Irma Leaves Devastation In Its Wake

Many buildings and streets in the Florida Keys have been severely damaged by Hurricane Irma. Photo found on Elite Daily.

Hurricane Irma, the monster storm that wrecked havoc in Florida and the Caribbean in August and September, left behind mountains of damage. According to The Weather Channel, “This is the first time on record two Category 4 landfalls occured in the continental United States in the same hurricane season, much less within 16 days.”

Lives and homes were lost, and now many people come together to rebuild and find hope. Continue reading “Irma Leaves Devastation In Its Wake”

Clinton supporters hustle to Danceland Ballroom


Image courtesy of Madison Gritton

Hillary Clinton was just one of the primary democratic nominees making the rounds in Iowa on Saturday, January 23rd.  

At an event titled “Hard Hats for Hillary,” Clinton supporters rallied at the Danceland Ballroom in Davenport from 4:30 to 6:30.

As the name of the event suggests, Clinton’s designated audience was largely union workers; however, dozens of Clinton well-wishers attended the speech.

Madison Gritton, a BHC graduate of 2015, was among those eager to observe the nominee. “Not all of what she mentioned in her speech really could relate to me considering I’m not in a union…but a couple of things did resonate with me. She mentioned how she was going to raise our incomes, but not raise our taxes.

“As of right now with my current income, I cannot afford to live out on my own. If my income was raised, I could finally be able to move out of my parent’s house.”

Gritton also described how Clinton spoke of wanting to “build up our infrastructure” by repairing or building new roads and bridges.

“Hillary didn’t really talk about different controversial topics, I’m guessing because it was really close to caucus,” admitted Gritton.

When asked how the spectators reacted at “Hard Hats for Hillary,” Gritton gushed, “When she speaks, it’s almost like she’s talking with her friends…Seeing her in person made me support her even more.”

As caucus-season is kicking-off, events like “Hard Hats for Hillary” are crucial for nominees, including Bernie Sanders and Martin O’Malley, who also were campaigning in Iowa at that time.

Written by Gayle Grundstrom

Viva la résistance!

19206526-standard from“What better way to declare the endurance of France than to live it up at a café?”

November 13th is another marked day in terrorism history for France and the world. Little can shake the haunting memories from 9/11 that forever changed the way we look at our freedoms. Al-Qaeda claimed responsibility for 9/11. ISIS, who accepted responsibility for the attacks in France, is a more ruthless offshoot of al-Qaeda.

The coordinated efforts Continue reading “Viva la résistance!”

No refugee zone

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More than a dozen US states say Syrian refugees are no longer welcome due to security fears after the Paris attacks.

Alabama, Texas and several other states issued similar statements but a State Department spokesman said the legality of this action was still unclear. Continue reading “No refugee zone”

Holy Father in Philly–Pope saints controversial friar

pope-francis-usa-visit-cubaPope Francis visited the United States for the first time in his life. He has spoken many times of being close to the people and has been outspoken on global issues like the environment and unbridled capitalism.

The Pope began his visit at the White House on Sept 23. In the afternoon that day, he held mass at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception where he sainted a Jesuit priest named Junipero Serra. Continue reading “Holy Father in Philly–Pope saints controversial friar”

Research what you hear

stock-market-crash from thesleuthjournal dot comIf you’ve been too busy with adjusting to classes, work, and family, you may have missed hearing about the stock market crash on August 24, 2015. While it was nothing like the 1987 or 2008 crash, it did drop over 1,000 points in early trading. The Dow ended the day down 588 points, which is the worst end to the day since August of 2011.

Continue reading “Research what you hear”

History repeats itself with Nepal earthquake

In response to the devastating magnitude-7.8 earthquake that happened in Nepal on Saturday, April 25, the International Student Association (ISA) at Black Hawk College is holding a fundraiser from May 4 to May 7. Funds will be collected in Building 1 outside of the Hawk’s Hub and in Building 4 in the Hawk’s Nest from 11:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. each day.

Money can also be dropped off at the International/ESL office in Building 1 (between Hawks Hub and the Library) at any time. All donations will be sent to the American Red Cross of the Quad Cities to aid the relief efforts in Nepal. Continue reading “History repeats itself with Nepal earthquake”

Operation unending obligation

Soldiers still supporting our United States

Whether they joined the Air force, Army, Navy, or Marine Corp, they went to fight against terror – on a mission – a commitment. Niko Pilcher, Benefits & Education Counselor with the Veterans Resource Center at Black Hawk College served in the Army and understands the mentality of a former soldier wanting to go back to fight against ISIS with Kurdish peshmerga forces. Continue reading “Operation unending obligation”