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Local bookstores remain undefeated

It's walking through an aisle filled with books that bring back memories from an easier time. I grew up reading because my mom said so. There was no grand prize for learning to read, no one goal to achieve. In fact, many of the prizes were a finished book with fun sequences to play out in my head. Read more

OPINION: Improving your social skills, one concert at a time

With summer halfway through its course, Tucson night life is just beginning. A new concert season is upon us, so with that as an excuse, go out with friends and have a great time.  As young adults try to find their place in this world, it is most important for us to go out and try new things, while also living life to the fullest. The phrase “YOLO” — or “You Only Live Once” — became popular in 2011 with pop artist and rapper Drake, and the youth caught on soon after. Read more

Russian cuisine nothing like that of Arizona

Food and everything that surrounds it happens in a uniquely Russian way here in Russia. And that “Russian way” is different than a lot of us Americans expected.  Kasha makes up a pretty large part of our diet, so I’ll give it its due place here. Breakfasts at the university cafeteria always include kasha, which is a slightly-sweet or savory butter-heavy grain porridge. Russians love it, and many eat it regularly. Per capita, Russians eat 33 pounds of it a year, which puts them at #1 in porridge consumption.  Read more

EDITORIAL: Straws suck. Kudos to Starbucks for changing

The plastic straw, an accessory for frosty summer drinks, sweet sodas and the ever-enjoyable iced coffee, has been falling out of popularity in recent years, faced with a growing repercussion over its effect on the environment. Starbucks, the popular coffee chain, announced Monday, July 9, that it would stop using disposable plastic straws by 2020.  Read more

Review: Latest Marvel movie offers more than tiny laughs

The first thing I would like to establish is a spoiler alert. I will be mentioning things from this movie and several others in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.  If you follow any of the multi-million-dollar Marvel movies, you know that they are all connected some way, a fact that is prevalent in this movie, but I will hit on that later in the article.  Ant-Man, the comic character, was first introduced to readers in Tales to Astonish #35 in September 1962. The character was originally the superhero alias of the “brilliant scientist” Hank Pym after inventing a substance that allowed him to change size; however, Scott Lang and Eric O’Grady have also taken on the Ant-Man mantle after Pym changed his superhero identity to Giant-Man. This is all in the comics, and I just thought I’d give some background to readers.  Read more

Opinion: Listening to music creates timeless vibes

Music has evolved rapidly in many ways, from its dawn to the present day. I’ve learned about this evolution in an online class on music history, specifically Rock n’ Roll. The class focused on both the consumption of music throughout time as well as how music has changed for certain age groups at different times. Read more

Hello from Mother Russia

Hello from Mother Russia! I’m spending my summer in Moscow on a University of Arizona  study abroad program and will be giving you all updates — kind of like a travel blog, but worse (or better?), because it’s less bloggy.  Read more

Living with no internet; an interesting adventure

Attending college in the modern era comes at a price, both literal and figurative. That means several things, and one — some may argue the most important — is the ability to have access to information, a.k.a. the internet. I live in a five-bedroom house a few blocks away from school, work two jobs and consider myself a full-time student even in the summer with an online class. That being said, an online class requires the internet, but with my roommate out of the country and my inability to assemble the new internet router, I have been living in a house that is off-the-grid. Read more

"Jurassic World" is a falling kingdom

My love for “Jurassic Park” set high expectations for the premiere of “Jurassic World” in 2015, and I was not disappointed. So naturally I was super excited to see the newest installment of the films, “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom.” Like me, thousands of other people rushed to the box office over the weekend to see the newest movie, racking up nearly $150 million in ticket sales throughout the country.  Read more

EDITORIAL: End inhumane family separation

The current news cycles have been dominated by the stories of migrant children separated from their parents at the border. The stories are, undeniably, heart wrenching, the photos and audio clips, more so. We need to do better. This destruction of families should never have occurred, but now, we need to fix it. Make your voice heard, support those in need and criticize the perpetrators. Read more

Pixar's latest is simply 'Incredible'

The opening weekend of the long-awaited Disney-Pixar sequel, “Incredibles 2,” was, for lack of a better word, incredible.  With $180 million in ticket sales, the movie set a box-office record for the highest-grossing animated film debut of all time, according to Box Office Mojo. The title was previously held by another popular Pixar sequel, “Finding Dory,” which reached $135 million during its opening weekend in 2016.  Read more

The Do's and Don'ts of Goodwill shopping

When it comes to saving a dime and finding that discount, college is the perfect time to practice. College students have to pay for tuition, food, housing, books and other necessities.  For some, fashion is a necessity. Like many young people, I find that my fashion is a statement of how I feel or how I want to present myself. That leads me to how one can save money and still look good. The answer? Bargain shopping, a.k.a. shopping at Goodwill. Goodwill, a non-profit organization, not only provides job training, employment placement services and other community-based programs, but it is also funded by a massive network of retail thrift stores which operate as nonprofits as well. Read more

Arizona High School student inspire local journalist

As a journalist, I am always looking for ways to give back to the community, whether it be through my reporting or, in this case, through mentoring high school students in the Donald W. Carson Journalism Diversity Workshop for Arizona High School Students. The program ran from Sunday, June 3, through Saturday, June 9, and it was packed with guest speakers, late nights, early mornings, countless meetings, reporting time, campus outings, plenty of stress, interviews and so much more.  Read more