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Leah Schneck Presents | The Daily Daily

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), or the Democratic National Committee (DNC).


+ **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

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), or the Democratic National Committee (DNC).

+ 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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Collin Kelly Presents | The Daily Daily

The opinions expressed herein reflect only the views of the author and do not represent the opinions of the Leo Chingkwake, That ’70s Show, College Democrats at the University of Michigan (UMCD), the Michigan Federation of College Democrats (MFCD), the Michigan Democratic Party (MDP), or the Democratic National Committee (DNC).

+ Hash Bash 2K15 featuring Leo from That ’70s Show!!!!!!!
+ About 50,000 people watched the spring football game. 50,000 people watched a meaningless scrimmage. Harbaugh that! (Bad pun on “How ’bout that!”)
+ A different “TBS” – one that actually showcases talent and not endless reruns of “The Big Bang Theory”
+ Earth Day on the Diag was a success! Although the Daily seemed to forget about the main attraction: the awesome moss graffiti showcased by EnviroDems
+ ”Shinola: maybe Ann Arborites can afford our watches?”
+ The Daily finally realizing that CSGelections, and the whole system maybe, possible, might not be the greatest or most important thing on earth???
+ Excellent viewpoint about how essential feminism is. Good thing FemDems kicks ass (and not just on Thursdays).
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Lea Presents | The Daily Daily

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), or the Democratic National Committee (DNC).

+ Last night was the 37th annual Take Back the Night rally. Highly recommend reading.
+ Looks like this year’s winner of “Whose CSG is it Anyway?” is officially Make Michigan. Luckily, now that the week of litigation is over, we can all forget how awful CSG election season is until next year.
+ Some of my favorite female politicians participated in a Ford School panel on women in elected office. This is important because when you have more men named John in the Michigan Senate than women, you have a problem.
+ ”In high school, a handsome, Black athlete made my body feel something that no white boy in high socks had ever been able to do”: and other things this columnist will someday regret having published.
+ Hey you! Click here to read about our Kick-Ass from last night! But for all you non-math kids out there, keep in mind that $58,437 is above the federal poverty line, not under it, as the article claims.
+ ”North Campus: The Next Frontier” is the best Star Trek movie about campus housing renovations that never got made.
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Stephen Culbertson Presents | The Daily Daily

+ Awesome editorial about the choice to wear a hijab, and one that confronts the stereotype that those who wear a hijab are oppressed, or in need of saving.

+ I’m one of those people who finds it #fun to read about the Eurozone and political economy without the need for a #Hashtag, but I guess I’m in the minority. That’s why #Grexit exists, the hashtag referring to the real possibility that Greece leaves the Eurozone, but presenting it in a #fun and #hip way.

+ People are starting to realize that CSG elections are a bit screwy…in that it doesn’t matter who wins the popular vote as long as they can disqualify the other candidates. I propose reforming CSG meetings into a campus improv show called “Whose CSG is it Anyway?“, where the elections are made up and the votes don’t matter. 

+ LSA is going to review the Race and Ethnicity requirement, which can only be a good thing.

+ This article about shortcomings in the STEM curriculum seemed pretty cool, but nothing in the article comes close to being as interesting as finding out that there’s someone who goes to this school who is majoring in Biomedical Engineering and minoring in Community Action and Social Change.
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Women’s History Month: Michigan Ladies

 
Many people recognize the state of Michigan for its Great Lakes, cherries, or cars, but it is important to also acknowledge the influential women in Michigan politics, especially in Women’s History Month, Only 20.9% of the legislators in Michigan are women, and though we wish there were more women in power in Michigan, the ladies who are involved in Michigan politics now have been working very hard on our behalf. These impressive Michigan women have been busy lately, so it’s impossible to document every little action that each of these women have taken, but here’s a look at some of these awesome ladies who are representing us in Michigan politics.

Rebekah Warren represents the 18th District of the Michigan Senate and has been fighting for Michigan women since her time as executive director of NARAL Pro-Choice Michigan in 1999. She has been recognized by several women’s organizations during her time in Michigan legislature; she was given the National Women’s Political Caucus of Michigan’s Millie Award in 2005 and was named Legislator of the Year by the National Organization of Women in 2009. She has actively worked towards many feminist causes such as equal pay, access to emergency contraception, and support for sexual assault survivors. When Senator Warren spoke at KickAss last fall, she said, “What being pro-choice means is that you trust women.”

