When the government shutdown last in 1995, it was closed or21 days and, according to Gallup,it didn’t aect public opinion inthe long run.But, now, with the governmentshutdown in its second week and social media a prevalentorm o communication thatwasn’t available to people in1995, its eects, rustration andinormation are being spread morewidely than beore.Many o witter’s trending topicsin the U.S. last week revolvedaround the shutdown.#DearCongress,#ShutdownPickupLines,#NoBudgetNoPants and simply #GovernmentShutdown made thelist.Tough social media giveseveryone a voice, does socialmedia inuence politics?
Hyunjin Seo, an assistantproessor at the school o journalism, teaches a social mediaclass and said social media’sprevalence has caused mostpoliticians to engage with theirconstituents through Facebook and witter.“Social media has becomean important channel throughwhich citizens gather inormation,express their opinions on socialand political issues and mobilizemovements around those issues,”Seo said.However, Seo said the eectsocial media has on politics isdicult to measure. He also saidtrending witter hashtags likely have the most inuence.“Tis may help put pressure onpoliticians to resolve the issue,”Seo said. “At the same time, socialmedia has amplied polarized views on issues, as people tendto ollow online inuencers,communities or media sourcesthat they agree with.”Shelby Webb, junior romOttawa, Kan., said she wasprompted to tweet to the Speakero the House John Boehner by an email rom Barack Obama'sOrganizing or Action campaign.
TWEET from @shelbywebbly:
.@SpeakerBoehner I was trying tothink o something unny but alsoanti-gov shut down, but then I justgot sad. So try to x it yo."It wasn't a very thoughtultweet, but I was taking part in a'tweet at Boehner' campaign I gotan email about," Webb said. "Ibelieve in those types o situationsit's more the magnitude o unrestamong people that counts."Te email encouraged peopleto create a witter account i they weren't already on the socialmedia platorm."It's a place where many members o Congress and theirstaers try to drive the narrativeo the day," the email said aboutwitter.
Kansas State RepresentativeStephanie Clayton is serving herrst term representing parts o Johnson County and actively uses her own witter account @SSCJoCoKs.Clayton uses witter tocommunicate her decisions toconstituents and reaches out tothem or eedback.“I use it because I believe that itmakes me more transparent andaccountable to my constituents,”Clayton said.She said she understandsthat there’s a risk with socialmedia because it is publiccommunication, and the more youput out there, the more vulnerableyou are.“I might as well be standing inthe street with those people yellingthings at me because everyone canhear,” Clayton said.Tough Clayton uses witter,she is unsure the inuence ithas on a broader level. She hasnever been swayed to a dierentposition based on social mediacommunications and is skepticalthat Congress members would beeither.Clayton said it’s harder to know i people who give her eedback are her constituents, and thoughshe always asks, it might be harderor senators and congressmen tomake the distinction.She said she thinks socialmedia has a more indirect eectthrough popular hashtags becausepoliticians always want to know how people eel about a particularissue.
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Government shutdown temporarily puts unding or graduate research on hold
Graduate students’ applicationsor a National Science FoundationGraduate Research Fellowshipor Doctoral DissertationImprovement Grant have beentemporarily put on hold by thegovernment shutdown.Te online application processis unavailable, but studentsare encouraged to continuepreparation materials or thedeadlines alling between Nov. 4and 8. Roberta Pokphanh, assistantdean o graduate studies, said they are expecting applications to beaccepted and awards made orthe upcoming year, despite theshutdown. Students with a currentellowship will not be aected.Te ellowship provides a$32,000 annual stipend or threeyears to a student pursuingresearch-based master’s anddoctoral degrees in the elds o science, technology, engineeringand mathematics, and a $12,000cost-o-education allowance totheir institution.Te grant provides approximately $10,000 to students who may nothave adequate unding throughtheir institution to assist in thequality o their dissertationresearch. Unlike the ellowship, itdoesn’t provide a salary or stipend.Austin Charron, a Ph.D. studentin the geography department romCorvallis, Ore., is set to submita grant application on Tursday to aid with his Ph.D. dissertationocusing on regional identity inSiberia and Russia. Te NSF grantwould allow him to travel to thearea or ve months to completesurveys.I the shutdown is still in eectwhen he submits the application,there will be no one to review hisproposal at that time.He said he’s airly condent thatonce the situation has improved,the accepting process will get back on track; however, the long-termeects o the shutdown on grantunding are unknown.“Te uncertainty o it all is a littlealarming,” Charron said.Te rozen state o the applicationprocess won’t delay Charron’sresearch, but others applying orthe grant may not be as ortunate.Nancy Myers, grant developmentocer at the Institute or Policy and Social Research, described thesituation as a “holding pattern.”“We’re just crossing our ngersthat [the shutdown] will lif andwe can get our students’ proposalsthrough and know one way oranother i they need to nd otherunding,” Myers said.Te shutdown could potentially delay research progress and careeradvancement. Coupled with therecent sequestration legislation,which estimated a $12 billionreduction in ederal researchspending this year, the support o these projects is suering.“In the big picture, the moreyou cut these unding sources, thearther behind the U.S. could get inscientic research,” Myers said.
