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My Life’s Most Meaningful Moment

By Jack Browne* The night started like any other. We were sitting on her couch, watching Grey’s Anatomy on Netflix, when I was struck with an idea. I asked her if she wanted to go outside and look at the stars. At first, she said it was too cold. It took some convincing, and about 10 blankets, but finally, there we were, in the back of my truck, on a pallet of blankets. The air was crisp, with a slight breeze just strong enough to make … [More]

Billboard Dad

By Olivia Daniels* His scent was reminiscent of peppermints and Axe body spray. The kind of smell that lingered long after he left a room, making its presence known. I begged him to sleep in my twin bed when my mother reluctantly allowed him to crash in our home. Not because I wanted to sleep beside him, but to simply capture this scent. If history repeated itself, I knew his peppermints-and-Axe mixture would willingly stick around … [More]

How Dancing Set Me Free

By Jennifer Hicks Most of my life was spent in a box with minimal windows and doors. Not a bad box, though. The purple color of the exterior made the metallic silver letters that said "Earle Cobb Dance Studio" stand out. Purple was the favorite color of Dena, the owner. The front wall was covered in mirrors, with a bench at the bottom to sit or store one’s things. Wrapped around rest of the room were barres with two levels. Many before me … [More]

Dear St. Valentine

Who is St. Valentine? The history behind Valentine's Day is not concrete. There are many legends of who St. Valentine, the man this love-filled day is named after, was. According to, one legend is that St. Valentine was a priest during the third century in Rome. Emperor Claudius II decided that single men made better soldiers, and because he was so convinced of this belief, he made it illegal for young men to get … [More]

#TuneInTuesday: Chance Won the Grammys

By Courtney White For some, Sunday may have just been a day to catch up on homework or watch the season premiere of The Walking Dead. For me and many others, it was a day to set aside all of my priorities and watch the 59th Annual Grammy Awards. While I am usually displeased with the way that the Grammys have been in the past, this year I was really grateful for the performances, the speeches and the winners that were chosen, even though … [More]

#TuneInTuesday: SweetSexySavage by Kehlani

By Courtney White Kehlani Parrish, a 21-year-old Oakland native better known as Kehlani, first gained mainstream attention with the release of her Grammy-nominated mixtape titled "You Should Be Here". On January 27th, she released her first album, "SweetSexySavage". Throughout the album, Kehlani goes back and forth through love, heartbreaks, and self-awareness. The album opens up with a poetic declaration (“Intro,” recited by Reyna … [More]

What Not To Ask Me At Thanksgiving

On Nov. 16, #thxbirthcontrol began trending on Twitter. Women across the world celebrated reproductive rights and the ability to decide when to have a child by posting why they are thankful for contraceptives. I tweeted my support. My tweet referenced Speaker of the House of Representatives Paul Ryan's recent dismissal of birth control and whether it will remain free under the Affordable Care Act, calling it "a nitty-gritty detail" not worth … [More]

Part Two: Guide to a Successful “Friendsgiving”

Thanksgiving is a week away and it seems like every business is filled with the satisfying aroma of pumpkin spice. Even TV commercials are advertising mouth-watering dishes that remind us just how close we are to pulling our stretchy eating pants out from the back of the closet. Whether you're going home or having an awesome Friendsgiving in your college apartment, this holiday is about continuing traditions and making memories with loved … [More]

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