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    Gary Earl Ross discusses personal, political, and societal inspirations of his new play, The Trial of Trayvon Martin

    16 months ago

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    Lancaster High School: Making Progress

    2 years ago

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  • Regulating Welfare
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    Regulating Welfare

    2 years ago

    The issue of welfare is broad. It has many forms, ranging from food stamps to tax credits, and it has the potential to be a hot button issue in any of its manifestations. One divisive question on...

  • Defiance as Strength in Clotel
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    Defiance as Strength in Clotel

    2 years ago

    William Wells Brown wrote Clotel in 1853, a time when America was still entrenched in the slavery system. Brown, however, wrote the novel while in England, which may say as much about the then...

  • An Analysis of Ania Loomba: Gender, Race, Renaissance Drama
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    An Analysis of Ania Loomba: Gender, Race, Renaissance Drama

    3 years ago

    In Ania Loomba’s selection from Gender, Race, Renaissance Drama, Loomba discusses the “gender-blindness” in most postcolonial criticism of William Shakespeare’s The Tempest. Loomba proposes as her the

  • Magic Across Time: The Tempest versus “Poisoned Story”
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    Magic Across Time: The Tempest versus “Poisoned Story”

    3 years ago

    The idea of supernatural events is not a new one. It extends back to some of the earliest civilizations, and this idea of magic has not left humanity since. It shows up in both Shakespeare’s play

  • Healing Through Fantasy: The Role of the Fantastical in a Modern World
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    Healing Through Fantasy: The Role of the Fantastical in a Modern World

    3 years ago

    While there certainly remain mysteries in life, compared to even a century ago, humans know so much about how the world works. Often superstition, stories, and the fantastical are used to account for

  • Peter's Lost Love (Mrs. Dalloway)
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    Peter's Lost Love (Mrs. Dalloway)

    3 years ago

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  • Daily Routine Expressed through Figurative Language in “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock”
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    Daily Routine Expressed through Figurative Language in “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock”

    3 years ago

    T.S. Eliot was a modernist poet publishing during the early part of the twentieth century, right around the time of World War I. Published in 1915, the middle of the High Modern Period

  • Missing Stories of Jesus
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    Missing Stories of Jesus

    3 years ago

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  • People's Rights Amendment
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    People's Rights Amendment

    3 years ago

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  • Skipping Class
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    Skipping Class

    3 years ago

    I get it. I really do. Sometimes skipping class seems like a good idea. You can potentially avoid having the professor discover that you’re unprepared. You can get an extra hour back in your day.

  • Black History Month: Segregating History
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    Black History Month: Segregating History

    3 years ago

    Lewis Howard Latimer, a black man, invented the lightbulb. Thomas Edison altered the design and patented it, but Latimer is the one who invented the carbon filaments

  • Someone Lied about Iraq?
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    Someone Lied about Iraq?

    3 years ago

    Did you know that someone recently got in trouble for lying about the Iraq War? No, not George W. Bush. No, not Dick Cheney. Not Colin Powell. Not Condoleezza Rice either. It was Brian Williams.

  • The Propaganda is Strong with This One: Minimum Wage
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    The Propaganda is Strong with This One: Minimum Wage

    3 years ago

    I was in my college's commuter lounge, waiting to attend the Creative Writing Departments annual senior reading, when overheard a conversation. Now, this conversation began with, "What do you think...

  • Moderates Need Not Denounce Extremists
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    Moderates Need Not Denounce Extremists

    3 years ago

    Remember when CNN called for all “moderate” white people denounce the Sandy Hook shooter? Remember when CNN called for all “moderate” conservatives to denounce Cliven Bundy after the Bundy...

  • Different Players, Same Game
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    Different Players, Same Game

    3 years ago

    When President Obama came into office in 2008, he had control of both the Senate and the House. The House went to Republicans after two years, but Obama retained the Senate for the next four years. Now, that too has fallen, leaving Obama with no majority in either house for his final two years.

  • ISIS: Don't Believe the Hype
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    ISIS: Don't Believe the Hype

    3 years ago

    So I was trying to listen to television news the other night—something I don’t do often—but the problem was that I could not hear it over this banging sound. I tried to figure out where the banging sound was coming from, until I realized it was in fact coming from the television. It was the...

  • I Can Look at Your Data If I Want To
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    I Can Look at Your Data If I Want To

    3 years ago

    Edward Snowden risked his life trying to warn us about this, so, sorry, but I don’t really understand the big surprise at this “Celebgate/Fappening” scandal. True, Snowden was warning about...

  • My Response to: Requiem
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    My Response to: Requiem

    4 years ago

    In the poem, “Requiem,” by Anna Akhmatova, the narrator goes through a journey “in the terrible years of the Yezhov terror” (“Instead of a Preface”). While on the journey, the narrator experiences personal changes, although her grief is present throughout. In “Requiem,” Akhmatova...

