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Yes! Black is back! The self-parody, Rebecca Black, has returned to the limelight with her new single named, yes you guessed it…“Saturday”.
Black is best known for her 2011 flop “Friday”, which became one of the most hated videos on the internet. It seems this so-called teenager star's intention is not to be another one-hit wonder (or to be precise, a no-hit wonder), but to rise from post-viral obscurity and continue butchering the minds of many YouTube viewers. No one can really say whether this is a desperate plead for fame, or a smartly played, cumbersome act of trolling.
Although her video, "Saturday", was another flop, it still received over 9 million views, so Rebecca Black might be doing something right. What do you think? Was the video better than her last? Do you think she was trying to make a desperate plead for fame, or was she trying to outwit YouTube viewers? All we can do is hope that another two years we won't log on and find "Sunday".
Christmas is right around the corner and it's time to buy some gifts! If you don’t know what to get certain people, or you’re balling on a budget like me, don't worry. Here’s a Christmas gift guide to help you survive this holiday season!
For Your Boyfriend/Girlfriend:
So the holiday season is here and you don’t know what to get that special someone. If it’s for your girl, you can’t go wrong with jewelry. If you’re short on money, remember it doesn’t have to be expensive jewelry. Forever 21 and H&M has cute jewelry that’ll do the job. If you don’t want to do jewelry, consider perfume because it works in your favor and you get to smell something pleasant while you’re around her. For guys, if they have a favorite sport, you could get tickets to a game. It's a cute date and he’ll love it. I would also suggest getting him cologne (like I am) so he’ll smell even better when you guys hang out.
For Your Best Friend:
Best friends are easier! They understand that sometimes you don’t have money or that you spent it all on someone else, and they still like you. Since you should know them pretty well, you can go for the meaningful gift like a picture frame with you guys in it or even a collage, which is cute and not too expensive. If you’re a guy and don’t know what to get that special bro, get him something like a movie.
For General Friends:
You might have a lot of friends and you don’t know how to show them you care about them without breaking the bank. You can either visit the dollar section at Target or Dollar Tree and get a couple things and make a small gift basket or bucket filled socks, candy, and other knickknacks. This way, you'll only be spending a few dollars per friend.
For Those You're Not Too Fond Of:
Almost everyone has those certain people that you don’t really like but they don’t really know…yet. If you feel obligated to get them something during the holiday season even though they annoy you I would suggest getting them either candy or socks which is about $1 each, or regifting them something, which is free. You never know; your friendship might rekindle so you might as well play it safe and get them a gift.
Written by Jazzy Jaime
I walked quickly from Mr. Ryan's chemistry class to the UCI Blood Drive truck, my heart racing as the excitement of donating blood again overtook me. I was greeted by the tired looking UCI representative, who took my ID card and handed me a thick clipboard full of dull-looking paperwork.
I, like every other person on the face of this Earth, never fully read documents like these. I skim through them, checking "no" on the boxes listing various diseases, rationalizing it with the idea that I would know if I had an ailment so horrid that would prevent me from giving the red stuff. But one question struck me as odd.
"Are you a male who has had sexual contact with another male?"
You see, this question isn't asking what it really wants to ask. Not: "Have you been diagnosed with HIV?" Not: "Do you have AIDS?" It's delving into a very private sector of a person's life, insinuating all sorts of stereotypical allegations that would come from homosexual activity.
It's not 1981 anymore. The idea of AIDS as this "gay cancer" seems archaic. We have the knowledge and the tolerance to know that anyone is susceptible to AIDS. It's not just sexual contact between two men; it came come from sex between anyone, blood transfusions, dirty needles, umbilical cord blood. But if everyone has a risk of getting AIDS, why are homosexual men targeted?
Scientific statistics provide a terrifying picture of the AIDS epidemic. According to aids.gov, about 28,500 men who have had sexual contact with other males had AIDS in 2010, over half of the polled population living with the disease. According to the CDC website, 2,485 people under the age of 19 were diagnosed with HIV in 2011. And it does cost money to collect blood at big blood drives: supplies, personnel, those awesome free shirts. Excluding those with unusable blood will cut down on spending.
But with all of these advances in science and education, why are we still preventing an entire segment of the human population from doing something so simple and philanthropic as donating blood? There's no basis in discriminating based on sexual orientation alone. Those who have HIV typically understand that they can't give their blood, and they won't donate. This rule is archaic, discriminatory, and unfair. Donating blood is a wonderful experience, and no one should have to face the idea that their blood, their body, their way of life is tainted.
Equality has become a revered pillar in our society, but with all of its chips and cracks, how can we trust it to hold us up?
Written by Loralee Sepsey
Photos by McKenna Patton