cartoons

Cartoon: Freshman year to senior year

BY VIRGINIA EASTHOPE

Virginia can be reached at vcehope@umich.edu.

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Cartoon: Major in dreaming, minor in napping

BY VIRGINIA EASTHOPE

Virginia Easthope can be reached at vcehope@umich.edu.

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Eli Cahan: Of memory, learning and training

BY ELI CAHAN

Freshmen anticipate adding to their “bookshelf” of knowledge, whereas upperclassmen believe they’ll only need the knowledge the duration of the semester, and then POOF, out it goes with the spring cleaning. It’s not that the freshmen are wrong: in fact, they’re completely right in spirit. But, the upperclassmen know the practical phenomena of the classroom: whereby memory cycles operate on four-week intervals (unless, heaven forbid, the final is cumulative).

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