Tagged Government

Taking Away Women’s Choice

THE INTENT BEHIND ALABAMA’S NEW ABORTION BILL Alabama Governor Kay Ivey has recently signed an anti-abortion proposal, House Bill 314 (HB 314), criminalizing people in her state who provide surgical abortions with a punishment of up to 99 years in prison. HB 314 neglected to define who the provider is in the case of self-induced…


“We’ve Had Enough!”

SCC was ablaze with passionate speakers and enthusiastic crowds as underpaid faculty and staff cried “no more!” The failure of Washington state to tax the rich and properly fund higher education came to a head on April 16, 2019 when nine community and technical colleges (CTCs) in the Seattle area held staff and student walkouts….

The Smoke Will Clear

WASHINGTON’S NEW TOBACCO LAW IS A GOOD THING The easiest way to stop an addiction? Never let it start. Washington is now the ninth state to formally sign into law legislation that prevents people under the age of 21 from purchasing cigarettes, e-cigarettes and other tobacco products, effective Jan. 1, 2020. Increasing the smoking age…

It’s My Party and I’ll Die If I Want To

NEW LAW LEAVES YOUNG SMOKERS IN LIMBO Come Jan. 1, 2020, I will no longer be permitted to purchase, and in effect, smoke cigarettes under a new Washington state law. The age for purchasing tobacco products will be raised from 18 to 21, and I will be 20, one of the few generations worth of…


Political Climate Change

HEATING UP THE RACE FOR PRESIDENCY Governor Jay Inslee has joined the crowded Democratic field running for president in 2020. Despite the odds, his choice to run on a platform of fighting climate change may make him the most important candidate. Who’s Jay Inslee? In a group of 14 viable candidates, the first hurdle seems…


Shrinking Demographic: SCC’s Diversity at Risk

UNDERSTANDING THE RECENT DECLINE OF INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS Owing to its high-quality education system, diverse culture and relatively open labor market, the United States has always been one of the top destinations for international students. The U.S. hosts the most international students of any country worldwide. Hosting international students helps boost the U.S. economy. The Association…


It’s Good To Be Hated

THE CONGRESSWOMAN WHO KICKED THE HORNET’S NEST Maybe you’ve heard of her, maybe you haven’t yet; either way, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC) has come under fire as a new member of Congress. She’s a Democrat born in the Bronx and is representing New York’s very diverse Fourteenth District as of this year. She might also be…


International Education in the Shadow of 2016 Election

STUDENTS’ PERSPECTIVE ON STUDYING IN AMERICA In the fall of 2017, ASG President Denish Oleke left Uganda to study at SCC. He began his first quarter as a computer-science major, shivering under three sweaters in the brisk Seattle weather. American food was vastly different from what he’d grown up eating. He only knew a handful…


To Vote or Not to Vote?

YOU WILL DECIDE THE RESULTS OF THE MIDTERM ELECTIONS Blue and red signs popping up on every corner makes voting season hard to miss. America’s current political climate is divided by controversial discussions and issues, resulting in the problem that the U.S. democratic system faces each year: getting its citizenry to vote. In contrast to…

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