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My Cynicism Regarding Pre-Med Volunteering

My Cynicism Regarding Pre-Med Volunteering

As someone currently in the throes of the medical school application process, I consider myself somewhat of an expert on the sorts of things that pre-medical students do in order to present themselves as ideal candidates for medical school. Schools are looking for someone that is not only intelligent, able to perform well academically, and experienced in research that hones their problem-solving skills, but also someone who has demonstrated generosity for their fellow humans in some tangible way. Simply put,…

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Why You Should Vote (Even if You’re a Radical and Hate the Government)

Why You Should Vote (Even if You’re a Radical and Hate the Government)

Voting matters. The usual counter goes something like this: our choices are restricted to two parties run by the rich elite that operate within a destructive discourse that upholds various forms of structural violence and racism. It is a false choice, and no matter who you vote for, you cannot create real change because both parties are faithful to the same entities, all of which have a vested interest in upholding the status quo. By voting, you legitimize and perpetuate…

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The Existential Intern or: How I Learned to Stop Writing and Pad My Resume

The Existential Intern or: How I Learned to Stop Writing and Pad My Resume

Hello darkness, my old friend. It’s me, an anonymous member of the VCTV exec board. I’m an aspiring screenwriter and current intern at a media conglomerate. And I have no idea what the hell I’m doing.   A few weeks ago, I found myself on a plane from London to Amsterdam sitting next to a bona fide Hollywood filmmaker. Part of me wishes this was a joke–doesn’t it sound like the set-up for a punchline about horrible rich people? But…

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Now We’ve Got Bad Blood: A Discussion of Menstrual Products

Now We’ve Got Bad Blood: A Discussion of Menstrual Products

The ways in which we conceptualize and form opinions about menstruation not only intersects with cultural ideologies about feminism and gender equality, socioeconomics and consumerism, medicine and public health, but also greatly involves environmentalism. Historically, the intricacies of the menstrual cycle and reproductive healthcare have been widely misunderstood and even shamed by general society. Even in the present day menstruation remains a taboo topic. It is also frequently broadcast as an unpleasant burden and inconvenience that marketing and advertising industries’…

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Gilmore Girls is returning!

Gilmore Girls is returning!

In case you haven’t heard, Gilmore Girls is coming back.   When I first heard the news last week, to say that I was overjoyed was an understatement. Word on the street is that Netflix has a deal with Warner Brothers for a limited series revival of the show, which ran for seven seasons from 2000 to 2007, and that all of the major characters are expected back. It seems to be that the way it will work is that…

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The Absurd, The Surreal, The Chronically Depressed II

The Absurd, The Surreal, The Chronically Depressed II

Okay, so let’s quickly recap what we’ve been over so far. The first part of this article established that Rick and Morty and Bojack Horseman represent major game changers to both the genres of comedy and animation, more specifically adult animation. This is because they are the first major series that chose to dedicate their thematic content to very real and seldom discussed topics. Instead of making cocksure political jabs, the comedic equivalent of shooting fish in a barrel, they…

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Seven Vodkas Under 30 Dollars: A Taste Test | Muddled Post 3

Seven Vodkas Under 30 Dollars: A Taste Test | Muddled Post 3

Sick of your regular go-to brand of Vodka? Try one of these Vodkas all priced under thirty dollars. Each one is on sale at liquor stores in the Arlington area, so take a sip and read on to find a new match!   Square One Cucumber — 25.99 I imagine that Square One Cucumber flavored Vodka is really exclusively for the spa going crowd who needs to take the edge off. By this I mean that I am surprised and…

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Of Beatles and Men

Of Beatles and Men

Pretty much everybody loves The Beatles. Pretty much everybody loves a good film. Across the Universe, Julie Taymor’s 2007 romance drama combines the two beautifully in a 133 minute musical. The film, set in New York, Liverpool, and Vietnam in the 1960’s captures both the magic and mayhem of the youthful spirit of the time. Set on the backdrop of social upheaval, America and the world in the 60’s is given a spectacular treatment in Taymor’s film chock full of…

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A Sticky Situation

A Sticky Situation

All images copyright Rich Burlew  (http://www.giantitp.com/)   The funniest, most intelligent, and most heartbreaking fantasy story I have ever read is a webcomic about stick figures.   No, seriously – bear with me here. The Order of the Stick is a dramedy fantasy webcomic starring an adventuring party of six stick figures. This band of dashing heroes is ferociously competent, capable of sweeping away any threats and well on its way to saving their world.     Well, okay, that might…

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GHC and Me: Silencing, Support, Networking, and Transphobia in an Industry in Flux

GHC and Me: Silencing, Support, Networking, and Transphobia in an Industry in Flux

Vassar has a multitude of famous alumni: Meryl Streep, Lisa Kudrow, Justin Long, Jeff Davis, and the beautiful, intelligent Grace Hopper. Grace Hopper was a computer scientist known best for inventing the compiler and coining the term “debugging.” In a world where technology is integrated with everything we do, her work is more important than ever. Yet, mass media look at Steve Jobs and Bill Gates as the geniuses of the tech world, ignoring the fact that all of their…

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