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-Bianca Pratorius has helped usher in a backyard beekeeper movement in South Florida by training a clutch of local amateurs in the art of the bee.
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-While Bianca only views beekeeping as a hobby, she is able to generate enough honey to sell at local farmers markets.
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Every year, thousands of young progressives descend on Washington to intern for Democratic lawmakers.
And around the country, thousands more take internships on state and Congressional races each election cycle.
For many young Progressives, an internship like this is the surest way to get a feel for politics.
Perhaps it’s that campaign fellowship with the local Democratic committee that leads to a lifelong interest in political organizing.
Or perhaps it’s that summer stint with a Democratic representative in Washington that sparks a commitment to fight for progressive causes.
That’s how it was for me.
When I first took a serious interest in politics, I was a freshman in college.
That summer, I volunteered with a Senate race in my home state of New Jersey and was immediately hooked on campaign organizing.
That position led to another, and eventually I landed an internship with the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.
Of course, as is common with these positions, they were all unpaid.
Since then, I’ve been able to find work in the private sector – as a paid consultant for some of the very groups where I once worked for free.
While I was privileged enough to take an unpaid position for several semesters – and never worry about having to pay bills thanks to the generosity of my parents – others aren’t always so lucky.
Guillermo Creamer had an unpaid internship with a Democratic member on the Hill, and later with the DC Mayor’s office.
For him, it wasn’t always easy making ends meet.
“The lack of funds really put me against the corner at times when it came to eating lunch, dry cleaning and even paying for rent,” Creamer said in an interview. “I was working 40 hours a week while being required to work a minimum of three days a week. If I ever had a gig that would come up, I’d call out of my internship because it is really hard to turn down money.”
Having had enough, Cramer, and several other Washington, DC students founded Pay Our Interns, a bipartisan campaign dedicated to pressuring more organizations to offer paid internships.
So far they’ve has some success in getting Democrats to listen.
Several of the candidates currently in the running to be the next DNC chair have since pledged to create a paid internship program if elected.
Hopefully these actions will spur other Democratic organizations to do the same.
Yet challenges remain.
Hardly any Democratic members of Congress offer paid internships.
Neither do most campaigns or state parties.
Though there are a few exceptions.
For a party that claims to fight for the rights of workers, not paying interns is especially hypocritical.
In fact, it’s downright embarrassing.
The Republicans certainly don’t have a problem paying their interns.
The Republican National Committee runs the Eisenhower program, which pays a cohort of students to work at the party headquarters every summer.
Meanwhile, the DNC doesn’t even have an established budget line-item for its College Democrats and didn’t even have a full-time staffer dedicated to supporting these students in the midst of the 2016 campaign.
While some may say that a lack of resources are an issue, I find that argument hard to believe.
It costs less than $5,000 to hire an intern for a 10-week semester.
Meanwhile, there always seems to be enough money lying around for multimillion dollar ad buys, or lavish fundraisers at fancy D.C restaurants.
If the Democrats are going to be a party that stands for economic justice and the next generations of young leaders, it needs to first stop profiting from free millennial labor.
Disclaimer: Conor McGrath is a graduate student at the George Washington University and Finance Director of the DC Federation of College Democrats.
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By Erika Hills
We have the Baby Boomers, Generation X, Millennials, and now according to MTV, the Founders.
In a nationwide survey, MTV gave 1,000 teenagers born after 2000 the opportunity to choose what they believe to be a fitting name for their generation.
They are eager to face the world and the problems that lie within it, in their very own way.
With the abysmal job market and crushing national debt that stand before them, The Atlantic hails the Founders as pragmatists navigating a post-9/11 nation.
They [the Founders] continue to say that in front of them lie a mess from prior generations that they are tasked with cleaning up.
According to MTV, the teens surveyed also considered names such as “The Bridge Generation,” “The Builder Generation,” and “The Regenerator Generation,” before choosing “The Founders,” a fitting description for how today’s youth view themselves.
