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Heat Check: Sports vs. Arts

October 21, 2020

Live sporting and performance events were both interrupted by the pandemic, but sports have since found strategies and support to return that the arts still lack.

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Why I Really Deleted TikTok

October 14, 2020

I quickly realized that users with large platforms were doing what I have worked for my whole life: getting paid to dance.

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Why Tinder is a Better Language Learning App Than Duolingo

October 11, 2020

Tinder was giving away the passport option for free, so I boldly ventured into the unknown and promptly selected Paris as my destination.

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Let People Read What They Enjoy

October 10, 2020

People should be able to read what they enjoy without feeling embarrassed to consume it. We don’t need to read to feel smart; we should be able to read for pleasure without the appended guilt.

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Skip Trader Joe’s and Visit Your Local Fruit Stand Instead

October 8, 2020

Fruit stands are so ingrained in our neighborhoods that we sometimes don’t even notice them as we rush by. But we should. 

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Elon Musk’s Brain Computer

October 3, 2020

Musk’s seemingly most important aim derives from the pursuit of AI symbiosis to ensure coexistence between the human species and advanced AI.

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The Best Football Isn’t American

July 31, 2020

I’m going to try to convince the American sports fan to give the most popular sport on the planet a chance.

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Silenced or Shouted Down?

July 31, 2020

Once again people are sounding the alarm that free speech is being lost in the ravenous jaws of “cancel culture.” Once again, they’re wrong.

Stop Making Offensive Jokes About Coronavirus

Stop Making Offensive Jokes About Coronavirus

April 1, 2020

If you log onto any one of your social media accounts these days, it is likely you will come across someone's attempt to joke about the effects of the coronavirus — but where do we draw the line?

TikTok, beloved of many a teen, has come under scrutiny for its ties to China and its lax data privacy policies.

In Defense of TikTok

December 23, 2019

TikTok might pose some data dangers, but it forms a community of people who inspire laughter and love. 

Drag group toes the line between respectfully parodying and disrespecting the Catholic Church

Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence: Appropriate or Appropriation?

April 30, 2019

The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence often parody sacred religious rituals in an offensive manner.

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Free the Pimple: Puberty Chic Going Through Changes

February 19, 2019

Being American and going through puberty is a unique tradition of ours. The depiction of high school life on screens big and small is perhaps an equally American tradition. But has America been crushing on puberty chic too hard?