Category: Miscellaneous

Betwixt Some Twenty-Odd Books and Insanity

In the midst of being quite literally surrounded by about a dozen-and-a-half books on the California and Yukon Gold Rushes (how I love capstone…), my friend shared with me a little gem of a video reimagining Mr. Henry VIII if he had a “sassy gay friend”. Take a break from your day and laugh a

Are There Positive Effects of “Globalization”?

Time and again, I hear people complaining about globalization. To quote the Oxford English Dictionary’s definition, globalization is  “the action, process, or fact of making global; esp. (in later use) the process by which businesses or other organizations develop international influence or start operating on an international scale, widely considered to be at the expense

10 Lessons Learned From My Junior Year

My junior year by far has been the craziest, most stressful, hardest year of my university career. Basically, it was everything I was told it would be. So, what did I learn in the midst of it all? Read below to find out::

The Beginning of the End?

No, I promise, I’m NOT talking about the apocalypse, which some evangelists say is going to occur May 21, 2011. Rather, I’m musing on the fact I have one year left of my undergraduate experience at Carroll. It’s crazy to think that by the fall, I’ll be up to my neck in my senior capstone

Eulalia!: The Legacy of Brian Jacques

On February 5, 2011, the literary world lost one of its greatest young adult authors. Brian Jacques was best known for his Redwall series, a series set against the backdrop of Redwall Abbey. Reminiscent of the medieval English past, the series is a classic example of the good versus evil theme. Rather than good men

MLK Jr.: The Dream Will Never Die

Today (or rather yesterday I suppose) is Martin Luther King Jr. Day. After the hustle and bustle of reuniting with my friends, I took a minute today to reflect on one of the most extraordinary experiences in my life. In January of 2009, I, along with 50+ students and faculty from Carroll and Cardinal Stritch

Bloody Hell!: 10 Lessons Learned From England

1. Northwestern England has but one season: rain. Every other week may see one day of sunshine, maybe two if you’re lucky. If it’s not raining, it’s cloudy. If it’s not cloudy, it’s windy. If it’s not windy, it’s probably raining. Mostly, however, it is a combination of all three.

Pre-Flight with Really Bad Coffee in My Hand

Well, the day has come. I am currently sitting at Chicago O’Hare waiting for my 6am flight to Washington D.C. Boarding begins soon, and it’s about time. I’ve been at the airport since 3:30 this morning. But, things have gone smoothly.

Men in Tights or Men that Fight?: A Comparison of Robin Hood Films

Last week, a couple of good friends and I went to see the new Robin Hood film starring Russell Crowe and Cate Blanchett. Now, being the medieval history buff-geek-nerd-dork-aficionada that I am, I was very much looking forward to this film. Although the movie itself received little positive criticism to commend it, I would highly