The Orion

Serving up social change via social networking sites

Valerie Teegardin

May 14, 2014

Unless you've taken the concept of dead week quite literally, than you've probably noticed your Twitter stream clogging up with pleas to #BringBackOurGirls.Despite the good intentions of this campaign, Twitter hashtags won't bring back the 230 Nigerian girls who were abducted. What hashtags can do, h...

Ivy league all-star follows passions to Yale.

Valerie Teegardin

May 6, 2014

After being accepted into all eight Ivy League schools, as well as several other New York State colleges, 17 year-old Kwasi Enin has decided to attend Yale University.According to The Huffington Post, Enin scored 2,250 out of 2,400 on his SAT and landed acceptance letters from Brown University, Columbia Unive...

Undeclared students shouldn’t sweat missing major perks

Valerie Teegardin

April 26, 2014

It’s no surprise that with the high cost of tuition and other various academic fees, students are rushing to get through college as quickly as they can. However, it’s that pressure to get in and out in four years that may be pushing some students to declare majors they aren’t fully c...

Boost brain cells by beating games

Valerie Teegardin

April 8, 2014

Living in a capitalist society, I'm constantly engulfed in thousands of advertisements plastered with deceitful lies and fake claims to get people to buy more. Nonetheless, I couldn't help but be intrigued after seeing a TV commercial for Lumosity, a brain-training game that claims to improve cognitive ...

Sexist messaging app misleads relationships

Valerie Teegardin

April 7, 2014

What do fireworks, hand grenades and gender-specific apps have in common? All three are pieces of technology that, when put in the hands of stupid people, will blow up in their faces. Thanks to BroApp, an Android app for guys that automatically sends prewritten text messages to girlfriends, my faith...

Intelligence isn’t limited to IQ

Valerie Teegardin

Valerie Teegardin

April 4, 2014

Hot-cold, up-down, left-right, there's already enough dichotomies in society; smart-stupid shouldn't be one of them. Yet that's exactly how the education system views intelligence, like it's some black and white concept in which you're either smart, or you're not. What better way to figure out which c...

Non-traditional ways to handle neighborly nuisances.

Valerie Teegardin

April 1, 2014

I consider myself to be fairly flexible when it comes to neighborly nuisances; this is a college town and I am surrounded by college kids after-all, but my patience has a limit.In my living situation, this limit is tested when the guy in the apartment above me stomps so heavily that pens rattle on my de...

Online classes offer opportunities, obstacles

Valerie Teegardin

Valerie Teegardin

March 24, 2014

As the last half of the semester draws near, enrollment for classes next fall looms overhead. Before signing up for online courses, consider why getting an education over the web may cost you a lot more than the enrollment fees. High failure rate Having taken a math course online through C...

Stop striving for straight-A’s

Valerie Teegardin

March 11, 2014

After years of schooling, students are now conditioned to believe that good grades will get them a good job; as if an A is equivalent to success. If that's truly the case, then it's reasonable to assume that a student who proves their dedication to education by pulling straight-A's will be more favorable in ...

Finding productivity in procrastination

Valerie Teegardin

Valerie Teegardin

March 5, 2014

Targeted as a roadblock to success needing to be demolished, procrastination has been tied to laziness and wasted time. It's a slacker's defining quality. If it's so bad, then why does college continue to breed procrastinators by the thousands? I think it's because the skill of slacking, if mastered corre...

Don’t stress over dilemmas

Valerie Teegardin

February 25, 2014

Reflect on your current situation as it is right now; not two days from now, not even five minutes from now, but right at this particular moment. Is your apartment flooding? Is someone breaking into your car? Are you getting attacked by your neighbor's dog?Most likely not. The fact of the matter is t...

Redefining importance of appearances

Valerie Teegardin

February 18, 2014

Once dubbed "the ugliest woman in the world," Lizzie Velasquez has been turning heads ever since her TED talk this past December when she addressed her rare disease that makes it impossible to gain any weight. Retelling some of the harassment she's had to face — like strangers telling her to do t...

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