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Is the Indiana State Teachers Association concerned about their students or their own bottom line? pg 4
College is failing to teach students critical thinking skills, reports find pg 5
Read more about the free mental health resources Purdue offers for its students pg 6
Egypt has an enormous opportunity ahead. What are the consequences of their pending election?
Renewable resources are vital for energy independence, but there are drawbacks to consider pg 10
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The first ever issue of The Purdue Review. It was distributed the day the College Republicans brought Ann Coulter to campus. Volume 1, Issue 1
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ISTA vs. Daniels Education Agenda
By JAY WOOD The midterm elections in 2010 gave the Indiana Republican Party a 37-13 supermajority in the Indiana Senate and a 60-40 majority in the Indiana House of Representatives. Despite these powerful majorities, the Governor’s agenda is not being implemented without significant opposition. There have been remarkable hard-fought battles between union interests and conservative interests. Right to Work legislation has caused thousands of labor union workers to show up and protest at the Statehouse. The other major protest battle (which receives much more press) is being waged by the teachers union, and it has stemmed from the Mitch Daniels’ transformative education agenda. The Indiana State Teachers Association (ISTA) has several disagreements with the Governor’s education agenda, but the debate has largely focused on two bills - House Bill 1002 and House Bill 1003. HB 1002 deals with Charter Schools. Charter Schools are sort of a hybrid between public schools and private schools. They are public in the sense that they receive public money, but they are private in the sense that students attend them by choice. HB 1002 does several things – honestly too many to list/explain in a single article. Just understand that the overall intent of the bill is to benefit charter schools in numerous ways. ISTA is adamantly opposed to HB 1002. On paper, the teachers associcharter schools (and private schools) can be competitive with public schools is a positive thing, because it keeps all of them
regular public school, or a charter or private school. It might also be a situation where a student feels “stuck” in a failing public school and is desperate to find a more thriving school. It might be difficult for low-income families to afford to send their child to another school. These scholarships would help those struggling families to give their child the best education possible. ISTA is opposed to HB 1003 for a number of reasons, but part of the debate is similar to the debate over HB 1002. If families receive a scholarship to transfer their student from one school or another, it is quite possible that the student could be transferring to a charter school or a private school. Remember what I said about students leaving ISTA-dominated public schools and heading for non-ISTA charter schools and private schools. If regular public schools cut teachers because of students leaving, then ISTA’s bottom line suffers. So what is this giant debate really about? Is it about whether charter schools can benefit students? Is it about whether parents should have the ability to pick the best educational environment for their children to succeed? Or is it about the size of ISTA’s bank account and rally numbers? I will give you three guesses.
ation will not come right out and say that they are opposed to charter schools, but they are certainly not huge fans. ISTA will tell you that making sure that
Is this debate about children’s academic success or ISTA’s bottom line? I will give you three guesses.
says, “Don’t make the charter school bill about collective bargaining.” HB 1002 (the “charter school bill”) is not about collective bargaining. HB 1337 deals with
competitive and striving for perfection. The fact is, charter schools do nothing to benefit ISTA; in fact, they take away from it. Since teachers at a charter school do not necessarily have to be in the union, any students that go to a charter school can be taught by non-ISTA members. The more students that go to a nonunion charter school (or a private school), then there will be less students going to an ISTA-dominated public school. If regular public schools are losing students, then they might need to cut teachers. Assuming that those teachers are ISTA members, then ISTA is all of a sudden losing dues payers and possibly rally activists as well. That begs the question – who is the HB 1002 debate really about? Is it about helping the students who could benefit from a charter school education, or is it about protecting ISTA’s bottom line? In their online talking points, ISTA
The teachers association will not come right out and say that they are opposed to charter schools, but they are certainly not huge fans.
collective bargaining, not HB 1002. Their online talking points also say, “Charter schools should be held to the same stan-
dards as public schools. Just because charters are trying out new programs doesn’t mean they should not be held to the same standards.” Charter schools will be held accountable for their performance. A legislative update sent out by Rep. Bob Behning (Chair of the House Education Committee) and Rep. Ralph Foley says, “If a charter school has been placed in either of the two lowest categories or designations under the state school accountability system for at least three consecutive years and the school has been in operation for more than five years, then the state board shall hold a hearing and invoke one or more of the accountability measures, unless there is a justification for the school’s performance under the state school accountability system.” Again, what is the debate really about? Is the debate over HB 1002 about children’s academic achievement, or is it about ISTA’s bottom line? The major battle is over HB 1003, which deals with school choice and scholarships. Scholarships would provide students the opportunity to transfer to a school of their choice. There are a number of reasons why a family might want to transfer their student from one school to another. It might be a situation where the student is not succeeding at a regular public school, but they could have a better opportunity to succeed at either another
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Critical Thinking: What’s That?
