ISSUE 92.11 | 01/31/2017
WHAT'S INSIDE SHUTDOWN page 03
SNOW FIGHT page 04
HER PARIS page 08
Super cool succulents | PC: Kayla Potts
HOUSE PLANTS AND HAPPINESS T
here are some activities that simply don’t seem feasible in a dorm room, and one of these is gardening.
Elizabeth McDonald, a senior theology major, grew up gardening with her father and has continued her love of growing plants through college.
While growing a large garden isn’t possible, growing a couple of plants is very doable. In this gray winter season, having plants can help to brighten your day and your dorm room by adding a bit of color and life.
“He always had me planting plants and getting my hands in the dirt,” she said. “I loved it. And so when I came to college my freshman year, I was like ‘I need a plant. I desperately need a plant.’”
Not only do the plants help to liven up your room, it’s possible that there are also health benefits that come with having plants in indoor spaces. A study done by the University of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine in Romania suggested that ornamental plants could provide psychological benefits such as improving attention and reducing stress levels. Another study also revealed that many indoor plants are also able to remove pollutants from the air which can cause asthma and nausea.
Elizabeth began with succulents and then moved onto larger, leafier plants. Now she has several that she cares for. “If you dorm by yourself, it kinda gives you a little color in your room and it gives you something to nurture,” Elizabeth says. “I think that it also teaches you discipline in the fact that you have to take care of it.” She encourages other students to try their hand at growing their own plants even if they may believe that they can’t keep them alive.
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Sometimes just figuring out where to start can be the hardest part.
“Really study the type of plant that you get,” she advises. When talking about her succulents, she said that she learned putting charcoal on the bottom of the pot helps to absorb excess water. “A lot of people overwater plants,” she said. “People either don’t water them at all or they water them a ton.”
[ continued from page 1 ] Aloe vera is a type of succulent that is very easy to take care of and hard to kill. This is a plant that’s great if you want it to be practical as well as pleasing to the eye. Its spiky leaves not only look interesting, but the gel inside can be made into hair masks, used to moisturize the skin, or even mixed into smoothies. Lucky bamboo is very sleek, grows quickly and requires little extra care. The plant can be a beautiful addition to one’s dorm room as many can be bought twisted into shapes or woven together. The lucky bamboo shape that you choose can be as simple or complex as you want. Small houseplants cost very little to purchase and this small investment may bring a little joy into your everyday life. It may even become a new hobby that will last beyond your time at Union.
Although caring for plants can be difficult, sometimes just figuring out where to start can be the hardest part. Luckily, there are many different plants for beginning indoor gardeners. Spider plants, or airplane plants, are a very popular choice for houseplants and are ideal starting plants. As they grow, they develop small plantlets which hang down and appear like little spiders that can be easily planted and shared with friends. Spider plants were also shown to reduce indoor air pollution in a study from the New York Botanical Garden.
“ Lucky bamboo is very sleek, grows quickly and requires little extra care.
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Amanda McCarter is a junior studying biomedical science.
A NEW YEAR, A NEW SHUTDOWN! f 2017 started off with a bang, then 2018 is off to a bit slower of a start. While most people were enjoying the weekend, Congress was busy furiously trying to push forward a temporary spending bill that would keep the government open for a few more weeks. Unfortunately, both sides weren’t able to resolve their differences, and the government shut down on Saturday, January 20. While government shutdowns are never a good thing, this is far from the first time this has happened, and this one was resolved within a few days. While ominous sounding, everyday life of most Americans (aside from government workers, many of whom are told not to come in for work) generally won’t be affected in any meaningful way, at least for long. However, in the rare occasions that they continue for long periods of time, the economic consequences can be meaningful and can set the economy back billions of dollars due to lost productivity, unpaid employees and third-party contracts. Important functions such as the TSA, FBI, and Transportation continue to function, as well as the military and Coast Guard.
Daily services such as the USPS and some student financial aid workers are funded. Interestingly enough, Congress and other lawmakers responsible for shutdowns are still paid while they hammer out an agreement. Other than that, life continues for most people. On the other hand, if you try to utilize a service that is funded by some of the money that is being withheld, it can be frustrating. If you try to visit a national park such as Yosemite, or a national monument, you will generally be turned away. Applications for government documents such as passports may be delayed or won’t even go through.
