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    I chose to recite Desdemona’s lines (1.3.208-218) from the play Othello by William Shakespeare. From the recitation I learned that the lines are sometimes separated differently than how the flow of the sentences w

    Othello Recording

    I chose to recite Desdemona's lines (1.3.208-218) from the play Othello by William Shakespeare. From the recitation I learned that the lines are sometimes separated differently than how the flow of the sentences would go if you were naturally saying the...

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    Step One

     

    Desdemona

    1.3.208-218

    My noble father,

    Dear Dad,

    I do perceive here a divided duty:

    I have a duty to you, but a duty to another:

    To you I am bound for life and education;

    You have given me

    Iago Sucks: A Closer Reading of Othello

    Step One   Desdemona 1.3.208-218 My noble father, Dear Dad, I do perceive here a divided duty: I have a duty to you, but a duty to another: To you I am bound for life and education; You have given me life and education My life and education...

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    Modern Utah counterculture isn’t the only example of rebelling against the norm. There have been many examples of this throughout history, and they all have something in common: a strong, conservative culture to r

    A Brief History of Counterculture in America

    Modern Utah counterculture isn’t the only example of rebelling against the norm. There have been many examples of this throughout history, and they all have something in common: a strong, conservative culture to rebel against. When looking at American...

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    Zoe commented on the post, Voices

    Jack, interesting article! It really is weird to think about the voice inside your head, It controls you and you don’t even realize it. I totally see what you’re saying about the homework. My inner voice used to always tell me to do an assignment, but now I just don’t see the point. You aren’t alone there. Thanks for your article, looking forwards…Read More

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    Zoe commented on the post, The Hegemonic Myth

    Tess, this was a really interesting article. I knew that sexism has been internalized in us from an early age, I just wasn’t sure exactly why. The studies and data that you showed was really surprising, but sad. It would be interesting to hear from you what parents can do to instill equality into their children from a young age. It would also be…Read More

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    To understand counterculture in Utah more thoroughly, I asked Utahns for their opinions through an anonymous survey. When the survey was done, I had finished with 75 participants. The questions I asked were: Are

    What other Utahns think of our Counterculture

    To understand counterculture in Utah more thoroughly, I asked Utahns for their opinions through an anonymous survey. When the survey was done, I had finished with 75 participants. The questions I asked were: Are you of the LDS faith?...

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    For my second part, I will be focusing on how counterculture arose in Utah. To fully understand the counterculture, we must first look at the primary culture of Utah. Utah was first civilized by Native Americans

    Understanding how Counter-Culture Arose in Utah

    For my second part, I will be focusing on how counterculture arose in Utah. To fully understand the counterculture, we must first look at the primary culture of Utah. Utah was first civilized by Native Americans until the Mormon...

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    Brooklyn, this is an interesting subject. At Judge, the girls and boys wear the same uniform (different models for gender but still same idea), so there is no gender enforced uniform for those who don’t identify with a gender, however I have personally seen boys wearing shorts so short that if girls were to wear them, they would definitely be…Read More

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    Zoe commented on the post, ISO Giovanni

    Abigail, this is so beautiful! It is a great example of a short and sweet poem describing the beauty of nature. I really like “orchestral raindrops”, it creates a great visual of rain falling into a perfect melody. You are really good with imagery and I look forwards to seeing your next poems.

  • Edward, I completely agree with your stance on overprotective parenting. I have personally seen the affects of overprotective parenting resulting in their kids lashing out and having a complete and dangerous rebellion. Although this isn’t factual, an interesting idea was brought up in the newest season of Black Mirror on Netflix where a child can…Read More

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    Zoe commented on the post, Where I Am From

    Autumn, I really enjoyed reading this. It was a cool and creative look into your personal family life and I love the way you formatted it. Being in a home of love is something so beautiful and warm and your poem really conveyed how it feels. Thank you for this piece, looking forwards to hearing more from you.

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    I really enjoyed reading this. Police brutality is one of the biggest problems facing America right now, and I really appreciate how you used your creativity to address such an important issue. Like Emma said, it is very frustrating when people refuse to accept that there is so much racism in our world today when there are news articles of Black…Read More

  • Bella,
    Really cool post! Something I would be interested in you writing a bit more about: is the “Boasting about it as some sort of badge of honor”. I have noticed a surge on social media of self depreciational humor and the oh so casual “this makes me want to kill myself” posts. Something really scary about this is the reaction that it receives:…Read More

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    Someone looking at Utah from the outside in knows it to be a state ruled by the LDS church. Mormonism in Utah has been a punchline of multiple tv shows and the subject of a major Broadway musical “The Book of

    Salt Lake City Counterculture: Genuine or a Result of Mormon Rebellion?