By MORGAN IKERD over time compared to students majoring in communications, business, social work and education. Of the students participating in the study, many graduated without knowing how to “sift fact from opinion, make a clear written argument or objectively review conflicting reports of a situported that when given certain problems to solve through critical reading and analyzing, the students could not unveil the solution “without being swayed by emotional testimony and political spin.” In our modern world of swift communication, far-reaching media, and the proliferation of ideologies by various interest groups, not being able to digest the information and discover one’s own view on the matter could be a severe setback for humanity itself. It is like the saying, “If you don’t stand for something, you’ll fall for anything.” Recent reports have shown that due to our current economy and job market, Americans can now expect to change jobs as many as six times in their lives. In the age of information, it is vital to be able to “sift, analyze, and reflect on large ly packing in at least 100 to 200 students, small group discussions and reflections onthe material are not usually realistic options. Many classes, especially the core classes, consist of lectures, notes, and regurgitation of the information on the exams, with little or no deep understanding of the subject. At the University of Michigan, Patricia King and her colleagues in education psychology have spent many years conducting experiments to assess how colleges train students to engage in reflective judgment and other high-order thinking skills in their undergraduate students. She stated that an increase in critical thinking is a direct outcome of attending college, yet most students do not reach a level of higher thinking that is truly reflective. She said, “They say, ‘Look how open-minded I am.’ But when pressed to say, ‘What do you think about this? What suggestions would you make and what are they based on?’ – that’s when the process falls apart. They are unable to reach or defend a conclusion that’s most reasonable and consistent with the facts.” Pressure for colleges to cultivate higher levels of reasoning and analyzing is expanding, but it should be an easy problem to reverse, right? Maybe not. Some studies show that there is a decline in the rigor of college courses, decreasing the demand for written work and analysis. One explanation is that the student evaluations at the end of the semester are always much better when that student has received a desirable grade in the class. Thus, “There’s a huge incentive set up in the system [for] asking students very little, grading them easily, entertaining them, and your course evaluations will be high,” Richard Arum says. If the problem lies within the institution itself, then something has to change. Professors may be getting the blame for our lack of reasoning skills but we, as students, are the ones that are being handicapped by not utilizing the whole of our mental power.
er or pri- Have you ever sat down at your comsituation puter to write a paper, pulled out your a failing class notes and readings, and then stared to find a blankly for what seems like hours, realizing that you have absolutely no thoughts w-income of your own on the topic at hand? Don’t child to worry, you are not alone. Studies are ps would give their e. ISTA is er of realar to the receive a ent from possible rring to a l. students schools r schools r public showing that more and more students are students graduating without developing any imuffers. provements in critical thinking, reasonte really ing, or writing skills that are thought to be r schools the core of a college education. With the whether usual round of notes, textbooks, lectures pick the and exams, it is easy for students to fall for their into a routine and find the easiest metht the size ods of “getting by” when the workload umbers? gets heavy. However, if a university education is a vital stepping stone to success in today’s world, what does this mean for future generations of politicians, physicians, businessmen, lawyers and even the average Joes of our society? A study conducted on this issue studied 2,322 students from the fall of 2005 until the spring of 2009, examining 24 U.S. colleges and universities, from the less selective to the highly selective. It showed that 45 percent of those students made virtually no improvement in their critical thinking, reading or writing skills during their first two years of college. After four years, 36 percent still showed no significant gains. Students who majored in “traditional liberal arts,” such as social sciences, mathematics, humanities, and natural sciences, showed enormous gains
More and more students are graduating without developing any improvements in critical thinking, reasoning, or writing skills that are thought to be the core of college education.
ation or event,” said NYU sociologist Richard Arum, lead author of the study. The core components of critical thinking consist of evidence through observation, context of judgment, relevant criteria for making a sound judgment, and applicable methods of applying theory. It
In our modern world of swift communication and far-reaching media, not being able to digest the information and discover one’s own view on the matter could be a severe setback.
