The Election of 2016 & Demographics

The Election of 2016 & Demographics

By Molly Schramm

The 2016 Presidential Election has surely been wild. From email scandals to fat-shaming comments, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump have kept all citizens on the edge of their seats waiting for the next big scandal or blow-out. It almost seems more like a movie that should be accompanied with popcorn, than the election of our country’s president—our highest official.

As a teenager in today’s society, it’s interesting to see the two campaigns play out. Trump is loud and strong-minded while Hillary is hard-hitting and prepared. Their demeanors are complete opposites. My theory is that the older generations resonate with Trump, while the younger generations resonate with Clinton. To test my theory, I went out and asked Seton students and faculty some questions.

FACULTY:

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The 10% of faculty that said it depends expressed how the context of their opinion mattered. For instance, politically they’re not being listened too, but retrospectively older people primarily advertise to young adults and cater to them.

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STUDENTS:

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It’s interesting to see the contrast between the faculty and students. The faculty and students, obviously being in different age groups, seemingly had completely opposite opinions on this question.chart-6chart-5

This was the most surprising answer in my opinion. If you compare the charts between the faculty and students, you can obviously see the weariness in the faculty’s choices. Voting for a president is no easy feat; however, it seems like the students (even if they cannot actually vote) seem to have the answers.

This election is a whirlwind. With new emails arising and tapes from decades ago creating backlash in the Trump campaign, it’s undeniable one of the most complex elections we’ve had in American history. But the only responsibility we have as citizens is to vote and make our opinions heard, no matter your political stance. And for those who cannot vote, become informed, and educate yourself on the issues for when next election rolls around.

 

 

Taking Justice into Your Own Hands?

Taking Justice into Your Own Hands?

Charniqa Stephens Davis

Twenty minutes of power and control for him is providing an unshakeable amount of pain and fear for his victim. Brock Turner only served three months of his six-month sentence in a Santa Clara jail for the sexual assault of an unconscious woman. He served only half of his sentence for “good behavior”. But this begs the question “was justice actually served?”. Brock Turner’s neighbors don’t seem to think so. Many of the people in his hometown of Oakwood, Ohio seem to be opposed to his early release.

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Written Protest, US Uncut

The sidewalks have the words “RAPIST” drawn on them with chalk and arrows point to the Turner home, warning the neighborhood of the convicted felon’s presence. It’s understandable that local residents are weary of Turner being in the place where they live, work, and play, but perhaps the question is whether or not Turner should be allowed these same freedoms without objection.The sidewalks have the words “RAPIST” drawn on them with chalk and arrows point to the Turner home, warning the neighborhood of the convicted felon’s presence. It’s understandable that local residents are weary of Turner being in the place where they live, work, and play, but perhaps the question is whether or not Turner should be allowed these same freedoms without objection.

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Armed Protestors, US Uncut

Should the people of Oakwood be so active in their protest? People must think about this from different perspectives. Turner’s family is not to blame for his crimes, but where is the line drawn? Yes, people have every right to express their outrage, but the family also has the right to fear for the safety of a loved one. The term “taking justice into our own hands” should not be one sided, even though it is hard to separate personal feelings from certain issues. I ask that readers consider this logic before approaching important issues. So before you start playing tiny violins inside your head, as humans, as emotional beings, you must ask ourselves this — at what point should a parent stop protecting their child?