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A Plea for Passion

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 […]

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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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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10 Facts You Never Knew (until now) About Nichols

As fall looms in the air, prospective Nichols students begin to drift onto campus. As current Nichols students, it rests in our hands to act as ambassadors to these eighth graders. “What’s the average class size?” “Fourteen,” we relay with assurance. “When was the school-,” “1892.” Sure, we have the basics. But in my mind, […]

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Gaga Reborn

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Gaga Reborn

Lady Gaga appears once again in “Applause,” her first single from her newest album, Artpop. But is it the same Gaga who vanished from the public square so many months ago? After a forced respite whose impetus came as a badly-damaged hip, Gaga arises. But be warned, this phoenix bites. In “Paparazzi,” Gaga is complicit […]

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A Mate on the Pequod

As families embark on summer road trips, they invariably find themselves in rest stops, hallmarks of the American highway. Here, travelers encounter Sbarro, Starbucks and other institutions with which Americans have become all too familiar. The money and time devoted to marketing these brands has added their names to our permanent lexicon. But what is […]

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Vote For Tony

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Vote For Tony

A few years ago, my mother met a young boy named Tony Izzo, describing him as “truly inspirational.” He is now 15 years old and confined to a wheelchair due to Mitochondrial Myopathy, a form of muscular dystrophy that causes extreme fatigue and weakness. His family is in need of a wheelchair-accessible van, as theirs […]

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Matthew Igoe: When Tragedy Hits, So Does Media

On Monday, April 15, America watched with alarm as the news of the Boston Marathon bombing steadily trickled from the mouths of the corporate media. Per usual, at the smell of tragedy, major news organizations descended upon Boston in haste, their cameras rolling as smoke still loomed fresh above Copley Square. Boston, of course, would […]

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