may seem innocent, but not utilizing and developing these skills can have a dramatic and possibly dangerous effect on an individual living in a society where he or she is being steered and persuaded in so many different directions. When evaluating the students in the study, Arum reamounts of data,” but studies show that undergraduates are not absorbing these essential skills, and employers are starting to question why their new employees are struggling. Purdue is considered a top-notch university across the spectrum, but let’s face it, with lecture halls normal-
Mental Health at Purdue
By TOM CHEW Students pay a hefty tuition to attend this university to cover the costs of several services made available. This includes everything from teaching, technology, and custodial services. However, many students may not know that part of our tuition also goes towards health services. Certainly, most of us are well aware of the Purdue University Student Health Center, better known as P.U.S.H., but what some might be surprised to learn is that it also goes towards mental health services. C.A.P.S. (Counseling and Psychological Services) is an excellent resource for students looking for assistance in psychological issues. According to the website, any enrolled Purdue student is eligible for psychological services. They offer triage assessments, crisis counseling, initial intake consultations, group therapy sessions, initial psychiatric consultations, initial LD-ADHD consultations, and individual and couples counseling sessions. As long as one of the partners in the couple is a Purdue student, then both can attend. All of the services listed are provided to Purdue students at no charge. However, costs for sessions charged beyond what it listed above will vary based on the service provided, insurance carrier, and other facfrom group therapy can rest easy knowing there are multiple groups available based on their personal issues. The main groups are general therapy where students can come together and talk about something about themselves which makes them u n h a p p y. This provides an opportunity for individuals to explore themselves with direction from C.A.P.S. staff and fellow group members. If someone is dealing with weight, eating, or body image concerns, there are groups available to them as well. Even graduate students can seek help from others dealing with problems with their own group. Anyone diagnosed and dealing with ADHD can seek assistance with a life coaching group. A onetime orientation precedes each group time and is required for membership. They can be joined at anytime in the semester. You can call C.A.P.S. to learn about meeting times and schedule an orientation at 765-4946995. In the case of an emergency, a student ties such as directing you to come into the C.A.P.S. office, route your call to the oncall counselor, or schedule a time for you to meet with a senior clinician. However, if one calls after 5 p.m. but before 8 p.m.
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Nationally, there is a cause of concern for our mental health system, but locally at Purdue, we are fortunate enough to have several resources made available.
tragedy brought the state of our mental health system to America’s attention. Nationally, there is a cause for concern, but locally at Purdue we are fortunate enough to have several resources made available.
tors. This is typically discussed between the student and the therapist, should this become an issue. Some services, such as LD-ADHD assessments, alcohol evaluations and educational classes carry additional fees. A student who is looking to seek help
Any enrolled Purdue student is eligible for psychological services through Counseling and Psychological Services. They offer triage assessments, crisis counseling, and more.
can contact several resources at C.A.P.S. If a student has a concern about a friend or themselves during normal business hours (Monday-Friday between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.), they can contact C.A.P.S. at 765-4946995, explain their situation, and they will be connected to the proper authori-
on Monday-Friday or Saturday-Sunday If someone has more questions, they between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. they can still can easily find the necessary information get in touch with a proper specialist by on the C.A.P.S. website https://www.purfiguring out whether their situation is or due.edu/caps/index.shtml or call their is not an emergency. If it is not an emer- office at 765-494-6995. The main offices gency, such as having suicidal thoughts are located in the Psychological Services but not having any plan or intent, then a Building (PSYC) and The Purdue Universtudent can call the P.U.S.H. Urgent Care sity Student Health Center. Center 765-494-1724 and aski to speak to a C.A.P.S. counselor, give your telephone number, and wait for a counselor to call you back. If it is an emergency such as thoughts, plan, and intent, then you are instructed to call 911 and ask to speak to a Purdue Police C.I.T. officer. Should something occur between 8 p.m.-8 a.m. on Monday-Friday or 6 p.m.-10 a.m. Saturday-Sunday, then one can call the crisis center for a non-emergency at 765-7420244. If it is an emergency, they should call 911 and ask to speak with a Purdue Police C.I.T. officer. There are several resources available to students regarding mental health here at Purdue University. The recent Tucson Purdue University Student Health Center
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Democracy and the Republic
By ERIC NOWICKI By definition, the United States of America is a Democratic Republic. As most Americans know, this means that the citizens elect people that will represent them at various levels of government. From local council men and women, to federal senators and representatives, these elected officials are to represent the people that voted them into office. The President of the United States of America is elected in a slightly more complex way in which registered voters cast their ballots in an election, and then the Electoral College also casts their votes for President. This method of electing the President is very unique and has its roots in the formation of the Constitution. The Virginia Plan called for the President to be elected by the Legislature, but while the details were being finalized, the committee that was created recommended that, instead of the Legislature electing the President, a group of people from each state equal to the number of representatives from each state would elect the President. As time has gone on, there have been many adjustments to the Electoral College and, more specifically, to the Constitution of the United States. One of the most influential changes occurred when the decision was made for each party to have a ticket which included a Presidential candidate paired with a Vice Presidential candidate. This may have been the first step in the transition from the bipartisanship of the beginning of the Union to the current partisanship that has plagued the United States since the early-to-mid 1800’s. I am not saying that partisanship did not exist prior to the 1800’s, because it did, but with a person from each party in a high position, the balance was more even and this allowed for a “more perfect union.” What most Americans hate is the constant bickering and public fighting between members of the two parties, has the potential to lead to a great end result that will be beneficial to the entire country. Gridlock happens when representatives from different sides of the aisle talk but do not listen to others involved in the argument. One of the best ways to
When one looks at the most productive and successful periods in U.S. history, one sees that they are characterized by one party controlling the White House and the other controlling Congress.
