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The life, times of a reckless biker

Alyssa Dunning

October 15, 2014


Filed under Blogs, Opinion

Fast like the wind, cool breeze in my face,Nothing is better than biking place to place.It is the best to feel so coolWhen riding my bike to school.I never cross to the correct side of the street,Not when there's the clock to be beat.It is fun to play chicken, like in "Footloose,"With people going t...

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 ...

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...

Better to shut up than one-up.

Alyssa Dunning

September 29, 2014


Filed under Blogs, Opinion

The trend of one-upping one another is annoying, more annoying than any other trend. It's Tuesday morning and I am exhausted. Although it is my own fault for procrastinating, I had to work on a paper until two in the morning. After three cups of coffee I am still struggling to keep my eyes open. I ...

Women’s rights shouldn’t hinge on relationships

Women’s rights shouldn’t hinge on relationships

Alyssa Dunning

September 27, 2014


Filed under Columns, Opinion

Emma Watson's speech to the United Nations about the HeForShe Campaign was beautiful. She invited men to become feminists and made great points about how feminism is for gender equality, women's and men's issues. When she calls for men to join the action, however, she mentions that their mothe...

Getting married in college has its perks

Getting married in college has its perks

Alyssa Dunning

September 21, 2014


Filed under Columns, Opinion

While most college students aren't ready for matrimony, it doesn't mean that it is a bad thing. It seems like everyone has something to say about young marriages. I constantly see articles about things to do instead of getting married young or columns about how it is a recipe for disaster. Th...

New movie, TV show will spark race conversations

Alyssa Dunning

September 14, 2014


Filed under Blogs, Opinion

Coming from a family of different races was normal to me. My mom married my stepdad, who is black, when I was nine. About a year and a half later my brother was born. As a kid I thought nothing of it, but as I grew up and we moved to a small town I realized it was a big deal to other people. With rece...

The WREC: wonderful yet woeful

The WREC: wonderful yet woeful

Alyssa Dunning

September 13, 2014


Filed under Columns, Opinion

The Wildcat Recreation Center is like an annoying boyfriend – sometimes I love it, other times I hate it. It's definitely the nicest gym that I have ever been to. It is always clean, there are so many activities to choose from and the staff is always helpful when I have a question. While it may se...

Taking antidepressants is not taboo

Taking antidepressants is not taboo

Alyssa Dunning

September 6, 2014


Filed under Columns, Opinion

The taboo surrounding antidepressants stole years from my life. I have struggled with depression since the age of 13. As a child I was pretty outgoing, but when I turned 13 years old, I became introverted. School became excruciating because I didn't want to be around people and my grades got worse with my m...

‘Big is beautiful’ objectifies women

‘Big is beautiful’ objectifies women

Alyssa Dunning

August 31, 2014


Filed under Columns, Opinion

Society's obsession with beauty is getting old. I love seeing women of all sizes and shapes feel confident enough to strut their stuff, but I feel that isn't addressing the beauty problem as a whole. Changing beauty standards to include different body types is the equivalent of slapping new...

First week of school can’t be beat

Alyssa Dunning

August 26, 2014


Filed under Columns, Opinion

I start my morning hitting the snooze button. I'm so excited to wake up early for the first time in three months that I want to do it as many times as possible. I like to refer to all the new students as future friends because it's harder to be upset at friends for doing annoying things. There are ...

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