Trump and Clinton frontrunners

April 28, 2016

by: Abbie Trombly

The 2016 primary elections are nearing the end, with about two months left, and it has been a tight race for both democrat and republican nominee hopefuls.

In the GOP race, Donald Trump has won 20 states, Senator Ted Cruz has won ten, and Governor John Kasich won in his home state of Ohio.

In the Democratic race, Senator Bernie Sanders won 15 states, and Secretary Hillary Clinton won 19.

Clinton and Trump are leading the pack with the most delegates. Trump with 845 and Clinton with 1,941.

The most recent primary elections were in Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Rhode Island. Trump took all five states, and Clinton won four over Sanders.

With Trump having a substantial lead, Cruz and Kasich have joined forces to try to take the nomination out from under Trump. Cruz will focus on Indiana, and Kasich will take on Oregon and New Mexico. The hope is to deny trump the remaining necessary 1,237 delegates.


FPU Makes Video for It’s On Us

April 28, 2016

by: Marissa Denman

Tuesday, April 12th, 2016, Franklin Pierce University took a stand against sexual assault on college campuses. FPU premiered their video project for It’s On Us. It’s On Us is a national movement endorsed by President Obama and many other celebrities. The goal is to promote awareness of sexual assault and encourage bystander awareness to stop sexual assaults on college campuses.

Many other universities are making videos to show support and raise awareness on the issue of sexual assault. Franklin Pierce wanted to get the community involved and was able to incorporate 100 students and faculty into a one and a half minute video. Faculty advisor for the project, Heather Tullio decided to use students to direct, edit, and promote the film. Seniors Claire Dew and Sam Hulme each directed half of the project. The video features all the participants speaking out against sexual assault. The main idea is to get everyone involved and start a movement to say something and act if you see an assault taking place. It encourages everyone to intervene in situations when consent is not or cannot be given.

Senior Claire Dew states, “The most rewarding part of working on this project was just knowing that we were not only creating a video with such an amazing message behind it, but a video that actually meant something to all of us. It wasn’t a meaningless project that we just wanted to finish, it was a production we were all dedicated to and volunteered our time because we believe so strongly in the message being promoted.”

The project was well received at the premiere but did not go without challenges. Senior Cat Purdy worked with Sam Hulme on the video editing, and says they both worked over fifty hours over the course of four months to make sure the video was put together properly. Dew explained this was one of the biggest challenges with the project because it was extremely difficult for Purdy and Hulme to fit that many people into such a short video.

Although the film was a challenging project for the team, it was well presented and held a strong message about sexual assault on college campuses. Senior Brian Girardo who was featured in the film said he is glad he participated because, “It’s a very important message for everyone to hear and it needs to be spread.”

The video can be viewed on FPU’s eraven site, as well as the Franklin Pierce University YouTube page.


Facebook: Political discourse or cyber bullying

March 23, 2016

by Alex Powell and Alex Malm

A common theme is arising with GOP ‘s front runner and likely nominee Donald Trump’s rallies; political protest and violent retaliation. This type of fierce protesting and anger fueled rhetoric is not unique to those who attend the large scale rallies for many Americans, because they see it every day, on Facebook.

Scrolling through ones news feed people are bombarded with a plethora of political posts. One senior at Franklin Pierce said, “I see political stuff all day every day.” The posts themselves are platforms for political protesting to begin, advocating ideas of how liberals or conservatives should view and address one another. People are forced into making decisions on how to respond to posts and possible backlash. They can either ignore it, comment, like, or protest the posts. Some of these responses often grow uncivil.
In the new age of social media and the ability to hide behind a computer screen people are able to express their views without fear of being “kicked out of the rally,” and essentially can cyber bully people that they don’t know. Cyber bullying has been around for a while now, but has grown to numerous numbers with the rise of technology. From anywhere in the world people are able to use personal attacks to advance their political ideologies on the fellow Facebook followers or so called “friends.”
For the innocent bystander perhaps in search of puppy videos, it’s not much different than being at a rally. The question is what does one do when they see these often hatefully charged attacks.

“Most of the time I see political posts. Sometimes I see vulgar language against Trump but I just skim by it and don’t really read it,” said sophomore Emily Quinn. For the original poster, they are put in a tough spot when the attacks turn personal. Political posts often create discussion via comments. This can create a virtual war zone for mutual friends of the original poster and turn an informational post into a battle of ideologies with the potential to turn ugly.

The question becomes do you delete ones comments, and block them from seeing posts, or continue the attacks to happen for all is fair in love, war and politics. Yes if Facebook was held live in a venue it would be no different than political rallies you see on TV after all.


