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Varying viewpoints on Spring Weekend ticket sales

by Courtney Brooks | April 22, 2015

Spring Weekend is perhaps the biggest event of the year at the University of New Haven, bigger than Homecoming, Alumni Weekend or any other weekend set aside for student activities. Spring Weekend is so popular because it is student’s segway into summer, one last hoorah before we suffer through finals and then make the trek home for the next three months.

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UNH prides itself on hosting an entertaining, safe, fun-filled weekend with something to offer students with a wide variety of interests; there’s a comedian, a carnival, a concert and a drive in. In the past, as weather gets warmer and the talk of who will be performing at spring weekend becomes a frequent topic of conversation on the quad, students were ready and excited. However, this year, for the 4500 students who will be excluded from the concert due to sold out tickets, the feeling of excitement was replaced with frustration and rage.

By this point, I am sure everyone knows that ticket sales for this year’s spring weekend concert, where Third Eye Blind and T-Pain will be performing, sold out at a record breaking rate and were gone by the end of the first day of sales, Monday, April 13. Rightfully so, the students who didn’t have the opportunity to get a ticket to the concert on Monday due to prior commitments were disappointed, to say the least. My question is, why, at a school of six thousand students, are there only fifteen hundred tickets available and why were they all sold on the same day?

Members of student organizations who put on this concert took to Facebook to quickly defend themselves from angry, ticketless students, saying that it isn’t their fault that there aren’t enough tickets and placing the blame on those who chose the venue, the Charger Gymnasium, and its capacity limit. I agree, I don’t think the blame should be placed solely on one organization, but I am confused as to why a solution is still not in place for everyone to get a chance to see the concert.

It is extremely unfair that over half of the students that attend UNH have to miss out on the biggest event of the year. We all pay an extremely high tuition rate to attend UNH and are often told that some of our tuition money goes to funding these events for students. Well if that’s the case, shouldn’t everyone who is funding Spring Weekend, all 6000 students, be able to attend the event they are basically paying for?

The first mistake made regarding spring weekend was choosing to hold the concert in the Charger Gymnasium. There are many other venues in which the concert could be held that would allow more students to attend. To name a few, the Rec Center, the Quad, Kayo Field or the football field; we have all these amenities at UNH that could be potential venues for the concert so why are we choosing the smallest one with the lowest capacity?

The second mistake was the ticket distribution process. It was not fair that all tickets were sold in one day. What about the students who have long commutes and couldn’t make it to campus during the time tickets were sold? Or the students who have jobs and couldn’t take time off of work to stand in line for a ticket? Or the students who prioritized class over entertainment and didn’t skip to get a ticket only to be punished for it? If there were only 1500 tickets, they should have sold 500 three days a week, so everyone had an opportunity to make time to get one.

Finally, the fact that there is only one showing is a mistake in and of itself. At bigger schools that have to accommodate for a much larger population, they do multiple showings of concerts so everyone can go. So how come at UNH only 1500 students were accommodated instead of the whole population?

If the venue must remain the same then there should be at least two showings so at least half of the population can attend.

Any of these would be viable solutions to the problems regarding the spring concert. Some people wait all year for this one weekend of fun and it is wrong to simply say oh well, better luck next year. Every student at UNH should be able to enjoy the concert, all 6000 of us, not just 1500 and that would be possible if these solutions were taken into consideration.

Varying viewpoints on Spring Weekend ticket sales

by The Charger Bulletin | April 22, 2015


To the disgruntled Spring Weekend students,

Over the past week, I have seen an outpouring number of students complain about their inability to attend the Spring Weekend concert featuring T-Pain, DJ Carlucci and Third Eye Blind. Many people have pointed the finger at SCOPE: the student committee of planning events. Although I personally have never been to a SCOPE meeting, I am well aware of the mission of SCOPE. They are a group of approximately 40 students who plan upwards of 200 events for the student body over the academic year. SCOPE spearheads some of the most popular and highest attended events of the year.

I personally did not have the opportunity to purchase a Spring Weekend concert ticket. Is it frustrating that the entire student body can’t be accommodated for this large scale event on campus? Of course it is. However, SCOPE is not the only organization that has had to turn students away from attending popular events. Spring Weekend is a tradition at UNH. It is a time for us, as students, to relax and have fun before the stress of finals consumes our lives for the last week of the semester. Spring Weekend drew in approximately 1500 students last year and is going to exceed that number for this year. We cannot blame SCOPE for advertising well and getting talented entertainers to come to our campus. Personally, I would like to congratulate SCOPE for such successful events!

