Daily Archives: September 13, 2015

UWF cross-country

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Caleb Carmichael, UWF cross country head coach, prepares an ice bath for his runners at the end of practice.
Photo by Jason Dustin

Jason Dustin

Staff Writer

Outwardly, the University of West Florida cross country teams are head-down and one foot in front of the other. Inwardly, they have their teammates and the promise of their destination in mind.

“I want to build the team back up to prominence,” Caleb Carmichael, UWF men’s and women’s head coach, said. “I want to go to the nationals every year. On the national scale we have so many good teams here at UWF. I want to make sure that we’re in that same group.”

Carmichael’s ambition was echoed by Tim Wenger, a junior.

“Our first goal is to win conference and make it to nationals,” Wenger said. “We’ve concentrated on it all summer, thinking about it and training for it, because that’s the big stage.”

Fortunately, brass-ring syndrome hasn’t soured their perspective.

“I mean, it’s college, you know,” Wenger said. “You only have four or five years of it, so just have fun, work hard and see success on and off the course.’

The Argonauts placed 13th out of 27 teams at the Memphis Twilight Classic, on Sept. 5 to open the season. The race, which featured 11 Division 1 teams, was uncharacteristically scheduled at night.

“They had music playing,” Sarah Carrion, a sophomore, said. “It was a whole different experience. After the meet I was like, ‘Coach we have to get barbeque.’ ”

Their pursuit is not always filled with Memphis-Beale-Street style ribs, music and neon signage. There is a sacrificing and devout aspect to the Argos approach to practice.

“We practice six days a week, at 6 a.m.,” Carmichael said. “When light starts to come out we’re running.”

Carmichael designs workouts for runners on an individual basis, and makes modifications throughout the season.

“I’m asking what they’re comfortable with,” the coach said. “We try to press some boundaries and see if we can push the mileage a little bit.

“I can watch them and assess them and see their body language after a run, before a run, and if they’re always looking tired I can say, ‘Hey, maybe we should back off the mileage a little bit.’

“Often they’ll say, ‘Oh, no coach, I can handle it.’ Well, they’ll say that, but sometimes I’ll make a decision and say let’s just back it off a little bit.”

Carmichael’s designs are drawn with an eye on the postseason. Course mileage will be increased at the NCAA Division II South regional tournament, which will be held in Dade City, on Nov. 7.  A top-three finish is necessary to advance to the national tournament.

Nick Merrett, a junior from Christchurch, New Zealand, has achieved much personal success in the two years he has run for UWF. Merrett was Gulf South Conference freshman of the year in 2013, as well as an all-GSC and all-South regional selection in 2013 and 2014.

When asked about his goals for the 2015 season, Merrett, an endurance athlete familiar with maintaining proper form, paused to consider his words.  The words his mind landed on were in step with the sentiments of his coach.

“For me?” Merrett said. “Focusing on the team. I try to score as low as I can, but at the same I feel a responsibility to help establish a pace for the team.  You’re looking throughout the course to rally your teammates.”

European refugee crisis hits home

Tristan Lawson

Staff Writer

At this moment a refugee crisis is overwhelming much of Europe. We have seen the images and videos of desperate people running from border police, packed on trains bound for Europe, begging for help. Most recently, however, much more media attention has been brought to this pressing issue because of children: victims of a conflict they had nothing to do with, born in the middle of warzones, running from a desperate situation, only to perish along the way and wash up on beaches in foreign countries.

For some of us, it is difficult to relate to these situations happening in countries so far away. We are often left asking ourselves, “What can I do? How can I help? Why should I care?”

For others, the conflict is more real than you think. While most of us might not feel the impact, there are some important humanitarian issues to consider that affect all of us… even here at UWF.

Kinan Ghibih, a freshman at UWF studying computer science, was born in America but his family’s native country is Syria. While he was a child, his family returned to Syria to be with family for a time before returning to America.

“I have family there (in Syria) that have been suffering due to the unwillingness of most countries in the region to accept refugees,” Ghibih said.

Ghibih’s aunt and uncles are still in Damascus. “They are still there because they can’t get out. They have already lost homes, and any financial assets are gone at this point,” he said.

Some countries in the EU are welcoming these refugees and have pledged to do more in the future. So far, Germany has been the most outspoken and generous of these European nations, welcoming thousands of people into their country.

