Global warming is definitely a bad thing Scott Pruitt

A couple of weeks ago, a news alert from the Washington Post popped up on my phone. “EPA’s Scott Pruitt asks whether global warming ‘necessarily is a bad thing,’” it read.

I decided to ignore the alert and read it later when I was ready to face the ignorance of the head of the Environmental Protection Agency, Scott Pruitt.

In a 2016 opinion piece for the National Review, Pruitt said global warming is a debate that is “far from settled” and questioned the legality of the Clean Power Plan, which Pruitt has plans to repeal.

How someone with these beliefs is head of the EPA is a mystery to me.

In Washington Post’s article, Pruitt seems to finally acknowledge that global warming is occurring and offers up a new tactic by asking if a warmer atmosphere is bad for the Earth. It’s unclear why he thinks this exactly, but in multiple interviews he repeats the idea that no one knows the ideal temperature in 2100 and the focus should be on what is happening today, not in one hundred years.

If Pruitt focused on today, he would see the numerous detriments of global warming including the severity of wildfires. Higher temperatures in spring and summer combined with earlier snow melting in the winter results in hotter and drier forests, prime conditions for a wildfire to start and spread. This is evident in California and according to their state fire protection agency, Cal Fire, wildfires burned an average of 202,751 acres each year. That number nearly doubled in 2017 to 505,900 acres.

Global warming is also causing a faster acceleration of rising sea levels, more destructive hurricanes and heavier flooding in some areas with severe droughts in others, which can disrupt food production and supply.

With ample evidence that global warming is definitely a bad thing, Pruitt needs to focus on how to stop global warming today, tomorrow and in 2100.


Modern dating for millennials: Takeaways from “U Up?” podcast

In honor of Valentine’s Day, I decided to give my blog some love and talk about my take aways from the “U Up?” dating podcast. Whether you’re single, in a relationship or in a “it’s complicated” situation, everyone can benefit from listening to “U Up?” Hosted by Jordana Abraham of Betches Media and comedian Jared Freid, “U Up?” tackles dating for millennials in a humorous yet serious way as they give advice from female and male perspectives.

It’s easier than ever to go on dates, but harder than ever to keep a relationship

Thanks to Tinder, Hinge, Bumble, other dating apps and social media, there are so many ways to connect with people online and plan dates. However, as easy as it is to do this, it’s harder than ever to keep a relationship. Before the Internet, no one knew what a significant other was doing in his or her spare time. Now boyfriends and girlfriends can see what their significant other is liking and who they are following on Instagram and other apps, which can lead to jealousy and create tension in the relationship.

It’s not you, it’s ME…literally

The dreaded phrase, “It’s not you, it’s me,” actually has some truth in it. Society has taken a valid reason to stop dating and turned it into a cliché. Sometimes a person has their own reasons for not wanting to date you and those reasons have nothing to do with you. You’re great. Maybe this person isn’t over their ex, or is swamped with work and doesn’t have the time to be the boyfriend or girlfriend you deserve. Stop looking for reasons to blame yourself.

Self-reflect and work on yourself

While you shouldn’t blame yourself every time a relationship ends, you should also be able to self-reflect and see where you may need to work on yourself. A relationship is never going to be perfect, but if you both put in effort to be your best selves, it’ll be pretty close to it.

Don’t make rules for dates

First dates should be about having fun. Giving yourself rules to follow like time limits and amount of drinks you should have can hinder a date. Live in the moment and focus on the date, not the rules.

It’s not a race to your wedding day

Even if you’re the last of your friend group to get married, it doesn’t mean you lose the wedding race. Engagements, weddings and babies should not be viewed as a competition between women. Some of your friends may be married before you but that doesn’t mean their marriages will be happier than yours. You’re looking for the person you are going to spend the rest of your life with, so it may take a while do find them. Don’t settle and enjoy where you’re at in life, even if that is by yourself for now.

