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The magic of bottle episodes: how “background check” saved New Girl

The magic of bottle episodes: how “background check” saved New Girl

Very rarely does an episode from a mediocre TV show appear out of nowhere and change your life. Even more rarely is that episode a bottle episode. However, season 4 episode 6 of Fox’s New Girl aired years ago and completely changed everything I thought I knew about comedy. This episode, called Background Check, starts with Winston (Lamorne Morris) warning everyone in the loft that, in order to pass police academy, his supervisor is coming over to perform a routine…

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Podcast and TV merge in new comedy show

Podcast and TV merge in new comedy show

My Brother, My Brother, and Me is a short (6 episodes total) and up and coming TV show based on a podcast of the same name starring the McElroy brothers, Justin (the oldest brother), Travis (the middlest brother), and Griffin (the sweet baby brother) who give advice to people and try to solve their problems. The podcast itself is a hilarious advice show, and the new TV show follows suit. The whole show can only be found on Seeso.com, a…

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On a Break with Yik Yak

On a Break with Yik Yak

I would like to say I deleted the Yik Yak app off my phone for political or social reasons. I would like to say that it was a response to me realizing how detrimental the app was to my well-being and mental health. Unfortunately, that is not the case. I simply had not clicked that little yak head icon in months, and I desperately needed to clear up space on my phone. So, along with apps like 2048 and WordBrain,…

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Why Virginity Is Kind of a Really Stupid Concept

Why Virginity Is Kind of a Really Stupid Concept

I feel like it’s generally common knowledge that the social construct of virginity can be harmful. What first tends to come to mind when one thinks of being “deflowered” or “popping the cherry” is the tearing of the hymen of a cis female after engaging in sexual intercourse. This idea of a hymen tearing during intercourse is simply not true. The hymen is a thin membrane surrounding the opening to the vagina that, yes, can be stretched by sex, but this can…

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Fifty Shades of NOPE

Fifty Shades of NOPE

Trigger warning: This piece discusses sexual assault and domestic violence.     So, Fifty Shades of Grey is a thing again. I remember walking through Costco a few years ago and coming across hundreds of copies of the book on display. I had heard about how terrible it was, so apart from skimming through a few pages while waiting for my parents to get samples of artisanal cheese, I never actually read the series. And now there’s a movie. And maybe now…

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The YouTube Beauty Community is Awesome

The YouTube Beauty Community is Awesome

You probably wouldn’t guess from the way I usually have accidental dots of mascara on my eyelid and the way my face is always a teeny tiny bit darker than my neck because foundation that’s pale enough for me doesn’t exist as far as I know, but I care a lot about makeup. I care enough about makeup to come to terms with the fact that being good at it is hard, and I’m terrible. Being terrible, I need help…

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Taylor Swift Is Changing, and So Is Our Perception of Her

Taylor Swift Is Changing, and So Is Our Perception of Her

Donning red lips and a blue seagull sweater on the cover, Taylor Swift released her fifth album, 1989, on October 27. Since then, it sold over a million copies in its first week, making it the most profitable first week for an album since 2002 (a time when no one had to compete with music freely floating around the internet). With 1989, Taylor Swift has left the era of branding herself as “not like other girls” and writing nasty songs…

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A Man’s Professional Insight on Women’s Feelings About Street Harassment

A Man’s Professional Insight on Women’s Feelings About Street Harassment

If you’re reading this, chances are you’re a student at Vassar College, and chances are that in your social media browsing you have seen at least one person post the now viral video of a young woman being harassed on the streets of New York City, born from a collaboration between the anti-street harassment group Hollaback! and the marketing agency Rob Bliss Creative. First I should mention the problematic aspects surrounding the creation of this video that suggest that the…

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Some Struggles of Not Having Read All of Game Of Thrones (Yet!)

Some Struggles of Not Having Read All of Game Of Thrones (Yet!)

Like many pretentious liberal arts college students, I pride myself on the frequency with which I read a book before seeing its on-screen adaptation. I will never not casually #humblebrag that I read the entire Lord of the Rings trilogy during elementary school—yes, before any of the movies were released. That being said, I have not read the books since then and I really don’t think I could again when they are just so dang long, and I might just…

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Thoughts On Tinder

Thoughts On Tinder

Let me preface this post by saying that I have never in my life used Tinder before, so all of my knowledge (“knowledge”) is secondhand and therefore it’s extremely likely that I do not have any place to be commenting about it whatsoever, but as you might have guessed, I’m just going to be obnoxious and go ahead with it anyway. So, this newest online dating phenomenon is not even actually online dating but mobile dating—a dating app. Right in…

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