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“Super-straight” is a sexuality proposed by young men on TikTok to mean sexual attraction to cisgendered people of the opposite sex. In short, some teenage boys were mad about the prospect of being called transphobic for not wanting to be with a trans woman, so they made up a sexuality that …

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Lazy peers, indecision, impossible coordination, an unwelcome time commitment and a classroom full of groaning students. Tack on a deadline and you’ve got yourself a group project. It’s no secret that many students hate being forced to work in a group.

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Winter weather hit the SIUE area hard last week, but not as hard as the state of Texas. The severity of the weather in Texas was only amplified because it’s not what Texans and other Southerners were used to — freezing temperatures and inches upon inches of snow. It’s easy for Northerners to…

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Ruth’s childhood was riddled with surgeries and doctor’s appointments, but she never knew why. When she asked doctors, they never answered. It wasn’t until she hemorraged while having sex decades later that she began to discover the truth. It took breaking into her childhood endocrinologist'…

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In the 2020 presidential election, more than 66 percent of the United States voter population exercised their right to vote. There is plenty of evidence that Hispanic, Black and Asian American populations had a strong impact on the past election, but that isn’t slowing down the use of voter …

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In the year of a pandemic, people across the world have suffered plenty of heartache. A feeling many Native Americans have been experiencing for a long time with their reservations being underfunded by the government and the spiraling effect of it.

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SIUE has updated a lot of their COVID-19 protocol lately. They’ve added rules for testing when returning to campus, and the online COVID Dashboard has been changed and updated quite a bit. There are plenty of rules regarding masks, social distancing and more, but these rules may not be enough.

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One particular sentiment was commonly thrown around in 2020: “I can’t wait for this nightmare of a year to be over, then everything can go back to normal!” Anyone paying attention to the news should know that was a load of garbage, and with a new presidential term starting, we shouldn’t be m…

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As long as we are stuck at home, we are stuck online, and for many of us, online fandoms have come to play a large role in how we meet friends and the topics we engage with. Depending on what interests us, harassment can become unavoidable — so make sure you are part of the solution, and not…

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In a controversial and heartbreaking move, Taco Bell removed all potato items from their menu; they claimed this would make room for more plant-based options, but months later, no such options have been added. As a former regular customer, I’m calling on Taco Bell to bring potatoes back — or…

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I am an anarchist, or more specifically, an anarcho-communist. Most people are confused by this term, and for good reason: There isn’t any one definition of anarchism that’s universally accepted. The most commonly accepted definition among my own circles is anarchist philosopher Noam Chomsky…

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While shopping at small businesses may make us feel like we’re doing something good, they aren’t always better than corporations. Small businesses typically offer their workers worse benefits and — in my experience as well as my friends’ — can have just as toxic of work environments as any o…

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The presidential election is finally over, and a lot of us who have been afraid for the last four years are starting to feel safer now. Many of us are hopeful that things will calm down and the new administration will not ruin as many things as quickly as the last one. Transparently racist p…

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The recent presidential debates proved that personal attacks should have no place in a debate. Certain topics should be off limits, and we at The Alestle agree that these debates should be used strictly for discussing various policies in a direct manner. 

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After the Presidential Debate, I saw quite a few people on Twitter making fun of Biden for various things. People were making fun of him for various things, including calling Trump a clown and his reputation for forgetting things. However, the worst criticism I had heard was that the debate …

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While society is beginning to become more aware of the existence of trans and non-binary people, the medical field still has issues with cisnormative language, especially in reproductive care.

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A privilege is a right given to a particular group or person that leaves outside groups or people at a disadvantage. As a white woman, I have realized recently that not everyone understands this concept, nor do all choose to accept that white privilege has ruined how our generation, and past…