Therapy Dogs !

by : Shyria Ushry 

Come cuddle with some pups ! In Loyola Notre Dame Library Gallery you can toss all your worries away and come cuddle with cute pups. We all know the stress of exams is weighing heavily on our minds, if you aren’t taking a yoga class at the FAC or an hour long mediation break in your room. We hope you came to see the Pets on Wheels Therapy Dogs, always visiting Loyola many times throughout the year. Our visiting pooches today was Ariel , Heidi , Lulu, Sammi, and Jesse ! This is always a great way to take your mind off exams for a moment relax with these lovable pups that have time to relax your worries. Many of fellow Loyola students as well as Notre Dame University students came to the library for warm coffee,  cookies and these fluffy cuties..

Pets on Wheels have been coming to Loyola for years now they love helping university students and other people relieve stress. The simple connection to an animal can make you forget the most stressful things and open your heart to a furry friend. Ariel, the golden retriever rescue dog is age three and absolutely loves people she was such a friendly girl we all got to meet her and her other friends. Jesse, the black-tan-white collie mix is age ten and has been with Pets on Wheels for while her owner lets her take our worries away.  She loves helping others, is friendly with adults and children is very docile curious about almost everything. Jesse and Heidi the fluffy toy dogs, were being held by us all they were fun loving active dogs and fun to watch. Sammi, the boxer dog, was a rescue dog that now has a home she stops by Loyola time to time to see how we are all doing during this stressful time. She was so calming, playful, bright, and full of life. We all adored these dogs for the two-hours they were there sometimes we have to relax our minds today in order to prepare for tomorrow. These helpful cuties are around to do just that, the warm coffee and refreshments were a great touch. To set a relaxing atmosphere for us to enjoy these amazing animals even for just a brief moment, many of Loyola students were tense about exams.

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I had a chance to talk to Emily Shed freshman Communications major at Loyola University Maryland. She shared her thoughts about the overwhelming stress of final exams and the adorable therapy dogs ! “I am very stressed for my first finals, I don’t know what to expect I’m actually freaking out a little bit. So I just came from class, I needed a little de-stressor, I’m done classes for the semester.  I pet the golden retriever (Ariel) she’s very cute made me feel loved, made me feel at home cause I missed my dogs a lot.” says Emily. After the interview she admits she “ I feel a lot better, I’d come see them again honestly.” I also spoke to sophomore Nicole an accounting major at Loyola University Maryland who share her stress about exams and how great these dogs are. “I very stressed about classes I take six classes, so I have a final in every class coming here is very calming. Its nice to just sit breathe for five minutes and you know just pet a dog it reminds me of home” says Nicole. Even I am stressed for these exams so as an animal lover I had to relax and focus for a brief moment on the beauty of these animals. We all feel stressed but it’ll all work out in the end, with the help of these Therapy Dogs we have nothing to worry about!


Hope to see the Pets on Wheels pups next semester !


Earth’s safety | Loyola University Maryland | Messina Environmental Justice Panel

by : Shyria Ushry

“There are little things we can do on campus that makes a difference!” said Loyola senior Samantha Smith.  In the recent Loyola University Maryland Messina : Commitment to Justice panel the topic of conversation was Environmental Justice. We got a chance to speak about the recent environmental issue effecting the world, and there impact on all life on Earth. It was moderated by Dr. Elizabeth E. Dahl assistant professor of chemistry. And panel guests Mr. Dante Swinton and Emily Chambers who both are committed to pursuing environmental justice. Dr. Dahl teaches analytical, marine and atmospheric chemistry here at Loyola. Pr. Dahl continues to study new environmental shifts on Earth and is a long-time fighter for environmental justice. She spoke about her feelings toward some environmental issues.

