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Tuesday, April 13, 2021


Feng shui can destress dorm living

With homework, meetings, activities and friends, college life can be crazy. It's hard to share a dorm room and find time to keep it clean. It is possible, though, that the state of your dorm room has an effect on the state of your mind. That theory is one of the principles of feng shui.

Feng shui, which literally means wind and water, originated in ancient China but still has principles that are relevant today.

Complaint-free attitude leads to happier lifestyle

The alarm blares too early, the test was harder than it should have been, there's no clean clothes, no food in the pantry and no one to go out with this weekend.

Sometimes life is just too much. Or sometimes, you feel like complaining about all the little things to anyone who will listen.

The bad things seem to overshadow the good, and before you know it, you have managed to pull everyone down into your pity party.

Someone is out to change that.

More money should be spent on saving marriages

Divorce is expensive and not just for those involved.

A new study by Georgia State University economist Ben Scafidi reveals that divorce and out-of-wedlock childbearing is costing American taxpayers about $112 billion a year.

The study is the first ever and was sponsored by four organizations that advocate family values. Their goal was to convince lawmakers to put more money toward state marriage-strengthening education programs.

They have a good point.

Taking flight

The vibrant pink flower arrangements by the door immediately set this shop apart from the other businesses in the shopping center on the corner of Forest Park Boulevard and Park Hill Avenue.

Customers are greeted by a spicy, yet sweet aroma and a shop filled with merchandise, from picture frames to candles and jewelry to games.

Feathers, a shop that sells what owner Rachelle Norman describes as, "fanciful gifts, accessories and home decor," opened in 2003.

Veterans deserve better care after returning from service

It has cost us billions of dollars and thousands of lives, and the anniversary last week of our invasion has kept the war at the forefront of our minds. Our country hails the troops fighting in Iraq, but when they return home, it's some thanks they get.

Their needs are not being adequately met.

More than 400 Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans are currently homeless.

Paris Hilton’s reality show reaches new level of desperation

With fame, money and a boyfriend, Paris Hilton seems to have it all. But apparently, she needs a new best friend. And a reality show to go with it.

The series, tentatively titled "Paris Hilton's My New BFF," will make its debut later this year on MTV.

On the show, 20 candidates will compete for the prize of becoming Paris' new best friend forever.

What girl doesn't want a best friend? And what girl doesn't want that friend to be Paris?

Wind power new source of energy in Texas

Texas has always been an important state for the oil industry, but now, as America looks toward alternative energy options, Texas is becoming important in wind power energy.

A New York Times article Feb. 23 stated Texas is quickly becoming the wind power capital of North America, having surpassed California for the No. 1 spot.

This surge in wind power is improving both the local economy and the industry of alternative energy. Some are likening it to the oil boom.

The wind farms are providing jobs and bringing new life to towns.

Media claims crisis in economy, unsettling for young professional

Headlines are practically proclaiming the end of the world.

"The U.S. economy faces the guillotine," says Newsweek.

"Echo of first Bush: Good economy turns sour," says the New York Times.

At least TIME shows some hope with "Surviving the slowdown: what you can do now."

Glancing at headlines like these throughout the last few weeks has nearly convinced me that I'm on my way to Hooverville.

I better enjoy my apartment, my every meal, before they're gone.

College culture mirrors that of Nickelback’s ‘Rockstar’

"I'm through with standing in line to clubs we'll never get in. It's like the bottom of the ninth, and I'm never gonna win..."The song comes on the radio, and I cringe as I reach to change the station. This song, "Rockstar," by Nickelback, is more than I can handle. Whether meant to be taken seriously or not, it reveals some truth about our society. A sad truth.

"I want a brand new house on an episode of Cribs, and a bathroom I can play baseball in..."

Materialism permeates American culture. I've gotten caught up in it. We all have.

Laura Bush takes on stronger role in president’s final year

For years she stayed mostly out of the spotlight, standing in the background, strong and silent, always graceful and elegant, every hair in its proper place.First lady Laura Bush has established herself as a woman of good repute, and although her approval rating has remained consistently high, the public expects to see little of her and hear even less.

But with the days of her husband's presidency waning, as well as his approval ratings, Laura Bush has moved into the foreground, taking on issues more visibly than ever before.

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