What I learned in college: Class matters
I should not even be writing this today. If you look at all the data and research, the likelihood that I would end up graduating from college, be editor-in-chief of the college newspaper or even graduate from high school is pretty low. Statistically in America, if you grow up poor with parents who did not go to college, who do not own their home and who had parents who did not go to college, most likely you also will not attend college.
The ethics behind perpetuating stereotypes for profit
Dear Ask an Ethicist, Every year, OSU LGBT student organizers of the Pride Week drag show, which they successfully use to raise money from both gay and straight students, believe it is necessary to educate people on the history of drag too, apparently, indirectly answer the question, “Is it ethical to make money by exploiting culturally insensitive stereotypes?” For example, “Amos ‘n’ Andy” is a 1950s sitcom performed by white actors in black makeup, or “blackface.
Talking trans*: The meaning behind the asterisk
This is not an apology column. My May 10 news article was my bad, folks. I own it — but I don’t regret it. If I hadn’t made that mistake, then I wouldn’t have gotten called out for it, and I wouldn’t have learned anything. In the past couple of weeks I’ve gotten called out a few times for a mistake I made in a news article: I used the term transvestite when I should have referred to the people I was talking about as transgender, or more accurately, as trans*.
The educational system needs an overhaul
A bell rings, signaling the end of one step and the beginning of the next. Each room serves a special need in the production process as the batches progress through the day. The manufacturing date inches closer, signifying the completion of assembly.
Some bacc core courses broaden horizons
Soil is sexy. But I never would have known that if I hadn’t taken James Cassidy’s CSS 305 class. As a history major, I never expected that I would want to take a class on soil science, or that it would change my entire perspective on my relationship with the planet.
Excited to binge on ‘Arrested Development’
Christmas is coming early this year. If you can’t afford presents, just remember — there’s always money in the banana stand. For those of you that don’t get the reference, first: Shame on you. But secondly, “Arrested Development,” arguably one of the greatest shows to ever grace television, is making a comeback.
Editorial board writes irresponsible editorials covering ASOSU
Partially responding to Sen. Rhianna Taniguchi’s letter to the editor on Friday, I don’t believe that ASOSU and the Barometer need to get along, although a prolonged strained relationship could be quite consequential for both sides. The press has no responsibility to get along with an elected government, and vice versa.
Guest Column: Institutional governing boards bad for Oregon
We have many grave concerns about Senate Bill 270, a bill establishing institutional governing boards for Portland State University, the University of Oregon and possibly our own Oregon State University. As current and future student body presidents at OSU, and as representatives of the Oregon Student Association, we are very concerned about this bill.
The morality of desiring to add to the population
Dear Ask an Ethicist, I’ve been at Oregon State for four years now. Here I’ve learned how to adapt to a changing world, which includes adapting to the realities of climate change. Our society continues to negatively affect our world. Since I live in the United States, I know I’m disproportionately adding to the mess, when compared to the average worldwide contributor.
Shasta: alcohol, chain-smoking, music, good times
As you may or may not recall, my column a week prior discussed the multiple and severe physical, mental and internal repercussions of alcohol use and abuse. So, it seemed ideal for me to pack my bags with plenty of Coppertone sunblock, my favorite snapback hat, diamond earrings, board shorts and tank tops to join a few friends on the trek south to Shasta Lake.