Nostalgic Odors on the No. 5 Train

The New York Times
Nov. 4, 2014

I'm taking deep drags of this stranger's air. She stepped into the No. 5 train and sat next to me, smelling like cigarettes, and while I hate the stench, the act, the idea, I am breathing her in. She smells like you. 

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The trouble with 'finding yourself'

The Ionian
May 1, 2013

As the (relatively) warm weather approaches, I find myself aggressively scrolling through Groupon and LivingSocial, intent on finding a getaway deal that will…well, get me away. I seek the sun, a new locale, new people and of course, new experiences.

But, as I have learned, these experiences should not be based on the oft-used excuse to “find yourself.”

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Guns, violence and summer 2012

The Ionian
Sept. 5, 2012

The campus is alive again, a building is reborn after being razed, the amount of sports cars on campus has multiplied and soon enough, autumn will be upon us. A new fall semester has arrived, but the summer is not one to be forgotten. No, I am not referring to ‘The Avengers,’ or how the Fab Five had me inches away from my television, or to the loss of Nora Ephron (because most people think they have good taste and a sense of humor, but she actually had both), or Katie/Tom heading to splitsville, or Adele’s pregnancy, or that Ryan Gosling and Eva Mendes are still happily together. 

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'I will do my best': Girl Scouts mark their 100th year

The Chronicle
January, 2012

What do Sandra Day O’Connor, Laura Bush, Hillary Clinton, Chelsea Clinton, Katie Couric, Barbara Walters, and Dr. Jan Davis have in common? They project leadership and confidence and have a strong role in community building. And they were all Girl Scouts.

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'I'll meet you again back at Terabithia'

The Chronicle
April 1, 2009

On March 8, 2009, Chester’s class of 2015 lost a classmate. Alyssa Barberi, the 11-year-old who was constantly smiling and has been a Girl Scout for nearly half her life, had passed away.

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