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It was the kind o divorce thatdidn’t end on bad terms, but itdidn’t end on good terms either.Mauricio Gomez Montoya’sparents split up when he was13 years old. Afer that point henever really saw his dad.Gomez Montoya was raised by his mother in Mexico City. Hisbrother, only two years older,was the rst real male role modelhe had. Gomez Montoya andhis older brother had to gurethings out on their own — thereare some things that motherscan’t provide to teenage boys thatathers can.“We had to learn how to tieties rom our neighbor,” GomezMontoya said.Learning how to tie a tie, changea tire and catch a baseball weren’tthe only things Gomez Montoyamissed out on by not having aather present. He also missedout on having the awkward, butnecessary, conversations athershave with their sons.Tese ather-son conversationsabout how to treat women, to setgoals, to lead by example, to behumble and even how to carry yoursel as a man are dicultor mothers to emulate. Many o these lessons Gomez Montoyalearned on his own.
GOMEZ MONTOYA AS A ROLE MODEL
Gomez Montoya currently works as a retention specialistor the Oce o MulticulturalAairs at the University. He’shad his hand in a multitude o student aid and enrichmentprograms, including theHawk Link Program, PRE101, Student Union Activities,Hispanic American LeadershipOrganization and more. Allo these organizations aimto improve student lie at theUniversity.One o Gomez Montoya’snewest projects includes tacklingproblems acing masculinity on the University’s campus. Hewants to be arole model orstudents as wellas create anenvironment atthe University where men canexpress issuesthey’re havingwith school,work, amily and any otherareas o lie.“I I needed it 10 years ago,chances are students need it now,”Gomez Montoya said.
MALE GUIDANCE NEEDED
Male students are in need o direction especially at the collegelevel. According to the Chronicleo Higher Education, only 57.7percent o male students at theUniversity are graduating withinin six years, compared to the 64.2percent o emale students at theUniversity that are graduating insix years.Gomez Montoya said a reasonor this could be lack o ocus andguidance among college-agedmen.“Tere are not a lot o rolemodels and men are trying togure it out on their own,” GomezMontoya said. “Sometimes I think group behaviors take over.”Tese group behaviors cancome in many orms: raternity houses, locker rooms, popculture, social media or evenriends.Dr. racy Davis, a proessorrom WesternIllinoisUniversity, isan expert inidentity anddevelopmentas well as menand masculinity issues. He saidthese groupbehaviorsamong menare extremely negative and can sometimesdevelop into illegal activity, suchas DUI citations or violence.“Te research would suggestthat the statistics on 'badbehavior' judicial oensesbrought up at college campusesare mostly men,” Davis said.“Why we don’t pay attention tothis is a great question.”Te University, in act, isstarting to pay attention tothese unhealthy behaviorsamong male students. Each year,the University selects 15 malestudents, aculty or sta membersas Men o Merit. Tis award goesto men who positively denemasculinity through challengingnorms, taking action and leadingby example, while makingcontributions to the University orthe community. Gomez Montoyawas a 2013 Man o Merit winner.
Kris Velasco, a winner rom2012, decided to take his role asa Man o Merit one step urther.Velasco sent out an email to otherMan o Merit winners asking i they would like to continue tochallenge social norms acingmen by creating a masculinity symposium.Te goal o the symposiumwas to create a space or mento gather and openly discussproblems they were acing as wellas help men develop a view onwhat healthy masculinity lookslike.“It was a sense o duty andobligation,” Velasco said. “Now that we won, we have a duty toteach people what what it meansto be a man.”Velasco graduated in the springo 2013, but during his time at theUniversity he was involved in anumber o organizations. He saidhis masculinity was challengedat times because o his sexualorientation.
Students aim to change cultural norms
Mauricio Gomez Montoya addresses a crowd at the symposium aimed to challenge social norms. Gomez Montoya now works at the Ofce o Multicultural Aairs.
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“There are not a lot o rolemodels and men are tryingto fgure it out on theirown.”
GOMEZ MONTOYAretention specialist