Oct. 24 - Oct. 30, 2012
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Voting is more than a right, it’s a crucial civil duty component to the popular vote that does affect the election. However, with many choosing not to contribute to the established voting system, this component is not properly exercised. One reason we should all vote is to increase the engagement of the youth in the future elections. I think this is one the biggest issues facing the electoral process. Kids turn 18 and are “ofage” to vote, biologically, but are not mentally, by any means. They simply cannot cast a meaningful vote because they are not properly informed. Most campaigns are geared toward older, established voters. This makes perfect sense, but there needs to be more youth engagement. We need the younger population to care about these issues. After all, they are pertinent to the youth. If we can increase the quantit y of younger voters who participate in the elections, perhaps we can set the stage for future involvement by the candidates, themselves. All in all, the act of voting signifies the ability to maintain rational thought. It signifies the ability to absorb relevant i n for mat ion, compa re a nd contrast it to one’s personal thoughts and make an educated decision based on the facts. I like to think humans strive toward mastering their own thoughts. Furthermore, voting sug-
They say ignorance is bliss, but many are blissfully ignorant. This is especially true of those who choose not to vote. You see, voting is not a right, nor is it a privilege. Voting is a duty. A duty to our ancestors, our founders, our country, our government and, most importantly, to ourselves. Exercising the right to vote shows the appreciation to those who gave their lives to defend the constitutional republic under which we enjoy so many freedoms. Individuals should respect the fact that they can vote. What better way to respect voting than by voting? The classic non-voter’s argument is, “My vote does not matter; only the Electoral College matters.” While this may be partially true, there is still a
gests that one is a real human being (capable of introspective cognition, based on realistic sensation and perception of his or her surrounding environment). We all should aspire to be real and quality human beings. I find that people often complain that they have little control in their lives. They feel they are limited in what they can personally affect in their environment. In addition, people frequently complain about the state of the nation’s economy and its educational system.
Voting is a duty. A duty to our ancestors, our founders, our country, our government, and most importantly, to ourselves. Combi ne t hese t wo a nd cho osi ng to vote d i re c t ly changes the issues. You can gain some control and you can attempt to change the issues that are relevant to you. So, on Tuesday, Nov. 6, will I see you all at the polls?
Britney Nowak Reporter
Neumann Hall has of ten been referred to as “Nasty Neumann.” W het her you think Neumann is “nasty” or not, there’s one underlying issue that deserves to be brought up. That issue is the safety and security of students and their belongings. For t hose who may not know, Neumann Hall does not have the key cards that are issued for residence halls like Porter. They have old-fashioned hard keys. I do not know how many thefts have been reported in each of the residence halls on campus, but I believe each building should provide the same level of security for each student living on campus. Not only that, but it would be so much more convenient to carry
A key card could easily fit into someone’s wallet or pocket, unlike common keys. I understand it might cost a lot of money to change all of the locks on all of the doors in Neumann. Yet, all students have to pay mandatory fees that support the facilities and services they depend on. I feel the college could use some of that money to make the necessary upgrades. As for it being time consuming, I understand that it might take some time to change all of the locks. I understand that it would be unreasonable not to allow students into Neumann in the middle of the semester
Ariel Peters Copy Editor
As globalization becomes more and more recognizable, the importance of being familiar with other cultures becomes more and more pressing. For most of my time as an undergraduate, I did not have much experience with other cultures, and learning a foreign language in America is not strongly encouraged or required, unfortunately. Hoping to increase my knowledge of European politics, I decided to take a course new to Buffalo State this semester called Transatlantic Public Ad-
ministration (PSC 389). The class, which is part of a bilateral grant called the Atlantis Mobility Project that includes international student exchanges and internships, is a unique experience in a number of ways. For example, three Romanian exchange students are enrolled in the class this semester, and next semester three Buffalo State students taking the course will study in Romania. What is unique about the course is that it is globally networked and was designed by faculty in the UK, Romania, and New York. As the semester goes on we will have online conferences with students in other countries taking a similar course. My classmates and I have already gotten a chance to meet some students attending SUNY Cortland at a conference in Buffalo a few weeks ago. Among those we met were exchange students from Poland, England and Ireland. It was interesting to compare and contrast with exchange students everything from views on healthcare to views on dating, fashion and, of course, beer. (According to a student from England, people in Buffalo don’t always
dress so nice. And our gas prices are incredibly cheap.) That’s not something you get to do every day. Engaging in discussion and debate with students from other countries is an important experience, not to mention incredibly fun, and I hope to see more globally networked classes pop up in the future. Advancements in Internet technology, such as Facebook and Skype, make it not only possible, but also practical. Globalization is inevitable and, while it has both positive and negative consequences, it gives us the ability to have an intellectual conversation with someone half way across the world. It also gives you experience with a foreign language and teaches you how foreign governments operate, which is an important skill for anyone entering the professional workforce. I would encourage any student to study for a semester or a year abroad, or see how you can get involved with international students on campus. You won’t regret it. • Ariel Peters can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Freshman residence hall in need of lock upgrades a card than it would be to carry keys. As a resident of Neumann, I would feel much safer if I had a key card instead of a regular key. I feel that a regular lock is much easier to pick, and someone could easily enter another person’s room even if it was locked. Some could say it’s too expensive and too time consuming to change all of the locks in a residence hall like Neumann. But does this justify compromising the safety and security of the students?
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until the locks are all changed. However, Neumann is not a large building. There are only three f loors, with about 30 rooms on each f loor. I imagine it would not take as much time to change the locks in Neumann as it would in a larger building like Porter. The locks could easily be changed over the course of the summer. Some of them could even be changed over winter break, if that was deemed necessary. If there’s enough time and manpower for all of this other construction and renovation work on campus, why wouldn’t there be enough time and manpower for new locks in Neumann? This change would also be more convenient for students. A key card could easily fit into someone’s wallet or pocket, unlike common keys. Plus, a simple swipe is easier to contend with than some of the older handle locks. I u nderst a nd t hat such changes cannot be made immediately, but I think there should be some serious consideration put into changing the locks in Neumann Hall. It would bring additional security to students and their personal belongings, and it would be a valuable improvement to our campus. • Britney Nowak can be reached by email at nowak.record@live. com.
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