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Killing time or killing sperm?

E-cigarettes and vapes are heavily marketed to young adults or smokers addicted to nicotine.  Since a standard cigarette involves burning tobacco, an e-cigarette is seen as safer because it does not involve combustion or inhalation of tar or carbon monoxide. Because of this misconception, research on damages caused by e-cigs and

The truth about incompetence

Victim-blaming, gun control, feminism and pride are all words that social media discusses flagrantly on a day-to-day basis. Our society recognizes these as problems, but these controversies may be a result of more individual problems.  The Dunning-Kruger Effect is a phenomenon where individuals who are actually underperforming, generally overrate their performances due to a lack of metacognitive skills. A TedEd video called “Why Incompetent People

Deleting social media increases happiness

Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat and Facebook are just a few of the social media platforms that many individuals spend time scrolling through daily. According to The Telegraph, “The average person has five social media accounts and spends around one hour and 40 minutes browsing these networks every day.” Last fall, I felt

Robert S. Mueller III: The case against Russia

  Who Is Robert S. Mueller III? Robert Swan Mueller III is an American lawyer who is currently serving as special counsel in charge of conducting a “full and thorough investigation of the Russian government’s efforts to interfere in the 2016 presidential election,” per the Office of the Deputy Attorney General.

Seven Mile serves up charm to community

What first drew me in to the Seven Mile Cafe was the knowledge that they have plenty of vegan options. As I entered what looks like a quaint, little blue house converted to a restaurant, I immediately sensed I had found a place with real charm.  My sister, Jenna, accompanied me

Ignored Red Flags

Mourning Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School On Wednesday Feb. 14, 2018, tragedy struck Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Former student Nikolas Cruz opened fire on students at 2:21 p.m., according to Fox news. The gunman shot and killed 17 victims and injured 14 others. As the community mourns the

Education Equity

First-year students learn quickly that majors begin to define their lifestyle and the people that surround them. Circulating through different major circles is easier in core classes, but major genres are enough to fit people into small subcategories of “artistic,” “intellectual,” or “creative.” The differentiation between creativity and intellect does

All the Eternal Love I Have for Pumpkins

Known as the “Polka Dot Princess,” Yayoi Kusama is a Japanese artist, avant-garde sculptor and author. The exhibit, “All the Eternal Love I Have for Pumpkins,” will be at the Dallas Museum of Art through Feb. 25. Tickets to this exhibit cost $16, and the exhibit itself is limited to two people

Breaking the Pattern

Big bows and pigtails, Frilly dresses and pink everywhere. Told to not say this or don’t do that, To sit straight and talk soft. To not curse and to stay neat. Dainty and polite is what is expected, Loud-spoken and boyish is not an option. Boy shorts and tank tops were not accepted, Clean shoes and brushed hair

The Continuing Struggle for Net Neutrality

Net Neutrality: What Is It? Although the term net neutrality is one that has only recently become known to the masses, net neutrality and the battle for an open internet has been around since the early 2000s. Net neutrality can best be described as the facilitation of an open and free

Anti-Valentine’s Day

The real Valentine’s Day  Pink hearts, chocolate hearts and candy hearts fill the stores before February can even officially begin.     People are suddenly falling in love and wanting an extravagant date with their boo. Couples are dropping hundreds of dollars just for some flowers that will die within a week and chocolates

The Rise of Cryptocurrency

  Cryptocurrency: A new way to pay Although there have been many advances, it is the popularization of digital currency that is taking the world into the future of finance, and since money rules the world, this is a topic that all people should be aware of. What is cryptocurrency Cryptocurrency refers to a

With pet ownership comes community

When I got Luke, my half Border Collie half Australian Cattle Dog, I didn’t realize that I would be getting an entire community with him. Unlike me, an extreme introvert, Luke loves to socialize with dogs. And dogs, generally, come with owners. That means socializing is required on my part

Dealing with Migraines

What is a migraine?  A migraine is not just a bad headache. There are many incapacitating collection of neurological symptoms. Most who suffer from migraines experience throbbing pain on one side of their head. Smells, sounds and light can also become unbearable. Visual disturbances, tingling and/or numbness in the face, arms and hands are also very common.    My

Higher Education: Cost Up, Funding Down

Growing up, most individuals are taught if they work hard and study they will get into a good college, and if individuals get into a good college then they will be successful in the future and be rewarded with a lucrative career.  However, the more time passes the more it seems

Volunteer to build positive community connections

Prospective undergraduate or graduate students should be dedicated to the community service projects and volunteer positions they contribute to for more reasons than “It will look good on my resume or application.” This is an opinion that does not attack individuals in any way, and it is actually something that I