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VSCO girls are not embarrassed. Are you?

VSCO girls are not embarrassed. Are you?

Sophie Oehler

4 days ago

Sksksksksk and I oop- If you’re wondering, no I didn’t have a stroke. I’m just trying to fit in with the VSCO girls. A VSCO girl is any teenage girl who wears oversized T-shirts, Crocs, seashell necklaces and drinks out of a reusable water bottle, namely a Hydro Flask, according to Urban Dictiona...

Unpopular Opinion: Summer should just chill

Unpopular Opinion: Summer should just chill

Tori Scala

October 8, 2019

This summer, I experienced a “hot girl summer,” literally. I was sweaty, sticky, muggy, sunburnt and got sand in places it doesn’t belong. Whenever spring fades away and the heat is here to stay, I always get excited. For one week I tolerated all of these qualities summer has to offer, and then...

Cancel culture is unproductive and wrong

Cancel culture is unproductive and wrong

Sophie Oehler

October 3, 2019

James Charles, Taylor Swift and Kanye West walk into a bar. According to Twitter, the punchline of this joke is they all get “canceled.” “Canceling” refers to a social media trend where fans and haters alike                                       gang up on a celebrity who comm...

Activism must go beyond social media

Activism must go beyond social media

Emily Johnston

September 7, 2019

Instagram stories, posts that appear for only 24 hours, have recently been used by activists to spread awareness about political and social issues. On social media, and especially on college campuses, students constantly feel the pressure to do something about what they believe in. At a school like U...

Dude, where’s my Juul?

Dude, where’s my Juul?

Olivia Stafford

December 10, 2018

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...

How has social media changed us?

How has social media changed us?

Olivia Stafford

November 16, 2018

Social media has consumed young people and has changed the way we communicate. From the moment we wake up to the moment we go to bed, we are submerging  ourselves into the digital world, oblivious to what is going on off our screens. Fifty-one percent of people ages 18 to 24 said that it would be ...

Dialogues come from openness, not anger

Dialogues come from openness, not anger

Emily Johnston

September 27, 2018

It’s a typical day during a typical week. Someone opens Twitter and does what many have done before: sends an offensive tweet. Everyone’s seen it while mindlessly scrolling through various social media apps. A post that triggers an alarm inside, blaring “this is not right.” For many, this v...

“Me too” demands change

“Me too” demands change

Staff Editorial

October 25, 2017

So many “Me toos” on social media this past week have made us think long and hard. Too many people have been affected by sexual violence; the number of posts is unfathomable. And as post after post of “Me too” appears on social media, survivors of sexual assault are reminded regularly ...

Public opinions influenced by increase in fake news

Izzy Siedman

December 7, 2016

Raise your hand if you’ve ever scrolled past an factually incorrect article or a misleading post from a friend on Facebook and thought nothing of it. The prevalence of “fake news” and how often it is taken as fact, reveals the influence social media has on informing and grouping the populous....

Saying goodbye to Vine after four years of memories

Saying goodbye to Vine after four years of memories

Izzy Siedman

November 9, 2016

The video-looping service Vine has been pronounced dead. After a four-year run, Vine was discontinued on Oct. 27, according to its parent company Twitter. With their stock at an all-time low, Twitter decided that the app did not make enough money, according to CNN Money. It had been bought for o...

Living your life through the lens of social media

September 22, 2016

Dear Editor, I am having more fun that you. Can't you tell from my Snapchat story? I go to brunch and eat crème fraiche. You are not doing that. You are eating eggs alone. Again. I am at bars gallivanting with attractive members of the opposite sex. What are you doing? Watching that show a...

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