A major turn of events

By Olivia Dudley

Are you ready to grapple with questions that have puzzled humans for millennia? If so, the University of Baltimore’s new program in Philosophy, Society, and Applied Ethics is right for you! The University of Baltimore is now home to the only interdisciplinary philosophy program in the Maryland system.

The Philosophy, Society, and Applied Ethics major will allow you to adopt a better understanding of problems we are facing in the world, along with how to resolve these issues. While many of you are probably thinking “What am I going to do with a major in philosophy?” The answer is that you can potentially do many things, it will make you a better worker and a better problem solver. When companies are hiring, they look for individuals who stand out, what better way to stand out than with a philosophy major! You will develop a set of skills that will prepare you for careers in law, public affairs, political theory, human resources, economics, and many more.

This curriculum will show you how to critically evaluate arguments, think deeply, and develop advanced problem solving skills. Within this major, you will test your thinking strategies and learn how to address and discuss sensitive topics of occurrences in our world. If you don’t know what you want to major in yet, and that is completely alright, it’s a difficult decision to make sometimes, consider Philosophy, Society, and Applied Ethics. You will be developing skills that you can utilize in almost any other major you may end up choosing later on in life. This is college, we’re supposed to be trying new things and taking risks. Do something that you’ll find fascinating.

Tense day in Baltimore as Officer Nero avoids charges

The first verdict in the Freddie Gray case has been given. Following the mistrial of Officer William G. Porter, Officer Edward Nero was acquitted of all charges.  Officer Nero declined a jury, resulting in a bench trial that started May 12. He faced second-degree assault, reckless endangerment and two counts of misconduct in office. Nero, is one of six officers being tried for the death of Freddie Gary.

Judge Barry Williams heard testimony that finished last week. The reason behind the verdict- Nero should not be held responsible for securing 25 year old Gray in the back of the van. When Gray arrived he was severely injured and non-responsive. After the trial, protesters were gathered around the courthouse, chanting, “No Justice! No Peace! Jail to the police,” while Nero was patted on the back from fellow officers outside of uniform. Nero left the courthouse with tears in his eyes. Shortly, via twitter Baltimore City Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 3 issued a statement. Gene Ryan and Chuck Canterbury are pleased with the verdict with the belief Nero was falsely accused. Judge Williams was also applauded for not succumbing to public pressure and charging Nero with evidence brought against him.

Last April Freddie Carlos Gray, also known as Freddie “Pepper” Gray, died while in police custody suffering from a spinal cord injury. Gray was handcuffed without being secured with a seat belt in the police van after being arrested without probable cause. Gray’s death left the city in outrage because of the unanswered questions many people have. This time last year the city was restored after a week of protest and city wide curfew during the month of April. The case of Freddie Gray was the tip of the iceberg for many, demanding justice and better policies for police officers. Nero is the first officer to receive a verdict. The next officer, whose trial will begin June 6th, is Caesar Goodson Jr. Goodson was the driver of the van, transporting Gray. Many believe the prosecution will have difficulties moving forward with the case.

After the trial Mayor Stephanie Rowlings-Blake issued a statement. Rowlings-Blake says we must protect our neighborhoods and businesses. She is prepared if a second unrest should occur. While twitter and other social media outlets are flooding with alerts, it is important to remember that Gray, himself was more than a hashtag.