The Shameful Truth Behind “‘Black Friday’.”
Has no one thought it macabre that our society has a recurring observation named “Black Friday?” It sounds as though every year we celebrate a Black Mass, or like one of the periodic outbreaks of the Black Death that occurred during Europe’s Middle Ages. Consider the crowds before each store’s’ doors, agitated to near frenzy, bordering on violent outbreak and the chaotic spill of the hordes into the retailer’s once the doors are opened (or burst down by the crowd).
Counting our blessings vs. counting our cash
At 5 a.m. the pursuit is on. Hunters gear up and focus on their prey. They are alert and ready to pounce, letting nothing stand in their way. In late November, the prey I speak of is not one of wildlife, but one of shopping malls and retail stores across the country. That’s right, I’m talking about Black Friday.
Fighting against the War on Women
At a conference she had attended a year ago in the summer, UNI Feminist Action League Facilitator Paige Hageman said, “We are using the same tactics as soldiers … isn’t that crazy?” She then went on to lay out profound grounds for comparison, such as how women travel in groups at night much as a troupe of soldiers and how they hold on to their keys while walking in the dark so they have a weapon to defend themselves against potential attackers, similar to soldiers carrying guns.
Pledge to Go Turkey Free This Thanksgiving
There’s been a stir in the news recently regarding a potential shortage of large turkeys available for purchase this Thanksgiving. While this is likely a convenient market spin to drive up bird sales, it has caused quite a bit of alarm for those determined to have the kind of Thanksgiving feast that plays so heavily in our understanding of the holiday. After all, it is sometimes simply called “Turkey Day.”
Who are you politically?
Politically speaking, who are you? Most of the students on the UNI campus, and campuses nationwide, tend to immediately identify themselves as liberal Democrats. This is understandable to a certain extent. Young people tend to be more liberal. However, I cannot help but believe many of these self-proclaimed liberals are just saying what their peers and John Stewart are saying in order to fit in.
NCBI Diversity Workshop
This week, I attended a diversity workshop hosted by the University of Northern Iowa Campus Coalition Builders in the Center for Multicultural Education in Maucker Union. The workshop lasted from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., and it was a chance for students, professors and faculty from UNI to get together and discuss diversity.
The greatest show on turf
As Iowans, we can be proud of the recent progress our state has made in regard to expanding the use of alternative energies. Even if they don't accept the science behind climate change, most can agree that reducing the use of fossil fuel saves Iowans money and reduces dependence on foreign oil. Iowa is one of the top wind producers in the country, and the expanding wind industry continues to create jobs all over the state. However, there is one product we should not be as proud of. I’m talking about a product you likely have been using for years with no idea what it is, where it comes from or how it got here. It's everybody’s favorite homegrown energy source: Ethanol. The moment you choose your fuel type has more of an impact than you might think.
UNI should consider running an independent movie theater
It’s Friday night and you have decided you want to go out to see a movie. You see what’s playing at College Square Theater, but none of it interests you. Luckily, there are two cinemas in town. Looking at Crossroads Theater’s offerings, you discover they are playing the same movies as College Square. The choice between 2-D and 3-D movies seems to take precedence over the choice of actual films. What’s more, due to the profit motive and the limited space in cinemas that must accommodate two versions of each movie shown, the chances of independent films or “prestige films,” smaller films distributed by the big studios, are slim to none. And even though the College Square Theater at times offers independent and small films through their Critic’s Choice events, they play only for a day or two. Blink and you’ll miss them. And forget documentaries and foreign films. So I suggest the University of Northern Iowa look into opening its own small cinema.
Take a bite and appreciate the American farmer
While I typically enjoy stand-up comedians with clever wit and intelligent puns, I was not so thrilled recently with TBS television host Pete Holmes. His recent monologue on daylight savings neither tickled my funny bone nor provided accurate information. In his five-minute rant, Holmes framed the American farmer as the scapegoat for the daylight savings time change and also made several sarcastic remarks about farmers work ethic.
Waiting on the world to change
It is quite possible that our generation lives in one of the most pivotal times in our nation’s history. We were born into an era of great struggle, perseverance and change. Our generation has experienced the horrific aftermath of terrorism, wars on foreign soil, devastating national disasters, shifting social constructs, economic declines and a government shutdown.
Read up and get education about UNI
In an ideal world, the University of Northern Iowa would send out important information on everything the community needs to know about, like fee increases, budget cuts and, more specifically, the freeze of student assessments.
However, UNI won’t do that and we at the Northern Iowan would all be out of a job if that were to happen, so for now, the UNI community must try to stay as informed as possible about current events so it can make educated decisions and take appropriate actions.
All-Staff Column: How would you improve UNI's enrollment?
To begin, let’s be blunt. The current incarnation of UNI’s mascot looks like a steroid-amped version of Scratchy from The Simpson’s “Itchy and Scratchy Show.” It would be one matter if this caricature was only brought out at sporting events. But he festoons our campus, its buildings, our website and promotional literature. This cartoon is not going to draw serious students.
There is a joke I’ve heard locally and throughout Iowa. It asks, “What does UNI stand for?” The response: “University of Nothing Important.” As far as I can tell, those whose job it is to craft a mission for this university and those who work to promote it are happy to confirm this jape at our expense.
Letters to the Editor
Letter to the Editor: Response to "Segregation still prominent in modern times."
BSU as an organization felt strongly about the recent article in the Northern Iowan titled “Segregation still prominent in modern times” by Kayla Venuto. One issue with the article was the reference to slavery as evidence that this country can overcome racism.
Letter to the Editor
In response to the column from Oct. 4, titled “Paradox abounds in clothing exchange program,” I’d like to offer an alternate perspective on being raised a Hawkeye fan and supporting the Panthers as a college student.
Letter to the Editor
Recently, the Northern Iowa Student Government (NISG) decided to provide ceremonial flags for events involving or honoring veteran’s. This was a strong sign of respect and appreciation afforded those who have served our nation and university.