      Someone looking at Utah from the outside in knows it to be a state ruled by the LDS church. Mormonism in Utah has been a punchline of multiple tv shows and the subject of a major Broadway musical “The...

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  • Tyler, this was really eye opening and sad to me because where I’m from, gun violence isn’t a problem. We have lost a lot of people to suicide, but I can’t imagine loosing friends more frequently. I don’t know how you guys deal with that. I hope that Philadelphia does something about gun violence because this is unacceptable. You should do a piece…Read More

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    Sofia, I’m glad that you approached this issue. A question that I have is that if Utah had a government dedicated to conserving the environment, would it be okay to have these lands in the hands of the state? Or is there still an advantage to having lands be nationally protected? It would be interesting to hear a stance on this hypothetical…Read More

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    Thank you for this article. I have minor OCD and it bothers me to no end when people misuse the term OCD. Luckily, my OCD doesn’t take over my life and I’m able to sometimes control my rituals, but for those who have it worse off, it ruins their lives and this is why I too find it offensive when people misuse the term. Thanks for the post!

  • Isaac, I believe that we as a generation abuse alcohol and drugs more than past generations because it has been ingrained in us from a young age whilst watching movies and TV shows that depict teens drinking and doing drugs that as teenagers, this is what we are supposed to do. I think that before, teens would do these things because it was fun…Read More

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    If you’ve been on the news recently and been able to get past the news about Trump’s administration and all of the sexual assault allegations, you’ve probably heard that the US is facing an Opioid crisis. With all

    The Opioid Epidemic: How Bad is it Really and How do we Solve it?

    If you've been on the news recently and been able to get past the news about Trump's administration and all of the sexual assault allegations, you've probably heard that the US is facing an Opioid crisis. With all of...

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    • Hi Zoe! your post was very informational and interesting to me because it taught me a lot about the opioid epidemic. I never knew how big of a role Fentanyl played in addiction. Your point about prescription drugs being easily accessible was relatable because I had plenty of extra pills left over from my surgery that would be dangerous if I or someone in my family wanted them. Your solutions were also very practicable and would not take multiple generations to implement them. I can’t wait to read your next post!

    • Dear Zoe,

      I found your post year interesting and insightful. I agree with you that the opioid epidemic and the drug crisis are real problems and we should be working towards a solution. There are a lot of different informational videos and articles to delve deeper into this topic, and I think you would find them interesting!

      Here is a link to a youtube video from Kurzgesagt about the war on drugs. It is very interesting and provides a new solution/perspective on the war on drugs!

      Also you should check out Macklemore’s song called “Drug Dealer”. It talks all about the abuse of pharmaceuticals and the problem with big drug agencies distributing these addictive drugs!

    • Dear Zoe, I agree with you and think that this is a serious issue that claims many lives that people are just overlooking. My dad is a doctor and has mentioned that he doesn’t think medication (especially opioids) should be used unless it is completly necessary. Opioids are extremely addicting to all people and it starts from a legal prescription most of the time. I think that if people knew more about the dangerous effects of opioids they may not take them as often or carelessly, even if they are prescribed. Overall you are right because there is alot that we could do about it but most of the efforts are underfunded and uneffective so i think people will have to take personal initiative. There are lots of articles saying that legalization of pot is a way to help with this crisis

      Check out this article if you want to know more about that:
      http://www.rollingstone.com/culture/news/medical-pot-is-our-best-hope-to-fight-the-opioid-epidemic-w513653

    • Hi Zoe,

      This piece is fantastic for highlighting this problem. I really appreciate that you are trying to raise the issue into the light a little bit, because I completely agree that it is totally overlooked. It is particularly striking when you say “they handed me a prescription for Percocet like it was no big deal, not to mention the large amount of pills that came in the prescription.” My mom is a pharmacist, and she talks about this issue all the time. A big problem is that the drug experts, pharmacists, cannot alter prescriptions in any way, so they must fill the prescription the doctor writes for a patient unless they want to delay the patient receiving the drugs and scheduling an appointment with the doctors, which makes the patient mad, and in some cases, makes them suffer, since they are often truly in pain and need the drugs. This means that a doctor is simply allowed to give anyone with a toothache opioids, and do just that far too often. Opioids are getting easier and easier to get for the average joe, but harder and harder to get for the addicted. It’s a vicious cycle, and Fentanyl was a sharpened knife. It’s a terrifying drug, and it’s ridiculously easy to obtain. Check out this article about how a couple were found with enough Fentanyl to wipe out New York City: https://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/local/Fentanyl-Bust-Heroin-NYC-Biggest-Ever-445568863.html

      Thank you again for addressing this issue.

