Articles by: Lainey Schmidt

Immigration Policy as a State Issue?

Immigration Policy as a State Issue?

BY LAINEY SCHMIDT Immigration policy is a controversial topic for all nations.  In the United States, it is especially heated because of the added competition between federal rights and states’ rights.  Though all immigration laws are supposed to be handled through the federal government, a problem arises when states do not feel that the job is being done adequately. This was […]

Failure by Inaction: South Africa’s Early Policy on HIV/AIDS

Failure by Inaction: South Africa’s Early Policy on HIV/AIDS

BY LAINEY SCHMIDT In 1981, when the AIDS virus was first known on a global scale, the South African government, run by the National Party, was deeply engrained in a policy of apartheid; racial segregation was the norm, and social policies were unequal and semi-nonexistent.  Until 1994, when Nelson Mandela was elected as the first democratic president of South Africa, […]

Occupy Sandy: An Activist Movement Turned Relief Effort

Occupy Sandy: An Activist Movement Turned Relief Effort

BY LAINEY SCHMIDT When Occupy Wall Street began in September of 2011, protesters took to Zuccotti Park in New York City with broad goals of social and economic equality as they camped out in the park while knowledge of the movement spread.  Activists’ slogan, “We are the 99%!” highlighted the severe income gap that exists in the United States. Calling for […]