Yesterday, Alison Malmon relayed how her world came tumbling down in March 2000 when her brother, Brian, committed suicide. Malmon, a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, spoke to students in The Straight about how she has since dedicated her life to raising awareness of the importance of mental health.
A year following her brother’s death, Malmon concentrated her energy toward a positive goal by founding Active Minds, “the nation’s only organization dedicated to using the student voice to raise mental health awareness on college campuses.” Seven years later, Active Minds has grown to 154 chapters with headquarters located in Washington, D.C.
“I consider myself to be the liberal media,” said Eric Alterman ’82, media critic for The Nation, in his speech yesterday about media bias in the 2008 presidential election. In his speech, Alterman tried to convince his audience that the media is not as biased in the Democratic Party’s favor as people tend to think. More specifically, he asserted, the media is not biased in favor of presidential nominee Barack Obama.
Alterman began with a brief definition of what the media is. “Media,” he said, is a plural noun because it encompasses so many different sources.
“When most people talk about the media, what they mean is the elite national media,” Alterman said.