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    President Obama has called for an end to “therapies” with the intention of converting trans and gay individuals to their “original” gender and heterosexual lifestyle in response to the death of 17 year old Leelah Alcorn. Leelah jumped in front of a tractor- trailer after writing an online suicide note explaining that religious therapists had tried to change her back into a boy. A petition was started online via that has already received over 120,000 signatures. It will be called “Leelahs law”. An official white house statement was made by president Obama, regarding the wonderful response to the petition.

“Tonight, somewhere in America, a young person, let's say a young man, will struggle to fall to sleep, wrestling alone with a secret he's held as long as he can remember. Soon, perhaps, he will decide it's time to let that secret out. What happens next depends on him, his family, as well as his friends and his teachers and his community. But it also depends on us -- on the kind of society we engender, the kind of future we build.”

-President Barack Obama


    Conversion therapy is generally used to convert or repair those with “non traditional” sexualities and gender identities. This “therapy” is mostly performed by mental health professionals, and religious groups on minors who lack the legal authority to make their own health decisions. Trying to change someone’s gender identity or sexuality has been proven to cause health risks both mentally and physically in those who had been “treated”.

    The hope is that there will be a state level ban on such practices, making our country a more friendly and welcoming environment for gay and transgender individuals. I was first introduced to the idea that this sort of thing even existed while watching American Horror Story Freak Show last semester. A gay character in the show was institutionalized and made to look at pictures of women while a doctor forced her to throw up. This activity was repeated over and over to make her feel physically ill every time she looked at a woman. She was then showed pictures of males to prove that she was “cured”. Though this is absolutely not what goes on in these types of therapies in todays world, I imagine the experience is just as traumatic. I was absolutely appalled when researching it further, that people actually try to change who a person is through therapy.

    Nobody chooses to be born the way they are, and I am glad that steps are being taken to make the process for those who may be gay or trans much easier. It is up to us to accept our family and friends, while also helping them through the rough times they may have ahead.

    It is no secret that lack of sleep is a huge issue on campus. Most students get only about 6 hours of sleep a night, if they are lucky. Adults require anywhere from 6-10 hours of sleep a night, but students simply do not feel they have the time due to their studies and activities. Lack of sleep can lead to decreased immune systems, stress, weight gain, lower GPA or academic performance, increased mental health issues such as depression and anxiety, automobile accidents related to “Drowsy Driving”, and decreased performance in sport related activities. Lots of students pull all-nighters to get their work done, but then feel like they were hit by a train the next day. So what can be done about it?

    The University of Michigan implemented a napping station in the fall in hope it would improve student health and academic performance. It included 6 cots and pillows for students to have access to the week before finals. Located in the library, is available 24/7 with a 30-minute snooze limit. The project was implemented by Adrian Bazbaz, who is an engineering major at Michigan University. He mentioned that students would sometimes fall asleep in front of library computers or just put their backpacks on tables and sleep on top of them.

    Fancy napping pods have also been tested and are specifically designed for sleep. Some of you may have heard of them due to their use at Google. They are pretty costly at about $10,000 a pod, but there are other means of setting up nap stations that I am sure would not break the bank. Our Library already contains some comfy bean-bag chairs, so if we added some of the couch bean bags in various rooms all throughout campus, it may help students to get that little nap they need between classes without being tempted to go back to their dorm and procrastinate.

    I think that having some extra places to nap would be a great way to let students get the sleep they need while also increasing their academic performance. Many of the details of course would have to be left up to the university of course as far as picking the best materials that could be easily washed, and where the napping stations would be most appropriate. I can personally say that having a nap room in the Breidenstein would be extremely beneficial to those of us who stay late to work on projects in the labs and studios.

      Approximately 242,000 cases of Kraft Mac and Cheese Original flavor dinners were recalled because they may contain small metal fragments. There were boxes flagged with the best if used by dates of September 18 through October 11th 2015. Some were packaged in multi pack units with various code numbers and dates on the external packaging. The recalled products were sent to the United States and several other countries with the exception of Canada.  

    Be on the lookout for the dates on the packaging of the following Kraft products that are part of this recall: 7.25 oz. box of Original Flavor mac and cheese, 3-pack box of those 7.25 oz. boxes of Original Flavor mac and cheese, 4-pack shrink-wrap of those 7.25 oz. boxes of Original Flavor mac and cheese, and the 5-pack shrink wrap of those 7.25 oz. boxes of Original Flavor mac and cheese.

