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B is Not for Beaner

Written by Monse Arce Americans love to call Mexicans “beaner.” They love to tell us to go back across the border. They love to call us dirty and tell us to stay on our side of the river. You know what though? They also love our food. They love our alcohol. They love having us clean their house when it gets messy and they love having us mow their lawn, it’s cheap isn’t it? They


Conversation with Sara Li of Project Consent

What prompted you to start project consent? This is always the hardest question for me to answer. I don’t know if there was a particular catalyst that prompted me to start Project Consent. It was just the overwhelming presence of rape culture that pushed me to do something, anything, to end it. It’s an issue that’s very close to my heart but more importantly, it’s an issue that impacts a lot of people. I saw

International, Mental Health

Is Social Media Real?

Earlier this November, Essena O’Neill, former Australian model and Instagram star quit social media, saying it “isn’t real” and posting a video explaining how social media has limited the way she lives her life and reduced her worth to just her looks, leading to an obsession with views, likes and approval. She then edited her Instagram captions, revealing how much effort it took to portray a seeming effortless, yet perfect life. Although the video raised


7 Easy and Affordable Ways to Go Green

  Why should you care about climate change and our environment? A clean environment is extremely essential for healthy living for both human beings and animals, for starters. Our planet’s climate is also changing at a rapid pace due to manmade causes such as C O 2 emissions and other greenhouse gases. Additionally, we as human beings require biodiversity or the variety of different living organisms as it provides basic necessities such as plants to

International, Politics

Let’s Fight Rape Culture

“She was asking for it. Did you see what she was wearing?” “She was asking for it. I mean, she was definitely hitting on me.” She was wasn’t asking for it. She never asked for it. Our clothing does not equal our consent. It never has. It never will. A crop top and short shorts does not equal consent. A flirtatious attitude does not equal consent. Having sex with you on Friday does not equal


Take The Islam Out of ISIS

What is in a name? A rose by any other name would smell as sweet. If trash was not called trash, it would still be trash. However, names are used to define things or people. In the wake of the Paris attacks, the world “Islamic” in the name I slamic State in Syria i s one of the driving forces that fuel the constant uprising in Islamophobia. ISIS loves the name ISIS; they want the


Undocumented Immigration: Is It What You Think It Is?

A few years ago while discussing illegal immigration in an English class, a girl spoke about her reasons on why she was against it. My initial reaction was to roll my eyes because I knew that what she was about to say was going to be ignorant considering her opinions on previous in-class debates. Regardless, I paid attention to what she was going to say so that I could express my counter-argument clearly. Her opinions


Shame, Dignity, & Catholicism

  Shame: that embarrassing feeling. By definition, shame is the painful feeling arising from the consciousness of something dishonorable, improper, or ridiculous. According to Catholic theologians (and John Paul II specifically), shame is a natural defense mechanism that arose due to “The Fall” (Adam and Eve disobeying God). I attend a private, Catholic high school in Kentucky. Recently, during one of my “Theology 102” classes, we were discussing The Fall of Adam and Eve. To


From Standardized to Modernized?

School’s in session once again and although the time has not arrived yet, soon enough we will be hearing the cries of PARCC. Those cries do not go in vain; rather they represent the mindset of most of the parents and students within my high school and even the majority within my state, New Jersey. PARCC, Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, is as they choose to call themselves “the next generation…of


Having a Uterus is Not a Luxury

If you haven’t heard by now, the UK has put a luxury tax on tampons, pads, and other period related products. What does this mean? It means that people with vaginas have to pay a 5% levy on their tampons and pads because they are “luxury items”. Nothing about having a period is luxurious. In an article on this topic by Natasha Preskey for, she says the following: “The average woman buys, uses and

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