I didn’t meme it

Jessica Sommerville | Editor-in-Chief True admission to a campus community is not through a college’s admissions letter but its group chat. Through these chats, my peers have not only taught me how to register for admitted student activities but to giggle at “wot in tarnation” cowboy hats and the “Guy Tries to Impress Girl” faux pas, neither of which I […]

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OPINION: Read it and weep

Crime spotlights need for books, empathy Jessica Sommerville | Editor-in-Chief When Virginian teenagers vandalized a historic black schoolhouse, defacing the building with swastikas, “white power,” and “brown power,” attorney Alejandra Rueda sentenced the five of them not to community service but to hit the books. That’s right. For the next year, each vandal must read one book per month – […]

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OPINION: Will you read this if it’s not written in emoji?

Jessica Sommerville | Editor-in-Chief Emoji may seem like the “it” form of communication, but millennials and Generation Z did not invent the pictograph. In fact, early societies had to develop a form of written language to become civilizations, and the earliest of these, Egypt and Mesopotamia, fulfilled this requirement with the original “emoji.” As we supposedly advanced, we crafted treatises […]

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Yesterday’s pop hits not up for grabs

Jessica Sommerville | Editor in Chief Our favorite pop song is bubbly, infectious, and – possibly – illegal. Billboard’s latest number one, “Closer” by The Chainsmokers feat. Halsey, is a dance-hall grind peddling nostalgia, that “we ain’t ever gettin’ older,” but its melody has garnered attention not only for its breeziness but its similarity to The Fray’s 2005 hit “Over […]

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OPINION: Judge one, judge all; Why universities must standardize social media monitoring of applicants

Jessica Sommerville | Editor in Chief Glue is no longer enough to hold the paper-mache selves we craft for college admissions. According to a survey by Kaplan Test Prep, 40 percent of admissions officer said they monitor applicants’ social media – its highest since 2008. A single tweet could dismantle a carefully patched image – but we all know this. […]

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OPINION: More marijuana, more problems

Jessica Sommerville | Online Editor Ohio voters smoked Issue 3. Our neighbors, however, have triumphed their own legalization initiatives; residents of Alaska, Oregon, Colorado, and the District of Columbia, can legally purchase marijuana. Better yet – they can tax it. On any other Friday, the Internal Revenue Service would clap its fudge-fingered hands and down its share of the candy, […]

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OPINION: I can’t Beliebe it

Jessica Sommerville | Online Editor I only know the lyrics to “Baby” because I was held captive in an intermediate school gymnasium. My friend rapped—“She knows she got me dazin’/ ‘coz she was so amazin’”—while I prayed for a basketball to hit my brain and knock me unconscious. I was not optimistic enough to imagine a future where Justin Bieber […]

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OPINION: Pound by pound

Jessica Sommerville | Staff Writer   Pound by pound. This is not the title of Kelly Clarkson’s new album, but it might as well be for all the attention she has received due to her weight, rather than her album sales. Piece by Piece debuted at number one on the Billboard 200, but as far as pop culture is concerned, […]

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OPINION: Dear New York,

Jessica Sommerville | Staff Writer I lived in Joy-zee when my pudgy fingers struggled to grasp a plum Crayola, let alone to tie the laces on my magenta Barbie sneakers, but I was never there long enough to develop an accent. It was a thumbtack in the world map my paternal grandmother used to keep in her basement, marking all […]

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OPINION: Burned and blackened

Jessica Sommerville | Staff Writer I don’t burn bras in raging bonfires that choke the sky and all misogynists; I don’t fuel that fire with the bones of unwary men—and I don’t feel feminism deserves the shudder it often receives. It boggles me that it’s still radical to many.  I confess with chagrin that my mother and I still watch […]

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OPINION: We are all MBC

Jessica Sommerville | Staff Writer @YouareMBC. We haven’t forgotten the individual, though nearly 4,000 students reside in this building of Comet Country. We have Picassos, athletic state champions, political debaters, humanitarians: we cover it all. When we do interviews, however, students are often confused until we discuss the premise of the story: they don’t believe that in a school over-flowing […]

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OPINION: Beneath the quiet

Jessica Sommerville | Staff Writer Introversion is portrayed as a disease. I troll Pinterest to find nonsensical blurbs — “How to Care for Introverts” and “What is introversion?” Colored charts follow: watered-down medical diagnoses tailored for easy understanding. But introversion is not an illness, though it is portrayed that way even by those who appreciate it, including author Susan Cain. […]

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