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Caitlin Joyce Mar 1, 2017 7:00 pm

Coming Out

In my high school, there was no such thing as an LGBT+ studies class. There was a sparsely populated Gay-Straight Alliance, which I didn’t gain the courage to join until my senior year. Once I started dating my girlfriend, I became hyper-aware of my actions. Being in the closet isn’t simply...

Jessica Derr Feb 27, 2017 12:00 am

Winter-Break Purgatory

If I did not know any better, I would have thought I was in purgatory. Bleary-eyed and messy-haired, I’d rise long after the rest of the world, staggering down the stairs like something straight out of The Walking Dead. From all the daytime television I consumed, Live With Kelly,...

Nicole Gieselman Feb 22, 2017 7:00 pm

What Democracy Looks Like

A wave of cheers swept through the crowd. Gloved hands raised cardboard signs, some meticulously painted, others sloppily scrawled on with marker. “Show me what democracy looks like!” a faraway voice drifted over the mass. “THIS IS WHAT DEMOCRACY LOOKS LIKE!” I found myself...

Helen Armstrong Feb 15, 2017 7:00 pm

Beat the Brr: Things to Do in Philly

Fact: During the winter, it’s so much easier to stay inside, wrapped up in a furry, warm blanket than it is to go outside bracing frigid air that hurts your face. Another fact: Staying cooped up too long can worsen the winter blues. Lots of people get sad in the winter. Maybe you suffer...

Nicole Gieselman Jan 3, 2016 7:00 pm

Stars in the City

Before moving to Arcadia, I lived in the middle of nowhere. And I mean it: nowhere. We considered everyone within a five-mile radius our neighbor. One of the greatest benefits of our location (besides being over an hour away from the nearest city, having terrible WiFi connection, and getting...

Nicole Gieselman Nov 18, 2015 7:00 pm

Crazy for Classical Music

I am a major band nerd. All through high school, I played flute in marching band, concert band, pep band, the works. I even woke up at 7 every Saturday morning for a year and drove 30 minutes to play in a nearby youth symphony. When I heard that Campus Philly (the best thing that’s ever happened...

Nicole Gieselman Nov 10, 2015 7:00 pm

Where the Mundane Becomes Magical

About 10 minutes away from my house is a golf course called “Rolling Hills.” I can assure you, no hills—rolling or otherwise—are anywhere to be found. It’s flat as a pancake. The name represents an idea rather than reality, an idyllic representation of what the resort could be. This is the case for...

Nicole Gieselman Nov 2, 2015 7:00 pm

Old Clothes, New Styles

A not-so-new trend is sweeping the nation. Hipsters swear by it. Pop music hits have been written about it. It’s cheap, it’s smelly, and it’s fashionable. It’s thrift shopping. Many teens and twenty-somethings are devoted to the hunt for used clothes that are the perfect mix of quirky and...

Nicole Gieselman Oct 29, 2015 3:11 pm

Who Took My Ruby Slippers?

We’ve all seen the Wizard of Oz. No? Well, if you’re one of the pop-culture deprived, here’s a quick summary: lackadaisical Dorothy and her dog, Toto, get sucked up by a tornado. They arrive in a mystical land called Oz, where our brave heroine promptly steals some shoes, talks to strangers,...

Marcella Haddad Oct 8, 2014 8:00 pm

Keyword: Do Not Move

When I first set foot in Philadelphia, I was expecting San Francisco 2.0. At first, what I saw seemed to fit with this idea. There were towering buildings, cigarette-smoking, long-coat wearing people in the shadows, and, of course, the smells. But it didn’t take long wandering the city for me to...