ALEC Confirmed!? Pay No Attention to the Men Behind the Curtain.

By: Jack Nelson, Giuliani Medina, Evelyn Garcia Juarez, and Fargo Smith It was the mission of my group to create a clear picture for all those not yet informed on the huge part the American Legislation Exchange Council, or ALEC, plays in in our country. More specifically, our question was: How does the partnership between…

Kindergarten Criminals

By: Amber Lee, Justin Owens, Sarah Marlin, Kyla Butler Our group chose to research the school to prison pipeline.  This is a metaphor used to describe the pattern of youth being pushed out of school, through high rates of suspension and expulsion, and into the criminal justice system; particularly youth of color, young people with disabilities,…

Chop, Chop and Chow Down!

Luwam Kidane, Chaia Wyatt, Tenzin Nyodrup, and Yeshi Gyamtso For our fall interdisciplinary project we chose to investigate factory farming. Factory farming is “a large industrialized farm; especially :  a farm on which large numbers of livestock are raised indoors in conditions intended to maximize production at minimal cost”. What sparked our interest in factory farming…

Smile, You’re On Hidden Camera :)

Jazmin Hughes, Mia Teller, Lauryn Franklin, and Willie Beaudry For our Interdisciplinary Project (IDP) we chose government surveillance as our research topic. We chose government surveillance because it was a total mystery to us. We had no clue how the government surveyed us, what the surveillance was used or how surveillance helped us. We chose…

A Fight For Animal Rights

We chose this subject to look into the meaning of animal rights and organizations that claim to help animals and their methods on assisting animals by sparing them from being put down, hunted, or eaten. However, the main focus on this subject is domestic animals.

The Everyday Life of Prostitution

Contributors: Nehar Ali, Lee’Andrajnae Cross, Ravyn Gistarb, Taisia Newman After a great deal of thought, our group decided to research issues around prostitution in our society. We were particularly interested in trying to figure out how society’s attitudes toward prostitutes impact sex work, and the laws and regulations around this work in America. Prostitution is defined as sexual…

Stuck in the Human Traffic Jam

 Artist statement Contributors: Devanae Adams, Jordan Grant, Kaila Jenkins, Makhissa Sano For our Fall Interdisciplinary Project we chose to study the issues surrounding human trafficking. We decided on this topic because we were curious about why this situation is so looked over in the U.S. We knew what it is was in terms of a definition…

Candy is Handy: Food deserts in Oakland

Artist Statement By: Pearl Stark, Soha Levert and Destiny Lloyd Living in the Bay Area we have many farmers markets and stores that sell healthy foods, products, and more. However, only certain people have easy access to them. For many families living  in West and East Oakland, California, liquor stores are the only accessible places…

It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane, no! Issa Drone!

Artist Statement Darius Varize, Lauren Baldock-Wood, Lionell Jones, Luke Wenger The employment of drones within the past decade has skyrocketed since they were first introduced to the spotlight in 2001. Since, there has been a great amount of controversy in relation to the ethics and legality of their usage in military combat. Our group saw this assignment as an excellent opportunity to explore…

Pushed out of House and Home

By: Cecelia Bell, Luka Cado, London Haines, Emet Levy, and Rebecca Lin Who stands to gain the most socially and economically through gentrification, and what are the related costs of this process? This research question is what our group set out to answer at the beginning of the IDP. As the cost of living rises…

You Can’t go Home but You Can’t Stay Here

Artist Statement Tina Afshari, Erez Frank, Felicity Jones, Josh Kluger TFor our Interdisciplinary Project we decided to learn about the controversy regarding homeless relocation. This topic was noticeable to our eyes because we were eager to know where the homeless were being put after being relocated and how they felt about being moved from their…

M.O.M. – Mother or Murder?

