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Donald J. Trump officially announced that he was running for president on June 16th, 2015. Speaking from Trump Tower in New York City, the then newly-announced candidate opened with a no-substance quip about the supposed idiocy and gutlessness of the other candidates saying, “How are they going to beat ISIS? I don’t think it’s gonna happen.” He then immediately transitioned into a more somber topic—the state of the country—when he said, “Our country is in serious trouble. We don’t have victories anymore. We used to have victories, but we don’t have them. When was the last time anybody saw us beating, let’s say, China in a trade deal?”
As a rule of thumb, because the offices are so similar to each other, governors have tended to make better presidents than, say, first-term senators. But, for almost the first two centuries of the United States’ existence, the profession that produced the most successful presidents aside from the political sphere itself was the military. After every major war, the country has elected a general as its President — George Washington after the Revolutionary War, Ulysses S. Grant after the Civil War, Dwight D. Eisenhower after the Second World War and very nearly Douglas MacArthur after the Korean War. Now, however, it seems as though the game is changing and businessmen are starting to run instead of career military men.
This past weekend is the weekend the highly anticipated “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice” finally hit theaters. Bad news being that the film is getting mostly negative reviews from professional critics, with the most common criticism being that the film is just too dull and depressing for a movie about a man who dresses up as a bat, fighting a super-human alien. Looking over this movie, as well as recent DC Comics works, I have discovered a disturbing trend where the majority of them try to be as downbeat as possible in order to suck out all the joy of being a superhero. Intense violence, blood, gore, scary images, unnecessary “moral dilemmas” and more seem to be the standard for anything DC related these days; and quite frankly, it needs to stop.
The United States’ record with Cuba since the 1960s has been rough and downright scary at times, and although my generation — the Millennials — never experienced the same fear as our parents did of nuclear war looming over our heads, we understand how incredibly significant Barack Obama’s visit to Cuba is.
Hillary Clinton, as many analysts say, faces an uphill battle against Bernie Sanders now that the Southern primaries are over. She just barely won in Iowa, Missouri, Illinois and Massachusetts. She lost in New Hampshire, Michigan and Minnesota. For Clinton, the further north she goes, the more her fate will be in the hands of super delegates.
Over the past few years, I’ve noticed a disturbing trend among millennials who refer to themselves as “social justice warriors.” A trend which, despite its noble origins, has become not only a danger to society, but a blemish on real social justice. This trend I’m talking about corrupts feminism, stifles progress towards true social, racial and gender equality, utterly obliterates accountability on the part of those who are underprivileged and, worst of all, completely ignores and even prohibits open-minded discussions from taking place (without which, no change can ever come).
He’s teasing you? That means he likes you. He pulled your hair because he’s trying to get your attention and doesn’t know how to? Don’t be mad — “boys will be boys.”
In 1776, the Second Continental Congress declared independence from Great Britain and established the country we know today. 56 delegates signed the Declaration of Independence, among whom you will find such intellectuals and famous (or infamous, depending how you look at it) Founding Fathers as John Hancock, Samuel Adams, John Adams, Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson. These revolutionaries, as well as the other 51 signers of the Declaration, were undoubtedly some of the most important, intelligent and impassioned individuals of their time in America. They believed that the rights of the people were not given by kings or by governments, but that they were inherent in all men. They believed that the power given to the government must be derived from the consent of the people. They believed in equality. The United States was to be the shining star in a dark world plagued by tyranny and injustice.
Four years after his even more impressive but nevertheless unsuccessful independent run in 1992, Texas billionaire and Reform Party founder Ross Perot won more than eight million votes in the 1996 presidential election. In 1998, the Reform Party won its most significant victory with the election of Jesse Ventura, described by CNN political analyst John Avlon as a “radical centrist,” as Governor of Minnesota.
According to the CDC, the United States has the highest rate of teen pregnancy of all countries in the western world. This means that despite the fact that both world class education and contraceptives exist, the United States as a whole is unwilling to either make these accessible or take advantage of the resources it has access to. This can be due to economic or religious reasons, but at the end of the day the facts still stand: the United States has more teenage girls who are pregnant every single year than any other westernized country in the entire world.
