The Fault in Our Stars: Exclusive Sneak Preview

If John Green‘s bestselling book The Fault In Our Stars left you in tears, be sure to grab a few boxes of tissues before seeing the film adaptation. On May 3rd, Rebecca Meyer ’15 and I waited in line for eight hours to attend a fan screening of The Fault in Our Stars (TFIOS).  Personally, I was not very impressed with the first trailer, so my expectations for the movie were not very high. However, after watching the movie, I was more than pleasantly surprised — I was completely blown away by how incredible the transformation from book to movie was. While the fact that John Green was on set almost every day may have helped enhance the accurateness, the director, Josh Boone, along with the cast of actors, certainly did a fantastic job of bringing to life the story’s characters. … Continue reading

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The Sino-African Economic Relationship

The African continent, long exploited by resource-hungry European countries and troubled by political and economic instability, has become a growing market for investors. One country increasingly interested in receiving a beneficial share of Africa’s growing wealth is now Africa’s largest trading partner: China. Sino-African relations were reintroduced in the late 1950s when China signed a bilateral trade agreement with several African countries. Over the past few decades, China has significantly invested in Africa, evidently undeterred by the country’s abundance of political and social risks. In 2009, China became Africa’s largest trading partner, thus exceeding the United States. The editors of China Returns to Africa, published by Columbia University Press, remarked, “The overarching driver has been the Chinese government’s strategic pursuit of resources and attempts to ensure raw material supplies for growing energy needs within China.” … Continue reading

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Donald Sterling Gets the Boot

On April 25th, an audio recording was released to the public exposing racist comments made by Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling. In the recording, Sterling is criticizing his girlfriend, V. Stiviano about how it is unacceptable to bring African-Americans to his basketball games. Racism is an ugly topic, but it is ironic that Sterling would even have such thoughts considering more than half of the NBA players are African American. Later that week, the Clippers players held a silent protest where they wore their practice uniforms inside out to hide their team logo. Players also wore black wristbands to show their resentment toward Sterling. Chris Paul, the Clippers point guard told ESPN, “We’re going to be one, everything we do, we do it together, stay together, play ball.” Inevitably, Paul wasn’t the only one who had … Continue reading

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How To: Relieve Your Sunburns

With summer finally just around the corner (Editor’s Note: !!!), it’s time to consider the strength of the sun and the delicacy of our skin. While we should take all measures possible to avoid becoming burnt, it happens. Why does it matter? Sunburns are the cause of serious damage; in fact, having just five sunburns doubles your risk for melanoma, the most severe form of skin cancer. So, the smartest thing to do is start treating your skin as soon as possible. Here are a few tips for protecting and relieving your skin. 1. Get out of the sun! If your skin starts to hurt in the sun, or even just feel a little warm, you are probably already sunburnt. So get out of the sun! Put a hat on, run under an umbrella, or … Continue reading

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“When women succeed, America succeeds”

Gender inequality in the American workplace is still a pressing issue. Whether it is the gender wage gap or occupational segregation, women still make 77 cents for every dollar a man makes.  As President Obama said in his 2014 State of the Union speech, “…I firmly believe when women succeed, America succeeds.” After the civil rights movement in the 1960s, women gained much success in the labor market because there was more pressure to reform discrimatory attitudes and beliefs.  It seemed as if gender equality was finally going to come — and quite speedily too. However, it seems that the movement has been stalled. In 1994, the labor force was 46% female; this percentage hasn’t changed significantly in the past decade. The United States was the 23rd country out of 136 countries in a 2013 report released by The World Economic Forum that placed countries in … Continue reading

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