Pet Pals embarks on inaugural dog festival

By Reilly Wright, Managing Editor

There is not too much more an Ohio Wesleyan student can ask for before final exams other than food, music and, of course, dogs.

The first celebration of Poochella, a community wide dog festival, was held on Ohio Wesleyan’s JAYwalk Sunday, April 22. Hosted by Pet Pals, an OWU student organization dedicated to helping animals and animal-related issues, tables lined with local businesses and visiting canines filled the area.

“We came up with the idea of Poochella in order to connect the students on campus and the people in the Delaware community with amazing local businesses that are dedicated to improving the lives of our animals,” said senior Alex Medina, president of Pet Pals.

Over 70 people attended the festival, expanding into both the Ohio Wesleyan and Delaware communities. Sophomore Courtney Fobel, treasurer of Pet Pals, said the event’s turnout for its first year was amazing.

“I am so grateful that so many people showed up to support our club, see the adorable dogs and visit with our pet-friendly businesses,” Fobel said. “The whole festival was a blast and I couldn’t have asked for a better day.”

Along with the dog-related businesses, Pet Pals also had stations for visitors to color, create dog toys, eat at Dan’s Deli and receive awards for memorable dogs.

According to Fobel and Medina, the club contacted over 40 businesses offering registration forms and space for advertisement in Pet Pals pamphlets. Five total vendors attended, but others donated to the available raffle prizes. Medina said the club hopes to contact even more businesses earlier in coming years and invite back those from this year.

“I would love to see if we can get more businesses to come so the festival can be even bigger and to expand our community outreach,” Fobel said. “I would definitely love to expand the festival and get more businesses involved with the OWU community.”

The festival’s location directly in front of Beeghly Library was welcomed by some students for a quick study break.

“Poochella was an amazing event for a student like me to destress and relax with all the ‘puppers’ there,” said junior Penell Paglialunga. “I loved the stations to create your own bandana and tug-of-war toys for the dogs. It was super cool to see the vendors that had their free samples for owners to try out for their pets.”

Fobel said members of Pet Pals are grateful for those that supported by visiting, but they want to see it grow in continuing years.

“Poochella will definitely happen again next year and I can’t wait for it to grow and bring the community together with our shared love for dogs and living a cruelty-free lifestyle,” she said.

Tossing bean bags to improve the world

By Tung Nguyen, Online Editor

Music, a burger in hand and competitive cornhole matches are all it took to make the world a better place.

Cornhole for the Cure 2018, organized by Delta Tau Delta and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) raised hundreds of dollars to help cure Type 1 Diabetes (T1D.)

JDRF is one of the leading organizations in funding for T1D research with the exclusive focuses on the worldwide effort to end T1D as well as accelerates life-changing breakthroughs to cure and prevent the disease’s complications.

Ahmed Wiqar, Philanthropy Chair of Delta Tau Delta Fraternity and who also organized this event, said: “With this event, we raise money for JDRF by charging teams for registration fees. It speaks volumes about the students at our university that we received a lot of extra donations.”

Two main requirements had been set out prior to the event. They were to raise as much money as possible and to have fun, which were both satisfied, according to the organizing team of Delta Tau Delta.

In total, there were twenty teams participated which contributed to the fund by paying registration fees, food fees, and personal donations.

“Last year, we raised approximately $400, and this year, we have gone nearly a hundred over that figure,” Wiqar said. “This is certainly a nice improvement and we hope that it benefits JDRF in its vital research.”

Ankit Singh, an Ohio Wesleyan University freshman, said: “the event was scheduled on a really great, warm sunny day. I am glad that this event helped to raise funds for JDRF and a lot of people seemed to enjoy it. Great work and great food also by Delta Tau Delta.”

One of the biggest surprises was the winner of the cornhole tournament: a non-Greek team.    Unlike the previous years in which Greek teams kept dominating the competitions, this year’s event marked the success of Hollis Morrison and Scott Hughes with their two consecutive wins.

Wiqar said: “we hope this encourages greater attendance of non-Greek participants in all future Greek philanthropy events.”

Ohio Wesleyan faculty puts more focus on first amendment

By Maddie Matos, A&E Editor

Ohio Wesleyan University has placed a new emphasis on freedom of speech.

The Free Speech Review panel was passed at the April faculty meeting, and is awaiting approval by OWU trustees and WCSA board. The panel has two main purposes, according to professor of history Michael Flamm.

“The first was to create a clear statement of principles regarding the university’s commitment to academic freedom and free expression,” Flamm said.

