As someone who has dealt with acne for six long and unpleasant years, I can say that it is definitely not something you can get rid of overnight. You use every product on your skin with the hope that maybe this one will cure your acne for good––whether it’s prescribed by a dermatologist or bought …

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Most people know Taylor Swift as the popstar who shattered records after releasing a number of hit songs and albums. Others might know her as the celebrity involved in countless spectacles that filled pages of gossip magazines. After she clashed with stars Kanye and Kim Kardashian West, Swift decided to step out of the spotlight. …

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This past week, quirky and loveable pop star Lady Gaga announced, with dismay, that she would be postponing the European portion of her Joanne World Tour, while she takes time to recover from her battle with chronic pain. This leg of the tour had been scheduled to take off on September 21 in Barcelona, Spain …

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Recipe for Lemon Pudding For me, baking has always been something very challenging and difficult, but all the burnt cookies, brownies and cakes have not stopped me into trying and enjoying something different. As someone who is not very skilled when it comes to making anything, this lemon pudding has been one of the easiest …

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As the NBA Finals are coming closer and closer, the first game being on June 1 at Oracle Arena, odds point to the Golden State Warriors being in favor to win. While people are getting excited for a rematch between these two “rival” teams, there have been some pretty wild predictions made as to what …

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Nevada City: If you love water holes, rock shops, and a small town vibe, Nevada City is the place for you. The hot stop is the Yuba River– a beautiful, clear, cool, fish-filled river with tons of access points and huge rocks to jump off of. Downtown Nevada City is cozy and small, and you …

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When I was younger, I didn’t really know how to set a goal. I knew I had things I wanted to do, but I didn’t know how to execute them, let alone how to form a plan to execute them! As I grew, I got the idea, but still struggle to stick to a plan. …

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As we have learned time and time again, no amount of chaos is too much for Gotham. Now an obsessed ex-employee of Indian Hill revives Jerome Valeksa, the early Joker, from the grave. At first, it appears the employee, Dwight, has failed, and in this light he cuts off Jerome’s face, attempting to be him. …

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Summer break is approaching, which means the inevitable start and finish of TV shows. Here is a list of must watch current shows available on Netflix, so you never run out of things to watch.     Crazy Ex-Girlfriend If you enjoy musicals and comedies, then this show is a must watch. The show centers …

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With the start of summer break just around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about ways to enjoy it. The Bay Area is a popular concert destination. The lineup for this summer is one to get excited about. From popular artists like Ed Sheeran to music festivals such as Warped Tour, there is something …

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It is finally that time again, where we are approaching the two-part season finale of Gotham: Mad City that answers the barrage of new questions that are brought out throughout the season. Season 3 provided plenty of breathtaking and shocking scenes and twists that you just had to see to believe. If you are interested, …

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Ah, summer. The incredibly sunshine, blue skies all around, pool parties, ultimate summer BBQs, and prime time vacation season. Or, the couch at your house, AC all the way up, ice cream all around you. No matter what you’re doing, you deserve to feel like you’re living life to the fullest in the Bahamas. Summer …

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10 Fashion Trends To Try This Summer   Straw or Wicker Handbags   Whether it’s fancy, like the $2,400 Miu Miu straw shoulder bag, or an old picnic basket, this trend is fun and fresh for summer.     Gingham   Gingham has always been seen just as a preppy and expensive trend, but it …

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As the 2016-2017 school year comes to an end, most of us need a little rest and relaxation and fun before the August rolls around. Some ideas include going to the beach or a pool. Being outside in the water is a great way to cool off in the summer and hang out with your …

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Smoothies are a great way to stay hydrated and healthy in the summer. They taste good and are a good way to provide your body with essential vitamins and nutrients. They are also easy to make and easy for your body to absorb. The first recipe is a berry-chocolate smoothie. For this recipe, mix a …

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When the air gets warmer, your skincare routine should adapt to the weather. You should use lighter formulas because of the extra moisture in the air. If you use really heavy products on your face, you can clog pores and create dull skin. First, regardless if it is summer or winter, you should always use …

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Lush is the one store we all adore but find ourselves walking out of empty handed because their stuff is so pricey. However, this at-home substitute for any Lushaholic on a budget’s favorite face mask will solve the issue of overspending. Here’s what you need to pick up at your nearest grocery store: a clove …

