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DECEMBER 17, 2010

Pitch Opinion: A little white lie does not apply If you want to avoid upsetting people who have control over your future, you might not want to lie on your college application form. Anyone who has been looking into colleges probably has noticed a part of the form concerning one’s “disciplinary history.” The Common Application form has just such a section on the 2011 version of the form. It’s tempting to leave this section blank, or answer untruthfully, especially if you have something to hide. No one is perfect, but most people want to look as good as possible in the eyes of the admissions office. Felony convictions or expulsions, of course, don’t make the list of what to put in a college essay, and if it’s possible to get by without the college knowing any better, who could pass that up? The risk, however, lies in the signa-

ture that all applicants place on their form, certifying that the application is “factually true and honestly presented,” as the Common Application form requires. If, for any reason, the information isn’t true, the college can subject the applicant to “admission revocation, expulsion, or revocation of course credit, grades and degree.” Even if the information is uncovered long after acceptance, the college still has the right to expel you from their program and erase years of hard work. Not all colleges look for the same information. Hood College, for example, looks for much of the same information that the Common Application form asks for. Marymount College in Virginia only asks if the applicant has been convicted of a felony. David Adams, Director of Admissions for Hood College, said that “if it was a serious or a recurring

offense, then that raises concern. If it was a one-time or minor offense, then it may not have any influence [on the acceptance process].” Adams said that “we do find out about a number of things through counselors or letters of recommendation.” He added that, though they we don’t find out everything, “in the end, most things do come out.” So, if colleges can find out about an applicant’s record before they accept them, what’s the point of asking? They’re asking because they want to gauge the student’s honesty, their ability to be truthful about their past and their willingness to move beyond it. Applicants have to realize that honesty and good character are as much a part of going to college as good grades or lots of after school activities.

proval process of consumables, especially medicine. Despite recalls of foods for E. coli in spinach and salmonella in peanut butter in recent years, their role as corollary to the cost-cutting tactics of food companies is monumental. Common sense concedes that if a 21-year-old can fight in the Helmand By Cameron Keyani province in Afghanistan or smoke as many cigarettes as they want, they should be able to drink a mixed drink of two legal substances without governour Loko is not one of the to function normally. better ideas that alcohol That said, how much more influence ment interference. Any adult can go buy a Red Bull and distributors have come up should the American consumer allow mix it with vodka, or spike cola with with. Anyone who has taken the FDA to have on our food and drinks? rum, and these alcohols have contents a Driver’s Ed or a health They’ve waged their war on trans fats around 40 percent and above, much class knows that cross mix- for the past decade and yet human inhigher contents than Four Loko’s 12 ing drug types, in this case a stimulant terest pieces about increasing obesity (caffeine) and a depressant (alcohol) not continue to appear on the nightly news. percent for its strongest drink (although only amplifies the effects of both, but The FDA was established to combat Four Loko’s undisclosed caffeine content might be a red flag). can also cause heart And then comes failure due to the the second arreaction of the pogument against lar opposites in the Four Loko and body. its cousins, Tilt In the case of Four and Joose. The Loko, it not only problem, critics gets users drunk, but Photo courtesy of say, is not about the energy from the sugar, guarana and extreme negligence in food produc21-year-old adults; it is the problem of caffeine also gives them a false feeling tion. And in this respect, they have cerFour Loko’s increasing popularity with of sobriety, prompting them to believe tainly been a positive force in society, that they are not yet drunk and are fit known for their notoriously long ap- young people. Some allege that Phusion, the company that distributes Four Loko, hired underage employees to introduce the drink to their friend groups. In addition, some find fault with Four Loko’s marketing as an ostensible energy drink, citing its sale at convenience stores alongside other 16-ounce drinks like Arizona Iced Tea. But if consumers know that cigarettes cause cancer, and choose to ignore the bolded surgeon general’s warning, Four Loko should be put back on the market as long as it is sold as an alcoholic beverage at a liquor store, rather than as Monster Energy with a kick. The FDA can’t curtail the demand for sweet tasting drinks that lay waste to the judgment of drinkers, so, as argued for every prohibition in history, they should allow the dangerous behavior, Four Loko contains alcohol, guarana, caffeine and sugar, and but regulate it so the production of this is popular among college-age drinkers. Photo courtesy of m. treatzone Loko craze doesn’t go underground. The

Boardroom Empire: FDA Can’t Fathom the Drunken Toes They’ve Stepped On




Slugger Twin Troubles

By Alexandra Sanfuentes Print Editor-in-Chief “Are you guys twins?” “No, we just look exactly the same, share similar clothing, sometimes talk at the exact same time (about 380 wpm (words per minute)), walk at the same rate, sound the same over the phone, look the same from behind…” “So are you twins?” Sounds ridiculous, right? This is actually a conversation I have on a pretty regular basis. Many of you reading this who know me will probably think that this is a personal jab. What you have to understand is that you are one among the hundreds of people that have asked my sister and I the exact same thing. “Are you guys twins?” But it’s not just this question that I and every other twin in WJ have had to deal with since we were babies. It all started with being carted around by our mothers in those double-seated strollers at an age where no one knew if we were boys or girls. That’s a typical baby question your parents are faced with if they chose to dress you in unisex clothing, not knowing the post-traumatic stress that would result. But following this typical baby question comes another specifically for twins or triplets. One question my own mother remembers is, “Do they eat and sleep at the same time?” Really? We aren’t aliens or clones of one another. We can do things on our own, even as babies. Now that we’re older, questions have morphed to match our age. Do you like the same things? Are you applying to the same colleges? Do you want to go to the same state? Will you miss each other? We get asked these same questions time and time again and we even now have started dreading them, to be honest. We just find ourselves repeating the same answers over and over. The answers to these questions differ for every set of twins or triplets. As far as my sister and I are concerned, we like some of the same things but we also have different interests. We’re our own unique people. We also have names. We aren’t “The Twins.” We are two individual people who would like to be treated as such. Don’t get me wrong, I love being a twin. I get to double my wardrobe. But I’ve reached a point where I would like to be my own person and not be superglued to someone else. “Are you identical?” “No, we’re fraternal.” “Really, because you look exactly the same.” “No, I was just kidding before. We’re actually identical.” “Really?” “NO.”

Dec. 17, 2010 The Pitch  

Dec. 17, 2010 The Pitch

Dec. 17, 2010 The Pitch  

Dec. 17, 2010 The Pitch