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Friday, January 28, 2022

Opinion

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'The Bachelor' perpetuates an archaic stereotype of women

I am embarrassed to say that I watched “The Bachelor” last week. It was a fun time with friends and French toast, but I cringe at the thought of giving that show any of my time. It was the second episode I had ever seen. Like the first time, it was impossible to look away. Watching “The Bachelor” is similar to witnessing a horrible car crash: You know you shouldn’t look, but it’s so terrible you just cannot help but stare. Despite its popularity, “The Bachelor” is problematic and anti-feminist.


 
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Iced coffee wins in the world of caffeine

Coffee is, for many of us college students, similar to life support. A long day is often impossible without slurping down a certain amount of the bitter drink. For some, this amount is a healthy one or two cups in the morning before class and for others, this translates to gallons of coffee. I’m not here to judge, as I fall closer to the second category than the first. Rather, I am here to settle a debate that seems to have no end. While many categories and subcategories have popped up, the largest distinction and the one I will focus on is the most polarizing: iced versus hot.


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OPINION  |  DARTS LAURELS

Darts and Laurels: Jan. 25, 2019

It’s a short week and the sun is warm and shining down on Plaza of the Americas. The sweet sounds of guitars are playing in the air and friends are chatting on the lawn over their Krishna lunch. It is Spring semester, and the days are lazy and relaxed. The days seem to be moving just a little bit slower. You look over to your friends who are talking about their long weekend; and you begin to drown out the background noises. Your eyelids start to feel heavy as you soak in the warmth of the day.


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Knowledge is power and it can change the world

I’m that friend. The one who, if you say the wrong thing about current events or political figures, has to start a conversation about it. The one who went a little crazy when you admitted you weren’t sure if you were going to vote in the midterms. The one who seems to consider it their duty to make sure you know what’s going on in the world, even if you don’t really care. You know the friend I’m talking about.


OPINION  |  COLUMNS

DeSantis’ environmental order shows promise, but will it be effective?

Florida’s new governor has only been in office for a couple weeks and he’s been anything but idle. So far, he has (among other things): appointed three justices to the Florida Supreme Court, suspended three political officers, called for the legalization of smokable medical marijuana and announced a sweeping environmental program. It’s this last item I want to focus on.


OPINION  |  COLUMNS

Spotify is saving music, not ruining it

I love Spotify. It has personalized playlists for every mood based on the songs you’ve saved, it tailors radio stations based off each like and dislike more accurately than Pandora does and it lets you seamlessly share singles, albums and playlists between friends. I can’t remember life before Spotify.


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Source your news responsibly in 2019

If you were to make the argument that traditional news formats are no longer as popular as they once were, it would be hard for me to disagree with you. An increasing majority of the younger generations are ditching cable TV and newspapers.


OPINION  |  EDITORIALS

Controversies of the women’s march

After the original organizers of the march had a falling out in 2017, the Women’s March has seen a wave of controversy over how it should be led. In 2017, during and after the first Women’s March, a struggle about the argument of privilege began in regards to women’s rights.


OPINION  |  COLUMNS

Paying attention is more important than you think

Simone Weil, the great 20th century thinker and writer, wrote an essay entitled “Reflections on the Right Use of School Studies with View to the Love of God,” that upon reading made me uneasy. She argues that the ultimate purpose of being a student is developing the capacity for paying attention.


OPINION  |  COLUMNS

The downside of online education at UF

The 2019 U.S. News & World Report list of best online programs was released recently, and UF’s online bachelor’s program tied with Penn State University World Campus and the University of Illinois at Chicago for the No. 5 spot.


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Gainesville is a home for artists

I’ve been coming to Gainesville since before I can remember. My parents are both UF alumni. They love coming back for football games and to visit their favorite bars and restaurants that are still in Gainesville. However, in all the times I visited, we never strayed far from campus. So, when I arrived the week before my freshman year began, I didn’t even know that Gainesville had anything else to offer.


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Darts and Laurels: Jan. 18, 2019

It’s the second week of school, and everyone’s first week excitement has quickly diminished. Thoughts of skipping class are quickly creeping into the minds of students and the need for a distraction is becoming apparent. Monday is a holiday, which means our first break of the semester is just around the corner. You decide it’s the perfect chance to escape Gainesville and all the stress of a new semester.


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Pills and why they aren’t for all of us

I love coffee as much as the next student. My personal drink of choice is an espresso with soy milk and honey: plain, simple and refreshing. But I don’t drink coffee every morning. When I choose not to drink coffee, I’ll turn to a simple caffeine pill.


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Rep. Rashida Tlaib’s remarks can not be condoned

“When they go low, we go high.” These words, spoken at the 2016 Democratic National Convention by Michelle Obama, were a reminder to her fellow Democrats to act with a manner of class and poise, especially at times when their Republican counterparts fail to do so. It is barely three years later and the party that once vowed to “go high” has stooped to the level of cursing in Congress.


OPINION  |  COLUMNS

Talk to strangers and learn something new

To us UF students, there is nothing quite like the dread of seeing someone with a clipboard walking toward us. We hate being approached by strangers. There is a certain pain that comes from hearing those fateful words: “Have you registered to vote in Alachua County?” or “Hi, sorry to bother you!” It’s like being in the bathroom and having your stall door flung open. Even being handed a flier in Turlington Plaza is aggravating. To most of us, avoiding Turlington altogether may be the best solution.


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