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I have been in college for six years and I have another year to go. It’s a peculiarly long stretch of time, especially noting that I’m still in my undergraduate years. To make a long story short, I failed and dropped out of over a dozen classes. I also changed my major more than a few times.
I think it’s safe to say that the U.S. is a country of workaholics. To be lounging around in the summer months in high school is deemed laziness. College has turned into an assumed pre-requisite for employment instead of learning for learning’s sake and the second thing your uncle asks you about at Christmas dinner after your grades is where you’re working.
With the recent attack in France that killed cartoonists at Charlie Hebdo after they offended Muslim extremists, there has been quite a bit of talk about terrorism and how to deal with rising radicalism. While the attack at Charlie Hebdo is certainly tragic, it is also very selective.
I remember when computers had black backgrounds and orange blocky font. Movie trailers used to say “Coming soon to video!” Now they say “Coming soon to BluRay and One Demand!” I suspect “Now with WiFi” will soon read like “Now in Technicolor!”
After World War I, an entire generation felt abandoned and devoid of faith and hope. Their government had sent them to fight in one of the most horrific and bloody wars in human history. They felt that their God had abandoned them and allowed this brutal war to happen. This generation of directionless and wandering survivors became known as the Lost Generation.
Because psychology is one of my majors, I often find myself discussing whether or not psychology should be considered a science. This topic will come up between friends, between classmates and especially in lectures themselves.
In the wake of revelations about Louisiana Rep. Steve Scalise’s 2002 speech to the “European-American Unity and Rights Organization,” LA Times contributor Michael McGough tackled not the organization of obvious ill repute, but the theory behind ethnic and racial groups. Unfortunately, many of McGough’s criticisms threw the baby out with the bathwater.
The Federal Communications Commission didn’t start its regulatory hassling when it took on Eminem’s lyrics in 2002. In fact, this government agency has been trying to censor and regulate our communications technology since the 1930s. Now, President Obama is pushing for it to be almost completely under its control by reclassifying broadband as a taxable public utility.
As you’re probably aware, many family-orientated holidays have just passed. During the holidays, at least here in the U.S., there is an overwhelming emphasis on families during Thanksgiving and Christmas, but how exactly is a family defined? What is the difference between a friendship and a family?
Over the past decade, the topic of securing our borders has come up time and time again and it always ends up the same way: politicians and pundits screaming over illegal aliens stealing our jobs and bringing drugs and violence with them over the border. Of course they’re going to gripe about how these illegals are a threat to our livelihood here in the good ol’ U.S. of A. and that we ought to seal them off so that we may continue our wondrous pursuit of the American Dream. How patriotic these men and women are to defend our homeland, which was violently stolen from the Native Americans, with their strong stand against invaders from the South!
As students, every day of school is about working toward that long-awaited degree we hope will propel us into a better future. Yet as we continually are working toward the future, it’s not uncommon to hear our peers and ourselves mention how little they want to think about the future. Live in the present, we say.
News broke recently that Scarlett Johansson has been cast as the lead in the film adaptation of “Ghost in the Shell,” an incredibly popular manga series. The series is set in Japan and follows a counter-terrorism and security officer by the name of Mokoto Kusanagi as she and her team combat cyberterrorism in the near future.
One ought to talk about race like one talks about their mother's age: very rarely and very discreetly. Given the Census Bureau’s outdated categories, I say it’s time for one of those rare and discreet conversations.
On Jan. 20, President Obama will announce in his State of the Union address a seemingly grand plan to make two years of community college “free” for American students everywhere as long as they maintain a “C” or better average. Of course, what he won’t mention is how the federal government is financing these costs through taxpayers and the states at $60 billion, according to Politico.
On Jan. 20, President Obama will announce in his State of the Union address a seemingly grand plan to make two years of community college “free” for American students everywhere, as long as they maintain a “C” or better average. Of course, what he won’t mention is how the federal government is financing these costs through taxpayers and the states at $60 billion, according to Politico.
Generally, when we think of tolerance we conjure up images of diplomatically accepting people for who they are or what they believe. We empathize with others over their personal decisions, lifestyles and ideals, but is this really such an admirable quality to have? Certainly accepting people for who they are as a person is respectable and necessary for any progressive society, but accepting people’s ideals is not something that should be treated as an inherent virtue.
Almost as surprising as seeing “Eastern Michigan University” trending on Facebook was seeing “Ann Arbor” trending too. But of the two digital skirmishes, the one that interested me the most was not the one between the Wolverines and Eagles but the one between the Daily and the Review. I’m still happy for the Eagles, but I found reading the verbal volleys exchanged between the Daily and the Review far more exhilarating than I could have found watching ten guys dribble a ball.
I joined staff here at the Eastern Echo during my first week of college back in 2012. Being involved in the campus newspaper, especially here at Eastern, has been extremely beneficial to me as a writer, student and person.
The Eastern Michigan men’s basketball non-conference schedule has officially wrapped up. The Eagles finished with an 11-2 record including a big win over the University of Michigan and their only two losses were at the hands of Dayton and Michigan State.
Maybe you’ve heard it through the grapevine, seen it in a post on EMU’s Facebook page or read it in the Echo. One thing’s for sure: You probably know about the smoking ban taking effect next summer on EMU’s campus.