“Yeah, she can hang. She’s chill.” I’ve heard this phrase used over and over again towards me and other girls. And chill means… what exactly? Starting in high school but continuing through college, I’ve noticed people using the word “chill” (or sometimes cool) to describe a certain unique something that apparently means someone is “okay” […]
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We did it. We made it through the holiday season. As January comes to an end, the days of crowded shopping malls and family gatherings are but only distant memories. As we fade away from the holiday season, I cannot help but wonder about the reality of the story of Santa Claus. You may be thinking, but wait, […]
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How many times have you heard someone say, “It’s just a word, it doesn’t matter.”? Typically, this is said in defense of saying something that might be considered offensive. For a lot of people the idea of certain words being trivial and insignificant might make perfect sense. However, the fact that we find it difficult […]
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From the White House “It’s On Us” campaign to JMU’s own “No More” campaign, sexual assault has been THE hot button issue on campuses across the country. And now, sexual assault is moving past the campaign stage and into the legislative chamber: Bill SB 712 dictates that faculty or staff members must report any information […]
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The ratio of women to men on campus is one of the first things I learned about when I was applying to JMU. The first thing people usually said was “wow, that’s such a party school”, quickly followed by “wow, there are so many girls there.” While the comment about JMU’s reputation as a party school […]
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The GOP defines itself as “The party of opportunity… fighting for a freer and stronger America…”. Despite the fact that one of the core tenets of the Republican Party is making America “freer”, the actions of the majority House and Senate appear to be doing quite the opposite.
Read More The GOP– A walking contradiction?