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WATCH: Back To The Future Part II Stars Reunite For 30th Anniversary Of Day Marty McFly Went To The FutureBy Staff Report
Three of the stars of Back To the Future Part II made an appearance on NBC’s The Today Show this morning to celebrate the day in the movie when Marty McFly traveled to the future- October 21, 2015. Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, and Lea Thompson showed up to the interview, held down by Matt Lauer.
In case you live under a rock or hate the Internet (which we do sometimes too btw), you probably know that this is happening today. We are sort of sorry even posting this due to the amount of attention being given to the event, but the interview is pretty interesting.
Watch: Cast of Back To the Future Part II Reunite On Today Show
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Picture two lonely twenty- somethings, 2.4 miles away from each other, both struggling through the end of tumultuous relationships.
Two lonely people seeking very different things- one of us had good intentions, and one of us had none.
I was your typical tinder troll.
I was the QUEEN of ghosting boys on Tinder, and, unfortunately, Michael was the result of one of my most crafty “drink and ditch” plans.
My life as a Tinder ghost went through many phases but it ended in an incredibly unlikely way.
The Broken Hearted
I would venture to say that this is the most popular group of people responsible for Tinder ghosting.
These are the guys/ girls that will text/ snapchat you all the time.
They’ll make plans to meet up, but chicken out at the last second.
When I matched with Michael in the summer of 2015, I had just broken up with the guy that I had been dating off and on since high school.
My best friend convinced me to download Tinder “just for fun.”
I didn’t think I needed it, but I went along with it anyway.
The night I downloaded Tinder, I got a message from Michael.
He was going out and wanted to meet up.
I was freaked out about the whole idea of it, so I thought maybe I would just take a free drink for my best friend and I and ditch.
When we met up, he was a true gentlemen, he bought us drinks and we chugged them.
We left shortly after, and about an hour later, he saw me hanging out with another guy.
Although it may not sound like a valid excuse, I can assure you that the broken- hearted do not understand the damage that they may be causing.
These people are hurting and they probably cannot yet identify what a good guy/ girl looks like.
These people are looking for love, but still need to heal.
The Attention Seeker
This one is all of us to some extent.
Tinder is a great daily ego booster.
I don’t know of any other place where you can experience a variety of cheesy pickup lines crafted just for you (or used on 10 other people), get told how pretty you are, and rummage through hundreds of messages, choosing whom to reply.
Hangout two with Michael happened about six months later.
I had deleted and re- downloaded the app more than a handful of times since we had last seen one another.
This time, I had moved on from the heart break category, into the “home alone over Christmas break” attention seeking category.
I was out with a friend one night, and he was too.
So, I went over to where he was to meet him (and get free drink number two).
We talked for a bit, but then my friend needed me, so I left to be with her.
Later on in the night I saw him walking around with his friends, and I walked the other direction.
The attention seekers like things to be on their terms.
They only want you when they’re lonely or need the ego boost.
Attention seekers can get better over time, though, so don’t write them off right away.
Get to know these people, sometimes it might take a few tries to crack their seemingly egotistical shell.
The Gold Digger
Watch out for this one.
People like to blame this one on females, but I think this can be everyone.
This is the group of people that are unwilling to meet up UNLESS there is something good in it for them ie: dinner, drinks, entertainment.
They won’t just join you at the dog park or for a movie, they need some kind of incentive, and they get a high off of using other people.
When hangout number three with Michael happened, I was going into it with the intentions of more free drinks.
By this time, it had already been a year of enduring my ghosting, and he was pretty much sick of me.
However, one night, a freshly 21 Ariel partied a little too hard, and ran into some “medical” trouble.
I remembered that Michael worked in a hospital, so I texted him asking if I was going to die.
Turns out I was just fine, and the reassurance that he had my back was really moving to me.
So, ~finally~ date number one happened, and, (gold digger that I formerly was) ended up asking to pay for the drinks.
And, the rest is history.
You see, if Michael had not contacted me the second time we matched, even though I had already ditched him, I never would be with him today.
We have been dating for almost a year now and I cannot imagine a single second without him.
If he had not pursued me or had just begun ignoring me like I did him, we would not be as happy as we are today.
Sometimes the people who are unwilling to meet up are just gun- shy from their last relationship/ experience and need a little time.
They need a little forgiveness and understanding.
Trust your gut, though, and if it feels like you are being used, you probably are.
