Workshops on Racism: Are They Really Effective?

In present day society, racism is playing a major role in how we look at the world. For the U.S., it has spun into several groups to arise from Black Lives Matter or White Nationalist. Because of this, there have been many debates about racism and inequality that sometimes become extremely violent.  Columbia College Chicago decided to do something about it by creating a five-year strategic plan to undo racism, according to the Columbia Chronicle. The institution started a series of workshops in August to bring awareness to racial issues and discuss them and will continue them throughout the year. I think what Columbia is attempting to do is great but, there are several problems with these plans and how they can affect students and staff on campus.

 

First Off, You Cannot Undo Racism

This was the initial issue I saw with the program. Knowing the goal of the workshops is very important and Columbia is already exemplifying that they don’t really have one. The U.S. entire existence stems from racism and oppression and unless you have a time machine, there is no undoing it. Bringing awareness to the issues and moving forward by understanding is what the program should be geared towards. If awareness is the message being conveyed, then I understand but, if the outcome is to undo racism, this program will go on forever and see no progress.

 

Racism Doesn’t Stop At Teachers

When looking more into the program, I came across who were able to attend these workshops. The sessions are only open to full-time and part-time faculty. This excludes all students who attend the institution. Staff will be able to take what they’ve learned in the workshops and apply within the classroom. There is no explanation to why it excludes students but, it does. This strategy does not benefit the institution because it eliminates the main component, the students. If the program cannot offer opportunities for everyone because anyone can be involved in situations of racism, there is no purpose for it.

 

This Is A Blatant “Covering Our Ass” Situation

Earlier this year, Michael Fry, associate professor within the Television Department, resigned from Columbia College Chicago due to racial discrimination within the department he worked. The college newspaper shared his experiences as he talks about facing over ten years of discrimination. It seems very coincidental that Columbia creates this program several months later. Is this program really here to help or a way to protect the college? I think if racism was really at the forefront of the institution, this plan would have been in the works years ago not right after a race incident surface on campus. As stated earlier, it’s only offered to faculty completely disregarding students which would be ineffective to creating awareness on campus. There was a workshop offered in August but only a selected few students were able to attend, according to Columbia Chronicle. Only a select few does not change the dynamics of racism and certainly don’t undo it.

I’m all for bringing awareness to racism and trying to eliminate it on campus however, provide that opportunity to everyone and have clear and possible goals.

 

 

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Scary.. or Not?

Its October, which brings out the Halloween fun. Meaning pumpkin patches, costume shopping, candy and last but not least haunted houses!
But it takes a lot to be a GOOD haunted house. For me, it’s based on a few components: Scare tactics, length, and set designs.

Over the weekend I went to a haunted house, I won’t say which one because maybe it could be scary to some, but it just wasn’t for me.  Trust me, I love haunted houses, but I’m very hard to scare. Anyway, I wanted to critique what I experienced at this one!

Scare Tactics: How they scare people..

Getting scared is the biggest point of going to a haunted house. They want to get your blood pumping and freak you out with your greatest fears, being it bugs, chainsaws, or a costume of a certain character. The actors in a haunted house tend to make sudden bangs, come out of no where, or get right up towards you just to freak you out. All very useful ideas! Those can be overplayed, or not work well.

At the haunted house I experienced, they missed many opportunities to have someone come out to scare you. They did the typical “around the corner” attack, but once you see that one time you’ll be waiting for it again.  They did lots of banging on things, it kinda of just made you not think about.

Also what’s with actors trying to say something to you? I never hear it because they try to be so “scary” with it that it kinda gets missed, just sounds like blubber. They also didn’t have many people working the haunted house, so there was many rooms that didn’t have people so we just walked through it. Which wasn’t normal, and felt kinda weird cause I didn’t know if we should keep going or wait.

Length: How long to get in and how long once inside..

The length matters in how long you wait and how long you are in the haunted house. I say this because you could be waiting a long time at some places. It helps that they have people scaring you in line but sometimes it just feels like they are invading your personal space, at least that is what it was like at this place. Mainly it just seemed weird cause the costumes weren’t that well put together, so it just didn’t have that realistic touch.

How long you actually spend in the haunted house can be important. Too short of time and you could just have a bunch of people who just felt like they wasted money. This haunted house felt like a breeze to get through. Worse part is.. it was a two part haunted house! Which basically means it should have been even longer than any regular one, and should have lasted two times longer.

Set Design: What it’s like inside..

Now the set design of a place can really help with the scare tactics. You have those rooms that are decorated like a maze that gets you lost, strobe lit rooms, and ones that they have put very much effort into.

The place I went to have very amazing set designs. They had a slaughter house that was very detailed, a hoarder house that was extra realistic, and a theater that showed it’s destruction. Of course they had the maze room and a strobe lit room, but they also had a balloon path that gets you separated from everyone.

The best part of this haunted house was the set designs, we actually got to stop and admire them because of how greatly detailed they were.  But because of how slow, and limited they were with scarers, it made it less of a haunted house and more like an art project. To compare it, think of a story that you go through but it’s so slow and hard to get into and when you’re about to give up the ending has a few good points.

I may be hard to scare, but I always do like a good haunted house.  The one I went to just wasn’t one of them. If you know any that are worth checking out please let us know in the comments!

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Will the Dodgers Turn The Tables On The Cubs?

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Game 3 was played yesterday between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Chicago Cubs. It ended in a huge loss at Wrigley 6-1. Here I thought that home cooking was needed for the team to get back on track, but boy was I wrong. They are now on the verge of a sweep. 

I had said on my most recent Corner that the starters needed to go deeper into games and keep the pitch counts at bay (other words pitch location needed to be spot on). That clearly didn’t happen, as Kyle Hendricks barely went 5 innings on 82 pitches, allowing 3 runs. That led to a tired bullpen doing more damage yet again, with CJ Edwards and Mike Montgomery allowing the rest of the runs. 

As far as the hitting was concerned, it remained lifeless aside from the Kyle Schwarber home run in the first. In fact it’s been lifeless the whole series. No one is really being patient at the plate, and the pitches they swing at are just horrendous. What else can I say? It’s a train wreck. 

 

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If the Cubs are going to come back to win the series, aside of the pitching, they need to let the pitching come to them. This offense surely knows what it is capable of it is honestly heartbreaking seeing this, even as a Sox fan. IF the teams follows those two keys, then they might have some life; but my gut feelings tell me they have no chance (shout out to He and She). Sorry Cubs fans, but you will not repeat. 

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