Love Lost and Found in 'Call Me By Your Name' Sequel

     André Aciman never set out to write the next great gay American novel. When he began writing the award-winning Call Me By Your Name, he only had an Italian villa and youthful desire in mind. The author is not one for strategic messaging or grand schemes but rather finding the most direct way to bare his characters to his reader....
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Rush Tickets: The Cheapest Broadway Tickets With The Best Seats

General rush tickets are discounted Broadway tickets sold for day-of performances at shows' box offices. I've found that these tickets have the cheapest prices with the best seats compared to TKTS tickets and resale tickets on StubHub. The tickets are usually for orchestra level seating (the closest section to the stage) which sell for $100+ when b...
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Why I Transferred Universities

Transferring to Northwestern
I spent my freshman year of college at Fordham University at Lincoln Center and then transferred to Northwestern University for my sophomore year. People constantly ask me why I transferred schools and the answer is not one that can easily fit into a surface level conversation. The most general reason I usually give is that I transferred because I ...
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Excellence is Contagious

Northwestern University Class of 2019
The week was finals week at my university and I was feeling the pressure of final exams, projects, packing, and leaving all my friends behind. On top of my academic commitments, my sorority had asked if I could set aside a day to take photos for the graduating seniors, as some of them were unable to pay for a professional photographer for the ...
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Using Openness To Address Cultural Appropriation

When I was in elementary school, I refused to wear my áo dài to school because I knew kids would point and laugh at me like they did when I brought Vietnamese food in a thermos for lunch. That's one of the reasons why I personally find it upsetting that non Asians dress up as Asians and wear clothes inspired by asian cultures as a costume. Those pe...
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bSmart Tips to Staying Healthy During Cold and Flu Season

December is right around the corner— filled with holiday lights, eggnog and the occasional snowfall.  But joy and cheer aren’t the only things running rampant.  Consistent coughs, sore throats and body aches can prevent you from getting all of your holiday shopping done and put a damper on your mood.Shop Mischa Lampert Beanies here!Luckil...
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Elizabeth White: Revolutionizing Dance + Visual Tech with Premiering Production

On a misty November morning, I sat down with the multi-faceted Elizabeth White, founder and artistic director of the Elizabeth White Creative: a brand new production company making its premiere work OAETH :: on Saturday December 8th at the Center of Performance Research in Brooklyn.  The Elizabeth White Creative (EWC) is a new-media contempora...
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Confidancers: How NYC Choreographer Djouliet Amara is Inspiring Dancers to Feel Confident

I’ve been a dancer my whole life.  Often when I tell people that I’m a ballerina, their eyes will widen wondrously and they will proceed to say something along the lines of, ‘I've never met a real ballet dancer before.’  Next, they usually ask me questions about strict diets and intense training routines-losing sight of what it is that in...
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Djouliet Amara: A Virtuoso Reshaping the Dance World

On a beautiful November afternoon I caught up with Djouliet Amara, a 23-year old NYC-based professional dancer and choreographer, who is making waves in the dance world with her innovative approach to movement, choreography, and what it means to be an artist in this industry.  Amara greeted me in the doorway of the coffee shop with a bright sm...
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Spotify's Discover Weekly Changed My Mondays

Motivation and Mondays are not usually one-in-the-same.  It’s the start of the same routine, week after week.  Usually, the emergence of Monday morning means less flexibility in your schedule, free time to do fun things, and enjoyment of the little tasks that you have to do.  This is what most people’s weeks look like until Friday af...
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Why We Can’t Forget about the Kavanaugh Confirmation

It’s been a few weeks since Brett Kavanaugh was confirmed to sit as a Supreme Court Justice, and the media has since stopped covering the story in its spotlights.  When major events in our country are no longer broadcast in high amounts, it is easy to forget that they happened entirely.  However, this event in particular should not be for...
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Entitlement Fitness: When Feeling Comfortable Turns into a Competition

Prior to coming to college, I never really considered how strange social dynamics are inside of a gym, until I witnessed something that really made my stomach crawl.  In between bicep curls and hip thrusts, I watched two pretentious, skinny, college-aged girls scowl at a larger, woman who was minding her own business and stretching out her mus...
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Why Smoking is Still an Issue on College Campuses

Twenty years ago, it was cigarettes.  It's still cigarettes, just in a different form.  Among the beer cans and remnants of rolling papers littered across the grass at the University of Vermont, one can find a few used Juul pods.  I didn’t realize how problematic these tiny pieces of plastic were until I hit one riding my bike down t...
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Panhellenic or Pathetic? An Unpopular Opinion on Sororities

When I began my search for the perfect college in high school, I looked at a variety of factors.  Availability of majors, athletic rank, sexual assault statistics (unfortunately), and the involvement of organizations in campus-life.  No doubt, I wanted a well-rounded and ‘full’ college experience- but I had to ask myself what I was willin...
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bSmart Tips to Tackling Exam Stress

If you're a college student, you probably know the fear that comes when a professor mentions the word ‘midterm.’  Maybe it’s for a class that you haven’t done well in thus far, or maybe it’s a class that has heavily weighted exams.  For many, college exams bring up a different kind of stress than high school exams do.  While your tea...
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9 Feminists Before it was Cool to Be a Feminist

Today, feminism is a trending topic in the media.  It seems that every millenial girl wants to wear her pink hat and profess her womanhood to all of humanity.  But, perhaps you’d be surprised to learn that years ago, most girls would hesitate to stand beside social pioneers such as Wilhelmina Drucker, Susan B. Anthony, and Glori...
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The Benefits of Middle Child Syndrome

My poor father never had anyone to bond with over golf stats in our household full of women.  Technically, he was biologically to blame for my mother birthing three daughters, but I’m certain he missed the presence of another boy, especially when my two sisters and I were all teenagers at the same time, volatile and bickering.  But he see...
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Borderline Personality Disorder: The Forgotten Mental Illness

When most people think about the word ‘illness,’ it usually revolves around physical impairments and challenges.  When you have the flu, you have an illness. If you have Crohn's Disease, you have an illness. But if you have a depressive disorder- do you actually have an illness?Shop ban.do Chill Pills iPhone X Case here!Believe it or not,...
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Jukebox Musicals: The Tunes We Hear Again

ABBA’s ‘Dancing Queen’ never fails to get people moving, whether it’s at a college party or a Fourth of July celebration.  But the hit song strikes a different chord when played during ‘Mamma Mia!’ and its sequel ‘Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again.’  As I sat in the movie theater to see the latter’s premiere, I, like the many other 20-something...
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Recovery to Discovery: Recovering from Sexual Abuse

I don't remember when the abuse began, but I remember the isolation I felt.  I would make negative remarks about my childhood as a teenager, and my mother would say, ‘I don't understand why you say that. You had a great childhood.’ She didn't see the blotches of murky fog that laid thick in my mind.Shop 'It’s OK to Feel Things Deeply' By Caris...
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