Category: Kickoff 2011

August 27, 2011 Shana Roberson

Raffle winners are as follows:
$100 Bookstore voucher: Alicia Thomas
$100 Bookstore voucher: Jeremiah Kline
32″ Sony Bravia: Joshua Swan
K2 Mountain Bike: Angelina Aldridge

Winners can come by the TNL offices next week from 3-4pm to claim your prizes. Prizes must be claimed by Friday, Sept. 2nd or they winners will be redrawn. *winners are subject to a positive check of student status

August 23, 2011 Brett Frazer

One in four college students will suffer from some form of diagnosable mental illness this year. More than half of these college students will suffer from some form of depression. Unfortunately, a great number of college students will not seek professional help to assist in treating their depression. Nobody is quite sure how many cases of depression go undiagnosed because nobody can be sure how many depressed people do not seek help. No matter the number, it’s too many

Many people do not seek help for their depression because of the stigma that’s associated with the illness. For some, the idea of a “mental illness” is a misnomer. Unlike physical illnesses, in which the symptoms of the disease are clearly observable, the symptoms for mental illnesses are often hard for others to see. An individual suffering from abject emotional torment may even be able to hide the symptoms of a mental illness from friends or family. People may find it easy to empathize with someone who is visibly ill, willingly giving the sufferer time off or work or an extension on papers. For someone whose illness doesn’t manifest itself as prevalently, that same empathy may be harder to find. If our society is to overcome the depression epidemic, we must begin to recognize depression for what it is; a serious health problem that can have lasting consequences.

Even for people who acknowledge the reality of mental illness, depression still carries a damaging stigma. For some, depression is not seen as a mental illness, but instead a weakness or inadequacy. This is especially true for young men. Our culture forbids men from showing emotional vulnerability. As such, men often do not seek help when they need it most. It is a tragedy that suicide is the third leading cause of death for men aged 18-26. Perhaps if young men understood that it’s perfectly okay, and healthy, to be emotionally vulnerable, this wouldn’t be the case.

Men often see depression as an inability to cope with stress. Rather than associating debilitating depression with mental health, men associate depression with weakness. This often exacerbates the problems associated with depression. People who are depressed see the world entirely differently from people who don’t suffer from the illness. They often put inordinate amounts of pressure on themselves to overcome their perceived inadequacies; setting unrealistic goals and becoming more depressed when those goals aren’t met. For a young man who is taught his whole life to be a rock of emotional stability, this can be devastating. If this young man happens to be starting college, facing a whole array of new challenges in a whole new environment, coping with depression can seem insurmountable.

The beginning of the school year can be exhilarating. There are new classes, new friends, new acquaintances, and new challenges. Some people might be moving away from home for the first time. Others might be juggling work, school, a girlfriend, and extracurricular activities. The stress that is sometimes associated with transitioning into a new semester is often loss in the excitement of going to college. It’s important that people coming to college for the first time, or even those returning, take a moment to acknowledge the state of their mental health.

Colleges place a great emphasis on physical health. People must be immunized for various diseases before going to school, the flu shot is highly recommended, and pamphlets discussing healthy sleep habits and nutrition are often given to students. The topic of mental health, however, is somewhat overlooked. Students are certainly made aware of mental health services, but the topic can be awkward to talk about. Pamphlets for mental health services are briskly shoved in some drawer, and eyes gaze away when people start talking about how to cope with stress, depression, anxiety, or other mental health problems. Why?

It’s because of the stigma. We’re uncomfortable talking about mental health, because talking about our feelings makes us vulnerable. Nobody wants to feel vulnerable, especially in a new environment where first impressions can be so important. But mental health is serious. Depression can mean the difference between graduating or dropping out, having a large circle of friends or isolating oneself, and having a positive college experience or despising college.

This doesn’t mean we all need to sit in a circle, sing acoustic covers of Morrissey and take turns talking about our feelings. But it does mean we need to be away of our mental health, and take care of our minds in the same way we take care of our bodies. I encourage all students returning to UAA to take just a moment to think about their mental health, and how they can maintain it. Acknowledge that you are in a new environment, and stress is a perfectly normal reaction to the world around you. Think about healthy ways you will cope with the stress that you will inevitably encounter this semester. Think about people in your life you trust, and can talk to if things become overwhelming. This doesn’t need to be an hour-long introspective meditation. Take fifteen minutes out of your day, and think about it.

