Students clean up Wister Woods opening weekend

Elyssa Loughlin ♦ Editor

La Salle students help clean the grounds around Wister Woods.
La Salle students help clean the grounds around Wister Woods.

Explorientation welcomed the Class of 2022 to campus with a bang this year, but programming didn’t slow down after Friday. Opening weekend offered a new event for students looking to get involved with service right away. On Saturday, August 25, the President’s Office sponsored a service opportunity in partnership with the Philadelphia Department of Parks and Recreation. This day of service is the first in what La Salle hopes will be a long relationship with the Parks Department.

The La Salle community is rather familiar with beautification projects. Throughout the school year, organizations will sponsor trash bashes where students meet to clean up trash and debris in the community. But the Wister Woods clean-up tasked volunteers with a completely new set of responsibilities. In addition to cleaning up non-organic waste, Esmeralda Hajdinaj of the Stewardship Division of the Parks and Recreation Department tasked La Salle’s students with “organic and leaf debris clean up, weeding and the removal of invasive plant species.”

The clean-up was organized by Brandon Vaughan from the University’s Office of Government and Community Affairs. Vaughan has been working to foster a stronger relationship between La Salle and its neighbors for some time, and he hopes that this event will help to strengthen the connection between La Salle and the surrounding community. “We have worked with the Parks Department in the past and want to make sure that the outside of our campus looks just as beautiful as the inside,” Vaughan says. This clean-up is only one of Vaughan’s ideas to better incorporate La Salle into the surrounding community. Vaughan is also looking to work with city council representatives to sponsor events for the community on La Salle’s campus. But for now, he hopes that by beautifying the perimeter of campus, La Salle can show that we care just as much about our surrounding community and foster a greater relationship that falls in line with Lasallian values.

At 10 a.m on the morning of the clean-up, volunteers met at the bottom of 20th Street to start the day. Freshmen, student athletes and upperclassmen alike all came out to support the cause and begin the multi-step process of beautifying Wister Woods. Senior Nutrition major Rachael Smith gushed about the amazing team work she witnessed that morning “[the clean-up]was a great success for La Salle and the Philly Parks department! Tons of student athletes, freshmen, and other La Salle students gathered to clear away invasive plants and branches to showcase the beautiful statue on Belfield Ave.”

This new unique service opportunity attracted many different students with different passions and interests. One of the students drawn to the clean-up was senior biology major Jimmy Austin who said that the clean-up “was a great opportunity to do service for the local community while also helping to improve the environment. It was awesome working with Philadelphia Parks and Rec and I look forward to working with them at more clean ups in the future.”

“The support and hard work that the La Salle students demonstrated at the Wister Woods clean-up was nothing short of extraordinary,” Assistant Director for Greek Life and New Student Programs Andrea Naughton says, “I am very glad that we are now able to introduce new students to the Lasallian values so early and look forward to continuing to offer such events during Explorientation in the future.”

Her Campus plans to launch chapter at La Salle

Julie Wood ♦ Editor

Are you a ‘Collegiette?’ A ‘collegiette’, defined and trademarked by the organization Her Campus, is “a college woman who is on top of her game”, someone who is ambitious, career-minded and wants to get the most out of her college experience; a student who works hard not just in her academics, but also works to achieve her career goals and maintain a healthy balance of work and a social life.

Trying to maintain this balance becomes complicated, but the online magazine Her Campus works to provide guidance to collegiettes worldwide. Her Campus is the number one online magazine catered to a young female demographic. Featuring articles about Style, Health, Love and Life in college, as well as content about News and Entertainment, this online magazine supplies young women with the knowledge to take on the college lifestyle. Articles are written by college journalists from over 360 campus chapters and 11 countries. La Salle is its most recent addition to the extensive list of chapters.

Communication students Tyller Moorer and Jessica Bryant have started a Her Campus chapter at La Salle, bringing the values of the online media platform to the students by boosting the empowerment of women and encouraging contribution to online content.

Together they will be Campus Correspondents and Co-Presidents, creating events to encourage student involvement, collaborating with other clubs at La Salle, and preparing for their upcoming launch date where their first round of content will be published on the website.

