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Divergent Movie Review: In Which I Don’t Care About Any Character Deaths

Divergent Movie Review: In Which I Don’t Care About Any Character Deaths

Let me set the scene for you: it’s nearing the end of the second week of spring break, so obviously by this point all of my friends from home have already gone back to college. I am bored enough to be past the point of caring about whatever stupid social stigma there might be about going to the movies alone, because I might as well see the Divergent movie since I more or less enjoyed the book. Side note: if…

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The Evolution of Snow Days

The Evolution of Snow Days

I don’t know about you, but when I was a kid, hearing that six to eight inches of snow was on the way was pretty much the equivalent of Christmas Eve. School was likely to be canceled the next day because there was 1) no way that little Johnny and Susie could walk to the bus stop in snow that was towering over their heads, 2) even if they could, there was a good chance that the bus would never…

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The Hype Behind Her Isn’t a Lie (At Least In My Opinion)

The Hype Behind Her Isn’t a Lie (At Least In My Opinion)

You might have heard the buzz about the new Spike Jonze movie, Her. I know, I know, you’re probably sick of hearing people explode with enthusiastic excitement about so many things that never actually end up living to the hype and only result in disappointment. Believe me, I am too (not to discount the importance of enthusiasm, because hey, enthusiasm is great! See?! I’m using enthusiastic exclamation points to prove my point! I LOVE ENTHUSIASM!). It seemed like everyone was…

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The Solidarity of Sleep Deprivation

The Solidarity of Sleep Deprivation

Each time finals week approaches and the semester ends with an explosion of stress, I find myself truly amazed at just how little sleep on which college students are able to function. I recently overheard someone explaining that she had plans to pull an all-nighter to finish one essay, go to class, eat food, attempt to sleep from 4:00 p.m. to midnight, and then pull another all-nighter to tackle essay number two. That, my friends, is what I call impressive, especially when I compare…

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My Perspective on the Leggings-as-Pants Phenomenon

My Perspective on the Leggings-as-Pants Phenomenon

I was never a leggings-as-pants kind of girl. In fact, I was always as vehemently opposed to the idea as I was to rompers and overalls coming back in style (I thought I was done with those after I left elementary school?) Before all of you pro-leggings folks start flipping out about how severely mistaken my views are, let me explain. I’m all for anyone wearing whatever the heck they want and feel comfortable in without being judged, but passing off leggings as actual…

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Post-Halloween Thoughts on “Slutty” Costumes

Post-Halloween Thoughts on “Slutty” Costumes

Now that another Halloween has come and gone, it’s the time of the year for everyone to throw in their two cents regarding the concept of “slutty” costumes, and I’ve got two pennies ready to go. It’s nothing new that these days, the idea of Halloween being to commemorate superstitions about ghosts and ghouls seems to be out the window. Yes, there are certainly exceptions—especially on the Vassar campus, where I’ve seen my fair share of much more creative ensembles—but it’s…

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After All This Time? Always: More Harry Potter to Come

After All This Time? Always: More Harry Potter to Come

Just as the Dark Mark re-summoned the Death Eaters years after Voldemort’s supposed demise, the Harry Potter fandom is back in business, rolling up their sleeves in anticipation. First, there was the Scholastic release of the brand-spanking new paperback editions of the books to commemorate the fifteenth anniversary of the U.S. release of The Sorcerer’s Stone. Naturally, this development necessitates the purchasing of a second box set. Don’t give me that look—yes, it is completely necessary. Have you seen the cover…

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Musings From a No-Longer Freshman

Musings From a No-Longer Freshman

Maybe it’s just me, but I feel like there always comes a point during the summer when you realize that—despite being nervous about the impending headfirst leap back into the intensity of school work—you’re really just excited to recommence packing your brain with knowledge, rather than mindlessly clicking “next episode” on Netflix for the eighth time in a row. Now that we’ve all been back at Vassar for a little while and have gotten relatively into the swing of things, in addition to no…

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The Top Ten Potentially Most Interesting Movies of Summer 2013

The Top Ten Potentially Most Interesting Movies of Summer 2013

With the pending release of mega-blockbuster Iron Man 3 this Friday, the summer movie season is underway. That means that brainless epics (White House Down), horrendous sequels (The Smurfs 2) and “indie” films hoping to be this year’s Little Miss Sunshine (The Way, Way Back) will soon invade the multiplex. However, I will discuss none of these types of films in this post. Instead, I want to take a look at the upcoming movies that I think will produce interesting discussions and/or hone in on certain complex…

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How to Stay Productive in Beautiful Weather

How to Stay Productive in Beautiful Weather

The year is winding down. The stress of preregistration and housing for the fall semester has pretty much ended. Students are running out of Dining Bucks and actively trying to get rid of meal swipes at UpC at an alarming rate. And, let’s be honest, it’s gotten to the point in the semester when everyone is calculating how little work they have to do to pass all of their classes. The taste of summer is in the air, the number of weeks left of school can…

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