Creating with honesty: Understanding the fluidity of the arts

An artist, according to the Oxford English Dictionary, is someone who delves into and practices the creative arts, like poetry, painting or filmmaking. Artists, or creatives, can show the peaks and trenches of their societies through their work. Many creatives use their chosen media to process their environment, relationships and perception of themselves. Their masterpieces help others connect and present […]

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Combating rapid lingual evolution: English speakers must tread carefully when changing meaning

In our current cultural context, the following phrases aren’t uncommon:  “Bro, that’s wicked cool.”  “That’s awesome!”  “That’s actually sick.”  I readily use adjectives like “awesome,” “sick” and “cool,’ and engage in colorful banter, small talk and meaningful conversations with a plethora of slang words that originated through divergence from original meaning.   I remember sitting in my church’s youth group […]

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Peace misunderstood: John Lennon’s false message of hope

In 1971, John Lennon asked his audience to envision a world without political borders, greed, starvation, murder and a host of other things the singer recognized as contrary to peace. This song, “Imagine,” includes religion as an enemy of world unity. The same year, Lennon released “Happy Xmas (War is Over),” a piece declaring Christmas as a holiday of unification.   It is […]

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In a culture where the term “Happy holidays” instead of “Merry Christmas” has been considered a controversial matter, the debate surrounding the usage of “Xmas” within Christian circles often evokes similar passionate discussions. Some argue that it detracts from the biblical significance of Christmas. However, what people fail to realize, including those who do not see a problem in using […]

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To jam or not to jam (before Thanksgiving)?

Graphic by Sofia Diaz Memories of Christmas are things I treasure. Decorating a Christmas tree, going to church on Christmas Eve and eating my mom’s Christmas cookies are things I will never forget. These memories of a cozy late December are always accompanied by a comforting soundtrack, something more than the crackling embers of the fireplace: Christmas music.    No matter what season, […]

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Down-to-earth leaders

Have any of my columns started with Mexican food? No? Alright then, let’s start with that. I ordered Roadrunner at Green Hall the other day. I had my usual bowl (basically clicking every option I can on the screen, then receiving a mound of beans and corn pico and iceberg lettuce). I didn’t have to wait very long before I […]

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