Month: October 2016

From tweets to the streets: Protesting as a Latinx for Black Lives Matter

Written by Pauline Mikhail, Staff Writer #LaGenteUnidas – “The United People” – is not just a trending hashtag to the Latinx community. Their unity with the Black Lives Matter movement means protesting police brutality and racism alongside other BLM supporters. One such supporter is Yanira Fuentes Barajas, a Latinx resident of Charlotte, North Carolina. She attended a protest in the days following the Sep 20 death of Keith Lamont Scott, a black man fatally shot by police. She explained, “I took part of the protest because I believe it was wrong what was done to Keith Lamont Scott. He was the wrong suspect and got killed being unarmed.” Standing by her beliefs meant risking police confrontation. “The first night [Sep 23] was pretty intense… There was a time during the protest when we all laid on the floor in front of Uptowns Police Department,” said Fuentes, who stayed with protesters an hour after the midnightcurfew. “Once it hit 12 [AM], riot officers came in [police] cars with zip ties and were armed and ready to arrest …

Why Shailene Woodley’s arrest and the No Dakota Pipeline Access Protests are important

Written by Alejandra Matheu-Rios, Staff Writer The Dakota Pipeline Project is a 1,172-mile pipeline planned for construction across North Dakota to Illinois to transport crude oil across the U.S. more efficiently. This pipeline is a terrible idea, and I am not the first person to express disagreement: The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, a Native American tribe that lives in a region where the pipe would cross, is currently protesting the pipeline over environmental concerns, arguing that an oil leak could contaminate their water and sacred lands, which include burial grounds, prayer sites, and artifacts. I agree with their concerns; oil spills happen in the ocean all the time, ruining our seawater and sea life, and are clearly an unavoidable threat. The most recent major incident was in May, when the Shell oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico leaked over 90,000 gallons of oil into the ocean. The potential of an oil spill happening on the lands of North Dakota is incredibly high; the risk is clearly not worth taking. But there’s more to the …

An Athenian Print founder and alum reminisces on starting the organization

Name: Bianca Silva  Graduation Year: 2015 Major: Journalism & New Media with a Minor in Multimedia Communications Current Occupation: Bassrush Contributing Writer and Graduate Student What did you gain/benefit from being a student at Mount Saint Mary’s University? Attending Mount Saint Mary’s University changed my life, simply put. It shaped me into a woman I never believed I’d become, I really found myself during my time there and it’s all thanks to the amazing women I met while I was there. There is a real sense of community at the Mount that’s hard to ignore. Your peers become your support system when you need it most and because of this peer support, I gained confidence, ambition, and strength within myself that I was able to help give to others. To this day, these women continue to support me in so many ways and I am so grateful I can still call them my closest friends. If you could go back, what would you have done differently as an undergraduate student? Although I was super involved …

Jorge Ramos explores racial hatred in the age of Trump in documentary ‘Hate Rising’

Written by Beatriz Garay, Staff Writer Hate in the United States is not a new thing. However, now with presidential candidate Donald Trump, hate is rising rapidly. Director Catherine Tambini and Univision reporter Jorge Ramos have teamed up to shed light on the beliefs and ideologies of white supremacists around the nation and how stigmas like these lead to all the hate crimes we have had recently against minorities in their new documentary Hate Rising. Since the birth of our nation, hate has been well and alive. Not only in our country but around the world: the enslavement of African Americans, the formation of the Ku Klux Klan, the Armenian and Jewish genocides in the 1900s, and the list goes on. Now in 2016, hate and rage are seen against African Americans and homosexuals all over the country. “…something that I’ve learned as a father is that children listen to absolutely everything. They know everything. So we think that these eight-year-olds are not feeling the racism? They are the first ones suffering from it.” – …

Things left to say

Written by Carsie Mendoza, Staff Writer There are many things I have to say, yet words elude me, disappearing into the sky like an evanescent mist, never allowing me to enjoy their beauty. Yet, others do it for me, within the confines of my mind. Screeching and yelling the words that I know are true, Although never spoken aloud. Sometimes the words are soft and gentle, spoken with the delicacy of a flower petal in bloom, giving me a sense of relief from the screeches, making me feel like I’m loved, wanted, appreciated, needed. More often or not, the bad often overpowers the good, vanquishing the light until it’s just a mere flicker. I become nothing more than a puppet, controlled by a puppeteer that is pure evil and only has one motive. My destruction. They say depression shouldn’t affect your daily life, If you want to be happy, you need to try harder. If you have a shred of experience, the depression disappears Depression isn’t even a real disease. These are just other things …

