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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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The 2014 Holiday Gift Guide

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Finding the perfect gift for everyone on your list can be hard. You never know what on earth to get your Aunt Tilda or your little cousin who eats a lot of dirt and doesn’t do much else. Your Grandpa Joe is a whole other story; who knows what to get him with his checkered…

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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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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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