Firearms on Campuses; The good, bad, and ugly

Texas-Guns on Campus

FILE – In this Oct. 1, 2015, file photo, protesters gather on the West Mall of the University of Texas campus to oppose a new state law that expands the rights of concealed handgun license holders to carry their weapons on public college campuses. University of Texas President Greg Fenves has approved rules that will allow concealed handgun license holders to bring their weapons into classrooms. State law requires public universities to allow concealed handguns in classrooms and buildings starting Aug. 1, 2016, but also gives campuses some leeway to carve out gun-free zones. (Ralph Barrera/Austin American-Statesman via AP, File) AUSTIN CHRONICLE OUT, COMMUNITY IMPACT OUT, INTERNET AND TV MUST CREDIT PHOTOGRAPHER AND STATESMAN.COM, MAGS OUT; MANDATORY CREDIT

Are Students Safe at School?

As the controversy with firearms being allowed at school continues, it seems as if students are becoming scared to attend a regular day at school. With the mass shootings that have been occurring, students do not feel like school is the safest place to be on a regular day. President Obama’s response to these shootings was. “somehow this has become routine.” The U.S has a disgusting and ongoing past of school shootings and it seems as if we are going in circles trying to figure out how to solve it.

Will a law allowing students and professors to carry firearms at school increase or decrease these random shootings, or how students feel about attending school? As you read on you will see the good, the bad, and the ugly about allowing firearms on community college campuses.

The Good 

The biggest argument with gun control is the second amendment; this does not mean we have these unlimited rights to own a gun.

The simple reason to allow students. or professors, legally carry a gun is to simply protect themselves, not the second amendment. If a shooter bombards a classroom and no one is concealed everyone is hopeless. A gun is used for protection, not violence, and this is why this issue is a huge problem because gun owners do not know where to draw the line.

Owning a gun involves having common sense. One may use the gun for protection, whether for themselves or for others. I think having students and professors armed on campus is a good idea, if it is implemented strictly. This means following a thorough background check, psychological tests, and classes taken before granted the right to carry a gun and during each semester they are attending school.

For more information regarding the pros and cons of legal carry visit: http://gun-control.procon.org/

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http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/should-guns-be-allowed-on-college-campuses/article/2565532

The Bad

Although common sense, background checks and gun classes sound nice and easy; it is not in this generation. Guns are used for all the wrong reasons- this is why students are scared that it is possible the kid sitting next to them in ENG 101 could be allowed to carry a gun.

The last thing we need as a society is a professor having his life threatened with a gun because he gave a bad grade. We also do not need the mix of college stress, alcohol, drugs and guns. Students are literally scared to attend school and this the main problem.

Jonathan Snow, a professor at the University of Houston, created a debate after finding out the school is suggesting professors should consider changing their curriculum. This is because in August the university will be allowed to carry firearms on campus. Snow spoke about the slides they were presented, he said, “One slide of the presentation stated that professors might want to “be careful discussing sensitive topics,” “drop certain topics from your curriculum,” “not ‘go there’ if you sense anger” and “limit student access off hours.” Snow said the slide is an example of the “chilling effect” that professors worry the law will have.”

http://time.com/4237638/campus-carry-texas-universities/

The Ugly 

The ugly, well the statistics can speak for themselves on this one- and they are quite terrifying.

  • 47% of school shootings took place in college
  • On January 4th, 2012, a student at Weber State University in Utah was carrying a handgun in his pocket when it accidentally discharged, wounding him in the leg.
  • On November 9th, 2012, an employee at the University of Denver dental school was showing her handgun to some colleagues when she accidentally fired it while trying to unjam it.
  • On May 3rd, 2013, a student at the University of Southern Mississippi accidentally shot himself while sitting in a car on campus.
  • On September 3rd, 2014, a professor at Idaho State University accidentally shot himself in the foot in the middle of class. Idaho had allowed campus carry only two months before.

