Trump’s Plan to Abolish DACA Faces Backlash

President Trump’s plan to build a border wall has caused a trickle-down effect on many other immigration programs or issues. DACA is a program that protects more than 800,000 undocumented youths. This program was created by former President Barack Obama to protect undocumented minors from immediate deportation. This program is available upon request for a period of two years, but does not give a lawful status to those illegal immigrants. With that said, the number of younger individuals immigrating to the United States or currently living in the U.S. may expect to see this program more difficult to be accepted into. According to Kaitlyn Schallhorn of Fox News, in order to request to be protected by DACA an individual, “must also have a high school diploma, GED certification, been honorably discharged from the military or still be in school. Recipients cannot have a criminal record”. This program was created to ensure the safety of the younger and innocent population that illegally immigrate to the United States.

As most people in the U.S. as well as people around the world know Trump has strong views on immigration. With this program in particular, he views DACA as “illegal amnesty”. His plan is to incorporate a stronger resistance to sanctuary cities. Currently, it is questionable as to what will come about on this topic. It has caused a rise in discussion with many surrounding this issue. Many politicians have strong comments about this issue ranging from one spectrum to another. Attorney General Jeff Sessions said that this plan will create an “immigration system with integrity”. Whereas, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi claimed it, “fails to represent any attempt at compromise”. Hopefully, Trump can incorporate the past views of Obama in terms of protecting the younger population as well as blend his views on illegal immigration to create a program that resembles the beliefs of all.

I’m sure many students and faculty have their own opinions about Trump as well as the immigration issues. I interviewed one student on campus who discussed her personal beliefs regarding DACA and Trump’s plan to enforce stricter guidelines. Rebekah Groden, a junior here at DC, shared that this issue resonates with her personally as some of her family is from Puerto Rico. She stated that if Puerto Rico was not a U.S. territory that her grandpa would have been an “illegal immigrant.” This is turn would have affected her entire family. Rebekah also stated that, “Enforcing stricter guidelines for this program will only make things worse for children and that the they are innocent and could not control whether or not their family immigrated or not”. Therefore, she believes the children should not be punished for the issue of illegal immigration. It will be interesting to see how this program is changed or if it remains the same.

Written by Madysyn Creighton

D.C. Lends a Hand at Race for the Cure

Susan G. Komen is a foundation that focuses on raising awareness for breast cancer. The foundation has a mission to prevent and help cure breast cancer. Over $920 million in research has been funded since 1982 by the organization. Everyday, the Susan G. Komen foundation continues to help with the fight against breast cancer.

On September 24, 2017 Toledo, Ohio hosted its 24th annual Race for the Cure. Events started at seven in the morning, and the race began at 9:30. Over 10,000 participants ran/walked in the 5k. The Komen Toledo Race for the Cure has raised $79,121.62 and continues to raise.

Defiance College was asked to volunteer at the Race for the Cure in Toledo. Many individuals who volunteered are members of the Service Leadership program. However, Service Leaders, Alpha Phi Omega, and other organizations from Defiance College volunteered. In preparation for the race, student volunteers left early Saturday morning to set up for the race the next day. They were in charge of decorating the survivors tent and moving plants for the garden. On race day, volunteers departed from the dorms at 4:30 in the morning for another day of helping for the race. Volunteers were given different jobs such as working in the survivor tent or working the banner signing table. This table consisted of survivors signing a banner and writing their name and how long that they have been cancer free. Beginning at 7 am, the team tailgate started. There were games for kids, a parade for breast cancer Survivors, and other events.

Many students helped during the event. Megan Overmann stated that her experience with helping with the race was, “exciting, seeing groups of people come together to continue raising awareness for the cure for breast cancer. I even met some people that were from Defiance and are DC alumni.” Marissa Windau, another student who volunteered her time to help with the race stated that working with the Susan G. Komen Foundation at the race for the Cure was, “a truly humbling experience.” Additionally, she said, “working specifically in the survivors tent was an inspiration.”

