Author Archives: Aaron Bekemeyer

The Future of College Tuition

October 28th, 2011 | by Aaron Bekemeyer

My colleague Lauren Opatowski wrote a great post yesterday on how strategically UM is spending its money.  She concludes that while fancy

What Does It Mean to Occupy?

October 26th, 2011 | by Aaron Bekemeyer

Occupations generally aren’t popular among the folks being occupied, and in general it seems better to avoid occupying someplace when you can. So why did the protestors choose this negatively charged word to name themselves

Don’t Call It a Fat Tax

October 25th, 2011 | by Aaron Bekemeyer

In his post yesterday, Kelly Brownell of TIME Magazine revived an old idea: tax soda. Various states and cities, he says, are considering leveling such a tax against sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs). Besides discouraging the consumption of unhealthful beverages, the economic benefits of such a tax, says Bronwell, would be significant

Endpoint (10.21.11)

October 21st, 2011 | by Aaron Bekemeyer

The week’s best links that we didn’t get to: 1. Would J.R.R. Tolkien have occupied Wall Street? 2. OWS is holding

Are Optimists Healthier?

October 21st, 2011 | by Aaron Bekemeyer

One of UM’s most famous faculty members is Christopher Peterson, a psychology professor who’s most famous as the co-founder of

What Comes Next?

October 20th, 2011 | by Aaron Bekemeyer

Monday marked the one-month anniversary of Occupy Wall Street: for over four weeks, a fluctuating but solid number of protestors have camped

Wolverines Ranked the Leaders and the Best—In The World

October 19th, 2011 | by Aaron Bekemeyer

I’m sure this comes as no surprise to my fellow Wolverines, but US News and World Report has just released their rankings of the top 400 world universities, and UM is both #14 overall and #1 among public universities

Sex and Revolution

October 19th, 2011 | by Aaron Bekemeyer

[The English Civil War era] is a fascinating period, but one of the things I was most surprised to learn is that many women felt more important or empowered when the king ruled than during the brief life of the anti-royalist English Republic. ...This isn’t just a historical anomaly, either. As Melanie Butler reports at Alternet, media reports of Occupy Wall Street portray the occupiers disproportionately as men, while both men and women (of various genders and sexualities, I should add) are involved.

Endpoint (10.14.11)

October 14th, 2011 | by Aaron Bekemeyer

The week’s best links that we didn’t get to: 1. The Occupy movement has arrived in Lansing and Grand Rapids.

Redefining Success

October 12th, 2011 | by Aaron Bekemeyer

Everybody likes a strong economy and everything it entails: full employment, higher wages and salaries, better benefits, more innovation, and so on. And just about everyone agrees that the current economy pretty much sucks. So how do we get from where we are back to economic health

Endpoint (10.7.11)

October 7th, 2011 | by Aaron Bekemeyer

The week’s best links that we didn’t get to: 1. A federal judge has dismissed the Detroit city employee pension

What’s Happening on Wall Street?

October 5th, 2011 | by Aaron Bekemeyer

It’s been called a protest, a movement, and even a church of dissent, but for several weeks now, a small but growing number of people from around the country have led an event called “Occupy Wall Street” that opposes itself to, well, lots of things.

The Politics of Fat

October 3rd, 2011 | by Aaron Bekemeyer

There are two lovely posts that cropped up last week defending NJ Governor Chris Christie from attacks on his girth: Jonathan Chait’s Chris Christie is Fat. So What? in New York Magazine and Frank Bruni’s The Round and the Oval in the New York Times


September 30th, 2011 | by Aaron Bekemeyer

The week’s best links that we didn’t get to: 1. The Wall Street Protests of the 99%, according to Juan

When Is Discrimination Okay?

September 28th, 2011 | by Aaron Bekemeyer

Yesterday Feministing brought us the lovely news that Southwest Airlines, a company with a history of discriminating against its customers, kicked The L Word actress Leisha Hailey and her girlfriend off a flight for kissing. Southwest alleges that they made this decision not because of Hailey’s sexuality but because she and her girlfriend were “making out..."

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