There is no better time for fundamental change than now.
As we grieve the loss of Kobe Bryant, remember all the good he did. Remember the jaw-dropping games and the heart-breaking images of him and his family. Remember the Bryant you knew and loved, but don’t let this element of his past fade away. Remember it as tangibly as you remember his winning shots. Hold him accountable. You’d want Bryant’s assault case remembered if you were that young, impressionable 19-year-old girl.
We students hear constant chatter of how important Wisconsin is in the election and how important young people are. Our parents and teachers are telling us how critical our votes are going to be this year and the next. But why are we so important?
A racism scandal in Madison struck a national chord this week— the New York Times reported on it, CNN reported on it, Cher even offered to help. When Marlon Anderson, a black security guard, politely asked a student to stop calling him the n-word he was fired for inappropriate language.
I want to believe that we go to school in an environment that gives every voice equal weight, and views all contributions with equal importance, but I seem to have been sadly mistaken.
I strive to be a Good Samaritan and member of my community. I try to help out the homeless on the street, recycle and vote. But there is one area in which I definitely miss the mark: my spending habits. And I do not believe I am alone on this. Many of us don’t know what our money really goes to.
I think we all know the feeling. You’re walking to class and minding your own business when you find that you’ve lost your footing, your phone has slipped out of your pocket and is taking your earbuds and ears down with it. Suddenly, you’re facing the sky and praying you didn’t break a bone.