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Summer is upon us, but one small issue is blocking many from achieving all their vacation goals, and that is that they do not know how to drive. However, with all this extra time now, summer is the perfect time to crack down on the driving process. It all begins once you’ve found the right …

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As the school year winds down and the stress starts to dissolve, we begin to have more time to ponder the adventures of summer and where they will take us. For some of us who are incoming seniors, we may decide that our vacation spot will lie wherever we plan to go for college visits. …

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Youtube has truly grown from being a place of silly videos and challenges to a hub of creative and imaginative content. If you’re looking for some unique channels to follow, look no further than this list. LaMadelynn Madelynn’s channel covers a wide-range of topics, from fashion/makeup to veganism and lifestyle vlogs. What unifies her channel …

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SUPPLIES a large book a journal or sheet of paper where you’ll place the flowers array of flowers liquid or hot glue tissues   INSTRUCTIONS: PICK YOUR FLOWERS Try to choose small to medium-sized flowers for pressing. You can also trim the stems of your flowers with a pair of scissors so that it fits …

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The 2017 Billboard Music Awards, held in Las Vegas’ T-Mobile Arena, was one for the books. With record-breaking artists such as Drake, Adele, and more under one roof, this was one unforgettable night for singers. In fact, Drake took home 13 awards, beating Adele (who went home with 12 last year) for the most awards …

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We did it ND! Summer is around around the corner. In just a few short weeks Notre Dame begins summer break. As we say goodbye to our seniors, a few beloved teachers, and the stress this school year has brought us, we begin an adventure. Whether it be traveling around the world, going to a …

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A bit too early to be planning for next school year? No, of course not! With each new school year, comes new changes. Whether it be to dress code changes, new classes, school block schedule, or anything, it is never too early to start preparing. Organization is a very important factor in keeping our lives …

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What do you think of when you hear the word summer? The beach! As the weather begins to warm up again, we put away our winter coats and take out our bathing suits. But before you head out, there are a few necessities you need. Sunscreen is so important. It protects you against harmful UV …

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As our 2016-2017 school year comes to an end, we say goodbye to our beloved seniors. On Eighth Grade Day I met my future big sister, senior Nadia Malek. Throughout my time here at Notre Dame, I knew that whenever I needed help I could always count on her to offer me guidance and always …

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Summer is the perfect time to get your glow and sun-kissed skin on. Time to look like a bronzed goddess! This simple and natural makeup tutorial will keep you looking fresh and glowing throughout your summer days!   Start with a base. Apply a luminizing primer to give you an extra glow. If you have …

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Peter Quill and the rest of the Guardians of the Galaxy gang are back! On May 5, 2017, ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’ was released and has since had a box office amount of $200 million. This science-fiction/action movie, rated PG-13, was given an 81% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. In the sequel to the …

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On Friday, May 12th almost fifty Notre Dame students were confirmed at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Joseph. Every other year, NDSJ offers students the opportunity to get confirmed through the school. The preparation for the Sacrament is rigorous, but rewarding. All confirmed students must take Faithful Life, which is a prep course that reviews …

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June is full of graduation celebrations. It’s kind of costly to go out to a venue to celebrate, so why not have a party at home? Home parties can definitely be more fun is done the right way, so here is a Pinterest board full of ideas to plan a incredible party: https://www.pinterest.com/joycelynageorge/graduation-party/

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As fun as Prom can be, it can also be quite stressful: hair, nails, make-up, dress, shoes, earrings, accessories. The tasks to be done can swirl around one’s head until getting ready for Prom becomes less fun and more stress. To avoid day-of panic, follow this simple plan. Most importantly, buy your ticket. Without this, …

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Getting ready for Prom can leave one feeling frazzled and empty-minded. Whether it’s because you were busy  swooning at your date, or because you were running late, or simply because you don’t remember, it’s easy to forget something at home. Check out this ultimate Prom checklist to make sure you have everything you need to …

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Prom is that special time of the year where you want to look your best by trying to find the perfect prom dress and especially what makeup would compliment it. So the video that I had created is to show you 2 looks which are either being more natural or go full out glam. For …

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Summertime is perfect to have quality time with friends, and who doesn’t love a good brunch? With little to no homework, any day of the week will work to organize a really nice meal to celebrate friendship. Hash brown (serves 4) -2 white potatoes -3 eggs Using a large grater, grate the two potatoes. Set …