As students, we’re all aware that our school has a credit hour restriction. For underclassmen, the restriction is 19 credit hours. For upperclassmen, the restriction is 20 credit hours. While we’re not sure exactly how many credit hours the standard is, the cost of attendance for students is budgeted with thirteen credit hours every semester in mind for each student. This is probably four three-credit classes and one one-credit class. However, many students on campus have never taken just the minimum number of classes and will possibly take at least 15 credit hours each semester. Since starting my time at Eastern, I have never taken fewer than 18 credit hours. I am currently taking 20 credit hours. As a sophomore here, it was challenging for me to be able to register for 20 credit hours. The only reason I was able to do so was because I had done well the previous semester and someone in the office of records and registration was able to see that and allowed me to take an extra credit. Looking at this situation, we should not have credit hour restrictions.
In high school, I was often told that coming to class mattered a whole lot. Teachers may have rounded grades at the end of semester, but only if they saw you in class frequently or participating. Attendance was an integral part of the course’s final grade.
I was talking with a friend Saturday night and he told me he felt like he was raped by a class. Looking back on the class, it was extremely difficult. Almost no one received an “A” and a disproportionate number of students failed the exams regularly. At the end of the day, the professor wasn’t very good at his job and he was unable to write fair exams and communicate information in a coherent manner. It’s not that we say the word “rape” that is the problem, it’s the fact that this word is so often used out of context and when we joke about rape or compare it to something like the difficulty of a class, we belittle the fact that people are actually victims of rape. Using rape as a joke and colloquialism is damaging.
With the White House and Congress still battling over whether or not — and if so, with whom — to fill the vacancy in the Supreme Court, the November election is increasingly likely to be shaped as much by Washington as by the primaries.
According to the New York Times, both Madeline Albright and Gloria Steinem believe it is important for young women to support a female presidential candidate. So much so that Albright said: “There is a special place in hell for women who do not support each other.” We cannot help but assume that Albright is referring to young women who are not planning on voting for Hillary Clinton and instead are planning to vote for Bernie Sanders, since she was at a Clinton rally when this was said. Steinem also claimed that young women are only voting for Bernie Sanders to impress young men, according to The Guardian.
Over 9,000 people showed up to listen to Bernie Sanders speak this past Monday at Eastern Michigan University’s Convocation Center. Many of them stood in a mile-long line outside in the cold for hours, including myself, but it was worth it to listen to one of the true progressives of our time.
Many southeastern Michiganders are excited to attend the “A Future to Believe In Rally” Monday at Eastern Michigan University’s Convocation Center, where Bernie Sanders is set to speak about a “wide range of issues important to Michiganders including making college affordable, reforming our health care system, and getting big money out of politics,” as it states on Sanders’ campaign website.
According to an article in LiveScience, it is suggest that only 13 percent of people will not identify with some type of religion by 2050. This is taken from trends of increased amounts of religion being seen globally over the years. This does not necessarily mean that these will be major religions, but over 80 percent of the world’s population will identify with some sort of religion. According to Adherents.com, only 16 percent of the world’s population does not identify with any type of religion and over 55 percent of people practice an Abrahamic religion. This can become problematic for people who practice major religions and people who don’t. It would be fine if everyone used their own religions to decide their own personal life choices. After all, we should all have the right to make decisions for ourselves no matter how we choose to make them. However, time after time, we see that people hide behind their religion in order to try to control the actions of others. While there are no statistics that show how many anti-abortion websites there are, it only takes a quick Google search to find out there is no shortage of them. The people running them are not fighting for their personal right to have an abortion, but rather they are working to inhibit other people from making their own decisions on the grounds of a religion they may or may not practice. According to Govtrack.com, there are 71 bills that have either been passed or are in the process of being passed to stop abortion. Additionally, an article from USA Today from 2014 found that twelve states had laws against sodomy and Michigan has recently passed its own.
According to the New York Times, 82 percent of Americans don’t consider themselves feminists. That is over 8 in every 10 people. According to the Huffington Post, only 23 percent of women identify as feminists and 16 percent of men. However, this isn’t consistent with people’s beliefs. If you know the meaning of the word feminism, the actual meaning of the word without being bogged down with the unrealistic expectations and lies that different parts of society put on the word, you would think most Americans are terrible people. You would think that the reason people don’t identify as feminists is because they don’t support gender, legal or any kind of equality. After all, feminism is the idea that all people should be able to begin on the same playing field — equality across the board.
Welcome to college, an incredibly hectic time in your life, which you will likely cherish forever. Many students are balancing heavy class loads, multiple jobs and possibly even an internship. Some of us might be parents trying to finish our education, bring home a paycheck and care for our kids. It is overwhelming how much is expected of college students and how much we need to cram into a week.