The College Football Season Takes Many Twists and Turns

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This college football season has been filled with twists and turns. It is difficult to truly find a clear #1 team in the nation. With many favorites being upset by opponents, the College Football Playoff may look much different than people think when December comes. Keep Reading

Healthy Use of Technology Maximizes Efficiency

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“What ever happened to predictability? The milk man, the paper boy and evening TV?” I think it is safe to say that the concept of a designated man dropping off milk at everyone’s doorstep each week is a little bit outdated, but the opening line of the Full House theme song still poses an intriguing question that is worth addressing. Whatever happened to human interaction without technology?

This catchy tune preceding Bob Saget’s claim to fame makes us ask ourselves what about our world is changing so quickly, and are things really better this way. The remainder of the song is really about community. We are often so distracted by new technology and all the busyness in our world that we forget to look around at the people we love.

TechnologyIt seems like a new form of technology is released with every passing moment. If cell phones weren’t enough to prevent us from making dinner conversation, now we have our watches to look at. It blows my mind that anyone would ever feel the need to check Instagram on their watch. Before you know it, they’ll be making shoes with built in TV screens. The world we live in is so cluttered by technology that we sometimes spend more time looking at screens than reality.

Too many teenagers (and probably adults, too) have allowed social media and Netflix to consume their lives. On any given day, a Wesleyan student could wake up and check all of his social media outlets before he even brushes his teeth. Then perhaps he’ll watch a little TV before leaving the house. At school, he will spend hours staring at his computer screen and checking his phone whenever he gets the chance. After a long, hard day at school, he will come home and watch two hours of Netflix before doing his homework on his computer- all the while checking his phone every 30 seconds for texts, Groupme notifications or anything else to bolster his popularity.

Though it is intended to maximize efficiency, the technology-focused way of life that society has built creates a slew of seriously concerning problems. Children born in this decade will grow up playing with an iPad before they learn how to tie their shoes. Because technology is placed in the hands of young children, they begin to rely on it at far too young of an age.

I got my first cell phone when I was 13, and older generations always told me about how they didn’t have one until they were in college. Today, some kids are getting their first cell phone at the age of six, and no one thinks twice about it. Kids are learning to text each other well before they’ve developed strong social skills. Although, it might be fair to say that social skills themselves have changed. Perhaps the person with the strongest social skills is no longer the one who looks you in the eye when you’re talking, but the one who sends the most appropriately worded text message with the proper emoji’s.

Not only have we begun to overuse technology for communication purposes, but we have also learned to depend on on technology as our source of self-worth. Ordinary compliments have turned into “likes” and “favorites.” Our culture wants to create comparison in every way possible. If we aren’t competing to see who has the most likes, we are fighting for more notifications so we can proclaim our popularity.

As I’m sure you’re well-aware, technology has even created a new platform for bullying. The days of stealing lunch money are long gone. If a modern bully wants to rid himself of insecurity, he composes a “roast” on “Rapchat” to make fun of one or more of his peers.

Isn’t it ironic that I am typing this article on my computer for you, the reader, to view online? This addiction is inescapable. Our modern world has us all hooked, and there is really no way out. That being said, technology doesn’t have to be unhealthy. Just remember to look at something palpable every now and then, and don’t forget to breath. Turn your phone off every once in a while, and enjoy each other’s company. Realize that sometimes the technology that was created to increase efficiency actually makes our lives extraordinarily inefficient. Let every technological device you use be a productive tool rather than a distraction, and don’t let your phone replace your friends. Because after all, everywhere you look, there’s a heart.

35 Reasons Why I Love Fall

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1. Crunchy leaves
2. It is boot season for crying out loud
3. Hot cocoa
4. Pumpkin patches
5. Pumpkin carving
6. Pumpkin painting
7. Pumpkin baked goods
9. Hay Rides
10. Fall Festivals
11. Halloween
12. Face painting
13. Candy corn
14. College football
15. Scarves AND sweaters
16. Fuzzy socks
17. Every time you look outside, the sky screams BEAUTY
18. Solidarity (the perfect time to read a well-written novel)
19. Life is spectacular, you have so much to celebrate!
20. Sadness it not a thing, it does not exist.
21. Thanksgiving
22. Family time

23. Feathers
25. Pie
26. You can bird-watch at any given hour.
28. Dancing with the Stars makes Mondays worthwhile.
30. Tailgating
31. Every car ride is enjoyable in the mid-afternoon sun
32. HAVE YOU SEEN THE TREES?! My goodness.
33. If you do not fall in love with someone or something, you are crazy.
35. If you are not happy and do not love fall, you need to check yourself.




