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Rating: 1.5 / 5 stars

I was really looking forward to reading Beartown, as it had 4.25 stars on Goodreads and so many excellent reviews. Even though the story was focused on a small hockey town, the reviews claimed that the tight-knit community and personal struggles are more prominent than hockey itself.

Jumping into the novel, I realized quickly how slow paced it was. There were many times where I wanted to abandon the book altogether, but I felt I had already dedicated too much time to give up. The first 150 pages were Backman describing 15 characters in this…


MN criminal sexual conduct case sparks outrage on social media

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I was shocked when I came across a social media post last week saying the Minnesota Supreme Court ruled that if an individual was voluntarily intoxicated in a sexual assault case, then that individual would not be considered “mentally incapacitated.” This means that the individual could actively give consent to a sexual encounter. It frustrated me that in 2021 any court would rule that just because someone has been drinking voluntarily, then their rapist could not be held accountable, so I decided to take a deeper look into the court’s decision.

The case

State of Minnesota v. Francios Momolu Khalil is the…


How Rory’s superiority complex led to her lack of success

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Gilmore Girls has been one of my favorite shows since high school, so I was excited when my family chose to watch the series together. As we close out the final episodes of Season 7, I have been reminded just how unlikable Rory is.

From the early seasons, Rory was hailed as special. Lorelai and the whole Stars Hollow gang told her because her head was always in a book and because she was a well-behaved child that she was special and the world was hers to conquer.

As a…


My 2020 Book Review

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I’ve always loved to read and quarantine gave me the time to dive into my long to-read list. I accomplished my 10 book goal for the year, including novels, biographies and non-fiction books. Here is my 2020 reading list rated from lowest to highest:

“The Silent Patient” by Alex Michaelides

Rating: 2/5 stars

The summary of this novel was incredibly intriguing and the book had over a 4 star rating on Goodreads. As soon as I discovered it, it went to the top of my to-read list. Characterized as a psychological thriller, the story followed Theo…


Comparison and guilt reinforce our addictions to stress

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In times of low stress, I tend to worry about why I am not more stressed. I’ve grown accustomed to putting high amounts of stress on myself. “Hustle culture,” as it is called, has played into this. I have high expectations for myself and what I can accomplish, so when I am not spending my free time actively working towards my goals I feel like I am failing behind. That feeling paired with seeing what my peers are accomplishing leaves me defeated.

This left me wondering — can we be addicted to stress?

Perhaps addiction is too strong of a…


Finding moments to be grateful for during a challenging year

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Undoubtedly, 2020 has brought pain, sorrow and loss to people across the world. From high school and college graduations being cancelled to unemployment rates skyrocketing to family and friends passing away from the virus, everyone has been affected by this pandemic and everyone has lost something of importance to them.

With all of the heartache and grief that this year brought, it is difficult to find moments to be grateful for. But even during the most difficult times, it is still important to practice gratitude.

Reflecting on the year, here are 15 things I have appreciated about 2020:

  • Being healthy


Toobin caught masterbating on a Zoom call

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Reports surfaced earlier this week regarding Jeffrey Toobin’s, legal analyst for CNN and staff writer for The New Yorker, sexual act during a work meeting.

CNN downplayed the situation by claiming Toobin had allegedly accidentally “exposed himself” on the video call because he thought he had turned the camera off. The phrasing, at least in my mind, sounded like he tried to turn off the camera to change and exposed himself for a moment.

However, this was not the case. Subsequent news articles explained that Toobin was caught masterbating while watching another video…


How technology may stunt children’s creative development

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As I was mindlessly scrolling through Facebook lost in a sea of posts, one caught my eye. It said, “I find myself worrying that when we hand our children phones we steal their boredom from them. As a result, we are raising a generation of writers who will never start writing, artists who will never start doodling, chefs who will never make a mess of the kitchen, athletes who will never kick a ball, musicians who will never pick up their aunt’s guitar and start strumming.”

Boredom invites creativity. TIME magazine interviewed Sandi Mann, a senior Psychology lecturer at the…


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Recently, my brother and I were laughing about all of the disgusting lunches our elementary school served. We joked about the hexagon “Mexican” pizza, the freezer burned salisbury steak, and the mashed potatoes with chunky gravy.

We started searching pictures to refresh our memories of the lunches we ate for nine years, when I realized that so many schools nationwide serve very similar food. None of these meals were particularly balanced or healthy. I recalled that towards the end of my elementary school years, there was a transition to slightly healthier meals.

In 2012, the Department of Agriculture updated the…


Judicial activism expands rights that are not enumerated in the Constitution

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Judicial activism is a buzzword that many conservatives denounce and many liberals cherish. Throughout the history of the Supreme Court, justices have displayed either activism or restraint. This can be dependent on the public opinion of the nation or the justices’ personal ideologies.

The Warren Court is often touted as a highly activist era. While Earl Warren served as Chief Justice, the Court extensively expanded civil rights. For example, prior to the Warren Court, defendants had few rights. Although the Sixth Amendment gives defendants in criminal cases the right…

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