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It was the final round! Softball Senior Night was the last senior night of the 2016-2017 school year. The evening was filled with teal and orange balloons, face paint, and cute hair ribbons. A large crowd of ND seniors came out with colorful posters and balloons for their friends. Family members also attended the game …

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As the weather becomes warmer and flowers are in bloom, it becomes apparent that the dreaded Spring Cleaning time is approaching. Here are a few tips to make sure your Spring Cleaning time goes efficiently and leaves your house looking better than ever!   Is your refrigerator looking a little dirty? It turns out that …

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As this year begins to come to a close, juniors and seniors alike come together at prom with their significant others and friends to celebrate and enjoy themselves. Prom is one of the highlights of the high school experience, and you deserve to feel next-level gorgeous, so here are some ideas for how to glam …

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Each summer, social media feeds are plastered with people having a blast at amusement parks, beaches, concerts, and more. While spending your vacation at places like these sounds like fun, the cost of admission and transportation quickly adds up. For people without a job or a car, it can seem like the only way to avoid spending …

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As the weather get warmer and the prospect of summer approaches, now is the perfect time to check out the newest, colourful art exhibits coming to the Bay Area! Here are some places to check out!   “Bouquets to Art” at the De Young Museum   The “Bouquets to Art” exhibit is beautiful exhibit at …

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With Mother’s Day coming up have you thought of a good way to show your love to her? While purchasing a watch or any other item online may be easy and attainable with a few clicks, making something with your own two hands is the best way to show that you put effort into her …

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     The new Netflix series, Dear White People, has caused a lot of controversy and mixed emotions. The show is based off of the movie by Justin Simien and follows a group of African American students through racial tension and struggles at Winchester University. Samantha White (Logan Browning) is a strong and mixed woman …

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     A new show has surfaced Netflix yet again: The Carmichael Show. This series follows Jerrod Carmichael, as himself, as he deals with the everyday struggles of having crazy people in his life. It is set in Charlotte, North Carolina and is taped in front of a live studio audience. Jerrod Carmichael lives with …

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Many fruits contain a variety of vitamins and minerals that improve your overall health, but it can be confusing to keep track of all of these benefits. Here’s a guide on some of the healthiest fruits you can eat to treat your body right. 1. PEACHY KEEN The skins of peaches hold high amounts of …

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You’ve probably heard about the Netflix Original’s new hit TV show: 13 Reasons Why. The wildly popular show has been said to be the most popular show in Netflix history, as well as the most tweeted show of 2017 so far. The show also has collected more than 3.5 million social volume impressions within the …

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Mason jars have been spiking in popularity recently. Even though their popularity peak was last year, they’re still a very creative way to store items, decorate, and better yet, make delicious spring recipes! Spring is a time for food with fresh light ingredients, and these recipes will definitely put a spring in your step!   …

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“Are you a Republican or a Democrat?” We all know and have grown up with this bipartisan political system of Republican or Democrat, red or blue, Obama or Romney, Trump or Clinton. The reason we only know of these 2 parties is because there has been either a Republican or Democratic president since 1852–it is …

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We have all seen the prev iews for the new upcoming movie, “Everything, Everything.” Between the artistic and floral movie poster, to the engaging trailers, to the Twitter ads revealing pieces of the movie, almost every teenage girl and chick-flick movie goer cannot wait for the May 19 release date of this movie. I was …

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Mixers are always an enjoyable and interactive way for students to have a break from the hectic and busy everyday life of school. Notre Dame’s annual spring mixer was a hit with students of all grades attending from various high schools. The theme was “Black Light” with glow in the dark paint, decorations, and balloons. …

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While graduation is just around the corner, many of us last minute shoppers find that it is time to purchase our white attire for the ceremony. The basic guidelines to follow for both shoes and clothes is that the color is some variation of white, and with little embellishments. The clothes must also be conscious …

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There is a feeling of emptiness that I experience. I just assumed that this was something that everyone felt growing up. However, I realize now why I feel that a part of me is missing. My personality is slowly disintegrating in order for me to focus on school. Once upon a time, a few years …

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Fate of the Furious is the eighth edition in the Fast and Furious movie franchise. The movie revolves around betrayal, love, action and most importantly: family. Since the beginning of the franchise over 16 years ago, the crew has been street racing, conducting bank robberies, and bringing down planes. The newest addition to the series …

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Get ready to be hungry! Are you chocolatey cookies or salty popcorn? Find out by taking the Buzzfeed quiz now! Click here to take the quiz!    