“I think it’s incredible that they stepped up and did something like that … that made me really happy,” Ghibih said. “When that news came out, I instantly called my cousin, who is living in Lebanon right now. He was allowed in (Germany) two years ago when the conflict started getting really bad. I told him he should think about going to school there because they offer university to all students for free.”

Some people in the U.S. already have strong opinions about immigration into our country and are making comparisons between the refugee crisis in Europe and the legal and illegal immigration into America. But are they the same thing?

“I can understand the similarity, but the thing is, this is more urgent for the Syrians,” Ghibih said. “Their homes are in complete and utter chaos. Just a week after my family got out of their home, the whole building was destroyed, and that is happening to many families there.”

The same question is being asked of European nation leaders as well as the U.N. “Are these people migrants just looking for a new life, or are they refugees?” said Jacob Shively, assistant professor at UWF in the department of Government, during a discussion on the difficulties in classifying this massive movement of people.

Not all countries are willing to help these people, however, and some are being abused and mistreated while fleeing. The most outspoken of these countries is Hungary, which has made it clear that they do not want refugees in their country.

“It’s sad. I have nothing to say to them. If they can’t understand the situation, I can’t make them; it’s just a flaw of character,” Ghibih said. “When I see other countries who are stopping these people, I just don’t understand why. Honestly, I think they are just scared.”

But every sovereign nation has different motivations and scenarios to pay attention to, and nothing is black and white when the topic of a mass migration of refugees is concerned.

“I think a lot of citizens from those countries (EU) find it difficult … I don’t know if some people (Europeans) will let those civil liberties go and move into humanitarianism,” said Rachel Errington, director of the International Student Office.

But the burden is not only on European countries. This crisis has been affecting other nations for years now.

“In Jordan, for instance, there are maybe 1 million to 1.5 million refugees, which is far more than what Europe is looking at,” Shively said. “The real crisis is still in Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey, where most of these refugees are going. One-fourth of the population is dead or has left because of the civil war.”

The conflict in Syria has been going on for more than four years now. So why all the attention now?

“Some prominent events have brought it to public awareness, but this has been building in the Middle East,” Shively said.

“Everyone has seen the picture of the little 3-year-old boy by now … it’s super sad but maybe it’s the way of awakening,” Errington said. “There are little kids who are completely innocent to this situation. They don’t even understand what religion is at this point, they don’t have anywhere to go, and they are being found on beaches because their mothers would rather take the risk of going on a boat to find refuge than stay in a country where they are probably going to die anyway. Only now, when people see images of the kids, do people start feeling it, but worse stuff has been happening.”

It is also important to remember that many of these refugees are coming from other places with completely separate conflicts, some of which the U.S. has a direct involvement. Many people are asking, do we (Americans) have a responsibility to help more than we are?

“If our government tried to intervene, tried to supply the rebels and tried to help overthrow Bashar al-Assad … why not be a part of it now when it’s about saving the people?” Ghibih said. “It’s not even about saving the country anymore. We should be accepting more refugees.”

As this crisis begins to reach a tipping point, it seems inevitable that the U.S. will become more involved and maybe reach out to welcome more refugees. But when and if we do, how will refugees be received by average Americans?

“I would like to think that the majority of our country will respond to it positively, mainly because younger kids now are starting to be more tolerant, accepting of different cultures and more aware,” Ghibih said.

There are many issues to consider in this debate and many different perspectives, but Ghibih said it was important to pay attention to the big picture.

“The one thing that should really outline this whole thing is that people need to be a little less concerned about what part of the world Syrians are from and what religion they might belong to, and remember that they are humans and they need help, and that innocent people are dying daily. People who have no say or opinion in the conflict, it’s not their fault. They had no hand in it, and now they are being affected. They want to live, why are we denying Syrians the right to survive?”

Free textbooks, anyone?

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Photo courtesy of OpenStax

Cassie Rhame

Staff Writer

OpenStax College is a nonprofit organization launched in 2012 to offer free digitalized textbooks for students. So why is no one talking about it?

If there is one thing college kids love, it is free stuff. Free food, free drinks, free entertainment—they want it all. The Rice University-based nonprofit OpenStax College offers every university student’s dream – free textbooks.

