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A Letter To My Younger Self

A Letter To My Younger Self

November 12, 2019

Dear eight-year-old Emma, Let me tell you about the next seven years: you think you have your life all planned out, but things will change. There will be times when you will be pushed to do things out of your comfort zone, good or bad. You will go into life one way and come out as a whole new person. All these changes will shape who you are at seven-years-old, at 20-years-old, or even 50 years from...

Why We Didn’t Attend the Trump Rally

Why We Didn’t Attend the Trump Rally

November 7, 2019

President Donald Trump held a campaign rally in Downtown Lexington on Monday, Nov. 4. He hoped to convince supporters to vote for Matt Bevin in the 2019 Kentucky gubernatorial race and campaign for the 2020 presidential election.  While many student journalists would be flocking to such a rally with dreams of writing the perfect news story, we decided not to attend because even though the experienc...

Simple Costumes for Halloween

Simple Costumes for Halloween

October 31, 2019

With Halloween quickly approaching, it can become stressful to decide last-minute plans.  A change of plans can cause a change of costume, then panic ensues. But, there is no need to worry! Here is a list of groups, couples, singles, and pet costume ideas that could work for any last-minute Halloween plans.  Group Costume It is difficult to know exactly what to dress up as when you have a large ...

We Need To Do Something About Trash

We Need To Do Something About Trash

October 30, 2019

Many teenagers believe that big issues going on in the world are things they don't need to worry about, and they believe that their parents can resolve complications for them. But there are some teens who want to try and help fix problems in the world. For example, Greta Thunberg is a teenage environmental activist focused on global warming. She has addressed the United Nations saying that we need to tak...

Why People Should Protest

Why People Should Protest

October 26, 2019

A protest is a statement or action expressing disapproval of or objection to something. The number of people involved or the seriousness of a protest can vary, but they all have a similar goal: to make their opinions heard. Whether it’s something local like the teacher pension "sick out" or much larger like protests taking place in Hong Kong, both groups had the courage to stand up and actually do something to make a ch...

Being Vegan in a Meat-Eating World

Being Vegan in a Meat-Eating World

October 23, 2019

When I was growing up, eating meat and going to places like Chick-fil-A was a normal, once-a-week type thing. This all changed when I realized how unhealthy it truly is. According to the American Cancer Society, “...eating 50 grams of processed meat every day increased the risk of colorectal cancer by 18%. That’s the equivalent of about four strips of bacon or one hot dog. For red meat, there w...

The Highs and Lows of My Hispanic Identity

The Highs and Lows of My Hispanic Identity

October 23, 2019

I walk a fine line between two worlds. There’s the dreamy, picturesque world full of music, family, and color. In this world, the rhythms of salsa, cumbia, and bachata fill my veins and become the base of my heartbeat. When the slow strumming of the guitar in chacareras and zambas gently carries through the air, I know this is home.  This world feels like my utopia. It is the place I go to when my Am...

The Future of our Country is at Stake

The Future of our Country is at Stake

October 16, 2019

It’s no secret the Trump administration has been plagued with numerous scandals. There seems to be no shortage of headlines making the rounds. Even before Donald Trump became president-elect, he had been accused of many wrongdoings.  For starters, Trump has been accused by multiple women of sexual harassment, sexual assault, and even rape. He has denied all allegations but women continue to com...

Animation Industry Needs More Women

Animation Industry Needs More Women

October 10, 2019

Growing up, I’ve always preferred animated media to live-action media. Cartoons are something very important to me (as cheesy as that sounds), and I’ve wanted to get a job in the animation industry ever since I was a 5th grader. Most of my animator role models are women, but like any other industry, the animation industry is male-dominated.  Historically, women weren’t even allowed big...

Why I Hate Pumpkins

Why I Hate Pumpkins

October 9, 2019

There's something about limited edition that screams for people to get their hands on it. Now that it's fall, companies have reverted back to a yearly fad. Pumpkins. We all know what a pumpkin is, but in case you don’t, just wait for every little kid’s second favorite holiday and look at your neighbor’s front porch. It's no secret to those who know me that I absolutely despise pumpkin:...

Weekly Blog: What the Heck?

Weekly Blog: What the Heck?

September 30, 2019

Recently, a French woman got her painting from her kitchen wall appraised. It turns out the painting is not just an ordinary painting, but a piece done by the 13th century Renaissance artist  Cimabue (aka Cenni di Pepo).  The painting, Mocking of Christ, is a mere 10 inches of painted wood. Eric Turquin, one of the professionals who inspected the painting, identified it as polyptych which is ...

Why Shrek is a Mental Health Role Model

Why Shrek is a Mental Health Role Model

September 25, 2019

The Shrek canon can be described as merely an ogre and a talking donkey on an adventure, but is it more than that?  In the first two films, it can be argued that the messages are deep and meaningful. The films in the franchise develop the fictional universe referred to as “Far Far Away" that is full of fairy tales and magic. Basically, it’s the fairy tale version of Super Smash Bros. ...