Written by Ray Ramos

A Utopia in Panama?

 

Can you imagine paying $5000 to live an organic lifestyle? The newest trend for millennials is to pay to live for ten weeks in Panama building a sustainable town from scratch. Jimmy Stice is the young mastermind behind this town called Kala Yala (Silver, 2017). He has gotten many investors from Silicone Valley to support his interns (Silver, 2017).  However, life in this jungle is not as luxurious as it may seem.

Viceland has created a new show called “Jungletown” portraying the daily events that these interns are exposed to. Some of the interns leave the jungle and Stice claims, “they didn’t understand the vision” (Silver, 2017).  However, the Washington Post states that Stice often leaves the jungle to attend conferences and live his lavish lifestyle.  Da’Ja ‘Nay Askew traveled to Panama last year through the McMaster program and discussed her experience below. She stated,

“The rural areas in Panama differed from what I am used to seeing because there was a large gap between the rich and poor. In addition, I’m used to the modernization of the United States, and Panama is a developing country that is trying to enhance their architecture and technology. I noticed a lot of destroyed buildings. Some other living spaces where not safe.”

Similarly, this new way to live has many people questioning the underlying motives. Many wonder is Kalu Yala really a way for millennials to prove a point or is it just a money pit? With that said, when researchers asked Panamanians how they felt about this new trend they responded that it is bringing money into the city (Silver, 2017).

Written by Madysyn Creighton

Helping Hands

Around the world there have been major catastrophes spark in shortly under a months’ time. Today, Texas is currently recovering from the damage caused by Hurricane Harvey. This hurricane landed two weeks ago and was a category 4. With heavy rainfall, flooding, and severe winds the state of Texas was under water. This storm caused a record breaking $75 billion dollars in damage and is now one of the most expensive natural disasters in history. Similarly, the state of Florida is preparing for Hurricane Irma that is said to hit this weekend. Irma is said to land on some of the biggest cities in the U.S. including Miami and Daytona Beach. Additionally, Irma is said to be the single biggest hurricane that Florida has seen since the 90’s. Lastly, today a destructive earthquake hit Mexico causing possible tsunamis as a result to hit nearby countries. With currently thirty deaths that are expected to increase with rescue crews sent today this is yet another devastating natural disaster.  Some of these events were done at random while others had warning. Still, many families stayed at their homes and are in need of help recovering from the damage that has been caused.

With that said, some organizations on campus have started to collect donations to help those in need. This is a great opportunity to get involved on campus and to help assist the people of Texas, Florida, and Mexico. The Service Leader Program and the Criminal Justice Society are some organizations that are actively involved in supporting those affected by these diasters. If you are wanting to help the Service Leader Program is in need of five volunteers to help on Monday, September 11th from 12:30-4:30 p.m. by helping pack boxes in Waterville, OH for Hurricane Harvey Relief (transportation provided). With questions regarding this please email Brad Harsha at bharsha@defiance.edu. Lastly, the Criminal Justice Society is currently organizing information that will be emailed once it is finalized to students and faculty on campus that are interested in helping with these natural disasters.  

Written by Madysyn Creighton

Trump Revokes Transgender Protection in Schools

Recently, Trump revoked a federal law that permitted transgender students to use school restrooms that match their gender identity. This withdraw of federal guidelines has caused the LGBT community to take a stand for their rights. The LGBT and transgender individuals have fought for their rights for years. What keeps every other president from accepting and revoking someone’s rights? This process has caused a revolving door for the LGBT community and has brought confusion to all citizens regarding laws and rights being passed and then taken away.

The Washington Post claimed that during Obama’s presidency his administration ordered memos to allow transgender students to use the bathroom in which they identify as. His administration stated that denying transgenders this right was a violation of federal antidiscrimination laws (Somashekhar, Brown, & Balingit, 2017). However, Somashekhar, Brown, & Balingit, (2017) stated that the Trump administration ordered schools to ignore Obama’s memos and take away the rights of transgender students (Somashekhar, Brown, & Balingit, 2017).