however, when one looks at the most productive and successful periods in U.S. history, one sees that they are characterized by one party controlling the White House and the other controlling Congress. This is because when our country is lucky enough to have this balance of power, those elected officials in Washington are forced to work together and compromise. Peer pressure is very powerful, and in politics, if those that elect you do not think that you are doing your job (or doing anything), then they will usually elect someone that will do work. While most people hate the bickering that occurs daily in Washington, this bickering is what gives the United States its strength. The U.S. government was, by design, supposed to operate in this manner. From the earliest days of the Union, this thought was accompanied by debate and argument. Argument is nothing more than an exchange of ideas between two or more people. In politics, this means an exchange of differences of philosophy that
Instead of looking at the fighting between Democrats and Republicans as a negative aspect of government, it is time for us to view this as a positive.
the hope of solving a problem. In a debate, the debaters are simply giving their opinions and ideas on a subject and presenting these opinions and ideas for the audience to take in, and then they decide the fate of each debater. A politician de-
learn from someone is to argue on a subject with them. A person can learn a great deal about someone and a topic simply by listening in on an argument. It should be noted that there is a difference between an argument and a debate. First, in an argument, there is little show and mostly exchanging of ideas between two or more people. In a debate, there is usually a presentation involved in which there is an audience watching and not interacting with the debaters. Second, in an argument, people are talking to one another, constantly exchanging ideas and hopefully learning from one another in
bates to become elected and argues once elected. If one looks at countries around the world with weak or ineffective governments, one of the main reasons is because they lack argument and debate. That is because by simply having these two processes, they force elected officials to think and be creative to stay in office. Elected officials know if they cannot create an idea nor have an opinion, they will be viewed as dead weight and will soon be replaced by a candidate with ideas and opinions. As the famous Irish playwright George Bernard Shaw once said, “A man never tells you anything until you contradict him.” Debate and argument force candidates and elected officials to think, study, and talk about their views and ideas. Between the media, engaged citizens, and other candidates and elected officials, there are more than enough people to argue and debate those in office, and that is what happens and is supposed to happen in a democratic republic. The two foundations of the U.S. democratic republic are debate and argument. Instead of looking at the fighting between Democrats and Republicans as a negative aspect of government, it is time for us to view this as a positive. If elected officials do not debate or argue, they will essentially have no ideas or opinions on how
to solve the problems facing the U.S., and will become numb to what is happening outside of Washington D.C. As former politician Hubert Humphrey once said, “Freedom is hammered out on the anvil of discussion, dissent, and debate.”
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By JAY WOOD In all of the world’s history, the American Revolution is very unique. It is unique because, unlike other revolutions, ours was the only one to replace a ruler with a system of representative democracy. In other revolutions, the original ruler was just replaced with another ruler. Employing a system of representative democracy is part of what makes America a truly unique nation. Egypt has a very special opportunity. They have ousted a ruler by their own power. All of the arguments about the benefits and drawbacks of Mubarak’s leadership are moot at this point. Mubarak is the past, and nothing anyone says will change his actions or alliances over the past three decades. None of that is important anymore. What is important is where Egypt goes from here. In the coming months, Egypt will elect new leadership. One of their choices will be a representative of the Muslim Brotherhood. The Muslim Brotherhood is a token radical Islamic organization. If elected, they would impose Sharia law. They would seek the expansion of Islam and they would be staunch opponents of Israel – one of our dearest allies. They could very easily turn Egypt into a terrorist training ground. All of that being said, the Egyptian people will have a huge choice. They can choose political freedom or they can choose a rogue terror state. Joshua Tuckelection format can play a huge factor into whether or not the Muslim Brotherhood candidate wins the election. Egypt can set up a plurality voting system, where the erhood candidate would stand a chance to lose. If he was pitted against just one other candidate in a second round ballot, he might not receive over 50% of the vote date and he wins, the United States and Israel are both in danger. As I mentioned earlier, a Muslim Brotherhood-controlled Egypt could very easily turn into a training ground for terrorists bent on killing Americans. This result is more immediately a grave danger to Israel. If the Muslim Brotherhood takes over, our dear ally Israel will be flanked by dangerous countries/groups who loathe its existence and are willing to act on that hatred. Israel will be trapped between Egypt to the West and Hezbollah, Hamas, and the mother hen – Iran - to the East. The Egyptians will vote however they want. Nothing anyone in the United States says will affect that. What we can affect, however, is how we deal with the outcome of their election. If they elect a man who is willing to work with us, then I imagine that we will gladly extend a warm handshake. If the Muslim Brotherhood wins the election, then God help us and our friends.
