Monthly Archives: August 2008

4th of July Parade, or Army™ Recruitment Seminar

THIS YEAR’S 4TH OF JULY PARADE was not what I expected. I remember that in the past the parade was for kids. It was mostly about marching bands, community groups, guys in the little cars throwing out candy and stuff … Continue reading

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Youth and Surveillance

IT IS OFTEN SAID that Urbana Middle School, as well as Urbana High School, are both quite similar to what some people would call “prison,” because of the tight security measures enforced upon the students. For example, facilitators walk through … Continue reading

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Targeting the Innocent

HIGH-SCHOOLS OFTEN ARE TEEMING with young people who, when done with high-school, want to “achieve something big in their lives.” To many, that means joining the armed services. But when should the line be drawn for recruiters who enter our … Continue reading

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Journey to the East

This summer was special because I was given the opportunity to travel to China. I went with my martial arts school, Huang Lin Bao Jian precious sword martial arts Academy, to visit the famous Shaolin Temple. Demetri Daniels, the owner … Continue reading

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Class in Session

Everyone knows that higher education and higher incomes go together—that is, the longer you stay in school, the more money you’re likely to make. But the actual numbers, especially when it comes to poverty, are surprising. In 2003, according to … Continue reading

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Local Racism, Global Politics, and a National Audience

IMAGINE IF THE UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS sponsored a frank and contentious discussion about race, education, war, and the responsibility of globally-minded activists toward injustices in their own backyard. Imagine if among the participants were local citizens, and not only academic … Continue reading

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