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March 1: Self-Injury Awareness Day

Self-Injury Awareness Day (SIAD) is celebrated annually on March 1. It is a day dedicated to spreading awareness and education about self-injury/self-harming behaviors. There is still a great deal of miseducation, misunderstanding, and stigma attached to self-injury, and SIAD is one of many outlets for providing clarification, support, and information about resources. Self-harm manifests in many different forms, including but certainly not limited to cutting, skin-picking, burning, binging and
By Tatiana Edelen
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The Dirty Open Secret of College Admissions

Secret phone calls, clandestine meetings, wads of money changing hands…you’d think you were watching a James Bond movie. But no, we’re talking about the recent so-called “scandal” of college admissions bribery. While 50 people were involved in the $25 million scheme, the 2 celebrities involved have become the face of the scandal. Felicity Huffman (of Desperate Housewives fame) and Lori Loughlin (known for her Full House role) paid $15,000 and $500,000, respectively, to have their children flag
By Helene Berkowitz
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GMO Sugar: What Consumers Need to Know

GMO sugar is made from GMO sugar beets, also called Round Up Ready sugar beets. These sugar beets have a glyphosate resistance modification in their genome. In other words…their genes have been modified to make them resistant to the herbicide Round Up. Round Up is a trademark name owned by the company Monsanto. According to Monsanto’s website, Round Up Ready sugar beets make weed management easier because the crops can withstand more herbicide applications and can be sprayed up to 30 days before harvesting.
By Krissy Rector
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How Local is Our Local Food?

Many experienced travelers will tell you that one of the best ways to experience a country is through food: that’s where its true authenticity lies. We’re used to think that traditional dishes are made with the freshest local ingredients. Turns out, it’s not always the case: in the world governed by comparative advantage and trade treaties, “authentic” cuisine is often made with mostly imported ingredients.
By Alexandra Tyan
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Professional Success and The Pressures of Social Media On Millennials

Professional Success and The Pressures of Social Media On Millennials Social media has become a powerful and ever-present entity in the lives of everyone and their mother. It is especially current in the lives of Millennials, however. It’s given us the ability to present our successes and failures, our day-to-day lives and represent our brands to the public or to our friends, in any way we’d like. It’s become a barometer for what we consider to be success, happiness, a healthy relationship, or
By Delfina Forstmann
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A Blockchain of Opportunity

You have probably heard of cryptocurrency and its rapidly growing popularity, but how much do you know about the technology that underlies it? A fascinating technology that makes cryptocurrency possible, Blockchain is also a useful, widely applicable concept. This makes it an area of the tech sector that holds enormous potential for job seekers and companies alike. According to IBM, blockchain is literally data gathered into “blocks” and then “chained” together. Specifically, this data represen
By Claudia Beezhold
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Feeling trapped by big tech? My top 10 filter bubble busters

The words and phrases defining our current moment They are ubiquitous and overused. And although I truly love words, I’m sick of hearing them. This despite having spent months compiling a word or phrase, sometimes in texts and emails to myself; other times, putting pen to paper for some blog post I hadn’t yet thought to write (I must admit it felt good to dig around in my junk drawers for a pen that wasn’t dried up and dust off one of my dozens of reporter's notepads from the olden days to ma
By Catherine Maddux
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Why We Are Still Talking About Chris McCandless

When a zealot’s passion receives media attention it usually feels like a stale late-night re-run. Heavy eyelids catch glimpses of an age-old story; someone daring to challenge the status-quo. If the vigilante captures the public’s imagination, animated debates are triggered for a few short days, but inevitably the fantastic drowns in a deluge of everyday concerns and the zealot dissolves back into obscurity. However, sometimes a story appears that
By Krissy Rector
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Science Shows Parabens May Contribute to Fertility Issues

Parabens are synthetic compounds used for their preservative effect and are present in many personal care products. In 2018, the Journal of Molecular and Cellular Endocrinology classified parabens as endocrine disrupting chemicals. Researchers in this study concluded that the capacity for parabens to disrupt endocrine homeostasis could result in interference with natural hormone functions (Nowak et al.). Recent scientific evidence shows connections between exposure to commonly used parabens and
By Krissy Rector
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Is “Workism” Keeping Us From Happiness?

Is “Workism” Keeping Us From Happiness? For the last five months, I’ve been taking an admittedly selfish deep dive. Selfish in some ways (because it’s all about me) and selfless in others (because a better me will make me a better wife, friend, well, you get the picture). It’s been a busy five months. I’ve explored past lives, interpreted dreams and envisioned the future. I’ve taken workshops and classes, completed every personality and strengths quiz I could find and hired a well-being consu
By Angela Copeland
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Familiarity, belts and shopping – Gursimran Hans –

One of the things I’ve noticed in my time in Hong Kong is that normal everyday tasks seem to take longer for me to do. A number of international students have mentioned similar feelings from time to time, but it really struck home when I went back to London for a couple of weeks in the new year, I was a lot more productive and seemed to get more done in the day. I suppose things take longer for me in Hong Kong as I’m less familiar with how things work and where things are and how to communicat
By Gursimran Hans
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Jetlag, things to do in Hong Kong and local cinema – Gursimran Hans –

Jetlag, things to do in Hong Kong and local cinema This semester I’ve done a lot less than I did last time around. Purely, because jet lag has been an issue this term when it wasn’t last term and the solution to it was doing a hard reset which helped a little bit (ie. staying awake for 32 hours and then having a nice eight-hour rest) Waking up at lunchtime for a week was a bit weird, as I found myself just looking at the clock for a few minutes hoping it would somehow change, do you have any s
By Gursimran Hans
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