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by Angela Morabito


The University of Michigan Central Student Government released a scathing statement in support of Palestine and against Israel, prompted by the ongoing conflict in Jerusalem. The letter accuses Israel of “settler colonialism, ethnic cleansing, and apartheid.”

“We aim to do whatever is in our power to ensure that we remain in lockstep with [the Palestinians] and their fight against oppression,” the student government said in an open letter.

Signers of the letter include the student government’s President, Vice President, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Coordinator. The Arab Student Association and Muslim Student Association also signed the letter.

[Press Release 05.10.2021]
If you have any questions regarding the following statement or if your organization would like to sign in support please fill out this form:

— Central Student Govt (@umcsg) May 11, 2021

“In an effort to further suppress Palestinians, Israeli police and settler militias are currently targeting Muslims during the holiest month of Ramadan at the third most divine site in Islam; Al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem,” the letter states. “Israel threatens Palestinians of all religions, from those displaced in diaspora all over the globe to Palestinians in Palestine.”

The letter blames the University of Michigan for not doing enough to cut ties with Israel.
“The University of Michigan remains complicit by choosing not to divest from Israeli companies profiting off of the settler state’s occupation.”

The student government also laments its own organization’s “prior complicity with Israel’s violence through participation in events such as yearly trips to Israel that supported the settler-state in its apartheid and occupation.”

The letter recommends that like-minded readers follow pro-Palestinian social media accounts, including several that support BDS.

A university spokesperson told Campus Reform, “U-M’s Central Student Government does not speak for the University of Michigan.”

“A core value of the University of Michigan is freedom of speech and respect for diverse ideas and viewpoints,” the spokesperson continued.

The Central Student Government did not respond to a request for comment in time for publication.

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Angela Morabito is a Higher Education Fellow and Spokeswoman for Campus Reform. She is the former Press Secretary for the U.S. Department of Education, where she went head-to-head with the Left, the media, and the teachers’ unions on behalf of the Trump administration and former Education Secretary Betsy DeVos. In that role, she communicated to the press and the American public on all facets of education policy, with emphasis on academic freedom, students’ civil rights, and the student loan debt spiral. Before her appointment as Press Secretary, Angela worked in public affairs, digital media, and higher education administration. She has authored opinion pieces for the Washington Examiner and The Federalist. Red Alert Politics named her to the “30 Under 30” conservatives to watch in 2016. Angela graduated cum laude from Georgetown University’s Walsh School of Foreign Service and later earned a Master’s degree, also from Georgetown, with particular focus on politics, culture, media, and ethics.
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Shawnee State Universitys Military & Veteran Services announces Got Your 6 Awards

PORTSMOUTH — The Office of Military & Veteran Services at Shawnee State University has announced the recipients of this year’s “Got Your 6” Awards, recognizing both a student and faculty or staff member who goes above and beyond on campus to support military-connected students in the SSU community.

This year’s student recipient is Jason “Jay” Helsel. Helsel is a father of three and a U.S. Army Veteran who served on Active Duty for over 12 years. During his time of service, he served three combat tours in Iraq and another two in Afghanistan. He was honorably discharged from military service in 2013. Helsel graduated from SSU in May 2021 with his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Arts with a concentration in Illustration. He has been an active member of the SSU student body assisting with the annual Weekend of Welcome events, volunteering with the Student Veterans of America organization of which he served in the past as Vice President and his senior year as the organization’s President, helped deliver meals to quarantined students during this year’s pandemic, and worked as a student employee for the Office of Military & Veteran Services for the past two years.

“Jay has an outstanding old-fashioned work ethic and is among the most competent of student employees I have ever worked with,” said Eric Ramaekers, SSU’s Coordinator of Veterans Services.

After graduation, Helsel plans to start freelancing art in the gaming industry as well as return to SSU to pursue a Bachelor of Arts in Game Design.

This year’s faculty and staff recipient is Nicole Neal. An SSU alumna, Neal has been an employee of SSU for over 20 years serving in various roles within the Student Business Center including Financial Aid Technician, Director of Financial Aid, and now as the Director of Student Business Center Operations.

U.S. Navy Veteran Ryan Schiesser returned to SSU in Spring 2017 to pursue his education. At the time of his return, he was disappointed to see the designated space for veterans was limited to a single room. He shared his concerns with Neal, who helped advocate for the program’s current office suite.

“Nikki is a great advocate and supporter of the military-connected,” said Schiesser. “She was instrumental in working with the Veterans Services Coordinator in establishing a fully-functioning veterans’ suite which includes a lounge area for all student veterans and their families to relax and step away from their studies and a busy campus.”

Ramaekers has heard from many student veterans that Neal has been a supportive figure throughout their time at SSU.

“She is a fantastic leader, easy to work with, and quite supportive,” he said. “She has helped shape how both students and student veterans receive support at SSU through many projects and ideas regarding the student veteran population and the Student Veterans of America.”

To learn more about the services offered in the SSU Office of Military & Veterans Services, visit

Jay Helsel was awarded the SSU Student “Got Your 6” Award for 2021.

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