Read my full review of “U Up?” in the Reading Eagle here.

2017 year in review & 2018 goals

2017 will be best known as the year I graduated from DeSales UniversityIMG_3094 2

It was a lot of hard work and finally graduating with a B.A. in communication was bittersweet. I was sad to leave my friends, my professors, who were such big influences in my life, and the college newspaper, The Minstrel. I was also excited to be finally done and a couple of weeks later, I had an interview with the Reading Eagle, which led to my first job in journalism.

To learn more about my year, read: Missing the back-to-school vibe this year, My new job as an obituary writer is the opposite of depressing, Saying goodbye to my role as editor-in-chief. 

I bought my first car, a 2017 Chevy Sonic in July

Before this car, I co-owned a car with my dad that I paid him back for, so it was exciting to be the sole owner of the car and finance it myself.

Five months later, the car was totaled

Read about the impaired driver that caused the accident in the Reading Eagle here.

Chad and I got back together

After being apart for a year, dating other people and learning about ourselves, Chad and I reconnected and started dating again. We needed the time apart and have learned a lot, and now our relationship is stronger than ever.

I experienced a lot of firsts

I went to my first Eagles game and NASCAR race, ran in 5Ks, visited wineries, went hiking in new places and finally got a Netflix account. I visited Washington, D.C., for the first time and completely geeked out at the Newseum. I took a hand-lettering class, which created a fun, relaxing pastime for me. And I also tried new food like Moe’s and Duck Donuts, and ate an overwhelming amount of ice cream. Thanks to all my friends and family for making these experiences memorable and being there for me.

I was disgusted by the news

Despite what was occuring in my life, the news was hard to ignore, especially when I want to be a news reporter. Of course there is too much to cover, but 2017 seemed to be full of more shootings, terrorist attacks and violence than ever before. Although devastating hurricanes and earthquakes rocked the world, the U.S. pulled out of the Paris Climate Accord and it is clear President Trump has no concern about climate change or the environment. This makes it even more important for everyone to do their part for the Earth. Lastly, all the sexual assault allegations were disturbing, but the #MeToo movement was the silver lining by inspiring women to stand up for themselves and speak out. I hope this leads to actual change in 2018 and doesn’t just get pushed under the rug.

2018 career goals

I actually never made a resolution last year because I was focused on graduating and finding a job, and thankfully I accomplished that. This year I don’t exactly have a resolution either, but I have a lot goals for my career in 2018. I would like to leave Marshalls and find something more fulfilling to supplement my part-time job at the Reading Eagle; however, the longterm goal is to obtain a full-time job as a reporter.

2018 personal goals

When college ended and I had more free time, I started exercising more by running, lifting weights and doing core workouts. I just got an ab wheel for Christmas and plan to continue exercising and staying fit in the New Year. I also want to work on not letting the little things bother me so much and enjoying what I have.

How to combat dry, itchy winter skin

As the first day of winter nears, temperatures in Pennsylvania are dropping, drying out my skin and making it itch. I’m going to share with you the products I use to help relieve these symptoms. All products are under $15 and I usually purchase them at my local Giant or Target. Feel free to comment below and let me know what works for you.

AmLactin Alpha-Hydroxy Therapy

About six years ago now when I was in high school, I saw a dermatologist for red patches of skin. She told me I have extremely dry skin and gave me a prescription for two different cremes, which helped clear up the red stops, and also recommended AmLactin moisturizing body lotion. It is 12 percent lactic acid and is pH-balanced for the skin, encouraging skin cell renewal through exfoliation. I only use this lotion when my skin is feeling especially dry and itchy. While effective, it leaves a heavy lotion feeling and doesn’t have the most pleasant smell for claiming to be “fragrance free.”

