Special guest star, managing editor Ellie Albin: Reading children’s books is an enjoyable activity at any age. I still love to flip through them, and, as I’ve gotten older, I’ve realized I actually pay much better attention to the illustrations and the work that must go into them. Plus, I gotta be honest — I love a good, simple rhyme. I don’t really care if it’s about counting or shapes or colors or stuff that’s aimed at kids. Good writing is good writing. Plus, when you read out loud to a group of kids and they really engage with the process? Nothing like it.
Joey Sills: Fast fashion sucks, but shaming people for purchasing from sites like Shein or H&M or the like really achieves nothing. I understand the appeal of these stores: they’re cheap and convenient, which is a very good thing for people who maybe can’t afford more ethical brands. Thrifting also isn’t always a viable option if you need something specific relatively quickly. The fact there’s no ethical consumption under capitalism isn’t an excuse to act irresponsibly. That being said, it’s important to understand that most people purchasing fast fashion don’t support sweatshops or environmental degradation, just like people who purchase from Amazon don’t usually support wealth inequality and inhumane working conditions.
Leila Faraday: People need to stop gathering outside of the classroom after an exam. It is so unnecessary to debrief something that is done, over and can’t be changed. Move on and relax, please.
Elizabeth Valadez: A lot of current fashion trends are only highly regarded because they are often sported by skinny people. When skinny people go out in athletic wear, it’s a look. When a fat person does it, it’s a symptom of laziness. If fat people were to publicly wear low-rise jeans and a bra, I don’t even want to begin to imagine the negative reactions.
Jared Quigg: Leaking classified information to the public is always good and never bad. Governments all over the world are too secretive, and citizens deserve to know what, say, the military is doing to other countries internationally. Doing it over Discord to impress your 13-year-old gaming buddies is a weird way to go about it, but leaking is always better than not leaking.
Danny William: I love old people’s hobbies. Crossword and sudoku puzzles are great. Physical media is stellar. As much as I may disagree with the politics of many of the older generation, they have some great pastimes.
Ravana Gumm: Since we have made thrifting trendy, we have seemed to forget that thrifting is essential to lower-income individuals. Rich people going to the thrift store and buying hundreds of dollars' worth of clothes feels so gross to me. I’m not saying that only low-income individuals should be allowed to thrift. But I am saying that I am tired of seeing very financially well-off people buy up all the cute and affordable clothes.