How to spot a…

April 19, 2010

Reading Time: 2 minutes How to spot a hipster They deny being a hipster. Hipsters refuse to be labeled as a hipster because being a hipster is suddenly cool and hipsters never want to be cool. The ironic thing is hipsters want nothing but to be cool. They also want to be ironic, which brings me to my next […]

Finish it! “The Beauty Myth” by Naomi Wolf

April 12, 2010

Reading Time: 2 minutes The “normal” size for women in Hollywood and in the fashion industry is nearly 60 pounds lighter and six sizes smaller than the average American woman. One would be hard pressed to find a woman who is not affected by this, whether emotionally, physically or both. Unrealistic ideals lead many females down an unhealthy and […]

Karma & Meg: Making up an identity

April 12, 2010

Reading Time: 3 minutes Some Buddha guy once said, “What is the root of evil? Desire is the root of evil, illusion is the root of evil.” I guess that means I’m a pretty evil chick. Ideally, I’d like to say I’m free from all desires and illusions because then, well, I’d be enlightened. And enlightenment seems like a […]

Crucial camping tips: A summer under the stars

April 5, 2010

Reading Time: 2 minutes If you’re anything like me, you have codependency issues, stay awake all night questioning your own existence and are on the lookout for a toaster. Oh, and you also love summer camping! And because I love camping during the summer months (and the fall, winter, and spring months), I consider myself highly qualified to give […]

Survival guide

March 29, 2010

Reading Time: 3 minutes How to survive the last month of school 1. Limit the time you “dick around” Many people suffer from procrastination and I, folks, am one of those people. For example, the deadline for this article was today at noon. Well, it’s 9:55 p.m. and I am just getting around to writing it. This is not […]

Blemished Buddhist

March 8, 2010

Reading Time: 3 minutes I’m a bad Buddhist. Let me rephrase that: I’m a bad Buddhist with good intentions. Most of the time. When you, open minded and intelligent reader, picture a Buddhist, what do you see? It’s okay to stereotype right now. Go on — what comes to mind? Perhaps you see a robe and shaved head. Maybe […]

English major who likes math

March 1, 2010

Reading Time: 2 minutes “I really suck at math… I just hate it with all of my waking conscience.” This quote from a friend of mine could easily be the motto of the English department. Hell, it could have even been my motto a few years back. As an English major, it was almost required that I have an […]

Most anticipated books in 2010

February 22, 2010

Reading Time: 2 minutes I have all the symptoms. Social withdrawal. Loss of hygiene. Being out of touch with reality. Frequent hallucinations. Impulse buying. Hoarding. I am addicted to books. There’s something about the written word that gets me all hot and bothered. I can’t be tempted with chocolate, clothes or chardonnay, but put me in a used bookstore […]

Beads, boobs, and booze

February 16, 2010

Reading Time: 2 minutes As a white chick from Pleasant Grove that grew up Mormon, I knew very little about Mardi Gras. I could spell it, I knew beads were somehow involved, and I had a feeling that it took place somewhere in the South. Years later, I’m still a white chick and I still know very little about […]

How not to write a love poem

February 8, 2010

Reading Time: 2 minutes When Valentine’s Day rolls around, who can actually afford to buy their sweetheart a private jet ride to romantic Paris? Probably not you. As starving college students, we can barely buy our week’s supply of Top Ramen and Natty Light, let alone indulgent gifts for a commercial holiday. Thinking of purchasing an overpriced box of […]