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 Sunday, January 20.

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.

I feel like everyone...

Jack Berkey's picture
I feel like everyone usually ends their posts with a question, so today I feel like starting mine with one. That being said, in general, do you think that people who suffer from the three main eating disorders, anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and binge eating disorder, also suffer from mental issues? They are typically perfectionists with low self-esteem and are very critical of themselves. Furthermore, those affected by these eating disorders typically deny having the problem in the first place. Those most affected by eating disorders are women between the ages of 12 and 35.

Body mass index-In Depth

Jack Berkey's picture

Body mass index (BMI) is used for measuring height/weight characteristics in adults and for categorizing them into groups and “allows population data to be collected at regular intervals to estimate the prevalence of overfatness /obesity” (Sports and Exercise Nutrition - Chapter 13). BMI is a person’s weight in kilograms divided by the square of their height in meters (kg/m2) (Obesity and Overweight) A normal weight adult has a BMI of 18.5-24.9.

As i'm sure most of you...

Stevie Weingard's picture
As i'm sure most of you have recently heard, there has been a crazy college admission scandal all over the news. This scandal has caused many college campuses to take immediate action and release statements as to why they would never do such things. The University of Michigan released a statement as well. I can definitely say I have had my reservations about this University and who they accept all the time. There are a multitude of stories that go around about people being accepted due to legacy and not grades, and many other unfair reasons, such as things like large donations.

The F-Factor

Jack Berkey's picture

A dietary weight loss plan I am currently researching about for another course is the F-Factor weight control program that allows you to have a joyful, sustainable and healthy lifestyle, not just a lifestyle based on deprivation and hunger, but one that helps you focus on becoming your best ‘you.’ The F-Factor approach is based on a scientific understanding of anatomy and physiology, which does not change with the tides of dieting. The F-Factor approach focuses on combining lean proteins with high-fiber carbohydrates, which are low in calories and keep you feeling full throughout the day.

Response to threat of active shooter

Nick Davis's picture

On March 15th, panic was spread across the campus of the University of Michigan as there were reports of an active shooter somewhere around the diag. Police soon arrived to respond to the reports, but the confusion continued for hours. There were accounts of many other “active shooters” and individuals possessing weapons around the campus. Initial reports stated that there were three shooters with two apprehended.

Detroit Public Schools

Nick Davis's picture

The Detroit Public System is notoriously lagging behind. Five percent or fewer score proficient in literacy and mathematics in standardized testing. They have the lowest graduation rate in the country and are over $3.5 billion in debt. The schools are deteriorating and teachers are so unhappy that they are holding district wide sickouts to gain attention. One of the main ways the district is combating problems is by changing their curriculum and retraining their teachers. Will this be enough to bring the DPS out of its desperate situation? What else can/should be done?

The Mind Matters Mental Health Meeting Reflection

Jack Berkey's picture

The Mind Matters Mental Health Initiative at the Stephen M. Ross School of Business ultimately strives to enrich the mental health and general wellness of members of the Ross community. The panel included different ways to use the resources that the Ross School can offer during a need of need, stressing the importance that you are not alone in the problems you are facing and that there is always someone to lend a guiding hand. Mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel, and act.

Greek Life Fall Rush

Nick Davis's picture

As of next year, at the University of Michigan, fall rush for Greek life will only be available for students who have completed at least 12 academic credits at the university. This is due to the dangers that many associate with Greek life. While there may be some risk associated with Greek life, there are also many benefits that are particularly important to fall semester freshmen – like finding a close group of friends right away. Is postponing Greek rush the right move for the University of Michigan and its students?

I feel like everyone...

Jack Berkey's picture
I feel like everyone usually ends their posts with a question, so today I feel like starting mine with one. That being said, in general, do you think that people who suffer from the three main eating disorders, anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and binge eating disorder, also suffer from mental issues? They are typically perfectionists with low self-esteem and are very critical of themselves. Furthermore, those affected by these eating disorders typically deny having the problem in the first place. Those most affected by eating disorders are women between the ages of 12 and 35.

Body mass index-In Depth

Jack Berkey's picture

Body mass index (BMI) is used for measuring height/weight characteristics in adults and for categorizing them into groups and “allows population data to be collected at regular intervals to estimate the prevalence of overfatness /obesity” (Sports and Exercise Nutrition - Chapter 13). BMI is a person’s weight in kilograms divided by the square of their height in meters (kg/m2) (Obesity and Overweight) A normal weight adult has a BMI of 18.5-24.9.

As i'm sure most of you...

Stevie Weingard's picture
As i'm sure most of you have recently heard, there has been a crazy college admission scandal all over the news. This scandal has caused many college campuses to take immediate action and release statements as to why they would never do such things. The University of Michigan released a statement as well. I can definitely say I have had my reservations about this University and who they accept all the time. There are a multitude of stories that go around about people being accepted due to legacy and not grades, and many other unfair reasons, such as things like large donations.

The F-Factor

Jack Berkey's picture

A dietary weight loss plan I am currently researching about for another course is the F-Factor weight control program that allows you to have a joyful, sustainable and healthy lifestyle, not just a lifestyle based on deprivation and hunger, but one that helps you focus on becoming your best ‘you.’ The F-Factor approach is based on a scientific understanding of anatomy and physiology, which does not change with the tides of dieting. The F-Factor approach focuses on combining lean proteins with high-fiber carbohydrates, which are low in calories and keep you feeling full throughout the day.

Response to threat of active shooter

Nick Davis's picture

On March 15th, panic was spread across the campus of the University of Michigan as there were reports of an active shooter somewhere around the diag. Police soon arrived to respond to the reports, but the confusion continued for hours. There were accounts of many other “active shooters” and individuals possessing weapons around the campus. Initial reports stated that there were three shooters with two apprehended.

Detroit Public Schools

Nick Davis's picture

The Detroit Public System is notoriously lagging behind. Five percent or fewer score proficient in literacy and mathematics in standardized testing. They have the lowest graduation rate in the country and are over $3.5 billion in debt. The schools are deteriorating and teachers are so unhappy that they are holding district wide sickouts to gain attention. One of the main ways the district is combating problems is by changing their curriculum and retraining their teachers. Will this be enough to bring the DPS out of its desperate situation? What else can/should be done?

The Mind Matters Mental Health Meeting Reflection

Jack Berkey's picture

The Mind Matters Mental Health Initiative at the Stephen M. Ross School of Business ultimately strives to enrich the mental health and general wellness of members of the Ross community. The panel included different ways to use the resources that the Ross School can offer during a need of need, stressing the importance that you are not alone in the problems you are facing and that there is always someone to lend a guiding hand. Mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel, and act.

Greek Life Fall Rush

Nick Davis's picture

As of next year, at the University of Michigan, fall rush for Greek life will only be available for students who have completed at least 12 academic credits at the university. This is due to the dangers that many associate with Greek life. While there may be some risk associated with Greek life, there are also many benefits that are particularly important to fall semester freshmen – like finding a close group of friends right away. Is postponing Greek rush the right move for the University of Michigan and its students?

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