This is especially true for young men. Not because men need it more, but because they find it harder to acknowledge their mental health. If you are a male, and you are reading this, hear me now. Think about five people you know. Two of those people will suffer from depressive symptoms this semester. One of those five people will suffer from major depression, a very serious condition, before college is over. It’s important that these individuals know they can get help, and most importantly: there’s nothing wrong with being depressed.

When your body catches a cold, you deal with it. You take it easy, perhaps take some cold medication, and you give yourself the tools you need to recover quickly. Do not hesitate to give your mind the same consideration.

August 23, 2011 Leroy Polk

Shortly before the 2010 Campus Kick-Off, famed comedian and part-time beard enthusiast Nick Thune cancelled as the opener for Broken Lizard, and UAA offered no information as to the reason why.

Thune, who will now be the main act at this year’s Kick-Off, regretted canceling for last year’s event, as well as his performance at a local bar the day after.

“I was given the chance to have a part on a TV show, and couldn’t pass it up,” Thune said.

August 23, 2011 Ashley Snyder

Many students at UAA use the People Mover bus system to get to and from school every day. Numerous bus routes run through Anchorage, and all are free to ride for any student who has a University of Alaska ID. It is an alternative for students who don’t want to shell out the cash for a parking pass, or the money for gas.

While a free ride is appreciated, there are downsides to using public transportation. Among the concerns that students have are the occasional drunks that meander onto the bus and cause havoc, the extra amount of time it takes to get anywhere because it’s not usually a straight route to any rider’s particular destination, and it is continuously stopping for other passengers- making it run even later.

“I had a class at 8 in the morning last semester, and I had to be outside and on the bus at 6 in order to get to school in time and get to class before it started,” said student Amanda Sterling.

Another set-back to riding the bus is being stuck outside in the middle of winter, waiting for a bus that may be running late. Because a person usually doesn’t know how late it is running, they have to stand outside and remain at the bus stop so that they won’t miss the bus. To amend this, most major bus stops have an electronic board that displays all of the arrival times of the buses to that stop. For the rest of the stops, riders have little to rely on, and end up sitting at an uncovered bus stop waiting unpleasantly in the dreary cold.

Student Terry Vogul knows the feeling, “It’s always a guessing game because you want to get to the bus stop early in case the bus is running early, but if it isn’t running on time then you have to wait outside even longer until it comes. Sometimes in the winter when buses get stuck, you don’t know and you are just waiting for the bus that seems like it will never come.”

What many students do not know is that the Municipality of Anchorage has had an online system for tracking buses for several years. It was originally created as a way for the Muni to track the buses and adjust their time schedules based on how early or late a bus got through its route. Then it was decided that the system would be useful for the people of the community, and made it public for everyone to use.

Accessible via computer, tablet, or smart phone, this system makes it easy for a student to check the schedule of their bus, and stay inside until the estimated arrival time or make a dash to the stop if they are running late. It is also useful for just running around town.

“The system loads pretty well on my iPhone. It’s great when I don’t have a computer that I can easily access. I use it all the time on my phone when I’m taking the bus to get around town too,” said Peter Larkin.

While the system isn’t perfect yet, it is the best alternative to waiting outside and wondering if the bus will ever come.

The bus tracker can be found online at: http://bustracker.muni.org/InfoPoint/

August 23, 2011 Bryan Dunagan

5) “Battlefield 3” (Oct. 25, 2011)

Let’s face it; several military shooters will come out this upcoming year. Most gamers tend to go for whatever new “Call of Duty” installment hits the market. This year however, there will be the option to play the far superior “Battlefield 3.” With huge, sweeping warfare with tanks, planes, jeeps, destructible environments and graphics so realistic you’ll swear you were in the heart of it all, “BF3” will be aiming to beat the rest.

 

4) “Dead Island” (Sep. 6, 2011)

At first, a zombie-themed RPG might seem like an odd combination, and it’s the only game on the list that’s a new intellectual property, not a sequel. But with the kind of addicting gameplay traditionally found in zombie action games and RPG leveling structures, “Dead Island” may have players playing non-stop. Features like online co-op and multiplayer, unlocks and achievements, all paired with the realistic take on the zombie genre, make it an anticipated game for zombie junkies and RPG fans alike.

