Letter from the Editor: regarding last issue

ETHAN COSTELLO | coste012@rangers.uwp.edu 

Hello all! I would like to address something that is not necessarily easy for me. However, this is an issue that needs confrontation.

Those of you who read a copy of our last edition, which was released Thursday, March 30, may have noticed many inconsistencies and outright errors in the layout of the issue.

Accepting of fault

The many errors,  some obvious, some less so, I accept fault on. All of these errors could have been avoided if there was meaningful premeditation in regards to our course this semester.

I did not consider early enough what it would mean to work on an issue over spring break. As it turns out, inaction is the root of error. That is something I have seen unfold in this issue.

The errors

On our front page, we misspell Corey Hoskins name in the photo cred. Wyllie is misspelled in the title and throughout the article of the restaurant piece. On the bottom of the page, our page teasers are totally incorrect and are in fact from two issue ago.

On our second page, the mugshot of Donald Trump should have been replaced with a mugshot of our writer Joseph Canning. The photo captions of the bottom two images are wildly inaccurate.

On the third page, Elaine Philippa’s name is misspelled.

On the fourth page, there are a couple misspelling/ spacing issues with the comic credits. The dialogue of “Birds on a Wire” has a punctuation error: “buffet’s” should not have an apostrophe in it.

On page seven, top right corner of the Bearly News, the issue number reads “1” when it should be at “3”.

On the eighth page, the picture for the top article is of UW-Parkside’s softball team when the article is about the women’s and men’s basketball teams.

The cause of failure

It was not until about two weeks out when I realized our issue would be made over spring break. Because of this, I scrambled to bring together last minute plans to continue its preparation.

Many of my reporters and staff were out-of-state throughout the break, leaving me short-handed. This left the reporting and content development to myself and a few of my other reporters.

During layout weekend, a few days before the file is submitted for print, myself and my graphics lead, Tyler Feldhausen, were the only two available to work. We spent the majority of the evening that Friday, March 24, working.

Before long, we had to leave the Student Center around 5 p.m. because they were closing the building early. This was due to specific spring break hours, of which we were unfortunately unaware.

We decided to finish layout in the MacLab in the academic building. Another thing we did not know at the time was that once transferred to the MacLab, our InDesign file would be incompatible with our computers because our office runs on old Adobe software.

This caused a huge problem for final edits and ultimately many errors were left uncorrected.

The price of unpreparedness

This is a lesson learned for myself and for “The Ranger News”. I apologize to anyone that this has affected: to our sources, to our readers, to our partners and our advisers.

If this is your first issue, I understand if you might see this and never want to pick up another copy again. Before you make that decision, let me say that this is not representative of our best, but in fact, you caught us at our worst.

I have learned from this. My staff have learned from this. And to anyone else, do not make the same mistake that I have.

Never underestimate the impact of preparation and forethought.

Study abroad: the class of life experience

THIS ONE (2)DEREK FYE | fye00001@rangers.uwp.edu

The learning environment provided by higher education institutions is not only one of great importance for intellectual development, but is also one that can have a wide range of learning opportunities and life experiences. These opportunities are just as vital and valuable as those learned in the academic classroom setting.

It is easy to settle into the routine of college life and to forget to honestly consider and explore the outside world for which college is actually meant to be preparing students. The best way to prepare for the world is to get out of your comfort zone and go and live in it.

Worth the cost

This is much easier said than done. The process and all the paperwork for new experiences does take some time and effort to complete and does cost money, as with everything worthwhile in life. However, I do not view these obstacles as negative things. It is just the beginning of the life lessons in that everything worth doing in life will have some sort of cost, whether physical, emotional, monetary or in some other way.

The wonders of Scotland

 

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If it were easy, then what would be learned from the experience? In the beginning of my stay in Scotland, I did have the common question (at least for me) when I’m in a completely new place: what am I doing here? (Although Scotland answered that question faster than any other place I have ever been to.) The people are warm and friendly, the food (and drink) is good and unique and the scenery, whether you’re in the city or outside of it, is absolutely beautiful.

