Opinion: FCC threatens America’s internet access

By Maureen Ragner

The internet has become something that is important to access because of its ability to instantaneously post news articles, keep us connected with friends and family and allow us to play games that are stored within it.

However, there is a very high chance that this will change drastically after Dec. 14.

The Federal Communications Commission, or FCC, has proposed that the Title II add-on to the rules of the internet be revoked. This essentially means that the internet would no longer be treated as a utility like electricity and water are, and internet service providers, or ISPs, would be able to create “fast lanes” for customers.

Because the Title II regulations preserve the ability of internet users to be able to have access all websites. If it is revoked it takes any form of a neutral net with it. In a worst-case scenario, that means ISPs will be able to block websites behind extra paywalls or censor them entirely. Another scenario could be slowed down the loading time. The internet could become more expensive to access and more difficult to navigate.

As an after-effect, small businesses and people who rely on the internet for their funds could find it much more difficult to sell their products, or get attention on blogs or videos. Schools would not only have to pay more to have access to websites they need for classes, but students may not be able to do their homework in their homes.

On top of that, if Anderson’s internet connection seems slow now, it’s only going to become even slower if Bethany Lutheran College decides against paying for a “fast lane.”

People are trying to change the FCC’s minds about what they are attempting. Emails and phone calls have been sent in to FCC members and Congress in order to have their voices be heard, and such calls for refusing repealment have been sent out by the thousands.

However, there is a chance that FCC is not listening. According to Gizmo, a large portion of comments in favor of the FCC’s actions may possibly be fake, but no one has been allowed to investigate this further.

There have also been reports circulating that the FCC is ignoring a number of comments against repealing net neutrality. The reasons are because they are coming from “form sites,” or websites that send pre-created messages, and they aren’t using legal jargon in their attempts to change the FCC’s minds.

It seems the FCC isn’t taking into account that most of the people using the internet are middle-class people who aren’t lawyers of any sort and use the internet for everyday–but still important–ways. If voices are to be heard, they must be heard sooner rather than later, because if the “Restoring Internet Freedom” order passes on Dec. 14, then it goes to the Court of Appeals. From there, who knows how far down the internet will fall?

Sources: Gizmo

Opinion: Sexual assault: hiding it won’t help

By Joshua Ray Amiling

“I don’t want to touch that with a nine-foot pole” was one of the sentiments echoed in The Scroll meeting when the topic of sexual assault was placed on the table. Society has echoed the same for years. It was discussed in hushed tones and was rarely addressed in a public setting. But now more than ever, it has been pushed to the forefront of the public mind with the simple message of #MeToo.

Actress Alyssa Milano began the hashtag after famous Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein was accused by various actresses of sexual assault. Several men have accused actor Kevin Spacey of molestation.

2011 saw Pennsylvania State University at the center of a scandal where former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky was accused and eventually convicted of molesting many young boys. USA Gymnastics has come under fire in recent years after hundreds of sexual assault allegations against gymnasts, some as young as 10 years old. Many big-time names such as actresses Gwyneth Paltrow, Angelina Jolie and countless others have come out with their stories, detailing the horrifying experiences they endured.

There is a common thread in these events. The alleged and confirmed episodes occurred years before allegations came out. In some situations, victims are too young to fully understand what is going on.

“I was so young. Even at that age, I knew what was happening was wrong. It felt wrong. But it was also confusing,” said basketball player Breanna Stewart.

She wrote about being molested for years as a young girl and her difficulties comprehending what was happening. She detailed that during the years of abuse she lived in continual terror, and how she cannot ever get rid of the unspeakable memories.

More often, the victim was hushed up with the pitiful excuse of job security. Actress Reese Witherspoon said after she reported to producers and agents she had been assaulted, they told her to keep quiet because talking about it would endanger her career.

In the case of Weinstein, accusations of him getting the actresses jobs for their “favors,” or even threatening to fire them if they told anyone what had happened silenced the victims.

