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Just a quick search on WebMD gives you a list of allergies: 10 food allergies, four seasonal allergies, two pet allergies and 15 other allergies. Allergens trigger exaggerated responses from our body’s immune system, and it is so common that about 50 million people in North America alone suffer from this reaction.
The American flag is a symbol for a plethora of subjective tropes that represent quintessentially American things — the country, the culture and the people. It is a portmanteau filled with the values that the country stands for, such as life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness as well as capitalism, democracy and equality among many others, and for a country that holds its moral standards high, the lofty ideals it strives for set it apart from those that audaciously and unabashedly trample on human rights and human life. Naturally, the American flag and the values it’s associated with are a source of American pride, but what happens when the country falls short on those promises? Should we simply turn a blind eye and still pretend to be proud?
“New year, new me!” said Rutgers University, anthropomorphically.
Students in high school and lower grade levels are taught politics throughout history — from the caveman ages, Middles Ages, Renaissance to the FDR and Reagan years. But when teachers bring to the fore issues in contemporary politics, they’re on shaky ground.
Bruised and pierced, Jesus is sprawled on a crucifix. This is one of the most commemorated images that billions of Christians pay deference to. Crucifixion was the cruelest form of punishment during the Roman era, and Jesus was subjected to this penalty as he died on a cross for all of humanity’s sins.
People have places to go and places they need to be, and when those locations are far enough, people book flights. Exorbitantly expensive with little room for movement, airplane fights aren’t the most financially or physically comfortable mode of transportation. The hassle is compounded by having to go through long lines of immigration and customs enforcement and security checks.
Symbols permeate our consciousness in subtle ways. They are reflective of a society’s values and culture, and symbols implicitly provide a mental map of reality that builds a frame of how we see the world. Putting Harriet Tubman on the face of the $20 bill is undoubtedly a meaningful change — we will have more variety, rather than the same white men on currency. Yes, these men were our Founding Fathers, but they aren’t the only ones who changed the landscape of American culture and history.
This is America, and in the U.S. of A. people don’t like being forced to do things — not even exercise. If citizens don’t want mandatory health insurance or mandatory vaccinations, then the people of the United States certainly don’t want mandatory physical activity.
Too many suspicious things have happened in this year’s presidential election, and we’re just at the primaries. Although November doesn’t seem too far away, it’s going to be a long-drawn, eventful season before the nationwide general election, and right now it’s been mired with egregious problems that challenge the legitimacy of whichever candidate emerges as the winner.
Right now the University of California, Davis is going through a public relations nightmare — part two. In UC Davis’s series of unfortunate events, university police officers pepper sprayed peaceful student protestors in 2011 at the nascent of the Occupy movement, and now it’s resurfaced with a vengeance. It was discovered that the university tried to hide this particular incident by paying companies more than $175,000 to clean its online presence. With UC Davis being a state university that exists at the time of massive budget cuts, the decision to funnel money to bury a PR issue strikes as obscene.
If you’re a woman, you know that time of the month when you feel like your insides are twisted and tightened into painful knots. Menstrual cramps are debilitating. There are ways to soothe the pain, such as using severe painkillers, which, unfortunately, may have unsettling side effects. And there may be times when medications thought to be highly potent are actually not strong enough.
Everyone thinks journalism is easy. The first thing that children are taught when they come to school are the basic skills of reading and writing. Since almost every educated individual knows how to do this, including some people who weren’t even formally educated, then it naturally follows that almost anyone who can recount a story, read and write can be a journalist.
Back in the day, Yahoo Questions was popular. Users would post questions like, “How can I get pomegranate stains off my shirt?” or “How can I best take care of my bamboo plant?” But then there were also a plethora of odd questions about sex, ranging from “I am 17 (and a girl), and I had sex with another girl. Can I get her pregnant?” to “In 7th grade I kissed a boy on the cheek and I am worried that I am pregnant and I can’t eat bannnanas??? HELP ---??” These ridiculous questions that people should already know the answer to makes you wonder whether some are just “trolling” the rest of us. But the variety and quantity of those types of Yahoo Questions makes it plausible that a good portion is actually real, and with them attached equally as real concerns and anxieties.
Graduation is a pivotal point in one’s life. It’s a ritualistic event when you get to sit in High Point Solutions Stadium for hours on a blistering hot day, wrapped in a red robe, so that you and thousands of your peers can receive diplomas and celebrate with family and friends. Graduation indicates you not only survived college, but also conquered those four arduous years and are now being ushered into the world of maturity.
Many years later, most of us still have fond memories of recess. When that bell rang and signaled freedom from the small desk where you were confined and forced to sit and pay attention to a long drawn-out lesson about arithmetic, you charged to the playground or the area of open space where you knew you could play and let your creative and social capacities loose. Recess was a brief period of liberation when you were able to associate with classmates and exhaust energy by running around. Whether it was playing hide and seek or watching nature’s little creepy crawlers, childhood’s tender memories happened during those periods of emancipation in between the day’s classes.
As busy college students, many of you are wandering from class to clubs to libraries, and you may not be paying attention to what’s happening in the headlines. But as students in an institution of higher learning, it’s an integral component of a college education to be aware of what’s going on in the world, and right now one of the most important (if not the most) current events topic is regarding the controversial Panama Papers.
On average women only earn 74 cents to a man’s dollar, but, with the caveat that they achieved the same exact feat, a woman in the U.S. Women’s National Team (USWNT) would earn 37 cents to a man in the U.S. Men’s National Team's (USMNT) dollar.
Most of us, presumably, will never know what it’s like to have a gender identity that doesn’t match the biological sex we were born with. When what you feel and who you think you are doesn’t match the sex organs you were born with, and you try to correct this dissonance, there’s a nefarious portion of society that will want to regulate your body for you. This portion of society will not accept you and will find ways to prevent you from accepting yourself.
Camden, New Jersey, is commonly and strongly associated with high crimes rates, as well as having a powerfully equipped and highly trained police force. Other than its relevance with issues of crime, the city rarely comes to mind. It may gain ephemeral attention when passing by its train stop or when attending concerts like Warped Tour at the BB&T Pavilion, but for the most part, Camden is ignored. You’re warned not to go to Camden: "It’s a bad place, so don’t even bother."
Comedy clubs are spaces of mirth, joy and laughter. On an evening out with your significant other or friends, you don’t really expect that each and every performance at a comedy club is going to cause cramps from laughter or tears streaming down your face. But it is likely you anticipate a minimal baseline experience of contentment and hopefully a bit of a good time, especially since you’re paying for the entertainment.