Take Charge of Your Mental Health

KRYSTAL DODGE

                                                                                                thorn008@rangers.uwp.edu

College is a time of transition and can be very stressful. Sometimes that bring out things like depression, anxiety, insomnia and many more. It is important to have a strong support network. As you grow and change the elements and needs of your support network will change with it.

According to Chardon State College, “One in four young adults between the ages of 18 and 24 have a diagnosable mental illness.” That is a large amount of people. Luckily for us there are a lot of resources available here in the community and on campus.

Resources

UW- Parkside has free personal counseling services and referrals are available to all UW-Parkside students. These services are performed by licensed personnel and meet federal guidelines, and they offer individual and group counseling for a wide variety of things.

These services are free and confidential, meaning that the information will not and cannot legally be shared without your written permission. You can call to set up counseling session at (262) 595-2366. If you have an emergency, you call the Parkside police at (262) 595-2911.

NAMI of Kenosha County offers free Support groups for individuals coping with a mental illness, their family and their friends. They are located at 5718 7th Ave, Kenosha, and the number is 262-652-3606. You can call or check their website for the different support groups and services.

Getting involved

People need to socialize because, for the most part, humans are not solitary beings. On campus we have many organizations and clubs you can become part of. Having that group of peers can help you cope better.

Even though mental illness can be daunting, it does not have to be a life sentence. There is hope and help. Take charge of your mental health and be the best you, because there is only one of you and the world needs you in it. In the words of Demi Lovato, “It’s my mission to share this with the world and to let them know that there is life on the other side of those dark times that seem so hopeless and helpless. I want to show the world that there is life — surprising, wonderful and unexpected life after diagnosis.”

The Proletarian | Kavanaugh was never fit for Justice seat

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Fellow students protest Kavanaugh’s nomination for SCOTUS outside the Student Center.
Courtesy: Ethan Costello

ETHAN COSTELLO

coste012@rangers.uwp.edu

Added to sexual assault, Kavanaugh’s record speaks for itself

The Kavanaugh hearing has been a disappointing process. The FBI and the senators have confirmed the theatrics behind “due process” when it comes to big money interests. Brett Kavanaugh is unfit for the Supreme Court Justice seat in light of the allegations of sexual assault levied against him, his tendency towards dishonesty and his political line.

After Christine Blasey Ford gave testimony about the sexual assault committed against her, I believe her. Do you know why? The likelihood that this is a correct accusation is highly in Ford’s favor. The numbers as reported by news outlet the Independent are scientifically in her favor. The likelihood of a false accusation of sexual assault or rape is extremely low, anywhere from 2-6%. And allegations of sexual assault are always treated with unremorseful suspicion, perpetuated by the rampant misogyny embedded in our culture.  The ridiculous line of questioning by supporters of Kavanaugh inside the Senate shows this suspicion in Ford’s case.

The manner in which Kavanaugh has addressed these accusations and the necessary inquiries that have followed has been questionable and unbecoming of a man who claims to have dedicated himself to the matters of justice and truth. Kavanaugh has managed to commit perjury many times throughout the hearing process. An analysis published on The Intercept breaks down the rhetoric that Kavanaugh used while under oath, and he blatantly lied about his history at Yale and about his past associations as well as dodged questions and digressed from the topic at hand. This is a common strategy used by people with something to hide. And it is purposeful. Vox published a comparison between Ford’s answers to pointed questions versus Kavanaugh’s answers. Ford answers every question directly and to the best of her ability, while it is a 50/50 chance that Kavanaugh will directly answer. It should raise alarms in everyone when a candidate for Supreme Court Justice (SCOTUS) is as deliberate as Kavanaugh in avoiding the truth.

