Articles written by: Darnell Gardner Jr.

Darnell is a staff reporter for Central Michigan Life.


COLUMN: Don’t blame the media for national tragedies

When the dust settles after a tragedy like the shooting in Newtown, Conn., we fall into a familiar pattern of mourning. In no particular order, we do the following: Convene around the American flag, using national pride as a salve […]

COLUMN: New solutions to ensure equal opportunity

As the Supreme Court hears another affirmative action case, Americans are again scrutinizing government-sponsored efforts at eliminating inequality. Affirmative action seeks to encourage diversity by tipping certain scales in favor of historically marginalized groups. In the world of higher education, […]

COLUMN: Rebooting the GOP

As it became clear on election night that Democrats would emerge victorious, Republicans nationwide ought to have had a unified moment of pause. The Republican Party has spent the past four years waging war against the president, the American democratic process and […]
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COLUMN: Insincerely yours

When someone changes stances on an issue, it usually indicates one of two things: either they’re humble enough to admit they’ve been wrong, or their opinions are guided by something other than an interest in ethical integrity. Mitt Romney’s flip-flopping on […]

COLUMN: Courting the black vote

Conservative talking heads are fond of noting the African-American voting bloc’s near uniform support of Barack Obama. In 2008, they’ll remind you, Obama captured 95 percent of the black vote. In constantly recalling this number, which is indeed factually accurate, […]
Columns / Voices

The Student’s Dilemma

It’s election season again, but if you were to check the pulse of the average college student, you likely wouldn’t feel the same buoyant rhythm of four years ago. Instead, you’d find a tepid tremble, if anything at all. In […]

Subsidizing Failure

For the past few years, Central Michigan University’s football program has been a flop. Football fans file into Kelly/Shorts Stadium at the beginning of each game, but by halftime many of those same fans are on their way home, figuring […]

COLUMN: Obama’s Humane Error

Upon entering the Oval Office, President Barack Obama promptly promised to usher in a series of changes, one of which would be closing the detention center at Guantanamo Bay. Under President George W. Bush, Guantanamo had become a symbol of […]

COLUMN: Belly of the dragon

I spent my summer interning at a state-run newspaper in Beijing. While I wish I could spin a yarn about a headstrong American journalist tampering with the innards of the Chinese propaganda machine, I cannot. Most days I sat at my […]
Columns / Voices

COLUMN: Red and black

Sometimes their eyes flit away upon meeting my own, like a man caught gawking at a teen with unorthodox facial piercings. On other occasions their eyes linger, glued to me without even a hint of shame and accompanied by an […]

COLUMN: Taking out the foreign trash

Editor’s Note: Detroit senior Darnell Gardner, a journalism major, is currently interning at The China Daily in Beijing. He will compose an occasional column on his experiences and impressions. “The Public Security Bureau needs to clean out the foreign trash […]

Supporting women, community name Pamela Gates as ‘Woman of the Year’

Pamela Gates has carried several titles since coming to Central Michigan University as a graduate student in 1989. Now she can add “Woman of the Year” to the list. Gates, dean of the College of Humanities and Social and Behavioral […]

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