Lose yourself in four years, find yourself in the gap
First-year me had everything mapped out. He was going to take his required classes, graduate in May 2019, then transfer over to Whittier College’s Master’s in Education Program for teaching. First-year me knew his right from his left; he knew exactly where he was going. Fourth-year me got lost three years ago and, at this point, he just wants to pull over and watch the clouds go by.
I’m ambitious, not malicious
I should admit that I actually always get sorted into Slytherin or Hufflepuff. It is cannon that people can choose between houses. People are more complex than most books with a personality-based sorting system show — I’m looking at you, Divergent. And, as Harry chose Gryffindor over Slytherin, I chose Slytherin over Hufflepuff.
Don’t diss my, or others’, disabilities
The Academy Awards aired on Feb. 24, and millions of people tuned in to watch. Social media platforms like Twitter were abuzz with responses to the different stars’ outfits, awards, and the lack of a host. One celebrity seemed to stand out — Selma Blair, known for roles like Legally Blonde, Cruel Intentions, and the Hellboy franchise. Her slicked-back blonde hair, pastel-and-black rainbow cocktail dress with matching cape, and a sleek black cane gave her an air of regality. The custom cane proved to be more than a fashion statement; it was there to aid her with her multiple sclerosis (MS). This was her first public appearance since her diagnosis in October. Two days after the Oscars, Blair had an exclusive interview about her diagnosis with Good Morning America.
The respect owed to “how can I help you?”
When I asked a customer to please place her items on the metal, T-shaped stand so that I could count the merchandise — a store policy I followed with every customer — the elderly woman held the articles close to her chest and asked me: “Why? It’s not like I’m going to steal them. That’s not in my culture.” She looked me up and down, scoffed, and, as she left, I heard her call me a “dirty Mexican.” I inhaled; then, I exhaled, because that’s what you do in customer service.
The art of the Green New Deal
Climate change is a salient issue amongst Democrats. There is an environmental section as a part of the Democrat’s official party platform, and a poll conducted by Monmouth University in November found that 82 percent of Democrats believe climate change is a “very serious issue.” Although Republican voters and elected officials alike are coming around to the idea that climate change is a clear and present danger (64 percent of Republicans acknowledge climate change, up from 49 percent in 2015), the Democrats have championed themselves as, for lack of a better term, the Green Party. Yet, Democrats are shirking away from the Green New Deal (GND) legislation, put forth by freshman House of Representatives member Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and junior Senator Ed Markey (D-MA) in early February.
Ditch Netflix, go with DC Nation
Superhero fans across the world are mourning the cancelation of beloved titles Jessica Jones and Punisher. As nerds everywhere flock to their TVs and cry into their tissue boxes, I hope they choose to seek comfort not in reruns, but in a new love. Leave Netflix, Disney, and Marvel behind for a few days, and get a seven-day free trial of DC Nation to get caught up on Young Justice.
No chilly reviews for Frozen 2 trailer
Disney is reaching unparalleled levels of drama with its recent trailer for Frozen 2, and everyone is thrilled. I’m sure that Frozen 2 is going to be one of the biggest hits of the year. Not only is the score absolutely, over-the-top amazing, but the animation technology has matured beyond recognition. It is easy to believe that the opening scene, which shows towering bluffs and dark waves crashing against the shore, may just be a repurposed National Geographic video. It was as if they simply photoshopped Elsa into a scene in order to take advantage of the nature. What is more impressive about this new trailer is what it conveys about this next installment of the Frozen series. It is going to be a much more dramatic film than the first; this movie is most certainly a must-see.
So much for happily ever after
Look, I will be the first to admit that love can totally check all of the fairy-tale-boxes, but that in no way means that your relationship will be perfect. Sure, you should look for a partner(s) who will sweep you off of your feet. They should give you the kind of romance that leaves you smiling uncontrollably, but you can never expect them to be perfect all the time. It is simply unrealistic. Our society has sold an unhealthy image of relationships, and it is damaging our ability to experience and maintain love. Happily ever afters need to stop.
