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Unheard and unknown: my experience with dance

Unheard and unknown: my experience with dance

Shreya Beldona, Staff Writer

January 16, 2019


Filed under Opinions, Personal Columns, Showcase

“You’re a dancer? What type of dance do you do?”   “I’m a classical dancer. I do Kuchipudi.”   All of a sudden, their smile fades and with it, their intrigue.   “Oh.” For as long as I have done Kuchipudi, this is the same reaction I usually receive...

Beauty from within

Beauty from within

Umama Suriya, Staff Writer

January 11, 2019


Filed under Opinions, Personal Columns

  Society.   It tells you that a perfect girl needs to be skinny like a twig, have pronounced curves and wear layers of makeup to cover the scars and acne naturally on her face.   Who made society this way? Why is the ideal and perfect girl the most beautiful? ...

Ending “smart Asian” stereotypes

Ending “smart Asian” stereotypes

Pramika Kadari, Copy Editor

November 29, 2018


Filed under Opinions, Personal Columns, Showcase

I am Indian, and I am not enrolled in six AP classes. I am Indian, and I did not score well on the SAT my first try. I am Indian, and I struggle so much in calculus that I study for hours outside class just to understand basic concepts, because I cannot keep pace with the teacher’s lectures. ...

From sunny Florida to frigid Virginia to dry west coast

From sunny Florida to frigid Virginia to dry west coast

Anika Arutla, Staff Writer

November 29, 2018


Filed under Opinions, Personal Columns

Living on the southern tip of the northeast for most of my life, I grew up in what is the ideal holiday atmosphere. Christmas Day, it would be below freezing, with a few exceptions, with a light layer of snow covering the ground like a blanket.   However, as my family traveled more during t...

I have a voice, I want to use it

I have a voice, I want to use it

Anika Arutla, Staff Writer

November 6, 2018


Filed under Opinions, Personal Columns

Change. That is what I think about when I think about voting. It is common misconception that one vote, among millions, is not worth anything - that it is a simple raindrop in the middle of the vast ocean.   Millions of those raindrops make up the ocean; similarly, my vote, even though it ...

The phrase “accept yourself” is more than a cliché

The phrase “accept yourself” is more than a cliché

Nishant Medicharla, Staff Writer

October 26, 2018


Filed under Opinions, Personal Columns, Showcase

Throughout my childhood, I have always wondered what it would feel like to have light skin. How it would feel to be someone other than “dark”?   This thought would always come up partly because I grew up in an Indian society where being “fair” was desired and learned about American history wh...

Why walk it off is not just empty advice

Why walk it off is not just empty advice

Anthony Cesario, Entertainment Editor

October 22, 2018


Filed under Opinions, Personal Columns

As school days got longer and more exhausting through the years, and sheets of unfinished homework began to pile higher on my desk, the last thing I wanted to hear was my parents telling me to get outside and go for a walk.   I would groan and complain, insisting that going on a walk was b...

Reflecting on a year without dance; a quitter does not equal loser

Reflecting on a year without dance; a quitter does not equal loser

Claire Clements, Editorial Page Editor

October 3, 2018


Filed under Opinions, Personal Columns, Showcase

I do not consider myself to be a spontaneous person.   Ranging from what socks I am going to wear today to what colleges I am going to apply for, I like to sit and think hard about something for an extended period of time before making a decision.   So it came as quite a shock to...

Strengthening hands, knowledge through sign language

Strengthening hands, knowledge through sign language

Pramika Kadari, Copy Editor

September 8, 2018


Filed under Opinions, Personal Columns

  Last December, I met my first Deaf* friend, The Sidekick editorial page editor Claire Clements. When she first explained she was deaf, I immediately said, “That’s so cool!”   Everyone laughed, and she said that was the first time she had heard that response. For years, I have ...

Kadari crosses the country

Kadari crosses the country

Pramika Kadari, Staff Writer

May 22, 2018


Filed under Opinions, Personal Columns, Showcase

After 15 years of living in one state, one town, one house, moving from Illinois to Texas in the middle of my high school career was not something I was happy about.   The decision had been somewhat sudden - announced near the beginning of the summer that we would most likely be moving a...

“What makes a friend a real friend?”

“What makes a friend a real friend?”

Renata Barona, Staff Writer

May 17, 2018


Filed under Opinions, Personal Columns

A few months ago two very important people in my life got mad and our friendship ended in a blink of an eye.   We have all heard the saying that some friendships do not last forever, and sadly, it is true. How would you feel if suddenly the person you thought it was your friend is not the ...

My happy ending: Why I am not continuing synchronized swimming in college

My happy ending: Why I am not continuing synchronized swimming in college

May 15, 2018


Filed under Opinions, Personal Columns

If I could pinpoint the moment I decided not to pursue synchronized swimming (synchro) in college it would be two years ago at a competition in Mesa, Ariz. as I clung to the pool wall staring at a Lindenwood University swimmer.   The nerves I had for my upcoming routine combined with the image of the swimmer’s swimsuit ri...