Alyssa Jacobson

CON: Focus on future, leave past documents behind
Opinion, Pro/Con

CON: Focus on future, leave past documents behind

An anonymous newsletter on the Stanford University campus uncovered the key to the treasure trove of college admissions: students can request their college admissions files under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). According to FOX News Online, an estimated 1,000 students at Stanford University have already begun the process. Students are left almost…

New projects should be better prioritized
Opinion

New projects should be better prioritized

By now, many students have heard of the two bridges planned for construction on campus – one that will span from the Eaton parking lot to the University Center (UC) patio, and the other to be in front of the Wellness Center. Creating these bridges on campus is not an optimal use of the university’s…

Treasure time with parents
Opinion

Treasure time with parents

You’ve confirmed the plane reservations and are already daydreaming about your mom’s delicious, fluffy mashed potatoes. But in the back of your mind sits a sense of dread. Will your mom force you to have a curfew again or want to know where you are every second? Even worse, what if your parents want to…

Snacking shouldn’t send good health packing
Opinion

Snacking shouldn’t send good health packing

When that afternoon snack craving strikes, the one that turns you into a hunger-crazed monster, how can you choose a satisfying and healthy snack? With the exponential growth in consumption of snack foods, estimates are that Americans consume more calories snacking than they do during meals. According to a 2014 Nielsen Holdings N.V. study, 45 percent of the 30,000 consumers in…

Use daily challenges to prepare for real world
Opinion

Use daily challenges to prepare for real world

We all know the cliche saying that college “expands a person’s horizons,” but there is truth in the idea that the life lessons derived from living without one’s parents are more valuable than anything one can learn in a classroom. The ability to manage small, everyday crises marks the true transition into adulthood. Adulthood is not only about…

Say ‘no’ to senioritis
Featured, Opinion

Say ‘no’ to senioritis

Senioritis can be even the best senior’s downfall – the Kryptonite to the greatest Super Senior. While the last semester or year may seem to fly by, a case of senioritis means you’re wasting an entire one-eighth or even one-fourth of your undergraduate experience! Yes, you will still receive your degree, but this recognition is…

Tread cautiously on Tinder
Opinion

Tread cautiously on Tinder

If E-harmony and Hot or Not had a love child, it would be Tinder. The application helps people meet others in their geographic area – basically like a human GPS system. Users provide photos, a short bio, age and mutual friends. If there is mutual interest, users can swipe right to message one another or…

Opinion

Do the ‘happiness challenge’ genuinely

Most college students can relate to the feeling of being wrapped up in a scandalous Facebook post or following what is trending on Twitter. In this age of social media, it seems like our real lives sometimes come second to our lives on the web. This is why the newest online phenomenon, the 100 Days…

Opinion

CVS tobacco decision sets bold example

CVS Caremark made a groundbreaking announcement on Feb. 5 when it decided to become the first national pharmacy to stop selling tobacco products. I wouldn’t doubt that as a huge chain with three locations within a mile of campus, CVS is a frequent stop for student smokers looking to purchase their tobacco products. But now…

Opinion

Technology in class distracts from learning

When syllabi are distributed, the first thing many students look for is the boldfaced headline, “Electronics.” Our stomachs clench as we read that “Laptops are not permitted for note taking, and cell phones must be turned off prior to the start of class.” The purpose of technology is to promote discovery and to share information…

Listen to the political, not the popular
Opinion

Listen to the political, not the popular

Our culture vilifies celebrities, and yet turns to them for advice, even on political and global issues. But these public figures are not experts, and comments can lead to the spread of misinformation. In a recent CNN interview, former NBA star Dennis Rodman drunkenly made inappropriate remarks about an American captive in North Korea.  He…

Opinion

Use natural remedies to fight winter’s chill

With the winter season and final exams fast approaching, students will begin to become more vulnerable to the usual winter illnesses. While our Miami winter season is far milder than the rest of the East coast, that doesn’t mean we can completely avoid the winter sniffles, flu and possibly even depression that can be caused…

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