Daily Archives: October 16, 2013

Freedom of information vs. national security

An update from Katelyn, a junior double-majoring in journalism and theatre in Meadows School of the Arts, with a special emphasis in international politics in Dedman College: The media storm engulfed this past summer with the breaking and subsequent three months of solid coverage of Edward Snowden and the NSA file leaks. Visiting D.C. and meeting with top journalists provided a prime opportunity for open discussion on the line between exposing necessary truths to the public and putting national security at risk. While the issue is far more complex than just two sides of patriot versus traitor, those qualifiers remain the general divider between most public opinion, in the broadest scope of the matter. The media thrives both off stories [...]

2013-10-22T15:43:09+00:00 October 16th, 2013|Hilltop on the Hill 2013|

Washington, a city of possibilities

An update from Lauren, a sophomore majoring in political science in Dedman College and public relations in Meadows School of the Arts: Being in D.C. for the past four days has made me realize so many things about myself, my future, and the workplace. We met so many highly successful, influential people in professional settings over the course of only four days. I came out of nearly every meeting thinking, "I want to work here!" I have realized that politics really is what I love and that I can't imagine doing anything else. One thing that I liked was being thrust into such professional settings. Most students are not exposed to very formal, professional settings until their first internship or [...]

2013-10-22T15:38:36+00:00 October 16th, 2013|Hilltop on the Hill 2013|

Health care: A human right

An update from Alexandra, a junior majoring in psychology and English with a minor in women's and gender studies in Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences: At 9 a.m. our group struggled through the metro system and found our way to the Department of Health and Human Services. Surrounded by the impressive Planetarium buildings and the Met museums, we were in awe. It was an interesting situation, given the context of the government shutdown. Still, we were rightfully impressed by the sheer importance of the buildings in which we had meetings. I’ve always believed that health care is one of the vehicles through which we can achieve a more equal playing field. That’s why I pursued my current internship with [...]

2013-10-16T14:45:57+00:00 October 16th, 2013|Hilltop on the Hill 2013|