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.
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