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Students bonded at the Lunchbox Moment over shared experiences regarding their cultures.

Lunchbox Moment showcases Asian American experiences

April 7, 2019

Students hosted the second “Lunchbox Moment” event on Monday night at the Charles Commons Salons. The event, whose title refers to the common experience of shame shared by Asian Americans when they bring cultural food to school, was organized by 10 Asian American students to create a space for both Asians and Asian Americans to discuss interracial dating, a racialized food system, navigating between Asian and Asian American identities, and inequaity within Asian American communities. 


Tips for expressing how you're actually feeling

April 4, 2019

Oftentimes when you are talking to a friend, it’s about how your day is going, what you’ve been up to recently and vice versa, all that surface level stuff. If we are being honest with one another, that’s just small talk. Once you tap into your feelings, then you really start to listen to what the person is saying and understand how they are feeling. 


Our contemporary glass ceiling: the state of women in the workplace

April 8, 2019

Female college graduates have outnumbered males for decades. In Fortune 500 companies, women make up 50 percent of the workforce; however, women only make up 25 percent of executive positions. Despite an increase in board gender diversity, there are still very few women in executive leadership positions. Only 4.8 percent of Fortune 500 CEOs are women. These numbers are not only shockingly low, but, in 2018, the number of female CEOs also fell by 25 percent. In corporate America, women are losing ground. 

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Christina Ackermann represents the successes that women can achieve.

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Logan with Peloton instructor Jess King at the studios in New York.

Learning how to let go and boss up with Peloton

April 8, 2019

I first started experimenting with my mom’s Peloton break after she got one for Christmas my sophomore year. I was initially a skeptic – sure it looked cool, but was it actually going to be a good workout? More importantly, would it be enjoyable enough that I would find myself actually wanting to do it. 


Detoxing from Instagram gave me a fresh perspective

April 8, 2019

In late February, I deactivated my Instagram account for about a week. On Monday, I said goodbye to my lovely 1,449 followers and pulled the plug. I might reactivate it in a week either out of FOMO or a desire to showcase a cute picture but definitely more for the latter reason than the former. And in a month from now, I’ll be kissing my account goodbye for another week.

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European Horizons hosts talk on effects of Brexit

April 4, 2019

European Horizons, an organization that is part of an international, student-run think tank, hosted a discussion called “The Brexit Mess” on Thursday. The group, which started on campus in 2016, organizes discussions and brings in speakers with the aim of broadening student engagement with issues in Europe. The group attempted to sort through issues with Brexit and to reflect on Great Britain’s current status with regards to the European Union. 


SGA passes bill to fund Senior Week festivities

April 4, 2019

The Student Government Association (SGA) debated a request from Students Against Private Police (SAPP) about promoting a student protest at their weekly meeting on Tuesday at 7 p.m. in Charles Commons. They also discussed a bill to fund Senior Week and an amendment to the SGA Health Accommodations bill.


Stanford sociology professor discusses causes of income inequality

April 4, 2019

David Grusky, a professor of sociology at Stanford University, led a discussion about current research on socieoeconomic inequality in the U.S. and moderated a workshop on social policy and inequality on Thursday, March 28. Grusky also serves as the director of the Stanford Center on Poverty and Inequality.


Playing team sports could lower risk for depression

April 4, 2019

A new study from the Washington University in St. Louis revealed that involvement in sports is associated with changes in young children’s brains. The study was published last February in the journal Biological Psychiatry: Cognitive Neuroscience and Neuroimaging. 

 
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Playing team sports as a kid was shown to reduce depressive symptoms.

 
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Using light, scientists could reduce alcohol withdrawal symptoms in rats.

Scientists could “turn off” alcohol cravings

April 4, 2019

It’s nearing midnight and you’ve spent a productive day in Brody. You’ve had dinner, but you’re feeling a bit hungry after all the time working on that assignment for that class you have. All of a sudden, you get a craving — French fries. Cravings are a common occurrence, but have you ever wondered exactly what it is that drives them?


Humans may be able to sense magnetic fields

April 4, 2019

It’s a process that allows pigeons, honey bees and whales to navigate the world through the Earth’s magnetic field. Magnetoreception, a so-called sixth, geomagnetic sense, is found in bacteria, arthropods and multiple vertebrate species. It was thought to be completely beyond the perception of beings humans.


 
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A study at the University of California, Santa Cruz showed that solitude could have benefits.

Study shows solitude can be good for mental health

April 4, 2019

In this day and age, depression amongst college students is a growing issue: According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), more than 10 percent of all college students have been diagnosed with depression. While many may believe that a telltale sign of depression can be social withdrawal and isolation, new studies conducted at the University of California, Santa Cruz (UC Santa Cruz) show that this may not always be the case; in fact, young adults who spend time alone can gain many benefits from this chosen solitude.


 
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Scientists came up with a new genetic method to revert blindness.

Gene insertion helps blind mice regain eyesight

April 4, 2019

First evolved in animals 550 million years ago, the ability to see is essential to life. It helps animals navigate the world around them. Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley (UC Berkeley), may have found a way to reverse blindness caused by retinal degeneration and give people back the ability to fully experience the world.


Osler Medical Symposium welcomes the Lacks family

April 4, 2019

The Osler Medical Symposium hosted a discussion on Tuesday, April 2 titled “Medical Ethics: Privacy and Patient Rights” in Hodson 110. Members of the symposium welcomed Cynda Rushton, a professor and founding member of the Berman Institute for Bioethics, and Veronica Robinson, who is the great-granddaughter of Henrietta Lacks. The granddaughter and great-great granddaughter of Henrietta Lacks were also at the event. 

 
 
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Veronica Robinson, great-granddaughter of Henrietta Lacks, spoke at Hopkins this Tuesday.

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Wu’s friend eating the Angus Burger at Chuck’s Trading Post.

Hampden’s Chuck’s Trading Post’s quality burgers

April 4, 2019

Mediocre burgers are all alike; tasty burgers are all tasty in their own way. In this inaugural edition of The Burger Column, we present one of the tastiest of them all: the Angus Burger from Chuck’s Trading Post in Hampden. Before we dig into the burger, however, a little context is needed.