Kristen Contemplates

There is absolutely no inevitability as long as there is a willingness to contemplate what is happening.

Don’t cry because it’s over… Smile because it happened…


“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You’re on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who’ll decide where to go…”

I have always grown up reading, and being read, the beautiful works of Dr. Seuss. I remember making green eggs and ham in my kindergarten class for Read Across America and picking up “The Cat in the Hat” just for pleasure.

When I was in kindergarten, I was more advanced in cognitive ability than the others, so during the academic center, I would be sent to read by myself. It made me feel odd to be away from the other children, but once I immersed myself into his literature, I felt at ease and at home.

My mother ended up purchasing the full works of Dr. Seuss for a “kindergarten graduation” present, and I still have those to this day.

So, whenever I felt down in the dumps, from incessant teasing for being “gifted,” Dr. Seuss would comfort me.

Through elementary school, his books would be my first choice when reading for pleasure. My final book, “Oh the Places You’ll Go,” was given to me in fifth grade as I was leaving to choose a schedule at the middle school. I read it cover to cover and felt that Dr. Seuss was speaking to me.

He basically said that our journey together was over and that I would move on to greater and more advanced authors. And I did.

“So…be your name Buxbaum or Bixby or Bray, or Mordecai Ali Van Allen O’Shea, you’re off to Great Places! Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting. So…get on your way!”

Kennedy: Stop being skeptical!

The Supreme Court’s conservative judges obviously do not like the insurance mandate that is the center of President Obama’s healthcare law, and they are clear with the fact they plan on striking it down as unconstitutional.

Justice Anthony M. Kennedy is the only swing vote for this decision, but he seems to be on the fence and not sure about its legality.

The Constitution puts limits on federal power, and those limits would be gone if authorities could require the purchase of healthcare.

Yes, there are times when motorists and citizens would need emergency services, but those without insurance already find ways to pay for it now.

However, if we would be required to pay for healthcare, then we should be forced to pay for cell phones too, since those have proven themselves necessary over the years; do they not also count as an “emergency service?”

Since it seems it will not pass, in order to make “everyone pay their fair share,” as Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg argues, taxpayers’ money should not go towards unpaid hospital bills. It is not my responsibility to pay for Joe Schmoe’s emergency bill if he does not have the funds.

Who pays for my emergency bills? I do. Taxpayers do not pay for my injuries and operations, so why should I have to pay for everyone else’s?


The blog empire and Twitter have been raging since last week when Rihanna and Chris Brown tweeted about their duet remixes of “Birthday Cake” and “Turn Up the Music.” Below is a discussion between Julian Burrell, Christina Burton, Kristen Campbell and Lauren Creiman. 

Julian Burrell: I’m not sure that Rihanna has any sort of obligation to not deal with Chris Brown anymore. But I do have to wonder why she was willing to work with somebody on such a personal level, after he put her in the hospital.

Christina Burton: I don’t see their professional career as personal. We’re living in a day and age where two artists can record separately and then be remixed together. They sing in the same genre. I don’t see how their professional lives can’t mix.

Lauren Creiman: I can see where people are saying that it is not that big of a deal because it is professional. Yes we live in a day and age where people can record separately, but it is the same day and age where there is a very thin line between your personal and professional life.

Kristen Campbell: I have to partially agree with Julian. There is nothing that says she cannot record with Chris Brown, just because he put her in the hospital. However if there is potential for them to rekindle their relationship, from a woman’s standpoint, she really needs to rethink what she is getting herself into.

JB: Also, it’s not just professional. They are kind of hanging out in their spare time and that’s not to mention the fact that Chris Brown is acting like the “beating” never happened. He hasn’t accepted any sort of punishment for it and he gets put off whenever someone tries to bring it up. 

CB: I don’t see how he’s not acknowledging it. He is being compliant with his probation and the very little punishment that he did receive. I’m not saying I agree with what he did, or that he should be forgiven as quickly as some of his fans believe, but if Rihanna has decided that she can work with him and perform without their personal issues coming to light again, then I see no reason why it should be scrutinized.

