Hastings: we ask that you #updateyourallystatus

We are Hastings College Ally Training (HCAT), and we were formed as part of our Persuasion class. For this block, we were tasked with running a campaign about diversity. After deciding that we had the most agency to talk about the gender and sexual minorities (GSM), we designed and developed a campaign to teach the general public about it. One reason we chose this topic … Continue reading Hastings: we ask that you #updateyourallystatus

The imagined attainability of college education

Not too long ago (depending on who you ask…) college was a very different experience. The application processes, classes offered, schedules and day-to-day environments were either much more open or distinctly closed off depending on location. For modern college students, internships are better than they were in the past, students and teachers have more avenues of communication than ever before and doing research is no … Continue reading The imagined attainability of college education

HC needs to be more environmentally friendly

One thing Hastings College can rightfully pride itself on is our beautiful campus. However, our campus has been littered with trash lately. While many students on campus have a complete disregard for this campus and the planet, Greta Thunberg, a 16-year-old, is making huge strides in activism for climate change. As an institution and a student body that claims to be the leaders of our … Continue reading HC needs to be more environmentally friendly

Activism, how to change the world in a productive way

We’ve all seen posts on social media that include the phrase: “share this article/picture/story/picture etc. about this issue.” I’m not saying that these types of campaigns are bad, in fact that they are often very helpful for raising awareness of lesser-known issues.  However, they often fall into the trap of fake activism, also known as “slacktivism.” Slacktivism is a kind of passive “activism” that is … Continue reading Activism, how to change the world in a productive way

HC should not limit students’ on-campus jobs

The Human Resources department recently emailed student workers, detailing an edict that from September 20th going forward, students will only be allowed to work in two departments on campus. There are a number of problems with this new rule. One of them is that the initial email was sent on August 13th, which is the day before school started. Such short notice of such a … Continue reading HC should not limit students’ on-campus jobs

Recognition for professors’ work is overdue

The past year and a half has been challenging for Hastings College. Students are frustrated by having to throw out their four-year plan. Administrators are working out the rewriting of procedures of long-held standards. However, today I want to focus on the brains of HC: the professors. The amount of work you have done for HC in the last year has gone mostly unnoticed, and … Continue reading Recognition for professors’ work is overdue

Send opinions; this is our second request

Hi, my name is Jarad Johnson. You might recognize me as the person who writes stories for the Collegian, but two weeks ago I was in an editorial piece about how we need opinions. In that piece, Caitlin Smith mentioned how I was among one of the limited people that have written opinions for the Collegian this semester. Well, funny — look what I am … Continue reading Send opinions; this is our second request

Dear students: Your “only option” is to engage

Our campaign slogan, “The Only Option,” began as a joke but has materialized into an unfortunate truth. Though we are honored to be your next president and vice president of Student Association (SA), we wanted to earn our positions, not just win by default. On one hand, we are grateful for the opportunity to represent our peers and help create change. On the other hand, running unopposed highlighted the lack of student involvement on campus. Recently, there has been criticism of … Continue reading Dear students: Your “only option” is to engage

Surely someone has opinions on something

Social media allows for virtually unlimited self-expression. In today’s society, it is just a given that you can, for the most part, post what you want. But have you ever felt like no one is hearing you? You post on social media when there’s something wrong and people still aren’t focusing on a certain topic. Sometimes there are multiple people that feel a certain way about a topic, whether controversial or not, and Twitter blows up with retweets and … Continue reading Surely someone has opinions on something

Consider joining a PUN group, save students

As we are reaching the end of the school year and are at the dawn of Hastings 2.0, multiple on-campus groups are asking: where exactly do we fit in? PUN (Peer Umbrella Network), best known for throwing around condoms and the ‘tea’ video during your first-year seminar course, has been a part of the Hastings College campus for generations. Groups such as C.A.R.E., PHIVE-O, Alliance … Continue reading Consider joining a PUN group, save students