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by Alana Ramsay
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Dear Mom and Dad,
I’ve read a few of these letters, so I could feel prepared to write this one to you. I’ve noticed that these letters tend to be full of apologies, which makes sense, of course. Us kids, we’re taught from birth to honor our father and mother. We’re taught to make you happy, no matter the cost. It’s so ingrained in us that we feel guilty when we let you down. We feel like failures when we can’t reach your expectations. We learn to base our worth on how those who brought us into this world look at us.
by Alana Ramsay
January brought us two important marches: the MLK March and the Women’s March. Many students from Folsom Lake College participated in either one or both of these marches.
But there are many individuals who have never participated in a march and many who may not understand the importance of these marches. After all, marching doesn’t guarantee new policies or changes to the status quo.
by Shaelyn Saraceni
Friday, November 17th, I was able to attend a conference put on by Faculty English Professor David Lacy, which aimed to educate people about the rise in hate speech and hate crimes in the US since the election of Trump. There were three lovely panelists who agreed to speak up about their experiences with hate, and I was privileged to talk with each of them more after the conference.
by Caitlin Howery
Love is gross. Love makes you feel things, whether you want to or not. Love doesn’t care if it’s a convenient time for you. Sometimes, it’ll show up before you’ve gotten yourself ready. Or it’ll take its sweet time even when you’re begging and wishing for it to appear. Then, as soon as it shows up, it swallows up the little bit of common sense that you had and holds it hostage. It invades your thought process, making it pretty much impossible to focus on anything else. Want to finish your homework ahead of time? Too bad. Want to actually get stuff done today? Oh well. Instead, you’re going to lose yourself in feeling those feelings. Ew. I know right? I, myself, was proud to say that I was someone who did not feel those “feelings” that everyone talks about. I was someone who kept myself so busy with school and work that I didn’t have the time or energy to put up with all the drama that comes with romance and all that fluffy, mushy stuff. Romance is a lie anyway. Those sappy Hallmark movies and over-dramatized romance films that you see in the movie theater never portray what happens in real life. Yes, they might make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside, for about two hours. But once the movie is over, you have to go back to your life, where the perfect love interest is not waiting at your door with gentle kisses and warm hugs. Instead, it’s just your cat, who only summons you when he needs food.
by Shaelyn Saraceni
Equal education and rights should be every American’s first priority to provide for all people who come to America.
The recent actions of the Trump administration to repeal the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA) has left many angry and in shock. Many feel that this was a distressing and reckless decision made. Though the act itself was extremely important, and repealing it would and is harmful and stressful for the Dreamers, hopefully this will implore Congress to make laws to protect them. Additionally, Trump made the statement on Twitter, “Congress, get ready to do your job - DACA!” This implies that it is time for our legislative branch to put into law something that no future president should even be allowed to make a decision on. This is a human rights issue, and the executive branch should not be able to make such decisions as the one Trump has recently made.
by Shaelyn Saraceni
Welcome to America! Land of the divided and tribal. We may have freedom, but freedom comes with costs.
I was inspired to write this piece after having to take a political science class and being assigned a vague prompt in my English class, so this is an adaption of the essay I wrote to incorporate my knowledge from both.
The most current elections, which placed Donald Trump in office as the forty-fifth president of the United States, brought out extreme divisiveness in the American people. More than a few people, including myself, felt conflicted about picking—yet pressured to pick—a side. Many agree that the two main party candidate choices Americans were left to vote for were downright pathetic. There are, of course, those die hard Clinton or Trump fans. However, those who did not give into the tribal behavior of the masses were told their voices did not matter and did not count. Tribalism is defined by Merriam-Webster Dictionary as “strong in-group loyalty.” Pick a side, any side, as long as it is not the wrong side. Easier said than done. Democrat, Republican, liberal, conservative, red, blue, these terms can define and divide people. These tribalistic ways of thinking are definitely not what make America great. To fix America's problems, it is vital that we—as the people—stand united as one. Education is the first step in the right direction. Bipartisan is a useless term, so Americans must be anti-partisan to solve the complications of the US government. Livelihoods are at stake.
by Shania Pence
You have not dreaded walking into a new classroom like a left-handed person does. You don’t know if the desks will be neutral or if you’ll only be able to sit comfortably in 10-12% of the them. If only 10% of the desks in a classroom are designed for you, that limits where you can sit.. Plus, there is a high chance that someone who is right handed will sit there without realizing the desk was made for a left-handed person. What if all of the left-handed desks are in the back, but you cannot see the board from the back? What if they are on the side, but the podium blocks the view so you can’t see? Where I sit in a classroom should not depend on what hand I write with.
The first day of one of my classes this semester, I walked into the room, and the first word that came to my mind was, “CRAP!” This particular classroom has 48 desks with 4 being left-handed desks. That means 8.3% of the desks in this classroom allow for someone who is left handed to sit comfortably during a 1.5+ hour lecture. Roughly 10% of the world’s population is left handed. This means this classroom is falling short for supplying 10% of students with the ability to focus on the lecture instead of how to be comfortable in a desk that was not made for them.
by Caitlin Howery
“Hey you. I love you. Come sit by me,” said one club member to another. Throughout the entire club meeting, I had the privilege of experiencing the inviting and loving spirit that lives in each and every one of QSA’s members.
From the moment I entered the room, I was welcomed by warm people with exciting personalities and thrilling conversation. Before the meeting officially began, all sorts of conversations were bouncing around the room. A handful of members discussed the new team member being added to the show “Powerpuff Girls,” while a couple others joked about sex toys (glow-in-the-dark dildos!), and a few other members explored the topic of oppression of Hispanics and Latinos in the United States.
This may be the ‘land of the free,’ but it is no stranger to hate.
by Zainub Tayeb
Ever since Donald Trump first hit the campaign trail, many administrators, faculty, staff, and students have questioned the line between free speech and hate speech. To clarify, unless the speech incites violence upon specific individuals or calls for the overthrow of the government, it is constitutionally protected—technically, hate speech is constitutionally protected. Yes, hate crimes are illegal, but hate speech is not recognized as a hate crime.
We, as citizens of the United States, are allowed to take to the streets and yell that we do not support a racist, sexist, xenophobic president, and we are even allowed to symbolically burn the American flag if we feel like the United States Government is not representing the ideals it was founded on. While the first amendment gives us the absolute right to do these things, it also gives others the right to do similar (or opposite) things in support of their views—meaning that anyone can march up and down the street with swastikas (or white hoods) and shout racial slurs. Yes, freedom of speech does allow bigots a platform to spread bigoted ideas, but it also allows people to spread the counter-narrative. That’s what the First Amendment is protecting when it allows the aforementioned symbolic expressions or speech. If there is a limitation on hate speech it also weakens the rest of the citizenry’s freedom to free speech (ACLU).
by Shaelyn Saraceni
With the high levels of stress and anxiety we see in our college students today due to a multitude of various demands placed on their shoulders, it is important for students to know how to help themselves mentally and physically.
As a college student who struggles with anxiety, I feel your pain. Anxiety is one of the biggest mental health issues plaguing our college students today “according to the study of more than 100,000 students by Penn’s Center for Collegiate Mental Health, [where] more than half of the students visiting campus health clinics listed anxiety as a concern” (Brown, 2016). Classes are demanding, workloads are large, expectations are high, and students want good grades (mostly), which leads to a lot of stress and anxiety. It will be my pleasure to share some of the ways to shake off stress mentally and physically.
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