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Saturday, April 19, 2014

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Viewpoints

Michigan in Color: Reflections of a 'person of color'

Courtesy of Farah Erzouki

BY FARAH ERZOUKI

I come from an Iraqi family; when I meet people, they are often surprised when I reveal my nationality in conversation. I’ve been told multiple times that I am “too pretty” or “too light” to be Iraqi.

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Viewpoint: Advocating legal philathropy

BY ANNE SHAUGNESSY AND MICHAEL SCHMALE

What is philanthropy? For SFF supporters and board members, philanthropy takes many different forms.

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Viewpoint: Just a tip

BY LAURA MCANDREW AND CARLY MANES

Sexual health is measured by much more than using safer sex items. It includes other components of your physical wellness like sexual functioning, STI testing behaviors, and contraception use if appropriate. It includes how you demonstrate your values through the choices you make about sex and dating. It includes whether the conditions and qualities you want in your relationships are realized. It includes the possibility of pleasure (to the extent that you want), and freedom from coercion or violence. It includes your self-worth and your respect for others. Using condoms and dental dams is effective at preventing many STIs — but it is just the tip, so to speak.

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Viewpoint: Abolishing minimum wage

BY RYAN DAU

Political capital is a scarce good, and it pains me to see my fellow Democrats wasting it on a bum policy like the minimum wage.

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Michigan in Color: Where is my birthright?

Courtesy of Suha Najjar

BY SUHA NAJJAR

I am Palestinian; I am from Huj, yet I am not allowed to visit Palestine. I am not allowed to leave the 136 square mile open-air prison densely populated by 1.7 million people.

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Viewpoint: Standing up for my future

Photo courtesy of Jacob Kornfeld.

BY JACOB KORNFELD

He led me to a line where I was told to remember my number, “three thirty-two.” I was the 332nd person arrested in front of the White House last Sunday in an act of peaceful civil disobedience to object to the Keystone XL pipeline, which would carry tar sands oil from Alberta down to the Gulf Coast.

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Viewpoint: Prioritizing clean energy at the U

BY JESSE SELVIN AND C.J. BIGGS AND JULIANA ROTH

Are we always the leaders and the best? When it comes to the administration’s renewable energy policy, we are actually far from the top.

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