What Facebook users say about Election Day 2012

As is only fair, there are a lot of strong opinions about tomorrow’s impending decision between two presidential candidates. Here’s some of what I’m seeing on Facebook:

One young woman is worried that you’re going to forget election day. “Can we all stop with the ‘Fifth of November’ crap? Tomorrow is Election Day, how about we remember that?”

A PA resident reminded her friends that tomorrow an ID is not required to vote. “Just a reminder for Pennsylvania: Even if you don’t have ID, your votes WILL be counted tomorrow. For this election, at least.”

Some are concerned about their friends’ uninformed opinions hurting us all. “If you go to the voting booth tomorrow without having a thorough understanding of your candidate, do me a favor and unfriend me when you get home.”

Here’s one post that made me want to scream: “Tomorrow is election day! Please take 20 mins from your day to make a vote, make a stand, make a change for your future. I WILL NOT BE VOTING FOR NOBOMA! i will stick a needle in my eye before i would even consider it. PLEASE go out and vote tomorrow!!”

Another wants you to THINK ABOUT THE CHILDREN! “I really hope people make the right decision tomorrow and think about our future. Think about how your future kids will be affected. Think about whether or not you would want them to have health care even if they couldn’t afford it or have social security when they needed it. About whether you want them to be able to make their own decisions about their bodies and follow whatever religion they want and love whoever they want without scrutiny. It’s not all about the economy (which neither president can easily fix despite promises). It’s about happiness and fairness. Sorry for my rant. Sincerely, scared that people will believe a candidate who changes his positions like he’s playing musical chairs.”

And then the coolest professor I know posted: “I’m outta here until the election is over. Later!” Sounds like he’s got the right idea. Perhaps I’ll disable my Facebook phone app and ask my boyfriend to change my password until tomorrow is over…

– Rosella Eleanor LaFevre

Recap: Obama – Romney 2012 Presidential Debate

Romney and Obama shake hands at the second debate

Romney and Obama shake hands at the second debate

At tonight’s presidential debate between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney, we saw the shifty way Romney evades the real question while trying to tell America that our president is evil.

The second debate began with a question from a 20-year-old college student named Jeremy, who asked, “What can you say to reassure me, but more importantly my parents, that I will be able to sufficiently support myself after I graduate?”

Romney was the first to respond and his reassurance to Jeremy featured the refrain, “I know what to do.” Here’s his response to Jeremy’s question (annotated with our observations): Continue reading

Two gynecologists answer your sexual health questions

Writer Julie Zeglen asks basic questions of two gynecologists.

Girl at the gynecologist's office

Remember your first visit to the gynecologist’s office? Maybe you’d rather not. Wearing that oh-so-flattering one-sided robe, sticking your feet in those cold, metal “stirrups” – as if you wanted a reason to think of yourself as a horse – and squirming through the vague but personal details of your hookup history for a complete stranger’s edification…

Maybe we can’t all be as witty as Juno when addressing the phrase “sexually active,” but we can prepare ourselves to make the best of a potentially awkward experience. Sexual health is as important to your well-being as that of the rest of your body, and seeing a doctor can help keep you in tip-top shape.

Resident gynecologists Dr. Aiga Charles and Dr. Srijaya Nalla of Crozer Chester Medical Center in Upland, PA answer some basic questions to optimize your sexual health knowledge.

M.L.T.S.: When should women begin seeing a gynecologist, and how often after that should they go?

Dr. Charles: The first visit to the gynecologist should be around age 13-15.  Typically this is only an interview, not including an exam, and is purely for information sake.  Subsequent visits depend on whether or not she is sexually active, if yes, then she should be seen yearly, if not and she has not complaints regarding abnormal bleeding, then she does not need to be seen until age 21 at which time she would need a pap smear.

Dr. Nalla: The first visit should take place between ages 13-15, for an age appropriate discussion of pubertal development, menses, prevention of sexually transmitted infections and pregnancy, substance abuse and overall healthy habits. Typically they should go every year, but as needed if they have any concerns, and especially [if they are] being tested for STIs or need birth control, etc. Continue reading

Professor James Franco

How’d you like to see this handsome face behind the podium at the front of your classroom?

If you’re a film student at University of Southern California, consider yourself lucky. James Franco, the “actor-Oscar-host-soap-star-artist-poet-novelist,” will be teaching a course, alongside his business partner Vince Jolivette, at USC’s School of Cinematic Arts, as reported by the L.A. Times.

The class will be separated into eight teams, each of which will produce a short movie no longer than 10 minutes, all of which will be combined into a longer film. The class, which an email from USC calls “The Labyrinth,” is meant to produce films that explore “the unknown, the unexplained and the unimaginable.”

“There may be one hiccup in Franco’s teaching schedule, however: His next film, ‘Oz: The Great and Powerful,’ is set to hit theaters in March. That means he’ll likely be busy promoting his role as the Wizard for at least a couple of weeks during the spring,” reports the L.A. Times.

We’re sure his students will understand.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Arctic Ice Melt

Arctic sea ice coverage hit a low this year, which means the polar ice caps are melting decades ahead of schedule.

I’m a hypochondriac and I totally panic at every mention of our impending planetary doom. So things like this don’t make it easy to believe in the future health and well-being of our planet.

And this reflects my attitude about post-graduation unemployment: It’s coming. I’m doomed. No matter what I do, it’ll happen (or, er, not happen). Why would I get a job in the media field, which is ever tinier, when so many others that have gone before me find themselves wallowing away in food service and retail jobs?

Now, you. Are you worried about finding a job? Do you have a pep talk you give yourself to get past the fears? How do you deal?

EDITOR’S NOTE: Woman in Charge

Women have trouble at work; we all know it. They pay us less than they’ll pay a man doing the same job. They let fewer of us into positions of power.

Being a woman is considered, by some, to be a handicap. And we definitely get treated differently, no matter how up the ladder we’ve climbed. Check out what Mindy Kaling has to say about the effect her gender has on her ability to be the boss:

“One thing I have noticed — and this is really the first time I’ve noticed how being a woman has affected my job — is that sometimes, after I’ve made a decision about something, there’s a level of discussion that people think I am willing to entertain that probably wouldn’t happen if I were a man. I have learned that when I make a decision, sometimes I just need to leave the room.”

Do you take advantage of a female boss thinking that she’ll understand you better or be more open to cajoling? Do you expect your female professors to be more empathetic to you?

And if so, do you think those qualities make for a better boss? I don’t think so. I’d rather have a firm boss; it’s too easy to be wishy-washy when you don’t know what’s expected of you. And as Editor-in-Chief, I’ve seen how people will take advantage of you if they’re think you’re kind and understanding. We need to stop giving ourselves excuses and just get done what needs to get done.

Get Those Letters of Recommendation With These Tips

After 16 years or so of school, you’re in love. You can’t stand the idea of leaving the cushy confines of a university campus. Real job? Real funny, you say. You’re going to stay a student forever.

To do that, you’re going to need letters of recommendation. (And you could need ’em for other reasons.) But how the hell do you go about getting them? Well, with the tips published over on InsideHigherEd.com’s GradHacker blog.

Among these dos and don’ts:

– DO ask ahead of time (way ahead of time).

– DO supply supplemental materials with the request.

– DO express your gratitude in some way.

– DON’T ask those who don’t know you well enough.

– DON’T demand, and don’t push if the person balks at your request.

– Rosella Eleanor LaFevre