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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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The Disparity

Written by Leanna Westerhof. Media by John Freeman. Ocho Rios, Jamaica is a port town. During the touristic season, cruise ships dock there nearly every day; sometimes as many as three. I went to this town over spring break with a friend who had recently graduated. She is half-Jamaican and wanted to visit her homeland for the first time. Driving through the town to reach our apartment we rented, I was remin ...

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But First, Responsibilities

Written by Allison Perry. Media by Tawnie Kozora. In the movies, we see college students spending their spring break somewhere on a beach, being irresponsible, and causing some type of trouble. While most of us don’t want to get into trouble over spring break, we would really like to enjoy ourselves. As a college student on break, I'm eating pastries and drinking coffee on a patio at a cute little café, lon ...

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Staying Home for Spring Break

Written by Allison Perry. Media by Tawnie Kozora. As a college student, the thought of spring break is the only thing that pushes me through the first half of the spring semester. While many college kids like to take road trips, go to the beach and get a taste of pre-summer fun over spring break, I prefer to stay home. Staying home over spring break may sound lame, but I have a very strong appreciation for ...

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The Advantages of Being Single

Written by Leanna Westerhof. Media by Tawnie Kozora. DISCLAIMER: This is not a rant article about couples, why you shouldn't date, or get married; rather, the joys of being single. 1. Being Single is Less Expensive You don't have to spend money on dates or presents for your significant other. Instead, you can spend money on yourself! Whether that is enjoying a nice drink from Jo's Java, movie night, or eati ...

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If You Can’t Leave A Tip; Eat At Home

Written by Allison Perry. DM by Tawnie Kozora. Did you know restaurant servers are not paid minimum wage? That’s right! Because servers are intended to be tipped by patrons, they make less than the minimum wage. In Illinois, restaurant servers are only paid $4.95 per hour. The most unfortunate problem that goes along with the wage servers are paid is patrons do not know how to tip. Some do not tip enough be ...

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