What Donald Trump Has Taught Us

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March 8, 2016— Jupiter, Florida—Politico reports that Donald Trump’s campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, “forcibly” grabbed reporter, Michelle Fields, for the right-wing Breitbart news site, “nearly bringing her down to the ground,” when she attempted to ask a question after a Trump press conference. The next day, in Fayetteville, North Carolina, a black protester being escorted out of a Trump rally was sucker-punched by a white bystander. She later sat down with a local activist and spoke about her experience in a video that was posted to Facebook.

“I was called a n****r and a c**t and got kicked out,” she explains and tells the interviewer that she was ultimately escorted out of the event by police.

So how can a man who is at the forefront of a hateful movement to divide America and instill violence at his large gatherings teach us anything? Continue reading “What Donald Trump Has Taught Us”

The Meet and Greet with Laverne Cox

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My sister sent me a text a few weeks ago about a talk Laverne Cox was giving at our university. She asked if I wanted to go, and then forwarded me a link to the university’s student government page where students with tickets to Laverne Cox’s talk could win a chance to meet the famed actress and activist by submitting a short writing response.

“Yeah, maybe I’ll do it,” I said to my sister. “I’m sure I wouldn’t win it, but I could always post it up on my blog.”

A couple of weeks went by before I thought about the writing submission again. I wonder when that short response is due?

I looked up the text on my phone that my sister had sent me and noticed the familiar date. I realized that I only had a few hours before the time would be up, and so I quickly grabbed my laptop and began writing on the day the writing submission was due. Continue reading “The Meet and Greet with Laverne Cox”

Math and the Patriarchy

Photo by Wanda Dechant via Flickr
Photo by Wanda Dechant via Flickr

The subject came about when she had uttered the words, “boys are just better at math.” My eyes metaphorically rolled so far back into my head that they could have fallen back into my throat.

I tried to reason with her in the most polite way possible. “I think a lot of it has to do with the different ways in we teach boys and girls, how society treats boys and girls differently, and how this notion of ‘boys are just better at math, and girls are just better at literature and language,’ has been subtly indoctrinated into the minds of the masses throughout all of time and has affected the way that girls see themselves in the classroom.”  Continue reading “Math and the Patriarchy”

Visibility in the 2015 State of the Union Address

Photo by Pete Souza, Talk Radio News Service -- A Member of Congress wearing a ribbon in support of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz., reads along as President Barack Obama delivers the State of the Union address in the House Chamber at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., Jan. 25, 2011
Photo by Pete Souza, Talk Radio News Service

Last night’s State of the Union Address from President Obama has called for a lot of action form Congress. I’ve talked before about Obama attempting to make community college free for American students in the near future, and how this will ultimately benefit the nation as we aim to grow and move forward, but there is a list of other things Obama wants to get done before he leaves office which also includes expanding paid sick leave and reforming the tax code.

I have no more campaigns to run. My only agenda for the next two years is the same as the one I’ve had since the day I swore an oath on the steps of this Capitol – to do what I believe is best for America. If you share the broad vision I outlined tonight, join me in the work at hand. If you disagree with parts of it, I hope you’ll at least work with me where you do agree. And I commit to every Republican here tonight that I will not only seek out your ideas, I will seek to work with you to make this country stronger. -President Barack Obama

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“W” is for Waitlisted

The Thing About These Recent Tuition and Fee Hikes For Education

Photo by Richard Lee via Flickr
Photo by Richard Lee via Flickr

The estimated costs of attending college in the University Of California school system for undergraduates during the entire 2013-2014 academic school year was $36,078. With estimated costs for books and supplies at $1,500, living costs at $13,800, personal and transportation costs at $2,200, and health insurance fees at $1,700, the total average estimated cost for education can put you back $55,278 a year. As of today, approved to raise tuition as much as 28% by 2019 for at University of California schools.

For California State University Schools the price tag rings a little differently, but the costs for attending the institutions are continuing to rise as well. During the 1989-1990 academic school year, tuition fees were at $700. Today, according to the California State University website, undergraduate CSU students pay $5,472 and, on average, mandatory campus fees of $1,287 totaling their costs to $6,759.