For the victims involved, being placed in a situation where their job is in their molester’s grasps puts it in a perspective that is unfathomable for those on the outside. The threat of being fired is power. A job is a source of income. Income buys the groceries, keeps the lights on and warms the house. Those with a family feel additional pressure to keep their job for the sake of their loved ones.

Also, it is not easy being a nobody in the eyes of the public going up against a powerful figure such as Weinstein. The intimidation factor makes victims seem small and hopeless. Only when they are in a position where they are secure in their job do victims finally feel ready to come out.

A despicable culture has been born. A culture of turning a blind eye. A culture of pushing such appalling events into the back of the mind. Doing all this in the name of such things as maintaining a successful career? It is absolutely maddening.

Society has not helped. When victims are sympathetically viewed as helpless, it contributes to them feeling powerless to do anything. Telling the attacked that ignoring it is in their best interests leads to deep emotional scars from festering wounds left unattended for far too long.

Attacking a problem head on instead of disregarding it can help squash it. Going public with it helps gain the support of others willing to help. For this to happen, a cultural change needs to take place. Not only should victims receive sympathy, they should receive empowerment from others to face their fears and seek justice. They should not be told to keep quiet but instead should be told to speak up, stand their ground and in the end be rewarded for telling the truth, not cast aside for outing a person of power.

Opinion: What the world needs now is love

By Kaci Schneidawind

The world is hurting. And it seems like it’s been hurting more than ever the past few months, with natural disasters affecting American communities in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico. Now the largest mass shooting in the history of our country has taken place.

My heart hurts for humanity. I tell myself it’s fair to feel hopeless and helpless, but then I look to those who do good; to the first responders who arrived on the scene in the middle of danger and chaos to save lives; to those donating blood; to those who are selfless and strong and full of love. Let them inspire you to help how you can. Let us learn and grow from this.

I am a Christian and so I pray. I am a writer and so I write. I am a daughter and a sister and a friend and so I love. I feel guilty and frustrated for not doing more, but no matter how small your response is, it is valid and always worth doing.

The worst part of it all is that I have become numb. When I wake up and read news like this, it registers, but it is easy to move on. I have lived through so many shootings, so many act of terrorism in my life that it’s become normal. Every time an event like this occurs, I hear people saying that we cannot let this happen anymore; that something must be done. But nothing has been done – not even after 20 young children were brutally murdered in Sandy Hook, Conn. in 2012. We as a collective people have been painfully complacent in these massacres ever since.

Here are a few ideas to reduce these tragedies: enforce regulations. Implement mental health scans and perform background checks at gun shows and other venues. Be diligent about those with warning signs on the no-fly list. If you see something, say something.

It’s important to make what we do be about spreading kindness and love and light. Evil and hatred do exist on this earth but I do believe the good outweighs the bad. Don’t let this get you down – reflect, listen, heal and act. Take care of yourself and others.

We can do better. We must do better.

Opinion: Why I love Bethany

by Brett LaBore

As a senior at Bethany Lutheran College, I’ve done a lot of things and been a part of so many wonderful moments. This has been a special school for me and one I will miss dearly, which is why I want to share what I think makes Bethany special.

Coming to Bethany as a freshman in 2014, I didn’t really know much about the school and wasn’t overly excited for college to start. The change of scenery and start of a new chapter in my life intrigued me, but change was also very hard for me.

Midway through my sophomore year I realized this school was different from most. I had fallen in love with a wonderful campus, a place with the most amazing people. I realized how good of a position I was in. I was on the track team and in choir and was thoroughly enjoying both.

One of my favorite parts is the Christian atmosphere of Bethany. It may sound stereotypical, but I can’t help but mention how important it is to me and to Bethany in general. Chaplain Moldstad explained how valuable it is.

“(The) most important thing is to stay faithful to the Word of God,” said Moldstad. “Keep Bethany focused on the right things.”

Everything is centered around Christ and the One Thing Needful. That is very important to me and Bethany. It’s what drives everything done on the campus and shapes how Bethany is run.

