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Monday, January 26, 2015

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Editorials

From the Daily: State of the State

BY THE MICHIGAN DAILY

While Snyder’s speech was commendable in its recognition of previous achievements and idealistic goals, he neglected to expand upon the substantial steps needed to create a better future for the state of Michigan.

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From the Daily: An invasion of basic rights

Nolan Loh/Daily

BY THE MICHIGAN DAILY

Snyder’s approval of Senate Bills 105-107 simultaneously benefits certain ex-offenders while threatening the privacy of those accused of nonviolent felonies.

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From the Daily: A college for every community

Gabrielle DeCaro/Daily

BY THE MICHIGAN DAILY

While this new proposal is a leap forward for the U.S. education system, concerns and amendments still remain for the proposition.

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From the Daily: A questionable ACT

BY THE MICHIGAN DAILY

Despite possible benefits to this switch, the decision to switch to the SAT was first and foremost for the state’s economic benefit; it was a decision that seemingly did not take into account the difficulties families and students will face during the transition process.

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From the Daily: Aggregating opportunity

BY THE MICHIGAN DAILY

While there is potential in this technology to create a more personalized student experience, if the University were to implement a similar system, they should be aware of concerns regarding its possible invasiveness into students’ lives.

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From the Daily: More than a minor change

BY THE MICHIGAN DAILY

The University should be commended for expanding academics to include studies of different identities and it should find more ways to encourage students to take these classes.

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From the Daily: Drinking in the open

BY THE MICHIGAN DAILY

An approach of openness and comprehensive education offers the University the opportunity to shape the futures of Wolverines for years to come.

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From the Daily: A united approach

BY THE MICHIGAN DAILY

The University of Michigan is in a unique position to deal with these controversies: the athletic director is currently undetermined. There is an opportunity to hire a director who is dedicated to protecting and providing for the student-athletes as they deserve; one who is willing to spearhead reform and reach out to other universities to band together — as the Big Ten and Pac Twelve conferences have — to improve the welfare of our student-athletes.

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From the Daily: Athletics over academics

BY THE MICHIGAN DAILY

The NCAA and universities are responsible for their athletes’ educations, and must provide ways to make sure student-athletes aren’t left behind. Student-athletes should be given the chance to succeed and get the most from their college education, while engaging in their respective sports.

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From the Daily: Innovative learning

BY THE MICHIGAN DAILY

This commitment to engaged learning will allow the student body to reap the benefits that the University has to offer through a comprehensive education across the disciplines. However, the University should continue to develop new ways to incorporate these multidisciplinary instructional methods.

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Columns

Austin Davis: The cycle

BY AUSTIN DAVIS

Emit had to leave to catch a bus to meet his parole officer. I left our conversation wondering if employers in this city — whose community Emit felt treated him with respect — would respect a parolee enough to give him another shot.

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James Brennan: Evaluating WSN

BY JAMES BRENNAN

I have an interest in mental health care, in both definitions of the word “interest.” I find the topic interesting to read about and discuss, and as a person suffering from mental illness, it is in my best interest for these services to be available, affordable and transparent.

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Sara Shamaskin: Visceral reactions

BY SARA SHAMASKIN

So here’s what you do now. Go to YouTube and listen to these songs, think about how you’re feeling while listening to it. Listen to the songs a couple times if you have to, see how your body and mind respond.

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Jenny Wang: The power to express

BY JENNY WANG

When Charlie Hebdo published their magazine covers portraying the Prophet Muhammad, they sent a message to the world beyond merely their views on Islam. They told the world just how much power they, as non-Muslim artists, held.

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Viewpoints

Viewpoint: Reflecting on what they've learned

BY LIZZIE FINE

Although 2015 has just begun, it marks the beginning of the end for this year's graduating seniors. I talked with two students, Grace Treado and Kwesi Rutledge — both who have had memorable and unique experiences here at the University of Michigan.

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Michigan in Color: Speakin' Black ain't easy

BY TRAVON J. JEFFERSON

Black English Vernacular, is not stupid, it’s not a dysfunctional piece of English, and it’s a dialect that has developed a complex system of rules and syntax.

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Viewpoint: Dealing with dissonance

BY REGAN DETWILER

This happens to many freshmen: the first semester of college knocks them off their feet, creating the potential for a trip home for winter break that might be a little weird, spending extended amounts of time with friends and family who only knew you pre-first semester.

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Queer in Action: The oppressive pressures of the heteromold

BY MICHAEL SCHRAMM

I was pushed into the heteromold — the institutional and self-policed mold we use to cast every boy into this identity. My peers, and even adults, pressed with varying degrees of pressure against my bones to fit me into the cast.

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Michigan in Color: I like your hair

Illustration by Teresa Mathew and Keyana Thompson-Shaw

BY MICHAEL OLABISI

I like your hair
It kinks and curls like something burned
In the tropical fires of ages
It dances in circles
Like lazy days by the river
It sizzles like rage untapped
Your skin is brown
Sapodilla, corn sheaves, earth, shades
Of lions on savannas at sundown
Your eyes, the whites of your eyes
Dance in the beauty of a contrast
Supreme against your skin
Your hands draw

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Cartoons

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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Cartoon: Vice Grips #1

Vice Grips #1

BY RACHEL DAWSON

Rachel Dawson can be reached at rdawson@umich.edu.

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Michael Schramm: Maximizing the minimum wage

BY MICHAEL SCHRAMM

Raising the minimum wage will only create new problems for people living on minimum wage. Instead, we need to advocate programs and trade schools to help these people move into higher-paying positions.

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