Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: Central Alabama
After reading later posts, I may change my mind or refine my opinions, but at first reading, here are my thoughts...
A) I don't think that they should be required to have and HIV/AIDS test. Who would pay for the test, the university? Books/tuition already cost enough and keep going up. I see this as yet another reason to raise these fees in order to recoup the costs of the tests. To me, the requiring of a test is an invasion of privacy of sorts. Now I think that the college should push for the volentary testing as responsible adults, but not make it required. I also don't think that it should be limited to the black students. HIV/AIDS doesn't care.
B) I think that music and pop culture does influence behavior, but I don't think it has as much influence if your social culture didn't allow it. I think, to some degree, appropriate upbringing, or the lack thereof, has a lot more to do with it, but in the end, it is the individual that makes the decision. However, that individual also has other outside influences such as peers. From my experience with latino gangs in South Phoenix, I can look back and say that I was in the gang and did things in order to belong. But, I also know that my mother taught me better than that. My daily life dealt with the gangs. If it were not for moving away from that environment, I might be in prison, or dead by now. So, IMO, there are many factors, music being the least. If the parents (both) are more involved in all aspects, kids are actually taught remorse, resposibility for one's actions, and accountability...it would go much further in controlling certain behaviors. You also could venture into the lack of an effective and timely penalties for crimes that result in the marked increase in prison populations. But now we are actually venturing off topic and could get into a larger discussion that will take on a life of its own.
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, '07 ZX10R (sold)
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- Ted Nugent
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- Jesse Ventura
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