Women’s Equality, Sexual Assault Resources, and Penn State’s Future Decisions

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I’m a new grad assistant here at Penn State, and I’ve already had my share of women’s issues at our great university. This is concerning considering that Betsy DeVos, Donald Trump’s Secretary of Education, has decided to roll back Title IX legislation created in 2011 to reduce instances of sexual assault. In my department (which […]

Unionization and the LGBTQ Movement

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Here at the end of Pride month it’s important to remember the history of the labor movement and the LGBTQ movement. Despite the traditional view that Unions are a majority of white conservative men, unions have been strong allies in both the fight for LGBTQ liberation and in the maintaining of our rights. Before the […]

A Scientist’s Testimonial for Unionization

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I’ve been a scientist in industry, government and academe. In all three settings I’ve seen how having the protection of a union works, not only for job security, but in defense of scientific integrity.   As a graduate student/instructor, I experienced the lack of a union’s presence in that workplace by way of discriminatory policy […]

Disputed Authorship

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In a recent letter to the Penn State community, President Eric Barron wrote that those in the administration “do not believe a collective bargaining agreement with a union—which is designed to serve the interests of a collective whole and the union itself, rather than individual students—could ever best serve the needs of our graduate student.” […]

Letter from a Lion

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My Dear Nittany Lions, Greetings from a Mizzou Tiger and proud former Penn Stater. My name is Natalie McCabe. I attended the Schreyer Honors College and received my BA in Theatre and Minor in International Arts at PSU in 2007. The same year, my husband, Jean-Gerald Tartiere, graduated with his MFA in Acting from Penn […]

Smoothing the Stair

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Don’t you set down on the steps ’Cause you finds it’s kinder hard. Don’t you fall now— For I’se still goin’, honey, I’se still climbin’, And life for me ain’t been no crystal stair. -Mother to Son, by Langston Hughes   To borrow language from Langston Hughes’ poem Mother to Son, life as a Penn […]

No Guarantee

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One could say that teaching is in my blood since my father and my grandfather were teachers and my mother works as a secretary in the Wisconsin school district where I grew up. The advantage of coming from a line of educators was that I was inundated with a strong value for education at a […]