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Person of Color Column: Language does not define my identity

Person of Color Column: Language does not define my identity

By Jade Lopez

December 4, 2019

When someone hears my last name, they often tell me something along the lines of “I didn’t know you were Hispanic.”  Growing up in a predominantly white area in Thurmont, Maryland, this statement was typically followed by “Well, you don't look like it.” This never really bothered me unti...

Love Column: The door’s open, come on in

Love Column: The door’s open, come on in

By Dasha German

December 4, 2019

Last February, my girlfriend approached me at a party and gave me a fist bump because she was going to go make out with one of my best friends, and I was going to try to smooch the cute girl I was flirting with.  For us, that’s a typical weekend. If you’re uncomfortable, then let me make you fee...

Strapped for Cash: Sacrificing a college experience to pay my tuition

Strapped for Cash: Sacrificing a college experience to pay my tuition

By Juliet Norman, Assistant Lifestyle Editor

November 20, 2019

Last week, my digital journalism professor stopped me after class and asked to talk to me.  I instantly was seized with worry—was I in trouble? Had I messed up an assignment? None of those was the case. Instead, she commented on how tired I looked.  She said she could tell I’d had a late s...

Cannabis Column: The high cost of criminal cannabis charges

Cannabis Column: The high cost of criminal cannabis charges

By Grace Griffin, Copy Editor

November 19, 2019

One night in early 2018, a friend and I sat on a bench in the Boston Common and smoked cannabis. A Boston police officer approached us; “There’s no smoking in the Common, but just finish up that bowl and head out,” he said. Cannabis was not legal at the federal level, so I felt relieved to avoid the...

Love Column: As Bieber said, ‘We’re just friends, what are you saying?’

Love Column: As Bieber said, ‘We’re just friends, what are you saying?’

By Melanie Curry, Deputy Arts Editor

November 13, 2019

Last semester, I “dated” a guy I’ll call Eric. I use the word “dated” loosely because we were never an official couple. We would sleep together, FaceTime weekly, and hang out every two weeks. But we were never together. Instead, we were, as many people have told me, in an “almost-relationshi...

Read it and Weep: Boomers 1, Gen Z 0

Read it and Weep: Boomers 1, Gen Z 0

By Katie Redefer, Copy Editor

November 13, 2019

As an elementary school student, I was that kid who got yelled at by the teacher for reading in the back of the classroom. With my nose tucked into The Lightning Thief or Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, I tuned out the rest of the world and solely existed in a universe of fantasy and adventure, even if onl...

He’s Got Spunk: It’s okay to have bad sex (and tell all your friends about it)

He’s Got Spunk: It’s okay to have bad sex (and tell all your friends about it)

By Gary Sowder

November 10, 2019

“Alright,” I said, hurling my tacos into a garbage can. “I’m going to go have sex with him.”  “What?” my friend Nicole asked.  It was around 1 a.m. and we were crossfaded, slowly making our way home from a party. I had spent the past week talking to a guy from the Massachusetts College o...

Little Shirt, Big Pants: The dichotomy between self-image and style

Little Shirt, Big Pants: The dichotomy between self-image and style

By Megan Ellis

November 10, 2019

*Content Warning: This article discuses themes of disordered eating and body image. In high school, I used to cry in the mornings as I got dressed for school. I didn’t want people to see my body, no matter what I wore. I didn’t want my classmates to look at me for more than a second when passin...

Motion Picture This: ‘The King’ puts Timothée Chalamet’s star power to the test

Motion Picture This: ‘The King’ puts Timothée Chalamet’s star power to the test

By Monika Davis

November 9, 2019

Proclaimed “white boy of the month” Timothée Chalamet has dominated the last two years in cinema. After breaking into the scene with indie classics Call Me By Your Name and Lady Bird, he seemingly appeared at every corner, waiting to be cast in the next Greta Gerwig hit. In 2018, he received a best actor...

LGBTQ Column: What does trans look like?

LGBTQ Column: What does trans look like?

By Abigail Hadfield, Deputy Copy Editor

November 6, 2019

As a journalist, I try to follow as many diverse voices on Twitter as possible. I follow journalists from news outlets I like, from ones I don’t like, from national sources to small town papers. I also try to make sure I’m following people from marginalized communities, who report on issues that might...

Person of Color Column: My skin color is not a Halloween costume

Person of Color Column: My skin color is not a Halloween costume

By Melanie Curry, Deputy Arts Editor

October 30, 2019

On Oct. 23, 2018, former Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly defended blackface on live television.  “But what is racist?" Kelly asked. “Because you do get in trouble if you are a white person who puts on blackface on Halloween, or a black person who puts on whiteface for Halloween. Back when I was a ...

Age of the Twink: Remembering Matthew Shepard 21 years later

Age of the Twink: Remembering Matthew Shepard 21 years later

By Kyle Labe

October 29, 2019

My high school selected The Laramie Project for its fall production during my senior year. This was a shock to me, knowing my town and the conservative suburbs that surrounded the school. Moisés Kaufman’s play, about the aftermath of the 1998 murder of Matthew Shepard in his small Wyoming town, seeme...