by NICOLE BEARD
One thing I’ve learned about cliffhangers is that they can last only as long as the author allows them to last. Eventually, the rest of the story must be told. So I feel it is only right that I end the suspense and continue my story.
For those who are just joining us, let me catch you up to speed: I left America for Guangzhou in hopes of having the adventure of a lifetime, but it quickly became all too real when my flight from Shanghai to Guangzhou was cancelled. Forced to spend approximately six hours getting to the hotel, we finally settled in at a decent hotel for the night with a 6:30 a.m. wake-up call to get to the airport, even though we wouldn’t be leaving until 7:30 p.m.
But as I said last time, we didn’t make that flight.
by LUCAS THOMPSON
In recent years, there has been a new dilemma for Americans concerning the bounds of tolerable speech. It has become normal for groups or individuals to silence and censor speech that does not concur with their own. Americans are now faced with needed debate on the lengths that society is willing to go to hinder intolerable speech, for such little convenience.
If there were one right granted in the Bill of Rights that intertwined with all other rights, it would be the First Amendment’s freedom of speech. If speech can be targeted, then it may be used in a way to eliminate the inalienable rights granted thereafter in the Bill of Rights.
by BRANDON UTLEY
Stress. Let’s be honest here: nobody likes it, nobody wants it, but everyone has it and may not know how to get rid of it. Read on for some of my methods that you may find helpful.
“Stress is the typical overwhelmed feeling when essential needs are put in duress,” said Colleen Lloyd, one of the area coordinators for residence life who has a bachelor’s degree in forensic psychology and profession experience with mental health patients. We’re in college, so problems are everywhere and ignoring that persistent feeling seems as difficult as sitting through a five-hour calculus course.
Before you are anywhere near prepared to handle stress, you have to know what causes it. According to every college student’s residential doctor WebMD, stress is caused by multiple factors.
by PAJAH WILLIAMS
The process of coming to terms with one’s minority status tends to look a lot like the five stages of grief: denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance. The first of these is denial.
Denial: The effects of racism, sexism, and homophobia are both pervasive and systemic. Rather than allowing oneself to be a victim of hegemony, it is easy to internalize hatred and turn against one’s own minority group.
Internalized racism, misogyny, and homophobia are defense mechanisms that people use to protect their own egos. Most people value inclusion. They do not want to be excluded from the benefits that the in-group offers, and if they perceive their minority status as a hindrance, they become frustrated with their identities and often dissociate from their respective groups in order to be accepted.
Okay so listen to this. I am over here just trying to get my holiday spirit on, and these scrooges at this school are totes killing my vibe. I have a 125 song Christmas playlist and it is LIT year round, but these dragon downers in Tiffin are acting like total cotton-headed ninnymuggins and I AM FED UP. I was halfway through Pentatonix's killer version of Mary, Did You Know and someone had the audacity to yell at me. They're all like "ITS NOT EVEN HALLOWEEN YET." It is getting ridiculous. All I want to do is jingle my bells and people are throwing shade. I am in need of a way to tell all these haters to back off without getting put on Santa's naughty list. TU, what's good?
by NICOLE BEARD
Upon last writing, I shared the information that after graduating from Tiffin University, I had the rare opportunity to work in China, and for some unknown reason, I decided to take it. Friends, family and random strangers all asked me the same question: “Why do you want to go to China?”
My answers varied, but at the core of each of them was the same sentiment: “Why shouldn’t I go to China?”
That wasn’t really the answer they were looking for, and I wish I had some real answer for them: something along the lines of always dreaming of going to China to explore its ancient history, or feeling a longing to be engulfed by the Chinese culture. Even something as simple as wanting to learn the Chinese language is better than my answer, but it is the only one I have to give.
by NICK BUCHANAN
I’m a teetotaler.
This is a statement that is very much against the grain in our generation. At my age, I should get a thrill out of how easy it is for someone under the age of 21 to get alcohol. I should have a fake ID; a friend over 21 who smuggles me drinks for the cost of the product plus gas money; a cool mom within my friend group back home who just lets us drink at her house. Instead, I get shocked looks that I don’t drink alcohol by my own choice – shocked looks unprecedented in blatancy, even compared to ones I tell right-wing conservatives my sexuality or spirituality.
by STAN CIAPALA
What if the front facing camera on your phone streamed video of your face to a surveillance agency or a marketing agency while you read material found on social media? This may not be too far out of the realm of possibility, especially when you grant permission to apps like Facebook when they explicitly ask to use the cameras and microphones on your phone. For a moment, let’s operate under the assumption that this is so and learn what it could mean for us.
There used to be a show on FX called Lie to Me, that followed fictitious federal agents who intuitively knew when people were lying or telling the truth and how they felt about a topic in conversation by subconsciously recognizing micro-expressions on peoples’ faces based on their emotional state.