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Large universities, especially those in the South, are known for their greek life. In the past, these organizations were known for their terrible behaviors and wild parties. Is that how they are now? Is hazing still prevalent?
I ask multiple friends of mine who are involved in these organizations. Many of them had positive things to say. They told me about all the great things they do for the community as well as special organizations. When I talked to a friend at the University of Alabama about her decision to rush, she told me it was the worst thing she’s ever done. I was told that the girl there are brutal. She has experienced multiple episodes of hazing. So why is it that people continue to join these organizations? Many of them join because of family. But why do we allow these organizations to exist if they make students miserable? People will change their lives just to fit in. The greek system creates a huge inequality at colleges. The greeks receive special treatment due to their looks and money. I mean, when I go to school I plan on rushing. But why should I have to change myself to fit in?
Society and Interracial Relationships;
Majority of society feels the right to let other know that there will be people out there that will disagree with your relationship such as interracial relationships. Some feel that relationships should stay within the culture. However, what they don’t know is that a relationship is based on love and not culture and/or color. As you can see, interracial relationships hit social media, there are a lot of commercials that are promoting interracial relationships. How does social integration comes to play? Even though interracial relationship means that different individuals from different cultures collide, they still work, get their education, and still live the life they have been living, the only thing that change is adding a person to the mix. The behaviors and cues within a society or group about interracial intimacy is their knowledge and culture background about interracial relationship. Most of the things that are being said or done by most of the society, that are negative, affects their personal life. Having the support and positive attitudes towards any relationship gives the two individuals strength to continue their relationship and make it stronger.
Some great stuff! I’ve even gotten involved in a few conversations.
Cellphones, laptops, tv – it’s what everyone needs to survive nowadays. Right?
Wrong. I think that in our society everyone is consumed with all of this “new found ability”. Ability? Well, like being able to communicate with your best friend who is on vacation across country. Or when you have a question to a homework problem, you can just pull out your handy-dandy iPhone and search up the answer. Not too long ago people had to go to the library and pick up books. Spending hours upon hours researching, we have it so easy now. Why is it so easy? I think we should spend a few hours a day putting our phones away and spending classic, real time with family and friends. I have heard many stories where families will be eating dinner and instead of having a conversation with each other they go off in their own little world doing their own thing. That’s not real, it’s fake. Family dinners at my parents’ house, phones and electronics stay away from the dinner table.
But don’t get me wrong, technology is a fantastic thing! With innovations flying cross the country, world rather, we can advance into unknown places. With technology we can take people to the moon and mars! Things we never have thought possible seventy years ago, it was only a concept. Scientists have even designed cars to get outrageous gas mileage. Which is personally great for me because I love driving, I drive around 300 miles every week! So for me, cars with amazing gas mileage will save me a lot of money.
Sometimes, technology can be a scary concept to grasp. Do “they” have minds of “their” own? Are “they” going to rise up against the human race? This seems like a very popular theme in movies and books, because many people fear this. But I do not believe technology—such as computers and iPhones—can have a mind of “their own”. Yes, Siri can talk by herself and have a conversation with you. But in a sense it is not “intelligent”. She was programmed to say all of that stuff, the designers tell her what to say. She does not have a mind of her own. Technology does have intelligence, but only as intelligent as the programmer.
Over the years we’ve all heard the stories of businesses and companies mistreating their employees in one way or another, whether it being their pay, hours, or spousal benefits. Although, I’ve never heard of a company, like this, whose employee try to go on strike to get their issue known by others, aside from the guys who sign their checks at the end of the week.
In Starbucks locations all over Chile, employees plan to go on strike because “they say, their wages are so low that they can’t afford to buy lunch”. It’s been said that the average hourly wage for a Chilean Starbucks worker is about $2.50, which wouldn’t even cover half of the cost of that individuals lunch on any given day.
For years, employees have been pressing for lunch wages, similar to the $50 “lunch bonuses” their managers receive. Instead, employees are offered two free coffees a day.
Chilean workers submitted a proposal requesting monthly lunch bonuses of $100 and listed nearly 20 other requests, “such as having the company assume the full cost of employee health insurance”. But the unions demands were not met and they voted to strike. Starbucks spokesman, Jim Olson, says “We feel their list of demands far exceed the industry and business norms for Chile”. He went on to list the number of other benefits that go “far above and beyond” including the employee 30% discount on food sold in the stores, 70% of their healthcare costs paid by the company and company stock.
Its said that the company threatened to fire or withhold promotions for the workers, this dropped the initial amount of strikers from 270 to 200. Jim Olson says “these are completely false claims. We honor our partners’ free choice and respect their legal right to affiliate”.
This issue certainly does not give Starbucks a good image. Hearing that the largest, most known coffee company is neglecting it’s very own employees outside the United States raises questions and appears to be unethical. Immediately, it seemed to me that because this issue isn’t present in the U.S. because Americans would hear about it; but with this happening in a completely different country appears sneaky and greedy on Starbucks’ part.
