Meet and Greet: Who are all these people on campus?

By STEPHANIE CARMODY One of my favorite movie quotes is from the cinematic masterpiece Sing Street. Set in the 1990s, a coming-of-age Irish schoolboy runs into a mysterious, older girl who he’s immediately struck by. Their first run-in prompts him to write a song about her titled “The Riddle of the Model.” He asks his friend to read the lyrics after, and his friend does … Continue reading Meet and Greet: Who are all these people on campus?

Uncanny Valley

By SESHA KAMMULA The popular bitmoji app started as a cartoon. The pictures were cartoon representations of the individual makers and could be edited to have silly characteristics. However, the more recent updates have started to feel less like cartoons. The app is a fun way to express oneself without sending photos, but over time the pictures have gotten more realistic. It’s creeping, slowly but … Continue reading Uncanny Valley

Food for Thought: fish are food, not friends

By SESHA KAMMULA When I was younger, the only movie my family owned on DVD was Finding Nemo. I’ve probably accumulated days of time where I was glued to the screen, internalizing three key messages: 1.  Just keep swimming 2.  P Sherman 42 Wallaby Way Sydney 3.  Fish are friends, not food As I grew, some messages sat better than others. Just keep swimming is … Continue reading Food for Thought: fish are food, not friends

an ode to she-flesh: partially-found, intentionally bad poem

By SARAH CHEKFA you found her at the butcher’s shop. brazenly raw, impudently red, so stubbornly sinewy. at first, you salivated at the thought of carving her up, breaking her down to her irreducible parts. but she was so condescendingly, nauseatingly free that she began to offend you. you considered her brazen deadness impudence. didn’t she care that you had all the power? you were … Continue reading an ode to she-flesh: partially-found, intentionally bad poem

Pornographic Math and Magic If

By MOLLY KARR I do not understand why people watch porn. It is different than acting, the superior art. Porn is actual. It is concrete—it is, like, really happening. There are insides and outsides and absolute touches on skin and little flakes of saliva. There is payment and dye jobs and oopsie daddy issues and steroids under tanned skin and contractual safe words. In acting, … Continue reading Pornographic Math and Magic If

Feminist Body Hair is a Privilege Only White Women Can Afford

By MALVIKA DAHIYA My relationship with my body hair is complicated, dynamic, and often difficult. Like many other women of South Asian descent, I grew up confused by my body hair, living in a world where images of femininity, beauty, and even normality were divergent from the body I called home. Much of my adolescence was spent struggling to mirror the hairless, skinny, and white … Continue reading Feminist Body Hair is a Privilege Only White Women Can Afford

Mainstream Eating Habits As Self-Imposed Theocracies: Thoughts from an Unorthodox Sinner

By LUBY KIRIAKIDI  Food. If we’re not talking about the weather, we’re talking about food. To eat is to live. Food is culture. Food is family. Food is love, faith, hope. Food is self. You are what you eat. So how do you identify? Food is a secular religion. The Ancient Greek verb διαιτάω diaitо̄ means: “to live a certain way of life.” Life in … Continue reading Mainstream Eating Habits As Self-Imposed Theocracies: Thoughts from an Unorthodox Sinner

Beef Rap: how beef between rap artists undermines their activism

By KRISTEN WALSH Tupac vs. Biggie. Meek Mill vs. Drake. Jay-Z vs. Nas. “Beef” has been a prevalent trend in rap history. The notion of “beef” has been a big commercial pull in hip hop; consumers feed on drama. The media loves to cover petty feuds in the industry, but their tendency to highlight fights between rappers obscures discussion of greater issues. In other words, … Continue reading Beef Rap: how beef between rap artists undermines their activism

12 and A Die-hard PETA Supporter: my first misguided foray into PETA’s online activism and vegetarianism

By KATHIE JIANG I’m about to describe a strange chapter of my life: when I was 12 years old with Internet access and a strong sense of righteousness, I chose to abruptly adopt a vegetarian diet. I was raised on an omnivorous diet of Chinese cooking from my first-generation immigrant parents and American restaurant food my whole life up until my introduction to the website … Continue reading 12 and A Die-hard PETA Supporter: my first misguided foray into PETA’s online activism and vegetarianism