Looking Back On 2017

Looking Back On 2017

The good, the bad, the ugly.
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This year was a year for the books. There were ups, there were downs. There were moments where I was crying with laughter. There were moments where I was just crying. I turned 20 this year, and as I head into this new decade, I have many memories to take with me from the topsy-turvy year that was 2017.

2017 was the year that Donald Trump was inaugurated as the 45th president of the United States. Everyone always says that whatever the current election is happening is the most controversial election of all time.

It’s usually not true, but this time I feel confident in saying people characterized this one correctly. This election came off the heels of the first black president of this country, and featured two incendiary candidates, one of them a woman, one of them a business man.

Nothing was expected, and everything was a harsh battle, filled with stress and disbelief. There were protests and shows of activism that I was amazed to be seeing and to be a part of. It gave me hope for the future as we showed that we the people of America are strong and could overcome such a president as this one.

2017 was the year that we saw the most active hurricane season of the decade. One of the strongest, deadliest, and costliest hurricane seasons. It included Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria. There was terrible devastation from these category 5 storms, and most islands are still trying to recover, months later.

It was a storm season that no one expected and that no one will forget. It was a sign of changing times and a changing atmosphere that these storms were able to develop the way they did, giving us our longest category 5 storm on record.

2017 was the year that set the new record for deadliest shooting on US soil. The Las Vegas shooting replaced the Orlando Pulse shooting that happened just last year for the top spot in casualties. The issue of gun control was thrown into the light again…and again it was ignored. These people died in a terrible and preventable way. Nothing was done to help prevent it from happening another time. There was sadness, there was questions, there was forgetfulness and ignorance.

But.

It was not all bad.

2017 was also the year someone on Twitter got the most retweets ever, and landed himself a year’s worth of nuggets from Wendy’s in the process. He showed that literally anything is possible, especially with the help of the internet. Wendy’s, which has arguably the best Twitter on the whole media platform, bowed in defeat to him as the whole Twitter world watched in awe.

2017 was the year that Israeli scientists found a cure for ALS, using money from the ALS Ice-bucket challenge, giving hope to those who have the disease.

2017 was the year that this nation saw a total solar eclipse. Eclipse glasses sales skyrocketed and excitement was at an all-time high for this event.

2017 was the year that high school students in south Florida started a club to make sure kids at their school never had to sit alone at lunch again.

2017 was the year that scientists discovered a new type of aurora lights….and they named it Steve. You go, Steve.

2017 was the year that sexual abuse in mainstream industries was brought to light, and survivors began to receive justice.

2017 was a year where people drew together in the midst of division and hatred. There were many lights in the dark, and that gives me hope for 2018.

2018, I look forward to you. This past year has made us all stronger and has prepared us for the future. We have survived some messed up things, we have seen messed up things, but we also overcame them. 2018 has so much potential for good. Let’s make it our mission for these next 365 days to make them as loving and productive as possible. Let’s live with the good of others in mind. Let’s make a change this year. Let’s cause a difference. Let’s make this year count. Let’s do it together.

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14 Fraternity Guy Gifts Ideas, Since He Already Has Enough Beer

Frat boys are a species of their own and here are some exciting gifts they will be ecstatic to receive!

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What more do frat boys love than alcohol, partying, and just acting stupid? Here are some gifts that help fulfill all of those needs for the frat boy in your life!

1. Beer holster belt

Whats better than one beer? Six beers! This fashionable camouflage accessory can be used for tailgates, beach days, formals and everything in between.

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2. Phone juul holder 

You know those cardholders everyone sticks on the back of their phones? Well, now a Juul holder for your phone is on the market! This will save your favorite frat boy from ever again losing his Juul!

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3. Animal house poster 

This Animal House poster is a classic staple for any frat boy. This poster will compliment any frat house decor or lack thereof.

Price: $1.95

4. The American Fraternity book

Does the frat boy in your life need a good read for Thanksgiving or winter break? Look no farther, this will certainly keep his attention and give him a history lesson on American fraternity heritage and tradition.

Price: $28.46

5. Beer pong socks 

These snazzy socks featuring beer pong will be loved by any frat boy. As for the way to any frat boy's heart may, in fact, be beer pong.

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6. Condom case

This condom carrying case will not only protect condoms from damage but also make frat boys more inclined to practice safe sex, which is a win-win situation!

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7. Frat house candle

Ahhh yes, who does not like the smell of stale beer in a dark, musty frat house basement? Frat boys can make their apartment or bedroom back home smell like their favorite place with the help of this candle.

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8. "Frat" sticker

Frat boys always need to make sure everyone around them knows just how "fratty" they are. This versatile stick can go on a laptop, car, water bottle, or practically anywhere their little hearts desire.

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9. Natty Light t-shirt 

Even I will admit that this shirt is pretty cool. The frat boy in your life will wear this shirt at every possible moment, it is just that cool!

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10. Natty light fanny pack 

This fanny pack can absolutely be rocked by any frat boy. The built-in koozie adds a nice touch.

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11. Bud Light Neon Beer Sign 

A neon beer sign will be the perfect addition to any frat boys bedroom.

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12. Beer Opener

Although most frat boys' go to beers come in cans, this bottle opener will be useful for those special occasions when they buy nicer bottled beers.

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13. Frat House Dr. Sign

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Forget stealing random street signs, with this gift frat boys no longer have to do so.

14. Beer Lights 

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If You're Disrespectful To The People Who Clean Up After Your Messes, You're The Worst

Yes, a janitor is paid to clean things up, but are you paid to make their job so much harder than it already has to be?

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There are rumors that get passed around our dorm, sometimes, and it's generally impossible to confirm their truth. No one really knows who saw what and who spread it where, and, though you could probably track the information to the source if you cared enough. The most recent rumor that I heard made me mad enough that I wanted to write this article. Apparently, someone did something so terrible in one of our bathrooms that a janitor cried when she had to clean it up.

I really, really, really dislike people who have such a fundamental lack of awareness about their actions that they can be so incredibly disrespectful to the places they live in and the people who have to clean up after them. It feels like an attitude that's somewhat commonplace in our society. People really can't be bothered to recognize that what they do affects other people, human people with feelings and emotions.

Yes, a janitor is paid to clean things up, but are you paid to make their job so much harder than it already has to be? I can guarantee that most of the people in this place will not have to work a job that seems so unappealing as having to sanitize bathrooms for a bunch of college kids, and I think that this entitlement, for whatever reason, removes a lot of the empathy they would feel for the people who work so hard for them otherwise.

It's not just restricted to janitors and custodial staff. There are tons of horror stories about people in service industry positions dealing with nightmare customers without a modicum of respect for them. Why is it so difficult to recognize that others are human? Where did that golden rule — treat others the way you want to be treated — that was drilled into our heads as kids go?

Next time you plan on doing something that you know, in your heart, is wrong, but you don't think it matters in the grand scheme of things because it's a small evil and you're young, consider the consequences. Consider that there's a world that exists outside of your immediate experience, that there are people who have to pick up after everything you do. And, with that knowledge, try your best to be decent.

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