Should terminal patients have the right to die?

Brittany Maynard is not suicidal, nor does she want to die, yet she has chosen for her life to end on November 1, 2014. If you have not followed Ms. Maynard’s story, you’ll not know that she is a 29-year-old newlywed who after a trip to the doctor for headaches, was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor. You’ll also not know that initially she was given 10 years to live, but following surgery, the cancer … Continue reading

The Walking Ed: using zombies as an educational tool

In a follow up to our zombie apocalypse blog last Thursday, we want to point out that the government isn’t the only organization using zombies as a training tool. It seems a Seattle teacher has found zombies to be a valuable educational device. Finding his students bored with regular old geography, middle school teacher David Hunter decided to lean on the zombie apocalypse, what he calls “zombie-based’ learning (ZBL), to engage his students in the … Continue reading

Preparing for the Zombie Apocalypse

The Walking Dead’s new season premiers this weekend, but some people may be taking it a bit too seriously. The State of Kansas’ governor has declared October, “Zombie Preparedness Month.” Think they’ve gone a bit mad over there in the Sunflower State? Maybe not. The idea behind Kansas’ Zombie Preparedness Month is simple, and maybe practical: if you’re prepared for zombies, you’re prepared for anything. Of course, they weren’t the first one to come up … Continue reading

Ebola Quarantine and the Law

When Thomas Eric Duncan was diagnosed as the first confirmed Ebola case in the U.S., officials requested that his girlfriend and her family remain home and not accept visitors until the 21 day incubation period had passed. However, Duncan’s girlfriend, Louise Troh, attempted to leave the apartment and now a confinement order has been issued. She, her child and two nephews are under quarantine as armed guards from the Dallas Police Force are stationed outside … Continue reading

Legalized marijuana and your job?

Medical marijuana has been legalized in many states. Now that recreational smoking has become legal in Washington and Colorado many workers have these questions: Can I get fired for smoking pot even though it’s now legal? The answer is — yes, absolutely. Though the state has legalized recreational marijuana, employers are allowed to regulate or prohibit use in any way (smoking, consumption, possession, etc.) in the workplace. They may also establish guidelines restricting the use … Continue reading

Slip and fall liability: Who is at fault?

Fall is upon us and with it comes the rain, then winter and snow. Ground surfaces will be slippery and icy for the next few months, prime time for slip and fall injuries to occur. Wet and icy surface aren’t the only cause of slip and fall injuries, however. Insufficient lighting, hidden dangers, waxed floors, tattered carpeting, dilapidated staircases, missing stair railings, poorly or improperly placed store displays, cracked pavement or sidewalks can all contribute … Continue reading

MBC participates in United Way’s Day of Caring

Every year MBC has the opportunity to help our community by participating in United Way Pierce County’s Day of Caring. This year our staff assisted the Pierce County AIDS Foundation with their 23rd annual AIDS Walk, which took place last Saturday at Cheney Stadium. Our MBC crew helped unload supplies from the truck and set up the refreshment area for walkers. Others walked the course, drawing arrows and writing inspirational quotes to guide and encourage … Continue reading

Stance on domestic violence damaging NFL

Ray Rice is suspended indefinitely, Adrian Peterson barred from team activities, and finally Carolina Panther Greg Hardy is deactivated as a result of an incident from last May — but is it too little too late?  Goodell has announced a stricter domestic violence policy that calls for a six-game suspension for first-time offenders, but is that even enough? What are NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell’s priorities and what kind of precedent has been set for these … Continue reading

Sex crimes on campus and student’s rights under Title IX

Let’s talk about sexual assault for a moment — and Title IX. If you’ve never heard of Title IX, you’re not alone. To give you a little background, Title IX is a law that passed in 1972 that requires gender equity for boys and girls in every educational program that receives federal funding. The most recognized aspect of Title IX concerns athletics. Before Title IX, only 1 in 27 girls played high school sports – typically … Continue reading

7 campus crimes & 20 ways to avoid being a victim

September is Campus Safety Awareness Month and last Thursday on our blog we talked about health issues college students might face. Today we’re going to talk about crime. Universities nationwide make headlines everyday — oftentimes for upsetting reasons. Overuse of alcohol plays a big part in college crimes, ranging from mischief to felonies. Sexual assault is rampant across the country and of course, school shootings haunt our memories for a lifetime. Students heading off to … Continue reading