Finding the right job for me

Alumni of the Mount Name: Jazlin Romero Graduation Year: 2016 Major: Journalism and New Media Minor: Film, Media and Social Justice Current Occupation: Freelance Writer and Social Media Consultant What did you gain/benefit from being a student at Mount Saint Mary’s University? I gained a lot of self-assurance when I was a student at MSMU, I figured out exactly who I was and was able to focus on all the things I really wanted personally and professionally. I expanded my education, which in itself was huge! I felt so lucky to be in college and really recognized the value and beauty of my education. The idea that education has the ability to make an individual think in ways they may have never thought before was empowering. Education is limitless and beautiful because it allows individuals the opportunity to make their journey’s personal to him/herself and chose they will apply that in our society. It was just amazing to me what I, Jazlin, was gaining at that moment in my life. If you could go back, …

Trump hits new lows, Clinton doesn’t hit hard enough

Written by Arleen Lamba, Staff Writer No matter how many times Donald Trump claims that no one respects women more than he does, frankly, I’m not convinced at all. In the second presidential debate, he gave a brief, half-hearted apology for his mere “locker room talk” when asked about the statements he made in 2005 about groping women. He then changed the subject to the war crimes of ISIS. To me, his decision to bring up ISIS when prompted with the questions about his harassment of women sounded analogous to saying “Hey, I said those disgusting things about and admitted to harassing women in those tapes, but let’s forget about all that because we have bigger fish to fry.” I believe he successfully turned the attention away from these recordings and appealed to Americans’ emotion by citing Hillary Clinton’s defense of a child rapist in court. It is indeed revolting that a child rapist got one year in jail, but I hope that the audience understood that it was Clinton’s obligation as an attorney to defend …

2016 election: Here is why you should vote in November

Written by Carsie Mendoza, Staff Writer The 2016 presidential election could very well be considered one of the most divisive and heated elections in United States history. With a Republican candidate who seems to have no filter and a Democratic candidate, the first woman nominee for a major party whose 30 years in the political spotlight has somewhat tarnished her reputation amongst voters; there has certainly never been an election quite like this before. However, regardless of what party you align yourself with or what values and beliefs you hold, because this election is so decisive, staying home on election day is not an option. According to a study by the United States Elections Project, in 2012 there were 222.5 million people who were eligible to vote and only 58% of this population cast a ballot. In another study conducted by Pew Research Center, it was discovered that 71% of these voters were above the age of 65. Those who were between the ages of 18 to 24 accounted for 41% of the vote. Finally, …

Millennial artists use Instagram to shine light on social justice issues

Written by Pamela Ardon, Staff Writer As social media continues to grow, Instagram has become the new media outlet for millennial artists to showcase their artwork. This new generation of artists is using their artwork to express their views on social justice issues that are often dismissed or ignored. In other words, museums and art galleries are not so much the first choice anymore. Artists (mainly from ages 18 to 25) use their Instagram accounts to shine a light on subjects through all creative platforms including music, literature, film, drawings, paintings, photography, and more. However, they are also pushing and challenging the boundaries that art industries have normalized. Ojo Agi, 24, uses her art to explore and address the issues of race, gender, and cultural identity. The Nigerian-born self-taught artist aspires to tell stories that people of color and any background can relate to. She challenges to break the “myopic lens where women of color are often portrayed,” as well as gain a deeper understanding of what beauty means to her. “I hope in viewing …

Giants lose 6-5 to Cubs, eliminated from NLDS

Written by Liz Charre, President All good things come to an end. In this case, the San Francisco Giants lost their opportunity to head into the World Series on Tuesday night at AT&T Park against the Chicago Cubs. They are now eliminated from the National League Division Series. The Giants were three outs away from forcing a decisive game 5. Both teams would have traveled back to Chicago to play the deciding game. Then, the winner would have faced the winning team from the Nationals/Dodger game on Thursday. Unfortunately, the Giants will not be given that opportunity because their bullpen blew it in the ninth inning. Down by three runs, the Cubs managed to score four runs to win Tuesday’s game and move onto their second consecutive National League Championship Series. A stadium filled with cheerful Giants fans came to a silence as the Cubs managed to make the biggest comeback in postseason history. Giants fans were left in disbelief. Even-years have been magical for the Giants since they have won three World Series Championships …