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As many literature teachers may have expressed at one point, spring is symbolic of new life and change. This theme relates to everything in the springtime; meeting new people, trying new clothes, and even new food! With this time of change upon us, now is a better time than ever to try these unique Easter …

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     As delicious as it may be, the ND lunch service is not exactly famous for having the healthiest options. Take a stroll through the Pasta Market line, and you will find an assortment of cookies, bread, pizza, and soda. The selection of “healthy” food, however, is limited to a few unsubstantial salads or …

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Ah, spring break. The feeling of the warm sunshine, blue skies all around, and unfortunately not no, but less homework. Or, the couch at your house, your loving dog, and your homework all around you. No matter which way your spring break is looking, you deserve to feel like you’re in Cancun or wherever your …

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I never thought I would be interested in politics or government. Ever since the 7th grade, all I ever thought about being was a psychologist. But since the 2016-2017 elections, I realized how important politics are and how easy it can be for a country to collapse within a week. For most millennials my age …

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It’s easy to practice self-care on your own time, but it seems almost impossible to study for multiple exams without completely destroying your overall health and circadian rhythm. Even with good time management, studying for multiple exams while balancing homework and extracurricular activities or other responsibilities can create a harmful environment. Instead of feeling pressured …

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Have you ever been scrolling through Netflix for hours upon hours, just to find something perfect to watch? Netflix presents you with a multitude of genres to choose from, yet it’s still really difficult to find something worthwhile to watch. With my current Netflix list, maybe you can find something worth your time to watch. …

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Not everyone is lucky enough own a dog or a cat. Whether they don’t have time to walk a dog every day, or they have uptight parents who value their furniture more than their child’s wishes, not every child has the privilege of owning a typical pet. However, there are options for those who wish …

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At this point in the school year, it’s natural to have trouble staying motivated. With spring break just around the corner and summer vacation not too far way, it seems like everyone is focusing on what’s to ahead of us. It can be easy to fall in a slump, so here are some tips to …

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At first glance the Senior Service Learning Project (SSLP)  looks scary because there are many  different components. Don’t let those foil  you, if you space your time out right and are on top of your work you should not have any problems. Tips: Start during the summer. If you start or even finish your hours …

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With the 2016-2017 school year coming to an end, homework is at an all time high. From preparing for different types of standardized testing to getting ready for the various AP tests or “end of semester assessments”, it’s hard to find relief. For this reason, many students tend to procrastinate––basically just do anything else but …

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Over the weekend, Disney’s release of the live-action Beauty and the Beast movie had people on the edge of their seats. From children to adults alike, the theaters were packed with a diverse audience. Many people were excited to see the newest adaptation of the twenty-six-year-old movie, allowing many viewers to reminisce their childhood. Throughout …

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Spring is finally here! Which is definitely one of my most favorite seasons and when I think of Spring I think of the bright and soft spring trends I am really excited to try out. As much I love wearing a bold lip and dark eyeshadows I do prefer a natural and fresh look.  The …

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Senior night. For senior players, this is one of the biggest nights of their high school sport careers. Their athletic abilities, skills, and sportsmanship are celebrated in this joyful night, as they face off against different teams, in this case, Castilleja. Notre Dame commemorates seniors who have showed dedication and commitment, not just  in basketball, …

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Next time you are craving a snack, instead of popping that bag of popcorn in the microwave or grabbing that bag of Doritos, turn yourself to something healthy, but as equally delicious! Here are 8 of the best healthy snack alternatives that you can create with the ingredients you have at home:   Get Popping! …

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As the Winter is coming to an end, Spring is here and we will be seeing new and returning trends this season.   Gnarly 80s: After going through the decades of the 90s and 70s, we will finally move on to another glorious era which is the 80s. With the infamous bright neon, dramatic ruffles, …

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Planes, a blade of grass, and carbon dioxide all have one thing in common. They all relate to the subject of science. Many youths associate the topic with lab reports and data tables, not knowing how extensive the field is or how fortunate they are to have access to a science lab. While popular figures …

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Many people have just recently hopped on the bandwagon and started buying velvet clothing, shoes and other various accessories, but unknown to many, this revival started during the late fall of 2011.  With touches of it seen at fashion weeks all over the world, the trend has become bigger and bigger each year.  Although it …

