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OK, so maybe the Michigan State Spartans did take home the NCAA basketball championship this year, but it’s their rivals over in Ann Arbor who just gained the everlasting glory of being named one of Mother Jones magazine’s Top 10 breeding grounds for collegiate protests.

According to the magazine’s Web site,, the University of Michigan activated its way onto the prestigious list thusly: "Student protests, capped by a three-day occupation of the dean’s office, pushed Michigan to join the (apparel sweatshop watchdog) Worker Rights Consortium. Swooshing mad, Nike nixed a six-year licensing contract that would have paid the university $22 million."

But that wasn’t all.

"Minority students also crusaded against racial insensitivity, protesting Michigamua, a century-old secret society whose traditions included adopting phony American Indian names and quaffing beer from sacred tribal artifacts.

"For 37 days, protesters occupied the society’s private, wigwam-themed headquarters on the top floor of the student union. When the smoke cleared, Michigamua members had returned the artifacts and opened their penthouse to the public."

News Hits says huu-ahh. Don’t feel too bad, all you party Sparties. If ever someone (Brewer’s Digest, maybe) hands out honors for the best collegiate drunken riots, we’re sure ya’ll will be at the top of the list. Curt Guyette is Metro Times news editor. Contact him at 313-202-8004 or

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