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Carrying On: Amanda and the Pimpin’ Focus

Carrying On: Amanda and the Pimpin’ Focus

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02/15/2019

When I was a kid, I wanted my first car to be a Ford Focus. I dreamed of whipping my cool, worldly friends around my tiny Texas town in a 4-cylinder sedan, blasting all the music that didn’t play on my parents’ favorite Christian radio station. The reason I wanted a Focus was simple: When…

Carrying On: Learning to Speak My Family’s Language

Carrying On: Learning to Speak My Family’s Language

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02/01/2019

“Do you speak Korean?” asked my friend, sitting on the floor of my freshman year dorm room. “No…” “Well, have you ever been to the country?” “No,” I responded, “but—” “Well, then, you’re not Korean. So stop pretending to be.” *** When my dad moved to the United States at four years old, he didn’t…

Branching Out: Marching Towards a New Culture of Protest

Branching Out: Marching Towards a New Culture of Protest

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01/27/2019

According to Troubles I’ve Seen, Jervis Anderson’s biography of Bayard Rustin, whenever Rustin, chief organizer of the March on Washington, was asked to organize similar events, he would wisely reply, “If you bring off a good thing, you shouldn’t try to repeat it.” And a good thing it was: as Anderson’s book recounts, on a…

Deconstructing the Desktop

Deconstructing the Desktop

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01/27/2019

Computers are inherently tools of privilege. Society and the average user often view computers as blank canvases that reflect their user’s intentions, but that is not the case. Rather, computers should be viewed as tools that reflect the privileges and priorities of their historical and contemporary creators. Modern computing originated in the U.K and U.S….

Carrying On: To All the Tinder Boys I’ve Ignored Before

Carrying On: To All the Tinder Boys I’ve Ignored Before

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01/18/2019

Content Warning: Physical and sexual violence, harassment “Would you be opposed to undressing me and smothering my naked body in peanut butter?” I’m the Tinder girl most Tinder boys seem to hate. You know, the one who carries on a basic conversation but suddenly stops responding out of nowhere? How annoying, right? I’m the silent…

Carrying On: Nostalgia, Inc.

Carrying On: Nostalgia, Inc.

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12/07/2018

A few weeks ago, I came across some ’80s Russian pop-rock songs and was instantly transported back to my childhood. These were the songs that my parents played in the car, the ones that woke me up on Sunday mornings, the first albums on my fourth-grade MP3 player. I was overjoyed but also overwhelmed with…

Gaudium Et Spes: Following by Leading

Gaudium Et Spes: Following by Leading

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11/20/2018

For anyone who has grown up sitting through masses and the homilies therein, the phrase “follower of Christ” probably passes by your ears unchecked. “Follower,” “sheep in the flock,” and “servant to the Eternal Master” are all ways of explaining how we are called to heed and obey the Word of God. While it is…

Branching Out: D.C.’s Troubled Democracy

Branching Out: D.C.’s Troubled Democracy

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11/02/2018

“Democracy Dies in Darkness.” A phrase familiar to most of us, this solemn threat hangs over the Washington Post website like the Watergate. It is a noble slogan. Pleasantly alliterative, like Shakespeare or Bob Dylan, and just as endearingly self-important. Adopted after the Trump ascendancy, it signals the intention of that paper, along with the…

Carrying On: Running Through My Woes

Carrying On: Running Through My Woes

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10/26/2018

I’m not a runner. At least, I don’t wish to identify that way, in the same way that I wouldn’t want to be known as a “shower-er” or an “incessant mint eater.” These are all normal habits and idiosyncrasies that define us. I am hesitant to talk about my running or even tout it as…

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