President Barack Obama’s recent rejection of the Keystone XL Pipeline construction is a decision that is sure to foster support among environmentally conscious Americans. The proposed 1,179-mile pipeline would have brought 800,000 barrels a day of “carbon-heavy petroleum” from oil sands in Canada to the Gulf Coast, according to the New York Times.
The decision came after a seven-year review of the project, which has sparked debate among those in favor of and against constructing the pipeline. This type of action on climate policy is seen as a step in the right direction, though instances such as this are far too infrequent to appease those who want to see more done politically for the environment.Continue reading →
Starbucks stole Christmas this year. The coffee company has changed its famous Christmas cups to just plain red. According to their website, Starbucks’ holiday cups aren’t just red, but an ombré that starts with a bright red that fades into a darker cranberry. As if this makes anything different, but, according to Starbucks, it does.Continue reading →
“I think it’s way too spotty. The (not having) Wi-Fi in the towers thing is a problem.”
“I’m really mad about the Wi-Fi. I live in Townhouse East… The signal itself is pretty strong. Once I’m connected to it, I have no problems.”
“I live in the townhouses. They continuously promise there will be Wi-Fi and there’s still no Wi-Fi. It’s the 21st century.”
“I’m a (communication studies) major. Most of my classes are in Kendall (Hall) and we (don’t get) Wi-Fi in Kendall (Hall). When I was a freshman, I had to live in the towers. Now that I’m a junior, I’d expect (Wi-Fi since) I’m living in a better place, but the townhouses don’t have it either.”
Space: the final frontier. Or is it? The continuing mission for “Star Trek’s” Starship Enterprise was to explore strange new worlds and seek out new life, but it didn’t have to travel thousands of lightyears to do so. There are strange new worlds and undiscovered life much closer to home. Rather than focusing on space, we should be exploring under the seas of our own little blue planet.
High resolution images from orbital and earthbound telescopes like Hubble, Kepler and the Palomar Observatory have recently sparked a major interest in space exploration. Big budget Hollywood films like “Interstellar,” “Gravity” and “The Martian,” as well as the recent revival of “The Cosmos” TV series, have only fanned the flames.Continue reading →
A college student’s fridge is a carb and sugar wasteland of frozen pizzas, leftover Chinese food and ice cream. If you’re lucky, you might find a half-rotten apple behind the case of beer.
No matter what anybody says, eating healthy during college is a near impossible feat. Between classes, studying, sleeping, working and trying to have a social life, there is not enough time in the day to consciously think about what you’re stuffing your face with between classes or right before you pass out from sleep deprivation.Continue reading →
The recent release of the New Jersey results for the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) exam proved to be a failure for New Jersey students and teachers.
The PARCC is a controversial college and career readiness exam that was given to students for the first time earlier this year. The state now uses the exam in lieu of the New Jersey Assessment of Skills and Knowledge (NJ ASK) and High School Proficiency Assessment (HSPA) to test children from elementary school to high school on their ability to apply their knowledge to concepts instead of demonstrating their retention of knowledge, according to the New Jersey Department of Education. Continue reading →
Have you ever been driving and wondered, “I wish I had a dashboard camera on the back of my car to record all the exciting and thrilling moments of my drive?”
Well, if you have, your dreams may soon be coming true. Recently in class, I was asked to look at current issues in technology and I took a look at the dashcam produced by Waylens.
What will this new technology allow us to do? Well, while we’re cruising down the road, this dashcam will let us record our drive to capture any of the amazing moments we have. But wait, there’s more. A steering wheel remote allows users to bookmark these exciting moments captured, which can then be uploaded through a smartphone app to social media.
Wow, does this mean I can post videos of me driving for all my friends to see and think I’m super cool? Yup.
OK, so I’m not bashing the dashcam completely. It’s a interesting concept and product, honestly. My problem with it is how we humans are going to make a trainwreck out of it. It’s a distraction, and unless you’re a professional race car driver, action movie star or Superman, I don’t think it’s a good idea to have this attached to your car. Continue reading →
Want to lose weight? Go gluten-free. Bloated and tired? It’s definitely that bagel you ate for breakfast this morning. These are the common explanations heard around campus for ailments that most likely have nothing to do with your gluten intake, yet going gluten-free has become the trendy thing to do.
According to the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness, one in 133 Americans are afflicted with Celiac’s disease, which inhibits the stomach from being able to digest gluten. However, WebMD.com said that one in five Americans have completely cut gluten out of their diet. So why do people stop consuming gluten if they are not actually sensitive to it?
Hollywood seems to be overrun with gluten-free celebrities, blaming the protein composite for their weight gain or chronic pain. According to Shape, Jenny McCarthy is convinced it has contributed to her son’s autism and her sleep deprivation, while Gwyneth Paltrow claims it has contributed to her recent weight gain. This simply cannot be true. How have we been eating gluten for thousands of years, but only now it seems to be the main factor in all of our ailments?
For as long as I can remember, Sunday in my house has been carb day. Every Sunday morning, my mom prepares a fresh pot of sauce for a pasta dinner later that evening, while my father picks up a loaf of freshly baked Italian bread from the local bakery. Continue reading →
Well, it’ll soon be that time of year again. Happy holidays, folks. Time to trample a stranger to get the last Malibu Barbie doll on the shelf and wait on lengthy lines, almost as long as your rapidly growing credit card bill — all in preparation to pile up heaps of attractively wrapped presents for your loved ones.
And while many of us probably haven’t even thought about holiday shopping yet, the season has been marked on every retail store’s calendar for quite some time. If you work at a retail store, the Christmas season can seem like a beauty pageant where you have to sparkle and outshine the other contestants.Continue reading →