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“Get off the fence, and pick a side.”

As of recent, there has been a lot of talk of an often overlooked and forgotten party. A set of beliefs that vastly differs from that of Republicans or Democrats. Centrists are often mistaken for moderates, but what they are is open and considerate of traditional values and new ideas as needs of the nation change, making decisions based on evidence, not ideology.

The idea of the “political center” is generally an ideal. Candidates strive for it, but so many miss the mark and ostracize a whole segment of the voting caucus…


The Catastrophic Downfall of Teen Stars

Fame. We all kind of want it. As my fellow Novellian writer has pointed out in her article, many of us even pretend to be on talk shows, friends with, or even dating the celebrities we idolize. This is all, at least to me, just what fandom has become. With teenagers now imagining being the celebrities on talk shows or dating a celebrity, the longing to be famous is more common and seems much more attainable and pleasant than it is. If one does attain the celebrity level of fame that daydreams are made of at an early age, will…


A year and a half ago, I was sitting in my AP Biology class learning about organelles within cells. We learned about the mitochondria, ribosomes, nuclei, the Golgi apparatus, and countless other parts that make up a cell. Not a single student in the class ever questioned the credibility of our teacher or our textbooks. There were sources: videos produced by Harvard, articles by world-renowned scientists, our AP class curriculum created by professionals. We learned the material, studied, did a few labs, and took the test.

Yet here we are, a year later, and some of the same students in…


“I swear,” I said with a bright smile, speaking to the audience, guests, and Graham, “that’s exactly what happened.” I fiddled with my earring — it was a nervous tic I had ever since I decided to pierce my cartilage in an attempt to be “edgy.” Seated on the orange couch along with me were celebrities I had admired for the entirety of my youth, watching their films each weekend, reading their interviews in between classes, and (as much as I wished it was not true) watched their fan-cams on Twitter.

The crowd’s laughter filled the auditorium, and a smile…


As a 14-year-old, I spend an unreasonable amount of time on social media. I mean, probably the same amount as any other teenager in the middle of a pandemic would, but enough that even though I don’t have Tumblr or Twitter, I can recognize memes from it (mainly because Instagram is just screenshots of tweets and Tumblr posts). While I was scrolling endlessly through Instagram, you can imagine my surprise when I saw an actress openly display her rage towards Gen Z for canceling skinny jeans and side parts. As a member of Gen Z (1997–2012), I immediately wondered what…


On October 11, 1975, George Carlin would first walk through the Studio 8H door as the host of the newest show to air on NBC: Saturday Night Live. Marketed as a “comedy sketch” show, SNL would go on to give us timeless skits and catapult cast members like Seth Meyers, Adam Sandler, and John Mulaney into the limelight. Every week, SNL writers masterfully create comedic sketches based around celebrity faux pas, social media trends, and, most notably, politics.

The first President to be impersonated on SNL was Gerald Ford. Actor, Chevy Chase, would take on the role of portraying the…


A friend and I started a Feminist Union Club during our junior year at our high school with inspiration from our English teacher. We spent the summer planning, brainstorming various topics and ideas for our club. During our very first club meeting of the year, another teacher came into the classroom, uninvited, and began critiquing our discussion of our school’s dress code.

Our club came to a unanimous decision that our school’s dress code surrendered to the patriarchal narrative; however, this teacher- the one who came uninvited- disagreed. She told us that she believes school wasn’t a place for “revealing”…


It was a traditional Midwestern January day—cold, snowy, and gray—and I was sitting in my room after school pretending to read King Lear while scrolling through TikTok. A lot of people know this, but TikTok collects data more than any other app. My “for you page” is directed towards things I like, follow, and read. The majority of the videos that come up on my feed relate to Marvel fan theories, running away to New York City, teenagers with crippling social anxiety, The Graham Norton Show, and Senator Jon Ossoff from Georgia. So when a video of a girl talking…


Like many 2000s kids, I grew up listening to Taylor Swift. Her lyrics were G-Rated enough for my mom to play in the car, and the melodies were catchy enough to make me want to sing along. My old iPod only had the music video for her “Mean” (an underrated banger) on it, and I watched the video over and over and over again. I could describe it frame by frame with a fair amount of accuracy to this day. My love for Taylor Swift grew from there. I remember singing along to “22” when I was little, and when…


Growing up, I loved getting my red envelopes and sweets for Lunar New Year. I wanted to buy a mood ring, a Britney Spears CD, and a Tamagotchi, all of which my parents called a “waste of money.” Honestly, fair, but I was an American kid growing up in the 2000s. I just wanted to fit in.

Raised by immigrants in Southern California, I feel immensely grateful to have grown up surrounded by many different cultures. I love being Filipino and American. I love that my parents took us to their favorite restaurants in Los Angeles that were Peruvian, Armenian…

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