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Posts from "Arts & Entertainment"

  • Arts & Entertainment | Mar.21, 2013

    World Water Week: Think Outside the Bottle

    While a large portion of the world desperately seeks clean drinking water, developed nations such as the United States spend billions on bottled water even though clean tap water is available. The growing bottled water marketing industry has turned us against tap water, while in fact 40 percent of bottled water is actually tap water from municipal sources. Americans are willing to pay 10,000 times the cost of tap water for the privilege of drinking an inferior product. Bottled water is not held to the same standard testing as tap water and is not tested for E.coli. Unlike tap water, bottled water isn’t required to produce quality reports or even provide its source. The other 60 percent of your bottled water comes from privatized sources, often in third-world nations. Large corporations such as Nestlé or Coca Cola take advantage of poorer communities and buy up their water supply simply to make a profit. While you may believe that your bottled water comes from the bubbling glaciers of the Alps, it is more likely to have been stolen from a poor Bolivian village. The locals cannot afford the high prices of the privatized water and become victims to the prices of merciless corporations. It is an injustice that water is stolen from these third-world villages and sold to rich first-world nations in the form of bottled water! The Vatican has also spoken out against the use of bottled water, as water is a right to life.

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  • Arts & Entertainment | Mar.21, 2013

    A Philosophical Look at the College Routine

    There’s something peculiar about the collegiate routine. Certain practices and thoughts are accepted without question simply because of societal customs and norms. For all the excitement surrounding the end of the week, I am in awe upon waking on Sunday morning, a moment that seems to be overlooked in college. Sure of minimalism, free from the incessant commotion of weekend nights. There’s no need on Sunday morning for such commotion, either. What a reassuring notion. There’s a particular stoicism across campus. The emptiness feels as though everyone disappeared. No one with whom to exchange awkward smiles, no one to connect with, and no desire to connect with others. There is a sudden withdrawal from dogmatism, the entrapment of living with the results of other people’s thoughts. No need for politics, alcohol, binge eating, or hookups. No cameras to smile for, no playlists to prepare, no dinner arrangements to follow. In a way, we become less dependent on others. Once realized, the freedom of Sunday itself ironically becomes an important part of this weekly cycle.

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  • Arts & Entertainment | Mar.21, 2013

    The Quiet

    Hidden down beneath my skin My heart beats fast but never bursts. The tongues cut fast like wind to flame, But I’ll say no words or lie awake. This sea won’t swell but simmers in the sun; And I’ll keep warm singing Achilles’ song.  

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  • Arts & Entertainment | Mar.21, 2013

    Almost Spring

    The breeze kissed my face, Tossing my hair across my shoulders, Breathing in my ear, Gently inhaling, exhaling, The warmth poured itself across my skin, Sweet sunshine seeping into my veins, My eyes were closed, My heart was open, And at that moment it hit me That I knew exactly what it meant To be infinite To be so wildly free that nothing could touch me So wildly free in this reborn warmth, With the breeze dancing around me And the birds singing softly And me Lying here Under an endless sky Forever Not thinking, just being, just feeling… Infinite.  

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  • Arts & Entertainment | Mar.21, 2013

    Blue Deep

    When unruly ripples Are running through, What is the anchor In the salty blue? I think gentle hands And stable feet Will not allow My nautical retreat. I’ve heard that honest lips And attentive eyes Can effectively prevent The tides to rise. Swirling around the salty blue, What is stable, And what is true? When I come crashing Into the crests, What is the solution That is best? And where can I find A nice life vest?  

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  • Arts & Entertainment | Mar.21, 2013

    Pet Sitting

    Really, when it came down to it, he needed money and his neighbor Jane needed someone to look after her cat. It was pretty good pay for an easy job, and since he couldn’t get a “real job,” James had to earn money anywhere he could. It’d be easy, right? A cat was a cat. They didn’t do much. Jane’s cat was a bit more rambunctious than he was expecting, though. “Midas, behave,” Jane scolded as the cat rubbed against James’s leg, demanding attention. “It’s fine.” James leaned over to pet the cat. He seemed friendly, at least. “He’s a…Bengal, right?” “Yeah, he’s a bit high-energy, but he’s a sweetheart.” Midas purred loudly, as if he understood what she was saying. “He just needs someone to play with him, make sure his food and water are changed, that sort of thing. It’s only for a few days.” “I think I can manage.” It wasn’t like James had anywhere else to go. That was the problem with summer break in a new neighborhood. He had no social life whatsoever. “Awesome. Thanks so much for this. One more thing, do you think you could stop by once a day to change out Reggie’s water?” Jane gestured to a tank in the corner of the room. “He’s already eaten, so he’ll be set until I get back.” “Sure.” James glanced at the tank, then did a double-take. There was a snake in there. A snake. Not a terribly large one, but still. He hadn’t expected that. Jane must have seen the look on his face. “He’s harmless,” she said reassuringly. “Completely docile, totally used to humans. He’s a ball python, they’re not even venomous. This won’t be a problem, right?” “Ah, no.” James shook his head. “No, it’s not a problem. Change his water. Got it.”

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  • Arts & Entertainment | Mar.21, 2013

    Editor vs. Editor

    Sarah O’Brien Her Choice: Large Caramel Cadbury Eggs Her Views: This is not just chocolate we’re talking about. This is chocolate with CARAMEL inside. Sarah just doesn’t understand. She’s probably one of those girls who pronounces caramel incorrectly, with, like, seven syllables. Sure, good things come in little packages, and all that. But if we’re being honest here, the only thing we like “mini” is Mouse. “I wish my dorm was miniature!” is just not something heard ’round these parts. Friartown is a big deal. We like big wins, big numbered GPAs, and BIG Caramel Cadbury Eggs. Ya lost this one, Dombro. Eat your heart out.

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  • Arts & Entertainment | Mar.21, 2013

    Game of Thrones: winter is coming

    It is time to batten down the hatches, folks! Season three of Game of Thrones is fast approaching, and things in Westeros have never looked more complicated and violent. The third season will be loosely based on the first half of the third novel in the Game of Thrones series, A Song of Fire and Ice, written by George R. R. Martin. For those of you who, like me, need your memories jogged regarding the events of season two in preparation for the next 10-episode chapter of the popular HBO series, a recap is in order (spoilers ahead!). Season two starts with four men playing in the game of thrones of Westeros: Joffrey Baratheon, the boy king, Renly Baratheon and his brother, Stannis, and Robb Stark of the North. There is, of course, a woman in the game as well: Daenerys Targaryen, the mother of dragons. While the reigning Joffrey intends to maintain his hold on the crown despite his evident lack of kingly qualities, the rest of the four engage in a bloody race to King’s Landing, where they can dispose of Joffrey and sit on the highly coveted Iron Throne, each professing their own legitimate claims to rule.

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  • Arts & Entertainment | Mar.14, 2013

    EDITOR VS. EDITOR

    Her Views:

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  • Arts & Entertainment | Mar.14, 2013

    WHY I AM STILL WATCHING: The Closer

    When I grow up, I want to be Brenda Leigh Johnson. Okay, maybe not

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