“We’re ‘the Founders’ because we’re the ones transitioning from before to what’s going to become after,” one participant explained in a video MTV released on Dec. 3rd.
Another said, “I’d like our generation to be marked kind of as the foundation that mostly set off what’s going to happen in the next 50 to 100 years.”
MTV is just as hopeful as the teens themselves, because despite the fact that Generation Y receives a bad rap, the Founders are “optimistic and forward-thinking” in terms of their endeavors and what they anticipate their futures to hold.
However, taking upon the thoughts and ideas of high schoolers to let them name their own generation has come under question.
The Atlantic points out that classifying any generation’s personality and goals is quite the challenge, but even more so when the people being interviewed have recently entered high school.
TIME also cited that entire generations don’t typically decide what their name will be.
That has been done only by individual personalities in history such as how “The Lost Generation,” was coined by Gertrude Stein to describe those who lived through World War I.
Others are bewildered at MTV’s attempts to gain credit in labelling a generation of rising teens who are unfamiliar with their music network roots and vastly prefer mobile devices.
In fact, this April the International Business Times revealed that MTV’s ratings have been declining for that very reason.
Don Kaplan of The New York Daily News deems it purely self-promotional on MTV’s part.
“It’s a ridiculously overstated attempt by MTV to define a generational boundary,” he noted in a column. “And it comes off more…like a bid to advance the network’s own self-promotional agenda.”
Is it still early yet to know the defining characteristics of this generation?
As the Atlantic claims, one crucial difference of this cohort is that they’ve never known a world without the Internet.
Griffin Picciani, 14, interviewed by TIME, only knows of a black president. The games he plays today carry a world of difference in comparison to those his 20-year-old cousins played when they were younger.
“I think our generation is the bridge to a new era — a new idea, a new world, where things that haven’t really been thought of, get thought of,” another young Founder told MTV.
Only time will truly tell if the Founders’ optimism to achieve greater things will remain long enough to define them.
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By Max Littman
The 2015 College Bowl Season kicks off on Saturday, December 19th.
Here’s a preview of every bowl game today so you know what to watch and what to expect.
Atlanta, Georgia 12:00 EST December 19th, 2015.
Alcorn State (9-3) vs.
North Carolina A&T (9-2)
This year marks the inaugural year of the Celebration Bowl and pits two premier FCS teams against each other. Alcorn State, the Southwestern Athletic Conference Champions, will face off against North Carolina A&T, the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Champions.
Although both relatively unknown teams, both have performed admirably year and figure to be around the same skill level.
Both lost to ranked FBS teams by large margins at the beginning of the season with North Carolina A&T dropping to then #10 North Carolina 53-14 and Alcorn State dropping to then #16 Georgia Tech 69-6.
Albuquerque, New Mexico 2pm EST December 19th, 2015.
Arizona (6-6) vs.
New Mexico (7-5)
Arizona, coming off a grueling Pac-12 schedule, is favored to take this game against the home-town team, the New Mexico Lobos. Arizona is coming off a season where they lost against 2 top-25 teams, UCLA and Stanford, while also dropping to 4 other Pac-12 teams. The brightest spot for Arizona was their defeat of then #10 Utah at home 37-30.
The Wildcats are led by the return of junior linebacker, and All-American, Scooby Wright III who missed most of this past season with various injuries. He’ll be looking to stop New Mexico’s explosive tandem of running backs Teryion Gipson and Jhurell Pressley and quarterback Lamar Jordan who all very successfully ran New Mexico’s triple option offense.
The trio and the rest of New Mexico’s offense averaged a respectable 29 points a game, albeit against a schedule consisting of only one Power-5 team, Arizona State, which resulted in a 34-10 loss. New Mexico does have home-field advantage, which could help them pull of the upset.
Las Vegas, Nevada 3:30pm EST December 19th, 2015.
BYU (9-3) vs.
