Mr. Rogers educated children daily on the world around them while also pushing progressive social messages in a way that was palatable for children.

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When thinking of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, many would visualize puppets, red cardigans, and navy sneakers, but very few think about the impact that the show had on their development in childhood. Rogers’ show not only provided entertainment to millions of children on public access television but also offered an understanding space in between the realm of reality and the Neighborhood of Make-Believe. It was in this space in which Rogers educated children daily on the world around them while also pushing progressive social messages in a way that was palatable for children.

Rogers’ used his show and characters like Lady…


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When thinking of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, many would visualize puppets, red cardigans, and navy sneakers, but very few think about the impact that the show had on their development in childhood. Rogers’ show not only provided entertainment to millions of children on public access television, but also offered an understanding space in between the realm of reality and the Neighborhood of Make-Believe. It was in this space in which Rogers’ educated children daily on the world around them while also pushing progressive social messages in a way that was palatable for children. Rogers’ used his show and characters like Lady…


Photo of hallway and columns at Stanford University
Photo of hallway and columns at Stanford University
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When thinking of public memorials to honor tragic and traumatizing events, many people think of statues and sculptures. When it comes to sexual assault on Stanford’s college campus, a nameless garden takes the place of what once was the scene of Chanel Miller’s rape in the fall of 2015 and the birthplace of local and national debate about sexual assault and the criminal justice system’s treatment of those who perpetrate it and its victims. Originally built in 2017 as a healing and reflective space for survivors of sexual assault, Stanford’s intentional decontextualization of the garden and who it was built…


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Zoos and aquariums have been a source of entertainment and spectacle for centuries with exhibits enabling visitors to see and sometimes interact with animals they might not have seen otherwise within their lifetimes. While it may be a great photo-op to pet a tiger cub or pose with a dolphin, the damaging effects zoos and aquariums have not only on the people visiting them, but also the animals and other life they house can be detrimental. Valuing entertainment over education, these facilities can quickly turn into exploitative and harmful environments, preventing proper education, creating a mystified divide between the spectacle…


Photo of a tilted screen with Google’s home screen, the search bar, displayed.
Photo of a tilted screen with Google’s home screen, the search bar, displayed.
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In recent discussions of how the internet, particularly search engines can fuel misinformation, a controversial issue has been whether tech monoliths like Google have been contributing to the ever-growing divide between populations through politics, racial and religious identities, and social movements. Some argue that search engines like Google are creating an echo chamber-like environment where information is not neutral but biased based on how the user searches, its effects of which can be seen through products like Google News and Google Search. …


When people think of the Renaissance, they think of Michelangelo, Galileo, Leonardo da Vinci, and others. Women artists and thinkers are rarely associated with the greats of this time period, limiting them to characters in literature and subjects in art. Renaissance art came to define society and symbolize culture using those who are depicted in them as mirrors of the Renaissance reality instead of accurate portrayals. Women’s depiction in the arts only showcased the restrictions that they had to face during the Renaissance, including the manipulation of their image by artists of the time. The iconography of women in art…


my heart palpitations worsen with every heartbeat I imagine with you.

mostly anxiety, partly hope

do I take a chance and risk you taking over my life again or do…


Dr. Christine Ford, My Father, and Twitter

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*Trigger Warning* Rape, Sexual Assault

I was a few weeks away from earning my high school diploma when I was raped by a 26 year old man on Christmas Day in 2015.

I was working on a sweater I was knitting for my favorite barista when James* approached me. He kneeled down so he was eye-level with me and proceeded to ask me on a date. He told me he was friends with the coffee shop’s manager and I believed him. A few weeks go by, he texted me asking if I could come over and help him assemble a…


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I arrived in New York at 5:20 am only to find my underwear, Instax film, and my calendar strewn across the baggage claim carousel. It took me an hour to get to my new apartment and as soon as I walked in, I wanted to leave. There were buckets of Kentucky Fried Chicken everywhere, which to this day there is no reasoning, and there a heavy smell of cigarettes and weed. I put my suitcases in my room and climbed up the ladder to the unmade loft bed and took a nap.

During the next three months, I’ve learned a…


The literary world would not be the same without the wide assortment of reader archetypes: the chronological reader, the anti-reader, and most importantly the multi-tasker. The multi-tasker sounds exactly like what they are, they juggle books of different sizes and genres and commit to multiple books at once. And then theres me — the monogamous reader. The monogamous reader is a rare, but important breed of reader that can only commit to one single book at a time, from beginning to end.

There are many struggles that come with being a reader, but none are as torturous as those of…

Emily Hering

Media Studies student at the University of San Francisco.

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