Technology has become second- nature to my generation. We are consumed by digital devices with internet capability and social media websites. Our infatuation with these ‘free’ applications is altering the way we live our lives. We no longer eat, dress, speak, exercise, interact, share information, form relationships, attend meetings, or even learn the same. We are crippled by the thought of not having our mobile devices surgically attached to our bodies. In fact the feeling of panic that one experiences when reaching for their phone and being unable to find it is unreasonable. We’ve all felt our heart drop because of the thought of losing a disposable item that keeps us connected to the rest of the world. Sounds familiar right?
Prisoners can often be given the stigma of indispensable by our society’s standards today. While the United States is #1 in number of incarcerations, where do we stand on actually reforming these individuals? On making them valuable members of society and changing them for the better?
The mission of the The Education Justice Project, also know as EJP, is build a model for in-prison education system that exemplifies the beneficial impacts of higher learning education.
When an individual’s given access to educational programming they really begin to see how valuable they are as a human being and begin to see how valuable their intellectual contributions are so that kind of when you’re granted access into that notion, they will typically want to continue to see themselves grow in that way. EJP allows these students the opportunity to TRANSFORM not only themselves but most everyone who is involved with the program.
EJP instead of focusing on that past prides itself on focusing on the potential and not enough of that kind of focus within our criminal justice system- a lot of times because we don’t find they’re deserving of having that kind of system.
It is really hard to believe that the end of the semester is upon us. It feels like just yesterday we were receiving our cameras and equipment, clueless as to what we were all in for. Going into this class, I had minimal knowledge of video editing, and even less knowledge on how to operate a camera properly. At first, I thought I might be in a little over my head. Over the course of the semester, I came across many conflicts, but learned to overcome them. Because by now everybody knows Professor Collins’ #1 rule, DON’T MISS DEADLINE!
Looking back on it now, I can honestly say this class has taught me a lot, and it goes well beyond learning how to take pictures and edit them together. With the help of Professor Collins and my fellow classmates, I was able to improve my conflict resolution skills immensely. That actually seemed to be the theme of the semester. Whether it was a memory card gone missing, film recording without working audio, I seemed to always find myself facing an issue. I think the best thing I will take away from this class is my newfound knack for resolving conflicts. This class allowed me to take my schoolwork, and bring it anywhere I wanted. The fact that I was able to do some of my favorite things like play baseball and basketball, AND get my work done at the same time, it was a dream come true. Let’s take a closer look at the semester.
After the Decision on the Ferguson case, students at U of I Protest
By, Senait Gebregiorgis.
On November 24th, the grand jury voted to not indict officer Darren Wilson for the murder of African-American teen Michael Brown. Michael Brown was shot by officer Darren Wilson on August 9th of 2014 while visiting a corner store near a gas station.
Farmers touch our lives each and every day. They provide animals wool to make clothing, and most importantly, the food to fill our plates for each and every meal of the day. Despite all that farmers do for us, many people do not know who truly farms our food.
The University of Illinois strives to be a diverse, inclusive institution and is focused on being innovative in hiring diverse leaders all while developing an inclusive campus climate. This includes both individual and collective commitment in order to obtain the highest amount of success. The campus is hard at work to try and implement a more diverse faculty pool. Other goals include assisting underrepresented students in order to help them develop high academic achievements.
According to Forbes, the amount of adults in the United States that use social media has risen 800% in just eight short years from 2005-2013. Forbes also states that over 50% of Fortune 500 companies are using social media networks such as Twitter and Facebook.
As time continues to progress, it seems that society is even more anxious to use social networking. In fact, you are considered the minority in today’s world if you do not use any forms of social media. Perhaps one of the greatest features about social media is the ability to reach hundreds, if not thousands of people in seconds just by a simple “click.” With this in mind, it is important to remember that once you put something on the internet, it is there forever, and this seems to be a problem that too many people do not realize until it is too late.
According to the Pew Research Internet Project, an overwhelming 89% of people ages 18-29 are on some form of social media. That would suggest that a very high percent of students in college are voicing their opinion on some sort of social media platform. Now for the most part, a lot of what college kids post will go unseen. Even for myself, nobody really cares what a random 21-year-old kid has to say about whatever pops into his head. With that being said, college students who also happen to be Division 1 athletes tend to have a brighter spotlight on everything they do, and this includes their social media spotlight. Continue reading THINK BEFORE YOU TWEET!→
In October of 1987, domestic violence awareness month was created. Ever since, domestic violence outlets and agencies have been emerging throughout the country, providing a place for survivors to gain control of their situations.
At the University of Illinois, the campus is coming together as a whole to provide students with the necessary outlets to escape their hostile environments. Not only is the University providing these outlets, but it has made the pledge to stand behind the victims and respect whichever direction they decide to go.
When the University of Illinois launched their new motto of “Inclusive Illinois,” many believed that this was brought up by the array of events that were tied with race on campus. From the racist tweets against Chancellor Phyllis Wise last year to the Salaita controversy, race has been very apparent on the campus. So when we think of “Inclusive Illinois,” we think of race, maybe even being inclusive of the LGBTQ community, or religion, but many times, we do not think of people with disabilities.