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Thursday, December 18, 2014

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Viewpoints

Viewpoint: Driving out discrimination

BY BLOOD BATTLE COMMITTEE

This year, in conjunction with the annual Blood Battle competition, we’re placing a special emphasis on education and advocacy for a change in this longstanding discriminatory policy against all men who have had sexual contact with another man (MSM) that bans them from donating blood for life.

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Michigan in Color: That's not me

Photo courtesy of Kevin Chung

BY KEVIN CHUNG

I refuse to passively accept the harmful ways I’m portrayed. I refuse to idly let these racist media typecasts represent me; to propagate a false image of the Chinese-American identity. This destructive narrative needs to change.

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Viewpoint: Not a 'Michigan Man', but the right man

BY MICHAEL PAUL

Michigan football is at a crossroads. Whether President Mark Schlissel likes it or not, his choice for athletic director could very well be a decision that defines his tenure.

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Viewpoint: Imperialism and the Unfinished 20th Century

BY MATTHEW MORLEY

After the Soviet Union was dissolved by its Stalinist bureaucracy in 1991, US leaders spoke of a New World Order, a unipolar moment that would produce dividends of peace for generations. But 23 years on, is this the case? Do we now live in a more peaceful, rational society than we did a quarter century ago?

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Viewpoint: A misleading representation

BY LINDSAY HURWITZ

While I fully support the right of the pro-Palestinian students on this campus to present their side of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, I felt that SAFE blurred the lines between Palestine awareness and anti-Israel sentiments. I recognize that this debate is heated and incredibly complex, yet I find it an injustice to a country that I love to enable these falsehoods to be spread effortlessly on my campus.

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Viewpoint: Minority enrollment

BY KATE STENVIG

As long as the number of minority students continues to drop, racism on campus will increase. As long as the administration covers up rape instead of punishing the rapists, the real message will be clear that rape goes unpunished on this campus, and incidents of rape, sexual assault and harassment will continue to be rampant on this campus, no matter how many sexual assault-training programs students are forced to attend.

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Viewpoint: Inclusive language, only part of the solution

BY ROBERT SCHWARZHAUPT

Language has a real effect on social interactions, and everyone should strive to understand how their language can make people feel, but we should be wary on its actual efficacy in solving the problems that have huge effects on people’s lives such as cyclical poverty and the achievement gap.

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