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Anime’s deeply rooted sexism and fanservice services no one

Many anime fans can find it awkward talking about the genre due to some of its more toxic fans. Places like the main anime subreddit, r/Anime, often shows droves of users ranting about censorship of sexual content at every turn, even if it’s merely reducing the visibility of a female character’s undergarments.

Often it’s difficult for a more relaxed or “casual” fan to speak about it with others because of the large amount of overtly inappropriate content that somehow permeates almost every anime out there.

Opinion: A response to the recent visit from anti-abortion advocates

Disclaimer: Please consider where you are mentally and emotionally right now. The following article addresses and elaborates on the subject of abortion, sexual assault, and death.

Our campus received a visit from a group of men this past week. They brought with them enlarged photos of fetuses in an attempt to spread their belief that abortion is wrong, and nobody should have access to safe reproductive healthcare.  

It is clear to me that they did not come to fight for a woman’s right to choose to see her pregnancy to term. Women already have that right, and nobody has tried to take it away. Instead, they came here to prevent women from ever having that choice.

Opinion: “Madame Web” is great actually

Dakota Johnson stars as the subtly-named Cassandra Webb in Sony’s newest attempt at money laundering: “Madame Web”. Boasting a 3.8 out of 10 stars on IMDb, a 13% critic rating, and 55% audience rating on Rotten Tomatoes, “Madame Web” is, in my opinion, actually not a bad movie – but perhaps the greatest Pepsi commercial ever made.

While product placement is a common aspect in film, especially modern film, “Madame Web” seems to hint at Spiderman characters as side plots to a larger, expanded “Pepsi Cinematic Universe” (PCU), which I personally find inspiring.

Even the climax of “Madame Web” is atop a giant Pepsi sign, wherein one of the letters falls off and crushes the villain, almost suggesting that the hero all along was Pepsi Cola, with some assistance from strong independent women. 

It’s Taylor Swift’s world, we’re all just living in it

Taylor Swift is the talk of the town these days. Which town? Well, all of them really. The music icon continues to dazzle and delight while on the top of the world. Although she’s seen almost two decades of success and a plethora of awards, she may have just concluded one of the best weeks imaginable. 

Between the previous Sunday (the Grammys) and last Sunday (the Superbowl), the “Fearless” singer won a record-breaking fourth Album of the Year Grammy, announced the release of her 11th album, completed an international leg of her iconic Eras Tour to a sold-out crowd in Japan, oh, and she made it back to Las Vegas in time to watch her famous, arguably the best-there’s-ever-been tight-end boyfriend win the Super Bowl. It doesn’t get much better than that.

Is there a right way to give to charity? 

Is cash really the best thing to donate? How used can my used clothes be? Exactly how do I get a tax write-off for this? If you’ve ever considered donating to a charity, you have most likely gone through a thought process similar to this.

Before we can get into the specifics, let’s start with the first question you will encounter: Which charity do I pick? Are there bad ones?

First tattoo advice from students

If you’re curious about getting your first tattoo and you feel unsure about getting it done, know that it is okay to feel that way. Tattoos should take a lot of consideration, being that they are a permanent thing, and they are quite the lengthy process to get done. From fellow Highline students themselves, this article will share some advice from fellow Highline students on how their experiences went and what their opinions are on tattoos.

Former Highline student, Niko Manjares, has a whole forearm tattoo of a foo lion and a tiger for his first tattoo done by the artist James Dixon (@jamesdixon42 on Instagram). Tattoos take a lot of time to get done to ensure the quality of the art piece and the care taken to do it. Niko had to have two sessions – both two and a half hours each to get his forearm done.

Affectionate cats can change your life for the better

The long-fought war between dog and cat lovers is still ongoing. Dog people claim dogs as “man’s best friend”, while cat lovers claim loving cats requires a certain appreciation for individual autonomy. While these paradigms are a couple ways to look at the issue, there is also the extroverted dog versus introverted cat debate. Regardless, all animal lovers can agree that animals improve our lives.

According to Forbes, 66% of households own pets, and of those 66%, 46.5 million households have cats. While dogs beat them out for the majority, 46.5 million is no small number.

Let fall help your mental health

With the change of the seasons in motion, people are split on how to feel about the cooler and darker months. While many people struggle with this time of the year, particularly with Seasonal Affective Disorder, there are plenty of others who revel in the chilly nights and overcast days.

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) affects an estimated 5% of (roughly 10 million) Americans a year according to Women are four times as likely as men to receive this diagnosis. SAD is the result of the severe change in our environmental landscape during the fall and winter months, it lasts for about 40% of the year. Due to the time change our nights are longer and our days shorter, and in Washington we are headed into our rainy season which may seem almost endless.

Why you should vote

When I ask my students when the next election is, frequently they will say “November 2024” or whichever presidential year is coming up next.

In fact there is an election every year. Odd-numbered years feature local races such as school boards, city councils and utility districts. Who fills these seats likely will have a larger impact on your immediate life than who the president is, but these elections have the lowest turnout of the four-year election cycle.

