My UMW Community

Janaye Evans

Section 2

As a junior on the Mary Washington campus I have made connections with several students and faculty through my role as an Orientation Leader/Peer Mentor. This campus has become a central location in my community. A community to me is a place that carries a sense of identity. When a person steps onto UMW they are automatically given a role, either as student, professor, resident, commuter, guest, etc. My role in making this community better is to blur the lines of this divide. To create connections between commuter students and resident students, between transfer students and their faculty.

I was able to make this possible through my role as Peer Mentor this fall semester. I have been working with two freshman seminar classes and helping them navigate the waters of UMW. One of my freshman classes is comprised of a 50/50 split between commuter and resident students. The other was 99% resident 1% commuter. Throughout the semester I made myself available to my students via email, text, calling, and events. I hosted game nights, study parties, and passed out snacks on holidays.

This was made possible through the office of Students Activities and Engagement. An organization on campus that heads the Orientation crew. The power that was been given to me is from the title they created. Without it I simply become an upperclassmen with a lot of freshmen friends. The power dynamic enabled by SAE creates the appearance that I help my community because it is my job and not because I want to. The fact that I get paid to help others gives me not only power but position.

The impact of my role on campus and that of my employer is mixed. For some of my students (transfers) my role was unnecessary and a nuisance while for others I was a crutch to rely on (first years). However, just the presence of Orientation Leaders/Peer Mentors on this campus gives incoming students a sense of security in their community that other college campuses fail to create.

Respectable Riots for Rights By Janaye Evans(Section 2)


Baltimore Riots

Local officials and law enforcement described how Baltimore handled the riots as a “disaster.”  A failure to confront “thugs” and a failure to prepare despite plenty of warning. (Levs 2015) This nonroutine collective filled with rebellion and violence is not how society is supposed to function both morally and physically (Useem 1998).  Instead the local law enforcement should have intervened at the mention of “purging” by high school students on twitter (Levs 2015).  Clearly they were not ready for these children.

New New York City Riots

The case in NNYC is quite different. Today, November 6, 2015 rioters took advantage of the warm weather to flood the streets with considerate outrage.  This “outrage” was sparked by the death of the beloved Black leader Rev Hal Sharpland.

Rev Hal was killed by an angry attacker who thought his work against police action in Staten Island following Eric Garner was false.

Following the news of his death, black rioters took note of the White Lives Matters criticisms on their riots and decided to try routine collective action.  Meaning peaceful protests and rallies (Useem 1998).

To accomplish this, protesters started with sit-ins outside of local law enforcement offices. However, as soon as more than five black protestors were grouped together they began to be arrested and harassed.

Next, because they were not going to give up hope, they started marching through the streets at night, holding hands, and chanting “Black Lives Matter”.  Yet they were met with tear gas and militarized police.

Finally, the protesters after being gased, arrested, and threatened decided to enlist in the help of their white allies.

When the media was asked for a comment on the white rioters they simply stated “Rioters? Please they were white kids. It’s called a demonstration.”


Levs, Josh. 2015. Baltimore’s handliing of riots slammed as ‘disaster’. April 28. Accessed November 6, 2015.

Useem, Bert. 1998. “Breakdown Theories of Collective Action.” Annual Reviews 215-38.

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Janaye Evans Section 2 – A Look into Bullying in NJ

Through the use of a video essay and textual support, harassment, intimidation, and bullying is viewed through the lenses of the media and a close knit community.  The focus being on an New Jersey high school, Sayreville War Memorial, and the football team scandal that defined their community for the year of 2014.  A hazing ritual was exposed and then swiftly put out with the work of a new Anti-Bullying Law and administrators who care about their schools image and their students well-being.



The Wireless Communication Plan(Wichita- Sedgwick County) – Janaye Evans Section 2

The Wireless Communication Plan of the Wichita-Sedgwick County Metropolitan Area Planning Department is focused on bringing clarification to the intentions of the wireless communication plan for industry representatives, tower builders, landowners, and the general public.  This plan was originally created in 1999 for the approval of commercial communication towers to be used for the transmitting and/ or receiving of wireless signals.  Since 1999 this plan has been updated and molded to evolve with the technology innovations of the time.  In March of 2011 this plan was updated to reflect changes made from the Unified Zoning Code and to give visual examples through pictures of what is and is not acceptable to use.  An example being when to use a lattice- type support versus a monopole.  The demand for wireless communication in the Wichita- Sedgwick County is at an all time high. The goal is to have hundreds of personal wireless service facility sites in the area by 2020. This will be achieved through three phases: coverage, capacity, and residential.  The initial phase is used to spread the signal to new subscribers, the second phase is to build a bridge of coverage connecting the initial coverage and the final part is to enter residential areas to replace wired phones and create a personal wireless service.

The Planning Department took a list of industry issues brought to them from the community at workshops, roundtables, and interviews and had a professional consultant answer their concerns and put it in their Master Plan.  This is a clear strength of this plan, a pluralist would argue that through addressing these issues everyone’s potential power is being used.  The community is using their voice at forums to get their issues heard and the planners are using their resources to find an industry consultant to answer the concerns.  Another strength of this plan is the use of technology to achieve economic and social growth.  Urban Growth Areas identified in the  Wichita-Sedgwick County Comprehensive Plan will be supported by lattice-type support structures outside of the boundaries and personal wireless services inside the boundaries.  They will be able to provide better cellular, radio, and basic wireless services. They will also encourage growth through their ‘Abandonment or Discontinuation of Use’ clause. If for any reason that a facility is no longer used the zoning code mandates that is must be physically removed. This will allow space for new technological advances in the future.

The weakness of this plan is that is not clear for which parts of the county this plan will take place at first.  They made it evident that this will be a slow and gradual process until 2020.  There will be an inequality of coverage for the Wichita- Sedgwick County while some of its residents advance technologically and others stay behind with wired phones.  This vagueness in the plan goes well with Gaventa’s view on power being that the purpose of power is to prevent groups from participating in the decision making processes while obtaining the passive agreement of these marginalized groups. This Master Plan is also an example of the second dimension of power, especially by selecting specific questions from the community and then expanding on only those questions.

In conclusion, the Wireless Communication Plan of the Wichita-Sedgwick County Metropolitan Area Planning Department is a comprehensive plan expanding on the needs of a community, focused on growth, and flexible by the allowance of changes.  It is a plan designed to move the community forward with the times by 2020. However, we live in an age that is ever changing.  There is real possibility that by 2020 wireless communication will evolve into something even more complex as soon as this plan has just finished being implemented.

Sources,. 2015. Accessed September 30 2015.