Twas the night before election night…

I won’t be the one to lecture you about which candidate to vote for. At this point in the game, you know exactly who you’re voting for, or whether you’re deciding to vote at all. I know our voting system … Continue reading

A $15 minimum wage? Not so fast

Supporters for a $15 minimum wage in the U.S. are on the rise, and it has been a big issue debated between Democratic presidential candidates Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton. She recently switched her stance on the issue, supporting the … Continue reading

How to be a good leader (without being “bossy”)

Finally, society’s instinct to call females “bossy” is being questioned, and hopefully stopped. Through a collaboration by Lean In‘s Sheryl Sandberg and the Girl Scouts of America, the new “Ban Bossy” campaign questions why it is that girls and women are always being called “bossy,” a title that can hinder leadership skills, especially in young girls. When society automatically puts this label on a girl that is showing leadership skills, it causes her to back down, instead of teaching her how to effectively be a leader.

As someone who has been called “bossy” numerous times throughout my childhood, I agree with this campaign 100% and wish that someone spoke out about it sooner. Let me take you back through my own childhood experiences, and offer you some advice on being a good leader.

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Really, America?

The events that have occurred over the past two days in America really make me question why I am going back to America. I mean, yes, my program is ending and I already have my ticket booked for Thursday. But beyond that, I really wouldn’t mind staying in Spain and avoiding what’s been going on in the U.S. It is on days like these that I really understand (and agree with) the negative perceptions of America in Europe. There is also, of course, the way Americans often act when they are abroad, but that’s a topic for another day. Continue reading

Why are breasts a taboo in American culture?

Whoever has a problem with Justin Timberlake’s newest music video, “Tunnel Vision,” because of “nudity” has clearly not been to a beach in Europe. At first, YouTube banned the video from its website because the video includes topless women. YouTube later decided, however, to lift the ban and allow the video on the site because it is considered “art.” The video does include an “explicit” tag on the site, to warn viewers.

Whether or not you agree with YouTube’s decision, the recurring topics of “breasts,” “nudity,” and even “indecency” should be reviewed from a new perspective. Why is it that we, especially as Americans, are against the presence  of nude breasts? There is an automatic sexual and sensual connotation associated with breasts…but why? Continue reading

Wearing jeans on Denim Day: Do you know the history?

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Did you wear jeans today? Did you wear them to support Denim Day?

If so, do you know the history behind Denim Day?

The idea began in 1997 when an 18-year-old girl was raped in Rome. Although her rapist threatened to kill her if she told anyone, she confided in her parents and they agreed to help their daughter press charges. Although her rapist was convicted and sentenced, the Italian Supreme Court overturned the decision. Why? Because the victim of the rape wore tight jeans. Even though the victim was raped and did not consent, they claimed she must have helped the rapist remove the tight jeans, and the act was therefore consensual. Continue reading

Can the Boston Marathon bombings encourage the passing of the Senate bill for immigration reform?

The recent Boston Marathon bombings sparked interests in immigration reform, a recently controversial topic among Americans since the new Senate bill was proposed.

Since the bombings and the uncovering of the suspects, many have pointed out that the bill will actually help America prevent future acts of terrorism and terrorists living in America because of the background checks that will help to alleviate any immigrants with any criminal or suspicious behaviors. Continue reading

Suspect found, but many questions remain unanswered

After putting Boston on standstill for an entire day, the 19-year-old suspect was finally cornered by police Friday evening in a boat located in a Watertown resident’s backyard. The brother, 26, was killed earlier on Friday, and was wearing explosives when police shot him.

The 19-year-old was laying down in the boat, under the vinyl boat cover, and was suffering from a gunshot wound from the earlier shooting. A helicopter flying overhead was able to find the body of the suspect by detecting heat.

Many rejoiced as soon as the news came, and Bostonians are glad to finally be able to sleep tonight without any worry of suspects on the loose. Continue reading