Viewpoints

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.

For years now, Students Allied for Freedom and Equality has brought resolutions to Central Student Government, calling on the University to divest from companies that profit from Israel’s violations of Palestinian human rights.

Henry of Germany lectures at the University of Bologna, latter half of 14th century.

Think about the iconic learning space of higher education: the lecture hall. It is iconic because it has been a staple in universities since their beginning. Medieval images from the University of Bologna, founded in 1088, show students listening, pretending to listen or napping before a professor.

Students today are living in a period unlike any in history, with unprecedented levels of inequality

This month, two remarkable events occurred that passed mostly under the radar here on campus.

People don’t like to talk about women.