Monthly Archives: October 2014

Red lipstick is the answer to all life’s problems

It should not be as radical as it is, painting lips, but red lipstick has always been daring. Historically, red lipstick (all lipstick, at one point) was outlawed, lauded as an act of patriotism, made taboo and reclaimed. Even when times have been rough economically, lipstick has thrived. When I told my fabulous editor, Jaimee Leibfried ’17, that I wanted to write about red lipstick, specifically the stigma and fear around it, she said that when she thinks of red lipstick, she thinks of hookers,  in agreement with the fact that there is an unwarranted stigma. Red lipstick is given a bad reputation, but I happen to love wearing it. Continue Reading →

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All Hallows Eve: A night of history, candy and costumes

Halloween, or All Hallows’ Eve, is the one night of the year where anyone is able to dress up and be whoever he or she wishes. There are millions of ideas for costumes, but only a few make the top of the list. Originating from the ancient Celtic holiday of Samhain, Halloween is a day that Celts would use to mark the end of the harvest season, transitioning towards winter. The history of ghosts, goblins and monsters comes from their belief that, along with the seasons changing, the end of harvest also provided a bridge to the world of the dead. Nowadays, instead of focusing spirits on the pagan ritual, as the Celts did, we celebrate through trick-or-treating, partying and telling ghost stories around a campfire. Continue Reading →

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Credit Cards: Establishing Credit or Drowning in Debt?

The Debate

Should college students own credit cards? There is no simple answer to this question; it depends on the individual student, the student’s financial situation, and the student’s motivation. One answer is yes, students should get credit cards in order to begin building credit. Smartaboutmoney.org says, “Using credit wisely helps you build a strong credit history and secure loans and mortgages.”

Another answer is no, credit cards can rapidly become paths to debt. 81 percent of college students significantly underestimate the amount of time it takes to pay off a credit card balance, according to a Center for Economic and Entrepreneurial Literacy Survey. Continue Reading →

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Red, White, and You: Why St. Kate’s students should vote on Nov. 4

It took more than 70 years of campaigning for the nineteenth amendment to be passed, ensuring women the right to vote. Beginning in 1848 in Seneca Falls, New York, women across the country made substantial sacrifices in order to give women a voice, and even after gaining this right, female voters endured harsh criticism from those opposed to this new ideal. Now, with the upcoming election on Nov. 4, Katies have the opportunity to voice their opinion. To celebrate the struggle suffragettes underwent during their campaign to gain the right to vote, students should participate in the upcoming election and educate themselves on candidates and policies. Continue Reading →

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Working 9 to 5: Internships for Katies now available

One of the highlights of college, between the traditions of the freshman fifteen and the all-night study session, is the internship–one of many college trademarks a college graduate will remember for years to come. The St. Kate’s Career Development office has a vast array of resources available for students who are looking to expand their career options. Among these are resume samples, cover letter samples and portfolio samples; students can use these to improve their resumes and understand what employers are looking for in a prospective employee. Seeing as most students are required to complete an internship experience before graduation, the Career Development office is happy to assist in any way they can. Continue Reading →

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Penny for your thoughts: Students who have experienced homelessness in the past earn their way into college

The misunderstandings surrounding (and sometimes misguided attempts at assisting) the homeless are many:

“We really want you to work so you won’t have to need these benefits anymore.”

“Poverty is a choice.”

“The only place I run into homeless people is on the streets.”

“Homeless people are stuck in their situation.”

But many people who have experienced homelessness in the past saw the light at the end of the tunnel of education. Indeed, studies have shown that earning power is often tied to education. It is sometimes called ”the path out of poverty,” as Participant #31 in the Voices of Homelessness Oral History project put succinctly. The Voices of Homelessness Oral History project seeks to use grants and other funding sources to create video documentation of the stories of St. Kate’s students who have experienced housing insecurity in the past. Continue Reading →

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Infectious and fatal: Understanding Ebola

It’s safe to say Ebola is on everyone’s mind these days, while the paranoia and anxiety levels of nearly all United States citizens continue to increase. But what exactly is Ebola, where does it come from and how does one contract this deadly disease? The name Ebola is derived from a river in the Democratic Republic of Congo, previously Zaire, near the location where the disease was first discovered. The disease itself, Ebola Fever, is an infectious and typically deadly disease that includes symptoms of fever and internal bleeding, and is spread through physical contact where bodily fluids are present. Scientists believe that the disease originated within bats, and humans are catching it when coming into contact with bat drool or feces on any food, surface or object. Continue Reading →

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Wait, why are there men in my class?: Transitioning from St. Kate’s in Minnesota to UCA in Buenos Aires

As soon as I stepped inside the beautiful building of my new university, I knew that something was very different from St. Kate’s, but I could not quite place my finger on it. Upon running into a group of several guys while walking up the stairs, I knew immediately what it was. There are men on this campus- and a lot of them! Along with the culture shock and all of the differences I have experienced and had to embrace here in Buenos Aires, I had to get used to the education system. Continue Reading →

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