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Robles: Home is where my bed is

Ah, the glorified winter break is here. The one time in the school year that everyone looks forward to, simply because the stress would kill us without it. There can’t be anything more reviving than being able to stay home, especially if you happen to live in the dorms like I do. Without the added work of school to go along with it, there are many things about home that happen to be beautifully complimentary. I mean even though family members can get on your last nerve you sometimes they can still light up your day just by being around. The family time and festivities are fun, but the best thing about being on break is being able to sleep in my own bed. My bed in college has summed up to be a back breaker in the making. Honestly the amount of back issues that have come up since my going to school is unreal. So in theory, being able to come home and cozy up in my bigger, softer bed should help my spine, but in reality it has solved other previous problems as well. The fact that it’s actually quiet when I go to bed, and that the hallway lights can be turned off is miraculous. Sleeping in my own bed has turned out to be something close to a holiday miracle, the greatest gift of...

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Guest Review: ‘Suffragette’ and the problem with period films

Period films dealing with social justice cut both ways: on the one hand, 12 Years a Slave reminds us of the cruelties of antebellum America and why people should never regress to living in such a way. On the other, it allows us the breath with which to sigh, “Whew, glad those days are gone.” The problem with this second part is: We might be too inclined to pat ourselves on the back in congratulations – and not get those hands to work fixing today’s lasting issues around race and, say, gender discrimination. So it is with Suffragette, the...

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Guest Review: ‘Spectre’ closes Bond’s story arc with supercars, intense brooding

So, the latest James Bond is all supercars and gushy feelings. References to Daniel Craig’s last three films as the suave MI6 agent abound, and there’s a new-but-old villain played by the ever-chilling Christoph Waltz. This go-around, it’s all about bringing Craig’s story arc full circle. In Spectre, Bond is on a mission to uncover the secret crime syndicate that has killed his lovers and terrorized the world at large for the last three movies. The film opens to find our hero in Mexico City during the Día de los Muertos festivities. Bond assassinates one of the group’s key...

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Letter to the Editor: Halloween should be safe, fun and inclusive for everyone

During the last part of my Safe Ride work shift, we had just finished dropping off our riders when two people came running frantically to our van asking if we could give them a ride back to the residence halls. With just enough time to complete the route before closing, we saw that we would be able to give them a ride. In the van, we asked the usual “So, how’s your night going?” and one of them responded with, “It’s OK; it was scary in that party and we have boyfriends, so we decided to leave.” After this brief exchange of words, I had to ask myself why our college campus had created a space where people have to leave parties because they’re scared and feel unsafe. The last time I checked, I thought parties were supposed to be anything but scary. I’m sure that some students who grew up in the United States can remember Halloween being one of the most exciting times of their childhoods. I know I did, and counting up all the candy at the end of the night was probably the only kind of math I enjoyed doing. Fast forward to my life in college, I now know Halloween is no longer about counting all the pieces of candy and comparing the amount with friends. Now, we’re counting how many orange Jell-O shots...

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