by Michaela Kwoka-Coleman
First off let me say, dream come true! Finally, an app that will actually help me every day of my life. Sorry, but sometimes there are just certain people that I do not want to run into or have to interact with. It’s nothing personal, I'm just pretty anti-social. Seriously, there is not one person on this planet that can honestly say that there is no one they could do without seeing at Target (there's nothing worse than being caught off guard by an ex). Well, as it just so happens, there is one man out there who understands the turbulence of these encounters. There is one man who cares enough about his fellow human beings to develop an app that helps you avoid these awkward situations. So without further adieu, let me be the first to introduce you to Cloak, the app of invisibility.
Anyways, enough patronage, here's how the app works. After you download it, you connect it with your Foursquare and/or Instagram account (with more social media linkage to be expected in the near future). After connecting, it is able to track your “friends” by their most recent check-ins and displays them on a map. Now, if there are certain people in particular you are worried about running into, you can “flag” them, and you will receive an alert when they are within a certain preset radius.
Pretty much just like the app “Find My Friends”, but with a pretty sadistic yet glorious twist. The creator of the app, Chris Baker, a former Buzzfeed creative director, seems to have a habit of creating useful, although “misanthropic” apps. He's the same genius who developed the app that hides all your friends baby pictures in your Facebook news feed. Is it too early to nominate this guy for a Nobel Prize? He's got my vote.
Original story via [ Washington Post, Total Sorority Move ]
by Nicole Washington
Up until the 1960s, American women typically had a single duty: housewife. However, by the time the 1960s era rolled around, being a housewife was no longer fulfilling for many women. The long standing fight for the civil rights of African Americans in the 1960s and ‘70s created a whirlwind of opportunity for women to stand up for their rights as contributors to society. When John F. Kennedy became president, women who had similar duties to men in the workforce would be recognized on equal terms. The Equal Pay Act of 1963, in a very brief summary, is meant to keep any organizations from discriminating against their employees on the basis of gender. Each employee must be paid the same for equal amounts of work, regardless of gender.
by Rozie Beverly
I’m sure that anyone can relate to the tremendous levels of anxiety and stress that all college students struggle with in academia. The same stress and anxiety is shared amongst all students, ranging from the students who come from families that set high expectations for their children to get nothing but outstanding grades to the students who come from families who don’t prioritize education. Recently, because of meditation I became self-awareness that all of my classes have been stressing me out. This awareness of stress allowed me to zone in on what was causing my stress. As I was researching articles about stress, I came across intriguing research that involves stress and how it affects us on the biological level.
The National Geographic documentary Stress: Portrait of a Killer hosted by Robert Sapolsky, who is a professor of neuroscience at Stanford University, is a remarkable film piece filled with enlightening information about stress. In the film, Sapolsky had made it clear that as we’ve evolved, in a sense the human stress response has saved our species. Inside an article that is presented on the PBS website, there lies a wonderful synopsis that portrays the film in a brilliant manner. “The stress response: in the beginning it saved our lives, making us run from predators and enabling us to take down prey. Today, human beings are turning on the same life-saving physical reaction to cope with 30-year mortgages, $4 a gallon gasoline, final exams, difficult bosses and even traffic jams — we can't seem to turn it off. So, we're constantly marinating in corrosive hormones triggered by the stress response”(PBS). This documentary unravels the mysteries behind how dangerous chronic stress can be on the human body.
by Michaela Kwoka-Coleman
Procrastination is more than just a means to avoid doing something you do not want to do. It's a fine art—reorganizing my closet, cleaning my bathroom, watching a five minute video of middle-schoolers slipping on ice—these activities are things I would surely never do unless I was running away from my adult-ish responsibilities (actually that video is really funny, you should watch it here). Even in the midst of procrastinating, I can’t help but think about the tragedy of the situation in which I’ve found myself. Truthfully, this post is being written to further avoid the four chapters of political science reading I've been putting off since the spring semester started (oops, I really hope my teacher doesn’t read this). Besides homework, I can easily think of at least three other things I should probably be doing right now—going to math tutoring, finding/applying for internships, filing my taxes—but, as any seasoned procrastinator would say, “I’ll get around to it.”
by Viki Papadakis
On Friday, February 7th, 2014, Folsom Lake College’s chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, Beta Mu Upsilon, hosted Hearts for Hope, a charity event held in the Falcon’s Roost. The event itself was, as the name suggests, heart-themed. The Falcon’s Roost was transformed into a formal environment with tablecloths, balloons, and hanging lights. All decorations conformed to the color scheme of red, white, and black, which gave the room a cohesive and professional feel.
At the event, there was a bar full of various candies, cookies, and other sweets, which guests were granted an unlimited supply of. Attendees also enjoyed a live performance by Claire Wright, a local musician. With purchase of an admission ticket, guests were given raffle tickets and had the opportunity to participate in a silent auction. The silent auction and raffle showcased donated products from a variety of local businesses. A clear highlight of the night was the photo station, where attendees were able to pay a small donation to have high-quality photos taken of them. At the photo station, guests had the opportunity to don silly hats and costumes, making this activity quite enjoyable.
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