by: Jordan Deschenes
February 12, 2017
(A new op-ed that I wrote for The American Moderate. The American Moderate is a recently founded news site that has steadily been gaining a readership following over the past months. Here is the link to the article, if you’d rather read it there.)
Openly gay, British journalist Milo Yiannopoulos has been a notable contributor to the development of the American ultra-conservative, “alt-right” ideology. For the past few years, he has emphasized a message that challenges what he sees as an increasing suppression of controversial free speech by far-left, “politically correct” politics.
This message, which he recently described as “mainstream,” has been interpreted in many different ways by both conservatives and liberals. One of the points that is widely agreed upon is that controversial free speech is increasingly being met with hostility of a politically extreme nature.
As of today, it seems that Milo has taken on much more support – and hate than he can handle. While his core message has resonated with thousands of concerned Americans, many of Milo’s statements have been misconstrued as a result of their “triggering” effect on liberal crowds.
As a result its misinterpretation, Milo’s message has figuratively – and literally- pulled a trigger among political extremists. Continue reading
Here’s a paper that I wrote for my journalism course regarding the subject of Bill Clinton’s impeachment trials. The class was taught by U.S. Representative Richard Neal.
I (controversially) discuss how Clinton could have handled the progression of rape accusations against him by using Bush-era tactics to deflect any chance of a story developing in the first place. Give it a read, although this is by no means, my own personal viewpoint of rape and sexual misconduct. Politics can be quite dirty….
Click on the link below for the PDF:
(I’m sorry that there isn’t searchable text-I lost the original file during a data-dump.)
*Clinton’s Impeachment Trials: In Hindsight*
Student Union in undated photo, (presumably late 1950s-early 60’s)
At a public university with 28,000 undergraduate and graduate students, UMass is enormous. When students are distracted from their individual, everyday lives by issues such as the gang rape of a freshman student in 2012 or allegations of police brutality at the 2014 “Blarney Blowout”, they look to the administration and the SGA for answers. While these answers often aren’t obvious or easy enough to address immediately, the SGA has made sure that the student body is always represented effectively and in for what it is – a group of men and women making an investment in their future.
The Student Government Association (SGA) is aware of how large the student body is on campus; according to its website, “administrators often look first” to them to “quickly assess how students view an issue”. The SGA constantly reminds students to be vocal about what goes on around campus so they are represented correctly, although this is often difficult. According to Hayley Mandeville, Chairwoman of the SGA’s Ways and Means Committee, “everything we do has has to be signed by the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs” putting the SGA in “a tight spot.”