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Coke or Pepsi

Coke or Pepsi

I wanted to test how well Nichols Students could differentiate Pepsi from Coca-Cola based on taste. In elementary school, during a science fair, a fifth grader did a project on how well people could tell the difference between Pepsi and Coca-Cola. I loved soda and always imagined doing a project like this myself. I collected […]

My First Time Back

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My First Time Back

Beginning June 6, I began a journey of a lifetime. I hadn’t thought much about what I was doing or where I was going prior to this day. Was it selfish of me to say I didn’t want to leave Buffalo? School had just gotten out, and I was more than happy to stay in […]

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The I

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The I

“I, I, I, I,” Sharon Olds writes in her poem “Take the I Out.” To Olds, the I acts as one’s “girders of identity.” The I “is a pine,” that, in crisis, “throws its cones as far as it can.” On January 19, 2015, the day the nation paused to remember the birth of Martin […]

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A Plea for Passion

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A Plea for Passion

In choosing a word for this article, I was torn. Passion seemed the most fitting word for what I wanted to convey—in English, we use the word passion when we seek to describe what drives us, what makes us wake in the morning. I will admit that the word has been beaten bloody by its […]

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Reflections for the New School Year

At Nichols, it is time to begin again. Freshmen titter; sophomores prepare for the middle child’s year; juniors work to collect their pieces and assemble themselves for college while seniors prepare to recline—their work will soon be done. The school’s lights are on; Nichols is alive. I cannot believe that I have already reached my […]

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Pope Francis: A Year in Review

A year ago, Pope Francis entered the papacy with the world’s eyes fixed on St. Peter’s Basilica. Believers and non-believers alike waited for the new leader of the Catholic Church, hungering for change, hopeful or skeptical that now, things would be different. Soon, the pontiff appeared, dressed in simple robes, smiling from bespectacled eyes, greeting […]

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Existential Crisis: The Modern Student

Modern education is number-driven. In our competitive, globalized world, numbers matter. Scores have come to be associated with success, and this success has come to be the cornerstone of our collective self-worth as modern American students. Is this satisfying? To be defined by a number and to identify with it is inherently dehumanizing. Suddenly, our […]

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The College Conundrum

Our contemporary notion of the college process is absolutely foolish. Presumably I can speak for myself and my fellow peers by saying that there is nothing in comparison to the unparalleled anxiety that we encounter regarding college. Personally, I find it so bizarre that our entire future depends on the actions of our sixteen year […]

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Hail to the B

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Hail to the B

The opening act has just finished his strip-tease—we thank God silently as he and his compatriots leave the stage. After the singer’s shirt has been ripped from his body, a silent expectation swells in the cavernous arena—soon she will come. Images of her nimble body, her sculpted features, flash across suspended screens, which due to […]

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Imperialism and the Washington R******s

“Now presenting, the Washington Blackfaces…” This phrase, uttered in the neo-gladiatorial arena that is the American football stadium, would render assembled fans cheerless, the populace aghast, and advocacy groups scrambling to rid the name from the presence of the public sphere. Why then does the country not stand together in unanimous protest as the Washington […]

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