Wednesday, September 10, 2014

#BBUM

Here's another article about diversity (this time, Being Black at UM) in Michigan, post-Prop 2.

If everyone agrees that diversity is important, then why does the law interfere to keep the status quo?

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

Gratz Can Suck It Part 2

So, I made have more to add to this arena later, but here is more information from another Inside Higher Ed article in the realm of affirmative action, this time in regards to the University of Texas at Austin's use of race in admissions decisions:
diversity is a legitimate goal for a college to have for the way it educates all students
and
"Given the test score gaps between minority and non-minority applicants, if holistic review was not designed to evaluate each individual’s contributions to UT-Austin’s diversity, including those that stem from race, holistic admissions would approach an all-white enterprise,"
Fisher, the student involved in this lawsuit, stated:
"It is a shame that for the last six years, hundreds of UT applicants were denied admission because of UT’s racial and ethnic preferences."
I would like to point out that when admissions reviewers do not make a conscious effort to consider (non-white) ethnicity and race, the bias tends towards white males--in other words, hundreds of applicants who are not white males would be denied admission...Again, how easy it is to complain about this issue when you are among the privileged majority.
 

Thursday, September 04, 2014

#TBT: Nox

Here's our cute Nox from last fall--look how small he is in comparison to my parents' dog, Murphy!  And he had the cutest vest we had gotten him!


Here he is scoping out the leaves, which, for some reason, he loves.  He's too cute!  :)

Monday, September 01, 2014

Central Park

Here's another page layout from my NYC scrapbook:


I used DCWV paper for the base of the page.  I used yellow paper to mat the photo, and a little "makes me happy" sticker, to draw the eye to the group photo.


I used a journaling tag that utilizes some of the same colors that are in the base paper.  I used the tag to make a note about the location of the photos.


Here's a fabulous photo of Central Park, matted with orange paper.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

A Dog and His Stick

So, this summer we found out that Nox likes sticks.  He mostly likes to chew on them, but sometimes also to play fetch.  Here's a cute video of Nox playing with a large stick--the stick is almost as long as his body:

video

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Artsy Photos

I love New York!  It is my favorite city in the U.S.  This page is comprised of some random photos from walking around the city.  I used two different pieces of paper for the base: the black with the green and blue dots, and the multi-colored piece that has purple, blue, and aqua.


I love this photo of the library.  It's the library from Ghostbusters.  At the top of the photo you can see some birds flying.


I think this photo was near Rockefeller Center.  I love the huge, red ornaments!  :)  I matted the photo with an orange piece of paper.


And here is a cool building with trees on the rooftop:


And finally, some journaling so I would remember details about the photos.  :)

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Gratz Can Bite Me

Have you seen the recent article about Gratz v. Kimbrough?  I actually have a HUGE issue with Gratz.  She claims that "The government should be out of the race issue.”  As someone who has been a part of the admissions process, you can not blind applications.  People identify with even subtle things that are in applications (personal essays, high schools, etc.) and automatically raise their assessment of that application.  Instead, the opposite should be done, and people should be aware not only of diversity (race, gender, or otherwise) but also be aware of the other (nontraditional) attributes and qualifications (which are just as valid!) these candidates bring to the table.

There seems to be an argument against Kimbrough because her GPA is 3.6 and the average GPA of admitted students was 3.8...Average suggests that some students who were admitted had a lower GPA than 3.8...Just saying.

As research has proven, diversity actually helps everyone--diversity in the workforce / on teams helps to increase productivity and creativity.  And, by the way Gratz, it's easy for someone from a privileged class and race to say that race should stay out of these decisions...

As pointed out in an Inside Higher Ed article:
That challenge (and most of the opinions released Tuesday by various coalitions of justices) focused not on the appropriateness of affirmative action, but on when statewide votes are legitimate tools to set policies that have an impact on minority citizens.

Why should the majority get to make laws that directly impact the minority, to their detriment? Is someone going to say that slavery is ok now?