Posted 04/16/2013: Globalization is a concept that has expanded far beyond trade and economics. Following the Boston marathon bombings the entire world reacted, offering sympathy and support, but also some perspective.
Both the media and the federal government classified the Boston explosions as acts of terror, making them the first successful terrorist attack on U.S. soil since 9/11. Thus, they marked an important moment in U.S. history and their significance and levity were intensified by their tie to the event that marked the beginning of a new era more than 11 years ago. But the gravity that these events hold also called into question Americans' perception of violence at home and overseas.
Officials reported that the explosive devices were made out of pressure cookers filled with shrapnel, a type of explosive often seen in bombs used in the Middle East. In volatile countries like Syria, bombings are not unusual, and the Associated Press reported that while Syrians expressed sympathy, there was some disappointment that similar events in their own country all too often received little to no attention.
The Boston attack offers Americans a glimpse into the daily life of those living in countries plagued by turmoil. Rather than causing division between Americans and Syrians, these events can serve as a base for mutual sympathy and make Americans more aware of the fear that has become a daily routine in other countries.
In its original form, the bill would cover all students but would lack a list of specific groups or the differences for which a student might be bullied, such as race, gender or sexual orientation.
Several lawmakers argued that the general coverage of the bill was not specific enough, and that school administrators would brush off bullying related to sexual orientation if it was not specifically listed in the bill.
This proposal raised concerns that students not falling under these categories would no longer be protected by the bill. One lawmaker declared that the goal should be to protect all students from bullying and not limit it to certain groups.
The heated arguments ignored the fact that ultimately, lawmakers wanted the same thing: a bill to protect all students that would not be ignored by schools.
Barack Obama took his oath of office for the second time less than two months ago, but contenders for the 2016 nomination are already in the spotlight.
Even before the 2012 election was over, it seemed that the next race had already begun. In Time's commemorative election issue, published Nov. 7, 2012, one feature was dedicated to the "Class of 2016," listing a number of candidacy contenders such as Hilary Clinton and Chris Christie. When we are faced with a 24/7 news cycle and a holiday season that starts in September, it's no surprise that the election cycle would follow suit.
Today the Republican Party is making headlines as they move to rebrand the party and attract a greater array of voters. After years of holding tight to old conservative issues and ideals, making this announcement three and a half years before the next presidential race may be perfect timing.
Recently it felt as if I was back in a high schol classroom filled with teenagers that would rather not be there and a few class clowns. The teenagers were Missouri state representatives and the classroom was a House hearing room.
When the bill sponsor walked in fifteen minutes late, he was met by a round of applause. As witnesses presented their testimonies and the bill sponsor explained his proposed legislation to protect the rights of veterans, two representatives made faces at each other while others were glued to their phones. Two others had a conversation from opposite sides of the room, although they had the sense to limit it to lip reading rather than the shouts one is accustomed to in a high school English class.
This week, the legislators enjoy their spring break while I, the real student, am busy working on enterprise stories and staying afloat during midterm week. It seems as if the roles should be reversed, but seeing as my own spring break is in less than five days, I really don't have much to complain about.
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