With Halloween just a few weeks away, I headed over to the Dollar Tree to see what I could pick up for one of my favorite holidays.
True, I am a poor college student, but I was willing to spend some money to decorate. All in all, I ended up spending a little over $4 for all the decorations in my room.
October 22, 2013 at 12:00 am
We have come to the end of what probably felt like the shortest school week of the semester. Thanks to fall break I only had two days of classes. It is hard for me to reflect on what I did this week because most of it happened over break.
I attended my first concert at Crescent Ballroom on Monday night. There I saw the lovely ladies from Haim, an all girl rock band. The Haim girls are all sisters who have been practicing music their entire lives. Now, I’m not a huge concert person, I think the last time I went to one was a year ago when I saw Rodriguez, but I had a lot of fun.
Haim at Crescent Ballroom.
October 18, 2013 at 3:00 am
The government shutdown, fiscal crisis, and threat of the US dollar losing its reserve status, has left many to wonder what the future
Wrestlemania Cage Fight: Preston Brooks uses illegal weaponry to knock out Charles Sumner. Photo courtesy Wikimedia Commons.
holds for our country.That future is pretty promising compared to what Americans thought over 150 years ago during the mid-19th century. If you think that congress is pretty crazy right now, you may want to step into the doors of the Capital on May 22, 1856.
Traditionally combat was reserved for formal armies and other skirmishes, not between the House of Representatives and the Senate. But on that day it happened in the Senate chamber when Preston Brooks caned Senator Charles Sumner. Given this was a time where gentlemen dueled for their honor; it still shows that congress has always been a bunch of maniacs who can barely agree on anything.
October 17, 2013 at 2:01 pm
Walking through the doors, visitors are greeted by a collage of photos and videos, capturing different cultures and their various musical tastes. Inside the collage, the simple quote, “Music is the language of the soul,” lines the wall, which sets the tone for the rest of the museum. When guests purchase tickets, they are also handed a small listening device and a pair of headphones.
After flicking the device on, every part of the museum comes to life. Whenever a visitor steps close enough to an exhibit, their
Photo courtesy of The Musical Instrument Museum.
headphones sync with the video playing there. Suddenly they hear the instruments surrounding the display come to life; they see the hanging costume proudly worn by a musician or dancer. Suddenly, they learn about a culture in a much more intimate way than most ever get to experience.
October 17, 2013 at 2:00 pm
“The morns are meeker than they were,The nuts are getting brown;The berry’s cheek is plumper,The rose is out of town.
The maple wears a gayer scarf,The field a scarlet gown.Lest I should be old-fashioned,I’ll put a trinket on.”“Autumn,” by Emily DickinsonA few days ago we had one of the coolest, sweetest days in the valley. The rain drizzled in the early morning when the sky was a little meek. We hit a high of 70 degrees, the breezes were blowing, and I broke out my favorite light cardigan. By midday, the sky was a beautiful blue. We don’t get too many days like that in Phoenix. We bask in the Arizona heat until our skin burns and we grow accustomed to blasting the A/C in our cars because it’s the only way to set our bodies and minds at ease. And when we turn the calendar to November (per one of my favorite websites, the Weather Channel), we’ll feel the silence of a perfectly tempered car, no air bouncing off the inside walls. No more screams of pain when our arms accidentally hit the metal part of the seat belt that we were trying to avoid in the first place. This is the Arizona version of Emily Dickinson’s “Autumn.” She spent most of her life in Massachusetts where the leaves change color before falling to the ground, the air lowers to a deeper chill, and everything seems to fade into beautiful shades of brown. Dickinson values the colors and the nature around her, as described in her poem, and wishes to welcome in the autumn weather with a trinket, a special piece of simple jewelry. For us, autumn will fade straight into winter and we may not even notice the change. But for that brief moment we will feel Arizona’s own colors change. Everything will brighten to a more muted yet vibrant hue. Autumn is coming, friends. I’m excited, are you?You can reach me at email@example.com or on Twitter @marie_eo.
October 16, 2013 at 12:45 pm
Finally, fall break is here. This is my first fall break because last year I was studying abroad in England and the university I was at didn’t have this needed mid-semester vacation. Though, I guess you can consider my entire fall semester last year as a fall break because I was hardly in class and spent most my time travelling around Europe. (I can’t really complain.) I don’t have any grand plans for this four-day respite, I’ll just be sleeping in, catching up on schoolwork and hanging out with friends.
The crazy realization for me is that when we return from fall break we will be more than halfway done with the semester — what. I’m really looking forward to this semester ending because there is truly nothing better than winter break, but that also means I’ll be closer to graduation.
October 11, 2013 at 3:00 am
The Tempe History Museum sits on the corner of Rural Road and Southern Avenue in Tempe, Ariz. The complex also features the Tempe library and community center.The space around the museum is full of shade and places to sit.The museum itself welcomes those coming in from the desert sun to take a peek at some of Tempe’s stories and, of course, it’s cool air conditioning.
Holly loves the air conditioning!
The entrance is very modern with a community room to the right, a mini gift shop, a front desk, and some
Tempe in the summer. Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.
lounge seating. The exhibit hall opens to the back right of the room and the first thing the visitor sees is an overview of what is in the main gallery. There are lots of interactive displays and large objects that the wandering eye likes to catch. The first exhibit to the left is called “Surviving the Desert,” where the visitor can learn exactly how they manage to sustain life in an area that resembles the blistering heat of hell (living in Tempe in June, July, and August makes you feel like ants under a magnifying glass in the Sahara). The exhibit itself is very informative and helps you understand that we humans did not adapt to the desert, but transformed the desert to suit our needs. Take that nature!
October 10, 2013 at 1:00 am
Last week I was lucky enough to attend a discussion led by David William Foster, professor of spanish and women and gender studies, about his latest book, “Glimpses of Phoenix” at The Arizona Latino Arts and Cultural Center. Just down the street from Taylor Place on 2nd St. and Adams St., the center’s Galeria 147 is currently featuring “Los Veteranos de Arte: A Chicano Art Legacy Tour.”
Passing by two Dia de Los Muertos statues at the entrance a few minutes before the discussion began, I walked around the gallery which featured works from José Andrés Girón, Roman P. Reyes, Mike Moroff-Burciaga and Ignacio Gomez. Each piece showcased the artists’ personal narratives of what it means to be Latino in their individual perspective. Vivid and vibrant, the paintings were captivating, but the gallery went on to display more than just traditional artwork.
October 10, 2013 at 12:00 am
Once upon a time I was a little girl growing up in the world of Disney princesses. I was always enthralled by the bright colors, beautiful dresses, and glass slippers. The idea of my own Prince Charming was more of an expectation rather than a fairy tale.
These characters were formed from the world of the Grimm brothers, who wrote hundreds of fairy tales. They are not fairy tales that necessarily include an air of uber-positive mysticism and kind, talking animals. The Grimm brothers wrote stories of girls without hands and dying farm birds alongside the stories of princesses with beautiful golden hair and heartthrob princes.
Despite the apparent lack of reality that exists in some of their stories, the inherent dilemmas and deeper meanings bring about that human quality. For that reason, everyone feels something when they experience the fairy tales and adapted stories — it’s universal.
October 9, 2013 at 1:34 pm