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Same-Sex marriage legalized in Alabama! So, why are some judges denying couples their marriage license?

Being someone who supports all human, equal rights, it pains me to see that persons who love each other are finally allowed to get married in a state that has been against same-sex marriage for so long and somehow, still can’t. Same-sex marriage was, at last, legalized in Alabama by a federal judge’s rulings, making […]

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Blink and You’ll Miss It: The Papal Visit 2015 Edition

January 19 was the last day of Pope Francis’s visit to the Philippines. Upon arriving at the Villamor Air Base with my family and walking to the main road, I was hardly surprised to see that as early as at five in the morning, there were rows and rows of people standing and waiting to […]

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SONY ‘lending’ Spiderman to Marvel? Lease rights have been confirmed.

The moment I heard the words ‘Spiderman,’ ‘Sony,’ ‘MARVEL’ and ‘rights,’ my hopes were lifted for a slight moment. We all know Spiderman, it’s one of the best superhero-based comic book franchises out there. Originally a MARVEL comic, the rights belong to Sony. Word has been going around that Sony might sell the rights back […]

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Why the Fans Should Not Choose the NBA All-Stars

Speaking out against the democratic process is not a popular road to travel down in the United States. Democracy itself is built upon the idea that a majority of individuals can make wise decisions that favor the country as a whole. This article is not meant to turn the concept of American democracy on its […]

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Sweden office chips employees; Are we walking on the path to becoming cyborgs?

We’ve all seen a few movies with half-human, half-machines, are we ready to be involved in a plot like that? The Epi-center hi-tech office in Sweden has found a way for employees to never lose their ID cards or badges so as to not cause inefficiencies in their work. They’ve started implementing radio-frequency identification computer […]

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An Entire Weekend of “Doing Nothing”

I am bombarded with schoolwork all day, every day. But not today. This weekend, I had absolutely no deadlines to meet; no essays, tests, readings, projects that I know will painstakingly be added up to create my final second semester grades. While my ideal reaction to this type of situation would be to rejoice and […]

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After 55 years, ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ Fans Will Finally get Sequel

With the novel published in 1960, only about 50 years later will the author, Harper Lee, release the sequel that has been around all along? Reports have said that the ‘sequel’ was found attached to an original typescript off ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ in fall last year. I would do a quick recap of the […]

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Fixed vs Growth Mindsets: As Illustrated by GIFs

I just received my first semester grades. While there are some things I could have done better, I’m generally pleased with my performance and I think I owe most of it to the times I embraced a GROWTH mindset over a FIXED one. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, psychologist Carol Dweck published […]

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5 Reasons Why You Should ALWAYS Tip Your Server

I’ve worked in the food industry since I was about 16 years old. Besides actually cooking the food, I’ve pretty much done it all. I know that as a customer when you want to go out to eat, you probably aren’t thinking about anything except shoveling food into your mouth. I get that. But what […]

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3 Tips for a Public Transportation Virgin

Growing up in Kansas has its perks. You have endless amounts of free country concerts and the best BBQ on Earth right at your fingertips, there is almost no traffic and the weather is mild more often than not. The great Sunflower State gave me everything I could have ever hoped for, except any sort […]

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From My Music Library to Yours

Have you ever loved a particular, more obscure artist? I mean, like REALLY loved them? Remember that tight feeling that you got in your chest when they started to gain popularity? Remember how you couldn’t breathe when you first heard them on the radio? Remember how pissed you were when they got their first headlining […]

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2014 Forest Hills Drive: Biggest Flop for J. Cole Thus Far

Let’s be honest: J. Cole is overrated. That is not to say that he is not a good artist or that he has no talent or message to deliver. In fact, I believe that J. Cole, whose full name is Jermaine Cole, is a very intellectually and socially conscious in comparison to many popular hip-hop […]

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That Kanye West Moment You Missed at the Grammys

By now, everyone has voiced their opinions – relevant or not – on Kanye West’s opinion regarding Beck taking home Album of the Year at the Grammys on February 8. However, in the midst of that media frenzy, viewers may have missed an emotional connection regarding West’s performance of “Only One”.

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Keep an Eye on: Eye Candy

Once in a while, MTV releases a show that just beats all the others. This time around, that show is Eye Candy. It stars Victoria Justice and trust me when I say this, her Nickelodeon past has nothing to do with her career now. I’ve seen a lot of people say that they won’t watch […]

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REVIEW: Fifth Harmony – Reflection

“I struggle to contain the love that’s in my veins and how it circulates.” Young and still finding their way, Fifth Harmony tackles representation, independence, and the importance of female friendship in their debut LP. Taking on selfies and self-love in a way that only a teenage girl can do, former X-Factor contestants Ally Brooke […]

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The Black Key’s Turn Blue: Turning the Heads of Fans and Critics Alike

The Black Keys, a two-man rock group that hails from Akron, Ohio, have had quite a string of commercially successful and critically-acclaimed albums the past few years. The popular duo released Brothers in 2010 and El Camino the following year to high praise. These two albums, especially the former, also put the band on the […]

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This Is All Yours: alt-J’s Greatest and Worst Album yet?

The music from 2014 doesn’t seem to make much sense for popular rock outfits of that year, with many groups deciding to make quieter, more introspective albums than ever. Coldplay’s Ghost Stories, The Black Keys Turn Blue, and alt-J’s sophomore album This Is All Yours all fit into this category. However, unlike The Black Keys, […]

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An Ode to Social Awkwardness and Café Mistos

Saturday afternoon. I walk into my local Starbucks. After 10 minutes of scrolling through all of my imaginary texts while glancing at the hot guy to my right, I remember thinking he looks distinctly like a professor I may have had in another, not so awkward life. I decide to order. “Can I have a […]

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Red Band Society is FOX’s Most Recent Tantrum Starter.

Even shows with large fan bases, great ratings and hashtags trending over Twitter are eventually crossed of from FOX’s production schedule. Around fall last year, FOX premiered what quickly became one of those shows that I grew to appreciate thanks to good writing, characters that aren’t perfect and humorous dialogues. Red Band Society, despite having […]

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4 Reasons Why Maroon 5’s New Song is the Wedding Anthem of Our Generation

As you very well may know, Maroon 5 (aka one of the most amazing bands of all time) dropped a single from their new album, “V”, called “Sugar” and it’s 100% amazing. I am firm in my belief that this song and its video will go down in history as one of the best wedding […]

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Revisiting the Journals of Sylvia Plath

The following piece contains excerpts from a presentation I gave for my IB HL Literature class. Sylvia Plath is one of the few writers whose works have mirrored all the thoughts, anxieties, and fears that I write about each day. As a young girl, most of the books I read were by men of the […]

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11 Gifts to Give the Antsy and Emotional ‘Twin Peaks’ Fan in Your Life

When the return of David Lynch’s 1990s TV show Twin Peaks was announced last October 2014, MILLIONS of frustrated fans like me were elated and overjoyed by the news that we would once again be returning to the town of Twin Peaks. The show’s tentative release date in 2016 is exactly 25 years after the show’s […]

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Lil Wayne & DJ Drama: Dedication 4

I don’t know who isn’t aware, seeing as it was trending on Twitter and slowing down livemixtapes.com , but Lil Wayne’s mixtape Dedication 4 was released yesterday. The mixtape has all kinds of features from artists like Nicki Minaj, J.Cole, Jeezy and others. I’ve heard mostly good things with lots of people claiming (and hoping, […]

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