James Soto

Students must practice caution when hooking up at parties

There is nothing wrong with partying, but both men and women need to use good judgment and make safe choices when alcohol and sex are involved.

Oftentimes hormones run high and alcohol flows freely at parties. Inhibitions are lowered and “liquid courage” makes an appearance. Both men and women can become brave and aggressive and start looking around for somebody to have some fun with—that is just how it goes.

Bobcats need to reconsider negative perceptions of non-traditional peers

Negatively stereotyping all non-traditional students as overbearing, annoying overachievers is not only inaccurate but inconsiderate of the challenges they face.

Late-night runners out for exercise, not committing crime

I like to jog through campus at night for several reasons, and feeling like a criminal is not one of them.

Males struggle with idealized masculinity, stereotypes

Men face intense pressure to look and act the part of the ideal “masculine male” set by society.

Men learn early on what is expected of them as far as masculinity goes. Playing outside and being rough is acceptable while staying inside and helping with the dishes is not. As boys get older, playing sports is a way to embrace maleness and to be “strong” instead of “weak.” The old line of “play through the pain” is not just a sports cliché, but a way of life for many males growing up.

Changing culture makes tattoos more acceptable in workplaces

Since tattoos have become more mainstream in popular culture, students should realize getting inked may not necessarily harm their chances for gainful employment after graduation.

An Oct. 3 University Star column dissuaded students from getting tattoos as it could limit job opportunities. The column encouraged students to wait until they have stable careers before getting inked.

Traditional testing methods unsuitable for teaching theaters

The current procedures for administering tests in large classes are inefficient and illogical, and instructors should consider implementing changes to make the process more efficient.

For large classes, students often use their ID cards to scan in and out for attendance records. Standing in line to scan in and out is ordinarily not a big deal. However, on test days it is different. Having students wait in line for several minutes takes away time that could be spent on working or preparing for the exam. During a 50-minute class, every second is crucial to doing well on the exam.

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