“Creating this board will help students and staff to better understand where OWU stands on these issues,” Flamm said. The board was created in response to different issues on college campuses.

“A few campuses have experienced major incidents related to free speech,” OWU President Rock Jones said.  “In this context, and with a firm commitment to the values of academic freedom and free speech, I thought it would be helpful to ask a group to engage the campus community in conversation about these issues and to develop a statement articulating OWU’s commitment to academic freedom and free speech.”

Supporting free speech is often a valued ideal in the world of liberal arts, making the decision to support it not surprising for people.

“Students can help the board by practicing free speech in an educated way,” Flamm said. Others feel that students can understand the need for speech.

“Students can be most helpful by recognizing the benefit of free speech as a fundamental expression of freedom in a democratic society and as the means by which much-needed social change has originated throughout history,” Jones said.

The approval of the committee does not mean that any sort of speech will be allowed on campus. Students will more openly express their views, but that does not protect hate speech or dangerous words that can lead to dangerous actions. The board hopes that it will be able to handle those situations carefully.

“At times, this means tolerating speech that is truly repulsive,” Jones said. “In those times, we must speak in response, naming that which is repulsive and contrary to our values.”

The board was approved during the same meeting that banned the journalism department from faculty meetings. Journalism staff and students will be emailed a summary of these meetings from now on.

Senior’s work on hot topic earns award

By Reilly Wright, Managing Editor

Since her first step on campus, Ohio Wesleyan senior Chloe Dyer has dedicated her time to food security and sustainability in the local community.

Dyer’s efforts toward food recovery were recently recognized with a 2018 Charles J. Ping Student Service Award and $250 Legacy Award mini-grant to benefit the charity of her choice. Since founding OWU’s Food Recovery Network chapter, a movement toward recovering perishable food and donating it to people in need, over 3,000 pounds of unused food has been donated.

The Ohio Campus Compact’s annual awards are aimed to recognize undergraduate students reflecting strong leadership and community service. Dyer said her Legacy Award funds will be donated to Grace Clinic Delaware, a free medical ministry that provides those in need with free medical assistance.

Dyer learned about the Food Recovery Network (FRN) during her freshman year food justice track of Fresh X, a part of OWU’s first year orientation. She said FRN’s recovered food from Chartwells has translated into thousands of meals for people facing food insecurity.

“When I learned about the Food Recovery Network, I wanted to start a chapter at OWU to address the issue and help combat hunger in the Delaware community,” she said. “FRN allows us to divert food that would be thrown away on campus to community partners who can provide it to those in need.”

Ohio Wesleyan President Rock Jones nominated Dyer for the award and said her local work as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) also reflects her future in civic engagement.

“I would only say that Chloe Dyer exemplifies the highest ideals of Ohio Wesleyan University, connecting a rigorous academic program with deep and thoughtful engagement with the world, through study travel and through extensive volunteer service,” Jones said.

According to Jones, this campus-community partnership Dyer helped build has led the FRN to be an integral part of Ohio Wesleyan’s Sustainability Plan. This is a newly adopted effort to guide OWU toward a more sustainable and healthier future both for campus and for the earth.

Although Dyer recognizes FRN’s success, she said the problem is far from solved. In the Marketplace of Hamilton-Williams Campus Center, Dyer said they sometimes have donated over 100 pounds of leftovers from one meal in one day.

“When you consider that we have two dining halls open for three meals a day, four days out of the week and one open on the weekend, it shows how much food goes to waste simply because the infrastructure doesn’t exist to take surplus food to where it’s needed,” Dyer said.

“This isn’t an issue restricted to our dining hall, either, but happens in cafeterias and restaurants throughout the U.S.,” she said. “At the same time, thousands of families in Delaware alone go hungry. Our work with FRN is an important first step, but there’s a lot of room for our efforts to be expanded.”

Professors are leaving: so who is going to teach

By Transcript Staff

Retention rates are a serious topic amongst colleges and universities

While most people hang on to the retention of students, they also overlook retention of faculty/staff as well. Without faculty to teach students, why would students attend college? Ohio Wesleyan University is one of these school that are seeing decreases, however, President Rock Jones is sure that OWU is prepared for such occurrences

“Ohio Wesleyan has established practices for providing support for departments when faculty leave unexpectedly, and for allocating tenure-track faculty lines,” Jones said. “The administration, in consultation with the University Governance Committee and the Board of Trustees, determines the number of full-time, tenure-track faculty positions to be allocated, and the Academic Policy Committee of the faculty makes recommendations for where those positions should be allocated. As the size of the student body has decreased in recent years, the number of allocated faculty positions has decreased proportionally. We are quite focused on increasing the size of the student body and, concurrently, increasing the size of the faculty. In the meantime, we are committed to working with departments to insure students have access to the courses needed to complete their degrees and prepare them well for life beyond OWU.

