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Catherine Van Weele, Opinion Editor

Catherine Van Weele is a sophomore studying political science.

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Senior Farewell: Catherine Van Weele

Senior Farewell: Catherine Van Weele

May 5, 2021

It feels surreal that my time at San Diego State and as a writer for The Daily Aztec is coming to an end. It seems like it was just yesterday that I walked...

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We need more gender-neutral restrooms

We need more gender-neutral restrooms

April 27, 2021

Gender-neutral restrooms are becoming more commonplace, as they should. It is an important step to be inclusive of people who are transgender and non-binary...

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We have to create a healthy relationship with diet culture

We have to create a healthy relationship with diet culture

March 24, 2021

I have never gone on a diet before. I love food far too much that I could never bring myself to restrict what I eat, even if dieting meant the possibility...

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Opinion: Racism needs to be treated like a disease

Opinion: Racism needs to be treated like a disease

March 17, 2021

Growing up, I was taught by my parents, my school and my peers to treat everyone as equals, regardless of how they looked.  We fell for this fallacy...

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OPINION: Trump is wrong. Voting by mail is safe.

OPINION: Trump is wrong. Voting by mail is safe.

November 3, 2020

COVID-19 has altered nearly every facet of life as we know it, and will certainly play a major role in this year’s election. Not only will COVID-19 responses...

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Class discussions should cater to all students, not just extroverts

Class discussions should cater to all students, not just extroverts

October 21, 2020

Class discussions have come to play a major role in the classroom. It is supposed to be a way to engage students and help students to develop their public...

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One night of fun isn't worth contracting COVID-19

One night of fun isn’t worth contracting COVID-19

September 17, 2020

Humans are social beings.  College students in particular crave human interactions.  This is a period in life when many young people leave their...

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If you're serious about helping the environment, reduce your plastic use

If you’re serious about helping the environment, reduce your plastic use

March 24, 2020

Plastic is something that is near impossible to avoid. While the creation of plastic has certainly afforded us with convenience in nearly every aspect...

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Indoor plants are perfect for dorm decor

Indoor plants are perfect for dorm decor

March 4, 2020

An indoor plant is a must for home décor. As humans, we enjoy being out in nature, but as college students we may not always have time to get outdoors....

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Making travel a priority leads to enriching experiences

Making travel a priority leads to enriching experiences

February 26, 2020

People are always being encouraged to travel around the world to have new, exciting experiences. With school or work, making plans to travel is not something...

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Finding love in real life is better than using dating apps

Finding love in real life is better than using dating apps

February 12, 2020

Online dating apps have become all the rage, especially among college students. Just swipe to the right on people who you find attractive, get your match,...

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Opinion: Online classes are not effective in educating students

Opinion: Online classes are not effective in educating students

February 5, 2020

Online classes began to be popularized just a few decades ago. They are advertised as a way for adults to finish their education and students to learn...

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Don't wait to stop your habit of procrastination

Don’t wait to stop your habit of procrastination

January 29, 2020

As college students, I think we can all agree that each and every one of us has procrastinated at some point in our academic careers—and I’m fairly...

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Jan. 18th, 2020 - San Diego Women's March

We still need feminism to enact social change

January 22, 2020

Women and feminist activists have made tremendous progress over the last several decades. The workplace, the home and the many other spaces surrounding...

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Having a healthy relationship with food is essential

Having a healthy relationship with food is essential

December 4, 2019

To eat is such a simple life pleasure, and yet many people struggle with their relationship with food. We are presented with an image of what is considered...

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Hands on projects can create valuable learning opportunities

November 25, 2019

For me, school is about showing up to class and getting all my assignments done. It is not something that is learning- focused. I attend all my classes...

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Imposter syndrome can hold people back

Imposter syndrome can hold people back

November 20, 2019

It is not uncommon, especially among college students, to feel like they are unworthy or subpar – like they are an imposter. This type of mindset can...

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Students working together on a group project.

[Photo] Group projects are hard for busy students

November 13, 2019

Students working together on a group project.

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User opening up the LinkedIn app.

[Photo] LinkedIn is just as bad as other social media apps

November 6, 2019

User opening up the LinkedIn app.

