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OPINION: This week’s hot takes: editors’ edition

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Salomé Cloteaux, co-editor-in-chief: I don’t think it’s bad to be too dedicated to your job. If you don’t sacrifice your physical or mental health (too much), there is no reason you shouldn’t embrace it. I am so privileged to have found something I love to do, something that’s bigger than me, something that’s more than a career or passion — being a journalist is an intrinsic part of who I am, and I can never have too much of it. 

Andrew Miller, managing editor: I love journalism and what it does with all my heart. I really do. But my issue with modern reporting is that the job requires you to be constantly online. I will never fulfill my dream of living with only a flip phone because I need to monitor X (formerly Twitter) and other websites for “news” or whatever. I can’t just unplug. 

Matéi Cloteaux, managing editor of digital: Mint chocolate flavored things are honestly disgusting. People often like to make the joke that you’re eating chocolate and toothpaste, but I don’t even think that argument is necessary. The artificial mint flavor is already vile enough on its own for me to hate it based solely off of that. To add chocolate to something so nasty is truly horrible. 

Tyler Spence, news editor: There’s nothing I hate more than loud noises that provide no benefit to those forced to endure them. This has led my hatred to focus on two cacophonous rackets — vehicles and overly loud hand dryers. When I am walking through town and my peace is disrupted by a 2009 Nissan Altima or 2013 F-150 with a cold air intake blowing coal into the atmosphere — know that I wish to send you to prison. As for the hand dryers, if you can’t afford to install a quiet one, get paper towels you heathen.   

Jack Forrest, news editor: I don’t get the hate around cantaloupe. Is it the best fruit out there? No. Of course not. But is it the best melon? You betcha. Watermelon is great, I’m not denying it, but it has to be the right level of ripe. Cantaloupe, however, is consistent. All the vitriol surrounding cantaloupe should instead be directed at honeydew, which is easily one of the most disgusting fruits. 

Gino Diminich, arts editor: Trail mix. There is no point to trail mix. You want chocolate? Have some chocolate. You want granola? Have a granola bar. There is no reason to combine it all into a bag and act like it’s something special — it’s not, it’s simply not. I get wanting a healthy snack, but you can easily enjoy all the components of trail mix separately and I will say, much happier. There’s too much going on, I don’t want to scoop a handful of grain out of a bag like I’m at a petting zoo, pop it in my mouth, and be accosted with a confusing mass of flavor — sweet? Salty? Good luck picking one lane and sticking to it! 

Carolyn Marshall, arts editor: Ice cream is better than “flavored ice.” 

Joey Sills, opinion editor: I love Applebee’s and if you hate it, you’re just elitist. There’s nothing wrong whatsoever with fast casual dining. These are restaurants for the working class, for the people who are oppressed by the system, for the proletariat who fall through the cracks. Life is unpredictable and it sucks sometimes, but you can walk into Cheddar’s any given day of the week and you’re presented with the same menu, the same mid-tier food, and the same moderately friendly staff for a cost that won’t break the bank. If Texas Roadhouse has one fan, then I’m that one; and if it has zero fans, that means I’m dead. 

Danny William, opinion editor: I’m frankly sick of having to pretend to care about Harry Potter. Why has this children’s series taken such a chokehold on our culture at large? Can’t we move on to better franchises? I’m nearly 20 years old. I don’t want to have to pretend to love a series I read in third grade anymore. 

Daniel Flick, sports editor: The Indiana Daily Student is an incredible publication. Yes, I’m biased — but I also have an inside look at how hard this staff works. I feel like there’s long been a stigma surrounding student newspapers, but the IDS has blown me away with how deeply talented a staff it boasts. Whether it be covering protests or solar eclipses, the firing of head coaches or passing of a university icon, my first year at the IDS has been full of lessons learned — the biggest of which being how fortunate I am to be surrounded by so many journalism superstars. 

Olivia Bianco, visuals editor: I’m sorry guys but I really love 2010’s bro country music. Give me Luke Bryan talking about how a cold beer is better on his truck bed any day of the week. There’s nothing better than being on a body of water in the summer with a trashy country playlist. Those country pop artists who just own bars in Nashville probably have no idea what being actual country is but that does not stop them from putting out banger after banger. I like all decades of country but there’s something specific about this past decade that itches my brain in ways I can’t even begin to fathom. You can’t deny it, Luke Combs ATE when he said "longneck, ice cold beer never broke my heart.” 

Jacob Spudich, visuals editor: McDonalds is mid.  

Theo Hawkins, design editor: I’m so bored of Taylor Swift. Her music has started to feel uninspired and I’m tired of hearing about her, her romantic life and her private jets. There are so many fantastic up-and-coming artists out there doing very cool new things who I’d rather be talking about. I just don’t understand the hype. 

Meghana Rachamadugu, copy editor: As the semester wraps up, I’m sure everyone is thinking about packing and getting set for the next adventure. But I never understood why they all say packing is just a hassle and one of the “plagues of adulting.” I personally love to do a deep clean as I leave my apartment because it gives me a chance to reflect on the year. I can say goodbye to evidence of horrific exams and all-nighters just as I can celebrate the memories with all the people I’ve grown up with. Sure, it’s a lot of flights up and down the stairs and people stealing the carts you were just using, but these scuffed walls with Polaroid portraits, stains from kitchen experiments and other shenanigans were my home for yet another year, and I look forward to that seemingly perpetual process once more.  

Leila Faraday, general assignments editor: I can’t stand when other students feel the need to correct a professor on the smallest things. For instance, if the professor accidentally says, “on Wednesday we talked about...” and a person has to raise their hand and say, “You mean Tuesday, right?” Who cares? We all know what they meant to say. 

Alayna Wilkening, special publications editor: Little Caesars Pizza is by far the best large pizza chain. The pizza portals are revolutionary. The Detroit-style square pizza makes every piece a corner piece for less than $15. The crazy bread is the best breadstick option out there. You simply cannot go wrong with Little Caesars. 

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