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USPS, I Guess Our Notice Of Mail Delay Got Lost In Transit?

The USPS will be suspending deliveries today in honor of President Bush's death.

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If you haven't already heard by now, the USPS will be suspending deliveries today in honor of President Bush's death. Now, I understand that this Bush did make an impact on our nation, I don't quite understand why now all of a sudden we as a society are doing this instead of implementing other tasks that would stand out more. I also don't think that this was properly communicated to everyone, I actually just found out about this news yesterday and it didn't become a trending topic from my knowledge compared to Bush's death.

President Bush was a very influential man, so I do think that other activities that could be on the same playing field as suspending deliveries would be to include more TV specials on how Bush contributed to our world as president. I think this would be more beneficial because it will allow millennials and baby boomers to watch the footage of him throughout the years and to get a better understanding of who he was outside of being president.

I also think that it would be better and more impactful for schools around the nation to include a recent chapter update of presidents and what they did in the past as well as the present because that will help future generations to truly grasp who is and has led our nation.

I found out about Bush's death later on Friday, so I was in the loop a little bit of his death and how everyone was reacting to the news. However, I was not aware of this news for the suspended deliveries that were going to happen in honor of him.

This news should have been out on other platforms online other than the news platforms because sometimes it is hard to see what is trending when it is only in one place. If it would have been more well known, websites for online shopping that we USPS would've been able to put on prior on their website that they wouldn't be receiving their packages until later.

My point is that if we are going to continue to do this in the future, we should not only think about what we should add to our society but as a whole, we should be connected about what is happening in our world with topics such as these. I do think that we will keep up with each other better in the future if we do this.

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Just Because You Can Throw A Ball Does Not Mean Your Rape Is Admissible

Why are university athletes more likely to commit sexual assault?

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I wish rape didn't seep into every sphere of my life. But, like ink, it has.

Interpersonally, my childhood friend was gang-raped by members of the University of North Texas basketball team. As uncovered in an investigation, her circumstances were not isolated, unlike what it says in UNT's initial statement. I am proud to know my friend. I am proud to stand with her. However, I am ashamed at the situation and the commonness of her suffering among students just like me, on college campuses.

Politically, Betsy DeVos, Secretary of Education, promotes new fortifications for students accused of sexual assault. Basically, the rules would reduce the legal classification of harassment while offering protections for those accused of wrongdoing. In my emotions, I firmly believe in the American ideal of being "innocent until proven guilty". However, even in a crime so entrenched in emotions, I must look at facts. Facts say that the falsification rate of rape is the same as most other crimes, somewhere around 5%. Therefore, I believe that DeVos' proposal would tilt investigations in favor of the committer and significantly lessen the number of victims who would have the assurance to come forward and tell his/her story. In a campus-setting, where 1 in 5 women and 1 in 16 men are sexually assaulted, her "solution" adds gasoline to a country-wide fire.

Educationally, Brock Turner, a swimmer at Stanford University received just six months in county jail after being found guilty of five felonies, all of which amount to him raping an unconscious woman behind a dumpster. In defense of the light sentence, the judge said, "the more time (Turner spends) in jail, the more severe impact" on his future, who wanted to go to the Olympics. Never mind the future of the victim.

First off, rape culture, a sociological concept in which sexual assault is pervasive and normalized, exists. And while it exists everywhere, I can only speak with any authority on the campus setting, where hook-up culture is both catalyzed and camouflaged. Here, the area that needs the most treatment is in the locker room, on the court, or on the field.

Student athletes are proportionally the greatest perpetrators of sexual misconduct.

While a tiny 3% of male students are athletes, male student athletes are responsible for almost a fifth of sexual assaults on campus. And that is just the events that are reported, (just so you know, about 3 out of 4 go unreported). However, the NCAA has no policy that lessens a student's athletic eligibility in the face of sexually violent behavioral patterns. If you have allowed these numbers to simmer in your mind, you can see that this is unacceptable.

Why are university athletes more likely to commit sexual assault?

Most experts make cultural and institutional arguments.

Culturally, student athletes are not seen as "normal" students – rather, they provide a service to the college. Where most students get something from the college, student athletes give to the college, and we should be so lucky to have them grace us with their presence. It is a part of the status quo: high-status students on campus are athletes, especially males who play the most popular sports, like football, basketball, or baseball. These students carry social privilege.

Obviously, athletes are not naturally ethically worse than other students. I am simply saying that absolutely no one is immune to the culture that surrounds him/her, and we have a weird culture.