Another thing I cannot say enough about is the amazing people around me. I love my fellow classmates so much and each and every person has influenced me in some way. They make college easier. I look forward to school because I know I can see everyone again.

Since it’s my senior year, it will be hard to say goodbye to everyone. I am going to miss everyone so dearly because of the chemistry we all have with each other. Fellow senior Alexa Alfred has recognized that too.

“My favorite part is the idea we’re all a family,” said Alfred. “You can walk to class and you’ll have 15 people say hi to you.”

I couldn’t agree more with Alexa. There is a certain family atmosphere that exists here.

Another reason I love Bethany is how easy it is to get involved. One of the ways I’ve gotten to know so many classmates was through events like track and choir. There are so many clubs one can join. It gets you out and about in meeting people and having fun.

Not only do I love the students, activities and the Christian atmosphere, but I love the simple moments. I like to go to Tav on the Ave with friends and play ping-pong late at night. It’s moments like these that make me happy to be on this campus.

Even though I’m heading towards graduation, Bethany will always be a school near and dear to my heart and a place I’ll never forget.

Opinion: Not all press is beneficial press

By Kaci Schneidawind

Many have heard the sayings “any press is good press” or “bad public­ity is good publicity.” That may have been true in times past when social media did not dominate our society as it does now. It provides a plat­form for free speech, which is sometimes more of a curse than a blessing.

“In the world of business [the idea that any publicity is good publicity] is a bad thing,” junior business major Hannah Marquardt said. “Yes it is free publicity, but at the same time it changes the way people might imagine a corporation or company.”

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Opinion: Baseball is more than ‘just a game’

By Brett LaBore

We all have passions in life. There are things that drive us as humans and make us smile each and every day. But what if that included the loss of a loved one? Things would change dramatically.

On Sunday, Jan. 22, Royals starting pitcher Yordano Ventura was found dead after a car accident in his home country, the Domini­can Republic. He was just 25 years old. Another Domini­can and ex-major leaguer Andy Marte also died the same day.

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Opinion: Obama leaves a legacy of progress

By Kaci Schneidawind

On the night of Tuesday Nov. 8, 2008, the free world changed forever.

This historic night saw the election of America’s first African-American president, Barack Hussein Obama. His victory was just the beginning of a presidency that would be defined by progressive– sometimes controversial– agendas and actions.

President Obama entered office during one of the greatest economic reces­sions in American history. The collapse of the housing market warned of a coming second Great Depression if nothing was done and done quickly.

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Opinion: The value of intramural sports

By Brett LaBore

It is no surprise that people like to play sports and that sports as a whole are treasured here in America. One way to play sports is through school. Many students like to play high school sports and are one of the more popular things to do. But it is esti­mated only 3.5 percent of high school boys basketball participants end up playing at an NCAA school.

It is hard to play an NCAA sport at any level in any sport, particularly at the Division I level. There are so many good high school athletes who don’t go on to play sports in college. This can be for many reasons with one of them being the difficulty of getting to that next level.

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Opinion – Flu shot or not?

Published November 5, 2013

Written by Kaitlyn Bryant
Scroll Staff Writer

It seems like every year we have the same arguments about the flu shot. It gives you the flu, or it doesn’t. It’s useless, or it’s priceless, and on and on. Here are the facts about the flu vaccine and what it means for students.

The flu vaccine does not give you the flu. The virus they inject is dead, which means it cannot replicate inside your body and cause the flu, but your body still recognizes it and has an immune response to it. The immune response is usually mild and involves aching at the injection site, maybe some swelling, headaches, nausea and occasionally, a low fever. I would definitely take those side effects before risking the flu.

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The history of the Second Amendment

Published on January 24, 2012

Written by Timothy Wildauer
Scroll Staff Writer

Due to recent events, the nations focus has turned to gun control and what to do to prevent mass shootings. Some people want to ban assault weapons and high capacity magazines. The biggest question being discussed is whether banning or restricting the availability of such items is in violation of the Second Amendment. The history of the Second Amendment must be investigated to find where the idea of gun rights began.

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