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Birth Control is Much More Than That

Written by Allison Perry. Media by Tawnie Kozora. A common belief is that women take birth control to avoid getting pregnant. However, birth control is used for more than contraception. These pills help regulate hormones in the body. They are made of two synthetic hormones: estrogen and progestin (similar to hormones made by the ovaries). There are very small amounts of hormones in the pills, but they have ...

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Bald Is Better

Written by Dylan Deppe. Media by John Freeman. What do people think about your hair? Do your friends or family ever say to you, “You’ve had that hairstyle for soooo long. You should get a new one.” Do you ever feel pressure? Pompadours, top knots, buzzcuts, lobs, slickbacks, bobs, flat tops, mohawks, and braids. There are a lot of hair styles out there. Do you ever feel overwhelmed by the options? Here is t ...

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Open-Dorm Hours are Confusing

Written by Dylan Deppe. Media by John Freeman. What’s the deal with open-dorm hours?  They're when you can have your significant other, or anyone of the opposite gender, over to your room. You're allowed to have them over, but only at specific times, and on specific days, and in specific lounges.  It is not as controversial as Chapel or the D.C. food, but not too many people are fans of either the concept o ...

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Cats are Amazing

Written by Allison Perry. Media by Tawnie Kozora. We all know about cats. The dictionary defines cats as “a small domesticated carnivore… bred in a number of varieties.” However, if I were to define cats, I would say they are goofy, adorable, cuddly fur-balls that can sometimes be rude. They can be super sweet one second and then bite you out of nowhere. That’s the average cat. We've all encountered the dem ...

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Hear Their Voices

Written and Media by Tawnie Kozora. Everyone has a story. Imagine you and some friends are sitting at a table in the DC. You look over and see an Asian international student sitting alone. You probably think to yourself, “she wants to sit alone” or “he probably can’t speak English.” The truth is, that person has been studying English for years and would probably enjoy a conversation with you.  The internati ...

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Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Written by Allison Perry. Media by Tawnie Kozora. In the 1970’s many women in England held protests called “Take Back the Night” marches against the assaults countless women were experiencing. The year of 1978 was the first year these marches were held in the United States. As the marches continued each year, they began to bring into focus the fact that men are victims, too. Each decade, the actions taken t ...

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Where Are You Diversity?

Written by Leanna Westerhof. Media by John Freeman. Lately, there's been an outcry. An outcry for more diversity in the film and television industry. It's come to attention that the big screen does not accurately represent the diversity in our country. We are presented with a narrow world view when only a certain type of man chooses the stories that are told. Through these stories we see on television, our ...

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The Price of Gluten Free

Written by Allison Perry. Media by Tawnie Kozora. Gluten is the given title for proteins found in wheat. Everything made with wheat has gluten in it, such as certain breads, pastas, and even unexpected things like French fries, soups, and salad dressings. The list of foods and products that have traces of gluten in them seem to be endless. In recent years, gluten free has become a sort of fad. This is all f ...

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The Local Small-ar Store

Written by Anonymous. Media by Tawnie Kozora. Everyone who has ever needed a snack cake fix at 9:30 at night on a Friday is familiar with why the local dollar store needs to be bigger. You walk in, past the two small registers, through the crowded aisles, grab your snack cakes, and then proceed to wait for an unknown amount of time to get served because there’s just so many people and only so many cashiers. ...

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Pot Moms

Written by Allison Perry. Media by Tawnie Kozora. For many years, a stigma was formed around marijuana: sellers and buyers. However, times are changing as many states across the country have legalized medical marijuana. Some have even legalized recreational marijuana. Recently, Illinois lawmakers proposed a bill to legalize recreational marijuana. The legalization of marijuana has the potential to make grea ...

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