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…

During the school year, one might get carried away with the long list of to-do’s that never seem to end. You finish one assignment, and just when you think you can breathe easy and relax, the realization of other upcoming deadlines sets in.

Remember the days in elementary school where you'd walk to the cafeteria ready to eat? After being directed through an unbearably-long line with your fellow classmates, you'd victoriously come out with warm food. It was a magical time during the school day.

Today marks the final Iowa State Daily that I will help produce. Like many seniors, I’m counting down the days until graduation and taking my last finals with an eagerness, knowing I’ll never have to fill out a scantron again; and nostalgia, knowing that I’d like to stay in the moment just a little bit longer.

After the Netflix show 13 Reasons Why came out a few years back, there has been concern that teenagers would watch the show and feel as though suicide is a realistic option to solve their problems. However, since the opening of this show, teenagers have felt as though suicide is more acceptable and glorified than it is.

Using the phrase “around the world” is a very broad perspective. It cast your vision globally and does not allow for a more personal viewpoint. When I think of world suffering, I think of poverty, hunger, sex trafficking, abusive power, etc. Rarely do I think of those things on a scale as small as Ames. 

“Alternative” or “quack” medicine, the likes of which hasn't been seen since the classic traveling salesman selling snake oil out of a cart, has been making a comeback. With the internet now a factor, the ability to spread and create false information has become infinitely easier.

It’s a modern world. Things are a lot more equal than they used to be in terms of gender and sex equality. Women can wear pants, and men hopefully no longer subscribe to the idea that women can’t ride trains because “women’s bodies are not made to go over 50 miles an hour,” and therefore their uteruses will fall out. Women can go to college, and men most likely no longer believe that women shouldn’t ride bicycles because it will give them a permanent nasty scowl and depression. Women can…

Art has always been a way for people to express thoughts bigger than they can explain with words. Some people get their inspiration for art through music and some through drawing, but sometimes the best ideas come from classroom doodles or things that you do. Last week I covered the International Student Council’s (ISC) events held earlier this month to spread awareness and shed light on all of the cultures at Iowa State. While attending these events I met many amazing people who were wi…

Amid voting seasons at Iowa State, chalk becomes a weapon for politically active students wishing to spread their message to all who walk along the sidewalks. This is great to see among students because it means they care about who represents them, and they want to make their voice heard.

Now that measles have hit Iowa for the first time since 2011, it is not the time to prevent your kids from getting the protection they need. There also is 550 known cases in the US between the months of January and April.

Global influence is a pretty high level of influence. What makes something reach that level? Viewership? Impact? Content? In any of these cases, maybe a value in the billions could be a qualification for global influence. BBC has that.

Conspiracy theories are one of the most fun thought exercises that one can engage with today. There is nothing better than stumbling onto a Youtube video at midnight and getting trapped in a rabbit hole until you think the government is trying to cover up aliens or that Australia doesn’t exist, or any number of other wacky theories that get you thinking.

For the last several days, my social media and likely many others’ social media has been blowing up with a blurry image of a black circle with some orange wisps around it. Evidently, this is the first real, non-computer generated image of a black hole. After seeing it just over 15 times, my reaction can be summed up in two words: big whoop.

Recently, a video surfaced from 3 years ago depicting the rapper Cardi B talking about her past. Specifically, she talks about how she used to drug and rob men when she was a stripper. She basically describes luring men to hotels before drugging them and robbing them. In the video she defended herself throughout the backlash, claiming that she did what she needed to do to survive. Surprisingly, many people have taken this mindset to heart and have defended Cardi. Even more surprisingly i…

Movies have always been a classic go-to for people of all ages. These fun-filled motion pictures encapsulate the lives we wish we could live, cover the lives we’re glad we don’t have, or simply just entertain us. Children's movies serve more than one purpose, with one of them being to subconsciously teach them. “Trolls,” a movie released by DreamWorks in 2016, tells the tale of the Trolls and their journey to make peace with the Bergens and find inner happiness, teaching many lessons tha…

It has recently been reported that Catholic Priests in Poland burned books and other items that had relations to magic, which they consider to be sacrilegious. Some of the items they burned include the Harry Potter series, a Hindu religious figure and a Hello Kitty umbrella. During this burning ceremony, three priests carried baskets of items they found unholy outside to the fire pit. They then began to burn these items and both themselves and the alter boys stayed to watch as the flames…

Forgiveness seems to be a difficult thing to grasp for both victims and wrongdoers. What seems fair is justice, but sometimes that unreasonable act of forgiveness is practiced. Whether it's being lied to or being tortured in a mass genocide against your ethnic group, forgiveness might be the most powerful gesture in people’s lives.