I see many students complaining about the distribution process. To this point, I ask how would you have done it better? There are always going to be times of the day where students have class or club events. Even if you did an electronic registration process, I wouldn’t have been able to register during class. Other students recommended a change of venue. Personally, I enjoy having events on campus. It creates that community atmosphere we all have grown to love! Another argument was that we should have multiple showings of the concert. This would have been extremely costly and financially irresponsible.

Other unsatisfied students argue that since they are paying $34,630 for tuition and an additional $14,410 for room and board, they have a right to attend the Spring Weekend concert. I don’t disagree that UNH is an expensive private school. However, there are plenty of private colleges charging more than $10,000 more than UNH charges us. Also, only a small percentage of what you are paying actually goes towards a student activity fee. We all decided to come to UNH for a reason: a diverse major selection, proximity to home, a growing Greek community, size of the student body, the reputation of your major, experienced faculty, class size or even the infamous “experiential education” motto!

As the university continues to grow, there obviously is an additional need for space on campus. Although I am not happy with every single aspect of campus, the university has become home over the past four years. President Kaplan has seen the need for expansion and has made a large effort to continue the growth of the university.

With this being said, I understand the disappointment of students who were unable to get a spring weekend ticket. There is no questioning the fact that UNH needs more space for large scale events on campus! However, you cannot blame organizations that work tirelessly to create amazing events for us to enjoy.


by Samantha Higgins | April 22, 2015

We’re all required to take the WPE to graduate. For those of you who don’t know, that’s the Writing Proficiency Examination. If you ask me, it’s more like a Waste of Precious Energy.

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We all have to take English classes as part of our core requirements, so why are we then required to take an exam that brings bad flashbacks of the SATs? Prepping, pre-reading, going to a classroom where you have to bring your ID, put all electronics up front or otherwise risk instant failure, sign in and then sit there for what feels like forever while everyone else signs in and that’s all before you even get handed the prompt you need to answer. Friends who have taken it bombard you with “help” and tips that really just make you anxious and nervous like, “don’t forget a title or you fail automatically” or “write like a fifth grader, don’t use commas” and “read it ahead of time and take notes.”

By the time you are handed the prompt, you are literally reliving bad high school memories of standardized tests and sitting there terrified of failing and having to do it all over again. I’m not one to bad mouth a decision of UNH—if you’ve read my previous articles you know I am pro-UNH in all aspects—but I just see this test as a complete and total waste of time and energy. And who even reads these tests? Who has to sit there for hours and try to decipher thousands of those every year and decide if the student needs to go through that stress again?

Right before they hand out the prompt, they tell you that you are allowed to have more than one blue book if you need it, but I can barely fill two pages half the time; I can’t imagine filling two of those horrid blue books. Then they tell you that if you are a senior and you fail there is a WPE prep class on reading day, because they don’t want this to be what holds you back from graduation. I’m sorry, but this made my jaw drop. What on earth is a prep class on reading day going to do to help? Do they take it again during finals? And if so, that is even more stressful than anything else I can imagine. And are they graded faster? And are you really held back on account of failing the WPE? How long will you be held back because of failing the WPE? I feel like I was left with way more questions after this experience than ever before.

After this experience, I recommend that you all get on this early. Take your WPE as soon as you can, get ahead of the stress so you don’t have to take it on reading day of senior year because that just sounds terrifying to me. Trust me, the whole thing is long, stressful, tedious and annoying. You want to get it over with now.

The problem with society

by The Charger Bulletin | April 22, 2015

Standing up for what you believe in is never easy, but it is even harder when your beliefs come with some sort of negative connotation from society. Anyone who knows me knows that I have very strong beliefs about animal welfare and I think, that in fighting for animal rights, I am playing my role in society. I am doing something positive, helping out to make the world a better place. But my question is—why are there so many people who are so unsupportive of people standing up for their beliefs?

When I first got involved in animal welfare, one of the first steps I made was becoming a vegetarian. Why people seem to always have some rude comment to say about my eating habits still confuses me to this day. When I first made the switch to a meat free diet, many people rolled their eyes or laughed when I said I had stopped eating meat. Most people didn’t ask why, they didn’t care to know. They were only concerned with proving their point about why you need meat to survive, which is obviously false. Those that did ask why only wanted to know so they could shoot my beliefs down, try and tell me theirs are better, discourage me and say I would go back to eating meat in a few weeks. It was very rare to encounter someone who was like, “Wow, that’s cool, good for you.”

