Author: Devon Shuman

Behind Closed Doors

“And there are never really endings, happy or otherwise. Things keep going on, they overlap and blur, your story is part of your sister’s story is part of many other stories, and there is no telling where any of them may lead.” — Erin Morgenstern, “The Night Circus” “It’s one of the greatest gifts you can give to yourself, is forgive. Forgive everybody. Just forgive it.” — Maya Angelou The door to Kyle’s room was locked shut, so the five of us were forced to wait outside in the adjacent living room. The cushions of the couch had been...

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Up in the Air: Panic at 11,000 Feet

Nobody told me how hard it would be to breathe. When you go skydiving for the first time, you’re presented with a lot of information. You’re instructed on how to properly exit the plane, to not jump so much as balance on the edge and fall forward. You’re told what position to assume in mid-air, extending your arms spread-eagle and arching your legs up behind you. You’re taught to lift your legs in front of you at a 90-degree angle when you come in for a landing so that you can land softly on your butt. But not once...

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Prescription Drug Abuse Raises Debate Over Ethics of ‘Study Drugs’

* Indicates the name has been changed to protect source’s identity. When sophomore Jimmy Peters* makes his way to King Library next weekend in preparation for the arduous week of finals that awaits him, he’ll make sure his bag is stocked with all the studying essentials. Textbooks, spiral-bound notebooks, index cards, pens and pencils, water, maybe some coffee, a few snacks. And, of course, Adderall. Adderall is a prescription drug containing amphetamine, a central nervous system stimulant. After ingesting amphetamines, one often feels more alert and focused. “I just feel, like, in the zone,” Peters says. “I’m able to...

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How ‘You’re The Worst’ Is Changing the Way We View Depression

As FXX’s comedy, “You’re The Worst,” neared the midway point of its second season, it was clear that something was different. Gretchen was acting strange. The series, an atypical romantic comedy of sorts, follows Jimmy Shive-Overly (Chris Geere) and Gretchen Cutler (Aya Cash), two self-involved Californian millennials who don’t believe in relationships and yet, decide to enter a relationship. Gretchen has always had a unique, if not odd, personality. When we first meet her in the pilot episode, she’s stealing a blender and various hors d’oeuvres from a wedding. But, as the series progresses, her actions begin to suggest...

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