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Peaking in High School

Through its portrayals of high school via popular books and movies, as well as widespread discussion, American society has all but condemned the idea of peaking in high school. Denounced as the sad fate of washed up football stars and vapid cheerleaders, the very idea that students could enjoy high …

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In Defense of A Good Old-Fashioned Cry

In recent years, the power of the internet to advise on any and every aspect of life has exploded. While forums such as Yahoo! Answers and Reddit have always contained lengthy threads on everything from home improvement to easy recipes, one of the most prominent trends in internet advice is …

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LeFou from Beauty and the Beast Likes Fellas

Disney recently has recreated yet another animated classic, bringing Beauty and the Beast to theatres as a live action film. The popular story of a young literature enthusiast who falls captive to a cursed prince is once again delighting Disney fans across the nation-for the most part. Director Bill Condon …

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Beware the Body-Positive Bogus

Along with the rise of body-inclusive promotion over the past couple years, a feisty reaction has challenged the cause, arguing how bad health isn’t something to be embraced. The 21st century has taken a wild ride on the body image rollercoaster. First, a stipulation to be extremely thin in the …

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The Cheating Culture

In the classroom when a teacher calls for homework to be collected, the feverish shuffling of papers fills the room, along with whispering of panicked students asking to see a completed paper. If you were to look at the average high schooler’s camera roll on their phone, half of it …

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Concept of Positivity

Come New Year’s Day, social media is inundated with declarations such as, “Only positivity in 20XX”, “Good vibes only”, or the ever popular, “New Year, new me!”. These manifestos, while positive and encouraging, are overly idealistic to the point of being childish. In keeping with the theme of positivity, many …

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The Holidays are no Jolly Days

Apart from being a season of giving, the holidays are a time for shoving over false sales, wasting your time in long lines, and stressing over finding an adequate present. Whenever the holiday season rolls around, many frenzied shoppers drag themselves to the mall every other day with the determined …

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Black Thanksgiving

After a wholesome evening of devouring potatoes and turkey and spending time with loved ones, many families include a  post-meal shopping excursion in their Thanksgiving night ritual. Though scoring early Black Friday deals might spell out family bonding for some, it comes at the cost of the Thursday night employees’ …

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I’m Thankful for My Family, But Are You Really?

The holiday season has arrived, and with it comes cookies, gifts, cheer, and numerous family gatherings. Thanksgiving always poses the question: “What are you thankful for?”, with all around the dinner table promptly delivering the cliché answer of “family”. It is expected to be thankful for family, regardless of the …

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