Chelsea Manning to be freed in four months after Obama commutes 35-year sentence

  • On Tuesday, President Obama commuted the sentence for Chelsea Manning
  • Manning, a transgender woman, has been serving a 35-year sentence in a men’s prison for leaking classified documents to WikiLeaks. 
  • She’s set to be released on May 17 of this year.
  • Manning’s legal counsel said she was serving the harshest sentence of any whistleblower in American history. Read more
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Mesmerizing Commute Maps Reveal We All Live in Mega-Regions, Not Cities

“EVEN IF YOU don’t hate your commute—even on the days free of gridlock, packed buses, and sweaty uphill bike rides—it’s probably tinged by a least a little drudgery. Not your favorite part of day, perhaps?

Maybe, though, you’ll feel better knowing you’re taking part in a powerful economic movement. Like, literally. “The best way to measure functional economic geography is through commutes,” says Alasdair Rae, an urban and regional analyst with the University of Sheffield. Commutes, for all their crumminess, double as a measure of local health and wealth.

That’s why Rae and Dartmouth College geographer Garrett Dash Nelson zoomed in on commutes in their newest study of American megaregions, published this week in PLoS ONE. Complete with colorful and compelling maps, their research shows that Americans’ commutes aren’t defined by city and state lines. Rather, commuters move within megaregions—massive blobs that center on major metropolitan areas, paying no mind to political borders…”

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Chelsea Manning is petitioning President Obama too commute her sentence

Chelsea Manning has spent the last six years in prison for sharing classified documents with WikiLeaks — a longer period than any other whistleblower in American history. On Nov. 10, Manning’s appeals team petitioned President Barack Obama to commute her 35-year sentence. Manning wrote personally to the president in a separate letter.

High School VS College

While in high school, my teachers always told me that college was going to be much more difficult. That these were the easy days. And that no professor would ever put up with our shenanigans. 

To put it simply, they were right and wrong. 

Right in the sense that the workload is a lot different. Not exactly harder, but definitely different. There is more work expected of you; longer papers, more readings, tests are more frequent and are seldom reviewed for in class. 

But they were also wrong. My professors in college have been hugely more accepting and easier to work with than my high school teachers. They understand that we have lives outside of their class and are willing to work with you to make sure that you will pass. With open communication, most of my professors have given me extensions when I needed it and were much more likely to explain the topic to me one on one. I’ve had professors so laid back that I could get up in the middle of class, tell them I was going to go get soup, and come back 15 minutes later with absolutely no issue. 

College is also easier for me because of the different lifestyle. Instead of going to the same 6 classes back to back 5 days a week for 7 hours straight everything is split up. I have roughly 2 to 3 classes a day which are about an hour and a half long. So instead of doing homework for all 5 courses every single night you have time to split everything up. Living this way is much less stressful for me. 

The commute is also very different. To go to high school I had to take a truck, a boat, and a bus to get to school everyday waking up at 5:00am and getting home at 6:00pm. For college, I can wake up at 10:00am, have time to shower and eat, go to my classes, and be back in my dorm by 3:30pm. Similarly, I have everything I need at my fingertips living on campus. There are always friends nearby, always food available, and the gym is a short walk away. 

I’m so much happier in college than I was in high school. Honestly, you couldn’t pay me enough to spend another 4 years in high school. 

-Meghan