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Pursuing your passion in a world of naysayers

Pursuing your passion in a world of naysayers

Books have always been my passion. When I was little, I would ask for a book before a toy, and I would sit for hours flipping through the pages. The older I got, the more I began to realize that books were my life. If something stressful was going on, I would lose myself in...
Freshman voice: Women's March? More like human's march.

Freshman voice: Women’s March? More like human’s march.

“Only equal is enough. Only equal is ever equal,” speaks a sign lifted high above a crowd full of pink hats. For some, it was a breath of fresh air. The sight of a large group of people coming together as one to march for something so simple, equality, was a true light at the...
Freshman voice: Hanging on to our comfort zones by a thread

Freshman voice: Hanging on to our comfort zones by a thread

The universe has a bright future, but many roadblocks are in the way of getting there. Every person on this planet is an individual. We are big and small, short and tall, young and old, introverted and bold, yet no matter our similarities and differences, there are no two people with the same characteristics. With the increasing...
Try kindness, try veganism

Try kindness, try veganism

The thought of eating meat disturbs me and always has. From my mom’s fried chicken to a ham sandwich, I always picked at and pushed aside the meat on my plate. Chicken was tolerable on some occasions, but pork even less so. Staring down at my meals, I always pictured an animal that, before its slaughter,...
Freshman voice: The social media mask

Freshman voice: The social media mask

“Decorated on the outside but empty at my core.” I was listening to a song titled “Dinosaur Bones” by Stop Light Observations when I came across this line. I had never heard the song before, but this line stood out to me. It made me think about the mask that every person adorns. In today’s society,...
Freshman Voice: Life according to my older brother

Freshman Voice: Life according to my older brother

My brother has always been an odd character. From convincing me to spray Windex in my eyes because “It feels good,” to giving me “life-changing” advice, he has really grown over the years. From the point of view of Stanley McCloy, a 21 – year old with the maturity of a 12 – year old,...
It is time to "drop out" of the Electoral College

It is time to “drop out” of the Electoral College

This election left the U.S. divided and scared. There have been continuous riots and protests since the winner was announced. One of the many issues brought up was that Hillary Clinton won the popular vote, but not the election. While this may seem crazy to some, it is how our political system works. This has...
Just avoid talking about politics with your family this Thanksgiving

Just avoid talking about politics with your family this Thanksgiving

I can picture it now, sitting at my extremely privileged second Thanksgiving dinner with family, table full of food yet again, and hearing, “He’s a business man. If he can run a business, he can run our country. We need someone who will support our middle class. We need lower taxes.” I can also imagine...
Getting under my skin

Getting under my skin

“I believed, and still do, that our bodies are ourselves, that my soul is the voltage conducted through neurons and nerves, and that my spirit is my flesh.” – Ta-Nehisi Coates, “Between the World and Me” One of my earliest memories of self-consciousness was when a classmate drew a clumsy depiction of a round female...
Letter to the Editor: In response to the November 2016 issue of The Yard

Letter to the Editor: In response to the November 2016 issue of The Yard

By Jonathan Graham If The Yard magazine is supposed to be the student voice on campus, I am ashamed. I am ashamed that our student voice is so whiny, so childish, so alarmist, so weak, so underwhelming, so cowardly. I am ashamed that our student voice is so monolithic. If your echo chamber of staff...
Freshman voice: Is there even a way to miss your mom less?

Freshman voice: Is there even a way to miss your mom less?

So far I have managed to get through midterms of my first semester of college. That in itself is a major accomplishment (yes you may applaud me now). Many of the moments where I thought I would struggle most have been my strongest, and vice versa. When my parents left me behind after move-in day,...
The Yard November Issue Letter from the Editor

The Yard November Issue Letter from the Editor

God Bless America. Land that we love. “Stand beside her, and guide her, through the night with a light from above.” Irving Berlin wrote “God Bless America” in 1918 – almost 100 years ago. Lady Liberty, a sculpture representing the Roman goddess Libertas, was given to the United States as a gift from France in...
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