Black Friday

             Driving home from relatives the day after Thanksgiving my dad says something like, “All this shopping is going to be good for the economy.”

            Dad was talking about Black Friday shoppers.

            I know very little about how the economy works, but it does make sense to me that spending money could positively affect the economy.               

             Black Friday isn’t a little known holiday, but millions of Americans treat this day as if it were an official holiday. Some say the name was started by cops who dreaded the day after Thanksgiving because of the problems mass numbers of people out shopping caused.

             Enthusiastic shoppers will camp out hours before a store opens just for the chance to get a good deal. And after waiting for hours, these shoppers are determined to get that deal.

            Black Friday sales are reported to be up 7 percent from last year. Despite the state of the economy, many people still seem willing to go out to stores and spend money on this “dark” day. Maybe Dad was right…


Sarah Andrews and Tiffany Anderson investigate the process of creating an anonymous twitter.

World Kindness Day

          Sometimes we need reminders to stop and think about others. It’s easy to become distracted by events in our lives and forget to recognize the needs of people around us. Today is one of those days that remind us to consider others. World Kindness Day started in Japan more than 10 years ago as part of a movement to encourage people to think of the world we live in.

            Breast cancer affects people worldwide. Over a million people were told they had breast cancer in 2010. Almost everyone would agree that this number is too high. In 1992, Evelyn Lauder, who died Saturday, decided to do something about it.

            Lauder, who was an executive at Estée Lauder, was one of the creators of the pink campaign. What started as a simple desire to encourage woman to get breast examinations has turned into a huge campaign to help end breast cancer.

            I don’t know whether Lauder understood the difference handing out ribbons would make in the lives of millions when they started the pink campaign. But I think this is what World Kindness Day should encourage us to do. It should motivate us to make a difference in the lives of those around us.

Unemployed call for job action

            As a college student, it is inevitable that my future job plans are always in the back of my mind. Job Action Day is Nov. 7. This day was created to encourage those without jobs to consider their options and develop their skills and those with jobs to examine their careers, goals, and opportunities.

            With the news buzzing about unemployment, the economy, and most recently, Occupy Wall Street, it can be hard to keep up with everything that is going on…

            New data shows that only 48 percent of the unemployed are receiving benefits, last year it was 75 percent. The unemployment crisis continues, but the number of people receiving benefits declines. Regardless of personal opinions on unemployment, there is a problem that demands a solution.

            As a student who will enter the “real world” in a few short years, all the statistics and stories can be a little worrying. The thought of not being able to find a job as after graduating is scary, but Job Action Day is a great reminder to set goals and make plans. If you’re a planner like I am, this is a great idea.

Coffee House Night

Phi Lamb and Beta come together to raise money for Wings of Hope.

Birth after a marathon and a day of awareness

          Unfortunately, not every holiday is festive, happy or light-hearted. Some holidays help us to remember a world-changing event or remind us to be aware of the needs surrounding us. Today is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness day. President Ronald Regan proclaimed the month of October to be a month to remember and support those who have lost a child. It is a sad truth that not every child is born healthy.

          Babies are born every day. The majority of births never make the news because they are just a part of life. When a birth does make the news one can bet that the circumstances surrounding the event were anything but ordinary.

          Last Sunday Amber Miller gave birth after participating in a marathon earlier in the day. Her daughter, June, was born 10:29 p.m. Miller half ran, half walked the marathon and crossed the finish line. Miller started having contractions toward the end of the marathon. A marathon is 26.2 miles. I consider it a good day if I am able to run three miles.

           As in Miller’s case, the birth of a healthy child is a reason for celebration. It is heartbreaking to know that not every birth is such a happy occasion. As sobering a day as this is, I am thankful that there are days like Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness day to remind us to support and encourage families who have suffered the loss of a child.

Angles on Coffee

Coffee… Everyone takes theirs differently.