Political Engagement and the 8KQ

The race to the presidency is heating up between Republican and Democratic candidates, with Ted Cruz the recent winner of the Republican caucus in Iowa and Hillary Clinton leading in the polls for the Democratic Party. Some of the reported top issues of this year’s presidential election include: abortion, gun ownership, immigration, healthcare, and public education standards. Another emerging topic in the debates has been the environment, and how we can make the switch to clean, renewable, and affordable energy. Read more about these critical topics here. Continue reading

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Should Ethics be a Criteria for Getting into College?

There are a lot of important factors that determine whether or not you’re accepted to college: grades, test scores, extracurricular activities, and supporting materials like recommendations or personal statements. These are all ways high schoolers can demonstrate their potential as a star student, the kind of student that universities are looking for. Richard Weissbourd, a child and family psychologist who lectures at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education, has realized that the list is missing one majorly important aspect: ethics. Continue reading

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Respect Madison

Last semester as I walked along the Quad, I noticed more and more bricks disappearing. Hazardous holes in the walkways were roped off with caution tape. The sections of the sidewalk that were still intact were dangerous to walk on – many of the bricks were wobbly and loose due to the attempts of students to steal them.Respect Madison Continue reading

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Martin Luther King Week: Honoring His Memory and His Message

Everyone at JMU knows about Martin Luther King Day – this week started off with no classes on Monday, to celebrate the man who was an inspiration to millions during the 1960s Civil Rights Movement. The university has expanded this holiday into a week-long remembrance of Dr. King’s efforts and the progress in achieving human equality that has been made since then. The theme of this week is: “Injustice Anywhere is a Threat to Justice Everywhere.” Continue reading

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The Deportation of Veterans and Soldiers

Life in the military is full of complex moral decisions that must be deftly managed every single day. From the generals who advise the president on matters of strategy and foreign policy to the privates who engage in combat and peacekeeping operations far from home, all members of the armed forces have obligations that are rooted in their training and ethical reasoning capabilities. The decisions they execute and the actions they take require the greatest sacrifices; as a nation, we do our best to show gratitude to these brave patriots, but what happens if service members aren’t U.S. citizens? Continue reading

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