While there was hype over OpenStax when it was introduced in 2012, its fame was short-lived. The organization’s recent appearance on college students’ Facebook news feeds is bringing it back into discussion.

UWF students are surprised when they hear about the nonprofit publisher. Most had heard of OpenStax, but had not researched it in detail. The response is, to no surprise, overwhelmingly enthusiastic.

“Free textbooks?” UWF junior engineering major Evan Flagg said. “I didn’t even know that was possible. I’m so down with that.”

Unfortunately, not every textbook is available through OpenStax.

The books developed to date only include those of core classes, which are the most common texts needed by students around the world.

OpenStax stays afloat with the help of several company and foundation sponsorships. The cost for each book to be processed is more than $500,000. Rice University claimed that the organization has saved students more than $30 million.

“More than 150 colleges, universities and high schools have adopted an OpenStax textbook since the nonprofit publisher’s 2012 launch,” wrote Jade Boyd of Rice University News.

“I bought a statistics book freshman year, and it was over $300,” UWF communications sophomore Courtney Randall said. “I just wish UWF would have had these free books before I completed all my core classes. Hopefully they will get with this program eventually.”

The idea seems simple, and it appears to be working for the universities that have already adopted these texts. The organization works with publishers to hire peer-reviewers and authors to develop these high-quality texts and only requires that schools sign up and acquire access codes for their students to use the books.

Even though free textbooks sound like the gateway to a perfect world to students, there are still those who are not certain about the adoption of these texts.

“In principle, I’m in favor for students being able to afford their books, but to me, it is a lot like the idea of free tuition,” Judge Ross Goodman said, UWF professor in the law department. “It sounds great, but who is going to end up paying for it?”

Goodman said he is worried that some will suffer in their business, steering towards the idea that anything free comes at a price. “Capitalism needs to be humane, but also realistic.”

University bookstores are one of the potential competitors that could suffer a loss in sales if OpenStax was to reach their school.

UWF Bookstore manager Greg Kirby does not seem too worried, however, showing great faith in the store’s mission to offer an affordable wide range of course materials for students.

“We also share in OpenStax’s affordability mission—the UWF Bookstore delivers a wide range of cost-saving choices, print and digital, to ensure all students have hassle-free access to materials that fit their budget and study needs,” Kirby said.

With options to rent or buy used texts, bookstores are already making cuts to try and cover the needs of the average broke college student.

The interesting thing about OpenStax College is that the website offers a “student toolkit for success” that encourages students to take matters into their own hands by going to their teachers and spreading the word. Click here to access the student toolkit.

OpenStax College’s free books have been accessed online by more than 1.7 million people and downloaded more than 170,000 times since June 2012, according to their website, www.openstaxcollege.org/news.

Five places to spend the night out

Emily Doyle

Staff Writer

University of West Florida students have done their share of exploring Pensacola, so if you’re looking for a place to go out, here are the five best places chosen by UWF students to spend a night out in Pensacola.

1. O’Riley’s Irish Pub

With two locations at 321 S. Palafox and 3728 Creighton Rd., O’Rileys Irish Pub has the perfect locations for UWF students looking for something close to campus and also downtown. They’re open from 11 a.m. to 3 a.m. Monday-Sunday and have live music on the weekends. Beer pong, darts, billiards and a relaxed, smoke-free atmosphere are reasons that UWF students love to spend time here.

UWF Junior Brianna Duncan said, “My favorite place to go is O’Riley’s, because it is a lot of fun and the music is always good, too.” On most nights at O’Riley’s, there is no cover charge for anyone 18 and older, and students over 21 can take advantage of drink specials. For example, on Thursdays at the Creighton location there are $1 pitchers till 11 p.m., $3 well drinks, and $3 flavored Smirnoff drinks for the ladies.

2. Wild Greg’s Saloon

Located at 22 S. Palafox above Beef O’ Brady’s, Wild Greg’s Saloon is a Western-themed bar. Some of the draws to Wild Greg’s is their huge dance floor for line dancing and a mechanical bull for anyone brave enough to take a ride. They are open from 7 p.m. to 3 a.m. Wednesday-Saturday and have nightly specials. Although on Fridays and Saturdays Wild Greg’s Saloon is strictly 21 and older, they do provide a college discount on Thursdays with a college ID.