 

3) “Gears of War 3” (Sep 20, 2011)

Every time a “Gears” game comes out, productivity stagnates. Gears 3 promises a campaign of twice the length of the other installments, four-player co-op, and more in-depth online competitive multiplayer. The real reason I want this game, though, is to see how the Dom-Marcus “bromance” pans out, seeing as how there are female soldiers introduced this time around.

 

2) “Batman: Arkham City” (Oct. 18, 2011)

Okay, a Batman game that doesn’t suck, and is a sequel to one of the best games of 2009? This fan-favorite will have players throwing Batarangs into the wee hours of the morning. Multiple player characters, a 40-hour plus campaign, and challenge maps to boot, ensures that this game will be just as popular as “Arkham Asylum.”

 

1) “Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim” (Nov. 11, 2011)

This game has been anticipated all year, offering players a chance to mess around in a huge fantasy world with no strings or boundaries, with just compass marker to point them in the right direction. Skyrim alleges hundreds of hours of content, more NPC’s, tons of quests, and the most talked about coffee shop moments of the year. Players may find themselves shirking all of their other duties just for one more hour.

August 23, 2011 Megan Edge

The line between clingy guys always seems to be teetering on a line no wider than dental floss. Some say it’s sweet how in love they are, others say it’s awful being so obsessed, but what separates the two is solely decided on how far someone is willing to go.

August 23, 2011 Heather Hamilton

Anchorage has a lot to offer in the way of local restaurants. From burger stops and Chinese restaurants to organic cafes and bakeries, there isn’t much that Anchorage doesn’t offer. TNL visited and ordered food from various locations around town in search of the best of the best.

August 23, 2011 Matt

UAA was cheaper compared to national private schools in almost every way. The only category they appeared to have competition was with meal plans. Some private schools offered more meal plan options than UAA, some of which were cheaper.

August 23, 2011 Leroy Polk

When one goes to a movie that is not only easily identified by its predecessor title (in this case “Planet of the Apes”), but is also billed as a summer action blockbuster, they might expect the kind of mindless sci-fi thriller that was churned out a decade ago in the re-make of, “Planet of the Apes,” starring Mark Whalburg. Roughly fifteen minutes into the movie, a person with such expectations will begin to realize that “Rise” is of a completely different breed.

While the 2001 movie re-imagined the franchise, it never took, and was generally panned by audiences and critics alike. Due to that poor performance, no subsequent sequels were made, and the “Planet of the Apes” franchise was essentially shelved. With “Rise,” the franchise may yet see a new period of prosperity. “Rise” is actually a prequel to the Charlton Heston original “Planet of the Apes,” and serves to explain the events leading up to the global primate take-over, while completely ignoring the 2001 version and its non-canonical “re-telling” of events.

The movie is set in generally present-day San Francisco, and begins with scientist Will Rodman (James Franco, “127 Hours”) testing experimental medicine on laboratory apes in hopes of curing Alzheimer’s, a disease currently worsening in his aging father, Charles (John Lithgow, “Leap Year”).

The drug seems to be successful on one chimp, but at a board meeting promoting the drug to investors, the intelligent chimp is gunned down as it goes on a rampage, effectively destroying all hope of the drug being approved for human testing. Later, Will discovers that the chimp was not actually on a rampage, and was in fact only trying to protect the child she had delivered secretly in her cell. The other ape handler, unable to bring himself to euthanize the infant ape, puts the choice literally in the hands of Will, who decides to take the chimp home and raise it himself.

This essentially sets up the first segment of the movie, which jumps forward several years as the baby ape, named Caesar (after Charles’ favorite Shakespearian play), grows into adulthood. The extremely touching rearing of the ape might as well be that of raising a human child, and perhaps is made more touching by the species barrier. The effect is subsequently highlighted by the performance of motion capture veteran Andy Serkis, better known for his role as Gollum in the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy, who portrays Caesar underneath a beautifully-rendered CGI ape costume.

The growing pains of raising a full sized chimp in a residential neighborhood prove to be too difficult for the family, and after the police are called on an incident, Will is forced by court order to relinquish Caesar to an ape sanctuary. The term is fairly loosely used, however, as it is more of a prison. The ape-human interactions at the sanctuary reveal an important lesson about what “humanity” means, with the apes possessing more genuine humanity than the humans around them, they enter the hearts of the audience with ease.

Caesar is definitely at the forefront of this, as his roller coaster experience at the sanctuary tugs at heartstrings with every step, finally culminating in a powerful moment of defiance that will have viewers holding their breath.

