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You’ve got an (online) friend in me Not everyone you meet on a forum is catfishing you
Nov19

You’ve got an (online) friend in me Not everyone you meet on a forum is catfishing you

By: Sasha Dhesi When I was in the eleventh grade, I befriended a girl named Neba. It was a pretty typical friendship: we were two girls who understood each other’s situations, had mutual interests and talked every other day or so about our lives and whatever was taking up our time, whether it be school, music or anything else two 17-year-old teenagers would encounter. It was a typical friendship, save for one thing: we met online and...

We need to talk about Essena Is Essena representative of a cultural ailment to seek societal approval or is it a marketing gimmick?
Nov12

We need to talk about Essena Is Essena representative of a cultural ailment to seek societal approval or is it a marketing gimmick?

By: Sonia Leung Last week Essena O’Neill made waves by condemning social media. The young model deleted most of the photos on her Instagram account and changed the caption of those that remained to reveal the arduous process required to create the seemingly effortless posts. While many have heralded Essena’s move as a bold statement about social media, she has drawn fire from other social media celebrities, who cast doubt on her...

Get ready for cuffing season
Oct29

Get ready for cuffing season

Does it seem like everyone is getting into relationships these days? You may be witnessing the social phenomenon referred to as “cuffing season.”  SHEC is here to answer questions you never thought to ask. What in the world is cuffing season? “Cuffing” describes the supposed biological urge to find romantic or sexual partners (or both) when the autumn season commences. The intention is to “cuff” a companion to stay with throughout the...

Netflix and chill “Don’t Netflix and chill” they said, “you’ll end up with more than just popcorn in your mouth,” they said.
Oct22

Netflix and chill “Don’t Netflix and chill” they said, “you’ll end up with more than just popcorn in your mouth,” they said.

By: Jennifer La Grassa It all started this past summer when a girl at my work rubbed her pregnant belly and said “Yup, straight out of Netflix and chill.” The phrase she had used to describe the conception of her child was obviously a joke, but one that I couldn’t shake. All of a sudden, I began to see “Netflix and chill” on every social media account I owned. The popular page on Instagram, the trending hashtags of Twitter, and my...

#shoutyourabortion sweeps Twitter Decision to cut funding for Planned Parenthood sparks online hashtag movement
Oct08

#shoutyourabortion sweeps Twitter Decision to cut funding for Planned Parenthood sparks online hashtag movement

By: Jennifer La Grassa In response to a vote passed by the U.S. Senate to cut funding for Planned Parenthood, America’s largest provider of women’s reproductive health services, legions of women have taken to social media to display their outrage and share their profoundly intimate and personal stories of abortion. Amelia Bonow, an American activist and the co-creator of the hashtag, took to Twitter to share her personal story; she...

Clean dishes and lifelong friends How to make your off-campus living experience a success
Sep24

Clean dishes and lifelong friends How to make your off-campus living experience a success

By: Jennifer La Grassa “You’re living with five other girls?! And you only have two bathrooms? Good luck with that.” “Just make sure nobody brings candles and lights them, that’s the last thing you need to worry about.” “Oh man, six girls? Can you imagine when all of your menstrual cycles sync and PMS hits at the same time?” Upon entering my second year of university, whenever I mentioned that I would be living with five friends in an...