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Resolutions For the World

Resolutions For the World

January 30, 2012

A New Year brings about a new opportunity for reflection. What will 2011 be remembered for? How will I, as an individual and as a member of my generation, remember 2011? What mattered this year? What shouldn’t have mattered? In setting resolutions this year, let’s turn our eyes to the world. It isn...

The Unattainable Goal

January 22, 2012

1.6 MILLION PLASTIC SURGERY PROCEDURES IN 2010 ● 52 PROCEDURES TO GET “BARBIE BODY” ● AVERAGE PLASTIC SURGERY PROCEDURE: $4,000 ● 95.6 PERCENT OF PATIENTS ARE WOMEN ● 66.9 PERCENT OF WOMEN PATIENTS HAVE A COLLEGE DEGREE ● LIPOSUCTION IS NATION’S TOP COSMETIC SURGICAL PROCEDURE Objectification of Women: Who’s to Blame? Media surrounds us. ...

Every Second Counts and Time Is Short

Every Second Counts and Time Is Short

December 2, 2011

Just six more degrees, and pencils collapse onto the floor, feet scurry through the doorway, trembling hands turn in apologetic tardy slips, frantic fingers attack the send button, and a traffic light fades into red. The second hand on a clock can turn one’s world upside down. The Beatles might have...

Caught Red Handed: Neglecting the Modern-Day Teenager

December 2, 2011

Politicians turn a blind eye to the most impressionable portion of the population: Teens They should be ashamed of themselves. Call me biased, but of all the criticism pinpointed at teenagers, critics of today’s youth should really rethink the basis of their arguments. People wonder why members of my...

I am Not Just a Number

I am Not Just a Number

December 2, 2011

Budget cuts force California State Universities to cut readers of applications.    When visiting the California Polytechnic University, I fell in love with the campus, the programs, and the people. In an on campus information session, we were told that the university no longer re...

Men: Objectified too?

December 2, 2011

Flip through the glossy pages of any perfumed fashion magazine to be visually accosted by images of Barbie-like idealized women flaunting mile-long legs, flawless skin and perfectly preened manes of flowing blonde hair. The social pressures imposed on American women have become nearly unbearable. Media...

AN IMPOSSIBLE ROLE TO PLAY

December 2, 2011

Sex symbol, caring mother, career woman, and loving wife—how can one person fill all of these roles? For much of American history, a woman’s proper sphere was thought to be within her own home. This restrictive cult of domesticity emphasized that submissiveness, obedience and piety were key traits...

You Can’t Be What You Can’t See

You Can’t Be What You Can’t See

November 29, 2011

We, as consumers, are continually bombarded with images of women that are demeaning, offensive, and unrealistic—images that tell women they need to be thinner, softer, smoother, taller, and bustier. “In a world of a million channels, people try to do shocking things to break through the clutter...

Generational Differences Stir Art Controversy

November 1, 2011

  The angst, the display of restlessness—it was almost overwhelming. But, I was fascinated. To me, this was art. It was graphic and alarming, powerfully dramatic, but, at the same time, pedestrian, and the fact that it all made me uncomfortable convinced me of its artistry. I walked through...

Santa Barbara Faces Problems with Graffiti Vandalism

November 1, 2011

  As one drives down the freeway in Santa Barbara, they pass by walls littered with tagging and various layers of paint. These walls were once a clean and  uniform color, but over the years they have been a repeated victim for graffiti vandalism. The city has done its best painting over the...

Learning the Unwritten Etiquette of Technology

Learning the Unwritten Etiquette of Technology

November 1, 2011

Technology: it’s everywhere. It’s the computer screen in front of you, the camera you take pictures with, and the phone in your back pocket. The glories of technology allow its users countless ways to converse with each other be it via phone call, text, email, instant message or Facebook. In some sen...

eBook vs. Textbooks

October 25, 2011

Our country has always prioritized education among its youth, but has our generation reached the tipping point, at which the simple act of carrying around textbooks or investing in an eBook could make or break our chances at success in the future? Films such as “The Race to Nowhere” and “Superman” ...

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