College campuses can be terrifying places, especially at night. According to RAIN, college women, ages 18-24, are three times more likely to be victims of sexual violence. With chilling statistics like this, the ability to feel comfortable on campus is a difficult feat.
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The media treats women’s body types like trends and us women are stuck in the exhausting cycle of trying to keep up with the newest trends. We are constantly trying to figure out what is in and what is out in terms of our bodies. Are hips in? What about thigh gaps? The list of questions we ask ourselves about the ideal body type can go on forever.
April serves as Sexual Assault Awareness Month and as we move forward, it is very necessary to keep the conversation surrounding sexual assault going on campus. According to statistics collected by the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network, women on college campuses age 18-24 are three times more likely to experience sexual assault than the average woman. Also while in college, 1 in 5 women will experience some type of sexual assault, according to RAINN.
On March 8, 2021, President Dr. Robert C. Robbins announced his plans for an in-person commencement ceremony. This ceremony would take place from May 11 to May 18 in smaller groups of about 1,000 students to ensure the safety of all graduates. Each graduate is allowed to bring four guests to the event, and the event will be streamed online for everyone else.
On Wednesday, March 24, the vaccine eligibility in Arizona was changed to include everyone 16 and older. This is a big step a year into the pandemic, and there is suddenly a lot more light at the end of the tunnel. The vaccination rate has been at an all time high and Arizona seems to be fairing this pandemic relatively well at this point.
After my piece on eating disorder encouragement culture on campus, I got the chance to talk to Ashley Munro, a nutrition counselor at Campus Health. She is a registered dietician, certified as a diabetes educator and intuitive eating counselor. She works with students who want to improve the relationships they have with food and their bodies. We talked about intuitive eating and how this can fit in a college student’s lifestyle.
If you or someone you know is in Greek Life at the University of Arizona, then you have probably heard of GreekRank. It’s a website dedicated to ranking and commenting on different sororities and fraternities on campus. I guarantee you that the site is as horrible as it sounds. The toxic content that permeates through the message boards and sorority and fraternity pages is abhorrent and does not accurately represent the inclusivity of Greek Life at the UA.
Update on 2/23: For eating disorder awareness week, Feb. 22 - 28, I want to call attention to language on campus that can promote and/or normalize eating disorders.
The body positivity movement is changing the climate on the popular video sharing app TikTok, but many have been left wondering if the movement is doing more harm than good.
On Jan. 20, the Vogue Instagram account announced that they will release a special edition cover of Vice President Kamala Harris for the February 2021 issue in honor of the inauguration. This major announcement follows the backlash the publication received on social media platforms after two photos from the shoot got leaked to the public.
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In recent years, celebrities and artists have been constantly revealed to be problematic in one or multiple ways. From comedian Chris D'Elia to President Donald Trump, accusations of damaging behavior and sexual assault have taken over weeks worth of news cycles, beginning with the accusation of Harvey Weinstein.
The misinformation and skepticism surrounding the administration of vaccines is not a new problem in the U.S. This baseless skepticism has grown to be more dangerous and widespread due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The debate on whether vaccinations are safe and should be mandatory has been around for ages. The main reason people are hesitant about taking vaccinations is a lack of education on the science behind the vaccine. This controversy has intensified as COVID-19 has taken over life in the U.S.
As a person with a uterus, it is terrifying to realize that Judge Amy Coney Barrett, the newest addition to the United States Supreme Court, has the power to reverse the progress that has been made in terms of reproductive rights for those with uteruses. Abortion accessibility is a major concern of mine. A person’s right to elect for an abortion should not be infringed upon by politicians. Abortion accessibility is vital for everyone, no matter what their background may be. Abortion accessibility is not about aborting every pregnancy but about being given the freedom to choose how a person would like to proceed with their pregnancy. Abortion is not murder and whoever says otherwise is absolutely not educated on the topic whatsoever. Pro-lifers, I implore you all to look into fostering or adopting the already born 400,000 children in the American foster care system instead of imposing your beliefs on those who did not ask for it. Our bodies are not political playgrounds for legislation. Let's begin to acknowledge and respect that.
The presidential election has made it very apparent that unless action is taken, the divide between the two major parties in the United States is going to continue to grow. The United States will see detrimental consequences from this. While conversations and debates between Democrats and Republicans are seen as a terrifying feat and avoided in most social situations, it is what can mend the polarization of the nation and cultivate a more understanding society.
Compared to previous elections where people got their information from reputable news sources, the new way people are gaining a better insight into the election is through social media. The use of social media by both campaigns during this time has changed the political landscape. In their social media campaigns on Twitter and Instagram, Joe Biden reached a total of 29.6 million followers and Donald Trump reached a total of 113 million followers. With a magnitude this large, it is no surprise that social media had a great impact on young voters and the election as a whole.
The fall 2020 semester started with students optimistic to enter a classroom once again as they registered for their classes, but the chances of returning to in-person are still slim to none at the moment. Cases are rising nationally and, inversely, the odds of in-person instruction fell. Students are in the same place they were last year, facing “Zoom fatigue” and turning in countless assignments that feel like busywork. Zoom fatigue is the term used to describe the “tiredness, worry, or burnout” that comes along with the constant use of Zoom and other online resources instead of face-to-face interaction. With the current semester being almost entirely virtual, students are experiencing this fatigue in extreme amounts.