Brett is a sophomore studying Political Science, French and History as a member of the LSA Honors Program and the Residential College. This is his second semester writing for the opinion section, and he looks forward to exploring the possibility of becoming even more opinionated than he already is. An avid political junkie and sports fan, he can most often be found quoting the West Wing to no one in particular or explaining why his New York Mets will be winning the World Series next year. Originally from the great Garden State, he longs for a decent slice of pizza or an acceptable bagel somewhere in the Midwest.
Wednesday, October 25, 2017 - 4:12pm

If you’ve been following the developing story about the Trump administration’s response to the deaths of four American soldiers in Niger earlier this month, chances are you have some questions. After brushing up on your geography, you might ask, for instance, what were U.S. armed forces doing there in the first place? You wouldn’t be alone in wondering this. In fact, you would be in the company of at least two U.S. senators. 

Wednesday, October 11, 2017 - 6:52pm

“As a straight, white, cisgender man of relatively high socioeconomic status and having been raised in the Catholic Church …”

Wednesday, September 27, 2017 - 10:42am

I have not yet read Hillary Clinton’s book “What Happened.” I’m sure I’ll get around to it eventually, and I trust I’m not missing anything earth-shattering in the meantime. Some of it will be thought-provoking, other parts mind-numbing. Of the bits and pieces that have made headlines to this point, though, one passage has already managed to make my blood boil.

Thursday, September 7, 2017 - 3:24pm

It was, by all accounts, an unenviable afternoon at the Jersey Shore. The usually crowded beach was sparsely populated, thanks in large part to heavy gray clouds, rough waves and a chill uncharacteristic of early August. My family and I were perfectly content, though. None of us were particularly invested in our tans that day. 

Tuesday, December 6, 2016 - 7:10pm
Tuesday, November 22, 2016 - 3:10pm

It should not come as a surprise to anyone that, in the wake of the 2016 presidential election, Bernie Sanders is poised to become the kingmaker of the Democratic Party. Like a white-haired, elderly version of Marlon Brando with a Brooklyn accent, the Vermont senator’s influence is unmatched on Capitol Hill. The gatekeeper of progressivism, the populist champion of white working-class voters in the primary, the key to millions of millennial voters ...

Thursday, November 10, 2016 - 8:24pm


At first I was confused. So confused it made me want to go to sleep and wake up in a world that made more sense. Then I was scared for a long time. But after hours of restless thought and a series of scattered conversations, I think I understand a bit more what happened on Tuesday night, and why. So now, I'm angry. 

Sunday, November 6, 2016 - 9:57pm

In the final Board of Regents candidate interview, columnist Brett Graham discusses tuition, diversity and more with former U.S. ambassador and lifelong Michigan man, Republican Ron Weiser.

Wednesday, November 2, 2016 - 6:54pm

For our fifth episode of The Michigan Daily's Election Podcast, columnist Brett Graham talks campus issues with Regent Denise Ilitch (D), up for re-election Nov. 8. 



Tuesday, November 1, 2016 - 7:13pm

For our fifth episode of The Michigan Daily's Election Podcast, columnist Brett Graham talks diversity, tuition increases and campus climate with candidate for University Regent Carl Meyers (R-Dearborn).