Adderall: Does the study drug provide an unfair advantage?
April 14, 2014
As we approach the final weeks of school, I cannot help but notice a sudden increase in Attention Deficient Hyperactivity Disorder patients.
Perhaps this epidemic has spread via the school water fountains. Or maybe the crowd reminiscent of a zombie apocalypse has sprung from another source.
My personal theory is ...
Hooters is degrading: A Spring Break takeaway
April 07, 2014
Over Spring Break I stayed with my cousin and friend in Orlando.
Being standard run-of-the-mill teenage guys, they persuaded me to dine with them at Hooters. I admittedly had never had a Hooters experience up to this point and went in rather open-minded.
Many people look down on Hooters women ...
Paper over Kindles - why books still rock
March 31, 2014
Do you remember the first book you ever read?
Not one your parents read out loud to you, but the first physical book you read. At last the scribbles scrawled across the page formed words, and the words formed a meaning. It finally meant something, and if that wasn't ...
Avoid the naysayers – change is good, embrace it
March 24, 2014
People will give you a lot of advice throughout your life. Differentiating between the good and bad is not always black and white, but there is something to be learned from any piece of advice one receives.
While flipping through the pages of my high school yearbooks, I came across ...
Pope Francis a breath of fresh air for the world
March 10, 2014
Admit it – Pope Francis is awesome.
The historic day he was announced will forever be engraved in my memory, much like 9/11 and the killing of Osama bin Laden. At my Catholic high school, we were herded like cattle into the library where a projector was live streaming the ...
You're the author of your life, so tell that story well
March 03, 2014
It is another dull Monday, marking the beginning of yet another hectic week containing: 16 hours of classes, 35 hours of work and not to mention the ever-looming homework assignments, extracurricular activities and somehow squeezing in a social life. If anyone told you that college was a breeze, they were ...
Skepticism still reigns regarding Kanye's return to Bonaroo
February 24, 2014
They emerged Wednesday night, like bears awakening from hibernation; the people of Bonnaroo awoke for the long anticipated 2014 lineup.
I stood amongst the crowd of Birkenstocks and bohemian skirts at the first ever Disc Exchange B.L.A.M. fest.
Having previously bought my tickets from the December pre-sale ...
Why I'm OK with being bad at being a girl
February 17, 2014
It happened at work when one of the servers was flashing her engagement ring to me.
I asked if the wedding would be soon, and she said she had to sort some things out and then she told me, "It won't be hard because every girl has their wedding ...
Nye proves science still trumps creationism in age-old debate
February 10, 2014
Since the dawn of time, this age-old question has remained life's greatest mystery: where did man come from?
Was it by a "big bang" or an "intelligent designer?" Was it by mere chance or is there some higher power that puts purpose to our existence?
On Feb. 7, Bill ...
'Bieber Influenza' outbreak calls for a vaccination
February 03, 2014
The phenomenon once referred to as "Bieber fever" has – thanks to recent media attention – morphed into "Bieber Influenza."
I suggest schools be shut down for sick days to prevent further students from being infected by this widespread and deadly epidemic.
Clearly this is the only plausible reason why the antics ...
Grades are fleeting, embrace experiences in college
January 27, 2014
As I arise this morning in my sub-freezing residence hall and begin the process of waking up, which includes at least six presses of the "snooze" button, I cannot help but feel empowered by a newfound confidence.
"It is my second semester as a college freshman, and I have it ...
Man-hating feminists are setting the movement up for failure
January 13, 2014
Whether you enjoy Beyoncé's music or not, it's safe to say that we were all "bowing down" to the Queen B when she released her self-titled surprise visual album over the break.
Feminist Beyoncé definitely strove to make a statement in this new album, especially through her song ...
Black Friday brings newfound meaning to 'bargain-hunting'
December 02, 2013
"I am not above arresting nobody tonight and I certainly ain't above tasering anybody who runs through that door," hollered a police officer over a crowd of more than 100 people standing outside of Belk Thursday night for the infamous Black Friday savings.
Black Friday typically occurs the day ...
A slurred 'yes' should still mean 'no'
November 25, 2013
When 14 year-old Daisy Coleman attended a party with 17-year-old athletes in October, she did not expect to awake on her doorstep the next morning in freezing cold weather with bruises all over her body and the clear marks of rape.
Would you think the perpetrator would be immediately arrested ...
Immerse yourself in foreign language, not its textbook
November 18, 2013
Imagine a weekend filled with pizza, pasta and polka – sound appealing?
This weekend marked the 10th anniversary of the Italian Immersion weekend. Renée D'Elia-Zunino, an Italian teacher at UT, started the program in hopes to encourage students to practice Italian in a more interactive environment.
When I first ...