“I teach global environment, one of the reasons I love teaching that class is thinking of my life, and others as well. I tend to think in milestones, so when were you born, when you grow up, have kids, get married within the past and the future with regards to the environment. So I was born in that last year that the global average temperature was normal and below the twentieth-century average temperature. So this year its expected to be even warmer. I think about it all the time what the temperatures will be like in the future I tend not to dwell on this otherwise, I’ll get scared for us.”said Professor Dahl. She explained our oxygen’s carbon dioxide levels and how it is rising each year. From 332 parts-per million in the beginning of the twenty-first century to now with carbon dioxide levels rising to 400 parts-per million. The constant rise in carbon dioxide levels contaminates the clean air we need to exist. We should be mindful of what we use and consume while on Earth.

Loyola panel guest Mr. Dante shares his environmental justice beginnings his experience in the trenches fighting for changes. “I began to get involved in campus events at my small liberal arts campus in South Carolina. I went to a conference there once with young professionals at the time, we were being told about a coal plant that was trying to form in South Carolina, so I wanted to help fight this. The river that the plant was going to be built on had already high mercury levels, this was a big problem!” said Dante Swinton.  He was able to change the decision to build the coal plant in South Carolina it was not built. In his efforts he kept mercury levels from rising and contaminating the town water supply.

Loyola senior and panel guest Emily Chambers talks about what we as a campus can do to improve the quality of our environment. “I think that it’s definitely necessary to invite students and others to start recycling more and being mindful of there waste. I don’t think we should just stop at recycling we should be mindful of other ways to better our world as well” said Emily Swinton. Emily keeps students on Loyola campus aware of what we are doing and encourages us to be more thoughtful. Samantha Smith friend of Emily Chambers, audience guest had this to say about the environmental justice panel.“I definitely enjoy the panel tonight I think one thing that I’m doing to pursue environmental justice on Loyola’s campus is talking more about it. Simply holding people accountable for their consumption and their waste. There are little things we can do on campus that makes a difference! ”

Professor Elizabeth Dahl had these last words to say :

“Take deep breaths, those deep breaths came from the ocean it’s important the whole planet is important and we have to take care of it”


photograph by Shyria Ushry 

Here’s Professor Dahl and Loyola sophomore Marina Fazio posing for the Loyola Environmental Action Club on the campus quadrangle

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Celebrating World Cultures | Loyola’s International Festival.

by   Shyria Ushry.


“We can get to know each other better. With the culture, the food and the music  to connect people more together”  says Lydia Robles. The Loyola International Festival this year joined together all of Loyola for an unforgettable event. All students, parents, faculty and staff from all walks of life came together in celebration of all people. The diverse cultures and countries that were represented at the international festival was Spain, China, Ecuador, Italy, France, Nigeria, India, America, etc. There were so many I can not even name them all, but all countries displayed for us to see! The vibrant flags on the walls surrounded the whole event, representing each vibrant country, Indian hennas, massages, trivia, karate performances, and other fun cultural activities. As I enjoyed Latin music played in the background while observing. I stopped by each table at the festival it had country name they had that country’s cultural cuisines at the table.

Many ALANA (African, Latin, Asian, Native American) students attended but so did all the Loyola students as well. Loyola International Festival is hosted in this way we can learn more from each other and become more open to the  different cultures around us.I met Lydia and Julian, two ALANA students that helped with the event they were giving visitors samples of Ecuadorian cuisine. Lydia Robles, is a Loyola sophomore she is Puerto-Rican and was completely enthusiastic about the International Festival.  Julian Pagan also a Loyola sophomore, is Puerto Rican , Dominican, Ecuadorian and French.

I asked them about the festival and how they feel about the festival each year if it benefits them and this university. Lydia replied “I actually love it compared to last year its way more crowded which is good, hope they will come here more often, I think they will love it more.”  Julian also responded, he said “This is my first time actually coming to the event I thought it was such a blast I had an awesome time food music and dancing I think its great.”  Lydia also said “ I think its good people are really about the new food at table they’re not used to this type of food when they came back they’re just like it’s amazing ! We can get to know each other better. With the culture, the food and the music  to connect people more together.” Julian agreed “ Yea I, think its great because it really brings out the culture and diversity of some of the people here at Loyola. It’s a great experience overall !” They were both excited and amazed at what was happening around them as students of different ethnicities, they were glad all of Loyola was taking part in the festival. Loyola International Festival is always a great for those interested in learning  about new cultures and taking part in diverse experiences on campus.

