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Has anyone seen this webpage, or the flyers floating around campus? Hofstra has complied a list of ways to de-stress. There are 75 helpful (and some not so helpful) ways of managing stress.

  1. Attend a Haha Hofstra event and laugh out loud!
  2. Play games in the Student Center Game Room
  3. Sip an herbal tea at Java Connect          Read the rest of this entry »

Hidden Treasure

A couple weekends ago, a group of friends and I went into Boston for the day. We had lunch at Quincy Market, walked around looking at the building and a little park we found, and wandered through Newbury Comics. Everyone had a great time. My favorite part of the trip? The used bookstore we went into, Commonwealth Books.

Why did I love this store so much? Several reasons actually. One: books! Two: Read the rest of this entry »

So today I want to talk about something that seems to be coming up in conversation a lot recently: bisexuality. More so the misconceptions about it.

From my experience, a lot of people (both outside and inside of the LGBTQ community) see bisexuality as something that doesn’t really exist. They see it as either the last stepping stone toward becoming gay, a gay person trying to stay in denial, or a straight person looking for attention or acceptance. Well, I’ve identified as bisexual since eighth grade and I can tell you that none of these are true. Believe it or not, it is possible for someone to be attracted to two genders. Trust me; I’m not the only one.

That’s another thing most people get confused about with bisexuality. Being bisexual doesn’t necessarily mean that you are attracted strictly to males and females. Read the rest of this entry »

Almost all writers have heard the phrase “write what you know.” It’s the kind of common sense advice that is too soon disregarded; not that we are to be limited by our experience, but that we should let that experience inform and guide our writing. And if a certain topic lies outside our realm of experience, it is usually possible to expand our realm of knowledge – after all, what else is the internet good for? (Actually, don’t answer that.)

The point is, it can be difficult for writers to force a perspective to which they cannot relate, and stories ought to be at least as varied and diverse as the authors who wrote them.

Unfortunately, that is often not the case.

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After I took C&E last year, I was surprised how many allusions from C&E books we read were in popular culture. For example, I realized that Beatrice from A Series of Unfortunate Events is an allusion to Dante’s Beatrice in his Divine Comedy. I also began watching Lost last year and I was astounded by how many references there were to things that I had just learned in C&E. Here’s a list of some of the allusions that I picked up on.

-John Locke: This is the most obvious allusion. The character of John Locke is based off of the philosopher by the same name. Although we didn’t read anything he wrote in C&E, he often came up in discussions, especially his Tabula Rasa theory. One of Lost’s episodes is titled Tabula Rasa and the theme of the episode revolves around his blank slate theory. Read the rest of this entry »

Why are people so concerned about flying cars? Everything else seems to have arrived. That future isn’t even in style anymore. What I’m talking about is that old-fashioned future that people envisioned all those decades ago. Our vision has changed drastically.

In the old days, the future was a shiny place made out of  chrome. People ate food in pill form, talked on videophones and drove flying cars. Presently, we don’t have pill-food, but there is a pill for almost anything else. Also, freeze-dried food is close enough. Ever get astronaut ice-cream from the Museum of Natural History? That stuff is delicious! We also currently have videophone. It started with webcams, which evolved to Skype and other programs that you can now use on your phones. That’s not all we have today. Have you seen a computer? You’re reading this blog so I assume you have. The internet: a digital program that can connect you to anyone in the world with the press on a button. You can hold the world in the palm of your hand. Read the rest of this entry »

Queer Basics

[Note: For those confused by any of the terminology used in this post (and I don’t blame you; it’s confusing), here is a good glossary for all things LGBTetc., compiled by Charlie the Unicorn, who runs a quality blog here: http://unicornsareace.wordpress.com/ Any additional questions are, of course, welcome in the comments.]

The LGBTetc community is a big part of my life – and it’s no small wonder, considering how many of the letters in the (rather too long to post here) initialism I can claim as my own. I take a T or two for transgender/transmasculine, a G for gay, another for genderqueer, a couple of A’s for asexual and aromantic, and a P for pan-attractional,1 because why not?

It should be obvious then why it is that LGBTetc issues are a rather primary concern in my life; not only are they dealing with what I perceive to be basic human rights and dignity, but every battle, every court case, every news story involving the queer community has the potential to directly affect me or someone I love. That being said, it’s possible that I’m going to find myself writing about queer issues a lot, so I thought that I might use my first proper post to address some of the basics of queer identity as I see them, for the benefit of the uninitiated:

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