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Ah, August. It’s that time of year when summer starts winding down, kids scramble to finish (and/or fake) their summer reading reports, and every lifestyle blog ever offers its unsolicited advice to incoming college freshman. My greatest guilty pleasure is scrolling through these posts as if I have no idea how college works or how to prepare for diving headfirst into a cesspool of hormones and questionable decisions.    One of my new favorite ... Read More
800 four-year colleges and universities are “test-optional” meaning that submitting SAT or ACT tests as part of the application is not a requirement. However, students applying to more selective schools will almost always submit, and these schools will almost always look at the scores to influence their admissions decision. Last week, Hampshire College in Amherst, MA announced that it will now implement a “test-blind” policy. It will no ... Read More
Since April, the White House has focused some much needed attention on the rape and sexual assault epidemics that occur on college campuses all across America. Survivors of sexual assault are often blamed and/or ignored when they a file a case against the perpetrator, and the number of survivors who never speak up or take action after the attack is alarmingly high.  As many as 55 colleges are under investigation for the way they handle its sexual assault ... Read More
In his recent article regarding on-campus rape, George Will cited one Swarthmore student’s story of being assaulted:   She and her assaulter had “now decided — mutually, she thought — just to be friends. When he ended up falling asleep on her bed, she changed into pajamas and climbed in next to him. Soon, he was putting his arm around her and taking off her clothes. ‘I basically said, “No, I don’t want to have sex ... Read More
Next week, the Senate will consider a bill from Sen. Elizabeth Warren concerning student loan payments. The bill will allow Americans with outstanding federal and private loans to refinance them at the same rates students receive when taking out new federal loans.   This in and of itself is a step in the right direction for all students without outstanding loans. However, Sen. Warren, Sen. Sherrod Brown, and many other Democratic Senators are framing this as ... Read More
We all know how dangerous internalized misogyny can be. Patriarchal culture can often result in women doing and saying things that aren't very supportive of our fellow ladies. Like slut-shaming. Aside from being completely lame sauce, there is new evidence that this is not simply a gendered phenomenon.  According to a study published in the June issue of Social Psychology Quarterly, slut-shaming has less to do with sex and more to do with class. In 2004, ... Read More
Growing up, I knew what it felt like to be brown. I knew that going over to my friend's house for dinner meant that my mom would think I was malnourished when I came back. I knew that I dreaded being out in the sun for too long because that meant I got darker, and God forbid I get darker. I knew that I would feel ashamed when my mom talked too loudly in Spanish, or I had to translate for her. Being brown – for me – meant that as a kid, I constantly ... Read More
Not really. A recent article by The New York Times explains in detail how and why so many academics are infuriated at policies that call for requiring trigger warnings on syllabi. To give you an example of the issue: Bailey Loverin, a sophomore in the UC system, approached a professor after her class viewed a graphic film depicting rape. As a survivor of sexual assault, Loverin requested that all students be alerted to graphic content in advance of a class ... Read More
Amy Poehler has a pretty special place in my heart, largely because Leslie Knope is my spirit animal, but also because Poehler is wise and fearless, and she is never afraid to speak her mind. Have you ever Googled "Best Amy Poehler Quotes?" Not only does she have two BuzzFeed  posts dedicated to her wise and honest words, but there are tons of other round-ups of her advice to the world - because it really is that poignant and amazing.  So, it's no ... Read More
When I was 19 and in my second year of university on Vancouver Island, a robber entered my home and stole a number of valuables.  I had been home alone. I had fallen asleep and when my friends left my house they didn't lock the door. I was agonized by the idea that something worse than theft might have happened. The sense of invasion when your home is robbed is tantamount to the way girls feel at all times: nowhere is safe-- not your home, not your street, ... Read More
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