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Our Emergency Manager…

There is a lot to talk about from Detroit this week, but as the title reveals I have chosen the Emergency Financial Manager (EFM) for the topic of this post. Detroit continues its slow march down, reaching new levels of failure.  Friday, Governor Snyder announced (barring the appeal of the city’s current political leadership) that [...]

By |March 13th, 2013|All Things Consider|2 Comments


This is my second post as an alumni blogger and a trend has begun to emerge.  Since graduating I have moved into Detroit to live, work, and learn.   I will plan to continue to write about the city, but will provide this explanation as to why I think its issues are relevant to the University of [...]

By |February 20th, 2013|All Things Consider|0 Comments

Detroit’s M-1 Line

Finally, a serious conversation about bring some public transportation back to Detroit.  On July 18th, the US transportation secretary announced that the department had cleared the Detroit M-1 light rail project for a $25 Million TIGER grant.   A blessing that breathes new life into a project which at times had seemed left for dead, yet has the potential to [...]

By |January 30th, 2013|All Things Consider|0 Comments

Costly Communication

In our brave new world we can communicate without effort and reach out to more people than ever before, but have we lost the ability to truly connect to people in the process?

By |December 5th, 2011|All Things Consider|0 Comments

Want to Frack?

In addition to providing many environmental activists with a creative play on the f-word, fracking (short for hydrofracking, which in turn is short for hydraulic fracturing) is the hot new way to extract resources and has the potential to provide jobs and economic stability to many beleaguered areas of the country, all the while threatening the water [...]

By |November 28th, 2011|All Things Consider|0 Comments

Off With the Head!

In an article entitled “The Republicans” in this past week’s Economist, former GOP nominee hopeful, Michelle Bachmann, is quoted as saying if she were elected she would have the “doors locked and lights turned off” at the Environmental Protection Agency.  -- Before going further, it is important for the reader to know that Bureaucracy runs through my veins.  [...]

By |November 14th, 2011|All Things Consider|0 Comments

Finding a Job

This year, like every other, everyone is scrambling to find a job.  In the past it’s been fun to see who can get a good internship and what cool things people are doing over the summer, but as I have considered the process a little more it all seems a little too stressful. I am a senior in Engineering [...]

By |November 7th, 2011|All Things Consider|1 Comment

A Different Kind of Diversity

In The Washington Post this past Saturday, there was an interesting article on the increasing diversity of sub-urban neighborhoods in the DC area.  While I believe the article raises a lot of good points about how increasing Hispanic and Asian populations have led to a diversification of once deeply segregated neighborhoods, I believe it skips around another important kind [...]

By |October 31st, 2011|All Things Consider|0 Comments


Kill-a-Watt, a new student program to encourage energy reduction in the residents hall does just that. Starting just this past Wednesday (Oct. 19th) Kill-a-Watt is a month long energy reduction competition between 9 residence halls here on campus.

By |October 24th, 2011|All Things Consider|0 Comments

Something Isn’t Right Here…

In a recent bold move to cut expenditures, Topeka, Kansas set 30 domestic violence offenders free. The debate is over who– the city or the county – should pay for the processing of these misdemeanors.

By |October 17th, 2011|All Things Consider|0 Comments

A Brother’s Response

It is possible to have a short, exciting, respectful, pleasurable, and enjoyable sexual experience without being manipulative. But, the thought I had while reading your letter was that you seem to have spent a lot of time talking about what I, as a male, but have spent little time addressing how to improve our actions.

By |October 10th, 2011|All Things Consider|1 Comment

President Coleman’s Sustainability Speech

At the culmination of a multi-year effort to assess the opportunities for sustainable development on this campus, Mary Sue Coleman, in a speech last Tuesday, declared the goals of the university to improve its relationship with our environment.  While admirable for its clear and strong commitments her speech lacked the vision I had hoped for. The University's goals [...]

By |October 3rd, 2011|All Things Consider|3 Comments

Troy Davis

Walking through the Diag yesterday, you may have seen a few of your fellow students wearing black and trying to raise awareness about another issue. We may often be saturated with groups raising awareness about many topics, but I think this one deserves a note. Wednesday night at 9:08pm a man named Troy Davis was executed in the state of Georgia.

By |September 23rd, 2011|All Things Consider|0 Comments


Sometime long ago, it was my intention to start off my blog writing for this semester by making our readers aware of a community on that truly lives on the edge of acceptable human conditions but lies only 45 minutes away from campus. I forgot about it at first, but now I will take a little time to tell you about Delray.

By |September 19th, 2011|All Things Consider|0 Comments


As the 2011-2012 academic year has come rolling into Ann Arbor I have been struck and disappointed by the overcrowding of my classes. Sure, my particular concentration has been growing in popularity, but that is no excuse for a failure to provide adequate academic facilities.

By |September 12th, 2011|All Things Consider|1 Comment