By Shannon Watts, Staff Writer @shannon_watts11 Are you freaking out during pre-finals madness? Are you living in a state of denial? No matter your mental state, I can provide you with the perfect source of procrastination. Everyone has their weird fixations, and ever since I got a Netflix account at the tender young age of 14, […]

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By Shannon Watts, Staff Writer @shannon_watts11 I have a confession to make. Well, it’s not really a confession. I should say I’m announcing on a public forum that I hate pumpkin pie. I know. It’s un-American of me. I just think that pumpkin pie is unnecessarily squishy, and often isn’t even made with actual pumpkin. […]

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By Shannon Watts, Staff Writer @shannon_watts11 The fashion industry in general, and Vogue magazine in particular, are never far from controversy. From minimizing the involvement of women of color in trends like the “big booty” to outright racist shoots and covers, Vogue has created an image as a white-women only, social-context oblivious publication. But on […]

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By Shannon Watts, Staff Writer @shannon_watts11 The day after Halloween, I decided to treat myself to a trip to Copley Place. I wandered into Bath and Body Works, because who can resist the lure of seasonally scented, one-dollar hand sanitizers? Definitely not me. To my sheer horror, the entire store was covered in red and […]

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By Shannon Watts, Staff Writer @shannon_watts11 Spoilers for the first two episodes of season two ahead! There are a few rules to follow in all post-apocalyptic survival situations. One of the big ones: if strange people offer you human comforts with seemingly no catch, you should run. Immediately. There’s always a catch, and odds are, […]

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By Shannon Watts, Staff Writer @shannon_watts11 If you’re a human being and you’ve set foot in a grocery store, you’ve definitely heard about the many fads in the realm of “super foods.” Some are here to stay, but most aren’t. They fade from public consciousness before we can even get a definitive read on whether […]

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By Shannon Watts, Staff Writer @shannon_watts11 Odds are, you’ve taken advantage of the services of the sharing economy. Boston is a major hub for “sharing” companies like Uber and Airbnb. But some cities are friendlier to these new companies than others. On the spectrum of sharing economy friendliness, New York City sits on the “less […]

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By Shannon Watts, Staff Writer @shannon_watts11 Spoilers for the first two episodes below! Showtime’s CIA drama “Homeland” is no stranger to controversy; the show isn’t afraid to touch current, highly salient political issues. But in the past, it had been plagued by jingoist undertones as the show failed to portray the complexities of the Middle […]

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By Shannon Watts @shannon_watts11 “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” is one of the most progressive sitcoms on television. I know that seems a little melodramatic, but bear with me. I’ve suffered through so many abysmal comedies, cringing at persistent laugh tracks and changing the channel whenever, for example, “The Big Bang Theory” comes on. But “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” is […]

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By Shannon Watts, Staff Writer @shannon_watts11  Trigger warning: general mentions of rape and sexual assault. While lazily scrolling through my various social media feeds on Friday, I had to do a double take when Jon Hamm’s face appeared on a post by the White House Instagram. The executive branch and the star of “Mad Men” […]

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