By Jaeylnn Grisso
September 1, 2014OU’s NAACP members tell the stories of African Americans who have lost their lives in police shootings, including Mike Brown who was shot by a police office in Ferguson, Mo. in August | Photo by Robert Grimm
“We have a duty to fight. We have a duty to win. We must love and protect one and another. We have nothing to lose but our chains. We have a duty to fight. We have a duty to win. We must love and protect one and another. We have nothing to lose but our chains.”
As the chants of over 75 Ohio University students filled the Scripps Amphitheater, a rally sponsored by OU’s chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) came to a close. Themed “Black Lives Matter,” the Labor Day rally showcased speeches and performances that addressed the issue of systematic racism, both nationally and locally.
By Olivia Miltner
September 1, 2014
Although school lets out in the beginning of May for the students of Ohio University, the political realm of Ohio continues to make headlines during the summer months. Here are the highlights of what happened while you were away:
1. Cleveland RNC
On July 4, members of the Republican National Committee unanimously voted for Cleveland to be the location for the 2016 Republican National Convention after beating out Dallas, Texas. Columbus is in the running for a front seat in the elections, as Democrats are considering it — along with New York and Philadelphia — for their own national convention.
Ohio is an important swing state during presidential elections — a factor that holds weight with the parties and a major reasons both parties have looked into cities in the state.
2. Senate Bill 310
Ohio Gov. John Kasich signed a bill, SB 310, in mid-June that freezes energy standards in Ohio for two years — the first in the nation to take such measures. The law changes numerous regulations for electric utility and service companies, including pausing energy efficiency and renewable energy requirements at 2014 levels, while creating a committee to review the costs and benefits of these measures. It also removes a requirement that says at least 50 percent of the “renewable energy resources” must be derived from within Ohio.
I believe, if you look hard, there are more wonders in this universe than you could ever have dreamt of.