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The Trick is to Keep Breathing

By: Brittany McCallum

“The Trick is to Keep Breathing” is an interesting story of a woman dealing with clinical depression. The story is told through her thoughts. It is very different from most novels, allowing the readers to connect with the characters mind. Readers feel like they are wearing the shoes of the main character by reading exactly what the character is thinking.

The novel, “The Trick is to Keep Breathing”, is written by Janice Galloway. The author chose a unique style of writing. The text is in different fonts, different font sizes and some sentences run off the page. Galloway chose this style to show that it is not supposed to be read like a regular book. She wanted her readers to know that they are reading the main characters thoughts. Galloway was successful using a different writing style. The style was realistic.Galloway does an outstanding job representing how serious expectations from society can affect a person, especially women. One theme shown he novel is body image. Women cannot escape the pressure of how they are supposed to look.

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I better do my blog post

by: Ansley Prior

As a partial art student I often get criticism from family, friends and strangers alike who don’t see art as a credible profession (let alone something to be wasting perfectly good tuition money on). And while many skip the arts section of the paper, I typically skip everything else, because honestly I would rather read about some creativity than skim over the latest projected stock prices. So to all of you haters out there, this one’s for you:

An article from today’s art section of the New York Times caught my eye. A Plan to Spur Growth Away From Haiti’s Capital presents a new plan to redistribute large parts of the population in Port-au-Prince to smaller cities throughout the country; ones that have a lower risk of being effected by a natural disaster. According to urban planner Leslie Voltaire if a balance is not restored to the region, suffering will only get worse. Spreading the population equals less crime, opportunities for the growth of agriculture and increased tourism.

All of this brought to you by a group of urban planners, who in some way or another started as art students… and while urban planning is not my area of expertise, it is art, and art can change the world.

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Weekly Reading Blog Mo Hnatiuk

This week I read an article from the New York Times titled Lament for a Dying Field: Photojournalism.

As an aspiring photojournalist, this really upsets me.

The article touches on the fact that photojournalism is not really one of those careers one goes into anymore in order to have a “stable future.”  Many freelance journalists simply add their photos to bulk websites which are then sold by the website manager to newspapers and other online publications. While sometimes this pays off for freelancers (they may or may not get a stipend depending on the website they belong to) it is certainly causing a problem for photojournalists who want to get paid for their field of work.

As a student, I do both freelance and photojournalism. In a way, I feel like this may become  the way of future photojournalists. In fact, journalists such as Elizabeth Conley, Detroit News, have their own freelance business where they make some extra cash on the side– like taking pictures for weddings or portfolios.

While still upsetting, I did find this article enlightening– perhaps giving me some comfort that the way I go about my business is just what I am meant to do.

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The Last Song

Last summer I started to read a lot by  Nicolas Sparks and decided to try out his new novel, The Last Song. I’m only half way through it but so far it reminds me of all the reasons why I love Nicolas Sparks.

It’s fairly easy to read with lots details and doing what Sparks does best, painting a picture of his characters. Trying to imagine his characters isn’t too hard though considering I’ve seen the preview a few times. This novel is slowly beginning to become my new favorite by him because I love the characters. Everyone in the novel has their own sense of self, which seems to be rare in some of the novels I’ve read lately.

Sparks way of writing just makes me want to read more, a common theme that seems to happen with almost any novel by him that I have read, and I am very excited to finish it.

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Final Four Pep Rally- Welcome Back Spartans!


The spartans returned to MSU campus on Sunday, and were given a proper welcome. Let’s just say that we’re all pretty pumped for the Final Four.

-Taylor Benson

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Being female a pre-existing condition?

By Lindsay Nowak

The article Overhaul Will Lower the Cost of Being a Woman from The New York Times, discusses how being a woman could potentially be a pre-existing condition when looking for health insurance, but not any longer.

The new health care bill has put a stop to sex discrimination in health insurance. Before the new law, health care companies took full advantage of what was called “gender rating” when selling independent health policies and charged women more than men for the same coverage with the thought in mind that women would use the health care system more. The shocker is that it was perfectly legal.

Many health insurance companies did not offer women maternity coverage, or charged extra. With the new law, companies are required to include maternity coverage which is considered “an essential health benefit.”

Companies also denied women who had recieved C-Sections or had been victims of domestic violence seeing them as pre-existing conditions that could lead to more medical costs in the future.

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Gnosis and the Crumbling of a Foundation…

By Patrice Hendrix

I’ve been reading a book called The Serpent Grail and it has proven to be somewhat shocking.  Growing up in Christianity I was taught not to read anything that would question certain aspects of the Bible or my religion.

Lately I have been on this quest for higher knowledge and in doing so my head has been buried in The Serpent Grail.

The author, Philip Gardiner breaks down the Holy Grail in a way that I would never have imagined.  I haven’t finished the book yet, but so far he explains the importance of its mental and spiritual connotation, rather than its physical one.

For instance, Gardiner says that the Holy Grail could be a vessel that Jesus used for drink, but he goes deeper and explains that the grail is a way of thinking.  It is a way of reaching a higher spirituality through pure and neutral thoughts, rather than church, religious doctrines, etc.

Overall, Gardiner challenges the authenticity or “originality” of stories attributed to the life of Jesus and other religious figures.

Reading the book has offered up some hard pills to swallow, but I can’t lie and say that Gardiner does not make valid arguments.

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