Category: Columns

Trump will head the Republicans

The Republican primaries will soon be over and it will be on to the general election to face a probable Hilary Clinton for the presidency. As it stands, Republicans will more than likely be represented by Mr. Trump. Of course, anything could happen at a brokered convention, but it would be tough to put up a Ted Cruz figure just based on the massive votes Trump has received so far. With this being the case, let’s look at some of the positives and negatives of Trump and what his voters think he can accomplish. The biggest issues Trump brings to the table is immigration, which is what got his momentum going in the first place. Say what you want about whether a wall would work or not, but if the name of the game is to get votes, this idea has certainly worked in his favor. For as long as I have been following politics, and well before then, immigration has been that thing under a stack of papers that politicians acknowledge but never seem to get around to. Trump supporters think he could be the guy to get this done, and if he get’s elected, we will certainly find out if he can walk the walk, and not just talk the talk. The second thing that makes Trump resonate is his brashness. The movement of political correctness in...

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Pro-women is not pro-life

Pro-life or pro-choice, I don’t care. I honestly don’t. Both sides have valid points, thoughts, and feelings and that’s something most people could respect. But when phrases like “pro-life is pro-woman” or “true feminism is pro-life” are thrown around, or in EKU’s case, coating the sidewalks (courtesy of Students for Life), it makes me wonder, why is the true meaning of feminism getting condensed and packaged to fit a certain agenda? Feminism, by definition, is an idea that women can and should be equal to men, and by being a feminist, a person would support women. To imply being pro-life is the only way someone can be pro-woman is a narrow way of looking at feminism. Female empowerment includes both sides of the aisle, and isn’t exclusively applicable to the pro-life movement. If Students for Life would rather been seen as a feminist movement, I feel like these statements/beliefs should probably be avoided: 1. Telling a woman how she should feel about what is happening inside her body is NOT feminism. 2. Implying a rape victim is “anti-woman” because she decides to terminate a pregnancy is NOT feminism. 3. Saying women “need love not abortions” is NOT feminism. Giving love and respecting decisions is. 4. Assuming that women should be obligated to carry a child for 9 months because it’s “good for her” is NOT feminism. 5. And for...

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The word Trump is now considered hate speech

Can simply saying or writing a name insight fear and intimidation? Students at Emory University in Atlanta, GA are saying it can, but their arguments bring up questions about freedom of speech on campuses. The idea is that certain words can cause individuals such psychological discomfort that they should not be used, in this case the words are “Trump 2016.” Agencies like the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) have been speaking out about ever-growing problems regarding free-speech on campuses. Emory is just the latest in a line of controversy regarding stopping hate speech while maintaining freedom of speech on college campuses. Policies and responses from administration are teetering on a fine line at many universities and could put students’ rights at risk. Students at Emory University woke-up to sidewalk chalk messages in support of presidential candidate Donald Trump scattered all over campus benches, sidewalks and buildings on Monday, March 21. More than 50 students went to the office of Emory President Jim Wagner saying the drawings were more than a statement about a political candidate, rather they saw them as a threat. Students argued the words were written as a tactic to intimidate certain groups on campus, noting Trump’s recent racially charged rhetoric and the fact that the messages were written in the middle of the night. Wagner later released...

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Brussels is proof America needs to take action

Early Tuesday morning, three terrorist disguised as regular passengers traveling to their destination entered the Brussels airport. Not long after, two explosions went off in the airport, one being a suicide bomber. An hour later another went off in the Maelbeek Metro Station, terrifyingly close to the European Quarter. More than 34 people were killed and over 230 injured including nine Americans and a marine. Shortly after the explosions, ISIS posted on it’s website linked through an app called Telegram a photo of multiple cities with a caption of “We are already in your city”. Telegram refused to suspend...

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Commuters have more hurdles

Finding a parking spot is a difficult challenge all students face. EKU likes to brag and say that there’s plenty of parking for residents, commuters and employees, but they forget that we are a growing campus. With over 16,000 students and numerous employees it’s difficult to find a decent spot to leave your car for the day. This is especially tough for commuters. Students who live in residence halls fail to realize how lucky there are. If a resident were to wake up 10 minutes before his/her class, he/she would be able to grab some clothes, clean up and...

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Residents have fewer options

It seems like once a week we get an email from President Benson updating us commuters and residents about the parking situation on campus. With Case Hall and Case Annex closing down after the spring semester, parking will become even more limited. According to the President’s office, “the construction on campus does require significant adjustments to parking areas,” meaning that more changes are going to happen, causing even more inconvenience for residents, commuters, and staff. The most recent update came Sunday, Feb. 28, at 8:38 p.m., to inform students and staff about the new opportunity for parking on campus. President Benson’s message primarily consisted of him asking students take a “special free permit for parking in a designated area of the Lancaster Lot and Ashland lot.” President Benson even took to bribing students to take this pass with the incentive of $20 Walmart gift card, and credit for a free residential permit for the Fall 2016-Spring 2017 year. The only problem with this “special” permit is that you cannot park anywhere but the Ashland or Lancaster lots. This limits mobile transportation on campus as a resident, and still results in an inconvenience for residents. As a resident, I feel that we have a more inconvenient parking situation than commuters do. Like many other students on campus, I am currently a resident at Keene Hall. Unlike the residents living closer...

