By Michael Chen
Another zealous yet intense debate between presidential republican candidate Donald Trump and presidential democrat candidate Hillary Clinton. Where America’s committed and unaffiliated audience listen to what the presidential nominees have to say, while the presidential election comes closer and closer to an end.
The majority of the second presidential debate highlights impulsive arguments between both candidates. Throughout the debate, both widely argue against one another in a continual altercation. Debate moderator Anderson Cooper questions Donald Trump about the tape that was released revealing his disrespect towards women. Quoting Donald Trump: “‘locker room banter’” as evidence in opposition to his defensive remarks: “locker room talk”. At the same time comparing his words to the irrelevancy of ISIS terrorism in hoping to discuss “bigger” issues.
In Hillary’s response, he is not fit to be president. She claims he is disrespectful to women, as well towards minorities, the disabled, and people of different religions. Going back to the first question of the debate, ‘values and responsibilities towards America’s youth’, quoting Hillary: “...because we are good, and we will respect one another...”. ‘A family’s son has died is being criticized', ‘a judge being targeted for religious reasons’. ‘Thousands of emails deleted rises suspicion’. Both candidates go against one another to say what good they’ve done or what they’re going to do in hopes to elaborate their image. Reliability and controversies that might leave the audience thinking and possibly creating huge bias towards the candidates and cloud the judgment of the audience from a result of who wins the debate based on most compelling arguments from either side.
People of audience have pointed out both candidates going off track in point of the question asked. The audience praises Donald Trump and criticizes Hillary Clinton. Critics and celebrities criticized both sides for the hypocrisy and lack of trustworthy in the explanations the sides have given. Celebrities Rosie O’Donnell and Shonda Rhimes both criticized and questioned Donald Trump’ s anctions and his disrespect towards women. Political consultant, Gene Tarver compliments Donald Trump. Quoting Gene Tarver: “...stop the bleeding the haemorrhaging that was occurring within the party...”. He commented on Donald Trump’s remarks into defending himself as quoted: “to me that was a very devastating revelation”. Praising Hillary for doing better in the second presidential debate.
Some important questions asked by the audience include the issues of Obamacare, also known as the Affordable Care Act. In Hillary’s response, she explains how it has benefitted millions of people. She wants to keep the good aspects of Obamacare and to fix problems that are driving costs up and making coverage go down. Trump, on the other hand, wants to repeal it. Another question asked by the audience concerned the acceptance of minority races in America. Whereas Donald Trump goes off track answering the question, Hillary responded with accepting all races and minorities. One of the huge issues asked are the issues of taxes. Hillary argued that more taxes should be given to the more wealthy and that the rich in relation to Donald Trump and his so-called “friends” aren’t paying taxes as opposed to Donald Trump explaining he has always paid taxes. Another question asked from famous Ken Bone on the issue of energy policy. At the very end, one last question was asked to let both candidates say a compliment about the opposing sides. Hillary Clinton complimented on Donald Trump’s children, and Donald Trump complimented on Hillary’s personality, claiming Hillary never gives up and is a fighter. The end of the second presidential debate has proven this presidential race has been hostile and divided.
Every year, Shanghai American School Puxi hosts its International Fair. The annual event raises money for the PTSA, with school clubs able to earn funds through their games and food sold.
Although similar to the carnival we host here in SAS Pudong, it has in the past, entertained a large number of Chinese locals, and in some years, the number of locals has exceeded the number of international students. Yet this year, in order to mill down traffic and promote this event towards international students, it was only open to those with a SAS ID Card – others only able to enter in the company of a SAS student while having to pay 20RMB. The change was especially obvious. Usually, it was jam packed, hard to move around, and lines for food took at least fifteen minutes. But this time, it was more calm, and everyone seem more relaxed at the non-frantic environment. “I’m so glad SAS made this a rule, I can finally get food quickly” quipped one student.
Midway through, there was a performance by two from the Jaracanda School for Orphans in Malawi and a SAS Puxi student, Chelsea. Since 2009, Robert Burke, a Shanghai American School teacher began establishing fundraisers and raising awareness about the situation at hand. The efforts made by Mr Burke and much of SAS Community resulted in a rapid development of the facilities and living conditions in this area of Malawi, and established a strong partnership and friendship between the Jaracanda School and SAS Puxi. The upbeat, hip hop dance represented how SAS was a school who believed in community service as more than just monetary aid, but a way to bond two extremely different communities.
Overall, the International Fair was a success – with the decline of Chinese locals and less crowding as well as the numerous games, food vendors and lastly, the dance performance that really demonstrated how community service in SAS extends to more than just fundraising and providing supplies, but the importance of integrating those into our society as well.