Because Arcadia

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...

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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,...

Aug 27, 2015 Purnell Cropper

Wanted: Creative Minds for Award-winning Student Blog

We want to show Arcadia from your perspective as you pursue your interests, whether you’re coordinating a campus event for a student club, studying abroad for a semester, competing on a sports team, taking Honors classes, doing a research project, navigating freshman year, or completing a degree as...

Marcella Haddad Apr 29, 2015 8:00 pm

The Secret Histories of Scotland's Ancient Burial Grounds

Rings of mysterious stones in perfect circles are scattered across Scotland. What do they mean? Where do they come from? So far, historians have hypothesized possible explanations that, in my opinion, fail to account for the richness and diversity of ancient cultures. The possibility that these...

Marcella Haddad Apr 12, 2015 8:00 pm

We Might Catch Fire

“We should go to Ulm,” Becca says, planning our Germany trip. “It has the tallest church steeple in the world!” “Really? How many stairs is it?” I ask, because this is how I measure building height now. In America, I would have asked, “How many floors is it?” which is really just...

Marcella Haddad Mar 1, 2015 7:00 pm

I Am a Jelly Donut

“Vo ist der Bahnof?” I was ready. I could do this. My friends had sent me over to the front desk of our hostel in Leipzig, Germany, to ask where the train station was. I had been training for weeks for this in Scotland. I was finally going to do it. I was going to speak in German, to a...

Marcella Haddad Feb 19, 2015 7:00 pm

How to Be a Mountain

1. When forming patches of mud, be sure to throw in a few that are actually much, much deeper than the rest. This way, unsuspecting hikers will step in them and cover their entire leg in disgusting brown goo. They enjoy this. Hikers wear mud stains like medals and often brag about how dirty they...

Marcella Haddad Feb 11, 2015 7:00 pm

Write in This Book

There’s a strange phrase on the first page of my copy of Lullabies, a collection of poems by Lang Leav. “Write in this Book,” it says, in my messy handwriting. Followed by: Where? On blank pages, in blank spaces. What? Things that inspire you, make you smile, or that you wish you...

Dec 4, 2014 Courtney Wright

Jamie Stewart ’17: ‘How to Make the Work You Do Work For You’

Working as a consultant in the Writing Center at Arcadia University, Jamie Stewart ’17 has gotten pretty good at helping other students navigate through trouble spots and improve their writing. So good, in fact, that she is now able to recognize when she is the one in need of assistance. Find out...

Dec 4, 2014 Courtney Wright

Jessica Mallepalle ’16: ‘A Math Major’s Aesthetic’

While Jessica Mallepalle ’16 is acutely aware of the beauty of math, she is finding that art does not always adhere to the rules and logic of mathematics. Read how the math major and art minor rises to the challenge of an art project to steer her right-brain left, allowing her analytical side to...

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Dec 3, 2014 Courtney Wright

David Klein ’15: ‘Senior Thesis: Monster or Misunderstood?’

Senior year is here, which means that David Klein ’15 and every other Arcadia University senior are busy at work on a Senior Thesis or Capstone project. Klein writes about his journey, from intimidation and fear of the unknown to an appreciation for all he’s learning through the process. Read his...