I’m not sure if any word has been used as frequently as “populism” in regard to politics this year. Politicians, experts, media outlets and everyone in between have been using “populism” to describe the recent and frequently unnerving political volatility around the world.

Ornament harms Schlissel's tree
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I've been a columnist for three semesters, expounding upon nearly every substantive opinion I've had over that time and putting it to words. It has made me challenge every thought and better articulate why I believe in the causes that I support and, sometimes, want to fight for.

I am sitting here writing this column, and in another tab of my nifty web browser, the New York Knicks are playing. I am alone, hunkered down in my basement as wet muck falls from the sky outside. Nobody wants to watch sports with me. 

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.

President-elect Donald Trump’s rhetoric outflanked the Democrats in one crucial aspect this year: the idea of populism.

Catching the bus
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With the hate crime reports and white supremacist fliers that have spread throughout campus this year, it is important that we as a university further address how to be a proactive bystander in problematic situations where racist language is spewed and racially charged aggressions are committed.

Freedom of the press, freedom of speech and the freedom of assembly — the foundation of American democracy is in the First Amendment.

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Do you have a voice that needs to be shared? Do you find yourself theorizing about why events in the news happen the way they do?

Over the past several months, protests over construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline have grown from a whisper to a feverous roar, both on campus and across the nation.

This week on campus, students continued to react to both the presidential election results and the multiple hate

Yesterday, many students woke up and didn’t know what to do. Over the past eight years, most millennials have lived and breathed an Obama administration, an administration that captured many of their goals and inspired tremendous hope for the future.

What we feel — and what most of our campus feels — is an enormous loss in Hillary Clinton’s defeat in this election. With Trump’s victory, racism, misogyny and hate appear to have won.

A month ago, presidential candidate Hillary Clinton held an 11-point lead over Donald Trump. As of Monday night, that had dwindled to a 3-point lead.

Next week, Ann Arbor residents will vote to elect the city's mayor as well as five candidates to fill seats on City Council. Four of the six seats are uncontested, including the mayoral position.

Next week, Ann Arbor residents will vote on a controversial ballot proposal to extend the term of office for Ann Arbor mayor and City Council members from two years to four years.

Next week, the residents of the state of Michigan, including any student registered to vote in the state, will be voting on two open positions on the University of Michigan Board of Regents.