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Thursday, August 21, 2014

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Viewpoint: Academia across the pond

BY BRANISLAV RADELJIć

It is truly interesting to observe the differences that characterize the approaches to doctoral research in politics in America and Britain. To begin with, while the former perceives the readiness to argue, challenge, debate and offer contrasting standpoints as an opportunity to deepen academic links, the latter is very careful about such aspects of academic upbringing as if they could eventually generate animosity.

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Michigan in Color: The Different Factor

Courtesy of Mariam Sheikh

BY MARIAM SHEIKH

When I was in middle school in New York, never once was I asked what religion I was or where I came from — simply because it didn’t matter — each student came from a family who came from someplace unique in the world. Identity was not based on nationality, race or religion, but based on your character or your personality.

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Michigan in Color: Openly and without apology

Courtesy of Alex Ngo

BY ALEX NGO

Reaching out to my communities in order to call them in — and out when necessary — and mobilize them to combat the ways that we have been complicit in the oppression of others has become a necessary part of what it means for me to practice radical love.

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Viewpoint: The guilt toolkit

BY RIMA FADLALLAH

I truly believe our world would be a better, less hurtful place if people stopped focusing on the discomfort that often comes along with recognizing their privilege, because feeling uncomfortable sounds a hell of a lot better than having to bear oppressive blows day after day like many of my peers do.

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Viewpoint: Evaluating GSI training

BY MEHER WALIA

In a difficult class it is vital that a GSI not only speaks understandable English, but also can effectively teach. University needs to ensure that GSIs not only are highly skilled in the subject they are teaching, but that they are proficient in English so they can effectively communicate with their students.

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Viewpoint: Bleeding for equality

BY BLOOD DRIVES UNITED

Under the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s current policies that govern blood donation, any male who has had sex with another male (MSM) since 1977 is permanently banned from donating blood. While the intention is to identify risky behavior, the reality is that it is discriminatory and inadequate.

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Viewpoint: Subjectivity and objectivity in the Arab-Israeli dispute

BY VICTOR LIEBERMAN

Ms. Imaan Ali’s heartfelt essay “Michigan in Color: The Myth of Impartiality” (Michigan Daily March 31, 2014) raised issues that move beyond the particulars of the Arab-Israeli conflict to broader questions of intellectual culture. As we’ll see, these questions bear directly on the University’s core mission.

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