The film would simply not have been possible ten years ago. With such a CGI-dependent script, if the technology did not follow, the performance of the apes would likely land in the deep end of the “Uncanny Valley,” alienating audiences with their overly digital appearance. As it stands, the final product is very realistic, and all of the models seem to have their own unique personalities.

Though there are painful moments, the movie delivers overall very strong performances with an intriguing narrative. Its implications about humanity effectively posit that we as a human race are defined by how we treat life, in all of its forms. The only complaint one could legitimately make of “Apes” is that the ending is somewhat abrupt. However, if the success of the re-boot as well as a small clip found after a few lines of the ending credits are any clue, we could very well see a prequel sequel in the works.

August 23, 2011 Heather Hamilton

An often under appreciated group at UAA are the theater students, who not only act in productions, but direct them, paint and design sets, create costumes, run sound lights, among several other tasks.

Micah Sauvageau, a theater senior, is one such student. In addition to being a theater major, he is also a member of Theater on the Rocks (UAA’s theater club), and has also worked with the UAA Glee Club during its first year.

Sauvageau has acted in a few UAA productions, such as “Godspell” in 2008, but mostly performs in shows around Anchorage.

August 23, 2011 Alden Lee

There are two newly posted signs arousing a growing buzz on campus. That tends to happen when get-away cars for students are being advertised.

“Tow Away Zone 24h,” the signs declare. Then beneath it: “Connect by Hertz: Get-a-Way Car.”

“I’ve already gotten a lot of people asking what these are all about,” said Glenna Muncy, Parking Services Director. “There’s interest stirring, and that’s great.”

August 23, 2011 Taylor Hall

Music can be a way to fight through the pain while working out. It can inspire someone to put up that extra 15 pounds when lifting weights or to stay out on the road and finish that 5-mile run early in the brisk morning air.

August 23, 2011 Alden Lee

College is back in session, ladies and gentlemen. We’ve been dreading its arrival for weeks and weeks—ever since that horrible realization kicked in that once again we’d have to scrounge for textbook money and buy those ridiculous parking stickers—but now it’s here and we’ve got to suck it up and jump back in. The prospect of setting studies aside in favor of randomized YouTube surfing is in the air, as well as the smell of stale popcorn and way too much Old Spice.

This is the real deal. The whole shebang. Whoo-ee momma, we’re off and running.

What cracks me up the most about college is that the movies can never get it right. I have yet to see an honestly accurate depiction of the college life on film. You’re not going to find giant kegger fraternity parties exploding with drunken antics every single night. There will be no class for learning how to blow crap up with your mind. And Van Wilder won’t come console you sans pants when you’re stressed out enough to jump off the Conoco Phillips Science Building.

That’s not to say there’s plenty to look forward to. Classes may be looming over us like Andre the Giant at a daycare facility, but these special little moments of college life make the whole thing a little more bearable:

  • Using one set of dishes for the entire semester—just rinse and repeat, rinse and repeat. Caked-on spaghetti sauce? Curdled milk residue? Crystallized ramen flavoring? Nothing a little dish soap and water can’t take care of, and it all adds to the taste of the next meal. You’re just building up an immune system of steel.
  • A constant lack of toilet paper—either your roommate is secretly a chronic TP hoarder, you’re using too many squares to do the clean-up job, or the stuff is dissolving into thin air…but it’s a universal truth that there is never enough damn toilet paper when you need it.
  • The deep moral struggle on whether to attend your morning class—will you succumb to the incessant ringing and go to your mandatory 9 am Applied Calculus lecture, or will you overpower your alarm clock, sleep in until some satisfactory hour of the afternoon, and call it a well-earned personal day? A more difficult decision has yet to be encountered—especially at 8:55 in the morning. Of course, you should’ve just not scheduled a morning class to begin with, you dummy.
  • Finding out those used textbooks you paid slightly-less-than-a-fortune for have all been faithfully highlighted in eye-watering yellow and blue—thank you previous owner, whose eyes evidently operate at an inhuman level of vibrancy, for turning these books into the equivalent of an overly expensive acid trip.
  • Returning to find a clothes hanger on your door and Third Eye Blind playing from within—obviously your roommate values the cleanliness of their own room too much to engage in their private business there, and your room is up for grabs. Don’t worry; you’ve always got the couch to crash on. Make sure to put in your headphones—those walls are thin.

