Freeheld Review

by Crystal Zhao Laurel Hester and Stacie Andree’s struggle to extend the rights of same-sex partners caught national attention in 2005, and more than a decade later, this narrative is still, if not more, relevant. In an age where members of the LGBTQ+ community are gaining increased visibility and the highest court in the land…

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The Argument for a Messy Desk

by Crystal Zhao I have been berated my entire life for being habitually messy. It is almost universally acknowledged that a disorderly workspace is unproductive, distracting, and frankly, unsightly. I am a product of this system, and have learned to keep a desk that is teetering between barely acceptable and chaos. This method has worked…

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Feminism + Comedy

by Crystal Zhao Lately, between Broad City, Inside Amy Schumer, and Trainwreck, the old stereotype that women aren’t funny has been tastefully put in its place. The next issue on the pile is the “humorless feminist” trope. While women and a number of men have been working to change the preconceived perceptions of female comics…

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Fall Podcasts Review

by Crystal Zhao Any time is podcast time, but autumn is an especially superb season for enjoying the art of audio media. School and associated activities are taking up more and more time, but it doesn’t take long at all to pop in earbuds and select a great podcast. As always, one benefit of this…

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Review of Serial

by Crystal Zhao Last fall the creators of the most popular podcast in the United States, This American Life, released a new podcast hosted by journalist and producer, Sarah Koenig. It spun a true story—a murder mystery that developed with many unexpected twists and turns as new information came to light, through both research and…

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Cleveland

by Crystal Zhao Recently, Cleveland has been gracing the pages of news media outlets. We often receive no recognition on a national level, but lately we’ve been in the spotlight. From stories that range from devastating to odd to exciting, here is an overview of the eventful last few weeks.   April 11: A two-year-old was…

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The Lost Art of Podcasting

By Crystal Zhao Podcasts are the Swiss Army Knives of digital mediums. They can be entertaining, informative, persuasive, or all three at once. Though audio media is largely unknown to millennials, it has recently been spreading through the smashing success of Serial, hosted by reporter Sarah Koening. As someone who has been an avid podcast…

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The Return of Harper Lee

By Crystal Zhao Nelle Harper Lee, recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom and author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel To Kill a Mockingbird, has been a staple of American literature since the summer of 1960. Lee’s loose interpretations of her childhood observations were immediately successful. Readers praised the light and familiar tone as well…

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