 

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The most significant lesson that I have learned from this experience is definitely the power of being an individual. I do not mean that in the march-to-the-beat-of-your-own-drummer sense (although that too is an important truth). Be an individual by trying new things and meeting new people.

I learned this by observing the difference between how people would interact with me when I am alone vs. when I am with a group of other students. This is not to say that hanging out with other students is a bad thing; there are many great students here, and they are certainly another plus to this already incredible opportunity. However, in my experience, it is immeasurably fun to go out with local residents and just get immersed in their culture and way of life.

Trump’s budget misses the mark

JOSEPH CANNING | canni001@rangers.uwp.edu

On Thursday, March 16, United States President Donald Trump revealed his plans for the 2018 national budget. The budget proposal is titled “America First” on the White House website and promises to “make America great.”

Where the money is going

As can be expected of any utterance from Trump, his proposals have been intensely controversial, even among fellow Republicans still reluctant to support their President. The new budget threatens to sever nearly all foreign aid, virtually eliminate climate research, decimate funding for the arts, and reduce agricultural subsidies. All of these major cuts beg the question of where the funds will go to instead. The answer: the military… and the wall.

Trump’s budget proposal certainly does live up to its title, but it is not the common people of America, rather America’s soldiers and defense contractors that are the priority. A total increase of $52 billion is to go towards an increased number of troops, new ships, and the flawed and inordinately priced F-35 fighters; a further $2.8 billion goes to the Department of Homeland Security for Trump’s promised wall.

Stuffing the military’s pockets

The large boost to the already generously funded United States military is wholly unnecessary and wasteful. The US’s military is already the strongest and—by a ludacris margin—the most expensive on Earth. The military spending of the next seven biggest spenders on Earth still fails to equal the current military spending in America.

Presumably, Trump demands that more money be thrown at the armed forces for some eventual goal or some grand purpose, but the only way he seems to be to be able to defend the increase in funding is to contribute to America’s greatness. The purpose of a military is to fight wars, so, to Trump, war seems to make nations great—or at least the ability to make war. Since money is planned to be withdrawn from the State Department and several foreign aid programs, peaceful cooperation seems contrary to Trump’s vision of greatness.

A wall and a hard place

The hard rhetoric of the President during his campaigning last year made Mexico’s cooperation in the funding of the border wall sound absolute, but the budget proposal suggests that Trump is already conceding that Mexico will not pay for his wall. Enrique Nieto, Mexico’s President, has repeatedly refused payment for the wall and an outraged population ensures his stance will not change.

As for the wall, it is all too likely that American taxpayers will be the ones funding it in the end. If Trump persists with his demands of Nieto, the commander-in-chief might just have to put his additional $52 billion to use.

Question of the Issue

Q: “How do you get involved in your community?”

MOLLY WRIGHT | wrigh082@rangers.uwp.edu

HUNTER FRENCH | frenc019@rangers.uwp.edu

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Peter Wierzba

Peter Wierzba

Junior, Political Science Major

A: “I am involved with a local church and I’m in an InterVarsity on campus. And I really try to make people’s day better by being kind and showing love.”

Keough Lemieux

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Keough Lemieux

Sophomore, Political Science Major

A: “I’m becoming more involved here at Parkside, I am a member of Parkside Student Government, and I am involved with the Parkside student Democrats.”

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Gia Reeves

Gia Reeves

Sophomore, Psychology Major

A: “I just recently got out of the 4H program over in Lake Geneva, which I’ve been doing for the past eleven years, working with kids and horses. I am involved in UW-Parkside Odditees group, the UW-Parkside student Democrats and the History Club, even though I’m not a history major or minor.”

Ryan de la Torre

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Ryan de la Torre

Freshman, Nursing Major

A: “Well I spend my time working at an animal shelter where I help cats specifically to find homes.”

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Ashlynn Brandl

Ashlynn Brandl

Freshmen, Nursing Major

A: “I have volunteered with the nursing students at different local food support centers.”

