Ungar works with White House to increase aid

Jaclyn Peiser

President Barack Obama briefly discussed his plan to make higher education more accessible to low income

President Obama delivers his 2014 State of the Union address (Photo: Google Images)
President Obama delivers his 2014 State of the Union address (Photo: Google Images)

families in his Jan. 28 State of the Union address. Twelve days prior, the president and first lady hosted a College Opportunity Summit, in which Goucher President Sanford Ungar and over 100 other college and university presidents were celebrated for solidifying their commitment to the cause.
“The White House just organized a College Opportunity Summit where already, 150 universities, businesses, and nonprofits have made concrete commitments to reduce inequality in access to higher education –and help every hardworking kid go to college and succeed when they get to campus,” President Obama said in the State of the Union address.
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Syrian chemical list released, evidence of nerve gas agents

Ryan Derham
Co-editor Global

As the debate with United States intervention in Syria continues, Baltimore’s own are taking to the street. The occupy movement is still present in Baltimore and they urge policy makers to focus on jobs and education, not another war. Some Marylanders believe that economic sanctions could be a solution. Others don’t see Syria as a negative influence on U.S. national security. While voters clearly advocated for no intervention in Syria, Senator Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.), supported Barack Obama’s decision to go through with the resolution. Before the votes were cast, she expressed an equal desire as did her constituents for no war. Additionally, she was one of 19 senators who opposed the Iraqi war resolution in 2002. While the majority of Marylanders continue to oppose war, Mikulski, chose a different direction. Either way, the Senate has tabled Syria as a topic on the floor for 90 days. Despite this, Syria is still a hot topic in the news.  Whether or not this means war, we will have to wait.
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Gun violence prevention in the United States and abroad

Isaiah Zukowski
Staff Writer

Recent gun violence prevention legislation is failing in the United States Congress. After the Sandy Hook tragedy, President Barack Obama attempted to use the political and emotional momentum to pass meaningful gun reform. On August 29th, with the proposed reform bill failed in the Senate, the President pushed through two executive orders as a last resort. One prevented people prohibited from buying firearms to register them with a corporation or trust.  The other targeted and banned the practice of re-importing military-grade weapons used overseas.  Both these executive orders attempted to limit the ways in which illegal guns can be obtained, but access to guns is only one of the problems.
To understand why the gun control bill failed, just look to the second amendment and the intrinsic American gun culture that defy the values of many other developed nations.  Countries like the United Kingdom and Australia have stringent gun bans and the lowest gun violence rates in the world. Alternatively, in Switzerland, rates of gun-related deaths are very high.  This is due to conscription, or compulsory enlistment, of an armed militia of men between the ages of 18 and 34.
Despite an evident correlation between the strictness of gun control and the incidence of gun violence, the United States has consistently upheld gun possession as a federal right.
Issues of geography in the United States often influences gun control reform. Rural, and traditionally conservative states vehemently oppose legislation that benefits major U.S. cities facing higher crime rates than less populated areas.
As gun-related deaths reach record highs in Baltimore this summer, the convoluted web of moralistic arguments surrounding gun control seem superfluous to the problem at hand.  Policy changes are not easily changed and enforced.  Furthermore, they do not seek to change social issues that lead to violence.
For now, Baltimore and the United States have to focus on the human component of gun violence. As a result, citizens are taking action. Community mediation and conferencing initiatives seek to resolve conflicts before they become violent. The program “Safe Streets Baltimore” uses former gang members to do outreach and serve as positive role models for youth in high-risk areas. The 300 Men March in July sought to encourage Baltimore’s men to take action in their own neighborhoods in order to stop the cycle of violence.

Another Inauguration To Celebrate

Jordan Javelet
Staff Writer

When President Barack Obama strode to the podium to be sworn into office for his second term on Monday, January 21, I will admit, I took pride in the fact that I helped put him there.

Proud Americans show their pride for President Obama during his second inauguration on capitol hill. (Photo: Billie Weiss ).
Proud Americans show their pride for President Obama during his second inauguration on capitol hill. (Photo: Billie Weiss ).

As a proud first-time voter, I had a say in who became the president. Sure, my vote was only one of 126 million cast in the 2012 presidential election, but it was significant. In fact, according to statistics, young people ages 18 to 29 made up 19 percent of the voters and 60 percent of them voted for President Obama. I am proud to be part of that statistic.

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