…which is about as pointless as getting into a staring contest with Vader.

August 23, 2011 Eli Johnson

It has recently come up in the world of journalism that using social and political “vloggers” from YouTube as sources may not be completely kosher. This is an interesting thing to think about, because when one looks at how connected the world has become there is very little reason for not using it as a source.

August 23, 2011 Heather Hamilton

“The Thief of Bagdad” is the original story behind the Disney classic “Aladdin.” Complete with a beautiful princess (June Duprez, “One Plus One”), an evil Vizier named Jaffar (Conrad Veidt, “Casablanca”), a djinn/genie (Rex Ingram, “Journey to Shiloh”) and a sidekick named Abu (Sabu, “A Tiger Walks”).

Except, this version of the story features Ahmad (John Justin, “Trenchcoat”), the naive king of Bagdad, who is tricked by the evil Jaffar into playing a commoner in the streets. Jaffar then has him arrested and thrown in the dungeon, where he meets Abu, the thief.

After a daring escape to a nearby kingdom, where the two meet the princess, Ahmad is made magically blind by Jaffar, (who also has his eyes set on the princess). Jaffar captures the princess and a quest to both save her and restore Ahmad’s sight is launched.

The film, however, is called “The Thief of Bagdad,” not “The Ousted King of Bagdad,” and as such, is a story that mostly centers around (the human) Abu. King Ahmad is, despite his decent amount of screen time, merely a plot device through which Abu’s growth into maturity, wisdom and loyal friend is portrayed.

Sabu was a type actor, cast as the token exotic character in many fantasy movies in the 1940s, 50s and early 60s due to his Indian heritage. As Abu, he is charming, youthfully handsome and exudes street smarts. He is both cocky and thoughtful, a truly complex character in a time where depth was often difficult to find in films. He often appears more genuine with his interactions with Justin than vice versa, and both his trepidation and wit when dealing with Ingram as the djinn show just how fine an actor Sabu was; possibly the finest in this film.

The technology for “The Thief of Bagdad” is equally impressive for its time. Flying carpets, flying horses, a giant djinn who appears out of a lamp and forms a solid body from smoke and a raging storm at sea; all rival similar effects used 10 to 15 years in the future.

“The Thief of Bagdad” is a cinematic gem; its only flaw is that it packs so much plot and action into under two hours that some parts feel rushed. Other than that, get this film at Netflix or Blockbuster if you’re looking for something classic to enjoy.

August 23, 2011 Matt

Ted Hughes is perhaps best known for being the husband of Sylvia Plath. He’s sort of the Yoko Ono of the poetry world. For 35 years after Plath’s suicide, Hughes said nothing of the relationship, and many a feminist accused of him of driving his wife to kill herself (the fact that his second wife also killed herself didn’t help his case). He broke his silence three months before his death, knowing he was terminally ill, and published “Birthday Letters.”

In short, this work is amazing.

I’ve never read a more palpable confirmation of love. It fulfills one tenet of great literature in being shockingly sincere.

Of course the paparazzi behind their relationship makes their relationship highly visible to contemporary readers. Gwyneth Paltrow portrayed Plath in the 2003 film “Sylvia.” Lady Gaga references Plath in “Dancer in the Dark.” Psychology majors may have heard of the “Sylvia Plath Effect.”

The couple was attractive, ambitious, and well connected. The persona amplifies the reader’s feeling, but even if we knew nothing about their relationship, formally, this is a powerful book.

The first poem begins where their relationship did, in college. Hughes was a Fulbright scholar from England when he met Plath in Boston.

“Birthday Letters” is more of a narrative than a collection of poems with loosely related themes. The theme is Plath, and his retrospective evaluation of what happened during their eight years of marriage.

The poems tell how they travel the world. She loved Paris but hated Spain, where he felt at home. They do cool things. She cities Chaucer to a herd of cows, they visit the home of Emily Bronte, they’re caught in a storm near Cape Cod.

Hughes was fascinated with America. He pairs deep emotions with products like Nescafe and Kleenex. Remembering his honeymoon with Plath, he writes, “you were slim and lithe and smooth as a fish./ You were a new world. My new world./ So this is America, I marveled. Beautiful, beautiful America!”

