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Could your mailman soon be obsolete?

Mandi Gosling

May 12, 2011

The U.S. Postal Service announced Wednesday more than $2.5 billion in losses for the first three months of this year. The financial woes of the agency are adding up despite cutting 130,000 jobs over the past three years. USPS officials said the agency soon would be forced to default on loan payments...

Should we reconsider who we are removing from airplanes?

Mandi Gosling

May 8, 2011

A pilot for a Delta Airlines connection carrier had two prominent Muslim leaders removed from a flight last week because he felt they were making the other passengers uncomfortable. Coincidentally, the imams were on their way to a conference about Islamaphobia in North Carolina. Masudur Rahman and...

Should the White House release a death photo of Osama bin Laden?

Mandi Gosling

May 3, 2011

White House officials said they are discussing whether or not to release a death photo of Osama bin Laden. In addition to several hard drives, computers, DVDs and flash drives seized from the Pakistani compound where he was killed,  a White House official said they have received three sets of photos...

What was your reaction to the death of Osama bin Laden?

Mandi Gosling

May 2, 2011

After a near decade long manhunt, American special forces located and killed the leader of the al-Qaeda terrorist network and mastermind behind the 9/11 attacks, Osama bin Laden. While President Obama addressed the nation Sunday night, crowds of people gathered outside the White House, at Ground Zero...

Does vanity sizing make a difference in where you choose to shop?

Mandi Gosling

April 27, 2011

For women, deciding what size clothes to take into the fitting room can be a confusing and frustrating experience. Other than jeans, most women’s clothing is not measured in inches.  The average women’s clothing store offers sizes ranging from 0 to 14.  Sizes in stores offering clothes for plus-sized...

It’s the 21st century, do you know where your food has been?

Mandi Gosling

April 20, 2011

In the name of convenience and saving cash, a connection to the food we eat was lost somewhere along the way. Finding that again is proving to be crucial to our wellbeing. One of my very first memories revolves around the revolutionary culinary invention of the TV dinner. Around 3 years old, I...

Could being rejected by an Ivy League school be a good thing in the long run?

Mandi Gosling

April 10, 2011

A recent article in Time magazine argues that despite the initial sting, being rejected by an elite school could actually be more beneficial than getting accepted. Economists Alan Kruger and Stacy Dale released a study last month finding that students who were rejected by Ivy League schools make the...

Do Snooki and the Kardashian sisters belong in an SAT question?

Mandi Gosling

March 22, 2011

Even though many of today’s reality stars may never even have taken the Scholastic Aptitude Test, they have become one of the subjects of it. Last Saturday, some students writing the SAT were given an essay prompt that asked them to analyze the relevance, legitimacy and potentially harmful effects...

If disaster strikes, will you be a looter?

Mandi Gosling

March 14, 2011

In earthquake and tsunami-ravaged Japan, thousands of people are dead, even more unaccounted for and who knows the billions of dollars in damage. The race for limited resources has begun with people struggling to find food, clean water, shelter and power. In times of disaster or crisis, a common...

Americans are unprepared for a disaster like Japan’s

Mandi Gosling

March 14, 2011

Whether you believe in God, Allah, global warming or the tooth fairy, it’s time to face facts, people – the planet is winning. Transfixed by the news coverage of Japan for the past four days, I can’t help but feel I’m watching a really long apocalyptic movie, complete with earthquakes, tsunamis...

Do you think it is more important to be a good parent than to have a successful marriage?

Mandi Gosling

March 10, 2011

By Mandi Gosling A Pew Research Center report released this week found that young Americans think it is more important in life to be a good parent than it is to have a successful marriage. In the survey, 52 percent of 18 to 29-year-olds said being a good parent was one of the most important things...

Should child pornography laws be re-evaluated in the Digital Age?

Mandi Gosling

March 8, 2011

A 21-year-old aspiring singer from Michigan is facing charges of manufacturing and distributing child pornography after he edited a video that appeared to show him singing sexually explicit songs to a first grade class. Evan Emory went to a local elementary school, performed kids songs for a group of c...

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