The outcome of this election is incredibly consequential for Egypt, Israel, and the U.S.
candidate with the most votes wins, regardless of whether it is above 50% of the vote or not. Or they can set up a majoritarian voting system, where the winner must receive over 50% of the vote. He provides three scenarios about how this could play out: Scenario 1: The Muslim Brotherhood candidate is not as popular as the other candidates. In this scenario, it does not matter whether Egypt has a plurality or majoritarian system. If the Muslim Brotherhood candidate is not popular, he will not win - no matter what. Scenario 2: The Muslim Brotherhood candidate is more popular than all of the other candidates but does not receive over 50% of the vote. In a plurality system, the Muslim Brotherhood candidate would win, because he would receive the most votes. For instance, if the Muslim Brotherhood candidate received 35% of the vote, one candidate received 30%, one candidate received 20%, and one candi– assuming that the country would rally around the number two candidate. Scenario 3: The Muslim Brotherhood candidate is supported by the majority of the electorate. If this is the case, then it does not matter what type of system Egypt has; the Muslim Brotherhood candidate would win. The outcome of this election is incredibly consequential. Obviously, it will impact the future for the citizens of Egypt. However, it is much bigger than just that. If the Muslim Brotherhood fields a candi-
er, an associate professor at New York University, wrote an excellent piece in the Wall Street Journal last Friday (2/18). He pointed out that how Egypt establishes its
The Egyptian people will have a choice. They can choose political freedom or they can choose to be a rogue terror state.
date received 15%, the Muslim Brotherhood candidate would win, even though 65% of the country did not prefer him. In a majoritarian system, the Muslim BrothProtesters in Egypt
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Students Ban Bristol Palin from Sex Week
By KRISTIN PATRAS
We read about it on Texts from Last Night. We watch the cast of Jersey Shore brag about doing it in the smush room every Thursday. Hell, professors even make references to it. If there is one topic that is constantly buzzed about on college campuses, it is sex. Yet, students at Washington University rallied against an event in which the sole purpose was to talk about sex. Apparently, inviting a gun-toting, cha-cha dancing, Alaskan baby mama to talk about sex is out of the question. In late January, Washington University announced that the Student Health Advisory Committee invited Bristol Palin to take part in a panel discussion about sexual responsibility during the university’s “Sex Week.” As a representative for The Candie’s Foundation, an organization which aims to prevent teenage pregnancy, Palin accepted the university’s offer. She was slated to appear alongside representatives from the Catholic Student Center, Planned Parenthood and the university’s student health center to discuss abstinence in a college setting. The diverse group that was chosen represents the purpose of “Sex Week,” which is to encourage students to consider various viewpoints regarding sex. Nevertheless, College Democrats created a petition to prevent Palin from speaking, while other students created a Facebook group to show their opposition. Sherveen Mashayekhi, president of the College Democrats, told Washington University’s student newspaper, “While she is obviously an experienced person on the matter of teen pregnancy, she is an extremely polarizing presence in social and political terms and does not provide the right type of balancing, sensitive, wellrounded force to an issue as hot as sex on campus.” There is just one problem with Sherveen’s “We can’t have anyone who is polarizing” argument – the university does it all of the time. Saul Alinsky, Phyllis Schlafly, Paul Ehrlich, Gloria Steinem, Helen Thomas and Ann Coulter are just a few polarizing characters who have spoken at the university in years past. So, why draw the line at Bristol Palin of all people? If students really wanted to petition everyone who is polarizing, then they forgot to petition the representative from Planned Parenthood. Live Action, a pro-life group, recently caught Planned Parenthood employees providing women with medically inaccurate counseling, as well as helping a man posing as pimp work out the details for his underage sex ring. Just last week, members of the House of Representatives voted in favor of an amendment which would bar Planned Parenthood from receiving federal funding for Fiscal Year 2011. The whole manipulating patients and aiding a pimp thing might disqualify PP from being a balanced, sensitive, well-rounded force. Seriously, Washington University dedicated an entire week to the deed, and it took Bristol Palin to get students all hot and heavy? It is not like Purdue, where a domestic terrorist (Bill Ayers) was invited to speak. She is simply a single mom who happened to go through her entire pregnancy while dealing with a total loser of a baby daddy, tabloids, and all of America gawking. Hence, she might have some noteworthy comments to add to a conversation about sexual responsibility if she was given the opportunity to.
