What it’s like to grow up as a Third-Culture-Kid in Saudi Arabia

  It was Orientation Week at Virginia Tech, and a pivotal moment. It was not only my induction into the world of university, but also my re-integration into life “stateside.” My group’s (stereotypically obnoxious) “Orientation Leader” instructed us to sit…

How I turned a short-term volunteer trip into a full-fledged life abroad 

BY: ELSA THOMASMA Life as I knew it changed forever when I stepped foot in the Philippines for the very first time. My eyes were opened, my senses invigorated, and my mind introduced to a country, people, and culture that I never could…

A hundred nude women will protest against Trump at the Republican Convention

BY: MIROSLAV TOMOSKI When New York photographer Spencer Tunick announced his latest project, titled Everything She Says Means Everything, he received an overwhelming response from women who were willing to pose nude in front of the Quicken Loans Center in…

Psychedelic science has found a better way to treat depression with the help of magic mushrooms

BY: MIROSLAV TOMOSKI It may still be a few years before daytime advertising tells us to ask our doctors about shrooms, but a team of scientists in the UK is trying to prove that psychedelics can do much more than…

These journalists are cutting through the bullshit and fear mongering of today’s media

BY: Victoria Heath For people who actually want to “change the world,” or at least stop themselves from making it shittier, news today is extremely frustrating. It’s primarily negative, full of the same pointless rhetoric, and riddled with bickering hosts…

Arctic birds are becoming reality T.V. stars in an effort to raise awareness and educate

BY: CAROLINE ROLF Almost 100,000 sea birds flock to the island of Hornoya in Finnmark county every summer to mate, nest and hatch their eggs in hopes that a new generation of birds will take flight come the fall. The…

This company wants you to “eat your beer” and stop wasting so much damn food

BY: CAROLINE ROLF Did you know that six-pack of cheap beer you sucked back last weekend created about a pound of waste in the making? After barley or other grains are soaked in breweries, the liquid is extracted to create…

How a city monk taught me to silence the outside world and listen to myself

By: Adrian Smith Photos by: Eric Zdancewicz Those who want can now use meditation apps on their smartphones to help them meditate at home or in the office. Apps like Headspace, Meditation Time and Breathe guide users through mindfulness techniques,…

The last “witch” in Europe was beheaded, only to have her name cleared 226 years later

BY: CAROLINE ROLF  Anna Göldi, a maidservant in the small alpine region of Glarus, was beheaded in 1782 for being a witch after she confessed after torture to visiting with the devil and poisoning the daughter of her employer. 234…

Students and inmates are becoming sustainable farmers due to a new urban gardening initiative

By: Jocelyn Schwalm After volunteering on farms around the world, Jenny Spring decided to return to her hometown of Huntsville to give starting her own farm a try. The Spring Farm is a locally run urban farm owned by Jenny…

America’s national parks are sacrificing sacred space in exchange for corporate funding

BY: M. TOMOSKI This August, the National Parks Service (NPS) will be celebrating its 100th anniversary. With over 400 parks, monuments, and conservation areas across the United States, the NPS is responsible for some of the country’s most popular tourist…

The Ultimate Field Guide to becoming an au pair

By: Jocelyn Schwalm If you’re currently a broke student who has wondered how to travel the world with minimal to no cost, you’re most likely not against the idea of living in a stranger’s home to raise their children for…

This filmmaker sheds light on the poor treatment of foreign farmers in Canada

BY: CAROLINE ROLF For more than 50 years, migrant workers come to Canada to tend to our fields, work in our orchards and toil inside our greenhouses. We may put a lot of thought into what produce we’re putting on…

The books that were once banned in America illustrate how social norms have progressed

  BY: JESSICA BEUKER Every year there are challenges made against certain pieces of literature. People fight to have books removed from school curriculums, classrooms, libraries, and even bookstores. The biggest reasons for challenges made against books are topics of…

Was Queen Victoria a borderline nymphomaniac?

  BY: Victoria Heath This past weekend, millions of maple-loving Canadians celebrated Queen Victoria by frolicking in parks, playing hockey in the streets, and eating poutine in their cottages— basically, by being ideal Canadians. Most Canadians, however, have no idea…

Could empathy be creating more global suffering?

  BY: JESSICA BEUKER   Most people would agree that empathy – the capacity to understand or feel what another is experiencing by placing yourself in their position – is an inherently good quality. After all, the more we empathize…

This secret prison in America proves that we haven’t learned from our past.

BY: M. TOMOSKI Illustration by: Ryan Garcia / The Plaid Zebra It’s a fine line to walk between tin-foil hats and hard facts whenever you hear the words “the government is hiding something.” In most cases, these are the people who…

You’re right, we should be teaching mindfulness and meditation in schools. 

  BY: Adrian Smith When I consider how positively mindfulness affects my psyche and my overall mental wellness, I’m often left wondering why our education system doesn’t teach mind-body training in schools. Mindfulness, a term first coined by biologist Jon…

We’d benefit a lot from talking through the issues that affect our (mental and physical) health

BY: Adrian Smith  My friend’s sister recently learned she suffers from anxiety, like so many in their early 20s do. While explaining to me her experience, he stressed how important she finds talking to others about what she deals with…

This Oregon community will vote has voted to ban the greedy bottled water industry from taking its water

  By: Jack M. Hood River County (population, 20,000) is a sleepy community in picturesque Oregon with a total area of just over 500 square miles, making it one of the smallest counties in Oregon State. Situated in the Columbia…