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Saturday, October 25, 2014

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Viewpoints

Viewpoint: An open letter to President-elect Mark Schlissel

BY THE COALITION FOR QUEER PEOPLE OF COLOR

As student organizations committed to social justice and equal access to university space, we stand united. We are committed to responding to any and all failures to address these structural problems with the gravity they deserve. We will not stop expressing our voice and exercising our right to this space until we are completely satisfied with the administration’s work.

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Michigan in Color: Elbi

Courtesy of Nicole Khamis

BY NICOLE KHAMIS

As I reflect on this year, propping my feet up on a table at 2 a.m. on a Wednesday, I smile. I feel so humbled and blessed to have people who have touched my very being in so many ways.

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Michigan in Color: Hear me

Courtesy of Veniece Session

BY VENIECE SESSION

I believe in the power of love and what it represents: peace, acceptance, freedom. I dared to love others, as a way to build the bridge and open lines of communication that many may feel are a lost cause. This spoken word piece allowed me the opportunity to convey my message about the power of love...

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Michigan in Color: An unsafe campus climate

Courtesy of Rami Faraj

BY RAMI FARAJ

This is a message to students who have been lucky enough to never face real discrimination. This is a message to students who truly feel that this campus was safe before March 18th, 2014.

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Viewpoint: Hunting for more than eggs

BY DAVID HARRIS

As a tutor, as a mentor, as someone to help them not just find “x”, but to find their own path. And the chance to help them find these things, the chance to perhaps inspire them, is why I do it.

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Viewpoint: What about the color green?

BY KRISTEN ANDERSON

My experiences at Michigan sometimes dilute my perception of wealth distribution. But my studies at Michigan have taught me that even being a dull shade of green still means being exponentially more privileged than the vast majority of others throughout the rest of the state, country and world.

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Viewpoint: I am still pro-Israel

BY LEV FACHER

Too often, polarizing phrases like “pro-Israel” interfere with people’s ability to express their true feelings. The tone within the Jewish community seems to be that publicly taking issue with the unethical and unjustifiable actions that Israel commits on a regular basis makes one “anti-Israel,” the only logical alternative to “pro.”

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