Sarah Dugan


All that you ever wanted to know

What I’ve figured out over the past four years is that the knowledge you get in the classroom is just the beginning of your college education (I know it sounds cliché, but stick with me). College classes are good enough for sparking your interest in a subject, but it’s up to you to grab hold of an issue you learn about in class and run with it.

Required vaccines could save some lives

We live in a world where “natural” and “organic” are growing trends. And in general, things that are natural or organic are better for you, but if this concept is taken to the extreme, it can be dangerous. To go the more “natural” route, some parents are choosing not to immunize their children, based on the idea that natural immunity is more effective than vaccines.

Dating is not as ?outdated as it seems

Even though Valentine’s Day has passed, it will take a few weeks for the corny “Will you be my Tar Heel” T-shirts to be removed from Student Stores and for the various events involving love to be painted over on cubes in the Pit. As relieved as I will be to see the departure of these lovey-dovey remnants, Valentine’s Day provides an opportunity for us to think about the state of college dating — or lack thereof. From talking with my parents and grandparents, I know times have changed since the days when they were in the dating game.

Hug an art major: they need the love

I am proposing a new holiday for Jan. 18: “Hug an Art Major Day.” The holiday will be aimed at showing art majors how much we appreciate them and need their work in our society. Art is usually given a backseat in school curriculums.

Soda tax: A solution to a big problem

Beyond our nation’s borders, we are known as a country of fatties. When I was studying abroad in Argentina last fall, my host family thought they knew the answer to why so many Americans are fat — they eat too much peanut butter. My host family may have been on the right track, since processed foods and beverages high in fat, like peanut butter, are so much cheaper than fresh produce. Eating or drinking large quantities of processed foods and beverages is one of the major causes of our nation’s obesity epidemic.

Don't let stress get you down

It’s that time of year again—the leaves are changing, it’s getting cold (kind of) and the holidays are slowly creeping closer. But along with this lovely fall season come lots of things that can stress us out: battling our way through ConnectCarolina for class registration, trying to play catch-up on homework in a post-Halloween haze, and if you’re a senior like me, trying to figure out what you’re going to do with your life after graduation.

Keeping medicinal pot illegal is dopey

Pot, weed, dope, Mary Jane, Cannabis — marijuana goes by many names. But whatever you want to call it, it is a drug worthy of legalization — at least for medicinal purposes. In the U.S., medical marijuana legalization is done on a state-by-state basis. So far, 14 states have already legalized the use of medical marijuana — and with good reason.

Vino es vida

If I could choose one word to describe Argentines, it would be Passionate. Argentines live with ferocity. Everything they do — from eating to arguing to partying to kissing — it is all incredibly full of life.