Author: Stephanie Daria

Time changes perception of college

As I look back on the past four years, I realize that my approach with school has completely changed from my first semester to my last. As a freshman, getting straight A’s was all I cared about. Now, I realize that being a perfectionist is more limiting than liberating.

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Richmond group channels jam band roots on new EP

Whether playing songs that make you dance or songs that make you contemplate the message, Richmond jam band, Sully & The Odditoriums offers groovy vibes and a powerful voice. Drawing inspiration from artists such as B.B. King, The Grateful Dead and even singer-songwriter John Mayer, the band presents a singular sound that is not only pleasing to the ear but also offers a platform for social and political commentary. One of the band’s founders, Louisville native Sean Sullivan, said he draws a lot from his roles in theater for inspiration. “Educational theatre is about getting your point across or...

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Value shouldn’t be based on relationships

Attaching someone’s value to their relation to someone else does not humanize them. It perpetuates the idea that our value is defined by relationships to other people rather than having value as an individual. It’s time we start focusing on “the someone,” rather than “the someone’s.”

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Enjoying music doesn’t equal fangirl behavior

If a guy studies his favorite sports team, he’s a dedicated fan. If I research everything there is to know about my favorite band, I’m labeled a “fangirl.” I’ve spent years reading up on the music industry, studying my favorite bands and becoming familiar with the music world. I still feel like I have to explain to my guy friends why my favorite band– with a major girl fan base– is worth a listen. If it isn’t heavy, has an elaborate guitar solo, or a solid male following, it’s no use. Boy bands, fangirls, groupies: welcome to the world of shaming women’s interests and anyone admired by women. Boy band’s earned their title solely based on being attractive guys that target a young female audience, and fangirls and groupies earned their title solely based on being female and being overly obsessed with celebrities. Are there any fanboy’s? No, because men’s interests are rational, whereas women’s are viewed as irrational. Bands associated with a female following often have to prove themselves as respectable musicians in the industry. Flashback to 2009: I was a 13 year old girl who had just discovered a band who displayed values reflecting more than dollar signs and fame. I spent hours studying the entire history of the band, watching every music video and reading every interview I could find. Like any immature teenager, I believed...

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Mock Trial moves on to national debate competition

Eastern’s Mock Trial Team is headed to the National Championship Tournament after bringing home two first place victories in the Opening Round and Regional competitions. The team will compete among 48 other schools at Nationals in Greenville, S.C. from April 15 through April 17. Mock Trial consists of attorneys and witnesses participating in trial simulations of criminal and civil court cases ran by the American Mock Trial Association. Over the course of the year, the team competes in invitational competitions performing the same simulation up until the National Championship Tournament (NCT) where they get assigned a brand new case...

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Honors society mentors former inmates for service project

A group of Eastern students is helping to make a difference in the lives of those recently released from prison. The students meet with the former prisoners, helping them develop a personal plan to adapt to life outside the prison walls, which is often extremely difficult for those who’ve been locked up for decades. James B. Wells, an associate professor of criminology and faculty adviser of the criminal justice honor society on campus, said the stigma of being labeled an ex-felon often makes it difficult to find a job, a place to live, and many other things that people...

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