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Editorials

From the Daily: Improve laptop equity

BY THE MICHIGAN DAILY

Laptops may not have been a necessity in the past, but today, they are essential to being a successful college student. In order to level the playing field for all students, it is crucial that computers are accessible to all and that there are measures to ensure that students who need financial assistance to purchase them receive it.

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From the Daily: A great first step

BY THE MICHIGAN DAILY

To keep expanding the program, as the BSU is currently in the works of doing, other student organizations should become involved in the initiative.

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From the Daily: Clear, unambiguous action required

Illustration by Emily Schumer

BY THE MICHIGAN DAILY

It is undeniable that the University’s sexual assault adjudication and education processes contain significant policy faults that cannot be ignored.

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From the Daily: A poor fix to truancy

BY THE MICHIGAN DAILY

Though removing cash assistance from families who receive welfare benefits has been an effective punishment in that it has decreased truancy, it does not take into account the complexities of truancy and is unfounded in principle.

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From the Daily: A flawed system

BY THE MICHIGAN DAILY

CSG has an immense capacity to affect students in a positive manner. The onus is now on our new leaders-elect — LSA junior Cooper Charlton, LSA sophomore Steven Halperin and the newly elected representatives — to effectively guide our campus to a new era of student governance, along with a revitalized and professional campaign atmosphere.

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From the Daily: Increase the smoking age

BY THE MICHIGAN DAILY

Along with measures that must be taken to reduce the overall percentage of people who smoke, increasing the minimum legal tobacco purchasing age presents significant upsides.

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From the Daily: Vote The Team

BY THE MICHIGAN DAILY

The Michigan Daily’s editorial board endorses The Team candidates Will Royster and Matt Fidel for CSG president and vice president.

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From the Daily: Reevaluating the system

BY THE MICHIGAN DAILY

The University must reevaluate how fraternities are punished.

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From the Daily: Protecting all identities

BY THE MICHIGAN DAILY

Despite the progressive stance taken by Planet Fitness, these events illustrate the need to re-evaluate the current state of transgender protections and to promote anti-discriminatory policies at both the national and state level.

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From the Daily: A dangerous precedent

BY THE MICHIGAN DAILY

Denying individuals services based solely upon a religious viewpoint is both an ethical violation and a contradiction of the standard of separation of church and state.

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Columns

Abby Taskier: Advice on defining your own success and quieting the self

BY ABBY TASKIER

I believe that in order to achieve personal success, a success defined by you and only you, you must distance yourself from preconceptions, from the notion that to be happy is to be the best.

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David Harris: Silence

BY DAVID HARRIS

I never ended up getting a new pair of headphones. I never needed to. I learned to enjoy the moments, the walks, the only time in days not filled with studying and meetings and occasionally sleep.

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Michael Schramm: Finding the peanut butter to your jelly

BY MICHAEL SCHRAMM

We’re not completely rational, but economics can still help us explain why we choose to consume certain things over others.

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Rabab Jafri: Where is hoMe?

Rabab Jafri/Daily

BY RABAB JAFRI

I am asking the University to do the right thing and protect its students instead of shying away from its responsibilities. I am asking students at this University to recognize that your fellow Wolverines are hurting.

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Melissa Scholke: Continually teaching consent

BY MELISSA SCHOLKE

Consent must not remain an issue we solely view in hindsight. We need to correct the current state of consent education and extend it to younger generations who can assist in breaking the cycle of sexual assaults.

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Viewpoints

Viewpoint: Don't be afraid to criticize the police

BY SAM MYERS

Simply put, on average, we have overwhelmingly white police departments in charge of protecting communities of color. But they don’t seem to be doing much protecting.

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Viewpoint: Put away your cameras: Africa isn't a spectator sport

BY JAYLA JOHNSON

You have seen the images and heard the stories. You may have liked these posts or posted a few statuses of your own. Unbeknownst to you, you’re supporting a dehumanizing production — the exploitation of human narratives, the perpetuation of suffering, the continuation of neo-colonialism — the white-savior industrial complex.

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Michigan in Color: A 'mild' story

Photo by Catherine Huang

BY CARLINA DUAN

But what we don’t learn, and what, I suppose, some might never learn, is what makes a story ours: How do we pass judgment — and how do we lay claim — over what is inherently our own meat, our own blood?

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Viewpoint: All you guys do is bitch

Photo courtesy of Ryan Moody

BY RYAN MOODY

Maybe it’s unfair that I won’t have truly engaged conversations on race with just anyone. Maybe it makes you feel like you “can never win.” But that’s one racial privilege you’ll have to earn.

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Viewpoint: Individuals, not parties

BY BENJAMIN KELLER

Hopefully this message will be heard by our current leaders, along with those who aspire to one day be in government — even the presidency.

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Cartoons

Cartoon: Vice Grips #7

Rachel Dawson/Daily

BY RACHEL DAWSON

Rachel Dawson can be reached at rdawson@umich.edu.

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Cartoon: The Out-of-Stater #4

Gabriella Meyer/Daily

BY GABRIELLA MEYER

Gabriella Meyer can be reached at gabsmey@umich.edu.

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Cartoon: Vice Grips #6

Rachel Dawson/Daily

BY RACHEL DAWSON

Rachel Dawson can be reached at rdawson@umich.edu.

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