Gavin’s Grade: F For Effort

Getting to go to school in your pajamas while not getting graded for your work? What could go wrong?

In Defense of Margaret Thatcher

It’s no secret that Margaret Thatcher is one of the most controversial Prime Ministers in U.K. history. The controversy has only continued since her resignation in 1990. She is loathed among progressives, who view her as a cold woman who spitefully slashed social programs in the 1980s, while conservatives laud her as a hero whoContinue reading “In Defense of Margaret Thatcher”

Best (and Worst) At-Home Fitness Influencers

At a time when most of the gyms are still closed closed have been closed for what feels like forever (March 17, 2020–a day that will live in infamy), many of us have been relegated to at-home workouts. After months of trying to find the best (ie most challenging) at-home workouts, I fancy myself anContinue reading “Best (and Worst) At-Home Fitness Influencers”

Taylor Swift’s “Evermore” Review

For the second time in under six months, Taylor Swift has surprised fans with a new album, evermore, released on her 31st birthday. The sister albums, folklore and evermore, were written during the excruciatingly long quarantine period in 2020, and demonstrate Swift’s innate artistry, her confidence in identity, and her established position among a long tradition of American folk musicians.

Socially Distanced

Under Edward I, Jews were driven out of England with the Edict of Expulsion of 1290. For nearly 400 years, Jews were essentially nonexistent in England, meaning that the English Anglicans had no conception of or experience with a real Jew during those four centuries. Because of this, great works of literature, including William Shakespeare’sContinue reading “Socially Distanced”

“Plastic Hearts” Review

As someone growing up watching Miley Cyrus’s attempt to find herself in the public eye, “Plastic Hearts” is an answer to my prayers. While her early 2010s attempt to shed her Disney/Hannah Montana reputation caused quite a stir, Cyrus’s public performances and music releases at that time were clearly a preamble to her current sound,Continue reading ““Plastic Hearts” Review”

The Grammys Don’t Mean Anything Anymore

In recent years, many have wondered why award shows like the Grammys have recently lost viewership. While the ubiquity of online entertainment is partially to blame, the utter lack of award-worthy music nominated for Grammys is another legitimate explanation. Upon reading the nominations for this year’s Grammy nominations, I was especially shocked by the nominationsContinue reading “The Grammys Don’t Mean Anything Anymore”

On Banning Books In 2020

The other day, I joked with my boyfriend about banned books, remarking that it’s only a matter of time until books like To Kill a Mockingbird, an American classic, are banned out yet again. Because we live in a cultural moment where social-media users can “cancel” just about anything, I decided to research whether orContinue reading “On Banning Books In 2020”

Personal Responsibility in Health and Fitness

I was cold, and I didn’t want to do it. It was a winter night, and the water pipes were not as well insulated as they would be in the summer. The air was cold and biting, and I cowered in the shower like a toddler, telling myself it was okay and I didn’t haveContinue reading “Personal Responsibility in Health and Fitness”

Stay Calm or Stay Informed?

As a newly minted adult, I’ve been introduced to the importance of staying informed. In one of my last classes of my college career (via Zoom–thanks, Corona), my professor encouraged all graduating seniors to stay informed on current events, and even recommended some reputable news outlets. Prior to graduating, I was excited at the prospectContinue reading “Stay Calm or Stay Informed?”