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Controversial Issues at Florida State

September 14, 2015 in Alive Campus, Campus Life

A number of controversial issues can be found at every university. At Florida State, there are so many students attending that it’s nearly impossible to not have topics up for debate. There are a few issues in particular that have been stirring for the past few years. The biggest and most recent one is the question of whether or not guns should be allowed on the campus. There are so many sides to this argument that it needs to be examined in full detail.

Almost a year ago, there was a shooting at FSU’s main library, in which we were lucky enough to have escaped with no fatalities excluding the gunman. However, three students were seriously wounded because they were unable to protect themselves. After this situation, the question arose of whether or not students should be allowed to carry concealed weapons on campus as a form of protection. While no laws have been passed approving this notion, there is still debate as to whether it not it will improve campus safety, or if it will only increase threats. The argument lies in the idea that innocent, unarmed students have no way of saving themselves if more situations occur like the one in the library.

As of right now, students with valid permits are only allowed to leave guns locked in their cars during football games, which is something that has only recently been approved. It is still not acceptable for students to carry concealed weapons across campus. In my personal opinion, the idea that several students could be walking the campus carrying a concealed weapon is more dangerous than not, and therefore should not be permitted, Although students should certainly have the right to protect themselves, the more that possess guns, the higher chance of more tragic situations occurring. For example, if a student is drunk on campus, stressed over finals, fighting, or whatever the case, a weapon may become their go-to. These weapons are not things that should be taken lightly. If the campus wants students to have more protection, then security should be increased instead. Police officers and security guards should be the only armed individuals on campus, being that they are trained and know to use them in only dire situations.

The Prevention of Hazing

The Prevention of Hazing

Another controversial issue that occurs at FSU deals with Greek life. While I will not name any organizations in particular, it’s a known fact that some of the sororities and fraternities oftentimes participate in hazing during rush and initiation week. This is something that I do not agree with. These organizations are meant to accept you as a person and make you feel as if you have become a member of a small family. Therefore, placing these students in uncomfortable and sometimes very dangerous situations is not how to make them feel “at home.” I think greater prevention measures need to be taken in order for hazing to be completely avoided at all costs. There is currently a site dedicated to this issue, which FSU pledges that hazing should never be utilized. This is certainly a step in the right direction. However, more needs to be done to ensure it never occurs. There are so many situations in which students are desperate to be initiated as members of an organization that they never reveal what their initiation tasks consisted of, even if they were life-threatening. Unfortunately, it leaves too many organizations to do things that are often left unsaid.

So with these two issues stirring at FSU, I think it’s important that everyone provides their opinion on the matters and acts upon them. Controversial issues will always take a while to be resolved, but it is ultimately up to us to make a difference.

Is it the Guns or the People and When Will Something Change: Perspective of a College Student

April 18, 2013 in Alive Campus

Too Young to Believe It's Not Ok

Too Young to Believe It’s Not Ok

I am twenty-one.

I am a female.

I have shot a gun.

But I have never shot a person.

In the wake of recent tragedies, there is no way to ever fully encapsulate the grief and sorrow that must be felt by those who lost a loved one. It is a terrible tragedy. There is nothing more that I can say other than that because no words will suffice. But those who lose loved ones aren’t the only ones who feel the lasting effects. Those who haven’t lost a loved one, feel a loss too. They feel the loss of safety. This is not to put the two on equal footing, but both can be crippling in different ways. The fear that comes after an attack creeps in and spreads. Every second there is new  information, panic spreading and then the anger sets in. People begin to demand answers, questioning everything, looking for a person to blame. Just to get answers. To feel like there is something we can do. Who did this? Get them! They have to pay.

This is where the guns came in. When the shootings occurred, it was the guns that were attacked.

“Guns are killing our children.”

“Do you want this to happen to you? No? Get rid of the guns!”

But really, we are avoiding the real problem. I do not believe that guns kill people. I believe that people kill people. In the recent bombing that struck Boston, there is no blame being placed on the bombs themselves, the blame is on the bombers. So why is it that when a shooting occurs people automatically blame guns?

Don’t get me wrong, I do believe that there should be stronger laws when it comes to buying a gun—such as a background check and maybe even having to take some sort of test or course, but I don’t believe that taking away people’s gun rights is the answers. Revoking gun privileges is only going to make law-abiding citizens give up their guns. Illegal guns will still be on the streets. Let’s just imagine a scenario for a second though—what if revoking gun privileges actually did get rid of all citizen owned guns? Do you think that people who want to harm others won’t find another way? The bombing proved that there are indeed other things aside from guns that can indeed hurt and kill people. Stabbings prove it, too.

It used to be that we (for the most part) had to worry about an attack from the outside, but now, we have to worry about an attack from the inside. Doesn’t that raise a red flag? Maybe we should stop looking at the guns, and start looking at our society. Taking away the guns won’t solve our problems, instead, they will only temporary offer some people a peace of mind and then when the next tragedy happens, the fear and anger will be back.

I am a graduating senior. I should be selfishly thinking about myself–my new job, having fun with my friends, getting through these next few weeks and then graduation itself. But instead, I see my country falling apart from attacks that originate from one of our own. How can I think of anything but these problems? My cousin, who is nine, asked me the other day about the attack and why this was happening. What am I supposed to tell him? I don’t want my cousins, ages 13, 11 and 9, to have to grow up thinking this way. Let’s do something, before another tragedy strikes.

I can’t say that I know a solution to fix our problem, I don’t, but we have to do something. Fix our healthcare, our economy, our school systems. Something. I don’t know. But it has to come soon. My fear has become not the acts of terror themselves, but that our country will continue to do nothing to actually stop them. What more will it take? How many more lives have to be taken? Who knows, maybe next time it will be on my campus.

Maybe one of the lives lost a classmate.

Maybe one of them a loved one.

Maybe one of them will be me.

I hope that I am wrong.