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Higher Education and Recent News: Net Neutrality, Tax Bill, Travel Ban

The news can be overwhelming – sources with different pieces of information, opposing opinions, and topics that people do not have the time or energy to keep up with. The best practice to keep oneself informed is to make it relatable to where one is in life. The following are three topics that have been seen frequently in the news and their implication on students in higher education: Net Neutrality “Net neutrality” is the idea that all web content should be treated equally by internet service providers, without extra charge…

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There Is a Purpose – Avenue Q in Review

pictured above:  Kate Monster (Jessica Fair) and Princeton (Joshua Woodward) talking together Today’s world is full of controversy and lacks discussion. Many pointed issues, either on Capitol Hill or around one’s dinner table, are talked about but not resolved. At times, news reports and media messages seem bleak and there is a little conversation to fix it. In spite of this, the Wilmington College Theatre Department made bold strokes when they took matters into their own hands by starting a conversation with Avenue Q. Avenue Q is one of the…

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Freedom Center Field Trip Provides Insight for Race, Gender and Ethnicity Course

On Thursday, November 2nd, Ursula McTaggart’s Intro to Race, Gender, and Ethnicity class went on a field trip to Cincinnati’s Freedom Center. The Freedom Center is located in the center of downtown Cincinnati and explains the many aspects of the underground railroad. Ursula says, “I chose the Freedom Center because of student interest and I think the history of southwest Ohio is important for the abolitionist movement. I also think it is extremely useful to see visual representations of the things we have been learning about regarding slavery in class.”…

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WC the first Midwest campus to pass a Refugee Support Resolution

Over the past weekend, Wilmington’s own Amnesty International Chapter attended the Midwest Regional Conference that was held in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. While the whole group was not able to attend, five members drove and represented Wilmington and what the organization had accomplished on campus. On October 25th, Amnesty had officially passed a resolution on campus stating that Wilmington “declared its support for the resettlement of refugees no matter their religion, race, nationality or country, or origin…” With the Student Government Association’s (SGA) approval, Wilmington is the first campus in the Midwest…

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DNA Discussion About Respecting the Flag

Tuesday, October 17, the DNA had a discussion about respecting the flag and what it has to do with the NFL. They had several guest speakers, retired veterans and teachers who taught at Wilmington. Those in attendance included Arc Brooks, the first multicultural affairs director, three retired veterans, and campus staff. “This is an organism not an organization. I feel like if we say it’s a club or group, not many people are going to want to be in it or feel included.” – Chip Murdock Chip Murdock, Advisor of…

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Have Treats, Not Tricks!!

Halloween night was always so much fun as a kid. Children walk around with their siblings and parents, dressed in cute costumes, collecting a variety of candies to fill their candy bags. The only downfall of Halloween night was walking up to a house with no candy, or a house with odd treats. According to http://www.eonline.com, here are a few ways to not disappoint on Halloween night. 1.People that are home need to pass out candy. 2. Decorate or turn on a light to let the trick or treaters now…

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Interactive Passages Game Opens Eyes to Lives of Refugees

On October 10th, Wilmington College held their annual Westheimer Peace Symposium with the theme “Welcoming the Other.” The idea for the Symposium was to bring knowledge to students about all aspects of refugees and immigrants in hopes of making students more accepting. Classes were cancelled throughout the whole day and instead there were events around campus that students could attend. One of these events was called “Passages”, a game simulation in which students became refugees for three hours. Over the course of these three hours, students were placed into families,…

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Wilmington College Sends Support for Hurricane Victims

Two hurricanes have occurred in recent news and have affected lives around the whole globe. Hurricane Harvey, an extremely destructive Atlantic hurricane, affected the states of Texas and Louisiana heavily throughout the end of August. Hurricane Irma, the most intense Atlantic hurricane to strike the United States in over a decade, affected the Caribbean and the state of Florida heavily throughout the beginning of September. Student Lauren Collier reached out on the WC app, asking “if people can hold my family and friends in the light…in Florida right now as Irma…

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Date rape activist Katie Koestner to speak at Wilmington College

On Monday, September 18, Katie Koestner, the first date rape survivor to speak out nationally and the founder of the Take Back the Night Foundation, will be speaking at Wilmington College about student safety on college campuses. Katie brought her story forward in the early 1990s at age eighteen and has been a leader in the movement to end sexual violence ever since. Her testimony on Capitol Hill was instrumental in the passage of federal student safety legislation. Katie will be relating key facts and statistics weaved with personal anecdotes…

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President Trump Releases Tax Plan

Just days before his 100th day in office, President Donald Trump released his administration’s tax reform proposal.  For individuals, the 7 tax bracket system will be reduced to three brackets of 10 percent, 25 percent, and 35 percent. Describing the plan’s details, Director of the National Economic Council Gary Cohn states that “a married couple won’t pay any taxes on the first $24,000 of income they earn” (para.8). In addition, the plan includes tax breaks for child care as well as for care of elderly dependents.  For corporations, the income…

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