“ Congress must come together and agree on a budget.
Ellen Burgeson, a junior studying psychology wasn’t too pleased with the idea. “One of my goals is to visit all the national parks in the US, and I’m picturing myself showing up after a long drive one of these weekends and being turned away.” Fortunately, this shutdown was different from the one that occurred in 2013. This is due to changes that were made in the past several years since that one, which saw barricades going up across most national monuments in DC. This time, agencies were allowed to utilize leftover funding.
Congress in session | PC: politoco.com
“It’s going to be different than it was in 2013, as we work to keep more of these agencies open,” said Mick Mulvaney, the director of Office of Management and Budget.
The whole reason the government has these “pauses” is due to a policy that was enacted back in 1974 called the Congressional Budget Act. This law essentially gave more power to Congress to enact a budget and reduced the President's ability to withhold funding. This has, in turn, created a sort of countdown, where Congress must come together and agree on a budget, else the government shuts down until a new one can be agreed upon. Fortunately, due to large bipartisan support for a new spending bill, and few within Congress wanting to slow down the economy longer than it had to, the government reopened without causing much of the damage that previous ones had. However, unless Congress can resolve its problems in the future without bipartisan grandstanding, chances are shutdowns will start to become a way of life for America. http://www.foxnews.com/ politics/2018/01/21/mulvaney-trump-wontweaponize-shutdown-like-obama-team-did. html http://bancroft.berkeley.edu/ROHO/projects/debt/ budgetcontrolact.html
Jesse Shoghi is a junior studying computing.
THE COLD NEVER BOTHERED US ANYWAY ... OR AT LEAST SOME OF US W
ith recent changes in the weather, Unionites have experienced some strife in how to deal with it. Over the past two weeks, temperatures have fluctuated from 0 degrees Fahrenheit (with -25 degree wind chills) all the way up to 52 degrees. However, the worst of the atmospheric calamities hit on Tuesday, January 16th when Lincoln Public Schools, Southern Adventist University, Oakwood University, and Union’s other sister schools cancelled for potential snow and cold while Union had to “tough it out”. Students had varying opinions. Sophomore business management and marketing major, Robert Leslie, felt almost betrayed. “I just didn’t appreciate the weather we’ve had over these past couple of weeks. Like, it was almost -25 degrees and thankfully I didn’t have classes those days, but I just felt bad for all of the other Unionites that had to walk in that weather to go to class when our other sister schools like Southern, Oakwood, and other schools decided they weren’t going to have school. Oakwood just didn’t have school for the past week and us Union people had to be tough.”
weather. Celinda Mansilla, sophomore communications major, when asked what she thought of the weather stated, “It’s been nice.” Perhaps some of the most comedic responses to the controversy were found on various social media sites, including Snapchat, Instagram and Twitter where Union engaged in some friendly banter with Southern Adventist University. After realizing SAU had closed and Union didn’t, sophomore business administration major, Katie Buxton tagged @SouthernNews in a post. Both @ucollegeNE and @ SouthernNews responded to the post with comical memes, including a meme of Disney’s Frozen characters. The friendly banter continued until finally a picture of a Unionites’s snowman was posted.
Do you wanna build a snowman? - @SouthernNews “
“@SouthernNews do you think you could talk to @ucollegeNE?” - @katiebxtn “Of course we talk, we're siblings! But the cold never bothers me. Anyway…”
Other students, like Racquel Amich, sophomore IRR major, were not only upset by the decision to continue classes as scheduled, but were also concerned with the health of students in general. “It kind of stinks how Southern closed and we didn’t, but also at the same time, we might be used to this kind of weather, but there is a flu season going around and people could get sick. It’s just weird though, we had to tough it out and they didn’t.” Although there were many opinions of frustration in not canceling, some students were unperturbed by the
“Hopefully you’ll still take time to come out and play!”
