A Non-Partisan Call to Action

During the past two weeks, it’s been pretty much impossible to avoid political rhetoric on social media, in the newspaper, on tv, and sometimes even walking down the street. For a lot of people, all of this convention talk has been a massive headache. In my personal life, I’ve experienced people my age deciding to ignore it all with the common phrase, “I don’t like talking about politics.” And, honestly, this isn’t necessarily a bad thing. We don’t have to talk about it, but we do need to pay some kind of attention to the events that will determine what kind of future we have.



This year, I attended the SJU undergraduate commencement ceremony for the first time. My partner was graduating, so of course I was there to pridefully acknowledge that more personally touching occasion. But, as I tend to, I found myself falling into the role of an observer. The fascinated social scientist, reveling in her detachment from the unfolding scene, clinging to the outsider’s island of perfect non-bias. Congratulating herself on her complete impartiality.


Only after I had made my final calculations, stacked up my data, and sorted my Excel sheet (…kidding…) did I realize the absurdity of my imagined experiment.


Firefly Music Festival Experience: Camping Edition

I returned home from Firefly one week ago today, and I have finally caught up on sleep and gone through all of my pictures, which means I’m ready to talk about it. This was my third year attending the festival, and it was by far my favorite. My group decided to camp for the first time, which had its major challenges and major rewards. The music was incredible. The atmosphere was magical. The experience was unforgettable.

So, we arrived in Dover, DE on Wednesday, June 15, to grab our “Wednesday Premiere” camping spot. We were lucky because we were in Lot 18,


Campus Rape Culture and How the Media Perpetuates It

It’s been spreading like wildfire; the outrage and downright disgust felt by people, especially female college students, everywhere in reaction to the news of the extremely lenient sentence given to Brock Turner who was found guilty on three counts related to sexual assault. As I read through the headlines on this story, the phrases I consistently see describing Turner are “Stanford swimmer,” “All-American Swimmer,” and “20-year-old kid.” The words that are missing from these news stories are “rapist,” “felon,” and “predator.”

Turner was found by two witnesses raping a woman behind a fraternity on January 18, 2015. At first glance,


Conquering the Summertime Standstill

We’re about a month into summer and I know I’m not the only one going a little stir crazy with the same routine different day thing. Summer is definitely my favorite time of the year, but it’s easy to get lost in the lack of structure that comes with hot days and weird sleep schedules. Even if you have a regular job or internship that you go to every day, things can get pretty boring. It’s different from going to class every day because each day offers something new and exciting, both in and out of the classroom. I think it’s very important to have some type of progression;


Administrators who have impacted my college career

Dr. Kim Allen-Stuck – Assistant Vice President of Student Success and Educational Support

  • I think I first met Kim during Running Start when I was a freshman. She was talking to us about Student Success, time management and how to plan out schedules (If you need help with time management, go see her). For the past year, Kim has been acting as the Interim Director  of Inclusion and Diversity and she has been doing a wonderful job. I know that she loves Student Success so if we could clone her and have her run OID too, it would be exactly what the university needs.


The Pride of Opinions

As an English major, I do some weird things. I am unreasonably attached to literary characters, I throw books across rooms when I don’t like the endings, and I fan girl over authors. One of my favorite authors of all time is Ray Bradbury. Bradbury taught me the secret to writing, which just happens to be one of the secrets to surviving life. You can’t let anyone disrespect your opinions. They’re YOUR opinions! It is indeed very possible to change your opinions, but it is absolutely never, ever, EVER okay for anyone to make you feel as though your opinions are somehow irrelevant;


Admitted Students Weekend

Even though I never got to attend the festivities of Admitted Students Day when I was a high school senior being behind the scenes as an RA proved to be just as fun. Once you’ve received your red envelope there are three major events that can help you seal the deal:

  1. Multicultural Admissions Program (MAP) – April 1st: MAP is both fun and educational. The purpose of the program is to show incoming students the importance of diversity and inclusion on campus. Prospective students get to spend a night in the residence halls, get familiar with some upperclassmen,


Reinventing Feminism…Again

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“Everything that needs to be said has already been said. But since no one was listening, everything must be said again.”

– André Gide, winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature, 1947

I saw this quote inside a book called Reinventing Anarchy, Again. It’s an anthology that was published in 1996 that compiled writings from various anarchist thinkers. 


Sophomore Slump OR Comeback of the Year

My favorite band, Fall Out Boy, has a song called “Sophomore Slump Or Comeback of the Year” and this song has puzzled me since—well since I was a sophomore in high school. The majority of Fall Out Boy’s songs make me think, because their lyrics are never as simple and mundane as they are now. You used to have to think about what they were trying to get across to their listeners. This song in particular bothered me because it was set up as a choice. Do you have a sophomore slump or is this your comeback of the year?