Blog Post 2: College Campus Police Armament

The same military surplus program that supplied the College of William and Mary with a locker of fully automatic M-16 machine guns supplies local police units around the country, including that of Ferguson, Mississippi.  Other colleges have also applied to the same governmental program in order to receive often higher levels of weaponry than M-16s, free of charge.  For instance, Old Dominion University collected a much higher volume and intensity of militarized weaponry.[1]All levels of local police forces, a category under which college campus police units fall, are allowed to apply to the government for free military equipment, due to the military’s Defense Logistics Agency, founded in 1999.[2]Besides the fully automatic M-16 machine guns, the type of equipment available to college campuses consists of armored vehicles, high-tech militarized weaponry, and the same stun grenades used in Ferguson, Missouri.[3]

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Blog Post 2

As I am continuing with my research, I have found that so many historical events contributed to the Jamaicans’ view of Haile Selassie as a “god”. For example, a seemingly unconnected event, the foundation of the UNIA (Universal Negro Improvement Association) by Marcus Garvey, a black rights activist in 1914, indirectly influenced this phenomenon as well. Garvey’s objectives were to claim or reclaim a black identity of pride, freedom, and autonomy through education, organization, and centralization. For example, one of his mottos was “One God, One Aim, One Destiny”. A direct quote from Garvey, before he traveled to England, was “Look to Africa, when a black king shall be crowned, for the day of deliverance is at hand”. After receiving acclaim in the United States, Marcus Garvey also found a following in Jamaica after he organized strikes in the ports to seek better rights for black workers. These Jamaican followers called themselves Garveyites, and were the forefathers of the Rastafari movement. Garvey’s quote was then used as a prophesy by Rastafari.

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The Finale: Effect of MSF Presence in Liberia on Peace

Welcome to my last Freshman Monroe post! For the last few weeks, I have been looking to see if the presence of Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) in conflict zones has an effect on the formation of lasting peace. After reading several books and articles (my findings from each can be found here and here), I decided that I would be able to produce more thorough results if I made the project a case study.

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Blog Post 1: College Campus Police Armament

With the extreme rise in public interest lately in the power of police forces I thought it would be interesting to study the police forces often overlooked but central to our lives, campus police. Every college campus of substantial size employs a police force to patrol their campuses and ensure the safety of their students. One can see such institutions would require some sort of body to keep order. A college environment can be a dangerous place considering the large numbers of young students with newly acquired freedoms, independence, and reduced surveillance.  No doubt the levels of crime that naturally permeate society would also be present on college campuses, many would argue to a higher extent, especially in circumstances involving intoxication.

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