• Hello! This is our fifth phase of our XP for “This I Wish to Change.” Credit goes to me, Trip Murphy, and Ben Crino.

  • Hello there,
    I’m glad you mentioned the war on drugs. In America, it is indeed a massive problem: the people using those drugs tend to just be a waste of space in prison, and don’t belong in there. They should either get help, or perish if they refuse to get treatment. As such, our incarceration rates are ridiculously high, and should be…[Read more]

  • This is a tough subject, and definitely not an easy one to tackle. I find your infographic to be well done, with definite attention to detail. However, I do find your solutions to be sort of idealistic. This isn’t necessarily bad, though, as idealists have revolutionized the world historically. Thank you for this infographic.

  • I enjoy the way this infographic is so concise and cuts out any unnecessary details. It isn’t at all bare-bones about it’s detailing, though, instead giving just the right amount of information. I am happy to see that you took an interest in this particular case- it definitely is something that is wrong with the world. Thank you for the infographic.

  • Thank you, I hadn’t realized that- fixed it.


    Here is an infographic that my team (Ben, Trip, Zachary) created pertaining to creativity in the classroom!


  • Hey there, folks! These are the annotations that my group, including Benjamin Crino and Trip Murphy, created on the subject of creativity in the classroom. Enjoy!

  • Interesting annotations and article, Abdullah. I found your observations on the subject to be insightful. School lunch doesn’t sound like an interesting issue at first, but seeing you looking into it has given it a bit of interest.

  • Hey there, Joseph-
    Your analysis on Huck was in-depth and well thought out. I find the way that you describe Huck escaping everything about civilization, and not just civilization itself, to be thought-provoking. It isn’t something that I had considered myself, especially due to the fact that he continues to speak in somewhat religious terms…[Read more]

  • In the novel The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, the author presents us with two individuals on the run from the law in order to achieve the goal that so many of us strive for throughout our lives: freedom. They

  • Andre,

    I must agree with your analysis of Ozzy’s. It’s one of the best dining experiences one can find in Okemos, and the staff are fantastic. Thank you for sharing your thoughts on this wonderful place.

  • Democracy is a failure of a system that should be eradicated from the face of the Earth.

    This may sound like a harsh and strange judgement that I just have declared, especially coming from someone living in

    • Hey Zach. Your essay was very passionate and it seems like you know your topic very well. I understand how you feel against the governmental form of democracy. However, just because it doesn’t work a couple times nor you don’t agree with it, it doesn’t mean that automatic there should be automatic barrage of hate. But, I think your voice brings the government its weaknesses and tells them what to improve on. Next time, don’t be too negative. Good work.

    • Dear Zach, I agree with your article, Democracy is a failed experiment, because everything you said was true and expresses my feelings about democracy. A quote that stands out is “democracy is a form of mob mentality, and as such, is a dangerous mechanism to live under.” This stands out because democracy is something that controls us and is scary. Another quote that stands out is “we need something new to replace this terrifying system.” This stands out because it is so true and realistic about life. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because i would like to hear about more articles about democracy.

    • I must disagree with the points made in this article, democracy is a logical system that puts the power in the hands of the people, and arguing that what the majority wants can be “Wrong” on such an objective level is just factually inaccurate. Now, I am actually a hardcore liberal, who took the Trump victory extremely hard but you mentioned in your article, Donald Trump did not get more votes than Hilary Clinton, he only won because the U.S. Presidential election system is only a warped take on democracy, where the electoral college makes every vote matter decidedly less. However, despite this, if Trump had won in a proper democratic way, though I could protest him, I would accept him as president. However, the solutions you propose to democracy are far worse, anarchy, having absolutely no government, society cannot function without government, and on the other end of the spectrum, monarchy, giving the fate of the country to one person. Quite frankly, even if we are in the minority, we must accept that the majority of the country would like to go a certain way and that we have an opinion that we would like to live under a government that less people would like to live under, the logical direction for a country is the direction most people want to go in.

