13th Doctor


With the recent departure of the 12th Doctor Peter Capaldi an extensive search for the next Doctor Who has gone underway, and I feel that I have some suggestions as to who could play Who. Although the series has been, for the most part, becoming more diverse I feel that it is time that said diversity was extended to the Doctor. Thus, I feel I have found a potential candidate for who could play the next Doctor: Sophie Okonedo

Sophie Okonedo is an English actress who first appeared in the Doctor Who series as Elizabeth X who was the Queen Regnant of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland when Earth was devastated by solar flares in the 29th century in The Beast Below. I hold that Sophie would be a major diverse step to take in the casting of the Doctor as not only will her history in Doctor Who would make her becoming the Doctor quite the interesting storyline; but, casting the Doctor as a black, female actress in this day and age would differ greatly from the Doctor Who norm but i feel would ultimately appeal to a wider range of audience because of the difference.

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RICE Day Diversity

Every year, Wartburg takes a day off from classes to host RICE day. During this time students from all departments on campus are able to present and share their learning and research. As a student who needed to attend a certain number of these for other classes, I figured I might as well change it up a little bit and delve into the presentations of those students who have different majors than myself. I knew going into RICE day I wanted to find diversity among the projects and presentations. I started off that Tuesday morning visiting the fine arts and communications building. Walking into one of the art rooms, I was soon surrounded by paintings on all of the walls. I was stuck in a daze at how incredibly talented these students are while also being highly curious at the meanings behind each piece of art. Most of the people who created these beautiful pieces were people I did not recognize, this alone made me feel guilty enough as I wanted to meet them all and share how much I enjoyed their art. Diversity was crawling out of every part of that room. All of these students who created their own pieces I imagine have a story behind what they chose to paint about. Some might come from a time of happiness and positive feelings, while another might come from a more negative time in their life. At the end of the day I found the most diversity in the art. I was able to recognize the differences each piece had whether that be through medium or background, but at the end of the day each and every one of those students were able to come together to share their story or feelings through art.

Doctor Who: Watch where you’re going!

Plummeting from space just above Earth where the Doctor had managed to position the deteriorating Tardis; the Doctor thought to himself “after all these years, I’ll die alone” when with the last jilt of energy the Doctor propelled the Tardis through to a small isolated ally in the streets of Sarajevo in Bosnia and Herzegovina where he was flung out of the Tardis in what could’ve been a crushing death for the Doctor. Sarajevo that day was quiet for the most part except for a parade of some sort in the distance but the Doctor had other things to worry about; the Eye of Harmony had been severely damaged. Desperate to restore the Tardis from its condition after the landing the Doctor sped across the street in and out of nearby allies in hopes of finding iron sheets and pipes to repair the Tardis until he turned into an ally where he bumped into a man, knocking the wind out of him and causing him to fall over and reveal his pistol. Apologetically the Doctor helped him up and dusted him off as the fall had been a rather serious one and the man was bruised on his arm and shoulder. Although the doctor noticed his weapon he thought nothing of it and walked off while the man picked up his pistol, put it in his coat pocket and leaned against the wall behind him to catch his breath. As the Doctor walked off, a Gräf & Stift touring car typical of the 1910 to 1915 passed him heading in the direction he just come from with 2 other vehicles following close behind and a few moments after the Doctor turned the corner he heard 2 gunshots being fired.

Diversity at home

From the moment I was taught the word “diversity” I always automatically associated it with predominately racial and ethnic differences; however, I have begun to notice that knowledge and practice of understanding and acceptance of diversity should be extended into the home as well as while families might have many similarities, the differences are even more important. Every individual is different in one way or another in a family, be it a small difference in that they may have red hair or that they may be transgender, but that difference is the very thing that adds to the identity of that individual. Identity in a collectivist nature is important in that for everyone to be able to accept each other, they themselves need to accept their own identities and doing that becomes hard if others voice that your characteristics aren’t ideal. Doing this in the family is beneficial to every person as it creates a support system for its members in situations where one would need support.


An alternative RICE day

During this year of RICE day, unlike the previous years, I got the chance to present my biology senior research project: Capsaicinoid Concentration in the Carolina Reaper Peaks at 40 Days From Fruit Set and Declines thereafter. Don’t worry, this blog won’t be scienecy whimey since most of my audience is not going to be biology major. Which brings me to my point: diversity in audiences.

Although I’ve already presented my poster to the peers in my class, presenting during RICE day was a whole different experience.  To sum it up the best, I’m going to use Dr. Bousquet as an example. Unlike other professors, before he listened to our speech, he gave us a parameter: time and target audience. We needed to be able to explain our research to a “high school history teacher”, “under 5 minutes”. Not only did we need to condense our information, we also need to explain it in simpler language to avoid science jargons.

Most of us speakers have a very comprehensive understanding of our research, but most of our audience have different level of understanding. Just like we each have different background in terms of culture and knowledge in diversity. Sometimes it takes a little extra attention and effort to accommodate the difference.


Every year to kick off May term there is one party that unites every group that there is on campus. The infamous Kohlman Keg is a party that is set for the final day of tour week to blow off steam and start May term off with a bang. On this particular day, no one on campus is hated or left out of the party. Most of the year there are teams that might fight between one another, but on this day we are all friends just trying to have a good time. Last year was our freshman year and for most of us, it was our first. At first, I thought that this was a weird idea to get all the students together and just let them go crazy in the middle of a park. This party is the ultimate diversity event for anyone. When the Kegs are flowing there is no such thing as color, race, religion, or gender there’s just beer. Now around the park, there are games that are going on where there are teams of people that might not have anything to do with each other but we all get along very well. Now, this comes to a greater point to how we can use this experience. We see that all over the world there is trouble that brews between countries, religions, or even political parties. If all the diverse students at a small college in the middle of Iowa can solve their differences in one day; how come we can’t stop the wars and fighting that occurs around the world with just a few days, weeks, or months it would take to solve all the trouble in the world?

The outsiders view of the American Utopia

There is no doubt that a majority of Americans will claim that the United States of America is the greatest country on this earth. In addition, a large portion outside of the US also believe that it is the greatest country on this earth.

The facts may suggest otherwise, the US is ranked 7th in terms of education, 7th in business entrepreneurship and a measly number 18 for quality of life. So then why, why is the US viewed in such high standing? Why is the US seen as the greatest country in the world, not only by Americans but by a majority of the worlds population.

Many words are brushed around as to why the US is best, the most common one being “freedom”. This term is used so lightly it hardly has any meaning. How can one be “free” if they have to worry about their legitimacy in a country because of the new executive orders? How can one be “free” if they cannot trust those who swear to serve and protect them? Primarily, the term “freedom” in this case is just not something that is special to America either, countries such as Germany and Belgium truly express freedom.

Again, why is it that the US is thus viewed as the greatest country in the world? I believe that it is the marketing of opportunity. The US in ranked 1st in power as well as being influential and 2nd in being a forward-looking country. The way America is viewed is in a very positive light because of these so-called opportunities that are presented. I did think the US was the greatest country on earth, before I got here.

The potential is limitless, the positives are positive, however, the reality remains that the people within the US and the choices that are being made, make it run short of being that best country that everyone expects.