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Burn Them

Burn Them

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I am throwing up through my nostrils because I had one scoop of ice cream after dinner. It’s not pretty. I was once an ugly girl. I was oddly tall, chubby, and awkward for years. I still feel the repercussions everyday, and when I am being shallow, when I am obsessing over image, know that I am fighting the results of a society preoccupied with the sexualized female image. I have been fighting for years.

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Trojan Women

Trojan Women Take the Stage to Tell a Story with Modern Parallels

Trojan Women, written in 415 BC by Euripides, focuses on the trials of the women left behind in Troy during the Trojan War. Hecuba, queen of Troy, Cassandra, her daughter and a tribe of other women have lost their husbands, homes and luxuries, only to become slaves of an opposing Greek force. Filled with themes of death, loss and mourning, the Greek tragedy strikes an uncanny parallel with worldly tragedies occurring today, such as the Syrian refugee crisis.

For the past five years, bans of terrorists have spread throughout Syria, destroying homes, murdering citizens and enslaving women of their liking. This past October, there was a feature on 60 Minutes, during which Bill Whitacre informed his audience on the Syrian crisis. The information that Whitacre shared helps shed light on the connection between Trojan Women and this international crisis.

“The war in Syria has taken the lives of almost a half-million people, leveled entire cities and created the largest refugee crisis since the end of World War II,” Whitacre reported. Those that flee to neighboring countries, like Jordan, to register for the UN to gain passage to the United States endure harsh questioning and discrimination. Whitacre continued, “[Their] irises are scanned to establish their identity. Less than one percent will get that chance.” A mass genocide is happening before our very eyes, and in Trojan Women, that destructive, violent, 'necessary' genocide is literally manifesting itself before you.

Much like Syrian immigrant women, Hecuba and her newly found sisters create art together to express their emotions, purge their fears and anxieties and bond with one another to make life somewhat more pleasurable. Kelly Vaghenas, an artist, often observes refugee women sketching and engaging in other forms of visual art. Cassandra, Hecuba and even Helen use movement, dance, music and spoken word to communicate their sorrows, wants, needs and concerns.

As Vaghenas powerfully explained, “What can humans cling to in such desolation? The things that make us human. We have the ability to feel and express and create.”

Trojan Women will open Thursday, April 27th on the main stage in the theater on BSC's campus. If you would like to hear more about the play, there will be a Provost Forum Tuesday, April 25th during common hour in the theater auditorium.

Feature photo via Stephanie Lee

Never Trump

Why I'm With Her and Why You Should Be Too

By now, most voters have heard the misogynistic remarks Donald Trump made in the video released by NBC and the numerous credible allegations of sexual harassment and sexual assault that have been leveled against him since that video’s release. Even if you are willing to overlook Trump’s evident lack of basic morality, though you should not, the argument for his candidacy is weak at best. Trump has done more to undermine American democracy and damage international security than any presidential candidate in our history.

In the second debate, Trump threatened to jail his political opponent, should he win the election, which is behavior more characteristic of a dictator than a presidential nominee. Trump has whined that the presidential election, in addition to the Emmys, is “rigged” against him. He has also warned his supporters to watch for voter fraud, even though there have only been 31 verified cases of voter fraud out of the last billion votes cast in America. These false claims threaten the peaceful transfer of power that our democracy has enjoyed for the last 240 years and undermines the electorate’s faith in the legitimacy of our elections.

A Trump presidency would also threaten America’s security. He has indicated that he would allow countries like Saudi Arabia to acquire nuclear weapons, and his loose approach to nuclear proliferation would exponentially increase the risk of terrorists acquiring nuclear weapons and put us at risk of nuclear war. Trump’s desire to withdraw from international trade agreements, if implemented, will increase the prices of imported goods. He has even suggested abandoning our NATO allies to Russian aggression and has invited Russia to commit espionage against the United States. Trump’s business entanglements in the Middle East, Asia and Russia would make it impossible for him to conduct his presidency without unprecedented conflicts of interest, which we do not even know about because Trump will not release his tax returns.

It is easy for voters to make character judgements. They reflect negatively on both major party candidates. Hillary Clinton is a flawed candidate, but her shortcomings are not disqualifying like those of Donald Trump. She is easily the most experienced and qualified candidate to ever seek the presidency, and her detailed policy proposals will benefit nearly every American. Her plan to make public college tuition free for middle class Americans and to allow college graduates to refinance their federal loans should be one of the most important voting issues for millennials. In this election, we should not vote on the basis of the candidates’ personalities but in favor of the policies that will positively impact our lives. The contrast between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump on questions of morality, temperament and policy could not be clearer. That is why I’m with her.

Limousine Liberalism

The Case Against Hillary Clinton

If Americans elect Hillary Clinton as President, they will make history—for Mrs. Clinton represents a nearly unprecedented level of corruption, incompetence and arrogant liberalism.

Secretary Clinton and her husband represent a form of sneering cultural liberalism that aggravate millions of Americans who turn to populism to channel their anger. She proudly looks down her nose at millions of ordinary Americans and labels them a “basket of deplorables” for wanting to uphold traditional values. Mrs. Clinton’s disdain for average citizens manifests itself in a plan for a top-down bureaucratic state. Hillary’s vision for America mimics her own lifestyle—she seems to envision a nation run by a tiny intellectual elite in urban D.C. and New York. She yearns for a nation ruled by parasitic oligarchs who made their wealth off the public teat—just as she and her husband did.

The Clintons left the White House “dead broke.” Within a few years, they boasted a collective net worth of $111 million. While some of this came from their popular memoirs, much came from the speaking circuit—on which Secretary Clinton sold her political soul. For $225,000 a speech, Mrs. Clinton developed different “public and private” positions on issues such as banking and trade. Based on her comments to Goldman Sachs, the agenda of the likely next President of the United States is for sale. She has put the future of our nation on the auction block for the triangle of greed—an unholy alliance between Big Banks, Big Labor and Big Government.

Her fans point to Hillary’s lengthy record of public service as a rejoinder to these arguments. Yet aside from making her uniquely unsuited to lead a nation hungering for fresh ideas, her record exposes her lack of accomplishment. Americans may remember her time as First Lady for her failed health care plan that empowered bureaucrats over families. She spent her time as Senator focused on running for President, not passing legislation. And she bears the ignominious title of perhaps the least accomplished, least successful Secretary of State in the post-Cold War era. Her time in that position saw the rise of ISIS, the expansion of revanchist Russia and the disastrous overthrow of Libya’s Gaddafi. When asked what her greatest accomplishment was, Secretary Clinton points to flying thousands of miles. To paraphrase Carly Fiorina, traveling is an activity, not an accomplishment.

Yes, if the American people elect Hillary Clinton President, it will be a historic moment. They will hand the forces of corrupt limousine liberalism and tired leftist internationalism an unprecedented victory.