UWF Senior Collin Knight said, “Well, I personally like Wild Greg’s because they’ve always got people line dancing and they have the bull to ride. It’s something different from every other bar or club around here.” So if you are looking for a place to break out your boots and dance, Wild Greg’s is the place for you.

3. Seville Quarter

You would be hard-pressed to find anyone in Pensacola who hasn’t heard of Seville Quarter. Located at 130 E. Government St., the historic building is a restaurant by day and a bar and club by night. The layout has seven rooms, each with a different name providing a unique experience and something for everyone to enjoy. In some of the rooms they have karaoke, dancing, billiards, a piano bar and beer pong.

UWF senior Larry Bell said “Seville is one of my favorite places downtown. I take all of my friends there because I really enjoy the atmosphere. The rustic, cool building also adds to the experience, making it unique to Pensacola.”

Though most nights are 21 and older, on Thursdays they have college night for students 18 and older, where you can show your student ID and get in for a discounted price. To keep up with their rotating drink specials, visit their Facebook page here.

4. Cabana Nightclub

At 7164 N. Ninth Ave., Cabana Nightclub (more commonly known as Cabanas) is close to UWF, and because anyone 18 and older can get in every day of the week, it has become a favorite among UWF students. Cabana’s advertises “the longest happy hour in the entire state,” beginning at 11 a.m. and ending at 8 p.m.

UWF senior Michael Krueger said, “I honestly enjoy going to Cabanas, because especially my freshman year I felt a lot of my fraternity’s [Sigma Alpha Epsilon] presence there., I felt welcomed and comfortable, so I always had fun.” Cabanas hosts tons of events, such as foam parties and ladies’ nights, with each event having a drink special of its own. Also, every Friday evening is college night where you get in for free with a college ID.

5. Vinyl Music Hall

Vinyl Music Hall, located at 2 S. Palafox St., is a live music bar that brings in both local and big artists to play. Though this isn’t technically a nightly bar, a lot of UWF students keep their eyes open for bands they would like to see. Famous artists such as Ludacris and Wiz Kalifa have played at Vinyl Music Hall in the past.

Senior Bridget Walker said, “Vinyl has live music and a relaxed atmosphere and speedy bartenders, what’s not to like?” You have to be at least 18 years old to get in for most concerts, and if you are over 21 there is a full bar. You can look for upcoming performances and purchase tickets here.

Even though there are many areas in Pensacola where you can spend your evenings, you might want to consider going to one of these five student favorites.

 

UWF MEN grows to near 100 members

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Geri Battist

News Editor

On Sept. 10, the University of West Florida Men’s Empowerment Network (UWF MEN) accepted 11 inductees at their Fall Induction Ceremony at the Center for Fine and Performing Arts. The audience included campus liaisons, UWF MEN Advisory Board members, community MENtors, current UWF MEN members and university staff.

At the inaugural induction in the fall of 2014, 17 members were inducted. Then the program exploded in spring 2015, with the induction of 67 young men. In the span of one year, UWF MEN has grown to 95 members.

Now nearly 100 strong, UWF MEN offers academic and social support to male UWF students. The program also provides mentoring opportunities with committed campus and community professionals.

“Any issue the students encounter, there is someone among the campus liaisons in key areas that they can talk to,” said Chief Diversity Officer/Associate Vice Provost for Equity, Diversity and International Affairs Dr. Kim LeDuff.

After the ceremony, Dr. Kim LeDuff beamed with excitement as she shook hands and welcomed the inductees.

“I am amazed at how this program has grown in the last year since its inception the fall of 2014,” LeDuff said. “We gave the groundwork, and it has taken on its own life.”

The development of the UWF MEN program was LeDuff’s first initiative as CDO when she was hired in September 2013. “Graduation rates for male college students were at one-third of the classes,” LeDuff said. “The goal of this program is to increase recruitment, retention and graduation rates of male college students from all backgrounds.”

The program is structured so that it builds each academic year, providing members self-enrichment, empowerment, encouragement and an opportunity to pay it forward by mentoring local elementary school students.

The program is still in need of funding and campus or community professionals to participate as mentors. If you, or someone you, know, is interested in participating as a mentor, please email Multicultural Communication Coordinator Eryka Wallace at ewallace@uwf.edu.

In its inaugural year, UWF MEN has already begun impacting the lives of students at UWF.

