Back to School, Back to Social Justice

So it's back to school week for DePaul university and this week, we're talking about the Black Lives Matter movement (BLM). It's also Labor Day so to keep things relevant: The hope is that you answered "absolutely not!" because it would be terrible to take advantage of another human being that way, right? So it's expected that … Continue reading Back to School, Back to Social Justice

Commencement Speech

The following is the text of a speech I submitted to be considered for the DePaul University graduating class of 2015 student commencement speech. I was not chosen to deliver it but wanted to share it here: Good morning everyone! My name is Shaza, but I also go by Shazam, so I want to extend that … Continue reading Commencement Speech

What happens when your SGA is so bad you turn to the administration?

Rushing, I submitted my commencement speech application just before the 5pm deadline, wiped the sweat off my brow, and then eagerly waited for the response back. Days passed; but a day before the scheduled auditions, no one had been contacted by the commencement speech Chair yet. Other students who applied were hounding me about it … Continue reading What happens when your SGA is so bad you turn to the administration?

SGA and the Culture of Censorship

As former Senator Joseph Kerins put it, “SGA censorship is something that needs to be talked about within the wider campus community. SGA is our only form of direct student representation at DePaul, and incidents of this nature reflect the ongoing obstruction of student voices. This has to stop. And this conversation has to happen.” … Continue reading SGA and the Culture of Censorship