Title IX celebrates 40 years

-By Morgan Aguilar, student staff

Female athletes have several reasons to celebrate this year, especially at the University of Colorado at Boulder.

2012 marks the 40th anniversary of Title IX. The act states that “No person in the U.S. shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any educational program or activity receiving federal financial assistance.”

The title’s main purpose was to end discrimination in all extra curricular activities in education. For women, it had the most impact on athletics.

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This week in History:

-by Morgan Aguilar, student staff
September 18th, 1998
Reba McEntire receives a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, next to Meryl Streep’s star, at 7018 Hollywood Boulevard.

You don’t need to be a country fan to appreciate the incredibly talented, hard-working singer/actress. In the United States,  McEntire is the 7th best-selling female artist in all genres and the 7th best-selling country artist. She is the best-selling female country artist of all time, creating 34 studio albums with 35 number one singles. She has sold more than 80 million records worldwide.

And somehow, she also had her own TV show, has a clothing line, and spent some time on Broadway.

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Women’s History- Hydna the Diver, Artemisia I of Caria and the Many Failings of Frank Miller’s 300

-Gabrielle Friesen, student staff

So 300 was a movie (2007) based on a comic (1998) based on a historical event, and I’m still irked about the movie and the comic. Frank Miller’s comic was a retelling of the Battle of Thermopylae. The movie was directed by Zach Snyder, with Miller as executive producer and consultant. As Xerxes invaded, 7,000 men moved to block his way through the coastal pass Thermopylae. Included in this force was King Leonidas I of Sparta. For two days, Xerxes’ forces were successfully kept out of the pass, until a local man showed them a secret pass. Learning of this, Leonidas dismissed much of the force, knowing that they were vastly outnumbered, keeping about 300 Spartans, 700 Thespians, and 400 Thebans to protect the rear, most of whom were killed. Miller guts this to the Spartan 300, ignoring the other forces and injecting his normal heterosexism, racism, xenophobia, and sexism into the tale. The movie jacks this up to a hundred.

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Women’s History – Jeanne Laisne

-by Gabrielle Friesen, student staff

One of the most well known French heroines is Joan of Arc, who helped crown the French King and end the Hundred Years War. A lesser-known French heroine is Jeanne Laisne, better known as Jeanne Hachette, who in fact looked up to Joan of Arc. Jeanne Hachette’s moniker comes from the weapon she used to save her town from an invading army, and her heroism is still celebrated today.

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Dude Sweat!!!!

-by Gabrielle Friesen, student staff

[A Gillette video showcasing men’s achievements- building the pyramids, sailing the globe, composing, and walking on the men, followed by a man applying deodorant in his bathroom. The narrator talks about sweat played a part in all these great achievements, but odor does not to be a problem with Gillette]

Dudes! Your dude sweat has allowed for every worthwhile achievement of the human race! But don’t let your dude sweat make you smell! Continue to dude sweat while smelling less like sweat, so you can continue making all those Grand Acheivements, dudes!

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Can 1 Person Really Change Your Life?

-By Morgan Aguilar, student staff

I hadn’t realized it until now, but 7 years ago, 1 person dramatically changed the way my life ended up. Had it not been for this person, I may have not been as concerned with getting good grades in high school. I might have never thought about working hard so that I could attend an out-of-state University. Had I never been made aware of this person’s existence, there is a huge chance I would not have ended up at the University of Colorado, become an active feminist, and be on my way to a career field I am passionate and excited about.

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