Even so, The Transcript has been notified that five professors are leaving OWU for different positions. And at least one member is retiring.


Ana Oancea, Assistant Professor of Modern Foreign Languages:

“I was recently offered a position as Assistant Professor of French at the University of Delaware. Though I greatly enjoyed my time at OWU, this university places me closer to my parents, who live in the DC area, and my husband, who was just offered a position at Villanova University in Pennsylvania. We’d been commuting over the past 5 years, which was certainly challenging, so we couldn’t pass up the opportunity to relocate together in the Northeast.”

“I am going to miss my great friends and colleagues in the MFL and beyond, and of course, the students. The French program has allowed me to meet many wonderfully smart and talented undergraduates, whose accomplishments at OWU have carried them very far. I’m particularly delighted I get to watch a number of such excellent students graduate this year!”


Christian G. Fink, Assistant Professor of Physics-Astronomy and Neuroscience

“I am tremendously grateful for the relationships I’ve developed with the students, faculty, administrators, and staff at Ohio Wesleyan. I will look back at my time here fondly. Leaving the OWU community was one of the most difficult decisions of my life, but in the end my wife and I determined it was the best option for our family.”


N. Kyle Smith, Associate Professor of Psychology

“In my time at OWU I’ve built a lot of great relationships with colleagues and students, and created memories that I’ll treasure forever.  It’s never easy to leave a place that’s been a home for 17 years, but I’m excited for what lies ahead in the next phase of my life.”

“As for the effect on the psychology department, it’s likely that our departure will present a short-term challenge, but I’m confident that our colleagues will use it as an opportunity to build an even stronger department that matches their vision for what a psychology department should be.  If I were a student, I’d be very interested to see what new opportunities this will create.”


Sarah L. Bunnell, Associate Professor of Psychology

“I have accepted a position as the Associate Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning at Amherst College. In terms of why I’m leaving, my future position is a great fit for my career goals and it’s a wonderful opportunity for our family. I will miss the OWU students tremendously, and I appreciate the opportunities that being a member of the OWU community has provided.”


David L. Eastman, Associate Professor of Religion

“There are some family factors that played into the decision to look for a job farther south.  Because the academic job market is so challenging right now, not many opportunities for movement come along. This is an opportunity to continue my teaching and research, while also working with student-athletes, which has been one of my primary passions here.”

“I have accepted a position as the John Glenn Sherill chair of Bible at The McCallie School in Chattanooga, Tennessee.  I will be teaching many of the same classes and will remain actively involved in professional societies, publishing, and other research outlets. On one level, this represents A continuation of my current trajectory, although I will be doing it at a private high school instead of a university. I am hoping to recruit students from the school to come to Ohio Wesleyan in future years!”



James (Jim) , Professor of Sociology/Anthropology

“I’m retiring because it is “time.”  At 70, I’m not as sharp as before but do perceive how my mental capacities have decreased.  Not my “academic knowledge,” which I think is as good as ever, but my ability to deliver it coherently.  I’ve especially noticed that my ability to organize and manage course requirements has declined. Briefly:  I “know” what I’ve always known, but cannot deliver it as well as before.  And my ability to choose and deliver readings and manage assignments has fallen quite a lot.”

“Low faculty morale is not a factor in my decision. But I would say that faculty morale is the lowest since I came 30 years ago. Some evidence is:  (1) Lower attendance at faculty meetings –a quorum is far  more difficult to achieve; (2) Number of younger faculty leaving for other institutions with their faculty lines not being replaced. This year OWU departments requested twenty positions, most of which were left overs from previous retirements and departures. The administration (in consultation with OWU Trustees) will fund four of the twenty.”

“I teach in two majors:  Sociology/Anthropology and East Asian Studies, which I’ve directed for the past dozen or so years.  East Asian Studies is an interdisciplinary program and therefore has no faculty of its own. Classes in the major are taught by faculty in departments like Comparative Literature, History, Modern Foreign Languages, and Politics and Government.  EAS therefore is dependent on those departments to provide classes that are relevant or required for the EAS major. Modern Foreign Languages is most problematic for the EAS major. It offers several semesters of Japanese taught by a talented and dedicated part-time instructor. However, since the departure of our previous full-time Chinese teacher about four years ago, Chinese enrollments are much lower than in previous years. Given the significance of China in today’s world, it is hard to imagine that the decline is caused by lowered student interest in Chinese, so something else must be going on.”