    • Dear Zach,
      I am intrigued by your post “Why democracy is a failed experiment” because I do not really agree with your ideas but you made a very good argument that I would like to have a chance to argue against. This is a topic that I can understand your point of view but do not agree with it.
      One sentence you wrote that stood out to me was “However, it should seem to me to be the case, in light of history, of recent events, and the structure of democracy as a system in general.” I think this is interesting because it gets me interested in your topic. It does not tell me what you wrote but just the topic. This shows me what I will see but not explain to me how you will convince me.
      Another sentence that I find interesting is “This is an issue that the people of America need to wake up to: the democratic system is a broken one, and a remedy for it needs to be found fast; whether that solution is anarchy, monarchy, or something else, we need something new to replace this terrifying system.” because it shows me everything you wrote and what you believe should happen.
      I do not agree with this topic because it goes against what I believe in. Sure we did not vote for the candidate who won but we did vote the people who did vote for this. Another reason I do not agree with this is because the only argument you have is the recent presidency and that is not enough to convince me.

    • Dear Zach
      I am shocked by your post, “Democracy is a Failed Experiment,” because this topic is very controversial but very true. Though democracy is not a failed experiment its just that this government cannot stand forever and dies out before monarchy rule does.

      One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “the candidate that got the most votes didn’t win the primaries for the Democrats, and the candidate that was nominated for the Democrats didn’t win the general election upon getting the majority of the votes”. I think this is a true statement because Hilary when going against Donald Trump during the finals for president. Hillary got the majority vote but Donald Trump got the majority of electoral votes. Therefore Donald trump was president, which isn’t very fair.
      Another sentence that I agreed was: “majority rules”. This stood out for me because in this world we live in, if we lose a game or need to vote something. The most people to vote for one side wins, and that side’s opinion is answered. The other side’s voice does not get heard. Like Hillary and Trump, Hillary won the popular vote but Trump won the most electoral college votes.

      Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because this topic is very interesting, though you wrote this in a kinda harsh tone next time maybe be a little less harsh. Also these topics are very true and is happening right before us.

  • Very true. Huck feels abandoned, and I think this passage of the book accurately represents that.

  • Interesting how you give an insight into the thoughts of Huck on civilization being the opposite of how the rest of the world sees it. I can understand where Huck comes from, and in some ways, I may even agree with him: civilization isn’t always civil.

  • Hello there! Here, I present to you all an assignment my American Literature class is doing, known as a “dialectic journal” for the novel “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn,” the spiritual successor to “The

  • Introduction – Hi there, and welcome to my essay upon a personal belief of mine. In the essay that follows, I will explain my beliefs on the topic of relaxation and stress, and why I personally believe that

    • Hello Zachary, I agree with you on that “relax mindset is a good mindset.” With sports especially basketball you can’t have a negative mindset playing. If you have a bad mindset your jump shot will not go in. You wouldn’t be confident to dribble past defenders and score on them. Once you have a negative the game is over for you. This is why having a relax mindset is the best.

  • Mariane,
    Hello there. Though this is well written, I do find issues with it.
    Firstly, police brutality. Trust me when I say I’m no fan of law enforcement, not in the slightest. However, I would like to point out that police brutality is not racially based as you seem to imply. If you look at the number of deaths from police against people of other…[Read more]

  • Hey there Elliot,
    Interesting poem. Quite honestly, I only clicked on it because I saw Shrek and the opening line, and assumed that somehow a meme had made its way to the featured page. However, when I clicked and the page finally loaded, I found quite an interesting post. This seems to give an interesting insight into your life, and I’d be…[Read more]

  • Dear Mr/Mrs. President of the United States,

    The fact that roughly 3/10 pregnancies end in abortions (source: quote from Senator Wendy Davis, 2016) is staggering, and definitely a fact worth noting. What is

    • Regarding the topic of abortions, I think it’s necessary to regard the issue as something deeply personal and a personal choice. If you were to get pregnant right now, what would you do? Having the right to choose doesn’t always mean that the termination of a pregnancy is going to be chosen, but the right to options is what makes America unique. To make the entire abortion process illegal is actually going to do more harm to women and the fetus within them; for example states such as Alabama with such strict abortion laws have led to a spike in illegal abortions, posing a greater risk to the person under going the procedure. Choice is necessary.

    • Hi, I was your secret writing pal, Zachary. In your post you say that things along the lines that abortion is bad due to even at an early development, a fetus, which is a clump of cells, is still a life. So how would animals in slaughterhouses be very different? They are also life that is extinguished from the world.

  • Dear Mr/Mrs. President of the United States,

    I find it heartbreaking to find out that 3/10 women have abortions sometime in their lives in the United States (source: quote from Senator Wendy Davis, 2016) , and

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