The administration of Trump has not given the school system any sense of direction since these laws were revoked. Trump and his administration wish to seek further legal analysis of this situation in terms of the legal challenges. Additionally, Trump’s administration stated that, “schools must ensure that all students, including LGBT students, are able to learn and thrive in a safe environment” (Somashekhar, Brown, & Balingit, 2017). Attorneys have claimed they must follow these guidelines because it is the law and we must respect and abide by it.

Written by Madysyn Creighton

Lawlor, M. (2017, March 14). Trump revokes Title IX law and overturning protection on transgender rights [Digital Image]. Retrieved August 31, 2017 from https://www.theodysseyonline.com/trump-revokes-title-ix-law-overturning-protection-transgender-rights

Somashekhar, S., Brown, E., & Balingit, M. (2017, February 22). Trump administration rolls back protections for transgender students. Retrieved February 23, 2017, from https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/education/trump-administration-rolls-back-protections-for-transgender-students/2017/02/22/550a83b4-f913-11e6-bf01-d47f8cf9b643_story.html

The 17th Annual Empty Bowls

Last Thursday, February 16th from 4:30-7:00 p.m. the Defiance College Social Work Organization hosted the 17th annual Empty Bowls event. Empty Bowls took place at the Knights of Columbus Hall at 111 Elliott Road, Defiance. Admission was $12 which includes a handmade bowl from Brandon Knott and $8 for children 12 and under. However, DC students with their ID’s could attend for only $8. Empty Bowls is an organized event that raises money to help feed the local homeless and donates all proceeds to the local PATH Center.

The DC Social Work Organization members in charge of this event consist of Junior Social Work majors. During their class time, the organization has met to plan and discuss holding Empty Bowls. Some of the duties assigned to the members include calling or visiting local businesses for donations. In addition, many nearby towns such as Ft. Wayne and Bryan also make donations for the event. Some of the donations include: breads, soups, desserts, and drinks. This year’s donations for soup have doubled from last year to 150 gallons of soup. Brandon Knott, a Defiance College Alumnus, has also made more bowls.  The Social Work Organization is expecting 600 to 700 people to attend this years event. Lastly, Empty Bowls has volunteers from campus organizations, local businesses, and Defiance County helping with the event.

Mackenzie Combs, a Junior Social Work major, has helped plan Empty Bowls two years now. She talked about the event and all of the members involved have said that compared to other years everyone has come together to work like a well oiled machine. When asked how being involved with Empty Bowls makes her feel she said, “Seeing everyone excited and come together to support this event not only as a college, but as a community solidifies one of the many reasons why I want to be a social worker.” Sarah Kaya, another Social Work student, said, “I’m excited to see what our total proceeds will be this year because this event will benefit so many great people of the community and allow the PATH Center to continue to serve the community.” The Junior class would like to thank everyone who has contributed to make Empty Bowls a success.

Written by Madysyn Creighton

Chamber Singers Community Showcase

Last Saturday afternoon, February 4, the DC Chamber Singers put on a showcase, as they have for Valentine’s Day for the past five years. This time was a little different. Rather than simply performing for the college, they performed for the community. The Skylark Youth Center were the hosts of this event, and it was a family date night. Many families were there from around the Defiance area, all dolled up for the event. Performers included Jordan Osborne, Laurel Mann, Erin Conner, Clarie Turner, Mandie Heil, Jenni Repka, Taylor Haydinger, Nate Hicks, and our very own director and pianist, Jim and Hannah Watson. The songs performed ranged from Ed Sheeran to Shinedown to Elton John, but that did not stop all the kids from dancing and singing along, whether they knew the words or not. The night included not only singing by the Chamber Singers, but also refreshments, face-painting, and a dance to end off the night. While the Chamber Singers will be putting on another showcase on February 24, this showcase was extra special.