When we are in times of need of a helpful word, I’m sure some of us — if not all — have recalled a moment where we have received some of the most impactful advice that has stuck with us in our darkest moments. It is only natural to recall such words of encouragement. However, helpful advice doesn’t always mean we are at a low point in our life. A helpful word coming from a close friend or anyone else for that matter could function as a way for us to stay motivated and look at the better …

When the perpetrator of the El Paso shooting walked into Walmart on Saturday, he didn’t kill 22 people just because of lax gun laws or mental health problems, and certainly not because of violent video games. No, he came with a mission lifted from rhetoric from the president himself. 

Two mass shootings took place over the weekend. One in Dayton, Ohio and the other in El Paso, Texas by a man who "wanted to stop Hispanic invasion into the U.S." Between both of these terrible acts, at least 31 people have been left dead. 

As school creeps up all too soon and we all start to move into dorms and mentally prepare for the very long semester ahead, there is one thing that will help everything move along quicker. Being secure about who you are will help with test confidence, peer confidence and so much more. While you will change during your time at Iowa State, remember to do things for you, not for others.

This Saturday I will be approaching the Gettysburg battlefield and preparing to visit for a couple days. Following Gettysburg, I will continue to West Virginia, Maryland, Washington D.C. and Virginia to view other battlefields and historical sites in this region — a region that serves as our country’s cradle of history. While viewing these places, you cannot help but wonder at how we have moved and grown as a country — figuratively and literally — so much since 1776. The people of the Am…

After 12 days of protests on the island, Gov. Ricardo Rossello of Puerto Rico has submitted his resignation effective 5 p.m. Aug. 2. The protests began after around nine hundred pages from a group chat that Rossello moderated revealed unnerving depths of corruption within the government. In these messages, Rossello and his associates in the chat — from both government and the private sector — revealed them mocking citizens and the more than 4,600 deceased citizens from Hurricane Maria, u…

Last week President Donald Trump became immersed in controversy against freshman House of Representative members Rashida Tlaib, Ayanna Pressley, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Ilhan Omar, after he criticized the four members in a long tweet. 

Political correctness. Reviled by the conservative right, flung as an insult by the current president; these days to be “politically correct” is to be weak, to succumb to the demands of a too easily offended society. When headlines like this one go viral on Twitter, it’s hard not to agree; does anyone really care whether a manhole is gender-specific or not? 

Recently, freshman congresswomen Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Ayanna Pressley and Rashida Tlaib, dubbed ‘the squad’, have become the fresh face of the democratic party seemingly hell-bent on fighting the good fight against the execrable President Trump, as if they are the destined David to his Goliath. In reality they are the picturesque example of the immorality and hypocrisy embedded in leftist ideology.

The digital world has so far defined the 21st century with the obvious advent of mobile phones and their limitless influence on peoples’ day-to-day lives.

This past weekend, Bold Iowa held an action intended to dramatize the severity of the climate crisis. Our inspiration came from students in Germany, who stood on melting blocks of ice in a gallows with nooses around their necks.Our message — "As the Arctic melts, the climate noose tightens" — was well received by many. Yet we inadvertently hurt some individuals whom we had hoped to inspire, either because the image of the noose raised the specter of lynchings or because it kindled sadnes…

Throughout many of my summers, there is one phrase in particular that I always hear from others. In fact, there are times when I catch myself having this particular thought when deciding what new adventure to go on while staying close to home. That phrase being: “There’s nothing to do here in Iowa.”

A dog was found by a member of PAWS last week in Hawaii from a tip from someone who was concerned about the situation. A Fox News article states, “PAWS of Hawaii said on Facebook the dog, named Leialoha, was discovered July 9 on a beach on the island of Oahu 'incredibly swollen, sunburned and missing 90 percent of her fur.'"

When I was a little girl, I knew exactly what a princess looked like. She looked like me. Maybe I didn’t have Cinderella’s blonde hair and blue eyes, but I had dark eyes like Belle. I had Merida’s curly hair. And I certainly had one of Snow White’s infamous traits: skin, white as snow. (Funny, that trait seems to be shared among a lot of the Disney princesses!) 