      Hunter

    • Zoe, this was a very insightful essay, and I think the topic is very relevant in today’s world. It is very interesting to hear that doctors caused one of the largest growing problems in America today. I think you’ve listed some very viable solutions. The hard thing will be implementing them and fixing a system that has been broken for a long time. I am curious to know what demographic of people is most effected by this crisis. Is it teens? Young adults? Older generations? The homeless? I think you could write a very good essay comparing the effects and statistics comparing these groups of people and how opioids effect their livelihood.
      Tess

    • Zoe,

      The opioid problem in America is a horrible issue that I, too, agree needs to be more recognized. I love how you pulled in factual evidence to make your argument stronger, and how you closed your essay addressing the problem, but also with a sense of hope for the cause. I can tell that you put time in what you wrote, and your piece is very persuasive. This really hit home especially since Utah has one of the highest rates of opioid overdose/usage. I, personally, know many people who struggle or have struggled with this issue, and I am happy someone took time to address the situation. (:

      Jenessa

  • Lindsay, I liked your post. I would like to address your final paragraph. I definitely agree. I recently came across a post on twitter about a group of white teenagers who dressed up as native Americans for Halloween. The post was a Native American calling out these people, saying how what they were wearing is sacred and should not be worn as…Read More

  • Hello. I politely disagree with your statement. When one opposes kneeling for the national anthem, I ask them this, “If kneeling during a song is the wrong way to protest, What is the right way? What is a less violent way to peacefully protest than simply kneeling?”. If you have a thought on how those with a large audience and an important voice,…Read More

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    There comes a time in life when one has to figure out what they want to do for the rest of their lives; a time when your childhood dream of becoming a real life mermaid has to change to something a bit more

    The Legitimacy of Artistic Careers

    There comes a time in life when one has to figure out what they want to do for the rest of their lives; a time when your childhood dream of becoming a real life mermaid has to change to...

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    • Zoe,
      I love this post so much because I can relate to it a lot. I want to be a jazz singer and maybe gig and tour for a career when I am older, but all anyone seems to care about when I tell them what I wanna do is how much money I will make. Sure, having money can take away the stress of financial instability, but having a passion and pursuing it is true happiness. I know it sounds cheesy, but that is why I loved the movie La La Land so much, because it showed the struggle of working hard at your passions in order to obtain that happiness. Overall, great post, I loved its relatability and your take on the subject.

    • Zoe,
      I find this post really interesting as my older brother just gave up on his dream to be a professional artist. Too many people put the image of a starving artist in his head, and he couldn’t handle it. Financial security was too important to him. From the looks of it, you have a stronger resolve. There are definitely ways to make money in graphic design and art, and it seems like you are ready for any hardships that may ensue. Don’t give up on your art, there are more thriving artists than people like to let on.

    • Dear Zoe:
      I love everything what you post about. It was interesting to me read about that what you write. I’m want to be artist so I heart about that the art is frowned upon. I’m totally agree with you.

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    Portland, Oregon: One of the most liberal cities in America. There are Black Lives Matter posters posted in apartment widows, feminist bookstores, recycling bins everywhere; you get the point. Meanwhile, in places

    Why are Small Rural Cities More Conservative Than Big Cities?

    Portland, Oregon: One of the most liberal cities in America. There are Black Lives Matter posters posted in apartment widows, feminist bookstores, recycling bins everywhere; you get the point. Meanwhile, in places such as my Grandma's house in a...

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    • Zoe, interesting view of why cities have developed the way that they do. I think to an extent, you are right, however, I don’t think it is right to assume that sympathy comes totally from experience or to say that conservatives lack sympathy. There’s a trend that I agree exists, but I am curious to how outliers come to be. For example, I’d love to hear your thoughts on why conservatives remain conservative in big cities. Perhaps it is due to age and the mindset they were raised with? Or maybe there are genetic factors as well? Well written article and definitely made me think!

  • Billy, this is a great article because it goes to show that we need to fight climate change like it is a war. I think that there isn’t enough focus on this topic, especially with how the president is pushing it aside and denying its existence. I wasn’t aware of the statistic that the global temperature will increase so much within the next hundred…Read More

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    Zoe commented on the post, I Am Who I Am

    Ying, I was attracted to your shadow box because of how artistic and creative it was. When I read why you chose all of those things, I loved it even more. My favorite thing you have is the butterflies. I love the metaphor that you have for that. I am so excited for you to continue your life journey and hopefully it will take you and your sister to Paris!

