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Barber: Make Menstruation Gender-inclusive

Barber: Make Menstruation Gender-inclusive

By Shaelyn Barber

February 26, 2018

Periods are awash in pink, and this is a problem. From happy, flower-covered tampon packaging to pink polka-dotted cycle trackers, everything period-related is dominated by feminine iconography and language. It is nearly impossible to find a product being promoted without decorations and wording aimed...

Barber: Celebrating Chocolate Mint Day, Not President’s Day

Barber: Celebrating Chocolate Mint Day, Not President’s Day

By Shaelyn Barber

February 19, 2018

Mint and chocolate — the perfect harmony. The two flavors melt together in unison, generating delight and pleasure with each taste. The sweet, rich flavor of the chocolate and the sharp, refreshing mint leaves were meant to be. President’s Day? I don’t think so. Today, Feb. 19, is Chocolate Mint Day, and I ...

Barber: It’s Not About Free Speech, It’s About Respect

Barber: It’s Not About Free Speech, It’s About Respect

By Shaelyn Barber

February 18, 2018

Political correctness is not about free speech, it is about respect. Tensions have been rising between those who argue for political correctness and those who decry it in the name of free speech. Arguments, anger, protests and counter-protests rage on, each side arguing vehemently for their point...

Barber: Reverse Racism Is America’s Favorite Myth

Barber: Reverse Racism Is America’s Favorite Myth

By Shaelyn Barber

February 14, 2018

What do Narnia, the Loch Ness Monster, and reverse racism all have in common? None of them are real. Lately, there have been a lot of calls of “reverse racism,” or racism against Caucasians, in response to negative comments about white people. This is ridiculous. It is not possible to be racist agains...

Barber: Be Spontaneous

Barber: Be Spontaneous

By Shaelyn Barber

February 10, 2018

Wake up, get dressed, attend class, eat lunch, go to work, do your homework, come home, sleep and repeat. Life can be mundane, and before we know it we are doing the same thing day after day. As we grow older we tend to get stuck in a rut. We develop the ability to think things through and consider the...

H2H: Is Public Transportation Worth It?

H2H: Is Public Transportation Worth It?

By Shaelyn Barber and Paul Braden

February 7, 2018

Public Transit Saves the Planet By Shaelyn Barber Each winter, Utah’s infamous inversion hovers over the Salt Lake Valley, filling it with smog so dense it’s more edible than breathable. Utah is often hailed as an outdoor wonderland, but air within the valley stands contrary to this image. La...

Barber: Sign Tampon Allies Petition for Free Menstrual Products

Barber: Sign Tampon Allies Petition for Free Menstrual Products

By Shaelyn Barber

February 7, 2018

For those of you who do not have periods, let me paint you a picture: for two to seven days every month you gush blood out of your nether regions, experience abdominal cramps so severe that you can barely move and have painful swelling of your breasts. That's not even mentioning less severe symptoms...

Barber: Salt Lake Tribune’s Paywall Denies Low-Income Populations Access to News

Barber: Salt Lake Tribune’s Paywall Denies Low-Income Populations Access to News

By Shaelyn Barber

February 5, 2018

The year is 1993. Bill Clinton is president. Jurassic Park is in theaters, and Creep by Radiohead has just come out. The World Wide Web was invented in 1989, four years ago and Google won’t exist until 1998, another three years to come. To access the internet you have to use a dial-up modem, and loading...

Barber: White People Can’t Speak for the Experiences of People of Color

Barber: White People Can’t Speak for the Experiences of People of Color

By Shaelyn Barber

January 29, 2018

Let’s be honest, white people don’t face many issues in the U.S. We have the upper hand in just about everything: we have an easier time getting jobs, we have better access to higher education, we have lower poverty rates than people of color in many communities, we don’t experience violence fro...

Barber: Criticize Trump Without Fat-shaming

Barber: Criticize Trump Without Fat-shaming

By Shaelyn Barber

January 23, 2018

I am doing something I never thought, in a million years, I would: I am defending Donald Trump. Trump recently underwent a medical exam assessing both his physical and mental state. While he was declared cognitively sound, the White House doctor said he has a body mass index (BMI) of 29.9 which puts hi...

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