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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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Hate crimes on the rise

Posted by on Dec 7, 2016 in Perspectives | 0 comments

The Federal Bureau of Investigations has released its statistics on hate crimes from 2015 and shows a 6.8 percent rise in the rate of such crimes. The Uniform Crime Report documented a startling rise in anti-Muslim and anti-transgender crimes. This caused the number of hate crimes overall to increase. Anti-Muslim crimes alone rose 67 percent. In 2014, the number of these incidents stood at 154, but in 2015 the F.B.I. documented 257. Pew Research Center claims this is akin to post-9/11 reports in 2001. The reported incidents include 301 individual crimes, as one incident can contain more than one crime. Most of the crimes were against people as opposed to property. Most hate crimes attributed to religious bias tend to involve property damage, but 71 percent of anti-Muslim crimes were crimes to a person. Although F.B.I. statistics for 2016...

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So, where do we go from here?

Posted by on Nov 16, 2016 in Feature Slider, Perspectives | 3 comments

Our country has elected Donald Trump to be our next president. This article was supposed to be a simple recap of election night results, but, as I sit here with the numbness finally subsiding, I realized that there is no way I could write this piece objectively. I have just witnessed my country, a land I truly and deeply love, make a horrible mistake. I admit that I am not the biggest fan of Hillary Clinton, but the alternative, which has just become a reality, was unfathomable. The 2016 election was high stakes. This made it difficult for me to imagine the United States falling into the hands of a failed businessman with the temperament of a toddler. With the election of Trump, a Republican congress, a vacant seat on the Supreme Court and three justices over the age...

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The games have ended

Posted by on Oct 26, 2016 in Perspectives | 0 comments

The third and final presidential debate was held on Oct. 19 and it was all we hoped for and more. Former Secretary Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump faced off and provided entertainment, or disgust, for the masses. As we sort through the memes, gifs, tweets and Saturday Night Live reenactments, we realize that this all almost over. The 2016 presidential election will soon come to an end as we are less than a month away from knowing which direction this country is heading. The debates gave the viewing audience a pretty good idea of what Americans will be dealing with when either President Clinton or President Trump is sworn into office in January. As the candidates fought for those who are still unsure of who to vote for, they made it clear that they are miles away from one...

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