Presidential visit to the borderland
By Salma Saenz
President Donald Trump's 2020 election campaign began with his visit to El Paso, Monday, February 11th, 2019. He wanted to make El Paso an example of his ongoing border wall case. He is still trying to get the $5 million in funding to build or "finish" the wall, as he slogan was put all over the County Coliseum. His presidential visit carried mixed emotions due to his State of the Union Address which pinpointed El Paso as a dangerous city. In his speech he stated, "El Paso used to have extremely high rates of crime," which was due to it being a border city to Ciudad Juarez. Immediately following that statement he then said, "Now, with a powerful barrier in place, El Paso is one of our safest cities." The democratic party have withstood giving in to funding the wall, but have offered various solutions such as advanced technology and security measures for the border. Unfortunately all this debate about border safety and funding for the wall led to a 35 day government shutdown.
The rally had both supporters and non-supporters for President Trump; many thought his visit was a great opportunity to get the record straight as far as El Paso's safety.
And the Oscar goes to...
This year the Oscars finally showcased what cinema is all about-all about the actors and performances rather than the show and who hosted and if they did well or not. This year, the show moved right along as presenters had a moment to actually showcase the movies nominated for best picture and had to the chance to give their back story and experience along with the picture.
The grand opening had the crowd singing and rocking out to one of Queen's greatest hits, "We are the Champions." Original band members played with such enthusiasm and viewers couldn't help but notice the crowd of celebrities singing along to every verse. The original crew was joined by Adam Lambert who sang in Freddy Mercury's honor; this was one of the many performances of the night. Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper also put on a chilling performance of their hit "Shallow," this one is still being talked about because they captured the essence of the movie A Star is Born in only minutes.
The winners of the night were long time nominees Spike Lee for Black Klannsman for best screenplay and new and upcoming directors to watch out for like Alfonso Cuaron who won for Roma. Overall, the evening was filled with rising stars such as Rami Malek who won for Bohemian Rhapsody and established stars like Olivia Coleman who won best actress for The Favourite. As movies goers, we can't wait to see what film has in store this coming year.