Archive for September 1st, 2011

September 1, 2011

Does the hyphen syphon equality?

by Randy Zuniga

I forget how old I was when I first learned that I am Mexican. This to me is not necessarily a bad thing — depending on how the information is presented. You can easily shape a child’s perception of specific people or put a chip on their shoulder at an early age. What is that going to do for them? Ultimately, it will affect the way they build relationships growing-up and in school. Understandably, later on down the line they will wise up to the realities of society; so no need to pollute their minds early on with what we think. That inhibits progress, but I digress.

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September 1, 2011

The complex world of bananas

Bananas are a delicious fruit that can be enjoyed in a myriad of ways: straight from the peel, baked in bread, in pancakes, with Nutella (alone or within a crepe)… It is a fruit that Americans consume more than apples and oranges combined.

Did you know that bananas are unique in the reproduction as each new fruit is a genetic duplicate of the next; a feature that makes them highly susceptible to diseases. Dan Koeppel has written a book detailing the banana’s history and its endangered future.

Find out more on NPR.

September 1, 2011

Wasting precious minutes to discuss Katt Williams

by Ulises Silva

Why, hello Mr. Williams! I never thought I’d have the pleasure (I use the term loosely) of writing about you, mostly because I’ve consistently found Ikea shelving instructions funnier and more relevant than your standup routines. Seriously, of the many clips I’ve seen of you, only one made me snicker (to call it a laugh would be generous), and it was, ironically, where you talked about how much you love Latino parties. Now those cube-shaped Ikea bookshelves, on the other hand…

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September 1, 2011

The God hustle: the case against dogmatic thought

by Nick Baez

Across the globe, the belief in some form of a Supreme Being is closely tied to both ethnic and national identification. Latinos are no different, and religious identity within the Latino community widely ranges from “atheist” to “devout (insert denomination here).” Ask almost anyone what it means to be Latino, however, and a significant majority of responses will include the words “faith,” “religious belief,” and/or “a deep relationship with God.”

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September 1, 2011

Cornell bans pledging by Greek Letter Organizations

by Cristopher Rubio

David J. Skorton

In a move that may change the way that sororities and fraternities operate across the country, David J. Skorton, President of Cornell University, has decided to eliminate pledging for all Greek Letter Organizations at Cornell. On the heels of the alcohol-related death of a 19-year-old Cornell student last spring, President Skorton felt he had no choice:

“This tragedy convinced me that it was time — long past time — to remedy practices of the fraternity system that continue to foster hazing, which has persisted at Cornell, as on college campuses across the country, in violation of state law and university policy,” said Skorton.

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