Posts Tagged "Week 17"

CI Reflections

Posted by on Feb 7, 2013 in Work In Progress | 1 comment

I really like the addition of Civic Issues posts for this semester. They provide an opportunity for thoughtful conversation that is backed up with a mix of facts and statistics. My CI blog focuses on education and for my first post I focused on the issue of diversity at Penn State. When I prepare a CI post I definitely do a lot more research because the post is longer and more in depth and also because I want people to read it and have something to say afterwards. That process is¬†definitely¬†what sets CI posts apart from say, a Passion post. I wish that for my first CI post that I didn’t jump around so much and had focused on one concrete issue because looking back that made the blog a little confusing.

Looking at other people’s posts I can definitely say the mix of facts and personal experiences is what draws me into the post. Also, I think it’s important that people take a stance on whatever issue they are writing about. It makes for healthy debate and a good conversation. I don’t think people should be afraid to step on some toes if it’s about something they truly have an opinion on. From the comments on my post I saw what other people thought about the diversity at Penn State and saw how other people view the same topic but in different ways.

I think that for my future posts I want to keep the main topic concise and clear and just go more in depth with my ideas and analysis. I’ve seen this done in other posts and I would like to do that also. For my remaining posts I will continue with the topic of education because I can never get tired of that and I will try and accomplish the goals that I mentioned above.

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Another Day, Another Court Hearing

Posted by on Feb 7, 2013 in Passion | 6 comments



This past week, singer Chris Brown has been dealing with the legal troubles surrounding his beating of Rihanna case. Brown supposedly completed his court–ordered 180 days of community service but recent reports suggest that not only did the singer fail to commit his service but also lied and said that her did. His lawyer stands by his position that Brown is being “tortured” by the DA’s office and being made an example of. I don’t know, I think that if you severely beat a person, then the slap on the wrist punishment you get should at least be completed. Another surprising aspect of these recent court dates is the presence of Rihanna. You may remember that Rihanna was Brown’s victim a few years back when he physically assaulted her inside of his car. It seems that Rihanna has put the traumatic experience behind her.


One would argue that because Rihanna has obviously forgiven Chris Brown for assaulting her, then the court system should as well. Statistically, a woman will return to her abuser 7 times before she leaves him for good. With those odds, Rihanna still has a long way to go. Should the judge let up on Brown because he has “changed his ways” or is it entirely too likely that he will commit the same crime sooner rather than later. It’s not like Brown has stayed away from violence following his assault charge. Just last week he was involved in an altercation with singer Frank Ocean and there have been documented incidents of his violent outbursts.


What do you all think? If a woman supports her abuser, should we assume that she just knows something that we don’t? Or is it impossible for the abuser to ever change from his previous actions? Comment what you think below!

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