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Monday, October 20, 2014

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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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From the Daily: A crisis of ignorance

BY THE MICHIGAN DAILY

Gender roles and sex are shaped by societal norms, and the effect this has on student perception of sex and women cannot be understated. Combating sexual crimes means addressing ignorance, and the University has an opportunity now to lead the way in sexual education and prevent rape and assault on campus.

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From the Daily: It's on all of us

BY THE MICHIGAN DAILY

As President Obama begins to combat sexual assault from a national level, it is important to remember that everyone can and should help. This is a crisis that has persisted for too long, and it's on all of us.

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From the Daily: Yes means yes

BY THE MICHIGAN DAILY

Given the surge of sexual assault cases, the state of Michigan and the University should review their current policies on sexual assault and implement elements of California’s legislation in order to create a safer campus environments across the state.

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Columns

Austin Davis: Forget your selfish fears

BY AUSTIN DAVIS

Americans need educate themselves on Ebola as opposed to resorting to unfounded fears. Doing this will better equip us as a nation in aiding those who the disease is truly effecting: impoverished Africans without the means to help themselves.

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Tyler Scott: A new way to listen

BY TYLER SCOTT

The Inclusive Language Campaign isn’t about how we should speak. What it’s really about is how we listen.

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David Harris: Restoring the roar

BY DAVID HARRIS

Detroit still has its myriad of problems. But the bright future of the city shines through. Its people show up time and time again for the city because just maybe this is the year not just for our football team, but for our city.

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Jenny Wang: Embracing our differences

BY JENNY WANG

We need to learn not only to tolerate one’s racial and cultural differences, but also to embrace this difference as a marker of who we are as individuals.

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Sara Shamaskin: Acceptance not tolerance

BY SARA SHAMASKIN

Our Michigan Bhangra Team has become a strong cultural force on campus, but is merely the tip of the iceberg in terms of cultural groups that promote and illustrate to the masses the aspects of their cultures that are unique and should be shared with the rest of us.

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Viewpoints

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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Michigan in Color: The Unbearable Weight of Sunlight

Courtesy of Anitha Menon

BY ANITHA MENON

I think (all the time) about the things I’ll someday teach my own daughter. She will know about grammar and kindness and about being patient and being passionate. She will know what it’s like to break hearts and to have her heart broken. She will know when to hold her tongue and when to hold her own. I’ll take her to the beach, and she will know how to swim and how to snorkel and canoe and raft. And maybe we will just sit in the sand and watch the water for hours and know what it’s like to feel indomitable and infinite.
But she will never, ever know the unbearable weight of sunlight.

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Viewpoint: Horrible leadership at the University, starring Dishell and Schlissel — A hilariously painful tragicomedy in four parts

BY SUMANA PALLE

I’m tired of having my voice repeatedly stolen by rich, white, heterosexual, cisgender men like Dishell and Schlissel who claim they care for political reasons but have made it very evident that they do not. I am out of tears, out of cookies to give to privileged folk who sometimes behave like decent human beings and generally just out of fucks to give.

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Viewpoint: In thickness or in health

BY RACHAEL LACEY

I think somehow there has emerged this binary of skinny and, as many label it, “curvy” that we have created. And the weird thing is, “we” is usually women, typically fueled, sadly, by a resentment that tends to follow body image insecurities. And it is absolutely ridiculous.

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Viewpoint: Tackling sexual assault on campus

BY SHERRIE KOSSOUDJI

Football is the bad boy of abusive behavior right now and it’s no wonder, many people say, since the game itself is so violent. But as we excoriate the NFL for lenient decisions in the face of domestic violence we expose our willful blindness to the simple ubiquity of violence against women.

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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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