Thanks for the Freshman 15, Miami

Before arriving at Miami, I was nervous. I started watching “College Tips” videos by the thousands. Some talked about the right mattress topper to buy; others talked about different ways to meet new people. They all talked about the Freshman Fifteen. Believe it or not, I had no idea what that was. After hearing hundreds of YouTubers telling me it was real and warning me to watch my figure, I Googled it. My eyes bugged out of my skull. I was going to gain fifteen pounds? It couldn’t be real. I wouldn’t believe it. I had visited Miami over summer break, and the food had been terrible. I didn’t know how I was going to finish three meals a day, much less gain 15 pounds. Once I actually moved onto campus, it was a different story. At first, I lost weight— five pounds, to be exact. And if you don’t think that’s a lot, just know that a pair of jeans that used to cling to my legs was now falling off my waist. I attributed it to stress and hating the dining hall food. At home, everything is either handmade or from a specialty Russian store near us. There were no burgers, no fries, and definitely no chicken nuggets. Most of the food I ate growing up can’t be spelled in English. I started looking for places to...

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How to Be a Man: A Step-by-Step Guide

If you’re not feeling very secure in your masculinity today and would like to find out how to become a better man, keep on reading. I’ll let you in on all the secrets. Yes, I know that I’m just a woman who could never understand such important endeavors, but you’re going to have to trust that I have this down to a science. Because I do. Step One: Locating any fears you may have that are associated with entering manhood. Perhaps a major fear you have is Masculine Failure, the fear that you won’t be as good of a man as you hope to be or as good as everyone is expecting you to be. Perhaps your fear even stretches toward failure as a human being. Think about it. Okay. Have you got it yet? Good. Now squash that fear with the sole of your boot. You should know this by now: Fear is for sissies. Don’t be such a coward. Step up to the plate. Do you wanna be a man or a little girl when you grow up? Men don’t have fears. Step Two: Attaining the characteristics of a real man. Real masculinity is mainly reliant on how much athletic ability you’ve got; actually, the more of this you have, the more valued as a man — and a person in general — you will be in...

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Campus should treat rape seriously

A lot of things stand out about Miami University: its educational status, which is among some of the most prestigious schools in the nation, and its famous aesthetic are just a few. Other aspects of Miami include its wide variety of majors and minors to choose from, its thorough list of required courses and the fact that, for each month of this semester, a girl has reported being sexually assaulted on campus. At the root of the problems that sexual assault and rape pose is rape culture, a popular phrase nowadays. It is used to describe an environment where society normalizes rape based on attitudes about gender and sexuality. It includes thing such as victim-blaming, slut-shaming and trivializing sexual assault (by, for instance, making a rape joke). Some say that the term “rape culture” is overused; more specifically, Wendy McElroy, author of “Rape Culture Hysteria: Fixing the Damage Done to Men and Women” writes that “social justice warriors are creating hysteria about a non-existent rape culture in order to impose a specific ideology.” This might apply if we were only evaluating the United States. But if we expand our line of vision to the rest of the world, we can begin to understand why our population needs to be educated on rape culture and what our reality would be like if it wasn’t a well-known term across our country....

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