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Many people have talked about the failure of the war on drugs. It's no secret that in spite of decades of attempts, little to nothing has improved. The war on drugs costs anywhere between $14 billion to $51 billion per year, depending on whether you're asking the Office of National Drug Control Policy (unsurprisingly, a governmental agency) or the Drug Policy Alliance respectively, with little hope of those costs decreasing over time. Worse, we have some of the highest drug incarceration rates in the world—Time putting the number at "seven to 10 times" that of most European countries per capita—and yet lifetime prevalence rates for every single drug tracked by the governmentally-approved SAMHSA report have increased dramatically over the 10 years it recorded, with the exception of methamphetamine. This is normally where I'd make the case for complete drug decriminalization, but there's one class of drugs embroiled in recent controversy that deserves its own defense: opioids.
If you were paying attention to the news like I was, it was hard to miss the active shooter outside of a Planned Parenthood in Colorado over the Thanksgiving recess. According to The Huffington Post, the man, Robert Lewis Dear, killed three people—a tragedy and an inexcusable act of hatred.
Like many students, I am employed through my university, and, even though I have a place to live with a meal plan, I often find myself desperately trying to scrape together enough money to buy my textbooks at the beginning of each semester (and I know I am not the only one who gets a twinge of pain after searching endlessly for the textbook I need and shelling out hundreds of dollars). With the cost of attending college, combined with the often low-income status of many students, college students should not be taxed.
Having closed the doors on Thanksgiving dinner, we’ve taken the full plunge into the Christmas season. And yet with recent events preluding this festive time of year, we are reminded that when we’re no longer children, the disputes and bickering between cultures in society don’t always make this “the happiest time of the year.” This whole War on Christmas controversy—this year sprung by Starbuck’s offensive red cup—reminds me of a familiar quote by the peacemaker, Mahatma Gandhi: “I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ.”
Contrary to what people like Donald Trump might believe, our borders are not being overrun by Mexicans. In fact, it’s quite the opposite. So, Mr. Trump’s claim that “Mexico is pushing people in” is simply untrue. And his plan to stop this non-existent invasion is ludicrous.
In most forms of journalism and critique, there’s an aspiration toward objectivity. Certainly, some forms call on it more than others, but in the world that I come from—music criticism and, in a larger context, culture journalism—the opinions of the writer are inextricably linked to the subject they're courting. Art and pop culture both rely on human interpretation. Various substitutes have been foretold as the death knell of culture journalism, be it article-writing software or aggregators like Metacritic, but our continued existence proves that there is something invariably human to the process. So why do critics use objectivity to justify abuse?
Most people now need a college degree in order to achieve the lifestyle they desire, if not something close to it. Some will be able to get past with just an undergraduate degree, but there is still the likelihood that they will need a master’s and even perhaps a doctorate degree—and most students are well aware of that fact. Defunding college sports would be a good step to take to help take some of the burden off of students.
Anyone who knows me knows I am premed. I love to talk to people and I am fascinated with the human body. I work hard in school for A’s because they are necessary if I want to go to medical school. It was natural for me to go to premed orientation during my first few weeks of being here in school. However, what I was told at the premed orientation wasn’t completely true and has led me to believe that more support should be offered to our students here.
Many college students do more than just go to class. They go to work, they go to clubs, they study, they have friends and families and some even have children they need to take care of. Some parents rely on the income the student has in order to make ends meet. But in the time that we spend fussing over our day to day problems (and yes, they really are actual problems) every college student should remember that reading is important.
Commuting from home has become much more common for college students. In a recent national survey titled “How America Pays for College 2014” by the bank Sallie Mae, 54 percent of college students are now living at home. After considering the potentially huge cuts in cost, commuting seems like it should always be the right choice. However, just because it’s the right choice doesn’t mean people will feel good about it. In fact, I often see that commuting tends to be looked down upon by college students. Commuters may not hate living at home, but many probably think they would be happier if they didn’t and that’s because they are unable to see the silver lining.
When looking at the two Republican front runners—Donald Trump and Ben Carson—there are a great number of differences between them that cause people, who are thinking of voting Republican, to lean one way or the other. While some may point out contrasting backgrounds—New York City and Detroit—the ways in which they present themselves, or even their race, I think the most jarring difference between these two presidential candidates is the way they view the country.
