Changing Perspectives With Old Music

By Cole Cathcart. Think what you will of modern music. It is the product of centuries of hard work. Musical pioneers of all genres have crafted their own unique styles. As a result, wonderful “creole” musical mixtures have blossomed over the years. If you look deeply into the timeline of music, you’ll come to a…

The Binge

By Jourdan Lobban. A girl is lying in bed under layers of blankets.  Five empty Welch’s fruit snack wrappers lie near her fingertips. Soft, loosely coiled black hair covers her from ears to cheekbones. Her skin, once reddish gold mixed with honey, is currently a dull brown masking in darkness. A typical Tuesday evening. Nema’s…

The Hypocrisy of Hypocrisy (And All Its Inherent Contradictions)

By Smriti Haria. To me, hypocrisy is a special kind of irony wherein people feel entitled to make big moralistic statements that they cannot seem to live up to, with their actions. In other words, their ‘walk’ is in almost a complete contradiction to their ‘talk’. Much to my chagrin and for some I-have-no-idea-what reason,…

The ‘F’ Word – Feminism

By Nikita S. Daniel Radcliffe. Emma Watson. Beyoncé. Mark Ruffalo. What do all these people have in common? They’re celebrities, actors, they’re rich, and…they’re all feminists. If anyone reading this is a feminist, then congratulations, you’re one of the few reasons I haven’t lost hope for humanity! If you’re not a feminist, you’re either one…

Buckingham/McVie: A Review & the Fleetwood Mac of Today

By Sanho Kim. Just a few weeks ago, on June 9, 2017, the album Lindsey Buckingham/Christine McVie was released worldwide. As evident by its title, the record features Fleetwood Mac members Buckingham (guitar and vocals) and McVie (keyboards and vocals), and is structured as a duet album. An interesting aspect of this new album is the…

The Canvas and the Brush

By Zara Dash. A kind, wrinkled face stared intently at a blank canvas. A pale, wrinkled hand held a paintbrush tightly in his grasp. With a slight quiver, the hand moved toward the canvas with eagerness and purpose.  Her lightly soaked bristles met the blank canvas in a silent kiss, making him blush with a hue of pink,…

After You Move On

By Kaitlyn Fischer. I was sitting in my kitchen, my fingers wrapped tightly around the handle of a coffee mug. The steam clouded my glasses as I lifted it to my face, reminding me of the time when I breathed against the inside of your car window one chilly winter’s night and drew my name…

The Truth About #Adulting

By Madelyn Knecht. What really is Adulting? We see the hashtag on Twitter all the time, paired with random, typical responsible acts such as making dinner, paying bills, etc. #ADULTING EXPECTATIONS: maturity, clear skin, outgrow phone fear, can eat without spilling food on selfADULTING REALITY: none of the above — Cait (@PaperFury) June 19, 2017…

Quick Mindfulness for a Busy World

By Ashley Goodman. We lead fast-paced lives. It seems like there’s always something more to do, and never quite enough time to do it all. After a while, all of us yearn for the opportunity to slow down and relax. One promising tranquillity fix is the mindfulness meditation movement. Potential meditators have dived into instructional…

Not so soup-er: The case against donation drives

By Ida Kao. Every year at my school, the Student Council Association does a food drive, providing Thanksgiving Baskets for families in need. They send out lists to clubs to gather foods like rice, cranberry sauce, boxed stuffing, peanut butter, crackers, and canned soup. Each club assembles and decorates the cardboard boxes before struggling to…

Accent(ed) Troubles

By Smriti Haria. In case, you haven’t guessed it, this piece is about accents. Yes, I mean accents – the very typical feature of everybody’s speech that is frequently stereotyped and mocked to elicit giggles. If you meet an Indian girl of average height speaking loudly in a multicultural accent, I assure you that she…

Macron: France en Marche!

By Paulina Anaya. It’s on! Macron has officially put France en Marche (On the Move) after winning the 2017 French Presidential Elections against Marine Le Pen, his primary rival. After an ambitious trajectory and a surprising rise to the top, Emmanuel Macron became France’s youngest Head of State since Napoleon Bonaparte. 2017 is definitely not a…