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COLUMN: Both sides of "Oscars" debate are wrong

(02/07/16 12:48pm)

Flint's water is poisoned with lead. A whole generation is either sick now, disabled or dying because of mismanagement and lies.Still, my social newsfeeds lit up last week over something obviously far more important to American consumers of fake news: Will Smith, his wife Jada Pinkett-Smith and Spike Lee have finally had it with the Oscars and Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.(Time) weeks ago, the Academy released this year's slate of Oscar nominations, all ahead of the made-for-TV awards spectacle awards show that lauds the achievements of industry elite and rising stars.

COLUMN: Guevara using culture of accountability to recreate past success

(01/30/16 4:10pm)

The arena has cleared following a Central Michigan women's basketball game. A janitor sweeps garbage from the bleachers and the once brightly-burning fluorescent lights begin to dim. It's quiet. But if you close your eyes and listen closely, you can still hear Sue Guevara's fevered voice bouncing off the McGuirk Arena walls. These walls have heard and seen a great deal in the nine years Guevara has been the team's head coach. They know just how dynamic Guevara's approach is and desperate she is to succeed. Guevara is her team's biggest cheerleader and loudest critic.

COLUMN: Asking 'Should I buy this textbook?' for the last time

(01/13/16 5:30pm)

As my undergraduate career comes to a merciful end, I was recently struck with the kind of obvious revelation that comes with reflecting on a journey while being in the middle of it: This is the final semester I have to buy textbooks.Students are hit with a one-two punch of financial clout at the start of each new term.