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Transitioning away from trans fats
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Transitioning away from trans fats

Microwave popcorn and margarine are foods that will soon need a nutritional makeover. On November 7, The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that artificial trans fats are unsafe for consumers and that they will be banned. Once the ban is enacted, food manufacturers must ask the FDA for approval to use trans fats...

Mr. and Mrs. roles in Hollywood
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Mr. and Mrs. roles in Hollywood

For an industry that glamorizes female nightlife and builds it up to be a young girl’s dream, Hollywood does not have a lot of women to show for it. The low percentage of women involved in the film industry show a persisting trend of inequality. Women make up a staggering minority of movie creators: only 7%...

Keep the Nobel Prize noble
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Keep the Nobel Prize noble

The Nobel Prize is one of the most prestigious awards that one can receive. In his 1895 will, Alfred Nobel designated most of his wealth (around US $260 million in today’s money) for prizes in the following five categories: physics, chemistry, physiology or medicine, literature and peace. The Nobel Committee has made two major changes...

Pathetically Apathetic: The Decline of Political Awareness
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Pathetically Apathetic: The Decline of Political Awareness

“If it’s important, I’ll hear about it, eventually.” This is an actual defense that a person gave me for not being aware of political events. As time has passed, I’ve noticed that people seem to care less and less about politics. What’s worse is that there seems to be no remorse over it. During my junior...

NFL team name derogatory towards Native Americans
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NFL team name derogatory towards Native Americans

In recent months, there has been a widespread debate centered in Washington concerning the name of the widely known and supported football team, the Washington Redskins. The word “redskin,” originally used neutrally to describe American Indians, is now deemed “offensive” by 2013 Oxford and Merriam Webster dictionaries for being associated with negative connotations such as...

The “Aptitude” test
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The “Aptitude” test

The standardized testing industry is a lucrative business. College Board, which writes and administers the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) and other tests, reported in its 2012 forum that the overall revenue of these tests was just over $705 million. Despite the high costs of standardized tests, millions of students worldwide take them in hopes of...

Chipotle, scarecrows and the “healthy foods” movement
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Chipotle, scarecrows and the “healthy foods” movement

Think of all the processed ingredients you eat on a daily basis. Artificial flavors, artificial colors and preservatives are all commonplace in the heart of the American fast food industry. Fast food restaurants seek out convenient and cheap ways to prepare their ingredients–whether it involves injecting growth hormones into chickens or adding preservatives to recipes. Using...

Consent has no Blurred Lines
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Consent has no Blurred Lines

By Stacey Yu Staff Writer It’s not hard to find a suggestive song in today’s music. However, what’s astounding is the amount of popularity such songs receive despite their controversial messages. Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines,” featuring  T.I., is a prime example of a piece that promotes misogyny – prejudice against women– yet it has achieved...