Kanye and Trump’s bitter sweet relationship

This graphic is a representation of the interest in searching for Kanye West and Donald Trump over the past 90 days in the United States.

by Luisa Pimentel

Two of the well-known controversial people over the past few months, Kanye West and Donald Trump, have demonstrated to be fluctuating trending topics in the United States. The graphic above shows the comparison of searches on West and Trump over the last 90 days, data that accounts to the way that both Trump and West keep their names popular.

Being a public figure and keeping their names on the line for people to remember is beneficial for celebrities to maintain popularity, which brings relevance to the decisions they make in posting things on social media to keep people talking and receiving that attention.

Who would have thought that after declaring the intention to run for the presidential office back in 2015, West was going to develop a relationship with current President Trump. Just one day after Kanye West’s pro-Trump unaired monologue in “Saturday Night Live”, West debuted President Trump’s famous “Make America Great Again” baseball cap in a selfie shared on his Instagram account, and the people went wild.

The graph shows how West had this mayor increase in being searched on the internet on September 29 and 30th, just after posting the selfie that shows his support for trump. When sharing such controversial views and posts to the world, it is noticeable to see how the people who shared this will gain reaction and attention from the public.

Being president of the United States is enough for one to be among the most search, but Trump’s controversial views, which he shares to the world through many tweets, has allowed him to be one of the most searched people. Trump, like West, has no hesitation for sharing his beliefs. The graph’s inconstant fluctuation represents how Trump and West gain attention every time they share something new (increase) and decrease when they are idle.


Unemployment Net Change

Unemployment Net Change from 2005 to 2015

Unemployment rates have drastically fluctuated throughout the years. The graph above shows a representation of unemployment rates for each month between the years 2005 to 2015 according to data provided by Github.com.

The interactive graph above shows the different values for unemployment between each of the months. Between the years 2008 and 2009 it is evident that the unemployment rates were excessively high as they are represented in negative values. For the following years after the recession, the unemployment rates somewhat improved, but still continued to show inconsistency as it did since 2005.

Chicago Pride Parade Attendance

This graph represent the estimated number of people who attended the Chicago Pride Parade from 1985 to 2014 https://www.datawrapper.de/_/C0KDO/

Throughout the entire month of June the city of Chicago is full of pride activities that culminate to the Pride Parade. The Chicago Pride Parade takes place in the last Sunday of June to celebrate the LGBTQ community and bring LGBTQ supporters in a fun and colorful two-day festival parade. The Pride Parade is a tradition that has been going on for almost 50 years in Chicago. Since then, the parade has long expanded its course from the notable “gay neighborhood” of Boystown to Andersonville and RogersPark. This current year, 2018, the parade covered over a four-mile route. Chicago has become one of the most notable cities during Pride month due to its events.

The graph above represents the estimated attendance for the Chicago Pride parade from 1985 to 2014 which was retrieved from the Chicago Pride Parade. In 1985, there was an estimated attendance of 35,000 people which was the lowest number of people who attended in the years displayed. Fifteen years later, from 1985 to 2000, the estimated attendance was 350,000. However, the highest number of attendees was in the years 2013 and 2014 with one million people. The notable increase throughout the years has been significantly important to the LGBTQ  community because it demonstrates the support that they are receiving from people who identify as LGBTQ or who simply support them.

Practice Story

Pat Quinn Photo

Gov. Pat Quinn talks about MAP grants at DePaul University. (Photo by Josclynn Brandon)

Editor’s note: This story was originally posted on Dec. 12, 2012 and is housed at RedLineProject.org

By Bob Smith

Gov. Pat Quinn visited DePaul University’s Loop campus on Wednesday to discuss how pension reform is harming the Monetary Award Program (MAP) college scholarships and access to higher education in Illinois.

“This is so important to our state, not only in the past, but certainly now and in the future,” Quinn said.
“We want everyone to have the opportunity to go to college that has the ability to go to college.”

MAP grants are need-based college scholarships that allow merit students who are in need across the state and do not need to be repaid by the student. Quinn said that due to cutbacks and having to pay more money in the pension amount, almost 18,000 students lost their MAP grant scholarships this year.

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