Even after all of this, his endorsements and political line are another cause for alarm. It is important to remember that Kavanaugh was a potential nominee for SCOTUS since Trump’s campaign. Kavanaugh was part of a list of 25 names of possible nominees; this list was influenced and endorse by the Heritage Foundation, a right-wing think-tank. The Heritage Foundation is known for their union-crushing policies, their disregard for women’s rights and their desire to dismantle the Affordable Care Act. This is amongst many other backwards policies that stifle working class people and uplift the ruling class. To boot, Vox revealed that Kavanaugh also has proposed a dictatorial policy which would “exempt” the president from criminal prosecution while in office, effectively quelching any legal investigations and opposition against Trump and future presidents. It is no wonder why Trump supports Kavanaugh so much.

At the time of this publishing, the verdict for Kavanaugh for SCOTUS will have already been made. If the outcome is positive and he is rejected, it will be a victory for the masses, which should be celebrated. If he is accepted, it is a loss. There is only one thing to do in this event: do something about it. Organize about it. In solidarity.

Ethan Costello is a senior majoring in communication, VP of No Victims Self Defense and Secretary of Students for a Democratic Society.

Editor’s note: Read the online version for links to author’s sources. 

Community Connections | Slay your finals with these awesome study tips

KRYSTAL DODGE | thorn008@rangers.uwp.edu

It is that time of the semester again. We are all struggling to earn good grades and finish the semester strong. There are a variety of things you can do, study tips you can try and resources you can utilize to help you achieve the grades you want and need. Do not let the end of the semester stress get you down.

According to Deloitte Center for Higher Education Excellence, “Nearly one-third of undergraduates leave after their first year, and many require six years to complete their studies.” That seems daunting, but you can be successful!

It is important to get proper sleep, eat healthy, stay hydrated and manage your stress. You can handle your class work and tests. You must allocate your time effectively, develop good study habits and prepare for your tests.

There are many helpful study tips. Cognitive scientists suggest alternating study places and switching between subjects. Forming study groups with your peers and making flash cards are great ways to study. The New York Times reported that consistent testing can help you to relearn information and recall it for your finals, so perhaps all those annoying tests are a good thing.

Effectively using your time is often hard. For each college credit you are taking it is recommended you spend 2 to 3 hours studying per week. Sometimes you have to get creative to fit that all in. Do things like bringing those handy flash cards you made to review in your downtime. Just remember to take breaks as well, because after 90 minutes of studying you will have a hard time focusing. Do not be afraid to take naps, because a sleepy brain is a slow brain.

Test anxiety is a common issue. If you are experiencing test anxiety and it is negatively affecting your performance at school, you should get evaluated. There are accommodations available if you qualify. Some examples of accommodations are extended test time and testing in a quiet room. The Disability Service office is in Wyllie D175 and the phone number is 262-595-2372.

UW-Parkside has help available.  The Parkside Academic Resource Center (PARC) located in Wyllie D180 is open Monday through Friday. The phone number is 262-595-2044. They offer tutoring online as well as in person. They also offer supplemental instruction and student success coaching.

Take a deep breath and try not to get overwhelmed. If you find yourself struggling utilize the resources available. In the words of Franklin D. Roosevelt, “The only limit to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today.

The views expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official views or opinions of The Ranger News.

The Proletarian | Foxconn-Parkside partnership: Who’s really benefited?

ETHAN COSTELLO | coste012@rangers.uwp.edu

The past several months in Wisconsin have been trailed with the ever-looming promise of economic glory to come. Gov. Walker has incessantly pressed for an investment of Foxconn in southeastern Wisconsin, and the corporation is all but confirmed for the construction of their facilities. Yet, despite all the alarums raised against the companies, our Chancellor Debbie Ford seems much too eager to welcome them here with open arms.

Walker and other wealthy interests—businesses and politicians—keep proclaiming this deal will bring about a stimulation of the Wisconsin economy like nothing else before it. The promise of 13,000 jobs within the proposed Foxconn facility alone, plus 10,000 constructions jobs and interest from 500 businesses is most certainly an enticing idea because most assuredly, Wisconsin is suffering. The world is suffering. 

