Well, it’ll soon be that time of year again. Happy holidays, folks. Time to trample a stranger to get the last Malibu Barbie doll on the shelf and wait on lengthy lines, almost as long as your rapidly growing credit card bill — all in preparation to pile up heaps of attractively wrapped presents for your loved ones.
And while many of us probably haven’t even thought about holiday shopping yet, the season has been marked on every retail store’s calendar for quite some time. If you work at a retail store, the Christmas season can seem like a beauty pageant where you have to sparkle and outshine the other contestants.Continue reading →
On Tuesday, Oct. 13, the five Democratic presidential candidates took the stage for the CNN/Facebook-hosted debate in Las Vegas. In honor of it being midterm season here at the College, I decided that it was only right for the participants to be graded on their performances, as well.
Hillary Clinton: The former Secretary of State, senator from New York and first lady performed as expected during the debate. She confidently breezed through questions concerning her controversial use of a private email account at the State Department. She even received aid from an unexpected source, her chief competitor, Bernie Sanders, who said, “the American people are sick and tired of hearing about your damn emails!” Continue reading →
American politics has become the hub for brash arguments and idiotic comments, resulting in several field days for the media. The ongoing, heated battles between Republicans and Democrats has reached a new level of insanity — fighting once again about defunding Planned Parenthood.
The nonprofit organization saw roughly $528 million in 2014 from the federal government, nearly one third of its $1.3 billion yearly budget, according to The Washington Post. However, it’s important to note that the federal funds are not used for the service at the heart of current debates — abortions. The organization instead uses money from private donors and foundations to fund the abortion services, according to the same article.
The majority of the money received from the government currently comes from Medicaid, the health care program typically used by low-income Americans. That money is not even legally allowed to be used for abortions. Defunding Planned Parenthood will therefore not stop abortions, it will merely cut other resources used for men and women such as cancer screenings, STD testing, medical treatment and contraception.
The center of this argument does not even rely on federal funding — it has relatively nothing to do with the federal government.
So then why has the fight nearly shut down the government and become a leading issue for politicians?
Blame that on the 2016 presidential election that has already consumed the media.Continue reading →
Marisa Gonzalez, ’11 alumna, first started teaching for Teach For America corps and now teaches bilingual third and fourth grade students at Maude I. Logan Elementary School in Fort Worth, Texas.
It’s Hispanic Heritage Month and my fourth graders are reading about immigration. In our bilingual classroom, culture and language always play a starring role, but this time of year — and this year in particular — the emphasis feels particularly essential.
Every day, my Mexican-American students get bombarded with media messages about the “problem” of immigration. Over the coming months, as the political season heats up, the barrage will get worse, not better. As a teacher, I feel responsible for equipping my students with the knowledge and confidence to endure and, ultimately, change the conversation. Immigrants built our country. They will continue to shape us.
As Americans, we all have a role to play. When I first thought about becoming a teacher, I never imagined that I’d get to do it in a classroom like mine. My kids are expected to be able to read, write and think at a high level in both English and Spanish, which makes teaching complex and challenging. Continue reading →
Social media has hijacked my generation. However, no one can dispute that it does come with some unique benefits for personal and social growth. Personally, we can access up to-the-second-news of every kind, be enlightened by thought provoking memes and entertain ourselves with the most relevant jokes and videos.
Socially, we can connect to the entire world. We’re kept up-to-date with what is going on in the lives of our friends, family, and colleagues, and we keep them all up-to-date with what is going on in ours. Continue reading →
On Wednesday, Sept. 23, students received devastating news either firsthand or via social media that meal equivalency, the sacred hours between 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. meant for nourishing students’ tummies with $7.50 of free non-Eickhoff hall food, was indeed down.
One social media app flooded with posts about this lunchtime atrocity, but it wasn’t Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. It was Yik Yak. Two things occurred to me after scrolling through the 200 characters or less posts crafted by the minds of hungry students. First, I couldn’t get a cinnamon raisin bagel or caramel iced coffee for free — absolutely awful. Continue reading →
“Yes, it should be lower. I feel like it’s not harmful, if you drink responsibly.”
“Yeah, it should be (lowered). Once you’re an adult at 18 (years old) you should be able to do what you want. Even in other countries the drinking age is lower and they are more responsible (with drinking) than us.”
“Yes… you can go to war, drive, vote… and you’re on your own at school anyway. You’re basically independent at 18 (years old).”
Like most people, I found myself reading about the terrorism accusations surrounding innocent Ahmed Mohamed, the boy who brought a homemade digital clock — which was mistaken for a bomb — to school, last week. As I avidly scrolled the comments section of an article about it on Dallas News, I stumbled upon an anti-journalism comment that got under my skin.
