Are we able to say, ‘Thank U, Next’ right after a breakup?

As a hopeless romantic, I’ve had quite a few bumpy relationships and moving on quickly after each partner is normal for me. The speed with which I’d start dating someone else was faster than Speedy Gonzales can run. The high-speed dating life has reflected a huge chunk of my journal content for the first three years of college. But to these love experiences, I have the privilege and ability to mouth the words of Ariana Grande’s new single “Thank u, next” with confidence. The hit song is relatable for both the heartbreaker in a relationship and the recipient of the heart break. The break up can either force you to crawl into a cave to hibernate for years from the dating world or make you sign up on Tinder to swipe right on the next potential lover. Some say the second outcome is cold and malicious; they would even consider this “emotionally cheating.”  According to emotional affairs and relationship problems writer Evelyn Andersen, the act of “emotionally cheating” is defined as someone eyeing from afar the next potential partner without physically enacting in wrongdoing due to their commitment for their “ beloved spouse.” I remember breaking up with a partner

By | 2018-11-27T22:51:42-07:00 Nov 27, 2018 | 10:51 pm|Categories: Columns, Opinions, Today|Tags: , , , , |

Donald Trump has driven away musical rights from his rallies

It’s no secret that Donald Trump is a hot topic, and not in a good way. In fact, a poll taken by CNN indicates that 45 percent of Americans rate Trump’s job performance as poor, while 20 percent rate his performance as excellent, 20 percent as good, and 13 percent as fair. There is also an extensive list of singer/songwriters who dislike Trump so much, they have gone as far as informing him that he is not allowed to use their music at his rallies, and publicly announcing their distaste for him. Artists including Neil Young, Steven Tyler, Adele, Pharrell Williams, Rihanna, as well as the bands The Rolling Stones, Aerosmith, Guns N’ Roses and Twisted Sister, and even deceased artists including George Harrison, Luciano Pavarotti and Prince (whose family members and representatives have spoken for them), have said they want nothing to do with Trump or his rallies. The artists have delivered the requests to Trump in various ways, ranging from polite requests to near threats. For example, the remaining members of Queen said, “Regardless of our views on Mr. Trump’s platform, it has always been against our policy to allow Queen music to be used as a political

By | 2018-11-26T21:36:54-07:00 Nov 26, 2018 | 9:36 pm|Categories: Columns, Opinions|Tags: , , , , |

Inmates unfairly paid $2 an hour while fighting California fires

Statewide catastrophes often wind up revealing severe flaws within a state’s economic system. California’s wildfires which blazed through more than 200,000 acres, all through the Sierra Nevada foothills and Los Angeles shoreline, throughout the month of November, are now 100 percent contained, according to The New York Times. Aside from devastating the state’s landscape, as well accruing a death count of 87 people, California’s relentless fires have showcased a stark economic divide within the state — one involving severely underpaid inmates working as firefighters. The wealthy are able to hire their personal “concierge” firefighters while everyone else gets their help from an unorthodox place: the Californian prison complex. Currently, there are 3,700 inmates voluntarily working at fire camps, 2,600 of those inmates working directly to combat fires, as reported by The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. Furthermore, these inmates are being unfairly paid $2 per day, including an extra $1 when fighting actual fires, according to a report by CDCR. I do not think that prisoners deserve this kind of pay and my ideology does not align with the argument that they’ll learn their “lesson” by being on the front lines of fighting relentless blazes. I believe, and excuse

By | 2018-11-26T21:37:46-07:00 Nov 26, 2018 | 9:31 am|Categories: Columns, Opinions, Today|Tags: , , , |

Voting is important, but it won’t solve all our problems

Every election season there seems to be a message around every corner, from celebrities on social media to the local canvasser knocking on your door, urging you to vote, telling you it’s the only way we can influence change in our government. While voting is an essential civic duty of all citizens of a healthy democracy, especially during this turbulent time in our nation, it isn’t the only way to bring about changes in at a local or national level. There are many reasons to seek influence and action outside of the polling boxes. During a time like the present, when the rights of many are being threatened, voting might just not feel like enough, and some may not have the ability to vote. Either way, there are many routes one can take to influence the government outside of the realm of electoral politics, including social activism, calling and writing letters to legislators, attending meetings and hearings, forming political organizations and volunteering for political parties or candidates. Time and time again, I’ve heard people dismiss the value of social activism in the form of protests, claiming that it doesn’t get anything done and that the participants are merely “whining,” instead