Although with mild disdain, Union students strapped on their boots, tied up their scarves, and headed out into the Frozen tundra, they showed great strength...and some wit too. It has been said, “Strength doesn't come from what you can do. It comes from overcoming the things you once thought you couldn't.” So Union students, you deserve great applause and recognition in overcoming this feat. You will be all the better for it! And maybe, as Robert Leslie hopes, “our tough resilience will be rewarded in a snow day later on in the semester.” Kayla Miller is a junior studying nursing.
WE ASK HUMANS OF UNION COLLEGE, HOW DO YOU FIGHT THE FEBRUARY BLUES? I try to find new music and find new places around town. Lincoln is tiny but it has some cool places if you're intentional about it. Get out there and try new things like line dancing. Discovering new things in this area, there's so much out there if you look for it. Get some plants too! - Laryssa Schnell Hanging out with friends. - Sammi Martin Get in the gym and stay active. - Logan Scroggins Monster and no sleep. - Meredith Lovell Taco Bell. - Brandon Rickard You gotta put the pho in friendship. - Ronni Sue Parks Work 24/7. - Eli Katsuren
The Super Bowl happens! That's what makes me happy. - Aksana Buster You've just gotta stay busy. - Nathan Olin Talking to someone who makes you happy. - Natashia McWilliams-Nasser You've just gotta get outside. Don't stay stuck in your dorm room. Go be around people. - Caleb Haakenson
Getting dressed up and going to do something special with your friends. - Andrea Fernandez Have quality food. Good food always improves morale. Embrace the meaningful people in your life. - Jordan Finn Social interactions is very important. Get together with people that you care about. - Taylor Young
I look for the positives in weather and in people. February is the month of love. While some people are getting depressed, I'm getting blessed. - J-Fiah Reeves Don't get on social media. Just chill. - Sli Sidiane Denial and avoidance. - Kim Palit You've gotta take account of all the positives in your life. Leslie is healthy. I'm healthy. There's a lot to be grateful for. - Connor White Lots of prayer for motivation. - Roxanna Vasques Dumpling soup at grandma's. - Makayla Carlson
TO ALL FUTURE DOCTORS AT UNION COLLEGE ... ince coming to Union as a first-year student in 2012, I’ve met plenty of students looking to become doctors or work in the medical field. Loma Linda is the school I’ve heard the most about, though there are other options. Because medical school is so popular, I decided to ask advice from an alumnus who continued on to medical school. David Deemer grew up in Lincoln, Nebraska and graduated Union College in 2016 with biomedical science and an emphasis in writing and speaking. He is now following his dreams by studying at the School of Medicine at Loma Linda University. Melissa Ratter: How does your education and experience relate to what you are doing now? David Deemer: I’m currently in my second year of medical school at Loma Linda University. I think my time at Union thoroughly prepared me for graduate school. My science education continues to be a solid foundation for my learning, and my non-science courses provide an extra dimension to my understanding that isn’t otherwise provided in medical school. MR: What types of questions should someone expect when interviewing for a job in your field? DD: Questions posed to a prospective medical student include: A) Why medicine? There are easier ways to “make a difference” and “help people.” B) Why you? What assets do you think you bring to the medical profession? C) Medical school will be a unique challenge—both in quality and quantity. Where is your passion, and how will it help you thrive in the highstress environment that is medicine?
MR: What kind of "lifestyle" choices have you had to make in your Post Grad experience? How many hours do you work in a typical week? Do you take work home at night? DD: I study a few hours more per day than in undergrad, my Sundays are still busy, and I still take Sabbaths off to rest. However, the intensity of my studying has increased. I’ve had to completely change my methods to accommodate the increase in volume, a change which has made me a better student (although stressful). I still eat three meals a day, sleep seven hours a night, and workout regularly. Including class, I study approximately fifty hours a week.
Each class gave me something valuable.
less memorization. Two, it can be more frustrating than I thought. And three, it’s more rewarding than I estimated. MR: What are some of the issues/ problems that you must deal with in your work? DD: For most, medical school is a challenge unlike anything I’ve faced. Adverse mental health conditions are much more common among medical students than the general public. It can be challenging to maintain a positive attitude. But, it’s doable. Each of us finds ways to overcome our insecurities and be there for our (future) patients. MR: What major satisfactions do you derive from graduating college? DD: I am incredibly proud of the education I received at Union. Each class gave me something valuable. I think the best word to describe my Union education is “holistic.” My educational experience equipped me with what I needed to be an informed, balanced, thoughtful Christian adult. If I had a chance to do it over, I can’t think of anything I’d change.
