A Sociological Look at Race and Incarceration

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Nafiza Hasan | Contributing Writer
When we look at the percentage of the global population that resides in the United States which is five percent, and the percentage of the globes incarcerated population in the United States that is twenty-five percent, any person can see that there is clearly an issue […]

The Importance of a Degree

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Angel Rangel Chavez | Contributing Writer
Why are the most important and relevant goals the hardest to achieve? These goals are harder because they take dedication to improve skills, patience to not give up in rough times, and self-discipline to achieve them. Otherwise, they may be very common in life and […]

Why Party-ism Is Wrong

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Angelica Chaudary | Contributing Writer
There are some issues that most people classify as the “impolite topics”, and if you want to keep a conversation without arguing, you better stay a considerable distance away from religion, sexuality, and politics.
There is a reason for this. Why politics? Every single individual will always […]

Hmong Traditions with Girls Need to Change

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Anna Xiong | Contributing Writer
Many people still believe in the Hmong traditional ways. A daughter must know skills such as cooking and cleaning the house to be considered as a perfect girl or ready to get married. Parents will find a man to marry their daughter even though the couple […]

My Life is Like a Sinking Ship

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Todd A. Schouweiler | Contributing Writer
My life has gone off course,
My life is like a ship at sea;
Drifting aimlessly without direction,
No guiding wind that would set the sails to a different speed.
I am sinking,
I am sinking,
My life has no purpose,
What have I to show?
I am sinking,
I am sinking,
What life I […]

A Decision from A Mother’s Heart

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Ybeth Jimenez | Contributing Writer
On Nov. 15, 2015, my life changed for the better. When I came to the United States, I was visiting my daughter because she was sick. I felt that something was behind that, but she did not want to tell me. She was in the United […]

Heroes with Weaknesses: Love Yourself

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Thuy (Kristy) Dong | Staff Writer
There are many inspirations in life, but where can we find them?
I am inspired by the little memory I had with my grandfather.
“Hey honey,” said my grandfather, “just put your hands up! I will give you the money to buy that painting as long as […]

Face-Palm: The Cringe-Worthy Embarrassing Stories of Century Students and Staff

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Sara Romanoski | Staff Writer
Serrena Werling | Illustrator
Schadenfreude – noun: satisfaction or pleasure felt at someone else’s misfortune
While we all have them, only some of us are brave enough to share our most embarrassing moments with others. I talked with students and staff around Century to uncover some of the […]

Her

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Rolando Mero | Contributing Poet
 
The eyes are the connection to the soul.
I looked at her for the first time
Captivated by her beauty.
 
Every step she takes is with elegance
When her eyes first looked at me
I froze in awe;
To the beauty and shimmer of her stare.
 
Her eyes pierced my heart,
To imagine of […]

Operation Pig Rot: From Nervous Wreck to Forensic Wonder

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Serenna Svanoe-Werling | Staff Writer
Karen pulled a small jar out of her purse and handed it to me.
“Don’t break that. It’s full of cyanide,” she said as I took it.
Karen was thirty-something, older than most of the other grad students, with sand-blond hair past her shoulders and a wiry back […]

The Difference in Grammar Rules

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Susmita Kunwor | Contributing Writer
According to a quote found at brainyquote.com, Jeffrey Gitomer says, “Your grammar is a reflection of your image. Good or bad, you have made an impression. And like all impressions, you are in total control.” When you know most of the grammar rules, you are in […]

I Human

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L’Tya Jones | Contributing Writer
“What are you?” It is a simple, yet extremely heavy, annoying, and burdensome question. When I was about seven years old, I still had the wonderful childlike ignorance of not seeing color. My classmates stood around me wide eyed, prodding me for information about my background.
I […]

Diversity in Minnesota: An Opportunity for Understanding

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Marie Lattner | Contributing Writer
I remember the evening being terribly cold and windy – a typical Minnesotan winter – when I had the chance to visit the University of Northwestern in St. Paul to hear their first cohort of nursing students share their cross-cultural experiences. Seated on a comfortable chair […]