  • Nick, I think you made a lot of great points. Something that makes America great is our diversity and what we can all bring to the table when we come from all different places and walks of life. I feel as though we as Americans take our freedom of press, speech, and assembly for granted. It is a really great thing to be able to say what is on your…Read More

  • Bronwen, this was a very interesting post. I know personally that a lot of my ideals and attitudes about the world come from my mom and dad. I wonder if the reason that there is still racism and bigotry in the millenial generation is because their ideas are just brainwashed into them from their parents. You might want to look into this article…Read More

  • This was a very eye opening article that not only made me realize the bias in our history classes but also how little I know about ethnic studies. I remember going into my sophomore year of high school excited to take “World History”. I was looking forwards to learning about ancient Egypt and the Chinese dynasties, but soon realized that I would…Read More

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    Think of all the inspiring movies you know about a rags to riches story; Someone that came from nothing and became a desirable millionaire. Unfortunately, these movies are mere fantasy. According to CNN Money, 70

    The Lower the Social Class, the Lower the Opportunities

    Think of all the inspiring movies you know about a rags to riches story; Someone that came from nothing and became a desirable millionaire. Unfortunately, these movies are mere fantasy. According to CNN Money, 70 percent of those born...

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    • All of those movies of rags to riches stories remind people at some point that what is happening is a 1/1000 kind of thing. It’s hard to get out of lower socio-economic classes, sure, but we knew that, and due to social changes it’s actually been getting easier for these individuals to progress throughout the class system. Say in the 1880’s an individual wanted to make a better life for their family, well that would’ve been much harder comparatively to if they tried today, and instead of say having a 30% chance of making it into what they would’ve considered the middle class, it would’ve been closer to 10%. Now this may seem like a lot of people who cant progress in life but you have to realize that these people were content with what they had most the time, despite that being little to nothing, and most of them had nobody to help them progress in society, now we have organizations completely dedicated to helping these kinds of people. In every society throughout history there have been poverty stricken people, because that’s completely inevitable, but that isn’t always because of other people. I see how you’ve recognized that there are scholarship opportunities, and that people who go to college tend to get out from below the poverty line more easily, but there are plenty of people who go to college and do absolutely nothing with their degree, and most of these people are from lower income families. This wouldn’t start a chain reaction, people would miraculously become more wealthy, because that’s just not how things work, and if they are able to get above the poverty line then they’ll inevitably push someone else below it, because without stepping on the backs of others there cannot be any progress, and we’ve seen this by some of the most famous people in history. Most individuals do know about these programs, because nowadays colleges advertise their scholarship programs heavily. One of my best friends lives with her father, who recently got into a divorce. Their family is completely impoverished and they make on average $20,000 a year, yet somehow shes been climbing her way through society. She was home schooled up until the age of 18, by her crazy christian mother, and she got an education that she considers almost meaningless, but when she was younger she would go to the public library and read whenever she could, or pick up books from donation centers. She was accepted into a community college last year (Lansing Community College), and while she went their she got a job at Tim Horton’s, to raise money for if she made it into a university, earlier this year she was accepted to Grand Valley, which is a university close to Grand Rapids, Michigan. She’s making her way through the ranks in society, not because things were easy or handed to her, and not because someone walked her through step by step on how to obtain a college scholarship, but because she was determined to do so.

    • I really like your post, it’s an interesting one and that it really affects our society. A sentence that stands out for me is “Keep in mind, the 30 percent don’t make it to be rich and famous, but just barely make it to the middle class”, because people think that one day they will be rich or they have this idea that they can be famous but that is not happening. Only if you fight, have a higher degree of education and have the support you can make it.

    • Dear Zoe,
      I am happy about your post “The Lower the Social Class, the Lower the Opportunities” because, I grew up and lived in the inner city and I really wasn’t exposed to scholarships or opportunities outside that would benefit me, until I made it to junior year of high school. And even now as a senior I still don’t know much about programs or scholarships that could help me get into college. One thing you said that stood out to me was, “I’m aware of programs that offer scholarships and free applications to those who are in need of it, but the main issue is the lack of information about these programs.” This stood out to me because, I can personally relate to this as all I was taught was to get a job or go to college but I was never informed on programs that can make me pay less or get a full ride into college. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because if they relate to education or helping the inner city youth then I’ll look up more of your post.

    • Dear Zoe:
      I am aware of what is happening. I agree that we should do something to teach people that they can go to college even if they have no money. Your post stands out to me because I have seen many people that have not gone to college because they have no money. I do agree with your post because it is really sad that a lot of kids don’t get to go to college. One reason I say this is because many people have the opportunity to go to college and they don’t go to college. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next.

    • Zoe,
      I really enjoyed this because it relates to my community. I agree with a lot of your main points, especially with the fact that there isn’t a lot of information on these programs. I hope I get to read another piece from you.

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