Restoring the NCAA


You can hardly turn on any television station these days without hearing about some violation or wrongdoing in the NCAA.  If you’re like me (a daily viewer of ESPN and Sportscenter, that is), then you probably see stories like this way more often than you can take.  It almost seems like any mention of the NCAA is a kiss of death at this point.  While the NCAA has always appeared to have good intentions, the execution of some of its ideas has fallen short in recent years.

A few days ago, I told a friend that I was writing a paper about the current state of the NCAA and the changes that should be made.  His response?  “The NCAA? Oh yeah, it’s nothing but corruption and doom.”  Responses like this are exactly the reasons why I chose to explore this topic further.  As a student-athlete myself, I thought the topic really hit close to home.  Check out the paper if you love sports and can never hear enough about the crazy things some people did (i.e. Derrick Rose having somebody else take his SAT).  Check out the paper if you hate sports (you’ll get to hear what the NCAA has been doing wrong).  Either way, check it out.



Cap-and-Trade: The New Climate Policy for the United States

“The worst impacts of climate change would occur if greenhouse gas (GHG) levels in the atmosphere go higher than 550 ppm CO2 equivalent. The current level is 430 ppm today, and it is rising at more than 2ppm each year. The global emission level needs to be at least 25 percent below current levels by 2050 to avoid the harmful GHG level going past the threshold.”

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White Paper Proposal #3 – State of the NCAA



Well, as I was going over my white paper so that I can add it to the blog later, I realized that I never actually posted my third WP proposal.  So here it is.  Better late than never…

At first, I struggled to think about how I would execute the government proposal.  I wasn’t really sure where I should look.  As I began reading up on the NCAA, though, I decided to try to find an article about its relationship with the United States Justice Department. Continue reading

Tomato Tomahto Teaser: What the Organic vs. Genetically Engineered Debate Changes About Your Food


After doing research on locally grown, organic, and sustainable food sources for my white paper proposals, and writing my Paper 2 on Chipotle’s ‘Food with Integrity’ campaign I came across this ongoing debate. The issues stemming from this topic involve struggling farmers, high prices of healthy/organic foods, labeling controversies, and the accusations of dangerous side effects of GMOs.

Don’t let the topic fool you- this paper has everything you could want. My white paper details the story of government corruption, corporate scare tactics, mass murder (well… mass murder of the monarch butterfly population), and a whole lot more.

Appearance Discrimination in Hiring Teaser

After conducting research for my Paper 2 about Hooters, its hiring practices, and its sexist practices, I became very interested in laws regarding hiring discrimination.  When looking up the current regulations there are on hiring discrimination, I noticed that there was no current laws prohibiting discrimination based on appearance.  Abercrombie & Fitch opens its London Store, 2007

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DREAM BIG: A Solution for Undocumented Workers Teaser

Immigrant Students Rally In Washington

“Over the past 14 years, I’ve graduated from high school and college and built a career as a journalist, interviewing some of the most famous people in the country. On the surface, I’ve created a good life. I’ve lived the American dream. But I am still an undocumented immigrant. And that means living a different kind of reality. It means going about my day in fear of being found out. It means rarely trusting people, even those closest to me, with who I really am. It means keeping my family photos in a shoebox rather than displaying them on shelves in my home, so friends don’t ask about them. It means reluctantly, even painfully, doing things I know are wrong and unlawful. And it has meant relying on a sort of 21st-century underground railroad of supporters, people who took an interest in my future and took risks for me.”-Jose Antonio Vargas

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Gender Wage Gap Teaser

“If you’re a young women who graduated last summer from high school, you will earn $700,000 less over your working life than the young man standing in line with you to get his diploma.  If you graduated from college, you’ll lose $1.2 million compared to the man getting his degree along with you. ”

-Evelyn Murphy: President of The Wage Project

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Affirmative Action Teaser–What do we value?

The good intentions of affirmative action policy have become counterproductive to the progress of society.  A decision must be made about the future of race relations
in our country.   Do we aspire to be a society that is truly equal of opportunity, regardless of race? I believe we do, but I deeply contest affirmative action’s ability to lead us there.

Many think that we should continue down our same path of atonement for the wrongdoings of generations past.  They contend that the use of racial discrimination in a “positive” way will allow targeted groups to feel as if justice has been done.  I challenge that this offers only the illusion of equality, not the ideal itself.  Our current path is beset with the same hurdles of racial and ethnic division as the road behind us.  The only hope of overcoming these obstacles is by altering our approach.  In doing so, we can ultimately reach racial equality.

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Human Trafficking: A Global Concern teaser


Human trafficking is often thought of as a taboo topic. People know it happens, yet there is very little done to prevent it. Within the United States only 10% of police stations are equipped to deal with cases of human trafficking. If the United States, of the largest distribution countries, is ill prepared, imagine what protocols third world countries have in place. Human trafficking is not a crime which discriminates against gender, race, economic status, or age; over 161 countries have also come forward stating that there have been incidents concerning human trafficking. In order to fully understand this horrific crime, it is important to understand the statistics, to understand the victims and their stories. There are offices, offices such as the Office of Higher Commissioner for Human Rights, which can help save these victims from a life of slavery. This White Paper offers enlightening information and insightful recommendations to help combat the traffickers in order to save millions of lives.