With problems such as sexual assault and alcohol abuse disproportionately affecting Greek life members, it’s obvious some sort of action is required. However, administrators should not be led to believe that holding a large meeting, during which they talked at members instead of with them, was a productive use of time. Instead, they should realize they failed to engage their target audience and made little, if no progress in initiating needed reforms.

So the next time you feel the urge to go to a tanning bed, be sure to weigh the risks and benefits. Keep in mind that the temporary bronzed appearance you’re after is just that — all too short-lived.

To admit that you are not prepared, that you might not have the fire, takes incredible courage and principle. I understand why you don’t want to run, but it’s the exact reason you should.

From 4 to 6 p.m. tonight we will be hosting our first ever "Queer Carnival" at Regents Plaza (look for the big, spinning cube). There will be carnival snacks, games and a chance to connect with LGBTQ faculty and staff, as well as friends and allies. We hope to see you there.

Rachel Dawson can be reached at rdawson@umich.edu

Rachel Dawson can be reached at rdawson@umich.edu.

It’s time to start prioritizing those things because these are the experiences that will go a long way in living the life I want to live — one that’s not sucked away by staring at social media.

On July 4, as people celebrated the United States' Independence Day and I watched the smoke settling from the fireworks of the night sky, I could not stop thinking about the fog that looms over the nation.

On Tuesday, Oakland University announced it would increase tuition by 8 percent starting in the fall semester. The drastic tuition increase is well above the state-imposed cap of 3.2 percent that colleges must meet in order to receive their performance-based aid from the state.

When I first heard “The Monster” by Eminem ft. Rihanna, I wasn’t impressed. My personal music critics (read: all three of my housemates) constantly condemned the entire “Marshall Mathers LP2”; there was no awe-inspiring talent, the samples were awful, the lyrics mediocre.