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Mary Bridget Lee Presents | The Daily Daily

The views expressed herein are solely those of the author and do not represent the opinions of the College Democrats at the University of Michigan (UMCD) or any other organization.

 

+ The Daily releases their photos of the year and there is not a single one from election day/night. Maybe I’m biased but that seemed like a pretty big deal at the time.

 

+ CSG’s Environmental Issues Commission staged a mock oil spill on the diag on Monday. Also, chemical engineers have “totally different views” than political scientists.

 

+ The CSG election saga continues, but it’s important to remember that student government used to be called MSA and people got arrested.

 

+ Zportz: Michigan is going to Atlanta, the seniors on the team are basically useless.

 

+ So much science in this article on plastic.

 

+ Colonel Ronald Shun says, “you can’t be an e-mail leader,” reenforcing the idea that I would be terrible in the army.

 

+ Finding internships is “something very close to The Hunger Games.” No, it’s really not.

 

+ Crime Notes uses the word “carport.” Still wondering why crime notes aren’t on the front page.

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Stephen Culbertson Presents | The Daily Daily

The opinions expressed herein reflect only the views of the author (Hey, that’s me!) and do not represent the opinions of the College Democrats at the University of Michigan (UMCD), the Michigan Federation of College Democrats (MFCD), the Michigan Democratic Party (MDP), the Democratic National Committee (DNC), the Teenage Mutant Ninja  Turtles (TMNT), or the author’s name-likeness Stephen Colbert.
+ There was a vigil on the Diag Monday for Syrian students killed in a recent bombing at the University of Damascus.
+ Outgoing Provost Phil Hanlon spoke before the Senate Advisory Committee on University Affairs.  Meanwhile, SACUA also worked on drafting a statement on diversity, but didn’t pass it.
+ Local government you say? Zoning plans you say? Public art funds you say? Everyone’s as interested as I amright?
+ Mark’s Carts is back for a 3rd year.  Sounds great, but do they take dining dollars? no?? K, guess I’ll just keep getting smoothies and roach pizza in South Quad.
+ Katie Steen on ‘slacktivism’: “why not spread a message that contributes something a little more meaningful than a Buzzfeed post on corgis“.  She’s right, ‘slacktivism’ does work.  This is unfair to corgis however, corgis contribute a lot.
+ SPORTZ: So apparently Jim Boeheim (Syracuse’s coach) (see: sportzz) gave a couple of job recommendations to John Beilein (Michigan’s coach) (see: other sportzz) early in Beilein’s career.  He’ll be regretting that choice when Michigan is making these over his defense.
+ Arts: The daily releases a scathing review of New Kids on the Block’s album ’10′… and just when I was about to go buy it.
+ The arts section gets edgy with a critique of e-readers.  On one hand, they have the potential to be environmentally friendly and save paper, on the other, he wanted the closure of putting the book on his shelf when he was done with it
+ Alumni Kick-ass this Thursday in the Parker room of the Union.
+ Pancake Breakfast this Saturday morning at Arbor Brewing Company.
Till next time,
Stephen Culbertson
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Laura Meyer Presents | The Daily Daily

The views expressed herein represent only those of the author and do not reflect the opinions of the College Democrats at the University of Michigan (UMCD) or any other organization.

 

+ forUM candidates win ALL the positions! (Mostly.)

+ But wait! Multiple complaints have been filed against forUM for allegedly coercing voters. Don’t worry though, the Election Commission has its priorities straight- they scheduled the hearing around the basketball game tonight.

+ Yesterday, North Quad forgot it was a building and turned into the Titanic. Officials predict at least a month before the building is repaired.

+ The Daily argues against continued fracking in Michigan until there is greater oversight (so would EnviroDems). However, the Department of Environmental Quality says that it “does not support halting an activity that has been regularly used without serious incident.” Because that worked so well before.

+ The Daily tries to rate Tina Fey movie a D… Nice try, Daily. And the photo is captioned, “What’s the dirtiest thing you would do to Paul Rudd?” I don’t understand.

+  A class has started the “Yellow Box Campaign” to allow students to air their deepest darkest secrets anonymously. What ever happened to good old-fashioned subtweeting?

+ SO MANY SPORTZ.

Happy Easter!

xoxo, Laura

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Douche of the Day | Dave Agema

TTYL. I’ll be off “affirming the filthy homosexual lifestyle.” XOXO

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John D’Adamo Presents | The Daily Daily

DISCLAIMER: The opinions expressed herein are solely the opinions of the author. They do not represent any organization, including UMCD, MDP, DNC, DCCC, DSCC, OFA, or the people at the Ann Arbor Thrift Shop and their Macklemore parody advertisement.