“It has come full circle. I struggled to navigate the waters of UWF my first semester,” said senior communication arts major Timothy Jones. “Now, as a member of this powerful initiative, I’ve found my paddles and have begun to make my way safely towards that graduation stage next fall.”

As a current member, Jones has had an opportunity to experience the benefits and support of UWF MEN. “UWF provides many opportunities that equip us with peak experiences,” Jones said. “Now with UWF MEN, it anchors our ship with a world-class network never before seen on another college campus. We are the change happening around the nation. We can watch the conversation take place or we could join the conversation and be the change we seek.”

At the close of the ceremony, UWF MEN members stood together with their campus liaisons and community mentors to recite their pledge.

In unison, these are the words that bounced off the walls of the CFPA Music Hall: “I, support the University of West Florida Men’s Empowerment Network’s values of professionalism, leadership and character. I will strive for excellence in pursuit of success through scholarship, civic engagement and social support. I will maintain the highest level of respect for my fellow students, faculty, staff and surrounding communities of the University of West Florida. I challenge myself and those around me to agree to the standards of commitment, discipline, responsibility, respect, support and versatility. I am UWF MEN.”

Interested students can learn more about the UWF MEN program and how they can participate next semester by accessing their website. Although students may have missed an opportunity to join this fall, they are strongly encouraged to attend the UWF MEN conference in October.

 

Cheap eats

Tom Moore

Contributing Writer

As a starving college student here in Pensacola, one of my favorite pastimes has been to find places with inexpensive food. So grab your knife and fork as we embark on a journey down the path of inexpensive dining.

1) Wendy’s value menu

This is the only fast food place on the list, but because of the sheer variety, it is worth mentioning. Most fast food places advertise a value menu, but none are as comprehensive or encompassing as Wendy’s. For $5, two people can eat and have fountain drinks. Choose from either crispy chicken sandwiches or cheeseburgers for a dollar. On the drink side, you can get small soft drink or sweet tea, or if it is hot, that frosty will complete your order.

2) Fazoli’s

If you are into Italian food, Fazoli’s is a sure bet. They have meals for $3.99, but drinks are extra. There is nice inside dining, even though you do pick up your meal and fill your own drinks. Two can eat for $12 before tax, and if you dine in, you get unlimited breadsticks.

3) The Number One Chinese Restaurant

Nobody does inexpensive food like the Chinese, so the next three items on the list are Chinese restaurants. The Number One Chinese Restaurant, located on the corner of Ninth Avenue and Olive Road, has delicious lunch specials for $4.95. The containers are steaming hot, and the savory aromas make your mouth water even when you are full. The portions are so large you can fill yourself up and still have enough leftovers for another satisfying meal.

4) Chow Tyme Chinese Buffet

Pick up your appetite and loosen that belt, we are now moving into “big boy” territory. Chow Tyme Chinese Buffet, on Ninth Avenue and Creighton Road, is the Cadillac of inexpensive buffet dining. For $9 you get to choose from six food bars, as well as a salad bar, a sushi bar and a hibachi bar. You would be hard-pressed to even eat a little off every bar and leave any way but stuffed. Now this price is for the lunch menu only, but it’s still an amazing value for your money.

5) Asian Seafood

If you are looking to feed a large number of people cheaply, Asian Seafood is the way to go. They don’t have the dining atmosphere that Chow Tyme does. The food is prepared right out back on a barbecue grill. They have a variety of food you can pre-order, including wings, shrimp and scallops. But the true value is with the buffet. You get a choice of either fried rice or lo mein noodles for a mere $6.50 plus tax. The portions are huge. They pile it on, so you definitely get your money’s worth. A to go box can last a day and still have leftovers.

6) CiCi’s Pizza

On the subject of buffets, if you are in the mood for Pizza, CiCi’s is always a good option. It’s a bit less expensive than Chow Tyme, under $6, but they only have two bars, salad and pizza. They have a good game room that is a great hit with the kids.

7) Waffle House

And last but certainly not least: good ol’ Waffle House. Their menu offers a variety of meats, hash browns and salads. While all their food is reasonably priced, they have a specialty menu with 15 meals for $5. You get a meat, or sandwich, a hash brown, salad or chili and a drink.

