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Web 2.0 Technologies Propel Political Movements

By: Katelyn Six, Section Editor for Bloc[k] Beat (six1@uic.edu)

From the immersive experiences of multiscreen video viewing, websites and blogs, to Android and Apple mobile applications, not staying connected seems like a near impossibility. I believe that Web 2.0 technologies facilitate and empower new movements with heightened ability to organize their protests and activism.

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Underreported Assaults in 2012

By: Kelly Tansor, Copy Editor (ktanso2@uic.edu)

It has recently been reported that the number of Chicago assault and battery cases in 2012 has gone underreported.  The Chicago Police Department has previously reported the number of incidents rather than the number of victims, which silences many victims of assault and battery in Chicago.  Supt. McCarthy is now issuing a review of these cases so that a more accurate number is reported.  Shockingly, though, this practice has been going on for years.

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Why We Need More Women in STEM Fields

By: Katelyn Six, Section Editor for Bloc[k] Beat (six1@uic.edu)

On September 26, 2011, First Lady Michelle Obama acknowledged the veracity that “If we’re going to out-innovate and out-educate the rest of the world, we’ve got to open doors for everyone. We need all hands on deck, and that means clearing hurdles for women and girls as they navigate careers in science, technology, engineering, and math.” This is more than merely wishful thinking – it is a call to action, urging us all to stop, look and listen to the pressing problem affecting our workforce, our education system, our economy, and, most importantly, our students. (more…)

Katniss Everdeen Didn’t Wear Pink: Toy industry disappoints women, again

By: Anna Junko, Senior Editor for Literature and Art (ajunko2@uic.edu)

If you’re like me, you get a little annoyed walking past retail toy aisles and witnessing the fluorescent color line that separates the “boy” and “girl” sections. Companies market endless rows of pink tutus and purple dolls for girls and muscled blue action figures for boys. Even Lego, arguably one of the most popular and seemingly gender-less options, has a “boy” and “girl” gift guide on their website.

Hollywood’s recent obsession with female warrior heroes, however, seems to be evening out toy stereotypes. Girls now see strong heroines wielding weapons, like Katniss Everdeen from The Hunger Games, or Merida from Pixar’s BraveHowever, there’s one problem: most of the toy weapons are still pink

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Head in the clouds: Millennials to change media landscape with internet-based TV

By: Katelyn Six, Section Editor for Bloc[k] Beat (six1@uic.edu)

What ever happened to the ‘good old days’? When mornings meant taking a moment to enjoy scrambled eggs at the breakfast table, equipped with a cup of coffee in one hand and a newspaper in the other? Or when families would gather around the same TV set to watch the same program during its same weekly time slot? The reality is that today, those eggs and that cup of coffee have been replaced by two double shots of Starbuck’s espresso and an energy bar. And that morning newspaper? It is at the bottom of the wastebasket, swapped out for a smart phone. The once picturesque portrait of the traditional American lifestyle is increasingly facing the daunting threat of becoming nothing more than a fragment of the past. And is the TV doomed to go down the garbage disposal along with it?

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