MR: Describe how you spend your time during a typical work day/week.
MR: Is there any advice you would give someone that you wish someone had suggested your first year of college?
DD: Weekdays begin at 4:00 AM with a half-hour run with my wife on MWF, followed by shower, worship, studying, and breakfast. Lectures begin at 8:00 AM and end around noon. Afternoons are spent studying or in various labs/small group exercises. Supper with my wife happens around 6:00 PM, with more studying until I head to bed around 9:00 PM.
DD: I would tell a younger version of me to enjoy my time in undergrad and to not rush into graduate school. Spending a few extra years studying in undergrad or doing something else enjoyable is not as big of a loss as it seems. Once you start grad school, it’s much more difficult to take time for reflection and personal development— better to do it before you start.
MR: Has your work experience differed very much from what you imagined it would be? In what way? DD: My time in medical school has differed from my expectations in three ways. One, I thought it would involve
Melissa Ratter is a senior studying language arts education.
HOUC HUMANS OF UNION COLLEGE
HOUC is compiled by Mike Ayala.
enrolled here at Union this semester for a couple of reasons, two of them being to study international rescue and relief and to have some questions answered about my own personal understanding of God and what he means to me. My internal questions about my own spirituality sparked from an experience I had about three months ago. At the time I was working as a forest firefighter and on that day, I was called to a pretty aggressive and dangerous forest fire. I remember going into the heart of the fire and smoke was everywhere and the heat was intense. At some point, it all became overwhelming mainly because we didn’t use breathing apparatuses. So, we were literally facing a fire with minimal gear. At some point, I passed out because of the smoke. I was pulled out to safety and I may have been only out for four or five minutes but to me, it felt like an eternity. As I was waking up I only saw black and
that scared me because I truly believed I had died. After experiencing the fear of almost dying I began to ask myself what would have come next for me if I died. So, I began to seek answers through finding a religion. I considered other religions, but they didn’t feel right. However, Union's Adventist community seems more accepting. So far, some things I like about the community here is that everyone seems nice and most people want to help others. Ultimately, the main reason I am here is because something deep inside me was pushing me towards coming to Union College and, no matter what I did to get away, I would still end up at the same crossroad. I can’t explain it but I know I was called to be here at Union College. Dustin Bongiovanni is a junior studying international rescue and relief.
STUDENT CONSTITUTION CHANGES D
o you remember receiving an email about a constitutional change for the ASB team the Student Life office proposed?
flexibility for the cafeteria meal plans. Instead of only having the $250 plan open for village students, there will be a variation of the money you will have on your balance for the cafeteria.
Last week, the Student Senators voted on that constitutional change and it unanimously passed. Kim Canine will be giving a lot more details about the new ASB charter this week in a town hall. In the meantime, the senators are listening to your concerns and are producing bills for your benefit.
Another bill that is in the works by Gemedi Bakuto is to have water fountains available in more places, such as the Teaching Learning Center and the International Rescue and Relief building. With the popularity of the water fountains that are able to fill a water bottle, there are a lot of places on campus that can benefit from having this machine handy.
In addition to passing the bill for a new ASB, the senators voted on a bill Nathanael Torres composed to open 49ers field to students. This bill calls for the field be available to students for four hours on Sundays as well as have equipment accessible. Nathanael is also working on a bill that will make it possible for students to have more
Did you know that there is a coin machine in the Ortner Center? The current location is by the computers in the lobby of the ground level of the building. There is also a machine located in the lobby of Rees Hall. The senators are currently thinking of making the coin machine stand out more or have one put in Prescott
Hall so that everyone has the same opportunities to have access to coins at any time of the day. The struggle of doing laundry late at night, but having no way to way of obtaining quarters will be no more. While the senators are hard at work making all of these great ideas happen, there will also be an open house soon for the residence halls. This open house will be a chance to show off your amazing dorm decorations as well as a time to hang out with your friends in a new setting. There will be refreshments available and souvenirs given out. A town hall will be coming up soon where you can address your questions and concerns directly to the senate as a whole. Don’t miss this great opportunity and be able to hear about the new ASB constitution as we kick off elections for next year’s team! Yeimy Rodriguez is a sophomore studying business administration.
