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My culture shock at the dinner table

My culture shock at the dinner table

By David Villani

December 31, 2018


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I come from a culture where food is a fundamental part of our identity and where dinner is a shared experience. Every day, my entire family comes together to enjoy a fresh meal and each other’s company.

Top 5 most problematic Christmas songs

Top 5 most problematic Christmas songs

By Alex Robinson

December 23, 2018


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Some of these popular holiday songs that have been recycled for decades still reinforce gender stereotypes and include topics like date rape. It’s obvious the industry needs to transition to more progressive music—and these five songs are the biggest offenders.

Reflections on my mediocre “No Shave November”

Reflections on my mediocre “No Shave November”

By Matthew van Bastelaer

December 16, 2018


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November was tough. Despite having very little skill at growing facial hair, I decided to embark on “No Shave November.” For 30 days, I didn’t shave, persevering through constant shaming and mockery from my peers, refusing to give in. Now having completed the challenge, I can say it was both a confide...

Give space exploration the gravity it deserves

Give space exploration the gravity it deserves

By Dana Herrnstadt

December 15, 2018


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When Neil Armstrong took his first step on the moon on Sunday, July 20, 1969, at 4:18 p.m., America rejoiced. My mom watched from her tiny black-and-white television, too young to understand the magnitude of the feat, but excited nonetheless. Fifty years later, on Monday, November 26, 2018, at 6:55 a.m, sh...

How to help a friend with a panic attack

How to help a friend with a panic attack

By Hirari Sato

December 13, 2018


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When I’m having a panic attack, most people around me don’t know what to do. They either stand there awkwardly and whisper, “I hope you feel better,” or give a small wave and leave me alone. But without help, I can’t calm myself down. I rock myself back and forth for what feels like hours, wait...

“Where are you really from?”

“Where are you really from?”

By Ella Atsavapranee

December 12, 2018


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 “Where are you from?” “Bethesda, Maryland.” “No, but where are you really from?” As a racial minority, I often face this question. Although I was born in Maryland and have lived here all my life, many people don’t believe my response. Instead, they keep repeating the question, with inc...

What is a modern day hero?

What is a modern day hero?

By Elyssa Seltzer

December 2, 2018


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When you think of a superhero, you probably think of someone like Spider Man. He has superpowers! He wears a cape! He battles villains! But the term “hero” can also be applied to the real world. If you go beyond the boundaries of flying and capes, who qualifies as one? I believe that a hero is...

I didn’t realize I was being sexually harassed

I didn’t realize I was being sexually harassed

November 20, 2018


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The first time it felt almost casual—a subtle comment that wasn’t necessarily inappropriate, but seemed like an odd thing to say, especially in my workplace. The next time was different. He talked of his attraction to “younger women.” A clear line had been crossed, and the comments this man ...

Lessons from SNL: Learn to forgive

Lessons from SNL: Learn to forgive

By Clara Koritz Hawkes

November 14, 2018


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Last week, I laughed hysterically with half of America when Saturday Night Live star Pete Davidson joked about Lt. Com. Dan Crenshaw’s eyepatch during the episode’s Weekend Update segment. When my news feed filled with articles criticizing Davidson, I was defensive to say the least, thinking how ...

Sorry not sorry: Why women apologize too much and need to stop

Sorry not sorry: Why women apologize too much and need to stop

By Dana Herrnstadt

November 13, 2018


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Like all great stories, mine begins at the checkout counter of a Bethesda CVS. After setting a pack of Extra watermelon gum on the countertop, I fished through my weathered drawstring bag for the three dollars required for purchase. About fifteen seconds later, I heard myself speak two cursed words: ...

Trick-or-treating or: how I learned to stop worrying and love the sugar bomb

Trick-or-treating or: how I learned to stop worrying and love the sugar bomb

By Will Brown

November 9, 2018


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It’s a tradition as old as 1950’s suburbia—a group of children rampage through the neighborhood like a Viking horde, looting the houses and taking the valuables back to their dens. I’m talking, of course, about trick-or-treating, a night of revelry and chaos unmatched in modern civilization. It’s ...

Why I support Gov. Larry Hogan

Why I support Gov. Larry Hogan

By Katherine Sylvester

November 4, 2018


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This summer, I volunteered for Gov. Hogan’s (R) re-election campaign. The work itself was pretty standard—canvassing, surveys, an unfortunate wage of $0/hr—but the reactions I got… weren’t.