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College is not always the right path for everyone

October 30, 2019

Since I was in middle school, teachers and faculty forced the notion that everyone should attend college after graduating high school. Taking an alternate...

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Students benefit from minimum wage increases

October 23, 2019

The current minimum wage in the city of San Diego is $12. Although this is far above the national minimum wage, it lags significantly behind a livable...

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Our politicians must act on climate change

Our politicians must act on climate change

September 25, 2019

Climate change and the negative ramifications on our planet are undeniable. There is an abundance of scientific evidence and research to support this potentially...

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Students are worse off in bigger classes

Students are worse off in bigger classes

September 18, 2019

As enrollment at San Diego State increases, so does the number of big lecture classes.  This is especially true  for lower division and general education...

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The Trump administration’s gag rule is unethical and must be overturned

September 11, 2019

Earlier this year, the Trump administration made changes to Title X, prohibiting medical clinics from referring patients to abortion services. Health care...

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Wealth inequality is a growing issue in America, and we need reform

Wealth inequality is a growing issue in America, and we need reform

September 11, 2019

America is no stranger to wealth disparity. In recent years, the gap between the rich and the poor has escalated to levels similar to those seen before...

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San Diego needs better public transit

San Diego needs better public transit

August 26, 2019

If you have ever used the San Diego Metropolitan Transit System, you know how awful it is.  Buses and trolleys are scheduled to run every 15 minutes...

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Strong friendships help you through your college years

Strong friendships help you through your college years

August 21, 2019

Starting college can be intimidating. There is a lot of new information and stimuli to take in during the first few days.  You will no longer be living...

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SDSU mandatory housing is overpriced

August 14, 2019

Dorm-life is a staple of the college experience. It is supposed to be a fun and exciting time when you can make new friends and learn how to be independent.  Perhaps...

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College admissions favor wealthy applicants

May 1, 2019

The recent college admissions scandal in which parents of elite families bribed school officials at prestigious colleges to get their children admitted...

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Students, start prioritizing self-care

April 17, 2019

As college students, our schedules are always jammed pack with classes, homework, part-time jobs, clubs, social lives and extracurriculars. We constantly...

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Stigmas of menstruation are harmful to women

April 10, 2019

While the stigmas surrounding menstruation are not as severe as other parts of the world, it still remains a pervasive taboo in American culture.  The...

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The ‘American Dream’ is unattainable

March 20, 2019

The American Dream was once attainable.   Back in the middle of the 20th century, more than 90 percent of 30-year-olds were receiving higher salaries...

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The wage gap is real, and it hurts mothers

February 13, 2019

The existence of the gender wage gap has been unceasingly contested in recent years.   While the wage gap has significantly decreased once women began...

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Sen. Harris is a strong candidate

February 6, 2019
She is bold and ambitious and would undoubtedly continue working to provide equal opportunity for all people.
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Time to act on climate change

January 23, 2019

The United Nations came out with a report in October warning us if we don’t get our act together soon, the damage climate change will have on our planet...

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Is monogamy really the only option for us?

December 5, 2018

From a young age, we are taught we will all find our one true love.  An individual who we can commit to emotionally, romantically and sexually.  We...

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Dollar voting is another way to impact change

November 28, 2018

With the highly contentious 2018 midterm elections, voting was emphasized from all sorts of political groups from both the left and the right. However,...

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Reclaiming slurs is a form of resisting oppression

November 7, 2018

There are many derogatory terms that have been used to oppress and terrorize minority and marginalized groups.   Many of these words hold strong historical...

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Rent control will worsen California’s housing crisis. Vote ‘no’ on Prop 10

October 31, 2018

Prop 10 will be on California’s ballot this November. If passed, it will repeal the 1995 Costa-Hawkins Act. This act prevents the implementation...

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Female masturbation is not only liberating, but also completely normal

October 10, 2018

According to many people, female masturbation is a dirty and shameful act — something women are not to do.  And yet a 2018 report conducted by TENGA,...

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The body positive movement is problematic in many ways

September 26, 2018

The body positive has proven to be a boisterous social movement. One that aims for women and girls to love their bodies no matter what size they are.  While...

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