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Expanding community college access
Michigan needs to expand finacial aid to increase accesibility
s the job market grows increasingly competitive, high school
diplomas and GED certificates have become less of a guarantee
that a worker will earn enough to generate themselves, let
alone their families. In 2012, Michigan's underemployment rate was
17.4 percent, and the unemployment rate currently stands at 7.8 percent,
well above the national average. Higher education greatly improves
lifetime earnings and expands the number of jobs one is qualified for.
Improving access to higher education is vital to helping Michigan workers
sustain living wages. Several states, including Tennessee and Oregon,
have considered legislation that would make public two-year colleges
tuition-free. There are certainly members of the community who are
willing and able to pay community college tuition, but many cannot
come close to affording it or having real access to loans. Michigan should
increase funding for community colleges to allow for free tuition for those
who cannot afford it, reducing the financial barriers to higher education.

Abort problematic politics

Yesterday, t
titled "Abo
Opt-Out A
effect in Michi-
gan. I say mis-
leading because,
in order for
women to have
abortion cover-
age included in
an insurance
plan, we must
now pay extra
in the form of a
rider. In other
words, we must
opt in. And the o
opt in to pay extra
if we plan on hav
in the future (or
abortions, if we're
much bang for out
abortion rider).
The only thing
plans on having a
this act extends e
of rape and incest
people are callin
insurance" bill).
Minority Leader Gr
- who is a sur
assault herself -
bill in December,
absurdity of insur
"(The bill) tells w
raped ... that th
thought ahead an
insurance for it."
However, I'm
calling it the "rape
mainly because it1
the fact that wom
for a number of r
rape need not be th
reason for an abor
Ultimately, this
intrusive, utterlyt
absurd in its pren
not affect me.
It will not affec

he misleadingly like many of the students at this
'rtion Insurance University, am privileged in a
kct" went into number of ways that enable me to
get an abortion, insurance or no
insurance. I live in a county with
an abortion clinic. That in itself is
something to be proud of - only
about 14 percent of Michigan
counties have an abortion clinic.
I could shell out the $300 to $600
it costs to have an early abortion
KATIE - and if I couldn't, my parents
SEN could help me out. I have parents
STEEN and friends who would support my
decision to terminate a pregnancy.
I have parents and friends I would
nly reason we'd feel comfortable talking to about
for abortions is my abortion in the first place.
ing an abortion But what about the women
perhaps multiple in Michigan who are not as
trying to get as privileged as I am? Who is this bill
r buck with this really affecting?
Only about 3.3 percent of
is, no one really abortions in Michigan are paid
n abortion. And with health insurance. So why do
ven to incidents Michigan Right to Life advocates
(there's a reason even care about insurance
g it the "rape covering abortion?
State Senate This bill is an instance of pro-
retchenWhitmer lifers grabbing onto literally any
vivor of sexual scrap of abortion legislature
spoke about the possible, and intentionally trying
articulating the to fuck it up just for the sake of
ing an abortion: fucking it up. Only about 4 percent
'omen that were of Michigan voters - specifically,
ey should have the members of Right to Life of
d bought special Michigan - voted on this bill by
creating a citizen's petition, which
going to avoid doesn't require the governor's
e insurance bill," approval. Gov. Rick Snyder had
takes away from actually already vetoed the bill,
en get abortions deeming it "an overreach
easons, and that of government into the
e only acceptable private market."
'tion. I've avoided writing about
act is coercive, abortion because I know it's such
unnecessary and a charged issue, and it can be next
ises and it will to impossible to change the opinion
of those on either side of the issue.
ct me because I, Maybe I've given up on trying to

change people's minds, and instead
I can only express a mixture of rage
and hopeless disappointment. I
can recite statistics and plea with
heartfelt anecdotes, but ultimately,
I feel it is futile to try and sway
the beliefs of pro-life people, just
as I will never not support every
woman's unobstructed right to
an abortion.
I want to finish with a speech
that Ioreceived in an e-mail from
Senator Whitmer - one that
perfectly articulates my disgust
toward the overwhelming minority
who passed this bill. This is part
of the speech that she would
have delivered to her Republican
colleagues had they not adjourned
the Senate today.
Senator Whitmer wrote:
"As this horrible law takes effect
today, I want you to remember
what you did,
"The next time you read a story
in the news about a woman being
raped, remember that you turned
your back on her and told her
that she doesn't deserve every
available medical option that's
available to her.
"When you hear of a woman
facing a difficult pregnancy, one
that may sadly end prematurely,
remember that you told her that
her health and well-being is less
important than your ability to
get the endorsement of a radical
special-interest group.
"And when women from
across the state ask you why you
would do something so offensive,
remember that you had a chance
to stand up for them and put their
interests ahead of the absolute
worst of what politics can be,
and you chose not to."
- Katie Steen can be reached
at katheliz@umich.edu.

