Oh goodness, let’s set the record straight on McIntosh

Oh goodness, let’s set the record straight on McIntosh

On March 19, Texas A&M’s newspaper, The Batt, released an article about TAMU Student Body President Elect Bobby Brooks, announcing that he will the first openly gay person to serve in this position. Media platforms were flooded with overwhelmingly amounts of love and support for Bobby. A&M was making bigger and better strides towards diversity!

But then Rick Perry chimed in…

Background

The two finalists for the 2017-2018 Student Body President were Bobby Brooks and Robert McIntosh. McIntosh technically won the election, but was quickly disqualified for several counts of voter intimidation. A full report is here, and lists each instance of voter intimidation.

McIntosh tried to fight these claims, saying that there were no instances of voter intimidation, but merely strong yet friendly campaigning. During this investigation, it was discovered that McIntosh’s team failed to report the purchase of glow sticks on their campaign finance reports.

Rick Perry speaks out?

Many articles have surfaced on my Facebook over the past few days about Rick Perry, and I didn’t understand how/why Rick Perry chose to comment on this seemingly minute issue. But then I read the article from the Texas Tribune.

In its opinion, the Judicial Court admitted that the charges were minor and technical, but, incredibly, chose to uphold the disqualification, with no consideration given to whether the punishment fit the crime. The desire of the electorate is overturned, and thousands of student votes are disqualified because of free glow sticks that appeared for 11 seconds of a months-long campaign. Apparently, glow sticks merit the same punishment as voter intimidation.

– Rick Perry

Former Mr. Governor, I respectfully disagree. I believe that you are ignoring the time line. Sure, glow sticks do not merit the same punishment as voter intimidation, but let’s not forget that the glow sticks were only discovered AFTER McIntosh was disqualified for the aforementioned LIST of instances where he coerced students into voting for him.

Kate’s Final Weigh-In

This is my school, my soon-to-be alma mater, and I am not afraid to speak out when I feel like fools like McIntosh are shaming the Aggie name. In all honesty, I think McIntosh is just butt hurt that he lost. The instances of voter intimidation are REAL and SERIOUS and they’re now getting swept under the rug because of glow sticks? Rick Perry’s comments are just adding fuel to this ridiculous fire. Leave Bobby Brooks alone and let’s celebrate this victory for him and the whole student body.

P.S. Thanks for sticking with me. Here’s a funny Mugdown article to end this blog post on a light note 🙂

Photo: Texas Tribune

Oh no, prayers go out to London after ISIS terrorist attack…

Oh no, prayers go out to London after ISIS terrorist attack…

On March 21, there was a terrorist attack on Westminster Bridge in London.

This attack left seven in critical condition, 22 others hospitalized, and four dead. Of the four fatalities, one was the police officer on the scene and one was the attacker.

The attacker had a history of violence. He had previously been investigated for “violent extremism.” Since the attack, ISIS has claimed responsibility for the attack, saying that the attacker was a “soldier of the caliphate.”

Following the attack, the Mayor released this statement:

Londoners will never be cowed by terrorism.

I want to reassure all Londoners and all our visitors not to be alarmed — our city remains one of the safest in the world. London is the greatest city in the world and we stand together in the face of those who seek to harm us and destroy our way of life. We always have, and we always will.

President Donald Trump has since said that the U.S. will offer “full cooperation and support of the United States government in responding to the attack and bringing those responsible to justice.”

My heart goes out to London and its people during this awful time. I can’t imagine the fear following an ISIS attack such as this. I pray that one day, ISIS will get what it deserves for the destruction and devastation that it has caused.

Photo: Daily Mail UK

Oh it’s International Women’s Day!

Oh it’s International Women’s Day!

My Facebook and Instagram blew up today with pictures of girls, women, mothers, friends, saying nothing but kind words of each other. It’s International Women’s Day, a day to show off the achievements, strength, and love of the women in our lives.

