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“Racially charged” is a new term being thrown around by media outlets as an escape hatch to calling someone a racist in any form of dispute or scandal. Two weeks ago, actor Jussie Smollett was attacked by two unknown men. The attack included the assailants supposedly wrapping a rope around Smollett’s neck while yelling racial slurs and saying, “This is MAGA country.” Additionally, police identified a chemical poured on Smollett that was possibly bleach. Yet there seems to be some question of whether these attacks were intentionally targeting a homosexual, African-American man.
With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, there's a lot of pressure to make plans and focus on “love.” However, I see love as such an obscure concept. We say “I love you” to friends and family every day, but suddenly it means something completely different when said to a significant other.
If you have been to a wedding, baby shower or even a funeral in the past five years, you would've been hard-pressed to find the event not shrouded in the flashes of phone and camera lights.
With this record-breaking 35-day shutdown, consumers have to worry about foods and drugs that the unpaid Food and Drug Administration workers could have overlooked. During the first three weeks of the shutdown, FDA operations of inspecting food facilities slowed down and some workers were furloughed.
With many new and wacky health treatments coming up every day, there is one that has become exceedingly popular and researched. CBD, or cannabidiol, is proving time and again to be an effective treatment for a range of illnesses. It has even been partly approved by the FDA. However, despite more doctors and health specialists recommending CBD as a treatment, the drug is still not covered by insurance or even completely legal in some places.
The USC add/drop date for the fall 2018, the deadline for deciding whether you want to keep a class for the semester or drop it without any consequences, was Aug. 29. Classes started this semester on Aug. 23. This gave students only about two class sessions to figure out if they wanted to keep a or course or not, which is just not enough time.
What would you do if you found out your favorite Five Points bars are profiting from practices of racism and discrimination? The State reported Aug. 18 that bar owner, Matt Shmanske, owner of Moosehead Saloon, Latitude 22 and The Thirsty Parrot, is accused of trying to revamp a bar that had gone “too dark.”
With all the turmoil surrounding allegations of racism in the Trump White House, the ever-truthful Sarah Huckabee Sanders held a press conference Tuesday afternoon that seemed to set the record straight. Specifically, she addressed news of former aide Omarosa Manigault-Newman saying she recorded Trump saying the n-word.
With only a few weeks left of summer, students are starting to think about all the details that go into starting the semester at a large university. With that comes the daunting task of figuring out how to cobble together tuition with newly-won scholarships, loans and grants. All that to understand what comes out-of-pocket.
When was the last time you did the long scroll through social media and found yourself wasting an hour or two with nothing to show for it? I’m guessing not too long ago. It’s not a secret that the world is addicted to social media, but there are unseen effects of social media that are harming our mental health. Social media is relatively new, so studies are limited on its overall effects. However, the studies that are out — along with common sense — tell us that it might be a good idea to take breaks from social media for self- preservation.
In the last year, there have been eight fraternity violations that have been disclosed by the University of South Carolina in compliance with the Tucker Hipps Transparency Act. There are four fraternities that are currently suspended for violations ranging from alcohol, drugs, physical assault and hazing. The most recent fraternity suspension was placed on the popular Tau Kappa Epsilon (TKE) fraternity.
Nationwide, teachers are protesting low pay and budget impacts that government funding have on both teachers and students. States like Oklahoma and Arizona have teachers’ unions striking and protesting on statehouse grounds. Many teachers are using the nine-day strike last month in West Virginia as a positive example. Teachers in West Virginia benefited from a 5 percent pay increase after their protests. The trend is spreading around the country, and many people in South Carolina should be wondering whether our teachers will be the next to get fed up.
If there was one thing that I wanted to do when I came to USC, it was study abroad. Throughout tours and orientations, I was sold on the opportunity to study abroad to “broaden my horizons” and learn a new culture. I wanted to take pictures in an impressive historical city that some may never visit. Until recently, study abroad was just that in my opinion, an opportunity to take fancy Instagram pictures and have lots to brag about when I came home to my friends and family. Study abroad was an opportunity to become more “worldly” after just one semester. I also listened to the countless university people tell me how essential it is to study abroad and travel in order to become a good journalist, businesswoman, accountant or any major really. I was overwhelmed by the university atmosphere selling me that the study abroad experience needed to be fit into my four years.
Last weekend’s March for Our Lives was an amazing testament to how tragedy can bring people together for a greater cause and the will of students and young people to affect our political system. There is no question that the students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, who recently experienced 14 of their classmates and three of their faculty members getting brutally murdered during school, are strong and intelligent change-makers. Through speeches and continued activism to shed light on the issue of gun control, students got the whole country talking and made it harder for politicians to stay silent.
The Riverbanks Zoo in Columbia has been rated one of the top 10 zoos in the country, but for elephants, South Carolina is the last place they want to be.
If there is one overarching theme apparent in the GOP, it is reliance on Christian values. Whether or not Republican politicians follow or believe what they teach, they often talk about preserving Christian morals, ethics and family values in the American political system. After the controversy of the Parkland school shooting and heightened gun control debate, one question remains: What is the Christian belief behind gun control?
If there is one thing that all college students hate with a fiery passion, it is the astronomical price of textbooks and access codes. Seeing that a book or access code is “required” for a class and ordering it is the saddest part of my semester, for sure. Though I understand the need for supplemental texts and homework to aid in learning, I feel the the overwhelming use of access codes in classes represents a teaching defect. If a class requires a $100-$150 access code in order to learn the concepts, I think teaching capability should come into question.
The average yearly salary for a social worker in Columbia is $51,606 as of Jan. 2. This falls below the median salary for South Carolina graduates with four-year degrees. The role of a social worker is one who helps others with a variety of problems such as abuse, poverty, mental health issues and learning and physical disabilities, to name a few. Many of us can guess the amount of emotional toll that a job like this would take on a person.
You know, I am actually not surprised that the need to explain to college students the importance of abstaining from eating Tide laundry detergent pods has arisen. I guess some people think it is funny to eat Tide Pods. The recent spike in cases reported by the American Association of Poison Control Center certainly suggests as much.