• Kira Widjaja

    weighing in on freshman 15

    for a healthier sense of self

    March 1, 2019
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    Before I actually stepped foot on campus, I heard about the foreboding “freshman 15” from family and friends: “You won’t notice the weight gain until it’s too late, so watch out for the 15 pounds that will sneak up on you over the course of your first year.” I found this shocking, to the point […]

    Odd Girl Out

    Reviewing Carmen Maria Machado’s Her Body and Other Parties

    November 30, 2017
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    Carmen Maria Machado wants you to believe in ghosts. In her masterful debut short story collection, Her Body and Other Parties, they lurk in the aisles of stores selling prom dresses or in the dreams of a detective who sometimes appears on primetime TV. Most often, these ghosts haunt the minds of her characters. Machado […]

    Disaster in ’50s Dreamland

    Suburbicon is Suburbibad

    November 1, 2017
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    George Clooney is a prolific actor and a respected director, who, since his first film behind the camera in 2002, the well-received Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, has directed exactly one film every three years. Clooney is assuredly quite selective with his projects, which makes his newest release, Suburbicon, a film about a picture-perfect white […]

    It Goes On and On and On

    In Praise of John Green’s New Novel Turtles All the Way Down

    October 25, 2017
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    I admire the diverse works of John Green. I enjoy the insightful and humorous video blogs he makes on his Vlogbrothers YouTube channel, which he runs with his brother, Hank. I also like the fun and educational Crash Course videos John collaborates on. And I admire the novels of his that I’ve read, partly because […]

    The English Major

    What happens to a dream deferred?

    October 18, 2017
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    I have few memories of what life was like during preschool. Of course, there are some that are more distinct than others—for example, peeing my pants during the Pledge of Allegiance, or openly asking my teacher why she was so fat (unfortunately for her, I had no filter in preschool). But there is one memory […]