July 1, 2015 § Leave a comment
Ta-Nehisi Coates does it again. This piece shreds the ‘States Rights’ argument. I hope you enjoy it.
June 24, 2015 § Leave a comment
June 20, 2015 § Leave a comment
In truth, I don’t know how to word this post. A white man goes into one of the most historically significant black churches in the country and kills 9 innocent people, and there has to be a debate on whether or not it is racially motivated. Nevermind the fact this man has pictures of himself wearing the flags of Rhodesia and apartheid South Africa. We have a possible presidential candidate saying that this was an accident. We have the most popular of all the news channels trying to make every excuse for the motivation behind this act of domestic terrorism. And of course, we have the people saying that another mass shooting isn’t reason enough for new gun legislation.
It is incredibly tiring seeing these stories in the news. It is so incredibly tiring seeing the same Facebook posts about there’s no such thing as race and ignorant rants from uninformed people. How many times do we have to experience the same tragedies before we enough is enough? Progress is being held back because the United States has an inability to recognize its sordid past. Too many would rather repeatedly speak clichéd platitudes after the deaths of innocents than prevent the deaths of those innocents in the first place. Is the resolve of America so weak? It is hard to believe otherwise. I’m sure many readers have seen Jon Stewart’s comments on the matter by now. If you have not, please click the link. How long will this country allow these events to happen?
We are still fighting the same fights from generations past. And too many don’t acknowledge it. As tiring as it is to have to see these events in the news again, those of us who want progress can’t ever give up because we know that if the United States ever lived up to the ideals set forth during its founding it would truly be the greatest country on earth. But maybe it’s just a pipe dream.
June 12, 2015 § Leave a comment
I was able to spend some time with my best friend yesterday. Hadn’t seen her in a while. It was wonderful. I don’t even quite know how to describe it.
May 29, 2015 § Leave a comment
Flight is one of the most amazing achievements of mankind. I truly believe we are so unappreciative of so much in life. I can only imagine what it is like to go into space and walk on the moon.
May 29, 2015 § Leave a comment
I recently returned from Fargo, ND. It was a great experience. Up until my departure from Charlotte Douglas, I had never been on a plane before. We flew to Minneapolis/St. Paul and drove the rest of the way. The Mall of America is a place I have wanted to see for years, and I got to visit it thanks to UNC Charlotte. Fun fact: Nickelodeon-themed roller coasters are not automatically for children. I screamed like a child on a Fairly OddParents roller coaster.
I attended NACURH (National Association of College and University Residence Halls) with some my fellow Niners at North Dakota State University. I had previously volunteered at the regional conference (SAACURH) held at UNC Charlotte, but this was the first time I had attended a conference as a delegate. It was a busy, wonderful time. One of the most important revelations from this conference is my newfound interest in Student Affairs. I really think that would be a career I would love and be great in. I also got some great gear from some of the other colleges and universities.
North Dakota was an experience in itself. I loved the weather and atmosphere of Fargo. I loved the air, and the lack of humidity. I also had the greatest pancakes in history at this place called The Shack. In the future, it would be nice to withdraw to a relaxation spot in one of the less densely populated states like ND sometimes.
So two of my most desired experiences (flying and visiting the MoA) happened thanks to my involvement on campus. Being involved is worth it in ways you don’t imagine when you first arrive to college. And this was all free. I assume this is what it’s like for people that get to travel to various locales on company money. That must be the life.