Keep it to yourself
Slish, slosh, pop, smack; that’s all I seem to notice when there is gum chewing. To me, this is one of the more irritating quirks that people have. Also the most hair raising. It’s a very sloppy noise in quiet times, and it makes me feel edgy at the slurpy sound.
Tara Gidus wrote an article, “Pet Peeves,” about this habit. She suggests this in her article: “If you love your gum, chew alone or be conscious of those around you. By limiting myself to a half piece, the wad is smaller and luck is back in my mouth without chewing it obnoxiously.”
This is a great way of enjoying gum without disturbing others. Personally, I don’t mind if people chew gum. It just bothers me when they open their mouths while chewing gum. The sloppy noises coming from their mouths are detestable. I’m still trying to understand the need to distinctively show that gum is in your mouth. Whether it’s pink, blue, green, or even purple, it’s never a sight to see or hear squishing between tongue and teeth.
My solution to this problem is simple: Keep your mouth nice and shut when there is gum inside. This would help at least me, and a majority of people I know, a lot with stress and anxiety over this controllable issue.
Bad singers should stay silent
People with horrible voices should not sing. My sister is one of these people. When she attempts to sing, a noise sounding like an animal is dying (or in a lot of pain) comes out of her mouth. Even my father complains about the sound of her singing voice. My sister sings so loud I can’t hear myself think when she is yowling!
Professional singers record their songs in studios and then use technology to make their voices sound better. Ashlee Simpson is a great example of fake singers. One time on “Saturday Night Live,” Ashlee Simpson was on stage holding the microphone down when the song started playing.
Ashlee’s voice was being heard, but her lips were not moving. Ashlee Simpson started to dance and almost ran off the stage. When I am in my room, I listen to music and sing along. Most people can’t hear themselves sing, so you would have no idea if you are hitting the right note or not. During auditions on “American Idol,” the contestants are always saying how they are the best, but they usually end up sounding really bad. The contestant then becomes humiliated on TV in front of millions of people. If only a good friend had talked the contestant out of auditioning, then the person trying out would hopefully realize they are not good at singing.
Not every person should sing in front of people. If someone you know told you that you have a horrible singing voice, would you continue to sing?
Eastern students lack school spirit
The problem I would like to address is the lack of school spirit and student attendance at all sporting events here at Eastern Washington University. Although we saw an improvement in the student attendance during football season, does each one of our teams need to be national champs in order to gain some support?
Yes it is true that our other sports did not shine as much as the football team, but they deserve to have full stands too. Or our women’s soccer and basketball teams, which played very well, there were seldom many fans there to cheer on our fellow eagles.
Maybe we should sit back and think about how our lack of support as students and fans is why some of our teams aren’t doing as well, the lack of support and enthusiasm may be rubbing off. So I suggest we fix the problem and start being more supportive of all of our eagle sports, regardless of their record. As current students, we should have more school pride and fill the stands and cheer on our teams and hopefully see them to victory.