By | 2018-11-13T18:00:19-07:00 Nov 13, 2018 | 6:00 pm|Categories: Columns, Opinions, Today|Tags: , , , |

Long Beach State wastes everyone’s time in Veterans Day class switch

Isn’t it embarrassing when you accidentally walk into the wrong class? Now imagine doing that for a whole day. Students and professors are going to have a frenzied Tuesday as they may mistakenly head to the wrong classes due to the new class switch next week. Long Beach State announced that this Veterans Day, students who have Monday classes will have them on Tuesday in the same time slots while Tuesday classes will be cancelled — cue an academic scheduling disaster. It’s sort of ridiculous that the school has only made a two announcements to the campus via email. There are still plenty of students who know absolutely nothing about this change. Everyone is either clueless or confused due to lack of campus awareness; I found out through a Daily 49er article and most found out through some of their teachers. They could do so much more for how much time and money students and faculty spend on this campus. It could have been mentioned more with flyers or other platforms. The sole responsibility of this annoying schedule switch now relies heavily on the student and professor which is unfair. At the end of the initial email it states, “I

By | 2018-11-08T10:00:00-07:00 Nov 7, 2018 | 8:43 pm|Categories: Columns, Opinions, Today|Tags: , , , , |

Online classes are detrimental to the learning process

Following another long week, it's Sunday evening and after going through a mental checklist of things to finish before the Monday morning sun rises over the horizon, you’re struck with the realization that you’ve forgotten something — your online class, yet again. This has happened to me more times than I care to count and is a symptom of online-class-induced laziness rather than a lack of time management. Online classes do not provide the interaction and stimulation necessary to make students feel fully involved or invested in a course. As a result, assignments, discussion boards and more drop lower and lower on the list of priorities of an already-busy student body, with a higher likelihood of being forgotten altogether. There are certainly advantages to online classes for students with extenuating circumstances and this is not intended to discredit students who take advantage of online classes to better themselves and further their education. However, for full-time students who are already on campus for a majority of their courses, online classes are a detriment. They detract from the key social aspect of taking classes at the university level, reduce student and faculty accountability in regards to the course and undermine the value

By | 2018-11-07T08:39:15-07:00 Nov 7, 2018 | 8:39 am|Categories: Columns, Opinions, Today|Tags: , , , |

Letter to the Editor: Voting is the most crucial part of November

For decades, Long Beach State has set an example for local activism, community engagement, civic purpose and a commitment to voter participation and election involvement. With this crucial, fast-approaching election, keep in mind that your vote is the one that counts! The direction of California’s future is on every ballot in every election. The election on Nov. 6 determines who represents us at the federal, state and local levels. Because these representatives decide our policies and priorities, it is important that we elect officials who have the public’s best interests in mind. It is indisputable that voter apathy this year will result in a more crippled democracy next year. The foundation of our system lies with engaged voters who exhibit a passionate interest for preserving a healthy republic. This year, we note a new option under California Election Law called Conditional Voter Registration. The new law allows each eligible person to register and vote conditionally in person at their County Registrar’s Office up until election day and on election day. Even if you or someone you know has missed the regular registration deadline, you still have the ability to participate. There are unprecedented efforts this year all across the country

By | 2018-11-06T13:52:06-07:00 Nov 6, 2018 | 1:52 pm|Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinions, Today|Tags: , , , , , |

Critics against the Presidential Alert System should focus on the benefits

“The only reason to vote for a democrat is if you're tired of winning!” Critics of the new Presidential Alert System fear that President Donald Trump will overuse the system, abuse this executive power and constantly send out unnecessary messages, much like he does on Twitter. With this system, the president now has the power to send a text message at any time to all Americans simultaneously.   Despite some recent backlash, the system makes sense in today’s society where mass communication is driven by social media and the internet. Seeing that there are specific protocols advising the president to only use the system in the case of an extreme national emergency, the system should be successful and effective. The new system is part of the Emergency Alert System, which was established in 1997 to give the president the ability to address the nation in a national emergency. As Americans became more reliant on smartphones, Wireless Emergency Alerts were created by the Bush Administration in 2008. Once it became operational in 2012, the WEA allowed messages such as Amber alerts and weather alerts to be sent directly to your phone.  However, these alerts were localized and often not paid attention

By | 2018-11-05T13:15:24-07:00 Nov 5, 2018 | 1:15 pm|Categories: Columns, Opinions, Today|Tags: , , , , |
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