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It’s much easier to react to the effects of something than to address an ominous trend, and when it comes to climate change, we’re much more willing to clean up the mess than talk about why it’s happening. This has been proven in recent months after the onslaught of multiple natural disasters worldwide and the...

Seasons in Houston are a controversial issue, and while Trader Joe’s has already started to stock their pumpkin-spice everything, temperatures are sitting comfortably around 90 degrees. All that I can think of is evenings wrapped in a blanket consuming warm things, but it’s far more likely to rain than for my yearly...

As it stands, millennial minimalism is not sustainable, so we need to stop pretending that it is. I plan to use the term “millennial minimalism” to loosely refer to the recent shift in consumerism, where millennials in particular, along with Generation Y, have supposedly ceased consuming the same disposable products...

Character Study: Madison Spencer May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. On the topic of social justice, progression and activism in reference to all other minorities, the Asian culture seems to be quiet and almost nonexistent in comparison. They had their social movement in the 60s and 70s (like many other...

As a child there was no greater shame than the day my jeans had to be mended. But as a tomboyish and active youth I knew that the day would inevitably come. My mother tried multiple methods of consoling me; tempting my acceptance with bright iron-on patches in the shapes of flowers and rainbows. When that didn’t work...

Black women were the first people in whom I saw the concept of strength, beauty, intelligence and poise. As members of the black feminist movement, they are both underrepresented and misrepresented. Being raised by my mother and grandmother, I naturally formed some of the strongest bonds with black women, and that...

Most people I know are not too concerned with fashion. They tend to disassociate themselves from words such as “trendy” or “fashionista.” Very few students, understandably, spend a large quantity of time and money on their clothing; myself included. The horrible thing about fast fashion is that it touches everyone who...

In the fall of last year, I was fortunate enough to meet Laini Taylor. Although I hadn’t yet read any of her books, her Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy had been sitting on my shelf for some time. While I met many authors that day, she really stood out to me, not only because she has bright pink hair, but because...

Around this time, as the weather starts getting undeniably hot, there’s a cultural impulse to clean out our living spaces. I clearly remember my mother pulling back her hair and getting out the garbage bags, and angrily scrubbing the kitchen floor. This tradition of spring cleaning was passed to me, and I fell into...

Historical Fiction has always been a huge hit or miss for me — particularly in the YA genre. While I am partial to half-naked highlander romances, I don’t always enjoy something with little romance, and little-to-no fantasy. For these reasons, I had mixed feelings about this particular novel. In the first book in the...