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Kim Kardashian Being Assaulted Is Not A Punchline

Scrolling through Twitter this morning, I quickly learned what had happened last night. Kanye West cut his set at The Meadows music festival short because of a family emergency- which later was identified as the robbing of Kim Kardashian in Paris. While nothing seems to be confirmed by authorities yet, it seems as though Kim was ambushed in her hotel room by men dressed up as federal officers, tied up, held at gunpoint and robbed of

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Luke Cage is The Best Thing Marvel has Ever Done

On September 30th at midnight, Marvel released their latest series to Netflix: Luke Cage. The title character is one of the highly anticipated characters from the Marvel Cinematic Universe, who first made his appearance as one of the main characters in Marvel’s Jessica Jones (also streaming on Netflix). The bulletproof hero, also known as the Power Man, was first seen in his own Marvel Comics Series “Luke Cage: Hero For Hire”, now renamed “Power Man and

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Dear Students, You Are More Than Your Test Score

As testing season approaches, you can practically feel the anxiety radiating from school hallways everywhere at the mention of the SAT. Typically taken by high school juniors and seniors, the SAT is used as a predictor for academic proficiency in college. Taken at face value, this concept appears relatively self-evident and unproblematic. But put it into context, and we find many more complex layers beneath the surface. Prior to and throughout our high school career,

Mental Health, Op-ed, Real Life

You’ve Heard it Before, But Never Compare Yourself to Others

Someone has probably told you this a million times. Whether you’ve seen it on your aunt’s Facebook or written inside cheesy advice columns, you are no stranger to it. Maybe you even roll your eyes or cringe at its presence, and you probably disregard its message since it constantly appears when you reach out to your parents for insight, or your friends for comfort. Although I might drive you into insanity by repeating the quote that your high school guidance

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No, I Don’t Drink Alcohol – And That Is Okay

Whether or not you drink alcohol or you do not drink alcohol it is in my personal belief that you should not discourage others for what they do or not not do. I am without a doubt partial to the odd glass of wine – but at social events, at this stage in my life at least, I prefer not to drink. As a result of this, I am faced with abundant questions: “Really?”, “Aren’t

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Audrie & Daisy: A Must See Netflix Documentary

Daisy Coleman and Audrie Pott have a lot in common. When Daisy Coleman was 14 years old, she was sexually assaulted by an older boy at a party. Pictures were taken. She never gave consent. When Audrie was 15, she was sexually assaulted by a group of teenage boys at a party. Pictures were taken. She never gave consent. Nine months separated their assault. Both girls were bullied, online and in person. None of the boys served

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And the 2017 Super Bowl Halftime Show Performer is…Lady Gaga!

Six time Grammy award winning, Golden Globe winning, Academy Award nominee Lady Gaga just announced Thursday night on her Twitter account that she will headline the 2017 Pepsi Zero Sugar Super Bowl Halftime Show on Sunday, Feb. 5, 2017.   It's not an illusion. The rumors are true. This year the SUPER BOWL goes GAGA! @nfl @FOXTV @pepsi #PERFECTILLUSION #GAGASUPERBOWL — Lady Gaga (@ladygaga) September 30, 2016   Gaga has three consecutive number 1

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Finstas Made Me Less Insecure

In the craziness that is social media, it can be incredibly easy to feel like you have to be ‘on’ all the time. Likes follows and comments can easily begin to define our self-worth; something that happened to me. My first social media experience was with Twitter in 2010. It was the middle of middle school and I wanted to make some cool internet friends like the kind my mom used to warn me about.

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I’ve Learned More on Twitter Than I’ve Learned in School

Remember the last time you talked about real life in your school? Oh right, that was never! School doesn’t teach about feminism, racism, LGBT+ rights, sexual education, taxes, basically anything you actually need to know in real life. But we all know the powerhouse of a cell is the mitochondria. Why don’t they teach us things that are going to be beneficial to us? Do they want us to fail? Who gets to decide what

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Why Being Called a Smart Kid in Elementary School Has Made High School Harder

Since elementary school, I’ve always been referred to as smart. My grades were great throughout both primary and middle school, and I certainly enjoyed the praise that came along with my achievements. I always aimed to do well, because I craved the appraisal that came from my parents and teachers. Now, fast forward to high school. Once again, I aimed to do well, to achieve the high grades I’d always gotten. But high school seemed

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