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How to be an Ally in a Time of Fear

Nick Nelson – Alexandria, VA

For many of us, this has been a rough couple of weeks.The election didn’t go the way many of us expected, and even more of us had hoped. The decisions of the electoral college left many in fear, and the actions of some unfortunate folks in this country have left far too many people afraid for their lives and freedom to live as a member of their respective cultures.

As an upper-class, white cis male, I have to admit I’m coming out ahead in the bargain. However, because I was born with a conscience and raised with values, and because no one can ever be judged at face value, I’m terrified. Continue reading “How to be an Ally in a Time of Fear”

What Would Susan B. Anthony Say to Trump?

Kristen Webster – Rochester, NY

Despite having lived in Rochester for the past four years, I’ve never made a formal visit to the gravesite of Susan B. Anthony prior to November 8. That day marked the first election I voted in, and the first election in which America might elect its first female president. It seemed like the perfect time to honor the suffragette for her work nearly 100 years ago.

I wasn’t alone in my desire to thank Susan B. Anthony – hundreds of others gathered there to pay respects. In short, it was a beautiful event. People of all ages and genders formed a line nearly a mile long. My friend and I waited for more than an hour with our fellow feminists and believers in equal rights. Continue reading “What Would Susan B. Anthony Say to Trump?”

Therapy: A Personal Maintenance Check

By Jamie Schafer – White Hall, MD

It’s hard to convey to someone why they need something, especially when it’s something that heals internally with difficult to see progress. Therapy has such a negative connotation as is, trying to convince someone it will help often falls on deaf ears before a point can even be made.

I’ve been in and out of therapy since I was a toddler – so for me, therapy is normal. It’s like going for an emotional check-up whenever I need it. Friend issues, anxiety, daddy drama, financial stressors, over-thinking and crazy-double-life ex-boyfriend are just some of the topics I’ve discussed. Continue reading “Therapy: A Personal Maintenance Check”


By Lauren Linhard –

Hard truth: I never thought of voting as a big deal – with so many potential flaws in the process I was personally convinced my vote wouldn’t count for anything. When my college roommate found out I wasn’t registered to vote, she forcibly ordered my absentee paperwork and sat with me while I filled it out. I vaguely remember voting for Obama in his first election, but can’t even remember if I voted his second term.

So, I was quite surprised at myself yesterday morning when, after spending the night before researching my local representatives, I was one of the first voters in line. I brought a book in case of a long wait, which there was; I was prepared for hecklers, which there wasn’t; and I was ready to cast my vote for Hillary Clinton, the first female presidential candidate in history. Continue reading “#ImStillWithHer”

Documentary creates modern fairytale of real-world struggles

By Lauren Linhard –

Our favorite fairytale characters found their way into our hearts by overcoming evil queens, fighting dragons and outsmarting a big bad wolf. But what would “once upon a time” look like if such fantasy obstacles were replaced with challenges found in the real world?

Amateur film director Angie Kupper, 28, answers that question in her upcoming documentary “Finding Your Fairytale,” a film that tells the story of 13 modern-day fairytales and how they found their happily ever after. Continue reading “Documentary creates modern fairytale of real-world struggles”

New Kid in the Cubicle: Reflections On Entering the Wonky Workforce

By Alexis Cheney – @Alexis-Cheney

I started my first full-time job as a paralegal in the Department of Justice a little more than two months ago. After graduating from college, I spent months anticipating the monumental debut of my professional career. What exact projects would I work on? Who would be my colleagues? What would my office look like? A host of unknowns flickered vaguely in the distance until they blinded me when I walked through the office door on my first day. Continue reading “New Kid in the Cubicle: Reflections On Entering the Wonky Workforce”

The Locker Room of Sexism and Assault

By Nick Nelson – Alexandria, VA

I’m sure baseball minor leaguer Brooks Marlow never expected to be compared to Donald Trump. I’m sure Trump never expected to be compared to Marlow. But if Trump is adamant that “this was just locker room talk…they’re just words” as he told the nation at the second Presidential debate, then we need to change the narrative of locker rooms, metaphorical and literal, immediately. Continue reading “The Locker Room of Sexism and Assault”

What I Have in Common with Miss Universe

Becka Wall – @beckawall

During the first Presidential Debate, Hillary Clinton talked at length about Donald Trump’s misogyny and sexism, highlighting his mistreatment of 1997 Miss Universe Alicia Machado. Machado won the “Miss Universe” title while weighing about 120 pounds. She had bulimia and anorexia, and suffered from an eating disorder. Once she sought treatment, she gained some healthier eating habits, along with some weight. About 50 pounds, to be exact.

Donald Trump, who owned the Miss Universe pageant at the time, called her “Miss Piggy,” “Miss Housekeeping” (get it, since she was Latina? UGH) and an “eating machine” in the media. He gave interviews talking about her eating habits, and invited the media to watch her at the gym, where he made her work out with a personal trainer.

Reading all the news coverage and watching the viral videos, I started getting a weird, queasy feeling as I realized: Alicia Machado and I lived parallel lives. Except, you know, without the Miss Universe thing on my end.
Continue reading “What I Have in Common with Miss Universe”

Sexual Assault Remains Concern for College Students

By Elaine Moradi – Moxie Intern

When Ali (last name omitted for safety reasons) started college at Johns Hopkins University, all that was on her mind was if she’d get along with her roommate and what clubs she would join. But among the back-to-school notebooks and pens on her shopping list, her father had added pepper spray, written in red pen, to the list. He was thinking about what many forget – college-age women are three times more likely to experience sexual violence. Continue reading “Sexual Assault Remains Concern for College Students”

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