My fellow Americans: stop the polarization
“I believe in America.” This is the opening line to one of my favorite movies of all time. It is not meant to foster feelings of blind patriotism or get masses singing the theme song from Team America. This article is meant to comment on our country, particularly its people, in our current state.
We need more like Macklemore
At a time where “lil’er” is better in hip-hop, most of us may not even recognize the Seattle-born rapper, Macklemore, by name.
Picking up a drink? Put the keys down
What can you do with 53 minutes? Bake a cake? Watch your favorite television drama? Take a nap? The list is endless, though I don’t suppose dying would be a top contender. However, when it comes to drinking and driving, the number marks an all-too-frequent occurrence.
Don’t raise the minimum wage: an economic perspective
U.S. Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) recently proposed raising the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour. On March 5, he tweeted, “Raising the minimum wage is an issue of economic justice. It will stimulate our economy and generate new jobs.”
Going green is nothing new
Going “green” is a popular thing to hear, read about and discuss these days. Institutions, individuals and all sorts of consumer products throw the word around with gusto.
The term has been commercialized and profited from, but not everybody understands what it means both in definition and in what it shows about modern American culture.
The dragon is not a metaphor
As a college student, I’m required to do quite a bit of reading. I’ve had to read chapters in textbooks, articles from online publications, full-length fiction and nonfiction books and so on and so forth.
With all of those assigned readings, in addition to the typical workload of your average college student, I haven’t had much time to read for pleasure, or at least as much as I used to.
Short-term thinking gets short-term results
Congress’s approval rating has sunk below the approval ratings of “Genghis Khan, cockroaches and rock band Nickelback,” according to the Huffington Post.
Meanwhile, President Obama’s approval rating of 50 percent is “lower than that of most other modern second-term presidents at this point in their terms,” the Washington Post says.
Freedom from the Internet echo
It’s 2013. The Internet is a daily presence in our lives. Many of us use it for the main purpose of finding and maintaining social connections, as well as receiving news, researching and finding tools to use both online and offline.
We should all be pro-life
Envision a dark, dystopian future in which your overreaching government mandates that you carry a developing life form in your gut. You must feed it of your own flesh and blood, for it will grow from your body.
Teachers need to understand Generation Why
My husband, a high school math teacher, introduced an interesting concept to me. While discussing Generation X versus Generation Y and Z, a new label was introduced for the latter: the generation of expectation.
Letters to the Editor
Letter: Transfer students at UNI frustrated by departmental red tape
I’ve noticed that the University of Northern Iowa homepage often has advertisements to “transfer to UNI,” because at UNI you can “be a name, not a number.”
Letter: Concerns about David + Katie
Under their list of core beliefs, in the No. 1 spot, David Pope and Katie Grassi write, “We believe that every student voice is important.” But is this the truth? In my experience, I can tell you it’s not.
I’m an active member of the UNI College Republicans, and throughout the campaign season, David bullied College Republicans for their beliefs. While College Republicans hosted an informational table in the Union, David sat behind and yelled at and over them.
Letter: Character counts; vote for Tom and Blake
I am a former Northern Iowa Student Government member. I had the honor of serving my fellow students through NISG every semester of my five-year career at UNI in all three branches of the organization.