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Rich with culture and diversity, San Francisco is a metropolitan hub of art and  history located practically in our backyard. Taking advantage of ND’s close proximity to the city, sophomore students piled onto busses and eagerly departed to explore two museums in Golden Gate Park. Students viewed exhibits that connect to the topics studied in …

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     If it seemed like half of the school was not present about two weeks ago, you were not hallucinating. Students taking Trigonometry/Precalculus, Calculus AB AP, Calculus BC AP, Physics, or AP Physics traveled to San Francisco for the day. Arriving at about 10 a.m., students were given roughly three hours to visit exhibits …

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The word ban, by definition, means to “officially or legally prohibit”. On January 27, 2017, Donald Trump issued an executive order to ban all Muslims from Iraq, Syria, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia and Yemen for 120 days. People from those countries are not allowed to enter the United States and many of them have been …

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      On February 1st of 2017, over six thousand women adjoined at the San Jose Convention Center for the Watermark Conference for Women, a day made complete by incredible keynote speakers, productive sessions and enough inspiration to motivate every woman in attendance. This year was the third annual conference hosted by Watermark, all with …

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Having an organized desk is important. Finding things will be much simpler, concentrating can be easier, and there is just more space to do work. Here’s what a desk can look like: Keep it simple. On the desk, only have things that will be frequently used: laptop, headphones, pens, pencils, etc. [Poster] Keep items together to …

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On January 21, hundreds of thousands of people gathered in all 50 states of the U.S. to protest any and all negativity that the new Trump administration has brought about. Do not let the name fool you––the Women’s March was not just about women, and neither did just women show up. From climate change and …

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Change is exciting, and going from middle school to high school is no exception. High school brings new opportunities, new people, new classes, and new extracurriculars. At first, it can start out a bit rocky; because after all, high school demands more. People can tell incoming freshman to stay healthy and not procrastinate until they’re …

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If you grew up reading Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events, then you probably already know about Violet, Klaus, and Sunny’s not-so-fortunate lives. And if you’re anything like me, then you probably have been waiting a very long time for this novel series to become a television series. Unless you’re living under a rock, …

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Presented by The Recording Academy, the Grammy Awards are the recording industry’s most distinguished award. Grammys are awarded through the Recording Academy’s voting membership to honor those who have excelled in the recording arts. This year, the Grammy’s will take place on February 12, 2017 at 8 p.m. Pacific Standard Time, and will be hosted …

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As most of ND would agree, there’s no better way to celebrate the end of a stressful week than a refreshing milk tea! Every Friday, downtown boba shops are crowded with students in need of a boba fix. Outside of downtown, however, it can be hard to find quality tea amid the sea of shops …

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Grey skies, slippery roads, and the the pitter-patter of rain sounds outside the window. The current conditions outside is no place for sunbathing or dog-walking. Sure, there is an abundance of activities to do indoors such as shopping or catching a movie in theaters. Yet, why risk driving in traffic and rolling with crowds when …

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   With the recent death of Carrie Fisher, fans of the Star Wars series and of Fisher alike are still mourning the loss of a brilliant actress, mental health advocate, and exceptional author/screenwriter. However, around the same time, “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” was released and reminded the fans of the extraordinary legacy that …

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After waiting nearly two years, fans of the popular BBC show Sherlock are more excited than ever to watch the brand new episodes of a new season. Yes, Sherlock is finally back with its fourth season, and nothing could have made the start of 2017 better than this. The short but thrilling trailers have done …

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As the days begin to seem longer and the weather grows colder, it is a time to hang out with your loved ones. While the Christmas season can mean jamming out to the classic “All I Want for Christmas is You”, it is sometimes difficult to find fun things to do. Fortunately, winter brings many …

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The election results came in on November 9, 2016 and Donald Trump is our new president elect with Mike Pence as our vice president elect. Now I’m going to be very honest and blunt and say that I was- and still am- completely mortified, shocked, and quite fearful for my life, the lives of minority …

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I spent my elementary years in an Islamic school. I grew up as good Muslim girl, following all the rules of my religion and listening to my teachers. Being the shy person I was, the only friends I had were the ones I made in school. What I knew about other religions was what I …

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Like a cloud of undisturbed ignorance, I spent much of my childhood sheltered from many other religions besides my own: Catholicism. While we were informed of the diversity concerning faith, I did not know anything concrete that would deem me knowledgeable. Throughout my years Islam had been something I knew very vaguely and could not …

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