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Breasts: the bane of my existence

Breasts: the bane of my existence

Madison Holmes

October 13, 2014


Filed under Columns, Opinion

It’s Christmas of 2006 and the only thing I want is boobs. As an 11-year-old, boobs are very important to me. My 13-year-old sister has boobs and my friends are developing little 11-year-old pancake boobs. I have nothing. I’m desperate enough to ask Santa to have mercy and grant me the gift of larg...

Classes thrive when students speak out

Alyssa Dunning

October 12, 2014


Filed under Columns, Opinion

Class discussions need everyone participating, even the introverts.A year ago I would have never spoken up in class, even if I knew the answer or had a strong opinion on the discussion at hand. I was terrified of speaking up. I would have full-blown panic attacks just thinking about getting called on by a ...

‘In the closet’: A fate worse than death

‘In the closet’: A fate worse than death

Zachary Phillips

October 11, 2014


Filed under Columns, Opinion

I’ve hated the word “closet” ever since I learned it was more than a place for storing shoes. Of all the phrases people could have conjured to describe hiding one’s sexuality out of fear and shame, they picked “in the closet,” as if I had just spent half of my life hanging out in the dark w...

Sharing tables: it’s OK to say no

Sharing tables: it’s OK to say no

Megan Mann

October 10, 2014


Filed under Columns, Opinion

I'm sitting in the library attempting to study for a midterm when a random person comes up to my table. "May I sit here?" they ask, their hand placed firmly on one of the chairs, backpack ready to hit the ground the minute I say yes. What happens next will blow your mind. I say no, giving a b...

In defense of WREC ‘man cave’

In defense of WREC ‘man cave’

Matt Murphy

October 7, 2014


Filed under Columns, Opinion

There's a lot of great things about being a dude. I spend little to no time getting ready to go anywhere, and the only shoes I own with a heel are for power lifting. I never have to physically experience the horror that is childbirth, and I've been bestowed an amount of testosterone that once helped ...

Body image: Big is still not beautiful

Body image: Big is still not beautiful

Julianna Eveland

October 6, 2014


Filed under Columns, Opinion

  There is a ton of weight put on the subject of having the right body type. And by weight, I mean literal weight. Chubby, fat, heavy, obese – whatever you want to call it – being overweight has become increasingly stigmatized. At least that is how I felt when I had a bit of weigh...

Weight stigma favors the curvy

Weight stigma favors the curvy

Veronica De La Cruz

October 5, 2014


Filed under Columns, Opinion

"Wow, you've gotten so skinny, do you even eat?" It's comments like these that make me wonder why bigger girls think it's not offensive to critique others' bodies. Since my first year, I've lost 30 pounds. Don't get me wrong, it's awesome getting compliments about how good I look, but I'll ...

Parking on campus is its own adventure

Megan Mann

October 4, 2014


Filed under Columns, Opinion

It's Tuesday morning, and I'm on my way to work in my mom's Toyota Camry.Normally I'd be in my truck, but a cracked radiator has me in what my family affectionately calls "The Toyota." As I enter the parking structure above the police station, I drive by the R1 permit spots. The Student Financial Servi...

Legalizing weed is a smart choice

Legalizing weed is a smart choice

Alyssa Dunning

October 4, 2014


Filed under Columns, Opinion

Potheads aren't the only ones in favor of legalizing weed. Although I don't use cannabis, and don't intend to, I do think that there are many benefits to making it legal. The Marijuana Policy Project has started the process to put marijuana legalization on the 2016 ballot. Part of me dreads the...

NFL malcontents are nothing new

NFL malcontents are nothing new

Matt Murphy

September 30, 2014


Filed under Columns, Opinion

I remember when I found out Matthew Perry was going through a pill addiction while on "Friends." I was shocked. I had been living under a veil of ignorance. I thought it was a little strange when he gained all that weight halfway through the series. He had that "going through some stuff" l...

Students aren’t aware of personal bubbles

Julianna Eveland

September 29, 2014


Filed under Columns, Opinion

Most of the time I don't think people are intentionally trying to step into other people's private space, but I've been seeing it a lot lately. I’ve noticed I get somewhat agitated at the people who walk way too close to my personal bubble. I can’t say I’m not guilty of a few c...

‘Pocket Points’ feeds brains, bellies

‘Pocket Points’ feeds brains, bellies

Veronica De La Cruz

September 28, 2014


Filed under Columns, Opinion

Earning points to go to class, now why didn't we think of this sooner? The latest app "Pocket Points" has been a popular topic discussed in most of my classes, and with all of its benefits, I can definitely see what all the buzz is about. How it works: "Pocket Points" detects the student'...

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