Alyssa Di Sabatino

Alyssa Di Sabatino

Articles by Alyssa Di Sabatino

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Rethinking the problematic concept of virginity

University is a critical turning point in the process of “growing up” for most students. It’s the first time many students have moved out of their parents house and are living on their own, and have now become surrounded by a bounty of potential opportunities and potential relationships. This taste of freedom is accompanied by quite a bit of social […]

by Alyssa Di Sabatino· · Opinion ·
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Anders and Mixed Mercy took the stage at the Turret on Friday

Shortly after 9 p.m. on Jan. 31, the doors of the Turret opened and the gradually growing line was let inside, all eager to see DJ duo Mixed Mercy, and Anders, hosted by the A-Team. The number of times I’ve frequented the Turret are few, only having ever been there for academic reasons, but the space was expectedly transformed. The […]

by Alyssa Di Sabatino· · Arts and Life ·
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The connection between violent attacks and MAGA hats

Empire actor Jussie Smollett was attacked in a hate crime against him in Chicago last Tuesday, by two men wearing “Make America Great Again,” or MAGA, hats. The two men called him racist and homophobic slurs after identifying him as the character Jamal Lyon from Empire. In the show, Lyon faces adversity within his community for being a gay musician. […]

by Alyssa Di Sabatino· · Opinion ·
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The anti-vaccination movement is regressive

In 2000, measles was reported to have been eliminated in the United States. But in 2018 alone, almost 350 cases were reported by the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention [CDC]. In Canada, there have been multiple reported outbreaks within the past few months, several of them having been reported in the Halton region, about an hour from Waterloo. This […]

by Alyssa Di Sabatino· · Opinion ·
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The US government shutdown shows Trump’s incompetence

In 2013, Donald Trump indirectly tweeted then-president Obama, saying “a shutdown falls on the president’s lack of leadership. He can’t even control his party and get people together in a room. A shutdown means the president is weak.” Oh, the irony. The US government has been shutdown since mid-December; now making it the longest shutdown in US history. And as […]

by Alyssa Di Sabatino· · Opinion ·
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You should direct your anger at the NFL; not Travis Scott

Travis Scott has been under a lot of heat lately for booking his Super Bowl performance alongside Maroon 5 and former Outkast member, Big Boi. Super Bowl LIII will take place on Feb. 20 between the New England Patriots and the Los Angeles Rams. Many of the negative responses towards Travis Scott’s performance deal are coming from people who are […]

by Alyssa Di Sabatino· · Opinion ·
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Cyntoia Brown’s case shows how internet activism can pay off

Last week, Cyntoia Brown was granted clemency from her 51 year prison sentence, and is set to be released on parole in August 2019. Cyntoia Brown has served 15 out of 51 years for murdering the man who solicited her for sex at the age of 16. It was in 2004 that she was tried as an adult for killing […]

by Alyssa Di Sabatino· · Opinion ·
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‘Surviving R. Kelly’ sparks Twitter debate about separating artists from their art

Rumours of R&B singer R. Kelly’s sexual abuse, predatory behaviour and pedophilia scandals have accompanied him for most of his career, but on Jan. 3, 2019, the first episode of Surviving R. Kelly aired on LifeTime TV. A total of six episodes have been released, which include testimonies by his past victims and survivors, former members of his inner circle […]

by Alyssa Di Sabatino· · Opinion ·
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Fight the cold with face masks for dry skin

I don’t know about you, but my skin is always in shambles once the winter rolls around. The cold, dry air mixed with exam season stress is enough to wreak absolute havoc on my skin, and unfortunately, I wasn’t blessed with good skin by anyone’s standards. But, I’d consider myself pretty good at spending money on beauty products, and I […]

by Alyssa Di Sabatino· · Arts and Life ·
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Commercialism during the holidays isn’t necessarily bad

For a lot of people who celebrate, Christmas preparations dominate a large portion of the year. Before Halloween is even over, candy canes and advent calendars are being sold in stores, and by the time November rolls around, “Winter Wonderland” has been played a hundred times over in every mall. People spend countless hours picking out gifts for their family, […]

by Alyssa Di Sabatino· · Opinion ·