Hillary Clinton: Real Feminist?

Hillary Clinton: Real Feminist?

This year Hillary Clinton has become the first female to be nominated for president by a major political party. Because of this, Clinton has become a symbol for feminism.  Many famous women in our country such as Kerry Washington, Lady Gaga, and Meryl Streep are proud Clinton supporters. Some have even taken to social media to show their support and post the #imwithher slogan. But are they only with Clinton because she is a “her” or do they actually support her views? Should Clinton even be considered a feminist? When…

Drinking in America

Drinking in America

Your 18th birthday is quite a big milestone. There are so many freedoms you get when you finally turn 18. You are not, however, awarded the freedom to drink alcohol. The legal drinking age of alcohol being 21 and not 18 has never made sense to me. How is it fair that you are able to get married, yet can’t legally have champagne at your wedding? How can we allow people to fight and die for our country all before you are old enough to kick back and have a…

Avoiding the Nightmare of Tallahassee Community College Parking

Avoiding the Nightmare of Tallahassee Community College Parking

By Brandi Stevens Imagine arriving to campus ten minutes before your class begins. Seems like plenty of time to get to class, right? You drive around to look for a parking spot and before you know it, 20 minutes goes by! At this point, you still haven’t found a spot, you’re already late to class, so you just decide to go home. This has most likely been the experience of many students at Tallahassee Community College. This has been my experience quite a few times in fact. I struggle with…

No Strings (Or Stigma) Attached

No Strings (Or Stigma) Attached

By Sydney Selman Hooking up isn’t as big of a deal as people think it is. It’s been a recurrent activity for decades. So why are we so quick to shame those who participate in casual relationships? I have always viewed sex as simply that: sex. In my opinion, sex can be personal or impersonal, so long as there are two (or more) legally consenting parties. As hookups become more seemingly prevalent on campus, many suggest that young people are more sexually active at earlier ages in casual circumstances than their…

Taking Off on the North Carolina License Plate

Taking Off on the North Carolina License Plate

By Patricia Singletary There is a particular injustice going on in America that has bothered me for a very long time, and I think it’s far past time to have a serious discussion about it. North Carolina’s license plate motto is completely ridiculous! This motto, “First in Flight”, is on every North Carolina state sanctioned license plate, and worse, I am forced to see it even here in Florida. During such times, I’ll be minding my own business and–boom–I’m sent into a nonsensical rage over the grave offense done by…

The Social Stigmas We’ve Given Mental Health

The Social Stigmas We’ve Given Mental Health

By Sydney Selman One considerable barrier that is currently handicapping the United States’ social progression is the way in which it’s citizens regard those with mental illnesses. Attitudes that view symptoms of psychopathology as aggressive and distressing are prevalent in most societies, including our own. The mindsets of people who view those struggling with mental illness as incompetent and hostile stems from our own culture. Culture plays a vital role in how society views mental illness.  According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), culture may be indicative of,…

Islamophobia Spreads as Demagogues Take the Stage

Islamophobia Spreads as Demagogues Take the Stage

By Elery Ostertag The world as we know it is rife with political and religious demagogues, espousing their particular ideology as the only truth.  With a presidential election on the horizon and the threat of ISIS looming in the Middle East, these demagogues in the United States and abroad have taken their respective stages and drummed up the masses. ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has been preaching a medieval fundamentalist interpretation of the Quran, calling for terror attacks, genocide, and the ushering in of the apocalypse. While here in the…

Challenging the Pressures of College Success

Challenging the Pressures of College Success

By Sydney Selman High schoolers are subjected to pressure from schools and colleges setting ridiculously high standards and working students to death. I am a first year at Tallahassee Community College. This is my third semester at TCC and academically, things have been going great. Despite juggling six classes and a part-time (they make it feel like full-time) job, I have been able to keep my head above water. Of course, when exams roll around, the water starts to get rocky, but I manage to push through. In my sophomore…

Black History Begins with Black Women: 6 Books Written by Black Women Everyone Should Read

Black History Begins with Black Women: 6 Books Written by Black Women Everyone Should Read

By Angelique Fullwood The month of February is the time of year in the United States when folks acknowledge Black History. While Black Americans started observing Negro History Week back in 1926, it wasn’t until 1976 that it expanded into a national holiday under President Gerald Ford, he told Americans to “seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history.” At any other time of the year it is very rare, if ever, that students learn about the African…

Transgender Students Deserve Respect in Schools

Transgender Students Deserve Respect in Schools

By Sydney Selman Schools are not doing enough to support their transgender students. Well, that’s the way it seems at least. Getting an education can be very stressful. I can imagine this stress is only amplified when fighting for basic rights and decency as a transgender student. It’s even worse when policy makers and school representatives aid in increasing the ostracism these students already face. In late September 2015, a 13-year-old transgender boy in Elko County, Nev., made an appeal to use the male-designated bathrooms on campus. An anti-bullying bill…