Same Day Voting Registration

Currently in the state of Michigan there isn't a same-day voter registration law in place. Many people have showed resistance to this because they believe this is a way for Michigan to deny more people of their voting rights. Other states such as Wisconsin and Illinois allow same day voting registration. What does the caucus believe? What are some of the pros and cons to same-day voter registration? What do you think should be done?

What is the FAFSA?

As college tuition prices continue to rise, it is more important than ever for students to take advantage of any aid opportunity that they can. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is used by the federal government to determine a student's financial aid eligibility. For many families, the result of this application weighs heavily on a student's decision to attend college. 

Dorm Conditions at University of Michigan

Obviously, there are better and worse dorms at every college. Dorms get renewed at different time and different years. However, for how much students are paying to live in the dorms, there are some things that are not acceptable regarding dorm conditions. I lived in Markley my freshman year and had to deal with cockroaches all year long. My roommate and I called dorm maintanence (through the University of Michigan) at least once a week. My parents even tried to get involved and call people higher up in dorm management and the school itself to fix this cockroach problem.

Should College tuition be free?

College tuition has been rising for decades. To the point where Americans now collectively hold 1.4 trillion dollars in student loans. According to a report done at The Georgetown University Public Policy Institute "By 2020, 65 percent of all jobs in the economy will require postsecondary education and training beyond high school." High-paying jobs in America require a college degree. However, students are graduating with hundreds of thousands of dollars in debt just to attend college. 

Impacts of March Madness

With March Madness in full bloom, I thought it would be an interesting idea to discuss its impact on universities around the country. This past Thursday and Friday, I could not be in a class or really anywhere around this campus without seeing a live stream of one of the games. People become infatuated with these 4 weeks and there is a reason. The amount of pride everyone in this community had when Jordan Poole hit the buzzer beater last night was amazing. The success in March can also have a lasting impact on the universities.

Should Student Athletes Get Paid?

There has been a lot of debate sorrounding the topic of whether or not student athletes should get paid. Some argue that they should because they are performing. These student athletes bring millions of dollars of revenue into schools, and there is sometimes excess money laying around. Therefore, should athletes be compensated for bringing in this money? Others don't believe so - they feel as if student athletes don't deserve to be compensated because their participation is voluntary. No one is forcing them to play.

Collegiate Student-Athletes Graduation Rates

College Athletics Graduation A study of the NCAA Tournament teams shows a 92% graduation rate for women’s teams and 78% for men’s teams. There is a large racial disparity with a graduation rate of 92% for white players and 74% for black players. 92% is a strong and is what the men are striving for. The NCAA sets very low standards for its student-athletes. Currently, the NCAA sets the Academic Progress Rate equivalent to a 50% graduation rate. The APR benchmark is set at 930 and this was the first time all men’s teams were above the benchmark.

Same Day Voting Registration

Currently in the state of Michigan there isn't a same-day voter registration law in place. Many people have showed resistance to this because they believe this is a way for Michigan to deny more people of their voting rights. Other states such as Wisconsin and Illinois allow same day voting registration. What does the caucus believe? What are some of the pros and cons to same-day voter registration? What do you think should be done?

What is the FAFSA?

As college tuition prices continue to rise, it is more important than ever for students to take advantage of any aid opportunity that they can. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is used by the federal government to determine a student's financial aid eligibility. For many families, the result of this application weighs heavily on a student's decision to attend college. 

Dorm Conditions at University of Michigan

Obviously, there are better and worse dorms at every college. Dorms get renewed at different time and different years. However, for how much students are paying to live in the dorms, there are some things that are not acceptable regarding dorm conditions. I lived in Markley my freshman year and had to deal with cockroaches all year long. My roommate and I called dorm maintanence (through the University of Michigan) at least once a week. My parents even tried to get involved and call people higher up in dorm management and the school itself to fix this cockroach problem.

Should College tuition be free?

College tuition has been rising for decades. To the point where Americans now collectively hold 1.4 trillion dollars in student loans. According to a report done at The Georgetown University Public Policy Institute "By 2020, 65 percent of all jobs in the economy will require postsecondary education and training beyond high school." High-paying jobs in America require a college degree. However, students are graduating with hundreds of thousands of dollars in debt just to attend college. 

Impacts of March Madness

With March Madness in full bloom, I thought it would be an interesting idea to discuss its impact on universities around the country. This past Thursday and Friday, I could not be in a class or really anywhere around this campus without seeing a live stream of one of the games. People become infatuated with these 4 weeks and there is a reason. The amount of pride everyone in this community had when Jordan Poole hit the buzzer beater last night was amazing. The success in March can also have a lasting impact on the universities.

Should Student Athletes Get Paid?

There has been a lot of debate sorrounding the topic of whether or not student athletes should get paid. Some argue that they should because they are performing. These student athletes bring millions of dollars of revenue into schools, and there is sometimes excess money laying around. Therefore, should athletes be compensated for bringing in this money? Others don't believe so - they feel as if student athletes don't deserve to be compensated because their participation is voluntary. No one is forcing them to play.

Collegiate Student-Athletes Graduation Rates

College Athletics Graduation A study of the NCAA Tournament teams shows a 92% graduation rate for women’s teams and 78% for men’s teams. There is a large racial disparity with a graduation rate of 92% for white players and 74% for black players. 92% is a strong and is what the men are striving for. The NCAA sets very low standards for its student-athletes. Currently, the NCAA sets the Academic Progress Rate equivalent to a 50% graduation rate. The APR benchmark is set at 930 and this was the first time all men’s teams were above the benchmark.

Lack of Equity in Test Prep Resources: A Barrier to Post-Secondary Education Attainment?

When it comes to attaining a post-secondary education, entrance exams such as the SAT and ACT become a very important aspect in getting into colleges for students across the country. Preparing for these exams can be very stressful, as we all know since submitting a score was necessary to be admitted to the University of Michigan. Many students who end up doing well on the SAT or ACT have prepared extensively with private tutors and preperation classes with in-person instructors

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