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The Case for Affirmative Consent Laws

We need to change the way we talk about sexual misconduct, specifically in regard to consent. Though recent activism throughout the entertainment industry and college campuses has sparked outcry for such change, policies regarding affirmative consent, as well as societal engagement about consent, still lacks nationwide. We still see consent as something that is nonchalantly … Continue reading The Case for Affirmative Consent Laws

Equitable Education – Fair is Fair in School and War

This piece is co-authored by Manon Steel, Roosevelt’s National Education Policy Coordinator and a member of Roosevelt @ MSU, and Connor Rockhill, a student at the University of Michigan and a member of Roosevelt @ U of M. If you’re interested in getting involved with Roosevelt @ U of M, check them out on Twitter or Facebook. Why … Continue reading Equitable Education – Fair is Fair in School and War

Toxic Algae: An Underestimated Threat to the Environment

In 2014, harmful algal blooms (HAB) made national headlines for toxifying the western Lake Erie basin and temporarily poisoning the drinking water of 400,000 Ohio residents.  Despite efforts by the state of Michigan to curb significant blooms, HABs world-wide continue to steadily increase, relative to yearly rainfall.  Algae is not innately toxic; it typically acts … Continue reading Toxic Algae: An Underestimated Threat to the Environment

Divided We Stand: Michigan’s Love Affair With Charter Schools

This piece is co-authored by Manon Steel, Roosevelt's National Education Policy Coordinator and a member of Roosevelt @ MSU, and Connor Rockhill, a student at the University of Michigan and a member of Roosevelt @ U of M. If you're interested in getting involved with Roosevelt @ U of M, check them out on Twitter or … Continue reading Divided We Stand: Michigan’s Love Affair With Charter Schools

An Open Letter to the Board of Trustees

To the Michigan State University Board of Trustees: We at the MSU chapter of the Roosevelt Institute, a progressive public policy organization, are increasingly alarmed at the state of management at this university. In the past month, we have seen the Larry Nassar scandal dominate conversations internationally, nationally, and on campus. We have seen the … Continue reading An Open Letter to the Board of Trustees

The Consequences of Commoditizing Education

To the left, Betsy DeVos has become the human embodiment of all that is wrong with the movement to further privatize public education. Her vision for the future of the American education system revolves around increasing the number of private and charter schools, and school of choice through programs such as vouchers. However, the current … Continue reading The Consequences of Commoditizing Education

Losing the Green 15: The Problem of Regressive Tuition Freezes at Michigan State University

Michigan State University raised tuition for the 8th year in a row this summer. To combat the rising cost of tuition, the university unveiled a new program for insuring lower tuition costs: the Go Green Go 15 program or Go15. Essentially, students are able to lock in the 2016-2017 tuition cost as long as they … Continue reading Losing the Green 15: The Problem of Regressive Tuition Freezes at Michigan State University

Catalonia and the EU’s Responsibility to Help

Catalonia, currently an autonomous community within Spain, has its own culture, language, and history - including a long tradition of separatism. Its most recent attempt at independence came in the form of a referendum earlier this month. The Spanish government banned the referendum, arguing that it was unconstitutional. 📊 Resultats del Referèndum de #1OCT pic.twitter.com/2jGFL1xLz1 … Continue reading Catalonia and the EU’s Responsibility to Help