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Social stigmas around mental health need to stop

By Anthony Parlogean | December 1, 2019

Words like crazy, mad, insane and feeble-minded may come up when thinking about mental illness. Whether they are antiquated or in present-day vernacular, negative sounding words like these are linked to the social stigma surrounding mental health. To...

Break free from college stereotypes

By Annastazia Camarena | April 15, 2013

When most people think of college, the first things that might come to mind are very stereotypical: wild parties, sexual experimentation and ramen noodles. This might be a reality for some, but for most of us it is far from how students spend their college...

End educational stereotypes

By Cody Laplante | February 17, 2013

The numbers do not add up. According to the The Schott Foundation for Public Education, in 2008, the graduation rate for black male students was 47 percent in the U.S., whereas the rate for white male students was 78 percent. In a nation that promotes...

Vegetarians break molds

By Hayley Devitt | September 19, 2012

If you’ve ever ordered from Jimmy John’s, you might have noticed the phrase “peace, dude” under its description of their Vegetarian sub. As an ovo-lacto vegetarian, I’m not offended by this because the restaurant is known for its humorous ads...

False stereotypes make for bad business

By Kayla Nebal | August 30, 2012

When someone does something wrong, the first thing that sticks out to a bystander is just that. Unfortunately, society can be so stuck on a characteristic that a few individuals have in common that stereotypes occur. There are times when these stereotypes...

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Quick: Stereotypes add to culture of fear

By Linze Griebenow | March 28, 2012

Racial stereotyping has reached a boiling point, and NIU is putting the issue on the front burner, said Austin Quick, Student Association Senate Speaker. “One of the things we’ve been reading a lot about and seeing in the news is this whole bullying...

Racial jokes may do more harm than good

By Taurean Small | February 7, 2011

When it comes to comedy, I was always the first person to laugh at the "distasteful jokes." Not because they're funny all the time, but because I felt the need to break the ice. I'm sure you can imagine how hard it is to entertain a crowd of people who...