And there it is, straight from the dense innards of the urban jungle – your very own “Broke Student’s Guide to Inexpensive Dining.” So, the next time you get hungry, remember, you don’t have to go broke just to get a quick snack, or spend the time cooking.

Partying with a purpose

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Photo courtesy of Jasmine Romano

Amanda Gerow

Staff Writer

By day, the UWF Cannon Green plays host to lounging students, organizational barbecues, and sometimes even a Cornhole game or two. However, on Sunday, the peaceful area turned into the prime location for Alpha Tau Omega’s ATGlΩw.

ATGlΩw, a typically popular event on campus, has returned after a year hiatus. Through a partnership with GlowRage, ATΩ worked to raise money for Suicide Awareness Voices of Education, or SAVE.

SAVE is an organization that works to prevent suicide by raising public awareness and providing education. The organization also works as a resource for those who have been affected by suicide.

“The cause hits home for us because we had a brother commit suicide in the past, and we want the community to know that suicide affects so many lives,” said John Rock, a brother of ATΩ at UWF.

The event consisted of upbeat music, live disk jockey’s, and tons of paint that helped add to the party. However, the “party with a purpose” made sure to fill the night with various speakers that shed a light on the impact of suicide, especially what is happening on college campuses all over the country.

One speaker addressed the data that found there are 642 suicide attempts on college campuses every day. These shocking statistics were made known during the event in an effort to encourage those in attendance to be more aware of their peers. Just because it does not seem like someone is struggling, does not mean they are not.

Though the event was held on campus, it was open to the public. A cover charge of $10 for students and $20 for non-students made sure as much money as possible could be raised for the event. The additional selling of event shirts, sunglasses, bracelets and paint helped raise even more funds.

The event had a total of 952 people in attendance and raised $14,390. The promotion of the event helped bring out community members and students alike.

“My friend begged me to go, and I’ve never been, so I went.,” UWF junior Raquel Corkill said. “I liked it a lot because even though it was a paint party, it was also about awareness.”

From the hype before the event, to the well-placed stage and various UWF police patrolling, it was easy to believe this was a real rave rather than a campus philanthropy event. However, the goal of raising money for a worthy cause was always in the forefront.

Kim Davis: walking, talking Christian privilege

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Ted Cruz (left), Kim Davis (center) and Joe Davis (right)
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Josh Hart

Staff Writer

Kim Davis broke two laws when she refused to grant marriage licenses to the several gay couples who had the misfortune of going to her Kentucky office to get licenses.

This broke the law of the land, bringing a contempt of court charge and five days in jail, but it also broke the law of her privately held Christian creed. Particularly Romans 13:1-7 which states, among other things, “Let every person be subject to the governing authorities; for there is no authority except from God, and those authorities that exist have been instituted by God. Therefore whoever resists authority resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgment.”

Now, I’m not implying that we should all bend over and take whatever people in authority decide to give us, nor am I suggesting that they are there because of some sort of divine right. What I’m saying is that the Davis case highlights the fact that the Christian right completely overestimates their own value in political discourse.

This can be observed in the way that Davis has been embraced by the ever-more ridiculous and archaic American right-wing movement. Presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee urged Americans to support Davis, saying she was a victim of “Judicial Tyranny” during a rally in front of the jail in which Davis was being held. Ted Cruise, Bobby Jindal, and Rand Paul also showed support, Cruise even attended the same rally.

Davis also was shown significant support on a more grassroots level. A cursory glance at social media will reveal an out-crying of support for her. Some have even gone as far as to compare her to Rosa Parks.

Never, in my wildest flights of fancy, could I imagine being so entitled, so oblivious, and so comfortable in my own privilege.

Religious freedom does not include the freedom to infringe upon the rights of others. The Bible doesn’t bequeath some sort of moral high ground to its readers. Christians are not a marginalized, battered sect. They make up 83 percent of America. Being discriminated against and not having your every whim catered to is not the same thing.

Any limitations on behavior set by any religion or personal creed should only apply to the person who holds that religion or creed. Assuming that anyone else should oblige your philosophical musings is absurd and disrespectful to the concept of free will.

As for Davis, if she didn’t want to be subject to the governing authority, she shouldn’t have taken a position that actively requires her to do so. That simply sounds like bad planning. And bad planning, like her own myopic world view, is a personal problem.