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An exponentially growing disease

Published April 14, 2013

It seems to be hitting hard this year. Thus far they have not been able to come up with any kind of vaccination and the population of Grand Valley seems to be at risk.



Sexism from a different perspective

Published April 10, 2013

A mere 40-some years ago published women writers were a rarity. Thankfully the world grasped the fact that women had the ability to make advancements that men could not necessarily make not because of any biological difference but because they suddenly had the brilliant idea to finally give credit to the remaining 50 percent of the population.



The thing about stereotpyes

Published April 3, 2013

The jocks the populars the goths the nerds girls who eat their feelings girls who eat nothing Im sure that jointly we could come up with a lengthy list of high school types. Theyre known as clichs for a reason. In every high school in every city in every state there are clicks groups friends stereotypes whatever you want to call them. But the real punchline These clusters made up of carbon copies never distinctly go away even as adults or college students.



The thing about stereotpyes

Published April 3, 2013

The jocks the populars the goths the nerds girls who eat their feelings girls who eat nothing Im sure that jointly we could come up with a lengthy list of high school types. Theyre known as clichs for a reason.



The truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth

Published March 31, 2013

Lying is a verb to be deceptive or to tell something that is not the truth. Makes sense I mean we all learned the definition of lying in kindergarten along with things like treat others the way you want to be treated and dont eat glue.



Win as if you were used to it, lose as if you enjoyed it for a change

Published March 27, 2013

It all started with a simple comment that was said in passing. One that was intended to be a compliment but instead was taken to be a semi-neutral statement and quite frankly a stupid one Thanks youre a winner Automatically my crazy kicked in.



What’s black and white and red all over?

Published March 20, 2013

Indicators are meant to be hints. If youre anything like me advanced sudoku would be impossible without them.



Reputation, or lack thereof, is everything

Published March 17, 2013

As kids we were taught what colors in combination to love and to hate whether that was blue and maize green and white or red and grey.



There’s no place like home

Published March 10, 2013

Said the liar was always a favorite phrase of mine. In my annoying Ugg-boots-and-jean-skirt-wearin days back in the eighth grade I thought I was just so hilarious by tacking these three words onto the end of anything out of anyones mouth.



How to survive college: oh wait, you kind of already did

Published February 24, 2013

Seeing as midterms are upon us and spring break is in the very near future I felt it was necessary to look back at the past year along with our accomplishments.



To carry or not to carry

Published February 13, 2013

Apparently someone was stabbed back in September at Robinson. Apparently. See my source is anything but reliable and after calling the Allendale Campus Dispatch to ask about both this mysterious shanking and the sirens that had been going off all day I was told that the first incident probably didnt happen and even if it did I cannot give you that information at this time. As for the cause of the sirens I cannot get that information at this time. Feeling like a master of trickery I asked my criminal justice teacher if she knew anything about a stabbing or why police cars were speeding around in every which way near the Lake buildings.



Eating and napping: a way of life

Published February 10, 2013

Avoiding the deprivations of winter much like most of us avoid eye-contact with anyone speaking at people while holding a bible bears must have known exactly what they were doing when they first decided to peace out for a good long six months.



Getting a PhD in teaching

Published February 3, 2013

You would think that in coming to college the over 10000 a year going toward our education would at least get us a few perks.



Finding lasting fixes

Published January 27, 2013

Temporary fixes are just that temporary. We look around at the chaos and the logical thing to do is attempt to stop the bleeding. The object is to get a clear vantage point to see what it is that is actually happening. We make a botched attempt to fix things for that moment in order to gain more time to figure out the game plan.



No offense, but you’re easily offended

Published January 23, 2013

Quirks are wonderfully entertaining. These routines that continue on frequently along with an unaware individual are hard to be rid of.



How to handle what was already chosen

Published January 16, 2013

Life and choices go hand in hand every month every day every minute. The two nouns have become so closely related that they can even be put together to make up what some people might describe to be their worst nightmare life choices.



Growing old doesn’t have to mean growing cold

Published January 13, 2013

Sydney White Accepted Mona Lisa Smile 21 The House Bunny it is time to step up and admit that college was not everything you thought it would be.



Keeping it fresh in a clichéd world

Published January 6, 2013

There are too many clichs in the world today. I distinctly remember a speech that I had heard back in fifth grade.



Stages are intimidating.

Published December 5, 2012

That moment when the lights are about to go on the audience cheers and the music starts is like no other.



Numbers everywhere

Published November 28, 2012

Including today there are 17 days until the first Saturday of Winter Break 27 days until Christmas 33 days until New Years 150 days until the end of the winter semester and two days until the weekend.