The Diet Debate

Last year, I began to surround myself with individuals who are very aware of their diet, who introduced me to the concept of a “plant-based diet” also known as veganism. I decided to try it, since I was constantly hearing facts about the detrimental impact of meat and dairy on our bodies. I watched a documentary called “What the Health,” which, inevitably and completely one-sided, claims that the American Cancer Society knows that eating animal products is the main cause of cancer, but that the organization refuses to claim that fact because they are sponsored by large meat corporations. The documentary was eye-opening in many ways, but I could not understand then: why is it that Spain, Italy and Japan have the longest life-span rates with cultural diets that have a lot of animal consumption?

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The reality of the broke college student trope

As tuition and housing rates continue to increase, so does the age-old joke about the poor college student. The reference to being a 'broke college student' continues to be commonly referenced as students trash-pick old furniture, eat ramen and donate to BioLife for spending money. To struggle financially while getting a degree has almost become a rite of passage that builds character for those on the brink of adulthood.  All jokes aside, evidence shows that more than a quarter of college students are experiencing actual poverty, often in the form of hunger. Many students find themselves to be food insecure, unsure where their next meal will come from.

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Stay safe this snuggle season

The leaves are turning, the temperature is dropping and soon enough there will be snow everywhere. It’s officially “cuffing season,” a term used to describe the time of year when people are most likely to get into relationships. After all, the snow is a lot more bearable when you’ve got someone to snuggle up to during those long, winter nights. 

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Do you create or consume?

In a generation where social media, the internet and technology are a major source of creation and consumption, we’re left to question ourselves which act we take part in more. I recently attended an event where a speaker spoke on the effects of social media today and the many benefits it has brought us.

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Drunk driving: if you see something, say something

Even though we have been told to avoid it at all costs from the time we were young, people everywhere, every day, are still choosing to drive drunk. According to the National Highway Traffic and Safety Association (NHTSA), even though fatalities from drunk-driving have fallen in the past few decades, drunk driving crashes still claim more than 10,000 lives every year. It is baffling that with all of the tragedies, consequences and possible means of transportation that thousands are still choosing to drive under the influence of alcohol. Is it merely the convenience that pushes drivers to get behind the wheel? Perhaps it is time that the friends of these drivers begin stepping in to stop these crashes from happening

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Love him or hate him, we need another Royko

I told myself I’d never write a political piece, but that was before a book full of columns by the great Mike Royko made its way into my hands. Royko was a columnist that embodied the spirit of Chicago, for better or for worse. His columns would lift up the poor tavern keepers who were buried beneath growing redevelopments. Yet the next day, he’d be taunting one of Chicago’s deeply established cultures, such as the Irish or Polish populations. 

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