Comments on Aging Attitudes

A thousand years ago life expectancy at birth was 25 years. Since then, it has dramatically increased. Life expectancy at birth calculates the expected number of years a group of individuals born within a certain year are expected to live. When our forefathers signed the Declaration of Independence in 1776, life expectancy at birth was 35 years. At the turn of the twentieth century, it was 47 years. Today, life expectancy at birth is 79 years. Assumedly, an increase in expected longevity would prompt an increased interest in societal and cultural practices that affect the aged. However, many of our societal and cultural practices have not been adjusted to prepare for these aging booms because their reform has not been incentivized as necessary. The way we choose to respond and adjust to the promises of longevity will test our societal character, affecting our attitudes on aging and our ability to associate meaning, purpose and value with old age.

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Comments on the WHO Report that Links Processed Meats to Cancer

Order up- flapjacks with a cup of Joe and a side of sliced crispy bacon and grilled breakfast sausages. Mouth watering for some, but do not let you taste buds fool you. This breakfast order may not be as good for you as it seems to taste.

Less than two weeks ago, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) released recommendations that supported previous findings to moderate processed meat consumption. The research investigated a direct link between processed meat consumption and colorectal cancer.

The World Health Organization (WHO) confirmed the findings of the IARC, after beef and pork producers labeled them as “alarmist outreaches.” The Obama administration, investors and even proud carnivores also downplayed the research. Perhaps suggesting, cancer research, and proven risk factors for colorectal cancer, are not merely as important as the financial risks that come with accepting these truths.

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Comments on the Armenian Genocide

The Committee of Union and Progress, or informally named ‘Young Turks,’ were led by Talaat Pasha, Minister of Interior, whose aim was to establish a high sense of Turkish nationalism and anti-Armenian demonstrations across the Ottoman Empire. In 301 AD, Armenians became the first nation to adopt Christianity. After refusing to comply with commands sent by Young Turks to abandon Christianity, Talaat Pasha sent telegraphs to Ottoman officials ordering the deportation of 250 Armenian intellectuals and community leaders on April 24, 1915. This initiated the start of the Armenian Genocide, a systematic and deliberate attempt to the annihilate the Armenian population by sending 1.5 million Armenian men, women and children on death marches across the Syrian desert.

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the Armenian genocide. Therefore, it also marks the 100th year present day Turkish government leaders have refused to recognize any past acts of genocide committed against the Armenian people. Granted, modern day Turkish people and government officials are not responsible for the actions committed by Ottoman officials 100 years ago, however, they are responsible for taking accountability of history. Therefore, I, a child of Armenian descent, have been born into a continuous cycle of prolonged oppression by Turkeys falsification of historical truths that have affected my great grandparents, grandparents, parents and myself.

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Comments on Paying Division I Student Athletes

|Universities should not pay athletes who participate in intercollegiate sports, specifically Division I athletes. Intercollegiate sports should be responsible for maintaining a sense of amateurism. Paying student-athletes undermines the integrity of amateur sports and the principle foundation of an academic institution, the privilege to gain newfound knowledge, curiosity and intellect. Student-athletes should balance both academic and athletic obligations. Once universities pay Division I athletes, they will prioritize athletic obligations over academic responsibilities.

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Comments on Racism at a UCLA Frat Party

UCLA’s Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity and Alpha Phi sorority threw a “Kanye Western” themed party, however, baggy pants, big chains and Kardashian look-a-likes were not the only costumes attendants wore. Allegedly, UCLA students wore blackface to the Kanye West themed fraternity and sorority party. This scandal immediately hit local headlines and caused an up roar in the UCLA student community. Members of ‘Black Bruins Matter’ marched to Gene Block’s office, Chancellor of UCLA, demanding a response that targeted the racism of the students who wore blackface to the UCLA affiliated party.

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