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Lonesome behind the face

Illustration by Maude Lustig
May 8, 2020

I felt lonely senior year. I didn’t expect it. I thought it was supposed to be the best year, which is why it took me so long to connect my feelings with the word that described them. By senior year,...

Scents of the different majors

Illustration by Isabella Buchter
May 8, 2020

Biology – Formaldehyde and mitochondria  This is pretty self-explanatory; STEM majors out there will understand. These committed individuals exude the scents of the two things that they are most...

The value of silence

Illustration by Anika Vucicevic
May 8, 2020

Do you know the feeling when you’re “talking with” someone and it gets awkward?  You feel like you are responsible for coming up with something to say to make the awkward feeling go away, and...

Taking time to taste

Illustration by Hannah Paul
May 8, 2020

As I write this, I am sitting on my back porch in Tennessee; my mamma is grilling buns and okra while the bbq is cooking in the crockpot inside. I can smell her bbq, even through thick walls. Good food...

On intimacy and being in love with your friends

May 8, 2020

When I was visiting a close friend of mine during break, on my second day in North Dakota — the second-coldest state in the U.S. — my friend and I went to the supermarket together to buy groceries...

Photo essay: Textures

Photo essay: Textures
May 8, 2020

The pets of Whitman

The pets of Whitman
May 8, 2020

Owner: Toyona Howard Name: Bleu Nickname: Lil’ Beta Age: Adult Length of Companionship: October 2019 Favorite Treat: Blood worms Fun Memory: Any time Toyona gets near the top of...

On Writing Satire

December 5, 2017

G.K. Chesterton once said “A man is angry at a libel because it is false, but at a satire because it is true.” Chesterton, of course, wrote during the 19th century, a time when print culture had massive...

Regarding the language of “Free Speech” as distinguished from Hate Speech

December 5, 2017

“…is there no room any more for a child or young person to be a little obnoxious…or provocative, or yes, offensive” (Erika Christakis, in an email to Yale students in October 2015 responding...

From the Editors: cir·cuit

Photo by Tywen Kelly and Martina Panze
December 5, 2017

origin: late Middle English: via Old French from Latin circuitus, from circuire, variant of circumire ‘go around,’ from circum ‘around’ + ire ‘go.’ noun plural noun: circuits; noun:...

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