A look into the events of Boston this last week
This past week has been filled with tragedy, fear and relief for not only the city of Boston, but the entire country. The events seem to be more like a season of the television show “24” than actual reality.
While I’m not discrediting the tragedy of the matter, it’s still important to keep in perspective that this is not an uncommon occurrence.
The amount of media attention and outpouring of support was far beyond any coverage of any incident in the war-torn countries of the Middle East. There were no fundraising efforts for the people of Syria or the rest of the nations that went through Arab Spring, which I’m sadly sure that a vast majority of the student body thinks means an unusually warm April. (more…)
Don’t panic and always know where your towel is
“The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” tells us that man assumes he is the most intelligent being on the planet because he has built and achieved so much, whilst dolphins did little more than frolic in the oceans enjoying life.
Dolphins, however, tend to think the exact opposite of humans for the same reasons.
Much like the dolphins in “The Guide,” I will be leaving Ferris and all of you fine students and faculty members behind. This will be my last opinion column in the Ferris State Torch. (more…)
A part of my life is soon coming to an end.
It is spring 2013 and time to say goodbye after 19 years of school. That is almost two decades, and 82.6 percent of my life that has been spent in school, which is just crazy. What is my next step? Well, hopefully a job, but as of today, I do not know my future. I do not have a plan.
Come May 11 when I walk the stage in Wink Arena, I will be leaving Ferris; leaving friends; leaving family; leaving my job; leaving my home of five years. It seems I will be leaving a lot behind but taking a lot more with me. (more…)
The story of a probationary student
There is a kid who showed up to Ferris State, blind as to what his educational talents were at the beginning of the 2012 fall semester.
All he knew is that he loved to write, yet he didn’t know what he was capable of, especially with his high school testing scores and grade point average.
The kid took a job at the campus newspaper as a sports reporter, hoping maybe this was the outlet that would show him success. (more…)
A pro-choice view of the situation
I will begin this simply. There is no excuse for the actions that took place in Doctor (if you can even call him that) Gosnell’s “Women’s Medical Society.” The heinous acts of murder, negligence and greed will offend anyone and prove to show that this problem is not about abortion, it is about the lackadaisical functioning and oversight of a bureaucracy run amok.
While pro-lifers will use this incident as a rallying cry to garner support for their cause, the true underpinnings of the crimes that occurred on 3801 Lancaster Street in Philadelphia will be soon forgotten due to the political turmoil surrounding abortion in the United States. We need to set aside the differences in this case and look directly at the cause, not the outcome. (more…)
Finding a job after graduation
Let’s think back to the beginning of the semester.
Play back the memories you had either as an incoming freshman or outgoing senior. A very different mindset now exists for both of these classes of people. Game on! If you are a senior and graduating, this is the most exciting time of your life. You could care less about the problems around you and only that winning a diploma is finally in sight.
Can you believe your college career is almost over? Read between the lines—that means you now have to enter the real world. This quandary of job searching for many is a strenuous task, only exacerbated by the dreaded unpaid internship. Comment on the lack of pay to a potential employer and you might as well fill out your welfare paperwork now. (more…)
Are we living above our needs?
I know I could easily live without a television or my iPhone. Have I chosen to live without it? No.
So this column is not about lecturing anyone, but to encourage you to honestly think about what you truly need for happiness. (more…)
It shouldn’t take the Gosnell abortion clinic catastrophe to open our eyes
Jars of baby feet and fetal remains.
Bloodstained walls, sheets and women lying half lifeless in chairs.
Babies born, crying with life, then scissors to their necks, severing their spinal cords. Some die immediately. For others it is slower, and they twitch about. A woman, strapped to a bed, cries out that she wants to keep her baby. But a monster calls her the baby, and she is outnumbered by staff who proceed.
She wakes up groggy but knows her baby is no longer with her. She weeps and asks to hold her child. But no one answers. They all ignore her.
Does this sound like something out of a horror movie?
It’s not. It’s real. It is the story of Kermit Gosnell and his abortion clinic in Philadelphia, Pa. on 3801 Lancaster Avenue. The documentary “3801 Lancaster” reveals the truth behind this nightmare.
For those of you not familiar with this story, Gosnell’s clinic was up and running for many years. In fact, the last time a representative from the state department of health had inspected the clinic was 1993.
Gosnell primarily performed late term abortions, in which the fetus is often viable. Various atrocities took place at Gosnell’s far below par facility, including one woman suffering a perforated uterus in 1996, another dying after an abortion in 2002, and another dead in 2009. One died because a general office worker started her anesthesia, and she suffered a lethal overdose. The health department was notified of all these incidents,
Not once did they investigate.
In addition to these heinous crimes, seven infants experienced Gosnell’s horrific snipping procedure, live babies murdered.
As I type I feel my stomach churn, but I try to keep my words lucid and composed. I don’t know what infuriates me the most: The obscenities that occurred at this terrible excuse for a medical facility by this man and the irresponsible workers below him, the utter negligence of those who are supposed to protect our health and communities from these kinds of atrocities, or the fact that it takes an event like this for people to realize the horror of abortion, for mothers and babies. There are those who will call this case murderous, but still justify the killing of a human baby as long as it’s not viable. We demand rights for diverse sexualities and genders and ethnicities and races and classes. Yet we fail to give the most basic right of life to the innocent who cannot speak up for themselves.
One woman had eight abortions by Gosnell in 14 years, and when she returned after her first, one of the workers explained how perfectly normal abortion is. For every abortion after, she viewed it as a form of birth control. Reflecting in the documentary, she says she doesn’t know what she was thinking, as she weeps bitterly.
Ferris women, this is you. You are those at risk. If this heartbreaking story doesn’t change your views of abortion for the horrendous act that it is (and as polar as the issue of abortion is, I doubt it will), at least become an advocate for your health and the health of others by speaking up in the face of medical atrocities and become a proponent for quality care. Those that are pro-choice argue the importance of this platform on giving women control. Control of their lives and their bodies. But women, when you let your body into the hands of a monster like Gosnell, or anyone who will take that life from you or put your life at risk, you relinquish control.
My colleagues, my fellow students who have undergone abortions—I don’t condemn you. I can’t imagine the emotional toil, the pain and the pressure of knowing the responsibility of a child—it’s impact on your hopes and dreams or the pain of carrying the child of rape. I can’t think of anyone who likes abortion. But don’t let people desensitize you to it. Using protection if sex is your choice or making the choice with your body to sustain a life if you do become pregnant is giving you more power and control than you could ever have in the hands of someone who will take that new life away.
One point made in the documentary addressed the prevalence of abortion clinics in inner-cities, African American communities, and minority communities, targeting those already oppressed. They offer their services as if they are the only choice. They aren’t. You have options. The road won’t be easy choosing life, but neither will choosing abortion. Make the choice that saves lives and promotes health for all.