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Energy Independence... and How to Achieve It
Part 3: Renewable Resources
By ERIC NOWICKI In my previous article entitled “Energy Independence Part 2: Nonrenewables”, I discussed the vital role that these sources will have in the future energy equation of America. Although nonrenewable energy sources will remain a pivotal leg on the energy stool for the foreseeable future, the truth is that they are a finite source and will run out in the not-too-distant future. This scenario could leave the U.S. without a reliable, constant source to produce energy. Currently, energy produced from renewable energy sources makes up only 7% of the total energy utilized within the United States. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, by the year 2035, the U.S. energy consumption will see about a 20% increase. This means that there will be a need for 20% more energy to fill the increased consumption need. The amount of energy needed will continue to increase as each year passes. Nonrenewable energy sources are only a short term solution to create energy, and the time to start developing and utilizing new sources of energy is now, not later when coal, oil, and natural gas resources have almost run out and prices have skyrocketed. In the long run, developing new renewable sources of energy now will be cheaper than procrastinating until oil prices are over $200 a barrel and a gallon of gas costs over $10. One only has to look to the past to see when a gallon of gas cost less than a loaf of bread to see that prices will continue to go up unless a new source of energy is created. Although there are many different ways to produce electricity, currently, nonrenewable sources are the cheapest way to do so. As with any new technology, as people buy it and more competitors enter the market, the prices will go down. There are a variety of ways to create energy from renewable energy sources. Presently, tools to create energy, such as wind mills and solar panels are expensive, but like the home computer, their prices will decrease with use, competition, and created using the power of the sun’s rays is another great source. Consider all of the wasted desert land in Arizona, Nevada, California, Utah, New Mexico and all of the wide open fields in Idaho, Nebraska,
Presently, tools to create energy such as wind mills and solar panels are expensive, but like the home computer, their prices will decrease with use, competition, and research and development.
research and development. Wind and solar power are the normal forms labeled as “green” or “renewable.” They require very little effort to produce, there is little or no waste created (nuclear power), and wind and solar energy are constant. However, the sun is not always shining and the wind is not always blowing. This is the advantage of having a smart grid in place to redistribute energy across the United States so no region goes without power, even when half the country is dealing with cloud cover or having a calm day. The upside to wind and solar is simple: the only costs are related to mapping the best locations, purchasing the tools, set up, maintenance, and future upgrades. There is enough potential wind in North and South Dakota alone to supply half of the energy needs of the continental United States. There are a number of states between Texas and South Dakota that, if their wind potentials were fully utilized, could supply well over the amount of energy consumed in the U.S. Wind is not the only option for future energy production in the U.S. Solar energy Kansas, Missouri, Iowa, and Illinois that could be used to create energy using solar panels or solar towers. An experimental renewable source is power created using underwater turbines, similar to the way wind mills create energy from the wind. These underwater turbines, however, use the power of the tides and ocean currents to produce energy, which is then transmitted to the shore. There are a number of tests currently being done at sites off the coast of New York City, the United Kingdom, South Korea, and Russia. The potential of this technology is very high considering all of the potential places for its use, both near and far from shores around the world. Many have touted that renewable energy production can be a method of stimulating the economy and, in theory, this is true. The majority of the wind turbine manufacturers are located in Europe and China, while the U.S. has a large amount of solar manufacturers. Renewable energy tool manufacturing of solar panels and
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wind and tidal turbines can create a new manufacturing base in the U.S. which will stimulate job growth, and an increase in jobs means a larger tax base from which to pull money out of to go towards the budget and debt. Manufacturing of renewable energy tools has the potential to reenergize the manufacturing sector in the United States, an industry which has been plagued by outsourcing for years. There are other renewable methods for creating energy, such as nuclear power plants and hydroelectric dams. Both of these methods tend to be very expensive when compared to constructing wind farms or putting solar panels in the roof of a house, but they do tend to have a larger return for the investment. On the other hand, they do have draw backs, most notably their environmental impact. Nuclear waste, which is a product of the process, is a big security and environmental hazard. The only current idea of what to do with the waste is to bury it in a large mountain storage complex in
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Yucca Mountain, which is located in Nevada and New Mexico. Scientists are also trying to develop uses for the waste but the only option available right now is to simply store the waste at nuclear plants and maybe move it to Yucca Mountain in the future. Another drawback is that, in order to create nuclear power, the plants must use Uranium or Plutonium to create energy. Although these elements are common, Uranium in particular is very spread out across the globe and heavy concentrations are more difficult to find. Therefore, like coal, oil, and natural gas, nuclear energy is created using essentially a finite energy source.