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Messina. Modern Political Communications.

“I think we are in a really profound transition and I think 2020 is going to be a very different world,” says Dr. Kathleen Jamieson. In the recent Messina Modern Masters Talk | What Presidential Debates Reveal,  Dr. Kathleen Hall Jamieson spoke about modern politics of today and political communications. As observers of the media, she brought to our attention the interplay of media in politics that evening. Jamieson is of anti-war generation of the 1960’s while the Vietnam war was taking place. And she did not agree with what was happening around her to her friends and in America. “My classmates were being sent to fight in Vietnam to the Vietnam war. Women were not drafted but men were and I thought it was an immoral war. So my first political experiences were not teaching it I was politically active trying to end the war” says Jamieson. She took part in political activism and equipped herself with the knowledge to take a stand against the war.

That evening Jamieson presented insightful communicative concepts we should take notice of during high-value political events. Our world is so involved in the modern media we have grown accustom to getting news from online. Since there is complete-full time coverage daily nobody ever misses a beat. We are able to pull information from the web sometimes factual and at often times non-factual. Some information useful to the presidential election and some is not as useful. We should check the facts about any public topic in discussion and research our own information for yourselves. There are many people who do not conduct their own research on certain topics circulating in the media. In political communication presidential candidates and also other public figures in political positions use the media to direct messages. There is one form of political communication this Jamieson referred to as “signaling” which I believed to be most accurate, it has been seen all the time. In campaign speeches, interviews and even in presidential debates as well. Democratic presidential candidate Hilary Clinton might give signals about protecting our borders. If she is careful with her words which she is at often times is, she will effectively send a signals to foreign countries. Stating that “we are equipped and ready to protect our country at all costs”, it sends a strong political message and gets the point across. Also, at times entertainment media  like SNL (Saturday Night Live) take a spin on certain topics in the news media, but all in good fun of course. But they send the wrong messages sometimes they “take a spin” on the truth of the information itself.

She mentioned how each candidate presents themselves to the median from speaking, to planning policies even to social media. Trump is outspoken, uses high-intensity when speaking and drastically wants to change America. And Clinton more careful with words, uses low-intensity when speaking and is concerned for America. Students who attended the talk had this to say about it “I think it was a really balanced discussion, she definitely went into the nature of both candidates and how the media is interacting with them” says Matt Rossie. His friends Michaela Coil and Tess Clarkin had a few words to say about the talk as well. Michaela Coil deeply admires Dr. Jamieson and learned a lot from the Modern Masters Talk. Tess Clarkin agrees “ I think she did really well especially with being unbiased. . .I’d say this just reinforces the talk everybody wants to have, and I think is staring to have but no one knows where to start. She’s kind of getting into it, what they are doing now, so now you understand too.” We the people should have more of a voice in this election, and they should establish firm stances on there changes for America. Dr. Kathleen Jamieson is starting a conversation that maybe all of America should have right now.  So that we can have the best insight on how to understand our future leaders and the plans they have in store for us.

During the  Messina Modern Masters Talk | What Presidential Debates Reveal with Dr. Kathleen Hall Jamieson.

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Día de los Muertos.