+ Breaking News: The Vagina Monologues is coming to campus!

+ Helene Gayle, president of CARE USA, spoke yesterday at the Ford School about the challenges of non-profit organizations, additionally how to pick the best lawn gnome. One of those may not be completely accurate.

+ The Month of Entrepreneurship is still going strong. Someone tried to sell me a back scratcher, pizza cutter, and I think even a cardboard box at one point. The Michigan Difference.

+ OK, this one is seriously cool and everyone should see it, because I’ve been serving as the authority of cool things since never. There is a documentary called “Shenandoah” which is about our struggles as an immigrant nation using the example of an undocumented person who died in 2008 in an act of racism. Go see it at the Michigan Theater on the 27th!

+ Dems and CTE’s own Kevin Mersol-Barg discusses in a well-written article why Order of Angell is lame and should’ve been left in the dust years ago with its offensive Native American artifacts. Also, elitism is bad.

+ Crime Notes: Parts of a door were missing from a room. There are no suspects.

+ Kick-Ass Thursday is on the 20/20 Education Plan and will be featuring President of the State Board of Education John Austin, who will discuss educational and economic policy! It is tonight at 8:00 PM in the Parker Room of the Michigan Union.

+ Want to write semi-witty e-mails like these? Or do you like blogging? Or designing things? Then join ThoughtfulDems, which meets every Wednesday at 8 PM on theRed Couches on the fourth floor of the Michigan Union!

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This Month in Feminism | The State of the Union

Last week, President Obama addressed Congress in his annual State of the Union address. Here’s what he had to say about the ladies.

 

In his State of the Union Address President Obama urged the House to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act. This legislation was authored by Joe Biden in 1994 and until now has been consistently reauthorized. Democrats reintroduced the bill in January after House Republicans blocked it at the end of the last legislative session. Currently, Republicans are objecting to provisions providing protection for Native American and LGBTQ women.

 

Obama also called for Congress to pass the Paycheck Fairness Act, which would make it easier for women to take legal action against their employers against wage discrimination. Employees would be able to share wage information with co-workers without fear of repercussions. This act would supplement the Equal Pay Act, under which an employee could be sued or punished for sharing salary information.

 

President Obama expressed his support for the recent Pentagon decision to allow women on the front lines, stating that “we will draw upon the courage and skills of our sisters and daughters and moms, because women have proven under fire that they are ready for combat.” We are encouraged to see this promising step forward, and look forward to additional progress to ensure full equality between men and women in the military.

 

 

Clearly Ruth Bader Ginsburg was fascinated by the women’s issues in the SOTU. She’s been a lifelong women’s advocate, so this is old news. The question we’re asking: who was she wearing? #CollarFashion

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State of The Union | EnviroDems

In his State of the Union address Tuesday President Obama tugged at our
heartstrings when speaking of our most precious resource: our children. President
Obama was talking about children in the context of gun control and the recent
tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary. But guns are not the only things threatening
future generations. As Obama explained, the effects of climate change are already
impacting us. Superstorms, droughts, bizarre weather patterns – these are not
mere coincidences. They are the consequences of our energy use and consumption
patterns.
Undoubtedly, gun control must be addressed, but the threats of climate
change will be far wider reaching to many more people, both in our nation and
others. Every second that passes without meaningful action to mitigate climate
change puts our descendants in greater jeopardy. Obama alluded to taking action
to react to climate change – and we will certainly have to do many things to adapt
to our changing Earth. But we need to mitigate it as much as possible. Moreover,
Obama’s discussion of climate change was puny in comparison to his vision of
energy independence. Energy is obviously an important component of climate
change action, but it is just one component. So many different things need to be
done. It’s daunting, it’s challenging. But opening up new oil drilling operations
won’t do anything to mitigate climate change. Energy independence does not equal
sustainable energy policy.
We need jobs in the here and now. We need stricter gun control. Many want
immigration reform, debt reduction, tax reform, etc. But we are ignoring the biggest
threat to our nation’s most valuable resources. Energy independence is important,
but the United States needs to do so much more, and waiting is only making the
situation worse. If Congress does not act soon and in an appropriate measure,
President Obama simply must take executive action. He needs to put the “greatest
nation on Earth” on the path to helping save said Earth.

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Lauren Coffman Presents | The Daily Daily

Disclaimer: The opinions expressed herein reflect only the views of the author and do not represent the opinions of the College Democrats at the University of Michigan (UMCD), the Michigan Federation of College Democrats, (MFCD), the Michigan Democratic Party (MDP), the Democratic National Committee (DNC), the world’s best dogsSteve Martin, first time father, or presidential fist bumps.
+ The Daily somehow managed to cover the State of the Union without mentioning Joe Biden’s vampire eye or giving a fashion recap. (They did interview Congressman Dingell, though. Which makes up for it. Sort of.)

