Interactive C-SPAN Bus Visits Local Tuscaloosa Schoo

The C-SPAN Bus, touring the nation to educate middle school, high school and college students about the cable network, made a stop in Tuscaloosa, Ala. today, beginning at Central High School and later moving to Trinity United Methodist Church.

C-SPAN Bus Visits Tuscaloosa, Ala.

Jennifer Curran, a marketing representative for C-SPAN (Cable Satellite Public Affairs Network), travels with the bus and speaks

to students across the United States. She also judges their documentary competition for middle school and high school students. This year, the competition theme is “Dear Mr. President,” prompting students to inform President Obama about issues important to them. Winners receive monetary prizes.

Curran was kind enough to set aside time to speak with my reporting writing across media class before Central high school students came aboard the bus. She explained what C-SPAN is, describing it as an unbiased, unpartisan, commercial-less nonprofit cable network that features newsworthy political meetings in a “fly on the wall” manner–meaning there is no reporter interpreting what is discussed during the meeting covered.  Basically, a camera crew goes around the United States filming important government meetings from beginning to end, or, as Curran says, from “gable-to-gable.”

Though the bus appears big, the interior is packed with computers, televisions and cabinets, making the quarters a tight squeeze for a big group like ours. Remarkably, my class as well as a high school class was able to fit inside. Unfortunately, I only had my measly iphone for taking pictures and video, so here are some more clear pictures from News-Sun.

All in all, I think the C-SPAN Bus is a great tool to educate young students about becoming active within their community. Giving those who are often neglected a voice is an experience beneficial to society as a whole, providing the world with multiple perspectives that would otherwise never be heard.


Another ‘Bombshell’ for Victoria’s Secret

Victoria’s Secret received backlash from the Native American community Wednesday night after model Karlie Kloss strutted down the runway decked out in a traditional Native American headdress during the lingerie company’s annual fashion show.

Sadly, this is not the first offense for the lingerie brand in the ethnicity department. As I wrote in a previous blog post, Victoria’s Secret first encountered attacks back in September over their “Go East” lingerie line that portrayed model Rosie Huntington Whiteley as a Geisha, “mocking” Asian culture.

To add insult to injury, some believe that Kloss donned the headdress as a slight to her ex-boyfriend, St. Louis Ram’s quarterback Sam Bradford, who is a member of the Native American Cherokee tribe. Surely, no person could be so cruel. The model took to her Twitter following the incident saying:

Personally, I don’t believe Kloss intentionally chose to wear the controversial accessory, but was merely doing as she was told. Victoria’s Secret, on the other hand, should know better by now considering this isn’t the first time the brand has come under fire for the same affront. VS continues to demonstrate inconsiderate and insensitive behavior, but apologized for the blunder.

We are sorry that the Native American headdress replica used in our recent fashion show has upset individuals. We sincerely apologize as we absolutely had no intention to offend anyone. Out of respect, we will not be including the outfit in any broadcast, marketing materials nor in any other way.

The blog Native Appropriations, a forum for discussing all things related to indigenous culture, called VS out for “…their egregious cultural appropriation, stereotyping, and marginalizing of Native peoples,” as well as several other designer brands and celebrities for making similar mistakes.

Earlier this week, the band No Doubt was hit with criticism over their newly released music video for “Looking Hot” in which Gwen Stefani wears the traditional Cherokee headdress. The band members played “cowboys and indians” in the video, offending the Native American community. The band removed the video shortly after its debut and sent out a public apology.

In retrospect, I’m sure each offender feels bad for their mistake and will–hopefully–think twice next time before they dress or behave in an offensive manner. Honestly, it is hard to catch actions or thoughts that may be offensive to some cultures, which leads me to question whether or not culturally diversifying one’s staff would benefit the media relations for a company.

Swinging and Swaying Voters: May the Best Candidate Win

All yesterday, my Facebook and Twitter feeds were blowing up with this quote:

I’m predicting Obama will get an early lead tomorrow until all of the Republicans get off work to vote.

It’s interesting, especially considering both President Obama and Governor Mitt Romney are at a “dead heat.” I guess the fact that I’m going to school in the ever-so-conservative state of Alabama explains why the quote is everywhere I look.






As of last night, President Obama was in the lead in the swing states, such as Ohio and Nevada. The polls also show his lead over Romney overall. Another determining factor in the 2012 Election are the single women voters. Women outnumber men at the polls, but there is a difference in those who are married and those who are single as to which candidate women vote for. Single women seem to favor President Obama, primarily for the Democratic party’s stance on women’s reproductive rights and health related issues.

One other determining factor that I’m sad to say is race. Right now, I’m watching the Today show and one of the commentators on the election just said, “I would hate for President Obama to wake up tomorrow morning having lost the presidential election because of a lack of black voters at the poll.” Voting for a presidential candidate based on their race instead of their stance on platforms is ethically and morally wrong. I’m offended that any one would make such a statement.

The 2012 Election is sure to be one for the books with all of the money each candidate has spent and the close call on who will win. As the Hunger Games say, “May the odds be ever in your favor.”

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