Aug. 25, 2017
Terrorism by another name
We hear the word terrorist and shiver. We hear the words white supremacy and groan. But we never hear both together.
May. 12, 2017
Speak up about sexual assault
Two incidents of sexual assault were reported at Drexel University’s Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity recently, alleged to have happened between April 28 and May 4. Now, the fraternity has been suspended temporarily while an investigation is conducted.
Apr. 21, 2017
Dropping the bomb on Trump’s foreign policy
According to whitehouse.gov, President Donald Trump claims that “peace through strength” will be the premise of his U.S. foreign policy and that this will lead to a “more peaceful world with less conflict and more common ground.”
Nov. 11, 2016
Becoming desensitized to violence
You hear about it in the news, read about it online, or in the case of Drexel University students, you get an alert text notifying you, but do you actually pay attention? There have been thousands of assaults and and robberies reported within the past year — just in Philadelphia. Statistics of crime rates throughout America are even more disturbing. I would like to think that the idea of an unprecedented amount of crime would be shocking, at the least. However, it has come to a point where it is not to many people. That is the first sign of desensitivity.
Sep. 23, 2016
Why bomb threats are more than just threats
As threats of terrorist activity grow closer to home, I find myself fearful of the future. It is difficult to wake up every day and combat the sinking feeling in my stomach with optimistic thoughts. I worry that, because of the selfish acts of violence, I will not live another day to see the smiling faces of my parents or the exuberant presence of my sister.
Oct. 4, 2015
FBI issues warning to all Philadelphia universities after social media threat
Correction: an earlier version of this article indicated that the post was made on a Philadelphia sub-reddit, and not to 4chan.org. The Triangle regrets this error.
Oct. 3, 2015
14-year-old boy charged with 15 accounts of robbery near Drexel University
The Philadelphia Police have taken a 14-year-old boy into custody, charging him with 15 armed robberies that happened off Drexel University’s campus. The suspect’s name has not yet been released. He was arrested Oct. 2, caught riding a purple bicycle tied to several of the robberies. The suspect lives close to the community where the robberies took place, on the 700 block of North 37th Street. All robberies took place between August and September of 2015, the most recent of which occurred Sept. 30. The victim of the last robbery was a female who had been walking south on North Preston Street at approximately 6:45 a.m.. The suspect approached her, pulled out a black handgun and warned the female not to scream. The victim stated that when she began to scream, the suspect grabbed her purse and pushed her into a parked vehicle, the force of which knocked her to the ground. The strap of her purse broke and the suspect fled with the bag in hand around the corner of the 4000 block of Spring Garden Street, hopping onto a bicycle. The victim followed in pursuit of her purse. She attempted to push her attacker off the bike. In response, the suspect pushed the victim to the ground and punched her twice in the face before making his getaway in eastward down the 4000 block of Spring Garden Street. Police have stated that many of the robberies involved accounts of violence. This includes one incident involving a student who resisted robbery being pistol-whipped. Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams has not yet revealed whether the suspect will be charged as an adult.
Feb. 13, 2015
Students display unity after tragedy
Let’s talk a little bit about extremism. A lot of people out there hate a lot of things and people and groups of people for their own very special unique reasons. Sometimes it’s because people are different than you. Sometimes it’s because one feels wronged by another group, perceived or not. More and more often these days in the United States it seems to be leading to deaths, which are typically termed “isolated incidents.” There were 283 of them 2014. Maybe the term “isolated” isn’t so accurate. This week, at UNC Chapel Hill, a man shot three Muslim students, reportedly over a dispute about parking. Most are calling this a hate crime. One victim had previously told family that she felt victimized by the shooter before because of the way she looked. At the moment, the police are hesitating before labeling the murders a hate crime. Another “lone wolf” then, along with the 283 others. When we think of trends of violence, we usually think about radical Islam and organized terrorism. Two hundred and eighty-three mass shootings in the U.S. in 2014, meanwhile, were committed by 283 “lone wolves.” Perhaps it’s time, as a country, to realize that we may have our own radical trends emerging, ones which are much more subtle and difficult to control. On a more positive note, we have been able to see the other side of the coin, in tolerance and unity on within the Drexel University Community. On the night of Feb. 11, Drexel’s community came out in great numbers and surrounded the symbolic dragon statue for a memorial service. The service included words from Muslim students, leaders as well as some members from throughout the interfaith community at Drexel who came to support them. While at Drexel many people complain about the lack of campus spirit and general apathy towards politics and religion, it’s reassuring to see so many students from across organizations to support each other in times of tragedy and promote tolerance. Let us remember this the next time we try to take Drexel’s community for granted.
Nov. 16, 2012
Statistics about global violence manipulate politics
Professor Amelia Hoover Green of Drexel’s history and politics department gave a seminar Nov. 14 titled “Speaking Stats to Power,” which addressed the various flaws and strengths in measuring violence when applied to human rights violators.