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What is Our Obligation? The Refugee Crisis and the U.S. Elections

This election cycle has been a whirlwind of high emotions and increased division in our country. As the rest of the world watches our presidential election in astonishment, we have admittedly been less concerned with the issues facing the rest of the international community, in particular, the refugee crisis. Starting in the Middle East, this crisis has permeated through a large portion of Europe, but … Continue reading What is Our Obligation? The Refugee Crisis and the U.S. Elections

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Where are Millennials Now?

College campuses look strikingly different today in comparison to 2008. Millions of then-presidential candidate Barack Obama’s campaign bumper stickers, hats, shirts screamed enthusiasm. Not only that, but also the level of engagement online in 2008 does not even begin to compare to how it is today. With millennials currently making up 31 percent of the overall electorate, on par with baby boomers, makes them a … Continue reading Where are Millennials Now?

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Questioning the Efficacy of Corporal Punishment in Modern Day School Systems

My first week teaching high school in rural Mississippi, I witnessed my principal walk down the cafeteria hallway with a three-foot paddle, hitting the palm of his hand as he screamed, “Who am I going to get? Who am I going to get?” The students just stared at him. Some in fear, others in amusement; they all knew what was coming. Someone was about to … Continue reading Questioning the Efficacy of Corporal Punishment in Modern Day School Systems

In this Sept. 6, 2005 file photo, American Red Cross volunteer Maurrie Sussman, right, comforts a New Orleans resident, who asked not to be identified, in the dining area of the Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Phoenix. The wave of storms battering the U.S. has plunged the American Red Cross deep into debt as it rushes to prepare for Hurricane Ike, prompting a searching look at how to stabilize its finances.  (AP Photo/Tom Hood)

Can We Trust the Red Cross Anymore?

If you ask Americans to name an aid or relief organization, more likely than not, the first one that comes to mind will be the Red Cross. The name, organization and eponymous logo are ingrained in the history and culture of America. American Red Cross (ARC) has a long history of providing aid and comfort to those in need if and when disaster strikes. Polling … Continue reading Can We Trust the Red Cross Anymore?

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The Continuing Assault on LGBT Rights

Despite a majority of Americans expressing support for the Supreme Court’s landmark decision to legalize same-sex marriage in Obergefell v. Hodges, a number of state legislators continue to introduce bills that aim to erode LGBT rights. Within the past few months, lawmakers in Georgia, North Carolina, and Mississippi passed legislation that opened the door for LGBT discrimination. The governors of Mississippi and North Carolina signed … Continue reading The Continuing Assault on LGBT Rights

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President Obama’s Plan to Expand Computer Science in the Classroom

In President Obama’s final budget released last month, he asked for $4 billion over 3 years to develop the next generation of computer science and technology professionals. The President’s Computer Science for All plan aims to equip students with the skills needed to compete in the global economy by allocating $100 million for a competitive grant program that would expand computer science classes in school districts … Continue reading President Obama’s Plan to Expand Computer Science in the Classroom

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Sinking into Debt: Can Congress move quickly enough to save Puerto Rico?

Facing over $72 billion in debt, Puerto Rico is in the midst of a battle within the US legal system and Congress to help bring relief to its 3 million US citizens. As a territory, existing law does not allow P.R. the types of bankruptcy options that are afforded to US cities or states. With a large portion of its payments due in May, time … Continue reading Sinking into Debt: Can Congress move quickly enough to save Puerto Rico?