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Written by ejcali10 on Dec 11, 2013

“Good luck folks it has been a college playground for decades.”


Above is a comment posted on an article from The Buffalo News from earlier this fall, discussing the concerns of residents who believe the house parties are increasingly becoming out of control. JoAnne Coughlin, who has lived in the heights for 44 years, is sad and nostalgic for how beautiful the neighborhood used to be. 

As a passionate history major, I thought it would be both enjoyable and informative for the reader to see University Heights from a historical standpoint. Although much of the news and literature surrounding the area is negative, I believe an important piece of this blog would be to highlight the rich...

Written by ctagg11 on Dec 11, 2013

The organization called the Workers Center of Central New York caught my eye when researching the undocumented worker situation in the North East. The group is a grassroots movement that fights human rights and wage injustices in the New York workforce. The WCCNY has recently focused specifically on the issue of dairy farming. Protests led by the group are adorned with signs touting their slogan ‘Milk cows, not workers!’ It’s a simple message that rings true to the estimated 2,600 undocumented immigrants who are employed by the dairy farms of upstate NY, working in poor conditions for extremely low wages.

One worker associated with the WCCNY released a press statement as a plea for the American people to wake up and...

Written by Haley Davis on Dec 11, 2013

The United States is becoming increasingly conservative. As congressmen attempt to repeal Obamacare for what seems like the millionth time, states are also attempting to restrict abortions as much as they can. 

Despite abortion being legal for over 40 years thanks to the Roe v. Wade decision, conservative lawmakers are attempting to restrict access to abortion by passing laws. Some of these restrictions include banning abortions after 12 or 17 weeks, requiring parental consent for minors, or requiring pregnant women to undergo a trans-vaginal ultrasound before having an abortion. 

These restrictions attempt to force or bully pregnant women into staying pregnant, effectively ignoring the right to choose. 

As of 2011, Oregon is...

Written by cewing11 on Dec 11, 2013

In response to my previous posts about The Center for Investigative Reporting’s report on America’s Worst Charities, I have done a little digging myself. Previously, I highlighted some charities such as National Veterans Service Fund, Kids Wish Network, Cancer Fund of America, and the Breast Cancer Relief Foundation. I decided to call some of these charities to find out for myself what their answers were to the allegations made about them in sites like ...

Written by Megan McGregor on Dec 10, 2013

If you have been keeping up with my blog then you know that I am covering refugees in New Hampshire and with a strong focus on refugees in Concord, New Hampshire. Recently I created an infographic (a fun tool to convey a message or some research) and within in the infographic I have covered a few areas that I find interesting.

In a previous post, I (with some help) created a map of what countries refugees are coming from. In the newest infographic I have replicated this map but also added some more countries that were not shown on the previous map. I got my statistics from the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services and found that I got a wider verity of countries from that website then the...

Written by karichicago on Dec 10, 2013


The third floor of this cool (which will be kept anonymous) was abandoned last year due to under enrollment. There was a lack of supervision obviously. The stall wall wasn't even painted over or replaced this year. The graffiti was simply scratched off, providing a "negative image" of what had been there in black sharpie marker.  Latin Kings and Green Dragons are well represented in the graffiti. Those are two of the four gangs in the West side of Chicago that are competing for money and power. In my last post, the Mayor was looking to help these “trapped” kids. This school happens to be one of the schools that have the privilege of remaining open. With the changes that are happening and with all the overcrowding, does this school happen to be bad? Or are the students just trapped? 

Written by skell11 on Dec 10, 2013

So as of this past Sunday, we have officially kicked off the BCS Bowl Season.  Amongst the excitement of the twists and turns of the regular season, it is hard to forget how important Bowl appearances are to the future success of an athletic program with increased coverage and interest of the football team.  However, as a fan and a blogger, I wanted to investigate what this meant for teams in terms money.

Fortunately, I did not have to go very far.  I found this article extremely useful and easy-to-read article by Kristi Dosh, writer of 'Saturday Millionaires'.

Here is the article --> http://www.fool.com/investing/general/2013/12/09/college-football-bowl-season-means-big-payday-for.aspx


Written by chloeanne on Dec 10, 2013

I came across an interesting article on Buzzfeed earlier this morning, called 13 Photographs That Will Make You Think Twice About Homelessness.” The pictures were taken in London at the “only free homeless shelter,” Shelter From the Storm by Rosie Holtom and are black and white. I reckon that many people would be surprised to learn that the people in the photographs are homeless, which I think was probably part of the photographer’s main point.

I really think that these pictures have done something really beautiful because they show that homelessness and poverty affect everyday people; of course, they don’t show every face of poverty in the...

Written by Haley Davis on Dec 9, 2013

The news stories covering abortion only focus on two aspects. The first is the legality debate, shown as a black or white issue and often dealing with religious commentary. The second are the rare violent episodes between anti-choice protesters and pro-choice advocates, such as the murder of Dr. George Tiller by an anti-choice extremist. However, media rarely covers the real life application of abortion law and practice. 

One story that has recently made some news that focuses on the real life application of abortion law and practice and restrictions deals with a Catholic hospital’s refusal to administer a late-term abortion during a complicated and dangerous pregnancy. 

Tamesha Means went to a Catholic hospital experiencing pain. For her first two visits, she was told to wait out the pain.  On the third visit, she miscarried and the fetus was delivered...

Written by karichicago on Dec 9, 2013

“The children are at a better school.” According to Mayor Rahm Emanuel, he wanted to give the children who were “trapped” in these local underperforming schools a better chance at life. However, the mayor failed to realize that moving schools does not guarantee moving up. According to Becky Vevea and Linda Lutton, who work for WBEZ91.5, they state, “[…] in a 2009 study of school closings, the Consortium on Chicago School Research found that between 2001 and 2006, most students whose schools were closed by the district re-enrolled in schools that were academically weak. Consortium researchers found that most students lost academic ground in the year their school was slated for closure. And once they were in their new school, they continued on an academic trajectory that was just like the trajectory of the closed school.” The fact is most of the students I interviewed found it...