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Friday, October 31, 2014

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Editorials

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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From the Daily: Driving innovation

BY THE MICHIGAN DAILY

The state should be promoting economic pressure for innovation and more environmentally friendly options. It is improbable that Tesla will competitively overwhelm GM, Ford, and other Michigan incumbent automakers in the current market. And in the long run, additional competitors in the automotive marketplace will generate competitive innovation, benefitting the state's economy and residents, and Michigan legislature and Gov. Snyder should welcome this.

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From the Daily: Stressing the small stuff

BY THE MICHIGAN DAILY

Reports of stress and anxiety may appear to be common, everyday emotions, and thus undeserving of such attention. But willful disregard for basic mental health will certainly lead to larger and more serious disorders that can have devastating effects. By working to lower stress and anxiety levels of its students, the University can prevent future cost and illness.

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From the Daily: A contraception conundrum

BY THE MICHIGAN DAILY

While University students’ use of contraception is much higher than the national average, the decrease in contraception use at the University brings up questions about its availability.

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From the Daily: Learning to stay in the blue

BY THE MICHIGAN DAILY

While there are efforts to curtail alcohol and substance abuse among students in residential halls, a more comprehensive program must be created to ensure off-campus students possess the knowledge to avoid unhealthy behaviors throughout the duration of their college careers.

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From the Daily: Breaking the silence

BY THE MICHIGAN DAILY

Passing down judgment and decisions without a clear explanation leaves the rest of the student body in the dark. Rejected resolutions receive little feedback and thus no direction for how to edit, rewrite or proceed with their championed cause. Unexplained rejections or approvals of resolutions create a sense of randomness to the process, as few people outside the Student Assembly and CSG understand the underlying logic.

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From the Daily: A major wake up call

BY THE MICHIGAN DAILY

The department has lost support of fans with its ticket pricing and policy, and the support of sports fans and non-fans alike with its handling of the Gibbons incident and Morris injury. This outcry and negative sentiment cannot be ignored by the Athletic Department, and reparations must be made.

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From the Daily: Unintended consequences

BY THE MICHIGAN DAILY

While the rankings are estimable in their creation, producers of college rankings must put forth the effort to provide objective information that coincides with the interests of all parties included.

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From the Daily: An alternative application

BY THE MICHIGAN DAILY

The University should consider expanding and intensifying its efforts toward poorer areas, and fully commit to the goal of spreading awareness for underprivileged students in a broader context. Comprehensive outreach that includes information about securing financial aid, supplemental after-school curriculums and positive attitudes toward higher education increases success rates of underprivileged students. If universities truly intend on opening their doors to less conventional students, they could start by aiding those of lower socioeconomic status years before applications even begin.

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From the Daily: A painful lesson

BY THE MICHIGAN DAILY

While the situation with Morris was a huge mistake, it also serves as a wakeup call for the University and for other schools around the country to prevent repeats of the situation and continue to make player safety a priority. Better concussion protocol is essential for players’ futures, both on the field and off.

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Columns

David Harris: When words are not enough

BY DAVID HARRIS

Jeff Nardone taught me the power of words, but sometimes there are things for which words don’t suffice. You try to cling and grasp at the topic with adjectives and allegories and every piece of linguistic style in your arsenal but inevitably fall over the metaphorical cliff you’re trying to describe.

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Jenny Wang: Choosing the right college

BY JENNY WANG

I tell my students to stay conscientious. I tell them to strive for their goals and passions while also keeping an open mind. I tell them to prioritize their learning but not at the expense of their physical and mental wellbeing. In the end, though, my only wish is that they choose a school where they get the most out of their learning, and hopefully they will take a little less time to get there than I did.

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Sara Shamaskin: The RythM of community

BY SARA SHAMASKIN

The feeling that you matter, that you can elicit change, make people listen is a powerful feeling. A feeling that makes you want to stay at a university and continue to be a part of something that will forever remind you of college.

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Sierra Brown: Six words

BY SIERRA BROWN

I never considered how hard it would be to discuss something about myself in six words.

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Yardain Amron: Jihad porn

BY YARDAIN AMRON

Mid-Facebook procrastination session recently, I came across a video titled “[Graphic] Footage Recovered of ISIS Butchering 1500 Hostages Like Cattle.” The picture preview under the post was of what looked like a twenty-something, likely Arab, crouching and grimacing straight at the camera with a man behind him sprawled on the dirt with what looked like a blood splotch on his bare foot.

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Viewpoints

Viewpoint: Remember the non-partisan elections

BY JR KELLER

This midterm election is important for our state and the nation, but it is equally important for our local community. At the polls many people will have the opportunity to ‘vote the ticket,’ casting all votes for a particular political party. Even if that is your modus operandi, do not forget to consider and vote for non-partisan candidates toward the end of the ballot as well.

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Viewpoint: Sexual Assault Action

BY AN ANONYMOUS GROUP OF SURVIVORS AND ALLIES

This protest seeks to actively disrupt the University of Michigan’s complacency in handling issues of sexual assault on this campus. To the administration: students are taking action because it is time our voices are heard.

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Viewpoint: a response for you

Courtesy of Sumana Palle

BY SUMANA PALLE

My article was not about concrete solutions or next steps you can take. My job is not to educate you. This article was not for you. That article was for everyone else who suffers on this campus and their friends, allies, and well-wishers.

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Viewpoint: This November, say yes to Democrats

BY LAURA MEYER

Four years ago, students and Democrats stayed home on election day; Michigan’s women have suffered the consequences every day since. Rather than making progress towards equal pay and reproductive freedom, we got the offensive and restrictive abortion rider bill and a group of Republican legislators who couldn’t care less about the issues facing women. When students don’t vote, women lose.

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Michigan in Color: Taking back my Black

Photo Courtesy of Sundai Johnson

BY SUNDAI JOHNSON

My Blackness, my Black Womanhood, the whole of my identity, is mine. It belongs to me and I carry it in calloused hands. I do not tip toe, I stomp. I rumble and shake and move the ground like earthquakes. And I conquer victoriously — with my crown made of black gold.

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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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