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Night Skin

October 27, 2015

By JESSICA VITOVITCH Literary Co-Editor Los Angeles, 1957. The bone crypt that cages my veins f...

Threading

April 15, 2015

By NINA BERGBAUER Asst. Literary Editor Published: March 15, 2015 A plaid high school uniform ski...

50 Shades of Growl

March 25, 2015

By MEREDITH SUMMERS Literary Co-Editor & Copy Editor Published: March 25, 2015 I’m not prou...

Cream Cheese and Wannabes

March 11, 2015

By MARK LEELiterary Co-EditorPublished: March 11, 2015 A crowd of high school kids swarms in the door of the bagel place, and my first instinct is to cringe. High school was relatively painless for me. I don’t feel traumatized or anything. Yet still, there’s something about a large group of adolescents that I find, for w...

Birthday Cake

February 26, 2015

By NINA BERGBAUERAssistant Literary EditorPublished: February 16, 2015 It’s true: I’ve never been much of a “birthday person.” When I was younger, I so dreaded hosting birthday parties that I often wished I often was a twin so I could at least share the party and avoid being the sole center of attention. When you...

Navigating Without A Map

February 11, 2015

By MEREDITH SUMMERSLiterary Co-Editor & Copy EditorPublished: February 11, 2015 Hello, my name is Meredith Summers and I have a Type A personality. There. I said it. I have been trying to pretend for my whole life that I’m Type B, but I just can’t hide it anymore. Being a Type A person, I am all about maps. When I...

Color Blind

January 28, 2015

By MARK LEELiterary Co-EditorPublished: January 28, 2015 A hush falls over the classroom. Noticing, the girl falls silent and glances around at her peers. Whispers abound.  “What did she just call herself?”  “Can she say that?”  In the front row, Lexi nearly faints into her Pumpkin Spice Latte, her pink Fitbit...

House of Memory

December 22, 2014

By NINA BERGBAUERAssistant Literary EditorPublished: December 10, 2014 About a year ago, just after my grandmother was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, I remember listening to the doctor’s explanation of the disease and what lies ahead. He compared the patient’s mind to a cluttered closet whose door won’t stay shut ...

A Holiday Guide to Dodging Relatives’ Questions

November 20, 2014

By MEREDITH SUMMERSLiterary Co-Editor & Copy EditorPublished: November 19, 2014 With Thanksgiving next week, many college students are looking forward to going home for the break. Dreaming of playing with pets and not having to wait for hours to attempt laundry in broken washers, many students forget the worst part of b...

Jury of Your Peers

October 22, 2014

By MARK LEELiterary Co-EditorPublished: October 22, 2014 People in the hall between McMahon and Lowenstein are staring and whispering. So juvenile. No one is making eye contact with me, but no one ever makes eye contact with me. These people have always been intimidated by the way I look. My suits aren’t the typical college ap...

Comma Interrobang: You Have Diabetes

April 6, 2014

By MARK LEE Literary Co-Editor Published: April 3, 2104 Presuming that you yourself are not diabetic, at 7 years old, you only know so much about diabetes. You know it’s bad, and that the old guy on television, who assures everyone that financial coverage for their diabetes test strips is available, is an ugly man. No ...

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The Comma Interrobang: The Big Apple

March 13, 2014

By SAM STOKES Staff Writer Published: March 12, 2014 Folks. Here’s a fun fact: Biblical texts make no direct allusion to any specific type of fru...