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Bernie Sanders is not the future

Posted by on Apr 26, 2017 in Perspectives | 2 comments

I am not a fan of Senator Bernie Sanders. The feeling of “ugh” that washes over me whenever I see him on my television screen is not new, but today it is much more pronounced. As I look at the current attempts to restructure the Democratic party, I wonder why Democrats are involving Sanders in this process. I didn’t always feel this way about Sanders. Initially, I was excited. I am a registered Democrat, but I liked the idea of an independent candidate who was projected to be further left than my party’s leaders. When he announced he was running on the Democratic ticket, it made sense. As someone who follows politics, I immediately began thinking about what his strategy must be. He knows he won’t win the primary, but he can cause enough of a fuss to force...

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Missing from our screens

Posted by on Apr 12, 2017 in Perspectives | 1 comment

If you receive your news through social media, you may have read an alarming headline: “14 girls have gone missing in D.C. in the last 24 hours.” While this has been debunked by various sources, I couldn’t help but notice a startling uptick in images of missing girls. At first, I assumed I was receiving these updates because I follow people based in D.C., but then people from other parts of the country began expressing concern. The girls, all in their teens, had gone missing since the beginning of the year to very little fanfare. I began to wonder how so many teenaged girls living in the nation’s capital could go missing without it being on the news. With the recent awareness of human trafficking within the country’s borders, one would assume that a high number of missing girls...

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Women of color are women too

Posted by on Mar 29, 2017 in Perspectives | 1 comment

This past election, like all elections, was often broken down into demographics. Which candidate was leading with what group? The U.S. population was categorized by factors such as age, education level, race, income, etc. I understand the importance of this practice, but one categorization has always bothered me: gender. This is not because I am relearning to not see gender as binary or my dislike of generalizations. What bothers me is the fact that I have always understood that “women” means “white women.” While I have not always been conscious of the politics surrounding identity and categories, I have always known that when people are listing categories, such as groups of color, that the default is white. If there was a discussion involving gender, it was focused on white men and women. As we entered Women’s History Month, I...

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Black History as Told by the Trump Administration

Posted by on Feb 22, 2017 in Perspectives | 0 comments

Before I begin this article, I would like to explain that putting the words Donald Trump and president in the same sentence makes me want to throw-up a little in my mouth, and because of that I will be referring to him as “45” throughout this piece. This February marks the first Black History Month of the 45th president’s administration. This is also the first-time Black History Month was proclaimed as African American History Month. As well-meaning as this gesture was, it was one of the many instances this administration has shown its ignorance regarding black people in this country. African American is one of many ethnic groups within the black community in the United States. While it is the largest ethnic group of Black Americans, it is not the only one worth noting this month. In his attempt...

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MC students participate in AMI

Posted by on Jan 25, 2017 in Perspectives | 0 comments

During the first week of January, I, and eight other Maryville College students, participated in the Alliance Management Institute, or AMI, conference. AMI is a national conference for college students, both undergrad and graduate students, who want to pursue a career in the nonprofit, soon to be known as social, sector. This conference brings students from all over the country together partake in three days of professional development for future nonprofit professionals. The workshops, activities, networking opportunities, and keynote addresses are all geared toward the achievement of becoming a Certified Nonprofit Professional, or a CNP. This certification is granted based on the achievement of the competencies set by the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance. If that term sounds familiar, it is because Maryville College has its very own chapter. The Nonprofit Leadership Alliance, shortened to NLA, is a special feature of...

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