There is always something new cooking on our campus. One of the newest is the revival of a program with a varied history at TCU. In the Campus Life office, Shelley Story, along with two interns, Krystin Peters and myself, are working to re-establish the Allies program at TCU.For those of you who are unfamiliar with Allies, the main goal is to educate participants about the ways in which homophobia and heterosexism impact everyone, and to teach participants how to be an ally to gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered persons.
Our president seems to be missing the point on a variety of issues. While I commend his most recent move in regard to the Supreme Court, he still has a long way to go. Judge Samuel Alito, who has been nominated to replace Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, is by far a better candidate than Harriet Miers, but is still lacking.Alito is serving on the 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals, where he has been for 15 years. He was nominated in 1990 by former president George H. W. Bush. At the time, both conservatives and liberals commended him and said that his experience and record served him well.
Most people likely believe each individual has certain rights that are guaranteed simply by their humanity. Since food and shelter are fundamental needs, these things should be guaranteed to all people. Minimum wage is hardly enough to sustain a family, and many people, especially immigrant workers or those with little education, have to work multiple jobs to make enough money to pay rent. The concept of a living wage has emerged to remedy this problem.
On Monday, the confirmation hearings for John Roberts began. With the death of Chief Justice William Rehnquist, President Bush nominated Roberts to fill Rehnquist's position, after Roberts had already been nominated to fill Justice Sandra Day O'Connor's position.This came as a bit of a surprise to some. Roberts is relatively young and has far less experience compared to the team of well-seasoned justices that he would be leading.
O'Connor, has put off her retirement due to the recent events.
Because of the recent tragedy of Hurricane Katrina, many U.S. citizens have turned their attention away from world issues and focused solely on domestic aid. However, in the Middle East, extraordinary events are in the works.Israel, which has been lingering in the back of our minds since Sept. 11, has just begun talks with the Pakistani administration. Pakistan, a prominently Muslim country with close ties to the Palestinians, has supported endeavors for the creation of a free Palestinian state. The Pakistani foreign minister cited these talks as a "historic meeting" between the countries.