“I feel like it’s important to have this organization on campus because it can let people know that they are not alone. There’s a group of women that are going through the same things they are and can offer resources and support for them,” Moorer said about starting a chapter at La Salle. “It is a way for women to feel comfortable and be heard around campus.”
Bryant added to the explanation of the importance of having Her Campus at La Salle: “[It’s] all about women supporting women, and given the current state of sexism, support is something we can’t pass up.”

Besides support and guidance on life, Her Campus also focuses on helping women follow their career goals. Even if writing is not one of your top skills, Her Campus is open to all styles of writing and will help you develop the skills for future articles.

“I wanted to bring an organization to La Salle that allowed people to write as freely as possible and have their voice heard through different topics they are passionate about,” Moorer said. “A lot of people love to write but don’t want the pressures of writing academically or formally. Her Campus allows those to write informally and as freely as they like.”

It’s not just an organization that guides students through college; it’s a platform that offers support and assistance in shaping a career path even beyond the campus.

Writing for Her Campus gives students the opportunity to build their portfolios with writing samples and to be actively involved in a professional organization. Bryant explained how writing for Her Campus allows students to “build their resume, gain experience, and segue into an internship or job.”

The launch date of Her Campus La Salle is on September 12, so be sure to check out the upcoming events planned in the next few weeks. For more information about the organization, follow the Her Campus La Salle Instagram page (@hercampuslasalle), or reach out to the chapter’s email through

Music Review ♦ “Thank you For Today”

William M. Gries ♦ Editor

August, “Death Cab for Cutie,” a veteran staple of the indie/alternate rock genre put out its ninth studio album, “Thank You For Today.” As per normal, Ben Gibbard, frontman and songwriter, has graced music-listening ears once again with a combination of introspective, if rather straightforward, lyrics accompanied with catchy, though musically complex, rhythms and melodies.

Gibbard is a rockstar approaching middle age and his precarious position of decaying youth and uncertain future shows itself in the new record. The first single released from the album, “Gold Rush,” deals with the mutability of seemingly immutable objects. “The swinging of wrecking balls / through these lath and plaster walls / is letting all the shadows free / the ones I wished still followed me,” goes the first verse of the song. Gibbard is singing specifically about his home city of Seattle and its rapidly changing skyline but more generally about the connection between memory and location. In this country of constant building and tearing down, physical locations, where one often invests memories, have a “false sense of permanence” (a line from the bridge) and often within one’s lifetime can be torn down much to the distraught of the individual who banks their most precious remembrances in mere stone and brick buildings.

This theme of change and loss is carried into other songs on the album as well. “Summer Years” deals with the contemplation of choices made – both good and bad. “I Dreamt We Spoke Again,” the second single released from the album, reminds one of all the conversations often taken for granted and missed dearly once they are no longer so readily available.

Amid all this shifting is a pulsing sound carried across nearly all the songs on the album; “60 & Punk” being a notable exception. The first nine songs, from the earliest synthy tones of “I Dreamt We Spoke Again” to the last bars of “Near / Far” feel like they are moving. Of course, some tracks seem to move at different speeds and not all are necessarily going in the same direction. “Autumn Love,” for instance, soars straight up above the rest of the album as if it is free from the worries of loss and change whereas “When We Drive” almost mimics, in sound, the feeling of late night excursions driving in circles to avoid having to go home. Regardless, the first nine tracks all feature a similar structure of a driving bassline and a dominating melody overlaid with Gibbard’s almost spoken word lyric poems reflecting on the perils of constant alteration.

It is only with the last track, “60 & Punk,” a musing on the perils of remaining still while everything else changes, that we feel we have come to a halt. The bassline is replaced with a simple piano melody and all we have for accompaniment is Gibbard’s words. We can almost feel, in the music, Gibbard “stumbling round this dusty town” as the first verse says, confused as the world moves by without him. The final line of the song, “He’s a superhero growing old with no one to save anymore” clearly mimics Gibbard’s position as an aging musician, but also leads the listener to ponder the blessing and curse of each new day full of opportunity yet stretching one further and further from any type of constancy.

“Death Cab for Cutie’s” new album, if not evident by now, is well worth the listen. It is available on Spotify for streaming, through “Death Cab for Cutie’s” official website for $10 and through various other music vendors such as Amazon and Apple Music.

