Lessons Learned at Boston’s Hempfest

Lessons Learned at Boston’s Hempfest

Michael Karlis, Writer

October 4, 2017


Filed under Blog, Culture, Slider Feature

“Bong rips are $20, dabs are $10, and edibles are $10,” said a disheveled looking man with a long, white beard as the Grateful Dead plays on vinyl in the background. This was Hempfest. This year marked the 28th annual Boston Freedom Rally, affectionately called "hempfest" by some, on Bos...

Not Your Average Girls

Not Your Average Girls

Reina DuFore

March 30, 2017


Filed under Blog, Campus Life, Culture, Slider Feature

Mawal Sidi and Meriam Salem are changing the way Muslim women are portrayed in media with one weapon—a camera. Through the creation of a web-series called Not Your Average, Sidi and Salem highlight the successes and experiences of local Muslim-American women to reframe how the media portrays them. ...

Professor Profile: Ericka Menchen-Trevino on Redefining Tech with Informed Consent

Professor Profile: Ericka Menchen-Trevino on Redefining Tech with Informed Consent

Jessica Wombles

January 30, 2017


Filed under Culture

Ericka Menchen-Trevino is an assistant professor in the School of Communication at American University. Her research and teaching interests lie at the intersection of political communication and digital media studies, with a focus on methodology. Before coming to work at AU, Ericka was an assistant ...

Disclaimer: An Accurate Story About Fake News

Disclaimer: An Accurate Story About Fake News

Laura Saini

January 30, 2017


Filed under Culture, Politics

Originally published in Spring 2017, Issue 21. On Dec. 4, 2016, Edgar Welch, 28, walked into Comet Ping Pong, a pizzeria in D.C. and fired three shots in the restaurant. He believed Hillary Clinton was operating a hidden, child sex-trafficking ring in the restaurant. He has since plead guilty on Ma...

From Culture to Commodity: White Theft in Fashion

Olivia Donohue

January 25, 2017


Filed under Culture, Sections

Gigi Hadid and Kendall Jenner walked the Marc Jacobs runway during New York Fashion Week, sporting metallic jackets, colorful prints and rainbow dreadlocks. Arms wrapped around each other, smiling, cameras clicked: We had a new face of cultural appropriation. It’s not just celebrities and high f...

Race in the Kitchen: The Devaluation of Ethnic Food

Ashley Tejeda

January 25, 2017


Filed under Culture, Sections

D.C. is becoming the city for foodies. With over 2,000 restaurants, according to the National Restaurant Association, it comes as no surprise that Bon Appétit named the city  the 2016 ‘Restaurant City of the Year.’ D.C. surpassed last year's winner, San Francisco, and ahead of the infamously ...

Too Little, Too Light: Media Representation of Latinas

Too Little, Too Light: Media Representation of Latinas

Allison Tovar

January 4, 2017


Filed under Culture

Originally published in Spring 2017, Issue 21. Illustrations by Maria Carrasco Infographics by Casey Chiapetta In 2015, Popsugar ran a post titled, “Kylie Jenner is Basically a Mix of All Your Favorite Latina Celebrities.” It said her style reflected stereotypical Latina fashions, like winged eye l...

A Real Game Changer: The Gamble on Social Impact Games

A Real Game Changer: The Gamble on Social Impact Games

Sara Winegardner

January 4, 2017


Filed under Culture

After returning home, your house is empty. Your family is gone. You move from room to room, piecing together what happened while you were away. This is the premise of Gone Home, a social impact mystery game that explores topics like LGBTQ+ representation and domestic abuse. Players of both popular...

Female Bodybuilders Raise the Bar: GIRL POWER

Evangeline Lacroix

May 9, 2015


Filed under Culture, The District

This is not what she signed up for, the spotlight brightly shining down, glistening off her bikini, as she struts flirtatiously. She is playing up a persona that judges appreciate, a game of pageantry in the name of health and fitness.   Lauren Hinkel, 22, is a bodybuilder. She is a junior at ...

Taking Down Torture, One Painting at a Time: Art as Protest

Taking Down Torture, One Painting at a Time: Art as Protest

Evangeline Lacroix

April 28, 2015


Filed under Culture

Debra Vanpoolen is a nomad. She hops from couch to couch to participate in activism events all across the country, creating art along the way. Her most recent endeavor involves working with Witness Against Torture, an activist collective that aims to shed light on and end torture in Guantanamo Bay ...