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A Champlain College student slash brunch enthusiast who is currently studying in the General Social Sciences program.

On this day of the inauguration of a new President of the United States, I fear for the non-respect of the rights of coloured people,of people with a different background, sexual orientation as well of different gender. I hope the press and important public figures will not forget to protect the ones who's voice cannot be hear.


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Throughout my whole semester in Newsactivism, I had the chance to write about various interesting problems such as the introduction of the travel ban by the Trump’s administration, Kim Kardashian’s slut-shaming story and even made an opinion piece on the fake news. Going in the same direction for my final project, I took the liberty to create a blog tackling different women’s issues like feminism, rape culture and the pressure of being perfect – in other words, issues I am passionate about – instead of writing a research paper or take a volunteer opportunity.

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It is not rare to hear, see or read about a rape case on the news. Today, more and more victims of sexual assault take actions against their assaulter by speaking up about their traumatic experience in hope that society will be more aware of what’s happening on the streets, parties, college campuses, etc. Although did you ever wonder about what happens after? What happens to the victim after he or she informs the authorities? What happens when the victim awaits the verdict of the judge? What happens when the whole case ends?

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Are you a #girlboss? Are you passionate about women’s issues? Do you believe in empowering young girls? Perhaps, you find yourself having a lot of free time in your hands. If that’s the case, let me introduce you to Girls Action Foundation. Founded in 1995, it focuses on providing a space for girls to speak out about current issues in their society as well as helping them to build the skills needed to create a movement. They want them to realize they “have the power to be agents of social change”.

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From tweets to online articles, “fake news” seems to be the new trend in the journalistic industry. The favorite words of the American president refer to a spread of false information made by a website (or, nowadays, anybody) that classified it as “real news”. Unfortunately, even in 2017, keeping up with “what is fake and what is true” is still a problem, especially with the rise of social media. Now, let’s brace us for this new wave of fake news: “fake images”.

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One day, while talking with a group of friends at school, the subject of my racial background came up. One girl, who I do not know that well, but went to high school with, seemed very confused to learn that I am half Taiwanese. At one point, to clarify her thoughts, she said something along the lines of, “Wait… if your mom is Asian… then that means your dad is normal!”

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David Marsh, a former production editor at the Guardian wrote a five years old article titled “Digital Age Rewrites the Role of Journalism”. In it, he talked about the growing debate among journalists on what is the definition of a journalist in this new digital age? Or even, what is the difference between a tweeter (or a teacher who sometimes writes articles for a local newspaper) and a more traditionalist journalist? If both are reporting stories to an audience, does that not make them both journalists?

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On January 29, Liam Stack wrote an article called “Trump’s Executive Order on Immigration: What We Know and What We Don’t” for the New York Times. In it, he talks about the consequences of President Trump’s newest executing order affecting the immigration system such as banning residents from Iraq, Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen for 90 days from entering the country, suspending all refugee admissions for 120 days and Syrian refugees will not be allowed in the United States for an indefinite period. Around the world, the consequences could be felt.

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The lack of serious consequences and punishment given to campus rapists is staggering. In the Fall of 2015, Crystal Stroup, who was 18, had too much to drink at a party and her friends asked a male student to look after her. As she woke up the next morning, she had bruises on different parts of her body and recalled having non-consensual sex with a man by the name of Jared Gihring. The young man had been reported to the Kansas State University officials prior to the incident because he had raped another female student, Sara Weckhorst, over a year earlier.

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A Champlain College student slash brunch enthusiast who is currently studying in the General Social Sciences program.