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Deprioritizing Rest:  The impact of skipping Spring Break for an already vulnerable student population.
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Deprioritizing Rest: The impact of skipping Spring Break for an already vulnerable student population.

This semester has crawled by at a rate which leaves every day feeling like an eternity and every week like a split second. For whatever reason, this semester in COVID-19 is unlike the others. Perhaps it’s the anticipation of life returning to some semblance of normalcy, or the fatigue of […]

Controversy of Inspiration?: The takeaway from Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s noteworthy interview.
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Controversy of Inspiration?: The takeaway from Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s noteworthy interview.

It was around 5 a.m. on a Friday in April and I was peacefully sleeping. Then suddenly I was awoken by my mother telling me to grab a blanket and to come downstairs. I quickly grabbed a blanket and my stuffed bunny and followed her down our creaky wooden stairs. […]

Practicing Gratitude: Eastern’s professors have shown their dedication and support in a most uplifting way.
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Practicing Gratitude: Eastern’s professors have shown their dedication and support in a most uplifting way.

For whatever reason, the novelty of living on campus during the pandemic has worn off. Many students were excited to return to residence living at the start of the fall semester, but now we are in the midst of our second on-campus COVID-19 semester this spring and many resident students […]

Done With Doane: A student shares her experience in Eastern’s on-campus quarantine facility.
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Done With Doane: A student shares her experience in Eastern’s on-campus quarantine facility.

The ongoing Coronavirus pandemic has transformed the 2020-2021 academic year into one like no other. Between new on-campus visitation policies, zoom and hybrid classes, and required face masks and social distancing, this year has been a challenge to say the least. While most students have been trying their best to […]

George Floyd Justice and Policing Act of 2020: Our democracy is not functioning as it should.
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George Floyd Justice and Policing Act of 2020: Our democracy is not functioning as it should.

On May 25, 2020 George Floyd was murdered by a police officer charged with protecting and serving the city of Minneapolis, Minnesota. This killing was broadcasted by a bystander and the entire world caught its breath for eight minutes and forty-six seconds as the life seeped out of George Floyd’s […]

St. Paddy’s Day as an Irish American: The struggle between Irish ancestral pride and Irish stereotypes.
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St. Paddy’s Day as an Irish American: The struggle between Irish ancestral pride and Irish stereotypes.

I grew up in a faithfully Irish-Catholic family. My house has always been littered with Celtic crosses and we always have a five-pound sack of potatoes in the pantry. For most of the year, I live my life as any other white girl. However, March 17th is always one of […]

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Who Should Take Offense?: Insight into the complexities of anti-Asian racism in America.

There has been a recent spike in the news regarding anti-Asian racism, primarily as a result of the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic. While tensions have surely been heightened during the last year, racism against Asians in America has existed for much of our nation’s history. And yet, what we see now […]

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TikTok Cringey or Cathartic?: A student’s reflection on using the controversial app Tik Tok.

I remember when I first downloaded TikTok. “It’s just a joke”, I thought to myself at the time, “I am not actually going to waste my time on this app.” If only I had known then how wrong I would be. On a whim, my boyfriend and I downloaded TikTok […]

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Alone in Doane, Continued: How another student experienced quarantine at Eastern University.

Many students have experienced or are currently experiencing quarantine in Doane, just as Sophia Hunter did. While Hunter expressed gratitude that the school is trying to protect students during this challenging time, she also found that her quarantine gave her cause to be worried for her health and safety in […]

Playing the National Anthem in Arenas: Insight on the controversy of playing the National Anthem in the televised sports industry.
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Playing the National Anthem in Arenas: Insight on the controversy of playing the National Anthem in the televised sports industry.

The National Anthem originally began as a poem written by Francis Scott Key in September of 1814, following the British bombardment of Fort McHenry during the War of 1812. During the 19th century, the poem began to gain popularity as a song set to the tune of another song entitled […]