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Wild adventures of a sex columnist reach climax

Wild adventures of a sex columnist reach climax

Sophia Xepoleas

May 10, 2015


Filed under Features

“You’re the new sex columnist, right?” I blushed, forcing an uncomfortable smile, and simply replied, “Yes, I am.” While anxiously awaiting my classmate’s response, I couldn’t help but feel judged. As she extended her hand toward me to reach for a handshake, she delivered a ...

Upbringing affects romantic relationships

Upbringing affects romantic relationships

Sophia Xepoleas

May 5, 2015


Filed under Features

I am at the age where I’m noticing more than ever that people are a direct product of their environment. The way we think, the way we communicate, our beliefs and our morals all stem from our influences. Although complex and rather subconscious, a child’s individuality is a direct reflection ...

Clinton presidency could galvanize millennial generation

Clinton presidency could galvanize millennial generation

Sophia Xepoleas

April 28, 2015


Filed under Columns, Opinion

Twenty bucks says Hillary Clinton wins the 2016 presidential election just because she’s a woman, but ends up marking a significant turning point in America’s history. Before deciding I’m just another overly opinionated feminist who lacks academic merit, let me explain the reasoning beh...

Adult playgrounds: A glance at sex toys

Adult playgrounds: A glance at sex toys

Sophia Xepoleas

April 26, 2015


Filed under Features

I felt like a kid in a candy store. They came in different shapes and sizes and my options seemed endless. It was a playground full of enticing paraphernalia, and it was a sex columnist’s dream. Sex shops embrace the social taboo and offers items for any niche or fetish. I have visited a handful of...

Sex in society: Stigmas and realities

Sex in society: Stigmas and realities

Sophia Xepoleas

April 19, 2015


Filed under Features

I am a female sex columnist for a college newspaper and am fully aware of the implications intertwined with my title. When I tell people what I do, some awkwardly giggle. A few commend me on my willingness to discuss a provocative subject. What these people have in common is their assumption that I ...

Morning sex: The best kind of breakfast in bed

Morning sex: The best kind of breakfast in bed

Sophia Xepoleas

April 14, 2015


Filed under Features

Your eyes are just starting to open, and your mind is just waking up. You roll around in an attempt to collect your last comfortable moments in bed and decide to indulge in some spoon action with your partner. You’ve just had enough time to say hello to the day when you realize it isn’t the only thing you’re ...

Love and friendships: A balancing act

Love and friendships: A balancing act

Sophia Xepoleas

April 6, 2015


Filed under Features

I was head over heels in love. It was finally here, the moment I had been waiting for and never believed would arrive. I was completely enamored with this boy I could now call my own, and nothing else mattered. I spent every spare moment in his presence, and although we fought more than we got al...

‘Hook-up’ apps: Taking a swipe at online dating

‘Hook-up’ apps: Taking a swipe at online dating

Sophia Xepoleas

March 31, 2015


Filed under Features

I sat in a crowded room full of drunken pickup lines and sexual tension only to find myself fixated on my phone and uninterested in the company surrounding me. It was like a drug, I couldn’t stop. And the more I did it, the more I wanted to continue. When you find yourself on a dating app at...

Diary of a pair of twins

Diary of a pair of twins

Sophia Xepoleas

March 23, 2015


Filed under Features

It's hot, muggy and crowded in here. Our owner only lets us out for fresh air a couple of times a day, and when it’s hot out, we can barely stand to be stuck inside of our enclosure. We just hang here day in and day out, sometimes with no support whatsoever. And the worst part is — strange, cre...

Putting up walls can thwart real emotional connection

Putting up walls can thwart real emotional connection

Sophia Xepoleas

March 16, 2015


Filed under Features

Your 20s are an interesting time. So far, my experience has proven to be one of immense personal growth and understanding. But I recently ran into a conflict when I became close with a group of guys that live a few apartments down. This relationship quickly evolved from small talk between strangers...

Etiquette lesson: Having sex while roommates are home

Etiquette lesson: Having sex while roommates are home

Sophia Xepoleas

March 9, 2015


Filed under Features

Your hormones are raging, your blood is pumping and you're ready to go. You're about to be taken down a road of sexual exploration and are nothing short of pumped. You're about to enter pound town. Population: you and your plus one. But then it dawns on you. Your roommates are home. Roommates ...

Coming to grips: They’re just not that into you

Coming to grips: They’re just not that into you

Sophia Xepoleas

March 2, 2015


Filed under Features

There seems to be a sweeping epidemic in the world of prospective dating. I’m referring to the blatant obliviousness that occurs when people refuse to see what is right in front of their eyes. We all have those friends who do not get it. They wait around for a text all day and when it never ...

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