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SWINGING BRIDGE MESSIAH COLLEGE//THE PULSE

Vol. 95 // ED. 3 // October 16, 2014

Emma Watson

PULSE SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT see page 16

Raises HeForShe Debate with

UN Speech

Photo provided by Storify Emma Watson’s UN speech has garnered much interest and varying opinions on the topic of gender equality.

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By Olivia La Bianca STUDENT WRITER

n Sept. 20, British actress Emma Watson made her debut as a United Nations Women’s Global Goodwill Ambassador with a speech calling for gender equality as part of launching the HeForShe campaign. HeForShe is described on the website as, “a solidarity movement for gender

equality that brings together one half of humanity in support of the other half of humanity, for the benefit of all.” To date, 170,799 men have pledged to help the gender equality movement on the HeForShe website, with the United States taking the lead with over 48,000 men. Despite this seemingly swift adoption, the campaign has garnered controversial opinions.

“I am reaching out to you because we need your help,” Watson began her call to action. “We want to end gender inequality, and to do this, we need everyone involved.” She went on to state that HeForShe’s UN mission was to, “galvanize as many men and boys as possible to be advocates for change.” This focus on men as

HONG KONG

STUDENTS PROTEST FOR DEMOCRACY By Maddie Crocenzi STUDENT WRITER

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ccording to recent CNN reports, students in Hong Kong have been holding pro-democracy protests since Sept. 28 throughout the streets of the city. Two students, 17-year-old Joshua Wong and 24-year-old Alex Chow, are leading the protests. They have been holding demonstrations in heavily trafficked areas of the city such as Mong Kok and the Admirality district. The protests are due to a new policy that gives Beijing the power to veto chief executive candidates in the 2017 election. The students are also asking for the resignation of current chief executive C.Y. Leung. According to the protestors, Leung is only “a puppet of Beijing.” At a press conference, the Hong Kong Federation of Students said they had met with three government represen// Continued on page 4

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Animal Alliance Club Comes to Messiah

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By Tara Kleinmanns STUDENT WRITER

o you foster a love for animals and a desire for service? If so, one of the newest clubs on campus may just be the place for you.

mals. In addition, they give people practical ways to help animals and raise awareness of their importance.

The Animal Alliance Club made its debut on campus just this year. They help connect students to unique service opportunities where they can work alongside both people and animals.

“Even if we can’t make everyone care, we hope to educate and at least implement motions to help take care of these beautiful creatures that God created,” said sophomore Lauren Spreen, one of the founders of the club.

The purpose of the club is to educate people on the importance of ani-

The club was created simply out of a common passion for animals. Ac-

White House Action on Student Debt

Importance of Chapel

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cording to Spreen, “[The founders] have a huge passion for animals. Whether it be dogs, cats, cows, or anything else, we all had this strong passion to protect as well as show love toward these beautiful creatures.” Members of the club can look forward to future events that include volunteering at local shelters, hear// Continued on page 4

Commentary: Black Jesus comes to TV

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Photo provided by Xaume Olleros Two students hold signs during the Hong Kong student protests.

Homecoming Brings Past, Present Falcons into Action pg. 9 pg. 15

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