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Vincent Ramirez/PSU Vanguard

School isn’t our only job

I’m not entirely sure who is responsible for the mental image of college I painted in my head, but until I actually stepped on campus and experienced it, I had…
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Trump at the 2015 Conservative Political Action Conference. Courtesy of user Gage Skidmore through Wikimedia Commons

Trump fails to properly address ISIS

by Khalid Alshaikh At a speech on the final day of the Republican National Convention, Donald Trump stated that he is “going to defeat the barbarians of ISIS.” Trump vowed…
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Illustration by Terra DeHart

Begin with the self

What a time to be alive, right? With everything bad going on in the world right now, it’s no surprise that a lot of us have given up on society….
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People playing Pokemon Go in Pioneer Square. Jamon Sin/PSU Vanguard

Pokemon Go: What’s Going On?

In recent weeks, we have witnessed a phenomenon known as Pokemon Go, an augmented-reality game for iOS and Android devices. The game allows players to capture, train and pit Pokemon…
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Vincent Ramirez/PSU Vanguard

Social work isn’t just taking children away

I used to become disheartened whenever I watched the reactions of those who learned my proclaimed major and greatest passion. As a freshman in college, few people expected me to…
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Screen shot from the television series, Game of Thrones. HBO/2011-216


Adapting a work into a different medium like TV or film is easier said than done. A book or comic series typically has an established fan base, and your job…
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Jamon Sin/PSU Vanguard

Eat, Pray, Love, Study, Travel

I graduated high school and did everything the “right” way. I filed my FASFA; I applied for scholarships; I pulled out loans. I spent two years as a full-time student,…
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Illustration by Rachel Goldstein

Your childhood is fine

Despite how much we love our movies, adaptations and sequels, we’ve never been much for remakes. Oh, we think to ourselves, this again? Why would they remake this? I’d much…
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Illustration by Terra Dehart

“Islamophobia needs to stop” – a reply

by Will T.G. Miller As an immigrant from the United States to sunny little Britain, I never went through the American education system. It must have changed a lot, though,…
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Elise Furlan/PSU Vanguard

Trigger warnings getting out of hand

College isn’t so bad these days. I remember being terrified after hearing about it from my high school teachers and older relatives. “There is no second chance if you miss…
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Terra DeHart/PSU Vanguard

Hairy, engaged and estranged

Hairy Situation writes: I am a 32-year-old owner of a small company with a handful of employees. One of my employees, “Laura,” wears her hair in an extremely tight ponytail…
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