J.K. Rowling has a habit of changing, or adding to, the canon of her Harry Potter universe periodically. Her most recent, and most explosive, addition to the canon was her confirmation that Dumbledore and Grindelwald had, “an intense sexual relationship.”. I’d like to add that I am not necessarily opposed to a writer adding to the canon of their universe after the universe has been written. What comes into question for me is the reasons for their doing so.

According to Cornell University’s explanation of minimum wage, it was created as a way to “create a minimum standard of living to protect the health and well-being of employees.” By this definition, anyone working for minimum wage should be able to afford a standard of living. However, the United States’ standard of living is quite high compared to that of other countries. According to the Pew Research Center, the poverty line in the United States for a family of four was $23,021 in 2011…

Mental illness can be hard for people to deal with, whether they are being directly affected or a loved one is. Mental illness is a disease in the brain due to a chemical imbalance or a side effect from an undeveloped part of the brain. Usually, these illnesses affect people’s everyday lives in more ways that one. Doctors prescribe medication that may or may not cause side effects, some of which can be dangerous.

Imagine this: You have just scrambled out of bed at 7:45 to make it to your 8 a.m. halfway across campus, when you realize that you only have one writing utensil. Would you rather it be a pen or a pencil? For me, I would have a pen over a pencil. Here’s why:

In recent years and presidencies, there have been hot debates about whether or not global warming is real. In my opinion, this is due to a large misconception as to what global warming is and the implications of its existence.

Last year, more than 1,800 students from Iowa State studied abroad. As one of those students, I know the months leading up to their time abroad can be stressful. Students know they are embarking on an adventure but really do not know the emotional and psychological growth that can happen while away.

The current two-party system for electing officials, including presidential candidates, is detrimental to democracy as a whole. Even George Washington, following his final term as president, warned against the dangers of a political system with parties, saying “The common and continual mischiefs of the spirit of the party are sufficient to make it the interest and duty of a wise people to discourage and restrain it.” But what is so bad about the two-party system that made even the foundi…

These days teen sex is all over, from news headlines to articles in Buzzfeed magazine, it's everywhere. As opposed to our older customs the topics of teens sexual relevance have made a lasting impact on our society to this day. Teen sex, not a thing of the past nor future, but of the here and now. Of course, the issue is not that teens are having sex, but having unprotected and uneducated sex.

Black History Month has come to a close. Many historically-significant people of color were praised throughout this month, but none more than Martin Luther King Jr., the champion of the civil rights movement in the 1960s. MLK deserves all the praise he gets, as he was a great man and a great leader who helped numerous people and inspired many more.

Netflix’s hit adult-oriented cartoon Bojack Horseman wrapped up its fifth season last summer and was immediately renewed for a sixth season only days after its release. Back in 2016, in just a month, the show made Netflix $64,000.

Two young girls, Carolina Carrico, 5, and her sister Leia Carrico, 8, from Benbow, California asked their mother if they could go for a walk Friday afternoon. After she told the girls they couldn’t go for a walk, she went back to cleaning her house. Then, it took a half an hour for their mother to realize they were no longer there.

Carbon emissions and air pollution are at an all-time high from the population, gross domestic product and vehicle miles traveled as reported by the United States Environmental Protection Agency. It is a well-known fact that plants can help purify our air and our water. But how are we supposed to do that with a little space left in the world after building so many factories, apartments and many other things? Some have come to the solution of rooftop greenhouses.

The Iowa State University community has an exciting opportunity to partner with the city of Ames to help plan for the future. Ames currently utilizes a two-decades-old Land Use Policy Plan (LUPP) for city planning and city council decision-making. It’s time for a plan update. With public input, the new “Ames Plan 2040: Live | Grow | Belong” will provide direction for the future.

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