One school in Alexandria, VA, used today to launch their own form of protest instead. POLITICO reported that nearly 15,000 children did not go to school today because more than 300 staff members asked not to come to work. This protest was given the name “A Day Without Women” and was meant to show how different pieces of our days would be without women in the world.

The author of this piece raised three questions:

  1. “Are women really attempting to show their value in the workplace by refusing to work?”
  2. “What would happen if all women actually participated?”
  3. “What political remedy are they seeking?”

These are very poignant questions. I know that I am a woman, and there is some amount of bias that I cannot remove as I write this piece. But I also know that I could not get through my day without women. If my professors decided to participate in a protest like this, four of my five classes at A&M would have been cancelled.

Women are so integral to our daily lives, and that’s all this protest was getting at. The author of the POLITICO article did not hide her frustration with the actual removal of women from this Alexandria school…

The “Day Without A Women” organizers made a severe misstep by making children and working families, many of whom who can’t easily skip work or get babysitters, into collateral damage for their dead-end, self-soothing political agenda. School may not be in session in Alexandria, in Prince George’s County, in Chapel Hill, or in parts of Brooklyn, but there’s a lesson the nation can learn from these closures. The modern progressive movement doesn’t have any goals. Just feelings, which come before all else.

What would our days be like without women?

Photo: Facebook Newsroom

Oh no, what about the “Dear Colleague” letter?

Oh no, what about the “Dear Colleague” letter?

Gavin Grimm, a 17-year old transgender teen from Virginia, sued Gloucester County School Board for making him use the school’s unisex bathroom. Recently, the Supreme Court decided they would not hear this case, and sent it back down to lower courts.

Background on Transgender Rights

In his time as President, Obama sent a “Dear Colleague” letter to school boards, saying that schools “must not treat a transgender student differently from the way it treats other students of the same gender identity.”

Trump has recently rescinded that letter. NPR offers great insight on what this will mean: “This does not change the law. What it does is give states and districts more flexibility in their interpretation of Title IX and how they choose to accommodate transgender students.”

Oh, so what happens now for Gavin?

Before the case was sent up to the Supreme Court, Gavin won a federal appeal saying that “…a school district in rural, coastal Virginia cannot ban a female student from boys’ bathrooms and locker rooms because the Obama administration’s interpretation of Title IX allows students who call themselves transgender to choose their own bathrooms” (Daily Caller).

But with Trump’s rescission of that letter, school disctricts/states now decide for themselves whether they want to enforce gender equality rules or not.

As for the Supreme Court…

“The high court sent the case back down to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit in light of the Trump administration’s action. That court will have to decide whether Title IX protects against gender identity discrimination. A federal appeals court has yet to do that and the issue is currently being litigated in other courts across the country. The Supreme Court is more likely to take up a case when a number of courts disagree on an issue.”

Politico

Photo: NBC News

Oh really, the Big Bang Theory stars are doing that?

Oh really, the Big Bang Theory stars are doing that?

A recent Huffington Post article sparked my interest with this opening line: “The five leading stars of CBS’s ‘The Big Bang Theory’ are apparently taking pay cuts so that two of their longtime castmates can get raises.”

The way this article frames their article, especially the title is intriguing.

‘Big Bang Theory’ Leads Taking Pay Cuts So Female Co-Stars Can Get Raises

Mayim Bialik and Melissa Rauch currently make 20 percent of what their co-stars do.

At first glance, this seems to be an article about Equal Pay, a hot topic lately. The write as if only the males are getting paid more, and they’re willing to take pay cuts so that their female co-stars can get paid more. But that isn’t the case. The “five leading stars” include two women.

The article also makes it seem like they would all be making the same amount per episode with this pay cut, but this is also not the case. But the famous five currently make $1 million per episode, and are willing to cut $100,000 off of that. The new deal with their female co-stars would only bring their total-per-episode to an estimated $450,000.

In a time where the issue of Equal Pay is being brought back to the surface, it’s not the time for articles from well-known news sites to be using clickbait. Interesting choice, Huff, but not today.

Photo: Huffington Post