SWINGING BRIDGE MESSIAH COLLEGE//THE PULSE
Discussion Continues at Messiah By Miranda Ruiz PULSE NEWS EDITOR
essiah students were able to discuss the aftermath of the grand jury decision in the death of Michael Brown at the “What’s Going on in Ferguson: Part 2” Open Council alternate chapel hosted by the Multicultural Council on Dec. 3. It was the second part of an alternate chapel series designed for students to openly speak about what is going on in Ferguson, Mo. concerning the death of Michael Brown at the hands of former officer Darren Wilson.
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Photo by The Pulse The Beat cover designed by senior studio art major Bo Williams.
NEW Student Magazine Hits Newsstands By Myriam Pedercini STUDENT WRITER
n Dec. 11, the premier issue of The Beat, a student founded magazine, will be distributed on campus. Creators Corinne Elliott, Megan E. Bloom, Miranda Ruiz, and Olivia La Bianca are senior journalism majors who believed there was a need for a magazine publication on campus after attending the Messiah College Philadelphia Campus. The Beat has a strong student-focused mission which is showcased through
At the event, student leaders from various organizations on campus presented a series of video clips from television news outlet CNN, covering a multitude of topics from initial reactions after the jury’s decision to not indict Wilson to the prospect of narratives tailored to black and white audiences. Students were given the floor in order to voice their opinion on questions posed by the panel of discussion leaders. The first video focused on Reverend Willis Johnson, a pastor from a church in Ferguson, who has been a major part of the conversation since the beginning of the ordeal. Johnson expressed his disdain and disappointment with the final verdict on the case and many students agreed with the pastors sentiments. One person said, “I found it typical...with how people are taking it, to me, it didn’t seem like something he’d be punished for.” Another said, “It really did not surprise me. It’s a shame that that’s the case, but the result did not surprise me at all.” At least one person was surprised with the verdict but ultimately agreed with the others saying, “I did believe that there was a big chance for the officer to be indicted, so I was shocked... What did they not use in their decision that allowed him to walk free? I thought he would at least get reprimanded in a serious way but he just walked away like nothing happened.”
the various groups on campus who are represented in the magazine. It is artistic and collaborative, with an intentional look at campus life incorporated into the magazine as well. The stories also featured aspects of faith: Christianity is deeply prevalent within the features stories and devotional pieces. Bloom, the Senior Editor, said she is, “excited about the students having another publication that they can be excited for.”
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After the group was asked what they thought about how the prosecutors handled the case some students spoke up, “The jury’s job was not to find innocence or guilt, it was their job to find reason for intent. I was flabbergasted when I found that out.” Another person agreed and said that they were impressed and thankful that the jury took so much time to deliberate over the findings of the case. The conversation switched when a couple of CNN news segments were shown on the impact of the media coverage on Ferguson. Opinions on whether the media was doing their job correctly or not varied within the room. A student said, “When it comes to the media I think they are many parts. The media does exactly what we want them to. I don’t think people realize that, but we are attracted to the violence...I think they’re doing their job in feeding people what they want.” On the other side of the spectrum, someone said, “I think the fact should not be on the blame game but on how we should move forward.” Yet another person expressed, “The peace protests were there and no one listened to them.” Conversations like these are happening not only at Messiah but nationally as well, President Barack Obama has extended the dialogue on the case based on the continued unrest in the city of Ferguson and in other cities around the U.S. According to the New York Post, Obama has issued a $75 million, 6-month pilot program for police officers in Washington D.C. to wear body cameras to record their interactions with civilians. Obama said, “There is a big difference between our military and our local law enforcement and we don’t want those lines blurred” according to the New York Post. There will be continued communication on the effects of Ferguson on communities around the United States within the White House.
“The Beat is an outlet for art, creative thinking, and open-mindedness, being able to display the talent that is here on campus…having average everyday students being able to have their poetry, their short story, photography, their art on display,” Bloom adds. “Having a focus on art and lifestyle is something that can be really relative to anybody.”
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YIK YAK ATTACK Recent Controversy Surrounding the Popular Anonymous App By Olivia La Bianca STUDENT WRITER
efore Thanksgiving Break, students began noticing that the social media app Yik Yak was blocked on the Messiah network. While students are familiar with the college network filtering websites that do not fall within “accordance with college policy”, blocking a social media app was a college first. Messiah College was a target of a Yik Yak threat this past September. Upper Allen Township police were alerted to an anonymous shooting threat and Boyer Hall, the building in question, was closely monitored until the app poster was identified. More recently, the Facebook terrorism case involving a former Messiah student served as what the chair of crisis management Kathie Shafer called “an unfortunate reminder of the consequences that can occur when social media is used irresponsibly and without judgment or respect for others”. These events have heightened the school’s awareness to the harmful potential of social media sites and resulted in enhanced network filters. Is Messiah College upholding the values of the Community Covenant by banning the app, or is it infringing upon students’ rights to free speech and access to information? Is it an overreaction or a necessary precaution? These are questions which school campuses across the United States have had to contend with since the introduction of Yik Yak to the social media sphere. // Continued on page 3
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