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From the Daily: Stressing the small stuff

BY THE MICHIGAN DAILY

Reports of stress and anxiety may appear to be common, everyday emotions, and thus undeserving of such attention. But willful disregard for basic mental health will certainly lead to larger and more serious disorders that can have devastating effects. By working to lower stress and anxiety levels of its students, the University can prevent future cost and illness.

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From the Daily: A contraception conundrum

BY THE MICHIGAN DAILY

While University students’ use of contraception is much higher than the national average, the decrease in contraception use at the University brings up questions about its availability.

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From the Daily: Learning to stay in the blue

BY THE MICHIGAN DAILY

While there are efforts to curtail alcohol and substance abuse among students in residential halls, a more comprehensive program must be created to ensure off-campus students possess the knowledge to avoid unhealthy behaviors throughout the duration of their college careers.

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From the Daily: Breaking the silence

BY THE MICHIGAN DAILY

Passing down judgment and decisions without a clear explanation leaves the rest of the student body in the dark. Rejected resolutions receive little feedback and thus no direction for how to edit, rewrite or proceed with their championed cause. Unexplained rejections or approvals of resolutions create a sense of randomness to the process, as few people outside the Student Assembly and CSG understand the underlying logic.

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From the Daily: A major wake up call

BY THE MICHIGAN DAILY

The department has lost support of fans with its ticket pricing and policy, and the support of sports fans and non-fans alike with its handling of the Gibbons incident and Morris injury. This outcry and negative sentiment cannot be ignored by the Athletic Department, and reparations must be made.

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From the Daily: Unintended consequences

BY THE MICHIGAN DAILY

While the rankings are estimable in their creation, producers of college rankings must put forth the effort to provide objective information that coincides with the interests of all parties included.

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From the Daily: An alternative application

BY THE MICHIGAN DAILY

The University should consider expanding and intensifying its efforts toward poorer areas, and fully commit to the goal of spreading awareness for underprivileged students in a broader context. Comprehensive outreach that includes information about securing financial aid, supplemental after-school curriculums and positive attitudes toward higher education increases success rates of underprivileged students. If universities truly intend on opening their doors to less conventional students, they could start by aiding those of lower socioeconomic status years before applications even begin.

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From the Daily: A painful lesson

BY THE MICHIGAN DAILY

While the situation with Morris was a huge mistake, it also serves as a wakeup call for the University and for other schools around the country to prevent repeats of the situation and continue to make player safety a priority. Better concussion protocol is essential for players’ futures, both on the field and off.

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From the Daily: A cohesive strategy

BY THE MICHIGAN DAILY

While the campaign is admirable in its creation, the White House must provide students with tangible solutions, such as the Bipartisan Campus Accountability and Safety Act, in order to actually initiate change.

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From the Daily: A private investigation

BY THE MICHIGAN DAILY

The University should expand the resources, such as the SANE program, implement new emergency responses and clarify existing investigation methods.

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Columns

Abby Taskier: Unified by faith or bound by obligation?

BY ABBY TASKIER

I am Jewish. I am proud of the culture Judaism has created and developed, the moral code it promotes, the level of perseverance amidst endless persecution that Jews have endured. But I am disturbed by the homogeneity of Jewish institutions, especially those here on campus, that subsequently produce homogenous, uncontested thought.

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Melissa Scholke: Sickening state of student loans

BY MELISSA SCHOLKE

Individuals from poorer backgrounds are consistently told to work hard in order to go to college and to obtain a degree. Their persistence and struggle will supposedly guarantee success and a better life, but in reality, they risk becoming ensnared in debt with poor health and little motivation.

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Eli Cahan: Thinking CAPS

BY ELI CAHAN

Luckily, in my time of need, I had friends, family and a therapist I felt comfortable turning to. Not all may be so lucky in the moment they need it most.

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Omar Mahmood: I am Urdu

BY OMAR MAHMOOD

I write this essay in English. But my spirit will never speak English. My grandpa was Urdu. My father is Urdu. I will be Urdu.

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Maja Tosic: Warning — This institution supports blindness

BY MAJA TOSIC

Until this institution stops blindly breeding privilege on top of privilege, it will continue to run the same course. Until then, there will be no program to teach me and my privileged peers of the impact of our actions. It’s upon us to unlearn and to become aware of our identities.

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Viewpoints

Michigan in Color: Taking back my Black

Photo Courtesy of Sundai Johnson

BY SUNDAI JOHNSON

My Blackness, my Black Womanhood, the whole of my identity, is mine. It belongs to me and I carry it in calloused hands. I do not tip toe, I stomp. I rumble and shake and move the ground like earthquakes. And I conquer victoriously — with my crown made of black gold.

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Viewpoint: U-M Sustainability Culture — Actions Not Keeping Up with Awareness

BY LISA PAPPAS

According to findings from a new U-M Sustainability Cultural Indicators Program report, most U-M faculty, students, and staff have boosted their knowledge about how to be more sustainable, particularly in the areas of foods and waste prevention. However, behavior in these areas has remained essentially the same.

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Viewpoint: Sharing stories, ending stigma

BY STUDENTS FOR CHOICE

It’s our duty as young people who care about the safety and well being of our community to amplify the voices of individuals who have had abortions by creating a space for them to share their stories free of the shame and stigma that currently surrounds abortion.

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Viewpoint: Continuing the conversation

BY MADELINE HIGGINS

By the end of “Good Kids,” I felt uneasy about the neglected pieces of the portrayed narrative, but I was unable to fully articulate what I thought was missing. After an evening of No Thai, “The Office” and a good night of sleep, I was able to give a voice to the parts that I thought “Good Kids” left unsaid.

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Viewpoint: Protest in Ann Arbor — business as usual

BY JOEL ELCONIN

the next time the media pours into Ann Arbor, to cover a protest, let’s pray they can place the event in its proper historical perspective, and not produce an oversimplification that merely portrays a group of students who are unhappy with the status of their football team. Instead, the press should treat student unrest with the proper respect it deserves, by recognizing how protest is embedded in every hallway, classroom, and common area at the University of Michigan.

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Cartoons

Cartoon: Freshman year to senior year

BY VIRGINIA EASTHOPE

Virginia can be reached at vcehope@umich.edu.

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Cartoon: Major in dreaming, minor in napping

BY VIRGINIA EASTHOPE

Virginia Easthope can be reached at vcehope@umich.edu.

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Eli Cahan: Of memory, learning and training

BY ELI CAHAN

Freshmen anticipate adding to their “bookshelf” of knowledge, whereas upperclassmen believe they’ll only need the knowledge the duration of the semester, and then POOF, out it goes with the spring cleaning. It’s not that the freshmen are wrong: in fact, they’re completely right in spirit. But, the upperclassmen know the practical phenomena of the classroom: whereby memory cycles operate on four-week intervals (unless, heaven forbid, the final is cumulative).

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