Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Prop 8

I must say, I was a little scared about the decision that was going to be made today. The people voted yes on Prop 8, barely, but I thought that would be the end of it. Gay rights activists protested and fought so hard, that the California Supreme Court decided to re-evaluate the decision. Sometimes it is hard to predict what the decision will be.
This morning the Court voted in a 6-1 decision to uphold Prop 8 and ban same-sex marriage but to uphold those marriages that had already taken place under the law. I'm not a big fan of the second part, but I am happy that the ban was kept.
For one, it shows that are votes do matter for something. The people, though a close percentage, voted to ban same-sex marriage. If the Supreme Court would have overturned that, our November votes would have seemed useless. We spoke. We should be heard. They listened.
For two, I personally do not believe in same-sex marriage. I do find it a sin and I do not think that banning it is unconstitutional. I was shocked, surprised and happy to see the results. Unfortunately, according the the LA Times, there will probably another call for a vote in the fall ballot. That is probably true, meaning those who want to keep the ban, must fight and pray harder and speak louder. If not, we may lose.
For now, the Courts did not disappoint me.

Monday, May 11, 2009

Summer of movies

So far, this summer looks like it will be packed with really great movies. I am really excited.
It started off rough with "Wolverine," which I thought would be a really great movie. It disappointed me. It lacked an appealing plot line and everything happened so fast, I could hardly keep up. It did not explain everything like why he does not grow older and why he seems immortal. The movie just hoped that we knew the answer already. I am sad about that.
The next week, "Star Trek" came out. I am not a trekkie, but I will go see that movie. Unfortunately, a lot of trekkies are upset that the movie does not follow the original series, but I was never a fan of the original series so that does not bother me. In fact it makes me want to see it even more.
This weekend I believe "Angels and Demons" comes out. I don't really want to see that, but I assume that it will be good. I hear the first one was.
The week after that "Terminator" returns to the big screen, but with out our governor. That also does not seem very interesting to me. I think it's just the commercials that throw me off because they confuse. I'm still not sure what the movie is about, or why Christian Bale sounds so weird. This concludes May. There is a still a summer of movies just waiting for us.
The only oe I am really looking forward to and really hope not to be disappointed by is "Transformers." I loved the first one. It was amazing. I saw the previews for this one and it also looks amazing. So I hoping that looks do not deceive. We'll find out in June.

Oh No

I worry for the state of our school. For any school really, but mostly ours because I go here and because our budget is based on attendance, tuition and fund-raiser. The problem is that since this school is so expensive, less people want to attend here. therefore causing tuition to rise and making more people that cannot afford the rise, to leave. It's a horrible cycle.
We have the campus center. One of the main goals of this center is to bring in more students because of its appeal and to bring in more revenue since outside vendors can rent out the multipurpose room and sell alcohol. That's the plan, but it is not a stable one. Just because we have a pretty building does not mean students are all of a sudden going to start pouring in. We may get a couple of more, but not significantly more. Who knows how many vendors and such are going to want to rent out a building on a college campus. It is hard to say.
Then, athletics is being cut. We are down one sports team for next year. No one knows what facilities will be available for soccer and baseball to use. It is still a mystery as far as I know.
The biggest issue is faculty, staff and administration. People are being laid off, positions are being frozen and it just seem unfair to everyone. Those that are laid off have to quickly find a new job before fall starts and frozen positions leave departments inadequately run. There are not enough people staffed in those areas so production is less reliable.
Next year will be n interesting year. I am sure this is not the first time our University has had to go through something like this, but it is the first time for me. I just wonder how we are going to pull through this in the end. Right now, it does not look so good.

Monday, May 4, 2009

Sher ACB movie

My first upload to blip.tv from blogspot. YAY!