Journalism changing, but never dead
When I tell people I’m majoring in English, their immediate response is to ask: ‘Do you want to be a teacher?’ and my answer has always been: ‘No, I would actually like to be a journalist.’ They’re either shocked and interested because few people choose journalism as a career interest early on, or they begin to tell me all the reasons I shouldn’t become a journalist (there aren’t enough job opportunities; it doesn’t pay well; the field is dying out; most news sources have moved to online platforms, etc.) — as if I hadn’t considered all those reasons before.
Fruits of American empire laid bare in Tijuana
Mexico’s northern border city of Tijuana was set ablaze by the recent arrival of the Central American exodus. Thousands of men, women, and children fled their volatile Northern Triangle homelands of Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador, determined to make the over 2,000-mile trek across dense Chiapan forests and vast Sonoran deserts to America’s doorstep — only to be met with the barbarism and state-sanctioned xenophobia, exemplified by barbed-wire barricades and tear gas canisters courtesy of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP).
Bittersweet endings to bitter stories
“I saw [Amber] riding up and down . . . She was by herself. I saw this black pickup. He pulled up and grabbed her. When she screamed, I figured the police ought to know about it, so I called them,” said Jim Kevil to dfw.cbslocal.com. Kevil, a 78-year-old retired machinist, was the last person to see 9-year-old Amber Hagerman alive before she was kidnapped and murdered in Arlington, Texas.
Amber and her 5-year-old brother Ricky had decided on that day, Jan. 13, 1996, they would bike to a local abandoned grocery store and play in the parking lot. They looped around the parking lot, breathing in the chilly winter air, until Ricky got tired and decided to head home. Amber stayed behind to ride around the parking lot some more. Minutes later, Amber was kidnapped. Kevil described her kidnapper as a white or hispanic male, 25 – 40 years old, under six feet tall, and of a medium build.
A proposition to help our fellow earthlings
Animal welfare advocates throughout the nation rejoiced following the election on Nov. 6. What is being proclaimed as the “strongest animal protection law in history” by Mercy for Animals, Proposition 12 was passed with 61 percent of the vote by the citizens of California. Californians are paving the way for the continuing abolition of cruel factory farming practices.
How a symbol sheds blood
Father Bede, a man whose work in introducing Christian Americans to Vedic concepts was instrumental, famously said that each religion is “a face of the one Truth, which manifests itself under different signs and symbols.” Signs and symbols: this overarching theme is vital to a discussion of faith-based violence; for the simple fact that it is these symbols that invoke animosity, fear, and, ultimately, violence. Two particular symbols – the Star of David of Judaism and the turban of Sikhism — have become crucial to inter-faith dialogue concerning violence prevention and the redirection of misguided information.
JanTerm: to take or not to take?
It’s that time of year again, Poets; registration is upon us. There is one question that seems to be boggling a lot of our fellow students: whether or not to take a JanTerm. For those of you unfamiliar with the term, the College allows students to take one course between the Fall and Spring semesters, which is called JanTerm. During this time, Poets take a class that is usually three hours a day, Monday through Friday.
The Angel of Death in the spotlight
A trip to the hospital isn’t out of the ordinary. If you’re lucky, you might only need to have a physical or a flu shot, though some people may need a few nights in the hospital to recover from an illness. Whatever the severity, any stay in a hospital has one thing in common: nurses.
Why all the frustration with registration?
Registration for JanTerm and Spring semester classes is coming up quickly — as early as Nov. 12 for fourth-years and Nov. 15 for first-years. As a first-year, this is my first time registering for classes without other students and professors in the room to answer questions or advise me.
Make America safe again, or for the first time
On Oct. 2, President Trump hosted a rally in Mississippi. Amongst the crowd of “Make America Great Again” hats and ‘Build the Wall’ posters, Trump spoke about the issue of reporting sexual assault. More specifically, Dr. Christine Blasey Ford’s testimony accusing then Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, of sexually assaulting her in the summer of 1980.