Candid Conversation: Two Millennials’ Understanding of Wicca

By Esther Kao and Gabrielle DeMeritt From crystals to incense, the influence of  Wiccanism pervades popular culture. Wicca, also known as the Pagan Witchcraft, is a new religious movement focused on polytheism, nature, and magic. Like other pagan religions, Wiccans worship various deities. Although, most of their’s are goddesses such as Artemis, Selene, and Phoibe/Phoebe. […]

Is CrossFit Really a Narcissistic Cult?

Image from: https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/4/4d/USMC-120205-M-AV740-004.jpg If you consider yourself a fitness guru, or even if you do not, you have probably heard of the new workout trend, Crossfit. Why? Because Crossfit is one of the newest, fastest-growing workout trends in America today. In fact, statistics show that their meager 13 affiliates in 2005 have turned into “more […]

What’s with the sexism in our salads?

A family sits at a dinner table lined with piles of leafy salad. Mom gleefully munches on a piece of lettuce while Dad stares down at his dish with disgust. He’s longing for a more satisfying meal: Specifically, a thick slice of pepperoni pizza. Sound familiar? This Domino’s commercial that aired earlier this fall — […]

Can White Girls Wear Dreadlocks?

Marc Jacobs’ bold choice to don his models with colorful dreadlocks during the September New York Fashion Week show has caused quite the uproar, both in the fashion community and in the social justice community. Many are claiming that his use of the traditionally African hairstyle is cultural appropriation and he should be reprimanded for […]

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Pui Tak: Chinatown, Immigration, and Wendy Yong

Pui Tak is nestled in the old part of Chicago’s Chinatown. Inside the distinctively Chinese architecture children and adult voices intermingle in various dialects. Since 1915, this organization has served new Chinese and other Mandarin-speaking immigrants here in America. The transition for them is often difficult. On Saturday mornings, Pui Tak offers one-on-one tutoring classes […]

Social Media Star Calls Social Media a “Hoax”

On October 27, Essena O’Neill, an Australian teenager with more than half a million followers on Instagram, made headlines when she deleted more than 2,000 of her account pictures “that served no real purpose other than self-promotion.” Along with deleting these photos, she also dramatically edited the captions to the remaining 96 posts in a […]

Becoming a Gender Bender: Unisex Fashion Trends to Break Barriers

Bound beneath the barriers of a blue world, I envied my sister’s ability to depart from planet pink, a distant and mysterious microcosm. As a tomboy, my sister possessed a much greater capacity to dabble in the opposing gender by virtue of an exclusive spacecraft. Authorizing explorational access, the USS Tomboy bridged the gap between […]

Media Studies Professor Without Technology

Read Schuchardt: Communication professor at Wheaton College, father to nine children and decidedly technology-free at home. Surviving without what the majority of Americans consider to be essential entertainment, Schuchardt does not have a cell phone or a TV, using only a laptop for work at the college where he teaches. None of his children living […]