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Why Rihanna’s Hairstyle Matters: A Look at the Beauty Standard

(Elaine Vilorio)– The ideal woman, as portrayed by our media, has straight hair and a light skin tone. Unsurprisingly, this beauty standard is hardest to achieve among non-white women, particularly … Continue reading

November 30, 2013 · 2 Comments

The “Amherst Agency”

(Elaine Vilorio)– I am fascinated by people. It’s unsurprising, then, that my favorite poem is about and titled “People.” In it, Russian poet Yevgeny Yevtushenko writes the most genuine and poignant … Continue reading

October 27, 2013 · 2 Comments

The Deconstruction of First-Year, Sub-Free Housing

(Elaine Vilorio)– There are many myths surrounding the culture of first-year, substance-free dormitories, particularly among the first-years who don’t live in them. Maybe it has to do with the fact … Continue reading

September 28, 2013 · 8 Comments

My Two-Year Hairnniversary

(Elaine Vilorio)– When I was six years old, my mother, a mostly White Hispanic woman with wavy hair, had had enough with my wiry curls. My hair was an obvious … Continue reading

September 6, 2013 · 2 Comments

Musings from a Sick Girl: Trust

(Elaine Vilorio)– It’s daytime and I’m taking “nighttime cold and flu relief” medicine; the brand is Rite Aid because it’s cheaper than your more popular brands and has the same … Continue reading

August 16, 2013 · 1 Comment

The First-Generation American’s Responsibility

(Elaine Vilorio)– I sat in a sea of Dominican-American students; they all waved Dominican flags and smiled for the cameras. They were so proud of where they came from. I … Continue reading

August 4, 2013 · 11 Comments
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