What issues change society's social order? Here we discuss social progress and the issues that impede that progress such as poverty, negative impacts upon the environment, and disparities among peoples.

Fashion Frame of Mind: Most Green Conscious Retailers of 2015

These days, having an energy-efficient home, driving a gas-sipping automobile, and recycling are a must if you want to show dedication to preserving our environment. This trend has made its way into fashion, and now there are designers and companies striving to create more products and run their businesses in the most environmentally-friendly way possible. The following are some of the leaders in eco-friendly retail and what they are doing differently.… [Read more]

Bread Behind Bars: What’s Changing on Prison Menus?

Prisoners may be having more of an opportunity to eat healthier, thanks to a recent boom in prison gardens and a fight for better mental and physical health within the legal system. The initial idea of hardened criminals living it up on fresh fruits and vegetables may be uncomfortable, but keep in mind that one of the biggest populations of current prisoners are nonviolent prisoners arrested on drug charges.… [Read more]

Who’s Winning in Diversity in Our National Sports Programs?

As society begins to welcome diversity in many new areas including race relations and same-sex marriage, the trend appears to be making its way into national sports as well. Football, baseball, basketball and hockey, considered the Big Four of U.S. professional sports, have made great strides with diversity not only with players, but also with coaches and administrative personnel.… [Read more]

Americana Family: Trends in Childbirth and Rearing for Millennials

When it comes to Millennials, those between the ages of 23 and 34, ideas about child birthing and rearing tend to deviate from earlier generations. Trends in these aspects of having and raising children will inevitably tend to change with prevailing attitudes. Since Millennials place different values on what is important, as concerns their children, it is understandable that they will endeavor to indulge a new generation of children with these values.… [Read more]

The Story of Aaron Swartz and What Entrepreneurs Should Learn From Him

Aaron Swartz was, in addition to being a young man of conscience, a poster child for the terms “computer whiz” and “child prodigy”. He was still just a child of 12 when he created the Info Network, a forerunner of Wikipedia, and by the age of 13, he’d already become a co-founder of Reddit and one of the authors of Creative Commons(1).… [Read more]

Higher Education Today: Is it Worth the Cost and Time for Millennials?

In the past, there was no doubt about which road to take when it came to having the best opportunities for a promising future. College was dangled in front of the youth of America like a golden ticket to make their career dreams come true. Today, a higher education has lost its luster due to a struggling economy and an extremely competitive job market.… [Read more]

Party All Night: Living on Campus in a Culture of Binge Drinking

As a society we often consider college life a rite of passage. Young adults go off to college and learn to be independent. Sure, we think our kids are now adults and that they can handle themselves, after all isn’t that what college is about? But over the years there has been an aspect of college life that has been overlooked.… [Read more]

Hazing: When “Hell Week” Lasts Longer Than 7 Days

Initiation rituals, humiliating and sometimes downright deadly acts required of individuals seeking to be accepted into a group, are known as “hazing.”  But it’s perfectly clear that these stunts can cause short-term and life-long physical and emotional harm.

Athletic teams, high school social clubs, college sororities and fraternities . . . these are some of the groups known to subject wannabes or newbies to hazing, often concentrated in a short period of time called “hell week.” … [Read more]

Goodell Must Go

Maybe the naysayers don’t have it completely wrong. Maybe there is something to be said about the dangers of getting swept up in every gust of opinion that blows its way across the national stage. Perhaps it’s true that bowing to public pressure isn’t always the best course of action, and a mob mentality shouldn’t decide whether or not people should get to keep their jobs.… [Read more]

The 3 Deadliest Drugs in America

Even before Colorado Amendment 64 was passed, there had been a long-standing public debate concerning the illegality of marijuana. The public support for marijuana decriminalization has been noticeably strong, especially since Colorado legalized the drug recreationally for those 21 and older. Popular media outlets tend to touch on the topic frequently, often highlighting how the country’s public opinion is currently in favor of decriminalization.… [Read more]