Large-scale political change starts with small-scale communities

It’s no secret that the American people want change. For all the trouble and terror it’s caused, our current political climate has sparked a longing for civic, healthy communities and less hostile hometown politics in the average American. Whether they want “the good old days,” or a promise of “a new day on the horizon,” every heart has its hopes for a better tomorrow. You can see these hopes in a neighbor’s wave, a friend’s face, a teacher’s desperate lesson on civics. The desire for change — the hope for a better tomorrow — is clear in the resistance that has met Donald Trump at every corner, the eruption of the #MeToo Movement and the previously apolitical person’s desire to participate in politics. The desire for change is a rare kind of energy that spreads like wildfire, fueling itself, striking fear in the hearts of those not open to it. It’s conventional to think that this energy must be channeled to be effective. To channel it, the American people are searching for leaders. They’re looking in their communities for an agent to heed the call and step up to the plate. The American people’s search for leadership is external, a recruitment effort. Spinning around like the beacon atop a lighthouse, attempting to cut through the night’s darkest hour, the search for leaders is not the only answer to the...

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Academy Awards Roundtable Recap

Did you watch the Academy Awards on Sunday night? Hear what our movie experts had to say! Entertainment editor Kirby Davis, Culture editor Alison Perelman, managing editor Devon Shuman and Miami Association of Filmmakers and Independent Actors (M.A.F.I.A.) representative Jack Ryan sat down to discuss the biggest moments, surprises and snubs from the 90th annual Oscars. Listen to the podcast here! Edited by Emily...

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Women’s empowerment and progress celebrated at the oscars

As the lights went down on the 90th Academy Awards this past Sunday evening, one thing was certain: Women in Hollywood mean business. Following January’s Golden Globes, at which attendees wore black in honor of the Time’s Up movement, the topic of sexual harassment was expected to be prevalent at Sunday’s Oscars, though not quite as dominant as they were at the Globes. Both the Academy and ABC, which aired the ceremony, had previously stated that they hoped to address the Time’s Up and #MeToo movements during the program without them overshadowing the night. The movements were, however, given...

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The biggest Oscar wins, ranked by level of disappointment

As anyone who watched the 90th Academy Awards this past Sunday can tell you, I take awards shows way too seriously. For me, the Oscars is like watching my favorite team in the World Series 24 times, and every other nominee is the Yankees. This is what was going through my head for some of last night’s biggest awards: Absolutely No Disappointment – Jordan Peele winning Best Original Screenplay, Roger Deakins winning Best Cinematography, all the acting Oscars except Best Actor and most of the craft awards The Oscars were a pretty straightforward affair this year, with most of the craft awards going to tech-heavy movies like “Dunkirk” and “Blade Runner 2049”, the acting awards going to the deserving frontrunners (thank god for Frances McDormand), and, for the most part, a lack of surprises. However, two major wins came as a bit of a shock, for their own respective reasons. First was Jordan Peele’s big writing win, topping the expected win of Martin McDonagh, cementing Get Out’s place in the cultural pantheon for good. Next was Roger Deakins’ enormous win for Best Cinematography. Deakins was in the front of the pack for most of this race, but given the fact that he’s been nominated 13 times (even twice in one year) and lost every single time until now, it makes sense that this was a very welcome surprise. I’ll...

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Depression — a side effect of not taking your antidepressant

I did something dumb last month. Or, I guess, I didn’t do something, which was dumb — I didn’t take the antidepressant my doctor prescribed me over winter break. When she advised me to take something, I suggested maybe meditation would be sufficient instead. That worked for my dad, and he’d been pushing me to try it. “Oh, you’re way past that,” she said. So I picked up the Zoloft at Walgreens that night. By that point, I was in such a bad place I was scared of what would happen if I didn’t take it. But the pills made me so sick I couldn’t eat for a week, and somehow losing five pounds didn’t make me feel any better. I went back to the doctor, because I’d stuck a Q-tip too far in my ear and had started feeling my heartbeat in it, but also to address the antidepressant thing. They swapped out the Zoloft (and assured me the Q-tip incident was not incredibly uncommon). It was the second prescription I’d received recently for Lexapro, but the first one I’ve had filled. Near the end of fall semester sophomore year, I sunk into a pretty deep depression I couldn’t shake. My parents urged me to transfer, but I knew the problem wasn’t Miami — it was me. I loved my friends, my job and my major, but I was...

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