Tuition-free community college education
should be provided to those who cannot
easily afford it, but to do so for upper-middle-
and upper-class students is unnecessary.
The money spent to do this could be better
spent elsewhere, such as restoring education
funding. Gov. Rick Snyder proposed a
6.1 percent funding increase for public
universities and a 3 percent funding increase
for community colleges for 2015. However,
these have yet to be approved by the state
legislature and hardly make up for past cuts.
There are alternate, less costly measures
that the state could also explore. For
example, expanding loan forgiveness and
reimbursement of tuition after graduation
to all community college students in need
would incentivize degree completion.
Currently, loan forgiveness programs exist
in Michigan for teachers who are employed
for five years at a low-income school. By
expanding this program to other fields, more
community college students will be inclined
to complete their chosen field. Additionally,

Michigans current financial aid programs,
such as the Tuition Incentive Program, could
be expanded to include more assistance to
community college students. In addition,
this plan should not only apply to community
colleges, but also to trade schools and
technical skill colleges that teach students
skills they can apply in the workforce.
According to a Georgetown University
study, those with only a high school
diploma or GED make a lifetime average of
$1,304,000. Just completing some amount
of college education without even earning
a degree boosts this figure to $1,547,000.
Average lifetime earnings for associates
degree and bachelors degree recipients are
$1,727,000 and $2,268,000, respectively.
Students attending community college have
the option to either complete their degree
or even transfer to a four-year college if they
want. Providing cost-free community college
education to students who then transfer to
four-year colleges would significantly reduce
the increasing cost of higher education.

Just a tip

Barry Belmont, Nivedita Karki, Jacob Karafa, Jordyn Kay,
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Sherman, Allison Raeck, Linh Vu, Daniel Wang, Derek Wolfe
Advocating legal philathropy

At Wolverine Wellness at University Health
Service, University students can pick up four
free safer sex items a day. Last semester,
students obtained over 29,000 condoms from
Wolverine Wellness. A recent petition asked
UHS to make Trojan or Durex condoms
available for free. After staff researched the
available options' consumer ratings and cost,
UHS will order a product option from one
of these brands. You can expect to see it as
one of the complimentary safer sex product
varieties by Fall 2014.
All condoms sold in the United States
that claim to prevent sexually transmitted
infections are subject to the same FDA
reliability standards. Despite advertisers'
claims, particular brands offer no advantage
in safety or efficacy. Some have fun textures,
shapes or other features, but the protection is
the same. The primary differences between
condom brands are their wrapper designs and
advertisements. In a culture where sexuality
is infrequently discussed, sometimes the only
sexual health narratives we hear are from
corporations - and their voices are loud.
So it's understandable that the news that
all condom brands work the same may raise
some skepticism at first. But it's important
to know that if, after leaving this university,
the only condoms you can access are the free,
less-advertised ones from a clinic, you can
trust them. If you learn how to properly use
them and use them consistently, they will
help protect your health.
Sexual health is measured by much more
than using safer sex items. It includes other
components of your physical wellness like
sexual functioning, STI testing behaviors and
contraception use if appropriate. It includes
how you demonstrate your values through
the choices you make about sex and dating. It
includes whether the conditions and qualities
you want in your relationships are realized.
It includes the possibility of pleasure (to the
extent that you want), and freedom from
coercion or violence. It includes your self-
worth and your respect for others. Using
condoms and dental dams is effective at
preventing many STIs - but it is just the tip,
so to speak.
Similarly, sexual health programming is
just one component of supporting a healthy
campus. UHS provides medical services,
health educators who can support your

