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Students underwhelmed by State of the Union address

Nate Rosen

Last night, Jan. 28, President Obama addressed the nation with a State of the Union address that pushed for new legislation, including raising the federal minimum wage to $10.10, working with states to provide high quality public preschool education, reforming immigration and committing to American diplomacy. Students’ reactions were mixed.

Cole Bruno ’16, a Republican, was unimpressed.

“[Obama] was very vague,” Bruno said. “He said he wanted an end to gun violence and immigration reform but didn’t say how he was going to accomplish that.”

Some liberals were also upset with Obama’s address. Those looking for new ideas found few.

Baxter Stein ’14, a liberal and Obama supporter, said that the president  struck out with liberals on ideologies but that he delivered an effective speech overall.

“Obama’s proposals did not galvanize the liberal base. They were not overly innovative or idealistic,” Stein said. “Still, he seemed to be revitalized and ready to take action into his own hands.”

Republicans also delivered their own responses, four in total. The official response, however, was delivered by Cathy McMorris Rodgers, a high-ranking Republican congresswoman.

Rodgers said that she had a vision for America, “one that champions free markets and trusts people to make their own decisions, not a government that decides for you.”

Some students argued, though, that the response had even less substance than the address.

Christopher McKinney ’14, the president of the Staples Young Democrats, felt mostly apathy towards Rodgers’ response.

“It didn’t evoke a flinch or any sort of emotion from me after I watched it. They didn’t say anything more than ‘Here’s what we’re going to do (insert inspirational goals), but we can’t tell you how  we can do it,’” McKinney said.

With tepid responses from both sides, a larger question remains. Will this really be the year of action President Obama says it will be? If Obama is to get any of the proposals discussed in the State of the Union passed, he will need the help of Congress. To do this, he will need to convince legislators to compromise.

Chris McKinney agrees with the president that it is time for legislators to put their differences aside and start working.

“I’d rather not get everything I want but watch the democratic process at work than get nothing at all,” he said.

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Nate Rosen, Graphics Coordinator

When flipping through the pages of a freshly printed Inklings on a Friday morning at Staples, text, novelty-fonted headlines and especially graphics and pictures jump out to the Staples students and faculty. And a big applause is long overdue to senior Nate Rosen ’14, who is Graphics Editor in Chief this year and is the man behind a number of graphics in both the paper and web versions of Inklings.

 “It’s a creative outlet for me,” said Rosen ’14 who can be called an artist for his graphics and photos but claims he cannot draw for his life.

Doing graphics for Inklings since freshman year he has created numerous different visuals. One of his favorites is the banner for an article about The Great Gatsby. With gold and metal like textures the banner closely resembles the logo for the 2013 movie.

“That graphic I actually did on my own time, it was more for me,” said Rosen ’14.

Rosen claims that graphics is really a hobby for him; he could be on the Adobe software creating new graphics all day long. However it is easier to have an assignment for a graphic instead of creating the idea on his own.

But no matter how he gets the creative spark or how he creates his artwork, Rosen’s graphics will be printed and posted proudly in Inklings throughout the year.

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