If pages were to reflect the time required for a bit of comprehension, “Birthday Letters” would be 600—not 200, pages. Not that the language is complex—for poetry it’s rather straight-forward, and you’d get a lot from just one reading. But Hughes is so subtle and rich that should you spend some time reading the poem again, your reward is inevitable.

Here is an excerpt of a poem that exemplifies most of “Birthday Letters.” Good to know going into this that “Daddy” refers to Plath’s most famous poem of the same title.

The Shot  (excerpt)

Till your real target
Hid behind me. Your Daddy
The god with the smoking gun. For a long time
Vague as mist, I did not even know
I had been hit,
Or that you had gone clean through me—
To bury yourself at last in the heart of the god.

In my position, the right witchdoctor
Might have caught you in flight with his bare hands,
Tossed you, cooling, one hand to the other,
Godless, happy, quieted.

I managed
A wisp of your hair, your ring, your watch, your nightgown.

August 23, 2011 Editorial

How many people reading this have ever had an illegal drink before they were 21 years old?

How many have seen themselves or a friend get caught drinking while under age and thought it was an absolutely ridiculous thing to be busted for?

The simple fact is that 18 year olds receive the right to vote, get married, and go into the military three whole years before they can have a beer legally. We’re talking about handing out life-altering responsibilities but leaving one major one out.

America is at the top of a list when it comes to the having highest drinking age enforced in the world. Only Indonesia, Palau, and Mongolia match the US in allowing young adults to consume alcohol only when they reach 21 years of age.

We can’t kid ourselves; alcohol is a big responsibility no matter at what age it is granted. To not allow an adult the right to drink until 21 is not only insulting, it is proving to be more harmful than ever intended.

When Congress originally passed this legislation in the mid-1980’s, it was done with the best of intentions to lower alcohol-related accidents and fatalities in vehicles. The group, Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), was the driving force behind the issue getting into the national spotlight.

It’s been over 20 years since US Congress passed the law to raise the minimum legal drinking age, and the debate that has ensued has never seemed to lose its steam.

Though statistics have shown a small decline in alcohol-related accidents in the country, it has given way to a problem everyone knows about but doesn’t really question.

Underage drinking has become more and more noticeable but is often glanced over and even accepted. Though local law officers enforce this infraction, kids still continue to drink. They go underground and find ways to avoid getting caught.

There is never a shortage of people, older siblings, or even parents/guardians who will supply the booze for their underage kids. Kids looking to drink will find a way to get their hands on some alcohol and then will move into the shadows, so to speak.

It is in these shadows that binge drinking has become the problem that needs addressed. Most of us know how it goes: you gather up your friends, find a buyer, gather up a meeting spot to discuss the prospective place or places to drink, and then hit it hard when you get there.

These binge drinking sessions often lead to tragic instances of alcohol poisoning and poor decision making that wouldn’t occur if young adults were in bars, surrounded by an older and more responsible crowd instead of in the woods out by Eklutna.

Kids have all different sorts of reasons to go out and drink. Some do it to be cool, others do it because it’s something to do, others do it to fit in. However, most of them are in over their heads from the start and it’s simply because they haven’t been educated about alcohol use. More and more kids are facing down Minor in Consumption (MIC) charges and it has become one of these most common juvenile offenses kids pick up before the age of 21.

So how do we fix the problem? Simple, educate the kids and give them the responsibility of drinking at an earlier age. If they’re truly considered adults at the age of 18, then why not let them consume alcohol.

What argument is there really?

Are 18-year-old kids more likely to drive drunk than when they’re 21? More and more people are seeing the stupidity of driving drunk and that the law is coming down harder than ever on those who choose to drive drunk.

What about the maturity level differences? Yes, an 18-year-old kid is not as mature as a 21-year-old. However, is the difference that big? Research has suggested a very subtle change in brain and body maturity but this is where the education comes in. Teach the kids about it, they’ll listen, and most of them will be thankful to be treated as an adult and given the choice and responsibility that comes with their actions.

Also, why is it we can buy cigarettes, a far more harmful product for our bodies and those around us, at 19 years old? 21 is an arbitrarily picked line, and holding adults in limbo for 3 years before they are allowed to consume encourages the worst patterns of drinking behavior.

August 9, 2011 Matt

No one wants to pay for expensive books, and students will happily avoid the bookstore if Amazon, craigslist, or word of mouth can offer cheaper textbooks. One untapped resource may be the recycle bin that the bookstore offers for those books that it can’t accept during the buyback session.