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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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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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