Football Night Games

Football games at the U of M are something that students look forward to on a weekly basis. Many students get carried away during the tailgates for these game by drinking more alcohol than one can imagine. In particular, night games are extremely dangerous for all individuals because of how long of a time students and other people attending these games have to tailgate, which most of the time leads to people getting more intoxicated than normal.

Enrollment Decline

This most recent fall of 2017 has marked another year of very tight enrollment at the state of Michigan's public universities. The enrollment results state the total student body at 10 out of the 15 universities in Michigan dropped in size. What's contributing to this trend of declining enrollment you may ask: A decline in the size of high school graduating classes. According to the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education, the size of Michigan’s high school graduation classes peaked at 123,576 during the 2007-08 school year.

Should the University of Michigan Divest from Israel?

Today on November 14, 2017, the University of Michigan's CSG (student government) will vote whether to divest from Israel. This is the 11th consecutive year that this vote will occur, with all previous votes being a No. Divestment is a complicated topic that requires peaceful and constructive dialogue from both sides. The organizations leading the charge to divest are Students Allied For Freedom and Equality (SAFE), and Boycott, Divest, Sanction (BDS). An organization at the University against divestment would be Hillel.

Future of Greek Life

There has been a lot of discussion about Greek Life on campuses and where the future is headed.  This topic became even more prevelant after the deaths of several people pledging a fraternity. The most recent and well known example is the Penn State case. A student was pledging the Beta Theta Pi fraternity died this past February during pledgeship.

Flint Promise Zone

Families who live in Detroit don’t tend to be the very wealthy. Governor Rick Snyder believes that we need to help these less fortunate families, and give these young adults a chance to receive a college education. Snyder signed a law on November 6th that created a promise zone for these students in Flint. The Flint promise zone is funded by private donations and this money goes to students to help fund a college education.

 

The "Me Too" Movement

Recently on social media and in the news, many survivors of sexual assault have been posting their stories with the hashtag Me Too to show solidarity and how many people are really impacted by sexual assault. My first exposure to this movement was Sophia Bush, a well known celebrity, posted on her instagram with #MeToo ontop of a black background. I looked it up and started to read some stories of some sexual assault survivors: some were as young as 12 and some are just starting to break their silence 40+ years later.

Dining Hall Hours/Unfairness

At the University of Michigan, there are a variety of dining halls located all over campus. They provide students with easy access food. However, two problems I have noticed with the dining halls are the hours they are open, and the disparity between the quality of the dining halls. 

Affirmative Action in Michigan Colleges

Affirmative action is defined as "activities or policies that seek to help groups that are often affected by discrimination obtain equal access to opportunities, particularly in areas such as employment and education". These policies have long been a source of controversy for Michigan residents, especially those who have been involved in the various lawsuits of the University of Michigan. Since this is such a complex and longstanding issue, I've included some helpful links below so that everyone can gain some knowledge on the topic, whether or not they've read about it previously.

College is becoming too unaffordable

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Reference to a current Michigan bill or law that relates in some way to your proposal:

Why this proposal will make a difference in the lives of students of all ages across Michigan, or a significant subgroup (by age, background, economic status, and/or region, etc.) of students in Michigan:

How and where did you learn about the issues underlying your proposal?

Football Night Games

Football games at the U of M are something that students look forward to on a weekly basis. Many students get carried away during the tailgates for these game by drinking more alcohol than one can imagine. In particular, night games are extremely dangerous for all individuals because of how long of a time students and other people attending these games have to tailgate, which most of the time leads to people getting more intoxicated than normal.

Enrollment Decline

This most recent fall of 2017 has marked another year of very tight enrollment at the state of Michigan's public universities. The enrollment results state the total student body at 10 out of the 15 universities in Michigan dropped in size. What's contributing to this trend of declining enrollment you may ask: A decline in the size of high school graduating classes. According to the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education, the size of Michigan’s high school graduation classes peaked at 123,576 during the 2007-08 school year.

Should the University of Michigan Divest from Israel?

Today on November 14, 2017, the University of Michigan's CSG (student government) will vote whether to divest from Israel. This is the 11th consecutive year that this vote will occur, with all previous votes being a No. Divestment is a complicated topic that requires peaceful and constructive dialogue from both sides. The organizations leading the charge to divest are Students Allied For Freedom and Equality (SAFE), and Boycott, Divest, Sanction (BDS). An organization at the University against divestment would be Hillel.

Future of Greek Life

There has been a lot of discussion about Greek Life on campuses and where the future is headed.  This topic became even more prevelant after the deaths of several people pledging a fraternity. The most recent and well known example is the Penn State case. A student was pledging the Beta Theta Pi fraternity died this past February during pledgeship.

Flint Promise Zone

Families who live in Detroit don’t tend to be the very wealthy. Governor Rick Snyder believes that we need to help these less fortunate families, and give these young adults a chance to receive a college education. Snyder signed a law on November 6th that created a promise zone for these students in Flint. The Flint promise zone is funded by private donations and this money goes to students to help fund a college education.

 

The "Me Too" Movement

Recently on social media and in the news, many survivors of sexual assault have been posting their stories with the hashtag Me Too to show solidarity and how many people are really impacted by sexual assault. My first exposure to this movement was Sophia Bush, a well known celebrity, posted on her instagram with #MeToo ontop of a black background. I looked it up and started to read some stories of some sexual assault survivors: some were as young as 12 and some are just starting to break their silence 40+ years later.

Dining Hall Hours/Unfairness

At the University of Michigan, there are a variety of dining halls located all over campus. They provide students with easy access food. However, two problems I have noticed with the dining halls are the hours they are open, and the disparity between the quality of the dining halls. 

Affirmative Action in Michigan Colleges

Affirmative action is defined as "activities or policies that seek to help groups that are often affected by discrimination obtain equal access to opportunities, particularly in areas such as employment and education". These policies have long been a source of controversy for Michigan residents, especially those who have been involved in the various lawsuits of the University of Michigan. Since this is such a complex and longstanding issue, I've included some helpful links below so that everyone can gain some knowledge on the topic, whether or not they've read about it previously.

White Supremacy

Richard Spencer, a known white supremacist, and leader of the White National Movement has requested to speak at the University of Michigan. The University has not yet decided if they are going to let Spencer speak on campus. This is a highly debated topic on campus at the moment. Some students feel that the university should grant him a place to speak, while others are completely against the idea of him even stepping foot on campus. I was shocked to even hear that the university is even considering letting this happen.

Same Day Voter Registratiob

The state of Michigan does not currently have a same-day voter registration law in place. Many people have stirred backlash to this because they see it as a way for Michigan to deny more people of their voting rights. Surrounding states like Wisconsin and Illinois allow same day registration (http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/politics/ct-illinois-same-day-voter-registration-1009-20161007-story.html) and I am wondering what the caucus thinks the pros and cons to allowing it are?

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College is becoming too unaffordable

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Nikki Hassan and Justin Schulman- Reevaluating the MSC

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Subsidizing of Athletics by Michigan Public Universities

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Michael Sperling and Will Lane's Proposal on Special Education Development

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