YOLO: A Terrible, Tragic Philosophy

YOLO: You only live once. The phrase, although seeming to wane in popularity, was seen almost everywhere in 2011 through 2015. It was used by many to justify otherwise reckless behavior. In particular, the phrase was used in a tweet by one individual, a 21-year-old aspiring rapper, as justification for driving 120MPH while drunk: “Drunk af going 120 drifting corners #FuckIt YOLO.” He crashed and died just moments later.

You Can Put a Woman on the $20 Bill, but it's Still Only Worth $13 to Some

On Wednesday, Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew announced that President Andrew Jackson is getting the boot - Harriet Tubman will replace him on the $20 bill. The news is a first in two respects: (1) the first African-American to be depicted on American currency, and (2) the first woman to be depicted on American currency. But, despite the symbolic honor of these advances, the decision to portray Harriet Tubman on the $20 bill only highlights another issue that needs addressing.

Remembering West: 4/17/2013

I can vividly remember where I was: walking out of Contracts class around 8:00 PM, seeing that I had several text messages from my cousin Rachal who urgently questioned whether my family was okay. I had no idea what she was talking about. Then, I checked the news and found that my hometown of barely 2,800 people had been stricken with disaster.

Standing Up to Bullying: A Community-based Approach

For a long time, bullying in schools went largely unaddressed in America. Teachers would dismiss it as "kids being kids" and parents would justify it as a way to "toughen kids up for the real world." One of the leading bullying prevention advocacy groups ascribes historical sentiment for bullying as a "childhood rite of passage." And then, bullies discovered the Internet and a whole new word was forged: cyberbullying. Because of this far-reaching platform, it soon became understood that bullying doesn't "toughen" kids, it tears them down.

Noodles of Wisdom

“Yesterday's the past, tomorrow's the future, but today is a gift. That's why it's called the present.” This oft-quoted wisdom from Bil Keane, creator of the newspaper comic The Family Circus, has gained popularity for its appearance in the 2008 movie Kung Fu Pandaretold by a wise soothsaying tortoise. I watched this movie for the first time yesterday, and less than one hour later, a drunk driver struck a tree right outside where I was. The movie and the accident didn’t seem relatable at the time, but they are.

A Conservative Contradiction: Immigration & Free Markets

In at least two Republican presidential debates now, Donald Trump has lambasted American companies for moving their business to other countries. Namely, the real estate mogul points to Ford Motor Company and Nabisco for moving manufacturing facilities to Mexico. In his own words, Trump wants to "make them pay" for abandoning the United States. This coming from the same man who first rose to political prominence for promising a 10-foot wall along the Mexican border (which will somehow be paid for by the Mexican government). But, Trump and everyone else on those debate stages fail to ask why those companies are relocating manufacturing to Mexico.