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EDITORIAL: Abuse in prison led to redemption

By M.J. Editorial Board

In 1991, Toni Bunton was arrested for her role in a drug deal that ended in murder. She was sentenced to a jail sentence of 25 to 50 years at the Scott Correctional Facility in Plymouth. Over the course of her 16 years in prison, she had reported eight occurrences of rape and daily groping by male guards, and nine other inmates reported similar mistreatment.

EDITORIAL: State halting an addiction it started

By M.J. Editorial Board

In early 2008, Michigan lawmakers passed legislation banning smoking in prisons statewide. Neither convicts nor prison employees are allowed to light up even outdoors; employees are also banned from smoking in their cars. We at The Michigan Journal think that the state legislators, quite frankly, need to give it a rest.

COLUMN: Old editions are as good as the new, and cheaper

By Jenny Adkins

I sat in front of my computer, anxiously rubbing my hands together. After three days of being listed on eBay without a single bite, Ritzer's 1999 edition of "Enchanting a Disenchanted World" seemed bound to rot on my bookshelf forever. In dismay, I gathered myself up and went to bed.

COLUMN: Welcoming a new year, a new era

By Cindy Jovanoski

For the past eight years, George W. Bush was our leader and commander in chief, but now he has left office and Barack Hussein Obama has stepped in as our new president. Millions across the United States, as well as all over the world, tuned in Tuesday when Obama took the oath of office, becoming the first African American to be president of the United States.

COLUMN: MLK Day took on a whole new meaning for me

By Raquel Parks

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is a day to remember and honor the legacy of Dr. King in the years since his untimely death in 1968. In recent years, the day has taken on a greater meaning and honor, with a spurt in volunteering organizations backed by people across the nation.

COLUMN: "This Week in Crazy"

By Jason Davis

About a month ago, I received tickets to the presidential inauguration. I know what you are thinking, "Why would he complain about going to the inauguration?" I shall explain that now. All trips start off at the airport. As we entered the security check, I was advised to do a "full monty" and practically get naked in front of the entire line.

Letter to the Editor

To the Editor of The Michigan Journal, "As the economy continues to decline, Americans find themselves looking for ways to cut corners and save money. Although universities have typically been more insulated from the volatility of the market in the past, this recession has been affecting everyone, without exception.

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