Brown and Garner: the Fallout and the Fix

As a result of the regrettable and tragic deaths of both 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, MO and father-of-six Eric Garner in New York, protests and demonstrations—as well as looting and “die-ins” (demonstrations in which people lie down as if dead)—have sprung up with an almost feverish obsession, presumably to make known our collective disgust with “the system,” our angst …

Deion KathawaBrown and Garner: the Fallout and the Fix

Rediscovering the Meaning of Diversity

In light of the recent media coverage that has surrounded the University, now is the perfect time to bring up the issue that exists within the fight for equality, freedom of expression, speech, and religion, and diversity. Using the example of the satirical column written by a conservative student at the University of Michigan, it is clear that those who …

Grace BrangRediscovering the Meaning of Diversity

Michigan Athletics Under President Schlissel

It has been an unpredictably chaotic first semester for newly elected U-M President Mark Schlissel.  His initial goal of improving the academic allure of the University has seemingly been sidelined by the conundrum surrounding the crumbling athletic department, including the recent resignation of athletic director Dave Brandon.  Michigan Athletics seems to be in a rough spot, and fingers have been …

Michigan ReviewMichigan Athletics Under President Schlissel
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UM Math Textbooks to Have Trigger Warning Labels

After repeated student protests and online petitions, the University of Michigan is to issue beginning in the 2015 Winter Term, trigger warnings on any mathematic textbooks that include mentions of Euclidean geometry, due to the math’s historic exclusion of non-straight lines. One student protest group, the Students Triggered by Euclidean Math (STEM), wrote on their Facebook page, “For too long, …

Ryan ShinkelUM Math Textbooks to Have Trigger Warning Labels

Yik Yak Threats and Social Responsibility Questions

Yik Yak, an anonymous social media service that groups users together based solely on geographic location, is marketed as a network that “levels the playing field and gives everyone an equal voice.” By allowing users to post anonymous statements, and allowing other users to upvote or downvote these statements, “”the quietest kid in the class can be the funniest and …

Jonathan RosenhanYik Yak Threats and Social Responsibility Questions
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Inclusive Language Campaign Stifles Academic Growth

Donna Shalala, current President of the University of Miami, once said that you can’t have a university without freedom of speech. And apparently this is all well and good – as long as the speech is ‘inclusive.’ The University of Michigan’s Inclusive Language Campaign (ILC) is a new, campus-wide initiative that launched this September, operating under the tagline, “Stop. Think. …

Samantha AudiaInclusive Language Campaign Stifles Academic Growth

University to Award Honorary Doctorate to Affirmative Action Proponent

Commencement this December will be welcomed with four additions to the list of honorary doctoral degree recipients from the University—at least one of these recipients has questionable relations. Of these four esteemed individuals, three attended the university in one form or another, according The University Record. Susan Baer, member of Germany’s Federal Constitutional Court and feminist legal theory expert, received …

Kayla GarthusUniversity to Award Honorary Doctorate to Affirmative Action Proponent
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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