Because Arcadia

Nov 19, 2015 Purnell Cropper

Long ’17 Shows Hospitality to Students Studying Abroad in the U.S.

Upon returning to Glenside after a semester in Seoul, Cliff Long ’17 decided to help international students studying at Arcadia adjust to their new home. In his story “Returning the Hospitality,” Long explains why he joined the student organization International Peer Associate League (IPAL)...

Nov 17, 2015 Purnell Cropper

Secanechia ’17 Finds Community in Italy

Isabela Secanechia ’17, an Italian studies major with a minor in international studies, is living in Perugia, Italy, this year. In “Escape to Alphaville,” she writes about finding a place where she can decompress and feel like part of a community. Back at my home in Bristol, Pennsylvania, I...

Helen Armstrong Nov 16, 2015 7:00 pm

New Editor-In-Chief, and the Pressure's On

In the year and a half since crossing a brightly lit stage with my high school diploma gripped in my hand, I’ve done a lot of scary things. I flew across the ocean four times. I stepped into North Korea. I rode on a ferry in Italy that pitched back and forth so badly in a storm that I was sure it...

Nov 16, 2015 Purnell Cropper

Armstrong ’18 Describes What It Was Like to Interview Alan Cumming

In her first post for Because Arcadia, the University’s award-winning student blog, Helen Armstrong ’18 describes preparing for her one-on-one interview with Alan Cumming and considers how much the opportunity was due to luck and how much was due to her motivation and enthusiasm. I only had...

Marcella Haddad Nov 11, 2015 7:00 pm

10 Steps to (Relatively) Painless Fiction Writing

For all of you aspiring writers who have ever had to face the process of actually writing something, fear not! Below is a step-by-step guide that is guaranteed to get your story written with minimum effort and maximum caffeine consumption. Step 1: Assignment You receive an assignment from...

Kyle Kammerle Nov 10, 2015 7:00 pm

Dancing the Knight Away

A couple of weeks into my first semester here, I excitedly, though cautiously, examined the different club tables at Arcadia’s Fall Activities Fair. The sun was shining in my eyes, distracting me slightly as I listened to enthusiastic club leaders pitch their club to eager students along the...

Kyle Kammerle Nov 10, 2015 7:00 pm

Transvestites and Eco-Types

You cannot get around this beautiful campus without seeing or feeling the impact of our school’s Honors program. The people, the programs, and the events all have such a profound influence on campus life and the Arcadia community as a whole. After a little over one year, I have come to adore the...

Helen Armstrong Nov 8, 2015 7:00 pm

Confessions of an Ex-English Major

I spent my first semester of college in London, floating in a cloudy wonderland, scarfing down pasta in Italy and tapas in Spain. It was a wonderful experience. I traveled across Europe for several months and took classes in photography, journalism, and writing. It didn’t feel anything like “real...

Kyle Kammerle Nov 2, 2015 7:00 pm

Slow and Steady or Fast to the Finish?

Look, I’m usually all for the time-honored morals taught to us through childhood fables. Sometimes, though, we have to undergo a little bit of introspection and question our blind faith to ideals of the cherished storybook characters of our youth. Take, for example, the lesson from the classic...

Marcella Haddad Oct 25, 2015 8:00 pm

Scotland's Novel Inspirations

“Is no one else freaking out about this pun?” My question was met with silence. We were walking to The Settle Inn, a pub in Stirling, Scotland. I couldn’t stop thinking about the name. “The Settle Inn!” I said again. “It’s so clever! Does no one else think this is amazing? Guys...

Helen Armstrong Oct 25, 2015 8:00 pm

Am I Really Interviewing Alan Cumming?

Luck is being in the right place at the right time. Fortunately for me, my lucky stars aligned, landing me in a chair across from actor and author Alan Cumming for a one-on-one interview. Yeah, that Alan Cumming—Floop from Spy Kids, as he’s best known to anyone from the ages of 15 to 25. But...

Photo credit: Jessica Griffin

Sep 10, 2015 Christopher Sarachilli

Sandra Clark, Managing Editor for ‘The Philadelphia Inquirer,’ to Oversee ‘Because Arcadia’ Student Blog

Because Arcadia, Arcadia’s award-winning student-written blog, is excited to welcome Sandra Clark ’14MBA as managing editor.   As managing editor of The Philadelphia Inquirer, one of the nation’s most prominent newspapers, Clark leads half of a newsroom of nearly 200,...