Jumanah Saadeh


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American Muslims are still American

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“Where are you from?” This is a question I have received countless times. If I had a dime for every time I was asked this question, I’d be rich.

Animal testing should be done responsibly

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While animal testing is essential, it should not be conducted in a thoughtless manner – thoughtlessness is a form of cruelty unto itself, as animals are living, feeling creatures and have a right to life without unnecessary pain.

Use time management to stop procrastinating

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Most of us have procrastinated at some point or another (and if you have not, I am pretty sure you are a robot). It is easy to get bogged down in work, especially at this point in the semester. The key is to manage the urge to put off tasks and not to allow it to consume your schedule.

Examining the option of male birth control

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Recent events are causing me to question whether we are living in the 21st century or the Middle Ages. From Michigan’s newly instated “rape insurance” policy to the “backlog of 11,000 untested rape kits” in Detroit as reported by MSNBC, the historical pattern in which women pay the price for events outside of their control continues.

'Operation Smile' comes to Eastern

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Smiles are contagious, or at least those are the results of a study conducted in Sweden at Uppsala University. Yale Scientific Magazine reports, “They found that genuine smiles directly induced smiles from the participants.”

Start listening

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“Are you listening?” This is one of the most common questions that someone will be asked during their relationships, whether familial, romantic or professional. Our efficiency in communicating is very poor. We focus on talking, not listening.

Eastern is on the right path with reflection rooms

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Stress is an inescapable part of life, but its accumulation is detrimental to our health. Its toll on our bodies, however, could be eased if only there was a place where students could get away from the hubbub of life and just enjoy the blessed silence.

Attention Deficit Disorder is as much about nurture as it is nature

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At one point or another, many of us have joked about having the attention span of a goldfish. The joke “I’m ADD, attention deficit dis… hey look, a butterfly!” and others like it make light of what is actually an overall culture of distraction.

Multitasking leads to long-term problems

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The ability to multitask is arguably the most desirable skill to possess in today’s day and age. Whether in an academic or a professional setting, one’s ability to manage a large task load and high stress situations is seen a positive attribute.
But despite our cultural preference, our internal biochemistry does not thank us for the ever-increasing amounts of stress we overload ourselves with.

Stereotypes can be harmful, problematic

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Humans naturally have the inclination to categorize the world around us, whether we are determining shapes, sizes, colors, fruits or people. While it is a natural cognitive process, it becomes problematic when the classifications become stereotypes.

Relationships have value

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Sometimes it’s overwhelming to think of all the things there are to do: complete undergrad, go on to grad school, start a successful career, spend time with family and friends, eat well, find the time to work out (Work out? No one has time for that!) and a million other things on the list.

Health class must step up its game

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With the Centers for Disease Control reporting that in 2011 only 31 percent of high schoolers attended physical education class daily, it seems to be a pretty common sentiment that physical and health education classes are a poorly executed joke.

Find your spot on the Medicine Wheel

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At some point or another, most of us have longed for circumstances other than our own. Whether we admire someone’s wealth, status, education or relationship, the feeling of desire is the same.

College life gives students opportunities to explore

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I love college. You know why? Because of the opportunities it gives those of us fortunate enough to be here.
Students should actively take advantage of the possibilities this time offers.

Consider historical context of common terminology

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This year’s TruEMU campaign features several successful alumni. One of the power statements of the selected alumni proclaims, “I manifest my own destiny.” This may seem like a harmless statement in today’s context. It means that the individual is taking charge of her life to make her dreams a reality.

Stop giving attention to the wrong issues

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After my shift driving the golf cart ended at work, I walked inside to get a drink. A woman approached me and touched my arm. She smiled and said, “I cannot tell you how excited I was to see you driving!” My initial reaction was confusion. What was she talking about? She continued, “It’s so wonderful that you are able to live here and have the freedom to drive.”

Men don’t have to be ‘tough’

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“Man, you’re whipped.” “Who’s wearing the pants?” “Man up.” These are the sorts of negative phrases that, if not directly said to impressionable young men, are passed on to them through media as cultural expectations of what it means to be a man.

Gender inequality perpetuated through housework

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Everyone has heard about the gender gap faced by women around the world.

Mid-day naps could aid memory, reduce stress levels

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During my college career, I would have to say the biggest complaint I’ve heard voiced among students is that we all want nap time.

Pharmaceuticals are not always the best solution

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In today’s advanced, fast-paced, globalized world, we favor quick fixes and immediate solutions. This culture applies to the world of medicine in addition to broader societal norms: If you’ve got a medical problem, just solve it with pharmaceuticals. This ideology is especially prevalent in America.


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