Wednesday, September 20, 2017 - 5:39pm

We hear it in our classrooms, friend groups and on social media: Stay woke. It’s a call to progressive action and beliefs. The term, which originates from African American Vernacular English, refers to the sociopolitical awareness to different contemporary and historical issues of social justice. The origin of the term can be traced back to the 2008 song “Master Teacher” by Erykah Badu.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016 - 6:21pm

You wouldn’t trust a football quarterback to perform neurosurgery, and we shouldn’t trust a neurosurgeon to lead the Department of Housing and Urban Development. But unfortunately, President-elect Donald Trump does. Trump has nominated University of Michigan alum Ben Carson to head the department as secretary. Carson’s lack of experience and rhetoric prove he is unqualified for the position. As secretary, Carson’s decisions could have devastating impacts on fair-housing policies.

Sunday, December 4, 2016 - 11:32am

The Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein filed for a recount in Pennsylvania, a state Hillary Clinton lost — which helped pave the way for Donald Trump’s election win. Imagine going back in time two months and telling yourself that sentence was true. I can't fathom how that conversation would go, but today that is our reality. Auditing the vote translates into voter suppression policies and rhetoric, and searching for flaws in the electoral system does not have tangible benefits that outweigh this.

Sunday, November 20, 2016 - 3:06pm

Like millions of people these past two weeks, I have been trying to understand the outcome of the presidential election. I have gathered so far that Donald Trump’s rise is far from monocausal. Rather, the election results originated from several sources including, but certainly not limited to, white supremacy, sexism, education disparity, the rural-urban divide and a lack of engagement with the working class on the part of Democrats.

Sunday, November 6, 2016 - 4:07pm

With the ability to boost the regional economy, create major conveniences and improve the region’s transportation infrastructure, expansion of the Regional Transit Authority is arguably the most important piece of local legislation on the ballot in Southeast Michigan. The case for regional transit has a plethora of no-cost arguments that make it an absolute necessity to vote yes on the approval of the RTA master plan.

Monday, October 24, 2016 - 7:11pm

The state of Michigan has a history of taking power away from local governments, witnessed in the use of emergency manager systems and more recently in the state’s implementation of a Receivership Transition Advisory Board in Flint. This history displays a massive lack of mechanisms to hold the state accountable for its mishaps, as well as the stripping of power from local governments. This usurping of power from local governments and failure to create accountability mechanisms have negative consequences.