Saying Farewell to Vans Warped Tour

Jackie Anderson ♦ Editor

The Summer 2018 Vans Warped Tour went out with a bang this year in Camden, New Jersey. For those of you who don’t already know, this year’s Warped Tour series marked the last year of the famous international tour. The tour features alternative, rock and metal bands, both old and new, that play on different stages all day long. Every date during the tour features different bands and sometimes even more bands, than the day before. When the Warped Tour came to Camden back on July 13, energy levels were higher than ever before. People were both excited and nostalgic over this being the final Warped Tour. Bands such as “Mayday Parade,” “Simple Plan,” “Bowling for Soup” and plenty of others decided to come back and play one last time. Some fan favorites were the obvious bands such as “Simple Plan” and “Mayday Parade,” who drew some of the biggest crowds. I can easily say that “Simple Plan” was the best performance that I had seen the entire day. “Simple Plan” played some of their biggest hits such as: “Addicted” and “Welcome to My Life.” Some of my other favorites of the day were “We the Kings,” “Motionless in White” and “Bowling for Soup.” All bands reminisced about their first time experiencing the Vans Warped Tour and shared the same sentiments: that something as great as Warped will never come back around in our lifetime. The Warped Tour was a sad goodbye, but there will be a celebratory 25th anniversary show whose date has yet to be released.

Crunchyroll reveals their first self-made anime

Peter Elliott ♦ Editor

Popular anime website Crunchyroll announced on Wednesday, Aug. 22, that it will release its first-ever original animated series, “High Guardian Spice,” in 2019. The series will follow four girls who will attend a magical academy in order to become defenders of their city.

The first trailer for “High Guardian Spice” highlights the diversity of the show’s cast and producers. The creator and lead artist for “High Guardian Spice,” Raye Rodriguez, is a transgender male and the majority of the voice actors and production team are women. The trailer also highlights how the series will be using 2D hand-drawn animation rather than being animated through computer technology.

“We really want to push the limits of anime as an art form and are having conversations with creators who have been working within the confines of western animation,” said Margaret Dean, head of Ellation Studios which is producing “High Guardian Spice.” “So many of them have these stories that they’re dying to tell but have never been able to figure out who would let them and support them. That’s what we want to do.”

The trailer on YouTube currently has over 220,000 views. However, Crunchyroll disabled the comments and like/dislike function for the trailer and have yet to publicly address why they disabled these features.
An outspoken critic since the announcement of “High Guardian Spice” is Digibro, an anime-centric YouTuber. Digibro expressed many of his criticisms towards Crunchyroll in a video, titled “Dear Crunchyroll: Stop,” which he released on the same day, August 22. To date, the YouTube video has received over 980,000 views and over 63,000 likes.

In his video, Digibro starts off criticizing “High Guardian Spice” by stating that the art style and themes of the show share more in common with Western animated shows compared to typical Japanese animated shows. He also criticizes the “diversity” aspect of the trailer, arguing that they spent more time detailing the diversity of the cast and crew rather than focusing on the story and characters of the show.

“Bragging about having a ‘diverse staff,’ and then also about having a writers’ room composed entirely of similar-looking white women makes the opposite of sense,” said Digibro.

Digibro also criticize Crunchyroll’s inaction to update their video player from Adobe Flash to HTML5. He argued that Crunchyroll is not a product worth paying for and supporting if they continue to use premium members’ money to fund more in-house project compared to improving their streaming service for consumers.

Crunchyroll released a blog post on their website on Friday, Aug. 24, to clarify some of the issues that were brought up after the release of the trailer.

The company acknowledged that the creation of “High Guardian Spice” would not interfere with other projects and acquisitions of new anime. Additionally, the HTML5 announced in 2017 will be available to all Crunchyroll users by the end of September.

The damage of cancelled culture: doing more harm than good

Brianna Nardo ♦ Editor

A common term that has cemented itself into everyday vocabulary is ‘cancelled’. ‘Cancelling’ is when a celebrity, or person in the public eye, has done something the public has deemed ‘problematic’ and decided collectively to boycott their content (whether they be films, music, TV shows or YouTube videos). To ‘cancel’ someone is to hope to end their career and make them pay for their crimes, whether they be current or from ten years ago.

Some continue to thrive after being ‘cancelled’, their careers untouched. Examples include Johnny Depp, the infamous Paul Brothers on YouTube, or “Girls” star Lena Dunham. Others suffer with their career, such as James Gunn or Rosanne Barr. Is cancelled culture taking things a step too far? Should a distasteful joke about water pressure made ten years ago make you lose your job today?

