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Scott Janssen
Scott Janssen is a recent graduate of Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Michigan, completing a Master’s degree in political science with his thesis, The Generational Impact of American Catholic Attitudes on Public Policy Issues. Prior to graduate school, Scott attended The Thomas M. Cooley Law School in Lansing, Michigan.

Scott’s no-holds-barred blog captured the attention of the ABC television network which almost led to being cast in a bad reality television show (Donny Osmond, anyone?); fortunately, Scott was unable to participate due to law school finals. Scott had another near-brush with the world of television after speaking with an Oprah show producer upon entering an essay contest to win tickets to President Obama’s inauguration, though tickets continued to remain just out of his grasp.

Scott—who has long claimed to be the most humble man to have ever lived—maintains that his considerable student loans accumulate at a rate on par with America’s National Debt Clock, though his family doesn’t find this as charming as he does.

Scott is also a proud graduate of Hackett Catholic Central High School (Class of '01) in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

Entries by Scott Janssen

Michael Sam and the Bullies Masquerading as Victims

(1) Comments | Posted May 15, 2014 | 10:56 AM

It was inevitable. As a sports writer covering Notre Dame football for the past two years, I knew it was only a matter of time before I would personally encounter dialogue regarding Michael Sam, the first openly gay football player to be drafted into the NFL. While scanning through a...

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NFL Losing Concussion PR Battle

(1) Comments | Posted October 25, 2013 | 4:23 PM

The NFL experienced yet another setback in its campaign to address player safety when Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman wrote a guest column for Peter King's website and admitted he played his very first NFL game in 2011 against the Cincinnati Bengals while suffering from the effects...

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Breaking the Catholic Silence

(36) Comments | Posted March 6, 2013 | 9:34 AM

There were two fundamental rules driven home on a daily basis throughout my Catholic education from kindergarten to my senior year of high school, and they were taught either explicitly or through the immersion within Catholic culture. The lessons were straightforward: the Catholic Church is not a democracy, and the...

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U.S. Must Decide Where Its Priorities Reside

(3) Comments | Posted December 26, 2012 | 2:17 PM

Another shooting tragedy took place in the United States, this time at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn., and once again, as the chaos and confusion begins its descent, Americans are left wondering what has happened and what can be done to prevent it from happening again. If previous occurrences...

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Detroit Free Press Stabs City in Back

(19) Comments | Posted October 23, 2012 | 1:25 PM

When one thinks of the City of Detroit, many possible images scrounge to the surface. Perhaps it's the Detroit Tigers set to make their second World Series appearance in six years. Maybe it's the resurgent Detroit Lions returning to the Monday Night Football party on a regular basis after an...

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Green Bay Packers Fans Must Reap What They've Sown

(242) Comments | Posted September 25, 2012 | 8:50 AM

I watched in agony as the NFL's replacement officials botched a call in the final seconds of Monday Night Football's match between the Green Bay Packers and Seattle Seahawks, costing Green Bay a critical victory. As a hardcore Packers fan, I had experienced such misery only once before, and that...

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A 2012 College Graduate Guide to Employment

(3) Comments | Posted January 10, 2012 | 1:40 PM

There has been plenty of coverage of America's economic downturn in recent years but there has been one glaring hole: the perspective of the recent college graduate attempting to wade through such uncertainty. Considering one year has passed since my graduation party where my Master's thesis served as the guest...

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Tim Tebow Teaches Foresight of Founding Fathers

(35) Comments | Posted December 20, 2011 | 1:42 PM

What hasn't Tim Tebow, the star quarterback for the Denver Broncos, inspired in the past few weeks since becoming an NFL starter? Tebow's infamous genuflection, or "Tebowing," has led to at least one institution recognizing it as an official term. Students in New York were suspended...

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Former Chicago Bears Star Refuses White House Visit

(177) Comments | Posted September 27, 2011 | 12:11 PM

The 1985 Chicago Bears will go down in history as one of the most dominant teams to ever endure the rigors of an NFL schedule. That same Super Bowl squad has another distinction most championship teams lack: a cancelled White House visit. Days after the Chicago Bears thumped the New...

