Appropriateness is subjective under First Amendment 

[Photo courtesy of Chicago-Sun Times]

By Marshall Myers

Divisive, polarizing and controversial are all words used to describe the current state of social issues in our country. I know what you’re thinking, “Oh no, not another Donald Trump article! We can’t keep up as it is.”

However, this piece is not about our president’s voracious tweeting habits, or the always present dramas that seem to follow him everywhere.  Rather, where does our First Amendment right to free speech end, and can someone take this expression too far?

But first, a look into some recent events.  About three weeks ago, a well-known and liked ESPN host, Jemele Hill, took to twitter to voice her opinions on our current president. Using terms like “white supremacist,” “ignorant,” and “bigot,” her tweets gained notoriety very quickly.

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Bonaventure community takes stand against DACA decision

By Kelly Haberstroh

“The future of hundreds of thousands of individuals now rests on Congress. Now more important than before to make our voices heard in unison and our constant commitment to protect our community,” Haylei John, Student Government Association executive board president said.

On Sept. 12, a group of students stood outside Plassmann Hall to protest President Trump’s decision to rescind DACA, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.

John started off the protest to acknowledge the community coming together to show our unity and response to the decision to rescind DACA.

She assured students who themselves or their families may be affected by the DACA decision that we as a university stand with them to make a call for immigration reform that reflects a recognition and respect of human dignity. Change must be made to ensure to view individuals as people, not as numbers, outsiders, or burdens. Continue reading “Bonaventure community takes stand against DACA decision”

St. Bonaventure students weigh in on Trump

By Caitlyn Morral @caiterthot

The 2016 presidential election cycle is in full swing and Americans are weighing in about who they want to become our nation’s next leader.  So far, the biggest surprise is celebrity and billionaire Donald Trump who seems to be capturing most of the attention.

Among students at St. Bonaventure University, reactions to Trump’s candidacy are mixed.

“I feel like Donald Trump would make on of the worst presidents that we’ve ever had, and that he would destroy this country,” said Mark Ventrice, a sophomore journalism and mass communication major.

Other students are not quite sure what to make of Trump’s run for the White House.

“I have mixed feelings about Donald Trump,” said freshman biology major Shiki Dixit. “I would definitely vote for Kanye West if he were to run, or any other hip-hop artist or rapper who is able to fix the deficit.”

Trump isn’t the first celebrity to have political aspirations. In the past, celebrities like Wyclef Jean, Stephen Colbert and Roseanna Barr have made serious – and not so serious – and not so serious – runs at political office. It is also important to remember that our 40th president, Ronald Reagan, made a name for himself as an actor before he entered the political arena.

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Kanye West announces that he will run for president in 2020 at the Video Music Awards. (image courtesy of nydailynews.com)

On Aug. 30, West announced at this year’s Video Music Awards that he intends to run for president in 2020. Recently, a handful of St. Bonaventure students considered people in the media today, and assessed their chances in future elections.

“If I had to pick a celebrity, I would pick Jon Stewart,” said freshman biology major Joseph Giglio. “He’s someone who’s already heavily involved in politics as it is.”

“Honestly, I would have voted for Waka Flocka when he was trying to run, because I thought that he was the best option as a candidate,” said sophomore and strategic communications major Sydni Kreitzburg. “In the future, I wonder if Nicki Minaj would run because she’s such a powerful woman figure. At the same time, I feel like she would only run as a joke.”

Only time will tell which celebrities will actually launch presidential campaigns. But for now, we’ll have to wait and see if Trump can ride his fame into the Oval Office.

Trump thrives in debut appearance on Colbert’s late show

By Sean Lynch @the_other_lynch

Donald Trump was sharp in  his first appearance Tuesday night on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.” The GOP leader came into the interview fresh from his first interview on “The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon.” Colbert joked around with Trump but also had some serious questions to ask the candidates as well. Colbert has a strong political background because of his years hosting the “Colbert Report,” so he is able to challenge the candidates with questions about their policies.

Trump started out calm, which is quite contrary to how he has performed in the Republican debates. He received a standing ovation from a majority of the crowd and looked quite happy to be there. He also seemed to have won over Colbert, who became more subtle with his insults.

Colbert poked fun at Trump’s presidential run when he said  “Who knows, one day I may be able to tell my grandkids I interviewed the last president of the United States.”

There was a wide variety of topics that Trump talked about including: paying for his own campaign out of pocket, management of large debts to countries like China and the Iran Deal. He managed each topic quickly and concisely and was sharp on explaining his policies.

A focal point of the interview turned to immigration and the wall that Trump talked about build if elected. At one point, Colbert was imitating the President of Mexico. Trump played around with that sketch for some time but put his focus into his policies rather than on the humor.

Trump said to Colbert’s character “We are going to build a wall, you are going to pay for the wall; we have been abused for a long time at the border.”

Even after all the jeers about  him, Trump stayed composed throughout the interview. Colbert held back during the interview, having made most of his jokes without Trump present.

One big problem that came with Trump’s interview was that he would not answer the question about his previous remarks about Barack Obama not being born in the United States. This was a question that Trump had been trying to dodge for a long time because of his past vocal support of claims that Obama was not born in the United States.

Trump is not the first presidential candidate to find himself on Colbert’s “Late Show”. Candidates have come from both the Democratic and Republican parties.  Florida Governor Jeb Bush had a rough time on the show, getting mocked by Colbert and looked more uncomfortable than some of the other candidates that have been on.

Other candidates seemed to have more fun on the show like Texas Senator Ted Cruz and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders. All were ready for most questions brought up to them, and they had fun with Colbert’s different comedic jabs.

Trump has shown through his two late-night TV appearances that he can take most of the criticism that he has received. It is concerning to see that Trump would dodge a question from his past, but at the same time it was interesting to see how Colbert held back on Trump. Colbert seemed to step away from insulting Trump while he was in the room. While some viewers were looking for a battle between Trump in Colbert, they ended up with a friendly chat.