Tuesday, October 21, 2014

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Viewpoint: Protest in Ann Arbor — business as usual


the next time the media pours into Ann Arbor, to cover a protest, let’s pray they can place the event in its proper historical perspective, and not produce an oversimplification that merely portrays a group of students who are unhappy with the status of their football team. Instead, the press should treat student unrest with the proper respect it deserves, by recognizing how protest is embedded in every hallway, classroom, and common area at the University of Michigan.

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Michigan in Color: The Unbearable Weight of Sunlight

Courtesy of Anitha Menon


I think (all the time) about the things I’ll someday teach my own daughter. She will know about grammar and kindness and about being patient and being passionate. She will know what it’s like to break hearts and to have her heart broken. She will know when to hold her tongue and when to hold her own. I’ll take her to the beach, and she will know how to swim and how to snorkel and canoe and raft. And maybe we will just sit in the sand and watch the water for hours and know what it’s like to feel indomitable and infinite.
But she will never, ever know the unbearable weight of sunlight.

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Viewpoint: Continuing the conversation


By the end of “Good Kids,” I felt uneasy about the neglected pieces of the portrayed narrative, but I was unable to fully articulate what I thought was missing. After an evening of No Thai, “The Office” and a good night of sleep, I was able to give a voice to the parts that I thought “Good Kids” left unsaid.

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Viewpoint: In thickness or in health


I think somehow there has emerged this binary of skinny and, as many label it, “curvy” that we have created. And the weird thing is, “we” is usually women, typically fueled, sadly, by a resentment that tends to follow body image insecurities. And it is absolutely ridiculous.

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Viewpoint: Why I'm not participating in the protest, and why you shouldn't either


Once again, now is the time to support our team and our players. I encourage you not to participate in the protest on Saturday, as it does not reflect the true nature of Michigan. Community, unity, fellowship – we strive for these ideals as students. We find them not outside the gates, not outside the section stands, but inside the stadium, right alongside the players.

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Viewpoint: Horrible leadership at the University, starring Dishell and Schlissel — A hilariously painful tragicomedy in four parts


I’m tired of having my voice repeatedly stolen by rich, white, heterosexual, cisgender men like Dishell and Schlissel who claim they care for political reasons but have made it very evident that they do not. I am out of tears, out of cookies to give to privileged folk who sometimes behave like decent human beings and generally just out of fucks to give.

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Viewpoint: Students are right to take a stand on health and safety


Our union stands with Ramogi Huma and the College Athletes Players Association to once again call for improved health and safety standards and return-to-play concussion protocols across all NCAA sports. It is the least that “student-athletes” deserve, and no health and safety standard in sport should fall below that of the professional level.

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