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Detroit’s August 6 primary election: non-partisan voter guides now available

To help Detroiters make informed decisions when they vote in the August 6th primary election, a free, non-partisan, online voter guide is available at:

At this website you can read responses to questions posed to all of the candidates for mayor, city council, city clerk and the board of police commissioners. You can find your city council district and your polling place, check voting hours and read tips about voting in Michigan. You can access printer-friendly guides here:

This website is made possible by the League of Women Voters (LWV), a non-partisan political organization. Here’s more about the LWV:

The League of Women Voters is a non-partisan political organization that has worked since the early years of the last century to encourage informed and active participation in government.  The organization works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influence public policy through education and advocacy.  The League never supports or opposes candidates or political parties.

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Are you a survivor of sexual assault? Support is available at Marygrove.

SASHA Center will host a free peer support group for survivors of sexual assault.  The event will run through October and November at the Marygrove College Women’s Center.

For more information about SASHA Center visit .

Our groups are culturally specific and concentrate on the issues facing women of color and more specifically African American Women. All women are welcome to join this group. Group members must be 18 years of age or older to join.

The two hour meetings will be held October 11-November 15 beginning at 6 pm.

Please register before October 8th by contacting Kalimah Johnson, LMSW at  (313) 770-9270.

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Spotted on bus heading south on Woodward Ave: a Marygrove College banner

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“Cultural Icons of Detroit” (IS 320B) will be offered in Fall 2012 at Marygrove College

A Fall 2012 course called “Cultural Icons of Detroit” has just been announced. Professor Dena Scher and librarian Christine Malmsten will lead the students in this IS 320B course in an interdisciplinary look at Detroit’s cultural institutions, each of which will serve as a focal point for the study of historical context, architecture, and artistic performance. Selected venues may include the Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit Public Library, Orchestra Hall, and Marygrove College.

This 3-credit course will meet on selected Fridays from 9:30 am – 3:30 pm: September 14 and 28, October 12 and 26, November 9 and 16, and December 7. ENG 108 is the only prerequisite, and there is a $100 course fee.

For more information, please contact Dr. Scher at 313.927.1303 or Contact Ms. Malmsten at 313.927.1378 or

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Spotted on I-94 West


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Gobble gobble! (says the…?)

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! We wish you a warm and wonderful weekend filled with delicious food and quality time with the people you love.

We are thankful to Jesse Cox, Director of Campus Ministry, for spearheading the effort to collect 40+ Thanksgiving baskets from the Marygrove community. These baskets were collected yesterday and delivered to St. Leo’s Parish and the Destiny Worship Center, both in Detroit.

One of these baskets came from library faculty and staff. Together we bought or “borrowed” from our own pantries enough food for a delicious holiday dinner, including mac & cheese, green beans, sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes, gravy, cranberry sauce, corn, cornbread stuffing, dinner rolls, chicken stock, yellow cake mix and frosting, fresh fruit, fruit juice, and a $20 Kroger gift card for the turkey and fresh produce. (Whew – we’re getting hungry just thinking about it.)

The library will be closed for the weekend beginning Thursday, November 24. We’ll reopen with normal hours on Monday, November 28th. Happy holiday!

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October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month.  To bring attention to this issue, there are several happenings at Marygrove College.  Read on!

- A segment of the Marygrove College clothesline project has been placed in the library in the display case across from the circulation desk. The t-shirts were designed by Marygrove students in recognition of violence against women.

- A domestic violence dinner table display has been placed next to the Main Dining Room in the Madame Cadillac building on the first floor. Stop by and reflect on how domestic violence affects everyone. Take a purple ribbon and wear it for the rest of the month, learn the statistics and read the poems placed on the table by Marygrove students.

In addition, the following event is sponsored by the Social Work Department, the Student Affairs Office, and the Women’s Center:

- A domestic violence candlelight vigil will be held in the Main Dining Room on October 26, 2011, from 6 – 8 pm. The program will feature local survivors and poets, domestic violence agencies, community-based organizations and professionals in the field.

- After the candlelight vigil, Marygrove students are invited to join a panel of experts in the dorms for a discussion on relationship safety from 8:30 – 9:30 pm. This is a coordinated activity for the purpose of engaging our students and community and supporting those who may be currently in a violent relationship or recovering from one.

Questions? Contact assistant professor Kalimah Johnson, Social Work Department at 313-927-1484.

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Think eating healthy is too expensive? Use the Bridge Card to double your money

The Double Up Food Bucks Initiative runs now through October, and is designed to give low-income families access to better food choices.

“For every dollar you spend from your Bridge Card at the farmers’ market, you get a dollar’s worth of Double Up Food Buck tokens, up to $20 per market day. Those Double Up Food Buck tokens can be spent on any Michigan-grown fruits or vegetables.” (Source:

Participating Detroit-area farmers’ markets:

  • Detroit Eastern Market
  • Eastside Farmers Market
  • Farmer’s & Artisan Market Dearborn
  • Lincoln Park Farmers Market
  • Wayne State University Farmers Market
  • The Northwest Detroit Farmers’ Market
  • Sowing Seeds Growing Futures Farmers Market
  • Peaches & Greens Store and Mobile Food Truck

Eligibility for a Bridge Card is based on family income. To find out if you qualify, visit the MI Bridges website ( or visit your local Department of Human Services branch office (find the nearest office by calling 517.373.2035.

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Take Back the Night Detroit – April 9

Please join us at our second annual Take Back the Night Detroit, to be held at Marygrove College, Alumnae Hall, on Friday, April 9, 5:00-8:30 pm.

The purpose of this event, celebrated nation-wide, is to raise awareness, promote prevention, and support survivors of sexual assault as they cast off shame and guilt and access the help they need on their journey towards healing and wholeness.

Take Back the Night-Detroit is being sponsored by the Marygrove Student Government, the Women’s Center, and the Social Work Department, together with Sasha Center, a community based organization.

The Take Back the Night Committee invites each of you to attend this important event!

If you would like more information, please contact Prof. Kalimah Johnson, Chair, at, x1484, or Prof. Darcy Brandel, Co-chair, at, x1447.

We hope to see you on April 9th!

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March 18: An Evening of Recent Detroit Fiction

The Marygrove College Institute for Detroit Studies and English and Modern Languages Department present a Defining Detroit event:
An Evening of Recent Detroit Fiction: a reading and book signing featuring Peter Markus, Susan Messer, and Michael Zadoorian.
Thursday, March 18, 2010 at 7:00 PM
Marygrove College
8425 West McNichols, Detroit
Alumnae Hall, Madame Cadillac Building
Free and open to the public
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Peter Markus has written two books of short stories, “Good, Brother” (2005) and “The Singing Fish” (2006), and a novel, “Bob, or Man on Boat” (2008).

“Peter Markus’ gorgeously spare, riverine fables of brotherly sweetness and violence are hypnotic, haunting, and sublime.” – Gary Lutz

Novelist and short-story writer Susan Messer is the author of “Grand River and Joy” (2009).

“With unsparing candor, Susan Messer thrusts us into a time when racial tensions sundered friends and neighbors and turned families upside down. The confrontations in Grand River and Joy are complex, challenging, and . . . spot-on accurate.” – Rosellen Brown

Michael Zadoorian is the author of two novels, “Second Hand” (2000) and “The Leisure Seeker” (2009), and one book of short stories, “The Lost Tiki Palaces of Detroit” (2009).

“Zadoorian’s pace [in "The Leisure Seeker"] is deceptive, it’s restful. But unexpected scenes jump out at you. Come to the end and you’ll say, ‘Oh my God!'” – Elmore Leonard

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