Tip: Another suggestion from the dermatologist was to switch to gentle laundry detergent. I use Ultra Downey Free & Gentle, it’s free of perfumes and dyes and dermatologist tested for sensitve skin. $8.99, Target

Vaseline Intensive Care Spray Moisturizer

This is my go-to lotion that I use every morning and night. The spray bottle makes it super easy to apply and it absorbs quickly. Unlike AmLactin, I do not notice I even have the Vaseline lotion on. It leaves a non-greasy, clean feeling. I’ve used the original and the cocoa radiant, both smell great, and it also comes in aloe.

Clean & Clear Dual Action Moisturizer

This dual action moisturizer moisturizes dry skin while also treating and preventing acne. I’m not sure how well it works for acne, but it does a great job of moisturizing my face. I apply this to my face every morning and night or as needed in the winter.

Curél Itch Defense Body Wash

I started using this a couple of summers ago when my legs were extremely itchy. My skin wasn’t dry and I didn’t have bug bites so I had no idea what was causing the irritation. I really don’t know what was going on but this worked so well and I continue to use it as my regular body wash. It’s dermatologist recommended and accepted by the National Eczema Association. Jojoba oil and olive oil act as hydrating agents. It also says it’s fragrance free, but has a pleasant lemon scent.

Gold Bond Intensive Healing Cream

I have tried a lot of itch cremes for quick, fast itch relief and Gold Bond Anti-Itch Skin Protectant Cream has worked the best for me so far. It is full of healing moisturizers for skin and also vitamins A, C and E. It helps soothe dry, itchy patches of skin and I have also used it to soothe mosquito bites.

Fun-run 5Ks reviewed: Color Me Rad, Warrior Dash, Insane Inflatable, The Great Pumpkin Run

Color Me Rad 5K


An old photo of me from 2014 after my first ever 5K.

Throughout this bright and happy 5K, there are numerous color stations where volunteers throw colored powder on you or douse you in liquid color. The end of the run is even more fun though. There is lively music and the MC invites guests on stage to compete in games and other activities. For my first Color Me Rad 5K, a group of people and myself went on stage while the whole crowd sang “Happy Birthday” to us, so that was a cool experience.

The MC and his helpers also throw color packets into the crowd. You are encouraged to open the packet and share the powder with those around you by dumping some into your neighbors’ hands. Then there is a countdown and everyone throws the powder into the air making a huge rainbow cloud. This is where you will get the most color on you and sometimes it’s a little hard to breathe with the powder flying around, but the color is safe and non-toxic. It’s corn starch-based with food-grade dyes.

Tip: Most of the color will wash out of your clothes. To make clean up easier, cover your car seats with old towels or bed sheets.

Score: A  I ran in three of these so far so I don’t have much to critique. They could possibly add more color stations to the run but the after party makes up for this as well.

Warrior Dash 5K

A much harder clean up than Color Me Rad, Warrior Dash will leave you full of dirt (and in my case, mulch.) The Warrior Dash is full of obstacles that will having you crawling in dirt and mud, climbing up and down structures, and also getting wet. I ran the Warrior Dash this past August and my favorite was the Goliath, one of the featured obstacles. You climb up a rope net and reach the top of a 30-foot slide. The slide is super fast and fun and you land in cold, refreshing (dirty) water.

You really don’t get that dirty until the final obstacle, Muddy Mayhem. You can skip any obstacle, but my friends and I wanted to complete them all. In Muddy Mayhem, you army-crawl under barbed wire through a 100-foot long mud pit. In this case though, it wasn’t so much mud as it was water and mulch. I think the mud would have been better than having mulch pieces sticking all over my body when I was finished.


Skye and I jumping over the Warrior Roast obstacle. (Yes, we are rewearing our Pumpkin Run 5K shirts, see below.) Photo courtesy of Warrior Dash.

Tip: There are volunteers stationed at each obstacle but there is nothing to help break your fall between an obstacle and the ground. Most obstacles aren’t that high though and I was able to complete them all. Fingerless gloves helped me keep my grip while climbing especially on structures like Bridge the Gap that was wet with water and mud.