Various departments together requested 19 faculty positions be filled not counting the 5 new departures above in an anticipation of retirements, new positions and those positions that have not been filled over the past couple years. However, only four of those 19 will be filled for the 2019-2020 academic year.

There are also more scheduled departures after the 2018-2019 school year. All of this puts the university’s faculty number way down and relies heavily on adjuncts.

Jones remains optimistic that retention of faculty won’t be an issue in the coming years.

“OWU has an unusually strong faculty,” Jones said. “Students regularly report that their highest levels of satisfaction relate to the support they receive from faculty and to the quality of instruction they receive in the classroom. We will continue to work to retain faculty at OWU. In the past five years, faculty salaries at OWU have increased significantly in relation to faculty salaries at GLCA institutions. The faculty is working on issues related to faculty work-load. The Connect Today, Create Tomorrow campaign includes fundraising to increase support for faculty scholarly work, faculty innovation, and general support of faculty salaries.

Staff who worked on this story: Kienan O’Doherty, Reilly Wright, Maddie Matos, Jesse Sailer, Kit Weber, Tung Nguyen.


Discussion spreads awareness

By Maddie Matos, A&E Editor

Sexual assault is something that has become a topic of discussion recently and some Ohio Wesleyan University students are trying to make a change for the better.

On April 4, students of the Chi Phi fraternity, members of the Peace and Justice (P&J) Small Living Unit and other students gathered in the R.W. Corns building to discuss what to do when a sexual assault occurs to them or a friend. Amy Hawthorne, a worker and speaker from Helpline, spoke to a crowd of thirty students.

Helpline is an organization in the United States that provides victims with resources and guidance on sexual crimes. Helpline has a branch in Delaware county that also supports Morrow county citizens as well.

Hawthorne came to talk to students as part of a P&J and Chi Phi project. Chi Phi has recently begun a board on sexual assault and have been going to different events on campus about the issue.

Hawthorne presented different strategies and statistics for assaults and how to deal with an assault. The focus of the event was how to help a friend.

Students in the crowd were interactive with Hawthorne as she spoke and the advice she gave.

“She was an engaging speaker and knew what she was talking about,” Chi Phi board member Ben Woodburn said.

The discussion began with students learning what an assault is and how common they are on college campuses. The statistics were harrowing for some audience members, but others saw the facts as reality.

“I wasn’t that surprised but it’s still not pleasant to hear things about sexual assault,” Woodburn said.

As the session progressed, students learned how to help their friend and the pressures that they may feel. Hawthorne encouraged students to listen to their friend when they come forward and help decide what is best for them. This behavior allows the victim to maintain control in the situation

“How we respond to a person makes an incredible difference.” Hawthorne said. “We don’t know how everyone is going to respond,”

The session was mandatory for Chi Phi members to attend as part of their board educating members on what an assault is and its consequences. The fraternity wants to help change the climate on campus and the reputation that comes with being in a fraternity.

““Fraternities in general have a terrible reputation, if we want to be different we have to be actively different.” Woodburn said.“It takes effort and takes wanting to learn,”

The session ended with students speaking out about their experiences on campus with assault, leaving a grim attitude for some. Students pointed out the issues with reporting their attacks or simply the lack of help they felt was available.

“It did surprise me a little bit when she asked how many people haven’t reported here at OWU and there weren’t a lot of hands raised,” Woodburn said.

Summer in April for the students to tie and dye

By Maddie Matos, A&E Editor

Engaging students in the campus community can be challenging, but Ohio Wesleyan University proved it can be done through the different events hosted on campus.

Students gathered on the front lawn of Smith Hall to tie-dye different pieces of clothes. The activity was held on April 13th and was sponsored by the Student Involvement Office, as part of their Oh-Weekend series.

The event brought around thirty people to Smith, an outcome that excited those involved with the planning.

“This tie-dye event was kind of just a jump in the water and see what we got but it seemed like it was a real hit, and the weather was really helping too,” coordinator for student activities Dina Daltorio said.

The Oh-Weekends are a way for students to find activities on campus that prevent drinking or other reckless behaviors. The weekends in the past have included s’mores night, game nights and open mic night.