The next step I took as I was growing as an animal activist was to volunteer at a shelter. In becoming vegetarian, I had expected to receive some negativity for my choices, because I know it is not the norm in the carnivorous USA. But receiving negative backlash from peers for volunteering in a shelter completely shocked me. I wasn’t looking for a pat on the back for what I was doing or for any recognition; I just wanted to volunteer because I liked being around animals and helping them made me feel good. Well, I heard everything from “you’re wasting your time” to people saying I think I am a “do-gooder” and better than everyone else. It was actually really confusing to me. Why would someone want to tear me down when I was trying to make a positive change?

And then I got to thinking about society in general, and I realized it’s not just those fighting for animal rights that face these issues; it is everyone who stands up for something they believe in. Society places all these labels on people who have the strength to believe in something and stand by that, and I am honestly just wondering why. We have labels for just about everything and we throw them on people without ever stopping to think about the consequence that has for them. Instead of supporting one another, we step on one another.

But then it has always been this way, hasn’t it? If you look at history, the road to positive change is never an easy one for whoever is paving the way. What it comes down to is this: society is afraid of change. They will tear you down without a second thought because they are afraid of you, afraid of someone who can stand up for something, because you obviously possess greater strength than they ever could. It’s easy to label people, to judge them for their beliefs, to create negative stereotypes. But to standby your beliefs through all the adversity, to make your voice heard when people are trying to quiet you, well that takes courage, a courage that most people don’t have. I encourage everyone to stand up for what they believe in; it won’t be easy but it will be worth it. And for those members of society who try to discourage people, I want you to take a long hard look in the mirror and ask yourself: are you really proud of the person you have become?

Taking flight

by Courtney Brooks | April 8, 2015

Everybody is afraid of something. You can ask any human being on the planet his or her biggest fear because without a doubt, he or she has one.

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If he or she tells you otherwise, just walk away because he or she is lying and you’ll be wasting your time.
Fears can be anything for any number of reasons. Some people fear being alone while others fear being in crowds; some are afraid of spiders while others are afraid of dogs. Fears are very personal, and although we can’t always explain them, you can bet they are always there. My biggest fear has always been flying and I am proud to say I finally conquered it.

If you’ve never really sat down to think about it, you probably don’t even realize how frustrating it is to have a fear of flying. It’s not like flying is a necessity, and I’m sure those of you who get faint-hearted at the sight of bridges or spooked in the dark encounter your fears on a much more regular basis, but this fear of flying was mine and it is something that has always held me back, especially in college.

Flying has limited me right from the start of my college experience. Would I have loved to go to a college down south and escape from the long, Connecticut winters? Of course! But the thought of having to fly back and forth for breaks and holidays made me sick to my stomach, so here I am. Then Spring Break comes around, and as people book their vacations to tropical islands and all-inclusive resorts, I just sit by and watch. Can’t drive to an island, which means I can’t go.

Everybody has told me it’s not that bad and I’ve heard all the statistics about how you are this much more likely to die from driving or from walking than from flying, but none of this gave me any ease. There is just something about having no way out of a plane, no way to reach safety should something occur that I could not get over, that scares me. Factor in all these “missing” planes that disappear into thin air, or the pilots who lose it and crash the plane for reasons that remain unknown, or terrorists who hijack planes and send them straight to their doomed fate and it is safe to say that thought of stepping on a plane was enough to give me a heart attack, never mind the thought of actually flying in one.

My parents made the mistake when I was younger of underestimating the power of my fear. They thought that it was just a phase, something I would either grow out of or overcome if the situation to fly presented itself to me. So for my tenth birthday, they booked a trip to Disney. I was so excited to finally see the amazing Disney World I had always heard about and I just assumed we would be driving there. Well, my parents had other plans. In a sneak attack, the morning of the trip, while I thought we were on our way Disney, we were really on our way to the airport.

As soon as I saw the planes overhead and realized where we were, I had a meltdown. I still remember my body shaking and getting all light headed, I was FREAKING out. Long story short, I couldn’t get on the plane and I ended up missing out on my dream birthday.

Well, they say history has a way of repeating itself and ever since I have been bound to determine to prove this saying wrong. Fast-forward 11 years down the road: this past Spring Break, I was about to turn 21. The birthday of all birthdays, the one we all look forward too, and I was blessed enough to have the chance to spend it in Las Vegas. The only thing between my dream birthday and me was, once again, the dreaded plane ride. I prepared myself for weeks leading up to the day, this time much more knowledgeable that I was driving to the airport and not straight to Sin City.

