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Why I declined to write a letter of recommendation

In my capacity as a graduate student instructor of political science at the University of Michigan, I recently declined to recommend a student to a study abroad program in Israel.

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As alumni of the University of Michigan, we are profoundly disappointed with the University’s decision to discipline Prof. John Cheney-Lippold, who has been punished for declining to write a letter of recommendation to a student applying to study in Israel.

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I’ve sat through my classes in the past weeks and watched as students halfheartedly took lecture notes while they streamed hearing after hearing on their laptops, like a melancholy version of March Madness.

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Recently, John Cheney-Lippold, an associate professor in the American Culture Department at the University of Michigan, declined a student’s request for a recommendation letter for a study abroad program, with vocal support from multiple activists on campus. The reason?

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When my parents started feeding me music, they treated love songs like alcohol. Little tastes from their cups — sips of wine, accosting them if they guzzle down more beer than they’re allowed. And never any hard alcohol because who gives a 10-year-old a shot of vodka?

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In 2009, Marc Webb’s directorial debut “(500) Days of Summer” was released to high acclaim. The film, told in a non-linear arc, guides us through the eyes of Tom Hansen, played by Joseph Gordon-Levitt, a hopeless romantic who becomes infatuated with Summer Finn, portrayed by Zooey Deschanel.

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At a time in history when every political norm has been upended and replaced with partisanship and personal attacks, we remember the American hero, Sen. John McCain, RArizona.

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With many people expecting Democrats to take back the U.S. House of Representatives — and even the Senate — in 2018, it is an opportune time to go over the way Democrats can continue to win and make gains going forward. Let me preface this by saying that I am not a Democrat.