What they do not tell you is that these jobs are possible through questionable means to the point of honest reappraisal. The hacked-out deal calls for complete disregard of environmental regulations. Local newspapers have reported that air, water and land regulations are being discarded to accommodate for Foxconn’s unhealthy requirements. The corporation is expected to pump an unsustainable amount of water from Lake Michigan for use in its facility—our clean drinking water—and will not be held accountable for fully returning their debt, and with no obligation to return it pollution free.

There are also economic concerns. The proffered incentive package is now up to $4 billion to be paid to Foxconn as they work towards their job creation mark. Where is this money coming from? The taxes that we are all paying. Economists expect Wisconsin’s gross domestic product (GDP) to increase by $51 billion dollars, but that figure does not indicate impact on standard of living. What is likely going to happen is that the thousands of workers will not be paid their true worth to the company; the workers’ value will be sent upwards towards managers and administrators, and the money made from us Wisconsin workers will be funneled overseas to the Taiwanese based company, benefiting wealthy interests at the hard-to-see detriment of Wisconsin laborers.

Chancellor Ford and other education administrators at UW-Milwaukee and Gateway seem to willfully ignore these considerations. In several press releases and reports, Chancellor Ford anticipates the need to provide Foxconn with a host of educated workers—a docile workforce. The question is why? This will look very good for the Chancellor and UW-Parkside’s Administrations, won’t it? This would lead to more revenue from further investment in the campus from outside sources. Some would argue is a good thing, but judging by how our administration handles our money—with actions like cutting programs and faculty while spending money on aesthetic projects like Wyllie Hall—further investment would not be set aside for the students and faculty who desperately need the funding. I urge the Chancellor to reconsider this partnership.

The views expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official views or opinions of The Ranger News.

A Message From Nature: The zero waste lifestyle: A trendy illusion

ADELANA AKINDES | akind001@rangers.uwp.edu

I first found out about the zero waste movement a few years ago after stumbling across a video on YouTube. The woman who made the video, Lauren Singer, had gone a year living a ‘zero waste lifestyle’ and all the waste she did produce was concealed within a single mason jar. She used homemade toothpaste, bamboo toothbrushes, reusable upcycled razors and glass jars instead of plastic containers. It seemed impossibly green, chic and eco-friendly.

Zero waste thinking has its advantages, mainly by drawing constant attention to the issue of waste. By committing to a zero waste lifestyle, this awareness becomes instilled into everyday decisions and thoughts. One takes into consideration how much waste they produce, how much is thrown away and what in their lives can be used more than once. One may learn to value things that last longer, that have more staying power in one’s life and which are not easily disposed of.

Yet the issue of waste cannot be solved from individual choices about what to buy. We can try navigating the market to find products that fit a zero waste standard: no plastic packaging, long term use, no complex methods of disposal required. Yet when one goes grocery shopping with their reusable bags and mason jars, buying items in bulk, it is impossible to notice all of the other items, the wasteful, one-use items which are still the norm. It is the mindset of capitalism, hyper-focused on increasing profit, that is the root of the problem. It is this constant overarching system of overproduction and misuse of resources which ultimately needs to change for ‘zero waste’ to be a realistic vision.

Simply because waste does not reside in your own home, does not make it any less of a reality somewhere else. No matter what the consumer chooses to do with the waste in their own home, it is still being made on a mass scale. The consumer is not the true producer of waste. When one wishes to rid one’s life of plastic products for example, they are only navigating a maze. Whether one uses plastic or not, it’s still being produced and mass distributed on a grand and global scale.

What the zero waste lifestyle does is bring to a person’s attention the materials they use, where these materials come from, and where these materials are going. It is in this way that conscious consumerism is as an effective step for the consumer. Yet in order for any large-scale, long-term solutions to be made with environmental degradation, it is time for the true producers of waste, the giant corporations of this planet, to consciously consume.

The views expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official views or opinions of The Ranger News.