Caleb Jones

Taking a stand: America is transgender

A leaked memo recently obtained by the New York Times revealed that the Trump administration is considering a move that would define “transgender” out of existence.    The memo showed that the Department of Health and Human Services wanted to change the definition of gender to an extremely narrow definition of “a person’s status as male or female based on immutable biological traits identifiable by or before birth,” and also stated that “the sex listed on a person’s birth certificate as originally issued shall constitute definitive proof of a person’s sex unless rebutted by reliable genetic evidence.”  According to the memo, they are trying to...

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Revisiting childhood TV favorites

When reminiscing about things that made childhood so fun, one thing readily comes to mind: cartoons. As a child, it didn’t take much to pique my interest when it came to TV. Sit me in front of anything with cool anime fight scenes, magic or singalong songs, and I was good to go. As long as it was visually or aurally pleasing, I could dig it.   That being said, I think we’ve all had moments where as a teen or adult we revisit old childhood TV shows purely for nostalgic reasons and realize that our tastes have greatly changed, and that the shows we used to like...

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UM’s “Hidden Gem”: The Interdisciplinary Studies Program

Former IDS major Cocoa Laney is a testament to the program’s success. Photo by Caleb Jones Picking a major is one of the most important things a new student does when they come to college and can also be one of the most stressful. Some people arrive at their new university already knowing what they want to do, some have no clue and others believe they do only to discover they were sadly mistaken. And of course, we all know that one person who changes majors all the time. To be fair, it can be difficult choosing something so important;...

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SGA raises funds for Shelby County SafeHouse

On Feb. 12  and 13, UM’s Freshman Forum hosted Be My Vallo Valentine outside of Anna Irvin Dining Hall. The event was aimed at selling candy grams to raise money for SafeHouse of Shelby County, an organization dedicated to offering aid and counseling to survivors of sexual and domestic violence. Domestic violence is a major issue in the U.S., and according to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, one in three women and one in four men will be victims of intimate partner violence at some point in their lifetime. Some might be wondering how one categorizes domestic and sexual violence. SafeHouse defines domestic abuse as “a pattern of behavior in any relationship used to gain or maintain power and control over an intimate partner, including any behaviors that frighten, intimidate, terrorize, manipulate, hurt, humiliate, blame, injure, or wound someone.” This behavior usually happens within cycles where a victim is abused, and then the relationship stabilizes, appearing happy and normal as the aggressor may “changes” for the better. However, these intervals are usually followed by increased tension and abuse. This situation can play out over months, or it can go through a whole cycle in the course of a day. Despite common beliefs that say otherwise, domestic abuse can happen to anyone, regardless of one’s age, gender, sexual orientation, education level, socioeconomic status or religion. Abuse also occurs in...

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