Monthly Archives: April 2015

Flying solo in London: My advice for Katies traveling alone

There is a general ideal in our society that traveling on one’s own is an immensely rewarding experience. That being said, as I made my way to the coach station in Galway a few days ago, I was feeling anything but optimistic due to last minute paper-writing, I was already hyped on adrenaline which did not help my sense of being unprepared and ultimately doomed. But, as my mom helpfully pointed out, I had felt the same way when leaving for Ireland and had made it through that experience just fine. My first piece of advice, which works for nervous travelers in general, is to take everything one step at a time. Once I was on the bus, there was nothing I could do until I got to Dublin, but I felt confident for accomplishing the first step. Continue Reading →

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Hijab challenge gives students a new perspective on a culture different than their own

A few weeks ago, the Muslim Student Association here at St. Kate’s hosted a Muslim awareness week that included a challenge for those of different faiths to wear what is known as the hijab for a weekend. Various students of various backgrounds and faiths came together to learn not only how to wear the hijab, but its purpose as well. Of these various students, I was able to interview Katies: Maita Lee ’16 and Hillary Lor ’17. Both students were similar in their reasoning behind deciding to participate in the challenge. Continue Reading →

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Battling harassment on the streets of Buenos Aires

A letter to the catcallers of Buenos Aires:

Piropos (catcalls) are sexual harassment. I do not need nor want your comments about how I am looking today or what I am wearing. When you say something about my appearance, you choose to bypass appreciating me for so much more than what I look like, what goals I have accomplished, who I am as a person, my mind, thoughts, opinions and my feelings. They make me feel vulnerable and like a piece of raw meat for sale at a butcher shop. I am so much more than my body. Continue Reading →

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Pros of living on campus throughout the summer revealed

Five weeks and counting until finals are over and it is officially summer. For some Katies, this means packing up and moving home for summer break, while for others it means staying on campus for summer classes. Marcy Lohese ‘18 shares her excitement and reasoning for staying on campus and taking courses over the summer, versus staying home and commuting. Wheel: What are the perks of staying on campus this summer? Lohese: When I was making my decision to live at home or stay on campus for the summer term, I weighed the pros and cons very carefully. Continue Reading →

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Political leaders make their bid for presidency

As the 2016 presidential elections draw closer, Republican and Democratic leaders are throwing their bids into the primaries. So far this year, Republican Senators Ted Cruz (TX), Rand Paul (KY), and Marco Rubio (FL) have already declared their candidacies for the Republican primaries. Former governor of Florida Jeb Bush, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, and New Jersey Governor, Chris Christie are expected to announce their candidacies soon. While the Republican nominees are getting prepared to debate their many opponents, the Democratic Party only has one well known nominee, former New York Senator and former Secretary of State: Hillary Clinton. Being the only nominee so far might not be the best thing for Clinton. Continue Reading →

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Founder of Pongo Teen Writing Project visits St. Kate’s, uses poetry as healing force

Richard Gold is a healer. As founder of the award-winning Pongo Teen Writing Project (Pongo) and author of Writing with At-Risk Youth: The Pongo Teen Writing Method, Gold believes words are effective therapeutic tools. The power of poetry therapy is a strong theme in his work, which he spoke about on April 8 in the St. Kate’s Recital Hall. Co-sponsored by the Department of English at St. Continue Reading →

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“Bye Bye Birdie” will be shown in the O’Shaughnessy

In the year 1958, things get shaken up when rock and roll superstar Conrad Birdie is inducted into the army. Before Conrad Birdie leaves for the army, one lucky girl is randomly chosen to give Birdie his “last kiss” on The Ed Sullivan Show. “Bye Bye Birdie” is a musical comedy filled with satirical humor, love obsessions, and catchy songs that you won’t want to miss. The story itself was actually based on Elvis Presley and his draft notice into the army in 1957. Pamyla Stiehl, Director and Choreographer of the musical and Theater Professor at St. Continue Reading →

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Give me an “A”! Give me a “B”! Give me anything!: Coming to terms with the European education system

When you go abroad you expect things to be done differently: people might speak a different language, or drive on the opposite side of the road, or eat unrecognizable cuisine. It stands to reason, then, that the colleges across the globe are bound to operate differently than in the United States. However, understanding this concept in theory does not always translate to being prepared for the reality of it. Three months ago when I left Minnesota, the advice of veteran international studiers still ringing in my ears, I thought that I was prepared. Now, as final exams crawl ever nearer, I have come to realise just how ill-equipped I really was. Continue Reading →

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DreamWorks’s new animated feature, Home, is a must-see for all ages

Over spring break, I was fortunate enough to be able to go see the movie Home in theaters. It is DreamWorks’s newest animated adventure, and it is a surprisingly adorable movie that little kids and college students alike will enjoy. The plotline for Home revolves around a purple alien named Oh who is a part of the race of aliens known as Boov. In order to escape from their enemies, the Boov, notorious for being a race of cowards, flee to earth to start a new life. As for the humans? Continue Reading →

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