HER PARIS @ THEDENVERARTMUSEUM MEMENTO ARTEM O ver Christmas break, I had the the opportunity to go with a group of friends to the Her Paris exhibition at the Denver Art Museum.
This exhibition explores the often overlooked yet still important artists of the Impressionist age—women artists. Most of these women moved to Paris and mingled with the big names we know and love from the time: Manet, Monet, Renoir, Degas and Cézanne. However, unlike their male contemporaries, these women had to push beyond the boundaries society placed upon the idea of a “woman artist”. “Even though Paris was known as a cosmopolitan city, Parisian society was still very restrictive for women,” says The Denver Art Museum on their website. “They were not allowed to attend to the École des Beaux-Arts (School of Fine Arts)—the country’s most important art academy— until 1897, and it was not socially acceptable to frequent public spaces, such as cafes, to work on their art and mingle with their peers without a male companion.” However, even though restrictions were placed upon these creative and talented women, they pushed forward to create a different system for themselves. They attended private academies, exhibited independently, and formed their own organizations. It’s this rebellious and powerful spirit that made these women some of the most honored artists of their time. A piece that stays in my mind is In the Studio by Ukrainian artist Marie Bashkirtseff, who attended
In the Studio by Marie Bashkirtseff, 1881 | PC: arthistoryproject.com
the prominent private art academy Académie Julian. The immersive painting tells the story of women artists of the time. They are all diligently focused on painting a model at the Académie Julian. For me, this iconic painting gives me a feeling of what these women had to go through to be successful. Each had to pursue art and get into a private academy in order to study. It’s evident by their faces that they’re fully aware of the position they’re in. Their energy is professional and each woman has a pin point focus in their eyes. They know what they want–to hone their skills in art. Each artist dove into their art in new and unique ways. Mary Cassatt would paint domestic scenes in a way that none of her male contemporaries could quite capture. Her scenes of women intently reading captures the feeling of intense and deep thought, contrary
to the societal belief that women were incapable of such things. Only a woman artist would know exactly how to prove those ideals wrong on canvas. She knew the narrative of her subjects because she, herself, was apart of that very same narrative society placed upon her. These female artists were ahead of their time. They not only fought against the societal ideal that women couldn’t be professional artists, but earned the title of artistic heroes/ heroines of their time. These women created pieces that truly affected me. Their sheer technical skills combined with their drive to prove themselves as artists is evident and powerful. It was as if they said, “Here’s our world, come and experience it for yourself. Then, you will understand what we went though.” Cameron Cizek is a junior studying computing.
KOREAN COMMUNICATION GLOBAL CITIZEN n January 2, 2018, North and South Korea started off the new year with military peace talks and other high-level discussions.
Talks between the two countries are especially important because the Korean peninsula is still technically at war. In a statement released by South Korea’s Unification Ministry, they hope to resolve issues through discussion and negotiation for the good of the peninsula. The discussions are taking place at Panmunjom, a village in the Joint Security Area along the heavily fortified border that divides the Korean Peninsula. The talks are not just military themed. A main topic of discussion has been the Winter Olympics, which will be held in Seoul, South Korea starting February 9th. North Korea intended to send a high level delegation as a show of good faith that their goal is the resolvement of the issues at hand. Both sides have expressed interest in certain issues such as reuniting families separated by the border and resuming in-depth military negotiations.
[The news] has been met with a hopeful response from the world as the threat of nuclear warfare has resurfaced.
The news of the two countries’ discussions has been met with a hopeful response from the world as the threat of nuclear warfare has recently resurfaced. Especially after the tensions created from the banter between the North Korean dictator Kim Jung-Un and President Trump last year, this friendly dialogue is what many are hoping will deescalate any tension and lead to resolutions for issues that have been prevalent since the split of the peninsula. North Korea’s interest in being involved with the winter Olympics will hopefully allow for further diplomatic conversation to occur in the future, allowing for more serious matters to be brought up such as denuclearization and other related military tensions.
