Wednesday, May 24, 2017 - 3:35pm

The night of Nov. 9, 2016, Van Jones turned to the CNN cameras in the studio and remarked, “This [election] was a whitelash against a changing country.” After staring at the screen, I too was taken aback by the result. My perspective on the state of our country had been shattered, and I knew I wasn’t the only one. After the next few days, I remember hearing and reading about the abuse against Muslims, African Americans, Asian Americans, women and so many people.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017 - 3:17pm

Ann Arbor is a city defined by its university, football, food and great culture. Locals and students will quickly praise and boast these features; however, a huge part of Ann Arbor less likely to headline brochures has been its progressive stance and cultural acceptance of marijuana. In fact, just this past April, Ann Arbor hosted its 46th annual Hash Bash, a clear celebration of marijuana.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017 - 2:57pm

A few weeks ago, while scrolling through Twitter, I saw yet another analysis of the new controversial hit Netflix show “Dear White People.” Since its release, it seems as though I have seen dozens of reactions, some expressing praise for the show’s authentic and brutally honest perspective, others critiquing its perpetuation of “generalizations” and refutation of the show’s themes regarding the Black-American experience. However, there is a striking difference between the analysis I stumbled upon on Twitter and the dozens of other critiques I have read throughout the past few weeks.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017 - 6:02pm

College in 2017, it seems, is not quite the place for a hopeless and somewhat obnoxious romantic like me. Ever since the ripe age of 10 years, I’ve clung to a certain idealism, assuming myself the heroine of the cheesiest and most dramatic love stories. In the words of my now boyfriend, I am “dramatic AF.”

Wednesday, May 17, 2017 - 5:55pm

When University of Michigan’s cornerback Jeremy Clark was selected in the sixth round of the 2017 National Football League Draft by the New York Jets, the Michigan football team set a school record with eleven players being drafted. Ranging from Jabrill Peppers at No. 25 and Clark at No. 197 overall pick, numerous selections not only indicate the talent that Michigan had last season, but also that the impact of the 2016-2017 Michigan football team, which will be felt in the NFL for years to come.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017 - 5:51pm

Biologist Edward Wilson once remarked that biology seemingly holds us “on a leash,” and though we can design and develop our lives, we live within the constraints of human biology. The beauty of a leash, however, is that we are tethered, not immoveable.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017 - 3:20pm

Easter morning stands out in my mind from all the collected memories of my childhood. My parents would take my five siblings and me to church. In a sense of quiet reverie, we would listen to the grief of Jesus’s rejection by mankind, and how his ultimate love overcame it all when He rose from the dead. As I sat in that hard pew, fully embracing the love I felt from the story of Jesus’s resurrection, I dedicated my heart to always being full of love and acceptance like Him.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017 - 3:17pm

On April 18, the Los Angeles Police Department adopted new rules that require police officers to try to defuse situations before firing a weapon. Regardless of how disturbing it is that police departments were previously not operating under these guidelines, one would expect this to mitigate police brutality. With this new rule and growing backlash toward law enforcement agencies, police are surely on their way toward reformation and improvement, right?

Wednesday, May 10, 2017 - 3:08pm

Exactly one month ago, while standing on the Diag at around 4 a.m., I felt at ease listening to the gentle song of birds around me. The warm glow of the streetlights illuminated the 950 empty maize and blue chairs positioned throughout the grounds. I assumed I would be the only one there at this late hour, but I wasn’t. A few rambunctious guys sauntered out from around the Undergraduate Library pushing and kicking at the chairs, standing on top of them while laughing and shouting.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017 - 1:39pm

Nowadays, I feel that we are out of touch with true kindness. Kindness is seen almost exclusively on phone screens through social media, where selfless people feed the homeless and leave extra-large cash tips at restaurants, where abandoned puppies are adopted by strangers and giant teddy bears distribute roses on the streets.

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