Gunn, director of “Guardians of the Galaxy” and “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2”, was recently fired by Disney after tweets he posted ten years ago resurfaced. Some Marvel fans were unbothered by this change, even suggesting the director of “Thor: Ragnarok”, Taika Waititi take his place. Others, including the cast of “Guardians of the Galaxy,” expressed their desire for him to continue with the franchise. Actor Dave Baustista even threatened to quit the new “Guardians” movie if Gunn is not re-hired.
One of the things #canceledculture seems to miss is that people have the ability to learn and grow from their past. No one is born socially aware; life is a learning experience. As long as a person appears genuinely sorry and begins working toward being a better person, why should they have to continue to pay for their mistake’s a decade later?

The world ten years ago was a different place – entertainment thrived on ‘edgy’ humor and shocking audiences. There were jokes made on “Friends” that would not be made on a show today. People were still using ‘That’s so gay’ as a socially acceptable insult. It wasn’t morally acceptable then or now. However, if a person used ‘gay’ as an insult ten years ago and has since apologized and grown as a person, they should not have to continue to serve time in the court of public opinion.

Now, this forgiving mindset doesn’t apply to habitual predators, those who physically harm others or those who have been consistently problematic and only pull out crocodile tears when they get called out. However, there are people deserving of second chances.

YouTubers Shane Dawson and Phillip DeFranco have videos from the beginning of their careers that they both admit are problematic. Both have since grown and worked hard to create better content. They do not delete the videos, so audiences can see how far they have come, and because deleting the videos or tweets would be denying what they have done. Both acknowledge their past, have apologized, and are now working toward creating something enjoyable. Dawson has taken to creating several impressively filmed mini-series, and DeFranco posts daily news videos in an attempt to offer a short, unbiased reporting of current events

No one should have to support someone they believe is harmful; however, there are people deserving of a chance to prove themselves as a changed person. ‘Cancelled culture’ is unforgiving and can alienate people that might want to work toward being a better person. Vilifying people on Twitter will only make them double down and become defensive.

Forgiveness is a virtue that is very hard to master, but being willing to offer a second chance to someone who has done wrong is not a weakness, but a stregnth.

Tess Holliday body shamed on cover of Cosmopolitan magazine

Brianna Nardo ♦ Editor

Holliday’s Comsopolitan Cover sparked controversy.
Holliday’s Comsopolitan Cover sparked controversy.

Ryann Maegen Hovan, also known as Tess Holliday, is the subject of a controversy for being the cover model of the upcoming issue of UK Cosmopolitan magazine. Critics claim that her being the main feature of a mainstream magazine about sex and beauty promotes obesity and that she should be removed.

Piers Morgan, British journalist, even took to Twitter to say, “Sorry, but 5ft 3in & 300lbs is NOT a ‘positive body image’ to celebrate on the front cover of a magazine as Britain suffers from an ever-worsening obesity crisis.”
Holliday responded to the criticism by saying, “To everyone saying I’m a burden to the British health care system, I’m American so you don’t have to worry about my fat ass. Worry about what horrible people you are by whining about how me being on the cover of a glossy magazine impacts your small minded life.”

Holliday is the originator of the #effyourbeautystandards campaign on Instagram after getting fed up with being on the receiving end of body shaming.

It is evident that the media is in desperate need of diversity, the basis of Holliday’s campaign — that everybody shape should be represented. This topic is a large part of her section in Cosmo.

Girls as young as six years old struggle with body image issues. Normalizing different body types is very important in promoting the self-esteem in young children.Given that it is impossible to tell if someone is healthy just by looking at them, the controversy is a little ridiculous. If Holliday is unhealthy, that should be a conversation between her and her doctor. She is in charge of her own body and it is no one else’s responsibility to shame her into being ‘healthy’.

Holliday is not the only celebrity to be on the receiving end of body-shaming. Fellow plus-sized model Ashley Graham and comedian Amy Schumer have both dealt with hateful comments in the past about their weight.

If to a person is so worried about the health of their children, all they have to do is provide their children with nutritious food and sign them up for physical activities for those kids to enjoy. Life is meant to be a balance of health and indulgence. Fight against the epidemic of obesity by promoting nutrition and exercise, not by shaming other people (let alone perfect strangers) for how they look.

