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 Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20)

Don’t be shy. Strut your stuff and leave everyone else dead in the water. Use the fish in your sign to help with this. Did you know Rhianna is a fellow Pisces?

 Aries (March 21-April 19)

Life is all about making memories, so do something outright crazy. It’s college for a reason, right? Make it your goal to have a wild story to one day tell your kids or, if you’re more of an animal person, your cats. I don’t judge.

 Taurus (April 20-May 20)

You and I both know you need to go shopping. Go ahead, I support you. It’s OK. Don’t stress about the bills. They can wait, trust me. Don’t think about it too much.

 Gemini (May 21-June 21)

Don’t get yourself into anything you can’t talk your smooth self out of over Spring Break. Just keep the good times coming.

 Cancer (June 22-July 22)

Make wise choices over Spring Break. Y’all are not together for a reason, remember that. Who needs this more? You or me?

 Leo (July 23-Aug. 22)

So what if they left you on read? Go out and make ‘em blow up your phone, but don’t respond. Petty, I like that.

 Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)

Listen, let go of whatever is holding you back. Some serious “you” time is overdue. I’m talking about some TLC, face masks. Better yet, listen to “I’m out, by Ciara.” Even better, put up a Instagram post in something new. Whatever makes you happy.

 Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)

Three words to describe your Spring Break: Young. Wild. Free. Just don’t take it too far. Your liver and life will thank you later.

 Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov.21)

Is it beer before liquor or liquor before beer? Find out for us.

 Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec.21)

Something spontaneous sounds fun. Go backpacking or read a new book. The possibilities are endless. The world is your oyster.

 Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan.19)

As hard as it sounds, don’t plan this one. Go with the flow and let the current take you. When you’re too busy planning, you could miss out.

 Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)

Remember that one night, yeah, the one there’s no speaking of? Avoid. Fireball. It’s OK … me too.

TOP 10: Ways to stay safe over Spring Break

TOP 10: Ways to stay safe over Spring Break


Spring Break is right around the corner and I cannot wait to be sitting on the beach sippin’ something strong. But with great power comes great responsibility, and we still have another half of the semester to finish.

  1. Watch your drinks.

My mother taught me to never accept a drink from anyone and to always keep my eyes on my drink. This is my motherly advice to you. If it seems tampered with, toss it.

  1. Take an Uber/Lyft.

Drinking and driving is lame, and ridesharing is lit. Keep an eye on social media for promo codes. Not only will you get there safely, you pay less. Win, win.

  1. Know your limits.

Chugging that big bottle of bad decisions may seem like a beautiful idea, but you don’t want the consequences. Get to the fun “you” that can enjoy and remember. Even better, the “you” that did not get alcohol poisoning.

  1. Send a goodnight text.

Wherever you go, text someone afterward. It can be anything from “Goodnight, I’m home” to “jgonls I;mjuh hijeknf.” It makes a difference to the people you care about.

  1. Start with a game plan.

What are your plans for the night? I mean the entire plan. Know where you’re going and who is going, to eliminate surprises that could ruin your fun. (I know, I know, I’m a mom.)

  1. Use a buddy system.

I probably don’t even have to tell you this, but never do anything alone. You’re always better off in numbers. So, yes, powder your nose, but together.

  1. Trust your gut.

You already know what this means. If something doesn’t feel right, you’re probably correct. Leave or call it a night.

  1. Protect yourself.

Whether it means applying sunscreen, wearing a hat or protecting your future, never do anything without covering yourself.

  1. Water is your best friend.

Get this tattooed. Water is good for your skin, hair, nails and insides, especially if you’re going to be in the sun. Drink as much water as possible before you start drinking anything else. Besides, water is delicious.

  1. Remember who you are.

Don’t forget to enjoy yourself. You are a smart individual and you’ll make good decisions. This is your mom, signing off.

THE WORD: What do you want from Donald Trump?

THE WORD: What do you want from Donald Trump?

Photos and interviews by Dakota Fincher at Downtown Campus

“I guess I’d like to see less homelessness because that’d be really great for us homeless people. I’d like to see more people going to school or work, or both.”

Piper Dawn

Major: Business


“Personally, me being a foreigner, a better view of the world. A Muslim does bad, all Islam is blamed. Those are his reasons to hate all Muslims.”

Mohamed Adan

Major: Science


“He needs to be more open to the people. He’s the POTUS. He needs to help, he can’t do everything alone.”

Brayant Gracia

Major: Education


“Maybe a better person. He’s a bad person, the problem of the United States is ‘immigrants.’ I don’t like him.”

Michael Beltran

Major: Finance


“Free health care, ‘cause we’re the only country that charges for general checkups. Here, our super power is our insurance companies. It’s wrong.”

William Camp

Major: Film and Art Design

Here's a tip

Here’s a tip


Tip. Your. Server.

It’s discouraging to find a table left filthy and penniless after the patrons ran you ragged for extra ranch dressing and fourth refills of Dr Pepper.

I understand the minimum wage has gone up along with prices at certain restaurants, with minimum wage for servers going from $5.05 to $7.

However, servers still earn less than minimum wage. Tips are the reason a server’s minimum wage is $7 and not $10 or more.

Tipping is important and appreciated.

Remember the person serving you could be a mother, father, struggling college student or someone struggling financially in general.

Yes, we all work hard and our money is indeed ours. Do as you wish with your money, but please be considerate of servers.

I’m that struggling college student server, and I know I am good at my job. I hate when people don’t tip.

Tips help me get to my next paycheck, especially since I get paid every two weeks.

Serving is not just about fixing the order when a customer only thinks he requested “no cheese.” I’m serving three to six tables besides yours, and still making your stay enjoyable.

In addition to taking the drink order, food order and everything in between, I am bussing the table. I leave no trace that anyone was ever there, just in time to seat more guests.

Perhaps you’re wondering why I don’t get another job since I cannot handle someone not tipping. Let’s rephrase the question: Why would anyone go to a restaurant in the first place if they’re not going to tip?

Yes, horrible servers are out there and do not deserve a cent. Don’t take that out on someone who provides excellent service.

Dakota Fincher is a waitress at Denny’s. She encourages you to treat servers as they treat you, and to understand that tipping does matter.