It’s worth noting that recently Democrats in King County got voters to approve moving county elections to even-numbered years, in line with the rest of the state. They hope it will increase voter turnout.

Advice from an alumnx

The journey of attending college will be different for each individual. Who you are is a big part of the path you will take.

Some people like to be straightforward–follow the classes set forth by an advisor to complete, or transfer to complete, your degree. Others will browse the catalog, pulled in by their personal interests, and try to find ways to angle those interests into their studies without derailing their timeline.

Reading has many benefits for your physical and mental health

Reading books may improve both your physical and mental health with benefits that can last for a lifetime. It also may strengthen our mind and body for the better.

According to a growing body of studies reading literally changes individuals’ minds, researchers have confirmed that reading involves a complex network of circuits and signals in the brain by using Magnetic Resonance Imaging scans.

As people’s reading skills improve, those networks become more effective and sophisticated.

Opinion: Education plays a crucial role in shaping individuals' futures

Education is a powerful tool that helps ensure children’s survival, growth, development and well-being.

It can also be described as the art of facilitating learning, or the acquisition of knowledge, skills, values, beliefs, and habits.

Getting an education not only helps students learn to think critically, but it also enhances their imagination, exposes them to new ideas, and helps them find the path to a career that they want to pursue as they get older.

Opinion: Social media is making us less social

While social media can help us connect with others it can also lead to a decrease in face-to-face interactions and other activities, which overall, is making us less social.

Social media is online platforms and/or applications that allow users to connect and share content with others. For instance, some popular social media platforms include: TikTok, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat.

In the 21st century social media platforms have expanded how people connect with friends and family, exchanging your thoughts or experiences, and staying up to date on the latest news, such as what’s happening with the Kardashian sisters.

Opinion: Why I’m excited for Henry Cavill’s new show

Henry Cavill has been kicked around in Hollywood recently. From quitting Netflix’s “The Witcher”, to being fired as Superman after just returning to the role after a long hiatus, he just can’t seem to catch a break.

But it appears things are not all bad for Cavill, as he’s been set to both executively produce and star in (at the time of this writing) an untitled Warhammer 40,000 TV show for Amazon Prime.

Opinion: Star Wars is overrated

Star Wars isn’t as great as everyone makes it out to be, and the original trilogy has aged like three 45 year old gallons of blue milk.

All three films were directed by George Lucas. The first of the movies, “A New Hope”, came out in 1977. The second movie, “The Empire Strikes Back”, came out in 1980. The last of the original trilogy, “Return of the Jedi”, was released in 1983.

 Try these 12 steps to have success in college 

Students will sometimes ask if it was worth it getting a doctorate. And I’m like, “What do you think? I get to do this! I get to read about things I find interesting and then I get to talk to people about that!”  

From my first day in college, 46 years ago, I loved college. I loved learning and finding new things and then getting to talk about it with classmates and professors.  

It took me a while to realize that it’s college that I really love, by which time I stumbled back to Highline and into a teaching career.  

Letter to the editor

Column neglected Highline’s 3D printing lab

Welcome back to Highline

Welcome students to Fall Quarter! I hope you had a nice and relaxing summer. I don’t know about you but this summer flew by! If you are a returning student, I hope you are moving toward the completion of your educational goals. If you are new to our college, welcome and I wish you success and encourage you to take advantage of the services available on campus to help you succeed.

Here’s the truth: COVID-19 is real, and it’s not over

The COVID-19 vaccine is becoming more accessible, restrictions are starting to be slowly lifted. But that does not mean the virus is gone and we can let our guard down.

When I first was informed I tested positive for COVID-19, I was in genuine shock and did not know what to feel.

Pandemic feels like the end of education

The pandemic took the entire country by storm, and while schools and colleges were quick to reopen online, many of us don’t really feel like we’re back in class.

Don’t get me wrong, the massive workload does bring back a sense of normalcy, but I miss awkward eye contact in the library, having to walk too far too early in the morning, and hanging out in the Student Union.

What it Means to be an Arcturus Editor

I must open with the fact that I do not think there is a better opportunity to understand the students and culture at Highline, than being an Arcturus Editor. And, for the record, I say this as a proud writing center tutor, who loves working with the diverse student body on campus- where we see people every day.

We all need to work together to get through college

My name is Fe H. and I am currently a student at Highline. I want to share a few tips on how to grow and succeed as you attend college here at Highline.

Welcome to Fall Quarter

Welcome to the new academic year, Thunderbirds. I am delighted that you have chosen to begin or continue your education here at Highline during these most interesting of times.

Welcome to Fall Quarter, Thunderbirds

The Associated Students of Highline College (ASHC) team is excited to welcome you all to Fall Quarter.

Coronavirus sprung a few surprises on us all

This was supposed to be my year. I was graduating high school, going to prom, getting my AA ,turning 18 and going to university all in this year.