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Side Effects of Social Media

The 2017 State of the Academy (SOTA) statistics for students who feel body appearance insecurity “all the time” and spend less than an hour a day on social media is ten percent. The number of students who feel insecure all the time increases to 30 percent when looking at students who spend up to four…

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More than Just a SOTA Issue

It’s no surprise to me that there has been very little discussion following the release of the State of the Academy. I filled out the survey, and I knew exactly what I wanted to look for in the published copy with all the data I needed to reevaluate our campus, but once it came out…

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The (Un)Reality of Reverse Racism

I don’t think I even know 258 white people at this school. So I was quite shocked when I found out that such a large number of white students believe in reverse racism. According to this year’s State of the Academy (SOTA), 43 percent of white respondents believe in reverse racism — that white people can…

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What’s In a Name?

The topic of the State of the Academy was present in almost every single conversation this past Friday — issues of The Phillipian scattered around Paresky Commons tables serving as prompts for the inevitable moment in which someone would mention “it.” While numerous criticisms of the presentation and statistics immediately arose, no fact or figure…

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My Convictions On Consent

30 percent of students do not ask for consent in a consistent manner. I believe this is a result of students in committed relationships not feeling obligated to ask their partner(s) for consent. Consent is consistent, enthusiastic, and can be rescinded at any point. Knowing one’s partner is obviously preferential when dealing with issues of…

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