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Social media supports Kesha’s attempts to flee Sony

As one of the biggest court cases of 2016 thus far, the music industry is finding itself once again under close watch following the accusations of mental and physical abuse, drug and rape charges related to an ongoing lawsuit between platinum selling artist Kesha and Sony Music Entertainment. Although this case has been going on for over two years now, pictures released of the singer-songwriter crying in court have had the media up in arms over the case decision. Even though Kesha was denied release from her contract, ripple effects stemming from the attention of the case have been...

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Appreciating the unnoticed

It’s human nature to cheer on, encourage or motivate others. We see it when babies are learning to walk; we praise them for just one tiny step, so they strive to take another. We see it at sporting events when we are cheering for our favorite teams. It is easy for us to cheer on new, exciting and popular people. What is difficult is to cheer on the people or things that do not get so much attention. I can go up to President Benson, shake his hand and thank him for being a great president of EKU without it being out of the ordinary. However, if I decided to go up to a custodian collecting the trash around campus, or cleaning the bathroom in my dorm, shake their hand and say a simple “thank you for what you do,” it would be completely out of the ordinary. What is the difference between the two situations? Why does it not come more naturally to us to thank those around us for doing daily tasks well? This question led me to ask another eye-opening question: how many times do I walk past a custodian every day without thanking them for keeping this university clean? The custodians, maintenance staff and cafeteria workers work day in and day out so that we may have a clean and functioning place to call home...

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Bevin uses abortion bill to push conservative agenda

Seen by so called “pro-lifers” as a victory for babies across the state, Matt Bevin has passed the informed consent bill. This bill will force all women looking to get an abortion to be “informed” of how terrible they are. The only vote against the bill was from Louisville Sen. Perry Clark (D). Not only are women now asked to meet with their doctor face to face 24 hours prior to the procedure now (in lieu of receiving medical information through the phone), but they must also have an ultrasound in which the picture is described by the doctor...

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Pro-life, but “informed consent” is not necessary

Gov. Matt Bevin signed an informed consent bill proposed by Sen. Julie Raque Adams (R) Feb. 4 that would force pregnant women to have two face-to- face meetings with a clinic within a 24 hour period before having an abortion. The bill passed through the Senate with a 33 to 5 vote, which showed people that there was bi-partisan agreement on this bill. There are two clinics in the state of Kentucky that provide these services: one in Lexington and one in Louisville. However, Bevin has made claims that the one in Louisville will be shut down due to...

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Race issues cause controversy at the Oscars

On Feb. 28, the world’s most renowned actors, directors and producers will gather in the Dolby Theater to watch Chris Rock host the 88th Annual Academy Awards. While Rock, Michael B. Jordan and The Weeknd will be hosting, presenting, and performing during the ceremony, many African Americans are angered and annoyed by the Oscars complete disregard for minorities within the Academy. During last year’s Oscars, Twitter’s top trend was #OscarsSoWhite after most audience members and many actors noted the tremendous amounts pale faces walking down the red carpet. Going into the 2015 Oscar season, the announcement that Rock would host the festivities was followed by huge anticipation for an actually diverse ceremony thanks to the host and a plethora of amazing diverse films. My personal favorite movie of 2015 was the particularly diverse NWA biopic, Straight Outta Compton. It was a box-office success no critics foresaw, but yet came away with a $201 million profit, certified fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes and numerous award nominations. Despite all of this, the only nomination Straight Outta Compton received from the Academy was Best Screenplay. In a production filled with talented black men, the one old, white Jewish guy got the nom. Sound fishy? To be fair, the year was filled with great movies…maybe there were just better actors and producers this year, right? So maybe if we looked at another critically...

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THE QUEEN STILL REIGNS OVER HALF-TIMES AND SOCIAL JUSTICE, BUT WAS IT TOO MUCH?

By Alex Middaugh Beyoncé or “Queen B” as her fans, including myself, like to refer to her as has been a star for many years. Performing for millions around the world, whether it is in concert, an award show or like she did at the Super Bowl three years ago, she has made an impact on today’s social scene. Did her Super Bowl 50 performance go too far, though? When I first heard about the story, I believed she went too far, but then I learned the true purpose for the performance and my mind was changed. For this performance, in support of the Black Lives matter campaign, was using the theme of the Black Panthers the best idea? Many people associate the Black Panthers as a symbol of racism against white people or “the Black KKK.” The Black Panthers did good as well, supporting local community projects, such as free breakfast for black children and health clinics for black Americans. Though they had their good points, the party’s original goal was to get guns to black Americans to stop the police brutality. So, during the 1960s to the 1980s when the party was in existence the government created programs to stop the party from spreading, this only made it stronger. So, by the end of the party in 1980, it had 27 strong, passionate people to stand against...

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Beyonce’s performance was not all it’s cracked up to be

While the Super Bowl didn’t provide us with a great night of football, it did provide us with a great night for music in the most provocative way. One artist, however, did not just make waves at the Super Bowl, but lit the internet and national conversation on fire. Beyonce was part of a three way ensemble as half time entertainment and overall it was fairly weak before she came out. This year was the 50th Superbowl, so in respect to one the greatest performances in Super Bowl history, she came out dressed as Michael Jackson when he performed. That was not what had people talking, though. Her dancers were dressed in Black Panther inspired costumes and her song Formation, which premiered at the halftime performance, has a video that is almost as racially and politically charged as the Black Panthers themselves. Some people have been quick to praise Beyonce’s performance, while some are protesting outside the NFL headquarters over the show. Here’s the thing everyone needs to keep in mind: Beyonce is an artist. The thing that makes art what it is is being able to let your voice be heard in your own unique way. I may not like the message she is sending, but the day we start policing our art is the first step in policing thought and speech. If she wants to come out...

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