Viewpoints

Imagine you are a social justice warrior in college. You believe that Bernie Sanders’s ideas are novel. You are passionate about raising the minimum wage. You believe women have a right to free and safe abortions. You think college tuition ought to be free for all Americans. 

As of 2017, eight states and the District of Columbia have legalized the recreational use of cannabis.

I remember very clearly my first experience with divestment at the University of Michigan. I was 6,000 miles away and it was the spring of 2014.

For too long, Palestinian students at the University of Michigan have had to pay tuition to a university that invests in oppression and violence against their own people.

When I was about five years old, I found a picture book in the children’s section of my neighborhood library with an illustration of a mass of KKK members in white sheets, riding horses down a hill.

Last Tuesday night, I left the Central Student Government meeting overcome with emotion. It was not because of the pride I felt standing united with my community, but rather because I was told that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is comparable to the Holocaust.

Throughout 2017, our University has experienced its own campus climate issues within a broader national context of deep divisions.

I used to have a lot of pride for attending the University of Michigan, a university I considered ethical, forward-thinking and diligent about acting on the opinions of its students. Lately, however, I have been quite disappointed in my school.

Growing up, I always envisioned myself living in a sorority house at whatever college I ended up attending. For some reason, whenever I pictured what I would look like years down the road, happily committed to a university, I was always wearing Greek letters.

Half of a million dollars is the kind of spending money any rational individual could change their life with. In the hands of a top-notch university, this is no different.

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