Budding diplomacy | PC: bbc.com
When it comes to international interactions, especially with countries with nuclear weapons, respect and professionality are of the utmost importance. The trash talk and insults have no place in these interactions, especially when weapons of mass destruction are involved. The last thing anyone needs is a leader getting their feelings hurt and lashing out in retaliation, because the backlash has the potential to harm countless people! Some might say that threats are the only way to deal with a country as dangerous as North Korea, that we have to remain on our toes and ready to attack in case they do anything. I’m
The international community hopes that these peaceful talks continue.
not defending all the terrible things that have been discovered about the regime. Instead I offer these talks between North and South Korea as proof that diplomacy is an effective way to resolve issues without creating any significant risk to the countries involved and their citizens. The international community hopes that these peaceful talks continue and that negotiations can be made for the betterment of not only the Korean people, but for people all around the world. Peaceful negotiation should always be the go-to when it comes to sensitive issues such as the ones surrounding nuclear weapons. Even though we are different from North Korea, exchanging threats can only escalate the situation. With a President as publicly opinionated as ours, peaceful and respectful discussions should take precedence before someone’s finger slips in frustration and begins the nuclear winter that we all made fun of on the internet. https://news.sky.com/story/korea-ahistory-of-the-north-south-split-10449691 https://www.bloomberg.com/news/ articles/2018-01-09/north-korea-talks-setto-begin-in-push-for-peace-during-olympics
Wesley Rodriguez-Diep is a sophomore studying international relations.
GOT PRAYER? HARDLY WORTHY
his Christmas break was revitalizing. It was so relaxing and allowed me to get back up on my feet after a hectic, stressful semester. It’s nice to feel in control again, ready to conquer what’s ahead. It was wonderful to reconnect with my family and grow relationships with my friends. Prayer: it’s an integral part of any relationship with God. Though where and how you pray may be unique to you, it's essential. In Psalms, David mentions prayer repeatedly. He lived in the presence of God, even though he may not have
It's one of the most tangible gifts that we have ... to offer God.
PC: Kasondra Reel
always made the best choices. Daniel and Paul prayed even in the midst of difficult times. Jesus cried out to his Father at his best and worst hours. Noah sought peace from God and uttered meager praise through prayer. Prayer is whispered, spoken, thought and written in the most beautiful and the most vulnerable of situations. We all understand it. We all relate to each other by it and relate ourselves to God through it. It's one of the most tangible gifts that we have to personally offer God. From a young age, my parents instilled the importance of prayer in my little heart. Seeing my parents on the couch with their Bibles and prayer journals open was a constant reminder that seeking time with God was important, just as it's important to maintain relationships with my family and closest friends. I've had people tell me “I'm praying for you” and I've had people ask me for prayer, but I've never completely understood the powerful, physical grip prayer has on the heart of the seeker. My mom has a book called “The Power of a Praying Parent”. During the year, she uses it to pray for me and my brother, using prayers that
address what we have been struggling with during that day or week. Over Christmas break she pulled out the book during worship. She and my dad wanted to pray for us, so individually, she asked me and my brother to flip through the book and find something we wanted prayer for. They each put a hand on us and read our individual prayer to us, together. That may sound strange to some people; it sounded strange to me and took me out of my spiritual comfort zone. But that moment, when, together, they prayed over me, touched me. When I'm aching inside, that moment comes to my mind and my spirit is revived because I know that my parents are praying for me. Now, I know that not everyone has a praying parent, but everyone does have praying people. On more than one occasion, I've requested prayer from a friend, and during their prayer I was moved to tears. Though the act may be uncomfortable, the experience is comforting. Just knowing someone is actively praying for you is enough to provide support on a rough day. Kasondra Reel is a senior studying nursing.
IT’S NOT DOPE TO DOPE YOU HEARD IT HERE LAST think that athletes who get caught doping shouldn’t be allowed to compete again, ever.
more selfishly motivated because it represents a premeditated attempt by a player to gain more skill or strength than they would otherwise have.
I’ve heard numerous arguments for the other side, for leniency and even acceptance of doping in sports, and for a while I actually agreed.
