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Saturday, November 29, 2014

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Editorials

From the Daily: More than a minor change

BY THE MICHIGAN DAILY

The University should be commended for expanding academics to include studies of different identities and it should find more ways to encourage students to take these classes.

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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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Columns

Yardain Amron: BAMN's betrayal of sexual assault survivors

BY YARDAIN AMRON

Stenvig and BAMN may have had good intentions. But in the end, intentions matter little next to results. And at this moment, the result is that survivors feel betrayed by BAMN.

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Avery DiUbaldo: The story about the elephant

BY AVERY DIUBALDO

Behind its flat black eyes is not the dumb curiosity of a beast, but the silent recognition of Death.

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Eric Ferguson: Executive decisions

BY ERIC FERGUSON

Executive action can certainly make change more quickly than Congress can; its test now will be to see if it can hold up without the formidable power of legislative legitimization at its back.

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Abby Taskier: To do something by any means necessary

BY ABBY TASKIER

As Americans, we’re afforded the ability to fight for our liberties. But it’s hard to get behind a dogma that propagates violence and seemingly opposes active discourse.

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Devin Eggert: Parting with partisanship

BY DEVIN EGGERT

There’s a reason that our legal system isn’t reliant on robots. For all the faults that humans have, compassion and open-minded creativity is irreplaceable.

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Viewpoints

Michigan in Color: Rules to live by

BY RYAN MOODY

Little by little, I was socialized to believe in a shameful “truth,” that Black is an inherently negative descriptor. An ugliness I would need to overcome to be respected, valued, worthy.

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Michigan in Color: My single story

BY SIMON RIVERS

I may not fit the mold that society has designed for me, but I for damn sure, regardless of my interests, friends or expression, always have been and always will be a Black man. And nothing will take that away.

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Viewpoint: SAFE Walkout of IDF Soldier

BY STUDENTS ALLIED FOR FREEDOM & EQUALITY

As students attending a university that continuously dehumanizes and silences students of color and other marginalized identities on every campus setting, we would not allow a war criminal to further perpetuate this dehumanization and silencing.

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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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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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