By Shayla Smith, Henry Gong, Lakaylah Mason, and Indigo Basile In this project, Shayla, Henry, Lakaylah, and Indigo dive into the complex topic of abortion. Throughout our project we focus on the question, “How has changing state laws and shifting social opinions affected the experience of women around abortion.” This intricate topic has garnered a great amount of…

All Eyes On You

  On September 11th, 2001 19 militants from an islamic extremist group called al-Qaeda hijacked four different airliners for a suicide attack against the United States. This attack killed about 3,000 people, 400 amongst those people were police officers and firefighters. “Two out of the four planes flew right into the tower of the World…

The Chronicles Of C Squared

By Lauryn Franklin Crystal LeAnne Parker and Candace Michelle Jones are best friends and are both 17 years old. Crystal and Candace have a YouTube channel called Cx2 because both of their names start with the letter “C”. On the channel, they make vlogs, do tutorials, and trending challenges. On at least half of their…

The Government Has Eyes

  The National Security Agency (NSA) is a United States government intelligence organization that monitors, collects and process information on a global scale, known as data mining. The NSA gathers information from almost all forms communications and internet activity such as phone calls, text messages, emails, photos and videos by collecting the information from websites like…

Annotated Works Cited: Smile, You’re On Camera :)

  Ackerman, Spencer. “Fisa Court Order That Allowed NSA Surveillance Is Revealed for First                 Time.” The Guardian. Guardian News and Media, 19 Nov. 2013. Web. 25 Jan. 2017.   “Advantages and Disadvantages of the Patriot Act.” OccupyTheory. N.p., 08 May 2015. Web. 24 Jan. 2017.   Bailey Cahall, Peter Bergen, David Sterman and Emily Schneider….

Artist’s Statement: Lions and Tigers and Surveillance Oh My!

By Mia Teller For our interdisciplinary project, my group and I studied government surveillance in America; specifically the current regulations and methodology around the scope of domestic surveillance, and what that information is being used for. In this project we aimed to create an educational, artistic and entertaining piece that brings to light the excessive…

Annotated Works Cited

8 Reasons Homeless People Deserve to Have Pets -Huffington Post   This article explains reasons why homeless people deserve to have the right to own pets. And might change the view of the readers.   “Animal Abuse.” American Humane. N.p., n.d. Web. 03 Jan. 2017.   On this American Humane fact page they provide specific…

Artist Statement: Abortion Squad – Coming In Clinics Soon

Our project is about how has the changing state laws and shifting social opinions about abortion have impacted a woman’s experience surrounding abortion. We chose to satirize the movie poster for Suicide Squad because it was not as literal as the other films, such as Juno which centered around reproduction and pregnancy. We felt that…

Safety? Or The Impractical Moral Of A Group?

Indigo Basile Period 6, IDP 1/10/2017 Safety? Or The Impractical Moral Of A Group? Abortion is a common procedure our time. It is the expulsion of a fetus from the body. It is often an action in cases of unwanted children, accidental pregnancies, teen pregnancies, rape, and incest to relieve a person of something they…

Who has the power? Me or State Laws?

LaKaylah Mason Period 6, IDP January 10,2017 Abortion has become an ongoing debate in the social world. Many people are for abortion, whereas others are strongly against it. This debate between pro and anti-abortion not only has an effect on our country, but also has become a state issue. In many states such as Texas,…

“My Abortion, My Life, My Decision”: A Diary from a Real Woman

Shayla Smith Jan 12 2017 Levin/Odyniec IDP Age: 17 Location: Hitchcock, Oklahoma “It is now 12:30 in the afternoon on this drowsy cloudy Monday. I am sitting on the cold mosaic pattern floor in the girl’s bathroom located on the third floor in the F building. This is my new favorite place to be during…

Works Cited: The Sources Of Abortion

“Abortion: Get Facts About the Procedure and Statistics.” EMedicineHealth. N.p., 16 Jan. 2016. Web. 18 Jan. 2017.   “Abortion.” Guttmacher Institute. N.p., 17 Jan. 2013. Web. 18 Jan. 2017.   “Abortion-Topic Overview.” WebMD. WebMD, 17 Jan. 2017. Web. 18 Jan. 2017.   Ahuja, Masuma and Chow, Emily. (2013). “Abortion Laws By State”. The Washington Post….