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Thursday, November 20, 2014

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Editorials

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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From the Daily: The road to recovery

BY THE MICHIGAN DAILY

With the approval of its bankruptcy plan, Detroit has been granted a rare second chance and a pointed direction for growth. However thankful the city may be, this is not the time to relax.

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From the Daily: Postponing the inevitable

BY THE MICHIGAN DAILY

Furthering the struggle to obtain marriage equality in Michigan, the Sixth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals issued a 2-1 ruling Nov. 6 upholding the state’s ban on same-sex marriage. A final resolution by the Supreme Court may take time, but until then, the government should work to enact legislation that will award benefits to same-sex couples who are currently being denied the entirety of their rights.

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From the Daily: Nothing to hide?

BY THE MICHIGAN DAILY

While there are conflicting opinions about whether or not state document retention policies apply to the University, it’s also unclear why the school has taken itself to be an exception and is engaging in a larger pattern of behavior that obscures public transparency.

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From the Daily: VOTE Taylor, White, Weiser and Schauer

BY THE MICHIGAN DAILY

Because there is so much at stake, students must pay attention to the issues and make informed decisions on Tuesday.

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From the Daily: A principled tradition

BY THE MICHIGAN DAILY

Michigan’s storied history is a winning one — especially in football — but it’s not the scoreboard from which students and alumni draw their pride. The true value of the Michigan tradition is the moral standard by which all students, staff and alumni are supposed to conduct themselves.

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From the Daily: Profiting off students

BY THE MICHIGAN DAILY

It is imperative that Gov. Rick Snyder and the Michigan State Legislature work together to swiftly regulate the for-profit college education industry as part of a strategic policy for reducing student debt overall.

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From the Daily: Driving innovation

BY THE MICHIGAN DAILY

The state should be promoting economic pressure for innovation and more environmentally friendly options. It is improbable that Tesla will competitively overwhelm GM, Ford, and other Michigan incumbent automakers in the current market. And in the long run, additional competitors in the automotive marketplace will generate competitive innovation, benefitting the state's economy and residents, and Michigan legislature and Gov. Snyder should welcome this.

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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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Columns

Melissa Scholke: Empty promises

BY MELISSA SCHOLKE

Until same-sex marriage is legalized — without a doubt — laws will continue to dictate whether an individual can freely lead the life they desire. Our friends and family deserve action, not more empty promises.

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Maja Tosic: This column is not about football

BY MAJA TOSIC

Instead this article is about the voices that have been silenced, because football has taken the forefront of concerns. Even though this institution will first listen to #firedavebrandon before #expelrapists, I will not. Even though the Board of Regents and University President sit in their cushioned lives so far removed from reality, I will not.

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Derek Wolfe: Unhealthy election habits

BY DEREK WOLFE

While elections are necessary for our great democracy, the dynamics that accompany them are incredibly complicated and overall unhealthy. Through my anecdotal evidence alone, it’s clear that it’s difficult to gauge one’s true motivations.

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James Brennan: Catharsis

BY JAMES BRENNAN

Like sexual assault, ignorance and selfishness are at crisis levels in America.

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Maura Levine: Open to interaction

BY MAURA LEVINE

As we sink into the deep depression that signals the impending doom of winter, we search for ways to make ourselves warm again, inside and out. People turn on the Christmas music way too early and pull out their favorite sweaters with the hope that these small efforts will stave off the inevitable arctic chill.

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Viewpoints

Viewpoint: Winning the battle for blood

BY LAUREL FRICKER

When I returned to campus for my sophomore year, my personal goal was that by the end of November, every single student as well as faculty and staff member on the University of Michigan’s campus would have heard the words “Blood Battle” at least once, and hopefully even know for what they stood. I am afraid I have not yet successfully completed my goal.

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Viewpoint: Make Saturday count

BY FOOTBALL STUDENT ADVISORY COMMITTEE

As a student body, our attitude toward this upcoming football game is important. Saturday marks the last home game of the season, the last time we will walk through those hallowed gates into our house this year, and our attitude will dictate our experience of the game. So, let’s choose to put aside our critiques and complaints and make the matchup between Michigan and Maryland the best home football game atmosphere yet.

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Viewpoint: Transforming gender conversations

BY CULLEN O’KEEFE

So, from this Transgender Awareness Week forward, I urge you, reader, to be mindful of your language and activism when discussing gender and sex, and I call on us all as a community to include and celebrate the lived experiences of trans people as more than just an asterisk to otherwise-cisgender narratives. Lives depend on it.

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Viewpoint: Taking action on a two state solution

BY MICAH NELSON

If we support the autonomy of both Israelis and Palestinians, advocating for Palestinian self-determination is essential. It can start here at Michigan. We are eager for Hillel to join us.

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Viewpoint: Institutional trauma

BY ELIZA CADOUX

PTSD is real. Chronic pain is real. Anxiety is real. Depression is real. Take our minds seriously. Take us seriously. Stop telling us you care and show us you do.

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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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