 Día de los Muertos.  | Visiting the Creative Alliance’s 17th Annual Great Lantern Parade & Festival 

by: Shyria Ushry

Día de los Muertos. Day of the Dead. “We’re really happy when everybody can come together and celebrate culture,” says Maria G. Aldana. Creative Alliance 17th Annual Great Lantern Parade and  Festival took place this past-weekend on Oct 29. It began mid-afternoon the sounds of live Latin music throughout the park. Lantern workshops began, Day of the Dead alter making, costumes contest, and hayrides for the children. And for the adults they enjoyed Zumba, a beer garden and more live music as the night went on. Many people throughout Baltimore came to the Highlandtown/Patterson area to enjoy the festivities men, women, of all ages, and families. Creative Alliance was founded by volunteers in 1995 they started operations out of an old Fells Point row house as an artistic sanctuary.           For artists, actors, writers, performance artists, musicians and all people with the passion of creating great things. Creative Alliance helps curate artistic talents they also, help to educate the community on aspects of art and history.

I got a chance to speak with Creative Alliance Education Director Maria Gabriela Aldana briefly about more of the history of Creative Alliance and what she loves about the her job. I spoke with her briefly she had quite a busy afternoon but seemed to enjoy every minute of it. “We are a twenty-one year old non-profit organization, we primarily work with artists, musician and people with passions for art. The Great Halloween Lantern Festival Parade is a seventeen-year old community celebration that we absolutely enjoy. The parade started as a way to take back the park for families in the year 2000. So in the fall, the lantern parade included musicians and artists to gather the community for an unforgettable night. Families come meet at the park before the parade starts to make decorative lanterns and have fun during the day. Once the night came the community lit the lanterns for the parade, and the celebration began. It transformed the feeling of the space in the community, it was a dangerous place before but not anymore. . . ” says Maria Aldana. Much of the community that attended the festival knew her and happily greeted her. After years of community work the neighborhood has become a safer place now thanks to Creative Alliance and other suporting organizations. People are able to enjoy themselves, enjoy Patterson park, community activites and just have fun!

She went on to say  “I love working with artists and people who are really talented and haven’t had the push, motivation and inspiration. I think we really limit ourselves  and we think of art as certain way. As we grow we think art is for certain people and it really isn’t it’s for all people of all ages.” As you can tell she is very into her work and wants provide an exceptional experience for everyone in the community. Laura Getty twelve-year resident of the Highlandtown / Patterson community says, “I come on by and bring my dog during the day to check things out, Its pretty awesome it’s really beautiful I definitely enjoy that. . . “ They were all in celebration of Día de los Muertos , Halloween and the gathering of a historic community. As the sun set the moon rose and the lanterns lit up the sky,  giving a brighter view to the neighborhood.


BMoreArt photographer Tim Klement captured the community’s best lanterns and Día de los Metros spirit ! 

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photographs by Tim Klement | BMoreArt photographer.

These are various crafts from artisans and crafters from the Highlandtown / Patterson community. . .

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photographs by Maria Aldana.


by : Shyria Ushry


Clinton vs. Trump.  | Las Vegas 2016 


In the Las Vegas Presidential Debate 2016 both presidential parties have anticipation and equal anxiety for the presidential debate this October. The various topics presented in the debate was the standard Supreme Court, immigration, the economy, immigration, fitness to be President and foreign hotspots. In the topic for of Supreme Courts one of the sub-topics was ISIS this was talked about towards the beginning of the debate. Democratic Presidential candidate Hilary Clinton referred to her experience as Secretary of State, and how she is effective at calling the right shots at the appropriate times. She spoke about increasing air defenses, help diplomats end Syrian civil war and help more Arab/Kurdish militia against ISIS attacks.

And Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump spoke briefly about these ISIS efforts and what he will do to help protect the United States. He instead mocked and critiqued some of Clinton’s plans to remove the ISIS threat. In the topic of the economy they spoke mostly on the United States debt, entitlements, and taxes. By the end of 2017 the United States will be $19.5 trillion dollars in debt Trump’s tax-cut plan increases the federal deficit. And Clinton’s tax plan end’s up reducing  the federal deficit by $1.5 trillion. Trump’s tax plan benefits only the wealthy with the increase of taxes in the United States. He is known to be very financially inclined so many voters think that he’d be well fitted for the economy while as president.