If you are not a fan of Schumer’s comedy or have a problem with the answers Holliday gave in a previous interview, those are valid criticisms. But the number that appears on their scale do not subtract from their character, as the numbers on your scale do not add or subtract from yours.
A person’s body is their own to decide what to do with it. If they want to cover themselves in tattoos, eat McDonald’s every day or have a thousand sexual partners, they are allowed to do so and it is no one’s business but their own.

Support your local drag queens

Brianna Nardo ♦ Editor

“RuPaul’s Drag Race” has increased in popularity over the past few years, showing the public the art form of drag. The show is hosted by RuPaul Andre Charles, a famous Drag Queen and DJ whose career begin in the early 90s. Charles is an icon for the LGBT community, giving a voice to those in need.

Recently, former contestants of “RuPaul’s Drag Race” have come forward and expressed that they were treated poorly during filming.
Willam Belli, a contestant from season four, came out almost immediately stating that food options were scarce, and that Sharon Needles, who was vegan during filming, had almost no access to food. Belli even stated that one of the producers (who she named Stephen) made moves on the queens. Belli even added that some of the producers referred to fan-favorite Latrice Royale as “La-something.” Belli added that not all the staff was bad; in fact, one of their handlers sold her marijuana during filming.

Pearl (Matthew James Lent), from season seven, stated that her “half-asleep” personality on the show stemmed from her disappointment in her initial meeting with Charles. Lent approached Charles and stated that she was the reason Lent decided to do drag and that she was such an inspiration. Charles responded by saying, “Nothing you say matters unless the cameras are rolling.” Most recently, The Vixen (Anthony Taylor) left the stage during the reunion due to her frustration. Taylor was very vocal about the villainization of queens of color on reality shows, “Drag Race” included.
As a long time “Drag Race” fan, that was difficult to watch. Support your local Drag scene, help the careers of these artists grow without the help of a TV show. “RuPaul’s Drag Race” helps put drag queens on the map; however, it does not need to be the only catapult to success for these performers. Go to drag shows in the city and have a good time supporting local artists.

Charles has also come under scrutiny for using transphobic slurs and stating that trans women are not allowed on “Drag Race.”
The world of drag is much larger than just “Drag Race” and unknown queens often struggle to make ends meet. Giving them the attention they deserve opens up space for acceptance and gives rising artists a chance to show their talent.

No bumpy road ahead for Olney Avenue

William M. Gries ♦ Editor

could swear that I know every bump and pothole on Ogontz Ave. by name. My personal favorite is Fred; he lives up at the intersection of Conlyn Street and Ogontz Avenue or about a three-minute ride by car off campus. He was the part of a seemingly enteral Philadelphia Water Department project and was nice enough, when not causing me to spill my coffee every morning, to snap one of the front struts on my car costing me a pretty penny in repair bills last year.

However, I just commute through the city and, comparatively, have little to complain about in terms of poor roads. It is the residents of Philadelphia who are most exposed to the sometimes astoundingly terrible roads that crisscross the city. From poor design to poor maintenance, roadways across the area leave much to be desired. According to “WalletHub,” a financial blog that deals with personal expenditures, Philadelphia ranks 97th out of the 100 most populous cities in the U.S. in terms of ease and expense to drive. This low score, in fact, comes from the exceptional wear Philadelphia roads put on cars and therefore the associated increase in cost of maintenance passed on to the owner of the car.

This said, La Salle University has actually received quite a gift from the state this summer with the repaving of Olney Avenue between Broad Street and the University—a job that, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) will extend past the University and up Chew Street all the way to Mt. Airy Avenue. From a presentation standpoint, La Salle benefits greatly; the long stretch of smooth road on what is essentially our primary boulevard through campus helps to present the school as the competent, growing university that it is. It may seem silly to conflate asphalt to academia but it is subtle aesthetic touches, such as smooth roads and bright white lines, which can convince visitors of institutional respectability. To some degree, it is akin in the spirit of presentation to the installation of La Salle banners all along Olney Avenue and Belfield Avenue or the renovation of the Peal house to the Alumni House.

