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Aerie making waves with average-bodied

“The girl in the magazine doesn’t even look like the girl in the magazine.”

Hair too perfect, skin too smooth, her face isn’t wrinkled, though I bet she had to smile for that picture a dozen times already. She’s stick thin, and not a mark is on her skin. You get the impression that she hasn’t lived but materialized out of the mind of the photographer.

We look at this and feel ashamed. Our skin is dry, chapped, blotchy, puffy from lack of sleep; our hair is static electricity, standing on end, knotted; our foreheads are wrinkled, grooves deepening as we laugh and frown.

We cannot help but live.

But when we are bombarded by Photoshopped perfection, we internalize this as reality. As we naturally collect pimples and scars, we are simultaneously told that we are wrong, that we are supposed to be perfect.

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A smoking compromise

Out on the streets as of right now, anybody who wants to smoke can smoke. However, in public places such as amusement parks, there are designated smoking areas.

There are several sides to this argument. I will assess three of them.

Side number one is comprised of people who are okay with other people smoking without having to be restricted to designated areas. This group would probably include some smokers. Increasingly in our society, people are advocating the right of person to do anything that they desire. With this attitude developing, who’s to say that smokers, who are sometimes restricted to designated areas, should not be able to smoke wherever they want and whenever they want?

Then there is the side of the argument that says that people should not smoke in public at all. There could be several motivations for this crowd, including environmental reasons and health reasons.

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Don't sweat the small stuff

Grades: the be-all, end-all. The all-consuming benchmark to measure one’s worth, not in terms of academic endeavors, but one’s worth as a person. One thing I have noticed over my four years at Assumption College is the absolute obsession with grades. I am sure this happens at every college. The angst and self-inflicted mental trauma that everyone puts themselves through for one-tenth of a point that would push them through to the promised land of the unadulterated riches of the higher letter grade. Missing out on other extracurricular activities, parties on the weekend and full nights of sleep, all for the great glorious grade.

Don’t get me wrong, I am not saying that one should slack off and disregard school as a joke. All I am saying is that there is more to life than what grade you get. I am sure it has to do with the way the college system is set up and definitely not a condemnation of Assumption.

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Life lessons

It may sound strange, but I’ve learned a lot of life lessons from television. If you know me, it may sound even stranger because I grew up with my nose buried in a book instead of planting myself in front of a TV.

As I’ve gotten older, I started watching Netflix, and it changed my life. I started watching Grey’s Anatomy after remembering that my mom used to love it, and after binge-watching the entire show more quickly than I’d like to admit, I was hooked.

The characters in my favorite shows became as important to me as characters in my favorite books. Sometimes, they face the same kinds of challenges I do; more often than not, Hollywood drama wins out and their problems are way worse than mine could ever be. I can follow TV show characters’ lives from season to season and be forced to wait months, which in itself has taught me patience.

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FSU settlement fair, but still isn't the end for Kinsman

On January 22, 2016, Florida State University finally settled a federal Title IX lawsuit with former student Erica Kinsman. Kinsman alleged that star quarterback and Heisman Trophy Winner Jameis Winston raped her in 2012.

This settlement comes more than a year after the initial complaint was filed in federal court. That fact really upsets me: this poor woman had to go through the painstaking process that is the criminal justice system for over a year to finally get some sort of closure. Now keep in mind that while all of this was happening, Jameis Winston was on the field starting as quarterback for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

How much was the settlement, you might ask? It was a good chunk of change. But can you really put a dollar amount on such a terrible act? The money doesn’t erase the damage already done. FSU officially agreed to pay Kinsman $950,000.

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Academy Awards need to diversify

Everyone seems to be talking about the Oscars and their apparent inability to diversify, which extends to the trophy itself—a faceless man. While the Academy Awards have not necessarily barred women in the same way they have barred minorities, there has been an important discussion regarding the overall demographic of the Academy.

The demographic in question is older white men. And, ironically, every nominee for this year’s awards were also white.

Does anyone else see a problem here?

I’m not going to pretend to be an expert on racial issues or even to know what it’s like to be a minority. I know what it feels like to be a woman and some of the challenges and stereotypes that we face, but that isn’t necessarily an equivalent to racial discrimination. I won’t pretend that white privilege doesn’t exist or that some opportunities are only granted to people who fit a certain racial and socioeconomic profile.

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Finding faith

I remember my sophomore year I wrote an article about core classes and how upsetting it was to me that Assumption said that everyone was accepted, but everywhere I turned, I was told what to believe.

Little old sophomore me thought that I was drowning in Catholicism, and don’t get me wrong, sometimes I look at my e-mail and want to scream: what about everyone else? But as my time at Assumption slowly comes to an end, I’ve reflected on what it meant to have faith.

I’ve reflected on what it means to be accepted in a school (and I mean school, not college) that is so socially constructed into high-school cliques. If you’re in the “popular group,” then you’re accepted, but the moment you speak against the grain, you’re immediately questioned, so here goes nothing.

I’m still not Catholic.

I still find it shoved down my throat.

And I still hate when people tell me that because I’m pro-choice, it means I’m pro-abortion.

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Guilty pleasures

We’ve all seen the show at some point in its surprising 20 seasons on air, and we’ve all been horrified by the drama and utter ridiculousness such a show, yet for some reason we can’t bring ourselves to stop watching.

Yes, I’m talking about The Bachelor.

The Bachelor, The Bachelorette, Married by Mom and Dad, all those trashy shows that fall under the umbrella of reality television but are the furthest thing from reality.

I started really watching The Bachelor my freshman year of college. At first, a friend wanted to watch and I was hesitant because the premise of the show seemed so outlandish and, to be honest, stupid. But by the first commercial break, I was completely hooked. Just like the girls on the show, I too had my heart broken when my first pick was sent home and he gave the rose to the underdog no one saw as a threat.

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"Belfies" are motivating, not annoying

With the New Year underway, many have made resolutions pertaining to a healthier lifestyle or fitness. With this in mind, how does fitness connect to social media?

A lot of people cringe at the thought of that guy who has posted yet another shirtless mirror selfie or tweeted how much weight he put up on insert specific exercise. We all have our thoughts about these kinds of posts on Twitter or Instagram, but is the recent craze about fitness and social media all that bad?

Not necessarily.

I mean, I dislike these kinds of photos just as much as the next person, but instead of just rolling our eyes at these photos, why not use them for motivation?

In my eyes, anyone who has made an effort to better themselves absolutely deserves to be proud and share their progress on social media. The ability to be able to witness someone’s transformation hopefully serves the purpose of showing that anyone is capable of change.

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Major work, major displayed

For students, college is the best of times, yet with our overwhelming courseloads, college can also be the worst of times. During our undergraduate years, we make some incredible memories with people who will be the greatest friends we ever have. However, we must not forget we are all here for one reason: to obtain a degree. Our degrees are the golden tickets that signify that we have completed all the academic requirements at this institution of higher education that will help us to conquer the world outside of 500 Salisbury Street.

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