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There are always seminal moments which are seared in our memories. The gun massacre at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. is one such moment. While the horrific massacre of 20 innocent children and six heroic teachers in Newtown might only be the latest in a constant stream of gun violence which claims the lives of thousands every year, it was the spark which has galvanized people from across the country to seek an end to the violence in a way no other event has.
Adventist higher education in the United States experienced solid enrollment gains in Fall 2011. Despite the closure of Atlantic Union College, overall undergraduate enrollment at the nine remaining schools—Andrews University, La Sierra University, Oakwood University, Pacific Union College, Southern Adventist University, Southwestern Adventist University, Union College, Walla Walla University and Washington Adventist University—held steady, with some seeing a significant surge in their enrollment.
The stats are shocking. The top 1% of the U.S. population controls 40% of the nation’s wealth—a proportion unparalleled in recent history. Between 1979 and 2007, the top 1% earners saw their after-tax income grow by 275%. Meanwhile, the lower 20% only saw their income increase by 18%. Despite this great imbalance, public officials have largely betrayed their trust by ignoring calls to take action to level the playing field and restore balance to America’s economy. These were the facts which has catalyzed Occupy Wall Street's creation.