Tuesday, March 3, 2015 AdarI 12, 5775
And it wasn't for good behavior: Battling materialism at the holidays
By:
​Lauren Kramer, JE Feature
We've all heard it before -- the "Mom-I-really-need-this" plea from our children. What exactly "this" is varies with age and influence, and sometimes, it really is a legitimate need. Yet more often than not, it's something that will occupy them briefly before being discarded in favor of a newer, more urgently coveted item. Materialism has become the scourge of American...
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It's a sad fact of life in our current economic environment: Almost every day, it seems, we see stories in the news about hundreds of people losing their jobs as employers resort to layoffs and downsizing -- to say nothing of companies going out of business. More than 45 million Americans had no health insurance in 2007, according to the...
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By:
Aaron Passman, JE Feature
Hayley Leib has been in and out of the hospital since she was 12. Now 21, her doctors have diagnosed her with mitochondrial disease, a disorder affecting energy and metabolism. Illness and long hospital stays can put untold pressure on any family, but the Leibs have had some help from an unexpected source. Enter Chai Lifeline, an international nonprofit organization...
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By:
Karina Grudnikov, JE Feature
Checking her Facebook page, Laura Miller saw requests from an old family friend, her boyfriend's best friend and a former high-school classmate. Another request surprised her: one from her mother. Miller promptly rejected it. "I told her I'd have no problem helping her use [it] as long as she didn't expect me to be her friend," she says. "So why...
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What abnormal appearances may say about those in the mainstream
By:
Frank Rosci, JE Feature
In his book, Freaks of Nature, What Anomalies Tell Us About Development and Evolution , Mark S. Blumberg, professor in the department of psychology, and a Starch Faculty Fellow, at the University of Iowa, proposes that freaks are actually part of the normal course of development, survival and evolution. Blumberg introduced the book to a packed house at the College...
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