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Thursday, July 24, 2014

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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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Viewpoint: An unnecessary hurdle

BY MELISSA SCHOLKE

Despite my mental image of a state panting and choking upon the dust of its 17 teammates as it slowly jogged along the path they left behind, I was satisfied to finally see Michigan running in this race for equality.

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Viewpoint: Fueling the future

BY LAW STUDENTS FOR RESPONSIBLE DIVESTMENT FROM FOSSIL FUELS

In a 20-page detail-filled proposal, we argued that the University should divest its endowment from coal and oil equities and bonds. These investments represent the companies that are the primary drivers of climate change — both because of their emissions and because of their misinformation campaigns.

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