Despite the havoc that continues to be wreaked on our natural world, there is no doubt that we are making substantial strides to improve the quality of our environment. At this point, one of the most prominent issues is how we can implement green practices into our daily lives — a problem I would turn to engineers to solve.
On the morning of Aug. 13, 1961, the residents of Berlin awoke to discover that the Communist government of East Germany had ordered the construction of a wall to divide the eastern and western halves of the city. Designed to prevent civilian defections from Soviet Bloc East Germany to democratic West Germany, the wall stood for nearly three decades until the fall of communism in Europe in 1989. To the capitalist democracies of the West, the Berlin Wall was a concrete symbol of the existential struggle between Western freedom and Soviet tyranny.
“Are you guys ready to move on?” Looking back, it’s an odd thing for me to say to a mostly-female physics study group. But it wasn’t until it was pointed out to me at a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion training seminar that I began to question the ubiquity of America’s favorite second-person plural pronoun, “You guys.” A second-person plural pronoun is used to address or refer to a group of people you are talking to.
Our campus has been a trying environment for many in the last year. The divisive national dialogue, volatile campus climate and the University of Michigan's shortcomings on the University of Southern California Race and Equity Center report have made it difficult to see the University as the symbiotic community we all hoped it would be. As we navigate these times together, we wanted to reach out to you, our fellow Wolverines, to remind you of what lies in the core of the University's ethos: You belong here.
Almost every student in a major of the humanities has experienced the same dreaded moment. It’s during the first few weeks of class when everybody is introducing themselves, when the classroom environment is still setting in, that the realization sets: The class is filled with engineering students desperate to fulfill their 300-level humanities requirement at the University of Michigan.
Despite attempts to remain out of the public spotlight and dodge partisan judgment best reserved for elected officials, the U.S. Supreme Court has cultivated quite a prominent (and romantic) image in the American imagination. Perhaps it is because of the countless TV shows and classic films such as “My Cousin Vinny,” in which the law is a backdrop for drama and the judge’s gavel an instrument of climax.
For 35 days, the U.S. government remained shut down, marking the longest government shutdown in U.S. history. The world was seemingly reduced to a gridlock between President Trump and Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D. Calif., as both parties struggled to come to an agreement over how much money should be allotted towards border security in the federal budget. The event dominated the news — headlining broadcasts almost daily. And just when it seemed that the U.S.
This past November, Israel faced an unfortunate and oft-repeated event as the country was hit by a barrage of attacks by Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip. The majority were intercepted by the Iron Dome missile defense system, but many also hit Israeli towns and cities close to Gaza, including the port city of Ashkelon.