He Said; She Said

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Batman and Robin, Lucy and Ricky, Tom and Jerry, Koch and Hart, Obama and Biden, Ellie and Camille… these are some of the most famous pairs of our society, but one pair tops them all: Joey and Chandler. Joey and Chandler from the famous 90’s sitcom, Friends, did everything together. They kept ducks and chickens in their apartment, they dated the same girls, they watched the same TV shows and they even sat in the same recliners. Joey and Chandler were inseparable. When they tried to move away from each other, Chandler ended up with a creep for a roommate and they were back together in the blink of an eye. It’s tough to compare such close friends, but Chandler is definitely superior.

Chandler is funny, good looking, practical and caring. His terrible jokes bring a smile to everyone. Chandler also has a fascinating family. His mother is an outstanding writer of novels with questionable content, and his father likes to wear dresses. No one really knows what Chandler’s job is, but he makes good money, and according to Rachel, he is a transponster. Some people question Chandler’s decision-making based on his relationship with Janice, but I would argue that Janice was a catch. Not only is she gorgeous, but I think her laugh is endearing. Chandler didn’t care what other people thought of her because he is caring and sweet. He treated Monica extraordinarily well. Lastly, Chandler has style. He dresses like a real dad, and even pretended to be a dad once but got in quite a pickle when he lost the baby.

Joey on the other hand is a pig. He objectifies women and eats too much. He is also not the smartest. He starred in a commercial featuring lipstick for men, and he firmly believes that he can drink a gallon of milk in ten seconds. He once surrendered his masculinity by wearing a purse, and he thinks he can speak French. He is also forgetful and can at times be a bad friend. He was supposed to set Phoebe up on a blind date, and after forgetting to find someone, he bribed a random stranger ten minutes before. Though he is lovable, Joey clearly is not nearly as awesome as Chandler.

These two friends will live on as one of the most dynamic duos of all time. No matter what anyone says about Joey or Chandler, they hold special places in our hearts. Chandler’s place is just a little bit more special.













She Said:

Joey, Joseph Francis Tribbiani, Dr. Drake Ramoray, the best character in Friends; any of these names will do. It is not even a question that Joey is the most beloved character in the hit television show Friends. Let’s put it this way: who would pick a sarcastic, sometimes rude and awkward guy over a sweet, pretty, smooth-talking and loving guy who always has your back?

I am probably the biggest Friends fan in the world, and I have watched the entire show about ten times over, and every time I watch it, I hate a different character. I have hated Chandler about four times, but I have never hated Joey. This is because Chandler is just more annoying than Joey, and this is how the writers meant it to be. I am aware that Chandler is comic relief during the few intense parts of the show, but Chandler doesn’t even know how to be sensitive to the other characters when he needs to be. He says it best when he is trying to help Rachel with a problem and he says, “I’m not great at the advice… Can I interest you in a sarcastic comment?”

Not only is Chandler brought down by his inability to be sensitive, but his track record with girls doesn’t exactly help his case. His first serious girlfriend is Cathy, who cheats on him, next is Aurora, who also dates two other men while dating him, and of course, Janice, who is the most annoying woman the show has ever seen. Add all these girls together “oh…my…God.” As Phoebe would say, “Your collective dating record reads like a who’s who of human crap.” Chandler struggles with feminine relationships throughout the entire show until he finally settles down with Monica, who, let’s be real, is way out of his league. Simply put, Chandler is sort of just the loser of the show that everyone makes fun of. I mean, not even his best friends know what he does for a living. I think everyone’s feelings towards Chandler is summarized best when Rachel tells Joey that out of all their friends, she would most likely punch Chandler.

Joey, on the other hand, is quite the opposite of Chandler. First of all, Joey is a great friend to everyone on the show. He is always there for his friends whenever they need him. For example, in season eight, when Joey thinks Phoebe is pregnant, he proposes to her so that she doesn’t have to be a single mother. Then, when Joey finds out that Rachel is actually the one who is pregnant, he proposes to her. Also, in season seven, when Phoebe is heartbroken over David, Joey consoles her even though he is mad at her for standing him up. Not only is Joey a great friend, but he is also a family man. Joey is there for his mom when he finds out his dad is cheating on her, and for his sister when she tells him that she is pregnant. Though Joey may not be the smartest guy out there, he is the sweetest and the most caring. In addition, Joey has a much cooler job than Chandler. Joey is an actor while Chandler is a..well um…something with numbers. Though it took Joey a while to have any success in his career, he finally got his big break when he landed the role of Dr. Drake Ramoray in Days of Our Lives. Also, everybody knows that Joey is very good with the ladies. I mean, who wouldn’t swoon over the pretty boy with the big acting job and the famous “how you doin’?” Simply put, Joey is the guy that the other guys want to be and the girls want to be with.


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