“Students, by and large, think they’re invincible and that crime can’t or won’t happen to them,” Dale Burke, University of Wisconsin says. “Having your CD or iPod stolen is one thing. Having a gun stolen is a whole other ball game.” http://www.facilitiesnet.com/educationalfacilities/article/Does-Concealed-Carry-Make-Sense-In-Schools-And-On-Campus-Facilities-Management-Educational-Facilities-Feature–10070

To learn more about legal carry, the legislation, and how you can fight it, visit: http://keepgunsoffcampus.org/

 

 

 

Fine Dining Before Flying

At Phoenix Sky Harbor International airport, there are many options for flyers to choose to eat. In my opinion, if one is looking for a full service fine dining restaurant then they should make their way to Barrio Cafe in the D gates in terminal four. Barrio Cafe offers authentic southern Mexican food and full bar. Not only can flyers/ customers enjoy a nice meal before they fly out, they can also enjoy a cold one or two to calm the nerves.

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Springbrea(hm)k

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Between morning classes, night classes, pop quizzes, mid-terms, finals, and of course stress; spring break is that time of the school year for students to take time off. Although some students like to spend it catching up on the entire semester, most prefer to make memories.Throughout this article you will read about both of these situations.

Students at Paradise Valley Community College enjoy spending their spring break by doing fun and spontaneous activities to get a break from the school work load.

Two Types of Spring Breakers 

Danielle Grosch, psychology major at PV, stated, “I like to spend my spring break not worrying about school and trying to enjoy myself– you would probably find me in Mexico during that one week of vacation.” As I carried out the interview, I asked her a few more questions regarding spring break. I asked the difference between a community college and university spring break and what she benefits from taking a break from school.

Grosch went on about how community colleges are smaller compared to a 4 year so everything else seems to be smaller, such as; events, connections, plans, etc. She also stated that she obviously knows that she is putting a setback on herself with choosing to have a good time over working on some homework or studying. But she says that taking just this small break helps her tremendously with the stress schoolwork can cause.

In comparison to Danielle’s preference, I also interviewed my friend Anet, from Czech Republic, who attends PV as a nursing major. As I interviewed Anet, I noticed the immense difference between her and Danielle.

I first asked her if spring break in Czech is different from the United States. She instantly responded, “Oh my goodness you have no clue!” she continued, “we do not really ‘celebrate’ [spring break] in Czech, it is more of a relaxation vacation that we, and I, use to catch on on work, get ahead and study.” As for Anet, she likes to spend her spring break catching up school work and picking up volunteer for medical practices. Spring break varies across the United States and apparently it is even more different in other countries.

Don’t Know What to Do For Spring Break? No Problem! 

First off when is spring break? Across the U.S. the times for spring break are different, so if you need help figuring out what week you are allowed to let loose click on this link below this article.

Now that you have figured out when your spring break, what do you plan on doing? Want to have some fun, go out of town, adventure, study catch up on some work? Here are two websites that can help you do any of those things.

If you are looking to have fun, this is the best website for you: http://www.hercampus.com/school/mizzou/stuck-home-over-spring-break-101-things-do. This will help you with thinking of ideas to do on your week off.

Now if you are in hopes of staying home and study, I found a perfect website to give you tips and hints when working hard on your vacation: http://www.varsitytutors.com/blog/best+study+tips+for+spring+break.

Whatever you may choose to do over spring break have fun, be safe, and make memories!

Sex Ed.

Visited: 04/15/16

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/formal-sex-education-is-on-the-decline-in-the-us_us_571105a9e4b0018f9cb9cbe1?ir=Education&section=us_education&utm_hp_ref=education

Sexual education in the United State is decreasing, and pregnancy rates are as well but they could be even lower with the help of sex ed. The dramatic change from 1995 to now is mind blowing. According to the article, back in 1995 four out of five teens were educated about birth control, now it is about half. This is a huge difference and it shows in the amount of teen pregnancy in the U.S.