Tip: There are hoses to rinse off and changing areas. Bring trash bags for your dirty clothes and extra towels.

Score: A-  I would definitely run in the Warrior Dash again. It would be nice if they keep changing up the obstacles and have actual mud, not dirty water and mulch. (Click each obstacle to view tips on how to train for them.)

Insane Inflatable 5K


Don’t be fooled by the high expectations that this cool looking start line will give you.

I was extremely excited for the Insane Inflatable 5K because I love blow-up obstacle courses and racing my friends on them. (For some reason, a lot of events at DeSales University had inflatables). Going into this 5K, I think my expectations were too high. The video on their website also portrays the 5K as more fun than it actually is. Overall, the obstacles are so similar you can’t differentiate between a lot of them. Most of them involve climbing up the obstacle and then ending with a slide. (Like the Warrior Dash, the slides were my favorite parts.) I guess there are only so many variations of inflatable obstacles but I was also picturing them to be longer than they were as well. With that being said, the obstacles do give your legs a work out though.

All-in-all, this 5K seemed to be hastily put together. We were running on rocky terrain one minute and then grass the next. There were large rocks that seemed hazardous and I think should have been removed for safety purposes and easier running. Most runs also have signs when you hit mile marks and this 5K did not. My boyfriend, Chad, and I felt the run wasn’t even spaced out to a 5K, it felt much shorter.

Score: C+  I probably won’t be running this one again. I was disappointed by the obstacles and would only consider running again if they added more of a variety.

The Great Pumpkin Run


Skye and I wearing our matching shirts. (Together we are known as Skellie.) Our team name was Pumpkin Bread Heads after first meeting through working together at Panera.

The Great Pumpkin Run is you guessed it, held in the fall, and is always at a fall-themed farm or orchard. Because of the location the run is filled with pretty scenery. The 5K I participated in was at Savidge Farms in Mertztown, Pa., and we ran through the pumpkin patch and even part of the corn maze. There is also a Tough Pumpkin option where runners can hold a pumpkin up to 10 pounds during their run but that sounded more like hassle to me.

After the run, you are given complimentary apple cider and may enjoy the attractions of the farm. Since we already ran through most of the farm, my friends and I visited with the farm animals and left shortly after. This run is less exciting to me than others because if I’m paying money to run a 5K I want obstacles or color or at least money supporting a good cause; I can run a normal 5K on my own for free. This run is a fun way to celebrate the fall though. My friends and I also had a blast making our pumpkin-themed shirts to wear.

Score: B+  For being a fall-themed run, The Great Pumpkin Run succeeds; however, I’m not dying to run this one again. I think one experience is sufficient. I already have all the gear and see no reason for another pumpkin tech-jacket.

Read my most recent column in the Reading Eagle about how I got started running and my review of audio-guided runs on the Nike+ Club Run App.

Six months adulting after graduation down, the rest of my life to go

They weren’t kidding about the six-month grace period between graduation and starting to pay back student loans. Exactly six months from my graduation date (two days ago), I received an e-mail saying my first payment is due Dec. 10. With this six-month mark, I would like to reflect on the dreaded “adulting” so far.

A lot is the same since my July blog about my job as an obituary writer at the Reading Eagle. At the end of that July blog, I said I was excited to see the next steps I would take in my journalism career and I have taken more steps. I write up the to-do list calendar for the Weekend section, published every Thursday. I also contribute to “My 2¢” columns. These columns are published every day and writers rotate, so I am published about every two weeks and it’s great that I can write on whatever topic I wish to cover.

These “My 2 cents” columns are also why I am not posting on here as much because I’m saving ideas for there. My portfolio page is constantly being updated with my latest Reading Eagle columns though. Topics include my first Eagles game, a ghostly experience, the Lantern Fest, which disappointed compared to last year, shows to watch on Netflix and more.

