By Caleb Sutherland, Staff Contributor
We, in this country, have suffered through a minimum wage for too long. With people protesting in the streets over it, we need to move to a living wage.
A good example of this is our corporate giant friend Wal-Mart and how they deal with the minimum wage. Simply, arguments against the corporation say that employees are underpaid.
The argument against Wal-Mart claims that their employees are not paid enough. In defense of his company, Bill Simon, president and chief executive officer of Wal-Mart U.S., said that less than half of the company’s employees made under the $25,000 per year poverty live.
Under half. Is that it?
Let’s look at how this plays out. In Ohio, one Wal-Mart collects canned food from employees for employees to decent holiday meals. This “food drive” seems to be a slap in the face for people who are fighting to increase the minimum wage to a “living wage.”
Wal-Mart says that this is proof that they care about their employees.
When Wal-Mart employees have risen up against this treatment, they’ve lost their jobs at times. Some, like the protesters, have been arrested (example: in November 2013 when five workers were arrested during a protest in Los Angeles).
Wal-Mart higher-ups claim that these opportunities—if that even comes close to what they offer—aren’t taken advantage of because of upward mobility within the community.
I think Wal-Mart’s upward mobility is akin to me being able to work hard and be a dean by the time I graduate.
Regardless of Wal-Mart’s issues, the minimum wage debate is something that spans beyond just one company. What’s going to happen when we get out of here?
It is one thing to raise the minimum wage, but if the minimum wage can become a living wage, then think about how much less hassle there would be all around. People wouldn’t be struggling for food, they wouldn’t be protesting, they wouldn’t be getting arrested and using tax dollars in jail. Things would be better.
I know this won’t solve all our problems, but we need to start somewhere, right?
It was an abomination and a horrible show of American sports.
I was up at 7:30 last Saturday to watch the men’s US hockey team take on Russia. It was a tough battle that lasted into the eighth round of the shootout before TJ Oshie scored his fourth goal in six attempts to finally end it.
I watched that, screaming after every shot, scaring the hell out of my roommate’s dog, Kennedy, each time.
I was watching, too, when the US took on Canada in what was touted as an epic showdown from the last Olympics, when Canada beat the U.S. in overtime on a goal by Canada’s golden boy (and one of the only players I’d be permanently okay with getting a concussion) Sidney Crosby.
Up to this point, the Americans had been unstoppable, massacring teams that had legitimate chances to medal. They made it seem like a cakewalk.
Sitting in my office, paying more attention to the game than my duties at the moment, I watched Canada score a top shelf goal then hold on to win 1-0.
This, needless to say, was a huge disappointment. When, a day later, the U.S. lost to Finland by the score of 5-0, I couldn’t even bear to watch. It was a pathetic and miserable exercise in sports from a team that two days before had seemed on top of the world.
As a fan of the U.S.—and a fan of hockey—it’s taken a bit to comprehend the complete and utter disaster that was U.S. Olympic hockey.
To go from hero to zero in two games was one of the biggest slaps in the face of all the Olympic games. It felt, to me, like watching my own team, the New Jersey Devils, collapse (as they usually do) when they are on top.
I cannot recall how many times I have watched games where the Devils have led going into the third, only to end up standing eighteen inches from the television screaming until I can feel the veins in my neck standing out, watching helplessly as my team lets goal after goal slide by.
It was like that, except there was more than just team pride on the line, there was national pride.
This (possibly surprisingly) brings me back to Canada.
They went on to win Olympic gold against Sweden, who was touted as the best in the entire competition.
U.S. disappointment + Canadian gold (for the second time in a row) just makes me mad.
The anger, though, is beyond the point of cogent words and falls in the zone of ape-like yells and grunts. I wish I could describe it, describe how my country’s hockey team has let me down, but I’d rather just yell.
What I hate most about it all, not that NHL.com will write about how Canada went from barely getting by to winning it all, but that the U.S. cannot get revenge (and at this point doubling down on it) for another for years.
What I want is another match, just one more, soon. I do not want to wait four more years to let this stew.
I know that it’s not possible, and all I’m left with is Olympic nothing for the next four years, but it’s nice to dream, right?
After all, Canada would have nothing on us in a grudge match.
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By Michael Allan Galvez, Contributor
“You’ve gotta be kidding me.”
Those were the first words I uttered that chilly Friday morning right after getting out of bed and sitting by the kitchen counter. The Internet was trying to tell me that while I was going to classes and worrying about when the next assignment was due, the Kansas House of Representatives passed a religious liberty bill.
Now, that sounded fine and dandy until I read the part where it said an individual or establishment can refuse to serve an LGBT couple if it offends the beliefs of said individual or establishment. An LGBT couple is not only unable to sue, but they also can be made responsible for the other side’s legal fees.
Wait a minute. Doesn’t that sound vaguely familiar?
Oh yeah, it’s like the Jim Crow laws that died. In the sixties. Yet this happened in Kansas. In the United States of America. A week ago.
And let’s not forget Arizona, who actually passed the bill and put it on their governor’s table for signing. Setting that hideous thought aside for a moment, let’s move to Tennessee, which surely will hit closer to home.
The University of Tennessee-Knoxville will host a Sex Week around the time our Spring Break is scheduled. (To those who just pulled up flight schedules for Knoxville after reading that, let me elaborate).
A campus organization called Sexual Empowerment and Awareness at Tennessee (SEAT) held a weeklong event last year called Sex Week, which featured discussions and lectures about topics such as sexual health, sexual violence and abstinence. There were also events such as a drag show, an art show and a poetry slam. SEAT aimed and still aims to make the week open to all, and does not assume that all attendees are necessarily sexually active.
