Community Problems

Staten Island is far from a perfect place. We have many problems plaguing our communities, like drugs, traffic and extreme violence. One particular strain of violence involves gang violence.

Cops busted a member of the Original Stacks gang for dealing drugs on Staten Island streets.

A teen gang member participated in a drive by shooting late last year, that resulted in four people — including him to get arrested.

The leader of the Tombstone Gangstahs gang, who also happened to be a registered sex offender, pleaded guilty to drug and conspiracy charges. He had also been involved with a drive by shooting, and a gang assault previously before these charges.

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Community Problems

Rising Cost of Education

The cost of education in America has steadily risen over the past few years, making it difficult or sometimes impossible for potential students to further their careers as students. (I got sidetracked during class and talked with another classmate about internships and our experiences there. I am using my experience with student loans in place of an interview.)

I have taken out student loans for all four years of my college education. The loans are in my name, and my parents didn’t co-sign them at all. Every year, interest is added to my loan. My total debt once I graduate is estimated to be around $30,000. The student loan company will begin sending me payments six months after graduation, whether I have secured a job or not.

I came to CSI for many reasons, but one of the more prominent ones is finances. Private colleges with extremely high tuitions just wasn’t an option for me, because I didn’t want to be in such extreme debt at such a young age. CSI allowed me to get a college degree without drowning in debt for the next thirty years. It also allowed me to stay home, work a part time job and save money while getting my degree. CSI has a questionable reputation, but it’s the most logical choice when one considers the finances involved in getting a college education.

 

I’m not alone in this matter. According to CSNBC, “around $100 billion a year is borrowed through a cottage industry of private and publicly-funded loan programs.” tuition-graph

The presidential candidates have many strong, differing opinions about student loan debt and the rising cost of education. Bernie Sanders has called multiple times for free tuition for college freshmen and sophomores. Other candidates like Ted Cruz want to simply reform the way loans are given out to students. 

 

 

Rising Cost of Education

Impact of TPP

If TPP was passed and enacted in the United States, it could have a drastic impact on the way people use the internet. TPP could potentially take away certain freedoms the internet offers it’s users. Things like downloading music, movies, watching Youtube videos or social media could all be drastically changed or even taken away with TPP.

My classmate, Yuna Takahashi, a transfer student from Japan told me about her internet habits and how they would change if TPP was passed. She was not aware of the effects TPP would have on the internet or the past attempts. She uses the internet mostly for Facebook and Instagram. “I keep in touch with family and friends on social media,” said Takahashi. TPP would allow internet service providers to “police” the internet and the social media that was meant to keep family and friends in touch might be changed or taken away completely.

Takahashi uses the internet for another unique reason. She watches Japanese TV shows on Youtube. TPP would take these programs off Youtube, because they are copyrighted, regardless of approval, loop holes or otherwise.

“This idea is not a good one in my opinion” said Takahashi. “Japan is not as strict as here with their internet usage.”

 

Impact of TPP