Our Generation Our Choice: The Latest Student Movement Perfectly Exemplifies Millennial Entitlement

Yesterday evening, I walked into my school president’s office with just under two dozen other students to hear his take on the Universities Divestment standing.

I also figured out why the millennials get such a bad rep with their “entitlements”…

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Think Before You Pink

Please. Stop Buying Pink T-shirts. Stop buying pink wristbands. Stop buying Pink Football Jerseys. Stop buying pink shoes. Stop buying in to the atrocious consumptive mania that is all-things-pink come breast cancer awareness month. It’s for symbolism, you say, but what’s more symbolic than buying a bunch of cheaply made goods, walking a few miles, throwing a party and pretending we’ve addressed the issue? Continue reading

Debunking Socialism

Don’t get me wrong, I’m definitely feeling the Bern; yet a part of me remains reluctant to endorse any politician after a lifetime of the lesser of two evils. Senator Sanders is pushing all the right buttons and I still believe he’s genuine about the issues we face: excessive student loan debt, a tremendously unequal distribution of wealth and privilege, the urgent need for a transition from dirty energy, and of course jobs. But look no further than Obama’s Hope and Change to see that a charismatic and inspirational campaign has duped Americans before. With that in mind, maybe it’s time to “turn up the heat” on this whole socialism fad. Continue reading

Writer’s Block in a “Dystopia”

The paralyzing reality of the state of the world mixed with a touch of seasonal-affective disorder and impending student loan debt had me feeling bitter and stagnant, if not expressionless. To have writer’s block means to be uncomfortable with your own thoughts, and I was in deep. Whether out of fear of failure or some misplaced worry in karmic consequence, I wrote next to nothing. If you don’t have anything nice to say, then don’t say it at all- at least that’s what I had always been told. But what am I to say when I look around and I don’t see anything nice at all? Continue reading

GMO’s in Agriculture: A Brief Review

Genetically modified organisms (GMO’s) have been around for decades. They are organisms which have a gene ‘spliced’ into or out of their DNA. While their prevalence has increased, the information surrounding them has not been on pace. As it stands, over 85% percent of American grown corn and soy are GM plants (1). Transgenic supplementation of genes to organisms has been useful in number of different pathologies and treatments, but only recently it has been utilized in agricultural systems. Continue reading

Great Lakes Pipeline Dwarfs Keystone XL

As much of the world celebrates the veto of the notorious Keystone XL pipeline, an even larger project is already underway in the Great Lakes region.

Enbridge is North America’s leader in crude oil transportation with nearly 16,000 miles of pipeline in U.S and Canada. Tar sands are a mixture of crude oil, sand, clay, and bitumen. This material is slated to be transported in their latest energy project, an expansion on an existing pipeline running from Lake Superior through the center of Wisconsin. Continue reading

An Optimist’s Take on Wisconsin’s Education Cuts

As a Wisconsinite, I have had the privilege of growing up in one of the very best educational systems the United States has to offer. Now a recent college graduate, I have had the gradual realization that despite the benefits I was afforded, education has some serious troubles. Highly structured, authoritative training can dim the passion and wonder of the brightest students. Technology has never made students more capable yet unwilling to participate in their schooling. Crippling debt awaits those that do make it to college. Scott Walker may have put the nail in the coffin, but education was already dead.

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Scott Walker Doesn’t Deserve Our Anger

 “When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace”-Jimi Hendrix

Much to the dismay of thousands of concerned citizens, students, and teachers- Scott Walker, Wisconsin’s governor, has announced roughly $300 million dollars in budget cuts, primarily in education. Clearly, this sort of decision deserves intense scrutiny, of which it has gotten its fair share. What it does not need, however, is a further polarization of our politics and more importantly our mindsets.

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Environmentalism and Economics Clash as Unimin Mining Looks to Expand

Ho Chunk members and 350 activists, groups opposed to frac-sand mining, found themselves amidst a job fair held by ‘SmartSand’, a frac-sand mining company in the area, while preparing for a Hixton town meeting to determine if Unimin mining corporation would be allowed to open an addition mine in the area.  Continue reading