September 8, 2010
“You can plan a pretty picnic, but you can’t predict the weather!”
–Ms. Jackson, Outkast
This blog is in dire need of updating! So…HELLO, AGAIN. It’s been a couple of months since I’ve checked up. I’ve had some time to collect myself. The recession has indeed had palpable affects on the American people. Albeit an American by way of naturalization, I am a prime example of what the situation has forced many young adults to become: out-of-school, out-of-work, bored and broke consumers. Smh. The economic fiasco “hit young people especially hard,” according to USA Today. The piece also included irritating statistics that showed how times were once oh-so-good to us youngin’s.
Only 47.6% of people ages 16 to 24 had jobs in August, the lowest level since the government began keeping track in 1948, according to the Labor Department. By Comparison, 62.8% of that age group was employed in August 2000.
–USA Today, Sept. 7, 2010, “Driest spell yet for summer work”
That’s just pathetic!
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April 15, 2009
From my inbox this afternoon…
Sent: Wednesday, April 15, 2009 1:48 PM
Subject: FORMAL NOTICE: Message from the Chancellor: Free Speech at Carolina
I want to express how disappointed I am in what happened last night when former Congressman Tom Tancredo wasn’t able to speak when a protest got out of hand, and our Department of Public Safety had to take action.
Congressman Tancredo felt threatened and left without making his remarks.
Mr. Tancredo was scheduled to speak about immigration. We expect protests about controversial subjects at Carolina. That’s part of our culture. But we also pride ourselves on being a place where all points of view can be expressed and heard. There’s a way to protest that respects free speech and allows people with opposing views to be heard.
Here that’s often meant that groups protesting a speaker have displayed signs or banners, silently expressing their opinions while the speaker had his or her say. That didn’t happen last night.
On behalf of our University community, I called Mr. Tancredo today to apologize for how he was treated. In addition, our Department of Public Safety is investigating this incident. They will pursue criminal charges if any are warranted. Our Division of Student Affairs is also investigating student involvement in the protest. If that investigation determines sufficient evidence, participating students could face Honor Court proceedings.
Carolina’s tradition of free speech is a fundamental part of what has made this place special for more than 200 years. Let’s recommit ourselves to that ideal.
This email is sponsored by: Office of the Chancellor
April 5, 2008
What is this?! At my age, there’s a weird stigma associated with bloggers, and blogging itself. Only emos or people who have too much time on their hands parttake in this bizzare, sometimes daily, activity. I just signed up, even though I sympathize with that notion, because I’m trying to branch out and and see what new different communication technologies have to offer, already being overly active on Facebook and everything. Plus, Anton Zuiker came to the “Current Issues in Mass Comm.” class and shared his blog, www.mistersugar.com, along with benefits of having a blog. Hundreds of people will sign on and read what random, pointless, ordinary or brilliant things I have to say :), over others’ mundane thoughts. I’m not being…emo, or anything. Anyway, let’s see where this will take me…
Yay! My first post is up! It’s SATURDAY NIGHT at UNC!!! AND WE’RE GOING TO KILLLLLL KANSAS TONIGHT!!!