  • My Response to: A Room of One's Own
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    My Response to: A Room of One's Own

    4 years ago

    In a Room of One’s Own, by Virginia Woolf, Woolf goes on an intellectual hero’s journey to discover the “essential oil of truth” (Chapter 2, para. 1) about “women and fiction” (Chapter 1, para. 1). This truth, she asserts, is that “a woman must have money and a room of her own if she...

  • The Mafia Series: Townsperson
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    The Mafia Series: Townsperson

    3 years ago

    This is part of my series on the Mafia Game. In this edition, I will discuss, in depth, the role of townsperson and will give advanced tactics to explain what to do when that red number card comes up.

  • My Response to: The Odyssey
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    My Response to: The Odyssey

    2 years ago

    Homer’s The Odyssey is, much like The Epic of Gilgamesh, an ancient and classic example of the hero’s journey. In this story, the hero, Odysseus, (or Ulysses, as he is referred to in the Latin based versions of the text) goes through a journey, which, ultimately, is a quest to get home. The...

  • My Response to: The Epic of Gilgamesh
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    My Response to: The Epic of Gilgamesh

    17 months ago

    The Epic of Gilgamesh is an ancient and classic example of the hero’s journey. In this story, the hero, Gilgamesh, goes through a journey, which, ultimately, becomes a quest for immortality. For even though Gilgamesh is two-thirds god, it is the one-third of him that is human which makes this...

  • The Mafia Series: Mafia
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    The Mafia Series: Mafia

    4 years ago

    This is part of my series on the Mafia Game. In this edition, I will discuss, in depth, the role of mafia and will give advanced tactics to explain to you what to do when that black card comes up.

  • My Response to: God of Justice
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    My Response to: God of Justice

    3 years ago

    In God of Justice, William Sax uses ethnographical anthropology to study low caste Harijans in India. This type of anthropology has advantages and disadvantages, but, nonetheless, it offers a view of India and Hinduism that is—at least in my experience—different than what one can typically read...

  • My Response to: Great Expectations
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    My Response to: Great Expectations

    4 years ago

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  • Syria: Iraq, Libya, or Egypt?
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    Syria: Iraq, Libya, or Egypt?

    4 years ago

    Syria is, no doubt, a complicated issue. Who are the rebels? What will they want if they get their way? Who, if anyone, should be responsible for intervening in the situation?

  • My Response to: Of Love and Other Demons
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    My Response to: Of Love and Other Demons

    4 years ago

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  • Why the Washington Redskins Need to Change Their Name
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    Why the Washington Redskins Need to Change Their Name

    4 years ago

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  • The Mafia Series: Doctor
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    The Mafia Series: Doctor

    4 years ago

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  • My Response to: Ramayana
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    My Response to: Ramayana

    4 years ago

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  • American Power in the 21st Century (Dr. Nye)
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    American Power in the 21st Century (Dr. Nye)

    4 years ago

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  • The Mafia Series: Inspector
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    The Mafia Series: Inspector

    4 years ago

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  • Cliven Bundy: Conscientious Objector?
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    Cliven Bundy: Conscientious Objector?

    4 years ago

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  • My Response To: The Dhammapada
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    My Response To: The Dhammapada

    4 years ago

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  • My Response To: American Born Chinese
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    My Response To: American Born Chinese

    4 years ago

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  • In-Line Hockey: Not Just a Driveway Sport
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    In-Line Hockey: Not Just a Driveway Sport

    4 years ago

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  • Reflections of a High School Senior
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    Reflections of a High School Senior

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  • Black History Month (From a 14 Year Old's Perspective)
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    Black History Month (From a 14 Year Old's Perspective)

    4 years ago

    I used to always wonder why February was Black history month, and, I was able to finally find out. The reason dates back to 1926 when a Harvard scholar named Carter G. Woodson, the son of former slaves, dedicated his life to ensuring that black history was accurately documented and spread. In an...

  • No Mo' Cuomo, Please
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    No Mo' Cuomo, Please

    4 years ago

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  • The Third and Fourth Terms of President Bush
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    The Third and Fourth Terms of President Bush

    4 years ago

    In deciding whether President Obama’s economic policy is good or bad, there is only one thing to consider: whether or not President Obama is among the worst negotiators in the history of humanity, or whether he is simply a conservative at heart. This issue is, ultimately, unprovable. However,...

  • Money in Politics
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    Money in Politics

    4 years ago

    What’s the most accurate way to predict the winner of a congressional race? Is it party? Is it policy? Is it ideology? The answer is none of these. It’s money. Ninety-Three percent of the time, the candidate with more money wins. This is a disturbing trend in American politics, and it’s...

  • The Mafia Game
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    The Mafia Game

    4 years ago

    I have played many variations of this game. I'm not even positive all the versions were called mafia, although the concept was the same. Scratch that, the concept was similar. Although the...

  • Buffalo Wings Hockey Marathon
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    Buffalo Wings Hockey Marathon

    4 years ago

    At 10 am on Saturday March 5th, 28 players and four goalies have gathered at the Kenan Center in Lockport, N.Y. to play a single game of hockey. By 6 pm players were resting and eating food on the bench. On the rink, the score is 79 to 121. The players have been playing for 9 hours straight so far...

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