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Thirstiest Man Alive Declares War On Serifs

Marco Rubio was probably the kid in school that always turned his essays in written in Arial, when the teacher had explicitly said to use Times New Roman. He’s also the candidate for president who, in his announcement, explicitly invoked the theme of a new century and a need for new ideas. It certainly looks like he’s the candidate of the future; a future where people no longer use serifs and have abandoned capital letters, except in subheadings. New ideas for a new century? Sounds great right? What a revolutionary concept! That pesky Obama just didn’t seem to understand that we, as voters, were ready for some sort of change. If only Obama had run on the idea of change that we could have believed in.

Again and again Rubio declares that he is the candidate of the 21st century, and proclaims that we as Americans must abandon the policies of yesterday that are stopping us from being truly great. However, while his rhetoric points to a “new” plan, his views on political issues are literally the same regressive, bigoted, and backward ones that have been taught in Republican-candidacy 101 since the 80s and 90s. When Rubio talks about “tax reform” he doesn’t mean closing loopholes. He means lowering corporate tax rates, lowing income taxes for the wealthy, and giving the richest .01% of Americans an opportunity to pay even less, while they make their money on the backs of those in poverty. When Rubio talks about reducing regulations, he is referring to allowing banks to act in the same irresponsible way that led to the financial crisis of 07-08, allowing polluters to poison our environment, and making it even easier to buy a gun without a background check. When Rubio talks about controlling spending, he really means gutting Medicare and social security, and actually increasing military spending significantly. I could go on…

It’s a safe assumption that the Republican primary is going to be once again reminiscent of a professional wrestling free-for-all, both in the ridiculous process, and in the ridiculous participants. Regardless of who emerges from the sweaty pile of men, the winner will no doubt be: anti-choice, anti-tax, anti-diplomacy, anti-healthcare, anti-public education, anti-science, and at the most basic level, anti-government. That being said, we still have a long way to go before the Republican candidates for president embarrass themselves on television in their primary debates.

Till then, stay thirsty.

 

 

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Laura Meyer Presents | The Daily Daily

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The Daily is actually really good today. I don’t know how to feel about this.
+ Carolyn Gearig investigated the current campus climate around sexual assault prevention and awareness. This past year has brought a lot of changes, including 92 new volunteers to SAPAC! (Also my project to develop resources for faculty, including a syllabus statement about campus resources, is mentioned, no biggie i’m famous, whatever)
+ Your must-read today. A response to comments to international students telling them to “go home”: “Go back to my own country? This is my country. Go back to Lebanon? I wish I could.” #MichiganInColor #KillinIt
+ Check out the Daily’s best of Ann Arbor rankings for your new Ann Arbor bucket list. (But Hatcher is the best place to study? I’m personally obsessed with the Fine Arts Library in Tappan. Reply with your fav study spots because I’m always looking for more.)
+ The AA City Council debate hosted at the Ford School touched on some ~rad~ topics, like affordable housing, police/citizen relations, transportation, and the prospect of changing the elections to allow students to participate. See, but you’d have to get students to actually vote….
+ The administration is considering some much-needed changes to the student sexual misconduct policy! And I was quoted! #fame #celebrity
+ Read about the history of SAPAC, the Sexual Assault Prevention and Awareness Center (and Very Important Thing in Laura’s Life), one of the first university centers dedicated to ending sexual violence on college campuses. Sometimes “Leaders and Best” actually means something.
+ Bonus bullet! Students marched for a $15 minimum wage! #RaiseTheWage
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Collin Kelly Presents | The Daily Daily

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+ Students of the Year! IMPORTANT PSA: Click on the pictures for information about the awesome stuff they did. I was unaware of this innovative feature at first. You’re welcome.
+ Thanks for the update, Daily (or Detroit Free Press, which reported the same news nearly two weeks ago). Still, good job trying to spread the good news about Snyder’s promise to veto any RFRA in Michigan.
+ ”Panel discusses election cycles, term lengths in Ann Arbor.” Important? Probably. Interesting? Eh.
+ A lot of talk about changes to the Student Sexual Misconduct Policy. Let’s just hope these talks turn into some real, positive change.
+ Pretty powerful editorial about the negative stereotypes surrounding people with STIs.
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Stephen Culbertson Presents | The Daily Daily

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+ Not really sure what to say about this editorial. It’s good? but like bad too? Please tell me how to feel about this article.
+ Should the death penalty be used against the Boston Bomber?
+ Fight for $15 encourages the University to pay its student employees…well… $15 an hour. Yay higher wages!
+ Guess which group received racist and threatening messages directly after the American Sniper fiasco? If you guessed MENA and muslim students, then you’re right.
+ People are still writing about ‘American Sniper’ at the Daily.
+ Props to Fashion for Freedom for protesting of the objectification of women on and around campus.
+ Obama’s former domestic policy director (and UM alum) Melody Barnes spoke at the Ford School
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Ellie Edgell Presents | The Daily Daily

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+ One student gives us a recap of American Idol’s weekly performances, which just made me realize that I miss Paula, Simon, and Randy.

+ SAPAC reaffirms their definition of consent, presumably partially in response to last week’s investigatory report on discrepancies between the definitions given by SAPAC versus the Student Sexual Misconduct Policy.

+ On Sunday, the 10th annual Festifools parade marched down Main St. Check out the photo gallery of the puppets, which included a 20 foot baby, Mark Schlissel, and mother earth.

