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Opinion

Jacks or Draft?

For students that live locally and are of legal age to drink, their social lives depend on two bars.  These two bars are called Jack’s Goal Line Stand and Draft House.  The dueling sport bars are the first considered stop for college locals.

Jack’s Goal Line Stand and Draft House are conveniently located right down the street from one other.  On any given weeknight, it can be promised that Brighton Avenue will be flooded with stumbling students.  Cops sit on every side streets surrounding the bars, waiting for the next drunken brawl to break out or to stop a drunk driver.

These aren’t the only two bars in the area, but they might as well be with the lack of attention students give the other bars. Occasionally, a group will go to the Brighton Bar to see a band playing there, or someone will want to go to Otto’s Bar and Grill for Wasted Wednesdays and beer pong tournaments, but these are all rare suggestions. Many other bars are less welcoming to students and are more for adults who live in the area; I like to call them townies.

So which will it be? Draft or Jack’s? Jack’s or Draft?  Each bar has their strengths and weaknesses when it comes to the components of what makes a good bar.  Deciding which one is for you depends on personal preference.

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An Internship Horror Story

We are at a time in our lives when the scariest words to anyone are “internship” and “job.” It is that joyous time of spending countless hours on the computer sending your resume to 20 plus businesses, firms, agencies, or for me, magazines. Glossy magazines have cluttered my room for years. While most young girls were playing teacher and house, I was playing magazine editor.

This is what I wanted and it was this fall when I thought all my dreams would come true. Wow, was I wrong.

We have all heard internship horror stories but I was about to live my own, literally stepping into the vicious world of high fashion at Harper’s Bazaar magazine, one of the classiest and reputable publications out there. I was soon going to surround myself with everything I had ever hoped for. September came and I was the new beauty editorial intern.

I knew walking into the Hearst Publications building I had reached heaven. The breathtaking building was filled with marble, posh décor, and high heels clicking away. My beaming geeky intern smile was washed away in just a few short hours.

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Letter To The Editor 11/9/11

I would like to respond to a recent article in The Outlook stating that many students feel that the University Police are not happy with the amount of taxis entering campus. I have looked into this matter and nothing could be further from the truth.

Taxicabs provide an alternative source of transportation throughout the area, especially as it pertains to the use of alcohol. The University Police understand that all students must make individual decisions on whether or not to use alcohol. If they choose to partake in the use of alcohol, we strongly suggest that they do so responsibly. Part of making a responsible decision about alcohol involves limiting one’s intake, avoiding binge drinking and drinking type games, and planning on how students will get to and from locations where they are drinking. The last thing we want to see is anyone driving a motor vehicle after they have consumed alcohol.  The consequences can be fatal.

In an effort to support the safe use of alcohol, the University Police support the HERO Campaign which encourages the use of designated drivers. We also encourage students to call private taxi companies if they have been drinking and need a ride to campus or some other location. The Police also keep the phone numbers of local cab companies at the dispatch desk if students call the Police requesting a cab.

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Stop Cyber Bullying, Save Lives

Tyler Clementi. Megan Meier. Phoebe Prince. Jamey Rodemeyer. These names might sound familiar, but perhaps, hard to place. Why are these names recognizable?

All four of these people have something in common: they were all regular kids before bouts of cyber bullying caused them to end their lives.

According to bullyingstatistics.org, cyber bullying is any bullying done over an electronic medium, such as cell phones and the Internet.

While it can take many forms, the most prominent ones include the sending of mean messages, spreading rumors, hurtful or threatening messages, or even stealing someone’s personal account information to break into his or her e-mail or social network account to post untrue or hurtful information.

Cyber bullying can also lead to depression, anxiety and suicide. Clementi, Meier, Prince and Rodemeyer all chose the latter because they could no longer cope with the bullying to which they were being subjected.

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Cheating is Only Bad if You Get Caught, Right?

CheatingIn a society where people are overly interested in the size of their houses, the price tag of their cars, and the lavishness of their weddings, it is only natural that that mentality would spill over into the world of academics and the way students view competition.

Most, if not all universities have policies discussing the severity and consequences of cheating, but the act still does take place. According to the Online Education Database (OED), 60.8 percent of polled college students admitted to cheating, 16.5 percent of those students did not regret their decision, and 85 percent of college students believe that cheating is a necessary part of college academics.

Not to pardon the dishonest students who cheat their way through life, but part of the reason we see such high numbers of cheaters in college is because of the academic pressure that is placed upon students. From the moment they enter high school, they are entering a world of grade point averages, a race for valedictorian, and a desire to be among the top 10 percent in order to have their choice of the best colleges out there.

In college, the race continues to be even closer to the top percentile in order to secure a useful internship, an invitation into an honor society, and eventually a job. Students graduate from one pressure cooker to another. Although the constant comparison of grades is not as blatant in college as it is in high school, the competition does still exist.

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H2Oh No

Imagine having to worry everyday if you and your family were going to die from dehydration. Imagine having to drink from a contaminated river because you did not have access to safe drinking water. This is a reality for billions of people today.

For most of us, this would be pretty difficult to picture but that is because we live in a developed country with an abundance of available clean drinking water.

Developed nations such as the United States often take for granted the fact that we have clean accessible water at our fingertips. The thought of not being able to have safe water to drink has not ever occurred to most of us. If only every person in this world was this lucky.

Roughly 3.4 million people lose their lives from firsthand consumption of unsafe water or diseases infected by organisms living in polluted water.

Each year nearly 2.2 million die of diarrhea, 17,000 from intestinal worms, 1.1 million from malaria and 15,000 from fever. This is especially common in the developing nations because there is a large abundance of impoverished people that greatly rely on biodiversity.

