Step Into The World of Ecrof Academy With 'EPOCA: The Tree of Ecrof'

From the world of Legacy and the Queen comes EPOCA: The Tree of Ecrof, the newest story from Granity. Written by Ivy Pochoda, a former collegiate athlete herself, under the name Ivy Claire, EPOCA focuses on Pretia and Rovi, two runners who begin attending the most prestigious school for athletes in the nation. Throughout the course of their first year, it becomes evident that there are dark forces at play at the school, and they must work together and harness their talents to protect their world.

Missouri’s Reproductive Surveillance Practices Are Hidden in Plain Sight

Recently, news broke that the director of the Missouri state health department, Dr. Randall Williams, maintained a spreadsheet of patients’ menstrual cycles as part of an investigation into Planned Parenthood. State governor Mike Parson has declined to investigate the matter, and the state’s sole abortion clinic is at risk of closure – again. While the situation has rightfully drawn the ire of reproductive justice advocates, it doesn’t really come as a surprise.

A History of Periods for National Period Day

On Saturday, October 19, people all over the United States were poised to take part in rallies as part of National Period Day, an event organized by PERIOD. Inc. PERIOD was started by Nadya Okamoto and Vincent Forand in 2014 with the goal of increasing access to menstrual products for those in need. Duke’s own chapter of the organization is participating in National Period Day, which focuses on product accessibility and aims to challenge state policies that allow sales taxes on menstrual produc

From Surviving to Living: A Review of Caroline Kaufman’s ‘When the World Didn’t End’

20-year-old Caroline Kaufman’s sophomore poetry collection When the World Didn’t End is all about learning to live instead of simply surviving. The recent release comes behind Light Filters In, a collection centered on mental health, first loves and healing from trauma. Kaufman started sharing her poetry on Instagram under the handle @poeticpoison, which now has over 200 thousand followers. Through her platform, Kaufman was able to form a strong community with her followers and other Insta-poets

‘When You Ask Me Where I’m Going:’ Jasmin Kaur Talks Culture, Speaking Out, and Social Media

Jasmin Kaur’s forthcoming novel, When You Ask Me Where I’m Going, is a poignant reflection of her experiences as a Sikh woman, as well as a compelling commentary on identity and other complex topics. Kaur is a writer who built her audience online, accumulating nearly 34,000 followers on her Instagram. She has toured North America, the United Kingdom and Australia and was recognized as one of Tempest’s 40 Women to Watch 2019. She aims to “[honor] the powerful human connection experienced through

From Denim Day to Every Day: Why "Small Scale" Advocacy Matters in the #MeToo Era

Jeans are a staple of my daily life. They’re the first thing I go for when I don’t know what to wear. They match with a lot of my shirts and sweaters. They’re familiar. Some say that denim is too constricting, but I think it’s comfortable. The cottony, flexible fabric feels almost natural at times, especially when it’s worn out from years of walking, dancing and all sorts of movement. American blue jeans have become such a staple of society that they have even appeared abroad, and their presenc

Why Beloved Shows Are Placed On The Backburner – And Why It’s Beyond Our Control

It’s easy to become attached to a television show — television and other forms of media are meant to reflect our experiences, and no matter how far-fetched or fantastic the circumstances, we can relate to them because there is something human about them. This is why it can be so crushing when a show is cancelled, and many of them are. It’s like there is a revolving door of TV shows each year, and not all of our favorites make it into the foyer. But why do some shows get cancelled while others li

Do Statistics Really Lie?

Statistics play a vital role in today’s society – they quantify our experiences and, in many cases, make these experiences more tangible for others. When one thinks of statistics, they may think of percentages: about 10 percent of people are left-handed, about 85 percent of American children believe in Santa, and about 59 percent of people don’t read the articles they share. However, statistics also involves whole numbers, decimals, and intervals; it involves life expectancy, gross domestic pro

#RelationshipGoals, Communication & Expectations: A Review of Season 2 Premiere of "Grown-ish"

Editor’s Note: This article contains spoilers from Season 2 Episodes 1 and 2 of Grown-ish. 2019 started off right with the season premiere of Grown-ish, a Freeform-based spinoff of ABC’s Black-ish. Characterized by pithy pop culture references and charismatic narration, the show focuses on 19-year-old Zoey Johnson (Yara Shahidi) as she and her friends navigate their college years. It addresses issues pertinent to our society such as drug use, free speech, and discrimination without heavy-handed

Legislators Have Less Than A Week To Renew the Violence Against Women Act - Here's What This Means

In September, Congress voted to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) until Dec. 7 as part of a general spending bill, which left many domestic violence advocates concerned about the future of the act. VAWA was first proposed by former vice president Joe Biden in 1990, and the idea gained traction in the wake of the Anita Hill and Clarence Thomas hearings until it was successfully passed in 1994. It has been hailed as a major step forward for victims of intimate partner violence and

The New "Charmed" Reboot Differs From The Original, But Shows Potential For Growth

Editor’s Note: This article contains spoilers for the pilot episode of Charmed. Charmed, the reboot of the WB series that ran from 1998 to 2006, aired its first episode on Sunday, October 14th on The CW. As with any reboot, there are mixed opinions about the quality of the show and its perceived proximity to the original story- some of the criticism even coming from the cast of the original series. Shannen Doherty, Holly Marie Combs, and Alyssa Milano, who portrayed Prue, Piper, and Phoebe Hall
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