But for Tennessee lawmakers, Sex Week had to go, even though there were no complaints from the community or alumni. Notwithstanding the fact that around 4,000 attendants came to campus and made it a big hit. And finally, Sex Week needs to go despite the fact that the university was at the bottom of a sexual health list compiled by Trojan, the condom company.
That was last year. The university is still at the bottom of that list. Tennessee lawmakers still want to forbid the event on the grounds that the state should not fund such an offensive event, especially on university property.
The thing is, though, the state doesn’t fund it. Lawmakers pulled state funding last year right before the event began. It survived through private donations. Now, SEAT receives private funding in the form of donations and student fees the student body elected to pay themselves a few years ago to fund the event (just like how we have SAFAC here at Stetson).
Lawmakers now know this, which is why they have fielded a few bills to make sure that even private funding doesn’t touch the event so they can destroy Sex Week once and for all.
Quite the nefarious plot, but the Tennessee-Knoxville student government isn’t having any of it, and rightly so.
What happens to a university when free exchange of ideas is stopped just because a few lawmakers are offended? State censorship and student revolutionaries, doesn’t that sound familiar?
So here ends our examination of a week in the greatest country on Earth and the leader of the free world. From the current trend, it seems like next week, we’ll have some State calling for the reinstatement of the Prohibition era. That’s the next stop on this backwards roller coaster through time, right?
Better hide the rum.
Stetson’s reckless spending is hurting you
By Eduardo Quevedo, ‘12 undergraduate alumnus and graduate student
My freshmen year at Stetson University began in 2008 and I graduated with my Bachelors in 2012; however, I returned to pursue a Master’s. Trust when I say I have seen a lot of changes at Stetson.
Recently, there have been articles on the school’s high prices and they are right. You are paying too much.
My first semester tuition was $14,228 for four three-credit classes, $1,830 for my meal plan, and $2,520 for housing at the former Stetson Hall. Not counting the fees like student life, this was a grand total of $18,578; that brought my first year at Stetson to around 37K.
Those are not the prices anymore, even after the economy crashed in my first two months at Stetson. Right now, a close friend of mine is paying $18,990 for just one semester of classes. That doesn’t include food or housing. A look at Stetson’s website shows a full year at $49,512, with tuition alone at $37,980.
See something wrong?
Students, WAKE UP. Every year there is an increase price at Stetson – not counting the increasing cost of books. Harvard University’s tuition is $38,891. Undergraduates are paying Ivy Leagues prices. The economy crashed my first year which should have lowered prices.
I remember paying under $2 a gallon for gas myself. Where is the money going? Certainly not to the faculty; they haven’t had a wage increase in years.
It is my opinion that this school is reckless in spending and lacks enough oversight. Examples include the installation of lightning detectors (we’re in Florida), the purchase of gas-powered golf carts, the embarrassment of Clarion Hotel (which will come out of the pockets of students, somehow), and the decrease in both food choices (I’m looking at you, Einstein Bros), decrease in FRAG because of more students (we’re supposed to be a small school) and housing for students.
Yes, it is a choice to come to this private university, but the price increases are ridiculous. Stetson is a school of convenience; by that, I mean the school makes choices that are easy, not necessarily right.
It is time for the students to rise up and fight for Stetson University as it should be, not the Stetson University it has become.
By Sean McKnight, Sports Editor
After the rain cleared on Saturday, Stetson’s lacrosse team undertook its fourth game of the season against the Cincinnati Bearcats, losing 17-5. Although the Hatters were unable to take the win on their home turf, there were some shining moments for the team that are very hopeful for the team in the coming the weeks.
Within the first 45 seconds of the match-up, Cincinnati got on the board early thanks to a ball by Megan Bell that got past Stetson’s goalie Caili Guilday. The Bearcat’s offense was on fire throughout almost all of the first half of play and by the 5:28 mark, Cincinnati was up on the Hatters 10-0.
With just 49 seconds left in the first half, Stetson freshman Ana Baranowski recorded her first goal of the season making it 10-1. However, in those last fleeting moments of the first half Cincinnati was able to score twice within a time frame of 15 seconds and were up on the Hatters 12-1.
When the second half rolled around, Stetson was facing an almost insurmountable lead down by 11. However, it was Stetson who came out and scored early in the second half.
Thanks to an assist by Paige Levesque, Christina Loya found the back of the goal and cut Cincinnati’s lead to 10 at the 27:48 mark in the game while also recording her first goal of the season.
However, this early offensive threat was quelled by the Bearcat’s defense and the Hatters didn’t have a chance to find the back of the net again until the 13:42 mark. Again it was Loya who scored thanks to an assist by the ever faithful Levesque and this recorded Loya’s second goal not only of the game but on the season.
The score was 14-3, Cincinnati. The Hatters scored again at the 6:53 mark and Loya was able to tally a hat trick in the game on her third goal of the season the score was 15-4, Cincinnati.
The Hatters scored for the last time at the 2:59 mark thanks to a goal by Mallory Tluchowski on an assist by Christina Loya, the score was 16-5 Cincinnati. When the buzzer sounded, Cincinnati won the match 17-5.
The Hatters out shot the Bearcats 11-8 in the second half as well as going 6-4 in draw controls in the last 30 minutes. Levesque lead the Hatters with a pair of assists, while Loya and Sam Maguire each recorded one.
Goalie Caili Guilday made eight saves allowing 10 goals in just over 30 minutes of play. Fellow sophomore Whitney Meyers allowed seven goals in just under 30 minutes of play.
Even though the Hatters were unable to record their first win of the season, they still played solid in the second half. If they are able to come out with that same tenacity at the beginning of every game they will start recording wins.