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Musical Musings: Popular culture

Musical Musings: Popular culture

Ilena Peng

April 6, 2016

eople wearing purple and gold clothes, purple and gold face paint, and holding purple and gold posters on sticks with catchy slogans; this is what students now see all around campus. But as much attention as the posters draw, they really don’t make a difference in who wins. True; those in class offi...

Musical Musings: Social justice warrior

Musical Musings: Social justice warrior

Ilena Peng

March 10, 2016

hen I think of Kesha, I recall the Kesha who still used the "$" sign in her name. Kesha's dyed hair and nose piercing made her what all the "cool kids" listened to back in 2009. And whether I liked it or not, her song "Tik Tok" became the unofficial anthem of my fourth grade year, along with Justin B...

Musical Musings: More than Miss Congeniality

Musical Musings: More than Miss Congeniality

Ilena Peng

February 3, 2016

I know when you were little girls you dreamt of being in my world I’m a “pageant girl.” Pageants have a glamorous reputation, with those crowns and gowns that so many little girls want. Yet it’s not something I tell people about. But the more I thought about it, I realized that I didn’t ha...

Musical Musings: Holiday spirited away

Musical Musings: Holiday spirited away

Ilena Peng

December 12, 2015

t seems that the day after Thanksgiving, it’s officially Christmas. The radio channels start to play Christmas carols that all sound the same. Every storefront is plastered with advertisements of “holiday season” deals. Wrapping paper is sold in bulk, an endless number of tubes with every patter...

Just another Friday

Just another Friday

Ilena Peng

November 18, 2015

ach November, I’m bestowed with a beautiful gift known as Thanksgiving break, what’s supposed to be a cornucopia of food, sleep and fun. And among those two short school days off is Black Friday — a day that is much too hectic for me to even step outside. A few years ago, I swore I’d never a...

Costume complications: the annual indecision caused by Halloween costumes

Costume complications: the annual indecision caused by Halloween costumes

Ilena Peng

October 21, 2015

eady for a Halloween ghost story? Once upon a time, I blinked. Then I opened my eyes one month later to dry brown leaves and the scent of Pumpkin Spice Lattes. It’s now October. For most months of the year, the first day is the one people notice. Jan. 1 is New Year’s, Apr. 1 is April Fools day....

First Week Blues

First Week Blues

Ilena Peng

September 24, 2015

he moment I saw the letter about Running of the Bulls I realized that I'd spent my entire summer doing nothing. Ideally, I would spend the summer learning material for my new classes. But let's be real; I spent the larger half of my summer listening to music and watching Youtube videos, just as I'm sure ma...