LC: I agree that it is ultimately her choice, but I agree with Julian when he says that Chris Brown has not fully acknowledged the situation. What bothers me is that rather than acting like a man and admitting his mistake, Chris Brown has proven that he doesn’t know how to accept responsibility. His tweet after winning a Grammy, in which he basically told everyone to [expletive] off, tells me that he doesn’t take what he did seriously. He should have taken that opportunity to reflect on what he did.

KC: Agreed, Lauren. He seems to be acting like a typical “douche-bag” who only wants some arm candy and is acting like nothing happened, just to draw Miss Rihanna back into his universe. On a side note, it was probably a super smart thing to remix each others’ music from an economic standpoint, because no matter how much complaining people do, it will definitely sell. I mean, look at Rebecca Black’s “Friday” song. She’s gotten over $1 million for a song the nation hated so much that her employer removed the music video from YouTube.

JB: Going back to Chris Brown, I guess what bothers me the most is that he already has his fans who are willing to forget what he did, just because he’s a good singer (which is debatable). And since the fans are already enabling him, do we really need the victim to be doing the same thing? Every time he is called on it, instead of addressing it, he sounds off on Twitter and gets mad.

KC: And throws chairs. (laughs)

CB: Going back to what Julian mentioned, Rihanna turned around and almost seemed like she was denying what he did to her. After filing a police report and having some sort of punishment placed on him, she allowed him to come around her again and actually apologized for throwing a wrench in his performing ability. She defended herself saying she did not want to say it was okay to go back to an abusive boyfriend. But essentially she said you can forgive the abuser as long as he says he won’t do it again.

KC: So basically if he grovels for two minutes, she’s content? Shows how low her standards are. If a normal man beat his normal wife and she told the police to let it go because she forgave his faults, people would call her crazy. BUT as it always goes with celebrities, fans will love you no matter what you do with your life. (Including OD-ing, allowing your abusive ex into your life, need I go on?)

LC: I don’t know if I am more upset with Rihanna or Chris Brown. I want to refrain from judging her because I have never been in her situation, but as a woman I am insulted by her choice. And don’t even get me started on Chris Brown. [KC seconds that] I just can’t get past the fact that he has learned nothing from what he has done, and has done nothing but act like an immature prick.

JB: In the end, what we’re all looking for is atonement for his sins, and picking up trash on the side of the highway is not due process for putting a woman in the hospital. 


Brooke Fraser

—May Waltz (Acoustic)

I’ve got a will to love you always, through the chilliest winters, the soft summer haze…

Advice to writers: Sometimes you just have to stop writing. Even before you begin.


I would most like to visit the Mediterranean countries; I have heard they are beautiful.

No, I will not do your job…


Internships are a necessity to survive in any career path. We students need to get that “professional experience” otherwise a potential employer would not give our cover letter or resume a second glance.Yet while in the internship, we get abused and used to no ends and “cannot do anything about it.”

Apparently, we can complain. In a Slate article, published Monday, an intern at Harper’s Bazaar filed a lawsuit for the company’s failure to pay minimum and overtime wages during her unpaid internship. According to the 1938 Fair Labor Standards Act, employers of unpaid interns must provide a position that is for the benefit of the intern, and should not assign tasks that paid employees would do.

When I did my internship during this past summer, I was fortunate enough to get paid. However some of the tasks that were being given to me did not seem to be for the benefit of me but rather for the benefit of the company. (I choose to not disclose where I worked.)

The tasks included basically writing a social media manual for the employees of the company so when I left, they could maintain the social media outlets I created for their company. I would maintain the outlets during my stay on the “staff” and I still get occasional emails with questions about how to post a tweet.

I guess I cannot complain, since I got paid for my time, but if that position were to be given to a future intern and they did not get paid, I would sue the company for them. These days, and any day I guess, interns are used as free labor to do the grunt work that the paid employees cannot be convinced to do. There were days that went by when the intern supervisors would give me random tasks just to “keep me busy,” which did not have anything to do with my original job description. 

Let’s just say that the next time I accept an internship, I kind of want to write up my own contract stating things that I will not do, including coffee runs, Facebook status updates, tweets and just about anything that a normal human can do easily on their own.