By Nicholas Whitt |Staff Writer| Sex—a wonderful experience that is explored vigorously in college but just like many wonderful experiences, there are consequences if one is not cautious, which seems to be lacking in today's world. "It’s estimated that each year, there are nearly 3 million new chlamydia infections in the U.S. Chlamydia is most common among young people ages 15 to 24," according to It's Your (Sex) Life, MTV's public information campaign. With 18 to 24 the prime age for people attending college, having safe sex seems to be slacking a bit. Almost as if they have no concern if they obtain a sexually transmitted disease (STD), sexually transmitted infection (STI), … [Read more...] about Safe sex practices will prevent harm
By Nicholas Whitt |Staff Writer| Only white actors are worthy of acknowledgement, according to the Oscars. A total of 20 actors were nominated for this year's Oscars award ceremony and all of them were white. A Los Angeles Times study found that academy voters are nearly 94 percent Caucasian and 77 percent male. Blacks are about 2 percent of the academy, and Latinos are less than 2 percent. When you have this type of ratio, there is no way to stray from allowing only white actors to be nominated, an excuse that shouldn't exist. In fact, to become an academy member, two academy members have to sponsor you, as well as including other requirements that must be passed first, which … [Read more...] about Diversity needed in Oscars
By Nicholas Whitt |Staff Writer| Social media is a powerful resource and CSUSB students should continue to use that power beneficially, by creating more unique ways to communicate. Typically, social media platforms are not used for educational purposes by most students. CSUSB Snaps, created on Snapchat, by what I presume to have been made by students on campus, was vulgar and absolutely had no value for helping students—at all. It was filled with pictures of people having sex or showing off their bodies to receive some type of appraisal. It was basically students starving for attention like starving kids asking for water. It might have caused a couple of laughs, but it … [Read more...] about Students should use social media beneficially to foster community
By Nicholas Whitt |Staff Writer| Hide your kids! Hide your wife! Hide your husband! A virus called Zika (just like Ebola and the swine flu) is coming to take us all away—or that's what the media is telling us. However, I disagree. The media is only using this virus as a means of getting traffic on their website because in fact, the virus is not a big deal—AT ALL—at least in the U.S. Within the past month there have been a total of 52 Zika virus cases in the U.S., all of them are from people traveling in areas of Africa, Southeast Asia, and the Pacific Islands, according to Center for Disease Control (CDC). There has not be a single case yet of someone acquiring it … [Read more...] about Zika virus: to take over world or scare straight?
By Nicholas Whitt |Staff Writer| Rape is now deemed "acceptable" in the eyes of some; wow, has society fallen. Roosh Valizadeh (Roosh V), a self-described "pick-up artist," believes that society needs to follow a more traditional route. Valizadeh is dubbing his ideologies as "neomasculinity." Neomasculinity combines traditional gender beliefs, masculinity, and animal biology into one ideological system. Roosh also said that women are to be care takers. Valizadeh also teaches guys how to be "sexually attractive," which includes "being confident and masculine, traits that women say they don’t love, but respond favorably to anyway," according rooshv.com. The idea of him … [Read more...] about Rape is ok now??
By Nicholas Whitt |Staff Writer| Violence has always been a serious affliction of humanity. And now the media exploits the incidents of violence, which makes us hypersensitive to such situations. Media may incite people to behave a certain way but in terms of causing violent behaviors, that is our own doing. "If they [media] were a major cause of problems in society we'd know by now. But the evidence just isn't there," said Christopher Ferguson of Stetson University in an interview with CBS News. The media does not have control on humanity's reaction nor does it affect whether individuals will be influenced by them. Instead, it highlights violence happening around us, … [Read more...] about Ignorance is a bliss, in terms of violence
By Nicholas Whitt |Staff Writer| Hoverboards: an imperfect, annoying design currently being shoved into our lives, ushering the next steps into pure laziness. They have been banned from schools across the country including ours until otherwise noted due to lack of safety. The Hoverboard is a device that is an alternative to the act of walking, which propels you at incredible speeds, so you’re never late again. It finally gives people the ability to be completely lazy while also being on the move, wherever they go. How exciting! Now I can get fatter while moving! With many people wanting it but not having enough money to purchase the legitimate brands, knock offs were thus … [Read more...] about Hoverboards: C-4 on the go
By Nicholas Whitt |Staff Writer| Gender equality is a necessity in today's society, and all forms of entertainment should follow this—especially video games. Recently, video game companies joined the movement for fair gender representation, but have they truly? Female lead characters in video games have become a trend lately with the release of "Assassin's Creed Syndicate," the sequel "Rise of the Tomb Raider," and now the introduction to Linkle — Link's (from "The Legend of Zelda franchise) female counterpart. Are video game companies doing this for profit or because they genuinely want a female presence in their product? Wait, sounds like that might be the money train coming … [Read more...] about Do video companies really care about gender equality?
By Nicholas Whitt |Staff Writer| YouTube Red is a new addition to YouTube that is a paid subscription for an amplified video and music experience. Red offers never before seen additions for YouTube: ad free videos, offline video availability, and background play. By allowing ad free content, Red makes it possible for you to support your favorite artist without watching ads. “At first, I thought it was dumb because I can just get an ad blocker, but then I realized that I could basically get all the music and music videos I want for a single price,” stated student Carmen Davalos. YouTube Red is similar to Pandora, a personalized radio station, in terms of how its subscribers choose … [Read more...] about YouTube Red arrives
By Nicholas Whitt |Staff Writer| John Boyega, actor in the upcoming film Star Wars: The Force Awakens, has been targeted for issues that may not pertain towards the actual film but for being black. The release of the new trailer had people go straight to social media, trending #BoycottStarWars, with comments stating key words like "White genocide." "#BoycottStarWarsVII because I am sick of muds being casted in white parts. #StopAppropriatingWhiteCulture," tweeted @DarklyEnlighten, who is notorious for posting racial slurs. The tweet may have been removed before print. "#BoycottStarWarsVII because instead of using the force, they use affirmative action," stated @Bjom_Blonde It … [Read more...] about New Star Wars Trailer, Bring out the White Hoods?