Well Athens, this will be the last story I have for you.This bucket list item has been 10weeks in the making, and as you finishthis column, No. 86 will be completed.You see, by writing these columns aboutmy bucket list, I am actually completing an item.It might have been ironic if I hadn’taccepted this position solely for the pur-pose of scratching this item off my bucketlist. I’ve never seen myself as a writer. My grammar ain’t that good just ask my editor. But as the bucket list demands, it’sthe experience that matters.So what exactly has the experiencebeen? Well first, I’ll state the obviousin that by completing No. 86, I accom-plished something I wasn’t sure I wouldever do in my life.During my youth, words were some-thing I read constantly, not something that I articulated. My right-sided brainnever showed any attempt at thinking outside the box.As I grew older, there were several au-thors I began to follow in my readings.Growing up reading my father’s
and my own library collections,I always thought of authors as thesemythological writing deities who wereborn to write and had been born with theskill to do so.The inspiration to pick up a pen I’llmention in a moment, but I must firstsay I’m grateful to have the opportunity to write these columns. It truly has beenan exciting experience.What has the experience entailed?Well, I’ve made new friends, such asBethany Scott, who now has a bucket listand recently completed No. 11 and alsohelped me in the process of achieving No. 75 “See Sydney.”But beyond that, it’s the respect fromindividuals older than myself that’s truly made this a worthwhile experience.Being only 19 years old and having a road map for what I want to accom-plish during my life seems to show thatalthough I may be young, I am a manand I’m going to enjoy this life I’ve beengiven.The greatest gift from this experienceis the well-placed compliments I’ve re-ceived from one of my closest mentorsby the name of Paley.The proudest part I can take from thisexperience is the legacy I can leave in thelife of anyone, who, because of this col-umn, has gone out and made a bucketlist. Knowing that I have even minimally changed someone’s life positively is awonderful feeling.As I close, I must take the time tothank a few people. First, my past men-tor Betty Miller, you truly gave me a voiceto which I’ve been able to write faithfully.To the loving support I’ve receivedfrom my family. I know as much as I fightit, my mother will still end up putting these articles in my baby book.Also, I want to thank all my colleaguesin Ohio Army ROTC; your support andinput has proven to me over and overagain that I am part of the greatest ROTCin the country.And lastly, thank you, Athens. With-out you, this would never have been pos-sible.So for the last time, I sign off. You stay classy, Athens.
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Prostitution ban won’t prevent practice
Nevada has been abuzz since Sen.Harry Reid called for a statewide prosti-tution ban during an address to the Ne-vada state legislature.Nevada is the only U.S. state to allow legal prostitution (in heavily-regulatedbrothels located in rural areas of the state heavily-populated counties such asWashoe and Clark prohibit prostitution).Interestingly, Reid referred to Nevadaas “the last place where prostitution isstill legal,” but I believe he has it back-ward.With any luck, the U.S. will evolveinto a more sex-positive society in the fu-ture, and prostitution will be legalized inmore states than just Nevada.No matter the question, outlawing prostitution is not the answer.Outlawing prostitution will not solveNevada’s economic problems. Outlawing prostitution will not make Nevada seemmore progressive or innovative.Outlawing prostitution will not makeNevada a more feminist state.First of all, let me emphasize thatprostitution is not an inherently amoralprofession.It is necessary, respectable and can beempowering for some women. It is ulti-mately a business arrangement. No oneis being deceived, and entering into thisarrangement does not make anyone abad person or morally corrupt.Men request a service, whether it issex, companionship or something elsethey cannot find elsewhere, and thewomen provide the service. It is simply business.There is nothing inherently degrading about sex work. There is nothing wrong with making an honest living.Prostitution is not easy. You have todo what you have to do in order to sur-vive.Perhaps prostitution is not for you.That is fine. But that is no reason youshouldn’t be able to coexist with it.Problems people typically associatewith prostitution human trafficking,child prostitution, and the spread of HIV or other sexually transmitted diseases are horrible. And they do happen.But if the industry were better regu-lated in a legal manner, these problemscould be better monitored and addressedby the government, making life safer forboth prostitutes and non-prostitutes.However, not all prostitutes view themselves as victims, though they arefrequently treated that way.Prostitutes are people with minds of their own. Not all of these women are in-capable of making their own decisions.Prostitutes should be supported rath-er than victimized.Although Sen. Reid was speaking outagainst prostitution from an economicstandpoint, banning prostitution in thestate of Nevada would do more harmthan good.Banning legal prostitution would notput an end to the practice, and it wouldbe terribly naive to think it would, espe-cially since the sex industry is so well es-tablished in Nevada.As long as people enjoy sex, there willbe people who buy and sell sex.Outlawing prostitution would justsend more women out onto the streets towork with increased likelihood of danger,violence or legal trouble.That is not the direction in which Iwould like to see Nevada go.
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Rebalancing should not bespurned without information
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If you’ve been reading this page during the past few days,you’re probably wondering what rebalancing the General Fee en-tails. Well, so have we.During its meeting last week, Student Senate unanimously op-posed rebalancing in a resolution. Then, in a letter Friday, Faculty Senate Chair Joe McLaughlin expressed disappoint in the studentsenators’ action.But senate’s resolution is meaningless without knowing specif-ics about how the rebalancing would be done. Rather than explorerebalancing as an option to help fill Ohio University’s budget gapnext year, Student Senate rejected it without any idea of what itwould entail.There has been no projected breakdown of how much wouldbe cut and which General Fee units would face cuts. Without thatinformation, no one can make an informed decision for or againstrebalancing.The Division of Student Affairs, Intercollegiate Athletics, theGraduate College and the Marching 110 are the four units fundedby the General Fee. Student Senate’s decision should be contin-gent on how the units would be rebalanced.Next year, OU is facing a projected $32.6 million gap in itsbudget. According to McLaughlin’s letter, the academic collegeswill face cuts of 10 percent to 14 percent, while academic supportunits will face 8 percent to 9 percent cuts. General Fee units willface no cuts.If a small cut to the Marching 110 means it cannot attend a few away games, then that would be a lot more reasonable than cut-ting School of Music instructors and classes. But such a cut wouldhave to be fair proportionally.Each General Fee unit would have to receive a proportionatecut. Student Affairs, the Graduate College and the Marching 110cannot all receive large cuts while Athletics escapes unscathed.“(Student Senate’s) primary responsibility is to protect the stu-dent experience,” Senator Emeritus Chauncey Jackson said. Yes,the General Fee units are important to the “student experience,”but they should not be immune to reasonable cuts.We understand that education is not entirely based in theclassroom. The General Fee units add to a quality education. Butwhen that quality education is being threatened by substantialcuts, the supplemental units should also be liable. Otherwise,those units will have nothing to supplement.