Because Arcadia

Marcella Haddad Dec 9, 2015 7:00 pm

People in Paper

Before I write a single word, I draw circles. Circles for faces, eyes, and wild hand movements—enough circles to make a person. The drawings and little notes I make before I actually start writing help give me focus and inspire me to delve deeper into the characters. The Otherworld...

Marcella Haddad Nov 27, 2015 7:00 pm

The Slayer's Guide to Storytelling

The people you don’t like are a part of you. They have some exaggerated mannerism or quality that you dislike because, on some level, you are the same. Same goes for people that you like. Your friends have qualities that are similar to your favorite parts of yourself. At least, that’s...

Kyle Kammerle Nov 25, 2015 7:00 pm

The Life of an Ambassador

I think Janis Ian best captured the true essence of teenage dissatisfaction with part-time employment in the brilliant, cinematic masterpiece, Mean Girls. We all have had that one job (or jobs) that we just couldn’t stand, but still trudged through so we could pay for a phone, car bill, or our...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...