It all comes down to employee relations. A company cannot run successfully if the employees are not on their A-game all day, everyday, but when they’re not adequately paid for their work why would they be? Especially if they want employers aren’t listening to their grievances and treating them fairly. This could go both ways though, the threat to go on strike gives the employees an imagine of low morale for resorting to such a low extreme.
When customers in the U.S. hear this news I’m sure they’ll be astonished but it’s not really impacting them or their daily cup of Starbucks coffee so I really don’t believe it will take much of a toll on them, unlike myself.
More than likely, when I hear of a company mistreating or being unfair to their employees I simply stop spending my money there. The mistreatment of employees by their employer immediately puts a bad taste in my mouth and I refuse to buy products from a company knowing my money is being put into the pocket of someone who isn’t concerned about their workers.
Above all, I am beside myself that such a successful company that seems so trustworthy with their “responsibilities” tab on their main website, for everyone to see, is hiding the fact that they can’t pay their workers in Chile enough to even buy as much as lunch. If it take a few hours of working to be able to afford one meal for one person for one day, how is that individual expected to support themselves or their families? I just find this to be so unethical.
Business. Ferrell, Hirt, Ferrell. Chapter 2. Pages: 31-37
The Sad Reality of Suicide
The frequency with which suicide rates in America has increased over the last few decades is astounding. It makes me wonder whether people are unhappier or have just started doing something about their unhappiness. Some people think it’s a younger-generational phenomenon, but it’s really not; the middle-aged adult suicide rate went up almost 30% from 1999 to 2010.
America is notoriously a “complainer” nation, but we have always been very ambitious. People come to America to chase a better life, to chase “The American Dream.” With such high desires for ourselves, it makes sense that Americans would, overall, be relatively unhappy. However, our ambitious nature is not indigenous to the past decade; it’s indigenous to our culture throughout our entire existence. This means that our happiness levels, though potentially low, should be relatively stable, as our wants have always succeeded our capabilities. However, studies have shown that we are actually less happy now than ever before. An Italian study showed we are less happy now than we were thirty years ago, and a 2013 study showed we had even decreased in happiness since 2011. Perhaps this is the reason our suicide rate has increased so dramatically.
However, the rate of suicide is likely not dependent on one factor alone. The normality of suicide has pervaded our culture to the point where suicide is often not a shock. Culture breeds culture, so the faster suicide rates are increasing, the faster people are going to realize suicide is a socially viable option. The media also influences this; as more suicides are publicized, they blend into each other, causing people to think that maybe killing themselves wouldn’t be such a bad idea after all.
Overall, I think Americans actually are less happy, but I also think it has become socially acceptable to end one’s unhappiness by ending one’s life. Welcome to America.
In our society guns are something no one wants to know about or talk about. As someone who has been raised by Republican parents as well as southern traditions, I support guns. I strongly believe they benefit all of us. Now I’m not saying we should walk around, show off our guns, and shoot everyone in sight. I’m saying we should keep them in a safe location in case of an emergency. I feel safe knowing my father owns five guns. He is the only one who access to them.
The subject of guns has caused a large dispute between different political groups as well as social groups. Yes, this dispute makes our nation stable. People are working together for a common goal, but in this case it isn’t benefiting us. The argument about guns are all we hear about in the news. Since most people (celebrities and such) are against guns, they influence everyone else. This creates a large different in who supports guns and who doesn’t. I don’t believe that everything should be equal, but I do believe the media should report both sides of the argument.
A study conducted at Harvard found that the more guns a nation has, the less crime there is. Now the why don’t we hear about that in the media? Why are we not hearing about how homicides with firearms have decreased 39% in the last 20 years. Or that other crimes involving firearms have decreased 69%? We aren’t hearing this because so many people have their minds set on guns being terrible. Yes, I understand there have recently been large shootings. But the shooters had some mental issues. I don’t think we should punish everyone for another person’s mistake. All I’m saying is that guns should be extremely regulated. People should be allowed to own as many guns as they desire. I do believe that the process to purchase a gun should be longer and require multiple tests in order to ensure that the gun is going to the right person.
you know what what’s an interesting fact about sociology? sociology is just like science ITS ALL AROUND US!! everywhere we go there’s always studies on a human behavior as to posed to what goes on in our sexuality or body image. ever wonder what a human thinks of everyday or every single economy information that directs the way money comes through our paychecks? ever figure out our education and technology environments then just experience? you know the interesting fact about it all? it all takes man made objects to figure those things out to those who need answers. Development, organizations, and institutions help us curious ones. I think of sociology as a recreation to those who had there mind trap in a cloud. there are certainty tons of stuff people assume they understand. but the more interesting idea is that sociology can also be knowledgeable in technology via phone in the palm of your hands while your siting on the couch!! amazing right?