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Anchor: Ken-gee Yo-shin-oh speaks to Elon students about covering individuality, and how important it is to stop. Yoshino, a gay, Japanese-American law professor, says he used to cover his individuality, but then realized he shouldn’t hide it. Everyone covers parts of his or herself, not just gay people. Yoshino says,   

Yoshino: “Covering affects every person in this room. It’s not normal to be completely normal.”

Miano: Covering affects everyone, so it’s important to stop doing it and encouraging it, Yoshino says. The country and law have come far, because there is less discrimination now than there has been in the past, but there are still problems, he says. 

Yoshino: “There are so many identities that we hold precious in our day to day lives…the law is never going to be able to catch up to protect all of those categories”

Miano: Yoshino says people need to challenge their instinct to cover their unique qualities. He says, 

Yoshino: “If you are impacted negatively by a covering demand…I want to challenge you to ask whether or not that reason behind that demand is a legitimate one.”

 

Paul Lockhart Tells Elon Students to Appreciate Space

     Retired colonel and astronaut Paul Lockhart told Elon students on Thursday to appreciate space because of the large impact it has on humans’ daily lives.

     Lockhart said, “Much of what we do here [in space]…has direct application to what we do here on Earth.” Lockhart told his audience how he spent his weeks on the International Space station.

     The station does basic research, such as taking pictures of Earth from space, studying a jumping spider, and performing fire experiments. Lockhart showed a slideshow of pictures he has taken from Space. He said they have found that when a fire is put out in space, another fire sparks underneath at a lower temperature.

     Lockhart told the audience about the effects space travel has on human physiology. He said, “After about an hour on orbit, this system [sensorimotor function] went haywire on me…my whole head felt like I was tumbling.” He also said it is common to have tense muscles and puffy eyes.

     Lockhart talked about the different technological advances they are making in space, such as finding a cure for cancer and other diseases. They have been able to build, “perfect examples of proteins that’ll allow us to develop the drugs that are being used for targeting things such as muscular dystrophy,” Lockhart said. He also said that space flight is one of the greenest things one can do for the planet, because water recycling, oxygen generation and carbon dioxide removal are occurring.

     Lockhart told his audience how important space is, and how much of an impact it can have on Earth and humans’ lives. 

Conor Grennan Tells Elon University Students to Get Up and Volunteer

            Conor Grennan told the students of Elon University that their motivation for helping others is irrelevant, because volunteering and helping others will always have a positive impact.

            Grennan spoke at Elon University on Sept. 17, telling the audience that he began his volunteer work in Nepal for unconventional reasons.             

            Grennan said he originally decided to go to Nepal to impress his friends, and he only decided to volunteer at an orphanage to impress a girl he met at a bar. His motivation was not typical of that of a volunteer, but he still went to Nepal and ended up changing children’s lives.

            When he arrived at the orphanage in Nepal, Conor Grennan said he didn’t know what to do with the “crack-pot, goofball kids.” Although he didn’t initially like children, they quickly amazed him. He thought new, fancy toys he gave the children would blow them away. “It turned out that the toys we brought over weren’t actually better than their toys…it was an interesting moment for me.”

            Conor Grennan said he went to Nepal during a horrible time of revolution, but it still worked out. It got to the point where it was too dangerous for tourists to stay in Nepal, so Grennan returned to New York.

            Grennan realized when he was home that he had to return to Nepal, even though it was not an ideal time. He learned of seven missing orphans, and decided he had to go find them and bring them back to their families.

            When he was searching for the missing children in Nepal, Grennan lost hope. He realized how difficult it would be to find them, but then Amita, the only girl of the seven children, appeared. Grennan said, “I just kinda took her,” and he brought her home to a safe place.

            Grennan struggled, trekking through mountains with an injured leg, but found the rest of the seven children and reunited them with their families. He said it was all worth it, “we realized the incredible impact it had to bring a child back to their family.”

            Conor Grennan said that it doesn’t matter what motivates people to help others, because, he said, “Once you actually do start helping people…your motivation changes.” In the end, you are still helping other people, and, “it will change your life,” he said.