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

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

Wisconsin Frac-sand Mining Expansion Faces Opposition

A rural town of less than 500 people finds itself center-stage in the national fracking debate.

Hixton, Wisconsin, is home to a number of frac-sand mines which account for as much as 75% of the sand used in the fracking industry.

Fracking is a process in which sand, water, and chemicals are injected under intense pressure into a well. This high-velocity mixture fractures the shale rock beneath, and natural gas is released as a result. The collection of this natural gas has lead energy companies to invest in this process, and over 500,000 wells are currently open in the U.S alone.  Continue reading