OPINION: Let's talk about love bombing

The bottom line is healthy relationships don't begin with an “I love you” and dozens of roses on the first or second date. Being love bombed is not true love; it's a form of manipulation and a “love” that won’t last long.  Read more

OPINION: The dangerous trends surrounding food on TikTok

One toxic community that can be found on TikTok is one that promotes unhealthy eating and relationships with food. Although it is not always intentional, a handful of the videos on TikTok are promoting and triggering disordered eating and unhealthy relationships with food and our bodies. The more we see this type of content, the more normalized it becomes.  Read more

OPINION: Let's talk about toxic positivity

Emotions and feelings are important. Masking them and pushing them to the side can be more harmful than one might think. We don’t have to be positive all the time, all emotions are valid. We don’t always have to put on a positive face and pretend that everything is okay, when in reality that’s not how we truly feel. Read more

OPINION: 'The Yak is Back': Revival of anonymous social media platform brings negativity to campus

Despite past controversies, Yik Yak is attempting a comeback, branding the revival, "The Yak is Back." According to the app’s website, the new owners purchased the rights to the platform in February of this year, and sought out to reconstruct the app in a way where bullying and violent comments are prohibited and positivity is encouraged. This revival is still bringing negativity to our campus, despite the efforts to make the app more of a positive place.  Read more

OPINION: Stop judging people's Spotify Wrapped

Every year, Instagram turns into a madhouse with everyone’s Wrapped screenshots on their stories, usually a mix of all of the year’s top pop hits with a caption about how embarrassing it is to listen to the same songs everyone else was, or a bunch of indie artists no one has ever heard of with some variation of the emoji with sunglasses.  Read more

OPINION: Set yourself up for success with a consistent morning routine

Having a structure to our days helps us to feel more organized and motivated. As we have heard before, “consistency is key.” Having a consistent routine helps to give our day a meaning and a purpose. The habits we create for ourselves through routines that we follow help us to get more accomplished, stay focused and give us a sense of control over our day. A structured schedule that we follow is something that we create for ourselves and we are in control. The set schedule is something that we can always count on to be consistent.  Read more

OPINION: You need discipline, not motivation

To be in control of our lives, we need to be disciplined. Discipline is waking up every morning and choosing to be productive because it’s what will keep you going. Motivation starts the fire but doesn’t keep it burning. Read more

COLUMN: Alex's Weekly Round Up - Week 1

Hello, my name is Alexzandria “Alex” Martinez. This is a weekly column that will consist of my personal picks of albums and songs. I will discuss artists/bands that aren’t widely known, specifically artists who are making their name in the music industry. This is a list of my picks from last week.  Read more

OPINION: Has the Student Union gone overboard with their prices?

Almost nobody on a college campus is blind to the fact that it’s expensive to be here — with bills for tuition, housing and textbooks stacking up, it’s impossible to ignore. What most people don’t expect is to walk into the Student Union Memorial Center — the hub of life on campus — and find themselves confronted with a package of Oreos costing $8.29.  Read more