Amazon Housing

 

visited: 04/14/16

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/amazons-donating-a-building-to-temporarily-house-homeless-in-seattle_us_57111e8be4b0018f9cb9ea8e?utm_hp_ref=whats-working

Typically, we turn to Amazon to purchase needs or wants, you know little things. But this time around Amazon is giving back and providing something a little bit bigger than that new ipad or cellphone. They decided to donate a building to shelter the homeless to help minimize the homeless crisis. Amazon will shelter about 60- 70 families in this building an provide them their necessities.

Phthalates? Fast Food?

Visited: 04/11/16

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/phthalates-fast-food-exposure_us_570e5ff2e4b03d8b7b9ef9b9

First off you are probably wondering what phthalates are. It is actually something you consume on a day to day basis. According to the article, those who consume fast food are more than likely to have high levels of phthalates which is a harmful chemical found in your urine. Gross yes. This is because phthalates is a chemical that makes plastic flexible, that plastic is wrapped around the processed food that you are consuming. You get the idea? Yeah, I would put the hamburger down too.

Productivity

Visited: 04/09/16

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/daniel-threlfall/do-these-5-things-at-the-end-of-every-day-and-you-will-become-more-productive_b_9411526.html?utm_hp_ref=whats-working

Do you ever get home from school and work and think, a nap sounds great, then sleep until there is no more sunshine? It is okay, I do too. But there are days where I want to be productive and do something with my day and this article showed me exactly how to do that.

The five things are as follows:

  1. Respond to as many emails as possible within 30 minutes, this decreases your workload for the next day!
  2. Turn off your computer and mobile device- no distractions!
  3. Thought frenzy! Write down everything on your mind, this helps reduce your though process.
  4. Plan for the next day, an organized day sounds like a breeze!
  5. Clean your surroundings, nothing makes me sleep better than a clean room, am I right?

Education for everyone!

Visited: 04/06/16

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/how-kenya-is-getting-teen-moms-back-in-school_us_56fe882ae4b083f5c6077139?utm_hp_ref=whats-working

According to statistics, Kenya has the highest rate of pregnancy, among teens and the poor. Usually, when a teen mom gives birth or even after she finds out she is pregnant, she tends to give up and have a mindset that they cannot succeed in anything else. Kenya is trying to change that. They are trying to get teen mothers back into the classroom. They have set up programs that young women can participate in to receive their secondary school education. I think this is a great idea and program and definitely something the United States should follow.

What is sleep in college?

Visited: 04/05/16

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/stanford-sleep-ambassadors_us_56f55c1fe4b0143a9b4806c0?utm_hp_ref=whats-working

If you have attended high school or college, you definitely do not know what sleep is. Stanford University knows how important sleep is; so they conducted an experiment to help teach students this. They conducted an experiment that would help students learn the importance of sleeping. We need at least 8 to 10 hours of sleep a night, you and me both know that’s a miracle waiting to happen. But the sleeping ambassadors has helped and succeeded with showing students the value of sleep and how sleep deprivation can be very harmful.

Tobacco Sales Soon to Disappear (hopefully)

Visited: 04/ 02/ 16

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/costco-tobacco-product-sales_us_56e70dfde4b0b25c9182d3ee?utm_hp_ref=whats-working

In today’s society, tobacco seems to be taking over as people look at it as the, “cool thing to do.” Well, big retailers beg to differ as they are pulling the products off the shelves. One major retailer, CVS, started to pull their tobacco products a couple years ago and Costco is starting to do the same. The demand for tobacco is high but it is almost as if people cannot afford the product as spokesman stated that there was more stolen tobacco products than processed. Not only are retailers trying to get rid of this disgusting habit, the government is as well. The California Senate just recently passed a bill that would increase the age limit from 18 to 21 which I believe will help cut down the habit faster.