All posts tagged: opinion

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 …

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 …

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 …

Whitewashing Stonewall

Written by Brenda Ortiz, Staff Writer There’s nothing wrong about writing historical fiction. There are many films that center fictional characters during real, world-changing events that are by all means good films. But there’s a difference between writing historical fiction and being absolutely intellectually dishonest about the time period and events you’re attempting to portray. There’s probably no film that has done this so egregiously in recent memory as Roland Emmerich’s embarrassment, Stonewall.

Catcalling gone viral

Written by Kimberly Quitzon, Arts and Entertainment Editor Everyday, women run the risk of being sexually assaulted as they walk down the street. According to the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “nearly 1 in 5 women reported experiencing rape at sometime in their lives.” Hollaback, an organization fighting to end street harassment, made a video of a woman being catcalled as she walks quietly down the streets of New York. The video has recently gone viral and reveals the many remarks women hear on a daily basis. However, the video has been looked at as a joke with parodies and doubts of its accuracy. Yet, most women agree that the street harassment should be stopped, but feel hopeless that it ever will. “Catcalling is disrespectful to women, yet nobody does anything about it,” Carla Canas, a student at Hollywood High School said. The 17 year old, who walks to school everyday, expressed the threat men have on women. Carla continued to say “catcalling sometimes leads to rape and with that mindset, a …

Double standards in domestic violence

Writer wishes to remain anonymous. My mother’s arms were where I felt safest. The slightest embrace she offered me was a testament to her genuine love and affection. I had always known my mom to be kind at heart, gentle in speech, and slow in temper. She forgave, just as any mother would, for every mistake I would make in life and, as a growing woman, I made plenty. “Momma knows best,” she would whisper to me. “You remember that.” For many years, I had been spoiled by her unconditional love and etched onto my skin were many of my mother’s teachings. Patience was her mantra, and listening with intent was a job she fulfilled without effort. I never saw my mother to be otherwise, until reality revealed itself. It is unreal explaining how a woman whom I have held with high standards can suddenly become a complete stranger to me in just a matter of seconds. “I’m in the E.R.,” my dad texted me. “Your mom should be home.” There was no need to …

“Role” models, the issues with today’s music icons

Written by Jacqueline B. Sweezy, Staff Writer Iggy Azalea has made a name for herself in the music world by topping the charts with her catchy song “Fancy.” She has gained notoriety by being a white, female rapper in a music industry dominated by African-American men. Hip-hop is a music culture that was created by young African Americans and has roots in African oral tradition. Its purpose was to give voice to a group that was largely misrepresented in the media. Iggy is a white rapper capitalizing off of a Black art form while unaware of her racist comments. Iggy Azalea has a massive following on Twitter with 2.4 million followers alone, becoming a major public figure. In fact, her catchy tunes are being played on the radio extensively. This large fan base, or even just tuned-in listeners, allow her messages to spread. While the public may not necessarily hold Iggy’s same values, they are listening and subconsciously taking in the prejudice that spews from the young artist’s mouth. This leads to the perpetuation of …