As we pulled up, I again felt my body go weak and my head get dizzy, but I knew what I was getting into.

Once I made it through security, I knew that there was no going back. But I had the support of my friends next to me and I felt ready to conquer my fear. I’m not going to say it was easy, as I walked onto that plane in which I was sure would lead me to my death, ready to vomit in the nearest paper bag I could find, but I did it.

And it felt incredible!

Conquering your fear is one of the best, if not the best, feeling possible. It’s overcoming something that you have internally always struggled with and it shows your growth and your strength. It turns out I was scared for nothing. Flying isn’t half as bad as I expected and as long as you keep the windows closed, you can’t even really tell you’re off the ground. It is a small price to pay for the vacation of a lifetime and it opens the doors for many more memories to be made in the future. I’ve learned that fears only hold as much power over us as we let them. Most of the time, we build them up to be so big in our minds, but when we face them we realize that we were worried for nothing. If you have a fear that is limiting you or holding you back, I encourage you to face it and conquer it; it won’t be all that scary after all.

Fear of failure

by Alyssa MacKinnon | April 8, 2015

How often do we quit before we have given something a chance? How often do we write off some experience or some new thing because we are scared, that we will not do well enough, that it won’t be as we expect, or that we will not succeed?

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People don’t enthusiastically try for almost anything at this school; many students just commit themselves to their dorms.

We have so many opportunities in college, especially at a university like the University of New Haven. Every week, different events are hosted that not even 50 percent of the student body here elects to attend. Students don’t capitalize on the huge activity fee that we are charged as part of our tuition. Don’t you want to use that $1,220 you give to the school EVERY year?

Last year alone, I personally had a blast getting over $1,000 from school events—in gift cards, food, tickets and prizes. One of my friends won two X-Boxes last year! Simply going out to different things can be fun, but you have all these chances to win or create personalized things.

Join clubs and take leadership roles, even if you don’t have a lot of experience; don’t be afraid to try and voice your ideas to others. Sign up for something! Be part of the fashion show, see the comedian, share lunch with someone from class. Branch out and talk to the person across the desk when they mention they’re into your favorite show! Don’t let fear stop you from making waves in the world or even the little pond that is UNH.

Apply to the big scholarship, call up that amazing internship opportunity, and try the fish at Bartels. Even though it’s scary and there’s always the possibility of rejection, it can’t hurt to just try!

You don’t want to graduate and have your coolest story be that you could chug a 40 in under a minute; mine certainly won’t. Be adventurous and courageous, be the kind of person that doesn’t cocoon himself in his room and practice for a life as a hermit. Go alone to an event if your friends won’t leave the Netflix universe.

The more things you try for and go out to, the more interesting people you meet and things you will end up experiencing. So be bold and extend yourself out of your comfort zone, even if it’s just by a little each time.

The college experience is about making memories, going out and trying new, weird things and making silly mistakes. Take advantage of your opportunities before the year is through and don’t be afraid of failure!

Nicaragua Part Two: Public Health

by Alyssa MacKinnon | April 8, 2015

The second half of the Brigade trip was Public Health. This involved working in a new place— the community of El Naranjo—where we would be putting down concrete floors, which reduces parasites in the home. The group was also in charge of constructing hygiene stations that reduces the miles long walk for washing, reduces ground pollution and increases bathing privacy, especially for women.

Volunteers in Nicaragua (Photo provided by Alyssa MacKinnon)

Volunteers in Nicaragua (Photo provided by Alyssa MacKinnon)

The owner of the home I worked in never stopped working beside us and enlisted other members of the community to help when they could. The families receiving the work participated every day with the students, talking to us through the work or helping us turn over concrete (it was all hand-mixed concrete). The masons were especially patient with our mistakes and the language barrier. We completed the house and hygiene station with extra time so after our very sweet and fun goodbye (there was a candy filled piñata for the local kids), we left the community of El Naranjo. We were able to have an outing in nearby Jinotega where we ate lunch at the local place that provided us with meals each day while we were working on site.

We were also able to purchase local coffee and hike together above a colorful graveyard to a cross.
Some of the Grinnellians reflected on the experiences they shared through the week. “Brigades is a great opportunity to learn where you truly stand in the world with respect to your perspective and privilege, which often ends up being different for everyone on the trip. It’s well worth the commitment,” Keaton Cameron-Burr, President of the Grinnell College chapter of Global Brigades said.

