Will Chipotle’s Food Safety Scandals Stop The Fast Food Giant?

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/01/15/business/chipotles-new-mantra-safe-food-not-just-fresh.html James B. Stewart, a writer for the New York Times, writes about the recent food illness outbreaks in the popular restaurant chain Chipotle. Chipotle had several notorious food illness outbreaks this past year, including E. Coli scares in Boston and Seattle. Experts and critics alike say that Chipotle needs to become more stringent with […]

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“Don’t Hog My View”: A tourist hot spot turns into the stomping ground for 2,500 hogs on their way to the slaughterhouse

John Eligon, a writer for the NYT, writes about a controversial hog farm in Mount Judea, Arkansas ( http://www.nytimes.com/2013/12/28/us/2500-pigs-join-debate-over-farms-vs-scenery.html?_r=1 ) that has rocked its community ever since. Eligon includes many different perspectives and opinions from the community regarding its new “neighbors.” The environmental and economical repercussions of such a farm are the major issues being […]

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A Cast of Characters in Iowa

The New York Times video, “Why the Iowa Caucuses Loom So Large,” discusses the state’s brief and somewhat unexpected foray into the public eye during the presidential campaigns. The video explores the conclusions of a NYT reporter who has lived in the state for the past year, researching the role the caucuses play in “winnowing the field of […]

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Visualizing Road Salt: Where Does It Come From?

This video from National Geographic visualizes road salt. According to the video, chlorine comes from volcanoes at the bottom of the ocean and sodium washes off continents with rain water, which forms salt that is necessary to reduce ice on the roads. The video explains how salt is made, the history and geographical context, transportation of […]

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Suicide on Campus and the Pressure of Perfection

This New York Times article highlights an important topic of the overall difficulties of navigating college during what is a period of transition for young adults. Issues surrounding the pressure placed on young adults to maintain high achievements come with a cost, particularly for students battling with depression. The article identifies various sources of anxiety […]

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Lifting Mental Muscle: Brain-Training for Anxiety, Depression and Mental Health

This article from the Wall Street Journal goes into a new treatment for mental illnesses such as depression, anxiety and trauma. The new treatment, called neurofeedback, adopts the philosophy of weight-lifting to strengthen the areas of the brain associated with mental illness, with assistance from fMRI technology. The story covers the work of Dr. Kymberly Young, a postdoctoral associate at […]

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Teachers-Pick Reflection for Week 4: NYT Editorial

Hi Folks, This NYT Editorial , in addition to being impressive simply because it’s so eloquently written by two high-school journalists, brings up an important question: What is the difference between reporting on depression, and writing about one’s own struggles with it? I think this article gets at the pro’s and con’s of both. As the […]

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The Role of Hemp in the Rising Sustainable Fashion Industry

Catheryn Snyder bustles around, tidying the eclectic collection of bags, jewelry, and clothing in racks that span the ceiling to the ground. Snyder, co-owner of Perpetua, a small clothing boutique on South Fourth Street in Ann Arbor, is the only one staffing her store on a brisk Tuesday afternoon. At first glance, a passerby may […]

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Genetic testing: for the curious or for the concerned?

Mollie Smith, a 22-year old senior at Grand Valley State University in Grand Rapids, Michigan, has different worries than the average college student. Three years ago, her great-aunt was diagnosed with breast cancer. Shortly after, Smith’s great-aunt discovered she had a BRCA2 gene mutation, which increases the chance of developing breast cancer significantly. Since the […]

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What made Flint’s water corrosive? Road salt, and it’s a problem across the country

A typical morning in the Mays’ household begins when Melissa Mays wakes up her 17, 12, and 11 year old sons so they can get ready for school while she and her husband prepare for  work. Her sons each take sit-down baths without running water, and Mays takes her own very fast shower. While it […]

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How Universities are Trying to Prevent LGBTQ Sexual Assault

  Emily Smith*, a 20-year-old psychology major, is in a long-term relationship with a male classmate. However, she also identifies as bisexual. During her freshman year at a large private university a female friend sexually assaulted her after they went to a Halloween party together. The assault happened after she stayed the night in her […]

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Detroit’s Fine Foods

It is lunch rush at Rose’s Fine Food.  People sit shoulder to shoulder at the bar, and each of the six reclaimed-wood tables are full.  Happy conversations are punctuated by the clink of forks on plates and tea cups against mismatched saucers. Vintage mirrors, photographs, and paintings hang on the wall, overlooking the cozy scene. […]

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Climate Change and The Value of the Great Lakes

Even in the Fall, the sunset on Lake Michigan is breathtaking, as the sunlight dances over the dark waters, but all eyes are on the bride and groom. A lake-side beach wedding in September seems like an unusual choice, but Valerie Ann Strong “could not imagine a more perfect location.” She grew up in a […]

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