January 2016

Photo Experiments in JRN 220

An awkward day, but learning is often uncomfortable. Students taking photos of each other taking photos of each other, lead to many laughs.


Animated lessons of the importance of proper photo technique to the JRN 220 class, by Instructor Monica Wolfson.

President Barack Obama’s New Gun Approach


Fairfax, VA–Obama stands on stricter gun laws at the Town Hall Meeting George Mason University in Fairfax, VA earlier this week hosted by CNN and Anderson Cooper.

Obama’s executive order to shape a tougher gun restrictions, by requiring a background check to purchase a gun, and gun dealers to be licensed.  There is also a proposal to hire more ATF and background checking agents to streamline the process.  As well as pour 500 million dollars into the health care system to make mental health care more accessible, was published by The White House by press release on Jan, 4th 2016.

“There are some 30,000 gun deaths in America each year. Two-thirds of them are suicides, one-third of them homicides,” said Cooper before the president spoke.

Obama referenced some memories from his time living in Chicago and spoke on the gun violence that occurs there with it’s problem of loose gun laws in Indiana brought into Illinois.

Cross state gun trafficking allows the youth to have easy of access points where guns are bought at trade shows and then sold on the streets.  The background checks for all sales are a measure to have a record of where, what and whom they were sold to, providing a tracking system. Also, allowing the government to have a bread crumb trail of who may be selling these guns illegally.

Cleo Pendleton, the mother of slain Hadiya Pendleton in a mistaken gang killing in Chicago in 2013, spoke on the topic of the cross state trafficking issues, which may have contributed to the death of her daughter.

Obama proposed that 200 more ATF agents would enforce more stringently unlawful gun dealers, in hopes of hindering the gun violence. In Chicago in particular was 55 shootings in seven days previous to the town hall meeting.

“I respect the Second Amendment,” said Obama but stands firm about keeping them out of the hand of those who want to do harm to themselves or others. “Keep in mind, for the gun owners who are in attendance here, my suspicion is that you all had to go through a background check. And it didn’t prevent you from getting a weapon.”

Kimberly Corban, a rape survivor spoke to ask about why the president was intending to make it harder for people like her to get a gun and carry it with her when needed to keep herself and her family safe.

Obama directed the tragic occurrence into direct correlation, of her attacker, and when he is released from prison that it would make it increasingly more difficult for people who have a felony to purchase a gun.

Amid skepticism from the some of the guests, including Sheriff Paul Babeu, of Pinal County, AZ, who questioned this order and the ideal of stopping mass shootings or curbing crime.

“Look, crime is always going to be with us. So, I think it’s really important for us not to suggest that if we can’t solve every crime, we shouldn’t try to solve any crimes,” said Obama.








Michigan Native, California Transplant, back to Michigan Student

Jenee Gregor, 27, a native of Livingston County is a new contributing writer for The Washtenaw Voice after years living in the Northern California hills.

She has come back after 4 years and just moved back to Depot town in Ypsilanti.  The vibes and eclectic mix of folks has been a good change from the hometown she had stayed in recently.

“The people in Brighton have drained me,” Gregor said, “I am glad to be back into the conscious and artful community, that I miss so much about Northern California.”

A an academic plan that includes two polars of the institutional scale, Journalism and Dietetics, but with a 4.0 last semester she has set her goals high.

“I have a long way to go in my academic path, but I am excited to create something for myself and become a more legitimate career oriented individual. I have lived a lot of life flying by the wayside, which is fun, but I need to get more serious about what I will do with myself,” said Gregor.

She is completing an Associate degree in Journalism and is filling her schedule with science classes with plans of transferring to Eastern Michigan University within the next year.

“I hope to gather as many of my science classes at Washtenaw Community College to keep my costs down before I transfer,” said Gregor.

Keeping costs low is an avid concern of many students, with the cost of text books and tuition increasing.

“It always seems when you are building something, the things that are worth the most pay you the least.  So I slang Shwarma at a restaurant, to make the bills but write for the paper for the experience,” said Gregor,  “It’s a delicate balance between being at the brink of insanity and bursting with inspiration.”

With a full class load and making the most of the resources that are offered she hopes for the best and is excited for the future.

“I am very excited to be exercising my brain and being involved in things that I care about.  Creating my own little paradise that I miss from those beautiful California hills,” said Gregor.






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