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Ariel Zedric

Entertainment

Tipsy Elves: The Clothing Brand Dedicated To Expressing Yourself And Having Fun

As one of most critically acclaimed reality television shows, Shark Tank, has been at the forefront of entrepreneurism for nine seasons. But have you ever wonder what happens to the business after the cameras turn off? One of the original Shark Tank success stories, Tipsy Elves, has only grown since being on the show in 2013. Tipsy Elves is a clothing brand that specializes in outrageously fun outfits. They provide attire for any occasion, from

International

An Interview With Rachel Dodson: The Founder Of A Jewelry Company Dedicated To Helping At-Risk Cambodian Women

One look at Penh Lenh jewelry and you know it’s something special. But for some, it’s more than a collection of colorful, vibrant jewelry, it’s a life-saver. Penh Lenh is a jewelry brand dedicated to funding opportunities in education and the work field for at-risk Cambodian women. 100% of all sales are returned immediately to the organization and help improve the lives of the artisans women who create the pieces. Affinity sat down with the

Politics

Why The Argument Against Gun Control Is Irrelevant

It’s hard to believe the degree of violence innocent people are witnessing every day. The Parkland shooting is only the most recent in a string of school shootings that have occurred in 2018. With 17 deaths, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School has quickly surpassed Columbine to become the most devastating high school shooting and falls second only to Sandy Hook in terms of all-time school shootings. Teenagers should be writing term papers, studying for AP tests

Race

The Truth About Discrimination in the College Admissions Process

In 2015, 64 Asian-American groups filed a complaint against Harvard University for what they claimed to be discrimination in the college admissions process. Some may argue that the groups are simply creating a rationale for getting rejected from the institution, but the numbers don’t lie. Many of the enraged previous Asian-American applicants sported nearly perfect SAT scores, played multiple instruments, were named captains of their sports teams and participated in numerous extracurricular activities. With such a resume, one

Real Life

Social Media Isn’t The Problem — We Are

Nowadays, nearly everyone with a smart phone has a Snapchat. The social media forum has taken the app market by storm and is being used by parents and children alike. While the dog filter and face swap tool are seemingly innocent updates Snapchat has added to it’s arsenal, we can’t help but wonder whether Snapchat is putting its users in danger. During the summer of 2017, Snapchat released “Snap Map”, a feature where users could

International

The Earth Is Dying and We Are Just Watching

Two hundred and seventy-five years ago the Industrial Revolution planted seeds of a better world in human minds. Twenty years ago people believed by 2017, flying cars would populate the streets and childhood cancer wouldn’t exist. In 1980, a program called Superfund was created by Congress to help protect the environment from harmful and hazardous waste. In 2017, the Trump administration cut $330 million from the Superfund budget, minimizing the funding by 31 percent. Here we are, sitting at

Op-ed

What Being a Student-Athlete Has Taught Me

I play volleyball. Not, “let’s toss it around during gym class so we can get out of running the mile”  volleyball, but actual travel club volleyball. Traditionally, people tend to believe this means I cannot be smart. In high school, you’re only supposed to fit into one category, the jocks or the nerds, right? Wrong. There’s a reason it’s called Student-Athlete, the “student” part comes first. Above all, we are students, balancing the same homework

Real Life

Why Do We Stereotype? We Need To Look at the Root of the Problem

A stereotype is, by definition, “a widely held but fixed and oversimplified image or idea of a particular type of person or thing.” Nowadays we seem to automatically assume stereotypes are bad things. Granted, they usually are, but stereotypes can also help people discover what colleges they like, what cities they want to visit, and more. Stereotyping isn’t reserved for identifying people. Before you hate me, let me explain. Psychologically, humans create these stereotypes so

Feminism

Feminism: I’m Not B****ing Because It’s True

The playground. A place created to break the monotonous cycle of a school day, to let loose the energy cooped up inside little bodies. It was on this playground that we were allowed to “be wild.” It was a place of freedom. But it was also on this playground that we learned where we belonged. Where the King of the monkey bars was crowned and he could “Rule the School.” Where we girls were shunned

Real Life

Update: Kidnapping is Linked to an Online “Perfect Abduction Fantasy” Page

Ying Ying Zhang, an exchange student from China who came to the U.S. to study at the University of Illinois in Champaign, IL, was last seen on Friday, June 9, 2017. She was running late to a meeting with her housing manager and is seen on video surveillance attempting to catch a bus. After failing to find a ride, a black Saturn Astra passes Zhang before circling back around. The driver appears to incite a conversation

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