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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

New Zealand dreaming

Maybe it wouldn’t be such a bad idea to move away from the U.S. and go to another country where hitchhiking is normal and I can have as many pet sheep as I want. From what I’ve heard and read, New Zealand is full of chill people who actually care about one another.  Read more

Yield to the squirrel

By supporting and endorsing the actions of the UA-led Mount Graham International Observatory project, university astronomers, administrators and their allies have, at least since the 1980s, contributed to the extinction of the squirrels.  Read more

OPINION: Have the philosophy kings failed us?

What I am attempting to achieve is a meditation that enlists classical thought to examine our societal habits and how they seep into not only our interpersonal behavior, but our dignity, our community, and our politics. Read more

OPINION: Embrace sadness

Sadness is a healthy default. It is natural to avoid discomfort, to introduce distraction and attempt to bury concerns. But sorrow breeds humility, and humility often yields understanding  Read more

OPINION: Work happier, not harder

We often treat happiness and success at work or school as being a zero sum game; sacrifice one for the health of the other, and switch off once it becomes impossible to sustain. Study to the point of exhaustion during the school week, and then party enough to make up for another depressingly long day of lectures. But studies show that treating work and play as two different beasts may be doing more damage to yourself and those around you.  Read more

Opinion: Respect your professors

Unplug your headphones, put away your cell phones and actually listen to what your professors are saying. I guarantee they know a hell of a lot more than you give them credit for.  Read more