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Periods aren’t shameful

In the beginning, a woman menstruated. Today, women still menstruate, yet after thousands of years of documented human existence, periods are still seen as taboo and disgusting in mainstream U.S. culture. Last week, Canadian-based poet Rupi Kaur posted an Instagram photo of her sister sleeping on her side displaying a small circle of blood on her sweatpants—a period leak. Instagram removed the photo... 

Facebook tool needs work

A suicide prevention interface tool will soon be appearing on your Facebook newsfeed, and many are wondering how effective this new feature will be at recognizing and potentially stopping a suicide attempt. Facebook announced Feb. 25 that it would be implementing a process that would allow users to directly report their friends’ posts that may be seen as troubling. After a user reports a post, Facebook’s... 

Majority spends free time scrolling

Melissa Gasia Staff Writer Whether it is connecting with distant friends on Facebook, tweeting about what they heard on the news, or posting on Instagram their outfit of the day, La Verne students are prisoners to the world of social media—even during class time. In an informal survey on campus, 15 students said they all use social media in their everyday lives. Their answers varied on how long they... 

Majority of students read gossip on Yik Yak

Alyssa Navarro Staff Writer A relatively new social media app, Yik Yak, is causing a lot of buzz on college campuses across the country, and La Verne is no different. An informal survey of students on campus found that 11 out of 15 students have used the app. Although not every student is a frequent Yik Yak user, many students still use the app to see what interesting gossip is spreading around on... 

Club helps seniors use technology

Tyler Harrison Staff Writer The senior citizens at Hillcrest received a lesson in technology from the University of La Verne’s Enactus Club. Enactus stands for entrepreneurship, action and us. It is a business club that gives back to the community. “A lot of people think in business you just make money for yourself,” Shannon Kramer sophomore business major, said. “This club gives back and it... 

Social media vital for protests

Social media plays a huge role in society today, connecting people with common interests, ideals and the simple desire to share a laugh. However social media has also proven to be a powerful tool that can be used for more important purposes than posting pictures of your daily Starbucks ­– however fun that might be. From 2010 to 2011, the world was able to observe the Arab Spring up close and personal... 

Majority feels selfies build esteem

Kellie Galentine Staff Writer The song “#Selfie” by the Chainsmokers has been blasting through speakers across the country since its release in January. Ellen DeGeneres’ selfie at the Oscars received 3.3 million retweets on Twitter. And an informal survey of students on campus found that 13 out of 16 students have posted a selfie on social media. Selfies, declared 2013 word of the year by Oxford... 

Alumnus uncovers cost of Internet fame

Karla Rendon Assistant Editor Rachel Sandoval Staff Writer In the world of social media popularity, every like and follower on a website is now translating to dollar signs for some social media moguls. Overnight fame has been available to the public with just a click and a credit card. Icons from Barack Obama to Paris Hilton have been accused of buying views and likes on sites such as YouTube and Twitter. “Celebrities... 

First person experience: Online dating is more game than love

Amanda Larsh Staff Writer Online dating has become a billion-dollar industry that according to a recent National Academy of Sciences study “may be altering the dynamics and outcomes of marriage itself.” According to the study, more than one-third of American marriages start online, and those couples might be happier than couples who did not meet online. With online dating receiving such positive... 

Miss America represents diversity

Miss America represents diversity
Editorial cartoon by Jacob Bogdanoff Following the crowning of a new Miss America on Sept. 15, an immediate racial backlash surged throughout the nation, with some of the most hateful responses being posted online. “We’re making history right here,” said 24-year-old Nina Davuluri, the first contestant of Indian heritage to win the competition. Yet the newly crowned Miss America’s celebration... 
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