At the end of August, I also began freelancing for Lehigh Valley Style magazine. I interned there last fall and they did not find a fall intern this year, so they asked me if I would like to act as the intern, but get paid instead of college credit.

Um yes!

At Lehigh Valley Style, we work so far ahead that when I started in August I was working on the December issue so I can’t wait to see my writing in print next month. (This will also be posted on my portfolio page.)

I thought life would be easier after graduation. I do have more free time (helloNetflix and books and running), but jobs, relationships and other stress replaces college stress.

I remember being so stressed about finding a job after graduation. I wasn’t hearing back from a lot of the positions I interviewed for or heard the inevitable “need more experience” line of rejection. I couldn’t imagine where I was going to find a job, but I did find one that I am grateful I like a lot.

Before college I was stressed about where I was going to go to college and what I would major in. But I figured that out and I’ll figure out the other unknowns in my life as well.

I see my friends less now that we are all working. I’m also still sort of on the job hunt. The main goal is a full-time job in journalism. Right now, I would love to stay at the Reading Eagle, but there isn’t anything currently open. So I wonder if I’ll stay or end up somewhere else. I don’t mind being part-time for now; I’m only a few months in. I’m looking for other part-time jobs in my field that will allow me to stay at the Reading Eagle and to finally quit Marshalls. I was hoping to escape retail before the holiday season but no such luck.

Life doesn’t just fall into place after graduation like I daydreamed it would. There are constantly unknowns in life such as where I’m going and what the future holds. Eventually the hurtle is overcome and the next one comes into the line of view. Sometimes I fly over them and sometimes I stumble, but I always keep going.

Dove ad aimed for diversity, not racism

There’s a lot of pressure creating content these days when everyone is worried about being politically correct. The recent Dove ad fiasco is a great example. Dove released a three-second GIF showing a black woman taking off her shirt to reveal a white woman, who then takes off her shirt to reveal an Asian woman.

Many social medias users speculated that this ad represented the stereotype of a “dirty” black person being cleansed to white. Perhaps if the order was changed and the white woman took off her shirt to reveal the black woman (model Lola Ogunyemi) people would not be in such an uproar. Changing the order would have changed the negative perception of “dirty” to clean; however, Dove wanted Ogunyemi to be the face of the campaign and I think that is commendable.

People are  too busy looking for something to be upset about and it’s especially easy to jump on the bandwagon when everyone is pointing fingers that Dove is racist.

I looked at this ad with the preconceived notion that it was racist as an article headline said. I understood what everyone was complaining about, but more than that, I saw that Dove was trying to represent diversity. Three seconds and they feature three different races; that’s pretty good in my eyes. Overall, I saw the message that Dove works for all women with different types of skin.

Even Ogunyemi didn’t think the ad was racist and said she is not a victim. She and other women were very excited about creating the ad as well.

“All of the women in the shoot understood the concept and overarching objective – to use our differences to highlight the fact that all skin deserves gentleness,” she wrote in an opinion article on The Guardian.

She also noted that her friends and family loved the ad and congratulated her on being the first woman to appear.

The 30-second TV commercial featured seven women of different ages and races. Instead of the T-shirts, they were in a bathroom answering the question, “If your skin were a wash label, what would it say?” Having the variety of skin types answer this question was more effective at getting Dove’s message across than the three-second GIF.

Dove took down the ad and released an apology saying they “missed the mark.” Their apology has upset people as well. Ultimately, I agree with Ogunyemi that Dove should have backed up their creative vision in the apology and explain their choice for choosing Ogunyemi as the face of their campaign.

My new job as an obituary writer is the opposite of depressing

I am a few weeks in at my new job as the obituary writer for The Reading Eagle newspaper. I know, I know, the job sounds depressing. That was my first reaction as well and I initially wasn’t very excited about my first job post-graduation.