While Clinton’s tax plans favor more for the middle and lower classes, which would not cause more financial strain. Clinton says “We should raise the national minimum wage. . . .equal pay for women. . . college debt free those making less than $125,000 do not have to pay tuition.” In the topic of immigration is frequently talked about in the debate and in front of the press. Each of the candidates almost always mention the increase in immigrants from Mexico, Trump wants to build a wall to further keep out Mexican people trying to enter the United States. Clinton says in response Trumps plans for Mexico Wall “I think its an idea that would rip out country apart” seeing as Mexico is our allied nation. And that the United States is already a melting pot and have been filled with immigrants for over two centuries. These were just some of the brief topics that were discussed to gain more insight on each candidates plans to build a better United States.

All of the media had live updates, full coverage of the debate on CNN and other news websites, as you watched the debate you could see the publics remarks and other experts comments on the debate. On many media websites a fact-checker was accessible along with each candidates played-out plans for America to review for those who missed the previous debate. Most of all who had watched the debate took to  social media to share there views on what was discussed. I briefly followed the debate on Twitter which was filling-up with comments and new hashtags to attack to people’s comments. Many gave there thoughts to Facebook and other blogs like Tumblr. And Buzzfeed covered some of the debate for most of there everyday viewers, the debate was an active topic all throughout the web that night.  You can view more of people remarks and comments about the debate on social media and news websites by typing in the word “presidentialdebate2016”As we get close to the Presidential election voting date this upcoming November, are we ready for our next president, who will be the right fit for America?




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Investigating Power | Moments of Truth | Enablers of War

by : Shyria Ushry

“Our country is strong, a great people has been moved to defend a great nation, terrorists attacks can shake the foundations of our biggest buildings but they cannot touch the foundation of America. . . . “ – President G.W. Bush. In a vulnerable time for America, New York City, September 11th 2001, we all faced serious changes and choices following the events of this day. In an Investigating Power Moment of Truth documentary on Enablers of War in Post 9/11 ABC News and CNN correspondent Christane Amanpour raises questions about the media and President Bush’s actions during post 9/11. All of America, the press and even the President was overwhelmingly effected by the tragedies that occurred. Immediately after the attacks occurred former President George W. Bush addressed the nation in an effort to console the public. We did not think to question the acts of President G.W. Bush, we simply allowed him say flattering words in an aim to rally us for war. There are some acts that should be questioned before moving forward sending one-hundred and thirty thousand troops in Iraq with twenty-five million people in it. Might not  have been suitable step for the troops and to ensure peace between nations. Why did we allow the impending retaliation against Iraq to happen without question?  In a state of extreme despair and anger we do not stop to consider things we act without impulse. There were many people who witnessed this tragedy but instead stopped to think of the precautions of these actions. Then there were those who did not, people like what Christane Amanppour calls the “extreme right-wing press” and “Bush administration foot-solders.” Those in favor of acting on impulse riled-up the public to make a “patriotic move” against those who have harm the nation.

Christine Amanpour goes on to say “I’ve said it before I’ll say it again, it is the truth the press enabled that war, we were part of the enablers.” The journalists in her opinion should have kept-on “pounding” to find the evidence that would serve as a significant purpose to start a post-9/11-war. To simply-consistently ask the real questions, to get the Bush administration to give real answers for the impending attacks on Iraq. What imminent threat was there really in Iraq that could have done more harm to our nation? Journalists should have asked questions like this to ensure that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction (WMD), and give serious-questioning to ensure we had an effective post-war plan. American people and press should have expressed more concern with the events following 9/11 attacks, to not only ensure the safety of Americans, but to ensure peace as well. Her speaking about American troops in Iraq ”As Bagdad fell and when Saddam fled there was genuine rejoicing in Iraq, this was not something that should have been lost but immediately the looting started and no order was imposed, so while they won the invasion handily, they failed to win the peace.” says, Christiane Amanpour.



Source: CM*301 News Writing & Reporting | Investigating Power | Moments of Truth : Enablers of War.