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Death by musicals

Death by musicals

Allison Galbreath

March 28, 2015


Filed under Blogs, Opinion

I know some people love musicals. They like enjoying theatrical performances and singing along with the music. Which is fine. It’s great. But for me? Musicals are terrifying. The spontaneous bursts of music that can be spouted from any number of characters at any given moment puts me on ...

Burst the comfort zone bubble

Burst the comfort zone bubble

Allison Galbreath

March 28, 2015


Filed under Columns, Opinion

A comfort zone is like a plastic bubble.Inside that bubble are everyone's routines: the people, places and activities that someone encounters on a day-to-day basis. Living inside of the bubble is good, cozy even. There’s nothing wrong with being in it.Humans create comfort zones to reduce anxi...

Aging should inspire growth, resilience — not terror

Allison Galbreath

March 22, 2015


Filed under Columns, Opinion

It’s ironic that people are both simultaneously afraid of dying and afraid of getting older.Think about this for a minute.Afraid of death. But afraid of getting older. One would think that in a society so terrified of dying, it would celebrate the elderly and prize older generations. But that’s not t...

Cons of Cosmetic Surgery

Cons of Cosmetic Surgery

Allison Galbreath

March 22, 2015


Filed under Blogs, Opinion

Plastic surgery is one of the most astonishing accomplishments in the medical world. It basically allows people to alter their body in a way that's closer to what they desire to look and feel like. This is both amazing and frightening. Never before can people feel more comfortable in their skin....

It takes all sorts of intelligence to make a world

It takes all sorts of intelligence to make a world

Allison Galbreath

March 16, 2015


Filed under Columns, Opinion

In our technology-obsessed society, people may have a hard time considering themselves intelligent if they don't have an affinity for math or science. But in reality, the definition of intelligence is “a capacity for learning, reasoning, understanding, and similar forms of mental activity.” Now...

A distinct type of social outcast

A distinct type of social outcast

Allison Galbreath

March 15, 2015


Filed under Blogs, Opinion

Because this is a subject long debated, I thought I’d give my views of the differences between a nerd, geek, dork and dweeb. This is a matter of serious importance as it is critical to properly classify and segregate people into further categories and subcategories.Geek: someone almost specialized and/o...

Overvaluing beauty diminishes people’s best traits

Overvaluing beauty diminishes people’s best traits

Allison Galbreath

March 8, 2015


Filed under Columns, Opinion

“You know, if you wore makeup, you’d be really pretty!” Believe it or not, I've actually heard this comment, or some variation of it, more times than I care to count. I’m sure that, for the most part, the people who have said this to me didn't intend to insult me. But they did.It’s no...

How to study

How to study

Allison Galbreath

March 8, 2015


Filed under Blogs, Opinion

At a certain time during the semester, there comes the inevitable, soul-crushing exam. Since everyone must face this horrid beast, proper preparation is key. Here are some helpful tips to prepare anyone for any type of exam, from Physics to History. Don’t worry about all that nonsense of star...

The awkward ambiguity of friendship

The awkward ambiguity of friendship

Allison Galbreath

March 1, 2015


Filed under Columns, Opinion

Ah, relationships. They make life worthwhile, don’t they?And I don't mean just romantic relationships here. Although those are great. I’m actually talking about all types of relationships: from familial to romantic to friendships. They all have the potential to provide support, comfort, understan...

Why nice guys actually finish last

Why nice guys actually finish last

Allison Galbreath

March 1, 2015


Filed under Blogs, Opinion

Too often have I heard the bitter complaint, “nice guys always finish last”. And who is to blame for this terrible mistreatment? Girls. It's because, of course, girls are always choosing the wrong guys. The jock, the jerk, the bad boy, the musician. . . Because clearly all of these types...

Celebrity culture detracts from reality

Celebrity culture detracts from reality

Allison Galbreath

February 22, 2015


Filed under Columns, Opinion

I love the entertainment industry. I honestly don’t know what I’d do without my favorite fictional characters. I’d be bored without trying to solve murders alongside the intelligent, discerning Sherlock Holmes. I wouldn't be as happy without the hilariously witty Spider-Man. I wouldn'...

Not a pessimist, a realist

Not a pessimist, a realist

Allison Galbreath

February 22, 2015


Filed under Blogs, Opinion

Answer me this: Is the glass half-full or half-empty? Apparently, the answer to this question can indicate whether someone is an optimist or a pessimist. Both views, in extremes, can be somewhat unhealthy. Extreme optimism can be blind, as only seeing the positive can often leave one un...

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