“You’re supposed to make more of what you wish you saw — what’s missing from the visual art conversation in this moment,” Pat Perry, the artist of the new mural on the North side of Grizzly Peak on South Ashley Street, said in an interview with the Daily. The painting adds value to downtown Ann Arbor, a value that is explained better with walls than words.
As alumni of the University of Michigan, we were deeply disappointed by the recent actions of two instructors who refused to support students’ desire to study abroad in Israel. While we applaud the University for disciplining Prof. John Cheney-Lippold, we are concerned that the campus climate is undergoing a dangerous trend toward restricting academic freedom and unfairly singling out students who pursue educational opportunities involving Israel.
A couple of months ago, I called my dad to complain. I don’t even remember what I was calling to complain about. Before jumping into my tirade, I asked how his day was going. He said, with a big sigh, something along the lines of, “Well I showed up to the scene of an accident today where the victim was dead on arrival.” He wasn’t wearing his helmet on his motorcycle and according to my dad, “His brains were all over the street.” After telling me this, he tried to seamlessly transition into asking about my day. Suffice to say, I no longer had the heart to complain.
“It’s a dangerous time to be a journalist.” NPR’s “Up First” podcast ended the discussion of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s alleged murder with this remark. All around the world, journalists have been dealing with physical attacks, as well as attacks on their journalistic integrity. According to the U.S. Press Freedom Tracker, 41 journalists have faced physical attacks in 2018, and five have been killed.
Recently, former President Barack Obama has been campaigning for Democratic legislative candidates. He has openly criticized President Donald Trump and the Republican Party, saying, “Unlike some, I actually try to state facts. I believe in facts … I don’t believe in just making stuff up.” His extensive campaign for his party provokes a question: What is the role of a former president?
I spent this past Saturday morning holding back tears. For my Judaic Studies class, I went to a conservative Shabbat service at a conservative synagogue in Ann Arbor. When I first saw the assignment on my syllabus back in September, I didn’t think much of it. I thought the conservative service would be akin to the services at the Reform synagogue I grew up going to, but longer and more formal. The only difference was that it just so happened that the Shabbat service was a week after the Pittsburgh shooting.
Editor’s note: This petition by faculty and students at the University of Michigan was sent to University President Mark Schlissel, Provost Martin Philbert and interim LSA Dean Elizabeth Cole this morning.
The 2018 November election will be closely watched across the country for the impact it will have at the state and federal levels, but even here in Ann Arbor, voters will have the opportunity to cast a vote with a long-lasting impact on our city. Appearing on Ann Arbor ballots is Proposal A, which concerns a city-owned plot of land, popularly called the “Library Lot,” adjacent to the downtown branch of the Ann Arbor District Library.