Category Archives: MSU
As some of you may or may not have seen, Mitch Rivard from MSU Dems posted this on his Facebook earlier and I wanted to repost it:
After watching the video go to this website to sign a petition to end discrimination against gay marriage.
I refuse (cannot try) to rhyme this because the word “blog” has many limitations. Live blogging a blogging convention seems very meta to me – Philip Seymour Hoffman, where are you?!
8:11 PM – Tom Duvall just shouted into a microphone, said tonight was the greatest night in Michigan sports history and introduced Mark Brewer… who then proceeded to still talk about sports. Is game a synonym for blog? Now we’re discussing Derek Dobbies. I like his tie.
8:12 – Conservatives don’t like Obama. Obama likes blogs. Therefore, conservatives don’t like blogs. Also, we like the stimulus package, so the stimulus package likes blogs and blogs are stimulating (but not for conservatives) and Obama is a great package. SO blog for money and Obama but not conservatives (because they don’t want to be stimulated.)
8:13 – UPDATE, ALERT, there will be a Governor’s race in 2010. A whole lotta bloggers for John Cherry.
8:15 – people smoke marijuana… people who are politicians.
8:16 – Bloggers are the best! They are better than the mainstream media! They are sticking it to Republicans in Grand Rapids! PS – here is Marcy Wheeler!
8:17 – Wheeler got her PhD at Michigan and therefore is da bomb. She straight chilled in the Libby trial and clacks mad keys for automotive issues and, more recently, the AIG scandal.
8:18 – Q: Where did the need for blogs come from? A: the internet. (but plus smarter stuff, too.)
8:19 – in the good old days, Pubbies could harnass the media (like the talkey talk box!) but now, with the evolution of the interwebs, we’ve usurped their power. Apparently bloggers are allegedly feisty than Rush Limbaugh… this is probably not the case. IN THE GOOD OLD DAYS, PARTISAN SKEWS WAS GOOD AND KIND. (Or, at least wildly accepted.) Partisan journalism cranks out da vote.
On the heels of the historic passage of Michigan Proposal 2, President Obama reversed George Bush’s 8 year old proposal that restricted federal funding for embryonic stem-cell research.Â Despite the outspoken criticism from the pro-incineration crowd (given that embryos not used in research are kept indefinitely frozen or destroyed, I’m hoping this honest term will replace disingenuous phrases like pro-life) this decision is squarely within the mainstream of public thought.
Leading pro-incineration-ist and doucebag extraordinaire Eric Cantor (R-Crazy Town) says that this decision is simply a distraction from the economic crisis before reciting the paranoid talking points (human cloning, embryo farming, half-man/half-dog hybrids, oh my!) of the extreme right.
The insanity begins five minutes in:
Let’s put aside the fact that his attempt to divorce medical research from economic growth is factually impossible.Â I’d ask Eric Cantor to talk to a wife whose husband no longer recognizes her due to Alzheimer’s disease whether life-saving research is just “distracting.”
Fallout continues from the Governor’s budget betrayal.Â Wait for the same things to happen at U-M.
Budget proposal fallout: MSU board warns of tuition hikes
The governor’s new budget cuts funding for state universities by 3% and then she has the audacity to demand that states freeze tuition.Â Yes this is a time of recession, yes everything has to be cut.Â But the general budget has been cut by 1.5% while funding for state universities has been cut 3%, double the cuts to everything else.Â That’s 3% out of an education budget that is already the nation’s most pathetic.Â And after decades of betrayal by Lansing, higher education is now once again the first thing on the state chopping-block.Â And don’t tell me Michigan has to spend so little on education because it has been mired in a recession for years.Â First of all, that’s all the more reason that we need to educate our next generation, but second of all, Michigan is still far from the poorest state in the country.Â We rank 35th out of the 50 states by GDP per capita.Â State universities have had no choice but to increase tuition as state funding has plummeted.Â If the state continues to abandon universities, those universities have no choice but to raise their own funds.
Update: Other programs weren’t cut at all.Â It looks like this is just a matter of misplaced priorities.
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1. Michigan has not beaten – or “outhustled*” according to the Daily’s great use of 70′s pimp lingo – State in an epic basketball game. Good thing when I heard everyone discussing this yesterday I assumed we were talking about hockey. There is a pretty stellar photograph of a dude flying in the air trying to get the ball in the hoop, but he’s about to be Chris Browned from behind… too soon?
2. Apparently the Greek system is fearing for a decrease in rush numbers due to the, er, faltering economy. Because if any organization on campus is known for frugality and monetary responsibility extending beyond B-School admissions, it’s most certainly students within the Panhellenic Association. (more…)
With the economic situation, nearly every state is facing a deficit as tax revenue decreases while demand for state services increases.Â And since states are bound by balanced-budget amendments, they don’t have the same leeway to adjust to the economic times that the federal government does.Â Taxes must be raised.Â Services must be cut.Â And here in Michigan, like throughout the country, it’s students’ necks who are on the chopping block yet again. (more…)
A new piece of legislation signed today by Governor Granholm offers a wonderful bright spot by creatign a public-private partnership that would offer tuition programs like the Kalamazoo Promise to low-income districts across the state.
The long-term solution for the economic malaise aflicting this state and this country is more education – a better ability to compete in the world economy.Â But despite our world-class universities the 25k/year tution is out of reach for many if not most students no matter how industrious, especially with the credit markets for student loans freezing up.Â Especially after Prop 2, without bold steps, the path to advancement will become open only to those already well-off and destroy the American Dream.Â Kudos to the Legislature and Governor Granholm for the best news to come out of Lansing in a long time.
It seems that every day brings a new sign of the state legislature’s mind-boggling betrayal of education.Â No-one needs to hear over again the economic statistics about why education is the only way to get the economy back on track.Â I just wanted to bring up another stat.Â Michigan gets an “F” in a new report out today on college affordability.Â So do 48 other states though, so there’s really no news story there (except that this entire country has turned its back on education, but that’s not news at this point.)Â What I found stunning, was this statistic: (more…)