Identity found in Stickers

Something that I have seen all over campus, and all throughout my high school career, are stickers found on student’s laptops or on their cases. At American University, many of the stickers seen are political statements, but others seem reference TV shows, music, hometowns or states, Greek Life, or any extra-curricular or club that a student may be involved in.

The stickers work to create identity for the laptop user. Placing stickers on your laptop, not only decorates it, but shows to other people what you are interested in, where you are from, or what you like to do. From this, others can make connections from what they see, as they may relate to one or find one particularly interesting. I, personally, have gotten many comments from my political stickers decorating my laptop.

When you see another with stickers from your favorite show or another mutual interest, it creates a connection. In a society that many argue is being divided and altered by technology, like being distracted by your smart phone, simple things like stickers bring us back to mutual interests in the present (which are ironically found on pieces of technology).

Woostah, MA

I am from a fairly large city in Massachusetts called Worcester, located an hour outside of Boston in central Mass. A common rhetoric found, not only in Massachusetts but in Worcester, is the emphasis on language, pronunciation, and accent. What’s known as the Boston accent is found in my city as well. Many people from Worcester called the city “the Woo” or “the Dirty Woo,” depending on where you are from or what the context of the conversation is.

Below are two photos of a sticker and a wall decal that I have from home that emphasize the accent. My friends and I don’t carry the accent like our parents do or others of the older generations but we adopt it because it means home, even when we are only making jokes of it, like when I reassure my friend that she is “wicked smaht.” With the nicknames, the reputation, and the accent comes great pride for “the Woo” and for Massachusetts.

GW Community Spreads Through Foggy Bottom

“Foggy Bottom is conveniently located in the heart of Washington, D.C., close to three major airports, including Ronald Reagan Washington National, Washington Dulles International and Baltimore Washington International, as well as to Union Station where you can take the bus or train.” – https://www.gwu.edu/foggy-bottom-campus

One of the greatest aspects of the Foggy Bottom area is that it holds connections to all parts of the city, it has become an attraction for students and regular people who look for common attractions such as an abundance of restaurants and even places to live or attend school. Where GW University and all that it encompasses is located in DC is in Foggy Bottom, which has turned into college student filled area because of the GW buildings that are located all over the area, in addition to the attractions like the metro, and many restaurants. Foggy Bottom boasts locations to all places and the name itself refers to connects. When George Washington is researched, either as a school or as the hospital, they both draw attention to the connections. One thing that is noticed all over Foggy Bottom due to the draw of the area are the GW logos on all the buildings and being repped by all students walking around the city. Thus, the GW logos are what make the community within the area.

“Do you have a boyfriend?”

After being stuck in line for an hour and thirty minutes too many, my friend and I ended up discussing the connotations of the phrase “Do you have a boyfriend?” One that is used by a lot men when they are hitting on women. This statement is one that many girls hear far too often.

When men receive the answer from women, that “yes, I do have a boyfriend,” they receive it as a message that some man already has possession of this women and he need not continue with whatever speil he was about to propose. In order to curb the situation, my friend lied about having a boyfriend so that men would not continue to berate her with questions. Another friend stated that they were gay, but even that did not subdue the man’s efforts. And in this case, he kept referring back to the point that she was missing out on a man… um no.

Many men see women as objects. And when another man is already in that territory the other will back off.

And of course “not all men” do this and that is true but what is “all men” is what is translated through jokes and through culture and how relationships are examined, formed, and expected to be. Far too often, I have found myself whining about something that causes me no harm, typically homework, but everyone else is doing it so I continue to do so as well. In the similar sense, this translates into how men treat women. A man might see his friend treat a girlfriend one way and say “well, I would never do that,” but this man also never interferes to interrupt the cycle.

“Do you have a boyfriend?” may seem like an innocent question, but don’t ask me if I belong someone else’s first before you decide to corner me into a conversation.

A lot of artists use music to make a statement on these types of advances. The beginning Alessia Cara’s song speaks more along the lines of being disinterested in male advances and I just like Hey Violet’s tunes.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UKp2CrfmVfw

Trump knows nothing about history… why is that shocking?

““It’s not overly surprising that he would say nice things about Andrew Jackson at the Hermitage and say nice things about Henry Clay in Louisville,” Daniel Feller, a professor at the University of Tennessee and an expert on Jackson, said. “In fact, you might say that it’s par for the course.” – Politico, about Donald Trump

This was taken from an article, titled “Trump’s loose grip on history is biting him” (written by Aiden Quigley), about Donald Trump’s lack of basic historical knowledge and its political effect on America. The last line is a jab at Trump, slightly mocking him because all he seems to be doing recently, instead of his job as leader of the free world, is play golf.

So Trump may be “par for the course” in that situation regarding Jackson and Clay, but his most recent acts in Congress and all his first efforts at legislature have failed, with repealing Obamacare and implementing a new health care plan, and with the Muslim ban.

Additionally, Andrew Jackson’s current reputation directs him to the Trail of Tears, where he forced out thousands of Native Americans from their homes and many of them died. There is irony where it states, “It’s not overly surprising that [Trump] would say nice things about Andrew Jackson…” Trump is not known to be politically correct or to even care for anyone but himself, so this statement is not “surprising.”

In summary, the article is discussing his lack of historical knowledge, mostly regarding the past presidents but this article is intended to be applied to all other aspects of world history, as his legislature, future actions, and negotiations are all built on the past relations between other nations. (President Trump, U.S. News)         Things do not disappear between presidents and most of the foreign nations do not like Trump in the first place, so his blatant ignorance does not do him any favors.

Wise Words from Beckett

“Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.” -Samuel Beckett

Samuel Beckett tells us that failing is common and that everyone fails at some point. He implies that failing is not bad per say, it just means you start again. “Fail better” means that you have failed in a different way than before, ultimately (and hopefully) getting closer to what you want to achieve. This is an important statement because a lot of people think that once you fail, that is the end of that journey but what is important is that Beckett tells us we just begin again and continue working. He says that you will fail and “fail again” but that does not make the trying any less important. The way he presents this idea, proposes that instead of being inspirational it is factual.

The most significant thing about the simple structure is that is gets the point across and labels it as fact because it does not leave room for argument. By using the simple punctuation, he makes a statement, specifically on the fact that everyone at some point has tried and failed, and that is was life consists of. If he were to change the structure of the sentence the meaning would change. Applying different punctuation to the statement would have the reader questioning their actions. Keeping all the sentences as statements implies that all have tried and failed. Adding an exclamation point would propose that the statement is trying to inspire action, while in actuality is is making a claim.

Additionally, in terms of sentence structure, similar to the punctuation, if Beckett had used DC/ IC form, then the sentence would imply additional action. An example of this could be: “Have you ever tried or ever failed? When you fail, it is no matter, because you can try again! And once you fail again, you will have failed better.” Rather than Beckett telling us what we did, or how it happened, or how to react, he only gives us the basics and we must apply it on our own, which, ultimately, broadens the meaning.