On Jan. 3, the Interfraternity Council at the University of Michigan lifted their two-month self-imposed suspension and gradually restarted social activities and formal rush. The suspension was first enacted after troubling allegations of sexual assault, hazing and binge drinking surfaced.
Over the past few weeks, U.S. Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich, has been accused by multiple former employees of sexual harassment. On Tuesday, Conyers sent a letter to Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, R-Wis., House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Gov. Rick Snyder announcing his retirement effective immediately.
For a substantial portion of the student body, approaching the race and ethnicity section on University of Michigan documents poses an issue: Their ethnic identity isn’t there. Such is the reality of many students who identify as Middle Eastern or North African.
On Nov. 16, the House of Representatives passed their version of a tax bill. The bill aims to overhaul many Obama-era tax legislations, including the Obamacare health care mandate aimed at reducing overall health care costs, in order to facilitate tax breaks for the wealthiest Americans.
In the wake of the Interfraternity Council’s suspension of all fraternity social activity due to serious allegations of sexual misconduct, hazing and dozens of hospitalizations due to alcohol-related incidents, it would seem plausible that students would have more concrete information than just rumors and whispers.
Historically and contemporarily, universities have been the center of social change and political discourse. Consequently, the nature of free speech on university campuses is a deeply important issue. Recently, Richard Spencer, a white supremacist and an "alt-right" leader, has asked to speak at the University of Michigan.
On Nov. 7, Ann Arbor will be electing five City Council members, one from each of the five wards. This year, three of the seats — in Wards 2, 4 and 5 — are contested. The councilors elected this year will serve three-year terms, as the first phase of a new policy that extends City Council terms from two to four years. This extended duration in office makes it more important than ever for voters to make informed voting decisions.
Fall term brings a familiar struggle back to students: the scramble to get a group of friends together, the hours scouring the internet or taking to the streets to find that perfect house or apartment, the scraping together of money for a security deposit. Then, once everything is in place, they arrive at the leasing office only to find out that house has already been reserved for the upcoming school year. They thought they were being proactive. After all, school just started a few weeks ago.
In an increasingly tense school year for students of color, the Oct. 7 football game against Michigan State University brought on renewed controversy: the policing of multicultural fraternity parties. On gameday, Kappa Alpha Psi and Lambda Theta Phi, historically Black and Latino fraternities, respectively, received upward of six citations, whereas all 10 white fraternities surveyed by The Michigan Daily reported no police intervention at their house tailgates.