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My Big Fat Greek System

My Big Fat Greek System

February 26, 2014


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Brotherhood, friendship, and camaraderie: these were the core principles of Phi Beta Kappa, the nation’s first fraternity. Founded in 1776, the distinguished members of Phi Beta Kappa discussed controversial issues such as freedom and taxation. Today, fraternities have been stained by a new stigma, on...

Rites of Passage of High School

Rites of Passage of High School

February 21, 2014


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You walk under a majestic arch with profound words written upon it and enter the unfamiliar world you’ve only heard about from movies and older siblings—high school. For the next four years, you know you’re going to change and grow and sometimes that’s mysterious. “Can’t wait to’s” somehow...

Travels to Antarctica & Africa

Travels to Antarctica & Africa

February 13, 2014


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Fowlers in Antarctica “My family and I went to Antarctica for seven days over winter break. My parents want us to go to all seven continents before I go to college, so they decided to go to Antarctica this time. We went on the cruise called Antarctica XXI on the Ocean Nova. We took zodiac boats to t...

Languages: A Forgotten But Necessary Treasure

Languages: A Forgotten But Necessary Treasure

January 28, 2014


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The study of foreign languages has been the one of the subjects which our country’s students consistently lag in compared to other countries—probably because of Americans’ somewhat lackadaisical approach to the subject. Perhaps the fact that as Americans born into the international language of...

A Guide to Eating Right

A Guide to Eating Right

January 28, 2014


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Red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and purple aren’t just the colors you learned in preschool. They are the colors of a healthy, vitamin-rich diet. “Eating a rainbow” happens when you incorporate a variety of colorful fruits and vegetables into your diet, foods like pomegranates, carrots, banana...

The Wizard of Oz Turns 75

The Wizard of Oz Turns 75

January 15, 2014


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The artistic importance of “The Wizard of Oz”, the 1939 movie starring Judy Garland, is obvious. As the first widely successful full length color movie,  the “Wizard of Oz” set a new standard in the film industry. The main character, Dorothy, became a national symbol of the “can-do”American sp...

Guns in the Home Threaten the Lives of Our Nation’s Most Innocent Citizens

Guns in the Home Threaten the Lives of Our Nation’s Most Innocent Citizens

December 13, 2013


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It’s a sad truth: 9,000 children die in this country each year. Suffocation, drowning, motor vehicle accidents–all of these contribute to the annual toll. Disease, too, takes a number of young lives. About 500 of these deaths are cause by injuries sustained from a gunshot wound. Those 500 lives may...

Sleep on It: Why Getting a Good Night’s Sleep is More Important Than You Think

Sleep on It: Why Getting a Good Night’s Sleep is More Important Than You Think

December 10, 2013


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Ever since childhood, kids are told that getting enough sleep at night is one of the most important things they can do to perform well in school. But by high school, most students have disregarded this advice and stay up until the early morning doing homework. While they may consider it necessa...

The Newest Trend: Binge Television Watching

The Newest Trend: Binge Television Watching

December 4, 2013


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It’s the newest trend. All your friends are doing it. Some say it’s hazardous to your health, but you don’t care. It feels good. No matter how hard you try, you just can’t stop hitting that “Play Next Episode” button. Television binging is quite addicting to us millennials, those born betwe...

Going Gluten Free: Life in the Wheat-Free World?

Going Gluten Free: Life in the Wheat-Free World?

December 4, 2013


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Going gluten free seems to be an increasingly popular term, but most people aren’t clear what it means exactly. Going gluten free means committing to a diet without the protein gluten; grains like rye, barley, and wheat all contain gluten. It may not seem too hard to cut those grains out of your diet, b...

Experience Isn’t a License for Hazardous Behavior

Experience Isn’t a License for Hazardous Behavior

November 11, 2013


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It’s something teens hear all the time as we pull out of the driveway: “Be safe. Don’t go above 65, and don’t touch your phone.” Parents should follow their own advice. Although it might seem harmless while stuck in traffic or at a stoplight, texting while driving is illegal as long as you a...

Piloting Our Lives While Dealing with Helicopter Parents

Piloting Our Lives While Dealing with Helicopter Parents

November 8, 2013


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We had been in Baltimore for five days, my sister had been moved into her dorm at Johns Hopkins University three days before, we had said our goodbyes, my mom had emptied her pack of tissues, and we were finally on our way out when my parents texted my sister to see if she wanted to say goodbye one last...

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