Finding Your Perfect University

By Abby Runnels, Intern

Though it has only been a few short years, it seems like a lifetime ago I was a senior in high school, frantically filling out dozens of forms and writing short essays, all for some imposing figure with glasses and an intimidating grimace to read and decide my fate. Though the bulk of applications and campus visits are done during senior year, as our high school guidance counselors liked to remind us, “It’s never too early to start preparing for college.”

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Wholly Moley

By Patrick Larose, Intern

Summer’s here and if you’re like me, you’ll be outside on the grill. Whether you prefer keeping with the summer classics of hamburgers and hotdogs or going southern with traditional barbeque of brisket and pulled pork, you’ll still probably find yourself fighting with that Texas heat. So why not fight back with something cold and delicious? I recommend a traditional guacamole dip and there’s no better recipe than that from Hugo Ortega in Street Food of Mexico. This guac is great for something quick that the whole family can snack on. In the book, Hugo pays homage to Mexico’s best and most delicious food traditions from empanadas and tacos to more salsa recipes than your taste buds can handle. His food tastes like home and this guacamole recipe is no different:

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A Radioactive Read

By Casey Froehlich, Intern

The accident at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant on April 26, 1986, has come to be known as the worst of its kind in recorded history. As tragic as the event was, how often do we stop to consider how many young children were forced to struggle through such an adult situation, and, in many cases, forced to bury their childhoods with their homes? Although most children are eager to “grow up,” what happens when childhood is not shrugged off but ripped away?

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‘Twas the night before Christmas in July

By Lawson Gow, author of Silly Shoes: Poems to Make You Smile


‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse;
But this year was different, and I’ll tell you why:
This year we had Christmas smack dab in July!

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By Annie Gallay, Intern

We all know that the “the pen is mightier than the sword.” But when it comes to reading, is the page mightier than the screen?

For some, eBooks have revolutionized reading, making it much more convenient to carry and store full libraries. For others, eBooks have tarnished reading, removing the tactile turn of the page in already over-digitized world. No matter which camp you fall in, you can’t deny that eBook reading is on the rise in the U.S. Last year, 28% of adults in America had read an eBook compared to only 23% in 2013.[1]

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Illuminating History

By Annie Gallay, Intern

As the Fourth of July nears, I have to make a confession that will no doubt reveal I’m an amateur American: When I was a child, I failed to grasp the gravity of the Declaration of Independence. I noted it for one reason and one reason only: John Hancock’s sprawling, splashy signature. It was only later that I came to appreciate the document that affirmed our right to Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness, and of course the other great men who’s significantly more sedate signatures donned the Declaration. In 1776, future president John Adams stamped his approval and declared the importance of commemorating the event in a letter to his wife, Abigail: “It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade…and illuminations…from one end of this continent to the other.”

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Heading Up Confidence

By Morgan Dickson, Intern

Have you ever wanted something but felt that it was just out of your reach? That’s the case for Max Speyer as he prepares to start as lacrosse goalie in Head Case and it was certainly the case for me as I trained to participate in a bike race last year.

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What I have learned at Bright Sky Press

By Courtney Applewhite, Publishing Assistant

Fourteen months ago—my first month as an intern—I slaved over a 300-word blog for two days before it was submitted. Google showed me, “How to Write a Blog” and “Catchy Openings for Your Blog” that did nothing but increase my nerves. Fast-forward to today, I may open Google to check if a word is hyphenated, but after writing many blogs and editing even more, I am happy to say I no longer need “5 Ways to Make People Read Your Blog.”

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Magic, Munchies, and More—
What Are You Waiting For?

By Lillian Chen, Intern Assistant

June is quickly approaching and with that comes sounds of freedom and crashing waves, the smell of hamburgers and barbecue, and the cool taste of ice cream and dripping popsicles. What else than SUMMER can excite a child more?

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The History of the Hamburger

By Eva Freeburn, Public Relations Director

May is National Hamburger Month and most Americans will proudly celebrate with cookouts and tailgates this Memorial Day weekend. It’s no secret that we love our hamburgers hot and juicy, with a side of salty seasoned fries, some type of baked beans and an iced tea or cold beer to wash it all down.  However, few people know where the hamburger got its start.

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