+ Although our basketball, football, and hockey teams all had lackluster seasons, the Michigan Softball team continues to dominate, now ranked #1 in the Big 10 and #4 in the country.

+ Should the University provide laptops to students who may not otherwise be able to afford them?

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Sarah Henzlik Presents | The Daily Daily

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+ The University is open to amending the Statement of Student Rights and Responsibilities. Participation is open to all students.

+ One person’s take on why the controversy surrounding the UMix screening of ‘American Sniper’ demonstrates that it is simply ‘more than a movie’

+ Tornado! Or just a warning.

+ A question regarding the relation between wording of survey questions and potential triggers for survivors of sexual assault and their allies.

+ Should we reconsider how we define ‘higher education’ and its merits?


Don’t forget the Pancake Breakfast this Sunday!
Until then,
Sarah
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Lea Presents | The Daily Daily

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+ In an about-face, the University decides it actually will show the film “American Sniper” at UMix tomorrow night, along with “Paddington Bear” (which definitely sounds like a better choice anyways). The one thing the Daily forgets to mention about this controversy is that the people creating these petitions won’t be attending UMix regardless of which movie is showing.
+ President Mark Schlissel’s final fireside chat of the year focused on sexual assault on campus, with Schlissel saying that the University will likely unveil modifications to the sexual misconduct policy in the fall. While this is obviously a step in the right direction, more needs to be done.
+ This is not even remotely close to what my college education has been like. Jazz 450? Meditation? Communing with nature? How does anyone even have time for these classes?
+ The Daily has been really serious and philosophical today. In this article, a graduating senior tells us that “possibility is only bounded by the imagination.”
+ The Daily supports the program to help recruit students from Kalamazoo Public Schools. This article says absolutely nothing that wasn’t published in this other article (even the quotes are the same), but good.
+ IMPORTANT PSA: a Chrome plug-in has been created to let you see professors’ RateMyProfessor ratings listed under their names in the LSA Course Guide. You can find it on the Chrome Web Store under the name “University of Michigan Courseguide+.”
+ Don’t forget, Getting Into Government is tonight at 8pm in the Kalamazoo Room of the Michigan League!
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Leah Schneck Presents | The Daily Daily

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+ **TRIGGER WARNING: this article contains some details of a sexual assault incident.** The Daily does sexual assault on campus some serious justice. This is so important. How are we supposed to navigate consent given the discrepancies in definitions taught by SAPAC (to all freshman through Haven, Relationship Remix, and Change it Up) and those enumerated in University policies? “If Emily failed to do or say something to communicate lack of consent, the fact that after the fact she experienced some psychological reaction (such as, e.g. PTSD) is of no relevance from the point of view of what the boys saw and heard or what consent Emily did or did not give at the time,” the statement read. No. Emily, you did nothing wrong. This is not your fault. What happened is a reflection not only of a culture where assault and rape are normalized but of a flawed University system of policies and legal procedures. It is not fair, nor anywhere near equitable. I applaud you for making this visible and I support you wholeheartedly.  

+The Daily’s editorial response to the previous piece. “The University must own up to its faults and make integral changes to its OIE investigation process, sexual misconduct policy and education programs. Further inaction in this regard cannot be tolerated.”

+ Not just another viewpoint about feminism: “ Just because a generalization has an exception, these exceptions do not eliminate the validity of the statement…I’m not going to pretend that feminism is perfect, but feminism is important.” Check these out #YesAllWomen#NotAllMen

+ University trying to increase diversity in applicant pool by recruiting students from Kalamazoo Public Schools.

+ ”Since ['colorblind' ideology] teaches people not to acknowledge racial difference, many white people in predominantly white spaces have the privilege to not feel as though they need to speak up or question the lack of diversity that surrounds them.”

+ Anastassios Adamopoulos (obviously worth the read just because of their amazing name) wrote a piece about the contested city council race in Ward 4, where 20% of registered students live. Eaton vs. Magiera..dundundunnnnnnnn.

+ The Daily has a column about noise in the Diag, but Every Three Weekly is so much more fun. “Birds are chirping, flowers are in bloom and thousands of heathens are walking across campus completely unaware of their sickly, blackened souls and total spiritual bankruptcy.”-ETW


+Getting Into Government is tomorrow night at 8pm in the Kalamazoo Room of the League #GiG

Please keep the conversation going about sexual assault- it’s important for all of us.
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Pancake Breakfast 2015

 

Sunday, April 12th, The College Democrats will be hosting our 10th annual Pancake Breakfast fundraiser! This year’s honored guest is Congresswoman Debbie Dingell. Congresswoman Dingell has been a tremendous ally and supporter of College Dems over the years and we are excited to welcome her again to our fundraiser.

Details:

When?: Sunday, April 12th, 10am-12pm
Where?: Arbor Brewing Company, 114 E. Washington St.
Tickets: $15 Individual, 25 Couple, $5 Student

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Max Lerner Presents | The Daily Daily

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+ Justin Bieber was roasted and the Daily is roasting the roast.
+ Harbaugh is still exceeding unrealistic expectations when he’s not running CSG write-in campaigns or saving people on the highway.
+ Anyone who thinks that articles about the supply of Ann Arbor real estate aren’t interesting should read this article.
+ This article about Urban Outfitters mentions Nazis more than you would think. (Especially if you think that Nazis would be mentioned zero times.)
+ If you’re looking for something to read other than the Daily, just check out the Daily for suggestions.
Getting into Government is Thursday at 8!
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