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Old-fashioned dating: were our grandparents onto something?

I want to first start off by saying that I am not fully against online dating nor am I only in support of old-fashioned dating. When it comes down to it for me, love is love. It is one of the greatest things people can ever get the privilege to experience in this life. With that being said, I am a firm believer in the old-fashioned way of dating. The notion of actually bumping into someone and saying hello, having the courage to getting to know someone through face-to-face conversations rather than through an electronic screen is something that is dying.

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Realistic Resolutions

We have passed into yet another year in the 21st century. It has evolved into a tradition of American culture for people to dream up their own resolutions. The trend is set by athletes, Hollywood stars, musicians and politicians alike, and it seems our duty as citizens to follow suit. With the flood of people proclaiming their resolutions and posting their optimism across all social media platforms, it is hard not to roll your eyes and think to yourself that people are being unrealistic.

I think what most people forget when planning their resolutions is that they will not always be so motivated to accomplish their goals. I have made that mistake in the past, and at this point it seems doubtful that exercise will ever become an unforced habit for me. I understand why people give up and put their dreams for the year on the shelf. It is difficult to stay motivated, especially with the amount of hype about change.

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No uterus, no opinion

Why are we still regressing as a society?

I find myself logging onto my computer, going straight to a news source and looking at what’s supposedly trending. It can be anything from Zac Efron not attending the High School Musical reunion to something serious like a murder.

But I also find stories of women fighting for the right to control their own bodies, and I scroll past it without a second glance. How sad, right? I’m so used to seeing women’s bodies controlled that I don’t blink at it anymore.

Here is what I understand: mainly, Planned Parenthood has been under fire and people are calling for the government to defund them based off a significantly edited and altered video that showed Planned Parenthood selling fetal tissue.

And even though it has been denied and only two centers accept the fetal tissue and accept reimbursement for the tissue, which by the way is legal, Republicans are still are calling to defund the organization as a whole.

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Creativity builds balance

For the past three and a half years, I have identified myself as “Amanda Cefaratti from Newington, Connecticut, senior global studies and history major at Assumption College.”

I didn’t see a problem with this statement until recently, when I was writing one of the dozens of personal statements for various graduate schools I was applying to. Recently, one of the schools asked a question I have never considered outside of the regular constraints before. In short, it asked, “Who are you, what have you done, and why do we care?”

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GoFundMy Life

GoFundMe is one of the fastest-growing websites in today’s online world, and its purpose is one of the amazing things that comes from thoughtful people’s use of the internet. People can create pages with a goal to raise a set amount of money for a specific purpose, either their own or someone else’s, and there is ample room for descriptions of where exactly the money will go.

There are countless pages with worthy cause after worthy cause. It makes me wish I was a billionaire so that I could contribute to every page with a noble purpose. I would love to make all these people’s dreams come true, especially because most of their dreams are to help extremely deserving people in serious need.

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Spread Holiday Cheer, Not Rape Culture

Oh, the holiday season. Time for buying presents, putting up decorations and…spiking someone’s eggnog?

Bloomingdale’s holiday catalog ran a controversial ad showing a woman laughing while a man stared at her seemingly without her notice. “Spike your best friend’s eggnog when they’re not looking,” the ad said.

Since when did date rape become a slogan?

Bloomingdale’s spokesperson has formerly apologized for the ad: “In reflection of recent feedback, the copy we used in our recent catalog was inappropriate and in poor taste. Bloomingdale’s sincerely apologizes for this error in judgment.”

Bloomingdale’s also made a similar statement on its Twitter account.

The most troubling thing about this ad is that it got approved in the first place. Its encouragement to use drugs to facilitate sexual assault is blatant. Who thought this would boost holiday sales? In reality the ad caused an uproar of disgust.

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Find Your People

I can’t tell you how many times a day I whisper profanities to myself after interacting with my preschoolers’ parents and people at this college.
That sounds bad, right? I’ve been raised to be polite and understanding (to the best of my ability) of where people are coming from, but some days, I literally can’t.
On one hand, you have the person who believes their child can do absolutely no wrong, but continues to ask day after day how their child was. I want to scream my head off and say that he or she was absolutely horrible, but then it’s my fault. Who knew that the blame is placed on the teachers for their bad parenting?
But on the other hand, I have people saying things like if you just place all your faith in (insert higher power’s name here), then everything will work out just fine. I find myself now having to smile and nod because if I said what I really wanted to, I can guarantee you I would be in trouble.

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Check Your Ad Before You Publish

There has been a conflict going on between Israel and Palestine since the establishment of Israel in modern times. Recently this conflict has come to the billboards of the Massachusetts Bay Transit Association. The legal conflict about the billboards may be headed to the Supreme Court.
The case is from a dispute that occurred in 2013. That year, the MBTA rejected a pro-Israeli ad that read, “In any war between the civilized man and the savage, support the civilized man. Support Israel Defeat Jihad.”

The MBTA rejected the advertisement under their guidelines that “prohibit ads that demean or disparage individuals or groups.” Around the same time they allowed for a pro-Palestine advertisement that stated, “4.7 million Palestinians are classified by the U.N. as refugees.”

The argument is that the MBTA is limiting the free speech of the pro-Israel group and showing favoritism towards the pro-Palestine group.

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Try To Avoid World War III

Before people take sides, let’s examine who, or what, ISIS really is. ISIS stands for “Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.” It is an Islamist militant group aiming to form an independent Islamic state. The numbers are constantly changing, but it is estimated that there are up to 200,000 people involved in ISIS. According to CNN, it began in 2004 as al Qaeda in Iraq, reformed as ISIS in 2006 and officially separated from al-Qaeda’s leader in 2014.

NBC News’ data shows that ISIS has killed over 500 people outside of its Syria and Iraq based-caliphate since October. Over 100 of these victims were killed in France, 224 in a Russian plane above Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula, more than 100 in Turkey and almost 40 in Beirut.

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Refusing Refugees

As most people already know, on the evening of November 13, 2015, a series of coordinated terrorist attacks occurred in Paris. Staring at around 9:20 p.m., three suicide bombers struck near the State de France in Saint-Denis followed by suicide bombings and mass shootings at cafés, restaurants and a music venue in Paris. These horrible attacks killed 130 people, including 89 at the Bataclan theatre alone.

The reports from these attacks are saying that ISIS is accountable. Paris responded to this by conducting bombings in Syria, reportedly destroying possible ISIS training sites and camps.


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