I Got Zooted And Watched “Cats”

I smoked a joint and watched “Cats” (2019). Photo courtesy of Universal Pictures. Design by Elisabeth Oster. As I’m sure you, The Reader, are well aware, it’s been a pretty rough couple of weeks. A national epidemic is sweeping the nation. Restaurants have closed, universities have gone online, and in some states, like mine, you … Read moreI Got Zooted And Watched “Cats”

Coronavirus shocks athletes and fans

With the pandemic spread of COVID-19, athletic seasons have come to a halt.  Featured image illustration by Elisabeth Oster. Logo courtesy of NCAA. Growing up in a zealous, athletic family, I’ve attended more sporting events than I can keep track of. As the baby of the family, I watched my siblings compete at both high … Read moreCoronavirus shocks athletes and fans

VERVE’s Holiday Gift Guide

The holiday season is stressful for everyone. There are so many errands to run, so much food to cook, and finding the perfect gift for everyone on your list seems impossible. VERVE Magazine has created a local gift guide to find the perfect gift for even your most picky of family members.  Prairie Lights The … Read moreVERVE’s Holiday Gift Guide

Among the first: Being a first-generation student

Being the first isn’t easy; it can be scary. You are the guinea pig. You teach people what not to do through your mistakes. However, it is quite an honor. Much like when you are 5 years old and heading down the big slide at the playground for the first time. At the top of … Read moreAmong the first: Being a first-generation student

Authentic Vlogging and Healthy Vlogging

Sitting in Dash Coffee Roasters, Mary Mondanaro is beaming watts, enamored with life, and applying her berry Laniege lip balm. Of course, we’re sitting in Dash, because it is her favorite coffee shop in Iowa City and one that is often found in her vlogs. Her essential order? A cold brew with a little room … Read moreAuthentic Vlogging and Healthy Vlogging

Spirituality isn’t black and white

As I grow older, the topic of spirituality, its misconceptions and the looming question of what it means to be “spiritual” holds a lot of wonder in my mind. For the longest time, I presumed it had to do with witches, cauldrons, black cats and crystal balls. I thought spirituality looked like the crazy lady … Read moreSpirituality isn’t black and white

30 Years After the Fall of the Berlin Wall: UI exhibit asks, “What Does Change Mean to You?”

30 years ago, November 1989. On the evening of November 9th, an East German government official gave an unexpected announcement over live television: the travel restrictions which had kept citizens from leaving the German Democratic Republic or GDR—a satellite state of the Soviet Union—were lifted. The ability to freely travel outside of the GDR had … Read more30 Years After the Fall of the Berlin Wall: UI exhibit asks, “What Does Change Mean to You?”

An Ode to Melrose Avenue

There’s one place in particular that Iowa City forces an immediate physical and verbal response. Heads turn and eyebrows raise. It’s the immediate thought behind the word: tailgate. It’s the holy grail of football Saturdays, and always offers a good time. Melrose Avenue; infamous for the littered lawns and vomit stains that cling to the … Read moreAn Ode to Melrose Avenue

How to Get Over the Post-Spring Break Blues

The week after spring break sucks – there’s no nice way to put it. You’ve just enjoyed a ten-day escape from school and the thought of returning to class and exams seems impossible. You might have spent your time with your toes in the sand, margarita in hand. Maybe you explored a new city, walking … Read moreHow to Get Over the Post-Spring Break Blues