All posts by Jess Bellwoar

Implementing Harm Reduction Policy into the U.S. Healthcare System


Harm reduction philosophy is not a new concept in the U.S. healthcare system. Harm reduction programs offer practical, feasible effective, safe and cost-effective solutions to the U.S. drug problem. With several hundred operational needle and syringe exchange programs in place, the U.S. needs to adopt harm reduction policy at the national level. This would help catalyze the culturally changing approach towards drug mentality in all aspects from recreational drug use to addiction. Continue reading Implementing Harm Reduction Policy into the U.S. Healthcare System

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Peaceful to Violent: Protests in Kiev


The emotional and historically accurate documentary, Maiden, is about Ukraine’s civil uprisings against the regime of president Yanukovych. The 2014 film leaves the viewer with tears in their eyes as the last scene ends with a funeral procession and Ukrainians coming together to sing their national anthem. Director Sergei Loznitsa used a series of frozen shots with the camera only moving to different locations a few times throughout the film. The entire documentary is solely footage; there is no dialogue or narrative. This technique helps viewers focus on the human aspect of the protests and Ukrainians desire to make their country a better Ukraine.  Continue reading Peaceful to Violent: Protests in Kiev

Blog Council: Ripple Effect


What We did Well: 

  • Creative posts (dancing, LGBT, volunteering, naming, political primaries)
  • Well written
  • Good use of social media

Eek!: 

  • How do you initiate some of these ideas?
    • Daily kindness is already prevalent in society…keep thinking & get creative about your ripple ideas!
  • Shorter posts – last class so we forgive you seniors
  • Lack of comments

Awards

Happy Award – Shake it Off (Aylin)

Sustainable Lifestyle Award – Unplugging: All the Cool Kids are Doing it (Greg)

Pay it Forward Award – Small Acts Transform the World (William)

Largest Ripple Effect – Taking the Volunteer out of Volunteering (Rafi)

Honorary Awards:

Reader’s Choice Award – Opening Doors and Hearts (Max)

Sifting the Ripple – Embrace the Rainbow (Chris)

Previous Prompts:

  • Prompt 1 – Past Blogs
  • Prompt 2 – Apple Justice Global’n Tech Drama
  • Prompt 3 – Deeper into ITruth
  • Prompt 4 – Pop Culture Profundity
  • Prompt 5 – Great Places Great Things?
  • Prompt 6 – Find an Org for P2
  • Prompt 7 – Onion News
  • Prompt 8 – Musk Challenge
  • Prompt 9 – Who Would You Take To Dinner?
  • Prompt 10 – Ripple or Tipping Point Actions

Discussion:

  1. Feedback on semester’s blog posts (structure vs unstructured, creative writing, audience, blog as social media tool)
  2. How can we capture the creative spirit of the last blog posts and transform it to early blog posts?
  3. Reflect and write down:
    1. Most memorable blog post this semester (someone else’s)
    2. Your own favorite post

Surround Yourself in a Problem: Observations through Exploration


How do you make an impact? A loaded-question with an unidentifiable answer for many. As a college graduate I have no clue what I want to do with my life, but making a difference is important to me. I want to contribute to a better world, but how does one do that? Immersion and observation through exploration.

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Lunch with Malala


In facing the task of this week’s blog, I realized I want to converse with someone who has made a global impact and is making a notable, positive difference in the world. Top CEOs, inventors, millionaires, celebrities, or sports professionals were not going to cut it because I wanted to talk to a person who has experienced the world differently. Cue Malala Yousafzai. The 16 year old is the youngest person ever to win the Noble Peace PrizeContinue reading Lunch with Malala

How Impactful is an Individual on Society?


In getting into a philosophical debate the other night with a friend, I realized society has no measurement or parameters for an individual’s impact on humanity. Self-identifying as a realist, he was arguing that most individual people have no effect on society or the direction our humanity takes. My argument was that every individual effects our society, and, thus humanity. My statement centers around on an individual’s effects on other people. Generally, we have no idea the impact we have on others around us because we don’t ask each other. However, what we say, what we do, and how we act can greatly change another person’s perception of the world and “their society.” From this sense, impact works through our social networks and is a ripple effect. Continue reading How Impactful is an Individual on Society?

Millennials Outraged Over Obama’s Free Tuition Plan


President Barack Obama’s recent proposal to make community college free for all students has been aggressively attacked by  Millennials, who see the proposal as a violation of their human rights and a disgrace to the education system. The only viable  form of valuable education worth pursuing is paid education. Free tuition sets a precedent among society that higher education can be achieved by everyone, but this creates an increasing demand for higher education with limited, qualified educators. Obama’s proposal aligns with free education which would create unfit educators and a massive free-rider problem among future generations.  In addition, as more students obtain higher education, degrees become completely worthless and our job markets will have an excess of useless skills.

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INSITE: A Consequential Problem or the Ethical Solution?


The war on drugs is surrounded in controversy from drug-control policy and recreational drug use to treatment of addicts and rising healthcare costs. Most countries have strict zero tolerance policies with society’s support – deeming the subject taboo and unethical, drugs as evil, and addicts as “bad” people. Canada as taken alternative measures in Vancouver’s Downtown East, which had “astronomical levels of HIV and drug overdose.” INSITE is a legal, supervised injection site offering a safe environment to use illicit drugs and to connect with healthcare services. The Canadian facility allows drug users to shoot-up safely without fear of arrest and with on-site medical assistant. The government-funded injection site is the only facility of its kind in North America. There is sufficient evidence that INSITE has public health benefits by lowering HIV and AIDS rates, but the subject is still controversial. Critiques argue harm reduction practices encourage drug users, perpetuate a problem, and give the “green light” on illicit drug use. Advocates claims INSITE saves lives, reconnects marginalized drug addicts with the community, has financial benefits to healthcare costs, and is overall beneficial to society. In first applying consequentialism to INSITE, it is clear the facility provides public health benefits for the larger community. When delving deeper, one must ask who are the beneficiaries of INSITE? Do harm reduction programs really help addicts or the general public? Is the action of opening INSITE causing unintended consequences? This paper will seek to understand INSITE and the consequential ethics behind it. Continue reading INSITE: A Consequential Problem or the Ethical Solution?

Is Sustainable Food Management Possible at Bucknell?


After going to the Sustainability Symposium and seeing an array of billboards and posters, it is clearly sustainability is defined in different ways. My first assignment in MSUS 300, which I am currently enrolled, was to define sustainability using a variety of sources. After doing extensive research, I came to the conclusion that the Brundtland Commission’s definition of sustainability is the most accurate. Sustainability is the “development which meets the needs of current generations without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.” Many of the posters, lectures and speakers define sustainability very differently. Continue reading Is Sustainable Food Management Possible at Bucknell?