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Donald Trump is the perfect reflection of a sick society; one which is consumed by consumerism, financed by greed, lobbied by corruption and which bathes in the murky waters of ignorance and chauvinism. It is a society which sees intellectualism, community and respectful, civil discourse as weakness. In this age of political scorn and deep societal issues, Trump is king.
Into the second week of class, I think we can all agree that we are once more swung into the throes of another heavy-loaded college semester. Not only do we have our class schedule tacked up somewhere in our room or copied into our planner, we’re starting to get a feel for when we’ll be able to squeeze in lunch, dinner with friends, homework, maybe working out, our jobs, calling our moms and oh yeah, sleep.
Every time physicians and scientists discover new ways to cure diseases, it seems like there are new diseases or old ones coming back and spreading. Some are important, some aren’t. Some I will get, others I will be able to avoid. So, as a college aged woman, I want to know which illnesses are those I should watch out for. Well, there are three diseases that every single college-aged young woman should be aware of and do her best to avoid. 1. Depression: Depending on the school, medical and social histories, ability to deal with stress, and several other factors, young women can be at greater or less risk for developing depression. However, according to Chris Iliades of Everyday Health, suicide is the second leading cause of death in college-aged students. Because of the neuroanatomy and the structure of female brains, as well as behaviors, women are more likely to develop depression than men. Making sure that you, as a college-aged woman, have access to treatment for depression as well as methods of avoiding its development is more than likely crucial to surviving college.
In the film “Mr. Nobody,” a 118-year old man named Nemo is beckoned to recall the details of his life. There are several points where he has to make crucial decisions in his life, such as the choice between living with his mother or his father, settling with the girl that he’s just okay with or risk waiting for the one who can make him truly happy. While contemplating the decisions he had to make, Nemo says, “We cannot go back. That’s why it’s hard to choose.”
Recently, there has been controversy over the mass closing of Planned Parenthood locations nationwide. For example, according to Laura Bassett of the Huffington Post, Indiana has closed many of its rural Planned Parenthood locations and it is not the only state that has had these closings. Florida, Wisconsin and many other states have decided to defund their Planned Parenthood locations in order to stop abortion within their states. These state leaders, such as Scott Walker from Wisconsin and Jeb Bush in Florida, defunded their Planned Parenthood locations in order to stop abortions in their states and protect the lives of fetuses. But with the rampant desires, and actions taken to defund Planned Parenthood, the problem then becomes countless women losing access to reproductive care. So it is only right to continue funding Planned Parenthood and to stop the defunding of Planned Parenthood right?
Recently, with the rise of children diagnosed with autism, many parents are beginning to believe that there is a link between autism and vaccinations. However, recent research indicates that autism can be detected and develops at a much earlier age and can be found developing while the child is still in the womb. Therefore, many of the concerns that parents have regarding vaccinations are invalidated by recent research.
In highly religious cultures throughout the United States, it is a practice in some school districts to only teach abstinence, regarding sexual health and education. While many students in classrooms where this is taught do not remain abstinent, there is still further damage than the students simply not knowing how to properly lubricate a penis when having sex.
It’s football season again and, for me, that means it’s the time of year when I pick the football team I follow in order to appease my modern-gladiatorial-game-watching friends. I’m completely astonished by the attendance and attention sports garner as a whole and believe that sports are a leech on society. From the simple waste of cash flow on basic coliseum-style entertainment, to doing the opposite of its assumed job of relaxing and calming people.
“Word and emotion together are the most powerful force known to mankind,” said Republican pollster Frank Luntz—perhaps best known for pushing the use of the terms “death tax” and “climate change” instead of “estate tax” and “global warming”.
In many ways, art is my
best friend—actually she’s my sister. I have pictures of me at seven months
old, pencil in hand, just doodling away. I got to pre-school and I would choose
painting over any other activity. In elementary, I preferred art over watching
movies. I think art has always been in my life and that is one reason for my
fondness of it. I don’t really think I could ever go a day without creating art
or even looking at it. It makes my life and those around me better—and to me,
therein lies the importance.
should realize that it is their obvious duty to vote for Donald Trump to be the
45th president of the United States. He is clearly an excellent reflection of
who Americans are, what we stand for and he is the president this country
deserves for as long as we go by the basis of the majority.
Republicans faced-off in Cleveland, Ohio in the first debate of the primaries
on August 6th and, just hours earlier, seven others had faced-off. I
thought a second debate was a bad idea, but was glad to be proven wrong.
Within a week of seeing my words “[I] see only two names on
the political horizon: Jeb Bush and Hillary Clinton” in print last February, I
felt very silly. Bush and Clinton, names which have been on the forefront of
American political life for almost as long as I’ve been alive, might as well be
the county’s former future prime candidates. While there’s much that can be
said about Sanders or the woefully oversimplified Scandinavian model of which
he is a proponent, I find Trump’s candidacy more interesting.
Bernie Sanders is going to say that the United States should look more like
Scandinavia, he must first present an idea of what the Scandinavian model
actually is. What is called “the” Scandinavian model is really three or four
models—political, geographic, demographic and economic—all happening at once.
But, which model does Sanders mean?
Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders are not opposites, but rather they are competing populists. Candidates who, as libertarian Glenn Reynolds writes, “have come forward to claim the orphaned vote.”
History was made on
Friday, when the Supreme Court ruled in a 5-to-4 vote that same-sex couples
have a constitutional right to marriage. This incredible and heartwarming
victory has been a long road for the gay community, and I am absolutely elated
that marriage equality has finally been achieved. It is my hope that this is a
sign of things to come.
Eastern Michigan University has recently announced that it is raising the cost of tuition by 7.8 percent. I find that while this raise itself is appropriate in order to make EMU more and more independent from government aid, the marketing tactics used before raising the cost of tuition are not.
As a libertarian, I want the Constitution upheld more than anyone. I understand the constitutional argument conservatives have used against the Obergefell v. Hodges decision that legalized gay marriage when they say the 10th Amendment protects the sovereignty of state law. However, I also am aware of the Bill of Rights and the 14th Amendment.
It’s been a little while since Caitlyn Jenner officially came out, which sparked tons of media coverage that may have gotten a little overwhelming for some. Among numerous responses—many of them LGBTQ+ positive—was Jon Stewart’s response saying, “It’s really heartening to see that everyone is willing to not only accept Caitlyn Jenner as a woman, but to waste no time in treating her like a woman.” Here he is referring to the shift of intellectual to body-focused conversation regarding her. This may lead us to ask, was Caitlyn’s Vanity Fair photo shoot good or bad for feminism?
Wednesday night at Emanuel A.M.E. Church in Charleston, South Carolina, nine people were shot and killed by domestic right-wing terrorist and white supremacist Dylann Roof—a horrible and terrifying act of pure hate and violence brought down upon the black community— and, while I absolutely and wholeheartedly share the feelings of disgust and sadness felt by many following this event, it’s time that we stop neurotically fixating our attention on these mass shootings, because it is unhealthy and creates the right atmosphere for further extremism to come slithering out of the mist and rear its ugly head.