Florida State suspends Jameis Winston for Clemson game

Originally, Florida State decided to suspend Winston, last year’s Heisman Trophy winner, only for the first half Saturday following reports that he had stood on a table Tuesday and shouted a vulgar phrase at the student union, mimicking an Internet meme making the rounds on college campuses. Deadspin was the first to report the incident, citing several Tweets from witnesses.

This was merely the latest in a string of incidents involving Winston, who was accused of sexual assault last year. Winston, who led Florida State to the national title, was never charged with a crime, but the stain on his reputation greatly increased the scrutiny on his off-field behavior. Florida State, which is under investigation by the Federal government over whether it violated Title IX in its handling of the sexual assault allegations, also is investigating whether Winston violated the school’s code of conduct.



Heartbreaking photos show the first day back to school in Gaza. Many students did not return.

(Photo Credit: Shehab News Agency)

I think our main concern should be that there are 8-year-old girls whose faces show just how traumatic and exhaustive this conflict is.

"We are outraged when an Indian police officer tells a rape victim she should marry her attacker but not when a California judge says a woman wasn’t really raped because she didn’t put up enough of a fight. We are outraged at 24,000 rapes in India but not 188,380 in America."

Hoopstatic - First World Problems

I really recommend reading the entire article. Trigger warning for discussion of rape and rape culture - it’s a tough article but very important. 

(Thanks to byunbbi for submitting)

High school newspaper editor suspended for refusing to print the word “redskin”


Editor-in-chief Gillian McGoldrick and faculty advisor Tara Huber were suspended from the Neshaminy High School’s newspaper, in an ongoing battle with administrators about the use of the word “redskin.”

The editors of the Pennsylvania high school’s Playwickian paper refuse to print the offensive term “redskin,” the name of the school mascot, going against the orders of principal Ron McGee.

McGoldrick received a one-month suspension from her duties at the paper, while Huber received a two-day suspension from work without pay from the superintendent of Neshaminy School District, according toStudent Press Law Center. Earlier this year, Huber received the Pennsylvania School Press Association’s Journalism Teacher of the Year.

The controversy, which ended with Huber and McGoldrick’s suspension, and $1,200 being removed from the student paper’s account, began last year when the editors  decided to remove the word “redskin” from the paper. However, in June, a student submitted a letter to the editor that contained the word three times.

“The staff replaced all but the first letter with dashes, following The Associated Press style for slurs,” the Student Press Law Center wrote. ”In his prior review of the issue, Principal Ron McGee told the students to print the word in full or not print the paper at all.”

Huber left the room, the students decided not to print the word, and sent the paper to print, student editor Maddy Buffardi explained.

This high school battle brings up the issues of free speech, freedom of the press and of course the controversial term “redskin” — and the team names and mascots in conjunction with it.

Right On, Gillian and Tara!  




"Well. Um, big question, um, but to me, Van Gogh is the finest painter of them all.

Certainly the most popular great painter of all time.

The most beloved.

His command of color - the most magnificent. He transformed the pain of his tormented life into ecstatic beauty.

Pain is easy to portray - but to use your passion and pain to portray the ecstasy and joy and magnificence of our world…. no one had ever done it before.

Perhaps no one ever will again.

To my mind, that strange wild man who roamed the fields of Provence, was not only the world’s greatest artist - but also one of the greatest men who ever lived.”

Doctor Who Series 5: Vincent and The Doctor

Well, I broke out the Northface. It’s officially fall.


Also can we talk about how I went to run to the grocery store at 730 and it was totally dark out? 

I am seething in jealousy (and in 90 degree heat).

Justice Department sides with 14-year-old girl raped while serving as 'bait' in middle school sting


So this happened in my home town, and it’s horrible. What’s even more horrible is that it doesn’t look as though any criminal charges are being brought against the adults at Sparkman Middle School who knew what was going on and allowed it to happen. Like I straight up don’t care where you’re from, this needs to have about 500% more media attention than it’s currently receiving. This happened in 2010, and has been so neatly covered up by my home town’s school board that I’m sick just thinking about it.

Here is the contact information for the Madison County schools administration. A friend of mine suggested titling any emails you send to superintendent with “Sparkman Middle School Rape Case,” just to drill home that in no way was what happened to this girl “inappropriate touching,” as was actually put into the school’s incident report.