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'Vegans grind my gears' grinds my gears

‘Vegans grind my gears’ grinds my gears

March 29, 2018

A quick disclaimer before we start: I am not fully-vegan. I’m vegetarian, though I avoid dairy and make sure that the few dairy products I do eat are sustainably sourced.  This response talks about both vegan and vegetarian beliefs. I’m sure ...

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Ask Willow: Scared for a suicidal friend

March 27, 2018

Dear Willow, How do I help a suicidal friend? -Scared   If you or a friend are experiencing suicidal tendencies, please seek professional advice immediately.   Dear Scared, Helping a suicidal friend is not an easy situation ...

Sacrifice convenience for sustainability

Sacrifice convenience for sustainability

March 17, 2018

What do we want? Coffee. When do we want it? Now. Starbucks churns through 4 billion disposable cups globally per year. Fast food restaurants feed 50 million Americans daily. Twenty percent of all American meals are eaten in cars. This paints a grim p...

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Ask Willow: Frustrated Group Worker

March 15, 2018

Dear Willow, How do I get through group work without losing it over my lazy partners?  -Frustrated group worker Dear “Frustrated group worker,” Group assignments are the bane of many a college student’s existence. It seems like in every group, ...

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Marvel’s ‘blackbuster’ is off the hook

March 6, 2018

It will come as no surprise to me if every African-American in this country goes to see Marvel’s new “Blackbuster” film, “The Black Panther,” which has a nearly complete black cast. That’s if they haven’t seen it already. Virtually all my ...

Photo illustration by Andrés Pimentel.

Diversity of opinion

March 6, 2018

Our ability to debate and defend, argue and counter argue has boiled down to a tribalistic extremism. Like so many issues today, there’s a general consensus to disagree based on political affiliation. We agree to disagree. The general consensus, ma...

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Ask Willow: Alone

March 6, 2018

Dear Willow, I don’t like online dating, but I’m trying to find someone. How do people meet each other in real life these days? -Alone   Dear Alone, Although online dating is convenient and simple, it can also be shallow and emo...

Hollywood says 'Time's Up' to sexual harassment

Hollywood says ‘Time’s Up’ to sexual harassment

March 4, 2018

The #metoo movement was a full-fledged storm in 2017 and fueled a new fire in 2018 with just two simple words: Time’s Up. However, the fiery passion and determination that was prominent at the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) awards and Emmys was silenc...

Carmila has overcome hardships and stigma to open a restaurant in her neighborhood. Photo by Gabriel Guptill.

Israeli Arab love

March 1, 2018

During last year’s winter break I went on a mind-bending trip to Israel to discover perspectives of life. One of the many places I visited was an Arab village about 45 minutes outside of Jerusalem. The group of American-Jewish students I was traveling with were ...

Vegans grind my gears

Vegans grind my gears

February 27, 2018

The vegan diet is similar to a vegetarian diet, but excludes dairy products and any animal by-product. Veganism has been marked as the animal-friendly diet, as it’s made up of plant-based products. The vegan diet can help cut fat intake and may hel...

Bullying: It’s more complicated than you think

Bullying: It’s more complicated than you think

February 27, 2018

Two months ago, Keaton Jones brought bullying into the national spotlight. His heartbreaking video went viral and his words were shared by thousands across the country. Many celebrities spoke on the subject, including Chris Evans and Cardi B. Keaton was e...

Millennials are 23 percent more likely to travel abroad than their older counterparts. They are also willing to budget more for trips, with Millennials on track to spend $1.4 trillion on travel each year by 2020.

Why millennials travel

February 22, 2018

Louis Vuitton or a plane ticket? I’d opt for the latter. I thought I was a unique snowflake, but apparently I’m just a millennial. Seventy-eight percent of my generation chooses experiences such as concerts, festivals and travel over “buying somet...

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