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    Stanley Cups Are Getting Too Much Hate

    These cups aren’t overrated but there’s a reason you might think that.
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    Photo Malia Rodriguez
    A pink Stanley Cup

    If you have been anywhere on the internet the past few months you might have noticed a certain water bottle topping the charts. The Stanley “Quencher” cup, holds an impressive 40 oz and has a convenient handle. This cup has gained popularity online and around the school and it’s not for nothing.

    The first problem I see people have with this cup is the price. I constantly hear people say “I wouldn’t pay $40 for that,” which when phrased in that way, does sound like a lot, but let’s see how it compares to other popular brands. We see an average of $50 from Hydro-Flask for their 40 oz cups and you pay twice that for Yeti. I would argue that Stanley’s prices are aligned with the market average, even maybe on the cheaper side.

    An important thing to look for in a reusable cup is if it keeps things cold. Well, as somebody who loves ice-cold water, I can confirm that Stanley does a great job at that. I can have the same ice in there for two days straight and it won’t even melt entirely. This is great if you’re like me and you don’t have time to refill it in the morning because then you can just refill it at night and it will still be just as cold.

    I’ve also often seen people complain about its design, saying that it is too heavy or hard to carry but the fact of the matter is that any large-capacity water bottle will be somewhat heavy. It also can be put into the side pocket of a backpack or like I do, can be carried in a Lululemon bag. These are two things I couldn’t do with my Hydro Flask as it was much too big.

    So, as you can see, a lot of the problems people have with the Stanley aren’t really that big of a problem. Unfortunately, I think that a lot of the vitriol for the cup comes from somewhere else entirely. There is a pattern that occurs when something becomes popular with teenage girls/young adults. Things like Taylor Swift’s music, the Stanley Cup, Lululemon, etc.

    It seems that anything remotely trendy instantly becomes horrible, even if it became trendy for a reason.  I got a Stanley because my old water bottle was, well, old and beat up and because I thought the Stanley was cute. It is good quality, reasonably priced, trendy and I personally like that. I think a lot of the hate for this cup is unfounded and I think that people should stop hating things purely because they’re popular.

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    Malia Rodriguez, Senior Staff Writer
    Maila Rodriguez is a sophomore at Robinson and a senior staff writer for Knight Writers. This is her second year on staff. When writing, Rodriguez tends to lean towards Opinion and A&E stories, where she infuses her distinctive perspective and voice on a variety of topics. "[I like] writing opinion stories and A&E stories; [last year,] I even won an award for my review "M3gan" was Mediocre," Rodeiguez said. Aside from using her pen and paper, she loves to socialize with her friends and practice her editing skills on Adobe Photoshop in class. Rodriguez is also very involved at Robinson as a member of multiple clubs including Marine Biology, Photography and Model U.N. Outside of Robinson, she partakes in ballet for Kari and DiMarco South Dance. When Rodriguez isn't writing or practicing ballet, you can find her listening to her favorite artists such as Taylor Swift and Lana Del Ray while crocheting or painting. Her paintings tend to be still life watercolors and you will often see her drawing inspiration from her surroundings. "I'll usually paint what I see around me so like right now I've been painting my cat," Rodriguez said. In the future, Rodriguez has not decided what she wants to pursue yet, but plans on making a positive impact on the world by helping others in her future field of profession. "I want to do something that helps a lot of people like something with a charity organization or I want to be like a lawyer in the future," Rodriguez said. "I want to especially help people who are less privileged, and you know, can't afford to help you."
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