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Freedom’s Triumph Over Oppression

On Monday, November 10, the Young Americans for Freedom Chapter at the University of Michigan celebrated the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall by erecting their own Berlin Wall in the university’s Diag. The wall served as a commemoration of the wrongs performed by communism, and America’s victory over that evil. Although this victory serves as a …

Samantha AudiaFreedom’s Triumph Over Oppression
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Do the Left Thing

TRIGGER WARNING! It was one of the coldest days of this winter past, and I was hurrying along the Diag to class. The blistering cold did not turn my eyes from all the white privilege falling around my. All those white snowflakes falling thick upon the autumn leaves, burying their colors. Majoring in womyn’s studies, I’ve learned that oppression comes …

Omar MahmoodDo the Left Thing

In Response to the Daily: When Divisiveness Masquerades as Social Justice

This past Sunday, Rennie Pasquinelli authored an article, featured in the Michigan Daily, in which she accused “the system” of preferentially privileging Caucasians over other ethnic groups. She listed 20 observations that she asserted supported the conclusion that our university and our country engage in systematic discrimination against minorities.  The observations are probative only of the utter silliness and divisiveness …

Samuel ShragoIn Response to the Daily: When Divisiveness Masquerades as Social Justice
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Please, Stop Voting

This is an open letter to all of the newly enfranchised eighteen-year olds who happily cast their first ballot on Tuesday. Please stop voting. The issue isn’t that your votes are useless. It’s just that they are bad. Don’t take my word for it. Trust Winston Churchill: “The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter.” …

Shahid AhmadPlease, Stop Voting
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The War on Women?

Joni Ernst. Shelley Moore Capito. Mia Love. Elise Stefanik. They’re all victors of Tuesday’s midterm elections. They’re all women.  Oh – and they’re all Republicans. For those of us who knew the ‘War on Women’ was a manipulative election gimmick from day one, these victories are unsurprising. However, one can assume that liberals who banked on the ‘War on Women’ …

Samantha AudiaThe War on Women?
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An Opportunity for Conservative Reform

The Republicans have won the midterm elections. As the New York Times columnist Ross Douthat summarizes: “Control of the Senate with room to spare, easy victories in what were supposed to be tight purple-state races and even easier victories in red states, an unexpected nail biter in Virginia and an upset win in North Carolina, Rick Scott and Scott Walker …

Ryan ShinkelAn Opportunity for Conservative Reform
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The GOP has swept the election, and not only in the Senate. Republicans gained nine seats in the House, according to Real Clear Politics, with more likely to come. In the Senate, the GOP has gained seats in Arkansas, Colorado, Georgia, Iowa, Montana, North Carolina, South Dakota, and West Virginia, giving them control of the upper house and retiring the …

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Fire Dave Brandon? Not So Fast

Contra rallies in the Diag, not all of the students at the University of Michigan want Dave Brandon fired. I did not sign the petition calling for his dismissal nor did I participate in the protest calling for his termination, because both measures are imprudent, if not extreme, measures (Coach Hoke is another story). Although the protestors’ concerns may be …

Derek DraplinFire Dave Brandon? Not So Fast
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Firing Hoke: A Financial Non-Factor

The University of Michigan tends to spend money on some fairly outrageous things that the student body does not necessarily want or care about – i.e. spending $400,000 to relocate a tree. Tuesday’s rally and petition, however, made one thing abundantly clear – we want Brady Hoke and Dave Brandon fired. While the state of Dave Brandon’s job is a …

Jonathan RosenhanFiring Hoke: A Financial Non-Factor
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Che Guevara was evil.

That doesn’t stop Occupy UMich from proudly displaying a quote from him on their Tumblr page. And that doesn’t stop hundreds of students from wearing his iconic profile on their t-shirts, often without a clue to who Che really was. It is very ironic that on a campus that stresses individual expression and diversity, there are groups and individuals that …

Grant StroblChe Guevara was evil.