G.O.P may need to start believing more in Trump

March 2, 2016

by Alex Malm

In August I wrote, “Even without a single debate having taken place on the Democratic side, the Republicans have concluded that Hillary Clinton is the one to beat.”

As I review the results of Super Tuesday I realize that the statement only now seems to be half true. After Super Tuesday, Hillary Clinton is the clear cut favorite for the Democratic Party, winning numerous states including Texas and Massachusetts that hold value in delegate count, and winning a key state in the general election, Virginia.

But for some G.O.P establishment candidates, Clinton isn’t the only enemy they want to beat. To them the battle is now Trump vs the G.O.P.

Trump had a strong Super Tuesday, winning  Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia,  Massachusetts, Tennessee, Vermont, and Virginia, and now holds a 90 delegate lead over nearest competitor Ted Cruz. Despite the delegates and states won, competitors still feel Trump doesn’t represent the party’s values. They still believe that the G.O.P can’t allow Trump to be the nominee despite Trump gaining support because of this.

Clinton VS Trump isn’t the name of an upcoming reality TV shows series, it is who we will be fighting in the general election, for President of The United States. If the G.O.P wants any last hope of winning against Clinton in November, they need to stop treating Trump as a party member, and not an enemy.

The G.O.P should take the Chris Christie approach and support Donald Trump.


Weather isn’t the only surprise this year

March 1, 2016

by Alex Malm

If someone in August said Donald Trump would be the front runner for the Republican party, and there would be no snow on the ground the eve of “Super Tuesday,” you wouldn’t believe them.  But with Donald Trump leading the polls for the Republicans, and people wearing shorts in February, this seems to be the reality.

Trump the bussinessman who was once a longshot to win the nomination now has a chance to sweep all 12 “Super Tuesday” states.

On the democratic side, Super Tuesday doesn’t seem to be as predictable with both Sanders and Clinton high in numbers. One important question is who will get Mass senator Elizabeth Warren’s endorsement.

Like the weather this political year has been very unpredictable.


The Machine at work

March 1, 2016

by Alexander Powell

High expectations to preform have haunted the Clinton campaign. With narrow victories and a loss in New Hampshire, Bernie Sanders under dog campaign has put up a strong fight with both fundraising, volunteers, and surprisingly delegates.
 Super Tuesday could potentially be the most important day for the Clinton Machine to prove it’s strength and end the political revolution.
However, given the circumstances, the day will be as equally important for Sanders who can continue his crusade just by exceeding expectations.
While the southern states will surely tip the delegates scale in favor of Clintons, Sanders has a shot of winning in more liberal voting states such as Massachusetts, Vermont, and Colorado while continuing to keep the progressive wing in the spot light.

Governor Kasich makes an appearance at FPU

February 25, 2016

by Crystal Colon

On Tuesday January 26th Spagnulo Hall was filled with an audience ready to listen to Governor Kasich.

Students, reporters, staff/faculty members, and Rindge locals attended to keep their thoughts open as the race for presidency begins to get closer. Before the event began, a few people share why they attended and how important it is to follow the current election.

FP Senior Joe Beaureguard said, “There are not many times you can see presidential candidates in college. I’m aware of Kasich, but I do not really know much about him so far, so I am anxious to hear what he has to say.”

Another student also showed interest in Kasich as well. Sophomore Johnathon Spall said, “I’m a political science major and I have been following every candidate. I really do like his idea for the state of Ohio to bring jobs back, but based on the election so far, I can see that he will most likely get a cabinet position.”

Some people strongly expressed that everyone should at least have some knowledge of what is occurring in today’s election and of all the people running.

“I grew up in New Hampshire and I want to see all of the candidates,” said staff member Anne Goodrich. “I think all people running in the election should visit Franklin Pierce to bring more knowledge to the students. I feel like there is an obligation for New Hampshire voters to take every candidate seriously and look at both parties to understand each candidate.”

A couple from Rindge also agreed. “We would like to support him to make a decision,” said Tom and Jeanette Uklig. “This is the first meeting we are attending, but we are always staying tuned with politics. We have read a lot about Kasich and are looking for a candidate who would be efficient to getting more things done.”

Not only did locals show interest in Kasich, but one woman took a half hour drive from Massachusetts to attend the event. “I live and vote in Mass. I do not know much about him so I did some research before attending today, said Deb Damon. “I’m interested to see him as a candidate. I watch the debates so I am somewhat informed about what is going on in the political world.”

A reporter from the Boston Herald sat down with his lap top taking notes and quotes for the event. “I’m here looking for comments he has for the news of the day, said Chris Cassidy. “I have interviewed him previously before this, last April and I’m interested to see how he connects with other candidates and what he has to say.”

The audience listened attentively during the event and were open to ask Kasich questions once he was done giving his speech.


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