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This week, with holidays quickly approaching or, in some cases, already having started, I asked the Opinions desk what their favorite way to bring some holiday cheer to their year is. Despite 2020 being an exhausting year, I've chosen to think positively – vaccines are being distributed, the main parts of the election are over and we have so much progress to make in this decade.
Obesity has been a long-standing problem in the United States for decades now. I even remember the constant nutritionists coming to my elementary school to educate the children each year on a balanced diet. If anything, it has only gotten worse as I have grown older.
In my senior year of high school, I found myself applying to all my dream colleges. I was extremely hopeful I would get in because I made sure to keep the best GPA and grades possible. I had applied to Columbia University and the University of Chicago and some other smaller colleges and universities. I never gave it much thought; I assumed I had to go to college because that was what everyone expected of me. My family, friends, teachers and even my school counselors expected that I continue my education. I was not the only student; I realized that the teachers and counselors at school were encouraging every student to attend college, even if it was not what the student wanted.
Staring at a computer or laptop all day seems to be a common occurrence across the board here at the University of Arizona. Many students complain about it. It is a given with online classes that screen time will increase. However, many students have claimed that they are being given a heavier workload now than they did when they were attending school in person.
This election season has been like no other. It continues to be an odd and rather frustrating experience for many of us, especially first-time voters. The voter turnout is expected to be much higher than it has ever been before. The safety of the voters will be difficult to manage during a pandemic. This means that in-person voting can potentially become dangerous.
OPINION: An answer to your burning question about mental health through the pandemic — no, you are not alone
When COVID-19 hit hardest in Southern Arizona, I think I can speak for everyone when I say it was difficult to adjust to a new way of living so quickly. Everything had closed, we had to wear masks everywhere and we had to stay inside as much as possible. Only essential workers continued to work, so many people stayed home with their families and loved ones. Although it might have seemed like the only people who were having a tough time were essential workers or people who were trapped inside with toxic family members or significant others, in a survey conducted by the Kaiser Family Foundation in the early Spring, nearly “45% of adults in the United States had reported that their mental health had been negatively impacted due to worry and stress over the virus."
This story was produced as part of the Daily Wildcat's "Election Guide" special print edition, published Wednesday, Oct. 21, and available on campus or online.
For decades, raunchy and sexual music has been mainstream, and you can listen to it everywhere: the car on your morning commute, the department store while buying cheap clothes or even in commercials in between 'Friends' reruns. This genre has been led by men for years and it continues to be accepted and normalized. Not many people bat an eye at the type of language that is found in these songs, especially the younger generation of adults like Millennials and Gen Z who grew up in an era of inherently sexual music. However, many male singers from previous generations have also sung about sex including Marvin Gaye, Prince, Michael Jackson and George Michael. A much shorter list of women had managed to wiggle into the charts throughout the years but not without bad press, negative comments and angry listeners. Many of these women were often called promiscuous, disgusting and many worse insults solely because they sang a sexual song.
On September 1, President Robbins had sent out an email which gave a vague update on whether or not we would be returning to campus soon. The email mainly focused on reminding the students and faculty about the importance of following the guidelines set in place. There was also a reminder of the three tests available to students on and off campus, one of these being the antibody test. According to the CDC, “Antibody tests check your blood by looking for antibodies, which may tell you if you had a past infection with the virus that causes COVID-19,”. The usefulness of this test on campus has come into question.