Ever turned flipped through a magazine and felt significantly less confident about your appearance? Or walked by the mall’s giant store displays, complete with chiseled abs, protruding hip bones and the oh-so-coveted thigh gap, just to realize you weren’t hungry for that warm and delicious Cinnabon you JUST bought? Continue reading Teaser: The Wrath of Photoshop
The obesity epidemic in the United States has grown out of control. Over the past 35 years, obesity rates have more than doubled. The average American is more than 24 pounds heavier today than in 1960. Continue reading Fat America: The Obesity Epidemic
Imagine graduating from college and accepting an offer from your dream job. At your job, you work on a computer the majority of the time. After a long and successful career at your company you start to experience health issues. Your vision starts to fade from staring at a computer screen for so many years and you start to get headaches. At first the headaches are manageable, but they get worse and worse resulting in memory loss. You can now barely function as a retired adult. Now image that the company that offered you your dream job knew the entire time that you would suffer during your retirement, but chose to withhold that information so that you would continue to work for them and earn money for company shareholders. How would you feel?
This is the same scenario that thousands of former and current NFL players are facing. Retired players have been suffering with brain damage as a result of their NFL careers, and the players believe that the NFL knew about the medical problems that would arise in retirement, but didn’t tell the players out of fear that they would stop playing the game.
In my white paper, I examine the ability of the United Nations to influence national policies regarding climate change. After examining the Kyoto and Montreal Protocol, I search more in-depth into the issues that have hindered the current proposal from reaching the success that world leaders and climate scientists agree should happen. I point to 4 key considerations that need to be met for a successful agreement; political, environmental, economic, and enforcement. While the proposal is not likely to change much in the upcoming year, world leaders should do their best to combat their individual emissions, setting the elimination of climate change as a priority for the 21st century. Continue reading United Nations Climate Discussions: The Current Proposal is Weak but Necessary to Gather Momentum
The role of government preventing the consumption of alcohol began with the Prohibition era. In the current day, we have found ourselves in a neoprohibitionist era where those deemed ‘adults’ are unable to purchase and consume alcohol due to government regulation. In this paper I attempt to argue why reducing the minimum legal drinking age to 18 would be more beneficial to the safety of the young adults in America. By making the drinking age 21, we have forced over half the drinking population in United States college universities into drinking situations where they are more likely to drink heavily and are forced to drink in uncomfortable and unsafe conditions. The 21 minimum drinking age also makes it extremely difficult for university administration and campus safety officers to properly protect their students from unsafe drinking as they have to constantly flirt around the minimum legal drinking age law.
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Link to my paper: White Paper
For the longest time the NCAA has used the veil of amateurism as a way to act monopolistically and take advantage of student-athletes. They successfully stifled financial competition in college sports (Barro) and have handed out hefty paychecks to just about everyone in the industry except for the actual laborers themselves. However, as collegiate sports have developed into a billion dollar industry, former and current players (specifically FBS football and Division 1 basketball players) have begun to speak up and challenge the restrictions imposed by the NCAA. Recently, 22 former and current collegiate athletes, headed by former UCLA basketball star, Edward O’Bannon, brought a class action lawsuit against the NCAA to the United States District Court for the Northern District of California. My policy paper discusses this case, its ramifications and the reasons why it was necessary. Ultimately, I offer recommendations to the NCAA as to how they should approach the groundbreaking changes set to take place in the near future.
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A look into the current student debt situation and a proposal for how students could be more educated in the future.
The average American wastes around 20 pounds of food each month. That means that each month, we throw away as much food as we consume in 5 entire days of regular eating. Not only are we throwing away natural resources and wasting money, but we are also adding to the growing greenhouse gas emissions that pollute this country. Not to mention the thousands of Americans who suffer from malnutrition each day, there are many reasons why wasting food is having a major impact on our society.
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The attacks of September 11, 2001 provided an opportunity for the government to pass both the Patriot Act and the Department of Homeland Security, which provide the federal government with unprecedented, so-called “preventive” powers to block potential threats to the nation and its citizens. As a result, the nature of surveillance has changed dramatically over the years. The original form required an evidence-based court order to intercept the communications of an individual suspect. Surveillance was authorized if it was necessary to capture potential terrorists, and the infringement on liberty was proportionate to the nature of the crime at hand. Today, however, surveillance agencies intercept massive quantities of communications from millions of people and then search through this database for information related to terrorist suspects.