wellness goals, and student groups to connect
you to others who are passionate about
health. Professionals across other Student
Life units provide services for an even wider
range of needs. These resources are available
because maintaining wellness while in school
is complex and dependent on many factors.
Decisions about our physical health don't
happen in a vacuum; they're connected to our
mental health, to our schoolwork and jobs
and to our social lives. On average, University
students already perform risk-reducing
sexual behaviors (like using condoms, using
contraception and delaying partnered sex)
at rates well above the national average for
institutes of higher education - Go Blue!
However, we have great opportunities to
improve in several complicated health issues.
when asked in the most recent National
College Health Assessment what health
issues make it hardest for them to succeed at
college, University students didn't report that
sexual health issues were the main things
holding them back; the top four challenges
were stress, lack of sleep, colds/flu and
anxiety. Excessive drinking exacerbates all
of these issues while carrying its own risks of
increased harm. This evidence doesn't make
safer sex less important, but it places it in
context as one piece of a much bigger picture
of health indicators at the University.
Adopting a shared, evidence-based
wellness vision among students, staff and
faculty is our best hope for making big strides
in student health. Let's envision a campus
with norms that include not just safer sex,
but also sleeping enough, managing our
time to reduce stress, drinking in ways that
reduce the chance of social or personal harm
(or having fun without drinking), supporting
our friends when they are struggling and
fostering respect across our differences
so all students feel valued here. These are
big challenges that student organizers and
professionals alike are working tirelessly to
make changes to. By collectively owning this
vision, we can build a campus culture where
all students know they are goodenough and,
instead of feeling the need to sacrifice our
health for accomplishments, wellness and
self-care, inspire our success.
Laura McAndrew is a University alum
and Carly Manes is a Public Policy junior.

Before starting at Michigan, I
always considered philanthropy
a direct act. Growing up, my
family worked with organizations
like Meals on Wheels, where we
interacted directly with patrons,
delivering lunches and dinners to
their homes. When I arrived at law
school, there was a multitude of
opportunities to use legal training
to assist underserved communities.
But without previous experience
in areas of advocacy impact
litigation, or public interest, I felt
overwhelmed by the opportunities
and unsure with which group my
contribution could have the most
meaningful impact.
Before law school, I had spent
time interning in event planning
and investment management,
enjoyed working in groups and
had acquired a questionably large
mental database of pop culture
factoids. I was uncertain that this
eclectic skill set could be used to
meaningfully improve any person's
status with a legal issue. Soon,
however, I learned about a group
that held some promise: Student
Funded Fellowships.
Michigan Law's Student Funded
Fellowships is a student-operated
organization driven to provide
grants to first-year law students
- ILs - with internships in the
public interest. The SFF board uses
many different avenues to meet
this goal. Each spring, SFF hosts
two events at the law school: the
Auction, hosting more than 500
current law students, admitted
students, faculty and staff and the
Knowledge Bowl, a battle of wits
in which law students, faculty and
staff square off in a trivia contest

(thank you, countless hours spent
reading Vulture, Gawker and Perez
Hilton!). SFF also partners with
other MLaw student groups like the
Michigan Law Culinary Club and
Headnotes a capella group to raise
funds. Finally, the board works
with businesses, alumni, faculty
and students for monetary and item
contributions to reach the annual
goal of providing meaningful funds
to as many students as possible.
From Midtown Manhattan to
rural Appalachia, from London to
Phnom Penh, SFF Fellows span
the country and the globe and use
the law to serve the public interest
and underserved communities. For
example, past grantees have worked
in Michigan Law's Child Advocacy
Law Clinic, serving as the primary
attorneys for children, parents and
the Department of Human Services
in the court system. Other grantees
work for organizations like the New
York Legal Assistance Group, which
provides direct representation,
consultation, financial counseling
and community education to low-
income New Yorkers.
For SFF fellows, the grant money
allows them to pursue positions or
work in new cities that would oth-
erwise be outside their budget. For
the organizations employing SFF
grantees, they receive bright and
enthusiastic interns that help their
organizations fulfill their missions.
In turn, these organizations are
able to provide their underserved
clients greater breadth and depth of
legal services.
Soon after joining SFF, I met
Michael Schmale, another IL. We
were assigned as co-chairs to lead
the student fundraising campaign

in one of the first SFF meetings.
From Southern California, a Yale
alum and fluent in Chinese, I was
worried that to him and others
I would seem green and over my
head by comparison in executing
all of SFF's objectives. It turnsout
Michael and I work great as a team:
after student fundraising our 1L
year, we were co-chairs of the
Auction 2L year, and in our final
year, we have been co-chairs of
the entire SFF board. Like me,
Michael did not have a public
interest background and joined
SFF in hopes to leverage his skills
to make an impact on underserved
legal communities.
What is philanthropy? For SFF
supporters and board members,
philanthropy takes many different
forms. When Michael and I joined
the board our first year of law
school, we hoped our small efforts
could help our classmates finance
their summer jobs. Working with
SFF, we have learned these efforts
can provide much more. Our work
is indirect. While SFF Fellows
are our classmates, we cannot
watch them excel in their summer
positions or meet the clients whose
lives they have changed. Assisting
our peers' internship goals set
off new professional interests
and aspirations. SFF Fellows'
efforts in turn set off a network of
beneficiaries, from organizations
and their staff attorneys better
able to leverage their resources,
to underserved communities
receiving greater access to
representation and advocacy.
Anne Shaugnessy and Michael
Schmale are Law students.



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