Cameron-Burr was an impressive driving force, as he was a translator, photographer, brigader and “fearless leader” throughout the trip. It was inspiring to see a student take so much initiative and keep a level head in times of stress.

“I personally had a great time in Nicaragua, not only working hard but meeting new people from in and out of Grinnell. I believe that our trip and the collection of funds for medical supply was possible because the students were able to actively participate in the project. I mean, who would willingly pay not knowing where the money will be used? This trip was valuable for me because with my own eyes, I got to see the “needs” of the people in small poor communities. I remember a moment in charla [educational children’s workshop], kids asked me for toothbrushes, but we had already gave them all out so I couldn’t give them any,” Daniel Lee, a third year Biology major said. “I had these first hand experiences that are precious and such experiences have planted potentials in me; there is a potential for me to attend more brigade programs and for me to send support to Nicaragua in the future. I believe unknown potential has been planted in other students as well. It might seem that our trip was inefficient [in using money], but I don’t think we can discuss the efficiency without fully realizing the potential.”

“Days in Nicaragua passed quickly and every new day brought new challenging experiences, new exciting events, and new evocative stories of people so different yet so much alike us. I came to Nicaragua expecting to partake in a meaningful journey, which would benefit both the local community as well as broaden my perspective by learning interesting facts about the country, culture, medicine, and public health,” Ana Karin Kozjek, a second year Biology major said.

Experiences like this are so amazing because they are led and run by the students, you make the trip what it is. I had a great experience learning not only about the country of Nicaragua or the people, but about what I’m capable of—that I can do my part and make a difference to the people I encounter. Each person took something different from the trip, whether it was a newfound love for rice and beans or a desire to continue impacting communities in need all over the world. We worked, we had fun and we made memories that changed our outlook on volunteerism efforts.

My hope is that students will read this and be inspired to find programs like this or support a UNH chapter of Global Brigades.

The awkward in between stages of seasons

by Courtney Brooks | April 1, 2015

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It is that time of year again, the most awkward time of all. It is the in-between stage, and anyone who is a middle child knows that being in-between is not always fun.

It’s “sprinter,” not quite spring but no longer winter. We are now faced with millions of questions. Do we bring winter coats or light sweaters back to school? Sneakers or Uggs? Hot Chocolate or Iced Tea?

The answer: bring both! We choose to live in New England, so this awkward middle season is just something we have to deal with, but here are some ways to make it a bit easier.

Take advantage of this time period; appreciate the cold days just as much as the warm ones. Summer is just around the corner and although that sounds like heaven to us right now, once it’s here, we will all be complaining that it is too hot. I know the recent snowfall brought a lot of bad moods to New Englanders, but instead of complaining, enjoy the cold days. Once summer is here, it will no longer be acceptable to stay in bed all day drinking hot chocolate, binge watching a whole series on Netflix.

Likewise, also enjoy the warm days. Though they seem to be far and few between right now, they are coming, however slowly as that might be. When we are hit with a nice 60degree spring day, go outside. Try studying out in the quad or eating lunch outside at Sandella’s. Go for a walk at the beach or relax in a park; just do something to enjoy the sunshine to the fullest.

Dress in anything your little heart desires. In the winter, we always look at the warm-blooded people wearing shorts and a sweatshirt on campus while the rest of us are bundled up in coats and scarves, like they are crazy. Then it gets a little warmer and it’s the cold-blooded people, still sporting their furry Ugg boots while the rest of us are in flip flops that are lunatics.

The best part about this in-between stage is that whether you’re dressed for winter or summer, no one will care. We are all just as confused as the next person about the weather and what the proper attire is because, really, there is no proper attire! Wear what you want and whatever you feel comfortable in, without getting weird looks from everyone on campus.

Relax a little bit. Not too much so that you start failing your classes, but if there was ever a time to slack off, now is it. Midterms are behind us and finals are a long road ahead. Exciting events are in the near future, like Easter weekend off and Spring Weekend. Though you should still put your best effort into your schoolwork, this period is not a stressful one. You can sail through classes pretty easily without worrying about final grades and exams. In a month or two, the stress will be piling on while you try to get in those last minute assignments, but for now, just relax and enjoy the ride.

I know that this isn’t the most ideal time, but we have to make the best of it! As winter moves out and spring moves in, things are sure to get messy and confusing with the weather, but that doesn’t mean our lives have to do the same. Instead of complaining about this awkward period, just go with the flow, have fun and wait it out. Only a few more weeks and we’ll be looking back on winter like a distant memory!

