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Letter to the Editor

December 18, 2018


Filed under Letter to the Editor, Opinion

The most important belief that unites all of our country as a people is that we agree that corporations and special interest groups steal the focus of the government off its people. I am a 20 year old progressive American, born and raised in the Finger Lakes of New York to a middle class family with...

Human error: bots won’t rid Tumblr of explicit content

Human error: bots won’t rid Tumblr of explicit content

Emily Johnston

December 17, 2018


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Tumblr announced a decision to ban adult content on their website Dec. 17 after a plague of child porn and other illegal content flooded the website. The reasoning behind this ban is that Tumblr went off the App Store, and in order to go back on they have to fix this issue. Instead of hiring moder...

When image control goes too far

When image control goes too far

Letter to the Editor

December 16, 2018


Filed under Letter to the Editor, Opinion

As a lead resident adviser and writing center tutor, the wellbeing of my community matters to me. As an Honors College student and critical thinker, honesty and academic integrity do as well. I feel I must speak out against the problematic email sent by Annie Stevens, vice provost for student affairs, to t...

How to take control of your sex life: reflect and repeat

How to take control of your sex life: reflect and repeat

Izzy Abraham

December 15, 2018


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Sometimes a hookup happens so quickly that we don’t take the time to reflect. I think it’s important now more than ever that we, meaning everyone, reflect on our sexual encounters. It’s important to maintain healthy self-talk, to reflect often and to reflect on ideas other than sex and romanc...

Don’t tune out when you’re turned on

Don’t tune out when you’re turned on

Gabby Felitto

December 14, 2018


Filed under Opinion

Porn is an outlet for everyone to witness their fantasies. However, it is still racist, there are still tropes and white men are still running it, according to the documentary “The Racist History Of Pornography.” Porn exploits women of color, portraying them as unrealistic stereotypes. Asian women are...

Ending the stigma of female masturbation

Ending the stigma of female masturbation

Gabby Lescadre

December 13, 2018


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Masturbation: in our culture, it’s often seen as the “she-who-must-not-be-named” of all actions. At the drop of the “M-bomb,” you may experience an array of reactions: wonderful, gross, desperate, pleasurable, shameful. It might even make your shoulders tight and your face hot. Regardless ...

No second chances in #MeToo

No second chances in #MeToo

Staff Editorial

December 12, 2018


Filed under Opinion, Staff Editorial

This time last year, #MeToo and the Time’s Up movement were in full swing. Hollywood actresses came together and spoke up about the abuse and power plays rampant in the industry, proving that even women who we perceive as more privileged are not safe. It was a venture into uncharted territory to see wom...

Dude, where’s my Juul?

Dude, where’s my Juul?

Olivia Stafford

December 10, 2018


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The company Juul was created to help people quit smoking cigarettes, but the product has become a dangerous trend. While the Food and Drug Administration has begun cracking down on this issue by banning flavors kids enjoy, more action needs to be taken to educate kids about the risks of Juul. Accor...

Henry’s final exams guide

Henry’s final exams guide

Henry Mitchell

December 9, 2018


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This has been a year of change and hope, where we finally learned to take matters into our own hands through sheer effort and dedication. So you’re all set for finals week and totally don’t need my assistance. Ah shucks, who am I kidding … I’ll help you out again. 1: Extortion. Professors hav...

Private donors due to lack of public funding

Private donors due to lack of public funding

Letter to the Editor

December 8, 2018


Filed under Letter to the Editor, Opinion

I have just now gotten around to catching up on my Cynic volumes. One article in particular that I am having trouble processing is “Public School, Private Donors.” Before I begin, I want to acknowledge my bias being in the Grossman School of Business and the recent private funding given to the bu...

Passion is the key to true success

Passion is the key to true success

Jackson Schilling

December 7, 2018


Filed under Opinion

A common myth at college is that the only way to get a high-paying job is by majoring in a STEM field. In reality, students who dedicate themselves to their passion will be happier overall with their career than those pursuing STEM exclusively for a high-paying job. I know from my own studies that scienc...

Take the rose-colored glasses off the 1950s

Take the rose-colored glasses off the 1950s

Gabby Loscadro

December 6, 2018


Filed under Opinion

Ah, young love. I often hear people complain that they were “born in the wrong generation” and long for something more than our “swipe left, swipe right culture.” The truth is that in 2018, romance is better than ever. If you look closely, movies like “Grease” paint a pretty picture o...

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