The Hunger Games: From Faking to Affection

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Blog 3 Photo.jpgThe Hunger Games has recently become a popular to many teens and young adults as being "the next Twilight romance story". This story, for any people that have not heard about it, is about two teenagers who are forced into an annual game that forces 24 children from 12 districts, one boy and one girl, between the ages 12-18 to be placed in an arena to fight to the death. The main character of the book, Katniss, is forced to participate with the other (male) tribute from her district, District 12, named Peeta. While working together, Katniss was suggested to fake affection with this boy to get sponsors to help them get medicine, food and other items to help them win the games. However, at the end of the first book, Katniss seems to start to have a grown affection for Peeta. I believe that this is because of the 3 reasons for love and attraction shown in our textbook. Proximity, Similarity, and Reciprocity. While participating in the Hunger Games, Katniss and Peeta end up living in a cave in the arena. They are forced to live together in these close perimeters and soon start talking about their "fake" affection. This is an example of Proximity. In the cave, they started discussing their lives, and soon realize they have a lot in common with each other. This is an example of Similarity. And the final reason, Reciprocity, is shown when in the Games, Katniss decides to risk her life to save Peeta because he has risked his life 2 times before to save her own life and feels the need and desire to repay him for his kindness and love. This topic about Katniss' affection is very controversial between some fans, for whether Katniss loves Peeta, or her best friend, Gale. This made me interested in an article by the New York Times called, "A Man. A Woman. Just Friends?" This describes how our culture is so obsessed with love and relationships cannot be as simple as two people being friends. Can Katniss really be "Just Friends" with Gale? What do you think?

Are We Truly Safe?

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A lot of us rely on our common sense to help decide between different situations, but are they really as reliable as they seem?
For example, the phrase mentioned in the text "There's safety in numbers". Programs like 624-Walk are providing students with an escort at night so they can feel "safe". You can see the contradictions with this when you hear news articles such as this.
The article shows that even when in groups, in this case 2 people, you are not completely safe.
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The mugging happened just south of Willard Residential College in Illinois. Another incident very similar to this, actually happened at an apartment complex on the U of M Twin Cities campus. Even though colleges stress the concept of "There's Safety in Numbers" we are not always safe.
However, there is a lot of truth to this saying. Criminals usually spot victims who are distracted, unaware of their surroundings, and are alone. The problem is is that muggings are multiply determined. For example, criminals are usually on the lookout for easy targets, so they can quickly mug their victims and get away without the high chance of being caught.
Some criminals however, may be in desperate need of money and don't care about the circumstances of the victim.
It is impossible to determine whether or not our "phrases" are going to be reliable at certain times, but we can learn that we cannot become cocky just because we are following our intuitions.
With your experience as students, has your common sense been helpful or hurtful most of the time?