UFI Blog

Ann Bailey Blair McMillan of Guelph, Canada, has grown a mullet in a bid to return to the year 1986 – the year he was born.  He and his girlfriend, Morgan, have also put away their tablets, smart phones,  computers, DVD players, X-box, coffee machine –...

Diane Robertson A study published last week in the journal Review of the Economics of the Household analyzes data taken from the 2011 Canadian Census in which young adults are asked the question: “Are you the child of a male or female same-sex married or common...

Kristi Kane The word adult is a funny one to me only because in today's society it seems to have such a wide variety of definitions, most of which contradict each other.  To me an adult is supposed to be someone who is mature and who...

Maddie Gillel Have you ever heard the  phrase ”don’t let a camel get his nose under the tent”?  Apparently, once he does that, it will not be long before his whole body is inside the tent, and he will be wreaking all manner of camel-havoc. Two subjects...

Diane Robertson New Jersey judge, Mary C. Jacobson, has become the first judge in the United States to cite the Supreme Court’s ruling on DOMA as a reason a state must legalize same-sex marriage. Judge Jacobson said that not doing so deprives same sex couples of...

Ann Bailey Searching for happiness for yourself and for your children?  Evidently, it’s as simple as relocating to Iceland. “What We Can Learn from Iceland,” an online article that made the rounds recently, offers a provocative premise and a collage of lovely photos that make some rather...

Alyssa Samuelson & Jessika Tweedy Technology is such a powerful tool. We’re able to communicate with someone clear across the globe, send texts instantly, provide a means for understanding what is happening worldwide, and learn new information with just a click of a button.  It has...

Maddie Gillel When we were teenagers, and even younger, my brothers and sisters, neighbors and friends would go outside our small town in the winter and ice skate on ponds and small rivers.  We did this often enough that we knew how to tell by looking at...

Kristi Kane Last week, one of my daughters told me for the tenth (it could be more), time that she never plans on getting married. When I ask her why, she tells me that her generation does not understand how to love or trust or how...

Sarah Owen So much of our culture has been revolutionized by the spread of cell phone and on-line technology.  Most of us can't imagine our lives without it.  Despite the benefits that can come through technology, it also facilitates a major problem: pornography. Pornography is not new...

Commitment, loyalty, responsibility. These are all things that we want in ourselves and in those around us. Social scientists have long discussed how we live in a social world.  We are not born into a social vacuum; rather our lives influence others, just as their...

Maddie Gillel There’s a great story in children’s literature about a grasshopper who loves to play his fiddle and dance the whole summer away while watching the busy little ants harvesting everything in sight so that they will have the necessities throughout the coming winter.  Alas,...

“Choose your religious conviction or choose your livelihood.  But, you can’t choose both.”  That, in effect, is what the New Mexico Supreme Court has told the owners of Elane Photography.  Jonathan and Elaine Huguenin now face over $7,000 fine and court costs because they held...

Day Care and School Maternal employment in the first year impacts a child’s socio-emotional development. Even when taking into account gender, ethnicity, social class, and mothers’ current employment status, third- and fourth-graders whose mothers worked when they were less than one year old were more likely...

  An analysis of 50 separate studies of juvenile crime revealed that the prevalence of delinquency in broken homes was 10-15 percent higher than in intact homes. In addition, there were no appreciable differences in the impact of broken homes between girls and boys or between...

Diane Robertson The gay lobby has a weapon more amazing than any gun, bomb, or fighter jet ever invented. Without a single shot fired, the gay lobby is winning the culture war. That weapon—manipulation. Through insisting Christians and other religious people are bad, hateful, and even anti-Christian...

Kristi Kane It's hard to watch our children suffer consequences for their poor choices or foolish actions. The older they are, the more challenging the consequences. When my children were little, of course there were times when they were disobedient. I would ask them if their homework...

Kate Harrison This past weekend, in New Jersey City, New Jersey, three teenage boys found a three month premature baby discarded by the trash.  This child was found whimpering, with other trash, in a plastic shopping bag.  This child still had its umbilical cord and could...

Diane Robertson The June 26th ruling from the Supreme Court, while essentially doing nothing other than striking down section 3 of DOMA has had a large effect on forwarding the legalization and recognition of gay marriage throughout the United States. Here’s what’s happening: The US Department of Treasury...

Lorna Bryce and Hanah Parker Children spend more time watching television than in any other activity except sleep.  Fifty-four percent of children have a TV in their bedroom and 44 percent of these children say they watch something different when they're alone than with their parents...

Kristi Kane Over three decades ago, my brother began to make choices that took him away from the path of becoming an outstanding citizen with a future to a delinquent citizen whose life  nearly ended in death several times. He partied wildly, smoked, drank and did...

Diane Robertson Imagine a part of the population believed the only good they could do in the world was to die? Imagine that the rest of population believed this was true too. Imagine if certain people were born simply to harvest their organs for the people...

Kristi Kane Nearly 40 years ago, my Dad (now a retired physician), was called by the attending physician in the city's local emergency room to help with a patient. A woman in her mid-late 40's had been struck in the back of her head by a...