Individuals who are black, and indeed individuals of any minority status, possess a tremendous amount of agency to engage in the world around them and ultimately make a good life. Of course, across racial lines, not every person will succeed and not every person will fail; most people will fall somewhere in between. Individual choices any one person will make over the course of their life will have much to do with the outcome of their situation. In 2019, the United States is freer and mo…

There were many story lines that were derived from the first Democratic debate. Many not-so-familiar faces were able to grab their sliver of the limelight, but one key figure was missing in the debates. Gov. Steve Bullock of Montana was a notable omission from the debate. He was unable to obtain the qualifications for the debate stage as he was finishing up his legislative session.

As the campaigning season for the presidential race of 2020 has accelerated during the last few months, the idea of reparations for black slavery has been tossed around by Democratic candidates and has, for a longer time, been a goal of different segments of activists groups across the country.

Within the last few weeks, the country has been shocked by reports detailing the inhumane conditions of the overcrowded Customs & Border Patrol (CPB) stations at our border. Overwhelmed by an influx of migrants crossing in search of asylum — which is a protected right — as well as illegally, these stations house adult migrants in “standing-room-only conditions for days or weeks” and children in conditions described by one doctor as akin to “torture facilities.” 

We live in a nation where it is blatantly obvious that when you are a middle class, straight and white man there are a lot of privileges and advantages that you possess. It is also fairly clear that in the new Democratic Party, which is being flushed with a new Progressive movement, as is indicated in the nominees for President, that diversity and youth in our elected officials is reaching new and amazing heights.

After writing several letters to the editor, I am extremely happy to join the Iowa State Daily as a columnist. In my letter to the editor last week, I noted that I have been reticent concerning my explicit political beliefs, but that I am mostly in the center. As a columnist, I do think it would behoove me to allow the reader to understand the angle that I come from.

It’s Memorial Day weekend, and in one of the many apartment complexes in Ames, a man is making his way down the four flights of stairs to his car. A woman is following him, carrying his wheelchair. I am that woman and the man is my partner, a paraplegic forced to maneuver the stairways of our apartment complex because the elevator is out of order for the third time in six months.

Earlier this week, Ex Officio Ames City Council Liaison Devyn Leeson sent an email to members of the council and Mayor John Haila outlining nine issues he found with the state of landlord-tenant relations in Ames, based on discussions with tenants, activists and student leaders.

Over the past few years, the average errands trip has become much more colorful during the month of June. The aisles of Target are bedecked in rainbows of t-shirts, rompers, hats and other accessories bearing slogans like “love is love,” “equality wins” and “out and proud.” With more companies producing pride merchandise, it provides a multitude of great opportunities for dialogue, representation and visibility.

Early Tuesday morning, the police of Queens, New York got a disturbing call. CNN states, “Authorities rushed to Crocheron Park in the Bayside neighborhood of Queens just before 8 a.m. after a woman out for a run reported seeing a "baby" lying face-down in the grass...Police initially reported the child was about three months old and had been pronounced dead at the scene due to an undetermined cause.”

Progressive and intersectional political activism has a certain way of assuming an irritating moral superiority complex on any given issue, while simultaneously elevating minority group social and political opinion as indisputably factual and thus fundamentally correct.  Moreover, that same political and intersectional activism tends to dismiss disagreements others may have with that progressive worldview.  What is worse, that dissenting worldview is often declared bigoted or heretical. …

Recently, the executive vice president of the Siouxland Chamber of Commerce and I attended the Iowa Association of Business and Industry (ABI) Annual Conference in Ames. The state-wide event was superb, with speeches from Governor Kim Reynolds and Lieutenant Governor Adam Gregg, as well as a keynote presentation from former presidential speech writer Peggy Noonan. While the exceptional content of the conference should be my primary focus, it was the Ames community and Iowa State Universi…

“Hey girl! You are SO gorgeous and talented, I love your feed! I think you would be the perfect addition to my team and could benefit so much from this company! DM me back and let’s chat…” So begins the latest Instagram direct message (DM) from a girl I’ve never met before.

The Pew Research Center released a new study Wednesday, in which half of people surveyed listed “made-up news/info” as a top problem in the United States, ranking above climate change, racism and illegal immigration, among other issues.

When I was a child, my parents took me and my siblings to the circus. It was so exciting to watch trapeze artists swing high above the crowd and motorcyclists ride in gravity-defying loops, but my favorite part was always the animals — lions jumping through hoops, dogs performing tricks and, of course, the elephants. One year, I actually got to ride an elephant, in the little fair area surrounding the giant colorful tent. I climbed up a staircase, clambered onto the elephant’s back and r…

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