The IOC (International Olympic Committee) seems to agree with me. Since 1968, they’ve stripped a total of 148 medals from athletes caught doping. The majority of these medals have been reallocated to the athletes who would’ve won them had the dopers not participated (aka their rightful owners).
Because doping is so prevalent in all major sports, particularly in individual events, and because there's such a blurred line between what drugs are allowed and what drugs aren’t, it seems futile to attempt to combat drugs in the first place. Take the NFL for example. Players are constantly on a dangerous mixture of painkillers and anti-inflammatory drugs that often violate federal drug laws and regulations. It could be argued that these concoctions can actually be more useful than any steroid, since some players would be unable to play week in and week out without them. So what’s to say that these doctorprescribed competitive aides are any better than steroids, which in many cases are also recommended by doctors and organizational leaders?
I would argue that the difference is intent. Painkillers and drugs like them are used when a player who has already been competing is hurting but wants to continue to help their team/country. Steroid use is often
While this is the right decision in my opinion, it doesn’t right all wrongs. Put yourself, for a minute, in the shoes of a fourth-place Olympic athlete who was awarded a medal long after the games due to the discovery that the bronze medalist had been doping. While you’d probably feel proud of the medal, you certainly wouldn’t experience the same sort of elation that you would have had you won it during the games. Additionally, you likely would have missed out on possible sponsorship deals and other immeasurable gains by not being recognized as a medal winner until long afterwards. Recently, the IOC banned Russia from competing in the upcoming Winter Olympics, while simultaneously creating a provision for Russian athletes (who have not been found guilty of doping) to compete under the Olympic flag, albeit with far stricter drug testing requirements.
summer games as well, given the fact that doping is a much larger issue in events such as athletics (track and field) and weightlifting (each account for about a third of total stripped medals all time).
Year in and year out, new athletes test positive in one sport or another.
Still, the fact that Russia’s anthem and flag will be missing from the games is, I’m sure, a blow to the country’s ego. Only time will tell if it was enough to prevent future doping. The bottom line is, what’s been done so far in sports hasn’t been enough. Year in and year out, new athletes test positive in one sport or another. That’s why I think dopers shouldn’t ever be let back in. Because they know what they’re doing is wrong, they’re aware of the repercussions and they continue to do it. And in my opinion, cheating defeats the purpose of sports altogether. The only way to truly win is to know that you deserved it.
Given the fact that Russia has been stripped of four times as many medals as the next-closest country, and given that they’ve been found guilty of sponsoring the use of performance enhancing drugs in athletics, it seems that this decision is more than fair. In fact, I would argue that this ban ought to be extended to the next
Tyler Dean is a junior studying business administration.
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ello, Union College Family,
and meaningful way. I don’t know every single person here, but I am always surprised at how many people I’m able to greet by name as I walk around campus.
This past weekend I was struck by an emotion that I initially had a hard time describing. I was walking across campus on a surprisingly warm Friday afternoon and observed people passing between buildings after classes. I had a moment where I paused and was overwhelmed by gratitude for the opportunities and experiences I’ve had and continue to have here at Union.
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UPCOMING MAJOR EVENTs! February 3
ASB Splash for Cash
January 31 -
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Gabriel Flechas is a junior studying business & engineering.
As we start into this semester, I want you to know how important you are to making this campus a special place. I hope your semester is filled with good
I’ve learned that every single person on this campus makes up a vital piece of this experience we call “Union College Culture”. With only three semesters left, I am striving to be intentional in cherishing the people I get to share this collegiate experience with.
Where else in this world can I go and truly say that I feel connected to literally hundreds of people in a deep
Union is truly a special place. It’s not located somewhere exotic. It’s not a massive university with thousands of students. There’s nothing particularly spectacular about how the campus looks. I realized this past Friday afternoon that it’s not about where I physically am that’s so unique. Union is special because of the people who bring it to life.
Rarely am I able to go anywhere on campus without greeting at least one person and getting drawn into an actual conversation. “How’re you?” “How was that test?” “How was your weekend?” “What’s new?” I find myself leaving these conversations with a smile on my face and feeling refreshed.
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times, good friends and good coffee. May you daily find the motivation you need to push through your studies and still find time left to seize the day.
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