Sunday, September 21, 2014

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Viewpoint: Funding the Michigan Difference


We, the Student Organization Funding Commission of the Central Student Government, are very proud of the impact students have on campus, and humbled that you, the students of the University of Michigan, have entrusted us with such an important responsibility. But we believe that our impact has been limited by our own funding constraints, something that inhibits us from supporting students.

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Viewpoint: Academia across the pond


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


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


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


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


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


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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