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Age difference expands comfort zone

Age difference expands comfort zone

Isaac Wahl

December 6, 2018


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Eavesdropping at a graduation party, I overheard a woman looking for a young male actor to audition for a show. We ended up talking later that day, and I could tell she was hesitant to ask if I was interested in auditioning. That turned out to be the beginning of my first professional show. After an audition la...

Voting judging allows involvement

Voting judging allows involvement

Yonah Davis

December 2, 2018


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Following the news cycle over the past few months, I have become increasingly frustrated with the direction of our country. I was excited to learn about the opportunity to become a voting judge during the midterm elections, which permitted me to be involved in the democratic process, despite not being able to vote. Prior to election day, I at...

Math program encourages girls in STEM

Math program encourages girls in STEM

Marta Hill

November 1, 2018


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Since eighth grade, I've been in the nationally recognized University of Minnesota Talented Youth Mathematics Program (UMTYMP). UMTYMP encourages girls to continue in STEM fields, and I have been inspired by my instructors to pursue math. The math part of UMTYMP is challenging and has taught me skills like f...

Youth trip inspires change in perspective

Youth trip inspires change in perspective

Ruthie Posada

October 8, 2018


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Over the summer I had the amazing opportunity to travel abroad with a youth group called United Synagogue Youth Eastern Europe Israel Pilgrimage. I was nervous at first because I’d never traveled abroad without my parents, and I would be meeting new people from all across America. The first part...

Elimination Diet heeds successful results

Elimination Diet heeds successful results

Maddie Lund

May 24, 2018


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People diet for a number of reasons — weight loss, looking a certain way, lowering blood pressure, or even having higher energy. A month ago I decided to go on an elimination diet to help with my skin condition. Elimination diets are short-term eating plans that eliminate certain foods to dete...

Growing up with naturally curly hair

Growing up with naturally curly hair

Tjessa Arradondo

May 7, 2018


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Having really curly hair can be tough, especially when you’ve tried hundreds of hair products specialized in keeping your hair under control. Even though it’s just natural hair, there's always a sacred story in every braid, lock and curl. As a kid before school, I would ask my dad to comb through...

What Islam means to us

What Islam means to us

Aisha Abdi, Muna Ali, and Sumaya Mohamed

April 3, 2018


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Being Muslim females, we’ve been targeted because of our religion. Society has made us feel abnormal for following our religion our entire lives.

Listen up, make an impact

Listen up, make an impact

Yonah Davis

March 21, 2018


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The Minnesota Capitol's rotunda was packed with a sea of orange-clad people of all ages united by a common goal: to end gun violence, on Thursday, Feb. 22. Gun violence prevention organization Protect Minnesota organized the rally in the wake of the deadly school shooting in Parkland, Florida. Rally attende...

Accepting my body as a dancer

Accepting my body as a dancer

Abby Intveld

February 20, 2018


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Picture a ballerina. The image that went running through your head was most likely an elegant thin girl whose legs go on for days. This, to say the least, is not what I look like. I have been dancing since I was three years old, mainly focusing on traditional ballet. The images of ballerinas that m...

Household reshaped by foster care

Household reshaped by foster care

Emma Yarger

January 11, 2018


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My family is more “modern” than the one you will find on the tv show. We are a foster home. This means that we have taken in kids ranging from a week old baby with no siblings, to a toddler and his baby brother. Right now we are housing a set of six year old twins, their five year old brother a...

Song promotes difficult conversation

Song promotes difficult conversation

Anna duSaire

December 13, 2017


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Hearing a white man wearing a “Make America Great Again” hat use the N-word in the opening of a music video sets off several warning signs for me. The initial shock and intensity in the man's words is intriguing and concerning at the same time. The song and video “I’m Not Racist”, released Nov. 28, by Joyner Lucas shin...

My experience with gender and identities

My experience with gender and identities

KJ Preston Pepperell

October 2, 2017


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Most people think of gender as a line, a definitive objects with two ends. On this line, there are males on one side and females on the other. And that’s it, nothing in between them and no way for them to get to the other side. I see gender as more of a hazy, cloudy space. People happen to start...

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