+ The Michigan Supreme Court has walked back the rights of medicinal marijuana users, so you know SSDP and Representative Irwin have something to say about it.

+ ”I believe in five years Eastern Michigan University, Northern Michigan University, Central Michigan University, Western Michigan University — are gone. Five years. They’re gone.

+ Another pair of almost completely incompetent candidates throw their hats in the ring for CSG.

+ I, like Bethany, had a less than great first impression of Ann Arbor, but that’s because my mom face planted in the Law Quad.


+ The Statement features an article on COMMgeniuses from across the U. I wasn’t interviewed, and yes, I am salty

+ As a podcast addict, I really identify with Jesse Klein’s piece on her NPR addiction.


+ The Daily wants to know what you’re doing for Valentine’s Day. I will be wining and dining myself
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John D’Adamo Presents | The Daily Daily

DISCLAIMER: The opinions expressed herein reflect only those of the author, and not the DNC, DCCC, DSCC, the cast of the upcoming (but still so far awaaaay) revival of Arrested Development, and the pandas.

+ Rick Synder unveiled his budget for the 2014 fiscal year, which does increase education funding very slightly, including a 5 percent year-over-year growth in spending and a 2 percent increase to University appropriations. As Rep. Jeff Irwin put it so well, “As far as just the macro level — a small increase for higher education given the very large decrease that he provided back in 2011 — this small increase still leaves us falling behind other states and other nations with less funding for higher education than we had just a couple years ago,” In other words, Gov. Snyder basically got rid of the entire education budget in 2011, and now he’s throwing some pennies at it in an attempt to make up for it. Not impressed.

+ There will also be a gas tax to fix Michigan’s held-together-by-duct-tape infrastructure, and Gov. Snyder will generously take all of the federal money for the healthcare exchanges.

+ Thursday in the North Campus Research Complex, an “unconference” was held, emphasizing entrepreneurship in a non-traditional way. This was done by climbing the trees and feeding squirrels, two of the three things you can do on North Campus, the other being eating breadsticks at the Blue Apple, of course.

+ Union members assembled Thursday night to discuss the new right-to-work law that Gov. Snyder signed into law on Dec. 11, essentially killing the unions. Short version of Thursday night’s meeting: “Uh, yeah, this is messed up.”

+ Viewpoint from the Daily: “So Lance cheated? So what?” So what indeed. I mean, he came out to OPRAH. Everyone knows sitting down with Oprah will make you spill all your secrets. What I’m saying is she’s magical.

+ Another Viewpoint (The Daily got the GEMS today!): “Am I “whipped” for really taking the time and effort to see if this girl I met is my princess?” Jezebel, here we come.

+ Sportz: At the women’s basketball game there were breast cancer survivors and the game was played in their honor. This was an actual cool thing.

+ Crime Notes: Normally we paraphrase these for humorous purposes but I’m going to let this one speak for itself: “A five-gallon container of floor-coating was dispensed on a stairway between 5 p.m. Feb. 4 and 9 a.m. Feb. 6, University Police reported. There are no suspects.” A crime, or the best game of slip and slide ever? You decide.

+ Coalition For Tuition Equality, Wednesday at 7PM, Third Floor, Michigan Union. Then go up the stairs and go to the…

+ ThoughtfulDems Meeting, Wednesday at 8PM on the red couches. And you might even get an opportunity to write one of these Daily Dailies, which is guaranteed to be better than this one.

+ FemDems Presents a Sex-Ed Kick-Ass Thursday at 8PM in the Parker Room of the Michigan Union. I hear there will be demonstrations of all of the contraceptives.

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Mary Bridget Lee Presents | The Daily Daily

Disclaimer: The views expressed herein are solely those of the author and do not represent the College Democrats at the University of Michigan or any other organization.

 

+ So much Sports!

+ A very timely op-ed points out the flaws that cost the Republicans the presidential election. (I’m being sarcastic, this op-ed is two months late.) Their solution? Ron Paul.

+ I am ordering a restraining order against anyone who gets the flu.

+ I never want to hear about CSG elections again, but Kevin Mersol-Barg is quoted.

+  “Our generation is more pro-life than any other generation before,” says Students for Life president Tori Criswell who has clearly not seen the 54%-of-Americans-support-legal-abortion and the 57%-feel-strongly-about-keeping-Roe-v-Wade statistics.

+ This author disapproves of The Mindy Project, but offers a really good idea for a Kelly Kapoor Office spin-off

+ I’m pretty sure that the “Apple of my Eye” pun has been used by Crime Notes before.


Happy Monday!

 

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