To The Liberal Arts Student

To The Liberal Arts Student

It is not all fun and games.

I was once told my major is a joke. Okay, that is not exactly what he meant and after many fights later we have gotten over it, but still it affected me. The collegial world seems to have this stigma about majors involving liberal arts. It is not taken seriously. It is not concrete, and that has evoked fear in people so they simply say it is not a real major.

Majors like math, science, business- they are all concrete. They are surrounded my numbers, evidence, proof. There are people out there in the world who cannot believe in something they do not have evidence of. It is cognitively impossible for them to look at writing, art, music as real because there is nothing concrete about the arts. It is up for interpretation, it is abstract. Liberal arts majors, you are what make this world beautiful. You are what give us variety, culture. While our studies may not be concrete, they are beautiful. Our music, art, writing is an interpretation of our minds and hearts and that is something that could never be concrete, and I think that is brilliant.

We are the passion in the world. Typically someone who goes into liberal arts has the largest passion for their career path. That makes you great at your job. A passion, in my opinion, is the greatest thing in this life you can have. We all know the rush of finishing a project, looking at it, and thinking "it is great." We all have this certain high we get when we are perfecting our craft. That high is better than anything in this world, when the adrenaline hits there is nothing like it. Passion is the most important aspect.

We have to read instructors more than anyone else. Because what we do is not concrete, we have to analyze how the instructor operates by day two. This makes our classes harder to an extent. Because while you may hate bears, your instructor is obsessed with bears so you have to create this piece about bears. It is draining having to do projects you do not necessarily like, but yet he likes bears so he will get bears and I will get an A.

So to anyone who does think a liberal arts joke is a joke: you are wrong. It is not a joke, it is a blessing to have found a passion in this world that I love. I am not some starving artist who has no idea what I am going to do with my life. I have a plan, and chances are I will make more than you at the end of the day. When you have a career you love, you will never work a day in your life. That will ring true in my life, can you say the same?

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Illinois Republicans Just Gave A Neo-Nazi A Major Platform

As if having a raging racist for President isn't enough.
views defines a neo-Nazi as a person who belongs to a political organization whose beliefs are inspired or reminiscent of Nazism. We learned about Nazis in school; they were the notorious villains of the story who came to life in a terrible, disgusting way. We learned their absolute hatred for any other race besides their own, insomuch that they murdered those they hated.

It is always a bit of a surprise to me that people who believe in this kind of hatred still exist today, simply because it seems impossible to hate someone that much. Yet society is still plagued with them, and in the wake of Donald Trump’s election, they’ve been given a microphone to express their views.

The villains that many minorities fear and continue to fear are alive and well, spreading their narrative around like wildfire, destroying everything they come in touch with.

And Illinois just made one of them extremely comfortable in one of the most powerful state positions.

70-year-old Arthur Jones became the Republican nominee for Congress in Illinois on Wednesday, upsetting many who had vehemently campaigned against his placement. Tim Schneider, the Illinois Republican Party chairman seemed to have fought the hardest, saying Jones isn’t a “real Republican” but rather a “Nazi whose disgusting, bigoted views have no place in our nation’s discourse”.

While Jones disregarded the accusations of being a Nazi, he has been an active participant in the white nationalist movement for years. He ran for mayor of Milwaukee with the National Socialist White People’s Party and runs a campaign website that features a page that disregards the Holocaust completely.

While many continue to make excuses for Trump and his entirely questionable feelings toward minorities, Jones is a Nazi through and through.

Allowing a Nazi into a position of power like Congress invites many dangerous ideals and actions into society, similar to the rise in White nationalism following Trump’s win.

After Trump’s win in the Presidential Election, hate groups have increased by four percent and white supremacist terrorism has seemed to have erupted. The largest white supremacist demonstration, Charlottesville, brought terror to minorities as it seemed the villians were trying to “take back their country”. Trump has not only refused to denounce ties with white supremacists such as former Klan leader David Duke, but has also had the audacity to surround himself with advisors that have direct ties to radicalism.

Whether you choose to see it or not, almost every shooter that has destroyed communities of schools and concert goers was a white nationalist seeking to somehow purify America. The second you hear about a shooting or a homeland terrorism attack, the first thought that pops into your head is a white nationalist.

Giving yet another Nazi a massive platform to continue to spread this kind of hatred will make things worse. We step back into a history that offers no mercy for minorities, a history that seeks to purify the natural diversity of human nature.

While nearly everyone agrees Nazis are bad news, not everyone agrees to truly recognize it. We’ve become a society that shames those who simply want validation and equal treatment. We disregard it as over-the-top and too much to ask for.

The only way to fight this hatred is recognizing what is going on and taking action about it. Don’t elect neo-Nazis, for one, and don’t perpetuate the narrative that they are harmless. Choose to love, choose to be good, fight the better fight. It’s really not that hard if you put your mind to it.

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You Shouldn't Take Part In March For Our Lives, And Here's Why

You’ll be surprised why.

There are zero reasons. We are marching for gun reform to ensure that everyone in this country is kept safe and that another tragedy like the Parkland shooting never happens again. 17 lives were lost which is 17 too many.

Please take part in history and march on March 24th. Be part of the change. In the meantime sign the petition, call your local legislators, and whatever you do, don’t stop talking about it.

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