Griffin Cofell

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Griffen Cofell

Sophomore, Music Performance Major

A: “I am in the Women’s Center and on top of that I am in groups that play for charity all around town.”

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Raven Renje

Raven Renje

Sophomore, Music Major and Communication Major

A: “I think trying to find clubs and groups, like I’m part of the Women’s Center here, I noticed it here and wanted to be a part of it. And because of that it’s led me to find out about other groups that I can be involved with like the Women’s Horizon Shelter.”

Jonathan Fuhrer

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Jonathan Fuhrer

Senior, History Major and Education Major

A: “I’m in the History Club, and it’s important to me because I think it helps bring together almost a sense of community within the majors themselves which is kind of cool.”

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Mason Markee

Mason Markee

Freshmen, Communication Major

A: “I’m in WIPZ student radio station, and I am the Program Director so I run the shows.”

Kaija Daniels

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Kaija Daniels

Junior, Communication Major

A: “I’m the President of the Parkside Oddities, I’m the Secretary of the Admissive Fiber Arts, and the Secretary of the Anthropological Society.”

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Jacob Pinkos

Jacob Pinkos

Psychology Major

A: “I am the Vice president of Parkside Oddities, this club is important because we encourage you to express your oddness.”

Phillisha Baggett

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Phillisha Bagget

Criminal Justice Major

A: “I work for the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs and I am Activities Coordinator of the Criminal Justice Association and I volunteer.”

Twitter: Trump’s new strategy

JOSEPH CANNING | canni001@rangers.uwp.edu

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United States President Donald Trump has been a prolific tweeter since he began running in the 2016 presidential race, when he tweeted up to an astonishing 59 times a day. Since Trump’s victory in the election, his tweets have slowed significantly, but continue unceasingly.

Twitter as a tool

Such a commitment to the use of social media is unprecedented in America and is a political revolution in its own right, but the precedent Trump has set for the platform’s use in politics is destabilizing and destructive. Donald Trump has brilliantly capitalized on Twitter’s ability to distribute information to millions of people around the world instantly.

Though 59 tweets in one day may seem like the product of obsession, it was much more likely the product of a calculated effort to flood social media with the rhetoric of the Trump campaign. This push was a resounding success: escaping politics and calls to “make America great again” seemed an impossible task on social media during September and October of last year.

Not just Twitter

Indeed, the most remarkable facet of Trump’s social media strategy is that his personal tweets could not be contained by Twitter alone. Reddit, the popular information sharing website, has a pro-Trump page r/the_donald that has so effectively adopted Trump’s Twitter strategy that the site’s CEO, Steve Huffman, had to hide the subreddit’s posts on the main page to allow other subreddits posts to appear. Trump supporters took to Facebook as well, sharing news and analytics in support of their cause that became so virulent that false information often spread unnoticed.

It is evident that Trump’s aptitude for social media and the coordinated efforts of his cohorts contributed significantly to his election as president last year. Surely, similar methods will be employed by more politicians in the future, and the internet will play an ever increasing role in politics. Trump has,unfortunately, set a destructive precedent for social media’s use in politics.

A future of falsehood

The President tweeted on Saturday, March 4th, “Terrible! Just found out that Obama had my ‘wires tapped’…” exclaiming that “this is McCarthyism!” and followed it with a barrage of personal attacks on Obama and the Democratic party. This episode reveals the most pressing issue with social media in politics: the ability to easily and rapidly spread lies. Trump has no proof of such claims whatsoever, and his sole motivation for tweeting such inflammatory and fallacious statements is to distract his followers from scandals that threaten his own authority.

Using social media as a campaign tool is distressing when one realizes how simple it is to build an online mechanism of unyielding supporters who—without question—retweet, share or otherwise pass on lies. Such lies can even supplant the truth when all a politician has to do is dismiss the media as “fake news” to earn himself credibility. If Donald Trump’s Twitter war on fact continues without strong opposition, truth threatens to become a relative term when it suits political convenience.