Monday, November 20, 2017 - 12:55pm

I love being a Jew. Though not very religious, a huge part of my identity is the fact that I’m Jewish, and I love that. I love the community, the songs, the traditions, the food, the learning, just about everything. Not only am I Jewish, but I feel very connected to Israel; my parents emigrated from Israel in 1983 for my dad to continue his education and they built a life here. Almost all the rest of my family — grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins still live in Israel and I’ve visited many times. 

Monday, November 20, 2017 - 12:44pm

As a Jew who staunchly supports Israel’s right to exist, I will always have serious doubts about the intentions behind divesting from Israel. Yet, it was clear to me as I listened to appeals for creating a committee to investigate divestment at the Central Student Government vote last Wednesday that there are students on campus who are truly motivated by a deep-felt desire to uplift Palestinians without the intention of harming the Jewish people.

Sunday, November 19, 2017 - 7:07pm

In the early morning hours on Wednesday, the University of Michigan Central Student Government narrowly passed a resolution that asked the Board of Regents to create a committee to investigate alleged human rights violations against Palestinians. I had followed the issue closely, and I sat in that room listening to hours of debate.

Sunday, November 19, 2017 - 11:41am

Over fall break, my roommates and I went to a nightclub in Toronto. It was a great night, but the one major downside was the men. Every few minutes, another man would ask one of us to dance. When we told them no, they would continue to lurk near us and watch us, even going as far as to follow us when we moved across the dance floor in an attempt to avoid them. We quickly learned we had to be unapologetically blunt.

Sunday, November 19, 2017 - 11:39am

I hesitate to critique Greek life from the outside, because members I know routinely attest to the unparalleled benefits they receive from their membership. And maybe they’re right. Still, it feels a bit like when students defend the use of laptops in their seminar class, or when someone would launch into a defense of classroom cellphone use in high school — I’m on your side, but it’s fairly obvious to everyone what we’re really talking about. 

Sunday, November 19, 2017 - 11:32am

The campus here in Ann Arbor typically has a great pulse on the looming issues across the United States. We all know the University of Michigan’s campus is quite often at the forefront of discussions about social equality, race relations and political controversies. But one impending crisis has gone virtually unnoticed by the people I speak to, and it has the potential to affect every graduate on campus. I’m not talking about our football team. I’m talking about a looming bubble lurking in U.S. equity markets. 

Thursday, November 16, 2017 - 5:41pm

Jean-Jacques Rousseau, the great 18th-century Genevan philosopher, wrote in The Social Contract the processes to establish a political institution. The bedrock idea put forth in his writing is that there are two parts to society: the sovereign and the government. The sovereign consists of the populace, and develops an infallible “general will,” the collectively held desire that strives for the common good of the society.

Thursday, November 16, 2017 - 4:42pm

Perhaps to your chagrin, this is another column regarding the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions movement at the University of Michigan.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017 - 6:58pm

While I’m no modern lifestyle guru, I have in fact noticed the frequent use of the qualifier “minimalist” as an antecedent for many of the current “hottest trends.” (And yes, I do realize I sound like a middle-aged white mom as I type this phrase.) Recently, I’ve heard friends and acquaintances alike refer to their preferences as those of a minimalist — be it musical taste, clothing choice or living arrangement.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017 - 6:17pm

I was invited to a bar crawl this past weekend. Though I love Charley’s, The Brown Jug and Rick’s, the thought of going to each in quick succession made me anxious. I tried to do a quick mental calculation of how much mixed drinks, beer and cover from each bar would cost me. The number was intimidating.

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