Caroline Hsu


Caroline Hsu, left, poses with a friend. 


How Are You, Really?

“How are you?” If I got a penny every time someone asked me this, I would be able to pursue my childhood dream career of being a professional McDonald’s Chicken McNuggets taste tester.

Hsu: Gluten-Free Isn't the Answer

Nowadays, the term “gluten-free” is thrown around all the time. Health gurus swear that a gluten-free diet is the key to a long and healthy life and “foodies” avoid gluten-heavy foods at all costs. Huge corporations have been milking this trend and capitalizing on the opportunity to boost their profits. Since 2008, General Mills has added 600 gluten-free products to its inventory. Clearly, companies like General Mills are catering to a growing market. Over the past four years, sales of gluten-free foods in the United States have increased from $11.5 billion to more than $23 billion.

Hsu: Mandatory Attendance

From elementary to high school, students are expected to regularly attend classes. “Roll call,” the process of taking attendance and penalizing students who are absent without a legitimate reason, is a common occurrence. This is a far cry from the classroom dynamic of higher education. In classes with over a hundred students, it is difficult and often unfeasible for professors to take attendance regularly. This unfortunately can lead to students skipping class. Oftentimes, large classes will see attendance steadily dwindle as the term progresses. Although students may not think that physically going to class is critical to their academic experience, they are actually doing themselves a disservice when they fail to attend lectures.

Hsu: An Oft Ignored Issue

In the hit televison show “Glee” (2009), character Marley Rose suffers from bulimia. Emma Nelson, a character in the show “Degrassi: the Next Generation” (2001), is diagnosed with anorexia nervosa. Eating disorders, once a taboo subject, have recently received ample attention in the media. Rather than attempting to hide it, people suffering from eating disorders are now encouraged to seek treatment and help.

Hsu: Why We Shouldn't Call Her "Hillary"

People often refer to presidential candidate Hillary Clinton as simply “Hillary.” Whereas her male counterparts are rarely, if ever, identified by their first names. How often do you hear people say “Ted” instead of “Ted Cruz,” or “Jeb” instead of “Jeb Bush?” Apparently, Americans know Hillary Clinton well enough to be on a first name basis with her.

Hsu: With Great Responsibility

As Ben Parker once said in “Spider-Man” (2002), “with great power comes great responsibility.” The stark reality is that with the “Moving Dartmouth Forward” plan and its implications ever-present in the minds of students, the newly-elected class representatives must deal with myriad issues, including student mental health and growing scrutiny around inclusivity in the Greek system. \n To clarify, there are two bodies that represent the goals of the student body — Class Councils and Student Assembly.