Bye Bye Man

By: Margarita Martinez

What makes a scary movie a great one? Is it all just jump scares or is it because scary movies awaken fears within those who watch them? A great horror film leaves the audience terrified of every little noise and awakens childhood fears. By these standards, ‘The Bye Bye Man” was lacking.

The story of the hooded figure, the Bye Bye Man, begins with three college students who rent a home that contained artifacts leading to this figure. It was said that the Bye Bye Man will come for anyone who hears his name and to the great misfortune of these adolescents, they become the next victims.

To prevent the arrival of this figure, the students repeat the mantra to not think it or say it, ‘it’ meaning anything pertaining to the Bye Bye Man. This plan, however, was a total disaster and only aided in the success of the Bye Bye Man.

The movie possessed a few jump scares that hardly created chills down one’s spine yet that seemed to be the only element of horror. Furthermore, the lack of elaboration on the Bye Bye Man’s origins seemed poorly executed. It could be argued that the mystery surrounding the figure was to be an element of horror but it was only confusing.

Throughout the movie, the sound of a train or flipping of a coin was a sign that the Bye Bye Man was near. This seemed to have no correlation with the figure and was irrelevant.

The only somewhat riveting part was the ending, a battle of will between the hooded figure and the only remaining college student. Anticipation was finally present during the last ten minutes. The last few plot twists towards the end made the movie, overall, somewhat bearable.

In the end, it felt as if there was a forced effort to make the film more thrilling, especially the attempt to get into one’s head with the mantra of don’t think it; don’t say it. Although it was not the best horror film, “The Bye Bye Man” is a great to movie to watch if you desire a poorly executed plot.

 

The ACLU Strikes Back

By: Matthew Bakken

The American Civil Liberties Union has most certainly had a busy week. Unfortunately, there will be many ‘busy weeks’ for the ACLU to come. On January 27th (also Holocaust Remembrance Day), President Donald Trump issued an executive order banning all refugees seeking to come into the United States. The purpose for this? In the words of President Donald Trump “We don’t want ‘em here” he said of “radical Islamic terrorists.” Once the ACLU had heard of such news, they acted.

Citizens opposing such an executive order were outraged. Outraged enough to the point they began protesting the ban on refugees. The protesters were encouraged and backed by none other than ACLU who sought to protect the first amendment rights of these protesters. Protesters then began to take to the airports.

Shortly after Trump’s executive order had been signed, refugees and green card holders began to be detained on sight arriving at the airports. Yes. People who were fleeing persecution whether it be children, adults, religious dissidents that were in the poorest state of well being were getting detained on arrival. Those who carried green cards or visas, going out of town to visit family were denied entry and detained. For what purpose? Extreme vetting to prevent potential terrorists threats via refugees.

The ACLU saw this as unacceptable. On January 28th, ACLU Executive Director Anthony D. Romero challenged this ban upon refugees in court. According to the ACLU, Trump discriminated against refugees and Muslims. Signing this ban was qualified as unconstitutional to the ACLU. Later on, at around 9 p.m. on January 28th, Federal District Court Judge Ann M. Donnelly issued a stay, blocking President Trump’s discriminatory policy from taking effect and preventing refugees and immigrants from being deported. Overall, protecting the rights of the refugees and immigrants for some time.

In order to understand this ban upon refugees, one must have a brief understanding of how the U.S. previously vetted refugees. For example, we’ll take a refugee from Syria. It takes nearly two years for a Syrian refugee to enter the United States. This two year process consists of twenty steps. Those of which contain three background checks, three finger printing, and more… Refugees typically receive more vetting than others wishing to enter the U.S. Currently, there is an estimation of 65 million refugees. Nearly 85,000 of which that the US has admitted. These numbers come from pewresearch.org.

So, what’s the main fear among those in favor of extensive vetting of refugees? The main scare, and in part to why this refugee ban is also being labeled as a “Muslim Ban,” is for the hysteria that a terrorist can happen to slip straight through the cracks of the U.S. vetting system. Has it happened before? Yes. Whether it be globally or just in the U.S. However, it has occurred very infrequently. If one should take a look at American death statistics, more people are killed by other Americans rather Islamic jihadist immigrants and all Islamic jihadist terrorists combined. Regardless of number, both are crippling issues.

With this new presidency, change will certainly come. The ACLU will be there to fight against Trump, as that is their current narrative, and stick up for the civil liberties for the citizens of the United States of America.

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