Why the Starbucks Controversy and “War on Christmas” is Absurd

Lifestyle Staff Writer | Haadiza Ogwude | ho299413@ohio.edu

Starbucks' 2015 holiday cups
Starbucks’ 2015 holiday cups. Source: Starbucks

Starbucks has come under fire recently for its lack of Christmas-themed images on its annual holiday cups. Instead of Starbucks’ usual red and green cups adorned with various images that represent Christmas and the holiday season, this year there were only red cups with the coffee company’s logo. Many Christians were enraged by the lack of Christmas representation on the cups, claiming that this was “an attack on Christmas” and part of the “war on Christianity.”

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Black Friday Survival Guide

Culture Staff Writer | Alex Warner | aw640112@ohio.edu

It’s the most commercialized Friday of the year — the day when stores have their biggest sales: Black Friday (or in some cases now, Black Thursday). Black Friday has become one of our holiday time traditions. Every year my mom and I bundle up and venture out into the shopping madness and trust me, I’ve seen my fair share of interesting incidents while out shopping.

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The Many Faces of the Selfie: An Evolution We Aren’t Proud Of

Love/Sex Writer | Kayla Blanton | kb408112@ohio.edu

It’s a term that has been tossed around since the beginning of the 21st century. It has made its mark on social media and won’t be going away anytime soon. Merriam Webster’s Dictionary added this term in 2013, so that a picture someone takes of himself or herself can be officially and formally known as a selfie. This innovative term has proven to be interpreted by the world in many different ways, including the way one poses when capturing a face shot. The creativity of selfie-takers has brought about many trends and techniques that are said to guarantee a “likeable” portrait.

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OU Students Respond to Makeup Shaming

Lifestyle Staff Writer | Sydney Dawes | sd983213@ohio.edu

Nikkie of Nikkie Tutorials demonstrates why she and other women can love makeup and love themselves at the same time. Source: Nikkie Tutorials
Nikkie of Nikkie Tutorials demonstrates why she and other women can love makeup and love themselves at the same time. Source: Nikkie Tutorials

From awareness campaigns to social experiments, this year has brought many changes to how we view body image. What started as a movement to love the way you look naturally, turned into a way of putting down other people. In hopes of kicking back against this trend, this summer #ThePowerofMakeup trended on Twitter, Instagram and even Tumblr, showing selfies of women with makeup on only one side of their faces.

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Were Kendall and Gigi Handed Spots on the Victoria’s Secret Runway?

Culture Staff Writer | Rachel Sinistro | rs651613@ohio.edu | @rachyrachy__

Glistening lingerie, angelic models and gigantic wings; does this sound familiar? If you are at all acquainted with the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, it should. As the largest American retailer of women’s lingerie, the iconic brand’s annual fashion show has become something of a cultural phenomenon.

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My Brush With Lice: Because Sometimes College Bites

Lifestyle Staff Writer | Grace Hermanns | gh296311@ohio.edu

It surprised me that, after working for four years as a camp counselor, I’ve never gotten lice. Every summer there was one cabin that got infested; it was either that or bed bugs, but lice never reached my cabin. It wasn’t that we lacked side-hugs or pool games; maybe we were just dirty-headed campers.

At 21 years of age, I finally understood what the annoyance was all about.

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Tick Tock on the Clock: Kesha Urges Courts to Help Save Her Music Career

Culture Staff Writer | Kenyetta Whitfield | @Ken_Whitty

For the last couple of years, pop singer Kesha, has been on a musical vacation. The last song featuring Kesha’s vocals that got radio-play was Pitbull’s 2013 hit ‘Timber’. Although the energetic pop singer’s rap-infused party-pop hasn’t been heard in a few years, it hasn’t been due to a wanted, musical hiatus, but rather, resulted from an on-going legal situation the singer has been facing.

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Motivational Quotes to Get Through a Mid-Semester Funk

Love/Sex Writer | Kayla Blanton | kb408112@ohio.edu

Life would be too easy without the occasional motivational slump to get in the way, right? We all eventually reach that point as we approach a semester’s end where we can’t seem to find the motivation to move forward. When you’re feeling uninspired to go the extra mile to finish the semester with a bang, you may be surprised at what a few wise words can do to help get you out of bed and on to a mission of success.

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Is Christmas Creeping in a Little Too Soon?

Lifestyle Staff Writer| Sydney Dawes | sd983213@ohio.edu

Too soon to put out the Christmas tree? Not according to holiday marketers. Source: Mingboaugdea via Wikipedia
Too soon to put out the Christmas tree? Not according to holiday marketers. Source: Mingboaugdea via Wikipedia

When exactly did the holiday season start this year? Some say as early as Prime Day, which was Amazon’s stab at Christmas in July. Others say the Christmas season kicked off when Kmart announced its holiday layaway plan right after Labor Day. Still, others say the holidays began the day everyone threw out their jack-o-lanterns and put their foam tombstones back in the garage.

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