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Thursday, December 18, 2014

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Viewpoint: In thickness or in health

BY RACHAEL LACEY

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

BY BOBBY DISHELL

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

BY SUMANA PALLE

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

BY DEMAURICE SMITH

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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Viewpoint: The real problem with Dave Brandon

BY JAKE ROTHENBERG

We should be marching to let our University and Athletic Department know that we will not accept the mere lip service they pay to “our safety.” Until this occurs, and until Dave Brandon steps down for these reasons, we are all complicit in the sexual assault of a fellow student. And until we reassess what we are marching for, we are all committed to making this campus unsafe.

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Viewpoint: BAMN supports firing of Dave Brandon

BY KATE STENVIG

BAMN supports the demand for the firing of David Brandon and Michigan's coach Brady Hoke, and we call for the organization of a union for student-athletes that will provide protection from dangerous, unhealthy practices and playing conditions, that prevents the University from revoking the scholarships of players who suffer injuries and protects the overall educational and financial interests of the students against the exploitation of the University.

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Viewpoint: We're not there yet

BY MOLLY INDURA

We live in America, home of the free, where all are created equal except for same-sex couples, who are treated as second-class citizens by not being permitted to marry. Equal rights and protections are denied to these couples and their children. As a nation, we claim to treasure freedom and equality, but in reality, we just aren’t there yet.

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