Jan 14, 2011

Duke It Out: Leave School For a Job?

From basically the time I was in kindergarten, I was ingrained with the understanding that this is how the system works: you go to school, you get good grades, you go to college, you get good grades, and then one day you get a job... so your kids can do it all over again.

Jan 7, 2011

Duke It Out: Fashion Goes Prepubescent?

Ah fashion, you cruel, sadistic mistress. Unrealistic body image has always been part of the package, considering that most major designers only have a vague concept of what human anatomy even looks like, but historically they have at least pretended that their designs are created for full grown women.

Dec 10, 2010

Duke It Out: Rating Sites

There has been a lot of controversy lately over sites like RateBU, where pictures of girls are posted online and people vote on whether or not they're hot. Yeah, I only wish I'd made that up. Regardless of whether you think this kind of thing is just fine or is a pathetic excuse for shallow douchbaggery, the question that a lot of schools are facing is - should this be allowed to happen?

Dec 3, 2010

Duke It Out: Is The First Date Dead?

This week, in keeping with my usual studious habits, I was surfing around the internet watching cute cat videos when I came across this article which posed the question; is the first date dead?

Nov 26, 2010

Duke It Out: Cyber Spying

Who among us has never Facebook stalked? Anyone? Seriously, anyone? It's easy and mostly harmless, so we all do it a little bit sometimes to see how much less awesome your ex's new girlfriend is than you, or to find out if that cutie in you American Lit class is single (and into women). It's not a big deal, right? But when does it cross the line?

Nov 19, 2010

Duke It Out: Black Friday

Next Friday marks the start of the holiday shopping season with the single most anticipated shopping day of the year here in the good ol' USA - Black Friday. A day when stores mark down items to ludicrous sale prices and people all over the nation line up in the early dawn hours to snag those bargains (and occasionally trample their fellow human beings).

Nov 5, 2010

Duke It Out: NCAA’s First Transgender Player

Recently Kye Allums became the first publicly transgendered student-athlete in NCAA history to play as a male identifying player on the George Washington University women's basketball team. It's a big step for transgendered athletes everywhere and first off I have to say kudos to him.

Oct 29, 2010

Duke It Out: Is Photoshopping Wrong?

Recently, Rachael Leigh Cook (remember her?!) spoke out against the practice of airbrushing, going so far as to say that since false advertising is a crime and photo-correcting is essentially false advertising, then photoshopping in the media should be a crime. That's quite a statement there, Rach - let's go to the polls!

Oct 22, 2010

Duke It Out: Sexy for Halloween

In the words of the immortal Mean Girls, "Halloween is the one night a year when girls can dress like a total slut and no other girls can say anything about it." It's a time honored Halloween tradition for girls to put on their best 'sexy' costume and go party, right? And costume companies have certainly raised the bar on options (Sexy Elmo and Sexy Hello Kitty, really?) but is this really a good idea or are we just promoting a sexist stereotype?

Oct 15, 2010

Duke It Out: Gay Affirmative Action

When just a couple of decades ago many people couldn't RISK coming out in college, now schools are trying to recruit applicants from the LGBT community and while I have no qualms about that, I gotta wonder if it's fair.

Oct 8, 2010

Duke It Out: Daddy’s Girl?

In 'studies that make my skin crawl' news, researchers found that most people they studied wind up in long-term relationships with a partner who resembles their opposite sex parent. Basically that means that most women end up married to a man who physically resembles their father, which is... ick. Just ick. The question is, do we think this is really accurate, or did something go horribly awry in this study?

Oct 1, 2010

Duke It Out: Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell

Last week, the Senate voted not to repeal the military's 'don't ask, don't tell' policy - a policy that's essentially a band-aid for the absence of gay rights in the military. The policy, which was introduced in 1993, has essentially stood all of this time as a way of saying 'you can be gay in the military, as long as nobody knows about it'.

Sep 24, 2010

Duke It Out: Flat Rate Tuition

One of the big buzz topics surrounding colleges in the last couple of years has been an administrative push to get everyone to graduate "on time" - as in, the four year model. Florida's university system thinks they might have found the answer - as a number of other colleges have - in "block tuition". Block tuition is basically just a flat rate system where every student pays a set price for a year or semester, regardless of how many credit hours they take.

Sep 17, 2010

Duke It Out: Social Media Blackout

Schools all over have been experimenting with social media lately - some of them getting into it and some of them encouraging their students to stay out of it. Now Harrisburg University of Science and Tech are blocking all social media from the school's network including Facebook, Twitter, Myspace and AIM for a week. They're not the first school to try a move like this, but my question is, is it right?

Sep 10, 2010

Duke It Out: Soul Mates

We've all killed a few hours (*cough*Calculus*cough*) imagining that amazing guy that would somehow walk into our lives - you know, the one with the suave of George Clooney, the charm of Joseph Gordon-Levitt and the abs of Ryan Kwanten (hello, Jason Stackhouse!) - and magically turn all those microwave-ramen-days into a romantic comedy dream.