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Calling All Gagas and Beyonces

Calling All GagasEveryone knows why women buy super high heels, right? It’s because they are drop-dead gorgeous, and as an added bonus, they make our legs look awesome. Taking this into account, we add the factor of walking in super-mega-high heels on campus; the sum of this equation just spells “ouch.” College girls always wear high heels when they go out, and some may even wear them to class. Girls need to have at least two solid pairs of high heels...or maybe eight. I guess it all depends. But in college, heels go with outfits like Oreos go with peanut butter (Parent Trap reference intended).

We see super high heels everywhere on TV, in the magazines, and on the movie screen.  They’re impossible to ignore. All of our mouths drop as soon as we see Lady Gaga walking in 12 inch heels, that are fantastically covered with glitter (or whatever crazy thing Lady Gaga wants to put on her shoes), walking on the red carpet.

Now, let me just say that she can walk in those heels flawlessly. I’m sure that I can speak for some people when I say I can barely walk without wearing any heels at all. Like really, I can’t even walk straight let alone walk straight in high heels. Yet, even though I can barely walk in high heels, I continue to wear them because they make my legs look good.

I know some of you reading this are probably thinking, “Rachel, they are just high heels. Anybody can walk in them.” And to that I say, “Really? Well then I guess I have achy foot syndrome.” Listen, I have absolutely nothing against high heels, I wear them, but I just can’t imagine myself walking around campus having my feet screaming at me.

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Cabs Are Here!

Every weekend the University parking lots turn into a regular cab depot. A person could easily count over 10 cabs residing in the parking lots whether they are picking up students or dropping them off. The cab service is primarily used for transporting students to parties in the area, but they are also used for transportation for students who do not have their own car on campus. These cabs have become a staple on our college campus, which would make their absence peculiar.

According to student allegations floating around the University, the MUPD would not find it too peculiar if the cabs suddenly became absent. Apparently, the University police department is not very fond of the cabs that are coming to campus. The amount of cabs coming through our parking lots is definitely excessive, but isn’t choosing a cab a necessary and smart decision in many situations associated with campus life?

Freshman Lindsay Redfern, said, “It is a safer decision to call a cab. Would the police rather have students make the wrong decision or keep allowing them to make the right one?” Even though this is one perspective, Redferns’ opinion accurately demonstrates the reactions that I received when I inquired about the cab rumors to many other students.

An overall consensus of students living on campus was that the cabs were a necessity and  offer a safe alternative to transportation around the surrounding area.

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The Truth About Technology

The Truth About TechnologyIf someone told you that our technologies are fueling a war, you would probably laugh it off, look at your Blackberry and go on with your highly dependent technological life. The deep dark reality of this is that we as consumers are responsible for the suffering of innocent people in the Congo.

That’s Africa right? Miles and miles away, yet somehow we are controlling a rebel nation over natural minerals that are used to create our phones, cameras, computers and televisions. These minerals have now become conflict minerals, but that is naming it nicely.

Leading companies are paying rebel groups in the Congo to get their hands on these needed minerals. These rebel groups have corrupted the government and are controlling citizens through scare tactics of murder, rape, brutal weapon usage, and drug and gang cartels. So back to the question, how is this our fault?

Companies like Mac, Dell, and Playstation for instance, all keep what goes into their products extremely hush hush, but what is not so silent are the cries of innocent children losing their lives, and the beatings of mothers and fathers in a world so far from ours, over minerals like Tantalum, Tin and Tungsten. We all saw Blood Diamond with the stunning Leonardo DiCaprio, but why weren’t people moved then to do anything to protect these people?

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Wait, This Isn’t the iPhone 5?

Oops! Apple did it again! As it has been posted just about everywhere, the new iPhone 4s has recently been released. People have been lining up and waiting hours to get this brand new device. It seems that this has become a ritual every year when Apple creates a new product. As an iPhone user myself, I understand why the phone is so desirable. You can play music, search the web during a phone conversation, play games, and even video chat.

So what’s the big difference between the iPhone 4 and 4s? Well, for the most part it is essentially the same design with a few tweaks and improvements, but it’s really the new settings for the phone this time that is making waves. The new operating system has been set up with some newly developed applications that are convenient if you are on the go and make life easier.

The new iPhone does have some new features that are helpful and honestly just plain awesome. There is a new coating to prevent smudging and fingerprints, new camera features, and a new operating system that you can use to plan out almost anything. The new camera has face recognition to take crisp pictures, and shoots in 1080p HD for video.

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Life After Steve Jobs

Steve JobThe world is no stranger to the accomplishments of famous innovators such as Isaac Newton, Albert Einstein, and Thomas Edison, to name a few. One man, who has often been compared to these historical greats, has joined the ranks of famous innovators. From the original desktop computer to the sleek iPad tablet, Steve Jobs has single-handedly changed the way we see electronics. After the recent passing of Jobs, the world has been left grieving and wondering what is going to happen to technology as we know it.

As an adopted child and college dropout, Jobs has opened the door for unique individuals, like himself, to strive for their dreams without fear of failure. He encouraged the community to embody his ideal of “thinking different” in order to accomplish their dreams, because this had proved to be extremely successful for him. While Jobs was not condoning dropping out of college as the answer, his actions prove that he has always taken the unconventional route in order to reach his goals.

By the age of 21, Jobs and three friends established Apple Inc. The start to Apple was a long and difficult road. Jobs and his colleagues attempted to create personal computers that would rival the top electronic companies of the time, but their attempts proved unsuccessful. After several failed attempts and a partnership with rival company Microsoft, Jobs managed to keep Apple afloat, bringing Apple to what it is known as today.

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