Author: tchin44

Ellen Page’s Speech for the Human Rights Campaign

On Valentines Day, actress Ellen Page came out in a speech for the Human Rights Campaign. This confession wasn’t much of a surprise to me at first, until I listened to her speech in which she confesses to being in hiding and to have fallen victim to the social stereotypes that media and pop culture

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An Open Response

Apart from my usual social/political commentary, I wanted to write something more personal. Very recently my older brother (biologically, not fraternally) started his own blog. His debut post was focused on the goals he has for the immediate and more long-term future. What stuck me most about the post was not the goals themselves, but

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Besa: Your New Resolution

January is the month of resolutions. With a New Year beginning, people are ready and eager to start 2014 improving their lives. More often than not, however, these resolutions are superficial and end quickly after being made. This year, I have decided to make a resolution for the first time. For 2014 I pledge myself

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Political Parties

When looking at lists of the greatest presidents America has had, George Washington is often among the highest ranked. He led the colonists against the British in the American Revolution for Pete’s sake! How could he not be ranked highly? In my list he ranks highly for one simple reason – his ability to say

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What You Want to Know About the Shutdown

So the federal government has again shutdown. The last time this happened was during President Clinton’s administration in the mid-1990’s. Well what does this exactly mean? I’ll tell you. The federal government is shutdown but that only means that those deemed as non-essential employees are being furloughed. All of the laws, speed limits, and the

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Time Management

What is this time management people speak of? Personally, I have no idea. Figuring out what that is has proved to be very difficult for me. Throughout my academic career people have always tried to get us students to be more efficient with our time. Teachers have required a schedule, syllabi were handed out, and

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Miss America 2014

If you haven’t heard in the last twelve hours or so, Miss America 2014 has been crowned and once again she is from New York. All should be well and good but if we know anything about Miss America, it is nothing without controversy. No, this time a contestant did not famously flub the question

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The Makings of a Good Leader

There are a lot of sites and books you can read about becoming a good and effective leader. For the most part, they all say the same thing. Here is a condensed version of what makes a good leader based on my own experiences and opinions. 1. Communication If you are going to lead a

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The Lessons of Yesterday are the Promises of Tomorrow

In his address Wednesday at the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, Obama made it clear that the push for equality is not over. Within five decades, we have come a great distance, not only for African-Americans, but for all types of people – Asians, Hispanics, LGBT, and Americans with disabilities. He ended his

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Bullying

Bullying has become a serious problem within the United States. I’m sure bullying has always been a problem but with new technology, specifically, social media, the issue seems to have become more severe. Statistics from 2010 show that nearly 1 in 7 children, ranging from kindergarten to 12th grade, are either bullies or being bullied.

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