MSC Platform and other important announcements

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We have a platform!  

Based on the cumulative ratings by MSC members and the recommendations of the TCs and faculty, the following proposals have been entered into the Fall 2018 MSC Platform:

  • Air Pollution in Michigan

  • Proposal on Funding of Michigan Schools

  • Mental Health for Children

  • Combating Childhood Obesity

  • Sexual Assault Reporting

  • Water Pollution in Michigan

  • Combating Illegal Gun Violence

If your proposal is not one of the above, do not despair -- each of you has contributed to the platform in important ways, and the special commission will have access to all of the proposals that have been created. Those who are not authors of a proposal in the platform will also be asked to make a special different contribution to the hearing (see below).

If your proposal is to be presented in the platform:

The Topic Coordinators will soon be contacting proposal authors with instructions for preparing slides for the practice presentation (Tuesday, Dec. 4) and the hearing in Lansing on December 12.   

If you’re not presenting a proposal...

After the platform has been finalized, if you are not presenting a proposal at the hearing in Lansing, look back over your experience in the MSC and create three “Instagram posts” -- engaging images with a short phrase that represents in some way:

  • An insight

  • A different angle

  • A surprise

  • Something that made you angry, upset, impassioned

A selection of these slides will be presented at the hearing as a way to represent ideas that did not make it into the formal platform. Actually posting your image on Instagram is optional, but you must add it to this slide deck by the end of the night Monday, December 3.  The Topic Coordinators will make a final judgment about which slides will be presented at the hearing.

Editing your proposal

All of  you can (and should) still make final edits to your proposals. Other than that, all online activity on the MSC site should end as of today.

The hearing

…. will be 9-11 am Wednesday, December 12, at the Capitol Building in Lansing. Keep in mind that attending the hearing is required for all MSC members, whether or not you are an author of a proposal in the platform. UM students, you will need to arrange your own transportation to and from the capitol. More details about the hearing will be posted in a separate announcement soon.

Final Portfolios

UM students: your final portfolio is due Friday, December 14, and you can start working on it now if you wish. You will not be able to finish it, though, until after the hearing (since part of the portfolio is about your reflections on the hearing itself), and instructions for submission will be posted immediately after the hearing.