The other day I was speaking with a friend, who also went to the same Cal State School, about registering for classes. She was nervous, as everyone else was, about getting the classes that she needs in order to graduate on time. Continue reading ““W” is for Waitlisted”

The Thing About Social Activism

Photo by Jason Howie via Flickr
Photo by Jason Howie via Flickr

It took me a week to figure out the videos that were being posted all over Facebook and Vine were for raising awareness for Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), or Lou Gehrig’s Disease, “a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord.” I remember leaning over to a friend siting next to me to tell her what these Ice Bucket Challenges were all about after finding it out myself to which she responded, “Huh? What is ALS?”

The Ice Bucket Challenge goes like this: People are asked to make a video of themselves dumping a bucket of ice water on their heads, post it a social media site, and then challenge three friends to do the same within 24 hours or donate $100 to ALS.

The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge went viral in the hopes of raising awareness through social media, and although it has come to be a great way to inform people about ALS, it didn’t exactly start off that way. Continue reading “The Thing About Social Activism”

#NotAllMen Are Dangerous, But #YesAllWomen Live With That Fear

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Care because she’s a person, not just because she’s someone’s anything.

“Women should not have the right to choose who to mate and breed with. That decision should be made for them by rational men of intelligence. If women continue to have rights, they will only hinder the advancement of the human race…There is no creature more evil and depraved than the human female […] The first strike against women will be to put all of them in concentration camps like the plague they are. At these camps, the vast majority of the female population will be deliberately starved to death […] A few of them would be spared, however, for the sake of reproduction. These women would be kept and bred in secret labs.” -Elliot Rodger

It wasn’t just an issue of perspective, a chip on the shoulder or a bad experience or two in life that drove 22-year-old, Elliot Rodger, to go on a rampage through Isla Vista, the UCSB college community in Santa Barbara, on Friday, May23. Rodger had killed several students before taking his own life because he believed in something that is actually quite prevalent in today’s society. It was the evil blind hatred of women that fueled Rodger’s rage, and this isn’t the first time something like this has happened. Continue reading “#NotAllMen Are Dangerous, But #YesAllWomen Live With That Fear”

Connect To Stalk Your Friends: How Will We Define Privacy In The Future?

Photo cred: Connect.com
Photo cred: Connect.com

As posted on Examiner.

Last week a new app, which would make it easier to stalk your friends and random people without them knowing, was released to the public. Connect is an iOS and web application that was introduced at the 2014 Launch Festival in San Francisco. The app uses geographic data, social networks and other information available about the person on the web and compiles it into different sets of maps.

To make it clear though, the functions of this web application is something that everyone does on a regular basis already. Just ask anyone who watches, or gets the concept of the MTV show, Catfish. Connect just makes it easier to find all of this information and makes it look pretty on cool maps.

What the app does do differently is call more attention to our growing concerns toward privacy. For the most part, people are beginning to understand that whatever you put on the web is going to be out there for the entire world to see forever. Continue reading “Connect To Stalk Your Friends: How Will We Define Privacy In The Future?”

Year of Action and Fair Wages in SOTU

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Photo by ktgeek via Flickr

According to President Obama’s 2014 State of the Union Address which took place Tuesday, this is the “year of action.” The president reiterated some of his past legislative priorities by promising to close the prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba and to reform unemployment insurance, but he also spoke about developing regulations to limit carbon emissions at the nation’s power plants, MyRA, a new savings bond which would encourage citizens to save for retirement and, most notably, to increase in the minimum wage to $10.10 from $7.25. Continue reading “Year of Action and Fair Wages in SOTU”

Come Sit on Satan’s Lap

Satan, as drawn by Gustave Doré, in John Milton's Paradise Lost.
Satan, as drawn by Gustave Doré, in John Milton’s ‘Paradise Lost.’

Did the kids miss out this year on telling Santa what they wanted for Christmas? Why not sit have the children sit on Satan’s lap instead?

Apparently, there is a satanic group out there that has raised money and presented designs for a 7-foot-tall statue of Satan to put at the Oklahoma state Capitol, where a Ten Commandments monument was placed in 2012. According to the Associated Press, the drawing “depicts Satan as Baphomet, a goat-headed figure with horns, wings and a long beard that’s often used as a symbol of the occult.” Satan sits a throne below a large pentagram with smiling children next to him.

The Satanic Temple spokesman, Lucien Greaves, even mentioned that “the statue will also have a functional purpose as a chair where people of all ages may sit on the lap of Satan for inspiration and contemplation.” Continue reading “Come Sit on Satan’s Lap”