The Utes and the Cougars had very similar 2015 seasons, which each finding success through stretches of the season but struggling at times. After losing to then #10 UCLA and Michigan, BYU won 7 of their last 8 games to finish as the second best independent football team in the FBS.
Utah on the other hand started out hot, beating a very good Michigan team, and went on to win 8 of their 9 first games.
The team though seemed to collapse near the end of the season, losing to UCLA and Arizona, before finally finishing off their season with a win against Colorado. Although on paper it’s a very evenly matched game, BYU may be in disarray during the game because it will be their coach, Bronco Mendenhall’s final game with BYU before he leaves to take the head coaching job at Virginia.
Adding intrigue to this game is the in-state rivalry between the two teams.
Montgomery, Alabama 5:30pm EST December 19th, 2015.
Ohio (8-4) vs.
Appalachian State (10-2)
This year’s Camellia bowl pits two relatively under-the-radar, yet potentially explosive teams against each other. Appalachian State is led by their excellent running game, 6th in the nation with 268 yards per game- and will look to match-up very favorably against a weaker Ohio defense. Appalachian State’s only losses came against Clemson and a disappointing loss to Arkansas St.
Without the loss to Arkansas State this team could have been an outside choice for a New Year’s 6 bowl game. Regardless their excellent run game and defense could be too much to handle for Ohio, who after a rough middle of the season looks to be on their way back.
Ohio finished second in the Eastern Division of the Mid-American Conference after a bumpy middle of the season capitalized by a blowout loss 62-24 to eventual MAC champions, Bowling Green St. Despite being heavy underdogs in this game they will rely on their quarterback Derrius Vick and their excellent wide receiver Sebastian Smith to lead them to an upset victory.
Orlando, Florida 7:00pm EST December 19th, 2015.
San Jose State (5-7) vs.
Georgia State (6-6)
The Cure Bowl this year features two lower caliber teams.
San Jose State is even lucky to be even going bowling after they only won 5 games in the 2015 campaign. Due to a massive amount of bowls and too few 6 win bowl-eligible teams this year, San Jose State was awarded a bowl bid due to their academic performance rating.
With their wins coming against New Hampshire, Fresno State, UNLV, New Mexico, and Hawaii they look to be one of the weakest teams in a bowl game this year. One of their few bright spots though is their running back, Tyler Ervin, who has 1,469 yards and and 13 td’s this year in an excellent showing.
San Jose State will be going up against a Georgia State team who became bowl eligible after winning their last four games behind their fantastic passing game. Their quarterback, Nick Arbuckle, is ranked 6th in the country for passing yards, amassing a very formidable 4,160 through the air this season.
Arbuckle’s favorite target is wide receiver Penny Hart. Hart has also excelled this year and is currently 22nd in the country with 1,095 yards on 71 receptions. This high-powered offense will be looking to blow away San Jose State’s defense in what could be a blowout game.
New Orleans, LA 9:00pm EST December 19th, 2015.
Louisiana Tech (8-4) vs.
Arkansas State (9-3)
The home-state favorites Louisiana Tech look to prove themselves in this year’s New Orleans bowl against Sunbelt Conference Champions Arkansas State.
Louisiana Tech is led by former Florida quarterback, senior Jeff Driskel.
Driskel and his best receiver, Trent Taylor, have had a terrific year and lead the 15th best passing game in the nation. The Bulldogs’ defense though will almost assuredly have their hands full with a high powered Arkansas State squad who averages a very high 41 points per game.
Much of Arkansas State’s offensive production comes behind a very formidable rushing attack led by, Michael Gordon.
Arkansas State captured their conference with a big win over Appalachian State, and all three of their losses have come against teams who have been ranked at some point this season in USC, Mizzou, and Toledo. Since their loss to Toledo, they have won 8 games straight and finished undefeated in Sunbelt Conference play.
Louisiana Tech on the other hand has played a much lighter schedule and lost their season finale 58-24 to Southern Mississippi. The home-state team will have a lot to prove in what should be an offensive shootout in the swamp.
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