Captain Phillips| 6 AQ Faculty Exhibit Reporter Yashowanto Ghosh takes a look at the exhibit now on display in the AMC. page 6 theSaint Wednesday, November 6, 2013 Volume 33, Issue 5 >>NEWS LLC Spotlight | 2 Willowbrook turns its efforts toward maintaining a welcoming atmosphere on campus. Winona LaDuke | 2 Reporter Yasho Ghosh previews the sustainability speaker. >>CULTURE Carrie | 5 Ca n t he r e m a ke t op th e original? Sky Ferreira | 6 Staff Writer Carly Plank reviews the singer’s new album. >>SPORTS World Series | 7 Zoe Harmon reports in on the victorious Boston Red Sox. Cody Britton | 8 Sports Editor Alyssa Frese interviews the golfer about his experience at Aquinas. Men’s soccer | 7 The fox says “mmm no.” Marriage equality? New legislation in Michigan may allow for marriage equality in near future By Mayra Monroy Staff Writer A monumental decision is underway in the state of Michigan. Two Detroit women, seeking the o ve r t u r n o f a 2 0 0 4 a m e n d m e n t banning gay marriage, filed a lawsuit against the state. The women originally were only seeking the legal status of marriage to be able to legally adopt each other’s children. The Michigan Marriage Amendment Act that banned same sex marriage in the state of Michigan was passed in 2004 by 59 percent of voters. This act banned not only same-sex marriage but prohibited same-sex couples from legally adopt each other’s children. The two Detroit women, April DeBoer and Jayne Rowse, challenged the state’s ban on same-sex adoption in January 2012. The couple sought the legal adoption of each other’s children in order to have a legal right to the children if one of the parents were to pass away. Recently, the couple decided to also challenge the ban on marriage in the state of Michigan. The couple argues that this ban on adoption and denial of marriage violates their rights under the Equal Protection Clause in the US Constitution and discriminates against same-sex couples in the state. In spite of hopes that a decision would be made soon, United States District Court Judge Bernard Friedman delayed the movement, deciding that the case will go to trial early next year. “[Plaintiffs] are Annual Fair Trade Sale c o m p l i a n t with fair trade standards, giving home artisans a fair wage for their work. According to their website, “The mission of Otavalito e m b r a c e s working directly with indigenous Ecuadoran artisans to insure fair prices for products, provide LAURA FARRELL / THE SAINT ongoing product Guatemala: Students visited markets in last spring’s service trip. d e v e l o p m e n t , promote sales and foster education and work projects By Nathan Gimby in the greater Otavalo community.” Staff Writer “It’s really a win-win for Campus Ministry and Service everyone,” Bridge said. “You can buy Learning’s annual Fair Trade Sale gifts for family for Christmas, but it’s is happening in two weeks from also good to know your dollars are November 19-21 in the Cook Carriage supporting something ethical.” House. Handcrafted items such as hats The sale itself is primarily staffed and gloves as well as fair trade coffee b y s t u d e n t v o l u n t e e r s . A q u i n a s will be available for purchase, and a senior Shelby Denhof helped recruit portion of the sales will go to Service volunteers, organize shifts, and make Learning programs here at Aquinas. general promotions for last year’s sale. However, fundraising isn’t the “Lots of different kinds of things only goal of the sale. According to Eric were there and all of it was very Bridge, Campus Ministry’s Service affordable. I spent a lot of time at the Learning coordinator, the Fair Trade sale myself and couldn’t help but pick Sale is meant to “promote the concepts out a few things that ended up being of fair trade, fair wages, and proper Christmas gifts for my family and treatment of workers in communities.” friends,” Denhof said. For several years, Service Learning But besides making a great has been partnering with Otavalito, a opportunity for holiday shopping, fair trade vendor from Saugatuck, MI, Denhof also stressed the ethical to make the sale happen. Otavalito importance of fair trade. works directly with artisans in the “Fair Trade is a system that values province of Imbabura, Ecuador to justice and the integrity of the workers bring their products to the U.S., who make the goods … Buying fairsupplying not only a market for their trade goods is a conscious choice that goods but suggestions on how to shows that you value community and make goods appealing to shoppers in human dignity,” Denhof said. the States. The Saugatuck vendor prices goods to be affordable but also LAURA FARRELL / THE SAINT Fighting for the right: DeBoer and Rowse have become the lead voice in the Michigan fight for marriage equality. entitled to their day in court and they will have it,” said Friedman. Gay rights supporters rallied at the Detroit courthouse, hoping to have a definite ruling in their favor and were disappointed when Judge Friedman held off a ruling. The judge believed that holding off on the trial and ruling will benefit the case and the plaintiffs. Fourteen out of the 50 states in America currently allow same-sex marriage. Many states are currently in a similar position to Michigan’s, with individuals challenging specific legislation like DeBoer and Rowse. U.S. District Judge Bernard Friedman opted not to rule on the case on October 16, 2013. He has set the same-sex marriage case to go to trial in February. World news roundup By Cait Hilton Staff Writer SYRIAAmidst suffering from a two-and-a-half year civil war, the persecution of Christians in Syria is increasing as Islamic extremists gain influence over the country. During these gruesome times, it is reported that the war has caused over 100,000 deaths and forced over two million people to leave Syria’s b o rde rs . C hris tians , w ho make up 10 percent of the country’s 23 million count population, are victims of physical attacks and looting, their children are being kidnapped and their towns bombed. U .S . F O O D S TA M P S As of November 1, food-stamps offered to 48 million Americans will be slashed due to the expiration of Supplemental Nutrition Assistant Program’s COURTESY CARLOS DELGADO recession-era boost. Each No jobs here: Spanish citizens protest on May 20, 2013, retaliating against high unemployment participant’s share of rates. assistance will be cut 13.6 percent, resulting in the loss of 26.6 percent and within the youth and Germany, some of the U.S.’s most hundreds of dollars per family a 56.5 percent. Greece is experiencing loyal allies. U.S. officials have refused year. The enrollment for food-stamp 27.6 percent unemployment, and to comment on the leaked document. benefits rose significantly from 2007- a n o v e r w h e l m i n g 5 7 . 3 p e r c e n t 2011, and now, anti-poverty groups concerning the youth. H E A LT H C A R E H AV O C are concerned that the slashing will When the health insurance result in the vulnerability of an NSAwebsite for the Affordable Care already unstable group in the U.S. National Security Agency whistle- Act went live, technical problems EUROPEUnemployment rates in Europe were at a record-breaking high of 1 2 . 2 p e r c e n t t h i s we e k , a n d t h e unemployment rates in both Spain and Greece are now skyrocketing a b o ve t h o s e e x p e r i e n c e d i n t h e U.S.’s Great Depression. In Spain, the unemployment rate stands at blower Edward Snowden, a former U.S. N.S.A. contractor, leaked a report from October of 2006 that holds more than 200 telephone numbers to be used by the N.S.A. Thirty-five of those on the list belong to unnamed foreign leaders and were allegedly “tasked” for monitoring. The revelation of this document raised tensions with many countries, including France and user overload quickly creating problems. Prior to the launch, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services were responsible for making sure the site was functional. A shift in management has been made, but with a rocky first few weeks of the live site, administration still fears that frustrated users will not return.