To start off this semester of the Michigan Student Caucus, we'd like you carefully consider and discuss "provocations" posted here -- images, maps, quotes, videos, web pages meant to spark questions and raise issues relevant to students in Michigan.

As you examine the provocations, ask yourself questions like:

  • What is going on here?
  • What inferences can you make?
  • What might be misleading?
  • Who is involved?
  • What feelings does it invoke?
  • What perspectives (social, economic, legal, political, moral, artistic, psychological, historical, etc.) might provide insight?
  • What else do we need to know?
  • How is this item relevant (or how might it be relevant) to students in Michigan?

In addition to discussing provocations posted by others (at minimum be sure to join the discussion around at least five), please find and post your own provocation no later than Thursday, Sept. 12.

CLARIFICATION: When we say "post your own provocation," we mean FIND an intriguing image, map, quote, etc. out in the world and post it in this area together with a citation. In contrast, later on you will be making a "media artifact" as a first step toward crafting your proposal, and for that you will need to CREATE your own piece of media.

Health-Care Providers

Francisco Escolar's picture

In this article, it talks about how health care providers are delaying approvals for certain medications because of new requirements they need to fulfill. This has frustrated many doctors and patients who are being delayed the care. A new bill is being pushed by many doctors around Michigan, do you guys think this is a smart proposal?

https://www.detroitnews.com/story/news/local/michigan/2019/10/26/michigan-health-care-bill-pre-approval-delays/40440183/​

Mental Health Budget Cut

Samantha Rosenberg's picture

Washtenaw Countey approves leaner mental health budget withough cutting programs. The Michigan court recently made a new change to the meantal health budget. There is an $85 million budget allocated for mental health resources. This was a highly debated topic amoung Michigan courts as both parties had differing opinions on whether or not to cut the budget. Do you think this is enough? What do you think Michigan should do with this money?

 

https://www.mlive.com/news/ann-arbor/2019/09/washtenaw-county-approves-leaner-mental-health-budget-without-cutting-programs.html

UM plans for addition to hospital in 2024

Lauren Orr's picture

The University of Michigan's hospital is said to open an innovative $920 million medical center. This center is specialized for patients needing the most complicated care and is said to "transform inpatient and surgical care". This 12-story building with 264 private rooms will "increase access to the world class care" provided by the University of Michigan hospitals. Even though this new medical center is an incredible addition to the University's hospital and will provide many patients with the best care possible, are there negatives to this introduction?

What to expect when you’re expecting a Michigan government shutdown.

Isabelle Mark's picture

What to expect when you’re expecting a Michigan government shutdown.

The following article discusses the potential government shutdown that may occur in Michigan due to state budget negotiations. It discusses in particular what areas of government would be effected. I would like to hear thoughts on if people believe this will happen, and how it will affect us most as Michigan students?

Michigan House leaders reach bipartisan deal on K-12 spending

Lauren Orr's picture

The two top Michigan house leaders, Lee Chatfield (R) and Christine Greig (D), said they'd be voting a bipartisan spending plan for K-12 education off of the House floor tomorrow, Thursday Sept. 19th. Though there is little detail about what exactly the plan states, both parties agreed that they want schools to be funded. Chatfield said, "We've come together, we've reached an agreement, we want to get our schools funded." For a cause like this, it is commendable that these parties are putting aside their differences to better the children of Michigan.

Poverty Within Michigan's Children

Joya Bailey's picture

As you read the article, it states that Michigan has the third highest rate of kids with health-care coverage seeing as though Michigan's child poverty rate is now 11% worse than when this report was first published three decades ago. I am interested to know how you feel after reading this article, along with explaining some things you believe Michigan could do to help children grow up with a fair chance of not being restrained by poverty. Here's the link! https://www.publicnewsservice.org/2019-06-17/childrens-issues/poverty-still-a-challenge-for-michigan-kids/a66832-1

Housing project replacing park in Flint

Lauren Orr's picture

Carriage Town Historic District puts their plans on hold for an affordable housing project after the city council votes tied 4-4. This unit would bring 48 mixed-income units to the town of Flint which is said to be very important and needed at this time, but residents are very resistant. One resident said, "I don't think it's suitable to have an apartment right there. It is a nice park. There have been activities held at this space." The CEO of the project says that there is not much that can be done to make everyone happy, but is that true?

Health-Care Providers

Francisco Escolar's picture

In this article, it talks about how health care providers are delaying approvals for certain medications because of new requirements they need to fulfill. This has frustrated many doctors and patients who are being delayed the care. A new bill is being pushed by many doctors around Michigan, do you guys think this is a smart proposal?

https://www.detroitnews.com/story/news/local/michigan/2019/10/26/michigan-health-care-bill-pre-approval-delays/40440183/​

Mental Health Budget Cut

Samantha Rosenberg's picture

Washtenaw Countey approves leaner mental health budget withough cutting programs. The Michigan court recently made a new change to the meantal health budget. There is an $85 million budget allocated for mental health resources. This was a highly debated topic amoung Michigan courts as both parties had differing opinions on whether or not to cut the budget. Do you think this is enough? What do you think Michigan should do with this money?

 

https://www.mlive.com/news/ann-arbor/2019/09/washtenaw-county-approves-leaner-mental-health-budget-without-cutting-programs.html

UM plans for addition to hospital in 2024

Lauren Orr's picture

The University of Michigan's hospital is said to open an innovative $920 million medical center. This center is specialized for patients needing the most complicated care and is said to "transform inpatient and surgical care". This 12-story building with 264 private rooms will "increase access to the world class care" provided by the University of Michigan hospitals. Even though this new medical center is an incredible addition to the University's hospital and will provide many patients with the best care possible, are there negatives to this introduction?

What to expect when you’re expecting a Michigan government shutdown.

Isabelle Mark's picture

What to expect when you’re expecting a Michigan government shutdown.

The following article discusses the potential government shutdown that may occur in Michigan due to state budget negotiations. It discusses in particular what areas of government would be effected. I would like to hear thoughts on if people believe this will happen, and how it will affect us most as Michigan students?

Michigan House leaders reach bipartisan deal on K-12 spending

Lauren Orr's picture

The two top Michigan house leaders, Lee Chatfield (R) and Christine Greig (D), said they'd be voting a bipartisan spending plan for K-12 education off of the House floor tomorrow, Thursday Sept. 19th. Though there is little detail about what exactly the plan states, both parties agreed that they want schools to be funded. Chatfield said, "We've come together, we've reached an agreement, we want to get our schools funded." For a cause like this, it is commendable that these parties are putting aside their differences to better the children of Michigan.

Poverty Within Michigan's Children

Joya Bailey's picture

As you read the article, it states that Michigan has the third highest rate of kids with health-care coverage seeing as though Michigan's child poverty rate is now 11% worse than when this report was first published three decades ago. I am interested to know how you feel after reading this article, along with explaining some things you believe Michigan could do to help children grow up with a fair chance of not being restrained by poverty. Here's the link! https://www.publicnewsservice.org/2019-06-17/childrens-issues/poverty-still-a-challenge-for-michigan-kids/a66832-1

Housing project replacing park in Flint

Lauren Orr's picture

Carriage Town Historic District puts their plans on hold for an affordable housing project after the city council votes tied 4-4. This unit would bring 48 mixed-income units to the town of Flint which is said to be very important and needed at this time, but residents are very resistant. One resident said, "I don't think it's suitable to have an apartment right there. It is a nice park. There have been activities held at this space." The CEO of the project says that there is not much that can be done to make everyone happy, but is that true?

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