Sexual assault involving athletes points to systemic issues

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Photo courtesy of EON Sports

In the hierarchy of national controversies, sexual assault on college campuses has maintained a prominent position over the past decade. As female students look into perspective institutions, safety has become an inherent part of their questioning.

Recently, a new boogeyman has arose in the conversation about sexual assault on college campuses: athletes and the departments behind them. As a growing number of cases involving sexual assaults and subsequent coverups rises, the presence of a nationwide and even systemic issue within intercollegiate athletics becomes clear.

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The prosecution and criminal sentencing of sexual assault offenders

 

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It is not uncommon for the people in the United States to see stories on the evening news about a rape case that has happened near them. This could be due to the increasing amount of rape and sexual assault cases that the United States has been seeing. Between the years of 2013 and 2014, a study done called Criminal Victimization, 2014 by Jennifer L. Truman and Lynn Langton, found that violent crimes like sexual assault went from 7.3 per 1,000 to 7.7 per 1,000, respectively.  Then, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, FBI, in 2015, there was a 6.3 percent increase in the amount of rape cases reported since the previous year of 2014. There was an estimated 90, 185 rapes reported within 2015. However, some data that is harder to find, is the arrest data for rape and sexual assault.

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The Dakota Access Pipeline and the Standing Rock movement

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Photo by Kat Weaver. DU Stands with Standing Rock event, November 15, 2016

In a post-election climate when human rights, corporate greed and climate change are some of the biggest concerns Americans have, the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) falls no shorter than an environmental crisis.

In January 2015, Dakota Access LLC and Energy Transfer Partners received permit approval to start building a 0.76-m-diameter pipeline spanning 1,168 miles, intended to transport up to 570,000 barrels of domestically produced crude oil each day from areas in North Dakota to Illinois.

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Rape culture and the college experience

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It’s been nearly four months since former Stanford student Brock Turner, was sentenced to six months in jail for sexually assaulting an unconscious woman. It’s been nearly one month since tape recording surfaced of Donald Trump bragging about groping women without their consent.

Trump simply dismissed the recording as “locker room talk” while Turner’s father told the judge that jail time was a “steep price to pay for twenty minutes of action.”  Today, Turner is out of jail and Trump is set to be the next president of the United States. Continue reading

The implications of climate change on the ski industry

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Info-graphic by Ben Jones

With the growing popularity of outdoor tourism, particularly skiing, Colorado has experienced a huge increase in tourism over the past years but growing concerns over climate change may affect this industry’s future. The majority of scientists agree that climate change is a prevalent issue and it has a direct impact on the rate of snowfall. Changes in temperature lead to changes in precipitation patterns. Therefore, warmer temperatures will lead to less snow and more rain which spells out bad news for the ski industry’s future.

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What the rise of domestic drones means for privacy

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Background photo taken and permission granted by Nick Valdez.

Technology’s evolution moves at a fairly exponential rate. Contrast this with the American government, an institution known for its gridlocked, snail’s pace. The two move at differing speeds yet both hold tremendous implications for the other.

Technological progress is a game of pros and cons and ideally, legislation does its best to optimize the benefits to society while minimizing the costs.

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LGBT rights take one step forward, two steps back

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Photo by Taryn Allen

The fight for equal rights has been a long and difficult one for all minority groups in America, and in the case of the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, etc.) community, the struggle only continues to grow. Despite recent moves forward in marriage equality and other issues, laws favoring discrimination still affect LGBT individuals every day, and the recent appointment of president-elect Donald Trump looks only toward a bleaker future.

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Gun violence among youth in America

Gun violence is an issue plaguing the youth in America affecting 18 lives daily. The reason? Many quickly cite the lenient gun laws and the creation of the 2nd amendment. After all we are known worldwide as the country that has “the right to bear arms” and it’s the reason why we gained our independence in the first place. It is a constitutional right, but it’s one that is taking innocent lives daily.

Creating harsher gun laws and enforcing stricter background checks may limit the number of guns in this country, but they won’t omit the gun violence.

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Time cover by Joe Klein

Judy Williams, who runs the organization Mothers of Murdered Offspring (MOMO), agrees that guns will always be available, but that the route to solving the problem is about perception and empathy towards communities where the violence occurs in.

“The reality of it is, they are not going to do away with guns in this country… The fact is that they are so plentiful on the streets and people have…It’s ludicrous to think you can take guns out of people’s homes in this country…It ain’t gonna happen.”

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Why the greatest gap won’t close

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Photo by Annika Galloway

Across the United States women on average make only 82.1 percent of men’s yearly earnings. In Colorado, the gap becomes vastly larger at 78.3 percent and is on trend to continue to grow wider, painting a bleak picture for women looking to enter the workforce in the near future.

Accounting for differences in education, qualifications, and across all fields of work, women are paid less.

Equal Opportunities International defines discrimination as, “the provision of unequal benefits to people of different ascriptive statuses despite identical qualifications and merit.”

In 2009 President Barack Obama attempted to combat gender discrimination by adding the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009. This act, in addition to the Equal Pay Act of 1963, was supposed to eliminate any gaps by “restoring the bedrock of American law”, through equal rights for all. However, the gap did not change.

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Immunizations and the herd

Winfo-graphic-2ith the chances of giving birth to a child with autism at a ten-year high, many parents feel forced to make decisions for their new families regarding their baby’s vaccinations. Although there is no scientific link that associates vaccinations with the development of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), a roper poll reveals that 36 percent of the U.S. population believes there could be a link. This leads to the question, if there is even a slight chance that vaccinations can lead to autism, should families be legally forced to vaccinate their children in order to be admitted into public schools?


85 percent of families in the U.S. support mandatory vaccinations, the other 15 percent have been vocal about their opposition. With popular faces, like Jim Kerry and Jenny McCarthy, leading the protests against legally mandated vaccinations, it is hard to ignore either side of the argument. 
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