First of all: death. Everyone is uncomfortable talking about it, but my job is actually positive. I get to read about the most impressive accomplishments these men and women have achieved in their lives and all their great and great-great-grandchildren who love them.

My job title is also misleading because I don’t actually write the obituaries. Family members often write them and funeral directors e-mail them to me. I edit the obituaries for AP style rules and style rules that are particular to the newspaper. I am also a fact-checker in a sense. For example, I check that a World War II veteran was born within dates that makes serving in the war possible.

Obituary writer is also an interesting position because although I work in the editorial department, I mainly work in the computer program AdBooker since obits are technically classified death obits.

Yes, my busy days at the paper rely on people dying, but I enjoy editing the obituaries. They make me wonder what I will accomplish in my life.

I never thought that I would be an obituary writer after college. I was hoping for a more exciting job title like investigative reporter or something where I could write more than I am now, but I am happy to have the opportunity to be working in the journalism industry. I applied to marketing positions and other jobs related to my communication major, but more than anything I wanted to end up at a newspaper or magazine, so I’m very thankful to be where I am.

One of my professors started out as an obituary writer and she has accomplished so much in her life as a journalist, author, and professor. So I know that this is only the first stepping-stone to my journalism career ahead of me.

I started at the bottom of journalism in high school and again in college and I know I can work my way back to the top to one day be an editor-in-chief again. But for now I’ll be working as hard as I can to shine as an obituary writer and welcome the next steps in my career that come my way.

From the Editor’s desk: Saying goodbye to my role as Editor-in-Chief

Originally published in Issue 14, Fifty-First Year of The Minstrel (May 4, 2017). 

I almost never joined The Minstrel.

I came into DeSales thinking I wanted to be an advertising copywriter and had no intention of pursuing journalism as a career. I became a staff writer on The Minstrel a couple weeks into freshman year to make friends and get involved in the school. I thought it might be difficult to handle the extra work, but I decided to try it out.

Looking back, I’d like to pat my freshman-self on the back for making that decision because this paper has created a passion in me to investigate facts, interview people and tell their stories.

Overall, The Minstrel has been one of the most impactful things I’ve done here. It’s taught me bravery, leadership and how to accept criticism.

When I accepted my position as Editor-in-Chief last year, I had no idea how I was going to fill 14 issues. I knew I wanted to bring controversial topics to The Minstrel but I wasn’t sure what topics or how. This year is when I really got into the mindset that everything can be turned into a story and my gears were always turning for new ideas.

I also moved away from editorials this year since I have this great “Letter from the Editor’s desk” where I can write anything I want—which has been an absolute pleasure—and started focusing on hard news.

I am proud of my staff and myself for covering many weighty topics such as sexual assault, LGBT rights, mental health, sex trafficking and politics. We’ve opened up diverse conversations on a campus where these conversations were previously lacking or nonexistent.


Proud and happy and sad to see my last issue as Editor-in-Chief. Photo by Tina Tran

It has specifically been great to witness the evolvement of the non-discrimination policy, which I first covered in November, and to now see that the decision to add “sexual orientation” is going to the Board. (Read the article out on Page 1.)

In addition to improving article content, we added the “Editorial” section and editor position. In previous years, there would only be an Editorial Page when there were enough articles to fill a page; however, this year we made sure to devote at least one page an issue to editorials.

We changed the masthead design, fonts and other layout changes such as photo stories to approve the paper’s appeal. Additionally, we cut the full puzzle page to either a quarter page to sometimes nonexistent in order to cover more content for our readers.

I have many people I would like to thank for their support at DeSales. First, I would like to thank The Minstrel staff for putting up with my perfectionist attitude when it comes to editing articles. It was a pleasure working with Managing Editor Will Edwards and all the other editors by my side. I know they will all have great success in the future. I wish Chris Shaddock the best of luck as Editor-in-Chief for the next two years. The enthusiasm you have for journalism will take The Minstrel to great places and I can’t wait to see the paper continue to evolve.

