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else, including well-rested Mary Bridget.
+Today the College Dems managed to secure front and center spots at Obama’s speech. As he came around to shake hands, he personally thanked each one of us for our commitment and told us that we could “totally chill anytime we’re in DC.” (That quote is a lie).
+Our very own Jacob Light wrote a wonderful viewpoint in today’s Daily about Obama’s visit and what it means to college students. I know he sounds smart on paper, but ask him about make-up or to walk in a straight line and you’ll see there are some things he is not an expert in. But seriously, Jacob makes some really good points; you should check it out if you haven’t.
+The University is hopeful that Gov. Rick Snyder will allocate more money to the state’s public universities when he presents his budget proposal on February 9th. I know everyone is thinking it so I’ll just say it; If we had a program like Scott’s Tots this wouldn’t be necessary.
+For all of you trendsetters out there, the AP has a tip for you: elephant meat. It’s the new big thing in Thailand and before you know it “elephant sashimi” will be served at TGI Friday’s so you better jump on this bandwagon now.
+Crime notes: “Bumper cars gone wrong,” “Jacket jacked,” “Hulk smash,” and “There ain’t an app for that.” Those should all be self-explanatory.
+The opinion article citing Arnold Schwartzenegger as saying that bodybuilding “became mainstream, it became sexy, attractive” must have had a hard time typing her article on a typewriter because had she used a computer, Google Images surely would have shown her the exact opposite. Not to mention she then goes on to compare this to the environmental movement.
+A new “social networking” site is threatening CTools, the most popular “social networking” site in the world.
Have a great weekend!
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+ Two of the Daily’s top stories today are that the Law School has
restricted access to its Reading Room for undergrads, and that the
Museum of Art received a significant grant. This is more boring than
my high school’s morning announcements.
+ Rick Snyder believes that Michigan universities are “overproducing”
graduates. Yeah, the problem is definitely too many well-educated
people, not a lack of job creation. Although, in a sense he’s right:
if UofM hadn’t graduated him we would be better off.
Disclaimer: this does not reflect the views of UMCD, MFCD, CDA, the DNC, or any other group.
+ In appreciation of his proposed 15% cut to the University’s budget, Governor Snyder will receive political cover from President Coleman, an honorary degree, and the keynote speech at commencement. Maybe next year if he cuts our budget by 30% we’ll name a building after him, and if he goes all the way and privatizes the University, we can thank him by naming the University in his honor.
+ Due to GOP budget cuts, there’s uncertainty about when collapsing bridges like the Stadium Street bridge will be completed. But that’s ok because it’s an important national priority to cut wasteful spending on items like repairing collapsing bridges, teaching people to read and write, and healthcare.
+ University administrators are taking steps to support the GSIs union’s, GEO, push for greater accessibility for graduate students with disabilities. They have agreed to a rough framework, and are expected to sign an agreement in the next month.
+ More than 80 people, including NFL star Cris Collinsworth, were stranded in a floating restaurant that became detached from shore and floated down the river. Any guesses what state a story this bizarre could have happened in? If you didn’t guess Ohio you’re both wrong, and not a real Michigan fan.
+ 20,000 Government employees, administrators, lawmakers, and even ministers are being investigated in Iraq for fraudulent diplomas, forged documents, and falsified resumés. Maybe they could get Governor Walker one of those…
+ Flip to the Viewpoint to see why DeAndree Watson is running for President of MSA!
+ The entire B section is dedicated to sports!! We’re the number 8 seed in the tournament and will first face Tennessee and then, if we advance, Duke! Go Blue!
+ Also, there are now free copies of the New York Times in Angell hall provided by MSA!
Go Blue and have a great Monday!
Time to test the whole reinvention thing…
Today the US Census bureau announced the happy news that Michigan suffered a .06% drop in population over the past decade and will, therefore, lose a Congressional seat. We can thank a poor economy, old people, old-people-in-Florida, and young-affluent-couples-not-having-children for causing Michigan to be the ONLY state to have a population decrease in a country that saw a 9.7% national increase since 2000.
Bloggers and political nerds will now respond with craftily drawn maps slicing and dicing Michigan into odd shapes that either greatly benefit the GOP or the Democratic Party, either way the only map that matters is the one the Republican DOMINATED Michigan House and Senate send to Governor-elect Rick Snyder’s desk.
Rick Snyder, a man who ran on both reinvention of the economy and government, must now decide how much a champion of reform he wishes to be. Both California and Florida have are examples of reinvention and innovation in reform efforts that demand districts be drawn without consideration of incumbency or party, and are contiguous and intact. Additionally, Snyder ran as “not a politician,” while partisan redistricting is one of the most political undertakings our country undergoes.
The question remains, will Governor-elect Snyder bend to the pressure of his party and sign a highly partisan redistricting plan that would easily pave the way for future Republican victories, or will he demand a bold plan based on a set of ethical principles that reinvent redistricting in reMichigan.