Keep your hands to yourself

by Kaitlin Mahar | April 1, 2015

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You know who you are, and if you are somehow unaware that grabbing somebody’s ass, or touching them anywhere, for that matter, without their permission is acceptable, then you better have a seat because we’re about to have a little chat that your parents clearly never had with you. And, quite frankly, you made it abundantly clear that they should have.

In the words of the late, great Dr. Seuss: “You cannot touch me on a boat, or else I’ll punch you in the throat. You cannot touch me here or there, you cannot touch me anywhere. I don’t like where you put your hands. I do not like it, Sam I Am.” Or something like that.

The point is, the only time when it’s okay to touch somebody, whether it’s their ass or hair or face or any other body part, is when you have their permission. And you most certainly did not have my permission. I’m sure you have no problems with the “you can look but not touch” policies of museums and similar establishments, and the same thing goes for people, regardless of whether you know them, don’t know them, etc. Or, maybe, the whole problem here is that you are so socially inept that you’re unaware that not everything was put on this earth for you to put your grimy, boney hands on, in which case we have a much bigger issue at hand here (no pun intended), and I highly recommend that you seek some sort of help to deal with the mental deficiency that causes you to be so unaware of such boundaries. But, I am going to go out on a limb and assume that you, an individual who so actively asserts his intelligence, are in fact keenly aware of such restrictions in various establishments, so I am going to let you in on a little secret: if you can manage to restrain yourself in a place where it is advertised that you are not allowed to touch things without permission, then you should certainly be able to do so in the case of human beings. I know, what a novel idea!

My mistake was not calling you out on it, and I do regret that. I was so stunned by what you did that by the time I was able to vocalize my outrage and discomfort at the blatant disrespect and disregard for my rights to my body, you were gone. But trust me, that doesn’t mean you’re getting away with this or that it meant it was okay for you to behave like you believe yourself to be some sort of common zoo animal. Because the next time you or anybody else tries to pull a stunt like that on myself or anybody else, I won’t be so quiet, and I definitely won’t be as nice as I’m being right now. Think this isn’t nice? You haven’t seen anything yet.

But please, go ahead and try me. Make my day.

American Crime

by Courtney Brooks | April 1, 2015

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Every year a plethora of new television shows release their series premieres, each one claiming to be the “show of the season.” Many of them fall short of these claims, and few are rarely picked up for season two. However, this past year, one series has come out that is packed with emotional turmoil and deals with issues at the forefront of today’s society: American Crime.

American Crime is a television drama that was released on March 5, 2015. It airs on ABC on Thursdays at 10 p.m., just after the popular show Scandal. It is no surprise that Academy Award winner John Ridley, who also created the movie 12 Years A Slave, created this series.

American Crime tells the story of a number of people who are involved in a criminal case and the legal process that follows, and how all of their lives are impacted in the turn of these events. So far, three episodes have been released, and racial issues are at the forefront of this show.

As of episode three, a white boy, whose parents believed him to be a golden child, has been murdered and his wife is in a coma and believed to have been raped. Investigations into the murder have revealed to his parents’, who are dealing with their own marriage issues, utter dismay that he was involved in drug dealing. And his wife, who was supposedly raped, was actually cheating on her now deceased husband with many men.

The suspects of these crimes include an African American addicted to crystal meth, a Latino high school student who has never been in trouble before, who lives under the strict rules of his father who seems to be ashamed of their race, and an illegal Mexican juvenile, who supports himself through illegal activities.

What makes this show hit so close to home for everyone who watches it is that it deals with the stereotypes we all face, no matter what race, religion or world we come from. Every character in this show is somehow a victim, but also somehow guilty. It shows that no matter what race you are, everyone is facing struggles and nobody is one hundred percent perfect.

Rather than painting the victims as completely innocent, Ridley highlights their mistakes and faults that led them to the position they are currently in. Rather than painting the suspects as evil, he highlights the struggles they are facing that have led them to make bad decisions. Where as most shows make us feel sorry for the victim and hate the suspect, we feel compassion and disapproval of both.

In a society that is focused so much on race and racial equality, or lack thereof, a show like this can be metamorphic to the viewers. It shows what is wrong with society, but also why things are the way they are, why these stereotypes exist, and how every member of society is equally both responsible and unaccountable.

If you haven’t watched this show yet, I highly recommend it to any and everyone. If you want to catch up on past episodes, they are all available through ABC’s website, On Demand and Amazon Prime.

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