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SUNY Brockport
November 13, 2014
         Students often feel uninspired and sluggish when doing coursework. According to a recent study performed by Matthew Walker, discussed in "Naps Clear the Mind, Help You Learn" by LiveScience Staff, it was suggested taking a daily nap can greatly help you retain information. The experiment involved thirty-nine adults who were randomly placed in a nap or non-nap group. First, both groups were presented a task at noon which challenged their hippocampus, which is the region of “the brain that helps store fact-based memories” ("Naps Clear the Mind”). Both groups performed evenly.

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The article ‘’ Ward 2 Candidate’s sign vandalized with racist graffiti’’ by Jenny Yuen in the Toronto Sun journal from October 11th 2014 explains a tragic gesture that has been done towards a 22 years old Somali-Canadian girl named Munira Abukar. One of her friends had seen her candidate Ward 2 campaign board filled with graffiti’s and then, told her about it. On the Campaign board it was written ‘’ Go back home,’’ the people who did this gesture also added on the top of her name the word bitch.  Munira Abukar thought that it was shocking and mean. It also frustrated her.

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The article “Black youths arrested by racist cops in Rochester, N.Y.” explains that three young black teenagers, no older than the age of 16 and 17 were arrested at a bus stop waiting to be picked up.  The three star athletes that were waiting for their team school bus to pick them up for their basketball game were spotted by police officers and were arrested for disorderly conduct and obstruction. The three boys were trying to explain the situation to the officers, but the officers ignored them and arrested them anyways.

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“A Racially Charged Exhibition in London Is Canceled After Protests” is an article written by Doreen Carvajal, printed in The New York Times on September 24th 2014. The article discusses how a new art exhibition in London had to shut its door due to many protestors believing the artwork being featured was filled with racist ideals. Created by the South African theater director Brett Bailey, the works of art were black actors that were presented in cages and shackles to re-create how caged up humans were in the 19th century. The show was supposed to have a grand opening.

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The article “What It's Like to Be a Black Cop in St. Louis County’’ by Alexia Fernández Campbell in the National Journal from September 5th, 2014 explains an awful racist conflict between police officers in St-Louis. Martise Scott a 49 years old African-American was hired in the police department. Out of the 700 hundred workers only 50 employees were black. Scott got a promotion as an undercover investigator .One day while he was heeding home, he followed a drunken men driving on Olive Boulevard, a road that many African-Americans avoid because police officers on this road are known to racially profile divers. He then called the police department and warned them that he would follow this truck until they would arrive. The truck pulled into a gas station. As the man ran into the store the other police men’s arrived and went immediately to Scott, pushed him on the ground and pointed a gun at him. Although Scott told them that he was a police officer and had a badge in his pocket, they completely ignored him. Instead of arresting the men inside the store they were concerned with Scott. Finally the police officer did arrest the drunken man but did not thank or give any apologizes to Scott. Even with a complaint that Scott filled nothing came to it. Scott realized it did not matter that he was black with a badge, he was still a ‘’Black Man.’’

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