Brenda Lawrence was elected the US Representative for Michigan’s 14th congressional district in the Fall of 2014. She served as the first woman and first African-American Mayor of Southfield, and she was the President of the National Association of Democratic Mayors. Representative Lawrence’s campaign focused on issues of raising the minimum wage, and supporting student loan bailout and paid sick leave. This March, in honor of Women’s History Month, she has been promoting a petition calling for Congress to address issues of equal pay for Women. We are excited to see all the other ways in which Rep. Lawrence will continue to fight for Michigan women!

Stephanie Chang was the first Asian-American woman in the Michigan State Legislature. She graduated from the University of Michigan with a BA in psychology and returned for a master’s degree in public policy and social work. Before her time in the Michigan Legislature she worked with civil rights icon Grace Lee Boggs, and as a community organizer in Detroit fighting for progressive causes such as affirmative action, voting rights, and immigrants’ rights. She has worked to support the wrongfully convicted in Michigan and promoted reforms in the public defense system that were passed by Governor Snyder in bipartisan legislation in 2013.

Debbie Dingell is the US Representative for Michigan’s 12th District, an office that was previously held by her husband, John Dingell. She is the first US woman in congress to succeed her husband while he is still alive. Congresswoman Dingell is very invested in supporting higher education and has worked to expand financial aid opportunities for students in Michigan. She worked as chair of the National Women’s Health Resource Center, and fought for women’s inclusion in medical, and has also worked with the Barbara Karmanos Cancer Center to raise money for Breast Cancer research, diagnosis and treatment.

As Women’s History Month comes to a close, it is important to recognize all the important work done by women in politics in Michigan. These women are only a few of the Michigan politicians working towards a better future for women, and we hope to see many more women fighting for women in Michigan legislature.

Some of Michigan’s all-star women legislators participating in the College Democrats’ 2014 “Changing the Game” panel. From left to right: Congresswoman Debbie Dingell, former State Representative Rashida Tlaib, panel moderator and University professor Anna Kirkland, State Senator Rebekah Warren, Congresswoman Brenda Lawrence, County Commissioner Felicia Brabec.

 

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Collin Kelly Presents | The Daily Daily

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), or the Democratic National Committee (DNC).

+ Long article telling us it’s difficult, but possible to ball on a budget
+ Chair of the Young Americans for Freedom calls out The Team and its VP candidate. Lol.
+ The Daily has totally jumped the shark. Woah, the Jumping Sharks is totally a great band name.
+ Vietnam War activists came back 40 years later to reflect on their “Teach-In”
+ University helps keep the Great Lakes both great and lakes!
+ Vote your hearts out, you civic-minded Dems! Polls are open now until 11:59pm Thursday. Vote at vote.umich.edu  
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Leah Schneck Presents | The Daily Daily

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), or the Democratic National Committee (DNC).


+ It’s not often that we hear this kind of sentiment on campus: “We say ‘there’s a place for everyone on The Team’ and we mean it.” It may be cheesy, but cheese is good, and so are leaders who want to be inclusive.

+ The Daily endorses The Team via a nuanced, extended pro con list. Bo would have wanted it this way.

+ LSA SG candidates for President and Vice President, apparently with the same last name (good lookin out, Daily), are running uncontested….cmon, where’s the fun in that? I mean the only reason anyone is really interested in politics is for the drama.

+ If you’ve gotten this far, you can guess that CSG elections are this week! Polls are open 12:00am Wednesday-11:59pm Thursday. Vote at vote.umich.edu  
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Taiwo Dosunmu Presents | The Daily Daily

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), or the Democratic National Committee (DNC).


+ Congrats to Music Matters for bringing one of the great conscience rappers of our time to campus later this spring, less praise for the Daily’s corny intro.

+ This weekend, dozens of local same-sex couples gathered to celebrate their one-year wedding anniversary, when for one day in Michigan, same-sex marriage was legal. Unfortunately the Court of Appeals granted an emergency stay on the ruling, but this summer’s ruling from the Supreme Court is hoped to finally bring marriage equality not only to Michigan, but to the entire nation.

+ The Daily describes the disappointing end to the season for the last of Michigan’s major sports. Time to get hype for softball!!

+ The RC reminds us that football and corn aren’t the only good things the Midwest has to offer.

+ A Daily columnist gives one perspective on the real reason I’m on Instagram in class right now.

Stay Classy,

Taiwo

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