Viewpoints

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.

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.

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.

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