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There is a desire across the nation, by people who do not use its services, to defund Planned Parenthood. While some states are slowly pulling funding from the organization, there has been rise in the Senate and House of Representatives in Washington, DC to decrease all federal funding of the organization. The reasons why Republicans want it to be shut down is solely due to the abortion services the organization provides and absolutely nothing else. Their stance seems to be that, because they are “pro-life,” they cannot support an organization that provides women with abortions they may very much need.
HPV can be harmless in many instances, but in some women who contract it, it can develop into cervical cancer. And while only women can develop cervical cancer as a result of HPV, males can develop it and pass it on to their sexual partners and, since the disease takes years to develop and cause any problems, they might not even know that they have it. Because of this, women should get the HPV vaccine.
Every year, football fans around Ypsilanti ask if Eastern Michigan will have a better football season than the preceding one, only to find yet another disappointment from the team.
I think EMU orientation should include mandatory review of the basic lessons or life rules we all learned in kindergarten (if we attended kindergarten in this country). Since there are plenty of international students that did not live here when they were five years old and, since some of us haven’t been in kindergarten in more years than we care to count, review of these rules should be mandatory for all students (especially commuter students) upon entry to EMU. That will ensure everyone knows the behavior expected of them (even in the parking lots).
Last week I was among many other people who saw the viral video of a trans teen’s mom giving her her first prescription of hormone therapy. The mother does not explicitly say in the video what she has given her daughter after asking, “Do you know what it is?” as the girl reads the box she pulls out of a black bag. But the first site I saw the video shared by on social media, Hello Giggles, staff writer Natalie Southwick said that, “Erica Maison filmed a short video of her surprising her transgender daughter Corey with her first dose of hormone therapy… 14-year-old Corey had been waiting for more than two years to start hormone therapy.” Stories like this and the emotional videos tied with them warm many of our hearts—especially those of us who live in more progressive areas, like Ann Arbor. Unfortunately, this kind of parental acceptance is not the norm and I believe, in some cases, many LGBTQ+ minors will receive backlash from society’s move towards equality.
Nov. 2, 2014 might be a date that lives in painful recent memory for coaches, players and fans of the Eastern Michigan University soccer program. It was the season that was supposed to end in a championship, but Western Michigan University got in the way of championship plans and ended the tournament early for the Eagles.
294. That’s the number of mass shootings, or “incidents where four or more people are killed or injured by gunfire,” that have happened this year, according to Christopher Ingraham of The Washington Post. 294 mass shootings, out of 274 days, as of October 1. When the number of shootings exceeds the number of days that have past, it is absolutely clear that there is a problem—not just with gun regulations and safety, but with the society that induces and perpetuates such violence through its lack of reasearch and education on the topic.
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.