The Internet has been abuzz lately with Tumblr blogs like I, Too, Am Harvard and I, Too, Am Oxford, which focused on the experiences of students of color amongst the mostly white populations at elite universities. Mostly the signs highlight ignorant remarks based on stereotypes students have been subjected to.
Here’s another Tumblr in the same vein, but with a slightly different take: We Are All UVA. Students of all backgrounds and sexual orientations pose holding signs hashtagged #WeAreAllUVA explaining what they contribute to the big melting pot that is the UVA campus. My absolute favorite is this one: five young men from the UVA swim team holding a sign that reads, “2 of us are gay, the other 3 don’t care.” Keep reading »
Sharpen your pencils, little monsters: The University of Virginia is offering a class on Lady Gaga called “GaGa for Gaga: Sex, Gender, and Identity.” Taught by grad student Christa Romanosky, the Lady Gaga class is a prerequisite course to essay writing on the theme of how the mama monster pushes social boundaries. Students will listen to Gaga’s music and watch her music videos, but also read about her influence on feminism and gender expression. UVA has also offered Harry Potter-themed classes to make prerequisite essay courses more interesting. Keep reading »
An environmental research and advocacy group tested a bunch of sunscreens and found that many don’t protect as well as you’d think. See, right now the FDA doesn’t require companies to test or label their products for protection against UVA radiation. I didn’t know this, especially since many sunscreens say they protect against both UVB and UVA, but apparently labels mean nothing. The Environmental Working Group analyzed 900 brand-name sunscreens and found that some of the best selling sunscreens performed worst. Check out their list of suggested ‘screens, because you don’t want people stopping you on the street to ask, “What happened to your legs?” True story. I blame my burn on faulty sunscreen. [CBS News] Keep reading »