Ellen Ailts


Ailts: Everyone deserves the 'right to be forgotten'

In the age of the Internet, the irrelevant past is no longer swallowed by oblivion. Even after you die, the record of your life — warts and all — will be available for discovery and scrutiny online. Your social media might be your everlasting legacy, so don’t post what you don’t want your great-great-great-grandchildren to see. 

Ailts: How calorie counts on menus could reshape our eating habits

Food establishments have until May 7 to comply with U.S. Food and Drug Administration requirements to provide calorie information for consumers, an Obama-era policy that’s experienced almost a decade of delays. In February, the House passed legislation amending requirements that food establishments provide calorie counts. 

Ailts: Widespread hunger across college campuses calls for institutional relief

Food insecurity, or the lack of reliable access to sufficient quantities of affordable, nutritious food, is a more pervasive problem on college campuses than some may realize. It’s been considered a bigger problem at two-year colleges and state universities, but new data suggests that 20-33 percent of students at four-year colleges are also food insecure. On average, around 12 percent of U.S. households experience food insecurity. 

Ailts: Our generation could lead the way in sustainable meat consumption

There’s been a global shift away from meat consumption in recent years, spearheaded by millennials. Seventy percent of the world population is either reducing their meat intake or going completely meat-free. The number of self-identified vegans in the U.S. has increased by 600 percent in the last three years. 

Ailts: Why and how we should protect our online privacy

We might value our personal information — in fact, nearly 74 percent of people in the U.S. believe it’s “very important” to be in control of their personal information, according to Pew Research — but most don’t act in accordance with this belief. 

Ailts: Raising the tobacco sale age to 21 could have unintended negative consequences

While I’m certainly no advocate for smoking, I am wary of lawmakers attempting to restrict what decisions young adults can make about their own lives — especially since their estimation of the bill’s potential effect is highly optimistic. There is virtually no systematic research to suggest that an increased tobacco sale age prevents teens from smoking, as the Institute of Medicine recognized in a 2015 report.  

Ailts: Pillsbury Hall needs your help

Despite the fact that over 6,000 students take English classes annually, the English department is near-invisible on campus. A simple but significant benefit of the move would be to bring the English department out from the shadows. 

Ailts: You're worth more than an unpaid internship

While unpaid internships can lead to gains for students in terms of experience and career preparedness, hiring rates for unpaid vs. paid interns vary; according to a study by NACE, the National Association of Colleges and Employers, 63 percent of paid interns received a job offer, while only 37 percent of unpaid interns did. (Hiring rates were at 35 percent for those with no internship experience whatsoever.)