The Orion

Gender reveals: harmful or celebratory?

Gender reveals: harmful or celebratory?

Rayanne Painter

November 16, 2018


Filed under Blogs, Opinion

A concept: popping confetti to celebrate the genitalia of an undeveloped tiny human. Sounds weird to me, yet this is the new fad of our culture.We’ve all seen the Facebook videos. Family and friends gather around a suburban backyard while an expecting couple throws darts at water balloons, or cuts i...

Catcalling: it’s inexcusable

Catcalling: it’s inexcusable

Rayanne Painter

November 13, 2018


Filed under Blogs, Opinion

If you have a female or feminine body, you already know. It’s terrifying no matter where you are or who you’re with.It can happen anywhere. Walking home from class, walking into the grocery store or just in public: “Hey baby, why don’t you give me a smile and come on over here...

Voting is crucial for this upcoming election

Voting is crucial for this upcoming election

Rayanne Painter

November 5, 2018


Filed under Blogs, Opinion

Nov. 6 is coming, and as people residing in the U.S, we all have important decisions to make.It’s no secret that politics are a headache, inducing, confusing and sometimes manipulative, during this time of year. Politicians, and those supporting their campaigns, have a tendency to do anything ...

Stay at home ‘baby daddies’

Stay at home ‘baby daddies’

Brooke Martin

October 31, 2018


Filed under Blogs, Opinion

When calling him ‘daddy’ turns literal.There’s always been a stigma that men are the providers, the ‘breadwinners’. They are in charge of providing financially, while women are the caregivers. Women give the kids love and affection. When women get pregnant in college they...

‘Loners’ aren’t always lonely

‘Loners’ aren’t always lonely

Brooke Martin

October 30, 2018


Filed under Blogs, Opinion

There’s a difference between being a ‘loner’ and being lonely.You’re at a restaurant with your friends. You see a girl sitting in the corner booth, mindlessly eating her sandwich while reading a torn-up book. She’s by herself with no friends in sight. You start to feel b...

Bad news: Greasy food will make your hangover worse

Bad news: Greasy food will make your hangover worse

Rayanne Painter

October 29, 2018


Filed under Blogs, Opinion

You’ve woken up with a headache, nausea and are somehow more tired than before you went to sleep. This isn’t a case of the flu or common cold, but rather a side effect of a few too many margaritas from the festivities of the night before.I can admit that I’ve been in this position ...

Bisexual people deserve respect and validation

Bisexual people deserve respect and validation

Rayanne Painter

October 29, 2018


Filed under Blogs, Opinion

I’m attracted to people regardless of their gender. But no, I don’t want to be in your threesome and I’m certainly not confused about my sexuality.While being heterosexual is the all-time “norm” when it comes to sexual orientations, that doesn’t mean that there are...

Gender inclusive restrooms; we all can do better

Gender inclusive restrooms; we all can do better

Rayanne Painter

October 24, 2018


Filed under Blogs, Opinion

If you’re reading this, I’m going to make the assumption that you are human. You eat, you drink and if you do both of these things, you will have to dispose of bodily waste.Whether the urge to use the bathroom is at home or in public, most of us don’t have trouble finding a place t...

We all are responsible for reversing climate change

We all are responsible for reversing climate change

Rayanne Painter

October 21, 2018


Filed under Blogs, Opinion

The Earth as we know it is disappearing at an alarmingly fast rate. I know it, you know it and we need to stop ignoring it.Over the past decade, there’s been no secret about the fact that our climate is rapidly changing and becoming too hot for the earth to remain sustainable. Coral reefs once full of vib...

Blood donors wanted: unless you’re gay

Blood donors wanted: unless you’re gay

Rayanne Painter

October 21, 2018


Filed under Blogs, Opinion

When entering the American Red Cross website, a red banner pops up on the top of the screen: Critical Need for Blood and Platelets.Unfortunately for the Red Cross and those who benefit from their donations, less than 38 percent of people in the U.S. are eligible to give blood. This gives urgency to finding eligible donors, but surprisingly enough, they will turn down potential do...

Letter to: sexual assault survivors

Letter to: sexual assault survivors

Rayanne Painter

October 15, 2018


Filed under Blogs, Opinion

Dear survivors of sexual assault,First off and most importantly, I believe you. You are strong and resilient, no matter your situation.I know these past few weeks have been hard, with all that’s been going on in our country. Not only are the topics of survivors and their experiences on the front of ...

Seven reasons why your friend might be the real snake

Seven reasons why your friend might be the real snake

Brooke Martin

October 10, 2018


Filed under Blogs, Columns, Opinion

Toxic friends come in many shapes and forms. Most of us, if not all of us, have had a friend that’s turned out to not be an actual friend. Snake venom is toxic, but friends shouldn’t be. Friends are supposed to build you up and make you a better person, but this is not always the case. It can be hard to let go because you two share so many happy memorie...

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