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Defining Beauty through a Tainted Mirror

2 Jun

“I see you getting a tan.  Better stay out of that sun, girl,” cautioned the security guard at the library near my parent’s house.

“I don’t mind,” I replied, with my Texas twang  firmly intact.

I laughed to myself, remembering the pride and accomplishment with which many of my Babson peers would return from Spring Break.  “Great tan,” would echo throughout the school, between multiple parties with freshly baked skin.

Oh how differently we define beauty. Continue reading


Designer Degrees: Looking Beneath the Labels

28 May

Notice: This post is one that has been tinkering in my head for weeks.   Thus, there are lots of digressions.  You have been warned.

Sniff. . .Smell that?  The sweet scent of hope tinged with the stench of reality signals the nearing end of graduation season.

A week ago, I joined the ranks of millions of 2010 college graduates, scads of students all vying to get our hands on the pieces of paper that we invested four years and thousands of dollars into receiving.  Alas, with diploma in hand, this quest is complete.  We have reached the pot of gold, the end of the rainbow, the emerald city.  For now, anyway. Continue reading

Cults of Consumption: Sox and Jordans

19 May

Before I left Boston, I had one final task: to experience a Red Sox game.  Now, I must admit, I’m not a fan of baseball.  Nor am I a fan of the Red Sox.  I just felt that it would be a crying shame for me to return to my home in Dallas without experiencing the activity of which so many Bostonians proudly partake. Continue reading

The Wrath of Jobs: Can he single-handedly kill Flash?

10 May

Today when I logged into Twitter, the following words were scrolling down the home page: “Apple killed the floppy disk, the trackball, the stylus and the Walkman. Flash will be dead within a year.” A bit obnoxious, don’t you think? Continue reading

It’s All About the GREEN: Looking Beyond the Emerald Haze

2 May

Last week, the world paused to celebrate Earth Day, a day to offer special recognition to Mother Earth, the nurturer of all.  And everyone took part.  In our campus pub, I even chugged an organic beer in her honor.

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Evian’s Identity Crisis: Throwing Pearls Before Babes

21 Apr

Last Friday as I sat in class watching the 2005 film Cache, I couldn’t help but notice the bottle of Evian positioned ever so comfortably on the wealthy couple’s dinner table.

It’s not that the bottle itself didn’t belong; it was quite the contrary.  Though the sleek glass bottle  blended seamlessly into the bourgeois atmosphere, its presence reminded me of “Rapper’s Delight” and rollerblading babies.

The unlikely connection is thanks to Evian’s Live Young campaign. Continue reading

Tears of a Tiger: Nike Takes Cues from Disney

17 Apr

By now, we’ve all seen the latest Tiger Nike ad.  But just in case you’ve been living under a rock, like me, for the past week, here it is:

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