Tuesday, January 19, 2021

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Breaks from social media strengthen relationships

On a beautiful Tuesday afternoon, I sat outside of Traditions at a table with friends. The sun was out and the birds were chirping, but I suddenly realized I couldn’t hear any other sounds when I looked up in the middle of stalking my cousin’s boyfriend’s friend’s sister on Instagram. I became glaringly aware that each person around the table was also on their phone.

Course registration cause for concern

A week before my course enrollment time slot, I logged into PAWS to check on class selections for the fall semester and my heart immediately dropped — a core class for my public health major had no seats left in both sections.

Celebrities unqualified for presidency

Ever since the outcome of the controversial 2016 presidential election, Democrats have become desperate for any rising voice that can quell concerns over liberal issues in the U.S. When Oprah Winfrey gave an awe-inspiring speech at the 2018 Golden Globes in support of the “Me Too” movement, people were already in support of her running in the 2020 election.

Individualism can carry detrimental implications

By Isabella Donnelly  Individualism, which emphasizes one’s ability to govern his or her own life, has come to be recognized as a cornerstone of American...

Success often product of privilege

During spring break of my junior year in high school, I happily accompanied my family on a vacation to Florida. Just one year later, I was admitted to the psych ward at Trinitas Hospital in Elizabeth, New Jersey.

Educators undervalued in American society

“Those who can, do. Those who can’t, teach” is an age-old devaluing misrepresentation of the men and women who devote their lives to education.

Online ‘ghosting’ leaves students in darkness

As a child, ghosts were a symbol of entrancing fear for me. Being “ghosted” on Halloween meant finding candy and a note from a friend on my doorstep. I would make it my mission to find out who “ghosted” me and plot who to spook next.

Harassment reactions reveal double standard

Katy Perry, one of three judges on ABC’s “American Idol” reboot, has recently made headlines due to a property dispute with Californian nuns. This scandal overshadowed an instance of sexual misconduct on Perry’s part during the show’s pre-recorded auditions.

Higher education admissions ignore intersectionality

We all lead nuanced lives with incredible variation, and discrimination often arises when individuals ignore these nuances. Instead of recognizing the array of values, strengths and beliefs that constitute a person, bigots choose to characterize individuals based on a limited set of variables.

College should prioritize reproductive health

Those without female anatomy, financial hardship or a need for hormone treatment may not have noticed the lasting effects of former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s 2010 decision to cut funding for family planning.

Students should feel welcome at gym

This semester, I became the person I never thought I would be — the person who actually goes to the gym almost every day. I have always been insecure about my body. I am fortunate to have never struggled with my weight, but I feel as though I am constantly defined by my lack of muscle and naturally-thin physique. I decided that I wanted to gain muscle mass with the help of one of my friends, a fitness enthusiast who exercises frequently.

Syrian refugees seek safety in the US

Before the end of his term as Governor of New Jersey, Chris Christie told former President Barack Obama that the state would no longer accept any more refugees from Syria. Christie’s reasoning was that these refugees will bring “unacceptable peril” to New Jersey and U.S. citizens. But the dangerous people that many Americans fear will sneak into the U.S. are the same people these refugees are fleeing from.

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