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Luis Ruuska
Luis Ruuska is The Huffington Post’s editor-at-large for the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, where he is majoring in journalism and electronic media with a minor in political science. He previously worked as a columnist for The Minnesota Daily and has also blogged for HuffPost Teen. Luis is currently a deejay at the independent, non-commercial college radio station, 90.3 The Rock (WUTK-FM), and enjoys writing about technology, politics, public policy, and all things higher education. Follow him on Twitter @LuisRuuska and be sure to visit

Entries by Luis Ruuska

Why Representation Matters: A Thank You Letter to Bryan Konietzko and Michael Dante DiMartino

(1) Comments | Posted December 26, 2014 | 10:20 PM

If you were to ask me on the street what my favorite childhood franchise was it would be difficult for me to answer you immediately. Harry Potter and seasons 1-5 of Pokémon would certainly be honorable mentions, but Nickelodeon's Avatar: The Last Airbender has always been and remains one of...

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10 Appropriate Twitter Reactions to the Media's Ebola Hype

(0) Comments | Posted October 29, 2014 | 7:26 AM

As someone who one day wants to become a full-time member of the media, the media's reaction to the spread of the Ebola virus to the United States (what many media outlets have been calling "a crisis") has been nothing short of disappointing and discouraging.

The fact of the matter...

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Five Horrifying Websites for Your Halloween

(0) Comments | Posted October 29, 2014 | 7:15 AM

If haunted houses and scary movies just don't do it for you anymore, consider spending your Halloween with a bowl of candy and a laptop. These websites may not make you scream, but they may certainly fill you with the sense of dread that only comes with knowing that sometimes...

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For the Love of Radio: Why College Radio Matters and Why You Should Support It

(0) Comments | Posted October 2, 2014 | 12:14 PM

Throughout the semester, the University of Tennessee, Knoxville's non-commercial and independent college radio station, WUTK-FM, sees around 45 to 60 volunteers -- nearly all of whom are current students at UT -- walk through its doors.

There are few other organizations on campus, if any, that are as...

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3 Ways to Avoid the Consequences of Pre-Fall Break Burnout

(0) Comments | Posted September 29, 2014 | 10:24 AM

For many students, fall break is just around the corner and offers a few days of relaxation and recuperation before tackling the second half of the fall semester. However, the days and weeks leading up to fall break can feel excruciatingly long and many students may experience what is known...

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The Best of #BendGate

(0) Comments | Posted September 29, 2014 | 10:03 AM

When Apple slips up, consumers and competitors alike just can't help but enjoy some major schadenfreude. Although #BendGate has not been nearly as much of an issue as the botched iOS 8.0.1 update that caused network connectivity and Touch ID malfunctions, it has produced some pretty...

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Why More Men Need to Hear Jackson Katz's 'More Than a Few Good Men' Talk

(1) Comments | Posted September 15, 2014 | 4:29 PM

It is no secret that misogyny and violence have permeated most of Western society since its inception. It is also no secret that in 2014 there is still a great deal of discrimination, objectification, and violent attitudes and actions that many women have to deal with on a daily basis....

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Five Mobile Apps that Every First-time College Student Should Have

(1) Comments | Posted August 25, 2014 | 3:58 PM

With over 1 million apps available in the App Store and Google Play alike, students have more opportunities than every before to navigate college (and life) with help from the device in the palm of their hands.

Although apps like Evernote, StudyBlue, Duolingo, and...

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My Graduation Speech

(2) Comments | Posted June 1, 2013 | 2:26 PM

Greetings Class of 2013; we did it. We're finally graduating. Perhaps not all on the same day, or even in the same week, but at some point or other this month -- or even in early June -- we will all be walking across that stage and handed our diplomas...

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In Defense of the Teachers of America: What We Can Learn From Jeff Bliss

(141) Comments | Posted May 10, 2013 | 12:35 PM

It was the viral video of the week. Jeff Bliss, a sophomore at Duncanville High School in Duncanville, Texas was asked to leave his World History class by his teacher, but he didn't go without a passionate speech about his teacher's lack of passion for her profession. I...

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Why This Atheist Has a New Hope in Pope Francis

(5) Comments | Posted March 21, 2013 | 10:15 AM

As an atheist, I should not have any interest in the matters of the Catholic Church. I should not care about the pageantry of Conclave nor should I care about the pontiff that arises out of the aforementioned ancient election. But I do. I care about who is the head...

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The Five Best Pieces of Literature I Read in High School

(16) Comments | Posted February 19, 2013 | 2:16 PM

As I write this, I have approximately 88 days left until my high school graduation on May 18th. I have to admit, four years ago I never thought that senior year would come as fast as it did and if these last 88 days warrant nothing else, they warrant reflection.

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This Is 'The Choice'

(0) Comments | Posted January 9, 2013 | 7:46 AM

If you have never watched NBC's popular answer to FOX's "American Idol," also known as "The Voice," then I will give you the condensed version of how it works. A contestant auditions blindly for judges Adam Levine, Cee Lo Green, Christina Aguilera, and Blake Shelton (although Aguilera and Green are...

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Merry Christmas from Your Friendly Neighborhood Atheist

(107) Comments | Posted December 23, 2012 | 12:04 PM

Right off the bat, I understand why my credibility as a teenage atheist can be called into light. Ever since a certain micro-blogging website sprung up -- and anyone who knows anything about teenagers and the Internet knows exactly which one I'm talking about -- teenage atheists, anarchists,...

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If You Don't Want to Talk About Gun Control, Let's Go Back to Basics

(4) Comments | Posted December 15, 2012 | 11:12 AM

On Thursday, I attended my 5-year-old brother Alex's kindergarten Christmas musical -- a double feature of "The Birth of Christ" and "A Gingerbread Christmas." There was something about seeing all of those kids up there dressed as bakers, toy soldiers, angels, animals, and everything else that was just absolutely heart-warming....

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Is It Me, Misanthropy or Just High School?

(4) Comments | Posted November 27, 2012 | 8:20 AM

Buyer beware: stop reading right now if you are not in the mood to read an extremely lengthy diatribe about the first-world problems of a senior in high school. I should also add that I love learning and I have always had teachers that I have greatly appreciated and learned...

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America Is Moving Forward (Whether You Want It To Or Not)

(7) Comments | Posted November 7, 2012 | 8:26 AM

It was around 11:18 EST that word broke that President Obama had snagged Ohio and therefore basically bagged the election. Twitter exploded and soon the entire country -- and the world, for that matter -- knew who won the presidential election of 2012. But among all of the tweets, immediately...

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Was Halloween Better When We Were Kids?

(3) Comments | Posted October 22, 2012 | 8:43 AM

Today my parents went to the pumpkin patch with my youngest brother. Naturally, at five years old, he was enthralled and couldn't wait to pick out the biggest pumpkin in the pumpkin patch. Meanwhile, at 17 years old, I groaned at the prospect of making the half-hour drive to the...

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Driver's Ed for the High School Hallway Pedestrian

(1) Comments | Posted September 28, 2012 | 8:56 AM

We all know the feeling. The bell has just rung, signaling the mad five to 10-minute dash to the next class, and what should be a three-minute stroll to Biology class -- located just a few hallways down -- turns into the next installment of Indiana Jones. Okay, so maybe...

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Political Ignorance Is Not Bliss

(1) Comments | Posted September 18, 2012 | 9:18 AM

It's hard to imagine not knowing something about politics in 2012. After all, in a world filled with opinions in every tweet, status, and most-watched video of the day, it's challenging to not feel pulled and stretched by groups of people who all want you to believe that they are...

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