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Sunday, April 14
The Indiana Daily Student


OPINION: This week’s hot takes


Jack Davis: Not only do I dislike Pepsi, but restaurants should not be allowed to sell Pepsi products. In my opinion, it’s by far the inferior soda option, and the only Pepsi product that should be sold is Starry — because who doesn’t love lemon-lime soda? However, they got the other sodas all wrong. 

Leila Faraday: There should be a basic etiquette standard of not walking directly behind someone for an extended period of time in public. Either pass me or maintain a healthy distance. I am trying to listen to music or enjoy myself outside, not have to hear every word of your conversation and your breath on the back of my neck. 

Vincent Winkler: People need to be more spontaneous and make decisions that will benefit their life in some aspect. I see too many friends and family members letting life just carry them along. Stop hindering yourself and your potential and do things that will improve your quality of life. I’m going to a Spanish mass next weekend at a Catholic church. Do I speak Spanish? No. Do I regularly go to church? Nope. But it will help me along on my Spanish journey. Do some cool things, people! 

Advait Save: Now that my freshman year is almost over, I know for a fact that a lot of my freshman friendships won’t last once I am a sophomore. There are some that I won’t see as often and hang out with. So, this last month I wish to enjoy every single Bookmarket meal I have with them.  

Faith Badgley: People that say they don’t like to read just haven’t read anything worthwhile. Of course you’re not going to like reading the books your teacher asked you to read, but to base your enjoyment of reading off that is ridiculous. Once you find a genre or an author you like, I guarantee you will enjoy reading. Until you read something that isn’t assigned, you’re not allowed to say you don’t like it.  

Danny William: Film festival submission fees should be abolished. I had to pay six whole dollars to get my film into a festival recently. Six dollars! Most bigger film festivals I’ve seen charge around $50, and some even get up to the hundreds. I get you all need money for programming fees (very noble), but can’t I just email you the YouTube link? Please? 

Joey Sills: I’m so tired of being exposed to people saying stupid things like “I can’t watch international movies” or “black and white movies just bore me.” The people saying these things are not serious people! So just stop! Being unwilling to challenge yourself, even slightly, is not something to be proud of! It’s really not that much of a burden to read subtitles as you watch a film, and I promise something as small as a lack of color doesn’t inherently make a film boring. You’re missing out on so much great art because of these arbitrary boundaries only you are setting for yourself. 

Ellie Willhite: Two and a half hour lectures shouldn’t exist! I remain convinced there’s not a single person on Earth who could feasibly sit through and stay focused on such a long lecture. It’s an unproductive use of time, and it would be better off just split into two classes.  

Isabella Vesperini: Everyone should learn how to play an instrument in their lifetime. Playing music is so calming and freeing. It’s also cool to be able to read music and follow along in the sheet music. As a former violinist, I love being able to pick out certain notes and know what’s going on in a musical piece.  

Samantha Camire: I think we should all embrace "childish" pursuits. For example, just last weekend I climbed a tree and played on a playground at a public park, and you know what? I had the time of my life. Maybe these are silly things to do at my age, but honestly, I don't care. It brought a lot of joy and even whimsy into my life. 

Erin Stafford: It’s baseball season, people! A great outpouring of support and interest has been given to football and basketball this year, but I’m not seeing enough of the same hype for baseball season — and it’s a shame. The 2024 MLB season kicked off at the tail end of March, and I’ve already had so much fun watching and obsessing over my favorite teams (the Atlanta Braves and St. Louis Cardinals, for reference). While baseball might not seem as fast paced as sports like football and basketball, it’s the distinctive element of no time limit for a baseball game that allows the fan to kick back and relax with some beer and Cracker Jacks as some of the greatest rivals in the world of sports face off against each other in a crazy game of athleticism and strategy.  

Caitlyn Kulczycki: Hobbies are the best thing you can do for your mental health. They help you grow, feel accomplished and meet new people. If I didn’t have my hobbies, I honestly wouldn’t know what to do with myself, and I’d probably sink into a dark pit of despair.  

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