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Written by ambeckwith on Dec 14, 2013

By LEXI BECKWITH '14

In this post I will include the information gathered from a survey I sent out to various friends, colleagues, and professors from Spain. Though the number surveyed is minimal in the grand scheme of things, I think that the responses have helped generate insight into how the public views the situation in Spain in regards to xenophobia, specifically after the financial crisis. 

I feel fortunate to have made such connections during my time in Spain, where I had a set of all Spanish professors, lived with a host family, and interned in an NGO headquartered in Madrid working with immigrants. Through this I have a small network of contacts to discuss my topic with, on a professional and a personal level. My survey is simple, it has a few general, open-ended questions, to which the surveyees could include any information or opinions,...

Written by Haley Davis on Dec 14, 2013

This past week has been a sad week for pro-choice advocates. Michigan has recently pass a new bill. Dubbed as the “Rape Insurance” Bill, the “Abortion Insurance Op-Out Act” bans all insurance plans in the state from covering abortion unless the woman’s life is in danger. This requires women to purchase a separate plan if they want the procedure covered. This includes cases of rape or incest. 

The whole push behind this movement was to prevent people who are anti-choice from having to pay for a plan that covers it. However, in cases of rape or incest leading to unwanted pregnancy, this bill really just sends the message that women should have planned ahead for their possible rape and pregnancy and purchased the insurance ahead of time....

Written by Łukasz W. Niparko on Dec 14, 2013

Couple of days ago, I found in my inbox... a link from my Ukrainian friend sharing the anonymous blog from Maidan Nezalezhnosti - the Independence Square in Kiev. For the last three weeks, I am observing what is happening over there, as well as efforts of those who try to build some 'solidarity avenues' with the people who despite frost-bites and violence from the para-military militia - are standing there for true democracy and freedom. They already did so on the turn of 2004 and 2005, when the Orange Revolution took its place, and they won! But what the people organized by solidarity achieved, was lost to corrupted politics and oligarchy that values only the monetary profit over any values that should rule our societies. Yet having in mind this great failure, the people of Ukraine did not lost their hopes. They are standing there again! One more time believing that solidarity...

Written by hspiv7 on Dec 13, 2013

            As I had mentioned in my first post, a personal connection with a Vietnam Veteran is what sparked my interest in this blog topic. My Uncle Jack returned from the war with severe PTSD and has been struggling with mental health ever since. His wife Marlene has been exposed to Jack’s issues for many years and agreed to talk to me about the issues she faces as the spouse of a Vietnam Veteran.

 

What is your view on where Vietnam Veterans stand?

 

“A lot of Vietnam veterans are under the radar because of the homelessness and not going for services. Many of them were not embraced when they returned from the war, it was not something where people welcomed them with open...

Written by skell11 on Dec 13, 2013

In my last post, I talked about the present and future payouts from BCS bowl games to certain conferences.  I found that reading the article by Kristi Dosh (click name for link to article) provided me with a number of interesting facts about how money is distributed to different conferences throughout Division One football conferences.  It turns out that the gap in earnings between the automatic qualifying conferences and the non-automatic qualifying conferences is huge and that it is only getting worse.  So how can we stop it?

We can't.  And that's the problem.  The new College Playoff System will be in effect,...

Written by Yi Zhou on Dec 13, 2013

In order to critique the patterns of mainstream media coverage of religion in China, I typed “Chinese religion” into search the search engines Google English, Google Chinese, and Baidu, by using English language for the first one and Chinese language for the latter two. I use two languages for this topic is because Google search, an English search engine, cannot be used in Mainland China. I want to know how news coverage in English as an outsider, and in Chinese from inside of Chinese culture on Google are different from each other. In addition, how Mainland Chinese citizens’ access to the news coverage of “Chinese religion” can help us gain a better understanding.

I was inspired by van Ginneken...

Written by Ally Friedman on Dec 12, 2013

 As I’ve been exploring the topic of informal education over the past couple months, I’ve had to grapple with the term and the topic itself as an underreported subject in general. For some, non-formal education simply means the kind of education that is provided for out-of-school youth who are unable to attend a formal educational institution because of cost or other prohibitive factors. For others, informal or alternative education is viewed as a crucial supplement to traditional schooling.

While traveling and studying in Kenya last spring I was struck by both the style of teaching and learning I observed in schools. The strict curriculum and lecture-style classes seemed limiting and I wondered where youth acquired “softer” skills like critical thinking, public speaking, and leadership skills? Are these skills taught in any schools? At home? In other kinds of programs?...

Written by Cody Pitz on Dec 12, 2013

By Cody Pitz

The Susitna-Watana Dam is being planned to be built on the fourth largest king salmon (chinook) run in Alaska with hundreds of thousands of new salmon birthed on the river and year. Coho, pink, chum, and sockeye also spawn on the river and use it as a nursery for young fish. While the state says the dam will not affect salmon as they have seen very few above the dam site, others feel that there will be major consequences for the salmon...

Written by Megan McGregor on Dec 11, 2013

I was reading the Concord Monitor and stumbled across this Article written by Becky Field. The article is about a refugee, Concord, NH native, who committed suicide over the Thanksgiving holiday. She writes her condolences and sadness of his passing.

This article stuck out to me because when reading it you can really tell just how sincere she is when writing it. Becky Field is a photographer who works with immigrant and refugee communities and has done some work in Concord, New Hampshire. You can tell her...

Written by ctagg11 on Dec 11, 2013

I wanted to focus my blog on the issues of undocumented workers, but because I am mainly covering dairy farms I felt it would be amiss to not discuss the amount of animal abuse that takes place in said farms. In one of my recent blog posts, I talked about how the media uses selective discourse to take the humanity away from undocumented immigrants. This raises the question, if dairy farms treat people this poorly, then how about the animals? This question led me down a dark path of research.

'It's not DiGiorno's, it's DisGusting'

While groups like PETA have long documented the mistreatment of animals in the farming industry, a recently surfaced video struck a chord with me and I knew I had to share it with my readers. Let me warn you now that the footage is...