Students are asked to fill out surveys after each weekend to help pick what events happen on campus Different organizations are also allowed to sponsor an Oh-Weekend, like PRIDE did with their drag show on April 7th.

“Student organizations can fill out a funding form, so if it’s on the weekend and meets certain requirements, they can get up to 250 hundred dollars for the organization to have an Oh-Weekend,” Daltorio said.

Students from all dorms and genders came to the event, something that allows students a chance to engage and meet one another.

“It’s something you don’t really see too often,” Daltorio said.
The weather was a factor for students coming, with temperatures reaching up to 70 degrees fahrenheit.

“It’s so warm out so it feels like summer already,” freshman Jordan Barling said.

Event goers were given ice cream sandwiches as well as the supplies needed to tie-dye. Dye quickly ran out, leaving some late comers without dye.

For those who received dye, they were given instructions by student and staff leaders on how to prepare their new clothes, so they will be able to be worn later in the week.

Tie-dye is often a collective activity, with different groups and
organizations doing it as a form of bonding.

“It’s an interactive event,” Daltorio said.

“11:11 Make a Wish” senior show stuns

By Jesse Sailer, Sports Editor

The artwork of Ohio Wesleyan’s senior fine arts majors and minors are finally showcased in the Werner Gallery and the the Richard M. Ross Art Museum after several months of preparation.

Work done by fine art majors are shown in the Ross Museum while the fine art minors work is shown in Werner.

The artwork submitted for the senior show isn’t required to be work from the artists concentration, but rather the work they think is the strongest they’ve produced throughout their college career.

The inspiration behind “11:11 Make a Wish”, the title given to the senior show, comes from one of the many meanings behind the odd trend.

The repetition of 11:11 is a message to keep going, and no matter the path you’re on, you’ll find where you need to be no matter what.

Senior Shelby Ksiazek came up with this title as she thought it perfectly reflected the mindset of all the seniors.

“It was a relief to see it come together the way it did, I couldn’t believe my artwork was worth what it was, it was nice to see everything pay off,” Ksiazek said.

Each senior was allowed to submit as many pieces as they wanted but the final works that would go in the show was decided by the fine arts department.

The senior show collectively exhibits the work of 11 artists with artwork spanning their entire four years at OWU.

Jenna Chambers (Ceramics): Jenna finds a connection between the reconstitution of clay into new forms and the ever changing landscape around her, all the while building a relationship with a medium that is both frustrating and alluring at the same time.

Mariah Chery (Printmaker): Mariah expresses her inner self through a timeless medium and uncovers her own identity with her ancestry and present life.

Margaux Hackett (Sculpture): Margaux finds that the abstractness of the human form can be implemented into three dimensional works as it allows her to work on a whole new level.

Natasha Heusinger (Ceramics, Drawing): Natasha found a constant in her life when she found clay and an interest in ceramics in Japan. The combination of her personal drawings and ceramic throwing allows her to embed a part of herself into her work.

Shelby Ksiazek (Photographer, Mixed Media): Shelby has been surrounded by mixed media since a young age and pursuing the arts has allowed her to blossom and find a way to express her inner turmoils in a way that words can’t.

Corrine Rice (Photography): Corrine has always found a passion for art and has cultivated a love for the process put into each piece. Through photography she’s created a visual journal that explores her experiences with the outside world.

Syed Abuzar Raza (Drawing, Painting): Syed lives for the natural beauty of art and the patterns within. Through repetition and expressive movements in his work, he creates textures that mirror the vibrance of life.

Ellen Sizer (Sculpture): Ellen juxtaposes her metal work with color in a way that evokes more feeling for the mixed patterns and textures but has you thinking the pieces are visually blurred, completely contradicting the sharpness of the metal.

Rachel Spotts (Ceramics): Rachel plays with the malleability of clay and the freedom it allows her to shape the clay personally to her movements. The process of tearing down and reconstructing the clay leaves her pieces with distinct but simple marks.

Nicholas Tobias (Ceramics): Nicholas learned to push the limits when it came to ceramics and learned to navigate the uncertainty that comes with working with it.

Andrew “Mac” Willard (Photography): Mac finds a love for light and shadow and how it plays with the subjects of his photos, he looks to communicate emotions and expressions through the use of color and light.

“Having my own work up for the first time was one of the proudest moments of my life so far.” Willard said. “It was beautiful to see so many different works of art coexisting together,” said Willard.

