Playing Catch Up

On a lot of things, actually. This blog, for starters, I haven’t updated in almost two weeks, almost an eternity, seeing that so much has happened. I met David Martin from “60 Minutes,” Emily Yoffe from Slate and The Atlantic, and Didi Schanche from NPR, Marty Barron from the Washington Post, and Dean Banquet from the New York Times; I…

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A Word About the DC Metrorail

In less than two hours this morning, I woke up late, showered, brushed, and shaved, printed out train tickets, learned about the Columbus Day bus schedule for the Metro, explained it in Spanish to a random guy I sat next to on the subway, ran a little under a mile in dress clothes while wearing…

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Pumping Iron for Vegans

I’ve been vegan for two months now, but the reason it hasn’t come up yet is because a) I’m sick of the stereotype that vegans can’t shut up about being vegans, and b) I finally feel comfortable with being vegan. For the longest time, I thought about quitting because my energy levels would take a…

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Las Vegas

I have the excuse of being in DC to write a blog post about what happened on the other side of the States. I also have the responsibility as an intern at the Columbus Dispatch to refrain from sharing my political opinion, in the name of preserving my publication’s credibility. The two blog posts I wrote about the Coalition to Stop…

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Representing Rollins Service

I promised myself I would do more to be engaged with the community this semester. I spent all summer with friends who did service, whether organizing SPARC Day or volunteering at the Conductive Education Center of Orlando, and they reminded me how little I had given of myself while at Rollins. I worried I wouldn’t have time…

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Meeting with the NRA

Two days after we met people from the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence, Prof. Krasnow invited a member of the National Rifle Association–Institute for Legal Action to speak with our class. As I expected, the speaker presented well on behalf of the NRA—but evasively when it came to answering our questions. It would seem good activist educators resemble politicians in their…

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At the CSGV

Last Monday, my class met with members of the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence. In light of the Las Vegas shooting, reflecting on this meeting makes me more considerate of what was said. We discussed the gun lobby and how most gun deaths—almost half—result from suicide rather than murder or accident. While I wanted to listen, I had to remain…

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So Much Lib, So Little Book

I went to the library for the first time since arriving here. The funny thing is, I couldn’t find any books in it. I quickly realized I was in the visitor’s section of the Library of Congress, and if I wanted to read any books, I would have to get a library card (so those…

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Are You Sirius?!

I could never be a radio host. I love talking to people, but I hate arguing with them, and it seems that’s all people want to do today. Joe Madison hosts The Black Eagle on Sirius XM Radio, and as a political talk show geared toward black audiences in this time in our history, Mr….

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Duck Season! Rabbit Season! . . . Flu Season?

A nurse saved my life two weeks ago—probably. I mean, she gave me a flu shot, so she essentially saved my life. She also gave me a Hello Kitty Band-Aid that I *ahem* suggested I might like. The rest of the day, my shoulder felt sore, but a few hours of pain beats an indefinitely long…

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