the notebook problem: you see a notebook. you want to buy the notebook. but you know you have like TEN OTHER NOTEBOOKS. most which are STILL EMPTY. you don’t need to notebook. you’re probably not gonna use the notebook anyway. what’s the point? DONT BUY THE NOTEBOOK. you buy the notebook.
First female black student-president at nation’s most expensive prep school is forced to resign after ‘offensive’ photographs of her mocking ‘typical white classmates’ emerge online
The former black student body president at a pricey New Jersey prep school was forced to resign from her leadership position earlier this year after she posted a series of photos on the Internet, in which she is seen dressed as what she describes to be the typical male, white student at the school.
In the photos, former Lawrenceville School Student Body President Maya Peterson is seen wearing L.L. Bean duck boots, a Yale University sweatshirt and is holding a hockey stick, which she says is representative of the typical ‘Lawrenceville boi.’
In addition to the photos, she added hashtags like ‘#romney2016,’ ‘#confederate,’ and ‘#peakedinhighschool.’
Peterson explains that the photos were meant as a joke in response to complaints made by students about her senior photos, in which she and 10 friends - all of whom were black - are seen raising their fists in a ‘Black Power’ salute.
'I understand why I hurt people’s feelings, but I didn’t become president to make sure rich white guys had more representation on campus,' she told the website. 'Let’s be honest. They’re not the ones that feel uncomfortable here.'
Some of Peterson’s classmates, however, didn’t see the humor in her ‘racist’ photos.
'You’re the student body president, and you’re mocking and blatantly insulting a large group of the school’s male population,' one student commented on the photo.
Peterson’s response to the comment only made things worse.
'Yes, I am making a mockery of the right-wing, confederate-flag hanging, openly misogynistic Lawrentians,' Peterson responded. 'If that’s a large portion of the school’s male population, then I think the issue is not with my bringing attention to it in a lighthearted way, but rather why no one has brought attention to it before…'
Both students and faculty members felt the images were offensive, and that ‘it was not fitting of a student leader to make comments mocking members of the community,’ Dean of Students Nancy Thomas told the Lawrenceville student paper.
Peterson’s take on race has irritated her classmates in the past, as well.
In 2012, following the re-election of President Barack Obama, Peterson wrote on Facebook about how proud she was that an African-American was president - and threw in a sarcastic jab at white people.
'As a black and Latino, gay woman in the United States of America, today is a momentous day,' she wrote. 'I’m sorry to all the rich white men who have failed to elect a president that endorses their greed.'
Some of her classmates felt the Facebook post was racist.
'I’m gonna have to assume from your political beliefs and what you’ve said that you do not pay for your Lawrenceville tuition in its entirety,' one student wrote. 'But do you know who pays for that? Yeah, that would be all those greedy white men who actually worked for their fortune, not relied on the government to support them. Just saying.'
Peterson’s family paid full tuition at the school.
Peterson’s getting elected student body president worried many of her classmates, as they believed she was alienating a large portion of the student body with her controversial comments about white classmates
One former student said Peterson’s photos - and overall attitude, ‘violated the spirit of the Lawrenceville community.’
'It was hateful. It wasn’t inclusive,' the student, identified only as David, said. 'When I think of Maya Peterson, I don’t think of someone who is an avid proponent of progress or of inclusiveness. I think of someone who is hateful. She had a hateful spirit.
Lord look at this madness
I SUPPORT MAYA PETERSON!!!!
I have never felt more love for someone that I have never met than I do for this young woman. I thought she would apologize but in the boldness of her reasoning I saw no lies.
Maya Paterson for some public office in the future? Presidency maybe..
Blackface African parties: Silence
Native American mocking parties-Silence
Urban Black culture mocking parties-Silence
Black woman with a hockey stick-OMG REVERSE RACISM!!!
I honestly believe she was making a point and their reaction made her point perfectly.
Andrea Klenotiz, a University of Delaware biology student, has decoded the genetics of the wizarding gene in the Harry Potter universe. She sent a six-page paper of her work to J.K. Rowling.
The debate over wizarding genetics started with Rowling herself, who said the gene is dominant. Traditionally, and what most people were taught in high school, was that traits created by dominant genes always show up if a person has the gene.
This didn’t jibe with the HP world.
Because of that, many people were confused by Rowling’s statement — if the gene is dominant, why are some people better at magic than others? Why are there squibs (non magic people born into wizarding lines) and mudbloods (wizards like Hermione born to non-magic parents)?
So, Klenotiz went to work. Her conclusion? “Magical ability could be explained by a single autosomal dominant gene if it is caused by an expansion of trinucleotide repeats with non-Mendelian ratios of inheritance.”
Wanna know what that means?
1) A trinucleotide repeat: Genes are made up of DNA codes made out of nucleotides. Three of these nuceotides code for one amino acid, the building block of proteins, which make things happen in the body. So, a “trinucleotide repeat” is the repetition of three nucleotides (and therefore one amino acid) multiple times.
These kinds of repeats are present in normal genes, but sometimes the DNA copying machinery goes wacky like a skipping CD (if anyone from the Harry Potter Ages remembers using CDs) and there ends up being many more copies of this repeated code than normal.
This kind of mutation is responsible for diseases like Huntington’s Disease, among others. Depending on the number of repeats that they have, a person could be normal, have a mild form of the disease, have the disease or have a severe form of the disease.
2) Non-Mendelian ratios: In school we are taught about Gregor Mendel and his pea plants. He was able to see predict the ratio of certain traits in the peas, for example their color (green or yellow) or the texture of their skin (smooth or wrinkly) based on the traits of their parent plants.
For example, if a plant had one copy of a gene linked to a dominant trait, like green color, it would be green, no matter what its other gene said.
If that plant mated with a plant without the trait, a yellow pea plant, half of its offspring would inherit that trait and only half of them would be green. If they both had one copy of the green trait, three quarters of their offspring would be green (only one would inherit the recessive “yellow” gene from both of them). If one or both parents had two copies of the green gene, all the offspring would be green.
Non-Mendelian genes are basically any genes that don’t follow these rules. In the wizards, if the repeat is dominant, magical parents could expect three out of four of their kids to be magical. This isn’t seen in wizarding pedigrees, though.
Klenotiz suggests that perhaps eggs with high levels of repeats are more likely to be fertilized, a phenomenon called transmission ratio distortion. Or that egg or sperm without the high levels of repeats are less likely to be created or survive the wizarding womb.
Now, for some wizarding. This explains several of the questions above. Here’s how:
One unclear problem: Why do squibs see magical things — like dementors and the Hogwarts castle — while muggles with similar numbers of repeats don’t? Klenotiz suggests it could be an environmental factor, and suggests a study to figure it out:
Cross muggle-wizard adoption studies could provide evidence for this hypothesis. If wizard-raised muggles have the same limited abilities or muggle-raised squibs fail to develop these abilities it would prove an environmental factor. If the adoption studies provide no evidence, we must remember that these studies would not account for environmental factors in the womb. Unless there are any case studies of gestational surrogacy with a muggle child and a witch mother, the data would be inconclusive.
One question I have: What would a double-dose of the magical gene do? Any ideas? Would it be deadly?
She ends her letter with a plea to end the discrimination against mudbloods by those claiming to be pure-bloods:
Any classification of pure-blood, half-blood, or other mixes is illogical. What are commonly known as muggle-borns would be better classified as a witch or wizard recently derived from muggles. Muggle-borns should simply be considered new wizarding lines just starting out.
Author of artivle; Jennifer Welsh