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.
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.
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.