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Two students’ take on objectification

Nihrien Prgma & Nicoleta Girloanta, Writer

November 14, 2017


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American professional poker player and Instagram famous Dan Bilzerian posted a picture to Instagram on National Women’s Day on Mar. 8, which displayed Bilzerian in a hot tub with naked women bending over to represent a table. Bilzerian tweeted, “It’s National Women’s Day, be thankful, they are good...

Rate My Professor is cyber bullying

Grant Spathis, Writer

November 14, 2017


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RateMyProfessor.com is a wonderful way to determine which professors fit your learning style, but it can also harbor something much darker. Like the rest of the internet, RMP can turn into a hive of cyberbullying and attacks against professors. The anonymity provided can serve as a breeding ground for ...

Give me my birth control

Sarahy Lopez, Staff writer

November 14, 2017


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The Trump administration is making it harder for women to get access to birth control, under the guise of “religious morals.” The Departments of Health and Human Services and Treasury and Labor will allow employers, colleges, and universities to deny contraception coverage if they have a “reli...

Embracing ‘Accents’: Denice Frohman

Embracing ‘Accents’: Denice Frohman

Cecilia G. Hernandez, Staff writers

October 31, 2017


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In her red plaid shirt and black jeans, Denice Frohman passionately and comedically recited her poem “Accents” in the Angelina Pedroso Center on Oct. 17.   Frohman shared with us how her mother’s accent “got too much salsa to sit still,” and something in me clicked. Growing up with a Spanis...

Why I refuse to be silent: “Me Too”

Why I refuse to be silent: “Me Too”

Cecilia Hernandez, Staff writers

October 31, 2017


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I logged onto my social media profiles on Oct. 15 and the words “me too” flooded my feeds. Moved by the allegations of decades of abuse perpetrated by powerhouse producer Harvey Weinstein, survivors of sexual assault and harassment shared their experiences online with the hashtag “Me Too.” T...

A Cautionary Tale from a Vegetarian

Sarahy Lopez, Staff writer

October 17, 2017


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Vegetarianism isn’t easy. Most people would say they wouldn’t be able to go without meat for more than a couple days, and that’s understandable. However, as someone who has negative reactions to red meat, I didn’t have much of a choice. Since I was a child, I dealt with stomach pain, cramps, bloating...

Celebrities remaining silent is cowardly

Celebrities remaining silent is cowardly

Amaris Rodriguez, writer

October 17, 2017


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Politics are a part of complicated and heated debates lately. It seems like every week President Donald Trump goes on a Twitter rampage. Recently his attention is directed to the National Football League players who choose to protest police brutality and racism by kneeling during the national anthem. ...

Can’t survive on seven and twenty-five

Can’t survive on seven and twenty-five

Hailey G. Boyle, writer

October 17, 2017


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Anyone who worked in retail will tell you that it is a nightmare. The long hours, the mind-numbing tasks, the interactions with customers that are a punishment from Hell, and all for a chicken-feed of a paycheck. Target recently announced t it will raise its minimum wage to $15 per hour by 2020....

The evolution of Playboy

The evolution of Playboy

Hailey G. Boyle, writer

October 17, 2017


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For those of us who actually read “Playboy” for the articles, it is a sad day. The founder of the landmark magazine, Hugh Hefner, died on Sept. 27 at 91. Most obituaries either celebrate him as a pioneer who defied free speech and social norms, or they condemn him for his lifestyle choices and ch...

University to night students: Want student services? Quit your day job

University to night students: Want student services? Quit your day job

Liz Varmecky, writer

October 17, 2017


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As a night student, I work during the day and spend my evenings in class.  I arrive on campus around 5:30 p.m., but by that time the campus is closing down for the day. Student services and activities, already limited for night students, became scarce after the university’s staff layoffs. Many academic...

The Cruel World We Tolerate: A Response to “Earthlings”

Nallely Padilla, Staff writer

September 26, 2017


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Sitting down in my favorite burger joint, I sip on my coke and I wait for my veggie burger. I keep my mind busy with my Facebook feed, randomly liking pictures and videos of cute dogs doing tricks. As I continue waiting, I see a woman with an expensive-looking fur coat with leather boots. While I adm...

To be or not to be Vegan?

Amaris Rodriguez, writer

September 26, 2017


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I open up my Facebook page to another notification from my friend tagging me in a video on why people should go vegan, a common practice for him. On Instagram, another person posts a video showcasing how meat products are made with the caption “Go Vegan!” It seems like, in recent years veganism,...