This week, the Food and Drug Administration could lift the ban that prohibits gay men from donating blood.The ban has been in place for 31 years and was spurred by the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the 1980s. When the FDA was trying to figure out how to quash the disease, it grouped gay men with intravenous drug users and completely banned them from donating blood for life, which at the time was a reaction to a lack of a blood test. But because science has progressed since the ’80s, there are now tests that show if someone is HIV-positive within weeks of exposure.However, the lift of the ban is conditional and would not allow all HIV-negative men to donate blood. Rather, the ban will only be lifted if the man has not had sex with another man in the last year, even if he is in a monogamous relationship.A ruling that favors donations from gay men would be a big step in societal growth toward total acceptance of the LGBTQ community. This ban is so antiquated. When it was put in place, people thought only gay men could get AIDS. But as the understanding of the disease became widespread, the ban has been a source of discrimination to a large section of the population.However, the change to the prohibition is not a true source of eliminating discrimination. For men in a monogamous relationship, not being allowed to donate blood is still offensive and seems unnecessary. I hope the FDA will grow with the times to show the rest of the country that gay men should not be discriminated against for something that affects a very small amount of the population.
Thanksgiving season has a different meaning for students. For some, Thanksgiving is the light at the end of the tunnel after a long semester. It might be a time to remember what you are especially thankful for. Or perhaps it’s the start of crunch time to get applications in for coveted internships or even — dare I say it — jobs.
Just because the weather doesn’t call for sunbathing doesn’t mean you should resort to using tanning beds.
A question often discussed by journalists is, “What is the future of media?” Though I really can’t answer that question, I recently discovered two media entities that I think could be a glimpse of what’s to come.
Whether I’m buying a coffee on the way to class, a pack of stamps or a used book, I use my debit card at least five times a week — and it’s usually for small items that cost less than $10. I’ve grown accustomed to swiping my card and either entering my PIN or signing the piece of paper.
As midterms roll around, students are feeling the pressure.
Pope Francis raised some eyebrows among conservative Catholics this week, making this week just like every other week since he became Pope in March 2013.
I was horrified last spring when I saw how much soda (or pop) my supervisors at my internship drank.
If you look at my Twitter or Facebook profiles over the last week, you won’t see any opinions about Student Senate President Megan Marzec’s controversial video. I have retweeted many articles and opinion pieces, but I haven’t posted an opinion. I felt I needed some time to think about how I felt.
Abercrombie and Fitch is making a bold move: it’s distancing itself from its own brand.