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You Made a Difference

(13) Comments | Posted August 31, 2011 | 2:47 PM

Nearly two months ago I had a blog posted on the Huffington Post criticizing the advertising campaign for the then-newly released movie Bad Teacher starring Cameron Diaz and Jason Segel. The ad campaign included a television trailer implying the drop in America's educational ranking around the world is...

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Bad Teacher Movie Boasts Bad Taste

(993) Comments | Posted June 26, 2011 | 1:48 PM

At theaters all across America this weekend, a new comedy starring Cameron Diaz and Jason Segal hit the big screens. While a movie debuting on a Friday is nothing new, the content of this film stands out from the rest. The Bad Teacher title gives a subtle hint about the...

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2012: Let the Battle of Republican Missteps Begin

(9) Comments | Posted March 31, 2011 | 4:49 PM

Since the Great Depression the Republican Party has perceived by the American public as the party that's weaker on economics but stronger on defense. With 2012 coming closer, Republican candidates hoping to earn a four-year trip to the Oval Office understand they need to be strong on economic policy. How,...

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Yes, I'm a White Male, and I Apologize for That

(7) Comments | Posted March 1, 2011 | 3:13 PM

I'm a middle class white male and have been for a long time, at least as long as I can remember. Truthfully, those classifications have never really played a significant part in my own self-identification, and they never really became an issue until the self-awareness that comes with the late...

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Chic-fil-A Ruined My Relationship

(16) Comments | Posted February 14, 2011 | 3:48 PM

Well, in fairness, it didn't really ruin my relationship with my girlfriend. I wouldn't necessarily call it strained, either - more of an awkward, silent standoff where we walk in circles around one another while giving a suspicious stare. I should give a little background as to how a restaurant...

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Dick Cheney Flaps Fins on 'Today' Show

(1) Comments | Posted January 18, 2011 | 2:43 PM

It never seems to fail. Just when you feel that you've moved on to a better era, a dark and sinister character from your past appears and offers a subtle reminder of how you once used to live. Like an ex-significant other who you painfully run into on the street,...

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President Obama's 2012 Prospects in Great Shape

(299) Comments | Posted December 20, 2010 | 6:15 PM

The results of the latest Census will be released on Tuesday, which has large ramifications for America's political landscape. Though the results have yet to be released, Republicans are quietly optimistic that the Northeast portion of the United States -- traditionally associated with the Democratic Party -- will lose six...

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Don't Ask, Don't Tell Needs to Come Out of the Closet

(15) Comments | Posted December 2, 2010 | 12:03 PM

A new study has recently been released by the Pentagon that suggests the risks believed to be associated with having openly gay men and women in the military are relatively negligible and wouldn't create lasting problems within the military. The study includes the thoughts of those currently serving and boasts...

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Music the Way It Should Be

(17) Comments | Posted September 23, 2010 | 5:30 PM

As my two year anniversary with my girlfriend drew near, my frustrations began to mount. I have always been a sucker for big time gifts, and I wanted to do something that would truly knock her socks off. Cleaning her apartment while she was at work and making her a...

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The Jersey Shore (Leave)

(18) Comments | Posted July 26, 2010 | 5:49 PM

With August right around the corner, the doldrums of summer are finally here, and that can only mean one thing: MTV's Jersey Shore is upon us. Despite claims Jersey Shore portrays Italian-Americans in a negative light, the show has increased in publicity and viewership. One such American upset with the...

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Catholic Church Violated by Karmic Thrust

(11) Comments | Posted July 8, 2010 | 1:15 PM

The frustration and embarrassment of the sexual abuse scandal that has plagued the Catholic Church added another chapter recently, this time in Belgium. The quiet European nation was rocked by news their longest standing bishop, Roger Vangheluwe, was to resign after admitting to sexually molesting a young boy. To add...

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