    No word yet on how the metal fragments may have come into contact with the product and packaged with it. 8 Customers have reported the metal fragments so far, but there have been no injuries. Any customer who has bought one of the products with the dates above has been instructed by Kraft to not eat it, and return it to the store of purchase for a full refund. The full press release can be found at:….

      Being a curious person, I downloaded the app “Yik Yak” after overhearing about somebody using it in one of my classes. At first, it seemed like a safe, useful space for students to ask questions and advice of fellow students and people around them. This eliminated the humiliation factor that is all too common with shy students. It was helpful and had some cute jokes or sayings at first, but it soon turned into a source of bullying, bigotry, and overall hatred on campus.        

     For those of you who may not know, “Yik Yak” is an app that lets 500 people around your general area communicate with you anonymously. It works sort of in a twitter like style. You can up-vote or down-vote your favorite posts called “Yaks”, and even pick a username if you so choose. The app does not allow names or foul language, and deletes posts that they deem to be unnecessary or innapropriate. It is not perfect however, and a lot of foul things slip through the cracks.

    There are lots of posts about where to meet up for sex, drugs, and partying. The app also seems to encourage bullying, racism, sexism, and anti equal rights posts by allowing people to hide behind their anominity. Although the app claims to filter out language, profanity, and giving out personal information, kids still seem to find a way around it to make fun of someone. High target areas include the dorms, the dining halls, and the SMC.

    What disappoints me even more about it, is that when an awful post is displayed, it gets lots of support, suggesting that many kids on campus take pleasure in mocking or degrading minorities or bullying innocent strangers. Not to mention the fact that it highlights students participating in illegal activity a lot of the time. A few RA’s have taken initiative and follow it closely enough to be able to stop things from getting out of hand when a room number or specific dorm is mentioned in these ways, but I wonder if it is enough.

    It seems that as soon as someone gets behind a keyboard or screen, they feel the need to express their hatred and opinions to the world without thinking of who might be receiving it on the other end. I encourage students to think before they start posting things in this way. We all got talked to about bullying at some point in our academic careers and how to prevent it, did all of that get thrown out the window because now you are not attaching your name to it? Nobody knows what someone else may be going through, and putting them down, or bullying them into submission is not the way to be using this new technology.

    I am not against “Yik Yak” at all. I just believe that students should be using it differently than they are currently. If the app can go back to being funny jokes and song lyrics every day, I will happily return to using it. Until then, I plan on deleting it from my app library.

    Being my first, and last semester in the Suites, I thought it important to bring up an important issue. Visitation. Many students do not take the rules of the visitation policy seriously, and even the desk attendants and RA’s give little effort to uphold said rules. Some barely check to see if people coming through the doors even belong to that particular dorm in the first place. I, and many others moving into the suites were surprised when we learned that the halls were Co-ed. This complicates the dating visitations that were formerly not as much of an issue in the other dorms.

            I had a roommate that had her boyfriend from across the hall living in our suite every day and night. He used our shower, our sink, slept in her bed, and stayed up to all hours of the night doing noisy things. This included but is not limited to talking on the phone, giggling and watching loud Youtube videos, blasting music, and taking showers in the middle of the night, only to be annoyed when I had to wake up for class early the next day. Not once did he go down to the desk to get a visitation pass. He was also there by himself often violating the fact that visitors need to be escorted around at all times. Overnight guests are also supposed to be of the same gender as I recall from the handbook.

    I still do not understand why he did not choose to live in his perfectly good dorm that he paid for. There are also supposed to be length of stay limits that would make it unable for him to stay over night. Since there has never been a Co-Ed dorm to this extent before, the school does not really know what to do about it. The fact that he is also a desk attendant for the dorm itself probably doesn’t help either. Maybe he felt above the rules. I am not sure.

    All I know, is that there needs to be a better system in place to handle these new types of challenges. Not a lot of girls would be comfortable in my situation. It is definitely not what I signed up for when I moved here, and I cannot wait to move off campus and be free of it. For future semesters, I suggest that if they are going to stick to the rules they have in place already, they need to be enforcing them, otherwise they need to come up with a new set that fits the situations of the new dorms more effectively.


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Marie Anastacia Mosca
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I know I haven't made a journal in a long time. Just bear with me here. I wanted to talk a little bit about someone I admired that has recently passed away. His name is Monty Oum and he worked for Roosterteeth developing the American Anime "RWBY" and did pretty much most of their design and web stuff. He was a cool dude and I just cant believe he is gone. Here is the article talking about his passing on the official Roosterteeth site in case you haven't seen it as well as his deviantart. I highly encourage you check him out. He may be gone, but he was an inspiration to a lot of people.…

Thanks guys. Peace out.

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