Even the materials used in the manufacture of solar panels and wind turbines have to come from a hole dug somewhere on Earth. The thought that needs to be taken from this is that all sources of energy come, in some way or another, from a finite source.
Hydroelectric power is another source of energy currently in the U.S. It has been used since the founding of the country and is very efficient; however, in order to use hydro power, current methods either dam or alter rivers. This has a significant impact on the environment and wildlife, which is only better understood after completion of the project. These are not the only methods of creating energy from renewable sources. There are other methods, including using plants, such as corn, wheat, and switch grass to be used in some way or another to create energy for the grid. A problem that should be given some thought is that of our planet’s finite natural resources. Even the materials used in the manufacture of solar panels and wind turbines have to come from a hole dug somewhere on Earth. The thought that needs to be taken from this is that all sources of energy come, in some way or another, from a finite source. Once all of Earth’s oil is used up, there will be no more. Once all of Earth’s iron ore has been extracted, then that’s it: no more. No matter what we manufacture, the materials
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used in production will come from finite natural resources located somewhere on Earth. All energy sources are in some way scarce, either directly, such as oil, or indirectly, such as a wind turbine. Despite this, renewable sources will be cheaper in the future when compared to oil, coal, and natural gas. The supply of oil, coal, and natural gas can only decrease as time goes on, but wind and solar will continue to occur naturally. Renewable energy has a higher potential compared to nonrenewable energy sources. While moving towards renewable sources, the United States can create an entirely new manufacturing sector dedicated to producing the tools needed to harness the power created from the wind, sun, and oceans. Both from an economic and energy stand point, the use of renewable energy is a win-win situation for the United States of America. This is only one part of the equation that makes up the topic of energy independence that I will continue to be writing about throughout the semester. I encourage you to go to The Purdue Review’s website, www.purduereview.com, and comment on this article, so that we as future leaders of this nation can share ideas that may lead to the improvement of this country for our generation and future generations. Without input and conversation, we cannot learn and develop the best ideas to solve the major problems that face this great nation that we call home.
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Black Conservatives Have it Tough
By JAY WOOD Our rivals on the other side of the spectrum are at it again. Herman Cain, a prominent black conservative, gave an address at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) this year. Chauncey DeVega, a writer for the liberal website AlterNet, could not handle it. In a post he made on February 12th, DeVega wrote: “As you know, I find black garbage pail kids [sic] black conservatives fascinating not because of what they believe, but rather because of how they entertain their White Conservative masters.” “Herman Cain–an ironic name if ever, and one more suited to a tragic figure in a Harlem Renaissance era novella–is not “blackening twice” as some race minstrels chose to do.” “Herman Cain’s shtick is a version of race minstrelsy where he performs “authentic negritude” as wish fulfillment for White Conservative fantasies.” “We always need a monkey in the window, for he/she reminds us of our humanity while simultaneously reinforcing a sense of our own superiority. Sadly, there are always folks who are willing to play that role because it pays so well.” ferent version of the exact same story. A man who has been chastised for three decades and been called the names I listed above is Supreme Court Justice
Now picture Obama’s exact same life story if he was a Republican. The things De Vega would write about him would be a very different version of the exact same story.
