Another Hip Hop Legend Lost: R.I.P. Heavy D

Losing artists you grew up with is hard. As I am sure many of you heard by now, Heavy D has passed away. He succumbed to respiratory failure in his home. He was 44 years old. A hip hop icon, and a positive role model. The shock of it all is making it difficult to put it all down. Heavy D’s music takes me back to my high school days. Good memories. Heavy D made that fun-loving, lighthearted, party setting off type music. What happened to that in hip hop? That element is sorely missing. One of the worse things...

1 Year Until Presidential Election; Many Questions, Few Answers Now

In exactly a year from today, the 2012 elections will be held. The heightened awareness of political issues will begin next year as the nation turns its attention to either re-electing President Obama, or picking a GOP candidate to be the next leader of the free world. At this moment, the major issues on the scene are the seemingly endless job crisis and the “Occupy” movements taking place around the country in varying degrees of intensity. While yesterday’s focus was on the moving of money from the big banks to credit unions, in Oakland the attempts to contain the protests...

“No Thing Unto Itself”- Panelists Engage Sustainability and Social Entrepreneurship

When it comes to the big issues facing our society, approaches to resolving them merit examination and dialogue.  At the Center for the Humanities on October 20th, a discussion took place around politics, sustainability, and international charity.” No Thing Unto Itself”  was moderated by Katherine Behar, Professor of Art at Baruch College. She was also a panelist, and spoke on object oriented thinking. The other panelists were Noortje Marres, Prof. of Sociology at Goldsmiths, University of London, Shannon Mattern, Assistant Prof. of Media at The New School, and David Turnbull, Prof. of Architecture at Cooper Union. Prof. Behar who also...

President Obama Announces New Student Loan Consolidation Plan

As the election cycle moves on, President Obama grapples with many issues that present a challenge to his re-election. After the defeat of the president’s jobs bill, the move to shore up a big part of the disaffected Democratic base had to continue. Today, it was revealed that new regulations are in the works to change student loan guidelines in favor of those who rely on them to pay for school. This is a major proposed adjustment. Also a key point in the proposed plan is the income based repayment plan adjustment. It would go from 15 percent of your...

Polite On Society Week In Review- 10/16-10/22

Gaddafi Killed Six months after the intervention in Libya, Colonel Gaddafi has been killed.  The Libyan head of state was reportedly captured alive, and then allegedly died in a firefight between his loyalists and  Transitional National Council rebel soldiers. Well, whatever the story, the doctrine of Responsibility to Protect is the new order of the day, and every head of state that falls out of favor with the United States is a potential target. The amount of distrust this sort of belligerent interventionism will sow in the Middle East as well as other parts of the world is one consequence...