Of course, it could end up being love at first (or second) ghost too.
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Watch what you spout on Facebook – and anywhere on social media – because it could come back to bite you. Or get you kicked out of college.
Today’s college students grew up with social media, so it’s easy to make a connection as to why in recent years an increasing number of students all over the globe have been under fire for expressing their opinions, on platforms, such as Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr. One of the most controversial subjects is, not surprisingly, religion.
Should universities and colleges regulate and prohibit certain types of speech? In a new survey of college students, 69% said colleges should be able to establish policies that restrict the use of racial slurs and other language that is intentionally offensive to certain groups.
Gallup surveyed more than 3,000 college students for the study conducted by the Knight Foundation and the Newseum Institute.
When it comes to free speech and First Amendment rights, all speech isn’t created equal in the eyes of colleges, and in some cases students have been expelled for unsavory code of conduct, with religious issues at the heart of it.
Earlier this year, a Christian university student in England was expelled from his courses in social work after he expressed views about gay marriage and quoted the bible on his Facebook page.
Someone filed a complaint, and the University of Sheffield suspended him two months later.
Felix Ngole, 38, was in the process of getting his master’s in social work, when he posted a supportive message about Kim Davis, the Kentucky marriage clerk who refused to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
The university argued that Ngole’s beliefs are discriminating and not appropriate for someone entering the social work profession.
Ngole says he’s the one being discriminated against. Universities censoring students for their views and beliefs raises major concerns about the value of free speech, his supporters say.
“The university has failed to protect his freedom of speech under Article 10 [of the British Human Rights Act] and his freedom of religion under Article 9,” Andrea Williams, chief executive of the Christian Legal Centre, which is supporting Ngole said in a statement. “Students are entitled to discuss and debate their own personal views on their own Facebook page.”
Some people do in fact use a public forum like Facebook as if they’re having a conversation in their living room.
The old adage “I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it,” typically describes principles of free speech, although not so much in the university setting lately.
Ngole is a prime example.
“The university claims my views are discriminatory, but I am the one being discriminated against because of my expression of Christian beliefs,” he said in an interview with HuffPost UK. “I wonder whether the university would have taken any action if a Muslim student who believes in Shari’a law, with its teaching about women and homosexuality, had made moderate comments on his Facebook page. I don’t think so.”
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In a similar case, a student at Texas Christian University was kicked out of school last year and instructed to take a diversity class and see a psychiatrist. Student Harry Vincent described Baltimore rioters as “hoodrat criminals” on his Facebook page and in a tweet, on a different topic, stated Islam is “clearly not a religion of peace.”
His messages offended a woman named Kelsey, who compiled his “disgusting and racist” posts and shared them on her Tumblr asking people to email TCU to let the university know Vincent was “shedding a bad light” on the institution.
The dean’s office received more than 20 complaints and Vincent was suspended by the university. He was charged with infliction of bodily or emotional harm and disorderly conduct. He appealed the decision but the university denied his appeal, stating “The choices you made caused harm to other individuals. These types of comments are not acceptable at TCU and directly contradict our mission of being ethical leaders and responsible citizens in a global community.”
Vincent said he probably won’t return to TCU because he will not attend a school that doesn’t support the Constitution or the school’s own student handbook.
Religion is a touchy subject, and universities don’t want their constituency threatened – whether by a student or faculty. In a case involving a tenured professor in Idaho, social media wasn’t necessarily at play, but the broader spectrum of First Amendment rights.
Professor Thomas Oord of Northwest Nazarene University in Idaho was laid off last year under the guise of budget cuts.
Oord, a prolific writer and popular theologian, believes in evolution and he clashed with the university’s president on theology.
One writer pastor named Tim Suttle put it brilliantly when he said Northwest Nazarene should have just been honest and “own up” to why Oord was fired via email by president David Alexander.
“It’s such a failure of nerve to call it a budget cut,” Tim Suttle wrote. “Be straight about it, man… ‘I fired him because I disagree with his theological positions and he’s a pain in my butt. He’s a brilliant theologian but I don’t want him at my school and that’s my call.’ I would disagree with it, but at least your integrity is intact as a leader.”
As institutions of higher education continue to wake up to the realities of social media, there will no doubt be more flash-points in the fight for free speech.
Melissa Davidson is a freelance writer and social media marketer in Idaho. She has a degree in Journalism from the University of Montana.
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