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If the entire world lived like the citizens of the United States of America, it would require nearly five earths, as cited by Patrick James of Co.EXIST. Despite this staggering number, we are trying to aid others in moving up to our style of life. Development projects span across Northern Africa, giving the false promise that they can one day live lives like Americans if we can fix the underdevelopment caused by old European customs like the slave trade, as pointed to and addressed in more detail by Walter Rodney in “How Europe Underdeveloped Africa.”
The Huffington Post’s Lucy Sherriff comments on the fact that Ernst & Young, an international professional services firm headquartered in London, U.K., will no longer be using a college degree as a criteria for its positions. With Ernst & Young being the fifth largest recruit of graduates in the U.K. their action bring up the question of whether or not a college degree is worth it—I believe it is not.
It was only a day or two after Lady Gaga’s music video, “Til It Happens To You,” came out that my roommate pulled me over to her side of our couch to watch it with her. My first reaction was about as positive as one could be—in regards to raising awareness about sexual violence. Gaga’s delivery of the lyrics gave the whole message a resounding effect and though the images themselves were graphic, they depicted real-life environments where attempted and completed rapes occur.
I have admitted before that I don’t know much about politics. If I walked by a television that had a governor, senator or even our own president on the screen giving some sort of speech, I wouldn’t stop and listen to what they had to say. They are leaders that are concerned with issues that probably don’t affect me too much or people with money trying to appeal to those who have so much less. That has been my apathetic opinion for several years.
Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders has said that, “The issue of wealth and income inequality is the great moral issue of our time,” and “for the last 40 years the great middle class of our country—once the envy of the world—has been disappearing.”
The world today is vastly interconnected and the effects of globalization are seen virtually everywhere, but despite this, I am still a huge supporter of local businesses. Because of that support, many people ask me why I even bother. Why continue shopping local, when there are so many prevalent and big companies that I can find anywhere? I choose to support local businesses because I’m investing in my community. And when you invest in this way, it helps to build a strong and connected community.
More often than not, a candidate’s stances on trivial problems are what gets him elected president, because this country has a one-track mind. When it comes to thinking hard about the real underlying issues that we have, we turn the other cheek and continue bashing one another for our political affiliations. Instead of working for meaningful change, we simply bandage the wounds and hope for the best. We, as a nation, have to step up and shift course, because if we don’t, our democratic republic won’t last.
Racism in this country is not gone. It has simply transformed.
It is well past time that we begin paying attention to sexism. It is well past time that we begin actually doing something about it.
It’s no secret that Eastern Michigan University is a school of predominantly white students. Over 63 percent of the student population at EMU is white. If you randomly chose ten students in the school, about six of those students would probably be white. In all honesty, there is absolutely nothing wrong with being white. Like people of color, white people do not decide what race they are. However, because of learned racism in our society, many students of color miss out on opportunities here. Because women are already less likely to go into STEM fields than men are and students of color are far less likely to pursue degrees at all, and normally will not pursue the same volume of STEM degrees as white people, these two factors should play an important role into why Eastern Michigan University takes special care to encourage young women of color to pursue degrees in STEM fields.
With everything going on in today’s world, it’s easy to forget that there are also changes happening here at home. The Convention and Visitors Bureau that created the #VisitYpsi brand that helps market Ypsilanti to the world is being threatened. The threat is a merger between the Ypsilanti Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Ann Arbor Convention Visitors Bureau, which will cause us to lose our individual voice in the county. It is a mistake to create a bureau merger between two very different cities and peoples. This same merger has been brought forward before and failed.
Since starting my freshman year in college, I have conversed with multiple people who are just like me, people who have left their homes for the first time. For years, teachers have been telling us to prepare for the real world and it’s finally here. I almost didn’t apply for college, but I am so happy that I did. Life after high school is the time for one to grow as a person. Being in college is such a liberating feeling. So many people arrive with the notion that college is a scary place and believe that perhaps they won’t find a place to fit in… so they stick to themselves. That is the biggest mistake that any incoming freshman could make. In college there is a place for everyone to call home, you just have to be willing to look.
No parent ever wants to think about something terrible happening to his or her children—I know I always get chills thinking about it—but, the fact of the matter is that it happens and, according to the National Library of Medicine, the leading cause of death among children who have reached their first birthday is accidents which cause them to sustain fatal injuries. This remains the leading cause of death in the United States until people have reached the age of 24.
The Houthis—a Zaidi group from Sa’dah, in Yemen—are an honorable breed of rebels. They fight for a new democratic system to represent their entire country, instead of the one that their current president, Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, envisions. As a response to the Houthi rebellion, the United States and Saudi Arabia decided to unjustly drone strike and air raid the rebels in Yemen under the cover of “humanitarian intervention,” killing thousands of innocents in the process. This is a crime and a failure to implement the United Nation’s “Responsibility to Protect” policy, as well as a failure to allow other countries to form democracies on their own, as the United States did.
As a feminist and young woman, I look at Hillary Clinton and admire her running for president. I love that she is making women who come from women’s colleges—as she did herself from Wellesley College—look amazing. I love that she graduated from the Yale school of Law and I am more than impressed that she has made a career for herself in American politics, as she has been both a senator as well as the Secretary of State during President Obama’s first term as president. As a woman, I look up to her and want to be just like her in many ways. She’s independent, strong and incredibly successful, just like I want to be in my field. However, as a college student and a person who is suddenly able and willing to vote, there is no way I am voting for Hillary Clinton.
Everyone experiences stress in different forms and at different times, but the transition to college is especially stressful to many people. This is why it is important to understand—as well as ease—this transition for students.
I didn’t vote. Not for 2012’s presidential election. Not for last year’s midterms. Am I registered? Yes. But I didn’t go. I had no drive and I had no wish. And I know I’m not the only one.
Kids don’t become obese overnight. And no, I’m not talking about the kids that are larger than the others, but their doctors say they’re healthy. I’m not talking about the children who blow up during a growth spurt and lose all of it when they take their first step onto a high school campus. Rather, I am talking about the children who, for a variety of reasons, are gaining too much weight and not losing it.
The Republicans have proven that they are incapable of reading or comprehending anything regarding the Iran Deal aside from it simply not happening. Their public statements blatantly contradict what news sources from CNN to PolitiFact have confirmed is true about the deal and it is clear that they are geared towards fanning the flames of misdirected hysteria of a nuclear Iran than deal with the truth that the current deal would make it impossible for Iran to go nuclear for the next fifteen years.
Donald Trump is the perfect reflection of a sick society; one which is consumed by consumerism, financed by greed, lobbied by corruption and which bathes in the murky waters of ignorance and chauvinism. It is a society which sees intellectualism, community and respectful, civil discourse as weakness. In this age of political scorn and deep societal issues, Trump is king.