An “important and complex” show hits the OWU

By Maddie Matos, A&E Editor

As spring comes to Ohio Wesleyan campus, the theatre department’s annual musical arrives with it.

The musical this year, Cabaret, tells the story of two people falling in love during the rise of the Nazi party in Germany during the 1930s. The show is based off the original 1966 musical written by Joe Masteroff, Fredd Eb and John Kander.

Students have been working on the show since February, with show dates on two different weekends.

The show has many dark elements to it, with the rise of racism and defying society, making it something that audiences could identify with in modern society.

“This show is very topical and has a lot of comments that are relevant today even though it’s set in the ‘30s.” assistant stage manager Logan Kovach said. “It’s not afraid to make people uncomfortable, and to push them to reevaluate things,”

The show opened on April 13 to a large crowd. Audience members such as freshman Hannah Carpenter enjoyed the performance and the message the show had.

“I enjoyed how talented the whole cast is, and how complex the show is,” Carpenter said.

Junior Ares Harper, freshman Miko Harper and senior Daniel Brothers all have leading roles in the show. The whole cast is composed of seventeen students and a large backstage crew.

The show has many interest points for audience members, leaving little predictability or boringness to overwhelm.

“I will say this is one of those shows that tricks you a little bit.” Carpenter said. “You think you’re going in one direction and you’re having a good time and then suddenly the rug is pulled out from under you,”

The music style in Cabaret is jazzier and more seedy than traditional musicals, helping to provide an eerie tone to the show. Some of the characters in the production are seen as anti-Semitic or homophobic, a topic that is still prevalent in modern society.

The crew of Cabaret have been working hard to ensure the audience enjoys the show, while also learning what it means to be a backstage player in the theatre world.

“Being a part of the management team has let me ride along through the entire shows process from a perspective I’m not entirely used to,” Kovach said.

The show addresses many topics and ideas that could potentially make audiences squirm, but in a way that will make audiences think.

“I think it’s an important to come and see this show,” Kovach said.

Firing Tomahawks at Syria, why and why now?

By Tung Nguyen, Online Editor

President Trump, despite his past denouncements toward president Obama’s policies in regard to the military fluctuations in Syria, publicly announced his firm stance against President Putin and President Assad as well as his decisions to get the “nice, new and smart” Tomahawk involved.

In the same tweet, President Trump also mentioned his concern about the violations of civil rights toward President Assad by calling him a “Gas Killing Animal.” The big question has been raised immediately of why President Trump, who has been completely indifferent of such subject, did so and why now.

First of all, President Trump may want to regain his public credibility and people’s trust in their leader after the ongoing “call and response” economic war with China recently. Earlier this month, Washington and Beijing have been attacking each other turn by turn with the inflated tariffs on China’s products. This trade battle put an overcast above the U.S’s domestic market and dropped the President’s approval rating to a much lower level. As a president who cannot care more about his support rate and the heat between China and the U.S. does not seem to cool down anytime soon, President Trump now has to redirect the public to an international affair.

On the other hand, by publicly stands against President Putin, President Trump can soothes the uprising doubts regarding to the probability of Russia dipping her hand in the U.S.’s last election. The investigation is close to its climax when Robert Mueller, the Special counsel, accused 13 Russians on February 16 for their attempts to spend millions of rubles on Trump’s campaign. More than that, recently, according to the CNN, the White House revealed to the press that President Trump is capable of firing Mueller and hiring a different Special counsel. Even though there isn’t any official decision made yet in regard to the future of Mueller, this could be something worth raising

Second of all, President Trump can leans on his concern toward the violation of civil rights in Syria to retake the U.S.’s military presence in the Middle-East. On the global political chessboard, Russia is becoming more and more dominant on this regions after many constant military interferences in Syria. Moreover, the announcement of the U.S. retreating her troops from the Middle-East by President Trump worried the Western allies and created doubts about the leading position of the U.S. By warning Russia and President Assad about the possible counter-attacks with Tomahawk and, recently, firing these missiles at East Ghouta, President Trump is showing his capabilities to the whole wide world and calming the European fellows in some ways. This seems to be the only choice for the U.S. to regain her possession of this troublesome region.

However, firing Tomahawk at East Ghouta can be very risky for the presidency of President Trump. I personally think that if President Trump cannot keep these strikes on check and sinks himself in the prolong wars that have been broken out for almost a decade, not only many other soldiers and civilians from both sides will be crushed but the U.S. will also be positioned in a face-to- face war with Russia. Who knows what can happen if the tension
remains unsolved, if not escalated.