Hiding behind anonymity is a common practice today. From sources in news stories to social media, knowing the name behind a comment or quote is well on its way to becoming a rarity. What this means for social norms is yet to be determined, but social media apps like Yik Yak indicate it could lead our society down a disturbing path without regard for those around us.
The emphasis placed on colleges to have stellar athletic teams is not new. A popular sports program can put universities on the map. This has been the source of many instances in which players are given unfair free passes, ultimately hindering their education.
Thanksgiving break is just around the corner, and many students’ grade standing in some classes is unknown. Assignments have been submitted, but the turnaround from professors is at a standstill. Without knowing grades, students have no means of knowing how to prepare for the last stretch of the semester.
American schools have long used drills to prepare students, faculty and rescue workers to properly respond to an emergency. A fire drill, for example, is commonly used so students know where to go and how to act during a fire. However, events such as the Columbine and Sandy Hook school shootings have prompted a fairly new type of drill to emerge in many states: active shooter drills.
When Phil Robertson, the patriarch on the reality TV show “Duck Dynasty,” made comments about homosexuality in December 2013, many people, mainly Christians, rose to defend him, claiming that he has a right to express his beliefs.
The days of carelessly texting “omw, literally,” from behind the wheel are almost over in San Antonio, and the rest of Texas would be wise to follow suit.
One of the noblest ways someone can choose to spend their time or live their life is in service. Service comes in many forms: feeding the homeless; picking up trash on the side of the highway; choosing a career in the military, law enforcement or the fire department; mission trips; and many more. But the many forms of service all have one thing in common: They are selfless acts.
The debate in America surrounding the criminalization of homelessness just got a bit more heated after officers in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., cited 90-year-old Arnold Abbott for comforting his homeless neighbors in a public park with a free meal.
To leash or not to leash?
Almost everyone who has ever applied to colleges, been on a job hunt or seeking an internship knows the impact social media can make on a person’s image.