Tag / commonplace

  • April 17, 2017 - mh9868a

    Commonplace 13: The Boston Marathon

    The Boston Marathon is a big deal in my family. My dad has attended every year for twenty years. He always stands outside of Marathon Sports, his favorite store, and watches runners cross the finish line. (The only year in twenty years his boss would not let him go was 2013, thank God.) He used […]

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  • April 11, 2017 - mh9868a

    Commonplace 12: S-Town and Dupont Circle

    In his series S-Town, journalist Brian Reed of This American Life radio describes the small, rural town of Woodstock AL to give listeners a view of the world of John B. McLemore. Woodstock, AL is a town in Bibb County which is about forty miles from Birmingham. John’s family has lived in Woodstock for generations. […]

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  • American University has put gender neutral bathrooms in nearly all of the university’s buildings. The university has taken this step in an effort to be inclusive to all of its student body. The sign on the door pictured above is what is displayed on every gender inclusive bathroom door on campus. The sign explains what […]

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  • In my US Society class we had to find a sociological academic journal and write about it (Sounds familiar, right?). I chose an article about gender nonconformity in preschool age children in Maine (obviously I chose a study from New England). In her study “No Way My Boys are Going to be Like That,” Emily […]

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  • March 22, 2017 - mh9868a

    Commonplace 9: Halloween at Yale

    In my Cross Cultural Communications class this week we read Conor Friedersdorf’s article for the Atlantic called “The New Intolerance of Student Activism.” The article explains how administrators at Yale sent out an email to students suggesting what costumes they should avoid that Halloween. The intention of the administration was to deter any potentially demeaning […]

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  • Two weeks ago I was super excited to go on spring break. I wanted to go out with my friends in beautiful weather. I thought, perhaps we can go for a hike in the mountains or spend a morning at the beach. We could go to every ice cream stand we can think of and […]

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  • March 9, 2017 - mh9868a

    Commonplace 7: Coping with Failure

    In his story “Worstward Ho,” Nobel prize winning writer Samuel Beckett once wrote, “Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.” The idea of failing better is interesting because as a successful writer, one would not consider the fact that Beckett failed at some point in his life or career. However, […]

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  • March 1, 2017 - mh9868a

    Commonplace 6: Somewhere in America

    “Somewhere in America there is a child sitting at his mother’s computer reading the homepage of the KKK’s website that’s open to the public but that child will have never read To Kill a Mockingbird because the school has banned it for its use of the ‘N’ word. Maya Angelou is prohibited because we are […]

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  • February 23, 2017 - mh9868a

    Commonplace 5: New England Rhetoric

    All semester we have been discussing the rhetoric of cities and buildings. I have researched about Dupont Circle to discover the norms of the area. This research really had me thinking about the rhetoric back home in New Hampshire. The more I learn about DC, the more I realize how unique a lot of things […]

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  • February 10, 2017 - mh9868a

    Commonplace 4: Aziz Ansari and Casual Racism

    There’s like this new, lower-case K.K.K. movement that started — this kind of casual white supremacy. “Oh, let me put my foot in the pool and see how cold this water really is.” -Aziz Ansari, SNL Popular comedian Aziz Ansari delivered Saturday Night Live’s cold open the day after President Trump’s inauguration. In his speech […]

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