Umpqua tragedy initiates gun law reform

October 27, 2015 // 1 Comment

The Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon en- dured a massive tragedy on Oct. 1 when a shooter took the lives of nine people. President Barack Obama then took the lectern to yet again address the nation, expressing his frustration towards this all too common occurrence in America. At this point this has be- come routine and, as is tradition, a national debate on gun control soon followed. In the past critics of gun control respond with fears of the government infringing on their second amendment. The debate then stalls, and nothing changes. Why is it that after so much mourning and outrage the issue fades away and becomes a polit- ical footnote? It seems as though political opponents of gun control are content with […]

Staff Editorial: Conversation of race must acknowledge harm, move beyond ‘white fragility’

May 12, 2015 // 0 Comments

The recent death of Freddie Gray in Baltimore from injuries sustained while in police custody can not be ignored. According to Marilyn Mosby, Baltimore City State’s Attorney, police “failed to establish probable cause for Mr. Gray’s arrest, as no crime had been committed [by Gray].” She went on to describe even the arrest itself as illegal.

While police did check on Gray, who was not buckled into a seat in a police wagon, they did not respond to his requests for medical help. He was eventually discovered to be in cardiac arrest and died a week later of spinal injuries.

Editorial: The Future of News Reporting

April 1, 2014 // 1 Comment

The invention of the internet was both a godsend and a murderer for journalists.  Over the years, the internet has allowed people to access news more easily and ditch those text-heavy print newspapers. Humans have also used the internet to report the news in new ways to educate those who might not read a traditional newspaper about what’s going on in their world. Looking back over the past year, it’s hard not to realize the ways that some outlets are portraying news to get people to read. The Russia/Ukraine conflict is a prime example. BuzzFeed, a website that posts such articles like 53 Headlines You Would Only See In Canada and Neil Degrasse Tyson in Slow Motion is HIGH-larious got in on the issue. BuzzFeed […]

White Press

February 19, 2014 // 0 Comments

A handful of City College News members attended a journalism convention this weekend where newspaper staff from midwest universities were invited to learn from professionals in workshops.  There’s something that we noticed: the future of journalism looks very white. You could have counted the number of colored students there on one hand. Granted, the convention attendees were from midwest colleges. Those colleges don’t represent the demographic of college newspaper staff, future journalists, from around the country. However, you can see the whiteness of professional journalism even now, especially on TV. Turn on CNN, NBC or your local news and you’ll see mostly white people telling you the news.  Go into  a newsroom for a print or online newspaper, white. Tune into the news on the […]

MCTC’s Roller Coaster of Diversity

November 21, 2013 // 0 Comments

Minneapolis Community and Technical College boasts continuously of its “diverse” community. Their website and fliers depict exactly what one would expect from this kind of institution: photos of smiling individuals from several races showing how thrilled and excited they are to attend a school that accepts them. That tolerates other cultures. If “acceptance” and “tolerance” were enough, we’d all live in fields of lollipops with cotton candy clouds. The percentage of students of color attending MCTC fluctuates dramatically, depending on who you’re asking. However, walking the halls of the campus, no one can deny this is a multi-racial, multi-cultured community. The students, especially, come from such different backgrounds, which provides MCTC with at least one thing to show pride for – the opportunity for its […]

Freedom means freedom; equal means equal

April 22, 2013 // 0 Comments

Let us be clear: we want the Minnesota legislature to make equal marriage a reality. “The freedom to marry has long been recognized as one of the vital personal rights essential to the orderly pursuit of happiness by free men,” said the US Supreme Court less than 50 years ago, when Mildred and Richard Loving were sentenced to spend one year in prison for violating a Virginia law that banned interracial marriages. Coincidentally, the US Supreme Court is once more the battle ground for civil rights. A few days ago, at the end of March, the high court heard arguments for and against the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) a federal law that bans the recognition of same-sex marriages across the United States. While the […]

On whose behalf are they speaking?

March 28, 2013 // 0 Comments

Students, did you know that you don’t get to vote for who represents your interests at Student Senate? All one needs to do in order to become a member of MCTC’s Student Senate is to attend three consecutive meetings, in addition to having a 2.5 GPA. Alas, you are not alone. This is the case for most community colleges who struggle to find enough members with the time and interest to perform as student representatives. “Most community and technical college Senates are happy to have as much imvolvement [sic] as possible,” said Geoffrey Dittberner, former President of Minnesota State College Student Association. “Also for most two-year colleges, the process of becoming a Senator is generally an uncontentious, open ,and relatively simple process,” said Dittberner. However, is […]

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