On average, athletes are more likely than other students on campus to buy into the cross-cultural concept of robust masculinity, which, in extreme cases, can lead to increased sexual aggression. Don't just take it from a non-athlete like me. Even Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, an NBA champion and a former UCLA basketball player, declared the cultural privilege from which he benefited.

"I'm especially aware of the culture of entitlement that athletes feel... they strut around campus with the belief that they can do no wrong."

I am not going to sugarcoat the point that we all know well: football players are comparable to celebrities on campus, which has dangerous implications for a certain untouchability in mindsets.

Institutionally, colleges are as inclined to protect the perpetrator over non-athletic peers. A Senate report concluded that administrators tend to do three actions to protect their athletes, and therefore, their brand.

1. Higher-ups at the school discourage victims from reporting to police outside of the university. In this method, they let the campus police "handle it" and not report to less-biased city forces.

2. Admins downplay an assault's severity, making it less 'criminal', more unintentional and of an event to "move on from".

3. The athletic department can work with the administration and strategically delay proceedings while athletes finish their season.

If these three things are not enough as far as systemic ethical transgressions go, when athletes are found responsible for sexual assault, they may face small consequences.

Just to pull an infamous example from my home state of Texas, Baylor University continues to wrestle with how to deal with battery; I don't need to go over the sheer amount of claims that they were conscious and compliant to most allegations of assault involving their student-athletes.

So, not only is our mindset messed up, but the administration who is supposed to protect us is similarly bungled.

Obviously, athletes are not bad people, only people that are subject to their environment and protected by their talent. But crime is crime. The unnamed victim of Brock Turner said it well as she argued that being "an athlete at a university should not be an entitlement to leniency, but an opportunity to send a message that sexual assault is against the law" no matter your status.

Throwing a ball does not make someone above the rules.

Yes, I realize that my words have become trite. Scary articles, documentaries, and books about the sheer magnitude of sexual crime in college abound. But I see my seemingly-repetitive diction more as a reflection of our fallen collegiate system, rather than of myself.

With my article, I only ask that you keep fighting for victims like my childhood friend, for the classmate who sits next to you in lecture, for yourself. This institutional and social discrepancy of "athletics above all else" happens at more universities than I had the breath to mention.

Your first step is taking a searing examination at the failure of American universities to grapple successfully with campus rape in the systematic pattern of protecting student athletes more than other students. The next steps follow naturally. Take part in the activism at your school, encourage survivors, and productively confront the problem. Fear not, the policies will change with your effort.

Politics aside, we are in a time for you to continue speaking the truth, even if your voice trembles.

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Logan Paul's Claim He's Going Gay For A Month Is Offensive To Me And Every Member Of The LGBTQIA Community

My sexuality is not something that people should joke about.

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Before I came out, I used to be under the impression that being gay was a choice. In my defense though, I had feelings for both sexes and I wasn't sure what was going on. At the time, I assumed that I could choose to be straight or that I could choose to be a lesbian, but as I kept growing neither of my feelings quieted and I later realized that being gay is not a choice.

On Friday, January 11, YouTuber Logan Paul released a podcast where he talked about trying different challenges each month, he mentions going vegan and sober for the month of January and then going all out in February. In March, however, Paul mentions that March was going to be deemed "Men Only March." Essentially Logan Paul and his co-host Mike Mijlak would be "going gay" for a month. Obviously, knowing Logan Paul this was meant as a joke, but sexuality is nothing to joke about.

So many members of the LGBTQIA community are forced to hide their sexuality for safety reasons, and for Logan Paul joking and saying that he is going to "go gay" for a month is unacceptable. We live in a time period where LGBTQIA teens are being thrown out into the streets or committing suicide just for choosing to be their authentic selves. Right now members of the LGBTQIA community are being murdered and detained in Russia, and many more are having to flee just find safety.

This is not Logan Paul's first controversial event that he's had. In January of 2018, Paul released a video where he showed a video of a dead body that was found in the Suicide Forrest in Japan. Since the release of that video, Logan Paul had a brief suspension of ad revenue on his videos and was even written out of several YouTube Red series.

I honestly don't believe that Logan Paul was really sorry about the Suicide Forrest video, or that he is actually sorry about the joke he made on his Podcast. He had time to think and edit both of those projects before posting them on their respective platforms. I think he's honestly just sorry that he either got caught or that he offended people.

If Logan Paul is actually sorry, for the joke he said during his podcast then he should show it by donating or volunteering with The Trevor Project, GLAAD, or The Human Rights Campaign. Maybe then, he will think twice before he makes another offensive post on social media.

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