In the scathing comments section, people argued relentlessly over whether or not this boy is part of a radical Islamic group, with one woman saying that Muslims were using the media to promote Islamic sympathy (these comments were very creative). She then followed with “is there no real journalism anymore???”
These vile trolls finally got to me. I respect freedom of speech, even more so because I am a journalist, but this infuriated me. So often when people are dissatisfied with a news story — they blame the journalist.
Honestly, I get it. People wonder: is this journalist biased? Were they bribed? Do they have a hidden agenda to push upon the readers? Can I trust them? Better yet: is this even a qualified journalist or one of those misinformed citizen journalists that have little or no knowledge of the journalism field?Continue reading →
Winners Carly Fiorina: The businesswoman and former HP CEO stood out during her first prime time debate as she was able to go toe-to-toe with Donald Trump himself. She came across as very presidential, dismissing Trump’s infamous insult about her face and providing passionate answers on Planned Parenthood and drug addiction. In her first appearance in the main debate, she came across as strong and personable. Fiorina showed the audience that she was more than just a presidential candidate, she was also a human.
Marco Rubio: Normally, the Florida senator was heard and then quickly forgotten, but Rubio came across strong on foreign policy. He handled himself relatively well by being careful not to ignite any conflict between him and his fellow Republican hopefuls. It is still left to see if he has the ability to get his poll numbers up, but, nonetheless, he had a strong debate showing.
Ben Carson: The mild-mannered neurosurgeon stayed true to his promise of continuing to be himself during the debate. He came across as charismatic and calm, except for his ideas on minimum wage reformation. This was also evident with his quick reaction calling Trump “an OK doctor” after Trump gave his opinion on administering vaccinations. Carson’s statements were strong, but not memorable.
Ronald Reagan: So he might not have been a candidate on the stage, but the location of the debate, with Air Force One in the background, made it difficult for the GOP contenders not to invoke his most holy and sacred name during the debate.
George Pataki: Full disclaimer: Pataki is currently the candidate that I am backing in the race. The former New York governor received a bump of publicity after he said that he would have fired the controversial Kentucky clerk, Kim Davis, who refused to issue marriage licenses to gay couples. Maybe his polling will go up from 1 to 2 percent and he will move up to the prime time debates… perhaps I can keep dreaming.
Losers Donald Trump: In spite of the fact that I’ve yearned to put Trump in this category for a while, the billionaire genuinely deserves it after this debate. Trump just wasn’t Trump, even though he took jabs at other candidates, such as Rand Paul, and continued to flaunt about his wealth and strong poll numbers. However, he wasn’t the flamboyant force of outspokenness that he has made himself out to be. Could it have been a strategy to mild his temper or was the three-hour long contest just too long? Being called out on his failed business ventures surely didn’t help this businessman, who has declared bankruptcy four times in the past.
Chris Christie: The New Jersey governor had a breakthrough moment by yelling at Trump and Fiorina for talking about their business records instead of discussing the real issues. After his 30 seconds of fame, the debate went promptly back to discussing both political and business records.
Mike Huckabee: Mike Hucka — who? The former Arkansas governor lacked flare and excitement during the debate. If it wasn’t for his passionate defense of Kim Davis and so called “religious liberties,” it would have been incredibly easy to forget who the once Fox News host was in California, let alone the debate stage.
Jeb Bush: Poor Bush. The one thing that Trump did succeed in doing throughout the night was getting under Bush’s skin. The former Florida governor kept getting successfully cut off by the businessman and eventually confessed to smoking marijuana in his youth (which he quickly apologized to his mother for on Twitter). I know this wasn’t how it was supposed to be, Bush — winning the nomination was supposed to be easy — but at least try to defend yourself.
Rick Santorum: The former Pennsylvania senator who won 12 states in the last set of Republican primaries found himself trying to claw his way out of the B-rate debate. Despite his argumentative spirit last Wednesday, I doubt he did much to get himself out of his current rut.
Jim Gilmore: If the name doesn’t sound familiar, it’s OK. The former Virginia governor failed to meet the requirement of averaging at least 1 percent in one of three polls that CNN looks at to determine which candidates got to take the stage. But at least his performance was not damaged on debate night — but the same cannot be said for some of the candidates who actually participated.
Students share opinions around campus
“I have a dislike for Republicans in general. I disagree with tax (breaks) for the rich. I am not a fan of the two-party dynamic. It’s not enough to describe the beliefs everyone has.”
“I have a love-hate relationship with Donald Trump… I’m indifferent about Jeb… he’d be a one-term president. He’d be like his brother, but (he’d) be more liberal than his brother… (but) a lot of things would stay the same. We need some changes.”
After completing my first year as a political science student at the College, I started learning the foundation of politics and how competitive the major can be. Between all of the cookouts, pool parties and roller coasters this past summer, I was able to squeeze in an internship experience that has become my first step toward a career. Continue reading →
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