When I read negative attacks from black liberals against black conservatives, it makes me wonder how those folks would treat Barack Obama if he were a Republican. Think about it for a minute. Think about Barack Obama’s life story and how enamored with it folks like DeVega are. In their mind, Obama is the product a single parent home. He who moved to the south side of Chicago, rose through ranks quickly, and is now the President. Now picture Barack Obama’s exact same life story, but this time, picture him as a Republican. Imagine the things that DeVega would write about him. It would be a very different version of the exact same story. Obama would no longer be remembered as the product of a single parent home; he would be remembered as being raised by his rich white grandparents in Hawaii who sent him to a prep school. Obama’s quick rise to power would not be glorified. Instead, he would be chastised as an Uncle Tom traitor who was able to quickly climb the ladder by kissing up to white elites and interlopers. Like I said, a very difClarence Thomas. Nothing new for him, Justice Thomas was recently the focus of terrible statements from a leftist protest group. The group was protesting the Koch brothers, who are two extremely wealthy conservatives and Tea Party donors. Even though they were specifically protesting the Koch brothers, some of the members had some choice words for Clarence Thomas. A conservative videographer, Christian Hartsock, asked various protestors (all of whom are white) about their thoughts on Clarence Thomas, and what should be done to him. Their individual thoughts are below: “Put him back in the fields. He’s a scumbag. He’s a dumb$#!+ scumbag. Put him back in the fields.” “Cut off his toes one by one and feed them to him.” “Impeach Clarence Thomas! Revolution now! Just like in Egypt!” “Bad things… I’m all about peace, but I’d say torture.” “String him up. And his wife too. Let’s get rid of Ginny… String em’ up.” “Hang him.” To be fair, these protestors were under as-
sumption that Hartsock was on their side, so they spoke more freely. However, trickery or not, it was appalling what they had to say when they felt like they were among friends. Who is to say that they would not have reacted similarly had they known Hartsock was a conservative. They might be willing to tell him off and perhaps use even harsher language. Who knows? Two of the protestors went on to talk about Scalia and they both said he should be sent back to Sicily. I thought these comments were especially interesting, because at the very beginning of the video, a protestor (who is also white) is interviewed, and she talks about the Tea Party and how it is “racist”. Funny; I wonder if she knows what her smug liberal buddies are willing to say when they think they are among friends?
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Escaping the Cold Weather at Purdue
By JORDAN HEBBE When it’s -20 degrees and Purdue students are walking to class, spring break is the light at the end of many students’ tunnels. The destinations and possibilities for this cold weather rescue are as varied as the students who choose them. Vacations to the beach, miniature study abroads, externships, road trips, visiting home, or staying at Purdue, whatever the case may be. Junior in the College of Technology, Bryan Morris will be traveling home to South Carolina with his wife and their Brittany Spaniel, Pete. According to Bryan, he will be working on “training and hunting quail at his farm” with his new four-legged friend. Like many other out of state students, Bryan is excited to spend time at home with family and friends. Spring break is the perfect time to relax and unwind, even if that means going home instead of the beach. If you are not quite sure what to do for spring break, you are not alone. Diana Leedy, a junior in HTM, will be traveling with her boyfriend or splitting her time between working at school and visiting home. Even if you waited until the last minute, you still have time to plan a road trip to a destination like Gatlinburg, which is only a 4-6 hour drive, or the ultimate spring break locale, Panama City Beach, which is a little under 14 hours from Purdue. Like many students, Kayla Nigh, another junior in Hospitality and Tourism Management, will be interning in a new town over the summer. To make sure she has her living arrangements planned out, Kayla is traveling to Atlanta with her parents to find a good apartment. It will be the first time in years that she isn’t vacationing at the beach, but she hopes to travel down to Florida and sneak in a few sun-filled days. Lots of Boilermakers will be traveling to the beach, a much-deserved treat after surviving another bitter Lafayette winter. Whatever you are doing and wherever you are going, enjoy the brief time out from the stress of school. Be sure to be safe and use common sense, but have the time of your life. Make memories with the people you enjoy being with the most. When you return, the semester will be in the homestretch. Finals are right around the corner and before you know it, another year at Purdue will have flown by.
Vacation Like the First Family
Things to Pack (for the Ladies)
Sleeveless shirts A few big gaudy belts Tanning oil* Bottled Water Baggies filled with celery Grandma’s crochet hooks * (tanning beds are pretty expensive with the new tax)
For this year’s Spring Break, The Purdue Review would like to help you travel in style. If you have ever wondered what it would take to vacation like the First Family, we have all the answers. Just follow our simple guide below!
Things to Pack (for the Gentlemen)
Confirmation letter for renting the entire hotel Cigarettes Golf clubs Dog food Rules for Radicals by Saul Alinsky Blackberry
- Definitely travel outside of the United States - certainly not the Gulf Coast or anywhere else in our country that could really use tourism money - Bow to the hotel owner when you arrive - Apologize to citizens on the streets for America being awesome - Make a false claim against a local cop, then have a beer with him - Literally sprint into a gift shop and buy a really crappy souvenir to give to the Queen of England right before you fly home
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