Articles written by: Kay O’Keeffe

Eastern Alumi Sign Petition Urging EU to Rescind Award: State Senator and Eastern Alumni of the Year attends Capitol insurrection.
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Eastern Alumi Sign Petition Urging EU to Rescind Award: State Senator and Eastern Alumni of the Year attends Capitol insurrection.

At the end of 2020 a petition surfaced urging Eastern University to rescind the 2009 Alumni of the Year award to State Senator Douglas Mastriano on the grounds that he “failed to meet that standard in his role as Pennsylvania State Representative’’. The award standards include “outstanding service through church […]

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What You Need to Know: “Rigged Election”, the Administration’s response, and democratic history.

The results of the 2020 General Election have been called, according to the Associated Press, determining that candidates Joe Biden and Kamala Harris will become the U.S. President and Vice President in January. These results came with a stark divide between President Donald Trump’s accusations of voter fraud and his […]

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Historic Election Wins

Kamala Harris (D): Vice Presidential-Elect Harris won a historic election as the first Black Asian-American woman elected to this position. Cori Bush (D): First Black woman to represent Missouri in the U.S. Congress. Bush worked as a medic during Black Lives Matter protests in Furguson during 2014 and is a […]

The Washington Post called the 2020 General Election a win for President-Elect Joe Biden and Vice-Elect Kamala Harris.
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BIDEN AND HARRIS WIN PRESIDENCY: The Associated Press and Washington Post call election results amid controversy.

On November seventh the Associated Press called the 2020 General Election in favor of Joe Biden, with 290 Electoral votes and President Trump getting 232 Electoral votes. The Washington Post concluded the results at 306 votes for Joe Biden. Both reports show a clear lead for the Biden campaign. These […]

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“Food Deserts”: A look into the framework behind and the affect of inequitable food access.

It is generally understood that there are vast inequalities across the globe in food access. What is alarming, however, is the degree of inequity in access to healthy, affordable food within one community or city. Upon taking a closer look at communities which have lessened access to healthy food and […]

How to Vote in Pennsylvania: A comprehensive guide to voting in the 2020 Pennsylvania General Election.
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How to Vote in Pennsylvania: A comprehensive guide to voting in the 2020 Pennsylvania General Election.

Step 1: Apply for mail-in absentee ballot at votespa.com/ApplyMailBallot. The Mail-in Ballot Application must be received by your county election office by 5 PM October 27, regardless of post stamp. Step 2: Mail-in ballot must be postmarked by 8 PM Nov 3 or received by the county election office by […]

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The Importance of Belonging: Get to know Dr. Randolph Walters, the Special Assistant to the President for Diversity, Equity, and Belonging.

Though Dr. Randolph Walters has been a beloved member of Eastern University’s faculty for twenty-six years, his new position as Special Assistant to the President for Diversity, Equity, and Belonging calls for an introduction. Dr. Walters worked in a variety of positions, including high school teacher, adjunct instructor, pastor, and […]

Both presidential and vice presidential candidates have now participated in live debates.
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PRESIDENTIAL & VP CANDIDATES CLASH IN DEBATES

The first Presidential Debate for the 2020 campaign cycle was Tuesday, September 29, featuring former Vice President Joe Biden and incumbent President Donald Trump. The debate topics include the Supreme Court nominee, COVID-19, healthcare, the economy, taxes, racial justice, law and order, protests in Portland, climate change, and election integrity. […]

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Congressional Contradictions in Ongoing COVID Stimulus Negotiations

As we approach flu season during the Coronavirus pandemic talk of a second stimulus check has increased. Congress is back in session, and debating how much, who would be included, and when a second stimulus check would be released to eligible American citizens. The rescue package has strong bipartisan support, […]

Eastern University's Diversity and Inclusion Initiative has been critiqued by students and faculty alike.
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“DIVERSITY, EQUITY, AND BELONGING”: A look into the shortcomings of Eastern University’s diversity initiative.

The Diversity and Inclusion Planning Initiative was created in 2016 to respond to an analysis which determined the racial makeup of the EU workforce had been steadily declining from 2010 to 2015. The analysis specifically cited university leadership as lacking in racial, ethnic, and gender diversity. The initiative, charged by […]