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Viewpoint: Police militarization

BY SAMUEL WEISS

A militarized police department like the one we saw in Ferguson would have responded to Ann Arbor's history of civil disobedience with battle fatigues, grenade launchers full of tear gas and assault rifles drawn. The University of Michigan is too good for such a response. We don’t need militarized police.

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Michael Schramm: Let's talk about gaydar

BY MICHAEL SCHRAMM

Let’s talk about the term “gaydar” and how everyone should quit using it. Hopefully I’m not the only person who takes issue with this term.

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Melissa Scholke: More than sticks and stones

BY MELISSA SCHOLKE

Whether written, spoken or texted, words are more than symbols on a page. Wrapped up in a few syllables are the essences of who we are as people. Words are the suitcases in which we transport our passions, our memories, our traumas and our regrets throughout our lives.

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Eli Cahan: Kegs and regs

BY ELI CAHAN

“Shotgunning” beers and “handle-passing” hard liquor are staples of my rowdy tailgate moments. These drinking habits lie in stark contrast to what I remember from freshman year: waiting in the omnipresent keg line for a small, filthy cup of flat beer and chugging it as fast as physically possible. But, oh how the times have changed.

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Omar Mahmood: Renewing faith

BY OMAR MAHMOOD

Faith is not easy. But whenever I meet someone like that man, my faith is renewed. In my time in Ann Arbor I’ve had such fleeting encounters, each of which I carry with me. I rarely take names away. Often all I take are some words. Sometimes one glance is enough.

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Maja Tosic: Lessons gathered from Pussy Riot

BY MAJA TOSIC

In order to create protests and change that resemble Pussy Riot’s efforts, the blind must first be awakened from their deep sleep.

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Derek Wolfe: Focusing on today

BY DEREK WOLFE

Stay in the present. That’s why it’s a gift.

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