What We’re Following: The Fight to Recapture Sinjar
Kurdish forces, backed by U.S.-led coalition airstrikes, launched a ground attack against the Islamic State in an attempt to take back the northern Iraqi town of Sinjar from the terrorist organization. The operation included up to 7,500 Peshmerga Kurdish fighters, and was meant to wrench control of supply routes in the area, specifically Highway 47, which connects Raqqa, the Islamic State’s central base in Syria, and Mosul, an Iraqi city the group controls.
Blasts in Lebanon: At least 37 people were killed and 180 injured in two suicide bombings in the Shiite neighborhood of Burj al-Barajneh, located in the suburbs of Beirut. The explosions occurred near a hospital run by Shiite militant group Hezbollah, which controls the area. The Lebanese government has declared Friday to be a day of mourning.
Border Controls in Sweden: The fragmented European response to the migrant crisis has splintered even further. Sweden, a top destination for migrants and refugees, has imposed temporary border controls, a move that goes against the European Union’s open-border policy. Sweden is taking in more asylum-seekers per capita than any other European nation, and its prime minister said the checks were put in place to maintain order, not to turn away refugees.
This year, my roster included a student we’ll call H., one among 30 in my fall journalism class. H. would be more comfortable on the first day of school if he could meet me beforehand, his guidance counselor told me.
He walked into our first meeting eager to introduce himself and his favorite topic: comic books. Students with autism typically have an area of hyper focus, and his was Marvel heros. I hoped to use that topic to build a bridge to our curriculum for H. He liked to read and write stories, a seemingly good fit for the elective journalism class I taught at our public high school in suburban Texas. With his buzz cut and backpack, he looked like any other high-school junior.
But he wasn’t—isn’t—like any other student I’ve had before. H. is autistic, and during our two months together, and despite having taught several students with varying degrees of autism, I would fail him as a teacher.
If relatively few athletes can vote themselves a share of the pie, what could the vastly numerous non-athletes vote themselves? Take Mizzou’s 35,000 students and only a relative handful of athletes. If 35,000 people strike, then you have serious problems. Why would they meekly allow some dude who can kick a football through the goalposts a free ride PLUS fat stacks of cash, while they are holding down two jobs and trying to make classes?
For that matter, would room and board and tuition continue to be free, or since the players are now being paid, would they get charged? Why would the various trainers and specialty coaches not demand more money as well? And are you going to see collective bargaining among other athletes, where the fencing team demands a cut of the football money? How about the debate team?
I think the players think that nothing will change except them getting paid, and I’m not sure it’s that simple.
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