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Everyone needs a Ms. Nelson in their life

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Tears well in junior, Yesenia Rosales’ eyes as she reads a personal note from AP English Language student teacher, Kim Nelson. The heart-shaped note, which doubles as a bookmark, is Ms. Nelson’s parting gifts to her students. “Ms. Nelson is like my rock when it comes to reading,” says Rosales. “She’s like a really close aunt…

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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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The heirloom of a grandfather I never knew

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Original artwork by Rewon Shimray

Everything was white: the hospital walls, the lights that cast a stale vibe in the hallway, the crescents of my nervously bitten nails. In America, white is a symbol of peace or union, but this was not America. This was the place of my origin: Taiwan. In Chinese culture, white means death. My mother was…

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Ask Ann: I Don’t Feel the Same

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Name: I Don’t Feel the Same Dear Ann, I think my friend might like me more than just a friend. What should I do? I don’t know how to approach her without hurting her feelings. I still want to be her friend, but just not in that way since I have a boyfriend already. Dear…

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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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Thoughts from Barnard College

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Most of you may have probably never head of Barnard College. But for those of you who have, props to you! For those of you who haven’t, let me give you some brief background before I launch into my thoughts and experiences at Barnard. A Bit of Background on Barnard Barnard is a liberal arts…

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The Fervent Finland Expedition Week One: Observations, Saunas, and Giant Dandelions

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Moi from Finland! (or Suomi as they say in… well, Suomi!) I have now been in Finland for one week! Well, technically tomorrow will be one week since I arrived in Finland on Saturday. But today it’s officially one week since I left America. This week has been a blast and already an incredible experience,…

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Where In The World Is… World Geography?

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I remember it clearly. Like most bad things that happen in our past, it was on a Monday and it was in the 7th grade. Our french teacher pulled down a map of the world and asked us if we knew any french speaking countries. Of course I did, I knew stuff about geography. My hand shot…

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The Fervent Finland Expedition: Pre-Departure

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As many do when they’re feeling nervous, I’ll start by cracking a few jokes.   Q: What is the difference between an empty stomach and a Finnish person who wants to ask something from a stranger? A: You can actually hear the empty stomach. ———- Q: How do you know a Finnish man is madly…

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