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Toni Airaksinen

Undergraduate at Barnard College

13 Different Ways College Students Define Anxiety

The following article contains potentially triggering or upsetting mentions of suicide, anxiety disorders, and descriptions of anxiety symptoms. _____________________________________________________________________________________________ Anxiety disorders are the most common form of mental disorders, affecting 25 million Americans at any one time. They include panic…

1 Comment / 291 View / February 19, 2015

The Game Isn’t Over—9 Tips For High School Seniors

High school seniors rejoice; the months of meticulously crafting your college applications are finally over.   First of all, we want to congratulate everyone who got their applications in, are waiting on a decision, and have already received news.  Pat yourselves…

0 Comments / 506 View / February 4, 2015

The Other Minority That Russia Banned From Driving That Nobody Is Talking About

When BBC broke the news that Russia has allegedly banned people with “gender identity disorders,” like transgender people, from driving, American media erupted in a wave of disapproval at Russia’s anti-LGBT policies. Russia, a country that has banned “homosexual propaganda”…

0 Comments / 284 View / January 12, 2015

TLC Not Backing Down Despite Controversy Surrounding “My Husband’s Not Gay”

Regardless of the intense wave of controversy that has appeared in the last week over its one-hour special “My Husband’s Not Gay”—TLC has no plans to cancel the show. The special is scheduled to air on TLC on January 11….

0 Comments / 115 View / January 9, 2015

Sia Apologizes for Controversial Music Video “Electric Heart”

Yesterday, Sia released the music video for her new song “Elastic Heart,” featuring 12 year-old Maddie Ziegler, of Dance Moms fame, and 28 year-old Shia LaBeouf. Clad in the same nude leotard and platinum leotard that she wore during Sia’s…

1 Comment / 977 View / January 8, 2015

Replace #ItGetsBetter to #IWillMakeItBetter for Leelah Alcorn

[section_title title=First page title] Leelah Alcorn, 17, committed suicide on December 28th 2014, after she walked four miles from her home onto an Ohio interstate, where she was struck and killed by a semi-trailer. Leelah was a transgender teenager who…

5 Comments / 719 View / January 2, 2015

#RealLifeTransAdult Tweets Give Others Hope After Loss of Leelah Alcorn

Leelah Alcorn, a 17-year-old girl, committed suicide this past weekend. She left a suicide note in her Tumblr queue, which automatically published after she committed suicide. In her note, she detailed her struggle as a young transgender girl living with…

2 Comments / 559 View / January 2, 2015

“My Death Needs to Mean Something” writes Leelah Alcorn. Tweets of Support Follow

Leelah Alcorn, 17, was a transgender teenager living in Ohio, who wrote a heartbreaking and poignant suicide note. She was active on the popular website Tumblr, and then put the note in her Tumblr queue. Then she walked 3 or…

0 Comments / 247 View / December 30, 2014

7 Ways to Enjoy Finals

With the end of the semester quickly approaching, I know you’re looking at your planner with dread, wondering how you’ll ever finish three papers, study for five finals, and attend every single event with free food on campus. But finals…

2 Comments / 253 View / December 14, 2014

Coping With The Loss of a Fellow Student, Ferguson, and Finals

With finals approaching, what we are told to focus on is our academics. Study for the rest of our exams, polish our final papers, review 100s of pages of reading—it’s the rhetoric that comes full force in the last few…

0 Comments / 153 View / December 10, 2014