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University should allow meal plan rollover

At the beginning of the school year, many upperclassmen begin the hunt for underclassmen with swipes. By the end of the year, those roles are reversed and it is the underclassmen that are often desperate to rid themselves of extra swipes.

The meal swipes section of university meal plans do not rollover from any part of the year except from fall to spring. Commuter plans do not rollover and neither do dining dollars. Additionally, students have to have a meal plan for spring for their fall meal swipes to rollover.

Vatican must acknowledge, not avoid, homosexuality

In a landmark move Saturday, the Vatican removed language “welcoming gay Catholics” and “avoiding language or behavior that could discriminate against divorced Catholics” from the original Synod report.

This move by the Vatican further reveals undertones of hypocrisy where topics of divorce in religion are danced around or not talked about while topics of homosexuality are rejected or receive negative thoughts or comments, even though both are viewed as “sins” in the Bible.

Confederate flag unacceptable as pride symbol

The flag of the Confederate States of America is a racist symbol and should be regarded in the same way as the Nazi flag of the Third Reich.    

Today’s South is very different from its old Confederate counterpart. Slavery is now abolished, and racism is no longer in the law books. Unfortunately, many parts of the country, including the South, are still very racist.

#FirstWorldProblems insensitive toward disadvantaged people

The running joke “First World Problems” has created a greater sense of entitlement among American citizens.

Before you begin a #NotAllAmericans hashtag, let me just say that I am not referring to all Americans but rather to those who are well-accustomed to the ever-present #FirstWorldProblems tag. I cannot even say that I am just referring to American youth. I have seen far too many adults stooping down to the same level as many children and young adults carelessly and insensitively using the hashtag.

Nudity, public breastfeeding basic rights of women

America, the land of the free and the home of the brave.

At least, that’s what it’s supposed to be. These two phrases have many questioning their validity today. Sometimes people wonder how far “free” really goes.

The past 100 years have seen major improvements in women’s rights, and there has been a significant rise on the amount of freedom they have. In six years it will be the 100th anniversary of the passing of the Nineteenth Amendment giving women the right to vote.

Feminism unrightfully given bad reputation, negative connotation

Man-hater, extremist and sexist are all terms inaccurately associated with the word feminist.

Often, when a woman describes herself as a feminist to her peers she is met with scorn and disgust. Men mock her and call her names, while many women look at her like she is crazy. Often times in both scenarios she will receive questions about why she hates men or what man hurt her to make her this way.

Men's Rights Movement makes some valid points

Many people laugh in the face of the idea of “men’s rights,” and those that advocate for it are known as men’s rights activists or MRAs. In most feminist circles, these are the bane of their existence. However, aside from the sexism many preach, legitimate concerns are actually wrapped up in the movement.

Students must be wary of dangerous prescription, recreational drug abuse

A casual attitude towards prescription drug abuse has become part of the college culture, but Bobcats should refrain from this activity as well as any other recreational drug usage.

Social media applications like Yik Yak let users interact with other local users and often feature university students searching for an ‘addy’ hook-up. This epidemic is most prevalent during midterm and finals seasons, when student stress is at its highest.

Celebrities’ mental illnesses should not be treated as comedy, entertainment

Celebrities are not to be treated like caged zoo animals.

When Amanda Bynes first began acting, she was a beloved comedic actress. In recent years, however, we have begun to see a different side to the young woman some of us grew up with. She shaved her head in April 2013, which seemed to be a catalyst to several other out-of-character behaviors, including a bizarre series of tweets. A sporadic string of DWIs and various arrests began in April 2013 and continued through October of this year.

Cheating poses interesting ethical questions

“Once a cheater, always a cheater” may apply to some students, but I do not think it applies to many.

A recent discussion in one of my classes raised the ethics of a cheater. “Once a cheater, always a cheater” was the main argument. Some students argued that they only cheated once in college and never again, so the phrase was a hyperbole, and I agree.