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Thoughts on President Obama’s farewell speech

Written by Carsie Mendoza, Staff Writer As President Barack Obama gave his final address to the nation as president, one of the major themes was reminding ourselves how far we had come in the past eight years. Not only were there many economic successes, such as unemployment falling to 4.7%, the Dow stock exchange making it past 19,000 points, and over 20 million Americans being covered under the Affordable Healthcare Act, there have been many social-based victories as well. Some have included the repealing of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” the ability for the LGBTQ+ community to marry whomever they choose, and the executive orders of DACA and DAPA or the Deferred Action for undocumented immigrants. The past eight years has seen lots of change for the better yet we are reminded by Barack Obama in this speech that even though we have seen lots of successes, we shouldn’t stand by and pretend all is right with the world. Race relations continue to be exceedingly tense as many minorities, who are quickly becoming the majority, are …

Observations

Written by Brianna Cardenas, submission They walk in at the same time we do – a man and woman, they’re older. Their steps aren’t hurried, they seem like a patient pair. They remind me of my grandparents. He carries a baby girl, she’s at least one years old with a head full of dark brown hair. She wears dangly earrings like the ones I wasn’t allowed to wear until I was much older. She buries her head into his sweater rubbing her nose back and forth against the soft fleece. She smiles in a room full of apathetic stares; maybe she likes the smell of Old Spice. The waitress directs them to a table and then comes back for us. We take a booth against the window. The sky is a blinding white. I see them from the corner of my eye, they’re sitting at a table a few paces away. He sits across from the woman, the child in a highchair between the two. Across the room, in the corner, an old man sits …

The unspoken dissatisfaction of commencement speakers at Mount Saint Mary’s continues

Written by Kimberly Aguilar, student submission At a school where tuition is on average about $37,000 per year, Mount Saint Mary’s University has failed at obtaining memorable speakers for commencement ceremonies. The tuition at Spelman College, a historically black college for women in Atlanta, is $13,000 less and they have been able to acquire dominant women to address graduating students such as Michelle Obama, Oprah Winfrey, and Soledad O’Brien. Students have realized that they want more memorable spokeswomen to speak at their graduation. In 2014, MSMU was named No. 1 in MONEY magazine as the U.S. college “that adds the most value,” but do they really live up to this? Students are encouraged to make their dreams a reality by overcoming the male to female ratio in their future given field of work, therefore, we should have women like Cheryl Boone Isaacs, President of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Ellen DeGeneres, host and producer of the Ellen DeGeneres show, and many other women as the commencement speakers. These women are only two …

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 …

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 …

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, …

When The Ignorance Is A1

Written by Kimberly Quitzon, Vice President For those of you who may not know, foot binding, also known as “lotus feet” is a ritual in China where parents wrap their daughters’ feet so tightly in efforts to form a point-like shape. The painful practice causes bone deformity, causing some women to lose their ability to walk because their feet become so small. This long and painful procedure is endured by many girls and women for the attraction of men, as small feet are a beautiful feature in the culture. I bring this to your attention to inform those who may have seen Amber Rose’s IG post this morning. In a meme, the model laughed at a picture of a woman’s foot who had been bound that read “When the head is A1,” laughing at the idea of your toes curling up. As a proud feminist, I was completely offended. For Amber Rose to claim to be a part of the feminist community is a joke after this post. I assume she does not know what …

The Bamboo Ceiling

Written by Kimberly Quitzon, Vice President Asian Americans continue to live under the same stereotypes as they did a hundred years ago. Their slanted eyes impact their capability of driving, they have a natural ability to do Kung Fu or Karate, and of course they are all Chinese. As mainstream media perpetuates these stereotypes, it’s hard for Asian Americans to defend their actual culture. The representation of Asian Americans in the media has created a society where it is okay to discriminate Asian’s and laugh it off. Rarely do people pay any mind when white Americans wear yellow face and put on stereotypical accents, like in an episode of the CBS sitcom How I Met Your Mother. The episode reveals how desensitized people have become in offending Asians for the sake of comedy. Although the network intended the skit as a harmless joke, they were quickly called out on social media with the hashtag #HowIMetYourRacism. However, the biggest problem with Asians in mainstream media is their lack of lead roles in film and television. Even …