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Is my generation “soft”?

I have faith in our decency, and I hope to help people learn about why some things are considered “offensive.”

By Amelia Alexander
One of the characteristics that other generations use to describe Gen Z is “soft.”  Maybe that’s true.

I do believe that we are more sensitive than other generations. Our generation wants to set boundaries. Many members of Generation Z want to create an environment where people of all gender identities, sexual orientations, religions, and races feel safe.  We live in a free country. As a patriot, I believe that we need to respect people’s individual liberties that do not harm others.

Icon music review: The four most anticipated albums of early 2021

From Drake, Willie Nelson, Foo Fighters and Evanescence

Reviewed by Craig Hoffman 
The calendar has flipped to 2021. That means a fresh start for everyone. This includes the music industry. This year should bring with it a ton of great new music from the biggest names in the industry. Here are several albums we are looking forward to in the first part of this year!

What new music releases are you eager to listen to this year? Let the Icon know in the comments!

Covid-19 vaccine - as things roll out

Research continues to maximize the doses available in the U.S.

By Karen L. Kier
Pharmacist on behalf of the ONU HealthWise team

It has been over a month since the COVID-19 vaccines have received FDA emergency use authorization (EUA). 

What have we learned about the vaccines as the number of COVID-19 cases in the United States are increasing? 

Many health care workers and long-term care residents have been receiving the vaccine with some completing the 2-part vaccine series. A government working group designed the plan to distribute the vaccine. 

Icon music review: McCartney III - Paul McCartney

McCartney III is a gem that proves why Sir Paul McCartney is the greatest singer-songwriter of modern times

Reviewed by Craig Hoffman
McCartney III is the 18th solo album by former Beatle Paul McCartney. The album was released in December 2020. The genius songwriter is the most successful albums act in U.K. recorded music history. 

The artist has 22 number 1 records with The Beatles, Wings, and other solo efforts. McCartney III is on pace to add to that tally. It is expected to reach number one in the U.K. and the top three on the U.S. charts.

My New Year's resolutions

I hope that we can collectively grow as a community this year. Feel free to share your goals in the comments below

By Amelia Alexander
Note: The Icon intended to post this on Dec. 31, but our Webfaction host site technical issues put us behind.
2020 has been a chaotic year to say the least.

The majority of us are relieved that it is coming to a close. Obviously, the problems of 2020 are not gone. The pandemic is still here, and the protests during the summer did not cure our country of racism. However, I think that things are looking hopeful. 2020 has been painful, but I think that we are headed in the right direction.

Icon book review: A life in hozo

The sacred legacy of the Hillermans

Review by Robert McCool
Hozo is the peace that a balanced life brings. Ever since 1970's Tony Hillerman's “The Blessing Way,” and all along the way through 18 books in his series until 2016's “The Shape Shifter,” hozo is what his main characters strive toward as they seek to solve the mysterious happenings in the sacred home of the Navajo people.