I’d like to thank The Minstrel’s advisor Professor McKnight for being an inspiration to me as a journalist and always helping me out of the hot water I often created; Dr. Grasso for bringing out the feminist in me, always chatting with me in her office and challenging me academically to be the best I could be; and all the other professors I’ve had an honor of meeting at DeSales who have shown their support for me in some way.

I couldn’t have made it through the past four years without my communication right hand (wo)man Erin Grube. (They’ll miss us roaming the Humanities hallway next year.) Thanks for being a friend to me since freshman year and helping me learn that it’s okay to not be

Thank you to my best friend Skye Van Hook—who “doesn’t even go here”—but has shown so much support and encouragement for my articles on social media that you would think she did. She believes in me and my talent more than I believe in myself.

And thank you Tina Tran, the nicest person I know, for attending almost every DeSales event with me. It’s been a memorable four years and I know we will keep the random road trips coming.

Last, but not least I’d like to thank my mom, dad and Katie for reading ALL of my articles over the past four years; there’s been a lot.

Even as a commuter, DeSales was a second home to me. I will tremendously miss this place and the kind-hearted people I’ve met here, but I know I’ll be back to visit.

Although the future ahead of me remains uncertain, I know I’ll be writing. I’d like to take my investigative journalistic skills to the real world and continue to fight for justice in my articles.

I leave you with a quote from one of my favorite TV shows, “Pretty Little Liars,” that is also about to come to an end.

“How lucky am I to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard?”—Spencer Hastings

Peace, love & DeSales,

Kellie Dietrich

From the Editor’s desk: Sexism in the workplace

Originally published in Issue 11, Fifty-First Year of The Minstrel (March 23, 2017). Click here to view the entire issue. 

A recent Twitter thread about an email experiment has been going viral and caught a lot of attention, including my own. If you haven’t seen it, the thread was from Martin R. Schneider who worked at a small employment service firm with Nicole Pieri, whose boss complained took a long time working with clients.

Schneider recalls having accidentally sent e-mails under Pieri’s name and having clients being rude and dismissive towards him. After changing back to his own email signature, he received positivity and gratitude from the same client.

Schneider and Pieri then began an experiment where they switched email signatures for two weeks.

The results? Schneider tweeted, “I was in hell. Everything I asked or suggested was questioned. Clients I could do in my sleep were condescending. One asked if I was single.”

As for Pieri, Schneider tweeted, “Nicole had the most productive work week of her career. I realized the reason she took longer is because she had to convince clients to respect her.”

This experiment reveals that sexism still exists in the workplace today and is a daily obstacle for women.

“I wasn’t any better at the job than she was, I just had this invisible advantage,” tweeted Schneider, who realized his unearned privilege of being a male.

Twitter users were also quick to bring up the fact that if Pieri had a black-sounding female name, she would face additional struggles.

This incident also reminds me of the Howard/Heidi experiment. Half of a Harvard class was given the case study of Heidi Roizen, a real-life entrepreneur. The same case study was given to the other half of the class except the name was changed to Howard.

Both groups found Heidi and Howard equally competent, as it should be since the accomplishments were identical. However, Howard was seen as more likeable while Heidi was seen as selfish and not someone you would want to work with.

It is sad that while success and likeability are positively correlated for men, it is negatively correlated for women. Additionally, women are often sexist against other women, so it’s not like sexism exists solely because of men. Women and men both need to reflect on the respect, or lack of respect, they give others.

I have been applying to jobs and I wonder if my resume is perceived as less strong because of my gender. Will that affect my job opportunities in the future? I sure hope not, but like Pieri, I will work twice as hard to get the job done.

This issue is full of successful (and likeable) women such as alumna and business owner Anne Gurtowski, CSSJ volunteer of the month Erin O’Neil and the women’s lacrosse team who will be making DeSales history all season long.

Peace, love & DeSales

Kellie Dietrich