EMU administration whiffs opportunity to build bridges with concerned students

EMU administration whiffs opportunity to build bridges with concerned students

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Monday, Nov. 7, 2016

College is supposed to be an opportunity to learn, explore and grow as one transitions from a high school teenager to a young adult. New ideas blossom and unknown worlds are revealed. College is a place where mistakes are made, and lessons are learned under the watchful eye of professors and mentors. But at Eastern Michigan University, exploring one’s identity and making those mistakes has been meant with threats of criminal charges and expulsions.

Last Monday, a second racial slur was discovered on a campus building. Rightfully so, students, who already felt little was being done by the administration to address the previous incident, were upset. Days later, students took to the Student Center on campus to peacfully protest, occupying the building overnight.

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Fair Sentencing Act not all that fair

Fair Sentencing Act not all that fair

Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014

In August 2010, President Obama signed the Fair Sentencing Act of 2010. While its name is misleading, it does help begin to reduce the disparities created out of the “War on Drugs.”

The law was set to reduce the sentencing disparity between crack and powder cocaine cases created by the Anti-Drug Abuse Act of 1986. Before the Fair Sentencing Act, federal penalties for possessing an amount of crack 100 times smaller than the amount of cocaine would lead to the same penalty as one would receive for powder cocaine.

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