What if you had to decide between tuition or dinner? A college diploma or nutrition? All across the country, even here at Iowa State University, students struggle to purchase food due to fears of increasing their already high college expenses.

Like all college students, I lead a busy life. We have papers to write, books to read and tests to study for. On top of all of the academic studies, most of us work. Most days feel like simply jumping from one task to the other, from when I wake up to when I go to bed, only to repeat the cycle the next day. Seeing your hard work pay off in the form of paychecks and high grades can be rewarding, but it is also incredibly stressful.

As a graduate student with a part-time job on campus, alongside many others, I struggle with balancing my work-study with my life. There are things I have to do. There are things I can choose not to do, which sometimes slip out of my control (like not sleeping on time). In an era when personal fulfillment is as far down on the priority list as anything that doesn’t help check things off my to-do, it’s astonishing how much of a difference an hour of “me-time” can do.

One of the infamous attractions held by public universities is their promise for free speech and expression embedded into their constitutions; private universities do not have this luxury. While living on a public university’s campus, you will see varying accounts of how students exercise these specific rights and privileges. For those of you who crossed through the lawn in front of Parks Library during the middle of last week, you know about the interactions between the street preacher …

There is a family down the street you are dangerously envious of because of their elegantly decorated interior in their colonial home, loving ambiance, close family connection and marvelously talented children. The wife probably works as a real estate agent, while the husband works at a finance consulting firm in the city. "This is the life," we all say at one point or another. Who wouldn't want the perfect, white picket fence dream instilled in us by our childhood cartoons and children'…

The Democratic primary process being so packed and crowded has made it very difficult for the public to delineate between candidates. All too often I run into people who have no idea who particular candidates even are and with the field being so full, polling has placed an increased importance on the reporting being done on the primary. Large political media outlets like the New York Times, Politico and FiveThirtyEight all release frequent updates on who’s winning the Democratic primary …

Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh. By now, most of you know who he is. Kavanaugh was first accused of sexual misconduct in late 2018 when Christine Ford testified against him before a judiciary committee, but he was eventually sworn into the Supreme Court when her accusations fell apart. Almost exactly a year later, The New York Times released an article accusing Kavanaugh of more sexual misconduct.

Almost every alternate Sunday, I take the bus downtown to Main Street, get off at the Ames Public Library bus stop, spend an hour or two in the haven of words, loan out a couple of nice paperbacks and head back home. Even before I get into the crux of the matter, I want to state that public libraries are — unequivocally — the best.

Since 1999, Bisexual Visibility Day, or International Celebrate Bisexuality Day, has been celebrated on Sept. 23. On this day, countries all over the world host events to help celebrate bisexuality and bring awareness to the erasure and other struggles bisexuals face inside and outside the LGBTQIA+ community.

John Weigel, a Navy veteran, stood in front of Sen. Bernie Sanders at a rally in Nevada on Friday. His voice shook as an aide delivered his medical bill to Sanders, and he told his story of being diagnosed with Huntington’s disease — a deadly disorder that causes the breakdown of nerve cells in the brain — and being kicked off his Tricare.

Professionalism is now engulfed by interviewing sharks trained to pick at every single flaw or reason to NOT to hire you. Don’t be a victim of the sharks by swimming in the ocean with an open wound. Over the course of the past week, the focus on professionalism rose drastically due to this week's career fairs. I thought I might as well hop on the bandwagon and help address how to be a professional.

It's the day before the first career fair comes to campus. Like my batchmates, I look forward to the career fair, and I try to prep as much as I can in advance. This idea of prep may differ for everyone; mine is drinking a lot of water and practicing my smiles. Career fairs are supposed to be intense and fun — you play your cards right, you land a nice gig, you go home happy. “The companies are here to hire you,” everyone says. “You just need to find a company that’s the right fit.” And …

Earlier this week, Donald Trump announced his decision to pursue a nationwide ban on flavored e-cigarettes. This call for a ban likely stems from the recent deaths due to vaping that have been hitting the news. However, I believe there are many aspects of this situation that need to be cleared up before an all-out ban on flavored tobacco products should be pursued.

In Friday’s third debate for the Democratic nomination for president, gun reform policy took center stage yet again. Not surprisingly, the candidates appealed for the most draconian and tyrannical actions that have yet to be articulated on any issue. Referencing comments made last month to the media, Beto O’Rourke doubled down on his position to institute a mandatory buyback for “assault weapons.” In the debate, O’Rourke fervently declared, “Hell, yes, we're going to take your AR-15, you…

When Cartoon Network’s popular series "Teen Titans Go!" first launched, fans of the original series, "Teen Titans," were completely distraught. This new rendition was not anime-inspired, plot-driven and packed with action. Instead, it portrayed the characters in a cuter art style with a slice-of-life feel.

If you are reading this, you are likely a student at Iowa State University. There are many reasons one goes to college; to get a well-paying job, to continue to learn, to start a career or, if you are like me, there was never another option.

Have you ever made a decision that you regret? Perhaps you decided on a player in your fantasy football league that had a poor performance that season? Maybe you decided to take that course elective that you were unprepared for and got a “C”? Engaging in better decision making can help avoid these bad outcomes. But often when we do try to engage in logical decision making, our irrational brain can pop in and make our analysis worse. In many cases, if you have an outcome in mind, it is a …

Notice how we first absorb aesthetics directly from nature, ranging from the common Iowa sunset above the cornfields to the exotic caterpillars on that watery leaf outside Catt Hall. Our definitions of beautiful complement our own unique perceptions that were guided by our childhoods and experiences. Why are we so attracted to those aesthetics and why do we go out of our way to chase them? 

For a class this semester, I have been tasked with learning about the Native Americans of Iowa. As I have begun to dig into the readings, I have been bombarded with information that I had never heard before. There were 30 or more tribes in Iowa with their own cultures, their own wars and their own history all happening in my backyard, yet I’ve never heard of it.

As the first weekend of the school year approaches, it can be easy to get wrapped up in what you think you "should" be doing on a Friday night. Television shows and movies often portray weekends as one long non-stop party as soon as classes are out for the weekend.

This presidential primary cycle that has seemingly gone on forever has seen a plethora of democrats with varied and unique backgrounds going to battle for the White House. With the country extremely divided on partisan divides, this elongated and strenuous process has potentially exposed the shortcomings that come up in the primary process in general.

It all started in 2017, when PragerU, a self-defined “non-profit education media company,” sued YouTube for censoring their videos. According to PragerU, YouTube had classified over 100 of their videos as inappropriate in 2017 (That number is now over the 200s). Some of these videos include “The Ten  Commandments,” “Israel’s Legal Founding” and “Cops Are The Good Guys." PragerU claims that these videos are not inappropriate at all, and YouTube is simply censoring them because they are co…

New students, welcome to the most intense and most exhausting four years of your lives. Trust me, it is actually a great experience. Don’t get me wrong, you will definitely have all-night study sessions, bond with those in your hardest class, get a professor who might not teach in a style you enjoy and drop the ball a few times. But after all the exhaustion and hard work, you will look back and remember how great it all was. 

While I think that it is important to discuss the “lanes” and to look at trends in the Democratic Party in general, I also think its most important that caucus goers to choose the candidate that calls to them. 

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…

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? 

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.

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…

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