One will note though that, as said above, a smooth Olney Avenue is an unasked for present from the state, not the city. This boon is a lesson in the complexities of city infrastructure as well as good fortune. The swath of Olney Avenue that was repaved this summer is owned by the state and therefore maintained by PennDOT, not the City of Philadelphia. This is why, according to CBS, residents of the West Kensington neighborhood in north Philadelphia were forced to wait so long for drivable roads that they took repairs into their own hands while we happen to have the good fortune of a smoother commute bestowed upon us out of the blue. There are many different governmental entities that manage the roads of Philadelphia, nine according to WHYY, and these jurisdictions can lead to various degrees of infrastructure quality—such as the bumps of Ogontz Avenue next to the fresh asphalt of Olney Avenue.

In this particular instance though La Salle University has managed to be on the winning side of an uncounseled states level decision giving it an aesthetically appealing road to match other on-campus improvements, and making my morning commute a bit less bouncy to match.

Reforms signal new era for the DNC

Emily Glycenfer ♦ Editor

The Democratic Party made a historic decision in late August to dramatically reduce the role super delegates play in future Democratic presidential nominations. In response to the 2016 presidential election, super delegates— who are allowed to vote for whichever candidate they desire—will have no say in the first ballot of the Democratic presidential nominee if it should oppose the popular vote represented by pledged delegates.

Since the 1980s the DNC, Democratic National Committee, has allowed both pledged delegates and unpledged delegates, who are typically made up of party insiders otherwise known as “super delegates,” to vote for any democratic candidate they prefer regardless of who won the popular vote. This rule was originally instilled in response to the 1980 presidential election n which Jimmy Carter won the Democratic nomination by the will of Democratic voters, though lost by a wide margin to Ronald Reagan in the general election. It was meant to ultimately encourage what DNC insiders presumed to be the best competition to beat the Republican nominee and become the next president of the United States, according to an article by NBC.

Despite super delegates’ votes historically falling in line with that of pledged delegates elected by the people, many see their influence as undemocratic. They take power away from the delegates who vote to represent the preference of ordinary citizens. Certainly, this contention came to a head after the 2016 primary, in which the number of pledged delegates for Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders were close. Yet super delegates, which make up about 15 percent of the final vote, nearly all stated that their vote would be for Clinton. The purpose of the super delegates appeared to be discredited when Clinton lost to Donald Trump in the general election, despite being chosen by party elites, who voted against Sanders in the primary. Thus, as the DNC responded to an unsuccessful election in the 1980s with reform, they did so again with this new rule.

The DNC also decided all states must allow absentee ballots, as to ensure that those eligible voters who cannot physically be present on Election Day still have an opportunity to participate in the primary. This rule change encourages, though does not require, states to switch from caucuses to government-run primaries, allow independent voters to participate in primary elections and allow for same-day voter registration. These party changes provide opportunities for a more inclusive election process. It also establishes that those seeking the Democratic nomination must declare that they are a member of the Democratic Party, a change directed at Sanders who was originally registered Independent before caucusing with the Democrats.

Both CNN and CBS reported that Democrats and other progressives are criticizing this reform as not much reform at all. Super delegates have not been overwhelmingly vital in redirecting the outcome of the party’s presidential nominee in the past, considering that they typically vote for the same candidate that wins among pledged delegates. The decision to allow super delegate influence in the runoff ballot, should the first ballot be inconclusive, does not totally remove the influence of super delegates on the primaries.

Super delegates will still be allowed to endorse any candidate they want during the entirety of the primary. Some progressives view it as the same system we currently have in place for electing Democratic presidential candidates. Even though the number of super delegates were extremely disproportionate between Clinton and Sanders, he did not win the popular vote and therefore super delegates did not directly change the outcome anyway. Some feel it also attempts to block less conventional progressives like Sanders the option to gain support through caucuses, in which independents tend to participate more in.

DNC Chairman Tom Perez ensures that this change provides opportunity for a more honest election in which super delegates’ votes carry less weight. This addresses the concern that super delegates deciding which candidate they support hinders the opportunity for Democratic voters to get a comprehensive view of their options. To Perez, this decision will allow Democrats to “earn trust back” from the people by “return[ing] the power to the grassroots.”

Sanders, a representative of Vermont, the supposed victim of the Democrats’ previous electoral system, has been a huge proponent of this change, tweeting that it is an “important step forward,” for the Democrats who have not seen reform as staggering as this in decades.