Winter 2019

Editor's Note:

Hi everyone!

Happy New Year! My name is Hana Blalack and I am your editor for the Fall 2018 and Spring 2019 semesters. The Winter 2019 edition of Spring Hill's PAX Magazine features a variety of works such as song lyrics, poems, infographics, and short papers. Each one of these fellow Badgers put time and effort into their works, so thank you all for contributing to our Peace and Justice Magazine. I hope you all had a wonderful Fall semester, and I hope that the spring semester brings you all nothing but blessings and joy!

Your editor,

Hana Blalack

The Hate U Give

The Hate U Give (2018) might be one of the most controversial and polarizing movies of the year, and that’s solely down to its touchy subject matter. During this heated political climate that we live in, many might not give The Hate U Give a proper chance, but it’s good, really good. It has some flaws no doubt, but it does tackle its heavy themes in a logical and great way, especially through exceptional filmmaking and more importantly, through a fantastic cast and acting.

Eating vegan for a week was singularly the most frustrating experience I have had on this campus to date. I love a challenge, but I never would have guessed the sheer amount of animal products I consume in a week. It felt like I couldn’t eat anything and whenever I felt there was no way there were any animal products in my food, I would be proved wrong. This is a pervasive problem and 43% of former vegan/vegetarians cite difficulties with keeping meat and animal- based products out of their diets (Herzog, 2014). The three pivotal things I had difficulties with this week were restaurants, the cafeteria, and hanger.

Intentions of abandonment courses through my blood
Creation worthy of destruction embedded in this love
YOLO was the mantra of my being
“here for a good time not a long time” is the reason for my demise
Maybe if I had the choice I would be wise
Enough not to cause grief from my untimely manifestitation
My false conception gave me an idea of voluntary creation
Indeed, now I have a sense of jealousy 
For the worthy beings
Who understood the planned
Creation is worth

“Audrie and Daisy” is a documentary that tackles the issue of stigma and victim-blaming in sexual assault victims through the example of two young women who were raped by men who were ’friends’ of theirs. This is an disheartening documentary that shows the quickness of the community to discount the victim’s story and to automatically believe the perpetrator, while providing excuses that blame the victim’s actions and appearance. It is important that we find the basis of this thought process and propose a new model of thinking to help ease the pain that sexual assault victims endure following the reporting (or the decision to not report) of a violent act against them.

Sunflowers and Ivory Towers (Slam Poem)

I became a revolutionary the moment I walked out the door

I was wearing a black dress with sunflowers and met every stare

With a “what are you fucking staring for”

Every sideways glance with a lance to the chest

And every sly comment with a comet

Hurtling straight through every bigots breasts

Books and films are the main media sources for most American citizens and have been for decades. Yet over the last few decades a newer and more immersive form of media has appeared in American culture: video games. 150 million Americans play video games, and most are probably familiar with the more popular franchises (“Industry Facts”, n.d.). One of those popular franchises would be the Mario series, a set of games that revolve around a plumber saving a princess from her evil turtle-like kidnapper. The newest installment, Mario Odyssey, follows Mario as he attempts to save Princess Peach from her forced wedding with Bowser. Examining the parts that Peach and Pauline play in the game reveals several traditional gender stereotypes, but also new roles for women within the Mario franchise.

You vote for a racist
You elect a rapist
You choose the one that hates

We decided not to vote
We decided to stay quiet
We decided to allow this to happen

Come together
Come and vote
Come and realize that you're not actually woke

Beaten but Not Broken 

By Ashley Weaver 


Torn clothes and a battered woman 

Alone, crying, wondering 

Why did she drink so much? 

Why did she go off alone? 

Why did she wear such provocative clothes?

So, she sits. 

Prisonization: America’s Expanding Prisons and Their Effects on the Mind

Prisonization is a term first coined by Donald Clemmer in his 1940 book The Prison Community, where he defines it as “the taking on, in greater or lesser degree, of the folkways, mores, customs, and general culture of the penitentiary”(Clemmer, 1968). Prisons and their social conditions had not been in the public’s concern until about the late 1800s when scholars began to publish works ruminating on the important role that prisons play in a society. Around this time, Dostoevsky wrote “the degree of civilization in a society is revealed by entering its prisons.” If one was to follow this guideline when looking at the United States prison system, they might think that it was a much less developed society stricken with poverty. This is concerning, especially since the “U.S. [incarceration] rates have consistently been between four and eight times those for these other nations” (Haney, 2017) The other countries being compared here are Japan, Australia, the U.K., and the Netherlands. At the same time as this incarceration rate’s expansion, allocation of funds for “prisoner services or inmate programming” (Haney, 2017) has been nearly stagnant in comparison. These figures are particularly disturbing when one realizes how detrimental these substandard prison conditions affect the minds of the prisoners that inhabit them. The current dreadful conditions seen in U.S prisons, in combination with an unprecedented incarceration rate, put the country on track to be releasing hundreds of ill adjusted prisoners who pose an even bigger threat than they did before being locked up.

Social Justice Through Music

Music is the language of the world. Music has the power to convey messages to audiences larger and wider than any news source, website, or media outlet. Some musicians and groups have begun to understand the power of their influence and used that influence to spread messages about social justice. For the most part these messages have been criticized. “Just stick to entertaining” is what the masses have requested. I disagree, I feel that the power to advocate and speak out through music and lyrics should be used as a tool to teach and disseminate knowledge about the social issues facing our society today. For this project I have sampled a series of recent songs with lyrics that do just that.  

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