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Banning AP US History in High Schools

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History is a broad concept. The truth of history, if history is even truth at all, is that it quite literally is the study of everything that has ever happened, and how that might affect the future. Last month, an Oklahoma legislative committee overwhelmingly voted yes on a bill that would cut funding and potentially rewrite the course…

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Ending the Relationship

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A few months ago I made the conscious decision to end my relationship with my dad. I had felt this way for almost a year before I actually acted on it. For most of my life, my dad and I never had the typical father-daughter relationship. Ever since I was very young, my parents always had…

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Answering “If a tree falls in the forest…”

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If a tree falls in the forest, and there’s nobody around to hear, does it make a sound? My answer to this controversial question: yes, yes it does. Acclaimed scholars have argued the contrary. Philosophers claim the six senses (sound, color, taste, smell and touch) are secondary qualities. It’s fair to say that it is by…

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A Day of Ghosts and Love

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How ironic is it that this year around the day following Friday the 13th is Valentine’s Day? Call me an over-thinker, but I think there’s a meaningful irony to it. With love, there are inevitably ghosts. The ghosts of those who will always be in your past, the ghosts of those you fear will never be…

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On Ferguson, justice, and redemption

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It’s been 114 days since Michael Brown was shot and killed by police officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson, Missouri. Last Monday, a St. Louis grand jury decided not to indict (formally accuse of a serious crime) Wilson on any of the five charges against him, ranging from manslaughter to first degree murder. This means that…

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Love some things, hate others

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My friends say I’m “addicted” to coffee, and they’re probably right. I love coffee day and night, at home or on the go, chain-bought or local. I love black coffee just as much as those fancy, whipped cream-and-chocolate syrup blended, milkshake-like drinks. I love the way coffee smells, the way it looks like tinted, dark glass,…

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Does Ebola deserve hysteria?

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  The only airborne virus, when it comes to contemporary medical news, is our imagination. Of course, it’s hard to reign in our mind’s eye when we hear about the symptoms of the Ebola virus. It could seep into our system through our mucus membranes, causing a sore throat and flu-like symptoms. Before we know it, we…

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Netflix worthy Halloween films to watch on a full moon

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With the month of October comes breezy nights, pumpkin spice, and a sudden acceptance for the combination of orange and black. After a holiday-less September, being reunited with a whole month dedicated to Halloween festivities is definitely the highlight of the fall season. While shopping for the best costume and trick-or-treating (no matter how “old” you…

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On hair, boyishness, and feminism

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I hated my long hair. Don’t get me wrong– as a child, I had a 10 year old friend with a glossy, elegant, brunette mane. It  flowed over her shoulders, down her back, even all the way to her bottom. My 5-year-old self aspired to grow my hair out like that someday. Now, hair like…

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