Author: Brittany M. Plothow

Just walking away

Illustration by Trevor Robertson Graduation ceremonies bore me to tears. I have sat through my two older brothers’ college graduations, my oldest brother twice for his Bachelors and Masters degrees. Every single time I would promise myself, and my poor family, that I would not walk at graduation. I’m not much for tradition. Most of the time I feel like we humans just do things because we’re “supposed” to and that’s just not a good enough reason for me. Whether I sit through graduation or not I still receive the same piece of paper as those who did. I...

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R-rated movies for everyone

I recently watched “12 Years a Slave.” It was violent, graphic and filled with language that may be argued as offensive. It was also incredibly moving, beautiful and transformative. I was speaking with a friend about the movie and how some scenes made me turn away and wince. She asked me if I felt more informed and educated afterwards. My answer was a firm “yes.” Being based on a true story, I felt so much empathy and respect for the man who experienced it and wrote the book it was based on. I feel like I view the world...

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The culture of pseudo-communication

Even more annoying than the oblivious herd of college students taking up the hallway is the lone student, walking as slow as molasses, neck craned down to stare at her phone and text. Or Facebook, or Instagraming a picture of her feet. It’s more annoying because at least those large clogs of students are actually talking to each other. If it’s true that over 90 percent of communication is non-verbal, we are in trouble. According to recent studies, we are getting three times less information through texting than face-to-face conversation. When we get a text, we read it with the...

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Ordain Women’s non-protest protest

Photo credit: Deseret News The Ordain Women organization is nothing new. For the past however long, this group has been asking church leaders for the ordination of women to the priesthood. For their next move, OW is asking for admittance into the Priesthood session of the LDS Church’s General Conference, held at Temple Square on April 5th. They did the same thing last October with a turn out of only 200 women. This year, 500 are expected to show up. The Church responded in an open letter addressed to the leaders of the Ordain Women movement. This letter asked...

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Social anxiety, bullying and the Wolverine

Photo Illustration by Laura Fox Most people don’t view a simple hallway as a terrifying and overwhelming thing. I do. Whether it be overcrowded with bodies or almost entirely empty, it is equally crushing and paralyzing. This is what it is like to have social anxiety disorder. As long as I can remember, I have been uncomfortable in large buildings with or without large groups of people. By the time I was in high school, it was disastrous. My high school experience made everything worse. I was bullied in high school. When I was 16, through various events, I...

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