A series of horrible terrorist attacks across Paris left over a hundred innocent people dead, Friday, November 13. Historically, after tragedies like this, people would absorb all the information through one-way mediums. They would watch politicians taking stances on television or read the latest updates on the newspaper; either way, it was always someone talking at them with little room for discourse. Now with the Internet, that one-way street has been demolished and replaced with a 16-lane highway where people can now give their opinions the minute it reaches them. This has created a new culture in the way we deal with indelible events like the one this past weekend, which was demonstrated by the new French flag filter on Facebook. But if there is anything that the Internet has taught us, it is that there will always be disharmony among us even in the harshest of times. Shortly after the waves of hashtags, tweets and changed profile pictures hit the web, the backlash against these actions ensued.
When most girls are younger, even though they are not directly told be so, girls learn to be cute. They learn to be weak. They learn to let boys open doors for them and lift heavy objects. As girls get older, they are subliminally told that it is bad to be smart. Women are forced into tiny glass boxes in which they feel as uncomfortable as they feel unreasonable and illogical. This can cause so much cognitive dissonance in a young woman’s life that she is left not knowing what to do in many cases. She is stuck asking questions a man would never ask himself. Though I pride myself on being strong and independent, I ask myself questions like, “Will my boyfriend feel threatened by how much money I earn,” or “Will my husband feel like I don’t love him because of my devotion to medicine and my future career?”
In Paris Friday evening, in a half-dozen cooperated attacks, men with AK-47s, grenades, shotguns and suicide belts attacked a restaurant, a sold-out concert hall and bombed a stadium. French President François Hollande was evacuated from the stadium, a curfew imposed across Paris and the French borders closed.
We live in a violent age. People are killed daily for a variety of reasons and frequently, none of it makes much sense. But the reason that so many of us feel okay with this violence is because we normalize it.
We have all heard it before: “You’re [blank] for a girl”. You could put in anything from smart to funny. We have also heard, “You’re not like other girls.” It’s usually a man we’re talking to who wants to give us a compliment and really does have the best intentions. And in reality, he’s not trying to be sexist, offensive or damaging at all. But at the end of the day, it is not our intentions that define us, but the outcome of what we actually have done. And unfortunately, the reality of the situation is that when men give compliments to women at the expense of other women, it is damaging.
There’s a reason why more people seem to be interested in this particular presidential election. I’ve said before that many college students are caring more about the future of their country and government, thanks to the enthusiasm of Bernie Sanders and the liberal views he takes on issues that interest our demographic. But what is also interesting is the rise of non-career politicians who could very well make it into the White House. While several candidates on both sides have long histories as governors, House or Senate members, both Donald Trump and Ben Carson have recently jumped into the political system, feet first.
According to Mamamia, an independent Australian website focusing on women’s issues, women spend about 120 dollars a year on tampons and sanitary napkins alone every year. This is for a single woman. In my household, where we have three menstruating women, this would be 360 dollars and for the four girls living in my door room, this would be 480 dollars if we never share with anyone and we have relatively moderate periods. This doesn’t account for women who may have heavier menstrual periods or the times when we forget a tampon at home and have to ask a friend for one—it’s happened to the best of us. But even then, this is a lot of money. I know that when I get my paycheck from one job here on campus, I could only afford to buy pads and tampons for a year and have 60 dollars left over to take care of myself.
If you are sitting through Biology 120 with Dr. Cara Shillington this semester, like I am, you will learn that all mammals have mammary glands, those which allow the animal to produce milk. However, the only organisms within a mammalian species that have working mammary glands are females within the population. And somehow, people believe that breastfeeding, which is effectively just a female feeding her child, is somehow disgusting and unnatural, even though most mammalian animals will feed their children this way. There has been uproar over the years, that is decreasing with time, fortunately, that is removing the taboo of women who breastfeed their infants in public. But even so, everyone should be in favor of breastfeeding their children.
Most girls know what it’s like to play on a playground in elementary school. Most girls also know what it’s like to get hit by a boy. It’s not something we think of as domestic violence or intimate partner violence, because it isn’t happening at home and in elementary school, when most of us didn’t have intimate partners. But at the end of the day, no one likes to be punched and many girls do exactly what they should do when a boy punches them: they tell the teacher and when they get home they tell their parents. However, something extremely alarming that many parents, older siblings or even just older people in young girls’ lives may say in response is, “It means he likes you,” when the girl says that a boy at school hits them. We need to stop this right away.